Cheryl Ann Rittenberry

Born in Ottawa, IL on January 31, 1946

Departed on June 21, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Cheryl Ann Rittenberry, age 73, of Gallatin, TN, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 21, 2019, surrounded by the love of her family. Cheryl was a devoted wife, loving mother and stepmother, adoring grandmother, and cherished friend to all who were blessed to know her. She lived her life by Mother Teresa's motto, "Do small things with great love.” She had a gentle and kind heart, always thoughtful and generous. She will be remembered for her compassionate care for all living creatures, especially the animals from stray cats at her back porch to the songbirds who came to visit her each morning.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Cheryl Rittenberry was born in Ottawa, Illinois and graduated from Ottawa High School as valedictorian.  She was the daughter of Winnifred Pike Kirkman and Peter Kirkman.  She moved to Gallatin, TN in 1974 with her first husband, Peter Joseph Schmitz of Fort Myers, FL and their three children. She had a long, successful career at Volunteer State Community College: retiring from the State of Tennessee after 30 years of service. She is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, William Clay Rittenberry of Gallatin, TN. She is also survived by a loving family: her daughter Christine Ann Schmitz of Memphis, TN; her daughter Catherine Ann Milliken (Matt) of Dallas, TX; and her son Peter Kirkman Schmitz of Austin, TX; her twin granddaughters Violet Estelle Milliken and Ruby Faye Milliken of Dallas, TX; her stepchildren Kathy Chaney (Bill) of Pulaski, TN and Bill Rittenberry (Susy) of Gallatin, TN; her step-grandchildren Sarah Buchanon of Knoxville, TN and Evan Rittenberry of Gallatin, TN.  Other surviving family members include her sister Mary Jane Metille of New Port Richey, FL; niece Darcy Jost of New Port Richey, FL; nephew Dan Mettille of Chicago, IL; great nieces Miranda Payne and Shawna Payne both of Ottawa, IL, great niece Jennifer Jost of New Port Richey; special cousin Mary Jane Martin of Oklahoma City, OK; and special friend Sandra Welch of Gallatin, TN. She is preceded by her beloved aunt Charlotte Pike Brokaw, her niece Mary Kay Payne and her friend Joyce Jewell. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Crestview Funeral Home with inunrnment to follow in Crestview Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org/donate [bestfriends.org]  or St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. www.stjude.org/donate [stjude.org] Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, Phone: (615)452-1943 Obituary Line: (615)452-7589 www.crestviewfh.com

 

8 Comments to Mrs. Cheryl Ann Rittenberry

  1. Hema & Ravi
    June 28, 2019 6:53 pm

    Touched and moved by the elegy of Cheryl Ann Rittenberry. Especially her embracive compassion for those speaking non-human languages, and her extensive & loving family and friends. May her legacy remain evergreen 🙏

  2. Donna Holt
    June 28, 2019 8:36 pm

    Cheryl was such a special person, always kind, always loving; she adored her children So sorry I lost touch with such a wonderful person. Love and comfort to the family.

  3. Mary Jane (Gards) Martin
    June 29, 2019 9:28 am

    Cheryl (Gerts) was the most loving and giving person I know. She always thought of others before herself and accepted everyone as they were without expectation. We grew up as cousins in Illinois and had a wonderful childhood together, which included her sister, Mary Jane (Muggsie). Since Cheryl was two years younger than us, we sometimes pulled pranks on her, which she never forgot, and always laughed about. She had such a great sense of humor. We remained close until this day and I will miss her so. She enriched my life and I will be forever grateful to her for sharing her love with me.

  4. Mary Jane (Gards) Martin
    June 29, 2019 9:34 am

    Cheryl (Gerts) was the most loving and giving person I know. She always thought of others before herself and accepted everyone as they were without expectation. We grew up as cousins in Illinois and had a wonderful childhood together, which included her sister, Mary Jane (Muggsie). Since Cheryl was two years younger than us, we sometimes pulled pranks on her, which she never forgot, and always laughed about. She had such a great sense of humor. We remained close until this day and I will miss her so.
    She enriched my life so and I will be forever grateful to her for sharing her love with me. My condolences, love and prayers go to her husband Clay, and her children, Christina, Kate, and Kirk and her twin granddaughters, Ruby and Violet. XOXO ❤️

  5. Eddie/Kris
    July 5, 2019 6:24 pm

    Our prayers and love to the family. Her love lives on, and as I know her daughter and granddaughters, Kate, Ruby and Violet, I can see that she enriched many lives. May her loving memory live on through the many lives she touched.

  6. Matt Milliken
    July 6, 2019 11:20 am

    Cheryl is with us in spirit. She was kind, giving and always thinking of others and how she could help before thinking of herself. She was very intelligent, creative and curious but also very modest about her awesomeness. We miss her and we are grateful for the time we shared together. We love you and are with you forever Cheryl.

    The Millikens
    (Matt, Kate, Violet and Ruby)

  7. Faye milliken
    July 7, 2019 12:54 pm

    To leave this world with the love of your family is a true
    Mark of how you lived, Cheryl marked her time well
    And her leaving is on the wings of prayer sent by her
    Loved ones! Fly free Cheryl to the worlds beyond our
    Reach!

  8. LeAnn Hale Blevins
    July 8, 2019 1:39 pm

    I worked with Cheryl many years ago at Vol State. She was a wonderful person, always kind and gentle, and eager to help others. (I graduated a couple years after Christine in high school.) Prayers for all who love her.

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