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Freda (Zacharias) Rempel, age 56, passed away on December 31, 2018 at home on the family farm, with her children and husband at her side. She fought a courageous battle with cancer and was taken from us too soon. Freda was born on May 13, 1962 in Swift Current, the second eldest of six children born to Frank and Susan Zacharias. Freda grew up north-west of McMahon on her parents’ farm. She attended the Falkland School, in McMahon, as well as Wymark School then finished her education at Oman Irwin and Swift Current Comprehensive High Schools. As a farm girl, she learned to work at an early age and had many delightful memories of her childhood.
She married Arnold Rempel on March 20, 1982, and together they created their family home south-east of Rhineland, where they raised four children and farmed together for the next 36 years. Freda put countless hours into her new home, always planting trees, flowers, and a large beautiful garden. She loved sharing these tasks with her kids and had the patience to teach them her knowledge every day. She also loved to play an active role on the family farm; her favorite job was driving truck. Later she got her class 1A (first try) to drive the semis. She really enjoyed that she could fill the sleeper up with lunches, snacks and hot meals. She loved to cook and her meals were evidence of that. Nothing beat Freda’s cooking.
Just in case she didn’t feel busy enough, she loved to take on projects such as fixing up the Falkland School in McMahon, refurbishing furniture, painting, sewing, and canning. She always had a smile on her face and was always positive, seeing the good in every situation. Her beauty really came out when her grandkids (“little sweets”) started to arrive. She would drop everything and drive hours to spend any time she could with them. They were her pride and joy. In the midst of all of this, Freda kept her faith as a main priority. She was a member of the Wymark EMC Church, in Chortitz, where she was baptized after the birth of her first child.
In everything Freda did her faith strengthened her to live out a gentle, forgiving, patient, selfless, and compassionate life, with incredible perseverance, work ethic, and excellence in everything she did. She will be dearly missed. Freda is survived by her husband, Arnold, her mother, Susan, her daughter, Kimberly (Yommer), her son, Josh (Stephanie) and their children: Sawyer, Gus, and Daisy, her son, Jesse ( Toni) and their children: Kamryn, Emrie, and Wade, her son Joel (Jordy), her siblings, Sandi (Mike), Dennis (Anita), Connie (Tim), Verna (Greg), and Sheila (Jim) as well as numerous extended family and friends. Freda was predeceased by her father, Frank.
The Funeral Service took place at the Bridgeway Community Church, Swift Current, SK, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Little officiating. “In the Garden,” “In the Sweet By and By,” and “Amazing Grace” were sung by the congregation under the leadership of Archie Neufeld with Nancy Peters as pianist. Special music was brought by Archie and Sylvia Neufeld. The eulogy was read by Elsie Holderbein (Rempel) and Anita Zacharias. Tributes were given by Kim Rempel, Josh Rempel (with Sawyer and Gus), Jesse Rempel, and Joel Rempel. Ushers for the service were Darby Zacharias, Sidney Heuer, Jason Holderbein, and Devin Martens. The luncheon was held in Cedar Hall. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Josh Rempel, Jesse Rempel, Joel Rempel, Yommer Charalla, Robert Rempel, Dennis Zacharias, Jerry Holderbein, and Greg Heuer acting as pallbearers. In memory of Freda Rempel, donations made to Our Daily Bread Ministries or to the Falkland School Historic Site, McMahon would be appreciated by the family.