Yvette Ribaudo, 91, died May 21, 2022 in Naples, Florida.
Born in Hardwick, VT, on September 22, 1930, Yvette grew up on a dairy farm with thirteen brothers and sisters. Coming from a large family had a significant impact on Yvette’s life. She was taught to put others before herself and she did just that. She shared whatever she had with family, friends, and strangers and ensured everyone who entered her home was well fed and felt welcome.
After graduating from high school she moved to Hartford, CT, where she worked for Colt Firearms. There, she met Dean, who stole her heart and kept her laughing for over 57 years of marriage before his death in 2010.
Yvette and Dean settled in Windsor Locks, CT in the early 1960s where she was a devoted mother and homemaker known for her red sauce and peanut butter frosting cake that her family could never get enough of. The couple relocated to Naples, FL, in 1994, where Yvette spent many happy years as part of the Riviera Colony community. She enjoyed mah-jongg and bingo nights, was a regular in the shuffleboard and bocce leagues and was a Boston Red Sox super fan.
Yvette is survived by her two sons and their families; Dean Ribaudo, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Enfield, CT, and Dale Ribaudo and his wife Debbie of Ogunquit, ME and Naples, FL, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Jeanette Tacey of Windsor, CT, and Claire Burns of Providence, RI, and Naples, FL. She was predeceased by her parents, Davila and Delina Ferland.
Yvette and her sons are grateful to her sister, Claire, who has wintered with her for many years providing unmatched companionship, loving care, and the kind of friendship that only a sister could provide.
A private graveside burial service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Windsor Locks, CT, at the convenience of the family. There will also be a memorial service in Naples, FL this coming winter when her many friends from Riviera Colony return to the area.
She will “definitely” be missed by many, and her caring and warm personality will live on in all of us. Coincidentally, her life can be summed up by her favorite phrase, “very good.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tunnels to Towers or St. Matthew’s House.
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