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“Liz and all your family and Jerome, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you in the death of Tom. I'm so sorry. May Tom be in God's loving arms...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Sister Charlene Grossman - MN

“Liz,Jerome and the rest of the family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Tom was a very kind and good friend to me.Whenever I needed help with...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: mark dilly - morris, MN

“Jayne, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Just know that you have friends who are holding you up in prayer. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Van Eps - Morris, MN

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  Our thoughts are with you:Your Alexandria friends ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Rexford Sweetwater - Alexandria, MN

“ I was sadden to hear of Tom's death. I have spent sometime with him over the past few years and he was always very polite to me and Wilda. We will...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Harvey and Wilda Koehl - Morris, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family at this time of great loss and grief.  May God bless you with his peace and comfort. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy (Larson) Wilcox - Morris

“Tom was a man who spoke with honesty, liked hard work and was trusted like a brother.  RIP mike meka ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: michael lee meka - morris, MN

“It's probably been close to our graduation time since I last saw Tom, but my memories of him always included laughter.  May heaven be rejoicing...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Londa Nelson Anklam - Lacomb, OR

“We are very sorry for your loss.  If there is anything that we can do, please feel free to let us know. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Peg and Dave Rinkenberger

“Tom:  I always enjoyed visiting with you when you stopped into the bank.  You were always polite and courteous.  I know life wasn't...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Sandi Marlow-Weber - Chokio, MN

“Dear Aunt Liz and Family,    Our hearts truly go out to you for your loss of Tom.  We trust God's love and compassion will carry...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Beverly Terlisner

“Liz, So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You have my deepest sympathy & we'll keep you in our prayers.  I haven't seen you for many...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Joyce Vathroder - The Villages, FL

“Jayne, Joan, and family,I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Murphy - Ottertail, MN

“Dear Liz and family of Tom,  We were so sorry to hear of the death of Tom.  We will remember him in our prayers.      ...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Lenore and Bill Kaley - Ruiskin, FL

“My sincerest condolences to family and friends. Tom was a very good friend for many years. I will greatly miss the time we spent together. He was...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Layne Cin, Lisa Daleo - Alberta, MN

“I was saddened when I heard that Tom had passed away. I will miss him coming in to FTC to pay his bill each month. He always smiled and called us by...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jeri Erickson - MN

“Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.  Tom was a very nice person to have known.  Sorry to hear of his passing.  Our sincere sympathy...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Wayne & Kathy Summer - Alexandria, MN

Thomas Jerome Ritter, son of Fabian and Elizabeth (Robertson) Ritter, was born November 28, 1954 in Morris, Minnesota.  He was baptized on December 5, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio by Father Hahn, and was also later confirmed at St. Mary’s.  Tom grew up on a farm south of Chokio, and began his schooling at the Chokio Public School.  He later attended Chokio/Alberta High School, graduating on May 20, 1973.


After his graduation, Tom worked at different farm jobs in the Chokio and Alberta area.  When he wasn’t working, Tom’s favorite past time was to get out fishing and hunting.  Tom will truly be missed by all those who loved him, especially his son, Jerome.


Tom died on February 12, 2010 at his home near Alberta.  He had lived to reach the age of 55 years.


He is survived by his son, Jerome Ritter of Alexandria; his mother, Liz Ritter of Chokio; four sisters: Joan Michaelson of Morris, Sandy (Don) Wienhold of Long Prairie, Jayne (Lowell) Hacker of Hancock and Micki Ritter of Cambridge, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Fabian Ritter; three sisters: Peggy, Geri and Lynn Ritter and one brother-in-law: Gary Michaelson.


Jerome Ritter will serve as urn bearer for the service.  Honorary pallbearers for the service will be Joan Michaelson, Sandy Wienhold, Jayne Hacker, Micki Ritter, Steve Brandt, Dave Hagen, Layne Cin and all of Tom’s nieces and nephews.

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