Fritz Riesen

Fritz Riesen

Birth
Watson, Wynyard Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death 19 Sep 2011 (aged 98)
Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Burial Meadow Lake, Lloydminster Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Memorial ID 139346463 · View Source
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Fritz Riesen
RIESEN, Fritz - (November 9, 1912 - September 19, 2011) - Fritz Riesen was born Nov. 9, 1912 on a farm south of Watson, Saskatchewan. He was the youngest of 4 children (Hilda Andres, Elma Zacharias, and William being his siblings - all deceased) born to Jacob & Elizabeth Riesen. His favorite photo was of the home farm and he regularly lamented about the "big barn being missing" which was destroyed by lightening sometime after he left. At age 24 after living and working for Grandpa on the farm he decided to visit his eldest sister, Hilda Andres, who was living in the Bridge Creek area, northwest of Meadow Lake. While there he met Irene Perret and married her on June 15, 1937 in the Barnes Crossing Emmanuel Mennonite Church. Uncre Isaac Epp officiated at the ceremony and used the same Scripture as today for his address - Matthew 6:25-33. Those spiritual roots and his new bride were to shape the rest of his life and ours. Subsequently, he took his lovely new bride and moved back to the Watson farm to work for Grandpa Riesen. After 3 years (1938-1941) and with Marjory now 2 years old they headed back to Meadow Lake (with all his worldly possessions - a loving wife and a beautiful daughter (his best assets), a team of horses, hay rack, whatever household effects the front half of a hay rack would hold, and a few farming implements) to set up a Homestead at St Cyr. Dad loved the outdoors. He used to brag about shooting two deer with one 22 bullet (l still can't wrap my mind around that one) and he did love to hunt ducks with Grandpa's old L.C. Smith double barrel 12-gauge shotgun - he did traumatize more than one NCEM missionary dragging them out to find ducks in the dark, dank, cold fall mornings. He also found out that in this part of the country you could actually cast a hook into any water and have a free supper in minutes. Even in retirement he loved a good catch. On one occasion just the two of us were fishing at the Sisipuk Bridge (Waterhen River) when I realized I hadn't heard from him for a while. I go to check on him and there he is crawling up the rocks on the NE side with a gash on his head - he had slipped on the rocks and cut his head on the top plank that kept him from falling into the river (where it seemed it was 10' deep). The family enjoyed many a fishing, berry picking "picnic." His favorite pastime was scoping the scenery while driving - this led to more than one heated discussion, several diversion trips, and many retired summers lived at the cabin on Jeannette Lake. Dad was also a hard worker. He was brought up working the fields behind 4 teams of horses. After trying to prove up a 1/4 section of land at St. Cyr (and doing it successfully) while fighting swamp, black flies, mosquitoes, and the burning sun he traded the horses for a house in Meadow Lake since it was time for Marge to start school and Elaine (1942) was now on the scene. While working at the local Creamery pasteurizing milk full time he would make extra dollars skinning logs for the Timber Board after hours. Too poor to afford gas he would cycle to work and back twice a day (he couldn't miss the hearty noon meal and the family table). By now (1944) he had a third mouth to feed, Lee. Then in 1949 our family was completed by June. After the Creamery burned to the ground he was reassigned to working the Freezers in the new building. Not being able to handle the cold he resigned and moved on to work for Lay's Transport until his retirement in 1983 (one year post Mom's untimely death). Dad did remarry in 1985 and Jean Shrigley lived with him for the next 19 years after which there was a legal separation. He continued to live in the High Rise apartments by himself until 2009 at which time he decided he hated cooking and moved into Assisted Living at the Northland Pioneer Lodge. Finally unable to cope on his own anymore he moved to the Loon Lake Hospital and Special Care Home where he spent the last year. On September 2, 2011 he fell and broke a hip from which he never recovered and died of CHF on Monday, September 19, at 6:34 PM at the age of 98 surrounded by family in the Royal University Hospital. He will be laid to rest next to his wife, Irene of 45 years, in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. He leaves his four children behind; Marjory (Abe - who passed away in 1993) Heppner who lives in Meadow Lake, Elaine (Ivan) McAmmond who live in Chilliwack, B.C., Lee (Elaine nee Stein) who live in Meadow Lake, and June (Al) Palik who reside in Burlington, Ontario. We consider ourselves fortunate to have been raised in the north, with fine Christian morals, and to have learned that "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life" at the hands of our parents who daily led us in family devotions. Music continues to be important to us as it was to Dad. We might not have the same Gaither Library that Dad had but we have his spirit and love of Southern Gospel. We still have much to learn and value your prayers particularly at this time in our lives. We want you to celebrate with us the transition of Dad from earth to heaven. lf you want to honor Dad and bless the family you may make donations to either the Gideons or Bethel Gospel Camp
(from yourlifemoments.ca)


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  • Created by: Islandergirl
  • Added: 28 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139346463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fritz Riesen (9 Nov 1912–19 Sep 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139346463, citing Meadow Lake Woodlawn Cemetery, Meadow Lake, Lloydminster Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada ; Maintained by Islandergirl (contributor 48322933) .