Kathleen "Kitty" Rigler
17/03/1937 - 03/05/2020
Obituary for Kathleen "Kitty" Rigler
UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION FOR KITTY RIGLER
March 17, 1937 – May 3, 2020
Kathleen Patricia ‘Kitty’ Rigler nee Gorman longtime resident of Grande Prairie, Alberta passed away at the QE II Hospital in Grande Prairie on Sunday May 3rd, 2020 at the age of 83 years.
Kitty was born in Sexsmith, Alberta on March 17, 1937, the third child of 5 born to Helen and Tom Gorman. She met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Rigler in 1953. They were wed June 13, 1956. They welcomed their first son, Terry in 1957 (deceased 1964), then came Darlene in 1960, Doug in 1961 and David in 1967.
There are many stories that can be told about and by Kitty. She was a master storyteller, remembering details going back to her youth. She often told the story that the Nuns often said that ‘She had the looks of an angel and the disposition of the Devil incarnate’. There are also many stories about Kitty who was the President and CEO of the ‘ Rigler’s Work and Recreation Camp at Sturgeon Lake’ Many friends of Darlene, Doug and Dave (Dammit, Darn it and Don’t) would come to the cabin for what they thought would be a fun time only to be put to work before any fun could start.
Kitty was one of the first female commercial realtors in the Peace country. The moment someone said “this is not a place for a woman” Kitty was first in line. She was a natural salesman in a man’s world, whether it was real estate deals or petitioning her MLA. She was able to travel to Europe and Hawaii with her Real Estate but also with Bob for Sr Hockey and then later for pleasure.
Kitty was an active member of the Kinette Club that supported her local community.
She leaves behind her children Darlene, Doug (Lynne) and Dave (Nancy-Marie), grandchildren Jamie (Jason), Ryan (Cassie), Stephanie (Dylan), Scott, Noelle (Kyle), Sean (Chelsea), Jordan (Wes), Caitlyn, Hayden, numerous great grandchildren and her brother Terry (Yvonne) and Jimmy (Wendy). She also be missed by the rest of her extended family and numerous friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Bob, her son Terry, parents Tom and Helen Gorman, sister Mary and brother Pat.
A celebration of Kitty’s life will be held on Friday, July 24th at 2pm at Forbes Presbyterian Church, 9635 76 Avenue, Grande Prairie. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the service will be by invitation only. Live streaming will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home Facebook Page.
In Mom’s honour please make donations to your favourite charity.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com
9635 76 Ave
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5B3
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