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RITZMANN, Marc MARC KENNETH RITZMANN Marc Kenneth Ritzmann, 58, of Roberta, GA, (formerly of Atlanta) went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 15, 2012. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 1, 1954 and grew up in South Bend, IN and Atlanta, GA. Marc was a 1971 graduate of Marist High school. He attended Emory University where he earned Bachelors' Degrees of Art in English and Philosophy; a Master's Degree in Philosophy; and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law in 1980. Marc was a First Honor Graduate, Articles Editor Emory Law Journal, Member Order of the Coif, Partner Emory Business School, and authored numerous articles dealing with international business transactions. Marc was a kind and gentle man who God gifted with a tremendous intellect. He was definitely a character and those who knew him liked and loved him. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Marc used his gift of intelligence to graduate with the highest overall average in the 140 year history of Emory University in Atlanta and then became a senior partner of the law firm Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Stockton) where they put him in charge of their international legal practice. Marc was very generous, had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He loved his dogs, reading, music and playing his guitar. He was an excellent swimmer and at age 8 won second in state for the 100 yard breaststroke in South Bend, IN. Marc won numerous swimming trophies and watching him swim the butterfly was a thing of beauty. He made it look so easy. While Marc experienced a great deal of material success at an early age, he struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol all his life and was unable to overcome them. In March 2001, he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and spent the last eleven years of his life in various nursing homes in Georgia. At the time of his stroke, Marc was already suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. Marc was predeceased by his parents; Dolores and Walter Ritzmann; is survived by his stepmom; Janet Ritzmann of Clermont, FL; his brother; Keith W. Ritzmann and wife Nancy of Oro Valley, AZ; Sister; Donna D. Satterlee (Ritzmann) and husband Mike of Atlanta, GA; Nephews; Andrew Marc Ritzmann and wife, Denise of Lawrenceville, NJ; Kristopher Jacob Ritzmann of Oro Valley, AZ and various cousins in Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate money to or do community service for charities that help alcoholics, drug addicts and homeless people. Marc will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held sometime in 2013. If you want to send condolences, share stories or pictures of Marc, please e-mail them to Donna Satterlee at satterleedm@bellsouth.net.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 23, 2012
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