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Brezinski (nee Alfstad, Johnson), Colleen Elizabeth

February 16, 2023

Colleen Elizabeth Brezinski (nee Alfstad, Johnson)

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend Colleen on February 16, 2023 at the age of 88 years. She was a woman of incredible strength, faith, humour, and compassion with a love and dedication for all of her family that knew no bounds. Colleen was predeceased by her parents Iver and Anna Alfstad; daughter Diana Johnson; first husband Perry Johnson, second husband Tony Brezinski; sisters Ruth Binns, Florence Alfstad, Erna Waterton, Martha Dament, Francis Bonneville, Pearl Howe and June Schultz.

Left to celebrate her life and to remember fond memories and warm hugs are her loving children Terry (Jan) Johnson, Kirby (Cheryl) Johnson, Darcy (Darlene) Johnson, Blair (Dawn) Johnson, Dan (Shar) Johnson, Don (Michelle) Johnson, and Beverly Johnson; grandchildren Sean (Kelly), Kyle, Jacqueline (Tim), Chelsea (Tes), Clayton (Michelle), Gordon (Kayleen), Lisa, Cody, Andrea (Tyler), Luke (Kelsey), Wyatt (Emma), Reese (Tyler), Zac (Linda), Carter, Jordan; 12 great-grandchildren; her sisters Eleanor Grainger and Donna (Bob) Cojacar and her brother Dan Alfstad; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Colleen was born in Ogema, SK on January 4, 1935. Her family farmed in the area and she attended Ogema School. Growing up she enjoyed playing ball, curling and music. Many hours were spent singing and taking turns playing the piano, guitar, and violin with her sisters. Colleen met Perry while he was working for Highways in Ogema, and they married in 1953. They had 8 children together and ended up settling in Regina for the remainder of their lives. Together they enjoyed watching sports, travelling, and socializing with family and friends while raising their busy children. Perry passed in 1990, but he forever lived on with Colleen. Colleen stayed active with her children and grandchildren, volunteering for various charities, and playing in a band Country Shades, where she met Tony and married in 1997. They spent 15 winters in Texas playing music, golfing, and socializing with their Westlaco friends, and enjoyed their summers at Sherwood Forest. Tony passed in 2015.

Colleen always loved spending time with her daughter, six sons and daughters-in-law, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of her family. Colleen spent 63 years in her home and her door was always open for family, friends, and neighbours to come by for a visit knowing they’d be greeted with a warm welcome accompanied by a hug, perfectly timed jokes with a giggle, Hawkins Cheezies and mints. She had 86 healthy years and through the last couple of years showed profound strength through her health battles. The family would like to thank her team of doctors, nurses and the staff at William Booth Grace Hospice for their care.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in St. James United Church, 4506 Sherwood Drive, Regina, SK. A private interment for family will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Colleen’s honour can be made to William Booth Grace Hospice William Booth Grace Hopice or to St. James United Church St. James United Church.


Richard Stark

The passing of Colleen was a huge loss to all of us. Mom and Dad set a beautiful example for their family and the rest of us as well as to how our lives should be lived. We will always remember you for your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Deb and Pernell Howe

Ogema Sask Canada

To all of Auntie Colleen’s family, We were so sorry to hear that Auntie Colleen lost her battle with cancer. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Heaven has gained another Alfstad Angel and I’m sure the sisters are having many a jam session!!

Nelda Pierce and Penny Litwin

Regina Sask Canada

Nellie has known your mom for years but I got to know her and some of your family during Shelley’s journey. What a wonderful lady. Thinking of you all and have you in our prayers.

Shelley Torz

Winnipeg MB

It was such a wonderful life that your mom had. I heard so much of her laughter, musical talents and love of life. Although she will be dearly missed-keep the memories alive by talking of her often and to continue sharing her zest for life. Thinking of you all with this huge loss to your family - and especially Don, Michelle and Zac, Carter & JJ. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Travel safe!

Brad Leier

Troy Michigan USA

I am sorry to hear about great auntie Colleen’s passing. Although it is sad that she is not with us anymore, it is the memories of her laughter with her siblings doing some sort of silly skit or playing music, enjoying life with the people around her is what will be forever in our hearts and celebrated.

Deb Gibson

Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Canada

Our condolences on the loss of your Mom. We all have such fond memories of DeMarco Drive and your wonderful family. Your Mom was such a kind and loving lady who was so proud of you all. We hope your great memories will help you all in the days ahead. Debbie, Lorna, Keith and Jodi Hiller

Donna Weisgerber

Regina SK Canada

Condolences to all in your loss. Colleen was such a beautiful genuine person. Now she can rest pain free. Donna Weisgerber and Dennis Truelove

Brent and Sandy Kane.

Regina Saskatchewan Canada

A Mother's Hug Lasts Long After She Lets Go: Colleen was a wonderful friend and neighbour. She always had a smile and loved looking after her flowers. You always knew when the family was over as the street was full of vehicles and laughter. We’ll miss you Colleen. Sandy and Brent Kane.

Judy and Doug Bell

Saskatoon sk

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Johnson families, but in particular our neighbors Dan, Shar, Wyatt and Reese and their partners. We have on a couple of occasions met Mrs. Johnson only to be treated to her quick wit, humor and friendliness. She will surely be missed.

Lori Abraham

Estevan Saskatchewan

My condolences to all of you. Colleen was a wonderful person and she will be missed by all who new her. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow.❤️

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