And they continued ringing as the mourners stood in stoic silence and sympathy as a motorcade of Ritzer’s immediate family and close relatives and friends slowly began the less than 2-mile journey to Spring Grove Cemetery on Abbot Street for a private burial.
“Heaven stole an angel from us today,” McDaniel told the congregation in the closing words of her remembrance. “You will always be in our hearts; we love you, rest in peace.”
A legacy ensured
To carry on the legacy of Colleen Ritzer and her passion for teaching, the Ritzer family has established the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in education so they can continue her legacy of making a difference in a student’s life.
To make a donation to the fund, make a check payable to ECCF/Colleen Ritzer Fund and mail it to Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover St., Danvers, 01923.