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VERONICA “RONNIE” MIKOWSKI REETZ

Veronica “Ronnie” Mikowski Reetz, 79, of Savannah, Georgia, died Saturday morning, July 31, 2021, at Candler Hospital.

Born on February 22, 1942 at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Lurline William Mikowski and Stanley “Mike” Mikowski.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several siblings.
Surviving are her sisters, Mary Ann Mikowski Byrnes and Lurline Mikowski Rossi; her four children, Lurline Buerkle MacArthur and her husband, John MacArthur, Royce Reetz Jr, Joyce Machowski and her husband, Frank Machowski, and Robert Reetz and his wife, Karen Reetz; grandchildren, Frank Machowski and his wife, Amanda Machowski, Anna Witz and her husband, Joe Witz, Robert Reetz, Jr., Alexis Reetz Rhodes and her husband, Danny Rhodes, Jackson Reetz, Beth Buerkle Marino and her husband, Joseph Marino, and Thomas Buerkle III; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Boyer, Frank Machowski III., Joe Witz, Jr, Joshua Witz, Abbigail Witz, Luke Rhodes, Cora Marino and Nico Marino.

In 1959 Veronica married Royce Reetz, who was serving as a United States Airman at Hunter Airforce Base. After the birth of their first child, Royce and Ronnie moved to Detroit Michigan, where their family grew. After two plus decades of marriage they divorced, and Ronnie returned back to her beloved Savannah.

Ronnie was known for her southern hospitality, kindness and helpful spirit. For nearly 20 years she was a fixture at the Wilmington YMCA greeting guests and customers as they entered.

One of her greatest passions was to help US veterans by driving from Savannah to the Veterans Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2018 President Donald J. Trump bestowed an achievement award to her for lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation though volunteers service.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 o’clock Thursday, August 5, 2021, and from 1 until 2 o’clock Friday, August 6, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, August 6, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Sister Terentia Hynes. Interment will be private.

Online Condolences

  1. Dewey DeLettre says:

    Veronica was a welcomed site at 5 am sitting behind the desk at the Wilmington Island Y. Just saw her a week or so.
    So sad but know she is making them smile in her new life.

  2. Shirley Carter says:

    Veronica was a great friend and neighbor. She was always ready to help those in need. I will miss her and her beautiful smile. She was such a fighter for right. This was one fight she couldn’t overcome. She is with the Lord now looking down keeping watch over all of us. She will be missed. I pray the Lord will help her children, her brother Breezy, April and all her other family members and friends to know she is in a better place now with no hurts or worries. God keep you in his loving arms Veronica. We will see you again one day. Shirley Carter

  3. Rick & Lisa Williams says:

    Rest In Peace Cousin. Condolences to her family and friends. With Love Rick and Lisa, your West Coast Family.

  4. Constance J Roundtree says:

    My Condolences To The Family,Meet Het Yeats Ago Working At The Savannah Civic Center,Sweet Person,May God Be With You At This Time

  5. Dickey & Jennie Best says:

    Veronica was one of my favorite people. Her wit, cheerfulness, and southern hospitality were unmatchable. She will be missed as she was part of my YMCA experience for the last 20+ years. God bless her soul and family. She loved you all and we loved her.

  6. Debbie Cameron says:

    I will surely miss Veronica’s pretty smile and kind greeting at the YMCA! RIP sweet lady❤️

  7. sam mesaros says:

    We will all miss Veronica’s smile and good humor. But if you ever needed anything at the YMCA on islands in the morning, you could count on her to try and help you out.
    The fact she was helping the vets showed her true spirit.
    Peace Veronica.

  8. Layne Weiland says:

    I wish to extend my sympathy to the family . I have not known Veronica very long. We have been neighbors for 1.5 years. She always made the effort to introduce me to other individuals living in our neighborhood as I was a new resident in 2020. Veronica always had a kind heart and a nice smile. I share a work history with her from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. She will be greatly missed.

  9. Laurie Ferguson says:

    Veronica was such a light in our Voluntary Service office in Charleston, SC. Always flexible, willing to lend an ear and help Veterans in need. What an amazing contribution she has given over her lifetime. To her family: i am so proud to have known and worked alongside Veronica. God Bless you all. L Ferguson

  10. Samuel "Matt" Matthews says:

    She was a God-send to our Voluntary family and driving team. Veronica, you will be missed!

  11. Elizabeth Massey says:

    Veronica was in our chair yoga class at the Y. She was so friendly and also funny. We enjoyed her company and she will be missed by the group and myself. My condolences to the family! Liz

  12. Zellie Wise says:

    Veronica was a dear friend. Worked with her at Savannah Health Mission. Always fun, after mission closed stayed in touch with fun lunches and dinners. Condolences to family.

  13. Susie Hohenstein says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Veronica’s family. I am going to miss her smiling face and great sense of humor. She was one of a kind. The YMCA will miss a legend, I know I will! She would finish up her shift as I was coming into mine. An early bird, a wise woman and a beautiful soul who gave great hugs! Moses and the rest of the Saints in heaven are going to have a field day with all of the questions she’s going to have for them! I loved Veronica and will miss her so much. Hold the door open for me Veronica in heaven! May the Lords perpetual light shine upon her. Love, Susie

  14. Susan Cohen says:

    Veronica was a good friend, always ready to help. We spent a great time while volunteering together at the Savannah Health Mission. RIP. Condolences to the family, Susan

  15. Pat Cook says:

    Veronica was one of those people that you meet and immediately love. She spread sunshine everywhere. Her humerus personality and compassion will be missed . My sincere sympathy to the family, Pat

  16. Mary Ann Byrnes says:

    To all the Reetz Family,

    We extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother and my dear sister Veronica. She is now reunited with our family members who have passed. Let us always remember her—my little sister Ronnie.
    Love to all,
    Mary Ann Byrnes and Family

  17. Carol Goodwin says:

    Veronica was many things to many people. she semed invincible, and it’s hard to believe she’s no longer with us;but we know she has no more worries about the burdens of the day. I believe our Holy Father will welcome her with open arms. When our time on Earth is done, money or material things will not matter; but the love, time, and kindness given to others will shine and live on forever. Veronica was many things to many people. She gave us joy as well as a sense of purpose in our little community, and I fully expect she is rejoicing in heaven and sharing the fruits of her spirit, just as she has done here on Earth.

  18. Kim says:

    Veronica was an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. I cherish our memories. She was my Savannah family. As I look around my home and see where she sat and drank wine and dined with me for many years I get so sad. I will miss her energy and beautiful soul. She is a tremendous loss for so many. I am grateful to have known her. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  19. Bobby and Shawn Phillips says:

    My husband and I will dearly miss my beautiful Aunt Ronnie. I could always count on her to call me and keep in touch and the phone call always begin with hi Shawn it’s your Aunt Ronnie how are you doing, she always ask how my brother and sister were and how is everything going for me health-wise. I always knew she was there for me if I needed absolutely anything I treasure our memories of going to dinner and her wonderful conversations. Her personality was so funny and upbeat and positive and let me know she had my back. We will miss her dearly and are praying for her children and the rest of family comfort during this very difficult time. You will be truly missed Aunt Ronnie and I love you dearly

  20. Bruce and Sarah Spradley says:

    We knew Veronica from the “Y” and always enjoyed our conversations with her in the mornings. We would often compare our restaurant adventures and she, many times, would have suggestions on places to try. She was a strong willed and straight forward lady. We will miss her genuine, positive nature and wish the best for her family.

  21. Mary Crowley says:

    I was welcomed to the neighborhood 3 years ago by Veronica and was so happy to have a sweet funny friend who knew a lot about my former home on Tybee. I will miss her so much, no one like her and so giving and generous, such a wonderful woman!

  22. JUDY C FARABAUGH says:

    To the family of my dear friend Veronica, my deepest condolences and prayers for you. I have known Veronica for over 15 years. I originally met Veronica at the Islands YMCA. We clicked immediately. She has visited in our home many times and I have visited in hers. We enjoyed going to “The Breakfast Club”, on Tybee, the North Beach Grill on Tybee, the Pancake House in Savannah and many other restaurants near Wilmington Island. Several times when either my husband Don or I needed someone to drive us to doctor appointments, she was always there for us. Many times, she helped me when we hosted the St. Peter the Apostle’s Mens’ Club. Her sense of humor, laughter and personality will be sorely missed. She was a special friend, an extended member of our family. I feel as if I know each of you. She always talked about how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. She looked forward each year to her birthday celebration at Tybee with as many family members there as possible. When we were sharing a glass of Merlot at a difficult time in my life recently, she cheered me by talking about her upcoming 80th Birthday Celebration. She had also invited me to join her family on the Cruise next year if COVID allowed. I know Joyce is in Heaven, her Catholic faith was extremely important to her. She was one of the most giving individuals, other than my precious Mama that I have known. God must have needed her.

  23. Monica Blake says:

    My sincere condolences to “Ronnie’s” family. I didn’t know her but I met her very nice daughter Lurline here in Glenwood Springs Colorado. We hiked together with the St Stephen Soul Sisters. I miss seeing you Lurline. I sure could tell your mother meant so much to many people and was greatly loved. What a wonderful volunteer she was and will truly be missed by you all. I’m sure she’s enjoying her heavenly home now with our Lord and Savior. God bless Ronnie, friends and family.

  24. Janet Watson says:

    I so enjoyed working with Veronica at the Islands Family YMCA. I have moved to another location, but so enjoyed coming in early in the morning to work out and chatting with her about life and work. I loved Veronica’s spunk, style, and perspective on life, love, and all things. She was one in a million, irreplaceable, and I admire the comfort that she felt in simply being herself! What freedom! What spirit! I will miss you Veronica, and I will pray for her beloved family and all those who will feel her absence. Godspeed, Veronica!

  25. Erin Koch says:

    My thoughts are with you and yours. She was a rare person filled with life.

  26. Michael and Lisa Eddy says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Reetz family. We meet Veronica through her dear friend Joyce from the moment we meet her it was if we had been friends for years. We were so looking forward to our visit this October and the low country boil and of course a good story and laugh. We pray you find comfort at this time.

  27. Donna Stenman says:

    Ronnie and I were good friends for many years…..even though she moved to Savannah, we still kept in touch and it was always a joy to hear from her and have a phone visit……I will miss her, till I see her again……We had so much fun and laughs and cries too…But she was always there for me and I for her……

    A great person, and dear friend……I will miss you!! Keep the faith…..Love, Donna…

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