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Colleen E. Ritzer, a lifelong resident of Andover, MA and beloved daughter of Thomas & Peggie Ritzer, passed away on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2013. She was 24 years old. Colleen was born in Lawrence, MA on May 13th, 1989 and was a communicant of St. Augustine Church in Andover. She was a 2007 graduate of Andover High School and a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, in the Class of 2011. She was currently pursuing a graduate degree at Salem State College. Colleen was a high school math teacher and was employed by Danvers High School. Prior to teaching in Danvers she taught for one year at Hale Middle School in Stow, MA. She adored spending time with the family. She was an amazing daughter and big sister. She loved attending family gatherings. She was always thinking of others first. She loved going to her sister Laura's hockey games and made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She was one of her sisters biggest fans. Colleen knew she wanted to be a teacher at a very young age and worked diligently to achieve her goal. Teaching was her passion. She spent countless hours finding unique and creative ways to inspire and teach her students whom she loved. She always enjoyed family vacations, shopping with friends, and making collages for her classroom. She had many friends she loved dearly. She always had a smile on her face and loved being in pictures with family & friends. Besides her mother & father, Peggie & Thomas Ritzer, Colleen will be very deeply missed by her loving brother, Daniel Ritzer of Andover, her sister, Laura Ritzer of Andover, grandmother, Anne M. Corcoran-Martellucci, aunts & uncles, Paul & Shirley Martellucci, Patricia & Robert Riley, Peter & Kathy Martellucci, Pamela & Dale Webster, David & Penny Ritzer, Patricia & Wayne Gordon, Susan & John Craig, Kathleen & John Yacavoni, and numerous cousins, and second cousins. She was also the granddaughter of the late Paul S. Martellucci, Sr., and Edward & Beverly Ritzer. Her funeral mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Calling hours were held in St. Augustine Church on Sunday from 3:30-8:30pm. Interment was held in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship. Gifts may be made online at: www.ECCF.org For additional information, please visit: www.BurkeMagliozzi.com
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You Were A Great Role Model To Kids   / Chloe Warner (Friend)
You were not just a teacher, you were a hero to so many.
Goodbye To A Really Great Person   / Mark Linn (Friend)
Life is never the same when we lose someone dear to us.
In Loving Memory Of Colleen Ritzer   / Kelsey Linn (Friend)
Heaven has a new angel and she is beautiful.
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Her legacy
Colleen Elizabeth Ritzer Legacy  
"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." "Parallel lines have got so much in common, its a shame they will never meet." She touched so many lives in the community at Danvers High School. She challenged her students to be the best that they could be. She always tried to help kids in her math class to achieve a better result. And she was a really awesome person, that had a angelic spirit, that we will remember forever.
 
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