Judith Solsten

Judith Sylvia "Judy" Solsten (Messna)

Tuesday, June 6th, 1933 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Judith Sylvia “Judy” Solsten was born on the family farm in the Hagen District to Lulla Nodeland and Kristian Messna. Judy took her schooling at Hagen, Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute at Outlook, and the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Judy became a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant to which she dedicated a large part of her life at the Melfort Union Hospital.
Judy married Arnold Solsten in July of 1954. To this union they welcomed three children, Murray, Julie, and John.
Judy spent the majority of her life on their farm in the Bagley District where they raised their family.
Judy was a devote member of the Lutheran Church, committed to helping others and dedicated to the word of God. For many years, she was well known in the area for sharing her gift of music.
Judy was predeceased by her husband Arnold, her grandson Joshua, her parents Lulla Nodeland and Kristian Messna, her brother Bertram Nodeland, her sisters Bernice Zeigler, and Olive Manson.
Judy leaves to mourn her children; Murray (Joy), Julie, and John, her grandsons; Kris, Tyler, Leigh, Jacob and Warner, and her great grandsons Kayl and Jay. She also leaves her sister Lyla Dalen, brother Harold (Laura) Nodeland, and niece Lynne (Joe) Nastiuk who provided her love and support over the years. Shelley Edwards who held a special place in her heart as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Judy was loved and will be missed.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.
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    Carrot River Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery
    Bagley, SK
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Forrest Fitzpatrick

Posted at 06:33pm
Dear Murray, Julie, John and families,

I just read about the passing of your mother Judy. I had the pleasure of Judy being my physio assistant when I was the physiotherapist at the Melfort Union Hospital. During spring and fall I let Judy float her holidays to best assist the spring planting and fall harvest. Growing up on the farm I knew how the weather could aid or detract from both seasons on a daily basis.

Your mother was always happy and so kind to all of our inpatients and outpatients. We made a good physiotherapy team.

Judy introduced me to the Norwegian pastries Krumkake, and Fattigman. Also, Lefse and Geitost cheese...a great combination. She used to team up with a Norwegian neighbor at Xmas time and they would make it a whole day of baking together. Being single, my kitchen utensils were on the limited side. I was examining a hand crank egg beater at the Co-op store. Judy came up behind me and whispered, “You’re not supposed to buy yourself anything a month before Xmas.” Judy had already bought me this item for Xmas. She relished every minute of her trip to visit relatives in Norway.

I enjoyed a couple of overnights at your farm, and would come downstairs in the morning to your big, bright kitchen to a sumptuous breakfast of blueberry(picked from the wild)waffles, syrup and a topping of thick cow’s cream. Judy put a little bit of salt in the coffee which seemed to enhance the flavor.

Judy told me that once all her children left home she heaved a sigh of relief that she did not have to make a big pot of porridge any more. Then she looked out the kitchen window and saw the dog waiting by his dish for his porridge.

My own mother passed away on November 26th, 2020 so I can empathize with all of you.

Your Mom was so proud of her whole family, and John I can’t help but think of you as little John as it was how your mother always referred to you.

All of you take care. My thoughts are with you.

Beverley Fitzpatrick(Rigg)


Dennis and Lois Spagrud

Posted at 09:48pm
Murray and Joy, Julie, John

Our condolences on Judy’s passing. She always had a smile and had time for a chat. Her music and her dedication
to the church was true to her caring nature and will be remembered by many. Cherish your memories of her.

Lois and Dennis Spagrud

Barbara Larson

Posted at 08:05pm
Our sincere sympathy to Murray, Joy & family!

Cheryl &Brian Betterton

Posted at 12:19pm
Murray, Julie, John and Families
Sincere sympathy to you at this time. We will always remember your Mom’s gift of music to so many - my she could fill the church with beautiful organ music! May your memories be a comfort to you at this time.
Cheryl & Brian Betterton
Victoria, B.C.

Jen & Rollie Stolearcius Posted at 07:41pm

Murray, Joy & family. Sending our deepest sympathy & prayers to you all. May the many wonderful memories of your Mom comfort you at this sad time. Hugs, Jen & Rollie (Nipawin)

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