Obituaries of residents & former residents of
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Ceylon & Hardy, Saskatchewan
- Betty Jean (nee Peters) Aldred, born March 20, 1936 passed away peacefully at the Radville Marian Health Centre on September 24, 2013 at the age of 77 years. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Golda Peters; brothers, Earl, Hobart and Archie and sister, Gloria. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her children, Debbie (Rick) Kaufmann of Radville, and Lloyd (Sherry) Aldred of London, ON; seven grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her dear friend, Reg. A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 AM from Ceylon United Church, Celyon with Kathy Gudnason officiating. Interment took place in the Ceylon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Kaufmann, Reg Layton, Wes Powers, Bill Peters, Sean Kessler and Byron Ledingham. Honourary Pallbearers were all in attendance.
- Edith Evelyn (nee Gustafson). On Tuesday, May 26th, 2009, Edith Evelyn Aldred of Weyburn and formerly of Dubuc and Ceylon passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by her parents, Gerda and Gust Gustafson; her husband, Rae Aldred; brothers and sisters-in-law: Albert (Bea) Gustafson, Arthur (Kay) Gustafson; her sisters and brothers-in-law: Lily (Mac) Hackney and Violet (Albert) DeRoose. Edith will be lovingly remembered by her twin daughters and their families: Susan (Dwight) Quistberg of Stoughton and her children, Nicole (Dan) Borris of Flatbush, AB and their children, Cody, Riley, Rebecca, Matthew and Blake; Renea (Rod) Folk of Stoughton and their children, Ryan, Rhett and Reid; Danielle (Derek) Hoffman of Stoughton and Courtney (Tammy) Creusot of Oxbow and their children, Emily and Cora; Marjorie (Ken) Rubin of Weyburn and their children, Aaron (Danielle) Rubin of Weyburn and their children, Nathaniel, Tristan and Madison, and Brent Rubin (Melissa Olson) of Vancouver, BC. and numerous nieces and nephews. Edith was born October 1st, 1919 in Ceylon. She was a shy girl growing up and loved to have her siblings and family around her. She received her education at Ceylon, finishing school at the age of 16 was too young at the time to pursue her dream to attend Normal, so she worked at small jobs in Ceylon until she attended Commercial in Regina. She then worked as a bookkeeper for Marshal Wells. On November 2nd of 1942 she married Rae Aldred, her childhood sweetheart. The couple was married in Pearce, Alberta where Rae was an Apprenticed Engineer at flying school. The couple soon resided to the Roy Aldred farm west of Ceylon. In the spring of 1950 the couple were blessed with twin daughters, Marjorie and Susan. During the winter the family would relocate to White Rock BC where Edith's parents lived. Edith did bookkeeping for Shupes, Rae working at the Mink ranches. In 1959, the couple moved into the village of Ceylon, Rae becoming the operator of the Esso bulk plant. During these years, Edith was the organist at the Ceylon United church. She also was a CGIT leader and a member of the UCW and Homemakers. Both she and Rae were active members of the church. Edith and Rae shred their wonderful gift of music with all who asked. During this time, Edith continued doing book work for Ken McCutheon and helping Rae with the Esso service station and bulk plant. Edith enjoyed community involvement and curling. In 1967, the family moved to Craik where Rae was employed with the Co-Op. Again, Edith and Rae soon became active members of the United Church and shared their love of music. Edith also did bookkeeping at the Co-Op. In 1969, the couple transferred to Dubuc. Edith was Secretary/Treasurer for many organizations, as well as Village Secretary for many years and again the couple became very involved with the United Church and Edith was the organist there when needed until the age of 80. The couple again together played the organ and sang for many Weddings, Funerals and other functions. The couple enjoyed weekends at the lake relaxing in their holiday trailer and spent many winters in warmer climate in the States, always travelling with their little dog 'Tochie'. Edith had many talents and hobbies including oil painting, fancy work, knitting and crocheting, taking community college classes, playing cards with friends, doing cross word puzzles and collecting dolls. In January of 1987 at the young age of 67, Rae passed away unexpectedly leaving a terrible void in Edith's life. The love and support of the caring folks of Dubuc helped her through this very hard time. She resided there for 30 years, and made wonderful friends. In 2002 she moved to Weyburn to be closer to her girls and other family. She lived in her own home until May of 2005 when due to ill health, moved to Tatagwa View Long Term Care Home. These were unhappy years for her. The dementia and alzheimers left her very confused. She received wonderful care at Tatagwa View. Her health slowly deteriorated and on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 she passed peacefully with her girls, Marjorie and Susan by her side. Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, SK with Rev. Kathy Gudnason officiating. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. Pallbearers were: Aaron Rubin, Brent Rubin, Courtney Creusot, Ron Creusot, Derek Hoffman and Rod Folk.
- Harry. On September 4, 2008, Mr. Harry Aldred of Regina passed away peacefully at home at the age of 83 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, of 60 years, Doreen; five children Shirley Rogoschewsky, Joy Danley, Ruth (Doug) Lea, Melonee and Wayne (Elizabeth); 12 grandchildren Paul, Ramona, Charlene, Rebecca, Michael, Anthony, Kenda, Kristine, Katryne, Robert, Nicole and Joseph; five great grandchildren; siblings Maryanne Marcil, Bud (Glenda) and Jean McCracken; as well as all those whose lives he touched. Harry was born in Ceylon, SK in 1925 and spent most of his life in Regina. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK with interment to follow in Regina Memorial Gardens.
- Barbara "Babe" (nee Massier) November 17, 1917 January 27, 2010. Grandma passed away suddenly after a brief illness while in Langley Memorial Hospital, Langley, BC. She is predeceased by her sister Betty, brother Georgie, her only son Arthur in 2005 and her husband of 61 years Allan (Snook) Ayotte in 1997. She spent early years in several US cities and then settled with her family in the Minton-Ceylon area, where she met and wed Grandpa November 4, 1936. They farmed, hauled water for the oil rigs and later settled in Weyburn, where they were both employed at the Sask. Hospital. They moved to Surrey, BC in 1965 where Barbara was employed at Surrey Memorial Hospital. They moved to Langley, BC in 1972 and called it home for their remaining years. Grandma will be a cherished memory to three grandchildren, Craig (Margaret),Carla (Kevin Rodden), Corrie (Fred Leippi), six great grandchildren, Kyle (Sarah), Kayla, Christian, Samantha, Alexis and Ava, daugher-in-law Deanna , several nieces, nephews and friends. She was influential in her grandchildren's lives, loved to both tell or hear a good joke and will be remembered for her sense of humor and always having time for family and friends. Thank you to all the Home Support Workers who befriended her and made it possible for her to remain in her own home. A very special thank you to her nephew Willis Ayotte, who called on her often everyday and was at her beck and call for anything she required including dog-walking (Snookie), shopping and taxi service. Also thank you to Willis's wife Muriel, who provided and packed meals for her when she was unable to cook for herself. We know how much she appreciated all the help and relied on the visits. It gave us peace of mind knowing that she was being cared for when we could not be there and for that we are very grateful. No service by request-Grandma will be cremated and her ashes will return to Saskatchewan to join Grandpa's at the homestead where they started their lives together.
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- Floyd Walter. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Floyd Walter Balius, age 51 years, on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at his residence in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Born December 6, 1949, Floyd lived the first seventeen years of his life in Ceylon, SK. He was involved in an accident that changed the direction of his life irreversibly. Following recovery, Floyd attained employment with Sask Housing where he worked for many years. He was instrumental in raising the awareness of the handicapped in Regina, moving the city toward more handicapped accessibility. From Regina, Floyd moved to Thunder Bay to start a new job with a Handicapped Transportation company and then PUSH, which provides accessible housing. When Floyd's last employment ended, he was suffering complications from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and decided to retire. Over the years Floyd devoted much of his time to volunteer work with various groups, and continued to champion accessibly causes. Floyd always made time to spend with his friends, and he assisted in any way he could. Floyd will be lovingly remembered by his son Kevin (Nikki); brother Ken (Stella); granddaughter Jessa; nephews Joshua and Harley, and special friend Georgina. He was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Balius (nee Van Alstyne) in l999 and his father, Roy Balius in l980. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2001 at 2:00 p.m., in the Rosemont United Church. Interment will take place at the Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery where Floyd will be placed with his mother.
- Robert George Bares, late of Weyburn, passed away November 22, 2014, at the age of 75 years. Robert was predeceased by his parents: Joseph and Lena Beres; grandparents: John and Margaret Beres, Matt and Susanna Young. Robert is survived by his brothers and sisters: Joe, Weyburn, Ron (Eileen) of Hardy, Jim (Lynda), of Ceylon, Katherine (Wilbur) Aspen of Pangman, Terry (Brenda) of Red Deer, AB, Lynda (Keith) Kaufmann of Ceylon; special friend: Caroline Reid, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Robert is survived by his brothers and sisters: Joe, Weyburn, Ron (Eileen) of Hardy, Jim (Lynda), of Ceylon, Katherine (Wilbur) Aspen of Pangman, Terry (Brenda) of Red Deer, AB, Lynda (Keith) Kaufmann of Ceylon; special friend: Caroline Reid, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. At Robert’s request there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. Interment to be held at a later date in Ceylon Cemetery.
- Marjorie (nee Hailstone) born in Ceylon, Sask. in 1915 passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 12, 2010, loving wife of Russ Barlow (deceased 1999), whom she married in 1940. Predeceased by her mother Annie in 1979; father Charles in 1923; brother FO William in 1943; sister Betty in 2007; and daughter-in law Bev in 2007. Marj is survived by her sons, Bill (Penny) and Burns (Wendy); grandchildren: John (Louise) Barlow, Todd Barlow, Stephen (Trina) Barlow, Rob (Natasja) Barlow, Kym (Jason) Smale, Kyla (Dave) Bussiere, Keir Dripps, Michelle (Jason) Kleemola, Chris (Angela) Nisbett; greatgrandchildren: Graeden, Kinley, McKenna, Aquinnah, Dylan, Lennon, Spenser, Taylor, Tylar, Emily, Ava, Gabriella, and Luca; as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews and their children. Mom was extremely active in charitable organizations, putting her whole heart and soul into helping others, especially in the Red Cross (being the convener of the blood donor clinics for many years and serving as president), Meals on Wheels, Gyro Club and St. Mary's Anglican Church. We always joked with her that she was one of the Do-Gooders. Mom was an at home mom and loved looking after her two boys and later on in life looking after and loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was a devoted, loving and caring mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to so very many. She loved to cook, bake, sew, knit, and loved her flower garden at home and at the lake, and loved to play the piano and organ. She loved to visit and entertain her family and friends at home or especially at the cottage on Echo Lake, everyone was welcome at any time. Mom and the family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. S. Bester, the dedicated, loving and caring staff at Dove House, long time friends, Helen Sandberg, Eleanor Szumack, niece Dona Barlow, family and friends who continually spent many happy times with Marj over the last few years visiting her and caring for her at the care home. Also, our sincere thanks to the staff at Dusyk & Barlow for their support, love and dedication during this time. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Regina at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Christopher Snook officiating. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
- Mildred (nee Hostetler) of Ceylon, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 in the Marian Health Centre, Radville. Mildred was born and raised on the homestead northeast of Ceylon. She attended Ceylon School, graduating at age 16. After graduation she worked as a clerk at Houssians's General Store. She married Marvin Beischel in 1936 at Ceylon. From this union three children were born: Shirley (Vaughan) McClarty, Joan (Alex) Biro and Robert (Valerie) Beischel. When her children were older, Mildred worked at the post office for a few years. Later she helped Marvin with custodian work at the school. She was a member of the Ceylon United Church and the UCWA (United Church Women's Association). She lived on the farm and in Ceylon all her life, until moving into the Marian Home in Radville in 1996. A service of celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2:00 p.m. from the Ceylon United Church with Shelby Kinrade presiding. Mildred was predeceased by her parents Nelson and Ella Hostetler; her husband Marvin in 1990; son Robert in 1989; three sisters: Grace McPhee, Merna Derby and Edith McPhee. She is survived by her daughters: Shirley (Vaughan) McClarty and Joan (Alex) Biro; daughter-in-law Valerie Beischel; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Active pallbearers were: Jason Beischel, Darrell McClarty, Lorne McClarty, Bill Brears, Geoff Eger and Brian Manz.
- Valerie (nee O'Connor). We are saddened by the loss of Valerie Beischel on January 7, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. She leaves to mourn her son Jason and wife Marla of Red Deer, her daughter Jennifer and husband Dan of Lethbridge. Parents Jean and Wilfred O'Connor of Ceylon, sisters Gail Debruyne (Allan), Janice Blackmore (Steve) from Ceylon, brother Kevin O'Connor of Radville, sister in laws' Shirley McClarty (Vaughan) of Ceylon, Joan Biro (Alex) of Ontario and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Valerie was predeceased by her father Ted Culling, husband Bob Beischel, sister Linda Jones and brother Brian Culling. Val was born on April 18th, 1954 in Radville, Saskatchewan to Jean and Ted Culling. Valerie was born into a family of 4 children but learned early in life the value and importance of family when she lost her father and a brother. Val took all of her schooling in Ceylon which was where she met and fell in love with her husband Bob. They were married in December of 1972. Jason was born in Regina and Jennifer was born in Pincher Creek. While in Pincher Creek, Val stayed busy at home raising the kids and Bob worked at the Shell Waterton Gas plant. After the kids were in school, she took at job at the local Co-op. She remained there for the next 12 years working as a cashier, then as the manager of the cafeteria. Tragedy struck in 1989 when Bob suddenly passed away. She moved to Kelowna, BC where she bought and ran a Blimpie Subs and Salads franchise. After years of trying to make this business profitable, she decided the market just wasn't going to respond the way she had hoped. Val also missed her kids who were both living in Lethbridge, so she packed up and moved back to Alberta to be closer to them. Val decided to take her career in a new direction and enrolled in the PCA course through the Bow Valley College. She became a certified PCA in 2000 and proceeded to work for Lethbridge Family Services. She was also employed at Adaptacare for 2 years. Val started to work for Columbia Assisted Living in 2003 where she was employed up until April of 2006 at which time her illness forced her to quit work. Through her battle with cancer she took every opportunity to enjoy the company of family and friends and her wish of having a family Christmas in Saskatchewan was realized. Val loved life which was evident through all the fun times she had with her family, friends, co-workers and anyone who she came in contact with. She enjoyed traveling and was always reading a book or magazine, watching TV and keeping up with the lives of the movie stars. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha's Catholic Church, 355 Columbia Blvd. W., Lethbridge, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Dennis MacDonald, Celebrant. There will also be a Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ceylon, Sask. on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.
- Norma Jean (nee Gormican). With sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Norma Jean Bennett on Monday, March 25, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Norma will be dearly missed by her husband of 41 years, John (Jack); children, Erin of Calgary, AB; Shanna (Yuji) Sumitani of Vancouver, BC; Paul (Debbie) of Saskatoon, SK; Mark of Niagra Falls, ON; and Tanis (Ryan) Marshall of Corpus Christi, TX and her precious grandchildren Logan and Harper Bennett and Jarad and Kianna Sumitani. She is also survived by her brothers James (Eileen) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Ambrose (Rose) of Regina, SK as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents John and Florence, brother Gerard and sister Isabel. Norma was born February 29, 1932 in Ceylon, SK where she received her elementary and high school education. After furthering her education in Regina, she started a career and met her love, Jack. Jack and Norma married in 1960. They soon started a family and relocated to Saskatoon in 1964. Norma's life and joy became caring for her family. Especially close to her heart were her grandchildren who brought her many smiles. Norma had a strong devotion to her faith, which she shared with her family. It was this that guided her in her final journey. The Vigil of Prayer will be held Monday, April 1, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. Both Services will be held at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 110-104th Street, Saskatoon, SK celebrated by Msgr. Len Morand. Cremation and family burial to follow. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Ken Stakiw and the St. Paul's Palliative Care Staff for their kindness and tender care.
- Lena. On Monday, October 22, 2001, Lena Beres, late of Weyburn and formerly of Ceylon, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by her husband, Joe, in 1995; her parents: Matt and Susanna Young; one sister, Elizabeth Nimegeers; two brothers: Peter and Max; one sister-in-law, Anne Young. Lena is survived by five sons and two daughters: Joe of Radville; Bob of Weyburn; Ron (Eileen) of Hardy; Jim (Lynda) of Ceylon; Kathryn (Wilbur) Aspen of Pangman; Terry (Brenda) of Red Deer and Linda (Keith) Kaufmann of Ceylon; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one brother, John Young of Radville and two sisters: Anne Jahnke and Loretta (Vic) Davis, both of Surrey, BC; one sister-in-law, Carrie Young of Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lena was born on Oct. 22, 1916 on the family farm near Weyburn. In 1924 they moved to Oregon where her dad worked in a furnace shop. After two years they moved again to St. Paul. In the fall of 1926 they moved back to Saskatchewan and purchased a farm southwest of Ceylon. Lena took her schooling at Carnbrogie School, walking the two miles in the summer and traveling by sleigh during the winter. In 1936 Lena married Joe Beres and moved to the family farm four miles south of Ceylon, where they continued to live until they retired. They were blessed with seven children. Lena always had a huge garden on the farm and did lots of canning, baking bread, pulling and baking strudel as it wasn't easy feeding a family of seven. There was always time to kill a couple of chickens on Saturday, though, which meant fried chicken on Sunday. She was a hard worker. She belonged to the C.W.L. at Ceylon for a number of years. Lena loved playing cards with her family and friends when there was time. She also never tired of the times she traveled to family member's homes to teach the art of making strudel the way it should be made. On one occasion at Kathryn's home, while making strudel, Lena said to Kathryn, "You had better start to make the dough yourself, as I'm not going to be here forever." Kathryn replied, "Where are you going?" When Lena and Joe retired and moved to Weyburn in 1976, Lena loved playing bingo and was quite lucky at the game. She kept on playing cards whenever some family came for a visit. In fact, she was still able to enjoy a game of cards and a couple pieces of strudel the day before she passed away. She also enjoyed the company of her friends of the Sunshine Birthday Club which met monthly to enjoy coffee, lunch and cards. Lena passed away peacefully at the Weyburn Special Care home on her 85th birthday, surrounded by her family, before she could enjoy the birthday celebration planned by them. Mom, you are going to be missed a lot. Prayers were said Wednesday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, with Father Francis Hengen presiding. The funeral mass was held Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Prince Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Wade Aspen, Garth Aspen, Blaine Aspen, Shayne Kaufman, Brent Beres and Matthew Mort.
- Deanna Marie (nee Pflanzner) June 24, 1965, Radville, Sk - Sept 27, 2011, Alameda (Oxbow), SK. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Deanna Marie Bergsveinson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the age of 46 years, peacefully, with her loving husband Darcy at her side. Deanna & Darcy were an inspiration to all who knew them for their courage, hope and humour dealing with Deanna's breast cancer. Deanna will be forever missed by Darcy and their beautiful daughters Jenna & Megan. She leaves to mourn her mother and father, Eva & Frank Pflanzner, her brothers, Danny (MJ), Greg (Karen), and Mark (Cynthia), halfsister Joanne Baker (Ron) and her Grandpa Alphonse Verot, her mother-in-law Eileen, brother-in-law Randy (Jennifer), and her sister-in-law Sandra as well as several very dear uncles, aunts, cousins and wonderful friends. Aunty Deanna will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews Jordan, Christopher, Shelby, Lexi, John, Liam, April, Michael, Brayden, Mikenna, Holly, Sophie, Jordyn, Ethan, Isaac and Samuel. She is pre-deceased by her brotherin-law Robin Bergsveinson, father-in-law John, and her other grandparents. Deanna was an extraordinary member of our family and invaluable friend to many. She could always be counted on for a smile, a shoulder of support, or good-natured joking. Deanna adored children and they returned that feeling. Kids she cared for as babies were still coming to see `Momma D' as teenagers they knew there was always a warm welcome waiting. Nothing meant more to her than her family and friends. One of the things Deanna loved most were large family gatherings where there was always much fun and laughter. Deanna loved camping, golfing, curling, playing volleyball, baseball... and shopping. A true Saskatchewan girl, she loved her family farm, helping out with 4H, the cows, agribition as her girls say, 'she's country strong and hard to break'. Deanna was one of those rare people who not only spoke of the joy she found with the simple things in life; she lived it. A celebration of Deanna's life will be held at the Prairie Pride Centre, in Ceylon, SK on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:00 am. A private family interment will take place at the Ceylon cemetery. Prayers will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ceylon, SK. Honorary pallbearers will be: JoAnne and Brent Serhan, Charlene and Leon Brooks, Kathy and Duane McDonald, Betty Ann and Jim Rattray, Sharlene and Tim Freitag.
- Doris Elizabeth "Dolly" (nee Hibbard), Teacher/Day Care Director. Dolly Black was born November 30, 1928 and died November 7, 2007 at the age of 78. She was born in the farmhouse of her parents, Stanley & Marguerite Hibbard near Minton, Sask. Dolly graduated from nearby Ceylon, Sask. High School. She attended the Ceylon United Church of Canada, where she received Jesus as her Lord & Savior. She completed her education as a teacher, and taught in a local country one-room grade school in Saskatchewan until she met and married Donald Black. The couple farmed for a short time, relocating in Calgary Alberta, where Dolly served as a substitute teacher while raising her family. After moving to California, Dolly managed day care centers in Canoga Park, Hanford and Tulare. They celebrated their 58th anniversary last February. Dolly is survived by husband Don. Don and Dolly have four children: Mary Marguerite Usui of Portland, OR, Eric Hibbard (and Teresa) Black of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Raymond James (and Sandye) Black of North Fork, CA, and Thom Alexander (and Deborah) Black of Visalia, CA. There are four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, two-step great grandchildren. She had two brothers, Leonard, now deceased and Vernon, of Regina, SK, and two sisters May Zyla, now deceased, and Agnes Ayotte, of Okanagan Falls, B.C. Until her illness, Dolly was active in her church. She served as a Deacon at the Hanford Presbyterian Church, and one of her specialties was visitation of rest home residents. She and Don also ministered as special representatives for HCJB World Radio, an independent Christian radio mission. Dolly had Parkinson's disease the last 25 years of her life, and lived in a rest home the last 14. In spite of her illness, she never lost her sweet friendly spirit. She loved people and had many friends. Her specialty was little children, and both the staff & the children in her day care centers loved her dearly, as did the staff at the rest home. Dolly was a loving, attractive and supportive wife, an excellent mother and homemaker, and a warm, smiling friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be a memorial service at the Visalia First Assembly of God at the corner of Caldwell and Akers in Visalia at 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
- Allan. On Wednesday, March 7, 2001, Allan Blackmore, late of Radville, passed away at the Radville Marian Health Centre at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, James and Eva Blackmore; five brothers: Leonard (Jean), Charles (Adeline), Floyd (Alice), Ted, Bill (Emma); sisters: Stella (Joseph) Ayotte, Maude (Arvid) Lax; two nephews: Lyle Black-more and Allan Lax; two nieces: Donella Metka and Irma Mikert. Allan is survived by one sister: Edna Kinsman of Radville; as well as many nieces and nephews. Allan was born October 31, 1916 at NE 4-4-20 W2nd, R.M. of Gap, Ceylon. He was the youngest child of a family of nine. Allan's mother died when he was three years old and from then on he was raised by older sisters. He attended Big Four school in the Ceylon district. Allan farmed with his dad and brothers until acquiring land of his own when he was discharged from the army. Allan was drafted into the army during World War II and served time in the Netherlands and England. He said that he was so thankful when he finally saw land upon his return to Canada after the war. He continued on farming until his retirement to Radville in December of 1983. He lived on the home farm for 65 years and then in Radville for 18 years. Allan was very interested in the livestock aspects of farming. His fondness of Hereford cows and horses were the topic of many of his conversations and reminiscing. But his biggest interest was in his nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces. Allan could remember the smallest detail about his 'kids' and talked about them to everyone. The pictures that adorned his home were testaments to his love for children there were pictures everywhere. Allan loved to visit and enjoyed old time music. He had many coffee buddies and Johnny Young was usually around to take him where he needed to go. Allan supported the United Church in Radville, Ceylon and Minton. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. The honorary pallbearers were all his nieces and nephews. The active pallbearers were: Tara Lee Blackmore, Deena Offet, Deanna Brodoway, Marjorie Bangsund, Roxy Blackmore and Rhonda Daley.
- Art. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother and uncle Art Bourassa. He was born October 12, 1942 in Ceylon and passed away peacefully July 28, 2010 at his home in Nanaimo, BC. He was pre-deceased by his parents Gustave and Margaret, his brother Dennis, his daughter Janet Osborne, his nephew Lonny Stremick and his very best friend and companion Scruffy. He is survived by his fiancée Margaret Turner, son Brian Bourassa, grandson Michael, brother Lawrence, sister Elaine (Stremick), as well as several nieces and nephews. Art lived and worked in various parts of Canada throughout his life, mostly working in the mining industry. His favourite place to be though was Nanaimo. He loved to walk in the beautiful parks and around the waterfront with his buddy Scruffy. Nothing was harder on him than when he had to say “good bye” to his best friend and companion. Art and his fiancée Maggie were to be married August 28, 2010. Friends from years ago, they recently found each other again and have been together ever since. Art is now cremated and will be buried in Weyburn.
- Donna Marie (nee Corbin). On February 16, 2001, Donna Marie Bousfield, passed away tragically at the age of 35 years. Donna was born in Radville, the youngest of Donald and Evelyn Corbin's five children. The Corbin family moved to the farm at Ceylon in 1974 where Donna attended school. Donna married Harland Bousfield in 1983. They lived on the Bousfield home farm at Ceylon until the fall of 2000 when they decided to move into Weyburn. Their daughter, Ashley, was born in 1983 beginning Donna's most exceptional role as a mom. In 1990, their second daughter, Haley, was born, a little sister for Ashley. Donna was a gentle, kind, caring individual, and a most wonderful mom and wife. She had a natural gift with children and will be treasured always by her daughters, as well as her nephews and nieces. Donna's patience and caring for children led her to become a teacher's aide, which she was able to do in Weyburn for a year. Donna was active on the farm, and was capable at any task that faced her. She was always there for her family and others if they needed a hand. Her quiet, humble and generous spirit will be among our fondest of memories of her. Donna leaves to mourn her loving husband Harland, their precious daughters Ashley and Haley, her parents Donald and Evelyn Corbin of Weyburn; her three sisters and one brother and their families: Brenda (Keith) Saboe and Kara, Kendra and Kyle, Radville; Lonnie (Barb) Corbin and Tyson, Trent, Tyler and Travis, Stoughton; Carrie (Lance) LaVanway and Amber and Tiffany, Regina; Margo (Bruce) Decker and Ryan, Dallas and Nathan, Jordan Falls, NS; her grandmother, Pearl Corbin, Weyburn; her father- and mother-in-law Benny and Jeanette Bousfield; sister and brother-in-law Kevin and Rhonda (Bousfield) Melle and Mason and Ethan; brother-in-law Ryan Bousfield, all of Weyburn; and Harland's grandmother Bessie McPhee, Regina. She also will be sadly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Prayers were held on Monday, February 19 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn at 7:00 p.m. with Father Hengen presiding. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Weyburn, with Mr. Arnold Kozak officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.
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- Mary (nee Bereau). On Monday, May 24, 2004, Mary Caine, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 99 years. Born in France on July 9, 1904, she came to Canada at the age of five years with her parents and three sisters and one brother. They attended school in Guelph, ON. She was raised by her mother after the death of her father in 1917 after which they came west to Sedley, then to Ceylon. She married William Hall Caine in 1926 and together they farmed at Ceylon. Mary cooked for men when they built the PFRA pasture in 1936. William ran the pasture until 1939, then he went to war. During World War I, Mary moved to Regina with their five children, raising them alone until William returned home in 1945. During this time she worked at the Empire Hotel to help pay the bills. After the war they moved to Tyvan to start the PFRA pasture and lived there, running the pasture until they retired in 1965 to Tyvan. Their yard in Tyvan was their love and joy with a lot of flowers and a large garden and many trees. Mary enjoyed fishing with her husband. She did a lot of crocheting and quilting with everyone in her family having some of her work. Early in life she was active in the CWL and with the Homemakers, and Legion Ladies at Fillmore. Her husband passed away in 1981 and she continued to live in Tyvan until 1995 when she moved into Legion Towers where she lived until her passing. She enjoyed her life at Legion Towers, being active in everything that went on there, even sitting in the waiting room where she had her own chair. She was very proud of a trophy she won in March 2003 for shuffleboard, and played cribbage every week up to the week before she went to the hospital. She loved going out for supper with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all her family and many friends, and lived her life right to the end. Mary was 46 days short of her 100th birthday, and was looking forward to her birthday party with her family. She is survived by her son, Fred Caine and his children: Gary, Glenn (Marlene), Eugene (Donna), Mark and Vickie (Kevin) Vandale; daughter, Madeleine (Albert) Merrian and their children: Lyle (Debbie), Gayle (Robert), Steven (Kim); daughter, Jeannette (Stan) Frisk and their children: Debbie and Kim; daughter, Louise (Gilbert) Edmonds and their children: Doug (Jean), Linda (Joe), Sharon, Garth (Tula); one sister-in-law, Alice Youngberg; one nephew, Louis (Emma) Forert; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Jules and Yvonne Bereau; her husband of 55 years, William; her son, Mervin Paul Caine (1997); three sisters, one brother, one daughter-in-law, Marjorie, and one grandson, Kenny Frisk. Prayers were said Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The memorial funeral mass was held Friday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent, with Father Albert Schmitz celebrant. There will be a private family interment at Tyvan.
