RIEHL, Michael Nicholas
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our friend and father Mike, at the age of 95, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Dad will be dearly missed by his six surviving children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; Joyce (David) Chicoine and their children, Marisa, Daryl (Dawn) and children Emily and Megan; Mavis (Brian) Ross and their children, Blair, Tim and Chris (Chantara) and children Keira, Brayden and Brynna; Ken; Lorne (Adele) and their children Ryan, Craig, Brett (Rene); Ron (Cindy) and their children; Alexandra (Joe) Sarauer and their daughter Bindy, Mikaela; Kevin (Sue) and their children, Travis (Alyssa) Knaus and Taylor Knaus. Dad is also survived by his sister Eugene Riehl; sister-in-law Irene Cook (Kraft); and brother-in-law Leo (Shirley) Kraft. Dad was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, the love of his life and soul mate, Jennie, in 2015; his son Harvey in 2009; his parents Fred and Eva Riehl; brothers Jacob, Anselm, John, Thomas, Frank, and Fred and sisters Rosemaria (Sister Anselma); Elizabeth, Faustina, Elutheria, Emilia, Paulina and Leogardia. Born and raised on a farm near Prelate, SK, Dad was the ninth of 15 children. Life on the farm was tough and Dad always appreciated how they managed to stretch so little so far. It was these years on the farm that Dad developed a great work ethic and learned many skills from mechanics to cooking. He often joked how he would switch chores with Aunt Pat (Paulina) so that she could work in the barn and he could help out in the kitchen…he loved to be in the kitchen. As Dad grew older he and his cousin Jack Zerr would travel the province to work as farm hands. Eventually they ended up in Saskatoon. It was in Saskatoon that Mom and Dad finally met at a dance. It was a perfect match. Mom was the talker and Dad was the quiet reserved one who did everything to stay clear of the spot light. On July 19, 1950, Dad and Mom were married and within a short period of time they were blessed with seven children. Dad was a devoted husband and father, working hard to ensure our family was never without. Our parents were always there for us, helping out where they could, offering words of encouragement, talking, listening and preparing us for the future. Dad had numerous jobs in his working days, starting at a lumber yard, then truck delivery and finally ending up as a customs broker at Motorways. It was shortly after Mom’s heart attack in 1988 that Dad formally retired from Motorways. After retirement Mom and Dad became involved in the heart smart program at the Field House which included regular exercise, and of course some socializing. Mom and Dad met many friends in the program, and were firm believers that this program attributed to their lengthy lives. Dad remained in the program until the spring of 2019. It was also after retirement that Dad thought it was time to get on a computer and learn how to navigate the world wide web, next it was a cell phone and then of course Facebook. Mom and Dad loved to dance and each Saturday night was date night. It was off to the Elks, Army & Navy or the Legion, wherever the best dancing music could be found. They continued the date tradition until Mom’s health declined. Dad and Mom did everything together. They loved to walk and they loved to people watch. They were often spotted hand in hand walking the shopping malls. They developed a routine “just to get out the house” where they would make a point of having lunch out each day regardless of the weather. Dad maintained this tradition after mom’s passing until the month prior to his death. Dad continued to live independently in the condo he shared with Mom, driving to his daily outings and evening social events at the Legion. Dad was a man of faith and an active parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. As members of the choir, Mom and Dad enjoyed the social aspects the choir brought to their lives. For many years, Dad appreciated regular visits from Diana Knaus and other members of the faith community. The last month was very challenging for Dad. He went from total independence to experiencing health conditions beyond his control. We are very grateful that Dad was able to clearly engage with us until the end and has now been peacefully reunited with Mom and Harvey. We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Popick, Dad’s physician for many years, the wonderful staff at RUH for the excellent, compassionate care they provided for Dad and our family during his stay in hospital. They are truly remarkable people - the doctors, the nurses and the caregivers. The Vigil for Michael will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Both services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (1235 12th St. E.) in Saskatoon. The Celebrant will be Rev. Father Geoff Young. The Rite of Committal will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (#26 - 1738 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9) would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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