Elfrieda Mantay
1919 - 2021
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Elfrieda Helena Mantay October 21, 1919 to August 6, 2021 Elfrieda Mantay late of Weyburn, Saskatchewan passed away August 6, 2021 at the age of 101 years. Elfrieda was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Carolina Gerhardt; her husband, Reinhold; brothers Bernard, Wilfred and Ernest; and granddaughter Jayne Putland. She is lovingly remembered by her family: six daughters, Gloria (David) Stieh, Saanichton, BC; Janet (Roger) Perrault, Ottawa, Ontario; Carol (David) Byrns, Yellow Grass, Sask; Colleen Mantay, Weyburn, Sask; Valerie (Clifford) Crickett, Anola, Manitoba; and Beverly Roy, Weyburn, Sask; 10 grandchildren, Heather (Brad Tupechka) Stieh, Heidi (Michael Steg) Stieh, Jennifer (Marcus) Stoodley, Kimberly (Neil Stang) Byrns, Robert (Robyn) Byrns, Carolyn (Eric) Maguet, Nancy (Franz) Peters, Alexander (Veronica Gotelli) Roy, Richard (Melinda) Roy, and Preston (Brittany) Roy; 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Leona Sinclair, St. Albert, Alberta, and Violet Roesslein, Weyburn, Sask; two brothers: Harold (Lila) Gerhardt, Nanaimo, BC, and Elmer Gerhardt, Milwaukie, Oregon; and sister-in-law Helen Gerhardt, Winfield BC. Mom was born in Weyburn, the eldest of seven children. She attended Souris School up to grade eight, at which time she had to quit school to help care for her siblings. She started dating Reinhold while she was working at the Woolworth store in Weyburn and they were married in 1942. Dad farmed north of McTaggart and Mom joined him there on the farm. There were many years of hard work ahead - helping with work on the farm, managing a large garden, raising six daughters, canning, and sewing, but always finding time and energy to grow flowers in the front yard. Mom and Dad were members of the Peace Lutheran Church in Yellow Grass where she taught Sunday school. Later, Mom appreciated the time she spent with Dad traveling to sunny south (Arizona, Florida and Texas) in the winter months, first using a camper on their truck, then buying a motorhome, and after that, renting a mobile home in Mesa for the last few years. Mom enjoyed doing needlecraft during those winter trips, framed art pieces that her daughters now treasure. Mom and Dad left the farm in 1987 and moved into Weyburn. Dad died in 1992. Mom stayed in the house until 1998 at which time she moved into an apartment following surgery for a shoulder injury. During these years in Weyburn, Mom kept active with quilting, playing Cribbage and Whist at the Wheatland Senior Centre as well as spending time with family. At the age of 92 she began playing Bridge which she enjoyed. Mom also drove until she was 97, at which time she decided that rather than facing another winter of clearing snow from the car after playing cards, she would give up driving and sell her car. One of Mom's greatest pleasures in her later years was traveling in Canada and the States with her daughters. She also had wonderful memories of two trips to Europe with a group from the Weyburn Zion Lutheran Church. In 2017 Mom moved into Tatagwa View Nursing Home. Elfrieda's family wishes to express appreciation for the care she received at Tatagwa View House 4. A special thanks to Carol and Bev from their sisters - Gloria, Janet, Colleen and Val - for the years of support and comfort that they gave Mom after Dad died, and especially in recent years. At Mom's request a private family gathering and internment will take place at the Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan. Donations in memory of Elfrieda Mantay may be made to the Tatagwa View Recreation Department or to the Weyburn Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be left at: www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Weyburn, Saskatchewan 306-842-5432.

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Published in Weyburn Review from Aug. 11 to Sep. 10, 2021.
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