Craciun Funeral Home


Josef Maria Ritte

December 25, 1932April 4, 2021

On Sunday, April 4th, 2021, Josef Maria Ritte (88) of Middleburg Hts. OH passed away. Beloved husband of the late Lisa Ritte. Loving father Karen Kmet and her husband David. Dear Opa of Alyssa Grodhaus (Adam), and Ryan Kmet. Caring great-opa of Jade Penelope. Cherished brother of Maria Tebeck, the late Heinz Ritte, Paul Ritte, Karl Ritte, and Theo Ritte. Josef was a devoted Catholic, so much so that he was born on Christmas and died on Easter. He joined his wife Lisa in Heaven to be together for eternity.


17 April

Memorial Gathering

9:00 am - 9:30 am

St Bartholomew Church

14865 Bagley Rd
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130


  • Inurnment Private


Josef Maria Ritte

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Ryan Kmet

April 10, 2021

Dear Opa,

Words cannot express how much we will all miss you. It was truly a blessing to have you as a grandfather and a role model in my life. I will miss our talks about sports and soccer every time I came over. I will also miss us being the only ones who would eat the dark meat at our family holiday dinners. I will think about you every day and cherish all the good times we had. Rest In Peace.


Your Grandson Ryan

fred spengler

April 9, 2021

Dearest Uncle Joe

So many fond memories of you, over the years.
From the many summer holidays in Canada and times in Cleveland.

Will always remember you and Tante Lisalotte from years ago.

Rest In Peace

Fred & Wendy

David Kmet

April 7, 2021

Dear Joe ,
It sure was a real gift to be able to have you as a father in law. Being able to see first hand the beautiful things you made from wood both in your job as a wood pattern maker and making things just as a hobby. From your love of nature and the metro parks to your perfectly manicured yard I sure learned a lot from you and I thank you for that. It’s not going to be the same without you but I know you are in a better place with your beloved Lisa.
Love , David

Adam Grodhaus

April 7, 2021

It truly was a blessing that I had the opportunity to meet Opa (Josef) in my life.
The talks we had together I will cherish for the rest of my life! He would share his knowledge of wood working with me and tell me about his days as a child in Germany and about coming to the United States and meeting his lovely wife Lisa. The one thing that he taught me without ever saying a word about it was showing me how to be a great husband and father. Josf was truly an amazing man, and I can only hope to be as gentle, caring and loving as he was to my wife and children. I will always remember you and tell Jade Penelope all about you through her life. You are someone truly to admire and look up to Opa. I love you very much and always will! ❤

Marti Grodhaus

April 7, 2021

My heart breaks for you Karen,Dave, Ryan, Alyssa, Adam & Jade...
Josef was an AMAZING man & I was honored to spend time with him & the love of his life Lisa...they touched my heart, with their gentle kindness & beautiful stories of their life together...what an amazing gift he was to all of you...I know that your hearts are grieving with the void this loss has left...
Please take comfort that you all were what he was most proud of in his life...
His legacy..... I truly believe that God has called Josef home so he may spend a beautiful eternity with his beautiful Lisa...
May he bless all of you today & through the days ahead...
Your father & Opa will always be with you..
He will be in the wind as it kisses your cheek each day...

Alyssa Grodhaus

April 7, 2021

Our kind, gentle, caring and hardworking Opa went to be with with Lord on Easter. How fitting that it was on Resurrection day for a man who loved God so much. We are glad you are at peace now and finally reunited with the love of your life, our Oma ❤ We will miss you dearly but have nothing but fond memories of you.
Alyssa, Adam and Jade

Karen Kmet

April 7, 2021

Dearest Dad,
I can never express enough how much you meant to me. The day you and mom picked me and adopted me was truly the luckiest day of my life. You were my father, my guide, my rock, and confidante. You taught me to be a hard worker, to be honest, and most of all you taught me by example how to have empathy. I am forever grateful for the time we had together. Your beautiful marriage with mom was absolutely amazing. We missed her so much together since she left us. I do know now that being reunited with her in eternity was your last wish. You and mom will always be with me in my heart. Until we meet again. I love you both.
Your daughter,