Salvatore (Sam) Ritacca
1940 - 2021
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Salvatore (Sam) Ritacca

Fountain Hills - Salvatore (Sam) Ritacca, 80, of Fountain Hills, AZ passed away on June 7th, 2021. Sam was born on August 4th, 1940 in Kenosha, WI to Joseph and Yolanda Ritacca and was the eldest of four siblings. Sam graduated from Bradford High School and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Sam was a member of the Men's Chorus, a football, basketball, and wrestling coach, an exchange student program director, and had a 40+ year high school teaching career at St. Joseph, Tremper, and Fountain Hills in Mathematics, Economics, Geography, History and Social Studies. Sam was a giving, gentle, selfless, loyal, kind, exceptional, and beloved husband to Rose, father to two daughters whom he considered his angels, and grandfather of three. Sam had a passion for his family (near and far), the North woods, fishing, deer hunting, boating, trivia, Sheepshead, cribbage, the Green Bay Packers, movies, traveling, knowledge, real estate and home improvement, and was truly a Renaissance man. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Rose Ritacca, his daughters, Monique (Louis) Herena and Nicole Ritacca, his grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Mia Herena, his brother, Joseph (Joan) Ritacca, his sisters, Rosemarie (Charles) Herman and Jenniene (Kenneth) Mallalieu, his in-laws John (Lauraine) Scola, Lena Marescalco, Juliet (Michael) Martin, and Dominic (Frederick) Scola, and extended family. A celebration of Sam's life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Sam to the American Heart Association.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.
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June 12, 2021
I loved Mr Ritacca. He was a very caring person. I had a tendency to talk way to much in his class he would throw chalk at me to get me quiet. He was indeed my favorite teacher. My daughter had him many years later class of 1971
Maryann Gretzinger Langnes
June 12, 2021
Very sorry to read of my cousins passing. As the days and weeks pass, and as you and yours return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Debbie Ritacca Glassman
June 12, 2021
Sam was a wonderful man. He came from a wonderful family and had a wonderful family. We always thought so highly of him. So sorry for our loss.
Rosaline Scola
June 11, 2021
We want to send our deep sympathy to Nicole and her mom and all of her family on the loss of her dad. We remember him as a good and loving family man. The Perpetual Light shines upon him.
Ray and Mary Ann Camosy
June 11, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
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