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Douglass Ritzenthaler

Douglass Alan Ritzenthaler, age 32 of Westchester, formerly of Berwyn. Loving son of Alan C. and Elizabeth A. (nee Karalius), cherished grandson of Margot Karalius, Larry Ritzenthaler, Alice Ritzenthaler and the late Joseph Karalius, fond nephew and cousin to many. Funeral Monday, February 6, 10:30am at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

Doug Ritzenthaler was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Joseph High School and Proviso West High School. As an avid movie lover he decided to try out working as a background actor to get to see how the magic was made. His first job was on Nightmare on Elm Street which led him to the love for film-making. He then in 2009 searched for a film school he could attend and found The Nashville Film Institute for an extensive 9 month film training program. While attending The NFI he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get to assist the Associate Producer on the film “Redemption Road”. He also was able to get to PA for the Nashville and Chicago casting calls for NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant. After graduating The NFI he moved back up to Chicago. Then in 2010 Steven Soderbergh came to Chicago to film “Contagion” and Doug decided to go to that casting call and try and see if the Background Casting Director would need help on this HUGE production. Luck was on his side and Rich King of Rich King Casting in Los Angeles hired him on the spot. After 3 months of shooting in Chicago, they resumed production after the holiday break and Doug moved to LA in Jan 2011. He worked for Rich King Casting as an Associate Background Casting Director for numerous projects in television and film.


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Al & Lizzy, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Russ Vondra Family

Russ Vondra Feb 6 2017 9:29 PM

Dear Alan and Liz, To two of the most kind and generous people, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and Douglass. The Moravek Family

Brian Moravek and family Feb 4 2017 10:18 PM

Our deepest sympathies to all family and friends of Douglas. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. Sincerely, Ken and Peggy Stopple and family.

Peggy and Ken Feb 4 2017 6:18 PM

Dear Alan My heart goes out to you and your family and know you are never alone. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Paula Buttel Feb 4 2017 1:59 PM

Dear Liz, My heart is breaking for you. I cant imagine the pain youre experiencing, but know you did all you could. Youre an awesome mother. Doug is now with our Lord enjoying everlasting life. He was a good son and he will be watching over you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rena Feb 3 2017 2:58 PM

To the Ritzenthaler family, please accept my condolences for the loss of your precious Douglas. I truly believe he has found the peace he searched for for such a long time. My parents; Nancy ( Rozmarin ) and Tom Farrell also send their love and sorrow over your loss.

SUSAN FARRELL Feb 3 2017 8:28 AM

Liz and Alan, May God give you strength, comfort, and peace. May Dougs eternal soul rest in peace. Love always, Dena and Jason Sternquist

Dena Sternquist Feb 2 2017 4:56 PM

Dear Ritzenthaler Family, Our hearts ache for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May God hold you close and may Doug rest in peace.

Viola, Ralph, Matthew, Lidia, Iggy, Johnny and Mimi Bielobradek Feb 2 2017 4:53 PM

I am so sorry for your loss, and prayer for peace for you and your family.

Mike Moklak Feb 2 2017 12:03 PM

Ill always remember the way you hugged with your whole heart your kind and generous soul your smile and loving ways. I hope and pray that youre at peace and that our souls meet again someday. God Bless you, Doug.

Pam Shubinski Feb 2 2017 11:50 AM