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Overholt, Mary Rosella (nee Schimnosky)

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Mary Rosella (Schimnosky) Overholt was born May 29, 1914 in Humboldt, Sask., the eldest daughter of nine children.
As the oldest girl it was left mostly to her to help raise her siblings, and maintain the family home. Never one to shy away from hard work she was always willing to do what was needed to be done.
On Nov. 16, 1937 Mary married Elmer Overholt in Carmel, Sask. where they worked together on a farm helping in the fields and working in the house.
But with World War Two in full swing and the onslaught of jobs available they were drawn to Toronto, Ont. where Mary worked in an ammunition factory producing large shells.
But big city life was not for them so at the end of the war they headed west, first to Saskatchewan, and then on to Creston, B.C.
In the early 1950s Mary’s health started to deteriorate, and with the local doctors not knowing how to treat her, the family moved back to Humboldt, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Mary was sent to the University Hospital in Saskatoon, Sask., where they performed an experimental procedure with hope of six months. As always with her extreme strength, iron will and her strong belief in Jesus Christ, Mary persevered and came home to raise her family.
Mary was always willing to put her family’s needs ahead of her own, many times herself going without. She was a blessing and a great role model due to her strength, courage and unfailing faith in Jesus Christ.
When the children had grown and left home, they moved to Fort Macleod to be close to their family. Elmer passed away Nov. 7, 1978 and Mary continued to live in her home, on her own, until she was 95.
Mary is survived by her children Glen (Donna), Ron (Carol), Ramona (Joe) Feltin and Gloria (Percy) Zawyrucha; 11 grandchildren, Keith Overholt, Clayton Overholt (Rhonda), Grant Overholt (Sarah), Charlene Sorenson (Kevin), Rhonda (Scott) Ashby, Dallas Overholt, Audra (Wayne) Wever, Treena Van Herk (Dave), David (Maisie) Zawyrucha, Lisa (Shane) Dyck and Rachelle (Dan) Coburn; 23 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.
Mary was predeceased by her parents Mike and Regina Schimnosky; husband Elmer; son Lyle; granddaughter Wanda Feltin; and siblings Mike, Ben, Tony, John, Katherine (Schimnosky) and Regina Holtvogt.
Mary has two surviving siblings, Anne Brown and Leonard Schimnosky.
In recent years Mary resided at Rosewood Villa, and we would like to thank all the staff she was treated with such love and respect, special thanks also to Dr. Beekman who handled a very difficult time with such kindness and compassion. Thank you.
A visitation will be held between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2604 Third Ave., Fort Macleod, with father Angelo D’Costa officiating.
Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to The Salvation Army, 1302 Fourth Ave. S., Lethbridge, T1J 0R4.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home. Phone 403-553-3772 or visit

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