Anne Crutchley Ritch of Belfast died Sunday, Oct. 16 in Belfast at the age of 91. Anne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 18,1920.

She graduated from Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn and attended Pain Hall where she studied to become a medical assistant and technician. She worked as a medical assistant for 20 years with Dr. Harold Blog in Huntington, N.Y. Anne married William N. Ritch.

After raising her family in Huntington, Long Island, Anne retired with her husband Bill to New London, N.H. where she resided for more than 25 years. In New London she was an active member of the First Baptist Church, the New London Hospital Auxiliary, and was a founding member of Easy Aces Bridge, which raised scholarship money for hospital employees. Anne’s special interest was fundraising through PEO — a philanthropic organization with the goal of helping young women further their education.

Anne moved to Belfast in 2003 where she joined the Unitarian Universalist Church, started a local chapter of the Red Hat Society and continued her PEO work. She was interested in genealogy, was an avid reader and never stopped playing bridge.

Anne’s husband William N. Ritch predeceased her in 1998.

She will be missed by her brother, Edward Crutchley; and sister, Frances Dreher; her three sons, William, Glenn and Paul; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her many friends.

A memorial service will be held in Belfast in the spring of 2012 and will be announced at a time when her extended family can come together to honor her memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME 04915-6346 or to the Tracy Memorial Library, 304 Main Street, New London, N.H 03257-7810.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ritch family by visiting their book of memories at: Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.