RECCHIE, Martha Rickey, age 88, passed peacefully with her family present January 10, 2013, at Mt. Carmel East Medical Center in Columbus.
Born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1924, Martha was a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School '42, attended Miami University and received her Bachelor's degree from St. Mary's of the Springs '46 (now Ohio Dominican University) and a master's degree from The Ohio State University '70.
She went on to become a professor in the Fine Arts Department at Ohio Dominican College, an accomplished interior designer and a field editor for Meredith Publishing.
Martha has been a dedicated and active member of St. Catharine Parish, a volunteer for Companions of St. Vincent's Family Center and St. Edward parish in Palm Beach, Fla.
She served as a member of the board of ODU's Phoenix Society and the Alumni Council and was a recipient of the 1990 Outstanding Alumni Award from Ohio Dominican College for her support of Catholic education.
A lifelong student of art, furnishings and architecture she loved to travel the world with family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Anna Rickey and Benjamin D. Rickey and her eldest son James B. Recchie.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joseph J. Recchie Sr.; her three children Nancy A. Recchie (Jeffrey Darbee), Joseph J. Recchie (Larke Recchie), Ralph Recchie (Lindsay Recchie); seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will be receiving friends and loved ones at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 E. Broad St., on Sunday January 13 from 2-5 p.m., Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Catharine Parish, 500 South Gould Road, Bexley, Ohio at 11 a.m. Monday, January 14.
There will be a reception immediately following Mass.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the Recchie Family Scholarship Endowment Fund at Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219.
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