Muriel Ilene Riehl
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and friend, Muriel Riehl, of Creighton, on December 24, 2019.
Muriel was predeceased by her loving husband Allan in 2001; her sons Richard (Betty) and Perry (June) of Creighton; and her daughter Judy (Kirby) of Ainsworth, BC. Also waiting to welcome Muriel are her mother and father, Irvin and Matthea Olson; and her sisters Jean (Mike) Holunga and Alene Sibilack; and her brother Vern (Yvette) Olson.
She is survived and greatly missed by her sons Barry (Carol) of Nelson, BC and Dave and Bob of Creighton. Also left to mourn are her sister Alva (Wilf) Focht of Edmonton, her brother Mitch of Millet, AB, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Muriel was born in the Robinson Creek district, a few miles north of Preeceville, Saskatchewan, January 28, 1931. The Depression years were hard times for everyone, and chores were non-stop. She told many stories of the hardships they endured such as heating rocks to warm the bed at night and waking up in the morning to find ice in the pot on the wood stove. Because her mother was ill, she learned to bake bread in a wood stove oven at the age of six. She made the best bread we have tasted until the day she broke her leg and had to be hospitalized. Judy, Barry and Carol fought for the prized crusts. Everyone loved the toast with her homemade jam!
She met the love of her life, Al Riehl, in 1946 while visiting friends in Flin Flon. She said she would have married him that day. She returned to the farm and chores until her family moved to Flin Flon later that year. She and Al were married in 1949 and eventually built the house in Creighton in 1950.
They raised six well-fed and well-loved children who - with their parents - enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and picking berries. Muriel and Al passed their strong work ethics and values on to their kids by setting a wonderful example. Nobody could keep up to Mom when it came to work. She and Dad would tackle any job and when the job was done, enjoy a cool beverage.
Mom’s exceedingly strong work ethic and good nature made her a part of each family where she worked or whoever she was with. She spent time working at the hospital and then Eddie’s Grocery (when Eddie’s still delivered groceries on a bicycle) as a teenager. Later, after her kids were grown, she worked at the Whitney Forum and then Creighton Hardware.
After Dad retired, when they weren’t fishing (Dad often remarked that she had fishing on the brain), they spent much of their time working on and enjoying their garden and beautiful yard.
They also got to travel, especially enjoying their trips to B.C. to see Barry, Carol, Judy and Kirby. They loved it so much that they contemplated moving there.
After Dad’s passing in 2001, I (Bob) moved in and helped care for her, but it was mutual (remember the bread). We played lots of games such as cribbage and dice and did a lot of fishing where she kept me busy taking fish off her hook. She was an incredible host and could whip something up in a jiffy if someone stopped by. They usually left with a full belly plus a loaf of bread, jar of pickles or something.
We helped each other through the passing of three of her children, which no parent should have to endure. Her strength, courage and patience were amazing.
We take comfort that she lives on in all of us and loved us unconditionally. She was one of a kind and spoke often of how proud she was of her family. We will miss her always and pray for her finding many fully stocked lakes where she and Dad can fish forever. Leave a few fish for us when we get there Ma!
The Riehl Family
We would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone for the cards and sympathy following the passing of our mother, Muriel Riehl. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, health care aides and Terry Erickson for all they did in caring for Mom. Special thanks also to Sam and Dave Carter, Debbie MacKenzie, Auntie Sophie and Tara for all the emotional support. And to the family members who kept her smiling through the phone calls and made long trips to see her. She was a priceless treasure that we will miss.
The Riehl Family