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Sandra J. Ritoch Kilmer 1937-2012 STUART, FL Sandra J. (Ritoch) Kilmer, 74, of Binghamton, Stuart, Fla., and Petersburg, N.Y., passed away Thursday, Feb 23 after a courageous fight with a serious illness. She was born September 27, 1937 in Binghamton to the late Michael and Helen Ritoch. She attended local schools and graduated from Binghamton Central in 1955. She was employed in the mailroom at SUNY New York at Binghamton for a number of years. In later years, she served as secretary for the Ocean Breeze Park homeowners association. Sandy leaves behind her loving family, beloved brother and sister-in-law Edward M. Ritoch and Sheila Ritoch of Pittstown, N.Y., adored godchild and her husband, Jennifer Ritoch Ratelle and Matthew Ratelle of Shaftsbury, Vt., treasured grand-niece and grand-nephew, Kylie Ritoch and Connor Ratelle also of Shaftsbury. Sandy was a good friend to many but she had very special friends in Florida:Gail Myers, John Slates, Margaret Baladino, Robert & Pam Skrobiak, and Bill Peters, as well as her longtime friends from Binghamton: Gulia Finsel, Karen Harder, Ronnie & Joe Miller, Audrey Micha, Fran Manni and Brother Christopher. Her husbands, Ralph Tobey and Robert Kilmer, and her devoted friend for 15 years, Donald Feheley predeceased her. She was a true friend to all and always there to lend a helping hand all the while never expecting anything in return. At one time Sandy raised German Shepherds and always had one as a faithful companion, her last being her beloved Rommel. She loved cooking and baking, traveling, going to the casinos, and chatting with everyone. She would enter an elevator and before she even reached her floor, it was a given she would know the history of most folks riding with her! She was extremely generous donating to orphanages and churches in Slovakia. She relished doing puzzles, needlepoint and enjoyed a rousing game of bingo. But her real enjoyment truly was family and friends. She derived such pleasure by being in their company, and they in hers. Later in life, she spread her love between New York and Florida. She treated all who came into her life as family and she will be remembered with love. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services will be held at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc. 150 Main Street, Johnson City, N.Y. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 72 Main Street, Binghamton, N.Y. Deacon Barbara Hayden with officiate. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott, N.Y. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday February 27, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a memorial service held at a later date in Florida. Good night Mrs. Calabash.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 25, 2012
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