Shirley Ritter, 1929-2017

Shirley A. Ritter, 88, of Union Mills, Indiana, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017.

Shirley was born March 23, 1929, in South Bend, Indiana, to James F. and Ruth (Freese) Bottorff.

Shirley retired from L&G Truck Stop as a bookkeeper and was a member of Vale Church of Christ in Valparaiso, Indiana. She also enjoyed watching “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune,” reading the Bible, doing word searches and puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On May 5, 1951, in South Bend she married Lyle Ritter, who preceded her in death on July 15, 2011.

Shirley leaves behind two daughters, Debra Ritter of Union Mills and Donna (Kim) Sokolosky of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Wendy (Chuck) Peterman, Shelly Pemberton, Katelyn Sokolosky, Kelly Sokolosky, Jodie Ritter, Kylee (James) Bowen, and Ashly (Larry) Remkus; 14 great-grandchildren, Aiden, Alyssa, and Austin Peterman, Bryston and Evelyn Ruth Pemberton, Savanna, Colton, Mallory and Macie Ritter, Emilee and Lukeas Bowen, and Layla, Garrett and Anthony Remkus; and sister-in-law Pearl Bottorff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lyle; son, Terry Ritter; granddaughter, Casey Ritter; and brother, Ed Bottorff.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 26, from 10-11 a.m. at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, Indiana. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 26, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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4 Responses to “Shirley Ritter, 1929-2017”

  1. Mike & Mary Spiess

    Aug 23. 2017

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Jackson Weir

    Aug 24. 2017

    Hello Debbie. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope life is being good to you.

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  3. Dave Lowery

    Aug 25. 2017

    So sorry for your loss Debbie and Donna. Many memories and many years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Stacy p. Grage

    Aug 26. 2017

    Deb & Donna very sorry for your loss. Hope your both doing well.

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