Esther C. Ritzman

PORT ROYAL – Esther C. Ritzman, 82, of 46 Field Lane, Port Royal, passed away at 7:14 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Ohesson Manor, Lewistown.

Born on Aug. 6, 1931, in Perdex, she was the daughter of her late parents, Charles H. Kipp and S. Emily (Smith) Brubaker, and stepfather, Lucian W. Brubaker.

On March 25, 1950, she married her husband of 64 years, Ralph L. Ritzman, who survives. Also surviving are: three daughters, Donna and husband, Robert (Mick) Zimmerman Jr., of Port Royal, Janice P. and husband, Donald Welshonse, of Mifflintown, S. Jane and husband, Glen Wirt, of Port Royal; one son-in-law, William Wert, of Port Royal; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Vaclavik, of Millersburg, and Della F. Welfley and husband, Robert, of Mifflintown; and one brother, Jay Kipp, of Mifflintown.

Esther was preceded in death by: two daughters, Karen Lynn Ritzman on Jan. 9, 1976, and Debra Wert on Nov. 23, 2009; two sisters, Mary Louise Kipp and Mryle Bitting; three brothers, Charles, Robert, and Mervin Kipp; and a stepbrother, Lucian S. Brubaker.

Mrs. Ritzman was a 1949 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. She was a member of the Port Royal Presbyterian Church, where she served as a former Sunday school teacher.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Rex Funeral Home in Port Royal with the Rev. Crystal M. Lyde officiating.

Interment will follow in the Old Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in memory of Esther’s daughters, Karen and Debra, to the American Cancer Society, East Central Division, PO Box 897, Hershey, Pa 17033.