I know it's been a while, but I wanted to write to whoever is reading this what a wonderful teacher she was. On my first day she helped me feel less scared, and was there outside her door with a warm smile. I hope she is there with her friends and family to smile, and make them feel less scared as they face the world. Love, a student
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God always wrap His loving arms around you.
Continuing to pray for Colleen and her family. A bright light is missing this Christmas, but Colleen's legacy on earth will never die, and the heavens are surely rejoicing!
"Death lies on her like an untimely frost/
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field"
Dear Ritzer family:
I am a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas. My heart mourns with yours over the tragic and painful loss of your daughter. The Lord give you peace. I have offered a mass for the repose of the soul of Colleen, and I have offered a mass for the well being of the family. May God comfort you, and may you find comfort in the Lord. Be assured of my continued spiritual support.
With love and prayers,
Fr. Anthony Phelps
Have seen the many beautiful and lovely pictures of Colleen Ritzer has drawn my admiration and heartfelt sympathy. She is in a better place now, with God. Bless her always.
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with The Ritzers always. I never knew her, but I CAN SAY that I have been blessed to have had teachers LIKE HER, who to this day, have made me the man I am. To her students at the high school, I hope you benefit in the long term from having had and known such an awesome, empowering example of Colleen's spirit and committment to learning. God bless you and may justice be done. I don't any of you personally, but I feel for you and always will. I hope my love brings you comfort in some small way.
To the Ritzer family and all the Danvers students. This was such a terrible tragedy to everyone in Massachusetts. I bet she was a great teacher even though I never knew her.
Prayers go out to the family. What a terrible loss
My prayers and thoughts will be forever with Ms. Ritzer and her family. Understanding why crimes of this magnitude occur is difficult to comprehend. I know the pain the family must be feeling as my children and I experienced the loss of my wife Mary Nagle to another unbelievable similar tragedy. Eight years have passed and time brings upon some solace, however the wound will be forever open. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, keep your friends and family close. You will forever need their support.
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Praying for her and her loved ones. Life is precious. Amen.
I'm so sorry that this has happened to such a sweet teacher. May God comfort you in this terrible sorrow you're facing. Prayers are with you, she will be sadly missed.
I am profoundly sorry for your terrible loss. You, your family, and your precious daughter are in my prayers.
May God grant her peaceful repose as He cradles her in His arms. And may you and your family find comfort during this terrible and painful time. Do know that a nation mourns your loss, and we all have you in prayer.
I am so very, very sorry.
My prayers go out to the friends and family of Ms. Ritzer. It sounds like she was an incredible young woman and teacher. The world will miss her.
Wow. I just read about this. Rest in peace Ms. Ritzer. My condolences to your family and friends.
We will always love and remember the commitment to excellence you gave so many people..may God bless you in heaven..
To all who love and cherish Colleen, you and Colleen are in my prayers each day. My late mom was a beloved teacher in Danvers for many years. The care and nurturing of students is an incredible gift Colleen joyously shared everyday and this love for her vocation and others was nurtured by her loving and devoted family from a young age. Her beauty and goodness will shine forever. Through her words and example, Colleen's legacy inspires and challenges us all to be more dedicated, loving and concerned human beings. Words can not adequately express my deep sorrow for the loss of your beloved Colleen.
RIP Colleen Ritzer. You sounded like the sweetest teacher ever.
My prayers go to Colleen and the family of Colleen. A family that embraced family values. Something more and more lacking on this shrinking planet.
There remain some Christians in this world, but fewer and fewer. Colleen, a beautiful person, spiritually, mentally and physically. A most exemplary Christian.
The human race has lost a very valuable person. I just cannot get over this loss.
Robert B. Stynes
She was a super hero...a role model for all...she will be missed but her message of love and compassion will live on
My son had the brief honor to have Colleen as a teacher this year. Our family hopes that your family can heal from this heartbreaking tragedy. She was a wonderful & beautiful person. Colleen will always be a part of our DHS community.
I pray that your family heals from this heartbreaking tragedy. Thank you for the gift of your beautiful Colleen and the kindness she displayed to the students of DHS.
May God bring peace, comfort, and healing to the Ritzer family and all who were fortunate enough to know and love Colleen. She has touched the hearts of so many.
Prayers for Colleen and her family and friends.
During this month of All Souls, I extend additional prayers for Colleen. May God provide her family with strength, peace and hope in the Resurrection.
Condolences to the family of Ms Colleen Ritzer,
Amidst this painful and shocking news please draw a bit of comfort from the encouraging thoughts of the many persons comments and especially the scriptural references. It will help you day to day in finding endurance and regain hope in God's promises of a new order of things to come.
bobmay your hearts be lifted by remebering the the happiness she gave to everyone .a friend from maine
Peggy & Family,
my heart and prayers are with all of you during this unthinkable tragedy- God bless your lovely Coleen
Tears from a fellow teacher in Texas. Rest in peace. Janet Weber high school teacher
My name is Deborah Gona. I live in New Castle, Indiana. I work for the New Castle School Corporation as an aide for special needs children and have for many years. I am a parent of a 26 year old daughter who is a nurse. My heart goes out to you. I want to tell you that I am praying for you. Jesus is the only one who has the answer. I am praying that you will begin to feel the presence of the Comforter, the Great Jehovah, almighty God who holds Colleen under his everlasting arms. I am a member of Fall Creek Apostolic Church in Middletown, IN and although you don't know me be assured that I am spending time this week praying for you. Jesus will be right beside you helping you in every detail. Believe that even at this time He will never leave you or forsake you. He loves you dearly. He loves Colleen dearly. I just wanted you to know that I am praying that God will undergird you and give you strength at this time. Sincerely, Deborah Gona.
