Elaine Ann Peterson (née Wist)
October 11, 1951 - November 18, 2021
Funeral Mass: Livestreaming Available
Friday, November 26, 2021 – 11:00am
St. Front Roman Catholic Church
St. Front, Saskatchewan
Friday, November 26, 2021
Dahlton Lutheran Cemetery
St. Front District, Saskatchewan
Elaine Ann Wist was the 11th child (8th girl) of 12 children born to Joseph and Anna (née Dirk) Wist on October 11, 1951 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. Having 10 older brothers and sisters, she was undeniably spoiled! She grew up on the farm near Denzil and later moved to Luseland where she completed her schooling at Arthur Geelan Composite High School. Elaine enrolled in Saskatoon Business College and moved into an apartment with some classmates. Some of these girls were from Naicam and happened to be friends with a quiet young man with the most gorgeous sideburns. Elaine and Leonard fell in love and wedding bells rang out April 16, 1971. Elaine stole the Peterson’s hearts and Kathy finally got her big sister.
Elaine and Leonard started off in Moose Jaw, where she worked to put Leonard through school. Two years later, they moved to Saskatoon and purchased their first home. In June 1974, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named JoAnna. Thirteen months later in August 1975, Leonard Jr. was born. Michael came next, born in March 1981. Almost two years later in December 1982, Jonathan was born. The family was now complete with one daughter and three sons. Elaine was a stay- at-home mom for a number of years and enjoyed raising her kids alongside her sister, Aquina, who lived just a few blocks away. There were lots of shopping trips to Zellers and Woolco in those years. Elaine also enjoyed a women’s only bowling league, supper out every Thursday on payday, and visits with both sides of the family.
Elaine and Leonard purchased the Peterson family farm at Naicam in 1978 and farmed from a distance for several years. In June 1983, they packed up the four kids and all of their belongings and made the permanent move to the farm. Elaine had grown to love the city life and this move was not an easy one for her, but she made the best of it. Before long, she had plenty of friends and made a great home for Leonard and the kids. Melfort and Tisdale weren’t that far away and they had a SAAN store, the Met, and even Zellers! Elaine turned out to be an excellent farmer and worked alongside Leonard in her own tractor or combine, often with the two youngest sons in tow. And she could work! Field work, yard work, the 10-acre garden, separating milk, churning butter, canning, baking, and the list goes on. All except butchering chickens, that’s where she drew the line!
In 1989, Elaine traded her chore boots for the adding machine and joined the CIBC team in Naicam. She was excellent at her job and the customers loved her – her coworkers and many customers became lifelong friends. She worked there for 23 years until her retirement in October 2012.
Elaine was very nurturing and caring, but also had great strength and was the rock of her family. This extended outward to all that she came across, from close friends to complete strangers. She would help anyone with anything, and always looked out for the underdog. Elaine was a ton of fun and always able to keep up with young and old. Nothing meant more to Elaine than family and this was clear in the way she loved her grandchildren. She had a deep love and a special bond with each one – Jonah, Lauren, Macey, Alex, Adam, and Rachel – and was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Autumn, and Leland.
Elaine has experienced her share of heartache in recent years, with the loss of her granddaughter Lauren on April 11, 2011 (11/11) and her very close friend Celeste on January 13, 2020. Elaine’s passing at 11:11 am on Celeste’s birthday reassures us that those who loved her have been waiting for her. Elaine also joins her Mom and Dad, big brother Mike, and big sisters Lavina and Martina. Elaine will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her loving husband of fifty years, four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, her sons- and daughters-in-law, and all of her friends and extended family.
Faith in God includes faith in his timing.