Renate Rosemarie Ridge, 82, of Sheridan passed away on September 11, 2022, in Westfield after an extended illness. She was born on June 12, 1940, in Berlin, Germany. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Kate (Path) Weisschnur. She married Francis W. (Skeet) Ridge on November 24, 1961, in Berlin, Germany, and then she came to America in September of 1963. After high school she went on to business college. She worked as a secretary in Berlin’s largest insurance company. In America, she worked at American State Bank / Summit Bank from 1969 – 1991, Union State Bank / Merchants Bank from 1991 – 1994 in the bookkeeping department. She worked for Millie’s at the USA Group for 1-year 1998, she also worked for the First Famers Bank and Trust at the Sheridan Branch from 1999 – 2004 as a bank teller
Renate went on and earned her United States Citizenship. Renate enjoyed going to auctions, reading, collecting, and selling antiques and collectables. At one point, she had a shop on Main Street in Sheridan called Décor Galore. She and her husband Skeet liked traveling with the Berlin Veteran’s Military Association, which met every year.
Renate will be missed by her devoted daughter Yvonne (Ridge) Pickett of Sheridan, she was a loving grandma to Steven M. Pickett of Noblesville, and she is also survived Larry (Sharon) Ridge of Massachusetts, Rex (Janice) Ridge of Florida, Dianne Ridge of Sheridan, Dean Marlow of Sheridan and by several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death is her husband Francis (Skeet) Ridge in 2021, her son-in-law John Perry Pickett and her parents, and Her brother and Sister in laws, Doris Jeanne (Ridge) Smith, Vernon “Brub” Ridge, Barbara and Gerald Holliday, John Ridge, Phillip and Martha Ridge and Betty Marlow
Funeral Services will be held on Friday September 16, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Sheridan United Methodist Church located at 207 E. 2nd Street in Sheridan, where family and friends are invited to gather from 11:00 am till time of services. The Rev. John Meunier will be officiating Renate services. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 7363 E. 21st St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook, leave a condolence, or share a memory at fisherfunerals.com. For those who will not be able to attend Renate’s services can watch it live on Fisher Family Funeral Services Facebook Page.
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