Joseph J. Ritzo BARRE — Joseph J. “Joe” Ritzo, 67, of Elm Street, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, with his family at his bedside. Born Sept. 26, 1951, in Norwalk Connecticut, he was the son of Joseph J. and Agnes (Magyar) Ritzo Sr. Joe attended Saint Joseph’s Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut, and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1969 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He then went on to attend Villanova University in Pennsylvania where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in History and Education. In 1975, he received his master’s in History from the University of Rhode Island. On Aug. 18, 1974, he married Marie Altavilla in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After their wedding, they made their home in Vermont. Joe was a social studies teacher at Stowe High School for 39 years before his retirement. He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed reading, baking, traveling, model trains, coin collecting, hiking and playing sudoku. He relished deep discussions but, most of all, loved being with his family, sharing laughter and long stories. Survivors include his wife, Marie Ritzo, of Barre; his son, Charles Ritzo and wife Deanna; his daughter, Eliz,abeth Ritzo; his grandson-to-be, Samuel Joseph Ritzo; his sister, Agnes Peterson; and multiple nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters Maria Schiro and Celine Ritzo; as well as his father-in-law, Lawrence T. Altavilla. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church, 79 Summer St., Barre. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Following the service, interment will take place in Hope Cemetery in Barre. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Potter’s Angels Rescue, P.O. Box 162, East Randolph, VT 05041 (https://www.pottersangelsrescue.org); or Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601 (https://centralvermonthumane.org).