Vivian (Vicki) Rittenhouse January 6, 1921 - March 24, 2018 From: Ankeny, IA | Originally: Jackson, MI
Vivian (Vicki) E. Rittenhouse, age 97, of Ankeny, Iowa, and formerly of Jackson, Michigan, died following a brief illness on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Mercy Hospice House in Johnston, Iowa.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Arbor Grove Congregational Church, 2621 McCain Road, in Jackson, Michigan, with Pastor Daniel KidderMcQuown officiating. Memorial visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 58 p.m. and will resume one hour prior to services on Saturday. Vivian requested
cremation and will be interred next to her husband, Stuart (1922 - 2001), in the Memorial Garden at the beloved church they helped to create.
The only child of Swan Erickson and Esther (Edling) Erickson, Vivian was born on January 6, 1921, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Evanston, where she was active in the Girl Scouts and earned their prestigious top award, the Golden Eagle.
After graduating from Evanston Township High School in 1939, Vivian attended Lawrence College, then Northwestern University, where she met Franklin Stuart Rittenhouse. They married in 1942, at the outset of World War II, during which Stuart served in the United States Navy. After the war, they returned to the Chicago area to enable Stuart to complete his degree in Electrical Engineering. Stuart was hired by Consumers Power Company and they moved to the Jackson, Michigan, area. Here they
raised their four children: Janice (Robert) Matthews, Patricia (William) George, Eric (deceased), and Nancy (Duane) Trupiano. They also raised James Polley Rittenhouse (deceased) from 6th grade to adulthood.
When Vivian's children were all in school, she returned to school herself, and in 1962 earned her B.S. in Education degree from Michigan State University. She taught 6th grade at Blair Elementary and, for many years, 7th grade English at Frost Junior High School. Upon retirement, Vivian continued to remain active in the Jackson community until 2015, when she moved to Ankeny, Iowa, to be near her daughter Pat.
Vivian's longstanding community activities included Arbor Grove Congregational Church (Charter Member), the Girl Scouts, the American Association of University Women, the Jackson Scandinavian American Society (Charter Member), the Master Gardeners, and Questers.
She loved her family, her pets, teaching and learning, interior design, flower
gardening, traveling, and living at Skiff Lake.
Vivian was the loving grandmother of Helen (Bill) Trotter, Jo Anne Ware,
Michael (Martha) Matthews, Paul (Michele) Matthews, Greg Matthews,
Wendy (Jeff) Ritchey, Glenn (Heather) Matthews, Emily (Doug) Bonessi,
Brian Trupiano, Alan Trupiano (deceased), Eric (Kathy) Rittenhouse, Joe
(Sarah) Rittenhouse, Becky (Gerald) Taft, and Ben (Alexis) Rittenhouse; and
was proud to be greatgrandmother of 19.
Charles H. VaughanVAUGHAN , Charles H. CHARLES HADLEY VAUGHAN, 78, of White Hall, died February 22, 2010 at his home. Born July 16, 1931 in Loves Park, Ill., he was the husband of the late Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Rittenhouse) Vaughan. He is survived by his four sons and their families: Steven Charles Vaughan of Alexander, N. Y., his wife Emily Charlotte Conable, and their sons William Conable Vaughan, Zachary Charles Vaughan and Benjamin Barber Vaughan; Daniel Franklin Vaughan of White Hall, his wife Karen Lee Vaughan, and their daughters Amy Lee Vaughan, Kimberly Ruth Vaughan Stowe and Kelly June Vaughan; Michael Ledyard Vaughan of Cumberland, his wife Penny Lorraine Vaughan, their children Jason Ledyard Vaughan, Nicole Lorraine Vaughan and Katelynn Mae Glenn, and their grandsons Caden Ledyard Vaughan, Ethan Joseph Vaughan and Caleb Andrew Strouther; and Peter Consul Vaughan of Elverson, Pa., his wife Sandi Lee Vaughan, and their children Mary Elizabeth Vaughan, Micah Peter Vaughan, Emily Grace Vaughan and Abigail Joy Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan is also survived by his brother, Duane Alan Vaughan of Cherry Valley, Ill., four nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Waite Ledyard Vaughan and Ruth Berniece Overstreet Vaughan, and his sister, Louise Ruth Vaughan Dieterman. Mr. Vaughan served domestically as a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He owned and operated the former Hadley Service Company in White Hall as an electronics engineering consultant. Mr. Vaughan was a member of the Cor Rehoboth Welsh Choir in Delta, Pa. He enjoyed restoring his 1969 Camaro, spending time in his woods, and Sunday night popcorn. W3IDE Silent Key.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday March 7 at the J. J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 19 S. Main St., Stewartstown, Pa. Interment in Ayres Chapel United Methodist Cemetery in White Hall will follow the service. Visitation will be Saturday March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mr. Vaughan's name may be made to Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2332, Elkton, Md., 21922-2332.
Published in Baltimore Sun on February 25, 2010