Dorothea "Dottie" M. (Gervais) Ritzen

January 31, 1927 ~ February 2, 2019 (age 92)


Dorothea M. “Dottie” Ritzen, 92, of Vernon, beloved wife of the late Curt D. Ritzen died peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019 with her family at her side. She was born on January 31, 1927 in Providence, RI., daughter of the late Norman and Dorothy Gervais. Prior to retiring, Dottie was employed as a secretary for over ten years with Aetna Life & Casualty. She was a longtime member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester. Dottie was a member of Pioneer Lodge #506 V.O.A. of Cranston, RI., a member of the Scandinavian Club of Pinellas Park, FL and as well as a member of the Vernon Square Dance Club. She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law; Deborah and Jon Rhinesmith of Manchester and Doreen and Mitchell Burns of East Hartford, four loving grandchildren; Peter Rhinesmith and his spouse Jessica and their children; Luke and Stella all of Manchester, Steven Rhinesmith and his spouse Heather of East Windsor, Alexander Burns of East Hartford and Amanda Burns of Providence, RI. Dottie also leaves her sister Doreen Anderson and her spouse Robert of Cranston, RI and their son Jeffrey Anderson of Vienna, VA and numerous, nieces, nephews and their families. Calling hours will be held at Manchester Funeral Home, 142 East Center St. in Manchester on Tuesday February 5, 2019 from 5-7 pm. A graveside service will be in East Cemetery, 240 East Center St. in Manchester on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10 am followed by a celebration of her life at 11 am at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St. in Manchester. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To leave an online condolence please visit

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Graveside Service
February 6, 2019

10:00 AM
East Cemetery
240 East Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Celebration of Life
February 6, 2019

11:00 AM
Emanuel Lutheran Church
60 Church St
Manchester, CT 06040


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Emanuel Lutheran Church
60 Church St, Manchester CT 06040

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