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Theresa Grasso Ritchen

Theresa Grasso Ritchen
  • December 17, 1938 - October 25, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Grace Church Cathedral Music Scholarship Fund
    98 Wentworth St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Grace Church Cathedral Flower Guild
    98 Wentworth St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Roper Hospice
    1483 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 208-A
    Charleston, , SC 29414

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“I was so very sorry to hear the news about Terry from Gerry Johnson. Ed, you have my deepest sympathies, also Billy and Barbara. I met her when I...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Eckard Grossman - New York, NY

“Terry was the consummate professional in all she did. Knew her briefly as I was a newcomer to the Charleston music scene around 1994. When I joined...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Preston Smith - New York, NY

“Thank you to all who have reached out to us and given us so much comfort in our time of great loss. Mom was an extraordinary women, not only...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: William Ritchen - Son

“Just will never forget such a wonderful person. She was always so delightful in everything she did. I loved working with her on the computer. They...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Mimi Scharf - Charleston, SC

“My Aunt Terry was bigger than life. Her impact on all our family was incredible. Her sense of humor,and dry wit and generosity will always be...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Jackofsky - San Marcos. Ca

“I knew Terry from her TRACE days. I had just started teaching in Charleston and she was one of the most pleasant, helpful and encouraging people I...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Beth Heywood - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“My deepest condolences to Mr. Ritchen, Barbara, and the rest of the Ritchen family. Mrs. Ritchen had a profound influence on my life. I am so...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Charlie Dorn - Brunswick, ME

“Mrs. (and Mr.) Ritchen's indelible and positive impact has remained with me since I entered their classroom as an introverted, shy student. Thank...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Maurice Salth - New York, NY

“To the Ritchen family, our sincere condolences to everyone. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Ben and Marianne Nirenberg - DE

“We have all lost a great light in Terry Ritchen - an amazing woman who lived life with a zest and passion for all that she loved. Terry's honesty,...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Phyllis Jo Kubey - New York, NY

“My wife, Frances often spoke of her Garden Club of Charleston days and remembered fondly her time spent with Theresa. Later, Theresa was a warm and...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Carroll LeTellier - Charleston, SC

“She was my Junior High Music teacher. She was an incredible teacher, and a great person. I learned so much from her! May she rest in peace. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Renee Baggott

“My heart is saddened at your loss. All who knew Terry were drawn to her bright spirit and happy heart. We are all the better for knowing her. She now...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Rosalea Donahue - Isle of Palms, SC

“I am so very sorry to read this. I knew Terry from Grace Church Cathedral, where I was a member of a Foyer Group with her and Ed. I remember going to...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Frances Sills - Naples, FL

“Sympathy to the Ritchen family. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Tina Buttacavoli Mottl - Islip, NY

Terry with our daughter, Hannah, when she was 3 years old (March, 2009). “Terry Ritchen was one of the most elegant people I have ever been privileged to know. Her charm, wit, and wise smile always revealed the deepness of...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Scott and Iris Pingel - CA

“I adored Mrs. Ritchen's chorus and General Music classes in junior high. Terry required much from her students, but she gave us so much more through...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Ellin Kurtz - Brentwood, NY

“I'm so very sorry to learn of Mrs. Ritchen's passing. She was my music teacher in junior high and piano teacher throughout high school. She instilled...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kate (Dunnells) Walz - NY

“We have had both of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please know how much we care for both of you for the beautiful...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: flora/john hart - CHARLESTON, SC

“Prayers go out to the entire family. My heart is broken for you all. Terry will be greatly missed by many. She was such a talented woman who loved...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Esther Rose Williams - Charleston, SC


Theresa Grasso Ritchen, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Francis Edward Ritchen entered into eternal rest Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Her Funeral Service will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 in Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street at 11:00 a.m. Interment, Columbarium. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Hanahan Hall. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Theresa was born December 17, 1938 in Babylon, New York, daughter of the late Frank Grasso and Angelina Ascoli Grasso. She was a graduate of Hofstra University and Adelphi University. After 30 plus years of teaching music, musical theater and piano in both private and public schools, Theresa retired to South Carolina. She became Director of the TRACE Arts Education Program in the Charleston Tri-County area. This program was the recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the Arts in South Carolina. Theresa inherited a love for gardening from her family. Her dad planted vegetables and fruit trees and her mother grew flowers. Theresa was given an appreciation for all facets of gardening at a very young age. Her floral design experiences started being trained by the Washington Cathedral Flower Guild . Later Theresa attended workshops, lectures and symposiums all of the country. She was the co-chairman of the Grace Church Flower Guild and taught numerous classes in floral design for local garden clubs, churches, community organizations, Charleston Horticulture Society and most recently Master Gardener workshops. She was a an accredited N.G.C. Flower Show Master Judge and Master Gardner. Theresa's involvement in the community was a very important part of her life. She had the privilege of being involved in many organizations including: President of the Council of Garden Clubs of Greater Charleston from 2015-2017, President of The Garden Club of Charleston from 2012-2013, Board Member/The Garden Club of South Carolina from 2011-2013, Design Chairman/East Lowcountry District from 2015-2017, and Member of the South Carolina Judges Club from 2010-2017. Theresa was also a member of the Charleston Symphony Chorus, The Spoleto Festival Chorus, The Grace Church Choir, The Gibbes Museum Women's Council, Charleston Symphony Orchestra League and the Benevolent Society.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edward; son, William J. Ritchen (Luann) of Fairfax, CA; daughter, Barbara J. Berube (David) of Daniel Island, SC; three grandchildren: Catherine, Timothy and Sarah; and three great-grandchildren: Caden, Noah and Jonathon.

Memorials may be made to Grace Church Cathedral Music Scholarship Fund or Flower Guild both at 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or to Roper Hospice, 1483 Tobias Gadsson Blvd, Suite 208 A, Charleston, SC 29407.