Roger E. Ritzmann

1942 — 2019

Roger E. Ritzmann of Johnstown, died on May 7, 2019, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, New York, at the age of 76.

Roger Ernest Ritzmann was born on June 13, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Ernest H. and Frances P. Ritzmann (nee Schultz). He attended PS 93 Queens, Ridgewood, New York and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School (1960). He held undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the State University of New York at Albany (1964, 1965).

He began his career teaching history at Johnstown High School and later at Schenectady Community College during his doctoral studies. He then served the state of New York as a senior archivist for over 30 years. In retirement he was a substitute teacher at Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville High schools. Roger was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown and was the longest serving Clerk of Session in the Albany Presbytery.

Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Sharon Kahler Ritzmann; his sister, Pamela Ritzmann Burns of Glens Falls, NY; his nephew, Dr. Marcus D. King (Megan) of Washington, DC; his grandniece, Eva Frances King; his cousins and many dear and lifelong friends; and by his feline pal, Merlin.

At Roger’s request, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown, 37 S. Market Street, Johnstown, New York at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, the Reverend Earl Johnson, officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ehle and Barnett Family Funeral Home, Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William A. Wright Scholarship Fund, c/o Johnstown High School, Sir Bills Circle, Johnstown, New York 12095 or the Johnstown Public Library Foundation, 38 S. Market Street, Johnstown, New York 12095.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of the ICU of Nathan Littauer Hospital for the extraordinary care during Roger’s final days.