Adelgunde (Connie) Mix was born on Dec. 24, 1927 in the Province of Kostopol, Ukraine, 89 years ago. She passed away on Jan. 10, 2017 at the Castor Extended Care, Castor, Ab.
In 1949 her family migrated through Poland and East Germany to West Germany. From there they immigrated to Canada under The Canadian Lutheran World Relief Refugee Resettlement Program arriving in Quebec on May 29, 1952.
From there the family travelled by train to Lethbridge where they were employed in the sugar beet fields. She became a Canadian citizen in 1977.
In August 1955, Connie married Walter Mix and settled south of Castor where they farmed and raised a family until 2010 when they moved into the Manor in Castor and then spent 2012 – 2015 at the Paintearth Lodge.
Our mother is survived by her three children: Sharon (Bill), Larry (Candace), Ken (Karen), two grandchildren; Drew (Jodi), Shane (Courtney); two sisters: Margaret and Frieda along with their families; sister-in-law, Mildred and her daughter, Joanne.
She was predeceased by her husband Walter; parents Alwine and Adolf; brothers Erwin, Waldemar and Herman; brothers-in-law, Bill and Leo and niece, Karen.
Mom grew up in Europe during the Second World War and suffered the rigors of being a displaced person.
She travelled to Canada with her parents and siblings after the war to find a new and better life, which she did.
She found a better life on the farm even if it meant many hard challenges.
Connie was a true pioneer, tiny house with no electricity and running water, raising three children, milking cows, planting a huge garden and helping Walter in the fields.
She was a strong, determined, hard worker and never gave up when life was difficult. In fact that’s when she worked harder with her endless supply of energy and ambition.
Connie spent hours filling her pantry and freezer with the bounty of her gardens and in turn sharing the fruits of her labour with friends and relatives.
Many are the memories of walking into the house with the smells of homemade bread baking, sauerkraut, strudel and her famous Saskatoon pie.
She was always ready with a cup of coffee for anyone who might stop by.
Mom loved her family but her grandchildren had a special place in her heart.
Mom was very serious about her Bible study and the group she studied with was important to her.
She enjoyed socializing with her friends, particularly the times spent along with her husband in floor curling competitions in east central Alberta.
We have journeyed with her through this difficult time of health issues and are thankful that she is not suffering anymore. She is now in heaven with Jesus and mingling with all the saints of God.
At mom’s request there will be a family graveside service at a later date.
Donations in memory are gratefully accepted to a charity of your choice c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, Box 186, Castor, Ab. T0C 0X0, 403-882-3141, who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send or view condolences to Connie’s family, please visit www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
Card of thanks
Thank you to all those who provided such compassionate and patient care which did not go unnoticed. God Bless You All!
We, the family, thank all those who knew Connie, touched and enriched her life in one way or other and made her the person she was.
We miss her already.
Sharon & Bill, Larry & Candace, Ken & Karen, Drew & Jodi, Shane & Courtney