Monday, August 10th
Tompkins Funeral Chapel
Elsie Marie Buratenski was born on May 23, 1937, in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, daughter to Nick and Agnes (Dyok) Wolovetz. This is where she and her older brother Clarence grew up on the farm and attended school.
Elsie married Walter Buratenski in 1953 and they made their home in the town of Quill Lake, where they welcomed their first son David and then Donnie. Walter, Elsie and the boys eventually moved to the farm north of town where they raised cattle, hogs and grain farmed.
Elsie also worked off the farm as a nurse's aide, lab technician and x-ray technician at the Quill Lake, Wadena and Watson Hospitals until 1975. She truly enjoyed her work in the hospitals. Elsie loved getting together with friends and relatives for card games, and was forever cooking or baking. Even in her later years, Elsie loved to visit and would spend hours talking with relatives and friends on the phone to keep up with the news. Elsie continued to send greeting cards and looked forward to receiving them. Her wall calendar was always full of special dates.
In the early 1980s, Elsie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and by the mid-90s, due to her health, Elsie was not able to continue life on the farm and moved to Saskatoon. She enjoyed her years there including regular coffee row outings and making new friends at the mall. In 2008, Elsie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In spite of medical challenges, she was fiercely independent. It was only recently that Elsie's health declined and after a short battle with cancer, she passed on July 30, surrounded by her loved ones.
Elsie was predeceased by her parents and husband Walter.
She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, David and Don (Joanne); grandsons, Michael, Nicholas and Benjamin; brother Clarence (Marie); step-mother Connie Wolovetz; step-sister Isabelle (Art) McFadyen; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and great friends.
Elsie will be sadly missed by her family and friends.