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In loving memory of Emily Longtin who passed away on Saturday, March 16th 2019 at the age of 84 years. Emily was born to John and Jenny Lozowchuk in Blaine Lake, SK on April 7th, 1934. The youngest of 5, she grew up with her sisters Rose, Lily, Mary and brother Johnny. Emily attended Blaine Lake school until grade 9 then went to the Duck Lake Convent until grade 12. John and Jenny retired from the farm in 1953 and moved to Saskatoon. Emily took a job there doing lab work at the Canada Building where she met a dashing French-Canadian pharmacist, Martin Longtin. Apparently picking her up in the 1-ton farm truck paid off and they married in 1956. That same year they purchased Bellwards Drugstore in Kindersley which thrived for 33 years until it was destroyed by fire. In 1957 Michelle Jeanine Longtin was born and Douglas Martin followed in 1958. In addition to family life Emily became involved in Catholic Women’s League and Kinettes, and she enjoyed curling on occasion as well. Her greatest love was her animals, she liked them all, horses, dogs, cats, gophers, etcetera! In fact, Doug and Michelle would drag in every mangy, half-dead cat around and Emily would clean and nurse them back to health before sending them on their way with a full belly and a smile. Over the years she tended to quite a collection of animals – cats, dogs, budgies, cockatiels, a gopher (who had 7 babies), snakes, a skunk, and hamsters, and Em loved them all, but she finally put her foot down when Doug brought home a bat. …He couldn’t keep it.
Emily and Martin were married for 46 years. There were many great family vacations and in later years Em and Martin travelled the world together. Before her beloved Martin passed away of cancer in 2002 he suggested to Emily to get a dog. When their old dog Ceasar died not long after Martin did, Emily got Prozac, Zak for short. She sure had a special spot in her heart for Zak and he was her constant companion for the next 14 years. She was often seen walking with Zak to get her mail and to visit friends in Pharmasave. Living on her own and looking after her home and yard were important to her and she persisted in cutting her grass and shoveling her sidewalk for many years. She had a green thumb with a houseful of beautiful plants as well a talent for looking after the local birds and always kept her feeders full in the winter. She had very caring neighbours who looked out for her over the years, increasingly more the last couple as dementia crept in before Emily moved into long term care. Emily always had a story to share and enjoyed visiting with her 4 grandchildren, Lindsey and Avery, and Markus and Rielle, all of whom share her love of animals and travelling. She will be greatly missed by Michelle and Bernie Vold, Doug and Lisa and their families. She is predeceased by her husband Martin Longtin, parents John and Jenny Lozowchuk, sisters Mary, Lily and Rose, and brother Johnny.
There will be a funeral mass for Emily on Wednesday, March 20th 2019 at 10:00 A.M. from St Joseph's Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Azike as Celebrant.
Those wishing to make donations in Emily's memory may do so to K.A.W.S. or to the Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation. C/O Prairie Rose Froral & Gift, 400 main street, Kindersley.