Lulu M. Ritsch, 85, of Chico, Calif., died June 3, 2003, at the Chico Creek Care and Rehab Center.
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations were Friday at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.
Lulu was born March 21, 1918, at Vale to Melville E. Davis and Mary Jessie Dee Steelman. She started school at the White Star School in Vale and then transferred to Muddy Creek School in 1924.
She then started the 11th grade at Baker High School and graduated in May 1937.
Mrs. Ritsch was baptized in 1957 at the Baker City Christian Church. She met her husband, Henry Ritsch, at Pondosa where they were working for Collins Pine. The couple were married at Boise and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 23, 2002.
Collins Pine transferred Henry to Chester, Calif., as a logging supervisor until he retired after 36 years. They lived in Butte County, Calif., for 28 years.
Lulu was a homemaker and loved cooking, sewing and the outdoors. She will be missed greatly by her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary M. Stout of Baker City; brothers, Carl Davis, and his wife, Illa, of Joseph and Melville Davis Jr. of Sacramento; sisters, Valeta Lammert of Portland, and Vina Schulz and her husband, Elmer, of Gladstone; grandsons, Vernon Stout and his wife, Myra, and Damien Ritsch; granddaughter, Tami Fetter; daughter-in-law, Beverly Ritsch of Chester, Calif.; six great-grandchildren; six nieces; four nephews; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Douglas; sisters, Ruth Davis and Eleanor Snyder; grandson, Dean Ritsch; nephew, Michael Hall; and brothers-in-law, Homer Snyder and John Lammert.
Lulu’s obituary may be viewed and condolences may be sent on line at nbcfh.com.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 13, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor