AICHELE - Nellie Aichele (nee Stetz), age 86 years of Yorkton, formerly Saltcoats, Sask. passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of Christmas morning, December 25, 2001. Nellie was born October 6, 1915 and grew up on the family farm in the Fenwood and Willowbrook districts. She attended Central School near Willowbrook. On October 4, 1936, Nellie married Henry Aichele in Yorkton. The couple resided in Winnipeg for nine years. In 1945 they moved to the Saltcoats district where together they made their home on the farm. Nellie had a true love for the land and the simple pleasures of looking after the farm, farm animals, love of nature, her flowers, gardening and family. After her husband's passing in 1976, Nellie moved to Yorkton. Nellie enjoyed exchanging her many fond memories of family and farm stories and had a shoe box of pictures to share. Nellie leaves to mourn her passing, her two sons, Lloyd of Yorkton and Richard (Marie) of Saskatoon; four daughters, Mrs. Walter (Joyce) Lechman of Saskatoon; Mrs. Wayne (Dolores) Connolly of McLean; Ms. Gwen Aichelle of Edmonton and Mrs. John (Lori) Weingartner of Regina. Gramma will be greatly missed by her 12 grandchildren, Nichole Aichinger, Candice Weingartner, Kristen Weingartner, Garry Lechman, Brenda Lechman, Curtis Lechman, Kim Pinay, Shelly Hubble, Trevor Connolly, Jody Trischuk, Chelsey Aichele and Kristy Aichele and 5 great grandchildren, Austin Aichele, Paige Pinay, Jolene Pinay, Kyle Lechman and Chad Lechman. She will be fondly remembered by her three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Bourdeau of Regina; Mrs. Janet Blazeiko of Regina and Mrs. Diane Darnel of Regina. Special cousin and friend Rose Verhaag will greatly miss Nellie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Mary Stetz ; her beloved husband Henry and an infant child; four brothers, John, Nick, Peter, Howard and her sister Anne Blazeiko. Prayer services were held on Friday, December 28th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Rev. Father Bryan Bayda, officiating. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, December 29th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, as the Celebrant. St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer and epistle reader was Nicole Aichinger. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Trevor Connolly, Bill Hubble, Gerry Pinay, Garry Lechman, Curtis Lechman and Derek Trischuk serving as the casket bearers.
ANDERSON – Dorothy Laurena Ruth (nee Klause). With heavy hearts the family of Dorothy Laurena Ruth Anderson announces her passing on August 18, 2012 at the Yorkton Hospital. Laurena (as she was known to all) was born on December 1, 1924 to Edward and Bertha Klause in the district of Springside. Laurena attended school at Whitesand, Peachview, and Saltcoats. She graduated in 1946 as a Registered Nurse from the School of Nursing at Yorkton Queen Victoria Hospital. Laurena continued nursing until she married Lauren Anderson, on April 16, 1947. Lauren and Laurena - it was destiny! The couple began their life together on the Anderson farm ten miles east of Saltcoats. They were blessed with three children. In 1959 Laurena went back to nursing at Saltcoats Memorial Hospital. When that hospital closed she transferred to Yorkton Union Hospital. From 1979, until her retirement in 1989, Laurena was the supervisor of the Candy Striper Volunteer Program. During the early years of marriage and motherhood, Laurena mastered many crafts and arts out of necessity but continued them out of sheer pleasure and joy. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and quilting to name a few. After Lauren and Laurena retired from farming and moved to Yorkton in 1976, opportunity allowed Laurena to teach knitting and crocheting at the Yorkton Regional College. She had such satisfaction from promoting the art form and often gave private lessons or would knit projects as requested. She was humbled and honored when she was asked to judge at local fairs. Laurena generously donated knit articles to any worthy cause, including 100 pair of mittens for the "Coats for Kids" program one particular winter. Family members also benefited so much from her intricate sweater designs and other creative knitting projects that Laurena was affectionately nicknamed "the human knitting machine". Laurena was very involved in the Castleton United Church, a small country church near Saltcoats. She was an active member of the Ladies Aid, taught Vacation Bible School, and helped with church picnics or putting a cookbook together. In Yorkton she became an active member of Westview United Church. During her farming days, Laurena was a strong supporter of the local 4H Club, and she shared the important values of this program with her own children as well as others in the community. On the family farm many hours were spent tending the garden, processing and canning vegetables, and picking berries for preserving. Laurena always had an interest in and an appreciation of life in the outdoors. She bestowed upon her children that nature was a gift and she taught them to be aware of the colour and beauty of wildflowers, to identify the song of the birds, and to marvel in the changes of the seasons or the wonder around them. In retirement, Lauren and Laurena developed an interest in travel. They cruised the Inside Passage and rode the narrow train from Skagway to Whitehorse. They flew to Sweden to visit relatives and journeyed across Norway. They traveled to Spain and Morocco and were thrilled to see the Rock of Gibraltar. They toured North America from east to west, and north to south. After Lauren passed, Laurena continued her travels on her own. She enjoyed the Christmas show at Branson, traveled north to Yellowknife, and her last and most exciting trip was a cruise around South America. Laurena will be forever loved and remembered by her children Ray (Mary Ann) Anderson of Toronto and Laurian (Warren) Bily of Churchbridge. She could not have been more proud of her four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Laura Bily, Lynelle (Les) and Tyler Reagh, Neil (Holly) and Laine Bily, and Nora Bily. Laurena was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lauren, in 1998, their son, Dwight, in 2010, her parents, her sister, Beatrice, and her brother, Norman. She will be remembered by her brother Art (Dot) Klause of Saltcoats, sister-in-law Eve Klause of Vancouver, and Violet Rooke, her sister-in-law, best friend, and confidant at Fairview Arms. She will be held deep in the hearts of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A memorial service will be held for Laurena on Saturday, October 6, 2012. A time and location will be announced.
ARMBRUSTER - Leonard was born on Section 21, Township 21 near Duff, Sask. on April 3, 1926. He was the second son of Joseph and Anne (Trelenberg) and worked with them and his brothers and sisters on the family farm. He was baptized at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Duff and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Neudorf, Sask. He attended school at Pheasant Hills. Leonard’s bond with the land continued all of his life, as did his love of horses. He left the Neudorf area in 1949, driving a herd of horses across the prairie to begin farming with his family on Section 8 in the Perley District. In 1957, he married Carol Jones. Leonard and Carol raised four children on the farm, and as their children grew, so too did their farming business. Leonard entered farming retirement but still maintained his interest and a helping hand to his children. The night before he died, Leonard and Carol were out checking the spring crops and the root piles. He loved the land, he loved his farm and his roots ran deep. Leonard’s love of horses facilitated his work with youth; he was an assistant 4-H leader and a lifetime member of the Saltcoats Agriculture Society. With his children and through his business, he worked with horses - buying and selling, or breaking them to saddle or harness. Leonard played an active role in his church as a council secretary in the small St. Paul’s Church in Saltcoats and as a deacon in his current faith community. Leonard’s greatest pleasure was his family. Dad was there to help, to guide, and to applaud the achievements, big and small. When his children began families of their own, he accepted the title of Papa and relished in it - from hockey games to graduations to birthday parties, Papa was there. Leonard was predeceased by his son, Timothy David; his parents, Joseph and Annie, his granddaughter, Sophia Verkerk, his brothers Ernest and Samuel, a sister and brother in infancy, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Olive and Elmer Jones, his sister-in-law Darlene Jones, brothers-in-laws Peter Temple and Harold Poier and son-in-law John Farrar. He leaves to mourn his wife Carol, his daughter Debra Davie (Trent), his son Joe (Caroline), his daughter Deana Verkerk (David), his grandchildren Lindsay (Jason), Joel, Kelly, Courtney, Caitlin, Blaze, Katja, step-grandson Blade, great-grandchildren Landon and Spencer, his sisters Barbara Poier and Irene Koroll (Harry), his brother Fred (Sylvia), his brother-in-law Bill Jones and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 from St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. The organist, Mrs. Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment service followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Lindsay Malachowski, Joel Armbruster, Kelly Orr, Courtney Armbruster, Caitlin Armbruster, Blaze Davie, Katja Verkerk and Blade Davie serving as casket bearers. Leonard’s family extend heartfelt thanks to Joel Penner, Kim Cooper, the Saltcoats Fire Department, the nurses at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre and Dr. Koudsi for their care and compassion during Leonard’s life and passing. Thank you to Pastor Fred Schneider, organist Carla Laycock, soloist Raymond Yost, Vern Novak and the staff of Christie’s Funeral Chapel for their work and creativity during the funeral and to the pallbearers - Lindsay, Joel, Kelly, Courtney, Caitlin, Blaze, Blade and Katja. Blessings and thanks to all of the friends and neighbors who offered support in our time of sadness and joined us in celebrating Leonard’s life.
ARNOTT - Eva (nee Bradshaw), of Yorkton passed away quietly following a brief illness at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 29, 2001. She was 89 years of age. Eva May Arnott was born on October 18, 1911 at Saltcoats, Sask; a daughter of William and Alice (nee Harvey) Bradshaw. She began her education at the Saltcoats School and finished at the Boakeview School. As a young woman Eva worked out for farm families in the area as a housekeeper. She eventually moved to Winnipeg. On July 23, 1938 she was united in marriage to Keith Arnott at International Falls, Minnesota. The couple farmed at Atwater until 1960 when they moved to Yorkton. Eva and Keith lived quietly in retirement, enjoying the company of their family and many friends. Eva kept busy with various handiwork items as well as tending to the home. In younger years she had been a member of the Sweet Adelines and had enjoyed the many friendships made in the group. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Keith on August 6th of this year, her parents, a brother Frederick Bradshaw, and by sisters Winnifred Bradshaw, Katie Wiley and Hilda Mayoh. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Marian and her husband Stewart McAlpine of Esterhazy; son Kenneth and his wife Janet of Saskatoon; grandchildren Robbie McAlpine (Carolyn) of Calgary and Scott McAlpine (Lisa) of Regina, Reid Arnott of Saskatoon, Jennifer Arnott of Saskatoon and Megan Arnott of Australia; four great-grandchildren, Adam, Teresa, Michael and Meagan (McAlpine); one sister, Minnie Hughes of Saltcoats; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. The memorial service was held on Monday, September 3, 2001 in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Rev. Susan Griffith officiated. A duet of Edna and Orville Paulson sang Beyond the Sunset. The urnbearer was Jennifer Arnott and Rob McAlpine gave the scripture reading. A reception followed at the Family Centre.
AUGUST - Mildred Stella (nee Ritchie). On May 29, 2008 Mildred August passed away at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. She was born November 22, 1917 in Aberdeen, Scotland to parents William T. and Mary Ritchie, who had settled in Canada but returned to Scotland on personal business, where they were stranded by the outbreak of war. Mildred, her mother and her older brother David returned to Canada by Red Cross ship to Montreal, while her father landed at New York. The family settled on a farm near Bredenbury, Saskatchewan purchased from her maternal grandparents, the Sangsters. As a teenager Mildred trained in Winnipeg as a hairdresser, moving afterwards to Yorkton where she worked at the local hospital until being accepted as a hairdresser at the Air Force base. Mildred married RCAF Corporal Edward Anton August on April 16, 1944 in Yorkton before moving to Regina, where she became owner of the Dresden Beauty Shop on South Railway Avenue. She later worked as a bookkeeper in the family insurance business before retiring in the 1970s. Mildred was an avid and effective gardener, a trait apparently passed on to her from her paternal grandfather, who was an estate gardener in Scotland. She had an on-going interest in arts and crafts such as knitting, macrame and leather tooling, but she ultimately turned a hand to china painting, where her work was of extremely high quality. She was predeceased by her brother David in 1946; her mother Mary in 1966; her father William in 1982 and husband Edward in 1991. Mildred is survived by her three children Richard August (Shelley Whitehead) of Regina, Gwenne August of Toronto and Gaylene Allan of Winnipeg; grandchildren Cindy Allan and Trina Allan, both of Winnipeg; great grandchildren Liam, Maeve, Rowan and Aubrey; sister Margaret Bembridge (Stanley); brother Milton Ritchie and a large extended family. A funeral service will be held at Lakeview United Church, 3200 McCallum Avenue, Regina, SK on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dave Eskdale officiating.
BADOWICH - Edward Joe, husband of Irene Badowich of Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, formerly of Bredenbury, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was seventy eight years of age. Edward Badowich was born on June 30, 1931 in Brandon, Manitoba, the middle son of Frank and Lily Badowich (nee Olenic). Ed moved to Bredenbury in 1941 and later found work with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He met then married Irene Hnatiuk on July 7th, 1961. They had four children, Carrie, Deborah, Frank, and Daniel. Ed remained a steadfast fixture with the CP rail in Bredenbury, serving as a Carman Mechanic for 38 years. Other jobs he held included butcher, electrical repairman, and musician. Ed also possessed a creative streak which led to innovations and projects seen in many aspects of his life. Ed's unending dedication to supporting and providing for his family's well-being led to an extremely devoted lifestyle with regards to his work ethic. Additionally, Ed was very devoted to the community of Bredenbury, serving as a mayor, town councillor, recreation board member, school board member, and a life time membership with the Bredenbury Lion's Club. He also was deeply involved with the Bredenbury Golf club as well as helping with the Bredenbury Curling club. Ed's creative nature led to him being a driving force behind Bredenbury's renowned Christmas lights show. His great love of music also led to participation in the church choir. Family and enjoying the outdoors were always a priority for Ed. The Badowich family often enjoyed camping and travelling whenever the opportunity presented itself. The Badowich family possessed several pets and Ed, a strong nature lover, bonded keenly with those as well. In his leisure time, Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, curling, cards, and exploring numerous camp sites with his family. Ed was a kind, humble, huge hearted man who earned respect by his actions and involvement. His love of family was demonstrated in the quiet pride he felt in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Always, he wished to be kept abreast of community and family events and his desire to contribute never diminished. Ed possessed courage and strength and persevered through many challenges both emotional as well as physical. As a father, he was a strong example of fortitude, leadership, wisdom, respect, and patience. As a husband, he was steadfast, supporting, and loving to Irene. Ed's sense of humour was always a persistent characteristic, and he could always make light of the most difficult situations. Ed always cared for those around him, he brought his sense of humour and joy of life to all those privileged to know him. Ed was predeceased by parents, Frank and Lily Badowich; brothers, Barney, brother, John and sister in law, Jane; father-in-law, Matthew Hnatiuk; and step-father Bolislav Naronowitz. Ed leaves to mourn and celebrate his life, his loving wife of forty eight years, Irene of Bredenbury, SK; his four children, Carrie (Stan) Lewchuk of Spokane, WA; Deb (Terry) Bulitz of Yorkton, SK; Frank (Josie) Badowich of Bradford, ON; and Daniel (Edralin) Badowich of Toronto, ON; his sister, Charlotte Badowich of Kelowna, BC; his mother-in-law, Dora Hnatuik of Bredenbury, SK; his beloved grandchildren include Christopher and Emily Lewchuk, Drew, Alaira and Jade Bulitz and Anthony and Alexandra Badowich; Also mourning Ed's passing are his nieces and nephews, his very close in-laws Billy and Alice Schuster of Saltcoats, SK Keith and Flo Welch of Red Deer, AB, Alan and Sandra Hnatiuk of Yorkton, SK; and many, many beloved friends, caregivers and members of the community. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury with Rev. Chang Lee and Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Lorne Neil with members of the Knox United Church choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Tributes and words of remembrance were given by Ed's children, Carrie, Deborah, Frank and Daniel. Ed's wife, Irene and sister, Charlotte served as the urnbearers. Honourary bearers were members of the Bredenbury Lions Club. A reception followed at the Bredenbury Community Hall.
BARNHART - Sophia (nee Verhoeven) December 29, 1916 - April 1, 2007. On Sunday, April 1, 2007, Sophia Barnhart passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Sophia was predeceased by her loving husband Jim, her parents and her siblings. She will be forever loved and sadly missed by her two sons, Gordon (Naomi) of Regina and George (Bonnie) of Victoria; by grandchildren David (Shannon), Sarah (Drew), Jason, Meghan and Alyssa, and her great grandchildren Brenna, Teigan, and Emerson and her brother in law Robert. Sophia was born in Moergestel, Noord Brabant, Netherlands in 1916 and came to Saskatchewan with her family at age 8 to farm near Tuffnel. She married Jim Barnhart of Saltcoats in 1937 and they raised two sons in Saltcoats. She was trained as a legal secretary and was happily married to Jim for 62 years. She devoted her life to and was so proud of her two sons and their families. We extend our thanks for the special care Sophia received at the Centennial Special Care Home in Esterhazy. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 20, 2007 from the Saltcoats United Church.
BARTEL - Richard “Clifford” was born January 25, 1941 at Giroux, MB. to Ben and Agnes (nee Penner) Bartel. He peacefully fell asleep surrounded by his family on July 29, 2009 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats, SK. reaching the age of 68 years. He spent his growing up years on a farm in Greenland, MB with his parents, six brothers, and three sisters. At the age of 14, he gave his heart to the Lord, and was baptized into the church of God in Christ Mennonite on Nov 13, 1955 by Min John M. Penner. He remained faithful to these vows to the end. On Feb 10, 1967 he was married to Vivian Wohlgemuth at Greenland, Manitoba. They shared a happy life together for forty two years and were blessed with two sons and five daughters. Dad was a drywaller for many years, working in Winnipeg and surrounding area with some of his brothers and a few others who became very dear friends to him. In 1977 Dad bought a farm at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan and moved his family there. He loved life on the farm, and particularly enjoyed raising cows. Farming wasn’t always easy, so for many years he worked out to help make ends meet. Dad was a busy man, but he took time for his family, often playing lively games after supper, and coming in for coffee after the children got home from school. He was always interested in how our day had gone, and we never found it hard to communicate with him. He laughed easily, made friends easily, and was not one to look for faults in others. In Nov of 2000 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and his health gradually declined over the next years. Then in 2007 he was also diagnosed with a type of dementia which clouded his mind somewhat. He spent the last eight months of his life in the Lakeside Manor Care Home in the excellent care of the loving staff there, and the steady, loving care of his dear wife. Even to the last he was an inspiration to those around him, usually cheerful, and often breaking forth into singing. Eighteen months ago Dad had a special experience where the Lord drew very near and gave him a new assurance of salvation. We are assured that he has gone to be with his Saviour whom he loved. Those left to treasure many fond memories are; his loving wife, Vivian; seven children, Tracey and Ronnie Schneider, Century, Florida; Colin and Michelle, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; Ruth and Stewart Goossen, Stenen, Saskatchewan; Candace and John Wohlgemuth, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; David and Elaine, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; Sandra, Ste Anne, Manitoba; Jeanette and Heath Tilton, Iroquois, South Dakota; and twenty two grand children. Also left to mourn are his nine brothers and sisters, Gladwin and Audrey, Parksville, BC; Lorrina and Levi Boehs, Linden, AB; Jake and Lorraine, Nanoose Bay, BC; Eldon and Paulina, Benito, MB; Bert and Louise, White Rock, BC; Fred and Gladys, Greenland, MB; Margaret and Melvin Warkentin, Greenland, MB; Adeline and Dewayne Warkentin, Greenland, MB; Larry and Connie, Norquay, SK; three brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law with their spouses, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law and two sisters-in-law. A Service of Comfort for family and friends was held on Sunday, August 2, 2009 from the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 3, 2009 from the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Saltcoats, Sask. The interment followed in the adjoining Cemetery.
BAUER - Doreen Joyce (nee Bradford) Holtby Bauer (1929 - 2013). Doreen was born in Saltcoats, Sask. on December 9, 1929. She was one of three children. In 1948, she married Kenneth Holtby of Melville, Saskatchewan and had two daughters Yvonne and Heather. Doreen and Ken lived in Melville where she was involved with the First United Church, Eastern Star, Rebecca's, St. John's Ambulance, and Casualty Simulation. When Ken died, Doreen made her home in North Battleford where she was employed with the Canadian Armed Forces as an instructor. It was with this employment that she then met Leonard Bauer and they married and settled in Saskatoon becoming semi retired and spending much time at Little Bear Lake. Retirement was a word that Doreen did not find sitting well, but being that she could not convince Len to travel the world, she perused a host of charity organizations that would occupy her time. The Council of Aging, Arthritis Society, a volunteer patient for the first year medical students and the Meri-misfits. Doreen's life took a major hit when she had a stroke in 2008 and she lost her ability to speak. She would not give up her independence and fought back with many hours of therapy at Park Ridge Rehab Centre speech therapy at City Hospital. The will to endure independently was so strong that with the aid of Home Care, she was able to return to a robust life and the family almost required an appointment to see her. In 2011, another stroke made it necessary for Doreen to be placed in a long term care home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan where Yvonne could have close proximity to her care. Doreen is survived by daughters Yvonne Hahn, Heather Lewchuk, and step-children Lucille Roscher, Doug Bauer, and Donna Johnson and their families. We the family are so appreciative for all the care and kindness shown to Doreen and her family during her last years. A Liturgy of the Word Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (222 Willow Street, Saskatoon, SK) Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
BECKER - Florence (nee Leichert). On Friday, September 21, 2001, Florence Becker, late of Regina, passed away at the age of 85 years. Florence was born June 13, 1916. She married Alfred Becker in June of 1936, living just outside of Bredenbury, SK where Alfred worked on the railroad. In 1945 they moved to Yorkton and then to Calgary in 1962. Alfred passed away in 1973 and Florence remained in Calgary until 1991 when she moved to Regina. She spent her last eight years in the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre where she was close to her family and received loving care from the staff. Predeceased by her husband Alfred; her parents Edward and Molly Leichert; one brother Walter Leichert and his wife Ena; one niece Darlene Ruttig. Florence is survived by her children, Ed of Kamloops, BC, daughter-in-law Doreen of Regina, SK, Anna (Roy) Howden of Regina, SK, Elsie (Don) McDougall of Calgary, AB, Molly (Reg) Durocher of Prince Albert, SK, John (Kim) of Winfield, BC, Stan (Sandy) of Kamloops, BC, Louise Hanson of Prince Albert, SK and son-in-law Randy Hanson of Prince Albert, SK; brother Reinald Leichert of Yorkton, SK; sister Ruth (Lee) Aiken of Vernon, BC; as well as twenty-four grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and many other relatives and good friends. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Ave. with Dale Schultz and Jim Atcheson officiating. A further service and the interment will take place in Calgary, AB on Tuesday.
BENNETT - Helen Millicent “Lenore” (nee Shearer) was born on September 2, 1922, the only daughter of John and Harriet (nee Pickering) Shearer of the Cut Arm District of Saskatchewan. She began her education at Cut Arm School and later attended High School in Bredenbury. Money was scarce at that time so she was unable to pursue any further formal education. Being the only girl in a family with three brothers, Ivan, Lloyd and Grant, and having a very enthusiastic, sports minded father, Lenore took part in many sporting activities. She was a runner and an avid ball player in her younger years, a curler and a golfer into her eighties. Lenore was very proud of her curling abilities and the fact that she skipped her team to a South Saskatchewan Curling title in 1955. Lenore worked at Trembley’s Store in Bredenbury until 1954 when she gained employment in the Bredenbury Post Office. She became the Post Master in 1964, a position she held and enjoyed until her retirement in 1988. Lenore was united in marriage to Douglas Blaine Bennett on July 3, 1945 in Bredenbury and on October 22, 1949 they welcomed their only child, “Verda Marie”. Lenore was very active in the community as well as being very knowledgeable about all that Bredenbury had to offer, she was very proud of her community. She loved to tell people about the best lit little town at Christmas and encouraged one and all to come and visit Bredenbury during the holiday season. In the community, Lenore served as a school board trustee, a volunteer for the figure skating club and the hockey rink. She also belonged to the Seniors’ Club, The Busy Bees and the Town Hall Committee. In her church, she was an Explorer Leader, a 20 year C.G.I.T. Leader, a UCW member and their treasurer. Lenore became a Grandmother in 1971 and a Great-Grandmother in 2000. Her focus on life changed and gave her a new kind of bragging rights. She loved to take the grandkids on holidays, like their trip to California to meet their Great-Uncle Peter as well as to Disneyland or just to the lake to go camping with friends and family. Simply being able to see and enjoy her great-grandsons at Moose Jaw and at the farm was a bonus beyond words. An avid traveler, Lenore enjoyed touring with friends to Alaska, the Maritimes and the West Coast as well as following her favorite curling teams to the Scott Tournament of Hearts, the Brier and the Olympic Curling trials. Lenore’s very active life came to an abrupt halt on February 5, 2007 when she suffered an extensive stroke. Her illness necessitated a move into the Yorkton & District Nursing Home on April 5, 2007 and on April 26, 2007, surrounded by the love of her family, she passed away. Lenore was predeceased by her husband, Doug; her parents, John and Harriet; her brothers, Lloyd and Ivan; her sister-in-law, Bertha and brother-in-law, Sterling. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her daughter, Verda (Earl) Upshall; her grandchildren, Kathy (Chad) Morash and Bryan (Bonnie) Upshall; her Great-Grandsons, Cole and Porter Morash and Bennett Upshall; her brother, Grant (Fay) Shearer, sister-in-law, Lorna Veitch as well as her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from Knox United Church in Bredenbury. The interment will follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
BERGER - Marjorie Berger (nee Delday) passed away at Regency Manor in Central Butte on December 18, 2013. Marjorie was born August 24, 1913 in Bredenbury, SK. She and Anton owned and operated Bergerís Locker Plant in Chaplin in the late 1950's and 1960's and later the Hotel at Nut Mountain. Marjorie enjoyed travel, both on her own and with Anton. Predeceased by her parents, Jack and Nellie Delday and her husband Anton Berger, Marjorie is survived by her son Francis (Judy) and family: Nicole (Mark) Hopp and their son Bennett, Daryl (Pamela) Berger, and their twin sons Leland and Anderson; daughter Charlotte (Richard) Knight and family: Christopher Hingston, and Pamla Hingston (Kevin). In keeping with Marjorieís wishes, there will be no funeral service. Private family memorialization will take place at a later date.
BILTON - Thomas Robert. With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Thomas "Tom" Bilton on September 29th 2009 at the age of 87 years. He passed away at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home and as in life, his loving and beloved wife Joyce was by his side. Thomas was born in the county of Dumfries, Scotland on July 12th 1922 to Thomas, Sr. and Jessie Bilton. In October 1923, he immigrated with his mother and sister, Georgina “Ena” to Canada, where he grew up in the Chatsworth District. Tom made a living working on various farms throughout the Chatsworth and Barvas areas along with winter work in logging camps until 1950, when he received a position at the Saltcoats Co-Op running the bulk station. Tom remained in that position for more than 19 years. In 1953, on August 8th, Tom married Joyce Ridley, the daughter of Margaret and Ernest Ridley, in Saltcoats at the home of Ted and Gertie Trowel. Nearly eight years later on June 14th they welcomed their only son, Larry Thomas. In 1969, Tom and his family moved to Winnipeg where he began working for Richardson Manufacturing and later for Canadian Tire. The family moved again three years later to Yorkton where Tom worked for Coke Bottling before moving to a position with United Feeds for seven years. Tom finished his working career with SaskTel the age of 65 in 1987. Through the years Tom has been a very active member of the communities he lived in and always ready to give a hand where needed. He and Joyce were some of the first members of the Saltcoats square dancing club. Tom was also a volunteer fireman for the Saltcoats fire department and a member of the Saltcoats School Board and later in retirement he was an active member of the SaskTel Pioneers. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Sr. and Jessie, his brother, Derek, sister, Georgina Liechert, sister-in- law, Eileen Thorpe and brothers-in-laws, Elwyen Magnusson, Walter Liechert and Frederick Willis. Tom is leaving behind his wife, Joyce, his son, Larry, his daughter-in-law, Ghislaine “Gigi”, his two grandchildren, Megan and Brayden, as well as his sisters-in-law, Minnie Bilton, Gladys Gray, Maree Willis, Gertie Magnusson and Rene Thorpe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton. A Reception will follow in the Gunn Room at Christie's Funeral Home. A Private Family Cremation Committal will take place at a later date.
BIRNS - Jennie was born on December 4, 1919. Died on August 18, 2007. It is with sadness, yet comfort that we mourn and celebrate the passing of Jennie Birns. She was a good wife, a compassionate, dedicated and caring mother, an incredible and thoughtful grandmother, a wonderful great grandmother, a good natured and generous friend and most of all an amazing human being. She was the centre and binding force of our family. She never missed a birthday, an anniversary, or especially a holiday or any reason to celebrate the family and the human spirit. She was, in summary, a lady who cared deeply about her family. She protected, advised and embraced each and every member of the family, past and present with a warm and happy heart. She brought laughter, thoughtfulness and a sense of belonging to both family and friends, who entered her home or life. We are proud to be associated with and privileged to have had this woman in our lives. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Her son, Allen is especially thankful to her for dedicating so many years to his well being and comfort. Allen gives a special Amen to his mother. Her husband, Joe (George); her sons, Harve (Carol) and Allen; her grandchildren, Bill (Heather), Michele (Garth) and Brian (Kim); her great grandchildren, Amber, Kody, Dylan, Madison Jennie and Kieran; her special daughter-in-law, Bev; her remaining sisters, Helen and Francis; her sisters-in-law, Mary and Betty, Loretta; her brothers-in-law, Russ and Earl, the rest of her family and extended families will miss her greatly and also wish her all the joys and peace of the next incredible adventure that awaits her passing. She is now with her sisters, Stella and her great granddaughter, Amadea; her parents and many more family that have gone before. On behalf of Jennie; her husband, Joe; sons, Harve and Allen would like to take this opportunity to thank all the home care personnel and caregivers for their dedication to Allen and the happy times at their home. Also, the family would like to thank the staff at City Hospital for their caring and support. The family and close friends will celebrate her passing on Wednesday, August, 22, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at a private gathering. Cards and thoughts of kindness are much appreciated. Jennie was raised in Bredenbury, SK where she met her husband. Joe and Jennie spent 74 years together, getting married in Niagara, ON before he was shipped out to serve his country in WWII. She moved back to Bredenbury and after the war they moved to Fort San (Fort Qu'Appelle) SK on Echo Lake where they worked at the TB Sanitorium and raised their family. They moved to Saskatoon, SK in 1966 where they both continued to work for the Anti -T.B League until their retirements. She will be put to rest in Bredenbury with other family members.
BJORNERUD - Jessie Elizabeth Bjornerud was born on October 25, 1923 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, the daughter of George and Edith (nee Bavis) Derbyshire. Jessie was united in marriage to Ken Bjornerud on October 11, 1941. In 1948, Jessie and Ken moved to their farm east of Saltcoats with their two children, Sharon and Bob. In the late 1950's, Jessie and Ken purchased the Laketown Café in Saltcoats while continuing to farm. In 1979, Jessie and Ken built their home on Crescent Lake Road. Jessie and Ken took great pleasure in being involved in their grandchildren’s lives. Jessie was their most ardent and vocal fan. All those who knew Jessie, would agree that when you finished meeting or visiting with her, you always knew her opinion, whether you agreed with it or not. Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Ken; her parents, George and Edith; her sisters, Gertie (Joe) Walters and Lila (Norman) Fernwalt; her brother, Jim Derbyshire and sister-in-law, Clarice Derbyshire. She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Sharon (Jackson) of Las Vegas; her son, Bob (Joan) of Saltcoats; her grandchildren, Sharlene Olson of Lethbridge, AB and her son, Christian, Grant (Laurie Ann) Bjornerud of Yorkton and their children, Mackenzie and Brady; Garnet Bjornerud of Yorkton, Jodi (Guy) of Eston and her children, Austin and Lauren; Pat Bjornerud of Yorkton; her brother, George Derbyshire of Kelvington as well as many other relatives and friends. A Grave Side memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
BJORNERUD - Kenneth Irving was born on December 10, 1918 in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, the son of John and Dora (nee Chapman) Bjornerud. The family moved to Rose Valley in 1934. Ken was united in marriage with Jessie Derbyshire of Kelvington on October 11, 1941. Ken also joined the Armed Forces in 1941, serving in Canada and overseas, until 1945. Upon returning home, Ken drove fuel truck in Kelvington for three years. In 1948, Ken and Jessie moved to their farm east of Saltcoats, with their two children, Sharon and Bob. In the late 1950's, Ken and Jessie purchased the Laketown Cafe, while continuing to farm. Ken was actively involved in the community, belonging to various organizations. He was a town councillor from 1967-1971 and served as Mayor from 1974 - 1976 as well as being involved in the construction of both the skating and curling rinks. In 1979, Ken and Jessie built their home on Crescent Lake Road, while Ken continued to help on the family farm. Ken took great pleasure in being involved in his grandchildren's lives. He travelled the province, enjoying their accomplishments in both ball and hockey. Ken was predeceased by his parents, John and Dora; his brothers, Herb and Verne and his sister, Dorothy; his sisters-in-law, Gertie Walters, Lyla Fernwalt and Clarice Derbyshire and brother-in-law, Jim Derbyshire. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 64 years, Jessie; his daughter, Sharon (Jackson) of Las Vegas; his son, Bob (Joan) of Saltcoats; his grandchildren, Grant (Laurie Ann) of Yorkton and their children, Mackenzie and Brady, Garnet of Yorkton, Jodi (Guy) of Eston and her children, Austin and Lauren, Sharlene Olson of Vancouver and her son, Christian; Pat Bjornerud of Saltcoats; brother-in-law, George Derbyshire of Kelvington and many other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 from Lakeside Manor Care Home with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Mrs. Datema also accompanied the soloist, Linda Cross as she sang two selections. The cremation committal followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
BLOMMAERT - Frances Cyrila (nee Fehrenbach), beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. Mom was born in the Saltcoats area, May 30, 1916, daughter of Cosmas and Jessie Fehrenbach. Mom and Dad (Omer) were married on November 8, 1939. They farmed northeast of Yorkton in the Mapleside district. Mom worked closely with Dad to establish a successful mixed farming operation, including 20 years of pedigreed seed growing, livestock and gardening. Mom's culinary talents were recognized by all those who just happened to pass by our home at meal time. In 1960 our parents retired from farming and made their new home in Yorkton. This allowed Mom more time to pursue her hobbies such as gardening, fishing with friends, bowling, knitting and playing cards. Mom was a member of the United Church and a member of St. Andrew's U.C.W. serving on the U.C.W. executive as secretary and president of three units. In 1971 Mom and Dad established a winter home in Weslaco, Texas, where they developed some of their best friendships. Dad died in 1986 and until 1993 Mom continued to spend her winters in Weslaco. Mom's most memorable activities in Weslaco were shuffleboard, dancing, card playing, her readings and participating in the Canadian Programs. In 1994 Mom moved into Victoria Court in Yorkton. Here she made many new friends and became involved as President of the Yorkton Retired Citizens Group that meet weekly at St. Gerard's Church. With failing health in 2003, Mom became a resident of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home where she resided until her passing. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Omer; her parents, Cosmas and Jessie Fehrenbach; her brother, Jack Fehrenbach; her sisters, Mabel Neal and Cosette Wiley. She is survived by sisters, Marjorie Miller and Barbara Wilson; her daughter, Elaine (Glen) Hass of Saskatoon; her son, Ken (Pat) Blommaert of Regina; her grandchildren, Carol ( Bob) Meister of Gull Lake, Darryl (Susan) Hass of Calgary, Todd (Teresa) Blommaert of Regina, Scott Blommaert of Calgary and Kelly (Dave) Kotzer of Regina; her great-grandchildren, Jessica and Ben Meister, Glendon, Kathleen and Elizabeth Hass and Ethyn Kotzer as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Mom will always be remembered for her apple pies, brownies, cinnamon buns, knitted afghans and above all for her love of her family. In accordance with Frances' wishes a private family service of remembrance will take place at a later date.
BRADFORD - May. With sadness in our hearts, but a lifetime of wonderful memories, Don and Lynn announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, May Bradford, age 87, on April 23rd, 2009 at Saskatoon City Hospital. As was Mom's wish, a memorial service and inurnment will be held in Saltcoats Cemetery at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful care provided to Mom by Saskatoon Palliative Home Care, City Hospital nurses of 3300 and the Palliative Care team at City Hospital.
BRADSHAW - Buddig (nee Jones) was born on February 2, 1912 at Bangor, Sask; a daughter of Gomer and Elizabeth Jones. Buddig attended school in Bangor for a couple of years before moving north of Bangor, where she attended Llewellyn School to Grade 10. Buddig completed her high school education in Saskatoon at Bedford Road Collegiate while living with her older sister Ceinwen. She then began teachers training at the Saskatoon Normal School (Teachers College). After graduation she moved back to the farm and began teaching at Llewellyn School, and then at Aston School. On January 5, 1939 she was united in marriage to Bill Bradshaw in Saskatoon. Bill and Buddig farmed in the Saltcoats district and Buddig taught at Aston, Boakview and Peachview Schools. In 1960 they retired from farming and teaching and moved to Yorkton where Bill opened a sign painting shop. She became an active member of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Buddig was a very gentle, caring person, who always concerned herself with others. She enjoyed her home, garden, spending time with family and friends and especially her grandchildren. She was also an avid reader and did so until the end of her life. Following the death of Bill in September of 1999, Buddig maintained her independence for a few years until her health began to decline, at which time she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home for about one and a half years, and at the time of her passing on May 31st had been a resident of the Dauphin Personal Care Home. Besides her husband, Buddig was predeceased by her parents Gomer and Elizabeth Jones; brothers Bill, Ben and Elvid Jones; sisters Eirwen Houle, Ceinwen Williams, and Lynn Bridgen. Buddig leaves to cherish her memory her two children and their families: son Barry (Bev) of Good Spirit Acres and their two sons: Dean (Janice) Bradshaw and daughters Sarah and Megan of Kelowna; and Rick (Maureen) Bradshaw and daughters Emily, Erica and Claire of Yorkton; daughter Janice (Tony) Kotyk of Dauphin, and their two daughters: Tammy deGroot of Winnipeg, and Jamie Kotyk (fiancé Adam Hansson) of Spruce Woods, MB. Also one sister: Eunice Purtell of Kingston, ON; two brothers: Lloyd Jones of Saskatoon and Albert (Lillian) Jones of Surrey BC; a sister-in-law: Rose Bradshaw of Yorkton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends. Cremation took place at Bailey's Memorial Gardens Crematorium. The memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 from the Family Centre at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Mr. Mel Keeble of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. The interment took place in the family plot in the Garden of St. Mark with grandson Dean Bradshaw serving as the urnbearer. At the funeral reception following the interment son-in-law Tony Kotyk gave a tribute to Buddig and offered thanks on behalf of the family.
