Linda S. Ritter


Linda S. Ritter, 69, of Napoleon, Ohio,  passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at the CHP Defiance In-Patient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio.

Linda was born on March 22, 1948 to Alvin and Florence (Schuette) Gerken of Wauseon, Ohio. She graduated from Malinta-Grelton High School with honors in 1966.

On September 15, 1968 she married John L. Ritter at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hamler, Ohio where Linda was a member. Linda and John spent 47 wonderful years together before she lost her battle with cancer.

Linda retired after working 23 years in the Dietary Department  of the Lutheran Home of Napoleon as Head Cook. Linda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, knitting, bird watching and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Linda is survived by  her husband, John; son, Mark (Joann) Ritter of Holgate; daughters, Shelley Ritter of Napoleon and Joni (Troy) Pedraza of Napoleon; Sisters, Nancy (Mike) Imber of Findlay, Saundra (Steve) Resendes of Defiance; brother, Doug (Bonnie) Gerken of Holgate; step-brother, Curt (Diane Pickering) Badgley; step-sisters, Candace Starkey and Cristeen Babcock. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, whom she adored, Joscelyne Garrison, James Hall, Kegean and Anna Ritter, Shayna and Sydney Eberle,  and Paige and Lindsy Pedraza. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Gavin Pedraza.

It was Linda's wishes to not have a visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is under the care of Snyder-Hoening Funeral Home of Holgate. Memorials in Linda's memory maybe made to CHP Defiance In-Patient Hospice Center of Defiance. 

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A Memorial Service will take place at a later date.


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Diana Dulle

I enjoyed working with her and Shelley at the Lutheran Home. We had fun and lots of memories. She was very nice.

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 4:04pm
Kathy Paschall (Lulfs) and Mom

My deepest sympathies to John and Mary and families. Mom sends her condolences too. May she rest in peace.

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 2:47pm
Tammy Theisen

Deepest sympathies... I worked with Linda (and Shelly) at the Lutheran Home. Linda was the sweetest person ever... my thoughts to her family, may she RIP.

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 12:32pm
Marie Busch

My deepest sympathy to John and family. I know she will be missed immensely.

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 8:20am
Stephen and Sandy Fronce

Thoughts and prayers to you John and family in your loss of Linda.

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 8:09am
Donna Carrol Fowler

Linda was one of the coolest neighbors when she lived down on Barnes and Maumee Street in Napoleon. Her daughter Joni and my daughter Kishwa used to play together. To the Ritter family my deepest condolences. May you all find peace and comfort in her warm smile and shining eyes. She is now free of all pain and sorrow. Blessings

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 8:03am
Karla Reimund Wolfrum

Sorry to read about Linda's passing. I don't remember too much about Linda except she made me smile and would talk to me. Back then, an acknowledgement from an upper classman was really a cool thing to happen!

 Posted May 1, 2017 - 8:18pm
Anita Shumaker McCabe

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. My thoughts and prayers to you John and the rest of the family.

 Posted May 1, 2017 - 8:28am
Anita Shumaker McCabe

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

 Posted May 1, 2017 - 8:27am
Tim Tonjes

To Mark Ritter and Family... So very sorry for your loss, My prayers to your family,, God Bless

 Posted May 1, 2017 - 12:36am
Mike and Johnene Martens

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

 Posted April 30, 2017 - 8:52pm
Dawn and Jon Hoops

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Linda was such a sweet woman. She touched so many lives.

 Posted April 30, 2017 - 7:53pm
Carol Lynch

Sorry for your loss of Linda.

 Posted April 30, 2017 - 4:50pm
Carol Lynch

Sorry for your loss of Linda.

Carol (Wheeler) Lynch

 Posted April 30, 2017 - 4:49pm
ken woore / Donna curtis

I am sorry to here of Linda's passing. Our heart's go out to the family . Linda will be missed.

 Posted April 30, 2017 - 12:01am
Norma A Weis

I am so sorry to hear of Linda's passing! John my heart breaks for you! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Norma (Wheeler) Weis

 Posted April 29, 2017 - 7:07pm

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