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Martha Spielman

1926 ~ 2021 (age 95)


Martha Spielman passed away at Villa Pascal on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the age of 95 years. 

Martha was born in Laznowska, Wola, Poland and arrived in Canada on June 26, 1928 with her parents, Jacob and Pauline Herman and seven of eight siblings.   She grew up on the family homestead south of Spiritwood and attended Temesvar School from age 10 to 15 when she was needed at home to assist her mother.  Martha did some waitressing before she married Oscar Spielman in 1947 and purchased a farm next to her parents’ homestead where they raised their three children. 

 Although Martha never drove the tractor to do field work, she worked very hard with every aspect of farming…..operating the binder, stooking bundles, hauling bales, picking rocks and roots, and milking cows until the day she and Oscar moved to North Battleford in 1973. Martha also grew a large garden, raised chickens, sewed a lot, and loved picking berries.   

Once in the city, Martha finally had running water and life was good.  She spent fourteen years working in retail and much of her spare time was spent quilting.   After Oscar passed away in 1996, Martha moved into Valley View Towers where she enjoyed playing cards and pot luck meals with her new friends.  She also enjoyed the many hours of socializing at Action Now Senior’s Centre.  Even as macular degeneration was taking her vision, Martha continued to grow a few vegetables and do jigsaw puzzles with a magnifying glass.  Anyone that ever dropped in to see Martha had to eat something before they could leave.    

Martha spent her last four years at Villa Pascal Nursing Home where she accepted her new life and participated in activities as best she could.   

Martha will be lovingly remembered by her children: Marvin (Lea) Spielman of Alix, Alberta, Evelyn (Lloyd) Johnson of Spiritwood, Saskatchewan and Wayne (Sandy) Spielman of Sarnia, Ontario; eight grandchildren; her great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  

A celebration of Martha’s life will be held later next summer.  Memorial donations can be made to Villa Pascal, 1301-113th Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 3K1 or the CNIB.  Condolences for the family can be left at  Arrangements have been entrusted to Vanessa Macnab of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.

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