Ruth deAlva Ritterspach, 89, of Upper Sandusky and formerly of Nevada, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 11, 2014 at her home in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, surrounded by the love of her family at her bedside. She was born on December 7, 1924 in Vidalia, Georgia to Albert and Estelle (Collins) Saffold.
She graduated from Vidalia High School in 1941, and shortly after, went to work as a telephone operator near the U.S. Army’s Camp Stewart in Claxton, Georgia, where she met and fell in love with Edwin Ritterspach of Nevada, Ohio. She married her beloved Eddie on January 7, 1944, in Lyons, Georgia, and shortly thereafter moved to Nevada, Ohio, living with Eddie’s parents while he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. After Eddie’s return from World War II, the couple began housekeeping in a modest home on South Main Street in Nevada. In 1957, the couple built a home on Township Rd. 59, south of Nevada, where Ruth spent many years fulfilling her role as Mother and homemaker, and later as a grandmother. They lived in Nevada most of their life, moving to Upper Sandusky in 1989, and Eddie passed away on April 12, 2003.
Ruth is survived by her six children, Donna Cole (Steve), Carl (Pat), both of Medina, Ohio, Judith Hall (Roger) of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, JoAnne Johnstone (Dave) of Batavia, Ohio, Cyndi Janeczek (Joe) of Loudonville, Ohio and Karen K. Ritterspach of Marysville, Ohio; she is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Frank Saffold, of St. Mary’s, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin L. Ritterspach; and four of her five siblings, sisters, Mildred (Scarbrough) and Ann (Higginbotham); and brothers, Robert and A.C.
She was very active in the Nevada Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and participated in many other church activities. She was a member of the Nevada Mother’s Club, and the Nevada Current Events Club. She was a long-time member of the Col. Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). She was extremely proud of her Georgia heritage, but grew to love Ohio as her home. She was extremely interested in the genealogical histories of the Clopton and Saffold families, as well as the Ritterspach family. For hobbies, Ruth enjoyed traveling, loved bird watching and always was interested in the weather. She loved a good 30’s and 40’s classic movie, collecting dolls, and she enjoyed listening and singing to music.
Funeral Service for Ruth Ritterspach will be held at 1 P.M. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Nevada Lutheran Church, with Rev. Chelsea Spencer officiating the services. Interment service will follow immediately at the Nevada Cemetery. Visitations will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, and 1 hour before service time on Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Nevada Lutheran Church, Nevada, Ohio and/or Hospice of Wyandot County and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
The family would like to extend their extreme gratitude to the staff of the Hospice of Wyandot County (Ohio) for their high levels of care and concern during Ruth’s final months.
Online condolences can be may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com.