BRITTON - Mary (nee Irwin) February 18, 1916 - May 3, 2010. It is with great sorrow that the family of Mary Britton announces her passing in Regina, SK. at the age of 94 years. Mom was born in Saltcoats, Sask, the fourth of seven children, and moved with her family to Regina when she was a young child. She attended Victoria School and graduated from Balfour Technical School, where she was an accomplished athlete particularly in basketball and track and field. She was married in 1940 and enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage while raising three children. Mom loved all sports, participating in many in her younger years and watching them on television as years flew by. She spent countless hours throwing footballs to her grandkids in the back yard and shooting "sockey" pucks at them from her chair in the living room to the makeshift goal in her kitchen! Mom's kitchen was a welcome spot for family, friends and neighbours who often stopped by for tea, a visit (and hopefully a taste of her fresh baked chocolate chip cookies). She always prepared enough food for an extra plate or two should impromptu guests arrive. Mom took great pride in her home, her yard and her flower beds! How she enjoyed sharing an icy lemonade with visitors on her patio on a hot summer afternoon! Mom had a soft spot in her heart for all God's creatures. She opened her home to everyone and everyone's furry friends. She fed her beloved backyard sparrows every day. She cherished her visits with the fluffy alpacas at Ring Ranch. Mom was a loving and supportive wife, a strong family matriarch, a most cherished mother, and a proud, devoted grandma to all her grandchildren. She was a kind, loyal friend and a dependable neighbour. We will all miss her. Mary is survived by her son Robert (Charlien); daughters Betty (Arthur) Shaw and Bernie (Deryl) Ring; grandchildren Michael Shaw (Joanne Steeves), Jeremy Ring, Chrissy Ring, Rob Britton, Jenna Britton and Korie Moxham; great grandson Haaken; sister Isabel Waters; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Henry 'Hank' Britton; parents Mary (nee Morrison) and Albert Irwin; brothers Les (Audrey), Peter (Joan), William and Joe (Ruth); and sister Jean (Ken) Abram. The family would like to thank the staff of Parkside Extendicare and William Booth Special Care Home for their care and compassion. At Mary's request there will be a private family interment at a later date.
BROWN - Walter George Brown, born June 23, 1925 at the home farm at Saltcoats, Sask, passed away November 26, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Well known to many, Watty lived in the Saltcoats District all of his life. He was the son of Alexander and Isabella (Grieve) Brown. Only brother to Jessie, Peggy, Bell and May. Watty was schooled to Grade 8 at Castleton after which he took up farming with his father. For many years Watty laid seed to earth, reaping golden harvests. He sold the farm and moved to the town of Saltcoats. Always a frugal Scot, Watty built his new home from the lumber of an old building. A new home as strong and true as the carpenter. Watty was a quiet gentle man. Always a little shy but generous with a smile, laugh or story. He had many friends. Although Watty spent all of his years close to home, he did travel a little - going to Alaska, B.C and through the mountains. Watty enjoyed working with wood, creating new pieces or refinishing old. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed gardening and many people will know he always grew the biggest and best potatoes. Watty had a firm belief and abiding faith. He went peacefully to his final rest leaving to mourn his sisters, Isabel (Nick) Martinuk and May Wiley. He will be remembered fondly by nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Saltcoats United Church. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
BRUCE - Gordon Robert was born September 25, 1951, the youngest of four children born to Robert and Eleanor Bruce of Saltcoats, Sask. Gordon moved to Regina in his early 20's to work for Dominion Bridge Iron Workers and mainly worked in Uranium City. He worked in this capacity until 1983 and then moved home to the family farm with his three children. Gordon shared a mixed farming operation with his Father until his retirement and following continued to farm until 1997. He then went back to the steel business and was employed with JSI Construction erecting concrete elevators. Gord worked numerous other jobs before going to work for EMW Ltd. in Saltcoats and was known for his hard work and perseverance. There wasn't any job he wouldn't tackle and there was nothing broken that he would not try to fix. He was very proud of his children and his grandchildren. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Eleanor Bruce; his sister, Jean Buchan and great nephew, Justin Taylor. He leaves to celebrate his life a daughter, Candace (Trent) Hagerman and grandsons, Brett and Zachary all of Moose Jaw; his son, Gordon Bruce Jr. and grandchildren, Emma-Leigh and Brady all of Moose Jaw; his son and best bud, Jonathon Bruce of Saskatoon; sisters, Connie (Linton) Taylor of Bredenbury and Bernice (Kent) Graham of Bredenbury as well as many other relatives, special nieces, nephews and friends. In accordance with Gordon's wishes a Grave Side Service was held for family and close friends on Saturday, May 27, 2006 with Mr. Fred Nicholson officiating. Gordon's daughter, Candace Hagerman read the 23rd Psalm and words of remembrance were shared by Ewen Morrison.
BRUCE - Margaret Dennison (nee Tulloch) passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at the Regina General Hospital. She was 81 years of age. Margaret was born on June 19, 1925, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (nee Mowat) Tulloch in the Chatsworth District of Saskatchewan. She grew up in the district until 1941 when at the age of 16, Marg moved with her family to Toronto. During the war years, Marg supported the war effort by working in variety of factories. In 1946, Marg returned to Chatsworth, married Len Bruce and the couple settled on the Bruce family farm. Marg and Len remained on the farm until their retirement in 2000 when they moved into the town of Saltcoats. Marg loved the farm and the country way of life, and worked side by side with Len in the fields and barns. Marg also enjoyed her gardening, pickling and berry picking. These were skills she passed on to her daughter-in-law, who being from the city, did not have much knowledge of such things. Marg was a very active member of the Chatsworth Curling Club where she served in many positions including President, Secretary and Treasurer. Well known for her hospitality, Marg could get the coffee pot on in hurry, especially if someone stopped by to play cards. Marg was predeceased by her husband, Len; her eldest son, Sam; her parents, Robert and Margaret; her brothers, Robbie and Tommy Tulloch and her sisters, Annie Herron and Eleanor Bruce. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her daughter, Linda (Brian) Holmes and their children, Jenn (Ryan) Turner, Shannon (Jason) Frohlick and Ian Holmes; her daughter, Gail (Garry) Kruger and their children, Kelsey Kruger and Chad (Debbie) Kruger; and her son, Terry (Gayle) Bruce and their children, Kyle and Alanna Bruce as well as her great-grandchildren, Chloe Turner, Ethan and Jacob Frohlick and Cody and Austin Kruger and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
BRUNER - Clyne. It is with sadness that the family announces the death of Clyne Bruner of Colonsay, SK at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon on Thursday, October 16, 2003 at the age of 77 years. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Acadia Drive Funeral Chapel. He leaves to mourn his wife, Magdalene, his four children, Tom Bruner (Lana) and their children Stephanie and Steven; Jenny Seto (Ken) and their children Samuel, Anthony, Bryce and Carter; Mary Johnson and her children Brandy (great grandson Dylan), Samantha; Howard (Karen) and their children Tamara and Teaneaka; his brothers, Vern (Lee) and Garvin (Kay); his sisters, Isabelle and Grace; and sister-in-law, Theresa; as well as Magdalene's children, Iris (Jim) Rugg, Gerald (Janice) Sander, Eric (Erna) Sander, Garry (Shelly) Sander and their families. Clyne was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He spent time farming in Boissevain, Manitoba where he met and married Bertha Bolam, the mother of his children. They moved to Virden where he worked as a mechanic. Later, after Bertha's passing, he met Magdalene and moved to Colonsay where he lived until his passing. Clyne had a great sense of humour and always had a joke to tell. He had a great passion for playing cards and he loved to dance and fish until his health no longer allowed him. He had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was an active member of the Colonsay Seniors Club. He will be greatly missed. Interment will take place at Colonsay Cemetery.
BUCHAN - Marlaine Helen Jean (nee Bruce). On Sunday, January 16, 2005, Marlaine Helen Jean Buchan, late of Regina, SK, passed away at the age of 60 years. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Eleanor. She is survived by her husband Lowen; daughters Judy (Kevin) Lieb of Regina and Tracy (Dwayne) Dunville of Regina; son Scott (Jordana) Buchan of Regina; brother Gordon Bruce of Saltcoats, SK; sisters Bernice (Kent) Graham of Bredenbury, SK and Connie (Lint) Taylor of Bredenbury, SK; grandchildren Jacob and Jenessa as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jean, devoted wife and mother, worked as a nurse's aide at Pioneer Village for 25 years. She was an avid gardener and took pride in her annual crop of flowers each summer. She took delight in her two grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. in Broadway United Church, 105 Broadway Avenue, Regina, SK with Rev. Jim Balfour and Ken Buchan, officiating.
BURFITT - Edna Louise (nee Lee) was born May 9, 1917 on the Lee homestead, north of Waldron, Sask. Edna was the first daughter (third of nine children) born to Walter and Della (nee Maddaford) Lee. She grew up on the family farm in the Peachview district and attended school at Peachview. Due to the work load on the family farm, she left school to assist her parents with daily chores, especially in the care of her younger brothers and sisters. She loved sports, especially softball and as the catcher for her school team, she met Steve Burfitt, the catcher for the Crescent school team. She and Steve were married on March 20, 1940, in Melville, Saskatchewan. Steve’s military service had the young couple move to Calgary, Alberta, where their first child, Gordon H. was born in 1943. Upon Steve’s discharge from the service in 1944, they moved back to Saskatchewan to the Burfitt farm in the Crescent district, where their second child, Donald Garry was born in 1945. In the fall of 1945, they moved to their own farm in the Boakeview district, just west of Saltcoats. In 1952, they welcomed their third child, Donna Lee. Edna was a hard worker and helped with all aspects of their mixed farm operation as well as being a homemaker. They resided on the farm until 1974, when they semi-retired and moved into Saltcoats. They always had an open door and loving heart for their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as the many relatives and friends who came to visit. Upon the death of her husband in 1977, Edna continued her independence, despite health problems that made life difficult. She moved to Lakeside Manor Care Home in 2000, where she received the wonderful care and attention that allowed her to be comfortable and semi-independent. Not a quitter, Edna passed away peacefully on April 15, 2007. Edna was predeceased by her husband, Steve; her parents, Walter and Della; her brothers, George (Shorty), Charles (Rile), Albert (Bus), Walter (Bud); her sister, Ivy; brothers-in-law, Jerry Ward and Al Hudson; sisters-in-law, Mary Lee, May Lee, Doris Lee, Anne Lee and Jean Burfitt. Edna leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory; her sons, Gordon (Jackie), Donald (Shirley); her daughter, Donna (Arden) Bradford; her grandchildren, Niki (Jeff), Jacki (Jay), J.V. (Howie), Alison (Brooks), Jill, Kim (Dwayne), Cullen (Marni), Ben, Logan (Janna), Mason (Cassie), Steven (Thalia); her great-grandchildren, Kali, Breanna, Katie, Garrett, Hunter, Haylee, Kylie, Kaycee, Brennen, Julia, Tailynn. She is also remembered by her brothers, Robert (Janet), James (Jackie); her sister, Mildred; sister-in-law, Erma Lee; brother-in-law, Joseph Burfitt; daughters-in-law, Gaylene Burfitt, Mary Burfitt; and special extended family, Myrna Jenson, as well as many other relatives and good friends. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. from Saltcoats United Church. The Interment will follow at the Saltcoats Cemetery.
BURSTYK - Layce Nicole. On Thursday, February 15, 2007, Layce Nicole Burstyk beloved daughter of Myrna Bostock and the late Dana Burstyk, Saltcoats, Sask. died at the age of 16 years. The funeral service will be held in the Indian Head Memorial Hall, Indian Head, Sask. on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Sheila McLeod officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Head Cemetery. Layce was predeceased by her father Dana in 1991; her grandfather Robert Burstyk in 1985 and her grandmother, Mary MacKay in 1999. She is survived by her mother Myrna; her stepfather David Datema, Saltcoats; four sisters: Megan, Sarah, Shaunna, Tori and stepsister Sara Datema; two brothers Dana and Caeden and stepbrother Mitchell Datema; her grandmother Fanny Burstyk; her grandfather Robert Bostock and also her aunts, uncles, cousins and her many friends. A visitation for family and friends will be held in the Tubman Funeral Home, Indian Head, Sask., on Monday afternoon from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m
CAMPBELL - Lorraine (nee Speidel). It is with great sadness that the family of Lorraine Campbell of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan announce her sudden passing on Monday, February 11, 2008 at the Saskatoon City Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Lorraine Millicent Campbell was born on August 16, 1931, near Hubbard, Saskatchewan, the second oldest daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Speidel. In 1951, Lorraine was united in marriage to the love of her life, Oscar “Slim” Campbell at Bredenbury, Saskatchewan and they were blessed with four children. Lorraine was a homemaker, but also worked in various positions over the years, most recently as the receptionist for Dr. Rahaman. Lorraine loved her family, her church and her community. Her days were filled by spending time with her grandchildren - the activities were varied sometimes baking, gardening or tending flower beds and occasionally shooting basketball hoops - Lorraine usually won! An avid reader (especially while sitting outside), Lorraine also spent many hours knitting everything from the standard socks and afgans to dog sweaters. She enjoyed all sports - playing in her younger years and watching the games on T.V. in later on, especially keeping up with the latest curling competitions. Lorraine’s door was always open and she gladly welcomed visits from friends, family or neighbors and the opportunity to enjoy a game of scrabble (she couldn’t be beat!) or cards. Some of her other interests included music, bingo, camping and travelling. Lorraine was very involved in the Bredenbury community over the years. As well as being a member of the Bredenbury Hall Committee, she was a Legion Auxiliary member, helped out with minor sports, was a C.G.I.T. Mystery Grandmother and was on the Carnival Queen Committee. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Zamzow) Speidel; her step-father, Benjamin Chesney; her husband, Oscar “Slim” Campbell; her brothers-in-law, Norman Nelson and Adam, Jim and Bill Campbell. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her children and their families, Carol (Barry) Ritchie and their children, Sheldon and Shona (Clifton) Herman (and great-granddaughter, Charlie), Gary (Michelle) Campbell and their children, Terrie (Dwayne) and Logan, Colleen (Clive) Boomer, George (Carleen) Campbell and their children, Ryley and Kelsey; her sisters, Delores (Bert) Cross, Emma (Ray) Yanke, Eleanor (Roy) Haas; her brothers, Vernon Speidel, Ivan (Joan) Speidel; her sisters-in-law, Shirley (Davie) Walker and Bernice Perron as well as her nieces, nephews and many, many good friends. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury. The interment will follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery. Lorraine will be remembered for her positive attitude and the way she always made everyone feel special and loved. Her children would like to share this message with their mother: Mom, as our guide, we wish to express our sincere thanks during this difficult time, for your support, guidance and love . . . Carol, Gary, Colleen, George and our families
COCKS - Irene A. M. (nee Morphy) December 29, 1918 - March 7, 2006. Irene Cocks, late of Regina, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2006. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Catherine Morphy; her husband, Bob; sisters, Violet, Hazel and Dorothy; and brothers, Norman and Lyle. She will be missed and remembered by her daughter, Janet (Bud) Reinson of Buena Vista, SK; son, John of Ottawa, ON; three grandchildren, Scott (Ann Marie) Reinson, Susan Reinson and Aaron Cocks; three greatgrandchildren, Blake, Connor and Sydney Reison; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was born in Saltcoats, SK and received her schooling there. After living in Carnduff, Melville and Davidson, she and Bob moved to Regina in 1965. Irene was employed at Sears Catalogue Call Centre for 30+ years, loving every minute of it. During that time she acquired some life-long friends. She was an avid gardener and extremely proud of her 8 foot high sweetpeas and huge zucchinis! Other favourite pastimes included driving her sporty car, shopping, and cooking special Sunday dinners for family. Our sincere appreciation and thanks go to the caring and compassionate staff at Extendicare Parkside where Mom lived for the past five months. A Memorial Service will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Darrell Reine officiating. Private family interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
COOPER - Lenore. With heavy hearts, the family of Lenore Cooper announce her passing following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 80 years of age. Lenore was met at the gates of heaven by her husband, Les; her family, Pat and Olga (nee Reiman) O'Brien; Ralph O'Brien; Eileen and Dick Hall; Pat Hall as well as many members of Les' family. Also there to greet her with a pot of tea and the canasta cards were her very good friends, Frank and Helen Englot. Her children and their families were the centre of her world, Lenore gave everything she had for their well being and comfort. She leaves to mourn her passing, but to always celebrate her memory, her children, Bonnie (Geoff) Rushowick of Yorkton, SK, Irene (Warren) Englot of Katepwa Lake, SK, Kathy (Vern) Novak of Springside, SK and Bill Cooper of Preeceville, SK. She also leaves her grandchildren, James Rushowick and his fiance, Karla Hollowell, Patrick Rushowick and his fiance, Skye Ashcroft and Tessa Rushowick; Danielle (Tyler) McInnis and their children, Mikayla, Keaton, Carter, Mitchell and Helayna; Erin (Jason) Stusick and their children, Joshua, Samuel and Benjamin; Kyle Novak and Shelby Novak. Lenore will also be lovingly remembered by Terry and Pam Hall and their family, Shannon and Dan Varcoe and their family and by the family of Pat Hall. Funeral Services were held on Monday, October 17, 2011 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Milo Spooner Craig officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Lenore was remembered in tribute and eulogy by her Granddaughter, Erin Stusick. Lenore's grandson, Kyle Novak wrote words to a song in his Grandma's memory and they were shared with the congregation by her granddaughter, Shelby Novak. Following a luncheon in the Gunn Reception Room at Christie's Funeral Home, the interment took place in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with all of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren serving as the honourary and active pallbearers.
COWAN - Peggy (nee Bembridge) was born in Bredenbury, Sask. on September 26, 1924, the daughter of Arthur and Edna Bembridge. She was the fourth daughter in a family with three sisters and one brother. The family moved from Bredenbury to Kelloe, then to Churchbridge and settled again in Bredenbury in 1943. In June 1945, she married the love of her life, Glenn Cowan, and spent the rest of her 81 years in the community of Bredenbury, a town of which she was proud . While Glenn served in the Navy, Peggy worked in the Toronto Dominion Bank. After raising her family, she joined Glenn in the General Store which they operated for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Family always came first with Peggy. She loved her husband and four children deeply and unconditionally. This love grew to include her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was a true and caring friend and touched the hearts of many. Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Edna (nee: Walker) Bembridge; sisters, Alice Stewart, Ethel Thorvaldson and Thelma Wilson. She leaves to celebrate her life her husband of 60 years, Glenn Cowan; her children, Murray (Faye), Wendy (Fran), Brenda and Bob; her brother, Stan (Marg) Bembridge; her grandchildren, Sarah (DJ), Laura (Rob), Richard (Shin-Ji), Nansee (Brodie), Lynn (Evan), Wayne (Janaya), Bill (Elizabeth); her great grandchildren, Andrew, Timothy, Glenn, Kyle, Nia and Owen; many special nieces, nephews and valued friends and neighbors. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 from Knox United Church with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Mr. Neal also accompanied the Knox United Church Choir as they sang the anthem, 'Upon The Hills of Time'. Peggy's son, Bob Cowan, shared words of tribute and remembrance and son, Murray Cowan read Psalm 23. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with her grandchildren, Sarah Radmanovich, Laura Doroshenko, Richard Cowan, Nansee Cowan, Lynn Stevenson, Wayne Stevenson and Bill Stevenson serving as casket bearers.
CRAIGIE - Edna Ellen Lawrence (nee Aim) . With great sadness the family announce the passing of Edna on Monday, March 17, 2003. Edna Ellen Lawrence (Aim) Craigie was born February 17, 1905 at Bredenbury, North West Territories. She is survived by her daughter Donna Kitsch, son Verne (Harvena), daughter-in-law Eileen Craigie (Walter Gamblin); nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John; son Clemence; son-in-law Ewald Kitsch; brothers John Aim, Alexander (Edna) Aim; sisters Margaret (Hugh) McLean, Hannah (James) Loughran, Eva (James) McCredie, Ales (Anton) Kovatch. The funeral will be held Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 1:00 p.m., Zion United Church, 120 Broad Street, Regina, with Rev. David Hoffman officiating. Interment to follow at Regina Memorial Gardens.
CROSSLEY - Evalyn, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2002 at the Precious Memories Care Home in Regina at the age of 96. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter: Jan (Jerry) Bernardy; stepchildren: Jill and Eric; sister Lois Miniely; sisters-in-law: Chad Crossley and Mill Galloway; and many nieces and nephews. Evalyn was raised in Estevan, SK. She attended normal school in Regina and took a teaching position in Saltcoats, SK where she met and married Harold Crossley in 1939. She has had a full and wonderful life. In later years she wintered in Arizona, where they enjoyed an active social life and were part of an enriched community. She will be sadly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her.
CZEMERES - Velma Isabel (nee Rodgers), widow of the late August Czemeres of Bredenbury, passed away on Wednesday, Febraury 13, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 83 years of age. Velma Isabel Czemeres was born on August 7, 1924 on the family farm in the Clumber District, the daughter of Alfred and Lillian (nee Pearson) Rodgers and attended school in the district. Velma met August (Gus) Czemeres from Dysart and they were married on January 5, 1942. Velma accompanied August on his travels in the army until he went overseas. With her daughter, Shirley, Velma returned to Bredenbury to stay with her brother, Bill. After August returned home from the war, they bought a farm north of Bredenbury where for many years she enjoyed her gardening, flowers and the company of neighbors and friends in the area. Together August and Velma made many fishing trips to lakes across Saskatchewan. August and Velma remained on the farm until October of 1993 when failing health forced retirement and a move into the town of Bredenbury. Following August’s death in 1994, Velma remained in her home in Bredenbury. She enjoyed life in a small town and tending to her garden and flowers. Velma was also very talented in the kitchen, cooking and baking for friends and neighbors that stopped in for a visit. Velma took great pride in the accomplishments of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so enjoyed talking and playing with them. Even after she suffered heart problems, she gained much pleasure in spending time with them. Velma was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Lillian Rodgers; her husband, August; her brother, Bill and her sisters, Lucy and Lillian; brothers-in-law, John and Stanley Czemeres. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her daughter, Shirley (Wayne) Bryenton, Elkford, B.C.; her grandchildren, Ronald (Wendy) Betz of Elkford, B.C., Richard (Monica) Betz of Elkford, B.C. and their children, Emily and Christopher, Brenda Lychak of Saskatoon, SK and children, Hayley and Katelyn, Rodney Betz of Elkford, B.C., Cindy Wrigley of Sparwood, B.C. and her children, Ashley and Tyson and Shawn Bryenton of Elkford, B.C.; Benny (Josey) Czemeres of Shell Lake, SK; sisters-in-law, Rita (Orville) Keil of Indian Head, SK and Mary Czemeres of Dysart, SK; good friends, Jim Wrigley of Bredenbury, SK and Terry (Pam) Hall of Bredenbury, SK and their children, Lindsay (Randy), Tricia and Richard as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation and members of the Bredenbury Knox United Church Choir in the singing of the hymns. Following a reception in the George Gunn Memorial Reception Room at Christie’s Funeral Home, the interment service took place in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Wolodymyr Muzylowski, Terry Hall, Keith Thorsness, Jim Purves, Fred Moore and Ken Aichele serving as casket bearers.
DATEMA - James John of Saltcoats, SK, passed away peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on December 14th at the age of 71 years after suffering a massive stroke. Born November 11th, 1935, at Theodore, Sk, to John and Mary (Stuart) Datema, Jim attended School in Theodore until the family moved to Saltcoats in 1947, where he completed his education at Boakview School. In the early 1950’s he went to Edmonton, driving truck for a construction company for about 2 years. He returned to Saltcoats in 1956 to work on the family farm. For the next 16 years he continued to farm while working at Richardson’s Turkey Hatchery in the spring, and in the winter months for the Yorkton Eviscerating Plant, hauling turkeys. In the late sixties or early seventies, he became ‘just a farmer’ working with his dad, John, and his brother, Jock. In 2003, due to failing health, Jim was forced to move into town, retire from active farming, and rent out his land. Leaving the farm was a difficult move as it had been his way of life for almost 50 years. But he looked forward to helping Jock and Greg every fall with harvest, especially swathing. Over the years he had an intense love for sports, especially hockey, baseball and curling. Many a trophy were won curling in the early sixties. He was instrumental in starting up the Senior hockey ‘LakeTowners’ in Saltcoats, along with his sidekick, Tex McKinnion, and in later years, Ron Risling. In the summer, his love turned to baseball with his involvement with the ‘Senior Lakers’. He also attended several Grey Cups around the country and was notorious for his ‘adventures’ connected to all of the above. He served as an RM councilor for 31 years and was active right up until his passing. He always was interested in checking the roads and maintained interest in municipal matters. He enjoyed several trips to the United States including Las Vegas, Disney Land, and Arizona with various family members. He was a lifelong bachelor but his many nieces and nephews kept him busy. He was pre-deceased by his parents, John (1987) and Mary (1975) Datema, his brother-in-laws, Walter Neuman, Andy Nagy, and Kenneth Westman. He is survived by brother, Jock (Ruth) Datema, four sisters, Ruth Neuman, Patricia Nagy (Leonard Hyra), Margriet (Alex) Novak, Judy Westman (Robert Leduc), plus many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, December 17, 2006 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Monday, December 18, 2006 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The eulogy was delivered by Mindy Woloschuk and Jason Novak. All those who shared in Jim’s life and were present at the funeral were invited to serve as honourary pallbearers. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Grant Novak, Wally Neumann, Greg Datema, Marvin Nagy, Ron Risling and Lyle Neal serving as casket bearers.
den BROK - Francisca Waltera (nee van der Ven), wife of William den Brok of Saltcoats, passed away on Saturday August 31, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 77 years of age. Francisca was born on July 7, 1925 at Uden, Holland. A daughter of Theodorus and Maria (nee van Dijk) van der Ven. Frances grew up and attended school in Uden. As a young woman she worked as a serving maid. On April 16, 1952 Frances was united in marriage to Cornelius Wilhelmus (William) den Brok. That same year the young couple immigrated to Canada to start their new life together. They settled in the Saltcoats district of Saskatchewan because William's older brother John and his family had been there for some time already. Frances and William found their early years in Canada to be a challenge, especially the long cold winters which they were not use to, as well as the language barrier. With the help of good friends and hard work they never lost faith as they started their family as well as a business together. Frances loved being outdoors whether it was gardening, tending to her flowerbeds, walking or biking. She had many interests and pastimes including; visiting with friends and neighbours, sewing, reading and writing many letters to distant friends and relatives. Frances's faith was always an important part of her life. She was an active member of the Catholic Women's League for over twenty five years. After struggling with Alzheimers for a number of years and in failing health, Frances passed away on Saturday August 31, 2002. Predeceased by her parents, Theodorus in 1955 and Johanna in 1954, and her sister, Jan (Corry) Spierings in 1993, she leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband William of Saltcoats; her six children and their families, four sons, Theodore (Lenore) of Saltcoats, Gordon (Shelly) of Saskatoon, Paul (Angie) of Saskatoon, and John (Lori) of Yorkton; two daughters, Maria den Brok of Saltcoats, and Wendie den Brok of Vancouver; ten grandchildren, Anika, Carla, Jessica, Shona, Neil, Janet, Gregory, Marissa, Chelsea and Theodosa; two brothers, Cornelius van der Ven and Henk van der Ven, both in Holland, as well as her many other relatives and friends. Prayer Services were held on Monday September 2, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Deacon Urban Kiernan officiating. Tributes and words of remembrance were given by sons, Gordon, John and Paul. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at 10:00 am from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Father Lorne Crozon assisted by Deacon Urban Kiernan. The crossbearer was Orest Machusek. The organist, Carla Ritter and members of the parish choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Honorary Bearers were Truus Rijkers, Gertie Hutchings, May Herron, Sophia Barnhart, Agnes Stokman, Toni van den Heuvel and Treeske Holtkamp. Members of the Catholic Women's League formed an honour guard. The ushers were Nick den Brok and Rosalien Dick. Interment followed in Garden of St. Luke in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Gordon den Brok, Theodore den Brok, Paul den Brok, John den Brok, Wendie den Brok and Anne Stupak serving as the casketbearers.
ELCHUK - Kathleen (nee Horsman) passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the age of 83 years. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, Horace and Annie "Nan" Horsman; husband, Nicholas Elchuk; infant brother, Hector Horsman; brothers, James Horsman, Harold Horsman and William Horsman; and brothers-in-law, Fritz Johnson, Neil Eckert and Rene Fendelet. Kathleen was born to Horace and Annie on July 10, 1930 at Saltcoats. She was raised and completed her education in Saltcoats. In her early 20’s Kathleen lived and worked in Fort San at the Sanitorium. After this she moved to Regina where she would eventually meet Nick. On February 29, 1968 Kathleen married Nicholas Elchuk at the Plains Hotel in Regina. Together they shared their life in Regina, Yorkton and lastly in Weyburn for 44 years. During her life Kathleen worked at the Goodwill Bakery in Weyburn and as a homemaker. Nicholas and Kathleen had one son, Kevin. She enjoyed watching Kevin play hockey as well as attending Red Wing games. Kathleen loved gardening, bicycle riding, walking, working on crossword puzzles and camping with family and friends. She was a great cook and loved to entertain both family and friends. Kathleen was active in the community and enjoyed helping Nick at the Royal Canadian Legion in Weyburn. In the summer Nick and Kathleen could be found serving coffee and welcoming visitors at Riverside Park. Kathleen was a loving wife and mother who will be sadly missed. She is survived by her son, Kevin (Laurel Rainville) Elchuk of Weyburn; grandchildren, Miranda Luhning, Keenan Sewap and Chantelle Sewap; great grandson, William Nicholas Luhning; brothers, Hubert (Elma) Horsman and Hugh Horsman; sisters, Hazel Eckert, Maybelle Fenelet, Bess (Manfred) Huesken, Valerie (Orest) Dobko and Sheila (Mark) Wickstrom as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation was held on Thursday, February 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and the funeral service was held Friday, February 28 at 2:00 pm from Fletcher funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Brett Johnstone, Paul Dumont, Kris Weise and Tony Goertzen.
ELLINGBOE - Betty (nee Rushka) was born March 25th, 1947, the second youngest child of twelve to Joseph and Pauline (nee Krawchuk) on the family farm in Langenburg, Sask. She attended Landshutt school and following was married in Esterhazy on October 26th, 1964 to Albert Ellingboe of the Chatsworth District in Saltcoats. Betty and Al made their home in the Chatsworth District close to the Ellingboe homestead where they raised three children. Betty worked at various jobs while raising the children. The children kept her busy with hockey, baseball, figure skating, coaching softball, air cadets and curling. She had a passion for curling, square dancing, playing cards and a good cup of coffee . She really enjoyed traveling to family reunions, world expos and Niagra Falls. Betty was pre-deceased by parents Joseph and Pauline Rushka, and brothers and sisters Russell, Joan, Lulubell, Jinny, Alton, Beverly, and infant Linda. On December 30th, 2006, Betty left to celebrate her life, her long time companion, Albert, her three children Sherry (Kent) Strachan of Saskatoon, Clint (Carole) Ellingboe of Saskatoon, Chad (Dolores) Ellingboe of Kelowna, two grandchildren Krista Strachan and Cordell Strachan of Saskatoon; brothers and sisters Bernard (Mary) Rushka of Saltcoats, Ella Hill of Esterhazy, Ed Rushka of Yorkton and Diane (John) Sharp of Saltcoats: as well as sister-in-laws Marj (Howard) Wedrick of Gull Lake, Vickie (Julian) Kaminski of Churchbridge, Mae (Dave) Pawliw of Springside and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Service of Comfort for Family and Friends was held on Monday, January 1, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 from Saltcoats United Church with Reverend Walter Farquharson and Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Ruth Datema and the pianist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation and members of the church choir in the singing of the hymnsGeorge and Mabel Penner and Bruce and Verna Penner sang "Does Jesus Care". The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Krista Strachan, Cordell Strachan, Lee Pawliw, Sheldon Kaminski, Bob Devins and Herb Rooke serving as casket bearers.
EREMKO - Lillian, resident of the Centennial Special Care Home in Esterhazy, formerly of Yorkton, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. She was 90 years of age. Lillian Eremko was born on August 20, 1915 at Saltcoats, a daughter to Alexander and Katherine (nee Pitts) Eremko. Lillian attended both elementary and high School in Yorkton. She attended Normal School in Saskatoon, living at the home of her Aunt Helen and Uncle John Hnatyshyn. Lillian first taught school at Two Creeks, Saskatchewan, a rural school near Wroxton. She also taught at Hursh, Bienfait and spent the last twenty-nine years of her career teaching at Valleyview School in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Lillian was a dedicated teacher, touching the lives of hundreds of young beginning students. She was a trusted colleague, a credit to the Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation. After her retirement from the teaching profession in 1971, Lillian made her move to 54 James Ave. in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in order to live with and help her mother, Katherine. Lillian tended a large garden and yard, took pleasure in re-decorating her home and continued to prove her skills in the kitchen (including the Ukrainian Christmas Eve and Easter specialties). Lillian was always a generous, thoughtful gift giver, putting everyone else before herself. She was a good friend to many, offering a welcome smile and an open door. Lillian's faith was strong. She was an active supporter of both St. Paul's United Church in Estevan and St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton. Lillian found strength, companionship and peace in her Christian devotion. Lillian passed away quietly on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, at the Centennial Special Care Home on James St. in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. She was ninety years, four months and twenty-two days of age. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Katherine Eremko; her brother, John; sister-in-law, Irene; brothers-in-law, Steven and Maxwell. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters, Mary Windjack of Flin Flon, MB and Dorothy Park of Rocanville, SK; nieces, Linda Park and Judith Johnston; nephews, John Windjack, Matthew Eremko, Herb Park and their families. Lillian leaves us with fond, loving memories of a life well lived. The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Jeri Bjornson of St. Andrew's United Church officiated. Organist, Marilyn Newell led the congregation in the singing of the hymns In the Garden, and Softly and Tenderly. Niece, Linda Park sang a solo, Precious Lord. Niece, Judith Johnston gave a tribute to Lillian. The interment took place in the Garden of Crucifixion with Adrien Park, Alexander Park, Donovan Park, Herb Park, Allan Johnston and Chevy Johnston serving as the casketbearers.
EVANS - Florence Dorothy (nee Marsh) passed away peacefully on October 29, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in Yorkton SK. Florence was 89 years of age. Florence was the third child of Frank and Caroline Marsh. She was born on June 8, 1920 on Sec. 18-21-2 W2 in the Bangor District. She went to school in Saltcoats, Bredenbury and Llewelyn. After completing her schooling, she worked as a housemaid in the Saltcoats and Crescent Districts and Regina. Florence married her highschool sweetheart and soulmate, Glyn Evans, on April 21, 1943. They farmed together in the Fertile Belt District for 57 years, retired to Yorkton in 2000, then moved to The Bentley Retirement Community in 2008. They had four children – Louise, Donna, Leon and Debbie – ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was devoted to her family, and was an unfailing support to her son, Leon, through his many years of illness. Florence loved her grandchildren dearly, and truly enjoyed spending time with them. Her new little great grandchildren were a joy to her. Florence loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, walking and watching birds through her kitchen window on the farm. She worked on the farm alongside Glyn in every aspect of their farming life. She was still hauling grain with the tractor and grain tank at the age of 79 years. She was a wonderful cook and was always ready with food and a warm welcome for anyone who came to visit. She was an active member of the Llewelyn United Church and Bangor community and treasured the wonderful friendships with the people in that area. Florence will be remembered for her fighting spirit, loyalty to friends, dedication to family, and unfailing love for Glyn. She will be deeply missed, and her spirit and love will carry on within all those whose lives she touched. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her husband of 66 years, Glyn Evans of Yorkton SK; her children, Louise (Pat) Callin of Saltcoats SK, and their family Michelle Ries, Troy Callin & son Luke, Kelly Callin, and Brett (Rebecca) Callin; Donna Evans (Les Angus) of Turtleford SK, and family Gerald Demencuik, Robert Demencuik (Jodi Angus) & children Kash, Quincy, Cairo & Cia, and Tania Demencuik (Lance Jorgenson) & children Dakota & Rory; Debbie (Jim) Sarauer of Muenster SK, and family Sarah (Dean) Puetz and son Brendan, Christine (Cordele) Messer, and Marie Sarauer. Florence is also survived by her sisters in law Violet Evans and Gwen Evans, numerous nieces and nephews, along with many special friends. Florence was predeceased by son, Leon Evans; parents, Frank and Caroline Marsh, stepmother Jane Marsh; 4 sisters/brothers-in-law, Rosa (Elved) Jones, Margorie Marsh (in infancy), Audrey (Ben) Theile and Ruth (Alf) Triggs; father/mother in law, Thomas and Annie Evans; sisters in law, Beth(Les) Turberfield, Grace (Ron) Scott; and brothers in law, Arnold, Arthur and Edward Evans. A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Susan Griffiths officiating. The organist, Mrs. Elinor Morris, led the congregation in the singing of a Welsh Hymn. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, November 2, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Reverend Susan Griffiths officiating. The organist, Mrs. Elinor Morris, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Florence’s daughters, Louise Callin, Donna Evans and Debbie Sarauer remembered their mother in tribute and eulogy. Following a reception in the Gunn Room at Christie’s Funeral Home, a private family interment service took place in the Llewelyn Cemetery with Gerald Demencuik, Michelle Ries, Robert Demencuik, Tania Demencuik, Kelly Callin, Sarah Puetz, Christine Messer, Brett Callin and Marie Sarauer serving as the casket bearers.
FRASER - Elizabeth Margaret "Betty" (nee Mess) went home to heaven on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at the age of 69 years. Betty was born November 17, 1937 at Saltcoats, SK to Robert and Susanna Mess. After completing high school, Betty trained as a psychiatric nurse at the Weyburn Psychiatric Hospital. Upon finishing her nurses' training, she moved to Regina. On June 30, 1958, she married John Lewis (Jack) Fraser. After working briefly for the CNIB and Fulton's Drug Store, Betty began a long and fulfilling career with Saskatchewan Social Services. During her career, Betty served as director of both Dales House and Paul Dojack Youth Centre, as well as a manager at the Central Office in Regina. Betty's integrity and skill earned her the respect and admiration of many. Betty passed away at the Wascana Grace Hospice after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Special thanks to the staff of Sunset Extendicare West Wing, Pasqua Hospital 4A and the Wascana Grace Hospice for their care and compassion for Betty during her stay with them. She was predeceased by her parents. Betty is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Byron (Angela) of Regina; daughter, Jeannine (Jeff) Crofton of Calgary; grandchildren Bradley and Steven Fraser and Liam and Lexi Crofton. Also mourning her loss are her sisters, Mary Knodel of Yorkton and Evelyn Somers of Regina; brothers, Dave (Pat) Mess of Saskatoon and Bob (Winona) Mess of Saltcoats; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and former colleagues. A CELEBRATION OF BETTY'S LIFE will be held at Regina Apostolic Church, 808 Assiniboine Avenue East, Regina, SK on Thursday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. A private family interment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery following the reception.
GABERT - Myron Dale, beloved husband of Jean Gabert of Yorkton passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on April 3, 2006. He was 62 years of age. Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 7, 2006 at 10:00 am from the Chapel of Christie-Hill, 121 Palliser Way in Yorkton. Cremation committal to follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery. A reception in Myron's honor will take place Friday as well at 1:30pm from St. Gerard's Complex located at 125 3rd Ave N in Yorkton.
