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Nelda Zorn

July 31, 1928 ~ October 31, 2018 (age 90)

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.

Donations may be made to:

MS Society of Canada
150 Albert Street, Regina SK S4R 2N2
Tel: 1-306-522-5600
Email: info.sask@mssociety.ca
Web: http://mssociety.ca

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
345 SK-6, Southey SK S0G 4P0
Tel: 1-306-726-2073

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