Obituaries of residents & former residents of
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Goodwater, Halbrite & Midale, Saskatchewan
- Mary Irene Stella (nee Schmidt) was born November 3, 1912 in Nasau, Minnesota. She spent her early childhood in South Dakota before moving to Midale, with her family. She later made her home in Halbrite with her husband Jacob Achen. Mary passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 92. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob Achen; parents, Herman and Emma Schmidt; siblings, Eva, Gladys, Ella, Christina, Leonard, Floyd and Edward; her sons, Robert, Keith and Roger. Mary is survived by her siblings, Florence Johnson, Howard (Lauretta)Schmidt; son, James Achen; daughters, Louise (Mel) Schill, Karen (Ferdinand) Kuhn, Audrey Wercholuk, Joyce Bitschy and Ruby (Charles) James; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as many friends and neighbors. Mary greatly enjoyed going to bingo, playing cards, fishing, picking berries and baking goodies. She is a testament to all who knew her on how to live life to the fullest and how to endure life's hardships with stoic grace. She will be dearly missed by all. A family service will follow at a later date.
- Ernest Richard Adderley passed away on April 7, 2003 in Midale at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by his parents, Victor and Elizabeth, brothers Clarence (Wilma) and Victor; sisters Georgina Riddell (Everette) and Gladys Dorsch (Alex). Ernie is survived by his wife Mary; children: Anne Weiler of Weyburn, Robert (Louise) of Peachland, BC, Doug (France) of Vancouver, BC and Kevan (Marlene) of Weyburn. Grandchildren: Jennifer and Colleen Wilson, Dylan and Rufie Adderley, Emma and Annabelle Harvey, Alison, Nadine and Melanie Adderley, also sister-in-law Victorine Adderley; as well as several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Ernie was born in Griffin, SK in 1914. His parents moved to a farm in the White Rock district east of Halbrite. Ernie attended White Rock School and Halbrite School. He served in the Air Force in WWII. He married Mary Eftodie and they farmed south of Griffin: he also worked at Boundary Dam in Estevan for eight years. Ernie and Mary retired to Midale in 1976 where Ernie was mayor for four years. He loved to golf and play pool in his retirement years. A memorial service was held at Assurance Funeral Home in Weyburn on April 14, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Halbrite Cemetery. Thank you to the staff of Mainprize Manor for their care of Ernie.
- Thomas Victor Adderley was born during a blizzard on October 28, 1955 in Midale. Tommy was a very gentle and bright child. He was able to read from the grade two reader before he started school. In the early years he enjoyed school and was an excellent student. Tommy and his sister and his younger brother loved to play on the haystacks on the farm, and they all loved to ride on the tractor when their father let them. A favorite winter activity was being pulled behind the stoneboat on flying saucers and bouncing over the frozen cowpies. Tommy always enjoyed the family outings on Sunday afternoons when the family would visit surrounding small towns and villages. The highlight of the trip would be a stop at Griffin for gas and a treat at Fred's Garage. Animals were always a great interest to Tom. He especially loved dogs and horses. There was always a horse or two around the farm and he always felt very comfortable around them. Tom enjoyed snowmobiling, shooting magpies and going fishing with Uncle Ernie. He also enjoyed coffee and "washer" (donuts) with Bert Nord, an old-timer of the White Rock community. History was a great interest of his, especially the Midale History Book, which he read cover to cover. He had all the names and events memorized. Tom did manage to take a few memorable trips. He went out to the pacific coast several times and enjoyed a trip to Drumheller, AB. He'd also traveled to England, Scotland and Ireland to visit relatives. In 1972 his father, Victor, passed away and he became the man of the house. Tom was already used to helping on the farm and he loved it. In later years he enjoyed working with Harry O. He liked combining but his favourite was hauling grain to the elevator. Tom was an avid curler and other favourite pastimes included playing cards and a little gambling. He looked forward to and enjoyed social events. He had fun visiting his nieces and nephews. He was particularly fond of Ralph McGillicky, and the way he used to tease him. Tom stayed with his mother on the farm until 1999. During that time his illness began to restrict his mobility and ultimately his activities. This eventually led him to his new home at Hilltop Manor. The ladies there provided a level of care second to none. For that, we are truly grateful! Tom fought a brave and lengthy battle with his illness. He constantly amazed us with his great inner strength. Tom passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2004 in Weyburn at the age of 48 years. He is predeceased by his father Victor Adderley and sister-in-law Wendy Adderley. Tom is survived by his mother Victorine Adderley; his sister Maureen (Sonny) Reinfelds and family and brother John (Susan) Adderley and family as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. from the All Saints Anglican Church with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. Active pallbearers were: Joe Vilcu, Wayne Vilcu, Darrell Druck, Wayne Ruckaber, Michael Adderley and Steward Reinfelds. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Donald "Don" Vincent Alexander was born in Weyburn, on September 5, 1921 to James and Alicia Alexander. He went to Delight School and was raised on the family farm in the Goodwater District. On September 18, 1942 Don married Ruby Holmgren in the family home in Estevan. They were blessed with four children: Marilyn, Ron, Norm and Valerie. Don farmed along with battery operating in the oilfield. He played and coached baseball, the Prairie Pups and hockey, the Goodwater Oil Kings. Don played guitar, sang and yodelled. He was a 4-H leader, a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Committee and the Farmers Union. In church Don was involved with the music, sang in the church choir and in a mixed quartet, an official board member and Sunday School Superintendant. He and Ruby celebrated 61 years of marriage and was present for the 100th birthday celebration of his family farm. Don has lived most of his life on the farm in the Goodwater District moving to Weyburn in March of 2000. For 27 years Don and Ruby spent the winter months in California. Don had an incredible possitive attitude that saw him through many years when farming was really tough. He is remembered for his quick sense of humor. The most important thing to him was his personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. Don was a loving husband, a caring father and father-in-law, an affectionate grandfather and great grandfather. His life was an example to all of a life of dedication to His Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We miss him greatly but at the same time we hold on to our memories of good times - lots of hard work - lots of laughter - lots of special moments. We say "Bye for now - see you later!" On Sunday, February 8, 2004 in Weyburn Don passed away at the age of 82. He is predeceased by his parents; daughter Valerie; sisters: Ellen, Edith, Glayds and Alice; one brother, Fred. Don is survived by his wife, Ruby; their children: Marilyn (Lyle) Kellington, Ron (Sandy) and Norm (Bev); grandchildren: Kari (Brent) Becker, Leanne (Troy) Anderson, Valerie (Ross) Jeske, Sheryl (Joran) Oliver, Tim (Cherith) Alexander, Kim (Byron) Barker, Lisa (Chad) Eaton, Debbie (Sheldon) Schultz and Lindy (Clayton) Schira; 19 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: Evelyn (Sherman) Teal, Hugh, George (Louise), Gerald (Delia), Norma Alexander and Verna Sweigard; brothers-in-law: Norman (Nefia) Holmgren and Lowell (Ruth) Holmgren. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. from Weyburn Free Methodist Church with Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick officiating. Active pallbearers were grandson Tim Alexander and grandsons-in-law: Troy Anderson, Byron Barker, Brent Becker, Chad Eaton, Ross Jeske, Jordon Oliver, Clayton Schira and Sheldon Schultz. Interment followed in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Emeline A. (nee Draper). On Monday, July 14, 2003, Emeline A. Anderson, late of Midale, passed away at Mainprize Manor at the age of 99 years. Predeceased by her parents, Clinton and Irene Draper; two brothers: Frank and Elder Draper; one sister, Mary Draper; her husband of 71 years, August Anderson; two daughters: Lois Summers and Vi Davis; one son-in-law, Loren Kolke; and two grandchildren in infancy. Emeline leaves to mourn her daughter, Lorraine Klolke of Midale; sons-in-law: Don Davis and Luke Summers; grandchildren: John (Lynn) Summers, Wayne Summers, Tim Summers, Sheryl (Steve) Greer, Joyce (Raymond) Carlson, Donna (Tom) Lea, Patty (Ron) Evans, Ordean (Tara) Kolke, Troy Davis and Colin (Aletha) Davis; 18 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; and numerous very special nieces and nephews. Emeline Arlene Anderson was born August 29, 1903 in Lennex, Iowa, USA. She moved with her parents to Midale in 1916, and met and married August Anderson in 1924 in Estevan. She worked in a cookcar for Sawyers threshing crew and was a homemaker and did babysitting. She lived in Midale for 87 years. Emeline taught Sunday School in the Baptist Church and was very active in the Church of God, belonging to ladies Bible Studies and serving as secretary-treasurer. Emeline enjoyed gardening, playing scrabble and lawn bowling. Her two favorite T.V. programs were Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She enjoyed socializing and attended any church functions she could. Emeline went camping for the first time on her 98th birthday at Greenwater Lake, then she went camping in Cypress on her 99th birthday. In May she travelled to Taber, Alberta for her great grandchild's graduation. She valued the visits, calls and letters from friends and family. She considered homecare and staff at Mainprize Manor her extended family and was "Grandma" to many. Grandma was hard-working, loved humor, and could lift your spirits when you were having a bad day. Family was very important to her and she always put them first. Grandma was a gem! Funeral service was held Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. from Bethleham Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Prayers were held Friday, July 18 from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn. Interment was in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: John Summers, Troy Davis, Colin Davis, Ordean Kolke, Daryl Carlson and Dave Neilly.
- Norman Henning Anderson, born at Halbrite, passed away on November 23, 2002. He is sadly missed and mourned by his wife Louretta, sons Dennis (Fran) and Wayne (Wendy), daughter Norma and son Terry and grandchildren Michael and Megan. He was predeceased by his parents Henning and Eva, also Arnold, Ivan and Dorothy. Losing his father at an early age, Norman became head of the family (Mom, Arnold, Dorothy and Ivan), staying at home to provide an essential service (farming) while his two brothers participated in WWII. Norman was an active volunteer in the Midale community. Moving his family to Calgary in 1959, Norman worked for the Calgary Public School Board until his retirement in 1979. Music was a very important part of Norman's life from early days, playing at dances with his brothers and sister and forming various groups until well into his 80s. His family wishes to thank the staff of Glenmore Auxiliary and Cedars Villa for the care extended to Norm. The world was a better place when he was part of it. A memorial service was held at Jacques Funeral Home and Crematorium on Wednesday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m.
- Doris Irene (nee Towne) Atter, late of Weyburn, passed away November 26, 2013, at the age of 100 years. On November 26, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt and friend left this world for a better place. She passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home where she resided for the last few years. Her daughter was with her at her passing. Doris was predeceased by her husband Cecil in 1963. Three sons: Larry, Duane and Clarence, her parents Clarence and Lucy Towne, six siblings, brother-in-law Ernie Atter as well as several in-laws in England. She is survived by her children Elaine Parker, David (Lois) Atter, Shirley (Philip) Sparks, daughters-in-law Lois (David) Angell and Catherine Atter. She also leaves to mourn her loss and cherish her memory, 13 grandchildren, 24 great granchildren and five great great grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. Doris was a survivor, as after Cecil passed on in 1963 she was a janitor at Halbrite School and then went to work at the Midale Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She had a kind and loving heart as witnessed when her nephew went to live with her to finish high school. She was a busy and social person, always up to a game of cards or having tea and cookies with friends. She belonged to many organizations. Her hands were always busy, she crocheted afghans for grandchildren and lap robes, knit sweaters, toques, mittens and slippers. Her needlepoint pictures are a treasure. She had many hobbies over the years which included golfing, bowling (she went to the Canadian finals), dancing, she loved playing cards and bingo. She travelled with her son to England and Scotland to visit relatives. She also visited Hawaii, Alaska, and she also made many trips to the USA and across Canada. She went camping and travelled with her family every chance she had, whenever the car went, she was in it. Doris’ last few years were difficult as she gradually became more dependent on the nursing staff to care for her. She was happy at the Special Care Home and praised the staff for the wonderful care she received. They could bring a smile to her face always. She will be missed by everyone. A funeral service for Doris was held on Monday, December 2 at 11:00 a.m. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stacey Atter, Colin Atter, David Parker, Curtiss Bilbiak, Gerry Bilbiak and Howard Bilbiak.
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- Dorothy Bromstad Bauer. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Bromstad-Bauer on April 23, 2003 at the age of 84 years. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, John Bromstad; son Gary; husband Carl Bauer. She is survived by daughter, June Kasper; son, Neil (Yvonne) Bromstad; grandchildren, April (Jeff), Che, Jason, Christy and Jenny; great grandchild, Austin; step-children, John, Marilyn (Don), Shirley (Richard), Roger (Jayne), along with many more grandchildren and great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 25 at Westhill Baptist Church, 8025 Sherwood Dr., Regina with Pastor Harvey Zink officiating. Interment at Midale Cemetery. A visitation took place Thursday, April 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 E. Victoria Ave.
- Judy Colleen (nee Rosengren) Brady, late of Midale, passed away October 21, 2012, at the age of 57 years. Judy was predeceased by her father, Harry Rosengren. Judy is survived by her husband, Kevin Brady and their children, Kelly (Stephanie) Brady and their children: Lola, Conner; Drew Brady; Melissa (Arie) Schimmel and their son, Austin; her mother, Marion Rosengren; brother, Ken (Mary-Lou) Rosengren; sister, Joyce (Brad) Holdstock; brother-in-law, Terry Brady; sister-in-law, Lana (Ron) Emde; several aunts, nieces, nephews along with cherished friends: Yvonne Godert, Dave and Tami Piper, Glen and Vona Nimegeer, Tim and Esther Bangsund and Cathy Schlosser. Very special Thank You to dear friends, Dr. Mary McCollum and Dr. Allan Fong. Judy was born in Ponoka, AB, July 5, 1955, the second of three children born to Harry and Marion Rosengren. She attended Midale Central School and after graduation attended the University of Regina with her sights on becoming a teacher. Returning to Midale after university , she taught part-time at the Midale Central School before beginning her most treasured career, being a mom. She met Kevin in 1972, and his shiny new bike won her heart. Judy and Kevin were married on October 8, 1977, and moved to Shauvon, AB to start a new branch of the family business. Judy was born to be a mom, and on November 17, 1979, a special piece of Judy’s heart was born, Kelly Dean. Being the first, the bond was unbreakable, even though, as Kevin says even today, that Kelly was the ugliest baby he ever saw — always covered in rashes and snot! The knack for making her children feel special and unconditionally loved shone through all the imperfections that "Only a mother could love…" The family moved back to Midale in 1980 to be closer to family and November 23, 1981, Judy’s "little pill", Kevin Drew was born, definitely a Rosengren mischevious personality. Once, when Judy washed his mouth out with soap, he asked for more because he liked the taste of soap. But the Brady Bunch was completed after two boisterous boys on December 7, 1984, when Melissa was born. To protect her, Judy told her that girls were just as strong as boys and when one of the boys was hurt and crying…this strength will be passed on to any daughter she and Arie might have. Time led Judy and Kevin to concentrate on creating “family memories”. Most of which Kelly does not remember. Judy trying to reminisce about family vacations, would shake her head at Kelly’s blank stare, saying, "Kelly Dean…that’s terrible". In truth, the Brady Bunch was not complete, June 19, 2004, they welcomed Stephanie into their family and hearts at the marriage of Kelly. The open arms knew that grand babies were in the near future, and January 21, 2006, saw the special gift of Lola given. Smoochies and snuggles were always available. Lola kissed Grandma’s scar to make it "All better". The second gift of "Grandma’s little pill", Conner arrived May 24, 2008. It was obvious that he would follow in Uncle Drew’s footsteps, including his honest love and complete devotion to Grandma. Finally, Judy’s baby had Austin on July 28, 2010 and Grandma was there for the birth. Judy fought to be healthy enough to go to Mexico for Melissa and Arie’s wedding. She watched with a tear in her eye as her baby girl became a wife. She loved every minute of swimming with her grand babies, dancing with her sons and relaxing in the sunshine with her husband. Anyone, within a few minutes of meeting Judy would recognize a kind, funny, caring, honest and generous person. Relationships were lifelong, from babysitters, fellow cancer patients and high school classmates. Even her children’s friends were welcomed into her life. She would start where the last meeting ended with a hug and a kiss. Something Judy instilled in each of her children was the strongest sense of family. "Home" was a place that remained familiar and warm and always welcoming. Special “Occasions” were not the only reason to get together. Being together was an “occasion”. Christmas was the favorite , with a big family meal, laughs and too many gifts. My God give his peace to all who mourn. A Service of Remembrance for Judy was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson, officiating. Interment to follow at a later date. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Leslie Gardiner Brammall was called home to be with his Lord on November 20, 1999 at the age of 82 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Faith Brammall, a sister in infancy, a sister Lois Brammall of Midale, a brother Neil Brammall of Kisbey and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years. Jean Brammall of Killarney, MB; a daughter Doris (Harold) Nickel of Wabamun, AB; a daughter Esther (Bryan) McAuley of Killarney; a son Frank (Ina) Brammall of Thedford, ON; a brother Paul Brammall of Duncan, BC; grandchildren Derrick and Shawna Nickel of Wabamun, Amy Jo, Kevin and Laurie McAuley of Killarney, and several nieces and nephews. Leslie was born on the family farm at Kisbey on September 28, 1917. In his early years he attended a rural school at Kisbey. He later continued his schooling for an additional three years at Briercrest Bible School in Caronport, SK and graduated from there. During the Second World War, Leslie served his country as a mechanic in overseas service in Holland, Italy and France. Following the war, he farmed in the Kisbey area. On June 30, 1951, he married Jean Molberg. After a short time in Kisbey, they settled into farming in the Midale area where they farmed for several years. While in Midale, Leslie was very active in the Midale Baptist Church where he served as a faithful deacon for many years, and as a Gideon in the Gideon's Society. He also served his community well as a board member of the Low Rental Housing Authority in Midale. In the 1980s, Leslie and Jean began a pattern of farming in Midale in the summers but wintering in Killarney. Following their retirement from farming in the early 1990s, Leslie and Jean made Killarney their permanent residence. While in Killarney, Leslie continued his active involvement in the church. He has served as a Deacon, has taught Sunday school, has preached, has been involved in various Bible studies and has been faithful as a prayer warrior. He was also very faithful in doing what he could to help the church building project and was happy with each step of progress that was made. Up to the time of his death, he, along with his wife have hosted a weekly Bible study in their home. He was also very regular in his attendance and support of a prayer group which meets to pray every Saturday morning at the church. He usually brought a Bible passage to share with the group. On the morning of his passing, he had his alarm set so he could get up for this time of prayer at the church but God called him home shortly before his 7:00 prayer time. In his spare time, Leslie enjoyed helping people at odd jobs, fixing small machines, and working at different projects around his home and community. He also loved to travel and to read and could often be found with a book in his hand. Through his reading and his experiences, he became well versed in many different areas. He especially liked to read his Bible and made a commitment to read through it each year, which he did for most years of his married life. Leslie loved people and always cherished his time with those he knew and met. Many people can attest to the genuine interest he showed in people, to his hearty handshake and his desire to know how things were really going. Leslie will always be remembered as a friend and encourager to all who knew him and will be sadly missed by those whose lives he touched.
