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Diane "Deedie" K. Rittling

July 30, 1920October 4, 2019

Diane "Deedie" Kelly Rittling passed away peacefully at her home in Buffalo on October 4th, 2019.

Born in 1920 in San Francisco, Deedie famously traveled across the country as in infant by train in a laundry basket. Her family eventually settled in Buffalo, where her father Col. William Kelly was president of the Niagara Mohawk Power company. Deedie remained a lifelong resident of Buffalo, attending the Buffalo Seminary and Fox Hollow School in Lenox, MA. Deedie’s mother Christiane Demanet Kelly was born in Antwerp, and Deedie remained close to numerous “Belgian cousins” and their families, with whom she spoke French.

Deedie was always a strong athlete and a talented golfer and tennis player; she continued to golf at Cragburn Country Club well into her nineties. She had a passion for the natural world, and spent many very satisfying years working as a volunteer at the Buffalo Museum of Science in the Entomology Department, where she curated the insect collection under the direction of Dr. Ichiro. Her passion for insects was well known, and her grandchildren quickly learned to bring their insect finds to their “Gocky”. She had a wide circle of friends in Buffalo: with her husband Joe, she was a member of the Saturn Club for almost 70 years, and was an avid bridge player. She was a devoted member of St Michael’s church in Buffalo, serving as lector for many years, and enjoyed traveling to the holy land with members of the church.

Deedie was fiercely independent and intrepid; she made her last trip to Rhode Island for a family reunion when she was 97. Her life was an inspiration to many. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B Rittling, her sister Cecile Kelly Brown, and her son-in law James Crane. She is survived by her daughter Cathy Crane, sons Bill and Trum Rittling, stepdaughter Mary McLaughlin, daughters in law Susan Rittling and Sharon McGreevy, caregiver and dear friend Jackie Craig, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews from the Brown and Rittling families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michaels Church or St Lukes Mission of Mercy.

A Service Of Christian Burial will be Saturday October 12th at 10:30am at St Michaels.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019


Diane "Deedie" K. Rittling

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Wayne Depew

October 11, 2019

Dear Rittling Family,
You meet a lot of people in a lifetime. Diane reminded me of own mother. Your mom was like my mom, cuz of her kind, loving caring heart. Diane was 'consistent' with that loving caring way.
Redeeming factor...Diane is at peace with Jesus in her heavenly home. And we will see her again one day.
Legacy...Smiles n Love she left for everyone who knew her.
I miss your mom. She touched my heart with kindess. That's a powerful thing.
~sincerely, Wayne

Pamela Righter

October 9, 2019

I always enjoyed being with your mother. Deedie was a wonderful woman. She was one of my mother-in-law's( Kate Butler) best friends since childhood. As you know, there were six of them who continued their friendship until their death. They all lived well into their 90s. I send my condolences to you all on the passing of a great lady.

Pamela Gartler Righter

Desane Blaney

October 9, 2019

To the Rittling Family:

Deedie was a lovely person and I enjoyed playing golf with her when I lived in the Buffalo area and was a member of the Crag Burn Golf Club.

Memory eternal.

Desane Blaney, Phoenix, AZ