Ellen Gilpin, 79

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm

Ellen E. (Ritzinger) Gilpin, 79, of Mohegan Trail, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of Robert A. Gilpin, they had been married for 58 years. Born in New Haven, Conn., a daughter of the late Louis A. and Margaret (Reed) Ritzinger. She resided in Middletown, N.Y. for 25 years before moving to Block Island in 1985.

Ellen was a nurse’s assistant in private practice in Middletown, N.Y., for many years before retiring. She was a member of the American Legion Post 36 Women’s Auxiliary.

Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters, Karen Martin (Richard) and Gabrielle Schettini (Marcio), both of Block Island and Elizabeth Anderson (Jeffrey) of East Greenwich; two sons, Robert E. Gilpin of Block Island and Richard Gilpin (Lori) of Danielson, Conn.; four grandchildren, Abigail and Sarah Anderson, Alicia Miro and Benjamin Martin; a great grandson, Mason Miro and numerous adored nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Louis and Thomas Ritzinger.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. in Island Cemetery, Block Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the “Mary D Fund” or Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org) or the Block Island Rescue Squad. For more information and condolences, please visit: www.henault-gallogly.com.