Susan Rica Obituary

Susan M. Rica
Susan M. Rica
Susan M. Rica

August 23, 1930 - April 3, 2018
Born in San Bartolomeo, Italy
Resided in Warren, New Jersey


Susan M. Rica, neé Assunta Maria Pepe, 87, of Warren, NJ, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on April 3, 2018.

The funeral mass will take place on Saturday at 11:15 at St. Theresa's Church in Kenilworth. Interment will be at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Friends will be received on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Boulevard in Watchung. Condolences can be offered at

Susan was born in San Bartolomeo, Italy on August 23, 1930 and was raised in Springfield, NJ. She graduated from Jonathan Dayton High School, where she met her lifelong love, Frank P. Rica, who predeceased her in 2015. After they were married they settled in Kenilworth and Susan worked for Prudential in Newark before she left to raise her family. She was the Yankees most loyal fan, and also rooted for any team her grandchildren played for. She was known for her excellent cooking and loved sharing it with her family. She is survived by her children: Frank Rica Jr. and wife Lisa, Don Rica and wife Roxanne, Linda Rica Vizzoni and husband Anthony, and John Rica and wife Kelly. She is the loving "Mima" of 12 grandchildren: Jack, Jenny, Dominic, Alanna, Will, Frank III, Michael, Luke, Joseph, Anthony, Andréa and Nicholas. She is also survived by her sister Antoinette Fiorilli and brother Matthew Pepe and wife Patricia, in-laws Mariano Ferraro, Teddy and Angela Rica, Delores Rica, and Josephine and Lenny Rataski, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was lovingly cared for by her most trusted angel, Julieta, who remained by her side until the very end.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.




Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069
Friday, April 6, 2018
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Church of St. Theresa
541 Washington Ave
Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033
Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:15 AM
Graceland Memorial Park
1900 Galloping Hill Rd
Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033
Saturday, April 7, 2018


Center for Hope Hospice
1900 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ US 07076
Ashbrook Nursing Home Recreation Department 1610 Raritan Road Scotch Plains NJ 07076