Helen V. (Hastings) Ritz

Born: Mon., Sep. 26, 1927
Died: Fri., Sep. 8, 2017


Family to do services at later date


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Helen V. Ritz, 89, Kokomo, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 at her home. She was born September 26, 1927 in Richmond, IN to Leo and Margaret H. (Kutter) Hastings. Helen met Howard L. Ritz at a scrap drive during WWII. They fell in love and were married on February 3, 1945 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage until his death on May 12, 2006.

Helen had worked as a Doctor’s receptionist and enjoyed reading and traveling with her husband, especially their jaunts to Las Vegas.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria (Ralph) Rhees; a son, Richard (Meredith Rhodes) Ritz; grandchildren, Mark (Marsha) Rhees, Greg (Jennie) Rhees, Cheyenne (Drew) Buckingham, and Bryan Ritz; great-grandchildren, Ava Rhees and Krissy Rhees; a sister, Barbara Feeler; and family friend, Marilyn Parkin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, mother and father-in-law, Ethel and Levi Ritz, and a brother, Leo E. Hastings.

The family wishes to thank Guardian Angel Hospice, Home Instead, and Med. Surg. of Community Howard Regional Health, as well as Doctors Moonesinghe and Hazelbaker for their loving care.

In keeping with Helen’s wishes, the family will celebrate her life at a later date.  Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com

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Marty Getz
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the extended Ritz family during these difficult times.