Donald A. "Donnie" Ritger

Donald A. "Donnie" Ritger, 72, of Kewaskum, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1933 in Allenton, the son of Martin and Johanna (Aufdermauer) Rit-ger, and on Sept. 5, 1959, he was united in marriage to Rosalie Below at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Allenton.

Together they raised their family in Kewaskum.

Donnie was an independent truck driver for 35 years. He also worked at Michels Materials and Quad Tool.

Donnie was the past president of the Allenton Sportsman Club and Kewaskum Boar Hunters Inc.

He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed deer hunting and sturgeon spearing.

Donnie was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum.

He will be truly missed by his devoted wife, Rosie, and their four daughters, Jodi (Squeak) Strobel, Sheri (Mark) Groeschel and Merri Jo (Blake) Rodenkirch, all of Kewaskum, and Julie Ritger of Slinger

He was Papa to seven grandchildren, Jill Broecker (Scott Nitschke), Jacki Broecker (Brad Warner), Jenna Strobel, Zach Groeschel, Alli Groeschel, Weston Rodenkirch and Leah Rodenkirch and step-granddaughter, Jessie (Chris) Indiraraj.

He will also be missed by his companion, Koko.

Donnie is also survived by six siblings, Pat Kreuger of Theresa, Elaine (Lester) Weiss of Campbellsport, Joyce (Eli) Stoller of Port Washington, Rosetta Rick of Prentice, Marty (Penni) Ritger of Allenton and Eugene (Mary Lou) Ritger of West Bend; a sister-in-law, Mary Ritger of Allenton; a brother-in-law, Leonard Westphal of Slinger; his mother-in-law, Linda Walters of Brookfield, many other relatives and friends.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Ritger and Johanna Maeder; his stepfather, Oswald Maeder; his father-in-law, Donald Below; a brother, George Ritger; a sister, Joanne Westphal and his step-father-in-law, Leonard Walters.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum.

Father Elroy Pesch, O.F.M. Cap. and Father Edwin Kornath will concelebrate, and burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum is serving the family.

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