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  • Visitation:  4-6 p.m.  Friday at the funeral home
  • Funeral Mass:  11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Harvard

Mr. Carl M. Rittersdorf, age 85, of Greenville, formerly of Lincoln Lake, passed away late Wednesday morning, April 30, 2008 Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital, Long Term Care Unit, Greenville. The son of Carl & Mercy (Doty) Rittersdorf, he was born on Nov. 3, 1922 in Belding.

A graduate of Belding High School, Carl played varsity football as well as other sports. A veteran of World War II, Carl served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific theatre and participated in the liberation of Guam and the Marianas Islands. On Sept. 6, 1947, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Greenville, he married the former Ida Giglio.

A graduate of Aquinas College, Carl first worked as a police officer for the City of Belding, and retired as a sales representative for the R.L. Polk Directory Company. An active member of St. Margarets Catholic Church, he served his parish as a Eucharistic minister, usher, and minister of hospitality. He also was a member of the Lester J. Sitts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065 in Sheridan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years, Ida Rittersdorf; two sisters-in-law, Florence Rittersdorf and Betty Povolo; six brothers-in-law, baby Frank, Alfred, George, John, and William Giglio, and Raymond Povolo.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and special thanks to Carls caregivers at the Long Term Care Unit and Spectrum Health Hospice.

Surviving are a brother, John Rittersdorf of Detroit; six sisters-in-law, Sister Dorothy Giglio, O.P., of Marywood Convent in Grand Rapids, Mary R. Giglio, of Traverse City, Angela M. Giglio, and Arlene Giglio, both of Greenville, Elaine Giglio of Comstock Park, and Carol Filer of Scottsdale, Arizona; a brother-in-law, Frank Giglio of Greenville; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Carl will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from St. Margarets Catholic Church, 10195 16 Mile Rd., 1/4 mile west of Harvard Ave., Cedar Springs, with Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding. Burial, with full military honors rendered by the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, will follow at St. Margarets Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a Rosary prayer service at 6:00 p.m. 

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Margarets Church or the Patient Activities Fund at the Long Term Care Unit of Spectrum Health United Memorial. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Carls online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on April 30, 2008 at 12:00 am


    05/02/2008 –

    Michelle Adams

    Carl was a sweet man. I got to know him and Ida when I worked at Kmart Pharmacy. He was also a carpet cleaning customer of my husband’s. I enjoyed going along just to talk to Carl.

    Katie Smith

    Carl was such a sweet man and I am a better person for knowing him. I will miss him and all of his sweet “long lost love” compliments. He is in my prayers along with Angie, Arlene, Frank and all the rest of your family.

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