Mary J. Ritter

Nov 30, 2012

1921 — 2012

Lathrup Village, Michigan — Mary J. Ritter (nee Coracy), 91, of Lathrup Village, died Nov. 30, 2012.

Mary’s first priority was her family and in her professional life she was a school librarian in the Detroit Public School system. She graduated Wayne State University in 1942, 1945 (BA, MA). Social activities included AAUW, where she was a 65-year member and an active worker in the annual book sale where thousands of dollars were raised for women’s scholarships. She was also involved in the Gourmet Foods group and active in an investment club, and the Cranbrook Writers Society. She was also a board member of the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society that raised thousands of dollars for local libraries. Her avocations included travel to five continents and spending summers in the mountains of Colorado.

She was the beloved wife of George M.D.; dear mother of James D. (Diane), John G. (Rita Aiello), William G. (Dana) G. Thomas (Donna) and Robert D. (Carrie); and grandmother of Kevin, Cory, Courtney, Daniela, Krista, Dean, Lauren, Nate and Ryan.  She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and her brother, Vito “Bill” Coracy (Anna).

A funeral Mass will be held Monday Dec. 3, at the Church of the Transfiguration, Southfield, Michigan.  Memorial tributes may be made to Wayne State University School of Library Science or the AAUW Birmingham, Michigan Chapter.

A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements. View obituary and share memories at