- Hazel (nee Gray) passed away peacefully on November 12, 1999 at the age of 68 at Summerland, BC. Hazel was born August 25, 1931 at Ceylon, SK. She is survived by her loving husband Jim; two sons, Garth (Diane) of Vancouver and Ron (Debbie) of Summerland; numerous grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother Ron (Elaine) Gary, Bentley, AB; sister-in-law Eileen Barber of Regina; sisters Winona (Edwin) Temsland of Radville, Arvella (Lloyd) Gilchrist of Torquay, Beverly Labatte of Carnduff; and several nieces, nephews and a special friend, Rosa King of Summerland. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, Laurel and Dorothy Gray of Ceylon and one brother Ken of Ceylon. Hazel was an avid sports woman who loved baseball, track and field - later fishing and traveling. Jim and Hazel made many trips to Sask. to visit parents and family, Hazel was an excellent cook and her home was always open to all. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. from Rosedale Memorial Chapel in Summerland. Rev. Rosemary Cowan officiated. Interment followed at Canyonview cemetery.
- Wallace Gordon Bruce, late of Ceylon, passed away at Weyburn on Sunday, January 5, 2003 at the age of 77 years. Wally was born May 16, 1925 on the farm where he lived his whole life: NE 2-5-21, southwest of Ceylon. Cattle and farming were his life. Having worked as a rider on the PFRA for a few years, he farmed with his dad and brother Donald. In 1977 he married Wendy Borreson. They had two daughters, Dora and Shelley-Jo. Wally loved his horses, dogs and Hereford cattle, which he continued to summer pasture until this past year. Predeceased by his parents Norton and Dora, three brothers Wesley, Duncan (Elsie), Donald and sister Florence. He is survived by his wife Wendy, daughters Dora and Shelley-Joe, brother-in-law Jack (Doris) and family, as well as numerous cousins and family. A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 7 from Hardy hall, Hardy. Pastor Wally Frank officiated. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery
- Effie (nee Gustafson) 1908-2012. Elfie peacefully fell asleep in death surrounded by her loving family on October 3, 2012, three months short of her 105th year. Predeceased by her parents (Wilfred and Hulda Gustafson); two husbands: Paul Faulk and John Carlson; son Edwin Faulk; daughter Annette Kilback; seven brothers: Harold, Robert, Melvin, Johnes, Reuben, Victor and Delford (Gustafson); and four special sons-in-law: Wilf Kilback, Edgar Leidahl, Archie Johnson and Ray Trombley. She is survived by her children: Alvin (Sadie) Faulk; Elinor Trombley, Floyd (Dorinda) Faulk; Ruth Johnson; Betty Leidahl; daughter-in-law Gladys (Ron) Allman; sister Sue Kremyr; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and close friends. Elfie was born in Midale, SK and lived in Ceylon, SK until 1996, when she moved into Regina to live in Prairie Place and later with her daughter Elinor. Elfie dedicated her life to Jehovah God in 1947 and spent many happy hours sharing Bible truth with others. Throughout her life, she was always very loving, generous and hospitable. She loved to laugh and had a saying for everything, which everyone enjoyed. Elfie loved gardening and crocheting, frequently giving hand-made gifts to family and friends. After having a stroke in 2010, she moved to Sunset Extendicare where she remained happy and always smiling. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Sunset for the wonderful care she received. Elfie sleeps in God's memory, awaiting a resurrection in an earthly paradise as promised at John 5:28,29. A funeral service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2020 Van Egmond Place, Regina, SK at 4 PM on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
- Eric Aubrey, late of Hardy, Sask. passed away February 11, 2011, at the age of 95 years. A funeral service for Eric will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Prairie Pride Community Centre, Ceylon, Sask. with Mr. David Jury, Miss Tracy Colwill, Miss Lila Larson and Miss Linnea Cobb, officiating. Interment to follow at Ogema Cemetery, Ogema, Sask. Active pallbearers will be Lorne Rennie, Delbert Warren, David Warren, Jim Stephenson, Melvin Gust, and Wendell Breckenridge. Honorary pallbearers will be all in attendance.
- Mary Grace (nee Breckenridge), late of Hardy, Sask. passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at the age of 90 years. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Noble and Amelia Breckenridge; her brothers: Cyril, Charles, David and Andrew Breckenridge; and her sister: Violet Lawson. Mary is survived by her husband: Eric; and by many nieces, nephews and friends. Mary and Eric farmed in the Hardy area and then retired to Hardy. Mary liked to run the combine and enjoyed farm life. Visiting with family and friends, needlework and reading were other interests she enjoyed. Mary loved her flowers, birds singing and her cat. Mary and Eric were married for 67 years. They enjoyed traveling and had an abundant amount of photos from their trips. The Funeral Service for Mary was held at the Prairie Pride Centre, Ceylon on Friday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. with Mr. Morris Grovum and Miss Tracy Colwill officiating. The Active Pallbearers were Wilbur Aspen, Delbert Warren, David Warren, Melvin Gust, Arvid Thue and Don Dolgopal. All in Attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Interment followed at Ogema Cemetery, Ogema.
- Jack Donald, of Fort Qu' Appelle passed away at the age of 70 years. Jack was predeceased by his parents Arva and Josie Claffey; son Russell Claffey; brother Ronald Claffey; sister Joan Eskiw; sister Rita Jensen; brother Terry Claffey; and brother-in-law Garth Krauss. Jack is survived by his best friend and wife Joan Pirsak; son Jesse Claffey and his daughter Corinna; daughter Jackie (Louis) Huys and her children Nikki Svedahl (Chad Dickie) and their children Tyrell and Payton, Amanda Svedahl (Brad McCallum) and their children Katelyn and Keenan, Falon Svedahl (Ryan O'Donnell) and Mandelle Besler (Travis Fredrick); daughter Shantel Carlson and her children Dionne (Lindsay) Claffey, Klay (Valerie) Oberkirsh and their son Kayden, Kole Oberkirsh and Desiree Oberkirsh; son Kalvin (Stacey) Claffey and their son Michael; stepson Calvin Pirsak and his son Deray; stepson Scott (Megan) Pirsak and their daughter Madison; stepdaughter Andrea (David) Lobb and their daughters Brianna and Cassandra; sister Elaine (Merv) Pearson; sister Francis (Gary) Steinberg; sister Yvonne (David) Hughes; sister Lynn Krauss; brother Floyd (Laurie) Claffey; sister Jeanette Ferguson (Randy Harcus); brother-in-law Harry Jensen; brother-in-law Glen (Sheryl); as well as many special relatives and friends. Jack was raised on the family farm in Ceylon area with his parents and ten sisters and brothers. He and his siblings attended school at Meadowview School in Hardy. Jack (and his first wife Dianne) raised their family in the same area, where he also began his 30 plus years in the road construction business. Jack worked for Wellings Construction. Jack later relocated to Regina where he eventually retired. Jack and Joan were married on December 24, 1999 at their home in Fort Qu'Appelle. Jack enjoyed gardening, bird watching, CFL games and his beloved cat Velvet. Jack recently celebrated 29 years of sobriety and commitment to the Alcoholics Anonymous Program. He deeply enjoyed the companionship he found there. A celebration of Jack's life was held at Regina Funeral Home, on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Interment and lunch to follow.
- Josephine "Josie" Ellen (nee Moser). On Saturday, November 25, 2006, Josephine "Josie" Ellen Claffey, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Ceylon, passed away at the age of 93 years. Josie" was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Josephine Moser, her husband, Arva Claffey, son, Ronald Claffey, daughter, Joan Eskiew, and infant grandson, Russell Claffey. "Josie" will be lovingly remembered by her family: children, Jack (Joan) Claffey of Fort Qu'Appelle, Terry Claffey of Weyburn, Elaine (Merv) Pearson of Ponoka, AB, Rita (Harry) Jensen of Weyburn, Fran (Gary) Steinberg of Plentywood, Mont., Yvonne (David) Hughes of Sylvan Lake, AB, Lynn (Garth) Krauss of Ceylon, Floyd (Laurie) Claffey of Parry and Jeanette Ferguson of Estevan, 25 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sisters: Rose McGrath, Annie Roberts and Mary Pawlak, sisters-in-law, Elsie Hillrud and Inez Hendriks as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Josie was born June 30, 1913 on the family farm at Hardy. She grew up in a very close family of ten, on the family farm, attending Meadowview School. Josie Moser married her sweetheart, Arva Claffey in 1937. They farmed at Ogema for five years before moving to the family farm at Hardy. Josie enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed neighborhood card games, gardening, and social work for the C.W.L. In 1974 they sold the farm and retired to Weyburn, where she remained active in the C.W.L., and later involved with the Ladies Social at Legion Towers. She later resided at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, where she brought lots of love and laughter. She will be missed by her family and friends. "We Love You Mom". Prayers were said Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, November 29, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, with Father Gerry Bauche, Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Leonard Claffey, Kalvin Claffey, Gerard Jensen, Sheldon Johnson, Shawn Eden, Shane Krauss, Collin Ferguson.
- Terrance Arva. On Sunday, November 25, 2007, Terrance Arva Claffey passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 64 years. Terry was born January 23, 1943 at Ceylon to Arva and Josephine Claffey. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Ronald Claffey; sisters, Rita Jensen and Joan Eskiw and brother-in-law, Garth Krauss. Terry is survived by his two children: son, Leonard (Zina) Claffey of Drayton Valley, AB and their sons, Clayburn and Jakob; daughter, Carla (Cory) Coubrough of Edson, AB and their family, Cara and Craig; and by his brothers and sisters: Jack (Joan) Claffey of Fort Qu'Appelle, Elaine (Merv) Pearson of Ponoka, AB, Fran (Gary) Steinberg of Plentywood, Mont, Yvonne (David) Hughes of Sylvan Lake, AB, Lynn Krauss of Ceylon, Floyd (Laurie) Claffey of Parry, Jeanette Ferguson of Estevan; one brother-in-law, Harry Jensen of Weyburn; and many nieces and nephews. Prayers were said Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The Funeral Service was held Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating and readings by granddaughter, Cara Coubrough. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. The Pallbearers were: Craig Coubrough, Harry Jensen, Gerard Jensen, David Hughes, Clayburn Claffey and Gary Steinberg.
- Irene (November 6, 1923 - November 23, 2012). On Friday, November 23, 2012, Irene Cook, widow of Gordon Cook, Indian Head, SK., died peacefully at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by her husband in 1993 and daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Terry Thompson. Leaving to mourn is her daughter, Pat (Bill) Jardine, her grandchildren, Cheryl (Delvin), Gord, Brandy (Craig) and Nelson (Shavon), her nine great-grandchildren, her one great great-grandchild, her sister, Evelyn Calcraft as well as her nieces and nephews. At Ireneís request, there will be no Funeral Service. A private Celebration of her Life will take place with interment in the Ceylon Cemetery at a later date.
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- Oliver Harold, late of Minton, passed away suddenly on his farm on December 16, 1999, at the age of 75 years. Oliver was born in Ceylon district on August 26, 1924. He was baptized into the family of God on September of the same year. While Oliver's formal education occurred at the Big Four School, he was learning all of the time, in the school of life. He began farming at an early age and resided on the family farm until his passing. Oliver was predeceased by his parents, Olaus and Olga Dahl; four brothers, Arthur, Ernest, Melvin and Einner Dahl; one sister, Violet Shaw; and one brother-in-law, Floyd Telenga. Oliver leaves to mourn his two brothers: Elvin Dahl of Gladmar and Roy Dahl of Minton; four sisters: Esther (Eric) Verity of Weyburn; Vera Telenga of Lethbridge, AB; Marie (Douglas) Wankel of Elbow; and Ruby (Murray) Weatherall of Moose Jaw; two sisters-in-law: Irene Dahl of Bethune and Cheryl Dahl of Gladmar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends. Like his father, Oliver became an ardent sports fan, especially in fastball. He excelled in his batting abilities, hitting many home runs during the several years of playing ball with his six brothers and Gladmar Braves teammates. While growing up on the farm, his favorite pastimes were sledding and skiing down the many hills surrounding the farm, hunting, trapping and horseback riding with brother Ernie, who was his constant interested in horse racing. His love for animals continued through the years. He especially loved going to rodeos along with his good friend Charlie Tatarliov. He was also a frequent visitor at the Weyburn Livestock Exchange. Oliver enjoyed every aspect of farming, but he especially loved his cattle, which were his pride and joy. We always considered Oliver and his farm to be a family anchor where we could meet for special celebrations and reunions. He was always happy to have family and friends come. Everyone enjoyed his great sense of humour - he loved to tease, tell funny jokes and play little pranks on others. Oliver's compassion and generosity toward others was greatly appreciated. He was always ready to help family members, relatives, friends and neighbours in any way he could. His unique personality, strength of character, generosity and a real love for being with people made Oliver the special person he was. Funeral service was held on Monday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. from the Elks Hall in Minton, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Special music was provided by Valerie (Wankel) Koshinsky, Denise (Wankel) Sielskis and Bryan Cornish with Marnell (Verity) Cornish as pianist. Interment followed in Chapel Grove Cemetery, Minton. The honorary pallbearers were all of Oliver's friends and relatives attending the funeral. The active pallbearers were: Allan Dinwoodie, Bill Tatarliov, Ken Tatarliov, Jim Blackmore, Derold Blackmore and Ken Hansen. We, his family, appreciate special people like Lucille and Toni Hintz, Eileen and Henry Sorenson, Brenda and Jim Blackmore and all of the friends, relatives and neighbours for the baking, visits and birthday celebrations in support of Oliver throughout the years. As we mourn the passing of our dear brother and uncle, our thoughts and memories of him become even more precious.
- Roy Hans, late of Minton, passed away on the home farm on July 30, 2002, at the age of 70 years. He was born in the Ceylon district on April 25, 1932 and attended the Big Four School along with his brothers and sisters. Roy was baptized in the Lutheran Church. As a child he attended church services at the Big Four School with his family. Roy was predeceased by his parents, Olaus and Olga Dahl; five brothers, Arthur, Ernest, Melvin, Einner and Oliver Dahl; one sister Violet Shaw, and one brother-in-law, Floyd Telenga. Roy leaves to mourn one brother Elvin Dahl, Gladmar, and four sisters: Esther (Eric) Verity of Weyburn, Vera Telenga of Lethbridge, AB, Marie (Doug) Wankel of Elbow, and Ruby (Murray) Weatherall of Maple Creek; two sisters-in-law: Irene Dahl of Bethune, and Cheryl Dahl of Gladmar, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Roy worked on several earth moving machines which involved building dugouts for two years for Alfred Lillejord. Brother Einner worked with him for one year. Roy worked on road construction for 11 years with Harrison and Smigrouski. This took him to several places in Saskatchewan including Lake Alma, Wadena and Clair. He worked on the service rigs and then oil rigs at Goodwater, Estevan, and Fort St. John, BC for two years and then went custom combining for one year with Stu Scott and one year with John Froh. Another job involved running the caterpillar for the Axten brothers at Sybout's sodium sulphate salt mine. He spent some winters there working under Otto Hersche as well. Roy's favorite pastime involved playing ball. He played short stop and third base for the Gladmar Braves. He also played for the Elgin fastball team in Plentywood, at Elbow, Ceylon and some baseball with the Minton Twins. He enjoyed hunting trips with Ted Fladeland and brothers Ernie and Einner. Fishing trips were special events with these brothers. He was a good athlete, winning many red ribbons in track and field events. Roy's interest in farming began early when he worked for Sam Bendickson, Frank Larson and Joe Kaufmann, and spent several years on the Wankel farm at Elbow. He left Elbow to look after his mother for five years in Moose Jaw, until her death in 1995. After his mother's death he lived with Oliver on the home farm. Here he also faithfully cared for his brothers during their illnesses. When brother Oliver passed away in December 1999 Roy took over the operation of the farm in the Big Four School District, northwest of Minton. Roy will always be remembered by family and friends for his quick wit and keen sense of humor. While at Elbow he enjoyed good times with the Wankel family and became a special part of their family. Val and Doyle Wankel told of many of these fun times with Uncle Roy including canoe rides and fishing. He also enjoyed hunting geese with friends in the Elbow area. Just one example of his wit and humor, showed up after a successful goose hunt, when he laughingly remarked to the dead geese, "If you had flown a little faster I wouldn't be doing all this plucking now." Another favorite pastime was playing cards with family and friends. He spent many hours playing crib with his mother in Moose Jaw. He loved to joke and tease her. In April of this year, Roy enjoyed a very good visit out to Lethbridge to help celebrate his niece Linda and husband Mike's 25th anniversary. Just two weeks ago we all gathered at Jansen for his sister Marie and Doug's anniversary. Roy and Elvin drove there too and we all had a good visit that weekend. We all realized Roy wasn't well then but he always had his own very quiet way of dealing with things. When special people leave us, we sometimes wish they could have had their goodbyes, or maybe we could have helped them in some way or had spent more time with them. Roy has left many precious memories for us all. We will miss him so much - he was a special part of the Dahl family. Funeral service was held Friday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. from the Elks Hall in Minton, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Special music was provided by Marnell, Bryan, Kevin and Karla Cornish, nieces and nephews of Roy. Interment followed in Chapel Grove Cemetery, Minton. The honorary pallbearers were all of Roy's friends and relatives attending the funeral. Active pallbearers were: Einner Hansen, Ken Hansen, Jim Blackmore, Derold Blackmore, Doyle Wankel and Allan Dinwoodie.
- Albert John "Bert" passed away peacefully at the Vulcan Community Health Centre on December 15, 2005 at the age of 84 years. Bert was born July 17, 1921 near Ceylon, to Alfred and Annie Daniels. He attended school in the farming community and moved to Calgary, AB where he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army in May 1939. After completing boot camp Bert was sent to Europe and served in Italy and England until returning to Calgary in 1945. Later the same year he married Alice May Thompson and Bert began his apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker. He worked in the furnace and heating industry in Calgary. Bert opened his own shop in Vulcan, AB where he continued to work until 1975 when he teamed up with Merv Smith a plumber. Together they operated a plumbing and heating business in Vulcan until 1987. Bert began working with his son Harvey building homes. He would continue with the heating part of construction then they would complete the project. Bert semi retired in 1992 but kept busy doing smaller projects. Alice passed away in 1993 and Bert continued to reside in his home until his health gave way to a stroke in 1995. He went to live with his son Harvey, then to the Peter Dawson Lodge, then was able to live with a companion in a trailer in 1996 until moving into Vulcan Extendicare in 2003 where he has resided since. Beloved father of a daughter Lorraine McDonagh of Terrace, BC and a son Harvey (Jo-Anne Chase) of Champion, AB, a niece Shirley (Geoff) Dawson of Yorkton, and his companion Gertie Standish now living in Brooks, AB. Bert was predeceased by his wife Alice in 1993, son-in-law Daryl McDonagh, a sister Grace Temsled, a nephew Edwin Temsled and his parents Alfred and Annie Daniels. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Chapel of Vulcan Funeral Home Wednesday December 21, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Doug Barrie officiating. Inurement followed at Stavely I.O.O.F Cemetery, Stavely, AB.
- Albert Arthur. On Saturday, December 17, 2003, Albert Arthur DeBruyne, late of Ceylon, passed away at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by his wife, Elsie; his parents, Elviera and Prosper; brothers Marshall, George, Raymand; brother-in-law, Gust, and grandson Jamie Roth. Albert is survived by his children: Annette and her family: Brent, Blaine, Jodie, Kimberly; Allan (Gail) and their family: Kelly, Trevor, Paula, Tim; Patricia (Gerry) and their family: Lisa, Todd, Bruce; Bob and his family: Bradley, Cara; Dennis (Shelley) and their family: Nichole, Cody, Caitlyn; Roseann (Pete) and their family: Dana, Shawna; Marla (Pat) and their family, Angie; Betty (Lloyd) and their family: Shelly, Bryan, Shawn; Maretta and her family: Holly, Caley; Nadine and her family: Christepher, Lorelle; 20 great grandchildren; his brother and sisters: John (Rosie), Margaret (Guss), Susan (Cecil), Blanche, Madeline (Jean); sisters-in-law: Yvonne and Rita; and many nieces and nephews. Albert Arthur DeBruyne was born May 1, 1912 at Weyburn. He started his schooling in Weyburn and finished at Round Up School south of Ceylon. On January 3, 1939, Albert married Elsie at Ceylon. Albert had numerous careers over his lifetime, starting out in Weyburn with his parents' market garden; farming around Weyburn, Benson and Ceylon areas; a mechanic and autobody man; owned his own garage in Ceylon; a barber; school bus driver for 15 years and driving the bombardier during the harsh winters. He also blew snow in the Round-Up area for the snow plough club. After he retired he worked at the Ceylon Hotel for Liz and Larry. He was also responsible for blue-stoning the Ceylon dam. Albert lived the majority of his life in the Ceylon area. He faithfully attended church whenever he could. Albert had many interests and hobbies during his life, most important being his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the senior's club, playing 649, watching wrestling and lately Dr. Phil, listening to good old country music, delivering Meals on Wheels, watching CMT, cooking (always three meals a day) and eating, tinkering on all kinds of vehicles and machinery, taking his dog friends for rides around town, and was a regular customer at the hotel where he enjoyed teasing the 'coffee row' club and giving everyone a 'hard time.' He loved his flannel shirts, especially the plaid! Albert had a great sense of humor and liked to tease everyone, from adults to kids to animals. He was a deeply caring man who loved his family and took interest in everyone, whether it was friends or neighbours. Prayers were said Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Parish Catholic Church, Ceylon. The funeral mass was held Saturday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's with Father Prince Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Community Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were: Anna Bourassa, Liz Harkes, Betty McDonald, Margaret Corbin, Tina Douglas, Edna O'Hara. The active pallbearers were: Prosper Verbeurgt, Maurice DeBruyne, Larry Harkes, John Fiechter, Clifford Hatt, Albert DeRoose.
- Gail Lynn (nee Culling) passed away on Monday July 23, 2007 at the age of 60 years. Gail was predeceased by her father, Ted Culling; sisters, Linda Jones and Valerie Beischel; and brother, Brian Culling. Gail is survived by her beloved husband, Allan DeBruyne; son, Kelly (Cathy) DeBruyne, Tyson, Meghan and Dayna; son, Trevor (Kendra) DeBruyne, Jessica, Jasmine and Levi; daughter, Paula (Jeff) Nergard, Kayla; son, Tim (Janalee) Emry and Angel baby on the way; her parents, Jean and Wilfred O'Connor; sister, Janice (Steven) Blackmore; brother, Kevin O'Connor; many brother and sister in laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Gail was born on January 12, 1947 in Radville, to Jean and Ted Culling. She was the oldest of five children. Gail grew up and graduated in Ceylon in 1965. She then moved to Regina where she began working at the Pasqua Hospital for a short period of time before moving back to Ceylon where she met and married her husband of 41 years, Allan. Ceylon is where they made their home and raised their four children, Kelly, Trevor, Paula and Tim. Family being so very important to Gail,(her husband, her kids, her parents, her sisters and brother) there were always family gatherings for every occasion and lots of good times. Getting together with her sisters for weekends was always guaranteed fun; they were very close and loved to spend as much time as possible together. Gail had many talents; she was an excellent cook, always making everyone's favorites. Everyone was always welcome to enjoy a meal anytime. She was also an amazing gardener, she could grow a garden big enough to make sure everyone that came to visit got fresh vegetables to take home. Gail was such a giving person. When you left her house you usually took a book, fresh buns or bread, pickles or salsa and always a "thanks for coming" with a smile. She never missed a birthday, no matter how near or far away a person lived and she always had a gift on hand whenever she would go and visit her friends and family. She had an abundance of friends both young and old, loving all walks of life. When Gail got sick she wanted all of her friends to continue to come and go, and they did that up until her passing. Gail was actively involved in the community, supporting all the local events. She also kept herself busy with her love of crocheting, music, reading, curling, playing cards, collecting angels, traveling and trips to the casino. In 1996 Gail decided to take a job as a hostess on bus trips for Mr. Canada. What a perfect job for the perfect hostess. Grandkids were always welcome at Grandma's house and all of them her angel babies. Gail will be so very missed by all that knew and enjoyed her love. Gail was very strong in her faith; she told everyone that she will be in a better place and with her sisters again; so let's all take comfort in being part of her life. Gail enjoyed 60 great years. Prayers were held at Prairie Pride Centre, Ceylon, on Thursday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service was held on Friday, July 27, at the Prairie Pride Centre, Ceylon, with Father Prince Kurisinkal celebrant. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery.
- Albert Leon late of Ceylon, Sask. passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the age of 86 years. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. from the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville, Sask. with Fr. Francis Kurisnkal officiating. Interment to take place in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Joseph August. On February 15, 1922, the first bundle of joy arrived to Rene and Helen DeRoose, at the family farm. After receiving his elementary education at Lacadia School, Joseph August DeRoose helped on the family farm. His greatest joy was looking after animals and especially his dogs. He pampered them as you would a child and in return they were always there to welcome him home. Although Joe never married, he had a great fondness for children, especially his nieces and nephews. They took great delight in his sense of humor or when they threw their arms around him and giggled when they could feel his 'love handles', seeing Joe was of rotund build. Joe was the type of person who always showed love and affection for his family, but at times he would like to show off his authority which was understood in good faith. Not only family members but also the young people of the community will remember Joe for his teasing, but all knew it was meant in jest. Joe was never known for extravagance, but always enjoyed the simple things in life. The family will treasure the memories of his hard work and efforts that he put in on the family farm, which he took over in 1974 after the passing of his father. He loved the soil, and always made due, repairing as needed. He enjoyed raising cattle, almost spoiling them, and was good at delivering calves. He drove a lot of horses during plowing, disking and seeding in the early years. As he was the oldest, he helped his other brothers and sisters get started in their lives, as they left the farm. He was a good friend with his neighbors on the farm, and did not want to leave the farm to live in town. He rented the land because of ill health, but continued to help if he could. Joe found everlasting peace on January 31, 2000 just 15 days short of his 78th birthday. He was predeceased by his parents, Rene and Helen; a sister, Margaret, and brothers, Adolph and Remie. To mourn his passing he leaves his brother, Oscar DeRoose; sisters: Mary DeRoose, Alice (Roy) Picard, Louise (Otto) Hersche, Camilla Dionne, Anne DeRoose, Martha (Lionel) Rainville and Emma (Don) Gilles; two sisters-in-law, Valerie DeRoose and Maria DeRoose; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Prayers were said Wednesday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville. The funeral mass was held Thursday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville, with Father Brian Meredith celebrant. A private family interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. The active pallbearers were: Rene DeRoose, Sidney DeRoose, Andrew DeRoose, Louis DeRoose, Gerald Rainville and Rodney Lazurko. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Oscar Oliver. On Sunday, June 24, 2001, Oscar Oliver DeRoose, formerly of Anglemont, B.C., passed away at the Palliative Care Unit in Regina at the age of 69. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, Sask., with Rev. Francis Hengen officiating.
- William Alan Blackstock. It is with great sadness that the family of William Alan Blackstock Dinwoodie, announce his sudden passing on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at the age of 72 years. He was born on September 29, 1935 at Ceylon. Alan is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Gail; son Adam (Talin) and their daughter Gianna, daughter; Dagen (Ron) Hoffart and their children Shae, Kailyn, Lana and Leo, son: Jesse, also sister Louise Gable, brother Ken Dinwoodie and brothers-in-Iaw, sisters-in-Iaw, nieces and nephews. Alan was predeceased by his parents Bill and Jean Dinwoodie, sisters Eleanor Sweeney and Marion McBride. Alan loved farming and ranching. He had innate engineering skills, designing and building farm projects. Alan had a keen interest in the news and stockmarket. He read western history, loved to dance, travel, and enjoyed gardening in his retirement. Alan was a gentle man and a gentleman. Service of Remembrance was held at the Minton Community Hall, Minton, on Wednesday, November 14 with the Rev. Wendy Caldwell officiating. Interment in Chapel Grove Cemetery, Minton. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Oberholzer and staff, Dr Gruschenko, Dr. Clein and the special nurses on the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital.
