Our Mom, (Thus) Nelda Margaret Zorn (nee Kendel), was born on July 31, 1928 at the family farm on
the outskirts of MacNutt, Saskatchewan. She was the seventh child of the ten children born to Adolph
and Margaret (Becker) Kendel. Mom completed 10 years of school in MacNutt. Mom met a young
farmer, Claude Richard Zorn and married him on October 25, 1948. They farmed together for a couple
of years just Outside of MacNutt and then Dad decided to take a job as a grain buyer with the Sask.
Wheat Pool. During Dad’s career as a grain buyer, Mom moved with him to various locations including
Mehan Siding, Marchwell, Duval and Southey. Along the way, they were blessed with five children.
They remained in Southey and retired there in 1985. When Dad’s health began to decline in 2006, they
moved to The Bentley Retirement Community in Yorkton, SK to be closer their daughters. In 2011, due
to declining mental health, Mom moved to Academy Road at St. Paul’s Lutheran Home in Melville, SK
where she was cared for and lived until her passing.
Mom was a hardworking wife and mother with a strong faith and Christian values. She was
baptized, confirmed and married in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Church activities were central
to her family’s life. She was an avid member of the church choir, the Lutheran ladies groups, played the
organ, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and served at many a funeral luncheon.
Mom was very community minded and participated in the many clubs and sports related activities
that her children participated in including the figure skating clubs, hockey clubs, school activities, and 4-
H Clubs and many others. Mom was a wonderful neighbor and many of her neighbors became her best
friends or are still considered part of her family. While her family was growing, she helped to
supplement the family income selling Avon and Tupperware. Once the youngest two kids were in school,
she worked part time outside the home. Church caretaker, waitress, and short order cook were just
some of the jobs she enjoyed and worked hard at. Her employers became her close friends. Mom
enjoyed people and she loved socializing over a good game of cards, curling, quilting, and golfing. She
was an avid gardener, and crafter, and loved to knit and crochet.
Mom’s pride and joy were her family. She was a dedicated sister, loving parent and grandparent, aunt
and godparent. She worried about each of us in turn, from our birth until her death. She was happy to
see her family come home to her, whether in part, or all together and, she often said, happy to see us
leave again. Once home, her children and grandchildren enjoyed their favorite meals as Mom was an
accomplished cook and baker. German sour cabbage rolls, Bierocks, Kuchen, borcht, bean soup, potatoe
pancakes, fresh made bread, buns, and cinnamon buns, apple and Saskatoon strudel, butter glace and
chicken noodle soup, and saskatoon and plum pierogis, just to name a few. Every one of her children
had their own favorite meal and each grandchild will tell you about her chocolate chip cookies and other
baking delights. Unfortunately, once the great grandchildren began to arrive, her health had begun to
decline and they have missed seeing and knowing her in her prime and have tried only one or two of her
recipes. But Mom enjoyed the regular visits of her five little great-granddaughters until her passing.
Waiting for Mom’s triumphant arrival in heaven, along with Jesus, was her husband, Claude, her oldest
son Allan, her great-grandchild Cohen Nelson, grand-dog Harley and many other family members and
friends. Left to celebrate her life are: her daughter-in-law Lindsay Zorn (Allan), and her granddaughter
Brenda (Michael) Nelson and her great granddon Reese, great granddaughter Summer and great
grandson Shepherd Nelson and her grandson Darren Zorn; her son Bryce and daughter-in-law Sylvia
Zorn, her grandson Aaron Zorn, her granddaughter Tara Lasko and great grandchildren Amara and Micah Lasko; her daughter Heather Gartner and her granddaughter Aimie (Rory) Pasiechnik and great
granddaughter Aly Apland; her granddaughter Kayla Gartner (Jack Davis) and her great granddaughters
Aiva, Dominique, Raylynn and Vienna Davis; her daughter Carolee Zorn and favorite son-in-law Lynton
Evans and her granddaughter Rebecca and grandson Jordan Evans; her son Michael and daughter-in-law
Julie Zorn; her sisters Marie Wagner and Eleanor Haas, her brother Curtis and sister-in-law Sandy
Kendel, her sisters-in-law Lois and Sylvia Kendel and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mom is not lost, we know exactly where she is – in heaven, healed, whole and fully restored. We are
comforted knowing, and look forward to being reunited with her in heaven when we are done our
Lord’s work here on earth and are satisfied and ready to depart. Mom will be truly treasured in our
memories until we meet her again.
A Funeral Service will be held for Nelda on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southey with Pastor Andrew Cottrill officiating.
Interment will follow in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Southey.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Nelda may be made to the MS Society or to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southey.
MS Society of Canada
150 Albert Street, Regina SK S4R 2N2
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
345 SK-6, Southey SK S0G 4P0