Henrietta “Hedy” Ogilvie
October 22, 1928 – August 23, 2021
Henrietta “Hedy” (nee Lang) Ogilvie of Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, Saskatchewan, (and formerly of Humboldt, Saskatchewan), passed away her residence on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the age of 92. Hedy was born on October 22, 1928, at Grosswerder, Saskatchewan, to Otto and Maria (nee Wurm) Lang. She was a brilliant young girl. Hedy attended elementary school at Denzil, Handel and Cudworth; her father was the principal at each of these schools. Hedy obtained her High School diploma at Englefeld, entering the University of Saskatchewan at the age of 15. There she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree and Certificate of Education. It was while travelling home from university that Hedy met the love of her life, James Murray (Jim) Ogilvie. More than 70 years later, she would still happily retell the story of their chance meeting on the train and of their first date over a “perfect cup of hot chocolate”. Hedy and Jim were married at Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on July 20, 1949. They started their married life in Wadena, where Hedy taught while Jim was employed as a pharmacist. In 1950, they returned to Humboldt, where Jim opened the Humboldt Pharmacy. Together, they would operate the store for more than 33 years. Jim and Hedy had four children, but despite being a busy mom, Hedy’s love of learning eventually drew her back into teaching. Throughout her career, she taught at Humboldt Collegiate Institute, St. Augustine School and the Humboldt Public School before retiring in 1974. Hedy believed strongly in giving back to her community and volunteered countless hours for various charities, and local and provincial organizations. She was a member of the C.W.L., St. Augustine Parish Council, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Saskatchewan Superannuated Teachers Association and the Girl Guides Association. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and sat on numerous boards and committees, including Futuristic Industries, the Humboldt Housing Authority, the Humboldt Music Festival Association and the Library Board. When Jim’s health took a serious turn in 1976, Hedy stepped in to assume management of the drugstore, and continued in that role until the store was sold in 1983. Throughout that time, and until Jim’s passing in 1994, she lovingly cared for him in their home. Although Hedy had a busy life, making time to enjoy her 5 grandchildren was always a priority for her. She loved to have them come for lunch or after school, to help with their homework or to share a good book, or just to snuggle with them on the couch. After Jim’s death, Hedy began to pursue her passion for travel and lifelong learning. That included a trip to Germany to reunite with relatives, a tour of the Galápagos Islands, numerous bus tours, Elderhostel trips and cruises with special friends and family. Hedy also had a lifelong interest in politics and current events. When you visited her home, it was a regular occurrence to hear several radios playing at once, all tuned to CBC, so that no matter where she went, she wouldn't miss a moment of news. She volunteered on numerous political campaigns, including that of her brother, the Hon. Otto Lang, her brother-in-law, Matt Breker, and many other local candidates. Hedy loved to have family and friends gather at her house on election night to watch the results come in. Hedy’s other passion was bridge. She loved to host bridge parties in her home, belonged to numerous bridge clubs and regularly travelled throughout Saskatchewan to participate in bridge tournaments. Hedy was fortunate that, in 2013, she met a kindred spirit, Lorrence Pfeil, and together they spent many hours enjoying that shared interest, before Alzheimer's Disease robbed her of her ability to play. Hedy was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her son, Bruce Ogilvie; her parents, Otto and Maria Lang; Jim’s parents, Dr. Murray and Marie Ogilvie; and her sister and brother-in-law, Elvie and Matt Breker. She is survived by three children: Murray (Joanne) Ogilvie; Carol (Gordon) McLaren; and Marilyn (John) Scott; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Jennie Ford (Steve Hanneman) and daughter Hailey; Heidi Ford (Craig Dalton); Andrew Ford (Jackie Koehler); David (Diana) Ford and family Katelyn, Daisy, Myla, and Riley; and Shelby Scott (Jared Fingler). She is also survived by her brother, Otto (Deborah) Lang; sister, Rosemarie (Paddy) Blenkinsop; sister-in-law, Doreen Kerby; special cousin Nancy; and by numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Hedy’s Life was held at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt, on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., celebrated by Fr. Colin Roy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan Inc. (#301 – 2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1, 306-949-4141) or the Humboldt and District Museum & Gallery Foundation (P.O. Box 2349, Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0, 306-682-5226). Thank you to all who shared in Hedy’s life!
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Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel - Humboldt, Saskatchewan