Mary “Judy” Veller (nee Novak) beloved mother of Trevor and Shannon, passed away on January 1, 2019 and is now reunited with her best friend and soul mate, Wilf. Judy was a guiding example of strength and courage as she battled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for nearly her whole life and later cancer, showing those around her that one can maintain a sense of humor even in the darkest times. After the passing of her husband, Wilf in 2012, Judy continued to embrace life by laughing with friends over a Caesar or a glass of Baileys. Ultimately her greatest joy was loving her four adoring grandchildren and six cuddly great-grandchildren. Judy was the daughter of Mary (nee Krull) and Peter Novak. She was born in their family home near Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. She received her education at Tupper Elementary and Saltcoats High School. After high school she went to work at the Sanatorium in Fort Qu’Appelle. She enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Kelsey Institute (SIAST) in Saskatoon. She spent four months of theory in Saskatoon and then went to Weyburn for the practicum. She married the love of her life on July 2, 1966 in Yorkton and moved to Kindersley where they lived from 1966 to 1970. During this time Judy worked at the Kindersley Union Hospital. They moved to Saskatoon in 1970 where she worked at Royal University Hospital and spent one more beautiful year in the same city as her sister Helen before moving to Leader in 1971. From Leader they moved to Tisdale and then to Melfort in 1977 where they resided for over 40 years.
Judy was predeceased by her husband Wilf, her parents, Wilf’s parents Eva & Balzer Veller, her daughter-in-law, Joanne Veller, her sisters Lucy Osarchuk & Elsie Frinskie, and her in-laws Nancy Novak, Dennis Czinkota and Bill Frinskie.
Judy is survived by her children, Trevor Veller and Shannon (Rod) Bowes, four grandchildren, Nick (Lacey) Veller, Amber Veller, Justin Bowes and Austin Bowes, six great-grandchildren, her brothers Alex (Margriet) Novak, and Matt Novak and her sisters, Adeline (Mike) Kardynal and Helen Czinkota.
Judy struggled with MS for more than 56 years and never complained. Her first attack was in 1963 while she was in grade twelve and was hospitalized for four weeks. Her second attack was in 1966 where she was hospitalized for six weeks in Weyburn. She was diagnosed with MS in Saskatoon in 1972. In 1976, she had her third MS attack in Leader which affected her whole body.
Judy believed in making the most of life and having a positive impact on others. For her, the glass was not half-full but overflowing. MS did not stop her from travelling which she loved. She enjoyed all her travels with Wilf and her family including Victoria, Venezuela, Hawaii, Mexico and most importantly Disneyland where she could be a kid with her kids. MS has given her more strength than even she thought she had and this further strengthened her relationship with God. After the loss of Wilf, Judy was able to stay in her home for six years through the help of home care workers, care givers, family and friends. Judy took control of her life and wrote a book about her life with MS. She was proud of all the work she had done on the house such as removing the trees, creating flower beds and redecorating the interior. Her strength was admired by all.
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