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In Memory

Bernadine Colling (Ritter) - Class Of 1950

Bernadine Theresa Ritter, 85, of McKinney, Texas, and former Russell, Kansas, resident died on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Medical Center of McKinney, Texas. 

Bernadine was born on May 14, 1931, in McCook, Nebraska, the daughter of Bernard and Helen (Kennedy) Colling.  She grew up in McCook, attended local schools and graduated from McCook High School in the class of 1950.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Raymond B. Ritter on August 06, 1955 in McCook, Nebraska.  From this union Bernadine and Raymond were blessed with five daughters Marie, Ramona, Delores, Rose Ann, and Cathy.  The family moved to Russell in 1996, and worked most of her life as a homemaker taking care of her family.  She was a member of St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kansas.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society and the Oberlin, Kansas Community Farmers Market.  She enjoyed growing vegetables, tending to her flowers, cooking and Royals Baseball.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving family include her 5 daughters Marie Bloss (James) of McKinney, Texas, Ramona Cook (Greg) of Russell, Kansas, Delores Healey (Grant Jaquith) of Maple Hill, Kansas, Rose Ann Marconette (Sean) of Edwardsville, Kansas and Cathy Ritter of McKinney, Texas; brother Joseph Colling (Eileen) McCook, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Raymond on July 22, 2005.

A celebration of the funeral mass for Bernadine will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kansas.  Burial will follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Russell.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Monday, December 19, 2016, with family greeting guests from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Monday evening at the mortuary in Russell.  Memorials may be given to the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.