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- Erwin. We announce the death of our father Erwin Bartel (April 11, 1918 - September 24, 2011), formerly of Drake, now of Saskatoon, after a long and meaningful life at the age of 93 years. Erwin is survived by his wife Nellie Bartel (married 70 years), daughter Joanne Ewert (Ted), sons Davis Bartel, Stan Bartel (Debra Heinrichs), and Robin Bartel (Coby Demkiw-Bartel). Also survived by eight grandchildren: Wade Ewert, Elan Morgan (Aidan), Jay Ewert (Cheryl Bates), Kathleen Bartel (Shane Andre), Steven Bartel (Minami Inada), Sara Bartel, Dane Bartel, and Micah Bartel; also a new greatgrandchild Jackson Ewert. Also remembering Erwin are his siblings Erna Wittenberg, Laurence Bartel (Betty), Leila Kornelson (Ed), and Myrial Wiebe (DuWayne), and in-laws Verna Bartel (Allan Bowers) and Hilda Heinrichs. Erwin was predeceased by parents Edwin and Wilhelmina Bartel, his stepmother Sara Bartel, sisters Leona Bartel and Etta Schmitt, brother Wilmer Bartel, brothers-in-law Jack Wittenberg, Peter Schmitt and Henry Schellenberg. Also predeceased by Nellie's family: parents Jacob and Kornelia Heinrichs, five of Nellie's young siblings in Russia, Maria Enns (Jacob), Anna Driediger (Aron), Margaret Sawatzky (Frank), and Jacob Heinrichs. There are numerous nieces and nephews and their families who will also remember him fondly. Erwin was born in Osler, SK but lived most of his life in the Drake district. He had various fulfilling careers: farmer, manager of the Drake Co-operative Assn., a grocery business, insurance agent, and furnace repair business. He will always be remembered for his generosity, his keen business sense, his devotion to his family, his faith life and involvement in the Drake North Star Mennonite Church, his love of travel, his volunteerism and his ability to repair anything. Mom and Dad moved to Saskatoon in 2008, residing at Bethany Manor until 2011 when they each moved to Sherbrooke Community Centre. We are grateful for the caring community Dad experienced at Bethany Manor and the special care he received at Sherbrooke. We express sincere thanks to Dr. Bayly, Dr. McGettigan and Dr. Thorpe for the compassionate care they provided. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth St., Saskatoon.
- Harvey (February 14, 1920 - December 3, 2012). The death of Harvey Bartel, aged 92 years, formerly of Drake, Sask. occurred peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, Sask. Harvey was predeceased by his wife Linda (nee Huebert); son John and granddaughter Faye. He is survived by sons Daryl (Laurie) and Kelly (Deb); grandchildren Jan (Adam) Mierke, Bryce (Danica), Christa (Russell Quiring) and Corey (Vivian La); great-grandchildren Hanna, Samantha and Jaxson; numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family. Visitation for Family and Friends will take place in Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel, Watrous on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake Sask. on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. Interment in North Star Cemetery.
- Jacob Herbert. The death of Jacob Herbert "Herb " Bartel, age 82, of Chilliwack, BC, (and formerly of Drake), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer. Herb is survived by his second wife of 23 years, Marguerite; children: Ken (June), Kit (Dalton), Ron (Janice), Marj (Doug), Frank (Sandra), Mervin, Betty (Kevin), and Charlie (Linda); 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; stepchildren: Jim (Sheryl), Judy (Russ), Ken (Shirley), Wilma (John), and Wendell (Shirley); 15 step-grandchildren; 15 step-greatgrandchildren; sisters: Lottie Ewert, Eunice (Peter) Stobbe, and Marion Smith; brother, Edgar (Helen) Bartel; sisters-in-law: Margaret Bartel, Helen Driediger, Tina Neufeld, Martha (Corny), Isaac, and Erna (George) Wiebe; brothers-in-law: Isaac (Mary) Driediger and Peter (Rena) Driediger. He also leaves to mourn numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws of the Driediger family, and friends. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. He was predeceased by his first wife, Annie (1983); grandson-in-law, Robby Burns (2005); parents, Cornelius and Marie Bartel; parents-in-law, Issac and Anna Driediger; sister, Naomi Gagne; brother, Erling Bartel; brothers-in-law: Eldon Gerbrandt, George Smith, Leon Gagne, Menno Ewert, George Driediger, and Richard Neufeld. The Funeral Service for Herb will be held at North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, on Saturday, December 9, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the North Star Mennonite Country Cemetery.
- John Harvey (January 3, 1962 - October 2, 2005). It is with extreme sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of beloved son, brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed by his dad, Harvey; two older brothers, Daryl (Laurie) of Drake and Kelly (Debra) of Prince Albert; his nieces, Jan (Adam) Mierke of Yellowknife, NWT and Christa Bartel of Saskatoon; his nephews, Corey of Prince Albert and Bryce of Drake; as well as two great-nieces, Hanna and Samantha Mierke of Yellowknife, NWT. He is predeceased by his mom, Linda; and his niece, Faye. John became ill on Monday, September 26 and passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 2, 2005 with his family at his side. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK with Pastor Harold Peters-Fransen officiating. Interment will take place in the North Star Cemetery.
- Katherine "Katie" Bartel (June 28, 1926 – February 17, 2013). The death of Mrs. Katie Bartel, aged 86 years, occurred on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, Sask. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Sask. Private Family Interment in North Star Cemetery.
- Walter Edward, aged 87 years, of Drake, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully at Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Walter is survived by his loving family, daughter Beatrice (Joe) Reddekopp, Darwin and Graham; son Floyd (Carolyn) Bartel, Brandi (James) Dyck, Tanya and Calvin Bartel; and sister Lenora Schmidt. Walter was predeceased by his loving wife Mary Bartel and brother Elmer Bartel. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Tuesday June 17 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Emily Toews officiating. Interment will take place in North Star Mennonite Country Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. A Public Visitation will take place on Monday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. at Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel in Watrous.
- Orville 1921 - 2007. Orville of Saskatoon, SK and formerly of Nipawin, SK passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Home on Friday, March 23, 2007 at the age of 86 years. Orville is survived by his children, daughter, Donna Bell of Saskatoon; sons, Ralph (Judy) Bell of Delisle, SK, Gordon Bell and Eldon Bell, both of Saskatoon, SK; granddaughter, Kim Ann Bell of LaRonge, SK; sisters, Alice Brake, Ina Bell, Ada Bell and Mildred (Joe) Senger; sister-in-law, Gertrude Bell; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Bell (nee Bracken) in 1976; parents, Frank and Jenny (nee King) Bell; sisters, Lila, Irene, Rita; brothers, Garrett and Jim (Jessy) Bell. Orville was born in Drake, Saskatchewan on January 26, 1921 and attended Blue Fox School in the Choiceland district. He served in World War II in the 33rd Battery Artillery. Following his service he lived in Nipawin and moved to Saskatoon in 1951 where he worked for Motorways as a Mechanical Foreman until his retirement. In community participation he was a member of the Fish and Game League. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
- George (August 26, 1923 - November 04, 2011). The death of George Bergen aged 88 years of Lanigan and formerly of Drake, Sask. occurred peacefully at Lanigan Hospital on Friday November 4, 2011. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Tuesday November 8th at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Drake Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Fotheringham’s Funeral Chapel in Watrous on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m.
- Irma (nee Jantz) peacefully passed away on Tuesday March 18, 2008. She was born February 2, 1928 to Henry H. Jantz and Marie Plenert. Irma grew up on a farm just outside of Drake, SK along with six siblings. She attended high school at Rosthern Junior College. This was followed by study at Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg. On July 3, 1952, Irma and Norman Bergen were married. They spent thirty-seven years in the Pastoral Ministry. Irma spent the last ten years at the Spruce Manor Special Care Home in Dalmeny, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Her family is grateful for the tender care she received there. Irma is survived by her loving husband, Norman Bergen; sons, Timothy (Johanna Wall), John (Hanane Hajjar), Steven (Lesley Powers); daughters, Rebecca (Ernie Janzen), and Rhoda (Steven Derksen); seventeen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; sister, Leona Epp (Kornelius Martens); brothers, Raymon (Agnes), Willis (Marlys); brother-inlaw, Menno Bergen; sisters-in-law, Emma Janzen, Edna Booth, Verna Bartel, Leona (John Krause); and many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held at Dalmeny Funeral Home on Friday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zoar Mennonite Church, 110 1st Street East, Langham, SK.
- Dale (July 3, 1940 – October 23, 2014). Dale was born July 3, 1940 on the family farm at Drake, SK and passed away peacefully surrounded by family October 23, 2014. He grew up on the family farm across the road from his cousins: Sid, Bill and Joanne Blair. Dale received his education at Bloomfield Elementary School and Lanigan Central High School. He received his Diploma of Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He married Janet Marshall on April 13, 1963 in Humboldt, SK. They spent their first winter in Fort St. John where he worked on the rigs and Janet nursed. They moved home to the family farm in the Spring of 1964 where they raised their four children: Scott, Darren, Craig and Lisa. Dale will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Janet, and family: Scott (Calla) Blair, Cameron, Nolan, Maguire; Darren (Deb) Blair, Tyler, Megan; Craig (Chara) Blair, Lauren, Baxter; and Lisa (Mike) Gebhard, Jaycee, Cassidy (Josh) great-granddaughter, Bria). He is survived by his brother, Ron (Connie) Blair, sisters Betty (Jack) Shields, Heather (Dale) Blair, sisters-in-law Lynne Blair, Ruth and Jake Bergen, Mary Ann Anderson and Gladys Marshall and 13 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Sandy and Ida Blair, brother Gilbert Blair and brothers-in-law, Jack Anderson and George Marshall. Dale enjoyed spending his days at the farm and loved being involved in all aspects of agriculture. He was a member of numerous boards and committees involving his community, agriculture, politics and sports. He devoted countless hours to these passions. He was a dedicated friend and cherished those relationships. Family gatherings were a great source of enjoyment for Dale, especially if involving the grandchildren. He took a lot of pride in their many achievements and enjoyed every minute spent with them. He was a strong believer in working hard and enjoying life to the fullest. He instilled a good work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He was known for his sharp wit, telling stories and his sense of humour which he passed on to his family. The family would like to thank all those who cared for Dale's health and supported him during this past year's battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on October 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Drake Community Center.
- Gilbert Robert. Gilbert passed away peacefully at his home in Comox, BC on March 20th, 2006 at age 56. Survived by his wife of 34 years, Lynne Blair; mother, Ida Blair; mother and father in-law, Herb and Jean Kopperud; brothers, Dale (Janet) Blair, Ron (Connie) Blair; sisters, Betty (Jack) Shields, Heather Blair (Dale); sisters-in-law, Margaret (John), Diane (Herb), Joyce (Kim), Florence (Wayne); nieces and nephews, Scott(Calla), Darren (Deb), Craig (Chara), Lisa (Mike), Kevin (Noreen), Trevor (Jean), Lana (Jason), Jackie, Jill (Darren), Jennifer (John), Jeff, Chris (Michelle), David (Jewel), Bob (Amber), Cori, Craig, Blake, Boyd, Stuart, Victoria, Justin; godchildren Todd (Kim) and Chris (Julie), Alora and Troy, Chelsea, Andrea and Elliot, Roger, Libby, Chris and Cameron, Danielle, Lisa, Nicole, Scott and Sandra, David, Danielle, Dianna, Dugan Zenija. Gilbert was predeceased by his father, Sidney Alexander (Sandy) Blair. Gilbert was born in Lanigan, SK and was a subsequent resident of Saskatoon; Victoria, BC and Comox, BC. He was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in Commerce and subsequently practiced as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in Saskatchewan and BC. Gil was a natural mentor to family and friends alike, to young and old and sometimes to unwitting strangers, whether sipping a favored wine in a bistro or astride his bike on a street corner. He placed a high value on family and friends, often giving more of himself than he should have for his own well-being. He lead, others followed. He organized, others participated. He was a business mind, a teacher, a community activist, a techno geek, a computer wiz and a take-charge kind of guy. He had strong opinions and he argued them forcefully but behind it all he had a heart of gold with a strong commitment to support family and friends through thick and thin. During his tenure with senior governments, Gil made a substantial and enduring contribution to economic development in BC through the Employee Share Ownership Program, Forest Renewal, the Canada-BC Tourism Development Agreement, the Agriculture and Rural Development Agreement and other federal and provincial programs. In his four years in the Comox Valley he served on the Comox Valley Airport Commission and the Comox Valley Economic Development Society. He was also membership chair and web site coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Economic Development Council. After cycling across most provinces and many states with friends, relatives and total strangers he would adopt along the way, Gil and his wife Lynne embarked on one of life's greatest adventures, pedaling from Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America over 11 months in 1999 and 2000. This self-contained, 18,000 kilometre camping trip in his 50th year was a celebration of life. His incidental role as an international ambassador for cycling earned him many life-long friends in Europe and the Americas. His bicycletheamericas.com website evolved from this trip as a forum and resource for like-minded cycling enthusiasts. Gil was also an adventurous skier and kayaker, as many discovered to their chagrin as he challenged their limits. Indeed he thrived on the challenge of chaos. His passing will leave a large void in many people's lives. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 27th at the Knox United Church, Lanigan, SK.
- Ida L. (nee Plaster) passed away on December 11, 2009 at the age of 92. Ida was born at Lockwood, Sask. on January 6, 1917. She is predeceased by her husband Sandy Blair, son Gilbert Blair, parents Kate and Bob Plaster, brothers Bert Plaster, Cyril Plaster and Dr. Ernest (Bun) Plaster, and sisters Evelyn Ella Plaster and Vic Decker. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Dale (Janet), Betty (Jack), Ron (Connie), Heather (Dale), and her daughterin-law Lynne. She will be missed by her fourteen grandchildren, their spouses, twenty great grandchildren, her sisters Connie (Bob Nelson), Grace Strong, and sister-in-laws Lillian Plaster and Margaret Plaster. She also leaves many other friends and relatives in Canada and Arizona. Ida touched the hearts of many people with her generosity, love of life, and sense of humour. Ida received her education in a rural school (Kneller) and Drake and then went to Normal School in Saskatoon. She taught at Evansvale and Stoney Rest. She and Sandy were married in Saskatoon December 23, 1938 and they resided on the farm in the Bloomfield district until 1968 when they moved to Lanigan. Ida was a member of the United Church and an active community member serving on committees with the Red Cross, the Girl Guides, the Women's Institute, and the United Church. She was a founding committee member of the Central Parkland Lodge. She loved to travel, play bridge, fish, and visit with friends and family. She was very proud of her family and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She went to as many of their sports and school functions as possible. A memorial service will be held at Knox United Church in Lanigan at 2:00 pm on January 2, 2010.
- Sidney Stuart. May 12th, 1938 - May 28th, 2007. At 4:38 a.m. on Monday May 28th, 2007 Sidney Stuart Blair took his last flight home, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Sid is lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Marlene Thingelstad; his children, Peri-Lynne Blair (Greg Osiowy), Lindsay Blair (Diane Simmons), Tiffany Blair (Michael Scheibelhoffer), Jason Blair (Renata Mag-Atas); his six grandchildren, Clayton, Fraser and Nolan Osiowy, Dylan and Wilson Scheibelhoffer, and Hunter Blair; his brother, Wilson Blair (Agnes); and his sister, Joanne Hammond (Jim); his Aunt Ida Blair; his cousins, Betty Shields (Jack), Dale Blair (Janet), Ronnie Blair (Connie), Heather Blair, Kelly Gibney (Diane), Kathy Symons, John Watson (Yolanda), Gillian Watson; numerous nieces and nephews; and his six grand-dogs. Sid was predeceased by his father, James "Lindsay" Blair; his mother, Eileen Elizabeth Blair (nee Wilson); his uncles, Alexander "Sandy" Blair, Clayton Blair, Gilbert Blair, Stuart Wilson, William Wilson, Neil Gibney, Dixon Watson; and his aunts, Alice Gibney (nee Blair), Joan Dixon-Watson (nee Wilson), Dorothy Wilson-Sawchuk (nee Hutchence); and cousins, Patrick Gibney and Gilbert Blair. Sid was raised on the family farm in Lanigan, Saskatchewan. As a kid, he enjoyed playing sports and was a keen debater. As a teenager, he had the privilege of being both a King Scout and Queen Scout. Sid joined the Air Force for basic training, and was one of the few Canadians to see the Avro Arrow jet fly. Although Sid moved away from the farm it was clear that he remained a country boy at heart. Sid was a graduate of the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in 1961. He earned his Master's of Soil Science in 1963. His working career was initially spent in Soil Science, and then on to Sales and Marketing with Simplot Chemical Company (Brandon, Manitoba), and the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan until his retirement. He was the consummate corporate man. He was dedicated, loyal, energetic, and loved working with his customers and colleagues across North America. During his retirement, Sid invested a great deal of time and effort documenting the Blair family history. Sid was an avid sports fan and his favorite pro-teams were the Boston Red Socks (Baseball), Dallas Cowboys (NFL Football), and Saskatchewan Roughriders. His ultimate favorite sports teams were the ones his children and grandchildren played on. Poppa Sid was driver, side-line coach, and #1 fan. Poppa happily attended many swim meets, dance recitals, science fairs, soccer, hockey and baseball practices and games, art fairs, and backyard adventures. When Poppa called, his first question was always ... what's today's schedule?. Above all, Sid Blair was a "happy" family man. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Everyone who knew Sid had a soft spot for him. Our father went out of his way to make people feel like family, whether you had known him for a lifetime or a brief moment. On behalf of our family, we would like to sincerely thank the Royal University Hospital Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) Red medical team, and Unit 6000/6100 Nursing and Support Staff for their exceptional care, compassion, and efforts to honour Sid's wishes and life. Sid created a lasting impression on the CTU Red team forming his own football team with Dr. Stephen Sanche (coach), Dr. Regina Taylor Gjevre (assistant coach), Dr. Kris Stewart (quarter back), Dr. Stephan Wardell (tight end), Dr. Justina Koshinsky (tackle), Family Physician Dr. Roy Chernoff (wide receiver), Dr. Sivaruban "Ruban" Kanagaratnam (running back), Dr. Amer Sami (running back), Dr. Jawed Akhtar (wide receiver), the Nursing staff (center) and other care team members (guards). Sid was proud to wear his "Red Socks" to represent his team's approach to care. His "last play" on the field was carried out with grace, skill, careful planning, and collaboration. A Celebration of Sid's life will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. from Acadia Drive Funeral Chapel (915 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, SK).
