Obituaries of residents & former residents of
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- Martha Matilda (nee Mehrer) Adams (December 14, 1915 – October 16, 2006). Martha Adams, late of Churchbridge, went to be with her Lord on October 16, 2006 at Parkside Extendicare in Regina, SK. Martha was born to Fred and Johanna Mehrer on December 14, 1915 on the homestead in the Fox Valley area. She married Philip Adams on October 29, 1935. They farmed for a time and then moved to Regina and back to the farm, remaining there from 1948 – 1978 when they retired to Churchbridge. Martha taught Sunday School and belonged to the Ladies’ Mission Society in the Church of God. She was a friend to all. Martha is survived by her five children, Malcolm (Adeline) of Regina, Dalbert (Betty) of Sherwood Park, AB, Elnore Schultz, Elaine Merle of Regina and Connie (Erwin) Rathgeber of Regina; eleven grandchildren, Kevin, Darrin, Brenda (Gord), Barry (Joanne), Betsy (Russ), Debbie, Mark (Monica), Dawn, (Sheldon), Lise (Jason), Trevor and Tracy (John); nineteen great grandchildren, Zachariah, Cassandra, Taylor, Laetitia, Nathan, Kelsey, Jessica, Jordan, Taylor, Reggie, Reese, Shelby, Jenna, Annika, Karl, Katrina, Jordan, Austin and Kathryn; five sisters: Annie Schultz, Frieda Hoffman, Leotha Yanke, Mildred Slager and Lydia Knippel; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Martha was predeceased by her husband, Philip in 1998; her parents; one sister, Minnie, four brothers, Frank, Fred, Herman and Jake, and grandson Gregory. The family would like to thank the staff at Yorkton Regional Nursing Home and staff of Parkside Extendicare in Regina for their good care. A funeral service was held on Thursday, October 19, 2006 in Regina, SK.
- Philip Adams of Churchbridge went to be with his Lord on February 20, 1998 at the Lakeside Manor in Saltcoats, Sask. The funeral service was held February 23, 1998 at the Churchbridge Church of God with Pastor Ken Dressler officiating, and Tracy Jinks (granddaughter) playing the organ. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Philip was born to Gabriel and Eleanor Adams, August 8, 1911 in MacNutt, Saskatchewan. He married Martha (Mehrer) on October 29, 1935. They farmed for a time, then moved to Regina, returning to farm in the Landestreu area from 1948 to 1978, when they retired to Churchbridge. Philip taught Sunday School for many years and was a willing member in many other activities in the Church of God. He was an avid reader and a friend to all. Philip is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha (Mehrer); five children, Malcolm (Adeline) of Churchbridge, Dalbert (Betty) of Sherwood Park, AB, Elnore Schultz of Surrey, BC, Elaine Merle of Regina, SK and Connie (Erwin) Rathgeber of MacNutt, SK; Grandchildren, Kevin (Yolanda), Darrin, Brenda, Barry (Jo-Ann), Betty (Russ), Debbie, Mark (Monica) Dawn, Lisa, Trevor and Tracy (John); Great Grandchildren, Zachariah, Cassandra, Taylor, Laetitia, Kelsey, Jessica, Taylor, Jordon, Reggie, Shelby, Jenna and Austin; three sisters, Minnie, Anne and Marie; five brothers, Albert, Fred, Gabe, Rudy and Don; also numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister in infancy; and one grandson, Gregory. Pallbearers were: Kevin Adams, Darrin Adams, Mark Schultz, Dawn Schultz, Trevor Rathgeber (Grandchildren), and John Jinks.
- George Alvin Anderson, age 91 years, of Churchbridge passed away December 25, 1977 in Langenburg hospital. Funeral services were held from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge on December 28, at 2 p.m. with Rev. T. Crosby of Saltcoats officiating. Interment was in Churchbridge Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers were; Oren Swanson, Louis Brenner, Fred Garbe, George Gibbs, George Oliver, Hugo Boreen, Lawrence Sauser, Leo Prince and Claude Heinrich. Active pallbearers were: John Kurucz, Milton Whitmarsh, Dick Webster, Ubert Sauser, Walter Brenner and Fred Dressler. Everett Larson was usher, Rita Jack organist and Murray Laidlaw in charge of memorial donations. Mr. Anderson was predeceased by his parents; wife, Olive in 1933 and brother, Clarence in 1961. He is survived by his daughter, Joan of Churchbridge; brother Simon of Churchbridge; sister, Matilda, Mrs. M Schlegelmich and many nephews and nieces. Born October 3, 1886 at Eleva, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Mr. Anderson came to Churchbridge in 1921 and farmed in the area until retiring in 1948. In 1920, he married Olive Morris in Churchbridge. A pioneer of the area, Mr. Anderson was one of the original members of the Wheat Pool, having joined in 1924. He was also a member of the original Agricultural Society formed in Churchbridge many years ago. Besides being a member of the Churchbridge Anglican Church, Mr. Anderson played baseball in the old Churchbridge ball club under the management of Mr. Garbe Sr. A very community minded man, Mr. Anderson was a quiet hard working person who was well known, liked and respected. His memory will be held dear by his relatives and many friends.
- Lottie "Lettie" (nee Morris). The Churchbridge and Bredenbury communities were greatly grieved recently to learn of the loss of one who was very much respected and loved by everybody when Lettie Anderson (nee Morris), beloved wife of Mr. Clarence Anderson, passed peacefully away in her sleep around noon on Sunday, January 7th, after a lengthy illness. She was fifty-seven years and nine months of age. The late Mrs. Anderson was born in March, 1876 at Bridgend, South Wales, and came to this country many years ago. On the 23rd of December she was married to Clarence Anderson of Churchbridge and faithfully took up her duties as a housewife. Her passing made the fourth death in her family within a year’s time, and now only one remains living, a sister, Mrs. John Pollock of Sturgis. She was a kind and loving wife and was every friendly to everyone. Those who mourn her death besides her devoted husband and her remaining sister are numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and several nephews and nieces in England, the United States and Canada as well as hosts of friends in and around Bredenbury, Churchbridge and Yorkton. Funeral services were held at the Anglican Church in Churchbridge with the Rev. Davis of Saltcoats officiating, and interment was made in the Churchbridge cemetery. Many floral tokens and a large cortege followed the body to its last place of peaceful rest. Pallbearers were Messrs. George Gibbs, Colon Webster, August Jenson, Jacob Thomsen, John Sauser and Bert Oliver. The entire community surrounding extends its most heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband.
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- Anne (nee Trach) Bartusek, peacefully passed away on Monday, February 16, 2009 at the age of 73 years at the Langenburg Centennial Care Home. Anne was born on a farm near Cote, SK on August 11, 1935, the third daughter of five for Mary and Nicholas Trach. She attended Memorial Country School and helped out on the family farm until she left and completed her high school at KCI, Kamsack. She attended Teachers’ College in Saskatoon in 1953-1954 and began her teaching career at the country school near Watson, SK. After a few years of teaching she attended the University of Saskatchewan to get her permanent Teacher’s Certificate. Following university she took a secretarial course at Saskatoon Business College and worked for Ward Johnson Electric in Saskatoon. After 6 months as a secretary she returned to teaching at Lydden in 1959 where she met Wayne Bartusek. They were married July 6, 1963 when Wayne started work at the IMC potash mine. Both daughters (Corinne and Cheryl) were born there. After her marriage she taught at Bredenbury, Saltcoats, and Churchbridge High Schools and her last being at the Churchbridge Elementary School. Anne enjoyed her curling and baseball and remained a loyal fan catching every game on TV she could. She had many passions, which included sewing, gardening, cross-stitching and reading. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Mary Trach; husband, Wayne; granddaughter, Breanna Marie Wensley of Regina, and brother-in-law Edward Bazowski. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her memory, her daughters, Corinne (Colin) Wensley of Regina and Cheryl (James) Peach of Gibbons, AB; twin granddaughters, Amelia and Zoe Wensley of Regina; sisters, Jeanne Trach of Saskatoon, Vikki (Ray) Bauml of Humboldt, Agnes Bazowski of Langenburg, Lucille (Lloyd) Davie of Moose Jaw; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and good friends. The funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Father Hector Seville officiating. Anne’s daughter and son-in-law remembered Anne in tribute and eulogy. Readings were given by Kyla Katchur of Winnipeg, MB, Vikki Bauml of Humboldt, and Terry Wensley of Regina. The cremation committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, Churchbridge with Anne’s daughters, Cheryl and Corinne serving as the urnbearers.
- Wayne Abdon Bartusek beloved husband of Anne Bartusek of Churchbridge, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 1998 at the age of 57 years. Wayne was born at Glenside, Sk on October 29, 1940, the second child for Abdon and Ann Bartusek. His school life began at Coultree, a country school at Glenside. He ended his schooling at Caputh, near Duperow, SK. He began his working career at an early age doing various jobs away from home. In 1963, he married Anne Trach, of Runnymede, SK who was a teacher in the area. They moved to Churchbridge. Wayne and Anne were blessed with two daughters, Corinne (Colin) Wensley and Cheryl. During their growing years, he was a faithful softball coach, a chauffeur, and an avid supporter of their many endeavours. Wayne began work at the construction site of the K-2 mine near Gerald and from there to the K-1 mine. After 12 years there, he went to PCS Rocanville until 1987. From then on, working as a millwright, he worked at various construction sites throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, also BC, Yukon, and Ontario. Illness finally forced him to seek medical attention in September of 1995. He was never able to return to work as his health gradually deteriorated. His own interests were varied. He enjoyed woodwork, small engine repair and being “Mr., Fix-It”. He enjoyed baseball, but curling was his great sport. He skipped his own rink in numerous championships in bonspiels around the area. His proudest moment was being a member of the rink that represented this zone in the Men’s Southern Provincial Playoff in 1972 where Wayne was noted All Star Second for those playoffs. He enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing was great, but hunting was a real passion. The hunting season may have been short, but the tales were relived throughout the years. Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Abdon and Ann Bartusek, brothers, Larry in infancy and Dommie. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his memory, his loving wife, Anne Bartusek of Churchbridge; daughters, Corinne (Colin) Wensley of Regina, and Cheryl Bartusek of Winnipeg, MB. He is also survived by a brother, Archie (Alsanne) Bartusek of Biggar, SK; sisters, Claudette (Ives) Clark of Biggar, SK; Susie (Ken) Seidl of Biggar, SK; sister-in-law Brenda (Barry) Farrell of Biggar, Sk; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and good friends. Funeral Mass was held Friday, October 2, 1998 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Father Rick Krofchek officiating. The organist, Laceylyn Chyz, led the congregation in singing the hymns. Readings were given by Wayne’s son-in-law Colin Wensley and Vicki Baymi. Giftbearers were Wayne’s daughter, Cheryl Bartusek and Wayne’s son-in-law Colin Wensley. Altar servers were Tyler Haacke, Gordie Lothian and Derek Lothian. Pallbearers were Dennis Berg, Ray Thies, Lee Prince, Bob Haacke, Kelvin Loscombe and Mel Shrumm. Graveside service and interment of cremated remains were held Saturday October 3, 1998 from the Churchbridge Community Cemetery.
- Angie Arvilla (nee Dillin) Basken, beloved wife of Mr. Fred Basken of Churchbridge, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 1986 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She was 76 years of age. Mrs. Basken was born March 15,1909 on a farm in the Churchbridge district, the daughter of Charles and Etta (nee Hicks) Dillin. She grew up on her parents’ farm and received her elementary school education at Pennock School and her high school education at the Churchbridge School. Following her completion of her education, she enrolled in Normal School graduating with a teacher’s degree in 1927. Mrs. Basken first started to teach school in Churchbridge. On August 8, 1934, in Yorkton, she was united in marriage to Fred Basken. The couple continued to reside in Churchbridge where Mrs. Basken was teaching. In 1963, the couple moved to Beavercreek in the Yukon where Mrs. Basken continued to teach. This was followed by one year of teaching at Fairford, MB. In 1968, Mrs. Basken retired from teaching and the couple returned to Churchbridge to live. In 1977, Mrs. Basken’s health started to fail her and she was forced to enter the Langenburg Union Hospital; following this, a hospital in Winnipeg. For a period of time she was able to return home to Churchbridge, but in 1981 she entered the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, residing there until her peaceful passing. A person who loved the out-of-doors, she liked to spend much of her time working in her garden. Her home and yard were always decorated with many different beautiful varieties of flowers and her house had an array of plants and flowers. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, sewing and letter writing. Her greatest love was teaching children, she devoted the greatest part of her life to the education of children and helped the students she had, to strive forward to greater heights. In 1984, Mr. and Mrs. Basken celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Basken was predeceased by her parents, and one brother, Cullie, in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing, her loving husband Fred; one son, Deane and his wife, Gloria, Churchbridge; one daughter, Mirleen and her husband Harvey Kittle, Winnipeg, MB; one brother, Ivan Dillin and his wife, Alma of Churchbridge; one sister, Mrs. Eileen Basken and her husband Charles, of Churchbridge, and seven grandchildren, Patricia Sullivan, Terry Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Beverly Sullivan, Brent Basken, Brian Basken and Bruce Basken. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 15, 1986 from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge with the Rev. William Pope officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Edward Veal, Melfort Yanke, Woodrow Wussow, John Lambie, Ted Magnusson, Lauren Anderson as the honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Lyle Basken, Brent Basken, Brian Basken, Barry Debnam, Tim Sullivan and Dwight Basken.
– Charles Oswald Basken, beloved husband of Mrs. Eileen Basken of Churchbridge passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 1988 at the Langenburg Union Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77 years of age. Mr. Basken was born on August 28, 1911 in Churchbridge; he was the son of James and Emily (nee Heasman)Basken. He grew up in Churchbridge and received his education there also. Following the completion of his education, Charlie started to farm in the district and continued to do this until he joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Construction Division. On June 3, 1933, he was united in marriage to Eileen Dillin, and to this union the couple was blessed with three children. Charlie developed his love for sports and for the world of growing and living things. He has lived as both a very private and independent person, and on the other hand, as one involved in community and committed to community. Even into retirement he maintained a lively interest in farming and enjoyed surveying the crops and the changing agricultural scene year by year. Tending garden and yard, gave Charlie joy and usually an abundance of produce for sharing with family, friends and neighbours. Sports were high on Charlie’s list of priorities and interests. He played ball and hockey and was always amongst the most loyal of fans. Group after group of young ball and hockey players passed under his scrutiny, receiving his support and encouragement. Always, he maintained a personal interest in the young athletes, concerned for their development, not only of skills, but of qualities and attributes that would serve them and their community well. Charlie found similar satisfaction in his involvements with the Lions Club, of which, in Churchbridge, he was a charter member. His work and encouragement also was significant in helping other clubs get established. Charlie was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church where his support and faithful attendance, his practical knowledge and wisdom, and his readiness to climb ladders and use tar brush, hammer and saw, contributed much to the congregation’s reestablishment. He will be missed as a special friend to children and youth, a person whose love for life and friendly sparkle and smile will long be remembered and treasured. Mr. Basken was predeceased by his parents; a daughter Beverley Olafson in 1972; a granddaughter, Donna Rae Basken in 1978; brothers, Tom and Bob; sisters, Daisy Debnam, Hilda Pringle and Isobel Juhl. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life; his loving wife, Eileen; sons, Lyle (Carole) Basken of Moosomin and Dwight Basken of Churchbridge; a brother, Fred Basken ; and a sister Kay Todd; grandchildren, Daryl Basken, Dale (Gail) Olafson, Dwayne (Lori) Olafson, Lynn (Ila) Olafson; Marilyn Olafson, Dwayne (Lori) Olafson, Lorne (Linda) Olafson, Shannon Olafson, Brent (Valerie) Olafson, Glen Olafson and Gary Olafson; great grandchildren Cody Basken, Dillon, Michelle, Jill, Amelia, Dustin, Shane, Ryan, Cara and Natasha Olafson. Funeral services were held Friday, December 16, 1988 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge under the auspices of St. Andrew’s United Church with Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Bud Boreen, Gil Boyle, Ray Boreen, Stan Bankowski, Chuck Wussow and Vernie Mehls as the honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Jack Prier, Bob Bjarnason, Brian Basken, Brent Boyle, Kevin Kaminski and Bruce Basken.
- Deane Basken passed away September 20, 2005 at the age of 67 after a short battle with leukemia. Deane was the son of Fred and Angie Basken born November 17, 1937 in the family house in Churchbridge. He took all his schooling in Churchbridge. During that time he worked in his father’s John Deere shop and did custom work for farmers in the area. Deane worked for Lawrence and Norman Yanke driving cat and truck until he went to Winnipeg, MB. and was hired on the Dew Line in the Arctic. The next summer he came back home and worked for Saskatchewan Power in southern Saskatchewan until the fall when he started working for Pool construction on the Boundary Dam in Estevan. Lawrence Yanke and Deane then opened a corner garage and welding shop in Churchbridge until Deane started working at IMC potash mine in Esterhazy, SK. He then went to work for National Mine Service installing and rebuilding miners and servicing equipment in potash mines in Saskatchewan, in the USA coal mines and oil shale and in the coal mine at Grand Cache. He also spent time in Germany and England. Deane went to work for Goodman Industrial in Esterhazy looking after the mining equipment part of the business where he still was available to assist despite his illness. Deane married Gloria Sakundiak from Wimmer, SK on May 20, 1961. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Brent, Brian and Bruce. One of the many things they enjoyed as a family was camping and fishing. Deane and Gloria attended the many sporting events along with assisting in coaching hockey and were always there to support the boys. With the help of family and friends, they built Perception Autobody which Deane still had a great interest in. Gloria passed away on April 24, 1990. Deane found happiness with his partner, Bonnie and his extended family of Chris, Scott and Andy and Katie, who became an important part of his life. Deane also had his constant companion and best friend, Junior always by his side. Deane served in many capacities in the community through Lions, Minor Sports, Town Council and many hours of volunteer work. He was a man of many talents building, fixing, and repairing anything that came his way. Deane was always available to provide any advice that he could offer, those talents were passed on to his boys and many friends. His many pastimes were hunting, fishing, along with golfing. The many times he spent with family and friends at Northern Nights were always a wonderful time for him. In the last couple of years he finally found the time to do the woodworking he always wanted to do. One of his many pleasures was sitting around the kitchen table visiting over a pot of coffee. The greatest joys of his life were his grandsons, Jake and Dez. They enjoyed spending time with their Papa, building and painting bird houses and going for drives. Deane like to watch the boys learn to skate, along with attending their hockey and ball games. Deane was predeceased by his wife Gloria in 1990; father, Fred in 1997, mother, Angie in 1986 and brother-in-law Harold in 2001. He leaves to celebrate his life, his three sons, Brent, Brian (Debbie) and Bruce (Cindy); his grandsons, Jake and Dez; his partner, Bonnie and extended family, Chris, Scott, Andy and Katie; constant companion and best buddy, Junior, grand-dogs, Symba and Lilo; sister, Mirleen (Harv) Kittle; sister-in-law, Olga Bungard; brother-in-law Russ (Connie) Sakundiak and many nieces, nephews and many special friends.
– Dwight Charles Basken was born in Esterhazy, SK. on July 31, 1944. He passed away at the Regina General Hospital, Regina, Sk on April 23, 2015. Dwight spent most of his life in Churchbridge. He worked at the mine, in the oil patch, and owned a welding business. Dwight worked as an iron worker and belonged to the Saskatchewan Iron Workers Local 771. He worked on many projects across Canada. Dwight was involved in many community organizations including the Churchbridge Imperials, Churchbridge Lions Club and Town Council. Dwight enjoyed spending time at the hockey rink. He enjoyed the game of baseball, playing as a youth and watching his favourite team the Toronto Blue Jays on TV. Wighty was a proud member of the zarley Owners Group. Over the years he put on many miles on a few different bikes. He also enjoyed spending time with his cousins, Brent, Brian, Bruce, Jake and Dez, those Basken gatherings always proved interesting! Dwight was always up for a good argument whether it was politics or sports. Although there was a gruff side to Dwight, his family and friends meant a lot to him. He would phone for a favour or just to talk. He enjoyed his conversations and visits with his nieces and nephews and spending time with his friends, especially Greg and Packier. Dwight’s four-legged friend, Mickey, was a great companion. As we all know Wighty was known for his driving and the only one brave enough to get in the vehicle with him was Mickey. Dwight was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Eileen (nee Dillin) Basken; sister, Beverly Olafson and niece, Donna Basken. Dwight leaves to celebrate his life, his brother, Lyle and Carolle Basken; brother in-law George and Judy Olafson; nieces and nephews: Daryl Basken, Dale Olafson, Lynn (Ila) Olafson; Marilyn Olafson, Dwayne (Bonnie) Olafson, Lorne (Darcy) Olafson, Shannon (Bob) Olafson-Wagner, Brent (Val) Olafson, Glen Olafson, Gary (Amy) Olafson and Jennifer Olafson as well as many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
– Eileen Delight (nee Dillin). Mrs. Eileen Delight Basken of Churchbridge, Saskatchewan entered into the presence of the lord on March 15, 2003 at the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg, Sask. She was 90 years of age. Eileen was born May 22, 1912 in the Churchbridge District to Charles and Etta (nee Hicks) Dillin. She became a teacher and began her teaching career in 1931, retiring due to ill health in 1974. On June 3, 1933, Eileen was united in marriage to Charles Basken and to this union the couple was blessed with three children. Eileen left teaching for a number of years to raise her family. She enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers and always shared in abundance of produce with family, friends and neighbours. Eileen and Charles lived both a very private and independent life and on the other hand, were involved in community events such as baseball and hockey. Mrs. Basken was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Etta Dillin; her husband, Charles Basken in 1988, a daughter, Beverely Olafson in 1972; a granddaughter Donna Rae Basken in 1978, a sister Angie Basken; a brother Ivan Dillin; brothers-in-law Fred, Tom and Bob; and sisters-in-law, Hilda, Daisy, Isabelle and Kay. She leaves to celebrate her life, two sons, Lyle and his wife Carolle Basken of Kenosee, SK and Dwight Basken of Churchbridge; 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law Alma Dillin. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 20, 2003 from At. Andrew’s United Church in Churchbridge with Reverend Curtis Tufts officiating. Organist, Vicki Kaminski, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “Amazing Grace”, “Give To Us Laughter “and “In the Garden”. The committal service took place in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Gil Boyle, Hughie Scobie, Woodrow Bjarnason, Russ Sakundiak, Bob Bjarnason, and Doug Bjarnason serving as casketbearers.
- Emily Gertrude (nee Heasman). Funeral service for the late Mrs. Emily Gertrude Basken, 94, of Churchbridge who died on September 21 at Baie d’Urfe, P.Q. was held on September 24 of Churchbridge. Rev. Allen officiated. Pallbearers were Russell and James Debnam and Dean, Reginald, Lyle and Dwight Basken. Interment was in Churchbridge Cemetery. The late Mrs. Basken was born on October 5, 1870 at Forest Row, Sussex, England, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heasman. Educated in England, she came to Canada and the Kinbrae district in 1886. It was at Kinbrae she was married. Church affiliation was Anglican. She is survived by sons Frederick J.; J. Thomas, Robert S. and Charles and by daughters Hilda Pringle, Daisy Debnam and Kathleen Todd. She was predeceased by one daughter Isobel Juhl and by one brother, William Heasman and a sister, Edith Bainbridge. Surviving are 27 grandchildren and 67 great grandchildren. Relatives from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. And Mrs. Norman Todd of Baie d’Urfe; Mrs. Hilda Pringle, Winnipeg; Mr and Mrs. Fred Basken of Fairford Reserve, MB; James Debnam of Round Hill, AB; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Debnam and Floyd Debnam, Calgary; Reg Basken, Winnipeg; Mrs. Bert Schikowsky of Regina, and a friend, Mrs. Charles Fraser of Regina.
– Frederick James was born on February 24, 1897 in Kinbrae, N.W.T. He died on December 6, 1997 n Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. Fred went to school until grade eight and worked for a government road gang until the war broke out in 1914. He was discharged because of a knee injury in 1918 and moved to Churchbridge. Fred worked in the livery and threshing business until the spring of 1930 when he purchased a John Deere Agency, pool room and café in Churchbridge. Fred married Angie Dillin in 1934. They had two children, Mirleen, born on May 11, 1936 and Deane, born on November 17, 1937. Fred and Angie retired from business in 1963 and moved to the Yukon. In 1978 Fred and Angie retired to Churchbridge. Fred moved to the Lakeside Manor Care Home in 1990 and lived there until his death. Fred was well-known for his love of music. One of his favorite instruments to play was the violin, along with the piano and organ. Whenever music was playing, Fred’s toes were tapping. Fred was an active member of the Rhythm Rockets for many years and even played on his 98th birthday. In the summer you could find Fred busy in the garden and in the winter, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play hockey. Fred was predeceased by his wife, Angie, parents, James and Emily, his sisters, Effie, Isobel, Hilda, and Daisy, his brothers, Eric, John and Charles and daughter-in-law Gloria. Fred is survived by his daughter, Mirleen (Harvey) Kittle, son, Deane, his grandchildren, Pat Sullivan, Terry Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Bev Sullivan, Brent Basken, Brian (Debbie) Basken and Bruce (Cindy) Basken, his great-grandchildren, Cole, Dillin and Tyrell; his sister Kay Todd, sister-in-law, Eileen Basken, and brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Alma Dillin.
- Gloria Ores (nee Sakundiak) Basken, the wife of Deane Basken of Churchbridge, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 24, 1990 at her home. She was 51 years of age. Gloria was born on February 10, 1939 at Watson, SK. She was the daughter of Peter and Ann (nee Letwinitz) Sakundiak. Gloria took her elementary education in Watson and Wimmer. She graduated from Quill Lake High School in 1957. In September of 1957, Gloria became employed with the Saskatchewan Government Telephones in Regina, where she worked for two years before being transferred to the Yorkton office. She continued to work there until 1961. On May 20, 1961, Gloria was united in marriage to Deane Frederick Basken, at Quill Lake, SK. They have resided in Churchbridge for the past 28 years, where they raised three sons: Brent, Brian and Bruce. Until her passing, Gloria was employed at the Churchbridge High School as well as being bookkeeper for Perception Autobody. Gloria served on the local school board, as well as being an active community volunteer for many years. She had especially enjoyed watching her sons play hockey and was a very dedicated fan throughout their hockey years. She also enjoyed ball, curling, fishing, camping, playing cards and bingo. Gloria will be remembered and sadly missed in the community for her dedication to her family. She will also be remembered by her numerous friends as one whom always had time in her busy schedule for a “coffee”. She was one who always had time for others. She and Deane spent many evenings together with their friends playing cards. Gloria was predeceased by her mother, Ann in 1973. She is survived by her loving husband, Deane; her sons, Brent of Vancouver, BC; Brian and Bruce of Churchbridge; her father, Peter (Jean) Sakundiak of Yorkton; one sister, Olga (Harold) Bungard of Calgary, AB; one brother, Russ (Connie) Sakundiak of Churchbridge; a father-in-law, Fred Basken of Churchbridge; a sister-in-law Mirleen (Harvey) Kittle of Winnipeg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by all her friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Friday, April 24, 1990 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Rev. William Pope, assisted by Rev. Pauline Tiffin officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Heather Debnam, Brenda Debnam, Marie Yanke, Verna Brenner, Bunny Daum and Fran DePape as the honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Arnold Brenner, Ron Daum, Dwight Basken, Dale Shackleton, Shannon Debnam and Mike Debnam.
- Margaret Isabel (nee Calder) Basken formerly of the Lakeside Manor Care Home of Saltcoats, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 8, 1987. She was 73 years of age. Mrs. Basken was born January 5, 1914 in Churchbridge, the daughter of Charles Calder and Ellen (nee Humm) Fraser. Margaret was raised on the family farm and attended the Thingvalla School. Margaret was united in marriage to Reginald Robert (Bob) Stanley Basken on November 6, 1935; the couple were blessed with two sons and two daughters. The couple lived on the farm and at this time, Margaret was employed in various stores in Churchbridge until they sold the family farm and purchased a café in Churchbridge which they operated for two years. Then Margaret opened a dress shop which she operated for about one year. Following this, she was employed at the McLeod’s Store and later at a drug store until her health failed in 1974 which then led to her retirement. Margaret loved square dancing, curling, knitting, crocheting, and gardening. Her children and grandchildren were special to her and her greatest gifts were her great grandchildren. Margaret entered the Care Home in September of 1986. Mrs. Basken was predeceased by her parents; her husband Reginald (Bob); two brothers, Arthur and Albert (Bud). She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, two sons, Cliff and his wife Shirley of Toronto; Reg of Edmonton; two daughters, Marian and her husband Gordon Walz of Langenburg; Dorothy and her husband Bob McRae of Princeton, BC; three brothers, Ken Fraser and his wife Olive of Peachland, BC; Herbert Fraser and his wife Doris of Esterhazy; Stanley Fraser of Calgary, AB; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 12, 1987 at 10 a.m. from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge with Father Malcolm French officiating and Father William Pope assisting. Cremation was to follow after the funeral services. The Honourary Pallbearers were Ray Boreen, Ron Miller, Art Just, Mark Tatton, Baldur Olson and Ivan Cunningham. The Active Pallbearers were Garry Jordan, Lyle Craig, Delaine Basken, Pat Boreen, Scott Cunningham and Wade Walz.
- Harriet (nee Murray) passed away May 15, 1982 at the age of 81 years. She was born September 6, 1900 in the Saltcoats District, the daughter of Andrew and Julia Murray. She married Thomas Baskin in 1919 where they resided in Churchbridge and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Harriet was at the Yorkton District Nursing Home until her death. She is survived by her husband Thomas, four sons, Jack, Chester, Bob and Mervin; two daughters, Irene and Lois, all of British Columbia; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; three sisters, Mamie, Violet and Jessie; two brothers, Herb and Elmer. The funeral was held in the Anglican Church in Churchbridge on May 20 with Rev. Pope officiating. Pallbearers were B. Boreen, R. Boreen, W. Brenner, L. Martin, E. Becker and C. Wussow.
- Anna (nee Zamzow) Batke, resident of Legion Towers in Weyburn, passed away on Monday, January 20, 1997 at the Weyburn Hospital. She was 80 years of age. Anna Batke was born on October 13, 1918 on the family farm in the Beresina district; a daughter of Adolf and Dorothea (nee Dressler) Zamzow. She was baptized on October 15, 1916 and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith on April 3, 1932 at Beresina. On January 1, 1935, she was united in marriage to William Batke. The couple farmed and raised their family of four children north of Churchbridge. Following 33 years of farming, Bill and Anna retired and moved into Churchbridge in 1968. The couple settled comfortably into their retirement and enjoyed a number of good years in Churchbridge. On May 7, 1994, William passed away. Following that time Anna remained in her home until May of 1995, when she moved to Weyburn. The most important part of her life was her family, whom she considered the flowers of her garden. She also cherished the company of her many friends, as she greatly enjoyed socializing, visiting and playing cards in her spare moments. Anna enjoyed quilting, knitting and various other handiwork. She was proud of her home and spent many hours tending to her flowers. When she was able, she helped with functions in the church, and was a member of the Evergreen Senior Citizens’ Club in Churchbridge. Besides her husband William, she was predeceased by her parents Adolf and Dorothea, son Waldimore in 1995, a son-in-law James Davidson in 1991, daughter-in-law Beverly Batke (nee Rushka) in 1987, two great grandchildren in infancy, sisters Wilhelmina in infancy, Mary Roulston, Elizabeth Chesney and Emma Yanke, brothers Frederick in infancy, and William and Christian Zamzow. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters, Adeline Davidson and Ross Nicol of Golden BC, Diane Andres and her husband Frank of MacNutt, Audrey Binns and her husband Brian of Weyburn, 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, a brother-in-law John Yanke of Winfield, BC, a very special friend and companion Ed Conrad of Weyburn, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 25, 1997 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all those in attendance. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Delmer and Larry Davidson, Aaron, Michael and Nathan Binns, and Corrine Eberts serving as the casketbearers.
- Walter Batke of Churchbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, April 18, 1995. He was 57 years of age. Waldemar William Batke was born on April 15, 1938 at Churchbridge, SK, a son of William and Anna (nee Zamzow) Batke. He was raised in Churchbridge and received his education there. Walter met and married Beverley Johanna Rushka of Esterhazy in September 1962. In 1965 they moved to Kamloops BC where he was employed as an Electrolux dealer. In 1974 the family moved to Courtenay, BC, where Walter managed a hotel for a number of years. In the spring of 1994, Walter returned to Churchbridge to help care for his father. Following the death of his father, William, he remained in Churchbridge. Besides his father William, he was predeceased by his wife, Beverley in 1987; and by a brother-in-law Jim Davidson. He leaves to mourn his passing; his children, Leona Batke of Courtenay, BC, Glenn and his wife Carmen of Kelowna, BC, Darriell and his wife Cheryl of Kamloops, BC, Jeff of Victoria, BC, Karen and her husband Jack Woodruff of Courtney, BC and Lorne, also of Courtney BC, his mother, Ann of Churchbridge; five grandchildren, Amanda and James Woodruff, Johanna Batke, Christine Batke and Dylan Batke, also three sisters, Diane and her husband Frank Andres of MacNutt, Adeline Davidson of Kamloops, BC and Audry and her husband Brian Binns of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his many other relative and friends. The funeral service was conducted on Saturday April 22, 1995 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Michael and Aaron Binns, Ken Alpman, Delmar and Larry Davidson and Dave Eberts serving as the casketbearers.
- Willam Batke was born on May 20, 1909 in Lanshka, Poland; a son of Christian and Blandina (nee Jabs) Batke. He was baptized in 1909 and confirmed into the Lutheran faith on May 24, 1923. In May of 1927 at the tender age of 18 years, Bill emigrated to Canada with his sister Emma. He worked for farmers in the Churchbridge district for a short period of time before acquiring his own land north of town. On January 1st, 1935, Bill was united in marriage to Anna Dorothea Zamzow. This union was blessed with four children. The family farmed north of Churchbridge for 33 years, and in 1968 Bill and Anna retired from farming and moved into Churchbridge. They have since resided there. Bill had a great appreciation of music and loved playing his accordion and listening to music. He was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was faithful to his Lutheran faith, to his beloved wife, Anna, and to his family who he loved and cherished. A friendly, outgoing individual, he greatly enjoyed his friends and moments spent with them over a cup of coffee. His farming years gave him a great appreciation of the outdoors and he kept himself busy during his retirement years in the garden. He spent many enjoyable hours at the senior center in his retirement years. He will be sadly missed by each one of the family, but his memory influence and legacy will live on n each one of them. Mr. Batke passed away at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 1994 at the Yorkton Union Hospital following a brief illness. He was 84 years, 11 months and 17 days of age. Mr. Batke was predeceased by his parents, Christian and Blandina, sisters Emma Haberstock and Olga Fischer, three brothers in infancy, brothers Rynald and Gustav during the war, a son-in-law James Davidson and a daughter-in-law Beverly Batke. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his memory his beloved wife, Anna; his son, Walter of Courtney, B.C.; three daughters, Adeline Davidson of Kamloops, BC, Diann and her husband Frank Andres of MacNutt, and Audrey and her husband Brian Binns of Weyburn; 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; also four sisters, Wanda Bach of Winnipeg, Elsie and her husband Norman Yanke of Churchbridge, Erna and her husband Gordon Garnett of Winnipeg, and Jean and her husband John Cucheron of Ottawa; one brother, Herman Battke and his wife Lutzie of Germany; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his many other friends and relatives.
– Charlotte Elaine Becker (nee Riddy) was born March 31, 1933 on the family farm at Clumber, Sask., the daughter of Albert and Euphemia Riddy. She was baptized at the Unitede Church at Clumber on July 23, 1944. She received her education in Clumber and Bredenbury and began working right after her schooling. On August 15, 1951, Beanie (as she was known to most of us) was united in marriage to Wally Becker of Churchbridge. Their marriage was blessed with three children, sons, Garnet and Dode, and daughter, Maxine. In 1955, the couple moved to Calgary where Wally was employed by the CPR. In 1962, with her youngest now in school, Charlotte began a long career working at various retail stores, eventually working in the cash office at the Calgary Co-op. In 1973, with their family mostly grown, Wally and Charlotte moved to Brooks where they bought a gas station. After selling the business, they both semi-retired and did some traveling. In 1984, they decided to return to Churchbridge to be closer to family. Charlotte loved her family and friends and most especially her grandchildren. She loved to follow the girls in their figure skating or dance or the boys in baseball – just don’t ask Nanny to come watch them play hockey. Charlotte enjoyed watching baseball on TV and was even known to make a few wagers on the outcome. She also enjoyed watching the many birds flock to her feeders in the backyard and was especially fascinated by the hummingbirds that were constantly at her feeder by the kitchen window. Charlotte had battled cancer for the last two years but had faced it with courage and dignity. She passed away on October 11, 2001 at the age of 68 years after suffering a heart attack. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Wally in 1994; special friend, Pun in 1999; sisters-in-law, Frieda Becker, Marvaleen Dressler and Elsie Rosin; and brothers-in-law Johnny Rosin, Ubert Sauser, Bill Rosin and Eddie Nerbas. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her son, Garnet (Linda) Becker and their children, Nolan and Darcy; her son, Nolan (Brenda) Becker and their children, Jeff, Jenny and Jacky; her daughter, Maxine (Dwaine) Bourgette and their children, Todd and Lynnae; one sister, Sheila (Arnold) Vickers and two brothers, Ross (Pauline) Riddy and Alex (Sylvia) Riddy; brothers-in-law, Ron Becker, Erwin (Bernice) Becker and Herb Dressler; sisters-in-law, Mandy Nerbas, Nita Sauer, Sylvia Rosin, Erna (Fred) Hutchings and Hilda (John) Kurucz as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
- Waldimar (Wally) Franz Phillipp Becker passed away at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary on June 7, 1994 at the age of 65 years. Wally was born on the family farm at Churchbridge on March 28, 1929 at Beresina and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on November 28, 1943. He received all of his education in Churchbridge. In 1951 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Riddy. In 1955 the couple moved to Calgary where Wally was employed by the CPR. After buying a business in 1973, Wally and Charlotte moved to Brooks, AB where they lived until returning to Churchbridge in 1984. During their time in Churchbridge Wally was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church and also an active member of the local Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and curling until the past year when his health no longer permitted it. Wally was predeceased by his parents and one brother in infancy. He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte; two sons; Garnet (Linda) of Calgary; Nolan (Brenda); one daughter Maxine (Dwaine) Bourgette; seven grandchildren – Nolan and Darcy Becker of Calgary, Jeff, Jenny and Jacky Becker of Churchbridge and Todd and Lynnae Bourgette of Churchbridge; seven sisters – Mandy (Eddy) Nerbas, Nita Sauser, Sylvia Rosin, Elsie Rosin, Erna (Fred) Hutchings, Hilda (John ) Kurucz, Marvaleen (Herb) Dressler; and two brothers – Ron (Anna) and Erwin (Bernice). Wally was a friend to all and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
- Julia Katherine (nee Daum) Bieber of Langenburg passed away September 22, 2009 at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home at the age of 95 years. She was born May 2, 1914 as Julia Katherine Theresa, the eldest daughter of Karl and Louise Daum (nee Mack) in the Rothbury District of Saskatchewan. Six more siblings joined the family, Louise, Fred, Lissie, Elsie, Edwin and Evelyn. Half-sister Marie was born to Mother Louise in Austria. In 1934, she married Wilhelm Gurski and five children were born – Eileen, Paul, Marlene, Harold and Violet. A lengthy battle with M.S. claimed the life of Wilhelm in 1953. In 1958 Julie married Valentine Bieber and they were married 45 years before Val died in 2003. Julie was also sadly predeceased by daughter Eileen, son Paul, brothers Fred and Edwin, sister Louise, many sisters and brothers-in-law, and some nieces and nephews. Including blended families she was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Julie left her earthly home to join with her Savior and Lord and her loved ones in Heaven. We’ll miss her greatly.
- Valentine George Bieber of Churchbridge, SK peacefully and quietly passed into eternity on September 27, 2003 at his residence in Langenburg at the age of 90 years. Val was born to John and Elizabeth on May 5, 1913, and lived on a farm 5 ½ miles northeast of Langenburg. He began managing the family farm at the age of 15, and farming has always remained his passion. At the age of 44, he married Julie Gurski and had an instant family of three children. They retired to Churchbridge in 1966 and Val did many odd jobs including roofing, draying, electrical work, lawn maintenance, carpentry, and, of course, farming. He will be missed for his gentleness, his story-telling, and his hugs by his family and his many card playing friends. Val was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Martha Esslinger, Dolly Koch and Minnie Koch. Left to remember are his wife, Julie; his son Harold (Lorraine) Gurski of Golden, BC; daughters Marlene (Dallas) Smith of Langenburg, and Violet (Richard) Schick of Saskatoon; eleven grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers; George (Agnes), Edward (Marian) and Ben (Doreen), all of B.C. and his sister Lorna of the U.S. Also many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at the Churchbridge Community Centre with Pastor Jim Gordon officiating. Pat Gordon led the singing of Blessed Assurance and I’m But a Stranger Here, accompanied by Arla Welke. Bin Ich was led by Andrea Schick accompanied by Violet Schick. Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Mona Peters, Ryan Rieck, Donna Hepfner, Lynette Snopek, Gwendolyn Vanstone, Kara Makuroff, Julie Schick and Andrea Schick. Missing was Daniel Schick who is teaching in Taiwan. Interment took place in the Churchbridge Cemetery.
- Betty (nee Boreen), beloved wife of the late Herbert Bjarnason, of Churchbridge, passed away at the age of 86 years, at the Langenburg Centennial Care Home, Monday, November 1, 2010. Betty Jane Bjarnason was born September 13, 1924 on the family farm south of Churchbridge. She was the seventh child of Alvin and Esther (Dahl) Boreen. Betty was baptized on March 7, 1925 by Pastor Larson. Her Godparents were Orie and Anna (Dahl) Swanson. Betty was confirmed on July 27, 1941 by Pastor Carl Cederberg. Betty, along with her siblings, was raised with strong Christian values and a love for her Lord and Saviour. Betty was raised on the family farm, where she helped out with the many chores of running the farm and helped maintain the huge family garden. It was here she learned her strong work ethic and her love for gardening. Betty attended school in Churchbridge where she made many lifelong friendships that she cherished her whole life. In 1948 she was united in marriage to Herbert Bjarnson. They were blessed with four children, Robert, Douglas, Wendy and Woodrow. Betty was a devoted mother and grandmother, and was a strong supporter of her children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. She was very proud of her family. Betty loved sports and at a very young age she acquired a love for curling, that she stayed very active in, up until the age of 82. In the 1960’s she skipped her team of sister Eva Kaeding, Anita Sauser and Martina Mehls to the ladies Provincial Playdowns in Regina. She also loved golfing, bowling, bingo, and playing cards with her sisters and friends. Betty loved music and could often be heard singing either at church or for her own enjoyment. In the early 60’s Betty started working at the local Co-op grocery store as a clerk where she remained until the late 70’s. Betty will be remembered for her hospitality and generosity. She took great pride in the planting and nurturing of her vegetable and flower garden. Whenever family or friends stopped by they would leave with fresh produce.. usually all washed and bagged. She had a way of making everyone feel welcome when in her home. She had a gift of being able to whip up a delicious meal in no time.. even when guests arrived unannounced. One of her favorite sayings was “Eat everything up..and it will be a nice day tomorrow”. Those who knew Betty always baked fresh buns and bread on Friday afternoons, made a point of dropping in for a visit and being treated to warm baking out of the oven. Like her mother, Betty always loved to have a houseful of family and friends on Birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or any other day of the year. It was on these occasions that many happy memories of her growing up in a large family were shared around the kitchen table. Betty will be remembered for her wonderful Vinetartas and Fruit Cakes, which she made in mass production at Christmas, to give out to family and friends. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Esther Boreen, husband Herbert; brothers Dale, Donald, Hugo ,Leroy, Curtis, Bud and Ray: sisters-in-law, Pat, Merle, Carol and Shirley; brothers-in–law, Don Martin, Henry Putland and Ewald Itterman; niece, Coralee Boreen, and nephew, Ronald Putland. Betty is survived by her four children, Robert (Grace) and sons, Brett and Curtis: Douglas (Marilyn Betts) and Cory and great grandson Winston and Ross; Wendy (Norman Heise) and sons Rick (Erin) and great granddaughters, Shelby and Sara, and Rodney (Corelie) and great granddaughters Hannah and Jolie; and Woodrow (Pat) and Brian. Betty is also survived by her brother Scott (Elva) Boreen; her sisters Doris Putland, Ila Martin, Eva (Edgar Kaeding) and Iris Itterman: her sisters-in-law, Anita Boreen, Esther Boreen, and Joyce Boreen; as well as many nieces and nephews. Prayer and Funeral Services were held from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Dul officiating. The organist was Alice Johnson. Readers were Brett and Cory Bjarnson. The Cremation Committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Herbert Einar Bjarnason, beloved husband of Betty Bjarnason of Churchbridge passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy, Sk. at the age of 80 years. Herbert Einar Bjarnason was born on August 20, 1922 in Blaine, Washington, U.S.A. He was the third son of Einar and Christine (nee Brekman) Bjarnason. He was baptized and later confirmed on August 2, 1938 by Rev. Christopherson of Concordia Lutheran Church. The family moved from the United States in the mid 1920’s and made their home on a farm near Gerald, SK. Later the rest of the family moved to British Columbia, leaving Herb with the Helgason’s where he worked and went to school. After completing his education, Herb worked on several farms before gaining employment with Sask Power working under Carl Skaalrud, bringing power to this area. Following this he worked with Sask. Wheat Pool, working with an elevator crew until 1957 when he joined Schentag Construction. In 1962 he was employed by IMC where he worked as an electrician for 25 years until his retirement in 1987. Herb enjoyed his years at IMC and the many men he worked with. Herb was united in marriage in 1948 to Betty Bjarnason. They were blessed with four children, Robert, Douglas, Wendy and Woodrow. In his retirement years, Herb enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening and repairing electrical appliances and motors. He had a love of animals and enjoyed their company. Herb also enjoyed visiting with family and friends and spending time with his coffee buddies at Wojo’s. Herb was predeceased by his parents, Einar and Christine, his brothers, Woodrow and Cliff, his brothers-in-law, Bud, Dale, Donnie, Hugo, Curtis and Pun Boreen; his sisters-in-law Pat and Merle Boreen. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life; his wife, Betty, his children, Robert (Grace and sons Brett and Curtis; Douglas (friend Marilyn Betts) and children, Cory and Ross; Wendy (Norman) Heise and sons, Rich (Erin) and great granddaughter, Shelby and Rodney; Woodrow (Pat) and son Brian; brother Louis and family of Port Alberni, BC; sisters-in-law, Doris (Henry) Putland, Ila Martin, Alva (Edgar) Kaeding, Iris (Ewald) Itterman, Anita Boreen, Shirley Boreen, Joyce Boreen and Carol Boreen; brothers-in-law Ray (Esther) Boreen and Scott (Elva) Boreen; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Prayer Service was held on Friday, August 23, 2002 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 24, 2002 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A Men’s Chorus, comprised of Calvin Kitz, Glen Schaan, Gordon Weick and Lawrence Kitz, sang “How Great Thou Art”. While all those who shared in Herb’s life were invited to share in the service as Honourary Pallbearers, the Urn Bearer was Cedric VanDrecht. In accordance with Herb’s wishes, a private family cremation committal service will take place at a later date.
- Anita Charlotte Mary (nee Durwael) Boreen passed away on August 15, 2011 at the Regina General Hospital. She was 89 years of age. She was born October 20, 1921 to Joseph and Mary Durwael in Kennedy, SK. Anita took her schooling at Kennedy Public School and was sister to six siblings. After graduation, Anita obtained a job at the TD Bank in Langenburg, SK. Here she met and fell in love with a Navy stoker and farmer, Bud Boreen. They were married on October 18, 1944 and moved to a farm south of Churchbridge. They were blessed with four lovely daughters. Here they created a busy and active life. She always had a large garden, beautiful flowers, and a well -kept yard. She was a helping hand on the farm, bringing out supper to the field and even hauling grain. Her house was always well kept, and she enjoyed baking, and cooking, specializing in cabbage rolls, pie, puffed wheat cake and her famous chocolate chip cookies. She was a founding member of the Credit Union Board, as well as a member of the Agricultural Society, taking part in many fall fairs. She was a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as treasurer for the Sunday School for many years, as well as being a faithfuil member of the Hope Circle, her bible study group. Both her and Bud were very social and community minded. They were avid curlers, and enjoyed playing cards and square dancing. Together they travelled south to Arizona,with Bud taking part in trap shooting,; Anita enjoyed vacationing and temporarily fleeing the Saskatchewan winters in exchange for the mild weather. She continued to travel with recent trips to the Maritimes, Cuba, and Branson with her sister Jackie; they met many friends along the way. Anita had a musical talent, and enjoyed playing the piano for many sing songs, church services and for her personal enjoyment. Family and friends were very important to Anita. She always put others first and was very considerate, she never complained or worried about herself. She looked forward to family gatherings with a chance to visit with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Anita was a friendly, stylish, up-to-date lady, and always looked classy, with her fashionable outfits, accessories and youthful beauty. Her young-at-heart attitude was obvious to all who met her. Anita was predeceased by her husband Bud; her mother and father Joseph and Mary Durwael; her mother and father-in-law Alvin and Esther Boreen; brother Joe, brothers-in-law Cyril McKay, George Moore, Dale Boreen, Donald Boreen, Curtis Boreen, Ray Boreen, Hugo Boreen, Leroy Boreen, Henry Putland, Don Martin, Herb Bjarnason, Ewald Itterman; sisters-in-law, Doris Putland, Alva Kaeding, Betty Bjarnason, Shirley Boreen, Patricia Boreen, Carol Boreen, and Merle Boreen. Surviving are her four daughters and their husbands. Brenda (Pat) Turner of Birtle, MB; Beverly (Lawrence) Kitz of Yorkton; Bonnie (Dennis) Katchuk of Regina; and Alana (Kevin) Prince of Churchbridge. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Chris Turner and his children Cody and Jace of Langenburg, Beckie Turner (Steve Quinney) and her children Kiara and Keaton of Birtle; Chad (Kathy) Morash and their children Cole and Porter of Moose Jaw; Renai (James) Hodgson and their children Alex and Dylann of Yorkton, Regan Kitz of Saskatoon; Ryan (Kellie) Katchuk and their son Noah of Regina; Cameron Katchuk of Regina, Fallon Prince (Clint Prier) of Churchbridge, Dustin Prince (Kimberely Allen) of Lake of the Prairies. She is also survived by her sisters, Yvonne Mckay, Jackie Moore, Armande (Lorentz) Schaak, Marie (Dalton) Kerslake, brother John (Jan) Durvael, sisters-in-law Joan Durawel, Ila Martin, Iris Itterman, Esther Boreen, Joyce Boreen; brothers-in-law Scott (Elva) Boreen and Edgar Kaeding as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The prayer service was held on Monday, August 22, and the funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Dan Moeller officiating. The committal service of both Bud and Anita Boreen was held after the funeral service at the Churchbridge Cemetery.