May Almighty God comfort you and your family....
Im so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to the family and friends. This is a loss for many. Although i didnt know her but i feel your pain. Please rely on God and he will see you through this difficult time.
Dear Ritzer Family,
Although I didn't know Colleen or you, her family, I just had to reach out to express my deepest sympathy. May time and the love of others help you to get through this tragic event. Colleen looks like the kind of person we would all like to have in our lives. Your best gift to her would be to carry on her legacy, and hopefully find comfort in the future. May her spirit live on through all of you.
Our hearts weep for the loss of your beautiful & precious daughter. We wish you calming moments to guide you through your heart breaking grief.?
I'm so sorry to hear about your lost. May God comfort you all. 2 Cornthians 1:3,4
So sorry for your heartbreaking loss. May your beautiful Colleen be safe in the embrace of god. Nothing anyone can say can ease your pain,but please know the country mourns for you.
May you find comfort during this difficult time by drawing close to God in prayer. He loves you and can heal your broken hearts.
From our family here in Alberta, Canada, to those of you who have lost a loving and caring daughter, sister, relative, friend and teacher, our thoughts and our prayers reach out to you from across the continent.
My husband and I (both retired teachers) hold you and your family in our prayers. In her short time in the classroom she touched more lives than you will ever know. God be with you in this difficult time.
Along with so many others, my heart aches for your family. What a beautiful life that touched so many! May Collen rest with God in peace as her legacy will inspire us all.
My prayers are with you.
May God be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest in peace, Colleen. Thank you for the legacy you left behind. Your family, friends, colleagues and students are in my prayers. #teacherstrong
To the Ritzer family, words can not even begin to express our sorrow for the loss of your Colleen. Our family, town, and country hold your family in our prayers. Her legacy is immense, may it soothe you to know how much she meant to everyone. Colleen lived out The Golden Rule everyday - what a blessing!
I am so very sorry for your loss of a wonderful daughter, sister, friend and teacher. My heart is just as heavy as yours and will keep you all in my prayers. So very sorry for your loss.
We are once again mourning the loss of a teacher who was just trying to help a student. We offer our prayers to family, friends, student and concerned adults. Put God first in your lives. PS.46:1-God us our refuge and strength.
I have never met you but god has a plan for you mam. God bless the family. My deepest regrets.
To the Ritzer Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Colleen. May you find comfort in the positive impact she seems to have had on so many and the legacy she leaves behind. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers .
Although, I never met you. Just want you to know that I'm truly sorry and saddened that this happened. May you rest in peace sweet angel.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Colleen her family and relatives. This is a "great family" who has added so much to our family over the years. Words cannot not express how sad we are for Colleen death. We are praying for her and her family. Love you all the warren family
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. She is now one of Gods angels
Remembering Colleen in our prayers
I dont know you all but my heart still feel the same, god bless the family.
To Colleen's Family-Please know that our family is keeping you in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time. This terrible tragedy has touched so many & we are all grieving with you. Take comfort in knowing that you will be together again in time.
Kathy, Sandwich, MA
My deepest and most sincere condolence to the Ritzer family for the loss of your beloved daughter/sister. May god provide you the strength to get thru your tragic loss. My prayers are with your family.
The world has truly lost a wonderful person. May the arms of the Lord hold your angel as close as her arms held the students she dedicated her life to. Rest in peace and god bless.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Although we did not personally know Miss Ritzer, the story of her tragic death touched us so deeply. I have thought about this tragedy everyday since its occurrence, and I pray that her family will be able to continue forward with Miss Ritzer's aspirations of being the best teacher there ever was. She was most definitely the best.
I'm so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories help you through this sad time.
Colleen, although I didn't know you, I feel like I did. I am also an Algebra and Geometry teacher who is passionate about helping my students, just like you. I'm so sorry that your life was senselessly cut short. All you wanted to do was inspire students to do their best and be good people. You have touched many lives and you will always be in the hearts and minds of many. I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace. You mattered and the lives you've touched will always be better because of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with the RItzer family. My deepest sympathies.
My deepest and most sincere sympathy to the family of this beautiful angel, may she rest in heavenly peace...
I am so sorry for this senseless death. I will think of you and send you wishes for comfort.
:( Rest In Peace Sweet Angel! So Sorry for Your Loss, Ritzer Family!:(
God sent us an angel for 24 wonderful years. She accomplished so much and touched so many in a very short time. WIth love and healing prayers from a teacher to a teacher.
It is with a heavy heart that I light this candle. May peace be with you all <3
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. For a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But, then, it flies on again and, though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it.
