Doris Rickerich, 91, died suddenly Feb. 12 at her home in New Milford. She was the wife of Frederick Rickerich.

Mrs. Rickerich was born May 15, 1921, in Union City, N.J., to the late Martin and Lucy Buckman.

She was the consummate homemaker, with a natural artistic bent, whether it applied to her lifelong enthusiasm for gardening, interior design and the needle or culinary arts.

She was known to radiate beauty from within, while never without a smile or interest to engage with and share her eternal optimism and joy to whomever she encountered.

During the 20 years she resided locally, she served as deaconess of the First Congregational Church in Washington, the chairwoman of the Washington Garden Club membership committee and was a member of the Washington Club.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, Mrs. Rickerich is survived by two sisters, Ellen Epple, of Cape May, N.J., and Ruth Matarazo, of Bath, N.C.; three daughters, Susan Sphar, and her husband, Holly, of Fox Chapel, Pa.; Nancy Clark, of Woodbury, and Karen Rickerich, of Connecticut and New York; a son, Steven Rickerich, and his wife, Dana, of York, Maine; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Regional Office, 40 Main St., New Milford CT 06776.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.