On Friday, May 10, 2019 Victoria Katherine Dimler graduated into the loving arms of her Saviour, Jesus Christ, at the age of 94 years old.
Victoria was born Nov. 27, 1924 at Oakshela Sask., the oldest of seven children to Philip and Maria Zorn. She attended Oakshela School and completed her Grade 10. Her love of reading and learning carried on throughout her life in many different aspects.
Victoria accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour at an early age and that unwavering faith was her constant help and comfort throughout her life during various trials she would face.
On April 12, 1942 Victoria married John Dimler and as a couple they began their farming career southwest of Oakshela and in 1946 moved to the home farm northeast of Oakshela. Between the years of 1943 and 1952 they welcomed four children to their family, Gloria, Leona, Richard and Larry.
In addition to working alongside John in every aspect of farm life, Victoria enjoyed gardening and always planted a large vegetable garden. With the harvesting of the garden came an abundance of canning, processing and pickling every kind of pickle imaginable. In the busiest of times on the farm she was known to make multiple trips out to the field with homemade ice tea or hot tea in a jar and some of her delicious baking to keep the men going until she was back later with a full meal.
As well as being a hard-working farm wife, Victoria was noted for her kind and generous hospitality. She readily welcomed all into her home and always provided a most delicious meal, sometimes with very little notice. On a regular basis she would have mechanics, veterinarians, trades people, hired men and cattle customers enjoying a meal at her table as well as a steady stream of family and friends. It didn’t matter who you were, you left feeling loved and well fed. Hospitality was definitely one of her greatest gifts and is one that is evident in many of her children and grandchildren as well.
In 1986, John and Victoria purchased their retirement home in Grenfell and even though she was now living in town, she kept an avid interest in the farm and spent many of her days out at the home farm helping out with work and grandchildren. It was in town that she finally had time to concentrate on and perfect the art of growing a flower garden. Her flowers were admired by and shared with her family and friends generously.
After enjoying retirement and town life for only three years together, Victoria was suddenly widowed in April of 1989. This was a very difficult time for her, one of the hardest trials she would face, but with the Lord’s help and support of her family, she persevered.
When living in her home in Grenfell became too much for Victoria, she moved into Aspen Grove Private Care Home in February of 2010. She thoroughly enjoyed her time there, having many to visit with daily and was always so appreciative of the care and friendship she received from the staff. In the fall of 2016 Victoria made another move to Wolseley Care Home where she resided and received wonderful care until her passing.
Victoria’s greatest joy in life was her relationship with Jesus, followed by her relationship with her family. She was so supportive of each and every one of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took special interest in each one of them and celebrated their accomplishments and individual giftings with so much love and enthusiasm.
She loved unconditionally and prayed faithfully for each and every member of her family, which is likely why, even up until her passing, she remembered everyone’s name, right down to those special little great-great-grandchildren.
Victoria, Mom, Grandma, GG, left an incredible heritage of faith, family and the importance of hard work to her family. She will be greatly missed.
Victoria is survived by her family: daughter, Gloria Osiowy and her family, Lorna (Doug) Olson, Noreen (Mark) Pelzer, Dean (Sharon) Osiowy, Muriel Osiowy, Cam (Amber) Osiowy;
daughter, Leona Osiowy and her family, Carla (Greg) Paulson, Brenda (Jerry) Schuetz and Lisa Osiowy; son, Richard (Marcia) Dimler and family, Pam Davis, Ken (Shauna) Dimler and Mark (Julie) Dimler; Larry (Ann) Dimler and family, Shantelle (Mark) Klein, Tara (Brett) Loosbrock and Christy (Lucas) Henwood; 28 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren as well as 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who became her grandchildren through marriage; her siblings, Heddie Speidelsbach, Winnie (Doug) Hickling, Shirley (Leo) Beutler and Dennis (Marlyn) Zorn.
Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Maria Zorn; husband, John Dimler; brother, Ronald Zorn and wives, Mildred and Janet; brother, Gordon Zorn and wife Shirley; brothers-in-law, Pete Speidelsbach, Tony Werth; brother-in- law, Bill Dimler and his wife, Meta; grandsons, David Osiowy, Braden Dimler and Quinn Davis; and sons-in-law, Joe Osiowy (husband of Gloria) and Adam Osiowy (husband of Leona).
A memorial service was held at the Grenfell Apostolic Church on Tuesday, May 21 with Pastor Dave Wicks officiating.
Arrangements were entrusted to Tubman Funeral Services.