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Dolores Ruschkowski
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Dolores Agnes Lewans Ruschkowski was born April 16, 1930 at the Sand farm. She was the eldest of 12 children born to Peter and Mary Lewans. She was delivered by her mother who was said to have challenged her sister the day before to a foot race. Dolores attended Grade One at the Shortgrass School in Rosefield 1936-37. She spent grades 2-7 at the Voll School near her home from 1938-1942. Many happy days were spent at St. Joan of Arc Academy (boarding school) in Swift Current completing grades 8-12 in 1942-47. She attended “normal school” for teacher training from 1947-1949. Her first 2 years of teaching were at Alpha School in Montmarte, Sask. She also taught at Kayville and Earview School near rural Gull Lake from 1949-1950. In 1950 she returned to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1954 she completed her Education studies obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree with distinction. From 1954-1956 she worked for the Gull Lake School Unit as a helping teacher and librarian as well as Assistant Superintendent. On October 17, 1956 she married Joseph Ruschkowski and settled on the farm to raise 9 children including Linda, John, Joanne, Mark, Sharon, Christopher, Michelle, James, and David. She lived on the farm until her husband’s death in 1997. She then moved to a home she bought in Shaunavon where she lived for 18 years. After an illness she moved to Evergreen Villa for 2 years. She moved to Eastend Wolf Willow Health Care Centre in May of 2017 where she passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Mary Lewans, her sisters Theresa and Lillian, and her brother George.

Dolores is survived by brothers Fr. Sylvester Lewans O.M.I., Paul, Benedict, Philip, Raymond, and Daniel, as well as sisters Lucille and Sister Ann (Ursuline Sisters). Her grandchildren include Luke, Dakota, Dawson (John and Cecilia), John, Jessica, Kyle, Sherry Lynn, Brenna, Quinn and Cole (Joanne and Arthur Parkes), Olivia, Kathleen, Veronica, Carolyn, and Joseph (Mark and Heather), Kayla and Brittany (Chris and Adele), Tyler, Kelsey and Alyssa (Michelle and Gary Battams), Mya (Jim and Joy), Rock and Jake (David and Raelene). Her great grandchildren include Lincoln and Cain Ruschkowski, Trent, Kaleigh, and Jolene Ackerman, Duke and Will Parkes, Sophia, Abigail, and Arlo Milaney, Noah Canizales, Willow Parkes, Wyatt Parkes, and Jonah Larocque.

Dolores was a true matriarch in every sense of the word. She loved her family and made many sacrifices as a farm wife providing for the needs of 9 children. She stressed the importance of the family unit and was so proud of the legacy of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Throughout her married life, she continued to do substitute teaching and short teaching contracts. She worked diligently on the farm, cooking, driving truck, or whatever needed to be done. She was an avid gardener and loved planting both flowers and vegetables. When she no longer was able to keep a garden patch, she cultivated houseplants and did container gardening. She was a prolific quilter, having completed 52 quilts for her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Southwest Quilters Guild for many years. She loved to read and was always abreast of the latest news. She was always interested in politics and followed it keenly on television. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for many years both at her rural parish of St. Anthony’s, Illerbrun and Christ the King parish in Shaunavon. She attended many meetings and conferences with them as well as holding positions within. She started playing the organ at St. Anthony’s when only 14 years old. From 1954 until the parish closed in 1988 she was the only organist. She achieved Grade 8 Conservatory in piano music. She had a lovely voice and loved music her whole life, starting each day with the radio. She loved to play cards and hosted many parties at her Shaunavon home, her villa apartment and Wolf Willow Nursing Home. She was able to do a bit of travelling and visited Europe as well as many locales within Canada. Although she suffered with great physical pain a great deal of her life, she never complained and always put the needs of her family first. She always saw the humour in every day mundane life. Her witticisms and wisecracks were legendary. She was a great cook and baker and provided many a pail full of cookies for her grandchildren. Dolores had great faith that sustained her through the joys and sorrows of her life. Her absence has left a huge hole in the family that will be forever missed.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from Christ the King R.C. Church in Shaunavon with Reverend Father John Mock officiating. Linda Ruschkowski will present the eulogy. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s R.C. Cemetery in Shaunavon. Prayer Services and viewing was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King R.C. Church in Shaunavon. Binkley’s Funeral Service of Shaunavon ( is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers were grandchildren John Parkes, Kyle Parkes, Tyler Ciona, Luke Ruschkowski, Dawson Ruschkowski and Dakota Ruschkowski.

Honorary Pallbearers were all other grandchildren.

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580 - 5th Street East
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan S0N 2M0

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10:30 AM
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580 - 5th Street East
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan S0N 2M0

Prayer Service and Viewing will be held at this time. Funeral Service will be Scheduled for a Later Time.

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St. Mary's R.C. Cemetery

580 - 5th Street East
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan S0N 2M0

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Eastend Wolf Willow Health Centre

Eastend, Saskatchewan S0N 0T0
If you wish to gift a memorial donation please contact Binkley’s Funeral Service at 306-297-2412 or toll free at 1-877-BINKLEY (1-877-246-5539)

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