Evelyn May Thode
February 19th, 1921 - January 8th, 2013
Evelyn May Thode peacefully passed away at the age of 91 in Nanaimo, BC.
Evelyn grew up in Bradwell, SK where her father, Donald Harnett, was a station agent for the Canadian National Railway. She attended Saskatoon Normal School and taught briefly in a one room schoolhouse. During that time, a young child at her boarding house nicknamed her "Lole". She met Bill Thode at the skating rink in Dundurn and they married in 1942. Evelyn was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Dundurn United Church for which she volunteered in various capacities. As well as being a loving "super mom" to six children, Evelyn was also Bill's working partner in their Thode Hereford Ranch. For their children, she helped organize community activities such as figure skating, dancing and swimming classes.
After they moved to Saskatoon, the family attended Grosvenor Park United Church. Evelyn was an accomplished seamstress who made prom dresses, suits, lingerie, hats and upholstered chairs. There was always a project in progress. Evelyn was also a "Mrs. Fix-it" who tinkered with a clock or iron until it was fixed. She loved gardening, reading, playing the piano and especially playing bridge. Throughout her life, she participated with enthusiasm and skill in many sports but was particularly passionate about curling and golf. Evelyn was an active Ladies Club member of Holiday Park and Greenbryre golf courses. She had great fun participating with her friends in the skits, songs, dances and costumes at various bonspiels and golf tournaments.
She and Bill enjoyed their winters in California and Florida as well as many international trips for business and pleasure. She was an adventurous person who never let a chance to try a new experience go by unexplored. Evelyn and her family very much appreciated her sister Yvonne, her golfing friends and others who helped her to continue her activities during her later years in Saskatoon. She spent her last 7 years in BC at the Nanaimo Seniors Village. Early on, she had joined the Nanaimo Ladies Newcomers Club as well as their golf, gardening and bridge groups. She was also keen to take part in various N.S.V. activities. Poor health made her last years very difficult but she received gentle understanding and dignified care by the excellent staff at the Nanaimo Seniors Village. Evelyn will be remembered for her selfless dedication to her family and friends as well as for her energetic, determined spirit.
Evelyn leaves behind her six children: Judith (Tony) Zerr and Margaret (Bruce) Tew of Nanaimo, BC; Janie (Fred) Jardine of Collingwood, ON; Barbara (Larry) Cufino of Mississauga, ON; Kathy Thode (Bill Millier) of Moravia, NY; and Tom Thode of Saskatoon; her two siblings: Yvonne Lindberg & Gerald (Fran) Harnett of Saskatoon; her grandchildren: Bruce (Carolyn) Jensen, Kathy (Richard) Robinson, Dennis (Paula) Tew, Michael (Amber) Tew, Jeff & John Jardine, Jennifer Cufino and Andrew Millier; 12 great-grandchildren: Erik, Garth & Tyrell Jensen; Andrew & Ava Zerr; Tyler & Jacoby Robinson; Liam, Kieran & Callum Tew; and Landon & Jocelyn Tew.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, William "Bill" Thode; her parents, Donald & Hazel Harnett; her brothers Don (Laura), Jim (Marg) and Harold (Barb) Harnett; her brother-in-law John Lindberg; her grandson, Rudy Zerr; and Bill's parents, Charlie and Zelma Thode. Evelyn was the last surviving member of Bill's siblings and their spouses: Eckhart (Edna), Harry (Sadie) and Margaret (Joe Millman & Harold Willson).
The interment of cremated remains will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Saskatoon at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013. A Celebration of Evelyn's Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Saskatoon Funeral Home. Memorial donations could be made to any charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (244-5577).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2013