Harold Peter Pitka

December 4, 1938 - November 26, 2021

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Service Details

Funeral Mass: Livestreaming Available 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – 11:00am
Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
Englefeld, Saskatchewan

Interment:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Cemetery
Englefeld, SK

Memorial Donations:

STARS Air Ambulance – Saskatoon Base
Hangar 21, 2475 Airport Road
Saskatoon, SK, S7L 1M4

Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
Main Street, Englefeld, SK, S0K 1N0

Obituary

Harold, son of Frank and Helen (nee Fritsch) Pitka, was born on December 4, 1938, at home on the family farm south of Englefeld. He grew up on the farm and attended Korbel School for Grades 1-8 (apparently it was up-hill both ways). When Harold finished school, he started to farm with his father and also spent many years working at Schulte Industries. In 1963 Harold married the love of his life, Eleanor Wilger. They built a house in the same yard where Harold’s parents lived. In addition to grain farming, they also raised chickens, pigs and cattle. In 1973, Harold’s parents moved to Englefeld. It was then that Harold and Eleanor moved into his father’s house on the farm where they still reside. Harold was an avid hunter. Harold would always be rushing to get through harvest so he could go to the “Bush” to hunt with his buddies in the red and white hunting trailer. Later Harold and his friends built two hunting cabins in the Pasquia Hills that are still being used by the families today. Harold and Eleanor also made annual trips to Southern Saskatchewan with Henry and Marie ven der Buhs to hunt antelope, mule deer and white tail. Harold used to say he was hunting to feed the family, but the truth was more that it was to be with friends, have endless laughs, and create lifelong memories (the wild meat was just a bonus). Harold retired from farming in 2003 so he could become a full-time fisherman. He would make all the fish nervous. He would be the first out on his boat in the morning and usually came back with a stringer full of fish. He definitely had a knack to find the fish and catch them. You had to be a VERY good friend if you wanted Harold to reveal the hot fishing spots! Harold and Eleanor also made numerous fishing trips over the years to Northern Saskatchewan with friends … always with the intent to catch the big one. It didn’t always work out that way, but they definitely had fun trying. Harold and Eleanor spent many years at Barrier Lake with their family. In the earlier years the family would take turns using the red and white hunting trailer that would get pulled to the lake each spring. Later they upgraded to a truck camper, and then eventually to a mobile home that they enjoyed at the lake until a few years ago. If Harold wasn’t hunting or fishing, he spent the rest of his time bragging about his two grandchildren to those who had time to listen. Anyone who knows him also would have heard the occasional Sparky story as well. Harold had a great sense of humor, and always had a joke to tell. He will be missed by all.

Harold is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor (nee Wilger) Pitka; two children: Peggy (Dan) Wiome of McLean, and Colin (Rhonda) Pitka of Regina; and two grandchildren: Lance (Kelly) Pitka and Megan Pitka. Also surviving are one brother, Dennis Pitka of Calgary, AB; two sisters: Phillis Dircks of Nanaimo, BC, and Donna Buysman of Calgary, AB. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Helen (nee Fritsch) Pitka; and two brothers-in-law: George Dirks, and Cor Buysman.

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