Kathleen "Kitty" Rigler

17/03/1937 - 03/05/2020

Obituary for Kathleen "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

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Both Kitty and Bob were family to me. I am so thankful to have had the chance to be an honorary Rigler. Our visits at the lake, meet ups in Edmonton and Facebook chats from afar will always be special and cherished memories to me. I'll remember Kitty as a feisty, loving, generous, hilarious, strong and special woman. She will be missed greatly. With love, Jules
- Julie Manolescu
Phil Barber - We are thinking of your family. Kitty was such a friendly wonderful woman Comment posted 07/21/2020 10:49 PM
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Janet Tink - I just recently heard of Kitty's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to the family. She and Bob were such great neighbors. I will always remember her great humor and hearty laugh. Our Moms are our first loves and although life goes on, a part of our hearts go with them. Big hugs...Janet (Isberg) Tink Comment posted 06/12/2020 06:39 PM
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Greg Marcy - I had the double pleasure of: (1) Working with Kitty on the executive for many years and found her passion for Boyd Lakeshore issues to be exceptional as she worked on our behalf on so many glad she was on side! (2). Living next door I recall her stating "It. Must be HAPPY HOUR somewhere and Laurie and I would drop whatever we were doing and sit down with her and Bob and enjoy a Rye and Coke (often more than one in a great visit). We miss them dearly but are grateful for the Legacy they have left with us and Boyd Lakeshore. Comment posted 05/08/2020 01:33 PM
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Marie Kulicki - My deepest condolences to Kitty's family. She was a remarkable, professional & uplifting lady who I met through real estate whom I admired & always thought highly of. Comment posted 05/07/2020 07:28 PM
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Joanne Ingalls - I send my condolences to Darlene, Doug, and David, all the grandchildren and family. Kitty was a dear friend of mine for almost a lifetime, I respected that friendship very much. She took her final journey home to join Bob and her son Terry, and I can see that smile come across her face as they held her close in their arms. Rest now my dear friend. Comment posted 05/07/2020 12:34 AM
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Debra Bushaw - Kitty sold us our home in Grande Prairie when we moved back. She was so patient with us during that time in our lives. She was a friend of my Mom and Dad Bill & Joan Chalmers. My condolences. Comment posted 05/06/2020 08:53 PM
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