GABERT - Roland "Rolly" (February 23, 1915 - September 11, 2009) loving husband to Ruth (nee Fandrey) and father to Keith and Myron, was born on the farm in the Springside district. He was the fourth child of seven children of Christina and Adolph Gabert. Roland married Ruth in 1937 and they began farming near his family’s farm in 1940. In 1950 Rolly and Ruth opened the "Gabert General Store" in Orcadia and in 1952 Rolly began his career as a grain buyer with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. In 1956 Rolly was transferred to the Saltcoats Pool elevator and the family moved and made Saltcoats their home. Twenty-six years later Rolly retired, and the couple spent their years tending their garden, working on community projects, curling, hunting, fishing and travelling throughout Canada and the United States. Rolly was predeceased by his son; Myron, his parents, three brothers; August, Daniel, Henry, and three sisters; Julia (Emil) Yanke, Sylvia (Fred) Nehring, Sadie (Ian) Cameron. Roland leaves his loving wife Ruth, his son Keith (Carol), daughter-in-law (Jean), sister-in-law (Helen), 6 grandchildren (Tracy, Dawn, Jamie, Robin, Jeffrey, Jason and 8 great-grandchildren (Douglas, Hayley, Shaylayne, Kenzie, Tessa, Gracie, Connor and Calvin), and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held on Thursday September 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saltcoats Community Hall. Rev. Walter Farquharson will be officiating the service and Lorne Neal will be the pianist. His interment follows at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Rolly’s grandchildren; Tracy Gabert, Dawn Gabert, Jamie Gabert, Robin Gabert, Jeffrey Gabert and Jason Gabert serving as pall bearers. Rolly will be sadly missed.
GIBBONS - Matilda Ellen "Nellie" Gibbons (October 8, 1917 - February 11, 2011) of Saltcoats, Sask. Funeral Services for the late Nellie Gibbons will be held on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Sask. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
GRAHAM - Ruby (nee Arnott) passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. She was 89 years of age. Ruby Ida Graham was born on June 13, 1919, the daughter of Levi and Ruth Arnott in the Eastend area of Saskatchewan. She grew up on the family farm and received her education in the district. On March 22, 1939, Ruby was united in marriage to Robert “Robbie” Graham. Their union was blessed with three sons, Donald, Glen and Kent. Robbie and Ruby began their married life, farming in the Kimbrae District. Later they moved to the Clumber District where they lived until 1978. Their retirement years were spent living in the town of Bredenbury. Both Ruby and Robbie loved music and played for many wedding dances and cabarets in the Bredenbury area. An avid gardener, Ruby enjoyed working in her yard and her flowers were breath taking. Ruby was very talented with handiwork as well, she knit all the boys sweaters and mitts, spent many hours crocheting afghans for her grandchildren and each family member was given a paper toile picture she had created. Painting her Christmas decorations was her pride and joy. With the help of Glen Cowan, she created a beautiful display that is still enjoyed by those living in the Seniors’ Unit in Bredenbury. Ruby loved family and each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Ruby was predeceased by her parents, Levi and Ruth Arnott; her husband of 67 years, Robert; her son, Donald; her grandson, Gary; her brothers, Keith Arnott, Gary Arnott and Harvey Arnott and her sisters-in-law, Nest Arnott, Eva Arnott, Irene Arnott and Jean Arnott. Ruby leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her sons, Glen (Lee) Graham of Anchorage, Alaska and Kent (Bernice) Graham of Bredenbury, SK; her grandchildren, Brenda (Jeff) Mahar, Glen Graham, Brad (Kim) Graham, Susan (Scott) Morgan, Rhonda Grigg, Crystal Graham, Sheryl Lungal and Blaine (Joelle) Graham; eighteen great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean Holland; her brothers, Vic Arnott, Archie Arnott, Norman (Irene) Arnott, Andy (Muriel) Arnott and her sisters-in-law, Zelda Arnott and Velma Carter as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. from Knox United Church, Bredenbury. The interment will follow at the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
HANSON - Gweneth Alvena (nee Louttit) passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009 at the Centennial Special Care home in Langenburg, Sk., following a courageous five month battle with cancer. Gwen was predeceased by two sons, Garry and Garth; her parents, David and Dora (nee Walker) Louttit, brothers-in-law, Herb (Myrtle) Hanson, Mel (Marlene) Hanson, Jake Wilson, Jack Kirkwood, Murray Potter, Pat Wooldridge and nephews, Bill and Jeff Hanson. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her husband, Alvin Hanson of Bredenbury, SK.; her children, Brent (Lorna) Hanson of High River, AB, Karen (Jason Track) Low of Edmonton, AB, Linda (Reg Graham) Hanson of Yorkton, SK, Ole (Denise) Hanson of Black Diamond, AB and Candace Tucker of Calgary, AB.; her grandchildren, six boys: Jason, Joel, Josh, Troy, Colton and Daniel and six girls: Meghan, Rebecca, Jessie, Michaela, Mykaela and Shanai, and one great-grandchild, Logan. Gwen is also survived by her sisters, Alice Wooldridge of Deloraine, MB, Shirley Kirkwood of Bredenbury, SK and Daisy Potter of Glenborough, MB and a brother, Winton (Freda) Louttit of Saltcoats, SK; her brothers-in-law, Russ (Jean) Hanson of North Battleford, SK and Walter (Loraine) Hanson of Polk City, Florida, USA together with several nieces and nephews. Gwen was the third child of David and Dora Louttit. She was born August 9, 1932 on Sec10,Tp22,Rge2,W2nd in the Glyndwr District, SK. She started school in Glyndwr then attended Cutarm and Bredenbury. Her love of dancing led her to meet her husband, Alvin Hanson, at a dance in Castleton. Alvin and Gwen were united in marriage on November 22, 1951, which was also the night of Gwen’s parents 29th wedding anniversary. Gwen was a devoted wife and loving mother to five children. She valued her time with her family and friends and was an active volunteer in the community. The Bredenbury Busy Bees seniors organization and all the members were important to her. She loved walking, playing cards with friends, dancing, playing bingo and fishing. Gwen’s grandchildren adored her and loved her cooking. As soon as any of them heard she was coming to visit the question was always asked, do you think Grandma will make bread, buns, lefsa or teach us a new recipe? Of course, on each visit it gave her great pleasure to accommodate their requests. Whether it was family, friends or neighbours, Gwen’s door was always open to company and entertaining. She will be deeply missed, though her spirit and love will always carry on within all those whose lives she touched. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Christies Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
HANSON - Melvin. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Melvin on Monday, November 21, 2005 at the age of 82. He was born on a farm near Saltcoats, Sask. Predeceased by his wife, Marlene; parents, Hans and Clara; brothers, Herb I and Herb II; mother and father-in-law, Phoebe and Godfrey Ingbritson; sister-in-law, Mary Doell and daughter-in-law, Donna Hanson; Melvin is survived by his daughter, Joy (Lyndon) Lucyk and family (Greg, Chantelle (Jamin) Reynoldson); son, Gerald (Sylvia) and family (Matthew, Vanessa, Katie and McKenzie); brothers: Alvin (Gwen), Russ (Jean) and Walter (Lorraine); sisters-inlaw: Lorraine (Alex) Riley and Debbie Kitzul; brother-in-law, Ron (Jean) Ingbritson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
HERRON - Audrey Rhoda (nee Morgan) known to everyone as "Topsy" was born on July 21, 1915 at the family farm in Saltcoats. She was the daughter of Frank and Edith (nee Adcock) Morgan. Topsy attended Castleton School. She worked on the family farm and for the Barnhardt family. She met and married Samuel Herron on June 27, 1936. Sam and Topsy were blessed with three children; Gordon, Edith and Orville. They farmed in the Chaucer District. Sam enlisted in the Army in 1941 and spent four years overseas. During this time Topsy lived with her parents and her two oldest children. In December 1945, Sam returned and they continued farming in the Tupper District. In 1956 they sold their farm and moved to Saltcoats. Topsy worked at Madge Lake as a cook, at Saltcoats Café and at Anderson's General Store. She had the pleasure of cooking on the movie set at Cypress Hills during the making of the film 'The Canadians'. In 1968 Topsy retired to devote her time to her family, community and yard. Sam passed away in 1979. Topsy delighted in making her home a welcoming and caring place for family and friends. The coffeepot was always on and the door was open, no matter the hour. Many evenings were filled with card games and laughter. While Sam was overseas, she spent her evenings doing needlework. In later years she learned to knit and make many Afghans. Quilting bees were a favorite winter past time and provided many hours of fellowship and fun. Topsy loved to work outside and spent many hours in her garden. The spectacular array of color in her flowerbeds was proof of her yearly labour of love. She was an avid curler who made many curling friends, young and old. The highlight of the season was the bonspiel, dressing up and sharing many giggles. Topsy was a tireless volunteer working for any cause that would help her community - baking, cooking for banquets, teas, church bazaars, putting entries in the Saltcoats Fair, going in walkathons, canvassing, working bingo and volunteering at the Care Home. She was a faithful member of St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Saltcoats Minor Sports and Saltcoats Curling Club. Topsy became a resident of Lakeside Manor Care Home on May 1, 2001. At Lakeside, Topsy received exceptional love, care and sensitivity. Above all, Topsy's greatest joy was her children and grandchildren, who will be sustained by wonderful memories. Topsy was predeceased by her parents, Frank (1975) and Edith (1976), her husband Sam (1979) and her brother Walter 'Luke' in 1996. She leaves to celebrate her life and mourn her passing; her son Gordon (Linda) and their family; Kelly Herron, Rhonda (Shawn) Bymoen and their children; Caylin and Alysa. Son; Orville (Marilyn) and their family Keleah and Curtis. Her daughter Edith Taylor and her children; Russell (Shirley) and their family: Renae (Travis) Harkes and Wyatt; Amanda and Christopher, Randy (Judi) and their children Elysha, Joshua and Sasha; Sharon (Wayne) Merkel and their children Stephanie and Christiene; Sheila (Curtis) Hunter and their children; Brett, Nicole and Joel; Dean (Linda), daughter Alissa; and her brother Lewis 'Kayo' Morgan (Audrey), her sisters Margery Metz and May 'Snookie' Herron and her special sister-in-law Dorrie Morgan. As well as many other relatives and good friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 15, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Archdeacon Ken Buchan officiating. The choir accompanied by Mr. Lorne Neal on the organ led the congregation in singing the hymns 'In The Garden', 'Amazing Grace', 'In The Bulb There Is A Flower', 'Give To Us Laughter' and 'I See a New Heaven'. The Eulogy and words of remembrance was given by Kaleah Herron. Prayer readings were given by Nicolle Bymoen. The taped selection entitled 'Angels' by Sarah McLaughlin was selected for the recessional. Honorary bears were all those who shared in Topsy's life. Topsy was laid to rest in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Russell Taylor, Randy Taylor, Dean Taylor, Sharon Merkel, Sheila Hunter, Rhonda Bymoen, Kelly Herron, Keleah Herron and Curtis Herron all being Topsy's grandchildren serving as active casketbearers.
HIPPSLEY - Clifford. On Monday, February 24, 2003, Clifford Hippsley, long time Yorkton resident, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his father, Albert Henry in 1965, his mother Edith Maude in 1973; one sister May in 1921; four brothers: Gordon Everette in 1961, Roy in 1974, Bertie in 1984, Arthur in 1986, David in 1991; one brother-in-law Robert Hume in 1970; one sister-in-law Cora in 1990. He leaves to mourn his passing one sister, Edith of Regina with whom he shared a special bond; one brother Allen (Evelyn) of Yorkton; special nephew and niece Lyle and Jean, special great nephew Darby, special great niece Tracy (Evan), special great great nephew and niece Mitchell and Codee all of Regina Beach and a host of other nieces and nephews as well as many friends. All of whom he cherished. Cliff was born in Yorkton. In his early years his parents moved the family to a farm on Chrysler Siding Road in the Saltcoats area where he remained with his brothers until 1974. At which time they returned to Yorkton and purchased a home on 231 Tupper Avenue. Clifford was gainfully employed in Yorkton until his retirement at which time he could often be found frequenting various local coffee shops. He was a member of the Army & Navy Vets where he enjoyed socializing with his many dear friends. Cliff enjoyed tending his yard while visiting with his many neighbours and was always the first one to lend a helping hand. He could often be seen on his early morning walks which he loved. Cliff also tremendously enjoyed hosting hunting parties for his nephews. Clifford moved to Regina in November of 2002 to reside with his sister Edith. In Cliff's last months he was surrounded by family and loved ones with whom he shared many laughs and memorable moments. Clifford touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a kind, caring, entertaining and jovial man. He had a zest for life that effected all who knew him. Clifford will be sadly missed and forever remembered. A visitation for family and friends will be held in the Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel at 121 Palliser Way in Yorkton on Friday, February 28, 2003 at 8 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Clifford Hippsley will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 165 2nd Avenue North, Yorkton. Interment to follow in family plot in Yorkton City Cemetery with Darby Brooks, Evan Kohli, Mitchell Arnold, Norman Brooks, Ed Hanofski and Dave George as pallbearers.
HOWIE - Melville Harvey. On Friday, October 5, 2001, Melville Harvey Howie, beloved husband of Marie Howie, Qu'Appelle, Sask., age 76 years. A private graveside service will be held in Saltcoats Town Cemetery, Saltcoats, Sask.
HULSTON - Margaret (nee Hutchison). The funeral service for the late Margaret Hulston, Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., who died at Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., on October 19, 2002 at the age of 62 years was held in St. Andrew's United Church, Fort Qu'Appelle on October 21, 2002 with Rev. Elizabeth Bryce officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery. Margaret was born at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan on March 2, 1940, daughter of Jim and Gladys (Mess) Hutchison. She attended school in Saltcoats and then moved to Regina where she resided and worked for a brief period. She then moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan where she took nurse's training and graduated in 1963. She married Dale Hulston on November 9, 1963 and together they had three children. In 1967 the family moved to Calgary, Alberta and resided there until 1976 when they returned to the Saltcoats area to live on a farm until 1997. They then retired to live on the lakefront at Fort Qu'Appelle. Margaret's hobbies were knitting, travelling, camping and hiking. She loved having her friends and family come to visit her, especially her grandchildren. Margaret fought a courageous battle with cancer for eight years until her death. Margaret was predeceased by her parents Jim and Gladys Hutchison. She is survived by her loving husband Dale, two sons Darcy (Christine) and their sons Levi and Asher, Calgary, Alta. and Bradley (Lorelei) and their sons Ryan, Tyler and Colton, Melville, Sask., one daughter Debra (Beck) and their daughter Shayla, Vancouver, B.C., also two sisters Doreen (Al) Megaffin and Colleen (Dennis) Perras, all of Regina, as well as her nieces and nephews.
HUSBAND - Y'vonne Burnett (nee Costello) passed away peacefully in Vernon, BC on December 14, 2008 in her 85th year. Survived and deeply mourned by her children, Brooke (Ian Jeffrey), Christopher and Devon. Predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William (Bill) Husband, and her brother Van. Born and raised in Saltcoats, Sask. and Winnipeg, MB., Y'vonne was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where she and Bill lived for many years while he served as VicePresident of the Saskatchewan Research Council. A champion curler and bridge player, Y'vonne was also active in Faculty Wives and the I.O.D.E. After she and Bill returned to his family home in Vernon on his retirement, she became a member of the Trefoil Guild and volunteered with various charitable organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She also spent many happy years there pursuing her love of gardening and traveling the world with Bill and her family. A memorial service will be held in Vernon in the spring of 2009.
IVANOCHKO - Walter, beloved husband of Nina Ivanochko of Bredenbury, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 26, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 61 years of age. Walter John Ivanochko was born on February 4, 1945 in the Homefield district of Saskatchewan; a son of Nick and Annie (nee Charanduk) Ivanochko. The family moved to Bredenbury in 1958 and Walter attended school in the Hardrock district of Bredenbury, Saltcoats and later took a welding course at the Moose Jaw Technical Institute. On April 25, 1969 he married Nina (Morgan), and together they raised three wonderful children - Tracey (Matt) Harasymuk of Yorkton, Cindy (Brent) Stechyshyn of Swift Current, and Jason (Tricia) Ivanochko of Yorkton. Just as important as the bond he felt for each of his children was the special bond he had with each of his grandchildren - Brett & Tyler Herasymuk, Caleb Stechyshyn, and Jaiden and Kaitlyn Ivanochko. He was lovingly known as "Grandpa on the Farm". He was so proud to learn that Cindy and Brent would make him a Grandpa again in May. Walter loved life - whether it was working his fields; having coffee with "the guys", coaching Jason's hockey team or watching his girls swim. You could always hear Walter in the crowd with his boisterous laughter. Over the past few years he took up "quadding" - the deeper the mud and water the better he liked it! He also took up gardening recently and loved sharing the surplus with whomever needed it - the only thing that perturbed him was the deer eating off his freshly transplanted tomatoes but then what could you expect when you fed them all winter. He was involved in multiple activities in the community and always willing to lend a helping. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Eugene and will be lovingly remembered by his two sisters: Lee (Clarence) LePage of Calgary, and Irene (John) Paterson of Toronto; and four brothers: Jim of Calgary, Myron of Yorkton, Gerald (Bettie) of LaRonge, and Gordon of Tillsonburg, Ontario; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Prayer services were held on Thursday evening, March 30, 2006 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 31, 2006 from the Bredenbury Community Hall in Bredenbury. Very Rev. Father Bryan Bayda of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church officiated. Leading in the responses were cantors Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita and members of St. Mary's parish choir. Family friend, Fred Nicholson gave the eulogy. Prelude music was played by Lorne Neal and Ruth Datema, and soloist Donna Smith sang 'These Hands'. Crossbearers were grandchildren Bret Harasymuk and Jaiden Ivanochko. The interment took place in the Bredenbury Cemetery with Perry Janett, Gary Burman, Don Taylor, Terry Kitzul, Don Kitzul, Greg Scott, Dwight Leppington and Brian Soke serving as the casketbearers.
JARBEAU - Norah (nee Kirkham) passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the age of 103 years. She was predeceased by her parents Edith and Denis Kirkham; first husband Douglas Copeland; second husband Francis and sons Maxim and John. Norah is survived by her son Paul; daughter Jean; grandsons Glen, Jeff, Chris (Collette), Terry, Greg (Suzanne) and Jason; and 8 great-grandchildren. Born in Saltcoats, SK, Norah attended Graham, a one room school, completing high school in Saltcoats. She graduated from Winnipeg General Hospital in 1932 as a Registered Nurse. Norah was always active in community service, working with a wide range of organizations. She organized and developed the first hospital in Saltcoats in 1943 and continued nursing in Mankota, Eastend, Shaunavon and Edmonton until she retired in 1974. She had been involved with Coop Women's Guild, Home and School Association, Women's Institute and North Central Community Society. Norah was also an active member of the Peace Movement for over 50 years. She was honoured by the YWCA in 1984 as "Woman of the Year" for community service. In 1994 she was the winner of the first annual YMCA of Regina Peace Medal. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
JARVIS - Deryl Kenneth passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2005, after a two year fight against lung cancer. Having lived life to the fullest, he had no regrets, only appreciation for the loving support of family, community and health care workers. Deryl leaves to mourn his wife, Helen (nee Torrie) and his four children, one son, Lee (Jodi), and three daughters, Lana (Shaun Parsons), Lyndsay (Doug Zawatsky) and Laurren as well as grandchildren, Jordan, Cody, Jenna, Halle, Jayden, Brynn, Jarvis and Jersey. The next precious grandchild will arrive in July. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, June 29, 2005 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. A private family cremation committal will follow at a later date.
JONES - Robert Courtney "Bob" (December 22, 1946 - February 27, 2010) was born in Saltcoats, Sk. He lived in the Kimbrae district for his first four years. Bob and his family then moved to a farm near Bangor where he lived until his accident in 1997. Since then, Bob has been a resident at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center in Regina. Bob’s interests included farming, curling, watching fastball and football and working for the Bangor Anglican Church. Bob was always there to help his family, friends and community. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Emma; and by his brother, Raymond. He leaves to mourn his brothers, Barry (Marjorie), Howard (Joanne) and Stanley (Amy); his nephews, Kevin (Chantelle), Ryan (Amanda), Darren and Mark; his niece, Megan (Tim); and nine great-nieces and one great-nephew. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. from Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yorkton. Interment to follow in the Bangor Town Cemetery.
JOWSEY - James Ralph "Jim". Dr. James Jowsey was born on October 24, 1925 on his parents' mixed farm in the Eden District, north of Saltcoats. Jim attended elementary school at Eden and high school at Saltcoats, graduating in 1942. He then went on to the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture and Education, a Master's Degree and then a Ph. D. from McGill University. He taught science at high schools and university as well as working about 30 years in Saskatchewan public service as a researcher. During his marriage to Beatrice Ely, they adopted two children, Harriet and Harold. The family lived in Swift Current and Regina, Sask. Jim married Shirley Sather in July 1969 and they lived and worked in Regina until the early 1980's. During his time in research work, his colleagues say, Jim carried so much gear there was hardly room for himself, let alone a passenger. He must have saved an empty corner in his vehicle though, because if he saw so much as a piece of 2 x 4 on the side of the road he had to stop and pick it up! Jim was tenacious and persistent in his hard work and was described to be a bit like a puppy with an old slipper. Once he got hold of a thing, he didn't let go until he got results. Jim was also known as the biologist and co-author of "Wild Flowers Across the Prairies". Jim served as a Member of the Senate of the University of Saskatchewan and St. Andrew's College as well as the local church board. In 1985, Jim and Shirley retired to their farm near Saltcoats, where they conducted field tours and gave slide presentations related to the identification and preservation of native vegetation of the prairies. He was a member of Nature Saskatchewan as well as the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association which honoured Jim and Shirley with the designation of small parcel of land within the Saltcoats Regional Park as the "J.R. (Jim) and Shirley Jowsey Wildflower Heritage and Conservation Area". Jim and Shirley were members of the Laketown Leaders where Jim particularly enjoyed the gatherings around food, especially sweets prepared by some the ladies. That trait continued right to his 90th birthday party, where he enjoyed more icing than cake! After Shirley's passing in 2014, Jim sold his home in Saltcoats and moved to Aspen Bluffs Villa where he passed away on the morning of November 17, 2015. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Maude Jowsey; his first wife, Beatrice; his second wife, Shirley and his brother, John. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his children, Harold Jowsey and Harriet Pepper; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother, Hugh; his sister-in-law, Mildred Jowsey; his brother-in-law, Milton Sather as well as his nieces, nephews, many friends and fellow naturalists. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015 from the Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats. The Cremation Committal will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
JOWSEY - John Walter (July 20, 1927 - September 23, 2012). John Walter Jowsey of Calgary, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the age of 85, surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. He was the grandson of Saskatchewan homesteaders and loved growing up on the farm. He was a brilliant student and excelled in academics graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1951, then did two years of medical school in Saskatchewan before graduating from University of Manitoba Medical School in 1955. He met the love of his life, Mildred Bergreen while interning at the Regina General Hospital and they were married for 56 years. He did an Orthopedic fellowship at the University of Manitoba and loved his surgical career during which innovations including arthroscopic procedures and total joint replacements emerged and completed his active career in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1992. He loved his family very much and is survived by Glenda Jowsey, Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire (James), John Neil Jowsey (Sheila), Sharon Price (Glenn) and Janelle Allen (Scott) and his two brothers James and Hugh. He had 11 grandchildren and delighted in his newest 9 month old granddaughter, Amber. He is predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Maud (McMonagle). His family enjoyed and were amazed by his photographic memory, love of history and travel, passion for politics, wonderful sense of humor and most of all, his love of a good story. A celebration of John's life will be held at Saltcoats United Church on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Saltcoats Cemetery.
JOWSEY - Shirley Jowsey, beloved wife of Dr. J. R. (Jim) Jowsey of Saltcoats, Sask. passed away on February 2, 2014 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, Yorkton, Sask. She was 94 years of age. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats, Sask. The Interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
KAMINSKI - Victoria Mildred (nee Ellingboe), "Vickie" as she was know to family and friends, was born on May 6, 1945 in Yorkton, Sask, the daughter of Sherman and Mary (nee Rooke) Ellingboe. She grew up on the family farm, nine miles east of Saltcoats in the Chatsworth District. Vickie attended school at Chatsworth A & B Schools and them completed her high school at Saltcoats. An important part of her earlier years was spent participating in the Garden 4-H Club and the church choir at the Castleton Country Church. After high school, Vickie attended Marvel College in Regina, where she completed her hairdressing certificate. Victoria first met Julian Kaminski on a blind date in 1965. They were married on September 24, 1966 and soon moved to Churchbridge, the community that they have called home ever since and where Vickie had a hairdressing shop for over 40 years. Most recently Vickie enjoyed working at the Churchbridge Day Care, where she was considered “Grandma” to all the children. Vickie lived a very caring and giving life - helping others came easily to her - almost as if by instinct. One of her favourite things was co-ordinating family gatherings. The more family members that could be packed in and around the house, the better and the happier she would be. Travelling was also one of Vickie’s pass times, and she and Julian enjoyed visiting many different places throughout the U.S. and Canada. When Vickie was at home, she enjoyed cooking for her family, working in her flower and vegetable gardens; visiting with friends over a nice lunch always brought her much joy. Curling, knitting, putting together puzzles and a good game of cards were a few of her favourite things. Vickie’s faith, and the work she did with the United Church were very important parts of her life. She played the piano and organ in a number of churches for many years. No matter what other work, hobbies or pass times held her interest, Vickie’s grandchildren were the most important thing in her life and her greatest love was spending time with them. She loved to cheer for their teams as they played ringette, hockey and baseball or watch as they participated in cheer, dance and choir. Surrounded by her grandchildren, was when Grandma was at her happiest. Vickie will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched, loved dearly, and remembered always by the family she leaves behind. Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Sherman Ellingboe; her mother-in-law, Pauline Hrushka and her sister-in-law, Betty Ellingboe. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her husband, Julian; two sons, Sheldon (Lynette) Kaminski of Langenburg, SK and Kevin of Southhaven, Mississippi; one daughter, Lana Kaminski (Mike Gottfried) of Ile-Des-Chenes, MB; her beloved grandchildren, Noah, Kerringan, Lexy, McKenna, Katarina, Julian and Jordan; two sisters, Marj (Howard) Wedrick of Gull Lake, SK and Mae (Dave) Pawliw of Springside, SK; one brother, Albert Ellingboe of Saltcoats, SK; her father-in-law, Walter Hrushka of Pelly, SK as well as her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Prayers will be held on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge, SK. (under the auspices of the Four Town Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada). The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. A Private Family interment will follow in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
KEENE - Edith (nee Leppington). We are saddened to announce the passing of Edith Keene on December 14, 2012, at the Lakeside Manor Care Home at Saltcoats, SK. Edith is predeceased by her husband, Stanley, son-in-law, Dave Weick, parents, Art and Mabel Leppington, brother, Lorne, brothers-in-law, Milton Whitmarsh, Dick Keene and Howard Keene, parents-in-law, Leslie and Lillian Keene. She will be remembered by her children, Lynne (Gordon) Weick, of Churchbridge, SK, Lois Weick of Regina, SK, and Gordon (Lorna) Keene of Lake of the Prairies, MB; grandchildren Caria (Brent) Boyle of Calgary, AB, Allanna (David) Horsman of Yorkton, SK, Leanne (Dale) Fraser of Churchbridge, SK, Lynette Keene of Burnaby, BC and Candice Keene of Regina, SK; great grandchildren Ashlyn, Brayden, Brendan, Jesse, Todd, Kylee, Avery and Jorja, as well as nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Edith was born to Art and Mabel Leppington on October 11, 1921, in Harriston, ON. Her early years were spent there and she still remembered the maple syrup run - eating maple syrup drizzled over snow. Apparently there is nothing like it! She moved west with her parents and elder brother, Lome, when she was six. It was a memorable train ride - the clacking of the train wheels stayed in her head long after the trip had ended. The family took up farming in the Bredenbury area and Edith often recalled busy days spent cooking and feeding the harvesting crews. She attended Bredenbury school until family circumstances necessitated that she remain at home. Music, singing and dancing filled her spare moments as she was growing up and continued through the years to be favourite pastimes. In 1945 Edith married Stanley Keene and they undertook their own mixed farming enterprise, purchasing and developing Stan's parent's farm just east of Bredenbury. Edith was an accomplished homemaker, her days busy caring for her children, taking them to band or piano practice, skating and swimming lessons, gardening, berry picking, canning and preserving, sewing, knitting, crocheting, raising chickens and geese, gathering eggs - the list goes on. Edith enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge and always pushed herself and her children to aspire to new things. Once her children were on their own, Edith fulfilled a long-held dream - she returned to school, attained her GED and completed a short business course. She worked briefly for a start up cable company in Yorkton and then as Information Officer for PCS when it was exploring the possibility of starting a mine in the Bredenbury area. When that job ended, helping care for her aging parents became her priority. As Edith and Stan gradually turned their farm operation over to son Gordon, they purchased a motor home and travelled to Phoenix, California, BC and made extensive trips through Saskatchewan and Manitoba, visiting family and friends. In 1988 Edith and Stan officially retired from the farm and moved to Yorkton. They kept their hand in the farm by always being available to run errands or watch over the grandchildren during busy times. Life in Yorkton was good -Edith's days were spent gardening and working in the yard, and getting to know each of the great grandchildren as they made their appearances. She also became adept at using a computer and was the "server" for the family network. Her children could check in with her and soon know what everyone in the family was doing. In 2007 Edith and Stan moved into the Bentley Retirement Community. Regrettably Stan passed away in June of that year. Edith remained at the Bentley until 2009, when heath issues necessitated her move to the Lakeside Manor Care Home where she resided until her passing. The special joy in her life was her family and extended family. She took an avid interest in monitoring her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities and accomplishments. She was a gentle, loving soul. She was always there - either with congratulations or comfort. Edith's family wish to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Sk for the care and compassion provide to Edith over the last 3 years. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Sk, with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Lome Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, "Would You Bless our Homes and Families”. Special music was provided by Free Spirit who sang, "Whispering Hope" and "In The Garden:. The Cremation Committal will take place in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery at a later date.
KELLY - Margaret Helen (nee Hume) was the second child born to Arthur and Elsie Hume (nee Dickson) on January 12,1943 in Saltcoats. Margaret had many health problems as a child, that would continue into adulthood. Her childhood and school years were spent in Saltcoats. During her youth, Margaret was involved in the United Church Choir and CGIT. She also enjoyed taking part in the St Patrick's Day plays put on in the Saltcoats Town Hall. Upon completion of high school, Margaret began her career with the Bank of Montreal in Saltcoats in 1961, before transferring to Edmonton a few year later. Margaret loved dancing and she attended dance lessons at the Arthur Murray School of Dance during that time. It was also in Edmonton, that she had her first experience with heart surgery in 1968. Following the surgery, she came back home to Saltcoats to live. On July 21, 1973 Margaret married the love of her life, James Kelly. After the marriage, the happy couple moved to Port Coquitlam, BC. Out of this union came their beloved daughter, Daneen. Their home was the scene of many gatherings with family and friends and music was an important part of any event. It didn't take very long for a jam session and sing-a-long to begin. Their time together was short as, Jim passed away suddenly on February 28, 1975. Following Jim's death, Margaret worked with Block Brothers Real Estate. In the fall of 1977, Margaret and Daneen moved back to Saltcoats and built a house beside her Mother, where she resided until her untimely passing. Margaret returned to work at the Bank of Montreal in Saltcoats in 1978 until her retirement in 1998. All through her life, Margaret was plagued with health issues, mainly her heart. She underwent two more heart surgeries in her life, one in 1983 and the other in 1992. This slowed her down somewhat but she continued to enjoy and embrace life. Nothing brought her more joy than watching her daughter grow and begin a life of her own. She was a very proud and devoted mother. Margaret and Daneen had a special, one of a kind relationship. She was very involved in her life and would travel to visit Daneen when she lived in Saskatoon, Melfort, Red Deer, Minot, Regina and Nashville. Margaret loved spending time with Daneen and her many friends, who often referred to Margaret as a "second mom". She was also happy when Daneen would make trips to visit her in Saltcoats. She'd always have plenty of Daneen's favourite foods around and would cook her favourite meals. There wasn't anything they wouldn't do for each other. Margaret was a huge country music fan and had the opportunity to see and meet many of her favourite singers. She always loved to attend the Grand Old Opry when she was in Nashville. During one visit, Daneen surprised her with on stage seating during a televised portion of the Opry. Backstage at the Opry, she was able to meet Charley Pride. She always said it was a highlight of her life. Margaret attended several TV tapings of shows in Nashville and somehow always ended up on TV. She was also excited to meet Vince Gill at his annual charity basketball game at Belmont University, the college Daneen attended. In 2004, Margaret and Daneen took a trip to Disney World in Orlando, which they very much enjoyed and often talked about one day making a return visit. She was also looking forward to returning to Nashville this fall for a visit. Margaret loved to knit, listen to music, sing, play the organ, piano or accordian, watch her favorite TV shows and put together puzzles. In the winter months, she could be found watching curling on TV or the internet. When the World Curling tour stopped in Yorkton, she loved watching and meeting her favourite curlers. Margaret also loved pictures. Her house was filled with pictures of family and friends and she looked forward to receiving new pictures every year. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Arthur (1977), Elsie (2006), and husband, Jim (1975). She leaves to mourn and celebrate her life, her daughter, Daneen; sisters, Jean Bryski (Yorkton, Sask), Norene Hume (Saltcoats, Sask), Dianne (Raymond) Ungarian (Inglis, Man.); brothers, Robert (Wendy) Hume (Saltcoats, Sask) and David (Donna) Hume (Saskatoon, Sask.); sister-in-law, Patricia (Donald) Rowe (Snohomish, WA); brother-in-law, Edward Kelly (Burnaby, BC); aunt, Betty Dickson (Yorkton, Sask.); numerous nieces and nephews, special cousin, Linda Trowell, good friends, Helen Jarvis and Belle Anne Graham of Saltcoats as well as many friends from every season of her life. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from Saltcoats United Church. Interment to follow at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
KIRKHAM - Samuel Leonard was born March 23, 1913 on the homestead farm near Saltcoats (to Rupert Denis and Edith (Kennedy) Kirkham). He passed away on March 2, 2007. He attended Grahame and Saltcoats schools and received a Grade 12 education. Although he aspired to become a pharmacist, money was scarce, and he was unable to attend university. He farmed first with his father, then with his brother Rupert, until Rupert’s retirement in 1971. Sam was then joined by his son Dan in the registered seed farm operation. He was a third generation Robertson Medal winner; this medal honours individuals who contribute significantly to the advancement of the work of the Canadian Seed Growers Association and who farm proficiently. Sam brought to his vocation a love of the land and of nature, respect for the environment, a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, an ability to frame most experiences in a positive way, and strong personal integrity. He retired from the farm in 1989 but maintained a keen interest in the farming operation until his death. Sam had a very strong commitment to his community. He served on numerous boards and committees, including the Grahame School Board, the Saltcoats Agricultural Society, Saltcoats United Church Board and the Masonic Lodge. He was a man of quiet faith and few words, and he loved a good laugh. Sam was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Helen (MacDonald), on March 17, 2005. Together they assumed very active roles in their community and enjoyed the friendship of many people. They spent many winters in Palm Springs, California, where their circle of friends was enlarged. Both of them loved to spend time with their brothers and sisters and their partners who were always such good fun. Both Sam and Helen loved a good game of bridge, crib, canasta or 65. In his younger years Sam loved to curl and play baseball. As a couple, Sam and Helen derived a lot of satisfaction from their beautifully maintained yard. Sam is survived by his four children: Vicki (Kent) Brunskill and daughters, Kelly Phillips and Leah Milburn; Heather; Keith (Eileen) and children, Andrew Samuel and Mary-Elizabeth; and Dan (Fran) and children, Rob, Lisa, Kathy and Janice and four great-granddaughters. He is also survived by three sisters: Norah Jarbeau, May Kirkham and Fran Thompson, as well as sisters-in-law, Adeline Kirkham and Kathy Endersbe and brothers-in-law, Dan Thompson, Linton MacDonald and Marvin MacDonald. He is predeceased by his wife, Helen, parents Denis and Edith Kirkham, sisters Olive, Helen Erratt, Joyce Dunwell, and Muriel McDougall and brothers, Rupert and Bert. He is also predeceased by sisters-in-law, Edith Kirkham, Janet Fehrenbach, and brothers-in-law, Francis Jarbeau, Clif Erratt, Ray Dunwell, Bob McDougall, Grant MacDonald, Ross (Buzz) MacDonald. The family extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Jan Coetzee, to all the staff at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, and to Home Care staff for the loving care provided to Sam. Gratitude is also extended to the staff and residents of The Bentley for the establishment of a caring community, which Sam and Helen so much enjoyed in this, their last place of residence. A private burial of cremated remains took place at the Saltcoats Cemetery the morning of March 8, 2007. A Memorial Service was held that same afternoon from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The service was preceeded by a flute solo by Eileen Kirkham as well as a video presentation celebrating Sam’s life which was loving prepared by Jeremy and Kelly Phillips with the assistance of other family members. The organist, Ruth Datema, led the congregation and members of the Saltcoats United Church choir in the singing of the hymns. The readings were given by Keith Kirkham
KNOTT - Sharon Beverley. It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon Knott, of Regina and formerly of Bredenbury announce her sudden passing on Monday, April 28th, 2008. She was 50 years of age. Sharon was born on July 13, 1957, the daughter of David and Eva (nee McFall) Knott in Langenburg, Sask. She grew up on the family farm and received her elementary education in Churchbridge and attended high school in Yorkton. After completing her education Sharon gained employment in Yorkton at Northern Motors and Toyota Sales. In the mid-eighties, Sharon decided to become a city girl and moved to Regina where she was employed at the Santa Maria Care Home and then Commercial Building Services in secretarial positions at both businesses. Most recently she was employed at the Regina Airport as an Aeroguard Sceener. Sharon had many interests, but truly loved farming. Many happy hours were spent helping her Dad and Uncle Ron on the family farm, as well as her Uncle David McFall and later her brother-in-law, Charlie. Sharon enjoyed many sports, especially curling, softball, floor hockey and golf either as a competitive participant or a supportive fan. She also dedicated a large portion of her time coaching ball in both Churchbridge and Regina. Later Sharon became very active in Regina Minor Softball and was currently 3rd Vice-President of the organization. Family was very important to Sharon particularly “the boys” - her nephews, Ben and Miles. Her home was a “Come and Go Hotel” for anyone who had loved ones in the Regina hospitals. She always made time to pop in for a visit with anyone from home that had to spend time in these facilities. Closest to her heart, was her cat, Felix, and after his passing she shared her love with all the stray cats in the neighborhood. Sharon was very much a “take me as I am” kind of person who most often greeted you with a friendly smile and cheery “Hello”. She was predeceased by her father, David Knott in 1991 as well as her grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, a special friend, Jean and her loving companion, Felix. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her mother, Eva Knott; a sister, Gloria and her husband, Charlie Hutchings; her cherished nephews, Ben and Miles Hutchings; special friends, Kim and Brenda as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A visitation for family and friends will take place Friday, May 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm from the Chapel of Christies Funeral Home, Yorkton, SK. A memorial service will follow Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm from the Bredenbury Town Hall.
