Obituary of Carol A. Rettig
Rettig, Carol A. (nee Ziegelhofer) June 10, 2019 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of late Albert E. Rettig; devoted mother of Joyce (Mark) Stevenson and Albert (Tori) Rettig, Jr.; loving grandmother of Ashley, Abby, Tyler, Garrett, Andrew, and Jack; also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends received from 11 AM – 12 Noon on Saturday June 22 at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte 5) Hamburg, NY, where funeral services will immediately follow at 12 Noon. Flowers gratefully declined. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Carol Ann Rettig (Ziegelhofer) was born in Eden, New York to Helen and Fred Ziegelhofer and was the youngest of three children. Carol was a devout catholic and had a great love of music. As a young girl, she wanted to become a nun until she met her late husband Albert Rettig. She met him at the Eden Bowling alley after he returned from the Navy. They married soon after. Together they had two children, Joyce and Albert Jr. They were married for just shy of 40 years and she lived her life for her husband up until he passed.
Growing up they made years of memories as a family taking trips to St Petes Beach, Florida. This led to a love of travel as Carol and her husband got older. As a couple, they enjoyed visiting Hilton Head, where they would play tennis and ride bikes throughout the island and on the beach. Together they were very social and belonged to an Adventure club, a Gourmet club and Willow Bend Tennis Club where they had many friends that they played tennis with.
At home, Carol enjoyed cooking and baking. Her favorite time of year to bake was at Christmas, where she always made a large variety of cookies, including Al`s favorite chocolate balls. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at home and even set up a dinner club.
Carol was a talented singer and also an accomplished pianist. She had always wished to go to college for music but never got the chance. In her later years, she studied piano with George Jones, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She treasured her baby grand which took up half the living room!
Her love of music was tremendous. It moved her and she tuned in to every musical show on TV she could. She loved Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and especially Michael Buble’. Growing up at family gatherings she would play the piano and we would all sing along.
Carol lived a very active life with her husband playing tennis, biking, cross country skiing, country line dancing and being outside. She adored her Keeshond dogs and the numerous cats that she had, including her current cat “Dolly” who has become her soul mate and companion, and is now missing her greatly.
She loved feeding the birds and watching the wildlife that came to visit in her yard. Anything from birds to wild turkeys, deer, raccoons, chippys and bunnies, she enjoyed them all. Her whole yard was surrounded with bird feeders and filled with books on birds so she could identify them as she watched. She had a tremendous love of reading and collected magazines and newspapers, so much so that she never could keep up with them.
As a grandmother, she loved to take her two granddaughters shopping when she visited. Her and her husband took them on their first trip to Niagara Falls to ride the Maid of the Mist.
She loved hearing of their successes in dance and gymnastics. She enjoyed hearing about her four grandsons sport achievements and she was extremely proud of their academic successes.
Tim Hortons was her favorite spot to go for her ICE CAP!! Most every day you would find her there around 3-4 pm hanging out and getting her newspaper! She was unhappy when she wasn’t able to get there as often as she liked.
She loved to eat out and frequently dined at The Dove, Outback, and Olive Garden with friends and knew the workers there, who always welcomed her by name! Her drink of choice was chardonnay with “ice on the side”. (And with the ice she swore she only drank one glass! Wink, wink!)
She did not like being dependent on others as she got older and she never stopped mourning her husband. Those that knew her, knew that Carol was tough, strong and sometimes a stubborn woman. Even though she could be difficult at times, we all loved her and will miss her dearly.
Here`s to Carol, may she be at peace and happily reunited with her love, Al.
Let her shine down upon us and be happy to see all the positive that she brought to our lives.
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