Ethel Rich

Ethel A. Rich (DeMarco)

June 4, 1917 - January 10, 2021
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Ethel A. (DeMarco) Rich, age 103, of Shelton, peacefully entered into rest in her home on Sunday, January 10, 2021 with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry T. Rich. Ethel was born in Shelton on June 4, 1917, daughter of the late Joseph DeMarco Sr. and Philomena (Pastore) DeMarco, and was a lifelong Shelton resident.
She worked as a dental assistant for 30 years for Hebert Steiman in Shelton. She also served on the board of the AARP and belonged to the Mission Club and the Stork Club. Ethel was a longtime member of St. Joseph Church and served as President and VP of the St. Joseph Rosary Society, and as an altar angel.
She is the beloved mother of Kenneth R. Rich and his wife Joyce, Leonard F. Rich and his wife Carol, Terrance H. Rich, and Elizabeth Rich. She leaves 18 cherished grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ethel was predeceased by a son, Irving Rich, and daughter, Jeanne Rich Miko, daughter-in-law, Patricia Rich, three brothers, Henry, Joseph, and Alexander DeMarco, and two sisters, Margaret Geissler and Eleanor Ciccarelli.
Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held at St. Joseph Church in the future at a time to be announced. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton has been entrusted with her arrangements. Friends may leave condolences online at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
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Service Details

  • Private

    St. Joseph Church
    424 Coram Ave.
    Shelton, CT 06484
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    Rev. Michael Dogali
  • Interment

    Mt. St. Peters Cemetery
    219 New Haven Ave
    Derby, Connecticut 06418
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Norine C Nedavaska

Posted at 08:44am
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious Mother. Your Mom and my Mom were cousins (my Mom was Violet DeMarco Dziamba). They used to live together on Wheeler Street and my Mom often told me stories of how the two families used to share Christmases together running up and downstairs to see each others Christmas presents. My Mom and I attended your Mom's 90th birthday party in Milford. I have often thought of her after my Mom passed on 3/19/2013 @ one month shy of 95 yrs. old. Your Mother was one of the sweetest women I 've ever met. May she rest in peace. I will always remember her she had a beautiful spirit......Norine Dziamba Nedavaska

George Quad

Posted at 10:18pm
Lenny, Kenny, Trout, et al. My deepest sympathy, She was a remarkable lady, She'll always be a part of those of us that knew her even a little.
George Q

Judith Ayer

Posted at 02:34pm
Sending condolences to the Rich family from the Class of 59, SHS. You have our deepest sympathy.

Meredith Rogers Cherland and Carl Cherland

Posted at 12:58pm
Dear Ken, Betsy, Terry and Lenny,

We were so sorry to learn of your mother's passing on Saturday. I especially remember her well. I have memories of so many lovely dinners with Ethel over the years, most of them at Joyce and Ken's table, and I can't think of anyone more charming or better at keeping the conversation interesting. She was always lively, energetic, and full of plans for enjoying life. She was also very kind to my mother, visiting her and bringing her gifts. (Thanks, Ethel!) She certainly raised children who were smart , nice, and supportive of her. Betsy, you did a great job for her these past few years. I wish you all comfort and peace of mind.

Love from Meredith (and Carl) Cherland, Joyce Rich's sister, and family.

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