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FRANKLIN - Donald M. Ritz, 93, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at home in Franklin.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1924, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the son of Frederick and Mary (Mapes) Ritz.
He married Elsie McAdams on Oct. 9, 1999.
For many years, Donald owned and operated Ritz Farms in Franklin. Along with his dairy farm, Donald worked for 20 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) in Sidney.
For many years he was a member of the Franklin Town Board, held a trustee position at the Aldrich Baptist Church and sang bass with the Delaware County Men's Choir. He had a beautiful singing voice.
Donald is survived by his wife, Elsie Ritz of Franklin; a son, Jack and Marge Ritz of Franklin; a daughter, Deb Brienza of Oneonta; his stepchildren, Carol and Bob Beierlein of Stamford, Deb and Dwight Bruno of Franklin, Dan Zurn of Franklin, Connie and John Kelly of Franklin, and Gary and MaryAnn Zurn of Bloomville; grandchildren, Mike and Dawn Ritz, Kelly and G.X. Cramette, Melanie and Tom Craig, and Kimball Brienza; great-grandchildren, Jonathon and Kyle Ackley, and Hannah and Dylan Craig; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Beierlein, Sean Kelly, Molly Kelly, Kim and Todd MacPherson, and Kevin and Jennifer McDonald; step-great-grandchildren, Ross and Sarah Todd, Michael, Brandon, Isabella, Gabriella, and Madyson McDonald, Riley MacPherson; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Eileen Ritz; an infant son, John Ritz; his second wife, Vera Ritz; a brother, Paul Ritz; and a son-in-law, Tarry Brienza.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m.,Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Aldrich Baptist Church, Route 28, Franklin, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in the spring in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aldrich Baptist Church, P.O. Box 174, Franklin, NY 13775.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Published on January 8, 2018
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