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RIEGER, Frederick

July 17, 1928 – December 10, 2012

Fred Rieger, beloved husband of fifty-nine years to Irene, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the age of 84 years.

Fred raised his family for many years in Kelowna and moved to Calgary in 1974.

Besides his loving wife Irene, Fred is survived by three daughters, Karen (Bob), Debbie, and Gail (Alan); son Rick; eleven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Henry; and sisters, Mary and Anne, all of Kelowna. Fred was predeceased by his daughter Donna in 1993 and numerous brothers, sisters and loved ones.

A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #271, 339 – 50 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2B3, www.childrenswish.ca. Thank you to Cheri and Roxanna for all your support in caring for Dad. Thank you also to Dr. Greg Skinner.

In living memory of Fred Rieger, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Jayne & Don Stolz :

    To my beloved Aunt Irene & the entire Rieger family – we will all miss “Fast Freddy” so much. He was such a special person to us. He gave me away at our wedding in 1980, but I’ve been part of his extended family since long before that. As a little girl, I was a little afraid of him – he was all business. As I got older, fear turned to respect. He & my husband could (and did) spend hours sorting out the world’s problems – the two of them never ran out of things to talk about! Through it all though, even as a little girl, I loved him and both Don & I will miss him so much! We were all so lucky to have him in our lives. XO Jayne, Don & family xo

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  2. Shirley Tanemura :

    Dear Irene & family,
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Remembering the good times we had at the farm; Fred, Herb, George & Harry bowling, snow mobiling, ice fishing, flooding the Ellison Rink at 2 am, Rovers games are memories that all come flooding back to me. Fred, Ray, George & Harry are talking (arguing) about the current NHL situation. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
    Love to you all, shirley

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  3. Irene and family,
    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Our love to all of you.
    Jack and Gloria Johal & family

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  4. Jean Fortney and family :

    Dear Irene and family:
    I wanted to express our condolences to you and your family. I was thinking of all the good times that we had together and all the ball games we attended and the friendship that we shared.
    Love to you all, Jean

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  5. Deb & Doug Bardick :

    To Aunt Irene & family,
    Sincere condolences to all of you. It was a pleasure knowing Uncle Fred and I’m so glad we were able to visit more while you lived in Airdrie. You have all been in our thoughts as you go through this tough time.
    Hugs, Deb & Doug

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  6. Ann-Marie Reimer(Heemskerk) :

    Growing up in Ellison, one of the first and favourite families that come to mind are the Riegers. We have so many special, heart warming memories with their family. So sad when they moved away to Calgary. Fred used to always kid with me, making me laugh whether it was playing pool, cards, skating, catering days, watching baseball, swimming in their pool or just hanging out at their house and then visiting them in Calgary. On behalf of my parents as well I would like pass on our thoughts and prayers in the passing of your husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa. Ann-Marie(Heemskerk) and Dan Reimer and Leo and Rita Heemskerk

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  7. Don and Ina Kroschinsky :

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. I always enjoyed his company and conversation. I am sure he will be greatly missed by the family. Take care.

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  8. Dave & Marti Gramlich :

    Irene and Family,

    Fond memories of times shared, always enjoyed Fred’s company. Our thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

    Warm Hugs
    Dave & Marti Gramlich

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  9. Cathy & Dennis Gramlich :

    Dear Aunt Irene, Cousins Karen, Debbie, Gail, Rick & Families;

    Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you on the passing of Uncle Fred. He was a special man & we will always remember him with great fondness & the special times we’ve shared.

    Sending Hugs & Much Love,
    Cathy & Dennis Gramlich & Families

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  10. Irene and Family,

    At this time of loss, may you find comfort in warm memories and in knowing others sympathize and care.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Tosh Suzuki and Family.

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  11. Morley & Marlene Farough :

    Irene and family,

    We are sorry to hear of Fred’s passing, very proud to have had Fred as a co-worker and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. We are very sorry we are unable to attend the services on Friday.

    Morley & Marlene Farough

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  12. Bruce and Myrna Rieger :

    The thoughts and prayers of the Adam Rieger family are with you all in the loss of Uncle Fred. The memories of growing up together bring smiles to our faces.

    All our love,

    Ken, Tim, Terry, Bruce, Connie and Russell.

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  13. Aunt Irene and cousins
    Our loss is Heavens gain. Uncle Fred has some pretty good company up there and we have some wonderful memories down here.
    Know that all of you are in my prayers.
    Russell

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  14. Dear Irene
    We are all so sorry to hear that Fred has passed away. He will suffer no more.
    Our best to you.
    If you are ever in Airdrie please stop in at the over 50 for crib on Friday or church on Sunday.
    Miss you
    Take care
    Darlene,Margret,Marilyn and Alma

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  15. Aunty Irene and Cousins,
    I am saddened by your loss and offer my sincere condolences. I have fond childhood memories of Uncle Fred and your family. At this time of year it is ironic that I particularly remember a Rieger family Christmas party at your house in Ellison when I still believed in Santa.
    Love,
    Tim

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  16. Darlene Schiebelbein :

    Dear Aunt Irene & all my cousins,
    Uncle Fred will always be with us. My favorite memory is when we visiting Calgary, Strathmore and on the orchard in BC. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and I know Pete & Mary are showing him around as well as your precious Donna. We will be thinking of you all on Friday.
    Love, Darlene & Debbie

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  17. Ron and Linda Schiebelbein :

    Our condolences at this sad time. Thinking of you Aunt Irene and family. Sincerely Ron and Linda

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