Peacefully, on February 5, Ella Mae Ritz breathed her last and went home to be with her Lord and beloved Hal. Ella was a big personality that was matched only by her kind heart. No one was ever turned away from her home and table.
Her loved ones, including her church family, remember with fondness her Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s feasts. She was an exceptional cook. Ella was also a connector, the glue that held the extended family together, and the thoughtful friend who sought out those who were alone.
She is survived by her son Randy (Dorothy) Ritz, daughter Debra Milne (Eric), brother Clarence (Mary) Bodener, and sisters Agnes (Fred) Mammel and Dorleen (Ken) Krause.
Her grandchildren, Eli, Talia, Duran (Ritz) and Sam Milne, will miss her greatly. She was predeceased by her dear husband Helmut Ritz (1998), brother Leo Bodener, and sister Alma Mammel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Shepherd’s Care Foundation, 6620 28 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6K 2R1, or a charity of your choice.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101
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Paul and Judith Ammann
We have so many good memories of Ella from our years at Richmond Park Church. Judith does not ever remember a time when she did NOT know Ella. My first memory of her is from before Randy was born – I was about 5.
She was gracious, supportive and generous – always.
We know the memories of her will bring you comfort and joy – even in your loss. Paul and Judy