With much love and sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Elizabeth "Beth" Firnesz, 104 years of age, at Harwood Manor, North Battleford, Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by her husband Frederick John, in October 1980. Born near Wakaw, Saskatchewan to Michael Redl and Maria Nycler, Beth grew up on the family farm with one sister and eight brothers, all of whom predeceased her. (Ann (nee Scheidl), Steven, Michael, Martin, Anthony, Francis, John, Joseph and Ignatius Redl). Married in 1940, Elizabeth and Frederick spent their first few years in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, where Frederick worked for Prairie Airways. Later, Elizabeth went back home to Wakaw while Fredrick was in the Navy. After the war, Elizabeth and Fredrick returned to Saskatoon and later moved to North Battleford in 1949, as Fredrick was transferred as Service Manager with Boyd Brothers. Together they spent many, many happy years in North Battleford, raised their family and saw the community grow and develop. They vacationed in Jamaica and Hawaii and enjoyed countless summer road trips and holidays in the United States Sunbelt. Elizabeth was a mother who taught by example the importance of character, kindness of the heart and wisdom to the soul. Elizabeth lived in her own home until her 100th birthday and her resilience and homecare were legendary. She had a feisty, irrepressible sense of humour, along with an infinite capacity for friendship and unconditional love. Above all, she took great pride in the activities and accomplishments of her sons, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Elizabeth found consistent comfort in her strong Catholic faith, together with a sense of optimism and hope. Elizabeth is survived by her sons Keith (Connie) of Calgary and Bob (Anemarie) of Regina, grandchildren Lindsay (Todd Davis) of Calgary, John (Nolan), Matthew (Rylend), Simon (Jacqueline) of Regina and nine great grandchildren (Nathan, Eric, Lauren Davis of Calgary and Eva, Eryn, Cameron, Harrison, Amelia and Alice Firnesz of Regina). Those who knew her will miss her, those who didn’t missed out. Don’t cry because her life is over; smile because it happened. The family would like to thank the administration, nursing and personal care staff at Harwood Manor, North Battleford for their kindness and professionalism. Also, the family would like to thank the many friends and extended family that supported her throughout the years, especially Brenda and Bob Zurowski. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 15th at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church, 1942 98th Street, North Battleford with Father Anthony Afangide presiding. Condolences to the family can be made at www.SallowsandMcDonald.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jennifer at Sallows & McDonald ~ Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home 306-445-2418.
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