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Zygmunt Reichert passed away at the age of 92 in Saskatoon on November 16, 2012. He leaves behind his wife Mary (Neustadter) after 62 years of marriage. Opa was born in 1920 in Konigsau, Poland to Katharina and Stanislau Reichert. He was predeceased by an older brother (Johan), a younger sister (Emilia), as well as all of his step-siblings (Julie, Emilia, Mina, Matilda and Stanislau). Opa's strong character began to develop when his mother died when he was only 12. He left home at 16 and a short time later began to serve in the Polish army where he worked as a mechanic. When he was discharged from the army, he came to Canada (1948) to start a new life away from war-torn Europe. Although Opa only had a grade 8 education, he strongly valued learning and higher education. He eventually settled in Saskatoon because it had a university and he wanted his children and grandchildren to attend university. This dream became a reality later in his life. In 1949, Zygmunt met Mary at English language school. They had two sons Robert (Elaine) and Jeffery (Eithne) and 5 grandchildren: Aaron (Samantha) and Alexis (Nick) in Ottawa, Tara in Saskatoon, Todd in Toronto and Bridget (Ryan) in Calgary. Although Zygmunt did not have immediate family in Canada, he was always close to his wife's family (brothers Peter and John and sisters Ann and Helen). For 25 years, Opa worked as a heavy-duty mechanic at R.J. Fyfe Equipment in Saskatoon. He always worked fast and efficiently, and Opa passed on this work ethic to his children and grandchildren. In retirement, he built a cabin at Blackstrap Lake which became a treasured place of peace and solace for the family. In later years, he enjoyed caring for his wife, his grandchildren, fixing things, and gardening. Opa was blessed with an inventive imagination, optimistic spirit, loving personality and very good health. He will be dearly missed. The memorial service will be held at the Cornerstone Mennonite Church (315 Lenore Drive) on Wednesday, November 21 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul's Foundation. Arrangements are in care of MARTENS WARMAN FUNERAL HOME (934-4888).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2012