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Lee Ann Rittgers passed away at her home Sunday, 20 July 2014, at the age of 84. She was born in Kensington, KS on 29 April 1930 to Pearl and Marian Ralston. She married Robert D. Rittgers in 1950 in Salina, KS, and raised three wonderful children.
She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Marymount College in Salina; and, they moved to Kansas City in 1975 where she was a Registered Nurse working in the VA Hospital at Leavenworth, KS. She was transferred to the VA Hospital in Reno, Nevada, in 1989 ultimately retiring in 1994. Lee relocated back to Kansas City in November last year to be closer to her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed, and was actively involved in, various community activities, including volunteer work for numerous charitable organizations to help kids and senior citizens.
Lee is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Jayne Rittgers, with granddaughter Krosby and great granddaughter Cassidy; daughter and son-in-law Mary and Charles (Bill) Wright, with granddaughter Amy and great-grand children Kirsten and Devin; and grandson Kyle and his wife Michelle with great grandson Carter; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Tom Steger. She is also survived by many dear, loving and loyal life-long friends who will miss her greatly.
Lee will be remembered as a lady who was very proud of and devoted to her family; she loved her family more than anything. She will also be remembered for her laughter, generosity, loyalty and never-ending determination to work hard and always strive to be the best woman, wife and mother possible. There are no words to describe the sorrow and grief that her family is experiencing from her loss.
There will be a memorial service held at the VA National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS on 25 July 2014 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in her name to Gentiva Hospice, 8735 Rosehill Road, Ste 200, Lenexa, KS 66215-4624.
Carla Crivello says
It is with a heavy heart that we wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Rittgers family. Lee Ann was such a nice and caring person and I am very lucky to have had her as my aunt. My mother and Lee Ann were very close. It was nice of her to call me on my birthdays.Carla, Horace and Chris
Jim Hanson says
She is remembered well in my Family. I spent a couple of memorable times at her house as a child. My Dad is Vaughn Hanson, cousin to Robert. I played and read alot of books at the house on 12th St, in Salina. The last time I saw her was in Leavenworth Ks, where I was stationed with the Marine Detachment at the USDB. My wife also met her. She was always kind to me. I will miss her. May the family be at ease knowing she is now with her Robert in Heaven. God Bless. Jim Hanson and Family, Yuma Arizona.