Maxine J. Ritter

August 15, 1931 - June 08, 2020

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Sunday, June 14, 3:00 PM
5280 S 225 W, Pleasant Lake, Indiana


Maxine J. Ritter, 88, of Pleasant Lake passed away in her beloved nature home with her family by her side on Monday, June 8, 2020.

She was born Maxine Jewell Jarrett, August 15, 1931, to Charles “Roy” and Loretta (Herendeen) Jarrett on a kitchen table in Noble County, Indiana. She was raised on a farm near Avilla and graduated from Avilla High School in 1949. She then married her high school sweetheart, Fred Ritter, and raised their four children together.

Over her long life she was very active in church, Eastern Star, was a Cub Scout leader, an Angola Lion, CASA volunteer and a big part of school and club functions her kids were involved in. A couple of her fondest memories are singing a solo in the Messiah and her time spent on stage with the local theatre. She is remembered by many for her years of working and managing the Angola License Bureau. She was proud to tell that she worked until age 74 in the office at EMF Corp., and she was honored to carry our state’s Bicentennial celebration torch in 2016.

Her biggest joy in life was having family near, playing around, loud euchre games and LAUGHING. Maxine loved the YMCA Silver Sneakers program and the many benefits of the library.

She had four children: Randy (Mary), Sherry, and Gary (Violet) Ritter, and Holly Gorrell; nine grandchildren: Brett, Brandy, Chad, Cory, Eric, Kirk, Nicole, Nik, and Angie, and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy VanGorder; and nephew, Kent VanGorder.

A celebration of Maxine’s life will be held at her home this Sunday at 3 p.m., 5280 S 225 W Pleasant Lake, the place where she had a great life. Maxine requested this be a time of positivity with good stories, laughter and togetherness.

In lieu of flowers, she asked that you share your blessings with someone who needs it.

Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel, 612 North Main Street, Hudson is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Glen & Susan Moore
June 16th, 2020 12:41pm
Pleasant Lake

Our condolences for the loss of your wonderful and beautiful mother and grandmother she will be greatly missed by many

Jessica Burke
June 15th, 2020 7:21pm

I may never get to see those big bright shiny eyes again, but I will say this Grandma Max, I'll always remember you as the brightest light in the room. Wherever you were, people gathered. You were the smallest woman with the biggest presence. You laughed whole-heartedly, I can still hear it. You gave sass unapologetically, and we all loved you more for it. You said "warshed" instead of wash. You had a pet fox, and continued to name your dogs Foxy afterwards. You hosted Euchre nights at your house and knew how to warm everyone's hearts just right. You had a real thing for giraffes, until we all bought you too many giraffe figurines and giraffe pillows. Your bathroom was vintage goals, you knew how much I loved your decor. I also loved that little dog toy you could pull around on a string and I named her "Rosy". You loved listening to the birds outside your doorstep, and I loved getting to spend time with you on your birthday last year, cooking vegan casseroles in your kitchen and getting the whole family to sign that rocking chair for you. Most importantly, you always brought the love, an entire family with hearts of gold. I was your first great grandchild, and although I came around earlier than expected, you fully accepted me and even bought me my first ever bra! Thank you for loving us all so much endlessly, and accepting me without question. Keep shining up there, and go easy on em! All my love.

Lynn & Christina Tritch
June 11th, 2020 1:32pm
Auburn, Indiana

Dear Randy & Mary - and to all the Ritter family, Christina and I send out thoughts and Prayers for you all at this time. God be with each of you. Lynn & Christina Tritch

Kevin Bloomquist
June 11th, 2020 3:48am

Beth, I am so so sorry for your loss. I pray for your strength, comfort and beautiful memories you had with her. God is good all the time!

Tina Lundquist
June 11th, 2020 12:13am
Angola, In

I just loved Maxine, worked with her at EMF, what a special lady she was, prayers to the family for your incredible loss.

Kim Daugherty
June 10th, 2020 11:45pm

I enjoyed several years of working with Maxine. She was always so spunky and stylish. Prayers for her family.

Sharon Snidle Baer
June 10th, 2020 11:12pm
Daphne, Al

To all the Ritter kids, I'm so sorry for your loss. Mom and Maxine were such good friends. Their friendship lasted a lifetime. I remember hearing your mother sing when we were neighbors in Pleasant Lake. She was such a special lady and I know she will be missed by many! Hugs

Roger and Birgit
June 10th, 2020 11:04pm

So sorry to hear of Maxines passing. We both enjoyed her wit and powerful personality. She will be missed by both of us.

Mike &Sherry Moore
June 10th, 2020 10:49pm

To a life well lived. Condolences to the family. Love to all.

Kim Conway
June 10th, 2020 10:42pm
Angola, IN

We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kim, Dave, Sierra and Oliver

Glenn Snidle
June 10th, 2020 5:25pm
Browns, IL

I am so saddened hearing this news. Please know that our hearts are hurting along with you all.