- Olive Marie (nee O'Hara) passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in Steinbach, MB, a week after attending the memorial service for her son-in-law. Olive was born on May 13, 1920 at Ceylon, SK. She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Catherine (McGrath) O'Hara; her husband, Raymond Dionne (2007); an infant son, Richard; sister, Rita Woodard; brothers, Joseph and John O'Hara; sons-in-law, James Schmidtz (1982) and Ken Braun (2009). Olive is survived by her children, Gary (Marge) and their children Robert (Christa) and Jacquelyn (Chris) Facca; Marita Robinson (David) and her children, Ryan Schmidtz and Caitlin Schmidtz; Cheryl Braun and her daughter Chantel (Bobby) Penner; Brian (Eva) and their children Lynnette (Scott) Maier and Nancy (Chad) Bentz; Stephen (Fay) and their children Curtis, Deidra and Drew; Catherine; Danita (Carlos) Nunez and their children, Olivia and Raya; seven greatgrandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. Olive taught school in Wauchope, SK and Ceylon, SK. Olive and Raymond were married in 1942. Olive later returned to teaching at St. Olivier's Catholic School in Radville. She was a past president and an active member of the CWL. After Ray and Olive retired in Regina they became very active in Christ the King Parish. They delivered meals on wheels, visited the sick, organized funeral lunches and bridge tournaments for the Knights of Columbus. In 1993 a fitting tribute was paid when the Raymond and Olive Dionne family were the recipients of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award. They were also the nominees for the International Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2009 in Christ the King R.C. Church, Regina with Rev. Anthony F. Dizy presiding. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
- Helen (nee Gauley). On March 8, 2002, Helen Duczyminski, at the age of 83, died peacefully with her family by her side. She is predeceased by her parents John and Maude Gauley and brother Johnny, and husband Martin. Helen is survived by her daughter Carol (Garth), her grandchildren Tia and Dallas, sisters-in-law: Kay (Mark) Rooney, Kitty Duke and Beth Duke, Della Gauley and nieces and nephews and special long time friends, Tony and Lucille, and her special little pet "Ginger." Helen was born and raised in the Big Muddy area. In 1947 she married Martin Duczyminski and they continued to live a farming lifestyle in and around Bures, Minton and Ceylon. Staying true to her roots, Helen was a farm woman through and through. She loved the outdoors and was involved in everything from chores, to gardening, to horseback riding. Helen and Martin eventually moved to Weyburn where they spent the rest of their golden years. Helen could always be found at the senior's center competing in various card tournaments, playing bingo or at home making quilts. Helen will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends. At Helen's request cremation with no service was carried out. A private family interment will occur at a later date.
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- Terry Hugh, Weyburn, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2000 at the age of 58 years. Terry was born April 30, 1942 to Evelyn and Maurice Eeckhout in Radville. He worked various places (N.W.T., Winnipeg) as a welder before he started to farm with his dad in the Ceylon area. After his dad passed away in 1977 Terry and his mother moved into Ceylon until his mother passed away in 1992 and he then moved to Weyburn. "Terry was part of a family that loved him and will treasure the memories that he left. Evelyn and Maurice (his parents), brothers Rick and Bob, all had the opportunity to share in Terry's life. Other people in Terry's life also got to know him in various different ways. His honesty, kindness to others, great love for animals and his dedication to his mom and dad and especially to his brother Bob. Terry also played a big part in my life, from the time he was born right up to adulthood and in the past 15 years. We corresponded on a regular basis. His penmanship is something to be admired, especially compared to my scribble. A side of Terry that many did not know was that he had a talent for drawing, writing, gardening, carpentry, fishing and yes, he was also inventive. Terry was a true friend to many people, but in my case he was my nephew and will be sadly missed. Love you! Aunt Bea." Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, November 30 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon with Father Brian Meredith celebrant. Interment followed in the Ceylon Cemetery. He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Evelyn Eeckhout. Terry is survived by his two brothers Rick (Shirley) Eeckhout of North Delta, BC and Robert Eeckhout of Weyburn; nieces and nephews: Robbie and Jenna, Chantel (Rocky) of Tsawwassen, BC, Victoria and Taylor, Curtis (Holly) of Chilliwack, BC, Patrick, Elizabeth, Marylynn, Christina and Charles; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins and friends. Active pallbearers were Doug Sorsdahl, Gilbert Verbeurgt, Melvin Gust, Rick Eeckhout, Bob Eeckhout and Jim Stevenson.
- Isabel Eileen (nee Kaufmann) December 23, 1930 - October 22, 2010. It is with great sadness that we, the family announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Isabel passed away peacefully with family by her side in the evening of Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Pasqua Hospital. Born on the family farm at Ceylon, Isabel was predeceased by her parents Peter and Kate Kaufmann; sister Ida; brothers Peter and Charles; and granddaughter Larissa. She will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her husband John; son Kevin (Laurie), Katie and Sarah; daughter Wanda (Tom), Johnathan and Sydney; sisters Margaret and Helen (Gerry); brothers Joe (Nina) and Donald (Florence); extended family Divia, Tarina, Ryan, Angie and Molly; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will take place at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
- Mabel (nee Lamberton) Strobl Ekvall was born at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, SK on December 23, 1915, the seventh of ten children, born to Edward and Mabel Lamberton of Hanley, SK. Mabel and her husband Louie came to Ceylon in 1941. They had five children. Louie died unexpectedly in November, 1945, leaving Mabel struggling to keep her family together. Seven month old Allan became extremely ill and passed away on March 13, 1946. Mabel began dating Bud Colbow and on May 11, 1947 their son, Richard was born. Mabel married David Ekvall in May 1952 and they had four children, their first, Lillian Marie died in 1952. While raising her children, Mabel worked at the Ceylon Hotel for a number of years, cleaning and doing laundry. Mabel lived in Ceylon until her death on January 3, 2004. Mabel enjoyed crocheting, baking, watching soap operas, playing games and having tea with her friends. She was predeceased by her first husband Louis Strobl and their son Allan Strobl; her second husband of 30 years, David Ekvall, daughter Lillian Marie; seven brothers and sisters and two granddaughters. Mabel is survived by her children: James (Vicki) Strobl, Louise (Jim) Burchill, Doris (Arnold) Schick, John (Phyllis) Strobl, Richard (Estella) Strobl, Leonard (Maureen) Ekvall, Marilyn Larocque and Karen (Lawrence) Hamilton; 20 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. from Ceylon United Church with Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment will be at a later date.
- Ruby Constance "Connie" passed away peacefully in Toronto at the age of 93 on March 19, 2002. Born December 20, 1908 she grew up in Ceylon, Sask. and taught school in Regina. After retirement she and husband Norman moved to Victoria, BC., following his death in 1985 she spent several years in Comox, BC., then moved to Toronto in 1998. She is survived by her daughter Pat and her husband Cliff and grandchildren Nora and Allan all of Toronto. Also missed by her sister Pearl (Jimmy) in Comox, and her brothers Everett (Ada) of Radville and Clarence (Elsie) of Regina. Predeceased by her sister Opal (Doug) and brother Milo (Cora). Connie was a devoted aunt to nieces Orla and Sylvia and nephews Brian, Elwood, Barry and Kenny. Cremation has taken place. A service and inurnment will be arranged at Hatley Memorial Gardens in Victoria. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Christie Gardens Nursing Home and New Horizons Retirement Residence.
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- Annie. In loving memory of Annie Fiechter, (September 6, 1914 - August 19, 2001). The following is the eulogy delivered by Lorrie Bolton, granddaughter. Predeceased by her parents: Viktorin and Jenny Johnson; her husband John (Jack) Fiechter; three sisters: Elsie, Ruth and Agnes; two brothers-in-law; Carl Swanson and Emmanuel Ruschiensky. Annie is survived by her children: John (Karen) of Ceylon; Doug (Judy) of Weyburn; Lorraine (Harold) Tendler of Viceroy; Art (Connie) of Regina; Dwaine (Elva) of Weyburn; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister: Helen (Orvin) Stenseth of Regina; two brothers: Edwin (Verna) Johnson of Weyburn; Archie (Ruth) Johnson of Victoria, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Annie Fiechter was born on September 6, 1914 on the family farm south of Ceylon. She grew up with four sisters and two brothers. Grandma attended Carnbrogie School. She worked for different families as a housekeeper until 1933, when she married Jack Fiechter. Together Grandma and Grandpa farmed and operated a small dairy business in Ceylon where they raised their family of five: John, Douglas, Lorraine, Arthur and Dwaine. In 1957 they moved to Viceroy where they operated the Viceroy Hotel for two years. They moved to Lang in 1959 and then operated the Lang hotel. In 1961 Grandma and Grandpa moved to Weyburn. Here they were employed at the Soo Hotel. Every time we would go into Weyburn, Grandma would point out the Soo Hotel (as though we had forgotten where it was from the hundred times before) and tell Kurt and I a story about her time there. Every memory was always a happy one. In 1972 Grandma and Grandpa came home to Ceylon to retire. They were both active members of The Gap Ever Ready Club. Grandpa passed away suddenly in 1976 and with him a piece of Grandma's heart went too. Grandma lived in her home, cooking many a Sunday family meal for all her kids and grandkids until 1992. She then made the decision to move to Pride Square in Ceylon. Due to failing health, Grandma moved to the Marian Health Centre in Radville in the spring of 1998. She resided there earning such honors as "Top Square Cutter" and also developing fabulous friendships, like the one with Flo Cherpin. The care that Grandma received at the Marian Health Centre was top notch and because of the compassion and excellent care that she received Grandma felt at home there from the moment she first arrived. It was here that Grandma passed away on August 19, 2001. Grandma had many different interests. While residing in Weyburn she and Grandpa were very active bowlers, winning many trophies. Another of Grandma's talents was her ability to crochet afghans. Each afghan that she lovingly created was then generously given to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We affectionately referred to her little hobby as "Annie's Afghans" and couldn't wait to see what her next one would look like. Grandma had a great love for playing cards and bingo. I remember going to bingo and shuffling through the cards with her looking for just the right one the one with "O 75" in the corner. Grandma also had a great love for gardening and especially for flowers. She didn't miss one bud blooming and was thrilled with the beauty of each new flower. Mom and I used to get nervous when Grandma would go away because that meant that we were to watch her plants I mean this was a huge responsibility! Birthdays and anniversaries were also very important to Grandma. She knew when every one of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids' birthdays and anniversaries were. In return, we were all to remember the MOST important birthday of all, Grandma's. Grandma's greatest love though was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren: Kurt, Lorrie, Debbie, Dawn, Karen, Kelly, Kim, Darcy, Wendy, Garrett, Wade, Paul and Shawna. It didn't matter if you stayed for one week or one hour Grandma hated to see you go and would always end the visit with "and next time, stay longer!" Grandma, I speak for all of us when I say even though we can't be together, I'll always feel close to you. I will think of you often and the thoughts of you will always make me feel good. I may remember something you've said, or good advice you've given me, or maybe just some little joke we've shared, and it will make me realize just how very much you mean to me. You've added so much to my life that no one else could. So I want you to know that you'll always hold a very important place in my heart and that we all love you. A funeral service was held Tuesday, August 21, at 11:00 a.m. in the Ceylon School gym, with Gary Keefe officiating and Linda Bolton pianist. Pallbearers were Kim Tendler, Darcy Tendler, Karen Fiechter, Paul Fiechter, Kurt Fiechter and Wade Fiechter. Interment followed at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Ceylon
- Gertrude Fanny (nee Ambrose). On Friday, February 3, 2006, Gertrude Fanny Forseth, late of Bengough passed away at the Bengough Health Centre at the age of 98 years. Predeceased by her father and mother, William and Gertrude Ambrose; her husband, Emil Forseth (1987); son, Howard Forseth (1999); grandson, Dwayne Forseth (2005); sister, Grace Ambrose (1900); brother, Arthur Ambrose (1999); brother-in-law, Mike Rosenzweig (1997). Gertrude will be lovingly remembered by her son, Mervin (Viola) Forseth of Bengough; daughter-in-law, Bette Forseth of Calgary, AB; and sisters: Alma Ambrose and Edith Rosenzweig; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Gertrude Fanny Forseth was born January 3, 1908 and passed away at the Bengough Centennial Home where she has lived for two years. Gerty was born in Brandon, MB. She moved with her parents from Brandon to the Roe, Ritchie area in 1913 and took her schooling in Desmond and Green Lake. Gerty was a very kind and gentle lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A Graveside Service was held Thursday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. The Pallbearers were her grandsons: Ricky, Gary, Curtis, Lynell, Steven and Lyndon Forseth
- Thelma Sylvia (nee Haugen) passed away at Parkside Extendacare in Regina, on April 13, 2006, at the age of 92 years. She was born in Hardy, on March 15, 1914. Predeceased by her husband James, son Douglas, parents Thor and Sina Haugen, six brothers, Alfred, Paul, Bill, Arnold, Mike, Roth and one sister Ruth. Thelma will be lovingly remembered by daughter Deanna (George Long) and son Fred (Marie), two grandsons, Dr. Patrick (Shannon) and Dr. J. D. Long (Jennifer), two granddaughters, Dr. Carmen Long and Karine Fox, four great grandchildren, Jackson, Orion, Erika and Samantha Long, her sisters Edith Matheson, Sarah Murray (Bud) and sister-in-law Vivian Hagen, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at Ceylon United Church, Thursday April 20 at 2:00 p.m. with Shelby Kinrade officiating.
- Marie Elizabeth (nee Larson). On Monday, February 4, 2008 Marie Elizabeth, late of Raymore, SK passed away at the age of 85 years. Marie was born on June 1, 1922 at Ceylon, SK. Predeceased by her husband, Harvey Albert in 1996; parents, Viola and Albert Larson; sisters: Dorothy Cox, Adeline McWhinney, Marjorie Darby, and Mabel Barber; brothers, Robert Larson and Walter Larson; brothers-in-law, Ernie Cox, Bill McWhinney, Lewis Darby and Ernie Rolfe; and sister-in-law, Irene Rolfe; Marie is survived by her sons: James (Janice) and their sons, Jeffrey (Amanda) and their children, Trista and Lexi, and Darren (Fonda); Blaine (Kathleen) and their sons, Christopher (Leigh-Ann) and their children, Carlie and Myah, and Aaron and his daughter, Ella; and Gary (Joan) and their children, Angela (Travis) Haycroft and Curtis; brothers-in-law, Philip Barber, Chester Day and Stanley Magnusson; and sisters-in-law, Luella Day, Erma Magnusson and Olive Coupland. Marie enjoyed her six grandchildren and five great granddaughters. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. in the Raymore United Church, Raymore, SK with Rev. Annette Taylor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Raymore Protestant Cemetery.
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- Rudy, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 in Regina at the age of 74. Predeceased by his parents: Gus and Elodie Germaine and brother Art. Rudy leaves to cherish his memory his family - his loving wife and best friend Terry; their children, daughters Monica (Jeff) Lawrence and their daughters Stephanie and Anita; Carolyn (Mike) Hoppe and their family Sarah and Ryan and Suzanne (David) Skoronski and their sons Michael, Adam and Eric and son Jeff (fiancee Michelle Perras); sister Julie (Delford) Gustafson, sister-in-law Liane Gabriel; plus numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Rudy was born on December 24, 1927 in Ghent, Belgium and came to Canada with his family at the age of 2. He enjoyed his farm in the Ceylon-Radville Area. Rudy loved people, and he found peace and pleasure working in his garden and was there when he passed away. Funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 315 Douglas Avenue E, Regina on Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Norm Marcotte and Rev. Maurice Minne, Celebrants. Prayers will be held at the Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Friday, June 14, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.
- Florence (nee Mooney). With great sadness, we announce the passing of Florence, our mother, grandmother, and friend, on Saturday, February 28th, 2004 at the age of 86 years. Florence was predeceased by Wesley, her loving husband of nearly 60 years, her parents, Joseph and Jennie Mooney; her brothers, George Mooney and Clarence Mooney; her sister, Eleanor (Art) Miloux; and her brother-in-law, Elwood Graves. She is dearly loved and remembered by her children, Gail (Al) Markel of Regina, and Wayne ( Barbara) Graves of Ladner, BC.; her grandchildren, Robin Markel, Roberta (Mark) Venier, Sarah Simpson, and Robert Lindo; her sisters-in-law, Ethel (John) Propp of Yorkton, Ferne (Carl) Bitterman of Abbotsford, and Eileen Graves of Victoria, and numerous nieces and nephews. Florence was born in Ceylon, SK on October 31, 1917. She lived in various communities in Saskatchewan before moving to Regina where she worked at Eaton's and R.H. Williams for a few years. She married Wesley Graves on February 16th, 1943, in Regina. She was a caring and loving homemaker, wife and mother. She was actively involved with Lakeview United Church and with sewing and knitting for the Canadian Red Cross. In 1969 Wes and Florence moved to Saskatoon. She enjoyed travelling, gardening, socializing and having coffee with friends and family. In 1995, she became a resident of Luther Special Care Home with an Alzheimer's disability. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 5th at 2:30 p.m. in the Luther Special Care Home, 3rd Floor Auditorium (Osler Street and Wiggins Ave.), with Pastor Kevin Doell officiating.
- Emerentiana (nee Materi) Forsythe Gray. Em was born at St. Joseph's Colony, near Balgonie, SK on February 27, 1916 to Eugene and Margaret Materi. Her first nine years were spent in this vicinity with the family including brother Ed and three sisters, Barbara, Irene and Rose Marie. In 1925, the family moved to homestead on the Oscar Stevenson farm near Wollard, south of Hazenmore and the southwest of Gravelbourg. About 1931-1932 at the age of 15 or 16, she moved to Swift Current to work as a maid with the Creightons and then with Dr. White. About this time the Materi family moved to homestead just north of Grayson. At Swift Current she met W. H. (Harold) Forsythe, her first husband and about 1935 they moved to Regina (a room in the Clayton Hotel). They moved to Saskatoon in 1937 as Harold was working with the CPR where, on October 12, 1937 they were married; she at the age of 21 and Harold at age 22. They moved to Regina in 1938 where Sylvianne was born at the Grey Nuns (now Pasqua) on March 15, 1938. In 1939 they moved to Prince Albert where Leander (Lee) was born on September 13, 1939. They again moved to Regina in 1940 and lived at 2172 Wallace Street until 1944 when they moved to 2222 Garnet Street, the home of Harold's parents, Art and Eve Forsythe. They all moved to 2911 Victoria Avenue in 1945. The house was renovated into four suites with the Harold Forsythe's occupying the top floor. During the fall of 1947, Harold and Em separated with Em and Lee eventually going to Ceylon, SK on November 6, 1947 to live with Claude Gray. In July of 1950, Lee returned to Regina to live with his father and Em remained with Claude. Em worked as a bookkeeper for Gray's garage until 1950, when she had her first of three strokes (also in 1962 and 1972). In the mid 1950's Claude took on well drilling-related work in northeast B.C. and northwest AB and Em was the cook for the well workers. In the early '60's they began farming in the Ceylon-Hardy district until 1969 when they sold to R. McCarty of Plentywood, Montana. Em obtained a divorce from Harold in 1962 and Claude from his American wife in 1970 and they were married in Seattle, WA on February 25, 1971. They remained on the farmstead until August 1972 where they moved into Ceylon to a permanent trailer home. They spent winters near Fall City, WA in the early 70's and later down near Mesa, and Apache Junction, AZ until 1987. Most of the summers from the mid-seventies to 1987 were spent at Grimeau's Trailer Court at Round Lake, in the Qu'Appelle Valley north of Whitewood, SK. For a short time in the spring of 1988, Em spent about three months in the St. Joseph's continuous care wing of the Radville Hospital. Claude had her out for a visit and she decided not to return. On January 25, 1990, a smoky fire in their home sent both to Radville Hospital. After being notified on February 1st, Lee, on February 3rd, took her to Regina and on February 5th she became a resident in Dore's Senior Care Home at 3821 Regina Avenue. Claude ended up in the Weyburn Regional Care Centre where he passed away on May 29, 1992. He was buried at the Ceylon Cemetery on June 1, 1992. On January 21, 1993, Em became a resident at the Parkside Extendicare, in Regina. She passed away on June 12, 2004.
- Lorraine Lillian (nee Duddy), longtime resident of Moose Jaw, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2005. Lorraine was born April 17, 1918 at Ceylon, Sask. where she received her education. She was employed at Richardson Securities as office manager for many years and retired in 1976. During World War II she moved to Ontario with her husband, Rex who was serving in the RCAF. While in Ontario she was employed at a metal stamp factory producing ammunition boxes. Lorraine was an ardent curler, enjoyed shuffle board and playing cards. She worked on the organizing committee for the Annual Senior Shuffle Board Tournament held in Moose Jaw each summer. Lorraine also enjoyed the years spent at their cottage on Buffalo Pound Lake and winters spent in Mesa, Arizona. Predeceased by her parents, husband, Rex, a brother and two sisters, Lorraine is survived by her son, Brent (Marlaine) of Fort McMurray, Alberta; grandsons: Andrew and Patrick of Edmonton, Alberta, sister, Dorothy Needer of Rouleau and adopted daughter, Beverly Willar of Prince Albert, Sask. In keeping with Lorraine's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A viewing for family and friends will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Cremation will take place with a private memorialization at a later date.
- Diana Elena (nee Dufresne), late of Ceylon, passed away on Friday, June 9th, 2006, at age 63 Years. Diana was predeceased by her husband, Leo Gust (1999) her parents, Adelard and Gertrude Dufresne, two brothers, Raymond and Dennis. Diana leaves to mourn a very good friend, Les Wick; and her family: Neal (Tammy), Ceylon and their children, David, Selina, Blair; Owen (Maryann), Regina and their children, Evelyn, Phillip, Christopher, Sheriann, Earl; Darren (Anita), Ceylon and their children, Katlan, Amber, Clay; Kirby (Colleen), White City; brothers and sisters: Amelia (Andrew) VanDenBossche, Radville, Lorraine (Walter) Tytlandsvik, Weyburn, Rosella (Dale) Vickery, Calgary, Lawrence (Vivian) Dufresne, Red Deer, Ron (Louise) Dufresne, Red Deer, Sylvio (Diane) Dufresne, Red Deer, Norman (Maxine) Cranbrook; many nieces & nephews. Funeral Service, Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, Saskatchewan, with Father Pat Murphy officiating. Interment, Ceylon Cemetery. Prayers were held Monday, June 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon.
- Elsie (nee Schmidt) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at the Regina Lutheran Home at the age of 89 years. Elsie was born on August 13, 1914 to parents Adolf and Martha Schmidt at Buffalo Gap, Sask. She married George Richard Gust on October 20, 1938 at Plentywood, Montana. Elsie is predeceased by her husband, George (November 7, 1984); 4 sisters; and 6 brothers. She is survived by her 2 sons, Melvin (Norma) Gust and Larry (Linda) Gust; and daughter, Doreen Cull and special friend, Wilfred Easterby; also 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 East Victoria Ave., Regina, Sask., with Pastor Dennis Fingas, officiating. Interment to follow in Oakville Lutheran Cemetery, Ceylon, Sask.
- Leo Carl, late of Ceylon, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 1999, at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 65 years. Born April 25, 1934, on the NE 1/4 1-5-20 at Ceylon on the Herman Gust farm. Leo Carl was the first child of Rosie (Colibaba) and Walter Gust. Leo attended one-room country schools at Oakville and Round Up through to grade 10. Leo was very active in track and field and has many ribbons and medals for first place. Later, Leo played softball and baseball, and during the 50's enjoyed quite a bit of curling. With his father, Leo farmed near Ceylon, then rented land of his own in 1951. For many years, Leo and Walter farmed and raised Aberdeen Angus cattle. During Leo's late teens and early twenties, he was very involved with the junior section of the Farmers Union. He served on the board of directors and was president of the South Ceylon Rural Telephone Company for many year. On October 20, 1962 he married Diana Dufresne and was blessed with four sons, Neal, born August 23, 1963, Owen born December 1, 1964, Darren born March 24, 1968 and Kirby born June 6, 1971. In 1977, due to illness, Leo was forced to quit active farming. From 1979 to 1983 he worked at various farms, and in 1983 he began his own business, "Leo Gust Carpentry." In 1989 the poor economy led to the closing of the company and Leo then was employed as caretaker of the Ceylon Regional Park. In September of 1989 Leo and Diana moved to Yellow Grass, managing the Yellow Grass Hotel. In May 1991, they moved back to Ceylon, rented a house, and Leo worked for a district farmer-rancher until October when back problems forced him into early retirement. In December of 1991 Leo and Diana purchased a home in Ceylon where they still reside. In 1996 Leo returned to Ceylon Regional Park until 1998, at the same time he was the pest control officer for the Ceylon Minton area. Leo enjoyed woodworking, reading, calligraphy, fishing and being known as Mr. Fix-It. He will also be missed by many people in Ceylon for his tie-tying abilities and his place will be vacant on coffee row. Prayers were said Monday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Brian Meredith presiding. The funeral mass was held Tuesday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Brian Meredith and Father Stephen Bill Concelebrants. Interment followed in Ceylon Community Cemetery, Ceylon. He leaves to mourn his wife, Diana of Ceylon; his sons: Neal (Tammy) of Ceylon; Owen (Maryann) of Regina; Darren (Anita) of Ceylon; and Kirby (Colleen) of Moose Jaw; grandchildren: Katlan, Amber, Evelyn, Christopher, Phillip, Shariann and Earl; his sisters: Maxine (Norm) Dufresne of Cranbrook, BC; and Myrtle (Cliff) Finstad of Estevan; one brother, Wayne (Marilyn) Gust of Saskatoon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were: Allan Ayotte, Don Miller, Allan DeBruyne, Gilbert Verbeurgt, Jim McLean and Larry Harkes. The honorary pallbearers were: Wilfred Nyhus, Gerry Gerle, Wilfred O'Connor, Brian Madigan, Albert DeBruyne, Dan McPhee, Ron Vermeulen, (Mark Vermeulen), Donald Kaufmann and Eli Juravle.
- Beatrice "Auntie Bea" Hazel (nee Brown) passed away peacefully at the Radville Marian Health Centre, Radville, SK on Friday, June 21, 2002 at the age of 87 years. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Sadie Brown; her husband, Albert; brother, Harold; infant sister Marjory, brother-in-laws Arthur Gustafson and Rae Aldred; and sister-in-laws: Esther Brown, Violet DeRoose, Katherine Gustafson and Lily Hackney. She is survived by brother-in-law Albert DeRoose of Ceylon; Mac Hackney of Leduc, AB and sister-in-law Edith Aldred of Weyburn. Auntie Bea will be lovingly remembered by Rae and Shirley Gustafson and their family, as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and her many friends. Bea was born on the farm at Khedive on May 3, 1915. She attended school in Weyburn and came to Ceylon in 1940 to work for Toy Yee at the Paris Café. She married Albert Gustafson on June 16, 1946 and they farmed at Ceylon until Albert's death in 1974. Bea rented out the farm to her nephew, but continued to be interested in farming until her death. Auntie Bea considered the whole town her family and will be missed by her many friends in the community. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 from the Prairie Pride Community Centre, Ceylon, Rev. Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment at the Ceylon Cemetery.
- Johnes Wlademar of Regina Parkside Extendicare fell asleep in death February 16, 2002. John was born in Ceylon, Sask., March 28, 1911. He married Barbara Dreher November 4, 1950. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara in 1979; his stepson Tony Dreher; his parents, Wilfred and Hulda Gustafson; and brothers Robert, Melvin,Reuben and Harold. John is survived by his stepsons Carl (Loreen) Dreher, Calgary, AB, William (Jo) Dreher, Richmond, BC; Adam (Betty) Dreher, Regina, SK, Frank (Marlene) Dreher, Tyvan, SK and Kay Dreher, Calgary, AB. He also leaves to mourn his sisters Elfie Carlson, Regina, SK, Sue (Mike) Kremyr,Sardis, BC, as well as brother Victor, Weyburn, SK and Delford (Julie) Eastend, SK and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his good friend Cecille Gerieux. John was known as a hard working, goodnatured man who was devoted to his wife and family. There will be a private interment at a later date. The family would like to thank Parkside Extendicare for their support and care John received in the past few years.
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- Betty Eleanor, of Regina, died April 5, 2007, at the age 82. Predeceased by her parents Charles & Annie Hailstone, brother William Hailstone in WW II and brother-in-law Russell Barlow. Leaving to celebrate her life: Sister Marjorie Barlow, Her Boys nephews Bill (Penny) Barlow and Burns (Bev) Barlow; great nephews and nieces John (Louise), Stephen (Trina), Todd and Rob (Natasja) Barlow; Keir Dripps, Kym (Jason) Smale, Kyla (Dave) Bussiere; great great nieces and nephews Tylar, Graeden, Kinley, McKenna, Spenser, Taylor, Emily & Dylan; Extended family Dona Barlow & our dear friend Eleanora Szumack. Cousins in England. Special pet friends Tigger, Sal & Mickey. Born in Ceylon, SK. Educated in Ceylon, Sacred Heart Academy & Balfour Technical School, Regina. Graduated from the Grey Nuns' Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. Attended the University of Saskatchewan (received Diploma in Nursing Service Administration) and University of Western Ontario (received B.Sc.N). Following graduation in 1945 was employed at St. Peters Hospital, Melville, SK and at Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna, BC. Betty returned to Regina and was on staff at the Regina Grey Nuns' Hospital/Pasqua Hospital from Feb 2, 1949 until her retirement, as Assistant Administrator, on Jan 29, 1988. Betty served on many community organizations: R.G.N.H Alumnae; Catholic Nurses Association; Catholic Family Service Board; VON Home Care Advisory Committee; Regina Community Home Care Program; Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association; Saskatchewan Health Care Association; Sask. Association of Health Service Executives; Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home; Regina Palliative Care Inc. (which Betty was instrumental in establishing); Pasqua Hospital Auxiliary; Catholic Health Council of Saskatchewan; Academy Housing Association Inc. Betty received several honors during her career: Life Memberships in Sask. Health Care Auxiliaries, Canadian Association of Health Care Auxiliaries, Sask. Association of Health Care Executives, Sask. Health Care Association & Sask. Registered Nurses Association; recipient of Smith-Walshaw Award in 1987; Canadian Volunteer Certificate of Merit in 1990; Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in Jan. 2006. Betty enjoyed her many associations in her employment and community activities. She considered herself most fortunate in being associated with some very dedicated and excellent people in the health care field and was always thankful for the life long friendships of these people. A sincere and special thank you to the following: The Doctors, Nurses & Staff of Palliative Care Unit @ Pasqua Hospital, the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of the entire Pasqua Hospital that Betty worked with over her long carrier and that cared for Betty the last few months, Dr. Stephen Bester & Dr. Lawrence Clein. The ladies at Cathedral Courts & the caregivers from Dove Care Homes. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. A nurse first last and always, she was the ultimate care giver whose goal was to ensure that anyone that came through the doors of the Pasqua Hospital was given the best care possible. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125 13th Ave. Regina, SK. on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev Msgr. Ken Miller, Celebrant and Rev. Louis Kubash, Concelebrant. Cremation interment of ashes in Ceylon Cemetery at a later date.
