FRANSON, Arlene Mardell (nee Nystrom)
November 25, 1926 – April 1, 2018
Arlene passed away peacefully at St. Ann’s Home on April 1, 2018, with family by her side. She enjoyed a long life filled with many adventures and a loving family. She was born on the farm in the Meacham area to Julius and Mabel Nystrom and attended the one room schoolhouse in Saxby. Following the death of her father at a young age, she left school to pursue work and help out the family. During that time Arlene met her future husband, Harold Franson but the war kept them apart until he returned from overseas. They married in 1946 and were inseparable until his death in 1994. Over the years they lived in several places, Rocky Mountain House, Saskatoon, Echo Bay at Shell Lake and back to Saskatoon. Of all the places she lived and helped build, Arlene still thought of the house they built in Sutherland, where they raised their children Harolyn and Grant, as ‘home’. She hosted many a celebration there surrounded by extended family and friends. She spent many years as a cub leader in Sutherland. No matter where she was or what activity she was involved in, she always made friends easily and many remained lifelong friendships. Arlene loved to travel, especially camping trips and spending time at the lake year-round enjoying the antics of the birds and squirrels. She got to experience a ball game in Toronto to watch her Blue Jays, enjoy the beauty of the Maritimes and Alaska and see many places throughout Canada and the US. Wherever she lived, she enjoyed having a big garden full of vegetables and flowers. She would spend endless hours crocheting and knitting, and made many ceramic creations, leaving us with wonderful keepsakes. She loved a good game of cards, scrabble or tile rummy and enjoyed family reunions in the Colonsay area. The lake life was what she really enjoyed and memories of time spent with her at Martin’s and Shell Lake is something family and friends will treasure. She had a great sense of humour and there were always memorable stories to tell us about her adventures. We will miss her dearly and all those stories. Mostly, she missed Harold and we find peace in knowing that they are together once again. Arlene was predeceased by husband Harold; brother Leonard (Helene); sister Doreen in infancy; and many in-laws. Arlene is survived by her daughter Harolyn Franson and her children Rob (Bridget) Smith, Darren Smith and Leah (Larry Adamko) Smith; her son Grant (Leona Boyer) Franson and their children Kaylene and Hannah Franson; great-grandchildren Brittney and Karlyn Zaleschuk, A.J. and Austyn Adamko, Brodie Smith and Beverly Smith; great-great-grandson Jace; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone at St. Ann’s Home for the kind and compassionate care provided to Arlene during her time with them, as well as Debbie and Rhonda from Home Care. A Celebration of Arlene’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor St.) in Saskatoon. A Private Family Interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Colonsay Cemetery Fund or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.