Lieselotte "Lilo"'s Story
Dr. Lieselotte Ritter's life ended on Thanksgiving Day, after a long and determined fight, full of both life-threatening challenges and remarkable achievements.
An uneventful childhood in East Prussia, now part of Russia, was first disrupted, in October of 1944 when she along with her mother and 80-year-old grandmother was forced to flee for their lives. Her father was unfortunately by this time a Russian prisoner of war, and she was never to see him again. The remaining family members began to seek a new normality. After pursuing various career possibilities in Germany, in 1960 she accepted the invitation of a distant relative ( William Ritter whom she married in 1973) to emigrate to the United States, where she eventually completed her Doctorate in German Language and Literature in 1981 from Michigan State University. From 1979 until her retirement in 1997 she was professor of German at Central College in Pella, Iowa. During her career as German professor in Iowa Dr. Ritter received many honors. Her German teaching colleagues in the high schools of Iowa were especially grateful for her unending support of the secondary level German programs. After her retirement in 1997, Dr. Ritter undertook her final great project, researching and writing a 200+ page book on her ancestors, the "Salzburg Germans".
She is survived by two nephews and a niece living in Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ritter. Burial will take place in Pforzheim, Germany.
Published on December 5, 2016