Saturday, March 2, 2013

EUREKA — Henrietta Ritchie, 86, of Metamora, formerly of Eureka, died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born April 2, 1926, in Secor, to George and Henrietta Gassner Goebel, she married Anthony H. Ritchie March 19, 1955, in Jeffersonville, Ind. He preceded her in death March 21, 2004.

Also preceding her in death were four brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are three sons, Craig (Sherry) Schertz of Metamora, Randy (Judy) Schertz of Eureka, and Brian (Renee) Ritchie of Columbia, Tenn.; one brother, Leo Goebel of Washington; one sister, Arabelle Chismark of Chillicothe; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Henrietta was valedictorian of her class in 1944. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Heyl Motor Company and later Johnson Accounting.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Eureka United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

In her younger years, she and her husband Tony enjoyed their 20-plus years involved with the Eureka Little League.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eureka United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ron Martz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eureka United Methodist Church.

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