1922 ~ RESSLER ~ 2014

Posted: September 16th, 2014

Barbara Ressler of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late George Ressler, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Barbara leaves to cherish her memory her children, Wayne (Addie) Ressler of Airdrie and Rochelle (Bill) Duncan of Redcliff; six grandchildren, Denise (Russ) Smith, Alison (Darren) Jacques, Jessica (Brad) Gray, Dustin (Jeanine) Ressler, Kristopher Duncan and Mathew Duncan; seven great- grandchildren; and his sister, Betty Ressler of Brooks. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, George in 1974; and her son, Robert Francis in 1991. Barbara was born in the Mendham area on October 13th, 1922. In 1941, Barbara graduated teacher training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan — marking the beginning of a successful 40-year teaching career. Barbara\’s teaching career spanned several provinces including BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta, where she retired in 1982 from Margaret Wooding Elementary in Redcliff. Barbara met George while beginning her teaching career in Saskatchewan and the two later married in Vancouver in 1944. Barbara and George returned to Saskatchewan where George started a welding business and Barbara returned to teaching. There, they started a family with their two sons, before finally settling in Redcliff where their youngest daughter was born. Barbara was proud to call Redcliff home for over 30 years, where she lived until 2007. When not inspiring young children to learn and develop, Barbara kept busy traveling, gardening, bowling, spending time with her family, watching curling and her beloved Toronto Blue Jays, and challenging herself with her favourite daily crossword puzzle. Barbara will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a kind, patient and committed mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. Everywhere she went, Barbara was approached by former students with fond memories of being in \”Mrs. Ressler\’s\” Grade One Class. Her passion for educating young minds carried with her throughout her life. When Barbara retired from 40 years of teaching, she stated \”Ours is a world in which we select the path we wish to follow in life. Once that decision is made, do your best. In choosing a primary career I have been privileged to enjoy the many rewarding years involved in the training and development of those hundreds of little people in Grade One who were mine for one of the most important years of their lives.\” Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PATRICK\’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 238 – 2nd Avenue NE, on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly, celebrant. A Private Interment will take place at Redcliff Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Barbara Ressler. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, \”The Chapel in the Park\”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

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