KUSLER – Florence Kusler passed away at the Maple Creek Hospital on September 22, 2015 at the age of 93, after a short battle with ovarian cancer.
Mom was born at home, on the ranch, south of Walsh in the Graburn area on April 5, 1922 to William and Gladys (Sturm) Good. She was the oldest of nine children and took most of her education at home, first upstairs in the house and later in a building originally used as a chicken coup and washhouse. This building was renovated and located behind the house to serve as a school for the Good kids and some neighbours.
After working at various ranches as a cook and to help teach children, Mom married our Dad, Art Kusler, on June 21, 1942. After their marriage they worked for various ranchers in the Walsh area until purchasing the Harrigan place south of Piapot in 1946. In 1959 they purchased the Harold Winzer place to add to their holdings. We moved to the Winzer place in the fall of 1959 and now we had a big house, indoor plumbing and running water. Mom was so proud of her new house and they both took pride in the ranch and worked hard to improve it and make it a good home.
Mom was always happy, had a positive attitude and had a good sense of humour until the end. She was a great cook, fussy with her house, loved gardening, riding after cows and fencing with Dad. No meal was ever complete until we had dessert. She started keeping a diary in 1958 and the last day entered in her diary was August 24, 2015 when her health no longer let her have an interest.
Mom was a member of the Bear Creek Ladies Aid, the U.C.W. and the hospital auxiliary. She always enjoyed helping wherever she could and the social part of the meetings.
Mom and Dad moved to Maple Creek in 1980 where they enjoyed many card games and meals with their wide circle of friends. Mom now had time to crochet and do ceramics. We will cherish her afghans and pieces of ceramics that were made for us.
Our parents enjoyed many holidays together to various locations in Canada, the US, Hawaii, Europe and Alaska. Mom was always ready to go and often was the one that got the gang going.
After Dad passed on January 6, 2006 Mom moved to a condo in the Creekside Estates. She enjoyed condo life and her Ford Escape which she drove until July of this year. She spent most of her time socializing, playing cards and doing puzzles.
Florence is survived by her children Marlene (Andy) Bockman, Lorne (Bev) Kusler, her grandchildren Justin and Tyson Kusler, her immediate family Rachel (Ben) Kusler, Earl (Thelma) Good, Wallace (Lorraine) Good, Marj Heller, Mymma (Harlan) Fulton, Mabel Quenzer, Wilma (Mel) Gibson, Larry (Josephine) Good. Brother-in-law George Kusler, sisters-in-law Ruth Krausz and Frances Morley and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Art after 63 years of marriage, her parents William and Gladys Good, mother and father-in-law Henry and Caroline (Ziegenhagel) Kusler, in-laws Jack Heller, Frank Quenzer, Eugene and Louise Kusler, Marj Kusler, Don Morley and a niece Debbie Kusler.
We were very fortunate to have caring and loving parents who supported us throughout the years, they were so very proud of their grandsons Justin and Tyson. Mom said many times how good her grandsons are and was very proud of their accomplishments. We will miss Mom and Grama very much, she was always happy to see us and never turned down a trip to the ranch or a gator ride to see the cows. Our parents left us a lifetime of great memories, after a job well done, may they rest in peace together and have many happy dances.
Interment preceded the memorial service which was held at the Maple Creek United Church on Mon., Sept. 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Eleanor Bowie officiating. Donations may be made to the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Binkley’s Funeral Service, Maple Creek and Leader, in charge of arrangements, 306-662-2292. http://www.binkleysfuner alservice.com
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