LOUISE ANNE BERNATH
March 1, 1944 - August 12, 2013
After a courageous 22 month battle with lung/brain cancer, Louise peacefully, with family at her side, entered her eternal time from the Palliative care unit In St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon. Louise's family thanks the staff of St. Paul's Palliative Care unit for the professional, compassionate and comforting care for Louise during her extended stay. Louise was born to Ludwig and Anne Hruska on March 1, 1944 on the family farm at Gerald. Louise attended public school in Gerald and was in the first grade nine class of Gerald students that attended high school at Esterhazy High. After graduation she attended Success Business College in Regina. Growing up on the farm at Gerald, Louise was certainly not a "farm" girl. Having three brothers relegated her to help her mother with the household chores. She was active in the 4-H clubs, especially the sewing and beef clubs. She became a very talented seamstress and sewed a number of her own clothes and later many for her young sons. On August 20, 1966 she married Jerome Bernath and together they began careers at IMC and lived in Gerald. For her working career, Louise started as the secretary in the Training department at IMC for a number of years. She left the work force when sons Jeffrey and Tracey were born and then she returned to working for the Engineering Department at K-2. She continued to work for IMC until the end of 1972 when she became a stay at home mom as the family moved to Flin Flon, Manitoba and later Rocanville. When Jerome returned to work for IMC in 1978 Louise returned to work as the Secretary for the Potashville School Division office until retiring in 2001. It was in this position that her proficient secretarial skills became highly appreciated by her colleagues in the School Division. Louise's smile, warm personality, and her heart of gold touched everyone she came in contact with. In a friendly and helpful way she devoted her life to others helping family, friends, and in her work, teachers and students at every opportunity she could. As a dear friend described her, "Louise is the most caring and giving person I have had the privilege of knowing." Another friend described her as having "an inner beauty that shines through all that you do, generosity, thoughtfulness and congeniality are just a few of your assets." Her pleasant way of suggestion highlighted by the phrase, "you might like to" has become part of most family member lives. She loved to volunteer, especially if it meant she could meet people and be a help to those in need. Those close to her also knew that on rare occasions when that smile disappeared, it was better to steer clear of her for a while. She had a passion for cooking and entertaining. She loved to socialize and visit with family, friends and took every opportunity to meet new friends. She had a genuine interest in the people she met which became one of her strongest attributes, for after socializing with someone for the first time she would know many details including where you lived, occupations, names and ages of children, interests, etc. It was this warm genuine personality that quickly made her a special friend. One of her greatest passions was shopping. She could spend hours browsing through stores and although ladies clothing stores were her favourite she could even spend time in a grocery store or Wal-Mart. In retirement her grandchildren became the focal part of her life. Louise and Joe tried to make at least three trips a year to Kansas City to visit Tracey and his family. In Saskatoon, she loved to walk, usually walking 10 to 12 miles a day. She also insisted on attending as many of Capri's and Chase's events as possible. Louise and Joe also spent 11 continuous winters in Lompoc California feeding Joe's golf appetite. Louise did not enjoy golf as a favourite pastime, but utilized the time to pacify Joe, to meet new friends, sightsee, and of course test out malls and stores wherever she was. She loved to travel and was always game for a trip to "wherever" at a moment's notice. She had for over 30 years kept a daily diary of events, birthdays and anniversaries and sent greeting cards to many family and friends as she always remembered dates and events. Louise was predeceased by her parents Lou and Anne Hruska, father and mother-in-law Les and Loretta Bernath and eldest brother Ed Hruska. Louise is lovingly remembered by her husband Jerome (Joe); son Jeffrey; Jodie, Capri and Chase in Saskatoon; son Tracey; Peggy, Jonathan, Marc and Alex, his fiancée Shawna Hudson; and great-granddaughter Lydia in Kansas City; brothers Don and Cec Hruska, Gerald, Ivan and Judy Hruska, Esterhazy; brother-in-law Gerald and Sharon Bernath, Esterhazy; sister-in-law Irene and Les Peters, Flin Flon; sister-in-law Lois and Jim Bulbeck, Morse, and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. In Louise's battle with cancer, "angels" became her guiding light and she now joins them. We believe that, as an angel, she will continue to be a dear friend to all. Prayer Services will be held at St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church at Gerald Sask. on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Funeral Services will take place at St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church at Gerald Sask. on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family invites you to make a donation to a Saskatchewan Cancer Organization or facility, St. Paul's Palliative Care Unit, Saskatoon or the St. Wenceslaus Parish Cemetery at Gerald. Messages of condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Peter Carscadden Funeral Service in care of arrangements. 306-745-3304.