KOHLERT - Ida (nee Mebs), resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2000. She was 94 years, 2 months and 4 days of age. Ida Kohlert was born on October 12, 1906 in Wolinien, Russia, a daughter of Chris and Natalia (nee Yanke) Mebs. Being of German descent, the family moved back to Germany. Her siblings were sister Olga and brothers Rudy, Bill and Arthur. Ida came to Canada with her father in June of 1926. The rest of the family followed later. She worked on a farm and later in the Lemberg Hotel. Ida married Emil Kohlert on January 17, 1928 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lemberg. Their family was blessed with five daughters and two sons. It was a very blessed and joyous occasion for Ida and Emil when the family united in celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary in October of 1977. Emil and Ida started farming by renting land near Lemberg in 1929. In 1933 the family moved to Bredenbury, cut logs, built a home and began farming there. Ida worked right along with Emil, helping on the land in any way that she could. In 1942 the family purchased a farm in the Anemone School district, near Yorkton. They remained on that farm until Emil passed away in 1980 and Ida moved into Yorkton. She became a resident of the Fisher Court on February 1, 1988. A very sociable individual, she was well liked and had many friends in the Courts and participated in all the activities there. Ida had been an active member of St. Paul Church but loss of hearing had restricted her activities in recent years. Her religion was always the most important priority in her life. She spent many hours reading her Bible and listening to the sermons on television. Ida was a very loving individual, she cherished dearly her family and was always there for guidance and help. All of the family have happy memories of the large gatherings on the farm. Ida was a good homemaker and cook and in her spare moments enjoyed knitting and crochet. Her garden, lawn and flowerbeds were a real show place. Her independence and determination will be her legacy to her family. Ida became a resident of the Prairie Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in February of this year. In November she was moved to the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Although weakened Ida still maintained her dignity and greatly appreciated the excellent care she received from both of these facilities. Besides her husband Emil on July 7, 1980, she was predeceased by her parents, a son Herbert on December 23, 1959, her daughter Elsie McDonald on February 2, 1999, a grandson Brent Kohlert, granddaughter Frances Kohlert, great granddaughters Roberta and Melissa Hamilton; sons-in-law Robert Muir and Grant Lamarre; brothers Rudy and Bill and by a sister Olga Lutz. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Erwin (Kathy) of Yorkton, daughters Margaret Muir of Calgary, Lillian (Stan) Hancock of Edmonton, Waldie Lamarre (Dennis Doig) of Drumheller, Brenda (Norman) Sanche of Australia; also a son-in-law John McDonald of Regina, grandchildren Jamie Serool, Kurt Kohlert, Robert, Caroline and Laura Muir, Greg Lamarre, Debbie Bryant, Lisa Ferguson, Michelle Lamarre, Sindy Lamarre, Donna Harker, Glenna Hamilton, John, Scott, Dean, David and Douglas McDonald, Rebecca and Ryan Sanche; 13 great grandchildren, one great great grandson; one brother Arthur (Penny) of Powell River BC; numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends. A Service of Comfort for the family was held on Thursday evening, December 21st from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Pastor Fred Schneider officiated, Judy Berg was the organist. Hymns sung were What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Amazing Grace and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 22nd, 2000, from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Presiding the funeral was Pastor Fred Schneider, and Mr. Ray Yost, worship assistant and soloist. The organist, Judy Berg led in the singing of the hymns Beautiful Saviour, I Walk In The Garden Alone and How Great Thou Art. The solo was The Lord's Prayer. Recollections and remembrances were given by two granddaughters of Ida, Jamie Serool and Donna Harker. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Kurt Kohlert, Robert Muir, Greg Lamarre, and Scott, Dean and Douglas McDonald serving as the casketbearers.
LARSON - Elva Velzain Renee (nee McCredie). The family of Elva Larson wish to announce her passing on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Melville, Sask. She was 89 years of age. Elva Velzain Renee McCredie was born in Bredenbury, Sask. on March 24, 1918, the eldest child of James and Eva (nee Aim) McCredie. Her mother, Eva died giving birth to twins, leaving Elva and her father to care for the seven remaining children. Two other siblings died earlier at very young ages. Elva received her education at Bredenbury, enjoying the books, sports and friends that were at school. Elva married Gerald Larson on January 29, 1942 and with the marriage acquired a large family, being accepted and loved by many more brothers and sisters in the Larson Clan. Elva and Gerald were blessed with three children, Rueben, Vivian and Donald. Together Elva and Gerald operated a dairy farm before purchasing a farm in the Meadowvale district which is still occupied by their daughter, Vivian and her husband, Leonard Murphy. Elva and Gerald raised turkeys and Registered Shorthorn cattle with horses being their pride and joy. Elva took part in community and fairs - showing her flowers and vegetables. Elva loved “the farm” and she maintained an updated knowledge of grains, livestock markets, sports, horse and flower shows. Winters found Gerald and Elva at “the Rink” in Tonkin - where curling for many years was the hub of the community. Elva played lead, Alice Burkell was the third with Georgia Pollock skipping the team. These three would always manage to convince another lady to join the team to curl second and enjoyed many adventures to bonspiels, creating stories they would share for years to come. Strong friendships were forged on the curling ice, a love among these friends that continues today. Elva loved boating and fishing trips as well as drives to the country to see a herd of cattle, attending and participating at horse shows. She supported her children and grandchildren, watching ball games, curling, hockey, soccer, horse shows, 4H Beef and 4H Horse events. Keeping in touch with family was important to Elva, whether it was visiting with relatives in the area or making many trips to B.C. to visit family members there. In 1974 Elva and Gerald moved to Yorkton, where Elva worked in the cafeteria at the Yorkton Stock Yards while Gerald was employed by the Provincial Government as a Brand Supervisor with the Livestock Branch. Elva enjoyed her retirement years and making new friends. Elva was predeceased by her mother, Eva in 1934; her father, James in 1967; her husband, Gerald in 1999. Elva was also predeceased by her brothers, James “Buster”, Merle, Wesley and Lawrence; her sisters, Betty, Edith and two siblings in infancy; brothers-in-law, “C.B.” Rocky Johnstone, Carl Almquist and Bill Wilson and her sister-in-law, Myrtle McCredie. Elva leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her sons, Rueben (Merle) Larson of Yorkton and Donald (Marilyn) Larson of Saskatoon; her daughter, Vivian (Leonard) Murphy of Saltcoats; her grandchildren, Todd (Mona) and their children, Shelby and Tori of Okotoks, AB, Trent (Laurie) and their children, Ronald, Travis and Taylor of Airdrie, AB, Terry and children, Darci and Kendra of Calgary, AB, Lana (Tim Bradshaw) of Yorkton, Jackie (Scott) Murphy-Park and their children, Carter and Brooklyn of Yorkton, Kathy (Mike) Barnett of Australia, Laurel (Darcy) and children, Kristen, Kevin, Shayna, Vickie of Colonsay, Andrew Larson of Marwayne, AB and his daughter, Jade of Humboldt, Kaitlyn, Jeremy and Justin Larson, all of Saskatoon; her sister, Gwen; sister-in-law, Lorna McCredie as well as many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, August 18, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Reverend Harv Janzen of the Parkland Community Church officiating. The pianist, Lenore Denbrok and congregational song leaders, Dave and Alice Peters and Henry and Esther Penner led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Granddaughter, Jackie Murphy-Park, remembered Elva in tribute and eulogy and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Jonas read the obituary. The scriptures were read by Henry Penner. Following a reception at the Parkland Community Church, the interment service was held at the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Jackie Murphy-Park, Laurel Larson, Todd Larson, Trent Larson, Terry Larson and Ronald Larson serving as the casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were Ewart Underwood, Joyce Inglis, Alice Burkell, Evelyn Skea, Bill Cannon, Jean Ford, Betty Dickson and Florence and Hank Sprague.
LARSON - Norman Keith, of Regina, SK peacefully joined the arms of his Saviour on Monday, January 31, 2005 in the Pasqua Hospital at the age of 71 years, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Eileen (McGahey); parents, Oscar and Mary Larson; brothers: George, Bennett, Elmer, Phillip, Allan and Ralph Larson; and sisters: Sevy Jobin and Jenny Wright. Norman will be dearly missed by his wife, Rose-Marie (Hegel), son, Robert (Rita) Larson; grandchildren: Ryan and Rance Larson of Fort Providence, N.W.T.; and daughter, Colleen Larson and her life partner, Carol Geisinger of Saskatoon, SK; younger siblings: Everett (Marie) Larson of Yorkton, SK and Lila Larson of Weyburn, SK; step-daughter, Carol (Arnold) Gelowicz of Regina, SK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Norman was born on December 11, 1933 at Bredenbury, SK and attended school at Rokeby and Yorkton, SK until 1951. He trained and graduated as a psychiatric nurse at Saskatchewan Training School in Weyburn, and worked for 12 years at Valleyview Centre in Moose Jaw. He and his family moved to Fort Smith, N.W.T. in 1967 to work with children in need of protection and care. In 1979 he became employed with N.W.T. Corrections in Hay River. His first love, Shirley, died in 1984 and Norman retired in 1986. He remarried in 1989 and with Rose-Marie, they enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Mexico. They moved to Medicine Hat, AB in 1994 but returned to Regina, SK in 1998. He was active as a member of the Regina Central Lions Club and Norman Kennedy Presbyterian Church. Norman also enjoyed writing poetry and has recently published a book of personal poems. A celebration of Norman's life will be held at the Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Shirley Barker-Kirby officiating.
LAYCOCK - Francis Elmer was born on December 4, 1925, the son of Matthew and Hazel (nee Brady) Laycock. He was raised in the Boakeview District of Saltcoats, Sask. He farmed with his parents before starting a family farm of his own. He met Audrey, his wife of nearly 50 years, at a Christmas Concert where she sang like an angel and stole his heart. They were married about four years later on July 5, 1948. They worked hard together to build a home, raise a family of seven children and farm for many years in the Saltcoats area. Fran’s life was filled with farming activities, visiting with and helping out family and friends, playing music, meeting new people and in his later years even writing a poem for Princess Anne. His health deteriorated over the past few years and he spent some time recently at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He became quite close to the staff and had many stories (and poems) to tell of his good care there. Fran passed away peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2008 at the Regina General Hospital. Fran leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his life, his children, Allin (Carol); Kevin; Brenda (David); Phillip (Yolanda); Wanda (Cam); Myrna (Tracey) and Murray (Lynn); his sister, Irene; his brothers, Ivan (Donna) and Mervin (Lyla) as well as his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from the Saltcoats Town Hall. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
LAYCOCK - Ivis Ella (nee Sinclair). With sadness, the family of Ivis Laycock, announce her passing on Christmas Eve, 2009 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats, Sask. She was 98 years of age. Ivis Ella Laycock was born on October 14, 1911 on Glen Orkney Farm, four miles west of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Robert and Annie (nee Foster) Sinclair. Ivis attended school at St. Magnus for Grades one through eight. In 1938, despite the worst hailstorm ever, Ivis married Joseph Laycock. They were blessed with two children, Gary and Gordon. Ivis and Joe lived and farmed in the Meadowvale District until moving into the town of Saltcoats in 1971. The years on the farm were filled with hard work, but Ivis always enjoyed the opportunity to have company over for a meal. Even on short notice, she always had extra food on hand so it was never a problem. Ivis had wonderful memories of Christmas riding the horse and cutter to the Sinclair’s home for the day and their family coming back for New Year’s Day celebrations. In the evening, before the T.V. could be turned on, there was music every evening with Ivis at the piano, while Joe, Gary and Gordon played their instruments. Ivis always had entries in the Saltcoats Fair and she would use her winnings from the fair to treat the family to a night at the “Drive-In Theatre”. After moving into Saltcoats, Ivis took her first “official” job as a Library Assistant. Her retirement years were kept busy with this work, her gardening and her involvement in the Agricultural Society (to which she was an Honourary Member). Of course, she was always ready to babysit her grandchildren and enjoyed being a part of their lives. Over the years, music was a large part of Ivis’ life, giving piano lessons, as a part of the church choir, etc. Ivis was also a member of the Senior Laketown Leaders and helped set up the driver program. Ivis felt very blessed to have lived such a long and happy life. She wrote in 2000, “My eyes are failing me and after all these years, I’m wearing out and I’m ready to leave this world. I don’t want to leave all my wonderful family - but that’s life. Don’t be sad - life has been good to me - when God comes for me, I’ll be ready.” Ivis was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Annie Sinclair; her husband, Joseph and her sisters and brothers (and their spouses), Ora (Amos) Border, Verna (Ronald) Branscombe, Foster (Florabelle) Sinclair and Margaret (William) Westberry. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her sons, Gary (Dianne) Laycock and Gordon (Shirley) Laycock; her grandchildren, Teresa Laycock (Curtis Kerluke), Grant (Carla) Laycock, David (Natal) Laycock, Stephen Laycock (Gina Sundquist); her great-grandchildren, Amanda, Emily, Matthew, Adam, Carson, Alyssa, Jenna and Lily; as well as her nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from the Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats, Sask. The Interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
LEIK - Elsie (nee Billings) February 19, 1920 - July 25, 2012. Elsie in her 92nd year passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on July 25, 2012 at Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon. Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Jack (1986); son, Doug (2008); son, Michael in infancy; one daughter, Torina, also in infancy; and daughter-in-law, Lori. Left to cherish her memory is her sister, Winnifred of Nottingham, England; Elsie's sons: Allan (Glenna) of Bartlesville, OK and their children Jason, Kerri; Jake (Gwen) of Warman, SK and their son Morgan; Rod of Saskatoon, SK and his son Peter; and Darryl (Janelle) of Warman, SK and their children Adam, Ashley; daughter-in-law, Louise Emsley and her children Kim, Jack; and four great-grandchildren. Elsie was born on February 19, 1920 to John and Harriet Billings in Nottingham, England, the daughter of a coal miner and one of ten siblings. On September 17, 1943, she was united in marriage to Jacob Leik in England. In February 1946, following the end of the war, Elsie immigrated to Killaly, SK to join her husband, Jack. Elsie traveled numerous days by ship and train to arrive in Melville, SK and there saw her first glimpse of a Saskatchewan winter! They began farming in the Killaly-Neudorf District and were blessed with five sons: Allan, Doug, Jake, Rod and Darryl. In 1967, Elsie and her husband moved to Saltcoats, SK. Elsie managed the family household and took on the challenge of raising five energetic boys. Her Christian faith was very important to her and during the early years, Elsie taught Sunday school lessons and bible study. She was a member of the Saltcoats Anglican Church Women's group and Saltcoats Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and various other community groups. Being a War Bride, Elsie enjoyed many War Bride Conventions and Christmas Parties, and returned three times to England to visit with family. She retained a bit of her British accent throughout her life. In 1998, she decided to move to Saskatoon to be closer to her family. Elsie was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, gardening, knitting, Bingo, cards, jigsaw puzzles and of course, socializing with family and friends. She loved birds and teddy bears and many of these ornaments were on display in her home. In later years, she could always be found in her pink recliner chair with her head buried in a word puzzle book and a handful of Werthers candies close by. Elsie had a caring personality that people were drawn to. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone around her. She believed in unconditional love and carried that belief throughout her lifetime. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Saltcoats Anglican Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
LENGER - Jody (nee Keeler) age 26 of Bredenbury, SK. passed away August 14, 2003. Leaving to mourn her husband, Franz Lenger, her daughter Mercedees Maureen age 3 months. A trust fund has been set up for donations for baby Mercedees at Canadian Western Bank, Yorkton Region.
LEPPINGTON - Melvin Edward was born on December 8, 1916, the son of Ned and Elizabeth (nee Tourner) on the Leppington homestead in the Perley District of Saskatchewan. He attended Perley School and in later years served on the Perley School Board. Mel married Jean (nee Kerr) in 1938 and took over the family farm. Mel and Jean were blessed with two children, Barrie (who passed away at the young age of 2 ½) and Gloria. The couple resided on the Leppington homestead farm until they retired into the town of Saltcoats in 1978. Along with farming, for a short time Mel worked for the C.P. Railway in Bredenbury. He also was a member of the United Grain Growers. Mel loved sports. He played ball and also coached Junior Ball in Saltcoats for many years. He was an avid curler, sporting the curling sweaters knitted by his wife, Jean. Many trophies were won over the years. In later years he enjoyed watching curling as well as many other sports on T.V. He enjoyed watching his grandsons, Vince and Brian grow up and especially following and going on many bus trips to see them play hockey - he loved to cheer them on. Mel also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his neighbors in the district. Mel played his fiddle and Jean the piano which led to the band, “The Perley Club” that played in Saltcoats, Churchbridge, Langenburg, Bredenbury, Melville and various other communities in the area. In later years, when his health began to fail he spend many hours listening to his tapes and music. Mel also loved to garden and grow flowers. He liked to share the abundant crop with his friends and neighbors. He was fortunate to remain in his own home until he was hospitalized on December 11, 2007. Mel was predeceased by his wife, Jean; his parents, Ned and Elizabeth; his infant son, Barrie; his sister, Freeda and his brother-in-law, Ernie. Mel leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his daughter, Gloria and her husband, Dave Herron of Bredenbury; his grandsons, Vince (Val) Herron of Innisfail, AB and Brian (Shirley) Herron and their children, Tyson and Kylie, all of Regina; a special niece, Beatrice (Lorne) Morris and family of Bangor, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Saltcoats United Church. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
LESINSZKI - Joseph was born on October 3, 1922 in Yolac, Hungary; the second child born to Joseph and Anne (nee Toth) Lesinszki. In 1931 the family immigrated to Canada to join Joe Lesinszki Sr. who had started farming in the Eden district in the Saltcoats area. He attended Eden School, finishing grade eight, and then assisted his father on the family farm. On April 30, 1949 Joe was united in marriage with Alma Liepert. Joe would learn his love of farming from his father and together Joe and Alma would remain farming for another 58 years. Life was difficult in the early years, with a lot of hard work required to clear land, care for livestock and raise four small children, but together they worked hard and enjoyed their life on the farm. Some of Joe’s other interests were auction sales, coffee row with friends and neighbors and fishing with his sons and grandsons. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Anne; daughter Margaret; sisters: Anne (Tony) Levak, and Irene (Ben) Liepert. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory his loving wife of 58 years, Alma; daughter Linda Novick of Saskatoon and her son Michael and daughter Michelle; son Allan (Maureen) Lesinszki of Calgary and their son Brent and daughter Megan; and son Les of Yorkton; as well as numerous other relatives, friends and neighbors.
LEWIS - Verdna Ingrid (nee Anderson) formerly of Watson, passed away peacefully at St. Paul's Hospital on September 29th, 2007 surrounded by the loving presence of her family. Predeceased by her husband Arthur and brothers Willard, Herbert and Lauren, Verdna will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by her daughters, Mardele Harland (Fred) and Ellen Lokinger (Dennis); grandchildren Christopher Harland (Rebecca Everly and son Sebastian), Renata Harland (Mathew DeJohn and sons Ryan and Jacob), Rob Lokinger (Suzanne), Joe Lokinger, and Dave Lokinger (Stephanie); sisters Violet Rooke and Florence Gunnarson; and numerous friends and relatives. Born to Emma and John Walfred Anderson in 1913, Verdna grew up on a farm near Saltcoats. After graduating from high school in Yorkton, she attended Normal School in Regina. Verdna then taught at Tupper school until 1938 when she married fellow teacher Arthur Lewis and moved to Watson. At that time, married women were not encouraged to continue practicing their profession, which was difficult for Verdna, who was a `born teacher'. She was able to return to the classroom with the shortage of teachers associated with the outbreak of World War II. She thoroughly enjoyed her years of teaching grades 7 and 8 and never met a student she didn't like. She was a positive influence on hundreds of students who remember her fondly. A woman of strong faith, Verdna participated actively in the life of Watson's Trinity United Church. She was Superintendent of the Sunday School for 24 years, held offices in the UCW, served on the church Board and provincial committees, and sang in the choir. She also was an active member of the Watson pastoral care committee until she moved to McClure Place in Saskatoon in 2003. Verdna believed in doing her part to make the world around her a better place. Over the years, she contributed her planning and leadership skills to many organizations and activities in Watson. As well, she was a generous financial supporter of a wide range of international and local organizations. Verdna was a generous and compassionate "people person', and enjoyed a wide circle of friends of all ages. But above all, Verdna believed in family and enjoyed having her family with her at Christmases and other special times. She was a very loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A Memorial Service in celebration of Verdna's life will be held at McClure United Church, Saskatoon, Wednesday, October 3rd, 2:00 p.m.
MABBEN - Gordon "Gordie" Leslie (October 19, 1925 - August 11, 2009) was born in Saltcoats, the only child of Walter and Mary (nee McLeash) Maben. He received all of his schooling in Saltcoats and spent most of his life there. Gordon lost his mother when he was 12 years old, however, her father remarried and Gordon became a big brother to George and Phyllis. Like most farm boys he worked with his father and for other farms in the area. He also operated a draying business in town, hauling coal and ice which he cut from the lake. He delivered freight from the train station and unloaded lumber from the boxcar. Gordon spent several years breaking and clearing land. At an early age Gordon learned that his eyesight would always be limited but with several eye surgeries he was able to cope quite well on his own. When he became legally blind he moved to Yorkton where he shared his life with a loving companion. Since Verda passed away in 1995, Gordon has been on his own, depending on his family and friends to help out. He managed to plant his own garden and mow his own lawn until just a year ago. His morning always started with a trip to MacDonald’s for his coffee and the fellowship of his neighbors and fellow coffee drinkers. Gordon was known to be an honest, hard working and loyal individual. He will be sadly missed by brother, George (Doris) Maben of Yorkton, sister, Phyllis (Roger) Kaeding of Churchbridge; two nephews, Warren (Carla) Kaeding of Churchbridge and Brad (Janna) Kaeding of Yellowknife, NT and one niece, Leslie (Dale) Hicks of Outlook, Sask. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, SK. Following a reception in Gunn Room at Christie's Funeral Home, the interment will take place in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery, Saltcoats.
MACDONALD - Grace, It is with sadness that the family of the late Grace MacDonald, of the Saltcoats district, announce her passing on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at the Regina General Hospital. She was 77 years of age. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats, Sask.
MACDONALD - Linton Alexander passed away peacefully, at the age of 94, on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at the Circle Drive Special Care Home in Saskatoon. Linton was born on February 25th, 1916 in the Saltcoats district, SK and married Ida Johnson on July 6th, 1938 in Yorkton, SK. Linton taught school 1936 - 1943, and served as Vice Principal 1942 - 1943 for the Bredenbury Town School. Linton joined the Canadian Army in August 1943. He was posted overseas with the Lake Superior Regiment, was wounded in Germany March 1st, 1945, and discharged with the rank of Corporal. After returning home Linton worked as Secretary for the RM of Saltcoats, Yorkton School Unit, and as the Provincial Secretary for the Royal Canadian Legion until 1981, and then served as the Sergeant of Arms, Gov't of Sask. from 1981 - 1985. Linton enjoyed curling and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Broadway United Church in Regina. Linton is survived by sons, Bob and Ray (Betty); grandchildren, Paige (Malcolm) Muth, Laird (Helen) MacDonald, Leah MacDonald, Darren MacDonald and Candace (Marty) Mathewson, Dawn (Rocco) Laurienzo, Janine (Doug) Cavers; great-grandchildren, James, Nicole, Marcus, Brittany, Ashley, Corbin, Joss, and Andie; brother, Marvin MacDonald; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Linton was predeceased by his wife, Ida; daughter-in-law, Alice; parents, Malcolm and Robina; brothers, Grant (Connie) and Buzz (Betty); sisters, Janet (Jack) Fehrenbach, Helen (Sam) Kirkham; Kathy (Ted) Endersbe. A Service of Praise Celebrating Linton's Life will be held on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Broadway United Church (105 Broadway Ave., Regina).
MACDONALD - Mabel Olga (nee Schultz) was born on January 1, 1913 on a farm in the Saltcoats area, the daughter of Ernest and Matilda (nee Summerfeld) Schultz. She was raised on the farm and attended Tupper School. On October 26, 1935, Mabel married her school friend, Andrew MacDonald. They worked together on a farm in the Saltcoats area where their first son, Ernie was born in 1938. When the opportunity arose to rent a farm in the Nipawin area, they moved north where their second son, Orville was born in 1943. In 1945 they moved to Weekes, where Andy was Elevator Agent until his retirement in 1973. They lived in Porcupine Plain for two years then returned 'home' to Yorkton. Following Andy's death, Mabel lived in Saltcoats for a few years and then became a resident at the Bentley Retirement Community in Yorkton. With her family my her side, Mabel passed away on September 19, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 93 years of age. Mabel was a 'stay at home Mom', who devoted her life to her family. Until her death, she referred to her two sons as her 'boys'. Her five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren were the pride of her life. She was talented at knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching. An avid gardener, Mabel had her own garden until she was 92 years old. She also loved to cook and bake, and few guests ever left her home without a full course meal or at least a cup of tea and goodies. Mabel was predeceased by her husband, Andy in May of 1999; her father in Ernest in 1922; her mother, Matilda in 1965; her sisters, Loretta Benedik in 1989 and Teresa Ruff in 1996; her brothers, Edward in 1990, Ewald in 1993 and Martin in 1993. She leaves to mourn her passing, her loving sister, Anna Toth of Saltcoats; her son, Ernie (Marion) of Weyburn, SK and their children, Christine (Rick Ursu), Blaine (Stacy) and Keri Erickson; her son, Orville (Pat) of Cold Lake, AB and their children, Brent (Dawn) and Blake (Lawnie); her fourteen great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Emmy Schultz and Mary Schultz and her brother-in-law, Steve Benedik as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. A Visitation for Family and Friends was held on Sunday, September 24, 2006 from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel in Yorkton, SK. The Funeral Services was held on Monday, September 25, 2006 from Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton, SK with Pastor Daniel Moeller officiating. The organist, Verna Liebrecht, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The soloist, Keri Erickson, sang one selection, 'Amazing Grace'. The interment service followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Christine MacDonald, Keri Erickson, Blaine MacDonald, Ivan Toth, Delmar Toth and Alf Leveille serving as casket bearers.
MACDONALD - William "Bill", late of Saltcoats and formerly of Regina, passed away suddenly in his home in Saltcoats, Sask. on Sunday, April 24, 2011. He was 67 years of age. William Bannatyne MacDonald was born on June 4th, 1943 in Prince Albert, Sask. He was the eldest son of Bannatyne (Bannie) and Marian (nee McLeod) MacDonald. Bill's father was stationed in the army at Prince Albert. They lived in a number of other centers until the war ended. The family then settled in Brantford, Ontario for a number of years and Bill began his education there. In 1952 the family relocated to the McLeod family farm near Saltcoats where Bill continued his education at Eden School. He attended High School in Saltcoats and drove the local school bus during his senior year. After his graduation from high school Bill worked on the family farm and for other farmers in the area for a couple of years before he began his career as a surveyor with the Department of Highways. He travelled nearly all areas of Saskatchewan with different road crews, and made many lifelong friends. After a couple of decades on the road he moved into Regina Government offices and served in a number of departments. His years of experience and travel gave him an encyclopaedic knowledge the towns and highways in our province, and Bill was very proud of this knowledge. When Bill retired he moved back to Saltcoats and became the main caregiver to his Mother until she entered the Lakeside Manor Care Home. He was a very familiar face at the Manor with his loyal visits to his Mother. Bill was well known and well liked in town and enjoyed time visiting with friends in Regina and Saltcoats. Bill was predeceased by both his parents and his youngest brother, Donald. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Grace MacDonald (John Scott); his brother, Ewan and wife Darlene; his nieces, Michelle (Joe Nagy) and their children Letisha and Brett, Lori (Scott) Barrick and their children, Brady, Katie and Aliya; his nephews, Clayton MacDonald (Tiffany Vezina) and their children, Owen and Iris, and Brady MacDonald. He also leaves one dear Aunt, Norma Bruce and numerous cousins. A grave side service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Saltcoats Town Cemetery in Saltcoats. A Small Reception will follow in the Sterling Room in Saltcoats.
MACKAY - Neil Bannatyne MacKay (December 17 , 1932 - January 29 , 2011) was born in the Chatsworth District of Saskatchewan. He was the second child of Archie and Christina (nee MacDonald) MacKay. Neil attended the Chatsworth and Saltcoats schools before heading on to Moose Jaw Tech and Saskatoon to complete his Journeyman Electrician. Neil first worked for Barnhart Electric then went on to start his own business, Saltcoats Electric. Neil worked as an electrician for many years and was proud to bring electricity to farms that were getting power for the first time. In addition to his electrical work, Neil gave countless hours to his community as a Town Councilor, member of the volunteer fire department, the Masonic Lodge, and minor sports. Neil married Fern Rennie on August 9th, 1963 and they were blessed with four sons: Stuart, Glen, Dale, and Darrin. Neil was a gifted musician and taught himself to play his dad’s violin. He spent many cherished hours playing music with his buddies Lorne Neal, Dale Hulston, Gary Laycock, and later with Fern. They played for various dances and other social functions in the Saltcoats area. Neil enjoyed sports, playing hockey and curling in his youth and later watching the hockey and baseball games of his four boys. He also volunteered for the July 1st ball tournament in Saltcoats for years. Neil had a love of nature and farm life. He was always ready to lend a hand at harvest time. He loved being outdoors, picking berries, fishing and then sharing his bounty with friends and family. A bouquet of lady slippers, tiger lilies or other wild flowers would be brought home from country drives to be shared with friends. Neil also liked wood-working and built many planters and benches for yard and garden. Neil loved his grandchildren and enjoyed telling them stories (or maybe tall tales). He was also a favourite Uncle and Great Uncle and the nieces/nephews were often heard saying “Uncle Neil said …” and if Uncle Neil said it – it must be true! Neil will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, his sense of humour and his unwavering loyalty to family and friends. Neil was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Jean Rae and brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Fern; sons, Stuart (Donna) their children, Spencer and Kaytlyn; Glen; Dale (Corinne) their children, Carter and Brooke; and Darrin. Neil also leaves to mourn his passing, his sister, Kathy (Jimmy) Morgan and family; sister-in-law, Myrtle MacKay and family; sisters-in-law, Pearl (Ken) Torrie, Patsy (Yaris) Cisecki; brothers-in-law, Glen (Sharon) Rennie, Earl (Debbie) Rennie and their families as well as many neighbours and good friends in the Saltcoats area. Service of comfort for the late Neil MacKay will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christies Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Saltcoats Community Hall. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
MADDAFORD - Dean Beckly was born on October 24, 1929, the son of Charles Homer and Thelma Annie (nee Beckly) Maddaford. He grew up on the family farm in the Crescent District, helping his father and brother, Harley, with the farm work at a young age. He belonged to the Baby Beef Club. In 1945, the family moved to the Peachview District to the farm homesteaded by his grandfather, Robert and Louise (nee Baines) Maddaford. He was always proud of the herd of Black Angus cattle started by his grandfather and father. He was a great lover of nature which he passed on to his own family. Dean always brought bouquets of wild flowers to the house, motherless baby rabbits or new born calves to warm up - much to the delight of his daughters! Dean found much joy in the simple things in life and walking in the fields searching for arrowheads was an outing enjoyed by the whole family. In his later years, Dean joined the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association. Dean married Irene Eunice Laycock, daughter of Matthew and Hazel Laycock on May 25, 1953. Together they raised six daughters, Karen, Gwen, Noreen, Catherine, Valerie and Barbara. They were a great help driving tractors, haying, milking cows and tending large gardens. A founding member of the Crescent Grazing Co-op, Dean also served the municipality as Weed Inspector as well as being involved in the Watershed Project. A member of the Parkland Rock and Gem Club for over 20 years, Dean's interest in cutting and polishing stones became his hobby. For Christmas 2005, Dean and Irene made a piece of jewelry for every family member, including the grandchildren, which had now become a treasured keepsake for each of them. Dean enjoyed curling, fishing and was a great reader and cribbage player. It was always his grandchildren's ambition to 'beat Grampa at cribbage'! Dean took great joy in his 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. As a couple Dean and Irene joined the Seniors' Curling Club in Saltcoats. In 1975 Dean lost his arm in a baling accident and had to sell the cattle and later the farm, the hardest thing he ever had to do. They moved to Irene's parents' farm in Boakeview district. Together they grew alfalfa seed using leaf cutter bees, becoming their new life interest. Dean was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Annie; his step-father, William Wiseman and his brother-in-law, Robert Regimbal. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his wife, Irene; his six daughters, Karen (Garvin Wiley), Gwen (Wilf Miller), Noreen (Dave Salamon), Cathy (Rick Wilson), Val (Merlin Toth), Barbara (Lyle Olmstead); his fifteen grandchildren, Sara, Robert, Jennifer, Brett, Alethea, Aaron, Jason, Patrick, Kalea, Cara, Mitchell, Kristopher, Brandy, Renell, Greame; his five great-grandchildren, Aiden, Ethan, Jackson, Nolan, Carter and Eva; his brother, Harley (Rae); sisters, Phyllis (Cyril Lawrence) and Lynn (David Wrishko) as well as many other relatives and good friends. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal and pianist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Dean was remembered in tribute and eulogy by Reverend Walter Farquharson. The cremation committal followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery Columbarium with Kevin Laycock serving as the urn bearer and all those who shared in Dean's life serving as honourary pallbearers.
MARTIN - Ernest Lewis Worthy of Yorkton passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Our Dad's life began on July 15, 1914 at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He graced this earth for 92 plus years. His childhood years were spent in the Crescent Lake area where he attended Happy Home and Good Hope Schools. School was not his favorite place to be and early on he decided his dad needed him fulltime on the farm. In the summer of 1942 he met and became the husband of a very sweet lady, Kathrine Weber. They were married September 6, 1942 at Waldron, Saskatchewan and together for 58 years created a life, which made him a loving Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He was a friend to many, and was always there with a willing hand, if and whenever, anyone needed a brilliant mechanical mind. Kathrine and Ernest farmed in the Waldron area until the spring of 1950 at which time they moved to the Yorkton area to farm, a move they both felt would benefit their children in more ways than one. He was predeceased by his beloved wife on June 9, 2001. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Alex in 1973 and Fred in 1997. He is survived by his children: Marge (Matt Montain and their family: Barb, Patti- Jo (Chris Donovan, Maranda and Kaylie), Vi (Ernie Friesen and their family Cheryl (Ron Haverick, Lauren) and Brenda, Linda (Larry Grosky and their family: Wade (Nicole) and Leanne, Sharon (Barry Bodnaryk and their family: Racquel, Jan - Michelle (Denis Gallant, Taylor, Caleb, Alivia), Judy (Wade Pfeifer and their family: Jeremy Knodel (Coralee, Jordan, Brooklyn, Courtney), Jennifer, Kyle, Jade, Jamie), Ralph (Elaine and their family Charity and Jason), Gloria "Sam" (Brian Chupa and their family: Roidyn and Brynn). He is also survived by his nephew Ken Martin of High River, Alberta and his niece Mabel Mess of Ottawa, Ontario. Dad and Mom worked very hard on the farm all their life to make sure their children were provided with a better life and education. Dad also worked at several places in the city to try and make ends meet. He hauled coal in the winter, worked at John Deere, Coop Creamery and was an active school board member at York Lake School. Their ability to listen to us no matter what time of day or how troubled we were was simply amazing. With a hug, and our parents saying "It will be okay Honey" we were sent on our way. No matter how busy he was with his farm work, he always had a time to stop and play ball with us. Afternoons between 3 and 3:30 saw the tractor stop, tea made and the television turned on to watch "Edge Of Night". Dad's daughter-in-law, and each of the six sons-in-law held a special place in his heart. We know that Mom and Dad have a special place in their heart as well. It really didn't matter how many friends we dragged home they were more than welcome and just had to eat something! Saturday mornings were "grocery shopping" times and Dad usually managed to put a lot more in the grocery cart than what was on Mom's list. Dad's greatest joy was when grandchildren came to visit and he would get down on his hands and knees and chased them around the house, not caring how much they screamed and yelled, until Grandma decided that was all the noise she could handle! He enjoyed getting them hyper and sending them home for their parents to deal with, but they never left the house without a hug and a kiss on the forehead. And on more than one occasion the tears in his eyes let them know that no one would ever love them more. Dad's favourite outings were spur-of-the-moment trips to Katepwa for a family picnic, fishing, playing ball as well as playing tricks on his family, such as scaring the kids in the dark, and playing April fools jokes on them. His pet peeve was "flies". He never went far in the house without a flyswatter, he also had one in his truck just in case! We were blessed to have Dad as long as we did. We will miss his sparkling blue eyes, his dimple chin and his infectious smile and we will hold him in our hearts forever. We love you Dad! The funeral service was held on Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2007 from St. Anderew's United Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Faye Greer officiating. Alex Allary a longtime friend of Ernests played "Amazing Grace" on his Violin as the family entered the Sanctuary. Shani Apland was the organist leading the choir and congregation in the Hymns. The Scripture reader was Brynn Chupa; the reflections of Ernest's life were given by Barb Montain and the special Poems were read by: Sam Chupa, Jade and Jamie Pfeifer. The song "I Can Only Imagine" by Jeff Carson was played after the poems were read with the song "With My Last Breath" byOlaf Pyttlick as the recessional. The Honourary Bearers were named as grandchildren with Wade Grosky, Jason Martin, Jeremy Knodel, Roidyn Chupa, Kyle Pfeifer and Brenda Friesen as ushers. The interment took place at the Yorkton City Cemetery.
MARTIN - Annie Myrtle (nee Vickers) passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2006 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was 93 years of age. Myrtle was born on November 28, 1913, the daughter of Fred and Annie (nee Heaps) Vickers. She was raised and received her education in Bredenbury. On July 15, 1936, Myrtle was united in marriage to Walter Martin and the couple farmed in the Bredenbury District until their retirement in 1965. In 1992, they relocated to Yorkton, where Myrtle remained following Walter’s death in 1996. She spent the last two years in Saskatoon and enjoyed living closer to her son, Glenn and his family. Myrtle enjoyed travelling, square dancing, curling and playing cards, especially cribbage. Late in life she discovered a passion for painting and created many wonderful pieces of art. Myrtle will be remembered for her great love of beautiful things, her gratitude for all the blessings in her life, her sense of equality for all and her ability to enjoy the simple things in life. Myrtle was predeceased by her husband, Walter Martin, and five brothers, George, Roy, Leslie and Herbert Vickers. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene (Don) Joss of Post Fall, Idaho; her son, Glenn (Helen) Martin of Saskatoon, SK; four grandchildren, Murray Joss, Lori Joss, Mona (Todd) Larson, Russell (Sherry) Martin; seven great grandchildren, Athena, Chelsea and Dallas Joss, Shelby and Tori Larsen and Kyla and Logan Martin; sisters, Ollie (George) Morrison, Reta Wilds, Edith Heieie and one brother, Raymond (Ena) Vickers as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, December 28, 2006 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Mrs. Sharon Litvanyi, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The readers were Lori Joss and Bev McLaren. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of St. Mark with Murray Joss, Russ Martin, Todd Larson, Norman Vickers, Orval Vickers and Bev McLaren serving as casket bearers.
