Madeline Gilcher Ritz

March 22, 1925 - December 31, 2012
Madeline Gilcher Ritz


Madeline Ritz, 87, of Wilmington, passed away early on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Northchase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 22, 1925 in Mississippi. Before marrying Alan Ritz Sr., of Kendall, New York, she was a society reporter for the St Petersburg Times in St Petersburg, Florida. After she married, she lived in Batavia, New York and devoted her time to her family. She also became an avid golfer and bridge player, becoming a Life Master in bridge. When her children left home she got her teaching degree at NYU at Geneseeo and obtained her Masters in Reading at Nazareth University. After Kathie and Ray moved to Wilmington, Alan and Madeline followed in 1979 to continue devoting her time to her family and grandchildren. They attended Pine Valley Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children Kathie Hayes (Ray) and Alan Ritz (Jenny). She is also survived by three grandchildren: Laura Mitchell (Howard), Matthew Hayes (Danni), and Michael Ritz, as well as three great grandchildren: TJ and Owen Mitchell and Harper Hayes.

The family will hold a private service on Saturday, and Madeline will be buried next to her beloved husband Alan in Kendall, New York.

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  • January 03, 2013
    Carol & Jim says:
    Kathie, What a caring and devoted daughter you were. Not only did you do a wonderful job advocating and caring for your Mom you have demonstrated to your family and friends what devotion and love truly is. Love, Carol & Jim

  • January 04, 2013
    jeanrudolph says:
    so sorry for your loss. we will always remember all the good times we had at all holiday gatherings we had a good time and she always enjoyed us getting together. i have alot of pictures and again she will be missed by all of us. love and prayers. roger.jean teresa and family. kris and sheree