Billie Dawn Ritter Massaro, 83

Billie Dawn Ritter Massaro passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2013, at her home in Canton, Mich., after a stunningly brave and graceful battle with lung cancer.

She was born on Aug. 8, 1930, in Cedarburg, was a 1948 Cedarburg High School graduate and salutatorian and a 1951 Marquette University graduate.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 63 years, Anthony P. Massaro; loving children, Brian Pat (Linda Lee Wittstock, d. 2012) , Bruce Michael (Bette Blaisdell Massaro), Toni Marie (Genevieve Leavitt), Mona Mary and Gina Maria Massaro Schremser (Frank Schremser); beautiful granddaughters, Ann, Sarah (David De Vine), Elizabeth, Julia, Catherine, Kathleen and Mary; great-grandchildren, Francis Patrick, Elizabeth and Peter; sisters, Susan Ritter Mueller (James, d. 1999) and Sally Ritter Mueller (Tom); Mueller nephews and nieces; sister-in-law, Sue Thomas; and extended Massaro family.

Billie was an ardent Christian, a Stephens Minister, an award winning realtor, a caring dental hygienist, a devoted Red Hat member and a woman who loved family, travel, nature, winters in Florida, autumns in Michigan, Christmas lights, brandy and bitters, card club, choir, golf, Mahjong, home cooking, dancing, well-sung hymns, Loretta Lynn, lilies of the valley, good friends and a good bargain. Above all, she loved Anthony, who literally cannot imagine this world without her. Billie was incredibly smart, beautiful, loyal, community- and faith-committed, organized, generous, fun-loving, courageous and incapable of falsehoods of any kind. We will miss her big blue eyes forever.

She chose not to have a public memorial service, but her family would be very grateful if you shared your favorite Billie memory. We will gather these into a Book of Billie to celebrate her life and to keep her close. Your Billie memories may be sent to 4878 Napier Road, Canton, MI 48187 or emailed to

In lieu of flowers, Billie would be honored by gifts to the Anthony P. and Billie D. Massaro Scholarship Fund, CCSF, P.O. Box 654, Cedarburg, WI 53012,, or Samaritanís Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone N.C. 28607,

She will be interred in Zur Ruhe Cemetery at a later date, in Cedarburg.

May the good Lord bless her and keep her. We thank God she was born.