HOFFMAN - May Geraldine Hoffman (Frederickson) (nee Merkley) of Theodore, SK passed away on May 25, 2019 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was born on May 17, 1930 and was the seventh child of Walter and Alice Merkley. May is survived by her 2 daughters: Betty McPhee (Bill Ehmann), Lois (Bruce) Wilson, her grandchildren: Lana Hunko (Trevor Dombroski), Greg (Jeri Ryba) McPhee, Carla Serbu (Bob Wisniewski), Shannon (Devin) Blum, Michelle Wilson (Scott Greff), Jill (Ken) Hintze, Jody Wilson (Chris Warner), Blake (Nicole) Frederickson, Yarina (Sandro) Banerjee, 12 great-grandchildren: Danielle, Brendan, Zachary, Serayla, Kaylee, Rundle, Ava, Piper, Ellla, Clara, Delia and Adriano and her siblings: Helen Burnard, Dorothy Horn, Jim Merkley, and her daughter-in-law Judith Frederickson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husbands, Harold Frederickson, Bill Purvis and Leonard Hoffman and companion Stan Ruszkowski, and recently her son Allen Frederickson.
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May enjoyed her life on the family farm east of Theodore but in 1997 moved away following Harold's passing. She returned in 2009 and lived there until 2014 when ill health caused her to become a resident of the Theodore Health Centre. She settled into her new home with enthusiasm and acceptance. When Allen was home he would take her out on a crop checking tour or at harvest time to ride in the combine. From time to time she visited Betty's and Lois' homes where she could sit outside watching the birds and see the flowers grow. She had a true passion for sewing and many a wedding dress or grad gown were sewn to perfection. At the Health Centre she did sewing alterations and repairs for staff and fellow residents. In the last few years she designed cushion covers that were unique and special because it was a gift of love from her. May was blessed with a zest for life which helped to carry her through tough times. Her kindness and smile was often commented on by all who knew her. The funeral service was held on Monday, June 3rd 2019 from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Rev. Catherine Pace officiating. Organist, Arlene Fenske led in the hymns 'Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You', 'In the Bulb There is a Flower', and 'Those Hearts That We Have Treasured'. Ava Frederickson gave a piano solo. The eulogist was Greg McPhee, tributes were given by daughters Betty and Lois, and a poem was read by Piper Frederickson. The interment took place in the Theodore Cemetery with granddaughters Lana Hunko and Carla Sebu serving as the urnbearers. Memorials may be made to the Theodore Health Centre Activity Fund as tokens of remembrance. Condolences can be left at baileysfuneralhome.com