OBITUARY

Wanda Bernice Broadbent

10 January, 192716 May, 2021
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It is with great sadness and love that the family of Wanda Broadbent announce her passing on May 16, 2021 at the age of 94.

She will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Carol Scheetz, Vicki Fritz (Roger), and Valerie Free (David). Wanda’s wonderful legacy will continue on with her eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one little beautiful great-great grandchild. She is survived by one sister, Janet Wedman of Red Deer, and one sister-in-law Carol Tomaszeski, of Breton, AB. We also would like to acknowledge Wanda’s Caregiver, Phyllis Turple for her endless love and dedication, as well as Jeanne Szepesi for her lasting companionship.

Wanda is predeceased by her husband George, parents John and Victoria Tomaszeski, brothers Eddy and Maurice, one sister Albina, one sister-in-law Melva Thomas and Roland Scheetz, son-in-law.

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Bob MacDonald

26 May 2021

I was sad to hear of Wanda’s death. I remember her fondly as my grade 6 teacher on Genesee. She did a great job in a one room school with students from grade 1 to 9. And, of course, I became a colleague of hers in Warburg. I admired her excellent work in the elementary school. She insisted that students do good work. Wanda was widely respected as a great teacher and fine person.

Charlene Drozd

20 May 2021

My condolences to Mrs. Broadbent’s daughters, their families, and those who loved her. She was one of the pillars of the Warburg community. I remember her with great fondness as our school librarian and as my friend’s Mom.

She may be gone from your sight but will be in your hearts forever.

Deb and Bernie Geiger

20 May 2021

Wanda taught two of my children and was a very kind and caring teacher. I always enjoyed our chats. Blessings to the family. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Regards from Bernie and Deb Geiger🙏♥️

Roy and Janet Young

20 May 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She was such a wonderful lady. Always had a smile.
Sincerest Sympathy,
Roy and Janet Young 💕

Pat & Ed Zukowski

19 May 2021

Many great memories of Wanda , she will always be remembered as that very sweet ,gentle ,mild mannered lady . She was a treasure and will remembered by everyone that knew her.
Our sympathy to all her family

Beverly Gellert

19 May 2021

Our prayers and sincere sympathy to auntie wanda’s family. She was a lovely lady. Coffee and goodies always on the table when you stop by to visit. Her love of flowers and beautiful yard was her passion.
Auntie, Rest In Peace now that you’re back in the arms of your angel.

Linda McLaughlin

19 May 2021

We miss George and Wanda sooo much. The best neighbours and friends anyone could ask for. My Mom Elizabeth was such good friends with Wanda that George always cleared a path between our houses in the winter. That says more than any words ever could. We will always love you, remember you and keep the wonderful memories we shared close to our hearts! Love and hugs to all the family.

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Biography

Hello everyone and thank you for being here today. This isn’t going to be a typical
eulogy, but these aren’t typical times and this is not the goodbye Grandma George
deserves. But we are grateful for everyone who went out of their way to be here, as
well as those who have been supporting each of us throughout this sad week.
I'm sure everyone here has been thinking a lot about Grandma this week. And I’m
sure you’ve come to the same conclusions as me. She radiated warmth, elegance,
generosity and love. She was the epitome of the world’s best grandma, and you
didn’t have to be her grandkid to feel it. She made everyone feel special. Although,
I think she saved a little bit just for us.

She has been a wonderful guide and support throughout my life. She once gave me
a beautiful picture of a lily that hadn’t yet bloomed. I don’t remember the occasion,
but what I will never forget is that when she gave it to me she said “this reminds
me of your life, as it's just starting to bloom.” I still repeat those words to myself
daily, as I strive to build a life that would make her proud.
Grandma was always the picture of grace and elegance. Grandpa said he always
thought she was an American Living Doll. Whether she was heading off to school
to teach or to the garden, she was perfect in every sense.

She loved all of us deeply and fully. She was the kind of person who just had more
love in her heart for the more people who joined our lives. Grandma showed us
what true love looked like, even after 68 years together her and grandpa had a
marriage that each and everyone one of us aspire to have.
This story of my grandma George wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention her
incredible cooking. It didn’t matter how much notice she had, she always made
what we loved. Jeffrey still counted on her perfect cabbage rolls. Mushroom gravy
for the Scheetz crew, and those fresh baked buns. Most importantly the perogies
that still live on through every holiday.

Each of us grandkids could probably tell you a million stories about times at
Grandma and Grandpa’s. My favorite which I am sure Amanda or Jenna could
agree with was filling the Jacuzzi tub with bubbles and soaking the whole
bathroom. As an adult I cringe at what Grandma and the carpet around the tub went
through.

Even though our memories of time spent with her will all look a bit different, the
way she made us feel was all the same, loved unconditionally. She was always
there when we needed her. Her door was always open…literally. We would walk
right in, never knocking and she would promptly give you her undivided attention
usually accompanied by one of her cinnamon buns.

Her love of children was clear in her many years of teaching but more so with
every grandchild, great-grandchild, and even great-great grandchild.
Grandma’s legacy lives on through her 3 children, Carol Scheetz, Vicki Fritz
married to Roger Fritz and Valeria Free married to David Free. Grandma has eight
grandchildren, Christopher Scheetz, Jason Scheetz, Laurie Abel, Garth Scheetz,
Jeffrey Fritz, Amanda Sax, myself Rebecca Schofer and Jenna Wakefield,
twenty-three great grandchildren (too many to name- and yet Grandma kept them
all straight!), and one beautiful great-great granddaughter, Ally. Her eyes sparkled
each and every time she saw any of them. They were her life.
Grandma spread her creativity and love even more by spending endless hours
scrapbooking out childhoods from each significant occasion to everyday fun while
we grew. Now we have the privilege of sharing them with our own children. Thank
you Grandma.

Her thrill of the bright lights of Vegas and the slot machines was well known by us
all. Grandma loved to go to the casino. Grandma and Grandpa went eight times to
Vegas. This was great until Grandpa didn’t like the US exchange and he put a
damper on grandma’s gambling. But luckily the River Cree opened, and life was
good again.

Grandma’s life also included many wonderful support people, especially after
grandpa George was gone – Phyllis Turple (caregiver and friend), Jeanne Szepesi
(companion through thick or thin) and many many others. Her coffee group was so
important. There were many a day when her kitchen was filled with women
drinking coffee, eating sweets and laughing or reminiscing about life. I wish they
all could be here today.

I always admired how she made time for everyone in her life. When you were with
her, her attention was solely focused on you. She made you feel so important,
because you were important to her.

Grandma you have walked miles and miles to school and back, lived through a
whooping cough quarantine in your own home as a child, stoked the coal stove so
your students could be warm when they got to school, taught grade one-six in
a one room schoolhouse, fell in love with a cowboy who became the love of your
life for 68 years, touched the hearts and minds of many students through your 28
years of teaching at Warburg, made a million perogies, probably planted 85 gardens and now it is time for you to rest.


And although Grandma we can not see you anymore, we know you are looking
down on us with grandpa by your side. Please know we will love you forever and
that we appreciate all you have taught us. To be loving, kind, patient and that every
day is a new day to embrace.