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Matthew John Ritter

1993 ~ 2024 (age 30) 30 Years Old

Matthew Ritter Obituary

Matthew John Ritter, 30, a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend passed away on January 28, 2024. Matthew was a gift to the world bringing light and joy to every person he met. 

A resident of Wyckoff, Matthew was a graduate of the Phoenix Center in Nutley and a participant of both the Bergen County Special Services Adult Program in Paramus and Camp Acorn in Mahwah. He was a member of the Angels baseball team in the Saddle Brook Challenger League. He was a weekly parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wyckoff.

Matthew’s legacy will live on in the beautiful memories we shared with him, in the phone calls he made daily to family members, in his relationships with friends old and new, and in the kindness he spread.

Above all else, Matthew had a special place in his heart for his family. He is survived by his parents Joan (Patterson) and John Ritter and his two sisters Maggie and Grace. He will be profoundly missed by his 14 aunts and uncles as well as his many cousins. He was welcomed to heaven by his four grandparents, Ann and Bill Patterson and Cecelia and John Ritter. 

Visitation Friday February 16, 2024 from 2:00-4:00PM & 7:00-9:00PM at Vander Plaat Funeral Home 257 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481.  Funeral Mass February 17, 2024 10:00AM at St. Elizabeths R.C Ch. 700 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his honor to either Camp Acorn or The Phoenix Center. Contributions can be made online for Camp Acorn or The Phoenix Center. If you prefer to mail your donation, please send to Camp Acorn, P.O. Box 1383, Paramus, NJ 07653, or to Friends of the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc., 16 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley, NJ 07110. 

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February 16, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

February 16, 2024

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Funeral Mass
February 17, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth RC Church
700 Wyckoff Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481


Maryrest Cemetery
770 Darlington Ave
Mahwah, NJ 07430


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