Reta Marie (Kimmel) Garner passed away on Nov. 20, 2021, at Woodland Terrace Senior Living in Bridgman.
Reta was born in Saginaw, Mich., on Aug. 3, 1931, to Gotfried Kimmel and Marie (Obendorfer) Kimmel.
Reta married Gerald (Jerry) Garner on May 20, 1950, and were married 71 years. She is survived by Jerry, four children: Michael (Gail Parliament), Steve (Carol Corey), Kathy (Ron Goldy), and Lee (Terri Proos) as well as 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Donna Ruff, and half brother, Kim Kimmel.
Reta lived in West Branch, Mich., for 42 years, working in Jerry's optometry office until he retired in 1992. Upon retirement, they lived near Leesburg, Fla., in winter months and Sandy Pines Resort, Mich., during the summers until they moved to the Bridgman area near their daughter in 2012.
Reta loved to cook and entertain – there was always an extra seat at the table. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, laughter, joy and love for her family and friends. We loved her in return and will miss her greatly.
She has been cremated and a memorial service is planned in the spring.