Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 31, 2013

Offering comfort when no answers can be found


We join in those prayers and offer our condolences to Ritzer’s family and friends.

The loss of the 24-year-old math teacher is deeply felt by all who knew her. Ritzer’s students and friends describe her as a dedicated teacher who made learning what many find a difficult subject fun. She was known for her cheerful, positive outlook and willingness to help.

Best friend Jennifer Berger remembered Ritzer as an “amazing person who loved life.” The two friends had attended school together from the elementary level through their graduation from Andover High in 2007.

“She was so kind and caring,” Berger told the Townsman. “She could find joy in the littlest things in life. If she was having a bad day she would find a quote from a song that would turn it around.”

Gori calls on us to celebrate those qualities of Colleen Ritzer’s life and cultivate them in ourselves.

“She knew what she was doing and was very genuine about it and dedicated and willing to help others,” he said. “Hopefully, she will still inspire us — even in the midst of this horror of her death — to do what we can to be the best that we can in service to others.”

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