- Coralie Crystal Eleanor. It is with profound sadness that the family of Coralie Boreen announces her sudden passing on Thursday, May 18, 2004 at the Swift Current Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK. She was 29 years of age. Coralie Crystal Eleanor Boreen was born on March 14, 1975 in Yorkton, SK. She was the youngest daughter of Don and Shirley Boreen. She received her elementary and high school education in Churchbridge, SK. Coralie graduated from the University of Regina in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. One of the best times of her life was the summer of 1994 which she spent in England where she took a “dip” in the Fountain of Trafalgar Square. Upon completion of her education, she taught in Morse, SK and then in Swift Current, SK which she described as her “dream job”. She made many good friends and had a lasting impact on her students and fellow staff members. She enjoyed Karaoke Nights with those good friends and came to be known as “Lady Velvet”. She also had a healthy obsession with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. But her pride and joy was her very successful award winning high school drama productions. She enjoyed music, books, writing and all things beautiful. The following are excerpts from her Journal: Of her Students, she writes, "They, without question, teach me more than I could ever teach them. I am blessed to have the unique opportunity to learn from them every day". Of her Friends, she writes, "I am thankful for their patience and willing ears and warm hearts". Of Herself, she writes, "I am thankful for my heart, which allows me to connect to and love so many amazing and wonderful people." Coralie’s most valued possessions were her many photographs of family and friends which she displayed with pride. She left us all too soon – she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all those whose hearts she touched. Coralie was predeceased by her father, Donald Boreen on October 1, 1993. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her mother, Shirley Boreen (nee Mund); her brother, Dwight (Carey Eburne, Elizabeth); her sister, Charmaine Boreen (Lloyd Holmes); her sister Gaylene (Henry) Hamilton, Lyndsay and Brett; her sister, Twila (Merv) Wiley, Dallas, Shane and Jenine; her brother, Blaine Boreen; her sister, Robin (Dale) Dobko, Lauren and Alex; as well as many other relatives, good friends and students. A visitation for family and friends was held Saturday, May 22, 2004 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Daryl Solie presiding. Eulogists Heather Switzer and Sherrie Meredith shared the remembrances of life. Honourary pallbearers were Jenine Wiley, Lyndsay Hamilton, Brett Hamilton, Lauren Dobko, and Alex Dobko. Coralie was laid to rest in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Dallas Wiley, Shane Wiley, Tyler Metz, Monte Vermeulen, Craig Maslin, Jordan Mund, Charlton Mund and Chris Kent servng as casketbearers.
- Curtis Leon Boreen of Churchbridge, SK beloved husband of Carol passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 71 years of age. Curtis was born on November 17, 1928 on the family farm south of Churchbridge. He was the tenth child of Alvin and Esther (nee Dahl) Boreen. Curtis was baptized at First English Lutheran Church by Rev. Miller on December 16, 1928. His baptismal sponsors were Uncle Oren and Aunt Anna Swanson. He was confirmed at First English Church on April 2, 1944 by Rev. Carl Cederberg. Curty was raised on the farm and attended school in Churchbridge. He was employed at various jobs until he began mixed farming. It was then that he met Carol Weick and they were married on October 21, 1960 in the Church of God. Their marriage was blessed with four children. Although Curty worked at IMC for several years, his heart was in farming. He worked hard to build and maintain the home farm owned by his parents. He in turn passed this responsibility over to his sons in 1992 when he and Carol moved into town. He continued to help with the harvest right up until his final week of life. Retiring to town gave him more time for playing cards at the Evergreen Club, watching the Blue Jays and Saskatchewan Roughriders games, reading, golfing and making Christmas light decorations. His life was filled with all the things that made him a rich man; a loving devoted wife, playing horseshoes, barbecued pork chops, raw potatoes and popcorn; family gatherings and watching his grandchildren grow Curty was well known for having a candy stash hidden somewhere in every room of the house. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church and he loved singing. He always told Carol which hymns were the ‘squirrelly ones.’ He was predeceased by his parents, Alvin and Esther; four brothers, Dale 1992, Don 1993, Hugo 1999 and Pun 1999; his father-in-law Bert Weick, 1998; two sisters-in-law, Pat 1980 and Merle 1989; and brothers-in-law, Ken Murray, 1985, and Don Martin, 1985. Curtis is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carol and their children; Shelley (Don) Buchan of Portage La Prairie, MB; Sandee (Garry) Yanke, Randy (Kim) Boreen, and Rocky all of Churchbridge. His grandchildren, Bill, Carleen, and Curtis Buchan, Lindee, David, Carsie, Kristian, Eric and Matthew Yanke,Taylor and Tucker Boreen, brothers, Bud (Anita), Ray (Esther) of Churchbridge, Scott (Elva) of Esterhazy; sisters Doris (Henry) Putland, Ila Martin, Alva (Edgar) Kaeding, Betty (Herb) Bjarnason, and Iris (Ewald) Itterman, all of Churchbridge, his mother-in-law Meta Weick of Churchbridge; sisters-in-law Joyce and Shirley of Churchbridge; brothers-in-law Gordon (Lynn) Weick of Churchbridge, David (Lois) Weick of Regina; sisters-in-law Nina (Ron) Douglas of Carberry, MB, Myrna Murray of Gainsborough, SK as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. He was an optimistic man who spoke his mind in ‘earthy’ language. He taught us to treasure our family and remember that every "breath" is a gift. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2000 from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, Sk with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Ron Putland, Garnet Putland, Perry Jenson, Bob Bjarnason, Jerry Kaeding and Harold Kaeding serving as casket bearers.
- Donald Boreen of Churchbridge, passed away on Friday, October 1, 1993, at the age of 66 years. Donald was born on May 21, 1927 at Churchbridge, the ninth of thirteen children of Alvin and Esther Boreen. He was baptized and confirmed at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. On December 10, 1954, he married Shirley Mund and after short periods of time in Alberta and BC, they returned to Churchbridge in 1959. Don worked at both the IMC and PCS mines, as well as in construction, owning and operating his own construction business, mainly building steel buildings and granaries. He will long be remembered for his sense of humour, his love of nature and his inventiveness. Don was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Dale. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Shirley and their children: Dwight, Charmaine, Gaylene (Henry) Hamilton, Twila (Merv) Wiley, Blaine, Robin (Dale) Dobko, and Coralie, six grandchildren: Lyndsay and Brett Hamilton, Dallas, Shane and Jenine Wiley, and Lauren Dobko; five sisters and six brothers, Doris Putland, Ila Martin, Alva Kaeding, Betty Bjarnason, Iris Itterman, Virgil (Bud) , Ray, Scott, Curtis, Hugo and Leroy (Pun) as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbours. Funeral services were held Tuesday October 5, 1993 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Marilyn Carol (nee Weick) Boreen of Churchbridge, widow of Curtis Boreen passed away on Friday, April 11, 2003 at the Langenburg Health Care Complex. She was sixty years of age. Marilyn Carol Boreen was born on May 5, 1942 at Yorkton, Sask., the third daughter of Berthold and Meta (nee Werner) Weick. Carol grew up in the Churchbridge district and attended Pennock School and later the Churchbridge High School. She began working for the local telephone company and also worked at the Regina telephone exchange. Carol was united in marriage to Curtis Boreen on October 21, 1960 at the Church of God in Churchbridge. On May 2, 1965 she was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church by Pastor Shalla. Carol and Curtis began farming in the district and later took over the Boreen family farm. Together with her husband, they developed the farm into a mixed operation which was a wonderful place to raise their four children. Like all good farm wives, Carol was skilled in cultivating the land, hauling grain, running a farrowing barn, growing a garden, managing the accounts and delivering gourmet meals to her 'combine crews'. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, playing cards and visiting with friends. She also became well-known for the many afghans that she created. When she was 48, Carol was diagnosed with cancer and had undergone numerous difficult surgeries over the next 12 years. Because of these experiences, she learned to focus on good times and never wasted a precious moment. In the early nineties Carol and Curtis moved into Churchbridge and enjoyed family gatherings, visits from their grandchildren and the opportunities of traveling and 'getting away' in the winter. Carol was predeceased by her husband Curtis; her father Berthold; brother-in-laws Ken Murray, Don Martin, Herb Bjarnason, Don, Dale, Hugo, Pun and Bud Boreen; sisters-in-laws Pat Boreen and Merle Boreen. She leaves to cherish her memory her four children: Shelley (Don) Buchan of Portage la Prairie, MB, Sandee (Garry) Yanke, Randy (Kim) Boreen and Rocky Boreen all of Churchbridge; twelve grandchildren: Bill, Carleen and Curtis Buchan, Lindee, David, Carsie, Kristian, Eric, Matthew and Amy Yanke, Taylor and Tucker Boreen; her mother Meta of Churchbridge; brothers Gordon (Lynne) Weick of Churchbridge and Dave (Lois) Weick of Regina; sisters Nina (Ron) Douglas of Carberry, MB and Myrna Murray of Gainsborough, SK; sisters-in-law: Doris (Henry) Putland, Ila Martin, Alva (Edgar) Kaeding, Betty Bjarnason, Iris (Ewald) Ittermann, Shirley Boreen, Joyce Boreen and Anita Boreen all of Churchbridge; brothers-in-law Ray (Esther) Boreen of Churchbridge and Scott (Elva) Boreen of Esterhazy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 14, 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The organist, Vallery Putland led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Men's Quartet consisting of Calvin Kitz, Lawrence Kitz, Glen Schaan and Gordon Weick sang the selection, 'I Won't Have To Cross Jordon Alone'. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Craig Douglas, Kelvin Werner, David Murray, Garnet Putland, Pat Boreen and Dale Fraser serving as the casket bearers.
- Shirley Barbara Eleonora (nee Mund) Boreen was born June 16, 1934 in the Langenburg District. She was the second oldest daughter of Carl and Ella Mund (Wirth). She received her elementary education in the Thingvalla School District and high school at Langenburg, SK. She attended teacher’s college at Winnipeg, MB and received her teacher’s certificate. She taught in a country school in the Wolverine School District. She was united in matrimony to Donald Boreen on December 10, 1954. For a brief time they resided in Prince George, BC moving back to Churchbridge in 1959 where they raised their family of seven children. Shirley enjoyed playing the piano and even composed a few of her own songs. She took great pride in sewing many a costume, confirmation and prom gown for her daughters. Shirley was known for her cooking and baking skills... who could forget her prize winning chiffon cakes or her decadent pumpkin pudding which she prepared lovingly for many a holiday feast. On top of looking after her own large family, Shirley’s heart and home were always open to take in a family and her children’s friends when in need, many of whom remained good friends. She was a great mother who was always on your side regardless of whatever troubles one encountered. In her later years Shirley enjoyed being a social butterfly at her dance socials. Shirley would often make reference to her grandfather’s motto and pass this along to her children: "You can’t always do as you like but do as you must!" Shirley was predeceased by her parents, husband, Donald, daughter, Coralie; sister, Audrey Christian; niece Crystal Mund; as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory: her children and grandchildren, Dwight Boreen, Charmaine Boreen (Lloyd Holmes) Gaylene (Henry) Hamilton, Lyndsay (Matt) Mattus, Brett Hamilton, Twila (Mervin) Wiley, Dallas (Amy) Wiley, Shane Wiley, Jenine Wiley, Blaine Boreen, Robin (Dale) Dobko; her siblings, Delores (Richard) Maslin, Eleonore Metz, Darlene (Carl) Borchardt, and Charles (Gail) Mund; as well as numerous nieces and nephews The Funeral Service was held Sunday, February 18, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with presiding ministers, Rev. John Seargeant and Windell Seargeant, God daughter to Shirley Boreen. Shirley was laid to rest in the family plot in the Churchbridge Cemetery with grandsons, Dallas Wiley Shane Wiley and Brett Hamilton and nephews, Tyler Metz, Jack Boreen and Garnet Putland serving as casketbearers.
- Virgil (Bud) Dahl Boreen passed away very peacefully with his family by his side on March 4, 2002. Bud was born August 19, 1920 on the family farm south of Churchbridge. He was the fourth child and eldest son of Alvin and Esther (Dahl) Boreen. Bud was baptized on January 25, 1921 by Rev. Melander. His sponsors were Hugo Boreen Sr., Chester Boreen, and August Anderson. He was confirmed on August 23, 1936 by Pastor Miller. Bud was raised on the farm and attended school in Churchbridge. In his younger years he would help out doing chores before and after school; milking cows, and feeding and harnessing the horses. After school he enjoyed hunting and trapping. He would often ride 5 to 8 miles to get weasels, rabbits or whatever would earn him a few cents. In his teenage years Bud would also drive a team of horses to help out with the fieldwork. Bud joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served as a stoker in WWII. In 1944 he married Anita Durwael of Kennedy. They bought the Ed Bentdahl farm southwest of Churchbridge. Bud’s farming operation consisted of dairy cows, hogs and grain. Bud loved farming and farmed faithfully up until his last summer of 2001. Bud was very involved in the community boards, the local Wheat Pool and UGG committees. He was a leader of the 4-H, and a member of the Churchbridge Credit Union and Recreation Board. Bud was a member of the Agricultural Society for over 35 years and also took on the role of president for several years. Bud was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Langenburg Branch #250, taking part in many Remembrance Day ceremonies. This day was always special for him as it was a chance to get together with his Legion comrades. Bud served both his community and his country faithfully. Bud was also active in many sports and activities. In his younger days he played baseball and hockey. He took part in many trapshoots, winning the title of the Veteran Provincial Champ several times. His famous "pull" was spoken numerous times. Bud was also a member of the Men’s Curling Club and enjoyed bowlng, playing horseshoes and playing cards at the Evergreen Club with friends. Bud also enjoyed golfing. He would often golf 18 holes, even in his final summer of 2001. Family also surrounded Bud’s life. He grew up with 12 siblings; seven brothers and five sisters. Bud and Anita also raised four daughters. Bud had nine grandchildren who knew him as “Pa” and also four great grandchildren. He always seemed to have an endless supply of peppermints for his grandchildren. Bud enjoyed the family get -togethers. He especially loved the Boreen Reunions and time spent visiting with his many nieces and nephews. Bud was predeceased by his parents, Alvin and Esther Boreen; brothers, Dale, Donnie, Hugo, Pun and Curt; sisters-in-law Pat, Merle; father and mother-in-law Jeff and Mary Durwael; brothers-in-law Don Martin, George Moore, Cyril McKay, Tom Dovall and Joe Durwael. Bud is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anita; his four daughters, Brenda (Pat) Turner, Becki (Brent) Fulham; Bev (Lawrence) Kitz, and children Chad (Kathy) Morash, Renai (James) Hodgson and Regan; Bonnie (Dennis) Katchuk and children Ryan (Kellie) Katchuk and Cameron; Alana (Kevin) Prince and children Fallon and Dustin. Bud also had four great grandchildren; Dakota Turner, Kiara Fulham, Cole Morash and Noah Katchuk. Also surviving are his two brothers Ray (Esther) and Scott (Alva) and five sisters, Doris (Henry) Putland, Ila Martin, Alva (Edgar) Kaeding, Betty (Herb) Bjarnason, and Iris (Ewald) Itterman; sisters-in-law, Joyce, Shirley and Carol, sisters-in-law, Yvonne Duvall of Kenosee Lake, Armande (Lorentz) Shaack of Calgary, Marie (Dalton) Kerslake, Jackie Moore and Joan Durwael of Regina; and brother-in-law John (Jan) Durwael; and his many nieces and nephews. His very special Godchildren were Gwen Just, Errol Itterman, Kim Olynyk, Sandee Yanke, Harold Kaeding and Lee-Anne Simpson. Bud’s family will all miss his humorous comments and caring attitude. Just as our life on earth is not permanent, neither is our separation by death. Until we are together again – we love you and will miss you a lot. A Comfort Service for family was held on March 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The funeral service was held March 8, 2002 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Geoff Johnston officiating. Bud’s granddaughter, Fallon Prince read a poem titled “Hero” written in his honour. Bud’s Goddaughter Gwen Just, wrote and read the eulogy. The first reading from 1 Corinthians 15-35-52 was read by Pastor Moeller of Yorkton. The second reading John 14-1-4 was read by Pastor Johnston. The sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 15-35-38. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #250 formed a guard of honour. Brian Ingaldson of the Royal Canadian Legion placed a poppy on the urn on behalf of Bud’s comrades and gave a final salute in his memory. Wilford Kirk also presented a token of remembrance to Bud’s wife Anita. The Last Post was played and two minutes of silence was observed in Bud’s memory. All of Bud’s friends and relatives and all those in attendance were considered to be his Honourary Pallbearers. At Bud’s request the urn was designed and crafted by son-in-law Kevin Prince. The interment will follow at a later date.
- Annie Matilda (nee Bessel) Brenner was born March 18, 1909 to Heinrich and Katherine (nee Babetzky) Bessel in Langenburg. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Langenburg, Sask. On September 6, 1926, she married Ludwig Brenner at Peace Lutheran Church, Churchbridge. They farmed southwest of Churchbridge until the fall of 1953, then moved into the town of Churchbridge. Annie was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the Evergreen Club She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed company in her house, sharing with all her baking and goodies. She was active until her passing with her garden, handwork and cards. Annie passed away suddenly at the Langenburg Union Hospital on August 1, 1988. Annie leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life; two brothers, Art and Gustav Bessel; and half-sister Clara Meyer; seven children, Walter (Helen) of Bredenbury, Leonard (Sonja) of Yale, B.C., Larry (Mae) of Churchbridge, Willard (Jean) of Churchbridge, Arnold (Verna) of Churchbridge, Arleen (Donald ) Gray of Esterhazy, Lorraine (Bernie) Welke of Saskatoon, a daughter-in-law, Jackie Brenner, 32 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Ludwig, one son Howard, three grandchildren, her parents, two sisters and six brothers. She will be missed by many. The funeral service was held August 4, 1988 from Concordia |Lutheran Church, Churchbridge with Pastor Stewart Miller officiating. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers were: Wanda Knutt, Clara Heinrich, Valla Marvin, Julia Bieber, Erika Eyjolfson and Inez Gallinger. Active pallbearers were: Dale Brenner, Brian Brenner, Shannon Reitenbach, Bill Brenner, Keith Brenner and Ronald Welke.
- Edward Brenner passed away on January 14, 1962 at the age of 83 years. The late Mr. Brenner was born in Russia in the province of Wollynia, on May 20th 1878. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at home and married Helen Betke there on July 9, 1900. In 1909, he emigrated to Canada, and settled in the Langenburg district until he moved to Churchbridge two years later. After his retirement in 1942, he continued to live in Churchbridge where he was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church Only little more than a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. Brenner celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with most of their children present. He was predeceased by two daughters, Rosaline and Adefine. Left to mourn are his widow, Mrs. Helen Brenner of Churchbridge; two sons, Ludwig of Churchbridge and Ewald of Chicago, Ill; eight daughters, Mrs. Phillip Wirth (Mary) of Churchbridge, Mrs. T. Warr (Waldie) of Winnipeg; Mrs. W. Bennett (Olga) of Los Angeles Cal; Mrs. L. Johnson (Hilda) of Trail, BC; Mrs. F. Partridge (Evalyn) of New Westminster, BC; Mrs. L. Ott (Ruth) of Los Angeles; Mrs. E. Gunnarson (Florence) of Tisdale; Mrs. L. Oenauer (Marjorie) of Winnipeg; 25 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
- Louis Brenner was born in Russia April 16, 1903. He came to Langenburg with his parents in 1909 moving to Churchbridge shortly after. He was married to Annie Bessel on September 6, 1926 at Churchbridge. They farmed for 27 years, then operated a garage for 18 years. Mr. Brenner, was active in his community. He served on the Wheat Pool Board, the Churchbridge Credit Union Board being one of the founding members, on the Council of Peace Lutheran Church which later merged with Concordia Lutheran Church, and also served as a member of the Curling Club for many years, was a member of the Evergreen Club, and enjoyed pastimes of playing cards and pool. He will be missed by relatives, friends and church. Mr. Brenner is survived by his wife Annie, five sons: Walter and wife Helen of Churchbridge, Leonard and wife Sonja of Yale B.C., Larry and wife Mae; Willard and wife Jean; Arnold and wife Verna – all of Churchbridge; daughters Arleen Reitenbach of Bengough Sk and Lorraine and husband Bernie Welke of Saskatoon; 30 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; one brother Ewald of Chicago Ill.; and sisters Mary, Mrs. Phillip Wirth of Churchbridge, Olga – Mrs. Bill Bennett of L.A. Cal., Pat - Mrs. Tom Warr of Winnipeg, Hilda – Mrs. Lawrence Johnson of Trail, B.C., Evalyn – Mrs. Frank Partridge of Victoria B.C., Ruth – Mrs. Lon Ott of Redding, Cal., Florence, Mrs. Eyfi Gunnerson of Victoria, Marjorie – Mrs. Louis Obenauer of Vernon, BC.
- Helen Brenner died April 13, 1975 at the age of 91 years in the Yorkton Union Hospital. Mrs. Brenner had spent the last year of her life at the Yorkton Nursing Home. She emigrated from Russia in 1909, living one year at Langenburg, and then coming to Churchbridge in 1910, where she resided until 1974. Immediate relations attending the funeral were Louis Brenner (son), Churchbridge, Ewald Brenner (son) Lombard, Illinois; Mrs. Lawrence Johnson (Hilda, daughter) of Trail BC; Mrs. Tom Warr (Waldy, daughter) of Winnipeg; Mrs. Philip Wirth (Mary, daughter) of Churchbridge and Mrs. Louie Obenauer (Margaret, daughter) of Calgary, AB. Others included Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Welke, Saskatoon; Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Wirth, Winnipeg, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hetke of Winnipeg, Mr. & Mrs. Leo Betke, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Betke, Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Betke and Mr. & Mrs. Gus Shrot, all of Marchwell; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Betke and Mr. and Mrs. Art Betke all of Russell, MB; Mr. & Mrs. Ewald Shrot, Brandon, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Betke, and Mrs. Henry Betke, all of Langenburg; sister, Emily of BC; nieces, Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Shirley Sclanders, both of Winnipeg; Mr. & Mrs. Schappert, Marchwell; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Cartright, Russell and Mr. & Mrs. Jake Mehrer of MacNutt. Mrs. Brenner was predeceased by her husband. Honourary pallbearers were Oli Johnson, Dan Westman, Fred Garbe, John Eyjolfson, Gus Knutt and Otto Itterman, all of Churchbridge. Active pallbearers were her six grandsons – Walter Brenner of Churchbridge; Leonard Brenner, Trail, BC; Larry Brenner, Willard Brenner, Arnold Brenner and Eddie Wirth, all of Churchbridge. Ushers were Bernie Welke and Dale Brenner. Mrs. Brenner was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Cemetery by Pastor Dederick of the Concordia Lutheran Church.
– Willard Louis. It is with great sadness that we announce that Willard Brenner of Churchbridge, SK. passed away suddenly on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the age of 74. Willard was born May 11, 1940 on the family farm near Churchbridge, the fifth child of Ludwig (Lou) and Annie Matilda (nee Bessel) Brenner. He grew up on the family farm located south of Churchbridge, and attended Liscard and Churchbridge schools. After graduation he attended schools in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw to receive his journeyman mechanic ticket before joining his father’s garage. After Lou’s retirement, Willard and his brother Arnold assumed ownership operating Churchbridge Motors Ltd until retirement in 1999. Willard married Jean Pickering of Saltcoats in 1966. They made their home in Churchbridge, where they raised a family of three. He was active in the community, serving as a charter member of the Kinsmen, the Credit Union board of directors, and a lifetime member of the curling club. He was an avid golfer and curler, and enjoyed puzzle building, playing cards, bingo, watching sports and spending time with family and friends. Upon retirement from the garage, Willard continued to tinker at home with various repairs for people in the community, taking pride in bringing new life to motors or equipment thought to be beyond repair Willard is predeceased by his parents, brothers Howard Brenner, Larry Brenner and Leonard Brenner, sisters-in-law Helen Brenner and Sonja Brenner, and brother-in-law Ray Dempster. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean, daughter Rhonda (Mike) Wollbaum of Swift Current, SK and their children Rebecca and Alex, son Keith (Marnie) Brenner of Williams Lake, BC and their children Matthew, Noah and Tiana, and son Clarke (Pam) Brenner of Saskatoon, SK.; brothers Walter Brenner of Sheho, SK. and Arnold (Verna) Brenner of Churchbridge, SK.; sisters Arleen (Don) Gray of Esterhazy, SK. and Lorraine (Bernie) of Saskatoon, SK.; sisters-in-law Mae Brenner of Churchbridge, SK, Jackie Brenner of Regina, SK, Mary Dempster of Kamloops, BC; and brother-in-law Ted (Yvonne) Pickering of Vanscoy, SK.; along with many other relatives and friends.
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- Lorrie John. It is with great sadness and heartache that we announce the passing of Lorrie on August 17, 2012, at the Queensway Carleton Hospital Palliative Care at the age of 54 years after losing a battle with cancer. Left to mourn Lorrie's passing is his beloved wife Debbie; his father John; his two children (Melisa and Ryan); 4 grandchildren (Dynika, Rahaine Kadin, Tristin); three sisters (Arlene, Virginia Maria); two brothers (Joey, Randy); as well as numerous relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his mother, Annette. Lorrie was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, raised and went to school in Churchbridge Sask. Once school was completed Lorrie moved on to Winnipeg where he held multiple positions for over 25 years within the Provincial Government. Lorrie moved on to Ottawa in 2001 to start a new career with CGI in the functional consulting field. During this time in Ottawa, Lorrie was fortunate enough to meet the love of his life Debbie and they were married in July 2011. Over the nine year together they were able to travel a lot of the world as this was one of Lorrie's passions. Lorrie dedicated many hours to the passions in his life, curling, water skiing, slow pitch, golfing, cubs and scout organizations. Lorrie was also was a Past President of the Victoria Curling Club in Winnipeg. To honour Lorrie' wishes, a private family Funeral Service will be held at a later date. Lorrie's wishes were to thank everyone that spent time with him and lent a helping hand in his time of need.
- Phyllis Darlene Dietrich was born March 1, 1961. She was the fifth child born to Paul and Pauline Dietrich. With the reassurance and comfort of her loving family by her side, Phyllis went peacefully into the arms of the Lord on January 27, 2001, at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home. Phyllis’ baptism took place in the Chapel of Russell Hospital, where she was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. Phyllis was raised on the family farm in Dropmore, MB.
She graduated from Roblin Goose Lake High. After graduation, Phyllis went on to receive her training in Cosmetology at ACC in Brandon, MB. While at college, she made many friends, some of whom she remained close to up until her untimely passing. Phyllis established a very respectable and prosperous hairstyling business in Russell, MB. She built a large and loyal clientele some of whom travelled many miles just to get that perfect cut and style. The comment often heard of Phyllis was “She has that special touch”. It is a comment our families have heard repeatedly over the past few years, and it was not only in reference to her hairstyling skills. On June 29, 1985, Phyllis was united in marriage to Dale Cornelius of MacNutt, SK. It was there, Phyllis and Dale chose to make their home. Their first daughter, Hillary, was born on September 21, 1988. Everyone was thrilled at the prospect of a baby, but secretly worried about all the “bad hair” days ahead we would have to contend with. She did continue her fine ability of hair styling from their home. While in MacNutt, Phyllis held executive positions on the MacNutt Ladies’ Service Club and the MacNutt Recreation Board. She contributed much to the community while residing there. She also enjoyed curling in many bonspiels and as a pitcher in fastball for the MacNutt Monarchs and Calder Shortstops. The young family moved to Churchbridge, where two more children were born, a son Jordan on May 5, 1992 and a second daughter Avery on June 27, 1995. Phyllis continued hairdressing out of her home. That career was soon put on hold as her ability as an artist began to flourish. She was a very perceptive person, who could see the beauty in everything and everyone around her. After completing art classes, her enthusiasm and love of painting grew. Phyllis was the secretary of the Churchbridge Cultural Art Council. She collaborated with fellow artists to create beautiful murals on various buildings throughout the Town of Churchbridge. One of Phyllis’ oil paintings titled ‘Saturday Might Suds’ has been made into signed and numbered prints. Her artistic talent shone through on the beautiful banners and sign she created for St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge. She also taught catechism and helped with many other events in the church. Phyllis was a devoted wife and mother, who had a deep and special love and respect for Dale and her children. She took great pride in every aspect of her children’s achievements. A most memorable occasion was spent this past summer as a family train trip was taken to Vancouver and various places out West. Phyllis had a deep-rooted love of ‘family” and eagerly attended family gatherings. She was a gifted and talented person who had a way of making people realize a greater appreciation of life. Phyllis had an amazing spirit, faith, sense of humour, and strong will and determination that became even more evident within the last two years as she battled cancer. Phyllis will forever be remembered by her family and friends for her beautiful, warm smile and gentle, compassionate nature. Left to love and cherish her memory are her husband, Dale and children Hillary, Jordan and Avery Cornelius, mother and stepfather, Pauline and Ernie Sudbury; brother Pat (Mae), Nolan and Jan Dietrich; sisters, Paulette (Rod),Ryan and Ashley Mushumanski; Patricia (Earl), Lindsay Spraggs; Pam (Lawrence) Chastko; Pearle, Chris Miller; Penny (Kevin), Paylyn, Prairie Schappert; mother-in-law, Cynthia Cornelius; brothers-in-law Brian (Audrey), Carman, David, Trevor, Kelly Cornelius; Errol (Terry), Lindsay, Kristian, Brady, Scott Cornelius; sister-in-law Carol (Andrew), Sheri , Leanne, Lori Malinowski. Phyllis was predeceased by her father, Paul Dietrich; father-in-law, John Cornelius, and brother-in-law Terry Miller. A Prayer Vigil Service was held Monday, January 29, 2001, 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Fr. Rick Krofchek and Fr. Nicholas Porathur presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Phyllis’ life was held Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Readers were brothers-in-law Lawrence Chastko and Andy Malinowski. Organists and singers were Renee and Lacelyn Chyz and the St. Mary’s Parish Choir. The Pallbearers who were honoured to be chosen were Ryan Mushumanski, Chris Miller, David Cornelius, Nolan Dietrich, Carman Cornelius and Trevor Cornelius. Following the interment in Churchbridge Community Cemetery, a reception was held for family and friends at the Churchbridge Community Centre.
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– Philip Constantine Daum was born to John and Eleanor Daum (nee Dressler) on February 17, 1910 in the Rothbury district. He was baptized in Beresina on March 3, 1911 by Pastor C. Predoehl and was confirmed on July 5, 1925 by Pastor R.W.T. Burlein at Peace Lutheran Church in Rothbury. On June 4, 1933 he married Wilhelminna Schaan. Their union was blessed with 5 children. The couple farmed in the Rothbury district for a time and later resided in Malartic, Que., Winnipeg, Man., and Prince Rupert, B.C. They returned to Churchbridge in 1945 and Philip worked for Consolidated, then for the I.M.C. mine and for United Grain Growers. In 1959 Philip was transferred to Condie, Sk and remained there until retiring to Churchbridge. Philip’s wife Minnie passed away in 1978. In 1980 he married Gladys Chutskoff (nee: Joss). Philip and Gladys enjoyed 9 happy years together in Churchbridge until Gladys became ill and had to be hospitalized in Yorkton. Philip continued to live in Churchbridge until he moved into the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats in 1993. Throughout his life Philip was always active in his church and in his community. He was a very social person who enjoyed being with people, and enjoyed the company of his family and many friends. He passed away June 1, 1997. Philip was predeceased by his first wife, Minnie and a daughter who died in infancy; three brothers; Walter and Carl of Vancouver, B.C. ; and Albert of Swan River, Man.; one sister; Agnes Rosewarne of Vancouver, B.C. Philip leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, his wife, Gladys; his sons; John (Kay) of Saltcoats, Ron (Bunny) Daum of Churchbridge, and Dawn of Calgary; his daughter, Eleanor (Leo) Schatz of Ancaster, Ont.; his step-daughters; Audrey (Ed) Fullawka of Canora; Luanne (Errol) Itterman of Churchbridge; ten grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; his sisters; Eleanor Johnson of Churchbridge, Otillia Mason of Vancouver; Helen Hicks and Emma Tennant both of Langley B.C.; his brother Paul (Doris) of Richmond, B.C.
– Wilhemine Daum of Churchbridge, passed away in University Hospital, Saskatoon, June 9, 1978 at the age of 68 years. Mrs. Daum was born at MacNutt on May 9, 1911. She lived in MacNutt, Churchbridge area all her life. Funeral services were held from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge with Pastor Allen Harlos officiating. Burial was in Churchbridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Smith, Jack Phillips, George Roth, Herb Dressler, John Cornelius and Roland Wagner. Mrs. Daum is survived by her husband Phillip; son Ronald and wife Bunnie of Churchbridge, son John and wife Kay of Saltcoats; daughters Dawn of Calgary and Eleonor and husband Leo Schatz of Regina, and eight grandchildren. Also sisters and brothers, Lizzie Wagner and Laura Becker of MacNutt; Margaret Farncomb of Regina, Louise Nerbas of Grandview, Winnie Schaan of Oshawa, Fred Schaan of Winnipeg and George Schaan of Calgary. Mrs. Daum was well known and respected and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by her family and by the community.
– Geordie Dawson beloved husband of Helen Dawson of Churchbridge, passed away suddenly in Churchbridge on November 13, 1995. He was 64 years of age. Geordie was born on October 10, 1931 at Ashville, Manitoba and was raised on a farm near Ashville. He was united in marriage with Helen Anne Bullmore on November 11, 1950, and the couple recently celebrated their 45th anniversary. Geordie and Helen lived in Dauphin, Man; during their first years of marriage and in 1966 they moved to Churchbridge. Geordie was employed by Shentag Const of Esterhazy as a construction worker and worked with IMC of Esterhazy for 28 years, initially as a miner and later both underground and surface as a welder. He was a quiet, gentle and giving person who always put the need of others ahead of his own. His life was one of constant motion as he worked hard on the job and continually puttered at home and would often do the same while on vacation. He took great pride in keeping things in good repair and busied himself with many tasks at home or elsewhere if a helping hand was needed. Geordie was not often away from home, taking comfort in the familiarity of his surroundings. He was an avid hockey fan and familiar face in the skating rinks of the area. He loved pets and recently developed a keen interest in bird watching. He also found a great deal of pleasure going camping and fishing. Geordie’s sense of humour and wonderful smile are well known by those having spent time with him. He had a soft spot in his heart for children; they seemed drawn to him as if by a magnet. Geordie cherished and cared for his family and continually did his utmost to help them whenever needed. Even though he found it difficult to express these emotions, his many deeds and acts of kindness provided much evidence of his love and care. He found only good things to say about others and was distressed when encountering situations in which individuals did not get along, or when people of the cultures were unjustly treated. He also cared a great deal for the community in which he lived. His faithfulness to God and spiritual journey in life was evident daily and weekly, with many comments of pride being heard about his little church in town. Geordie will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours, work partners, and his many friends. Geordie was predeceased by his parents, William and Elizabeth Dawson (nee Reid); his daughter Kelly in infancy and Lisa Rae. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen Anne; his daughter Lynda Isaac and her children Danny, Kevin, Kimberley, Katherine, Robert and Rosalyn; his sons, G. Cameron and his wife Dorothy and children Jennifer and Shelby; Kevin of Thunder Bay and daughter-in-law Annette and their children Jordie and Jade from Snow Lake, Man; brothers John Jack (Helve) Dawson, Bill (Helen) Dawson, Victor (Vi) Dawson and Joe (Merle) Dawson, sister May (Lloyd) Houston as well as many other relatives and a host of good friends. Funeral services were held on Nov 16, 1995 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, with Rev. Walter Farquharson of the United Church of Canada as presider. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Geordie’s family, friends and co-workers as honorary pallbearer. Casket bearers were Nestor Ohryn, John Lavers, Hugh Scobie, Pat Debnam, Woody Bjarnason, Ivan Morash, Stan Wirl and Cedric VanDrecht.
– Lisa Rae Dawson beloved daughter of Helen and George Dawson of Churchbridge passed away September 23, 1981, at the age of 16 yrs. Lisa was born February 24, 1965 in Dauphin, Man. As a young girl she moved to Churchbridge with her parents. She received her education at Churchbridge. Lisa was a member of the Churchbridge band and music was one of her great interests. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, and especially swimming. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Lisa was predeceased by her grandparents Charles and Florence Bullmare; William Dawson and a sister Kelly in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing her Mother and Father Helen and George Dawson, two brothers, Cam (Dorothy) of Saltcoats, Kevin of Snow Lake, Man., one sister Lynda (Gordon) Still of Langenburg; her grandmother Elizabeth Dawson of Dauphin, Man., Nieces Kathleen and Kimberley and nephews Kevin and Banny. Funeral service was held Sept. 26, 1981 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Walter Farguharson and Rev. Norman Marcotte officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Lisa Scobie, Darcy Scobie, Cindy Shaw, Kathy Debnam, Maureen Debnam, Loriei Haydt, Bertha Tanchuk, Maria Choptuik, Anita Ivanochko, Darla Nashiem, and Marina Bazowski. Active pallbearers were Glen Weir, Glen VanDrecht, Kim Scobie, Hugh Scobie, Ken Orr and Jim Orr.
– Daisy Gertrude Ann (nee Basken) of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of Churchbridge, passed away February 14, 1985 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. She was 90 years of age. Mrs. Debnam was born November 25, 1894 in the Kinbrae district north of Churchbridge. She was the daughter of James and Emily (nee Heasman) Basken. She grew up on her parents farm and received her education at Churchbridge School. Following the completion of her education she remained on the farm helping her parents. On September 5, 1913, she was united in marriage to George Debnam and the couple lived and farmed north of Churchbridge. During the same period of time, Mr. Debnam owned and operated a livery business in Churchbridge. In 1944 her husband passed away and Mrs. Debnam continued to reside in her home at Churchbridge until 1984 when she took up residence in the Yorkton District Nursing Home. Mrs. Debnam’s home was a beehive of activity for her children and grandchildren and for many other children who often met at her home which was located near the local skating rink. Many a cup of hot chocolate was served to the children who so enjoyed her hospitality. Mrs. Debnam was an avid gardener, an interest that remained with her until she entered the nursing home. Her home was a show place of flowers and plants. Because of her love of plants, she was a life member of the Churchbridge Horticultural Society. Mrs. Debnam spent hours working in her kitchen and she especially enjoyed cake decorating. In her spare time she did a great deal of quilting. A person who enjoyed sports in general, she especially liked to watch hockey. Mrs. Debnam was an individual who was close to her church; she was a member of Christ Anglican Church, and in her younger years she was a member of the Anglican Church Women. A person whose family and home were the centre of her attention. Mrs. Debnam will be sadly missed by her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Mrs. Debnam was predeceased by her parents; her husband George; five sons; Jim, Allan, Earl, Floyd and Russell, two sisters Hilda and Isobel; one brother Thomas; one grandson Ron. She leaves to celebrate her life two sons ; Douglas and his wife Doreen of Calgary, Barry and his wife Heather of Churchbridge; three daughters, Charlotte and her husband Marvin Suiter of Seattle, Washington, Gertrude and her husband Clayton Harrell of Mentor, Ohio, and Eileen and her husband Bert Schkowsky of Regina; three brothers , Fred Basken, Bob Basken and Charlie Basken all residing in Churchbridge; one sister Mrs. Kay Todd also of Churchbridge; 27 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge on Monday February 18, 1985 with the Rev. Bill Pope officiating. The organist Mrs. Alice Johnson . Internment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Jerry Debnam, Jesse Debnam, Bruce Debnam, Tim Debnam, Dennis Debnam, and Ross Debnam as pallbearers.
– Frederick Russell Debnam passed away suddenly at Churchbridge, on February 7, 1972 at the age of fifty years. The funeral service was held in the Concordia Lutheran Church, at Churchbridge on February 10th, conducted by Rev. R. Parsons. Internment took place in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Honorary pall bearers were George Greensides, Cam Collins, Fred Dressler, Don Swanson, Cliff Obre and Bob Tuma. The active pallbearers were ; Charlie Theile, Joe DePape, Conrad Schwartz, Ray Boreen, Francis Snyder, Chuck Wussow. Mr. Debnam was born April 24, 1921, at Churchbridge, son of Mrs. Daisy Debnam and the late George Debnam. He attended school at Churchbridge. In June of 1945, at Yorkton, he was married to Mary Scobie, who survives him, along with four children, three sons, Patrick, Ronald, Timothy, and one daughter Kathleen. Also surviving are his Mother, four brothers ,Douglas and Floyd of Calgary, Jim of Camrose, and Barry of Churchbridge, three sisters, Charlotte of Seattle, Eileen of Regina, and Gertrude of Mentor, Ohio. There are two Grand Daughters. The late Mr. Debnam was a mechanic with International Minerals. He had served on Churchbridge Town Council and took a keen interest in sports and community affairs.
– Ronald Neil. Funeral service for Ronald Neil Debnam of Churchbridge, who passed away June 27, 1978 at Churchbridge, was held June 30, 1978 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. Pastor R. Dederick officiated, and internment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Pall bearers were Dwight Basken, Doug Bjarnason , Arnold Brenner, Doug Dressler, Allan Olson and Linton Yanke. He received his education at Churchbridge High School and was employed with the Alberta Department of Transport. He played with the Churchbridge Senior Hockey Club, and was a member of the Lutheran Church. He is survived by his Mother, Mary Yanke brothers Patrick and Timothy, and a sister Kathleen. He was predeceased by his Father, Russell Debnam, in 1972.
– Mike Dick, son of Joseph and Anne Dick (nee Tymrick) was born on November 25, 1928, in Sintaluta, Sk. He was raised on a family farm in White Beach, Sk., and later moved to Arran. On July 12, 1954, Mike was united in marriage to Mary Dick (nee Solomon) at St. Peter’s and Paul’s Catholic Church in Vesna. The couple lived in Mikado, Sk., where Mike was employed by the Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills. In 1960, Mike joined the Municipal Police Force at Prelate and policed in Duck Lake, Unity and Churchbridge until 1980, when due to an accident, his police career was ended. Since 1982, Mike has worked for the Department of Parks and Renewable Resources. His family meant very much to him. He spent much of his time with his children and grand-children. He also enjoyed the company of many friends as you all know from the coffee shop where he engaged in many arguments, but of course...Mike was always right. Mike enjoyed working with the public and taking part in community organizations. Some of his interests included: Minor Sports, Emergency Measures Organizations, Fire Dept., Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Recreation Board. Other activities such as working the time clock at Hockey games, and fishing, hunting and helping out on the farms were typical of his generous being. Mike was predeceased by his father, Joseph Dick, his mother Anne Dick (nee Tymrick), a daughter (Elizabeth), a son at infancy, two brothers, Morris and John Dick. To Cherished his memory, he leaves his loving family, Wife Mary of Churchbridge, eldest daughter Patricia Campbell (nee Dick) and Duncan from Prince Albert, his son Kenneth and Rosalien from Esterhazy, his daughter Diane Robinson (nee Dick) and Dare from Calgary, his daughter Tylene Buchberger (nee Dick) and Dean from Langenburg. He will be missed by four beautiful grandchildren, Christine, Kelly, Tiffany and Dustin. Mike is also survived by his brothers , Peter and his wife Irene from Kamloops, B.C. , Max and his wife Shirley from Kipling, Frank and his wife Lynn from Calgary, and by two sisters-in-law;, Pat Dick from Winnipeg, and Helen Dick from Grand Center, Alberta, and by many nieces and nephews.
– Etta Ora (nee Hicks) Dillin was born December 1, 1887, in Marshall, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Fred and Emma Hicks. Mrs Dillin came to Canada and Saskatchewan with her parents in 1904 and settled on a farm north of Churchbridge. On December 26 1905, she was united in marriage to Charlie Dillin at Saltcoats. The couple farmed north of Churchbridge until 1945 when they retired and moved into Churchbridge to reside. Mrs. Dillin was a devoted wife and mother and she was always interested in the activities of her children. She was a strong-willed person and was active on the farm when the couple was farming. Mrs. Dillin was a member of the United Church of Canada, and enjoyed knitting and quilting. She loved to read and one of her favorite books was the Bible. Mrs. Dillin was always interested in the garden and she loved the beauty of flowers around her. She passed away February 22, 1981 at the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg, Sk. She was 93 years of age. Mrs. Dillin was predeceased by her husband, Charlie; one infant son, Cullie; one grand-daughter, Beverley; one great-granddaughter, Donna; five brothers, Will, Gus, Jess, Clyde, and Ernest; five sisters, Mrs. Pearl Crispin, Mrs. Edith Hall, Mrs. Flo Turr, Mrs. Kate Appleton, and Mrs. Eva Hicks. She leaves to mourn her passing one son Ivan and his wife Alma of Churchbridge; two daughters; Mrs. Angie (Fred) Basken of Churchbridge, and Mrs. Eileen (Charlie) Basken of Churchbridge; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were Feb. 26, from Concordia Lutheran with Mr. James Trowell of St. Andrew’s United Church in Churchbridge officiating. Internment followed next to her husband in the family plot in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Stanley Keene, Lauren Anderson, Adam Schutz, Lou Rathgaber, Philip Daum and Herbert Dressler. Active pallbearers were Dale Olafson, Lynn Olafson, Lorne Olafson, Brian Basken, Gary Dillin and Tim Sullivan.
– Ivan Curtis Dillin beloved husband of Alma Dillin of Saltcoats, passed away Saturday April 24, 1999, at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, at the age of 83 years. Ivan was born May 12, 1915 in the Churchbridge district to Charlie and Etta (Hicks) Dillin. Ivan attended public school in Pennock. Following his schooling he remained on the family farm until 1947, when he took over the family farm operations. Ivan had a great love for farming and very much enjoyed raising cattle. On October 28, 1967 he met and married Alma Kurtz. The couple remained active with farming until 1992, when they retired from the farming operations, but still resided on the farm. In 1995 they decided to move and make their home in Saltcoats. Ivan was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching many different sports events on television. Ivan was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Etta Dillin; one brother, Cullie in infancy; one sister Angie Basken in 1986 ; also brothers-in-law Charlie Basken (Eileen’s husband), and Fred Basken (Angie’s husband). He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving wife, Alma; sister Eileen Basken; three nephews; Deane Basken, Dwight Basken and Lyle (Carol) Basken; a niece Mirleen (Harv) Kittle; as well as numerous great nephews in both Ivan’s and Alma’s families. Funeral services were held April 30, 1999 from the Church of God in Churchbridge, with Pastor Ken Dressler and Pastor Stephen Conklin officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ken and Lorraine Andres, Harold and Vera Dillin, Clare Hicks, Wilbert and Marvis Waldherr, Charlie and Evelyn Schultz, and Doug and Lois Reetz. Ivan was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Brent Basken, Brian Basken, Bruce Basken (all being Ivan’s great nephews) Sam Beutler, Leslie Beutler and Lloyd Beutler (all being Alma’s nephews) serving as pallbearers.
– Herb. In the early morning of August 4, 2005 with his family and his Pastor by his side, Herb Dressler of Churchbridge, Sk passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord at the age of 74. Herbert Phillip Dressler was born on February 14, 1931, on the Dressler family farm, Section 4, Township 24, Range 32 Northwest of the 1st Meridian. Herb was the son of Marie (nee Metz) and Phillip Dressler. Herb was baptized into the Lutheran Faith on February 15, 1931 by Rev. John Dreyer. On March 25, 1945, he was confirmed into the Lutheran Faith by Rev. J.C. Werschler. He received his education at the Pennock School until Grade 8 at which time he worked full-time on the family farm. On October 20, 1961, Herb was united in marriage to Marveleen (nee Becker) of Churchbridge, Sk. Their union was blessed with three children, Cory, Sheila and Terry. Herb’s community involvement encompassed many different areas, such as, minor sports, curling, the Co-op Board and R.M. Council. Herb’s children and grandchildren Jazminn, Brittany and York were precious and dear to him. Also dear to his heart was his church family. Herb’s humble, quiet nature was a testament to his faith. He will be missed by all who knew him. Herb was predeceased by his parents, Phillip in 1970 and Marie in 2002; His beloved wife Marv in 1998; a sister Eleanor; and brothers-in-law, Morris Hughes, Ken Bradford and Glen McKinnon. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, sons, Cory and wife Joelle of Chilliwack, B.C., and Terry and wife Heather of Calgary, Alberta; a daughter, Sheila and husband Mark Hintz of Churchbridge; grandchildren York Dressler of Chilliwack, B.C. , and Jazminn and Brittany of Churchbridge; brother Walter (Marlene) of Winnipeg, Man.; and sisters Helen McKinnon of Saltcoats, Esther (Cecil) Fowlie of Hinton, Alberta and Violet Bradford of Hinton, Alberta, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. The funeral service was held August 10, 2005 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. All those whose lives were touched by Herb were invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with all Herb’s beloved children and grandchildren serving as casket bearers.
