1929 - 2022
It is with sadness that the family of Catherine Milder, announce the passing of their dear mother, with family by her side, on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the age of 92 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Katie is survived by three sons and one daughter, Robert (Gina) Milder and their children Jennifer Marshall, Melissa Milder, Jared Milder, Smokey (Cindy) Freimark, Jaydee (Kallie) Freimark and Sally (Ryan) McCallum; Len Milder and his daughter Kim South and her daughter Lacey (Adam) Kraft; John Milder (Lynn) and their children Stephanie Milder (Nathaniel), Russell Milder (Jessica), Emily Milder (Brady) and Travis (Nikki) McLennan; Susan (Keith) Hooge and their children Kristine (Codi) Oberholtzer and Loralee (Riley) Schlosser; eight great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and by Joe's sister Mary (Don) Checkley and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents Mary and Andrew Chontosh, mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary and John Milder, daughter-in-law Jan Milder and her siblings Mary (Urban) Horvath, Andy (Anne) Chontosh Jr., sister Anna in childhood and baby brother Paul.
Catherine, better known as Katie, was born to Mary and Andrew Chontosh in Toranj, Yugoslavia on October 28, 1929. Her dad came to Canada to find work and a better life for the family. After a long separation, the rest of the family were able to immigrate to Canada, settling in Taber and were able to reunite the family.
Katie met the love of her life and married Joe Milder on November 26, 1950 in the newly completed St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. They were married sixty five years. Together they raised their four children and farmed south of Barnwell. Katie was a hard working farm wife, who took pride in her home, gardening and baking, but mostly her family. She enjoyed travel, music, dancing and a good chuckle. She was happiest when all were gathered to share a meal.
Katie was a woman of faith, a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Women’s League.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Katie’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Katie’s family wish to express their gratitude to Dr. Yawni, Jacquie from Home Care and the staff at Linden View that cared for her over the last seven years. Also, thanks to the family, friends and volunteers who took the time to visit Katie and brighten her day.