Our love and deepest sympathy are with Colleen's family and friends and all her beloved students. May Colleen rest in peace always. She will never be forgotten.
To Colleen's family and friends:
Colleen will forever be in our hearts and memories. She was an amazing person. Her light will forever shine in this dark world. Colleen, I pray you are with the Father right now looking down on us with your brilliant smile.
My sincere sympathy to Colleen's family and friends. Words can not express my sadness for this tragedy.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the family and friends of Ms. Colleen Ritzer and the Danvers community,
Please accept my sincerest sympathy at this tragic loss. Only God can answer "why? ". I join so many others in prayers for your comfort and strength in the days ahead. May Colleen rest in peace. God's blessings to each of you.
To the family and friends of Colleen. I know this is a very difficult time for you But May the God of all comfort provide you with the strength to cope with your loss. 2 Cor 4:7
Colleen's Family + friends, I'd heard that she graduated Magna Cum Laude. My Dad did the same and I know only special people do. You should be very honored to have been in her presence. To lose such a gifted woman at such a young age, is a tragic loss for all of us. May she Rest In Peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the words at Jeremiah 29:11.
Dear family and friends of Colleen... I am a veteran high school teacher in MN. Words surely fall short at the sadness in my heart for you. I am deeply grateful knowing the memory of Colleen will inspire and uplift many young people for years and years to come. Her legacy will be all goodness and light. Please know that other teachers around our country are holding you close...lifting you up.
Our prayers are with you.
I am so sad and sorry for your loss.I lost a daughter and know theirs no words to help. All we have now is tears and prayers,tears and prayers. I cry for you and all that loved your daughter. a friend pain Kevin
May you take just a little bit of comfort in knowing there is a new angel amongst us. May God bless and hold you close in this difficult time. The world is praying for you.
I'm so sorry for your loss of Colleen. She was a wonderful teacher and person. May God be with your family.
Although I didn't know Colleen, I offer my prayers for her, and all her family and loved ones who will miss her "till they meet again" May the knowledge of the Resurrection one day bring peace to your hearts.
Sorry for your loss. May God be of strength and comfort during this difficult time. John 16:22
My thoughts and prayers are with Colleen's family, her friends, her students. A shining light who was taken far to soon from all those she touched. May God watch over all of you and bring you peace. Your special angel is watching over you and will always be with you. I am deeply saddened for your loss.
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers
and may you find peace within. God bless.
My heart goes out to the Ritzer family in this tragedy. May they have comfort and hope in their time of need. God provides the comforting promise that he will wipe out every tear from all eyes and death will be no more.
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. With deep sympathies .
Condolences to the Colleen Ritzer Family, Colleen's students, colleagues and friends at this sad and tragic time.
May you rest in peace always <3
My condolences to the family,friends and students of Colleen Ritzer. God bless you all. May she rest in peace with the Lord.
im a 41 year old guy with 1/ 9 year old,presious,innocent little boy.i think about what happened and you.im sorry,i will say a prayer.i have a big heart and,im sorry.jason and bryson.SC.
My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the family, friends and students of Colleen!!! The world lost a bright star!!! RIP
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My deepest sympathy to the family of Colleen. The world has lost a wonderful person.
A Beautiful New Angel in
Heaven. With Deepest
A shining star gone too soon. May God bless and comfort those who mourn.
Sending my warming condolences to the family, students, and friends of this beautiful person. Rip Ms. Ritzer, gone too soon
A wonderful legacy from a beautiful woman who was tragically taken from this world.
There are no words to describe what has happened. May you find peace some way, somehow. Colleen is now with the angels..
So sad such a beautiful life was taken way too soon.
My deepest sympathys
There is nothing to say that will make your pain any less. Thats just not possible. May you find
comfort in the people you love.
The officers and firefighters of the Danvers Fire Department offer our deepest sympathy to Colleen's family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person and teacher. Our community is a better place because of the hearts she touched.
Thoughts and prayers to Colleen's family,friends and students. With my deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace in the arms of the angels.
Sweet Girl, your legacy is sure to last. Your kind spirit, giving and caring heart is now felt all over the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ritzer family and the entire community of Danvers. God Bless you all, with my deepest sympathy.
Pam Guyer, Wenham, MA
I did not know Colleen, but my son is a student at Danvers High School. Please know that the entire Danvers community shares in your grief and will always remember Colleen as a loving dedicated teacher and person. My deepest sympathies are with the Ritzer family. She is at peace now.
Senseless Tragedy...RIP. The world is thinking of you...with love from Australia xx
Perhaps there is some comfort in the (adapted) words of Shakespeare:
... and, when she shall die,
Take her and cut her out in little stars,
And she will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
May God bless you and be with you.
Such a senseless tragedy. I am at a loss for words. My heartfelt condolensces to Ms. Ritzer's family, friends and students. May she RIP.
Such a bright and shining light in all the lives that she touched. A person so kind and sweet. My sympathies to her family, friends and co-workers.
May you find solace in the love of your friends and family. Colleen truly impacted the lives of her students and in them, she lives on.
To The Ritzer Family- please know that the whole state of Massachusetts and beyond is grieving for you and with you. God Bless
God needed someone to teach little children in heaven and your Colleen will be there for them. God Bless your family.
