Norma Henning Ritchie, 93, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in the skilled nursing unit of St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre. For nearly 50 years she resided in South Wilkes-Barre before relocating to Provincial Tower in downtown Wilkes-Barre. She had been a resident of St. Luke's for the past two years.
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Born Jan. 27, 1921, to Stanley and Julia Henning, she grew up in the Back Mountain and graduated from the former Kingston Township High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg State College and then entered the U.S. Army in World War II, where she trained as a physical therapist and received her officer's commission. She later earned a master's degree from Temple University. Her physical therapy career spanned many decades, including a number of years at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
Additionally, Mrs. Ritchie held volunteer leadership positions at the local and national levels with the Girl Scouts, PTA, March of Dimes and many other organizations. Most recently she had been involved with the Downtown Residents Association and Masters Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Earlier she had been a referee for high school and college women's sports programs throughout the Wyoming Valley. She also enjoyed golfing at Hollenback Golf Course and watching sports on television, particularly tennis, basketball and golf.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Attorney George B. Ritchie; sister, Lois Henning Ague; and brother, Sherman "Christie" Henning.
Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Ann Hoppa and her husband, Patrick, Baltimore, Md., and their children, Michael Hoppa and his wife, Avery, New York City, and Kristin Hoppa, Santa Barbara, Calif.; her son, Christopher B. Ritchie and his wife, Sally, Wilkes-Barre, and their children, Eric B. Ritchie, Phoenixville, and Ingrid B. Ritchie, a student at Penn State University; brother, Carl and his wife, Dodie, Bridgton, Maine; sister, Doris, Redding, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. On Jan. 25, 2013, Mrs. Ritchie proudly became a great-grandmother with the birth of Dagny to Michael and Avery Hoppa.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Services will be conducted by the Rev. K. Gene Carroll, Ph.D.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Osterhout Free Library, the general scholarship fund of East Stroudsburg State University, or to Trucksville United Methodist Church, where she had been a longtime member.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.eblakecollins.com.
E. Blake Collins Funeral Home
159 George Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 8, 2014