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- Samuel Oscar passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the age of 101 years. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Bay Park Baptist Church (1419-33rd Street W., Saskatoon SK) with Rev. Walter Foth officiating. Interment to follow at 3:00 p.m. at Esk Cemetery, Esk, SK. Samuel is survived by two daughters, Ruth (Werner) Torwalt of Humboldt SK, Dorothy Kaye of Calgary AB; two sons, Dr. Erwin (Marjorie) Block of Grande Prairie, AB, William (Eileen) Block of Jansen SK; one daughter-in-law, Joan Block of Saskatoon SK; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Samuel was predeceased by his wife, Wolhelmina (1977) and one son, Arthur (1993). Samuel was born September 10, 1904 in Rovne Lubomirka Wolynia, Poland and married Wolhelmina Winslow December 18, 1926. They immigrated to Canada in 1928 where they took up farming until 1973. From 2000 until his passing, Sam lived in Central Haven Nursing Home in Saskatoon. The family expresses a special thanks to the staff and special care workers at Central Haven and to Pastor Walter Foth for his countless visits and reassurance.
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- Mary (nee Kohonick) Cherepovsky passed away at Extendicare-Preston Nursing Home in Saskatoon on September 17, 2012, just a month shy of her 90th birthday. Mary was born on the farm of her maternal grandparents in the Jansen-Esk district of Saskatchewan, on October 11, 1922. She was the second-oldest of seven children born to Adolph ("Charlie") and Natalie Kohonick. She attended Auderville and Pauline Schools intermittently until age 15. As was common among young people in rural Saskatchewan at that time, Maryís priority was not education but rather being at home along with her brothers and sisters to help her parents on the farm. In those circumstances Mary learned and demonstrated much determination and a great capacity for hard work. Rock-, root- and weed-infested fields that needed picking, rows of grain sheaves that needed stooking, and cows that needed milking were the kinds of challenges which she energetically addressed. As a young woman Mary did occasional or full-time domestic work for a number of families in the local area. In 1950 she severed her connection with her parentsí farm and went to seek her fortune in Saskatoon. After a short period working in the home of family friends, Mary took a job as a nurseís aide at the Saskatoon Convalescent Home. On April 7, 1957, Mary joined the Department of Dietetics at the University Hospital, where she worked as a dietary aide until her retirement in 1987. On February 2, 1979 Mary married Sidney Cherepovsky. It was a short but happy marriage. Until his death in 1984, Mary was the love of Sidís life as he was of hers; they did much travelling and drove everywhere together. Mary was a compulsive walker. For many years, and until her knees were overtaken by the ravages of arthritis, she became something of a fixture on the sidewalks in the core area of the city as she walked to and from her various destinations. She was also a persistent collector of "junk", especially anything that had to do with owls. After her retirement, Mary continued to live in her own house on Avenue J South. Her lifestyle as an avid walker came to an end in April 2005 when she fell at home and suffered a badly broken leg. Living alone in her own home was no longer an option. After a period of convalescence, including from a knee replacement on the broken leg, she went in June 2005 to live at Cedar Gardens Personal Care Home. That was her domicile until December 19, 2007, when another health issue intervened. This time it was a perforated duodenum, which came very close to ending her life. However her determination once again prevailed, and February 11, 2008 saw her checking into Extendicare-Preston in Saskatoon, where she resided until her passing. Mary was a personal favourite of the staff and residents at Extendicare. She was always cheerful, and showed a strong interest in the lives of her fellow residents. Mary is survived by her younger sister, Hilda Wolfe of LeRoy; and by her sister-in-law Olga Kohonick of Weyburn. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews along with their spouses or companions, five of whom have children. They are: Gordon (Margaret) Koshinsky and Agnes Ziehl (Gary Randall) all of Saskatoon; Ernest (Deborah) and Ronald (Faith) Kohonick of Weyburn along with their sister Darlene (Daniel) Hein of Abbotsford, B.C.; and Barry (Kimberly Alexander) Wolfe and Valerie (Alvin) Richels all of LeRoy. There are eighteen great nieces and nephews, many of whom have spouses or companions and children of their own. Mary was predeceased by her husband Sidney, by her parents Charlie and Natalie Kohonick, by her sister Olga Koshinsky, by her brother Arthur Kohonick, by two brothers (Gordon and Lorne) and a sister (Leone) as infants, and by a niece (Beverly Periard). A funeral service for Mary will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 419 Avenue E North in Saskatoon, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. Pastor Mark Hedlin will officiate. Interment will follow at Esk Lutheran Cemetery.
