Rosemary Ritter

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Jan. 5, 2013

Miss Rosemary Ritter, age 93, a lifelong resident of North Wilkes-Barre, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a guest for the past five and a half years.

Miss Ritter was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Roy Henry and Anna Smith Ritter, and was a graduate of the Class of 1938, James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She had been a sales clerk at the former F. W. Woolworth Co., Wilkes-Barre, for some time, and later had been a confectioner with the former Helen K. Salzburg Candy Co., Wilkes-Barre, for several years.

During World War II, Miss Ritter had been one of the original volunteers for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, later named the WACS. She served her country with patriotic dedication and earned the WAC Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Meritorious Service Award. She was discharged from Camp Kilmer, N.J. with the rank of Technician 5th Grade and returned to her family home in Wilkes-Barre.

Rosemary was well-known in North Wilkes-Barre, having resided on Madison Street for many years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers, George A., John and Clyde H. Ritter.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and thanks for the wonderful care given to their loved one while she was at Heritage House and later St. Luke's Villa.

Surviving are a sister, Lorrain R. Mersfelder, Edwardsville; brother, Roy Ritter, and his wife, Lucienne, Baltimore; sister-in-law, Jane B. Ritter, Mountain Top, and several loving nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at 1p.m. at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Zanicky, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shavertown.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made in Rosemary's name to St. Luke's Villa, 80 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


Published in Times Leader on Jan. 7, 2013
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