Barbara Ritchie

Barbara Ritchie

Barbara Anne (Ball) Ritchie, 72, wife of Clarence O. “Lars” Ritchie who would be celebrating their fourteen years of marriage this November 28th, of Zionsville, PA died Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Wilber Ronald Malcolm Ball and the late Anne A. (Sewell) Ball.

Barbara was graduate of Western Michigan University.  She had many different jobs in her lifetime all having to do with helping others and being faithful to God.  She worked as an Occupational Therapist, O.R. Technician, Graphic Designer in Sales and Marketing at Gospel Films and Advanced Litho and after retirement worked as a Health Care Advocate for over five years.  She was a member of Salem Bible Church, Macungie, PA, Christian’s Women’s Club, The Pocket Testament League, Parents and Teachers Association, West Michigan, Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, Michigan, Calvary Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She will be remembered most of all at a loving Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Friend, and for her loving and compassionate care for others.

Surviving along with her Husband are two Sons, Richard J. Van Dyke and wife, Raquel of F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Jeffrey S. Van Dyke of Wilmot, Wisconsin; six Grandchildren, Analiese, Rachell, Roger, Rosalinda, Gabriel Van Dyke and Isabel; a Great Granddaughter, Naomi Aizprua; a Sister, Shirley Fender and husband, Robert of San Diego, CA, two brothers, Ronald Ball of Kalamazoo, MI and Jack and wife, Sally Sewell of Kalamazoo, MI. Along with her parents she is predeceased by a husband, Roger C. Van Dyke who died in 2008.

A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Salem Bible Church, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie, PA 18062 with Rev. Richard Goodman officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, MI.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Vision Ministries, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9713, 1-888-511-6443, or Allentown Rescue Mission, 355 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101, 610-740-5500 or

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