The family is in our prayers.
I am so sorry for your family's temporary loss of Colleen. May the God of all comfort be with your family and community as you deal with this tragedy.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the ritzer family your precious angel will never be forgotten. I did not know her but from what I have heard about her she was an amazing teacher and person may god bless the ritzer family and may god watch over colleen ritzer god bless
We are very sad for your great loss, Ritzer family.
TO COLLEENS FAMILY-You are in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P.
My thoughts, prayers, & condolences go out to the family, friends, collegues & students of Colleen Ritzer. She was tragically taken from you much too soon, but may the memory of her goodness & sweetness be a comfort & inspiration to you all. She is surely with the angels.
To the Ritzer Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your daughters loss. May you find some peace in your lives knowing what a wonderful woman she was. Teaching will not be the same to many of us in Mass over the next weeks and months. Your daughters kind words and enthusiasm for the profession will always resonate with me.
I never knew Colleen but am saddened by your loss. I have been praying for you.
We did not know Colleen, but my family sends you our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter, sister, niece, friend, teacher. There are no words. May you find strength in knowing the impact she left behind as such a wonderful person.
god called his angel home, but all so soon;but not forgotten rest in peace my angel
Tom, Peggy and family, our hearts are heavy and filled with sadness for all of you and those that Colleen touched. She has made a mark here that will truly live on forever. Be proud, faithful and know that we are all praying for you. Much love at this unimaginable time.
God Bless the Ritzer family as they mourn the loss of Colleen. Hold your memories of Colleen close to your heart for they will give you comfort. So very sorry for your loss.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you.
May the eternal light shine upon her.....
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colleen. Please take comfort in knowing death was never what God intended. Job 34:10. May the God of all comfort, comfort you at this.2 Cor 1:3.
My thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones - may God assuage your pain and help you find a way to cope with your loss. God Bless.
So sorry for your loss. What a tragic. R.I.P Colleen
Resting in the arms of Jesus
My heartfelt sympathies to the Ritzer family. Please know that your daughter brought much joy and hope to her students. Our children, her students, are better people for knowing Ms. Ritzer. Please know how much she will be missed but also what a legacy she has left in her short time here on Earth.
I am so sorry for your loss. She is now an angel up in Heaven, as she was here on earth. R.I.P. Colleen.
May the Good Lord keep you & give you strength during this time of tragedy.
Another Angel in God's Care. Rest in peace dear Angel...Gone too soon but never forgotten.
I am so very sorry about your loss of Colleen. What a special daughter, sister, and teacher she was! I am in awe of the grace and maturity she seemed to possess at such a young age.
-From a former resident of Colleen's town.
Heartfelt Condolences go out to your family and friends .May Colleens memories bring you comfort in this difficult time .
May she rest in peace, such a shame.
My husband and I send our deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of your loved one. Isaiah 60:18 promises a time when, "no more violence will be heard in all the land.." May your family draw comfort from these words.
I believe you were the kind, gentle classmate at the math teaching seminar in Waltham who had great, fascinating comments. I can see how you would inspire so many students in your all too short teaching career. I send great sympathy to your family and admiration for having fostered such a lovely person.
In the few short hours of our acquaintance last spring, I still remembered you!
Sorry for your loss. RIP Colleen.
I did not know Ms Ritzer but my heart is feeling the family pain and anger of this tragic death But we must carry on. With love and support from family and friends but most of all from God (Ps 83:18) who sees all and will soon put an end to all wickedness. Job 34:10
Rest in peace. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
My sincere condolences to the family of Colleen Ritzer. May the God who supplies endurance and comfort be with you in the days ahead-Romans 15:5. E.D. Park Forest, IL.
So sorry for your loss.
To the Ritzer family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was shocked and saddened to hear of this tragedy. May God bless you and provide comfort. May Colleen rest in eternal peace.
Our hearts ache for the family of Colleen Ritzer. Romans 15:33.
My heart and sincerest condolences goes out to Colleen's friends and family. May she forever rest easy. I am so sorry for your loss.
I AM LIVING IN LAS VEGAS BUT I AM FROM MASS.AND THIS HAS HURT MY HEART,GOD BLESS THE RITZER FAMILY IN THIS VERY SAD TIME.
My thoughts and prayers to the Ritzer family on the loss of your beautiful daughter Colleen. May she rest in Peace..Our hearts are broken over this senseless violence..
Just want to say.... SORRY FOR YOUR LOST...
My heart goes out to the family of Colleen Ritzer on this terrible tragedy. I will remember both the family and Colleen in the Daily Rosary and Daily Mass. May God give you peace and comfort during this tragic time
to colleen's family..know that the world is praying for you...maybe colleen will be the change that totally needs to happen...i did not know her, but if every person had 1/10th of her values in life what a world it could be..may your daughter/sister watch over you forever...i am so sorry this happened and i wish peace to her family and friends.
There is absolutely no way to measure the sorrow the passing of this gifted,compassionate angel brings. May she be at peace in heaven.