– Leokadia 'Lee' (nee Mielke) of Regina passed away peacefully at the age of 88 years on Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born on November 14, 1926 in Poland, and immigrated together with her family to Saskatchewan when she was six years of age. Leokadia was predeceased by her parents Emil and Olga Mielke; and husband Martin in 1993. Left to cherish her memory are her four sons Lloyd (Yaneth), Wally (Lynne), Ken (Valerie) and Myron (Sandy); grandchildren Darren (Jennifer), Jennifer (Mike), Kaley (Tobin), Bradley, Nicole (Taylor), Danielle (Steve) and Ryan; great grandchildren Lucus, Owen, Calla, Emari and Lily; sisters Elsie Bucholz and Ada Wildeman; brother-in-law Waldemar Dressler; sisters-in-law Margaret Becker and Jean Adelman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Leokadia spent most of her life on the farm near Churchbridge with Martin and the four boys. She always had very fond memories of friends and family in the Churchbridge area and elsewhere. Leokadia always cherished her children and grandchildren; as they were the joy of her life. She was very caring to her family, and will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Parkside Extendicare for their kindness and care. A funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1037 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Swem presiding. Interment will be in Churchbridge, SK on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A lunch in her memory will follow at Churchbridge Trinity Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m
– Martin George, beloved husband of Leokadia, (nee Mielke) of churchbridge, passed away on November 17, 1993 at the Pasqua hospital in Regina. He was born November 13, 1912, and raised in the Beresina District, the son of Jacob and Johanna Dressler. He attended the Dressler and Langenburg schools, following which he began farming near the Dressler homestead. On October 17, 1943 he was united in marriage to Leokadia. For a short period of time the couple resided in Ont. , before returning to Churchbridge to farm. He retired from farming in 1975, and was soon employed by North American Lumber, and took an active part in the day-to-day operations of the lumber yard. Martin enjoyed community activities and especially being with people. His love in life was to work for his church, and to his last day was active in serving the Lord. Martin was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Adolf and Walter; and a sister Hilda. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Leokadia; four sons; Lloyd and his wife Gladys and their children, Darren and Jennifer of Regina; Wally and his wife Lynne and their children, Kaley and Bradley of Winnipeg; Ken of Calgary; Myron and his wife Sandra and their children, Nicole, Danielle, and Ryan of Regina; four brothers Carl (Isabelle) of London, Ont., Jack (Frieda) also of London, Ont., Richard (Pauline) of Nipawin; and Waldemar (Doris) of Indianapolis, Indiana; six sisters; Adele Haverstock of Saltcoats, Alvina Quandt of Chicago, Illinois; Molly (Phillip) Kendal of Churchbridge; Gertrude Long of Middle Lake; Margaret (Walter) Becker of Edmonton; Virginia (John) Adelman of Nipawin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held on November 22, 1993, from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, with Pastor Solie officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, with pallbearers; Albert Dressler, Edgar Kaeding, Herb Schrader, Gerald Dressler, Lynne Johnson and Jack Schaan.
– Marv Leona (nee Becker) Dressler of Churchbridge, beloved wife of Herb, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord March 21, 1998 at the Yorkton Regional Health Center, after fighting a very courageous battle against cancer and heart disease. She was 60 years of age. Marv was born March 2, 1938 on the Becker family farm the daughter of Valentine and Matilda (nee Hautz Becker. She was baptized at Beresina, Sk on May 1, 1938 by Pastor Janz. Her sponsors were Walter and Lizzy Kitz. She was confirmed September 21, 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, by Pastor W. Zanow. Marv attended school in Churchbridge. She worked at a bank in Yorkton and also at the Churchbridge Credit Union. Marv married Herbert Phillip Dressler on October 20, 1961, at Trinity Lutheran Church in a service conducted by Pastor Goertz. They made their home 10 miles north of Churchbridge on the NW of 4, which was homesteaded by Herb’s grandfather in 1904. Marv and Herb were blessed with three children, Cory, Sheila and Terry. She served her community in numerous ways, spending time on the local School board, Minor sports, Arena board and helped with the Figure Skating Club. Marv could always be seen cheering on her boys at a hockey or baseball game. She served on the executive of the Ladies Curling Club for many years. Marv was also a member of the Saltcoats Liberal Assoc., and served on the executive for many years, taking great pride in what the Liberal Party stands for. Marv spent several years collecting funds for Donor’s Choice. She was forever giving and caring for others. Marv served on council at Trinity Lutheran, and took great joy in being a member of the senior choir. One of her great loves of her life was serving her Lord in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She held virtually every position available at the local, zone and district levels. You could be sure to find Marv at a monthly LWML meeting. Marv lived her life worshipping and praising God. She was taught at a young age that God comes first. Marv loved life and all that came with it. She helped Herb with farm work, driving the grain truck, and making sure Herb got lunch, even if it meant driving out to the field at noon. Marv could be seen delivering eggs all over the countryside, giving her the opportunity to visit many friends in the process. She spent many hours in her garden, and took pride in sending food back with Cory and Terry when they would return home. Marv was blessed with two grandchildren, and was always there to take care of her “little angels” Jazminn and Brittany. All the lives that Marv touched will always remember her smiling face and her willingness to lend a hand. We will sadly miss her, but we know the heavens are rejoicing now that one of God’s dear children have gone home to be with him. Marv was predeceased by her parents; Valentine and Matilda; two brothers; one in infancy and Wally Becker of Churchbridge; three brothers-in-law; John Rosin, Hubert Sauser and Bill Rosin, a sister-in-law Freida Becker. She is survived by her beloved husband, Herb, sons; Cory (Joelle) of Chilliwack, B.C., Terry (Heather) of Calgary, Alta., daughter Sheila Hintz (Mark) of Churchbridge; brothers – Ron (Anna) Becker of Medicine Hat, Alta., and Erwin (Bernice) Becker of Churchbridge;, sisters Mandy (Eddie) Nerbas of Langenburg, Sk., Nita Sauser of Churchbridge, Elsie Rosin of Bredenbury, Sk., Sylvia Rosin of Bredenbury, Sk., Hilda (John) Kurucz of Churchbridge, and Erna (Fred) Hutchings of Esterhazy, Sk., sister-in-law Charlotte Becker of Churchbridge, Sk., grandchildren Jazminn and Brittany Hintz of Churchbridge, as well as many nieces and nephews.
– Mary Ida (nee Phillips) Dressler was born in the Hoffenthal District on October 8, 1895, the daughter of George and Caroline Phillips. She was received into God’s kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Zion Lutheran Church, Hoffenthal and it was also there that she renewed her baptismal promise in the rite of conformation in the year 1911. On November 14, 1911 she was joined in marriage to P.A. Dressler. The couple settled in the Beresina District, where they were engaged in farming until they retired in 1954, and moved into the community of Churchbridge. While living in the Beresina District they were members of Grace Lutheran Church; but took up membership at Trinity congregation when they became residents of Churchbridge. At Trinity Ida was a charter member of the Ladies Aid and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. At the time of her death, August 20 1984, she was a patient in the Yorkton Union Hospital. She had reached the age of 88 yrs. 10 months and 12 days. She was predeceased by her parents, two infant sons, by her husband in 1972, and a daughter Mary Pescott (Ted) on May 8 of this year. As well three sisters, and eight brothers predeceased her. She is survived by four daughters, Alma (Jack)Phillips of Churchbridge, Carol (Peter) Smith of Gabriola Island, B.C., Natalie (Fred) Scavington of Burnaby, B.C., and Ruth (Bill) Ruecker of Calgary, Alta., and one son Andy (Irene) Dressler of Churchbridge. Sixteen grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren also survive their grandmother. Funeral service was held August 23, 1984 from the Trinity Lutheran Church Churchbridge, with Pastor Eifert of Langenburg officiating. Honorary pallbearers were; Mary Becker, Mary Dressler, Anne Brenner, Pauline Kitz, Rose Low, and Regina Schmidt. Active pallbearers were; David Dressler, Robin Hogberg, Zane McKerricker, Michael Wagner, Scott Wagner, and Chris Yeske. Her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery where they will await the return of our Lord to this world and the resurrection of all flesh.
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- Erika (nee Nickel) Eyjolfson of Churchbridge passed away at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home on October 15, 2013. She was 97 years of age. Funeral Service will take place Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm from the Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. Interment to follow in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. She was 97 years of age. Erika was born June 29, 1916, the oldest of two children born to Henrietta (nee Brenner) and Ludwig Nickel in Germany. She arrived in Canada in 1929 with her mom and step dad, Otto Itterman and family. As a young woman, Erika worked very hard as she was hired to work on for farmers in the area. On April 4, 1936 she was united in marriage to Jon Eyjolfson. The couple farmed until 1945 and then moved to Churchbridge, where they operated a trucking company for many years. Erika loved to work in her garden, her yard was her pride and joy. She had some of the most beautiful flowers in town. Erika was a homebody, she loved to cook and bake for her family. She loved visiting with her grandchildren and cuddling with her great grandchildren. Erika was predeceased by her husband, Jon; her parents, Ludwig Nickel, Henrietta and Otto Itterman (step dad), her brother, Adolph Nickel; her half-brother, Ewald Itterman; sister in law, Iris Itterman; brother-in-law, Art South; great-grandson, Ryan Johnson and great-great-grandson, Mykel Johnson as well as all of her in-laws on Jon's side of the family. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her son, Vernon Eyjolfson of Saskatoon, SK; her daughter, Ida (Cliff) Johnson of Saskatoon, SK; grandchildren, Laurie (Shelly) Johnson, Debbie Leier, Vera Johnson, Myron Johnson, Rick (Elly) Johnson; 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; half sister, Edith South of Regina, SK and half brother, Wally (Alice) Itterman of Calgary, AB.
– John Eyjolfson beloved husband of Erika (nee Nickel) of Churchbridge passed away on April 4, 1995. He was 87 years of age. John was born January 28, 1908, the second youngest of thirteen children born to Konrad and Maria Eyjolfson at the family homestead north of Churchbridge. He was raised on the farm and received his education at the Logberg School. On April 4, 1936, John was united in marriage with Erika Nickel. The couple farmed until 1945, and then moved to Churchbridge in the spring of that year. John took up trucking and owned his own trucking business for 32 years. Upon retirement, John enjoyed reading and watching sports on TV. He especially enjoyed his trips to coffee row to reminisce with his many friends. In his younger years, John loved to play baseball and curl. He was a dedicated member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, and served as church councillor for many years. He also maintained the church and looked after the Concordia Cemetery. John was a quiet man, who helped out anyone who was in need. He enjoyed the visits with family, and always had room on his knee for his great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. John is predeceased by his parents, Konrad and Maria Eyjolfson; three brothers, Gisli, Arniw, and Gudbrandur; Two sisters, Kristbjorg Johnson and Dyrborg Hedman; a half-sister, Gudbjorg Halderson; four brothers and two sisters at a young age. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving wife of 59 years, Erika; one son, Vernon of Saskatoon; a daughter, Ida (Cliff) Johnson of Saskatoon; grandchildren, Laurie (Shelly) Johnson, Debbie Leier, Vera Johnson, Myron (Tracey) Johnson, Rick (Elly) Johnson; fifteen great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Evie (Iris) Itterman of Churchbridge, Wally (Alice) Itterman of Calgary, Alberta, sister-in-law, Edith (Art) South of Regina; Hrefna Eyjolfson of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and Margaret Eyjolfson of Churchbridge; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. Funeral services were held April 8, 1995 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Gary Schenk officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Laurie Johnson, Lane Itterman, Myron Johnson, Rick Johnson, Erroll Itterman and Zane Itterman as casket bearers.
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- Albert Frederick, beloved husband of Emma, of Churchbridge, SK passed away June 3, 1987 at the General Hospital in Regina at the age of 77 years. Albert was born August 17, 1909 to Gust and Rose Frederick in Cass Lake, Minnesota. At a young age he and his parents moved to Canada. Albert grew up in Biggar, SK on his parents’ farm and attended school in Biggar. On June 14, 1942 he was united in marriage to Emma Rabel and they farmed until 1953 in Silver Grove, SK. He then sold the farm and moved to Churchbridge where he farmed from 1953 to 1967. He again sold the farm and moved into town. He loved gardening and was always ready to try growing something new. Fishing also was a favorite hobby. Albert loved the Lord and always desired to serve Him and was faithful in his worship to the Lord. Predeceased are his parents, a nephew, niece and a brother-in-law. Albert leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife Emma; brother Paul of Yorkton; sisters Martha Ratche, Ida and Henry Johns of Biggar, Elsie and Fred Stehr of Chilliwack; also a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 8, 1987 from Churchbridge Church of God with Pastors Emitt and Robin Thrower officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marlin Frederick Francis Stelmaszack, Terry Johns, Dale Johns, Luther Redlick and Lionel Stehr.
– Emma (nee Rabel) Frederick was born in Silver Grove, SK to Paul and Pauline (nee Somerfeld) Rabel on April 12, 1918 one of 11 children. She grew up on the family farm and helped to raise her brothers and sisters. Emma married Albert Frederick on June 14, 1942. They farmed north of Churchbridge until their retirement, and then moved to a house in town. Emma was kept busy looking after her home. She always raised a large and bountiful garden, both on the farm and in town. Grandpa Frederick lived with Emma and Albert for many years as did Grandpa Rabel. Emma worked as a housekeeper and babysitter for a number of families in Churchbridge. Her hands were rarely idle. She was well known for her beaded doilies and Christmas snowflakes. Baking was another passion; ginger snaps and toffee marshmallow balls were often enjoyed by her family and friends. Emma became a Christian at a young age and dedicated her life to serving God. She was very involved with the Church of God, serving on various boards and committees. Emma had a love for music, especially hymns, and enjoyed singing in the choirs and often could be heard singing to herself. Although she had no children of her own, her many nieces and nephews benefitted from an outpouring of love and affection as did the great nieces and nephews. Emma’s smile and laughter were infectious, and even near the end her concern for others was always foremost in her mind. Emma sold her house and moved into the Churchbridge Manor in 1988. She took part in setting together many a puzzle, and enjoyed socializing with the other residents. She loved walking and always walked downtown for her mail and groceries and went for coffee with friends. Emma became a resident of the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home in October of 1999 and this is where she resided until her passing. Emma was predeceased by her husband, Albert, her parents, Paul and Pauline, her brothers, Will, Fred, John, Paul and Ed, and her sisters Annie, Leona, Pauline and Louise. She leaves to mourn her passing her sister Elfrieda (Harry) Soroka and numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 12, 2004 from the Church of God in Churchbridge with Pastor Ken Dressler officiating. Emma’s niece, Sharon Dressler, sang a solo entitled “Beyond the Sunset”. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Daren Dressler, Chad Smith, Mel Smith, Theron Smith, Jerry Sorrell and Jeremy Sorrell serving as casket bearers.
– Gus Frederick of Churchbridge, SK passed away on Saturday, September 28, 1985 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. He was 98 years of age. Gustav Frederick was born on November 28, 1886 in Russia. He immigrated to the United States and in 1905 he was united in marriage to Rose Tepper of Cass Lake, Minnesota. The couple came to Canada to Biggar, SK where they farmed. In 1942 Mrs. Frederick passed away and in 1944, Mr. Frederick moved to Shellmouth, MB. In 1960 he moved to Churchbridge to be near family members. Gus loved to sing and read his Bible as long as he was able to see well enough to read. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, two sons, Albert and his wife Emma of Churchbridge and Paul of Yorkton; three daughters, Martha Ratke of Biggar, Elsie and her husband Fred Stehr of Chilliwack, BC and Ida and her husband Henry Johns of Biggar; 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Besides his wife Rose, Mr. Frederick was predeceased by two daughters-in-law, Jean Pearl Mantle and Olga Pauline Frederick; by a grandson, Harvey Frederick; granddaughter, Elaine Belter and by a sister, Annie Moretz. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 1, 1985 from the Church of God in Churchbridge with Pastor Dan Bartel officiating. The organist was Mrs. Betty Mehrer. Iris Johns, a granddaughter to Mr. Frederick sang the solo “Beyond the Sunset”. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town cemetery with Terry Redlick, Lionel Stehr, Jerry Johns, Francis Stelmazak, Allan Frederick, and Dale Johns as the pallbearers.
– Gladys Fiola of Churchbridge, SK passed away at age 59 with family by her side, following a short battle with cancer. She was born on November 28, 1938 in the Landsburn district, the third of eight children born to Frank and Eunice Stainer. Gladys attended grades 1 to 8 in Landsburn, 9 to 12 in Foxwarren and nurses training in St. Boniface, Winnipeg. Gladys married Andy Fiola, and they were blessed with four children, Robert, Janet, Lorraine and Daniel. Gladys worked at a grocery store and doctor’s office and as a school bus driver and home care worker. From 1986 to the present time, she worked at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats. Gladys was also an active community member and was involved in several organizations including: charter member of the Lioness Club; 4-H and Brownie leader; member of the United Church, helping with U.C.W. when catering; figure skating club and minor sports. Her interests included; cross-stitch, knitting, sewing, gardening, yard work, cooking, baking and canning, fishing trips and golfing with family and friends. Gladys always had time for her friends, having the coffee ready for whoever may come over. Being with family was very special to her, whether it be a holiday celebration, birthday or just a family gathering. Gladys’ granddaughters were a very important part of her life and she enjoyed the many hours she spent with them. Gladys was predeceased by Andy Fiola; her father, Frank; and brother, Allan. Her memory is cherished by sons, Rob and Lynda, and Daniel, daughters, Janet and Phil, and Lorraine and Todd, and granddaughters Brittany, Heidi and Franki. She will also be sadly missed by her mother, Eunice; brothers, Delmar and Ruth, Orville and Deb, Gordon and Marie, sisters, Lois and Doug, Leona, Myrtle and Wes; sister-in-law Lydia; and 18 nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were Melanie Clark, Art Just, Dale Shackleton, Howard Pedrick, Hugh Scobie and John Sharp. Eulogy was delivered by Donna Pedrick.
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– Frederick George Garbe, beloved husband of Mrs. Katharina Garbe of Churchbridge passed away on Thursday, July 17, 1986 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 82 years of age. Mr. Garbe was born December 24, 1903 in Churchbridge, Northwest Territories, the son of Gustav and Eleanor (nee Kaeding) Garbe. At the age of three years he moved with his parents from their farm three miles northwest of Churchbridge into the town. He grew up in the Town of Churchbridge and received his education at the Churchbridge School. Following the completion of his education he started to farm his own land in the Churchbridge district and on July 18, 1944, he was united in marriage to Katharina Rathgeber at the Rothbury Lutheran Church. The couple lived and farmed in the Churchbridge district until 1974, when they retired from the farm and moved into Churchbridge where they purchased a home. In March of this year Fred’s health started to fail him and for a period of time he was forced to enter the hospital. With his health failing, Fred entered the Pasqua Hospital in Regina three weeks ago and entered into his eternal rest on Thursday, July 17. A farmer at heart, he loved working on the land and took great pride in the condition of his farm and the types of crops he grew. In the early years he worked his land with horses, an animal for which he had a great love. While residing on the farm, Fred saw the need for a better system of marketing grain, and with this he became one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Mr. Garbe took an active part in the community; for a number of years he was a school board trustee of the Churchbridge School; he was also president of the Town Hall Association. Being a faithful member of Concordia Lutheran Church, he took an active part in the church affairs too, being church president for some seven years. Fred was sports-minded, especially liking the game of hockey. He owned his own hockey rink at one time and encouraged his sons and other young boys to play the game of hockey, and for a number of years was involved in the coaching of the sport. In his spare time he liked to do some painting and he with his wife, Katharina travelled to visit relatives on different occasions. A strong family man, devoted husband and father, he will be sadly missed by his family and those who had the opportunity to meet and work with him. Mr. Garbe was predeceased by his parents; one daughter, Kathleen in infancy; one brother, Herbert; two sisters, Alice and Laura. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his loving wife, Katharina; two sons, Dr. George Garbe and his wife Lina of Regina; James of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; two grandsons, John and James; one brother, Ewald and his wife Margaret of Calgary, AB; six sisters, Mrs. Tracey Carpenter, San Diego, California; Mrs. Lorena Ashdown and Mrs. Esther Eyestone both residing in Calgary; Mrs. Ilene Deckert of Yorkton; Ms. Clara Karau of Churchbridge; Mrs. Viola Thomson of Saskatoon. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 1986 from the Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Gary Schenk officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. The honorary pallbearers were Chuck Wussow, Milton Whitmarsh, Dave Westman, Claude Heinrich, Jack Phillips, and Howard Graham. The active pallbearers were Fred Karau, Alvin Propp, Carl Schramm, Walter Brenner, Harold Erbach, and Pete Anderson.
- Katherina Elisabeth "Kate" (nee Rathgeber) Garbe, Kate as she was known to family and friends, was born on January 30, 1922, the daughter of John and Katharina Rathgeber. Kate lost her mother when she was just a young girl. She attended Rothbury School, completing Grade Eight. Kate achieved excellent marks in school despite the fact that she spoke no English, only German when she started school. Her Grade Eight Certificate was a source of great pride but also a reminder of what Kate considered to be a great tragedy in her life. Kate was very disappointed that she could not proceed further in school, however, she became the strongest possible advocate for her children to pursue their education. She supported their endeavours in their chosen fields at great personal sacrifice. Kate was baptized in Rothbury Lutheran Church and regularly attended Peace Lutheran Church in Churchbridge (which subsequently became known as Concordia Lutheran Church). Kate was united in marriage to Fred Garbe on July 18, 1944 at the Rothbury Lutheran Church. The couple lived and farmed in the Churchbridge District, where she was a hard working farmer's wife. Kate beautifully kept a large farm yard and raised chickens to produce hatchery eggs to supplement the farm income. She also grew a productive garden, which the family enjoyed in the summer, but Kate also canned much of the harvest to enjoy through the winter months. Kate was a loyal and supportive wife to her husband, Fred. They celebrated 42 years of joyful marriage before his death in 1986. Their theme song, You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine characterized their marriage. Throughout her life, Kate was blessed with a number of wonderful friendships. In Rothbury, the community was poor in material wealth, but lived in a rich social fabric with many activities shared with friends and large extended families. While on the farm near Churchbridge, Kate and Fred enjoyed the company of fellow farm families in the area the Karaus, Wussows, Beckers, Princes, Reeleses, Johnsons and many others. Summers were highlighted by a week as Manitou Beach, where Fred would take the waters. Kate, having brought half the house with her, would keep house in one of Ed Austin's cabins. The trip home might include a visit to the home of Clarence and Phyllis Heinrich in Regina. Kate and Fred retired in 1974 and moved into the town of Churchbridge. Following Fred's death, Kate remained in Churchbridge until 2000 when she moved to Regina to be closer to family, however, her heart remained in Churchbridge. Kate was an excellent cook and was admired for her holopchy and kuchen. Her daughter's-in-law will attest to her formidable skills and competitive spirit on the Scrabble Board and she was also known for a mean game of cribbage. Kate enjoyed the simple things in life and always seemed satisfied with what was done for her by others. Kate was predeceased by her parents, John and Katharina (nee Gorese) Rathgeber; and her daughter, Katharina. The loss of her daughter was the second great tragedy in her life as Katharina was born prematurely and lived for only six days. She is buried at the foot of Kate's grave. Kate was also predeceased by her siblings, Christine, Johnny and Jack. Kate leaves to mourn her passing her sons, Dr. George Garbe and his wife, Lina of Regina, Saskatchewan and James "Jim " Garbe and his wife, Pamela of Thurso, Scotland; her five grandchildren, John (Susan), James (Michelle), Thomas, Rhea and Martha; two great-grandchildren, Aysia and Cassidy and numerous nieces and nephews.
– Howard Bernard Graham beloved friend of Joan Anderson of Churchbridge passed away on Monday, December 26, 1988 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. He was 74 years of age. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 29, 1988 from the Church of God in Churchbridge under the auspices of the United Church of Canada with Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vallery Putland led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Harry Rosin, George Rosin, John Kurucz, Milton Whitmarsh, Walter Brenner and Oscar Schultz as the honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Don Graham, Kent Graham, Roland Werner, Raymond Buckle, Charles Schultz and Larry Hinrikson. Mr. Graham was born May 2, 1914 at Bredenbury, SK. He was the son of Robert and Clara (nee Mottram) Graham. He grew up in the Bredenbury district and received his education at Coma Pack School. Here he received his education and upon leaving school began working out. Howard worked in a garage in Bredenbury and then in Churchbridge. His skills as a mechanic put him in good stead when he left garage work to farm. Howard enjoyed farming – as he enjoyed the outdoors, found enjoyment in hunting and fishing and in the simple appreciate of the world of living and growing things. He was a kind individual and a good neighbor. Howard took responsibility within the the community, serving over the years on the Board of the Fish and Game League; as a director of the United Grain Growers and as a member for sixteen years, served as a Director of the Churchbridge Credit Union. Howard was a kind and good neighbor and friend, a loved brother and uncle and will be deeply missed by those who were very close to him and by those who had the opportunity to meet and know him. Mr. Graham was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Ethel; a step-father, Clarence Anderson; he leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his friend and companion, Joan Anderson of Churchbridge, a brother Bob and his wife Ruby of Bredenbury, a sister Velma Carter of Dawson Creek, BC and numerous nieces and nephews.
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– Clara Arivra (nee Popowich) Mintram Heinrich passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with her family by her side on February 20, 2009, her 92nd birthday. She was born on February 20, 1917 in Langenburg, SK. Growing up she lived in both Langenburg and Churchbridge with a brief stay in B.C. She married Valdi Mintram on June 14, 1933 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. After the wedding they resided on the Barney and Helgi Westman farm two and a half miles east of Churchbridge. They had six children; Calvin, Howard, Dorothy, Roy, Helen and Wayne. After Valdi passed away on July 10, 1962 she sold the farm and moved into Churchbridge. There she worked at Zorn’s Hotel and kept house of Mr. and Mrs. Toles. On September 12, 1963 she remarried to Claude Heinrich. They sold the house in Churchbridge and moved west of town. In 1996 they moved into the Heritage Manor. Clara was a very active and outgoing person. She would never miss a bingo game and traveled both to Langenburg and Bredenbury every week. Playing cards was a passion and she enjoyed her games at the Evergreen Club. She and C laude spent many years traveling to rodeos throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They bought a motorhome so that they could enjoy their fishing in the many lakes and rivers of the area. During her stay at the Heritage Manor she took part in any activity that was offered. She loved to watch curling and baseball games on TV. Clara was predeceased by her parents Bill Popowich and Emilia Popowich-Gardiner (nee Cermack); her first husband, Valdi Mintram, her second husband, Claude Heinrich; her sons, Calvin and Wayne; daughter, Helen; son-in-law Joe Sahulka; grandson Gordon Mintram; great-granddaughter Deidre Mintram; sister Kay Steele; brother-in-law Dave Steele; and sister-in-law Cary Popowich. She leaves to mourn her passing, her sons, Howard (Pat), Roy (Connie; her daughter Dorothy Sahulka (Arni Johnson); daughters-in-law Phyllis, Sophia, Diane and Chris; brother Herb Popowich and many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Father Thomas Nguyen officiating. Clara’s daughter Dorothy Sahulka, remembered her mother in tribute and eulogy. The urn bearer was Dorothy Sahulka. In accordance with Clara’s wishes the cremation committal will follow in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery at a later date.
– Claude Heinrich passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on January 6, 2002. He was 87 years of age. Claude was born on a farm in the R.M. of Churchbridge on March 23, 1914 to John and Clara (nee Dettman) Heinrich. In his younger years he worked on roads and highways with horses, and later he hauled water with a tank to people in town and on the farm. He used to meet the CPR train and put the cream freight on and off the passenger trains, and then unloaded cement, coal and lumber from the CPR train cars. Claude hauled coal and cement to many farms and other towns. In 1956, he started draying for Churchbridge, hauling garbage in his half ton truck to the dump. In 1963, water and sewer came to town and he took care of the water plant and read the meters. In 1970, he retired due to an injury to his shoulder. Claude was a member of the Concordia Church during his lifetime. He married Clara Mintram (nee Popowich) in September of 1963. They lived 1 1/4 miles west of town until they moved into the Heritage Manor in 1996. Claude’s light of his life was going to rodeos and they also did a lot of traveling and going fishing and camping. In 1999, ill health caused Claude to move to the Centennial Care Home in Langenburg where he resided until the time of his passing. Claude was predeceased by his parents, John and Clara Heinrich; his brother, Lawrence, his sister-in-law Rita; his sister, Emma; his step-sons, Wayne Mintram and Calvin Mintram. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Clara; his step-sons Howard (Pat) Mintram and Roy (Connie) Mintram; a step-daughter Dorothy (Joe) Sahulka, and his nephews, Grant, Harold, Robert and Alvin Heinrich and their families. A private graveside service was held January 10, 2002 with Pastor Michael Bergman and Rev. Father Rick Krofchek presiding.
– Lawrence Raymond Heinrich of Langenburg passed away Monday, September 12, 1994 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy. He was 71 years of age. Lawrence was born on April 6, 1923 in the Churchbridge district, the youngest of three children born to John and Clara Heinrich. He received his education in Churchbridge and following the completion of his education, Lawrence worked at various farms in the area. On September 8, 1948, Lawrence was united in marriage to Rita (nee Reles), and the couple was blessed with four sons. Following their marriage, Lawrence and Rita purchased a farm west of Churchbridge. As well as farming, Lawrence worked on road construction and was later employed as a miner at IMC until his retirement in 1988. In 1988, the couple also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Lawrence and Rita continued to live on the farm following their retirement and it wasn’t until Rita’s passing on May 7, 1992, that Lawrence would move to Langenburg where he had resided until his passing. Lawrence enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Fish and Game League. He enjoyed hockey a great deal, both at the arena and on TV. Lawrence was a Boy Scout Leader for many years, and after his retirement started to take up woodworking, collecting badges, and especially enjoyed the company of his family and friends. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, John and Clara (nee Dettman) Heinrich, his wife, Rita; and a sister Emma Heinrich. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, four sons; Grant (Glenda) and their children, Aaron and Alan of Langenburg; Robert (Donna) and their son Jay of Lanigan; Harold of Saskatoon and his son Terry of Langenburg; Alvin (Diane) of Grand Forks, BC; one brother, Claude and his wife Clara Heinrich of Churchbridge; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of good friends. Prayers were held Thursday, September 15, 1994 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Rick Krofchek officiating. Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, September 16, 1994 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Father Rick Krofchek officiating. Organist Laceylyn Chyz accompanied the congregation in the singing of hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Ross Fallis, Gordon Ramstead, Don Verhelst, Joe Jurick, Jim Wizniak and Herman Falkenberg as casketbearers.
– Rita Sabina Heinrich was born on January 5, 1926 to Chris and Emma Reles of Langenburg. She was the fourth oldest of seven children. Rita received her education in Langenburg to the age of 14; after which she worked for various families in Churchbridge as a housekeeper. During this time, she met Lawrence Heinrich whom she married on September 8, 1948. They were blessed with four sons: Grant, Robert, Harold and Alvin and were later blessed with four grandsons: Arron, Alan, Terry and Jay. During her married life, Rita was able to contribute much to her family, friends and community. Her kindness and caring led her to being a long time member of the C.W.L., many years with the Home Care and also a Brownie leader. Retirement came early after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 1988 and they enjoyed their free time with many trips and holidays together. Rita spent her 44 years working on the farm as a homemaker and building up their farm home where she resided until her illness and untimely death on Thursday, May 7, 1992. Rita’s fervent and ever growing faith kept her and her family strong throughout her illness. She will be sadly missed and dearly, lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
– Gerhart was born on February 3, 1927 in Julyn, Poland to Henry and Anna (Kuhn) Hintz. At the age of 2 years, he, along with his mother, brother Gus and aunt made their way to Canada. The early years of his life were spent around Oakshella and Wapella, SK where the family farmed. Gerhart took his schooling at Elliot School until Grade 8, at which time he “graduated” to help out with the farm. Gerhart worked at various jobs in the early years – cutting bush, moving rigs, drilling on the rigs, Southwest Potash and spent the majority of his working years – 26 of them – at IMC (now Mosaic). In 1957, he married Lillian Stefan and they were blessed with three children: Colleen; Dale and Mark. After spending a few years traveling around while working on the rigs, they settled in Churchbridge in 1955 where they built their present home in 1967. Gerhart was very involved in his community and church. He served on the church council, was a member of the volunteer fire brigade for 17 years and was very involved with the Air Cadets for many years. Some of his best times were spent curling with his brothers and sisters in senior bonspiels. Hunting was also something he enjoyed with his brothers, sons and some of his nephews. Many long weekends were spent traveling up north to go fishing with some very special fishing buddies, and camping with his family, especially his grandchildren was something that brought many laughs and great memories. One of his greatest passions was working with wood and after retiring from IMC, carpentry became his favourite past-time. Gerhart built many pieces of furniture as well as many little shelves, napkin holders, and other little items. Probably his proudest projects were beds for each of his eight grandchildren. Lillian and Gerhart spent eight summers working for Labourers for Christ building or renovating churches all across western Canada. Even though Gerhart was usually one of the “old guys”, it was usually him that would be the first to say “I’ll do it”, no matter how high the roof or how dirty the job. Gerhart was one of the key labourers with the renovations at Trinity Lutheran in Churchbridge. Gerhart was predeceased by his parents Henry and Anna; two brothers, Ernie and Gus, and his grandson, Lucas. Those of us left behind to miss him are: his loving and devoted wife Lillian; Colleen, Mitch and Alex, Dale, Judy, Cole, Jordan, Taylor and Danielle; and Mark, Sheila, Jazminn and Brittany. Also one brother Art and Velma, and three sisters, Helen and Alvin, Freda and Tom, and Lydia and Stewart; and many nieces and nephews. Safe journey Dad. A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, August 26, 2007 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Kyung Hyun Kim officiating. Funeral Services were held on Monday, August 27, 2007 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Kim officiating. Members of his family remembered Gerhart in tribute and eulogy. The committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with his grandchildren – Cole Hintz, Jordan Hintz, Taylor Hintz, Danielle Hintz, Jazminn Hintz, Brittany Hintz, Alexander Minken and Lucas Minken (in memory) – serving as casket bearers.
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– Henriette Itterman passed away on Sunday, August 4, 1991 at Extendicare Sunset in Regina at the age of 96 years. She was born in Wolynian, Russia on August 22, 1894 to Adolph and Flora Brenner. In 1915 she married Ludwig Nickel and htis marriage was blessed with two children – Erika and Adolph. Henriette was widowed in 1920 and remarried to Otto Itterman on May 20, 1923. This marriage was blessed with four children – Edith, Harry, Wally and Ewald. Besides her first husband, Ludwig, she was predeceased by two of her sons, Harry in 1927 and Adolph in 1981; her second husband, Otto in 1984, as well as two brothers, four sisters and three siblings in infancy. Henriette is survived by two daughters and two sons – Erika (John) Eyjolfson of Churchbridge and Edith (Art) South of Regina; Wally (Alice) Itterman of Calgary and Ewald (Iris) Itterman of Churchbridge; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren; as well as two sisters Bertha Stamers of Mountain View, California and Hulda Kronebitter of Pritzwalk, Germany. Mrs. Itterman was a dedicated homemaker who loved her spinning, knitting, crocheting and gardening. Pallbearers were Laurie Johnson, Layne Itterman, Zane Itterman, Ron Itterman, Erroll Itterman and Tim South. Honorary pallbearers were Phyllis Wussow, Doris Putland, Emma Whitmarsh, Molly Kendall and Frieda Lowenberger.
– Otto Itterman, beloved husband of Mrs. Henriette Itterman of the Anderson Lodge and formerly of Churchbridge, passed away on June 11, 1984 at the Yorkton Union Hospital following a brief illness. He was 87 years of age. Mr. Itterman was born February 22, 1897 in Volynian, Russia; he was the son of Peter and Kathryn (nee Dreger) Itterman. He grew up in his native land and received his education there. On May 20, 1923, he was united in marriage to Henriette (nee Brenner) Nickel. The couple resided overseas until April of 1929 when they emigrated to Canada and Saskatchewan and settled in the Churchbridge district. Upon his arrival in Saskatchewan, Mr. Itterman started to work as a farm labourer on a number of farms in the Churchbridge area. He continued to do this until 1945 when the couple purchased their own farm just north of Churchbridge. They farmed until 1960 when they retired and purchased a home in Churchbridge. The couple lived in Churchbridge until 1980 when they moved to Yorkton to become guests at the Anderson Lodge. While living on the farm, Mr. Itterman kept active doing a great deal of carpentry work. He assisted in the construction of a number of homes and barns in the Churchbridge district. A farmer at heart, his first love was for his farm; he spent many hours working his land and he was proud of the crops his land produced. He was good with his hands and was able to keep his machinery in good running order. Also being a good farmer he took great pride in the livestock on his farm. In his spare time on the farm and after moving into Churchbridge, he spent many hours working in his garden. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great, great grandfather, he will be sadly missed by his family and all those who were close to him. Mr. Itterman was predeceased by his parents; one son, Harry Hugo Itterman; one step-son, Adolf Nickel; one brother, Ewald; two sisters, Mrs. Erna Rentz and Mrs. Hertha Schoenfisch. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Henriette; one step-daughter, Erika and her husband John Eyjolfson, Churchbridge; one daughter, Edith and her husband Arthur South of Regina; two sons, Wally and his wife Alice of Calgary, AB; Ewald and his wife Iris of Churchbridge; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 14, 1984 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor V. Richard Dederick officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Adolph Karau, Philip Wirth, Gus Knutt, Woodrow Wussow, Virgil (Bud) Boreen and Albert Dressler as Honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Michael South, Wayne Itterman, Ron Itterman, Laurie Johnson, Layne Itterman and Erroll Itterman.
– Ewald Otto Ittermann, “Evie” as he was known to many, was born on June 16, 1931 on the farm at Churchbridge, SK, the third child of Otto and Henrietta (nee Brenner) Ittermann. In his early years he grew up on the farm south of Churchbridge and would catch rides to school with the Boreen children. Alter his family moved to the farm one mile north of Churchbridge. He attended school in Churchbridge until grade 10. He also attended and was confirmed in the German Lutheran Church. Upon leaving school he worked for Bob Cowan in the pool elevator which led to him becoming a Pool elevator agent. He was a grain buyer for a short time, leaving to join the elevator construction crews from 1947 – 1955. This work saw him travelling to many areas of Saskatchewan to erect numerous elevators. Ewald left the construction crew to try his hand on the oil rigs. This occupation led him to areas of Alberta and the Yukon from 1955 to 1959. In spring of 1959 he returned home to help on the family farm, taking it over in 1960 when his parents moved into town. In the summer of 1961 he started working for Schentag Construction and continued to farm. Following this he became an employee of IMC in August 1962. The majority of his career with IMC he worked in the instrumentation department. In the early 1980’s he returned to school in Brandon to gain his journeyman instrumentation status. His classmates referred to him as Dad because he was even older than his instructors. Ewald’s career with IMC continued until his retirement in 1996. Ewald had first met Iris Boreen in his early years catching rides to school, but they became serious in 1956. After a few years of courtship they were married on June 17, 1960 in the Trinity Lutheran Church. During the following ten years they were blessed with four children. They lived on the family farm until fall of 1968 when they moved into Churchbridge. Ewald loved sports – playing or coaching on the town baseball and hockey teams, curling, golfing, fishing, trap shooting or acting as the referee for hockey and umpire for ball. Ewald was involved in the community serving terms on town council and the arena board. He was also very active in organizing of the union at IMC and served as the secretary-treasurer for a number of years. Upon retiring he had the time for numerous wood working projects taking pride in his craftsmanship. Ewald built a toy box and a bunk bed set for his grandson and you knew they were built to last. He also constructed a few large outdoor Christmas decorations and body frames for lawn dolls. Ewald also loved music, dancing, and playing cards. In his prime he would go to all the community dances he could, no matter where he was living at the time, so he could dance. Later when he developed back problems he would just like to listen to the good old time music. Frequently he would go to bed early on a Saturday night and have his radio blaring listening to CJGX Yorkton polka party time. Ewald was proud of his family and took pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He encouraged all of them to do the best they could and to take pride in whatever they would do. Ewald will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched, loved dearly and remembered always by the family he leaves behind. Ewald was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Henrietta Ittermann, his half-brother, Adolph Nichol; father and mother-in-law, Alvin and Esther Boreen; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Eyjolfson, Arthur South, Virgil “Bud” Boreen, Dale Boreen, Ray Boreen, Hugo (Patricia) Boreen, Donald (Shirley) Boreen, Curtis (Carol) Boreen, Leroy “Pun” (Merle) Boreen, Henry Putland, Don Martin, and Herbert Bjarnason. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his wife, Iris; one daughter, Gay (Cameron) Dixon of Regina; three sons, Layne (Colleen VerBeem) Ittermann of Stoughton, Erroll (Luanne) Ittermann of Churchbridge, and Zane Ittermann of Saskatoon; three grandchildren, Brady and Dillon Dixon, Hayley Ittermann; half-sister, Erika Eyjolfson of Yorkton, sister, Edith South of Regina, brother, Wally (Alice) Ittermann of Calgary; brother and sisters-in –law, Doris Putland, Ila Martin, Alva (Edgar) Kaeding, Betty Bjarnason, Scott (Alva) Boreen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
– Iris Lucille Elaine (Boreen). Iris (Irie) was born on January 16, 1935, the youngest of 13 children born to Esther and Alvin Boreen. Iris grew up at the family farm south of Churchbridge and attended school in Churchbridge. During her school years she was involved in 4H clubs and girl guides. After her school years she remained at the farm helping her parents and siblings with various chores and babysitting the numerous nieces and nephews. During her school years she met her future soul mate, Ewald Ittermann, who also lived in the rural area and would catch rides to school with the Boreen children. Ewald and Iris were married on June 17, 1960 in the Trinity Lutheran Church. During the following ten years they were blessed with four children. They lived on a farm north of Churchbridge until fall of 1968 when they moved into town. Iris had picked up many traits from her mother as she became a wonderful homemaker. She was a terrific cook (despite the story her brothers tell that you knew when Iris was cooking because you would meet the dog on the road running away from the house) and made sure no one was ever hungry. She was a talented seamstress sewing a lot of the family clothing and countless bridesmaid dresses for the numerous family weddings. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and tryng her hand at whatever the new craft craze was – ceramic pottery, creating pictures from crushed glass, flowers or Styrofoam trays and egg cartons, cake decorating; lawn doll ornaments, Christmas ornaments. Iris also enjoyed gardening and would spend hours in her yard and garden tending to the hundreds of flower and vegetable plants she would put in year after year. In the last couple of years that became too much for her and that was truly a disappointment for Iris. Iris loved and devoted her life to her family making sure the kids were getting to their functions on time, providing food or help for their various organizations, sewing costumes, being a 4H leader, she could just never give or do enough for a person. She had ample training with kids after having looked after so many nieces and nephews. She would recall after many Christmas Eves at the family farm when she was young, of having to clean her bed of orange peels, crumbs and candy, and prop the frame and mattress up with wooden orange crates before she could get into bed because all the kids would use her room as the play area. Iris was overjoyed when grandchildren finally appeared in the picture and she made sure to spoil them the best she could. She was proud of all their accomplishments no matter how small or big they were, and always gave them words of encouragement to do their best and take pride in whatever they would do. She loved to watch them participating in their sports activities, cheering them on, or listening at their concerts and was always their biggest fan. Iris had developed hearing problems at a young age so had to use hearing aids most of her life. The grandkids thought it was kind of neat to give grandma a hug and make her aids squeal. They loved to go to grandmas as they always knew she had something good to eat and plenty of it. Unfortunately in these past couple of years Iris’ health didn’t permit her to do a lot of things she loved but she could still enjoy music, playing cards and socializing especially at family events. She enjoyed reminiscing about the younger days of playing tricks on siblings, how bad or good the nieces, nephews, kids, and grandkids were but still held a special place in her heart for each and every one. Iris will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched, loved dearly, and remembered always by the family she leaves behind. Iris was predeceased by her husband, Ewald Ittermann, her parents, Esther and Alvin Boreen, her father and mother-in-law, Otto and Henriette Ittermann; her brothers, sisters and in-laws, Doris (Henry) Putland, Alva Kaeding, Virgil “Bud” (Anita) Boreen, Dale Boreen, Ray Boreen, Betty (Herbert) Bjarnason, Donald (Shirley) Boreen, Curtis (Carol) Boreen, Hugh (Pat) Boreen, Leroy “Pun” (Merle) Boreen, Don Martin, Adolph Nichol, John Eyjolfson and Arthur South. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life one daughter Gay (Cameron) Dixon of Regina; three sons, Layne (Colleen Verbeem) Ittermann of Stoughton, Erroll “Buck” (Luanne) Ittermann of Churchbridge and Zane Ittermann of Warman; three grandchildren, Brady and Dillon Dixon, Hayley Ittermann; her sister, Ila Martin, brother, Scott (Alva) Boreen and in laws, Edgar Kaeding, Joyce Boreen, Esther Boreen, Erika Eyjolfson, Edith South, Wally (Alice) Ittermann; as well as many numerous nieces and nephews. Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunty – we will remember you. Funeral Services were held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Henrik Cherland officiating. Special music was performed by Free Spirit and the Recessional song was a recorded musical piece by Sarah McLachlan entitled “I Will Remember You”. The cremation Committal Service took place at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Iris’s grandchildren, Brady Dixon, Dillon Dixon and Hayley Ittermann serving as Urn Bearers.
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- Arthur Jabs was born on March 8, 1925 in Lunczka, Poland to Edmund and Olga (Erisman) Jabs. The family immigrated to Canada in July, 1927, on the Express of Australia, along with his other brother, Leonard, and younger sister, Elsie and settled in the Beresina district northeast of Churchbridge. They lived in Niagara on the Lake for one year before returning to the Churchbridge area. Arthur started farming at the age of 14 and was known for his tall stature. Edmund, Leonard and Arthur were known as “the big three”! On April 20, 1954, Arthur was united in marriage to Irma Hoffman in Ebenezer and they started farming four miles north of Churchbridge. They had four children; Cameron, Tyler, Yolanda and Secunda. Arthur was the Sunday School treasurer at the Churchbridge Church of God for ten years, and later attended the Pentecostal Church in Langenburg. He enjoyed fishing, snapping photos and farming and had a love of John Deere tractors and GMC trucks. He enjoyed watching 100 Huntley Street and wrestling. He had an appreciation for antiques and reminiscing about the old days. An annual family outing was a trip to the Watrous mineral spa, including one this past summer. A favourite memory is the family trip to the Winnipeg Zoo in 1996. Arthur was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998, and after a lengthy illness, he went to be with his Lord on January 8, 2004 at 78 years of age. Thanks to the loving care of his wonderful wife, Irma, he lived his last years as he wished, in the comfort of his own home, with the love and support of his family. Arthur was predeceased by his father Edmund Jabs (October31, 1986), his mother Olga (July 13, 1985); his brother Leonard|Jabs and nephew Darrell Jabs. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife Irma; sons, Cameron and Tyler; daughters, Yolanda Adams and Secunda (Doug) Haberstock; six grandchildren, Zachariah, Cassandra, Taylor and Laetitia Adams and Selest and Derek Haberstock and his sister Elsie (Ivar) Roset. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 12, 2004 from the Langenburg Pentecostal Church with Pastor Ken Dressler officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Zachariah Adams, Gordon Bahsler, Todd Rendall, Oral Roset, Garry Yanke, and Reginald Dressler. Honourary pallbearers were John Griffin, Bob Zerr, Charlie Schultz, Tony Petracek, Otto Leichner and Daweld Stehr.
- Edmund Jabs of Churchbridge went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 31, 1986 following a brief illness. He passed away at the Yorkton Union Hospital at the age of 91 years and ten days. Mr. Jabs was born on October 21, 1895 in Siedlce, Poland. He was the son of Henry and Eva Jabs. He was raised in Poland and on July 10, 1921 was united in marriage to Olga Erisman at Warsaw, Poland. The couple, along with their three children, immigrated to Canada in July of 1927. Upon their arrival the family lived for a time near Winnipeg before coming to the Churchbridge area, where they settled in the Beresina district to farm. They later moved to the Logberg district and farmed there until they retired and moved into Churchbridge where they had spent the last 32 years. On September 6, 1986, Mr. Jabs entered the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats. Mr. Jabs loved the Lord and the word of God. He was an ardent student of the Bible. He could quote many portions of it from memory. He was ready to die and spoke often of going home to meet his beloved wife. He was predeceased by his wife Olga on July 13, 1985; a son Leonard; a grandson Darrell Jabs; two sisters Blandina Schutz of Churchbridge and Rosemund Hembrach of Michagan, U.S.A.; two brothers, Fred of Ohio and Adolf in Poland; and two step-sisters, Julie and Milda both of Poland. Mr. Jabs leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, one son Arthur and his wife Irma, a daughter Elsie and her husband Rev. Ivar Roset all of Churchbridge; one sister, Pauline Gurski of Langenburg; eight grandchildren, Dondeena Rendall of Saskatoon, Cameron, Tyler and Secunda Jabs and Yolanda Adams of Churchbridge; Oral Roset of Neepawa, MB, Maureen Scraba of Sherwood Park, AB and Arlene Trauter of Airdrie, AB; eight great grandchildren and many other relatives; a host of friends, staff and family members of the Lakeside Manor Care home in Saltcoats. Mr. Jabs will be sadly missed by his family and by all who knew him. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 3, 1986 from the Pentecostal Church in Langenburg with Reverend Randy Seib officiating. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Community Cemetery with Cameron Jabs, Tyler Jabs, Oral Roset, Kevin Adams, Gordon Bahsler and Gary Yanke as pallbearers.
- Olga (nee Erisman) Jabs, beloved wife of Edmund Jabs of Churchbridge, SK passed away on Saturday, July 13, 1985 at the Yorkton Union Hospital following a brief illness, at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 26 days. Mrs. Jabs was born on March 17, 1900 at Zulen, Poland, the daughter of Karl and Maria (nee Blaeht) Erisman. Olga was united in marriage to Edmund Jabs in Warsaw, Poland on June 21, 1921. The couple came to Canada in July of 1927 coming first to relatives near Winnipeg. They moved to the Churchbridge district to farm at the Beresina and later Logberg areas. In 1958 they moved into Churchbridge and maintained an active interest in the farm as well as their acreage in town. They retired in 1962. Mrs. Jabs will be remembered as a homemaker at heart. She loved to cook and bake especially bread and pies. Her home was always open to visits from relatives and friends and no one ever left her home without enjoying some of her food. Mrs. Jabs also enjoyed her garden and loved to grow flowers and vegetables. She was a faithful Christian and attended the Pentecostal Church in Langenburg. She leaves to mourn her passing, her beloved husband Edmund; one son Arthur and his wife Irma of Churchbridge; one daughter Elsie and her husband Rev. Ivar Roset of Ardossan, AB; eight grandchildren, Cameron, Tyler and Secunda Jabs and Yolanda Adams all of Churchbridge. Oral Roset of Neepawa, MB, Maureen Scraba of Sherwood Park, AB, Arlene Trauter of Airdrie, AB, Dondeena Randell of Saskatoon, seven great grandchildren; three sisters, Lottie Leischner of Churchbridge, Lydia Biley and Elsie Welke of Langenburg. Mrs. Jabs was predeceased by a son Leonard in 1960, a grandson Darrell Jabs in 1976, three brothers, Benjamin, Robert and Bartholt and two sisters, Martha Welke and Wanda Rinas. Funeral services were held from the Church of God in Churchbridge, SK on Tuesday, July 16, 1985 with Pastor Dan Bartel and Pastor Randy Selb officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Oral Roset, Cameron Jabs, Tyler Jabs, Kevin Adams, Otto Leischner and Hartley Biley as the pallbearers.
