John J. LaRitz Ellwood City John J. LaRitz, 85, of Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Church of God, Franklin Township, with the Rev. Phil Conklin officiating. All are welcome to a luncheon being held immediately following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.