Joanne Ritzie Washington– October 12, 2019

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 COXSACKIE – Joanne Ritzie Washington, 61, passed away October 12, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New York City and lived there until she was 18 years old. On August 25, 1976 she entered into a loving marriage with Anthony Washington. Then she moved with her husband Anthony to the Bronx, NY. She became a secretary working for the State of New York Bronx Psychiatric Center. Later, she became the Unit Clerk. Joanne transferred with her family from the Bronx, after 20 years, to Coxsackie Correctional Facility, where she worked until she retired. Shortly after she retired from the state she opened up her own day care center called Romper Room. She ran the day care center for 5 years. She retired her business and enjoyed her retirement. Joanne spent time loving her family and being the best wife and mother known. Joanne will be sorely missed, but her humor and caring will never be forgotten by those who knew her.


Joanne is survived by her husband, Anthony, Sr.; her children, Janelle, Anthony Jr., Jenine, Ashley Sr., Julie (Levar Wilson) and Joel Washington; grandchildren, Laya and Justice Wilson, Ashley Washington Jr., and Analiyah Washington; and her father, siblings, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Shirley May Ritzie, her grandson, Anthony James Washington, and her brother Paul Ritzie Jr.

Joanne’s funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 16th at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday prior to the service starting at 12 PM.