Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 8:45 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Trudy K. Ritchie


Trudy K. Ritchie

May 10, 1945-April 23, 2011

Longtime Homer resident, Mrs. Trudy K. Ritchie, 65, died April 23, 2011, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Judith Lethin will be officiating.

Mrs. Ritchie was born to Selden and Loretta Hanson in Great Falls, Mont., and grew up in Wisconsin, Illinois and northern Minnesota. She graduated from Proctor High School in 1963, and attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for three years. She married Dave Ritchie in June of 1965, and lived in Proctor, Minn. and Fredenberg Township in northern Minnesota before moving to Homer in 1983. Trudy owned and operated "The Children's House" preschool/daycare from 1985-2004. She was a member of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church. She loved family, children and the sandhill cranes that nested by her house.

The family wrote, "She touched many lives and made many friends through the pre-school/daycare center. She enjoyed watching all 'her kids' grow up and kept in contact with many of them. She was very proud of her sons and her grandson."

Mrs. Ritchie was preceded in death by her son, Gabriel D. Ritchie; her parents, Selden and Loretta Hanson; and grandson, Fritz. She is survived by her husband, David W. Ritchie; son, Brian A. Ritchie; daughter in-law, Susie Malone; grandson, Casper Von, all of Homer; sisters and brother-in-law, Pam and Bob Elstad of Duluth, Minn., Susan and Daniel Jouppi of Isabella, Minn., and Jean and Spencer Johnson of Marquette, Mich.; many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Homer, P.O. Box 4147, Homer, AK 99603.