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- Mildred Elizabeth. December 11, 1926 - December 10, 2008. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Friend Mildred Elizabeth Daum. Mom passed on quickly and peacefully Wednesday December 10 2008. Milly was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Henry Jacob Daum in 1997. She is survived by her children, Robert (Debra) Boylan, Kate Boylan, Sheila (Earl Tehse) Daum, Kathleen Diederich; stepdaughter, Jean Boylan; and by her grandchildren, Donovan Aikman, Tabatha Aikman, Haley Diederich, Paige Diederich, Darren and Ryan Beauchamp; by her remaining siblings, Ruth Steele and Doris Munroe, Linda Collison and Jack Schearer; and countless in-laws, nieces, nephews and adopted kids. Mom's life was full and well lived. She was born at home in Esk, SK, in the winter of 1926. Her many adventures and tales are far too numerous to chronicle here. She worked hard all of her life, and never let anything slow her down. Though she had many joyful times her life was plagued by tragedy. When she became paralyzed in 1965 any other person would have given up. But she was not just anyone. This was Milly. She powered through every obstacle and there were many, gaining in strength as she went and taking with her lessons to teach others. She raised her kids and many family pets from that chair. There wasn't anything she couldn't do or try to do. Moms greatest joy was her family and of course her flowers. Her warm hand and wise words touched a lot of people, and was always referred to as remarkable by those who knew her. Her light was always on and her door was always open. Her life, though difficult and tragic was lived fully and without regret. Mom was almost always optimistic and often said that for every door that closed God would open a window. Her spirit was often bruised but never broken. That kind of strength is often found only in works of fiction or in tales of great heroes. To her family, that is exactly what she was. Mother, Friend, Mentor, Confidant, Hero. Though in this life she couldn't walk, she stood among giants. The family would like to thank the staff at Progressive Care Unit at City Hospital for their caring; Dr. Brian Martens for being a good friend as well as her doctor and for all of those whose kindness and love have brought us peace during this time. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel of the Saskatoon Funeral Home. Cremation with interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
- Greg (September 19, 1974 - September 1, 2015). Greg passed away suddenly at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 after a brief illness. Greg was born on September 19, 1974 in Lanigan, Sask. He grew up in Lanigan attending school there as well as in Yorkton during his teen years while playing hockey with the Yorkton AAA Mallers. Following graduation, Greg spent some time playing Junior Hockey before returning to the Family Farm near Esk, in 1995. Greg married Janelle Renwick on July 5, 1997 and together, they raised three sons – Trey, Kade, & Bostyn. Hockey was a big part of Greg’s life. After his Junior years, Greg played for the Senior Pirates having great success in League and Provincial play. As the boys grew into hockey, Greg coached many of their teams in Lanigan, then Humboldt and Watson as the boys moved up to “AA” leagues. Greg knew the game well and that was evident in all his teams. Greg had a great passion for farming. He has built a large, successful farm by hard work and constantly keeping up with the latest developments in the agricultural world. He took pride in keeping his machinery and equipment new and equipped with the latest technologies. Of course all of big machines were John Deere Green. He was ever aware of new trends in farming and looked forward to the positive changes that they would make. Greg loved the farm and he instilled this love in Janelle and the boys. The boys could operate the equipment at an early age and they understood the operation of a large successful farm. All of this love and pride is evident when one arrives on the yard and sees the home and buildings that they all have developed. Greg’s greatest love was his family. Everything he did was focused on them and for them. Greg, Janelle and the boys worked, planned, and dreamed together. Greg and Janelle loved to travel with the boys exposing them to the world beyond the farm. They made numerous summer and winter trips in North America as a family, visiting places like Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands, Disneyland and Disneyworld, and they enjoyed many winter ski trips in Canada and the United States. For years, most summers were spent at Greenwater Lake, where there was never a quiet moment, spending hours on the water with the boat and evenings around the fire with family and friends. Greg always had time for the boy’s friends and others who stopped by. He was a perfect host. Greg was predeceased by grandparents John Daelick, and Jack and Violet Zenert. Greg is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 18 years, JANELLE, their three sons, TREY (Megan Blair), KADE (Kennedy Morrow), and BOSTYN. Parents RON & VELDA DAELICK, brother DWAYNE (Lori) DAELICK - children Cambri & Jett, sister KERRI (Kyle Stoski) DAELICK, Grandmother EDNA DAELICK, in-laws DAVE & WENDY RENWICK, bother-in-laws ARON (Heidi) RENWICK - children Masyn, Spencer, & Elliotte, & KYLE (Haley) RENWICK - children Finlee & Bryer. He is also survived by many other extended family. A funeral was held on Thursday, September 10th at 2:00 PM in the Lanigan Recreation Complex.
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- Lydia Susanna (nee Teske). The peaceful death of Mrs. Lydia Eichorst, 98 years, of St. Mary's Villa occurred at her residence on Wednesday March 15, 2006. Lydia was born on October 27, 1907 at Esk, SK to Gustav and Juliana (nee Wildeman) Teske. She attended Hiawatha and Deer Plain schools, but after grade 2 or 3 she had to stay at home and help with the farming chores, such as milking of cows and helping to take care of her 9 brothers and sisters. A very determined woman, she was able to learn how to read and write on her own. Lydia had a love for music so she was able to take some lessons and learn to play the organ and piano. She loved to sing and would be found singing in the church choir. On February 10, 1926 Lydia married Theodore Eichorst of Rush Lake. They were blessed with 6 children. Due to a devastating accident in 1946 Theodore was killed. As a young widow with six children, the independent woman that Lydia was, allowed her to continue running the mixed farm. Her gardens were exceptionally large and she could grow anything, it was noted that everything she touched grew, she indeed had a green thumb. She could grow the nicest celery around, and the biggest potato patch, as she would comment, if you have potatoes you won't go hungry. Lydia would always share her produce with her family. Even though she worked very hard, she made time to sing and enjoy music with her children. Carding wool and then making wool blankets kept them very warm. In 1956 she moved to LeRoy, but continued to farm and work as a caretaker at the LeRoy school for 17 years a job she truly enjoyed, and treasured her plaque that was given to her upon her retirement. Making that transition from farm to town was not easy; she continued to raise chickens in her yard in town. Farming was truly Lydia's love, right up to her later years she would get assistance with the picking of stones, seeding and harvest but all the maintenance and other workings of the farm were done by her. In 1978 at the age of 71, Lydia finally gave up the role as an active farmer and retired to LeRoy and was kept busy with sewing and crocheting. To prove how determined and independent she was she would not accept her old age security check until she was 79 years old, she wanted to stay young, and she did remain young at heart until the age of 82 when due to failing health, Lydia had to take up residence at St. Mary's Villa where she resided for the past 16 years. Lydia will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren: ESTHER Klatt of Lanigan and her family, Darlene (Edward) Smith and family, Karen (Sheldon) Siewert and family Jordan and Abby all of Lanigan, and Paul Smith of Saskatoon, Harvey (Kathy) Klatt of Lanigan and family Amber Klatt of Vancouver, Alia (John) Springer of Saskatoon and Bree (Ryan) Williamson of Kansas; DOROTHY (Len Yakemchuk) Brenner of Saskatoon and family, Dianne (Tim) Fayant of Saskatoon, Joan (Wayne) Cameron of Saskatoon and family, Nancy (Darren) Skinner, and son, Justin of Spruce Grove, Greg (Tressa) Cameron and family, McKenna and Dexter of Battleford, (Kenneth's children) Mark Brenner of Saskatoon and Ryan Brenner of Lanigan;(WILFRED'S Children) Lynda (Dennis) Down of Martensville and family, Jody (Brent) McElwee, Andrea Down, Sandra Down and Scott Down all of Saskatoon, Theodore (Kathy) Eichorst and family, Jeffery Eichorst, Jason Eichorst and James Eichorst all of Alberta; ELMER (Audrey) Eichorst of Saskatoon, and family Cherie, Jackie (Mark) and Dusty (Natasha) and son Kohl, all of B.C. ; SHIRLEY (Phillip) Turner of Edmonton; and MARGARET(William ) Richels of LeRoy, and family, Chad (Sara) Richels and family, Riley and Chantel, Dean (Alicia) Richels and son Wyatt of LeRoy; two sister-in-laws, Eileen Teske of Edmonton and Olga Teske of Saskatoon. Lydia was predeceased by her parents, Gustav and Juliana Teske; husband, Theodore Eichorst; son, Wilfred Eichorst; three grandsons, William and Terry Richels and Kenneth Brenner; one great grandson, Shawn Fayant; five brothers and four sisters, Gustav, Albert, Arthur, George and Daniel Teske, Elsie (in infancy), Martha Nerenburg, Adelma Chatefield, Anne Klatt; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Eichorst; and two sons-in-law, Robert Brenner and Werner Klatt. A Funeral Service is offered on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt. Officiated by, Pastor Scott Brown. Music ministry is provided by Walter and Adeline Block. Cremation will follow. Interment will take place at a later date, at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Lanigan.
