Marita C. Halsey Ritterhoff of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Montclair, died peacefully on March 31, 2021. She was 97.  

A graduate of Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing, Mrs. Ritterhoff met Donald P. Halsey Jr. shortly after World War II, and they married in 1948. They raised their five children in Montclair, with summers in Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York. 

A member of St. Luke’s Church, she enjoyed entertaining in Montclair and Bridgehampton.




After Mr. Halsey died in Montclair in 1981, she married C. William “Bill” Ritterhoff, who was introduced to her by friends at the Bridgehampton Club. When not traveling internationally, they divided their time between Vero Beach and Bridgehampton. 

After Mr. Ritterhoff died in 2003, she continued to split her time between Vero Beach and Bridgehampton. She especially enjoyed watching the sunset at the beach in Bridgehampton with family and friends while enjoying her favorite cocktail, a Manhattan.

Mrs. Ritterhoff is survived by her five children and their spouses: Suzanne (Paul), Don (Joanne), Doug (Amy), Philip (Lisa Gilpin) and Tyson (Caroline); nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory in Vero Beach.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Peconic Land Trust, PO Box 1776,  Southampton, NY 11969.