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Ethel S. Ritter (nee Shilladay)

May 9, 1924 — September 7, 2022

Morton, PA

Ethel S. Ritter was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 9, 1924. She died peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.


A dedicated mother, homemaker and legal secretary, Ethel was a remarkable baker and enjoyed baking for family, most especially over the holidays. For years leading up to her passing, she enjoyed reading about historical events and figures, as well as crocheting countless afghan blankets, scarves, and hats. She loved recounting stories of her childhood, family, and marriage. She also enjoyed watching documentaries and biographies in her spare time.


Ethel graduated from John Bartram High School in 1941 as the class valedictorian. She also wrote the class prophecy. After high school Ethel worked as a legal secretary until marrying the love of her life and growing a family of twelve. She later found employment at Saint Joseph’s University, speaking fondly of her time there.


Ethel was predeceased by her loving husband of 32 years, Norman Leonard Ritter. She was also predeceased by her younger sister, Adele Boaz.


Ethel is survived by her 10 children, Barbara Dailey (Wallace), Susan Ritter; David Ritter (Linda); Kenneth Ritter; Karen Rodden (Daniel); Larry Ritter; Donald Ritter; Jeffrey Ritter; Christine Loch (Ed); Wayne Ritter; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Jacobs, Beth Rehr, Greg Dougherty, Daniel Rodden jr, Becky Dougherty and Samuel Dailey; 3 great-grandchildren, Alex Jacobs, Luke Jacobs and Gabriel Rehr.


The family will have a private service celebrating her life.

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