In Loving Memory of Gioia Frassinelli Riccio

August 12, 1928
Bridgeport, CT
August 17, 2017
Black Rock, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Monday, 4-8 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

August 21, 2017


St. Ann's Church

Mass of Christian Burial

481 Brewster Street,
CT 06605

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 10:00 AM


St. Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue,
CT 06615

August 22, 2017

Family Gathering


Frank J. Riccio, M.D. Fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation

40 Richards Avenue,
CT 06854

Gioia Frassinelli Riccio

Gioia Frassinelli Riccio, a lifelong resident of the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, died Thursday, just days after her 89th birthday.

Gioia graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, where she made several lifelong friends who continued to meet regularly for lunch well into their 80s. As “Miss Frassinelli,” she taught second grade for two years in Fairfield, then moved to New York to work for Condé Nast publications. She became engaged while on a legendary trip to Italy with her mother and dear friend Maria Miro. She and her husband Frank Riccio, M.D.,married at St Ann’s Church and raised five children in their home at St. Mary’s by the Sea during their 50 years together.

For many years, Gioia was an active member of the St. Vincent’s Hospital Auxiliary, serving as its president for two years. She also served on the University of Bridgeport Board of Trustees, and was active at St. Joseph’s Manor in Trumbull.

Gracious, smart (she was the salutatorian of her Bassick High School class), and always ready to laugh, Gioia was known by all as a good listener and a source of sound advice. She could make a day out of a trip to Bloomingdale’s with a friend, or spend three hours over a cup of tea with family. Left to remember her devotedly is her son Fred (Kathy), daughters Nina, Lisa (John), and Gioia (David), and 13 adored grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and son, Frank, Jr. Friends may call Monday, August 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Bridgeport. Entombment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Frank J. Riccio, M.D. Fund at the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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9 Guestbook Entries for Gioia Frassinelli Riccio

  1. Gioia and family,
    With great sadness, we learned of your dear mom’s death. She was lovely, beautiful, strong, and most importantly joyous. Please accept our love and thoughts of family.
    Kevin, Edie, and all family

  2. Gioia and Riccio Family
    My prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. I had many enjoyable times with mom and dad over the years
    God Bless

  3. Riccio family,

    We are sending our best wishes and our sympathy to your wonderful family in this time of loss. Know that our thoughts are with you and we are here for anything you need.

    Much love,

    The Sullivan and Zambetti family

  4. My deepest condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your love one Gioia. You will be reunited with her again on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain nor death Life Without End a wonderful promise in God’s word the Bible Revelation 21: 1-5.

  5. To the Riccio Family,

    My thoughts and prayers with all of you. Gioia was a class act, and had a positive influence in my life.

    Tom Castelot

  6. Dear Fred, Nina, Lisa and Gioia, I am so sorry on the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful person. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Love, Lorraine

  7. We are so sad to hear about your Mom & Grandma. She was a wonderful woman & certainly be missed. Our long vet goes to the entire family. We love you all.
    Chris, Elizabeth , Violet, Stella & Finlay

  8. I was deeply saddened to learn of Gioia;s death I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to her children and their families and her sister, Nadia.