MARTINEAU - Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Mosher) Thompson. Betty passed away peacefully on July 8, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 75 years. She was born August 26, 1930 in St. John, New Brunswick, the first of two daughters born to Margaret and Robin Mosher. She spent the first 21 years of her life in St. Martin's, New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. Then as a young bride and mother she moved to the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. During her lifetime Betty held many positions - almost all related to serving and helping others. But her greatest love was nursing. In 1984, Betty made Saskatchewan her home - she loved the wide open skies, the grain silos and the fields of wheat. After many years of farm living near Yorkton, she moved to Saltcoats. She loved her little house; her new community; her new neighbours and her precious little dog, Patches - all the children knew Patches! She was an advocate of honesty and fairness even to the end - where it was 'equal opportunity for all'. Betty never judged; was always accepting but she would never stand silent for the mistreatment of others. Her life long passions were her children first; reading and the quest for knowledge; crossword puzzles; quilting and gardening. Her indomitable courage, sense of humour and quick wit were with her to her last breath. Her inspiration will stay with her family for ever. She took their love with her and left her's with her family. This legacy will empower the generations to follow. Left to celebrate Betty's life are her long time companion, George Martineau of Yorkton, SK; her mother, Margaret Mosher of Yorkton, SK; her sister, Jean (John) Masiello of Fresno, CA; her four daughters, Daphne Anderson of Duncan, B.C., Gaye (Sammi) Patton of Nanoose Bay, B.C., Tanya (Jeff) Pritchett of Qualicum Beach, B.C. and Leslie Thompson of Sudbury, ON; her six grandchildren, Cindy Patton, Paul and Cathy Anderson, Justin McLoughlin, Tia and Jamie Thompson; her great-grandchildren, Brianna Parrott and Kody Anderson. In accordance with Betty's wishes a Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 from the Saltcoats Curling Rink in Saltcoats, SK. The Cremation Committal will take place at a later date.
McCONNELL - Jack Walter. The family of Jack McConnell announce his passing on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 57 years of age. Jack Walter McConnell was born on February 25, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ontario, the son of Gordon and Violet (nee Brown) McConnell. Jack was united in marriage to Sandra (nee McCoy) on February 8, 1969 and they were blessed with two sons, Jeremy and Jonathan. Jack began working at a young age as a guide for fishermen in the Fort Frances area. He also worked hauling gravel and managed a hotel for many years. In 1978, Jack and Sandra moved to Saskatchewan, making their home in Churchbridge, where he worked in mechanics - the job he loved the most. Jack's greatest joy was working on his 1966 Chevelle 300 and going to Car Shows. Even after he lost his sight, he spent many hours working on his car. Jack and Sandra moved to Bredenbury in 1990 where they remained until his passing. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Violet McConnell. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his wife of 37 years, Sandra of Bredenbury; his sons, Jeremy and his wife, Tracey of Regina and Jonathan and his wife, Cheryl of Regina; his two grandchildren, Taylor and Lexandra of Regina. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury, Sask. with Rev. Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. In accordance with Jack's wishes a private family cremation committal will take place at a later date.
McKENZIE - Ragna (nee Johnson) of Yorkton passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 94 years of age. Ragna was born April 13, 1909 on the family farm in the Bredenbury area. Ragna was the daughter of Kristian and Mathilda (nee Johannesson) Johnson who originated from Iceland and Sweden respectively, meeting in Norquay and arriving in Canada at the turn of the Century. On January 21, 1941, Ragna was united in marriage to Donald John MacKenzie. Ragna was a faithful member of St. Andrew's United Church over the years and participated in most church functions and committees. She also enjoyed and was very adept at sewing, handiwork, bowling, curling and singing. Predeceased by her husband in 1966 and one brother during infancy, she is survived by one brother Adolph (Meike) Johnson and nephews Kristian (Sheila); Robert, Donald (Colleen), as well as great nieces, Micaela and Erika and long-time friend and neighbour Dale Wenner. Ragna will be very much missed by her family, friends, neighbours, church and all who came to know and love her. Funeral services were held Friday, June 27, 2003 from St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Adel Compton officiating. The organist Mrs. Shani Apland accompanied by the St. Andrew's United Church Choir led the congregation in singing the hymns. Honorary casketbearers were all those who shared in Ragna's life. Ragna was laid to rest in the Garden of St. Matthew in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Kris Johnson, Bob Johnson, Don Johnson, Dale Wenner, Bill Thompson and Morley Moore serving as casketbearers.
McINTYRE - John Alexander "Jack" was born on September 12, 1928, in Grandview, Manitoba, the youngest child of Duncan and Florence (nee Currie) McIntyre. He met the love of his life, Jean Wheal of Winnipeg, Manitoba while she was visiting relatives in the Grandview area. The couple were united in marriage on November 6, 1948 and were blessed with the birth of three children, Dave, Sandy and Tom. Jack and Jean began their lives together on the family farm where they remained for eight years, eventually moving the family to Winnipeg where he had gained employment with the T. Eaton Company. Jack soon found that city living wasn’t his style and moved the family to Dauphin where he became a relief agent for the United Grain Growers. In 1958 the family followed Jack’s career to Stornoway, where he managed his first grain elevator. In 1962, Jack was promoted to Saltcoats, Sask. where the family settled and called home for the next 46 years. In 1980, when Jack was forced into early retirement due to an allergy to grain dust, he worked for a few years farming for his good friend, Jim Bradford. Jack loved trying his hand at modern farming, and talked about the many changes from the days when he ran his team of horses. Jack also worked as the Caretaker of the Saltcoats Town Cemetery, a position he took great pride in. He thoroughly enjoyed the hours spent on the beautification of the landscape as well as hosting the many visitors to the cemetery and helping them locate their loved ones. His family also enjoyed the picnic visits under the “beer tree on the hill”. After retiring from his work with the cemetery, Jack continued his love of gardening in his own yard, nurturing his vegetables, especially the tomatoes. His garden was his pride and joy and he supplied more that just family with the finest vegetables in town. Within the community Jack spent many hours serving minor sports, the Saltcoats Laketowners and the curling club, truly most of his winter months were spent helping at the curling rink. He loved sports, especially baseball (he lived for the Blue Jays) and curling. One of Jack’s biggest thrills was attending the 1985 Silver Broom in Glasgow, Scotland where he met and befriended the Al Hackner team who went on to win the Silver Broom. He was very proud of his pictures with “Joanie” and the Schmirler team. One of his last passions was cheering for Gerry and Steve to win the 2008 Brier. A loving and beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jack enjoyed visits with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who brought smiles to his face even on his last difficult days. Jack was the last remaining member of his immediate family being predeceased by his parents, Duncan and Florence; his only sister, Marion and his brothers, Neil, Laverne and Lloyd. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean in 1993; his daughter, Sandy in 1977 and his grandson, Jeffry in 1995. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his two sons, David, and his wife, Nancy and their children Garett (his wife, Tracy and their sons, Braden and Evan) and Jason (his partner, Chantelle and sons, Taylor and Jordan) and Tom and his wife, Gail and their son, Michael (his wife, Krissa and children, Zachary, Avery and Brenna) as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Funeral Services were held on Friday, June 27, 2008 from Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation and members of the Saltcoats United Church choir in the singing of the hymns. Rev. Walter Farquharson shared words of tribute and eulogy. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Michael McIntyre, Garett McIntyre, Jason McIntyre, Gary McIntyre, Grant McIntyre and Barry Randell serving as casket bearers.
METZLER - Harry passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Center after a short battle with cancer. Harry was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Elizabeth, his wife, Donna, his brother, Fred and niece, Denise. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life his sister, Emma of Victoria, BC; his children, Harold (Linda) Metzler of Bredenbury, SK, Cam (Wanda) Metzler of Bredenbury, SK, Janet (Wayne) Moser of Saskatoon, SK, Dean Metzler of Honey Moon Bay, B.C. and Kenton Metzler of Regina, SK, seven grandchildren, Tammy, Kim, Jeff, Megan, Brad, Jordan and Braden as well as nieces and nephews. Harry was the second son born to Martin and Elizabeth Metzler. He was born on Sept. 4, 1932 in the rural area of Zenita. After moving briefly to Winnipeg the family moved to a small farm in the outskirts of Bredenbury where he resided with his family until his marriage to Donna MacGregor in 1955. In 1961 Harry built his own house where he resided until his passing. In 1962 he purchased a local garage that he owned and operated until 1988, when his son Harold took it over. Harry then went to school to become a machinist and continued to work 6 days a week until he became ill. At the time of his illness he was restoring a VW Beetle, Farmall tractor and building a snow plane. Harry was at his happiest when he was working on one of his projects. He could always be found at the back of the shop puttering around on something. Harry was an active member of his community, and helped out where he could. He built and donated a zamboni for the Bredenbury rink and took pride in designing and building many of the displays for the Christmas Light committee. Harry’s family and friends will miss his good sense of humor and his cheerful nature. In accordance with Harry’s wishes, a private family service was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
MILLER - David. On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville, SK. David passed away at the age of 76 years after visiting his family at Crooked Lake. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Mr. David Miller was born on September 11, 1930 in the Rhein district of Saskatchewan a son of Fred and Matilda (nee Wagner) Miller. He was raised on the family farm at Saltcoats, Sask. and received his education there. After his education David worked on Henry Miller's farm. During this time he met Isabel Bernice Niefer and they were united in marriage on June 17, 1951. This union was blessed with five children first Larry then Harvey, Linda, Marilyn and Herby. David worked hard to support his family first by hauling coal then with the 7UP company and later he started his own company called "Dave's Delivery". This was followed by employment with Western Groceries driving delivery truck for 18 years and then as a handyman until he retired. After residing in Yorkton for 46 years of their lives David and Isabel moved to Regina to be closer to their family and access to medical care because of David's health. David loved his wife and family and enjoyed many happy times with them whether it was fishing, playing ball or pool. Many hours were spent playing cards especially Canasta; and as well David and Isabel would always play Kinsmen TV Bingo. David loved the Toronto Maple Leafs, his 1978 Ford Truck and animals, especially strays. David leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his wife and best friend Isabel and their four legged companion Lucky. His children: Larry (Maria) of Regina Beach, SK., Harvey (Theresa) of Duval, SK.,, Herby (Emelyn) of Edmonton, AB who unfortunately could not be here with us, Linda of Medicine Hat, AB., Marilyn (Richard) of Regina, Sk, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; sisters: Leona Dumbka, Martha Warner Freda Abday Emma Neil, Leigha Suchmuland along with other relatives and friends. David was predeceased by his parents, brothers: Alex, Henry, Reynold and a grandchild Tracey Young. A service of comfort was held on Wednesday evening, July 18, 2007 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The Hymn selection was "Softly And Tenderly". The funeral service was held on Thursday afternoon, July 19, 2007 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre, Yorkton SK., with Mrs. Margaret Yost of St. Paul Lutheran Church Officiating. A personal prayer was given by Rev. Gordon Stevenson. Shyla Young and Jennifer Koroluk were the memorial book attendants; with the reflections of David's life conveyed by Tara Reimer and Tina Reed. As well, the Hymn "Amazing Grace" was sung by soloist Tara Reimer. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with: Shane, Matthew, Jason, Les Miller, Brad Reed and Cliff Sagel serving as Casket Bearers.
MICHAEL - Mabel Thirza (April 5, 2010 - December 16, 2010). On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Mabel Thirza Michael of the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor Care Home, beloved wife of the late Laurence Michael, passed away at the age of 94 years. Cremation has been arranged and Mabel’s memorial service will take place at a later date.
MILLER - Marjorie Amy (nee Fehrenbach) passed away on October 31, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 87 years of age. Marjorie was born on June 1, 1919, the daughter of Cosmos and Jessie Fehrenbach (nee Lengfield), on the family homestead in the Hillerton District of Saskatchewan. Marjorie grew up in the Hillerton District and attended school in Saltcoats. On February 11, 1942 Marjorie was united in marriage to Henry Miller of Rhein, Sask. Early in their marriage Henry joined the Armed Forces and Marjorie worked at various jobs to support herself and her young daughter during the war years. Following his discharge, Marjorie and Henry farmed in the Hillerton District. After Henry’s death in 1983, Marjorie remained on the farm until her retirement into the town of Saltcoats where she resided at #19 High Street until her passing. During the years spent on the farm, Marjorie served as Secretary for the Hillerton School District. After Henry’s passing, Marjorie joined the Senior’s Club and was President for a number of years. She became an avid church-goer and was a member of the United Church Choir. Music was always a part of her life and she even sang hymns with family members during her stay in the hospital. After Marjorie moved to town she was fondly know to her children as “gypsy” because she was seldom home. After many years of working hard on the farm, she was finally able to relax and enjoy life - and that she did - to the fullest. She enjoyed all her friends and every group she participated in . Each and every one of them had a special place in her heart. Marjorie had a wonderful sense of humor, which remained with her right threw her illness. She had a quiet and gentle nature, but she also stood up for what she believed in. Marjorie inherited the gift of writing from her father and wrote numerous pieces that will be cherished by her family for many years. She had a love for nature and could probably tell you the name of every bird or flower. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, she couldn’t wait to hold them as babies, play with them as toddlers, guide them as teenagers or council them as adults. No matter what they did, she was never judgmental and she enjoyed each one of them. Marjorie will be remembered as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, caring neighbor and a loyal friend. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Henry in 1983; her parents, Cosmos and Jessie Fehrenbach; her sisters, Mabel Neal, Cossette Wiley and Francis Blommaert; her brother, Jack Fehrenbach; her brothers-in-law, George Wilson, Jack Neal, Ed Wiley, Omer Blommaert, Rheinhold Miller, Alex Miller, Alf Schmuland, Art Neil and Harry Werner and her sisters-in-law, Jan Fehrenbach, Agnus Miller and Janet Miller. Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Barbara Wilson of Winnipeg, MB; her seven children, Adeline (Ralph) Herbert of Okanagan, Washington, Ray (Mariann) Miller of Ebenezer, SK, Arnold (Margaret) Miller of Langley, BC, Wilfred Miller (Gwen Maddaford) of Yorkton, SK, Allan (Marie) Miller of Saltcoats, SK, Marion (Rick) Dunn of Ogema, SK and Richard (Renae) Miller of Saltcoats, SK; three brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild as well as two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren waiting to be born, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many more who knew her as Mom. Go gently into the night our darling Mother, you will be sadly missed by all those whose lives you so gently touched. A Visitation for family and friends of the late Marjorie Miller, widow of the late Henry Miller of Saltcoats, will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. from Christie-Hill Funeral chapel. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. from Saltcoats United Church. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town
MORRISON - Margaret passed away peacefully on October 16, 2009 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats. She was born August 19, 1918 at the farm in the Barvas district. Margaret leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her brother, Allan Morrison; sisters, Jean Barrett and Christina Wilson; brothers-in-law, Dave Mantle and Lyle Wilson; nieces, Lois Westover (Bob), Gloria Yurchak (Kim), Carrie Bredy (Gary), Sharon Sheppard (Lorne), and Christine Laite (Rod) and nephews, Kelly Zering (Trish Cowper), Jerry Barrett (Tara), Randy Barrett (Elaine), Carson Zering (Sharon Mascher), Greg Barrett (Kim), and Art Barrett (Brenda), and numerous extended family members and good friends. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Angus and Christina Morrison; her brother, Alex Morrison; her sister, Agnes Mantle, and brothers-in-law, Gerald Barrett, Emil Zering, and Keith Sullivan. Margaret was the second child and first daughter of Angus and Christina Morrison. She was a devoted and beloved daughter, big sister, and auntie. She worked hard on the farm to make a beautiful home for her parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and visitors from near and far. Margaret was an exceptional seamstress, cook and baker renowned for bread, scones and pies to name a few. She enjoyed gardening and had a ‘green thumb’ for flowers including African violets and peonies. She was a devoted member of the Dunleath Presbyterian Church. Margaret’s memory will be cherished for all the care and joy she brought to those whose lives she touched. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Reverend Devon Pattemore of Knox Presbyterian Church officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Following a reception in the Gunn Room at Christie’s Funeral Home, the interment service took place at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Art Barrett, Kira Marshall, Gordon MacLeod, Keith Thorsness, Earl Upshall and Kelly Zering serving as the casket bearers. Piper, Sheila MacDonald, also provided music at the interment service.
MORRISON - Troy Douglas, loving fiance of Tanis Koroluk, beloved son of Joseph and Sheila, and adored brother of Christopher (Loni) and Kimberly, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on June 19th, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, following a three year and nine month battle with Leukemia. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, with special thanks to Unit 6100, the Cancer Clinic and Tamara, who exceeded all expectations of a nurse and became his friend; The Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, with special thanks to Unit 57B; the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, with special thanks to Dr. Soumbasis, the chemo unit, and the staff of 1st Floor East, who allowed Troy to be surrounded by family and friends during his last days. Lastly, heart-felt thanks to the Kinsmen Telemiracle, whose endless support not only allowed Troy to receive proper treatment, but also enabled his family to be with him every step of the way. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Sacred Heart High School Auditorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
MUIR - Earl Muir passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on September 9, 2005, at the age of 67. Earl Richard Muir was born April 15, 1938 on the family farm at Saltcoats. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Antonia Muir, his wife Gloria Muir and father-in-law George Knipelberg. He is survived by his children: Jeff Muir (Conni Fowler, Cody and Kendell LaCoste) and Stacey Muir, his mother-in-law, Kathleen Knipelberg and two brothers-in-law, George Knipelberg, Ken and Marie Knipelberg and their families. He moved to Weyburn while he was still in school and finished his schooling at WCI. He married Gloria Knipelberg in August of 1957. Earl worked for SaskEnergy as a gas service man for 35 years until his retirement in 1993. Earl had many hobbies and interests. He was a member of the Weyburn Flying Club and spent many hours helping out and visiting with friends at the Weyburn airport. The family cabin at Kenosee Lake was a wonderful retreat where he was always ready to help out anyone who asked and loved to spend time with his daughter and her dog Duke. He enjoyed coffee row with the many friends he made there over the years. Earl will be sadly missed by family and friends. At his request there was no funeral service.
MURRAY - Margaret Elizabeth was born on August 19, 1927, the second daughter born to William and Emma Elizabeth Joan (nee Neal) Murray in Moose Jaw, Sask. She spent her childhood years in Moose Jaw, Saltcoats and Yorkton, completing her Grade 12 education in Yorkton as a Graduate of the Yorkton Collegiate. In January of 1948 Margaret gained employment with Ball Taxi as a dispatcher, a position she held for over eight years. From there she began working in health care, first on the switch board at the Yorkton General Hospital, then in the business office of the Yorkton Airport Hospital, and finally to the Yorkton Union Hospital when it opening in 1962. She advanced to the position of Payroll Clerk, a position she held until her retirement. Margaret kept in touch with many of her co-workers and belonged to the Retired Hospital Workers’ Group. After her retirement, Margaret continued living in Yorkton on Jubilee Crescent, Independent Manor and became the first resident of the Bentley Retirement Home when it opened in 2001. After six months waiting period in Kamsack Nursing Home, Margaret became a resident of Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats on April 13, 2007 where she remained until her passing on Thursday, June 19, 2008. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Joan. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her sister, Kaye Traub of Calgary; niece, Carol (Gary) Clark of Kamsack; nephew, Bill Lalonde of Edmonton; half sister, Judith Murray of Regina; half brother, Bruce (Susan) Murray of Nova Scotia as well as a special cousin, Lorne (Pat) Neal of Saltcoats and their family. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel at Christies Funeral Home, Yorkton. Interment to follow in the Yorkton City Cemetery.
NABOZNIAK - Brenton Verne Nabozniak (August 24 , 1956 - May 20, 2007) was born in Yorkton, the fifth child born to Wesley and Merle (nee Partridge) Nabozniak of the Tupper District. He attended school in the Tupper, Saltcoats and the Yorkton Regional High School. Following his education he left his home area and moved to Calgary, but returned to Saltcoats in 1976. In October of 1977 he married Sharon Sommerfeldt and their union was blessed with three daughters and one son. Brent’s love for horses and the quiet farm life led him to many different ventures throughout his life. He liked to tinker with old ski-doos and other various mechanically inclined hobbies and got great satisfaction out of his accomplishments especially when they would run. No matter what he was doing or working at, he always had time for his grand kids which eventually led to teasing, fun and laughter shared by all ages. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife Sharon, daughter, Tina (Adam Wog )and their son Kale, daughter, Melissa and her son Morgan, son, Jeremy (Karen) and their children, Madison and Estyn, daughter Sara (Kris Mickle) and their children Jordyn and Rooke; his brothers and sisters, Ross ( Mary-Anne) of Saltcoats, Sherry (Larry) Karoll of Airdrie, AB, Wayne (Wendy) of Yorkton, Marv (Joanne) of Saltcoats, Brenda (Grant) Currie of Airdire, AB, Daryel of Viscount, Kerry (Joyce) of Coaldale, AB and Warren (Penny) of Kelowna, BC; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by parents, Wesley and Merle Nabozniak. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Fred Nicholson presiding. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Family friend, Tom McIntyre, remembered Brent in tribute and eulogy. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Dave Liepert, John Wog, Tom McIntyre, Duane Denysuik, Les Irvine and Erv Schultz serving as casket bearers.
NABOZNIAK - Mary-Anne (nee Work), beloved wife of Ross Nabozniak of Saltcoats, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary-Anne was born June 29, 1951 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the third of six children born to Jim and Eileen (Cass) Work. She attended school in Saltcoats, Springside, Yorkton and Calgary, Alberta. While living in Calgary she met the love of her life Ross Nabozniak in 1970 and they were united in marriage in 1971. Their lives were blessed with three children Michelle, Michael and Shannon. In 1974 they returned to Saltcoats to raise their family. Mary-Anne enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her heart and home were always filled with the love and laughter of her own children; as well as the joy provided by her "adopted" children - her children's friends all referred to her as their second Mom. She enjoyed having friends over for coffee or playing games of cards, Scrabble or Yahtzee. She was always there for anyone if they needed an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Her family grew with the addition of her sons in law and daughter in law. The births of her grandchildren filled her life with even more joy and happiness. She enjoyed making her grandchildren their favorite treats and snuggling with them. Mary-Anne will forever hold a special place in many hearts. She was predeceased by her father, Jim Work in 1986 and her brother, Don in 1996. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her beloved husband, Ross; daughter, Michelle and her husband, John Carswell along with their children, Alyssa and Drew of Yellowknife, NT; son, Michael and his wife, Jamie of Saltcoats; daughter, Shannon and her husband, Keith Kappel along with their two children, Anson and Brynnae; brother, Dave of Saltcoats, sister, Colleen (Ron) Braun, brother, James of Bredenbury, sister, Patricia (Dave) White of Stony Plain, AB. She will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins and friends. A Service of Remembrance for the late Mary-Anne Nabozniak, beloved wife of Ross Nabozniak, of Saltcoats, will be held Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. from the Saltcoats Town Hall. The Interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
NABOZNIAK - Stanley Nabozniak of Yorkton, Sask., formerly of Saltcoats, Sask. passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his best friend and partner, Carol Bucsis; his sister, Lenora Harasen, his Aunt Sonja as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Phillip and Mary Nabozniak; his sisters, Jean, Annie, Joyce and Ruth and his brothers, Mike and Wesley. In accordance with Stanley's wishes, no funeral will be held. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Sask.
NEELY - Gladys Edna (nee Parkinson). With sadness, we announce the passing of Gladys on March 2nd, 2009 at the age of 90 years. Gladys was born on July 23rd, 1918 in Bredenbury, SK. Gladys was the youngest daughter of Walter and Minnie Parkinson. As a young woman she loved school, reading and was very artistic. Gladys worked in Lemberg where she met and married Henry Neely in 1941. They farmed for many years on the family farm in Lemberg. After WWII they lived in several locations throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Gladys was a homemaker, raising her two children. She was always sewing, knitting, painting and she loved music and dancing. After her children were grown Gladys worked for the Provincial Laboratory. Gladys was predeceased by her husband Henry in 2005; her son Warde in 2003; by her brothers Lawrence and Howard Parkinson; and her sister Ethel Gibson. She is survived by her beloved daughter Catherine (Jim) Lind and grandsons Kyle and Brandon of Virginia USA and by her granddaughter Lorrie and greatgranddaughter Kolina of Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 6th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Whitmore Park United Church, Regina. Interment in Regina Memorial Gardens.
NEUMANN - Ruth (nee Datema). It is with great sadness that the family of Ruth Neumann announce her passing after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Ruth was born on March 21, 1940 in Theodore, SK to John and Mary (Stuart) Datema along with two brothers and three sisters in her life. In 1947, the family sold the farm and moved to the Saltcoats area growing up with her brothers Jock and James along with sisters, Patsy, Margriet and Judy. Ruth attended school at Boakville and Saltcoats school completing her grade 10, then later she worked for the Yorkton Co-op Creamery and hatchery facilities at different positions. In 1962 she was united in marriage to Walter Neumann. They purchased a farm in the Tupper District, north of Saltcoats. It was here that Walter and Ruth made their home and had three sons, Perry in 1963, William in 1965 and Walter Jr. In 1974. The farm always remained home even after taking residence at Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats in 2002 following the passing of her husband Walter. Throughout her years, Ruth and Walter enjoyed working together on the farm, everything from the animals, gardening, auction sales, selling tupperware, evenings with friends, family, neighbours and even strangers who might be lost and needing directions. Ruth also loved one more thing, BINGO. Making friends was easy for Ruth as she was kind with a big heart. After a vehicle accident in 1990, injuries kept Ruth more house bound but she still enjoyed many hours visiting and shopping from Avon and different catalogues, and yes, Kinsmen TV BINGO. Most of all she loved the sound of her grandkids playing checkers or little games or different bird and animal videos they would watch as well as the game shows on TV. Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Walter; her parents, John and Mary (Stuart) Datema; father and mother-in-law, William and Caroline (nee Fanderick) Neumann and brother, James Datema. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memories her three sons, Perry and his two sons, Brent and Bradley, William (Donna) and two sons, Tyson and Riley and Walter Jr. (Natasha); honorary daughter, Helen Leveque; brother-in-law, Albert; brother, Jock (Ruth), three sisters, Patsy (Leonard), Margreit(Alex) and Judy (Bob); four special aunts, Margret Esson, Helen “Nellie” Greof, Minnie McTaggert and Ruby Tate, as well as many other relatives, friends and neighbours. A Visitation for Family and Friends was held on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 29, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Henry Penner officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Ruth's family shared a special musical selection, “The Old Rugged Cross”. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of St. Matthew, with Erving Shultz, Norman Fanderick, Arnold Toth, Greg Datema, Barry Novak and Jason Novak serving as the casket bearers.
OLENICK - Ruth (nee Nabozniak) January 30, 1926 - December 23, 2009. A vistation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from Commemorative Services, Calgary, AB. The Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home, Yorkton, SK. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
PADY - Ernest Thomas. On Thursday, October 12, 2000, Ernest Thomas Pady passed away at the age of 64 years. Predeceased by his father Thomas in 1989; sister Florence, in infancy. Ernest is survived by his mother Natalie of Regina; sister Sylvia (Ed) Renner of Regina; niece Wendy (Laurie) Walter of Regina and his special great nieces: Janel, Paige and Megan; as well as many friends and relatives. Ernie farmed in the Saltcoats district for many years. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Rev. Curtis Tufts officiating.
PARK - George William Park passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 3, 2013. George was born on July 19, 1917 on Glencarith farm near Saltcoats, Sask. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Belva (nee Dauncey); children, Jim (Jane), Bill (Kirsten Nash), Lorelee Weir (Dick); as well as 7 grandchildren, Amy Gillert (Wendell), Michael Park (Amanda), Samuel Park (Brittanie), William Park, Andy Weir, Austin Park, Jesse Park; 6 great-grandchildren, Azra Park, Nika Park, Osias Park, Parker Gillert, Alice Park and Charlie Park. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Dorothy Dauncey, Shirley Dauncey and Phyllis Higgins, as well as many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his parents James and Jessie Park; brother John Park and his wife Ida; as well as in-laws, Herb Dauncey, Nelson and Mabel Dauncey, Sidney Dauncey and Lloyd Higgins. George worked on the family farm as a young man as well as selling Fuller Brush and Cressy Products. He joined the army in 1939 and spent 5 years overseas during WWII. He returned to the family farm in 1946 and married Belva in 1947. George, Belva and family moved to Regina in 1957, where George worked at the Regina Jail, Co-op Creamery, and The Provincial Government Maintenance Dept. He then sold Mutual Funds followed by a successful Amway business followed by a Rawleigh/Golden Pride Network in which he enjoyed much success, finally retiring shortly before his 94th birthday. George was an active committee member for many school, church and community organizations. George and Belva have resided at Broadway Terrace since it opened and have embraced the lifestyle it affords. A funeral service for family and Broadway Terrace Residents will be held, with an Interment at a later date.
PARKINSON - Howard, late of Regina, formerly of Yorkton and Bredenbury, passed away on January 14, 2005 at 93 years of age. Howard was born and grew up in the Clumber School District. He married Irene Barbor on January 4, 1938. They farmed in Clumber until the family moved to Bredenbury in 1955. Howard ("Sprout") farmed until carpentry employment took the family to Yorkton in 1962. Howard was predeceased by his wife, Irene in 2000. He is survived by Garth (Alice) and Linda (Howie) and grandchildren: Mark and Tim Alberts and Logan, Norah, and Evan Parkinson. Funeral Service and burial in Bredenbury.
PARKINSON - Irene, beloved wife of Howard Parkinson of Yorkton, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2000 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 87 years of age. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 4, 2000 at 2:00pm from St. Andrew's United Church, Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Daryl Woods officiating. The cremation committal will follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
PASISHNIK - John William of Yorkton, Sask., beloved husband of Anne Pasishnik, went to be with his loving saviour on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the age of 72 years. John was born on April 3, 1936 in Theodore, Sask., the son of Bill and Mary (nee Spezawka) Pasishnik. The family moved to Yorkton for a short period of time where John started school. After purchasing land near Bredenbury, the family moved and John continued his education in that community, eventually graduating from Grade 12 at the Bredenbury High School. In 1956, he left the farm to start his first job at “The Met” in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. While working there he met Anne Chmarney and the couple were united in marriage on September 6, 1958. John gained employment at Smith Fruit in 1959, a career which would span over the next 40 years of his life. The name of the company eventually changed and is now known as Westfair Foods. During his time with the company he continued to advance, holding various positions over the years including working as a truck driver, in the warehouse, as a sales representative and on the order desk. John retired on May 28, 1999. John and Anne were blessed with four children, Danny, Deb, Ken and Rob. As his family grew with the marriages of his children and the births of grandchildren, John continued to enjoy camping, hunting, golfing, bowling and wood working. He created many projects that his grandchildren treasure and will be wonderful keepsakes for years to come. In 1994, John was instrumental in starting the Prostate Cancer Support Group in Yorkton, Saskatchewan providing comfort and understanding to many men suffering with the disease. John was the last remaining member of his immediate family as he was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mary and his only sister, Violet. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving and beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Anne; his oldest son, Danny (and his wife, Brenda and their children, Kelsey and Kaitlin) of Winnipeg, MB; his daughter, Deb (and her husband, Terry Hull and their children, Levi, Leighton and Layne) of Willowbrook, SK; his son, Ken (and his wife, Laurel and their children Luke and Jacob) of Cochrane, AB and his son Rob (and his wife, Lisa and their children, Logan, Bronwen and Owen) of Saskatoon, SK as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, with Pastor Richard Gibson of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. The organist, Debbie Thompson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A special taped music selection of family friend, Joleen Cherland singing “Broken Wing” was played as part of the service. Grandson, Levi Hull, remembered his grandfather in tribute and eulogy on behalf of the grandchildren. The eulogy was followed by a power point presentation featuring pictures of John’s life. The private family interment service was held in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandchildren, Levi Hull, Leighton Hull, Luke Pasishnik, Jacob Pasishnik, Kelsey Pasishnik and Kaitlin Pasishnik serving as casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were grandchildren, Layne Hull, Logan Pasishnik, Bronwen Pasishnik and Owen Pasishnik and golfing buddies, Ab Kuzmak, Garry Zelionka, Ed Aichele, Don and Donna Kizlyk, Larry and Lovell Kowalyk, Albert and Alice Nodge, Stan and Linda McKen, Nick and Mary Perepelkin and all those who shared in John’s life. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, with Pastor Richard Gibson of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. The organist, Debbie Thompson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A special taped music selection of family friend, Joleen Cherland singing “Broken Wing” was played as part of the service. Grandson, Levi Hull, remembered his grandfather in tribute and eulogy on behalf of the grandchildren. The eulogy was followed by a power point presentation featuring pictures of John’s life. The private family interment service was held in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandchildren, Levi Hull, Leighton Hull, Luke Pasishnik, Jacob Pasishnik, Kelsey Pasishnik and Kaitlin Pasishnik serving as casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were grandchildren, Layne Hull, Logan Pasishnik, Bronwen Pasishnik and Owen Pasishnik and golfing buddies, Ab Kuzmak, Garry Zelionka, Ed Aichele, Don and Donna Kizlyk, Larry and Lovell Kowalyk, Albert and Alice Nodge, Stan and Linda McKen, Nick and Mary Perepelkin and all those who shared in John’s life.
PEARSON - Dolores "Dolly" Jean (nee Erhardt). On Sunday, May 28, 2006, Dolores Pearson, late of Saltcoats, Sask. passed away at the age of 67 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Les, her children, Sean (Sara) and Lezlie (Chris), her brother, Windy (Vivian), her sister, Sandy (Bill), and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends from coast-to-coast. Dolly was born on August 5, 1938, in Melville, Saskatchewan. With the onset of World War II, the family moved to Hamilton, Ontario and settled with a wonderful family, the Fahey's. They then returned to Melville after the War, where Dolly grew up and received her education before venturing out into the busy world. Dolly first met her husband, Les, in 1956. They found each other, once again, in 1959 and were married in 1960. They began their lives together in Yorkton before moving to Regina, where they were blessed with the arrival of Sean in 1966. They spent a short stint in Humboldt, where Lezlie arrived in 1968, before moving to Saskatoon. The family finally settled in Prince Albert in 1969, where Dolly and Les ran an electrical company together for 28 years. Dolly was always involved in the community and schools, covering Brownies, Cubs, play-days, recitals, softball, hockey, haunted houses, camp, and also found time to act as Treasurer for the Midtown Community Club for many years. Dolly's life was full of adventures, as she loved to travel and entertain. Whether it be Waikiki Beach, Rincon de Guayabitos, Auntie Kay's in Florida, Australia, or the Narrows in Waskesiu, she zestfully embraced the diversity of land, people, and life. Upon retirement, Dolly and Les sold everything but their truck and 5th wheel trailer and planned on spending a year of travel. A single year changed to eight of travelling to favourite places, including White Rock, BC, Emma Lake, the Maritimes, Scotland, and England. They finally decided to have a home base and settle in the picturesque town of Saltcoats, where they made and had many wonderful friends. Dolly's affect was far reaching, and her spirit, wit, and grace inspired us all. She will be deeply missed. A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 1st, at the Saltcoats United Church with Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating.
PENNER - George Wilbert was born to George D. and Katherine (nee Wiebe) Penner on March 4, 1950 at Steinbach, Manitoba. He passed away with family nearby on December 1, 2007 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 57 years. After being hospitalized for only one day, his death resulted from heart and lung complications. Dad grew up on a farm at Steinbach and also received his education there. He answered God’s call to salvation at a young age and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite on December 10, 1961. On April 9, 1971, he was united in marriage to Mabel Barkman at Steinbach and they moved to Saltcoats, Sask. to make their home. His occupation was farming and carpentry and God blessed George and Mabel with four sons and two daughters. In 1990, a precious foster baby joined the family and Dad treated him as his own. Dad gave time and money willingly to the special care required for Lee’s health especially in the last months. Lee passed away only 12 days before our Dad. Dad’s faith in God and love for the church meant very much to him. On December 4, 1982 he was ordained as a deacon, giving his time unselfishly, keen to the needs of others. He also served on the Board of Christian Public Service as a recruiter for numerous years. He loved to sing with enthusiasm, often leading congregational hymns. We will miss his tenor voice and his precise, spirited singing. Dad’s mathematical talent and perfectionist nature made him an awesome carpenter and he used these talents on the former and present church building as well as countless other projects. Dad was not a man of great earthly wealth but was very willing to share both his time and his money with others. He has left us all with treasures and memories that money can’t buy. Dad had a influential motivation and enthusiasm for work that needed to be done, especially that which pertained to the church (materially and spiritually). Expressed on Dad’s behalf is a deep appreciation and gratitude for all the prayers and support. Our hearts ache because he’s gone but rejoice that he now is in Heaven, free from all earthly cares. Those left to cherish fond memories are; our Mother (Mabel); children, Myron and Shelley of Whitehorse, YT, Nathan and Holly, Candice and Jasmine of Saltcoats, SK, Fredric of Yorkton, SK, Troy and Cathy of Taylor, BC, Catherine and Tyson Unruh of Copeland, KS, Carmen of Saltcoats, SK and five precious grandchildren, Charmayne, Savanah, Dalton, Dawson and Haley, his mother, (Katherine), brothers and sister, Bruce and Verna of Saltcoats, SK, Darlene and Norman Wohlgemuth of Bredenbury, SK, Earl and Daphne of Steinbach, MB, Ralph and Josephine of Steinbach, MB, Roy and Diane of Steinbach, MB and Lawrence and Bonny of Pine River, MB, his in-laws, Doreen and Fred Reimer of Carrot River, SK, Viola Spensley of Edmonton, AB, Norman and Don Toews of Montreal, QC, Verna and Bruce Penner of Saltcoats, SK, Melvin and Gwen Barkman of St. Mary’s, ON, Yvonne Barkman of Abbotsford, BC, Wilbert Barkman of O’Haton, AB and Audrey and Ed Enns of Vanderhoof, BC, also special friend, Carlos Renderos of Saltcoats, SK as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding him in death were his father, foster son Lee, father and mother-in-law, brothers-in-law Raymond Barkman and Dick Spensley. A Service of comfort for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 from the Church of God in Christ Mennonite. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from the Church of God in Christ Mennonite. The interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
POLLOCK - Georgia “Geo” Adley (nee Holland) Pollock, the fourth child of Calvin and Martha (nee McClellan) Holland, was born on June 29, 1921 on the family farm in the Cut Arm School District near Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. Georgia left this life on February 1, 2011 at the age of 89 ½ years in the Yorkton & District Nursing Home, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Georgia attended Cut Arm School, completing Grade Eight. She began doing domestic work for farmers in the area, immediately after the June School Picnic with her last job in that capacity being in the home of Amos Burkell. Georgia was united in marriage on January 1, 1941 to William John “Bill” Pollock and this union was blessed with two children, Gail in 1941 and Ivan in 1944. In 1944 Georgia and Bill purchased land south of Dunleath and remained on their farm until 1953 when they moved to the Alf Pollock farm. After Bill became a resident of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home, Georgia moved into Yorkton where she resided until her passing. An avid curler, Georgia was a life member of the Tonkin Curling Club. Over the years Georgia’s teams won many prizes and even attended the Provincial Play Downs at one point. Georgia loved gardening, especially tending her flower beds. She was happiest when the sun was shining and she had a hoe in her hand. Georgia was known for her award winning garden, flower arrangement, flower and vegetable entries in the local fairs and eventually became a Provincial Horticulture Judge and travelled the province wide in that capacity. Over the years, Georgia tried her hand at many different type of handiwork and won prizes for her sewing, knitting, crocheting, hardanger, tatting, ceramics, etc. She had a wonderful sense of humour, and was always told how very “witty” she was. Georgia loved to travel and she loved attending family reunions but most loved spending time her family and friends. Georgia was predeceased by her parents; her husband, William; 11 of her 12 siblings, sisters, Alice, Sarah, Faye, Betty, Phyllis, Gladys, Norma and Marlene and brothers, Harry, Wilfred and Earl; her nephews, Duncan Grant, Danny Holland, Jim Holland, Jim Halliday and David Connaughton; her niece, Linda (Grant) Train; her brothers-in-law, Roddy Grant, Albert Marsh, Tom Marsh, Everett Marsh, Jim Sharpe, Allan Pollock, Warren Pollock, Ivan Pollock, Bert Tulloch, Gorden Beaumont, Tom Halliday and Ed Connaughton and her sisters-in-law, Blanche Halliday, Anne Pollock and Mildred Jothan. Georgia leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her daughter, Gail (Floyd) Brausen of Prince Albert, SK; her son, Ivan (Sandi Reid) of Dunleath, SK; her grandchildren, Darin (Alana Young) Brausen and their children, Emma and Adam; Lynn (Brad) Jaeb and their children, Rick (Andrea), Darcy and Brock; Wayde (Brenda Miller) Pollock and their children, Kaylee and Rebecca; Lori Pollock; her sister, Barbara (nee Holland) Grimshire; her sisters-in-law, Jean Holland, Edna Holland, Frances Holland, Randy Holland, Ivy Beaumont, Jesse Pollock, Hazel Connaughton and Jean Carlson; her brothers-in-law, Bo Carlson, Bill Boles, Glenn Sage and Stan Grimshire as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She will be lovingly remembered and sorrowfully missed by all those whose lives she touched. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. from St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The cremation committal will follow in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens.
