Joseph “Jay” C. Rittle, 82, of 214 E. Oak St., Shenandoah, passed away Monday at Schuylkill Medical Center–South Jackson Street.
Born in Shenandoah, Nov. 19, 1929, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Veronica Rancik Rittle.
He was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.
He was a self-employed painter by trade and truly enjoyed his work.
Jay was a member of St. Stephen Church, Catholic War Veterans Post 1107, where he currently served as Post Commander and a 40 plus year member of the Polish American Fire Company, all of Shenandoah. He was also a member of the former AMVETs Band, where he played the trumpet.
He will be remembered as a happy person and will be missed by his family, many loving friends and neighbors.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Helen S. Solusky in 2007; a brother, James M. Rittle; and a sister, Regina B. Olivetto.
Surviving are his loving daughter, Lisa M. Boltz and her husband, Leon, Fredricksburg; a sister, Joan B. Smith and her husband, George, Cape Cod, Mass.; a niece, Angela Esteves; a cousin, Isabel Tancredi; nephews, additional nieces, cousins; and his pet Beagle and best buddy, “Lucky.”
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. Casimir Church. The Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday morning. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.