LEOMINSTER --- Kathleen Ann (Lolli) Ricker, 82 passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Kathy was born on April 20, 1940, the daughter of Lino Joseph and Bertha (Bouret) Lolli. She was a graduate of Leominster High School’s class of 1958 and was a longtime employee of the city in the Leominster School Department’s cafeteria system.
Kathy is predeceased by her husband, Robert (Bucky) Ricker and survived by her children Steven Ricker and his companion Judy Cormier, Rhonda Ricker and her fiancé Michael Duddy, Sherri Dandini and Kenneth Ricker and his wife Robin. She was the proud grandmother to Nicole and Derek Ricker, Franki Dandini, Alexa, Ross, and Ryan Ricker. She was the very active great-grandmother to Anthony and Isaac Rosado and Avery and Layla Senneville. She relished time with each and had a special bond with each of them. She also leaves behind her companion of several years, John Bell, her brother Kenneth Lolli and his wife Sandra, as well as her sister-in-law Barbara Fini, and many, many loving relatives, extended family members and friends who, because of Kathy’s warm manner, all felt like family.
She was a lifelong resident of Leominster and very active in the community, volunteering at Sholan Farms and participating in both local bowling and bocce leagues. She had an extended group of dear friends that she treasured and cared for every one of them.
Kathy was all about family. She was the epitome of pure joy, love and happiness. Her eyes were as bright as her smile was genuine, and she just had a warmth and kindness about her and a unique way of making people feel good about themselves, special. In conversation she truly listened and cared what others were saying and always had a positive perspective to share.
She was a very young and active 82, and loved family get togethers small or large (usually large!). Halloween was a favorite holiday that Kathy loved and passed that along to her children and grandchildren – she was the first one to don a costume! She never missed an event – holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, proms, charity walks, you name it – Kathy was there. She was one of those people who, if someone didn’t see her right away at an event the first question was “where’s Kathy?!”.
Heaven has truly gained an angel. She will be sorely missed.
The funeral mass will be held at St. Leo’s Church, Leominster on Wednesday, January 4th at 11:00 AM. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions can be made in Kathy’s name to either the Beacon of Hope or the Leominster Education Foundation, two organizations that were special to her.