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Rose Helen (Schmitz) Pongracz

March 30, 1925 ~ May 12, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old




It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rose Helen Pongracz 98 years, of Middle Lake, at Humboldt District Hospital on Friday, May 12, 2023. Rose was born at Little Moose, SK on March 30, 1925 to Joseph and Katherine (nee Placsko) Schmitz the eldest of eight daughters. She obtained her education at Little Moose.  Rose married John Pongracz at an early age and began their life together on the farm near Middle Lake. They were blessed with two daughters Sharon and Carol. Later Rose and John moved to Middle Lake and purchased the Middle Lake Hardware & Bulk Fuel. Rose began a career in the accounting field and did the books at the Hardware and Bulk and worked at the Middle Lake Credit Union.  She thoroughly loved her life in the work field   outside of her home.  Rose and John were very fortunate to be able to travel to many destinations over the years together.  They also enjoyed fishing.  After John passed, Rose moved to the   Middle Lake Units then Birch and lastly Aspen.  She loved living in all the areas of Bethany.  Rose was very sociable, so living there made it easy for her to continue visiting with family and friends.  Rose will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her one  daughter, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Carol (George) Theisen of Humboldt and family: Cal ( Kim) Theisen of Humboldt and their family Brianne (Ashton) Eaton and children Ander and Ellion of Portland, OR USA and Jessica (Evan) Jarvi and son Hayes all of Humboldt and  Ward (Kassia) Theisen and his daughter Megan Theisen (Devon) all of Vancouver, BC;  Son-in-law Bob (Liz) Lucas of Saskatoon and family Leslie (Alex) McIntosh and daughter Lauren all of Toronto, ON and Rob (Catherine) Lucas of Red Cliff, AB;  two sisters: Fran Coquet of St Brieux and Emily Duguid of Selkirk, MB.  Rose was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Katherine Schmitz; her daughter Sharon Lucas (1995); her husband John Pongracz (1987); four siblings: Clara (Bruno) Austen, Esther (Tony) Blandin, Mae (Louis) Svab, Stella (Lucien) Leray and Edna (Carl) Heidecker; and two brothers-in-law: Dominic Coquet and Art Duguid.  A Private Funeral was held at Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home & Crematorium, Humboldt.  Interment followed at Holy Canadian Martyrs R.C. Cemetery Middle Lake.  Memorial donations in Rose’s memory may be directed to Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (General Equipment) or Bethany Pioneer Village Middle Lake. 

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Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (General Equipment Fund)
515 14th Avenue, Humboldt SK S0K 2A0
Tel: 1-306-682-4450

Bethany Pioneer Village
Box 8, Middle Lake SK S0K 2X0
Tel: 1-306-367-2033

To go towards funds for Aspen Manor or Birch Manor


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