Gertrude Behnke peacefully passed away September 27, 2020 at Carrot River Health Centre.
Gertrude was born to Gustav and Martha Beck on January 30, 1923 in Langenbielau Germany, where she grew up and attended school. After finishing school, Gertrude went to work in various factories in Germany. Early on in her young adult life she met Fred Behnke and later they married. In 1950 their first son Ray was born followed four years later by Manfred.
Due to political unrest in Germany and Europe they made a decision to emigrate to Canada. Fred came to Canada in late 1954 to find work. Two years later Gertrude and their sons followed. Fred worked for the CNR in various communities while Gertrude was a homemaker raising the boys.
In 1959 their first daughter Corinne was born.
In 1960 they bought a small farm in St. Walburg, SK. In 1966 her last child Betty was born. Mom worked hard on the farm and life was difficult with no running water and no electricity. Fred and Gertrude grew apart and they made the decision to sell the farm.
Gertrude and Betty moved to North Battleford. However soon after Gertrude and Betty picked up and moved to Saskatoon. Seemingly always on the move, Gertrude and her daughter Betty moved to North Battleford once again.
A few years later Gertrude moved to Wilkie, SK, where she lived until moving to Nipawin to be close to Betty and her husband Jake. She lived
in her small house in Nipawin until 2006 when she had to move into the Nipawin Hospital due to her deteriorating health. After a few months in Nipawin Hospital and Pineview Lodge, she moved into the North Haven Care Home in Smeaton, SK. In July 2010 there was an opening in the
Carrot River Health Centre and she lived out her remaining years there,
fast becoming a favorite with the friendly and caring staff.
Gertrude was predeceased by her parents, former husband Fred, and
her eldest son Ray Behnke.
Left to treasure her memory are her son Manfred, daughter Corinne (Wayne) Savers and their children Chris (Crystal), Cody (Sophie), daughter Betty (Jake) Doerksen and their children Michael, Matthew (Brianne), and Ray’s children Christopher and Lauren.She also leaves four great grandchildren, Carter, CC, Denver and Emerson.