– Emma (Emmie) Jendrasheske passed away peacefully with her children by her side on February 15, 2007 at Regina General Hospital after a lengthy struggle with heart problems. Emmie was born on September 3, 1927 in Poland to Herman and Pauline (Kuhn) Gurski. Pauline died when Emmie was only 3 days old. Herman later married Emilie (Rittman). After immigrating to Canada as a young girl, Emmie married Otto Jendrasheske. They were blessed with 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Emmie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a servant at heart and enjoyed helping and serving wherever and whenever she could. She enjoyed taking part in Bible studies, prayer meetings, and enjoyed singing together with her daughters. She took great pride in her family and they were at the center of her heart. Emmy was predeceased by her husband Otto, her father, mother, stepmother, 1 sister-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and numerous uncles and aunts. Emmie is survived by: her children Heinz (Darlene) of Melville, Carl (Dorothy) of Edmonton, Rosemarie (Hermann) Mitterhuber of Langenburg and Emily (Mike) Wandy of Churchbridge, 9 grandchildren; Stacy and Melissa Jendrasheske of Red Deer, Denise Jendrasheske of Edmonton, Dean Jendrasheske of White Court, Lorrainne (Cameron) Wiebe of Langenburg, Harvey (Julie) Mitterhuber of Calgary, Pam (Jared) Sandor of Regina, Jason (Alycia) Wandy of Regina, and Mark Wandy of Churchbridge and 5 great grandsons, Tommy, Robbie, Jamie, Ethen and Jordan. Emmie is also survived by two sisters, Alma Stumph of Yorkton, and Ruth (Bill) De Boer of Calgary; 1 brother Herb (Jane) Gurski of Calgary; 3 brothers-in-law, Frank Jendrasheske of Yorkton, Roman (Francis) Jendrasheske of Yorkton, and Ervin (Gilberte) Jendrasheske of Churchbridge, and 5 sisters-in-law Erma Gogal of Yorkton, Leona Falkenburg of Winnipeg, Agnes (Albert) Jamuski of Winnipeg, Martha Osmak of St. Albert, and Mary( Ernie) Braun of Penhold.
– Otto Jendrasheske of Churchbridge went to be with his Lord on April 20, 1998 at Churchbridge at the age of 72 years, 11 months. Otto was born May 9, 1925 in Poland to August and Elsa Jendrasheske. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 3 years. He married Emma Gurski and they were blessed with two sons and two daughters. They were blessed with nine grandchildren. Otto and Emma farmed north of Churchbridge until they retired to the Town of Churchbridge in 1976. He continued to do carpentry work and was always busy working for the church and for his Lord. He never said “no” when it came to doing something for the church. He served on many boards and was currently on the Board of Elders and was Head Usher. Otto was a quiet, loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed. Otto was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law; one sister and one brother in infancy; one sister-in-law and three brothers-in-law. Otto is survived by his wife, Emma; two sons, Heinz (Darlene) of Melville, and Carl (Dorothy) of Edmonton; two daughters, Rosemarie (Hermann) Mitterhuber of Marchwell and Emily (Mike) Wandy of Churchbridge; and nine grandchildren, Stacey and Melissa Jendrasheske of Melville, Denise and Dean Jendrashske of Edmonton, Lorrainne, Harvey and Pam Mitterhuber of Marchwell, Jason and Mark Wandy of Churchbridge. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Emilie Gurski; four brothers, Frank of Yorkton, Carl (Selma) of Langenburg, Roman of Yorkton, and Erwin (Gilberte) of Churchbridge; one brother-in-law Herb (Jane) Gurski of Calgary; five sisters, Irma Gogal of Yorkton, Leona (Alex) Falkenburg of Winnipeg, Agnes (Albert) Jarmuski of Winnipeg, Martha (Joe) Osmak of St. Albert, and Mary (Ernie) Braun of Penhold; two sisters-in-law, Alma Stumph of Yorkton, and Ruth (Bill) DeBoer of Calgary.
- Henry August Michael Jenson passed away on Friday evening, January 9, 2015 after a brief stay in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Esterhazy, SK. All but two of Henry’s 85 years were spent near Churchbridge. He was born on the family farm, NW 24-21-33 W1, on December 22, 1929; the only son of August and Albertine (nee Bessel) Jenson and younger brother to sisters, Clarice, Imogene and Phyllis. Henry lived in town for all his school years and following Grade 12, he spent two years with the TD Bank. In the spring of 1951, he returned to his family homestead with his father and began his mixed farming career focusing on purebred Polled Herefords for the next 50 years. He enjoyed his cattle and prepared them for many shows and sales before dispersing in1997. As a young adult Henry did a lot of duck hunting, some wood working, curling and played hockey. His love for hockey was life-long. He initially played with Bredenbury, a season with the Churchbridge Imperials in 1967 and later old time hockey. Of late, he loved watching his two grandsons, Jon and Myles play and last year, his great grandsons! 56 years ago, on December 20, 1958, Henry married Myrna Delle Vaughan in the Llewelyn district. They raised three sons – Noel Reid, Perry Vaughan and Earl August. Henry had an unwavering interest in his community and held positions in many organizations including the Trinity Lutheran Church board, Church Senior Choir, Churchbridge Co-op board, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool board, 4-H Beef, Churchbridge Agricultural Society, Lions Club and the Historical Society. Henry and Myrna enjoyed a fair bit of traveling – a couple of trips to Europe and numerous trips to the U.S.A. and across Canada. They designed their new house in 1989 and were proud to receive a Century Farm Award in 2012. Henry is survived by his loving wife Myrna, sons, Noel (Maureen), Nena and Price; Perry (Kim), Kathleen, Jonathan (Britney) Myles (Jasmine) and Danielle; Earl (Donna),Kyla and Ashlyn; Great Grandchildren, Damion and Riley Holstein, Kingsley Jenson and Adrianah Jenson; brother-in-law Bob Fletcher and sister-in-law Janis (Bill) Cockell and several nieces and nephews. Henry was predeceased by his parents, August (1961) and Albertine (1947); sisters, Imogene (2005) Fletcher, Phyllis (2008) and (Erwin) (2009) and half-sister, Clarice (1986) and (Jim)( 1979) Salmon
– Edgar Warren Johnson of Churchbridge passed away on March 28, 1983 at the Langenburg Union Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 66 years of age. Mr. Johnson was born August 1, 1916 on a farm in the Churchbridge district. He was the son of John B and Rosa (nee Bjarnason) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm in the Concordia area and received his education at Churchbridge School. After completing his education, he remained on the farm helping his father and worked as a farm labourer for different farmers in the surrounding districts. In the early 1950’s he started to work with Pool construction and with this construction he worked in various points in Saskatchewan. He continued with Pool construction until the mid-1960’s when he started to work for Sveinbjornson Construction at Churchbridge. While working for Sveinbjornson Construction he continued to help on the farm. In the early 1970’s, he returned to farm his land just south of Churchbridge on a full-time basis. While living on the farm Edgar was good with the livestock and had a good general knowledge of all types of livestock on the farm. He also was a good gardener and he spent many long hours working in his garden. Edgar was an excellent sportsman, being good at all types of sports that he played. In his younger years, he was a keen curler. A quiet person by nature he was always ready to help those who were in the need of assistance. He continued to do this for many of his friends or any person who needed his help. He did not worry if the act of kindness was ever to be returned to him. Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his parents. He leaves to mourn his passing, one sister, Mrs. Edith Kirkham, Coquitlam, BC; two brothers, Byron and his wife, Joyce Johnson and Einar and his wife Doreen Johnson, both families living at Churchbridge; 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 31, 1983 from St. Andrew’s United Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Walter Farquharson officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Denis Kirkham, Rod Pederson, Don Malo, Chaude Heinrich, Chuck Wussow, Seymour Oliver, Leo Johnson, Francis Snyder, Milton Whitmarsh, John Eyjolfson, and Joe Sveinbjornson as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Gord Johnson, Garnett Johnson, Norman Sveinbjornson, Ivan Hrushka, Gordon Sveinbjornson and Arthur Johnson.
- Einar Bjorgvin (Red) Johnson passed away March 31, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital at the age of 82 years. Einar was born September 9, 1925, near Churchbridge where he lived and farmed following his father’s footsteps until he retired into town in 1987 when his son bought the farm. He always enjoyed nature and often returned to help at the farm. Einar took his schooling to Grade 11 in Churchbridge. Rev. Christopherson confirmed him at Concordia in 1939. He married Doreen Ingjaldson of the Holar district on July 7, 1951. For many years he played baseball with Churchbridge and Holar. He was well known for his pitching and was honoured when the Holar team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, he was twice honoured when he was inducted as an individual player. Besides the Sask Wheat Pool board he was a member of the Hall Board. He enjoyed curling and was a goal judge for hockey. He coached baseball, and later was an avid Blue Jays fan. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in sports. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife and treasured companion of 56 years, Doreen (Ingjaldson) Johnson; six children, Rose (Norman) Sveinbjornson of Churchbridge, Judy (Ivan) Hruska of Esterhazy, Loa (Bill) Wilson of Port Coquitlam, BC, Gordon (Carol) Johnson of Churchbridge, Garnet (Maureen) Johnson of Saskatoon, and Thelma (Al) Monnier of Toronto, SD, USA; 19 grandchildren, Kris (Brent), Kathy (Jeff), Linda (Brent), Lorne, Dawn Dena (Ken), Kim (Lorne), Jenn, Steve (Chantel), Tim, Leah, David, Lisa, Sarah, Amber, Keagan; Rebekah, Jacob, Melanie and Andrew: five great-granddaughers, Renae, Meagan, Tari, Jade and Jessica; bother-in-law Richard Lobb; nephew, Denis (Trish) Kirkham, nieces, Bona (Don) Malo, Laraine Pederson, Mildred Jonnson and their families; brothers-in-law, John and Johann (Hilda) Ingjaldson and sister-in-law Finna (Art) Perrin and their families. “Red” was predeceased by his parents, John and Rosa (Bjarnason) Johnson; his brothers, Edgar and Byron; his sister, Edith Lobb; his brothers-in-law, Rupert Kirkham and Henry DeCorby and sisters-in-law, Joyce (English) Johnson and Doreen Ingjaldson. A funeral service was held April 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Churchbridge, with Pastor Michael Bergman officiating. Interment was held at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Leo Johnson passed away peacefully on March 10, 2011 in Esterhazy at the age of 83. Leo was born in Churchbridge in 1927. He was the second eldest son of the late Stefan and Jorunn (Hinrkson) Johnson. He attended school in Churchbridge until the age of 17. At that time his father passed away and he took over the responsibility of the farm. He farmed with his mother and siblings until 1949, when he married Mildred Antosh. Mildred and Leo farmed 2 miles south of Churchbridge for 40 years. They raised three children on the family farm along with many other pets. Leo had a very delightful sense of humor and had a pet name for nearly every animal on the farm, which resulted in much laughter around the dinner table. He was raised in a Godly home, and on July 2, 1951 both Leo and Mildred decided to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Church attendance and fellowship were very important to them and Leo became involved in teaching Sunday school and serving on the board of deacons for many years. He loved to visit after church on Sundays and would often be the last one to leave. He had a passion for reading the Bible and many other books that continued to strengthen his faith in Christ. He moved music and was a very fine soloist. He was blessed with the ability to play the piano by ear and would rarely walk by a piano without stopping to play. Many years ago he saw a friend playing a saw and he always wanted to try it. With his creativeness and patience he was able to play beautiful music, which he used to volunteer at nursing homes and other functions. He also spent several years volunteering with the Saskatchewan Housing Authority. He was well known for his ability to tune and refurbish pianos, and did so for 30 years. Another one of his hobbies was working with wood. He loved to make intricate clocks and many other projects for friends and family members. In their retirement years, they were able to visit Israel, Alaska, Hawaii, along with several other places in Canada and the US. Leo was predeceased by his father Stefen, mother Jorunn, and a brother Olafur in infancy, as well as two brothers-in-law, Stanley Antosh and Bill Yecney. Leo leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 61 years, Mildred; his children, Bryan (Trudy) Johnson, Carroll (Danny) Birkland and Delmar (Lena) Johnson, his grandchildren, Shantelle (Andrew) Gartner, Shane (Robin) Johnson, Jennifer (Mark) Dalton, Clayton (Lisa) Birkland, Melissa Birkland, Mark (Katie) Johnson, Vanessa Johnson and Bryce Johnson; his great grandchildren, Owen and Bria Johnson, Isaiah Dalton and Levi Birkland; two brothers, Art (Alice) Johnson and Donald (Leona) Johnson; his sister Gwen (Lloyd) Mann; two sisters-in-law, Florence Yecney and Jean Antosh; along with several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm from the Church of God, Churchbridge with Pastor Dennis Elhard officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shane Johnson, Andrew Gartner, Mark Dalton, Clayton Kirkland, Mark Johnson and Bryce Johnson.
– Mildred Jean Antosh passed away peacefully on July 10, 2012 in Prince Albert at the age of 81 Mildred was born at the family home on November 18, in 1930. She was the youngest daughter of the late Laddie and Georgina (Sobotka) Antosh. She attended the Dovedale School up to Grade 10 and then finished her Grade 11 and 12 in Langenburg. Following graduation, she was employed as a telephone operator in Churchbridge and in later years worked completing income tax returns. She married Leo Jonson October 3, 1949 and they farmed 2 miles south of Churchbridge for 40 years. Their three children, Bryan, Carroll and Delmar, were raised on the family farm along with many family pets. Mildred worked alongside Leo in all they did and following retirement, they enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Israel, Alaska, the East Coast and several other locations in Canada and USA. While attending a service on July 2, 1951, both Leo and Mildred made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Church attendance and fellowship were priorities that they instilled in their family. Mildred had the gift of hospitality and many people from the area, as well as other visitors and students visiting the church, enjoyed meals and fellowship in their home. She loved her family and took special joy in her grandchildren and would often show us the birthday cards she received that had really made her laugh. She enjoyed those cards over and over again. It was a tradition to play games with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. The memory of those times will always remain with her family. Her life was filled with the many duties of a farm wife as she worked alongside Leo. She managed their egg and poultry businesses. She enjoyed many years of gardening, canning, crocheting, bowling and reading. Her children were blessed with the bounty of her gardens. Mildred was predeceased by her parents, Laddie and Georgina Antosh; her husband of 61 years, Leo Johnson; brother Stanley Antosh and brother-in-law Bill Yacney. Mildred leaves to cherish her memory, her children Bryan (Trudy) Johnson, Carroll (Danny) Kirkland and Delmar (Lena) Johnson; her grandchildren, Chantelle (Andrew) Gartner, Shane (Robin) Johnson, Jennifer (Mark) Dalton, Clayton (Lisa) Birkland, Melissa Birkland, Mark (Katie) Johnson, Vanessa Johnson and Bryce (Jesse) Johnson, her great-grandchildren, Owen and Bria Johnson, Isaiah Dalton and Levi Birkland, one sister Florence Yecny; one sister-in-law, Jean Antosh; 2 brothers-in-law, Art (Alice) Johnson, Don (Leona) Johnson; sister-in-law Gwen (Lloyd) Mann; along with several nieces and nephews. A celebration service honouring Mildred Johnson’s life will be held at the Langenburg Evangelical Fellowship on Thursday July 26, 2012 at 11:00 am.
– Rosa Johnson was born March 30 1888 in Pembina, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Einar and Ingjborg Bjarnason. In September of 1902 she came to Canada and Saskatchewan with her parents and took up a homestead in the Valor district near Churchbridge. She grew up on the family farm and received her education. On October 18, 1915 she was united in marriage to John Johnson at Churchbridge. The couple settled on a farm north of Churchbridge for a short time; then in 1918 they moved to a farm just south of Churchbridge. The couple continued to farm until 1960 when her husband passed away. At that time, Mrs. Johnson moved to a home with her son Edgar just across from the family farm. She lived with her son until January of 1979 when she moved into the Anderson Lodge to live. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church and in her younger years was an active member in the church. She enjoyed sewing and knitting and spent many hours reading. She also loved gardening and she appreciated the beauty of flowers and plants around her. She passed away on March 7 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. Mrs. Johnson was 92 years of age. Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by her parents; her husband John; three brothers and one sister. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons; Edgar, Byron and his wife Joyce, and Einar and his wife Doreen, all living at Churchbridge; one daughter, Mrs. Edith Kirkham of Coquitlam BC; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 10 from Concordia Lutheran Church with Pastor V. Richard Dederick of Esterhazy officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers were Don Malo, Rod Pederson and Denis Kirkham. Active pallbearers were Gordon Johnson, Garnet Johnson, Norman Sveinbjornson, Bob Bjarnason, Doug Bjarnason and Woody Bjarnason.
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– Alva Esther Leona Kaeding, the third of Alvin and Esther Boreen’s thirteen children, passed away peacefully at the Langenburg Special Care Home on Friday, December 17, 2010 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s and ensuing health issues. She was born on the family farm May 30, 1919 and was baptized and confirmed in the First English Lutheran Church. At an early age she became “Pa’s” helper often taking the place of a hired man. She was found most often in the farmyard doing chores or driving a four-or-six horse team on farm implements or walking behind the harrows. She milked her share of cows before riding the buggy or cutter five miles to school with her five or six brothers. Being a natural leader she could be found spearheading a group of the “little boys” picking mustard, stooking, or as part of the threshing crew. As the boys grew she was able to take a job as a telephone operator using the old switchboard system for $10.00 a month. With her natural good looks and outgoing personality she soon attracted her share of boyfriends and enjoyed playing the field. She chose her lifelong friend, Edgar Kaeding , to be her life’s partner and on October 12, 1943, they were married and immediately moved to Regina where Edgar was in the services. When the war ended they were fortunate to be able to purchase the family farm. Here she soon became active in the homemakers’ club, ladies’ aid and the agricultural society. She was an avid gardener growing way more than was needed so many went home from the Kaedings with a bucket of garden produce. A good cook and baker, she won many ribbons at the local fair. Sundays often found family and friends enjoying a great meal and a piece of “flapper pie.” When called upon she could be found driving the tractor and cultivator. Her greatest dislike was quack grass and she could make the old tractor blow black smoke when she found a patch. She loved harvest time and could handle the grain truck or combine when needed. During this time they raised four children, all active and high spirited, involved with school and 4-H. Between 1968 – 1971 all four were married which created much excitement in the family and eventually 13 grandchildren. In 1970, Alva’s life took a dramatic change when Edgar ran for MLA and won which saw them move to Regina for the next 12 years. She was able to meet people from all walks of life, rich and poor alike. She loved to travel and accompanied Edgar both locally and internationally. To pass her days in the city, she became employed at The Bay and made lifelong friends there. In 1982, they moved back home, built a new house and embarked on trying to retire. She soon got involved playing bingo, curlng, and golfing with her friends. Her garden and flowerbeds were her pride and the house soon became a hub of grandkids coming and going. Sadly in the late 90’s, she began to show signs of forgetfulness which progressed and eventually took over as Alzheimer’s claimed her laughter and spirit. She never complained and took whatever life placed in front of her. Anyone who knew her often heard her saying “whatever will be, will be.” She leaves to celebrate her life her husband of 67 years, Edgar; their four children, Jerry (Elaine), Harold (Barb), Heather (Murray) Sveinbjornson, and Deb (Dennis) Dedels; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brother Scott Boreen; and sisters, Ila Martin and Iris Itterman. She was predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Esther Boreen; brothers, Ray, Virgil, Curtis, Dale, Hugo, Don and Leroy; sisters, Betty Bjarnason and Doris Putland; son-in-law Wilfred Sveinbjornson; sisters-in-law, Merle, Carol, Pat, Shirley Boreen; brothers-in-law Don Martin, Herb Bjarnason, Evie Itterman and Henry Putland. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge with interment following in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Prayers were said Monday, December 20, 2010 from the Church. Rev. Jeff Dul officiated. Pallbearers were Randy Kaeding, Corrie Kaeding, Craig Kaeding, Scott Sveinbjornson, Lynn Sveinbjornson, Danny Sveinbjornson. Honorary pallbearers were all her other grandchildren.
– Alvina Henrietta Juliana Eliza Kaeding, beloved wife of the late Mr. Ewald R. Kaeding of Churchbridge passed away on Sunday, May 6, 1984 at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home following a lengthy illness. She was 87 years of age. Mrs. Kaeding was born August 20, 1896 in Augusta, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Frank and Alvina (nee Bahdke) Heuer. She grew up in Augusta and the neighbouring community of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, receiving her education in both of these communities. Following the completion of her education , she was employed in a summer factory and later in a local bakery. In 1917 she came to Canada and Saskatchewan. On April 29, 1917, in Churchbridge she was united in marriage to Ewald R. Kaeding. The couple started farming three miles south of Churchbridge and they continued to live and farm there until 1961 when their son, Roger, took over the family farm. In 1961, the couple built a new home in Churchbridge and retired there. In 1967, Mr. Kaeding passed away and Mrs. Kaeding continued to reside at her home until 1977 when failing health forced her to enter the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She remained a guest at the nursing home in Yorkton until April of 1979 when she moved to the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home to be closer to her family. She continued to be a guest at the Langenburg Special Care home until her passing on May 6, 1984. When her husband was living, the couple made numerous trips into the northern parts of the United Sates and to the eastern and western parts of Canada. A homemaker at heart, Mrs. Kaeding loved to cook and bake, often taking prizes at the fair with her bakng. She also enjoyed doing crochet work, tatting and she was very skilled at crocheting rugs. In her spare time she liked to work in her garden. In her earlier years on the farm she took an active part in the harvest operation when needed. In her leisure hours she loved to paint, doing a large number of paintings in oil colours. Late in life she became an active and a very keen curler. Music was a very important part of her life and she took adult lessons to enable her to play the piano. For many years the senior choir met under the direction of her husband Ewald, while her daughter Delores played the piano. Mrs. Kaeding was actively involved in the First English Evangelical Church in Churchbridge and later in the Trinity Lutheran Church, attending Bible studies and helping the ladies groups of the church in whatever way she could. Mrs. Kaeding took an active part in the community being a charter member of the Homemakers’ Club of Churchbridge and one of the original directors of the Churchbridge Credit Union. A mother at heart, she was always at hand to encourage her husband and children as they took part in community activities. In her quiet, gentle way she endeared herself to her family and to all those who were very close to her. Mrs. Kaeding was predeceased by her mother and father; three brothers, Alex, Frank and Lenard; and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Potts. She leaves to celebrate her life two sons Roger and his wife Phyllis of Churchbridge and Lloyd and his wife Rita of Pembroke, ON; two daughters Delores and her husband Glenn Pederson of Edmonton Beach, AB and Janet and her husband Paul Scholz of Churchbridge; two sisters Mrs. Sally McKenzie of Stanley, Wisconsin and Mrs. Ida Abell of Alhambra, California; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Trinity Lutheran Church at Churchbridge on May 10, 1984 with Pastor James Gorentz officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Marie Yanke, Lucille Putland, Doris Putland, Rose Prince, Annie Brenner and Jona Bjarnason as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Allan Scholz, Jamie Scholz, Murray Scholz, Warren Kaeding, Bradley Kaeding and Bruce Mehls.
– Edgar Ernest Kaeding passed away peacefully into the arms of God in the early morning of January 4, 2015, to join his beloved Alva at the gates of Heaven. Edgar was born to Emil and Kate (nee Lowenberger) Kaeding on June 16, 1920 at the family farm south of Churchbridge. He received his public education at the Dovedale School. Many stories were told by Edgar of the horses and van in the winter, piled with neighbour kids and an old stove to keep them warm. This being the “depression years” Edgar stayed home to help on the farm. At the age of 22 Edgar enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army and being that he had some typing skills he did not go overseas but went on mapping excursions in the Vernon, BC area. In 1943 Edgar was united in Holy Matrimony to his long-time sweetheart, Alva Boreen. After Edgar was discharged from the army he and Alva took over the operation of the family farm in 1946. Over the years they raised prized shorthorn cattle, had good and bad crop years and raised four children who all became involved in 4-H. Edgar was a 4-H leader from 1947-1960 and also did judging in the Yorkton District. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Co-op, Wheat Pool, Credit Union, Ag Society, Royal Canadian Legion, and was active in the local fairs. In 1969 Edgar and Alva were awarded the Master Farm Award District 13. As well in 1969 Edgar entered the political field and won his seat as Member of the Legislative Assembly. During this time he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture in 1975 and Minister of Rural Affairs in 1978 until 1982. These appointments allowed Edgar and Alva to travel to many countries and gain many memories. In 1982 he became the Administrator of the Town of Churchbridge, retiring in 1988. Edgar enjoyed gardening, golfing, a good political discussion, and a good sing song around the piano. Most of all Edgar enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Edgar is predeceased by his beloved wife Alva; one great-granddaughter, Chelsea; his parents, Emil and Katherine Kaeding, a son-in-law Wilfred; and by numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, his sons, Jerry (Elaine) Kaeding and Harold (Barb) Kaeding; his daughters, Heather (Murray) Sveinbjornson and Deb (Dennis) Dedels; fifteen grandchildren, Ramona (Dennis ) Kryski, Dan (Andrea) Sveinbjornson, Jason (Mel) Sveinbjornson, Mike Sveinbjornson, Terena (Cary) Palmer, Michelle (Curtis) Zulyniak, Craig (Cassie) Kaeding, Randy (Michelle) Kaeding, Corrie (Kara) Kaeding, Cameron (Amanda) Kaeding, Coleen (Jim) Larocque, Lynn (Raquel) Sveinbjornson, Scott (Stacey) Sveinbjornson, Kevin (Shannon) Dedels and Brian Dedels. He also leaves 35 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. The funeral service was held at 2 pm on January 8, 2015 from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Jeff Dul as the officiating clergy. Vallery Putland was the organist. Pallbearers were Craig Kaeding, Corrie Kaeding, Cameron Kaeding, Scott Sveinbjornson, Lynn Sveinbjornson, Dan Sveinbjornson, Mike Sveinbjornson, Jason Sveinbjornson. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Katherine (Katie) Kaeding of Churchbridge passed away suddenly at her home on March 9, 1983. She was 89 years of age. Funeral services were held March 12, 1983 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor V. Richard Dederick officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers were Mrs. Valla Marvin, Mrs. Annie Brenner, Mrs. Wanda Knutt, Mrs. Doris Putland, Mr. Fred Garbe, Mr. Dan Westman. Active pallbearers were Harold Kaeding, Jerry Kaeding, Brian Swanson, Calvin Swanson, Wilfred Sveinbjornson, Earl Oesch. Mrs. Kaeding was born September 13, 1893 in Landestrue, Galacia, Austria. She was the daughter of John and Katherine (nee Baumung) Lowenberger. She grew up in her native country and she received her education there. As a young woman she immigrated to Canada and Saskatchewan with some of her relatives and settled on a farm in the MacNutt district. On January 25, 1916 on a farm in the Dovedale district she was united in marriage to Emil Kaeding. The couple started to farm south of Churchbridge and they continued to farm until 1946 when they moved into Churchbridge where her husband first managed the Co-op Lumber Yard and later purchased his own lumber yard. Mrs. Kaeding was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and after moving into Churchbridge she was a faithful member of Concordia Lutheran Church. In her younger years she was an active member of the choir and also active in the Lutheran World Relief Fund. She was a member of the Churchbridge Homemakers, a group to which she gave many years of devoted service. Mrs. Kaeding enjoyed working in her garden and she loved to grow flowers especially loving the beauty of roses. The evening before her passing she was busy transplanting one of her many plants. She liked to knit and she spent many hours doing crochet work. In her spare time she would sit quietly by herself reading her family bible. Her home was always open to her friends and neighbours and was the hub of her family circle. She loved to discuss current and world affairs with those who used her home as a meeting place. A loving mother and grandmother she will be sadly missed by her daughter and sons and all those who were very close to her. Mrs. Kaeding was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Emil; one son, Irwin; and a number of brothers and sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing, one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Swanson, Churchbridge; three sons, Alvin and his wife Nan Kaeding, Porcupine Plain, SK; Edgar Kaeding and his wife, Alva Kaeding, Churchbridge, Arthur and his wife, Verda Kaeding, Calgary, AB; one sister, Mrs. Emma (George)Dressler living in Germany; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
- Roger Warren Kaeding was born at Churchbridge – September 16, 1928 and passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday July 6, 2012. Roger was the oldest son of Ewald and Alvina Kaeding. He was baptized and later confirmed in the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Churchbridge. He attended school in Churchbridge and then enrolled in the College of Agriculture in Saskatoon receiving his diploma in Agriculture graduating in 1947. After graduating from college he returned to the family farm working in partnership with his father. In 1961 on July 15 he married Phyllis Maben of Saltcoats. Together they took over the family farm. He expanded the operation to include a herd of purebred Polled Hereford cattle which he maintained until the early 80’s. During that time he became active in the provincial Hereford association attending and showing at many shows and sales. After the herd was dispersed he joined in partnership with his son Warren, to begin another agriculture career, growing and processing pedigreed seed. Roger was actively involved in the farm up to the time of his passing. After being in upper management on the farm he saw no reason to retire. Instead he branched out into silviculture planting acres of hard and soft wood trees, watering and weeding them by hand until they could survive on their own. His community and his province were also very important to him. He accepted many leadership challenges over the years. He was a founding member of both the Churchbridge Kinsmen and Lion’s club. He was a founding member and president of the Potashville Production Club and a founding member of the Sask Soil Conservation Assoc. He served 10 years with Sask Ag Society including 2 years as president and served over 30 years in the local Agriculture Society. He was director of the Sask Canola Growers Assoc for 6 years and served for 6 years as director on the Sask Canola Development Commission. During those years he and Phyllis made several trips across North America helping to spread the word about the value of canola oil at the annual meetings. Roger played a strong role in politics as a Conservative Association member and president, followed by active participation in the provincial Saskatchewan Party where he was a director to the end. Trinity Lutheran Church played an important part in Roger’s life. Throughout the years he served on many boards and held many positions in the church council as well as singing with the Senior choir. In earlier years, Roger also played the accordion for family gatherings. Other local boards he served on included the Chamber of Commerce, Sask Wheat Pool, Co-op board, Curling Club, Churchbridge Culture Center, Churchbridge Economic Development Committee and the local arena board. In his spare time Roger was an avid ball player and fan. He spent many Sundays playing in ball tournaments. He then umpired for many years at Churchbridge and area tournaments. In his later years he was a loyal Blue Jays fan attending and watching games up to his final hours. In the winter he was often found at any local curling rink attending bonspiels with his friends. As grandchildren came along he became their biggest cheer leader following the grandkids around to hockey rinks across the province and ball fields around the prairies. You would find him at his granddaughters music and school events, graduations and every special performance. Roger was predeceased by his parents, Ewald and Alvina, and his older sister, Delores and brothers-in-law, Glen Pederson and Paul Scholz as well as his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Olive Maben and his brother-in-law, Gordon Maben. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Phyllis; son, Warren (Carla) of Churchbridge, SK with grandsons, Michael (Laine Goertz) of Regina, SK and Matthew of Ottawa, ON; son, Bradley (Janna van Kessel) of Yellowknife, NWT; daughter Leslie (Dale) Hicks with granddaughters, Katelyn and Sarah of Outlook, SK; sister, Janet Scholz and nephew, Murray of Churchbridge, SK and nephews, Al of Saskatoon, SK, Jamie (Janet) of Westbank, BC, nieces, Susan (Al) Johnston of Balcarres, SK, Sally (Roger) Bowman of Raleigh, NC; brother, Lloyd (Rita) of Pembroke, ON with nieces, Karen (Mike) Grace of Arnprior, ON and Jodie (Paul) Chislett of Ottawa, ON; nieces Mardell (Bruce) Burnett of Lethbridge, AB, Cheryl (Terry) Wentland of Stoney Plain, AB, Nadine (Ted) Chabun of Stoney Plain, AB; brother and sister-in-law, George (Doris) Maben of Yorkton. SK. A Service of Comfort was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Jeff Dull officiating and organist, Grace Dressler leading in music. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Jeff Dull officiating. The organist, Grace Dressler led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “O Perfect Love”, “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”, “Jerusalem, My Happy Home”, “Home” and “The Day Thou Gavest”. Karen Grace and Jamie Scholz shared special readings and Dale Hicks gave tribute to Roger in eulogy. The Cremation Committal took place at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Roger’s son, Warren Kaeding serving as Urnbearer and Michael Kaeding, Matthew Kaeding, Katelyn Hicks, Sarah Hicks, Clayton Henderson, Sheldon Sauser, Craig Stevenson, Randy Kaeding and Harold Kaeding serving as Honourary Pallbearers.
- Victoria Mildred (nee Ellingboe), "Vickie" as she was know to family and friends, was born on May 6, 1945 in Yorkton, Sask, the daughter of Sherman and Mary (nee Rooke) Ellingboe. She grew up on the family farm, nine miles east of Saltcoats in the Chatsworth District. Vickie attended school at Chatsworth A & B Schools and them completed her high school at Saltcoats. An important part of her earlier years was spent participating in the Garden 4-H Club and the church choir at the Castleton Country Church. After high school, Vickie attended Marvel College in Regina, where she completed her hairdressing certificate. Victoria first met Julian Kaminski on a blind date in 1965. They were married on September 24, 1966 and soon moved to Churchbridge, the community that they have called home ever since and where Vickie had a hairdressing shop for over 40 years. Most recently Vickie enjoyed working at the Churchbridge Day Care, where she was considered “Grandma” to all the children. Vickie lived a very caring and giving life - helping others came easily to her - almost as if by instinct. One of her favourite things was co-ordinating family gatherings. The more family members that could be packed in and around the house, the better and the happier she would be. Travelling was also one of Vickie’s pass times, and she and Julian enjoyed visiting many different places throughout the U.S. and Canada. When Vickie was at home, she enjoyed cooking for her family, working in her flower and vegetable gardens; visiting with friends over a nice lunch always brought her much joy. Curling, knitting, putting together puzzles and a good game of cards were a few of her favourite things. Vickie’s faith, and the work she did with the United Church were very important parts of her life. She played the piano and organ in a number of churches for many years. No matter what other work, hobbies or pass times held her interest, Vickie’s grandchildren were the most important thing in her life and her greatest love was spending time with them. She loved to cheer for their teams as they played ringette, hockey and baseball or watch as they participated in cheer, dance and choir. Surrounded by her grandchildren, was when Grandma was at her happiest. Vickie will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched, loved dearly, and remembered always by the family she leaves behind. Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Sherman Ellingboe; her mother-in-law, Pauline Hrushka and her sister-in-law, Betty Ellingboe. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her husband, Julian; two sons, Sheldon (Lynette) Kaminski of Langenburg, SK and Kevin of Southhaven, Mississippi; one daughter, Lana Kaminski (Mike Gottfried) of Ile-Des-Chenes, MB; her beloved grandchildren, Noah, Kerringan, Lexy, McKenna, Katarina, Julian and Jordan; two sisters, Marj (Howard) Wedrick of Gull Lake, SK and Mae (Dave) Pawliw of Springside, SK; one brother, Albert Ellingboe of Saltcoats, SK; her father-in-law, Walter Hrushka of Pelly, SK as well as her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Prayers will be held on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge, SK. (under the auspices of the Four Town Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada). The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. A Private Family interment will follow in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Adolf Karau, beloved husband of Clara Karau of Churchbridge, passed away peacefully on December 30, 1996 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 93 years of age. Adolf was born in Platkownica, Poland on January 17, 1903, the son of Kristian and Caroline Karau. Adolf immigrated to Canada in 1928 and on January 17, 1933 he was united in marriage to Clara Garbe. The couple farmed in the Churchbridge district for 40 years before retiring to the town of Churchbridge in 1973. Adolf was an avid reader and enjoyed many hours of listening to his vast selection of records. Adolf was predeceased by his parents, Kristian and Caroline, a brother, Robert and his wife Hulda of Canada; an infant son and infant daughter, a great grandson; all known relatives in the old country. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Clara; sons, Douglas (Frieda) of Calgary, AB, Walter (Martha) of Trenton, ON; Fred (Shirley) of Brandon, MB; daughters Adela (Carl) Swanson of Barrhead, AB; Elaine Bliss of Geraldton, ON; Violet Karau of Abbotsford, BC; Caroline Karau of Calgary, AB, eleven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Adolf is also survived by a nephew, Albert Karau of Richmond Hill, ON as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Funeral services were held Friday, January 3, 1997 from Christie-Hill Chapel with Pastor Carl Swanson presiding. Special words of remembrance were offered by Adolf’s son, Walter. Adolf was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Dan Karau, David Swanson, Harry Knelsen, Dewey Thiele, Allen MacKinnon and George Garbe serving as casketbearers.
– Clara Irene (nee Garbe) Karau was born on August 26, 1913 in Churchbridge, SK, daughter of Gustav and Eleanore (nee Kaeding) Garbe. She passed away on July 1, 2002 at 88 years of age. She was united in marriage to Adolf Karau on January 17, 1933. The couple made their home on the farm near Churchbridge where they remained for the next forty years until retiring into town in 1973. An avid quilter, Clara also enjoyed playing Scrabble with her friends. She was famous for her readings at social functions and church gatherings and her donuts and cinnamon rolls were legendary. Funeral service was held at Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel, Yorkton, SK, on Saturday, July 6, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating clergy was Pastor Carl Swanson. Organist was Jackie Chase. Clara was predeceased by her parents, Gustav and Eleanore; her husband, Adolf, her brothers, Herbert, Ewald and Fred; her sisters, Tracy, Alice, Esther, Laurena and Laura; a son, in infancy, a daughter, in infancy and one great-grandson. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory her sons, Doug (Frieda) of Calgary, Walter (Martha) of Churchbridge and Fred (Shirley) of Brandon; her daughters, Adela (Carl) Swanson of Blackfalls, Elaine Bliss of North Bay, Vi Karau of Churchbridge and Caroline Karau of Calgary; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen and Viola as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Honourary pallbearers were all those in attendance. Active pallbearers were Daniel Karau, David Swanson, Harry Knelson, Allan McKinnon, Edward Eyestone, Drew Weese. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Emma Kendel (nee Schann), loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away at the Centennial Special Care Home on December 16, 2004 at the age of 94. Emma was born in Austria on May 10, 1910. She was baptized at Landestreu, Austria on May 15, 1910 and was confirmed on April 21, 1924. After fleeing to Poland where she resided for a time she came to Canada in 1926. Upon arrival in Canada she lived in MacNutt for three months before moving to Springside where she worked for three years as a maid for Mr. and Mrs. Large. On November 26, 1929 she was united in marriage to Rudolf Kendel at Grace Lutheran Church, Beresina. Rudolf and Emma farmed in the Beresina district until 1962 when they retired and moved into their new home in Churchbridge. Throughout her life Emma was very active in the church, joining the LWML in 1931, working with the Ladies Aid, singing in the Church Choir, helping out with Vacation Bible School and serving her Lord in other ways such as cleaning the church and community hall for three years. Emma and Rudolf also took in boarders for a number of years. Emma greatly enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, crocheting, knitting, quilting, cooking and watching the Lawrence Welk show. She was regarded highly as a good friend and neighbor to those who knew her. Emma was predeceased by her husband Rudolf; her parents, Christian and Marie Schaan; three sisters, Kate, Mary and Minnie; five brothers, Fred, John, George, Alfred and Christian and a granddaughter Susan Busch. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life one daughter, Hildegarde Busch; six granddaughters Linda McLaughlin, Brenda Terra, Deborah Duggan, Marilyn White, Cheryl Wiebe and Candace English; three grandsons Perry Busch, Douglas Busch and Thomas Busch; two great granddaughters, Teresa McLaughlin and Elyssa English; four great-grandsons; Gary McLaughlin, Adam White, Andrew Yunkovitch and Wyatt English; one great-great-granddaughter, Maurisa McLaughlin, three great-great-grandsons; Cody McLaughlin, Spencer McLaughlin and Joel McLaughlin. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating assisted by Vicar Mark Chiang. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Glen Schaan, Calvin Schaan, Harold Wagner, Arthur Johnson, Andy Dressler and Rudy Schaan serving as casketbearers.
– Leona (nee Rabel). Leona was born July 28, 1938 in Shellbrook, SK, and passed away on April 11, 2000 at Selkirk, MB. Growing up as the youngest of ten children (5 boys and 5 girls), Leona learned early the joys of being around people. She loved the times of being together with family and friends, and often these gatherings led to sing-song time. Those of you who heard Leona sing may remember her strong alto voice. She enjoyed music and had an ear for playing either the piano or the accordion. Leona also had a heart for people in difficulty. She was willing to give her time or resources wherever they were needed. She enjoyed the creative aspect of using her hands to work crafts, but often got excited about a new project before the former one was completed! Coffee, popcorn and a game of Scrabble were considered the simple joys of life. Jigsaw puzzles kept the winter blues at bay, and bingo was another favorite hobby. Leona enjoyed a good sense of humor, and when something tickled her funny bone in just the right way, she laughed until she cried.. and then laughed some more. Diabetes is a terrible disease. As the complications grew, it affected Leona’s quality of life and eventually led to her death. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, and remembered with love and affection. Interment service was held April 15, 2000 at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Gustaf Knutt, beloved husband of Mrs. Wanda Knutt of Churchbridge passed away peacefully at his home on December 8, 1997 at the age of 91 years. Gustaf was born in Ociete, Poland on September 3, 1906. He immigrated to Canada in 1929 and settled in the Churchbridge area where he farmed. In 1940 he moved to Wapella and on December 21, 1941 he married Wanda (nee Stefan). The couple farmed in the Wapella area until 1951. After leaving the farm, Gus operated a shoe shop, as well as working on the oil rigs as a fireman until 1961. At that time, he gained employment with the Town of Wapella as maintenance man and policeman which gave him many interesting experiences! In 1966, Gus moved to Churchbridge where he worked as a town maintenance man until 1977. After retiring from the town, he worked at Sveinbjornson Construction. He never completely retired, doing odd jobs and keeping busy. He enjoyed building things in his workshop. He took up golf when he was 80 years old and enjoyed it very much. Gus was a good husband, father and loyal friend to all who knew him. Gus was predeceased by his father, Gottlieb Knutt; his mother Emilia (Cizmann); three brothers and three sisters. Gus is lovingly remembered by his wife, Wanda; his children, Kenneth (Wilma), Steve (Darlene), Gail (Gerald) Desormeaux; grandchildren, Sandi (Brian) Bender, Chad Knutt, Kyla Knutt, Chastity Knutt, Kim Knutt; Lisa Desormeaux, Kelly Desormeaux, Kevin Desormeaux; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Bender and Karlee Bender as well as many other relatives and close friends.
- Wanda (nee Stefan). It is with great sorrow that the family of Wanda Knutt announce her passing on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the age of 88 years. Wanda was born June 23, 1924 in Poland. She immigrated to Canada with her family when she was three years old. Wanda was raised in Wapella, SK and married Gus Knutt on December 21, 1941. They lived in Wapella until 1966 when they moved to Churchbridge, SK.
Wanda was predeceased by her husband, Gus; parents, Adolf and Emilia Stefan; brothers, Henry and Ed Stefan; sisters, Freda Ikert and Martha Beutler. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Gail Thorne, Steve (Darlene) and Ken (Wilma); grandchildren, Lisa (Jason) Frederick, Kelly Penner, Kevin Desormeaux, Chastity (Shane) Plamondon, Kim Knutt, Sandi (Brian) Bender, Chad Knutt, Kyla (Mike) Meier and 11 great- grandchildren. Wanda is also survived by her five sisters, Mary Smith, Alma Leronowich, Stef Ferris, Edith Ruddock and Lillian Hintz. The family would like to thank the staff at Sherbrooke Community Centre and Tatagwa View for the excellent care given to Mom in her final years.
A Memorial service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK on Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 pm. The Interment will follow in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Hildagarde “Hilda” Olga Matilda (nee Becker) was born November 10, 1931 on the family farm a mile NW of Churchbridge to Valentine and Matilda (Hautz) Becker. She passed away peacefully in the arms of our Lord on January 15, 2015. Hilda was baptized on December 6, 1931 and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Grace Lutheran Church at Beresina on March 30, 1947. Hilda received her education in Churchbridge and worked at Smitty’s Café until she married the love of her life, John Kurucz on June 21, 1957 in Langenburg. They were blessed with four children; Susan, Sharon, Ellen and Darin. They began their married life on the farm, first six miles south of Churchbridge and then a mile west of Churchbridge. In 1974, due to John’s illness they moved the family to town. In 2001 John and Hilda moved to Queen Elizabeth Court in Yorkton and in 2011 Hilda moved back to Churchbridge to be close to John at the Langenburg Care Home. Hilda was very involved in her children’s activities whether it was Girl Guides, 4H, figure skating, hockey or ball. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Curling Club and also ran the kitchen in the old curling rink for a few years and head convenor at the Skating Rink. She was also a member of the Agricultural Society and would enter her baking and flowers at the different fairs. She was a member of the Evergreen Club for many years and loved playing cards. At Queen Elizabeth Court it didn’t take long and Hilda was in charge of getting food ready for the different events and was very involved in every function there. Her church was a very important part of her life. She had a strong faith in our Lord and made sure to instill that faith in her children. She was involved in the Ladies Aid and Lutheran Women Missionary League since the age of 19 years and took part in many church activities including quilting and always lent a hand in serving suppers and lunches. Family was extremely important to her. She loved each and every one of her grandchildren and absolutely adored her great grandson, Mason! She tried to attend as many of their activities such as school concerts, dance recitals, ball games, hockey and graduations as she could. Hilda also loved family gatherings with her brothers and sisters and their families. Hilda loved curling, playing cards and of course Bingo! She always loved baking and our memories are filled with the smell of baked bread when we came home from school. She also liked planting her flowers and always seemed to have an abundant garden. In her later years she enjoyed watching curling, the Blue Jays and Riders. She could tell you every detail about a curling game end from a game 20 years ago! When Hilda’s health was failing her, it never stopped her doing the things she loved especially going to events in town or the church and even had her first plane ride at the age of 81. She had many friends and family who will treasure the memories of her gentleness and kindness. Hilda was predeceased by her parents Valentine and Matilda Becker, her sisters, Marvaleen, Elsie, Amanda, Sylvia and Nita; her brothers, Ron and Wally and many brothers and sisters- in- law. Hilda is survived by her loving husband of 57 years John; her children; Susan Kurucz, Sharon(Joe) Andrade, Ellen (Terry) Spilchen and Darin (Sally) Kurucz; her grandchildren, Matthew Andrade, Ashley Andrade, Danielle Andrade, Darion Kurucz, Faith Kurucz, Jasmine Spilchen, Joshua Spilchen and one great grandson, Mason Andrade; her brother, Erwin (Bernice) Becker and sister Erna (Fred) Hutchings; brothers-in-law Edward (Marj) Kurucz and Leslie (Signe) Kurucz and numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer services for Hilda were held at 7 pm in the Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday, January 21, 2015. Funeral Service was held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Jeff Dul officiating. Pallbearers were Terry Spilchen, Joe Andrade, Matthew Andrade, Joshua Spilchen, Howard Rosin, Harvey Rosin and Mark Hintz. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, Churchbridge, SK.
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– Stefan Cecil Laxdal passed away suddenly in his own home on Sunday, June 30, 2002. He was 70 years of age. Stefan “Cecil” Laxdal was born on July 18, 1931 on the family farm in the Churchbridge district, the son of Jon and Ingveldur Laxdal. Cecil was baptized on August 30, 1931 in the Concordia Lutheran Church. Cecil grew up on the farm and while he received his formal education at Logberg School, he gained valuable knowledge of farming and animal care from his father. In July 1950, Cecil met a young lady named Ruby. She was the daughter of Louis and Bertha Pelchat, the new owners of the local hotel in Churchbridge. The couple were united in marriage on October 13, 1951 and made their home with Cecil’s parents on the family farm. Cecil and Ruby were blessed with nine children; Betty-Ann, Claudie, Daniel, Rosemary, Wilma, Neil, Colleen, Melissa and Maxine. Cecil had a love for animals as did his father. The couple raised cattle, horses, sheep and pigs as well as a little grain farming. In the winter, Cecil would trap muskrats to supplement the farming income. Cecil and Ruby moved to Shell Lake, SK in the spring of 1955 to live with Ruby’s parents. While there, Cecil worked for farmers in the area to make an income. In the spring of 1957, they returned to Churchbridge to continue farming with Cecil’s parents. In the summer of 1961, they moved into Churchbridge for the winter. The spring and summer of that year had not been very good, the crops failed and hay was hard to find so Cecil sold off all the stock. He worked through the winter hauling hay from Manitoba for Bennett Larson. In 1964, Cecil moved off the farm as it was sold. He moved two miles south of Churchbridge and gained employment as a farm labourer for Norman Yanke. Cecil started working for the School District in 1966 as a janitor and driving the school bus. In 1967, he and Ruby bought a new house and moved into town. The spring of 1972 saw Cecil gaining employment with Howard Mintram, trenching and installing water and sewer lines, wells and pump repairs. In the fall of 1976, Cecil started to work for the Town of Churchbridge as a maintenance man for the Public Works Department. Here he spent the next 15 years, keeping the town works running for the people of the community. Due to health problems, he was forced to retire from the town in the summer of 1992. Cecil joined the Churchbridge Volunteer Fire Department in 1972. He was a firefighter and held the position of Deputy Fire Chief for many years. He was honoured for 20 years of service with the department with an Exemplary Service Metal. Cecil was predeceased by his parents, Ingvar “Jon” and Ingveldur Laxdal; and his beloved wife of 37 ½ years, Ruby in 1990; a brother-in-law Arthur in 2000. He leaves to mourn his passing his three sisters, Sina, Gudrun, and Kelleen (John); his children, Betty-Ann (Jerry) Claudie, Daniel (Twila), Rosemary (Michael), Wilma (Lawrence), Neil (Lori), Colleen (Richard), Melissa (Daniel) and Maxine (Gary); 29 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren as well as numerous relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday July 4, 2002 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Daniel Laxdal, Claudie Laxdal, Michael Zich, Neil Laxdal, Lawrence Brick and Dan Sherstabitoff serving as casketbearers.
