RAMONA GERALDINE GUSIKOSKI (AGAR), September 14th, 1938-July 31st, 2020. If she was giving you a horsey ride on her hands and knees well into her 70's, you called her Grandma Mony-the title that applied to four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. If you heard her voice from the back door saying, "You boys be careful, you're going to get hurt if you do that", you called her Mom, like her sons, Bret and Hal, did. If you sat at a kitchen table playing Canasta or Yahtzee, you may have called her Auntie Mona, as her numerous nieces and nephews did (sometimes with a frustrated tone, as she was a ruthless card player). If you shared a bed, three girls wide, you called her "our Mona, the baby" as her sisters Colleen and Lorraine did. If you sat and drank coffee, and spoke of family, you may have called her your sister-in-law, your mother-in-law, or your friend. She was our baker, chef, seamstress, and expert bun and pie maker. She was our camping specialist, fishing buddy, card shark, dance partner and puzzle pal. She was our confidante and best friend; now she is our angel. On July 31, 2020, Ramona Geraldine Gusikoski of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, died peacefully in her home surrounded by those who loved her after a brief battle with cancer-one she faced with grace and courage. Ramona is survived by her son Bret (Sherri); grandchildren Steven (Michelle), Michelle (Shawn), Shawn and Carlee; great-grandchildren Dylan, Haley, Rebekah, Caleb, Benjamin, Amelia and Nixon; her sister Lorraine (Ed)Woods; numerous nieces and nephews, and many more who loved her. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Gusikoski, and their son Hal Gusikoski; mother, Ida Brekken; father, Eugene Agar; stepfather, Ole Brekken; sister, Colleen Hunter (Thoreson), and sister, Diane Agar (infancy). Ramona was born on September 14, 1938 to Charles and Ida Agar in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. On January 31, 1958, she married the man she described as the love of her life, Albert Bernard Gusikoski. Ramona was a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family business, Al's Electric; both roles she took on with zealousness and pride. She was passionate about learning and always said it was a lifetime hobby one should never lose. She was not afraid to try new things. She enjoyed the challenge of learning and perfecting something new, a skill she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She spent most of her life caring for others in her immediate and extended family. She was never too busy for anyone, often putting her own work aside to help others. No matter what she was doing, if you stopped by the house she would always make time for you (and of course entice you with a few treats). She told us many times to take care of each other, to help one another, to love one another, and that family is what matters most. Above all, Ramona's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. She became lost in their innocence and could spend countless hours living in their worlds of play and laughter. She was their biggest defender (sometimes to the dismay of their parents) and would do almost anything for them. She spent hours when they were young playing with them, and as they grew, listening to their hopes, dreams, and often their frustrations without judgment, just love. Ramona blessed the world with a life that included eight decades of memories, 982 months of happiness and homemade buns, 29,906 days of laughter, and 717,744 hours of love. One of Ramona's last requests was, "I was not a perfect person; no one is. I tried to be a good mom and a good grandma but I wasn't always. Don't write my obituary like I was, just that I tried my best to be". We loved her perfect imperfections-it made her who she was-so we decided to focus on the qualities we all loved and the things she will be forever remembered for. We will miss her, but we know that those that went before her surround her in love. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be a family celebration of Ramona's life at a later date. In lieu of flowers Ramona asked that donations be made to the Salvation Army in Swift Current. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy on the family tribute wall.
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