On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at the age of 80, our mother, Mary Dyck, left us to be with her Lord and Savior. Our mother is loving remembered by her children, Brenda (Dale) Fisher (Swift Current, SK), Bradley (Penny) Dyck (Sexsmith, AB), and Deborah (Jefferie) Howlett (Swift Current, SK); her grandchildren, Kerri (Brad) Chicoine, Jamie (Chris) Poletz, Samantha (Phil) McKinnley, Jessica Howlett, Andrew Dyck, David Dyck, and Alden Dyck; her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Kaydance, Riley, Blake, Emmett, Benson, and Madison; her siblings, Kathy, Bob (Margaret), Helen, Andy, Eva, Betty (Jim), Susan (Henry), and Hilda; her brother-in-law, Vernon; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Alden, in 2010; her son, Keith, in 2021; her parents, Jacob & Helen Knelsen; her parents-in-law, John & Justine; her sister, Helena; and by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Corney, George, Robert, Dora, Wilbert (Helen), Annabelle, Elmer (Eva), John (Miriam), Leona (Leonard).
Mom was born on August 20, 1941 in Swift Current, SK to Jacob & Helen Knelsen — the oldest of ten children. Growing up, mom’s family lived in many places including Taber, AB and La Crête, AB, and then back to Swift Current. She spoke many times of the trip to La Crête in her dad’s homemade trailer. Mom travelled back to Taber often to see one of the last homes her father built, the last time was with her sister, Kathy.
Mom married the love of her life, Alden Dyck, on September 25, 1960 in Swift Current and together, they were blessed with four children. Mom worked at Bradbrooke’s Drug Store and Bi-Rite Drug store, she loved helping her customers find that special gift. Mom was a longtime member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, holding many positions over the years.
In 1997, they relocated to Wetaskiwin AB where mom again worked in a local drug store and then began volunteering at the Hospital Auxiliary. So many memories were made visiting around the kitchen table and helping Mom prepare feasts for the ever expanding family.
Mom loved to travel. Over the years they went on a Caribbean cruise, travelled to Mexico, Cuba, Nashville, Maritimes, Alaska, and California. Mom loved camping and in our adult years, we all met somewhere with our tents or RV’s. There was usually fresh roll kuchen and watermelon for at least one meal. When we were younger, summers were wherever Dad was working, so we always felt like we were camping all the time. Summers were spent in Southern Alberta, Southern Saskatchewan, Southern Manitoba, and Montana.
Mom was always there when we needed a shoulder to cry on or advice on any particular issue that we were struggling with. Grandma was always ready for a visit with her grandchildren. So many sleepovers with big T-shirts for pajamas. Hours spent at the kitchen table painting ceramics, making perogies, and listening to stories. We will all cherish our memories of visiting with Grandma.
In 2011, Mom moved to Medicine Hat, AB where she volunteered at the hospital auxiliary. There, she renewed friendships with some old friends and found many new ones. In 2016, Mom moved back to Swift Current.
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverview Village Estates as well the staff at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri, SK for the care Mom received.
The Funeral Service for Mary Dyck was held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm from Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Swift Current, SK with Rev. Travis Heide officiating. “Amazing Grace,” “Father Welcomes,” and “On Eagles Wings” were sung by the congregation, with Christine Hanel serving as pianist. The tribute was given by Mary’s children, Brenda Fisher, Bradley Dyck, and Deborah Howlett. The usher in the church was Carl Schatkoski. The Private Family Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service at the Herbert Cemetery, Herbert, SK with Bradley Dyck, Dale Fisher, Jefferie Howlett, Andrew Dyck, David Dyck, and Alden Dyck serving as Pallbearers. Mary’s Grandchildren served as Honorary Pallbearers.
The service was recorded and can be viewed here
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