BRADLEY — Bradley Police Department Sergeant Marlene R. Rittmanic was killed in the line of duty Thursday (Dec. 30, 2021).
Marlene was born Oct. 6, 1972, the daughter of James and Mary Jane (Thompson) Rittmanic. Her mother preceded her in death. She met her wife, Lyn Stua, on May 31, 1999; and they were married June 11, 2011.
Marlene was a 21-year law enforcement veteran, having served as both an Iroquois County Deputy and then Bradley Police Officer as of Feb. 13, 2007; she was promoted to Sergeant on Sept. 2, 2014.
Surviving are her wife, Lyn Stua, of Kankakee; her father, James Rittmanic, of Naperville; sisters, Kimberly Organ, of San Marcos, Texas, Christina (Ty) O’Connor, of Woodlawn, Tenn., Kathleen (Rodney) Emme, of Bourbonnais, and Colleen Welch, of Plainfield, brother, James (Trish) Rittmanic, of Oswego, and sister, Jennifer (Jerry) Whitaker, of Kankakee; as well as several extremely loved, cherished and close nieces and nephews.
In addition to her mother, Mary Jane Rittmanic, she was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Jessen; brothers, Richard Rittmanic and Mark Rittmanic; and nephews, Richie Absher and Brett Mayhood.
As avid dog rescuers, Marlene and Lyn have loved Mickey, Valentine, Samantha, Boo, Sophia, Trigger and Abeline.
Marlene was a leader in community policing — Marlene believed in people and her ability to speak to the community with respect; meet them where they are in life; try to understand their true needs; and work together to find a solution that produced the least disruption in people’s lives. To her, the job was about making the community safe for everyone, she believed and said, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” She was awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2020.
Marlene is a published poet, she was an amateur photographer and film producer for many of her family’s events and also Bradley Police Department and community events.
Visitation for Marlene Rittmanic will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Olivet Nazarene University in the Hawkins Centennial Chapel. Line up for the first responders/military walk through will begin at 5 p.m., and the walk through will be at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Olivet Nazarene University in the Hawkins Centennial Chapel. A law enforcement procession will immediately follow. The public is encouraged to line the procession route to show support. Private interment will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to the Marlene Rittmanic Memorial Fund at Federated Bank in Bradley. Memorials will be accepted at the services and the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, which is assisting with arrangements. The family is not utilizing any online crowdfunding sources.
Please sign Marlene’s online guestbook at clancygernon.com.