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- Charles Giles McNeil of Churchbridge, SK. passed away on February 22, 2009 at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life; his wife Patricia Miller-McNeil; children, Wallace (Shirley) McNeil of Saskatoon, SK, Eileen McNeil of Grayson, SK, Fran (James) DePape of Churchbridge, SK, Sheila (Don) Morash of Regina, SK, Mike (Cindy) McNeil of Yorkton, SK and Albert (Sharon) McNeil of Esterhazy, SK; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; and one sister, Carman (John) Currie of Red Deer, AB. Also Pat’s children, Barb and Harold Kaeding, Jim Miller, Harvey and Susan Miller all of Churchbridge, Allan and Shawna Miller of Yorkton, and Glen and Lana Miller of Russell, MB; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also numerous nephews, nieces and their families, countless friends and pet, Kizzie. Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Wallace and Pearl McNeil; brothers, John and Russell; sister, Marie; his first wife of 49 years, Margaret; and granddaughter, Lori Lynn Morash. Charlie was born on September 3, 1922 in Dominion, Cape Breton. Son of a coal miner, he left school early to help support the family. He worked in several jobs in Cape Breton, met his wife, Margaret, in Sydney and was married in May of 1945. He moved with his wife and son, Wally, to Sask in the spring of 1947. He worked for a short time with a farmer in Tantallon and then went to work for the CP Railway for the next 15 years. He lived in several towns during his railroad career including Tantallon, Hazel Cliff, Bear Creek, Kennedy, Dubuc, Grayson and, finally Churchbridge in 1962. Charlie left the railway on January 1, 1963 and went to work at the IMC K-1 Potash Mine. He spent the next 25 years mostly as a hoistman and retired in 1987. His first wife, Margaret, passed away in November of 1994. In August of 1996, he was united in marriage to Patricia Miller of Churchbridge. Charlie will be remembered by many people in several communities for his love of music. He played guitar in several bands including the Parkland Fiddlers of Yorkton, the Rhythm Rockets of Churchbridge and the Harmony Stars of Grayson. He had a great singing voice and when he was younger was the “Hank Williams” of Sask. Charlie was very active in his community and participated on Town Council, the Credit Union Board, Lions Club and volunteer fire department. He also was very active in the Union at the mine. The Prayer Service was held on Friday, February 27, 2009 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, officiated by Father Hector Seville. Members of St. Mary’s Choir led the singing of the hymns, “Be Not Afraid” and “Peace is Flowing Like a River”. The eulogy was delivered by Wally McNeil. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Churchbridge, officiated by Father Seville. The Pall was placed by Wally McNeil, Fran DePape and Sheila Morash. Members of St. Joseph’s Folk Group led the singing of the hymns. The readers were Dorenda McNeil and Nicole McNeil; the gift bearers were Albert McNeil and Mike McNeil and the communion ministers were Jim and Fran DePape. The eulogy was delivered by Wally McNeil. The Cross Bearer was Ken Cyrenne and the Altar Servers were Marie Yanke and Barb VanCaeseele. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Dale DePape, Dave DePape, Darin DePape, Dean DePape, Dan McNeil, Doug McNeil, Sam McNeil, Terry Morash and Caitlin Prince serving as the casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were the members of the Parkland Fiddlers and the Rhythm Rockets. Piper, Ferne Katzberg, played at the graveside.
- Margaret Laura (nee Ryan) McNeil, beloved wife of Charlie McNeil of Churchbridge, passed away on November 23, 1994, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Esterhazy. She was 68 years of age. Margaret was born on September 17, 1926, at Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. She was the seventh of thirteen children born to Daniel and Mary Ryan. Marg received her education in Port Hawkesbury and later moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia to work. It was there that she met Charlie. Marg and Charlie were married in Port Hawkesbury on May 29, 1945. They moved to Sask. In April of 1947, and lived in various small communities throughout the province, including Tantallon, Hazel Cliff, Bear Creek, Kennedy, Dubuc and Grayson. They finally settled in Churchbridge in May of 1962. Marg and Charlie were blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. Marg’s greatest pleasures were derived from her family and friends. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her family and dedicated her life to them. She enjoyed gardening and yard work, music, bus tours, and entertaining friends. Margaret was called by our Lord on November 23, 1994, after a courageous battle with cancer. She will be sadly missed and the heart of the family will be greatly affected by her departure. Mrs. McNeil was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Mary Ryan; brothers, Ralph, Jim, Leslie, Roddie, Louie, Harvey and Donnie; sister Mildred; and granddaughter, Lori Lynn Morash. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life, her loving husband Charlie; sons Wally and his wife Shirley McNeil of Saskatoon, Mike and his wife Cindy McNeil of Yorkton and Albert McNeil of Esterhazy; daughters Eileen McNeil of Yorkton, Fran and her husband Jim DePape of Churchbridge, and Sheila and her husband Don Morash of Estevan; sisters Anna Pollard of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Aggie (Ernie) Hiller of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Kay Dansock of Esterhazy, Marion (Bob) Cyrenne of Regina; grandchildren, Dale (Veronica) of Brooks, AB, Darin of Wynyard, Dan of Saskatoon, Dean (Kami) of Lanigan, Terry of Regina, Dorenda of Toronto, ON, Dave of Biggar, Doug of Saskatoon, Sean of Yorkton and Nicole of Yorkton; and one great grandchild, Catlin of Churchbridge. Prayers were held November 25, 1994 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, with Rev. Father Rick Krofchek officiating. Organist, Rene Chyz led he congregation in the singing of the hymns “Amazing Grace”,” Only a Shadow”, and “Peace is Flowing Like a River”. Mass of Christian Burial was held November 26, 1994 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Rick Krofchek, officiating. The Langenburg Polka Mass Group led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “Chapel in the Valley”, “We offer Bread and Wine”, "At This Sacrifice", and the recessional hymn was “How Great Thou Art”. he readings were read by Dave DePape, Dorenda McNeil and Dean DePape. Honourary pallbearers were Pat Miller, Marie Yanke, Judy Talbote, Audrey Fuchs, Marie Bouris, Dorothy Barker, Martha Galowitz, Violet Sveinbjornson and Rose Nechvatal.
- Vernon Ludwig Mehls, of Heritage Heights Lodge in Yorkton and the son of the late William and Mary Mehls of Churchbridge, passed away peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Center on Thursday, June 12, 1998 at the age of 87, following a battle with cancer. Vernon was born on February 3, 1911 in Kramer, North Dakota. He immigrated to Canada in 1925 and farmed with his parents in the Saltcoats district. In 1933, Vernon was united in marriage with Agnes Martina Nordin and the couple farmed in the Churchbridge area until 1946, when they moved to B.C. where he worked for Dawson Wade Highway Paving Contractors. He returned to Churchbridge in 1951 to resume farming. He continued to farm until his retirement in 1965 when he moved into Churchbridge. After spending three years with his son and wife in Prince Albert, he returned to Yorkton in 1995 where he made his home at a Senior Citizens Unit. In October of 1997, he became a resident of the Heritage Heights Lodge, where he enjoyed his last months of life with his friends and enjoying the activities of Heritage Heights and Anderson Lodges. Vernon loved sports, having been an ardent baseball player who also devoted most of his life to curling. In the early years, he played saxophone with a local band and continued to enjoy music and dancing. Since moving to Yorkton he was involved in bowling, horseshoes and attended hockey games with friends. He had a great zest for life and enjoyed being in the company of family and friends. Vernon was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary; his wife Martina; two infant sons; a sister Florence Nickel, and a grandson Garnet Mehls. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory, his sons, Laverne (Bernice) Mehls of Eckville, Alta; Bruce (Corine) Mehls of Yorkton; grandchildren, Gary Mehls and Laurie (Kelly) McInnes; great - grandchildren Chelsey of Swift Current, Colby and Mikayla of Red Deer, Alta.; as well as numerous other relatives and good friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 16, 1998 from Christie-Hill Chapel with Reverend Bruce Timm presiding. The organist, Carla Plosz, accompanied the congregation in the singing of hymns “How Great Thou Art”, “Abide with Me”, and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”. A family committal service followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery
– Olga Milke of Churchbridge, Sask. passed away on September 25, 1983 in the Yorkton Union Hospital. She was 86 years of age. Mrs. Milke was born April 1, 1897 in Modzerowie, Poland. She came to Canada in 1932 from Poland. She and her husband, Emil Milke, who passed away August 17, 1970 farmed in the Beresina District of Churchbridge, Sask and retired to the town of Churchbridge in 1960. Mrs. Milke leaves to mourn her passing, Elsie and Ron Felge of Durham, Ontario; Leokadia and husband Martin Dressler of Churchbridge, Sask; Ada and husband Art Wildeman of Regina, Sask; ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred Jabs, Port Colborne, Ont; Bernhardt Jabs, Scotland; two sisters, Adele of Exshaw, Alta., and Emma of Port Colborne, Ont., and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. The funeral service was held on September 28, 1983 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Gorentz officiating. Honorary pall bearers were Mrs. Ida Dressler, Mrs. Mille Kendall, Tina Weldeman, Mrs Herman Gurski, Mrs. Della Haberstock, Mrs.Emma Kendall and Mrs. Jack Busch. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Lynn Johnson, Glen Schaan, and grandsons Lloyd Dressler, Wally Dressler, Kenneth Dressler and Myron Dressler as pallbearers.
– Gregory Lynn Miller, beloved husband of Margaret Miller passed away suddenly at the University Hospital, Saskatoon, on Saturday, June 13, 1987. Greg was twenty-eight years old, and he was born in Lynn Lake, Man., October 27, 1958. He was the son of Ron and Pat Miller of Churchbridge, Sask. He attended school at Churchbridge and Sparwood, B.C. On February 15, 1986 in Estevan, Sask, Greg was united in marriage with Margaret Campbell, daughter of Morris and Sheila Campbell of Regina. Greg worked as a carpenter in Sparwood, Yorkton, Estevan and Saskatoon. One of Greg’s favourite hobbies was woodworking and engraving. He spent many hours putting his special touch on cabinets and plaques, something we will all cherish. Greg also loved motorcycles and spent many hours riding and restoring them. He was especially fond of pets and always enjoyed the company of young people. Greg was a quiet, strong-willed, independent man who loved his wife and family above all. Gregory was predeceased by his grandfather, Rudolph; his grandparents, James and Mary McMahon. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his beloved wife, Margaret; his parents Ron and Patricia Miller; four brothers, Jim. Allan, Glen and Harvey and his wife Susan and their son Joey, all of Churchbridge; one sister, Barbara and her husband Harold Kaeding and their children, Randy, Corrie and Cameron of Churchbridge; grandmother, Mrs. Lydia Miller of Birch River, Man. Memorial services were held at Christ Church Anglican at Churchbridge, Sask on Wednesday, June 17, 1987 with Father Malcolm French officiating. Organist, Father William Pope, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worship”, “Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor” and “Lights Glittering Morn, Bedecks The Sky”. The first reader was Mr. Ranald Hrushka, the second reader was Mr. Mark Tatton. The honourary pallbearers were Lance, Mack, Collin Hull, Cal Swanson, Lynn Antosh, Randy Kaeding and Corrie Kaeding.
- Constance (Connie) Lorraine (nee Gibson) Mintram, beloved wife of Roy Mintram and daughter of Bill and Mary Gibson passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy on November 27, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Connie was born in Duncan, B.C. on August 9, 1945 and completed most of her schooling in Duncan, later moving to Victoria, B.C. to further her education. She worked for the B.C. government as a secretary at the head office of the B.C. Ferries. While living at the Y.W.C.A. she met a cute young sailor boy named Roy Mintram. Love blossomed and progressed to where they were married in Duncan in a 100 year old church that even had the bats in the belfry. They travelled by train back to Churchbridge in February of 1966. When they arrived at Yarbo they were greeted by family carrying extra blankets and jackets as they had arrived in a terrific snow storm. As a new bride, coming from the city, it was a shock to the system to arrive in Churchbridge to a house with a hand pump at the kitchen sink and an outhouse. Connie managed in this new way of living and maintained a good sense of humour, knowing that times would improve. Roy changed jobs quite often so they moved from Churchbridge to Lipton and back to Duncan for quite a few years. Then an opportunity came that enabled them to own their own business. They returned to Yorkton not only as partners in marriage but also partners in business and opened Windsor Plywood. Connie learned the business from scratch, learning the difference between sheeting plywood and cabinet material and could be seen carrying many a sheet of plywood and loading trucks. After a time they built a house in Churchbridge, moving back there and opening up a variety store. Connie came to love the prairies, especially Saskatchewan and never thought to leave her home here. When Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, she and Roy they sold their variety store and had many years to enjoy gardening, fishing, spending time with their children and grandchildren. She loved to read about the history in the local area and was adopted by its people as an “original Churchbridgeite”, as she called it. In August of 2009 Connie heard she had bone cancer as well and took the news in stride saying, “as long as they keep me out of pain I will enjoy life to the fullest”, and that is just what she did. She even enjoyed the 2013 Grey Cup, cheering the Saskatchewan Roughriders to victory. Connie was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Mary Gibson; father-in-law, Valdi Mintram; step father-in-law, Claude Heinrich; mother-in-law, Clara Heinrich; son-in-law, Larry Reetz; brothers-in-law, Calvin and Wayne Mintram, and Joe Sahulka. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her loving husband, Roy; son, Tony (Stacey), daughter, Sandra (Gene); grandchildren, Tim, Jessica, Kevin (Kaylee), Mark, Shane, Justin and great grandchildren, Dwayne and Kirsten; brother, Steve (Marlene); brother-in-law, Howard (Pat); sister-in-law, Dorothy (Arni) as well as many nieces and nephews and friends. In accordance with Connie’s wishes no service will take place at this time.
– Wayne William Mintram, beloved son of Clara and Claude Heinrich of Churchbridge passed away suddenly on November 22, 1981 at the age of 28 years. Wayne was born November 16, 1953, in Churchbridge, Sask. He grew up in Churchbridge and received his elementary and high school education in Churchbridge. After completing his education, Wayne started to work. He was employed at a number of jobs, and doing these jobs, he traveled to many different places. As a young boy, Wayne was interested and active in the Boy Scouts, and he enjoyed going camping and fishing. He was very active in all types of sports, and he especially liked to play hockey. Wayne was baptized and confirmed in Concordia Lutheran Church, and he will be sadly missed by his parents, relatives and many friends. Wayne was predeceased by his father, Valdimar; and his grandfather, William. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Chris, three sons, Jonathon, Gregory and Cory; his mother and father Clara and Claude Heinrich; three brothers, Calvin and his wife Phyllis of Langenburg, Howard and his wife Patricia of Yorkton, and Roy and his wife Connie of Yorkton; one sister Mrs. Dorothy (Joe) Sahulka of Nanaimo, B.C.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held November 25 from Concordia Lutheran Church with Pastor V. Richard Dederick officiating. The congregation sany the hymns Amazing Grace and Abide With Me. The church choir sang the hymn Beyond the Sunset. The organist was Alice Johnson. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Harvey Sveinbjornson, Murray Sveinbjornson, Grant Heinrich, Kenny Mintram, Keith Mintram and Walter Sahulka as pallbearers.
– Eddie Ernie Morash of Churchbridge, Sask. known to family and friends as “Black Eddie”, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family here and above on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 59 years of age. Eddie was born on August 17, 1945 in Yorkton, SK, the second son of Doris and George Morash. He was raised in Calder until he was 12, and then moved to Churchbridge where many fond memories and life-long friendships were made. In 1966, he was united in marriage to Judy Ismond and this union was blessed with two sons, Sheldon and Dean; and four daughters, Beverly, Tamara, Jelean and Melissa. Eddie’s career with the Iron Workers allowed the family to live in many communities until their move to Churchbridge in 1969. Eddie has enjoyed his career as an iron worker for 37 years. Eddie had many hobbies and interests over the years. Hunting, camping and fishing brought him great joy. He had a love for music and a gift for playing many instruments right down to the spoons. Eddie enjoyed many jamming get-togethers with his family and friends. He will always be known for cruising the countryside looking for the best field of gophers. Even through Eddie’s tough days, his sense of humour continued to bring laughs and smiles to his family, friends and caregivers around him. However, Eddie’s most truly “prized possessions” were his children. He was always very proud of their achievements and especially his grandchildren he was given. Eddie leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, the mother of his children, Judy; his sons, Sheldon (Lori) and their children Jay and Lexi, and Dean Morash; daughters Bev (Dale) Shackleton and their children Steven and Danielle, Tamara (Curtis) Pollock and their children Brandon and Calista, Jelean Morash, and Melissa Morash (Brad Bily); his brother, Ivan(Debbie) Morash ; his nephew Chad (Kathy) Morash and their children Cole and Porter; his niece, Renai (James) Hodgson and their children Alex and Dylann; his nephew Travis Morash; and many more family and friends. Eddie was predeceased by his parents, George and Doris Morash and a niece Jocelyn Morash. The funeral service was held on Friday afternoon, June 3, 2005, from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, SK. with Pastor Michael Bergman of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Langenburg officiating. The organist was Lorne Neal leading the congregation in the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Special music played was the processional “Nothing At All (Alison Krause) and the recessional “I Will Remember (Sarah McLaughlin). The eulogy was given by Ione Morash with the reflections of Ed’s live given by Kevin Prince on behalf of the Iron Workers of Local # 771. The International Association of Bridge Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron workers Local #771 served as an Honour Guard with all of those who worked and knew Ed named as Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Dean Morash and Ivan Morash serving as Urn Bearers.
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- Ardy Allan. It is with deep sorrow that the family of Ardy Allan Olm wish to announce his passing. Ardy was called home peacefully on September 13, 2001. He was 80 years of age. Ardy was born in Springside, SK. on December 19, 1920. His family moved to Churchbridge, and at the age of 14 he started working on numerous farms. He proudly served his country during the Second World War and on his return took up farming north of Churchbridge. Ardy was united in marriage to Doreen Zentner on March 2, 1947. The family moved to the LaPorte, Eatonia area from 1954-1956, where Doreen taught school and Ardy sold Watkins and farmed until returning to Churchbridge to farm. In the late 1950’s Ardy and Doreen sold their farm and moved into the town of Churchbridge, where Ardy broke bush for a few years and then became the school custodian. They moved to Outlook from 1975-1979. Upon his return to Langenburg, Ardy became the Potashville Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement. Ardy was best known for his hospitality and sense of humour. He enjoyed card playing and fishing, especially with Ewald Schmeichel during visits to Porcupine Plain. He loved to bake, and friends and family enjoyed his many venitatas and chocolate cookies. Ardy will best be remembered, however, for his many years of self-taught furniture refinishing and love of antiques. Ardy was predeceased by his loving wife, Doreen in 1982; his parents, Adolf and Matilda (nee Stebner) Olm; his brothers Albert (Anne), Edwin(Lena), Eric (Muriel) and Gordon (Edna); his mother-in-law and father-in-law , Henry and Caroline Zentner; his brother-in-law, Albert (Elsia) Zentner and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ewald and Alvina Schmeichel. Ardy leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life; his children, Sandra (Ralph) Schaan, Linda Olm ( Bart Meeds), Jeffrey Olm (Dana Radbourne), Gregory Olm (Daye Maharaj); six grandchildren, Blaine (Michelle) Schaan, Chantelle Schaan, Sandra Maharaj and Nicholas Olm, and seven great grandchildren, Taylor, Kayla, Tenielle, Tamara, Brandi, Tory and Carter Schaan. Ardy also leaves to mourn his passing, his brothers, Lawrence (Irene) Olm of Vancouver, BC, Herbert (Hazel) Olm of Coquitlam, BC and four sisters, Alice (Garvin) Hoff of Westbank, BC, Georgina (Reg) Delgaty of Thunder Bay, ON, Audrey (Bud) Lewis of Brayside, ON and Delores (Ed) Drackenberg of Lanigan, SK; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Arlene Lloyd of Saskatoon, Dick and Louise Zentner of North Battleford, Dale and Jennine Brett of Calgary, AB, Edna Olm of Churchbridge, Anne Olm of Churchbridge and Elsia Zentner of Russell, MB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Ardy was well known in his community and he will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Funeral services were held Monday, September 17, 2001 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Geoffrey Johnston officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vallery Putland, led the congregation in singing the hymns “How Great Thou Art”, “Amazing Grace”, “In The Garden “ and “For Those Tears I Died”. The eulogy was given by Ardy’s nephew, Dale Schmeichel. A reflection and prayer was given by Pastor Ken Dressler. The men’s chorus, Calvin Kitz, Ralph Schaan, Glen Schaan and Gordon Weick sang the selection “Precious Memories”. Honourary pallbearers were Charlie Schultz, Leo Wirth, John and Elsie Griffin and all others who shared in Ardy’s life. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #250 also formed a guard of honour. Bud Boreen of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #250 placed a poppy on the casket in memory of Ardy. Ardy was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Blaine Schaan, Todd Schaan, Lowell Schaan, Chantelle Schaan, Donna Bily and Dale Schmeichel serving as pallbearers.
- Doreen Lillian (nee Zentner) Olm of Langenburg, Sask passed away at the Yorkton Union Hospital following a lengthy illness on Tuesday, April 20, 1982 at the age of 55 years. Mrs. Olm was born on November 14, 1926 at Wroxton, Sask, a daughter of Henry and Caroline (nee Andreas) Zentner. She was baptized in 1927 at her grandparents’ home at Landestreu by Rev. Meichsher. Her Godparents were Margaret and Jackie Andreas. When she was nearly one year old the family moved to Langenburg where she was raised and received her education. She renewed her baptismal promise in the rite of confirmation which took place at St. Paul’s Congregation at Marchwell in the spring of 1941. She took her teachers training in Saskatoon and then taught in a number of Sask schools. On March 2, 1947 she was united in marriage to Ardy Olm at Christ Lutheran Church in Langenburg. The couple lived on the farm near Churchbridge until the mid-fifties when they left the farm and moved to La Porte where Doreen taught school and Ardy worked as a salesman. In 1957 the family returned to make their home in Churchbridge where they resided until 1975 when they moved to Outlook, Sask, where they lived until January of 1980 when they moved to live in Langenburg. Mrs. Olm was active in her community and church. Her interests lay in the Churchbridge and Outlook local school bands; in the 4-H Knitting Club; and the Parkland Community College Courses of which upholstery and sewing were her favorites She also enjoyed reading, baking, camping and travelling. Mrs. Olm was very devoted to her home and her family. She was predeceased by her father Henry in February 1971, her mother Caroline in September 1981, and by one brother Albert in August 1981. She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband Ardy, two sons Jeffrey and Gregory both of Langenburg, two daughters, Sandra and her husband Ralph Schaan of Saskatoon and Linda Olm of Melfort. She also leaves four grandchildren; Blaine, Todd, Lowell and Chantelle Schaan; one brother Dick and his wife Louise Zentner of North Battleford, three sisters and their husbands Alvina and Ewald Schmeichel of Carragana, Sask , Arlene and Robret Lloyd of Saskatoon, Jenine and Dale Brett of Calgry, Alta and one sister-in-law Mrs. Elsa Zentner of Russell, Man. Funeral services were held from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge on Friday, April 23, 1982 with Pastor W.H. Eifert and Pastor Mel Murray officiating. The organist was Barbara Schaan and soloist JoAnne Desautels sang, “Nearer My God to Thee”, and “In the Garden”. The congregation sang the hymns “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”. Ushers were Glen Schaan and Erwin Becker. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with nephews, Timothy Zentner, Todd Zentner, Rudy Schmeichel, Dale Schmeichel, Leslie Lloyd and Jerry Olm as pallbearers.
- Gordon William Olm was born on June 9, 1924 at Springside, Sask to Adolf and Matilda (nee Stebner) Olm, the seventh son in a family of eleven children. He passed away peacefully on January 6, 2001 at the age of 76 years, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. Gordon was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He received his education at Logberg School. Following his schooling, he remained on the family farm north of Churchbridge, until he enlisted in the Army during World War II, and served overseas for four years. After the war, he came to Churchbridge where he farmed with his father. He married Edna (nee Yahnke) on October 15, 1948. Their union was blessed with four daughters. Gordon and Edna lived in the town of Churchbridge for several years. In 1954 they purchased their farm south of Churchbridge, which was to be their home for many years. Gordon and Edna farmed, had a hog farrowing operation and also kept bees. Gordon drove the school bus for nine years as well. He also served on the church council at Concordia Lutheran Church. In 1988, they purchased their home in Churchbridge , where Gordon resided until the time of his passing. In later years, Gordon loved going fishing and camping with their motor home and boat, with Edna and the family. He enjoyed coffee row with his friends. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and becoming a great grandpa was icing on the cake for him. Gordon and Edna celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1998, a beautiful occasion that they enjoyed immensely. Gordon endured many hard times in his life. A car accident in 1964 left him seriously injured. He got diabetes, and then cancer in 1990. Poor health unfortunately consumed more and more of his time. Kidney dialysis became a part of his life for the last 4 ½ years. Gordon eventually succumbed to renal failure. Gordon was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Albert, Ed and Eric; his sisters-in-law, Doreen (Ardy) Olm, Margaret (Lorne) Olm; brothers-in-law, Rick Delgaty and Les Hartford. He leaves to cherish his life and celebrate his memory his loving wife, Edna; his daughters, Yvonne (Elwood) Cherry of Churchbridge; Shirley (Larry) Ziebart of Dropmore, MB and their children, Craig (Barb), Kim (Terry) Huska and Colin all of Brandon; Donna (Daryl) Bily of Churchbridge and their children, Tamara (Sheldon) Sauser of Churchbridge, Tara of Churchbridge, Lorne of Saskatoon and Brad of Churchbridge; Debbie (Blaine) Hussey of Churchbridge and their children, Kristopher and Amanda, two great grandchildren Mitchell Sauser and Logan Ziebert; brothers, Ardy, Lorne and Herbert (Hazel); sisters Alice (Gar) Hoff, Georgina Delgaty, Audrey (Bud) Lewis and Delores (Ed) Drachenberg; his Godchild, Diane Stevens; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Gordon’s love for his family and keen sense of humour will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him. We will cherish his memory forever. A Prayer Service was held Monday, January 8, 2001 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Pastor Michael Bergman officiating. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, January 9, 2001 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Pastor Michael Bergman officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “Amazing Grace”, “In the Garden”, and “How Great Thou Art”. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Gordon’s grandsons, Craig Ziebart, Lorne Bily, Brad Bily, Colin Ziebart and Kristopher Hussey and grandsons-in-law, Sheldon Sauser and Terry Huska, serving as casket bearers. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Langenburg Branch #250 formed a Guard of Honour after the service, and Legion member Brian Ingjaldson laid a single poppy at the graveside.
- Baldur Magnus Olson of Churchbridge, Sask, died in the loving care of his family on Monday, June 26, 2000 at the Regina General Hospital. Baldur was born in Churchbridge on August 14, 1912, the eldest son of Alexander Oscar and Ingibjorg Thorunn Olson. He grew up on the family farm north of churchbridge and attended Thingvalla and Churchbridge schools. Due to his untimely death of his father in 1933, he had to assume, along with his brother, responsibility for the large farm operation. In 1938 he married Helen Bentdahl, his loving partner for 59 years, until her passing in April, 1997. In 1939, Baldur and Helen started a grocery store which they expanded to hardware and farm implements; they remained in business until 1964, when they built and leased out several local stores. Selling the business was the start of a second career- Baldur enjoyed 30 years as an Investor’s Group representative. At his retirement party his colleagues and clients honoured him as their trusted advisor and their friend. Baldur and Helen were devoted members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Baldur loved his community and served it well. He was a founding member of the Churchbridge Credit Union, was on the school board for 18 years, town council for 20, hospital board for 30, and was still an active member of the Churchbridge Business Association. He was an avid curler and was made an honourary member of the Churchbridge Curling Club in 1978. He was “Mr. Churchbridge” always encouraging new businesses to locate here. He also loved his home province and when he travelled he always told everyone he met that Sask is the most beautiful place in the world, in the best country in the world. Baldur had a great thirst for knowledge- he followed the news, the weather, the stock market and the Blue Jays with equal passion. Baldur accomplished much in his lifetime, but his proudest achievement was his family. Baldur and Helen were blessed with seven children, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Myrtle (Allan) Greve and their children, David, James (Alisa) and Christopher; Murray Olson and his daughter Sharlene; Bryan Olson; Allan (Arlene) Olson and their son Regan; Marilyn (Orville) Herron and their children, Keleah and Curtis; Muriel (Leslie) Beutler and their children, Mark, Lynelle and Matthew and Keith Olson and his son Jeffrey. His great grandchildren are Emma Lucy, Camille Myra and Margot Helen Greve, and Christian Olson. Baldur was predeceased by his brothers, Harold and Max, and leaves his sisters Margaret Hocking and Kristin Olson. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 30, 2000 from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, Sask with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The church choir accompanied by the organist, Vallery Putland, led the congregation in singing the hymns “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Rock of Ages”. The church choir sang the selection “What A Day That Will Be”. Baldur was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Erwin Becker, Chuck Wussow, Edgar Kaeding, Jim Wolfram, Glen Cowan, Harvey Sveinbjornson, Henry Putland, Duane Theaker and Joe Markusson serving as pallbearers.
- Bryan was born on June 21, 1949 to Helen and Baldur Olson of Churchbridge. Bryan’s childhood and early teen years were often disrupted by episodes of illness and hospitalization due to a blood disorder, but he never complained and often was a positive influence on others in the hospital. Bryan took his schooling in Churchbridge and he had many good times with siblings and friends. He enjoyed outdoor rink hockey, backyard ball games and living in a household that was a hub of activity. He attended and was confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. When he was 16, Bryan began full time work with the IMC mine in Esterhazy. In 1970, he left home to work in various positions in mines in Alta and B.C. During the years of 1977 to 1988, he worked for and later purchased The Target Tunnelling Co. in Strathmore, Alta. This offered challenging and interesting work experiences. It was also during this time, that he purchased a convenience store in Kamloops, B.C., worked closely with his brother, Keith, and met and married his wife, Linda Summerhays. Later, Bryan worked in various jobs in B.C., Columbia, South America and in northern Sask, as a mining superintendent and safety supervisor. In January, 2000, Bryan came back to his hometown of Churchbridge. He was a wonderful companion and caregiver for his father in Baldur’s last 6 months of life. They enjoyed many common pastimes-they kept a keen eye on the stock market and were dedicated hockey, ball and golf fans. Bryan proved himself to be a great cook and for the first time in his life, became an avid and successful gardener. He enjoyed his neighbours, young and old and was surprised at his adaptation to small town life again. Bryan passed away May 3, 2001. Bryan was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Baldur Olson; his uncles, Harold and Max Olson and Terry Hocking and by his aunts, Mae and Helga Olson and Virginia Redstone. He leaves to mourn his passing, his six brothers and sisters; Myrtle (Al) Greve of Ancasater, Ont; Murray Olson of Las Vegas, Nevada; Allan (Arlene) Olson of Saskatoon, Sask; Marilyn (Orville) Herron of Saltcoats, Sask; Muriel (Les) Beutler of Whitewood, Sask; Keith Olson of Navan County, Heath, Ireland. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
- Helen Myra Olson of Churchbridge died in the loving care of her Lord and her family on Tuesday, April 8, 1997. She was born on July 24, 1917 to Edward and Augusta Bentdahl, who farmed south of Churchbridge. Her parents were charter members of First Lutheran Church, and family life centered on the church, service to the community and work on the farm. Helen attended Liscard School, where she was an excellent student. On October 21, 1938, Helen married Baldur Olson and for the next 59 years they were partners in business and in the raising of their seven children. At the time of Helen’s passing, Helen and Baldur were the longest continuous residents of Churchbridge, the community of which they gave so much of themselves. Helen was a supreme homemaker renowned for her cooking, baking and gardening. Many a new baby was comforted by her beautiful handmade quilts. She was an avid reader and was always up-to-date on current events and her favourite sports teams. But her greatest vocation was serving her God through her faithful and active participation in Trinity Lutheran Church. She lived every day in the spirit of her confirmation verse: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7). Helen’s greatest joy was her children and grandchildren, who, along with Baldur, will be sustained by wonderful memories. Helen was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Virginia Redstone, who died April 7, 1997. Helen and Virginia leave to mourn: their sister, Audrey Koehler and her husband, Bob, of Toronto; and Grant Bentdahl and his wife Jane of Portland, Oregon. To celebrate her many gifts to them, Helen leaves to mourn her beloved husband, Baldur of Churchbridge; her children and their spouses, Myrtle and Allan Greve, Murray, Bryan and Keith Olson, Allan and Arlene Olson, Marilyn and Orville Herron, and Muriel and Les Beutler; her adored grandchildren, David, James (Alisa) and Christopher Greve, Sharlene, Regan and Jeffrey Olson, Keleah and Curtis Herron, and Mark, Lynelle and Matthew Beutler; and her great grandchildren, who both honour her by bearing her name, Emma Lucy Helen and Camille Myra Greve. “Your courage, humour and strength were unbeatable. Although they said your disease was untreatable you never gave up your faith and nor did we who loved you. God saw fit to take you to his gentler world where there are no days and years and faith is true.” Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, 1997, from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Reverend Daryl Solie presiding. Helen’s granddaughter, Keleah Herron, offered the special selection “How Great Thou Art” on the trumpet. Her grandson, David Greve played “Elegy” on the flute. The organist, Alice Johnson, accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, “Amazing Grace”, and “How Great Thou Art”. A duet “Until Then” was sung by Vallery Putland and Audrey Solie and Joleen Cherland sang “Under His Wings”. The Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Choir offered “What A Day That Will Be”. Helen was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Margaret Eyjolfson, Doris Putland, Neta Sveinbjornson, Lucille Putland, Valerie Entz, Nita Sauser, Lorrie Thies, Diann Putland, Rose Prince, Anna Dressler and Virginia Lomenda acting as Honourary Pallbearers. The casket bearers were Leslie Beutler, Mark Beutler, Lynelle Beutler, Keleah Herron, Orville Herron, Curtis Herron and David Greve.
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- Lawrence William (Red) Paget – Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, it is with deep regret that we announce the death of Lawrence (Red) Paget, on Thursday, August 8, 2002, at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Man, at the age of 81 years. Red was born in Churchbridge, SK, and worked on a farm in his early teens. He rode the rails and worked along the way. At the age of 16, he joined the Armed Forces and served overseas in the Royal Canadian Army, “C” Troop, 21st Field Battery, 6th Field Regiment, Second Division as a gunner. He was very proud of his several war medals. He married his wife Jean Cramer in 1947. After their marriage, Red and Jean moved to Winnipeg, where their two daughters, Shirley and Donna were born. In December of 1986, Jean passed away. Two years later, in 1988, Red met his second wife, Annette, marrying in 1989. Together they enjoyed life by traveling to Texas for the winters and spending summers in Canada, visiting their family and friends. Over the years, Red was employed as a mechanic, truck driver and also worked for Good Year Tire as a Shipper/Receiver, where he took early retirement. For several years during the summer months, he enjoyed managing a campground. Red was involved in the Manitoba Senior Men’s Curling Provincial Playdowns. He enjoyed curling, playing baseball, golf, cards and pool. Red was affiliated with the Royal Canadian Legion, Montecassino Branch No. 178, and the Eagles Club No. 3870. Red will be lovingly remembered by his wife Annette, of 12 years of marriage; his daughters, Shirley (Ray) and Donna (Tim); 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; sister Sheila (Gilbert) and their two children; brothers, Ronald and his two children, and Leonard and his child; stepchildren, Arlene Evans (Ben), Lorrie Choptuik, Virginia Cross (Fred), Joey Choptuik (Shelley) , Randy Choptuik (Karen), and Maria Ducharme(John); 11 step grandchildren, and 4 step great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean; brothers, Albert and Arthur, sisters, Selma, Edna, Idella, Phyllis, Hazel; parents Edith and William Paget; also Minnie Cramer Anderson, Francis Cramer and George Anderson. On Tuesday, August 13, 2002, at 1 p.m. ,Red’s funeral service was held in the Deer Lodge United Church, 2093 Portage Avenue at Belviderre Street, Winnipeg, MB. A private family interment took place later in Churchbridge, SK. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Richardson, Gil and Wade Margetts, Jason Spearey, Nickolas Melnychuk, Ray and Darcy Blommaert, Fred Michael, Robert Cross, Lorrie, Randy, and Joey Choptuik. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the staff at the Health Sciences Centre for their special care, and to everyone else who touched his life.
– Margaret. A resident of Churchbridge from 1908 to 1956, Margaret Paget passed away in Regina on April 16, 1983. Margaret Paget was born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota in 1897,the youngest of seven children (five brothers and one sister). She moved with her parents to Churchbridge when she was eleven years old (1908), where her father built the first grain elevator. She completed her schooling there and went on to attend teacher’s college in Saskatoon, after which she taught school for several years in the Churchbridge and Redpath areas. On April, 18, 1923, she married Ted Paget and they resided in the Churchbridge district having three children, a son Milton, a daughter Verda and the youngest, a son Clayton. In her nearly 50 years at Churchbridge, she was very active in the United Church, where she was organist for many years and deeply involved with the teaching of Sunday School. She was active over the years in the Churchbridge Homemaker’s Club and was a life member. She was also very actively involved in charitable work, particularly the Red Cross. Her husband, Ted, passed away at Churchbridge on September 21, 1954. In 1956 she moved from Churchbridge with her youngest son Clayton to Saskatoon where she resided for one year while her son completed his education. In 1957 she moved to Regina where she worked at several positions for nine years until her retirement in 1966. For the past 10 years, she was a resident of the Heritage at 2153 Lorne Street, Regina, where she enjoyed the companionship of all Heritage residents until her recent hospitalization. She had been a member of Westminister United Church in Regina since moving there and was involved with the Friendship Club. She is survived by her three children, Milton and wife Elsie of Saskatoon, Verda Kaeding and husband Arthur of Calgary, Clayton and wife Vivian of Regina, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held at Westminister United Church, Regina, April 19 with interment at Churchbridge Cemetery.
– Howard Pedrick, age 78, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2009 with his family by his side at the General Hospital, in Regina, SK. Howard was born on August 14, 1930 in the district of Young, Sask., the oldest son of Hubert and Lillian Pedrick. The family moved to the Solsgirth district in 1933 where he attended Dowsford School. Howard farmed with his mother after the death of his father, and also worked for Harry Bourne’s John Deere Agent and Garage. In November 1953, he moved to Flin Flon to work for a trucking company but then moved back to the farm in the spring of 1954 and started working at Derry Ashcroft’s garage. In 1956, he worked for Nield Brothers in Virden, but returned once again to Solsgirth in 1960 and bought Derry Ashcroft’s Garage. Howard married Donna Lane, daughter of Fred and Ethel Lane on July 31, 1965. Solsgirth was their home where Howard ran the garage and Donna had a hair shop. Howard started working at IMC in April of 1966. They moved to Churchbridge in August of that year. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Cindy and Tracy. Howard found a new life with the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He spent many hours donating his time to the community. He was a member of the Churchbridge Fire Department for 23 years, a charter member of the Churchbridge Lions Club, and a dedicated member of St. Andrew’s United Church. You could always count on him to lend a hand. Over the years Howard enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. He also loved to spend time in his shop fixing, tinkering and building. Gardening, playing cards and having coffee with neighbours and friends also brought him great joy. After Howard’s retirement from IMC in 1993 his coffee routine was Wojo’s in the morning which included many bantering sessions and Perception in the afternoon checking out the boys’ activities. When Howard received the news that he was going to be a Grandpa he built a cradle. All four grandchildren, Cassidy, Teagan, Jake and Dez have slept in this cradle, which has become a family heirloom. Family was very important to Howard. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Hubert Pedrick and Lillian Brown, step-father, Jack Brown; brother, Kalvin Pedrick; father-in-law, Fred Lane. Howard leaves to celebrate his life, his loving wife of 44 years, Donna; his daughters, Cindy (Bruce) and their children Jake and Dez; Tracy and her children Cassidy and Teagan; half-sister Shirley Brown; sister-in-law Eleanor Pedrick; mother-in-law Ethel Lane; brothers-in-law, Jim (Darlene)Lane, David (Gail) Lane and Tom (Darlene) Lane; sisters-in-law, Laura(Norman) Graham and Tammy(Harold) Graham, and many nieces, nephews and special friends. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, SK with Reverend Chang Lee of the Saltcoats United Church officiating. The organist, Myrna Jenson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “Teach me, God, To Wonder”, Give To Us Laughter” and “In The Garden”. Howard was remembered in tribute and eulogy by his daughter, Cindy Basken. A private family cremation committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Bruce Basken serving as the urn bearer.
– Father William Davis Pope passed away suddenly on March 12, 2004 in Langenburg, SK at 84 years of age. William was born on September 2, 1919 in Toronto, ON. He served overseas during World War II and upon returning home he attended the University of Toronto where he was ordained an Anglican Priest in 1953. After briefly serving a parish in Thunder Bay, he moved to western Canada. He served in parishes in Raymore, SK, Pincher Creek, AB and Hope, BC before coming to the New Sumner Parish in October of 1980 as parish priest. He oversaw the final building stages on Christ Anglican Church, Churchbridge, having his first service in December, 1980. William retired and purchased a home in Churchbridge in June, 1986. Father Bill continued to conduct church services long after his retirement as well as play the organ for services, funerals and other special services. He was known to be very good to the sick and bereaved. He loved symphony and opera music and one would often hear it in the background when talking to him on the phone. He loved children, animals, cats, and dogs, always making a fuss over them. He looked forward to seeing Mallie, a golden lab, and Ginger in the care home. He will be remembered as a good friend and priest. Bill will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Bill is survived by his brother, Ted of Caledon, ON; seven nieces and nephews and 21 grand nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge, SK. with Reverend John Matheson and Mel Waddle officiating. The organist, Mr. Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “I Feel the Winds of God Today”, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, “The Strife is O’er, The Battle Done” and “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of The Coming of the Lord”. Bill’s nephew, Ted, played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes during the service and later “Skye Boat Song”, “Green Hills/Battle’s Over” and “Wings” as recessional music. The interment took place at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Brian Basken, Bruce Basken, Brent Basken, Gordon Park, Bill Johnston, Glen Miller and Gordie Pope serving as casket bearers.
– Ada (nee Peart) Potts, beloved wife of the late Edmund (Ted) Potts of Churchbridge, Sask passed away, February 26, 1993 at the Centennial special Care Home, Langenburg, at the age of 82 years. Ada was born June 7, 1910, one of four children born to Arthur and May (Graham) Peart of Birtley, County Durham, England. Ada received all her formal education in England. Her mother died when Ada was ten years old and at fifteen years of age she went to work on a farm as a milkmaid and shepherdess. She later worked as a scullery maid in a hotel. Ada was raised on cobble streets among brick yards and gas works and truly enjoyed the open fields and flowers of the farms. This freedom of the open space led her to emigrate to Canada at the age of 18 years. She came alone by ship and by train across the endless prairies to work at a farm in the foothills north of Calgary, Alta. Three years later, she returned to England to see her family and again went to work on a farm, milking as many as 14 cows each morning. Later she worked for her Uncle John in his butcher shop at Tow Law. While working on a farm, Dan’s Castle, she met and married Ted Potts on May 11, 1935 at the Parish Church, Tow Law, County Durham. Ada and Ted started married life as farm workers at South Linton Farm, where their first son, Richard, was born in 1938. A year later they came to Canada where they worked on farms in Alta and Man until 1950, when Ted began working on road construction and subsequently moved to Churchbridge in 1953. Ada brought one more son, Kevin and two daughters, Lucy and Dawn into this life of wide open prairie spaces, flowers and blue skies. Ada managed, along with the hard work of raising a family and coping with little money and few luxuries to bring the joy of flowers and humorous wit, sprinkled with poetry to the lives around her. She was a very faithful church member being raised in the Anglican Church first, then attending the United Church for many years and then in 1978, was confirmed in the Anglican Church. She spent many hours in her garden and enjoyed showing her accomplishments in the annual agricultural fair. She became a lifetime member of the Churchbridge Agricultural Society. Illness forced Ada to seek assistance to living in 1989, and she moved into the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg in 1990. She was well cared for and even though she could no longer get around alone, she was a continuous source of witty humour and poetry. A special thanks to all who looked after her or touched her life in any way. Ada was predeceased by her loving husband, Edmund James Potts, in 1984; a niece Pearl Beauchamp, in 1987. Ada will be sadly missed by her sister Jean and her loving husband John Spearman of Northumberland, England; her children Richard Potts, Lucy Livingston, Dawn Dressler and her husband Francis, and Kevin Potts and his wife Linda; her grandchildren Christine, Faye, Chrissy, Ruby, James, Colin, Michelle, Tabitha, Ginger and six great grandchildren. Prayer services were held on Monday, March 1, 1993 from Christ Anglican Church, Churchbridge, with Rev. Pauline Tiffen officiating. Funeral services on Tuesday, March 2, 1993 also from Christ Anglican Church, Churchbridge with Rev. Pauline Tiffen officiating. Rev. Bill Pope led the choir and congregation in singing the hymns” Unto the Hills”, and “The Lord’s My Shepherd”. Ada was laid to rest beside her husband in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with honorary pallbearers being Nell Prier, Patricia Miller, Joy Tatton, Verna Brenner, Ruth Shackleton and Irene Vaughan. Active pallbearers were Colin Dressler, Arnold Brenner, Brian Basken, Charlie Schultz, Mel Yanke and Lawrence Yanke.
– Edmund James (Ted) Potts, beloved husband of Mrs. Ada Potts of Churchbridge passed away on March 21, 1984 at the Regina General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 72 years of age. Mr. Potts was born April 23, 1911, at West Wharmely Farm, County of Northumberland, England. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah (nee Cairns) Potts. He grew up in England and also received his education there. On May 11, 1935 he was united in marriage to Ada Peart and the couple continued to reside in England where Mr. Potts worked on farms in the country as a stockman. The couple remained in England until May of 1939 when they immigrated to Canada to live. Following this, the couple resided in various places in Western Canada where Mr. Potts continued to work with livestock. In 1953 the couple moved to Churchbridge and shortly thereafter Mr. Potts started the Potts Construction Company; a firm which built and maintained roads in and around the general area. During this same period of time he purchased land in the Churchbridge district and started to clear bush on the land when not busy working on road building. Mr. Potts continued to own and operate his construction company until 1967 and at this period of time, he started to become more involved with his farm. He remained very active on the farm until 1974 when his son took over the working operation of the farm. Mr. Potts was an individual, who took pride in his work whether building and maintaining roads, clearing bush or working his farm. They had to be done correctly and in an efficient manner. He was a person who was very skilled with his hands whether repairing equipment used in construction work or his machinery on the farm; his equipment was always in good running order. After retiring from the farm he continued to repair different articles around his home and the occasional lawnmower for a neighbour. In his spare time he did a lot of work with wood products. He also took an active interest in the affairs of the community being a board member of the Churchbridge Credit Union for ten years. He also took a responsible interest in the affairs of the Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed by those who were very close to him. Mr. Potts was predeceased by his parents and one sister. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Ada; two daughters, Lucy Livingston, Burnaby, BC, Dawn and her husband Francis Dressler, Churchbridge; two sons, Richard and his wife Lottie, Burns Lake, BC; Kevin and his wife, Linda, Churchbridge; one brother, Ernest, one sister, Mrs. Nellie Hedley; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 24, 1984 from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge with Rev. William Pope and Rev. Don Shepherd officiating. The organist, Mrs. Irene Vaughan, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns “I Can Not Tell” and “Unto the Hills”. The recessional hymn was the “Nunc Dimittis”. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, with Joe Alen, Mark Tatton, F.W. Wussow, Stewart Haslen, Keith Day and Harvey Sveinbjornson as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Russell Thies, Glen Griffin, Dale Kotzer, David Gerhards, Eric Walker and Randall Slager.
