Martinus Ritzema

Date of Death: Sep 26, 2019
Martinus Ritzema

1959 - 2019

Martinus “Marty” Ritzema, 60, of Neshkoro, WI, died September 26, 2019 after a short battle with an aggressive brain tumor.

Marty was born January 25, 1959 in Clinton, IA, the son of Dick and Edith Ritzema. Marty later moved to Waupun, WI where he grew up and attended Bethel Christian Reformed Church and CWC schools. After school he moved to Modesto, CA where he married the love of his life, Laura Dengerink. Marty worked in the diary field until 1990 when he was hired by Modesto Irrigation District. He then retired at the beginning of 2019 and moved to Neshkoro, WI. He enjoyed fishing, the Packers, and spending time with his family who meant everything to him.

Marty is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura; his children: Richard (Gigi), Cynthia (Justun) Yates, and Suzanne (Robert), all of Modesto, CA; and six grandchildren: James, Britton, William, Lucas, Siarra, and Zach.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Edith Ritzema; and his in-laws, Duane and Beverly Dengerink.


A small private family gathering will be held in Wisconsin and a full funeral service in California at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions can be made to the cancer division at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, or to any brain cancer awareness organization.

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Aurora Health Care of Oshkosh, St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Edenbrook Home of Oshkosh, and family and friends.



  1. Garvin and Linda Says: September 28, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Our sympathy to everyone. May your memories comfort you through this difficult time. You are In our prayers.

  2. David Greenfield Says: September 29, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    So sorry to hear of Marty’s illness and passing. I remember him well as a classmate and for being a kind person. God bless you in your time of grief.

  3. Christina Tilma Says: September 30, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Thinking of your family as you mourn the loss of Marty. He was a wonderful man and I will never forget the help he provided so selflessly to our family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lauri.

  4. Barbara (Baker) Lang Says: November 3, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss…Marty was a great guy and will be missed by many…

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