Reta passed away at McKenzie Towne Continuing Care on April 9, 2020 at the age of 88. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 70 years, Art; son Robert; daughter Peggy Ann; son David (Cheyenne); son Mark (Bridget); daughter Judy (Perry). She will also be dearly missed by her 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her great grandchild Dylan.
Reta (Wagler) was born in Wellesley, Ontario. She loved going to school and was an excellent student. In 1949 she married Arthur Litwiller, and while living in Ontario, they had 4 children. Then in 1962 they moved their family to Calgary Alberta, where they had their 5th child. The majority of Reta’s working career was as a receptionist for the Biswanger Health Clinic, a job she loved.
After retirement Reta and Art spent many years as vendors at Millarville and other markets, selling their train whistles and wood puzzles. They met lifelong friends in the Parkdale Promenaders square dance club. These friends became an important part of their lives, sharing square dancing, camping, monthly card nights, and hosting parties to celebrate Halloween and other occasions.
Reta loved painting and joined various art classes including the Parkdale Art club. She became an accomplished artist, and her paintings are displayed in many homes across Canada. Her passion for painting continued for her entire life. She had 3 paintings in progress and her room was like an art gallery.
Reta was incredibly important to her family and friends; she had an abundance of love for everyone and we are blessed to have had her in our lives. She was always a lady but still had a heart for humor and fun, and always had time to “Enjoy the Moment”. Ever the optimist, often saying, “Everything will be just fine”, she made people feel good about themselves and life in general.
Thank you to all the staff at McKenzie Towne Continuing Care for taking care of this special lady for 9-1/2 years, especially during this recent pandemic. Knowing she was loved and cared for during her last days is comforting to the family.
There will be a celebration of life when circumstances permit and an invitation will be sent to all friends and family.
Mrs. Litwiller (to me) was a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. Her gentle voice and calm nature is my memory of her. I grew up with Judy and met her Mom some 45 + years ago. She was like a Mom to me. She always made me feel loved and safe. Some of my wonderful memories of her are .....the delicious cake she made with brown sugar icing topping, Welch’s grape juice always in the fridge, camping in the trailer, visits to the cabin and singing around the campfire with my Mom and a glass of wine in hand. And God bless her she bought Judy & I our 1st bottle of Pink Baby Duck.
So many memories of a funny, wonderful, loving, gentle and kind person. Love and Blessings.
I met my Aunt Reta and the rest of the family when my family drove from Ontario to Calgary when I was 5 years old. That trip was one of my earliest memories and filled with meeting cousins and an Aunt & Uncle who weren’t at our usual family gatherings back in Ontario.
Aunt Reta was such a beautiful soul. Her calm and melodic voice had a way of making everything okay. I loved listening to her talk. I will always remember her sweet smile, kindness, and the peace that surrounded her. She will be missed by anyone who knew her.
To my cousins and my Uncle Art—you are in our prayers. Although we are far away you are always near in our hearts.