Deborah Ann Ritz

MESA, Ariz. – Memorial services for Deborah Ann Ritz, 69, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Truman, Minn., will be held at a later date in both Arizona and Minnesota.

Deborah Ann Ritz (nee Gesme) passed away Jan. 12, 2013, at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. Born in Mason City, Iowa, to Lawrence and Doris (Kaasa) Gesme, Deborah arrived on Jan. 4, 1944, and was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. She was the youngest of four children. She worked for 31 years at Fairmont Medical Clinic in Fairmont, Minn. until she retired in 2004. Debbie particularly enjoyed traveling North America by motorcycle with her husband and being with people whenever and wherever possible.

Deborah married Dale Ritz on Dec. 13, 1975, in Truman, Minn. In addition to Dale, Debbie is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Bruce) Bentele of Round Lake, Minn.; and son, Trent (Laura) Blinkman of Hudson, Wis.; grandchildren Brad and Brett Bentele, and Maria, Shane, and Cale Blinkman and brother, Luther (Kay) Gesme of Mason City, Iowa. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy Besler-Ritz (Marlin) of Peoria, Ariz., and Janice Petron (Steve) of New Ulm, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sisters (Deloris & Darlene); and a grandson, Eric Bentele.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206, (480) 830-4422.

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