Aya Ritter

Obituary of Aya Ritter

Our beloved mother, Aya H. Ritter, peacefully passed away at her home on March 29, 2024, at the age of 96. Aya's life was a testament to love, dedication, and service to her family and community.

Born and raised in Japan, Aya graduated from high school before embarking on a journey filled with love and devotion. She married the love of her life, Maurice James Ritter, and together they raised three cherished children. Aya's role as a mother was central to her being. She was a constant source of comfort, support, and guidance, always there when her family needed her most.

Professionally, Aya served as the office manager in her husband's dental practice, where her efficiency and warm demeanor left a lasting impression on colleagues and patients alike. Upon retirement, she dedicated her time and energy to volunteer work, particularly as a docent at The Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, where she shared her passion for Japanese culture and horticulture with visitors from near and far.

Aya found joy in sewing and crafting her own clothes, quilting intricate designs, tending to her beloved garden, and serenading her loved ones with melodies on the piano. Her talents and passions enriched the lives of all who knew her.

Aya leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. She is survived by her children, Karl M. Ritter (Jane), Robert M. Ritter (Sheila), Margaret A. Luley, and her grandchildren, Kathryn, Andrew, and Alex. Aya is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice James Ritter.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in Aya's memory to Anderson Japanese Gardens, where she spent countless hours sharing her love for Japanese culture and nature.

Though our hearts ache with her absence, we take solace in knowing that Aya's spirit will live on in the cherished memories we hold dear. May her kindness, warmth, and love continue to inspire us all.

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