Obituary of Mary Ellen Ritter
Mary Ellen (nee Skelley) Ritter, of Melbourne, FL, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, December 3, 2022. She was 88 years old.
Mary was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY, on February 20, 1934, to the late Paul Skelley and Margaret Bebble Skelley. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School, and Southside High School, graduating in 1952, and was later a graduate of Jean Summers Business School. She married her late husband William H. Ritter Jr. in October 1958 and went on to become a bookkeeper and accountant for Ritter's Inc. until the business closed in 1988. Mary moved to Melbourne, FL in 1997 and maintained a busy life in retirement. She worked in after school care for Ascension Catholic Church as well as continuing her commitment and participation in the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She participated in many clubs, groups, and activities, including Ladies of Charity, Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Care in Elmira, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians where she later became president of the Women's Auxiliary. Mary held the title of President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in both Elmira and Melbourne, FL, as well as President of the Ascension Council of Catholic Women.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mary is predeceased by brothers, William, James, Jerome and Michael; sisters, Kathleen and Sheila; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary is survived by her son William Mark Ritter with his partner Archie Sapno Bautista; sister, Rita; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W Water Street, Elmira, on Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment, with committal prayers to follow at St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.
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