Hazel Halbach (Schindel) passed away peacefully on March 24, 2022, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on July 13, 1927, the youngest child of Julius and Hulda (Findling) Schindel on the family farm just south of Lintlaw. As a child she attended St. Eutrope School.
On October 29, 1946 she married a local farmer, Carl Halbach. She moved to live with Carl on his family farm, living with his parents for the first few years. She often talked about the very strong bond she had with her mother-in-law.
She is survived by her children - Ethel (Lawrence), Shirley (James), Ruth (Donald), Rosemary, Phyllis (James), Joseph (Belinda) and Sandra (Wolfgang). Mom was blessed with 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, sister-in-law Edith Halbach and a few close friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Carl (2020), her parents and her siblings: Theresa, Elizabeth, Oswald and Robert.
Mom lived the majority of her life in Lintlaw. In 2015 they sold the family farm and moved to Saskatoon to be closer to family. She loved her time at the Bentley, socializing and was blessed to find that one of her CWL friends lived there too. She got to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. That always brought a smile to her face.
Mom was a very loving person who gave so much love and support to her family. She always wanted to know how they were doing at work, hobbies or sports. She joined the Roman Catholic Church after marriage and became a member of the Catholic Women’s League in 1949. She served as president for the CWL for several years and remained a member her entire life. She loved being a part of that group and made lifelong friends. She also, for a few years, headed up the Lintlaw Catholic Cemetery maintenance committee.
Mom enjoyed displaying her wares and cooking skills at the local fairs. She often entered samples of her vegetables and baking and was rewarded with many ribbons. Mom also liked visiting with the people at the fairs as she was a very social person, enjoying other people’s company.
Mom loved gardening and her flowers. She grew a very big garden, even after her children left home. They were well supplied with fresh vegetables for years. Long weekend in May was flower planting: her favourite flowers were petunias. At Christmas time, Mom and Dad would do the family tour, heading out to Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina areas, dropping off bags of perogies, cabbage rolls and containers of goodies for her children and grandchildren.
Mom was a tough, caring and hardworking individual, full of love and taught her children to do the same, for which we are very grateful. Putting others before herself was always at the top of her list. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
We would like to thank the staff at Luther Care Special Home for their wonderful care of Mom for the past three years. We are also thankful for family and friends in Lintlaw who helped our parents during their last years on the farm.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Mom, the family requests that you consider 1) St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Parish; Box 171, Lintlaw, SK S0A 2H0 or via Archdiocese of Saskatoon attention St. Theresa’s Parish: https://dscf.ca/parish-offertory/#1584560684067-e98e4b38-b71c 2) LutherCare Foundation - Luther Special Care Home for Recreation Department https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/9632
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