Obituary of Florence C. Rick
Florence C. Rick
Webster: Florence passed away peacefully on August 12, 2022, at age 89. She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Nicholas; Granddaughter, Emily Rick Schuler; Brothers, Jack, and Harry Ross; Survived by her children, Richard (Mikki), Deborah (Robert) Mitchell, John (Lorie), Gerald (Martha), James (Kimberly), Barbara (Carl) Piccarreto; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; Sisters-in-law, Bobbee and Carole Ross; several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her constant companion and four-legged buddy Murphy.
Florence (Flossie) first and foremost lived a life of deep faith which helped her through good times and bad. Florence and Nick lived on Shoemaker Rd. where they made lasting memories with their neighbors and were members of the Knollwood swim club. The Ricks’ will always be remembered for their epic parties down in the family room, plenty of good food, lots of crazy games, and of course a good drink or two. A good party just needs a Manhattan.
The family will hold near and dear to their hearts the family Christmas parties. Santa always came to surprise the children each year. The grandkids loved it. Never one to shy away from a difficult task and always wanting to have her family close, Florence hosted each and every holiday dinner at her home, with an average attendance of 30+. It often featured Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with the recipes being passed down from her mother Rose.
The Rick children spent plenty of time participating in athletic events. Florence and Nick attended as many horse shows, Boy Scout events, swim meets, and soccer games as time permitted with six children. Then they started attending their grandchildren's games.
Florence always filled the house with love. She passed down her love of animals to her children. There was always a family dog in addition to other furry pets that made sporadic appearances, such as horses, cats, bunnies, fish, and gerbils.
Throughout her life, Florence was always a hard worker. She held a variety of jobs starting with data entry for Tamar Corp, selling door-to-door for Fuller Brush when the kids were small, and what she did so well; selling RVs. She worked for Bethany, Balentine, and Myers RV. Always being one of the top sales individuals each month. She not only loved selling RVs but the family vacations were often spent in their own travel trailer creating lasting memories from the Thousand Islands (Wesley Island), Adirondacks (Rollins Pond), and Myrtle Beach. Florence and Nick loved the Thousand Islands so much that they purchased land in Clayton and built a family compound on sharing their love for the water with family and friends, sailing, fishing, and pontoon boat rides.
Florence had a very active social life being a member of several community organizations. To mention a few; YMCA swimming group, TWIG, Neighborhood camping group, Square Dancing, Pultneyville Yacht Club, and Sewing group. Her hands were always busy creating beautiful items for family and friends such as her Swedish weaving blankets and often donating her knitted baby blankets to infants in the hospital. In her later years, puzzles brought her much joy.
Florence led a full life with Nick traveling in their 5th wheel to places such as Alaska, Mexico, The Rose Bowl in CA., and Albuquerque for the hot air balloon festival. Traveling to Hawaii for their 25th anniversary filled a check mark on their bucket list.
Nick and Florence worked hard to provide for their family and have left a legacy of wisdom, commitment, and lasting love for their children and grandchildren.
Calling hours on Wednesday, August 17, from 5PM - 7PM at Falvo Funeral Home 1295 Fpt. Nine Mile Pt. Rd. Webster. On Thursday, please join the family at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church 1460 Ridge Rd Webster, for the celebration of her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to American Lung Association (www.Lung.org)
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