- Gertie passed away in the Radville Marian Health Centre on Thursday, June 22, 2000 at the age of 85 years. Gertie was predeceased by her husband Chris in December 1984, one son Lawrence, one daughter Gladys and two great grandchildren, also three sisters and two brothers. Gertie will be lovingly remembered by two sons, Einner (Loretta) of Regina; their daughters, Brenda Howse of Pangman, Gaylin Pinkert of Ceylon, Marlis Hansen of Regina; and their families: Ken (Avis) Hansen and son Ward of Hardy, daughters: Roslyn Hansen-Henze of Calgary, Shantelle Van De Sype and Kendra Hansen of Radville and their families: daughters Ellen (Erick) Lix and son Mike, daughters Danette Banks, Audrey Slack and families all of Calgary; Marlene (Gary) Moffat of Alice Beach, Dilke, SK; son Gary, daughters Sherri and Marcee Moffat and families all of Regina, Glenda Hansen, son Clinton Kallichuck, daughters Charlotte Kallichuck of Regina, daughter, Cheryl, son Jeff Young of Regina, daughters Kristen Barnett, Holly, Jennifer Young and families of Prince George, BC; also granddaughters Lisa Fisher, Sonja Meyers and families, Toefield, AB; sisters-in-law, Lila Dahlin of Calgary, AB and Asta Hansen of Denmark, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Gertie was born at Brooking, SK on November 2, 1914. Later moved with her parents to a farm south of Ceylon. She married Chris in 1933 and moved to their farm 14 miles south of Hardy where they farmed until moving to the Percy Shaw farm one mile south of Hardy in 1945. They continued farming until they retired to Regina in 1973. Gertie enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, growing flowers, cooking for her family, handy work and she also was a member of the Hardy Carry on Club for many years. She remained in her home until May 1998 when she moved into a Special Care Home in Regina, then to the Radville Marian Health Centre in March 1999, where she remained until her passing. The funeral service was held on Monday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. from the Ceylon United Church, with Rev. Christa Eidsness officiating. Interment followed in the Ceylon Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Michael Lix, Clinton Kallichuck, Gary Moffat, Ward Hansen, Jamie Costa and Nathan Howse. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers
- Agnes Marie (nee Patrick), late of Radville passed away on Thursday, January 15th 2004 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Rose Patrick; one sister Rosalind Wright; one brother Emil Patrick. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Elwin Harrison of Radville; her children: Marlene (Darald) Marin, Radville; George (Sally) Harrison, Vernon BC; Karen (Jake) Loose, Vernon BC; Brian (Jeanette) Harrison, Moose Jaw; eight grandchildren: Giselle (Barton), Laura Lee (Jason); Gary, Kelly; Lance, Troy; Tracy, Tania; six great-grandchildren: Justin, Kailey, Conlin, Elsa, Tyler, Jayden; two sisters: Corinne (Stan) Lucas, Richmond Hill, ON, Edith (John) Schefernack, Moose Jaw; Two brothers-in-law: Donald (Mary) Harrison, Vernon BC, Orval (Stella) Harrison, Thornhill, ON; and numerous nieces and nephews. Agnes was born on October 6, 1914 at Esterhazy, SK. She received her education at the Esterhazy school, only a mile from their farm. Growing up on the farm with her brother and sisters, she had many fond memories of playing ball, gathering friends for weiner roasts, swimming at nearby Round Lake, horseback riding, tobogganing, skiing and dancing at the local box socials. There was always much work to be done, which enabled her to be ready for the adult world. She left home to work as a store clerk in the communities of Balcarres and Hardy. On July 21, 1943 she married Elwin Harrison who was from the Hardy district. They had four children and lived on Elwin's parents farm for most of their farming career. Agnes loved the farm, growing big gardens, milking cows, feeding pigs and raising chickens; she truly loved her life. Cooking and entertaining were two of her great gifts. Sewing and re-modeling clothes was another talent she used often. In the summer of 1975, she and Elwin retired from the farm to Radville, where she was residing at the time of her death. With retirement came time to travel, play cards and entertain with friends, which she enjoyed so much. When the grandchildren arrived, there was always time made available for them. She loved to bake and have them visit. She was always ready to visit them, wherever they might be living. Agnes was a lady of great faith and was called by her Lord on Thursday, January 15, 2004. Prayers were held on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church, Radville, SK with celebrant, Father Prince. A funeral mass was held on Monday, January 19, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church, Radville, with Fr. Prince celebrant. Pallbearers were her grandchildren, and honorary Pallbearers were all that attended her funeral. Interment followed at Ceylon Community Cemetery, Ceylon, SK.
- Dianne passed away at Colling Lake Lodge, Alberta on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the age of 66. She is predeceased by her son, Russel Claffey (in infancy); parents Clarence and Pearl Harrison; sister, Stella Mossing; brother-in-law, Roy Alderson; nephew, Morgan Nergard; niece, Jeanette Hanson (in infancy). She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jesse Claffey and his daughter, Corinna; daughter, Jackie (Louis) Huys and her children, Nikki Svedahl (Chad Dickie) and their children Tyrell and Payton, Amanda Svedahl (Brad McCallum) and their children Katelyn and Keenan, Falon Svedahl (Ryan O'Donnell), and Mandelle Besler (Travis Fredrick); daughter, Shantel Carlson and her children Dionne (Lindsay) Claffey, Klay (Valerie) Oberkirsh and their son Kayden, Kole Oberkirsh, and Desiree Oberkirsh; son Kalvin (Stacey) Claffey, and their son Michael; daughter, Norma (Michael) Saip and their children Shayne Nergard, Brandi Panasuik, and Hunter Saip; sister, Shirley (Albert) Hanson; sister, June Alderson; sister, Gloria Fister (Wayne Hedlund); and many nieces and nephews. Dianne was born on February 11, 1942 in Bengough. She grew up on the family farm near Ceylon and her and her sisters attended school at Meadowview School at Hardy. Dianne raised her family in the Ceylon district until the early 70's, when she later moved to Regina, Edmonton, Bengough, and her final home in Milestone. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, country music, singing, crafts, and having fun. Her greatest passion was in the kitchen; cooking, canning, and baking. Her apple pie was irresistible and there were always many jars of pickles around. Dianne was a hard worker all her life. She had different jobs throughout, but most of them were located in a kitchen somewhere in Alberta or Saskatchewan. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all! A graveside service was held at Ceylon Cemetery in Ceylon on Monday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m.
- Elwin was born on December 8, 1917 at Hardy. Elwin was the eldest son of Ernest and Ida Harrison, the first of four siblings, brothers Floyd, Don and Orville and sister, Pearl. He attended Meadow View School and gained an early love of the farming industry. He farmed closely with his brother, Floyd for many years. On July 21, 1943 Elwin married Agnes Patrick. A year later, daughter Marlene was born on May 13, 1944 and 13 months later George joined them on June 13, 1945. Karen was born on January 3, 1947 and their youngest son Brian on September 13, 1950. Elwin and Agnes took over the Harrison homestead. Elwin expanded his farm to a section and later would add another half-section to his holdings. Elwin raised about 50 head of cattle, horses, pigs, fowl and rabbits for the children to enjoy. Elwin was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, he served as a trustee on the Meadow View School board and sat on the Hardy Wheat Pool committee for many years. Elwin and Agnes were committed volunteers of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Ceylon/Hardy Community. In 1975, they sold the farm, retired to Radville and purchased a travel trailer and began traveling. Many of the next years were spent in Arizona. Elwin and Agnes loved to travel whether it was to the east coast of Canada, to Hawaii or Alaska, Elwin and Agnes made many friends and lasting memories along the way. Elwin worked for a number of years in carpentry with Harold Hurlburt. He became an avid golfer spending many hours on the Robertdale Golf Course in Radville or hauling his clubs to the courses they visited on their travels. Agnes went into the Radville Marian Home in 2001 followed in 2003 by Elwin. In these walls, they shared their time together holding hands, playing bingo, visiting with family and friends, and always committed to their faith, attending mass and chapel services. With his family by his side, Elwin Harrison was called by God to his eternal home on Sunday, June 6, 2004. A prayer service was held on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m., from Holy Family Parish Catholic Church, Radville, coffee and fellowship followed in the church basement. The funeral mass was held on Saturday June 12 at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Family Parish Catholic Church, Radville, with Fr. Joe Frey, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Ceylon Community Cemetery. Lunch was provided by the St. Joseph Parish Ladies, at the Prairie Pride Community Center, Ceylon following the interment.
- Clifford Charles. On Tuesday, February 6, 2007, Clifford Charles Hatt, late of Ceylon, passed away at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents, Amanda (nee: Gust) and Bertram Hatt. Clifford was born September 29, 1929 and was raised on the farm, near Ceylon. He took his schooling at Round-up School. After his dad passed away in 1952, Clifford rented out the farm land and they bought and lived in a house in Ceylon. Clifford was employed by the P.F.R.A., the Department of Highways and "The Gap" Municipality. On his retirement, he was presented with a plaque from the Municipality. In his earlier years, Clifford proudly sported new vehicles. He enjoyed watching hockey games and he curled. Clifford spent many enjoyable hours fishing. He enjoyed attending all family events like reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and watching the antics of young children. After spending two months in the Marian Home, Clifford passed away. He is survived by numerous cousins, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, with Rev. Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Ceylon Cemetery. The active pallbearers were: Larry Harkes, Bob Adams, Darryl Rowland, Calvin McDonald, Byron Vermeulen and Donald Kaufmann.
- John "Jack" Francis passed away on Jan. 29th, 2004 at age 95. He was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ont. on March 8th 1908. He moved west with his family in 1911. Jack received his education in Ceylon, Sask. He worked at the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank until 1931. Then he became a municipal secretary until he joined the Canadian army and served in Canada and overseas until 1945. In 1946 he began working for The Dept. of National Revenue. In 1952 Jack married Muriel Walker and they continued to live in Regina until Jack retired in 1971. They then moved to Victoria, B.C. Jack continued to live in Victoria until his death. He was predeceased by his wife Muriel (December 17th, 1987), his parents John and Bertha Heaney, brothers Leo and Ambrose, sisters Evelyn Heaney and Kay (Tim) Curran, Jack is survived by his nephew Gerard (Bernadette) Heaney of Regina Beach, Sask., nieces Sheila (Dennis) Phillips of Regina, Sask., Marlyn (Bill) Calibaba of Radville, Sask., Kay (Gary) Van De Sype of Radville, Sask. Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Church in Victoria, B.C. on Feb 2nd, 2004.
- Terrance "Terry" Patrick passed away March 21, 2008 at Tatagwa View in Weyburn. He was born June 10, 1944 in Ceylon. Terry was the eldest child of Dennis L. Hennessy and Joyce A. McNaughton Hennessy. Terry was a man of few words, many skills, personal integrity, subtle humour, mechanical ingenuity, interesting innovations, expressive actions and tremendous courage. Terry was a hard working community spirited, responsible man who could always be counted upon to get the job done. Terry will be sadly missed and forever loved by three brothers, Brian (Kim) and daughters (Deanna, Elizabeth, RaeAnn), Mike (Susan) and son (Austyn), Tom and sons (Jay, Tanner) all of Calgary, AB; one sister, Sharon Preston (Ken) and children (Jody, Dana) of Fort Frances, ON; uncle, aunts, cousins and friends. Terry was predeceased by his parents, one sister (Marylee), two brothers (Darrel, Timothy), grandparents and two uncles. Many thanks to the wonderful staff members in House 2 at Tatagwa View and the Weyburn General Hospital for their compassionate care. As was his practice, Terry came, he saw, he left. The job was done. Cremation has taken place through RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A celebration of Terry's life will be held later in the summer.
- Christian Adolph, late of Pangman, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at the Deep South Personal Care Home, Pangman, eight days following his 95th birthday. Chris spent his lifetime farming and raising his family at Hardy. He and Eva retired to Pangman. Predeceased by his parents, Birger and Kristiana Hillrud; one son, Henry Hillrud; four brothers: Ben, Melvin, Ole and Chester Hillrud; two grandsons: Kevin and Greg Rowland; and one great granddaughter, Brandi Rowland. Chris will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Eva Hillrud of Pangman; his children: Hazel (Edwin) Rowland of Pangman; Rae (Pat) Hillrud of Calgary, AB; Ross (Gayle) Hillrud of Hardy; Sylvia (Ken) Dinwoodie of Fairview, AB; Carol (Brian) Sweeney of Portage la Prairie, MB; grandchildren: Darrell (Cheryl), Curt (Marlene), Heather (Darcy), Rodney (Pam), Doug, Shonna (Jeff), Marvin (Nicole), Marla (Darcy), Lisa, Blake, Colin, Gwen (Darvin), Sherry (Ken), Kelly (Enid) and Brett; 24 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and a nephew. Funeral service was held Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, with Rev. Robin Osbourne officiating. Interment followed in Trail Cemetery, Ceylon. Pallbearers were Darrell Rowland, Rodney Rowland, Marvin Hillrud, Blake Hillrud, Colin Dinwoodie and Curt Rowland.
- Clarence Earl, of Kelowna, B.C. born June 11, 1929 passed away peacefully at home January 29, 2004. Earl was born to Martha and Ole Hillrud at Hardy, Sask. He received his education at Hardy and Ceylon, Sask. with further courses in Brandon, MB. Earl is survived by his loving wife, Elsie (Moser - nee Schefernack) and her extended family. Also a special sister-in-law Clara (Art) Marty, several cousins and many friends. Special to Earl were family members from two previous marriages, Fran Dodman who passed away in 1991 and Irene Holman who passed away in 1998. Earl followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather being employed by the C.N.R. since 1949 retiring in 1986 as Roadmaster for many years working in Sask. and mostly Man. He enjoyed curling, baseball, hockey, music and later, crafts. He loved horses and broke many in for neighbors during his teens. Earl will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Memorial service was held on Monday, February 2, 2004 in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna.
- Eva (nee Baker). On Tuesday, March 4, 2003, Eva Hillrud, late of Pangman, passed away at the Radville Marian Health Centre at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by her parents, George and Lily Baker; her husband, Christian in 2001; son Henry Hillrud; brother, Wilmer Baker; two grandsons: Kevin and Greg Rowland; and one great granddaughter, Brandi Rowland. Eva will be lovingly remembered by her children: Hazel (Edwin) Rowland of Pangman; Rae (Pat) Hillrud of Calgary, AB; Ross (Gayle) Hillrud of Hardy; Sylvia (Ken) Dinwoodie of Fairview, AB; and Carol (Brian) Sweeney of Portage La Prairie, MB; grandchildren; Darrell (Cheryl), Curt (Marlene), Heather (Darcy), Rodney (Pam), Doug, Shonna (Jeff), Marvin (Nicole), Marla (Darcy), Lisa, Blake, Colin, Gwen (Darvin), Sherry (Ken), Kelly (Enid), Brett; 27 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eva Bernice Hillrud was born October 14, 1917 in Hardy to George and Lily Baker. Eva spent her lifetime on the farm with her husband, Chris, and raising their family until they retired to Pangman. She will be sadly missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, with Shelby Kinrade LP officiating. Interment followed in Trail Cemetery, Ceylon. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Darrell Rowland, Rodney Rowland, Marvin Hillrud, Blake Hillrud, Colin Dinwoodie and Kelly Sweeney.
- Grace Vera (nee Chester) Petit Hoag. On Tuesday, October 7, 2003, Grace Vera Hoag, late of Bengough passed away at the Radville Marian Health Centre at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Maria Chester; her son, Andrain Petit; her first husband Henry Petit; sister, Kathleen Cole and by her second husband, Lloyd "Dude" Hoag. Grace will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Eileen (Ron) Beres; granddaughters: Michelle and Keith, Sandra and Matthew; one brother, Eric (Mary) Chester; brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grace Vera Hoag was born in Hardy on August 22, 1920 to Thomas and Maria Chester. She took her schooling at Hardy. On November 11, 1940 Grace married Henry Petit. She worked alongside her husband on the farm and as a homemaker and mother. While living in Hardy, she was was active in the Carry-on-Club and the Hardy Community Hall. She was a member of the Hardy United Church and the U.C.W. Grace enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, playing cards and bingo at the Seniors Drop In Centre and all crafts. Henry passed away in October of 1970. Grace lived in Hardy until 1985 when she married Dude Hoag on July 7th. She then moved to Bengough where she became active with the U.C.W. helping to quilt when needed. She also was active with the Bengough Drop In Centre, enjoying playing cards and bingo while there. Lloyd (Dude) Hoag passed away in October of 1998. Grace continued to live in her home in Bengough until ill health caused her to moved in with her daughter Eileen and son-in-law, Ron for the past few months. Grace was known as "Grandma Grace" to her extended family of grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all her relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. from Bengough United Church, Bengough with Rev. Robin Osborne officiating. Interment followed in Bengough Cemetery, Bengough. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her nephews: Allan Hoag, Derek Hoag, Dale Hoag, Allan Leitch, Lorne Rennie and Dennis Petit.
- Jabez "Jabe" Henry, born April 25, 1912 in Hardy, Sask, passed away peacefully in the Regina General Hospital December 17, 1999. Jabe will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Doris (Lynn) of Weyburn; and their children: Larry (Melanie) Holman of Edmonton, AB; Betty (Gerald) Schnell of Red Deer, AB; Lois (Doug) Meikle of Pharr, Texas; Garth (Sandra) Holman of Midale; and Glen (Trudy) Holman of Dartmouth, NS; 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jabe was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Holman; one son, Henry Holman; one grandson, Kris Holman; three brothers: Albert, Donald and Lawrence Holman; and three sisters: Martha Hilrud, Marie Holizki and Bertha Kerr. Jabe was very active with the Royal Canadian Legion, where he volunteered many hours of his time. A very dedicated husband and father, he worked for the Canadian National (CNR) for over forty years. Funeral service was held Monday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, Estevan. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion were honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were his grandsons: Jerry Holman, Jason Meikle, Michael Schnell, Craig Schnell, Brad Schnell and Ken Schnell.
- Marcia Audrey (nee Henley) passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at the Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre, Saskatoon, SK. Born on the Henley farm at Sedley, SK on December 5, 1922; Marcia attended Ferguslea School near Francis, Brown School in Toronto, St. Canisius in Sedley, and Normal School in Moose Jaw. A teacher all her life she taught first at a country school near Ogema, then moved to Ceylon where she taught for eighteen years. While there Marcia married Ray Wadsworth who ran a service station and bulk fuel business. After his death she spent two years teaching children of air force personnel at Zweibrucken, Germany. Returning home she taught at Regina, Yellowgrass and Bladworth. Retiring to Saskatoon Marcia married Roy Hornseth, where Roy worked as a heavy-duty mechanic. They were active members in Alcoholics Anonymous and Bethel United Church. She later lived at McClure Place and Amy McClure House. Marcia is loved and missed by her step-daughter, Lesley (Bill Squair) and their children Lindy and Will of St. Albert, AB; brother, Hulme (Dorothy) Henley of Regina, SK and their children Bill of Saskatoon, SK, David of Ottawa, ON, Susan of Toronto, ON; sisterin-law, Shirley (Doug) Phillips of Nipawin, SK; brother-in-law, Elmer (Gwen) Hornseth of Nipawin, SK; sister-in-law, Eulah Hornseth of Calgary, AB; and their families. She is predeceased by her parents, Audrey and Tom Henley; first husband, Ray Wadsworth (1958); second husband, Roy Hornseth (1996); step-son, Bruce Hornseth; and brother-in-law, Raymond Hornseth. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethel United Church, 1141 5th Street East, Saskatoon, SK. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Saskatoon, SK.
- Andrew Michael, of Weyburn, passed away after a short battle with cancer on July 12, 2002 at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by his parents and two sons Roy in 1987 and Bernie in 1993, he leaves to mourn his wife of 58 years Lena, three daughters, Connie Walton (Dan Malesh) of Glentworth, Lorraine (Dave) Rowland of Tofield AB, Dorothy (Cliff) Karlson of Weyburn; three sons, Ron (Polly) Hovanak of Ceylon, Gary (Sheila) Hovanak of Regina, and Michael Hovanak of Kisbey. One sister Mary Allsopp of Ceylon; 27 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was born May 19, 1920 in Slovakia; he came to Canada in 1928, along with his sister Mary and mother Susan to join his father who had came to Canada three years earlier. Andy served in the Canadian Armed Forces from Dec 21, 1941 to April 19, 1946. On April 12, 1944, he married Lena Martin of Minton, and together they had eight children. They lived mostly in the Hardy and Ceylon districts before moving to Weyburn in 1995. Andy was a lover of the outdoors and spent many hours fishing, gardening, or tinkering in his shop. Andy had many friends, young and old; he will always be remembered by them for his thoughtful nature and being down to earth. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16th, 2002 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Weyburn. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Lena (nee Martin), late of Weyburn, SK passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 22, 2009. Lena was predeceased by her parents Anton and Rosine Martin, her husband Andrew; two sons: Roy and Bernie Hovanak; brothers: Robert, Johnny and Frank Martin, and sisters: Emma Schinborn and Eva Hamilton. She leaves to mourn three daughters: Connie Walton, Glentworth., Lorraine Rowland (Duane), Ryley, AB., Dorothy (Cliff) Karlson, Weyburn, and three sons: Ron (Polly) Hovanak, Ceylon, Gary (Sheila) Hovanak, Regina, and Michael (Lori) Hovanak, Edmonton, AB.; 27 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; one brother Joe (Shirley) Martin, Estevan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lena was born on March 5, 1924 in Bergfield. She married Andy Hovanak on April 12, 1944, and together they had 8 children. They lived mostly in the Hardy and Ceylon districts, before moving to Weyburn in 1995. Lena was a homemaker who spent her days cooking, reading, gardening, crocheting and playing card games. Andy & Lena's door was always open to friends and family to stop in for a visit, a game of cards and a cup of coffee. She loved to cook for family who would visit on the weekends and holidays. They were Legion Members and enjoyed having a beer and visiting with friends. After Andy passed away, Lena lived in Legion Towers, Weyburn Special Care Home and her last 2 years in Tatagwa View, where she was given very special care by all the staff in House 3. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her generous ways. A private family service was held on Monday, February 2 at 11:00 am from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Duane Hovanak, David Balius, Bill Moore, Kelly Scott, Blake DeBruyne and Mike Hudson. Burial followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
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- Annie Christine (nee Sorensen), daughter of Eskild and Mary Sorensen, was born November 22, 1921 and passed away November 14, 2004. Annie was predeceased by her parents, husband Anders Jensen, three brothers, one sister and one great grandson. She leaves to mourn her passing; seven children, Harry (Rita), Borge, Delbert (Dorene), Linda, Deanna (Wayne), Geret (Debbie), Mavis (Andre), 19 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Annie was born and raised southwest of Hardy on SE 31-5-21-W2. She attended Green Lake School and helped at home until marrying Anders Jensen in 1939. They then began building up a farm and raising their own family. They farmed south of Hardy until 1972 when they retired to Radville. Andy passed away in 1974 and shortly after she moved to Weyburn and purchased a home there. She was a home person and dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to come for meals or lunch or to stay over. Her pleasures were being with family, working in her yard and her sewing machine. Many of her children and grandchildren have one of her patch quilts that she got so much enjoyment making. As she got older and felt she could no longer independently look after her home and yard she rented out her house and moved to Legion Towers. Annie enjoyed it there very much with her family visiting and socializing with her many new friends. When Annie's health failed she moved to Souris Valley Extended Care Center where she spent the last two years. She enjoyed the good care she received and the company of her room mates, especially her good friend Lorna who was a room mate with her for the last two years. Her mind stayed very keen and sharp to the very end, so very much enjoyed visiting her large extended family and friends and was always interested what everyone was doing. Annie's whole family will miss her very much, may she rest in peace. A funeral service was held Friday, November 19, at 2:00 from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Annie's grandsons; Gerard Jensen, Wade Jensen, Scott Mabee, Darrin Brooks, Darcy Jensen, Chad Sletten, Brandon Sletten, Shawn Mabee and Jeffrey Jensen. Honorary pallbearers were Annie's granddaughters and great grandchildren.
- Rita Ann (nee Claffey). On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Rita Ann Jensen, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 61 years. Predeceased by her parents, Arva and Josie Claffey; one brother, Ronald Claffey and one sister, Joan Eskiw; and by her parents-in-law, Andy and Annie Jensen. Rita will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 43 years, Harry Jensen of Weyburn and their family: daughter, Janie Jensen of Regina; son, Gerard (Stephanie) Jensen and grandchildren, Michael, Grant and Karlee Jensen, all of Radville; daughter, Shelly Jensen of Regina; brothers and sisters: Jack (Joan) Claffey of Fort Qu'Appelle; Terry Claffey of Weyburn' Elaine (Merv) Pearson of Ponoka, AB; Fran (Gary) Steinberg of Plentywood, MT; Yvonne (David) Hughes of Sylvan Lake, AB;, Lynn (Garth) Krauss of Ceylon; Floyd (Laurie) Claffey of Parry; Jeanette Ferguson of Estevan; brothers and sisters-in-law: Borge Jensen of Grand Prairie, AB; Delbert (Dorene) Jensen of Weyburn; Linda Brooks of Bienfait; Deanna (Wayne) Mabee of Weyburn; Geret (Debbie) Jensen of Ceylon; Mavis (Andre) Hollebeke of Fillmore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, special aunts, relatives and friends. Rita was born September 5, 1945 in Ceylon and grew up on the family farm with 10 brothers and sisters. She began her schooling at Meadow View until it closed, then continued at Hardy and Ceylon where she had many friends and became a part of the athletic team. She enjoyed her sports very much and did well at field meets, competing provincially also. She continued to enjoy sports as an adult with curling and playing on a ladies baseball team. On June 8, 1963, Rita married Harry Jensen from the area. They began building their farm and raising a family of three children, Janie, Gerard and Shelly, which grew to include three grandchildren, Michael, Grant and Karlee. Rita was a partner on the farm and worked hard alongside her husband and children, leading a busy and successful life until she retired to Weyburn a few years ago, where she could help her mother. She took great pleasure in helping her and visiting at Legion Towers. Rita was a part of her church group and active in the church, especially with her mother. Rita's hobby was looking after everyone else. She was a compassionate lady, looking after the needs of others, especially her mother. In her healthy days she was quite active playing on team sports and traveling. Rita's love, caring and compassion will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Prayers were said Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery.
- Elie, late of Ceylon, Sask. passed away on July 16th, 2005 at the age of 67 years. Elie will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pat of 43 years, two sons, Daryl (Leann) Juravle and Scott (Donna) Juravle and their children Renae, Taylor, Shelby and Joshua; brother Joe (Sheila) Juravle, his sister Pauline (John) Lucas, mother-in-law Dot McRae, sister-in-law Rita (Brian) Gieni, Catherine (Brian) Eloschuk, special niece Colleen (John) Rempel as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Elie was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Margaret, and his father-in-law Clifford McRae. Visitation was held Wednesday, July 20th, 2005 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel in Weyburn with the Funeral Service on Thursday, July 21st, 2005 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Saskatchewan followed with a lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Honorary Pallbearers were Fred Kesslering, Richard Westguard, Dale O'Dell, Albert Hanson, Martin Ritco and Earl McIntyre. Pallbearers were Ed Portman, Robert Rusu, Allan Ursu, Kelvin Schopf, Brian Gieni and Bill Rusu.
