Obituary of Lenora Peters
Lenora Regina Peters was born March 11, 1928 on a farm about 3 miles west of Southey, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her parents were Richard and Meta Wagner (nee Hämer). She was their third child after Hertha and Norman. All three siblings were born in March, one year apart. On Dec. 3, 1929, one year and 9 months after Lenora was born, her mother died from childbirth complications after delivering her fourth child, Christian. He lived for only 3 weeks. Lenora’s father subsequently married Lydia Boehmer and they went on to have 8 more children: Esther, Edwin, Lavira, Barbara, Dianne, Geraldine, Elmer and Darryl.
By the time Lenora went to school, her father had purchased a different farm about 3 miles northwest of Southey. Lenora attended Sunny North School, a nearby one-room school house, for 8 years. She was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southey. Lenora worked for a short time as a waitress in Southey and Regina, Saskatchewan, but soon got the travel bug and moved west to work in Banff and Jasper, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. Her Uncle John was a lay minister, and later a contractor, living in Ukiah and he persuaded Lenora to move to California. She took a hairdressing course and for many years worked in a shop in Santa Rosa and, on weekends, at a salon at Hoberg’s Resort. Lenora was married from 1966 to 1968.
Lenora often returned to Saskatchewan to visit her large family - sometimes in March to coincide with her siblings’ birthdays - but most often in August. She often brought with her a recipe that was trending in California, the most memorable of which being her “Hash Brown Casserole”. Everyone in her Saskatchewan family has made this recipe many, many times. Lenora’s Saskatchewan family often visited her in California including her brother Norman, and his wife Rose, who visited every winter during their ‘Snowbird’ years. Lenora often tried to talk her younger nieces and nephews into moving to California. Her last visit to Saskatchewan was in March 2016 to attend her sister Hertha’s 90th birthday.
Lenora’s church and its congregation were her second family and her strong faith guided her throughout her life. Whether in Saskatchewan or California, Lenora loved to spend time with family and friends. Many of which appreciated Lenora’s hairdressing talents and she managed the occasional trim even after her fingers became gnarled with arthritis. Her arthritis also did not keep her from her passion for playing Sequence, Canasta and other card games. Lenora loved to garden and cook and she hosted many a feast for family and friends at her home on Benton Street in Santa Rosa. She had a tablecloth for a guestbook and, after her guests signed it, she would embroider their names using different coloured thread.
Lenora was predeceased by her mother Meta (1929), father Richard (1980), step-mother Lydia (1970), sisters Geraldine (1954) and Lavira (2001), and brothers Christian (1929), Darryl (1955), Edwin (1995) and Elmer (2010). She leaves behind her siblings, Hertha Boehmer, Norman (& Rose) Wagner, Esther (& John) Hugie, Barbara Symonds and Dianne (& Merv) McLaughlin as well as a large extended family.
In addition to the funeral service at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Windsor, California at 11:00 AM on October 8th, 2018, there will also be a memorial held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southey, Saskatchewan.