Josefa Ritacco

Josefa B. Ritacco (Gencarelli)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
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Josefa Bomina Ritacco (Gencarelli) passed peacefully surrounded by her family on April 20, 2021 at the age of 73.

Josefa is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren, their spouses, and three great-grandchildren: Rose and Dominic J Capizzano III; Kayla, Ray, and Callie Cross; Kristie, Michael, James and Gio Kalinowshki; Dominic J Capizzano IV and dog Archie. Josefa is also survived by her sister Rosa Gencarelli residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George Ritacco and granddaughter Arielle Capizzano.
Josefa was born in Acri Cosenza, Italy to Anna and Natale Gencarelli.

Josefa, known to most as Nonni, was an incredible cook, seamstress and caregiver. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and friend.

Family and friends can pay their respects on Thursday, April 22, from 4pm – 7pm at Gaffney Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. Attendees will be expected to follow guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing and capacity limitations of the funeral home, imposed by the Dept. of Health.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm on Friday at Immaculate Conception Church, 111 High St., Westerly. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. For online condolences please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 1:00pm
    Immaculate Conception Church
    111 High Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Sebastian Cemetery
    WESTERLY, RI 02891


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Love, The Cross and Yarborough families

Posted at 03:42pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a beautiful person inside and out and we were blessed to have been a part of her life. God Bless

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Jami K. Long

Posted at 08:38pm
To The Capizzano Family, I wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you. Wishing you smiles amid the tears as you remember happy times! Love Jami
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Joseph Celico

Posted at 03:02pm
We are all so very sorry losing such a loving and kind woman
You will really be missed
Joe & Joyce Celico


Posted at 08:00am
To Rose, DJ and family. So sorry to hear of your loss.

David, Anne, Mark, Michael and Lia Gabrielle

Posted at 07:21am
May your loving memories of Nonni bring you peace and comfort. She was truly a lovely woman. We were blessed to have known her.
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