A.C. (Tony) Steiert
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1918 - 2013
Tony, commonly called A.C., was born in Prelate, SK, to parents who had immigrated from Russia. At an early age Dad was exposed to hard work when at the age of 15 he and brother Rudy were sent some 60 miles from home to farm a section of land. This work ethic stayed with him until his retirement at age 88. Dad chose farming but not until after he attended university, served in the air force, and married Kathleen (Kitty) Roche in 1943. Dad and Mom had six children and raised us in Alsask, SK. Our Mom died in 2002 and our oldest brother, Michael, died in December 2012. Michael and Patt (Kramm) have Lana (Randy), Jason (Nicole) and Malynne. Grandchildren Josh, Ryan, Zach, Kathleen, and Jackson. Danny & Audrey (Borschneck) have Danielle (Jim Britton), Melissa (Church) and Chandra (Rob). Grandchildren Austin, Jesse, Joelle and Baxton. Maureen married Bill Preston, Patty and Glenn Woodford have Kate and Spencer Tom married Joanne Stewart Gerry and Beth (Tumbach) have Jacqui (Paul), Drew and Angela. Remembering also Dad's sister Jean Burnell and his many nephew and nieces. Dad loved to ride horses, raising Arabians which he and the boys completed in Gymkhana events and rode in many parades. Purebred Polled Herefords were also raised and shown in many show rings. During this time Dad had many other 'irons in the fire': Served on Village of Alsask Council Formed the Prairie Gold Boy Scouts Association and became Distinct Commissioner 1966-1991 Council of the R.M. of Milton 1973-1987 Director of SARM 1974-1988 Medical Admissions at U. of S. 1976-1983 Western Grain Stabilization Program Worked on Canadian Grains Council Helped form the Meridian Community Futures Program 1st President of Alsask Lions Club and member for 47 years Active member of the Catholic Church, serving as choir director until age 93 Grand Knight of the K. of C. Legion Member speaking at many schools on November 11. Operated a fish hatchery and growing facility until age 88. 2000 received Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Service to Rural SK 2005 Centennial Medal. Well known for storytelling and his poetry, "The Vacant Farm" being the best known. Dad lived his last year at the Oasis Care Home in Eatonia. He was very complimentary of the staff and would say "This is my home now". He was confined to a wheelchair for this last year but loved nothing more than being wheeled outside so the wind and rain could mess his 'three hairs'. Dad died peacefully at age 95, although he would say 96. Job well done my good and faithful servant!! Our family thanks the staff of the Oasis who made Dad's last year a very special and blessed one. Funeral prayers will be Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. with Funeral Mass on Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church , Kindersley, SK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eatonia Oasis Living c/o Box 217, Eatonia, SK S0L 0Y0. Funeral arrangements by Kindersley Community Funeral Home and Crematorium.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on May 27, 2013