Clementine Lena Kohlman was born on Feb 11, 1930 to John Peter Stang and Mary (Doetzel) in Macklin, Saskatchewan. Clem grew up in the St. Peter’s/Cosine District and attended Seifert School.
In the early years, Clem worked at the Macklin Hotel, cleaning rooms and sending her earnings home to the family farm on which she was raised. During this time, she attended an open-air dance at Primate, where she met the love of her life, Alex T Kohlman. They were married on Jun 18, 1951 at St. Peter’s church.
Mom and Dad pursued some job opportunities away from home for a short time, but in 1952 returned to Dad’s family farm to farm alongside his father, Lawrence. While mom was never one to speak highly of herself, Dad so fondly recalled the story of how much Grandpa Lawrence loved Clem. Her kind and nurturing nature won him over in an instant, and he was known to buy her special treats and pamper her whenever he could.
Mom enjoyed 29 years on the farm with Dad, his right-hand helper, doing whatever she could, from driving the grain truck to milking – until the children came along. In 1981, Mom and Dad moved to Macklin. Throughout the next several years, they would enjoy more time together, more time with their children, and extra special time with their grandchildren. They also enjoyed time spent with relatives and friends, many visits culminating in card games or good old fashioned sing songs which mom thoroughly enjoyed. She also loved to laugh, and often times could not seem to stop once she got started. Usually by this time the rest of the room could not help but laugh along, as her laughter was so contagious.
In 2007 Mom and Dad moved into the Hillcrest Lodge in Provost, and then in 2017 they moved into the Long Term Care Home in Provost. Throughout all these phases in her life, Mom exemplified a quiet patience. She loved to listen more than talk and yet her quiet presence spoke volumes. She was known in the Long Term Care Home as an easy keeper who never complained, and was always grateful and appreciative of every act of service or kindness extended to her.
In the last few years of her life, mom found her greatest joy in time spent with her family. Even on some of her worst days, whenever the little ones would show up, she would forget all about herself and focus on them. However, she shared an extra special bond with her only daughter Vicki, who along with her children and grandchildren spent a great deal of time caring for both Mom and Dad in an exemplary way, for which the rest of the family will remain forever grateful.
Mom passed away peacefully with family by her side, at Provost Long Term Care on Oct 12, 2022, at the age of 92. Mom will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her children, +Jim (Janice); Dan (Carol); Vicki (Wayne Sletten); Keith (Lori) as well as 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Alex, her son Jim, her infant son Gerhard, daughter-in-law Pat and all her brothers and sisters.
Rest in peace dear mother, Grandma, Great-Grandma. We know Dad has been eagerly awaiting you. You will always have a place in our hearts. Love you always and forever.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Macklin, Saskatchewan with Father Binu Rathappillil officiating. A private family interment will follow at the St. Anthony's Cemetery. In consideration of parts of the family who have severely compromised immune systems and health, anyone in attendance will be asked to wear a mask.
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