Janice Elizabeth Ritter Matthew

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September 19, 1928 ~ July 5, 2020

Born in: La Junta, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Service for Janince Elizabeth Ritter Matthew:

Janice Elizabeth Ritter Matthew, 91, died July 5, 2020. She was born Sept. 19, 1928, in La Junta and was a longtime resident of Pueblo. She is survived by three sons, Gerald W. (Marilyn) of Troy, Ohio, Kevin C. of Bremerton, Wash., and Kent E. (Amy) of Pueblo; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Carl Burch Ritter, and sister, Cindy Steele, both of La Junta; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Bill E. Matthew; parents, Carl Porter “Pete” Ritter and Avis Roberts Ritter of La Junta; and sister, Kay Ricken of Las Animas. Janice was a longtime member and organist for 40 years at the former St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pueblo and member and organist for 11 years at United Methodist Church of La Junta. She was a member of several organizations, including PEO Chapter DU Pueblo, board member of Pueblo St. Paul Memorial Endowment Fund (PSPMEF), former member of Eastern Star and Lambda Alpha Lambda Sorority, both in La Junta. She worked at the Rocky Mountain Eye Center in Pueblo as receptionist, insurance clerk and medical support. Janice was an avid reader. She enjoyed sudoku, knitting, playing bridge and computer solitaire. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Service will be live-streamed on Janice’s obituary page at www.MontgomerySteward.com. Private family inurnment. The family respectfully requests no flowers. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to PSPMEF in Pueblo through the mortuary or to the United Methodist Church, 601 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO 81050.


Memorial Service: July 13, 2020 1:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Dear Matthew Family,
    Due to the corona virus, I am staying safer at home and did not attend the funeral service though I would have loved to be present to express my sympathy and share memories with those present.
    The picture of Jan is beautiful and I will always remember her that way. The eulogy was spiritually uplifting in remembering her deep spirituality in everything she did. She shared her excellent musicianship so generously with so many through the years. We enjoyed planning and preparing liturgies together when I was the choir director at St. Paul United Methodist Church in the years just before it closed. She was the the perfect accompanist accompanist, always willing to accept challenges and always beautifully prepared and rehearsed. And what an excellent choice for the closing organ masterpiece at the close of this live streamed event! It gave me the chills, it was such a perfect tribute to her talent, skill, and magnificent life!
    And to her “boys”….thank you for giving me so many happy, joyful memories through our musical endeavors through the years….you are very dear to my heart. And remember ” for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” The three of you remain to make this world a better place because of her and your dad. May the joys you knew and the times you shared help comfort you at this sad time.
    My love and sympathy,
    Nola Reid

  2. Jan & I became friends at St Paul United Methodist Church where she was the organist & I sang in the choir. She was such a kind & loving person, smart, talented as a vocalist & organist. I will miss her.

  3. I was saddened to read of Jan’s passing. We were both members of PEO Ch DU. And we lived basically in the same neighborhood. (I’m on Gladiola St.) Back when Jan felt better she would ride with me, and a couple of other ladies. I would stop at Jan’s house sometimes and visit with her. I’m sorry I will miss her service. Having surgery next Monday and have to be at SMC at 1:30 today. Jan was a very nice lady and I will miss her. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Gloria Maddux,Ch DU

  4. To the Family of Jan Matthew,
    It is with great sadness I send this message. Your Mom was a very special and generous lady filled with kindness, understanding and showed much compassion. Her musical talents with playing the organ at St. Paul UMC was enjoyed by all for years. She always greeted everyone with her infectious smile. She was a valuable member of every organization which was blessed to have her as a participant. She took pride as a member of the Pueblo St. Paul Memorial Endowment Fund and enthusiastically provided important input at each meeting. We will all miss her. She was loved by all of you and shared her pride in her family. Your Mom has left a wonderful legacy. May you find comfort in sharing your loving memories.
    Please know I am keeping all of you in prayers.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Helen Murley

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