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Saturday August 31, 2019
11:00 AM
Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Parish Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vijaya Bathineni celebrant.
Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.
In memory of
Vivien 'Viv' Fiesel (Russell)
September 22, 1945 - August 25, 2019 - Age 73

Vivien “Viv” Frances Fiesel (Russell) passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the age of 73 years, beloved wife of Bill Fiesel of Burstall, Saskatchewan. She also leaves to cherish her memory her two children Tony Russell and his children Caitlin and Ryan, Roxanne Russell and her children Jaerett and Jorja; she is also survived by Bill’s children Leona Collette (Wesley Rhodes), Boyd Fiesel, Sherry (Joe) Kelly, Dwayne (Dawna) Fiesel; Bill’s numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother Michael Pigott. She was predeceased by her first husband Dale Russell on July 15, 2006, her parents Frances “Dora” and Maurice Pigott, and one son Jeffery. Vivien was born September 22, 1945 in South-End-On-Sea, Essex. After WWII, along with her family, they relocated to Kokomo, Indiana and then finally Medicine Hat. Many of her aunts and uncles found new homes in Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. Her parents loved the gardens in Medicine Hat when visiting which reminded them of England. Mom graduated from McCoy High School in 1963 and found various bookkeeping jobs and then worked as a clerk at Northwest-Nitro Fertilizer plant. This is where she first met Dale and asked him out on a badminton date. They were married in 1966 and enjoyed 39 years together. In 1977, they moved to the small town of Burstall, and after mom’s initial hesitation of small town living, she embraced the new friendships and community. It is here where Tony and Roxanne were raised. She was truly blessed to find love a second time and married Bill in 2010.

Vivien loved being a stay at home mom, being active in her church and contributing to the community. She loved the volunteerism activities of her new home town. Mom was extremely active in the Ladies Auxiliary, community fundraising, and was a founding member of the Burstall Welcome Wagon committee. Volunteering was something very important to her. Mom had a strong faith and thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with many of St. Michael’s Parish celebrations.

Mom’s hobbies included crafting, playing cards, entertaining friends with dinners, curling, and swimming in the summers. She was also quite athletic in her younger years with track and field. Mom was an excellent bowler and was especially hard to beat in table tennis. Camping and fishing were centre pieces of summer, travelling all over Canada and the United Sates. This is something she dearly enjoyed sharing with her grandkids. The grandkids loved baking and decorating her honey cookies and butterhorns. Mom’s famous bun recipe will live on forever.

Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Parish Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vijaya Bathineni celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. We as a family are requesting those who wish to make a donation in memory of Vivien, please direct it to the Burstall Community Hall. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Vivien Fiesel (Russell)

Message from Gordon and Leahann Rawleigh August 27, 2019

Roxanne , Tony , Bill and family, so sad to hear of Vivian’s passing, we always enjoyed visiting with her and your whole family at the Russell family gatherings , please know you are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead 😢🙏❤️


Gordon and Leahann Rawleigh
Message from Gladys Leipert August 28, 2019

I’m so very sorry to hear about Vivien. She was my neighbor for many years and quite enjoyed our tea dates. She was such a lovely, endearing lady and will be missed by all who knew her.


Gladys Leipert
Message from Lyle and Ruby Fissel August 28, 2019

Bill and family. We are saddened to hear of Vivien’s Sudden passing. She was a wonderful lady and we always enjoyed your visits. We will be holding you close in the days ahead.


Lyle and Ruby Fissel
Message from Lorraine Adams August 28, 2019

Roxanne, Tony, Bill and family. I'm sad to hear of Vivien's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. Hugs.


Lorraine Adams
Message from Richard and Cheryl Duguay August 29, 2019

Tony and family, sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Richard and Cheryl Duguay
Message from Dora Anderson Lewandoski & James Anderson August 29, 2019

Mine and James’ deepest sympathy to you Bill, and all family and friends for the loss of Vivien, a kind, loving, spiritual friend to us. We will all dearly miss her.


Dora Anderson Lewandoski & James Anderson
Message from Ben and Billie Roth August 30, 2019

So very sorry to read of your families loss. Thinking of you

Ben and Billie Roth


Ben and Billie Roth
Message from Ken and Brenda Krein August 30, 2019

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Russell & Fiesel families on the loss of their loved one. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.


Ken and Brenda Krein
Message from Elaine Sinotte August 30, 2019

In our hearts, we hold many memories. Our condolences to the family. Cousin Elaine


Elaine Sinotte
Message from Cequinn & Velicity Fiesel and Vandel family September 02, 2019

.for your journey

Tell me, what does it look like in heaven?
Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?
Does the sun shine bright forever?
Have your fears and your pain gone away?

'Cause here on earth it feels like
everything good is missing since you left
And here on earth everything's different, there's an emptiness

Oh-oh, I,
I hope you're dancing in the sky
I hope you're singing in the angel's choir
I hope the angels know what they have
I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived

So tell me, what do you do up in heaven?
Are your days filled with love and light?
Is there music? Is there art and invention?
Tell me are you happy? Are you more alive?

'Cause here on earth it feels like
everything good is missing since you left
And here on earth everything's different, there's an emptiness

Oh-oh, I,
I hope you're dancing in the sky
And I hope you're singing in the angel's choir
And I hope the angels know what they have
I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived

I hope you're dancing in the sky
And I hope you're singing in the angel's choir
And I hope the angels know what they have
I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived
Since you arrived

Sorry for your loss GG Viv was amazing and caring she will be missed dearly she lives on in our hearts ..our condolences


Cequinn & Velicity Fiesel and Vandel family