Margaret Susan RebrinskyNovember 14, 2017
Margaret Susan Rebrinsky, late of Weyburn, SK passed away November 14, 2017, at the age of 79 years.
Margaret was pre-deceased by her parents: Gabrial and Margaret Tarr (Tuba); husband: Jim Rebrinsky; son: Michael; brother-in-law: Frank Reitze; sister:Rose Reitze; and Joe Tuba.
Margaret is survived by: Ken (Dorothy) Rebrinskyand their children: Ryan (Mandi), Alysse Stacey (Trevor and children: Merida & Makaela), and Leah; Kelly (Sandra) Rebrinsky and their children: Morgan (Renita), Delaney Paslawski (Stephen), ChelseaBurnett (Blake and children: Bly, Jaxton, Jase,& Bodi); Chris White, Cory Rebrinsky (Allison),Catherine Wheeler, Jennifer Fohr (Sean and children: Lily-Mae & Georgia); Mark Rebrinsky (Brenda &Veronica), Elizabeth Bohnert (Aaron and children: Molly & Macie), Nikki Rebrinsky (Nikki and Mackenna); Rhonda Walbaum (Barrington); Rebecca Bowerin (Lorin and children:Mataya & Meisha); nephew: Don Reitze, neice: Judy Griffiths & their families; brother-in-law: Joe (Sarah) Rebrinsky, Winnipeg, MB & their families.
On December 13, 1937, Margaret Rebrinsky (nee Tarr) was born near Kennedy, SK. She was born during the “Dirty Thirties” and in one of the hardest hit areas by the drought. Margaret’s parents were on a small farm in the middle of the Palliser Triangle.
By 1950, Margaret’s family had moved into Weyburn, SK where her dad, Gabrial Tarr became the first sanitation man for the City of Weyburn. This was a shift from the transient way of life they had prior been living. Even Margaret’s mother, Margaret was successful at acquiring work cleaning homes and offices in Weyburn, SK. They were finally able to afford a house and started making it into a home, of which is still in the family at 238- 9th St.
Even with all the barriers she and her family faced, Margaret loved and excelled in school. She was always eager and wanting to learn more. She started in Grade 5 at Haig School after bouncing from school to school in her earlier years. The teachers always loved Margaret because she was so interested in learning and had such a thirst for knowledge. These characteristics lasted throughout her entire life. She proceeded on to attend the Weyburn Collegiate, where she was nominated “the one most likely to do her homework.”
In 1955, while in Grade 11, Margaret met Jim Rebrinsky. Jim was going door-to-door and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. At first, Margaret was opposed to the belief being raised as a Presbyterian. On her own she read it but she could not find anyone to explain it to her until she met Jim who was steadfast with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Margaret was also taken with him not only for his looks but by Jim’s knowledge of the bible and how he explained it to her.
On August 11, 1956, Margaret was baptized and dedicated her life to Jehovah and a week later, she married Jim. He was not going to marry anyone who was not baptized in the Jehovah’s Witness belief and Margaret made the leap of faith with Jehovah and with Jim. They wed on August 18, 1956.
With the home starting to take shape, Margaret became a mother to four boys and two girls. However, her motherly love never ended. She always took in and accepted everyone and if you were ever close enough to her, you know that her love for all people, animals, and plants is not the love you encounter on a regular basis. Margaret’s compassion, empathy, smile, sense of humour, dedication, devotion, and genuine love are unparalleled by none. Not only did she treat all of Jehovah’s creations this way, she also treated Jehovah, Jesus, and God’s word with the utmost respect and reverence.
In about 1976, Margaret started upgrading her high school and started taking university classes in nursing. She soon went to work at Souris Valley Extended Care Home as a nurse’s aide and worked with many people for whom she had many fond memories of.
Rarely, would you ever see her hands idle. Every minute of every day was used to its fullest by writing poems, stories, letters, sewing her signature rag quilts, crocheting beautiful blankets, cooking, canning, baking, writing talks for the Kingdom Hall, looking up scriptures, helping children and animals, watering her plants, and more. Never once was a day wasted. Even after mobility issues started effecting her day-to-day life, Margaret always busied herself leaving quite a legacy behind.
She touched so many people’s hearts with her kind and loving disposition that she was even nicknamed “Grandma Maggie” at Tatagwa View where she spent her final days.
She always had open arms, a compassionate listening ear, and wonderful advice based on Jehovah’s principles. Margaret never wavered in her faith and served Jehovah to her last breath. Margaret will be missed dearly.
Until we meet again, Momma Bear. We love you.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Monday, November 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses, Weyburn, SK with Ken Rebrinsky officiating. A Come & Go Tea will be held following the service at 2:15 p.m. to 4:00.p.m. from Tatagwa View, Main Entrance, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Weyburn, SK.
For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Watchtower Society, P.O. Box 4100, Georgetown, ON, L7G 4Y4 or a Charity of Choice.