- Marie Elva (nee Rubin) May 8, 1911 - November 6, 2011. Funeral mass for Marie Bobier, longtime retail merchant and Post Mistress of Halbrite was held Monday, November 14, 2011. A prayer service was held the previous evening Sunday, November 13. Both services were held from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Celebrant Father Gerry Bauche. Interment took place at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active Pallbearers were grandsons: Scott Morrison, Ryan Bobier, Thomas Bobier, Conrad Ryan, Steve Reynolds, and James Haluschka. Honourary Pallbearers were great grandsons: Brendan Ryan, Rubin Bobier, Jack Bobier, William Bobier, Warren Bobier, Marshall Bobier, Spencer Reynolds, and Grayson Haluschka. Members of The Catholic Women’s League formed an Honour Guard, for their member of sixty-four years. Marie was predeceased by her parents Louis and Caroline Rubin; her husband Malcolm “Mac” Bobier; daughter Donna Morrison; brothers Irvine, Lawrence, Alfred (Mannie) and Joe; sisters Alice Rubin, Ole Berry and Irene Anderson. Born May 8, 1911 in Halbrite, Marie pursued a career with the Post Office in Osage and in Dubuc, where she met and married Malcolm Bobier on November 28, 1941. They relocated to Halbrite in 1943 and acquired what would become “Bobiers’ Red and White Store”. The Halbrite Post Office would become a part of their premises in 1953. Mac predeceased Marie, Ross and Donna suddenly in December, 1959. With much support from her family and community, and with great courage, Marie continued to operate the store until 1980, having retired as Post Mistress in 1977 after 23 years of service. Mom, Grandma, Mrs. Bobier, Marie — her life exuded hardwork, thrift and much energy. Deceased November 6 in her 101st year, she truly lived until she died. The Bobier/Rubin legacy will live on in her son Ross (Sylvia) of Weyburn; son-in-law Don Morrison of Candle Lake; seven grandchildren and fifteen great grand children; brother-in-law George Berry of Burnaby, BC; sister-in-law Clara Rubin of Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
- Judy Colleen (nee Rosengren) Brady, late of Midale, SK passed away Sunday October 21, 2012, at the age of 57 years. Judy was predeceased by her father, Harry Rosengren. Judy is survived by her husband, Kevin Brady and their children, Kelly (Stephanie) Brady and their children: Lola, Conner; Drew Brady; Melissa (Arie) Schimmel and their son, Austin; her mother, Marion Rosengren; brother, Ken (Mary-Lou) Rosengren; sister, Joyce (Brad) Holdstock; brother-in-law, Terry Brady; sister-in-law, Lana (Ron) Emde; several aunts, nieces, nephews along with cherished friends: Yvonne Godert, Dave and Tami Piper, Glen and Vona Nimegeer, Tim and Esther Bangsund and Cathy Schlosser. Very special Thank you to Dear Friends, Dr. Mary McCollam and Dr. Allan Fong. A Service of Remembrance for Judy will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Martin Olson, officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. All in attendance will be considered honorary pallbearers.
- George Alfred. On Saturday, October 16, 1999, George Alfred Branvold, late of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, at the age of 78 years. George Alfred Branvold was born November 3, 1920 at Macoun. George is predeceased by his father, Severt, his mother, Dora, his sister Beatrice and infant daughter Dianna May. George is survived by his loving wife, Myrtle; daughter, Judy and George Carlson; granddaughters: Tanya (Keith), Karrie and Kelly Krueger; great granddaughters: Kerrston and Keiawna Kreuger; son Ron and Sherrie Branvold; grandsons: Corey, Trevor and Ryan; granddaughters: Crystal (Barry), Leslie and Jason Hoskins, Anita (Jason) and Trishia; great grandsons: Austin, Jordan, Dylon and Jody; son Darrell and Leann Branvold; grandsons: Shaun and Chad. George was always a family man. He was always there to lend a hand at anything that needed to be done, whether it is was fixing cars, building houses, cutting grass, building beds, cradles, toy boxes. There wasn't anything he wouldn't or couldn't do. If you ever needed anything it was all at "George's Hardware." He had everything you needed. He especially loved spending time with all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They always made his eyes sparkle. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend anyone could ask for. He was ever loyal to his Legion duties and loved organizing all fundraisers and events. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. He touched the hearts of all who knew him. Dad you were an angel sent from above to guide us and give us your undying love. May God take you in His loving arms and never let you go. Funeral service was held Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All Legion members, Midale Branch, were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were his grandchildren: Tanya Carlson, Karrie Krueger, Shawn Branvold, Corey Branvold, Trevor Branvold and Ryan Branvold.
- William Brown, of Midale, passed away at age of 84, on December 30, 2010, from the arms of his loving family to the loving arms of His LORD. Bill was born on the family farm at Renwer, MB on July 22, 1926, the eighth of 13 children born to Thomas Tarn and Mary Ammer (Jordan) Brown. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Irene (Jacobson), his daughter, Wendy Truscott; his son-in-law, Wayne Deitner; three sisters: Agnes Hunter, Alice Harrison, Eveyln Brown; six brothers: Thomas, Christopher, Robert, Alexander, James and Matthew. Bill is survived by his children: Wayne (Ann) Brown, Midale and their children Shannon, Maple Creek,AB and Brad, Estevan; Wendy’s children: Sean (Debbie), Pincher Creek, AB, Michael (Holly), Pincher Creek, AB, Michelle (Jody), Fort Nelson, BC, Linda (Ted), Spruce Grove, AB, and her son Jason (Dawn), Edmonton, AB, Christine Deitner, Fort Nelson, BC, and her children Wayne (Lyndsay), Hudson Hope, BC, Lynette (Neal), Fort Nelson, BC, Nathan (Daryl), Fort Nelson, BC, Jerry, Fort Nelson, BC, Joyce (Jim) MacDonald, Midale and their children: Jamie (Jessie), Estevan, Scott, Midale, Kristie (Jason) Burback, Estevan; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters: Gladys Williams, Brandon, MB, Marion Plaisier, Virden, MB; brother Sam (Jean) Brown, Kelvington, SK as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill attended school in Renwer, MB. From necessity, Bill became a gifted carpenter and skilled mechanic, welder, plumber and electrician. As a teenager, Bill worked on the farm and spent the winter months cutting cordwood. He worked in a gold mine at Red Lake, ON. Bill married Irene (Jacobson) in 1950 and devoted himself to his wife and children. Bill farmed, then in 1954 began a 39 year career in the oil industry. He worked oil construction for three years before taking a job as an operator for Shell Oil. In 1967, Bill purchased a lease operating business in the Midale area that he continued to run until 1993. In his younger days, Bill enjoyed boating, water-skiing, snowmobiling and traveling. He enjoyed old country and gospel music. Family and friends attended his funeral service on Tuesday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale; Pastor Cicely McDougall, officiating. Bill was laid to rest at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Hilton Bunse of Red Deer, AB passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on April 2nd, at the age of 70 years. Hilton will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Doreen; son, Randy (Lisa) Bunse; step-son, Greg Munday; daughters, Debbie (Brian) Wild and Connie (Darryl) Murphy; step-daughters, Debbie Munday and Sheri (James) Provost and his mother, Ida Bunse. Hilton also leaves to cherish 8 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 step-great grandson. Hilton was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Bunse. Funeral services for the late Hilton Bunse took place on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Red Deer Funeral Home, Red Deer with Interment to follow at a later date in Midale.
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- Beverley "Bev" (nee McGowan) passed away on October 28. 2010 in the Trail, B.C. Hospital at age 79 years. Bev is survived by her husband Roger, son Alan (Joanne and Jacob), brother Stan McGowan (Lorna), brother-in-law Bruce Campbell (Doddie), sister-in-law Fay Kathol (Hal), sister-in-law Carol McGowan, nieces and nephews and their children. Bev was predeceased by her parents Alpha and Wallace McGowan, her mother and father-in-law Marjorie and Elvin Campbell, sister Delores Garven and her husband Don, brother Bill McGowan.Bev was born in Midale on April 29, 1931. She grew up on the family farm at Goodwater and attended Rough Bark school‚ a one-room rural school and later Goodwater High School. Bev entered nursing education becoming a registered nurse in 1955. Bev was actively engaged in nursing until retiring in 1991. Her nursing career included general duty nursing, public health nursing, educator and administrator; all occuring in Saskatchewan. Following retirement from nursing Bev worked part-time in a ladies wear shop. Bev and Roger moved to Christina Lake, BC in 1998. Bev was very active in the community as a member of the Christina Lake Health Care Auxiallary as well as the Christina Lake Community Hall Auxilliary. Bev truly enjoyed singing and was a member of the Grand Forks Choral Society, the Christina Lake Singers and the Perley United Church Choir. Bev was diagnosed with cancer in January 2010 and enjoyed a full and happy life with her family and friends right up to the final day. Bev loved her gardens and all of her flowers; which were always show-stopping. Bev was a very caring and loving wife and mother, every life that Bev touched knew this without question.
- Alice Clara (nee Holtz). In loving memory of Alice C. Carlson, age 85 years, November 23, 1920-September 10, 2006. On a wintery November day in 1920 a baby girl was born (Alice Clara Holtz). Grandma had two sisters: Hilda and Margaret and three brothers: Norman, Bill and Arnold. They were raised on a farm near Huntoon. At a young age grandma left her schooling to help care for her youngest sister, Margie, who was disabled. This care was on-going until grandma became a young woman and was ready to make a home of her own. Grandma was very close to her sister and shortly after she left home, Margie passed away. Grandma loved and missed her little sister. On June 11, 1943 grandma married the love of her life, Edward Carlson, of Midale. Their first home became Weyburn where grandpa was employed for Burges Butcher Shop. Soon after their first child was born, a baby girl, Jane. They soon moved to Midale and over the years seven more children would follow: Anne, Gary, George, Tim, Randy, Kim and Sandra. Times were hard for this family, but grandma worked hard and sacrificed much to raise her family. Grandma was an honest, dependable, hard working and most of all a loving person. She would have given you the shirt off her back or the last $5.00 in her pocket and expected nothing in return. Grandma worked hard as a caregiver long before Home Care was even a profession. She later looked after the town rest rooms, and various other jobs to earn a dollar, while also caring for her two elderly parents. In the later years she retired from these jobs and it was then she was able to enjoy her fast growing family. By this time she had 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Grandma had a number of obstacles yet to climb on life's journey. On October 28, 1978, she was soon to mourn the loss of her son Randy. Only a few short years later she was stricken with grief once again with the loss of her husband on May 8, 1983. In 1984 grandma had a stroke, which she fully recovered from by sheer determination. A few years later she would have a battle with cancer that attacked her thyroid, but grandma determined as she was to kick that one too. Then once again she would mourn the loss of a child when her son Gary passed away in May 2001. Grandma enjoyed many hobbies; one that catches everyone's mind was her love for puzzles. She was an avid and faithful Blue Jays fan. She could talk about all the players, and she would never miss a game on TV. Grandma loved the simple things in life; like her little garden, the birds at the feeder, all her pretty flowers around the house and simple conversation with family and friends. The modern technology was not always on grandma's side, as this confused her and sometimes her terminology was mixed up a bit. When grandma was flipping through the channels on the dish, where most of us would say we were "channel surfing," Grandma would say she was "surfing the net." One time I recall like yesterday, on our way to Regina, Dad had kicked the cruise control on and the car sped up just a bit, Grandma said, "Oh your car has turbo boost." Too many TV nights with old Knightrider & Kit the car, and when she heard something about Alzheimer's, grandma faithfully and honestly called it "Old Timers." On Saturday, September 9, 2006, Grandma celebrated an early birthday party. To see grandma at near 86 years young clapping her hands and tapping her foot to good old Don Williams, and then before leaving to go home for the night, grandma gave us all a speech and a special thanks for coming as she walked home as spry as ever. September 10, 2006, that very next day she was off to Halbrite to visit her daughter. She talked non-stop about her party the night before. On the way home with her grandson Brent, would be a stop at Rosie's for supper, and a few short life moments later she would find herself in cardiac arrest and later passed away on her ride to Estevan. We are all the branches of grandma that made her journey here complete. Grandma you have now gotten where you were going. We all love you deeply and will miss you dearly. Interment was held at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale, with Captain Raelene Russell officiating.
- C. Armund. On Monday, July 26, 2010, C. Armund Carlson passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by his mother and father, Oscar and Helen Carlson, a brother, Douglas Carlson and a sister, Joan Proulx. Armund will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Joan Carlson of Weyburn, and their family, four children: Brian (Karen) Carlson of Midale, and their children, Christopher, Daniel and Travis; Cindy (Barrie) Ryan of Regina, and their children, Corie (Irina), Amanda (Jody) Blotski and their family Jaxon and Griffin, Prestin (Trish) and their family Dakota and Olin, Cooper; Debby (Ray) Lunn of Regina, and their children, Jerod and Danley; and Brent (Jackie) Carlson of Medicine Hat, AB and their children, Ryan (Jill), Kali and Toni; four aunts: Betty Magnuson, Margaret Sobel, Carol Forbes and Laura Carlson; as well as many nieces and nephews. C. Armund Carlson was born at Midale, November 11, 1927 to Oscar and Helen (nee: Peterson) Carlson. He married Joan Armstong on September 21, 1953. Armund worked at various jobs before getting the chance to farm, which was his dream. They lived at Midale on a rented farm for 30 years then built a new farm-stead and lived there for 13 years before moving to Weyburn. He played hockey, curled competitively and golfed socially. They spent 15 winters in California before his illness. Armund enjoyed many hours with his 12 grandchildren, sometimes working but mostly playing. He will be greatly missed by all he knew and loved. A Memorial Service was held Friday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. from Midale Baptist Church, with Rev. Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Helen Elizabeth (nee Peterson). On Wednesday, January 15, 2003, Helen Elizabeth Carlson, late of Midale, passed away at Mainprize Manor, Midale, at the age of 95 years. Helen was born November 8, 1907 at Midale. Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Esther Peterson; one son, Douglas Carlson and one son-in-law, Jerry Proulx. Helen is survived by her son, Armund (Joan) Carlson of Weyburn and one daughter, Joan Proulx of London, ON; seven grandchildren: Brian (Karen) Carlson of Midale, Cindy (Barrie) Ryan of Arcola, Debby (Ray) Lunn of Regina, Brent (Jackie) Carlson of Medicine Hat, AB, Greg Proulx of London, ON, Tammy (Doug) Murray of Belmont, ON, and Darren (Sue) Proulx of London, ON; 17 great grandchildren; three sisters: Betty Magnuson of White Rock, BC; Margaret Sobel of Sarasota, FL; and Carol Forbes of Boise City, OK; one sister-in-law, Laura Carlson of Hartney, MB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Monday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Pallbearers were: Corie Ryan, Cooper Ryan, Jerod Lunn, Travis Carlson, Christopher Carlson and Daniel Carlson.
- Hilda Elsie Edna (nee Holtz) Carlson passed away at Regina on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at the age of 87 years. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 22 from Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Midale. Pastor Dale Mohr officiating. Interment followed in the Westphalia Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents Carl and Clara Holtz, her husband Leonard, four sons: Den, Lyle, Leonard Jr., Ronnie; three brothers and one sister. Hilda will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Audrey Dugan, Regina; Linda (Larry) Hancock, Halbrite; Lana (Laine) Lund, Midale; one sister Alice Carlson, Midale and one sister-in-law Doris Holtz, Midale. Hilda will also be missed by her nine grandchildren: Ilo; Tammy (Duane); Don; Jason (Tracie); Shauna (Adam); Lorelee (Darcy); Paula; Clint (Vanessa); Darcy (Amy). Four great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The following is a tribute to Hilda from her grandson Jason Hancock: "First of all, let me say what a tremendous privilege it is to say a few words about Grandma. I think we find ourselves dealing with mixed emotions sad at losing such an important person yet happy that she was content and in her own words 'ready to go to heaven'. I have no doubt she has taken her rightful place and is warmly looking over each of us already. There are literally millions of memories of Grandma, which are special and unique to each of us. Some remember the time she tried driving an old Model T she apparently couldn't keep it on the road. She went from ditch to ditch. I would have liked to see that. Uncle Jr. and Grandma were the best of buddies and they spent lots of time together fishing and going to football games. Jr. always called her Jacque Lemaire. Jr. would get mad at her when they were fishing and she caught a fish because she would take off running up the shore instead of reeling it in! One time coming back from a Rider game we stopped at McDonald's and Grandma ordered a "Big Ben." The poor kid behind the counter kind of snickered and said, "Ma'am you'll have to go to England for a Big Ben but we have a Big Mac." When my Mom and the rest of Grandma's kids were young she would take them all berry picking. Grandma was always anxious and constantly telling them to be careful. As a young girl herself, she was chased by an ornery badger while picking berries. The only way she could get away from it was to run through a nearby slough. She lost all of her berries getting away! Everyone remembers what a great cook Grandma was and how she could make anything taste good. Family get-togethers and picnics down at Munsun's Grove were especially fun and fondly remembered. I personally remember spending many weekends with Grandma. Like all the grandchildren it was a special treat to simply be with her. She always had time to read us stories, play games, and make us our favorite snacks. When I got older and could go to the football games with Jr. and Grandma, I felt like the luckiest kid alive. These are some of the memories I am left with and I will cherish them always. Grandma was probably the strongest person most of us have ever known. Even in her last days she refused to let anyone feed her. Grandma out-lived all of her sons and her faith was tested many times, yet she was a strong believer. Grandma always looked out for us and I am sure she will continue to do just that.
- Paul Vinold Carlson was predeceased by his parents, John Albin and Charlotte Evelyn; two sisters, Margaret and Violet; three brothers, Norman, Gordon and Ralph and nephew, Richard. Vinold is survived by his sister-in-law, Eva; niece, Pat (Len); Aunt Laura; numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews as well as a dear friend he called his granddaughter, Jodi, and her family Dwayne, Sawyer and Loxlyn. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Jodi for her many years of loving care and support. It was greatly appreciated and we consider you family. Vinold Carlson passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday June 9, 2013 in the Estevan Hospital. He was 85 years old. Vinold was born on the family farm to John and Charlotte Carlson on October 30, 1927. He was raised on the farm outside of Midale with his brothers Gordon and Ralph. When his brothers were called for duty in WWII, Vinold stayed on the family farm to help his father. As he grew up he loved to play ball and curl. He took his schooling at the Anderson School until grade 8, did correspondence until grade 10 and then went to Midale School for his grade 11 certificate. His first job was as a bartender at the hotel in Midale. In 1979 he went on to invest and work as a bartender for many years with Bert Penman at the Soo Hotel in Weyburn. He met his wife and moved to Halbrite. There they raised many purebred dogs. He had a passion for papillons and rough and smooth coated collies. His collie Melodie and papillons Fergie and Lisa were a couple of his favorites. Vinold and his wife never had children, but there were five girls from the community who knew them because of the dogs, and they traveled with the girls to different dog shows over the years. These girls were like his children and he cherished their company. Vinold loved to have people over for meals and play cards. He had a good poker face when it came to rummy. Vinold and his wife moved to an acreage outside of Macoun where he continued to raise his beloved dogs, some goats, turkeys and chickens. He separated from his wife in the mid 1990’s and moved back to Midale. Vinold was a proud supporter of his community. If he was able, he was glad to help. He became a Lions member in 1998 and held the positions of president and lion tamer. He served as a proud Lion for a total 15 years. Vinold also helped the Midale Mustangs hockey team sell game tickets for many years. He was also an active member of the Midale 39ers and a proud supporter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Vinold touched the lives of everyone he met and will be truly missed. A Celebration of his life will be held at the Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, on July 6, at 10:00 am with Reverend John Ferrier officiating. Interment will follow at the Midale Cemetery and lunch will be held at the Midale Curling Rink.
- Stanley George. With his family at his side Stanley George Carlson passed away quietly on August 19, 2001 at the age of 75 years. Stanley was born August 29, 1925. He was raised in his years by his grandparents, Marie and Ole Carlson of Midale / Halbrite area. He was predeceased by his grandparents Marie and Ole Carlson, his mother Myrtle Ferris (Carlson) on February 27, 1992, his uncles and aunts: Clarence, Clifford, Vinol, Leslie Carlson, Amy Carlson and his step-aunt Elsie Olson, one grandson Trent Hubbs and his wife Arlene on February 1, 1996. He is lovingly remembered by his children Diane (Gordon) Bell, Shirley (Jim) Hubbs of Weyburn, Ron (Crystal) Carlson of Regina; grandchildren: Angela (Roy) Scrupps, Cory (Tami) Bell of Weyburn, Garret Bell of Saskatoon, Lynn (Mike) Claude, Scott (Sarah) Hubbs of Weyburn, Jaime, Jared and Riley Carlson of Regina and seven great grandchildren; one aunt, Thelma Hedin of Estevan; numerous cousins and his friend Grace Lucas. Stanley took over and farmed the Carlson farm at Halbrite in the late 40's for a couple of years but due to hardships in farming he went to work for the C. P. Railway and after being laid off, Stanley started to work for the C.N. Railway and remained with that company until he retired in 1985. Stan was a member of the Elks Club and the Royal Canadian Legion. He loved to play cards and was an avid crib player. Stan also had a great passion for gardening. He liked fishing and watching the crops grow. He always had time to visit and tell stories. He insisted on being punctual for any and all events and loved family gatherings with birthday cakes as his favourite. The active pallbearers were Cory Bell, Garrett Bell, Jared Carlson, Riley Carlson, Scott Hubbs and Mike Claude. Funeral service was held August 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher's Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Gary Keefe officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Lloyd Raymond. On Saturday, March 22, 2003, Lloyd Raymond Clauson, late of Midale, passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by his parents, Emil and Clara Clauson; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Agnes Callaby; brothers-in-law: Ken, Harry, John and Bob Callaby. Lloyd leaves to mourn his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Clauson; their children: Linda Gail (Tom Riffel) of Regina, Chris and Rob; Ken (Marjorie) Clauson of Midale and Ken Jr.; Wayne (Sherry) Clauson of Weyburn, Amy, Brad and Jena; Keith (Marylou) Clauson of Midale, Jeff, Jesse and Shane; one brother, Art (Edith) Clauson of Midale; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lloyd Raymond Clauson was born on July 23, 1921 at Kingsburg, California. He was the second son for Emil and Clara Clauson and a brother for Arthur. They left California and settled in the Elswick district southwest of Midale. Lloyd helped his father farm. When the war broke out, Lloyd joined the RCAF. Lloyd served in Europe. He was stationed in France, Belgium and England. While in England Lloyd met Mary Irene Callaby. They fell in love and on March 4, 1946 they were married in England. Lloyd and Mary started farming east of Midale in 1947 and retired in 1998. Payers were said Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Honorary pallbearers were Amy Clauson, Jena Clauson and Ken Clauson Jr. The active pallbearers were Chris Riffel, Rob Riffel, Jeff Clauson, Brad Clauson, Jesse Clauson and Shane Clauson.
