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Delano Mortuary

707 Browning Road, Delano, CA

OBITUARY

Marsha Kovacevich Ritchie

July 14, 1964July 6, 2019

Marsha Kovacevich Ritchie passed away on July 6, 2019 at the early age of 54. She put up an honorable fight, but ultimately lost her 12-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by the love of her three children at her home in McFarland, CA.

Born and raised in Delano, CA she was the daughter of Kenny and Mary Ann Kovacevich and one of five siblings. She attended Delano High School and graduated from Cal State Bakersfield with a degree in Business.

Marsha worked as a bookkeeper for her family farming business. She was a savvy business woman, whom everyone went to for advice. Her greatest role in life, however, was being a mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Making memories with her family was her greatest joy and inspiration to keep fighting.

She enjoyed traveling and going to concerts and refused to let her disease slow her down. She was known for never turning down an invitation to do something fun! She had many close friendships that she cherished and made new friends everywhere she went with her infectious laugh.

Marsha is survived by her daughter Kristen and son-in-law Jon, her son Justin and daughter-in-law Briana, and her son Joseph and daughter-in-law Natosha, as well as her six grandchildren and counting (Samuel, Weston, Kate, Gianna, Warner, and Bella) who brought her so much joy! She loved life. Her strength and positive outlook were an inspiration to all who knew her.

The family would like to thank Marsha’s dear friends who reached out to support her and the family in her final months. They would also like to thank her caregivers at Interim for providing her with comfortable home care and loving companionship.

A mass of Christian Burial is scheduled on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10 am at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 1018 Frankwood Ave. Reedley, CA (Northeast corner of Manning Avenue and Frankwood Avenue). A burial ceremony shall follow at Reedley Cemetery, 2185 S. Reed Ave. Reedley, CA, at 12:30pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.delanomortuary.com for the Ritchie family. Services Entrusted to Delano Mortuary, a Dignity Memorial provider.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Rosary Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 15, 2019

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JoAnne Cole

July 15, 2019

Dearest Kristen, we are so very sorry for you and your brothers, with the loss of your mom, way so early. Your love for your mother, and your family is so evident in all you do, and though your heart is filled with such a deep grief, know that you and your bothers have shown your love and support, having been with her during such difficult times. Marsha was very proud of each of you, it was evident and so clear when she and I had our opportunity to visit.. My prayer for you and your brothers are that you will be able to focus upon sweet memories as you treasure those moments. Our family loves you Kristen! Aunt JoAnne

Lori Wilson

July 13, 2019

To my dear friend Marsha's families~my deepest condolences. Losing a mother is a tremendous loss I totally understand💔 I will always cherish the memories and you all will too. She was truly a precious friend. Her LOVE for her family was all that mattered. Her smile was contagious & her strengh so very admired. May she now rest in peace💕Prayers 🙏 to you all for healing & hugs for comfort.

Jennifer Ivey

July 11, 2019

Such a beautiful woman, inside and out. It was a great pleasure knowing you, Marsha. Rest with God... with no more pain😇🙏❤

Lisa Osorno -Lopez

July 11, 2019

Sending my Prayers 2 her Family & Friend's ... I went 2 Delano High with Marsha I can remember her as a Beautiful Cheerleader...am so Sorry 2 hear of her passing may she Rest In Peace No more Pain...Lisa Osorno Lopez
Delano High School Class of 1981 💞🙏

Kay Hill

July 10, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Marsha’s passing. I have such fond memories of our kids playing baseball together. May you rest now Marsha you fought hard I’m sure. God bless your family.

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