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Martha Jane Riggs

Obituary for Martha Jane Riggs

April 18, 1935 - July 15, 2019
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 84

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend


Martha "Jane" Riggs (Ritchie), 84 of Avon Lake, OH since 1961, passed away peacefully with family on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Ames Family Hospice House, Westlake, Ohio.

Jane was born April 18, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH and lived in Springdale, OH. Her family moved to Mt Healthy, Ohio about 1944. She was a 1953 graduate of Mt, Healthy High School. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1956 from Ohio Northern University, She was an elementary school teacher in Rocky River, OH and substitute teacher in Avon Lake, OH. Then Jane married her college sweetheart, Norman F. Riggs on July 12, 1958 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Avon Lake, Ohio. While raising four children, Jane helped start the first preschool program in Avon Lake, volunteered at Ladies Guild/PTA at St. Joseph School in 1960-70s, presided as Marching Band Booster Club President in 1980s at Avon Lake High School, and other school activities to support her children's endeavors. She enjoyed cruising and traveling around the world with her husband, arts and crafts, puzzles, family history research, enjoyed daytime soap opera shows as well as a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers.

She is survived by her four children: Deborah A. Lindsey (the late Keith) of Columbus, OH., Pamela J. Riggs of Fremont, OH., David A. Riggs (Regina) of Edgewood, KY., and Karen L. Riggs (Dziech) of Cold Springs, KY.; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; Two sisters: Harriet (Ritchie) St Louis of Loveland, OH and Linda (Larry) (Ritchie) Christman of Worthington, OH; One sister-in-law: Donna (Dick) Hassel of Avon Lake, OH. She was loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

Jane is preceded by her husband, Norman F Riggs death on their 60th anniversary. Her parents Ralph S. Ritchie and Mary A. Ritchie (Bishop) of Mt. Healthy, OH and in-laws, Frank Riggs and Olga (nee Zaborowski) of Avon Lake, OH also preceded her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to a charity of your choice.

Friends may call at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 163 AVON-BELDEN RD, AVON LAKE, OH on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5pm-8pm. Roman Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, 32946 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012 at 10am with visitation one hour prior. Her final resting place will be next to her beloved husband, Norman at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, OH. Condolences may be shared at Busch Funeral and Crematory 440-933-3202

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