August 02, 2021 - December 25, 2016
Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 25, 2016, at the age of 52. From the moment Rick came into this world, he began touching hearts in a profound way. He leaves behind a legacy of optimism, courage, compassion and perseverance. All who knew him will remember his kind heart, contagious laughter, and joyful attitude in the face of constant adversity. He was a shining light and will be missed beyond words. Rick was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Rome and Kathleen Rudolph. He is survived by his sisters, Michele Rudolph (Marc Vandenhoeck), Jeannine Rudolph (Marc Chandler), Jennifer Rudolph (Brandon Boyle), and Jacqueline Smathers (Geoffrey); as well as eight nieces and nephews, Dylan and Ross Vandenhoeck, Nathan Chandler, Keelan and Sullivan Boyle, and Rome, Olivia and Lindsey Smathers. He also leaves behind his devoted aunt, Joan Strueber; and many other beloved relations. Friends and family will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel (next to La Roche College), 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA or LaRoche College.