It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the age of 92 years, at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone with her family by her side.
Mom was born in Horst, Netherlands, on October 15, 1926, and immigrated to Canada in 1928. Mom was one of six children born to this family. She was the last to pass away.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Bernard; infant daughter; parents John & Hendrika Pubben; in laws Millie & Alfred Reiner; sister Nellie Laberge (nee Pubben); sisters in law Pearl and Martha Reiner and Martha Pubben; brothers in law Maurice Laberge, Reiner brothers Delbert, Joe, and Hughie; brothers Jack, John, Peter and Sam; nephews Ovila, George, Vern and Leo; and niece Henrietta.
Mom is survived by daughter JoAnne (Ken) Oswald, their children Shawn (Joel) Oswald, Lane and Riley; Shelly (Karl) McKenzie, Sydney and Ayden; Shannon Campbell (friend Ray), Chelsey, Heidi and Kaytlin; son Wayne (Ruth) Reiner, their children Jennifer (Darcy) MeLoney, Colt and DJ; David (Sheena) Reiner, Chloe, Bentley and Astyn; Kevin (Jody) Friesen, Dalton, Courtney and Tristan; Kenny (friend Anita); son Murray (Wendy) Reiner their children Stacey (Mark) Ferguson, Owen, Alex, Trisha (Arwit) Sawadsky, Elizabeth, Freya; son Richard Reiner (friend Gina), Tyler Reiner (friend Ali), Aimee Love, Jordyn Bradbury; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom immigrated to Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 1928. There were three other families that immigrated at the same time with the Pubben’s – the Guertz’s, Kuyp’s and Keysers. These families stayed connected over time for many years. Mom was almost two years old when she arrived in Canada. The Pubben family suffered many hardships through the first years. It was the neighbours and Indigenous people, who kept Mom’s family alive the first winter, because it was too late to plant a garden and crop. They moved around to several places and her dad bought the farm in Plumas.
At a young age, only in grade 8, Mom stopped attending Plumas Elementary and worked for Fred & Anne Moore cleaning their home and then later working in Moore’s store. She did this to bring money home to help the family.
Mom married the love of her life, Bernard Reiner, on June 10, 1946. They were married for 70 years, and 3 months. Their marriage was blessed with 4 children and one stillborn daughter.
Mom was an avid gardener, did up many preserves for the family for the winter. She loved to sew, knit and crochet. She entered in all the events held at the Plumas Fair every year, and won many prizes. As well, they raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and pigs, and ran a cattle and grain farm.
Mom was very active in St. Theresa’s R.C Church. She was treasurer of the C.W.L for 34 years. She was involved in many fall suppers, bake sales and teas. Mom was very strong in the Catholic faith. When St. Theresa’s Catholic Church closed down, they attended mass in Neepawa at St. Dominic’s. Dad and Mom attended mass regularly until Mom’s health deteriorated and they no longer could.
Mom was an active member of the Plumas Senior Citizens Club. She loved Monday night bingo, bake sales and teas, monthly pot luck suppers, cards and shuffleboard.
Mom participated in afternoon and evening bowling for years at the Plumas Moonbeam bowling lanes.
Mom and Dad lived in the East Tupper District until they retired and moved to Plumas in the fall of 1988. On September 19, 2015, they moved to Centennial apartments in Gladstone as Mom’s health was deteriorating. They lived there for one year. Then Mom moved to Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone, where she resided until her passing.
A special thank you to Dr. Mona, and Dr. Lauralyn, all the staff at Third Crossing Manor, plus all Home Care workers through the past 10 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church Raise The Roof or to Seven Regions Health Foundation (to go towards Third Crossing Manor Activity Fund)