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 Mary Helen <I>Krupski</I> Reitenbach

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Mary Helen Krupski Reitenbach

  • Birth 2 Feb 1915 Lemberg, Melville Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Death 14 Mar 2011 Regina, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Burial Lemberg, Melville Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Memorial ID 67014324

This is the eulogy read at her funeral. It was written by her youngest surviving son.


I can hear St. Peter at the pearly gates on the arrival of Mary---he is high tech—sitting at the computer---"Mary Reitenbach?—No – could it be under another name? Osiowy? --- No -- Oh Krupski—Yes here you are. My gosh you have had a busy life"

Mom has had a busy life!!! Born February 2, 1915 on the farm SW 12-19-10 W2nd - The second oldest of 12 children born to Steve & Nellie Krupski. Her working life started young — she had to leave school in Grade 5 due to her mother's health and help in the normal household routine of cooking cleaning and helping raise her siblings. This is like the modern day Apprenticeship.

Under the tutorage of her mother she gained her life skills as well as domestic skills — so we should also thank our dear Grandma & Grandpa Krupski.

On April 8, 1931 at the tender age of 16 mother married Mike Osiowy. Mary's quote "It was a dust storm that day- not a nice day"

This was somewhat of an arranged marriage — Osiowys and Krupskis were good friends --- With the deteriation of Grandma Osiowy's health she asked them to look out for her son Mike — they certainly did — they gave their daughter Mary to Mike Osiowy to be his wife!!! They settled on the SE 18-20-9 W2nd where they spent the next 33 years. That was the next step in her life — her own home and raising of her own brood of six children.

Mary's quote "1931 - the first few years we had poor crops - first year drought, next year rust, third year hail but we made it with milking cows and selling cream at $2-3.00 for a 5 gallon can. We had some chickens and sold eggs at 10 cents a dozen to pay for flour, sugar and other necessary things."

They lived in a little old house with a lean-to kitchen area. Heating was the kitchen wood stove and a little heater in the middle of the living room that sort of heated the bedrooms. Electricity was a 6 volt system wind charger.

About 1949 Dad and Mom started building the big new home - 1 ½ story home on the hill with modern electric wiring – lighting was a 32 volt system gas powered generator--- wow!!!!

The kids were soon growing up and leaving the nest to start their own life.

In 1959 came electricity and the first black and white TV and as well as running water.

In 1964 Mom and Dad sold the farm and bought a home in Regina. Thus began a new life for both of them. Mom did some baby sitting and then worked at the Army & Navy Mail order for a time. She loved the job – but mainly loved the people. Mother became a real people person then – she loved the people around her – the family and friends, the cooking and entertaining.

In 1973 – Dad decided he would retire to Lemberg --- Mom did not agree, and to quote her "I was not happy about that- but to make dad happy I went his way and moved to Lemberg October 31, 1973." They lived in the new house they built and Dad had his shop in the back until February 14, 1981 when a sudden heart attack took dear Dad.

By now mother was attached to Lemberg and was not ready to move back to Regina --- that was a good thing as it turned out. She was busy cooking and gardening and hanging out with her friends and family. In the summertime she was up at about 5 AM and out in the garden – and keeping herself busy.

Then she got together with this young fellow — Fred Reitenbach. Mother was worried as he was only 70 years old – 3 years younger then her. The young love flourished and they married April 23, 1988. That was a great day – witnessed by the "Dirty Dozen" the name coined by Ed Mann Sr. to identify the six kids and their spouses.

We also had another great happening in July 1988 – the Osiowy Family Reunion.

Things went well for Mother for some years, there were numerous trips, vacations and family gatherings. Mom, Fred, Marge & Gordon traveled and curled together and had a great time.

In September 1995 our Brother-in-law Ed Mann passed away. Then 5 years of smooth sailing followed. In November 2000 brother Stan left us and in June 2002 another blow to Mother – the sudden passing of her daughter and traveling partner Marge.

In Early 2003 Mom was having some problems of her own – she could only walk up the stairs instead of running and she could only work 12 hours a day --- she was found to have a poorly functioning heart valve --- but she refused the surgery. Good choice again.

Our brother Bob and daughter-in-law Gwen passed on in September 2003. This was followed with the December 2004 passing of our dear step father Fred and in January 2005 Fred's curling partner and our brother-in-law Gordon passed on. It was a tough run for mother but she was still smiling and cooking and cleaning and taking on the world. Can you imagine what she would have been like if her heart was good!!

2007 was a moving year – with a little prodding and pushing she decided to make the move – she sold her home in Lemberg and moved to Regina. Mother and Sophie moved in together -- things went well --- Sophie driving and mother navigating. She got to love the city – hang out at Santa Maria where she attended mass and helped out the "old people". She could hang out in the mall and make friends with anyone - that smile was still there.

In 2005 she was asked questions of her life etc. – one question being... "What important advice would you give to people??" This is what she had to say - "Be honest with work or play. Do not take advantage of things or people. Be happy and kind to people. Have a job whether small or big. Try to be independent, learn to budget yourself and do not overspend. Respect your elders. Most important is have faith and trust God! He will be with you forever. We have to learn to accept good and bad in our life. Thank God for all the things he blessed us with. One more bit of advice – after you are married you have to learn to share your problems – not give up and leave for any little reason. You have to give and take. The saying is for better or worse- it always works out to be good, just have patience."

Most of us here have not experienced life without Mary!!! She has always been there for all of us - loving, caring and supportive.

The little Polish farm girl and Philosopher with a grade five education. She could manage the household and make any food taste good and these skills she passed on to her offspring – especially her two daughters. She practised the "Canada Food Guide" before it even existed. She raised six children, trained and buried two husbands, an infant son, three children, three in-laws and a grandson. She always carried on with determination.

She is the perfect definition of whether the cup was half full or half empty --- hers was always full.

In the past few months as she struggled with failing health she reaffirmed her desire to meet her maker. "I just wish God would take me home" she would say. She was not afraid but about a week before her passing she was quite agitated – asked if she was in pain she replied "No it is just the waiting."

I think this quote describes what dear Mother felt in the end---

"You cannot defeat death – but you can defeat your fear of death"

In closing, I would just like to say that - Grandma's incredible faith was an inspiration for not only our family but everyone she met. And I know that we have all been blessed for having known this wonderful lady!
May she rest in peace!

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  • Created by: Dick Mann
  • Added: 16 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67014324
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Helen Krupski Reitenbach (2 Feb 1915–14 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67014324, citing Saint Michaels Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lemberg, Melville Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada ; Maintained by Dick Mann (contributor 46961724) .