Connie Rittenhouse


Connie S. Rittenhouse, 57, Defiance, was called to her heavenly home Thursday, November 14, 2012, after a short illness.

Connie was born in Toledo, Ohio, on October 8, 1955, to Dr. Gerard and Florence (Bonnough) Williams. She was a 1973 graduate of Stryker High School and a 1976 graduate of Northwest Technical College. She married Rod D. Rittenhouse on September 22, 1979, in Stryker, Ohio. Connie worked for her father at Williams Chiropractic Clinic in Stryker. She then assisted her husband Rod in caring for the financial records of their company, CNR Development. Her greatest joy came in caring for her family as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Grace Bible Church, Defiance, where she was active in the Women's Bible Study and taught the children's Sunday school. Connie was a caring individual who touched the lives of all those she came into contact with. She also enjoyed sewing and baking cakes for all occasions. She looked forward to the monthly gathering of the class of 1973. She was devoted to caring for others, especially through her favorite mission, World Vision, assisting those less fortunate with the love of Christ. She loved the Lord and was so looking forward to going home.

Surviving are her husband, Rod, of Defiance; three children, Elijah (Yuko) Rittenhouse of Defiance, and twin daughters, Cassandra Rittenhouse of Defiance and Corinna Rittenhouse, also of Defiance; two grandchildren, Elyse and Jaydn Rittenhouse; one sister, Karen (Keith) Berger of Sun City West, Arizona; three brothers, Kevin (Jennie) Williams of Stryker, Dr. Gery (Bobie) Williams of Stryker, and Steven (Kathy) Williams of Fenton, Michigan, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Please join the family in celebrating Connie Sue's reunion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The family will receive relatives and friends at Grace Bible Church, 2060 South Jefferson Avenue, Defiance, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. There will be a time of visiting and fellowship from 1-4 p.m. followed by a brief service, with Dr. John McKay officiating, in memory of Connie Sue's wonderful life and testimony. A meal will be served following the service. Interment will be private. Arrangements have been under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan, Ohio.

The family asks that memorials be directed to World Vision, Connie's favorite charity, and are asked to make contributions to "Grace Bible Church" (World Vision Fund on the memo line) in honor and memory of Connie. Direct contributions to World Vision can be mailed to World Vision, P.O. Box 78481, Tacoma, Wash., 98481 (Memorial Fund Code 105429566 on the memo line).

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  • Rod and Family, My heart goes out to you and the family. Jim Leininger

  • Dear Rod, We were shocked to hear of Connie's passing. Please know that she, along with you and your family are in our prayers. I could not believe it when I saw her age. We both can remember attending your sure doesn't seem like 33 year ago. Very best wishes to you and your family, Jack (and Bonnie)