August 31, 1926 – January 2, 2020
Margritt Richter, 93, of Spofford, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020 after spending her final days surrounded by close family and friends, listening to the Vienna New Year’s Day concert.
She was born on August 31, 1926 in Hoya-Weser, Germany, the daughter of Franz and Margareta (Plϋmme) Witzack. Margritt attended school in Hoya-Weser and graduated from trade school, studying office management and bookkeeping. While in school and after graduation, she was a competitive rower on the Weser River in Lower Saxony, Germany, where she also participated in track and field and played team handball.
On Christmas Eve of 1949, Margritt left her home in Germany and embarked on a two week trip by ship to settle in the United States.
Margritt married Siegfried Richter, Sr. on October 26, 1963. Their first date was dancing the night away in the base lodge at Stratton Mountain. Together they enjoyed many years of traveling to Maine and abroad. A favorite pastime was dancing at German and Austrian festivals with family and friends.
Margritt was a founding member of Hospice of the Monadnock region, now HCS, alongside others including Mary Alther and Barbara Jones. This was one of her finest accomplishments and one much appreciated by all who have benefited from the service and her kindness. Her spirit and commitment to helping others will live on in all who continue her work.
Margritt was an athletic woman who both taught and participated in classes at the Keene Family YMCA where she worked at the front desk up until her retirement. Prior to working at the YMCA, she worked as the office manager and bookkeeper at several small businesses in Keene, Brattleboro, and Putney while managing her family’s apartment rental business. Many of her tenants were treated like family and became lifelong friends. She found pleasure in caring for her flower gardens, gathering with friends, and baking for others. She will be fondly remembered for her delicious pies and pastries. Her many stories of survival, compassion, and care for others in Germany during World War II are an inspiration to all who have had the honor of knowing Margritt over the years.
Margritt will be dearly missed by her husband of 56 years: Siegfried Richter, Sr. of Spofford, NH; sons: Frank Richter and his wife Barbara of Keene and Siegfried Richter Jr. and Lena Richter of Cedar Knolls, NJ; and five grandchildren: Ingrid Richter, Nicholas Richter, Jacqueline Richter, Ivan Richter, and Vladislav Richter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margritt Richter’s name to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431 (www.HCSServices.org).
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH on Saturday, January 11th at 11:00 am to celebrate Margritt’s life.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Carmen (Beverst) Moore
June 6, 2020
Margritt was the kindest person, sweet and loving. I met her in 1969. She was married to my late husband's step-brother, Sigfried. I thought about her often. My sincerest condolences, Sigfried, your sons and their families.
Ann (Beebe) and Tom Patterson
January 25, 2020
Tom and I lived in the little cabin overlooking the lake in Spofford in the early 80s. Many great memories made there. In fact, that is where Tom proposed to me in 1982. We were married in 1984. We so enjoyed our frequent visits from Sparkydoodle who would spend nights with us until about 3 or 4 am . May Margritt Rest In Peace. Thinking of you Siegfried.
January 10, 2020
Our condolences to the Richter Family.
We have many memories of happy times spent together.
Rest in Peace Cousin Margritt.
Jerry & Barbara Boettcher
Gritta Boettcher Lawlor
January 10, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss..I have many fond memories of Margritt and your family. Spent many summers with you at the cabins and at Lake Spofford . She visited many times and was so very good to my mom also. She will be missed by many. May God stay close to all of you during this very difficult time. Love and miss my cousin. Gritta
January 9, 2020
Dear Siegfried, Frank and Siegfried, Jr.,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Margritt was always a very special Cousin (Aunt) to me and we shared many good times in my youth and as a younger man. I will always have those fond memories and will miss her. JoAnn and I were always treated kindly by her from the very beginning when we got married and “honeymooned” in the mobile home in New Hampshire. May she Rest In Peace.
Horst-Burkhardt and JoAnn Boettcher
January 7, 2020
Like so many of your Stratton Mountain Ski Patrol family , I am so very sorry for your loss Frank & Siggy.
Maryann and Bill Lauterbach
January 5, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for the Richter family. She was a kind, caring woman and will be missed.
Bill and Maryann Lauterbach