Helen A. Ritchie
1927 ∼ 2019
Helen A. Ritchie was born on March 25,1927 in Duchtov (Dux) Czechoslovakia. She passed away after a lengthy illness in Norwood, MA on December 28, 2019. She was 92.
Helen leaves behind her remaining sister Christine Smith of Niceville, Florida, her daughter Ingrid Howland and son in law, Jay Howland of Westwood. Helen will be joining her late daughter Rosemarie Perkins of Brockton. In addition, she leaves her loving grandchildren and spouses: Joy-Marie and Jeff Hurley, Amy Howland Bean, Jeff Bean. Drew and La Netta Howland and Jayson and Emily Howland, and six treasured great grandchildren and one on the way: Kevin, Charlotte and Nina Hurley. Max, Charlie and Brooke Bean, and an April baby for LaNetta and Drew Howland. Her extended families, Nephews Gerhard and Werner Fritz and Niece Linda Hardy; her sister-in-law, Vivian Thum and children, Kyle and Kim.
She touched so many lives and loved each one of her kindhearted friends that prayed for her. Helen immigrated to The United States in 1956 to join her family in Bridgewater. The late Reverend Robert Mayhew of the First Congregational Church welcomed Helen and her two young daughters, Ingrid and Rosemarie with open arms. Helen began work at the Lucy Shoe Company in 1956. Later, she worked at the Stetson Shoe Company and Foot Joy in Brockton. Helen retired from her last place of employment, the Foxboro Co in East Bridgewater, nearly 30 years ago.
Helen was never an idle person. She joined two golf leagues, Ridder Farm Golf Course in Whitman and Little Harbor in Wareham. Helen was also an accomplished artist in her own right. It was in Czechoslovakia during WW II when Helen entered Art School to become a sculptor. The arts had always been her passion. She chose to paint as her hobby during retirement to stave off the long winter months. Helen spent many summer weekends in Pocasset with her grandchildren and later her great grandkids. She enjoyed gardening, playing croquet, cards and doing rainy day puzzles. We all are very lucky to have had such a loving, kind and nurturing person we call Oma to enrich the lives of three generations.
All are cordially invited to a funeral home service at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St. Bridgewater on Wednesday, January15th at 11:00AM. Interment will be private.