Carol Hope Ritz Buck Valley, 75
Hope Ritz, 75, Buck Valley, Pa., died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Homewood Skilled Care in Williamsport, Md., with her children by her side. She had been residing at Homewood for the past several years where she received loving care from the staff.
She was born May 25, 1938, the daughter of the late Marvin L. Golden and late Dorothy E. Golden and grew up in Piney Plains, Md.
She graduated from Flintstone High School and after graduation worked as a clerk at Conn and Fine in Hancock, Md.
She was united in marriage to the late John C. Ritz in 1958. They made their home in Buck Valley. She was the tax collector for Union Township for many years, worked at the family store, Ritz Brothers, and cared for numerous children in her home.
She is survived by four children: Dena Mellott, Warfordsburg, married to Tracy; Jeffrey Ritz, Greencastle, married to Tracy (Wissinger); Todd Ritz, Warfordsburg, married to Wendy (Strait), and Darla Shives, Needmore, married to Duane. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She is survived by one sister, Marlene Barnhart of Warfordsburg; and three brothers: Leslie Golden of Hancock; Maple Golden of Hancock; and Tommy Golden of Clearville, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Jane Golden.
She was an active member of Buck Valley Christian Church where she enjoyed serving in the nursery, ladies group and nursing home committee. She participated in the Gideon’s Women’s Auxiliary.
Shopping and finding a bargain was a favorite pastime. She was a devoted friend to many, always willing to give of herself. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and caring for her family was her passion.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Buck Valley Christian Church, c/o Jenna Divelbliss, 715 High Germany Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267
Online condolences at www.grovefh.com