- Helena (nee Funk) Boese was born to Johann and Aganetha (nee Buhler) Funk in Steinau by Nikapol, South Russia, on May 21, 1918. She passed away peacefully, at the age of 93 years, at the Nokomis Health Centre on October 13, 2011. Helena was baptized on August 2, 1936, at North Star and was an active member of the Senior Ladies Aid for many years. Abe and Helena (Funk) Boese were united in marriage on October 24, 1937, and were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary together. Helena was a homemaker and looked after the church for many years. She liked to crochet and knit and always had a large garden and did a lot of canning. Helena was survived by: children, Lenora (Wally) Penner, Leonard (Maureen) Boese, Willard (Barbara) Boese; grandchildren, Richard (Charrnaine) Penner, Roxanne (Dale) Bonsan, Scott (Kim) Boese, Ron (Anne) Van Bavel, Valeric (Danny) Rowe, Tracey (Barrie) Dal-getty, Brian Boese, Terry (Jenna) Boese; great-grandchildren, Jake and Jonathan Boese, Michael Van Bavel, Caitie, Chelsea and Cassidy Rowe, Mckayla and Austin Delgetty and Brittany and Dustin Bonsan. Helena was predeceased by: husband, Abe Boese (August 13, 1991); parents, Johann and Aganetha (Buhler) Funk; siblings, John (Shara) Funk, Susanna (John) Borne, Maria (Nickolas) Kroeker, Aganetha (Frank) Gesbricht, Peter (Helen) Funk, Liese Funk and Anna (Abe) Sawatzki. Helena was laid to rest during a family service at Drake Cemetery on October 18, 2011, prior to the funeral service. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, Saskatchewan. Officiating Pastor was Rev. Emily Toews. Special Music was by Jim and Eileen Ewert. Pianist was Mary Schmidt. Ushers were Floyd and Carolyn Bartel. Sound was by Ivan Bartel. Memorial Table was by Eleonora Schmidt and Lynda Wolfe. The order of the funeral service was as follows: Prelude, Procession, Words of Welcome, Hymn, Obituary, Special Music, Tribute, Scripture, Hymn, Meditation, Special Music, Announcements, Hymn, Benediction and Recessional. A fellowship lunch was held in the North Star Mennonite Church basement immediately after the service.
- Delores Edith (nee Neufeld) March 3, 1936 - December 9, 2011. Delores Boschman passed away on December 9, 2011 in Nanaimo, BC. Delores was born in the small prairie town of Drake, Sask., to John and Olga Neufeld, and in her 75 years established a loving circle of family and friends that spanned the world. She is survived by Marvin, her devoted husband of 52 years and their children Leanne Boschman (Edward Epp); Rocky Boschman (Lynda); Shannon Farahbakhsh (Saeed); and Billy-Joe Boschman. As well, she leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Amelia (Michael) and Nathaniel Epp; Nabil and Lua Boschman; Omid (Angela), Afshin, and Tahirih Farahbakhsh; Jesse, Bailey, and Talia Boschman; and great-grandson Layton Farahbakhsh. Delores will be missed by her sisters Kit Walker (Ken), Dorothy Driedeger (George), Janet Ediger (Lloyd), Gwen Mason and brothers Bob (Eleanor), and Ken Neufeld; as well as many nieces and nephews. Delores was predeceased by her son Michael Boschman and sisters Mary Stennes (Julien), Ella Wells (Dennis), Irma Hiebert (Dick), Ruth Cherry (Jim), and Marjorie Epp (Art). Her wonderful ability to connect with people and build friendships will be honoured in a Celebration of Life on January 8, 2012 at the Eagles Hall, 921 1st Ave, Ladysmith BC at 2:00 pm.
- Anne Agatha (February 16, 1937 - June 1, 2012). The death of Mrs. Anne A. Braun, aged 75 years, occurred peacefully at Spruce Manor Special Care Home, Dalmeny, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 1, 2012. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, June 5th at 2:30 p.m. Interment in North Star Cemetery.
- Robby Glen Burns left us suddenly on Tuesday, May 17, 2005. He was 29 years of age. Robby was born to Garth and Doris (nee Eichorst) Burns on February 18, 1976, at Humboldt. He grew up on the family farm near Drake, and attended Drake Elementary School and Lanigan Central High School. As a child, Robby was very active and enjoyed playing sports. He began playing hockey but soon found he shared the same interest as his dad, the sport of curling. This later led him to compete in the 1994 Pepsi Juniors with his highschool teammates. Curling become one of his favorite winter activities. After graduating from high school, Robby enrolled in the Machinist program at the SIAST, Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon. He then worked as a machinist in Swift Current for a short period of time, but his true passion brought him back to the family farm. On October 23, 1999, Robby married his lifetime sweetheart, Karen Marie Bartel of Lanigan. Together, they made their home at Drake, farming with his dad and grandfather. On September 23, 2000, Robby and Karen welcomed their first child, a daughter Madison Ann Burns, followed by Brittany Lynn on April 2, 2002, and a son Graham Robert on October 7, 2004. Robby's life revolved around Karen, their children and the family farm. Together they enjoyed camping, fishing, and winter holidays at Island Park, Idaho. In addition, Robby loved curling, hunting, fishing, and camping with his dad and his father-in-law. He was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church at Lanigan and of the church council. Robby's love for life was infectious. Everyone who had the pleasure to share an encounter with him would remember his genuine and witty personality, his value for working hard, having fun, and his caring and compassionate ways. He was always willing and able to lend a helping hand along with a warm, friendly smile. Robby will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his best friend and wife, Karen (nee Bartel) Burns and their three children, Madison, Brittany and Graham of Drake; his parents, Garth and Doris (nee Eichorst) Burns of Drake; one sister, Heather (Scott) Kline of Drake; parents-in-law, Ken and June Bartel of Lanigan; sisters-in-law, Teri (Scott) Ife of Saskatoon; Patti (Les) Blachford of Colonsay; and Lou-Ellen (Ian) Mardell of Snowden. Also cherishing his memory are his grandparents, Robert and Gertrude Burns of Drake; Jean Eichorst of Lanigan; Blondie (Mildred) Siegel of Lanigan; and Jake and Marg Bartel of Chilliwack, BC; two aunts: Darlene (Merv) Rucks of Esk; and Gwen (George) Leffler of Lanigan; extended family members, including nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and by numerous friends. Robby was predeceased by his grandfather, Abe Eichorst; one cousin, Dean Rucks; grandfather-in-law, Herman Siegel; and by his grandmother-in-law, Anne Bartel. The Funeral Service for Robby will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanigan, on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
- Katherine was born December 26, 1909 to Jacob and Maria Janzen in Gnadenfeldt, Ukraine, a sister to Abraham and Mary. They survived battlefields of World War I, the Russian Revolution and ensuing famine. At this time Mom became aware of her need for a personal faith in Jesus, a decision that shaped her choices throughout life. As repression increased, they immigrated to Canada through Mennonite Central Committee sponsorship, settling with the Hugo Bartels near Drake. "Katie " attended Kansas Public School, mastering English, an advantage in employment as well as playing Scrabble into her 90's. Katie and Mary worked as domestic servants in Saskatoon and the Niagara Peninsula repaying their family's immigration dept. Katie was well liked and at one point had a proposal for marriage, albeit from an eight year old boy. While there she received letters from David Bushman, and soon a serious marriage proposal. Dave and Pete had lived in a 3 room lean-to near Lockwood, and this is where Dave brought his new bride in 1942. In 1948 Dave and Katie bought her parents farm near Watrous, and in 1958 volunteers help built a "new " house from salvaged lumber. Her sister Mary and husband were killed in a horrific traffic accident the same year. Farm life included milking cows, stacking loose hay, a huge garden and carrying water or melting snow for her gas washer. Electrification in 1969 eased these duties. Retiring to Watrous in 1976, Dave and Katie continued gardening to the delight of passers by. As health deteriorated, they moved to their children's acreage at Hague, and when Dave passed away in 1988, Katie rented a condo in West Portal Manor, and later a suite in Central Place. Her failing health necessitated Home Care, three months in Parkridge, and 33 months in Central Haven Special Care Home. We are grateful to all her care givers. Her personality and faith remained vibrant until her death. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. from Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren Church, Watrous, SK. with Pastor Darren Holland officiating. Interment will be held in the Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery, Watrous, SK.
- Peter of Drake, Sask. passed away June 13. He was born May 11, 1921 to Peter and Elizabeth Bushman at Fischau, Ukraine. In March 1926 his father died. Later that year, the family immigrated to Guernsey, Sask. His mother died in 1937. Peter and his brother Dave moved near Lockwood, Sask. In his teens, Peter accepted Christ. In 1942 he was baptized in Manitou Lake and joined Philadelphia MB Church in Watrous, Sask. He married Agnes Schroeder July 9, 1948. Their home was marked by love, laughter and acceptance. Peter loved picnics, pitching his “sucker ball” at softball games and playing hockey and table games. His family was a priority, and he loved to tease, joke and play pranks. He drew strength from his faith in God. At 49, he suffered a stroke, but carried on farming with the help of his sons. In 1994 he was diagnosed with diabetes. In May 1999 he was diagnosed with mini strokes and severe Alzheimer’s. He was granted his wish to live at home with Agnes until 2 weeks before his death. He is mourned by Agnes; children Les of Drake, Elsie Toman of Guernsey, Marie Fick of Lanigan, Sask., Len of Prince Albert, Sask., Donald of Saskatoon, Eldon of Clive, Alta., Ken of Watrous, Edith Driediger of Nokomis, Sask., Richard of Watrous and Robert of Hepburn, Sask.; 31 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The funeral was June 16 in Philadelphia MB Church, with Ernie Bergen ministering.
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- Annie (nee Good) passed away suddenly, at her home, on November 19, 1982, near Drake, Sask., aged 89 years. She was predeceased by her first husband, Angus Eby and second husband, Allan Cressman, also by nine brothers and sisters. Survived by seven children, Eileen of Cambridge, lloyd of Kelowna, BC, Claire of Drake, Sask., Agnes (Mrs. Milton Eby) of Waterloo, Mary (Mrs. Wayne Lapp of Kalispel, Montana, Edgar of Trenton, Hilda (Mrs. Allan Crawford) of Calling Lake, Alberta. Sister of Ameta (Mrs. Angus Gingerich) of Cambridge, Moses Good of New Hamburg and Joseph Good of New Dundee. Survived also by 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four step-children, 19 step grandchildren and 17 step great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Sharon Mennonite Church in Guernsey, Sask.
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- Alfred "Alf" Wallace Denniss of Drake, SK, passed away peacefully at Lanigan Hospital on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the age of 80 years and five months. Alfred was born on June 7,1928 to the late Clifford and Hattie Denniss, the youngest of nine children, seven girls and two boys. He grew up on the farm 12 3/4 miles N.E. of Nokomis, taking his schooling at Kutawagan School 1 1/4 miles North of his home. Apart from working in Toronto and Vancouver for four winters, he remained on the farm and farmed with his Dad. In the fall of 1952, Alfred's Mum and Dad retired and moved into Nokomis. On October 25 of the same year, Alfred was married to Florence McConnell of Semans. Together they raised four children: two boys, Vernon and Gordon, and two girls, Colleen and Cheryl. The farm was home to the Denniss family for the next 43 years. Alfred committed his life to the Lord at an early age and along with his family, attended the Pentecostal Church at Semans for 19 years, and later, the Pentecostal Church in Lanigan from 1968 to his passing. Throughout the years he held various offices in both Semans and Lanigan churches including Deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader and Sunday school secretary-treasurer. Church was an important part of the family life and was seldom missed except for a good reason. One thing our family always looked forward to was the family camp. Each year, one week was set aside to take the kids, and later the grandkids, to this time of fun and fellowship. Many lasting friendships were gained through these special times. Since the children were now attending Nokomis School, it gave him the opportunity to serve on the school board, which he did as board member and board secretary for five years. In the summer of 1995, Alfred and Florence decided it was time to leave the farm and get on with their life. After careful consideration, the choice was made to live in Drake. With several events that took place over the years, they felt the Lord had led them in this direction. As a retirement hobby, Alfred decided to take up bicycle repairing under the name of 'Country Cycle', a business started by the late Mel Bartel a number of years before. Since he enjoyed meeting people, this gave Alfred the opportunity to meet people, which he never would have done otherwise. Alfred enjoyed bookkeeping and because of this was secretary-treasurer of the Richfarms Snow Plow Club for a number of years. He took an interest in carpenter work and spent many days and hours in the workshop. For a number of years, he was an active member of the Nokomis Farmer's Market. Alfred played several musical instruments including mouth organ, guitar and musical saw and along with his wife, provided many hours of entertainment at senior's homes and other community events. Alfred was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Hattie; brother Walter of Nokomis; five sisters, Florence Chute of Somme, Ethel Richmond of Kipling, Jean Latimer of Edmonton, Margaret Denniss of Toronto and an infant sister Dora; and three brothers-in-law, Donald Chute of Somme, Leonard Richmond of Kipling and Carson Latimer of Edmonton. Alfred is survived by his loving wife Florence of 56 years; four children, Vernon (Judy) of Balgonie, grandsons Riley, Shane (Michelle) and Tyson; Gordon (Judy) of Saskatoon; Colleen of Rosetown; Cheryl Sorensen of Saskatoon, granddaughters Jaylene, Magen and Kelsey; four great-grandchildren, Kami-Dee and Payton Sorenson and Zoey and Trinity Denniss; and seven nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Elsie Denniss of Toronto, ON, and Kathleen (Ralph) Patmore of Surrey, BC. A funeral service was held at Life Point Church in Lanigan, SK, on Friday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. Officiant was Pastor Kevin Sawatsky. Scripture reading was by Dwight Schapansky. Honorary pallbearers were 'All Those In Attendance'. Pallbearers were Lin Hodgins, Riley Denniss, Shane Denniss, Tyson Denniss, Rick Hards and Willard Beeler. Register attendants were John and Martha Morrow and Martina Gillis. Ushers were lan and Janice Attfield and Kathy and Drew Planchot. Family tribute was by Megan Mercer. Obituary was by Colleen Denniss. Special music was 'Life Is Like A Mountain Railway' by Char Schroeder, Rachelle and Kevin Sawatsky, Andrew Sawatsky, Jack Robson and Trevor Schmidt. Violin special by Graham Beke, accompanied by Debbie Beke. Organist was Rachelle Sawatsky. Pianist was Brenda Bowman. Interment at Nokomis Cemetery. Following the service a Fellowship Luncheon was provided by the LifePoint Church Ladies Auxiliary.
- Abram (1923 - 2010). The death of Abram Dick, age 87 years, of Pineview Manor, Rosthern and formerly of Drake, SK, occurred at the Rosthern Hospital on August 22, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife Eva; children Lynda Wolfe, Drake, SK, Wilma (Wesley) Zacharias, Rapid View, SK, Ronald (Denise) Dick, Moose Jaw, SK; nine grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren; siblings Mary (Cornelius) Friesen, Margaret (Alex) Youck, Martha (George) Friesen, John (Helen) Dick, and Henry (Rose) Dick. He was predeceased by his parents John and Helene Dick; son-in-law Leslie Wolfe; and great grandchild James Gerald Lalach. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK with Pastor Emily Toews officiating. Interment will take place in Drake Cemetery.
- Donald Edward (September 4, 1946 - February 17, 2011). It is with deep sadness that the family of Don Douglas announce that he peacefully passed away on February 17, 2011 in the Watrous hospital with his wife and daughters by his side, following a brief battle with lung cancer. Don is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sonia; daughters Debbie (Donald) Kapeluck, Sheri Douglas and two grandchildren, Alexa Kapeluck and Devin Kapeluck; six siblings, Gordon (Joan) Douglas, Fay (Ed) Winters, Marylyn (Bill) Tyndall, Joan (Gunther) Douglas, Bill (Lillian) Douglas, Bob (Margie) Douglas; sister-in-law Linda (Frank) Oystryk and brother-in-law Terry (Liana) Kinar; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Ida Douglas, sisters; Doris (Ralph) Hunter and Phyllis (Wilfred) Walper, brothers; Jim Douglas and John (Roberta) Douglas.Don will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He will also be remembered as a caring and thoughtful neighbour and friend. Don made many friendships though work, baseball, hockey, golf and many other activities. He was born, raised and educated in Wadena. He and Sonia with their girls lived in many communities while employed with the bank of Montreal from Melville, Semans, Limerick, Assiniboia, to Davidson. Farming in the Wadena area for many years and finally moving to Drake working at Bergen Industries as their bookkeeper. Funeral services will take place Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2:00 in the McClure United Church, Saskatoon followed by an internment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon.
- George age 71 of Grand Forks, passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at Boundary Hospital, Grand Forks. He was born March 21, 1933 in Drake, Saskatchewan, the son of Dietrich and Paulina Driediger. He moved with his family in the late 1940's to Langley, B.C., where he attended school, and later graduated from Berean Bible College in Calgary. George worked in farming in Langley, until 1982, then retired to Grand Forks where he continued to hobby farm for sHe was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers, Abe, and Dirk, and 1 sister, Anne.George is survived by 2 sons, Murray, and Michael; 4 daughters, Brenda, Rhonda, Jodiene, and Kristy; 2 brothers, Dave, and Pete; 4 sisters, Helen, Marie, Ruth, and Freida, and by 9 grandchildren. Cremation will take place, a memorial service to be held at a later date.
- Ernie (1946 - 2011). After a valiant fight with cancer, Ernie Dyck embraced his eternal peace on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Surviving Ernie with great sorrow are: his wife, Carolyn (nee Moody); his children, Melissa Harder (Don), Melody Peters (Ray) and Marianne Scruggs (Mark); his step-daughters, Jessica and Mikaela Cheng; and sisters, Marina Lepp (Henry), Alma Zieger (Lee) and Grace MacDougall (Doug). Ernie was predeceased by: his parents, Isaac and Annie Dyck; son, Michael Dyck; and sisters, Anita Agnew and Rita Hviid-Nielsen. Ernie's passion was people, and that passion was lived out in 21 years of service as a beloved pastor mentoring the congregations of Hillsdale Baptist Church in Regina, Calvary Church in Toronto and Crossroads Community Church in Calgary. Ernie was also Canadian Director of World Team Missions, and finished out his passion for helping people as an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending Centres. Cremation has already taken place. Ernie's Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON.