- Velma Gwendelyn (nee Wildeman) 1933 – 2016. Velma Elliott passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Royal University Hospital on March 27, 2016. Velma was born September 22, 1933 on the family farm northeast of Esk. Velma married Y. Don on June 10, 1954 in Lanigan, Sk. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Y. Don and her three children Donavon (Nancy), Valerie (George) and Wesley (Karen). She also leaves to mourn her passing her grandchildren, great- grandchildren, a brother and two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Velma is remembered for her music; she loved singing and playing her electric organ. She entertained many with her musical talents over the years. Her other passions included cooking, spending summers at Emma Lake and winters in Arizona. Velma's greatest passion was nurturing and caring for her family. She was a kind, gentle woman and she positively impacted everyone around her. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to Dr. K. Brose and Dr. R. Chernoff as well as the staff of the Royal University Hospital, CTU – 5000, for the excellent care they provided to Velma. At her request there will not be a funeral.
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- Arthur Fredricks Sr., 87, of Coloma, died Thursday December 15, 2005 at home following a long illness. A funeral service celebrating his life was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 20 at St. Peters Church in St. Joseph with the Rev. Dr. Randy Doyle officiating. Burial followed at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores. Friend were invited to visit with the family from 5 to 8 p,m, on Monday at Legacy Family Funeral Services, Matthew R. Purchase Chapel, Berrien Springs; and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Arthur was born on January 24, 1918, in Esk. Saskatchewan, Canada, to August and Anne (nee Prillwitz) Fredrick. The family immigrated from Canada to the United States in 1922. On November 20, 1937 he married Elsie L. Radke, who survives. The couple has enjoyed more than 68 years of marriage together. In addition to maintaining a family farm, Arthur also worked as a foundryman for National Motors in South Haven before retiring in 1975. He also raised and sold Christmas Trees. In addition to his wife, Elsie, survivors include five sons – Donald (Margaret) Fredricks of Carleton, Michigan, Larry (Mary Jane) Fredricks of Dowagiac, Robert Fredricks of Benton Harbor, Dale Fredricks of Coloma and Walter (Nancy) Fredricks of Benton Harbor; three daughter – Connie (Dale) Hawks of Clarkson, Michigan, Richey Losevs of Coloma and Julie Ticknor of Dublin, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Arthur was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Fredricks and Arthur Fredricks, Jr; his beloved son-in-law, Jevgenijs (Gene) Losevs; four brothers, Paul, Gustav, Edmund and Daniel Fredricks; and a sister, Tilli Mercer.
- Phyllis (nee Krieger) November 21, 1945 - May 2, 2013. Phyllis passed away at St. Paul's Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the age of 67 years old. She is predeceased by her father Rudolph Krieger, mother Hilda Krieger, twin brother Nielford Krieger, brother Lorne Krieger, sister Rose (Krieger) Ellis, brothers-in-law Clarence (Ann) Bendig, Gary (Mildred) Gibb, Wilfred (Margaret) Meeley, and sister-in-law Isabel (Erwin) Krieger. She is survived by her husband Cor Lobbes; son Scott (Pam) Funk; stepson Derrick Lobbes; stepdaughters Coreen Lobbes and Carey (Dana) Wolowski; brothers Leonard (Alma) Krieger, Arnold (Donna) Krieger, Virden (Evelyn) Krieger, Ernest (Linda) Krieger, Eddy (Lois) Krieger, Wilburn (Doreen) Krieger, and Erwin Krieger; sisters Margaret Meeley, Ann Bendig, Mildred Gibb, Gail Krieger; and granddaughters Taylor Funk and Ashley Funk; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Phyllis was born in 1945 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at St. Paul's Hospital. She attended Marvel Hairdressing school and with this degree she ran her own business, Fashion Hair Designers, for 20 years. Her last six years of work were as a secretary for Kathy Banks Accounting. She loved the Saskatchewan Roughriders, golfing, camping, and was proud to have played for the Canadian fastball team in Osaka, Japan in 1970. She and her team were inducted into the Saskatoon and Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. She loved working on the family tree for the Kriegers and Rucks. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. She was loved by all who came into her life. The family would like to give a special thanks to the ICU staff at St. Paul's Hospital. The Funeral Service will be held in Jansen, Saskatchewan at the Zion Lutheran church on Main Street, Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Esk cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Jansen Hall.
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- Lillian Margaret (nee Klatt) Greve aged 82 years of Eastend , Sask. died on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Eastend Wolf Willow Health Centre. She was born on the family farm, near Esk, SK, on September 6, 1927 to Reinhard and Anna Klatt. She went to Brindle School until completion of Grade 10 in June of 1943. She was blessed with a series of wonderful teachers during her time at Brindle School – Mrs. Miller kept in contact with Lil - phoning Lil on her 75th birthday to wish her a Happy Birthday. Lil knew the value of a good teacher and was very proud to learn that her grandson, Brad, had decided to pursue an Education Degree and become a teacher. She went on to Lanigan High School and received her Grade 12 diploma in 1945. She had to move into town to complete her Grade 11 and 12 – doing housekeeping, washing and ironing in return for room and board during these 2 school years. After high school, she worked for the Royal Bank of Canada in Maryfield, SK and later in Lanigan, SK where she met the love of her life, Edwin Greve. They were married on October 9, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanigan, SK. They farmed near Lanigan until October, 1961, when the family moved to Benson, SK, then to Neudorf, SK in 1962 and finally to Eastend, SK in 1968. Lillian enrolled in the Local Administrator course offered via correspondence by the University of Saskatchewan at the same time as Edwin. She received the Certificate in Local Administration in 1961. Lillian was determined that one of her children would excel in music and so she had Wayne try the trumpet, Wes try piano, Glenn try the trombone, and Lucille try piano and flute – but, alas, it was to no avail for each child chose the outdoors and sports instead of honing their well-hidden musical talent! It was not until grandsons Jason and Christopher were born that she finally had family that enjoyed music and the effort it took to improve!! Lillian enjoyed sports, playing bridge, and many creative endeavours - including sewing, oil painting, quilting, creative writing, and guitar. She was always willing to try something new – and learned to downhill ski for the first time when she was in her fifties. Lillian curled second for the famous Eileen Girard ladies curling team, with Evelyn McCuaig at lead and Arlene Taylor at third. They started curling together in 1974 and continued as a team for over 17 years - enjoying much fun and fellowship along the way – winning every now and then, even though they did not take to heart the advice of their husbands! Lillian was an active member of the Gardenia Rebekah Lodge for over 30 years, taking her turn to serve as Grand Noble of the local lodge during that time. With the help of Marilyn Elhart, she led the design of, and with the help of Eleanor Aslin, created a quilt for the 1984 ‘Beautiful Saskatchewan’ quilt contest. This quilt was chosen as one of eight winning quilts that toured the province and is now owned by the Battlefords Art Council. She had a deep and abiding faith and was an active member of the ELW for as long as she was able. She spent several winters spear-heading an effort by the White Valley Lutheran Women and friends to create many shipments of quilts for Canadian Lutheran World Relief – wearing out her sewing machine in the process!