– Mabel (nee Chychowski) - Mabel’s brave battle against leukemia ended on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, at Royal University Hospital, Sasktoon, SK, at the age of 54 years. Mabel began her life in the Sugarloaf district of Manitoba (Grandview), a daughter of Paul and Mary (Kaban) Chychowski on May 22, 1945. She attended school in Sugarloaf. Mabel was united in marriage to Mike Pulock on November 9, 1963. They were blessed with five children. Mabel worked at Grandview Motor Inn and Onofrechuk’s Hardware at Grandview for many years, until the family relocated to Churchbridge, SK, in 1982. In Churchbridge, Mabel was employed at IGA and the Churchbrige High School. Mabel worked as a custodian at Churchbridge High School until her illness prevented her from working any longer. Mabel was a dedicated wife, mother, gramma, sister and friend. This was very evident in how close her family ties are. It was important for Mabel to spend as much quality time with her children and grandchildren as possible. Another love of Mable’s was her flowers and garden. You could quite often find Mabel working in her backyard, or just relaxing and admiring her hard work. It seemed that she could never have enough flowers. However, Mabel was always willing to take a coffee break when one of her many friends would stop by. She treasured her many friendships dearly. Mabel always looked forward to her favourite time of the year, Christmas. It was so important to her to have her family home and to prepare as much food as she possibly could. She worked hard in having Christmas perfect in every way. Even her Christmas tree was decorated with great pride. Christmas this year was perfect, with Mabel putting on the best face she possibly could despite feeling so weak. Mabel loved camping and fishing. Mabel and Mike’s campsite always seemed so busy with many friends and family. She was always willing to share her fishing stories and brag about the amount of fish she caught. We are sure Pyott’s West Campground will not be the same without Mom. Some of Mom’s other enjoyments were bowling and, of course, shopping with her girls. Even when Mabel was tired and sick in Saskatoon, she still managed to get some shopping time in. Mabel was her family’s leader and mentor. She worked hard for her family and wanted happiness for all. Her family always looked to her for guidance and support. She was a great mother, wife and gramma; she was also a great friend. Mabel will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. We love you Mom and will hold you in our hearts and memories forever. Mabel leaves to mourn her passing: husband, Mike Pulock of Churchbridge; sons, Dwain (Lorelei) Pulock of Saskatoon, Darren Pulock (special friend Donna Benesh) of Saskatoon; daughters, Darlene (Brian) McNabb of Gilbert Plains, Debbie (Brian) Basken of Churchbridge, and Cynthia (Allan) Semeniuk of Saskatoon; grandchildren, Billy-Joe McNabb, Jimmy-Lee McNabb, Terry-Lynn McNabb of Gilbert Plains, Chantelle Pulock of Saskatoon; brother Matt (Shirley) Chychowski of Brandon; sisters, Olga Chychowski, Annie Kachan, Lillian Kozakowski, all of Grandview; brothers-in-law Stanley Kaminski, Mike Kostiuk, both of Grandview; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends. Her parents, Paul and Mary Chychowski; sisters, Teenie Kaminski, Nellie Kostiuk; brothers John and Pete Chychowski, predeceased Mabel in death. Prayer services were held Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, February 21, 2000 at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge with Rev. Fr. John Baptist Okai officiating. The organist Laceylyn Chyz, led St. Mary’s Choir and the congregation in singing the hymns “I Was Full of Joy”, “Peace Is Flowing Like a River”, “Amazing Grace”,, “I Will Raise Her Up” and “ I Will Never Forget You”. The pallbearers were Dwain and Darren Pulock. The readers were Sharon Kaczur, Barb VanCaeseele and Lynette Kaminski. The gift bearers were Russell and Amy Titanich, and communion ministers were Joe DePape and Cedric and Shirley Van Drecht. Altar servers were Jordana and Justine Daum, and ushers were Joe DePape and Alphonse Richels. Casketbearers were David Pulock, Orest Kachan, Daniel Kaminski, Eugene Kachan, Perry Sawchuk and David Kozakowski. All those in attendance at the Prayer Vigil and Funeral Services were asked to consider themselves as honourary casket bearers. Following interment services at the Churchbridge Cemetery, a reception for family and friends was held at the Churchbridge Community Center.
– Michael Ernest Pulock, age 71 years, of Churchbridge, SK, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the Langenburg Health Care Complex, Langenburg, SK. Michael Ernest Pulock was born May 28, 1938 at Grandview MB, a son of Henry and Nellie (nee Yurkiw) Pulock. He attended school in Grandview until his parents moved north of Grandview where he then attended Artemisia School and later took correspondence classes at Plainview School. After finishing school, Mike went logging and spotting pulp wood in the Duck Mountains. He took a job later working for Bud Windfield, scrubbing and piling bush in the area. Mike worked for Keating Construction in the Brandon and Minnedosa areas. One summer he worked for the CN Railroad in Portage La Prairie. That is where Mike purchased his first GMC half-ton truck. Returning to Grandview, Mike and his brother Ed took up hauling freight within the town of Grandview. Mike married Mabel Chychowski on November 12, 1963. Mike and Mabel were blessed with five children; Darlene, Dwain, Debbie, Cynthia and Darren. Mike started up a business of his own, hauling livestock until the closing of the stockyards in Grandview. He then delivered fuel for the Grandview Co-op and later worked for the Town of Grandview until an injury forced him to take up another occupation. Mike and Mabel decided to relocate to Churchbridge, in February, 1982 where Mike started truck driving for Kleysens Transportation in Esterhazy. In 1989 Mike suffered a heart attack forcing him to quit truck driving. He then decided to join Mabel in a janitorial position at the Churchbridge High School. After losing Mabel to leukemia in February, 2000, Mike decided to retire from janitorial work and began working part-time at the wood mill, for Russ Titanich. Mike was predeceased by: his parents, Henry and Nellie Pulock; his wife, Mabel, in 2000, and an infant sister, Linda Pulock. Surviving to mourn and cherish many fond memories are: Mike’s five children, Darlene (Brian) McNabb of Gilbert Plains, MB, Dwain (Lorelei) Pulock of Saskatoon, SK, Debbie (Brian) Basken of Churchbridge, SK, Cynthia (Allan) Semeniuk of Saskatoon, SK and Darren (Donna) Pulock of Saskatoon, SK; seven grandchildren, Billy-Joe McNabb, Jimmy-Lee (Nancy) McNabb, Terry-Lynn McNabb, Chantelle and Shaelynn Pulock, and Kyan and Nolan Benesh; one great grandson, Bryson McNabb. Also surviving are: one brother, Edward (Elsie) Pulock; four sisters, Jean (Alex) Lehky, Shirley Mykolaishyn, all of Grandview, Marlene Kotyk of Roblin, MB and Betty (Ken) Rubeniuk of Gilbert Plains MB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Prayer Vigil Service was held Monday, June 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Hector Seville officiating. The organist Myrna Jenson, led the congregational hymns “Peace Prayer”, “Peace is Flowing Like a River”, “Amazing Grace” and “I Will Never Forget Him”. Donna Pulock delivered the eulogy. Altar servers were Arnold and Barb VanCaeseele and readers were Gil Boyle and Elaine Pollock. Gift bearers were Chantelle Pulock and Terry-Lynn McNabb and communion ministers were Joe and Elaine DePape. Pall bearers were Dwain and Darren Pulock and ushers were Bruce Basken and Daniel Kaminski. Casket bearers were Billy-Joe McNabb, Jimmy-Lee McNabb, Nolan Benesh, Kyan Benesh, Jeremy Rubiletz and Julian Revet. Following the interment services at Churchbridge Town Cemetery a reception was held from the lower hall of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
– Doris Louise Marie Putland (Boreen) of Churchbridge passed away on Monday, December 13, 2010 at the Langenburg Health Care Centre at the age of 95 years. Doris was born on J uly 8, 1915, to Alvin and Esther Boreen (Dahl) on a farm south of Churchbridge (Sec. 5, Twp. 22, Rge.32, W1) She was the first of their thirteen children (five girls and eight boys). In her childhood, Doris attended Liscard School and Churchbridge School till she completed her Grade 8 education. At that time she began helping with her parent’s farming operation and doing casual work for neighbours. She milked many cows, did field work using a team of horses, and was able to do just about anything required, especially during harvest. Doris was a neighbour to Henry Putland, her eventual suitor. They were married on November 20, 1935 and resided on the Putland farm for the remainder of their life together. During their 69-year marriage, they raised fourteen children; three boys and eleven girls. Henry and Doris were mixed farmers. Doris helped with the hatching eggs, milking cows, and gardening. She was a homemaker and helpmate to Henry in the farming business and a full-time Mother. Gardening and flower arranging were summer hobbies, while winter hours were spent crocheting afghans for her family. Doris was a Sunday School teacher, 4-H leader, Agricultural Society member, LWML member, Band Booster and assisted many organizations needing an able volunteer. Doris and Henry continued to farm until their son Ron took over the farm around 1980. Henry and Doris continued to live on the farm. Doris loved the farm and spent her entire life’s journey on the farm right up to the last month when care was needed, and she became a palliative care resident at the Langenburg Care Home. Doris knew faith her entire life, and it became her comfort and strength in her final journey on earth. She began her faith journey with her baptism on August 15, 1915 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at Churchbridge. She reaffirmed her baptism through her confirmation on April 3, 1932. Her steadfast faith and humble spirit are examples she set for her family throughout her life. Doris was predeceased by her husband Henry (2005); son Ron (2010); brothers, Bud, Dale, Ray, Donald, Curtis, Hugo and Pun; sister, Betty Bjarnason, brothers-in-law, Don Martin, Herb Bjarnason and Ewald Ittermann; sisters-in-law, Shirley Boreen, Carol Boreen, Patsy Boreen and Merle Boreen; niece Coralie Boreen; and grandchildren through marriage, Tim Kereluk and Claudia Wagner. Doris is survived by her brother, Scott Boreen; sisters, Ila Martin Eva Kaeding and Iris Ittermann; brother-in-law Edgar Kaeding, sisters-in-law, Anita Boreen, Alva Boreen, Esther Boreen and Joyce Boreen; children, Barbara/Arnold VanCaeseele (Churchbridge), Kay/David Hamers (Summerland, BC), Violet/Lloyd Farmer ( Marchwell), daughter-in-law Vallery Putland (Churchbridge), Fern/Harold Wagner (Churchbridge), Gale/Barry Strong ( LaCorey, AB), Janice/Dean Schendel (Yorkton), Sandra/Earl Kitz (MacNutt), Gwen/Art Just (Yorkton), Doug/Sandra Putland (Prince Albert), Wanda/Glen Radbourne (Gerald), Garnet/Eveline Putland (Churchbridge), Colleen/Frank Albert (Vegreville, AB) and Devonna Putland (Moosomin); 47 grandchildren; 66 great grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Saturday, December 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, with Reverend Jeff Dul officiating. Interment followed at the Churchbridge cemetery. Pallbearers were granddaughters Lois Wilson, Pearl Marchioni, Crystal Hawcutt, Lauri Putland, Pamela Werle, Carlene Stevens, Shannon Strudwich, Krista Just, Jocelyn Putland Wiebe, Carrie Radbourne, Deidra Schaan and Rebecca Yurko. Honourary pallbearers were all in attendance.
– George Amos Putland, beloved husband of Mrs. Lucille Putland of Churchbridge passed away on August 3, 1983 at the Plains Health Center in Regina following a brief illness. He was 80 years, 10 months and 12 days of age. Mr. Putland was born September 21, 1902 in Riversdale, Northwest Territories, the son of Amos and Mary Putland. He grew up on his parents’ farm and received his education at Dovedale and Churchbridge Schools. After completing his education he remained on his parents’ farm helping them. On June 27, 1934, he was united in marriage to Lucille Swanson. Following this the couple lived on a farm that they rented for a short period of time and in 1936 they purchased their own farm and they continued to live and farm until 1968 when they retired and purchased a home in Churchbridge. While living on the farm Mr. Putland was a member of the United Grain Growers. Mr. Putland enjoyed working in his garden, spending many long hours caring for the vegetables in the garden and the flowers that decorated his home. He was an active member of the Churchbridge Agricultural Society. In his spare time he loved to do woodwork and in his leisure time he liked to go fishing with members of his family. Mr. Putland was predeceased by his parents’; one son, Theodore. To await the joyous reunion in heaven, he leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Lucille; his father-in-law, Oren Swanson; three daughters, Vivian and her husband Alphonse Richels, Churchbridge; Elaine and her husband, Joe DePape, Churchbridge; Gloria and her husband George Sveinbjornson, Burlington, ON; five sons, Robert and his wife, Marion, Calgary, AB; Stanley and his wife, Marjorie, Malakwa, BC; Keith and his wife, Jan, Langley, BC; Gary and his wife, Laurie, Whitehorse, Yukon; Daryl and his wife, Rose, Whitehorse, Yukon; daughter-in-law, Bertha Remenda; two brothers, Eddie Putland, Qualicum Beach, BC; Henry Putland, Churchbridge; five sisters, Mrs. Nellie Karstad, Abbotsford, BC; Mrs. May Galbraith, Qualicum Beach, BC; Mrs. Violet Taylor, Bredenbury; Mrs. Edith Malcolm, Fort Qu’Appelle; Mrs. Dorothy Sinclair, Fort Qu’Appelle; twenty grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held August 6, 1983 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor James Gorentz officiating. The congregation sang the hymns, “Our God, Our Help In Ages Past”, Amazing Grace”, “Chief of Sinners Though I Be” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”. The organist was Mrs. Vallery Putland. Interment followed in the family plot in Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Sandy Fraser, Philip Daum, Robert Basken, Ed Vaughan, Bud Boreen and Herb Bjarnason as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Brian Swanson, Greg Swanson, William Putland, Ron Putland, Garnet Putland and Dennis Putland.
– Henry August Putland of Churchbridge passed away June 12, 2005, at his home at the age of 93 years. Henry was born the tenth child of Mary (Baimbridge) and Amos Putland on April 24, 1912, at the home farm in the Dovedale District. He was the last surviving member of his birth family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Doris (Boreen) and his fourteen children, eleven daughters and three sons; Barb (Arnold) BanCaeseele, Churchbridge, Kay (Dave) Hamers, Summerland, BC, Violet (Lloyd) Farmer, Marchwell, Ron (Vallery) Putland, Churchbridge, Fern (Harold) Wagner, Churchbridge, Gale (Barry) Strong, LaCorey, AB, Janice (Dean) Schendel, Yorkton, Sandra(Earl) Kitz, MacNUtt, Gwen (Art) Just, Yorkton, Doug (Sandra) Putland, Prince Albert, Wanda (Glen) Radbourne, Gerald , Garnet (Eveline) Putland, Churchbridge, Colleen (Frank) Albert, Vegreville, AB and Devona, Moosomin; 47 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Henry lived his entire life and raised his family on the home farm near Churchbridge. He was baptized into God’s family July 7, 1912 and later confirmed his faith on August 20, 1939 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. His prayer was that the good Lord would let him remain in his home until his death, and that prayer was answered. Henry began farming in 1932 as the third generation to farm the home place. On November 20, 1935, he married his life mate, Doris, and together they worked and raised a large family on that same farm. Later, he also worked at the IMC potash mine. In his retirement, Henry dabbled at aspects of gardening, rock collecting, and enjoying his ever-increasing family. Henry was active in the Churchbridge Agricultural Society and the 4-H Community Club as a leader. He was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003. He served on the local school board, the RM of Langenburg council, and church council throughout the years. He received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service in 1976. Henry enjoyed taking people out to his rock shed for a tour of the best cut rocks, or his newly made ropes, or down to his own museum in his basement. He was a local historian who enjoyed sharing many stories and showing his many artifacts. He spent many hours in the Churchbridge community flower garden tending to the flowers. He knew many people and left us all with a lot of fond memories. Henry was one never said goodbye, but left us with “so long”. The funeral service was held on June17, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Daryl Solie and Vicar Mark Chang officiating, and Alice Johnson serving as organist. “Free Spirit” provided special music. Pallbearers were grandsons, Alvin VanCaeseele, Trent Farmer, Russel Putland, Scott Wagner, Greg Schendel, Troy Kitz, Kirk Just, Drew Putland and Erich Albert. Honour guard was provided by Hope Circle Bible Study Group. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Interment was at the Churchbridge Cemetery.
- Lucille Marie Eleanor (nee Swanson) was born in Wintrop, Minnesota, USA, to Oren and Anna (nee Dahl) Swanson on June 18, 1913. Lucille was confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on April 3, 1932. Lucille married George Putland on June 27, 1934 at Churchbridge. Lucille was devoted to her church and God. She taught Sunday School for 50 years, sang in the church choir and was a longtime member of the Ladies Aid and later the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and also of the church choir. A 4-H Leader in the Potato and Photography Clubs, Lucille also loved the Agricultural Society especially the fall fairs, when each year she prepared baking and vegetables for judging. She loved her garden and grew a variety of flowers. She enjoyed family times spent together, fishing, camping and traveling to visit her children from coast to coast. In 2005 Lucille's health made it necessary for her to become a resident of the Langenburg Centennial Care Home. She lived happily there until her peaceful passing on August 15, 2010, with her family at her side. Lucille was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Oren Swanson, her husband, George; her sons, Ted, Stanley and Keith; her daughter-in-law, Janet and grandson, Aaron Putland; her brothers, Cliff and Don Swanson; her son-in-law, Alphonse Richels and her brothers-in-law, Henry Putland and Edward (Vera) Putland.
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– Martin Rathgeber, beloved husband of Emily Rathgeber of Churchbridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 83 years of age. Martin was born on November 12, 1915 at Goodeve, SK, the son of Andrew and Katherine Rathgeber. He was baptized in the Goodeve Lutheran Church on November 28, 1915 by Pastor Guse. He received his schooling at Southview School in Lorlie before beginning to farm. On December 16, 1943, Martin was united in marriage with Emily Ulmer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Melville, and the couple was blessed with four children. Martin and Emily farmed until 1962, when they moved to Churchbridge. Once in Churchbridge, Martin became a barber, an occupation he enjoyed for over 30 years. Martin enjoyed all types of sports, woodworking, and gardening. He was an active member of his community and became a charter member of the Churchbridge Lions Club. A highlight in Martin’s life occurred last year, when he took his first plane ride to see his grandchildren. Martin was predeceased by his father, Andrew and his mother, Katherine (nee Hollinger); his sisters, Caroline, Julie and Margaret; and his brothers, John, Jack, Louie, Henry and Fred. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Emily of Churchbridge; his children, Leona (Bill) Kiittler of Churchbridge, Bob (Shirley) Rathgeber of Sparwood, BC, Darlene (Steve) Knutt of Edmonton, AB, and Randy (Darlene) Rathgeber of Edmonton, AB; his nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, William (Margaret) Rathgeber of Fort Qu’Appelle and George (Joyce) Rathgeber of Calgary, AB; a sister, Mary Steffan of Melville as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. A graveside funeral service was held Friday, September 3, 1999 at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Pastor Michael Bergman presiding. The musical selections were sung by the Friesen family, good friends of Martin and Emily. Carrying Martin’s urn to his final resting place were his sons, Bob and Randy.
– Carman Scott Reetz was born August 9, 1963 in Langenburg, SK. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Churchbridge and attended the Churchbridge School. Carman’s childhood was not easy, but as a result, as a grown man he learned to work and was not afraid to try any type of job. Carman was always willing to help out wherever he could. He worked at various jobs including the oil rigs for several years, farming most of his life, working on a couple of ranches and cleaning corrals. He loved the cowboy way of handling cattle with horses and could be found often watching the old westerns like Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Last winter he was the caretaker of the Churchbridge arena and was really looking forward to doing it again this year. He made many little friends who called him “the Zamboni guy” and he was proud to watch his little pre-novice team do well in a game Carman enjoyed curling, camping and going for drives to see the countryside. He loved to visit and have a game of whist, almost always outbidding everyone else with a really good hand. He was easy to talk to and had an infectious laugh. Carman loved his in-laws dearly, Sylvia like a mother, Barb like a sister and Harvey and Howard like his brothers, who he could always count on and really appreciated the many times they came over to give him a hand. He was one of the family and will be greatly missed. On July 17, 1999, Carman married his soul-mate and best friend, Beatrice Rosin. When they bought their new home they had many plans to change things and have a long, happy life together. His most recent job was with DJ Miller Construction of Langenburg where he really enjoyed the work and the guys he worked with. Carman loved life and had many dreams for the future, but this ended tragically on August, 24, 2005 with his accident. Carman was predeceased by his mother, Loretta (Matt) in 1987; a sister, Lorraine, in infancy; and a brother, Larry, in 1992. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory his loving, wife, Beatrice, of Churchbridge; his mother-in-law, Sylvia Rosin, of Bredenbury, his brothers-in-law , Harvey and Howard Rosin of Bredenbury; his sister-in-law, Barbara Neovard (Fred) and their daughters, Nicole (Terrance) and Cathy of Regina; his father Gerd (Verna) Reetz of Churchbridge; brothers Randy (Donna) and their daughters, Krystia and Shalayna of Edmonton and Walley of Edmonton; nephews, Kevin and Mark of Prince Albert; aunties, uncles, cousins and special friends Jimmy and Shirley Melynchuk of Churchbridge. A Prayer Service was held on Monday, August 29, 2005 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK with Daryl Solie officiating. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge, SK with Pastor Daryl Solie officiating. The organist, Alice Johnson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with John Pollock, Ron Sveinbjornson, Gary Sveinbjornson, Stan Brenner, Jerry Kaeding and Rick Poier serving as casket bearers.
– Elizabeth Reetz of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home and formerly of Churchbridge, passed away on Friday, April 9, 1993 at the nursing home. She was 95 years, 7 months, and 27 days of age. Hertha Templin was born in Wilisafs West Prussia, Germany on August 13, 1897. She was the third of six children. She lived at home and helped on the farm until her marriage to Paul Reetz in 1922. The couple lived in various parts of Germany where their three children were born: Waltraut, Clara and Herbert. Paul came to Canada in the fall of 1927. Hertha, with three small children, aged 4, 2 and 9 months, came to Langenburg in the spring of 1928. They lived in Langenburg until the fall when they bought a farm in the Beresina district. Clara died of polio the following year. One son died as an infant and two at childbirth. Gerd was born in 1938. They moved to a farm in the Thingvalla district in 1948, and farmed until retiring to Langenburg in 1957. Paul died in 1973, and Hertha lived alone until her heart attack in 1977. For a period of time she lived with her children, Waltraut, Gerd and Herbert. In 1984, she entered the Anderson Lodge, and following a serious operation in 1988, she became a guest of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home where she resided until her passing. Hertha leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Waltraut (Philip) Adams; sons, Herbert (Lois) and Gerd (Verna); a sister Ilsa Parpat of Saskatoon; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, 1993 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor Gary Schenk officiating, assisted by Vicar Darlene Harrison. Organist, Lorna Nechvatal, accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Cemetery, with Clarence Adams, Douglas Reetz, Robert Reetz, Carman Reetz, Bradley Guenther and Trent Guenther as the pallbearers.
– Loretta June Lorraine Reetz, beloved wife of Gerd Reetz of Churchbridge, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, January 27, 1987 at the Langenburg Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was 46 years, 7 months and 27 days of age. Loretta was born June 1, 1940, in Yorkton, SK, the daughter of Jacob and Hertha (nee Schrader) Matt. She grew up on her parents’ farm in the Beresina district and received her education in the Beresina School, and completed her education in the Bredenbury School. During this period of time she attended the Beresina Lutheran Church and was confirmed there in 1954. On October 16, 1959, she was united in marriage to Gerd Reetz and the couple began to farm northeast of Churchbridge. During the twenty seven plus years of marriage, five children were born; Carman, Randy, Larry, Walley and Lorraine, who passed away in infancy. Loretta had a number of interests, among them gardening and baking, as well as being an avid hockey fan, a sport in which her sons were always involved. Mrs. Reetz was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Hertha and an infant daughter, Lorraine. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her loving husband Gerd; four sons, Carman of Churchbridge; Randy and his wife Donna of Swift Current; Larry and Walley both of Churchbridge; one sister Mavis and her husband, Dennis Stacey of Calgary and their children, Cindy and her husband, Rick LaBelle and Cameron Stacy all of Calgary; and numerous relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, January 30, 1987 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, with Rev. Hugh Farmer from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Yorkton officiating. Organist, Mrs. Alice Johnson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Jim DePape, Art Johnson, Glen Schaan, Mike Sarafincean, Orlin Schrader and Ernie Corroll as the pallbearers.
- Adrian Douglas Regehr of Bredenbury, Sask. was taken from us suddenly on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the age of 26 years. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Churchbridge Curling Rink with interment following in the Churchbridge Cemetery.
– Mamie Amolia Katherine Reles (Schrader), December 3, 1908 to August 19, 2007. Mamie Reles was the youngest of, and the last remaining of 13 children, born to Henry and Minnie (Batge) Schrader in the Beresina District northeast of Churchbridge on December 3, 1908. She completed Grade 8 in the Beresina School and remained at home to care for her family until after her mother’s death on April 2, 1933, and her father’s death on August 19, 1935. Mamie married Clem Reles on September 12, 1937. Mamie and Clem built a life for themselves, first by working out on farms, finally by purchasing their own farm west of Churchbridge in 1941. They were blessed with three daughters and one son. Mamie and Clem farmed until their daughter and her husband purchased their farm in 1977. At that time, they retired to Churchbridge, where Mamie lived until ill health forced her to move into the Centennial Special Care Home in 2005. Mamie was a hard- working, loving woman with determination to remain independent as long as possible. She excelled at anything she felt was important enough to spend time doing. She had a feeling of pride that she could drive her car until she was 90, and could help out all “those old people” by giving them rides to get groceries and mail. She welcomed visitors into her home and was a good listener and hostess. Mamie never forgot a birthday or anniversary and felt pride and satisfaction that she was able to write long and newsy Christmas letters until she went to the care home. When Mamie became a grandmother and great grandmother, she truly excelled in that occupation. The Sears catalogue came out in August, and she would start Christmas shopping. She always had the “grandkids’ candy pail” stocked; the grandkids always came first for her, and the love they had for their grandmother demonstrated that special relationship. Mamie passed away on August 19, 2007 in the Centennial Special Care Home in Esterhazy. Mamie was predeceased by her parents, all of her siblings, her son Ralph in 1962, and her husband Clem in 1979. Mamie leaves to mourn her death and celebrate her life, her three daughters and their families; Marlene (Bob) Daniel of Tantallon, SK and their children, Kent(Lee) Daniel of Tantallon and their children, Andrew, April and Amy; Terry (Patricia) Daniel of Tantallon and their children Taylor, Cassie and Lauren; Penny(Dale) Kulsar of Esterhazy and their children Tennille and Derek; Donna (Norm) Overland of Churchbridge, SK, and their children, Davin(Laura) Overland and their daughter Samantha; Darcy Overland (Iftekhar Kalyar) and their daughters Nadia and Sonia; Valinda (Larry) Ecklin and their children, Dale(Alvin) Ternes and their children Elise, Karalyn and Jaret; Todd(Lonnie) Ecklin and their children, Kim, Kayla and Dallon. Mamie also leaves numerous relatives and friends to remember her. Mamie will be a missed and cherished as a “Spicy Woman” in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
– Alphonse Joseph August Richels was born to Amelia (nee Hinz) and Anton Richels on September 6, 1927 in Annaheim, Sask. Alphonse was one of nine children, Joseph, Leo, Martha, Alois, Alma, Elsie, Evelyn and Alvin. In his early years, aside from playing fox and goose and hauling water on a stoneboat with their horse King, he attended Mintern School until Grade 8, which required him to walk to school with gunny sacks on his feet for boots. Alphonse then began his working career as a jack-of-all-trades man as a car mechanic, truck driver, oilfield worker and a Cat operator. In 1948 Alphonse gained employment at Quill Lake, Sask as a mechanic, which is where he met his bride-to-be and the love of his life, Vivian Putland. In July, 1958 wedding bells rang and their life together began. With Alphonse working for the RM of Leroy and Vivian as a teacher, in 1965 they moved to Churchbridge where Alphonse pursued Cats and brush-cutting. Alphonse and Vivian had five children, Kim, Dwayne, Wesley, Trevor and Ryan. Alphonse grew up with music in his soul. With Alphonse playing guitar, his father and brother, Leo, playing violin and his other brother, Alois, playing banjo, they entertained many. Alphonse passed on his musical talent and started his own family orchestra with Kim on accordion and vocals and Wes singing back up. Alphonses’ family was his pride and joy. He always showed interest, pride and support with his children. Whether it was making spontaneous trips to Regina or showing his boys how to properly put his tools back in their place, he was always very happy and content when his family was together and enjoying each other’s company. Alphonse became a very proud grandfather with 14 grandchildren; Alicia (Dermot), Vinnie, Bryce, Blaise, Christal (Cory) , Derek, Dallas, Brittnee, Lindsay, Todd, Allison, Beth, Rylee, and Rogan, with one great grandchild, Wyatt. His deep voice and strong appearance may have fooled come, for his heart melted when his grandchildren were around. “Papa”, held a very special place in his grandchildren’s hearts and he will be dearly missed. Alphonse was predeceased by his father and mother, Anton and Amelia; his brothers, Joseph and Leo; his sisters, Evelyn and Elsie, and his father-in-law George. Alphonse is survived by his wife, Vivian; brothers, Alois and Alvin; sisters, Martha and Alma; his children, Kim (Bruce) Nixon, Dwayne (Glenda) Richels, Wesley (Lisa) Richels, Trevor (Darcy) Richels, Ryan (Amanda) Richels; his 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; his mother-in-law, Lucille; as well as many good friends. Alphonse will always be remembered for his golfing, skidooing and fishing interest, his bear paw hands, prankster sense of humour and his pride in his and his family’s accomplishments. He will be greatly missed but forever remembered. We love with all our hearts and we will miss you greatly. Funeral services were held Monday, October 9, 2006 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, Sask with Pastor Kyung-Hyun Kim officiating. The organist, Vallery Putland led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Amanda Richels remembered her father-in-law in tribute and eulogy. The cremation committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with granddaughter Christal Raven, serving as urn bearer.
– Lynn Orville Roset, beloved husband of Linda Roset of Churchbridge, passed away on Friday, June 13, 1986 at his home in Churchbridge following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 35 years of age. Lynn was born December 6, 1950 in Langenburg, SK, the son of Alf and Mona (nee Letkeman) Roset. He grew up in Churchbridge and received his public and high school education at the Churchbridge School. Following the completion of his education, he worked with his father on the farm. On September 25, 1971 in the Pentecostal Church in Yorkton, Lynn was united in marriage to Linda Erickson. Following their marriage the couple took up residence in Churchbridge and the following year Lynn started to work for IMC at Esterhazy. Lynn continued to work at the potash mine as a scale operator until February of this year when poor health forced him to leave work. As Lynn’s health started to fail him, he was forced to enter the Yorkton Union Hospital and later the Pasqua Hospital in Regina for a period of time. He remained at home with his wife and children until being called by the Lord on Friday, June 13, 1986. Lynn enjoyed the out-of-doors; one of his greatest loves was camping with Linda and the children. The family travelled west every summer to spend their holidays in BC camping. Lynn always liked the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the beauty of the countryside and the companionship of his family. In his leisure time he liked to listen to music. Lynn’s greatest love was his wife and children; he loved to play for hours with the children and liked the involvement with other children taking an active part in coaching minor ball with children. A loving and devoted husband and father, he will be greatly missed by his wife and family, his parents, and those individuals who had the opportunity to know and work with Lynn. Lynn was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother, Ole and Anna Roset. He leaves to mourn his death, his loving wife Linda, sons, Sheldon and Shane; daughter, Chrissy, all at home; his mother and father Mona and Alf Roset of Churchbridge; one brother, Roald of Saskatoon; and many close family friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June17, 1986 from the Pentecostal Church in Langenburg with Pastor Randy Seib officiating. Organist, Cathy MacKenzie, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Tyler Jabs, Wilf Verner, Glen Griffin, Michael Muzylowski, Ron Neusteater and Grant Heinrich as the honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Mel Hicks, Gene Daum, Jim Wolfram, Wally Muzylowski, Brian Johnson and Garnet Prince.
– Ernest Barry Rothenbush was born on September 17, 1946 to Ernest and Emilie Rothenbush in Yorkton, SK. He was baptized on November 17, 1946 in the Ev-Lutheran Church. His godparents were Liz and Rudolf Rathgeber. He was confirmed on April 15, 1962 by Reverend Marvin Goertz. Barry attended school at the Churchbridge Public School. After leaving high school, Barry took an electronics course in Yorkton which taught him to repair radios and televisions. He enjoyed working with electronics and started this career in Yorkton. After a couple of years in Yorkton he moved to Calgary to continue working there. After a few years Barry decided to return to Churchbridge where he took a position at the IMC potash mine. He worked as an instrumentation technician until he retired before the age of 50! Finding it too quiet after retirement, Barry decided to go into business with friends. They purchased a motel in Wolseley and operated that for several years. After getting out of the motel business Barry embarked on another career; investing in the stock market. He enjoyed watching the stocks and kept meticulous records of the stocks he invested in. This was an interest he maintained until his passing. Barry also had a great passion for cooking and food. He had an extensive cookbook collection and many binders of hand-written recipes. Barry passed away in his home on Monday, November 28 at the age of 65 years, due to heart failure. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernie and Millie, an infant sibling, and numerous aunts and uncles. He leaves to mourn his passing, his aunt Laura, Aunt Liz and numerous cousins and friends. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from the Braendle-Bruce Funeral Chapel, Russell, with Rose Kieper officiating. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery.
- Lome Rubiletz, second child of Peter and Rose (nee Olenick) Rubiletz, was born on March 30, 1950 in the back seat of a '42 Chevy en route from MacNutt to the Yorkton Union Hospital. Lome's sister Deanna was born in 1947. The Rubiletz family lived on a farm near MacNutt, but moved to a farm near Rothbury after Lome's brother Ed was born in 1953. Brother, Rick and sister, Gwen arrived later in the '60s. Lorne spent his early school years in Chaucer and Rothbury Country Schools, finishing them in Churchbridge. Lorne left Saskatchewan for Calgary, AB seeking work. It was on June 6, 1970 in Calgary that he married Elaine Grant. While in Calgary, Lorne and Elaine enjoyed spending time with Ed, Deanna and her husband, Dave, and Elaine's family. They had two children there: Randean (1970) and Melanie (1973). Lorne worked at Burns Meats Packers, then for the City of Calgary. In 1975 they moved back to the Rothbury family farm where Lome and his brothers farmed with their father. They were all active in hockey, broomball and fastball. Lome and Elaine had their third child, Jeremy, in 1979. A few weeks later Lome started working for the IMC Potash Mine near Esterhazy, where he continued to work until May 2011. Lome, Elaine and family moved to Churchbridge in 1984 where they became an integral part of the community. They both became involved in minor sports. Lome spent years coaching both baseball and hockey. He was involved with the Lions Club and was the current president. Lome's children and grandchildren were everything to him, and he spent as much time as he could with each and every one of them, doing all of the things that they liked to do. He really enjoyed hanging out with niece and nephew, Meaghan and Kane. His selflessness was incredible. Lome loved the Montreal Canadians, fishing, hunting, camping, quadding, snowmobiling, sports, crosswords, golf, and making beer and wine. He was thrilled with the return of the Winnipeg Jets last year. He was always singing, dancing and whistling. Joy was to be found even in the smallest of duties. Lome didn't get mired down with the stresses of life, but maintained a childish/playful attitude in everything he did. Music was huge in Lorne's life, and he was always lying on the floor in front of the stereo with his headphones on, lost in his own musical world. He eventually started playing guitar himself so that he could jam with his friends and family to share his love of music. Lorne was predeceased by his brother, Ed (1977), his mother, Rose (1981) and father, Peter (2009). He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life: his wife Elaine; his daughter, Randean (Tim), his daughter, Melanie (Marco), his son, Jeremy (Mandy); grandchildren, Phaedra, Jake and Ella; his sister, Deanna (Dave); his brother, Rick; his sister, Gwen (Matt) as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. A Service to Celebrate Lorne's Life was held on Friday, February 10, 2012 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, SK (under the auspices of the United Church of Canada) with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, "Morning Has Broken", "Give To Us Laughter" and "Would You Bless Our Homes and Families". Two special recessional pieces were played by his son-in-law, Marco Banco in tribute to Lorne's love of music - "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" (Fred Rose/Willie Nelson) and "The Theme from the Last Waltz" (The Band). The urn bearer was Lorne's brother-in-law, Matt Matcyk. The Cremation Committal will take place at a later date.
– John Rubletz of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home and formerly of Churchbridge, SK passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2003, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 89 years of age. John was born in the Wroxton district, the son of George and Anne (nee Wasylenchuk) Rubletz. He received his education at the Chaucer School and worked on the family farm. As a young man he left home to work in the bush camps. When John returned home he made his home on the farm where he continued to reside until his retirement. While living in Churchbridge, Jack as he was known to his friends, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and watching hockey and baseball. He lived in Churchbridge since his retirement and just six weeks ago entered the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg. As his health worsened he moved to Yorkton just a week prior to his passing. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. John was predeceased by his parents, George and Anne; his brothers, James and Nick; and his sisters, Jennie Pitts, Bella Eftoda, Helen Gilchuk, Rose Calanchie and Doris Morash. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, a brother, Mike Rubletz of Churchbridge; a sister, Lillian Morash of Roblin, MB, and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 from St. Andrew’s United Church in Churchbridge, SK. with Reverend Nel Owens officiating. The organist was Mrs. Vickie Kaminski. The interment service followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Gordon Rubletz, Glen Morash, Mike Sarafincean, Ron Vovchuk, Brian Rubletz and Terry Rubletz serving as casket bearers.
- Mike Rubletz, beloved husband of the late Nora Rubletz, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with his family by his side. He was 87 years of age. Mike was born on September 4, 1923 in the Rothbury District of Sask, the son of George and Annie (nee Wasylenchuk) Rubletz. He attended school in the district and worked on the farm with his parents. On August 5, 1950, Mike was united in marriage to Nora Malynyk and they made their home in Yorkton until 1958 at which time they began farming in the Rothbury School District, north of Churchbridge. They were blessed with five children, which included two sets of twins. In 1986, Mike and Nora retired from the farm and moved into Churchbridge. Mike was predeceased by his wife, Nora; his sisters, Jenny, Helen, Bella, Lillian, Doris and Rose; his brothers, John and James and one brother, Nick in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, two sons, Brian and his wife, Darlene of Yorkton and Terry and his wife, Theresa of Russell, MB; three daughters, Sandy and her husband David of Langenburg, Barbara and her friend, Colin of Saskatoon and Sherry and her friend, Chris of Bredenbury. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Evelyn Smith of Winnipeg, Manitoba; twelve grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of good friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 4, 2011 from Knox United Church in Bredenbury, with Thom Carnahan officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal led the congregation and members of the Knox United Church Choir and Friends in the hymn singing. Following a reception in the Bredenbury Community Hall, the interment service took place in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Nolan Rubletz, Chantel Rubletz, Lori Mitschke, Chris Solonenka, Brandon Simpson and Steven Noble serving as the casket bearers.
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– Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sauser of Churchbridge passed away on February 9, 1983 at the Langenburg Union Hospital following a brief illness. She was 82 years of age. Mrs. Sauser was born December 1, 1900 in Cassville, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Matthew and Mary (nee Dunkel) Reles. She came to Canada and Sask as a young girl with her parents and settled on a farm in the Calder district. She grew up on the family farm and received her education at schools in the area. After completing her education she worked at the hotel in Bredenbury and also for Dr. MacKenzie. She also worked as a housekeeper for a number of families in the area. On June 25, 1929, in Esterhazy she was united in marriage to Lawrence Sauser. The couple purchased land southwest of Churchbridge and they continued to farm there until the fall of 1963 when they retired and bought a home in Churchbridge. Mrs. Sauser had continued to reside in her home until just a few days ago when failing health forced her to enter the hospital at Langenburg. Mrs. Sauser was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Churchbridge and was a charter member of the Catholic Women’s League of St. Mary’s . Mrs. Sauser enjoyed working in her garden and she loved to grow different varieties of plants and flowers and enjoyed the beauty from them. A devoted mother, she loved to cook and was a very good cook. She liked to cook and bake for the members of her family. In her spare time she spent many hours doing a great deal of crocheting. She will be sadly missed by her family and many of her close friends. Mrs. Sauser was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; and two sons in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing, two sons, Jack and his wife, Kristin Sauser, and Tony and his wife, Mae Sauser, both families residing in Churchbridge; three daughters, Marion and her husband, Maurice VanCaeseele, Prince George, BC; Lucille and her husband, Francis DeCorby, Rose Valley; Angela and her husband, William Mark, Yorkton; one brother, Christopher Reles, Langenburg; one sister, Mrs. Hilda Reusch, Vancouver, BC; and 24 grandchildren. Prayers were held February 11, 1983 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Father Norman Marcotte officiating. Mass of the resurrection was held February 12, 1983, from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Norman Marcotte as the celebrant. Lorelie Haydt was the organist. The reader was Rita Heinrich and the altar boys assisting Father Marcotte were James Chopty and Rob Wintonyk. Interment followed in the family plot in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were; Rose Nechvatal, Ruth Malcolm, Ethel Hinrikson, Joan Anderson, Hulda Herron, Joa Johnson. Active pallbearers were: Kenneth Sauser, Allan Sauser, Stuart Sauser, Brian Mark, Maury DeCorby and Delmar DeCorby.
– Francis Thomas Sauser, "Tony", as he was commonly referred to by family and friends, was born on the family farm southwest of Churchbridge on September 1, 1938. He was the fourth of five children born to Lawrence and Elizabeth (nee Reles) Sauser. Tony attended Liscard School and after completing his education, he began his lifelong passion for farming and mechanics. On July 10, 1965, Tony married Norma Mae Bruce, daughter of Joe and Norma Bruce. They were blessed with five sons. Tony loved the farm, and he also enjoyed golfing, hunting, trap shooting, and most of all his flying. He would also spend many hours in the shop building and modifying all kinds of things. And if he couldn’t find a spare part, you could be certain he would make one. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Lawrence Sauser, two brothers, both in infancy; his father-in-law Joseph Bruce; his sister-in-law, Sheila Renaud; his brother-in-law, Ewan Bruce and his niece, Wendy Holland. Tony leaves to celebrate his life, his loving wife of 43 years, Mae; his sons, Allan (Kendra) and their daughter Alek, Stuart (Leanne) and their children, Tyler and Laken, Michael and his children, Austin and Lauren, Gary (Linda) and their children, Rylan and Jayde and Colin (Tracy) and their children, Tori, Taiya and Tessa; his brother, Jack (Kristine) Sauser; his sisters, Marion (Maurice VanCaeseele, Lucille (Francis) DeCorby, Angella (William) Mark; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors and dear friends.
– Johannita (Nita) Anna Sauser was born on March 20, 1922, the third child of Valentine and Matilda Becker. She was baptized on April 17, 1922 in Beresina by Reverend Bierlien, and confirmed November 15, 1936 in Rothbury. She grew up on the family farm near Churchbridge, which her family had moved to in 1928. Nita and her older sister Mandy were still very young girls when they started helping their mother at harvest time, making meals and serving 8-10 men who were on the threshing crew. Before school, they would help get breakfast ready and wash dishes. After school they would help milk the cows and gather the eggs before helping to prepare supper for the crew. After dishes and preparing food for the next day, they would wash the kitchen floor before going to bed. They also helped care for their seven younger siblings as they came along over the years. Nita took all her schooling in Churchbridge and when she was a teen and considered old enough to earn a wage, she went to work for other families in town. Nita married Ubert Sauser on August 1, 1954, and they were blessed with one son, Daryl. They farmed for 24 years. Nita was very involved, helping to milk the cows, raising chickens and growing a big garden. They retired to Churchbridge in 1978. She was a member of the Agricultural Society and at fair time, she always took home many blue ribbons for her delicious baking and beautiful flowers. She was an avid gardener and loved watching things grow. The beautiful huge peony that grew every year in her front yard was her pride and joy. Nita enjoyed curling (where she was a lifetime member of the Churchbridge Ladies’ Curling Club), golfing and bowling, and kept very active well into her 80’s. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church and of the LWML. For many years, Nita went over to the church early on Sunday morning to change the altar paraments, and to put coffee on for fellowship after church. Nita’s faith and family were her greatest joys. A visit or phone call from Daryl would brighten her day, and she so enjoyed when one of her many friends or family would drop by for a visit, especially a little great-niece, who lovingly called her “Tita”. One of the highlights of her later years was taking an airplane trip to Minneapolis to help celebrate her sister-in-law’s 100th birthday. After Ubert’s passing in 1989, Nita remained in her home until 2006, when she moved into the Churchbrige Manor, and enjoyed 5 years there before entering the Langenburg Care Home in 2011. It was there she passed away peacefully on Thursday evening with her son by her side. Nita was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband Ubert in 1989; and a son in infancy; her brother Wally in 1994, sisters, Marveleen in 1998, Elsie in 2000, Mandy in 2002, Sylvia in 2010; and brother, Ron in 2012. She is survived by her loving son Daryl (Regina); her sister Erna (Fred) Hutchings (Esterhazy), sister, Hilda (John) Kurucz (Churchbridge); and brother, Erwin (Bernice) Becker (Churchbridge); and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, with Reverend Jeff Dul officiating. Organist, Shannon McIntyre played the hymns. Eulogists were Sheila Hintz and Ellen Spilchen. Active pallbearers were: Nolan Becker, Ryan Becker, Dwaine Bourgette, Mark Hintz, Greg Hutchings and Donald Kitzul. Honourary pallbearers were: Nita’s Goddaughters, Sharon Andrade, Shannon McIntyre, Sheila Hintz and all others in attendance. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery.
– Lawrence Cornelius Sauser passed away suddenly February 14, 1981 at Churchbridge. Born November 15, 1900, in Lakeville, Minnesota, the oldest son of John and Mary Sauser, he came with his parents to the Churchbridge area in 1913. In 1929 he married the former Elizabeth Bells and the couple farmed in the Churchbridge district until moving to Churchbridge in 1963. He served on the Liscard School Board for several years, and on the Churchbridge Rural Telephone Board. He was an active member of the Churchbridge Wildlife Federation and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Langenburg and worked towards the establishing of St. Mary’s Parish in Churchbridge. Funeral mass was said from St. Joseph’s Church in Langenburg, Wednesday Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. with Father N. Marcotte as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers were Gus Anderson, Howard Graham, Alvin Kaeding, Gisli Markusson, Joe Allen, George Putland and Allan Quant. Active pallbearers were Leslie Dutka, John Collins, Art Burman, Kim DeCorby, Kevin Mark and Kenneth Sauser. Ushers were Joe Markusson and Delmar DeCorby. He was predeceased by his parents; stepmother Christine Sauser; and two brothers, Jerome and Elmer He is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Churchbridge; two sons, Leonard (Jack) and Francis of Churchbridge; three daughters, Marion (Mrs. Maurice Van Caeseele) of Prince Goerge, BC, Lucille (Mrs. Francis DeCorby) of Rose Valley and Angella (Mrs. William Mark) of Yorkton; 24 grandchildren; four sisters, Beatrice Huben of Bredenbury, Ester Collins of Saskatoon, Rosella Schmidt of Excelsior, Minn. Lela Mann of Toronto; four brothers, Ubert of Churchbridge, Woodrow of Kamloops, Sylvester of Detroit, and Howard of Summerland, BC. He was well known and respected in the community and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
– Elizabeth. The death of Elizabeth Schmidt occurred peacefully at her residence the Luther Special Care Home on Saturday, April 6, 1996 at 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth was born on July 22, 1906 in Austria. She came to Canada in 1923. She married Alfred Schmidt in 1926 and they were blessed with three children. They farmed south of Churchbridge, SK until her husband’s failing health when they built a home in the town of Churchbridge. Elizabeth was a busy homemaker, enjoyed gardening, baking, reading, knitting and crocheting, but her family was always a priority. Alfred and Elizabeth worked hard on their farm, but also loved their church and raised their children in the Christian faith. They enjoyed curling and ball games, especially when their children participated. They enjoyed many card games with family and friends. School programs as well as community functions, were most often attended. Elizabeth and her husband enjoyed dancing as well, and often won a prize for an “Ole Time Waltz”. Elizabeth moved to Yorkton in 1958 and lived with her mother for several years as they were both widows. In 1974 she moved to Saskatoon to be near her children. She was one of the first residents of Luther Tower in 1978, but when she required nursing care she moved to Luther Special Care Home in 1988. There she enjoyed the care and love she received from staff, relatives and friends. She always enjoyed her game of “rummy” with her family. She participated in as many activities as she was able to, even a game of shuffleboard recently. Elizabeth will be fondly missed by her two daughters Ella (Rudy) Propp and Elsie (Milton) Paget of Sasktoon. Grandchildren: Janet (Wayne) Klippert, Whitehorse, Yukon; Carol (Jack) Marteniuk, Lloydminster, SK; Doug Propp, Grandora, SK; Keith Paget (fiancée Vivian Morgan), Calgary, AB; Donna Paget, Saskatoon; Randy Schmidt, Brandon, MB; Greg Schmidt, Calgary, AB and Connie (Robert) Leggett of Port Coquitlam, BC. Great grandchildren: Wesley and Tara Klippert, Whitehorse; Shalome Marteniuk, Esterhazy; Paul Marteniuk, Macklin; Jaime and Daniel Paget of Saskatoon and Shayla Leggett of Port Coquitlam; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband in 1954, her son Bruno in 1988, two grandsons, Donald Propp in 1964 and Terry Schmidt in 1989.
- Paul Gustav Scholz, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba April 10, 1927, son of Walter and Clara Scholz (deceased), attended school in Winnipeg and Langenburg as well as an Agricultural course at the University of Saskatchewan in 1950. Paul, along with his brother, Walter, farmed several quarters of land while working for their dad in the John Deere Agency in Langenburg. On July 17, 1949 he married Janet Kaeding and in the spring of 1952 their adventure began when they purchased a farm one mile south of Churchbridge. Paul raised livestock, as he was a natural with animals. He was especially proud of his Hereford stock that was used for his children’s top 4-H awards. He also grew a variety of crops. Devoted to his children he created countless ice rinks, toboggan runs, pony trails, a heated swimming pool and for over 20 years built a large nativity scene at the farm entrance. He served on various church committees, spent 18 years on school board – 2 years as chairman, was secretary for the Co-op board for 6 years and curling club, was a Director of the Telephone Co., Recreation Board and Sask Wheat Pool and sang in the church choir. He also encouraged his kids in their many 4-H projects. Paul is survived by his wife, Janet, son Al (Saskatoon) children Aaron, Luke and Elysse; son Jamie and Janet (Westbank, BC, daughters Regan and Mike Mizuno (Denver CO, Rachel and Neil Devchand and son Blake (Calgary); daughter Susan and Al Johnston (Regina) and children Stuart, Maxwell and Stacy; daughter Sally and Roger Bowman (Raleigh NC) and daughters Chantal and Natalie and Son Murray (Churchbridge; brother Walter and Reta (Langenburg) daughters Wendie, Debbie, Leslie and families; sister Clara and Harold Weitzel (Winnipeg) children Rick, Brenda, Bradley and families; brother Herb and Arni (Yorkton) children Gay, Guy and Holly and families and extended family and friends.
