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The Telegram
  • Patricia E. “Pat” (Dypa) Rickard

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  • HERKIMER — Patricia E. “Pat” (Dypa) Rickard, 79, a lifelong Herkimer resident, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
    Pat was born in Herkimer, NY, on March 21, 1934, the daughter of the late Anthony and Gladys (Hamelik) Dypa. She was a 1952 graduate of Herkimer High School and later continued her education by attending Herkimer County Community College and receiving an Associate’s Degree. In August of 1953, at St. Joseph’s Church in Herkimer, Pat was united in marriage to Kenneth Rowland Rickard, sharing 20 years of unconditional love and happiness until his passing on April 10, 1973. Pat spent more than 30 years working at various OTB locations throughout the valley. She also, at one time, owned and operated her own hairdressing salon.
    Pat was a member of the Herkimer Polish Club, did volunteer work for Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, worked as a domestic violence hotline consultant and was a parishioner of Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church, Herkimer. In her spare time, she enjoyed the casino and spending time with her canine companion, Pumpkin.
    She is survived by her sister, Roberta Farouche, of Frankfort; her niece and godchild, Alesia Forlenza and her husband, Anthony, of Frankfort; and cousins, Paul and Peggy Remizowski and their daughter, Elizabeth, of New York Mills, and Ronald and Paula Hamelik, of Miami, FL. Pat is also survived by her long time companion’s children, Candiss Potter and her husband, Bill, of Frankfort, and their children, Jaime and Jeremy, Dr. Joseph Morra and his wife, Maria, of Baldwinsville, and their children, Christine and Joey, and Debbie Voorhees, of Newberg, OR.
    She was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah E. Rickard, who passed away on April 16, 2003; her longtime beloved companion for over 30 years, Joseph H. Morra, who passed away on August 30, 2012; and many aunts and uncles.
    Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Pat’s memory may contribute to the Herkimer County Humane Society; envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.
    Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY, (315) 866-1011, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 8-9 AM. Funeral services will begin with prayer at the funeral home at 9:00 AM, immediately following calling hours. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Terence Healy at 9:30 AM in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, South Main Street, Herkimer. Pat will be laid to rest in the spring next to her husband and daughter in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer.
    Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors of the Enea Family Funeral Home, are serving the family. To add to Pat’s online condolences, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com.

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