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November 22, 1941 - January 13, 2023

Burial Date February 6, 2023

Interment will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery on Monday, February 6, 2023, beginning at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to her family (checks payable to Susan Ritums), c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at

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Passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Vivian was born in Galeni, Latvia, on November 22, 1941, the daughter of the late Antons & Bronislava (Uganis) Indans. On November 16, 1963, she married Juris “Jerry” Ritums who preceded her in death on July 18, 1993. Surviving is her son, Martin J. Ritums and her daughter Susan Ritums; granddaughter, Tori Ritums; two sisters, Loni Bogdans and Lucy Salzemnieks; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Vivian was kind, gentle and loving; her family was at the center of all she lived for. She had a heart of gold and was a mother to everyone she knew. She had a passion for flowers, gardening and being outdoors. For thirty years she was employed at Wenke Greenhouse. Though she was tiny in size, her personality was larger than life. Vivian’s smile and laughter will be missed by all who loved her. In accordance with her wish cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.