Norrita “Rita” Kistler passed away on April 15, 2017. She was a resident of
Rita never met a stranger and never made a recipe the same way twice--her
fun-loving, adventurous spirit will be deeply missed and fondly remembered
by all who knew and loved her.
Born May 31, 1929, in Chesterton, Indiana, the daughter of Sig and Eva
Weidman, Rita grew up as a farm girl. She learned early and never forgot the
value of a strong work ethic and the love of family and faith. After high
school, she trained and worked as a nurse and then joined the Air Force,
hoping to see the world.
Rita’s wish came true as she was stationed in Texas, France, Germany and
then Greece. In Athens, she met Jim Kistler a fellow Midwesterner and they
were married on August 18, 1956 in Rita’s hometown.
Jim’s post-military career as a geologist for Chevron took them to more
adventures in many places including Salinas, Bakersfield and Walnut Creek,
California, Anchorage, Alaska and London, England. In retirement they moved
to Gig Harbor, Washington and finally in 2011 to Saratoga Retirement
Community, to be near children and grandchildren.
Although Rita was less mobile in her final years and months, she never lost
the sparkle in her lovely blue eyes nor the love of sociability and
adventure, family, God and country.
Rita is survived by her loving husband of 60-plus years, Jim Kistler;
children Kimberly Kistler Davidson (Bob Gawlik); Jay Kistler (Christine
Conklin); Karen Kistler (David Ibarra); and granddaughters: Stephanie
Davidson, Hannah and Nora Kistler.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Saratoga
Federated Church, followed by burial at Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga, CA.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or a charity of your