Services set for Colleen Ritzer

Colleen E. Ritzer
Colleen E. Ritzer
Funeral services for Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer will take place in her hometown of Andover, with a wake on Sunday, October 27, and funeral Mass on Monday, October 28.

Calling hours will be from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St., Andover. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, also at St. Augustine.

The body of Ms. Ritzer, 24, was found Wednesday. A Danvers High School student has been charged in connection with her slaying.

Ms. Ritzer taught math at Danvers High School and was pursuing a graduate degree at Salem State University. Following her graduation from Assumption College in Worcester, Ms. Ritzer taught at Hale Middle School in Stow. Ms. Ritzer was a graduate of Andover High School.

The Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home in Andover is handling arrangements, and Ms. Ritzer’s obituary can be read online at

A Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship has been established, and donations can be made online at or mailed to Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

The MTA website has resources for educators on coping with grief and discussing school violence with students and parents. For links, go to A tribute page to Ms. Ritzer is available here.