October 3, 1935 – March 31, 2016
Rev. Merle passed away peacefully at the age of 80 following a battle with leukemia. He will be dearly missed by his children Alyson Edwards-Price (Tony), Kevin Snustead (Maria); grandchildren Tyler, Erin, Abbie, Dylan and Austin; sisters Winnifred Spence (Pres), Marjorie Bethel and Lois Heese; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father William and mother Alice Snustead; and by brothers-in- law Tom Bethel and John Heese. Merle was born on a farm near what is now the Gardiner Dam area, and raised in the Strongfield and Hawarden Districts. He attended the Saskatoon Teachers College and the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Education. Merle taught in several schools including Bonnie Brae, Lawson, Loreburn Central High School and Clavet Composite School. Merle soon felt a call to do the Lord’s work and entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1968 and received a Master of Divinity. His next 40 years were spent serving as Pastor and Chaplain in parishes and hospitals across Western Canada. He felt blessed to have shared the Word of God for so many years and to have shared it with so many special people along the way. Many thanks to Dr. Derek Pearson, his nurse Lena and the staff at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre for their compassionate care, and to the angels at the Saskatoon Convalescent Home for their excellent care.
A Public Visitation is scheduled for 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 and the Funeral Service will held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Both services will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church (1201 Broadway Ave.). Reception and Interment to follow. Clergy are invited to vest, the colour is white, and to meet at the chapel downstairs at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (101-440 2nd Ave. N. Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C3) and Augustana Lutheran Church (1201 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 2A4). Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca
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