May 8, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:30 AM Vernon Funeral Home
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Cora L. Rittenhouse, 73 of Mutual passed away peacefully at 6:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 08, 2011, with her adoring family by her side.
She was born May 26, 1937 in Springfield, OH the daughter of the late Orion and Emeline (Kiblinger) Armstrong.
Cora was the owner of R&D Westside Market for 13 years, known for her steak sandwiches, her generous spirit, her good advice and unfailing love. She was a mother, mentor and encourager to many more than just her family. Cora was an EMT, graduating first in her class. She was the national teen director for the state of Ohio for the National Campers and Hikers Association. Cora was an example of simple purity, absolute loyalty and unwavering belief in the power of kindness. She married the love of her life, James W. Rittenhouse, on July 23, 1963, who preceded her in death on August 13, 1994. Cora enjoyed traveling with her twin sister, Carol and brother-in-law, Joe, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Cathy DuVall of Urbana and Ellen (Walter) Haynes of Mechanicsburg; sons, Carl Rittenhouse of Cable, Terry (Phyllis) Rittenhouse of Urbana, Ron (Treasa) Rittenhouse of Woodstock, William (Kim) Rittenhouse of Urbana, James Rittenhouse Jr. of Mechanicsburg, Douglas (Robin) Rittenhouse of Springfield and Thomas (Theresa) Rittenhouse of Urbana; grandchildren, Megan (Steve), Sarah (Brett), Audry (Jeremy), Curtis (Marie), Josh (Chelse), Chad (Ashley), Ryan, Mindy (Eric), Derrick, Jamie (Josh), Chris, Amber, Emily (Joe), Sarah, Nick, Bryan, Jordan, Kiley (Brad), Lee, Renee, Charles, Christopher, Stacy (Andy) and Mickey II; great grandchildren, Logan, Lucas, Mason, Bailey, Gabrielle, Jadean, Mickey, Breanna, Kayden, Tanner, Logan, Mylee and 5 on the way; twin sister, Carol (Joseph) Schutte of New Vienna, OH; mother-in-law, Doris M. Rittenhouse of Springfield; brother-in-laws, Steve (Dorothy) Rittenhouse, Ron (Chris) Rittenhouse, Phil (Sherriann) Rittenhouse and Don (Holly) Rittenhouse; sister-in-laws, Susie (Miles) Pullins and Jane (Dick) Hines; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cora is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; infant daughter, Carol Sue; brother, Charles Armstrong and grandson Robert H. Rittenhouse.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor John Ware officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mutual.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caring Kitchen, 300 Miami St, Urbana, OH 43078. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.