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Retha Lynn Cazel

Retha Lynn Cazel, 62, of South Corning, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at her home.  Born in Okinawa, Japan, she was the daughter of James Edward Cazel, Sr. and Betty (Lola) Cazel.  When Retha moved to Corning she was working as a development engineer for Corning Incorporated.  During that time her love for yoga grew until she courageously walked away from 10 years of corporate life to teach yoga full-time, both at her studio and at Corning Community College. Yoga inspired Retha and she was a radiant teacher. Her classes were a delight, full of laughter, compassion, and learning. Retha always had a remarkable story and words of wisdom to share with her students. Retha was a life-long learner. In addition to her degree in mathematics and physics from the University of North Carolina she also studied Ayurvedic medicine and of course obtained numerous certifications in teaching yoga and meditation. Retha was also a board member of the Keuka yacht club and a docent at the Rockwell museum. She loved people and was well known and loved throughout the community. It was always a pleasure to see Retha walking towards you with her big smile, warm eyes, and kind words. It seemed that wherever she went people were happy to see her. However, Retha’s greatest joy was raising her beloved grandson, Zachary. Creating a solid foundation and a healthy, loving home for Zachary was a labor of love for Retha. She was so proud of the wonderful young man he has become. Retha was also tough, she didn’t give up, even in the face of her struggle with sickness she lived a life of integrity. Retha achieved what we all hope to do. Live a life that makes a difference.  Retha touched the lives of so many. Whether in her yoga classes, on campus, in the community, or at home, Retha’s life made the world a better place. Her shining face and spirit will be missed.

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A candle was lit in memory of Retha Cazel

Kelly Jun 2 2022 12:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Retha Cazel

Daryl & Mary Ann Denning Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM

I first met Retha in Wilmington, NC. My husband Leo and I worked with her at the factory. Retha was mathematically so smart! She encouraged me then to come to her yoga class. I literally could not move the next day in work, so she said "try it again". After it was worse pain the day after that, she told me that "Yoga wasn't for everyone," and laughed. We remained friends after we moved to Corning. She was a fanatic for Nutella. I shared a room on a whale watch trip with her. Although I never took any more yoga classes, we would see Retha out often. Even when she was sick, she had a glorious smile and enviable hair! What a lovely person; a true joy to know.

Judy Thomas Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

Retha is my Mom.
She was such a kind and caring person to all those who knew her. She gave her life to her family and friends. Zachary was blessed to have her and so was I, she will live on in our hearts.
She taught me so much about life, I will always be grateful. I am looking forward to seeing her again one day.

Roberta Jun 9 2020 12:00 AM

God Bless you Aunt Jenny for your kind words of support, they are greatly appreciated in this time of heartache. She loved you so much and was so glad you guys got to visit. Many prayers for you also as your are healing from her loss as well.

Roberta Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Retha Cazel

Janelle Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

Retha was a one-of-a-kind soul. Retha didnt much matter to Retha. However, everyone one else mattered to Retha. When with her, she made you feel like you were the only person that mattered. Retha was all a human being could be. She exuded love and warmth and caring. I will miss her deeply. Godspeed, Retha. You will live on in spirit.

Erin Jacob Jun 7 2020 12:00 AM

Retha was a wonderful, peaceful and loving person who made an indelible impression on our lives.
Her inner peace and joy were infectious. She will be in our hearts. Namaste Retha.

Peter Wigley Jun 6 2020 12:00 AM

Retha introduced me to Ayurveda and changed the path of my life. I count her as one of the teachers who lit the way for me and many others. I hope we can all keep her light glowing. Much love to her family and all who loved her.

Ann Jun 6 2020 12:00 AM

Reetha is a friend that I've known for many years. I took many yoga classes from her, I always appreciated her knowledge of yoga. She was a very good instructor. She was both beautiful inside and beautiful outside. Her spirit always shined through. She was a positive light for all of us. She will be missed. Thank you Reetha for being a kind soul...Much love to your family and friends especially now...God Bless....

Brigitte Baldwin Jun 5 2020 12:00 AM

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