Lil had a sweet tooth and enjoyed searching for new recipes that she could share when she hosted one of her bridge clubs. Her grandson Mike would very willingly enjoy the fruits of her baking efforts, as he inherited his Grandma’s sweet tooth! Cross-words were an enduring source of entertainment for Lil. Her oldest grandson, Tony, learned very early in life that if he asked Grandma something while she was doing a cross-word puzzle, he could get a distracted mm-hmm out of her that meant approval for what he was asking for!! Being the only grandchild for the first 7 years of his life, Tony was able to enjoy her undivided attention until he had to learn to share her with Jay, Brad, Chris and Mike. She loved spending time with her family – treasuring every minute she was able to spend with each of her grandsons. Extended family was also very important to Lil and Ed – always keeping their children up to date on the latest activities of their brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. Lil and Edwin loved travelling - both for vacation and also to watch their grandsons in their sporting activities and other special events. Lillian was predeceased by her loving husband Edwin. She is survived by her 4 loving children and their families: Wayne, Beverly and Bradley; Wesley and Louise; Glenn, Melody, Jason & Cassie, Christopher, and Michael; Lucille, Tony & Dan. She is also survived by 2 brothers - Ernest & Audrey Klatt, and John Klatt, 1 sister – Grace Grosso, and 1 sister-in-law - Esther Klatt. She was predeceased by 2 brothers: Werner Klatt and Wilbur Klatt. Memorial Services were held from Eastend United Church on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Ken Schrag officiating. Interment of her cremated remains will take place at a later date at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Lanigan, Sask.
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- Minna (nee Jantz). Our dear mom and grandma, Minna Klatt, passed away on January 17, 2013 at age 89. She was born on April 15, 1923 to Carl and Edith Jantz at Esk, Sask. She had younger siblings, John and Elsie. Mom grew up in hard times during the Great Depression. There were no luxuries, but the house was filled with music, and she developed a beautiful singing voice and the ability to play almost any instrument. Later on, she was church organist for many years. She married Reinhard Klatt on April 25, 1942 and they had three sons: Garth (1943), David (1948) and Kevin (1956). Her granddaughter, Shannon (daughter of David), was born in 1970. Mom loved to cook, and said that she was never happier than when cooking for others. Memories of the farm come flooding in: of laundry waving on the line on fresh spring mornings; huge gardens tended with care under blue July skies; delicious meals and hot coffee under towels in cardboard boxes being driven out to hungry combiners in the crisp autumn air; the warm and cozy Christmases. In 1974, Mom and dad retired to Saskatoon. Being the outgoing sort, she made many new friends, and along with caring for her mother and sister, also did some babysitting. She was an instant hit with the kids and their families, some of whom have remained wonderful friends and visited her to this day. Mom continued to garden, and won several awards for her flowers and vegetables at local shows. She also took the opportunity to take some university classes, and was an avid reader her whole life. Dad passed away in 1988. Mom kept her home going, but after recovering from a stroke in 1998, she decided to move into a condo in 2000. Two years later, a second stroke robbed her of her speech and swallowing. She moved into Circle Drive Special Care Home where she took long walks, continued to read and enjoy her favourite TV programs, and looked forward to visitors, especially granddaughter Shannon. Visiting was difficult as her hearing diminished, but guests who took up the challenge of having to write notes back and forth soon realized that her wit and personality were undiminished. Through these tough times, mom always had a big smile and a hug for everyone who came, and her little teapot was always brimming. Mom's love and devotion to her family, her generosity to others, and her faith in God, were ever constant. Memories of her kind heart will be with us always. Minna is survived by her sons Garth (Val), David (Susan Weary) and daughter Shannon, Kevin (girlfriend Gayle Dadey), and cherished friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 46 years Reinhard, brother John and sister Elsie. Thanks to the staff at Circle Drive Special Care Home for their compassionate care.
- Vern. It is with great sadness we announce the death of Vern Klein on May 7th, 2009, with his family at his side at St. Paul's Palliative Care Unit. Vern was born in Esk, SK on the farm November 21, 1940. Vern was predeceased by his parents, Olga (Wenzel) & John Klein, nephew, Bruce Klein, brothers-in-law: Jim Jones, Bob Alm & Brian Pollon. Vern is mourned by his wife, Merle of 49 years, daughter Roxanne (Clarence) Rempel, granddaughter Bailey Rempel of Saskatoon, daughter Richelle (Ross) Donahue grandsons Cody & Chad Donahue Prince George, BC. Brother Gerald (Lorna) Klein Kelowna, BC, sisters-in-law Elva Jones, Betty Alm, Phyl Pollon, Marg (Herm) Bassin, Bev (Ross) Huckle, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins & many dear friends. Vern moved to Raymore in 1958 where he met Merle & were married in 1960. He worked & lived in Cupar, Holdfast, Gravelbourg, Kindersley and in 1974 bought his own Auto Body Shop in Biggar. He was in business for 33 years & retired July, 2007 moving to Reserve Lake. Vern lived his life fully with his love for his cabin & lake, family & friends. He enjoyed the outdoors & nature. Hunting & fishing were his passion. He especially enjoyed entertaining everyone & always ready for a game of Kaiser. During Vern's life he was dedicated to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation & was a member of the Biggar Wildlife Association for the past 33 years. Vern enjoyed being directly involved in organizing many events for his family & community. His wonderful smile will be missed by all who knew him. A very special thank you from Vern's family to the nurses, support staff & pain management team at the Palliative Care Unit in St. Paul's Hospital. Celebration of Vern's Life: Biggar Townhall, Monday, May 11th, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.
