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Eileen Delores Rieger

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen Rieger at the age of 83. She passed away peacefully at Golden Links Lodge on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Eileen is survived by her daughter Nicolette, many friends who were her extended family, along with her “surrogate children and grandchildren”.

Eileen was born in Kimberley, South Africa and lived there until she came to Canada in 1972, where she lived in Melville, SK. In 1985, she moved to Winnipeg and became Dean of Residence for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and later for Balmoral Hall School where she remained until 2000. It was not long after that she began working for Top Hat Florists.

Eileen was a long-time parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a member of the Catholic Women’s League.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Golden Links Lodge, who lovingly cared for Eileen, especially her “Mama Africa” nurses. Much appreciation also is extended to Jim and the rest of Eileen’s Top Hat Florist family.

Funeral Mass be celebrated on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00 am, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave., with Father Geoffrey Angeles presiding. A reception will follow in the Hall. Interment will take place at a later date.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended.

When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death

 we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven!


E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

680 Archibald Street



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  • Denise Gariepy Posted April 5, 2019 6:09 pm

    I am so sad to hear this. I had the pleasure of working with Mrs Rieger for many years at Balmoral Hall. She was an amazing woman. My sincere sympathies to Nicolette and her family.

  • Meghan & Jane Fejes Posted April 6, 2019 10:19 am

    Such sad news to hear today. Mrs. Rieger was a wonderful woman with the biggest heart for all of her ‘children’. I had the pleasure of being in Rez with her but she also rented the apartment at our house after my father passed away and I’m not sure how my mom and I would have survived during that time without her. She had a beautiful heart and was one of the kindest and most caring people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The impact she had on both of our lives will never be forgotten. To her family, we hope the time heals the pain but never dims the wonderful memories. Rest in peace Mrs. Rieger and thank you for everything.

  • Roxanne Ilagan Posted April 8, 2019 7:34 am

    Rest in peace Eileen, I will always remember your friendly smile and kind voice at church.

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