- Mary Irene (nee Callaby). On Sunday, August 2nd, 2009, Mary Irene Clauson of Midale passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 85 years. Mary was born March 15th, 1924 at Horseforth, England, the only daughter born to Robert and Agnes Callaby, to go along with four sons. Mary married Lloyd Clauson March 4th, 1946 in England, she was a War Bride. In August of 1946, Mary arrived in Canada and she farmed with her husband on a farm East of Midale until the fall of 2000. From this union, one daughter and three sons were born. She is predeceased by her parents, Robert and Agnes Callaby; four brothers: Kenneth, Harry, Bobby and John; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emil and Clara Clauson, brother-in-law, Art Clauson, and her husband, Lloyd. She leaves to mourn their family, four children: Keith (Marylou) of Midale; Ken (Marjorie) of Midale; Wayne (Sherry) of Weyburn; and Linda (Tom) of Regina; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lloyd and Mary worked very hard on the farm. As a young couple they took in borders, who were teachers for Rolling Meadows school house which was at the end of their driveway. Mary loved the farm, she enjoyed gardening and one was never enough, she would have two and sometimes three, to be sure that there was enough to last the winter. She enjoyed raising chickens and gathering the eggs, and especially liked calving season. Mary didn't have a lazy bone in her body, she hauled grain and bails, took two full meals out to the field during harvest, haying and seeding. Since she was a seamstress in England, she could sew anything. She made suits for Lloyd, clothes for the children, a bridal gown for Linda and numerous bridesmaids' dresses. Quilts were a specialty as well as knitting socks, sweaters, toques and scarves. When the grandchildren came along, she always had a project on the go for them too, pyjamas, fancy dresses, sweat shirts, pants etc. Baking was another thing that Mary loved to do and the whole family enjoyed her buns, pies, cakes, and cookies. The grandchildren were very special to her and she enjoyed babysitting them and rarely said no to any of their requests. Mom, grandma and great grandma, you worked hard in your life on earth, it is now time for you to rest. You will be forever in our hearts. Funeral Services were held Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Midale Baptist Church, Midale with Rev. Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The Pallbearers were: Chris and Rob Riffel, Jeff, Brad, Jesse and Shane Clauson. Honorary Pallbearers were, Ken Clauson Jr, Andy, Amy and Jena Clauson
- Marvin "Sonny" Claybo slipped from this world very peacefully early Monday morning July 8, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and John Claybo, sisters Alphild (George) Molberg, Pearl Claybo and an infant sister Grace; twin brother Mervin (Bud) Claybo and an infant brother at birth and brother-in-law Danton Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Opal; sons Marlin of Hinton, AB, Glenn of Midale, and Jerry of Sherwood Park, AB; sister Gladys of Outlook; sister-in-law Joyce Claybo of Calgary, AB; nephews and nieces: Gary (Diane) Molberg, Brian (Darlene) Molberg, Neil Johnson, Carol (Neal) McCutcheon, Ross (Jenny) Claybo, Larry Claybo and Barb (Jim) Nicholson, many great and great, great nieces and nephews, his cousins Eugene (Jeannette) Jacobson and Donald (Marie) Jacobson as well as his large extended family. Sonny was born in Oungre on Jan 3, 1929 and spent his early years there. He quit school in grade nine to work for farmers around Oungre and Bromhead. In the early 50’s his brother-in-law George asked him to go farming. Together they started in the Huntoon area and then west to the Halbrite area. The family still lives on that farm today. Sonny married Opal Jorde June 2, 1962. They settled on the farm and had the privilege of raising their three sons there. Sonny was a family man and travelled many miles with the boys as they played hockey and other activities. Due to ill health, Sonny retired near the end of the 1990’s early 2000 but continued to help his renters as much as he could. Sonny lost the use of his legs in Sept of 2011 and moved to the Weyburn Special Care Home in December where he spent the last 18 months. Thank you to everyone who made the last years of his life, enjoyable. Interment Service for Sonny was held on Friday July 12, at 1:00 p.m. at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. A Service of Remembrance followed the interment on Friday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall, officiating. Lunch followed at the Midale Civic Centre.
- Mervin "Bud" L. Claybo passed away February 16, 2000 at 71 years of age. He had been a patient in the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton, AB since January 2, 2000. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce; children Ross (Jenny), Willowdale, ON; Barbara (Jim) Nicholson, Calgary, AB; Larry of Charlotte, North Carolina; ten grandchildren: Daniel and Dominique Claybo; Cherie, Christie, Katie, Nathan, Laura, Sarah, Daniel and David Nicholson; sisters: Alphild Molberg, Midale; Gladys Johnson, Outlook; his twin brother Marvin (Opal), Midale; brother and sister-in-law George and Aletha Hardy, Weyburn; and many nieces, nephews and friends as well as extended family members. Mervin was predeceased by his father John (July 30, 1969); his mother Mary (November 5, 1982); sister Grace (February 14, 1922); brother (1926); sister Pearl (September 26, 1941); brothers-in-law Danton Johnson and George Molberg. Mervin was born January 3, 1929 to John and Mary Claybo at Oungre, SK. He was nicknamed "Bud" at his birth. He attended Lyndale School (grades 1-9) and Midale High School, graduating in 1947. After one year at Moose Jaw Normal School he taught at Wolseley and Indian Head. In 1952 he joined the air force and spent ten months in El Arish, Egypt, with the peacekeeping force (1958-59). On November 27, 1953 he married Joyce Doreen Magnuson at Midale. After a ten year career in the forces he moved his family to Midale while he attended the U. of S. at Regina. He taught at Kisbey (1963) and Estevan (1964). From 1965-72 he was an accountant at Canada Wire and Cable, Weyburn, and at Lebret Indian School from 1973-77. He moved his family to Edmonton in 1978 and was an accountant for health food services with the Dept. of Education until his retirement in January of 1994. Bud had many friends and had the great ability to always remember names and faces. He loved his family dearly and found his grandchildren a real joy. He acquired diabetes in mid 1980 and has suffered side effects of the disease. He has enjoyed fathering with his entire family at many special occasions and the family shares many precious memories. We all miss him very much. Interment - graveside service preceded the memorial service held February 21 at Midale.
- Dorothy Madeline (nee Culham), our little matriarch, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on September 1, 2004. She was born at Colgate, on June 18, 1913. She leaves to cherish her memory one son George (Mona), two daughters, Maxine (Eugene) Cherwonka, Shirley (Barry) Strohan, daughter-in-law Wanda Connelly, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband Max in 1998, her parents George and Harriet Culham, her brother Bill, son Earl and son-in-law Victor Magnan. Dorothy was born, raised and completed her elementary and high school education in Colgate and Weyburn. She liked school and was always an honor student. Following high school, she attended Normal School (Teacher's College) in Saskatoon, then came to the Midale district to teach at Anderson School near the Connelly farm in 1934. She and Max were married in 1936, and spent their lives together farming near Midale. She worked hard on the farm, raising four children, chickens and large gardens, but still found time to teach at Augusta and Dewey Schools. For 70 years she was an active member of the community and willing volunteer. Her family was the focus of her life; she was a caring, giving mother and grandmother and a true and thoughtful friend. Until the end, she was keenly interested in politics, sports and growing flowers. The Blue Jays and Roughriders have lost a loyal fan. Funeral service was held Monday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale with Pastor Clifford Knutson the Officiant. The Interment was at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Pallbearers were Laurie, Barry and Steve Connelly, Jimmy Magnan, and Blaine and Brian Molstad. All members of the Midale 39'ers Club are considered honorary pallbearers.
- Lyle William Connelly passed away on March 9, 2003 at Marquis. Lyle was born in Midale on August 26, 1949. He was raised on the family farm near Midale and attended school at Anderson School and Midale Central School. He trained as a barber in Regina, but decided to change to automotive repair. He obtained his journeyman status and started his own business, first in Tuxford, later moving to a larger building in Marquis. Lyle was a people person, he enjoyed socializing with people and didn't seem to dislike anyone he met. Lyle's family was very important to him. His wife, Mavaia, was his partner, friend and his greatest supporter. He was very proud that his son, Shane, a journeyman as well, was working side-by-side with him in the business. His daughter Shawna was daddy's little girl. He was very proud of her poetry and artistic abilities. Lyle enjoyed curling, golfing and fishing and also enjoyed hunting in his earlier years. He was always ready to hear a good joke and was recently enjoying the Internet. The funeral service was held Saturday, March, 15, at Parkview Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Ron Gray officiating. Lyle was predeceased by his father, David Connelly; father-in-law, Garvin Gawne; mother-in-law, Ruth Gawne. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Mavaia; son, Shane; daughter, Shawna (Derek) Wilson; mother, Margaret Connelly; brother, Steve (Carol) Connelly; sisters, Ann (Wayne) Brown and Margaret (Gordon) Bednard; brother-in-law, Robert (Janet) Gawne; as well as many nieces and nephews.
- Margaret (nee Connor) Connelly, late of Midale passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the age of 93 years. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, James and Annie Connor, her husband; David Connelly, son; Lyle, sisters; Martha and Anne, brothers; George, James, and David. Margaret is survived her children; Steve (Carol) Connelly, Ann (Wayne) Brown, Margaret (Gordon) Bednard: 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; her brother, William, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service for Margaret was held Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale with Pastor Cicely McDougall, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Active pallbearers were Shane Connelly, Brad Brown, Lee Froh, Denis Facette, Wayne Brown and Gordon Bednard.
- Donald Victor Cooke, late of Goodwater, passed away peacefully on Monday April 1, 2013 at the age of 81. Don was born April 6, 1931 to Gordon and Florence Cooke. He was born on the Roy Cooke farm and then moved to the homestead and resided there until his passing. The homestead received the Century Old Farm designation this year. In his youth, Don enjoyed attending Patricia School. He liked it so much that he later purchased the building and moved it to his homestead where it currently remains. In 1948 Don attended the Saskatchewan Institute of Technology in Moose Jaw. He received his Welding Certificate and training in Motor Mechanics. On November 11, 1951 Don married the love of his life, Joan Sorsdahl. He and his dad continued farming the homestead until Gordon’s passing. After that time Don and Joan decided to sell the cattle. They then took pleasure in travelling extensively throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and England. At the age of 65, Don strived to obtain his pilots license. He proudly succeeded in this endeavor, including a night endorsement; the instructor commented that Don was his oldest pupil. Eventually Don and Joan purchased a mobile home in Apache Junction, Arizona. They spent every winter there until Joan’s passing in 2008. Don continued to spend the winter in Arizona until 2010. In the fall of 2011, Don went on an Alaskan Cruise with his sons, one daughter and his sister. Don is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joan Cooke; parents, Gordon and Florence Cooke; granddaughter, Karen Elizabeth Cooke; brothers-in-law, Walter Restau and Sid McKinnon. Don will be lovingly remembered by his children, Donna (Paul) Durant of Goodwater, Gary (Jacqlyn) Cooke of Saskatoon, Lee (Bruce) Leslie of Goodwater, and Neil Cooke of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Jennifer (Keith) Halfyard, James (Jodi) Durant, Liza (Jason) Van de Water, Andrew (Kristen) Durant, Keith (Saba) Cooke, Rebecca (Ryan) McLeod, Jessica Leslie, Derek Leslie and Morgan Cooke; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Verne (Melva) Cooke; sister, Maxine McKinnon; sisters-in-law, Marlyn Restau and Sharon (Mel) Eggum as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Saturday, April 6 from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment took place at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater. Pallbearers were, Troy Eggum, Dean McKinnon, James Durant, Andrew Durant, Derek Leslie, and Keith Cooke. Honorary Pallbeares were, Ted Rinas, Max White, and Ernie Gadd.
- Evelyn Joan (nee Sorsdahl) was born on February 21, 1931. Joan grew up on the farm with her two sisters in the Goodwater area until 1946. She loved to ride horses and drove the buggy to school. Eventually they moved to the Midale area where she finished her schooling. Joan graduated grade 12 in 1949. On November 11, 1951 Donald and Joan Cooke married at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale. Joan and Donald lived in the Goodwater area since they became married. For a short time in Joan's life she worked at Woolworth's in 1949, which was located in Weyburn. Joan loved to quilt, knit, crochet, embroidery, oil painting, scrap booking, old tyme dance, and played as a back catcher for baseball. She also loved to play the guitar and harpsichord, and sang with her sister Marilyn. She enjoyed traveling to the United States, around Canada and to England. Donald and Joan loved to fly together. Joan was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale. After she was married she attended the Wesley United Church. Then in 1996 she became a member at the Zion Lutheran Church in Weyburn. Joan drew strength from her spiritual commitment. She seemed to know the right time when certain things needed to be done, when nobody else could see. All Joan's nieces and nephews have a special bond and respect for their Auntie Joan. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Arden and Ingeborg Sorsdahl and one granddaughter, Karen Elizabeth Cooke. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Donald Cooke of Goodwater; four children, Donna (Paul) Durant of Goodwater; Gary (Jacqlyn) Cooke of Saskatoon; Lee (Bruce) Leslie of Goodwater, and Neil (Shelley) Cooke of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Jennifer (Keith) Halfyard, James (Jodi) Durant, Liza (Jason) Van de Water, Andrew (Kirsten Bromley) Durant, Keith Cooke, Rebecca (Ryan) McLeod, Jessica and Derek Leslie and Morgan Cooke; great grandchildren, Elias and Adrian Halfyard, Emma and Sara Durant, Rylee James, Brooklyn and Mackenzie McLeod, Jordyn Leslie and one great granddaughter on the way Laila Van de Water; two sisters, Marlyn (Walter) Restau of Wapella, and Sharon (Mel) Eggum of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, June 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Martin Olson and Marj McLeod CLA officiating. Interment took place in Goodwater Cemetery. The active pallbearers were, James Durant, Andrew Durant, Keith Cooke, Derek Leslie, Nevin Eggum and Troy Eggum.
- Albert Emil. On Saturday, September 20, 2003, Albert Emil Cugnet, late of Halbrite, passed away in his sleep at the age of 94 years. Predeceased by his parents, Augustine and Edmond Cugnet; brothers: Edward, George, Raymond and Lucien; and his son, Gerald (Jay) Cugnet (1998). Albert is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret Cugnet; two daughters: Jackie and Michelle; son, Albert Jr.; grandchildren: Christopher Thon, Bill Thon, and Patricia (Steve) Wells; great grandchildren: Morgan, Matthew, Ryan and Connor; also numerous nieces and nephews. Albert grew up on a farm along with his four brothers, in the Ralph district. He went to school at Radville Separate School his first eight years and to Weyburn Collegiate for high school. Albert married Margaret Sherrow on September 27, 1937 in Crosby, North Dakota, USA. Albert farmed in the Ralph and Halbrite districts until his retirement in 1999. Farming was his life-long interest. He was a member of the Halbrite Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assissi. Prayers were said Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Diane Prince presiding. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Albert Schmitz Celebrant. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery. All those who shared in Albert's life were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Chris Thon, Bill Thon, Patti Wells, Wayne Sonnenberg, Glen Sonnenberg and Ross Hannant.
- Margaret May (nee Sherrow) Cugnet, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Halbrite, passed away February 13, 2012 at the age of 92 years. Margaret was born to Gerald and Rosalie Sherrow on March 10, 1919. She was raised at Halbrite and attended school there. On September 27, 1937 Margaret married Albert Cugnet in Crosby, North Dakota. They lived on a farm in the Halbrite area the majority of their lives. Margaret was content helping on the farm, and being a housewife. She liked to paint, knit and sew as well as to decorate wedding cakes. Margaret also enjoyed curling and golfing. She was involved with her church, and the Catholic Women’s League of Canada with the St. Francis Regis Council of Halbrite. In 2005 Margaret bought a condo in Weyburn where she lived until moving into Weyburn Special Care Home on April 16, 2010. Margaret was a very caring person. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and spent a lot of time baking and doing things for them. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Rosalie Sherrow; husband, Albert; son, Gerald; sister, Ruth (Raymond) Cugnet and brother-in-law, Robert Dorsch. Margaret is survived by her daughters, Jackie Thon and Michelle Cugnet and her son, Albert JR Cugnet; grandchildren, Chris Thon, Bill (Janet) Thon and Patricia (Steve) Wells; great grandchildren, Morgan, Mathew, Ryan, Conner and Rowan; four sisters and two brothers, Edith Dorsch, Dorothy Stalberg, Don (Isabelle) Sherrow, Phyllis (Ernie) Sonnenberg, Lyle (Marlene) Sherrow and Gae (Harvey) Gall as well as numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation was held Thursday, February 16, 2012. A funeral service was held on Friday, February 17, at 10:30 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche celebrating. Pallbearers were Patti Wells, Bill Thon, Chris Thon, Wayne Sonnenberg, Glen Sonnenberg, and Kim Sonnenberg. Interment was held at Halbrite Cemetery.
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- Kristian Sofus. On Friday, February 13, 2004 Kristian Sofus Davidsen late of Weyburn and formerly of Griffin, passed away at SVECC at the age of 101 years. Kristian was born November 6, 1902 in AEouvik, Faroe Island and there he worked as a fisherman. He left the Faroe Islands in 1927 hoping to find prosperity in Canada with a friend and they purchased a farm together in the Redvers area. When the depression hit they lost the farm. He then worked as a farm labourer for many years. On November 25, 1965 he came to work for Harold and Helen Lund at Innis and while there he worked in the dairy barn, looked after chickens and did some fieldwork. He was a big man with a gentle heart. His work was done to perfection and he took great pride in it. In 1969 Harold and Helen retired to Weyburn and their son Peter and daughter-in-law Jean bought the farm and Kristian continued living with them for 34 years. Kristian adored the couple's three children, Stacey, Starla and Travis. The kids figured they were really special to have three grandpas, and one that lived with them 24 hours a day. He watched them grow up, get married and once again he was in his glory when new babies came and were running around the house. It would make hi day when Austin, Axel, Alex and Miles came to the farm to visit him. He was extremely happy when everyone was home for family occassions and gathered around the table. In 1979 Peter and Jean sold the dairy cows and he retired. Kristian would walk for miles, watch TV and look at books. He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. On occassion he would do some gardening as he wasn't satisfied with who was doing the weeding. When Kristian was 99 years old he went to make his home in SVECC. There he enjoyed his 100th birthday with a celebration. Kaspara Hjlem from Denmark, Stanley and Helga Poli from England, Jacob Davidsen from the Faroe Islands and Sanny Johansen also from the Faroe Islands surprised him with a visit, nieces and nephews of Kristian. Predeceased by his parents, three brothers, Lars, Joigen and Andreas and wives. Kristian is survived by his sister Elisabeth of the Faroe Islands, many nieces and nephews and his family of 38 years, Peter and Jean Lund, Stacey, Kara Lee and Miles, Starla and Ray, Travis and Roxanne, Austin, Axel and Alex, Helen Lund and family. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff of C Floor at SVECC for the love and excellent care they provided for Kristian. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, February 18 at the Halbrite Cemetery with Rev. John Ferrier officiating.
