News ‘n’ views from Baljennie

Prayers and deepest thoughts goes out to the Frerichs family of Turtleford and to the Neilson family of the Battlefords on the recent passing of Marion Frerichs (nee Neilson) on Aug. 29 at the age of 66 at the Battlefords Union Hospital. Marion was the oldest daughter of Harold and Alice Neilson of Battleford. She spent most of her younger life in the Battlefords and worked at Home Hardware for 16 years. Marion’s parents were in charge of the Battleford post office’s rural mail route to Baljennie and many other close areas. Baljennie’s post office closed and changed to a rural routes system. Some days Alice took Marion and her two sisters, Olive and Karen, on the mail route to help deliver the mail. There was never a mail day they missed unless the roads were blocked and not fit to travel on due to the changing weather systems. Marion was married to Wayne Frerichs for 48 years and had a family of two – a boy, Robert, and a girl, Sandra. Wayne worked for the PFRA for several years in different parts of southern Saskatchewan before they retired to make their retirement home at Turtle Lake. She loved to travel, garden and do crafts. A celebration of life service was held at St. George’s Anglican Church in Battleford. A lunch followed at the Legion Hall. She was laid to rest in the family plot in the North Battleford cemetery on Sept. 9 with her family present. She passed away after a brave battle with cancer. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

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