1942 ~ Matilda Groves ~ 2021
Matilda (Tillie) Groves of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, February 19, 2021 at the age of 78, beloved wife of William (Bill) Groves of 62 years. Tillie leaves to cherish her memory three children; Rodney (Kara), Bonnie (Dave) Offredi of Calgary, Gail (Wes) Hall. Her Grandchildren; Tessa (Neal) Myers, Derek (Patty) Groves, Travis (Jennifer) Kobly, Tanner (Cassidy) Kobly, Amy Offredi and Justine Olds. Great-Grandchildren; Atreyu and Indiana Myers, Gannon and Levi Kobly, Beau Olds and Isaac Groves. Her siblings, Jack (Betty) Resch, Charlie Resch, Jean Smith, Sam (Marion) Resch, Pat Resch & numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her loving daughter Deborah, son in-law Dean Kobly, her siblings Emily Erickson, Rose Meyer, Larry Resch, Alec Resch, Mary Harris, and Elizabeth Tuchscherer.
Matilda was born in Cabri, Saskatchewan on April 11, 1942 to Jack and Philomena Resch and was raised on the "Resch farm" South of Lancer, Saskatchewan. Mom was the second youngest of 12 children. She met Bill at a dance in Lancer, Saskatchewan. Mom and dad started their life together on a farm south of Lancer, later moving to Swift Current to be close to a hospital due to health conditions of mom and Debbie. In 1969, mom and dad packed up the family for their journey to Medicine Hat which became home for many years.
Mom worked for 25 years at BATUS Training in Suffield where she retired. Mom’s enjoyment was to do canning, making egg noodles, pizza pockets and salsa for her family. Her greatest joys were preparing the big dinners for the family and all the visiting. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Mom battled throughout her life with her mental illness and was a stronger person because of the illness.
Mom had spent her last five years living at Meadow Ridge Senior’s Village where she met many new friends and had a great family to take care of her that loved her dearly. She enjoyed playing bingo and won often. Mom enjoyed when the bands came to play and especially if it was her brother Charlie playing his guitar, which made her very happy.
We as a family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the amazing caregivers in the Merrylea Cottage at Meadow Ridge for taking such wonderful care of our mother and for loving her as one of your own. Thank you to the nursing staff on 4 West at the MHRH for the awesome care you gave to our mom on her short time on the unit.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Celebrant, David Townsend. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home YouTube page where the video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Matilda may do so with a donation to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation c/o Mental Health.” (Cheques made payable to MH&D Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 or online at www.InYour Community.ca. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Matilda Groves.
The funeral service is available for viewing by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZrG9vncRi8