Wilhelmine Katherine Anderson
15 May, 1921 – 5 April, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilhelmine (Minnie) Katherine Anderson on April 5, 2021 at the age of 99 years. Minnie was born in Oakshela, Saskatchewan, on May 15, 1921, the daughter of John and Katherine Neuls. It was there she attended school until age 12, having achieved grade 8, before leaving to work as a domestic care provider. She spoke fondly of those times spent with her father, in his smithy shop, learning about his life in Europe and marveling at his command of five languages. After marrying Alex in 1940, they lived most of their lives in Broadview, Saskatchewan raising three children: Bob, Cathie, and Ken. Having worked as a dental assistant and waitress, much of her life was devoted to being a homemaker and a volunteer for many community activities in Broadview, including the Legion, Communities in Bloom, and a “cookie grandma” to school children’s tours of the Broadview Museum. In later years, she was the president of the Happy Hours Club and contributor to the seniors’ lunches, most notably with her lasagna and scones.
Minnie was an avid reader and gardener, worthy of her title: the plant lady. She loved animals, music, playing cards, bowling, and travelling. She lovingly cared for many pet cats over the years and even had an owl, George, whom she fostered for two years. She recalled chasing him around with newspapers when he was about to do his business and, when sewing, chasing after her unpinned pattern pieces after he flapped his wings. She loved the Toronto Blue Jays and enjoyed watching game shows. She loved listening to polka music, having played the accordion and organ herself. Her fondness for playing cards, and skill at cribbage, led her and her partner, Kay Ottenbreit, to the Canadian semi-finals. In her younger days, she loved to bowl and dance. About dancing, she noted, “Grandpa never got over his two left feet,” and that she had better luck teaching Uncle Dwight. She travelled on several cruises with her dear friends, Kay Ottenbreit and Irene Brown, seeing much of Europe, South America, and Hawaii. She ventured solo on a bus tour of the Canadian and American Maritimes. She travelled to England and Scotland with her grandson, Michael, and years later, took road trips with Michael and his family. During the last five years of her life, Minnie lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, in her own home next to her beloved grandson, Michael, his wife Alison, and their children Sophia and James, whose care and dedication ensured her well-being.
She is survived by her son, Ken Neuls (Doreen); grandchildren, Michael Adams (Tara); Sean Adams; Erin Strachan (Tracy); Rick Neuls (Lisa); Wayne Neuls; Michael Anderson (Alison); and her very dear nieces, Vivian Charles, Anne Marie Selensky (Bill), and Donna Ulrich (Glenn); as well as 12 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many more nieces and nephews. Minnie was predeceased by her parents, John and Katherine Neuls; her husband of 59 years, Alexander Anderson; her son, Robert Anderson; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Anderson; her daughter, Cathie Adams; her son-in-law, Bill Adams; her grand daughter-in-law, Jacquie Adams; her brothers, Philip and Fred Neuls; her sisters, Mary Brownridge and Betty Hay; and her niece Connie Elgar. Shortly before her passing, she spoke the following wisdom to her grandson Michael, “This world is a beautiful, wonderful place, but it can be cruel sometimes. You just have to make the best of it, though.” Minnie lived a full and adventurous life, with kindness, generosity, grace, and positivity. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to a local animal shelter in her name would be gratefully welcomed. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no funeral service and internment will be at a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Wilhelmine Katherine Anderson
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11 April 2021
10 April 2021
Such a beautiful lady. Sid and I send our condolences to all her loved one. 💔
8 April 2021
Dear Mike, Alison, Sophia & James,
What a wonderfully long and full life your grandmother lived. Although it is hard to say goodbye to someone that you love so much, hopefully you can take comfort in the fact that she lived such a full life. You were so blessed to have her in your lives, and it was such a gift that you had her so close in her last years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Melanie, Jeff, Ian, Izzie & Adam.
8 April 2021
How Alison, Sophia, James and I miss you! I’m posting one of your favourite pictures! Leaving on your wedding anniversary was a nice touch! You are forever loved and always in our thoughts.