We are so sorry for your loss. Your daughter/sister touched the lives of so many children in her short but truly remarkable life. She was a bright, beautiful light. God bless you all and I pray for grace for you all. With deep sympathy, Donna D. , Westwood, NJ
I am so sad this happened again. Family in my thoughts and prayers
You were the teacher we all hope to be. While I never met you, I learned this from reading your students' memories.
You had a smile for students, even after teaching all week long.
You loved math, even after teaching it to class after class.
You cared about all students, even the ones you didn't know.
I was reminded of how to teach with grace from your example.
Be at peace with the angels, Colleen.
Dr. Black, History Professor, Texas
I am a Massachusetts high school teacher and my stomach turns every time this tragedy crosses my mind. My heart goes out to her students and her family.
To the Ritzer Family, Colleen Ritzer, God Bless your beautiful daughter now with the Angels. Hail Mary Full of Grace...I pray for you and Colleen...RIP
To Colleen's Family and Friends, So very sorry this has happen to Colleen. I did'nt know her, but you can tell from all that knew her, she was a special and beautiful person. May God and friends comfort you at this sad time.
So sorry for the loss of a beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her. But even in the short time it seems she touched so many lives.i do not know her or any one in the family, but am touched by her smile,gone way to soon, but she will now rest in peace and will watch over you all,, may you one day find peace.. Bless you all.. And god bless you Colleen you beautiful angel shining down!!
God bless this beautiful soul. May she rest in peace and fly high with the angels we know she became. God bless her and her family and friends
The Ritzer's were my neighbors and I grew up & went to school with them. I cannot find words to describe the sadness I have for this senseless loss. My love, thoughts & prayers are with you all.
I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. Colleen contributed much as a teacher and daughter , even in her short lifetime.Such, " time and unexpected events, can overtake them all" . (Ecc. 9:11) May, "the God of all comfort" be with you.
Sending my thoughts and prayers and sincere condolences to family and friends. God Bless
provider selfless protector educator mentor guardian... a tragic loss for us all. god bless.
More proof that there are Angels in Heaven. Please don't think for a moment that she will not always be with you and us. God Bless
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Colleen. God Bless .
Heartfelt and deepest sympathies to your entire family.
I did not know Colleen but I wanted to let her family know that Berks County, PA is praying for them. We are sorry for your loss.
Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Colleen's family and friends. May
you find comfort in knowing that she is safe in the arms of The Lord, experiencing joy beyond belief! Tim and Lenna Schack
My thoughts and prayers to the Ritzer family on the loss of your daughter Colleen.
I am so sorry about the tragic loss of Colleen. It breaks my heart to hear what happened to her.
Did not know Colleen, but I am a teacher as well. In times like these I feel as if we lost one of "our own" in a most tragic fashion. As a community of teachers we should line the streets to show our solidarity and demonstrate the dedication we have towards a fellow teacher who showed such dedication to her job.
May the grace of God give you peace and lean not onto ur own uderstanding an lean on his everlasting love for he is with you an your family always.
My deepest sympathy goes out to this beautiful young Teachers Family. She is an Angel in Heaven and she will be guarding you all. God Bless you all..
My thoughts and prayers to Ms. Ritzer's family and friend. May she rest in peace. Gone too soon.
To the Ritzer Family - Please know that so many are keeping you all in their thoughts and prayers. Our Beloved Lord has shown his eternal light, love and peace to her and will comfort you in the days ahead. May you keep your faith close. God Bless...
I am so very sorry for your loss and extend mt deepest sympathy to you.
Dear Ritzer Family, The loss of your child no matter the age is one that no one should ever experience. I have been in the same place 3 times now,but as long as they are remembered they will never leave us. Colleen is with her Heavenly Father and watching over you !God Be With You .
To the family and friends of Colleen.....we are so stunned by her passing and realize what a massive loss this is to you as well as everyone who knew her or who have become aware of her due to this. May God give you peace and the knowledge that she is in a better place. She made a MAJOR difference in everyone's lives, even for us reading her tweets and messages. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
While I don't know you personally, my girlfriend is your same age and works at a school in Roxbury and this story turns my stomach inside out. You sound like an amazing teacher, and if we had more people like you in the world things like this would happen far less. Rest in peace, my heart goes out to you all.
Another angel watching over all of us
Prayers to all of Colleen's family and friends Special prayers to her students
As I learned more and of this horrible act I found myself crying for Colleen and her family. I do not know the right words to say that may add comfort to you at the loss of your daughter, an angel. I truly believe that one day we shall be reunited with our loved ones in heaven and God and Jesus Christ will be smiling upon you, and Colleen will be the hug you. May God bless you now and always. - James Hollander
I am heartbroken for you. Words cannot adequately convey how all of the good people of this community feel for you. May the Lord of all comfort you in your grief. HE says " be not afraid for I am with you, until the end of the age. " Colleen and her extended family is in my prayers.
May the family find peace and confort n your hearts and mind. She will always b n your hearts
Think of the good times from her memories. Our nation is praying for your family. R.I.P God will always be there for u.
To Colleen's family, friends and the Danvers learning community, Our deepest prayers and sympathies are with you at this terribly sad time. A teacher touches many lives during her tenure, no matter how long or short it may be. We are blessed to have known and loved Colleen and to have had her enrich the lives of our children. As we now carry on in her name, may we make her proud!
