ADAMS - Martha Matilda 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.
ADAMS - 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.
ANDERSON - 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. Honorary 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.
ANDERSON - Lottie (Lettie). 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.
BARTUSEK - 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.
BASKEN – 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.
BASKEN – 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.
BECKER – 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.
BJARNASON - 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\0 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.
BOREEN - 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.
CHOPTUIK - 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.
EYJOLFSON - 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.
GARBE - 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.
HEINRICH - Clara Arivra (nee Mintram) passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with her family by her side, on February 20, 2009, her 92nd birthday. 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 Claude 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.
KAEDING - 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.
KNUTT - 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.
McNEIL - 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.
McNEIL - Margaret Laura 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.
MEHLS - 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
MILKE – 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.
MILLER – 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.
MINTRAM – 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.
MORASH – 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.
OLM - 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.
OLM - Doreen Lillian 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 Calgary, 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.
OLM - 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.
OLSON - 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.
OLSON - 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.
OLSON - 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.
PAGET - 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.
PAGET – 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.
PEDRICK – 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.
POPE – 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.
POTTS – 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.
POTTS – 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.
PULOCK – 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.
PULOCK – 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.
PUTLAND – 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.
PUTLAND – 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.
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.
PUTLAND - 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.
RATHGEBER – 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.
REETZ – 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.
REETZ – 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.
REETZ – 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.
REGEHR - 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.
RELES – 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.
RICHELS – 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.
ROSET – 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.
ROTHENBUSH – 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.
RUBILETZ - 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.
RUBLETZ – 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.
RUBLETZ - 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.
SAUSER – 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.
SAUSER – 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.
SAUSER – 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.
SAUSER – 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.
SCHMIDT – 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.
SCHOLZ - 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.
SCHULTZ - 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.
SCHULTZ – 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.
SCHULTZ – 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.
SCHULZ – 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.
SCHULZ - 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. Honorary 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.
SCOBIE – 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.
SCOBIE – 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.
SEMKE – 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.
SHACKLETON – 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.
SHACKLETON – 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.
SMITH – 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.
SMITH – 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.
SNYDER - 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.
SNYDER – 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.
SOLTYS – 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.
SOLTYS – 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.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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. Honorary pallbearers were Harvey Sveinbjornson, Dave Westman, George Verhelst, Einar Johnson, John Egyed, Leo Johnson. Interment followed in the Churchbridge Town Cemetery.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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.
SVEINBJORNSON – 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 pall bearers were John Pollock, Ed Morash, Ralph Soltys, Jim Wowchuk, Andy Renaud and Raymond Haydt.
SWANSON - 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. Honorary 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.
WUSSOW - Edith Frances 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.
WUSSOW - 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.
WUSSOW – 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, Saskatchewan 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.
YANKE - 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.