Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Herzing officiating. Interment was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Sobieski.
Bridget was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Swanville Township, Morrison County, to the late John and Nettie (Piotrowski) Cichon. She grew up on a farm and attended school in District #11 in Swanville Township. She was united in marriage to Stanley Retka Aug. 12, 1940, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Detroit, Mich., and Bridget worked as a salesclerk in a local store. In 1945, the couple purchased a farm in Swanville Township and resided there until 1981. They then moved into Little Falls on the west side of town. Bridget worked at a number of restaurants in Little Falls as a cook and in 1976 purchased the Royal Café. She retired from the Royal Café in 1980. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, St. Jude Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She resided at her home in Little Falls until 2002 when she moved to Bridgeway Estates and then to St. Otto’s Care Center. She was very active while a resident in St. Otto’s with many of the activities. Bridget enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and traveled to Australia, Europe and 49 of the 50 states.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jerome “Jerry” (Jeanette) Retka of Little Falls, Dennis (Sandy) Retka of Crystal, Eugene “Gene” (Janet) Retka of Swanville and Mary Helton of Little Falls; daughter-in-law, Linda Retka of Blaine; grandchildren, Deb Retka, Ken (Jackie) Retka, Dave (Cheryl) Retka, Kelly (Anthony) Lavelle, Amy (Ted) Harrison, Brian (partner, Jonathan Miller) Retka, Dan (Anita) Retka, Michele (friend, Suzette Garner) Retka, Amanda (John) Horton, Bridget (Michael) Strom, John (Julie) Retka, Andrea (Ben) Schuth and Michael Retka; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Delphine Cichon and Angie Tuzinski; and many nieces and nephews.
Bridget was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Stanley (1984); son, Edward (2010); grandson, angel Gabriel Retka; sister, Agatha Leporowski; and brothers, Anthony Cichon, Simon “Sam” Cichon, Lawrence Cichon and Albin Cichon.