MANCHESTER - Jean Clark Ritzenthaler, 88, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester, with her son, daughter and son-in-law by her side. Her health had been declining over time.
Jean was born on Sept. 26, 1924, in Alstead to the late Grover and Dora (Wilder) Clark.
Jean graduated from Keene High School, Class of 1944. She then lived and worked in Connecticut, where she met her husband. They were married in San Diego on Oct. 17, 1946. They eventually made their home in Nashua, where Jean worked at Sprague Electric. They then moved to Manchester, where she worked side by side with her husband, who was the owner of the Mulberry Press Printing Company. After his death, she worked for many years at the Honeywell (now Jewell) Electric Company until her retirement in 1986.
Jean was a very active member of the Merrimack Street Baptist Church (Now Faith Baptist), teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and serving on many committees, sometimes as president. She was honored as the church's mother of the year in 1962.
She enjoyed going out to eat with church and family members, baking desserts, and celebrating the many milestones in her children's, grandchildren's and great grandchildren's lives with them.
Jean is survived by her two sons, John C. Ritzenthaler of Manchester and David B. Ritzenthaler of Londonderry; and her daughter, Patricia Cass and her husband, John, of Milford; a sister, Beulah Clark Smith of Surry. Jean is also survived by six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Jean is predeceased by her husband, John C. Ritzenthaler Sr., who passed away on Jan. 26, 1965, after 18 years of marriage. She is predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Carol (Lund) Ritzenthaler, and an infant granddaughter. Jean is also predeceased by six siblings, Clifford Clark, Richard Clark, Hugh Clark, Isabel Lewis and Ruth Pratt, all of the Keene area, and Frances Fisher of Connecticut.
sERVICES: Calling hours will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Cain and Janosz Funeral Home, 74 Brook St., Manchester, between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Cain and Janosz Funeral Home, officiated by her nephew, the Rev. Donn Williams. A burial will immediately follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.
Memorial donations can be made to the State of N.H. Veterans Affairs Office, 275 Chestnut St., Room 517, Manchester 03101-2411, Attn: Jamie Tessier.
The arrangements are in the care of the Cain and Janosz Funeral Home. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence, please visit our website cainjanoszfuneralhome.com