Nellie Joan Rittel
Nellie Joan Rittel, 94, passed away May 4, 2022, from Parkinson's Disease. Joan was born August 15, 1927, to William and Nellie Hart, and was a longtime resident of Des Moines, Iowa. In 1962, she married Robert Rittel, and they later moved to Gresham. Seeing a need for outreach in East County, Bob and Joan helped establish Zarephath Kitchen in 1985. They were also avid members of the Beaver Chapter Model A Ford Club. Joan will be fondly remembered for her faith, generosity, and talents for music and sewing. She is survived by daughters Roberta Rittel and Rebecca Rittel, son Ronald Rittel, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on May 28 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Zarephath Kitchen.