Edward Rittberg

November 1, 1941June 30, 2013

Edward Rittberg passed away Sunday, June 30th, at Hackensack University Medical Center. Despite a Herculean effort, at age 71, he succumbed to the first medical challenge he faced over the last 38 years that he was unable to defeat. He graduated Emerson High School, Union City, and received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and his graduate degrees from Montclair State University, NJ. He considered himself first and foremost a "teacher of children and young adults." His first two years in education were served in the Lodi School District and his last 28 years in the Secaucus School District, from which he retired in 1995. He taught physical education and history at Secaucus' Lincoln Jr. High School and the Secaucus Middle-Secondary School where he became the school's first Dean of Students in 1975. He served as the first Athletic Director and the first head football coach of the Secaucus Patriots. He founded the Patriot Booster Club in his living room following his first surgery in 1975. He later became vice principal at Secaucus High School, and then was named the first principal of the Secaucus Middle School in 1988 when it was created to address the specific needs of the 7th and 8th grade students. Following his retirement from the school district, he was elected to two terms on the Secaucus Board of Education, working with the trustees to complete expansions at both Huber Street School and Clarendon School during his six-year tenure. Rittberg was an inductee of the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame, the Emerson High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Secaucus High School Patriots Hall of Fame. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Cecilia (Garrahy) Rittberg, and a sister, Barbara Yutz. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of nearly 48 years, Louise (Agresta) Rittberg; his daughters Janice (Michael) Rittberg-Snuffer and Suzanne (Thomas) Zimmermann; a sister-in-law JoAnn (Philip) Verdina; a brother-in-law Robert Yutz; six grandchildren Steven (Amber), Janice and Sterlin Snuffer and Katie, Jill and Allie Zimmermann and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Kaiden Snuffer. He is also survived by a nephew, four nieces, three grand-nieces and a grand-nephew. He will be missed by many people whose friendships he treasured, as well as by many former students whose lives he touched over the years. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ. Family and friends will gather for a funeral mass on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, Secaucus, NJ followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, NJ. Please send tributes and condolences to In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NJ Metro Chapter, 1 Kalisa Way, Suite 205, Paramus, NJ 07652, or the American Brain Foundation, 201 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55415, would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Interment Friday, July 5, 2013

Edward Rittberg

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Kate Marchesini

July 9, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of your loss.Although I hadn't seen
Mr Rittberg in many years he had a profound effect on my education.I was a student of his in Lincoln Junior High where he taught history.He had a firm presence in class but you knew how much he cared, a very rare quality.His influence to his students will be his legacy.
Kate Marchesini

Lisa Eckinger

July 7, 2013

So sorry to hear about Mr. Rittberg his memories will always bring a smile to my heart I will remember him fondly..Lisa Eckinger( Krajewski)

Elizabeth Ross

July 6, 2013

“?H? P@?? ?????'? ?? @?@?. ??? ???? ?@?? R??? ƒ?R ??.”
He was a great man and a great role model. The line out the door, for 3 hours straight at his wake, proves it. He touched sooooooooooooooooooooooo, many peoples lives, including mine. He was always there for me and taught me a lot. There is so much that I cannot put into words but I hope he already knows how I feel. I love you. :*

Mark Dischler

July 5, 2013

" I am so sorry to hear the news, Mr. Rittberg passed, I will never forget you , you where like a father to me in high school, you showed me courage that I did not have, when I needed it most, thank you for all you have done for myself and others, I know you touched a lot of people in your life, thank you for everything. you were such a strong soul , and still are :) and thank you to your family also. Louise , Janice and Suzanne (my little sister) back in the day :) I miss and love you. I hope we will see each other soon. I believe Ed will be around keeping an eye, so your not alone . again I am so sorry and I love you!

July 4, 2013

Dear Louise,Suzanne,& Janet,
Those we love don't go away,they walk besides us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near. So love,so missed,so so very dear. To know Eddie is to love him. My years at SHS are fond memories seeing him everyday. He's one guy who will always be spoken of like he's still among us. Never will be forgotten. May Our Lady of Grace enfold you all at this time.
Elizabeth, Angelo, Theresa, Michael Mongiello, Fairfield, New Jersey

Doug and Pam Harris

July 4, 2013

Louise, Janice and family our thoughts and prays go out to you in this time of need. I only got the chance to know Edward for a short time but he was a very kind and loving man. May Edward rest in peace. As you all mourn the passing of a great man remember to celebrate the life he lived.

Gerard & Lorraine DeMan

July 4, 2013

Our sympathies to Louise, Janice, Suzanne & family ... Eddie's been a rock, and will be missed. May you all experience the consolation of the Holy Spirit in your time of grief.
Much love ...

Lovelace family

July 3, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Rittberg family. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Stan Fryczynski

July 3, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the entire Rittberg family. Ed was one of the nicest people I every had the honor to know and work with. A very fair and caring man. He was indeed a trailblazer for what now exists at Secaucus High School and Middle School. One of the founding Patriots... he will be missed.

Venkat Reddy

July 3, 2013

My deepest sympathy and condolences. May his soul rest in peace.