- Henry Louis. On Thursday, April 18, 2002, Henry Louis Dreher passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, Weyburn. Predeceased by his wife, Emma Dreher on September 5, 1997; his parents, Albert and Louise Dreher; brother Reuben; sister-in-law, Miriam Oxelgren and brothers-in-law, Henry Oxel-gren, Howard Bloor and Cecil Brenholen. Henry is survived by his children: Miriam, Laurin (Gloria) and Albert Dreher; his grandchildren: Miriam's: Judy (Barry) Bondville, Joy (Steve) Suitor and Dale (Wendy) Soroka, Albert's: Julie (Todd) Wasilinchuck and Blake (Tammy) Dreher; Laurin's: Dawn Barham and Ronda (Bob) Thomson; two brothers, Vernon (Florence) and Bert; three sisters, Mary (Irwin) Hainsworth, Lillian (Matt) Zimmerman and Lavern Brenholen; nine great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Henry Louis Dreher was born May 23, 1914 at Bromhead. He attended Romford School. He had to leave school to work on the farm. He married Emma May Coulter on February 18, 1934. He worked on the threshing rigs for a few years until he bought his own. They lived with his wife's father, George Coulter, on his farm. Then they moved to the Hanna Ranch, the Sorsdahl farm, the Speer farm, then the White farm, where they farmed until he retired in the early 1990's and they moved to Weyburn. Dad was a very special person and loved by everyone. His love for children was displayed to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a good sense of humour, and was a kind, caring, loving person. He was always helping the neighbours with their repairs, welding and farming. He would stop harvesting his own crop to help neighbours when they needed it. He built his own seed cleaning plant, welder, and a tractor for the boys. He served on the local school board, PFRA pasture committee and telephone committee. Funeral service was held Monday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Elder Dale Williams and Elder Jim Low officiating. Tributes were given by Miriam Dreher, Laurin Dreher, and Judy Bondville. Honorary pallbearers were: David Ordahl, Harold Pederson, Henry Pederson, Henry Friedrick, Matt Zimmer-man, Bill White and Ivan Churchill. The active pallbearers were: Dale Soroka, Blake Dreher, Dallas Pederson, Allan Dreher, Justin Thomson and Ferdie Kuhn. Interment followed in Goodwater cemetery.
- Linda Elizabeth Druck late of Midale passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at the age of 62 years. Linda was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan on July 30, 1948 to George and Edith Druck and was baptized and confirmed in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Midale. She grew up on a farm in the Midale area around aunts, uncles and grandparents. Her parent’s home was the usual gathering place for friends and relatives. Linda went to school in Midale and eventually graduated from the Midale Central High School. Linda was a kind and caring person who often took care of her cousin’s children and later her nieces and nephews. Linda was trained as a special care aid and worked at the Weyburn General Hospital and Midale Manor. She also enjoyed working at the library. In her free time Linda enjoyed crocheting afghans, reading, baking and spending time on the computer. She loved children and her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews were very special to her. Linda was predeceased by her parents, George and Edith Druck and two brothers in infancy. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Barb Druck of Weyburn, and her son, Shane and his son, Nick and her brother, Darrel (Jan) Druck of Midale, and his daughter, Veronica (Ray) Dechief and children, Kelsie and Hunter; his sons, Derrick Druck (Amanda) and daughter, Alyssa and Dallas “Bud” Druck (Allison) and son, Dawson. She will be lovingly remembered by all of the many people whose hearts she touched. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 PM from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Pastor Randy Kleemola officiating. Interment to follow at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Alice (nee Herriot) passed away peacefully on May 16, 2013 in Weyburn. She was born September 2, 1920 in Scotland to William and Mary Herriot. Alice married Clarence Dugan during World War II. Clarence, Alice and their oldest son Gary made the move to Canada in 1949. After a short stay in Carivale, Clarence took a position as an agent for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. They were first stationed at Union Jack, and then made their home in Halbrite. Alice enjoyed working in her flower garden, afternoon walks and Sunday afternoon trips to the Badlands or Mainprize Park. Many holidays were taken to Banff when the children were young. Alice journeyed back to Scotland to visit her family and the best trip was when she was able to take her daughter Janice with her. But each trip was cherished and her homeland and heritage was a large part of her life. Alice was predeceased by her parents, William and Mary Herriot; three brothers and five sisters, all of Scotland, and her husband, Clarence Dugan. Alice is survived by three children: Gary (Heather) Dugan of Medicine Hat, AB and their children, Tammy, Donna, Trisha and Paul and their families; Jim (Linda) Dugan of Torquay and their daughter, Cindy and family; Janice (Ken) Dodd of Weyburn and their sons, Kenny and Kevin and their families; 25 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; brother, Billy Herriot of Scotland; and sisters-in-law, Helen Holt of Oxbow and Shirley Burke of Regina, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A private family graveside service was held at Halbrite on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 AM.
- Barry Norman. On Friday, December 10, 2004, Barry Norman Duncan, late of Midale, passed away suddenly at the age of 38 years. Predeceased by his parents, Esther and Alexander Duncan; a nephew, Anthony Ereth; uncles: Fred and Harry; his special friend, Don Ulledahl and numerous aunts and uncles. Barry is survived by his loving wife Barb and his precious children: daughter Paige and son Kordel. He also leaves to mourn, his stepfather, George Marlow; his sisters: Kathy (Ron) Ereth, Joyce (Eric) Curry, Isabelle (Brian) Curry, Marlene (Ivan) Olson; his brothers: Wayne, Allan (Rose), Earl, Vernon (Lydia), David (Wanda); his extended family: Elaine Bailey, Mary-Lou and Ken Rosengren, Brian and Jaquie Trombley, Louis Trombley; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles: Alice and Garnet Kerr, Roy and Karen Olmstead and Sheila Olmstead. Barry Norman Duncan was born at Midale on March 25, 1966 to Esther and Alexander Duncan. He took his kindergarten in Midale, grades 1-9 at Crooked River and grade 10 in Tisdale. Barry was brought up in Crooked River. Being the youngest of 10 children, Barry was able to get away with a lot of mischief, putting the blame on his sister Marlene and brother David who were only 13 months older, and Isabelle. Marlene, David and Barry were together always because of the closeness in age. Instead of just David and Marlene being the twins, they were more like triplets. On April 6, 1998, Barry married Barb Trombley in Hawaii, after a five week holiday in Australia and New Zealand. Barry was employed at Dempsey Laird Trucking in Halbrite. Barry worked with Dempsey from the time he was 17 years old with the exception of three years that he worked for Cymcon (Steve and Kim Peterson). Barry enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He loved giving his wife Barb flowers and cards for "just because" and playing with his two children, Paige, five years, and Kordel, 21 months. Every spare moment was spent playing Barbies or reading stories. The last couple of years he even took up camping to make everyone else happy, and found that he actually enjoyed it. Barry will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. A memorial service was held Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
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- Edward. On Sunday, May 30, 2004 Edward Ebel late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at SVECC at the age of 91 years and 11 months. Edward was born June 29, 1912 in Maple Creek to Fred and Mary Ebel. In 1914 when Edward was two years old his mother suddenly died. He had many a nanny until his Dad met and married Sophia (Franks), a wonderful stepmother who Edward adored. Edward lived at Maple Creek until he was 15 years old. Then he moved to Halbrite district in 1927. He was a hard worker and worked at various jobs. In 1935 he went to Oakville, MB to marry the love of his life. Edward married LaVerne (Barker) on December 24, 1935. They then returned to a farm not far from his parents in the Halbrite district. When Edward's Dad froze to death and his mother died of cancer the same year, 1941, Edward and LaVerne then moved back to the family farm. Edward and LaVerne worked hard on the farm supporting five children: [Wilfred, Viola, Caroline, Jean and Lorne]. Edward was a devoted husband, the best father a child could have, a good grandfather and a good friend to many people. His family was the love of his life. He farmed with horses and he would have gone without shelter and food himself before he would see a horse do without. Edward worked many long and hard hours on threshing crews, plus he did his own farming. In 1955, 1956, he worked at the mental hospital doing carpenter work. He became a good carpenter, so mom didn't have to wait long for renovations on her home. He worked on Highway #13 for Ramsey & Bird running a packer. Edward worked for Jerry Mainil and Canadian Well. Finally in 1970, after 37 hard years on the farm they moved to Weyburn. Edward still couldn't sit idle; he came home one day and said "I got a job." He worked as a caretaker for Pioneer Place for 13 years. Edward and LaVerne celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on December 24, 2000. Edward was a very honest and proud man with a heart of gold. He taught his children that material things were not that important. Respect, love and happiness out-weighed any other things. He loved all his grandchildren and was always interested in their daily lives. He especially loved entertaining the little ones. Edward would do anything for anyone, no questions asked. If you asked him for advice, you got it, whether you liked it or not. Very seldom would he be wrong. His favorite saying was sometimes you have to make the best of things. Or give me awhile to think about it. He constantly gave of himself and never asked nor expected anything in return. When his wife passed away on March 4, 2001, Edward lived in the same house that they had purchased in 1969. He lived alone for the last ten years and managed very well until April of this year. Edward then went to make his home in SVECC on April 16, 2004. He was no stranger as he was on 1B North, the same place his wife had been for seven years. We will not ever forget the love, compassion and care that both our parents received while there. God bless you all. Those who knew Edward will remember his gentle, kind and caring ways. Dad, we all love you. You were the best. We, the family, would also like to thank Dean Chuckry for all the time, visits you spent with our Dad at home and in SVECC. Dad thought a lot of you. Edward passed away on May 30, 2004 in Weyburn at the age of 91 years. Viewing and visitation was held on Wednesday, June 2, from 7-9 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel. Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 3 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in the Halbrite Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were: Wayne Ebel, Greg Hornshaw, Stacey Lund, Travis Lund, Richard Gallinger and Ross Gallinger.
- LaVerne Francis (nee Barker). On Sunday, March 4, 2001, LaVerne Francis Ebel passed away peacefully at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her parents, Floyd and Elsie Barker; one sister, Lena Barker; two brothers: Elmer Barker and Clarence Barker; three brothers-in-law: Art Alldred, Nick Mantyka and Evans Black. LaVerne is survived by her loving husband, Edward Ebel of Weyburn; two sons: Wilf Ebel of Weyburn and Lorne (Janet) Ebel of Weyburn; three daughters: Viola (Marvin) Gallinger of Carlyle; Caroline (Bill) Hornshaw of Rocky Mt. House, AB; and Jean (Peter) Lund of Griffin; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; four sisters: Lenora Alldred of Calgary; Varion Black of Edmonton; Elsie Mantyka of Weyburn, and Leona (Len) McElderry of Rocky Mt. House; two brothers: Lloyd (Eleanor) Barker of Tisdale, and Kenneth (Florence) Barker of Ontario; one sister-in-law, Francis Barker of Hudson Bay; as well as many nieces and nephews. LaVerne was born January 14, 1918 in the Griffin district. She received her education at DeVille School in Halbrite. She moved to Oakville, MB in 1934 where she worked for a year. On December 24, 1935 in Portage La Prairie, she married Edward Ebel. LaVerne returned with Edward to his farm north of Halbrite in 1941. She worked hard on the farm and raised five children: Viola, Wilf, Caroline, Jean and Lorne. She was the best wife and mother anyone could ask for. LaVerne loved gardening, flowers and taking care of animals. She loved music, dancing and was well known for her excellent meals and her baking. She was always there for advice and to lend a helping hand when needed. Her determination for life showed in the way she lived her life and she raised her family. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed getting the chance to keep them when the opportunity arose. They remember the good cookies and treats Grandma shared with them. In 1970 they sold the farm and moved to Weyburn. She had always worked so hard that her family thought she would take things easy, but the hard worker she was, she worked for several years at the El Rancho and Royal Hotel. On July 26, 1994, LaVerne went to make her home at Souris Valley Extended Care. There she was blessed and loved by her second family. On December 24, 2000 LaVerne and Edward celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Those who knew LaVerne will remember her gentle, kind and caring ways. Visitation and viewing was held Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel. Funeral service was held Thursday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were: Stacey Lund, Travis Lund, Chris Ebel, Wayne Ebel, Richard Gallinger and Ross Gallinger.
Hazel (nee Graville) was born on January 5, 1919 on the family farm south of Monson's School near Goodwater. She was born the youngest daughter of Ralph and Margaret Graville. She took all her schooling at Monson's School from 1925-1936. Hazel married Reg Eddy of Aneroid in June 1938. Together they had three daughters: Beverley, Ione and Myrna. Growing up, Hazel enjoyed playing ball and riding horse back. She especially loved music and dancing. In 1945, she moved to Goodwater to keep house for Raymond and Ivan Churchill. She also worked various jobs which included clerking in Frank's grocery store in Tribune and as a nurse's aide at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn. Her last jobs were working for Sask Government Telephones and the post office in Tribune. Hazel enjoyed her years on the farm raising her family. Due to health, Hazel and Ivan moved to Weyburn in 2000 where she resided until her passing. On Saturday April 10, 2004 Hazel Violet Eddy passed away in Weyburn at the age of 85. She was predeceased by her parents; son-in-law Herbert Ernst; three sisters: Loretta, Olive and Myrtle; two brothers-in-law: Elgin Buchanan and Joseph Root and by her husband, Reginald Eddy. Hazel is survived by her partner and friend Ivan Churchill; three daughters: Beverley (Warren) Pederson of Chase, BC, Ione Ernst of Weyburn and Myrna Oxelgren of Weyburn as well as five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Ken Johnston of Weyburn as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Capt. Raelene Russell officiating. Active pallbearers were: Brad Ernst, Darren Ernst, Dane Ernst, Andrew Ernst, Desmond McKenzie and Allan Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were: Eric & Esther Verity, Eddy Seghers, Eileen Horsman, Don and Joan Cooke and Dorothy Allen. Interment followed in the Goodwater Cemetery.
- Stanley Charles. On Monday, May 20, 2002, Stanley Charles Eide, late of Midale, passed away at the age of 65 years. Predeceased by his parents, Nicolae and Matilda Eide; sister, Jean Pick; twin brother, Reginald Eide and brother, Zehner Eide. Stan is survived by his loving wife, Donna Eide of Midale, and their children: Brandi, Nickolas and Courtney, all of Midale; one sister, Lorraine (Jim) Melnychuk of Regina; mother-in-law, Isobelle Smith of Midale; one brother-in-law, Doug (Wanda) Smith of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and the Zehner family. Stan was born in Southey on April 25, 1937. From the age of four until age nine, Stan and his twin brother Reg were in foster care until Nicolae and Matilda Eide adopted them in 1947. Their new sister Jean had the good fortune of bringing the boys home on the bus; it was quite an adventure. They came home to the farm in a sleigh that they could barely see over the sides of because of their small size. It did not take them long to start growing and filling out - farm life seemed to agree with Stan. Stan enjoyed doing all the different farm chores and was a true farmer at heart. Stan would tell stories about how he and Reg could switch identities and most people wouldn't notice. He especially liked to recall the one time when Reg was supposed to start a new job and could not make it, so Stan went in his place, which might have been okay except Reg had experience working on an oil rig and Stan didn't. Needless to say, Stan worked one day in Reg's place and never went back. Stan enjoyed spending time with his extended families, the Carlsons, Meyers and Hoiums, along with his many nieces and nephews. He had many fond memories of the times that they spent together. On April 16, 1977, Stan married Donna Marie Smith at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Estevan. They took up residence in Midale for three years and then they moved to a double wide trailer on the farm. Another exciting day in Stan's life was May 31, 1985 when they brought their new daughter Brandi Marie home from Saskatoon. Stan had his first little girl. December 27, 1991 Nickolas Charles Alfred made his grand appearance in Regina, much to his father's delight - now he had both a daughter and a son. To add to Stan's enjoyment of his family on October 19, 1994 Courtney Elissa announced her much awaited arrival in Estevan. Stan's family was now complete and he could not have been prouder. Donna is happy to see that her and Stan had the chance to celebrate their 25th anniversary this past April 16. Stan loved to be with his children and enjoyed doing things with them. He liked to take them in the tractor with him. Brandi especially enjoyed going with dad when she was young. Stan would take Brandi for coffee at the elevator early in the morning; of course she had pop instead of coffee but she was happy to be out with her dad and the rest of the men. He taught her how to drive the big tractors and she helped out when he would get stuck - some of the ruts are still in the field. Plus, the last year that he farmed Brandi did most of the combining all by herself, with his guidance of course; he was very proud of her for a job well done. They enjoyed watching their favorite baseball team, the Blue Jays together. You know the cliche that reminds you not to leave the vehicle running? Well Stan did and left Nickolas in the car as well. Nickolas decided to take the car for a spin and hit the fire hydrant at the age of two. But now he can drive the tractor and cut the lawn without running into anything, which made Stan happy. When Stan was unable to work, he and Courtney had their time by watching cartoons together with her sitting on his lap. After supper, while Brandi and Nickolas were doing dishes, Stan enjoyed listening to Courtney read to him. Courtney also enjoyed drawing pictures for him, which happened to be one of Stan's favorite things to do. In the last few years, Stan, Donna and Nickolas took up fishing which they all enjoyed, except Stan was the only one who could handle taking the fish off of the hook. The family memories are in such abundance that is is hard to recall them all. Stan loved being around people and he made the most of every visit. He enjoyed life and made every moment count. He had a tremendous sense of humor and he used it all the time, which he kept going until the end. He was a great husband, father, and friend who will be dearly missed by all. Funeral service was held Friday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. from the Free Methodist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Mike Szabo officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Clarence Carlson, Raymond Carlson, Norm Andress, Leon Hoium, Randy Pick and Norm Meyers.
- Verner, late of Midale, Sask. passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the age of 83 years. Visitation will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, Sask. with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Interment will be held at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale, Sask.
- Willis Rudolph Emde, late of Midale, passed away May 5, 2013, at the age of 85 years. Willis was predeceased by his birth mother, Selma Berndt; parents, Wilhelm and Clara Emde; father and mother-in-law, Marius and Hannah Martinson; great granddaughter, Emma Hazel Graham; sisters: Norma (Bill) Burke and Inez (Melvin) Nelson; brothers: Floyd (Lyona) Berndt and Carl "Bud" (Patricia) Berndt; brothers-in-law, Woodrow ( Haldis) Martinson and Elvey Martinson; niece, Donna Lou Martinson. Willis is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Hazel; daughters: Carol Ann (Carl) Sowden, Vernelle (Garnath) Rasmuson; sons: Alan (Rhonda) Emde, Ron (Lana) Emde; 12 grandchildren: Shane (Amanda), Nathan (Kindra), Tyson (Chantal), Michael (Melissa), Kristin (Stephen), Natasha (Chris), Landon, Owen, Kyler, Chelsea, Kendall and Dakota; nine great grandchildren: Caleb, Mac, Hudson, Ella, Brylan, Everleigh, Kylie, Kayden and Stella; sister-in-law, Nina Martinson along with numerous nieces nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral service for Willis was held on Thursday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall, officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Lunch followed at Midale Civic Centre, Midale. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Active Pallbearers were his seven grandsons, Shane Sowden, Nathan Sowden, Tyson Rasmuson Michael Rasmuson, Landon Emde, Owen Emde and Kyler Emde.
- David Elmer Englund, long time Midale and area resident, most recently of Weyburn, died Monday, April 3, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Funeral service was held 10:30 am Friday, April 7 from Midale Baptist Church with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment at Westphalia Cemetery.
- Della Iris. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, grandma and great-grandma, Della Iris Erickson, on Friday, June 27, 2008. Della was born in Sweden on July 24, 1914 and immigrated to Canada in 1923 at the age of nine years. She married Alfred Erickson in 1932 and resided in Midale for the remainder of her life, where they farmed and raised their family. Della was active in the Midale community as a member of the First Baptist Church, Baptist Ladies Aide, and Community Catering Service. She enjoyed carpet bowling, quilting, gardening and she loved being surrounded by her family and friends. Della was predeceased by her infant daughter Christina, her husband Alfred, her mother Ellen, her brother Ivan, her son Leroy and sons-in-law Ricky and Larry. She leaves to mourn her passing her children, Shirley (Ray), Doreen (Aubrey), Jean (Morley), Murray (Kathy), Grace (Eric), Joyce, Marilyn (Nigel), Ron (Jean), Neil (Wanda), Jim (Cyndy) and Leroy's wife Lavonne. Della was a wonderful Grandma to 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday July 2 at 2:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Midale with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. The active pallbearers were Murray Boys, Terry Erickson, Darryl Erickson, Jeremy Erickson, Riley Erickson and Steve Erickson. The Eulogy and Tributes were by Tanya Lilley-Chan and Darryl Erickson. Interment followed at the Westphalia Cemetery in Midale. The family would like to thank the staff of the Midale Mainprize Manor for the wonderful care they gave our mom over the past years.
