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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Renee C. Ricciardelli, NJ Judge of Compensation

The Honorable Renee Ricciardelli, Administrative Supervising Judge, Division of Workers’ Compensation, leads a seminar for workers’ compensation attorneys held as part of this year’s celebration of the 100th Anniversary for the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Photo: NJ DOL
Renee C. Ricciardelli, 65, of Columbus, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at her home.

Born in Trenton, Renee was a lifelong Hamilton Township resident before moving to Columbus 10 years ago. Upon graduation from Temple University and the University of Richmond Law School, she became a tax counselor for the Department of Treasury. On Jan. 1, 1976, Renee was appointed by former mayor, John K. Rafferty, as the Hamilton Township municipal attorney and was the first woman in New Jersey to be appointed to this position.

On Feb. 1, 1985, Renee was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean as a workers' compensation judge for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She advanced to administrative supervisory judge several years prior to her retirement in June 2014. She authored the Task Force on the Uninsured Employers Fund in 2003.

She was an original trustee of the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton Township and served for several years on the New Jersey Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. Renee was an avid sports fan, especially of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. She attended several Olympics and could converse on any topic related to sports history.

She enjoyed traveling and took beautiful photos of the sites she visited. She was a lover of nature and animals and supported many charitable organizations dedicated to these causes.

Daughter of the late Valentina (DiGiuseppe) and Angelo M. Ricciardelli, she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles A. and Jean Ricciardelli of Washington's Crossing, PA; her sister and partner, Janice M. Ricciardelli and Ladd Graham of Pasadena, CA; her niece, Elizabeth Al Binali of Dubai, UAE; her nephews, Charles M. Ricciardelli of Washington, DC and David Ricciardelli of Yorba Linda, CA; her great-nephew, Iain Ricciardelli; her great-niece, Bria Ricciardelli, and several cousins.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ with Words of Remembrance being offered at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Renee's memory to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 ( or to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street NW, Washington DC 20037 ( Saul Colonial Home 3795 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 (609) 587-0170 -

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