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Margaret M. Ritchhart 1932-2017

17043Margaret M. Ritchhart, 84, of Decatur passed away at 10:15 pm. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at McKinley Court Care Center, Decatur, IL.

Funeral service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be 10:30 Thursday April 20, 2017 at First Christian Church (3350 N. MacArthur Road, Decatur, IL. 62526) with Pastor Wayne Kent officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 am to 10:30 Thursday also at the church. Following Margaret’s wishes her body will be cremated following her services. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret was born in October of 1932 in Bloomington, IL, the daughter of Delmar and Vonnie Wheeler. She married John M. Ritchhart in May of 1955, and they shared almost 62 years together.  Margaret graduated from Bloomington High School in 1951. She was a homemaker and raised a great family. She was a past member of Central Christian Church and an avid bowler on the Coffee Breakers League of Decatur. She loved to camp, travel and dearly loved to be with her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as spending time with her family and friends. Margaret was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and always had a great smile for everyone.

Margaret leaves behind her husband and faithful caregiver John, son, Dennis Ritchhart of Monticello, IL, two daughters, Denise Benton of Ocala, FL, and Diane (Denny) Wheeler of Decatur, grandchildren, Eric Benton (friend Ashley), Brian (Danielle) Benton, Ashley Wheeler (friend Rodolfo), Kelly (Matt) Carlson, two step-grandchildren, Melinda and Rebecca Tullis, great grandchildren, Mia Benton, Ava Wheeler and Felix Cruz, ten nieces, six nephews and a dear friend who was like another son to her Bob Squires.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Delmar Jr. and Fredrick; son-in-law Don Benton, and her in-laws, Belva and Paul Ritchhart.

The family would like to thank the management and staff at the McKinley and Symphony Care Centers for the wonderful care and kindness the past two years as she fought Alzheimer’s disease as well as Dr. D. Patel and Dr. Phil Shils.

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