LUETTA M TREHAS (DOSMAN)Posted: July 31st, 2014
After a 97 year fulfilling life, Luetta died peacefully in her care home, with loved ones at her side. She had been up independantly until just a few weeks ago.
She was the last survivor of 7 siblings , all raised in the \”dirty thirties\” by their mother Philomena Dosman, after the premature passing of their father Louis in 1924.
As a child, Luetta suffered a ruptured appendix, before the days of antibiotics and was kicked in the head by a horse which lead to an eventual brain surgery to relieve dizzy spells and noises in her head but resulted in the loss of hearing in her right ear. Despite this she was a talented musician and played violin and drums in her family band to help raise money for the family .
In 1940-41 she attended Normal School in Moose Jaw to obtain her teaching certificate with emphasis on Physical Training. She was on the school basketball team despite her 5\’4 \” stature.
After her surgery in 1942 she worked varying jobs near home and spent some time with 2 of her siblings working for Sears in Toronto around 1947 . She returned to Saskatchewan to teach at several one room school houses.
While teaching in Rowat, Luetta joined the Regina Public Library Poetry Club and it is here where she met the love of her life, John Trehas. Their love of reading and writing defined their life together. They both continued writing well into their 80\’s Luetta and John married in November 1950 and in 1957 they adopted twins; Dira and Jason. Raising them became her full time job and she was so proud of their successes. Dira (retired RN) lives in Duncan ,BC with her husband Ron McClintock. Jason(retired from Air Canada) lives in Regina with his wife Rose Flaman and daughters; Tessa, Quinn and Teal.
Luetta and John \”retired\” to Medicine Hat in 1992 to be closer to her siblings and to enjoy a milder climate. John passed away there in 2004 and Luetta carried on in her home until 2008. Then she moved to an Assisted Living care home and finally back to Regina in 2012 to be closer to family. \”Granny\” was truly loved and admired by her granddaughters. They will remember her most for her joke-telling, her coin box, her frugalness, her homemade noodles and her sincere compliments. She will be remembered by friends for her energy,her hats, her writing of poems, short stories and wonderful letters; her huge gardens which she shared with neighbours; and her gift of the gab. Her stories will live with us forever.
Burial will take place in her beloved home town of Tompkins, Sask on Friday, August 1st at 2:00 pm, with a simple tea party to follow at the town hall. Luetta will be buried next to her husband, John, her parents and her twin brother Joseph.