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Charles (Charlie) Ritz, 93,of Cambridge, died Sept.12. He was the widower of Isa Hurowitz Ritz. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Ann and Benjamin Ritz. His father was proprietor of Slonimsky & Ritz, a kosher delicatessen that was a landmark for the Jewish residents of Worcester, and Charlie often worked there while attending Classical High School. In 1945 he entered the Army and served for two years in Military Government in Germany, being discharged as a sergeant. He graduated from Worcester Junior College in 1949 and became a salesman, first with The R&R Plumbing Supply, and then The Stewart Hall Chemical Company, a tennis racquet always in his car. In 1979 he established the Light and Lovely Fitness Center in Wellesley and was proprietor of the popular women’s exercise facility until his retirement in 1991. In 1992 he graduated from Hebrew College with an associates degree and then undertook the intensive two-year Me’ah Program in Jewish Studies at the college. For the past 29 years he had been an active participant at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, in which he has taught a course on “The 3000-Year History of Jerusalem.” He was a member of the Worcester post of the Jewish War Veterans. He is survived by three children, Carey Goldberg and her husband, Steven (Sprax) Lines of Brookline, Morgan Ritz of Watertown; and Brett Goldberg and his wife, Eve Berenblum Goldberg of South Egremont; and three grandchildren, Tulliver (Tully ) Lines, Liliana Lines and Isa Goldberg. He was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian Ritz Spiegel and Maurice Spiegel, of Worcester. Charlie had a number of close friends, among them several who have cherished him since they were boys together in Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cat Connection: https://thecatconnection.org/donate/make-a-donation/ 

RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERAL HOME OF HOLDEN

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