Clara Edna (Mantei) Demeter
1933 - 2021
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DEMETER, Clara Edna (nee Mantei) It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, Clara Demeter, who died peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the age of 87 years. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank; cherished son Dean; parents Edward and Elizabeth Mantei; siblings Herman Mantei (in infancy), Albert Mantei, William (Lillian) Mantei, Bertha (Tom) Cundall, Rudy Mantei, Ella (Elmer "Shorty") Jensen, Lenora (Bill) Konopaki, Archie (Lois) Mantei, Margaret (Henry) Wingert, and twin brother Clarence Mantei; mother and father-in-law Michael and Mary Demeter; brothers and sister-in-law Mike (Theresa) Demeter and Richard Orr. Left to mourn Clara's passing and cherish her memory are her daughter Wendy (Del) Aebig; son Terry (Sandy); grandson Trey and granddaughter Stephanie (Kyle Brandt); sisters-in-law Esther Mantei, Martha Mantei, Myrtle Finstad and Ann Orr; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Clara was born on October 19, 1933 in Estevan, SK and grew up on the Mantei family farm near Outram. She learned the value of hard work doing her share of chores on the farm alongside her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, singing, baking, volunteer work, watching and cheering on her kids and grandkids in hockey, ringette, and archery. She especially loved genealogy and Clara spent a great many years researching both the Mantei and Demeter family histories. Clara was very proud of her German Heritage, and she loved showing that pride as a member of the Regina Volksliederchor Harmonie (German Harmony Choir) with whom she sang traditional German folk songs, hymns and Christmas carols at various events around Regina and festivals across Western Canada. Along with her singing, she also read music and played the accordion, organ and the autoharp. Clara will be remembered as a kind, funny and caring woman, always choosing to see the best in people, and never refusing those in need. Above all, she was an incredibly devoted wife and mother, and her love forher entire family was unconditional and unfaltering, especially her tireless dedication to her son Dean. Her gentle and friendly nature enriched the lives of everyone she met. A Private Interment will be held for the immediate family on Saturday, May 1, 2021, and a Celebration of Life will be held in Regina, SK at an appropriate date in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clara's memory can be made to the William Booth Special Care Home, 50 Angus Road, Regina, SK S4R 8P6, the Regina Humane Society, Highway #6 and Armour Road, Box 3143, Regina, SK S4P 3G7 or the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan Inc., 2550 12 Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1. Family and friends are invited to view the online obituary and tributes page at Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery (306) 789-8850.

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Published in Estevan Mercury from Apr. 21 to May 21, 2021.
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