Eleanor Rita Germain
October 29, 1923 – August 14, 2015
Mrs. Eleanor Rita (nee Schimnosky) Germain of Humboldt, SK, passed away very peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Humboldt District Hospital, Humboldt, with her loving family by her side. She was 91 years of age. Eleanor was born on October 29, 1923, to John and Melvina (nee Schwedelsky) Schimnosky in Leipzig, SK. She attended grade school and high school in Leipzig, and went on to Normal School in Saskatoon to become a teacher. It was during that time she suffered the devastating loss of her mother. Eleanor’s teaching career led her to the Carmel area, where she met Leo Germain. They were married at Immaculate Conception Church on July 25, 1945. Eleanor and Leo started their family the following year, and she quickly made the decision her children were more important than teaching. In the mid 1950’s, they moved into Humboldt and, by 1962, had seven children. In her determination to create a happy home, Eleanor taught herself sewing, budgeting on a string, gardening, cooking, baking, and was infamous for her homemade bread and “Mrs. ‘Main’s buns”. Having that many children in such a small home meant order and discipline, and “Da Mamma” was often teased later on that all she had to do was rattle the drawer with the wooden spoon in it, and the house was cleared of kids. The family moved to her current home in 1968, and the house was always filled with kids and friends, many of whom she became known to as mom or gramma. She remained living there until her death. Eleanor had incredible strength and faith, and that was never more evident than how she carried her family through the loss of her husband, her two sons, and inevitably, her own passing. The last two weeks of her life were spent with her family by her side, showing them the true meaning of that incredible strength and faith. Eleanor will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by five children: Lorna Germain (George), Marianne (Dean) Thistle, Gerard (Charlene) Germain, Marvin (Barbara) Germain, and Denise Germain; daughters-in-law: Daphane Germain, and Val (Brad) Wudrich; eight grandchildren: Patrick Fehr, Sandra (Bill) Fehr, Carlea (Kevin) Taylor, Carl Germain, Chantelle (Dan) Sharpe, Devon Heppner, Nathan Heppner, and Rachel Germain; two great-grandchildren: Elijah Taylor, and Gavin Taylor; one sister, Bernadette MacLeod; three sisters-in-law: Emma Schidlowsky, Loretta Greer, and Genevieve Doetzel; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo Germain; two sons: Barry Germain and Mark Germain; parents, John and Melvina (nee Schwedelsky) Schimnosky; four brothers: Leo Schimnosky, Leopold Tunney, Raymond Schimnosky, and Alois Schimnosky; six sisters: Mary Huber, Theresa MacMillan, Rose Stevens, Elizabeth Cripps, Florentine Vetter, Frances Schimnosky; parents-in-law, Lawrence and Malvina (nee Kosokowsky) Germain; and by in-laws: Fred Germain, Rudy Germain, Agnes Witt, Anne Stumborg, Madeline Germain, Theresa Kloschinsky, and Mary Freistadt. The Prayer Service for Eleanor was held at St. Augustine R.C. Church, Humboldt, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., led by Nestor Trach and organist Denise Germain. Scripture readers were Marianne Thistle and Carlea Taylor. The Funeral Mass was offered at St. Augustine R.C. Church on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by Fr. Cosmas Epifano, OSB. Others taking part were: Sandra Fehr, crossbearer; Gerard Germain and Denise Germain, scripture readers; Chantelle Sharpe, Devon Heppner Carlea Taylor and Rachel Germain, intentions; Chantelle Sharpe, Devon Heppner and Nathan Heppner, giftbearers; Gen Doetzel and Heather Novecosky, communion ministers; Jackie Oswald, memorial table attendant. Music ministry was provided by organist Denise Germain, pianist Charlene Germain, soloists Maxine Moore and Sharon Carter, the St. Augustine Parish Choir and St. Peter’s Adult Chorus. Pallbearers were Gerard Germain, Marvin Germain, Gregg Phillips, Gary Jenkins, Patrick Fehr and Travis Doetzel. Interment followed at St. Augustine R.C. Cemetery, Humboldt. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Augustine Parish Center and to Kinsmen Telemiracle.
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Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel Humboldt, Saskatchewan