We Remember

REKTOR, Theresa Ruth (née McDonnell)

July 28, 1939 — February 21, 2024

Born July 28, 1939, Kitchener, Ontario

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our mother, Theresa Rektor on February 21, 2024. While her passing leaves us without her daily presence, her spirit and love remain with each of us. She is beside us always.

Theresa passed away peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour. She believed that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6)

In 1959, Theresa married the love of her life, Ed Rektor. She is now reunited with her beloved husband. She was also predeceased by her parents, James and Mary McDonnell (née Heathwood), and siblings, Jim, George (Geordie), Samuel (Sammy), John, Pat, and Mary.

Both Theresa and Ed grew up in large and loving families. Together they shared a dream of creating their own large family. Their wish came true; they have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Theresa leaves behind her daughter Laurie Rektor (Gord Aitken) and grandchildren Emma Rektor and Hannah Rektor; her son Chris Rektor (Sue) and grandchildren Naomi Novak, James Rektor and Victoria Mollerup; her son Joseph Rektor (Tanya Gall) and grandchildren Janelle Vandermeer and Melissa Rektor with Anita Rektor; her daughter Min Knight (Rob) and grandchildren Sarah Knight, Jennifer Knight and Stephanie Knight; and her son Matthew Rektor (Vanessa) and grandchildren Emily Rektor and Kathryn Rektor. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren, Hunter, Flora, Riley, Cameron, Clara, Fallon, and Alaya.

Theresa is survived by many family members and relatives from the McDonnell and Rektor families, and by circles of close friends.

Family and family gatherings have been one pivotal theme throughout Theresa’s adult life; exemplified by the many, many large gatherings held with extended family members and friends, as well as invitations extended to brand-new acquaintances to join the family in her home for holiday meals, tea parties, and special occasions. Her house has been filled beyond capacity with people more times than could be written.

Theresa enjoyed time spent with ladies and friends from church and bible studies, sharing friendship and laughter over lunches, coffees, and countless orders of french fries.

In her later years, Theresa, always a skilled craftsperson, took up quilting. It was a joy that she shared with her special group of quilting ladies, the Pro-Craftinators.

Quilts are the perfect symbol for how Theresa lived her life. Family was at the centre of everything she did. She focused on each member and ensured that they felt embraced and loved for who they are. For every quilt that she created, each piece of fabric was selected, cut, and stitched together with love and generosity. Through quilting, she found a way to ensure that her family will continue to be enveloped and warmed by her love.

The exceptional skilled help, compassion, and abundant love our family received from all of you at the Village at Smith Creek and Central Okanagan Hospice House cannot be overstated. You are impacting and blessing people at a colossal level. With very much appreciation and gratitude, we thank you!

Theresa also received excellent care and support from the staff at Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna Homecare Solutions, and the Rehabilitation Centre, for which the family is grateful.

Theresa’s life will be celebrated on SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024, at 2:00 PM, at LAKEVIEW HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH (2630 Alhambra Drive, West Kelowna) and will be followed by a reception. All are welcome. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to a charity of your choosing. Consider gathering your special people together for a special meal and time of creating your own memories as we remember Theresa.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024, at 2:00 PM (PST)


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