Melinda (Peterson) Ricker, age 62, lifelong resident of Guilford, CT, passed away after a brief illness on March 15, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Melinda, eldest child of the late Nils and Rochelle Peterson, was born on April 2, 1959 in New Haven CT. A graduate of Guilford High School and Central Connecticut State College, Melinda enjoyed a professional career in banking, eventually retiring to focus her love and time on her family, her home and her gardens. She was happiest at home – caring for all of her loved ones, baking, cooking, quilting, entertaining and especially gardening. Melinda was a beautiful soul and a kind and generous wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Melinda was the cherished wife of Dan Ricker and beloved mother to two children, Kevin Ricker (Guilford, CT) and Erica Ricker (Old Saybrook, CT). Four-year-old grandson, Gannon Ricker, was a bright light and source of great joy in Melinda’s life. She also leaves behind a large and loving extended family: MaryLou (Dennis) Cadwell, Melanie Martin, Pam Smith, Beth Peterson, Laura (Jason) Rendano, Matthew Peterson, Debbie (Bob) Parcella, David Ricker, Dale (Val Nettleton) Ricker and her in-laws, William and Joan Ricker. In addition, Melinda will be missed dearly by her many nieces, nephews and their children. Melinda was predeceased by her nephew, Kyle Martin.
Services for Melinda are being held privately. The Hawley Lincoln Memorial, Guilford is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Melinda’s memory can be made to the Nils. G. Peterson Young Educator Scholarship fund, c/o Brierley, Cadwell & Possidente, 741 Boston Post Road, Suite 307, Guilford, CT 06437.
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