- LeRoy Alfred "Lee". It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear beloved husband and father LeRoy "Lee" Alfred Erickson. Lee passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, after a short and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71 years. Lee was born in Midale, on March 11, 1936. Following his graduation from Midale High School he married LaVonne and moved to Langley, BC. Lee returned to the Midale area in 1957 to pursue a career in the Oil and Gas Industry. He and his family moved to Calgary, AB in 1969. Lee retired after 35 years, returning to Midale often. Lee is survived by his wife LaVonne; their children Terry, Darryl (Loretta), Susan (Larry), Shari (Jim); eight grandchildren, Scott, Tara, Lindsay, David, Kathy, Melissa, Samantha and Joey; his mother Della; six sisters, Shirley (Ray), Doreen (Aub), Jean (Morley), Grace, Joyce and Myrna (Nigel); four brothers, Murray (Kathy), Ron (Jean), Neil (Wanda), Jim (Cindy); and numerous nieces and nephews. Lee was predeceased by an infant sister Christina and his father Alfred. Funeral service was held in Midale, at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. Graveside service followed at Westphalia Cemetery in Midale.
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- William Blake Frederick, late of Weyburn, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at the age of 86 years. Bill was predeceased by his wife: Ellen; his parents: Edward and Pearl Frederick; brothers: Charles Frederick and Stan Edwards and a brother in infancy in 1918; great grandchild: Keelan Tessier; sister-in-law: Edna Lindskog; and brother-in-law: Nels Holdstock. Bill is survived by his sister: Alberta Holdstock; brothers: Robert (Sylvia) Gent and Johnny Frederick; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Frederick, Lena Frederick and Shirley Edwards; brothers-in-law: Syd (Dorothy) Lindskog and Gordon (Phyllis) Lindskog; sons: Terry (Elaine) Frederick and Rodger Frederick and daughter-in-law: Vicky Frederick; grandchildren: Rose (Rob) Patterson, Tracy (Cyril) Tessier, Troy (Charlotte) Frederick, Jason (Lisa) Frederick, Jamie (Brent) Puhlman, Mark and Melody Frederick; great grandchildren: Alisha, Carsey, Emerson and Skylar Patterson; Keely, Keegan, Keena and Keera Tessier; Blake, Jeanette, Rebecca and Adam Frederick; Shayne Frederick and Logan Puhlman and numerous other family members. Bill was born February 1, 1919, the second oldest son of Edward and Pearl Frederick of Halbrite. Bill had five brothers and one sister. In 1931, the family moved to a farm two miles north of Tribune. In 1933 their father died from cancer after a short illness. Bill, 14 at the time, hauled the coal home to Tribune with team and wagon or sleight, a distance of 15 miles one way. In 1934, the family moved to Colgate, as their mother was ill with cancer. That summer, Bill herded cattle for neighbours with his black and white Shetland pony, Trixie. Bill's mother died in Regina on May 15, 1935. Bill stayed with Edwin and Bill Ernst at Tribune. In the summer of 1935 he worked for Joe Ellingson. That fall, at 16, he worked for Ray Buell on his threshing outfit. In the next three years he worked for Lars Ellingson, Ivor Lindskog, Mayo Bessette and Bill Turner farming and on threshing rigs. He mined coal at Neptune and Harptree with Shorty Insko for three winters. Bill has his miner's certificate. In 1937, due to drought and grasshoppers here, he road the freight cars to northern Saskatchewan looking for work which he found in Sturgis. He came back in the fall and worked for Ivor Lindskog hauling relief feed from Neptune, an often cold job with team and sleigh (as you had to meet the train no matter what the weather). In 1940, Bill contracted sleeping sickness and was very ill with a high fever for a few days. That fall he was operated on for acute appendicitis at the old Weyburn Hospital. Three weeks after being discharged, Bill was pitching bundles at the threshing rig for Oliver Bangsund. That winter he stayed with Lars and Edna Ellingson. Bill was called to the army in 1940 but was discharged due to a heart murmur. Bill played ball on the Maxim boys' ball team. They had a great time at local tournaments and were often victorious. Bill married Ellen Lindskog (on a Saturday evening) on August 29, 1942 at Weyburn. That winter they lived at Mary and Elling Ellingson's. The next summer Bill worked for Bill Turner and rented George Watt's land. That fall they moved to the Helmer Nelson farm. Bill and Ellen had two sons; Terry in 1945 and Rodger in 1954. Bill and Ellen lived on Paulin Ellingson's; then bought Joe Ellingson's house and moved to SW 10-4-16 (north of Immanuel Lutheran Church). In 1960, they bought Ben King's house. Bill and Ellen enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Bill suffered from Parkinson's Disease since 1960. Ellen passed away April 25, 1990 after a battle with diabetes and heart disease. Bill continued to live at home; then moved to Rose Anne's (his granddaughter) in Regina and then to SVECC and then to Tatagwa View in Weyburn until his passing. The funeral service for William (Bill) Blake Frederick was held on Tuesday, January 17, at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson Officiating. The Active Pallbearers were Troy Frederick, Jason Frederick, Stan Lindskog, Lyndon Barrett, Gordon Gent and Rodney Lindskog. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Interment followed at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
- Catherine Amy (nee Prior) June 25, 1922 – January 29, 2011.
A Life Well Lived. With heavy hearts, the family of Catherine Amy Freeman announces her passing on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The youngest daughter of Arthur and Theresa Prior, Catherine was born June 25, 1922 in Indian Head and raised on the family farm eight miles northwest of Indian Head. She had two older sisters, Tilly and Dorothy and one brother, Art. Many a story she could tell of her early years growing up in the 1920s and 30s; but always she spoke of the strong family love which bound them all together through the hardships and happy times. After completing High School in Indian Head, Catherine attended Business College in Regina and worked from 1941 to 1948 for the Dominion Department of Agriculture, P.F.A. Branch. These were happy carefree years and it was at this time that she met and was courted by a handsome young farmer from Goodwater named Harold Freeman. Harold and Catherine were married June 29, 1948. They were later to build a new home on their farm and in the course of the next few years welcomed their first child, Linda, followed by daughter, Gayle and son Garth. The family nurtured with love and care by the best parents children could ever ask for, grew up, married and enriched Catherine’s life to the fullest with the addition of two grandsons, six granddaughters and three wonderful little great granddaughters. Catherine cherished each one of her family with a deep devotion, was patient always, very kind and compassionate. She always saw the positive side of things no matter what, and was for sure the best mentor when you needed some good advice. The family will never forget her fantastic suppers lovingly prepared on so many occasions, or the wonderful cookies and fresh buns that always greeted the grandchildren when they went for a visit. Catherine truly appreciated living and working in such a great community as Goodwater. Many happy times were had with her friends and neighbors over the span of close to 50 years. Whether it was teaching Sunday School or CGIT at the Goodwater United Church, helping to raise funds for the Hospital Auxiliary, working Fowl Suppers, the annual Bonspiels and Sports Days; all the many functions were so vital to the life of the community. Together always, Harold and Catherine enjoyed traveling in their later years. Their trips took them from Alaska, to Florida, Arizona, Holland, France and England, to name a few. Curling was a favorite winter pastime for them both and they had fond memories of all the friends they made along the way. A life well lived, they were married just two months short of 60 years. Catherine was predeceased by husband, Harold; her parents, Arthur and Theresa (Gray) Prior; brother, Art Prior; sister-in-law, Jean Prior; sisters, Dorothy Kurtz and Tillie Booth; brothers-in-law, George Kurtz and John Booth; nephew, Ross Prior. Catherine is survived by her children: Linda (Garnet) Schultz, Weyburn, Gayle Freeman, Regina and Garth (Donna) Freeman, Goodwater; eight grandchildren: Rodney (Cara) Schultz and two great granddaughters, Skylar Dawn-Marie, and Sheridan Catherine, Weyburn; Arlin (Janelle) Schultz and one great grandaughter, Jenna Madison Joan, Regina; Michelle (Bob) Blais, Calgary, AB; Marina (Ryan) Selzer, Balgonie; Lindsey Welsh, Regina; Lisa (Corey) Hughes, Okotoks, AB; David Freeman, Goodwater; Dallas Freeman, Moose Jaw as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Catherine was held on Saturday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment followed at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater. Active pallbearers were Rodney Schultz, Arlin Schultz, David Freeman, Dallas Freeman, Ryan Selzer, and Corey Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.
- Harold Irwin Freeman, late of Weyburn passed away on Monday, March 28, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Clarke and Bernice Freeman, brother-in-law, Bruce Fryklund, and nephew, Jerry Fryklund. Harold is survived by his wife, Catherine Freeman, his children: Linda (Garnet) Schultz, Weyburn, Gayle Freeman, Regina and Garth (Donna) Freeman, Goodwater, eight grandchildren: Rodney (Cara) Schultz and 1st great-granddaughter, Skylar Dawn-Marie, Weyburn, Arlin Schultz (Janelle Brady), Regina, Michelle Welsh, Calgary, AB, Marina (Ryan) Selzer, Regina, Lindsey Welsh, Regina, Lisa Freeman (Corey Hughes) Okotoks, AB and David Freeman and Dallas Freeman both of Goodwater, two brothers: Verne (Carol) Freeman, Montreal, PQ, and Mervin (Jean) Freeman, Weyburn, sister, Florence Fryklund, Carstairs, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The eldest son of Clarke and Bernice Freeman, Harold freeman was born on January 2, 1920, at home on the family farm situated on SW 20-6-13 W2 in the north Goodwater district. All his formal education was taken at Delight School. In 1941 Harold joined the Canadian Army, trained and was assigned to the 65th Canadian Tank Transporter Company, going overseas in May of 1942. After serving in northwest Europe till the end of the war, he received his discharge in November 1945 and returned home to buy a small parcel of land and to begin mixed farming full time. On June 12, 1948 Harold married Catherine Prior of Indian Head and they took up residence on their farm. They were later to build a new home and in the course of the next few years welcomed their first child Linda, followed by daughter Gayle and son Garth. His family and eventually a son-in-law Garnet, a daughter-in-law Donna, 8 grandchildren and 1 little great-granddaughter, all meant the world to him. He cherished each one deeply. Harold and Catherine lived a long and happy life together and were married just 2 months short of 60 years. Their legacy of love and commitment will forever remain with their family and serve as inspiration for generations to come. Harold truly appreciated living and working in such a wonderful community as Goodwater. He would often tell his children and grandchildren so many great stories of the times he had with his friends and neighbors, and how everyone so willingly helped one another out. The church always played an important part in his life. Harold served as a steward and an elder for Wesley United Church since 1962 until it's closing several years ago. Goodwater School was a major concern for him as long as his family was attending, and was secretary of the Central Board for 22 years. He was also president of the Goodwater Rural Telephone Company for several years since its amalgamation with Roughbark in 1967. He was proud to have been a 63-year member of The Royal Canadian Legion. In the winter, Harold enjoyed the fine art of curling which in the early years was the main attraction in the community. Later on, both he and Catherine curled in Weyburn, and had fond memories of all the friends they made along the way. Not only did Harold have a deep and abiding love of the land, he truly appreciated and was always thankful for everything he had. Whatever came his way, whether sickness or crop failure, he was positive and determined to carry on through thick and thin. His family remembers him as a wonderful loving, knowledgeable and caring man who always had a keen sense of humor. A humble man he was, who with a great inner strength, could always be counted on for the best advice. He will be missed dearly. The Funeral Service for Harold was held at Grace United Church, Weyburn, SK on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Mohandas Barnabas officiating. All in attendance at the funeral were considered Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were Rodney Schultz, Arlin Schultz, David Freeman, Dallas Freeman, Ken Freeman and Ryan Selzer. Interment followed at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater.
- Jean Marie (nee Torgunrud) Freeman, late of Weyburn passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 74 years. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Mervin Freeman; her parents, Melvin and Hellen Torgunrud; step-father, Ray Steiro; father and mother-in-law, Clarke and Bernice Freeman; sister of six months, Nina; sister, Norma Ness; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Torgunrud, Florence Fryklund and Catherine Freeman; brothers-in-law, Leroy Walkom, Julian Ness, Harold Freeman and Bruce Fryklund; step-sisters, Alfrida Scott and Selma Woods; step-brother, Harold Steiro; two nephews, Jerry Fryklund and Darren Fryklund. Jean is survived by her son: Ken (Brenda) Freeman and their family, Richard and Joanna, Sharon (Kevin) Stepp and their family, Blair (Brittany) and great granddaughter, Kaitlyn, great grandson, Ryder; Adam (Caryn) and Matthew, Janice Klatt and her family, Kayla (Nick) and great granddaughter, Nikayla and Andrew; brother, Merlin Torgunrud; sister, Janice Walkom; step-sisters, Dagny Marshall, Helen Steiro; step-brothers, Ralph Carl and Raymond Steiro; brother and sister-in-law, Verne (Carol) Freeman along with numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was born near Maxim on August 14, 1938 to Melvin and Hellen Torgunrud. She married Mervin Freeman July 18, 1959. Merv and Jean lived on the Freeman homestead near Goodwater where they raised their three children. Jean was very involved in the Goodwater community for 30 years, then moved to Weyburn in July 1988. Jean will be sadly missed by her family. A private family graveside service for Joan was held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier, officiating. A gathering for family and friends was held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wheatland Senior Centre 888-1st Ave. NE, Weyburn.
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- Emma Maria (nee Baudria). On Friday, April 2, 1999 Emma Maria Gallant, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Estevan, passed away at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, John Gallant; her father and mother, John and Donalda Baudria; a brother Paul in infancy; brother, Wilfred; sisters Elizabeth Myers, Lena Scharnatta and Pauline McDonald. Emma is survived by her sister, Alida "Toots" Bonnell of Weyburn; a sister-in-law Elizabeth Baudria of Weyburn; nieces Edith (Gordon) Jacobs of Weyburn, and Lil (John) Heibein of Weyburn; great niece, Shelly (Bill) Kievits of Weyburn; as well as many nieces and nephews. Emma's parents, John and Donalda Baudria were born and raised in Quebec. In 1906, they with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Lena, decided to homestead in the west. They arrived in Hitchcock, SK and farmed there for 12 years. Emma Maria was born September 16, 1910. She grew up in Hitchcock and later at Midale, where she went to school. She helped her sisters, Elizabeth and Lena with their growing families and on October 12, 1931 she married John Gallant from New Brunswick in St. Francis Regis Catholic Church in Halbrite. They resided in Midale, except for a brief period when they moved to Rose Valley seeking employment. After returning they settled in Estevan. Emma's mother passed away suddenly in October 1941 after which her father John made his home with Emma and John. In 1942 Emma, her husband and father moved to Toronto, where they were employed in a war factory. In 1946 they returned to Estevan where her husband worked for a road construction company and Emma cooked for them. Her father passed away suddenly in October 1954. In 1976 Emma and John took up residence in Creighton Lodge, Estevan. In 1981 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Midale Civic Centre. John passed away June 18, 1985. Emma lived alone until she moved to Pioneer Place in Weyburn. There she kept busy with her knitting, crocheting and other crafts. Her church and prayers were always very important to her. She moved to Weyburn Special Care Home and when her health failed further she was moved to Souris Valley Regional Care Centre, where she resided until she passed away peacefully on April 2 at the age of 88 years and six months. Prayers were said Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen presiding. The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Interment followed in Souris Valley Memorial Gardens in Estevan. Nieces, Edith Jacobs and Shirley Davis did the readings, great niece, Linda Heibein read the eulogy. Honorary pallbearers were: Gladys LaCoste, Mrs. Efford, Eli and Lucille Audit and Leo Audit. Active pallbearers were Bill Kievits, Paul Baudria, Doug Heibein, Bobby Baudria, Keith Baudria and John Heibein.
- Marvin Carmen. We announce with deep sorrow the passing of Marvin Carmen Gallinger at Arcola Hospital June 17, 2005. Marvin was born at Yeoman, near Trossachs May 19, 1930 to Minnie and Clifford Gallinger, the second child of a family of eight. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Viola of 52 years. Two daughters Marie (Lorrie) Phenix, their children Marla (Norm), Lori (Stewart), Bobby, Chris (Rachell), Angie (Rod). Marion Mainprize had children: Marilyn (Dennis), Alvin (Shelley), Micheal (Jennifer). Two sons, Ross (Valerie), children Carmen and Nolan; Richard and Justin. Brothers: Don (Georgia) of Weyburn, Armond (Betty) of Morris. Five sisters: Elaine Phillips of Weyburn; Helen and (Norman) Eggum of Weyburn; Elda and (Richard) Kater of Weyburn; Edith and (Lorne) Ferguson of Medicine Hat, AB; Jean Gallinger of Regina. Eleven granchildren and five great grandchildren. Also, Wilfred Ebel of Weyburn; Caroline and Bill Hornshaw of Rocky Mountain House, AB; Jean and Peter Lund of Griffin; Lorne and Janet Ebel of Weyburn. Marvin was predeceased by great granddaughter Sharlynn Mainprize January 2000. Brothers-in-law Andy Bisson, Philip Hala and Larry Phillips, mother Minnie Gallinger, June 16, 2004, father Clifford Gallinger October 20, 1982, Mother-in-law LaVerne Ebel, March 4, 2001, father-in-law Edward Ebel, May 30, 2004. Marvin grew up in Trossachs area on a farm attending Brokenshell school. At the age of 15 he moved with his family to a farm near Halbrite. But still returning to Trossachs to work for Swanseids and help others. Marvin and Don went to Ontario to work in the bush in 1952 for the winter. In 1953, Marvin and Viola Ebel were married in Weyburn. They were neighbors for many years before getting married. They lived for a short time in Weyburn where Marvin hauled coal to various places. Not liking city life they moved to a farm north of Halbrite, where they milked cows and farmed for several years. Their four children were born Marie Ann, Marion Louise, Ross Carmen, Richard Orled. Later, making two other moves they bought their farm at Carlyle. Marvin loved the foothills always saying he wanted a farm there when they lived at Alameda. In 1973, they purchased their farm and shipped milk for several years, with the help of their four children. Everyone worked very hard and enjoyed it. Marvin was a great horse lover. He would take his horse Kris and ride the pastures checking his animals, or have his team hitched up. He was very happy with all the small things in life especially his mules and horses. Always working in the shop welding and fishing. In 1992 Marvin and Richard went into PMU this ended two years ago. But still most of the horses stayed having mules and colts. Marvin would be very excited that time of the year. On Sundays Marvin and Viola would go check the mules and colts. Marvin was very active until October 2004 doing all his usual farm work. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since that time he has been in Regina hospitals, Arcola and Moose Mountain Lodge. Marvin was home for his birthday on May 19, which was very special to him. We would like to give a special thanks to granddaughter Marla and Norm who spent many hours with him in Regina. Ed and Dianne McElroy for all their kindness and trips to Regina. Lorne Wilfred and Wayne Ebel for looking after the cemetery work. Thanks to Gallinger and Ebel families for the food, money and cards; it was all very much appreciated. Memories were shared by nephew, Gordon Gallinger, on times he spent with Marvin on our farm. Son Ross for telling about all the times we spent together. We all miss him very much as he was very special in our lives. The Kids will always remember what he told them-when they were doing something you can only do your best. Pallbearers were: Ed McElroy, Bud Phenix, Micheal Mainprize, Carmen Gallinger, Alvin Mainprize, Robert Phenix. Grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Interment at Halbrite cemetery.
- John Gatzke, of Midale, passed away April 29, 2001 in the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 65 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Ezella of 41 years; his sons: Timothy (Diana) Kimberlie and Trevor; Terry (Vivian) John Gatzke, all of Weyburn; a special friend, Susie of Calgary, AB; twin sister, Johanna (Paul) Nickel of North Battleford; mother-in-law, Rudolfine Rinas of Midale; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. John was born and raised in the Belbutte district, later moving to Midale where he worked in the oil fields and farmed in the Goodwater area, later retiring in Midale. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Martha Gatzke; brother, Willie Gatzke; sister, Alice Eisner; and father-in-law Theodor Rinas. A private family graveside service was held Wednesday, May 2 at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale, with Pastor Dale Mohr officiating.
- Dorothea Elliott (nee Waldram) was born on March 23, 1914 in Estevan, Sask, and passed away on December 25, 2008 in Weyburn, Sask. at age 94. Dorothea is survived by son, Gerald of Superior, MT, son Leonard and wife Edna of Elkford, BC, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Rose (Keppel Elliott) Waldram, her husband, Carl Geske, sisters, Emily Waldram and Rose (Waldram) Geske, and son, Thomas. The funeral service was held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Midale at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 29. Burial followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Dorothea was a strong woman of great faith. She is remembered as a wonderful hostess and a teacher of children.