I don't even know this beautiful woman but my heart is so heavy trying to understand WHY these things happen. I hope her family knows that we are so very sorry for their loss.
May Colleen remain in your hearts and in the hearts of many, always. I am so sorry for your loss, your pain and for a life cut short, and hope you find solace in the beauty of the life she lived and shared.
What a loss for everyone. she was a wonderful person..rest in peace..
My condolences to the Ritzer family. May Colleen's memory be a blessing.
Ritzer Family and Friends
I will pray for you all to have the strength to overcome the loss of Colleen. I hope the someday the goodness of Colleen will be how you remember her..
There are no words that can offer you comfort. This makes absolutely no sense. I pray for the Ritzer family and all of Colleen's friends, students, colleagues, etc that somehow you can carry on, keeping her wonderful legacy alive.
So very sorry for your loss! And keeping your family in prayer! From what has been reported about her short time here she made a difference and will be remembered for how she lived! God Bless!
To the family and friends of Colleen Ritzer my sympathy goes out to all of you!!! God Bless You All <3
With deepest sympathy to the family for such heartwrenching pain
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. The days ahead will be difficult, but in the days to come
the peace and happiness that we hope for will be fulfilled on an earth wide scale. All living then on will receive
life forever on a paradise earth with all needs cared for. Isaiah 65:17, 21~23
in God's care rest in peace
I pray for your family. I know Colleen is looking down from heaven wishing you peace.
so so sorry for your loss, My heart aches for the family, as I have 2 daughters of my own, Prayers to everyone
May our God Comfort Your Entire Family during this difficult time. May our God give you all strenght to endure. God has called a beautiful Angel home. Rest In Peace Ms. Colleen.
God bless the Ritzer family. RIP, Colleen. Godspeed
I'm so sorry to the family for your loss. My wife is a middle school teacher who regularly arrives home at 5 pm after assisting students and doing prep work. She is passionate like what I've read about Colleen. This is so hard to understand.
Thoughts and Prayers with her family and friends.
So very sorry for your immeasurable loss. Such senseless violence must stop. May she rest in peace.
This is such a sad horrible story....My thoughts are with her family, students, and friends....what a loss.....
Dear Ritzer Family, My heart goes out to you and yours on this senseless tragedy. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope that you find peace and comfort in your loved ones and kind words. Rest in Peace Colleen. :( My thoughts and prayers to you.
To the Ritzer family,you have my deepest sympathy.Colleen sounded like a teacher I know.Always putting the kids first. No child ever was more important. I am married to her. The country needs more like these. Try to remember the good times,you know her students will. You have our deepest sympathy.
Your loved one was needed in Heaven to teach the angels! Take comfort in that. You will see her again. I walked those Danvers High halls a few years ago, and I hope you guys know how appreciated your loved one was! May the Holy Spirit hold you up.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
As a former teacher, this touches me even more. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Please know, we all share in your loss. May Colleen's memory be a blessing.
Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss....may Colleen rest in peace & give you the strength to stay strong!
Dear Ritzer Family -- I know you are heartbroken over the loss of such a beautiful person. The entire country mourns with you. I am so sorry for your loss. From reading about her, I can tell she did so much good in a life cut way too short.
Senseless. To Colleen's family-so terribly sorry for your loss..
May the smile of God light you to glory and may He comfort your family and all of us grieving your loss,
John & Mary Boudreau
To family, friends, students of Colleen Ritzer.. May your memories give you strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
My deepest condolences for the loss of Colleen Ritzer and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students. As a fellow teacher, I know she touched so many lives and she will be long remembered in the hearts of all.
My sincere sympathy to the Ritzer family. By all accounts Coleen was a wonderful young woman and teacher. May God hold her in the palm of His hand.
Bill Poule, Dedham Ma.
Dear Ritzer Family,
My heart aches. Rest in peace Colleen, in God's loving arms. GOD BLESS!!!!!!!! XOXO
I did not know Colleen, but I was so sorry to learn of her death. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Always.
God bless this beautiful human being - she and the world she touched deserve so much better...
"Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more...But the meek will possess the earth,And they will find...delight in the abundance of peace"
Psalm 26:10, 11
My thoughts & prayers are with the victim & her students & loved ones.
What a tragic loss. May the support of family and friends get you through this difficult time. Please allow God's word the Bible to provide you comfort.
May she rest in peace in the arms of god..
Our condolences to the family of this teacher. May the God of all comfort provide all of you the strength to cope with your loss.
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved daughter and sister. May she rest in peace. Her light will shine forever.
I am so sorry for your loss,
We're so very sorry for your loss.May she rest in peace.
Colleen is not only a loss to her students, colleagues, family and friends, but also to the very essence of what is good in humanity. Take comfort in the fact that her love of life and people will live on in the hearts of all she has touched. God bless.
My condolences to the family and friends. We've got to continue to pray to stop the violence. Baltimore, MD
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family & friends of Colleen.
So very sorry for your loss. Remember that through prayer the "God of tender mercies and comfort" will comfort you. I wish you peace and comfort.
