John Andrew Thauberger
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After living a full life of 99 years, John passed gently away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Long Lake Integrated Health Centre in Imperial, Sask, where he had been a resident for the past five years. John is predeceased by his wife Adeline; sons John, Harvey and daughter MaryAnn and daughter-in-law Mary (Ash); sisters Alvina, Matilda, Mary, Annie, Sabina and brother Gottlieb. He is survived by his sons Keith (Marilyn), David (Ronnie), Don; daughter Joyce; daughters-in-law Betty and Jeanette; 15 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren and his sister Katherine. John was born in Holdfast September 15, 1913, and although he remained there for the rest of his life, he had a somewhat varied career. At age 14, he went to work for "Uncle AJ". Following that he was a Bulk Fuel Agent for Imperial Oil, bought grain for UGG, owned an Esso Service Station, and held dealerships for both Massey Harris/Ferguson farm equipment and Ford automobiles, all while being an active farmer. As a young man, John was an avid actor in local productions. He was a dedicated stamp and coin collector and enjoyed reading, particularly "Westerns". John was very active in the community including the Knights of Columbus and serving on various local boards. So very often, John gave quiet assistance to people in need. His one regret was that he was so busy providing for his family, that he did not spend as much time with them as he would have wished. To honour his life, you may wish to perform a "random act of kindness" for someone, in your family or your community. Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am, at Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Holdfast, SK. Donations to the Holdfast Cemetery Fund or the Long Lake Integrated Health Centre will be gratefully accepted. The family sends a special thank you to the caring staff in Imperial and also to the friends, neighbours and café staff in Holdfast who helped him in the years after Adeline died.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012