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- Hugh Kimball, late of Regina passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at the age of 62 years. Hugh was predeceased by his father, Eldon Kimball and one brother, Brian Kimball. Hugh will be sadly missed by his children, Dean (Crystal) Kimball and granddaughter Erika, Regina; Melissa (Shane) Krauss and grandchildren, Hayley and Layton, Pangman; his mother Ruby Kimball, Weyburn; brother Jim (Anita) Kimball, Kananaskis, AB and niece and nephew, Heather and Steven; and his youngest brother, Blaine Kimball, Weyburn, as well as a circle of extended family and friends will also remember him with happy memories and many smiling stories. Hugh was born in Radville on November 11, 1948. He spent his youth and most of his life in Ceylon where the bulk of his years were spent farming and working for E. Bourassa & Sons. He loved both of these chosen careers. Hugh was a very social people person and to his end served on the committees and executives of many volunteer organizations, including serving on Village Council for several years, two of them as Mayor. He was very sports minded and loved hunting and guiding, playing hockey, baseball and curling. He also enjoyed encouraging and coaching kids in these sports. He was an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan, passing this enthusiasm to his children and brother Blaine especially. Cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held. Interment will follow at a later date at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Ruby Lanette (nee Gray) passed away June 16, 2012 at age 92 in Weyburn. She was predeceased by her parents, Otto and Pearl Gray, by her husband Eldon, and sons Brian and Hugh. She’s survived by her sons James (Anita) of Kananaskis, AB, and Blaine of Weyburn. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Heather Paul (Dar) of Regina, Steven of LaRonge, Dean (Crystal) of Regina, and Melissa (Shane) Krauss of Pangman, and her great grandchildren, Hudson and Halle Paul of Regina, Erica Kimball of Regina, and Hayley and Layton Krauss of Pangman. Ruby was born in Ceylon on October 29, 1919 and married Eldon on August 6, 1942. They farmed for many years and were both very active in the community. Ruby was an excellent cook, a fabulous hostess and very fashion conscious — she truly loved to shop! Ruby will be cremated and the interment of her ashes at the Ceylon Cemetery will be at a later date.
- Raphael Robert. In the early hours of December 22, 2012 Robert Kines left this world to join his wife Olive in heaven. Robert had recently undergone successful thoracic surgery, however sometimes the desire of the individual exceeds the power of medicine to heal. Robert was ready to move on and mentioned this to his family on several occasions over the past months. Following valiant attempts to address his post-operative issues, the family directed that Robert be allowed to pass peacefully and with dignity in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of the Regina General Hospital. Raphael Robert Kines was born in Ceylon, Saskatchewan on May 7, 1927, the sixth of eight children of Robert Montgomery Kines and Gertrude Felicia Gordon. The Kinesí operated the local general store where people came from miles around to meet and socialize. Robert was interested in sports, but hockey was his favorite activity and goal-tending his preferred position. As a young man, Robert left Ceylon for British Columbia where he worked in a mill in Ocean Falls. There were always good stories to hear of the BC escapades of Robert and his friends. Robert returned to Ceylon where he soon met a pretty and popular girl from Radville, Olive Fradette. Robertís escapades as a single man were over! He and Olive were married in Radville on May 15, 1951. The Kinesí lived in Radville and Edmonton before settling in Moose Jaw in 1968. Together, they had five children Richard, Dwight, Brian, and twins Ken and Kindra. Robert worked as long-haul trucker, covering many miles throughout Canada and the United States. He also worked in construction before suffering a back injury and having to change careers. In 1972, Robert went back to school and completed his GED. He then went to work for SGI where he was employed until his retirement following cardiac surgery in 1989. Following his surgery and although he chose to retire, Robert continued to be active and healthy until his passing. He and Olive made many road trips to visit children and relatives throughout western Canada including Edmonton, Calgary, Enderby, Squamish, and Vancouver. Robert also worked with Olive in her drapery company, Simcoe Draperies, doing installments and other 'gopher' activities. Olive's passing in 2009 was difficult for Robert, but he continued remain positive and stay active. He focused his attention on his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spending time in Calgary and Palm Springs with Rick and Diane, Puerto Vallarta Mexico with Brian and Mona, at Buffalo Pound Lake with Ken and Natalie, and Squamish BC with Kindra. He also spent time with Dwight in Moose Jaw when on several occasions Dwight rode his motorcycle from Barriere BC to spend time with his dad. The family also taught Robert how to Skype, which he loved as he could both talk to and see his family on a regular basis. We never did correct his tendency to think someone had called him when they showed up on line, which always resulted in a Skype call with Robert saying ìdid you just call me?î This past summer Robert celebrated his 85th birthday with a wonderful party at his home on a beautiful summer day. In the fall, Robert made the decision to leave his house and move into an apartment where he resided until his death. Robert is predeceased by his wife Olive (nee Fradette), parents Robert and Felicia Kines (nee Gordon), brothers Father Del Kines OMI, and Gordon Kines; and sister Margaret Cummings. Brothers-in-law Charles Duddy, Harry Wilson, Romeo Fradette, Joseph Fradette, Hubert Verhelst, Stanley Shaw, Henry Spensiud, Gene Corbin, Paul Reviere and Lucien Fradette; and sisters-in-law Ruth Kines, Reina Verhelst, Jean Shaw, Armande Spensied, Audrey Fradette and Juliette Corbin. Robert is survived by his children Richard (Diane), Dwight, Brian (Mona), Ken (Natalie), and Kindra; his grandchildren Jon (Margaret), Jillian (Dustin), Jannelle, Nicole (Baljit), Chelsea (Devon), Derek, Miranda, and Chyler; and great-grandchildren Tayen, Skye, Daxyn, Brody, and Domanik; his sisters Gertrude Duddy and Mary Wilson, brothers Allan Kines and Merwyn Kines; brothers-in-law Fernand Fradette, Marcel Fradette and Roland Fradette; sisters-in-law Florence Kines, Victoria Kines, Claire Fradette, Claudia Fradette, Joan Fradette, Blanche Fradette and Andrea Riviere. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 PM at the Church of Our Lady, 566 Vaughan Street, Moose Jaw. Father Carlos Jimenez will be the celebrant. Cremation will take place with internment alongside Olive at Prairie Memorial Columbarium and Chapel.
- Edna Effie, late of Radville, Sask. passed away on February 9, 2004 at the age of 92 years. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 14th, 2003 in the Ceylon United Church at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Ceylon Cemetery.
- Garth Edward, of Ceylon, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the age of 57 years. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Robert Rumancik; parents, John and Amy Krauss; parents-in-law, Arva and Josephine Claffey; sisters-in-law, Joan Eskew and Rita Jensen; and brother-in-law, Ronald Claffey. Garth will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Lynn Krauss of Ceylon, and their family: daughter, Michelle Krauss (Brent Miller) of Regina, and son, Shane (Melissa) Krauss of Pangman; grandchildren: Mackenzie, Matthew and Victoria, Dakin, Hayley and Layton; sister, Carol (Jim) Kaip; brothers: Richard (Ivy) Krauss, Jim (Mary Anne) Krauss; brothers-in-law: Jack (Joan) Claffey, Terry Claffey, Floyd (Laurie) Claffey and Harry Jensen; sisters-in-law: Elaine (Merv) Pearson, Francis (Gary) Steinberg, Yvonne (David) Hughes, Jeannette Ferguson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Garth Edward Krauss was born November 20, 1949 at the Regina General Hospital to Amy and John Krauss. He was raised on the family farm at Parry, with two brothers, Dick and Jim and sister, Carol, in a very loving and fun atmosphere. They were very family oriented and spent all their spare time with close family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Garth could do no wrong in the eyes of his mom, aunt Edna and grandma Ashton. He took his public schooling at Parry, and high school years at Pangman. After graduation, he attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He grew up attending the United Church every Sunday. On May 3, 1969, Garth married Lynn Claffey at Plentywood, Montana. They lived in Lloydminster for nine years, at Parry on the farm for 20 years and Ceylon for nine years. He worked as a Traffic Officer in Lloydminster, then worked for Haliburton Oil, returning to Parry to pursue his love of farming. Garth also purchased a custom seed cleaning operation which he ran for 10 years. In 1993, Garth bought the Oasis at Pangman, which developed into a vibrant, well rounded business, and he continued farming. Garth loved curling, playing baseball, golfing, fishing and playing cards. His passion was teasing anyone, especially when he got a rise out of them. He was very involved with the Parry Bowling Alley, he coached ball and hockey and was involved with minor hockey in surrounding communities. As a member of the Ceylon Lions Club he supported minor ball through donations. Garth valued any time spent with his many friends. The most important person in Garth's life was his soul mate and wife, Lynn. He loved his family, his kids and his grandkids were special to him. He will be lovingly missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Wednesday, September 19, at 11:00 a.m. from the Prairie Pride Centre in Ceylon, with Rev. Bonita Chad and Father Prince Kurisinkal officiating. The pallbearers were: Nolan Krauss, Trevor Krauss, Colin Kaip, Kelly DeBruyne, Trevor DeBruyne, and Kim DeBruyne. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery.
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- Anne (nee Kovacs), late of Calgary, AB, formerly of Ceylon, SK, saddled her horse and rode into the sunset on February 2, 2013, at the age of 84. Predeceased by her husband, Joseph in 1973; her brother, Joe in 1991; an infant brother; and her parents, Paul and Agnes Kovacs, Anne is survived by her son Dale (Heather) Lambrecht of Wetaskiwin, AB; her daughters, Joey (Jim) Gordon of Billings, MT; and Kim Lambrecht of Calgary, AB; eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Chris, Paul, Jessi, Josh, Kristin, Cally, and Michelle; three great-grandchildren: Sara, Jakob, and Kayley; her sister, Rose Kaip of Lumsden, SK; nephew, Jim; nieces, Janice and Patty, and their families. Anne was born in Hungary, and at age five, she moved with her family to Minton, SK, where her father homesteaded. When Anne first saw the prairies, she ìfell in loveî with the big sky and the wide-open spaces. Anne loved music and at a very young age, she learned to play the harmonica. Later she taught herself to play the guitar. She had a beautiful deep singing and yodeling voice. Anne was an artist - always creating, building, and innovating. She took great pride in landscaping her yard, building decorative rock walls and concrete paths jeweled with unique rocks she gathered from the prairie. She had a green thumb and grew a bounty of vegetables, fruits, ornamental and fruit trees- on which she grafted other varieties. She was a creative and accomplished cook and an expert strudel maker. She designed leather jackets and embroidered western shirts. She was a strong woman, often constructing things with basic carpentry tools. She designed and patented a toy animal tricycle. Anne was a unique and independent individual - a trend-setter in many ways. She wore jeans when women were supposed to wear dresses; she sported a "shag cut" when women wore short, curly "dos". Anne loved animals and took special care of the dogs and horses entrusted to her care over the years. Anne was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She related well to the younger generation and easily struck up conversations with friends and strangers ñ immediately putting them at ease. She had an original sense of humour and broke into song whenever someone spoke a sequence of song-worthy words. She valued truth and honesty above all else, and she was generous to a fault. Anne was a one-of-a-kind individual bound only by society's expectations of her generation. If her life had begun today instead of 84 years ago, watch out world! Anne's presence would have made history! We love you, Mom. Thank you for the deep-seeded values you have instilled within us. God bless you, and Happy Trails to you until we meet again! At Anne's request, no service will be held.
- Lois Eileen (nee Blackmore) May 27, 1932 - February 7, 2013. Lois Eileen Lawrence, 80 years old, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (formerly of Montmartre, Sask.), passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Saskatoon Church of Christ. Ray McMillan of Glen Elm Church of Christ, will be officiating. Lunch and visiting to follow immediately after the service at the church building. Burial will follow the funeral the next day at the Harptree Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Mom was born on the family farm near Ceylon, Saskatchewan on May 27, 1932. She attended Big Four School for most of her grade school education then transferred to Radville School where she attained her Grade 12 diploma. Mom went on to receive a Standard Teaching Certificate from Moose Jaw Normal Teachers School, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Like many financially strapped students, Mom worked at housecleaning and babysitting jobs, while attending college. Mom, Lois (Blackmore) was married to Dad, Kyle Lawrence on October 6, 1955; they were married 56 years. Mom "devoted her life to living for Jesus" in 1961 and strove to "bring us all up in the faith". She walked her Christian walk by example not words. Mom was always loving, gracious, loyal, kind and generous and had the gift of hospitality. Her passing has left an immense void in all our lives but her legacy and memory will live on in our hearts and minds. Her hope for all her family was that they would "put Jesus first in their life". Lois is survived by Children: W. Denise (Larry) Borowski, with their sons, Quentin (Nancy) Borowski and sons Kaiden and Braxzen and Dallas (Tasha) Borowski and their children, Fallon and Cash; Shelley (Garth) Ennis and family, Beckie (John-Paul) Zakordonski and son Zaid; Keely and Michaela; S. Claire (Roger) Antonini and family, Jasmine (Heath) Dreger, Joshua (Tanis) Lawrence and Shea Barta; Sherry (Ron) Lewko and family, Sydney, Sybil and Dylan; Nathan (Charlene) Lawrence and family, Duane, Adam (Kara) and their children Ava and Adam, Kolton and Hope and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends. Lois is preceded in death by, husband: Kyle Lawrence - November 10, 2011, son: Denzil Royce - April 1959, daughter: Leanna Faith - August 1970, great-granddaughter: Lola Borowski - March 2008, brother: Art Blackmore, sister: Adela Malcomson, sister: Bernice Lawrence, parents: Leonard & Jean (Kinsmen) Blackmore. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Angels of Caring - Oliver Lodge. The family of Lois Eileen Lawrence wishes to thank Parkville Manor residents and staff, the Palliative Care team, Saskatoon Convalescent Home staff, and the very compassionate and caring staff at Oliver Lodge.
- Beatrice Joan, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the age of 72 years. Joan was born on the farm in Ceylon, Sask. on March 12, 1934 to Ernest and Mabel Layton. She attended school 1 through 10 in a one room country school and grades 11 and 12 at Ceylon High School then attended Regina Business College. She was a secretary at Imperial Oil in Regina for 8 years. During this time she studied voice, piano and violin. In 1963 she attended the University of Calgary where she obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree. She taught one year in Calgary, then moved to Lethbridge where she taught 16 years at Allan Watson School before moving to Gilbert Paterson School to teach Grade 1 for 11 years until her retirement in 1994. Music was a big part of her life and she was always willing to share her talents. She enjoyed curling and golfing, becoming very good at both sports. She spent countless hours gardening and landscaping and was always very proud of her green lawn. Parents, past students and colleagues will remember Joan for her love of her students and her helpful kind ways. Joan is survived by her sisters Joyce Nakrayko and Betty Cameron and brothers Ken Layton, Bert (Pat) Layton, Reg Layton, Allan (Edna) Layton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her parents Ernest and Mabel Layton and brothers Robert Layton and Ed Layton. A Celebration of Joan's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2007 at Martin Bros. Riverview Chapel, Lethbridge, AB, with Rev. Elizabeth Brown officiating.
- Lydia Florence (nee Guest). On Thursday, January 14, 1999, Lydia Florence Ledingham, late of Pangman, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Alsie Guest; two brothers: Reg and Bill; one sister, Lillian Rowland; six brothers-in-law: Griff Heath, Alec Heath, Steve Webb, Art Orton, Bannock Rowland and Robert Ledingham; four sisters-in-law: Alice Guest, Lucille Ledingham, Grace Wolfe and Marie Nevill; one nephew, Bob Guest; and her husband, Alex on December 2, 1979. Lydia is survived by her children: Byron (Linda) Ledingham and their children: Rhonalyn, Lani and Britton of Pangman; and Grace (Eugene) Lerat and their children: Michael, Alisha, Tracey and Tyler of Regina; her brother and sisters: May Heath, Gladys Heath, Dorothy Webb, and Cecil (Marguerite) Guest, all of Pangman; and Eva Orton of Richmond, BC; two brothers-in-law Blake Wolfe and Basil Nevill of Straffordville, ON; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lydia Florence Ledingham was born December 14, 1915 at Hardy, SK to Herbert and Alsie Guest. She took all her schooling at Egypt Valley school, a small country school. It was often told how the girls would milk eight cows before they walked the 2-1/2 miles to school. Lydia put a high value on education and was especially proud of her 100% on her grade 12 trigonometry final. Having lost her mom when she was 10, and having graduated in the depression years, this made her strong as adversity builds character. On October 30, 1940 she was united in marriage to Alex Ledingham. Alex and Lydia farmed southeast of Pangman until retiring to town in 1978. Lydia loved her garden, flowers, crocheting, knitting, and was an excellent cook and homemaker. She taught Sunday School and was especially proud of her grandchildren. Lydia valued being on time for events. It is told how all the clocks in the house when the family was growing up, were set 10-15 minutes ahead of time. She was also not one to compromise her beliefs as if to know that second rate decisions don't bring top rate results. Most important, Lydia had a deep faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lydia and Alex worked hard together the 39 years they were married. They were blessed with good family, friends and neighbors. She especially enjoyed their new home in Pangman. Due to failing health, Lydia moved to Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass in March, 1991 and then to Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, Weyburn, in September 1995. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. from Pangman Bethel Mission, Pangman, with Pastor John Rousseaux and Pastor Rudi Werner officiating. Interment followed in Pangman Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cliff Kaufmann, Barry Sample, Lloyd Lillejord, Wayne Lillejord, Wayne Powers and Harry Sheppard.
- Norval Thomas Leslie, late of Weyburn, passed away July 2, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Norval was predeceased by his parents: Chester and Tillie Leslie; brothers: Lorne, Russell, Herbert; brother-in-law: Chris Christie. Norval is survived by his loving wife, Norma Leslie, Weyburn; brother, Alvin (Peggy) Leslie, North Battleford ; sisters: Auletta Christie, St. Helens, Oregon, Eunice (Earl) Reaney, Canora; sister-in-law, Doreen Leslie Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Norval was born March 28, 1927 in the Leslie House on the family farm north of Ceylon, to Chester and Tillie Leslie, the first born of seven children. He took grades I to VIII from 1933 to 1941 at Trail School, very close to the Leslie Farm. From 1941 to 1945 he boarded out in Ceylon and graduated grade XII. Due to a shortage of teachers he went to Moose Jaw Normal School for the summer and began his teaching career at Rexall from 1945 to 1947. To begin his University Education his parents sent him to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 1947 to 1948. The next schools he taught at were Egypt Valley from 1948 to 1952, then Hardy School from 1952 to 1954. Moving to Vancouver for 1953 to 1954 he took Morse code with thoughts about future work possibilities. Because these did not appeal to him, he went back to the U of S from 1957 to 1958. From 1958 to 1962 he taught at Ituna, then was accepted for a teacher exchange program to a post at Winneba, Ghana, West Africa from 1962 - 1965, then Accra, Ghana from 1965 to 1967. While working in Ghana he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a Convention in Nsawam, Ghana on February 6, 1965. Back to University 1967 to 1968, then taught in Crane Valley from 1968 - 1969. A final teacher exchange came through for work at the Teacher Training College at Mityana, Uganda, East Africa from 1969 to 1972. While travelling to and from Africa he enjoyed visiting many countries in Europe, Asia, Great Britain, and many countries in Africa itself. Among the interesting events he enjoyed was riding a camel in front of the pyramids and the sphinx, visiting the Jordan River in Israel, sitting on an old ant hill that becomes like petrified stone, and wearing the typical Kente cloth of West Africa, and the Matikari, a Nigerian gown, while holding a local knife. A visit to Guatemala from 1973 to 1977 yielded many Spanish speaking friends, a self-taught Spanish course, and enjoyable times in the Bible education work as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He took down his truck loaded with clothing from family and friends in Saskatchewan for the people he knew needed help in Guatemala. Then he returned to Canada and beginning in April 1977 took a course at Wascana Institute, Business Division, to upgrade his teaching abilities. While taking this upgrading he courted and became engaged to Norma Vosper, succeeding to persuade her to become his wife. They were married July 1, 1978. Norval told Norma that the fireworks would always go off on their anniversary. He was accepted as a teacher of mathematics, as well as computer and other subjects at Wascana Business Division from 1978 to 1988. The last year of teaching was at Ceylon, his home town, teaching Mathematics, the metric system and other subjects, retiring in 1989 after over 35 years of being a school teacher. Norval and Norma lived in Regina from 1978 to 1992, moving back to the Leslie farm in 1992. In 1997 they bought a condominium in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and the final move came in 2004 when they sold their condo in Medicine Hat and purchased their condo here in Weyburn. Norval’s love of travelling was shared by Norma and they spent vacations in Cuba twice, Jamaica once, Hawaii once, South-end-on-Sea, England once, Yuma many winters, Guatemala several times, Texas one winter, and many other Canadian locations including the warm waters of Manitou Beach. A few of his favorite things were dancing, walking, swimming, and playing cards with family and friends, always helping whoever needed help. While in Africa he painted the Branch Office in Accra, Ghana in the 1960’s. He bought a motorcycle for a missionary couple from Malawi who had many miles to walk in the ministry in Tororo, Uganda in 1969 - 1972. He brought fruit cake to friends and family whenever invited out somewhere. He was generous with his time and money. Loved plants, animals, children, especially his nieces and nephews. He was appointed as a Ministerial Servant in the Ogema Congregation, then Medicine Hat Southview Congregation after moving there in 1997, and here in Weyburn after moving here in 2004. The last four years of his life he was cared for with dignity, kindness, respect, and humor by the staff, nurses, and Dr. Fong in House Seven of Tatagwa View as Alzheimers slowing shut his body down. He and Norma danced to the Music of the Pioneers for several years before he was confined to a wheel chair. A Service of Remembrance for Norval was held on Tuesday, July 7, at 2:00 pm from the Kingdom Hall of Jevovah’s Witnesses, Weyburn, with Arnold Kozak officiating. Interment was held at Trail Cemetery.
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- Agnes Mary (nee Duddy) was born March 13, 1916, in Stearns County, Minnesota, USA to Patrick Duddy and Mary Murphy. She grew up on her parent's homestead south of Ceylon. Agnes was the oldest of five children: Lorraine, Cecelia, Charles and Dorothy. She attended school at Roundup School and took her grade 11 and 12 in Ceylon. For two years she worked at Houssian's store before marrying Michael Madigan on October 12, 1938. They started their married life together first on rented farms before settling down on their own farm three miles south of Ceylon. To this union were born four children: Irene, Jim, Dorothy and Loretta. They continued to farm until 1964 when they rented out their land and moved to Ceylon. Agnes was a very hard worker. She pitched in and helped with whatever needed to be done. She would milk cows, feed pigs, work in the field, look after the garden, all the while taking very good care of her family. She was very generous with her time and her talents. She was a very good leader and from the age of 16 was very involved with CWL, at the parish and at the provincial level, holding various positions. She also belonged to the Ceylon Homemakers Club, and after they retired she became very involved with the seniors group, again holding positions at various levels. She enjoyed many hours at the seniors club playing cards. She was a very serious and good shuffleboard player. She very generously gave her help to relatives and friends when they needed it. Agnes greatly enjoyed her family and enjoyed celebrating holidays, birthdays, graduations and weddings with them. After Mike passed away in 1990, Agnes moved to the Golden Heritage in Radville where she stayed for about seven years. She then moved to Pangman Care Home. It was about this time that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and in May of 2003, it became necessary for her to move to Souris Valley Extended Care Centre in Weyburn where she remained until her passing on September 13, 2004. Agnes was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Charles Duddy, her sister, Cecilia Cimolai, two infant sisters, an infant grandson, Michael Bellavance and by her husband Mike in 1990. She leaves behind her children: Irene and David Bellavance of Radville and their family: Greg and Sue, Gordon and Jeanette and their children: Sara, Brett and Jay; Jim and Dorothy Madigan of Pangman and their family: Louise and Ritchie Wionzek and their children: Peyton and Spencer, Wayne and Angie and their children: Cassidy and Peyton; Warren and Teresa and their child, Cody; Dorothy and Richard Meyers of Minton and their family: Mark and Brenda, Roger and Dania and their children: Erin, Dayle and Randi, Dean and Tanya and their children: Dustin, Jordan and Sydney, Jeffry, Glenn and Danny and Marnie; Loretta and Murray Webb of Frontier, and their family: Kyle, Lauren and Kent. She also leaves behind her sisters: Lorraine Gray of Moose Jaw and Dorothy Needer of Rouleau; brothers-in-law Francis Madigan of Ceylon and Gerard Marcotte of Sudbury, ON; sister-in-law, Gertrude Duddy of Ceylon; and many nieces and nephews. Agnes was a generous and caring person, lived a full life doing what was important to her, serving her church, her family and her community. The family would like to thank everyone who has helped with Agnes' care over the past few years. The staff at Pangman Personal Care Home and at Souris Valley did a very remarkable job caring for her. Prayers were said Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Prince as Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Greg and Gordon Bellavance, Wayne and Warren Madigan, Roger and Dean Meyers.
- James Francis. On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, James Francis Madigan of Ceylon passed away at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by his wife, Victoria Madigan; his parents, Thomas and Margaret Madigan; brothers, Carl, Austin, Ambrose (Amy) and Michael (Agnes); sisters, Helen Beres (John) and Margaret Marcotte (Gerald); brothers-in-law, Samual (Julia), Jim (Mary), Dominic, Albert (Mae), Antonio (Ann), Giovanizzo, and sisters-in-law, Rosa Maria and Violanda Giovanizzo. Francis leaves to mourn his family: twelve children: John of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Micheal (Katheleen) of Ceylon, Marie Coubrough of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Brian (Valerie) of Ceylon, Patrick (Isabel Jesse) of Pangman, Theresa Harvey of Moose Jaw, Gerard of Weyburn, Joseph (Pearl Beland) of Ceylon, Daniel of Pangman, Barbara of Ceylon, Elizabeth "Betty" of Regina and Phyllis of Winnipeg, MB; ten grandchildren and their families: Sherilyn and Rick Danis and son, Jett and Jaxson of Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Shane and Jacqueline Coubrough and Emmersyn of Burns Lake, BC; Dallas Coubrough and Natlie of Edmonton, AB; Kyle Madigan of Ceylon; Matthew Madigan of Pangman; Gordon Harvey and children Joseph and Victoria of Moose Jaw; Harold Harvey of Moose Jaw; Steve and Kathleen Harvey and sons Austin and Kale of Moose Jaw; Terrance and Kat Harvey and Autman of Moose Jaw; Derek Madigan of Weyburn; Karen and Deiter Ludlow of Fort Providence, NWT; Nicole Madigan and Tayor and Tristan Secur of Regina, SK; Shawna Rae Madigan of Weyburn. James Francis Madigan was born on January 14, 1919 in Ceylon. He helped on the family farm at SW 35-5-20 W 2nd, and attended school in Ceylon. In 1942 he worked for various farmers in the area and then went to work for International Nickel of Sudbury before joining the Army. He was released to work in the coal mine and drive truck in Luscar, Alberta, where he met his wife, Victoria Giovinnazzo. They were married in 1944, and moved back to Ceylon in 1946. They lived at NE 12-54-21, where they raised their 12 children, seven sons and five daughters. He started farming on a 1/2 section and it grew to four sections today. Along with his seven sons, he started 3M Farms and several years later he retired, but remained living on the farm. How farming has changed in the 63 years since he started. Francis was a member of the Ceylon Catholic Church board, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for over 30 years, and an Honorary Life Member with the Knights of Columbus. His favoured past times included reading, playing cards with the kids, grandchildren and later on with the group of ladies at the Centre in Ceylon where the fun, laughs and coffee was plentiful, visiting with everyone that drove into the yard and the many nights of conversation at the Hardy Curling Club, watching the kids learn and enjoy the game of Curling and in Ceylon with the figure skating, hockey and base ball games as well as curling. In 2004 he was presented with a recognition certificate from the Canadian Wheat Board for 50 years of producing high quality, wholesome food to the Canadian Economy. Most recently, in August of 2008, the family was given the Century Family Farm Award for farming in Saskatchewan 100 years at SW 35-5-20-W 2nd, at which time a family reunion was held and the plaque was presented to them. His greatest joys were having been married for 54 years, having 12 children and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, of which four were born this year, including a set of twins to his family and a set to his oldest granddaughter. He was very proud to have attended his grandson's graduation from the RCMP in April this year. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by all he knew and loved. Prayers were said Sunday, June 14th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. The Pallbearers were: Lyle Carlson, Geret Jensen, James Stephenson, Vincent O'Hara, Earnest Sorensen and Michael Allsopp.
- Otto Peder was born in Agerbaek, Denmark, April 18, 1919 as the eighth of nine children of Mads and Elsa Madsen. Otto was in the Danish army when WWII started. In 1943 he and his new wife, Inger Kristine Sorensen, bought a farm and started a family of two sons, Bjarne and Leif. In 1951 they immigrated to Saskatchewan where he worked on a dairy farm at Pilot Butte for a year and a half before buying a farm at Hardy. As a farmer, Otto liked to experiment with new things and was the first to use fertilizer on his land in that area and the first to have a milking machine. He was a member of the Pool committee for several years as well as on the board of the snowplow club. In 1975, Otto and Inger decided to retire and move to Weyburn. Otto was a regular member of the 'Senator's coffee Table' at the Co-op cafeteria and loved to visit with friends and tell stories. Otto also spent many hours in his workshop doing lathe work. Examples of his craftsmanship are now found in many homes in the community and abroad. In May of 2001 Otto and Inger moved to Tisdale. Otto passed away July 6, 2002 in the New Market Manor Nursing Home in Tisdale. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Inger; his children, Bjarne (Kathy) of Tisdale and Leif (Gloria) of Edmonton, AB, and his grandchildren: Leah (Evan) Sisson, Aaron Madsen and fiancée Allison Decker, and Dana Madsen. He was a good husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Funeral service was held in Barron's Funeral Chapel in Tisdale on July 10 with interment following at Silver Stream Cemetery.
