Dorothy Evelyn Amy (French) Haroldson

January 26, 1920 ~ October 30, 2019 (age 99)


Dorothy Evelyn Amy Haroldson

(January 26th 1920 – October 30th 2019)   


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Haroldson, formerly of Shell Lake, at 99 years of age. Dorothy passed away peacefully, with family by her side on October 30th, 2019.   

Dorothy is survived by:

Daughters: Barbara Routledge, Agnes (Edwin) Fusick , and Donna Dyck.  

Brother in Law: Henry (Marilyn) Simonar.   

Sister in Laws: Esther Strate, Gladys Simonar and Marjorie Simonar.   

Grandchildren: Darcy LeBlanc (Steve) Funkner, Kevin Fusick, Kimberly Fusick (Lorne Zanidean), Connie (Grant) Gale, and Adam (Rebecca) Dyck.  

Great-Grandchildren: Kale (Megan Franklin) Primeau, Taylor (Kerrie) Primeau, Dillon Primeau, Chandra LeBlanc, Brett Klassen, Heather (Scott) Swanson, Dana Spriggs (Zach Eskes), Paige Spriggs (Matty Smith), Brayden Tanchak, Brooklyn Zanidean (Thomas Montgomery), Ashley Parenteau, Dorian Parenteau and Julian Dyck.   

Great-Great Grandchildren: Zachary Hamilton, Benson Boxall-LeBlanc, McKenzie Franklin, Khloe and Chance Primeau, Violet and Natalie Swanson, and Charlie Laine Smith.  

As well as all other relatives and friends that have shared in her life throughout the years.    

Dorothy was predeceased by: 

Her parents Arthur and Pearl (Page) French, her siblings Gertie (William) Tung, Josephine (Chris) Christianson, and Eugene (Edna) French. Her first husband Arthur Simonar and second husband William Haroldson. Grandson Curtis LeBlanc, as well as numerous in laws and relatives.  

I, Dorothy was born January. 26th 1920 to Arthur and Pearl French of Shell Lake. I was the youngest of four children. My parents were pioneers in 1912, being one of the first three families to settle in the Shell Lake rural area. I started school when I was seven years old. Grace Smallwood was my first teacher. As many as fifty-two children attended our one roomed school. I quit when I was fifteen years old and went to work out – I worked for Mrs. Dutton for five dollars a month when I was seventeen years old. I worked at Hans and Bergulot Ericksons helping with housework and milking cows for ten dollars a month.   

In 1938 I went to work for my sister Gertie and her husband Willie Tung they had a stopping place at the north end of Delaronde Lake (Stoney Lake) to serve meals to freighters and fishermen in the winter months. In 1939 I married Arthur Simonar. We had three daughters; Barbara, Agnes and Donna. We spent six months in New Westminster B.C in 1944 and then moved back to our farm. From 1949 to 1952 we ran a coffee shop in Shell Lake town. I have lived in Shell Lake all but two winters of my life. Arthur passed away in 1958. I was a widow at thirty-eight years of age. Two and a half years later I married WIlliam Haroldson, a veteran from World War 2. We were married in 1960.   

I worked part time for two summers at the Spiritwood hospital. I’ve done a lot of sewing, knitting and crocheting for hobby work and playing keyboard. We farmed until 1974, then we moved back to the village of Shell Lake. I started doing part time hairdressing and Willie did carpenter work. I became a widow again in 1999. I eventually sold our home in Shell Lake and moved to the Schwartz Villa.   

                                                                       Written by Dorothy Haroldson  


Dorothy stayed at the Schwartz Villa in Shell Lake until 2014. She then moved to the Parkland Integrated Health Centre - Long Term Care in Shellbrook, where she resided until her passing.   

The family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at her home in Shellbrook for the wonderful care that they provided Dorothy while she was a part of their family.   

Dorothy’s wishes were to have a small graveside service, which will be held in the Spring of 2020.  

Donations can be made to the Parkland Integrated Health Centre - Long Term Care in Shellbrook.

Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are invited to visit Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau "Lac" Funeral Home, Mark Muir, Funeral Director, Spiritwood, SK (306-883-3500). 

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