Gail Ann Ritzer

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gail Ann Ritzer on Saturday April 20, 2019 at 67 years of age. An extremely loving selfless wife and mother whowould have given anything to help another person, She will be missed by everyone that has crossed her path simply because she cared endlessly. She fought health issues for many years to make sure her grandchildren she raised were grown to adulthood before it was time for her to go to Heaven. Again showing how loving, selfless and beautiful woman she really was. Gail is the Daughter of the late Alan and Olieva Lapham. Wife of Lewie Ritzer for nearly 38 years. Mother of Don Bocian (Sue), Mike Ritzer (Chris), Mat Ritzer (Becky), Marcus Ritzer (Jodi), Dawn Marie Ritzer, Dawson Hodges and Louis Ritzer. Grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 1. Sister of Darlene Snay, Fay Wallace, Alan Lapham Jr., John Lapham and David Lapham. Predeceased by siblings Donna Bracket, Richard Grainger, Ronald Grainger,Arthur Lapham, Hope Lapham and Craig Lapham. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Ritzer family fund which may be made through Word of Life Church or directly to the Ritzer family. . Her memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4 at 1pm at Word of Life Church 22 Talbot St W. in Blenheim ON A luncheon will follow Gail’s celebration of life.

41 Comments on “Gail Ann Ritzer”

  1. Mom. I’ll love you and miss you forever. I’m happy you’re in heaven now and not living in pain here. You’ll be missed more than you could imagine. Thank you for being the most loving mom ever right till the end
    Love your son.
    Don

  2. Gail Anne. I love more than you ever know. You were the light of my life, my strength, my helpmate. You will always be in my heart and I will always love you forever.
    Your loving and caring husband,
    Lewie

    1. Dad. Thank you for loving my mom unconditionally and taking care of her all these years especially when she needed you the most. You are a man to look up to. And I’m proud to call you my dad.
      Love you
      Don

  3. Nana. I love you and will miss you a lot. Thank you for helping me through everything in my life and helping me become the young man I am. I will miss you so much.
    Your grandson,
    Dawson

  4. Gail, it was to my benefit that God put you in my path. Always a kind word and a caring heart. See you again some day.
    Your friend,
    Mimi

  5. I am so blessed to have known Gail. She is the most remarkable person I have ever met. Her love for God, and her family, and her strength, will remain with me forever. Gail and Lewie’s marriage is one that should be followed. I said to Gail one day that if I ever was to marry , I want it to be just like theirs. I am so blessed that they welcomed me into their family .We prayed together,laughed together ,shared God’s word together,and so much more. Gail will be with me always!

  6. She was a great friend and mentor. She shared so much of her wisdom with all of us. She was also the most courageous woman I have ever known. She will be greatly missed.

  7. To my friend and prayer partner always a phone call away many years of friendship tough times and great times always there with prayer. Will miss knowing you are close but blessed you have no more pain. Enjoy
    Your life with Jesus see you when it’s time you

  8. Dearest Gail, you are loved, you are missed and yes, I am sad however I am rejoicing at the fact you now are with Jesus. Hugs and Prayers to your family.

  9. Thank you for being a friend Gail and a sister in christ , you will be missed .Doug and Evelyn.

  10. Sorry for your loss. Gail was a genuine kind and loving person and will be missed by many. Madason has another angel looking over her now.

  11. Our love to the Ritzer family,our prayers go with you,we all show sadness for the loss of our sister ,and yet express joy for her new life!
    All our love!, the Turgeons

  12. Gail what an Inspiration you were to my Son Jonathon. He really looked up to you when he was growing up. You poured out your love so much to him. You never missed a Birthday card to him. It was so funny who could get a gift to the other one first. He always smiled when you gave him a big hug and called him your little Buddy. So much more i could say !! Many Prayers to Louie and your family that you leave behind. I am thinking of GOD’s words “Well done my good and faithful servant ” Till we meet again Love you Jonathon and Shelley .

  13. Donnie your mom was amazing lady to keep us in line when we were younger. Lewie Gail will be miss by a lot of people that knew her. My condolences Carl.

  14. Aunt Gail I will miss our heart to heart talks and all the laughs you truly helped more than you knew from my first Baby to my grand babies you were always a supporting light in my life I will forever miss your big heart warming hugs and hearing you say “ I Love You Kimmie” as I go out your door Rest in Peace Sweet Lady ♥️♥️ Till we meet again I’ll be Missing You
    Eternal Love Kimmie xo

  15. Sending heartfelt condolences to the Ritzer and Bocian family. We have been neighbors for many years but even more friends. We will miss Gail’s smile and her many kind words. Sending gentle thoughts to the family during this time, Heather and Isaac

  16. RIP Aunt Gail,even though I haven’t seen or talked to you much through the last 20 years or so you are and always will be in my heart and great memories,fly high beautiful angel❤

  17. Miss Gail, God called you as a mighty warrior, way back in 1996 … and you were right up to the end. We had some wonderful times together and will miss you mightily but will see you again, someday!! I’m glad you are no longer in pain and that you have received your reward. Lewie, my friend, I’m praying for you and the family. Love and blessings, Judy

  18. now at peace and now a guardian angel for all you took care of while here. A heart full of love to give and always all smiles when I saw you. Thanks for the hugs when I needed it. You always seemed to know. you touched many lives.

  19. Gail
    Always great bumping into you and Lewie out and about! Always sharing your love for Jesus! I will miss that! Praying for you all during this time! Till we meet again!
    Becky

  20. Mom,
    I know we had many rough years and I almost always said the wrong things that hurt you. But I do love you with everything in me and none of what was said was meant. I appreciate everything you did that I couldn’t. You are and were an amazing loving role model for many. Please know all I ever wanted was to have a life like yours and for you to be proud of me. I will forever regret not being a better daughter. I love you so much mom. I will every breath I take miss you.

  21. Always loved you ,loved everything about you , you were always an amazing woman and a great example for me .Thank you so much for being a great part of many lives and showing great love through Christ. Heaven definitely gained an Angel.!! Love you lots ❤️ ( tender Hugs)

  22. To Lewie and family my heart goes out to you. Im praying for peace and comfort for yous. Truely a blessed women of God so insperational. RIP Gail

  23. Gail aka Mama R
    I havery so many fond memories of you from my youth. You were like another mom in my life during those years.
    I know you prayed for me often during my physical trials. As you suffered so much you had compass for me. Thank you for being a prayer warrior in my life.
    I’m saddened to say goodbye, but rejoice in the fact that you are no longer suffering. But dancing on streets of gold!
    Your family is in my prayers
    Janet

  24. I met Gail, Lewie, Dawson and Louis through many kinship meetings. Your love for each other was infectious, and it showed no matter where we bumped into you. Your love for God was a powerful symbol of who were and are in Christ. Those boys will carry on in strength and endurance, in love and respect because that if the gifts that you and Lewie gave them each and every day. We will once again rejoice. In loving Memory Jen, Joanne and Diamond

  25. What can I say about one of the most special gifts that ever enter my life. I have known Gail for 30 years. When we meant our friendship just took off. We shared many of the same things the Lord, marriage and children. We spent time together every day every week for years. We spent some years apart but I never stopped loving her and missing her. But God he brought us back together and I am so grateful for all the awesome times that we spent together. God brought us together, he kept us together and we will be together again one day. Goodbye my special sister.
    .

  26. Thinking of you Louie and your family and send out condolences. We know Gail is with the Lord now and praising him with all the other angels. She
    has been made anew, perfect in every way. God bless

  27. 1981-2019…was when we met…prayed for some Christian friends and God brought Lewie and Gail..stood up in your wedding…taught us so much about the Lord…we were new Christians and didn’t know much about God..remembering all the beautiful memories laughs we had and love as sisters..will always love you Gail, see you again..Love Doreen..

  28. Dawson and Louis,
    So sorry for the loss of Nana. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mrs. L. Houston (teacher at VL)

  29. Lewie it is sad to hear of Gails passing. I always enjoyed seeing you and Gail. My heartfelt condolences and prayers. Until we meet again sister Gail, peace be with you.
    Joe & Susan Doey

  30. Thankyou Gail for being a very long time friend , each time we saw each other at drs or walmart we got our chat in for a few , you have such a big heart and always helped others including myself , I’m going to miss you so much , love you always and forever my friend , but I’ll see you again in heaven , prayers for Lewie and your family , bless you all

  31. You were loved,and will be missed by many ! Sorry for your loss ! Thinking of the family. Takecare

  32. LEWY so sad to hear of Gail’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  33. Louie and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. The short time that I helped in her home I discovered an amazing women. She truly loved each and everyone of you. May she Rest In Peace and her memories rest in your hearts.

  34. My Prayers & Deepest Sympathy Are With You Lewie & Family In Your Time Of Grief And Sorrow. So Sorry To Hear About Gail’s Passing On To Glory As She Will Be Missed By All Who Knew Her. Rest In Peace Gail.

  35. Nina,

    You’ve always been proud of me, no matter what I came to you and told you, you never judged me. I miss you so much. Liam misses you.

    You were incredibly strong. I still can’t believe you are gone.

    I love you.

  36. It is with a very sad heart that I say goodbye to Gail. I visited with her every Sunday at Word of Life Church and we usually had a really good chat. At her home where I was always welcome, we laughed and cried and prayed together. We discussed the scriptures and our lifes adventures and bonded as friends. Gail will be missed not only by her caring friends, but her loving family. Life just won’t be the same without her here. But one day there will be a great reunion in Heaven where there will be no more parting, no pain and no tears. Until then, we will remember Gail with love and treasure her memory in our hearts.

  37. She walked in the spirit and Joy of the Lord . She was the love of christ . A true freind and definately an evangelist . I love you Gail Ritzer . I cant wait to dance with you on the Golden streets . So so Sorry Louie .

  38. Aunt Gail I have no words to describe what you meant to me, your unfailing love and prayers for me got me through so many hard times in my life, when I felt I had noone you were always there. I’m so greatful for the woman and mentor in christ you were to all and the mothers heart you had, raising children your entire life. Tomorrow we lay you to rest even though your already dancing on the streets of gold, I love with my whole being and I love the love you and lewie had for each other like no other! I love you so much xoxoxo

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