We Remember


January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

With hearts filled with sadness and love the family of Reta Kaskiw announce her passing after a courageous and strong battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Reta Kaskiw – loving wife, sister, Mom, Grammy, and friend.

Mourning her passing is her husband Edward and his children – Wanda (Roy), Wayne, Jamie (Lori); her daughter Carol (John), her son Trent, and her grandchildren Connor, Hanna, Rachel, Emma and Jake. Her parents and her son-in-law Rick preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory her brothers, Grant, Donald, Lloyd and their families, nieces, nephews, many relatives and close friends. Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on January 23, 1945. Her family moved to Quesnel in 1955 where she finished school and she started working as a clerk in Stedmans, later becoming a cashier for Overwaitea Foods. Quesnel was the beginning of her famiy with the birth of her daughter Carol. Life then took her to Kelowna where her son Trent was born. She met and married her “Teddy Bear” Ed in 1994. Not long after being a restaurant employee at Kmart she soon took over the role of manager and was serving “Big K” muffins at home and work over the next 20 years until Kmart was purchased by Zellers where she continued her food industry service until her retirement. In work and retirement she continued to cook and serve wonderful meals for family and friends. She shared her kitchen with very few, but she always had room for Connor. A visit to Grammy’s was not complete until a salad was made or a batch of cookies in the oven. Reta enjoyed sewing and crafting. She lovingly made table cloths, pillows, decorations, doll clothes and bedding for her grandchildren and friends. If you needed a pair of pants shortened, Reta was the one to call. Her attention to detail was evident in everything she made. Reta loved to dance, taking ballroom dance classes, attending many old time fiddle dances (she served the Ladies Auxiliary Vernon Branch for many years). She enjoyed Germany, Costa Rica, and camping trips to Omak for the Stampede. Spending time with family at the lake in Prince George around a campfire gave her many wonderful memories. When traveling Reta and Ed would arrive with meals prepared, cakes and squares and you were sure to receive your favourite cookies. Summer was often a busy time with work and travel but there was always time for canning fresh fruit, pickles, and jams. Reta would often try new recipes. Christmas and Easter saw feasts with room left at the table for one more guest. She was always ready to help out wherever needed. Her influence will always be treasured and will be carried on in those whose lives she touched. We also wish to recognize and thank Dr. Hignell and the May Bennett Wellness Centre staff. Keeping with her request, there will be no memorial service. A private family interment will be held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Separations come to us all. But between those who believe, even the most final good-bye becomes merely, “See you later…on that beautiful shore.” For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”




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