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Ursula (Hunter) Armstrong, 87, of Kalkaska, passed away on May 30, 2017 at the Eden Center with family by her side. Ursula was born in Germany on Sept. 6, 1929 to the late Hugo and Bertha Grosse.
She moved to Lincoln Park in 1949, where she became an American citizen. It was there she married the late Henry Ritthaler and raised their family. She was a devoted mother and active member of her church.
She moved to Kalkaska in 1968 with her late husband, Zara Hunter Jr., where they owned and operated the Northland Restaurant, along with other business ventures. Ursula was well known for being a very hard worker and a great cook. She would show off her culinary skills by having numerous dinner parties in her home and fed everyone at the fanciest table you have ever seen. She was an amazing friend and took great pleasure in having company.
In the year 2000 Ursula and her late husband, Walter Armstrong, began spending their winters in Florida. They also enjoyed taking trips to Germany to visit her family. She enjoyed meeting new people, and she made friends everywhere she went; Ursula loved all those she met and was loved by all who met her.
She continued wintering in Florida these past five years with her current husband, companion and friend, Andrew Turner. She loved listening to him play music when they gathered with their friends. Together they enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends, having meals at the Kalkaska Senior Center and being with family.
Ursula was preceded in death by her parents, 13 brothers and sisters and her four beloved children, Harold, Nancy, Kathy and Julie Ritthaler.
She is survived by many extended family and friends, including her husband, Andrew Turner; her son, Gary (Patti) Ritthaler; her daughter, Mary (Todd) Rathke; stepson, Tom (Cindy) Adkins; stepdaughter, Connie (Jerry) Day; her seven grandchildren, Joshua Ritthaler, Aaron (Melissa) Ritthaler, Brandon Frohs, Matthew Young II, Faith Young, Wesley Rathke and Claudia Rathke.
She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by all who knew her. Ursula loved her friends, family and most importantly, the Lord, Jesus Christ, and looked forward to Heaven. There she plans to see her many loved ones once again. She hopes you will join her there too. You will most likely find her in the kitchen helping prepare grand meals, just like she loved to do here on Earth.
Ursula chose to be cremated and will have a visitation for family and friends at Wolfe-O'Neil Funeral Home on Friday, June 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. A memorial service followed by a luncheon will be on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Kalkaska.
Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.
Published on June 11, 2017
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