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Elsie M. Ritchie

Elsie M. Ritchie

March 13, 2017

Elsie M. Ritchie, 88, long-term resident of Eau Claire, passed away at home on March 13 in Rockford, Illinois.

She was born on April 23, 1928, in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, to Christian and Elsie Albright Blatter, the youngest of three children.  She graduated from Columbus High School in 1946, then did secretarial work for several years in Columbus.

On June 11, 1950, she married Gerald Ritchie at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and continued working there until the birth of their first child.  From that time on, she was a stay-at-home mother.

She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, and had previously belonged to the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew.  She enjoyed volunteering and served in these parishes, as well as Sacred Heart Hospital, for many years in a variety of roles.

Elsie loved sewing, calligraphy and caring for her home.  She was an exceptional bridge player.  She and Gerald traveled extensively to Europe and Asia as well as across the United States.  She will best be remembered as someone who was completely committed to her family.  She particularly loved spoiling her grandchildren, who she adored.

Elsie is survived by her son Paul (Jillian), of Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania; son Mark, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; daughter Jeanne Vosburgh (Tom), of Rockford, Illinois; and three beloved grandchildren, Rachel and Jeremy Yap and Evangeline Ritchie.  Elsie is also survived by her brother Stanley, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and her sister Mabel, of Columbus, Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her parents and her husband, Gerald, preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Concordia Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. in Eau Claire with visitation at the church on Saturday, April 1, 2017 one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Aaron Hamilton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington immediately following the service.

Friends may offer their condolences online at http://www.fullerspeckienhulke.com/obituaries/864-Ritchie-Elsie-M

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Memorial visitation will take place at Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 am until the time of service.


Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church, 3715 London Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Aaron Hamilton officiating.