- Oriel Alette (nee Torgunrud) Goranson passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 24, 2007 at the age of 88 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Gunnar Goranson and son, Allan Kenneth, brothers, Arnold (Elizabeth), Adeline (Harold) Betteridge, Elvin, Melford (Irene), Kenneth, Norman (Dora), and sister-in-law, Cypress Stevens. Oriel is survived by her daughters Wendy and Betty (Rick) Nault, grandchildren, Christopher, Renée and Evan Nault, brother, Maurice (Sunny) Torgunrud, sister-in-law, Marg Torgunrud, brother-in-law, Herbert Stevens and many nieces and nephews. Oriel Alette Goranson was born on Section 5, Twp. 3, Rge. 16, W2, west of Maxim. She was the third child of Oliver and Agnes Torgunrud. Oriel attended Apollo School until Grade 8. She then worked for several families until she joined the Canadian Women's Army Corp in 1943 at the Regina Army Barracks. From Regina, she went to Vermillion, AB for six weeks of basic training. After basic training, she was sent to Red Deer, AB to take six weeks of driving training. She was then posted to Suffield, AB where she served with the motor transport as a dispatcher. After one year, she was transferred to Camp Borden in Ontario to the motor transport division. She remained at Camp Borden until her discharge in 1946 when the war ended. After her discharge, Oriel returned to Midale where her parents lived. She worked at Hatcher's Grocery Store and later at the Midale Co-Op Store. It was here that she met her husband, Gunnar Goranson. They were married September 26, 1947 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale. They had three children, Allan Kenneth, Wendy Ann, and Betty Jean. Gunnar and Oriel farmed six miles north of Midale. On the farm Oriel loved gardening, growing flowers, and especially enjoyed hauling the grain at harvest time. She also raised chickens, turkeys and geese. Oriel was a very good cook and spent many hours baking bread, cookies and cakes and canned vegetables, fruit and chicken. In December 1975 when ill health forced Gunnar to retire from farming, they bought a house in Midale and settled into life in town and were active community members at many events. In the fall of 1993, oriel moved to Weyburn to be close to Gunnar who was a resident at the Weyburn Special Care Home. Gunnar passed away on May 27, 1994. Oriel then divided her time living in Weyburn and Moose Jaw, until June of 2000 when she moved to Moose Jaw to live which Wendy to the present time. Oriel remained very active and independent. She enjoyed doing the house work, cooking, doing crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, and watching Dr. Phil and the Blue Jays. Oriel enjoyed her grandchildren immensely and took great pride in every aspect of their life. She was a devote 'fan' at all their sporting events and other activities they were involved in. Oriel belonged to several community organizations including the Co-op Guild, Midale Homemaker Club and Evangelical Lutheran Church Women and Christian Women's Club in Moose Jaw. She also was an active member of a women's bible study group in Midale. She enjoyed her fellowship with the 'Skinny Minnie's' Diet group at Lac Qu'Parle. Oriel was a kind, gentle, loving and compassionate person with a big heart. Funeral service was held Friday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Donna Smalley officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The pallbearers were: Shane Druck, Darrell Druck, Gary Hoium, Rory ffrench, Ryan ffrench, and David Torgunrud.
- Herbert Allen Gordon, late of Midale, passed away on January, 12, 2013 at the age of 78 years. He was predeceased by his three children: Sandra, Peggy and Timothy; his parents: Alex and Rogna Gordon; brother, John Gordon; his in-laws, Joe and Hazel Winter. Herb is survived by his wife, Helene Gordon, Midale; his son Tom Gordon, Weyburn and his daughters, Tylere and Rhian; two brothers: Malcolm (Shirley) Gordon, Regina, Roy (Colleen) Gordon, Regina; sister-in-law, Marion (Robert) Meyers, Estevan; brother-in-law, Robert (Linda) Winter, Weyburn as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Herb was born on the farm north of Halbrite on April 12, 1934 to Alex and Rogna Gordon. He attended school at one room country schools, Crow Lake and St. Elmo, until Grade 10. He then stayed home to help with farming. On July 11, 1959, he and Helene Winter were married at the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. Together they farmed for 50 years. Herb also worked for Co-op Hail as an adjustor for 30 years. He was councillor for the R.M. of Cymri from 1979-1982 and Reeve from 1983-1994 for a total of 16 years. He was also Chairman of the Midale Hospital Board for a number of years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Herb enjoyed woodworking until the sawdust bothered him too much. Herb and Helene were married for 53 years. Together they enjoyed spending time in Texas in the winter, where many friends were made. Service of Remembrance for Herb was held on Thursday January 17 at 1:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn with Pastor Doug Loden and Fr. Gerry Bauche, officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. All in attendance at the service were considered Honorary Pallbearers
- Gloria (nee Rosengren). On Saturday, January 1, 2000, Gloria Gosselin, late of Midale, passed away at the age of 56 years. Gloria was born July 4, 1943 in Estevan to Norman and Agnes Rosengren. She lived in Estevan for a year after she was born and the next six months in East Coulee, AB before moving to the farm south of Midale. In her early years Gloria was quite a character. Howard recalls back-catching for Gloria while she practiced her pitching. According to Howard, Norman had to replace the garage windows on a regular basis. This explains why she was seldom upset when Garth practiced his pitching with the same results. Gloria met Gene when he worked on the farm for her dad, Norman. They were married July 15, 1961 at the Lutheran Church in Midale. Once married, they resided just down the lane from Norman and Agnes until 1971 when they moved to town. Gloria and Gene had four children: Garth, Glenda, Darrel and Barb. Once Gloria had raised four children she entered the work force. Her first job was as a salesclerk for Maurice's Red and White store. After this she became surrogate grandmother, where she was able to share her love for children. Then in 1985 she purchased the Midale Hardware where she worked until she was not able to due to her illness. While she owned the hardware it became the place for family and friends to stop for a cup of coffee and a visit. Between raising her family and working, Gloria managed to volunteer her time to anyone and any cause. Evidence of this commitment can be found in the many organizations she belonged to. She was a board member at the Midale Central School, executive member of the Midale rink and curling club, secretary for the Midale Mustangs for whom she also sold tickets for many years, and president of the Midale figure skating club. Her church involvement included being a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Altar Guild. Apart from her volunteer work, Gloria had many interests in her life. She loved to watch the Blue Jays play baseball and seldom missed a game. She liked to curl and watch curling on the television set. She was her family's greatest fan, whether they were playing hockey, fastball, slow pitch, volleyball or curling. She was so dedicated she would travel all over the province to watch them. Another interest of Gloria's was her house and yard. Anyone who has seen her backyard can attest to this fact. The greatest gift Gloria gave to her family and friends was her love. This love was displayed in numerous ways. It was displayed through her generosity, compassion, understanding, sense of duty, strength of character and sense of humor. Even when Gloria became too ill to remain in her home, her illimitable spirit shone through. Often when Gloria appeared not to be listening, the staff at Mainprize Manor was surprised when later Gloria would comment on things they had said or done. She would mention to family names of people who had stopped to visit. Even when she was confined to bed and seemed unresponsive, her eyes would light up when she saw her grandchildren and heard their voices. Whoever met Gloria had their lives touched by her spirit. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating, and Sheila Peterson, organist. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. She was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Agnes Rosengren. Gloria leaves to mourn her loving husband, Gene Gosselin of 38 years; her children: Garth Gosselin (Rose Ng); Glenda Gosselin; Darrel (Cora) Gosselin; and Barbara (Greg) Happ; three grandchildren: Dexter Happ, Lacey Happ and Cody Gosselin; her brothers: Howard (Wendy) Rosengren and Graham (Norma) Rosengren; one sister-in-law, Sadie (Stan) Goodman; and many nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were: Gary Ness, Ralph Molstad, George Connelly, Leonard Thompson, Colin Rosengren and Randy Hoium. The honorary pallbearers were: Linda Duffus, Pamela Pick, Becky McLellan, Cyndee Hoium, Marcia Snider, Joyce Carlson, Norma Ness, Karen Molstad, Mona Connelly and Edna Frank.
- Clarence Edward Guider, late of Halbrite passed away July 16, 2012, at the age of 69 years. Clarence was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Stella Guider; his brothers: John and Henry; sister, Katie. Clarence is survived by his wife, Joy Guider; his children: Corey (Jenalyn) Guider, Kelly (Paulette) Guider, Jodi (Dwayne) Carlson; his grandchildren: Emmett, Adam, Sawyer, Loxlyn and Chesa; brother, Eddy (Lorraine) Guider; sister, Eileen Guider; sister-in-law, Inez along with numerous nieces and nephews. Clarence was born in Halbrite and raised on the family farm near Halbrite. He farmed with his father for a number of years and eventually took over the farm. Clarence also enjoyed his time spent working in the oilfield. He was employed with John Kmita Ltd. for over 30 years. Clarence enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. He also enjoyed quiet times at home with his family. He was a jokester with his grandchildren and was a very proud grandpa. A graveside service for Clarence was held on Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. from Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Victor Alfred. On Thursday, January 17, 2002, Victor Alfred Gustafson, late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, at the age of 97 years. Predeceased by his parents: Charles and Ida Gustafson; his loving wife Mabel Alice Gustafson; an infant son; six brothers: John, Herman, Carl and Emil Gustafson and Elmer and Bill Martinson; four sisters: Hilma Peterson, Annie Frederick, Marie Andrews and Hulda Ritchie. Vic will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Marie (Keith) Kile and their family: Robert (Jennifer) and sons, Andrew and Timothy, Vicki, and Andrea (Charles) Stump; his son, Roger (Marian) Gustafson and their family: Paul (Reka) and sons, Joseph and Lucas, Stephen (Megan), Katrina and Michael; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Victor Alfred Gustafson was born November 30, 1904 at Wheaton, Minnesota, USA. He grew up in the Goodwater area where his parents had established a homestead in 1907. He attended Delight and Roughbark schools. Vic established a garage and fuel distribution business in 1931 and operated it until his retirement in 1965. On July 1, 1935 Vic married Mabel Alice Rogers. They lived in the Goodwater area until 1994 when they moved to Weyburn. Vic was the overseer of the village of Goodwater, on the school board, the Weyburn Union Hospital Board, actively involved in the United Church of Canada in Goodwater, and a member of the Goodwater Golf Club. Music was a big part of his life having played in a dance band in the early 1930's. He also enjoyed reading, golf and cribbage. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Monday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery, Good-water. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were: Hal Bakusko, Charles Stump, Ken Colpitts, Vern Cooke, Max White and Lyle Collins.
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- Myrtle Alice Victoria (nee Peterson) Hacke of Regina passed away at the Regina General Hospital, April 6, 1999, one month and a half short of her 92nd birthday. Myrtle was born May 25, 1907 at Macoun, SK. She was married to Myrl Hacke October 1, 1939. Funeral service for Mrytle Alice Victoria Hacke, late of Regina, age 91 years, was held Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, with Rev. Rob Ogilvie officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Myrtle was predeceased by her parents: Charles and Ida Peterson; one sister: Ruth; one brother Goldwyn; loving husband of 53 years, Henry. She leaves to mourn two sisters: Anne (Haakon) Eliason of Kelowna, BC; Dorothy Freadrich of Camrose, AB; one brother Raymond (Lois) Peterson of Regina; numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtle took her schooling at Rolling Meadow School and completed a year in Regina at a business college. Before she married she worked in different places: Lampman, Estevan and Regina. Myrl's (Henry) mechanic work took them to Birtle, MB, Moose Jaw, Regina and Estevan. In 1975 they moved to the farm at Midale where they took over Myrl's parents' farms. In 1982 they retired and moved into the town of Midale. After Myrl's death in 1991, Myrtle moved to Regina taking up residence at Storey Manor until October of 1998 when she moved to Qu'Appelle House where she lived until her death. Active pallbearers are Tim Peterson, Lance Jaworski, Terry Hultgren, Gus Eiteneier. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Emery Lawrence. On April 19, 2003, Emery Hagen passed away at the Bengough Health Centre, Bengough. Emery Lawrence Hagen was born on July 21, 1914 in Halbrite. In 1939 he went to Harptree to help with the harvest and returned in the spring of 1940 to work for W. C. Start. Later that fall he was conscripted into the army and performed duties at Mossbank, a training centre. During the winter of 1940-41 he hauled freight from Moose Jaw to the Mossbank airport, looking after the water system, cleared runways and performed general handyman duties for $185.00 per month. This was considerably more than the $25.00 per month being paid to farm help. In the spring of 1941 he again went to work in Harptree. In 1942 he and Marjorie Start became engaged with plans for a quiet wedding after the harvest. They were married on November 25, 1942. They worked for David Whitlaw until the fall of 1944 when they took over the Start family farm. He took great pride in his grain and livestock. He was always ready and willing to help anyone and placed great value on hard work. Together they raised six children and enjoyed farm life. Emery and Marjorie moved to Weyburn in the fall of 1977 where they pursued their gardening passion. Emery spent many winter days ice fishing and many winter nights telling fishing stories. Together they were active in the Museum and Horticulture Societies and spent time developing new friendships. In 1998 they moved back to Bengough. They both moved into the Bengough Health Centre in August 2001 due to declining health. He was proud of the success of his children and of his grandchildren. He often stated they were all good citizens. Emery is survived by his loving wife Marjorie with whom he shared over 60 years, five children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Dianne (Butch) Midgett of Christopher Lake - Wade, Todd, Carolyn (Rodney) Boersma; Keith (Linda) of Bengough - Christine and Jordan, Kristopher (Joni) and Kaleb; Gordon (Jackie) of Swift Current - Adrienne, Lisa, Erica; Donna (Roger) Corbeil of Emma Lake - Cory (Michelle) Warken and Cassidy and Dylan; Ken (Ann) of Bengough - Blake and Faith, Rick, Jill. He was predeceased by one child, Raymond in 1970. Funeral Service was held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Bengough, Sask., on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Father Stephen Bill celebrant and Father Francis Kurisinkal co-celebrant. Pallbearers were Blake Hagen, Rick Hagen, Kristopher Hagen, Cory Warken, Lisa Hagen, and Jim Hallberg. Barry Kemp gave the eulogy and the readers were Erica Hagen and Adrienne Hagen. The Bengough Community Choir was accompanied by the organist Donna Morris. Interment followed at the Harptree Cemetery, Harptree, Sask.
- Edith Lillian Hall was born on Friday, October 8, 1915 to William and Martha Hall at SW 18-6-13 W2nd. Lillian was raised on the family farm in the Goodwater area, attending church at the Wesley United Church and going to the Delight School. Lillian trained as a C.N.A., graduating in 1953 and worked as a C.N.A. in Saskatoon. Lillian lived on the farm north of Goodwater until 1987 when they moved to Weyburn. She was a member of the United Church and the Allie Griffin Unit of U.C.W. Lillian cared for her sister, Mary at home for the last months prior to her death in 1949 and also for their mother. Lillian was a devoted sister and companion to Oscar for all her life. She enjoyed gardening, making pottery, homemaking and serving. Lillian passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2004 in Weyburn at the age of 88. She is predeceased by her parents William and Martha Hall; two sisters: Mary Hall and Annie Rose; four brothers: Leonard, Jack, Harvey and Russel Hall; niece, Edith Scott; nephew, George Rose and three grand nephews. Lillian is survived by her brother, Oscar Hall; niece, Phyllis Scott; nephew, Keith Hall as well as numerous cousins, great nieces and great nephews. Visitation was held on Sunday, June 6 at 7:30-9:00 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel. Funeral service was held on Monday, June 7, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Active pallbearers were: Ken Freeman, Don Baillie, Ernie Lokken, Glen Ridgway, Gary Irwin and Cam Kerr. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Rolland "Rocky" passed away at Weyburn on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at the age of 76 years. Predeceased by his parents Oscar and Josephine Hallberg, one sister: Mary Veazey and many aunts and uncles. Rolland is survived by two brothers: Denis (Rita) Hallberg, Weyburn, and Royce (Doris) Hallberg, Halbrite; one sister Lucy (Rolland) McBride, Amarillo, Texas; as well as two aunts, one uncle: Marge, Emery and Bertha Hagen, and 16 nieces and nephews. Rolland was born February 13, 1925 at Halbrite. Rolland lived with his parents until their passing. He then lived in the same residence for about one year by himself. Rolland moved into the Jean Regals Nursing Home in Midale until the home closed; in 1998 he moved into the Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass until he became ill. Rolland helped his dad work on the farm and for a number of years looked after the Halbrite skating rink and made the ice for the facility. Rolland had many hobbies, which included curling, gardening, skating and bike riding. He looked forward to going to the fair every summer and enjoyed his visits at Denis' farm. Special thanks to Souris Valley Extended Care Staff 1C South, Dr. Roy, Dr. Fong and the Weyburn General Hospital staff. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 16 from the chapel of Assurance Funeral Services, Weyburn, with Captains Joyce and Gerald McDonald officiating. Interment to follow at a later date.
- Grace Rosalie (nee Janke) Hammer passed away October 5th, 2004 at Souris Valley Regional Extended Care Center in Weyburn. Grace was born March 11, 1917 on a farm near Midale, to William and Josephine. Grace was predeceased by her husband Stanley in 1990, son Keith in 1956, parents, William and Josephine Janke and sister Mabel Mattson. Grace is survived by her children, Faye (Tom) Sanders; Myrna (Bill) MacKinnon; Lyle (Reina) Hammer; Michael (Joy) Hammer; grandchildren, Kim (Rachelle) Giroux; Tammie Giroux; Christa (Cam) Winters; Alana Sanders; Cindy (Wes) Reith; Todd (Shelly) Hammer; Twyla (Eric) Sim; Marsha Dyke; and Regan Bruce; nine great grandchildren. Brother, Clifford (Hilma) Janke; sister Ella Edwards, brothers-in-law, Odel Hammer and Howard Hammer, sisters-in-law, Pearl Stower and Evelyn Embree; as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Friday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m., from Fletcher Funeral Chapel in Weyburn, with Marj McLeod officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were Bob Mattson, Trevor Hammer, Wayne Embree, Cam Winters, Eric Sim and Gerry Culham.
- Kathleen Elizabeth (nee Sturgeon) Ziehl Hancock, late of Midale, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at the age of 85 years. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents: William and Olive Sturgeon; her brother, Nevelen Sturgeon; her sister, Marge Hughes; her daughter, Wendy Guider; her first husband, Fred Ziehl and her foster son, George Ksotichik. She is survived by her husband: Jack Hancock, Halbrite; son, Robert (Eva) Ziehl, Halbrite; granddaughters, Sheila Ziehl (Kurt Schultz), Red Deer, AB, Lisa (Doug) Baird, Halbrite, Pauline Ziehl Grimsurd (Robert Grimsurd), Estevan and Wendy Ziehl (John Campbell), Weyburn; great grandchildren: Tamara, Kendell, Amylynn, Andrew, Allan, Axel and Justis; one brother, Bill (Esther) Sturgeon, Weyburn; one brother-in-law, Gary (Lois) Hughes, Halbrite; stepsons: Larry (Linda) Hancock of Yellow Creek, Allan (Marianne) Hancock, Milestone, Jack (Karen) Hancock, Halbrite; stepdaughter, Debbie Manz, Saskatoon; 11 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren, four nephews and two nieces; foster daughter, Judy (Paul) Gendron of Arborfield, and foster granddaughter, Elizabeth. Kathleen had a very satisfying life. She always liked working the land and loving and taking care of the animals. She enjoyed riding horses, raising sheep, reading, gardening and knitting. Her father was a great inspiration to her and to others as well. His home which reminded her of an English country side along with her garden were among her favorite places. A trip to England in May, 1962 and a trip to the Rocky Mountains were among her fondest memories of travel. Kathleen was a foster mother for 23 children and she found the fostering experience very rewarding. She also enjoyed having a game farm that was open to the public. This endeavor brought friends and over 600 visitors to her home. The funeral service for Kathleen Hancock was held on Monday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery.
- Muriel Ellen (nee Warner) Hanna came into this world on June 22, 1926. Born to Evelyn and David Warner of Midale. She passed away peacefully at Providence St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia on November 1, 2002 of pulmonary pneumonia after a long battle with Parkinson disease. Her parents and older brother Howard preceded her in passing. Her loving husband of 53 years, Clifford G. Hanna; their four children, Robert Hanna, Diane Compton, Cliff Jr. Hanna, and Patricia Hanna, all survive Muriel. She is also survived by sister and brother Ethel Mitchell and Gerald Warner, plus numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Muriel moved to Vancouver, BC with her father and youngest brother as a young girl. She married Clifford in 1949. They moved to Olympia in 1950. As a loving homemaker while raising her children, Muriel and Clifford started a Maico hearing aid business in the 1960s, which included house call services. From 1974-1984 Muriel was employed by Olympia High School cafeteria, retiring as head baker. She was also a gracious volunteer at the Olympia Food Bank. Muriel enjoyed homemaking. She loved entertaining her many grandchildren along with vacationing in the RV. Muriel will always be remembered and loved for her kind, gentle spirit, giving unconditional love and generosity towards family, friends, and community. She lived her life with exceptional grace and dignity embraced by all she touched and will greatly be missed. A memorial celebration of Muriel's life was held at the Lacey Community Center located at Pacific Ave. in Lacey on Friday, November 8.
