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Flora Gjerde

GJERDE: Mrs. Flora Gjerde, 91 years, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Watson Health Center. Flora was born on October 12, 1919 the 11th child out of 15 to John and Albena (nee Danis) Rondeau in the Wadena District.


Mrs. Flora Gjerde, 91 years, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Watson Health Center. Flora was born on October 12, 1919 the 11th child out of 15 to John and Albena (nee Danis) Rondeau in the Wadena District. She attended Bradgate School. Following her education she remained in the area helping her mother and other neighbours with domestic duties. On December 7, 1939 she married Olger Gjerde at Dahlton. Together they began their farming career in the Nora area. Flora was very active in the day to day operations of the family farm. Together they raised five children. She enjoyed gardening and the domestic duties of running a home but the art of being a chef was her favourite, she was known for her excellent cooking skills. She enjoyed participating in curling and ball. She was a member of the "Nora Sunshine Circle" a group of ladies that would meet regularly. Her caring, compassionate and nurturing personality showed through as she helped others through difficult times, including family and fostering children. After the premature death of Olger in 1968 Flora moved to Saskatoon where she worked for the Family Service Bureau in the Home Care division. Later she expanded on her cooking talents by working in the catering business at hotels and the Saskatoon Airport. Following this she became a cook with the oil rigs in Alberta and the Territories, where she gained respect and furthered her natural ability to help others. Again she was very well known for her gift as a very good cook! At the age of 64 she retired and continued to be very active socially, enjoying dancing and bowling where she won many trophies in Western Canada for high scores. In 2006 Flora moved to Naicam to be closer to her family and she adapted quickly and loved her independent life in Naicam. Due to failing health she moved to Evergreen Country Home in LeRoy on March 1, 2011. The family is very grateful for their sister Yvonne for all her time and special care given to their mother. Flora will be lovingly remembered by her five children, 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren: Yvonne (Douglas) Muir of Spalding and family, Wayne (Leah) Muir and children Aidan and Ian of Lloydminster, Keith (Debra) Muir and children Tiann and Jenna of Regina, James (Lisa) Muir and children Luke, Oliver and Ben of Rose Valley, Shelley Muir (Wade Kozak) and children Hunter and Kate of Saskatoon; and Yvonne and Douglas's foster child, Dale (Violet) Hauck of Wainwright, AB and son Michael of Calgary; Wilford Gjerde of Marcelin and family, Karen (Darren Senger) Gjerde of Lloydminster and Bradley (Wendy) Gjrede and son Oakley of Dalmeny; Clifford Gjerde of Leask and family Corrine Winslow and children Matthew, Eric and Danielle of Saskatoon, Christine (Trent) Walker and children Brandon, Nicholas and Tylor and Lyndon Gjerde and son Justin of Saskatoon; Gerald Gjerde of Strathmore, AB and family Shawn Gjerde of Olds, AB and Tracy (John) Barbas and children William, Daniel and Ryan of Strathmore, AB; and Brenda Prevost (Gord Muir) of Kamloops, BC and family Jason (Sandra) Prevost and children Emily and Tyson of Olds, AB Trevor Prevost and son Christian of Regina and Melissa Prevost (Ken Rily) of Fort McMurray, AB; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Flora was predeceased by her husband, Olger (1968); grandson, Shane Muir (1974); daughter-in-law, Linda Gjerde (2003) and her long time friend and companion, Roman Rauw (2002); brothers and sisters: Lenore Rondeau, Alex (Lucia) Rondeau, Joseph Rondeau (infant), Ted Rondeau, Adele (Frank) Deschamps, Soulange (Bernard) Tipper, Cecile (Lionel) Deschamps, Arthur (May) Rondeau, Florence (Reinert) Aasen, Paul Rondeau, Isabel (Eric) Scheuneman, Sarah (Leo) Furber, John (Solonge) Rondeau and David (Emma) Rondeau; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Seymor (Melena) Gjerde, Mabel (Tom) McAllister and Helmer Gjerde. The Funeral Service for Flora will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Hwy 5 East, Humboldt. Officiated by, Jenny Irwin. Others taking part in the service were: eulogist, Keith Muir and urn bearer, Clifford Gjerde. Honorary Pallbearers were "All those who shared in Flora's life". Interment will follow at a later date at Nut Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial Donations in Flora's memory may be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan or Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt, SK.