As written by Angel Zehner
Mom was born to William and Julianna (nee Schmidt) Miskosky in a car while on route to Humboldt Hospital. In this car were five people, three of whom were strangers. Mom was a little lady, but when she was born she weighed over 10 pounds. This was one of mom’s favorite stories she loved to tell me. I am her daughter Angel. As hard as it is to write this, and the reality that our beautiful mom is gone, I would like to tell you a little bit about her life.
Mom was one of eight children, with four brothers and three sisters. Cliff, Gerry, Vern, Gordie, Josie, Lois and Louise (twin sisters).
Our beautiful mom met our handsome dad Patrick Weisgerber in LeRoy, Sask. and soon at the ages of 19 and 27 they married on November 27, 1957.
They Purchased a farm in the LeRoy District and spent years farming and raising cattle, pigs, and chickens. The following years in 1958 a baby boy was born, and his name was Derek. Three years later, in 1961 a baby girl was born, her name was Angel.
After many years of farming, mom and dad bought a house at the end of 8 mile road in the town of LeRoy. Mom worked at the LeRoy Lodge while dad worked at the LeRoy Lumber Yard.
Years later when I was 11 years old my mom and dad moved us out to Hatzic Island, BC, to be closer to mom’s brothers. Mom drove a few miles to work in Mission, BC, where she worked in the Mission Bakery and the Mission Dairy Queen. 7 years had passed and a business opportunity had come up and mom and dad sold their mobile home on the Island and moved back to LeRoy, Sask. where they owned and operated PJ’s Grocery Store.
Dad passed away on September 12, 1998 and mom was devastated. She sold the store property and bought a little house one block away from her son Derek. Mom lived there happily for a few years. She enjoyed driving to the LeRoy café everyday to have coffee with her sister Josie. A year later mom met her Special Friend Ervin Mertz. They discovered that they had many interests in common including antiques and garage sales. Mom decided to move to Pilger, Sask. so she could live in the country and be closer to Ervin. Mom’s passion for antiques grew and she could be seen with Ervin frequenting the Humboldt Good Neighbor Store and most garage sales looking for that next treasure to bring home to her collection.
Mom was a very special, classy, beautiful lady. With her bright blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair, mom never looked her age. People guessed her 15 years younger than she was. That made her laugh. Mom was always dressed to the nines in her leather jackets and her matching high heel boots. She was never seen without her rings, or her earrings and she had quite the collection. She wore a different watch for every outing. Mom went on many shopping trips with me and each time she would manage to find something new to buy.
Mom had so many talents. She loved to have a big garden and grow fresh vegetables, and flowers. She would dry the flowers and make the most beautiful bouquets. She loved to quilt and made many quilts out of old pairs of jeans. She loved to sew, knit, crochet, craft and make such beautiful things. Her latest craft that she was so proud of was making flowers out of metal bottle caps. She would sit for hours and bend the caps in half, paint and glue them into the shape of a beautiful flower and she had many vases and containers full. Mom loved to scrapbook and cherished the memories each page held.
Everything mom did was meticulous and pretty much to perfection. When she wasn’t crafting, she would sit and do word circles to pass the time. Later in the evening she would spend hours on Facebook and with me and her sisters Josie and Lois until all hours of the night.
Mom had many friends and she loved to tell them how proud she was to be a Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother and that she was very proud of that achievement.
Mom always had a smile on her face and a positive outlook on everything.
In the last year mom’s health started to decline and she said that she really wanted to live long enough to see her 84th birthday, and she did just that. Even as mom’s health declined her main concern was worrying about everyone else. Mom was so full of wisdom and always had a story to tell. She loved to reminisce about the old days and talked about her dad, whom she really missed. Mom had a big heart and welcomed anyone who came to visit. She especially loved visits from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were the light of her life.
Mom was loved beyond measure and during her last days in the hospital her room was full of love as she was always surrounded by her family and she was never alone. We held on to her hands and kissed her face and she knew we were there and that she was truly loved.
Mom, our hearts are forever broken and losing you was the hardest thing we ever had to do. You will be forever missed and loved by your family and the many friends who had the pleasure of knowing such a beautiful, kind lady as yourself.
Mom will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her two children and their families:
Son, Derek (Teresa) Weisgerber of LeRoy, SK and family Patrick Weisgerber of LeRoy, SK and his children Marielle and Kaid; Stacy Weisgerber (Joel) of Saskatoon, SK; Tyler Weisgerber (Mikayla) of LeRoy, SK; Kievs (Tasha) LaPlume of Kelowna, BC and children Kathan and Amaya; and Amanda LaPlume of Watson and daughter Kienna;
Daughter, Angel (Dan) Zehner of Saskatoon, SK and family Chris (Michelle) Zehner and son Kaiden; and Lindsay (Doug) Possberg of Saskatoon, SK and children Gavin and Finley;
Three brothers: Cliff (Carol) Miskosky of Surrey, BC; Gerry (Edna) Miskosky of Vernon, BC; and Gordie (Carol) Miskosky of Vernon, BC; and one sister Josie Wakelam of LeRoy, SK and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by parents William Miskosky (July 11, 1986) and Julianna Miskosky (May 11, 2012); husband Patrick Clemens Weisgerber (September 12, 1998); twin sisters Louise Schueller (January 19, 2010) and Lois Martel (December 25, 2020); brother-in-law Jim Wakelam (December 6, 2005); sister-in-law Sharon Miskosky (August 16, 2019); special friend Ervin Mertz (November 15, 2022). Brother Vern Miskosky (November 20, 2022) passed away one day after Jackelin when he heard the heart breaking news of the loss of his precious sister.
As per Jackelin’s wishes, no service will be held. A Private Family Graveside will be held at LeRoy Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cemetery, LeRoy, SK at a later date.