Edward L. Ritzer
Lifelong member of Mary, Mother of the Church
Edward L. “Bud” Ritzer, 89, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
He was born May 7, 1924, in Charleroi, a son of Edward E. and Catherine Lee Ritzer.
While at Charleroi High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 28, 1943, and served as an infantry staff sergeant during World War II with the 104th Timberwolf Division, Company B. He saw combat in the Central Europe and Northern France campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other awards.
Mr. Ritzer received his industrial engineering degree from Kent State University and worked for Corning Glass Works in Charleroi for more than 40 years.
He was married for 62 years to Dolores “Do” DeHainaut Ritzer, who died March 6, 2011.
Mr. Ritzer was a lifelong member of Mary, Mother of the Church parish in Charleroi, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, parish council member and lector. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mon Valley chapter, and the Knights of Columbus.
Surviving are daughter, Karin “Susie” Cooley of Fallowfield; five sons, Kevin Lee Ritzer and wife Janice of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Daniel Joseph Ritzer of Fallowfield, Edward Michael Ritzer and wife Linda of Scenery Hill, Jerry Ritzer and wife Linda of Fallowfield and J. Brennan Ritzer and wife Kathleen of Ruffsdale and 11 grandchildren, Kelly Hopkins (Terry), Brian McCathren, Rachel Marko (John), Aimee Ballard, Samantha, Erin, Katie Lee, Rachel, Zachary, Alex and Lee Edward Ritzer.
Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pa. Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110, (alz.org) or a charity of one’s choice. For those unable to attend, condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.