Nancy J. Ritzow

Nancy J. Ritzow (nee Bachmann), was born to eternal life March 29, 2012 at the age of 76.

She was the beloved wife of Roger for 54 years. She was the devoted and loving mother of Debbie Kennedy, Cyndi (Randy) Blair, Patti Lewkowski, Karen (Russ) Roberts, Sharon (Kelly) Anton, David (Kim), Lisa Hopkins, Michael and Brian (Jennifer); proud nana of Kyla, Mika, Jarrod, Julianne, Shawn, Austin, Nicholas, Jessica, Hallie Max, Cassie, T.J, Madeline and Benjamin; cherished great-grandma of Brayden and Owen. Nancy also was the dear sister of the late Gerald (Sandra) Bachmann, Judith (Timothy) Hertel and Thomas Bachmann, fond sister-in-law of Jerry (Kathy) Ritzow, Dorothy (the late Rich) Slivicki and the late John (Cheryl) Ritzow. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service is to take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the Max A. Sass & Sons Mission Hills Chapel to St. Martin of Tours Church (7963 S. 116th St., Franklin) for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Nancyís family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Paul Nausieda, the ACE Unit at Aurora Sinai and St. Camillus Hospice for all the compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association (945 N. 12th St. #4602, Milwaukee, WI 53233) would be appreciated.

After 37 years, it is almost hard for Roger and family to remember life before Parkinsonís disease. Nancy was in her late 30ís when she was first diagnosed with the condition. Though the disease was a part of the majority of their life together, it did not stop them from doing the things they enjoyed. They had a marriage filled with children, travel and adventure. Having Parkinsonís never stopped Nancy from being a hands-on mother to her nine children. Nancy was the first recipient of the Tulip Award, awarded by the Wisconsin Parkinson Association to those who have made a valuable contribution to Parkinsonís disease in our community.

Max A. Sass & Sons, Mission Hills Chapel, 8910 W. Drexel Ave., is serving the family. For more information, call 414-427-0707.