Verna Ritzert

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Verna Ritzert, 61, of Erie, and a former Manhattan resident, died Wednesday at Labette Health in Parsons.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1952, in Manhattan, to Charles and An- nabelle (Herren) Johnston. She grew up in Manhattan and attended Manhattan schools, graduating from Manhattan High School in 1970. While in high school, she made several art sculptures that were sold. She continued to live in Manhattan and worked as a civilian contractor for the military.

She and Dale Martin Ritzert were married on Nov. 17, 1979 at Manhattan. He survives

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