I never met this young woman,it seem she was well love and caring person. Peace with you and your family at this time. You had a mission in your life to be a good teacher and now its gone. When you see the LORD in the heavens ask him can I teach his children like I was on Earth.I know the Lord will find a good opening her doors once again. AMEN
My condolences to the family!
Sending prayers from the school employees in New Port Richey FL...
I may never have known you Colleen, but I am heartbroken for you and your Family, what a Tragedy. May God welcome you with open Arms and I will pray for your Family.
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time, I'm so very sorry for your loss please find comfort in knowing death will one day be no more.
My thought's and prayer's are with all the family.A tragic loss to a young and wonderfull lady.God Bless
rest peacefully, youre a beautiful angel
So sorry prayers are sent to all of you...deepest sympathies
To Colleen's Family and Friends:
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Her life was much too short, but in her short time she touched many lives with her enthusiasm for teaching and math in particular.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
My sincerest condolences to Colleen's family on their senseless loss. My she rest in peace.
I pray that Colleen's family finds some comfort in this terrible time of grief. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Ms. Ritzer was my favorite teacher at DHS. I and everyone else are deeply hurt and traumatized at this horrific event. Rest in loving peace and prayers to the family.
May God comfort the family!
Our condolences to
Colleen Ritzer an family'
time to heal..keep faith..
Rest in peace beautiful Colleen. My condolences to her family and loved ones.
Prayers for the family.. My daughter is a teacher..
I am so sorry to learn this young beautiful woman has become another victim of senseless violence.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, students and the Danvers community in your time of sorrow with this senseless death.
My heartfelt condolences to the Ritzer family.
Praying for your family for God's strength & courage during this most saddening time. May Colleen RIP.
I am sorry for your loss please accept my condolences.
Such a senseless act. No words will comfort you at this time I know. God must have needed a "Very Special Angel" May Colleen R.I.P. My deepest sympathy to her family & loved ones.
God bless to u my child.an may god continue to watchover ur family and friends.
WE ARE PRAYING FOR ALL
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME.
TRUST AND OBEY FOR THERE IS NO OTHER WAY,
BUT TO BE HAPPY IN JESUS, BUT TO TRUST AND OBEY.
An excerpt from a recommendation letter I wrote for Colleen: "Colleen has been a dream student-teacher to work with- she is hard-working, dedicated, caring, thoughtful, and creative, and in mentoring and collaborating with her, I have been motivated to improve my own teaching." Colleen was so excited about teaching and so thankful for the opportunity to be in classroom. She is a reminder to me of the privilege we have as educators as well as our power to influence through words and actions. I will honor her by working to spread joy, kindness, and excitement in my classroom, as she always did.
Love and prayers to Colleen's family and friends and students and colleagues at DHS.
NO TEARS IN HEAVEN,
NO SORROWS GIVEN,
ALL WILL BE GLORY IN THAT LAND.
THERE'LL BE NO SADNESS,
ALL WILL BE GLADNESS.
WHEN WE SHALL JOIN THAT HAPPY BAND.
THOSE WE HOLD IN OUR ARMS FOR A LITTLE WHILE,
WE HOLD IN OUR HEARTS FOR EVER.
What a beautiful young lady who has left us all too soon.
May Colleen's family and friends find comfort in all of her
accomplishments on this earth. Rest in Peace Colleen you will be dearly missed.
There are no words that can be said. May Colleen RIP. May we all remember Colleen for the beautiful person she was and what she brought to so many people in her short life.
My condolences to the family. It is a terrible thing to have to go through but take comfort in God knowing he will take care of you in this time of need (Psalm 147:3).
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Ritzer family and also to all at Danvers High for their tragic and senseless loss of Colleen.
- Greg & Liz Liacos
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Colleen.
May God's grace wash over you in this time of great loss. Only He gives the needed strength.
From Upstate N.Y. Our deepest & heartfelt sympathy to the family & friends of this special lady. A tragic, senseless act, of a life taken, so young & talented. May you all find comfort in knowing others care & share your loss. God bless you all @ this most difficult time.
Sorry for the family. I will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless your family.
My heart breaks for this family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rest in Peace...we have teachers in our family and I know teachers care about everyone...May the famil find peace
I know I am one of many retired teachers who share the loss of such a great teacher and great American. God bless you and your family and friends.
this is more than sad. a life gone for no good reason. so very sorry. god be with family and friends and her students amen.
A Beautiful soul has left us. May Colleen rest in peace and may her family and friends find healing as they mourn for the loss of a friend, teacher, and family member. God bless her.
Suzanne Chandler, Arizona
Words cannot describe nor express how deeply saddened I am over the loss of one so beautiful, gifted and spirited--Peace be with all who love and adore Colleen
My deep sympathy to the family, losing a loved one is so very hard and painful, please allow God's words to comfort you.
We are so sorry for your loss. Colleen sounds like a wonderful person and touched many. We will pray for your family.
My heart aches for you and your family. May you find solace and comfort in those around you, and may God bring you strength, peace and protection. Praying for Colleen and all of you.
Lovely young woman. Give a big hug to Bev! Angels in Heaven.
I'm so sorry for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort in the Lord our God.