PORTER - Garvin Herbert was born on March 2, 1920 in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan, the son of Harry and Maysie (nee Young) Porter. He passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 87 years of age. Garvin or “Dobbie” as he was known to family and friends, completed his education, graduating from Grade 12 in Saltcoats. He worked for a few years with his father, Harry Porter, in the garage business before he enlisted with the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) on March 2, 1941 - his 21st birthday. He served overseas with the R.A.F. as a Rear Gunner on heavy bombers. He was a member of the “Pathfinders Squadron” and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on January 18, 1944 after two tours of operations over enemy territory. He returned home to Canada in late 1944 after 2 ½ years overseas. On November 22, 1945, Garvin married Dorothy Gibson of Yorkton. In 1947, the moved to Saltcoats where Garvin owned and operated “Porter’s Plumbing & Heating” for over 35 years until his retirement. Garvin was an avid hunter and loved to watch sports until he became visually impaired. He also loved to curl and took part in many bonspeils. Garvin was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Maysie; one brother in infancy and an older brother, Charles; his sisters, Vera Parker, Eunice Reyda, Bernice Hodgson and Joyce Black. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving wife of almost 62 years, Dorothy of Saltcoats; his children, Don (Pat) of Big River, SK, Blair (Betty) of Cochrane, AB, Scott (Bonnie) of Bid River, SK, Lori Kozmech of Yorkton, Tim (Gaylene) of Saltcoats and Jocelyn (Don) Frey of Cochrane, AB; his eleven grandchildren, Graeme (Maggie), Geoff, Amber (Joe), Hudson, Meghan (Clayton), Tanis, Travis, Dustin, Krista, Kaitlyn and Camille and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Lela and Nevaeh. Garvin also leaves to mourn his passing his brother, Blair (Jean) Porter of Qualicum, BC; his sisters, Betty Lander of Calgary, AB and Irene Dunlop of Toronto, ON as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home. A private famkly cremation committal will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
RENAUD - Sheila Marie (nee Bruce). It is with great sadness that we announce Sheila Renaud passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Regina General Hospital on August 13, 2004. A service of comfort will be held Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel, Yorkton. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 11:00 am from Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats, SK. Interment to follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery. Sheila was predeceased by her father, Joseph Bruce and brother, Ewan Bruce. As a beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, daughter and aunt, she is survived by her husband, Andy Renaud; her daughter, Cindy (Glenn) Haydt; her son, Billy Joe (Kimberly); her grandchildren, Kaden, Shaylea and Keenan; her mother, Norma Bruce; her sister, Mae (Tony) Sauser and her twin sister, Linda Bruce as well as many nieces and nephews.
RENDEROS - Ulises Alejandro, better known as “Lee”, of Saltcoats, Sask. passed away peacefully with his family around him on November 19, 2007 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was born in the same hospital to Carlos and Maritza Renderos almost 18 years ago on March 22, 1990. Deep trauma hit at only nine months of age when his mother passed away leaving him in the care of another family whom he accepted as his own. The George and Mabel Penner family bonded permanently with him. He adapted quickly to his new family which was now his father, a mom and dad, five brothers and two sisters to whom he would give a lifetime of unconditional love. From Lee’s beginning he had complicated health issues which he and his family battled with all his life. His problems never hindered him from excelling at anything mental or physical. He enjoyed swimming, hockey, volleyball, hunting, fishing, restoring his pick-up, singing, social gatherings, and much more. Responsibilities such as his various jobs, health requirements, youth song leader, etc., he took with diligence and a willingness to learn. Lee’s enthusiasm and joy in life were an inspiration to all and his personality made him many friends. Many admired his ambition because what he set out to do usually lasted until success had been achieved. His motto seemed to be “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”. As his health faded he became willing to give his ambitions and life back to the Lord. God granted Lee life for a special purpose as it was met with many challenges. He surrendered his will to the Lord at a young age and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on May 15, 2005. He trusted his life to the Lord and accepted his health as one of life’s obstacles. A close relationship with his Master was plain to see, often expressing his care and concern in actions, poems and words. He had a listening ear and often carried the burdens of others in his heart. Just as his final words were “I Love You”/ “Te-amo”. The same was always expressed before bedtime throughout his life. During the last months of his life, Lee especially bonded with his sister, Carmen, as she played a special role in his emotional and physical care. Expressed on Lee’s behalf is a deep appreciation and gratitude for all the visits, faxes, texts, cards, thoughts, words of encouragement, and prayers from his host of true friends who he is now waiting for. Family and friends thank God for sending Lee to us. Our hearts ache because he’s gone but rejoice that he now has no more worry, sorrow, sickness or pain. Those left to cherish fond memories are his father, Carlos; his brothers, Edwardo of Saskatoon, SK and Juan Carlos (Claudia) of Chile; one sister, Kenny of El Salvador; one aunt, Maria (Jorge) and their four children of Washington, D.C.; his foster parents, George and Mabel Penner of Saltcoats, SK and their children, Myron (Shelley) of Whitehorse, YT, Nathan (Holly) of Saltcoats, SK, Fred of Yorkton, SK, Troy (Cathy) of Taylor, BC, Catherine (Tyson) Unruh of Copeland, KS, Carmen of Saltcoats, SK as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents. Funeral services were held on November 24, 2007 at the Church of God in Christ, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. Officiating ministers were Norman Wohlgemuth and Laurel Wiebe. The burial followed in the adjoining cemetery.
RICHTER - Edward, on March 1, 2006 at Victoria, BC at age 86. A devoted husband and father, Ed has left this world to skate once again with his dear sweet wife, Muriel (1922 2003). He will be sadly missed by his children, Ted (Lori) of Mill Bay, BC; Chris (Kelly) of Regina, SK; Patti (Scott Lipinski) of Victoria, BC; Michael (Andrea) of Regina, SK, and Gary (Lisa Lee) of Huntington, VT. Mourning their Grandad are Cari Richter of Collingwood, ON, Ilsa and Riley Richter of Regina, SK, Hannah Lipinski of Victoria, BC, Kai Richter of Huntington, VT, Brian Snopek of Vancouver, BC, and great-grandson Christopher of Mill Bay, BC. "Uncle Eddie " is also remembered with love by many nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by Muriel, his loving wife of 59 years, his mother and father, Helen and Alexander Richter, his sister, Sylvia Baker and his brother Clarence "Rick " Richter. Ed was born in rural Manitoba near Moosehorn on November 5, 1919, and spent most of his childhood in southeastern Saskatchewan, in Langenburg and Saltcoats. He served his country proudly in the Canadian Army from 1939 to 1943. Stationed in the UK, Sgt. Ed played as a member of the Canadian Army (Divisional H.Q.) No. 4 Unit hockey team. When he returned home, his skill on the ice caught the eye of his future wife Muriel, whom he met at a skating outing in Regina. Ed curled competitively and was a member of the Saskatchewan foursome that competed in the 1949 Canadian Briar in Hamilton, ON. Ed settled with his wife and family in Regina and served his community of rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba as a well-respected estate planner, until his retirement in 1986. Ed and Muriel moved to Summerland, BC, then settled for their last years in Victoria. In his own quiet and gentle way Ed loved, supported, guided, and shaped his children into the adults they are today. We all thank him and will be forever grateful. To be the daughter or son of Eddie Richter is an honor that goes beyond family. The family would like to thank all those who made his last years so happy and fulfilled. A special thanks to Colleen and Juan de Fuca Home Support, Andy and Trish, the staff at Shoppers Pharmacy Canwest, Dr. Eby, the Juan de Fuca Seniors' Centre, and especially the group of friends he so enjoyed traveling with, for your assistance, support, friendship and adventures. A celebration of Ed's life will be held at the Juan de Fuca Seniors' Activity Centre, Victoria, BC on Sunday, March 19, 2006, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Please join us. Ed will be laid to rest with his dear Muriel in Edgeley, Sask. later in the year.
RITCHIE - Grace Helen (nee Elaschuk) Ritchie was born on December 18, 1946 to June 16, 2012 on the family farm in the Loyal District of SK, the daughter of William and Dorthy (nee Donaldson) Elaschuk. She grew up and attended school in that district. Her mother passed away at an early age, so Grace was instrumental in the upbringing of her younger siblings. Grace also helped out on the farm, raising chickens, milking cows and feeding pigs as well as helping with the spring seeding and fall harvest. Grace was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Ritchie on August 18, 1966. They were blessed with three children, Lauretta, Stu and Lynette. Grace was well known for her skills in the kitchen, not only for her baking - buns, pies, cakes and the like but for her perogies and cabbage rolls as well. She enjoyed watching curling on television especially the Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Grace's favorite team was the Alberta rink skipped by Randy Ferbey. She also enjoyed listening to fiddle music and often tuned into the Community Channel to listen to the music. Grace's greatest love was time spent with family visiting, sharing stories and telling jokes. She will be remembered for her sense of humour and outgoing personality, but also for her stubborn streak as well. Grace was predeceased by her parents, Dorthy and William Elaschuk; one brother, Arthur, in infancy and her husband, Bob in 2002. She is survived by her children, Lauretta Ritchie Mclnnes and her husband, Elmer, Stu Ritchie and his wife, Heather and Lynette Gerski and her husband, Marty (and their children, Cole and Alexis); her siblings, Tom (Gail) Elaschuk, Ken Elaschuk, Winston (Judy) Elaschuk, Barbra Grainger, Billy Elaschuk and Stephanie (Dave) Flett as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, SK. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats, SK with Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mr. Lome Neil and the United Church Choir, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The Interment Service took place at the Bredenbury Town Cemetery in Bredenbury, SK with Garrett Elaschuk, Scott Laidlaw, Jason Cross, Trevor Sawchuk, David Fyck and Fred Schrader serving as the pallbearers.
RITCHIE - Margaret Stewart 'Peggy'(nee Laidlaw). Peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 1989 at Yorkton, Margaret Ritchie aged 90 years oi the prairie Unit, Yorkton Union Hospital passed away. On April 13,1899, Peggy Laidlaw was born to pioneering parents, Thomas and Margaret (nee Shortreed) Laidlaw in the Rothbury district, which at that time was part of the Northwest Territories. She prized her heritage, honoring her parents, their faith and values, and what they had sought and accomplished Her schooling was in the Rothbury district. In 1943 Peggy married Adam Ritchieand they established themselves in the Bredenbury district, but their time together was short for he died in 1946. In 1951 Peggy returned to the Rothbury district with her son Bob and from that time was intertwined closely with the lives of Peggy's brothers and their families. She loved the farm, gardened with joy and enthusiasm, and in quieter hours she busied her hands and mind with knitting and crocheting. She was devoted always to her family, to the farm, and to her church. These were the things she talked of, even in her time of failing health and limited energies. Peggy moved to Yorkton and resided at the Anderson Lodge and in 1984 became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Since June of this year she has resided at the Prairie Unit at the Yorkton Union Hospital. Peggy was indeed a faithful Christian woman who sought to practice the faith in her everyday living, always a person of quiet dignity and humility, with an overwhelming gractousness and hospitality. Her full share of handwork graced the Castleion and then Saltcoats bazaar tables as long as she was able, and she gave generously to help those who needed the support. One of the graces that most marked her living was her appreciativeness, she was always pleased when visitors came, family and friends, gracious in her dealings with strangers, and in the nursing home with staff and room-mates. She was never a fault-finder or complainer nor one who gave heavy and unmeetable demands on those around her. Peggy will be remembered for her ability to keep in touch with relatives and friends by letter. She appreciated recieving correspondence and continued writing for as long as she was able. She leaves to mourn her passing her son Bob and his wife Grace of Wroxton; three grandchildren, Lauretta, Stuart, and Lynette, all of Wroxton; two sisters-in-law, Minnie Laidlaw and Vera Laidlaw, both of Churchbridge; also several nieces and nephew. Besides her husband and parents, Peggy was predeceased by four brothers, Wauchope in 1916, Robert in 1964, Andrew in 1977, and L Murray in 1983. Funeral services were held on Monday July 17 from Knox United Church in Breddenbury. Rev. Walter Farquharson officiated. The orgnist, Elva Murray, and the members of the choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Mr. Jim Kirkness attended the memorial table. Pallbearers were Fred Egisson, Steve Rubletz, Bud McKiiwon, Clifford McDowell, Harry Wade, and Milton Ritchie. Interment followed In the family plot in the Bredenbury Cemetery.
RITCHIE - Robert Adam Charles Stewart, on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 after doing chores was taken to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre; was admitted and was in good spirits awaiting a transfer to Edmonton. That evening he suddenly became unconscious and immediately passed away ever so gently. He was 55 years of age. Bob the only child born to Peggy and Addie Ritchie on July 13, 1946. While only three months pregnant, in January of 1946, Peggy had to bury her husband of just a few years and bring her son into this world alone. The family resided in the Cut Arm District near Bredenbury for five years until moving to the Rothbury district to live nearer to Peggy's family, Rob, Andrew and Murray Laidlaw and their families. Bob grew up on the Andrew and Minnie Laidlaw farm along with his mother and Uncle Charlie Ritchie who had moved with the family to Rothbury. All the family were farmers so as a young boy Bob was readily exposed to the practices and fortitude that it took to grow a crop, raise cattle and sustain yourself with the resources and opportunities that God gave. Bob attended Rothbury School and Churchbridge High School, graduating in 1964. As a young man he played hockey, football and softball. All through his life he continued to enjoy hunting and curling. After graduating Bob chose to follow the traditions of his family and took up farming. He purchased his first quarter section of land in 1965. On August 18, 1966 he married the love of his life Grace Helen Elaschuk. Together they brought three children into this world. Lauretta, May 1967, Stuart, September 1972 and Lynette, January 1975. The family grew grain, raised cattle and pigs. As well as operating a dairy herd that was sold in 1977. Bob had a gentle way of easing a yield from his land and increasing his livestock. Every newborn animal on the farm received his devoted attention and he did all that was possible to ensure it would be properly cared for. The area of surrounding neighbours always knew they would never be turned down. Bob gave freely of himself, any skill or any tool he could offer. He had a keen ability for numbers and sciences. He honed his metal working skills over the years and created many gadgets that were implemented into farm activity. Bob served his community serving as a secretary for the Rothbury Wheat Pool, board of directors with the Young Co- operatives and served as secretary with Co-op Implements both in Roblin and Yorkton. Bob and Grace farmed side by side sharing every responsibility on the farm. After suffering heart attacks in 1999 the farm was modified with more responsibility falling on Grace and Stuart. Bob continued to do what he could although often frustrated by his limitations. Bob was delighted with the birth of a grandson and his chest swelled with pride every time he heard or watched Cole's interest in the farm grow. He leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his wife Grace. daughters: Lauretta and her husband Elmer McInnes of Yorkton, Lynette and Marty Gerski of Melfort. A son Stuart of Wroxton a grandson Cole Gerski along with numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his father Adam, January 1946, mother Margaret, July 1989, father-in-law William Elaschuk, February 1998, mother-in-law Dorothy ( nee Donaldson ) 1969 along with numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, January 28, 2002 from the Bredenbury Town Hall with Rev. Curtis Tufts of the United Church of Canada officiating. Ruth Datema was the Pianist leading the Congregation in the Hymns. The reflections and remembrances of Bob's life were given by: Mervin Eftoda, Winston and Billy Elaschuk, Marty Gerski, Lauretta Ritchie McInnes and Bill Chornawka. Following this, special music by Willie Nelson " Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain " was played. The recessional Hymn " Amazing Grace " was played by Piper Dave Gillard. The Honourary Bearers were Bob Laidlaw, Jim Elaschuk, Leslie Thies, Harry Metzler, Steve Sawchuk, Jim Fustey and George Rosin. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Tom, Winston and Billy Elaschuk, Dave Flett, Herb Cross and Mervin Eftoda serving as Casket Bearers.
RODGERS - Priscilla Jean (nee Riddy), known as "Jean" to family and friends, was born February 9, 1917 to John and Mary (nee Parkinson) Riddy. She started school in 1923, and completed her grade 10 while living with her Aunt Jean and managed to complete grade 11 while she boarded away from home. Because of the depression, Jean found it impossible to complete her grade 12 and went to work for various families in the area for a few years before returning home to take care of her mother who had become ill. Jean married George Cliffton Rodgers on April 10, 1940. In the spring of 1944 they bought a farm in the Glyndwr district and farmed until Cliff’s health began to fail and in 1983 they moved into Bredenbury. Shortly after the move Cliff passed away and Jean remained living for a year or so in Bredenbury before moving to Yorkton. While living in Yorkton, at the age of 67, Jean decided to complete her grade 12 and also a few University classes, all by correspondence. Jean loved to garden and the flowers she grew became her pride and joy. She also knitted to help pass the time and each family member received at least one pair of socks or mitts that she had made for them. She was a very well read person and could be found reading a book, a newspaper or magazine - always thirsting for knowledge. She was able to live by her own means until 1996 when she became a resident of Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats. She resided there until her passing on October 11, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Jean was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary (Parkinson) Riddy; her brother, Frank Riddy; her husband, George Cliffton Rodgers and her grandsons, Justin Rodgers and Clayton Rodgers. She leaves to celebrate her life, a daughter, Diane of Calgary, AB; sons. Ivan (Gladys) of Noonan, NB, Bruce of Ponteix, SK, Walter (Marlene) of Yorkton, SK Ralph of Calgary, AB, Kenneth of Calgary, AB, Nelson (Marlene) of Saltcoats, SK, Larry (Lynn) of Aneroid, SK and Vernon (Kathy) of Bredenbury, SK; 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from the Saltcoats United Church with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Jean’s daughter-in-law, Kathy Rodgers, shared words of tribute and eulogy. The Saltcoats United Church Choir and Friends shared “The Old Rugged Cross” as the anthem. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Craig Rodgers, Steven Rodgers, Sabain Rodgers, Bradley Rodgers, Darrin Rodgers and Derek Rodgers serving as casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were Christina (Rodgers) Maisey, Tara (Rodgers) Borra and Cheryl (Rodgers) Marks.
ROOKE - Violet (nee Anderson). It is with no regrets, but great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Violet Rooke. Violet was born in Saltcoats, SK on May 10, 1916 the daughter of J. Walfred and Emma (nee Almquist) Anderson. She attended school in the Pennock District, completing high school in Saltcoats, and continuing on to Normal School (Teachers' College) in Moose Jaw. She will be greatly missed by her children, Pat (Allen) Gerta, Herb (Janet) Rooke, Norm (Lenore) Rooke and Marilyn (Doug) Leask; her grandchildren, Kevin (Shannon) Gerla, Grant (Jennifer) Gerla, Denise (Chad) Corbin, Jennifer (Ryan) Lorge, Stewart (Kerri) Rooke, Patricia (Kevin) Kroestsch, Robert Rooke, Heather (Mike) Leask, Karen (John) Leask and Brandon (De-nette) Leask and ten great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Leila Rooke and Fran (Bob) Sutton and numerous nieces and nephews. Violet was predeceased by her husband, Eric, in 2004; her brothers, Willard (Gertie), Lauren (Laurena) and Herb (Gertie) Anderson; her sisters, Verdna (Art) Lewis and Florence (Gunnar) Gunnarson and brother-in-law, Jim Rooke. Violet took great joy in her community, whether it was curling at Chat-sworth, Ladies' Aid Bazaars at Castleton Church, visiting with friends in Saltcoats, or playing cards with friends at Fairview Arms in Yorkton. However, she loved, and was loved most by those who knew her as Wife, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. Her positive attitude, love of life and faith in God were clear to those who knew her. Violet married Eric Rooke in 1940, and they successfully farmed the Rooke homestead until 1978 when they retired to Saltcoats. In 2002 Eric and Violet moved to Fairview Arms in Yorkton, where Violet lived until one month ago, when she felt she needed more personal care, and moved to Aspen Bluffs Villa. Unfortunately, Violet's health deteriorated quickly and her life on earth ended on January 28, 2013. Funeral Services were held on Friday, February 1, 2013 from Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats, SK with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Ruth Datema, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, "How Great Thou Art”; "Now Thank We All Our God" and a special selection entitled 'O Come to the Church at the Crossroads" that was written by Violet Rooke. The Saltcoats United Church Choir and friends shared one selection, "In The Garden'.' Friends from the Church of God in Christ shared a medley of hymns that included some of Violet's favourite pieces of music. The Interment Service followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Kevin Gerla, Grant Gerla, Brandon Leask, Stewart Rooke and Robert Rooke serving as the Casket Bearers. Chad Corbin, Michael Stumph, Ryan Lorge, John Ryan and Kevin McGillivray were named as Honourary Pallbearers.
ROSIN - Phyllis (nee Prince), of Bredenbury, wife of the late Reinhold Rosin, passed away with her family at her side on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor Care Home. She was 75 years of age. Phyllis Eileen Rosin was born on August 21, 1932 on the family farm near Churchbridge, Sask, the daughter of Philip and Rose Prince. On June 7, 1951 Phyllis and Reinhold were united in marriage at the Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, Sask. After their marriage, they made their home on the family farm where they raised their four children, Colin, Verna, Vera and Miles. Phyllis loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She loved to get together and spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always looked forward to planning the yearly camping trip to Whitefish Lake, and loved to have Sunday barbeques and wiener roasts. It was tradition for the family to gather at Phyllis’ home for Christmas supper, where everyone enjoyed her delicious cooking. She enjoyed taking care of her beautiful flowers and garden, and spent lots of time baking, canning and sewing for the family. An avid traveler, she loved to visit her friends and relatives out of town. When she was relaxing at home, she always enjoyed writing in her journal, and wrote down anything important happening in her families lives, who she loved so much. She was very proud to be a member of the Bredenbury Lions Club. Phyllis’ family would like to thank the Lakeside Manor Care Home, staff and residents for their support and kindness during Phyllis’ stay. They were like family to Phyllis. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Reinhold; her parents, Philip and Rose Prince and her son, Colin. She will lovingly be remembered by her daughter, Verna (Terry) Kitzul and their children: Vince (Karla) Kitzul and great-granddaughter, Emma; Loni (Chris) Morrison and great-grandson, Alexander; Kelsey Kitzul; her daughter, Vera Rosin (and Tye, her hearing ear dog); her son, Miles and his children: Robert and Bret; daughter-in-law, Virginia Stumborg-Rosin and her children: Jade and Jared. She also leaves to mourn her brothers, Leland (Carol), Wayne, Garnet (Anne) and sister, Leona (Reg) Ealey; brother-in-law, Henry (Theresa) Rosin; sisters-in-law, Anna Dressler, Sylvia Rosin and Anais Rosin as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. A Prayer Service was held on Monday, November 26, 2007 and the Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor K. Kim officiating both services. The organist, Mrs. Alice Johnson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Cimmaron Prince, Howard Rosin, Phil Birnie, Merv Rosin, Harvey Rosin and Elwood Kotzer serving as the casket bearers.
ROSTAD - Alma Josephine (nee Voge) passed away peacefully on October 18, 2009, at the age of 95 years. Alma, youngest of the eight living children of Johanna and Andrew Voge, was born on her parents' homestead in the Kinbrae district near Bredenbury. Prior to her marriage, Alma taught in schools at Birmingham and Stockholm, and at Glyndwr School (Bredenbury). After raising her two daughters, Alma taught at the Good Shepherd Christian Day Kindergarten and at Miller School, both located in Melville, SK. Alma married Phillip Rostad in 1938 and lived in Melville until their moves to Yorkton, SK, and Debert, N.S. during World War II while Phillip was enlisted with the R.C.A.F. In January, 1947, the family returned to Melville where Alma resided until her move to Regina in 2003. Alma will be greatly missed by her daughters, Merle Nostbakken (Dale) and Mavis de Bruin, her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, her sister, Jennie Gray, and her nieces and nephews. Alma is predeceased by her husband, Phillip, her son-in-law, Geert de Bruin, her brother, Alfred Voge, and her sisters, Bertha McGowan, Olga Baines, Anna Ogilby, Selma Bredalsen, and Agnes Nixon. A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Melville, SK, on Friday, October 23, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Yorkton Memorial Gardens following the reception.
ROWLAND - Grace Audrey (nee Erikson) of Saskatoon, formerly of Saltcoats, SK, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at the age of 80. Grace is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Chet, of Saskatoon; daughters, Nola (Frank) Chanroux of Surrey, BC and Faith Rowland of Saskatoon; sons, Daryl (Pat) of Prince Albert, Barry (Deanna) of Saskatoon and Quentin (Cherise Arnesen) of Prince Albert; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; her sister, Isabell (Dee) Dombro of Edmonton, AB; and brother, Fred Erikson of New Westminster, BC; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, other relatives and dear friends. Grace was predeceased by her parents, her dear friend, Gwen, and one brother-in-law, Davey Cooper. Grace was born to Hans and Winnifred (Russel) Erikson on May 19, 1928. She grew up on the family farm in Chatsworth District, near Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. She received her education at the small rural school in Chatsworth before moving to Saltcoats to serve as a telephone operator. In 1951 Grace married Harry Chester Rowland (Chet), son of Harry and Phoebe Rowland. They made their home together in Saltcoats until 2005. At that time they regretfully left their home and the community they'd helped to build to move to Saskatoon where Chet could be closer to the support of his family while he cared for Grace. In the summer of 2007 Grace was admitted to long term care and made her last natural home at Circle Drive Special Care Home. Her quick wit and playful nature were enjoyed by all who shared her life. Even as Alzheimer Disease slowly compromised her ability to express herself, she kept her lively eyes and rich spirit until the end. A life well lived but too soon taken; Grace filled her life with caring for her family, friends and community. She was truly an exceptional homemaker, avid gardener and lover of nature. There wasn't a berry patch in the area that Grace didn't know about. She taught us to love and respect nature, to wade in the sloughs, and savour time in the garden. Grace was a generous hostess whether it was in her home (planned or impromptu) or at a community functions. She kept the freezers and cold room stocked with produce and preserves that she shared with all who met at her table. In her spare time she enjoyed crafts, needle-work, sewing, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She was an active volunteer with the local Legion Auxiliary, United Church Women, and the Museum Board, as well as, being active in politics. Services and a celebration of Grace's life will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (311 3rd Ave. N.), on Friday, November 21st, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., with Dennis Morris and Mary Roper officiating. Interment will take place following the service. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who supported Grace and Chet throughout Grace's last days. The many kindnesses shown, eased this most difficult transition.
RUDY - Dorothy "Jean" was born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask. on July 5, 1927 and she spent the first 18 months of her life at the San. The fifth and youngest child of Isaiah "Ike" and Elsie (nee Kesselring) Rudy, Jean grew up in Bredenbury, Sask. Jean attended Normal School in Saskatoon and for most of her teaching career she taught Grade 3 at Simpson and Columbia Schools in Yorkton while earning her Bachelor of Education Degree. Jean was an avid reader, she knitted, crocheted and explored various crafts and enjoyed playing her piano. Having a great love for live theatre and music, Jean traveled with friends to attend Globe Theatre Productions and Regina Symphony concerts as well as attending the concert series in Yorkton. She enthusiastically supported the Yorkton Music Festival and was a volunteer on the Yorkton Arts Council Board. Jean loved to travel with friends both in Canada and abroad. Her love of learning took her from Alaska to St. Petersburg to Cuba and Costa Rica. Closer to home, "Auntie Jean" came for visits at Christmas or Easter or summer holidays and was her nieces and nephews favorite Aunt. Jean paid attention to her health and well being. She was careful with her diet, faithful with her daily exercises and always took pride in her appearance. She golfed, bowled with her league and she explored T’ai Chi, yoga and pilates. In her retirement Jean kept active. She contributed to her community as a member of many groups including her Church, her Beta group, the University Women’s Association, Book Club and the Superannuated Teachers. Jean celebrated life with her friends in her birthday group and enjoyed her bowling club fellowship. Jean was predeceased by her parents Isaiah and Elsie; her brothers Jack and Doug, and her sisters Joyce and Pat. Jean is survived by her nieces, nephews and their families and her many wonderful friends. We mourn her loss and cherish our memories of Jean. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from Westview United Church with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. The organist, Mrs. Laurene Jemieff, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Jeff Looysen shared a violin solo. The cremation committal followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Jean’s niece, Linda Loughran, serving as the urn bearer.
SAWKEY - John Andrew Sawkey of Saltcoats, Sask. passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was seventy three years of age. Predeceased by his father, Paul; and a nephew, Denton; he leaves to cherish his memory his adopted son, Marcel, his mother, Lena; one sister, Ann; two brothers, Paul Jr. and Dave (Angie) Sawkey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm with a brief Service of Remembrance at 7:00 pm from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:00 am also from Bailey's Funeral Home. A Committal Service will take place at 11:30 am in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
SAWKEY - Lena (nee Wicheruk). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lena Sawkey on December 11, 2011. Lena was born January 16, 1916 west of MacNutt, SK to Veronia & Nick Wicheruk. When she went to work for the McNicol's in the Saltcoats district, she met her future husband, Paul Sawkey, whom was also working for the McNicol's at that time. In 1936, Paul & Lena were married and began a life of farming east of Saltcoats on a quarter section of land that was identified as "15" at that time. In 1942, they moved further east into the Castleton district. Paul & Lena were blessed with four children: John Andrew, Anne, Paul Daniel, and David. Lena continued to reside on the family farm until she moved into the Yorkton & District Nursing Home just a few short years ago. Lena was predeceased by her husband Paul, grandson Denton and son John Andrew. She is survived by three children, Anne, Paul Daniel, and David (Angie). She is also survived by three grandchildren, Maria. Joyce, and Trevor; adopted grandson Marcel Pelletier and by three great grandchildren, Kennedie, Draden, and Jocelyn as well as extended family & friends. A Graveside Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 16 from the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Rev. Walter Farquharson of the United Church of Canada officiating. Elmer Aichele, Ken Aichele, Joyce Sawkey, Maria Patterson, Draden Sawkey and Trevor Sawkey served as the casketbearers. A reception followed in the Town Hall with tributes and words of remembrance delivered by Rev. Walter Farquharson.
SCHULTZ - Bernice (nee Thompson). On Monday, September 11, 2006 Mrs. Bernice Schultz (nee Thompson) passed away peacefully at the Lakeside Manor Care Home with family by her side. Bernice was born on the Thompson family farm in the Saltcoats Municipality on April 16, 1917. She took her schooling at the Perley School School District #395. She then took secretarial training and worked as secretary and bookkeeper for George Morris at Bangor, Saskatchewan. Later she became a nurses's aide working at the Saltcoats and Yorkton Hospitals. On November 25, 1950 she married Andrew Schultz of Nut Mountain. There, they farmed until 1979 and then moved to Churchbridge to be nearer to family. Bernice's children, family and friends were dear to her, but most precious to her was the Gospel Story. Bernice moved to the Lakeside Manor Care Home in January, 2006 and resided there until her passing.
Bernice was predeceased by father, Ed (1940), mother Marion (1989), husband Andrew (1999), brothers Earl (1994) and Dougal (2000); brothers-in-law Walter, Emil, Ed. Oscar, Otto, Alex Schultz, Ed Radom, Dave Off, Rudolph Novak; sisters-in-law, Pauline, Mary, Myrtle Schultz, Pauline Novak, Clara Thompson. Bernice will be lovingly remembered by daughter Linda (John) Malcolm; grandchildren Dana (Lee) Petersen, Todd (Juanita) Malcolm, Shelley-Rae (Mathias) Mader, Shannon Malcolm; great grandchildren, Tyson, Tilynn and Rhett Petersen, Hunter and Danika Mader; brother Vern (Jean) Thompson; sister Eileen (Carl) Gerber; brother-in-law John (Irene) Schultz; sisters-in-law Irene, Mary Schultz, Bertha Off, Vonda Radom; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, September 15th. at Bredenbury Town Hall with Rick Larson, Agnes Smiley and Ruth Sinclair officiating. The organist, Paula Young led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. All friends in attendance were considered as honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Lee & Dana Petersen, Todd & Juanita Malcolm, Shannon Malcolm and Rylan Farough serving as casket bearers. Memorials in Bernice's name were directed to Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats as gifts of remembrance.
SCHUSTER - Frank Jr. was born on July 27, 1930 on the NW 30-22-2 in the R.M. of Saltcoats to parents Frank Schuster and Anna (nee:Bauer). On August 7, 1951 Frank was united in marriage to the love of his life Irma Maddaford. Frank was a loyal and constant companion to Irma for over 56 years. Together they were blessed with four children, Ken, Valerie (Dennis) Watrych, Murray (Joan) and Shelly (Stan) Morris. Then as years went by they were blessed with ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, Laura Watrych (special friend, Corey), Conrad (Heidi) Watrych and their children, Connor, Tristan, Owen and Jordanna, Rene Watrych and her daughter, Hailey (special friend, Jeff), Ben Schuster, Sarah Morris (special friend, Trent), Loni Schuster (special friend, Donovan), Thomas Morris, Jerika Schuster, Robert Schuster, Anna Schuster. Frank had a very special place in his heart for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Farming was Frank’s life long passion and he did so right up until his last day. He worked along side his family harvesting, swathing, driving tractor with grain cart or whatever task was at hand and loving every minute of it. He was never to busy too lend a hand to family, neighbors and friends. Frank also had a great ability for fixing. He could take an old Ford truck and make it like new. There wasn’t an appliance or piece of equipment that couldn’t be rewired or repaired and used for at least another ten years. There is one thing we know for certain. God must have needed a handyman that’s why he came to call. Never a task too big or too small, Grandpa could do them all. Frank will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As well as brother, John (Phyllis) Schuster, brothers-in-law, Joe Burfitt, John (Leslie) Maddaford, sisters-in-law, Edna Maddaford, Delores Mortz, and many nieces, nephews and friends and neighbors. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anna Schuster and a brother in infancy, brothers-in-law, Duke and Rodge Maddaford and one sister-in-law, Jean Burfitt.
SHARPE - Faye Zane (nee Holland), passed away on December 1st, 2006 at the East Central Health Centre, at Yorkton, Sask. Faye was born in Bredenbury on February 27, 1919 to Calvin and Martha (nee McLellan) Holland. She grew up in the Bredenbury District, and received her education at Cutarm School. At a young age, Faye went to work at the MacNutt and Venton dairy farms. On one of her nights off, while attending a dance at the Saltcoats Community Hall, she met her future husband, Jim Sharpe. They were married on October 28, 1937, and moved to the Sharpe family farm, where they raised five children. Faye was a very hard worker. In spite of having no running water or electricity for quite some years, the family was never without clean clothes and good meals. She had a huge garden, picked wild fruit for canning (sometimes while attending to two very young infants in a carriage), sewed clothing for her children, as well as milking cows and all the chores that go with farming. Faye was very good at baking, and entered items in the Saltcoats and Yorkton Exhibitions for many years. The prizes were plentiful. In spite of all the work she did, she found time for hobbies. She did oil painting, sewing, ceramics, knitting, crocheting, as well as designing afghan patterns for each of the provincial tartans. She also created many afghans of Scottish tartans, which she entered into craft shows at Watrous and “Sunflower” at Yorkton. She tried her hand at covering furniture, did some copper crafts, and made many stuffed toys. Mickey Mouse was her favorite. She liked to putter with plaster-of-paris, and made many “old-fashioned lady” plaques, which she hand painted. Her paintings and ceramics have gone to friends and acquaintances pretty well right across Canada. Faye belonged to the Rokeby Ladies Aid, as well as the Rokeby Community Club. She had a knack for reading tea cups, as well as cards, and many of her friends in the clubs enjoyed her talents in these fields. During the winters, she took part in curling bonspiels in the Rokeby and Tonkin districts. Faye stayed on the family farm for three years following the death of her husband, Jim, in 1984. She moved to Fisher Court in January of 1987, being one of the original tenants in this brand new building. While there, she enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and shuffleboard with the other tenants. Due to failing health, she spent the last three months at the home of her daughter, Bev. Faye had a wonderful sense of humour, and kept that right to the end. Her interest was keen in attending family reunions, and always enjoyed a few good laughs, especially with her sisters. Although she did not attend church regularly, she had her own spirituality. She believed in a greater power to get her through the most difficult of circumstances, as well as her belief that He would take care of her family, whether traveling, having their babies, or enduring illnesses. Faye was predeceased by her parents; husband, Jim; sisters, Alice, Betty, Norma, and Marlene; as well as brothers, Harry and Wilfred. She leaves to mourn her passing: sons, Ron and his wife, Dianne, of Rokeby; Don and his wife, Linda, of Calgary; daughters, Bev and husband, Jim, of Rokeby; Val and husband, Laurie, of Nanaimo; and Delores of Portage la Prairie, along with 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She also leaves sisters, Sarah, Georgia, Phyllis, Gladys, and Barbara; one brother, Earl; sisters-in-law Jean, Francis, Edna, and Randy; and brothers-in-law Everett, Glen, Stan, and Bill. She will be lovingly remembered and sorrowfully missed my all those whose lives she touched. A visitation for family and friends for the late Faye Sharpe of Yorkton and formerly of the Rokeby district will be held Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am from the chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. A reception will immediately follow the funeral service with interment to follow at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
SHIER - Bella Irene was born at Saltcoats, Sask. on August 25, 1912, being the first of six children. She passed peacefully through Heaven's Gates with family at her side on April 24, 2007. She was pre-deceased by her husband Ernest, a twin brother at birth, as well as her brother Tom and sister Edna. Bella is survived by sister Beulah Barry in Ontario, sister Leta (Ray) Furneaux of Watrous, brother Max (Anne) of Strathmore Alberta, brother Bert (Ann) of Seba Beach, Alberta; Also son Edward (Marjorie), grandson Richard, great-grandchildren Tarryn, Taylor, & Tyson; grandson Rodney (Linda), great-grandchildren Cassandra, Gavin, & Ryley; and grandson Raymond (Diane), great-grandchildren Dana & Justin of Vancouver, B.C. Also son Leonard (Linda) of Regina, grandson Darcy (Debbie) Shier and greatgrandchildren Arie and Mitchell of Cochrane, Alberta; granddaughter Kathy (Kevin) Schick and great-grandchildren Cody and Jenell of Regina; grandson Don (Megan) Shier and great-grandchildren Cameron and Nathan of Vernon, B.C. Bella moved to the Semans area in 1929 at the age of 17, where she met and later married Ernest John Shier. Bella and Ernest farmed south of Semans for over 40 years, then resided in Semans for close to 15 years. In 1993, a year or so after Ernest passed away she moved to Regina. Bella resided at the Santa Maria Senior Citizen's Home in Regina for the past four years. Bella was known throughout the farming area for the large flocks of turkeys she raised each year, and later for her excellent baking skills as she stocked the Semans village bake sales. The funeral will be held Monday, April 30th at 2 p.m. in the Semans Pentacostal Assembly Church, with Pastor Cory Steinson officiating.
