Monday, April 09, 1990

Obituary: Elizabeth Ritzmann

Central Teacher, Miss Ritzmann, Dies at Age 65

Miss Elizabeth L. Ritzmann, 65, of 301 Palamino Lane, a well-known Madison high school teacher, died in a Chicago hospital Sunday (April 7, 1968) after a brief illness.

Miss Ritzmann was born in Chicago and lived in Madison since 1926. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago. Since 1929, Miss Ritzmann taught at Central-University High School, where she headed the English department for 10 years.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Laura Ritzmann, 301 Palamino Lane, and a brother, Fred, Elmhurst, Ill.

The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3810 Speedway Rd., where friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Note: The above is from the Tuesday, April 9, 1968 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. The obituary was accompanied by a photo -- at that time the sign of an important or newsworthy person, not a commonplace occurrence.

1 comment:

Ken Deakman said...

Mrs. Ritzmann had a huge impact on me. She built a year-by-year list of books students should read. I vaguely recall a quote at the beginning regarding life being too short to waste on bad writing. Maybe not; it's been a long time.

I started at one of that list and read to the other. I'm a much richer person for it.

Thank you Mrs. Ritzmann