SPILCHEN - Elizabeth Spilchen was born on March 27, 1927 in the Fenwood district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Emily (nee Nagy) and Charlie Takach. She attended the Bernadine School near Goodeve. The family farmed in the Fenwood district until moving to a farm in the Saltcoats district in 1947. Shortly after that 'Betty' moved to Ontario, where she worked on a tobacco farm for a while before moving into Toronto, where she found employment cleaning houses for a number of families. It was there that she met Albert Ellis, whom she married in 1948. In 1949 they were blessed with a daughter and then a son in 1960. In 1967 the family moved to Miami, Florida, where Albert passed away. Elizabeth returned to Toronto shortly after but soon came back home to the Saltcoats district before eventually settling in Yorkton. Here she met William 'Bill' Spilchen, whom she married in 1971. Bill passed away in 2002. A typical homemaker, Elizabeth loved to crochet, she kept a large garden and was an excellent cook and baker, known for her strudel, cottage cheese buns and homemade soups. She loved watching sports, especially hockey and baseball on TV. In her younger years she was a wrestling fan. Elizabeth and Bill were avid horseshoe players, travelling to many sports days in the summer months. She was proud of her well cared for back yard and spent many evenings on her back deck. She was also a beloved grandma, babysitting her two grandchildren and three great grandchildren on many occasions. Even as her health began to decline, Elizabeth maintained her independence and was able to live in her own home until her passing. Hospitalized on January 9th, she passed away on Thursday, January 16th 2020 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. She was 92 years of age.
Predeceased by her father Charlie (1967), mother Emily (1984); brothers Andy (1953), Paul (1999), Charlie (2000) & Louie (2006); and by her son Albert (2018). She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Betty (John) Kobitz of the Saltcoats district; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jennifer Kobitz (Glen Niefer) of Yorkton and Jennifer's children Wyatt and Cody of Edmonton and Pressleigh of the Saltcoats district; and Jeffrey Kobitz (Nicole Blackwell) of the Saltcoats district; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Doreen Day officiating. Music played was Angels Among Us and Please Remember Me. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark with Jeffrey Kobitz, Pressleigh Dingman, Nicole Blackwell, Greg Datema, Glen Niefer and Cody Strutynski serving as the casketbearers. Condolences can be left at baileysfuneralhome.com