It is with great sadness the family of Mr. Lawrence Linge announce his passing on Friday, October 9, 2020. A Prayer Service for Mr. Linge will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and a Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. both services taking place at the St.Vital Roman Catholic Church, Battleford, SK with Father Sebastian Kunnath officiating.
Memorial Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the heart and stroke foundation – 1738 Quebec Ave #26, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9.
Left to cherish Lawrence’s loving memory are his loving wife, Marian; children: Lorna Sather, Shirley Stynsky (Don) and Brenda Rebeyka (Mark); grandchildren: Chalene Brotherson (Will), Zac Scott (Ruth), Brandyn Stynsky (Kayla), Ryan Stynsky (Chantal), Johnny Rebeyka and Anthony Rebeyka; great-grandchild, Quinn Stynsky.
Eulogy for: Lawrence Linge
Good morning and welcome to the celebration of Lawrence’s life. We are here today to remember Lawrence and to pray for him as he enters into his heavenly home.
Lawrence blessed this world with his presence on August the 5th, 1941. He was the first of 11 children born of August and Alvena. He was predeceased by an infant brother Jerome Albert, born Sept 20th 1942 and passed in the spring of 1943.
Dad as a typical little boy who got into his share of trouble. When his dad was planning on going into town for example, Dad wanted to go along. His dad said NO, but Dad would hide in the back of the car and sneak along, just far enough so that it was to far to go back home, so he got to travel the rest of the way without any more repercussions from his father. He knew how to get away with that stunt.
Dad grew and willingly assumed the role of big brother. He assumed the role as protector of the family especially in the absence of his father. One year .. It was ST Nicholas Day. Dec 6th. As German tradition was, in those days, (St Nicholas the patron saint of children) would dress up as a bishop and bring candy and gifts for all children. Well as the story goes the Jansen’s and Herback's, neighbours of the family, decided to play St Nicholas and deliver candy and treats to the family that night. With lots of noise and rattling of chains they announced their arrival. With their dad away that night everyone became very afraid. Most of the kids hid under the bed for protection. Lawrence however grabbed the shotgun and threatened to shoot the intruders if they didn't leave. The well doers left and never came back. Needless to say, the family never again got candy on St Nicholas Day!
Lawrence was the model big brother.... whether he was protecting Janet from a charging Bull or protecting a sibling from any kind of danger, Lawrence was always there for them.
He especially Loved his mother, and did everything he could to help her, whether that was helping in the kitchen cooking meals or helping to clean, He honoured his mother with high regard. He understood the hardships she had and only wanted to help.
I once heard it said “Any man who honors his mother will make the best Husband.” So true!!
School wasn't his greatest strength. While they were living at ST Johns he dropped out of school. His first job, he worked for Joe Turk. He walked across the field everyday to go to work on this farm. Not long after, the family moved from ST Johns (which was community about 15 miles north of Salvador , which no longer holds status) to Luseland, Sk. there they lived for the next few years. It was during this time that Dad had a summer job working on the farm of Puis Meier, 1 1/2 miles north of Salvador. This is where he first laid eyes on the love of his life. He first met Marian Ell at Meier's farm. However, it wasn't until Marian moved to Luseland to go to school that year, they started to date. It was in the fall of 1961 that they began seeing each other. By Christmas time they were engaged and they married on May 26, 1962.
Dad started a 30 year career with the Dept. of Highway in 1961, before they were married. After they were married they resided in Kindersley Sk. for a short period of time. Then they decided to move to Salvador so they could have better family support, and still be close to his work. They had the first of their 3 daughters, Lorna, there and what a celebration it was. She was the first grandchild on both sides of the family.
After a few years, Dad, decided to move his family to Kerrobert. Now he was closer to work and his family was more stable. It was soon after that they welcomed their second daughter, Shirley. Brenda came along 4 years later and the family was complete. The family of 5 enjoyed a warm and caring life in Kerrobert.
Dad loved and enjoyed so many things. His love of music, playing accordion and guitar, family gatherings such as birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. He also enjoyed his work, golfing, and going to a good Kerrobert Tigers hockey game!!!! Go tigers… Dad also enjoyed a good party with a good drink and good friends. But most of all, he truly enjoyed his family. He was a man of great faith and defended his faith and beliefs, no matter what.
Dad loved to dance, and never missed an opportunity to dance a polka. Dad taught all three of us girls to dance, the waltz, shatise and most importantly the Polka. Dancing gave him so much pleasure. I truly enjoyed watching Mom and Dad dance the double time polka.
I'm not sure if he liked dancing more then fishing or if that was a toss up. But when it came to camping and fishing, he was right up there next to GOD. That was his heavenly place on earth. He loved taking his family to Stabler Point at Loon Lake for holidays every summer. That certainly was his favorite summer vacation. Camping, fishing and water skiing, evenings around the camp fire, living so close to nature, what more could you want. When we would go camping, we would get a site, Mom and Dad would spend so much time cleaning up the campsite. Dad would rake the entire site, put up a tarp, hook up water, electricity, and put out the welcome mat. Then Dad would disappear for an hour because he had to go scope out the campground. If they didn’t have the best or his favorite site, he would go talk to the person that did and make friends with them, find out when they were leaving and get their site ticket so we would be next in line for it. He’d also quickly visit with neighboring campsites to introduce himself and find out where the best fishing spots were for the season.
Among other things He also enjoyed going hunting with Grandpa Ell and the boys. Many early mornings were spent crawling on his belly hunting ducks and geese.
Mom and Dad helped out their neighbours whether it was butchering chickens, helping with harvest or helping to build grain bin floors. One time Mom and Dad went out to help Joe & Irene build grain bin floors, Dad was more interested in visiting than working. So, Joe told Dad if he wanted to visit back out of the way or Irene would nail his apron to the floor. He kept visiting and when Irene got close to Dad that’s exactly what she did. Well when Dad went to get up he couldn’t and everyone laughed so hard including Dad, he kept an eye on Irene from then on.
In the winter time he never missed an opportunity to go over to the neighbors to play cards. Or any time getting together with German relatives and have a good old game of BUCK!!
Another of Dad’s traits was that he was a great organizer. Any family event or function, Lawrence got in volved and declared himself chief in charge. Nothing was ever done well unless he organized it. Not to mention his obsession for tiding up after everyone. There was never an opportunity to make a mess when Lawrence was around, because he was right behind you with a broom or vacuum to clean up.
When Dad retired from the Dept. of Highways they said good bye to Kerrobert. They moved to Medicine Hat to enjoy retirement with friends. They were an active part of their community and loved their time there.
When Dad had his heart attack and stroke life changed for them. They decided to move closer to family. They decided to move to Battleford to be near their girls. It was a good step for them, they needed their family close.
Dad was an awesome husband, father, brother, brother- in-law and friend.
Mom and Dad, your life and love for each other of 58 incredible years has been an inspiration to the rest of your siblings, to us girls, your grandchildren, and great grandchild. You have shown us the true meaning of love and a true example of Christian family life.
Once again Dad has assumed the role of big brother and leader of his family and had gone ahead to prepare a place for all of us. He has joined with his parents and so many other relatives and friends in heaven.
Dad, we will miss you, we love you, and let the accordion playing party begin in heaven.
A link to view the funeral service will be posted following the service.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Vanessa Macnab of Eternal Memories Funeral Service and Crematorium.
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