Born On: April 21, 1934

Passed On: February 16, 2020

Wanda Lee Ritter

Wanda Lee (Hammond) Ritter a loving wife, and mother was born on April 21, 1934 in Hesperia, Michigan to the late Lewis and Anna Hammond and went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 16, 2020.   Wanda is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gerald Lee Ritter; children, Sheryl (Verne) Wright, Debra (Mark) Smith, Cindy (Dave) Short, Jim (Becky) Kolbe, Tricia (Michael) McDonald, Joyce Ritter and Kendra Ritter; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her feline companion, Gray-C.  Wanda was an extraordinary woman of great faith who put a special emphasis on the importance of a strong marriage.  For many years she and Gerald led weekend marriage retreats, teaching other couples the values for a fruitful marriage.  As the matriarch of her family she had an unconditional love for her Lord and Family. Wanda was a gifted storyteller and Bible scholar who loved writing, music, traveling, fishing and working in her garden.  According to her wishes cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Shiloh Tabernacle, 460 E. Tyler Road in Muskegon.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to her husband.


Visitation Information

Shiloh Tabernacle Church
460 E. Tyler Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49445

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Celebration of Life Service Information

Shiloh Tabernacle Church
460 E. Tyler Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49445

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM

11 thoughts on “Wanda Lee Ritter

  1. Joe & Joanne Gongalski

    We have always appreciated Wanda as being such an incredibly beautiful and loving woman of God. She always made everyone around her feel special and welcomed. Some of our most special times at Shiloh were listening to Wanda teach and share her heart. She has such an amazing gift of sharing the word of God in such easy to understand and practical ways. God truly worked through her to teach and transform many, many lives. Perhaps the greatest testimony to Wanda’s life is the faith and love of God displayed in each of her children and grandchildren. Each of you is such a beautiful reflection of your mom and grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you. ❤️❤️

    Joe & Joanne Gongalski

  2. Gary and Phyllis Lattin

    We are very sorry to hear that Wanda passed away. May our Lord be with all of you during this difficult time. We are unable to attend her memorial service but we extend our love.

  3. Deb Wright

    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Wanda was truly a woman of great faith and much wisdom.
    We surely have enjoyed the many many hours in the King’s service together.
    Continued prayers for your wonderful family at this time of your great loss.

    Jack and Deb Wright family Louella Rose family

  4. Russell Damm

    Wonda is a special woman of God. Her acceptance and unconditional love towards our family over the past 30 years surpasses none. Her endurance both physically and Spiritually, encourages and uplifts our soul. Her delightful smile and positive attitude touches our heart. Though we have not seen Wonda much over the past few years, when we do, it is like good friends excited to see each other. I chuckle with amazment when ever I think of her bravery to take on new challenges. Knowing she still had a desire to Sky Dive not that long ago, challenges me to do so when my daughter ask me to go with her. If I decide to do so, I will say on the way down, this one is for you Wonda. Our prayers are with you Pastor Jerry, Sheryl, Pastor Vern, Cindy, Dave, Jim and Becky.
    Russ and Nancy

  5. Bob and Wanda Lee Green

    We thank God for the opportunity to have spent time with Wanda Lee Ritter. She loved people but above all, she exemplified love. Her smile and her words of encouragement on how to live a godly life. ‘this was her story’. We remember the time that we sit and watched a video of her and her family in their youthful days and it was just “Marvelous.” We were blessed to have met her and experienced her words of wisdom which so easily flowed from her lips.
    Family, even though she is not here with us in the flesh, HER MEMORY LIVES ON.

  6. Sunshine Weiler

    Her beautiful smile is etched in our hearts for all time. How wonderful and Amazing God is, to give us her and receive her back to Him. How precious her family is…each of you.
    May God’s Peace fill you with unending LOVE

  7. Michelle & Jay Goodrich

    We cannot know the depth of your loss. We rejoice for your loved one as she has reached the pinnacle of her faith but we mourn for all of you as you learn to live in this world without her. May God grant you His perfect peace and comfort and sustain you as you adjust to this new “normal”.

  8. Tracy DiAugustino

    I don’t even know how to put in words how much Wanda means to me! She helped me through a time 13 years ago! I owe my marriage to her! She gave great advice and I took it! She will always hold a special spot in my heart! I am so
    Sorry for your families loss of this amazing lady! She is right where she knew she was gonna be! Singing with Jesus!! What a beautiful angel she has become!!! Love to all! I will do my best to be there! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Love you Pastor Jerry!

  9. Rick and Penny Hines

    Dear Sheryl, Jerry, Jim Kolbe and rest of family..My husband Rick and I are very saddened to hear of your loss of your dear mom…She was soooo sweet! Loved God first and foremost, then her hubby and family…She was a BEAUTIFUL LOVELY CONFIDENT STRONG GODLY WOMAN WARRIOR! A Gem that will be treasured for a lifetime….Appreciate her Faith in God and how it played a role in my life and marriage, as she taught marriage seminars on the weekend….I also sat under one of her classes on Weightwatchers…She mplemented many positive ways to better ourselves during the classes once a week.. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow…Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers…Sending warm heartfelt hugs to you all…


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