JOHN M. RITONDARO age 97, beloved husband of the late Magdalene (nee Tvergyak); loving father of Tony and the late Sam (wife Theresa) and Jane; devoted grandfather of Justin Saeger; cherished son of the late Nick and Rose (nee Mitchko); dearest brother of the late Dorothy Darrah, Frieda Williamson, Ludwig “Dick”, Rosemarie Nelson, Edward, and Mary Gundersen; dear uncle and great-uncle of many. He was a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran.
John M. Ritondaro was born on June 8, 1925 to the late Nick and Rose (nee Mitchko) and passed away on December 15, 2022. He lived in Chardon, Ohio for the last 72 years and grew up in Chesterland, Ohio. John attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chardon where he was a long-time usher. He was also a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA), VFW, and Eagles in Chardon. John was a WWII United States Navy Veteran. He attended Chesterland High School and graduated in 1943, before going to college at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduation, John was licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer and went on to start the Ritondaro Funeral Home in Chardon in 1951. John had many foster children and adopted two sons. He enjoyed boating and gardening. The things that gave him the most enjoyment in life were his dogs and cooking. John was fun loving, high spirited, very friendly, social, hardworking and had a great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of John to St. Mary Church. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 11:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church 401 North Street, Chardon. Burial following with Military Honors at Chardon Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of John at THE DeJOHN Funeral Home & Crematory of Chardon (formerly Ritondaro) 126 South St. (Rt. 44, south of Rt. 6/Chardon Square) TUESDAY MORNING 10-11 AM.
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Tony and family,
It was a pleasure knowing and serving your dad and your family, whole I was stationed in Chardon. Your father was a very compassionate and hard working man, who loved his family very much. Your dad and yourselves are being remembered in my Sunday Masses today. You continue to be in my daily prayers. May your dad rest in peace with your mom, your sister and brother too. God’s peace to you.
Your Father was a joy to be around, always had a smile. We also appreciated his 70 years of service with the Knights of Columbus.
John was not a perfect man but he was a loving man who did whatever he could for people he cared about I know he was very good to me I ate lots of meals he fixed and he was an excellent cook he will be missed missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers. Because he cares for you. With caring thoughts.