– Shirley Y. Ritzie passed away peacefully on October 31, 2019 at
Albany Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Shirley was born and
raised in East Harlem, NY. She graduated from Chelsea High School in
1984. Shirley was employed at Shea Stadium and multiple supermarkets
as an associate. She was very outgoing and never knew a stranger.
Shirley loved music, traveling and casinos.
Shirley is predeceased by her late mother Shirley May Ritzie;
brother, Paul V. Ritzie Jr.; and sister Joanne Ritzie Washington.
Shirley affectionately known as “Sam Dean” will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her father, Paul V. Ritzie Sr. of Ravena, NY; son
Denzell Ritzie of Slingerlands; daughter Shanell Ritzie of Albany;
beloved grandson, Denzell Ritzie Jr.; sister Sabrina Benn of Bronx,
NY; brothers, Lindell Ritzie of Ravena, NY, Shawn Ritzie of Albany,
NY; and sister Shawnta Sterling of Rensselaer, NY. She is also
survived by her 2 brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews and extended
Funeral services will be held 12 PM on Tuesday, November 5th at the
Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn
Cemetery, New Baltimore. Friends may call at the funeral home on
Tuesday prior to the service starting at 10 AM.