Erling M. Rothe
1928 – 2018
Erling Rothe, 90, died on Friday, September 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, Sask.
Erling was born in Bergen, Norway and immigrated to Canada in 1952. He met Martha Haukeness and they were married in October of 1955. Two children were born of this union: Norm in 1956 and Sonja in 1959. Erling was a Master Machinist (a designation he earned in Norway) and worked as such for Prairie Coal until his retirement in 1992.
In his retirement, Erling enjoyed keeping active – swimming every day and riding his bike until he was unable to due to arthritis. Over the years, Erling, Martha and their children made several trips back to Norway, which was very much enjoyed by all. Erling was also a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Estevan Branch #60.
In 2009, Erling and Martha sold their home and moved to Trinity Tower. When the need arose, Martha moved to the Estevan Regional Nursing Home and Erling made his home at Creighton Lodge. At his new home, Erling enjoyed many visits from his children, grandchildren and friends. He also delighted in his daily ritual of feeding the birds at Creighton Lodge.
Erling was surrounded by the love of his family when his death came peacefully after a brief illness.
He is loved and remembered by his wife of almost 63 years, Martha (Haukeness); son Norm (Sonja) and daughter Sonja (Gerry) Zotzman; grandchildren, Tovah and Siri Rothe, Kristy and Craig Zotzman; sister-in-law Gladys Lindgren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Erling was preceded in death by his parents, Olav and Marie.
In Erling’s honour, his family will gather privately to celebrate his life. His ashes will be laid to rest at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens.
Dustin Hall of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan is assisting Erling’s family.