Jennifer Leigh Ritter, 42, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away Aug. 22, 2013. Survived by her father, Brent Ritter, mother, Shirley (Goebel) Ranus; grandmother, Hazel Goebel of Rocky Ford, Colo.; siblings, Bradley (Melissa) Ritter of Pueblo, Samuel Ritter of Pueblo, Rebecca Ritter of Colorado Springs, Andy Ranus and Mike Ranus of Pueblo; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many students and friends. Preceded in death by grandparents, William Goebel, and Kenneth and Alline Ritter. She was born May 14, 1971, in Tacoma, Wash. Jennifer was a multi-talented musician, teacher, singer, actress and mentor to many; always willing to share her gifts with anyone. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 W. Evans, with Pastor Randy Bolt officiating. Memorials may be made to Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003, to help the family with funeral expenses. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Ritter and Ranus Families,
    I was so sorry to learn that Jennifer passed away last August. We were in confirmation class together at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was my good friend in youth group and later we both went to CSU. I especially remember when we drove home together one Christmas break and talked and talked. She was such a happy person and an easy friend. I’m sure you must miss her so much.
    Jennifer (Hamm) Beardslee

  2. Dear Brent and family, Don and I wish to send our sympathy on the death of your daughter. I cannot even imagine the pain of the loss of such a delightful soul (as the comments of those who knew her reflect). Please know that you are remembered with love as you live with the loss of your daughter and particularly with the memories of all the joy she brought you.

  3. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end,
    He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my
    own flesh I will see God. I, myself, will see Him with my own eyes, I, and
    not another. How my heart yearns

    within me!” Job 19:25-57

    For the family of Jennifer, I know that YOU know this & believe this!
    Therefore, while we mourn for ourselves, we REJOICE for her—that she is
    face to face with her Savior, Jesus! And that we shall see her again. In
    Christian love, Kimberly Whitney

  4. We were saddened to learn about your loss. Our thoughts
    and prayers are with you at this difficult time. the Brekke Family

    Helen Paul jennifer John

  5. Brent and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jennifer was an absolutely talented lady. My Dad (Bob Balazs) and all of us in this clan send our love an support to you!
    Sincerely,
    Gretchen (Balazs) Hora

  6. Today the piano is silent, the stage dark, and the microphone is silent’�but in heaven, the choirs of the Lord are celebrating the homecoming of another angelic soprano voice. Jennifer has been called home, but she left us with the legacy of her love of music and theatre. May your light shine on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to learn from your wisdom and share the stage with you. You touched many lives and will be forever missed. My prayers to the Ritter family during this difficult time.

  7. Ritter Family,
    I can imagine that there are no words that can fill the void that Jenn’s absence has created in your lives. I wish you all the best recovery from this immense lost. She has been a best friend, mentor, housemate, confidant, “wifey”, Super Star, co-Star, accompanist, partner in crime (figuratively) not to forget a true open ear and open heart to me. I will always remember and honor her humility, thoughtfulness and generosity; even in her lowest moments in life. Please be sure to call upon me for anything that you may need. I am here, as always for you all. Love you!!!

  8. I went to high school with Jen and she always had a smile for everyone and had such a loving and caring soul. My heart goes out to her family in this difficult time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so very sorry for your loss.

  9. I have known Jennifer since high school. Performed in countless concerts, musicals and play along side her. Her talent always amazed me. But not as much as you warmth and her big heart. I will miss you Jennifer.

  10. Dearest Brent & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear Jennifer is no longer with us. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love and healing. She was a very bright light. I will never forget her beautiful smile and the great joy singing brought her.

    Big hugs from far away,
    Sharon Harms (Beck)

  11. Jennifer was my high school vocal coach. She helped me develop my voice, learn to find the notes I needed while sight reading vocal music, and have confidence while I sang. I made the top choir in my high school, state two years in a row, and participated in a few singing events. She was there for me every step of the way. She was a great mentor and will be greatly missed.

    I wish I could be there Friday, however, I am out of town that day. My prayers go out to the Ritter family.

  12. I feel so very lucky to have ever known such a beautiful soul and talented person. Jennifer and I performed side by side in Nunsense the Musical (where her hilarity stole the show in my opinion). She also played piano for many performances and I owe her much credit to the things I now know about music. She had endless patience if it meant she was going to teach me something. I will never forget her and the beauty and understanding she brought in my life and many others. My condolences to your family and I hope you allow Jen to not only live on through you but to sing in your hearts forever.

    Jennifer Bustos

  13. My heart goes out to all of the family I know many of you and Jennifer along with a few others always made me feel welcomed in the theater and in a new town when I first arrived here 16yrs ago. She and her family will always have a special place in my heart and thoughts.

    Robert Rogers

  14. Dear Brent, Shirley, and Family,
    You all have my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences . Jen was one of my Alpha Mu Delta sorority sisters. I’ll never forget how she moved me to tears when she sang the famous aria from Madame Butterfly at her initiation. I didn’t know her then, but came to love her for her puckish sense of humor, huge heart , sweet soul and immense talent. I was privileged to sing with her for four years in our sorority Christmas party concert, which she directed. Jen was a gift to us all. I know she is singing in the heavenly choir, happy and free of pain, wrapped in Divine Love.
    Sincerely,
    Judy Arko

  15. Dear Brent and Family,

    We hold you in our hearts. We feel sadness in the loss of Jennifer. She had so much to offer a world needing the life giving energy of music.We remember with deep fondness the gift she was to us in her contributions in the Pueblo Chorale and the SonRise Church music program. May you know the healing presence of the Spirit. Peace, John and Elaine Blinn

  16. Dear Brent,
    I understand your pain, it seems like such a short time ago that you sang and Jennifer played at Mom’s (Georgia Evans) service June 15th. You both brought such beautiful music to us.
    Please know you and your family are in our family’s thoughts and Prayers.

  17. Dear Brent and Family,
    It was a great privilege to have known Jennifer through the Chorale. She had the voice of an angel and was a very talented pianist as well. We want to extend or deepest condolences to you, with the assurance that Jennifer is in a happier and better place.

  18. Dearest Ritter Family
    It was a great pleasure to know Jennifer through our grandson, see the love and compassion she had for each of her students. Sharing her talents with them and training them to the fullest ability . She was a great artist in many ways.
    God fill your life and minds with loving memories of what Jennifer did for others and the joy she brought to so many people.

  19. Dearest Ritter Family,
    Jennifer was a talented, vibrant, loving personality. She made my life better for having known her. I cannot imagine your grief at losing someone so precious to you. My heart will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of growing up with her & that sweet smile. Thank you for sharing her with us all. God Bless.
    Sheila Z.

  20. Dear Brent & Family,
    Our hearts are saddened with your loss. We will remember those happier times and shared performances. God’s blessings to each of you — May he lift your hearts and carry you through this time.
    We know that Jennifer is in a better place, singing the angels.
    God Bless
    Michael and Barbara Beck

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