Martha Leitzell Ritz
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Marty (85) passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013 in her residence in Avon Lake, Ohio from complications of cancer. She is survived by daughters Louise Ritz (Maryland), Patty Van Valey/Mike and Colleen Blalock/Ray of Avon Lake (Ohio), son Ray (Florida) and her beloved lab companion Branch. She leaves behind five grandchildren Chris Van Valey (California), Amber Hughart /Nic (California), Casey Blalock (Ohio), Shannon Ritz (Oregon), and Connor Ritz (Ohio). Marty was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years Ray (age 61, 1988) and son Steve (age 49, 2007).
Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, she and her husband were proud graduates of Penn State University, State College. Marty and Ray moved to Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1957 where she raised their five children and worked as a teacher at Nova Middle School until retiring in 1991. She moved to Fannin County Georgia in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where she enjoyed gardening, watching football, knitting, sewing, reading and mostly the peace and quiet. In 2009 she moved to Ohio to receive medical care at the Cleveland Clinic and lived with her daughter Patty's family.
The family will hold a private service in Georgia. She requested "no fuss."
Published in The News-Press on Mar. 9, 2013