The family of Barb Kaeding of Churchbridge regretfully announce her sudden passing on Sunday, March 8, at 68 years of age. A private family Graveside Service will take place on March 28th, 2020 at 2:30 pm from the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
She was born on May 6, 1951 in Birch River, MB to Ron and Pat Miller.
Barb was the oldest child and was followed by five brothers Jim, Harvey, Greg, Allan, and Glen. The growing family started a farming career in Birch River, but followed their father to employment opportunities in the mining industry in the The Pas, Lynn Lake, Churchbridge, and Sparwood.
It was during their time in Churchbridge that Barb met the love of her life Harold Kaeding and they were wed on June 21st, 1969 at the Trinity Lutheran church in Churchbridge. Although they initiated their farming career at that time, dad had always worked off the farm in the winters and the lure of a better life and tough times on the farm took them to Sparwood, BC where dad worked for Keyser Coal. In 1971 they returned to the farm at Churchbridge to farm alongside dad’s parents, Edgar and Alva Kaeding. When grandpa and grandma moved to Regina in 1976, mom and dad moved to the original homestead 10 km south of Churchbridge which would become their lifelong home. They were blessed with three children – Randy, Corrie, and Cameron.
Mom was not raised as a farm girl, but she learned to love the farm and enjoyed growing plants and being surrounded by cattle and her pets. Mom and Dad had retired from farming 6 years ago, but they were still involved in the activities of the farm and enjoyed their “crop tours” through the neighborhood watching the crops grow and the buzz of large machinery in the fields. Even after dad’s passing mom would still do a crop tour and was sure to point out when things didn’t look quite right.
Mom was raised in a family who enjoyed the outdoors and her and dad continued to enjoy summer camping trips every year. In the early years there was an annual camping trip with friends and family to Madge Lake where many memories were made that they would often tell stories of. As us boys grew, mom and dad supported a snowmobile addiction and enjoyed family times outdoors snowmobiling with neighbors and friends. Mom and dad also enjoyed golfing, curling, playing cards and fellowship over those years – all part of small town community living that they cherished.
Over the last few years mom and dad had occupied a seasonal lot at Carlton Trail regional park and they made many friends during their stay there. After dad’s passing mom moved her trailer to Pyott’s point and again mom spoke of the good friends she enjoyed spending time with and the new experiences she looked forward to. Mom and dad had taken numerous bus trips which allowed them to explore parts of the US and Canada which allowed them to make new friendships. There was one trip Mom and Dad never got to go on prior to dad’s passing and that was to Texas, where they wanted to see the landscape and farming practices of the area. In the two weeks before her passing mom was accompanied by her brother Jim on a bus tour through the US mid west and as far south as Corpus Christi, TX. Although she didn’t get to share those memories with us I am sure she would have had some special stories.
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