Helen's Story

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Helen V. Ritz, 89, Kokomo, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at her home. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Richmond to Leo and Margaret H. (Kutter) Hastings. Helen met Howard L. Ritz at a scrap drive during World War II. They fell in love and were married Feb. 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.
Published on September 11, 2017
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