Eva “Marina” Blenner-Hassett, age 82, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Jubilee Lodge, Kinistino, SK. Eva Marina was born on December 29, 1936 at Saskatoon, SK, the only child born to Thomas & Mabel Norman. They lived in Raymore, Melville, and then Moose Jaw. She took her schooling in Moose Jaw and graduated from Moose Jaw Central Collegiate in 1955.
Marina became a Registered Nurse in 1958 and worked as a psych nurse in Moose Jaw and Edmonton. She then took employment as a Public Health Nurse in Swift Current where she met her future husband, Lyle. Her nursing career spanned from 1958 – 1963, at which time she began a new chapter in her life as a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Marina married Everett “Lyle” Blenner-Hassett on August 3, 1963 at the Zion United Church in Moose Jaw. They were blessed with two sons — Dale, in 1965, and Dwayne, in 1969. In 1986, Marina made a life-changing decision to place her faith in Jesus Christ. She loved being involved in church activities and watching sports with Lyle — especially the Broncos and the Roughriders.
Spending time with her family brought Marina the greatest joy. She loved going to Hawaii every January with Lyle, especially in the last years of his life, visiting Dwayne and his family in Calgary, AB, and visiting Dale and his family in Prince Albert, SK.
Marina is survived by her sons, Dale (Deborah) of Prince Albert, SK, and Dwayne (Tara) of Calgary, AB; her grandchildren, Kimberley (Jeremy), Allison, Caroline (Leo), and Ryan; her great-grandchildren, Dustin, Alsha, Elias, and Emery; and by her brothers-in-law, Jim (Fran), Larry (Judy), Dennis (Bernice), and Rick (Bonnie).
Marina was predeceased by her beloved husband of nearly 52 years, Lyle Blenner-Hassett; and by her parents, Thomas & Mabel Norman.
The Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm from the Full Gospel Church, Swift Current, SK with Rev. Sid Chalmers officiating. “It is Well With My Soul,” “Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” and “I’ll Fly Away” were sung by the congregation under the leadership of Bert Turner, with Mildred Friesen serving as pianist. Tributes were shared by her sons, Dale and Dwayne, her grandchildren, Kimberley, Caroline, and Ryan, and by her friend, Judy Chalmers. The ushers in the church were Barry Ljunggren and Rod Ljunggren.
The Private Family Interment Service was held at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Larry Blenner-Hassett, Denny Blenner-Hassett, Rick Blenner-Hassett, Wade Blenner-Hassett, Ted Blenner-Hassett, and Kim Smith serving as Pallbearers and Jim Blenner-Hassett as Honorary Pallbearer.
In memory of Eva “Marina” Blenner- Hassett, donations made to the Full Gospel Church for the El Salvador Scholarship Program would be appreciated by the family.
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