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RITZ, Theresia

RITZ, Theresia

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.

Condolences, photos, and memories may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (or click the direct link with her name in it, just below).


Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/ritz-theresia
Condolence Messages
  • Sep 19, 2022
    Condolences to your family. Thinking of you. Darcy and Rick L. - Darcy Letendre
  • Aug 09, 2022
    Frank, Angie and Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    Linda and Everley Lutz
  • Aug 06, 2022
    Sincere and heartfelt condolences Frank, Angela and to the family.
    Gundie and Ken Volk
  • Aug 06, 2022
    We are truly sorry to hear of Theresa's passing. We remember the Ritz family fondly, their great wedding, in Winnipeg and their courage to move to Kelowna. The Ritz family lived their Catholic life by the book and became an example to many, I.E. Something to aim for. To you the Ritz children and grand children we say: "What a legacy to follow" ! If God has a place for us humans in Heaven, there is no doubt that this is were Theresa, Franz'l and all the Ritz's are now residing, the place they truly deserve.
    In tiefer Trauer und mit Anteilnahme, Dieter & Gisela Howald
  • Aug 04, 2022
    Frank, Angie & family. So sorry for your loss our hearts go out to you. Cherish your memories.
    Dave & Kathy Bullach
  • Aug 02, 2022
    Frank, Angela and Family, my sincere condolences for your loss. It is never easy losing a parent, no matter what age!
    Brian Pekrul
  • Aug 01, 2022
    Dearest Rosemary so sorry to hear of Theresia’s passing. My mom and dad, Olga and Heinz Hafke dearly enjoyed hers and Franks company. Sincerely Christine and Garry Meadows
  • Aug 01, 2022
    Frank and family: I am sending sincere condolences on the loss of your mother whom I, unfortunately, never had the pleasure of meeting. We are sorry for your loss. May happy memories sustain you in the days ahead. We will always think of the home on McCulloch Road as the Ritz home. The Nicholas family.
  • Jul 31, 2022
    I'm so so sorry to hear of your mom's passing RoseMaxrie. I knew the family from you and Dixie being friends at school. June Sanbrooks
  • Jul 30, 2022
    Rosemarie,
    Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you
    Rob and Vera Bauer
  • Jul 29, 2022
    Frank, our condolences to you and your family on the passing your mom. May she R.I.P.
    Frank and Sandy Lenarcic
  • Jul 28, 2022
    Frank, Angie & family
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. Such a sweet and kind soul she was. I looked forward to the trips she and her sister made to the office to pay their water bills, quite a pair those two, always smiling and laughing. It was always a pleasure to see them together.
    Sending a great big hug to all of you.
    Sincerely, Jo-Ann (SEKID)
  • Jul 28, 2022
    So sorry to hear or your mom & Grandma passing. She will always be a special memory for you. She was a great neighbour. She worked hard with her family in her home. & the orchard. Sending love your way.
    Liz Borrett
  • Jul 28, 2022
    So sorry for your loss.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Gunter and Terry Jaschinsky
  • Jul 28, 2022
    Mrs Ritz will always a special place in our hearts . She was such a genuine nice person and was so respectful
    she will be missed
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and LIna Rampone
  • Jul 28, 2022
    Frank, Angela, Rosemarie & families, we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I remember her beautiful smile and friendly manner. Sending huge hugs and love, Judy & Ken Miletto
  • Jul 28, 2022
    Rosemarie I am so sad to see your Mom has passed. I remember you and your Mom and her sister and husbands from the kiosk. They were all such special people. Your Mom will forever be in my heart. I have thought of you all so often. My sincere sympathies to you and your family. Cathy Codd
  • Jul 28, 2022
    Rose, Frank and family - i was so saddened to read this - you know your mom (and dad!) were some of my favorite people. Sending you love and light at this difficult time - watch for those monarchs flying around you -you will be watched and surrrounded always by her love. Heike Mackriss (Johnston Meier Insurance)
  • Jul 27, 2022
    Sorry to read of your mother’s passing Rose Marie.Cherish the happy memories. Jim Oakes
  • Jul 27, 2022
    Rose and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved coming to help your mom out. We always had a blast. She had a great sense of humor. RIP Theresia.
    Angela from Interior Health
  • Jul 27, 2022
    Sending my deepest condolences, Rose, Katherine and family. I feel I knew her from Katherine's fond memories. Love and hugs, Linda Cichon
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