Sara (Tampio) Ricotta

Sara (Tampio) Ricotta age 95, passed away peacefully Sunday (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.

She was born April 7, 1918 in Fredonia, the daughter of the late Vincenzo “James” Tampio and Domenica (Lazarony) Tampio.

The youngest of 10 children, Sara was predeceased by seven brothers, Martin (Martha) Tampio, Santo (Genevieve) Tampio, Joseph (Rose) Tampio, James (Rose) Tampio, Anthony (Jennie) Tampio, Charles (Ida) Tampio and Larry (Mildred) Tampio; and by two sisters, Jenny (George) Mancuso and Rose (John) Mirruso.

On July 20, 1939, Sara married Samuel J. Ricotta, with whom she shared the next 67 years, until his death in 2006. Of five children, three survive: Michelene (Ronald) Pucci of Fredonia, Rita Curry of Vero Beach, Fla., and Samuel V. Ricotta of Dunkirk. She was predeceased by her son, Albert Ricotta and her daughter, Francella (Reginald) Corsi.

Sara is survived by 11 grandchildren, Wendy Corsi (Mark) Staub, Lisa Corsi (Jim) Koellner, Rick (Mari) Corsi, Michael (Christine) Pucci, Kathryn (Todd) Pucci-Schaefer, Kristin Curry (Greg) Casalino, Suzanne Curry (Mat) Kesterson, Paul Joseph Curry, S. Aaron (Amy) Ricotta, Ryan Ricotta and Christopher (Erica) Ricotta. Twenty great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Sara worked for a time at the Van Raalte silk mill and at Ricky’s Restaurant in Forestville. An active parishioner of Holy Trinity Church, she was president of the Blessed Sacrament Society, served as a Eucharistic minister, and was a member of the Ladies Guild and church choir.

Sara had a green thumb and was a former member of the Erie Shore Garden Club. She loved to dance and for several years participated in the “High Fever Follies.”

Best of all, Sara was a great “mom,” and especially enjoyed gathering her family together – celebrating every milestone in their lives. A great conversationalist, she had a quick wit, a warm heart and a twinkle in her eye.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Friday morning at 10 o’clock in Holy Trinity Church. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.