August A. Ritterbeck

Specializes in Religious Art

The Scranton Times

Sunday, August 17, 1940

August Ritterbeck, 505 Birch Street, has for more than a score of years been been using his artistic talents in the pursuit of his chosen profession, the painting of religious scenes and statues.

He has been engaged throughout New York and New Jersey, working in churches and studios, and in many edifices of the Scranton Roman Catholic Diocese.

Recognized for his talents throughout the east, his modesty has kept him from the public eye in Scranton.  Now he is engaged at St. Paul's Church, Green Ridge, where he is repainting the statuary work.

He has been affiliated with the studios of Hermann Schmidt, New York and New Jersey, as general superintendant, and just recently completed the decorating of St. John's Cathedral at Patterson, N.J., which required five months labor.  Statues, pictures, the interior and the exterior were decorated.

Just recently, he completed a number of statues for St. Anthony's and St. Rocco's churches, Dunmore.

Among other churches where he has worked are:  St. Mary Magdalene, Honesdale; St. Michael's, Jessup;  St. Agnes, Forest City;  St. Stanislaus, St. John the Baptist and Sacred Heart, Scranton;  Immaculate Conception, Taylor;  Holy Trinity, Swoyersville;  St. Nicholas, St. Theresa, Holy Rosary and St. Boniface, Wilkes Barre;  Holy Rosary and Holy Trinity, Hazleton;  St. Patrick's, White Haven;  Mater del a Rosa, Williamsport;  and Immaculate Conception, Bastress, Sacred Heart, Weston  and St. Joseph's Nurenburg, in addition to the many in New York and New Jersey.

He is the father of three children, two daughters and a son, the latter already taking up the work of his father, although just finishing grammar school.