- Lois (nee Bartel) Dyck, age 78, of Bluffton, Ohio, died Dec. 8, 2005. She was born May 25, 1927, to Hugo O. and Marie (Funk) Bartel in Nokomis, Sask. She was a graduate of Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College and Canadian Mennonite Bible College, where she joined a singing group called Octette, which toured across Canada. On Aug. 14, 1952, she married Paul I. Dyck. They were missionaries to India from 1956 to 1968. She supervised a boarding school for boys being treated for leprosy. In 1972 they moved to Bluffton, where she worked as activities director for Mennonite Memorial Home. She retired from this position in 1983 to take on the work of home health aid under Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. From 1999 to 2002 she also managed a bed and breakfast business from her home. A member of First Mennonite Church of Bluffton, she was an avid quilter and textile artist. She was an active member of the Bluffton Scrap Artists. Survivors include her husband, Paul; three sons, Rodney Dyck and his wife, Marie Yoder, of Bluffton, Curtis Weaverdyck and his wife, Shelly, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Martin Dyrst and his wife, Elizabeth, of Chicago; a daughter, Doris Bartel and Su Flickinger of Riverdale, Md.; a brother, Dennis Bartel of Nanaimo, B.C.; a sister, Mildred Schroeder of Winnipeg, Man.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton.
- Mariann Dyck (nee Rempel), 85, retired cook and housekeeper, died Wednesday (Sept. 20, 2000) at Newton Medical Center.
She was born May 4, 1915, to Jacob and Marie (Duerksen) Rempel in Drake, Saskatchewan. They preceded her in death. She married Albert J. Dyck Oct. 10, 1936, in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death May 27, 1969.
She was a member of the Newton Bible Church and a former member of Emmaus Mennonite Church of rural Whitewater. She was a cook at Elbing Grade School and Meadowlark Homestead. She also was a housekeeper at Bethel Deaconess Hospital. After retirement, she volunteered at Source of Light of Newton and Harvey County RSVP. She was very active in the activities at Kidron-Bethel and enjoyed gardening and flowers.
Survivors include: one daughter, Virginia Cook of Denver; one son, Willis Dyck of Newton; one brother, Paul Rempel of Manhattan; one sister, Lula Klaassen of Newton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Liese Rempel; three daughters, Barbara Dyck, Frieda Unrau and Norma Dyck; one son, Gene Dyck; two brothers, Lloyd Rempel and Waldo Rempel; and two sisters, Hilda Hoffman and Erna Rempel.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday with family greetings friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 9 a.m. Monday at Emmaus Mennonite Church Cemetery in rural Whitewater. The casket will be open at the cemetery from 8:45 a.m. until service time. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Service Newton Bible Church with Pastor Don Myer officiating.
- Mildred (nee Harms) passed away peacefully on November 18, 2003 at the St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon at the age of 74 years. She is survived by her husband, Frank; and children, Terry (Hilda) Dyck and their children, Chris and Allison; Maxine (Henry) Willms and their children, Justin, Travis and Brandin; Nola (Walter) Florchinger and their children, Evan and Tanner; and Dallas Dyck; also one brother, Lyle Harms. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at the Drake, North Star Mennonite Church.
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- Angus, son of Reuben and Mary Ann (Brubacher) Eby, was born in Floradale, Ont., Feb. 9, 1886; died in the Union Hospital, Lanigan, Sask., after a brief illness, April 21, 1964; aged 78 y. 2 m. 12 d. On Jan. 23, 1918, he was married to Annie Good, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Lloyd, Claire, and Edgar), 4 daughters (Eileen, Agnes - Mrs. Milton Eby, Mary - Mrs. Wayne Lapp, and Hilda), 13 grandchildren, 5 stepgrandsons, one brother (Harvey), and 4 sisters (Joanna - Mrs. Allen Weber, Mrs. Amanda Weber, Clara Eby, and Edna - Mrs. Alvin Beihn). Two sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Sharon Mennonite Church in Guernsey, where funeral services were held April 24, in charge of James Mullet, assisted by Edwin Bartel.
- Eli Claire. The death of Mr. Eli Claire Eby, aged 84 years of Drake, SK. occurred at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon on Thursday February 21, 2008. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK. on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
Mary - The death of Mrs. Mary Elias, age 92 years of Lanigan and formerly of Drake, SK, occurred at Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan on Tuesday, April 27, 2004. A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Friday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. conducted by Rev. Ken Quiring. Interment will follow in Drake Cemetery.
- Johann J. Enns was born September 1, 1860, in the village of Osterwick, south Russia. At the age of six the family moved to the Fürstenland colony. In May of 1882, he and his future bride were baptised into the Mennonite Brethren church. Later that year the two were married. Seven children were born to this family, three of which died young. Johann’s wife, Katherina, also died at a relatively young age in 1900. In 1901, Johann married the widow Anna Wiebe. Five more children were added to the family. In 1902, Johann Enns was elected to the preaching ministry in Fürstenland and served in the capacity for twenty-five years until the family immigrated to Canada in 1926. The family settled in Drake Saskatchewan. Two years later, in 1928, Johann’s second wife died. Johann also died in Saskatchewan on December 22, 1932.
- Margaret (nee Janzen). The family of Margaret Epp sadly announce her passing on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at Extendicare Lodge, Saskatoon. Margaret was born to Peter J. and Katharine Janzen on December 25, 1908 in the Eigenheim district, near Rosthern, SK. She married Otto Epp November 23, 1933 and together they made a home on the farm, first in the Eigenheim District and then in the Esk area and in 1955 they moved one-half mile south of Drake until 1972 at which time they retired to Saskatoon. Otto passed away January 22, 1995. Five years later Margaret made Bethany Manor her home until she recently moved into Extendicare Lodge on October 27, 2003. She leaves to mourn children, Ken (Ann) Epp and their children, Rhonda (Trevor) Peter, Caroline (Tom) Horvath, Joel (Andrea) Milne-Epp; Wes (Loraine) Epp and their children, Leah (Don) Mondue, Gemma Epp (Cory Brightwell); Allan (Louise) Epp and their children, Mona (Jim) Brennan, Murray Epp, Nadine (Nick) Epp-Evans; Carol (Gary) Brandt and their children, Denise (Kevin) Boyd, Allison Brandt. She also leaves behind six greatgrandchildren whom she adored. She leaves to mourn sisters, Marie Funk, Tena Neufeld, Susie Stobbe, Helen Klassen, Pauline (Herman) Klassen; and one brother, Bill (Helen) Janzen; sisters-in-law, Frieda Kruger, Mary Janzen, Martha Dueck, Bertha (Robert) Riekman; and brother-in-law, Oscar Klassen. She was predeceased by her husband, Otto; her parents; her sister, Sarah (Wilmer) Epp; brothers, Jake and Peter Janzen; infant son, Arnold; and several other extended family members. We will miss her loving concern for her family, her joy in pointing out the beauty of the world around her and her strong faith in God. The Funeral Service will be held at Bethany Manor Auditorium, 110 LaRonge Rd., Saskatoon on Sunday, December 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Esther Patkau officiating. Interment will take place on Monday, December 8, 2003 at Drake Cemetery, 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Ken Quiring officiating.
- Marjorie Joan (nee Neufeld) March 21, 1934 - December 7, 2011. Marjorie Joan Epp passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 7th, 2011 at the age of 77 years in Black Diamond, Alberta with Arthur, her loving husband of twenty years, by her side. Marjorie was born in Drake, Sask. She is survived by Art, her three daughters, Lisa Love, Maxine (Shane) Newton, Raelene (Terry) Chunick; her two sons, Tim (Tracy) Bertsch, Darrell (Iris) Bertsch; and three step-daughters Demaris (Rob) Vos, Janice (Joe) Kot and Sandy Young. Marjorie was Baba to twenty grandchildren and sister to two surviving brothers Bob (Eleanor) Neufeld, Ken Neufeld and five sisters, Kit (Ken)Walker, Dorothy (George) Driediger, Delores (Marv) Boschman, Janet (Lloyd Ediger) and Gwen Mason. Marjorie was predeceased by Clifford Bertsch and Norman Balzer and sisters Mary (Julien) Stennes, Ella (Dennis) Wells, Irma (Dick) Hiebert and Ruth (Jim) Cherry. Marjorie loved music, travel and gettogethers with family and friends. She will be remembered by many for her beautiful singing, the sparkle in her eyes, her independent spirit and her infectious sense of fun and interest in others. While Marjorie made new friends easily, she also cherished long standing relationships with many dear friends. Special thanks to friends and caring staff at Rising Sun Extended Care, Oilfields Hospital. A celebration of Marjorie's life will be announced at a later date.
- Agnes Ewert of Drake, Sask., died peacefully at the age of 104 on December 16, 2011 at the Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home. She was born on March 9, 1907 in Tiefengrund, Sask., the oldest of seventeen children. She taught school for five years at the Snowbird and Kansas school districts until 1933 when she married Elmer Ewert. They had seven children and farmed in Drake. After their retirement they wintered in Florida for many years. Agnes was active in her community and church and volunteered many hours with Mennonite Central Committee, sewing quilt tops and working in the thrift store. She loved her family, music, and playing games. She is survived by her seven children Arlyn Ewert (Arline), Myrna Rempel, Lorna Sawatsky, Carol Small, June Cairns (Bill), Ellen Krahn (Rob) and Randy Ewert (Sandy), her 24 grandchildren Darwin (Krystyna), Denise (Ron), Ward (Christine), Ray (Deanna), Krista (Craig), Tanya, Lisa (Neal), Katherine (Matthew), Robyn, Kristina, Jay, Lance (Emma), Mark (Michelle), Rhonda (Chris), William (Janis), Stewart (Cathryn), Dean (Heather), Natasha (Dave), Jason (Erin), Wendy (Rob), Christopher, Geoff (Amanda), Jodie (Blair), James (Amber), 34 great-grandchildren, one great-greatgrandchild, sisters Paula Dyck, Bernice Regier, Irma Nickel, Wilma (CJ) Dyck, Verna Klassen, brothers Victor (Sarah) Regier and Don (Mary) Regier, sisters-in-law Margaret Ewert, Louise (Al) Friesen, Gene Ewert, Ethna Ewert, and Irene Ewert and numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend Harry Giesbrecht. She was predeceased by her husband Elmer Ewert, four sons-in-law Stan Small, Rod Sawatsky, Reg Rempel, Ron Bartsch, three great-grandchildren, Ryan Rempel, Oliver Mundell and Christine Lacharite, five brothers, four sisters and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. The Funeral Service will be held at Rosthern Mennonite Church on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:30am with the interment at Drake North Star Mennonite Church Country Cemetery to follow at 3:30pm that same day.
- Orin Norman. The death of Orin Norman Ewert, aged 88 years, of Bethany Manor and formerly of Drake, SK occurred peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Memorial Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK on Monday, July 4th at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at 11:00 a.m. in North Star Cemetery. Orin was predeceased by his wife Tina Jan. 30, 2011. He is survived by his loving family, Ann Noel (Andrew) Clark, Dawn (Don) Epp, Mary Jean (Peter) Nicholson, Joel (Lois) Ewert, Colleen (Stuart) Jantz, and son in law Vic (Deb) Wall; 12 grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
- Tina (nee Klassen) was born September 3, 1924 in a small house in Drake, SK. She passed away peacefully on January 30, 2011 at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Tina attended school in Drake where she later worked as a clerk in both J. J. Penner's and S. L. Funk's general stores. She lived in Drake most of her life, moving to Saskatoon in February 2008. Tina became a member of the North Star Mennonite Church in 1942. On September 22, 1946, Tina married Orin Norman Ewert, also of Drake. On their family farm, Tina enjoyed gardening, tending her raspberry and watermelon patches. She and her sister Herta organized family gatherings, Hallowe'en and skating parties, Easter egg hunts, taffy pulls, wiener roasts, and outings to Manitou beach for swimming and picnics. Summer holidays were spent at Turtle Lake with the whole Ewert clan. During their 64 happy years together, Orin and Tina travelled extensively, across Canada, wintering in the US, and to Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia. Throughout her life, Tina enjoyed reading, Scrabble and jig saw puzzles, but nothing could match her favourite pastime, fishing. Tina is survived by her husband Orin; children: 1) Ann Noel (Andrew Clark) 2) Dawn (Don Epp) 3) Mary Jean (Peter Nicholson) 4) Joel (Lois) 5) Tina Colleen (Stuart Jantz); son-in-law 6) Vic (Deb) Wall; 12 grandchildren and17 great grandchildren: 1) Joel (Jess) Clark, Toby and Beth; Anna Zettie (Adam) Taylor, Rowan 2) Jessica (Todd) Petrie, Mackenzie and Taylor; Jordan (Carole) Epp, Elliott 3) Sarah (Nathan) Rinholm, Eliza and Daniel; Michael (Mia Wilton) Nicholson 4) Benjamin(Charmaine), Madelyne, Sky and Simon 5) Laurel (Rob) Reynolds, Calla and Juniper; Oliver Jantz; Caitlin (Daren) Nakoneshny, Nolan 6) Jeffrey (Mandy) Wall, Connor, Lincoln and Bastian; Darcy Wall; and sisters Annie Funk and Margaret Gerbrandt. She was predeceased by her parents Anna and Johann Klassen; sister Herta Ewert; brothers Ted Klassen and Ed Klassen; daughter Laurel Wall; and grandson Noah Ewert. A memorial service will be held in the North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011. The family would like to thank Tina's doctors, nurses and all those who provided her with gentle care and attention.
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- Frieda. It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Mrs. Frieda Friesen, 88 years of Drake, SK, on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Lanigan Hospital. Frieda will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her two children: William (Irene) Friesen of Lanigan and Helen (Neil) Ebert of Humboldt; and by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Public Visitation/Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Interment following prior to the Funeral Service. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., both Services will be held at North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK.
- George J. (October 25, 1925 - May 28, 2011). After a short, courageous battle with cancer, George passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Lanigan Union Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Katherine Friesen; two sisters, Tina Friesen and Helen Ewert; five brothers, Abraham (infant), Jake, John, Abe and Dave. George will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Martha; daughter Shirley (Doug Robertson) and Melanie Nicol (Jonathan Taylor) and Melanie's Dad, Dave Nicol; son Doug (Angie) and family, Andrew (Andrya) and their children, Brooklyn and Meadow, and Katherine; daughter Shelly (Ken Robinson) and family, Chantel (Kiel Peterson) and Evan as well as many other relatives and friends. The Memorial Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the Drake Cemetery following the service. The family would like to thank you for all your prayers, love and support during this difficult time.
- Gerhard "George" Friesen was born to Jacob J. and Katherine (nee Penner) Friesen on October 25, 1925 in Drake, Sask. In 1930, George moved with his family to Dafoe, Sask, where he attended Copeland School for a few years. In the spring of 1936, George and his family moved back to the farm northeast of Drake. George worked in the coal mines in East Coulee, Alberta, for one winter with his brother, Dave, and then returned to the Drake area to farm with his parents. In 1948, George's parents retired and moved into Drake. George continued farming with Dave. George was baptized in the North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on June 27, 1948. On October 12, 1950, George married Martha Alma Dick of Drake. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Shirley, Doug and Shelly. He continued farming until 1999. Farming was a way of life for him. Even though he was retired, he enjoyed helping others with their farming, whether it was doing fieldwork or trucking grain during harvest time. George was active in the community as well. He served on the Credit Union Board for a number of years. In 1974, the Town of Drake presented him with the Citizen of the Year award. George took pride in his family, and he especially enjoyed his visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He tried to make time for all of our activities while he farmed. After a short, courageous battle with cancer, George passed away on May 28, 2011 in the Lanigan Union Hospital. George was predeceased by: his parents, Jacob and Katherine Friesen; two sisters, Tina Friesen and Helen Ewert; five brothers, Abraham (infant), Jake, John, Abe and Dave. George will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by: his wife of 60 years, Martha; daughter, Shirley (Doug Robertson) and Melanie Nicol (Jonathan Taylor) and Melanie's dad, Dave Nicol; son, Doug (Angie) and family, Andrew (Andrya) and their children, Brooklyn and Meadow, and Katherine; daughter, Shelly (Ken Robinson) and family, Chantel (Kiel Peterson) and Evan, as well as many other relatives and friends. A funeral service celebrating the life of George Friesen was held on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake. Pastor was Reverend Emily Toews. Scripture was read by Chantel Robinson. Special Music was by Melanie Nicol. Life Story was read by Shirley Friesen. Pianist was Josie Braun and Organist was Marjorie Kline. Urn Bearer was Evan Robinson. Sound was by Peter Nicholson. Ushers were Duane McLaren and Shawn Wolfe. Guestbook Attendants were Katherine Friesen and Carol Cousins. Memorial table was by Eleonora Schmidt and Lynda Wolfe. The committal service took place in the Drake Cemetery. Family and friends joined in a fellowship luncheon in the Drake Community Centre following the graveside service. The family is grateful to all who came to share in this service and also for the many expressions of love and sympathy.
- Ruth (nee Schroeder). It is with sadness the family of Ruth Friesen formerly of Drake, Saskatchewan announces her peaceful passing at her residence in the Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan, Sask. on February 13, 2014 at the age of 83. Mom was born on March 13, 1930 in the Drake district to Rudolf and Ottilia (nee Vogt) Schroeder. She grew up in the Drake and Lockwood districts attending school at Floridale and Kansas schools. She also attended Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta for 2 years. Ruth married John Friesen in May 1958 and they made their first home in Saskatoon. After a brief stay in Regina in 1964, the family moved to Drake, Saskatchewan where she looked after raising her family and making sure her newly diagnosed diabetic husband was well looked after. She remained in Drake after John passed away in 1991 living in her home for many years before moving into the Drake Villa and finally to Central Parkland Lodge in 2009. Ruth is loving remembered by her sons Tim and Dennis Friesen, her grandson Devin Friesen (Meagan), sisters Gertrude (Bill) Williams, Edith Richert, Hilda Wiebe, Alice (Walter) Wintonyk and her brother Alex (Joanne) Schroeder, sister-in laws Joan Schroeder, Ruth Schroeder, Frieda Friesen and Martha Friesen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband John Friesen, sister Lydia Schroeder, brother’s Ben Schroeder and Eldon Schroeder. Also waiting to receive Mom are her in-laws Tina Friesen, Helen (Willard) Ewert, Jake, Abe (Nellie), Dave and George Friesen, John Richert and nephews Glen Friesen and Grenville Richert. She was a woman of very strong faith in God and lived her life in his honour. She was a care-giver who took immense pride in her family. She especially enjoyed children and over her life has been a good influence to many who knew her. She always had a smile on her face and was so thankful for each day. The family will be forever grateful to the wonderful staff at Central Parkland Lodge. Every phone call and every visit, she would always say how happy she was to be living at "The Lodge". The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, February 18th at 2:00 p.m. Private Family Interment in Drake Cemetery. A Visitation for family and friends took place in Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel, Watrous, SK on Monday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.
