Marie Perkins Led­erer

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Life Tributes -

Marie Perkins Led­erer, a long­time res­i­dent of the Step­ney sec­tion of Mon­roe and de­voted wife to the late Robert D. Led­erer, passed away in her home on Novem­ber 19, 2018.

In ad­di­tion to her beloved hus­band, Marie was pre­de­ceased by her daugh­ter, Kate P. Led­erer, and sib­lings, Kath­leen P. Heim­stra, He­len P. Kaechele, and Don­ald E. Perkins. She will be re­mem­bered by her nieces and neph­ews.

Born in Dan­bury, Marie grad­u­ated from Bas­sick High School in 1939 and Ju­nior Col­lege of Bridge­port in 1941. She served the Town of Mon­roe as the Di­rec­tor of So­cial Ser­vices for 27 years un­til her re­tire­ment in 1989. Marie was the orig­i­nal Trustee of the Edith Wheeler Me­mo­rial Trust, a sig­nif­i­cant bene­fac­tor of the new Mon­roe Pub­lic Li­brary and on­go­ing provider of gen­er­ous schol­ar­ships for grad­u­at­ing Ma­suk High School stu­dents. For seventy years, Marie worked in blood ser­vices for the Red Cross. In 1979, Marie and her hus­band Robert were se­lected by both the State of Con­necti­cut and Red Cross as the Vol­un­teer Cou­ple of the year.

Marie’s me­mory will be em­braced for her deep devo­tion to her fam­ily, friends, and com­mu­nity, as well as, her ter­rific sense of hu­mor.

Marie re­quested for her fu­neral ser­vices to be pri­vate. She will be in­terred with her fam­ily in Step­ney Ceme­tery.

To sign her on­line guest reg­is­ter, please visit www. LeskoPolkeFuner­alHome. com

An­drew J. Ritzul ( Drew), age 78, of Fair­field passed away Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, 2018 in his home. Born in Bridge­port, the son of the late An­drew and Eve­lyn Ritzul, he had been a life­long area res­i­dent. A grad­u­ate of Roger Lud­lowe High School where he ex­celled in both base­ball and bas­ket­ball, Drew served in the U. S. Army dur­ing the Viet­nam War. He re­ceived his BS de­gree in Engi­neer­ing from North­east­ern Univer­sity where he was re­cruited on a bas­ket­ball scholarship. He worked at Lacey Man­u­fac­tur­ing for 38 years as a med­i­cal in­stru­ment de­sign en­gi­neer. As a young man he was ac­tive in scout­ing, at­tain­ing the rank of Ea­gle Scout. Drew played in nu­mer­ous sports leagues through­out the years, and par­tic­u­larly loved to play soft­ball. His pas­sion was old clas­sic cars. He loved restor­ing old cars and helped start the lo­cal Clas­sic Car Club. He loved at­tend­ing shows and or­ga­nized car cruises through­out the area. Drew loved coun­try mu­sic and play­ing and build­ing steel guitars; and was a mem­ber of the Pedal Steel As­so­ci­a­tion. He was a die- hard fan of UConn Women Huskies bas­ket­ball. Drew was a mem­ber of the Gaelic Amer­i­can Club and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Navy Veter­ans, Port 5. He al­ways looked for­ward to meet­ing his buddies for cof­fee at the Pine Creek Deli. Sur­vivors in­clude a brother, Richard Ritzul and his wife Judy of Tuc­son, AZ; two sis­ters, Mau­reen Simms and her hus­band Larry of Boyn­ton Beach, FL and Mary Beth Fiol and her hus­band Ed­ward of Mi­ami, FL; sev­eral nieces and his long- time com­pan­ion, Su­san Ovi­att of Strat­ford. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, 2018 at 11: 30 a. m. at the Spear- Miller Fu­neral Home, 39 South Ben­son Road, Fair­field. Friends may greet the fam­ily Tues­day from 10: 00 a. m. to the time of the ser­vice. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate. In lieu of flow­ers me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Ave., Bridge­port, CT 06605. For in­for­ma­tion or to of­fer an on­line con­do­lence please visit www. SpearMillerFuner­alHome. com

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