George Martin Hruska

September 22, 1934 ~ March 27, 2020 (age 85)


George was born to Tony & Mary Hruska on September 22, 1934.  Born on the family farm, he was the second youngest of six children.  George was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church and remained a faithful and devoted parishioner his entire life.

George attended Vallar School from grades 1-4 and completed grades 5-12 in Gerald, SK.  He also attended Muskar Engineering College in Winnipeg, MB for one winter.

On July 26, 1961, George married the love of his life, Annie Bergman.  Their marriage was blessed with four children, Monica, Wendy, Kevin and Rhonda.  George and Annie raised their children on the family farm just outside of Gerald.

George was a grain and livestock farmer, raising cattle, horses, pigs and chickens.  An interest of his was trying to raise different breeds of bantam chickens.  As Kevin began to take over the family farm, it transitioned strictly into a grain farm.  George continued to work alongside Kevin on the farm and with Bridgeview Manufacturing until he retired in 2007.  His work consisted of painting in the old weld shop, trucking hopper cones, managing both the Bridgeview Yard and Hwy 22 grain systems and learning how to balance the first Bale King rotors at the U of S, to train BMI personnel. 

George’s life experiences also had him acting as a trustee on the Gerald School Board, the Deanery president, church director on the state board, and as district deputy.  He was also very  involved with the Knights of Columbus and held almost every position on the local level, including serving as Grand Knight for 8 years.

Anyone who knew him understood George’s love for music.  He enjoyed drumming, but his heart would always belong to his fiddle.  He was a member of the Guy Tones, Town and Country, and played alongside Bill Procopchuk.  In addition to playing many weddings & dances, he was fortunate to have been a part of Expo 1986, in his own words he said “I reached the climax of my  musical career when we performed 22 shows at Expo in Vancouver”.  He also enjoyed his time with Fiddle & Bows, where he made music with his daughter Wendy and close friend Charlotte Neyedley, entertaining at care homes, senior housing  and  Christmas parties and continuing their talent at church every Sunday as the St. Wenceslaus choir.  George played his violin at the last mass he attended at St. Wenceslaus.

Horticulture was always a passion of George’s. He had numerous varieties of fruit trees and grew enough vegetables every year to feed his whole family and half of Gerald. Bangor Lodge also reaped the fruits of his labour with car loads of vegetables.

His life and work really exemplified how he was a true ‘George’ of all trades.

George is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Annie; their children, Monica (Marcel) Langevin, Wendy (Sheldon) Lamontagne, Kevin (Pauline) Hruska, and Rhonda (Les) Knull; granddaughters, Denae (Riley) Woytas, Nicole (Curtis) Nagam, Amanda (Scott) McMullan; grandsons, Sawyer(Bailey) Hruska, Cassidy Hruska, Austin Hruska, Corey Knull; great grandchildren, Brynne & Renelle Woytas, Sheldon Nagam, Ayden & Emmie McMullan; sisters, Melvina Hruska, Dolores (Carl) Psutka; sisters-in-law Frances Kostiuk, Mary Rey, Katie Hemauer; brothers-in-law Kasper Bergman, Alfred (Donna) Bergman; many nieces and nephews.

George was predeceased by his parents Tony & Mary Hruska; parents-in-law, John & Fransizka Bergman; brothers Stanley Hruska, Victor Hruska, Tony Hruska; sisters-in-law, Theresa Hruska, Joyce Bergman, Agnes Bergman; brothers-in-law,  Johnny Bergman, Albert Kostiuk, Martin Rey, Robert Hemauer; nephew, Greg Psutka.


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