Pearl Grace Hain
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April 12, 1912 - March 24, 2012
Pearl Grace Hain passed away in the palliative care unit at the Rosthern Union Hospital on the morning of March 24, 2012. She was born August 12, 1912 to Charles and Sarah Kalbfleisch, in a farm house north of Carlton. Pearl's parents were among the early settlers in the area. Her mother, Sarah Shearer, arrived with her family in 1882, when she was five years old. Her father Charles arrived in 1892, when he was 23 years old. Pearl lost her father in an automobile rollover at Rosthern, when she was four years old. She stayed on the farm to help her mother for most of the next 34 years. In the 1930s, she worked a year in Saskatoon as a housekeeper. In the 1940s, she worked two years in Toronto as a machinist at a war plant. In 1950, Pearl married Eryk Hain and moved north to Choiceland where they operated a butcher shop and locker plant for the next 25 years. She worked hard long hours in the shop, raised two boys, and maintained a house and large vegetable gardens. Pearl enjoyed playing the piano, but gardening was her favourite recreation. In 1975, Pearl and Eryk retired and moved to Rosthern. Those were the happiest years of her life. They were back close to family, and had large vegetable and flower gardens, along with time to care for them. They also had time to enjoy auction sales and senior citizens club activities. There were also frequent trips to Saskatoon and Prince Albert to visit children and grandchildren. When Eryk passed away in 1998, Pearl moved to the Jubilee Home in Rosthern, along with her Yamaha organ and many of her favourite roses. She slowly grew to love her apartment where she fully looked after her rose garden right up until her 97th year. Last May, Pearl became wheelchair dependent and moved to Lakeview Pioneer Lodge in Wakaw. Two of her roses made the move with her. Table ball became one of her favourite activities. She was playing the piano days before her final hospitalization. She is predeceased by: her husband Eryk and also by her parents Charles and Sarah, sisters Beth, Edith, Anne and Edna and brothers Norman and Carl. Left to celebrate her life are: her son Norman (Bertha) Hain and grandson Greg (Pam) of Saskatoon, and son Bob Hain of Humboldt and grandson Ryan (mother Nola) of Saskatoon. Her family would like to thank the staff of Rosthern Union Hospital, Wakaw Lakeview Pioneer Lodge, and Royal University Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Rosthern, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012. Interment will follow at the Wingard Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Funk's Funeral Home, Rosthern (306-232-5245).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on May 4, 2012