KROEKER – LUCILLE

Posted: March 12th, 2018

KROEKER – Mrs. Lucille Elizabeth (Argue) Kroeker passed away peacefully on March 9, 2018, at the Cypress Hills Regional Hospital at the age of 95 years.  She was born on December 13, 1922, in Rouleau, SK.  Lucille is survived by her daughters and their families:  Nancy (Al) Dyck, Jerrett (Angela), Stephen, and Alicia (Aaron) Milos; Karen (Elwood) Enns, Matthew (Whitney), and Daniel (Ashley); and Margo Dyck, Kaitlyn, Sydney, and Carly.  Her two great grandchildren (Asher and Aria Enns) were the apples of her eye.  She is also survived by a cousin (Kay Housely) and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest (Ernie) Klos Kroeker; her parents, Howard and Legia May Argue; and her siblings:  Senator Hazen Argue, and Doreen Mentiplay.  Lucille grew up in Avonlea and attended school there.   After high school, Lucille went to Normal School in Moose Jaw for one year and became a teacher.  She taught in Regina for a number of years before moving to Swift Current to take a teaching position at Ashley Park School.  It was here that Lucille met Ernie who quickly became the love of her life.  Lucille and Ernie were married on October 30, 1954. She encouraged Ernie when he and a partner opened Prairie Gas in 1957.  Lucille taught until after Nancy was born, and then was a teacher-on-call until shortly after the birth of Karen, when she became a full-time, stay-at-home mom.  Lucille was very family-oriented and always put the welfare of her husband and children first.  She ensured that each of her girls completed their Grade 10 Piano before they finished high school.  In part, she accomplished this by faithfully sitting with us while we practiced until we completed Grade 8, and then helping with scales until we were finished. Lucille delivered Meals on Wheels for many years–we believe it was more than forty years– with Ernie joining her in this project after he retired.  Mom baked frequently for us as we were growing up, sent baking to us in University, and became famous with her grandchildren for her ‘Grandma Buns’, pies and carrot pudding.  Dad and Mom lived together in three different homes that they had built in Swift Current.  They moved to Pioneer Estates behind the Co-op when it first opened and made many good friends there.  After Dad’s passing, Mom remained there for another couple of years before moving into Riverview Estates.  Here she found friendship, wonderful community and security.   Evidence of this is the number of friends who visited her or signed the card for her during her final hospital stay.  Lucille had an active Christian faith from childhood, attending both Methodist and United Churches before joining Bridgeway Community Church when her children were teenagers.  Mom’s faith was highly evident in her life.  We cannot remember many days when we did not see her reading her Bible and using her devotional book first thing in the morning.  She cared deeply for others, often secretly doing things for those less fortunate than herself.  There really are no adequate words to describe our mother–our beloved family matriarch.  She was a gentle force and the most youthful and energetic 95-year-old you could imagine.  She never gave up, she never complained about her circumstances, and she was always ready for an adventure.  She had a mother’s heart and everything she did was about family.  Mom prayed for us all, cared for us all, and knew all the details of her children’s and her grandchildren’s lives.   She loved to have fun, loved to play games, and loved to gather with friends and family.   Mom had a great sense of humour and her smile lit up a room; this was true even in her final hours.   Her faith at the end guided her and comforted her, and she strongly felt the presence of the Lord.  The Celebration of Life service for Lucille will be held on March 15th at 1:30 p.m. at Bridgeway Community Church, Pastor Bob Cappelle will be officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westbank Bible Camp Box 1841 Swift Current, SK S9H 4M6 or to World Vision.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For further information or to sign the family book of condolence, please visit parksidefuneralhome.com.

 


24 Condolences to “KROEKER – LUCILLE”

  1. Heather and Jean-Paul Roberge says:

    With sincere sympathy on your loss.

  2. Heather and Jean-Paul Roberge says:

    With sincere sympathy on your loss.
    It sound as if she had a very long and fulfilling life.

  3. Frank & Betty Pribyl says:

    So Sorry To Hear Of Passing of Your Mom, Grandma & Great Grandma! Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With You During This Time Of Your Loss!

  4. Dr Vasant and Indu Ruparelia says:

    Our heartfelt condolenses to all family membes of Luceille.She lived a remarkable life. We share your loss and grief. Almighty bless her soul .

  5. Larry, Paula, Sheridan, David & Whitney says:

    Our dearest Karen, Elwood and entire family – what a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. We loved and admired your mother and she will always be remembered. Our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers… xxoo

  6. Frank McLaughlin says:

    Elwood please accept my condolences to your family.

  7. Frank McLaughlin says:

    sorry to hear of your loss. please accept my condolences.

  8. Neil Block says:

    We have very fond memories of your Mom during our years in Swift Current, she was a very special lady, with a heart open for all. May treasured memories continue to keep her near and bring you comfort. Thinking of you all with love. Ruth and Neil Block

  9. Randy and Sheila Hildebrandt says:

    I have many wonderful memories of Margo’s mom from our high school days. She was a woman with so much love for everyone. She accepted all of us as her children and we truly felt loved by her. In her later years, we got to know her again and found that her lively spirit had not wavered at all. Mrs. Kroeker will always hold a special place in my heart. Our prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dear mom.

