Lena Rissling of Red Deer, AB passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at the age of 89 years.
Lena was born in Revenue, SK to Bernard and Magdelana Schmidt the second oldest of ten children. She lived there until she was married in 1944 to John Rissling. They lived on a farm in Denzil, SK, later moving to Kerrobert, SK. She lived in Red Deer at Waskasoo Towers for twenty-three years until the time of her passing. While living at Waskasoo Towers, Lena enjoyed the company and many great friendships of other seniors and partook in various activities at the facility.
Lena is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jim and Sherry of Red Deer; three daughters, Lucille of Kelowna, BC, Millie and her husband Ken Schmelke and Kathy Baier all of Red Deer; five grandchildren, Gerry (Kirsten) Baier, Scott (Jennifer) Baier, Kevin Rissling, Sharla (Mike) Dietz, Heather (Trevor) Roth; three great- grandchildren, Emma and Adelle Dietz and Freya Craven (Baier). She is also survived by three sisters, Aggie (Fred) Guth, Lucy Ackerman of Unity, SK and Lizzie Reiter of Edmonton; as well as her brother Joe (Betty) Schmidt of Edmonton. Lena was predeceased by her loving husband John Rissling in 1969, grandson Graham Dodds in 1999 and four brothers.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (5508 48A Avenue) in Red Deer, AB on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Service to follow at Alto-Reste Memorial Gardens in Red Deer. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Palliative Care Center at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, Bag 5030, 3942 – 50A Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 6R2, Telephone: (403) 343-4832.
In living memory of Lena Rissling, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, AB, T2S 2L5 Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences