OBITUARY

Patricia G. Ritchie

April 14, 1929February 26, 2019

With her children at her side, a great light went out on February 26 when Patricia Grimes Ritchie re-joined her husband, sister, parents and deceased loved ones. Patricia was born in New London, CT, in 1929, and raised there and in Newark, NJ. Throughout her adult life, she moved with her husband many times, but settled in her beloved Pine Beach, NJ. Patricia was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Walter, her sister Bette, her parents (Frances and Lawrence Grimes), and numerous other friends and family. She is survived by her children, Patrick, Walter (Shelli), Scott (Linda), and Adele Berardi (Rob); her aunt, Marie Nott, her brother, John Grimes, her sister-in-law, Adele, her grandchildren, Shannon, Holli-lyn, Carolyn, Jennifer, Jordan, McCoy, Zachary, Tucker, Molly, and RJ; her great-grandchildren, Noah and Hunter, numerous nieces and nephews and many beloved friends. Arrangements are being handled by Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home. The wake will be held at Anderson & Campbell, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753, on Thursday, March 7, from 3 to 7 pm. The funeral Mass is the following morning at St. Barnabas RC Church at 9:30 AM at 33 Woodland Rd. in Bayville, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that attendees bring toiletries to the wake or funeral. They will be distributed to the needy elderly of our community, especially those whose families struggle to provide such items. Our family also wishes to express our immense gratitude to Complete Care at Bey Lea for the loving and impeccable attention they showed Patricia during her last five years. Before getting sick, Patricia was an active member of St. Barnabas RC Church. She volunteered with Caregivers of NJ and visited the infirmed in Crystal Lake Nursing Home. In her younger years she was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a cheerleading coach, a school library volunteer, the best PB&J maker and yet managed to attend all of her kids’ activities, get the laundry done, tell her children every day that she loved them and kissed each goodnight. It’s hard to put into words how magnificent a woman Patricia was and the numerous ways she manifested God’s love for her and through her. In all she did, whether as a wife, mother, daughter-in-law, grandmother, friend, mentor or anonymous benefactor, she sought to find the good in everyone, and created unique and generous ways of bringing wisdom and joy to the world. Of all her special involvements, she realized the greatest solace and expression in her women’s support group, which provided her the opportunity to mentor and befriend women of all ages and backgrounds. She never stopped giving to people throughout her entire life and in spite of all its ups and downs, she wanted the world to know that she felt her life was wonderful. A great light went out, but a glow remains that will brighten and warm all who knew this wonderful soul.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Patricia G. Ritchie

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Lisa Bassillo

March 2, 2019

Hi Aunt Pat, 40 years have passed since we've talked. I was 20 something and you were a kind and caring aunt of my friend Cindy.

You welcomed me into your home, I met some of your family, and I never forgot you, all these years later.

Maybe we will talk again one day. Looking forward to it.

Lisa.

Kathleen Feeney

March 1, 2019

“Nonie”
I will miss your beautiful smile, gentle manner and infectious laugh. Thank you for being such a lovely grandmother to my daughter. I’ll do my best to keep up with your PB&J sandwiches.
Kathleen

Theresa Peet, MD

February 28, 2019

This beautiful woman taught her daughter how to be exquisitedly loving, sincerely comforting and boldly brave. Because of Patricia Ritchie, I have had company even in the fury and the sorrow of my darkest hours. Patricia Ritchie's influence made it impossible for me to forget that God is Love and Love is God even while I wrestled with the angels throughout my younger years. By this point of my life, I have stood by a great many people during their trials, tribulations and grief. All of these people have Patricia Ritchie's influence to thank for whatever comfort I have been able to give, as I only aim to pass on what was given to me.

To the Ritchie and Berardi family: I am truly sorry for your loss of Mrs. Ritchie's physical presence. While I am certain she is now in the arms of God, her lovingly spirit is also still here on Earth and growing exponentially.

Elizabeth (Betty) Talbot Grace

February 28, 2019

I have not seen Pat in years. But remember times with Nonnie. My mother, Helen Santangelo Talbot, would talk about Pat's mom. She would share pictures of her sister, Frances. Pat looked like her mom. A beautiful woman. My her soul rest in peace.

Debra Donohue

February 28, 2019

Although I did not know Patricia, I know her daughter Adele. All I can say is Adele is a wonderfully caring and loving person- she had to have learned that from her mom. All the photos Adele has shared of her and her mom, I feel like I knew her. My thoughts and prayers go to Adele and the rest of Patricia’s family. Hopefully your loving memories will help get you through this difficult time.

Chris Gatens

February 28, 2019

For someone who had a difficult childhood she was my shining light. I always called her my “groovy Aunt”. She was so kind to me, more than I deserved.
I will miss her more than I can say.
I love her.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY