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Warren F. Ritz, 63, West Reading, died of natural causes March 17 at 4:59 a.m. in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient one day. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Fryberger) Ritz. Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Floyd and Viola (Klose) Ritz. Ritz was employed for 32 years as a machinist by Carpenter Technology Corp., retiring in 1997. He was an Army veteran. Ritz was a PIAA baseball umpire and Berks County American Legion umpire for 16 years. He was a 1960 graduate of West Reading High School. Ritz is also survived by two daughters, Brenda L. (Ritz) O'Connell and Elaine E. (Ritz) Noecker, both of Reading; and two sons, Paul E., Springfield, Mass., and James W., West Reading. Other survivors include three grandchildren. Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home Inc. Burial will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.

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