Betty Sadoway, born on November 1, 1951, and passed away on August 31, 2023. She had a remarkable life, filled with ordinary yet extraordinary moments, for which she was immensely grateful. Her greatest source of joy was her husband, Ted Stensrud, whom she cherished for over three decades and who brought endless laughter into her life. Betty imparted a valuable lesson to her grandchildren, encouraging them to marry someone who accepts them as they are and can make them laugh, as laughter can bring comfort even during challenging times.
Betty’s love and appreciation extended to her daughter Zenovia, who taught her about the true meaning of love and blessed her with five adored grandchildren, Maria, Adriana, Amalia, Milo, and Isaac. She was equally thankful for her own family, including her mother Marie, whose musical spirit inspired her, and her late father Zenon, who instilled in her the importance of education and hard work, ultimately leading her to sobriety. Betty held deep gratitude for her incredible and incomparable siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and grandnieces who enriched her life and expanded her family’s legacy in Canada.
In addition to her immediate family, Betty was grateful for her extended Stensrud family, who eventually embraced her warm embraces. She cherished her close friends Myrna Schellenberg and Elke Churchman, as well as her caring neighbors and the nurses at RUH who provided exceptional care. Betty also expressed gratitude for her AA Family, who showed her how to live a fulfilling life beyond her wildest dreams. Her dream job at the Saskatoon Public Library granted her the opportunity to forge beautiful friendships, and she was immensely grateful for her cozy dream house on Main Street and the beautiful garden she shared with Ted and Zenon.
Above all, Betty was grateful for the invaluable lessons she learned about giving back, genuine love for others, and self-love. Betty’s love extended to everyone she held dear, and she wanted them to remember her fondly as she journeyed into eternity. She urged them to look for signs of her presence, for she believed that she would always be around, watching over them with love.
The memorial service in honor of Betty’s incredible spirit will take place on Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. Saskatoon Funeral Home will host the ceremony, followed by a reception at the Edwards Family Centre. The service will be live-streamed, and condolences and stories can be shared with the family at http://www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Stephen Lewis Foundation are encouraged. The arrangements for the memorial service have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
We are eternally grateful for the time we had Betty in our lives, as she was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, mentor, and sponsor. At the memorial, we will celebrate her extraordinary spirit, honoring the impact she had on our lives.