Dorothy Lucy (nee Breckner) Wakelam

May 15, 1928 - December 26, 2021

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Prayer Service: Livestreaming Available 
Thursday, December 30, 2021 – 7:30pm
Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church,
LeRoy, SK

Funeral Service: Livestreaming Available 
Friday, December 31, 2021 – 1:00pm
Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church,
LeRoy, SK

Friday December 31, 2021
Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cemetery,
LeRoy, SK

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Holy Rosary Parish
P.O. Box 237
LeRoy, SK, S0K 2P0
Phone: 1-306-365-2999


Dorothy Lucy Wakelam was born May 15, 1928, to John and Frances (née Folk) in the Colonsay district. She was the oldest of nine children and hard work came at a pretty young age. When some of her siblings got older and could help at home, she went to live with her Aunt Lucy, (Frances’ sister), to help her take care of her kids and household. Dorothy was educated in Colonsay, then took a nurse’s aide course and found herself working in the Lanigan and eventually LeRoy hospitals.
It seems a handsome fella with curly hair and a big laugh kept slightly hurting himself and found this lovely nurse with the jet-black hair to be quite comforting. Lawrence and Dorothy were married in spring of 1950. Living the farm life on the Wakelam homestead with Lawrence came naturally and it involved grain, cattle, chickens, turkeys, ducks and two gardens! Their family started with their first son Larry Rufus, born September 23, 1951, and their second son, Leonard Cecil, arrived July 13, 1957. Their daughter, Leona Elizabeth, born December 13, 1968, made their family complete. Dorothy was a great cook making so many things, but her delicious lemon square always came with to Colonsay on the Sunday visits with Gramma and relatives. The farmhouse did not have running water, yet she made delicious meals, washed the clothes, and kept the house going as best she could. When Dorothy was about 50 her health turned, and she became very sick with asthma. In and out of hospital and needing oxygen, eventually a decision had to be made to leave the farm. She just couldn’t be around all of the elements there. This upset Lawrence in a way we never realized. He was not able to care for his family like he wanted and took his life May 5, 1985. It shocked her to the core but with her faith she made it through and continued her work in the home and in the community of LeRoy. She was dedicated to Holy Rosary Church where she attended Mass, washed linens, read, and was a member of ladies aide, choir, and prayer group. She also volunteered at the Evergreen Country Home. Until her hearing started to go, she used to love to talk on the phone to connect with everyone but later sent letters and cards and then couldn’t wait to get the mail to see who had replied! Dorothy’s interests were many and she had content and full days with really simple things: Mass on TV at 6:00 AM, game shows, sports, and Lawrence Welk. If curling or baseball was on there was no point in a visit, as she was not talking to you anyway! She would crochet almost every minute of the day, or read, and work on a seek-a-word, because she never wanted her hands idle. We are going to miss Dorothy for all her funny little sayings and genuine care she had for everyone. Her faith was like no other and all the prayers she had for her family, friends and community were second to none! Dorothy’s Rosary was always with her and she had little prayer cards everywhere. Many people watched out for her as well, she had the best neighbors and friends. She was truly blessed to have such amazing support for all these years. It is a lesson for us all that through all her losses in her life she stayed true to her Lord and on December 26, 2021, he was with her as she passed. We know this to be true by the peaceful expression on her face. She is with Lawrence and Larry again and all her special friends and relatives that have gone before her. She deserved so much more than life gave her, but she will be rewarded in heaven, that is certain. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Leonard, and her daughter Leona, both of LeRoy, SK; sisters: Mary Hunt of Saskatoon, SK, Helen (Alex) Murray of Chilliwack, BC, and Shirley Fitzsimmons of Colonsay, SK; brother Dave (Dianne) of Colonsay, SK; sisters-in-law: Margaret Breckner of Colonsay, SK, Sharon Breckner and Chris Breckner, both of Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Wakelam of Vancouver, BC, Ellie Hatch of Moosejaw, SK, Josie Wakelam of LeRoy, SK, and Joan Wakelam of Stoney Mountain, MB; by numerous relatives of the Breckner and Wakelam families; and by many friends in the community of LeRoy. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; and son Larry; parents John and Frances (née Folk) Breckner; parents-in-law, Rufus and Ethel Wakelam; brothers: Lawrence, Peter, Tom and Leonard; brothers-in-law: Les Wakelam, Cecil Wakelam, James Wakelam, Harvey Wakelam, Dennis Hunt, Fred Fitzsimmons, Toby Hatch, and Jack Schoenau; sister-in-law Vi Wakelam; nieces Lori Breckner and Sharon Wakelam-Walsh; and many precious friends from LeRoy.

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