- Agnes Schultz, beloved wife of Oscar Schultz of Churchbridge, SK. passed away on Thursday, May 16, 1985, at the Yorkton Union Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer over the past year. She was 74 years, two months and 19 days of age. Agnes Rose Schultz was born on February 27, 1911 at Halbrite, Sk, a daughter of John and Rose (nee Ziehl) Wilgenbusch. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at the Sunnyside and Halbrite schools. She helped with all the family chores and did as much work as she could in helping to raise her brothers and sisters. As a young woman she worked out on her own for a short time. On June 20, 1933 she was united in marriage to Oscar Schultz at Weyburn. The couple resided in the Halbrite district for one year and in 1934 moved to farm northeast of Churchbridge. They farmed until their retirement in 1973 at which time they moved to Churchbrige to establish their retirement home. Mrs. Schultz was actively involved in the Church of God. She was a member of Women’s League and taught Sunday School for many years. She had a great love for music and singing. Mrs. Schultz was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, Dora in infancy, Florence Kearnes and Helen Townes and by a brother George Wilgenbusch. She leaves to mourn her passing, her beloved husband Oscar, three sons and their families; Daniel and Elnore of Yorkton and their children, Debbie (Rusty) Tamblyn of Calgary, Mark (Monica) of Oxford, England, Dawn of Toronto; Raymond and Nettie of Lethbridge and their children Cathy (Irvin) Fehr of Lethbridge, Quentin of Lethbridge, Candace (Merle) Rancier of Medicine Hat, Cory of Calgary, Connelly (Maria) of Milk River, AB; Melvin and Delphine of Lethbridge and their children, Roger of Lethbridge and Rhonda of Camrose, AB; one great granddaughter, Melissa Fehr; two brothers, Henry and his wife Kay of Weyburn and John and his wife Delores of Boggy Creek , MB; two sisters Alice McGrath of Williston, North Dakota and Grace, Mrs. Mrs. Henry Rolfes of Estevan; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Church of God in Churchbridge on Saturday, May 18, 1985 with Rev. Dan Bartel officiating. Pastor Art Riegal of the Salem Evangelical Church in Yorkton gave the eulogy. Attending the Memorial register was Shawna McGillivray. Ushers were Gerald Mehrer and Malcolm Adams. Organist was Betty Mehrer. Attending memorial donations was Kingsley Schappert. Soloist Jake Mehrer sang “I Won’t Have to Cross the Jordan Alone”. Honorary pallbearers were Emillia Alen, Joan Anderson, Evelyn Betke, Emma Frederick, Irene Vaughan and Emma Whitmarsh. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Walter Betke, Paul Frederick, Ken McGillivray, Charlie Schultz, Emil Slager and Milton Whitmarsh as the pallbearers.
– Charlie Schultz, youngest son of Pauline and Edward Schultz, was born March 15, 1928 in Halbrite, SK and passed away January 19, 2011 at the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg, SK at the age of 82 years. His family emigrated to Canada from the former East Prussia, and Charlie was the only one of seven siblings to be born in Canada. Being a first generation immigrant, he grew up speaking both German and English. In 1934 when he was just a boy, the family moved to the Churchbridge area and a year later homesteaded what would become the family farm. One of his first jobs as a young man was working with Norman Yanke to clear bush in the area by bulldozing with a Cat, and he also helped build roads during the “wet years”. He worked a couple of winters in ON in the bush camps, and also spent a winter in Prince George, BC peeling bark off of logs for the pulp mills. He purchased the farm, from his father around 1957, and married his first wife, Leona Rabel, in 1958. They had three daughters who were raised on the farm, and when he retired and moved into Churchbridge he sold the farm to his daughter Maxine and her husband. Charlie was alone for about 20 years, and then love bloomed. He married Evelyn (nee Harder) Batke in 1999, but their time would prove to be a short eight years together. They were good for each other and to each other, and he deeply felt her passing in 2007. During their time together they lived in Langenburg, and then Charlie moved back to Churchbridge once again. Growing up on the farm taught Charlie a certain practicality. For instance, you didn’t walk from the barn to the house without stopping at the woodshed on the way to pick up an armload of wood. It also gave him a love for nature, and he especially loved watching the antics of small animals like the birds, squirrels and rabbits. He became an accomplished welder and worked several winters at the potash mines to supplement the farm income. His welding abilities also meant he could help a number of local farmers with machinery repairs. If Charlie had a hobby, it was fixing things. Another aspect of his life was his faith. When he was a young boy, his family began attending the Church of God. It was during that time that he first met Jesus, but it would not be until later in life that he really felt God’s love reaching out to him. For the last 30 years he has endeavored to lead a quiet life of faith. Never one to talk about it much publicly, he never the less firmly believed that Jesus’ death and resurrection offered him guidance and strength in this life, and rejoiced at the rebirth he would experience in the next. Charlie deeply loved his children, and found great joy in the presence of his grandchildren. He was able to welcome 2 great-grandchildren into the family before his passing, and will be greatly missed by his family. He leaves to celebrate his life, his daughters, Pamela (Lonnie) Nulph, Maxine(Jerry) Sorrell, and Kimberley (Mel) Smith; and his grandchildren, Jeremy and Nathan Sorrell, Theron (Shauna) Smith, Cassy (Jason) Schellenbaum, and Chad Smith. While he is predeceased by all his immediate family, there remain those nieces and nephews and cousins and friends who will continue to smile when they remember his sense of humour, his loyalty as a friend, or his belief that “if you’re going to do a job, do it right the first time!” Funeral services were held on Monday, January 24, 2011 from the Churchbridge Church of God with Pastor AaronTalbot officiating. The organist, Pauline Besharah, and Michael Naylor led the congregation with the singing of the hymns. Charlie’s daughter, Maxine Sorrell, presented some special music for her Dad. A heartfelt eulogy was given by Nathan Sorrell on behalf of members of the family and a tribute in memory of Charlie was delivered on behalf of Bob Hazen by Lonnie Nulph. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetrey with Nathan Sorrell, Jeremy Sorrell, Cassy Schellenbaum, Theron Smith, Mel Smith and Chad Smith serving as the pallbearers.
– Oscar Schultz, the eldest son of Pauline Sonnenberg and Edward Schultz, was born on October 27, 1909 in Sehlen, East Prussia (now part of Poland), and passed away on August 18, 2005 in the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home. Oscar came to Canada with his parents, brothers and sisters in 1924, when they settled near Maple Creek, SK, moving to Halbrite, SK in 1927. There he married Agnes Wilgenbusch in 1933, and in 1934, with his wife and infant son, along with his parents and two other families, moved to the Churchbridge area to escape the Sask. Dust Bowl. Here they lived on a number of farms until Oscar and Agnes retired to Churchbridge in 1972. Agnes passed away in 1985. In 1990, he married Helen (Fehr) Harder, who spent countless hours by his bedside at Langenburg and lovingly cared for him and comforted him until his death. Along with his many years of farming, his neighbours soon found that they could place their trust in him to fairly represent themselves and to speak on their behalf. At times he served on the Logberg Telephone Company the Sask. Wheat Pool and the Beresina School Board. He was on many church related committees. He was a trustee for the Beresina Church of God , Sunday School Superintendent, and for many years was a Sunday School teacher at Beresina and in Churchbridge. He sang in the choir, served as song leader and sang in other musical groups. As a farmer, he broke and cleared the land, picked rocks, built fences, worked on threshing crews, baled hay for himself and neighbours, and was called upon as a veterinarian. He helped to build the telephone lines and the roads. He was one of the pioneers who helped to build our province. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He could name the birds, hunt duck and deer, and pick mushrooms. Many of his happiest hours were spent on the water with his pals, Albert Frederick and Milton Whitmarsh. He loved his family and grandchildren dearly. Often he would load up whoever happened to be there and drive them in the International truck to MacNutt for ice cream. Another highlight in his life was being able to return to Germany and Poland in 1990 to meet many relatives and to see his birthplace once more. In his later years, he often spoke of that trip. Oscar is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of Churchbridge; brother, Charlie and his wife Evelyn of Langenburg; a sister Hildegarde Dressler, of Saskatoon; and a brother-in-law, Henry Wilgenbusch, of Weyburn. He has also left to remember his life, his three sons Daniel (Crystal ) of Yorkton, Raymond (Nettie) of Lethbridge, and Melvin (Delphine) of Medicine Hat and their families. There are ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters –in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Arthur and John; two sisters Lena and Elfrieda; his wife Agnes; her parents; four of her sisters and two of her brothers. Oscar will long be remembered as a caring father, faithful husband, a friendly, helpful neighbour and a loyal friend.
– Gerhard Richard Reinhold was born in Falkenburg, Pomerania to the late Adolf and Amanda Schulz. After taking Grade 8, he took a trade at a textile wool mill. He served five years in the Army in World War II, a member of Flak-Lehr Regiment in Air Defense. He went to West Germany in 1946, where he met and married Gertrud Popken in 1947. They had one daughter, Margaret. In 1953 he immigrated to Canada, and came to Churchbridge, and worked for Cliff and Ruth Swanson on the farm. After moving to Wawenesa, MB, Gertrud and Margaret joined him, as he worked on a large farm. In two years, they returned to Churchbridge living on the Oren Swanson farm, where the first two cows were bought, and he worked for Roger Kaeding. The family moved to the George Zich farm, where they had cattle, pigs, chickens, and a team of horses, and rented some land. In 1963, a farm was bought north of Churchbridge. The farm animals were all his pets, and the dog Rex travelled in the truck with him everywhere. As Gertrud was sick with MS, they sold the farm in 1975, and bought a house in Churchbridge. Gertrud moved into the care home in 1984. Working for Bob Clark kept the summer busy for Gerhard. The typewriter and photocopier were always on the go as he wrote short stories to the German paper, and many letters to family and friends. Travelling was also on the list of things to do. Trips to Germany, California, Madge Lake and also Vancouver by train were greatly enjoyed. In 2005, he moved to the seniors’ unit in Langenburg, and in January, 2008 to Southview. For pastimes, he enjoyed reading, as he had many, many books, listening to his classical music, and mostly playing cards – schafskopf- and was very happy the grandchildren and spouses would play. This past September was a highlight, as visitors from Germany came – his niece Renate and her son Stephan and wife Evelyne, and Renate plays schafskopf too! He was very happy to be able to see his great grandson in February. He was very fond of visiting and enjoyed all the card games and get-togethers. Southview was a great place. He was very grateful for all the help he received. Home Care did a great job! Gerhard was predeceased by his wife Gertrud; sister, Herta Scholz; two brothers-in-law, and nephew Sigmar Santowski. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughter Margaret (Ruben) Weinheimer, granddaughter Marla(Chad) Allen, grandson Wayne (Natasha) Weinheimer, and great grandson Quinn Weinheimer; one sister, Gertrude; nieces and nephew and families. Gerhard will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 19, 2009 from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Langenburg, with Pastor Michael Bergman presiding. Maxine Werle played for the hymn singing by the congregation. Pallbearers were Marla Allen, Wayne Weinheimer, Norbert Goetz, Brian Cornelius, Chad Allen, Natasha Weinheimer, Fern Goetz and Edgar Weinheimer. All those present were considered honourary pallbearers. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Gertrud Helene Schulz passed away May 4, 2005 at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home at the age of 84. Gertrud was born January 9, 1921 in Jade, Germany to Wilhelm Dietrich Carl Popken and Helene Wilhelmine Catharine Popken (Diekmann). After schooling in Jade, Gertrud worked as a housekeeper and farm maid for about 12 years. Some of her early hobbies included biking, swimming and skating. She married Gerhard Schulz March 7, 1947. In April, 1954 Gertrud and daughter Margaret immigrated to Canada. They joined Gerhard and settled in Wawanesa, MB, for two years. A farm outside Churchbridge was their next home. Gertrud kept busy milking cows, raising chickens, and helping with haying. She especially enjoyed her garden and many flowers. In 1964 they purchased a farm north of Churchbridge and continued farming. Due to her declining health they moved to town in 1976. Knitting, sewing, crocheting and embroidering kept her busy. She entered the Langenburg Care Home on July 5, 1984. All the workers were special and became her family, and with the great care she was given it was her home for almost 21 years. She enjoyed the many activities- bingo, van rides, picnic days, Christmas parties, Halloween and, of course, April Fool’s Day, which she never forgot. She enjoyed receiving souvenir spoons, small stuffed animals and Christmas memorabilia from the staff. She always knew how many she had and who they came from. Visits from Justin were happy times. Watching TV and reading became later pastimes, and in the summer time she enjoyed watching the hummingbirds at her window. She also kept a close eye on everything in her room- everything had its place. Gertrud was always very proud of her grandchildren- they brought her great joy. She will be greatly missed by her family. Please enjoy the memories you have of her. Gertrud was predeceased by her father and mother; brothers, Onno, Hans Wilhelm and Gunther; daughter Margaret; son-in-law Ruben; granddaughter Marla (Chad) Allen; grandson Wayne (Natasha) Weinheimer; brother Werner (Anni) Popken; sister Hannelore (Dietrich) Segger; sister-in-law Elli Popken; as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on May 28, 2005 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Langenburg, with Pastor Michael Bergman officiating. Pianist Maxine Werle led the congregation in singing the hymns. Memories of Gertud’s life were shared by Marla Allen and Enid Williams read the lesson. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers were all those in attendance, while actual pallbearers were care home staff members, Faye Nillson, Carol Park, Glen Walz, Tammy Ingjaldson, Carol Schaab and Linda Kitz.
– Carman Hugh Scobie, beloved son of Sharon and Hugh Scobie of Churchbridge, passed away accidentally on September 17, 1981. He was 20 years of age. Carman was born February 14, 1961 in Langenburg, SK. He grew up and received his elementary and high school education in Churchbridge. After completing his education, he worked in Churchbridge for a short period of time. He then started to work in the potash mines and had been employed at the potash mine at Colonsay. Carman was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, a church he had been confirmed in some years before. Carman was athletically-minded. He enjoyed playing hockey and he liked to go hunting in his spare time with his friends. One of his greatest loves was to listen to music. Carman was a close friend to many people and he will be sadly missed by his friends. Carman leaves to mourn his passing his mother and father, Sharon and Hugh; one brother, Kim of Kingston, ON; four sisters, Mona of Regina, Lisa, Darcy and Carla, all living at home; his grandmother, Mrs. Florence Skaalerud of Churchbridge; his god-parents, Bev and Lawrence Scobie of Kamsack; and many aunts and uncles. Funeral services were held September 21 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor V. Richard Dederick officiating. Soloist, Janet Prier sang the Lord’s Prayer. The organist was Alice Johnson. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Cam Morash, Jim Wondrasek, David Wondrasek, Pat Debnam, Tim Debnam, Kevin Scobie, John Scobie, Ferris Scobie and Kelly Scobie. Active pallbearers were Mark Petracek; Jim Petracek, Wayne Kovacs, Kevin Dawson and Bob Poier.
– June Maureen (nee Kelly) Scobie was born on June 18, 1931 in Kenora, Ontario, the daughter of Beatrice and William Kelly. She had one sister, Barbara Joy. June passed away on May 30, 2003 in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy with her family at her side. Her childhood years were sent between Coney Island (Lake of the Woods) and Spy Hill / Tantallon. June had fond memories of her childhood spent with her sister and best friend, Barb, her grandmother, Minnie Lorch and her Aunt, Freida Miller. June married Jack (John) Scobie, the love of her life, on October 25, 1952. This union was blessed with two daughters and three sons. Jack’s work took them to many places, eventually retiring in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan. Wherever they moved, June made lifelong friends whom she treasured and always kept in touch with. June was a talented artists, always busy with crafts, painting and special projects. Many of her works are proudly displayed in the homes of family and friends. She also enjoyed travel, golf, dancing, swimming, skiing and curling to mention a few. She was an active member of her community taking great pleasure in her involvement with St Andrew’s United Church, Churchbridge Communities in Bloom Program, Civic Activities (Alder woman) and many other service groups and volunteer groups. June adored her family. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her husband, children and grandchildren. She had her own special way of letting them know they were all so loved. Family gatherings were her specialty; her labor of love was to prepare special treats for all. A kind and caring woman, June always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When her health became a challenge, she paced that with determination, dignity and her faith in the Lord. She took great comfort from the love of her family and friends. Her husband, Jack, provided daily care, he watched over her, helped and encouraged her, his dedication never ceased and for his June was so grateful. June’s spirit will live on in all those whose lived she touched. June was predeceased by her parents, Beatrice and William Kelly; her sister, Barb Smellie; brother-in-laws, John Wondrasek, Alvin Kaeding and Russell Debnam and nephews Ron Debnam and Carman Scobie. She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving and devoted husband, Jack; her daughters, Glenda (Laz) Cordeiro and Shannon (Greg) Adolph; her sons, Kevin (Cindie), Kelly (Sheree) and John (Marilyn); her grandchildren, Kyla, Carley, Krystal, Brodie, Elijah, Jessie, Courtnee and Brittany, as well as many other relatives and friends.
– Edward Semke of Churchbridge passed away at his home on November 6, 1978. Funeral services were held at Theaker Funeral Chapel, Esterhazy, on Thursday, November 9 with Rev. Ralph Hills officiating. Interment took place at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. Mrs. M. Ford was organist; and pall bearers were Bernard Wiesinger, Gus Knutt, Otto Jendrasheski, Adolph Karau, Roman Lesniewski and Claude Heinrich. Born in Otchente, Poland, December 9, 1904, he immigrated to the Churchbridge area in 1929. He worked as a farm laborer and later in construction work; especially with Wheat Pool construction for many years. He was a very quiet shy man and stayed very much to himself. He was well known and respected, however, and he will be missed in the community. Left to mourn his passing are brothers, Eddie of New Jersey and Jacob of Brazil; sisters, Irma Polack and Augusta Semke both of New Jersey. He was predeceased by one brother.
– James Ralph Shackleton, of Churchbridge, SK passed away on August 8, 1996 in Palliative Care at the Langenburg Care Home at the age of 76 years. Ralph was born on the farm in the Kennedy area, to Frederick Shackleton and Annie (nee Cross) on October 19, 1919. Ralph had five brothers and three sisters. He attended Highview School and then worked on the family farm. On the 8th of January, 1944, Ralph married Ruth Doreen Bergland. They continued to farm and they were blessed with four children, Graham, Sandra, Judy and Darlene. In 1955, Ralph and Ruth moved to Lethbridge, AB, where Ralph worked as an auto mechanic. The couple were blessed with two more children, Karen and Dale. In the fall of 1963, the family moved to Churchbridge, which was to remain “home”. Ralph worked at IMC, later at Allen and for a short time in Fernie, BC. Finally, he worked at the Rocanville mine for over 15 years until his retirement in 1983. Ralph was a true family man devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. A devout Anglican, he spent many hours using his many abilities to build the current Christ Church Anglican Church in Churchbridge. Ralph belonged to the Lions, and was active until his health prohibited, in almost all of the minor sports groups in the community. Ralph was predeceased by his parents; five brothers; two sisters; and one grandson. He will be missed, until we meet again in heaven, by his wife, Ruth; his children, Graham (Kathy), Sandra (Nick), Judy (Gordon), Darlene (Glen), Karen (Orest), Dale(Bev); one sister, Eunice Murray; grandchildren, James, Collin, Scott, Jodi, Traci, Laci, Trevor, Kyle, Curtis, Marilyn, David, Alan, Nathan, Natisha, Steven and Danielle; and many other family members and friends. Funeral services were held on August 13, 1996 at Christ Church Anglican Church with Rev. P.A.L. Tiffen and Rev. William Pope officiating. Ushers were Curtis MacDonald and Alan Fruin. Honourary pallbearers were Ranald Hrushka, Mark Tatton, Harvey Maguire, Dr. Rahaman, Pat Miller, Bill Johnston and Rob Fiola. The interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with David Fruin, Marilyn, Fruin, Jodi denBrok, James Shackleton, Collin Shackleton, Trevor MacDonald, Traci denBrok, and Scott Shackleton as pallbearers. A memorial luncheon followed in the Churchbridge Community Center.
– Ruth Doreen Shackleton was born May 1, 1925. Her parents were Oliver Berglund and Florence Dolly Moore. Ruth was born, raised and educated in Kennedy, SK. Ruth has two sisters and three brothers. On the 8th of January, 1944, Ruth married Ralph James Shackleton. They farmed in Kennedy and had four children; Graham, Sandra, Judy and Darlene. In 1955, Ruth and Ralph moved to Lethbridge, AB, where Ralph worked as an auto mechanic. The couple were blessed with two more children, Karen and Dale. In the fall of 1963, the family moved to Churchbridge, which remained their home. Ruth loved her family and enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a devoted Anglican Church worshipper and A.C.W. member. Ruth always enjoyed going to church activities. Ruth belonged to the Lioness Club. She also enjoyed watching many minor sports activities in the community. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Ralph; her parents; one brother, Ronald; one sister, Margarite; and one grandson. She will be greatly missed by her brothers, Raymond and Dennis; and sister, Donna; her children and their spouses, Graham (Kathleen), Sandra(Nick), Judy (Gordon), Darlene(Glen), Karen(Orest), Dale (Bev); grandchildren, James (Tammy), Collin, Scott, Trevor, Kyle(Patricia), Curtis, Marilyn (Russel), David, Alan, Jodi, Traci, Laci, Nathan, Natisha, Steven and Danielle, great grandchildren, Samantha, Mackenzie and Jamie. Following the interment in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, everyone was invited to the Churchbridge Community for a reception.
– Beth Edith Smith, daughter of the late Frank and Jennie Wadham, passed away in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy, SK, on November 23, 2008 at the age of 69 years. Beth was born janaury 25, 1939 in Mary field, SK. She attended Hill Crest School in Maryfield until Grade 10 then went on to finish high school in Moosomin. She continued her education to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher which she accomplished at Normal School at Brandon, MB. Education was key to her and she did this by educating the children she taught. She taught in MB and SK country schools, a career that spanned 30 years, with her final teaching position in Wapella. Over the years she shared her love of learning with mostly Grade 5 students. Beth married Raymond Smith on October 9, 1959 and they made their home in Wapella and surrounding area, later moving on to the family farm. She spent every weekend she could with Raymond, where they raised their two children, Brenda and Dwayne. After retiring from teaching and farming they moved to Churchbridge in October of 1994 where Beth became Activity Director at the Heritage Manor in Churchbridge. Beth loved going to bingo and playing cards on Friday nights with friends. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and being surrounded by all her family at Pyotts Campround, fishing and sitting around the camp fire. Beth was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, in 2005; parents, Jennie and Frank Wadham; two infant children, Deborah and Douglas; in-laws, Elgin and Violet Smith; special aunt, Margaret of Moosomin; as well as two younger siblings. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Brenda(Perry) Nagy and their children, Kyle and Karla; her son, Dwayne (Carol Nolan) and their children, Michelle, Jeffery, Stefanie and Crystal and daughter-in-law, Chris; brothers, Edwin (Hazel) Wadham of Virden, Ralph (Lil) Wadham of Moose Jaw, Keith (Lil) Wadham of Virden; sisters, Irene (Henry) Rowand of Virden, Alene (Bob) Kivimaki of Prince Albert, Lynn (Dave) Garvey of Wapella, Karen (Winston) McCutcheon of Rocanville; brothers-in-law, Mel (Lil) Smith and Wesley (Gladys) Smith of Moosomin; sisters-in-law, Bernice (Ron) Nelson of Chilliwack, BC and Shirley (Ron) Klassen of Salmon Arm, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends near and far. We will miss you, Rest in Peace. The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 27, 2008 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbrige, SK with Reverend Kim Salo and Susan Salo of Christ Anglican Church officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with David Garvey, Larry Rowand, Kevin Wadham, Delton Smith, Glen Wadham and Kenny Wadham serving as casket bearers.
– Raymond John Smith, youngest son of the late Elgin and Violet Smith, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy on August 2, 2005 at the age of 68 years. Raymond was born at 23-13-33 W1 on February 2, 1937. He attended Iona School, working for farmers in the area after school and on weekends plus helping his Dad on the family farm. He worked at various jobs throughout his lifetime such as grader operator, janitor at the mine, and town policeman. In 1967 he took over the family farm. He was Councillor for the RM of Martin for nine years and Reeve for one year. In 1994, he sold the farm and moved to Churchbridge where he had a Lawn and Garden Service. When his health started to deteriorate he had to sell his equipment and retire. He married Beth Wadham in 1959 and from this union came two children and six grandchildren. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 45 years. Beth; his daughter, Brenda (Perry Nagy) and children, Kyle and Karla; his son Dwayne and children, Michelle, Jeffery, Stefanie and Crystal and daughter-in-law, Chris; two brothers, Mel (Lil), Wesley (Gladys) of Moosomin and their families; two sisters, Bernice (Ron Nelson) of Chilliwack, BC and Shirley (Ron Klassen) of Abbotsford, BC and their family; special aunt, Margaret, of Moosomin, brothers-in-law, Edwin (Hazel) Wadham, of Virden, Ralph (friend Ann) Wadham of Moose Jaw, Keith (Lil) Wadham of Virden; sisters-in-law, Irene (Henry Rowand) of Virden, Alene (Bob Kivimaki) of Prince Albert, Lynn (Dave Garvey) of Wapella and Karen (Winston McCutcheon) of Rocanville; sister-in-law, Lillian of Moose Jaw; plus many friends and neighbours. Ryamond was predeceased by his parents, Elgin and Violet Smith; two infant children, Deborah and Douglas, and his in-laws, Frank and Jennie Wadham. Raymond enjoyed camping and fishing with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbours and playing a game of cards. We will miss you. Rest in Peace.
- Francis Edward Snyder, beloved husband of Molly Snyder of Regina and formerly of Churchbridge, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2000 at the Pasqua Hospital, Regina, SK. He was 81 years of age. Francis was born January 31, 1919 near Churchbridge, SK., son of Josiah and Mary (nee Prince) Snyder. Francis received his education in Churchbridge and later served in World War II from 1942-1946. He was united in marriage to Molly Addison in 1949, and together they made their home on the farm north of Churchbridge. They retired to Churchbridge in 1982. Francis recently moved to the Glenalough Care Home in Regina, where he resided until his passing. Francis was predeceased by his parents, Josiah and Mary; his sister, Elsie Sveinbjornson of Churchbridge, and brother, Joe Snyder of Toronto, ON. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 50 years, Molly; his son Dennis (Mona) and grandchildren, Carrie Dustin, Melissa and Krista of Regina; his daughter, Carol (Wes) Nickel and grandchildren Anya, Jonathan and Katrina of Kelowna, BC; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A visitation for family and friends was held on Thursday, April 6, 2000 at 5:00 pm from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel in Yorkton, SK. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 7, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. , from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, with Reverend Nel Ouwens officiating. The organist, Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The committal in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery followed with Francis’s children, Carol Nickel and Dennis Snyder serving as urn bearers.
– Molly Marie Snyder, beloved wife of Francis Snyder, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Pasqua Hospital, Regina, SK. She was 84 years of age. Molly was born September 21, 1924 in Saskatoon to Bertram and Emily Addison. Since Molly’s father was a railroad man the family moved to several small towns as she and her siblings grew up. She was very good at her schoolwork and completed her Grade 12 by correspondence with excellent grades. Molly served her country in the war effort from 1942-1946 as a member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She reached the level of Sergeant during her service. She then went on to Normal school, which gave her credentials to become a teacher. Molly arrived in Churchbridge in 1948 to teach in a one room school. She had room and board at the Snyders’ house during this time. It was here she met the love of her life, Francis, and in August of 1949 they were married. Soon after they moved to the farm north of Churchbridge and made their home together. Molly was involved in many community groups over the span of her life. She actively participated in the Girl Guides of Canada as a leader for approximately 35 years. She helped organize Band Days and the Music Festival. She participated in the local Lioness Club, United Church, local choirs and even taught skating to some of the younger children. Molly’s passion was teaching and she made a difference in the lives of many children and youth over the many years she taught. In 1982 they retired to Churchbridge. In the year 2000 Molly and Francis moved to Glenalough Care Home in Regina. Molly was predeceased by her parents, Bertram and Emily Addison; her siblings, Frank Addison of Hamilton, ON, Robert Addison of Maple Ridge, BC, Gladys Bishop of Penticton, BC; and her beloved husband of 50 years, Francis Snyder. She leaves to mourn her passing, her son, Dennis (Mona) Snyder and grandchildren, Carrie (Devin Dovell and their children Mikayla and Peyton); Dustin, Melissa and Krista of Regina; and her daughter, Carol (Wes) Nickel and grandchildren, Anya ( Daniel Wharton), Jonathan and Katrina of Calgary,AB; her sister, Doris (William) Cheveldeyoff of Hamilton, ON, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held Thursday, November 13, 2008 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge, with Reverend Chang Lee officiating and Walter Farquharson sharing some remembrances. Vickie Kaminski led the congregation in the singing of hymns. The committal in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery followed with Dennis Snyder and Carol Nickel serving as urn bearers.
– Lois Arlene Soltys entered eternal rest after a brief but courageous battle with cancer on December 2, 2005 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, SK. She was 55 years of age. Lois was born on her mother’s birthday, August 7, 1950 in Brandon, MB, the daughter of Amos and Marion (nee Schneider) Currie. She attended Grades 1 through 8 in the country school district of Arizona, MB. She completed her high school in Melville, SK. She had wonderful memories of her school years, friends and teachers and the beginning of a love of nature that she kept her whole life through. Lois met Ralph Soltys in 1973, and they were married in 1974. They were blessed with four children, Tammy Levi, Kristi and Lori (who passed away in infancy). Lois and Ralph shared many happy times together, especially at their cabin, and Lois was known to capture it all on film. A kind and giving person, Lois was known her whole life through for sharing everything she had and helping anyone in need. This giving nature extended to her pets, stray cats and the wild birds she fed in the yard. Lois was very talented with craft work and her family and friends will have special gifts to remember her by. Family was very important to Lois, she shared a great sense of humour with her father and was always there for her husband and children. Lois was predeceased by a daughter, Lori, in infancy; her grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Lois leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory; her husband Ralph; her children, Tammy Dozorec (Greg), Levi Soltys (Marina) and Kristi Soltys (Brent); her grandchildren, Brooke, Shelby, Jesse, Danika, Ciara and Austin; her parents, Amos and Marion Currie; her brother, Bruce Currie of McLeod Lake, BC; and her nephews, Josh and Travis. Lois will be sadly missed but livingly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy and the Pasqua and General Hospitals in Regina. A special thank you to Sister Cecilia, who helped comfort her through these difficult times. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel with Pastor Solie of Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge officiating. Organist, Audrey Solie, led the congregation with the hymns. The cremation committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Lori Arlene Soltys left this planet after a brief sojourn of 30 days. She was the daughter of Lois and Ralph Soltys of Churchbridge. The infant was born in Langenburg on August 18, 1979, and passed away at home on September 16, 1979. Funeral mass was said from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Churchbridge, on Wednesday, September 19 with Rev. Fr. Norman Marcotte as celebrant. Interment was in the Churchbridge Cemetery. Shelley Boyle presided as organist. Pallbearers were Mike Dick, Wilf Sveinbjornson, Phillip Soltys and Dennis Soltys. Survivors are her parents, Ralph and Lois, and sister, Tammy of Churchbridge; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Soltys of Goodeve, SK ad Mr. and Mrs. Amos Currrie of Winnipeg. Lori brought much happiness to her family and other relatives during her short stay. Her memories will be held dear by her family and relatives.
– Harvey. It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend, Harvey Sveinbjornson on February 16, 2014 at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital. Harvey is predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Violet; his brother Dave and sister Joyce; in-laws, Roland and Doris Werner, Alice Weircinski, Alfred Werner, Richard Werner and Jim Wilson. He leaves to mourn the love of his life, Lillian; his children, Syd (Charlotte) Sveinbjornson, Connie (Gary) Brick, Tim (Barbara) Sveinbjornson, Rae (Niamh) Sveinbjornson and Marty (Amy) Sveinbjornson; his grandchildren, Matthew (Jenina), Beth, Nathan, Stephen (Erica), Cailey (Dan), Sarah (Danny), Laura, Kelsey, Bryan, Maggie, Ciaran, Gabrielle, Carson, Kennady, Alera, Ella; and great-grandchildren, Rylan, Westynn, Sophie, Layla, Hazel, Sean and Jayce; his brother, Murray (Heather) Sveinbjornson; sisters-in-law, Angie Sveinbjornson, Eileen Werner, Kristen Wilson, and Laura (Larry) Dressler; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Harvey was born on July 2, 1940 and lived and worked in the Churchbridge area. He started his construction career at the age of 14, working many long hours until he retired at the age of 71. Harvey worked alongside his father and brothers and eventually worked with his sons and grandsons. During the 50 + years he and his family built many homes and commercial properties in the local area and across Saskatchewan. He also enjoyed designing and constructing many projects for his family. He served as a Councillor and Mayor in Churchbridge in the 1960’s and 1980’s, being honored in 2012 by the Town for his service and contributions. He was also instrumental in establishing the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Churchbridge. Harvey loved his pets, as he cared for many throughout his life. Harvey lent a helping hand to many, providing his wisdom as required. He loved to listen and tell stories to anyone who was within ear shot, favouring stories of local history. He also loved listening to his 50’s music, reminding his kids that his music was the “real music.” Harvey loved to golf, to take long day drives, and enjoyed the fact that he was finally old enough to be a member of the Evergreen Club. Most of all he loved his wife of 54 years, calling her the most beautiful girl in the whole area. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his universe. The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff, nurses and doctors from St. Anthony’s Hospital and those who assisted him at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Harvey’s family and friends are truly blessed for his time with us. Prayers were said Thursday evening, February 20, from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Anthony Bruno officiating. St. Mary’s Choir was accompanied by organist Alice Johnson. Altar Servers: Brittany Revet, Edward Reetz; Cross Bearer: Naomie McLoed; Gift Bearer: Gil Boyle; Communion Ministers: Father Anthony Bruno, Edward Wirth: Ushers: Sheldon Werner, Danny Sveinbjornson. Pallbearers: Matthew Sveinbjornson, Stephen Brick, Nathan Sveinbjornson, Bryan Sveinbjornson, Ciaran Sveinbjornson, Carson Sveinbjornson. Honourary Pallbearers: Jenina Sveinbjornson, Erica Brick, Cailey & Dan Petit, Beth Sveinbjornson, Sarah Sveinbjornson & Dan Kachur, Laura Sveinbjornson, Kelsey Sveinbjornson, Maggie Sveinbjornson, Kennady Sveinbjornson, Gabrielle Sveinbjornson, Alera Sveinbjornson, Ella Sveinbjornson, Sean Kachur, Rylan Sveinbjornson, Jayce Kachur, Layla Petit, Westwynn Sveinbjornson, Sophie Brick, Hazel Petit. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Helen Rose (nee Bascu). The family of Helen Sveinbjornson announce her passing on Monday, October 25, 2004 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. She was 81 years of age. Helen Rose Bascu was the oldest child of James and Julia (nee Rochoczy) Bascu. Helen was born in the village of Pap Szabolcsmegye, Hungary on April 6, 1923. Four years later James Bascu moved his young family to Stockholm, SK. and the following year to nearby Tantallon, SK. Helen received a Grade 1 to 12 education at the Tantallon Consolidated School, after which she attended the Regina Teachers College. From there she began her teaching career in Valler and then went on to teach in Churchbridge. It was here that she met her husband Thorstein Oscar Sveinbjornson. They were married on July 16, 1947, and began their life on the farm together, making their living off the land. They raised six children, three sons and three daughters. Helen was a hard-working woman managing a home and family alongside her career. She was active in the church and the CWL. She found great joy in tie spent with her family and was always baking up someone’s favourite something for a treat. During the time that Helen was raising her family, she continued to take courses from time to time during the summers in order to upgrade her teacher’s certificate. Helen returned to her teaching career in 1969 at the Churchbridge Elementary School where she taught kindergarten for fifteen and a half years, retiring in 1985. Her love of reading, sewing, watching movies and her flower gardens took up some of her spare time, but her real hobby was quilting. She spent many hours at this, making sure that all of her children would receive one of her handmade treasures. Another joy of Helen’s was her love of traveling. She and Steini were able to take many trips to places around the globe before their health began to fail them. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Thorstein Oscar Sveinbjornson; her sister Margaret Vida; her granddaughter, Rhonda Sveinbjornson; and niece, Betty Rothwell. Left to mourn her and cherish her memory are her children, her son, Ron Sveinbjornson and companion Florence ; her daughter, Pat Rhodes and companion, David; her son, Robert and his wife, Lynne; her daughter, Susan and her husband, Harvey Miller; her son, Gary and his wife, Karen Sveinbjornson; and her daughter, Jane and her husband, Brad Sveinbjornson; her grandchildren, Robin Sakundiak and her husband Sheldon, Betty Prazma and her husband, Terry, Tracey Sveinbjornson, Rick Sveinbjornson and fiancé Erin McKillop, Joey Miller, Gregory Sveinbjornson, Dylan Sveinbjornson, Troy Miller, Jackie Sveinbjornson and Chelsea Sveinbjornson; her great grandchildren, Katie and Brooke Prazma and Hunter Sakundiak; one nephew, Steven Vida. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, October 29, 2004 from St. Mary/s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, SK, with Father Peter Nwanekezie as Celebrant. The pall was placed by Susan Miller and Jane Sveinbjornson. The readings were given by Betty Prazma and Tracey Sveinbjornson. The intercessions were read by Karen Sveinbjornson. The eulogy was delivered by Robin Sakundiak. The organist, Mrs. Alice Johnson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The altar servers were Kris Sauser and Martha Karau, and the ushers were Arnold VanCaeseele and Harvey Sveinbjornson. The honorary pallbearers were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s League. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Syd Sveinbjornson, Eric Sveinbjornson, Terry Prazma, Joey Miller, Dylan Sveinbjornson and Troy Miller serving as casket bearers.
– Johann (Joe) Sveinbjornson passed away October 14, 1994 at Yorkton Union Hospital. He was 78 years of age. Joe was born in the Thingvalla District near Churchbridge, the son of Gudmundur and Thura Sveinbjornson and lived his early years on the family farm. He received his education in Churchbridge and completed Grade 12 in Winnipeg, attaining high marks in all subjects. On June 13, 1946 he was united in marriage to Elsie (nee Snyder). The couple operated the telephone office for a time after their marriage and Joe was the linesman. In 1951 he built a house on the farm where he continued to reside after the death of his wife and until his passing. Joe loved the farm and especially enjoyed working with the livestock. As well as farming, Joe worked with Sveinbjornson Construction for a period of 20 years. In his later years he enjoyed gardening, television and always had a great respect for nature and the out-of-doors. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Gudmundur and Thura Sveinbjornson; his wife, Elsie (nee Snyder) in 1979; an infant brother; and sister-in-law, Dawn Sveinbjornson. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, three sons, Lyle and his wife Vivian of Rocanville and their children, Colin and Nadine; Gordon and his wife Caroline of Churchbridge and their children, Nolan and Ryan; Gerald and his wife Cheryl of Regina and their children, Shelley and Scott; four brothers, Eyjolfur (Eyfie) and his wife Neta of Churchbridge; Gudmundur (Jim) and his wife Fern of Churchbridge; Ingibjorn (Ingi) of Simcoe, ON; Thorstein (Steini) and his wife Helen of Churchbridge; one sister, Kristine and her husband John Schultz of Winfield, BC; numerous relatives, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Funeral services were held Monday, October 17, 1994 from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Reverend Walter Farquharson officiating. Organist, Vallery Putland, accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery, with Harvey Sveinbjornson, George Verhelst, Ernie Corroll, Wayne Buckell, Gerd Reetz and Tom Werle as casketbearers.
– Mabel Sveinbjornson of Churchbridge passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 30, 1989 at Yorkton Union Hospital. She was 74 years of age. Mabel was born on the family farm at Springside, SK, on February 14, 1915; the daughter of Gottleib and Edith (nee Zilke) Yanke. In Springside, Mabel began her education and at the age of fifteen years, she moved with her parents to the Churchbridge district, in 1930, to complete her education at the Logberg School. On June 29, 1938, Mabel was united in marriage to Thorstein Sveinbjornson at the Concordia Lutheran Church. The couple, soon after their marriage, then started farming east of Churchbridge and continued to do so until their retirement in 1970. They then moved into Churchbridge where they purchased a home. Mabel’s husband, Thorstein passed away on June 7, 1980 and she continued to live at the same residence in Churchbridge until her passing. Mrs. Sveinbjornson was a generous woman at heart. She enjoyed having neighbours over for coffee. Mabel enjoyed working with her hands and doing various tasks such as quilting and sewing. She liked to challenge her family and friends to a game of Scrabble occasionally. Mabel was also known to like working in her garden and watching plants grow. Mabel was a faithful member of the Church of God in Churchbridge. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and those who have had the honor and privilege of knowing her. Mrs. Sveinbjornson was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Thorstein, in 1980; her brother, Irwin in 1935; and son-in-law Ted Putland. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life, her children; Bertha and her husband, Steve Remenda of Churchbridge; Mindy Sveinbjornson and his wife, Shirley of Dartmouth, NS; Darlene and her husband, Warren Farrow of Regina; Norman Sveinbjornson and his wife, Rose of Churchbridge; seven brothers; Fred Yanke and his wife, Elsie of Hudson Bay; John and his wife, Leotha; Albert and his wife, Violet; Gordon and his wife Mary; and Melfort and his wife, Mary, all residing in Churchbridge; fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
– Thorstein Oscar (Steini) Sveinbjornson was born on May 29, 1925 on the family farm 1 ½ miles east of Churchbridge, son of Gudmunder "Mindy" and Thrua (nee Hinrikson) Sveinbjornson. He was raised on the family farm with four brothers and one sister, and received his education in the Town of Churchbridge. Steini was united in marriage to Helen Bascu on July 16, 1947 at the Kaposvar Church and together he and Helen made their home on the farm, raising three sons and three daughters. Steini had started farming early in life, spent some time working for Sveinbjornson’s Construction in the early 60’s and 70’s but continued to farm until his health started to fail. All his life, Steini believed in hard work; he loved the land and farming and always remained interested in the farming operation. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and watching sports on TV, especially the Blue Jays baseball, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, and curling. However, Steini’s greatest joy was family gatherings and time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His love of sports took him to the local arenas to watch curling and his grandchildren play hockey. When his health prevented him from going to the hockey rink, he was always eager to hear the grandchildren’s reports of their games, and Grandpa always had many stories to share with them about his own life. Steini also loved his pets and animals. They brought him much joy and company. Steini was predeceased by his parents, Mindy and Thura Sveinbjornson; his brothers, Oscar in infancy, Eyiolfur and Joe; his sisters-in-law, Elsie, Fern and Dawn; and one granddaughter, Rhonda. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory his wife Helen; his sons, Ronald and his companion Florence of Churchbridge and their children, Robin Sakundiak of Yorkton, Betty (Terry) Prazma of Churchbridge, Tracy Sveinbjornson and friend Chris Wimmer of Regina and Rick Sveinbjornson and close friend Erin McKilllop of Lethbridge, AB; Robert and his wife, Lynne (Polvi) and their son Gregory, all of Shawnigan Lake, BC and Gary and his wife, Karen and their children, Dylan and Chelsea all of Churchbridge; his daughters, Patsy Rhodes of Edmonton; Susan and her husband, Harvey Miller and their children, Joey and Troy, all of Churchbridge; and Jane and her husband, Brad Sveinbjornson and their daughter, Jacklynn, all of Tisdale. He also leaves to mourn his passing his great grandchildren, Katie and Brooke Prazma of Churchbridge, and Hunter Sakundiak of Yorkton; his brothers Jim Sveinbjornson of Churchbridge, and Inge Sveinbjornson of Simcoe, On; his sister, Kristine (John) Schultz of Winfield, BC as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Prayer Vigil Service was held Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Mary’s roman Cahtolic Church on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Rick Krofchek as celebrant. Organist, Cailey Brick played the hymns. Placing of the pall was Gary Sveinbjornson and Susan Miller. Gift Bearers were Helen Kulak and Pat Miller-McNeil. Lectors were Connie Brick and Syd Sveinbjornson. Altar Servers were Jordana and Justine Daum. Communion Ministers were Harvey and Lillian Sveinbjornson. Eulogy was given by Karen Sveinbjornson. Choir was the St. Mary’s Parish Choir. Pallbearers were John Pollock, Albert Entz, Syd Sveinbjornson, Francis Dressler, Rick Sveinbjornson and Lynn Sveinbjornson. Honourary pallbearers were Harvey Sveinbjornson, Dave Westman, George Verhelst, Einar Johnson, John Egyed, Leo Johnson. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Violet Matilda Sveinbjornson (nee Mintram) was born on June 9, 1910 to parents, William Mintram and Johanna Thorsteindottor. She was one of four children; an older half- brother, Harry Marvin, an older sister, Rose, and a younger brother Valdi. Violet’s life changed in 1914 when her mother Johanna died. Her father joined the war shortly after, and the children were sent to foster homes. Violet was raised by the Thorleifson family, on a farm near Churchbridge. Violet moved to Winnipeg as a young adult and worked as a housekeeper and babysitter for an affluent family. She also worked for a time as a telephone operator in Winnipeg and in Churchbridge. She had many interesting memories from this time. She returned to Churchbridge, and on June 9, 1931 married Oscar Sveinbjornson. Together they began a woodworking shop, building toys, furniture, and coffins. They had four children: David, Harvey, Murray and Joyce. The family suffered a devastating loss when their youngest child, Joyce, died at 18 months of age. As their family grew so did the business. Violet worked alongside Oscar in the shop, painting, keeping books and lining the coffins. She was a generous, loving mother who seldom scolded her children or grandchildren. Her kitchen table was often surrounded by family, friends and shop workers. Everyone was welcome for coffee in her home. The grandchildren made sure there were always two or three cats between the house and the shop. Other people’s pets were always welcome. She would not let anyone suggest that animals did not go to heaven. She took a keen interest in current and global events, and was very open-minded to new ideas. Many people can remember her kindness generosity and love for life. In her later years she became a resident of the Langenburg Care Home. Her caregivers there often commented on her personality and sense of humor. Violet was predeceased by her parents and siblings, daughter Joyce, husband Oscar and son David. She is survived by: daughter-in-law Angie Sveinbjornson, and her children, Audrey (Ted) Petracek, Joan (Don) Planedin, Dale (Sam) Sveinbjornson and their families; son Harvey (Lillian) Sveinbjornson, and their children, Sydney (Charlotte) Sveinbjornson, Connie (Gary) Brick, Timothy (Barbara) Sveinbjornson, Rae (Niamh) Sveinbjornson, Marty (Amy) Sveinbjornson and their families; son Murray (Heather) Sveinbjornson and their children, Ramona (Dennis) Kryski, Daniel (Andrea) Sveinbjornson, Jason Sveinbjornson, Michael Sveinbjornson and their families. At the time of her death she was lovingly surrounded by four generations of family.
– Wilfred Clayton Sveinbjornson, beloved husband of Mrs. Debbie Sveinbjornson of Churchbridge, passed away suddenly on February 15, 1985. He was 39 years of age. Wilfred was born August 11, 1945 on his parents’ farm and he received his education at Thingvalla and Churchbridge Schools. Following this he remained on the farm helping his parents and it was during this period of time that he underwent open heart surgery. Following a period of recuperation, he started to work for the Department of Highways doing general highway repair work. On July 24, 1971, Wilfred was united in marriage to Debbie Kaeding and a year later the couple moved to the farm. Wilfred was also employed as a welder at Metal Fab Industries in Esterhazy and he continued to farm and travel to work in Esterhazy until his sudden passing. As with most people with a farm background, Wilfred was very good with his hands; he took great pride in his work as a welder and he spent many hours on the restoration of vintage cars. He loved the out-of-doors and he liked to go hunting and fishing with his friends. He especially liked working with horses and he spent endless hours in the care of his horses travelling to numerous rodeos and quarter horse shows. This was a hobby he enjoyed very much. Wilfred was an individual who loved each day to the fullest and looked forward to the next day with great anticipation. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, his children, his parents and all who had the opportunity of knowing him and associating with him. Wilfred was predeceased by his grandparents; he leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Debbie; two sons, Lynn and Scott; one daughter, Colleen; his parents, Jim and Fern Sveinbjornson, Churchbridge; one sister Lucille and her husband, Jack Hertlein, Esterhazy, and their family, Cynthia at home; Kathy and her husband, Dids Gilbert, Chilliwack, BC; Ricky, Victoria, BC; Glenn and Lisa at home; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alva and Edgar Kaeding, Churchbridge; and living as a brother,Dale and his wife, Cheryl, and their son, Cole, Churchbridge; and many close family friends. Funeral services were held from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with the Rev. James Gorentz officiating. The organist Mrs. Alice Johnson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The ushers were Lyle Sveinbjornson and Glenn Hertlein. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Harvey Sveinbjornson, Ernie Corroll, Gordon Sveinbjornson, Norman Sveinbjornson, Gary Kada and Dale Nordquist as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were John Pollock, Ed Morash, Ralph Soltys, Jim Wowchuk, Andy Renaud and Raymond Haydt.
