Anthony P. Ritger, 86

Anthony P. “Tony” Ritger, 86, of Allenton was born to eternal life at his home on May 2, 2013, surrounded by the love of his wife and family. He was born June 25, 1926, in Allenton to Gerhard and Gertrude (nee Aufdermauer) Ritger and married Lillian M. Peters on June 21, 1950, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

Tony was a lifetime family farmer. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 55 years, first with the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 in West Bend before becoming a charter member of the Unity Council 12743 St. Lawrence/Allenton. Tony volunteered his time as a church usher and cemetery sexton and worked for the town of Addison.

He was a proud member of the Allenton Fire Department.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Lillian; 10 children: Paul (Marie) of West Bend, Robert (Casilda) of Milwaukee, Margaret (John) Kohl of Waukesha, Helen (James) Grimes of Cambridge, Charles (LuAnn Lonergan) of Kiel, John (Judy) of West Bend, Mary Ritger of Valley City, N.D., Bernard (Debbie) of Fond du Lac, Francis (Renee) of Newton and Lucy (Arvind) Mattoo of Westport, Conn.; 24 grandchildren with one expected; and 19 great-grandchildren with one expected. He is further survived by his siblings: Leroy, Herbert (Shirley), Mary Ellen Schulz and Peter (Beverly); brothers-in-law and sisters-inlaw: Harriet Peters, Aloys (Edna) Peters, Francis (Rita) Peters and Henrietta (Joseph) Schnitzler; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Gertrude Ritger; two sisters: Frances (Donald) Rettler and Marcia (Ronald) Jerde; a brother-in-law Donald Schulz; and a sisterin- law Imelda Ritger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in Allenton with the Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 6:45 p.m. and also Saturday, at Resurrection Catholic Church from 9-10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Resurrection Renovation Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice are preferred.

Tony’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Grace Hospice for their kind and compassionate care and to all who offered prayers and other acts of kindness.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.

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