Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Painted Family

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The Painted Family
From my youth, I start to recall a song we learned in grade 2 or 3, don't exactly remember

"I ride an old paint, I lead an old dan
I'm going to Montan' to throw the hollihan…"

Full lyrics

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NB: 2010/06/17 Migration note, I've modified the post name to match the photo name.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

More Memories of My Grandma

When I was younger, my grandma would come over to my parents place at ungodly hours to do laundry. People who know me, know what my opinion of morning is. I believe in sunrise, it is the perfect time to go to bed. I've never been a big fan of "the before noon" and she would get there at the unholy hour of 7:00 in the AM sometimes even earlier! Sure she had been awake for an hour or two by then, but not me.

Anyway, she would come over to my parent's place to do her laundry, and in the process help with our family laundry. Eventually, she mastered the technique of changing the sheets while I was still in bed and soundly sawing logs. "Don't worry Greggy, it's just me doing the sheets" she would say, and before I knew it, new sheets were on my bed. This happened most weeks, until I got a water bed, and she just could not navigate it to change the sheets.

Her early morning escapades made it possible for me to do tech support over the phone in my sleep, because I had learned to roll, move, and respond to questions without regaining consciousness. 

She was an amazingly energetic woman, who had work-ethic and a stamina that put me to shame. She will be missed....
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Eva Helen Westergreen Siewert Hoy -- Obituary

On July 1, 2009, EVA HELENA WESTERGREEN SIEWERT HOY took her love of family and friends to those who await her with open arms in a better place. She just celebrated her 100th birthday April 3rd and was so proud that she got a special greeting from the Queen.

She leaves to remember her and rejoice in the many happy times they shared, her children: DeLynn (Marc) Siewert, Ione (Carl) Skafte, Deanna (Dave Kwasnicki) Siewert. Eva loved and treasured her second family, Tom’s children: Marjory (Karl) Wildeboer, Mona (Jim deceased) Hoy, and John (Lenore deceased) Wolanuk. Her twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren brought so much joy to her that she always wanted to be surrounded by their pictures so that she could gaze at them at her leisure. Eva is also survived by her sister, Daisy Crawford; and her faithful, loyal and loving home teacher, Ron Cosgrove.

Eva was predeceased by her first husband, Reinhold Siewert, and her second husband, Tom Hoy, as well as her daughter, Shirley, and step-children, Jim Hoy and Lenore Wolanuk. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Augustus and Anna Holmerson Westergreen, and her brothers: Eric, Fred, Allan, Sidney, Frank, Willis and Wallace, and sister, Elna Brantner.

Eva was born April 9, 1909 in Whitewater, Manitoba to Augustus and Anna Holmerson Westergreen. When she was only five months old, Eva came with her family to a homestead in Wrentham.

In 1937 she married Reinhold (Reiny) Siewert. They lived in a small house with many of Reiny’s children from his first marriage. Reiny died on January 17, 1952.

She worked at the Crystal CafĂ© for many years. She held various jobs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) but especially remembers the great times with friends during the various fund-raising efforts to build the new LDS church in Wrentham. 

In 1969 Eva moved to Lethbridge to be closer to her family. She worked at Edith Cavell, Woolworth’s, and finally at the Park Plaza Restaurant working there until she retired in 1974.

In 1971, Eva answered a letter in the Western Producer from a widowed Manitoba farmer looking for friendship: Tom Hoy. They were married in 1972 and spent twenty-three wonderful years together traveling, gardening, going to church, visiting family and friends, and just enjoying each other. Tom died June 12, 1995.

She looked forward to the special times with the Wrentham Birthday Club as they shared their birthdays, and reminisced. These were special times and special friends for her.

At Eva’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, Eva would certainly ask that you reach out to a special senior and tell them how much you care. Eva would also thank, as do her family, the special staff at Extendicare Lethbridge who cared for her so lovingly and patiently over the past seven years.

Southern Alberta Generations Funeral Home
703-13 Street North
Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T2
Phone: (403) 382-3601
Fax: (403) 320-1492

Sign guest book: 

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NB: 2010/06/17 Migration note, I still miss her... :(

Sun Setting On Oil Pumps

Driving between Provost and Edmonton using Highway 41 on Canada Day, I did a number of silhouettes. Unfortunately GPSed on my Blackberry 8830 gave me issues so I don't have this photo geotagged.

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Memories of My Grandma

Just recently my grandma (Eva Hoy) passed (April 1909 -> July 2009, yes just over 100), and I've started to try and recall many of my favourite stories of her. As a child she lived 3 blocks from the elementary school I attended. So most days no bag lunches for me, I could walk to grandma's house for a hot lunch. Handmade hamburgers, fried chicken and home fries, pot roast with mash potatoes and gravy, but, most importantly, her rice pudding. 

Sometimes there would be vanilla pudding, sometimes tapioca, a smattering of chocolate or butter scotch, but as much as possible, her rice pudding. I did learn how to make it and occasionally I still do, but it's not made with her love. 

  • 4 Cups Milk 
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Splash of Vanilla 
So deceptively simple, but without the hand of the master, and without the love a grandma, it's just not the same. 

For the last number of years she had been suffering, so her passing is a blessing, but I will miss her with all my heart. 

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