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Joanne K. (Heit) Ritrievi

December 27, 1938 — April 7, 2014

Joanne Kathleen Ritrievi (née Heit), 75, of Paxtang, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Monday, April 7, 2014 at home.

Born December 27, 1938 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Elsie R. (Navenshegg) Heit and was a 1956 graduate of Catholic High School in Harrisburg. She worked at Bell Telephone as the supervisor of office C and retired from K & H Ford. Joanne was the proud Mother of six sons, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Over time she was also the mother of several beloved pets, including her collies Tonya, Shauna, Kara and most recently Cailin.

Joanne is survived by her sons: Joseph J. Ritrievi and wife Deborah of Mechanicsburg; Richard F. Ritrievi, Jr, with whom she lived; Christopher Rhett Ritrievi of New Mexico; Rory G. Ritrievi and wife Jody of Mechanicsburg; Todd M. Ritrievi and wife Rita of New Jersey; and Kevin S. Ritrievi and wife Shirley of Mechanicsburg. Additionally, she is survived by grandchildren:  Jason  Manges (Lily), Anthony Manela, Heather Bentley (Nathan), Joseph Ritrievi, Jr., Shea Ritrievi, Juliana Ritrievi, Angelique Ritrievi, Wesley Ritrievi, Olivia Ritrievi, William Ritrievi and Amelia Ritrievi. She is also survived by great grandchildren: Gianna Manela; Andrew, Cody and Layla Manges; Adrianna and Marissa Bentley. Finally, she is survived by her collie and best friend Cailin.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her brother George Heit and granddaughter, Lauren Ritrievi.

Joanne was the best friend a person could have and would give you the shirt off her back if she knew you needed it. She demonstrated how great a friend she was in her commitment to lifelong friend Florence Potts during Floss's recent illness and death.

Joanne will be sorely missed by all of her family, her friends and Cailin. We all love you forever, Mommy.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at  Kimmel Funeral Home, 2001 Market Street, Harrisburg.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 11, at 11:00 am at  St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1439 Market Street, Harrisburg,  with interment immediately following at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, 1453 Zarker St, Harrisburg, PA 17103.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

W. Orville Kimmel Funeral Home, Inc.

2001 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, April 11, 2014

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

1439 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103

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