LUCY GRADPosted: December 21st, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Justina (Lucy) Grad on December 11, 2020.
Lucy was born at Liebenthal, SK on October 29, 1929. Upon graduation, she attended Business College in Medicine Hat, AB and then obtained employment at the hospital in Maple Creek, SK.
She married Dad, Gerald Grad, on November 26, 1952. They lived in Mendham, SK, where Dad operated the family business, Grad’s Garage. During this time, she taught typing at the High School and worked part time at the Credit Union.
After Dad’s passing in 1987, Mom dealt with business affairs, secured lodging for her in-laws in Medicine Hat, and then also moved to Medicine Hat. In 2009 she moved to Regina and remained there until her passing. After this last move, she was always homesick for Medicine Hat, and looked forward to returning for visits.
During her younger years she played softball and bowled. She watched a lot of sports on TV including curling, the Blue Jays, and CFL football. She also got to enjoy watching the grandchildren and even the great-grandchildren play their various sports. Mom enjoyed camping trips to northern Saskatchewan, picking wild blueberries, and eating fresh fish. Mom loved to listen to music, play cards, and bake. She will be remembered for her cinnamon buns, noodles, and sugar kuchen.
Mom’s creativity and artistic abilities were reflected in her variety of hobbies. They included sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, petit point, tatting, paper tole, painting, drawing and ceramics. Her most recent passion, of which she continued well into her early 80’s, was making beautiful homemade cards. Christmas was special for Mom, as well as for us. Every Christmas, we looked forward to something homemade from Mom, even if it was as simple as a card and a scrubbie.
She was predeceased by her husband Gerald; parents Kasper and Alaysia Hirsch; in-laws Chris and Margaret Grad; and her siblings Kasper, Anna Mary, and George.
She is survived by her brother Benny (Doris) Hirsch and her sister Katherine (Frank) Schell; by her daughter Margaret (Floyd) Wist and their children Sarah (Peter) Hall and Jason; son James (Donnelly) Grad and their children Amy (Ian) Ziebart, Chris (Jen) Grad and Erin; son Michael (Laurel) Grad and their children Alicia, Kelsey (Mathew) Cohen and Jessica (Taylor) Bereti; daughter Kathleen (Dan) Baron and their children Kristin (Daniel) Laity, Erika Baron (Curtis Kozakavich), and Melissa Baron (Zac McClinton); and her cherished great-grandchildren Hannah, Hayley, Ryan, Ethan, Marcus, Victoria, Hayden, Beckett, Lily, and Owen.
The family would like to thank all of Mom’s caregivers during her time in Regina. A special thank you is extended to Parkside Extendicare for their care and arranging compassionate visits during her final days.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are in care of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services, Regina, SK (1-306-757-2327). You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online obituary at: www.MyAlternatives.ca