Sadness overwhelms us as we announce our Mother’s earthly journey is now complete. But our hearts are filled with joy for we know she was greeted at the gates of Heaven by the open embrace of her beloved husband Ben and the warm smiles of brothers, sisters, family, in-laws and friends all gone before. Margaret Gertrude Wickenheiser was called home on November 30, 2019 in her 95th year. Born to Jacob and Brigetta Wist on January 20, 1924 she was 9th in a family of 12, enjoying life with five sisters and six brothers, on the family farm at Liebenthal, Saskatchewan. She leaves to treasure her memory her daughter Coreen Wickenheiser (Brian Doll) and her children Karleen Schenkey (Jeff) and Nolan; Kasey Schenkey (Jason Forsyth) and their children Gabrielle, Riley and Christina; Kaden Schenkey (Ginger) and their children Kaydo, Knox and baby girl due February; her son Jeff (Valerie) Wickenheiser and their sons Byron (Andrea) Wickenheiser and their children Zac and Chase; and Brayden (Melissa) Wickenheiser. Also left to remember are sisters Lucy Rollheiser and Rose Geiger, in-laws Mike Wickenheiser and Jean Fortney and Brian’s family, Adrian (Nicole) and their daughter Lilian; Allyson and her son Rylan, and Ian Doll. Marge began her teaching career at the tender age of 19, starting with several one room schools in Saskatchewan, as well as Golden Prairie and Schuler Alberta with a passion for Grade One and Kindergarten. Many young minds were shaped and challenged by the art of her firm yet gentle instruction. In 1946 she met and married her husband Bernard Wickenheiser who loved, respected and adored her for 43 years. Together they operated the family farm west of Golden Prairie, actively and selflessly donating their energies to the community of Bitter Lake through sporting events, dances, 4-H and the Bitter Lake Trail Ride. Through her fierce quest for independence she drove until the age of 90, and lived in her own home ‘til 93. She generously bequeathed her biting wit, contagious smile and indelible humor to generations of an adoring family. In keeping with her Wist family tradition, card playing and games were fiercely competitive with “trash-talk” always a necessary element. Casino visits and Bingo were equally as important in fueling her winning nature. Her faith was strong and decisive and she remained dedicated to the Catholic Women’s League of Canada for over 60 years.
“Our lives are better today, because we knew them yesterday”
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 - 10:55 a.m. Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. We will celebrate and honor a life well lived as we give her back to our Lord. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vijaya Bathineni celebrant. A private family interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to an association near to our hearts “Halo” c/o Southern Alberta Medic Air Society, #12 49 Viscount Ave SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G4. Please make cheques payable to Southern Alberta Medic Air Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Margaret Wickenheiser