Gabruch, Donna

   Year Graduated: 1964


I have been living in Battleford since 1986 after living on our farm @ Meota from 1973 to 1986. Prior to farming, Cyril Bertsch and I lived in Lethbridge from 1969 to 1973, and I spent my time as a full-time Mom and homemaker. I began selling Real Estate in the Battlefords in 1980 when it became necessary to earn a living for my two children and myself after my divorce in 1979. It has been a wonderful career and I've thoroughly enjoyed the many people I've served over all these years. Of course, my family has grown up and married and blessed me with six grandchildren (four boys and two girls). I am very fortunate to have both Danny Joe and Chandra and their families living and working in the area so I do get to see and spend time with the kids fairly regularly. In the winter it's hockey, (Coltyn, Ethan & Dylyn, and Dantan and Darby are the hockey players) and dance (Dakota) and in the spring and summer, it is 4-H activities both with cattle and horses (which involves Dakota, Dantan & Dylyn). My son and daughter in law (Dan and Dana Bertsch) are ranching south of Battleford, and my daughter and son in law (Pat & Chandra Mohr) live on an acreage overlooking the North Sask. River valley just north of the City. I was remarried in 1997, and with Len Stolz came two more children, Shaun & Shelly, who have both married in the last two years and blessed us with another grand-daughter, so our lives are very full.

My parents are both still living, and I sold them a house next door to ours about seven years ago when Dad finally decided to retire. We have great times together and we are able to help them out with yard and house work when it gets to be too much for them. They are both in their '80's now so it does work out rather well as they "babysit" our dog when it's too cold for her to stay in our yard or garage.

My "spare" time revolves around the North Battleford Rotary Club, the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Real Estate Association, and the Battlefords Trade & Education Centre (the former Sheltered Workshop). Thank goodness, Len is a good cook and doesn't mind my being out and about in the evenings!!!

This year (2004) is the Town of Battleford's 100th Anniversary so I am also involved in the many activities being planned to celebrate this special occasion! I hope everyone will try to make it home this summer to join in the festivities!!! Even Princess Anne is coming!

And, just to make life really interesting, I became a Marriage Commissioner for the Province of Sask. in 1998, and have performed 100+ weddings in the past few years. It really gets busy through the summer months and I have done as many as four weddings on a summer Saturday. I just love it and have met so many wonderful people as a result. Some of whom, have even become Real Estate clients as well!!