- Emil August Kline of Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 3, 2008. His death occurred at his residence at the age of 95 years. Emil, the sixth of eight children, was born to Christian and Caroline (nee Friar) Klein at home on their farm near Esk, SK, on Friday, August 30, 1912. Emil grew up in rural Saskatchewan, and enjoyed catching gophers and playing baseball, along with walking behind the harrows and hauling water for his mother’s prize cabbages. His spending money came from the fifteen cents a day he earned from starting the fire in Pauline School. Emil’s school days were short, as he left home in 1929 for Alberta and British Columbia, seeking employment. His family heard many stories of how he rode the rails when he was a teenager, along with many other young men from across the country setting out to find work during the depression years. Emil's travels took him to Vernon, BC, where his older sisters were living. He was baptized that summer and accepted into the fellowship at the Gospel Assembly in Vernon. A few years later, the search for work took Emil to Portage La Prairie in Manitoba, where he met and married Dorothy Peake. Five children, four sons and a daughter, were born to them. In 1935, Emil had bought a quarter section of land in the Drake-Esk area, which included a small house and a barn. In the early years of farming, he hauled gravel for the rural municipality to pay the taxes and to purchase farm equipment in partnership with neighbors. Emil farmed until 1973, when Dorothy died. Then, he was on the road again. During that time, he met Annabelle (nee Crewson) Peters from Portage La Prairie. They enjoyed many miles and destinations together, and spent 25 winters in Arizona. In March 2006, shortly after Annabelle’s death, Emil returned to Lanigan and moved into Central Parkland Lodge, his home until the present. Throughout his life, Emil had a passion for fishing and took advantage of every possible opportunity he could to pursue that sport. Other favorite pastimes included gardening and drawing. A man of deep faith, Emil held no importance in earthly possessions. Emil will be lovingly remembered by his four sons: Keith (Jean) Kline of Red Deer, AB, and Myrven (Marjorie) Kline, Victor (Marilyn) Kline, and David (Nata) Kline, all of Drake, SK; 20 grandchildren and an ever-increasing number of great-grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Tabak of Vernon, BC; step-family: Ed (Gwen) Peters of Kelowna, BC; Dennis Walker of Portage La Prairie, MB; and Ron (Elizabeth) Peters of Invermere, BC; numerous nieces and nephews; and by a host of special friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy (nee Peake) Kline; daughter, Doreen Kline; second wife, Annabelle (nee Crewson) (Peters) Kline; step-daughter, Shirley Walker; parents, Christian and Caroline (nee Friar) Klein; three brothers: Albert Klein, Frederick Klein, and Arthur Klein; and by three sisters: Martha Klein, Pauline Klein, and Lucada “Carrie” Schuler. The Funeral Service for Emil was held at the Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, on Saturday, February 9, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., presided by Jim Solomon and Ben Thiessen. Others taking part were: family members sharing memories; Courtney Kline, violin solo, and Nata Kline, keyboard; Jim Dale, scripture reader; Jim Solomon, eulogist; Barry Nygren and Lance Gunther, ushers. Pallbearers were Scott Kline, Terry Renz, Floyd Bartel, Richard Liimatainen, Dennis Walker, and Darren Walker. Interment followed at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, North Esk, presided by Pastor Steve White.
- Arthur Alexander was predeceased by his parents, Adolf "Charlie" and Natalie Kohonick (nee: Daelick) ; two infant brothers, Gordon and Lorne; an infant sister, Leona; sister, Olga Koshinsky and a daughter Beverly Ann Periard. He leaves to mourn, his wife of 57 years, Olga (Sachvie), his son, Ernie (Debbie) Kohonick of Weyburn, SK; daughter, Darlene (Dan) Hein of Abbotsford, BC; son, Ron (Faith) Kohonick of Weyburn; sister, Hilda Wolfe of Leroy, SK and sister, Mary Cherepovsky of Saskatoon, SK; grandchildren, David (Trudy) Kohonick and children Riley and Tegan, Chris Kohonick, Melissa Kohonick, Miranda Kohonick, Dustin (Becky) Kohonick and daughter Adele, Shantel (Curtis) Seitz and son Keran, Wanda (Nate) Pearce, Sherry-Lynn (Kevin) Bot, Danny (Lara) Hein, Robbie Periard and children Baily, Justin and Jordan, Regina (Chris) Periard with children Brodie, Harley, Cash and Reign, Michael King and Amanda King. Arthur Alexander Kohonick was born May 14, 1925 on a farm at Esk, SK to Adolf and Natalie Kohonick (Daelick). He was raised on the farm with three sisters, where he helped farm with his father. He became a very hard worker and gained a good work ethic at an early age. He had very little formal education at Auderville and Pauline Schools, but was self-educated through constant reading of newspapers, listening to the radio and watching television, as well as reading various R.M. books. Arthur continued to farm and took over the family farm prior to marriage, then continued to farm in the Quill Lake area until 1957 when he moved the family to Estevan, SK. Arthur married Olga Sachvie on July 18, 1952 at Jansen, SK. At Estevan he worked in the coal mine at Bienfait, where he broke his back falling on the tracks. He also helped build Boundary Dam, St. Joseph’s Hospital and had other various jobs with Pool Construction, the City of Estevan and Bird Construction. Due to hard times he also took on various secondary jobs, even a prep-cook to support his young family. In 1965 he chose to move his family to Weyburn, where he was a painter for Swertz Brothers Construction. Soon thereafter he attained a position with the Department of Highways where he worked for approximately 25 years. During that time he had two open heart by-passes. He took early retirement in 1987 at the age of 62 years. Arthur was baptized and confirmed at the Esk Lutheran Church and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Weyburn. He belonged to the Wildlife Association, and enjoyed fishing and ice fishing, bird and deer hunting, playing cards, reading, tinkering in his garage and gardening. Arthur loved tractors and collecting scale model tractors was a special hobby, as well as rebuilding an old Allis Chalmers tractor. He also loved animals, especially the family pets and his apple tree. They enjoyed a bit of travelling to northern SK and BC. He enjoyed socializing as well as having a drink with special friends, and had very strong opinion on certain political issues. Arthur was genuinely interested in people and their family trees and occupations. He liked old tyme music, especially the banjo, accordian and bagpipes, which at one time his granddaughter Shantel played. He really enjoyed his wife playing guitar and accordian in their younger years. He always had a soft spot for the working person who had the hard knocks in life. He was a very honest person. He had been battling cancer for over ten years, and passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn, on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:00 p.m. Thank you to all who donated, gave flowers and for the various food trays, calls and cards. Funeral service was held Monday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: his grandson, David Kohonick, nephews, Barry Wolfe and Gordon Koshinsky, and special friends, Luke Periard, Willy Stehr and Rob Jones.
