Agnes HilbigDecember 30, 2017
Agnes Mary Hilbig (Luby)
February 28, 1920 – December 30, 2017
Agnes Mary Luby was born to Mary Ellen and William Luby of St. John’s, Newfoundland, the oldest of ten children - four boys and six girls. From an early age, she was tasked with the responsibility of helping care of her family home and the nine younger siblings who kept her very busy and were very much the love of her life. Her father died while she was still just a teenager, prompting her to take on more responsibility in her home, a role she found challenging but very fulfilling. During WWII, she met her soon-to-be husband, William Hilbig, while at a Knights of Columbus dance. After a short courtship, Agnes travelled west from the British Dominion of Newfoundland to the country of Canada and married Bill in a lovely fall wedding on September 30, 1946. It didn’t take long for Agnes to once again fill her home with children and she welcomed her first son, Joseph, on Christmas Eve of 1947. Rose Marie, Theodore, Theresa, John, Patricia, Helen and Rita completed her family of 8. For the next 70 years, Agnes filled her heart and mind with the needs of her children, always praying the Rosary for their safety, good health and happiness. She was an amazing cook and baker, famous for things such as brewis, German kuchen, plum dumplings, potato salad, shortbread and of course, rows and rows of beautiful loaves of bread. Always a caregiver, Agnes rejoiced in the birth of her first grandchild, Colleen, and the following 26 grandchildren to come, often travelling by bus to help out with the latest new baby. Children were the first and greatest love of her life. In 1990, Agnes and Bill moved to Saskatoon from the family farm on which they had toiled tirelessly, to be close to family. Agnes made new friends and was at last living back in a city, enjoying the shopping, the close proximity to church and of course, being close to her children and grandchildren. In their early years in the city, they also enjoyed bowling and then carpet bowling with their new friends from Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
In Agnes’ last years, she experienced the challenges that failing health can bring, always rising to the challenge and overcoming odds to live healthy until her last day. Agnes died peacefully at Samaritan Place on December 30 at the age of 97. Agnes was predeceased by her Father and Mother, William and Mary Ellen Luby, brothers Patrick, John, Leonard, Mike and Bill and sisters Mary, Theresa, Bunnie (Bernadette), Rose Marie and Rita. She is also predeceased by Theodore and Maria Hilbig (Bill’s parents), Helen and Walter Neskar, Eric and Günther.
Agnes’ legacy is her family. She leaves to mourn her husband William Hilbig, her children Joseph, Rose Marie (David Smith), Ted (Julie), Theresa, John (Wendy), Patti (Manny Pasloski), Helen (Roman Sabadash) and Rita (Ray Kerr) as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn her sister, Margie and sisters-in-law Marion and Noreen.
Agnes’ family wishes to thank Samaritan Place for providing such a wonderful home for Agnes for the last 4 ½ years. The staff always greeted Agnes with compassion, love and kindness, always treating her as one of their own family members. You will forever be in our prayers as you became our angels at SP, caring for her and comforting her right up to her last days. To quote Agnes, “God will bless you for your kindness.” Thank you to the numerous health and spiritual caregivers Agnes has had throughout her life and all of you who join with us to celebrate her life. We know she is looking down upon all of us, tilting her head and raising her eyebrows, commenting on the lovely colour of shirts we are wearing …and saying, “Thank you!”
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church (114 Kingsmere Place). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritan Place, Sask Pro Life Association or the charity of your choice. Following the reception, the Rite of Committal will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel- Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca