Evelyn Kreklewetz (nee Burback), beloved wife of the late Andrew Kreklewetz, passed away on January 18, 2021 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She was 92 years of age. Evelyn Gertrude Kreklewetz was born July 11, 1928 in Runnymede SK, daughter of Jack and Molly Burback. She attended Memorial School a few miles north of Runnymede, and one year in Rhein while living with her grandfather. She was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Runnymede. Evelyn met Andy Kreklewetz through his sister who was teaching at Memorial School. They were married December 26, 1946 in Runnymede. After their marriage, they farmed for five years near Theodore, SK. They then moved to Runnymede to be close to family. In 1956, they moved to Yorkton where they resided the remainder of their lives. Here, they raised four daughters. Evelyn worked as a cook at the Holiday Inn and Co-op Cafeteria, and also spent 10 years at Croll's Department Store. She finished her career as a salesperson at two carpet stores before retiring. Over the years Evelyn and Andy enjoyed bowling, and even took up golf later in life. She claimed to be a pro just using her putter and driver. They spent many summers at Lake of the Prairies where they loved to fish. They also enjoyed attending Terrier Hockey games as well as Baseball games, and watching the Blue Jays. Many times were spent watching grandchildren doing activities such as hockey, baseball, volleyball, dance, and organ. In 1993, they bought a condo near the Parkland Mall in Yorkton. This was after purchasing and building several homes. Over the years, family and friends enjoyed Evelyn's cooking. She was a great cook and loved to have all her family together. This included relatives and friends. She cherished all these gatherings, especially those involving card games and the laughter that came along with them. Shopping was one of Evelyn's passions, as was Casino Life, and coffee at the Mall. She really loved the little ones as the grandchildren started to arrive. She resided for 25 years in the Condo with the last 10 years spent with her wonderful and caring partner, Herb Schmidt, of whom she cherished. At 90 years old Evelyn and Herb still made perogies. Due to health issues, Evelyn moved into the Yorkton District Nursing Home where she resided for almost two years before her passing.
She was predeceased by her husband Andy (2003); Brothers: Albert, Freddie, Mervin, Leonard, and sister's Alvina, Mabel, and Irene; Sons-in-Law: Randy Minchuk and Rick Williams, and grandson Paul Williams. Evelyn is survived by her four daughters: Sharon (Don) Pfeifer of Yorkton, SK., Gail (Charlie) Kiemele of Calgary, AB, Connie Williams of Windsor ON, Debbie (Barry) Calanchie of Yorkton, SK. Grandchildren include Dion (Michelle) Pfeifer, Delee (Terry) Carter, Kerry Minchuk, Courtney (Cory) Mitchell, Troy (Jen) Minchuk, Angela Mailloux, Drew (Steph) Calanchie, Logan Calanchie, Brett Calanchie. Great Grand Children: Noah and Reid Pfeifer, Jaiden and Clover Mitchell, Jaxton and Jayce Minchuk, Sawyer, Delaney, and Spencer Minchuk, Jenna and Chloe Mailloux, and Lawson and Livi Calanchie. She leaves behind two brothers; Herman and Norman (May) Burback. We know you will be with us, and we will cherish your many memories. Until we meet again.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Pastor Jailyn Corbin of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Reflections were given by Don Pfeifer and Gail Kiemele. Readers were Delee Carter and Brett Calanchie. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Don Pfeifer, Dion Pfeifer, Troy Minchuk, Logan Calanchie, Barry Calanchie and Charlie Kiemele serving as casket bearers. Memorials in memory of Evelyn may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church (73 Smith St. E., Yorkton, SK S3N 0H6), Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan (301-2550 12th Ave. Regina, SK S4P 3X1) or a Charity of Choice, as gifts of remembrance.