Friday, December 12, 2014
Mozart Community Hall, Mozart, SK
Gunnar Lindal was born July 14, 1935, on the family farm north of Mozart to
parents Theodore and Augusta Lindal. Gunnar took his schooling in Mozart up
to grade ten, when he chose to pursue his love of farming. He operated the farm
with his brother Ingi for many years. Gunnar passed his love of farming onto his
sons, Wayne and Keith, running the family farm together.
Gunnar loved Mozart and was on several boards and committees. He was a
part of the Mozart Credit Union board, Fishing Lake Co-op board, and was instrumental
in maintaining the Mozart Hall.
Gunnar loved sports and was an amazing athlete. From winning numerous ribbons
in school days to organizing and playing on the Mozart fastball team, he was
a man of many talents. However, Gunnar's biggest passion was hockey. He began
playing with Wynyard's Senior Monarchs in the 1950s, continuing into the 1980s.
In November of 1987, the Wynyard Monarchs retired jersey #1, which Gunnar
wore for his whole career. After his senior hockey career he continued to play with
the Last Mountain Oldtimers and travelled to many tournaments across Canada.
In fact his fi rst time fl ying was to an oldtimers hockey tournament in Penticton,
BC. Gunnar also enjoyed curling in local bonspiels and playing rec hockey with
the Mozart Mountain Daredevils. He also loved coaching his sons in hockey and
Gunnar enjoyed hunting, fi shing, camping and playing cards with family and
friends. He also loved dancing and was known to be kicking his leg up on the
dance fl oor at local gatherings.
He suffered a stroke while swathing on September 1, 1999. He spent three
months in rehab. Gunnar then was able to continue to help on the farm, driving
machinery, until his second stroke fi ve years later. Elva cared for him on the farm,
until November 2014, when he went into respite in Golden Acres. He passed away
with his family by his side on December 3, 2014.
He was predeceased by his parents, four sisters: Betty, Olive, Emily, and Mae,
two brothers: Steini and Ingi, beloved daughter-in-law Carla, his mothers and
father-in-law Anna, Nellie, and Frank Park, brothers-in-law Carl Hrappsted and
Alvin Zulak and sister-in-law Gert Lindal. Sister-in-law Penny Baker passed
away two days after Gunnar.
Gunnar is survived by his wife Elva, of almost 55 years of marriage. His
daughter Jody (Doug) Jordan of Wynyard, grandchildren Steve, Tessa, Meryl
(Tim) Swinburnson, great grandchildren Joss and Magnum, and Tayler (Allie).
His son Wayne (Rebecca) of Mozart, grandchildren Aaron, Tyson (Tara) and great
grandchild Dryden, Dana, Kara, and Dalton. His son Keith (Shari) of Mozart,
grandchildren Allie and Lila. His sister Doreen (Larry) Bowen, brothers-in-law
George Perry, Bob Baker, and Gilbert Park, sisters-in-law Keitha Lindal, Lorna
(Ed) Weldon, Heather Ivey, Margaret Zulak, Sheila (Dave) Thornton, Wilma Park,
and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who are all very special to him. He
will be forever loved and sadly missed.