- Anna Ruth (nee Toews). Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Anna Funk on November 23, 2011 at the age of 93. She passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary with family by her side. Anna was born February 19, 1918 to David and Margarete Toews in Rosthern, Sask. Anna enjoyed a happy childhood as part of a large family. She attended school in Rosthern, completing high school at Rosthern Junior College. It was during that time that she met the love of her life and future husband, Syl Funk. Anna and Syl were married in Rosthern on July 27, 1940. They settled in Drake where she was active in their home, church and community. Anna loved gardening, curling, tennis and family vacations. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and opened her home and heart to all. Her kind and welcoming spirit, her fabulous cooking and her relaxed and loving nature made everyone feel at home. After their children were grown, Anna and Syl moved to Saskatoon. The loving circle of her life grew to include her grandchildren for whom she has always been a role model. Her faith in God and her commitment to the church was evident in all aspects of her life. Following Syl's death, Anna moved to Calgary to be close to family. Although she missed her friends and cousins at Bethany Manor in Saskatoon, she enjoyed the caring residents and staff at the Harbours of Newport. Anna is survived by her children, Marilyn (Jack) Janzen, Doreen (George) Reynolds, Gwenyth (Richard) Epp, John (Vera) Funk; and seven grandchildren, Christine, Mark and Trevor (Elisa) Reynolds, Gillian and Jonathan Epp, and Michael and Anika Funk. She will also be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Sylvester L. Funk, by her parents, David and Margarete (Friesen) Toews, her brother Benno (Catherine) Toews; and seven sisters, Irene Toews, Marie (Herman) Riesen, Dora (Peter) Schellenberg, Margaret (Jake) Sawatzky, Elma Toews, Elsie (Abram) Hooge, and Louise (Blake) Friesen. We will all remember Anna for her sense of humour and her smiling eyes. Her kindness and unselfish love will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee, 600 45 Street West, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5W9. Funeral Services will be held at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth Street East, Saskatoon on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
- Annie Funk. With sadness, the family of the late Annie Funk, aged 96 years of Lanigan SK and formerly of Drake, SK, announce her passing. Annie was predeceased by her parents Johann and Anna Klassen, her husband Roland and son Blaine Lance. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Drake Cemetery.
- Rev. Henry H. Funk was born on May 23, 1923 to Henry and Anna Funk at Rosenfeld, MB. He was the fourth of six children, four brothers and one sister. As a child, he attended the Reichenbach country school and then went to Rosenfeld for Grades 9 to 11 and boarded in Altona for Grade 12. After high school, he was called up for military service but was granted conscientious objective status and served three years of alternative service in a psychiatric hospital in Portage la Prairie, MB. He continued to work as a hospital orderly even after the war ended. He then felt the Lord's call and was baptized at Bethel Mennonite Church and committed his life to Christian ministry. He began his studies at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, then CMBC and the University of Manitoba. He obtained his Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Pedagogy degrees. While Henry was studying at CMBC, he met Katherine Klippenstein who would be his life's partner. They were married July 15, 1951 and together had three children, Robert, Christine and Joanne, who greatly enriched their lives. His first point of ministry was to help the Carman Mennonite congregation organize and become a church. After six years of service there, the family moved to Winnipeg to serve the St. Vital congregation and to teach in a high school for the next six years. The came from Rosthern Junior College to be on staff there. He enjoyed the challenge of working with young people in a residential school. After 4-1/2 years, he followed his heart and returned to pastoral ministry again, this time to the nearby town of Waldheim. These were nine happy years because Waldheim was the home of Katherine's family. Then the family moved to Drake, where he pastored for 14 years, putting down deep roots never to move again. He concluded his ministry by serving as Sask. Conference Minister for the next three years. Henry enjoyed his 40 continuous years of church work. His strength was relating to all ages and stages of people. He had the privilege of baptizing each of his children and officiating at their weddings as well as the wedding of his oldest granddaughter. After retirement, Henry enjoyed working and playing with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During this tune, he and Katherine spent four months in Mexico teaching in a Mennonite Bible School. He also did pulpit ministry in the Bethany Church near Watrous for one year. His traveling consisted mainly of attending conferences in Canada and US and camping at the same time, this becoming our family vacation. Henry had a full life, giving freely of himself, his gifts, his tune and his money for others. About five years ago, Henry's mental capacity began to fade. Slowly his dementia increased and life was difficult. He moved to Lanigan Central Parkland Lodge a year ago on August 22, 2009. Although he was given compassionate care, he desperately longed to come home. He lost much weight and his physical health also failed.
God granted Henry an easy and peaceful, and sudden death on September 11,2010 in the arms of Katherine, his faithful wife of 59 years. He also leaves to cherish his memory: his three children, Bob (Sylvia) Funk and their children Garett and Alanna; Chris (Vie) Bergen and their children Malisa and Doug Thomas and Emily, Kade and Anwyn; Jesse and Heather Bergen and Ty; Mark and Melissa Bergen; and Joanne (Quinton) Bartel and their children Dustin, James, Erica and Mitchell; one brother, Ed (Hilda) Funk; sisters-in-law, Teenie Funk and Margaret Funk; in-laws, Vie (Doreen) Klippenstein, Margaret (Herf) Telke, John (Marie) Klassen, Anne Andres, Grace (Robert) Toews, many nieces, nephews and friends and all those whose lives he touched. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Reverend Henry H. Funk was held on Friday, September 17,2010 at 2:00 p.m. at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK. Pastor Emily Toews officiated. Ushers were Amy and Maurice Wildeman and Ed Bergen. Pallbearers were grandsons Garrett Funk, Jesse Bergen, Mark Bergen, Dustin Bartel, James Bartel and Mitchell Bartel. Guestbook attendants were Malisa Thomas, Erica Bartel and Alanna Funk. Memorial table attendants were Eleonora Schmidt and Lynda Wolfe. Special music was by Jim and Eileen Ewert, Leona Ewert and Ed Ewert. Organist was Marjorie Kline. Pianist was Mary Schmidt. Sound was by Ivan Bartel. A fellowship luncheon was held in the Drake Community Centre immediately following the service. Henry was laid to rest during a private family service of interment earlier in the day at the North Star country cemetery. A sincere thank you to family, friends and especially to all of the North Star Church family for your prayers and expressions of sympathy.
- Jacob A. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jacob A. Funk, age 88 of Saskatoon. Jake passed away peacefully in his sleep at Royal University Hospital on Tuesday, September 23, 2003. A Funeral Service will be held at Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. (parking is available at Saskatoon Funeral Home, 338-4th Avenue N.). Jake's passing is mourned by his wife and friend of 67 years, Marie; daughter, Elaine (Willard) Boschman of Prince Albert; sons, Wayne (Sheila) of Langley, BC, Garth (and friend, Anita) of Edmonton, Kerby (Loree) of Cobble Hill, BC; and sister, Mary Elias of Lanigan; and many sisters and brothers-in-law. He dearly loved and will be missed by his grandchildren, Joni, Maureen, LaDawn, Laurelle, Rob, Stephanie, Ben (Sue), Crystal, Brody (Amanda), Matthew and Cole; and his great-grandchildren, Zach, Jake, Nina, Christina, Emerie, Eden and Izzy. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Jacob and Anna; sister, Augusta Ediger; and brothers, Art, Len, Orlando and Mervin. Our Dad, Jake, was born and raised in Drake, SK and attended Rosthern Junior College where he met his sweetheart, Marie. He alternated years studying medicine at the U of S, and working as an orderly, until the 30's ended his formal education. After their marriage, Jake and Marie settled in Rosthern working first at Friesen's Department Store and then operating the Experimental Farm (what is now referred to as the Mennonite Youth Farm). During the war years they acquired and moved to the Watrous Dairy with Wayne, Elaine, Garth and Betsy the cow. Next strop was the Guernsey Red and White Grocery, where Dad served as village secretary (and engineer), school bus driver, Pool Flour distributor, License Issuer, Electric power company supplier, Barber, Farmer and many times choir leader. Every Sunday in summer, the kids swam at Manitou Lake while Dad played trumpet in the band in front of the pool. Over the years, Jake played ball, golf and hockey and was runner up in the Nipawin Car Bonspiel. With the oldest three children grown up, they left Guernsey with Kerby to begin a new life in Prince Albert with the operation of one of the first King Koin Launderettes and coin car wash. Jake and Marie spent many happy winters in Mesa, before they finally retired to Saskatoon where they have resided the last 13 years. The family would like to thank their many friends for all their heartfelt wishes, and especially the staff of the Royal University Hospital and Palliative Care. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to find a way to do something kind for a Saskatchewan nurse. A private family interment will precede the Service on Saturday.
- Sylvester "Syl". We, as a family, are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sylvester Funk on February 5, 2009 at the age of 92 years. He passed away peacefully at the Royal University Hospital with family by his side. Syl was born February 5, 1917 to John and Mary Funk on a farm close to Drake, Saskatchewan. He attended school in Drake through grade 11 and completed grade 12 at Rosthern Junior College. While at RJC, Syl enjoyed an active school year, including playing hockey for the Rosthern Wheat Kings. Of greater significance to him was meeting his future wife, Anna Toews, whom he married in Rosthern on July 27, 1940. Following High School, Syl enrolled in the Engineering Faculty at the U of S. When his father died unexpectedly, Syl left university to take over the family store in Drake. His years in the Drake General Store lead to many other opportunities. His partnerships throughout Saskatchewan resulted in successful businesses and close friendships. After selling the Drake Store, he and Anna moved to Saskatoon where Syl pursued a career in financial investments. Not only did Syl excel at his work, he found pleasure in contributing to causes that he believed in. It was the act rather than the praise that served as his reward. Syl achieved balance in his life through enjoying travel, tennis, skiing, and golf with his family and friends. His patience in sharing his skills was a characteristic admired by everyone he taught. Syl has always been a great role model with strong values, a strong sense of family importance and community values. His faith in God and his commitment to the church was evident in all aspects of his life. Syl is survived by his loving wife, Anna; his children, Marilyn (Jack) Janzen, Doreen (George) Reynolds, Gwenyth (Richard) Epp, John (Vera) Funk; and seven grandchildren, Christine, Mark, Trevor (Elisa) Reynolds, Gillian and Jonathan Epp and Michael and Anika Funk. He will also be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, John R. and Mary Funk; and his sisters, Matilda Dueck and Frieda Funk; brother-in-law, Peter Dueck. Funeral Services will be held at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth Street, Saskatoon on Monday, February 9th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest.
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- Clarence Olin. After a brief illness, Clarence died peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2010 at Belmont House, Toronto. Born in Drake, Sask, on January 23, 1913. Attended the University of Alberta and obtained a Masters of Science, in Cereal Chemistry. Worked for the J. R. Short Milling Company and Westons Bakery in Toronto, Ont. Predeceased by his beloved wife Pearl Chorney and his siblings, Edna Downs, Orlin Gerbrandt, Eldon Gerbrandt, Ella Quiring and Helen Loewen. Survived by his daughter, Audrey Cliff; and siblings, Lorena Bartel, Linda Bartel, and Franklin Gerbrandt. Keenly interested in photography, travel and the arts. His many passions included woodcarving, restoring antique furniture and music. Supported numerous associations including the Toronto Symphony and Royal Ontario Museum and was a member of the Northlea United Church for many years. The family thanks Belmont House for the care provided over 20 years.
- Johann "John" Gerbrandt, minister and elder: b. 23 December 1854 in Schwiniar, Poland, the fifth of six children born to Johann Gerbrandt (28 October 1808 – 17 January 1881) and Katharina (Schroeder) Gerbrandt (b. 11 November 1819). His ancestors came from Marienwerder, West Prussia. On 26 December 1880 John married Helena Klassen (5 February 1857, Michalin, Kiev, South Russia – 25 September 1954, Drake, SK) of the Gnadenberg Mennonite Church east of Newton, KS. To this union seven children were born: Heinrich, Agnetha, Maria, Johann, Jacob, Wilhelmina and Valentine. John d. 16 August 1938 in Drake, SK. John was baptized on 13 June 1870 and received into membership of the Deutsch Wymyschle Mennonite Church in Poland by Elder Gerhard Bartel. In the spring of 1875 he immigrated to the United States with his parents and two sisters, settling in Marion Co., KS, a mile north of the present town of Hillsboro. He was an active member of the Johannesthal Mennonite Church north of Hillsboro (General Conference Mennonite Church). In 1887 he was called to the ministry and on 22 December 1890 he was ordained elder of his church. He also took an active part in organizing the Friedensthal Mennonite Church north of Durham, KS. In 1904 he joined a land inspection delegation to Saskatchewan, where free homesteads of 160 acres were being offered by the Canadian government. He selected homesteads not only for himself and his two sons, but also for a number of relatives and church members in what is now the Drake, Sask. district. He emigrated to Saskatchewan with his family in 1905 and was followed by a number of families from Kansas and Oklahoma. On 12 February 1906 he organized the North Star Mennonite Church at Drake with 20 charter members, and became its first elder. These charter members came from the Johannesthal, Bruderthal (KS), and Alva, OK churches. By 1931, after 25 years, the membership had risen to 277. Gerbrandt took a keen interest in the educational and conference activities of the General Conference churches in Western Canada. He was chairman of the Canadian Conference for four years and its vice-chairman for seven years. In addition he was an active member of its committee on home missions for many years. He died in Drake on 16 August 1938.
- Luella Victoria. The death of Luella Victoria Gerbrandt aged 86 years of Lanigan and formerly of Drake occurred at Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan on January 9, 2009. Luella was predeceased by her husband Menno. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, January 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel in Watrous.
- Orlin. It is with deep sorrow that we, the family of Orlin Gerbrandt, announce his passing to his eternal home, on July 20, 2006 at 88 years of age. He leaves to mourn his wife of 65 years, Margaret, two children Reg (Collene) Gerbrandt of Lockwood, Kathleen (Don) Friesen of Ardath, five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, in Drake, on Wednesday July 26 at 2:30pm
- Eric Francis. Born August 26, 1923 at Lanigan, Sask., died November 9, 1997 at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Sask. Eric will be lovingly remembered by his 8 children, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren: Bryan (Linda) Gibney of Guernsey and family, Jeff Glbney, and Kelly (Holly) Gibney and son Mitchdl; Wendy (Ed) Herman of Guernsey and family, Sandra (Keith) Bernauer and sons Benjamin and Graham, Lanctte (dint) Morrow and daughter Kennedy, and Craig (Debra) Herman; Judy (Sebastian) Mahler of London, ON; Murray (Claire) Gibney of Lanigan and children Erin and Neil, Jackie (Al) Kraus of Red Deer, AB, and children Kim and Todd; Phyllls Pyette of Outlook and children Riley and Larissa; Patrick (Jacquie) Gibney of Regina and sons Ryan and Matthew, and Peggy (Darrell) McKee of Saskatoon and sons Zach and Slade, special friend, Irene Hodges of Lanigan; 2 brothers: Ralph (Ida) Isbister of Hainey, BC., and Tom (Vi) Gibney of Drake; 2 sisters: Jeanne (Earl) Winters of Saskatoon; and Marge (Ted) Shier of North Vancouver, BC., brother-in-law, John Agar; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Jessie (nee Kitchen) Gibney (April 4, 1990); his parents, James and Doris (nee Forbes) Gibney; a sister, Maude Agar; a brother, Les (Agnes) isbister; and by a great-grandson, Dylan Gibney. Funeral service was Nov 13, 1997 at 2:00 pm at Knox United Church, Lanigan, Sask with Officiant Sylvia Thompson. Ushers were members of the legion Lions Club. Organist was Grace Strong. Memorial Table attendants were Ivan & Bernice Kennedy and Bob and Barb Dunham. Pianist was Vi Cole. Pallbearers were Jeff, Jack and Kelly Gibney, Jim Isbister, Todd Kraus and Craig Herman. Internment in Lanigan Public Cemetery.
- James. Relatives and friends assembled at Drake United Church, April 22 for the funeral of the late James. The service was conducted by Rev. R. Swann. Mrs. H. Strong was organist. The casket and graveside in Drake cemetery were banked with many floral tributes — tokens of sympathy from many relatives and friends. Other contributions were received for the memorial fund. Casket bearers were Messrs. K. McFarland, Harold, Donald, James, Frank and John Gibney, nephews of the deceased. James Gibney, a pioneer resident of the Bloomfield district was born at Mount Albert, Ont. on Feb. 21, 1869. The oldest of a family of ten, seven boys and three girls, he came west in 1905 and homesteaded in the Bloomfield district, where he has resided for 55 years. James Gibney is survived bv his widow, Doris two sons, Eric of Guernsey, Thomas of Drake, three daughters Jeanne of Watrous, Maude of Salmon Arm, B.C., Marjorie of Saskatoon, two step-sons Leslie Isbister of Drake and Ralph Isbister at Haney, B.C., fourteen grandchildren, four brothers, Frank at Drake, William, Harvey and Sam at Newmarket, Ont. and a sister, Emma of Newmarket, Ont. He was predeceased by two sisters, Arin and Isabel, and one brother Jack. The entire immediate family were home for the service.
- James Scott. The death of James Scott Gibney aged 89 years of Watrous, SK. occurred at Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan on Saturday, August 13, 2005. The Memorial Service will be held in Watrous United Church on Wednesday, August 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Drake Cemetery. Jim was born May 22, 1916 at Drake to Frank and Edith Gibney. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Esther and four brothers, Neil, Harold, Donald, and Frank. He is survived by his brother John, (Marleane) and sisters in law Kay & Helen, numerous nieces and nephews. Jim received his education at Bloomfield and Drake high school. Attended U of S in Saskatoon and U of Man in Winnipeg. He worked for Massy Harris as a blockman at Saskatoon and as a brakeman for the C.N.R. He purchased Gibney's Mens Wear in Watrous in 1948 and operated it till his retirement in 1980 at Manitou Beach. Jim served on Watrous Town Council as well as the Lanigan School Unit. Was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Kinsmen Club. He also was co-owner of Danceland. Jim married Esther Leslie in 1944 at Beinfait, Sask. They loved to travel extensively and saw a great deal of the world. He was a member of the United Church of Canada.