- Olga Alexandria (nee Kohonick). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Olga Alexandria Koshinsky (nee Kohonick) on Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at Saskatoon City Hospital. Previously from LeRoy, Saskatchewan, mother resided at JCL Care Home in Saskatoon for the past 31/2 years. She was 87 years old at the time of her passing. Mother was the eldest of seven children born to Adolph ("Charlie ") and Natalie Kohonick, who farmed northeast of Esk. She was born on the nearby farm of her maternal grandparents, Kalanik and Eva Daelick. She attended Auderville School and, upon completing Grade 8, remained at home along with her brother and sisters to help her parents on the farm. In the fall of 1936, mother met William (Bill) Koshinsky from the Prairie Rose District, and after an eight month courtship they married. The marriage quickly turned to tragedy, with Bill passing away from the complications of appendicitis surgery only three months later. Mother was left to farm by herself, which she did with the help of her younger sister Hilda along with friends and neighbours. In September of that year, she married Bill's brother Herman. Mom and Dad (Olga and Herman) ran a typical small mixed prairie farm in the Illinois District, supplementing their income by boarding the Illinois teacher. They had two children (Gordon and Agnes), and when Gordon started high school in 1952 the family moved into LeRoy. Herman continued to farm from town, and mother started working out of the home. She clerked for a couple of years at the CoOp Store, cooked at the LeRoy Hotel for eight years, clerked at the Drug Store for six years, and cooked at the LeRose Lodge for five years before retiring in LeRoy at the age of 65. Upon retiring, mother derived great pleasure from taking care of her home, socializing with friends on "coffee row ", gardening, making pickles and preserves, and filling her deepfreeze with goodies for her children and grandchildren. Olga is survived by her two children: son, Gordon (with wife Margaret) Koshinsky of Saskatoon along with their children: Dr. Heather Koshinsky (with husband Dr. Kent McCue) of El Cerrito California; Eric Koshinsky (with wife Elizabeth) of Ottawa; and Justina Koshinsky (with husband Robert Sasata) of Saskatoon; and her daughter, Agnes Ziehl (with companion Gary Randall) also of Saskatoon. There are seven great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Mary Cherepovsky of Saskatoon and Hilda Wolfe of LeRoy; and brother, Arthur Kohonick (with wife Olga) of Weyburn, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Bill in 1937; by second husband, Herman in 2005; by her parents; and by two brothers and a sister as infants. We (Gordon and Agnes) want to express out deepest appreciation to neighbour and friend Francis Stockbrugger and family who provided all manner of assistance and companionship to mother while she resided in LeRoy. The Funeral Service will be held at Holy Rosary Parish in LeRoy on Monday, March 27th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Hedlin officiating and interment will be at Esk Lutheran Cemetery.
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- Annie Erma (nee Lemke) was born on June 1, 1933 at Esk, SK and passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at the Regina Lutheran Home. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church near Esk. John and Annie met and were married on November 3, 1957 at Lanigan. Predeceased by her parents Adolf and Helen Lemke; Annie is survived by her husband: John; brothers and sisters: Dorothy (Elmer) Ullrich of Saskatoon, Tessie Ingham of Lanigan, Merle (Jack) Stephan of Lanigan, William (Myrtle) Lemke of Saskatoon, Leslie (Sheila) Lemke of Elkford, BC and their families. MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Lutheran Home, 1925-5th Ave. N., Regina on Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glen Stever officiating.
- Lydia Moir (nee Daelick) peacefully passed away at the age of 91 years at Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan on May 11, 2011. Lydia was born on April 6, 1920 to Anton and Carrie Daelick on the family farm in the Esk district. Lydia worked as a teacher for three years before becoming a full time farm wife to Frederick Moir and dedicated mother to their four children. She lived on the farm south of Jansen for 39 years and then in 1985, Lydia moved to Lanigan, where she resided until the present. She was a very active participant and supporter of the communities that she lived in. She regularly attended cultural, sporting, and entertainment events and through these activities made many lasting friendships. Following a stroke, seven years ago, Lydia made her home at Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan where she valued the many phone calls and visits that she received from family and friends. Lydia will be lovingly remembered by her four children: Carollynn (George) Leggott, James (Sharon) Moir, Glenn (Paulette) Moir and Terrence (Christine) Moir; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. The Funeral Service for Lydia will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanigan, officiated by Pastor Colette Baker.
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- Martha (nee Winslow). It is with deep sadness that the family of Martha Renz announces that Martha left this earth to go to her Eternal Home on March 7, 2014 at the age of 84 years. She was born in a mud shack in the Jansen District to Carolina and Ferdinand Winslow. Mom's greatest joys in life were her children whether it was shopping with Val & Candace, visiting with Gail, or baking with Cindy, Mom loved time with her girls. Sheldon just had to exist to be her 'Golden Boy!' She was predeceased by her husband of sixty years, Reinholt in 2012; her parents, brother Adolph (Helen), sister Wilhelmina (Sam) Block and twin sister Frieda (Herman) Welk. Mom is survived by four daughters and one son: Valerie (Keith), Gail, Candace, Cindy (Stu) and Sheldon (Rhonda). She is also survived by grandchildren Jaylene (Kirk), Stacey (Mick), Trisha (Steve), Mark, Michael (Shealaine) and Brenan (Caroline); 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Olga and Helen, brother-in-law Robert (Karen), sister-in-law Lynn and family friend Ken Haviland. Sincere gratitude and thanks to staff at Sunnyside Nursing Home. Registered Nurses Theresa and Kevin, thank you so much for keeping us informed and sharing your knowledge. Pastor Marion Duncan, thank you for being with her on this journey. A Celebration of Martha's Life will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th St., first right past Briargate Rd).
