NAKASKA, Edward Thomas

Obit Ed Nakaska

Edward Thomas Nakaska passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his children, at the age of 94 years, in the Three Hills Health Care Centre on Saturday, January 27. Born June 3, 1929, on the family farm in Ghost Pine, Ed was fortunate to have lived almost the entirety of his life in the farming community that he loved. He attended the Lumni School until the end of Grade 9 and boarded in Three Hills for high school. He married his first love, Elizabeth (Betty) Molnar in 1954, and they began raising a family of four together on their farm. Tragedy struck in 1965, when Betty passed away after a brief illness. With the help of family and friends, he persevered through an incredibly difficult chapter of his life. He married his second wife, Karin Linde, in 1968, having one more child to complete his family. Ed was a masterful grain farmer, winning awards for his seed production. While he did raise a variety of livestock and poultry over the years, his heart was in the land. His keen engineering mind saw him creating and fabricating throughout his life, everything from a vehicle that was hinged in the middle and could be operated from either end to tiny Barbie doll furniture for his children. He had a knack for altering every piece of machinery that arrived on his farm. He also had a knack for altering his physical environment. When he moved to his home quarter in 1963, it was bald prairie. He transformed the coulee into a beautiful dugout, surrounding it and the entire yard with trees, creating a beautiful prairie oasis. He enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle, hiking through his coulees, camping, skidooing, and riding around on his motorbike and quad. He loved nothing more than when his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were all gathered together at the farm. Ed was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Lumni Parish Council, and long-time caretaker of the Lumni Cemetery. He was also involved with the Three Hills Elks. He is survived by his second wife Karin, and his children Cheryl Nakaska Fraser, Terry (Bonnie) Nakaska, Karen Nakaska, Glenda Nakaska-Smith, Maurene (Larry) Hopkins, 14 grandchildren and their spouses, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, his sister-in-law Irene Nakaska, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth, his parents Joseph and Rosie Nakaska, sisters Julia and Margaret, and brothers Joseph Jr, Aloysius, and Andrew, as well as their respective spouses and son-in-law Lonnie Fraser. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A celebration of Ed Nakaska’s life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, February 3 at St. Anne of the Prairies Catholic Church in Trochu. Kneehill Funeral Services, Three Hills, entrusted with arrangements. 403-443-5111.