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Emilie Pexa

- December 01, 2017

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March 26, 1928 – December 1, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the loss of a dear mother, Oma, and great-grandmother. Emilie passed away accidentally in the early evening of Friday, December 1st near her home in Saskatoon. Emilie Ringhofer was born in Günseck, Burgenland, Austria, to Gustav and Elisabeth Ringhofer. She moved to Vienna as a young woman to learn the trade of seamstress. There, she met the love of her life, Herbert Pexa. After they married, they decided to move to Canada to join Herbert's brother Walter in search of a better life, arriving in Halifax by ship on April 2nd, 1954, then continuing on to Saskatoon by train. Her first job in Canada was at the Bessborough Hotel, where she continued to work while also taking care of Herbert after he was badly injured at work in their first year here. She also took care of him after another serious injury as well as a lengthy illness while raising their two sons, and supported him through the establishment of his business. Her life was never easy, but she stood by Herbert through thick and thin. Emilie was a proud member of the German-Canadian Club Concordia since 1967, and was recognized at its 60th Anniversary celebration this year. One of Mom's greatest pleasures was spending summers at the family cabin at Little Bear Lake with Opa for nearly 40 years, where they made many friends. She was a strong-willed and independent person who wanted to continue to live in her own house after Opa's passing in 2014, and still did her own cooking, cleaning and baking at 89. She was a fabulous cook and baker. Emilie is survived by sons Harold (Stefanie) and Fred (Michelle), grandsons Jeff (Lara) of South Africa & Jeremy Pexa (Janessa Bailey), granddaughters Andrea Hudson (Jeremy) & Katrina Pexa, great-grandsons Seth Pexa, Owen Pexa & Hunter Hudson, and great-granddaughters Mackenna Hudson and Jett Hudson, as well as by siblings Albert and Ernst (Frieda) Ringhofer and their children, all in Austria. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Herbert, as well as sister Theresia Kaindl, brothers Gustav & Hans, and sister-in-law Berta, all in Austria.
Mom, you did so much for us, and we will love you and miss you forever.

Funeral Details

The Celebration of Emilie’s Life will be held on Friday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. from the German Cultural Centre (160 Cartwright St.). Luncheon to follow.

Condolence Messages

Charlotte Scharnitzky

Written December 09, 2017 from Collingwood, Ontario

Dear Harold, Fred, and families:
With heartfelt sympathy to the family of Millie Pexa. I lost a dear friend of forty years, full of so much laughter. Millie and I used to reminisce about the olden days in Austria. I'm going to miss the phone calls, the silliness and the seriousness of our conversations. What a wonderful pair of friends they were to call my own, Millie and Bertl. There would be a lot more to be said, but Harold did so beautifully. May she rest in peace.
Lots of love,
- Charlotte and Family.

Myrna Miller

Written December 07, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sk

My condolences to emilies family . I want to thank Harold for bringing your mom in to see me for my retirement I always loved helping her. One time I met her and your dad in the chocolate bar lane at the grocery store . We had a discussion about chocolate bars and she told me which was the best chocolate . So I got one for my mom also because if Emily said it was the best it would be . My mom loved her chocolate also ,

Hans Mathisen

Written December 07, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

My many visits with Emily and Herb are among my fond memories. Emily's baking was great. She was the kind of person I will always remember, Now she has joined herb in heaven with the Lord and Jesus.