- Ardyth Edna (nee Miller), late of William Albert House, Emerald Park, Sask. and formerly of Regina, Sask. and Markinch, Sask, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2008 at the age of 88 years. She was predeceased by her father Albert (Bert) Miller; sister Helen; infant son; stepfather Edward Dienst; mother Elsie Dienst; brother Greg Miller and numerous sisters-and brothers-in-law. Ardyth is survived by her loving husband, of 64 years, Fernie; daughters Sandra Manz, of Carrot River, SK and Jeanette (Steve) Page of Lacombe, AB; grandchildren Damian Brazeau of Calgary, AB and Layla Page of Lacombe, AB; and great granddaughter Annika Brazeau of Calgary, AB. She is also survived by her sister Catherine (Jack) Conn of Vancouver, BC; sisters-inlaw Jean Miller of Regina, Adeline Manz of Southey, SK and Alma Hodel of Sacramento, California; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ardyth was born and grew up at Ceylon, SK. She taught at Round Up School near Ceylon, then King School near Markinch where she met Fernie Manz. They were married October 15, 1943 and spent most of their lives farming and raising their family in the Markinch area. Retirement years were spent with Fernie visiting family, travelling, painting, working on crosswords, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and doing some amazing baking. Ardyth and Fernie moved to Regina in 1997 and most recently to William Albert House in Emerald Park as a result of declining health. Thanks to the staff at WAH for the kind and loving care they gave to Ardyth (mom). She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 3510 Queen Street, Regina, Sask. on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Wheatwyn Cemetery, Markinch, Sask.
- Elsa. On Friday, May 17, 2002 Mrs. Elsa Massier of Regina, formerly of Ceylon, SK. passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years. Elsa leaves to cherish her memory her loving family, 6 children; Robert (Phyllis), Donna (Pete) Prociuk, Judy Svaren, Gail (Brian) Crump, Bill (Cindee) and Debbie Massier; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, William in 1996, and son-in-law, Palmer Svaren in 1999; 3 sisters and 1 brother. Mom's skills in the home were unsurpassed. Elsa loved her family dearly. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. in the Regina Lutheran Home Chapel, 1925 - 5th Ave. N. Regina, SK. with Pastor Dennis Fingas officiating. Interment of Elsa's cremated remains will occur at a later date.
- Douglas. On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at the age of 90, Douglas McCutcheon passed away at his home in Ceylon. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Charlotte McCutcheon; three brothers: Jack, Willard and Robert; three sisters: Helen, Marjorie and Isobel. Doug is survived by his wife Leona of Ceylon; his children: Marjorie (Randle) and their children, Tricia (Arnie), Brett (Melanie), Joseph, Kurt and Davin, Blaine (Nickie) and their children, Kaela, Kelcie and Kourtney, Glenyce (David) and their children, Megan, Jean, Christie and Baylee, Leonard (Jodi) and their children, Cara, Lee and Melissa; four great-grandchildren: Lauren, Alexis, Roslyn and Rowan; two sisters: Thelma and Muriel; two brothers: Kenneth (Edith) and Ralph (Eva); also the Blackmore families as well as several nieces and nephews. Doug was born and raised in Ceylon. As a youth, he attended Ceylon School, worked with his family to maintain their homestead farm and honored their values. He worked with his father and neighbors on threshing crews and also had the opportunity to work on ranches in the Big Muddy Area. He worked on various community projects, such as the construction of the Ceylon dam. During the late 1930's and early 1940's he worked in Manitoba and Ontario doing various jobs from working on the CNR to gold mining. He returned home to farm in 1942. In 1950, he married Leona Blackmore and they were blessed with four children. Together, they farmed the original homestead farm for 57 years. He participated in the community by serving on the United Church Board for several years and acted as secretary-treasurer on the North Ceylon Rural Telephone Co. for 19 years. Doug had the good fortune of good health and enjoyed an active and productive life allowing him an independent lifestyle, which he greatly valued. He walked through life with a partner who shared his faith, love of family and dedication to his choice of living - "farming." His family was inspired by the retelling of his many life experiences; his ability to embrace life with all its joys and sorrows; and his sincere interest in their lives and what possibilities the future might hold for them. Most importantly, he gave his children and their families the wonderful privilege of always having a farm in Saskatchewan to call "home". Doug lived his life with faith, hope and honesty, led by example, could be counted on as a friend and will be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humor. The door to his home opened to anyone who knocked. He will be missed and remembered by many. The funeral service for Doug McCutcheon was held on Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Ceylon United Church, with Pastor Shelby Kinrade officiating. The active pallbearers were: Arlen McCutcheon, Cody McCutcheon, Blaine Thompson, Ron Bousfield, Larry Lillejord and Jim Stephenson. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery.
- Kenneth William, late of Radville, (formerly of Ceylon), Sask. passed away on July 22, 2009, at the age of 94 years. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Ceylon United Church, Ceylon with Rev. Kathy Gudnason officiating. Interment to follow at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Rev. Eldon It is with sadness that the family of Father Eldon announces his passing on April 3, 2009 at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his sisters Madeline McCurry of Regina, Margaret McGrath and Mary McGrath both of Victoria; sister in law Patricia McGrath of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He is predeceased by his parents Anna and Thomas McGrath; his brothers Mervin, Roy and Norbert (Bud) and sister Eileen (Carl) Kofoed. Father Eldon was ordained a priest on April 2, 1949 and served a variety of parishes in the Archdiocese of Regina. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Rosary Cathedral on 13th Avenue and Garnet Street Regina, SK. The principal celebrant will be Most Rev. Daniel Bohan with priests of the Archdiocese. Interment will take place in Ceylon, SK.
- Mervin Joseph died September 15, 2003, aged 83 years. Mervin was born in Ceylon and spent his life farming and ranching in the district. He was a quiet man devoted to his religion, his family and his work. Mervin was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Annie McGrath; one sister, Eileen Kofoed; two brothers: Roy McGrath and Bud McGrath; and two brothers-in-law, Clifford McCurry and Carl Kofoed. Mervin is survived by his brother, Father Eldon McGrath of Regina; and his sisters: Madeline McCurry of Ceylon, Margaret McGrath of Sidney, BC and Mary McGrath of Sidney, BC; sister-in-law Pat McGrath of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A prayer service was held Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon. The funeral service was held Thursday, September 18 at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Prince officiating. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Rose, aged 99 years of Shaunavon, Sask. and formerly of the Ceylon, Sask. district died very peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at her home in Shaunavon. Funeral Services will be held from Christ the King R. C. Church in Shaunavon on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Prayer Services will be held from Christ the King Church on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Edith Fannie, late of Radville, SK. passed away March 17, 2002 at the age of 90 years. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2002 in Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, SK at 2:00 P.M. with Shelby Kinrade LLP officiating. Interment at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, SK.
- Bessie, late of Weyburn, Sask. passed away October 24, 2010, at the age of 95 years. A funeral service for Bessie will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Weyburn, Sask. with Arnold Kozak officiating. Interment to follow at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, Sask.
- Maureen Rose (nee Morrow). On Friday, June 6, 2008, Maureen Rose McPhee, age 65 passed away in the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Maureen was born May 21, 1943 in Ceylon, and completed her grade 12 schooling there. After graduating, Maureen worked for a time at the telephone office in Radville and Weyburn. Maureen married Daniel Nelson McPhee on April 20, 1963 in Ceylon. Maureen was a devout Catholic. After having three children she devoted herself to being a homemaker. Maureen always enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren when they came to visit and she always had something for the kids to play with. Maureen loved crocheting, reading numerous books, playing cards, looking after her flower garden and working on her computer. Maureen was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Regina Morrow. Maureen is survived by her loving husband, Daniel Nelson McPhee; her three children: Laureen Ford of Ceylon and her children: Annette Ford [Don Tran and their son, Damon], Christina Ford [Brad Vandenhurk] and Janelle Ford [Chad Becker and their son, Blake]; Danny (Amber) McPhee of Gull Lake and their children: Daniel and Allyson; Darcy (Marla) McPhee of Radville and their children: Douglas and Taylor; two brothers: Atley Morrow of Vancouver, BC, Jack (Andrea) Morrow of Leduc, AB; one sister: Lynda (Jim) Beres of Ceylon; a brother-in-law, Allan (Mary) McPhee, Kelowna, BC; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, one uncle and numerous cousins. The Service of Remembrance was held on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Celebrant, Father Prince Kurisinkal. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Urn bearer was Allan McPhee. The active pallbearers were Donnie McPhee, Brent Beres, Todd Beres, Aaron Morrow, Keith Cooper and Ross Hillrud. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery.
- Elaine Joyce (March 5, 1940 - December 21, 2005). Predeceased by her father Wilfred McPhee in 1981 she leaves behind her loving husband Harvey Cull and her children Lanny (Carrie) LaVanway of Regina, Brad LaVanway of Oregon, U.S.A., Michelle (Joe) Laturnas of Kronau and Desi (Shawna) LaVanway of Sedley; seven grandchildren: Amber, Tiffany, Jessie, Drew, Brett, Jasmine and Taylor; her mother Bessie of Weyburn; sister Jeanette (Ben) of Weyburn. She was also "mommy" to her two dogs. Suzy, who Elaine called "the sweetest little thing" and Shep, who she referred to as "faithful". Elaine was born on the family farm near Ceylon, SK. She later moved to Regina and worked for the CIBC. When her job moved out of province she took early retirement and after taking training in England, started her own china restoration and repair business. She was an avid antique collector going to numerous auctions and garage sales. Elaine was a very talented home decorator, artist, seamstress and could master any challenge that came to her. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina. Interment will be in Ceylon Cemetery with a Graveside Service at 2:00 p.m. Special thanks to the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital.
- Edwin William. On Sunday, January 23, 2000, Edwin William Mouldenhauer, late of Radville, and formerly of Ceylon, passed away at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by his parents, William and Marie Mouldenhauer, who had settled in the Ceylon District in 1908; his sisters: Mabel (Harold) Rosbrook, Adelia (John) Bundus and Hazel Mouldenhauer. Edwin will be dearly missed by his nephew, Brent (Gloria) Rosbrook and family: Kyle, Kaitlin and Michaela of Regina; niece, Heather Bundus and her family: John, Darlene and Colleen of BC; and by his special friends: Robert and Wendy Verbeurgt of Ceylon. Ed will be sadly missed by all who knew him during his farming years in Ceylon and his retirement years in Radville. Ed was born February 25, 1911 at Sec. 18 Twp. 5 Rge. 19 W2 (Ceylon). He served in Europe in the army during WW II. Upon returning to Canada he went farming with his parents. He took excellent care of the farm and was meticulous in his work. After many years of wintering in Ceylon, he permanently moved off the farm, into the position of desk clerk at the Radville Hotel, where he resided and assisted the hotel manager. Ed was one of the town centinals, always willing to listen and share the news and a good joke. He looked forward to meals with friends and enjoyed the company of all his town and farm friends for many years. Although distant, fond memories will remain with his very special nieces and nephews. The fond memories he left with everyone will continue on in their hearts. Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. from Radville United Church, Radville, with Rev. Doug Ponto officiating. Interment followed in Oakville Cemetery, Ceylon. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Alvin Dehnke, Brent Rosbrook, Robert Verbeurgt, Gilbert Verbeurgt, Byron Vermeulen and Arnold Verbeurgt.
- Andrew William passed away at Carnduff, Sask. on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 84 years of age. Andrew was predeceased, three years to the day, by his wife Phyllis, his parents, David and Mary Agnes, son-in-law, Dale Dionne, Brothers John, Carl and Roy. Great-grandson, Payton. Andrew is survived by his sons, David (Patsy), Regina, and Dennis of Calgary, Alberta. Daughters, Elaine Dionne, Moose Jaw; Bonnie (Gerry) Gerle, Ceylon and Wendy (Bob) Nelson, Alida. Sisters, Evelyn Gauley, Edith McCutcheon, and Dorothy Peters. Grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Greg, Wade; Todd; Jeff, Jarrad; Kelsey; Jenna; Jaime; Murray; Colin and Krista. 18 Great-grandchildren with Morgan and Taylor being very close to great-grandpa. Andrew grew up on the ranch in the Big Muddy, known as "The Loop", he attended Normal school in Moose Jaw, and received a teacher's certificate. Andrew and Phyllis were married on April 4, 1942, and Andrew enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a bombing instructor, based in Dauphin, Manitoba for the duration of world war two. When the war was over Andrew and his brother, Carl operated a grocery store, and radio repair shop in Ceylon, Sask. Andrew and Phyllis attended night school in Regina, and re-newed their teaching certificates in 1965, and taught industrial arts in Ceylon, Radville, Uranium City, Oxbow, Carnduff, and Carievale, Saskatchewan. Andrew and Phyllis retired to Carlyle, and White Bear Lake, spending many winters at Apache Junction, Arizona. Andrew was a gentleman, a kind and gentle soul who was devoted to his family, the light of his life, his girls were with him at the time of his passing, he said his goodbyes with a hug for each of them, then closed his eyes and departed. Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 23rd at Oxbow, Sask.
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- Dorothy (nee Duddy). Friday July 18th, 2008 our mother, grand-mother, greatgrand-mother, sister-in law, aunt and friend passed away at the age of 83 years with her family by her side after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Ceylon, Sask. May 9th, 1925. Dorothy taught school in Truax. She met and married George Needer in 1948. They farmed in the Rouleau area until they retired. Dorothy remained in their home in Rouleau after George passed away. Dorothy was a homemaker, a member of the Royal Purple Lodge and CWL. She enjoyed family and friends, winter trips with her sisters Cecelia and Lorraine to Arizona and in recent years trips to Mexico with her family. Her home, family and friends were most important to her. Always ready to lend a helping hand to whom ever is in need. She was a kind, generous, fun-loving, quickwitted lady who loved life and lived it to the fullest. Dorothy is predeceased by her husband, George; parents, Patrick and Mary Duddy; three sisters and one brother Lorraine (Rexall) Gray, Agnes (Michael) Madigan, Cecile (Louis) Cimolai and Charles (Gertie) Duddy. Dorothy is survived and will be dearly missed by her four children Merrylyne (Jim) Coward, Lana Needer, Barry (Cathy) Needer, and Patricia (Doug) Ferguson; seven grand children Cole (Robin) Coward, Shayna (Chris) Coward, Cameron Coward, Bryce (Andrea) Needer, Brooke Needer, Michelle Ferguson and Cade Ferguson; and three great grand children Brolin, Evan, and Hayley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Wilcox at St. Augustins Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday July 23rd, 2008 at 2:00 PM. Fr.Eusebio Tubale Jr will be the Presiding Celebrant and burial will take place at Rouleau Cemetery.
- Everett Thomas passed away peacefully at the Radville Marian Health Centre on January 18th, 2011, at the age of 96 years. Everett was predeceased by his parents, Jake & Bessie Nelson, his brothers, Milo and Clarence, and sisters, Ruby, Pearl, and Opal. Everett is survived by his wife Ada, daughter Sylvia (Gerry), granddaughter Leslie (Kevin) Cleary & Casey, grandson Jason (Krista) Liggett & Wylie as well as many nieces and nephews. Everett was born on the Nelson homestead near Ceylon on October 25th, 1914. He took his schooling at Gibson Creek and Ceylon schools. Everett enjoyed riding his pony Laddie and they formed a very special bond. In 1925 The Nelson's purchased a home in Ceylon. This provided an opportunity for Everett and his brother Clarence to skate and play hockey. A new piano was also purchased and this added much enjoyment for the family. Everett learned to play the banjo by correspondence. In 1936 Everett answered an ad for a musician to play in a traveling band. He played banjo in this band that traveled throughout southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Later he mastered the upright bass violin and rhythm guitar. On October 10th, 1939, Everett married Ada Smith of Ceylon. In 1941 Everett joined the armed forces as a member of the army recruiting band in Regina and remained in the band for 5 years. During this time in Regina, Everett played for dances in the Trianon Ball Room and the Saskatchewan Hotel. In the spring of 1948, Everett, Ada and baby daughter Sylvia moved to the Nelson farm at Ceylon and started a new life. Over the years, Everett continued to play for dances with local musicians. In 1981, Everett and Ada retired to Radville. Everett continued making music with various musicians from the area and playing for local functions. Everett became a resident of the Radville Marian Home in 2007. A Funeral Service for Everett will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Radville United Church, Radville, SK. Interment to follow at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, SK.
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- John Bernard "Jack". It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather John Bernard O'Hara of Regina on Monday, January 5, 2009 at the age of 91 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Catherine (Kay), son Brian (Aldryth) of Sequim, Washington, daughter Marleen (Rod) McDonald of Regina, Brian's family Nathanael (Nicole) and their daughter Juliette, Drew (Jennifer), Shane (Mary Rose) and Alanna. Marleen's family, Shaulyn King (Andre van Baaren), Christin King and her daughter Ashlyn, Rhonda and Gregg Engele and their daughters Riley (Richie) and Shelby, Rod Jr. (Stacey) and her daughter Jordan, Jack's sister Olive and numerous nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Jack was preceded by his parents Bernard and Catherine O'Hara, sister Rita and husband Bill Woodard, brother Joseph and wife Dorothy O'Hara and brother-in-law Raymond Dionne. Jack was born on the family farm in Ceylon, SK on October 19, 1917. He farmed until his enlistment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He served our country overseas from 1943-1945, the last 18 months as a P.O.W. Upon his return he gained employment at Canada Post where for 18 years sorted mail on rail cars between Regina and Winnipeg. When mail transport changed over to trucks in 1963, Jack moved `inside' to work until he retired in 1976. He married Catherine Burkart of Holdfast on November 27, 1952. He enjoyed sports, loved to golf and always kept abreast of world news and local weather. Jack was a very generous man with his time, talent and treasure, always helping wherever needed. In 2006 Jack celebrated with pride the 100th anniversary of the family farm by being the second of four generations to own the land. However, Jack's greatest pride and joy was his family. He was our biggest cheerleader! He always encouraged and supported his children and grandchildren in their interests and endeavors, for which we will be forever grateful! The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of 4-A at the Pasqua Hospital for the wonderful care given to Jack in his last month of life. A CELEBRATION of Jack's life and interment will be held at a later date.
- Joseph Arthur was born on Monday, November 8, 1915 to Bernard and Catherine O'Hara in Ceylon. Joe grew up on his parent's farm at Ceylon with his older sister, Rita and his younger siblings, John and Olive. He attended Naomi School until he completed Grade 8, then he went to Campion College in Regina for two years. Due to hard times and his parent's inability to afford the tuition, Joe returned to Ceylon to finish his education. When Joe lived at home with his parents he used to work part-time for neighbouring farmers to bring in extra money for the family. During the winter of 1934-35, Joe worked for his cousin Ambrose Heaney at the municipal office in Ceylon. He was hired to assist his cousin in filling out relief orders for families in the municipality to assist families who by this time were very much in need of relief. Following the depression, Joe pretty much began to take over the farming duties from his parents. On Thursday November 4, 1943 Joe married Dorothy Korsbrek at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ceylon and they were blessed with five children: Ron, Vince, Karen, Doreen and Joyce. Joe found great pleasure in both the grain and cattle end of farming. He was very proud of the herd of cattle he raised from the few milk cows he had owned at one time. When Dorothy passed away his full time career was raising his two young daughters. When his grandchildren arrived they became the main focus of his life. Joe served as a member of St. Joseph's Church Council, was a member of the Naomi School District Board, also the Rural Telephone Company, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Joe was a Charter Member of the Ceylon Lions Club which was formed in 1970. Joe's strong catholic faith carried him and his family through all the joys and sorrows of his life. He was a devout member of every parish to which he belonged. Joe lived on the family farm until he moved to an apartment in Regina to retire in 1979. In order to be closer to his family, in the fall of 1993, Joe moved to an apartment at the Golden Heritage Senior apartments in Radville. Then in August of 1999, Joe moved into the Radville Marian Home. Joe passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 in Radville, at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 1967, sister Rita Woodard in 1974, four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law. Joe is survived by his children: Ron (Edna) O'Hara, Vince O'Hara (Tina Douglas), Karen (John) Fiechter, Doreen (Norman) Verbeurgt and Joyce (Blaine) Axten; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his brother, John "Jack" (Kay) O'Hara; sister Olive (Ray) Dionne and sister-in-law Dorothy Korsbrek. Prayers were held on Friday, March 26 at 7:30 from the Holy Family Parish, Radville. Funeral mass was said on Saturday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. from the Holy Family Parish, Radville with Father Prince, Celebrant. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were: Kurt Fiechter, Blair Verbeurgt, Rhonda Calladine, Dawn O'Hara, Joe O'Hara and Mark Exten. Interment followed in the Ceylon Cemetery.
- Elwin Joseph, beloved husband of Mrs. Muriel Olson of Lethbridge, AB passed away at the St. Michael's Health Centre, Lethbridge, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001 at the age of 77 years. Besides his loving wife, Muriel, he is survived by his family: Brian (Shirley) of Hazlet, SK; and Merle (Barbara) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren: Jennifer, Khristopher, Adam, Scott and Anders. He is also survived by two sisters: Selma Grainger and Elsie (Lloyd) Peterson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, David; and sister, Florence. Elwin was born in Weyburn and raised in Big Muddy area. He received his education in Good Time School. Elwin served in the airforce during World War II. He farmed and had a hardware store in the Ceylon area. Elwin enjoyed a long retirement in the Pincher Creek and Lethbridge area. Elwin loved to spend time fishing and camping and was very outgoing, always having a story for everyone. Memorial service was held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lethbridge, on Monday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Larry Kochendorfer officiating. Cremation has taken place.
- Edward Ronald "Chuck" was born to Ingvald Silvereen Ondahl and Isabella Simpson on January 27, 1921 at Roche Percee. He enlisted in the army on August 15, 1940 where he was a tank gunner. While in the army he obtained the trade of Driver Mechanic. He remained in Europe for some time as a peacekeeper. He received the 1939 45 Star, Italy Star, France Star, Germany Star, Defense Medal with clasp, and War Medal 1939 45 while serving his country. He was honorably discharged with rank of Lance Sergeant on June 17, 1946. After the war Uncle Ron worked in the mines in Ontario. In 1952 he came back to Saskatchewan where he obtained employment with the RM of the Gap # 39 as a Cat Operator at the rate of $1.25 per hour. He operated a cat for several years at various locations and it is during this time that he worked on the Alaskan Highway for about five years. He was employed by Panteluk Construction for many years until his retirement to Ceylon. On June 1, 1997 he moved to Golden Heritage in Radville where he lived until his passing on July 17, 2009. Ron was predeceased by his mother (1976), his father (1981), sister Ivy (2007) and her husband Prosper Vermeulen (2004), sister Doris (2002) and her husband Stan Weise (1992), brother-in-law Tom Weise (1996), niece Laurie Vermeulen (1958), nephew Ronnie Weise (2000), great nephews Curtis Ehrhardt (1980) and Steven Ehrhardt (1992). Ron is survived by Ivy's family: Janice (Jim) Ehrhardt and their family Duane (Diane) and children Kaitlin and Tyler; Kelly (Christina). Rosemarie (Gilbert) Verbeurgt and their family Sharlene (Tim) Kerslake and children Nevan and Ledger; Michael (Elena); Steven (Charmaine) and children Reanna and Brooke. Sandra Vermeulen and her family Angela (Kevin) and children Zevin, James, Jason and Sydney; Craig; Nicole (Collin) and son Braydon; Shawn (Lisa) and children Shawna and Kaitlyn. He is survived by his sister Irene Weise, her son Raymond and his family Kevin; Kris (Lynn) and children Samantha, Rheagan, Kyle and Katelyn. Doris' family: Norma Jean (George) Ehrhardt and their family Dean (Debbie) and children Jenna, Brayden and Alexa; Darren and son Riley; Linda Prato and her family Michelle (Mike) and children Dennis, Cache and Jessica; Sheryl (Dallan) and children Kaylee and Brylee; Dwayne and son Brayden; Lorne (Bev) and family Paula (Jason) and children Shalynne and Tylor; Jolene and children Maraya and Harley; Debbie (Vince) and family Mike (Cindy) and Ron; Roger (Debbie) and their family Christy and Candice; Scott (Karol) and family Ryan and Tamara. Uncle Ron was an avid sports fan. As his hearing deteriorated, the volume of his TV increased and a few choice words to the referees questioning their ability could be heard. I am sure the hallowed halls of the Golden Heritage will never be the same! Rest in Peace Uncle Ron. Funeral Service was held for Ronald "Chuck" Ondahl on Thursday July 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Ceylon United Church, with Kathy Gudnason officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the Legion Honour Guard. Pallbearers were Harry Jensen, Ernie Sorensen, Larry Lillejord, Michael Verbeurgt, Steve Verbeurgt and Duane Ehrhardt. Internment followed at the Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
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- Robert "Archie", late of Ceylon passed away on Friday, August 8th, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Archie was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Golda Peters; brothers Earl and Hobart and sister Gloria; twin grandsons: Peter and Paul. Archie is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Peters, Ceylon; his children: Linda (Byron) Ledingham, Pangman and their children: Rhonalyn, Lani and Britt; Bill (Susan) Peters, Pangman and their children: Breanne Haverstock (Landon Kinney), Nancy Perras, Andrea (Paul) Pageau [and son Lowell], Mark (Joanna) Perras [and sons, Jack and Luke]; Helen (Wes) Powers, Parry and their children: Brendan (Amanda Reiger) , Bonnie (David) Gall [and sons James and John]; Shirley (Brian) Olson, Hazlet and their children: Jennifer (Ryan) Ross [and son, Dane] and Khris Olson (Taralee Binney); Ruth (Jim) Stephenson, Ceylon and their children: Lindsey (Mike McStravick) and Tyler; Garnet Peters, Ceylon and his daughter Calista; Mary Peters (Karl Austman), Regina and her daughters: Jessica, Cassady and Missy Brown; sister, Betty Aldred, Radville; in laws: Ken (Edith) McCutcheon, Radville and Ruby Murray, Ponoka, AB as well as several nieces and nephews. School days initiated a life long passion for the written word. Archie always spoke fondly of his teachers from his first teacher, Kathleen Thompson at Egypt Valley School, to his last teacher, C.P. Halls at Hardy School. Archie rode horseback to Hardy School and was sometimes teased that he was late because he was having his second bowl of porridge. He farmed with his dad, Frank, and brother, Hobart and continued farming with Frank while Hobart went off to university and became involved in his career. Archie Peters and Dorothy Murray were married in 1948 and lived in the house in which Archie was born until moving to Ceylon in 1989. A happy event was a 60th anniversary celebration at the farm on July 25, 2008. Archie was an innovative and energetic farmer! In the days before larger and more efficient equipment was available, it was not unusual for Archie to be in the field with his "outfit" at daybreak. The Farm Progress Show and Farm Show publication were necessities in order to nurture his love of machinery. Using cutting torch and welder, he was able to make adjustments where he deemed necessary if a piece of equipment in his estimation under-performed. Piles of scrap iron from auction sales often provided raw material for his inventions. Archie always wore a belt with a small holster on each side one for his pliers and the other for a wrench and he couldn't imagine any farmer not setting himself up similarly. Great pleasure was derived from helping a neighbor with harvest, joining a crew in constructing a new building or re-constructing following the ravages of a fire or making a church rise up from what was once a garage. He would round up whatever tools he thought he might need, clothe himself appropriately and be off to use his many skills wherever needed. Although he did not complain, the accident in June of 1963 which left him lacking three of the four fingers of his right hand, did prove to be a handicap. Sometime in the 70's, Archie and Dorothy, along with Edith and Ken McCutcheon, Grace Petit, Kathleen Cole and Thelma Fox took up "old time" dancing which became a big part of their social life and allowed them to meet many wonderful people who remain friends to this day. Archie was always forthright regarding his beliefs, whether spiritual, emotional or political, was a reader and a thinker, he made his own judgments and was willing and able to share his acquired knowledge. He adored his wife and children and thought it would be great to always have a two-year old in the home. He leaves a legacy of love! The Funeral Service for Robert Archie Peters was held on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Prairie Pride Centre, Ceylon with Pastor Gary Penner officiating. Active Pallbearers were Bill Peters, Garnet Peters, Khris Olson, Brendan Powers, Tyler Stephenson and Britt Ledingham. A private family burial followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Elizabeth (nee Ortmann) was born on October 2, 1911 to Jacob and Katherine Ortmann in Francis. She passed away on December 14, 2003 in Ceylon at the age of 92. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Frank, an infant son, eight brothers and seven sisters. Elizabeth is survived by her children: Frank (Eva) Pflanzner of Ceylon, Mary (Albert) Normandeau of Calgary, AB, Eleanor (Ray) Normandeau of Alder Flats, AB, six grandchildren: Danny, Gregory, Randy, Deanna, Alice and Mark; 11 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law Mary Darragh, as well as many nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a member of The Homemakers and the CWL of St. Joseph's Parish. She enjoyed baking and always put on a great meal for anyone who came to visit. She always had a huge vegetable garden, which she shared with friends, and beautiful flowers. Elizabeth loved to play cards and bingo. She enjoyed driving her car until the age of 85. Prayers were held on Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Parish Church, Ceylon. Funeral mass was held on Friday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's Parish Church, Ceylon, with Father Prince, Celebrant. Active pallbearers were her grandchildren: Danny Pflanzner, Gregory Pflanzner, Randy Norman-deau, Deanna Bergsveinson, Alice Riggins and Mark Pflanzner. Interment followed in the Ceylon Cemetery.