- Clifford Wallace Charles Swanson was born at Churchbridge on January 10, 1918, the son of Anna and Oren Swanson. He attended Liscard School in his early years. Later he served a year and a half in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1946 he married Ruth Kaeding and began farming, which he continued to do until the day of his passing. Those nearest to him who await the promised resurrection in Christ and reunion with him are his beloved wife, Ruth and four sons, Brian of Churchbridge, Linton of Eastern Asia, Terry of Edmonton and Calvin of Churchbridge; also his father and mother in Churchbridge; one sister, Lucille (Mrs. George Putland) of Churchbridge , and one brother, Don of Vernon, BC, as well as a number of friends. He suffered a sudden stroke and passed away on February 24, 1980 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. He will be greatly missed by his family and relatives and his many friends. The pallbearers were: Greg Swanson, Jerry Kaeding, Harold Kaeding, Ray Boreen, Dale Boreen, Curtis Boreen. Bud Boreen represented the Royal Canadian Legion. The ushers were Woodrow Wussow and Don Boreen. Organist was Alice Johnson. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Oren Israel Swanson passed away April 22, 1984 at Yorkton Union Hospital. He was 97 years, 5 months old, and had stayed in his own home until March 11. He was born at Donavon, Illinois November 3, 1886. He worked in Chicago and Winthrop, Minnesota in his early years. On January 22, 1913, he was married to Anna Dahl. They emigrated to SK. in 1914 where he farmed until 1955 when they retired to town. He was an original member of the Local Wheat Pool Committee and served on the committee for eight years. He was a charter member of the Churchbridge Credit Union and served on the board for 10 years, as well as other organizations. He was involved with planning, building and organizing the first curling rink in town. He loved gardening until he became unable to. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran church. He was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters, his wife Anna, son Clifford, grandson Theodore Putland and son-in-law George Putland. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughter Lucille Putland, Churchbridge, son, Donald and wife Betty of Vernon, BC; sister Juanita Skinner, Escondido, California; daughter-in-law, Ruth (Clifford) Swanson of Churchbridge; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 7 great- great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church April 26. Active pallbearers were Brian, Linton and Cal Swanson, Robert Bjarnason, Darren and Brent Putland. Honourary pallbearers were Hugo Boreen, Phillip Wirth, Ubert Sauser, Dan Westman, George Oliver and Henry Putland. Services were conducted by Pastor James Gorentz. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
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– Mark Stanley Tatton was born December 28, 1919 at the family farm in the Aston district. He was the second son of Edward and Edith (nee Colbeck) Tatton. In 1941 he joined the Army, serving in the Canadian Provost Corps and was posted overseas to London. In 1942 he met Joy Tatton and they married on March 4, 1944. When the war was over they returned to farm in the Waldron District. Their daughter Shirley was born in 1947. Poor farming conditions prompted the sale of the farm in 1962 and the family moved to Waldron while Mark worked briefly on an oil rig at Smiley. In 1955 they were both employed by the Good Hope and District Telephone Company, Mark as linesman and Joy as telephone operator- a job she had held in England during the war. He was also a grader operator for the RM of Cana and delivered mail for the rural route of Waldron. Their son Derek was born in June, 1955. Later Mark worked at M.Y. Service in Melville, becoming an interprovincial auto mechanic. In 1962 he was employed by the IMC potash mine in Esterhazy where he obtained the status of heavy duty mechanic. In 1963 the family moved to Churchbridge and Mark worked at the mine until his retirement. He then worked as caretaker for the local housing authority. Mark was active all his life in the Anglican Church, serving in various capacities and helping to construct the new church. He spent many long hours every summer maintaining the swimming pool. Fishing and camping were the things he loved to do most. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Ken and his nephew, Lyle. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife of 63 years, Joy; daughter, Shirley (Arnold) Repsch of Bredenbury, son, Derek of Esterhazy; grandchildren, Blaine Repsch of Bredenbury, Brent (Michelle) Repsch of Yorkton, Wendy (Kevin) Smith of Port Hardy BC, Lesley (Chris Raiwet) Tatton of Regina and Kristopher Tatton of Esterhazy; great grandchildren , Julien and Taylor Tatton (Smith) of Port Hardy, Jordan and Alexis Repsch of Yorkton; brother Eric (Thelma) Tatton of Yorkton; and sister-in-law, Margaret of Kingston, ON, and their families. A prayer service was held on Thursday, March 15, 2007 from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge, with the Rev. Luanne Hrywkiw officiating. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, March 16, 2007 from Christ Anglican Church in Churchbridge with the Reverend Ken Buchan officiating. The organist, Myrna Jenson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Chris Raiwet, Blaine Repsch, Myron Eckland, Don Tatton, Earl Tatton and Garfield Bonnell serving as casket bearers.
- Charles was born Carl Thiele, to Johann and Anna Thiele on June 16, 1923 at Killaley, SK. Charles had his name officially changed to Charles Thiele on September 24, 1986. Charles’ hobby for over 40 years was television and radio electronics, having earned his correspondence school certificate from Devry Technical Institute, of Chicago, at age 38 after five years of intense study while working for the Sask. Department of Highways and Transportation as a motor grader operator and bituminous section foreman. He also spent several decades serving on various boards such as the Churchbridge Church of God, Alberta Bible Institute, Churchbridge Town Council, Gideon Bible Society, and volunteer Sunday school teacher and lay-pulpit supply. Charles loved his work with the SHDT where he worked for 36 years and 177 days. After years of traveling, camping and fishing at every opportunity and especially to visit children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters scattered throughout Canada and the USA, Charles retired from SDHT in September, 1984, to spend more time RV’ing with his wife Lois to points from Churchbridge to Alaska, Mexico, Texas, California, BC and the Maritimes. Charles was well known for his volunteerism, mowing lawns, cultivating gardens, blowing snow and frequently driving the sick and the elderly to medical appointments for over four decades. Charles is remembered for his demonstration of God’s love through his frequent acts of kindness and compassion, commitment to friends and family, and a tenacious reading and dissemination of God’s Word. His lengthy biblical and theological discussions with family and friends were rivaled only by his daily trips to the coffee shop where he loved to trade stories with his many friends and ‘coffee buddies’. His parents and his wife, Lois Evelyn, predeceased Charles. With 41 known half and full brothers and sisters it is near impossible to accurately determine a fully family history. In part, Charles is survived by sisters, Elsie (Central Butte), Evelyn (Birmingham,Texas) and Freida(Calgary); brothers, Bill (Calgary), Jack (Winnipeg), and Willie (Portage la Prairie). Charles is survived by: children, Sharon (John) Penny of Swift Current, SK, Brad (Susan) of Surrey,BC, Joyce (Mel) Janzen of Sorrento, BC, Garland (Elize) of Churchbridge, SK and Dewey (Joan) serving as missionaries in Kharkiv, Ukraine; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 12, 2007 from the Church of God in Churchbridge, with Pastor Mark Lautumus and Pastor Ken Dressler officiating. The organist, Sharon Penny, and pianists, Karen Gerbrandt and Sarah Thiele led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A family tribute and special music was provided by members of the Thiele family and Brad Thiele remembered his father in eulogy. The cremation committal followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery, with son, Dewey Thiele, serving as the urn bearer.
– Lois Evelyn Thiele (nee Eyestone) went to be with her Lord and Saviour at midnight, November 16, 2006, after a short stay in the Yorkton Regional Health Center. She was two months short of her 80th birthday. Lois was born on January 15, 1927 to Dewey and Esther Eyestone of Churchbridge, SK. She attended public school in Churchbridge. As a young girl, third oldest of nine siblings, Lois learned early the value of hard work. She helped her mother raise her younger siblings. In about 1938 Lois set her cap for a young man named Charles Thiele, and never looked at another man. In spite of her mother’s opposition, they were married in 1944, and Lois became the faithful and dedicated wife and mother we have all come to appreciate and admire. Living in small town SK did not hold Lois back. She and Charlie became avid travellers, RVing from Alaska to Texas to California to BC and many places between. This was partly due to the family being so widely spread, and partly due to their gypsy-like spirit. Lois was an enthusiastic quilter and all the children and grandchildren enjoy the fruits of her labours. She was a godly woman who used the time sewing to pray for those in need, especially for the family. She was often asked to teach and preach at the Churchbridge Church of God which she and Charlie attended. Her primary message was of the Grace and Mercy of God. Mom had a love for God’s word, and truth was of utmost importance. She revered the Lord and taught all of us to the same. She was a woman like that described in Proverbs 31. Her children, as well as her husband, call her blessed. Lois was a well- organized woman who juggled several career along with raising her family. She drove cars, worked as a St. John’s Ambulance Volunteer and First Aid Volunteer for Churchbridge. She and Charlie painted house exteriors. She always had huge gardens and taught her children how to garden. Lois and Charlie were foster parents to an additional 13 children, so their home was always full of life. Some of their own children have adopted children putting love into practice as an extension of their upbringing. Lois was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Betty Eloise and Rita (Halverson); and brother, Leslie. She is survived by her brothers, Don, Wayne, Curtis and Gordon Eyestone, sister, Diana(Joe) Simard; her husband, Charlie Thiele, Churchbridge and children, Sharon (John)Penny of Swift Current, SK; Brad (Susan) of Surrey, BC; Joyce (Mel) Janzen, of Sorrento, BC; Garland (Elize), Churchbrige; and Dewey (Joan) , serving as missionaries in the Ukraine; 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and two great grandchildren on the way. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 20, 2006 from the Church of God in Churchbridge, with Pastor Mark Lautumus and Pastor Ken Dressler officiating. The organist Pauline Besharah and pianist, Sharon Penny, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The readings were given by Garland Thiele, the eulogy was delivered by Bradley Thiele and additional members of the Thiele family remembered Lois in tribute.
– Lillian Kathleen "Kay" (nee Basken) Todd of the Lakeside Manor Care Home, and formerly of Churchbridge, Sk, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2002. She was 93 years of age. Lillian Kathleen, "Kay" as she was known to family and friends, was born on November 12, 1908 on the family farm northwest of Churchbridge. She was the daughter of James and Emily (nee Heasman) Basken, and was one of their 10 children. Kay received her education in Churchbridge, then moved to Dr. John Basken’s home in Ottawa, and there attended Teacher’s College. She taught for a few years until her marriage in June of 1937 to Norman A. Todd. Together the couple made their home in Baie D’Urfe, Quebec until Norman’s sudden passing in 1971. Kay then moved back to Churchbridge and became a very active volunteer for the Arena Board, always there to collect skating fees and help the children tie their skates. She became "Auntie Kay" to everyone. Kay loved her sweets, whether it was chocolates, cookies or candies. Norman and Kay did not have a family of their own, but all children were special to them. They were always together reading, gardening, Kay knitting socks for Norman or her nieces and nephews back home, or just enjoying life; and now they are together forever. Kay was predeceased by her parents, James and Emily; her husband, Norman; all her brothers and sisters, Effie, Hilda, Daisy, Fred, Tom, Bob, Eric, Isabel and Charlie. She leaves to mourn her passing her numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Kay’s family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the following: the staff of the Lakeside Manor Care Home for the care they gave Kay and their many words of comfort; Dr. P. Fourie; Lorne Neal for the many hours of enjoyable music he played at the Care Home; the ladies who did Kay’s hair; Marietta Andrews of the Salvation Army for the wonderful visits; to Susan Griffith for the wonderful Memorial Service at the Lakeside Manor; to Father Bill Pope for the service at the Christ Church Anglican; organist Dorothy McRae; the residents of Lakeside Manor for their friendship; all the volunteers for their smiling faces and conversation; and all Kay’s friends and relatives for your visits. Funeral services were held from Christ Church Anglican in Churchbridge, SK on Saturday, July 27, 2002, 10:30 a.m., with Father Bill Pope officiating, and Dorothy McRae playing the organ. Eulogy was given by Maureen Debnam. All those who shared in Kay’s life were considered honourary pall bearers. Urn bearers were Pat and Brenda Debnam. Committal was in the Churchbrige Town Cemetery.
– Mary (nee Paradoski) Trach was born on July 15, 1906 in Sandilands, MB, the daughter of Petrunella and Modest Paradoski. She married Nick Trach in 1930 and they moved to Arcola,SK. Subsequently, they moved to Cote and then Runnymede,SK, where they raised their five children. They remained on the farm for 33 years and then retired to the town of Runnymede in 1969. In 1988, due to her husband’s declining health, they moved to the Heritage Manor in Churchbridge to be closer to their family. They celebrated 63 years together before Nick’s passing in September of 1993. In 2002 Mary moved to the Kamsack Nursing Home and in January of 2006 she moved to the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg, SK. Being the first daughter in the family, Mary helped her mother raise her two sisters and four brothers. She taught herself to knit, crochet, sew and quilt. Her 12 grandchildren each received a feather quilt and a set of feather pillows. Mary’s hospitality was shown to anyone who came to visit. She was the world’s best cook- homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, cinnamon buns, bread, noodles and borscht. Mary loved her plants and flowers- if you brought her a sick plant, she could nurse it back to life. In June of 2004, she was out planting flowers and toppled to her side and broke her hip. This resulted in a total hip replacement at the age of 98 years. She was walking on her own ten days later. In the summer of 2006, at the age of 100 years, she tended two tomato plants and helped the nursing home employees clip the stray grass around the posts. Her daughters have been over whelmed by the kind and generous memories people have shared with them about their mother. A very special mom, Baba and friend will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Nick; her parents, Petrunella, and Modest Paradoski; her son-in-law, Wayne Bartusek; her great granddaughter, Breanna Wensley; her sisters, Lucy and Annie; and her brothers, Walter, Frank and Albert. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Jeanne, Vikki (Ray) Bauml, Anne Bartusek, Agnes(Ed) Bazowski and Lucille (Lloyd) Davie; her brother, Joe and her 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, October 19, 2006 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, with Reverend Father Hector Seville as the Celebrant. The pall was placed by Agnes Bazowski, Shannon Katchur and Marina Wensley. The pianist, Myrna Jenson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The readings were given by Vikki and Ray Bauml. The intercessions were read by Pat Hamilton, the gift bearers were Jeanne Trach and Corinne Wensley and the communion ministers were Lucille Davie and Marie Yanke. The eulogy was given by Stanley Paradoski and Corinne Wensley. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Stanley Paradoski, Kyla Katchur, Edward King, Alvin Harambura, Richard Bauml and Rob Bauml serving as casket bearers.
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– Alfred Edmund Vaughan, beloved husband of Irene Vaughan of Churchbridge, SK passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 1, 1990 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. He was 92 years of age. Eddie was born in the Perley District, N.W.T. on March 20, 1898, the youngest son of Richard Cunliffe and Emma Jane (Edwards) Vaughan. He grew up on the family farm north of Bangor and attended Llewelyn School. He was confirmed in the Anglican faith at St. David’s Church in Bangor on July 30, 1913. On June 24, 1933, Eddie was united in marriage to Irene Richardson in Calgary, AB. They lived on the same family farm until 1971, when they retired to Churchbridge. Eddie was a Charter member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, served as a School Trustee, acted on the Saltcoats Rural Telephone Committee, was a member of the Aston and Llewelyn Community Clubs, was a Saltcoats R.M. Councillor of six years and served on vestry and as a warden of St. Asaph’s and Christ Anglican Church. He loved sports and played with the Bangor Football Team, enjoyed carpentry, mechanics, beekeeping, and music – playing both violin and piano. Mr. Vaughan was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Reg, Dick, Wilf, and Leon; sisters, Elsie Hughes, Beatrice Hughes, Lillian Gray, Gladys Vaughan and Millie McLaren. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, his loving wife, Irene; two daughters, Myrna (Henry) Jenson of Churchbridge, and Janis (Bill) Cockell of Ottawa, ON; five grandchildren, Noel (Maureen) Jenson of Saskatoon, Perry (Kim) Jenson of Churchbridge, Earl Jenson of Churchbridge, Sheryl (Gary) Newman of Vancouver, BC, Darren Cockell of Cold Lake, AB; three great-grandchildren, Kathleen, Jonathon and Myles Jenson of Churchbridge; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Tatton of Parksville, BC and Marguerite (Joe) Mitchell of Qualicum Beach, BC; and many friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7, 1990 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Rev. Jim Tiffin and Rev. Pauline Tiffin officiating. The organist was Rev. Bill Pope. Honourary pallbearers were John and Pat Blenkinsop, Paul and Audrey Koroll, Len Tatton, Len Turner, Rile Lee, Ranald Hrushka, Mark Tatton and Fred Appleton. Active pallbearers were grandsons Noel, Perry, Darren, and Earl, granddaughter, Sheryl and her husband, Gary. Interment was in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Mary Irene (nee Richardson) Vaughan was born March 7, 1913 at Bredenbury, SK, to George and Anne (Buckle) Richardson, the eldest of three girls. She grew up on their farm in the Kinbrae district and difficult times caused her to leave school in Grade 10 to help support the family. Irene met Eddie Vaughan of the Aston district and they were married in Calgary, AB on June 24, 1933. They lived and farmed at Egerton – north of Bangor – for 38 years and raised two daughters, Myrna and Janis Irene took pride in their yard with her big garden and beautiful flowers, and was very involved in the commuity and St. Asaph’s Anglican Church. Music was always a part of Irene’s life and she and Eddie played in orchestra or entertained most of their lives. Sewing was also a big part of her younger years. A love for art that began during her school days, was rekindled in 1964 when she received a “paint by number” picture. The left over paints were much more to her liking and satisfaction! Thus began her beloved hobby of painting and sketching. Added to that was her artistic way of decorating cakes and eventually fashioning her hand molded pottery. After selling Egerton, Irene and Eddie moved to Churchbridge in 1971 and enjoyed a busy retirement. Irene taught art and pottery through Community College and was organist for over 20 years at Christ Church Anglican. During her self- taught "artist’s career", Irene held three One Man Shows and sold numerous paintings across Canada and beyond. She always enjoyed the company of friends and neighbors and looked forward to visits with her grandchildren and later, her great grandchildren. In 1998 Irene moved to St. Albert, AB to be close to Janis and resided at Ironwood Estates - a retirement residence - where she continued her painting and playing her violin to entertain other seniors. She became a resident of Youville Care Home in July of 2003 and passed away there on August 12, 2004. Predeceased by her parents and husband, Irene is survived by her daughters, Myrna (Henry) Jenson, Churchbridge and Janis (Bill) Cockell, St. Albert; five grandchildren, Noel (Maureen) Jenson, Saskatoon, Perry (Kim) Jenson, Churchbridge, Sheryl (Gary) Newman, Surrey,BC, Darren (Patty) Cockell, Castle Rock, Colorado and Earl (Donna) Jenson, Vegreville; ten great-grandchildren, Kathleen (David)Holstein, Yorkton, Jonathan, Myles and Danielle Jenson, Churchbridge, Nena and Price Jenson, Saskatoon, Matthew and Melanie Newman, Surrey, Mitchell and Austin Cockell, Castle Rock; two sisters, Phyllis Tatton, Parksville, BC and Margeurite Mitchell, Qualicum Beach, BC and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
– George Verhelst was born on April 18, 1926 in Langenburg, SK, the son of Jules and Alice (nee Schoonert) Verhelst. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. George attended Morning Glory School and upon completion of his education he began farming on the family farm. George was united in marriage to Mary Burton on November 7, 1950 and they were blessed with two children, Donald and Joanne. For most of their lives, George and Mary farmed east of Churchbridge except for a short time they spent in Oliver, BC. However, their Prairie roots ran deep and they returned to the farm. George worked for Sveinbjornson Construction until his retirement in 1991, when they purchased a home in the town of Churchbridge. George was a very quiet, honest, hard- working man who would do anything to help his fellow man or neighbour. He always put others ahead of himself. George enjoyed family times and especially loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was very proud of their accomplishments and always encouraged them to work hard at their endeavours. This past year, the family had a particularly wonderful Christmas season with him as he shared many stories with the grandchildren they had never heard before. They found it hard to imagine what he had endured as a child and young man growing up. George’s leisure time was minimal, but he always took time for church. In those few moments of spare time, he enjoyed reading, watching baseball, hockey and curling. In later years, George also took up bowling and playing cards. George and Mary made several trips back to Oliver, BC.to visit family and friends. George was predeceased by his wife Mary, on May 12, 2004. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory; his brother, Joe Verhelst; his best friend and soul mate, Rose Schonberger; his son, Don(Jean) ; his daughter, Joanne (Craig) Hegedus; grandchildren, Kelly (Koren) Verhelst and their children, Eric, Alex and David Verhelst; Michelle (John) Kachur, and their children, Payton and Taiya Kachur; Adam Hegedus; Kurt Hegedus and Megan Hegedus (Jason) and their child, Aden Hegedus-Dittmer; sisters-in-law, Elaine Verhelst, Dorothy (Fred) Tomlin and Laura (Freddie) Steel; brother-in-law, Leo (Jessie) Burton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of good friends. The Prayer Vigil Service was held on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, with Casmer Chyz serving as Lay Presider. The Reader was Megan Hegedus and the eulogy was given by John Kachur. The Funeral Mass was held on Friday, April 3, 2009 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge, with Father Hector Seville as the Celebrant. The ushers were Joe Jurick and Allyn Jurick. The organist, Myrna Jenson led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The reader was Elaine Verhelst, the Cross Bearer was Rollie Brick, the Gift Bearers were Don and Jean Verhelst, the Communion Ministers were Harvey and Lillian Sveinbjornson and the Altar Server was Arnold Van Caeseele. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Adam Hegedus, Kurt Hegedus, Tim Sveinbjornson, John Malcolm, Gilbert Boyle and Casmer Chyz serving as casket bearers.
– Mary Ann (nee Burton) Verhelst, beloved wife of George Verhelst of Churchbridge, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at the Regina General Hospital. She was 75 years of age. Mary Ann Verhelst was born on February 22, 1929 on the family farm southwest of Langenburg, the daughter of McKinley and Rose (nee Betz) Burton. She received her education at Carlsrud, Landshut and Morning Glory schools in SK. The family relocated to Oliver, BC, where she completed her education. Mary was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and was a member of the CWL for 55 years. Mary was a fantastic cook and spent her younger years working in cafes and housekeeping. She was married to George Verhelst on Novmeber 7, 1950, and they were blessed with two children, Donald and Joanne. Although they lived for a short while in Oliver, BC Mary and George’s Prairie roots ran deep and they spent most of their married life on the farm east of Churchbridge. They retired to the Town of Churchbridge in 1991. An avid hockey, curling and baseball fan, Mary rarely missed watching a game. Her hobbies included quilting, bowling, sewing, baking, playing cards and board games. She especially enjoyed taking on unwary competitors in a game of Scrabble. But best of all were times spent with family and friends. Mary was extremely proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always encouraging them in all their endeavours. She took great pride in their many accomplishments from graduating school and university to excelling in their sporting activities. Mary was predeceased by her parents, McKinley and Rose Burton, her parents-in-law, Jules and Alice Verhelst, her brothers-in-law, John Verhelst and Louis Schonberger; and her nieces, Cecelia Burton and Lois Tomlin. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 53 years, George Verhelst; her son, Don(Jean) Verhelst of Yorkton; her daughter, Joanne (Craig) Hegedus of Esterhazy; grandchildren, Kelly (Koren) Verhelst of Rocanville, Michelle (John) Kachur of Spiritwood Acres, and Adam, Megan and Kurt Hegedus of Esterhazy; great grandchildren, Erik and Alex Verhelst and Payton Kachur; her brother, Leo (Jessie) Burton of The Pas, MB; her sisters, Dorothy (Fred) Tomlin, Laura (Freddie) Steele and Rose Schonberger of Oliver, BC; her sister-in-law, Elaine Verhelst of Humboldt; and her brother-in-law, Joe Verhelst of Churchbridge; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. A Prayer Vigil Service was held on Friday, May 14, 2004 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Father Peter Nwanekezie presiding. The reading was given by Elaine Pollock. The organist, Cailey Brick, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday May 15, 2004 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Churchbridge with Father Pete Nwanekezie as Celebrant, and Father Rick Krofchek as Co-Celebrant. The ushers wee Arnold VanCaeseele and Gil Boyle. The organist, Cailey Brick, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns. The readers were Gil and Grace Boyle. The communion ministers were Martha Karau and Kris Sauser, and the altar servers were Justine Daum and Tina Paridaen. The interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Kelly Verhelst, Adam Hegedus, John Kachur, Leslie Burton, Gary Tinnish and Harvey Sveinbjornson serving as casket bearers.
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- Henry Wagner was born in the Beresina district on August 30, 1903, to Adam and Eleanore (Schappert) Wagner, and baptized into the Christian faith in Grace Lutheran Church, Beresina. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Landestreu by Pastor C. Predoehl. On April 23, 1939 he was united in marriage to Alma Dressler. Their union was blessed with three children. They farmed in the Beresina district until he retired and moved to Churchbridge in 1964. He was predeceased by his parents, five brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Alma; one son, Harold and wife Fern of Churchbridge; two daughters, Delores and husband Edsel Hogberg of Langenburg, and Carol and husband David Yeske of Russell, Man; by nine grandchildren, Michael, Scott and Pamela Wagner, Robin Kimberly and Renae Hogberg, and Michelle, Noelle and Christopher Yeske; also by two sisters, Dorthea Dressler, of Saskatoon, and Elsie Threinen of Kelowna, BC. Mr. Wagner was called to his heavenly home on September 19, 1978, from the Yorkton Union Hospital at the age of 75 years and 20 days. We praise God for the many blessings He gave during his earthly life, and for the promise of eternal life in his Son’s name. Organist for the Funeral service was Alice Johnson. Ushers were Ubert Sauser and Leonard Wagner. Pallbearers were Jack Schaan, Carl Jendrasheske, Herb Schrader, Gerald Dressler, Gus Knutt, Charlie Schmidt.
- Alma Wilhelmina (nee Dressler) Wagner-Phillips went to her heavenly home on Saturday, May 3, 2003 surrounded by her loving family. She died at the Centennial Special Care Home, Langenburg, SK., at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 10 days. Alma was born May 23, 1914, on her parents’ farm in the Churchbridge District. She was baptized June 1, 1914, and confirmed April 11, 1928 at the Beresina Church. Her confirmation verse was John 10: 27-28. She attended Dressler School, and upon completion of school, she worked for farm families. On April 23, 1939, Alma married Henry Wagner. They farmed in the Beresina District until 1947, when they moved to a farm in the Dresssler District where they resided and raised their three children. They returned to Churchbridge in 1964 and took in boarders for a few years. Alma enjoyed her many hobbies of crocheting, knitting, quilting and gardening. She was also an avid reader and family historian. Alma served her church willingly and joyfully. Her dream of teaching was realized when Sunday school was introduced into the church program. All her students were special to her. She taught Sunday school and First Year Confirmation for many years. She was a member of the LWML since its beginning and served in various positions including Zone President. Alma served as organist in both Beresina and Churchbridge, also playing for many weddings and funerals. After retiring from church organist, she continued to accompany Pastor Solie to the Care Home in Langenburg and Saltcoats to play for services there; and for chapel services after becoming a resident in 1999. When her memory failed, she continued to enjoy playing her piano and spent her last days listening to her beloved hymns. Alma was predeceased by her first husband, Henry Wagner in 1978. In 1984 she married Jack Phillips; he predeceased her in 1992. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew Dressler in 1972 and Ida Dressler in 1984; two brothers in infancy; sister Mary Prescott in 1984; and special niece Shannon Dressler in 1988. She leaves to mourn, her three children: Delores (Edsel) Hogberg of Langenburg; Harold (Fern) Wagner of Churchbridge; and Carol (David) Yeske of Saskatoon; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren: Robin (Michelle) Hogberg and son John of Langenburg; Kim(Zane) Mckerricher of Ogema; Renae (Pat) Quinlan and their children Alyx, Zachary and Joshua of Camrose; Michael (Claudia) Wagner and their children Rachelle, Janessa and Savannah of Revelstoke; Scott Wagner of Regina; Pamela (Shawn) Werle and their children Madison and Hope of Churchbridge; Michelle (Travis) Dreger and their children Brenden, Kristy and Kara-Lee of Birtle; Noelle (Trevor)Kiesman and their children Amanda and Adam of Winnipeg; Chris (Michelle) Yeske and their children Christopher, Jessica and Ryan of Victoria; 1 brother Andrew (Irene) Dressler of Yorkton; 3 sisters Lena (Peter) Smith of Nanaimo; Natalie Scavington of Vancouver, and Ruth (Bill) Ruecker of Calgary as well as numerous nieces and nephews. We praise God for the many blessings He gave during her early life and for the promise of eternal life in His Son’s name. Presiding minister for her Funeral Service was Rev. Daryl Solie; assisting minister was Rev. Linden Dressler. Organist was Vallery Putland; soloist Audrey Solie. Cal Kitz and Don Taylor were ushers. Pallbearers were Ron Putland, Glen Schaan, Gerald Dressler, Russell Hanchuk, Lyle Mund and Doug Dressler. Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Daniel (Dan) was born in Iceland in 1896 and came to Canada with his father in 1900. In 1917, Dan was united in marriage to Gudrun Reykjalin and they farmed 5 miles north east of Churchbridge, until 1951 when they moved to town, where Dan was employed by the town for many years. Dan was active in a number of organizations, namely the Credit Union, Sask Wheat Pool, Sask Co-op Association, Langenburg Union Hospital Board, Agriculture Society and councillor and reeve of the RM of Churchbridge. His hobbies were playing snooker and bridge, and enjoying the company at the Evergreen Club. Dan was an avid reader and took a keen interest in politics. Dan was known to all as “Grampa Dan”, and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Dan was predeceased by his wife Gudrun in January 1984, a daughter Freda in April, 1987 ad grandson Ken in June, 1983. Dan leaves to mourn, three sons: Dave (Betty) of Churchbridge; Kelly of Churchbridge; Albert (Vicky) of Wadena, SK; two daughters, Olive (Hubert) Yeske, Langenburg; June (Bob) Mitschke, Langenburg. After a lengthy stay in the Plains Health Center in Regina, and Langenburg Hospital, Dan came back to the Centennial Special Care Home where he passed away Dec. 30, 1987.
– David Helgie “Dave” Westman was born on September 25, 1918 on the family farm, northeast of Churchbridge, the son of Runa and Dan Westman. During his early life, he helped run the farm while attending Thingvalla School. After his father retired, Dave and his brother, Kelly, took over the family farm for a number of years. Dave left home to serve his country during World War II, enlisting in the Army on June 8, 1942. He was a Lance Corporal serving overseas and was discharged on March 23, 1946. On December 21, 1946, Dave married Betty Massey, the daughter of Alice and Bill Massey of Regina. The couple returned to the farm and remained there until 1964 when they moved into the town of Churchbridge. Dave worked at the North American Lumber Yard and Churchbridge Co-op as a fuel truck driver. He loved going to visit his daughters, to see how things were going on their farms and how many bins were full of grain. It never really mattered to Dave how big the bins were just how many bins were full! Besides farming, Dave’s other interests included trapping, fishing, golfing, playing cards and spending time just visiting with friends and family. Dave passed away peacefully with his wife, his daughters and his sons-in-law by his side on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home. He was 92 years of age. Dave leaves to mourn his loss and celebrate his life, his loving wife of almost 65 years, Betty; his daughters and their husbands, Linda and Wayne Rathgeber, and Brenda and Dennis Schutz; his grandchildren, Rhonda (Ed) Gibler, Shelly (Don) Treppel, Lisa (Dwayne) Fenske, Sandy (Wayne) Bashnick, Neil (Tricia) Rathgeber and Mindy (Derek) Woloschuk; his great-grandchildren, Presley ,Marcus, Brianna, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Tessa, Royce, Ella and Rylie. Dave is also survived by his sisters, June Mitschke and Olive (Hezzy) Yeske; his brother, Albert (Vicky) Westman; brother-in-law, Ron Becker; as well as his nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Runa and Dan; his son, Ken; his brother, Kelly (and his wife, Lenore); his sister, Freda Becker and brother-in-law, Bob Mitschke. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home & Crematorium with Mr. Thom Carnahan officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment will be held later at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
– Gudrun (nee Reykjalin) Westman, beloved wife of Mr. Dan Westman passed away on January 17, 1984 at the Langenburg Union Hospital following a brief illness. She was 85 years of age. Mrs. Westman was born December 10, 1898 in Winnipeg, MB. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reykjalin. As a young girl she moved to the Churchbridge district and lived with the Laxdal’s who farmed north of Churchbridge. She grew up on the farm and received her education at the Saltcoats School. After completing her education she continued to reside on the Laxdal farm. On November 9, 1917, in Winnipeg, she was united in marriage to Dan Westman. Following their marriage the couple moved to the Churchbridge district and started to farm five miles northeast of Churchbridge. The couple continued to farm in the Churchbridge district until 1951 when they retired from the farm and moved into Churchbridge where they purchased a home. Mrs. Westman continued to reside at her home until just a short period of time ago when failing health forced her to enter the Langenburg Union Hospital. A homemaker at heart, she loved to knit and crochet different articles of clothing for the members of her family. She loved the company of her children and grandchildren with her home being always open to family and friends who just stopped in to say hello. Mrs. Westman was a lifelong and devoted m ember of Concordia Lutheran Church and a devoted member of the Ladies Aid of the Concordia Lutheran Church. A gentle person by nature and a woman who was devoted to her husband through 66 years of marriage, she will be sadly missed by her family and all those who were very close to her. Mrs. Westman was predeceased by her parents, one sister Margaret and one grandson, Ken Westman. She leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband, Dan; three sons, Dave and his wife Betty of Churchbridge, Kelly of Pine Point, N.W.T. and Albert and his wife Vicky of Wadena; three daughters, Freda and her husband Ron Becker of Medicine Hat, AB; Olive and her husand Hubert Yeske of Langenburg and June and her husband Bob Mitschke of Langenburg; one sister, Florence Thorliefson of Winniipeg, MB; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held January 21, 1984 from Concordia Lutheran Church in Churchbridge with Pastor V. Richard Dederik officiating. Organist Lorna Nechvatal led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery. The honourary pall bearers were Valla Marvin, Jona Bjarnason, Inga Johnson, Florence Skaalerud, Anna Reykjalin and Joa Johsnon. Active pallbearers were Bruce Becker, Bob Wotherspoon, Gary Westman, Wayne Rathgeber, Greg Flook and Ken Weinheimer.
- George Whitlock passed away suddenly on August 5, 1996 at Middlechurch Home in Winnipeg, MB. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England on November 3, 1906. Predeceased by his wife Clara in 1992, he is survived by three sisters and several nieces and nephews in England. He came to Canada in 1927 and worked for several farmers in the Saltcoats, SK area before purchasing his own land in the Saltcoats area. In the early 50’s, he moved to the Churchbridge area, and continued to farm until he retired in 1974 After making a trip back to England, he moved to Kelowna, BC. There he met and married Clara in 1978. They moved to Winnipeg in 1991. George moved into the Middlechurch Home in January, 1996. Funeral was held August 10, 1996 at Transcona Funeral Chapel in Winnipeg, MB.
– Philip. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather on Sunday, December 12, 1999 at the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg after a brief illness. He was 98 years of age. Philip was born in Austria in 1901 and immigrated to Canada in 1921 and worked as a farmhand in various parts of SK. In 1926, he married Mary Brenner and they began farming in the Churchbridge area. They were blessed with five children; Helen, Arthur (Susan), Eddie (Gloria), Lillian (Bruce) and Joyce (Bill). Philip was active in the community and church affairs. He was a member of the church council of Peace Lutheran Church and a school trustee for eight years. He was also a member of the Wheat Board. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing and singing. At Christmas he would sing in the church Choir. In 1962, they left the farm and retired to the town of Churchbridge, where they resided until June of 1999, when Philip took up residence in the care home. Philip leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife of 73 years, Mary; two sons, Arthur (Susan) of Belair, MB and Eddie (Gloria) of Churchbridge, SK; three daughters, Helen Anning of Winnipeg, MB, Lillian (Bruce) Culham of Claresholm, AB and Joyce (Bill) Herd of Calgary, AB; as well as thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Philip was predeceased by his parents; five brothers; three sisters; and a son-in-law, Bob Anning. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 15, 1999 from Concordia Lutheran Church, with Reverend Michael Bergman officiating. The organist, Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Philip’s three daughters, Lillian Culham, Helen Anning and Joyce Herd, gave the eulogy. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Darwin Wirth, Ryan Wirth, Warren Wirth, Reagan Herd, Jim Anning and Bruce Anning serving as casket bearers.
- Mary (nee Brenner). It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at the Centennial Special Care Home in Langenburg, after a brief illness. She was 93 years of age. Mary was born in Russia in 1909, and immigrated to Canada with her mother, a sister and a brother at the age of two years. They joined her father, who had come previously and settled near Churchbridge. She married Philip Wirth on November 14, 1925, and settled on a farm NE of Churchbridge, where they farmed until 1962, when they retired in town. They celebrated 73 years of marriage. Mary was a hard-working, lovable person who always had time for others, no matter how busy she was. Her kitchen was her domain and her garden her respite. She loved a good laugh and was hardly ever at a loss for words. She leaves to mourn her passing: her five children;, sons, Arthur (Susan) Wirth of Belair, MB and Eddie (Gloria) Wirth of Churchbridge; three daughters, Helen Anning of Winnipeg, Lil (Bruce) Culham of Claresholm, AB and Joyce (Bill) Herd of Calgary, AB. Her 13 grandchildren: Ryan (Leslie) Wirth, Charlene (Harry) Hubutka and Sheldon (Marian) Wirth; Warren(Susan) Wirth; Bryan (Sharon) Wirth, Darwyn (Jacquie) Wirth; Daryl (Ann) Anning, Jim Anning, Bruce (Krista) Anning and Gary (Laura) Anning; Jody Culham; Reagan (Lisa) Herd and Brittany Herd. Her 16 great grandchildren: Steven (Kirsten) Wirth and Michael Wirth; Jacob and Julia Wirth, David and Julia Anning, Justin and Kayli Anning, Hayden and Annika Anning and Kyla Herd. Also, step grandchildren, Robert, Chad, Trina and Teresa. Also surviving are her sisters; Patricia Warr of Winnipeg, MB; Sally Bennett of Long Beach, CA; Hilda (Lawrence) Johnson of Vernon, BC; Florence Gunnarson of Victoria, BC and Marjorie Obenauer of Vernon, BC, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Philip; her parents Edward and Helen Brenner; her brothers, Ludwig and Ewald; sisters, Adophene Heidemann, Lynn Partridge and Ruth Ott; brothers-in-law, Gus Heidemann, Frank Partridge, Tom Warr, Lon Ott, Bill Bennett, Eyfi Gunnarson, and Louis Obenauer; sister-in-law, Annie Brenner; and son-in-law, Robert Anning. The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Tarryl Felhaber and to the wonderful nurses and staff at the care home for their kindness, care and compassion shown to our mother. Also, we send a thank you to the many people who visited her, called her, or sent cards and letters. This was a source of joy to her. Funeral services were held at Concordia Lutheran Church on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Bergman officiating. The organist, Vallery Putland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A eulogy and tribute was given by her five children. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Cemetery with Daryl Anning, Sheldon Wirth, Gary Anning, Bryan Wirth, Steven Wirth and Justin Anning serving as casket bearers.
– Max Peter Wolfram, beloved husband of Elsie Wolfram of Churchbridge, passed away December 19, 1997 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 83 years of age. Max was born on a farm near Weyburn, SK, on October 2, 1914, the eldest of six children born to Mathias and Mary Wolfram. He attended McTaggart School and in 1925 the family moved to Khedive, where his father purchased a pool room, bowling alley and confectionary. In 1928, he graduated from Barber College in Regina, returned home and eventually took over the business, later expanding it to a general store. During this time, he met and married Elsie Schultz of Pangman on July 14, 1940 In 1942, they purchased a garage and service station and ran it along with his brother, Adam. In the 1940’s Max also completed a radio and TV servicing course and he installed many of the first televisions to households in the area. In 1958, a larger store was purchased. They ran Wolfram’s Clover Farm store until 1967, when they bought the IGA in Churchbridge. Max and Elsie operated this store until they retired in 1983. They spent the next 10 winters in Mesa, Arizona, until Max’s declining health prevented them from returning. Max will be remembered as a very astute businessman and that he loved to discuss politics. He had a terrific sense of humour and spent many hours playing his accordion. He also enjoyed electronics and carpentry. Of his many interests, his greatest love was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Max was predeceased by his parents, Mathias and Mary (Fischer) Wolfram; a son, Bill; and his brother, Adam. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Elsie, his son, Jim, of Churchbridge; his daughters, Vivian (Lyle) Sveinbjornson of Rocanville; Sharon (Don) Vermeersch of Langenburg; his brother, John, of Regina; sisters, Helen Vawter of Regina, Cathy Murray of Vancouver, Vi Minion of Capitola, California; sister-in-law, Elda Wolfram of Regina. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Brian (Dani) Babish; Amanda, Charla and Marisa Wolfram; Colin and Nadine Sveinbjornson; Christopher, Nathan, Dillon and Landon Vermeersch; great grandchildren Josie and Rylee; as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives and good friends. Prayer Vigil Service was held Sunday, December 21, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Rollie Brick serving as lay-presider and Mary Wintonyk providing the readings. The organist, Lacelyn Chyz, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, December 22, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Rick Krofchek and Rev. Father Norman Marcotte as the celebrants. The ushers were Baldur Olson and Ed Wirth. The pall was placed by two of Max’s children, Jim Wolfram and Vivian Sveinbjornson. The readings were offered by Barb VanCaeseele and Gabriel Neumeier. The Gift Bearers were Christopher and Nathan Vermeersch and the Communion Ministers were Barb VanCaeseele, Arnold VanCaeseele and Ed Wirth. The St. Joseph’s Folk Group accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Max was laid to rest in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery with Ray Schneider Larry Brenner, Rollie Brick, Harvey Sveinbjornson, Gabe Neumeier and Walter Wintonyk serving as casket bearers.
- Edith Frances (nee Miles) Wussow, 77, of Melfort, SK. Canada, a native of Jackson County passed away recently at the Provincial Geriatric Home in Saskatoon, SK. Her death was due to peritonitis and a gall bladder inflammation. Born March 15, 1883, in the Town of Springfield, in Jackson County she was the daughter of Candace and Charles Miles. At the age of sixteen she joined the Methodist Church and in 1929 became a member of the United Church group at Churchbridge, SK. She was active with the Ladies Aid of her church and served a year as its President. She was a charter member of the Homemakers Club of Churchbridge and in later years was given a life membership by the club. Her hobby was hooking rugs. She had engaged in teaching. On November 7, 1906 she was joined in marriage with Ludwig Gustave Wussow at Springfield. Her brother Ira D. Miles and his wife Anna, were witnesses. Her husband preceded her in death, passing away in 1954, and she was also preceded by her sister, Metta Bright, and two brothers, Worel and Emmet. She is survived by her two daughters, Mardell ; Mrs. Verner Peterson of Houston, Texas, and Margaret; Mrs. George Hack of Togo, SK.; one son Woodrow (Phyllis) of Churchbridge, SK., and one brother Ira D. Miles of St. Cloud, Florida. She will be remembered for her cheerfulness and her service to others. Funeral services for her were conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 1961 from the United Church in Churchbridge by the Rev. Slater. Interment was made in the Churchbridge Cemetery.
- Ludwig Gustave of Churchbridge, SK. passed away on Saturday, July 24th, 1954. Ludwig was born in Wisconsin on August 16, 1881 when the family home was near Black River Falls. He was a farmer operating farms in the Curran community and other parts of Jackson County. He married in 1906, and later came to Canada in 1913 where he decided it offered opportunities beyond those Wisconson had and moved there to take up land. Known as Lew by his friends in Jackson County, he was a fine family man, well-liked by his neighbours, always ready to help. He had seven brothers and sisters who preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow Edith (nee Miles) of Churchbridge, SK., two daughters, Mrs. Jack Hayes (Mardell) of Houston, Texas and Mrs. George Hack (Margaret) of Togo, SK.; and one son Woodrow (Phyllis) of Churchbridge, SK.
– Phyllis Betty Bergren was born in Hyas, Sask. on June 16, 1922, the seventh daughter of Frank and Elvina Bergren. She passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy, Sask. on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Phyllis began her education in Yorkton, Sask. At the age of ten years, her family moved to a farm, north of Churchbridge, and she continued her education at Logberg School. After living and working in Toronto, Ontario for a while, she returned to the Churchbridge area where she resided until her passing. Phyllis married Chuck Wussow on January 12, 1946, in Yorkton, Sask., after Chuck’s return from overseas. They settled and farmed two miles north of Churchbridge for 38 years, where they raised their three daughters. In 1981, Phyllis and Chuck built their retirement home in the town of Churchbridge; a home in which Phyllis took pride in helping design and decorate. During her retirement, Phyllis enjoyed her family and friends, playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, quilting and bowling. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents and six sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her loving husband of 62 years, Chuck; her daughters, Janice (Don) Johnston of Calgary, AB, Connie (Russ) Sakundiak of Churchbridge, SK and Candice (Brian) Swanson of Churchbridge, SK; eight grandchildren, Troy, Todd and Sharla Sakundiak, Cody Johnston, Kirk (Jynn Gibson) Johnston, Jenilee (Darren) Melnyk, Clint Swanson, Marcy (Brandon Eskra) Swanson; one great-grandson, Hunter Sakundiak; her sister Mae Rattray of |Nakusp, B.C. as well as many nieces and nephews.
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– Elsie Yanke (nee Batke) was born on March 29, 1926, in Poland, the third youngest of 13 children of Christian and Blondina (nee Jabs) Batke. The family had a difficult time making a go of it on 10 acres. They grew their own vegetables and had cows, chickens and pigs. Elsie always admired her Mom for working so hard to keep her children clothed and fed. When the war broke out, the family fled Poland and moved to Germany, where things were better, but after the war the rest of the family was able to come to Canada. Elsie had many stories of the old country and the tough times they went through. When people complained about Canada, she always said, "You don’t know how good you have it; you should kiss the ground you walk on and be thankful you live in a good country". When Elsie came to Canada with her Mom and three sisters, she first worked as a housekeeper and then worked at the Inglis Hotel as a cook. With the language barrier she had some interesting stories, but she was determined to learn the language and save up some of her money. Elsie met Norman Yanke in 1948, and they were married on August 23, 1949. They lived in Churchbridge until 1962, when they bought the Basken farm and moved just out of town, where built a new home. Elsie was in her glory; she bought a cow, she even had chickens bought before they moved to the farm. Now she would have fresh milk, cream, butter, and lots of space to grow her garden and develop her flower beds. Norman and Elsie worked well together—they bought land, and Norman cleared the bush, and Elsie helped pick the roots. Norman started the N.Yanke Transfer Ltd. And she was alone at home quite a it, but she kept herself busy with the children, cooking, baking, gardening, canning and sewing. Elsie loved to bake—on her typical baking day it was 9 loaves of bread, kuchen and a batch of donuts. The freezer always had a high cake and extra baking for company. She was very generous with gifts of food to her family and friends. We will all miss her delicious apple pies; they were the best! In 1985, they moved off the farm and into town, where they built a new home in which to spend their retirement years. Elsie again, spent many hours working in her flower beds and garden. Norman and Elsie did some traveling—they enjoyed going to Australia, New Zealand, Germany and then a number of trips to the states to enjoy a couple of weeks of warmer weather in the winter months. She accepted the Lord as her Saviour at a young age, and became very involved in the church when they joined the Church of God. She cooked at Greenwater Church of God Camp for a number of summers. It was hard work but she enjoyed the smiles when she made a fresh batch of donuts for the kids. Norman and Elsie raised three children: Brenda (Murray) Johnson, Lorna (Dean) Merryfield and Garry (Sandee) Yanke. They have 16 grandchildren; Rick (Heather) Johnson, Lori (Chad) Bremner, Ryan Johnson (Kim Klymchuk), Dan (Vanessa)Lambie, Lee Ann (Ryan) Gaudet, Richelle Lambie, Jodi(Cary) Bernath, Jayson (Lindsay) Merryfielld, Janel (Clint) Merryfield, Lindee (Mike) Yaremovich, David Yanke, Carsie Yanke (Andrew Guedo), Kris, Eric, Matthew and Amy Yanke. Elsie lived to see some of her grandchildren start families of their own and enjoyed having the little ones around again. Elsie and Norman have 23 great grandchildren. Ethan and Lukas Johnson, Hannah and Adam Bremner, Hadassah, Elias, Maria, Caleb and Lydia Lambie, Rozly, William and Logan Gaudet, Kayden, Kohen and Wyatt Lambie, Daymond, Ryland and Ashlyn Bernath, Deklan and Finn Merryfield, Chase Merryfield, Madison and Josh Yaremovich. Elsie passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, as a result of a massive stroke. She had a number of health issues over the last number of years, but she was a a fighter and overcame many hurdles, including a bad car accident in 2007. Elsie was predeceased by her parents, Christian and Blondia(nee Jabs) Batke; three brothers in infancy, four brothers, Bill (Anne) Batke, Herman (Lucy) Batke, Reinhold (Suzanne) Batke, Gustav (Emma) Batke; three sisters, Emma (Adam) Haberstock, Olga(Carl) Fischer, Wanda (Louis) Bach; brother-in-law, Gordon Garnett; mother and father-in-law, Edith and Gottleib Yanke; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mabel (Thorstein) Sveinbjornson, Fred, John, Gordon(Mary) and Lawrence Yanke; and many of her friends and some of her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her caring husband of 63 years, Norman; her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren,; her sisters, Erna Garnett and Jean(John) Cucheron; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Leotha Yanke, Albert and Violet Yanke, Marie Yanke, Melfort and Mary Yanke and Elsie Yanke (Hudson Bay); as well as many nieces and nephews. Rest in peace, you did well!!!! Interment followed at the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
- Lawrence "Spike" Yanke (March 15, 1923 - March 20, 2009) was born in Springside, Sask. on March 15, 1923 to Gottlieb and Edith (nee Zielke) Yanke. He attended school in Springside, Logberg and Churchbridge. In 1930 his family moved to Churchbridge. Lawrence later returned to Springside to finish his Grade 12. Lawrence worked at various jobs throughout the years. He worked in Ontario, near Thunder Bay, in the Brittania Mine in BC (1940”s), as well as in logging camps. He obtained his Pressure Welding Certificate in Edmonton around 1950. Lawrence was employed with Matheson Bros. of Yorkton with a welding crew in which he traveled to Jasper, Alberta to construct a bridge. In Churchbridge, he worked at the Corner Garage as well as land clearing for many farmers in the area. He started employment with Shentag at the potash mine and then 1964 he became employed with IMC where he worked until retirement in 1988. On September 8, 1962 Lawrence was united in holy matrimony to Marie Carlson and they were blessed with three children, Marcella, Farley and Amber. They were later blessed with six grandchildren, Shayla, Jayden, Jessee, Justin, Kailyn and Jorden. Lawrence was extremely active in his community. He spent many hours’ umpping all games, coaching hockey and timekeeping for many senior hockey games. He was also a member of the Churchbridge Gun Club, Churchbridge Volunteer Fire Department, the S.A.H.A. Executive Committee, the Churchbridge Curling Club, the Churchbridge Senior Golf Club and he volunteered for the Churchbridge campground, among many other endeavors. Lawrence’s many interests included hunting, fishing, golfing, curling, gardening, trap shooting, camping, boating, playing cards and pool at the Evergreen Club as well as coffee row. He also took pleasure in playing many games of crib with his wife, children, grandchildren, sons-in-law and friends. Lawrence spent many treasured moments golfing and travelling with his wife, Marie. He was also very proud of his children and grandchildren. Other highlights were many road trips made to spend time with his children and grandchildren. His children and grandchildren loved him dearly and always looked forward to going ‘home’ to spend time to play golf with their Dad/Grandpa. Spike was well known for his sense of humor and was always ready to tell a joke. A famous one-liner often heard told was when asked how he was doing, he would reply, “If I was any better, I would be dangerous”. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, Gottlieb and Edith; his sister, Mabel, four brothers, Erwin, John, Gordon and Fred; and his sister-in-law Mary. Left to cherish his memory is his loving and devoted wife, Marie; his children and grandchildren, Marcella (Lorne), Shayla and Jayden; Farley (Terry), Jesse, Beaudry and Jesse; Amber (Kelly) Justin, Kailyn and Jordan; and by his three brothers, Albert (Violet), Norman (Elsie) and Melfort (Mary); his three sisters-in-law, Elsie, Leotha and Irene along with many nieces, nephews and countless friends.
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