In Memory of Patricia Aileen Ritz

December 3, 1957 - October 29, 2021

Resided in Rome, NY


No Visitation


Lovejoy Cemetery

11388 Salter-Colvin Road

Wolcott , NY 14590


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Patricia Aileen Ritz, age 63, of Rome, NY and formerly of South Sodus, NY, died October 29, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital from complications resulting from stroke.

She was born December 3, 1957 in Lyons, NY, a daughter of Howard and Aileen Wood. She was educated at Sodus High School (class of 1975) and earned her degree in the Psychology of Disability Management from Empire College. She was employed by New York State’s Developmental Disabilities Service Office for 30 years.

Patricia was also a member of 4H as a club leader and exhibited various birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, and dogs at the local and state fair levels. She enjoyed dog agility competitions and obedience training, as well as camping, reading, cooking, baking, sewing, and crafts.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Ritz; sons David (Jessica) DiRenzi and Benjamin (Jennifer) Ritz; grandsons Aaron, Elijah, Gabriel, and Jacob DiRenzi and Malcolm Ritz; mother Aileen Wood; brothers William, Steven (Melissa), Thomas (Trisha), and Dale; nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Reve. She was predeceased by her father, Howard Wood.

The family would like to thank the St. Luke’s Hospital neurovascular unit for Patricia’s care in her final days.

Patricia's memorial service will be held on Friday, November 19th at 5pm at the Sodus Central Fire Department at 5521 Main St, Sodus Center, NY 14551. The burial will be held privately on the following day at the Lovejoy Cemetery in Wolcott NY. Arrangements are with the Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford.

Friends may consider donations to the American Stroke Foundation or National Mill Dog Rescue in her memory.