SIMPSON - Robert John Simpson (March 1, 1927 - February 27, 2011) was born in Hargrave, Manitoba. He was the 5th of 11 children born to Frank and Enid Simpson. He grew up on the family homestead, attending school up until grade 3 and then had to quit because he was needed to help with the farm. He took on jobs as a farmhand for others when he got old enough and one of his best experiences was the summer that he went to the area in and around Kitchener/Waterloo to work. He married Shirley Hutchison, the love of his life, on July 9, 1955. Their daughter Shannon was born in 1957 and their son Ian in 1959. For the first few years of their married life they lived in Virden, Manitoba. Bob had always wanted to farm the homestead when his parents moved into town but when that didn’t happen they loaded up their belongings in 1961 and headed West to Saskatchewan which was to be their “home” for most of the balance of their lives. They lived in Dubuc and Bangor before settling into Bredenbury around 1969. Bob supported his family through various jobs. He drove truck, he worked at the mine, he managed grain elevators and Coop gas stations and then started working as an employee for Thorsness Hardware where he remained until his health dictated that he retire. Three years ago after a short stint of living in Yorkton, Bob and Shirley had to move into Winnipeg to be closer for Shannon to help when Shirley’s Alzheimer’s became too advanced for Bob to care for her. His determination really showed through when he had to leave his home and friends of over 40 years and move to the big city. He went back to living alone and taking care of himself as best he could while making the daily (usually) trip next door to visit with Shirley. He really struggled with her illness but tried to make the best of the situation. He is remembered fondly by all the staff at Shirley’s care home. He loved to visit with them and tease them and they went out of their way to make him feel comfortable when he was there – even sneaking him a bowl of soup and a sandwich every now and then. Bob is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Shannon (Ray) Falkenberg and Ian (Glenda) Simpson. He is also survived by his granddaughters Amanda (David) Teixeira, their children Naomi and Lincoln and Pamela Falkenberg (Brad) Halstead, their son Sawyer and by his grandson Brandon Simpson. In addition he leaves behind a sister Vi (John - deceased) Wood, brothers Roy (Dorothy), Ivan (Janice), Lyle (Hazel), Bill (Shirley); sisters-in-law, Mary (George-deceased)Simpson, Norma (Harvey - deceased) Simpson, Georgina (Wilf) Brown, Carol (Grant) Wilson and Jean Simpson; 3 brothers-in-law, Geordie (Kay - deceased) Wood, Bill (Doreen - deceased) Sowiak and Gordon (Glenda) Hutchison; 34 nieces and nephews and their families; adopted family Vi (Ron) Hubick and their family; and Lyle (Jackie) Ogren and their family. He was also predeceased by his parents Frank and Enid, Shirley’s parents Geordie and Annie, brother, Elmer; brothers-in-law, Bob Saunders and Bill Lampard; adopted brother and sister, Ray and Anne Ogren and numerous close friends such as Dave, Doug, Lawrence and Harry. Bob was an active member of the community. He was on Bredenbury Town council in the 1970s; longtime member to the Lion’s club; active on the Bredenbury “Lights Up” committees and also a life member of Foresters. In his younger years he loved to skip a good game of curling and play around with his animals which consisted of everything from a pheasant to cattle. He was also known for his veterinarian skills. A few things Bob loved – camping, barbecuing, playing cards, visiting with friends and family and teasing children. If he could do all of them together – the happier he was. Many fond memories were made during their annual camping at Cactus Hills until he was no longer able to drive and pull their trailer. Bob’s favorite saying on his birthday was “What’s the good of a birthday if you have to celebrate it in bed”. He made sure he didn’t have to when he passed away 2 days short of his 84th birthday and went to celebrate and play cards with his old friends who are waiting for him. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the Bredenbury Town Hall. The interment will follow at a later date.
SMITH - Alexander, beloved husband of Jennie Smith of Saltcoats, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 86 years of age. Alexander Thomas Smith was born on March 13, 1915 in the Cut Arm district of Saskatchewan, near the town of Saltcoats; the second child in a family of eight born to Florence (nee Thompson) and John Smith. He received his education at the Cut Arm country school and upon completion of his schooling began to farm with his father. During the depression years he worked during the winters at logging camps in northern Ontario. With the onset of the Second World War, Alex and his brother Leslie enlisted into the Royal Canadian Army at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Alex trained as a gunner and served in the 2nd Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, seeing duty in England, France, Germany and Holland. Following the war Alex returned home to the farm, where he took great pride in his horses and cattle. On November 2, 1963, he was united in marriage to Jennie Waterhouse at Yorkton. The couple settled to farming and raising their family of three children. Alex was a farmer at heart and devoted his life to pursuing good farming practices. Throughout his life he rarely ventured far from his land, cattle and horses. In declining health for the past few months, Alex still maintained a positive outlook and was in good spirits to the end. He was predeceased by his mother in 1968, his father in 1969, sisters Jane Prince in 1977 and Flora Hanson in 1988, brothers Leslie and Murray, both in 1998; brothers-in-law, Mac Felker, Otto Prince, Harold Partridge, Gerry Boorman and Norman Hanson. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Jennie; two sons and a daughter, Harry (Shannon Woloschuk) of Saltcoats, Elaine (Perry) Janett of Bredenbury, and Kevin of Saltcoats; four grandchildren, Calvin and Riley Smith and Lee and Cole Janett; sisters, Evelyn Felker in Whitehorse, Yukon and Ada Boorman of Angus, ON; a brother John (Adele) Smith of Ft. Saskatchewan, AB; also sisters-in-law Mary Smith of Saltcoats and Lenore Smith of Prince Albert; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and his many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Monday, August 20, 2001 from the Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats. Rev. Curtis Tufts officiated. Reflections and remembrances were given by Marilyn Mochoruk and Nicole Bundus. The organist, Ruth Datema led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Rock of Ages and Abide With Me. The choir anthem was Beyond the Sunset. A Veteran's Burial Rite Service was conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Yorkton branch. The padre was Rev. Ed McManus, the Sergeant-at-arms was Mike Bidnock, the bugler was John Miller and the Color Party was Andy Juba, Nick Koshman, Fred Fenske and Art Alstad. An Honor Guard was formed by members of other branches as well as the Saltcoats branch. The interment took place in the Saltcoats Town cemetery with Glen Smith, Larry Hanson, Wayne Hanson, Gordie Smith, Leslie Smith and Sheldon Smith serving as the casketbearers. All those in attendance at the funeral were considered honorary bearers.
SNEDKER - Beryl (nee Gibson) June 12, 1911 - September 2, 2004 died at Luther Special Care Home, Saskatoon. She was predeceased by her husband, James(J. E.)Snedker 1981; her son, Fredrick Snedker 1973 and her son-in-law, John Johnston 1995. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Bill Gibson, Archie Gibson, Jim Gibson and her sisters, Helen (Dave) Bruce, Elizabeth (Jack) Ford, Mary (Earl) Boor, Johanna (George) Hilton and Phemie (Eff) (Frank) Torrie. Left to mourn her loss are her daughter, Margaret Johnston and friend, Delmar Ferguson of Hinton; grandson, Tod and children, Waylon and Cassandra of Edmonton; granddaughter, Linda (Terry) Hammond and children, Allana and Shelby of Calgary; daughter-in-law, Marion of Kelowna and sister, Isabel Bowes of Saltcoats, as well as many nieces and nephews. Beryl will be remembered by many for her beautiful quilts, her love of horses and dogs and her generous hospitality. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 6, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The interment will follow in Saltcoats Town Cemetery with lunch at the Saltcoats Town Hall.
SOKE - Shirley Louise (nee Swanney) was born April 14, 1935 on the family farm in the Kensington Lake District, daughter of James and Olive Swanney. She grew up on the farm and attended the Kensington Lake School and later the school in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. On July 6, 1951 at the Knox United Church in Bredenbury, Shirley was united in marriage to William (Bill) Soke. They resided in Bredenbury until moving to Winnipeg and returned to Bredenbury a few years later. Shirley and Bill later moved to Gerald where Shirley began to work with her husband in the Gerald Co-op. When her husband entered the farm machinery business later in Spy Hill, Shirley entered the work force as the bookkeeper for Soke Farm Equipment Company. She was always busy; juggling her work, family, and community responsibilities. Shirley was always helping out in the Spy Hill community with any event; whether it was sewing costumes for skating, baking a turkey or pies for the Fall Suppers and running her children to their hockey and ball games. She belonged to the Spy Hill Lioness Club where she became actively involved in her community. Shirley had an avid interest in music and loved to dance and could be found many times in her kitchen waltzing around to old time music. When Shirley moved to Brandon after Bill’s passing, she became involved in volunteering as a dancer with the Golden Swingers bringing sunshine to the seniors in the care homes. She joined the Army and Navy and Club 77 and would spend many weekends at dances with her friends. Shirley’s hobbies included dancing, knitting, crocheting and solving crossword puzzles. Shirley’s home was always open to friends and visitors. In her earlier years, she enjoyed evenings with her husband and their friends playing cards and laughing for many hours. Shirley made many friendships in her life which she nurtured and maintained until her death this year. Shirley was very family orientated and loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around and she took a keen interest in the affairs of her children. Although she may not have agreed with a lot of the choices her children made, she was always supportive and loving towards them. Shirley was also the keeper of the family history and kept a record of all births, marriages, divorces and deaths. Mom was a caring, compassionate person with a tenacious attitude that served her well in her long battle with cancer. She was insistent that we gather together today to celebrate her life more than mourn her death. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Bill; her daughter, Sharon; her parents, Jim and Olive; her brothers-in-law, Ben and Harvey Soke, Kon Emantis and her sisters-in-law, Ruth Nixon and Doris Swanney. She leaves to celebrate her life and mourn her death: her children, Robert of Canmore, Ab.; Don (Sylvia) of Warman, Sk.; Larry of Regina, Sk.; Debbie (Paul) of Vallican, B.C.; and Karen of Lumsden, Sk.; her grandchildren: Tammy (Mike Pedersen), Patty (Joe Vanneste), Carlos (Amber), Craig (Michele), Chad, Kaylynn and Leeland; her great-grandchildren: Riley, Charleston, Tyler, Cassie, Jared and Ben; her brother, Howard Swanney (Sharon) of Calgary; daughters-in-law, Eloise Barbarin (Bob) of Spy Hill, Andree Soke of Moosomin and brother-in-law, John (Deanne) of Selkirk, Mb; sisters-in-law, Alva Soke of Bredenbury, Amy Soke of Winnipeg, Margaret Emantis of West Hill, Shirley Crawford and Sylvia Ewacka of Toronto; Aunt Irene Armistead of Prince George; nephew, Terry Swanney (Lois) of Calgary; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many good friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2;00 pm from Knox United Church in Bredenbury. Interment to follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
SOKE - Tyler Don, beloved son of Greg and Shirley and adored brother of Kyle (Sara-Lynn), passed away, surrounded by the love of his family and friends, on April 3, 2007 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tyler was born on January 30, 1984 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. Tyler had a love for life, his family, and his dog, Diablo. He immensely enjoyed time spent with his Mom, Dad, Kyle and Sara. Be it a coffee at Canamera, a quick evening visit with Diablo or Sunday brunch, Tyler was always happy to spend time with his family. Tyler had an insatiable zest for life. Time spent with friends were some of the best. In his younger years, Tyler and his buddies enjoyed building forts, camping, quading, fishing and of course, playing hockey in the winter. Tyler was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed water skiing, snow boarding, fishing, hockey and even the odd tussle on the ice. More recently, Tyler took up biking and thoroughly enjoyed rides with his brother. He had one day hoped to ride on a Harley with Kyle by his side. Tyler grew up on the farm near Bredenbury and attended elementary school there. When Tyler was in Grade 10, the family moved to Yorkton. This opened up a whole new world of friendships and freedoms that come with living in town. Tyler’s circle of friends grew during his years at the Regional and many special bonds were formed. Always the loyal one, Tyler maintained friendships with all of his buddies who he had grown up with in Bredenbury. He graduated from the Yorkton Regional High School in 2002 and spent a year in Yorkton working with Kyle for their Dad moving fertilizer. As a young boy, Tyler developed a love for waterskiing and fishing and their annual summer holidays to B.C. Many summers were spent at Madge Lake where Greg, Shirley, Kyle, Tyler and a mix of family and friends spent countless hours on the lake waterskiing and sea doo-ing. Tyler, always a dreamer and a go getter, aspired to experience life in the big city, so in the fall of 2003 Tyler headed west to Vancouver to attend Sprott Shaw College where he completed a course in Business Management and E. Commerce. Upon graduation he applied for and received a job as the Assistant Manager of the Fastenal Store in Yorkton. Tyler was happy to be close to his family and friends again. Before long Tyler’s hard work and perseverance were recognized and he was promoted to Manager. He had a keen interest for current and world events and was a fan of Donald Trump, and, consequently read all of his books. Tyler loved to research, plan and dream about various business ventures. Another one of Tyler’s interests was cooking. He loved to whip up omelets for his family on a Sunday morning and treat his friends to impromptu Friday night steak dinners. Shirley would know her freezer had been raided by the lingering smell of Tyler’s cologne. Tyler will be remembered for his sly smile, sparkling eyes, and most importantly his kind and gentle personality. Tyler’s legacy will forever be the knowledge gained by others from this tragic accident and the lives saved by the generous donation of his organs. Tyler was an AB- blood type and this rare blood type only makes up 10 - 12% of the population. There has not been a donor in the last four years who has had this blood type. As a result eight children and young adults have been given a second chance at life. Tyler was predeceased by his grandfathers, Ben Soke and Cliff Prince and on June 19, 2006 his cousin, Troy Morrison. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his parents, Greg and Shirley Soke; his brother, Kyle (Sara-Lynn); his grandmothers, Alva Soke and Mary Prince-Burman; step-grandfather, Art Burman; Great-grandmother, Eileen Paulger; Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, Marie Phillips, Jeff, Jerry; Vicky (Darwin) Symons, Lisa (Gary), Delores; Leslie (Sherry) Prince, Curtis, Kenneth, Rose; Sheila (Joe) Morrison, Chris (Loni), Kim, Tanis; Bruce (Kathy) Soke, Sheena, Ben; Brian (Dana) Soke, Shelby, Zach and Joshua. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 with Reverend Walter Farquharson and Mr. Fred Nicholson officiating. A Tribute was read by Joan Sawchuk. The pianist, Ruth Datema, led the congregation and members of the Bredenbury Knox United Church Choir and the Saltcoats United Church Choir in the singing of the hymns. Special taped music selections were shared as well as music offered by friends, Joel Hryniuk, Mitch Lysak and Levi Soulodre. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Dean Katzburg, Colin Hrywkiw, Jared Oystrick, Greg Donnelly, Andy Vickers and Bryan Boychuk serving as casket bearers.
SPOKES - Phyllis Joy (nee Snedker) was born on December 12, 1925 to Fred and Elizabeth Snedker of the Perley District. She lived on the farm until age 12, surrounded by her many animals; dogs, cats, horses, and her special school horse named Abdul. Phyllis lost her father in 1931 and her mother remarried in 1932 to Jack Ford. The family moved in to Saltcoats in 1937 and began operating the town bakery. Phyllis attended the Saltcoats Elementary and High School. In 1943, Phyl and Dolly Patton took over the operations at the café, and then in 1944, she joined the Canadian Woman’s Army Corp. in Regina. She was posted to Borden, Ontario until the end of the war. Upon discharge, she completed her Grade 12 and worked as a telephone operator in Saltcoats. Phyllis married Stanley Spokes on September 14, 1948. They established their home in Saltcoats where Stan started to work as the town clerk, and Phyllis was at home with their family; Terry, Glen and Gail. Glen passed away at the age of 3 from leukemia. The family travelled and loved to camp. The annual holiday to Clear Lake became a tradition for many years. Even after the children had left home, Stan and Phyl continued to enjoy their many holidays together. Phyllis was very involved in the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and was very proud to receive the pin for lifetime membership. She spent several years on the executive of the Horticultural Society and for many years maintained her own little greenhouse. She spent many hours tending to and lovingly caring for the flowers which were grown for personal use as well as for sale. Her other interests have been curling, knitting, travelling, photography and puzzle making. Her love of animals continued throughout her life and she always had a household pet whether it be a dog, cat, bird, fish or turtle. Family time was always very special. She spent many happy hours lovingly supporting her grandchildren’s many endeavors. Christmas, holidays, birthdays and ‘just because’ occasions were always enjoyed by family and friends. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, her son Glen, and her loving husband Stan. Phyllis will be lovingly remembered and cherished by her son, Terry (Sharyn) Spokes; daughter, Gail (Roman) Gaida; grandchildren, Brad, Jeff and Kendra Spokes and Amy and Ryan Gaida; brother, Ted (Betty) Snedker; sister, Barbara (Murray) Straker; brother-in-law, Reg (Mary) Spokes; sister-in-law, Criss Spokes as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 from Saltcoats United Church with Rev. Walter Farquharson and Rev. Chang Lee as the Worship Leaders. The organist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation and members of the Saltcoats United Church Choir in the singing of the hymns. The interment service followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Brad Spokes, Jeff Spokes, Kendra Spokes, Amy Gaida, Ryan Gaida and Garnett Straker serving as the casket bearers.
SPOKES - Richard Alfred passed away Monday, June 2nd, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with his family at his side. Richard, "Rick", was born November 29th, 1947, the son of James and Nancy Spokes in Yorkton, Sk. Rick grew up on a farm in the Saltcoats area. He attended his early years of school at Crescent School before attending Melville High School. Upon graduation he attended school for TV and Radio in Moose Jaw, Sk. Rick then began working for CKOS TV station in Yorkton as a switcher in 1968. He later moved on to a position in advertising. In 1970, Rick married Sylvia Markham and they had two children together. Chad Spokes was born in February of 1977 and Marcelline, or "Sammy" as Rick liked to call her, was born in September of 1979. Some years later Rick met his current wife Eva Lafontaine along with her three children Shane, Kirk and Jay. Through their time together Rick had many occupations including driving truck for Loomis and working on the farm for Dean and Betty Russell. Throughout his life Rick enjoyed many outdoor activities. He loved camping, hunting, gardening and waterskiing. One of his favourite pastimes though was fishing. Rick and Eva spent many of their summer hours out on the lake fishing with family and friends. In the winter, when he wasn't ice fishing, Rick loved to play cards with friends and neighbours, most especially cribbage. Rick loved to be around people and was always the first person to have a joke or a story to tell. Rick was predeceased by his father James Spokes, his mother Nancy Spokes (nee Taylor), as well as a brother and a sister, Kenneth and Sheila. He is survived by his wife Eva Lafontaine; his son Chad (Melanie) and their children Alexis and Brynn; his daughter Marcelline; Shane (Melissa) and their children Irelynd and Zander; Kirk (Tenille) and their children Elijah and Nevaeh; Jay (Kim). As well as his brothers Dave (Val), Gord (Sharon), Eva's mother Lillian Lafontaine, nieces, nephews and extended family. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
STENKO - William "Bill" (December 27, 1922 - June 15, 2011). Bill passed away peacefully at Grace Hospice after spending only one night there. He was 88 years old. Bill was born and grew up in the Buchanan district. He moved with his family to Bredenbury where he farmed. He married the love of his life Irene (Veregin) and they had 60 wonderful years together. Bill enjoyed life to it's fullest. He and Irene did a lot of travelling, camping and attended many social events. In 1985 he retired from farming. They moved to Kelowna, B.C. to make the most of their retirement years. They lived there for 20 very good years. With Bill's failing health, they moved back to Regina to be close to family. Bill was a musician, a ball player (pitcher), a (potential) pilot, a former mayor of Bredenbury, and a jack of all trades. He was a hard worker and a quiet man with a strong and fighting spirit. He proved that a man with no legs could continue living a good life. He treasured his family and enjoyed and looked forward to the many birthday and anniversary celebrations. He was "hospitality all the way". Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Sadie, and sister Mary. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Irene; daughters Dianna (Eric) Ingham and Debbie (Keith) Bellamy; grandchildren Julia (Curtis), Douglas (Heidi), Sarah and David; sisters Kay, Vicky, Sophie and Agnes; brothers George and Orest; as well as many other family members. The family wishes to thank the staff on 6F of the Regina General Hospital, Dr. Kluz, Home Care nurses and coordinator Jolene, occupational therapist Avril and Wascana Heights Personal Care Home for their care while Dad was ill and failing. A visitation will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Regina Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
STERANKA - Charles Joseph, of Saskatoon, Sask, passed away suddenly on March 7, 2001. Born in Saltcoats, Sask, April 26, 1934. Predeceased by 3 infant brothers and Andy in 2000, parents Steve and Margaret and granddaughter Cassandra in 1999. Left to mourn are his beloved and devoted wife Margaret (44 years in October) and children; Brent (Letty), William (Karen), Barb (Harvey), Harvey (Joey). Grandchildren Jaret, Jessie, Kalyn, Rebecca, Seth, Brandon, Jennifer, Cody and Jamie. Sister Mary Kist and family, Alice (Andy) of Toronto. Funeral Service will be held Monday, March 12, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at Park Funeral Chapel, 311- 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon with Pastor Darren Godsoe officiating.
STEWART - Evelyn Aurora Juanita (nee Schutz) of Churchbridge and formerly of Yorkton, beloved wife of the late Marvin Branny Stewart was called to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, with her family at her side at St. Anthony's Hospital, Esterhazy, Sask. Evelyn was born on February 6, 1933, at home on the farm in the Rothbury District. She was baptized, confirmed (March 30, 1947), and married at Peace Lutheran Church, Rothbury. Evelyn attended school in Pennock, completing her Grade 8. She worked as a waitress at Spiedel's Cafe in Bredenbury where she met Branny (Marvin) Stewart. Evelyn and Branny were married October 19, 1955 and made their home in Yorkton. She worked at Logan's Drug Store, Croll's and finally at Park Allen Drugs until she retired in 1990 due to her health. In 1993 Evelyn and Branny moved to Churchbridge. Evelyn and Branny both enjoyed the outdoors - fishing, camping, golfing, gardening, and in their earlier years, riding their horses. Evelyn loved baking, canning and cooking. Some of her favorite pastimes were crocheting, doing word searches, listening to country music, keeping up on baseball and hockey, and reading her Bible. More than anything, Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and nothing made her happier than giving her doilies, baking, or canned goods as parting gifts to those who stopped by. The kids, too, were always spoiled with little gifts, candies or little bags of quarters. Although Evelyn did not have biological children of her own, her nieces and nephews adopted her as another mom and grandma. Each time Evelyn became a great-aunt or great-great-aunt again, her famous reply was, "I always was great!", and she was. Evelyn had a very strong faith and trusted completely in her Lord. Even though she had many health problems, she quietly accepted them without complaints, even in her last days. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Marvin, her parents, John and Anna Schutz, and sisters Ruth, Mabel (Harold), Inez (Donald) and her brother Clarence (Lois) Schutz. She leaves to mourn her passing her dear nieces and nephews and many other family and friends. A service of comfort for family and friends was held on Sunday evening, January 20, 2008 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton, SK. The funeral service was held on Monday afternoon, January 21, 2008 from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, SK with Rev. Chang Lee of the United Church of Canada officiating. Myrna Jenson was the organist leading the congregation and choir in the Hymns. The Honourary Bearers were William and Caroline Schutz and members of Evelyn's United Church family. Following a memorial Luncheon the interment took place in the Garden of St. Matthew, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with: Mervin and Don Rosin, Kevin Matthews, Elwood Kotzer, Doug Bjarnason and Dennis Schutz serving as casket bearers.
STEWART - Marvin, beloved husband of Evelyn Stewart of Churchbridge passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at the yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 73 years of age. Marvin 'Branny' Keith Stewart was born on December 31, 1927 at Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; the son of Jack and Hazel Stewart. Marvin attended Bredenbury School. He married Evelyn Schutz on October 19, 1955. Marvin and Evelyn lived in Yorkton where Marvin worked in Elevator Construction and later with Pool Livestock. Marvin was known as Branny to his family and close friends. He was well known for his love of hunting, fishing and horses. Marvin and Evelyn moved to Churchbridge in 1993 where he resided until his death. Marvin was predeceased by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Doug (Marge) Stewart; his sister and brother-in law, Loretta (Gordon) Lowe; two nieces, Myra Monkman and Bonnie Lowe. Left to mourn his passing, his loving wife Evelyn of Churchbridge; one sister, Leona Stewart of Winnipeg; one sister-in-law Inez Gallinger of Churchbridge; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Service of Comfort was held on Friday evening, October 12, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, October 13, 2001 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. Rev. Curtis Tufts of the United Church officiated. Ushers were Chris Mitschke and Kelly Quibell. The organist, Vickie Kaminski led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. All in attendance were considered honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Elwood Kotzer, Mervin Rosin, Kevin Matthews, Doug Bjarnason, Bob Kaczur and Dennis Schutz serving as the casketbearers.
STUMPH - Laverne Donald, of the Saltcoats district, beloved husband of Joyce Stumph passed away suddenly Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at his residence. He was 60 years, 11 months, 19 days of age. Laverne Donald Stumph was born on August 25, 1947 at Yorkton, Sask., the youngest of three children born to Jack and Marie (nee Stricker) Stumph. He received his education at Tupper School and at the age of 14 began helping his father on the farm and soon became a full time farmer. On March 18, 1978 Laverne married Joyce Shullman of Calder and together they had one daughter, Jaclyn. Laverne enjoyed looking after the farm animals and also enjoyed the sights and sounds of wild animals and birds. Working with wood was also something he truly enjoyed. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Joyce of Saltcoats; a daughter Jaclyn Stevenson (partner Tom) of Ebenezer; his parents Jack & Marie of Saltcoats; a brother Leonard (Heather) of Saltcoats and a sister Shirley (Ed) Wintonyk of Bredenbury, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A prayer service was held on Monday, August 18th and the Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 19th both services at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Dan Moeller of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. The organist, Verna Liebrecht led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment to place in the Garden of St. Mark at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Albert Fandrick, Earl Upshall, Brent Stumph, Owen Stumph, Tannyn Stumph and Alex Novak serving as the casket bearers.
STUMPH - Marie (nee Stricker), of the Saltcoats district, beloved wife of Jack passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age 87 years. Marie was born on September 2, 1921 near Rhein Sask; a daughter of Fred and Molly (nee Unsinger) Stricker. She was Baptised in the Lutheran Faith on November 17, 1921 and confirmed on April 5th. 1936 by Rev. George Senft. Marie received her education at Rhein. On November 5, 1939 Marie was united in marriage to Jack Stumph. This union was blessed with three children: Shirley, Leonard and Laverne. Marie and Jack farmed together in the Saltcoats district. Marie was a faithful member of her church and attended on a regular basis. She enjoyed taking care of her garden and flowers and when she was younger did a lot of baby sitting. While working with her husband, Marie helped with the outdoor chores including looking after the animals and chickens. Marie and Jack did most of their work together looking after what had to be done. During times of leisure she enjoyed going to the river with Jack to fish. As a hobby and work; Marie baked, sewed, knitted and would can the vegetables that she grew in the garden. As she became older her health began to fail and she had to cut down on a lot of her work. It was then that Jack helped a lot in the garden. Jack was the love of her life and they have celebrated over 68 years of marriage. Marie leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her husband Jack. Her children: Shirley (Ed Wintonyk) Leonard (Heather) daughter-in-law: Joyce; grandchildren: Jaclyn, Cheryl (Steve), Catherine (Darcy), Cindy, Owen. Sherry (David), Brent ( Carol) and Terry (Ellen). Her great grandchildren: Cassandra, Joshua, Kendra, Christan, Matthew, Michael, Jasmine, Aleisha, Tate, Jerett, Tannyn and a great great grandson Jayden.She also leaves her sisters: Pauline Leis, Annie Stumph, Lenore Retco, Josephine Robertus; brothers: Emanuel, John, Rheinhold and Clarence Stricker. Marie was predeceased by her parents Fred and Mollie Stricker; her son Laverne; brothers: Alex, David, Henry, Fred, Jack and sisters: Adeline and Amalia. A service of comfort was held for family and freinds on Thursday evening, September 11, 2008 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton, Sask. The funeral service was held on Friday afternoon, September 12, 2008 from Zion Lutheran Church Yorkton, Sask. with Pastor Daniel Moeller officiating. Verna Liebrecht was the organist leading the congregation in the Hymns. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with: Peter Oystrick, Ed Lutz, Derryle Rothenburger, Owen, Dennis and Stanley Stumph serving as Casket Bearers
SWITZER - Christina (nee Martinovsky) passed away peacefully on Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. Christina was born on July 16, 1906, the fourth youngest of ten children born to Barbara (nee Kellner) and Joseph Martinovsky. Christina attended her first school at Gerald, Saskatchewan and later went on to continue her education at Normal School in Regina, completing her teacher’s certificate. Christina taught at Valor School in the Gerald area as well as Barrier Ford near McKague, Saskatchewan. Christina met L. Milford Switzer while she was still living at home and on December 31, 1936, Milford picked Christina up at the train station in Yorkton. They were married on their way home to the farm. Christina and Milford began farming in the Tonkin District where they were blessed with the birth of two sons, Frank and Gillean. The family remained there until 1947 when they moved to the Meadowvale District and continued to farm. Christina had many interests, some of which included flowers, gardening, bird watching, sewing, crocheting and curling. She had a passion for writing and kept many diaries accounting friends’ visits, weather records and crop statistics. Many poems have been written about the beauty of nature she saw all around her. Christina was very active in many community groups and events including the Cancer Society, local fowl suppers, Women’s Guild, card parties and community dances. Christina and Milford farmed until 1966 when they moved into Yorkton. She kept active during her retirement years continuing her work with the Women’s Guild, gardening and volunteering with a local group collecting clothing for aid in Africa. Both Christina and Milford were blessed with good health and remained in their own home together until 1996 when Milford went to live at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. Christina was able to stay in their home until 2000 when she joined Milford in Saltcoats. Christina was predeceased by her parents, her husband and eight brothers and sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing, her brother, Emil (Eva) Martinovsky of Kamloops, B.C.; her sons, Frank (May) of Regina and Gillean of Yorkton, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many dear nieces, nephews and good friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home. The cremation committal will follow at a later date.
SWITZER - Vera Lillian (nee Price). On February 24, 2007, Vera Lilian Switzer, beloved wife of Gillean Switzer passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Vera was born on September 24, 1942 in Newcastle on Clun, England to loving parents, Ernald and Lilian Price. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1947 and settled in the Chatsworth District near Saltcoats. Vera attended her early years of schooling at Chatsworth School and then completed high school in Saltcoats. She went on to attend Nursing School in Regina and graduated from the Yorkton School of Nursing in 1964. Vera was awarded the “Devotion to Duty” honor for her class, something that exemplified the rest of her life. On October 9, 1965, Vera married Gillean Switzer of the Meadowvale District and together they took over the family farm. Here, they raised their family of three, one girl and two boys. Her childhood days were filled with many activities such as 4H, curling, church, choir and everyday life on the farm. Vera was never afraid to try something new. Her vast love of handicrafts extended throughout her lifetime. In the 70's her love of gardening led her to start a tiny greenhouse of her own. This greenhouse gradually evolved to become more that just a personal venture. Sharing the beauty and knowledge of plants with others became her passion. Visits to Vera’s greenhouse were much more than a purchase of bedding plants. Coffee, laughter, friendship and advice were some of the many attractions for so many patrons and friends. Vera was involved in many community endeavors and shared great pride in all her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. Vera will always be remembered for the warmth and special touch she gave to her flowers, greenhouse, garden and most of all, her family and friends. Vera is predeceased by her parents, Ernald and Lilian Price and her father-in-law, Milford Switzer. She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband, Gillean; her daughter, Shona; her sons, Sterling (Amber) and Irving (Suzy) and nine grandchildren. Vera also leaves to mourn her brother, Leslie (Sylvia) Price; her sister, Shirley (Gordon) Laycock; her brother-in-law, Frank (May) Switzer; her mother-in-law, Christina Switzer, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation and members of the Saltcoats United Church Choir in the singing of the hymns. Mr. Neal also led the choir as they sang an anthem. Family friend, Ken Rosenberger, remembered Vera in tribute and eulogy. In accordance with Vera’s wishes a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date.
TAKACH - Louis passed away at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on Saturday, December 9, 2006. He was 76 years of age. Louis was born June 23, 1930 in the Fenwood district to parents, Charles and Millie (nee Nagy) Takach. Their family farmed near Fenwood until moving to the Saltcoats district in 1947 where they continued to farm. In his early years, Louis attended the Bernadine School and after the move helped on the farm until he decided to pursue other occupations. He worked on a tobacco farm in Ontario, drove school bus, worked in construction on the bridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Diefenbaker Dam and the potash mines in Esterhazy. Following the mine he moved to his own farm in the Wallace district where he farmed for four years and after purchasing the Vargo farm raised his four children there all the while working for Logan Stevens Construction at the same time and custom combining for three years. Louis eventually had health problems starting in 1986 and his health continued to decline until his final residence at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home in Yorkton where he resided until his recent passing. He was predeceased by his father, Charlie in 1967 and mother, Emily in 1984 ; brothers, Andy in 1953, Paul in 1999 and Charlie in 2000. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Shirley Takach of Yorkton; a son, Terry (Tanya) Takach of Grand Prairie, Alta; a daughter, Bonnie (Neil) Wendell of Rocanville; step sons, Donald (Roxanne)Lesanko of Yorkton and Roy Lesanko of Regina. His beloved grandchildren, Alanna, Tyrell, Jorden, Jonathon, Tyson, Kayla, Ashley, Anita, Brodie, Logan, and Raymond; sister, Elizabeth Spilchen; niece, Betty Kobitz and nephew, Albert Ellis. A Visitation for family and friends was held on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from Saltcoats United Church with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Louis was remembered in tribute and eulogy by friend and neighbour, Harry Kardynal. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Terry Takach, Rob Horvath, Donald Lesanko, Allan Miller, Roy Lesanko and Rob Inglis Serving as casket bearers.
TAKACH - Shirley Mae (November 12, 1937 - December 25, 2010). Prayer Service for the late Shirley Takach, widow of the late Louis Takach of Yorkton and formerly of Saltcoats will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. from Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats, Sask. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
TATHAM - William Harold. "Bill" was born October 11, 1920 in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He attended Chatsworth School until the age of 16 when he quit, to go to work at his great passion, farming. At the same young age of 16 he first saw the love of his life Ann while working on a threshing crew for Andrew Laidlaw. He gave Ann a ride on his bicycle and it was something she would never forget. In 1940, his health took a turn for the worse and he spent months in the San at Prince Albert. During that time Ann wrote him letters which he never received. In his younger years he was introduced to the guitar by his best friend Johnny Martinuk. He taught himself to play music and to sing and yodel to the radio listening to Wilf Carter among others. He would attend and play at Christmas concerts, dances and weddings with many of his friends, among them Jeff Cross. Dad spent a winter in the Ontario bush cutting pulp and decided this was not for him. Upon returning to Saskatchewan, he began seeing his sweetheart Ann and they were married April 25, 1949. They raised 2 daughters Mary and Barbara, and a son, the late John Tatham Dad was a great lover of nature and one winter he feed the deer outside their home on the farm. When the young family members came home for Christmas dinner they couldn’t believe their eyes that the deer would come so close. Not to mention the many skunks, racoons and other small animals that fed out of his cat bowl on the deck. In 1988, Dad, Mom and daughter Mary took their first of many road trips to the U.S. and Canada, Glacier National Park and Montana being their favorites. In 1992, he rented out the family farm but still maintained a few head of livestock which he finally gave up in 2000. He continued to feed his “herd of cats” right up until he sold the farm in September 2007. He leaves to mourn his wife Ann, daughters Mary and Barbara (Merv), grand children Tanya (Alan) and Tyler, and great great grandchildren Chayce and Brin. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 2:00pm from Saltcoats United Church. The interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
TAYLOR - Elsie (nee Needham) was born December 14, 1909 in Doncaster England to Herbert & Ida (Golland) Needham. Herbert was a wire worker in Scheffield England and in 1912 moved his family to Canada and made a start in the Clumber district, three miles south of Bredenbury at Grandma Gollands. Later they moved to Saltcoats where Herbert worked as a farm hand for Charlie Boake and Harvey Lennox. Elsie attended school for a couple of years before moving back to Gervis Turrs’ farm and then back to the Needham farm which was three miles south and one mile west at about ten years of age. Elsie went to Clumber School to grade 8 and then worked at the Bredenbury Post Office from 1930 - 1932. Her means of transportation were by bicycle or horse back and in the winter months she boarded with cousin Annie Scull in Bredenbury. Wages were $30.00 per month and room and board was $15.00 per month. Her mother often asked Elsie what she did with the extra $15.00 per month she had left over. Elsie often sold butter for her mother at 30 cents per lb and in 1967 worked in the Bredenbury General Store for 10 years. In earlier years Elsie loved to curl and continued to watch televised curling regularly. She was an avid Blue Jays fan and winning was a necessity. She loved visits from friends and relatives and always had a full pot of coffee for whomever should stop by. Elsie remained independent in her own home until July 5, 2007 and after a brief illness passed away in the St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy on July 28, 2007. Elsie was predeceased by her husband Lorne in 1977, sons, Gerald in 1996 and Darrell in 2004, son-in-law, Don MacKay in 1993, granddaughter, Candy Anten in 2001, granddaughter, Teresa Krulicki in 2003, great grandson, Justin Taylor in 2006, great granddaughter, Shannon Gardecki in 1990 and great great granddaughter, Madison Burnay in 2004. Elsie leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, Earl (Margie-Ann) of Calgary, Lynn Taylor of Regina, Ray (Josie) Lloydminster, Turk (Marge) Grande Prairie, Myrtle of Yorkton, Lint (Connie) of Bredenbury, Shirley ( Don Burfitt) of Medicine Hat, Alta, Edith Taylor of Swift Current as well as 29 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. The pianist, Mr. Lorne Neal and organist, Mrs. Ruth Datema, led the congregation and members of the Knox United Church and Friends in the singing of the hymns. Son, Turk Taylor, remembered his mother in tribute and eulogy. The soloist, Jennifer Kosior, sang “The Lord’s My Shepherd”. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Robert Taylor, Richard Taylor, Rodney Taylor, Greg Taylor, Nolan MacKay and Ian MacKay serving as casket bearers.
