Frances Mary Ortman
June 17, 1925 – August 18, 2019
Frances Mary (Schenher) Ortman of Weyburn passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the age of 94.
She is survived by Joe Ortman, her loving husband of almost 66 years. She will always be in the hearts of her six children Karen (Glen) Butz, Edith (Tim) Lozinsky, Carolyn (Dan) Bowers, Gerald (Colette) Ortman, Eldon (Nora) Ortman and Wendy (Bruce) Pitre. She will be lovingly remembered by her fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren Kelly (Kim) Elliott, Anderson; Lindsay (Kevan) Skyler; David (Jen) Pierce, Halle, Rhett; Dallas (Janelle) Kaiden, Ayla, Ashlyn, Connor; Lauren (Evan) Isabella, Brooklyn, Cohen; Kaitlyn (Morgan) Bennett; Terry (Rhela) Chase, Sadie; Joanna (Adam) Harper, Myla; Amber (Aaron) Naysa; Angela (Robert), Taryn (Brodie), Brett, Ashton (Tyler), Justin (Jennifer), Alex. She is also survived by her siblings, sisters Catherine Seis, Margaret Johnson, Agnes Cornea, brothers Ernest Schenher, Edward (Rose) Schenher, sister-in-law Rose Mary Schenher, and brother-in-law John McLellan. Also many, many nieces and nephews, Ortman family, relatives and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Michael Schenher and her step-mother Theresa Schenher. She was also predeceased by her sisters Caroline Schenher, Irene McLellan and Helen Frycz, brother Michael Schenher, as well as sister-in-law Vivian Schenher, and brothers-in-law Jack Seis, Earl Johnson, John Frycz and Booker Cornea, and step-sister Martha (Mike) Schoenborn.
Frances Mary Schenher was born on June 17, 1925 on a farm in the Viceroy District. She was the eldest daughter of Michael and Margaret Schenher and the first-born grandchild of Peter and Frances Schenher. In 1929, she along with her dad, mother and two sisters, moved to a farm four miles north of Glasnevin in the Ogema District. Her family grew to include four more sisters and three brothers. Fran attended Mount Joy School and completed Grade Eight. After that she helped with work at home or worked out doing housework for other people, and also worked in the Ogema Hotel and Café and in a café in Yellow Grass. When her mother tragically passed away in 1945 she and her sisters and brothers helped their Dad in looking after their younger siblings, especially Ed who was six and Irene who was only four. In 1947, she and her sister Catherine spent a winter employed in a factory in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.
Fran married Joe Ortman on October 28, 1953 in St. Cunegundas Church in Horizon SK. They moved to their own farm near Khedive and lived there for 53 years, raising a family of 6 children. Over the years Fran and Joe took road trips within Saskatchewan and to points in the US. They also took several train trips to Seattle, Washington and area. They retired to Weyburn in 2006. Fran moved to Weyburn Special Care Home in December 2017 and then to House 3 at Tatagwa View in May 2018. She had superb care there until her passing. For that we are extremely grateful.
Prayers were said on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Father Francis Plaparampil celebrating. Funeral Lunch & Fellowship followed in Lower McKenna Hall. Interment was in Khedive Cemetery, Khedive, Saskatchewan. A Gathering followed the burial @ 5:00p.m. at the Khedive Heritage Recreation Centre, Khedive, Saskatchewan. Donation may be made in memory of Frances to the Khedive Heritage Recreation Centre, Khedive, SK. Thank you from the family of Frances Ortman to family and friends for the outpouring of comfort and support through cards, Mass offerings, calls, visits, flowers and food. Thank you to Jean Wagner for presiding at the Prayer Service and to Father Francis Plaparampil for the touching Funeral Mass. Thank you to the grandchildren who were pallbearers, readers and gift bearers. Thank you to the choir for the lovely music at the funeral and to Janice and Andrea at the Church for your help wherever needed. Thank you to the Catholic ladies who prepared and served the delicious lunch. Thank you to Fletcher’s Funeral Chapel for being caring, compassionate and professional. You have all made this difficult process easier to bear.
- Prayers Thursday, August 22, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 23, 2019
- Gathering Friday, August 23, 2019
Frances Mary Ortman
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Dale & Jo Leflar
August 24, 2019
Our sincerest condolences to Joe and all his family in your loss of a wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother. May you find comfort in each other and in the many precious memories you have of her. Dale & Jo Leflar
August 23, 2019
Many condolences to Uncle Joe and all my cousins. She was one of my favourite Aunts! I remember staying with Aunt Fran & Uncle Joe many times as a child. May the sharing of your many fond memories help during this time. Pat & Kevin McCaig
August 21, 2019
My memories of Fran , a sweet kind and gentle lady. Deepest sympathy to all the Ortman families. She will be missed.!
August 20, 2019
My parents lived in Liberty Manor the same time that Joe and Francis lived there. We have fond memories of the two of them..in fact my father used to curl with Joe in their younger years. We want to express our sympathies to the Ortman family at this time of sorrow.
Bob and Joyce McPhee, Sheryl McPhee Cote.
Nancy & Richard Toppings
August 20, 2019
Edie, Tim and all the family: Deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. She was a sweet lady. May your best memories bring you comfort at this sad time.
August 19, 2019
With deepest sympathy to the Ortman family on the passing of Fran .She was a wonderful lady who will be missed by everyone who knew her. May you all have fond memories of your wife mother grandmother and sister May she Rest In Peace.
August 19, 2019
I have many wonderful, childhood memories made on the farm in Khedive. Aunty Fran taught this city kid the farming way! There was a lot of hard work. The garden, chickens, pigs, cattle, meals, and picking choke cherries for her famous pie! Those were the days! Thanks for the memories Aunty, you will never be forgotten...
David & Dot Snelling
August 19, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to the Ortman families in the loss of a loved one. We often saw them in Weyburn and had a little visit mostly on the street.