Mary was born on May 20, 1930 to Jacob and Anna (Schafer) Mildenberger. She was the second youngest in a blended family of 13.
As a young girl she worked and helped on her family farm, which was just down the road from where she met the love of her life, Leo Doetzel. Leo and Mary were married on October 23, 1950 and were blessed with 9 children.
Mary’s life was dedicated to her faith and family. She was blessed with many talents from knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking, cooking, gardening, music and still managed to help with chores on the farm and host many family gatherings. Fresh baking and home cooked meals seemed to appear out of nowhere and no one ever left hungry. Anyone who came to the farm or her house in town was able to see her love of gardening which was so evident by the display of flowers in her yard.
But what brought Mary the most joy and happiness was her love for her family and friends. Her heart and home were always open to anyone. This love went above and beyond and we are all so blessed to have had such a wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend. She had the biggest heart filled with so much love for all who had the pleasure and honor of knowing her.
Surrounded by her family, God came to take Mary home to be reunited with her heavenly family on September 2, 2023.
Mary will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her children, Joe+ (Bernie & Ron Erker); and their children, Jaron (Danielle) and Janessa (Erik); Geraldine+ (Art Rehman+) and their children, Lynn (Curtis), Leah (Niel) and A.J. (Tiana); Cindy (David Fischer) and their children, Jolene (Bill), Robert (Raquel) and Bryan (Chandra); John (Shari) and their children, Kendra (Brandon) and Ryan (Ashley); Joan (Tom Degenstien) and their children, Allison (Clinton), Jennifer (Curtis) and Joseph (Tanice); Tom (Mary-Ann) and their children, Carrie (Bob), Kelly (Curtis) and Corey (Ashton); Greg+ (Laurel) and their children, Darcie (Andrew), Jillayne (Baron)and Cora Lee (Levi); Patricia (Doug Stang+) and their children, Danielle, Ashton and Brody (Jamie); Rick (Laurie) and his children, Jenesta (Cole), Logan and Jakob; as well as 46 great grandchildren.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Leo; her children, Joe, Geraldine, Greg; son-in-laws, Art Rehman and Doug Stang; her parents, Jacob Jr. and Anna Mildenberger; brothers, sisters and in-laws.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Macklin, Saskatchewan with Father Charles Nweze officiating. Interment will follow at the Lakeview Cemetery.
Mary's Service will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person. The livestream will be accessible through the GFH website under Mary's obituary at the time of the service.