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Janice Ridge, 85, passed peacefully in Jesus’ loving arms, with her loving husband by her side, on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Janice Ann Porter was born August 8, 1936, along with her twin sister, Joan Marie in Louisville, KY, to Mary (Mattingly) and John Porter, the fourth born of ten children.  She grew up in Louisville, KY, where at sixteen she met Jimmy Ridge.  Jimmy asked her mother if he could marry her, so they went across the river and eloped.  When they told her mother they got married, she said, “I didn’t mean now” (lol).  As of today, they have been married 68 years.  Of this union they had four children, Jim Jr., Brenda, Ellen “Mickey” and Joe.  Janice was a devoted Catholic, who passed a lot of traditional treasure to her children (thank you, mommy).  Janice and her family moved to Oakland, CA in 1960, where she raised her family.  After the children were grown, Janice and her husband moved to Roseville, CA in 1979, where he retired.  In 1995 they moved to New Rockford, ND, so Janice could be near her twin sister, Joan. 

Janice is survived by her husband James Ridge Sr.; daughters Brenda Ridge-Valdivia (Jerry Valdivia), Ellen “Mickey” Ridge (Ricky Simmons) all of New Rockford; 9 grandchildren: Echo Sewell (Daniel), New Rockford, Amber Palmer-Nelson (Jeff), Sabin, MN, Elizabeth Albrecht, Carrington, ND, Sara Scott, Citrus Heights, CA, Deseray Scott, Fargo, ND, Sarah Ridge, Sacramento, CA, Timothy Scott (Melondy), Fargo, ND, Jessica Romo (Francisco), Roseville, CA, Gill Hechler, Yuba, CA; 34 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Stephen Porter, Longview, WA and Terry Porter, Hollywood, FL; sisters Geneva Goehl, Morriston, FL and Theresa Fikaris, Ocala, FL, along with many nieces and nephews, she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons James Ridge Jr. and Joseph Ridge; great-grandson Dion Tillman; brothers Richard, Charles, James, John and Edward Porter; sisters Mary Jecker, Joan Brocker and Carolyn Baressi.

Her Visitation will be Friday, from 5:30PM-6:30PM followed by a Rosary Service at 6:30PM and Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Her Mass of Christian Burial Service will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 10:30AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Her Burial will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.

Posted Condolences:


  1. We will miss having her at the LHGS. We will also miss Jim and the family. God Bless her memory 🙏

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss, I know she meant the world to you. I love your family. Take care and if you need a hug, I’m here. 💕🙏

  3. Mommy remember our word.

  4. Our sympathy and prayers for you all during this sad time. She always had a smile when her family was visiting her at LHGS and she sure loved her Jimmy.

  5. Grandma I love you dearly, you cared for me when I needed it most and taught me many great things that I now pass down to my children. I will always remember the sound of your voice, the love in your songs and the warmth of your smile.

  6. Echo. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your grandma. She was so special and I know you miss her terribly. My sympathy to your grandpa and you. May all your memories get you thru the hard times. Love you my friend. Linda’s


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