- Jessie Kathleen, aged 64 years, beloved wife of Eric Gibney passed away at Lanigan Union Hospital, Lanigan, Sask, on Wednesday, April 4, 1990 after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral service was held from Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanigan on Sunday, April 8th with Rev. Daryl Woods officiating. Interment took place in Lanigan Cemetery. Organist was Grace Strong and pianist was Vi Cole. Ushers were Gordon Greve and Don Gunther. Register attendants were Sig Coen and Herb Kopperud. Honorary pallbearers were Wilma Vigoren, Natalie Grywacheski, Jean Rucks, Edna Strueby, Jean Kopperud, Shirley Guenther, Bernice Kennedy, Eileen Blair, Clara Biehn and Blondie Siegal. Pallbearers were Ralph Vigoren, Bud Guenther, Jerry Biehn, Ivan Kennedy, Walter Strueby and Alfred Rucks. Jessie Kathleen Gibney was born February 28, 1926 at Edson, Alta. and grew up with her family at Watrous. Jessie and Eric were married on November 2, 1946 at Vancouver, B.C. Their marriage was blessed with eight children who grew up on the farm at Guernsey. Jessie's greatest joy came from her role as loving and caring mother and grandmother. Jessie will be fondly remembered by her loving husband Eric; three sons, Bryan (Linda) of Guernsey, Murray (Claire) and Patrick (Jaequie) of Lanigan; five daughters, Wendy (Edward) Herman of Guernsey, Judith (Sebastian) Mahler of London, Ont., Jaqueline (Allan) Krause of Red Deer, Alta., Phyllis (Tony) Pyette and Peggy (Darrell) McKee of Saskatoon; grandchildren Sandra, Lannette and Craig Herman, Jeff and Kelly Gibney, Kim and Todd Krause, Erin and Neil Gibney and Riley and Larissa Pyette. Memories of Jessie will be cherished by her family and dear friends.
- Kathleen "Kay" (nee Sekulich). The death of our mom occurred at Lanigan Central Parkland Lodge on Sunday June 10th, 2012 at the age of 92 with her family by her side. Mom was born on February 17, 1921 to Matt and Eva Sekulich on the family farm near Kenaston, Saskatchewan. She was raised on the farm and took her schooling at Hillage School. On November 29th, 1951 she married Frank T. Gibney of Drake, Sask. and they raised their three children, Faye, Rocky and Glen on the farm west of Drake. Mom and dad worked on the family farm for many years semi retiring in Indio, California for the winters. After Dad's passing Mom built a new home in Drake where she enjoyed several years with her family and friends. When unable to manage on her own she moved to a Personal Care Home in Saskatoon. In January of 2012 she was able to move back home and lived her final months at the Lanigan Central Parkland Lodge. She was predeceased by her loving husband Frank T. Gibney, her parents and her siblings. Mom is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Faye (Terry) Benson, Scot (Jacque), Dana (Adam) Calvert; Rocky (Barb) Gibney, Rob (Kendra) Gibney, Raynah, Kenna and Lacey, Jennifer (Evan) Uchacz, Carly and Olivia, Tammy (Scott) Ruedig, Kayd and Kohen; Glen (Sheri) Gibney, Melissa Gibney, Amber (Russ) Monette; brother-in-law John Gibney; sister-in-law Pat Martin and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family and all the lives that she touched. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK on Thursday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Emily Toews officiating.
- Marleane (nee Young) passed away Tuesday June 5th, 2012 after a lengthy illness. She leaves to mourn her husband of 52 years, John Gibney; sons Scott and Sean; daughter, Sandra (Warren); grandson, Keiran; sisters, Marcella and Elaine, and brother, Ervin (Yvette). Marleane was born in Salvador, Saskatchewan on December 8, 1936 to Val and Frances Young. She received her primary schooling in Salvador until 1955 when she went into training at St. Paul's Hospital School of Nursing in Saskatoon, graduating in 1958. After graduation, Marleane, along with her friend Joan Schroeder (McLeod), travelled to Watrous to begin their nursing careers. Here she met John who would eventually become her spouse. She very much enjoyed her career at Watrous Union Hospital which spanned a 30 year period. Her coworkers described Marleane as a caring and compassionate nurse. Marleane married John Gibney on January 7, 1960 and raised a family of three. She loved spending time with her family and close friends and in particular her grandson, Keiran. Mom enjoyed sewing, especially making things for children, crocheting, needlework and baking. She also took great pleasure in gardening and had a huge garden every summer. Her greatest joy was her family and she was ours. The family would like to thank Watrous and District Home Care for going above and beyond, Manitou and Central Parkland Lodges for their excellent care and compassion, Debbie Knezacek for her many kindnesses, and special friends, Karen Gatzke and Barb McDonald for their caring and devoted friendship. A Memorial Service will be held in Watrous United Church, Watrous, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m.
- Thomas "Tom" Clifford Gibney (July 8, 1925 - July 30, 2011). The passing of Thomas Tom Clifford Gibney of Saskatoon (formerly of Drake) occurred on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at RUH Hospital, Saskatoon, with his family by his side. Tom will be remembered by his loving wife of 62 years, Violet; three daughters and one son: Maxine (Barry) Mesenchuk of Humboldt, and family Ryan (Lauren, Tighe, Dominic, Josephine), Reagan (Logan, Emily, Noah and Conor); Betty (Norman) Gaskarth of St. Albert, AB, and family Kara (Jason, Nathan, Liam), Will (Lynn, Lillie); Joan (Clayton) Gegner of Saskatoon, and family Crystal (Jonathan,Thomas) and Josh (Jamie); Jack (Ruth) Gibney of Drake, and family Scott (Destiny, Avery, Dax), Jade (Chris, Tyson, Ryder), Nicole (Trinity) and Laura; two sisters, Jean Winters of Saskatoon and Marjorie (Ted) Shier of Vancouver, BC; and one brother-in-law, John Agar of Salmon Arm, BC. Tom was predeceased by his parents, James and Doris Gibney; brothers Eric, Les, Ralph; and sister, Maude. Tom's life was Violet, their family, and the farm at Drake which was homesteaded in 1905 by his father. He was often said to be a farmer outstanding in his field. He farmed with his brother and later his son. Tom was involved with his church and community. He was a friend to many and always had time for a visit. Tom was good at carpentry and mechanically inclined. In 2005, due to health reasons, Tom and Violet moved to Saskatoon where they also made many friends. The Funeral Service for Tom will take place on Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox United Church, Lanigan, officiated by Rev. Alison West. Interment will follow at the Drake Cemetery.
- Violet Lillian (nee Wheatley) September 17, 1924 – August 15, 2014. The passing of Violet Lillian Gibney, formerly of Drake, SK, occurred on August 15, 2014, at Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, SK, at the age of 89, with her loving family by her side. Violet will be lovingly remembered by her children and their families: Maxine (Barry) Mesenchuk of Humboldt and family Ryan (Sharon, Tighe, Dominic and India) and Reagan (Devon, Logan, Emily, Noah, Conor, Patience, Darian and Dezman); Betty Gaskarth of St. Albert, AB and family Kara (Jason, Nathan and Liam), Will (Lynn and Lillie); Joan (Clayton) Gegner of Saskatoon and family Crystal (Jonathan and Thomas) and Josh (Jamie); Jack (Ruth) Gibney of Drake and family Scott (Destiny, Avery and Dax), Jade (Chris, Tyson, Ryder and Cooper), Nicole (Matt and Trinity) and Laura (Ryan). A Memorial Service for Violet will be held at Knox United Church, Lanigan, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.
- Newton Lavern, son of Ozias and Naomi (Schmidt) Gingrich, was born at Drake, Sask., October 13, 1924; died of a heart attack at Emmaus Center, Drumbo, Ont., August 1, 1979; aged 53 years. On June 11, 1949, he was married to Mary Somers, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Daryl, Duane, and Dennis), one daughter (Diane), his mother (Naomi), 4 brothers (Vernon, Gordon, Virgil, Delmar), and 2 sisters (Vietta-Mrs. Tom Oshiro, Velorous-Mrs. John Shearer). He was ordained to the ministry on June 19, 1949, and served as pastor of the East Zorra until one month prior to his death where funeral services were held on August 4, in charge of Glen Schumm, Ralph Lebold, Wm. Snyder, Ivan Kauffmann, and Nelson Yantzi; interment in church cemetery.
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- Ruby (nee Jantz) 1906 - 2003. A memorial service for Ruby Hill, aged 97 years, was held from Coventry Funeral Chapel Thursday, November 6th, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Karen Mitchell officiating. Organist was Dawn Gates.Memorial book attendants were Gerry Mattoon and Verda Hoppe. Honorary pallbearers were all her friends from Cherry Ridge and surrounding districts. Urn bearer was May Edwards. Private family interment was at Mabel Hill Cemetery. Lunch was served at the Coventry Funeral Chapel following the interment. Ruby was born on a farm in a barn near Drake, SK on April 17, 1906. She took her schooling in the rural school district of "Kansas". After she finished school she worked at the Post Office in Drake. In 1928 she married Walter Hill and they lived in Lanigan where Walter worked in a garage. In 1935 they moved to the Cherry Ridge district to a quarter of land that Walter had bought. They worked side-by- side clearing the land, burning brush piles and picking roots. Ruby loved to take part in community projects, she was a member of the Community Club and the Cherry Ridge Curling Club, where she was the secretary for many years. When it was her turn to serve lunch at the rink, or was asked for donations of food, you could always count on Ruby for donuts. Another specialty of hers was her cinnamon buns - just ask Darcy. When at home her hands were never idle, and neither was her treadle sewing machine, as she created beautiful quilts, and dozens of oven mitts. She loved it when friends gave her used clothing and pieces of material, out of this, she made "juice tin" footstools, or "braided rugs". She enjoyed gardening and working in her flowerbeds. After a heart attack in October 1996, she moved into Pineview Nursing Home where she spent her remaining 7 years. While in the "Home" she really appreciated the care she received, the music and singing by the various groups, and especially the bingo games. Ruby was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1978, two sisters Lenore and Edna, and two brothers Orlando and Ben. Left to mourn her passing are her children; son Ken his wife Tracy; their sons Scott, and Glen, his wife Sherry and their sons Brett, John, Mark and Jeff. Daughter May Edwards and her sons Gary, Doug and Grant, his wife Pam and daughter Whitney. One sister, Esther Matcham of St. Albert, AB also numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
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- Nellie born January 21, 1909 in Gnadenheim, Russia; died 1984 in Clearbrook, B.C. Moved to Drake, Sask. in 1924. Married Fred Kelln on January 11, 1927. In 1929, they lived in Yarrow, B.C. Fred Kelln died April 6, 1980 in Clearbrook, B.C. Survived by sons Fred of Vancouver, B.C., Robert of Port Coquillam, B.C., Roy of Survey, B.C.; daughters Emma Fast of Richmond, B. C., Nellie Fast of Calgary, AB and Katie Keyzer of Abbottsford, B.C..
- Agnes Adeline. Memorial service for Agnes Adeline Isbister of Drake, Sask. was held at Knox United Church, Lanigan, Sask. on Monday, June 1st, 1992 with Daryl Woods officiating. Organist was Grace Strong with Vi Cole as pianist. Honorary pallbearers were "all those who shared in Agnes' life. Ushers were Henry Bartel and John Gibney. Register attendants were Maxine Mesenchuk and Ruth Gibney. Agnes Adeline Isbister was born February 8, 1916 in Valley Centre, Sask. and attended school in Harris, Sask. She came to the Drake area in the fall of 1933. In 1937 Agnes married Joseph Dillion. Agnes moved back to the Drake area and on January 10, 1957 she remarried. Agnes and Les Isbister settled on a farm west of Drake. During the last several years Agnes battled arthritis spending several lengthy periods in hospital. She passed away May 28, 1992 at Lanigan Union Hospital. Agnes was an active member of the community, enjoying quilting and curling, was an artist, avid gardener, and also did hairdressing. Agnes was also a member of the Silver Sages in Drake. Predeceased by her parents, sister Helen and brother Jerome; Agnes is survived by her husband Les; daughter Lois Dillion of New Westminster; sons, Gerry (Margaret) Dillion of Calgary, Jim Isbister of Drake and Rob Isbister of Regina as well as four grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Ed (Elva) Vleck of Calgary and sister Alice (Ray) Nickelson of Bemerton, Wash.
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- Joyce Evelyn (nee Gullacher) Jantz passed away Jan. 8. She was born July 12, 1941 to Roy and Myrtle Gullacher in Simpson, Sask. She attended Lake City School, took grade 12 at Caronport (Sask.) High School, then studied 3 years at Briercrest Bible School. She graduated from Regina General Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. In 1967 she married LaVerne Jantz. She worked a few years in Regina General Hospital while LaVerne studied. They then lived on the Jantz family farm at Drake, Sask. She continued nursing at Nokomis (Sask.) Hospital, then at Lanigan (Sask.) Hospital until the early 1990s. She served as camp nurse on several occasions and was responsible for setting up the medical centre and nursing services at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp. She was involved with Pioneer Girls, taught Sunday school, served as accompanist in her church and was president of the Christian Women's Club. In 1989 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Predeceased by son David, she is mourned by LaVerne; daughter Charlene of Saskatoon; 1 granddaughter; her mother of Imperial, Sask.; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. The funeral was Jan. 11 in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, with Ernie Bergen and Darren Holland ministering.
- Susana (Susie)(nee Friesen). With sadness the family announces the death of Susana Jeschke of Saskatoon, formerly of Lanigan, SK. Passed away August 17, 2004 at her home at Oliver Lodge. Susie was born in the village of Jdaden, province of Siberia, Russia June 24, 1910, came to Canada with her parents at the age of 14. Married Karl Jeschke, from that marriage were four children, Linda, Dorothy Wolter of Drake, SK, Lois Jeschke and Rienhard (Ludy) Jeschke of Saskatoon, SK; three grandchildren, Marion Wolter, Cindy (Craig) Young, Daryl (Dawn) Jeschke; three great-grandchildren, Chase, Brooke Jeschke and Zackary Young. Susana is survived by two sisters, Margret Leffler of Jansen, Lydia Gunther of Humboldt; one brother, Jake (Evelyn) Friesen of Drake; sisterin-law, Susie Friesen of Manitoba. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Maria Friesen; husband, Karl February 1961; daughter, Linda in 1933; brother, Peter Friesen; sister, Helen Funk; son-in-law, Paul Wolter.
- Muriel Elizabeth (nee Kreller) passed into the presence of her Lord May 5, 2010. She is survived by her brother, William Kreller of Penticton, BC and numerous nieces and nephews. Muriel was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Roy Johnson (2004). Muriel was born October 23, 1917 in Humboldt, SK. She was a teacher for many years in multi-grade rural Sask. schools. Roy and Muriel farmed at Drake, Sask. and for many years they enjoyed spending winters in Phoenix, AZ. Muriel was a very gracious lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. The family wishes to thank Qualicum Manor for their loving care of our Auntie Muriel. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Garden of the Good Shepherd, Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Saskatoon, Sask. Tea & coffee following.
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- William Davis born on January 24, 1923 in the house on the home quarter, he later farmed until 1956, near Drake, Saskatchewan. Dave passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2004. He leaves to cherish his memory, Lorna, his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Wendy (Frank) and sister, Joyce (Roy) Hawes. He is also survived by his nephew, Mark (Dorothy) and niece, Marilyn (Monty). Dave was well known in the community as a businessman, involved in the construction and lumber industry. Also served as President of Victoria Duplicate Bridge Club. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 2 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, B.C.
- Violet Jane (nee Munro) passed away on September 22, 2004 at Pineview Lodge in Nipawin, SK at the age of 91 years. Violet was born on August 27, 1913 in Drake, SK to her parents Dan and Jean Munro.
Violet attended school in Drake, SK until the age of 13. She completed her education at Mabel Hill School in Nipawin, SK. While living in the Nipawin District she met Ray King and they married on March 23, 1938. Together they had three children: Lois, Lillian and Muriel. Ray and Violet raised their family in the Nipawin area and continued farming until 1984. They then moved to Nipawin for their retirement where Violet continued to enjoy many things but she especially enjoyed cooking, gardening and crocheting. Violet was predeceased by her brothers: Clayton, Clarence, Bill, Bob and Allan; sisters: Lillian, Ethel and Gladys; brothers-in-law: Clare, Russell, Elmer, John, Raymond and Gerald; sister-in-law Ruby. Violet leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Ray King; daughter Lois (David) McChesney; granddaughters: Michelle (Jason) Kelln and Elann; grandson Ferlin; daughter Lillian (Loren) Henke; granddaughter Janelle; grandsons Daren and Ryan; daughter Muriel (Alan) Bennett; granddaughter Arlana; grandson Mel; brother Jim (Gladys) Munro; sisters-in-law Millie, Ruth, Wilma, Ursula, Esther, Doris, Violet and Muriel; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Violet will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Funeral Services were held at the Nipawin Evergreen Centre on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 1:00 PM with Jim Atcheson officiating. Interment was to follow at Mabel Hill Cemetery. Following interment, family and friends were invited to share in a time of fellowship in the Tea Room of Heritage Funeral Home.
- Andrew Kliever of Abbotsford, B.C. passed away Dec. 19. He was born Dec. 2, 1910 to Andreas and Ottilie Kliewer of Wymyschle, Poland. He had little schooling, but enjoyed history and math. At 14, he went to work. In Poland, he became a Christian. At 19, he immigrated to Canada, joining his older brother Peter in Drake, Sask. Here he worked on farms and was baptized. A year later, he moved to Alberta to work on his uncle Ben Ratzlaff’s farm. He then worked on farms near Red Deer, Alta. for 10 years. During this time, he broke his back when a wagon overturned. In 1941 he suffered another accident on a farm near Edmonton. He moved to Calgary and attended Bible school. In 1944 he married Nellie Loewen. They lived in Calgary, where he worked in a meat packing plant and attended Bible school at night. In 1944 they farmed near Calgary. They then moved to her parents’ place near Linden, Alta. to farm. In 1951 they moved to Abbotsford, where they cleared 20 acres of stumps for a dairy, chicken and berry farm. Due to back problems, he studied at Chilliwack (B.C.) Business College. He worked for a car dealership in Abbotsford 1957-73. He was involved in church, including about 10 years in various leadership positions and teaching adult Sunday school at the Alliance church. They were charter members of the Free Church, where he served in similar capacities for 10 years. Several years later, he suffered his first stroke. His hands shook, but his mind remained clear. In 1987 they moved to a condo and joined Clearbrook MB Church. In 1995 he suffered his first heart attack. In September 1999 he moved into a care home. He wanted to go home to heaven. He is remembered as a faithful husband, a caring father and a loving grandfather. He is mourned by Nellie; children Marion Singer of Harrison, B.C., Jean Friesen of Langley, B.C. and Harvey of Abbotsford; 6 grandchildren and 1 brother. The funeral was Dec. 23 in Clearbrook MB Church, with Peter J. Klassen and John E. Klassen ministering.
