Elfriede W. Piller
June 20, 1942 – October 10, 2014
With much sadness we, the members of the Yorkton Branch say farewell to one of our founding members, Elfriede Piller.
Elfriede Baber was born and raised on a farm near Neudorf. From an early age she loved music. She was very fortunate to have piano teachers living close by, and for having parents who recognized her talent. Her teachers were Mrs. Minnie Schell and Mrs. Rosalee Calver.
In 1962 she married Jerry Piller, and they were blessed with two children: Linda (Alan) Jansen of Neudorf and Ken (Sharon) Piller. Jerry was supportive of Elfriede’s music studies and she worked very hard to complete her A.R.C.T. in 1964. She taught in Neudorf and surrounding areas from the age of 15 until her death. A career that spanned 57 years. She also served as a church musician at Christ Lutheran Church, and previously to that at Zion Lutheran Church, where she played organ from the age of 14. She accompanied many students in Festivals and community functions, as well as playing for numerous weddings, etc.
She has taught many students who have gone on to careers in Music. I am proud to say that I am one of them. I completed my Grade 10 Piano and A.R.C.T. with Elfriede’s guidance, an achievement that would never have been possible had she not lived only 2 blocks from me.
She touched many lives in sharing her joy of Music, and her legacy will live on through the many students she taught.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jerry, and a granddaughter, Shalynn. She will be missed by the Community, by the Yorkton Registered Music Teachers’ Association and by her family, friends and music students.