Date of Birth: January 31, 1929

Date of Death: July 15, 2015

Exner, Elsie EXNER – Elsie Exner of Melville, Sask., formerly of Killaly, widow of the late John I. Exner, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Home, Melville.
Elsie Riess was born on the family farm on Jan. 31, 1929 to Frances and Karl Riess. Elsie attended Gelowitz school from Grades 1 to 8.
On Oct. 21, 1949, Elsie married John Exner at St. Elizabeth
Church Killaly, Sask. and started farming three miles south of Killaly. In 1984 Elsie and John retired from the farm and moved into the village of Killaly. In 2006 Elsie became a resident of St. Paul Lutheran Home, Melville, Sask. until the time of her passing, at the age of 86 years. Her memories will live forever in our hearts.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John; her parents, Frances and Karl Riess; her sister, Irene (nee Riess) Fuchs; her brothers-in-law, George Novak, Carl Fuchs, Tony Exner, Frank Exner and Bill Exner; and her sister-in-law, Sr. Marianne Exner.
She is survived by her sister, Emily (nee Riess) Novak; and her sisters-in-law, Agnes and Elizabeth Exner, all of Melville, Sask.; and her brother-in-law,
Jim (Liz) Exner of Toronto, Ont. She will always be lovingly remembered by her 14 children: Charlotte (Cyril) Holitzki of Grayson, Sask., Sabina (Blair) Baller of Pilot Bute, Sask., Barry (Dawn) Exner of Ottawa, Ont., Garry Exner of Yorkton, Sask., Agnes (Ted) Kenworthy of Regina, Sask., Penny Exner of Balcarres, Sask., June (Martin) Gagnon of La Minerve, Que., Leo (Cheryl) Exner of Killaly, Sask., Chuck (Grace) Exner of the Philippines, Ryan Exner of Killaly, Sask., Jerome Exner of Redwater, Alta., Marina (Tim) Thibault of Humboldt, Sask., Mark Exner of Melville, Sask. and Bill Exner of Melfort, Sask.; her 21 grandchildren: Kevin (Sang), Jamie and Michelle (Erik) Holitzki; Scott and Christina Baller; Joel (Sarah), Erin (Clayton), Emily (Sebastien) and Patricia Exner; Jaret and Amy (Greg) Kenworthy; Justin and Lisa Gagnon; Brandine and Kurt Exner; Georgina and Caleb Exner; Kirsten, Celine, Rayanne and Rene Thibault; and her nine great-grandchildren: Charley; Bre and Kya; Emma; Emmett and Adele; Jeremy, Owen and Grayson.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for Elsie on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, Killaly, with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Mutavanattu officiating. Kurt Exner and Kevin Holitzki were the readers. The Prayers of the Faithful were said by Kirsten Thibault and the gift bearers were Leo Exner and Jerome Exner. All of Elsie’s grandchildren were considered honorary
Interment took place in St. Elizabeth Parish Cemetery with Scott Baller, Kurt Exner, Kevin Holitzki, Celine Thibault, Jamie Holitzki, Jaret Kenworthy acting as pallbearers.
Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Melville.

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