Margaret H. "Maggie" Rittler, an educator whose lifelong dream was teaching special-education students, died Aug. 3 of an aneurysm while on vacation on Cape Cod.
The Cockeysville resident was 44.
Mrs. Rittler was stricken while attending a movie and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hynannis, Mass., where she died.
The daughter of a military policeman and a registered nurse, Margaret Henry was born and raised in West Milford, N.J., where she graduated in 1986 from St. Dominic Academy.
Mrs. Rittler earned a dual bachelor's degree in biology and political science in 1990 from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.
While she was studying abroad during her last semester in Jerusalem, she met and fell in love with a graduate student, Tim Rittler, from St. Louis, who was also studying in Israel.
After they married in 1991, they returned to St. Louis, where Mrs. Rittler worked as an activities director for a local retirement home.
In 1994, they moved to Cockeysville when her husband, a cabinetmaker, established Sherwood Cabinet and Furniture Makers.
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"She had always wanted to teach special-ed kids, and after our kids were in school, she earned a master's degree in special education from Notre Dame College in 2010," Mr. Rittler said.
From 2010 to 2011, she was a special-education teacher at Yorkwood Elementary School in Northeast Baltimore, and since last year had been on the faculty of the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School in the 1600 block of Guilford Ave.
"Her two major interests in life were her family and school, which absorbed a tremendous amount of time," her husband said.
Mrs. Rittler enjoyed spending summers in Cape Cod.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium, where she was an active member.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rittler is survived by two sons, Emmet Rittler, a junior at Dulaney High School, and Henry Rittler, a student at Cockeysville Middle School; a daughter, Ellin Rittler, a recent graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts; and her mother, Mary C. Havey of New York City.