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- Albert John Wildeman passed away Aug. 16, 1997. He was born Jan. 16, 1917 on the family farm near Esk, Sask. He married Olive Bresch in 1937 in Esk Evangelical Church. They farmed until 1977, when they moved to Lanigan, Sask. They continued an active interest in the farm, now run by their sons. They retired into Central Parkland Lodge in 1994. He is mourned by Olive; sons Llewellyn of Saskatoon and Charles and Maurice of Esk; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. The funeral was Aug. 19 in Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, with Abe Klassen ministering.
- Doris Eva (nee Daelick). It is with great sadness the family of Doris Eva Wildeman, 89 years of Lanigan announce her peaceful passing on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Doris was born on September 20, 1923 to Anton and Carey (nee Lemke) Daelick. She grew up on the family farm 3 miles north east of Esk. Doris attended Pauline School north of Esk and actively participated in the family farm in her childhood. After completing grade 9 in school, Doris worked as a domestic in Regina and a telephone operator in Jansen. On June 30, 1944 she married Harold Wildeman in Saskatoon and lived for the first 2 years of their marriage with Harold's parents in Esk. They then built their first farm yard 1 mile east of Esk and in 1953 built their first new home in Esk. Doris was a home maker and active partner in their mixed farming operation and in addition to her duties in the home she could always be seen doing the chores, hauling grain and supervising and feeding the ever present hired men. In 1983 they retired to a new home in the town of Lanigan, and lived there until her passing. Doris and Harold loved to travel and over the years toured much of the United States and spent many winters in Hawaii and in Arizona where they enjoyed the company of old friends and made many new lifelong friends. In summer they fished many of Saskatchewan's northern lakes often accompanied by their grandchildren where Doris passed along her camping and fishing expertise. She loved nature and loved to be outdoors. She was an avid gardener and took great pride in her vegetable, fruit and flower gardens. The results of her toils graced many a dinner table and always kept the freezers and fruit cellar full. Doris loved to bake and cook and her freezer was never found short of her signature cinnamon buns and homemade bread. Doris' gift of hospitality gave many family and friends the opportunity to enjoy her talents in the kitchen and visitors to their home were never allowed to leave hungry. Family was always the priority in Doris' life and she focused her talents and efforts to caring, nurturing and building the character of her three children, seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Doris will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 68 years Harold Wildeman of Lanigan; three children, seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren: Eileen (Bill) Block of Jansen and family, Devin (Jennifer) Block of Saskatoon and sons Jacob and Joshua, Corey (Lisa) Block of Rocky Mountain House, AB and children Gwen and Zoe and Shawn Block of Moose Jaw and son Kierran; Donna (Ron) Schorr of Medicine Hat, AB and family, Cammie (Brian) Kannekens of Medicine Hat, AB and children Quinn, Kelsei and Kia and Juli (Desmond) Jordan of Calgary and children Maiya, Desirea and Sacha; and Mylles (Connie) Wildeman and family, Todd (Kim) Wildeman and children Jace, Reese and Raea and Chris (Julie) Wildeman and children Avery and Kya, all of Esk; sister, Mary Paetsch and sisters-in-law, Edna Daelick, Elsie Daelick and Lydia Kielan; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Doris was predeceased by her parents, Anton and Carey Daelick; granddaughter, Kellie Wildeman; brothers, Vernon, Ernest, John and Alfred Daelick; sisters, Frieda Abel and Lydia Moir; brothers-in-law, Bill Abel, Fred Moir and John Paetsch; members of the Wildeman family: Ewald and Mary Wildeman, Fred and Annie Kline, Helen and George Schroeder, Albert and Olive Wildeman and Otto Kielan. A Public Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. and the Celebration of Doris's life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Both will be held from Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, SK.
- Ewald Edward. The death of Mr. Ewald Edward Wildeman of Central Parkland Lodge, Lanigan,occurred at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, on Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the age of 94 years. Ewald will be lovingly remembered by his two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Darlene (Otto) Neuman of Lethbridge, AB, and family, Dale (Bernice) Neuman and daughter Chanel of Lethbridge, and Beverly (Chester) Piontek and daughter Courtney of Yorkton; and Myra Bueckert of Saskatoon; one brother and one sister, Harold (Doris) Wildeman and Lydia (Otto) Keilon; sister-inlaw, Olive Wildeman; and by numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service for Ewald will be held at Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, on Thursday, April 1, 2004, at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Steve White and Pastor Ed Riegel. Interment will follow at the Baptist Christian Fellowship Cemetery in the Esk district.
- George Clarence Wildeman (1926 - 2012). After a brief battle with cancer, George Wildeman passed away peacefully - with friends and family at his side - at the Humboldt District Hospital on June 10th, 2012. George was born April 7th, 1926 on the family farm northeast of Esk, Sask. He was the second oldest son of Robert and Olga (Braitenbach) Wildeman. With a few, brief exceptions, George spent his entire life in and around the Lanigan area.He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Olga; and two sisters, Rose (in infancy) and Evelyn Wright. George is survived by: his four sons Ken (Pat), Alan (Debra), Larry (Karla), and Ray (Lori); two brothers Alfred (Ruth) and Dan (Marjorie); and three sisters Violet Fick, Lillian (Ken) Wachs, and Velma (Don) Elliott. George also leaves to mourn his passing six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and good friend Barb Reifferscheid and her very supportive family. George married Pearl Wright on December 29th, 1948 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shortly thereafter they moved to Lanigan, Saskatchewan and began farming. It was in Lanigan that they raised their four sons. After being a man out standing in his field for some thirty years, in 1978 Dad stepped back from farming. In semi-retirement, for awhile George took on odd jobs with the Royal Bank and the Saskatchewan Housing Authority low-rental units in Lanigan. He also spent several winters basking in the warmer climate of Arizona. In the late 1980ís, Dad began a twenty plus years, part-time work relationship with Good Hall Memorials out of Wynyard, Saskatchewan. He remained based out of both Lanigan and eventually Humboldt - where Dad took up permanent residence in August, 2010. Other than farming, Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. From the time of his youth, and for as long as his fingers and hands would allow him, he would also love to play his guitar and sing. He spent several years as a member of the Lanigan Lions Club and was always willing to lend a friend a helping hand. In his later years gardening became his passion. Dad seemed to have a green thumb when it came to his vegetable and flower gardens. Many friends and family members became the beneficiaries of his bountiful harvests. George will be cremated and his ashes buried near his parents in the Lanigan Lutheran Cemetery. A Memorial Celebration of Life will take place in the Lanigan and District Heritage Station Centre, 75 Railway Ave., Lanigan, SK on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m.
