Marjorie Semenoff

Obituary of Marjorie Semenoff

On June 29th, 2019 at 8:55pm Marge Semenoff, aged 96 years, bid this world goodbye. Marge was born Marjorie Maloff of Lanham District, SK. on August 13th, 1923. She is one of 5 children born to John J. and Polly Maloff. Her siblings include Bill, the oldest; then Johnny; Marge was the next; then Ann and Polly. Marge went to a one room school house in that district, called Henrietta. They would walk about 2 miles there and back for 8 years. Marge was born a first generation Canadian Russian Doukhobor, and in those days they always had weekend picnics where all the Districts would get together to get reacquainted and meet new faces. Some years later Marge met Mike Semenoff. The Semenoff’s had a farm near Arlee, SK. Marge spent a lot of time there until they married, and then they moved to Saskatoon, SK. Her first job in Saskatoon was in the 1940’s at the Capital Theater along with her mother-in-law, Polly Semenoff. They were cleaners and she was proud of that. After that Marge started her own business at the Canada Building starting the lunch counter, and thanks to both her mothers-in-law who would look after the children; Cecile, Leslie and Danny; along with 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. It was very hard work with making home made meals. Marge then decided it would be better to do house cleaning and she started off at McClocklin’s house. They also gave her the real estate homes and show homes which lead her to North Ridge Construction, Legacy Homes, and Carins Homes. Marge loved what she did. She also worked for Dr. B. Macinna, Ray Hnatyshyn, Sid Buckwald, the Landa’s, G. Vann, the Falcon, Meridean Developments, Len Hillard Photography (that is where her son Danny got his start), Sally Merchant and her son Tony, Hazen Twist store, The Avenue building, Wynns Styles shop and many more. Work and managing a home kept her going, and besides having 3 children she also adopted 4 children through the years. Marge gave a lot to needy originations. She started lunch counters all over the city, in adult learning centers and car dealerships. Marge loved to start them then turn them over to other people that needed work. Marge had a wonderful and colorful life. She was fun to be around and she loved to be funny. She will be missed by all that loved her. The family will have two private ceremonies at our prayer home and the Henrietta Cemetery. Mom loved an old saying by the late great comedian George Burns, “I don’t care what you do for a living, if you love it you are a success.”  We thank all those that knew Marge, for those that employed her, to those that loved her, and to those that cared about her. May God Bless you all.

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