Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 24, 2014

Tributes to Colleen

Colleen, thanks for all of the advice, the good times and for inspiring me to strive to become the best person I can be. Oh, and for introducing me to yoga pants ... now I get it! Love you.

Meredith “Merry” Davidson

Childhood friend


Ms. Ritzer is a very special person to me. She was my geometry teacher last year. She taught me so much — school related and about life in general. I have never met anyone as happy as she was every single day. Walking into her class brightened my whole day because of how upbeat and eager to teach she was. Her love for turtles and the color pink was always a discussion at hand, as well as her sticker collection. On every test/quiz we got back, she would add a sticker to it. Little things like that showed how much she loved her job and being our teacher.

I was able to go to Ms. Ritzer with any problem I was having, and she always helped. She would always show me the positive side of things and often reminded me, “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” I was and still am truly inspired by her and I feel so grateful that I was fortunate to have her as a teacher”

Laura Voisine

Danvers High School junior


I was fortunate enough to have Ms. Ritzer my first day of high school as my homeroom teacher/adviser. ... When I knew it was time for home room, I would always become so excited because of the fact I was going to have home room with her. It was such an enjoyable time that I cherish even more today.

Ms. Ritzer to me was a role model. She taught me to be strong during difficult times and stay positive. She also taught me how to be a better student and, more importantly, a better person. She was the nicest woman I’ve ever met and not a day goes by where I don’t think about her. I miss her with all my heart and feel we all need to live on her legacy. The 5K is one of the many ways we can support her and everything she has done. I’m honored to have had the chance to know her, not only as a teacher, but as a role model.

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