- Merrilee lost her courageous battle with cancer on July 26, 2006. She is survived by her two loving children, Natasha and Jeremy Thiessen, and her adoring parents, Lena (Braun) and Bill Kornelsen. She will also be missed by many cousins, other family members and friends. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK with a luncheon to follow. Also, a visitation will be held at the Saskatoon Funeral Home, 3384th Avenue North, on Monday, July 31, 2006 from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
- Maria Kroeker passed away May 17. She was born Mar. 9, 1895 in Donilovka, Crimea. She accepted Christ through the ministry of missionary Wiens. She was baptized by P. Goertzen, joining the MB Church at Donilovka Oct. 4, 1911. She married Jacob F. Kroeker, a dentist from Karasan, Feb. 9, 1919. They immigrated to Drake, Sask. in November, 1925. In 1940, they moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. They joined Virgil (Ont.) MB Church Apr. 6, 1941. Jacob died Apr. 7, 1969. She enjoyed her role as wife and mother. She believed that God would always provide, even during hard times. She lived alone for a few years in her own home before moving to Pleasant Manor in Virgil. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, quilting and baking buns and pereschky. She joined a prayer group, praying often for missions. She was always concerned for her children's well-being. Her prayers were interwoven with Scripture; sometimes she made Psalm 139 her whole prayer. Predeceased by Jake, son Jake in 1993 and 1 great-grandchild, she is mourned by children Herman, Marie Loewen, Vera Voth, Harry, Elsie Solis, Menno; 30 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren. The funeral was at Cornerstone Community Church in Virgil, with Peter J. Klassen ministering.
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- Ed Edmund Eric passed away September 27, 2011 at the age of 86. He was born Edmund Eric Laskowski in Drake, Saskatchewan, the fourth son of Anna Bartel Laskowski and Jacob Laskowski. As a young man, Ed served in India as a missionary with his wife, Lila. The family returned to Canada in 1954, and Ed began his studies at the University of Toronto. After completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Medicine in 1961, he went back to India with his family and spent three years as a physician in Kodaikanal, South India, working through the local school and hospital. Eventually called to the ministry of psychiatry, Ed returned to Canada and completed post-graduate studies in Detroit, Michigan. He dedicated his remaining life to the practise of psychiatry in Michigan and California, retiring at the age of 79. He is survived by one brother (Ted and Janet Laskowski), six children (Murray Edmund, Lois Edmund, Jan Redekop, Marcella Edmund, Jordan Edmund, Bethany Edmund), five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. We are thankful for his longtime service to others.
- Gordon Cecil, of Drake, SK, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus with his family close by, on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the age of 87 years after a devastating stroke. He was born on April 4, 1921 to Jacob and Anna Laskowski, the second son in a family of four sons and then one daughter. He was baptized and joined the North Star Mennonite Church in 1942 and married Mabel Bartel on November 2, 1944. They raised a family of six children, four boys and two girls. He farmed at Drake until middle age and then had a hopper bottomed grain bin building business until retirement. Dad is predeceased by his parents, Mabel's parents; his son, Maxwell; grandson, James; great granddaughter, Kelly Rae; brother, Vic; sister, Hildegard; and brothers-in-law, Louis Kaufmann and Melfred Bartel. He is survived by his children, Dan (Esther) Laskowski of Drake, Julia (Ron) Bueckert of Saskatoon, Grace (Ray) Poettcker of Saskatoon, Emery (Joyce) Laskowski of Drake, Andy (Colleen) Laskowski of Humboldt; and daughter-in-law, Grace (Dennis) Adolph of Warman; and their families 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; by his brothers, Ted (Janet) Laskowski of Abbotsford, BC and Ed Edmund of Seattle, WA and by Mabel's family, Henry (Katie) Bartel, Roy (Florence) Bartel, and Marianne Bartel, all of Drake; and many other relatives and friends. Public visitation will be at Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel, Watrous on Tuesday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the North Star Country Cemetery west of Drake at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 and the Memorial Service at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake at 3:00 p.m.
- Mabel Henrietta (nee Bartel) passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on December 20, 2004. She was born at Drake, SK on November 17, 1921, the firstborn of August and Margaret Bartel. She attended the Wilmot School southwest of Drake for Grades 1 to 8. Then she helped out on the farm, often working as hard as the men. She was baptized on her confession of faith in Jesus Christ at North Star Mennonite Church at Drake on July 6, 1941 by Elder Benjamin Ewert. During the winter of 1943-44 she attended Rosthern Bible School. Mabel Bartel married Gordon Laskowski on November 2, 1944 at Drake and six children were born to them, Maxwell, Dan, Julia, Grace, Emery and Andrew. Mabel was compassionate and generous with her time and resources. She was a very reasonable, amiable, kind and generous parent. She was never happier than when all the family was around her. She was a woman of principles and led by example. Her motto was to mind her own business and to do good to all. Her non-interfering and encouraging example stands with us to this day. Her values of sharing ones' gifts, genuine caring, honesty and doing ones' best came through loud and clear, though she would never have philosophized about it. As the Alzheimers disease advanced Mabel was robbed of meaningful relationships and fulfilling activity. We painfully lost a wife, mother and grandmother. We thank God for His grace in allowing us to know and love her so well. Mabel is predeceased by her parents, August and Margaret Bartel; parents-in-law, Jacob and Anna Laskowski; a baby brother; son, Maxwell Laskowski; grandson, James Laskowski; and great-granddaughter, Kelly Rae Laskowski. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Laskowski; daughter-in-law, Grace (Dennis) Adolph; sons, Dan (Esther), Emery (Joyce) and Andrew; daughters, Julia (Ron) Bueckert and Grace (Ray) Poettcker; daughter-in-law, Patricia Laskowski; 18 grandchildren, RaeLynn (Mark) Hildebrandt, Syd (Marla) Laskowski, Kim (Christine) Laskowski, Candace (Mark) Wurtz, Tammy (Bob) Peacey, April (Wes) Krahn, Tyler Bueckert, Coral (Tim) Bergen, Kaden Bueckert, Elation (Herb) Pauls, Grant (Rosalyn) Poettcker, Kodi (Alana) Poettcker, Kevin (Laura) Laskowski, Duane (Andrea) Laskowski, Kyle Laskowski, Chelsea Laskowski, Aaron Laskowski and Scott Laskowski; and 12 great-grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at Drake North Star Mennonite Church on December 29, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. led by Pastor Ken Quiring.
- Donald (Buddy) passed away peacefully at Beverly Estates, Calgary, AB., on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at the age of 71 years. Don was born at Saskatoon, Sask., November 10, 1933 to Marie (Bartel) and George Lepp. He spent his childhood years at Drake where his father farmed and taught at Wilmot School. Later he moved many times when his father taught schools in Lampard, Kandahar, and Langham, Sask. He attended Rosthern Junior College for his high school years in Rosthern, Sask., during which time he joined the Drake North Star Mennonite Church. After school years he worked for a time in Saskatoon, then going to Brandon to take a course in aeronautics in Brandon, Manitoba. His career of air traffic controller lasted over thirty years in Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Calgary. He established many good friends during these years, among whom was a special friend, Frances Follows. He was a faithful care giver for his handicapped mother for many years after his father's death. After his retirement he developed health problems and moved to Beverly Estates in Calgary, where he resided until his death. Don had a keen mind, quick wit and humor, enjoyed visiting, hockey and the horse racing events at Spruce Meadows. Don was predeceased by his mother Marie and father George Lepp. He will be greatly missed by relatives and friends. We appreciate the excellent care given to Don by the staff at the Beverly Estates. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at a Visitation at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery) on Sunday, December 12, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Foster's Garden Chapel on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. with Interment to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery.
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- Katherine (Kay) of Drake, SK. passed away at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon on Thursday September 14, 2000 at the age of 68 year. Kay was born in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan on April 23, 1932 to Jacob and Susanna Martens. Of the four girls that came to bless the Jacob Martens family, she was the third. Kay spent most of her childhood on a farm in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan and attended the school in town. Since there were no boys in the family, the daughters assisted with the farm work of milking the cows, feeding the farm animals, making hay and helping with the harvest. Morning devotions were part of her family tradition and she enjoyed attending Sunday School and accepted Christ as her Saviour at age eleven. Later she participated in the young people's meetings. She loved to sing and learned to play the organ. Her father, who was the "Vorsaenger" (song leader) in the church, loved to sing with her while she played. Kay graduated from the Eyebrow High School in June, 1950 and was also baptized upon confession of her faith that same month by Rev. G.G. Nickel from Herbert, Saskatchewan. After one year of attending the Moose Jaw Business College, Kay studied at Canadian Mennonite College (CMBC) in Winnipeg (1951-1954) on a part time basis because she had to work to cover her expenses. The Swift Current Bible School (SCBI) needed teachers and before Kay could complete her studies she was asked to come to teach at SCBI. She taught at SCBI for a total of fourteen years between 1954-1972, with time out to complete her Christian Education degree at CMBC in 1961-1962 and her BA in Music at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana during 1967-1968. While Kay was teaching at SCBI, she would often return to Eyebrow to help her mother with her garden and other duties. Following two years of studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon during 1972-1974, she graduated with a Bachelor in Education degree. After teaching for one year in Lanigan, Saskatchewan (1974-1975), Kay transferred to Drake, Sask., where she taught until 1995. These were busy but wonderful years for Kay. She loved to teach but in addition to her teaching she was very involved in the life of the North Star Mennonite Church in Drake as Sunday School teacher, choir director, pianist and served on various church committees. She also served on different committees in the Conference of Mennonites in Saskatchewan and on the executive committee of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada and for nine years on the Native Ministries Commission. She is survived by her sisters, Helen (Dick) Friesen, Saskatoon, Sue (Peter) Kehler, Abbotsford, BC, Anne Bueckert, Saskatoon; 14 nieces and nephews their spouses and families also many friends both at home and abroad. Kay was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Susanna Martens. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. from North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK. officiated by Pastor Ken Quiring and Pastor Herman Wiebe. Public viewing for family and friends at the church prior to the service from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Interment at North Star Mennonite Church Country Cemetery.
- Pat. Mrs. Pat McFarland, 83 years, of Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2007. She will be lovingly remembered by her two children: Wayne (Debra) McFarland of Saskatoon and Diann (Gordon) Siegfried of Drake; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters. The funeral service for Pat will be held on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at North Star Mennonite Church, Drake.
- Louva Elaine (nee Stevenson) passed away October 14th, 2004. Born July 26th, 1921 on the family farm outside of Drake, Saskatchewan. Louva leaves behind her loving husband and partner of 64 years Harold (Mac), children Bonnie Groff (Keith), Judi, Trish Zinkowski (Eugene), Jeff (Linda), daughter in-law Jane, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, sisters Audrey and Gladys and sisters in-law Helen and Anne, plus a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends. Louva is predeceased by her son Monty and grandson Michael and 10 brothers and sisters. Louva loved people and was always there to lend a hand of assistance to whoever needed it and always had a word of encouragement or a loving touch for her family. A private family memorial service will be held as requested.
- Andy McNally, longtime resident of Bezanson, Alberta, passed away at the Q.E. II Hospital in Grande Prairie on September 23, 2005 at the age of 76 years. Andy was born on October 26, 1928 at Drake, Saskatchewan, moving to the Peace Country as an infant with his family, where he has resided most of his life. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Joan; children Don & Donna and boys Bret & Darby; Wendy & Dave and boys Curtis & Chris; Grant and children Rory, Erin & Peter; Patricia and children Daren & Lindsay. He is also survived by sisters: Dorothy, Winnie (Gordon) and brothers Steve (Edna), Barney (Kay) and sisters-in-law Armyna & Mary. Andy was predeceased by his father Peter McNally, mother Mary Jane McNally, brothers Terrance, Bob and Tommy. Public Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26 from 7-8 P.M. at Oliver‚s Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service will be held at the Bezanson Community Church on Tuesday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Chris Willis officiating.
- Adel Gunda (nee Kriese) December 4, 1908 - June 27, 2009. It is with deep love that the family of Adel Gunda Miller announce her passing June 27, 2009. Gunda was born in Volhynia, Russia in 1908 and immigrated to Canada in 1922. She made the ocean crossing alone with her sister Linda in a journey she documented for her family in her later years. She is survived by her son Eldon (Jean) of Calgary, AB; her daughter, Glenys (Rodney) Pongracz of Nokomis, SK; four grandchildren, Nancy (Dennis) Klassen of White Rock, BC; Donald (Kim) Miller of Chilliwack, BC; David (Camille) Miller of Seattle, WA and Nadine (Cliff) Schueller of Saskatoon, SK; seven great-grandchildren, Quinn, Asiah, Douglas, Ryan (Cash), Owen, Carson and Taylor; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Julius and Emilie; her sisters, Linda, Hattie, Edna; her husband, Clayton; her granddaughter, Cathy; and numerous other extended family members. Gunda completed her schooling in Drake, SK before settling with her husband Clayton in Viscount in 1931. After his passing, she moved to Saskatoon in 1986 to reside within the Luther Care Community, first at Luther Tower until 2002, then she moved across the street to the personal care home and finally spending her last six years in Luther Special Care Home. She will be remembered for her strong faith in God, the love she had for her family, her easy smile and her caring heart. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Luther Special Care Home (Auditorium on 3rd Floor). Interment will be held at Viscount Union Cemetery.
- Arthur Robert Maxwell. On Friday, May 25th, 2012 Arthur Robert Maxwell Munro passed away surrounded by his loving family at the age of 83. Art was born January 17, 1929 to William and Bella Munro at Drake, SK. The youngest of a family of eight he was very special to his siblings – especially his sisters as they always referred to him as their baby brother Arthur. Art moved to White Fox in 1947 to work with his father in the local butcher shop and became a partner in the business known as Munro's Meats and Locker Plant. Art married Fern Westman July 26, 1950 and they continued to operate the business until October 1973. After the business was sold to his nephew they built a home on their land and he started the job he loved – farming. He also opened a used car lot in White Fox because he missed the daily contact with customers. Art loved his travels with Fern and the winters they spent in Arizona. He was always happiest when spending time with family and friends. Art is survived by the love of his life Fern; son Grant (Joey) Matthew, Daniel and Scott; daughters Marilyn (Ray) Quinn, Joan (Murray) Keri "Angelito" & sons Nixon & Jesse, Michelle "Jordan"; sister Dorothy, brothers-in-law Stan Westman and Eddy Baumgartner; sister-in-law Selma Mosure; cousins; nieces and nephews, lifelong friends and all who knew him. We will miss you forever, till we meet again. The celebration of Art's life was held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the White Fox Community Hall with Reverend Lorna King officiating. Interment followed in White Fox Cemetery.
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- Agatha Neufeld passed away May 15. she was born July 28, 1908 in Olgafeld, Russia to George and Elizabeth Neufeld. She accepted Christ at age 12 and was baptized. The family immigrated to Drake, Sask. in 1926, then moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. in 1946. They joined Virgil (Ont.) MB Church. She worked at a canning factory, and at Bethesda Home in Vineland, Ont. 1951-54. In 1977, she moved to Pleasant Manor in Virgil. During retirement, she enjoyed many trips with her sister, Elizabeth. She is remembered for her love for the Lord and the church. She and Elizabeth often hosted Bible studies and prayer meetings in their apartment. Predeceased by 3 brothers, she is mourned by sister Elizabeth and many relatives. The funeral was May 17 in Cornerstone Community Church, Virgil, with Peter Klassen ministering.
- Benjamin C. (August 11, 1928 - August 27, 2011). The death of Ben Neufeld, aged 83 years, of Drake, SK occurred peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Lanigan Hospital, Lanigan, SK. The Memorial Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK, on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Private Family Interment in Drake Cemetery.
- Elizabeth (nee Bergen) Neufeld died peacefully on October 8, 2013 at her home at Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan (formerly of Drake). She leaves to mourn her passing stepdaughter, Maxine (Allan) Westaway and family; her siblings, Helen (John) Reger, Tina (Peter) Gossen, Mary Wiens, Jake (Ruth) Bergen, Nelly Derksen, Matilda (Marvin) Just, Henry (Beatrice) Bergen, Bill (Fran) Bergen, Lily (Rick) Sawatzky; brother-in-law Willard Wolfe, and sister-in-law Mary Bergen; as well as nieces and nephews who considered her a special "Aunt Betty". She was predeceased by her husband Peter Neufeld; sister Martha Wolfe; brother George Bergen, and brothers-in-law Bill Wiens, and John Derksen. Viewing will be held Friday, October 11 at 7:30 at Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel in Watrous. The Funeral Service will be held North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK. on Saturday October 12th at 2:30 p.m
- Henry Neufeld died Oct. 24, 2005. He was born June 14, 1928 in Drake, Sask. to John and Katrina Neufeld. The family moved to B.C. in 1943. He became a Christian at 13 and was baptized June 23, 1946 in Yarrow. B.C. He married Helen Thiessen May 9, 1948. Henry worked for Eddie’s Nursery, then for Scott-Bathgate from 1955 to 1988. They travelled and tended his garden during retirement. They were active members of Killarney Park MB Church, Vancouver. Predeceased by son Eldon in 1978, he is mourned by Helen; daughter Frances Lesway; 3 grandchildren; 3 sisters. The funeral was in Killarney Park MB Church with Ken Peters ministering.
- Jacob "Jake" K., of Saskatoon, passed away on June 18, 2009, from heart failure. He was born in Milden, SK, on September 11, 1926. Jake was predeceased by his parents, Kornelius and Maria Neufeld; his first wife, Wanda (1980); sisters, Mary, Helen; and brother, Frank; his second wife, Margaret (2007); stepson, Gary; and grandson, Christopher. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha; brother, Neil (Marie); sister, Tina; children, Ray (Anita), Gloria, Joy (Bart), Gladys (Darrell), Glen (Anne), Melody (Jacques), Janice, and Doris (Tim); stepchildren, Reg (Ivy) daughter-in-law, Kathy (Kerry), Mark (Moira), Malcolm (Wendy), and Bonita (Kevin); 28 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Jake loved music, he loved the land, and visiting with many friends and especially family. His positive and loving nature was felt by everyone he met. Jake's journey of faith began when he was a young boy and continued through his life. He was a prayer warrior, keeping his family first in his prayers. Dad was faithful in his work in the church, and loved to sing in choirs and quartets. Jake spent 53 years in the Drake community. He farmed there for 37 years. His life was a life well lived. We will all miss him. Viewing will be at Bethany Manor, 110 La Ronge Road, Saskatoon, SK, on Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Internment on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. from Country Church Cemetery, Drake, SK. Memorial Service at First Mennonite Church, 418 Queen Street, Saskatoon, SK on Monday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.
