Eureka-Henrietta Ritchie, 86, of Metamora, IL formerly of
Eureka, IL passed away at 8:20 am on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at
Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL where she had been a patient
for only one day.
She was born on April 2, 1926 in Secor, IL a
daughter of George and Henrietta Gassner Goebel. She married
Anthony H. Ritchie on March 19, 1955 in Jeffersonville, IN. He
passed away on March 21, 2004.
Survivors include three sons, Craig (Sherry)
Schertz of Metamora, IL; Randy (Judy) Schertz of Eureka, IL; Brian
(Renee) Ritchie of Columbia, TN; one brother, Leo Goebel of
Washington, IL; one sister, Arabelle Chismark of Chillicothe, IL;
ten grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers
and two sisters.
Henrietta was valedictorian of her class in
1944. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Heyl Motor Company
and later Johnson Accounting. She enjoyed working so much she
had to be talked into retiring at the young age of 75.
She was a member of the American Legion
Auxiliary, the Eureka United Methodist Church, and the United
In her younger years, she and her husband
Tony enjoyed their 20 plus years involved with the Eureka Little
League. Her door was always open to her three sons and their
friends anytime day or night. She enjoyed making tacos for
them and most of them called her "mom". Her favorite past
time was weekend dancing with her husband and their friends.
She had been residing at Snyder Village
Assisted Living Center in Metamora for the past 3 years where she
enjoyed visits from her family and friends, musical activities,
Bingo, out to eat on weekends with her boys, and playing
cards. She especially looked forward to the annual Goebel
reunion held each year at the 4-H park with over 100 people in
attendance. Henrietta will be dearly missed by all who knew
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Eureka United Methodist
Church. Rev. Ron Martz will officiate. Visitation will
be held on Friday evening at the church from 5-8 pm.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Argo-Ruestman-Harris
Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with their
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Eureka United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be
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