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Patricia Ann Ritchey

Ritchey Patricia Obituary

Patricia Ann Ritchey, age 81 of Litchfield Park, AZ succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease on February 14, 2020.   She was born October 31, 1938, in Brea, OH to John and Alice (Mulica) Filipek.  She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a degree in Education.

Patricia was a resident of Litchfield Park for over 52 years and was very active in her community, helping to nurture it into the thriving town it is today. She was a founder of the original “Country Fair,” which benefited the Library Guild, substitute taught for Agua Fria and Avondale School, and offered countless hours of volunteering for her children in the classroom, with Boy and Girl Scouts, St. Thomas Aquinas, Little League, and many other organizations. She and her family were one of the 35 founding families of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and watched it blossom into the vibrant church that it is today.

Patricia married James Ritchey in 1961 and enjoyed a 58-year marriage.  They were blessed with three children and six grandchildren. Jeff, his wife Caiti, and their children, Grace, James, and Colleen Ritchey; Laurel Ritchey, and her daughter Alyssa Stokes; and Kevin, his wife Sue and sons, Matt, and Garrett Ritchey; and two sisters, Judith (Roger) Ecker, and Peg Dylag.   She was preceded in death by her parents John and Alice Filipek.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 21, 2020, at St. Thomas Aquinas, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ  85395, with a reception to follow at 1:00 pm at the Old Pueblo Café, 102 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.   All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Litchfield Park Historical Society at 13912 W Camelback Road, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Hacienda Del Rey for their care, dedication, and love. Condolences for the family may be left below.

8 Comments on “Patricia Ann Ritchey

  1. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family during these difficult times. It is an honor to serve you.

    • Pat was a beautiful lady and had a beautiful soul. my parents knew the family and we always had fun, swimming and bbq’s and even special b-days for neighbors. God loveher and her family. they are good people. with deepest sympathy we are deeply saddened.

  2. Pat was a friend that I will always treasure her joyful nature amongst challenges; her humbleness, a part of a family bicycle business that we frequented and above all her teaching the First Communion Class at St Thomas Aquinas with her love of Christ and Mother of Christ, Mary. Her family was blessed with her Love.

  3. Pat is my forever loyal friend from high school, through college, marriages, children, grandchildren, shared vacations. No matter the time between calls or visits, we picked up where we left off. I remember calling the cellphone. Jim answered, said they were at a neighborhood cocktail party, and as he handed the phone to Pat, I heard him say, “It’s Mary Ann; that will be an hour.” I miss her. Her Ohio families, her Arizona families, her California families, and her Washington family were her reason for being. She was so proud of you.

  4. Pat was a neighbor back in the day. We remember her as kind and sweet with a sense of humor. Jim, we are sorry we missed the funeral – we didn’t see the notice in time. Condolences for your loss. Chris and Celeste Furey

  5. I recently “Friended” Jeff because I just moved back to Phoenix and wanted to tie up with Pat and Jim. I am saddened to learn that this woman I respected and enjoyed so much is no longer with us.
    Pat and I shared many good times, commiserated on Life, and guided each other in raising our families … all liberally laced with raucous laughter! A marvelous friend, indeed.
    My condolences to her family.
    Rest in peace, Pat.
    Respectfully ~
    Gloria Potter

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