Life Story for Edith Antonina Gajewski (Kubik)
Momma: Edith Antonina Gajewski
Born: February 27, 1934 Passed: January 26, 2018
My momma was a very strong lady who was born, raised and who married in the olden days.
Yep, those were the olden days, where she had to walk in the cold to school and back everyday. But she did not like going to school, she would rather stay at home helping her father work on the farm. She was a huge Tom Boy, loving to ride the horses and feeding cows and pigs instead of going to school. She had a grade 4 education level.
She married my father and they lived together on the farm raising pigs, cattle, chickens, dogs, rabbits and pigeons. Many times I watched my mother and father butcher pigs and my mother without any thought would take out all the guts from the pig, empty out it's stomach contents and then she would clean the head and then she would make some of the best head cheese around. She milked cows everyday. We always had fresh milk to drink, fresh butter and sour cream, and cottage cheese on fresh baked bread, and always the best doughnuts. We never had running water, power (we got that eventually), no gas heater, so Momma had to carry wood and water into the house. I remember she would warm our quilts against the wood heater we had upstairs and she would tuck us in and we would always be warm and cozy. She would always sleep with Elaine because Elaine was afraid of the dark.
Back then there was no such thing as combines. I watched my momma make sheaves, and then stokes and then put them on a rack and bring to the threshing machine and unload them into the chopper. She made us homemade porridge and cracked wheat alongside my father. She raised bantom chickens from the eggs. Bantom chickens were running around all over the yard. She would walk miles in the pasture everyday to bring the cows home to feed. Her feet would be cracked all up. She threw bales and forked straw over the fence for the cows every morning and evening right alongside my father.
She loved to garden, pick berries, go out every weekend to the tavern in Loon Lake and dance all night with my father and their friends. She had beautiful dresses and 4 inch spiked shoes that I would play dress up in. I loved the smell of her make up. I remember I ate one of her lipsticks. Her clothes, shoes and make up always intrigued me; I guess that is like that for every girl growing up. When she lived in St. Walburg I had to make sure every summer those caraganas were cut, so she could sit outside all day and watch what was going on.
Elaine and I were riding on the tractor, Elaine was driving. We had decided we had enough. Elaine shut the tractor off, jumped off of the tractor but it still kept on going with me on it. The tractor ran over my dad's bottles, he lost about $100 in bottles and I was headed straight for the dug out. I was standing on that tractor, frozen. I never seen my mom run so fast in her life. She got on that tractor which was about 20 ft from the dug out and she cranked it as hard as it would go to the right. She saved my life for if it was not for her I surely would have gotten killed.
Momma is predeceased by: her husband, Karl; her daughter, Elaine; her father, Joe Kubik; and her mother, Dominica Kubik.
She leaves behind to mourn: her sister, Josie and Family; her sister, Julia and Family; her brother, Karl; her brother, Joe and Family; her four children, Shirley, David (Donna), Leo (Elissa), and Sherlyn; her 16 grandchildren; and her 22 great-grandchildren.
All of her friends & family were the honorary bearers.