- Margaret (nee Letkeman), April 19, 1926 - March 9, 2007. Margaret Neufeld of Saskatoon, wife of Jake, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 9, 2007. She was predeceased by siblings Agnes, George, Helen, Mary and Henry. Also predeceased by first husband John Willems; son Gary; and grandson Christopher. She is survived by siblings Beth, Sal, Johnny, Dave and Rosella. Also survived by husband Jake Neufeld; children Reg (Ivy) Willems, Mark (Moira) Willems, Ray (Anita) Neufeld, Gloria Neufeld, Joy (Bart) Jarrett, Gladys (Darrel) Heidebrecht, Glen (Anne) Neufeld, Melody (Jacques) Neufeld-Rocheleau, Janice Dyck, Doris (Tim) Janzen; 27 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Margaret was born and grew up in Aberdeen, SK. She met her first husband John Willems while attending Bethany Bible Institute. They had 3 sons and farmed near Hepburn, SK. After John passed away in 1977 she moved into Hepburn and continued to work at the post office. She met Jake Neufeld of Drake and they were married November 14, 1981. Margaret enjoyed singing, stamp collecting, painting, gardening, going for walks, jigsaw puzzles and travelling. She taught Sunday school and was involved with the Ladies Aid. She had a good strong singing voice and loved to sing in the choir, many small groups and duets with Jake. The Service of Celebration will be held at Bethany Manor, 110 LaRonge Road, Saskatoon, SK on March 14 at 2:00 p.m. The interment will be at the Drake country cemetery on March 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.
- Sue Neufeld died May 30, 2005. She was born June 22, 1926 in Russia. The family immigrated to Canada, settling in Drake, Sask. She placed her faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour at 14. When she was 16, the family moved to Yarrow, B.C. She was baptized in June 1943, joining Yarrow MB Church. She moved to Vancouver at 20 to work in a sewing factory. She was involved in ministry at Pacific Grace Mission and began working there full-time in 1954. She served Christ in bringing many children, youth and adults to faith in Jesus, and discipling them. When Pacific Grace became a Chinese MB Church, she worked at Vancouver Post Office. She joined Richmond (B.C.) Bethel Church, serving there and becoming known as "Granny Sue".
- Edmund. It is with great sadness the family of Edmund Nickel announces his passing on March 31, 2006 at the Leader Hospital, Leader, Saskatchewan. Ed, at the grand age of 95 years, slipped away peacefully with most of his family by his side. He was born on March 6, 1911, in Noad-Deuor, Poland and immigrated to Canada in 1927, as a young man of 16, to work for his Uncle Dave H. Bartel on his farm. Ed met and then married his sweetheart Bertha Bartel and they began their married life on a small farm southwest of Drake, Saskatchewan for several years. They then moved into Drake and purchased the local hotel, restaurant and barber shop in 1950 which they operated for 17 years. Ed also worked for the Lanigan School Unit for 25 years. In 1973, Ed and Bertha moved to Red Deer where he was employed with the Granada Hotel for 12 years before retiring to Prelate, Saskatchewan. Dad loved gardening, fixing small engines, playing cards, fishing and just puttering around, and was always busy doing something. His legacy to his family and those who knew him was in how he lived his life with quiet dignity and respect for all and the true love shown for his wife and family. An example that if followed, would truly make our world a better place to live. A fine father who was deeply loved and will be truly missed by his family. Edmund was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Bertha Nickel nee Bartel; his parents, Gehart and Albertine Nickel; one sister, Lidia; one brother, Richard Nickel; three sisters-in-law, Annie Penner, Olga Kliewer and Brenda Rumple; two brothers-in-law, Julius Penner and Pete Kliewer. Edmund leaves to cherish his memory his five children, Ida Nickel, Donald (Gail) Nickel and their children, John Rockwell (Lydia) Nickel, Dawn Lee Ann (Paul) Cunningham, Randy (Kerri) Nickel, George (Margret) Nickel and their children, Kathy (Mark) Priddle, Richard (Francine) Nickel, Daren (Daniela) Nickel, Heather Nickel, Elaine (John) Krai and their children, Sharleen Dunne (Maurice Carroll), Sandra (Jim) Echer, Lillian (Clarence) Hegg and their family, Trena (Roger) Thomas; 16 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Wanda in Poland and Ida in Germany; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. The funeral service was held in Leader Trinity Lutheran Church, Leader, Saskatchewan on Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Garfield Vikse officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Sceptre Cemetery, Sceptre, Saskatchewan.
- Valentine E. Nickel, minister and teacher; b. 8 March 1901 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He was the youngest of five children of Franz (19 February 1869-22 December 1925) and Katherine (Balzer) Nickel (6 August 1859-14 April 1935). He married Rose Marie Guenther (12 June 1906-26 June 1975), daughter of Fred and Paulina Guenther of Langham, Saskatchewan, on 5 April 1926. They had one son, Clifford. Valentine d. 29 July 1965 in Chilliwack, BC. Valentine Nickel received his elementary education in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He moved with his family to Renata, BC, but returned to Drake, SK after a few years. He attended the German-English Academy in Rosthern (now Rosthern Junior College). Valentine completed teacher training in Saskatoon and taught in Perdue, SK from 1926 to 1928 and Osler, SK from 1928 to 1929. The family then settled in Wymark, SK, where he taught for twenty-one years. During this time he also taught at Swift Current Bible Institute. While there, he began a preaching ministry in the Emmaus Mennonite Church at Wymark. He was elected as their minister 10 June 1938 and ordained 14 August of that year. On 20 May 1945 he was ordained as an elder at the Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current. In 1962 he accepted the call to become the leading minister of Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack, serving from November 1962 until December 1964. Valentine and his wife Rose would sing duets while conducting church services. He was well known for his public speaking abilities and his ability to deliver a sermon without referring to notes.
- Vernon Gordon. On Sunday, October 15, 2000, Vernon Gordon Nickel, late of Chamberlain, Sask., passed away at the age of 67 years. He was born on April 25, 1933 to Cornelius and Margaret (Boese) Nickel, received his education at Drake School and attended North Star Mennonite Church in that community. After Grade 12, Vern worked in Ontario with a fruit cannery. Upon returning to Saskatchewan, he worked for the C.P.R., Eaton's and then with his father for one year at the Drake Credit Union in Drake, SK. From there, Vern was promoted to manager of the Choiceland Credit Union and then in April 1965, he continued in management at the Chamberlain Credit Union where he worked for almost 26 years, retiring due to poor health. On April 19, 1973, Vern married Geraldine Shatkowski, who worked alongside him. They had 271/2 wonderful years of marriage. Vern and Geri spent many happy times travelling in Canada and abroad. He was a very active member of his community. Vern was a dedicated husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, son-in-law and friend. Vern was predeceased by his parents, brother Arnold in infancy, mother-in-law Tillie Shatkowski and sister Dianne Waters. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 271/2 years, Geri; sister Ruby (Chris) Braun of Drake, SK; nephews Warren (Colleen) Braun and their children Brayden, Darren and Jordan of Drake, SK, and Cory Parks of Regina; niece Lori Parks of Regina; father-in-law Ben Shatowski of Chamberlain, SK., and sister-in-law Debby (Doug) Parks of Regina as well as numerous relatives and friends. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK., with Pastor Ken Quiring, officiating. The Interment will take place in the Chamberlain Cemetery with a reception to follow in St. Anne R.C. Church, Chamberlain, SK.
- William "Bill" Walter (June 17, 1941 - March 27, 2010). William Nickel passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at St. Paul's hospital with his family at his bedside. Bill was born to Oswald and Lydia Nickel in Drake, SK on June 17, 1941. He married Rowena "Rene" Funk in 1964 and they had two sons, Jeff and Steven. Bill had a passion for cars and a keen eye for detail and spent many years working in the auto body industry in Oxbow, Gravelbourg and Assiniboia. He owned and operated Assiniboia Autobody from 1976 to 1987. He then worked for 15 years as a Paint Representative for Ideal Auto Parts and PPG Paints. Bill enjoyed watching many sports and particularly enjoyed playing sports such as baseball, curling and golf. Bill's greatest joy in life was his children and his grandchildren his eyes would always light up when he saw them. Bill developed COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease/Emphysema) in the late 90's and struggled with this disease until his passing. Bill leaves to mourn his wife, Rowena; sons, Steven (Nicole) and Jeff (Jana); sisters, Eleanora and Olympia (Ray); special niece, Fern; grandchildren, Amanda, Ashleigh, Bryanne, Brooke, Brett and Brynn; and many numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Bruno and Wesley; sister, Freida; brothers-in-law, Peter and Oskar. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brian King Centre in Warman, SK.
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- Edna Lorraine (nee Ewert) Penner passed away peacefully in the early morning of June 1, 2005. She was born on September 4, 1911 near Lockwood, SK, the sixth child of 15 born to Edward and Katherine Ewert. When she was eight years old the family moved to Fairview Farm near Drake. Edna was educated at Kansas School and the German English Academy in Rosthern where she met Rudy Penner, whom she married in 1934. They lived in Hague, Greendale, BC and Langham before moving to Saskatoon in 1956. Rudy taught at City Park Collegiate for many years and Edna devoted her life to her home, her church, her extended family and volunteering in the community. In the late 60's she and Rudy spent a wonderful sabbatical year travelling in the USA and Europe and after Rudy's retirement they spent many enjoyable winters in Hawaii. In 1989, shortly before Rudy's death they moved from their house on McDermid Crescent to Bethany Manor. She was predeceased by her parents, eight brothers, three sisters, her husband; her daughter, Marguerite Davey; and sons-in-law, Wayne Wilson and "Sammy " Samson. She is survived by her daughter, Agnes Samson; grandsons, Stacy (Alice) Wilson and Scott (Cory) Wilson; greatgranddaughters, Breanne, Devon, Bailey and Maya; brothers, Ed (Ethna) Ewert of Newcastle, ON, Orin (Tina) Ewert of Drake and Melvin (Irene) Ewert of Calgary; sisters-inlaw, Agnes, Lottie and Margaret Ewert of Drake, Louise (Al) Friesen of Saskatoon and Gene Ewert of Claremont, CA; as well as many nephews and nieces. The family is grateful to the Palliative Care Team and the staff of 6300 at City Hospital for their kindness in Edna's last days. A Funeral Service will be held at Nutana Park Mennonite Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6 with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
- Dorothy Marie (nee Schmidt) Peters passed away June 9, 2013 in St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. Dorothy was born at Drake, Sask. on July 11, 1925 to Peter M. and Annie Schmidt. She received her elementary education at Kansas School near Drake and graduated from high school at Rosthern Junior College. Attended Normal School in Saskatoon and taught at Waterloo School near Guernsey and Bloomfield School near Drake. Dorothy went to Winnipeg to study at Canada Mennonite Bible College where she met her husband Paul Peters. They were married May 31, 1952. They moved to Steinbach, MB. in 1961 where Paul built a thriving medical practice, while Dorothy cared for their family and used her considerable musical gifts to serve the church and community. In 2006 Dorothy was diagnosed with kidney failure and had dialysis three times a week for six and half years. Dorothy is survived by her husband Dr. Paul Peters, four children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Viola Schmidt and brother-in-law Art Wiens of Saskatoon. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, brother Earl and sister Leila Wiens.
- Katherine C. Peters passed away December 27. She was born January 13, 1922 to Jacob and Anna Peters in Sparrau, Russia. In 1925, the family immigrated to Drake, Sask, later moving to British Columbia. She accepted Christ at an early age. In 1946 she was baptized, joining Greendale (B.C.) MB Church. She taught in Upper Sumas School. She attended MB Bible College, graduating in 1954. In 1959 she completed her nursing degree at the University of Britich Columbia. Serving in the church, her heart turned to missions. She visited Japan and served in Mexico and Zaire. The pain from arthritis and lupus increased. She was diagnosed with leukemia in July, 1996. She is remembered for her contagious laughter and love of life. She is mourned by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. The funeral was January 3 in Bakerview MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C., with Jacob Quiring ministering.
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- Evelyn Ella (nee Plaster) Kernick passed away peacefully at home in Calgary Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at the age of 73 years. Evelyn is survived by her daughter Debbie (Rob) Kernick of Vancouver and her sons, Frank (Lori) Kernick of Canmore, and Brian (Tully) Kernick of Sydney, Australia, as well as three grandchildren Kayla, Aimee and Kristopher Kernick of Canmore. Predeceased by her parents and two older brothers, Evelyn is also survived by one brother, Cyril and four sisters, Ida, Vic, Grace and Connie. Evelyn was born the youngest of eight children on a farm between Lockwood and Drake, Saskatchewan. She graduated in 1950 from the School of Nursing in Regina. During her lifetime Evelyn worked as a nurse and as a Stewardess. She was Head Nurse in Banff at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. She lived in Canmore where she married and had her family. For the past 15 years, Evelyn has lived in Calgary. Most recently she lived with Doreen Pepper and her son Chris where she enjoyed being a special part of their family. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore with interment to follow in the Canmore Cemetery.
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- Ella Doris (nee Gerbrandt) was born at Drake SK on July 17, 1923 and passed away at Royal University Hospital on Friday, January 2, 2009. She will be missed by her five children: Elaine (Terry) Crush of Lone Rock, SK, Gilbert of Saskatoon, Russell (Deb) of Calgary, Irene Robinson (Dave Ross) of Creston, BC and Ron of Saskatoon; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is survived by her two brothers: Clarence Gerbrandt of Toronto, Frank (Irma) Gerbrandt of Saskatoon; and two sisters, Linda Bartel and Lorena Bartel of Drake; and sisters-in-law; and numerous other relatives. Ella was predeceased by her husband; Ed in 1975 and her daughter Kathryn in 1993. The Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Paul's United Church on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
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- Esther Tina (nee Brandt). Funeral Service for Esther Rempel, aged 94 years was held at Coventry Funeral Chapel Tuesday, July 15th, 2003 at 2:00p.m. with Pastor Richard Darling officiating. Soloist was Debbie Peters. Ushers were Joan Lyons, and Charlotte Lancaster. Honorary Pallbearers were all those who knew Esther Rempel. Pallbearers were Jack Olsen, Murray Lyons, Willie Rempel, Joe Lyons, Don Rempel, and Ken Hill. Interment was at Mabel Hill Cemetery. Lunch was served at Coventry Funeral Chapel following the interment. Esther Rempel passed away July 10, 2003 at Pineview Lodge. Esther Tina Rempel was born April 8, 1909 at Drake, SK to Herman and Maria Brandt. There were twelve children in the family. Esther liked to "hang-out" with her brothers. She grew up in Drake and later went to Regina to train for a teacher. She met Albert Rempel at Drake, and later they were married on October 6, 1931 in Regina. They farmed in Cherry Ridge district and had two daughters, Eleanor and Marlene. World War II came along and they moved to Vancouver, BC for a year. Then they moved back to the farm. In 1949 they farmed from town, Nipawin till they retired. Esther and Albert traveled for a few years. Esther was affiliated with the "First Baptist Church". She enjoyed golfing and curling and loved to do baking and have company. In May 2001, Esther moved to Pineview Lodge for the remaining years of her life. She is predeceased by her husband Albert. Esther is survived by two daughters Eleanor (Fred) Ehard and Marlene (Nedy) Theodossy. Four grandchildren, Joanne (Harve'), Barry, John (Arden), Molly (Chris), and four great grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Christian and Glenn.
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- Earl Abe Schmidt passed away on Monday, February 8,2010, at the age of 69 years, at Nokomis Health Centre in Nokomis, SK.
Earl was born on the family farm on December 3, 1940 to Abe and Emma Schmidt and spent most of his life on the farm. Earl was the ninth child of 12. Earl attended school until Grade 9, when he decided his future in farming would be much more lucrative. Earl married Linda Snider of Guernsey on February 5, 1971. They started a home on the Schmidt homestead and raised three boys. Earl took great pride in his farming and herd of Limousin cattle. He and Linda spent numerous hours hauling grain and chasing cows. While still maintaining the family farm, Earl was an active member of numerous organizations including the Usborne R.M. for 22 years, the Fire Board, Drake Recreation Board, and the West Drake Snow Plow Club. Earl was very proud of his boys and spent much time taking them to hockey games, coaching and he never missed a cattle show they attended. They also spent time at the lake with family and friends camping and fishing. Earl's greatest joy was his family and spending quality time with his grandchildren. This was most important to him. Earl was very proud of them and shared stories of them to everyone that would hear. The word 'no' did not exist when it came to the six of them. Earl will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by: his wife of 39 years, Linda (nee Snider) Schmidt of Drake; three sons and six grandchildren, Chris (Jasmine) Schmidt of Watrous and family Davis and Jenna, Kirby (Andrea) Schmidt of Watrous and family Claire and Naomi, and Kelly (Paula) Schmidt of Drake and family Hadley and Tate. He will also be remembered and missed by his brothers and sister, Menno (Lorna), Harry (Diana), Gordon (Marilyn), Eldon (Hazel), Ken (Gladys), Lorna (LaVerne), sister-in-law Gail (Albert) Morisey, brother-in-law Wilfred (Margaret) Snider, sister-in-law Brenda (Gordon) Hebig, brother-in-law Douglas (Rhonda) Snider, and many nieces and nephews and many friends. Earl was predeceased by: his mother and father, Abe and Emma Schmidt; three brothers, Eddie, Elmer and Arthur; sister, Erna and infant sister, Laura; brothers-in-law, Chester Schmidt and Robert (Bob) Stenson; and niece Arlene. A funeral service was held at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK, on Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Officiant was LaVerne Jantz and Pastor Emily Toews. Pianist was Luanne Stenson. Sound was by Ivan Bartel. Ushers were Wade Hebig and Shane Wolfe. Guestbook attendants were Gwen Deneiko and Laurie Deneiko. Memorial attendants were Dan and Esther Laskowski. Obituary was by Bryan Hadland. Tribute was by Tammy Diemert. Special music was by Shawnesy Diemert. Pallbearers were Troy Stenson, Craig Blair, Todd Stenson, Trevor Blair, Ryan Morningstar and Jake Dumanski. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, Davis, Jenna, Claire, Naomi, Hadley and Tate Schmidt. Interment at Drake Cemetery. A fellowship lunch was held at Drake Community Centre.
- Lenora Esther (nee Bartel). The death of Mrs. Lenora Esther Schmidt aged 89 years of Lanigan and formerly of Drake occurred peacefully at Lanigan Hospital on Sunday October 21, 2012. The Funeral Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church in Drake on Thursday October 25th at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in North Star Cemetery. Lenora was predeceased by her husband Earl, parents Valentine and Anna Bartel, parents in law, Peter and Annie Schmidt, brothers Elmer and Walter, sisters-in-law, Mary Bartel and Leila Wiens. Lenora is survived by her loving family, Loraine (Wes) Epp, Gerald (Barb) Schmidt, Carole Schroeder, Lester (Julie) Schmidt; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Viola Schmidt, Dorothy (Paul) Peters, Art Wiens and Linda Bartel.
