Sydelle Rickman

March 12, 1935 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Sydelle Rickman Obituary

Albany - Sydelle Rickman, 88, a lifelong resident of Albany died peacefully on Thanksgiving morning November, 23rd in the comfort of her own home. Born in Albany on March 12, 1935, Sydelle was the younger daughter of the late Joseph and Fay Greenstein. Because her name was so original and beautiful, Fay and Joe decided no middle name was needed. Sydelle was raised in Albany where she resided in a home filled with the love of her parents and big sister Harriet and directly above her aunts, uncles, and beloved cousins. Sydelle attended Albany City schools where she played cello in the school orchestra. Later in life, Sydelle attended art classes at The College of St. Rose. She worked for New York State for many years, first with the Department of Civil Service, then with the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) where she loved being the assistant to Ray Faulkner, and lastly with the Department of Labor. Sydelle loved warmth and sunshine. For many years she enjoyed spending winter months in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her husband Lawrence. The two also enjoyed summer vacations on Moody Beach in Maine with their children and grandchildren. Sydelle was a voracious reader and an avid Yankee fan. Sydelle had so much artistic talent and spent many years painting beautiful pictures and creating and addressing invitations in calligraphy for special occasions around the Capital District. 

Sydelle was the devoted wife of 59 years to Lawrence B. (Larry) Rickman. In addition to her husband, Sydelle is survived by her daughters Laura Hosford (Matthew) of Delmar and Wendi Rickman (Jonathan Broth) of Glen Ridge, NJ; her beloved grandchildren Merrick and Phoebe Hosford, Sabrina Broth and Tyler Conway; her sister and brother in law Alvin and Patricia Rickman, and several nieces and nephews to whom she was like a second mother. Sydelle was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Fay Greenstein, her sister Harriet Lerner, and brother-in-law Gardner Lerner. 

Sydelle's family is eternally grateful to the amazing women who have cared for her with dedication, love, and compassion for the last several years, Oneika Miller, Claudia Hutchinson, Donnett Miller, Amy Dixon, and Angela Reed. 

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 26th at 1:00 pm at Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave. in Albany. Internment will follow at The Beth Abraham Jacob Cemetery, 1620 Western Guilderland. Funeral services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by “Liking” the Levine Memorial Facebook page.

Contributions in Sydelle's memory can be made to Jewish Family Services of Northeastern, NY (JFSNENY), 184 Washington Avenue Extension. Albany, NY  12203

Shiva will be held at the Rickman residence on Sunday after the funeral until 6pm and then on Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm

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Funeral Service
November 26, 2023

1:00 PM
Belle Avenue (Levine Memorial Chapel, Washington, Albany, Elmwood Cemetery, NY)


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