Edith Annemarie Ritchie, 85

November 29, 2023

Edith Annemarie Ritchie, 85, of Denver, PA and formerly of Schweinfurt, Germany, passed away on November 29, 2023. Born in Schweinfurt, Germany during World War II, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Lina Schaefer. Edith met her future husband Corbett Ritchie, a Sergeant in the US Army in Germany. After getting married, Edith, Corbett, and their first-born Corbett, Jr. moved to Corbett’s hometown in Hazard, Kentucky, where they went on to have 2 more children; their daughters Sharon and Tanis. After Corbett became sick, they moved back to Germany where Edith remained and had her third daughter, Loretta. Corbett eventually passed shortly after. Through the years, Edith worked many years in the AAFES Cafeteria at the US Ledward Barracks. Edith enjoyed traveling Europe, singing and dancing to German volk music, and would come to visit her daughters Sharon and Tanis and their children in the US yearly. In December 2018, Edith moved to PA to live with her daughter Tanis.

Edith is predeceased by her sister, Ingrid, her brothers Guenther, Horst, Willie, and Edgar. She is also predeceased by her son Corbett Ritchie, Jr. and daughter Loretta Schlereth. Edith leaves behind a sister, Sonja Schaefer, her 2 grandsons from her late son, her daughter Sharon Ritchie and her children, her daughter Tanis Ritchie and her children, and her son-in-law Dieter Schlereth and their children. Altogether, Edith leaves behind a sister, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friend and family are invited to a celebration of Edith’s life at 6 PM on Monday, December 11, 2023 at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Flowers are graciously accepted.

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December 15, 2023

Tanis and family,
Edith held a special place in so many of our hearts at hospice. She kept us on our toes, for sure, but she was a really special lady.  Tanis, your love and devotion to your mom was so evident, and I have no doubt it meant a lot to her, even if she couldn’t always express it.
Thinking of you and yours and sending condolences,

December 11, 2023

Wir denken heute an euch. Unser tiefstes Mitgefühl für dich Tanis und deine Familie.
Liebe Grüsse aus Schweinfurt von Gabi und Inge Gößmann

December 10, 2023

Liebe Sharon, liebe Tanis, 
mein herzliches Beileid. Meine Gedanken sind bei euch.
In Liebe

December 10, 2023

Dear Tanis and Family, I was not part of Edith’s  life till this last year but she captured a piece of my heart. What a special lady! She had a smile every day and a contagious laugh. She brought so much joy to our room. It was a privilege to know her and learn from her, to have strength and determination and also how to play canasta! God bless you all. Laura Sabasino

December 07, 2023

Liebe Tanis und liebe Sharon,
einen geliebten Menschen loszulassen, ist immer schwer.
“These we love
don’t go away.
They walk beside
us every day.
but always near.
Still loved,
still missed and 
very dear.”
Euch und allen Angehörigen der Familie wünsche ich Trost und Kraft für die kommenden Tage!
Thinking about you and wishing you comfort and peace,

December 06, 2023

Dear Sharon & Tanis,
Condolences on the loss of your mother Sharon.
Lots of strength in the future.
With kind regards,
Groningen, The Netherlands 

December 06, 2023

Liebe Sharon und Tanis, unser Beileid gilt euch und der Familie. Tante Edith wird mir immer als lustige,gutherzige und liebe Tante in Erinnerung bleiben. 
In Liebe

December 05, 2023

In 2018 Edith left Germany, and I missed her, now Edith left forgood, and I miss her more. My condoleances  for Sharon and Tannis and the rest of the family.  
Klaas van der Zee

December 04, 2023

Liebe Sharon & Tanis
Herzliches Beileid mit den Verlust eurer Mutter
Ich erinnere mich Edith sehr gut als eine gastfreundliche und liebe Frau
Vielen Grüsse 
Aus Groningen
Corrie (Gerard)

December 03, 2023

Wir denken andächtig an die Familie Ritchie,
Insbesondere an Sharon und Tanis. 
Liebe Grüsse aus Holland!
Sonja Schäfer

December 03, 2023

Liebe Edith, 
Ich hoffe Du hast endlich Deine verdiente Ruhe und Frieden bekommen. 
Denk an Dich,
Deine Schwester Sonja!

December 03, 2023

Sharon and family,  so sorry for your loss. Mothers cannot be replaced but they can be remembered. Hold onto those fond memories. Peace to you and your family.
Jen Eisenhower

December 02, 2023

Dear Sharon and Tanis, I heard from Sonja that Edith has passed away. My condoleances on the loss of your mother. She was able to be near you for five wonderful years. I wish you both much strenght.
Warm regards, Margriet Roos / Groningen / Netherlands

December 02, 2023

Ich bin in Gedanken bei euch. Mein tiefstes Mitgefühl Tanis und Sharon! 
Birgit Schäfer

December 01, 2023

I’m truly sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, grandmother and sister.
Edith was my late godmother’s mother. Family gatherings were brightened by her warmth and presence, here in Germany. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.
Aileen from Germany

December 01, 2023

Her daughter Loretta was my sister in law and I remember Edith as a generous and heartfelt person. RIP 
Dagmar from Germany

December 01, 2023

So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy!

December 01, 2023

Vanuit Paramaribo – Suriname wens ik de familie ,maar in het bizonder Sharon en Tanis heel veel sterkte met het heengaan van hun lieve moeder.
Moge zij in vrede rusten 🙏

Monday, December 11, 2023
6:00 PM
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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