Eldi (Fiege) Just was born at Yorkton, Saskatchewan on April 8th, 1930 to Gottfried (Fred) and Martha (nee Krieger) Fiege. She passed away peacefully June 16th with her family by her side. Eldi was predeceased by her loving husband Dr. Kenneth Edwin Just, her Great Granddaughter Danisa Zborowski (1 month old), Eldi’s parents, two sisters: Alma as an infant & Bertha at 10 years of age (when Eldi was just 8 years old) and her beloved brothers Art and Emil.
Eldi is lovingly remembered by her three sons Murray (Marlene), Howard (Dr. Maria) and David (Allison) Just. Grandchildren Jaime (Jason) Andrusiak, Jennifer (David) Lowe, Dr. Celeste Just (Bill Zborowski) Serena Just (Derek Klein) and Adam Just. Her legacy also lives on through her Great Grandchildren Ashley and Carley Andrusiak, Ellis and Smith Lowe and Bianca and Henry Zborowski and sisters Violet Engel and Hilda Sonnenberg and many more relatives and friends.
Eldi loved music. Early in her teens she took up violin, guitar and piano, and often sang and accompanied herself at the German Baptist Church services in Yorkton. She could play any and all hymns, loved to sing solo, duets, trios and quartets, and sang in the choirs of churches she attended. While living in Melfort Eldi sang with a ladies choir, the “Choristers”. While wintering in Mesa, Eldi was active in choir there and was a regular soloist at the Valle del Oro interdenominational Sunday services.
Eldi’s resume is diverse. Straight out of business college she went to work for Parker & Quine Chartered Accountants in Yorkton and later worked for a time at the Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation and at the Yorkton Co-op. During Ken’s years at the University of Guelph, she worked at Oregon Chainsaw and then at the Department of Bacteriology and Pathology at the University. When Ken graduated from Veterinary Medicine they set up a private practice. Eldi became his office manager and surgical assistant in the Mohawk Animal Clinic at Melfort and later at the Ambassador Pet Hospital in Yorkton. While they were in Yorkton Eldi was asked to serve as Registrar of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association- the only lay person to ever do so. They moved to Regina, where she worked at the Department of Justice (Civil Law) followed by an appointment to the staff of the Provincial Court of Queen’s Bench. Upon Moving into Marian Park Condominium, she was the condo’s first secretary holding the position for two years.
Eldi and Ken enjoyed round and square dancing for many years and made friends in many places including Mesa Arizona through this activity. They also loved to travel having made trips to England, Germany (where she could speak German of course), Holland, Ireland, Eastern Canada, Vermont, Hawaii, Florida and Los Angeles, but her special place was Mesa Arizona.
Eldi loved to cook and bake and she shared it around; she knit, crocheted, loved to read, work on crossword puzzles and play Scrabble and Mexican Rummy. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed each and every visit with them.