I found you while looking for my bestfriend who we lost Sunday morning. My heart is with your family. As I know how y'all are feeling right now. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.
My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to Colleen and her family. Rest in peace.
Prayers and condolences to the Ritzer family and friends. There are no words to express such a tragedy. Rest in peace.
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
My heart goes out to Colleen and her family. Such a loss..
My thoughts and prayer go out to the family for their loss. Rest in peace beautiful angel.
I offer my condolences to all those affected my this loss. Never feel you are alone. Our Creator is there to help you endure these difficult times. - Isa. 41:10, 13.
Rest in Peace dear teacher, and my simpathy for her family and friends, you are an angel now taking care of your students.
My deepest condolences to Collen's loved ones. The good she did and the positive impacts she made shall live on as a tribute to her. My deepest sympathy.
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colleen Ritzer, and to her whole community. I am saddened at the loss of such a wonderful young woman who clearly made the world a better place, and had so much promise for the future.
What a sad, senseless tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all affected. She's just beautiful.
Your star will forever shine brightly in the darkness of the night....your smile will always remain as a beautiful vision among all those who loved you and knew you...R.I.P.
So very saddened by the loss of Colleen
Ritzer, so promising, so good. Please accept my condolences.
I had nothing but the utmost respect for teachers. You, Ms. Ritzer by all accounts were one of the few that truly cared about your students and your profession. What a great loss to your family, friends, your community and your students. Rest in Peace.
Prayers and condolences go out to the Ritzer family. This is an absolute tragedy that no family should have to endure.
With much love to the family and friends for this senseless tragedy and loss of such a beautiful, giving and dedicated teacher.
Rest in peace, beautiful teacher
She is the child of the entire community and state who was working in the field of a social service to help our other children. The loss of her life is devastating to us all. Please rejoice in the accomplishments of her time on earth and remember her generous life spirit. M.Sullivan
May God hold your hearts during this horrific time of grief. God help guide us all to make our world a safer place for our children and their beautiful dedicated teachers.
I have always felt that teaching is a vocation meant for very special people.
My prayers are with Colleen's family and friends at this horrible time.
What a terrible loss to all!
So sorry to hear this terrible news about your beloved Colleen. Couldn't be more tragic.
A Bedford resident
Another messenger of hope for the future taken from us.
My prayers go out to you.
Our GOD will hold you dear.
May we all take a moment to Pray.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
We had never met , but you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Ryan and Amanda Massey
Hopes that all the good you brought to the world will outshine this tragedy. Best wishes to your family, friends, co-workers, and students.
Colleen, Rest in Peace, beautiful teacher.
Such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Colleen's family and friends. May she Rest In Peace. God Speed.
I am so sorry to hear of this loss. May God be with your students and teachers
Incredibly saddened to hear about this tragic loss of Ms. Colleen Ritzer. My heart goes out to the family, her friends and the Danvers community. May you rest in peace, Colleen. You will forever be remembered.
Another senseless tragedy that has left me terribly disturbed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Collen Ritzer.
No words can express how very sorry I am to hear of your loss. Blessings to Colleen's family, friends and students.
I am wishing her family, friends, and students strength. Colleen seems like she was an amazing person with a wonderful presence, qualities which will no doubt continue to be celebrated. It is tragic to lose such a beacon of light... May she rest in peace, and may her family, in time, also find peace...
Tom and family,
I am so sorry to read this news. It is senseless and a tragedy. I remembering when we worked together and Colleen was attending college.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
There are no words..Blessings, Love, and Peace to your Family at this time .
So very sorry for the loss of this wonderfully spoken of teacher ....to the family God Bless you during this difficult time. My prayers go out to you all.......!
I did not know Colleen Ritzer, but this story is heartbreaking. My heart goes our to your family and I hope that you rest in peace.
I am so saddened to hear about this senseless tragedy. My deepest sympathies to Ms. Ritzer's family and friends for their loss.
so very sorry to hear of your loss. from all I've seen she seemed like a loving,caring and amazing woman. may your good memories help you at this time.
so kind to students at DHS, she will be missed
May you rest in peace colleen - SAM
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
my sympathy,,to the family....such sorrow...
To the dear family of Colleen,
My condolences to you. May you find comfort in the inspired words of John 5:28, 29 and Psalms 34:18. I will keep you in my prayers.
I want to send my deepest condolences to Colleen's family and friends. What a terrible loss. Our hearts are with you.
I am so sorry and sad at your lost, what a beautiful life taken so soon due to senseless violence. I will pray for your family and will keep you in my prayers. You are an angel. God bless you.
1980 Graduate. God bless you and your family.
Taken much too soon. May your family find peace in your memory.
So sad and senseless. Such a lovely smile and a great attitude about teaching. RIP
Very sad news to hear! My condolences to the family!
Any teacher who is killed is a teaching gem which will shine in young kids heart forever
Peace to the family and the friends of Colleen Ritzer.
When tragedy strikes and takes the life of our loved ones, we cry out with great sorrow. Be assured that your tears are not unnoticed by the Creator of life. Although your deep pain will not easily disappear, praying to God will bring comfort to you as you grieve.