ROGAL - Aileen Marjorie (Peggy) Rogal died peacefully at the Weyburn General Hospital February 14th, 2015. Peggy was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, UK August 26th, 1918 to Laura Babbington (Willis) and Sidney Babbington. Mum attended school in Farnborough and was involved in sports, excelling and winning awards, especially in "Stool Ball". During WWII, Mum was employed at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Aldershot, manufacturing munitions for the war effort. It was during this time in her life when she met Private Mike Rogal of the South Saskatchewan Regiment at a dance in Farnborough. After a few months courtship, they were married in Farnborough in March 1941. Their first child, daughter Ann, was born in Farnborough and in May 1944 Mum travelled with Ann to Canada on the Duchess of Bedford, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax. They travelled by train to Weyburn while they awaited Dad's return from the war. Mum spent the balance of her life in Weyburn, where Michael was born, followed by Lauren.
Mum was an avid square-dancer in the 1970's enjoying that activity for several years. She was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, enjoying her involvement in Legion activities and cherishing the friendships she developed. Another favourite involvement was with the War Bride's Association for many years and again she cherished her fellow War Bride friends. Many activities and get-togethers were enjoyed by this lively group of women!
Canvassing for various charities, being a regular blood donor, and volunteering for the Weyburn Union Hospital Auxiliary Canteen every Wednesday for many years were other activities she enjoyed.
From the day Mum arrived in Weyburn, she began attending All Saint's Anglican Church, becoming very involved in the Women's Auxiliary, later known as the Anglican Church Women, holding various offices within this organization. She was a loyal member of the Altar Guild for decades, again enjoying the friendships she made within her church family.
Following the death of Mike in 1977, Mum eventually began taking tours throughout Canada and the northern U.S. which she thoroughly enjoyed. She returned to England twice prior to Mike's death and twice following. She always maintained, though, that Canada was her home and that she was here to stay.
Mum was mainly a "stay-at-home Mum", but she was employed at the Weyburn Special Care Home on 5th Street for seven years, enjoying not only the job and her co-workers but also the residents.
Mum was an excellent cook and many meals were enjoyed by family and friends. She cooked Christmas Dinner well into her 80's, her turkey always cooked to perfection, along with all the trimmings. No one in our family has been able to duplicate Mum's Christmas turkey!
Mum was predeceased by her loving husband, Mike, parents Laura and Sidney, brother Jack, sister Betty, sister-in-law Vicky, brothers-in-law Walter, Stan, Joe and Frank.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Ann Crossland (Paul); Michael Rogal (Charlotte); Lauren Kievits (Dave). Her grandchildren: Doug Wilson (Francine); Michael Rogal (Jen); Ken Rogal (Lisa); Kara Rogal (Jeremy); Wayne Vande Velde (Lisa); Casey Kievits (Stephanie); Kelly Prochinsky (Mike). Great Grandchildren: Nicole Wilson; Braxton Rogal; MacKenzie and Morgann Rogal; Brandon, Kurtis and Layne Vande Velde; Nyla and Michael Prochinsky; Emersyn Kievits.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The funeral took place at All Saint's Anglican Church in Weyburn with The Rev. Brian Woods officiating, assisted by Debbie Hubick, on Tuesday, February 17th at 2 p.m.
Donations in memory of Mum may be made to All Saint's Anglican Church or The Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn Branch.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com