THORSNESS - Wilfred George passed away on April 11, 2015 at the age of 91, surrounded by family. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 68 years, Peggy (nee Wood), daughter, Wanda (Peter) Kolenick, son, Robert (Cheryl Kolbinson), daughter, Myrna (Jack) Livingstone, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Samuel Keith (Jean). He was predeceased by his 3 year-old son, Daniel, and his sister, Shirley Burke. Wilf was born to Clarice (nee Taylor) and Obert Thorsness. He grew up on a farm near Bredenbury. After high school, he joined the RCAF and at 17 years of age received his wings in Yorkton. He served as a Lancaster Bomber pilot, 434 Squadron, in the UK during WWII. Upon returning to Bredenbury, he and his father purchased the local hardware store, establishing the family business which later included Wilf's younger brother, Keith. On August 5, 1946, he married Peg, who had recently moved to Bredenbury to teach school. In 1948 they moved to Saltcoats to operate the second hardware store. Over the years, their business expanded to include hardware, furniture and appliance stores in Churchbridge, Langenburg, and Yorkton. Wilf was a dedicated entrepreneur with strong leadership skills. His commitment to service was the key to their success. Wilf operated the business for over 50 years and lived in Saltcoats for 66 years. Wilf lived his life to the fullest - working hard, but always finding time for family, friends, and his love for the outdoors. He was an avid weather watcher, an enthusiastic goose, duck and big game hunter, fisherman, berry picker, as well as a devoted master and companion to each dog that was lucky enough to be a part of his life. He enjoyed playing and listening to music, as well as travelling. In earlier years, he and his family enjoyed numerous trips to different parts of Canada and the U.S.A. and in his retirement, Wilf and Peg enjoyed travelling in their motor home or making bigger trips to a variety of countries. Above all, Wilf was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He lived a wonderful and full life, the blessing of which was not lost on him and was reflected in his strong faith. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by many. A Memorial Service, with Legion Funeral Rites, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Saltcoats Community Hall, Saltcoats, SK. A Private Family Cremation Committal will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery, Saltcoats, SK. -
TOMKINS - Vera Evelyn (nee Tatton) was born on July 18, 1912 on a farm in the Aston District to parents, Frederick James and Eliza Jane (nee Atkey) Tatton. Vera passed away at Lakeside Manor Care Home on Saturday, August 29, 2009 with her family by her side. Vera was united in marriage to Ralph George Tomkins on December 10, 1942. The marriage was blessed with five children, Jim, Elaine, Jean, Grace and Byron. Vera attended school at Aston and worked on several farms as a “hired girl”. She learned early in life how to work hard. She was kept busy tending to her large vegetable garden and helping with the farm chores. She loved to cook and provide for others and often invited “someone going through hard times to join the family for a meal”. She cared for several aged and sick people, never asking for any pay. She competed in the Saltcoats Fair with her prize vegetables, flowers, baking and of course, the lambs. Vera loved to sew, crochet and do crafts. Vera’s mother taught her how to act like a lady. She was well mannered, polite and soft-spoken, and never wanted to cause anyone any trouble. Even in the last hours of her life, as she struggled to take her next breath, when asked how she was, in a quiet whisper she replied, “I am fine.” When asked if she was in any pain, she shook her head and whispered, “No.” Vera became a resident of the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor in July of 2001. While there she enjoyed participating in all the activities, always the first one to sign up for bus rides. She always said, “They are so good to me here, I have nothing to complain about.” She was often found folding the towels, to help out the staff. From her window, Vera could watch the birds come and go from the feeders, and enjoy the flowers. Vera treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren and spent hours looking at her many photo albums reminiscing of the days gone by. Vera was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Tomkins on July 7, 1983; her son, Lawrence Tatton on May 14, 1988; her son-in-law, Gerry Berard on May 12, 1998 and her brothers, Ben, Clarence and Leonard. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her children, Jim (Elaine) Tomkins, Elaine (Herb Elder) Berard, Jean (Don) Verhelst, Grace (Doug) Ward and Byron (Barb Patten) Tomkins; her grandchildren, Todd Tatton, Glenn Finch, Lorilie Berard, Aaron Berard, Kelly Verhelst, Michelle Kachur, Carla Shmyr, Kristen Rutten, Alison Ward, Brittney Tomkins, and Kendall Tomkins; 16 great-grandchildren, her brother, Lester Tatton; her sister-in-law, Betty Tatton as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Saltcoats United Church. Interment will follow in the Saltcoats Cemetery.
TOLCHARD - Elizabeth Helen "Ella" (nee Purves) passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 14, 2007, at Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. She was 97 years of age. "Ella", as she was best known to friends and family, was born on September 29, 1909 at Path Head, Scotland, the third child of Anne (nee Tunnah) and James Purves. She began her long life in the Scottish countryside not far from the North Sea. At the early age of five years, Ella began her education and remembered the long four mile walk through the fields and hedges to attend school. She finished her formal education at the age of fourteen, and began work alongside her father in the fields. She hand-cranked the machine that chopped the mangel beets and turnips that fed the sheep and cattle. Of course, taking care of her younger siblings was also a full-time job. In 1927, the family immigrated to Canada where they settled on a farm just north of Saltcoats. At that time Ella began a four year career as a hired girl for various families in the Yorkton and Saltcoats areas. All of her wages were sent home to her mother. It was while working at the Ed Thompson family home that she met her future husband, John (Jack) Tolchard. They had both been sent to pick saskatoons and it was during this meeting that their life long relationship began. Ella and Jack were married on November 18, 1931 at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan and they began a happy life together farming and working as a team that lasted 40 years. To them were born four daughters, Emily (Milton) Maddaford, Helen (Peter) Wiebe, Dell (Joe) Skitcko and Jane (Morley) Smithson. Ella led a long, busy, useful life. She was cheerful, enthusiastic, thoughtful and very generous. She was a skilled homemaker who was excellent at "making do". It served her well throughout her lifetime as wife, mother, grandmother and neighbour. Ella lived independently until the age of 95 years, when she moved briefly to Bangor Lodge, and soon relocated to the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor. Ella was predeceased by her husband, Jack Tolchard, her parents, Anne and James Purves; a granddaughter, Carolyn Maddaford; a son-in-law, Milton Maddaford; four brothers, James, William, Alex and John and one sister, Mary Young. Ella is survived by her four daughters, Emily, Helen, Dell and Jane; one sister, Annie Gurney of Penticton, British Columbia; two sisters-in-law, Sonia Purves and Corrine Purves, both of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Ella also leaves to mourn her passing, her nine grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren along with many nephews, nieces and a host of good friends. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Morris Grovum, Agnes Smiley and Ruth Sinclair officiating. Granddaughter, Heidi Smithson, remembered her Grandmother in tribute and eulogy. The organist, Gayle Wensley, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Susan Paley and Gayle Wensley sang a duet. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Doug Maddaford, Arlan Maddaford, Brent Wiebe, Sheldon Skitcko, Kaley Smithson and Voge Paley serving as casket bearers.
TRAPP - Irma Grace (nee Barker). It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Irma Grace Trapp, of Regina and formerly of Balcarres on June 27, 2009 surrounded by family at the age of 93 years. Born September 4, 1915 in Bredenbury, Sask. Irma was predeceased by her parents Homer and Elizabeth Barker: husband Joseph; sons Floyd, Blaire; brothers Wilfred and Keith; sisters Myrna, Rhoda and Mina. Left to mourn her passing are son Barry (Nancy); daughter Carol Wiest (Cliff); Grandchildren Christine Longley (Eric); Doug Trapp (Erin); Craig and Cara Wiest and Sheri Trapp; Great grandchildren: Bear (Elanna), Joel, Brittani, Amanda and Spencer Trapp; Brenna and Alanna Longley; Gracelynn and Claire Wiest; great great granddaughter Brooklyn; Sister Irene Gibson and Brother Byron Barker and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Irma was very active in many organizations in Balcarres were she resided for 65 years. Irma was a member of the IODE, past president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion #84, many years as treasurer of the St. Paul's ACW and President and Teacher of St. Paul's Sunday School; a member of Balcarres Union Hospital Auxiliary, also involved with the Child Health Care Clinic. She represented the town on the Regina Rural Health Board and spent more than 35 years as a representative of the Canadian Cancer Society for which she was honoured. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 1st at 2 pm at St. Pauls Anglican Church in Balcarres with Interment to follow in the Balcarres Cemetery.
TROWELL - Herbert Gunn of the Saltcoats District passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He was 93 years of age. The second of four children born to Martin and Sarah (nee Hewitt) Trowell, Herbert Gunn Trowell, was born on March 25, 1916 on the family farm in the Graham district. “Bert” to friends and family, married Violet May Dickson of the Boakeview district in November 1947. They were blessed with four children: Linda, Clifford, Kenneth and Larry. Bert farmed with his brother, Johnny until 1973 then farmed pedigreed seed with his sons, Ken and Larry. He took an active role in the farm until he retired in 2006. Bert was a lifetime member and served as president of the Saltcoats Agricultural Society. He also served as President of the Graham Chatsworth Telephone Company. Bert was predeceased by his wife, Violet in 1995, his sister, Elsie and brothers, Fred and Johnny. He leaves to mourn his daughter, Linda of Regina, SK; his son, Cliff and his wife, Perpetua of Ottawa, ON; his son, Ken and his wife, Mardell os Saltcoats, SK; his son, Larry and his wife, Lois of Saltcoats, SK. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A humble man, Bert led a simple life, devoted to the ones he loved. He will be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from the Saltcoats Town Hall. Interment will follow at the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
TROWELL - James Garwood, beloved husband of Val Trowell of Saltcoats, passed away on March 30, 2006 in Regina at the General Hospital. He was 81 years of age. Jim was born on February 27, 1925 at Castlenau farm (near Saltcoats), oldest son of Percy and Jessie (Peach), and second mother, Mary (Kirkham). Jim's life was one of stewardship. His love and caring for his wife and family, his wide circle of friends, the family farm, his community, and his faith, were his cornerstones. Jim's quest for education started early while attending Grahame and Saltcoats schools. Jim's love of farming, fishing, curling, and ball were also clear in his early years. Jim and the love of his life, Val (Kerr), started their life-long dance together on November 8, 1946. The farm, 6 miles north-east of Saltcoats, was to be their home and passion for years. As a farmer, Jim loved the land. Seeding and harvest were as natural as the change of seasons. Truly, outstanding in his field, Jim became the ultimate combine jockey. The home on 'Trowell corner' would be home not only for Jim and Val and their six children, but also a home away from home for cousins from 'over the way', the many friends of the Grahame and Saltcoats districts, and extended family from across the prairies. There was always an extra chair at the table and a spare bed at 'Uncle Jim and Auntie Vals'. We celebrate the 60 years of love Jim and Val shared ' memories of hand in hand walks, bike rides, trips, family celebrations and of course, dancing ' square dancing and old time dancing, will be cherished. As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Jim's dedication and caring were unwavering. He was always there to provide a helping hand. Jim's life lessons, coaching and words of advice and support were always helpful. Whether it was fishing, cribbage, farming, combine repairs, or dancing, Jim was able to provide the novice with a sense of insight and security. Jim leave's a legacy of a family who love to celebrate and who recognize the importance of celebrating life. In the early 1980's, Jim started a new chapter in his life long education. Always having been a strong student, he started taking university courses in Yorkton. In 1981, Jim combined his love for learning and knowledge and his faith, and started university in Saskatoon at St. Andrew's College. In 1985, Jim was ordained as a United Church minister. The next chapter in Jim and Val's life adventures took them from Saltcoats to Saskatoon, to Inglis Manitoba, and finally to Carrot River, Saskatchewan where Jim was the minister of the United Church for 5 years. As always, Jim's love and caring for the communities he was part of made a significant difference to their friends. Jim's approach to supporting loved ones and friends often included an unexpected phone call or a drop in visit. After retiring in 1990, Jim and Val returned to their new home in Saltcoats. Here, all of life's joys and wonders came to fruition. Jim was able to focus on the true passions of his life ' time with Val, fishing, curling, photography, family, and helping out on the family farm. Jim's stewardship to community has been ever present. During both his career as farmer and as a minister, Jim always took the step forward to help make a difference. This was true for both neighbours and friends as well as the many organizations that he worked with and supported: the Grahame snow plough club, the Farmer's Union, as a hockey parent, the Saltcoats Figure Skating Club, United Church Session & Presbytery, the Saltcoats Community Beautification Committee, the Saltcoats Laketown Leaders, and the Saltcoats Curling Club. Jim lived every day in the present and as a gift. Jim is predeceased by his parents Percy and Jessie, second mother Mary, brother-in-law Jim Benjamin, and sister-in-law Bea Trowell. Jim leaves to mourn and celebrate his life his wife Val, his children Doug (Corinne), Bronwen (George), Gerri (Ron), Glen (Betty), Verne (Bonnie), Mark (Scott); sister Marion; brother Bill (Evelyn); grandchildren Erin (Dave), Brock (Hilary), Kym, Stacey, Kaley (Fil), Shannon, Cristina, Derek, Chelsea, Layne, and Dylan; and great grandchild Valerie; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family; and many valued friends and neighbours. A Service of Comfort lead by Reverend Chang Lee was held Sunday, April 2, 2006 from the Chapel of Christie-Hill followed by a Memorial Service held Monday, April 3, 2006 in the Saltcoats United Church. The Service was presided by Rev Chang Lee and a eulogy was given by Rev Walter Farquharson. Pianist, Lorne Neal and organist, Ruth Datema lead members of the congregation as well as the Saltcoats United Church and Anglican Church choirs in the singing of the hymns. The urn bearer was Jim' s eldest son, Douglas Trowell. A cremation committal will follow in the Saltcoats Cemetery at a later date.
VICKERS - Lloyd Albert was born on May 20, 1951 in Yorkton. He was the eldest child born to Arnold and Sheila Vickers. Lloyd grew up in Bredenbury where he made many life-long friends. On October 23, 1971 Lloyd was united in marriage to Bev St. Marie and this union was blessed with their son, Wayne. Lloyd, Bev and Wayne resided in Bredenbury until 1975 when they moved to Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. In 1980 the family returned to Bredenbury. Lloyd liked his fishing and golfing and quiet times watching T.V. Lloyd (also known as Ralph to many) was a soft-spoken man who enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He possessed a quick-wit, always followed by his sly grin. Throughout Lloyd’s illness he showed courage and had an inner-strength that touched all those around him. Lloyd will be sadly missed, but lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Bev; his son, Wayne; his parents, Arnold and Sheila Vickers; his brother, Joe Vickers and Bonnie Vickers and their children, Chris (Julie) Scott, Andy and Katie; his sisters, Sandy (Kent) Ritchie and children, Steven (Wendy), Adam (Amanda) and Sarah (Jay) and Kathy (Grant) Jacobs and their children, Colby and Ty; his parents-in-law, Richard and Ethel St. Marie; his brothers-in-law, Glenn (Julie) St. Marie and their children, Richelle and Cole, Del (Diane) St. Marie and their children, Jonas (Candase), Jeannine (Denys), Don, Carla and Steven; his sisters-in-law, Lynda St. Marie (Chris Thorvaldson) and their children, Rodney (Sherry) and Amy (Cory) and Michelle (Gary) Campbell and their children, Terrie and Logan as well as many special uncles, aunts, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and many dear friends. Funeral Services were held on Monday, May 29, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Mr. Fred Nicholson and Reverend Chang Lee serving as worship leaders. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation and members of Knox United Church Choir in the singing of the hymns. The Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church Choir sang two selections. The Knox United Church Choir anthem was “The Lord’s My Shepherd”. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Joe Vickers, Kent Ritchie, Grant Jacobs, Glenn St. Marie, Del St. Marie and Gary Campbell serving as the casket bearers.
VICKERS - Marge (nee Bridgewater) the oldest daughter of a family of eight, was born on May 2, 1913 to James and Agnes Bridgewater. She was the first baby born in Bredenbury after it officially became a town on May 1, 1913. She quit school at the age of 14 to help look after her brother, Raymond who had been stricken with polio. She met the love of her life, Roy Vickers on November 29, 1931 and they were married 4 years later on November 24, 1935. Their first daughter, Rae was born on May 21, 1939, then Shirley on June 3, 1944 and their only son Norman on April 8, 1946. Marge worked in the telephone office for 13 years and then again a few years later until the dial system came in. After that she took in boarders to supplement their income. She lived in Bredenbury for 93 years and was involved in many organizations including the busy Bees, the Church Board, the U.C.W. and the Hall Committee where she was awarded a life membership. She also sang in the United Church choir from 1939 - 2005. Square dancing, curling and dancing to old time music were some of her favorite pastimes. Playing cards was a must when relatives came to visit and then to Mings for supper. Scrabble and tile rummy were also played when there weren’t enough people to play cards, but on Monday nights, bingo took top priority over everything else. Flowers were also her pride and joy. Every window sill in the house was covered with beautiful flowering plants. She also spent many hours watching the birds, especially the robins with their babies. July meant it was berry picking time so out to the McLaren farm she would go to pick raspberries, accompanied by her little dog “Mickey”. Each year was rounded off with the baking of her famous Christmas pudding. After breaking her hip in January of 2007, she became a temporary resident of the Lutheran Home in Melville. In April she was moved to Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats where she resided until her passing on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 with her family by her side. Marge was predeceased by her parents, husband, Roy, great granddaughter, Cassandra Mann and three brothers, Clarence (age nine), Henry and Raymond Bridgewater; sisters-in-law, Agnes and Joy Bridgewater. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory a son, Norman (Irene) Vickers of Regina; daughters, Rae (Bev) McLaren of Saltcoats and Shirley (Ed ) Mann of Regina; brother, James (Lucille) Bridgewater of Yorkton, Sk., sisters, Irene (Ernie) Nelson of Athabasca, AB., Veryl Middleton of Vancouver, BC., Audrey Bridgewater of Calgary, AB.; grandchildren, Cindy (Jason) Demaer of Brandon, MB., Brian (Connie) McLaren of Saskatoon,Sk, Brad (Marilyn) McLaren of Yorkton, Sk., Allan (Lisa) Mann of Drumheller, AB., Dean (Karen) Mann of Regina, Sk., Lori (Jim) Henderson of Regina, Sk., Tara (Derek) Fisher of Regina, Sk., Chad (Kim) Vickers of Regina, Sk.; great grandchildren, Susan Sunde of Regina, Sk., Craig, Brett and Shanna Demaer of Brandon, MB., Torrey and Shayla McLaren of Saskatoon, Sk. And Braxton McLaren of Yorkton, Sk, Eric, William and Alexandria Mann of Drumheller, AB., Jordan and Matthew Mann of Regina, Sk., Jay Henderson of Regina, Sk., Jessica and Ashley Fisher of Regina, Sk. And Kadence, Carys and Mataya Vickers of Regina, Sk. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Raymond Vickers of Kelowna, BC.; sisters-in-law, Irene Vickers of Calgary, AB., Reta Wilds of Kamloops, BC., Edith Heieie of Winnipeg, MB., Ollie (George) Morrison of Calgary, AB., Audrey (Raymond) Bridgewater of Edmonton, AB., as well as numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan with Reverend Walter Farquharson and Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with Brian McLaren, Brad McLaren, Allan Mann, Dean Mann, Chad Vickers and Brett Demaer serving as casket bearers.
WAGNER - Allan Roy, 77 years old, born September 30th, 1930 near Saltcoats, SK., passed away peacefully after a gallant fight with bone cancer in Saskatoon City Hospital, November 27th, 2007. He will be missed by his devoted wife, Lena; his children Joyce (Gerald) Bonokoski, Brian, Ron (Joan) and MaryAnn (Michael) Pape; his grandchildren Kimberlee (Scott), Michael, Andrew, Kevin and Katelyn, Michael, Alana, Tim, Jennifer and Alexander; sisters Jean (Neil) Hanson of Watrous, and Ethel (Jim) Wallace of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law Jean Wagner; numerous nephews, nieces and special friends. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Mary Wagner and his brothers Hugh, John and Kenneth. Allan was raised on a farm near Yarbo. He was with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for over forty years. He bought grain in Dumas, Windthorst, Kipling, Lanigan and Floral and managed the Farm Service Centers in Oxbow and Wadena. In 1992, he retired in Saskatoon. Here he once again developed a network of friends and maintained the relationships that had already existed. He was a quiet gentleman, a good listener with a dry sense of humor and an ingenious problem solver. He enjoyed doing cryptograms and sudoku, surfing the net, sharing email, maintaining his home, fixing things and helping family, friends and neighbors. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Memorial Gardens, Saskatoon.
WETTERSTRAND - Barbara Ann (nee Bauer). Surrounded by the love of her family and friends, Barbara passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 11, 2011. She was predeceased by her parents, Sid and Mary Bauer and her father and mother-in-law, Fred and Helen Wetterstrand. Barb is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gerry; daughter Tracy; son Bradley (Sarah); siblings, Bill (Brenda) and family, Joe (Jenny) and family, including Barb's great-nephews, Alex and Nathan, who always brought a smile to her face, and Doug and family. Barb will also be sadly missed by numerous other family and friends. Over the years, Barb developed many lifetime friendships, but none stronger than with her BFF Norma. Barb was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan on September 17, 1945. On February 27, 1965, she married the love of her life, her soulmate, Gerry Wetterstrand in Yorkton. They lived in Prince Albert until November of 1966. Barb and Gerry then moved to Ghana, West Africa to take part in a Canadian aid project for irrigation development for food security. They lived there for three years until moving home to Regina in October of 1969, where they have since lived and proudly raised their two children, Tracy and Bradley. Barb loved creative endeavors and was constantly learning new crafts. She enjoyed spending time in her sewing room, surrounded by fabric and books. Barb was especially gifted at embroidery, sewing, quilting, cardmaking, and making tamari balls. She loved to add to her stash and every new place was an opportunity to find fabulous new fabric for a future project. A Celebration of Barb's Life will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be broadcast live on the Speers Funeral Chapel website. The family would like to thank the superb 3B nursing team and Dr. Zarkovic at the Pasqua Hospital for the compassionate and high level of care that they provided for Mom.
WIEBE - Jason Charles was born to Denver and Lavina (nee Dueck) Wiebe at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on November 29, 1976. He quietly slipped away on December 4, 2008 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, just five days past his 32nd birthday. Jason was one of God’s special children. At about a week of age he suffered a brain hemorrhage which left him with cerebral palsy. Because of his disability he was lovingly cared for by his parents and family until two and a half years ago when he entered Lakeside Manor Care Home at Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. As a family we greatly appreciate the care he received there. Jason moved to the Bredenbury, Saskatchewan area with his family when he was 3 years old. He attended different schools in Yorkton for 18 years. Later he spent some time at Rail City Industries in Melville, Saskatchewan. Every summer he looked forward to his week at Camp Easter Seal. We wish to express our thankfulness to all the teachers and caregivers of the Yorkton schools, Rail City Industries, and Camp Easter Seal. You were special to Jason. He made many friends in his own quiet way. He loved to be with people, contributing to conversations with the occasional click and cheery smile. Jason’s life enriched our lives in so many ways. Through him we came in contact with many caring people who helped make his life a little easier. Jason patiently endured numerous surgeries in attempts to relieve his discomfort. He enjoyed many hours of therapy by his mom, sisters and nieces. Some of the highlights in his life included travelling, sledding, and riding the lawn mower and combine. He greatly enjoyed bowling and swimming with his class mates. Some of his favourites were a glass of Pepsi and a piece of chocolate cake. Throughout his life, Jason treasured going to Sunday school and church. He enjoyed listening to singing and spending time with family and friends. He is lovingly remembered and missed by his parents, Denver and Lavina of Bredenbury Saskatchewan, two brothers and four sisters; Myron and Twila, Charlene and Don Barkman, Laurel and Heidi, all of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, Becky and Justin Toews, Montezuma, Kansas, Brenda and Branden Troyer, Kidron, Ohio, and Darla and Connor Elliott, Sinclair, Manitoba, as well as 18 nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held on Monday, December 8, 2008 from the Church of God in Christ, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. The officiating ministers were Norman Wohlgemuth, Lyle Wiebe and Narcenio Cano. While the choir sang a number of selections, the congregational songs were “Hold Thou my Hand” by David Bartel and “Safe in The Arms of Jesus” by Gary Wohlgemuth. The Addition and Prayer were led by Narcenio Cano. The committal service followed in the adjoining cemetery with Tyler Barkman, Kurt Barkman, Mitchel Wiebe, Eric Wiebe, Errol Dueck and Warren Goossen serving as casket bearers. All of Jason’s cousins that were present at the committal sang “Is That The Light’s of Home I See?”.
WILEY - Deloise 'Dell' Julia (nee Everett) was born July 1, 1926 in the Kinbrae area to Gladys and Mahlon Everett. She was the youngest daughter and had two sisters, Beryl and Ruth and two brothers, Glenn and Elmer. She lived and went to school in Bredenbury and later worked at the Bredenbury Post Office. On January 9, 1946 she married Bert Edward Wiley. They raised four sons, Gary, Garvin, Dean and Don and one daughter, Maureen. It was no easy task raising five children, looking after a home and a large vegetable garden. She was a wonderful cook and bread maker, a very talented seamstress and spent unending hours in the garden then canning and preserving. Her talent and love for sewing spread from making all her own clothing to her children’s clothing, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and on to quilts for all the grandchildren. Dell belonged to the Perley and Glyndwr Ladies Clubs and enjoyed the monthly meetings and tea and bake sales. Dell and Bert enjoyed square dancing and took part in many social events at Perley School. They loved to play cards and many hours were spent playing scrabble. Dell was an active member with the Bredenbury Busy Bees and the United Church Ladies Club. In 1980 Dell and Bert purchased a motor home which they lived in while their new home in Bredenbury was being built. In the fall of 1983 they moved in and the motor home became their home away from home. They made many memorable camping and fishing trips exploring, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Dell moved in to the Bentley Retirement Home in 2007. She made many new friends and enjoyed the activities and always insisted on taking the stairs. In 2010, Dell moved out of the Bentley and spent time with her daughter on the farm. Her last few days were spent in the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor. Dell was a loving person who enjoyed family and friends and was always up for a good time or a joke played on herself or someone else. Dell was predeceased by her parents, Gladys and Mahlon Everett; her husband, Bert Wiley; her sisters, Beryl Wiley and Ruth Schuster; her brothers, Glenn and Elmer “Red” Everett; her sisters-in-law, Cis Everett and Ruth Ritchie; and brothers-in-law, Jack and Fran Wiley. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life a loving family. Her sons, Gary of Saltcoats, Garvin (Karen) of Saltcoats, Dean ( Merle) of Saltcoats, Don of Saltcoats; a daughter, Maureen (Larry) of Saltcoats; seventeen grandchildren and twenty seven great grandchildren. Dell is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Gladys Wiley, May Wiley and Ellen Everett and two brothers-in-law, Ralph Wiley and Milton Ritchie. As well as close family members, Gwen Maddaford Brenda Wiley and Pam Wiley; numerous other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services will be ehld on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox United Church in Bredenbury, SK. The interment will follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery.
WILLIS - Frederick Richard. Fred was born August 29, 1926 at the original family farm on the homestead at Soda Lake (Thirty-Six Lake), six miles north of Saltcoats. He was the son of Richard and Annie (Trowell). Fred's life was one dedicated to his family, faith, friends and community. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and a valued member of many community groups. Over the last 60 years, he served actively in many different capacities on the Agricultural Society, the Curling Club, and the Anglican Church. Fred worked his parent's farm from a very young age, after a debilitating injury to his father. He met and married the love of his life, Maree Ridley and they began their own life adventure which lasted 58 years. Their farming branched out into raising turkeys and selling hatching eggs, which they did for 18 years. Fred later took up another part time career as a crop insurance adjuster, which he enjoyed for many years. In 1956, they moved to the present farm site where Fred (Rick) & Gloria currently farm. Here Fred & Maree raised five children with a strong faith and work ethic. The family home was the hub and meeting place for celebrations for the large extended family and their many friends, where great food was always a big part of the celebration Fred had talents and interests in many different areas. Early on he used these talents to build, wire and plumb their family home, even building some of the furniture. Later on, his interests broadened to include curling, golfing, woodworking, and time spent on his personal computer which he used to communicate with family and friends. After a semi-retirement, Fred and Maree moved to their present home just south of Saltcoats in 1990. The years following were spent enjoying more time with family and church activities and hobbies. In the last several years, after experiencing a life-changing, near fatal heart attack, Fred's commitment to family and church increased even more, enjoying an active social life of cards, dancing, choir and socializing with their many friends at Coffee row. Visits from children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the most precious. His faith and his family is what gave his life meaning. Fred is predeceased by his parents, Richard & Annie; brother George (in infancy); sister, Ruth (Hedley) Hickson. He leaves to mourn and celebrate his life, his loving wife Maree; his children Muriel (Len), Rick (Gloria), Dorothy (Lorn), Sherry (Bob) and Arthur (Susan); his grandchildren Kathy, Trevor (Colleen), Heather (Eric), Greg, Rory, Brett, Jessica (Matt), Alyssa (Reagan), Jocelynne (Dustin), Aaron, David, Daniel, Mike, Becky, Sarah, Justin, Jonathon, Isaac; and great-grandchildren Dylan, Julia, Cameron, Tyler, Jayden, Hannah and Kaitlyn; and nieces, nephews, and extended families, and many valued friends and neighbors. The Funeral Service was held Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 10:30 am from the Saltcoats Community Centre with Rev Mel Waddle officiating. The readings were offered by son, Arthur and grandson, Rory. Words of remembrance were shared dy daughter, Muriel and grandchildren, Trevor, Jessica and Heather. Organist, Sharon Gibler led the congregation and members of the Anglican Church Choir and friends in the singing of the hymns. A special blessing was offered by the choir as urn bearer Frederick Willis Jr. Led the recessional. A private family cremation committal will take place at a later date.
WILSON — Victoria 'Vicki' (nee Pitts). It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of a loving wife, mother, sister, grandma, great-grandma and aunt, Victoria (Vicki) Wilson, beloved wife of John Wilson of Calgary, AB. on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at the age of 82 years, after a short battle with cancer. Victoria was born on January 18, 1927 in the Saltcoats District, Sask., the eldest child of Nick and Jennie (Rubletz) Pitts. Victoria lived on the family farm and attended the Rothbury School. As a young lady she moved to Yorkton to work where she met John Wilson. They were united in marriage on July 23, 1949 at St. Andrew's United Church. Mom and Dad lived most of their lives in Yorkton until moving to Calgary in May of 2003 to be close to their children. Vicki dedicated her life to her family, raising six children and two foster children. She worked very hard, keeping a home and preparing the best home-cooked meals. She was an avid gardener and a great bowler. Her pastimes included playing Bingo, cards, the harmonica, dancing, and singing. Vicki loved watching the Toronto Blue Jays as well as numerous game shows. She was quick to play a prank and loved to give and receive gag gifts. She had an amazing sense of humour. Mom truly loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For most of their married life, Dad took great care of Mom. In recent years, she showed the same tremendous strength in caring for Dad after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Vicki was predeceased by her parents Nick and Jennie Pitts; brother Nick; foster son Mark Simonsen; and granddaughter Charlene Zayshley. She leaves to celebrate her life, husband John of fifty-nine years; children, Laverne (Lome Iverson) Wilson of Calgary, Larry (Helen) Wilson of Slave Lake, Beverly (Dale) Thomas of Calgary, Wayne Wilson of Winnipeg, Karen (Todd) Nicholson of Calgary, and Rhonda (Bob Ryczak) Wilson of Calgary; foster son Kevin Behi of Yorkton; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Schneider and family of Winnipeg and Anne Morrison and family of Edmonton; as well as numerous relatives and friends.
WOLOSCHUK - Peter George was born on a farm near Stornoway, Saskatchewan on December 4, 1914, son of Nykolay and Wasylena (Wintonyk) Woloschuk. He attended Angove School for his junior grades. In 1930, his parents moved to a farm near Saltcoats where Peter completed High School. During this time, he was also assisting his parents with the farming operations during the 'hungry '30s'. After being accredited by the Department of Municipal Affairs as a Secretary-Treasurer, he held that position in the Rural Municipality of Calder No. 241 until the fall of 1955. He was also the Secretary-Treasurer for Wroxton Village, Justice of the Peace and had a sideline for Harland Fire Insurance, legal conveyor for the ratepayers and for brush clearing. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, returning to his Wroxton job afterwards. His most important work in Wroxton, though, was meeting Mary Kereluk, who arrived on a train from Insinger to teach school. They were united in marriage in the Yorkton Ukrainian Orthodox Church on October 10, 1942 by the late Very Rev. Frank Kernitsky. The couple raised two children, Boris and Lesya. Peter was also the secretary-treasurer of the Ukrainian Orthodox parish of St. Elia during the time they constructed their new church. The photograph of that church that appeared in the May 1979 issue of National Geographic magazine always had a place of honour in their home. In 1955, the family moved to Thorhild, Alberta, near Edmonton, where Peter accepted a position as Secretary-Treasurer of the County of Thorhild No. 7 for the next 21 years. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Village of Thorhild for a number of years and Secretary-Treasurer of Thorhild Senior Citizens Home as well as Thorhild County General Hospital in Redwater in the formative stage. His wide-ranging interests included politics as President of Alberta Social Credit League for Andrew-Redwater constituency in the final stages of the party's existence. He was also instrumental in having an Alberta Government Liquor Store and a Federal Post Office located in Thorhild. As a staunch supporter of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he ws treasurer of the church in Thorhild and also of the Radway Central Committee, with parishes in Fedorah, Redwater, Radway, Waskatenayu, Newbrook, Thorhild and Egremont. On his retirement in 1976, Peter and Mary moved to Edmonton where they resided until the Fall of 1984. While they were there, Peter was Treasurer of St. Andrew's Church for a few years and member of the Order of St. Andrew. In 1984, the couple moved to Ottawa to be near their children and grandchildren, Kevin, Jerin, Quentin, Nicholas and Alexandra. Peter and Mary joined the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Peter continued to be active as Vice-President of Ukrainian Self Reliance Association and President of St. Andrew's Order, Ottawa Branch, for a number of years. During these many years, Peter and Mary traveled extensively across Canada, in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They particularly enjoyed meeting with relatives in Ukraine. Everywhere Peter went, he had a camera attached to his hand so there is a wealth of photo stories of all these trips and every family event. Peter was interested in everything and everybody….down to small details. His photographs always had who, when, where and what was going on recorded on the back of each and every one of them! Peter was predeceased by his wife, Mary, his parents, Nykolay and Wasylena (Wintonyk) Woloschuk, brother Metro James and his wife, Annie (Polischuk), brother Norman and sister Anne (Sorokan) of Prince Albert. Sadly missed but fondly remembered by his son Boris (Constance Hill) and their children, Quentin, Nicholas (Whitney Grove), and Alexandra (Andrew Coghlan), daughter Lesya Dunsmoor (Peter Royds) and her sons Kevin and Jerin (Amanda) Dunsmoor. Peter enjoyed hearing about the activities and accomplishments of these grandchildren, working their way through school, jobs and travel, marriages and births. He delighted in having great grandchildren: Benjamin and Logan Woloschuk in Toronto; Talia and Acacia Dunsmoor in Vancouver. Also remembering their time with Peter are sisters, Mary and Irene Woloschuk; sister-in-law Kay (Werbowetski) Woloschuk of Yorkton; and, brother-in-law Maurice Sorokan of Saskatoon. There are also nieces and nephews: Wayne, Lesia and their daughter Alicia (Brad); Gregory, Susan, and their children, Cole and Jenna; Joanne, Andrew; Betty, Norman & Kathy. Even over the last several years, Peter visited Yorkton, Wroxton and area as often as possible. He enjoyed sitting with old friends and their families, pulling out memories of life around there 60 years ago. And, he always had an active, up to date interest in what all members of the extended family were up to.Family, friends and service to community and church filled a busy 94 and ¾ years for Peter Woloschuk! Prayers were held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky as celebrant. The crossbearer was Orest Wintonyk, the bannerbearers were John Bukoros and Orest Kaminsky. Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky, assisted by members of the Parish Choir, led in the singing of the responses. The interment took place in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Wilson Wintonyk, Andrew Kasowsky, Henry Malysh, Wayne Woloschuk, Anthony Mazur and Gregory Sorokan serving as the casket bearers.
WOOD - Gwendoline Frances. It is with great sadness that the family of Gwendoline Frances Wood of Saltcoats, SK announce her passing, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, September 5, 2002 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, SK. She was 74 years of age. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. from the Saltcoats United Church, Saltcoats, SK under the auspices of St. Augustine's Anglican Church and officiated by Reverend Mel Waddle.
WRIGHT - Jennie Jorgina (nee Chelte) passed away peacefully March 15, 2002 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Sask. at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 17 days. Jennie was born near Fairview, Montana, USA, on April 29, 1911 to Nels and Johana Chelte. This was her home, along with her two sisters, Sevrina and Gladys also one brother Oscar until the death of their parents. In 1919, Jennie and her sister Sevrina were taken in by their Aunt Justine and Uncle Oscar Larson at Tribune, Sask. She began her education in Montana and completed her elementary schooling at the Greendale School south of Tribune, Sask. After completing her education, her work took her as far north as Prince Albert and finally in 1933 to the Ross Patton farm south of Saltcoats. While working at Patton's, she met David Young Jr. who lived a mile south on an adjoining farm. Her working career ended when they got married on June 26, 1934. For a short time Jennie and David farmed at Bredenbury, Sask. before moving north to Pelly, Sask. in 1937. They continued farming there until 1943, when due to David's failing health they moved back to the home farm at Bredenbury. Jennie and David had three daughters and two sons. David passed away in August 1944. In December 1946, Jennie was united in marriage to Roy "Everett" Wright. They had one son Roy Allen. Everett passed away in May 1969. Jennie remained on the family farm until the fall of 1980 when she moved into the Sunset Lodge at Bredenbury. After a period of ill health she became a resident of the Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats in January 2000. Jennie chose to serve God when she was 16 years old. Her faith was a source of strength and joy all her life. She very capably handled her responsibilities as they came and was a help and encouragement to all who knew her. She loved having company and heartily welcomed everyone. Jennie was predeceased by her parents, Nels and Johana Chelte; her first husband David; her second husband Everett; her son Roy; her sisters Sevrina and Gladys; her brother Oscar. She was also predeceased by her step-parents Oscar and Justine and her second step-mother Mary Larson; step-brothers, Philip, Allen, Bennett, George, Elmer, and Ralph; one son-in-law Victor Lubemsky. She leaves to mourn her passing, three daughters Ruth (Lloyd) Scott of Bredenbury, Audrey Lubemsky of Leduc, Alberta, Jeanette (Arne) Andersen of Torrington, Alberta, and two sons Marshall (Fay) Young of Bredenbury, Sask., Oscar (Joan) Young of Sidney, B.C., daughter-in-law Joanne Wright of Naicam, Sask., twenty-one grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Myrtle McCredie and Amy Nelson; step-brothers Norman (Rose Marie) Larson, Everett (Marie) Larson and one step-sister Lila Larson; step sisters-in-law Esther Larson; Irma Larson and Lily Larson; numerous nieces and nephews, also many good friends. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, March 21, 2002 from the Bredenbury Community Hall. Merlin Affleck, Mary Roper and Russel Jacobs officiated. The organist, Anne Malcolm led in the singing of the hymns Precious Thought and Tomorrow's Path. Special music, Jesus, the very thought of Thee was sung by Charlene Upham, Daren Young, Dallas Young and David Young. The interment followed in the Sunnyside cemetery with Allan Andersen, Vern Lubemsky, Sean Young, Daren Young, Kevin Scott and Clinton Wright serving as the casketbearers.