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Memorial Service

Grace Christian Fellowship Church
Saturday May 21st, 2016

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Maria J. Ritter

Maria Johanna Iemenschot Ritter, 90, of Marathon, NY, passed away at Cortland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Cortland, NY, on May 15, 2016, after a brief illness.

Maria was born in Deepenveen, The Netherlands, on August 13, 1925.  She left Holland in 1952 with her husband after they were married.  The couple lived briefly near Tully, and settled in New Jersey for 20 years before moving to Marathon.  She was an active member of the Chester Presbyterian Church choir, Chester Board of Education, New Jersey Farm Bureau, Morris County Board of Agriculture, and the Masterwork Chorus.  A talented singer, she joined the First Presbyterian Church choir after moving to Marathon in 1976.  While living in Marathon, she continued her involvement in the Cortland County Farm Bureau, the 1890 House, the Zonta Club, and the Art and Literature Club.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Walter Ritter; and their three children, Carl, Edwin (Maria), and Jody (David) Pugh.  She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Alexis (Alex), Robert, Jennifer, and Gregory; and one great-grandchild, Samuel.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Marathon on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Douglas Hatch officiating.  There will be no prior calling hours.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Maria may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Marathon, P.O. Box 246, Marathon, NY 13803, or the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1361.

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A RAY OF SUNSHINE was ordered on May 20, 2016

Expression of Sympathy May 20 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy May 20 2016 12:00 AM

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A DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent on May 19, 2016

Sending our deepest sympathies and hugs, from your old "Jersey Girl" friends, Periann, Janet, Tracy, Lyell & Kris

Expression of Sympathy May 19 2016 12:00 AM

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A DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Carl & Denise Schulz on May 19, 2016

Expression of Sympathy May 19 2016 12:00 AM

Dank U.

Marianne en Heinjan May 18 2016 12:00 AM

Walter en de kinderen: heel veel sterkte.
Liefs, Marianne en Heinjan

Marianne & Heinjan Schoorel May 17 2016 12:00 AM

I am so glad I got to know Maria while she was still well. She was so kind, and a very classy woman. She loved a nice cup of tea or coffee and a cookie whenever she stopped to visit. I will always remember her fondly -- my condolences to the family.

Maryrose Livingston May 17 2016 12:00 AM

Maria was a great and beautiful lady. We always loved seeing her come to our salon(Generations)I am sure she will be missed,but left great memories.Prayers to you.

Deborah Mason May 17 2016 12:00 AM

Jodi, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so nice to me when you had your birthday parties. May she rest in peace with the Good Lord at her side. Love, Linda

Linda Whitehead Vahle May 16 2016 12:00 AM

Such a gentle soul that graced this earth has now moved on to heaven. I was blessed to know Maria through the Eastern Star many years ago, and more recently I was able to help Walter a few hours a week with her. Even as the disease took her memories, her gentle sweet soul remained, as did her loving nature. May God welcome her into his kingdom and may He help the family through faith and loving memories. Fly free Maria...

Jill Smithling May 16 2016 12:00 AM

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