Rageth, Brenda

In Loving Memory of Brenda June Rageth (Bassford).

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020, with her husband by her side, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Beloved wife of Juerg Rageth. Loving mother to Katie Pereira (Marc) and Nana to Ruby Pereira. She was the daughter of Vince and Vera Bassford and sister of Jim Bassford. Aunt to Sara (Jay) and Leah (Chris), a good friend to their mother Mary Lou. A cousin to Donna (Al) Rhonda (Ross) and Cathy (Jim). A cherished friend to so many beautiful people. Also missed greatly by her extended family in Switzerland.

She was born and grew up in Cambridge Galt where she raised her family and worked as a teacher for many years, a career which she loved. She met Juerg while travelling with her good friend Barb in Africa – a story her family never grew tired of hearing.

She loved spending time with friends and family, reading a good book and visiting her cottage in Sauble Beach, which she lovingly referred to as “God’s Land.” She had a true knack for gardening, and flowers and plants never failed to bring a smile to her face. She will be missed for her comforting cooking, sense of humour and contagious laugh.

As per her family’s wishes, no funeral or visitation arrangements will be held. Cremation has taken place. Maybe have a drink in her honour in the safety of your home. She would like that.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a cause that supports Africa, the continent Brenda fell in love with, that holds some of her most cherished memories.

6 replies
  1. Ann Harvey
    Ann Harvey says:

    Brenda was always such fun. She made the school day better with her jokes and humour. You knew your class was in safe hands when she was there. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  2. Janis Vondrau
    Janis Vondrau says:

    I am beyond sad to hear this sad news. I loved Brenda as everyone did – funny, caring, kind. I always looked forward to her coming
    to teach at Lincoln Avenue Senior Public School. She made friends easily and fell into an easy banter with them whenever she was around. Her family was her greatest joy and she cared for them before anything else. Rest in peace dear friend – I will miss you.

  3. Chantal Menchenton
    Chantal Menchenton says:

    Thinking of Brenda and her family…she knew me when I started my career, and before having kids, she asked me every single time without fail about my boys and my family. She was wonderful to talk with, be around, laugh with and hug…I will miss her terribly. Rest well Brenda <3 xo

  4. Heather Haggett
    Heather Haggett says:

    Dear Juerg, Katie, Marc, Ruby and family,
    There aren’t enough words to express how deeply sad I am for the loss of Brenda. She was one of the kindest, most caring, most compassionate people I’ve known. I treasure her friendship and will cherish all of my memories. I loved having her teach my class because I always knew they were in great hands. We enjoyed catching up and shared many laughs over the years, both in school and out of school. She always asked about my family and told me to give them hugs from her, something I will continue to do in her memory. She made the world a better place. We will miss her dearly.
    With love and sympathy,
    Heather, Gary, Sara and Samuel Haggett

  5. Patti Hobler
    Patti Hobler says:

    Brenda’s warmth, kindness and happy nature endeared her to both the students she taught and the teachers whose classrooms she supported. With Brenda at the helm, you new that everything was in good hands.
    Walking down the hall, you could see kids giving Brenda a hug, hello or high five.

    Brenda always loved a good chat and what comes to mind when I think of Brenda is her happy laugh, infectious smile and generous spirit.
    You have made your mark on this world, Brenda. Feeling blessed to have known you.
    Patti Hobler

  6. Cheryl Bell
    Cheryl Bell says:

    I worked at Dickson P.S. where Brenda taught many many times.. In fact teaching staff would request for her to come fill in for them when they would be absent. She was a very kind dedicated teacher and could control the class no matter how challenging.
    We had a lot of laughs with her as her humour kept us going.
    She was a wonderful person and we would always happy to see her.

    I know her family and friends will miss her.


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