Ernie Ginetz, beloved husband of the late Anne Ginetz of Norquay, SK, passed away at the Norquay Health Centre on August 23, 2019, at the age of 85 years.
Ernie was born at the family farm near Arabella, SK on March 2, 1934 to Paul and Alice (Boyko) Ginetz. He went to school in Arabella and later for a short period in Sturgis. He worked on the family farm and gained winter employment at the Rudachyk Bros. sawmill.
In Norquay, on July 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Anne Gurski. Together they farmed until the fall of 1956, when they moved to Vancouver, BC. Ernie found work with C.P. Express and Anne worked for a bakery. In 1957, they returned to farm his father’s land near Arabella. In 1958, they purchased and moved to the Gurski farm after Anne’s father, John, retired. There, they started their family raising two children, Barry and Lori. There was never a shortage of work on the farm which included milking cows, raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, and their beloved purebred polled Hereford cattle, as well as growing grain. Life was hectic and full of hard work. Day to day, it was get the chores done, finish supper, go visit family, friends and neighbours, get the chores done, go to church on Sunday, get the chores done, go to the curling rink, go to the ball diamond, and once again get the chores done.
In 1973, they purchased a neighbour’s farm 5 miles north of Norquay, where they moved to and continued the operation of the family farm. In 1976, after selling one of those prize Hereford bulls, it gave them a nest egg to build a new house. After all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, they went from running for water with a pail, to and from the well, to running water out of the tap. Farm life couldn’t be any better.
Ernie and Anne continued farming together, with their son, Barry, who worked alongside his dad from a young age. When Barry married in 1983, he and his wife, Jackie, decided farming would also be their future. The workload got a little lighter. Ernie and Anne were thrilled to welcome three grandchildren to the family, and they found a little more free time for camping and fishing with friends and maybe even time to make some plans to travel.
Life took a big turn on February 18, 1997, when Ernie lost his love and partner in life, Anne. Life would never be the same, but he continued on. His love of the land and being a farmer was part of his soul and he loved his family, friends and neighbours. Ernie made many dear friends over the years while raising and showing his Hereford cattle. He enjoyed playing fast ball (in his younger years), enjoyed a good pool game and loved to curl, which he continued into his 80’s. Watching his Blue Jays and daily coffee row could not be missed. In later years, his pockets were filled with peppermint lifesavers and going to the NICE center for coffee, pie and ice-cream, cake, sweets, and a visit with friends. Ernie was a colorful man. He bled John Deere green, red Chevy trucks, and Blue Jay’s baseball. After 60+ years of farming, Ernie helped bring in the 2018 harvest and that winter decided it was time to retire – sort of. He did still have plans to get on that combine for the 2019 harvest, even suggesting we could help pull him up on the combine with a rope.
On August 23, 2019, the Lord called Ernie to rest at the age of 85. Ernie, Dad, Gido, Great Gido, you will be dearly missed.
Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Alice; wife, Anne; a twin brother at birth, older brother, Mark and sister-in-law, Lena; sisters, Anne (Wally) Nimetz and Mary (Victor) Twerdoclib; in-laws John and Sophie Gurski; brothers-in-law: Ted Martynuik, Joe Kovacs, and Jim Hamilton; and nephews, Randy Nimetz and Garry Twerdoclib.
He is survived by his children, Barry (Jacqueline) of Norquay and Lori (Michael) French of Moose Jaw; grandchildren: Dustin Ginetz, Desiree (Chad) Mcleod, and Karrie Ginetz (Mike Schick); great grandchildren: Keira and Archer Mcleod; and his little sister, Olga Martynuik; as well as his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In Ernie’s honor, a Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2019, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, and Funeral Liturgy celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019, from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Norquay, SK, with Rev. Fr. Warren Dungen officiating. Rite of Committal will follow in the Canora Cemetery.
Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the N.I.C.E. Centre, Norquay, SK, or to the Norquay Health Centre, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Ernie Ginetz.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Ernie Ginetz..
Décès pour la Ville: Canora, Province: Saskatchewan