Freddie Neumier of Langenburg passed away with his family by his side on September 12, 2023 at Langenburg Centennial Care Home at the age of 96 years.
Born on a farm west of Langenburg to George and Mary Neumier, Freddie grew up with a love of horses that continued all his life. Freddie worked on the construction crews at International Mineral Corporation (Mosaic) and stayed for the next eighteen years. In that time he attained his Industrial Mechanic Journeyman ticket. He was the first floatation operator in Saskatchewan to separate potash that came up in the ore form. Eventually Freddie moved to Sylvite (PCS, Nutrien) where he worked until 1981. In 1982 Freddie was asked to teach industrial mechanics to apprentices at Parkland College in Melville, retiring in 1987.
In the fall of 1987 Freddie went to Nicaragua with Farmers For Peace and built a school in a small rural community. Back home he canvassed his friends and family for hand tools to send to the developing nation with Tools for Peace. His commitment to charitable fund raising continued with years of Relay for Life efforts.
As St. Joseph was Freddie’s guiding mentor, Freddie dedicated himself to his family. With his beloved wife Jeanne they raised eight strong, sensitive, independent children with the same values that he shared with St. Joseph. He was proud of each of them, and his love extended to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone knew they were special in his heart.
Freddie thought that one of his greatest accomplishments was being part of the creation of the Langenburg Activity Centre. His involvement started with spearheading the drive to develop a special classroom in the Langenburg Elementary School. As their son neared twenty-one, along with others, Freddie and Jeanne recognized the need for a facility where the classroom participants could find a fulfilling future. The Activity Centre and subsequently the Group Home were created. Freddie served on the Board until 2011.
In his retirement Freddie discovered a passion for woodworking, and a talent for painting. His church, family and friends all received the fruits of his labours. Handmade jewellery boxes, tables, child-sized rocking chairs, landscape painting, (some on sawblades), crucifixes, and particularly rosaries made with silver willow beads will be treasured by all who were blessed with them.
Freddie believed in the value of lifelong learning especially gained by travelling and history. His passports were full of stamps.
Freddie was predeceased by his wife Jeanne, son Quinten, and great granddaughter Kaitlyn Waters. Freddie out-lived all of his siblings.
To remember their father, Freddie left sons Mark (Kay Klopstock), Reuben (Yvette), Keith (Susan), Bruce, Alois (Cinthia Moscoso Fernandez), and Glenn (Wanda), and his daughter Lois (Tim Galloway). He leaves thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He will be remembered by nieces and nephews both near and far. He will also be missed by his companion Rosalie Dreilich of Binscarth, MB and her extended family.
Langenburg District Activity Centre
502 Carl Avenue, Langenburg SK S0A 2A0