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Barbara J. Ritchey, 79, Elkhart, died 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Elkhart Place.
She was born Jan. 25, 1938, in Oberlin, Ohio, to Leonard and Geraldine (Conkle) Bricker. She married Robert Ritchey July 2, 1960, in Homerville, Ohio, and he died Nov. 23, 2011.
Surviving are daughters, Pam (Don) Roose, Elkhart, Sonya Black, Zionsville; son, Brian (Jessie) Ritchey, Chandler, Arizona; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Janet Scheutzow, Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Linda Mutart, Tucson, Arizona.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Robert and a brother, Wayne Bricker.
Barbara was a 1956 graduate of Wellington High School, Ohio; attended Grace College, Winona Lake, and was a member of Sugar Grove Church. From 1983-1997, she worked in the cafeteria and did custodial work at Goshen Community Schools. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.
Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 28, with a service following at 11 a.m., all at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Published on December 15, 2017
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