Rita Ritter, 83, Calcium

CALCIUM, NY —  Rita Ritter, 83, Calcium, NY, died Nov. 1, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital.

Born April 4, 1936, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary LaBrie, she was a graduate of Tupper Lake High School and attended the Watertown School of Commerce.

She worked as a pharmacy technician at Mercy Hospital from 1966 to 2001 as well as Samaritan Medical Center from 1990 to 2001. She became a certified technician in July 1996.

She is survived by her son, Timothy, three brothers, Robert, Jerry, and Donald, all of Calcium; two sisters, Carol and Loretta, of Watertown, and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Her husband, Marvin, died March 10, 1980. A son, Lonnie, died Sept. 8, 1991, and a daughter, Cheryl, died July 7, 1996. A brother, Edward, and sister, Shirley, died in a drowning accident in September, 1989. She was predeceased by a brother, Arthur. She was also predeceased by her lifelong friend, Mrs. Ruth Emerson, who was survived by her husband Donald, and her daughter, Ann.

She was a communicate of St. Mary’s church in Evans Mills and a longtime member of the Legion of Mary. She was a devout Catholic who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, but above all she loved being with her family. She will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Calling hours will be held 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Cleveland Funeral Home, 404 Sherman St., Watertown. A funeral Mass will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Evans Mills with burial services following in Sanford Corners Cemetery in Calcium.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church 8408 S Main St, Evans Mills, NY 13637or the Hospice of Jefferson County 1398 Gotham St, Watertown, NY 13601.

Online condolences may be made at www.clevelandfhinc.com.