Obituaries: 07-08-21

Brett Ritenour

Brett Ritenour passed away recently. Sweet, kind and easy-going, Brett may have spent his young years as everyone’s kid brother, but he grew into a man full of heart with a laugh that was a signature of his lovable spirit. 

Born the youngest of five boys to William and Carole Ritenour in Monclova, Brett grew up surrounded by a large family. He moved to the Boston area in 2009 with his wife, Lindsay, and together they loved exploring the beauty of New England with their companion Jethro at their side. He loved the outdoors, from fishing to hiking – even gardening, successfully growing Ohio sweet corn in his backyard in Boston. Growing Ohio sweet corn in Massachusetts was just one of Brett’s culinary adventures. He loved grilling – outdoors, of course, no matter the weather – and created his own blend of seasoning spices dubbed “Bubba’s Best BBQ Rub,” a nod to Jethro’s nickname. 

Brett earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Worcester State University, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from MCPHS. Also a member of the Chi lota Chapter of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta, he was an orthopedic surgery PA at Milford Regional Medical Center since 2018. 

He is survived by his wife, Lindsay; parents, William and Carole; brothers, Chad (Wiwik), Ryan, Josh (Jess), Jacob (Eva) and Bree; in-laws, David and Ellen Hartley and Jennifer (Shane); and nieces and nephews, Gage, Isabella, Asoka and Harrison. 

A memorial will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 at 6755 Dennison Drive in Whitehouse. Please park in the Hope United Methodist Church parking lot.

Jane Stover

Jane Heston Stover, age 97, passed away peacefully after a full and happy life, in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, June 27.

She was born in Toledo on May 27, 1924, along with her identical twin sister, Janet, to William and Helen Heston, who raised them with their older brother William on Watova Road. Janie and Janet, in their early years, worked as models. They volunteered at the USO and Janie also worked as a dental assistant during World War II. She later married Donald and raised their sons in Maumee. Throughout her life, she was always involved in supporting her family and her community. When her sons were young, she enlisted them and their friends and created the  “Pee Wee Polio Punchers” to raise funds for donations to combat polio. 

Janie and Don were members of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee and All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City, Ariz. After retirement, Janie and Don split their time between Ohio and Arizona, eventually moving to Arizona permanently in 1993. She was an avid animal lover throughout her life. She and Don volunteered with the Humane Society, certifying their dogs as service dogs to visit patients in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. She was a dedicated artist and painter and also enjoyed crochet. She and Don loved golfing, bingo, dancing, watching baseball and basketball, and they were once on the Senior Olympic bowling team in Arizona. 

Janie was preceded in death by her parents; older brother, William Heston; twin, Janet Peterson; niece, Sandra Reichert; and her loving husband of 61 years, Donald. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Sharon) Stover, of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Brent (Barbara) Stover, of Maumee; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, a nephew and their children.

She will be missed by everyone who was blessed to have known her. She was loving, loyal, sweet and had a great sense of humor. Whenever someone had a worry, she would tell them to “throw it over your shoulder.” 

A private service will be held for family members at a later date at All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City, Ariz. Her family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following: the Humane Society, Hospice of the Valley Arizona (in recognition of their dedication and service) or a charity of your choice. 

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