– Robert “Alfred”. It is with great sadness the family of Robert Alfred Wildeman 92 years of Central Parkland Lodge passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Alfred was born April 7, 1923 to Robert and Olga (nee Braitenbach) Wildeman at Esk District, SK. He attended Pauline and Stoner Rest schools. Alfred eventually left school to begin a career in farming. In 1943 and 1944 Alfred worked at McKinnon Industries (General Motors Corp) in St. Catharines Ontario to help with the war effort. On August 8, 1946 Alfred married Ruth Rockel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanigan. Following their wedding they took over the Rockel farm located just outside of Lanigan. They both worked together on the farm, however, Alfred also worked away from the farm, first for Ingham Industries in 1964 and then at the mine where he was in charge of concrete during shaft sinking. Upon completion of the mine shaft, Alfred began working for Alwinsal (PCS). In 1976 he made the decision to rent out his land and continue to work at P.C.S in Lanigan until his retirement in January of 1988. Alfred and Ruth had three daughters. In 1994 Alfred and Ruth moved into Lanigan from the farm. When Alfred wasn’t busy working, he enjoyed a variety of different activities such as: curling, playing pool, fishing, camping and RV’ing. His sports of choice to watch were boxing, baseball and stampede wrestling where he would become very interactive and sometimes just a little upset with the outcome of the sport. He was very musical and played a guitar. Alfred and Ruth enjoyed traveling to watch their grandchildren play hockey and perform dance. Time spent with family was always a priority and activities such as sausage making, playing cribbage and camping with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have provided many precious memories. They loved to explore and check out new places. Alfred and Ruth thoroughly enjoyed their winters in Arizona and Texas. Some of their travels included places such as: Expo, Hawaii, Germany, Olympics in BC, they also took in a few cruises and travelled coast to coast in Canada. Alfred loved people and visiting with everyone. He could tell you stories about everyone he met but especially at the RV parks where they stayed. He was active in the community and spent time at the Lanigan & District Museum, playing shuffleboard with his friends and going to Drake on a regular basis to play pool with his friends at the Silver Sages. Due to failing health Alfred moved to Central Parkland Lodge in 2013. Alfred looked forward to his daily visits from Ruth where she watched over him and participated in his care. Alfred also enjoyed the many visits from other family members and friends. Alfred will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years Ruth (nee Rockel) Wildeman of Lanigan; three daughters, 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren: Fern (Vern) Keil of Esterhazy and children Robbie (Isabelle) Keil of Nepean, ON and their children Zakary and Samantha; Curtis Keil of Regina, SK; Colin Keil (Hannah O’Dowd) of Calmar, AB and children Taylor of Leduc, AB; Savannah, Hailey, Rion and step great grandchildren Carter and Lily; Trudy Keil of Regina and children Connor and Aleena; Fay Shiloff of Lanigan, SK and children Holly (Jeff) Srochenski and children Trinity and Quinn of Lanigan; Cory (Kelsey) Shiloff of North Battleford and children Alexis, Klay, and Colton; and Jason Shiloff of Saskatoon. Sylvia Tkach (Greg Dubetz) of Saskatoon, SK and children Darren (Yasmin Campeau) Tkach and children Brinley and Bexley of Saskatoon, SK; Clint (Lindsy) Tkach of Warman and children Cadence and Hudson; Chad (Crystal) Wyton of Grand Prairie, AB and children Diezel and Shelby; Crystal Tkach (Tyler Pellegrini) of Saskatoon and daughter Meadow; sisters: Violet Fick of Lanigan, Lily (Ken) Wachs of Saskatoon and Velma (Don) Elliott of Saskatoon; brother Danny (Marge) Wildeman of Saskatoon, SK; sister in-law and brother in-law Reta Rockel of Nanaimo, BC, Ed (Hallie) Rockel of Delta, B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews. Alfred was predeceased by his parents Robert and Olga and Wildeman; sister Evelyn Wright; brother George Wildeman; baby in infancy Elsie Rose; two sons in-law: Robert Tkach and George Shiloff; sisters in-law Ella Clarke (James) and Eva (John) McPherson. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanigan. Interment will follow at the Lanigan Lutheran Cememtary.
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- Milbert "Mib" 1929 - 2007. The family of Mib Zielke regretfully announce his sudden passing on April 3rd, 2007 in Calgary. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Brenda (Ron) Thomsen of Saskatoon; sons, Ken (Jessi) of West Vancouver and James of Calgary; grandchildren, Jenna and Andrew Thomsen and Leah Zielke; brother, Erwin (Myrt); special friend, Mona Woodcock; and numerous brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Mib was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Kathleen (Kay); his parents, Ludwig and Ida; infant sister, Joanna; sister, Selma Johnstone; and brothers, Herman and Herbert. Mib was born in Esk, SK on June 19, 1929 and lived all of his life in Saskatoon. He attended Thornton and Buena Vista Schools. On June 30th, 1954 he married Kay. In the late 40's he started work with Great West Saddlery working in various positions until December 31, 1959 when it ceased operations. It was during this time that Mib discovered his true calling a career in sales. On January 1, 1960 Mib entered into a new stage of his career when he opened the family business, Great West Supply & Findings Ltd. Mib semi-retired in June of 1994, so he could spend more time with Kay and indulge in their passion for travel, something he loved doing especially with family. Great West Supply & Findings closed its doors forever on September 30, 2001. If anyone had a question regarding leather, shoe repairs or shoe care, Mib was the expert. Mib loved Christmas and for many years his Christmas light and ice displays delighted the citizens of Saskatoon. He was extremely pleased to be recognized in the 1970's, by the Kiwanis Club, for his decorating efforts. Mib was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years. In the late 1970's he became involved with the Shoe Service Institute of America where he served as a director and became the first Canadian to hold an executive position when he was elected Treasurer in the 1980's. Hunting, cross country skiing, playing cards, gospel music and history were some of his other hobbies. Family and entertaining were very important to Mib and Kay as they hosted many family gatherings together and Mib continued to enjoy good times with family and friends. It was always a pleasure to hear his tales of growing up in Saskatoon in the 1930's and he was a true historian of the early days of Saskatoon. A celebration of Mib's life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 2:00 at Saskatoon Free Methodist Church, 2221 Hanselman Ct.