Regina Elizabeth Joseph Ritchey, 90, passed-away Friday, December 18 after a brief illness. She was born in Zanesville on October 17, 1930 to the late Milton and Emmaline Joseph.
She is survived by her loving children, David (Nadia) Ritchey, Mark Ritchey, Christopher (Larisa) Ritchey, Robert Ritchey, Renee Ritchey and George Ritchey, daughter in-law, Galina (Daniel) Ritchey, grandchildren, Marc Anthony, Drew, Zach, Jason, Demetri, and Gabriel Ritchey, sister Rosemarie Mayhan, sister-in-law Carolyn Joseph and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Elias Ritchey on January 28, 2001, son Daniel Ritchey, brother Emmett Joseph and sister Delores Joseph.
She is a 1948 graduate of St. Nicholas High School. Regina was a life-long devout Catholic who believed in the power of prayer with the love and passion of the daily rosary and weekly confession. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Melkite Byzantine Catholic Church for over 40 years and more recently, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
In 1959, she met and married her husband Elias during a family trip to Lebanon. Together they owned and managed a local grocery store, R&M Market, which served the Zanesville community from 1960 to 2000. During retirement, Regina gave her time to various local philanthropies, including Right to Life, delivering meals for Christ Table and concessions at the church bingo for over 10 years. She lived her life with the pure meaning of selflessness – a giver to all, who always wanted to help those in need.
Funeral mass will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Rev. JCP Sullivan and Fr. Ignatius Harrington as celebrants. Burial will conclude at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Mass offerings can be made to Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street, Carey Ohio 43316 or St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 144 North Fifth Street, Zanesville Ohio 43701.
The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Regina’s family please click the Tribute Wall tab on this page.
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