April 20, 1930 – April 5, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear Lydia, mother, “Nanny”, sister, aunt, cousin and special friend at the age of 87. Lydia was born on April 20, 1930 in Waldheim, SK, predeceased by her parents, Jacob (1986) and Margaret Loewen (1959). She is survived by her son, Perry (Lynne) VanDeVoord, her precious grandchildren, Jeff VanDeVoord and Tina Soetaert-VanDeVoord, six great-grandchildren, her brother Dennis (Margaret) Loewen, nieces and nephews, and special friend, Ted Cossette. Lydia grew up in Waldheim, SK and began her school years at Carmen Elementary and high school in Waldheim, where she made some very special life-long friends. The majority of Lydia’s career was spent in retail working for Reitman’s ladies wear, where she worked her way to become the district manager for northern Saskatchewan, managing 13 stores in the province. Lydia retired in 1990. Lydia was a world traveller in her younger years, exploring the globe with a group of friends and submerged herself in the beauty of the people and the many cultures that she was fortunate to interact with. She was a very kind, loving person and always went that extra mile to make sure that “you were ok”. Her gentle voice, her forever words of wisdom, her confidence and perseverance through some difficult times in her life, were met with courage and determination and always with the greatest intent to find the positive and a reason to smile. Lydia will be forever missed and forever in the hearts of those that she loved. And if she could speak to us today, she would say, “Greet each day with a smile, find the good…..no one is promised tomorrow.” During the past year and a half, Lydia experienced many health complications that she fought through with determination. She was tough, but tired and was ready to go home and had made peace with that. Lydia was a very spiritual soul and now rests in God’s hands. Our heartfelt thank you to all of those that cared for her at Central Haven Special Care Home for treating Mom with dignity and compassion during her time with you. We are forever grateful. A Celebration of Lydia’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor St.) in Saskatoon. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Central Haven Special Care Home (1020 Ave. I North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 2H7). Arrangements in care of David Schurr – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.