In Loving Memory of
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Chapel of Tompkins Funeral Home
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Elizabeth Dorothy Wagner was born on February 14, 1929 to Jacob and Lena Wagner. She had four siblings: Eva, Ernie, Fred & Herman. Elizabeth was the last one born and the last one to pass.
She is survived by her children Ruth (Larry) Lechner, Mark (Denise) Skowronski, Darvin (Mardell) Skowronski, Gordon Hooge/Anne Chambers; eight grandchildren;fourteen great grandchildren; sister-in-law Dorothy Wagner and many nieces and nephews.
Mom grew up and lived on the farm north of Lintlaw where country living was her way of life. She met the love of her life, Tony Skowronski, at a dance where Tony played the accordion. They courted and the romance flourished. On October 16, 1946 at the young age of 17 Elizabeth and Tony were married. Mom and Dad lived on a farm northeast of Lintlaw, struggling with a few cattle, pigs and chickens. Dad had his sawmill to help make ends meet. They both worked very hard.
Daughter Frances was born in April 1948 and second daughter Ruth in May 1951. The family then moved to Ontario to see if they could make a better life. However, Saskatchewan was still the best and they moved back in 1957 and voila... a baby boy, Mark, was born in August 1957. In May of 1961 they were blessed with their second son Darvin; now the family was complete.
Mom and Dad bought a home in Lintlaw and a garage business where Tony worked as the mechanic and mom helped him with the business. They worked very hard and made a good living. They loved gardening, fishing, dancing, playing cards and being together no matter what they did. Mom also loved her quilting skills, making quilts for the family. After they sold the garage, they moved to Hudson Bay for a short stint and then back to Lintlaw. They enjoyed a great life and a great marriage. Mom would tell us her secret to catching fish - make sardine and onion sandwiches, put them in an ice cream pail with the lid on, let them sit in the boat while fishing, then, at lunchtime open the pail and as soon as the fish smelled those sardines, they started biting!!!
The loss of their daughter Frances in 1997 was heartbreaking for them both. The loss of Dad in 2002 again left mom heartbroken, alone and lonely. She tried to be strong but it was too hard for her to be alone with the family so far away. Mom and Dad's plan was to retire in Yorkton so Mom sold the family home in Lintlaw and moved to Yorkton in 2007. She again tried to carry on and be happy. She loved to attend dances with her girlfriends, she loved to cook and have family and people in to visit. Thank you to those who took her to those dances. Mom also liked to go to the Casino to play the free money they gave her. She was very lucky but would never spend a penny of her own hard earned money.
Mom moved to Queen Elizabeth Court in 2014 and spent the next 2 years in the senior housing environment. In 2016 when mom required additional care she moved to the Bentley for a wonderful life style and good meals that she did not have to prepare herself. In early 2017 mom had a fall and broke her hip. This broken hip required surgery which really set her back and she was not able to care for herself any longer. She moved into the Yorkton & District Care Home where this became her “New Normal”. Mom always made the best of wherever she was and she and the nurses became good friends.
We thank all staff at the Care Home who watched over and cared for mom in her last years. Her care there was excellent, everyone was so good to her. We also thank all friends and relatives that visited mom in the Care Home; she loved all the company.
Mom had a good life, she was a hard worker, loved her family, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and mom was always there for a friend. We will always remember mom for her delicious perogies and all those wonderful meals she would make as she was a fantastic cook. Her grandchildren reflect on the things she taught them - rag rolling hair, needlepoint on plastic canvas, the importance of a good crossword puzzle book, her own recipes that some of them actually loved to eat, and they all agreed that she always taught them to be a good person, work hard, appreciate what you have and make the most of it and to "say it like it is!”
Thank you, MOM, for all you have taught us. Go now, rest in peace and be with Dad and Frances.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan Inc.