  10. Brent Grant says:

    to the family and friends of KROEKER – LUCILLE, I send out prayers and condolences to them and many more who may have known the family = hold strong and be wise that would be what ur mother would have wanted take care plz

  11. La Dawn Di Mascio says:

    Many fond memories of lunch at your mum’s house Karen…and her ability to make all you girl’s play piano! No matter what! She also had this amazing ability to make a canned tin of mushroom soup somehow, with additions, feed us all! Am thinking of you, your children, your sisters and their families…Baci La Dawn!

  12. Mary breton says:

    Karen and Elwood and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. You have to remember the good times
    Mary Breton and family

  13. Karen Hanna says:

    To Lucille’s family , Nancy , Karen , & Margo ,
    Sending love and sincere condolences as you grieve your Mum . XO
    -Karen & Gord Mock

  14. Janet and Joe Janota says:

    Elwood, Karen and family
    Although we never met your mother our sympathies are with you. Your mother will never be forgotten as she lives on in her children. The loss is great and so are the memories you all have. How blessed you are to have had your mother for so many years.
    Our sympathies
    Janet and Joe Janota

  15. John & Doris Bornn says:

    Dear Nancy,Karen,Margo & your families, with a heavy heart & condolences. Your MOM was an example of a Godly woman, loving, caring & the list goes on & on. To John & myself, a very dear friend. We will miss her. May Gods Love surround you, special memories comfort & bring peace during this difficult time. We regret we are unable to be at the memorial service, Our Prayers & thoughts will be with you. Love Jjohn & Doris B.

  16. John and Doris says:

    Dear Nancy,Karen,Margo & your families, with a heavy heart & condolences. Your MOM was an example of a Godly woman, loving, caring & the list goes on & on. To John & myself, a very dear friend. We will miss her. May Gods Love surround you, special memories comfort & bring peace during this difficult time. We regret we are unable to be at the memorial service, Our Prayers & thoughts will be with you. Love Jjohn & Doris B.

  17. Kari Eidsness Hodges says:

    Our deepest condolences to Nancy, Karen and Margo and their families. We have very fond memories of your Mom. She will be truly missed. HUGS to you all. Kari and Darwin Hodges

  18. Noreen Dewar says:

    to Lucille,s family, Nancy,Karen.& Margo, and their families. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.I have very fond memories of your Mom when i was a kid. she was always good to me and that i will always remember.

  19. Sylvia & Dan and family says:

    We are so sad that you have lost your beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She really was such a warm bright shining star. Treasure your memories of her. I will never be able to eat a piece pie again without wishing it was one of your mum’s.

  20. Leslie and larry Brune says:

    What a beautiful eulogy for a life so well lived. Love and prayers to you all as you grieve your mum.
    XO
    Les and LB

  21. Marlys Bingham says:

    . to Lucille;s family, Nancy, Karen, & Margo, and their families, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I have very fond memories of our friendship for over 60 years. It was my pleasure to have such a wonderful friend. Her memory will always be in my heart forever.

  22. John & Doris Bornn says:

    Dear Nancy, Karen,Margo &your families, With a heavy heart & condolences. Your mom was an example of a Godly woman, Loving, caring & the list goes on & on. To John & myself, a very dear friend. We will miss her. May Gods Love & Memories bring comfort & peace during this difficult time. We so regret that we are unable to attend Lucille’s Memorial service. Love John & Doris Bornn

    special memories bring comfort & peace during this difficult time. we so regret that we are unable to be at Lucille’s memorial service. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. love john & Doris Bornn

  23. Julie Chickoski says:

    To Lucille’s Family:
    Your Mom has been a part of the Bridgeway Community for a long time and I appreciated her friendly positive cheerfulness. About a year and a half ago we met in the Toronto airport. She was on her way home from visiting one of you and she had fallen, I believe? And her stay had been unexpectedly extended. We were on our way to Europe. When you meet someone you know in a place you don’t expect to it’s like you’re best friends. We had such a nice little visit. She didn’t seem like she was 95! She had a timelessness I can only hope for!

    I could only attend part of the funeral yesterday. But I wanted to honour your Mom. I had one grandchild with me and had to get home before 3 more got home from school. But I feel like just hearing Matthew sing that song was all I needed to hear. Such a beautiful tender voice. Please thank him for doing that. And all the grandchildren for their heartfelt comments.

    Praying for safety for you all as you return home.

  24. Jan Woltmann says:

    Heartfelt condolences Karen and family. Your mom’s ready smile and her willingness to laugh easily is what I remember from childhood. That she and my mom (Annabelle) have discovered the great mystery of God and glory so close together makes me smile amidst tears. May God bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you, lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace. Love & hugs

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