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Diebolt Rita

DIEBOLT, Rita Leonie

September 13, 1930 — October 18, 2017

Rita Leonie Diebolt (nee Petersen) of Kelowna, BC went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2017. She was born September 13, 1930 in Edmonton, Alberta and was the third of eight children of Walter and Renee Petersen. Rita and Ray married in 1952 and raised their 4 children in Edmonton, relocating to Westbank in 1976 where they owned a jewelry store for several years. Mom was devoted to her husband, children, family and her Catholic faith. Upon retiring she pursued her artistic passions and was an accomplished artist. Rita is lovingly survived by her daughter Joan White (Murray) of Kelowna, BC and sons Ron (Wanda) of Castlegar, BC and Greg (Juanita) of High River, AB. Also survived by grandchildren Lindsey, Aaron, Amanda, Sharalynn, Corlene, Dana, Amy, Alaina and Mark, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; by sister Lillian Baxter of Edmonton, AB and brother Christian Petersen of Onoway, AB. Rita was predeceased by her loving husband Ray in 1998 and her daughter Paula in 2014, as well as by sisters Therese Cor, Claire Pashak, Marie Kendal, Denise Mortensen and by her brother George Petersen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gayle Klammer for her compassionate care, as well as the staff at Brandt’s Creek Mews.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC, with Father Ron Dechant officiating. Interment of ashes to follow at a later date. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society Canada.

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Service: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church

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The service for DIEBOLT, Rita Leonie is scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church

1077 Fuller Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • We will miss our Grandmother, but how beautiful is the thought of her being held in the arms of her Heavenly Father. She was a beautiful person and we appreciate every moment we got to spend with her
    The Abild Family

    Condolence sent by: Sharalynn Abild on October 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  • As we reflect on Grandmas life we remember the times of her holding new Great Grandbabies and sharing special moments with them singing old tunes, coloring or playing little games. We are grateful for our time with her and rejoice in the thought of her being held by her Heavenly Father.

    Condolence sent by: Sharalynn Abild on October 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss Ron, Joan, Greg and families. Thinking of you.
    Love, Karen and Al

    Condolence sent by: Karen Petersen Fulkerth on October 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm

  • Many happy memories of aunts rita and family times. RIP aunts

    Condolence sent by: John kendal on October 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

  • I want to express our deepest sadness to the Kendall’s who I remember from Kimberley days.

    Condolence sent by: Mary White on October 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

  • Greg, Juanita and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of your mother: one of life’s major losses.
    Harry & Jeanne Harker

    Condolence sent by: Harry & Jeanne Harker on October 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

  • So sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Our thoughts are with the family during this time.
    The Young Family

    Condolence sent by: John Young on October 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm

  • Our deepest condolences to great aunt Rita’s family and friends.

    Condolence sent by: Stephanie Kendal on October 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  • My deepest sympathies to your families on the loss of such a lovely, lively lady. May happy memories will help fill the emptiness in your hearts.

    Condolence sent by: Deanna Beattie on November 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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