Susan Ritchie, 71 of Chippewa Falls passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Susan was born on August 22, 1946 to Dwight and Rita (Alvesteffer) Johnson in Eau Claire. She was united in marriage to Chuck Ritchie on August 13, 1969 at St. James in Eau Claire. Sue graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught in Hudson before becoming a stay at home mom. When her boys were older she was a substitute teacher in surrounding school districts. She enjoyed baking and cooking for others and crafting. Sue loved spending time and playing games with her granddaughters. She will be dearly missed by her family but especially by her granddaughters.

Sue is survived by her husband, Chuck Ritchie of Chippewa Falls; sons, Eric (Jill) Ritchie of Eau Claire, Todd (Donna Webb and children) Ritchie of Eau Claire; grandchildren: Zoey, Mia, and Emma Ritchie; sister-in-laws Juanita (Marvin) Wright, Pam Johnson; brothers-in-law Cliff (the late Joyce) Foslid, Duane (Em-li) Ritchie, Paul Ritchie. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; brother Lewis Johnson; brother-in-law Dale Ritchie.

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Mound on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 am with Father Joe Nakwah officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday at Smith Funeral Chapel from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and one hour prior to service on Friday. Friends and family may leave online condolences at


  1. We were all shocked and deeply saddened when we heard the news of this dear women’s passing this past Monday. It is with a heavy heart that I write this condolence. Rita, Dwight, Louie and Sue, and later; Chuck and the boys, were always very nice to us and some of my best childhood memories were of them. Later when I had my own family one of our most memorable vacations were with them. I last saw Sue and her family 6 years ago when I was traveling to Minot ND where my youngest was being stationed. We had a wonderful visit. We always had a great time with the Johnson’s and Ritchie’s! One has to draw comfort knowing that Sue has been reunited with her parents and brother, and all the other family who loved and cherished her. To Chuck, Eric and Todd you have our deepest sympathies and prayers. Love Steve & Mary

  2. Chuck,
    I was so shocked when Maynard told me you had emailed him to get our phone number. I am deeply saddened about the loss of Sue. Back in the day we were best friends, and in retrospect we should have kept in closer contact. We certainly would have gone to the funeral had we known. I am glad that you did reach out to us recently. Sending hugs and prayers for you and your boys, and rest of the family to have the strength to get through this.
    Love, Vicki and Maynard

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