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Clara Marguerite (Saunders) Reberg

September 6, 1929 ~ April 21, 2018 (age 88)

Clara Margarite (Rita) Reberg passed away peacefully on April 21st 2018. Rita will be fondly remembered for her warm smile, her generous heart and her great sense of humor.

Rita was born in Vancouver, BC Canada on September 6th 1929, the oldest of 5 children of John and Edith Saunders. She grew up in British Columbia and moved to the US after marrying Lynn Chester Moat. They had three daughters, Chelle, Sandy and Shannon, but later separated. In 1960 Rita married Ed Reberg, a wonderful man who was a devoted husband and father. Rita worked at Glass Heat, The Carnation Company, The Spokane Lithographing Co. and was actively involved in Pilgrim Lutheran Church. She taught Vacation Bible School and was a Camp Fire Leader. Rita lived in Spokane for over 30 years. She instilled in her daughters a love of reading, and a capacity for embracing chaos and dealing constructively with adversity.

After moving to Burlington, Washington in 1990, Rita taught Sunday School at Burlington Lutheran Church, volunteered with Head Start and Friendship House and was lucky to be involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She always showed great respect for others and exemplified the golden rule. Rita had many friends throughout her life and was the matriarch of a loving family.

For the last 10 years of her life, Rita lived in Portland, Oregon, but never complained about the rain! Rita was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Rose McRae and Jessie Wright; husband Ed; son-in-law Don Clark. She is survived by her sister Joan Brooks; brother Charlie Saunders; brother-in-law Bob McRae; daughters Chelle Moat, Sandy Moat and Shannon Clark; son-in-law Joe Sandfort and grandchildren Trevor, John, Levi, Noel, Norbert, Adrienne, Graham, Caleb, Kelly, Daniel, Jessica, Jaclyn and Corrina; great-grandchildren Ava, Max, Teddy, Miles and Liz; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her nurse, Vio Selistean, also became a beloved fixture in Rita’s life and her family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks for this.

We will all miss Rita greatly, but will do our best to live our own lives by her wonderful example.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of life at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday May 5th at 11:00am and graveside internment at Spokane Memorial Gardens on May 8th, 2018 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Canada) in her memory.

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