October 9, 1927 — July 24, 2022
At age 94, Theresia Ritz went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2022. Theresia was born in Karawukovo, Yugoslavia, and immigrated to Germany with her parents. Then, they all immigrated to Canada, along with Theresia’s love, Frank. Once in Canada, Theresia married Frank, and so her wonderful path in life began.
Settling in Winnipeg, Theresia acquired a position in a large textile factory as Master Seamstress and Design Cutter. Due to her expertise and talents, she was bestowed with a manager position at the factory.
Then, a new bundle of joy arrived, her daughter Rosemarie. She loved life, and she was happy.
In 1958, Theresia and Frank travelled to the Okanagan; they fell in love with the landscape and weather. Frank and Theresia decided Kelowna, BC, was their “forever place to live”. Frank, Theresia, her parents, and their little girl moved. They bought an orchard and careers changed. It was a hard life, but all the love brought joy. Shortly after the move to Kelowna, she received a second joy, her son Frank Jr.
Through thick and thin, Theresia never gave up – on anything. Her strong belief in God gave her the strengths she possessed. Theresia was loving, honest, kind and loved her family to all limits.
Theresia goes to join her husband, Frank Ritz; her sister Katherine Sokol; and her brother-in-law William Sokol. She leaves behind her children Rosemarie Ritz and Frank Ritz Jr. (Angela), and her grandchildren Katherine (Filip), Frank Jr. (Natsuko), and Adam. We will miss her terribly. Love never fades.
May she rest in light and peace. God loved her so. May you rest in peace, Mom.
The prayer service for Theresia is scheduled for TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2022, at 6:00 PM at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME (2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2022, at 10:00 AM, at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC), with Father Cerlouie presiding.
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