Margaret Wetterlund of Preeceville, formerly of Regina passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on August 1, 2019 at the Preeceville & District Health Centre – Long Term Care. She was ninety five years of age.
Margaret Emma Kristine Wetterlund was born October 1, 1923 to John and Beatha Wetterlund (nee Nilsson). She was the third of six children. Margaret attended elementary & high school in Sturgis. She attended Business College in Winnipeg in 1941. Margaret worked there until she returned to Saskatchewan in 1944. The next two years were spent in Reserve, SK., employed by The Pas Lumber Company. Following this, she came back to Sturgis to become assistant to Wm. L. MacNeill, secretary-treasurer of Sturgis School Unit No. 45, from 1946 to 1953.
For the next seven years, she was in Ottawa on the House of Commons sessional staff assigned to Mr. A. M. Nicholson, MP for Mackenzie. In between sessions & after her years on "The Hill" she accepted term employment with various federal government departments in the capital. This led to further government employment in Fort Smith, N.W.T. from 1960 to 1970. In 1971 she moved to Regina where she retired from Environment Canada in 1988.
The Scandinavian families were close – the Wetterlunds, George Johnsons, Arvid Olsons & Morkens were some that visited back and forth. She would have been thrilled to have been asked to be godmother to Margaret Prekaski (nee Morken). She typed up the Family Tree. She knew everyone’s birthday and would always send a card. There would be presents at Christmas. She also had the Family Tree of the relatives in Sweden.
Family was very important to her. While she lived in Fort Smith, she would often go to Yellowknife for the weekend to visit her sister June and family. She would spend Christmas with them. Once she moved to Regina, and her sister June and family were now in Edmonton, she would alternate her Christmas’s between Edmonton & Sturgis. She would often come up to Sturgis for a visit. She enjoyed the fall with the autumn colors & harvest. The nieces and nephews from Conquest remember her having supper in the field.
She had a special bond with her nephew Brent. His trips to see family in Edmonton or Sturgis would always include a stop in Regina to see her.
She loved to read and kept up on current affairs & was interested in politics and the Royal Family. She attended many sessions at the University of Regina for her own interest & education. While living in Regina, she had received an invitation to attend a luncheon at someone’s home, to meet a dignitary from Sweden. She would be a good ambassador for her city, province & country.
She along with friends enjoyed window shopping. If she found something she liked she would think about it, and wait for it to go on sale. She was meticulous in her dress whether it was at work or going out. As a resident of the Long Term Care she continued to pick out her clothes until the last few weeks. She also enjoyed her food & especially if it was homemade. She was always game for a cup of coffee and whatever went with it. She was kind, thoughtful and generous. She enjoyed a good joke and had quite a sense of humor.
When she was in Regina her apartment often hosted family as this was a “must stop” when travelling to or through the city. There was an open invitation to come & visit or stay. She was always very appreciative of anything you did for her & always thanked you for coming to visit & would say "come again soon". This continued even in her latter days.
While living in Regina she was an original & continuous member of the Scandinavian Club of Regina from 1976- 2001. She was active in the Lutheran church. For many years she attended the Globe Theatre productions.
She travelled extensively in Canada, the USA and Europe.
Her health began to fail and in August 2012 she moved to the Preeceville Personal Care Home. In August 2014 she fell. Following surgery, she spent a few weeks in the Invermay Long Term Care & then in November 2014 she was transferred to the Preeceville Long Term Care facility
She is predeceased by his parents John (1968), Beatha (1970), sisters Birgit Beatty (2012), June Hladky (2014), brother Nels (2016), brothers-in-law Francis Beatty (1987), Jack Medlang (2003), and great nephew Cory Heffernan (1985). She is survived by sisters Ingeborg Medlang, Emmy Amy, brothers-in-law Bill Hladky, Lyle Amy, many nieces and nephews and relatives in Sweden.
She was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
A Visitation for family and friends of the late Margaret Wetterlund of Preeceville, formerly of Regina was held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Margaret were held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from St. John Lutheran Church in Preeceville with Pastor Hein Bertram officiating.
The interment followed in the Preeceville Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Preeceville & District Health Centre Long Term Care Auxiliary, St. John Lutheran Church or a Charity of One's Choice as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements were entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.