April 3, 1964 – August 29, 2015
At age 51, Jeff Stensrud was taken from us suddenly and instantly and not because of something he did wrong, it was just a freak farming accident and his passing has left a massive void in every life he touched.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Paulson-Stensrud of Stettler, Ab,; daughter, Ami Stensrud (Shawn Rogers) of Edmonton; granddaughter, Tara; his mother, Eileen Stensrud of Melfort, Sk.; siblings: Arlene (Tom) Olson of Saskatoon, Sk.; Dwain (Laura Hartney) of Saskatoon, Sk. and Greg (Sabrina) of Melfort, Sk..
He is also survived by parents-in-law Lloyd and Lois Paulson of Donalda, Ab., brothers-in-law: Wayne (Yvette) Paulson of Weekes, Sk. and Bruce Paulson (Katie Carlow) of Stettler, Ab.; nieces and nephews: Marlee and Matthew Olson; Haley, Caitlin and Jonas Stensrud; Aleisha and Shelby Paulson; Hunter and Cody Paulson.
Jeff was predeceased by his first wife, Amber and his dad, Arvid Stensrud.
Jeff grew up on the farm in Saskatchewan in the Crooked River/Peesan area, east of Tisdale and began his schooling in Crooked River, then went to Tisdale for High School and Red Deer College, where he earned his Interprovincial Automotive Technician status.
The “school of experience” was an ongoing “classroom” that Jeff thoroughly enjoyed where he worked a variety of jobs, always with the common theme of farming or to do with “mechanics”.
He owned his own business – “Jeff’s Automotive Repair & Restoration”, located east of Donalda, Ab., in the Spruce Coulee area.
‘Old school’ values and work ethic made his business thrive. His motto’s also included, “If it’s a job worth doing at all, it’s worth doing ‘right’ the first time” and, “If it’s man made, I can fix it!” – and he did.
In recent years, he had started farming with his father-in-law, Lloyd and was working on building his own little herd of cattle.
Jeff’s interests included a very long list, to name a few: camping, fishing, hunting, photography, woodworking, cooking, farming, animals, nature and most of all, family time.
Christmas was especially close to his heart because it was a time of family get-togethers and celebration and family was very important to Jeff.
In 2014 our family welcomed baby granddaughter, Tara into the world.Holding her for the first time, there was never a more proud grandpa. She filled his life with joy, pride and love.
Jeff left so suddenly but it was while doing something he loved – farming. His passing has left us in such shock. We will miss you and your kindness and caring, your laughter and love, your expertise and help and until we’re once again together you will be forever loved, always remembered and forever cherished. We are thankful to have had the honour of your presence in our lives.
A celebration of life was held in honour of Jeff on Tues., Sept. 8, 2015 at the Donalda community hall. Memorial donations may be made to STARS, Donalda Animal Rescue or a charity of your own choice. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium 403-742-3422.
Card of Thanks
The family of Jeff Stensrud would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming support during this tragic loss. Thank you for words of encouragement, prayers, love, food, gifts, flowers, cards, donations, fund raising, phone calls, texts, visits and help in every fashion.
Thank you to generous and kind individuals, businesses and groups.
To all the emergency responders and victim services; to Teresa’s Catering and Donalda Animal Rescue. The list is very long – So thank you to everyone, for help in every way, during this difficult time.