Rita Katherine Steblin
Celebration of Life to be held on October 6, 2019 at 2:00pm in her home church of Richmond Baptist Church 6640 Blundell Rd, Richmond
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Rita Steblin, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 68.
Rita Katherine Steblin was born April 22, 1951, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada to Sergej and Renata Steblin; the oldest of six children, Rita had a special relationship with her father, who inspired her to pursue what would become her passion – music. In addition, Rita excelled scholastically all throughout elementary and secondary school, even skipping second grade. Continuing in her lifelong pursuit of excellence, she graduated as valedictorian of Richmond High School, class of ’68, to pursue her career in music thereafter.
She was a talented musicologist, specializing in archival work combining music history, iconography and genealogical research. After obtaining degrees in Vancouver, Toronto and Urbana, Illinois, and studying at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Rita worked in Canada (mainly in Vancouver) and since 1991 in Vienna first at the Internationales Franz-Schubert-Institut (de) and then as an independent researcher on Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and social life in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century in Austria (including Hungary and Bohemia).
Her numerous academic contributions and discoveries will impact the musical community for generations to come; we, her family, will remember her passion, her will and her loving kindness. As an adult she was beloved by her many nieces and nephews, and that tradition continues with her great nieces and nephews. Whenever she was visiting, all the kids would look forward to piano lessons, wild adventures around the city and the candy and bubble gum that was sure to be found in her pockets.
Rita will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Renata, and siblings, Victor (Teresa), Elvira (Roger), Peter (Lynda), Denis (Laura) and Gordon (Ingrid), as well as her many nieces and nephews and numerous other family members and friends.
Rita was predeceased by her father, Sergej Myron Steblin.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00pm in her home church of Richmond Baptist Church (6640 Blundell Rd, Richmond).