Born at Petaluma General Hospital, Petaluma, CA on January 30, 1946 and passed away in Cotati, CA on October 6, 2012 from complications of melanoma.
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He was predeceased by his parents, Willard Ritko and Esther Ritko. Stanley is survived by his sister, JoAnn Ritko Pozzi (Natale); his niece, Andrea Pozzi (Guy Fairon) and dear friend, Juanita Bento. He was raised in Penngrove and Cotati and worked as a custom farmer with his dad from the age of 12, starting at the Rohnert Park Seed Farm. He was a simple man with a huge kind heart. Always anxious to teach others what he knew. A master hay farmer and a great talker with plenty of time for it. He loved the simple things of life and always ready to ask or explain – How do they do that?
Family and friends are invited to attend the Graveside Service, Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Cypress Hill Memorial Park, 430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 2012