March 28, 1933 to June 25, 2011
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Iris Ritco (nee Cleland) on June 25th, 2011 in Regina Saskatchewan following a battle with lung cancer. Iris was born on March 28, 1933 in Elma Township. She was predeceased by parents Robert (Bert) and Welda Cleland, brother Douglas Cleland (1988) and sister-in-law Vera (Parsons) (1974). Also predeceased by, husband Phil Ritco and friend Ken Kaltenbruner in Regina. Iris will be held in the hearts of nephew Alan Cleland (Cheryl) of R.R. #4 Listowel, nieces Ann Hurst (Jeff) of R.R. #3 Teeswater and Arlene Mitchell (Paul) of R.R. #4 Breslau, 4 great nephews, 4 great nieces and 1 great great nephew. Also greatly missed by sister-in-law, Annie Cleland of Listowel and her extended family as well as sister-in-law Myrtle Davidson plus several brother-in-laws in the Regina area. Iris married after business school in Toronto and moved to Saskatchewan where she spent her entire life. She had a smile that would light up a room and was a very loyal and devoted long time member of both the United Commercial Travellers (UCT) and Order of The Royal Purple. She was a proud breeder of German Sheppard dogs and loved her cats Toby and Ernie. Iris was an avid bowler and spent many countless hours volunteering at the local theatre and palliative care unit at the city hospital. After many years of employment with Paralegals in Regina she enjoyed retirement entertaining her many friends, doing the latest crafts, playing bingo and the organ, photography, traveling and updating the family tree. Family and friends in Ontario will miss her wonderful visits. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral service was held at the Lee Funeral Home in Regina Saskatchewan on June 30th, 2011. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 10th 2011 at 11 am at the Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. Interment in the Cleland Family Plot. Burial arrangements have been entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood.