Josephine (Jo) Catherine (Klein) Ritchie, 102, of Jackson, Mich., died peacefully Monday morning (Oct. 22, 2012), the last of 13 children born to Louise and Anthony Klein of Marietta. She married Gilbert (Gib) Ritchie of Marietta on Dec. 31, 1937 (eloped to Parkersburg) and moved to Detroit, Mich. Gib preceded her in death in April, 1995. Her son-in-law, Ron Gillespie also preceded her in death in August of 2004.
Jo is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Gillespie, of Jackson, Mich., four granddaughters and seven great grandchildren. Her survivors also include Wilma Schultz and Fred Ritchie of Marietta, along with many nieces and nephews in the Ritchie and Klein families. She always loved "going home" to Ohio for visits to see the families she loved so much.
A memorial service for Jo will be held on Friday (Oct. 26) at Ganton's Countryside Manor, 3736 McCain Road in Jackson, Mich., with Pastor Mark Arthur officiating. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.