Muriel Grace Riehl (nee Switzer) passed away peacefully in her 83 year at Spruce Lodge on Tuesday April 5, 2022. Born September 25, 1938 in Blanshard Township, she was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Dorothy Switzer and her sister Blanche White (Tom).  She is survived by a sister, Gladys Stock (Bill) and a brother, Harold Switzer (Ann).  Muriel married Irvin Riehl, in June of 1961.  Muriel was predeceased by her sisters-in-law Edna, Isabella (Bella), Viola, Beatrice, Vera, Eileen, Shirley, and Fern plus brothers-in-law Victor, Theodore (Ted), Stanley (Stan). Irvin and Muriel resided in the house they bought together in Stratford, until it was no longer possible for her to be cared for at home by Irvin.

Loved till the end by her children, daughter Dianne Riehl (partner Rob Kruikemeijer), son David Riehl (wife Susanne) and grandchildren Leopold and Greta.

Muriel doted on children, and as such was ‘Auntie Mo’ to nieces, nephews, and numerous generations of relations.  Testament to this affection and support, was that Muriel and Irvin were asked to be Godparents to the children of many, many families. 

Her lifelong love of music manifested itself in a range of pursuits. Muriel early on played piano in a showband, sang for decades in the Church Choir at Zion Lutheran Church, and hummed along always to favourite artists including Abba, The Beatles, and John Denver.  

An efficient Administrator, Muriel worked in numerous office settings during her working years.  Muriel volunteered regularly, holding many leadership positions among others on Zion Lutheran’s Church Council, the Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Group, and Perth County (Stratford) Alzheimer’s Society.

For a many, many years, Muriel cheered on her Toronto Blue Jays.  When she was at the stadium she could regularly be seen keeping score with Tom and Jerry in her transistor radio earpiece.

Muriel joined her children all around the globe in some of their travels, taking in places like the sights and sounds of the Chicago Marathon with Dianne to Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall with David.  Even as illness began to take hold, Irvin continued to faithfully take Muriel to some of their shared dream destinations like Alaska, Oceania and Hawaii. 

The members of the Riehl family would like to express our gratitude to the many cherished friends who shared life’s treasures with Muriel such as: travels, walks, baseball games, card games and office space.  In addition, we would like to extend our appreciation to the kind and professional personnel at Spruce Lodge who made Muriel’s last years as comfortable as possible. 

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday, April 11, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Those who wish to join the family for the service from home can follow the view livestream link below Muriel’s obituary on the funeral home website. Donations in Muriel’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Perth County through the funeral home. 519.271.7411





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