- Aletha M. (nee Magnuson) Hardy, late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2005 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 78 years. Aletha was born October 12, 1926 to Oscar and Vivian Magnuson on the family farm northeast of Midale. She spent most of her childhood in Midale before permanently residing in Weyburn for the balance of her life. She is survived by her husband, George Hardy, Weyburn; her five children: Janice (Ron) Milleker, Weyburn, Donna (Mike) Sauter, Weyburn, David (Colleen) Hardy, Red Deer, AB, Carol (Tim) Wagner, Weyburn, Cheryl (Scott) Brady, Weyburn; 14 grandchildren: Todd Milleker, Lauri (Travis) Eagles, Lisa Milleker, Jeff (Sharah) Milleker, Hardy (Heidi) Sauter, Barkley (Carly) Sauter, Don Sauter, Alison and Evan Hardy, Ryan, David, and Jackson Wagner, Tessa and Tanis Brady; and two great grandchildren: Jessica Sauter and Hope Eagles; a sister, Joyce Claybo, Saskatoon, along with several nieces and nephews. Aletha will be remembered by her family as a quiet, thoughtful person who gave unselfishly of herself for her family. The funeral service for Aletha was held Friday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment will follow at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Evan Patrick Hardy of Midale, passed away at Estevan, Monday, June 11, 2001. Evan is survived by his parents, Roger and Michelle; brothers, Liam and Sean; grandparents, Dale and Britta Hardy, Midale; Jack and Joan Fingler, Estevan. Graveside service was held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale, with Pastor Paul Sartison officiating. Prayers were held 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16 from the Chapel of the Orsted Funeral Home, Estevan
- George Norman Hardy, late of Weyburn, passed away June 15, 2014, at the age of 90 years. George was predeceased by his wife Aletha; parents George Edgar and Helen; sister Lorna Metheral; brother Larry Hardy. George is survived by his children: Janice (Ron) Milleker, Weyburn and their family: Todd (Angela) Milleker [Alayne and Jason], Lauri (Travis) Eagles [Hope, Hannah, Bethany and Bree], Lisa Milleker, Jeff Milleker and his daughter [Clara]; Donna Hardy, Weyburn and her children: Hardy (Heidi) Sauter [Jessica], Barkley (Yulia) Sauter [Kingston and Max], Don Sauter (Renae Kaip) [Josie, Titan and Kya], David (Colleen) Hardy, Red Deer, AB and their family: Allison Hardy, Evan (Jillian) Hardy [Natalie], Carol (Tim) Wagner, Midale and their family: Ryan (Tricia) Wagner [Hudson], David Wagner, Jackson Wagner, Cheryl (Scott) Brady, Midale and their family: Tessa (Ryan) Flood [Madora], Tanis (Darren) Daku; two brothers: Dale (Britta) Hardy, Midale, Ken (Linda) Hardy, Regina; sister Berna Colpitts, Calgary, AB; sister-in-law Joyce Claybo, Calgary, AB; as well as several nieces and nephews. George was born and raised in Midale. He was a proud WWII veteran. Following the war he married Aletha Magnuson of Midale. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he received his law degree. He practiced law in Weyburn until his retirement. He maintained an active interest in both the farming and oil industries. A Funeral Service for George was held on Friday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. Doug Loden, officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Lunch followed the interment at the Midale Civic Center. Pallbearers were George’s grandchildren.
- Larry passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 26, 2014 at Saskatoon, SK, only 4 days after his 85th birthday. Born in Weyburn, SK. on February 22, 1929, Larry grew up in Midale, SK. He took his first year of university at Luther College in Regina, SK. and then attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK., where he completed a B.Sc. and the first 2 years of medical school. He finished his medical degree at the University of Toronto and interned in Toronto. While in Toronto, he met an acquaintance from Luther College, Sonja Hanssen. The couple was married in October, 1956. Larry practiced medicine as a General Practitioner in Shellbrook, SK. for a year and then did residencies in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology in Vancouver, B.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. In 1962, he joined the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. He was also an Associate Clinical Professor with the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He went into private practice as an allergist in 1973. He enjoyed practice immensely and looked after several generations of patients from all across Saskatchewan until his retirement in December, 2010 at age 81. Besides his medical practice, Larry enjoyed planting Patterson lilies and vegetables in his garden, puttering at the family cabin at Emma Lake, and spending time with family. He collected antique clocks, and visitors to the house will remember the seemingly constant chimes and bells in the background. He lovingly decorated all of his children's birthday cakes while they were growing up, and continued the tradition with his granddaughter Laura. He was an avid fan of old movies, and spent many a late night up with family watching them while enjoying a dish of ice cream. Although he always insisted that the many cats the family owned over the years were'nt his idea, he was never slow to adopt a neighbourhood stray. He was a kind, patient husband, father and grandfather, and is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Sonja; his daughter Anne (Chris) and granddaughter, Laura of Saskatoon; his son, John of Saskatoon; and his son, Edward (Pam) and grandchildren, Kristen and Declan of Vernon, BC. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Preston Ave. & Main St., Saskatoon, SK.
- Aurelia Louise Schmidt Hemke, late of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the age of 99 years. Aurelia is survived by her daughter Nayda (Fred) McNeill; grandchildren, Chelsea McNeill and Jon (Alexandra) McNeill, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband Fred Schmidt; second husband Ed Hemke; three brothers and one sister. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, with Pastor Stewart Miller officiating.
- Alga Hilkewich passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan on November 30, 2003 at the age of 75, surrounded by her family and friends. Alga was born on a farm north of Kuroki, SK. Shortly after her parents, Peter and Zena Wasyluk, immigrated from the Ukraine in 1928. She grew up in a loving family with her brothers Harold, Mike, and Bill, and her sisters Ann and Mary. Alga attended Normania School with her siblings and worked on the family farm and helped on neighbors' farms when needed. Alga and her sister Ann moved to Saskatoon in the early 1950's and worked at several jobs in the food and restaurant industry. This experience proved prophetic as Alga was never far from preparing food for customers or family or friends. It was in Saskatoon that Alga met her future husband at a local dance hall in 1952. Following a two year courtship Alga and Mike were married at the 'Farm Church' adjacent to the Hilkewich family homestead, northwest of Alvena, SK on August 1, 1954. In 1956, Alga and Mike moved to Midale where Mike began a career in the oil industry and Alga worked in the hotel restaurant owned by family friends, Morris and Mary Woloshyn. In 1956, Alga began raising her three sons, Kim, Kelly, and Jack while holding numerous jobs outside the home. Later in life, Alga developed a passion for fishing and was a fixture on one of the many boat docks at Mainprize Park. If Alga wasn't fishing, playing cards or cooking, she could be found tending to her vast garden. Alga relished the accomplishments of her seven grandchildren and there wasn't a time when a picture or a newspaper article of one or more wasn't found on the fridge door. Alga will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Alga is survived by her husband, Michael of Midale; Kim (Kelly), Lloydminster, AB; Kelly (Laurie) Weyburn; Jack (Charlene), Regina; two brothers Mike (Anne) Wasyluk, Kuroki; Bill (Nel) Wasyluk, Wadena; sister Mary (Rudy) Psovsky, Wadena; seven grandchildren: Ashley, Tyler, Mallory, Carter, Ali, Quinn, and Lauren. Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Zena Wasyluk; brother Harold; sister Ann.
- Michael Hilkewich, late of Weyburn, passed away January 19, 2014, at the age of 83 years. Michael was predeceased by his wife Alga; parents Harry and Alberta Hilkewich; sister Albina (William) Shwyduik; brothers: Tom Hilkewich, Nick Hilkewich, Orest Hilkewich; brothers-in-law: Mike Titus, Joe Petras; sister-in-law Marjorie Hilkewich. Michael is survived by his three sons: Kim (Kelly) Hilkewich, Calgary, AB, Kelly (Laurie) Hilkewich, Weyburn, Jack (Charlene) Hilkewich, Regina; seven grandchildren: Ashley (Ali), Tyler, Mallory, Carter, Alexandra, Quinn and Lauren; sisters: Olga Titus, Vancouver, BC, Emily Petras, Saskatoon; brothers: Richard (Worcine) Hilkewich, Saskatoon; Walter Hilkewich, Saskatoon, Ted (Olga) Hilkewich, Oshawa, ON; sisters-in-law: Sally Hilkewich, Alvena, Doris Hilkewich, Alvena, Irene Hilkewich, Saskatoon; along with many nieces and nephews. Mike, one of ten children, was born to Harry and Alberta on May 22, 1930 at home on the farm near Alvena, on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. After growing up on the farm, Mike moved to Saskatoon and worked in various trades. Mike met Alga Wasyluk in Saskatoon and they were married on August 1, 1954 and moved to Midale in 1956. Mike’s move to Midale came at the time of the boom in the oilfield. Mike worked with Shell Oil and upholstered on the side. In 1966 the family moved to Wadena to start up an Upholstery Shop. In 1968, the family moved back to Midale and took over operation of the restaurant at the Imperial Esso Service Station. Later that year Mike started his own construction company in the oilfield. This business lasted over 20 years. Mike and Alga then spent winters down south and Mike would consult in the oilfield during the summer months. Mike lived at Jacquin Place until he fell ill with pneumonia and then spent the last year and a half at the Weyburn Special Care Home. Viewing for Michael was held on Wednesday, January 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A funeral service for Michael was held on Thursday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. from Midale Baptist Church, Midale with Michael White, officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Honorary Pallbearers were all of his friends. Pallbearers were Blake Koeckeritz, Kevin Brady, Bill Webster, Dave Piper, Tyler Hilkewich and Carter Hilkewich.
- Alma Louise (nee Thompson) Hoium born March 29, 1932. Passed away at Midale on Thursday, September 13, 2001 at the age of 69 years. Survived by her sons, Kevin (Ladonne), Estevan; Ronald, Midale; Neil, Tabor, AB; step-granddaughter, Jasmine; sisters-in-law, Lucille Thompson and Hazel Rose; brothers-in-law, Elwin (Odelite) Hoium, Marvin (Ruth) Hoium and Bazel Hoium; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, James (July 8, 2001); parents, Raymond and May Thompson; brother, Doug Thompson; sister, Leona Thompson. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale. Officiating Clergy was Pastor Cindy Werner. Interment was held at the Westphalia Cemetery.
- Carol (nee Gilstad). On Saturday, October 7, 2000, Carol Hoium, late of Midale, passed away at the Regina Pasqua Hospital at the age of 80 years. Predeceased by her parents, Martin Nathaniel Gilstad and Selma Caroline (nee Engstrand); her husband Henry Hoium in 1968; son, Boyd Hoium; daughter Gayle Webster and grandson, Jason Johnson. Carol is survived by her children: Murray (Sylvia) Hoium of Weyburn; Myrnice (Allan) Johnson of Goodwater; Harleen (Graydon) Penman of Regina; Sandra (Bob) Wright of Lloydminster, AB; Leon Hoium of Midale; Randy (Denise) Hoium of Midale; Debbie (Laverne) Hockey of Midale; Verla (Lonnie) Henry of Wainwright, AB; Myles (Cyndee) Hoium of Midale; 26 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; one brother, Pat Gilstad of Blackduck, MN; one sister Alyce Gilstad of Blackduck, MN; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. On July 20, 1920 Selma Caroline was born to Martin and Selma Gilstad in Blackduck, MN. She was the first of three children. Her family moved to Canada in1925, where they started the family homestead southwest of Midale. Carol, along with Alice and Pat, attended Waite school two miles from the farm, walking in nice weather and going by horse and sleigh on the cold winter days. She met Henry who only lived a half mile away, and when she was 17 they married in April 1938 at Crosby, ND, and raised a family of six girls and five boys. Raising this many children, there was never a dull moment on the farm as they were kept busy attending all the events the children were involved in, whether it be school functions, sporting events or Sunday school. Everyone was always welcome in their home, as many Sundays there was lots of company for supper and a good game of ball or tin can cricket; there were always enough to make several teams. Raising such a large family, there was always a lot of work to do. She grew a very large garden, as she would put up as many as 800 to 900 jars of canned goods. There were also many cows to milk. When Carol did happen to have a little spare time she was involved with E.L.W. and the Hospital Auxiliary. While still on the farm some of the older kids got married and started their own families making Carol and Henry grandparents with the first of 27 grandchildren born in 1963. Each birth was a special event for them, and she faithfully remembered all their birthdays. Carol enjoyed reading of all kinds, baking and canning, crossword puzzles and being with her family. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, treasurer of Midale Catering Committee, secretary-treasurer of the Rural Telephones and on the Hospital Auxiliary. In the fall of 1967 Henry, Carol and family moved into town due to Henry's illness. Carol lost her husband in the spring of 1968, leaving her to raise the last of five children at home. In the 1990s Carol had numerous health problems, but overcame the struggles she encountered. In May 2000 Carol lived a medical miracle for her family demonstrating her love for life. This miracle allowed her to enjoy her 80th birthday at the family reunion in July with friends. Her memory remained strong to the end. Midale was home for the rest of her life except for a brief stay at Crocus Villa in Weyburn until her passing. She left behind many fond memories and loving thoughts with her family and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating. Eulogy readers were her granddaughters Rhonda Penny and Kyla Christiansen. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Cory Hoium, Brad Penman, Kirk Wright, Darrin Hoium, Dustin Hockey and Shaun Henry.
- Elwin Howard Hoium, late of Midale, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 3, 2012 at the age of 89 years, after a period of steadily declining health. Elwin was predeceased by his wife, Odelite (nee Torgunrud); his parents, Alfred and Emilie Hoium; his sister, Agnes Rosengren; his brother, Jim Hoium; brothers-in-law: George Rose, Norman Rosengren; sister-in-law, Alma Hoium; father and mother-in-law, Edwin and Anna Torgunrud. Elwin is survived by his children: Lee (Wendy Bram), 130 Mile Ranch, BC; granddaughter, Shannon (Mark) Kostering, Chilliwack, BC, great grandchildren: Lisa and Riley; Gary (Shelley), Weyburn, granddaughter, Nicole (Scott) Giroux, Saskatoon, great granddaughter, Maggie; grandson, Jason (fiancée Kayla Rieger), Weyburn; Lois (Dave) Hinz, Waldheim; granddaughters: Courtney Hinz, Montreal, QC and Chenille Hinz, Saskatoon; brothers: Marvin (Ruth) Hoium, Midale; Bazel Hoium, Weyburn; sister, Hazel Rose, Weyburn, along with numerous nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends. Elwin was born in Midale, on July 9, 1922, the first son (and second child) of Alfred and Emilie Hoium. He completed all his school years in Midale with mathematics being one of his favorite subjects. He was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1937 and was a faithful member of that congregation throughout his active life. On December 31, 1951 (New Year’s Eve -31 degrees F) he married a young school teacher, Odelite Torgunrud of Midale. Their first home was on the Lindbom farm one mile south of Midale, where Elwin worked for Henry Lindbom. They had three children, Leland, Gary and Lois. Elwin had five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He loved all his grandchildren and especially enjoyed playing with them in their younger years. Odelite his loving wife of 54 years passed away in June, 2005.In his younger years Elwin enjoyed sports but particularly softball where, according to Elwin, he became known as the "Home Run Kin"". He liked to reminisce about the "good old days" including the "dirty thirties". He fondly and proudly recalled the many long hours and days he spent out in the fields "stooking" and threshing. Along with one or two other close friends, Elwin was responsible for digging some 80 graves by hand with a pick and shovel, sometimes picking through five feet of frost, sometimes in stormy weather, sometimes in temperatures as cold as -30 degrees F. When Henry and Vi Lindbom decided to move in 1960 back to their farm, Elwin and Odelite purchased the Egland acreage on the north end of Midale and moved to town. Elwin brought a few of his Shorthorn cows with him and kept a small cattle farm for many years. He continued working for Henry Lindbom and also did part time work as a carpenter. Elwin later joined the RM of Cymri crew and did road maintenance and construction unitl he retired. During his past seven years at Hillview Manor in Estevan, Elwin became a resident dishwasher. Elwin always had a very competitive nature. He walked many "senior" miles each day with his walker up and down the hallways. He very much enjoyed playing cards and bingo and attended all the other daily activities. All weekly church services and functions were very important to him, including the “Manor hymn sing” every Sunday morning. He read his Bible and his devotion booklets every day. He appreciated his visits from friends, family and all clergy. He was especially grateful for his regular visits from his nephew Kevin (his honorary pallbearer) who would make weekly visits on his scooter from the south side of Estevan faithfully bringing the local newspapers and any special news clippings dad might be interested in. A couple of years back he developed a special relationship with a "Grandbuddy" through an elementary school initiated program matching young students with specific residents allowing them to interact and share some of their life experiences with each other. This gave him many cherished memories. Elwin was residing at Hillview Manor at the time of his passing. A special thank you to all the staff for the wonderful care they gave to our Dad over the years. Many of you became very special to him. The family appreciates all of you. A funeral service for Elwin was held Saturday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall, officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Honorary pallbearer was Kevin Hoium. Active pallbearers were Lee Hoium, Gary Hoium, Jason Hoium, Howard Rosengren, Ron Hoium and Larry Hoium.
- James Daniel Hoium was born at Midale, February 23, 1933 to Alfred and Emilie Hoium. He was the youngest of six children. He attended school in Midale. He quit school at an early age to help farm, and work as a carpenter for Weyburn Security Co. with the Lawrence Bunse crew. He married Alma Thompson of Carnduff on December 28, 1955. They lived on Aunt Hattie's farm south of Halbrite for eight years before moving to the family farm near Midale when Alfred and Emilie retired into Midale. Their three sons Kevin, Ron and Neil were all born while living at Halbrite. As a young man, Jim played ball, first with Midale Seniors then with Halbrite Seniors. "The guys" had a lot of fun and tournaments became family days as wives and young families accompanied them. Besides his farming, Jim loved the simple things in life: his family around him, large family gatherings at Christmas or for any other excuse, picnics at the old park, company, a good game of cards, meeting friends at the coffee shop, children, birds and animals. He enjoyed sharing his love of nature with others. Predators (especially raccoons) were threatened with terrible punishment. The threats were never carried out. Jim was diagnosed with cancer in November 1999 at which time he and Alma moved to town. He continued to farm on a small scale and maintained an interest in his cattle. Most days found him at the farm at least once, if only to care for the cats. The day before his sudden passing he was in the field picking rock. His nieces and nephews were very important to him. Jim had a special relationship with children. One Sunday afternoon he arrived home with two-year-old goddaughter Lisa for supper. She would have nothing to do with Alma but stood on a chair at the window contentedly watching Jim outside doing his chores. At nephew Brian Thompson's, he was told little Todd was so shy he wouldn't make an appearance. It wasn't long until Todd was perched on Jim's knee playing games. Jim leaves to mourn his wife, Alma; sons Kevin (Ladonne), Ron and Neil; step granddaughter, Jasmine; brothers Elwin (Odelite), Marvin (Ruth), Bazel; sister, Hazel Rose; sister-in-law Lucille Thompson; numerous nieces and nephews; a host of friends and relatives. Pastor Ron Bestvater, Weyburn, was the officiating clergy. Active pallbearers were Brian Thompson, Larry Hoium, Gary Hoium, Reg Rose, Colin Rosengren, Jesse Rosengren, Leon Hoium, Randy Hoium. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Les Howard Hoium was born on July 2, 1951 and passed away on August 26, 2013 at the University Hospital in Saskatoon. A graveside service was held at the Westphalia Cemetery in Midale on Saturday, August 31 with Pastor Cicely McDougall presiding. Musical selections were provided by a childhood friend, Bob Jacobson. Lunch was served by the ELC ladies at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Les had various occupations during his lifetime, however he spoke most highly of the work he did as a Drug and Addiction Rehabilitation Councillor for the Prince Albert Penitentury, Thorpe Recovery Centre and most recently, the Prairie North Health Region in Lloydminster. It is hard to imagine how many lives he touched and how many individuals he helped. Throughout his life he was challenged by medical conditions such as diabetes, heart by-passes, leg amputation, and gluten intolerance. He persevered to overcome each obstacle he encountered. Les had a great love for Harley Davidson motorcycles, diet coke, meatloaf, Chev trucks, computer games, and most recently his new bride, Bernice, with whom he loved to play cards and laugh. His face would also light up when surrounded by family. How fortunate it was that he was able to attend his Mom’s and Dad’s 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration on the weekend of July 16, 2013! The numerous photos will be forever treasured! Les will be remembered by his parents, Marvin and Ruth Hoium, best friend and wife, Bernice Hoium, children, Bryan Hoium and Sheri (Greg) Hoium, sister, Lynda (Greg) Savenkoff and families, brother, Larry (Lorrie) Hoium and family, grandchildren, Matthew Hoium and Terry Pickett, great grandchild, Kienan Pickett, numerous friends and family.