- Adelia (nee Jantz) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Adelia (Jantz) Schroeder. She died suddenly, however peacefully with family surrounding her at St. Paul's Hospital on Monday, December 20, 2004. Adelia was born on October 22, 1916 near Drake, SK to Henry and Rachel Jantz. In July, 1933, Adelia was baptized and became a member of the North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK. She married Paul Schroeder in October, 1943 and they enjoyed 59 years of married life. Together they served the Mennonite Community in pastorates in Drake and Rosthern, SK. In 1968 Paul and Adelia moved to Abbotsford, BC where they worked together at the Menno Home until retirement in 1980. In 2002, to be closer to family, Paul and Adelia moved to the Lutheran Riverside Terrace in Saskatoon. Adelia was actively involved with the women's church groups, in Saskatchewan and in British Columbia, serving in various roles. She was a dedicated volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee and with caregiving for friends and family in nursing homes. She was known for her warm hospitality, welcoming many friends and relatives into their home. She also had a keen and lifelong interest in local and world events. Her love for her daughters, their spouses and her grandchildren had no boundaries. She enjoyed listening to classical, especially choral music, playing Scrabble, reading, and above all, family gatherings. Adelia suffered with osteoporosis in the last years, however, she met each day with determination and tenacity in spite of the pain that affected her mobility. Although she keenly felt the loss of Paul in 2002, her strong faith in God continued to sustain her as it had throughout her life. Adelia enjoyed living in the Riverside Terrace and the new friends she had made there over the past 2 1/2 years. She was 'busy' to the end. In her last week, she participated in the Thursday afternoon Chapel, her weekly Scrabble game, as well as many Christmas events. Another special part of Adelia's last week was phoning friends and relatives, instead of sending Christmas cards. Unfortunately, she was only part way through the many calls she had hoped to make during this season. She also enjoyed an early family Christmas on Saturday, December 18 with Elisabeth, Henry and the grandchildren. Adelia is survived by daughters, Elisabeth Reimer (Henry), Saskatoon, SK; Elaine Schroeder (Richard Roberts), Whitehorse, Yukon; grandchildren, Rachelle (Greg) Ogilvie, Edmonton, AB; James Reimer, Edmonton, AB; Christopher Reimer, Saskatoon, SK. She is also survived by sisters, Irma (Norman) Bergen, Leola Epp (Korney Martens), Saskatoon, SK; brothers, Ramon (Agnes) Jantz, Fresno, CA; and Willis (Marlys) Jantz, Drake, SK; brothers-in-law, Eric (Lenora) Schroeder, Waldheim, SK; Andrew Schroeder, Whiting, New Jersey; sisters-in-law, Elsa Holloway, North Vancouver, BC, Helen Schroeder, Waterloo, ON; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul in 2002; her parents; sister, Lillian Jantz; and brother, Loyal Jantz. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth Street, Saskatoon, SK with Pastors Vern Ratzlaff and Anita Jantz presiding. Interment will take place at the Drake Country Cemetery.
- Ernest. August 17, 1921 January 19, 2006. Ernest was born to Wilhelm and Susie Schroeder on August 17, 1921. He grew up on the family farm west of Drake, Saskatchewan and attained his education at the Kansas and Poplar Hills Country Schools. Sunday school and church were very important to him. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized at age 17 in the North Star Country Church. On October 12, 1949 he was united in marriage to Margaret Krell. With his passing, he leaves to mourn his wife of 56 years Margaret; Son Norman (Jackie); their children Crystal (Joe), Angel and Darcy; Daughter Joyce (Gerald) Voth; their children; Jennifer (Ian) Isaak and Ryan; Numerous nieces and nephews; Sisters-in-law Helen (Ed) Lord, Esther Wilkinson, Ida (Jim) Franks, Ruth (Fred) Wojonowski; Brothers-in-law Peter (Ev) Krell, Henry (Ruth) Krell. He was predeceased by his parents Wilhelm and Susan Schroeder, his infant brother Willard, brother Bill, sister Tillie (Jake) Krause and sister Helen (Robert) Kerney. Public viewing Tuesday January 24, 2006, 7:00 PM at Dalmeny Funeral Home 139 3rd St Dalmeny, SK. Funeral service to be held at West Portal Church, Saskatoon, SK at 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 25, 2006.
- Ervin Menno Schroeder was born in Drake to Ulrich and Margaret (Bartel) Schroeder on September 13, 1937. He attended school in Drake and completed his Grade 12. During this time he was baptized and became a member of the North Star Mennonite Church. Ervin was a wonderful carpenter. He spent several winters in Alberta at various jobs involving carpentry. Each spring he would return to the farm to help his father and later would take over the family farm. Ervin was a friend to all. He spent many hours traveling to surrounding communities for a visit at the local coffee shop. Due to failing health, Ervin was admitted to the Royal University Hospital where he passed away on August 2, 2011, reaching the age of 73. He leaves to mourn his sister-in-law, Elsie Schroeder and niece, Karen (Lloyd) Greve and their three daughters, Lindsay, Jordan and Kirstin. He was pre-deceased by his mother Margaret in 1959, father Ulrich in 1979, brother John in 2005 and twin sisters in infancy. Lovingly we commit him to his eternal reward. A Memorial Service will be held in North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Saskatchewan on Friday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. Private Family Interment in Drake Cemetery.
- John U. The death of John U. Schroeder aged 74 years of Drake, SK occurred peacefully at Lanigan Hospital on Wednesday, August 10, 2005. The Funeral Service will be held at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, SK on Saturday, August 13 at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Drake Cemetery. John is survived by his loving wife Elsie; daughter Karen (Lloyd) Greve and granddaughters, Lindsay, Jordan and Kirstin and by his brother Ervin.
- Leola Schroeder died peacefully September 6. She was born Jan. 10, 1924 in Drake, Sask. to Albert and Marie Schroeder. Leola received Christ as her Lord and Saviour at age 12. She dedicated her life to faithful service in the Volunteers of America in Denver, Col. for 26 years, ministering to the homeless. She moved to Abbotsford in 1995. Generously giving all she had to others, she stored up treasures in heaven. Leola’s unselfishness and humility blessed many. Predeceased by brothers Marvin, Errol and Elby; sisters Myrtle and Jennie; she is mourned by sisters Mabel Bowman, Joyce Letkeman, Sharon Kasdorf and Elaine Cobett; many nieces and nephews. The memorial service was Sept. 13 at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford, BC.
- Paul F. Schroeder of Drake, Sask., son of Peter D. and Anna Schroeder, was born in Kansas in 1893, moved with his parents to Canada in 1905; died April 21, 1925; aged 31 y. 9 m. 21 d. A few years ago while working with a tractor he had an accident in which he was struck in the side by the crank, making it necessary to go to the hospital. During the past two years he has had five operations, but all without any permanent help. He died of actinomycocis. He was baptized in his eighteenth year. Through an associate he was influenced to leave home and began a careless life. A few days before the end he yielded to Christ and rejoiced in his acceptance. Funeral services were held at the North Star Mennonite Church, conducted by John Schmidt in German (Luke 15:24), and E. S. Hallman in English (Luke 15:18), assisted by Henry Bartell and J. Quiring.
- George R. A McLennan, Alberta man instrumental in establishing the Northern Woods and Water Route across Western Canada has died in his hometown of McLennan. George R. Stephenson passed away June 19 at the age of 86 years. George was born on July 7, 1916 in Drake, Sask. and arrived in McLennan, AB., in 1935. He was a long-time railroad conductor, retiring in 1976. Active in the community and region, he was co-founder of the Winagami Beach Association, was instrumental in establishing the Northern Woods and Water Route, and served on the McLennan chamber of commerce, McLennan town council and Land of the Mighty Peace Tourist Association. George is survived by: his wife Laura, sister Peggy Holmes of Picture Butte, Alta., stepdaughters Marilyn Arklie (Bob) of Edmonton and Carol Koroluk (Joe) of Edmonton. He was predeceased by: his daughter Jean, son Gordon, four sisters and two brothers. The funeral for George was held June 28 in McLennan at the McLennan Legion with Rev. Sharon McRann officiating. D.J. Hicks was the organist and John O'Mahony the soloist. Honourary pallbearers were his golfing friends. Interment followed at the McLennan cemetery.
- Marshall (May 27, 1956 – November 30, 2014). Formerly of Regina, recently retired to Drake, SK. Marshall is suddenly and unexpectedly gone from the loving circle of his family. Left to mourn are his mother Grace Strong; brothers Morley (Ellen), Malcolm (Gillian); sisters Marcia (Pierre), Melody (Dale); nieces: Chelsea, Hailey, Heidi, Jehna, Kimberley and Meaghan; nephews: Alex, David, Luc, Michael and Ryan; seven great-nephews; five great-nieces; along with many relatives and friends. A Memorial Service for Marshall will be held at a later date
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- Edith Margaret (nee Paul) Taylor was the youngest of eight children born to Will and Isabella Paul of Drake, SK. She was married to Gordon for 73 years who passed away on July 6, 2004. Two daughters also predeceased her; Joan on May 23, 2004 and Eileen on April 23, 1943. Edith was a gentle, kind and gracious lady who was dearly loved. She will be sadly missed by Elmore and Margaret Taylor: Paulette and Ken Reeson and family, Becky and Joe Nowinski and family; Roland and Merla Taylor: Kevin and Katherine Taylor and family, Colleen and Todd Naber and family, Carolyn and Kelly Edwards and family; Yvonne and Marshall Rawlings: Brent and Sheryl and family, Robin and Allan Chykerda; Grace and Ken Campbell: Kendra, Ian and Mandy and family; Wes and Jocelyn Taylor: Whitney. She also leaves a brother-in-law Arthur (Emily) Taylor, sisters-in-law Myrtle Pickering and Adelaide Meyers and a great number of nieces and nephews. (Aug 21, 2006)
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- Evelyn Faith (nee Crawford). A memorial service for Evelyn Faith Vickaryous, aged 71 years was held from Coventry Funeral Chapel Saturday, November 8th, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shelly Manley-Tannis officiating. Organist was Dianne Barber. Eulogist was Joe Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Harvey and Vi Johnson, Paulette and Brian Harrison, Brock and Jean Karst, Wayne and Jeanette Craven, Gladys and Albert Fyfe, Cecil and Annette Bannister, Don and Myrtle Remple. Private family interment was held at White Fox Cemetery. Lunch was served at the Coventry Funeral Chapel following the interment by the Cherry Ridge Ladies. Evelyn Faith Crawford was born on April 19, 1932 in Drake, SK. She was the oldest of 6 children. Their family lived in Dafoe for a few years during the war and then moved to Saskatoon where Eve went to school right through high school. The family then moved to White Fox where Eve stayed home to look after the rest of the kids while her mom went to work. After a while she moved to Prince Albert to work but had to return home when her mom got sick. Eve then moved to Nipawin to work where she met her future husband Lorne Vickaryous. They were married December 7, 1952. They lived in Nipawin for 7 years, then made their home out in the Wellan District up until today. Eve was a great community person. She was involved in the Cherry Ridge Ladies and Curling Club for many years. Eve enjoyed her curling and she went to all the bonspiels around the area. Eve loved the outdoors, she went on many camping and fishing trips with her family and friends. Eve was a very special grandmother. She always took extra time with her grandchildren and made them feel like they were important to her. She loved them dearly. Eve will be missed by everyone who knew her. Eve is survived by her husband Lorne, children; son Lance, daughter Maureen (Joe) Brown, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers; Will and Glen, 3 sisters; Adeline, Irene and Lillian. She was predeceased by her parents.
- Nofa Clara was born in Drake, SK on November 18th, 1919 and died peacefully at home with her family in Cherryville, BC on February 18th, 2007 at the age of 87 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Louise Potter, Alvina and Merv Permann, Mavis and John Mayes, John Vogt and Teri and Dean Spates; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter in 1999 and her son-inlaw, David Potter in 1979. In respecting Nofa's wishes, she was cremated and there will be no Funeral Service held.
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- Sarah. The death of Mrs. Sarah Wiebe, 94 years of Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, occurred at her residence on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Sarah will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her two children and seven grandchildren: Frances (Harvey) Nugent and family of Lanigan and Clifford (Maxine) Wiebe and family of Guernsey. The Funeral Service will be held at the North Star Mennonite Church Drake, SK on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Emily Toews officiating. Interment will follow at the North Star Mennonite Cemetery.
- Leila Fern Wiens passed away on August 16, 2006 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan on July 2, 1927 to Peter and Anne Schmidt. She grew up on a family farm near Drake, SK where her family was involved in many church and community activities. She attended the Kansas School for her elementary education and then took her high school in Drake and the Rosthern Junior College. Following high school she attended Normal School and taught for 10 years in several schools. In 1956 she married Arthur Wiens. They farmed together in the Herschel community until moving to Rosetown in 1991. In 1946, Leila was baptized upon her confession of faith. She had been an active member in the Saskatoon and Drake Mennonite churches, before joining the Herschel Mennonite church in 1956, where she remained a member until her death. Leila leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Arthur; children, Dennis (Joanne) and family Vanessa, Joshua and Rebecca of Winnipeg, Mel (Wilma) and family Andrew and Kevin of Winnipeg, Rodney (Laurie) and family Matthew, Meghan, Ryan and Amy of Herschel and Carolyn (Kenny) McDonald and family Kaitlyn and Kira of Rosetown; sisters: Viola Schmidt of Saskatoon and Dorothy (Paul) Peters of Steinbach, MB; sisters-in-law, Lenora Schmidt of Lanigan and Helen Rempel of Winnipeg; brothers-in-law, Jake (Katherine) Wiens of Winnipeg, Rudy (Ann) Wiens of Calgary and Vic (Lois) Wiens of Winnipeg; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Earl Schmidt; sister-in-law, Sarah Janzen and brothers-in-law, Henry Janzen and Art Rempel. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 21, 2006 at Rosetown United Church at 2:00 p.m. Interment Mountain View Cemetery, Herschel, Sask.
- Leslie E., November 13, 1945 - October 16, 2009. It is with great sadness the family announces Leslie's passing on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Humboldt District Hospital surrounded by his family after a brief courageous struggle with cancer. Leslie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Lynda Wolfe of Drake; three children: Shannon Lalach (Ray) of Lanigan, Shawn (Melissa) Wolfe and Shane (Trisha) Wolfe all of Drake and his 6 grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at North Star Mennonite Church Drake, SK.
- Marie (nee Schmidt) June 26, 1912 - October 23, 2009. Marie (Schmidt) Wolfe was born to Peter and Susannah (Guenther) Schmidt on June 26, 1912 in a new wooden dwelling that her Dad had just built a few years before. She was fifth in a family of four girls and seven boys. She loved school and would have liked to continue her education to be a teacher, but had to quit because of hard times to help at home on the farm. Being the youngest of four girls, she was often delegated to friends and neighbours to help out for several months at a time. She learned to work hard at a very young age. In 1931 she met a handsome young man who had come from Russia. They fell in love and were married on April 9, 1933. Harry and Mary Wolfe worked together as a married couple at August Bartel’s farm until the next spring when they rented the Wallace place next door. There, on May 16, 1934 Linda was born. They worked hard, but the depression years of dust and dry land kept them poor. On July 10, 1935 Willard joined the family. We remember many good times, working in the garden, quilting bees, puzzling, stooking, visiting with cousins, especially Uncle Abe and Aunt Emma Schmidt next door with seven children and lots of activity, and Uncle John and Aunt Tina Toews. On September 27, 1941, on a cold crisp autumn day, Elsie was born. Soon things began to look better. Rain came, crops grew, gophers quit, gardens began to produce, and Dad bought his first car, a 1928 Whippet. Uncle Johnnie Schmidt brought it over on a Sunday morning and gave a few lessons around the yard, then Dad proudly drove us to church. Church was always very important to Mom and Dad. Mom never left any work undone if she could help it. She taught all of us to work hard and enjoy it. She would often make a game or a race of it and see who could be done first. In the fall of 1945, Dad bought Uncle Peter Guenther’s farm. On a cloudy, rainy day in October the family moved to their new farm, which was next to the Schmidt farm where Mom grew up (homesteaded by Grandpa in 1906). Mom really appreciated her big new house. She had a huge garden and Dad planted an assortment of fruit trees that he really enjoyed. On November 13, 1945 Les was born at home, like the rest of us.
Mom was baptized at Drake North Star Church and remained a member until her passing. Later she often taught a ladies’ Sunday school class. She became a member of Goodwill Ladies Society and enjoyed the fellowship of other women. She learned to drive car and truck on the farm, and was always involved in helping everywhere outside, be it stooking, shovelling grain, milking, tending chickens, etc. They left the farm and bought a house in Drake in October 1974 where they lived until the summer of 1987. They then moved into the Drake Villa which was brand new, something that really delighted Mom. They spent a lot of time at the Silver Sages in Drake playing games and socializing. On November 9, 1998, due to Mom’s failing health, on a beautiful sunny day, they moved to Pineview Manor in Rosthern. After Dad’s death in December 2002, Mom spent more than a year alone, then moved into the nursing home where she received more care. Left to mourn Mom are her children: Linda (Lowell) Bartel, Willard (Kathy) Wolfe, Elsie (Alvin) Krause, and Lynda Wolfe; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kevin (Tammy), Emerson and Nathan Bartel, Karen (Steven), Calen (fiancée Emma Gillette), Kinshasa, Michaela and Brooklyn Falk, Kalene, Sameh, Allegra, and Tianna Bartsch, Sheralyn (Roy), Amy, and Alex Goering, Jacqui (Kim), Alliah and Seth Krahn, Cameron (Twila), Sydney Wolfe, David (Mianne) Mckinley Krause, Michael (Shannon), Justin, Jordan and Megan Krause, Lisa, William Krause, Shannon (Ray Healey), Dryden and Kyle Lalach, Shawn (Melissa), Renee and Dalton Wolfe, Shane (Trisha), Kyla and Kaelan Wolfe. She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Susanne Schmidt, husband Harry, infant son, daughter-in-law Martha Wolfe, great grandchild James Lalach, and last Friday son Les; brothers Abe, Henry, John, Jacob, Ben, Bill and Pete; sisters Tina, Susie and Annie. The Funeral Service was held Thursday, October 29, 2009 at North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, SK with Pastor Emily Toews and LaVerne Jantz officiating. The pallbearers were (grandsons) Kevin Bartel, Cameron Wolfe, David Krause, Michael Krause, Shawn Wolfe and Shane Wolfe. Honourary pallbearers were (granddaughters) Sheralyn Goering, Karen Falk, Jacqui Krahn, Kalene Bartsch, Shannon Lalach and Lisa Krause. Interment took place in the North Star Cemetery.
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