Ethel Eleanora Carlson, late of Radville, SK passed away March 26, 2022 at the age of 91 years.
She was predeceased by her parents, Vasile (Wesley) and Ana Petrisor; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley, Victor (Nancy), John (June), and Stanley (Edith); sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene (Joe) Martin, Rebecca (Peter) Cunningham, Pearl (Pat) MacDougall, and Jeannie (George) Elliott.
Ethel will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Anita Carlson, grandson Cory (Alison) Medders, great-grandson, Daxon Medders, and her very dear friend and caregiver, Bridgette Fillion.
Ethel was born and raised on the family homestead southwest of Truax, Saskatchewan to Wesley and Ana Petrisor. Like all her siblings, Ethel received her early education at Maple Slope School in Truax, then at Truax High School. She received her Teachers Certificate at Ogema, and then earned her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Ethel first taught in a small, one room schoolhouse, and eventually began teaching English at Radville High School. She served as Vice-Principal and for periods of time, Principal. In all, she was an educator for thirty-three years.
Being a teacher in Radville and surrounding area for so many years, there are few people who were not taught by Mrs. Ethel Carlson. She was a tiny woman, but even the biggest kid in the grade 12 class would admit that he would be shaking in his boots if he was out of line. The respect and admiration that so many of her former students hold for her is well known by her family and is appreciated immensely.
Ethel was well-versed in so many topics, there was not much that the lady didn’t know. She was a vivid reader of many genres, a lover of Shakespeare, read Consumer Reports, stayed current in world events, was an avid Jeopardy watcher, and was the go-to person for any question related to wildlife, gardening, flowers, and her beloved animals.
Ethel had many pets over the years, mostly cats, and her special dog, Quark, her faithful sidekick later in life. All her animals were named after one literary character or another, she even referenced the Nixon/Watergate scandal with two of her cats at the time named “Ehrlichman” and “Haldeman”. There were definitely not any “Patches or “Spot” names in her house.
Who can think of Ethel without remembering her excellent choke-cherry wine that she would brew up in her basement? She enjoyed the entire process and all the work that came with it, but most of all, she enjoyed sharing the “fruits of her labour” with her family and friends.
Those who knew Ethel knew her as a very humble, quiet person who enjoyed her time alone. She would be embarrassed by any accolades and downplay the positive impact she had on so many, and never wanted anyone to “fuss” over her.
Her family will respect her wishes by not holding a funeral service, and we thank everyone for their kindness and respect to Ethel over the years. We know she was loved by all.
For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Ethel may be made to the Weyburn Humane Society, P.O. Box 1062, Weyburn, SK, S4H 2L3, as any cat Ethel has had over her lifetime was well-loved and she would want that for all others.
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