Bridget was born on June 3 1941 in Tilsit Lithuania to Josef and Gertrud Ruecker. She passed away Friday Dec 31 2021, in the Fairview Hospital with her loving family by her side.
Bridget was predeceased by her father Josef Ruecker and Mother Gertrude Ruecker. She leaves to morn her husband, Deane, of 63 years, her two brothers, Baldur and Lothar and their families. She also is survived by her five children, Angela and Tom Gross, Susan and Bruno Gross, Tyrone and Karen Rolling, Audrey Freisen and Michael and Kari-lynn Rolling and their families. She has 16 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.
After living in Lithuania for a short while, Bridget and her mom fled by train to Germany, leaving most of their possessions behind. After the war ended they were reunited with her father. From there it was with a sad heart they left Dilmisson Germany to immigrate to Canada. They travelled by ship to Montreal, eventually arriving in Fairview Alberta, where they were sponsored by the Joe Friedel Family. In 1952, at 11 years old, she attended the STM school, where she learned English.
At 14 years of age, Bridget had her first job, working in the Grande Hotel. There she met the love of her life, Deane Rolling. Deane had an accident which resulted in him wearing a cast on his arm. At first she was very shy and it took some convincing for her to sign the cast. Shortly after that they started dating. Bridget decided to take a hairdressing course in Regina. Several months later, Deane left for Ontario to visit his relatives. On the way he made a stop in Regina to visit Bridget.
Their relationship took a fast turn and they were married on March 15, 1958. After spending a short time in Regina they returned home to help on the family farm. Bridget had no problem lending a helping hand, where needed. Living in several different houses, Bridget reminded everyone about the mouse noises in the walls. She was terrified of them. In 1960, Bridget and Deane then moved to the farm north of Bluesky, where she resided until her passing.
Bridget and Deane enjoyed 20 years of winters in Yuma Arizona, where they gained many lasting friendships. Some U.S. friends even ventured to Canada to visit them.
Many things Bridget did and enjoyed:
Crocheted over 300 hats for the orphanages in Mexico
Making numerous comforters with the church ladies, as well as grandchildren
Operation Christmas child Shoe Boxes
Reading, camping, Grandchildren Christmas weekend
Also gardening, especially her flowers
WMSC, Made coffee for the Bluesky Christian Fellowship
Assisting at Long Term Care for 11 years
Girls clubs plus the numerous items she knitted and crocheted
Travelling to Germany, Brazil and Hawaii
She loved looking out her kitchen window, watching the birds at the self feeder
Bridget had an impeccable memory. No special date was ever forgotten, from birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions, there was always a card sent or a gift given.
We wish to thank the Fairview Hospital and Staff for the kindness and care they provided for Bridget, also Dr. Sally Andreiuk, and Dr. Irvine for their compassion. Also, a thank you to Peace Valley Funeral Home for guiding the family through arrangements.
Bridget will be dearly missed by family, friends and all that knew her.
A public viewing for Bridget will take place Friday, January 7 at 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Peace Valley Funeral Home 11130 101 Avenue Fairview. Covid rules will be followed.
A funeral service for Bridget will be held on Saturday, January 8th at the Bluesky Christian Fellowship Church. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be by invitation only.
Care entrusted to Peace Valley Funeral Home Fairview
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