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1930 – 2012
Mercedes Abrahamson (nee Postnikoff) passed away peacefully on Friday, June 22, 2012 at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre. Merce was born April 6, 1930, on the family farm in the Blaine Lake district. With her parents, Sam and Helen Postnikoff, and her sister Marcella, she lived in that area until high school, when the family moved to the Chagoness/Sylvania district. Merce graduated from high school in Tisdale, went on to Normal School in Saskatoon and later returned to university to compete Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Merce touched the lives of students in country schools in the Tisdale area, Laird and Leask, as well as Henry Kelsey School in Saskatoon, where she also assisted with the design of the new school library. While she loved teaching, she also had a passion for libraries, which led her to a new career as district librarian for the Saskatoon East School Unit, Rosthern School Unit, and the North Battleford School District. In North Battleford, she was also the Story Lady on local TV! She ended her teaching career as a primary teacher and school librarian in Langham. During her school library career, Merce was seconded to Canadian Forces Base Lahr in West Germany to work as an elementary school librarian. The two years she spent in Germany and travelling Europe she has said were two of the best years; she loved going on bus tours, taking photos, and collecting friends as she travelled. When she returned to Saskatoon, Merce met her companion, caregiver, and best friend Frank, with whom she shared joys, sorrows, friends and family for the last 40 years. Merce lived for her family. She cared for both parents well into their old age and was devastated when her sister passed away in 1992. Merce has stayed close to her parents' remaining siblings, her Aunt Ferne and Uncle Jim, as well as to numerous cousins. Her daughter Pam, grandchildren Jared and Natasha, son-in-law Alan, and granddaughter-in-law Emma-Leigh have been her greatest joys. But Merce also cherished her many friends: she loved to buy things for them and their families, and was a "substitute grandma" for many children. Our world will have an empty spot as Merce moves on, but it's a better place for her having lived in it. Heartfelt thanks go to all staff members and residents of Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre, who supported and nurtured Merce during her last few difficult years. In memory of Merce, donations may be made to Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre, 2200 St. Henry Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0P5. A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon. A private family interment of Merce's ashes will take place near her parents' graves in Woodlawn Cemetery. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.parkfuneral.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Kenneth J. Scheirich, PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 306.244.2103.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from June 25 to June 26, 2012