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Reta Lorena Thornton


Obituary of Reta Lorena Thornton

Reta Lorena (nee Schaubel) Thornton
June 3, 1930 – July 21, 2020

Mom left us on July 21, 2020, to be reunited with her parents and siblings. As everything Mom did, she did it her way. Mom passed quickly and peacefully at Greater Niagara General Hospital, after being admitted Friday night. We recently celebrated her 90th birthday on June 3, not as planned, but with a 17 car drive by at Ridgeway Lions Seniors Complex, where she lived.

Even on her last day the nurses described Mom as a “feisty little thing”. Mom had an incredible sense of humour. She was fiercely independent. In Mom’s words, she was “in her glory” when she was with her family and friends.

Predeceased by her husband, Robert Charles “Charlie” Thornton, her parents Edward and Clara Schaubel, and her brother and sisters and their spouses; Reg, Howard (Margaret), Roy (Helen), Elsie (Russ) Lee, Harold (Muriel), Lloyd (Kay), and Clarence (Theoda). Mom was also predeceased by two siblings in infancy, Crosby (born before Mom) and Ruth (born after Mom). Her dad Edward always said, Mom survived because she was too darn stubborn to die, and he was right!

Much loved mother of Alan Thornton, Bev Allison, Shelley Coulombe and special mother to Lynn (Howie) Climenhaga. She loved her daughter and sons in law, Linda Thornton, Bob Allison and Bob Coulombe.

Mom’s shining stars in her life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandchildren; Christal (Michael) Stevens, Tiffany Barkshire (Scott Avery), Tammy (Ron) Horton, Tracey Noelle Allison, Robyn (Jim) Shiesley, Dan (Sasha) Leveille, Andrew Coulombe (Stacy Scandrett) and Nicholas Coulombe. Great Grandchildren; Nathan Reichel, Isabel Barkshire, Lyndsay Horton, Michael Barkshire, Clayton Stevens, Ashley Horton, Owen Stevens, Donovan Kehoe, Cora and Cilla Kehoe, Harper Leveille, Marlee Lorena Shiesley and Ella Leveille. Each grandchild and great grandchild had a special place in Mom’s heart. She is also survived and lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Our thanks to Mom’s many friends at Ridgeway Lions Seniors Complex and Heart Niagara, for their care and many visits. Our thanks to the pharmacists at Brodie’s Drugstore for their support. To Crystal Ridge Community Church, thank you for the many prayer chains over the past few years. Special thanks to Pastor Frank Kiss, Kathleen and their family, and to Sue Kohinski, Tammy Horton and Francine Straiton, who stepped in when Mom needed extra care to stay in her apartment. And to our “sister” Lynn, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you gave to Mom. Without you, Mom would not have been able to stay in her apartment and maintain her dignity and independence. And to Howie, for letting us borrow Lynn so often!

Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905- 354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Crystal Ridge Community Church would be appreciated. E-transfers can be made at [email protected] or by contacting Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. Online condolences may be shared on Mom’s tribute page found at

Mom was known for her unique and feisty personality. Her memory will live on in all who knew her.

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Pam Eberly
3 years ago

I have only known Rita since I moved to Ridgewood Manor 3 years ago but it felt like a lot longer. She always made you laugh – she had a great sense of humor. She loved my little dog Molly & made sure she had treats for her.
I will really miss her but now her suffering is over & she is at peace. My deepest condolences to all her family, friends & Lynn, who made it possible for her to stay in her own place.
Rest in peace Rita.

Karen and Pat Huffman
3 years ago

I have only known Reta for the past couple years as her and my Mom became friends at Ridgewood Manor. She would not let me leave the building without giving her a kiss and hug if she saw me saying goodbye to my Mom. On behalf of Mom, Ann MCLeod, as well as Pat and I, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to all her family and friends and to Lynn we send a special hug. Reta will certainly be missed!

Fran Armstrong
3 years ago

Good memories of Rita…..may she rest in peace.

Patricia Ervine
3 years ago

I was blessed to have met Rita. She made me laugh from the minute l saw her. I always looked forward to doing her hair because I knew we were going to laugh for an hour. Rest in peace my dear friend. Patricia

Pat McMillan
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Rita had room in her heart for everyone. Never saw her without her mischievous smile


The family of Reta Lorena Thornton would like you to consider placing a donation to one of the following charities:

Crystal Ridge Community Church: E-transfers can be sent to [email protected]
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