- Frank Pflanzner, late of Ceylon, SK passed away October 26, 2012, at the age of 75 years. He was predeceased by his daughter Deanna Marie Bergsveinson, his parents Frank and Elizabeth Pflanzner, brother-in-law, Albert Normandeau, mother-in-law, Malvina Verot, sister-in-law, Melvina. Frank is survived by his loving wife Eva, his children: Danny (Mary Jayne), Greg (Karen), Mark (Cynthia), son-in-law, Darcy Bergsveinson, stepdaughter, Joanne (Ron) Bakker, his father-in-law, Alphonse Verot, his grandchildren: Jordan, Christopher; Shelby, Lexi; John, Liam; Jenna, Megan; Apryl (Jared), Michael; his great grandchildren: Brayden and Mikenna; his sisters, Mary Normandeau and Eleanor (Ray) Normandeau; his brothers-in-law, Louis (Bev), Marcel (Georgalina), Ronald (Margaret), Rick (Julie) along with numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was born on December 3, 1936 on the Shannon Farm, in the Ceylon District. He was the oldest child of Frank and Elizabeth Pflanzner. His family moved to the family farm west of Ceylon in 1941. His love of farming was formed in his early years when his father taught him about grain farming. He attended Naomi School with his sisters, Mary and Eleanor. After leaving school, he began farming with his father. In 1961, he married Eva Creusot of Radville. After their marriage, they continued farming on the family farm where they raised their children. They found great pleasure in spending time with their children and grandchildren and watching them grow over the years. They spent many happy times together, attending dances and community functions. Frank and Evaís home was always open to all family, friends, and neighbours; there was always room at the dinner table for more guests. Cousins often spent their summers at the farm. Life was full and very rewarding. Frank loved the farm life. His favorite times of the year were seeding and harvest. He was a strong believer in integrity and doing things the right way. He was always willing to help someone in need. Through example, Frank taught his family the values of hard work and commitment. Throughout the years, Frank took great pride in his community and served on many boards and committees. In his earlier days, he enjoyed horses and going on trail rides. More recently, he was an avid collector of antique tractors, tools and equipment and enjoyed driving his antique tractors in tractor pulls. Above all, Frank loved spending time with family and friends. He loved having the children and grandchildren visit. They were his pride and joy and he was very proud of their accomplishments. Frank was surrounded by family and friends during his final days. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the extended family, Frankís neighbours and long-time friends, all of whom enriched his life and whose support he greatly appreciated. Prayers will be held on Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm from the Prairie Pride Community Centre, Ceylon, SK. A Memorial Service for Frank will be held on Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am from the Prairie Pride Community Centre, Ceylon, SK with Fr. Anthony Pangan, celebrant. Pallbearers are his grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers are all in attendance. Interment will follow at Ceylon Cemetery
- Alfred. On Wednesday, February 16, 2000 Alfred Portmann passed away at the Peter Lougheed hospital in Calgary, AB, at the age of 66. Predeceased by his father Frank Portmann, sister Eva Nimegeers. Alfred is survived by one son Ron (Arlene), one daughter Rae (Jason) his mother Mary Portmann, sister Mary (Eugene) McCurry, brother Ed (June) Portmann, one brother-in-law Melvin Nimegeers, one granddaughter Ashley, several nieces and nephews. Interment in the Ceylon cemetery at a later date.
- Edward Francis (October 26, 1936 - December 30, 2007) was born to Frank and Mary Portmann at the farm in the Lacadia district south of Ceylon on October 26, 1936. He went to Lacadia School and after leaving school he farmed with his dad. He married Rose Hoffart of Minton on July 27, 1955, their son Laverne was born the following year. A daughter, Janice was born the next year. Laverne passed away in December of that same year. Rita was born next, and Alan followed three years later. During this time he also worked for SaskTel; on a construction crew putting in telephone lines. Ed farmed for several years with Grandpa, he and his family then moved to Minton, Weyburn and then Edmonton, AB, where he worked for several years on oil rigs in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Later he worked on the pipelines in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Rose passed away Aug. 14, 1972. After she passed away Ed moved his family back to Ceylon. By this time June had come into his life, he farmed for the next several years with Grandpa. He and June then went to back to Alberta, first to Spruce Grove then to acreage at Tofield, while there he continued working on pipelines. After he retired they came back to Ceylon where he raised sheep and bantam chickens, along with a couple of llamas on the acreage south of Ceylon. At the same time he worked for the village looking after the water plant, and also looked after the park, June ran the concession booth. Several years ago Ed and June moved to Neepawa, Manitoba. They lived in the town for a couple of years, and were in the process of moving to Bob's acreage (June's son) when June passed away suddenly in May 2005. About this time Ed was diagnosed with leukemia. Ed remained in Neepawa with Bob and his family until September 2006 when he moved to Calgary, AB to be near his family. On September 26, 2005 Ed became a great grandpa for the first time. This warranted a trip to Calgary to meet his great granddaughter Alexis and see his grandchildren. In May 2006 Ed was proud to walk down the aisle with his granddaughter Sachelle when she married Drew Frank. His second great granddaughter Emily was born September 4, 2006 followed by a third; Madison on September 28, 2006. One of his favorite pastimes was getting together with family and friends, to play cards or just to visit. He had a lot of stories to tell, and kept his audience laughing. Ed always had a fondness for race horses and ponies. He enjoyed racing chariot ponies and entered races in a number of Sportsday events over the years. He had a couple of racehorses that he had at the track in Saskatoon. He also enjoyed dancing, playing ball and hunting. While at Ceylon he trapped muskrats and hunted coyotes with his nephews Leonard and Marley. He was able to visit everyone in October of this year, before his illness made travel too difficult. He had made his peace with God. Prayers for Ed were held on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon with Fr. Prince Kurisinkal, celebrant. The interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery. The Honorary Pallbearers were Leonard DeBruyne, Chad DeBruyne, Giselle DeBruyne, Duane Nimegeers, Lorne Nimegeers and Marilyn Fradette.
- Mary Josephine (nee Hermann) passed away at Weyburn on Friday, November 28, 2003 at the age of 95 years. Mary was born on June 6, 1908 at Indian Head. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Frank; son, Alfred; daughter, Eva; parents, Frank and Elizabeth Hermann; four brothers, Joseph, Frank, Henry, and Nick; three sisters, Elizabeth Kaydolph, Barbara Murphy and Anne Young; daughter-in-law, Rose Portmann and son-in-law, Raymond DeBruyne and three grandchildren. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Mary (Eugene) McCurry, Weyburn; her son, Ed (June) Portmann, Neepawa, MB; her son-in-law, Melvin Nimegeers (Edith), Radville; her sisters Kay (John) Moscovitch, Surrey, BC, and Eva (Ralph) McCutcheon, Claresholm, AB; her sisters-in-law, Molly Hermann, Thunder Bay, ON, and Mona Hermann, Regina; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Switzerland. Prayers were held on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. from RD Family Memorial Chapel, with MaryAnn Seitz presiding. The funeral mass was held on Tuesday, December 2 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon SK with celebrant, Father Prince. Following the interment at Ceylon Cemetery, Mary's family and friends gathered for lunch at the church.
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- Emmett Edward. On Friday December 30, 2005 Emmet Edward Reidy, Judge (Retired) passed away at the age of 69 years. Predeceased by his parents Emmet and Kathleen Reidy, Emmet is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann (Pollock), children Jeffery, Michael (Tanya), Emmet (Shannon) and his grandchildren Samantha, Devin, Mitchell and Matthew. Emmet was born October 30, 1936 on the family farm in Ceylon, Sask. He attended elementary and high school in Ceylon and Teachers' College in Moose Jaw. Growing up he enjoyed numerous activities and sports and was a particularly accomplished baseball pitcher. He suffered a very serious car accident while teaching in Cabri. While recuperating in a Saskatoon hospital, he met his wife Mary Ann. They were married on April 15, 1963 in Swift Current. They moved to Moose Jaw in 1966 where they raised their three boys. Emmet along with his three brothers established and ran numerous businesses including Henderson Insurance, Henderson Hail, Reidy Travel and Reidy Motors. Emmet was appointed as a Citizenship Judge in 1980 a position he enjoyed for six years. He was also very involved in federal and provincial politics serving as both the Provincial Secretary of the Liberal Party (1963-1966) and Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party (1994-1996). Emmet was very involved in numerous professional and community activities throughout his life; Player/Coach/General Manager of the Cabri Bulldogs, Board Member of the Moose Jaw Warriors and President and Chairman of the YMCA/ YWCA Building Committee. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday January 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church at 4720 Castle Road in Regina.
- Melvin Fredrick. On Monday, August 14, 2000, Melvin Fredrick Roen, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Henry and Anna Roen; one brother, Rudolph and one sister, Evelyn Sellers. Melvin is survived by one sister-in-law, Melvy of Willow City, North Dakota; nieces and nephews: Roy (Patsy) Sellers of Regina; Roseanna (Willard) Willis of Moose Jaw; Myrtle Scheier of Esterhazy; Irene (Roy) Sorensen of Hardy; Allan (Betty) Sellers of Weyburn; Myrna (Robert) Kuk of St. Louis, Mi; Myron Roen of Willow City, ND; Marlowe Roen of Willow City, ND; Arlis (Mark) Kjelehus of Bottineau, ND; as well as many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Melvin Fredrick Roen was born September 15, 1917 at Ceylon. He was raised on the farm at Ceylon and took his schooling to Grade 10 at Ceylon School. He lived his whole life at Ceylon until 1989 when he moved to Pangman, then in 1994 he moved to Weyburn Special Care Home. Farming was his greatest love as well as raising livestock. He enjoyed watching TV, good food and visiting with friends and relatives. He volunteered as a lay minister and a church elder, and was very active in the Lutheran Church. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. Funeral service was held Thursday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. from Ogema Lutheran Church with Pastor Sang-Rog Choi officiating. Interment followed in Ceylon cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Allan Sellers, Roy Sellers, Steven Sorensen, Myron Roen, Kevin Scheier and Brian Scheier.
- Marjorie Ann (nee Aldred). It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Marjorie on July 3, 2013. Marjorie, along with her older twin sister, Susan, was born on March 16, 1950 in Radville, daughters and the only children born to Rae and Edith Aldred of Ceylon. Marjorie was raised in Ceylon; growing up she was a happy but shy girl and loved animals. She took an active part in the Ceylon United Church, singing in the choir, attending Sunday school and was a member of the CGIT. The family moved to Craik in 1967 where Marjorie completed her schooling. The two girls then moved into Regina where Marjorie attended Success Business College. It was here that her great devotion to others grew as she was admired by all and was on the student council. Her first place of employment was Pearce Aqua Marin of Regina. Before leaving Ceylon her happy smile and sparkling eyes won the heart of a young Weyburn fellow, Ken Rubin. The couple was married in Regina on February 26, 1972; and thus began her happy life as a devoted wife. The couple moved to Brandon, MB where Marjorie took employment at the Brandon Hospital doing reception and accounting work. The couple soon moved to Edmonton, AB where Marjorie worked at the Edmonton Inn doing accounts receivable. In December 1973 their first son Aaron was born. Four years later Brent came along. Marjorie's world revolved around her sons and her family. Eventually Marjorie and Ken moved into a duplex in Bon Accord, AB with Marjorie's sister, Susan and her husband, Ron, moving in on the other side. Ken and Ron worked together, Marjorie worked and Susan took care of both families' children; there were six of them by now (Susan had three girls and a boy). In 1984 Ken moved back home to Weyburn to help his dad on the farm; the four of them moved into Ken's dad's house while they built their own on the Rubin family land. The house was completed in record time. In Weyburn, not only did Marjorie take care of her aging parents and Ken's father but also Ken's aunts, Helen and Angela, as well as working full time for Bob Dyck. She shared many fond memories of Bob, a wonderful employer who took good care of her. After that she worked for JCP Farms for 13 years, taking on several different duties. At the same time she was employed at the Utilities Board. In 2005 after Brent left the family business and moved to Vancouver, Marjorie joined the staff at SE Computer Solutions to support her son Aaron. She ran the shop for Aaron while he was out and about building networks and providing computer support to his many customers. Marjorie leaves a big hole in the family business as well as a big hole in our hearts. She was one of the most considerate and kind people you could ever know. Always giving and seldom taking. She had a great love for her family and especially her two sons. We are all proud and lucky to have called her mom, wife, grandma, aunt and friend. Marjorie was predeceased by her parents, Rae and Edith Aldred. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 41 years, Ken Rubin of Weyburn; sons, Aaron (Michelle) Rubin of Weyburn, and Brent (Patrick) Rubin of Vancouver, BC; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Tristan, Madison and their mother, Danielle Rubin of Weyburn, and Michelle's daughter, Caitlin Senger; twin sister, Susan (Dwight) Quistberg of Weyburn; nieces and nephew, Nicole (Dan) Borris of Flatbush, AB, Renea (Rod) Folk of Stoughton, Danielle (Derek) Hoffman of Stoughton, and Courtney (Tami) Creusot of Oxbow, as well as many great nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.A Memorial Service was held on Monday July 8, at 2:00 pm from Grace United Church with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. A private family interment took place at Ceylon Cemetery.
- Sophie (nee Krausher) of Brooks, Alberta passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter February 15, 2004.
She was born in the municipality of Ceylon, Sask. on the Krausher homestead on May 16, 1915. Sophie attended school at Freda, Soda Lake and Radville schools in Saskatchewan. She moved to Millicent in 1935 to work for Della and Osborne Thompson and later was head cook for the crew that built the Cowoki Dam near Tilley, AB. It was there that she met Norman Rust of Millicent and they were married in the United Church in Brooks on December 2, 1937. Sophie farmed with her husband in Millicent and was active in her community, participating in the Millicent Thursday Club, the Women on Unifarm, the school, and her church. Norman and Sophie later moved to 6th St. W in Brooks in 1962. Sophie continued her involvement in the church, ladies groups and took pride and interest in her children and grandchildren. She assisted Norman in every way in his business endeavours and was an ongoing source of strength and faith for her family and friends. Sophie left 6th St. and her many neighbours for the New Brook Lodge in the mid nineties, which soon became a new home for her that she greatly enjoyed. Following hospitalization in December 2002, Sophie moved to the Brooks Nursing home this past May. Sophie is survived by her son Barry Rust of Calgary, daughter Lorraine Samis and husband Mike of Duchess, granddaughters Erin and Kari Musgrove, grandson David Rust, step-grandsons Tony George and Terry George (Gail), as well as CJ, Teresa and Tre; sister Dorothy Cyr of Brooks, brother and sister-in-law Adolph and Ariel Krausher of Radville, SK, sisters-in-law Bertha Krausher of Radville, Sask., and Martha Krausher of Lethbridge, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Sophie was predeceased by her husband Norman Rust in 1982, parents Jacob and Amelia Krausher, infant sister Olga, and infant brother Jacob, brothers Henry, Herman, John, Oscar and sister Mary, brother-in-law Arnold Cyr, sister-in-law Lydia Krausher, Kenneth and Sylvia Rust of Brooks, Alberta, Dr.'s Ronald and Velma Rust of Ottawa, and daughter in law Bette Rust. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2004 from the Brooks United Church, with Rev. George Edmonds officiating.
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- Pat (nee Berkan). On Thursday, October 28, 2004 Pat Sellers, late of Regina, Sask. passed away at the age of 56 years. Predeceased by her parents Roy and Elizabeth Berkan; Pat is survived by her beloved husband Roy; brothers: Ralph (Lyda), Douglas (Carol), Neil (Sandra), Brian, Larry (Cheryl), Earl and Warren (Maureen); sisters-in-law Roseanna (Willard) Willis; Myrtle Scheier; Irene (Roy) Sorensen; brother-in-law Allan (Betty) Sellers and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat married Roy in 1970, farming at Semans, SK until 1990 and providing child care for various people and working in a daycare in Regina. Later Pat and Roy enjoyed traveling, especially bus trips where they met many people. Pat battled diabetes and kidney problems requiring a transplant. Pat never complained and was a favorite with the dialysis staff at the General Hospital. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 1, 2004 in the Chapel of Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK with Pastor Bob Leeson officiating. Interment to follow in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- E. Douglas, of Stettler, AB passed away at Red Deer, AB on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 just days before his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughters Lynn (Wayne) Derwantz, Kathie (Cameron) Walt, Iva Lee (Dwight) Quance and Sandra (Ken) Knox. Stepchildren: Greg (Judy) Stewart, Kevin (Susan) Stewart and Karen (Glen) Vinet. Grandchildren; Rick (Melanie) Derwantz, Stephanie (Nicholas) Giannoulis, Krista Walt and fiancé Patrick McGrath, Cory Walt, Stacey (Brian) Roberts, Kandess Quance, Travis Quance and fiancé Alisha Coleman, Trey Quance and fiancé Christine Guba, Madison Knox, Step grandchildren; Neil (Raylene) Stewart, Blaine Stewart, Kristen (Lou) Handley, Jamy and Jordan Stewart, Kaitlin and Courtney Vinet. Great grandchildren: Keaton Giannoulis, Lincoln McGrath, Hailee and Austin Roberts, Charity and Ryker Quance, Taylor and Jayden Stewart. One brother Jack (Lila) Shupe and sisters-in-law Beth Shupe and Rae Shupe, as well as numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and many wonderful friends. Doug was predeceased by his father, Waldo Menno Shupe, his mother, Iva Althea Shupe nee York, his wife Lois Fern Shupe nee Benson, and two brothers Waldo Gaylen and Ronald Blaine. Doug was born May 21, 1928 in Ceylon and spent his early years in Weyburn where he attended school. After completing school he worked for International Harvester as a blockman and partsman. He married his high school sweetheart Lois Benson in 1949 and they lived in several locations before settling in Stettler. He continued working for IH until purchasing Snow Glo Drapery, later named Shupe’s Drapery & Boutique, in the fall of 1974. Doug and Lois sold the drapery business and retired to spend winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, golfing, playing cards and spending time with their many friends. In 1999 Doug married Dorothy Stewart and they resided in Stettler and Arizona until his passing. Doug had many interests in his long life, his favourites being baseball, hockey, golf, football, and especially farming. He belonged to many organizations in which he was a very active member. These included the Masons, the Shriners, the Lions Club, and the Good Sam’s Club. Funeral service for the late Doug Shupe was held at the Stettler United Church, 4820-51st Street, Stettler, Alberta on Friday, May 21 at 2:00 pm. with Rev Debbie Stockdale officiating.
- Ronald Blaine passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 3, 2003, at the Weyburn General Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Wally and Iva Shupe; brothers Faye and Gaylen; grand-child, Jayson Shupe and sister-in-law Lois Shupe. Blaine is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Elizabeth Shupe of Weyburn; sons Ronald (Lane) Shupe of Kelowna, Guy (Glenda) Shupe of Weyburn, Bill (Catherine) Shupe of Regina, Jesse (Jackie) Shupe of Weyburn and Paul Shupe of Weyburn; grandchildren Jodi (Nick) Tsoycalas, Tana Shupe, Brittany Shupe, Preston Shupe, Liam Shupe, Parker Shupe, Spencer Shupe, Sasha Shupe; great grandchild Alexandros Tsoycalas; brothers Doug (Dorothy) Shupe of Stettler and Jack (Lila) Shupe of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law, Rae Shupe as well as many nieces and nephews. Blaine was born on December 8, 1924 in Macoun, Saskatchewan. When Blaine was still a toddler, the family relocated to Ceylon where Blaine's father Wally established an implement business. Blaine attended school in Ceylon and Radville for seven years before moving to Weyburn in 1937. There he completed his education at Souris School and the Weyburn Collegiate Institute, where he particularly excelled in the maths and sciences. Upon graduation in 1942, Blaine enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, completing his pilot training in North Battleford before receiving his Wings in 1944. This was an especially memorable year for Blaine as on October 15 of that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Beth Warren. After the war, Blaine and Beth returned to Weyburn to start their family and Blaine went to work for his father Wally at W. Shupe & Sons, a well-known International Harvester dealership. When Wally passed away in 1956, Blaine and his brother Gaylen assumed ownership and continued to operate Shupe & Sons successfully until 1975 when they finally sold the business and Blaine began a long period of semiretirement. Not one to sit still for long, Blaine spent many memorable summers motoring across the province working as a crop adjuster for Municipal Hail. This seasonal occupation suited Blaine just fine, as he enjoyed visiting different parts of the country and meeting new people. Blaine was fine athlete, particularly excelling in hockey and baseball. He patrolled the blue line and held down shortstop for many years with the old Weyburn Beavers. This experience was all the more meaningful for Blaine since it frequently gave him the opportunity to play along side his three brothers. After hanging up his cleats and skates to spend more time with his young family, Blaine immersed himself in coaching minor baseball and hockey for many years. Blaine's passion for sports is something he instilled in his five boys, and as they were growing up, he took great pride in the various endeavors and achievements. In his later years, Blaine similarly derived a lot of pleasure from following the diverse activities of his grand-children, and was a frequent spectator at their sporting and school events as well. Blaine was very community-minded. He was a member of the Weyburn Public School Board and was Chairman for several years, and helped oversee the establishment of the Weyburn Junior High School and the expansion of the Weyburn Comprehensive School. He was also involved at one time or another with many different organizations such as the Weyburn Young Fellows, the Elks and the Royal Canadian Legion. Blaine will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his uncompromising integrity, his wonderful sense of humor and his passion for a ""spirited"" debate. The Shupe family would like to thank Doctors Haidash and Paszkiewicz and the nursing staff of the Weyburn General Hospital for the kindness and compassionate care they provided Dad during his final hours. the family also appreciates the courteous professional care of the Sun Country Ambulance Service as well as acknowledge the many cards, flowers, and the kindness extended by friends and neighbours. Special thanks to Rev. John Ferrier for his wonderful moral and spiritual support during this difficult time. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 6, 2003 from the Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, SK with Rev John Ferrier officiant. A private family burial followed.
- Henry Christian was born June 28, 1923 on the family farm in the Hardy district. His parents were Eskild and Mary Sorensen. Henry grew up on the farm sharing the duties with four brothers and three sisters. He attended Green Lake School in the Hardy district. As a young man, Henry hired himself out occasionally to ranchers where he became well known for his ability to break horses. Henry loved riding horses and took great pride in his livestock. During the winters, Henry worked at various jobs in order to provide income for his own farm which he started in 1945. During the 40's Henry worked in a logging camp in Ontario and a meat packing plant in Edmonton, AB. He always returned to the farm for seeding and harvest. Henry married Eileen Peterson of Resource in February of 1952. They continued to farm in the Hardy district where they raised four children. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Eileen and his four children: Ernie & Wanda Sorensen of Ceylon, Terry & Jolyn Sorensen of Moose Jaw, Mary Davis of Calgary, AB, Jackie Sorensen of Calgary, AB and 12 grandchildren. Also with the children and his wife, Henry is also survived by two sisters: Annie Jensen and Esther Johannson and two brothers: Roy and Danny Sorensen. Henry is predeceased by his parents, Eskild and Mary Sorensen; one sister, Alice and two brothers: Edward and Harry. Henry passed away peacefully on July 25, 2003 in the Radville Marion Health Centre with his family at his side. The funeral service was held at the Prairie Pride Centre in Ceylon on August 1 with Shelby Kinrade LP officiating. The pallbearers were his six grandsons.
- Irene Emma (nee Sellers) Sorensen, late of White City, and formerly Hardy, passed away peacefully on December 30 after battling cancer for several years. Irene is survived by her son, Steven and his wife Michelle, and their children Devin and Krisha of White City; her brothers, Roy Sellers of Regina, Allan (Betty) Sellers of Weyburn; her sisters, Myrtle Scheier of Esterhazy, and Roseanna Willis of Regina; one brother-in-law, Danny (Maria) Sorensen of D’arcy; along with several nieces, nephews and close friends that seemed more like relatives. Irene is predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Roy Sorensen (2010); her parents, John and Evelyn Sellers; her brothers-in-law, Harry Sorensen, Edward Sorensen, Henry Sorensen, Nick Scheier, Willard Willis and sisters-in-law, Alice Cristo, Esther Johansen, Annie Jensen and Patsy Sellers. Irene was born on the family farm near Ceylon on December 7, 1936. She lived there until her parents bought another farm West of Hardy in 1942 where they lived until 1952. Irene attended school at the Green Lake School in the Hardy district until Grade 8 and then finished her education at the Ceylon School.Upon completion of Irene’s schooling she began work at the Berg general store in Hardy for about a year and then went on to teach school for two years at the Desmond School in the Bengough district. While teaching, the love of her life Roy Sorensen asked her to marry him and their inseparable life together began in October of 1955. After their marriage, Irene and Roy lived on the Willardsen homestead, located only miles from where they both grew up on their family farms. They lived there for four years before a bad drought hit the area which forced them to move to Rosetown. They lived and worked in Rosetown until acceptable farming conditions returned in the Hardy area in 1962. In 1962 Irene and Roy returned to the Willardsen homestead. Together they worked their land and kept their livestock. In 1965 they were blessed with their son Steven who now resides in White City. In 1967 they had the opportunity to move onto the Eskild and Mary Sorensen homestead where Roy had been born and raised. They accepted the offer and moved to the new location. Before moving to the Sorensen homestead Irene and Roy purchased the Green Lake School building and moved it to the Willardsen homestead. The Green Lake School building sat vacant on the Willardsen homestead until 1985 when Irene and Roy decided to move it to their present location and refurbish it. The building that they both had attended school at now gave them years of enjoyment as they used it to house and display all the antiques that they bought and refinished. Irene and Roy would frequently be seen attending auctions in the area looking for unique and unusual antiques that they could refinish and display. Irene became a very proud grandmother in 2007 when her grandson, Devin was born and again when her granddaughter, Krisha was born in 2011 to Steve and Michelle. Unfortunately in 2007 Irene was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent surgery and treatment that fall and winter. Irene was able to recover and return to the farm. She continued living and working with her husband in February of 2008. Irene and Roy lived and worked on their family farm with their livestock, gardens, pets and antiques. The coffee pot was always on for friends and family to come and visit with them, and view their beloved antiques. In 2009 their health forced them to move to Weyburn. Just as they were about to begin their journey into retirement Irene was deeply saddened by the sudden passing of her husband Roy in September of 2010. With the help of her close friends, relatives and two grandchildren, Irene coped with the loss of her husband. Irene continued to be independent and live in her own house in Weyburn until the spring of 2012 when her cancer returned. She reluctantly moved to White City where she could seek medical attention, and had the comfort of her grandchildren and family. When Irene’s health became unmanageable she was admitted to the hospital on November 30, and then on to the Grace Hospice. She was able to spend her last Christmas with her grandchildren and family before succumbing to the cancer on December 30. Irene will be sadly missed by her two adoring grandchildren, her son and daughter-in-law Steve and Michelle, her immediate family and everyone that had the good fortune of knowing her. A special thanks goes out to the staff at the William Albert House, Pasqua Hospital Palliative Care and the Grace Hospice for your support and efforts in making Irene’s last days as painless and enjoyable as possible. A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, Regina with Diaconal Minister Russell Mitchell-Walker officiating. Interment was at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Roy Eskild was born May 21, 1933 on the family farm in the Hardy area. He grew up on the family farm with his four brothers and three sisters where they shared in all the chores and fun times with family and friends in the community. Roy attended both the Green Lake School and the Hardy School before he set off to work and farm. Roy married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Irene Sellers on October 24, 1955 in Ogema. They were inseparable and worked hand in hand on the farm and with their beloved antiques. In 1965 they were blessed with one son, Steven who grew up on the farm and then went off to further his education and work. Steven settled in the Regina area but remained actively farming with Roy from 1993-2008. Roy became a very proud grandfather in 2007 when his grandson Devin was born to Steve and Michelle. In the early years between the seeding and harvest Roy worked as a truck driver in and around Rosetown and as a farm hand and trucker in the Trossachs area. Roy began farming the original family farm full-time in 1964. Besides his family, Roy loved his farm, livestock and pets as well as motorcycles and vehicles. As a young man he was known for his mechanical ability and repaired many vehicles and machines for his friends and family. In later years Roy and Irene enjoyed auction sales, where they hunted for antiques that they could restore and display in their “antique house”, which was formerly The Green Lake School where they both went to school and met each other. With age and declining health in 2009 both Roy and Irene were forced to move off the farm where they had lived for 45 years. This was the same homestead that Roy’s dad Eskild had started in 1910 and the same farm that Roy was born on. Roy was determined to have his cattle and work his land right up until 2008. Some of Roy’s favorite things in life were Harley motorcycles, Fords of all styles and years (but preferably hot rods), The Flintstones, cartoons in general, his stash of Kit Kat bars and peppermints and his grandson Devin. Roy will be sadly missed by his family and friends. After a brief illness Roy passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Irene Sorensen (nee: Sellers) of Weyburn; son, Steve (Michelle) Sorensen and their son, Devin of White City; brother, Dan (Maria) Sorensen of D’Arcy; sister, Esther Johannson of Regina as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Roy was predeceased by his mother and father, Eskild and Mary Sorensen; brothers, Henry, Edward and Harry; sisters, Alice and Annie. A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Clarence John (June 17, 1921 - February 4, 2010). Clarence passed away with family by his side on February 4th, 2010 at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Nellie and grandchildren Peter and Paul Stephenson. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Viola, of 64 years; his brother Robert Stephenson; his son Gordon and grandchildren, Todd and Jessica, his son Earl (Karen) and grandchildren Marty and Janel Stephenson, and great grandson Jayden Stephenson, his son James ( Ruth) and grandchildren Lindsay (Mike) McStravick, and Tyler James Stephenson, and his son Robert and grandchildren Melissa and Jordan Stephenson. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Weyburn Special Care Home in Weyburn for all their support and kindness. A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8th, 2010 at the Silver Heights Bible Church, 1610 Clark Avenue, Weyburn, SK. Interment to follow for family and friends at the Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, SK.
- Clarence passed away with family by his side on February 4, 2010 at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Nellie and grandchildren Peter and Paul Stephenson. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Viola, of 64 years; his brother Robert Stephenson; his son Gordon and grandchildren, Todd and Jessica, his son Earl (Karen) and grandchildren Marty and Janel Stephenson, and great grandson Jayden Stephenson, his son James ( Ruth) and grandchildren Lindsay (Mike) McStravick, and Tyler James Stephenson, and his son Robert and grandchildren Melissa and Jordan Stephenson, also his brother Robert Stephenson. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Weyburn Special Care Home in Weyburn for all their support and kindness. A celebration of Clarence's life was held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2010 at the Silver Heights Bible Church, 1610 Clark Avenue, Weyburn. Interment followed for the family and friends at the Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- James. It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of James "Jim" Strobl, at his home in Golden Prairie on May 27, 2007 at the age of 73. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his partner, Vicky Dobransky and her children: Hope, Gary (Nancy), Greg (Eva). His siblings: Louise (Jim), Doris (Arnold), John (Phyllis), Richard (Estella), Leonard (Maureen), Marilyn, Karen (Lawrence), Larry (Velma) and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. in Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, SK. Interment to follow in Ceylon Cemetery.
- Beatrice Gladine (nee Thomas) 1927 - 2002. On Monday, November 4, 2002, our beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital with her family by her side. Bea leaves behind to celebrate her life; daughter Shelley (Ed) Pearson, son Jason (Denise) Suitor, her beautiful grandchildren Madison and Marissa, sister Hazel (Bob) Cleland, brother Doyle (Val) Thomas, sisters-in-law Ethel Bertrum, Hazel White, Evelyn (Tom) Selby and many nieces and nephews. Bea was predeceased by her loving husband Fred, sister Marjorie, sister and brother-in-law Thelma and John Legge and brother-in-law Bert Bertrum. Born as the fourth daughter to Pearl and Norman Thomas. Bea was raised on the farm north of McTaggart. She attended McTaggart school. Bea left school to take a secretarial course. Many years later she decided to go back, taking her grade 11 & 12 at Weyburn Collegiate. She then went to Ontario and achieved her nursing degree. Bea met and married Fred Suitor. Bea left her profession of nursing to dedicate her time to raising her family. They farmed in the Ceylon district for many years until moving to Onoway, AB, where they started raising horses and participating in sulky horse racing. Many winters were spent in Weslaco, Texas. She leaves a legacy of courage and conviction, love and laughter that touched all who knew her. A celebration of her life was held Sunday, November 17, 2002 at Lifestyle Options in Edmonton, AB.
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- Janice Margaret (nee Martin) July 24, 1952 - May 1, 2012. It is with great sadness that we announce that Janice passed away surrounded by family and friends on May 1, 2012 at the age of 59 after a long and hard battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her father, John Martin, and mother and father-in-law, Matt and Mary Temple. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years Ken, children Jennifer and Jim; mother Sally Martin; brother Bob Martin; brother and sister-in-law Harvey and Judy Temple; as well as numerous cousins, extended family and friends. Janice was born in Radville, SK. and grew up on a farm near Ceylon, SK. Once she completed high school, she moved to Regina and began working at the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, where she met Ken. They married in 1973, and Jennifer and Jim soon followed. Janice was a selfless person and tirelessly worked at making her family and friends happy, right up to the very end. She was a loving wife to Ken, a second mom to many of Jennifer and Jimís friends and an amazing friend and family member to countless people. Even throughout her illness, she continued to volunteer her time to others, did not ask for anything in return, and maintained a positive attitude throughout her struggle. She took tremendous joy in life, and found pleasure in simple things. She will be dearly missed by many, but we take comfort in the fact that she is finally at peace. You are invited to attend a celebration of Janiceís life on Saturday, May 5th at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1909 Ottawa Street. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Dorothy Elizabeth (nee McLean). It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mother and Wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Thompson, late of Ceylon who passed away peacefully at the Radville Marian Health Centre on March 23, 2013, at the age of 84 years. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy and Archie McLean; her daughter, Marilyn Vennard, sisters: Sylvia Sadlemyer (George), Jean Hutchinson (Lloyd), Margie Lawrence (Bob) and Betty McLean; three brothers: Gus, John and Donnie McLean; brother-in-law, Ivor Williams; her mother and father-in-law, Charles and Laura Thompson. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Allen Thompson, Ceylon; daughter, Betty (Floyd) Blixrud, Fort QuAppelle; sons: Blaine Thompson, Ceylon, Warren Thompson (Laureen), Ceylon; grandchildren: Renee Blixrud (Ed), Christopher Blixrud, Jason Vennard, Holly Harrenett (Mike) Stephen Vennard (Tanya); six great grandchildren; sister, Marion Williams, Mossbank; brother, Bill (Leanne) McLean, Regina; brother-in-law, Ken (Jeanne) Thompson, Valleyview, AB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was born to Archie and Dorothy McLean on August 1, 1928 in the Rodgers district near Courval. She took her schooling in the country school in the district. As a young girl she enjoyed skating, ball and numerous sports. As a young woman she worked in the Mossbank Hospital as a cooks helper and helped where needed. She married Allen Thompson on January 23, 1952 in Moose Jaw. They moved to various places in the province as Allen had a gravel truck and hauled gravel. They started their family in 1953 with daughter Marilyn in 1954, Betty in 1958, Blaine and Warren in 1965. They moved to Ceylon to farm in 1956. Dorothy was very busy raising her family and helping Allen when needed. She enjoyed gardening flowers and just being outside. She was a wonderful cook and liked to bake and always had goodies for family and visitors. She enjoyed visits from family members, sisters, brothers and always liked to keep in touch with them. She enjoyed her grandchildren and liked to play games when they visited and always had something special for each one. She was a very generous person and was always there to try to help anyone she could. She worked in the Ceylon United Church and liked to help whenever needed and always enjoyed the people she worked with (great friends). She will always be loved and remembered and sadly missed by her family and many friends. A funeral service for Dorothy was held on Monday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon with Rev. Diane Robinson, officiating . Interment followed at Ceylon Community Cemetery, Ceylon. Active Pallbearers were Larry Lillejord, Ken Catherwood, Blaine McCutcheon, Melvin Gust, Brent Blackmore and Brad Nyhus.
- Yvonne A. (nee Dusselier) passed away peacefully on May 24, 2004 at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 88. Yvonne is predeceased by her parents, her husband Allan W. (Bud) in 1979 and one sister. Yvonne is survived by one brother, George Dusselier (Marcia) of Regina, two sons Robert (Beth) of Calgary, Gary (Cindy) of Macklin, Sask. and daughter Judy Thompson of Vancouver. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In 1966, Yvonne, Bud and Judy moved to Ceylon, where they owned and operated the local hotel. In 1971 Yvonne and Bud retired to a farm, just north of Ceylon and in 1979 Yvonne and Bud moved to Regina. In 1995 Yvonne moved to White Rock, B.C. and then to Vancouver. Yvonne enjoyed an excellent sense of humour and was always willing to hear a new story. An outstanding trait was Yvonne's love of people and her ability to meet strangers, with ease, and strike up a conversation, whether it was in a mall or on a bus. She simply enjoyed visiting with people.
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- Irene Marie (nee Hoste), of Regina, SK, previously of Benson, SK, passed away on Monday, September 9th, 2002 at the age of 73 years. Irene resided at Pioneer Village for the past 41/2 years after Alzheimers necessitated extensive care. She was born Irene Marie Hoste in Ceylon, SK on June 29th, 1929. Irene married Emile Vandermeulen on November 12th, 1947, and was predeceased by Emile as well as by her son Gregory and father Camile Hoste. Irene is survived by her loving children, Gerald (Sandi), Ann (Ron), Debbie, Bonnie (Carl), David (Sharyon), Linda (John), Sharon (Omar), Neil (Gail), Ronnie (Teresa), Brenda (Lawrence), 23 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, mother Anna Hoste, sisters Isabelle (David) Anderson and Juliana (Edward) Sellsted, and brothers Rene (Evangeline) Hoste, Marcel (Sharon) Hoste and Wayne Hoste. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 13th, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Benson, SK with Rev. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, Celebrant. Interment to follow in the Benson Catholic Cemetery. Prayers will be led by Rev. Stan Tabor on Thursday, September 12th, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helmsing Funeral Chapel, 2210 College Ave., Regina, SK.
- Carole. There are remarkable people in the world. It is with deep sorrow we announce the loss of the one closest to us. In the early afternoon of December 15, 2006, Carole Vargo, beloved wife, daughter, mother and grandmother peacefully ended her unwelcomed battle with cancer with her family by her side. We will cherish our memories. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in the Prairie Pride Community Centre in Ceylon, SK. Pastor Shelby Kinrade will be officiating.
- Laurence. It is with much sadness that we convey the loss of our dear Dad and Grandpa, Laurence Vargo. In the late afternoon of January 10, 2010, after years of declining health, Dad was peacefully released from this life. He was a man who loved and was loved and has now been re-united with the love of his life. We have been graced by his presence and he will always be in our hearts. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm from the Prairie Pride Community Centre in Ceylon, SK with Diane Robinson officiating. Lunch to follow.
- Eileen (nee Ayotte). It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a truly wonderful woman. Although our hearts are broken to have to say goodbye to her, we swell with pride that we were fortunate enough to have been able to cherish her as our mom, grandma, great-grandma and mother in-law for many happy years. It is a comfort to know that Eileen passed away peacefully at the Regina Pasqua Hospital, with family by her side on the morning of August 28, 2015. Eileen was born on her grandparents’ farm south of Ceylon on December 18, 1933 to Joseph and Stella Ayotte, one of four children. Eileen married Arnold Verbeurgt in 1953 and together they made a home on the family farm outside of Ceylon. The home was soon busy as they welcomed their children, Norman, Robert, George, Duane, Albert, Kathy and Paul to their small house. The house may have been small but it was a happy place with Eileen’s love and gentle caring ever present. In 1978, the decision was made to move to the City of Weyburn, where they made their home and still reside. For many years Eileen not only cared for her large family, she was also employed as a book keeper for not just one but three family businesses - A &N Auto and Machine, Skye Investments and A&A Oil. Despite her busy schedule, the focus and joy of Eileen’s life was always her family. If you were lucky enough to be one of her children, grand-children or great grand-children you were guaranteed to be showered with her endless love and subtle wisdom. Eileen was extremely proud of all of her family’s accomplishments and was the “go to” person if you needed to know who was doing what. She was genuinely interested in the family and had a real knack for being the first to know everyone’s news (which she promised not to share). Family gatherings made mom happiest and won’t be the same without her there. Regardless of the occasion, she was at the center of the activity offering her helping hands, laughter and humorous stories. Eileen enjoyed listening and dancing to western and polka music. Because of her love for music, it wasn’t uncommon to see her pick up the accordion or sit down at the organ to play a few tunes. Friends and family were always welcomed into her home at any time and could be assured they’d be greeted with a fresh cup of coffee, “dietary” baked goods, a wonderful visit and if you were lucky, a tour of her lovely vegetable and flower gardens. Eileen was a joy to be around with her gentle manner and positive outlook on all things. She will be fondly remembered and missed by all of us dearly.Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Stella Ayotte; son Duane Verbeurgt; great-grandson Hayden Sandford; special aunt Edna Kinsman; father and mother-in-law Albert and Gabriella Verbeurgt; as well as brothers-in-law Ken Walker, Lance Caldwell and Barry Armstrong. She will be greatly missed by Arnold, her loving husband of 62 years, her children Norman (Doreen) Verbeurgt, Robert (Wendy) Verbeurgt, George (Cheryl) Verbeurgt, Albert (Donna) Verbeurgt, Kathryn (James) Harris, Paul (Little) Verbeurgt, her grandchildren – Rhonda, Blair, Shelly, Nina, Natasha, Sarah, Skyelar, Taylor, Linnea, William, Olivia, Jacob, Lucas; her great grandchildren Katie, Kody, Kayden, Kiara, Grayson, Aspen, Jillian, Drew, Brenna, Chase; her brothers Allan (Edith) Ayotte, Willis (Muriel) Ayotte and her sister Ila Walker and in-laws Doreen Armstrong, Irene Caldwell, Prosper Verbeurgt, Howard (Kathleen) Verbeurgt, Gilbert and Rosemarie Verbeurgt. Prayers were held on Monday, August 31, at 7:30pm from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, September 1, at 10:30am from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche, celebrant. Honorary Pallbearers were Shelley Robertson and Oliva Harris. Pallbearers were Rhonda Verbeurgt, Blair Verbeurgt, Skyelar Verbeurgt, Taylor Verbeugt, Linnea Harris and William Harris. Lunch followed the service at McKenna Hall, Weyburn. Interment took place at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon.
- Isabelle "Ivy" (nee Ondahl). On Thursday, June 21, 2007, Isabelle "Ivy" Vermeulen formerly of Ceylon, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by her parents, Isabella (1976) and Ingvald (1981); her husband of 61 years, Prosper 'Babe' Vermeulen (2004); daughter, Laurie Vermeulen (1958); grandsons, Curtis Ehrhardt (1980) and Steven Ehrhardt (1992); and a sister, Doris Weise (2002). Ivy will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Janice (Jim) Ehrhardt, Rosemarie (Gilbert) Verbeurgt and Sandra Vermeulen; her grandchildren: Duane (Diane), Kelly (Christina), Sharlene (Tim), Michael (Elena), Steven, Angela (Kevin), Craig, Nicole (Colin) and Shawn (Lisa); great grandchildren: Owen, Kaitlin, Tyler, Teanna, Brooke, Nevan, James, Jason, Sydney and Braydon; brother, Ron Ondahl and sister, Irene Weise; as well as numerous other family members and friends. The following is the story of Ivy's life as written by her daughters: Mom was born December 18, 1919 at Roche Percee, Sask. She was the first child born to Ingvald and Isabella Ondahl. Her younger years were spent in several small towns in Saskatchewan, as her dad worked for the CNR. She moved to Ceylon from Lawson in 1937. Mom was working at the Ceylon Hotel when she met Dad, a farmer from the Oakville district. On November 18, 1942 they were married in the St. Joseph Parish in Ceylon. Their first home was a granary on the Hudson Bay quarter. In 1947 they moved a little bit west of that location and this became their home for the next 33 years. They raised three daughters there. Janice was born in 1945, Rosemarie in 1949 and Sandra in 1954. One daughter Laurie, was deceased in 1958. While growing up, we remember Mom's first and only attempt at driving. They put us in the back seat of the old coupe and away we went. We were on the back road by Uncle Herman's farm when all of a sudden what is in front of us but a stone pile! We came to an abrupt stop just inches from it. We girls laughed so hard, making Mom mad. After that she refused to try again. In earlier years, Uncle Stan, Aunt Doris, Uncle Tom and Auntie Irene and their kids spent many Sundays at our farm. Grandma and Uncle Ron came out almost every Sunday afternoon for chocolate cake and tea for many years. Several years were spent playing cards with the neighbors, Gusts, Dahls, Van den Bossches, to name a few. On Saturday nights, Mom, Aunt Doris, Mabel Ekvall and Em Gray would get all dolled up and go to the Ceylon Pub for red wine. Their men sat on the other side having a cool one, as was customary in those days. Mom would comment whenever Gilbert went by the farm "If that car had wings it would fly." Whenever Jim's boots weren't polished she let it be known that they definitely should be. Many weekends over the years, we would come home with our families to visit. Mom and Dad were always there to baby-sit our kids if we needed them. They sold their farm to Dad's nephew, Ron Vermeulen and in 1980 they purchased and moved into the Maurice LaVanway home in Ceylon. In November 1994, Mom became a resident of the Weyburn Special Care Home. Dad followed her in October 1997. January 31, 2004 changed Mom's life. She missed Dad very much. She was always aware of how much time had passed since that sad day. Dad spent every waking hour in Mom's room. Mom knew all about the Weyburn Home staff; their names, who was having babies, who was getting married in their families, and where they worked in the home. She asked weekly about people in the Ceylon Community. She was interested in new family additions, weddings and births. Mom was one of the longest residents there. The workers used to sneak ice cream into her room. Some considered her their Grandma. Some of the female staff liked to tease Mom. Dad would be sitting on the end of her bed and they would sit down and put their arm around him and call him their boyfriend. Mom very adamantly replied, 'He's not your boyfriend, he's my husband'. A few days before her passing, Mom asked to go outside for the first time in several years. She dabbled in the water fountain and listened to the birds. She didn't want to go back in. Early Saturday we received a phone call saying Mom wasn't doing well, and on oxygen. When we got to the home, she was in a deep sleep. Sunday morning, Janice said 'Mom it's 10:00, you've missed breakfast.' She opened her eyes at that moment and said 'I can't eat'. She was awake for the rest of the day. We had good conversations, several family members were present. A couple of days later she asked for her glasses to be put on. Rosemarie asked her if we looked better. She didn't answer, so we assumed we did. The little grandchildren came to visit one day and they were noisy. We asked her if they were too noisy, and she gave us a definite "No," so we knew she wanted them around. There were many workers and residents that stopped daily and asked how Mom was doing, and several visited her also. One quiet afternoon, us girls were sitting with Mom and Rosemarie decided to read her our family history. She listened attentively and drifted off to sleep. The last six days we spent with Mom has shown the three of us the compassion and concern that the staff of the Weyburn Special Care Home have for the residents and their families. During this time, Jim and Gilbert also gave us their unselfish time and support. The day of Mom's passing was a very rough day for everyone. One RN told us it was her heart and her spirit that kept her going. Mom had a very dignified and peaceful passing just before midnight Thursday night. She will be greatly missed and will always be remembered. Funeral service was held Monday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Prince Kurisinkal Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Duane Ehrhardt, Kelly Ehrhardt, Tim Kerslake, Michael Verbeurgt, Steven Verbeurgt and Shawn Vermeulen.
- Prosper Alois "Babe". On Saturday, January 31, 2004, Prosper Alois "Babe" Vermeulen, late of Weyburn and formerly of Ceylon, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 85 years. Prosper was born on the family homestead, SW 5-5-19-W2 in the R.M. of the Gap #39, on June 11, 1918 to Leon Vermeulen and Camilla VanHulle. He was predeceased by six brothers: Gerald, George, Maurice, Jerome, Albert, Herman and three sisters: Agnes, Clara and Julia. Babe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ivy Vermeulen; daughters Janice (Jim) Ehrhardt, Rosemarie (Gilbert) Verbeurgt and Sandra Vermeulen; grandchildren: Duane (Diane), Kelly (Annalisa Cook) Ehrhardt, Sharlene (Tim) Kerslake, Michael and Steven Verbeurgt, Angela (Cel Lake), Craig (Gloria Hommond), Nicole (Colin Kerr), and Shawn; great grandchildren: Owen Worsley, Kaitlin and Tyler Ehrhardt, Reanna Verbeurgt, James and Jason Lake, Braydon Kerr, and numerous other family members. The family writes: Dad started farming on the Vermeulen homestead with his dad and brothers. He also worked as a farm hand for Archille Verbeurgt and Andy Nimegeers to name a few. Dad and Uncle Herman farmed together for many years in the Oakville School District until Uncle Herman's passing. Dad used to tell us many hair-raising stories of growing up with his brothers, Duke, Blackie, Swanson, Bones, Buck and Monk. Apparently when the new barn was built, after the old one was destroyed by a cyclone, Albert did a headstand on the peak to show his daring. Some of the other antics involved sleep walking, Russian roulette, storm window holes, pitchforks and cows, pig riding and modern day cowboys and Indians. He reminisced about the Vermeulen Band and the many barn dances that were held at the farm and how "home-brew" made them so much livelier. He met Ivy Ondahl at the Ceylon Hostel where she worked, and they were married November 18, 1942 in the St. Joseph Parish in Ceylon. In 1947 they moved to their own farm where they resided for many years. They had four daughters: Janice, Rosemarie, Sandra and Laurie (deceased). Over the next few years we grew up, left home, had our own children and brought them home to roost with Grandma and Grandpa on the farm until we decided to pick them up! Mom and Dad always enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbors. Between farm work and more farm work he also enjoyed fishing and watching Blue Jay ball games. Every Saturday night when we were still on the farm we used to have to listen to the humdrum of Hockey Night in Canada. We made weekly excursions to town on Saturday and on one of our return trips the Belgium temper rose a little with an incident involving a car, a snowbank, a shovel and a dented hood. Mom's driving skills did not improve with Dad's driving lesson, as it abruptly ended on top of a rock pile. Mom was never seen behind the wheel of a car again. In 1979 Dad retired from farming and in 1980 they purchased the Maurice and Elaine La Vanway home in Ceylon. They thoroughly enjoyed the local establishment for red wine and Calgary beer. In 1994, Mom moved into the Weyburn Special Care Home. Dad, despite his weekly trips to Weyburn to see her, was very lonely. His health started to deteriorate and he entered the home on October 31, 1996. Upon hearing that he could be admitted in three days, he immediately had his suitcase packed and ready to go. Most of his waking hours were spent in Mom's room, visiting and reminiscing. Dad still enjoyed his Copenhagen, daily beer and reading up until a few months ago when his health dramatically declined. He became immobile and occasionally incoherent. He passed away peacefully on the morning of January 31 in the Special Care Home. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family. The funeral mass was held Thursday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Ceylon, with Father Prince Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Duane Ehrhardt, Kelly Ehrhardt, Steven Verbeurgt, Tim Kerslake, Craig Vermeulen and Shawn Vermeulen.
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- Dorothy Louise (nee Guest) was born on June 23, 1917 at the Guest family farm, which was located near Hardy. Dorothy received her education at Egypt Valley School until she had finished the tenth grade. After this, she completed her schooling at Hardy School. Dorothy stayed on the farm until 1942 when she left to receive teacher's training. After completing the course, she taught school at Black Oak for three years. In 1945 she married Steve Webb. They farmed until 1977 when they retired and moved to Pangman. Dorothy was gifted with the ability to do wonderful knitting and crocheting. She always enjoyed gardening, watching curling, and spending time with her grandchildren. Most dear to her heart was her relationship with Jesus Christ. She accepted Him as her Savior early in childhood and He was her best Friend and Helper throughout her life. Dorothy was truly a blessing to all who knew her and will be remembered for her kind and selfless ways, always putting others before herself. Dorothy is predeceased by her parents Herbert and Alsie Guest; loving husband, Stephen Webb (1984); infant daughter, Donna Webb (1946); three sisters, Lillian Rowland, Lydia Ledingham and May Heath; two brothers, Reg and Bill Guest and one nephew, Bob Guest. Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry (Wanda) Webb of Pangman and their children, Aimee (Scott) Gerlitz of Rocky Mountain House, AB, Randy, Graham and Jonathan Webb all of Pangman; stepdaughter, Joan (Jake) Schmidt of Regina and their children, Wes (Patti) Schmidt of Regina and Doug (Loreena) Schmidt of Saskatoon; one great grandson, Isaac Gerlitz; two sisters, Gladys Heath of Pangman and Eva Orton of Richmond, BC and one brother, Cecil (Marguerite) Guest of Pangman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral service was held Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. from the Bethel Mission Assembly in Pangman, with Pastor Brandon Tichkowsky officiating. Interment was held at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Randy Webb, Graham Webb, Wes Schmidt, Byron Ledingham, Bill Peters and Reg Guest.
- Doris Olive (nee Ondahl). On Saturday, May 18, 2002, Doris Olive Weise, late of Ceylon, passed away in Kelowna, BC at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by her husband, Stanley Weise in 1992; her mother in 1976, her father in 1981, two granddaughters: Amanda in 1987 and Cindy in 1990. Doris leaves to mourn her six children: Norma Jean (George) Ehrhardt of Surrey, BC; Linda (Brent) Prato of Quesnel, BC; Lorne (Bev) Weise of Surrey, BC; Debbie (Vincent) Beres of Fort St. John, BC; Roger (Debbie) Weise of Viscount; Scott (Karol) Weise of Saskatoon; 13 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; two sisters: Ivy (Prosper) Vermeulen of Weyburn and Irene Weise of Radville; one brother, Ronald Ondahl of Radville; as well as many other relatives. Doris was born July 23, 1924 in Hardy to Ingvald and Isabella Ondahl. Her parents moved to Ceylon in 1937 where her dad was employed by the CNR for over 40 years. She was the youngest of four children, three girls and one boy. As a very young child she also resided in Harptree and Roche Percee. On December 7, 1942, Doris married Stan Weise in the United Church manse in Ceylon. Stan joined the army and Doris worked at the Ceylon Hotel, in the telephone office and did house cleaning for a few area families in her early years. Later, when her family was grown, she was again employed by the hotel working in the cafe. Doris enjoyed playing cards, baking, doing crossword puzzles, visiting friends, listening to music and playing her organ. She belonged to the Ceylon Senior Citizens, and was always an avid donator towards lunches or supplying food stuffs for bake sales as fund-raisers for the church, senior's club, etc. She never forgot a birthday, and as years went on, grandchildren and great grandchildren were included. Christmas was a gift of money for all, it didn't seem to matter how much the family kept expanding. She moved to Ceylon with her parents in 1937 and lived there continuously until after Stan's passing in March, 1992. From December of 1992 onward until her passing she spent the winter months visiting her children throughout BC. Doris was a very generous person who absolutely adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always had time and took time to have idle conversations with them. She was always interested in anything and everything they had to say. Family was always important to her. She was the best mother, grandmother and great grandmother anyone could have wished for. She was loved very much by all. Funeral service was held Monday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. from Ceylon United Church with Shelby Kinrade officiating minister. Interment followed in Ceylon cemetery. All who shared in Doris' life were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Donald Kaufman, Don Miller, Ron Hovanak, John Victor, Eddie Portmann and Darcy Reaney.
- Ronald Thomas. On Sunday, June 11, 2000, Ronald Thomas Weise, late of Regina, passed away at the age of 58 years. Predeceased by his father, Thomas Weise in 1996, Ronald is survived by his mother, Irene Weise; one brother, Ray Weise of Regina; two nephews: Kevin Weise and Kris (fiancee Lynn) Weise; four great nieces and nephews; as well as numerous relatives and friends and his faithful companion, dog "Shadow." Ronald Thomas Weise was born on August 4, 1941 at Ceylon. He lived on the family farm in Ceylon where he attended Sunday School and took his schooling there to grade 9, until the family moved to Radville. Shortly thereafter he began to work for various people, including Jim South of South Construction and his brother, Raymond, who owned and operated a painting business in Weyburn. He lived in Weyburn for 12 years, then moved to Regina where he has resided for nine years. Ronald enjoyed fishing, watching sports on TV and spending time with his dog. He also enjoyed going for coffee with his brother. He did some traveling and went to Expo 1986 and 1987. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, with Rev. Christa Eidsness officiating. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. Pallbearers were: John Fiechter, Ed Rowland, Ron Vermeulen, Donald Kaufmann, Einner Hansen and Ken Hansen.
- Stanley Raymond. It is with great sadness that the family of Stanley Raymond Weise announce his passing on February 12, 2013 at the age of 68 years with his family by his side, after battling COPD (Lung Disease) for eight years. Stanley was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Irene Weise; brother, Ronald Thomas Weise; two grandchildren. Stanley is survived by his sons: Kris Weise and his children: Samantha, Rheagan, Kyle and Katelyn and great granddaughter, Rhylie Weise, Weyburn, SK; Kevin Weise (Jennifer) and his children: Jacob, Tristan, Misty-Lynn, and Cory Kuoppa-aho, Thunder Bay, ON, along with several cousins and friends. A Funeral Service for Stanley will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, Ceylon, SK with Rev. Diane Robinson, officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be all in attendance. Interment will take place at a later date at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon, SK.
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