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Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON

OBITUARY

Agnes Reist

December 9, 1921October 24, 2019

Agnes Reist (nee Baird) passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 24 at the Village of Winston Park, Kitchener. Beloved wife of the late George Reist who predeceased her in 2005. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Rose (Bond) Baird, sisters Margaret Smith (Ken), Jean Cox (John), Faith Neudoerffer (Fred), Isabel Hallman (Russell) and Ruth in infancy, and by her brothers Tom (Hazel), and Robert (Jean) and by George’s sisters, Elizabeth Junker (Harold), and Laura Reist. Agnes will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews in Ontario, Vermont, New York and Kentucky. After graduating from Stratford Normal School, Agnes taught in Waterloo County for ten years before returning to her love of Jersey cows, and operating a dairy farm with George on Westmount Road. As an active community supporter Agnes was a fifty year member of Helena Feasby Women’s Institute and a life member of the Ayr Curling Club. She volunteered at Winston Park for several years prior to becoming a resident. Agnes became curator of local history through her writing of Tweedsmuir history, compiling Baird Family genealogy and recording the history of the Ayr Curling Club. In her later years Agnes proudly supported Grand River Hospital by knitting 2000 hats for babies and she created unique knitted dolls for charities. The family thanks everyone at the Village of Winston Park who provided excellent care and support to Agnes and George for many years. Following a private interment at Chesterfield Cemetery, a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 pm at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S. Kitchener. Memorial donation may be directed to Schlegel UW Research Institute for Aging, www.the-ria.ca . To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.westmountfuneralchapel.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2019

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M.E Logan

November 9, 2019

Agnes has been a friend since we met at Plattsville High School.I have many great memories and we were able to keep in touch. Rest in peace Agnes. Always near. Betty Rennick Logan

Joyce DeGasparro

November 4, 2019

Agnes was a special lady who taught me grade1,4,5,and6. She was also my 4H leader and a neighbor. In September I had my last visit with her and as usual we shared memories and how she had been a great influence on me.
She always was interested in family and was a real inspiration.A special lady not to be forgotten.

Linda Hallman Nixon

October 30, 2019

To the family of Agnes,
Agnes was a dear neighbour and friend of my mother Merle Becker Hallman Musselman from Plains.
Dear Agnes was the one who helped my mom adjust to living in Winston park for the short time she was there. An old neighbour who she had so much in common with. Sitting at the same table for meals and her room was right across the hall in assisted living till she passed away in 2016.
All my aunts and uncles, my brother, Doug and sister Luanne always had a visit with Agnes when they came to see Merle.
I phoned Agnes several times to get info on the Hallman and Becker families. I will miss that contact now. My husband and I went to visit this summer and am so glad I got to spend a couple of hours with her remembering and chatting .
When I would phone she was always interested in what I was doing and we talked about places she had travelled. And our backgrounds about our families moving from Pennsylvania to Ontario.
I would like to see the Tweedsmuir books she put together. She must have enjoyed writing and finding out about our forefathers.
She was a teacher at Plains and a 4-H leader in my time. And it was so nice to catch up with her in her days at Winston Park .
Did she ever make her 1,000 knitted baby hat? She was very proud of getting that far.
I send my deepest sympathies to your family at this time of loss. She said many times to me that she never expected to live this long and was running out of money .
I've enclosed a couple of pictures of my mom and Agnes , plus some of my grandmother Lolly, they used to curl together, and the Becker aunts and uncles who all visited at Winston park. I couldn't seem to get more than one to stay.
Sincerely, Linda Nixon.

Luanne Roth

October 30, 2019

Agnes was a lovely lady! She had been a friend of my mom's (Merle Hallman-Musselman) for 70+ years. When my mom needed to move to assisted living at Winston Park she was lucky enough to be right across the hall from Agnes and also be her tablemate. Agnes took her under her wing, helped my mom make that very difficult transition and for that our family was very grateful! She was a true friend. I continued to visit with Agnes after my mom passed away. Her resilience never ceases to amaze me. She just accepted what came her way when she needed to move to LTC. She was so sharp mentally and I always enjoyed our time together. I will miss her. My deepest sympathies to her family❤️
Luanne Roth (Hallman)

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