Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Ritter, 86, of Walker, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at May Creek Lodge, in Walker.
Betty was born on July 12, 1927 to parents, Charles and Vonda (Rogers) Herbison in Lake City, MN. She was raised in Hibbing, Virginia, Brainerd, Crosby, and Walker, where she attended school. Upon graduation from high school in Brainerd, she attended St. Catherine’s and later transferred to the University of Minnesota, majoring in music. After graduating, she moved to New York to pursue a music career and met her husband-to-be.
On January 16, 1953, she was married to George W. Ritter, whom she had met on the steps of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Betty and George raised their three children in Park Forest, Illinois, where Betty continued her career as a teacher and drama instructor. In 1985, they retired to a home they had built in 1962 on Rogers Point of Leech Lake, near Walker. After 57 years of marriage, Betty lost her husband in 2010. She lived the last four years at May Creek Senior Living Campus where she greatly enjoyed making new relationships with residents and staff.
Betty is fondly remembered as a wonderful storyteller, a friend to all, and a person who brought joy into the lives of others. After retirement, she enjoyed bridge, golf, quilting, and the arts. She cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren on Rogers Point.
She is survived by her children, Susan Ritter Hunt, Steve (Nancy) Ritter, and Doug (Mary) Ritter; nine grandchildren, Nick (Shanna) Hunt, Meghan Ritter, Evan (Michelle) Hunt, Alissa Ritter, Greg Hunt, Alexandra Ritter, Will Ritter, Courtney Ritter, Michael Ritter; two great grandchildren, Gianna, and Max; sisters, Patsy Jones, Cynthia Tamborinio, Priscilla Herbison, and Judy (Roger) Hipwell.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents; her husband, George; and her grandfather, Edward L. Rogers.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Walker. Visitation will begin at 10:00 and continue until time of service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Walker. Memorials are preferred to the Cass County Museum & Historical Society.
Arrangements are being made with Dennis Funeral Home (dennisfuneralhome.com).