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Alice J. Ritter

March 23, 1933 ~ August 7, 2017 (age 84)

Alice Ritter lived a full life.  After a courageous fight, she passed on August 7, 2017 at the age of 84.  Born in Chester, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1933 to Harvey & Rosanna (nee Moulder) Ritter, Alice was blessed with a loving family.  Alice accomplished many great things over her years.  She helped to run her step-father Charles Ripka’s popular spot on Edgmont Avenue known as Chester Light Supply.  It was a place where everyone loved to purchase beautiful giftware, Lionel Trains - especially for the Holidays, and small appliances which could also be repaired on the spot. Friends would gather there to socialize while sitting on wooden captain chairs.  Alice was instrumental in running the store’s daily operations, as well as two of Charlie & Rose’s Chester restaurants.  Many years later, Alice moved to where the family spent each summer, Kitts Hummock Beach on the Delaware Bay.   There, she served as a clerk for the Delaware Court System in Dover.  Upon retirement she became an activist, improving life for the entire Kitts Beach community. In later years, Alice moved to Buffalo, NY to be close to her daughter and son-in-law, Karen & Mike, and her granddaughter Kelly.  Throughout her life, Alice always adopted friends as family.  She is celebrated and remembered now for encouraging and sharing her love with generations of both young and old, being a hub for family to keep in touch with each other, keeping alive family memories through wonderful oral tradition, and helping to maintain Chester, Pa. history through pictures and stories for the “Old Chester” website.

Alice was predeceased by: JFK, Princess Diana, Rose & Charlie Ripka, Harvey Ritter, Russell Ritter, Wallace Ripka, Sr., and Irene Ritter. Survivors include: Karen & Mike Konecko, Kelly & Jared Hoyt, Ron & Peg Ripka, Marilyn Corbett, and Charles “Rick” Ripka, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.


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