- Odelite Ethel (nee Torgunrud) Hoium, late of Midale, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2005, at the age of 80. Predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Anna Torgunrud and an infant brother. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Elwin of Hillview Manor, Estevan; her children: Lee (Wendy) Hoium, Lac La Hache, BC; Gary (Shelley) Hoium, Weyburn; Lois (Dave) Hinz, Waldheim; five grandchildren: Shannon (Mark) Kostering, Chilliwack, BC; Nicole Hoium (Scott Giroux) Saskatoon; Jason Hoium, Weyburn; Courtney and Chenille Hinz, Waldheim; two great grandchildren: Lisa and Riley Kostering. Four brothers: Eugene (Corrine), Duane (Doreen), Ted (Carrie), Elwood (Irma) Torgunrud; four sisters: Audrey (Ed) Hedlin, Olive (Russel) Fonstad, Connie (Obert) Friggstad, Carolyn (Rick) Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews, close friends and relatives. Odelite was born October 31, 1924 in Duluth, Minnesota. She moved to Canada in 1926. She married Elwin Hoium December 31, 1951 at Midale where she resided until the time of her passing. Odelite was the eldest in a family of nine. She attended Apollo School near Maxim. Her family moved to Midale in 1939. She attended Normal School in Moose Jaw in 1942. She later taught at Waite School, Midale Public School, Kilmarnock School (Colfax) and Augusta (Midale). She was very committed to her teaching including Sunday School and Junior Lutherans. Odelite always put other's needs before her own. Her life was never about her. She was very unselfish and willingly shared of her time and talents. She was a devoted and loyal wife and dedicated, loving, kind and generous mother and grandmother. Although dementia shortened Odelite's cognitive years, we will always fondly remember and celebrate her happiness with what she did have in life. Nothing surpassed her genuine sacrificial love and her gentle caring for her family and friends. As an accomplished pianist and accompanist, her love for and lifetime dedication to music and her church reflected her ultimate desire to serve and please her heavenly Father. Her love for Him was evident in all she did and who she was. We will forever love, remember and treasure our dear mom, Odelite. The funeral service was held Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale
- Carl Francis. Funeral service for Carl Francis Holtz of Midale were held at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dale Mohr officiating. Carl Francis Holtz was born January 29, 1957 at Midale Union Hospital and he passed away on November 24, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan at the age of 44 years. Carl was predeceased by his father, Arnold Holtz, and his grandparents: Carl and Clara Holtz and Frank and Grace Garvin. Carl is survived by his mother, Doris Holtz of Midale; one brother, David (Dorothy) Holtz of High Level, AB; five sisters; Gloria (Larry) Tabish of Lethbridge, AB; Marie (Richard) Ingersoll of Lethbridge, AB; Suzanne (Larry) Dornian of Estevan; Bonnie (Jim) Major of Swift Current; and Dana (Marcel) Illerbrun of Shaunavon; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Carl was uncle and great uncle to 27 nieces and nephews. Carl attended school at Midale and Queen Elizabeth Auxiliary class in Weyburn. He enjoyed music, bingo, watching sports. He was well known at the Midale Mustangs hockey games and was an avid Blue Jays and Saskatchewan Roughriders fan. Carl did part-time work for the town of Midale and the skating rink. He also mowed lawns, raked leaves, shoveled snow and did many errands for people in the town of Midale. To him Midale was home and he will be missed by many. Interment was in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Larry Tabish, Richard Procinski, Larry Dornian, Jim Major, Marcel Illerbrun and David Holtz.
- Doris Ilene (nee Garvin) Holtz passed away August, 28, 2006 at the age of 76 years. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Arnold; her son, Carl; her parents, Grace and Frank Garvin; and great grandson, Colby Dornian. She is survived by five daughters: Gloria (Larry) Tabish, Lethbridge, AB, Marie (Richard) Ingersoll, Bonnyville, AB, Susan (Larry) Dornian, Estevan, Bonnie (Jim) Major, Swift Current and Dana (Marcel) Illerbrun, Shaunavon; her son, Dave (Dorothy) Holtz, Red Earth; 18 grandchildren, Linda, Karen, Heather, Candice, Lynette, Trevor, Clayton, Michael, Corey, Nathan, Jeremy, Cole, Justin, Lindsey, Rachel, Emily, Donnie, Natasha; 12 great grandchildren, Victoria, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Austin, Kailee, Mason, Ashley, Jonah, Sydney, Micaela, Maddex, Ethan; sisters, Connie Dawson, Mission, BC, Pat (Bob) Abel, Lethbridge, AB; her brothers, Mal Garvin, Calgary, AB and Robert Stoddler, Saskatoon; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Doris was bom in Estevan, on July 13,1930, the second child of Frank and Grace Garvin. The family moved to Margo in the summer of 1933 where her father homesteaded until joining the army in June 1939. When their father was transferred to Debert, Nova Scotia prior to going overseas, her mother, small brother James and sister Jean joined him there. Doris, her older sister Connie and brother Mal were placed at St. Joseph's Convent in Forget. They left the convent for a while when her father went overseas and her mother returned for them. Her youngest sister Pat was born during this time. Doris, and all her siblings returned to Forget where she completed her grades seven to twelve, graduating in 1948. Shortly she met her future husband Arnold Holtz, and they were wed on February 12, 1949 in Midale. Arnold worked for the CNR and so they moved around a lot following his work. The first five years found them in Midale, Huntoon, Blewett, Corning and Grassdale. When Arnold was injured in 1954 and unable to work for CNR any longer they chose Midale to settle and make a life for their young family. Doris was the proud mother of seven children: Gloria was born in 1949, Marie in 1951, Suzanne in 1954, Carl in 1957, Bonnie in 1960, David in 1963, and Dana in 1966. Life was not easy for them, there was a lot of hard work and struggles along the way and Doris was a hardworking wife and mother. In the fall of 1974 their home was destroyed by fire and on December 4, 1974 her husband Arnold passed away from lung cancer. Doris was left a young widow of 44 years with four children to raise and provide for alone. A new house was built and Doris did her best to carry on and make a home for her family. As her children grew up, married and moved away, Doris was able to develop some interests of her own. She was a community minded person and she was proud to serve on the Midale Town Council and the Rec Board over the years. She loved bingo and shared that love with family and friends. She helped organize and run the bingo night in Midale for many years. Her grandchildren fondly recall the fun they had going to bingo night with Grandma. Doris was also proud to serve as Midale's local reporter to the Weybum Review and Estevan Mercury for at least 35 years. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church for about 45 years and she served faithfully on the Ladies Aid and helped do many craft and bake sales, fowl suppers and more. She worked as a home care worker for ten years until her retirement at age 69. When she wasn't busy serving in the community, Doris enjoyed gardening and crocheting - first, lace doilies and pictures and later on, afghans and slippers. Her family will treasure forever the many gifts she made for them. She was also an avid reader and card player, and she liked to keep sharp by doing crosswords. For a short time in 2002 she lost most of her eyesight and was not able to do most of these things, although she did insist on living in her own home. After several trips to the specialists and some laser treatments, she was thankfully able to read and see again. She also enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers and had a huge collection in her home. Above all things, Doris enjoyed her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest treasures and she enjoyed spending time with them whenever she could. Holidays were great big get-togethers in her home when the grandchildren were younger and there was always tons of food and lots of card games, a favorite past time of the Holtz clan. Later on in life there were lots of trips to her children's homes, where she really enjoyed being part of whatever they were doing. She also enjoyed being with her sisters, Pat, Jean and Connie, and going on trips with them to places like Las Vegas. Doris was very pleased when their family was reunited with their long lost brother, Robert. He held a special place in her heart and she was proud to know him and his wife. She was saddened by the loss of her sister Jean, in 1988 and her son Carl in 2001 both to cancer. She missed them both dearly In turn, Doris will now be deeply missed by her family and friends. Doris was diagnosed with cancer in late March and that set her on a difficult, painful path. She spent the last five months in the homes of her children allowing them to take care of her and spend precious time with her. Her passing leaves us with many fond memories of love and laughter, and hope for a future meeting in heaven above. Her life was a simple life and she believed in making the best of the hand she was dealt with strength and dignity. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and they are her legacy. She loved the Lord and she was at peace when she left this world. Our comfort is in knowing that she left all her pain and suffering behind and she is enjoying her reunion with her Lord and her loved ones. The funeral service was held on Friday, September, 1, at 1:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Rev. Greg Lutz officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active Pallbearers were her grandsons, Trevor Tabish, Clayton Tabish, Michael Dornian, Corey Dorian, Nathan Major, Jeremy Major, Cole Major, Donnie Holtz and Dustin Illerbrun. Honorary Pallbearers were David Holtz, Larry Tabish, Larry Dornian, Richard Procinski, Jim Major and Marcel Illerbrun.
- Caroline Francis (nee Ebel) Hornshaw passed away March 24, 2009 at Rocky Mountain House, AB after a short but courageous battle with cancer, with her husband and children by her side. Caroline was born July 15, 1943 to LaVerne and Edward Ebel in Halbrite in the middle of five children. She attended school at DeVille and later Halbrite. Caroline started working at the Club Cafe in Weyburn where she met her future husband, Bill Hornshaw in October 1959, and were married in December of 1959. While in Weyburn Terry joined the couple in 1961, Greg in 1962 in Estevan and Brent in 1965 in Penticton, BC. In 1971 they moved to Rocky Mountain House where they both fell in love with the west country. Caroline was always a hard worker at whatever she did, from waitressing in a cafe, working pipelines, planting trees or caretaker of a large park. She loved the outdoors; she was an avid snowmobile and ATV rider. She enjoyed horseback trips as well. Caroline never shied away from a good challenge. During the last 15 years she was a bookkeeper and travelling companion and best friend to her husband Bill. The end of February, as ill as she was, Caroline insisted making her final trip Manitoba to visit Bill' family and Saskatchewan to see each of her sisters and brothers. Caroline was a great and loving mother and very much enjoyed becoming a grandmother and then the arrival of all her precious great grandchildren. Caroline was predeceased by her mother and father LaVerne and Edward Ebel; brother-in-law Marvin Gallinger, sister-in-law Mary Ebel. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 49 1/2 years, Bill; daughter Terry (Alan) King of Shaunavon; sons Greg (Bev) of Fort St. John, BC, and Brent, Fort St. John, BC, daughter-in-law Adele Hornshaw, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren; sisters Viola Gallinger, Carlyle and Jean (Pete) Lund, Griffin; brothers Wilf Ebel, Weyburn, Lorne (Janet) Ebel, Weyburn, as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Caroline will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of Caroline's life was held April 3, 2009 at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rocky Mountain House, AB. Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium.
- Ivan Lester Horsman passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at the Weyburn General Hospital, at the age of 81years, 51 weeks. He was predeceased by his parents, Ira and Frances Horsman, a brother in infancy, Iven Horsman, brother, Lorence Horsman and sister-in-law, Hazel Horsman, sister, Sylvia Barr and brother-in-law, Gordon Barr. Ivan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Eileen Horsman of Weyburn and their four children: Richard (Linda) Horsman of Halbrite; Murray (Nelly) Horsman of Estevan; Rodney (Rhonda) Horsman of Weyburn; and Connie (Jerry) Van Roon of Estevan; five grandchildren: Raylene and Ryan Horsman, Cory (Maria Ursu) Van Roon, Jennifer (Corey) Wallin and Jeremy Van Roon; and one great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Wallin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ivan Lester Horsman was born on the family farm south of Halbrite, on September 19, 1925 to Ira and Frances Horsman. He grew up on the farm with his brother and sister and helped his dad with many chores. Ivan attended Monson, Sunny Side and Waite schools. On July 26, 1946, Ivan married Eileen Orsted in Plentywood, Montana, USA. He bought his own farm at Halbrite and was self employed until his retirement in 2002. During the early years on the farm, times were tough, so Ivan loaded gravel, putting in many extra hours to help supplement their income. Ivan enjoyed shop work on the farm and loved ranching and farming and was active fencing when he had his first stroke. Ivan served as a Lineman and was on the South Halbrite Telephone Board. He was a Councilor for Division 6, R.M. of Cymri #36 for 24 years from 1968 to 1991. In 1997 they bought a house in Weyburn and continued to farm in the summer. Ivan enjoyed all his grandchildren, and the birth of their first great granddaughter was his personal joy. He was a quiet, kind, well mannered man with gentle ways who will be missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. Funeral service was held Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandchildren: Raylene and Ryan Horsman, Cory and Jeremy Van Roon, Jennifer and Corey Wallin.
- Marjorie Marele (Sturgeon) passed away on August 21, 1999, at the age of 61 after a very courageous battle with cancer. Her parents, William and Olive Sturgeon and one brother Nevelen predeceased Marge. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Garry of Midale, and their children: Catherine (Stanley) Stapleton of Edmonton, AB; Stephen (Joanne) Hughes of Fairview, AB; and Rebecca (Ian) St-Laurent of Edmonton; grandchildren: Chantalle and Natasha Stapleton, Stacy, Shawn, Brendan, Kristen, Tiffany and Kimberly Hughes; one sister, Kathleen (Jack) Hancock of Halbrite, SK; one brother, William (Esther) Sturgeon of Midale; many nieces, nephews and friends. Marge was born in Regina on April 14, 1938. She was raised at Pleasant View Farm near Halbrite. She took all her schooling in Halbrite earning many awards at school. She graduated one year earlier than normal. Marge had a fascination with the unknown and spiritual worlds. As a child she would sit on one of two large rocks at the farm and gaze at the stars. She loved to read. This passion for reading stayed with her right up to her passing. She met Garry Hughes of Huntoon area while visiting at her brother's farm nearby. After two and a half years of dating, they were married May 25, 1957 at the United Church in Halbrite. They made their home in Midale until 1978 when they moved back to Pleasant View Farm. Marge worked at the Midale Post Office for 38 years as a postal assistant. She enjoyed the office work of the post office and the fellowship of the customers. While the children grew up Marge enjoyed being apart of their lives by being a Brownie and Girl Guide leader and most definitely a hockey mom. She enjoyed the family outings, going skidooing and having winter barbecues and also the annual fishing trip. Marge always went out on the boat, but it was found out in later years that it was only for the children's safety. She was an avid sewer, making clothes and doll clothes for the family. She enjoyed her crafts and music. There were often jam sessions with the accordion or piano with Garry on the guitar. As the children started leaving home her interests changed to include collecting and making dolls, training and showing dogs and desktop publishing on the computer. Marge was a major league shopper. She was a member of several groups: Souris Valley Antique Association; Halbrite Craft Club; Halbrite Sunshiners Club; Weyburn Twirlers Dance Club; Weyburn Oldtime Dance Club. She was a member of the Grace United Church in Weyburn. Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill and Marilyn Corkum as officiating ministers. At Marge's request, Bill spoke to the grandchildren leading into the hymn, "In the Bulb there is a Flower." Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were those able to sit with Marge both at home and in the hospital. Active pallbearers were Shawn Hughes, Brendan Hughes, Don Sturgeon, Ken Sturgeon, Kelly Gill and Gary Sidloski. The Souris Valley Antique Association, Halbrite Sunshiners and Halbrite Craft Club served lunch at the Midale Civic Centre.
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- Dana (nee Holtz) Illerbrun, of Shaunavon, died suddenly at Shaunavon on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 47 years. Dana was born at Midale on November 8, 1966 to Doris and Arnold Holtz. She attended Midale Central School from Kindergarten to Grade 12. She moved to Drayton Valley, where she was a nanny. Dana moved back to Midale where she had her first two children, Justin and Lindsey. In 1992, she moved to Shaunavon and met Marcel. They were married in 1996. They welcomed two daughters, Rachel and Emily. For most of her career she worked at the Co-op. Dana enjoyed dancing and reading. She loved spending time out at "the lake" (Duncairn Dam). She was overjoyed to be a grandma and loved spending time with family. She was predeceased by her father Arnold Ewalt Holtz on December 4, 1974, her mother Doris Ilene Holtz on August 28, 2006 and her brother Carl Francis Holtz on November 24, 2001. Dana is survived by her husband Marcel Illerbrun and her children, Justin (Kaitlin) of Shaunavon and granddaughters Maycee and Maya, Lindsey of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Rachel and Emily of Shaunavon; her sisters Gloria Tabish (Larry) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Marie Ingersoll (Richard) of Bonnyville, Alberta, Susan Dornian (Larry) of Estevan, Bonnie Major (Jim) of Simmie, her brother David Holtz (Dorothy) of Manning, Alberta, as well as by one aunt and uncle, many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6 at 2:00 pm from Christ the King R.C. Church in Shaunavon with Reverend Father John Mock officiating. Prayer services were held from Christ the King Church on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. Interment took place at St. Mary’s R.C. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cale Major, Trevor Tabish, Cory Dornian, Ryan Illerbrun, Tyler Illerbrun and Dennis Van Raalte.
- Edith Clauson Ironside passed away peacefully at Mainprize Manor in Midale on December 10, 2003 at the age of 89 years. Edith was born on a farm east of Midale on August 29, 1914. She attended a rural school in Midale and married Lawrence Ironside in 1935. She worked on the Ironside family farm and cooked meals for the crews building the Midale dam. In 1938 she and Lawrence moved to the family farm east of Midale where she continued to reside until failing health forced her to retire to Jacquin Place in 2002. Edith worked very hard on the farm and supplied Midale and area with milk, cream, eggs and produce for many years. During Midale's oil boom, the "big" farmshoue became home to many transient oil working families and rig hands. She took pride in her huge gardens, fruit trees and flowers and everything seemed to flourish under her green thumb and tender care. She enjoyed social times with the Midale 39ers Club and was a member of the Midale Catering Club for many years. She raised four children: Harley, Myrna, Jean and Dale and special family friend, Randy Krenz. Edith married Art Clauson in 1988 and together they continued to enjoy gardening and rural life - they reluctantly relinquished it in the fall of 2002 due to deteriorating health. Art passed away suddenly in April, 2003 and Edith then became a resident of Mainprize Manor. Edith is survived by her three children: Harley (Carol) of Kipling, Myrna (Blake) of Midale and Jean of Calgary, AB. She also leaves to mourn her passing, nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands Lawrence and Art, son Dale, sister Edna and brother Lloyd. Funeral service was held on Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. from the Midale Baptist Church with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiant. Interment followed in the Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Active pallbearers were: Randy Krenz, Brian Koeckeritz, Brett Ironside, Randy Clauson, Doug Clauson and Marvin Fonstad.
- Wayne Douglas. Following a two year battle with cancer, Wayne Douglas Irwin of Weyburn, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2008. Wayne was born in Midale, on June 19, 1951. He grew up and received his schooling in the Goodwater area. Wayne was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Marion Irwin. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his grandmother, May Stovra of Weyburn; sister, Maureen (Henry) Van Schubert of Barrie, ON; brother, Bill (Anette) Irwin of Calgary, AB; niece, Erin (Dan) Walker of Calgary, AB, as well as numerous aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. Wayne was employed in accounting and administration for Weyburn Agro Sales, Radville TWC, Tatagwa Hospital and the Weyburn Curling Club. As an extension to his passion for traveling, he also worked part-time as a travel agent for Thunderbird Travel. Wayne was active in the community with the Lions Club. He also enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Northern Saskatchewan, his Saskatchewan Roughrider season tickets, watching competitive curling, gardening and socializing with friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, June 13, from the Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment took place in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Visitation was held on Thursday, June 12, from 7 pm - 9 pm at Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn.
- Mable Agnes. The family of Mable Agnes Isely (April 21, 1921 - December 29, 2004 ), formerly of Midale, are saddened to announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We wish to express sincere thanks to Bonnie Hepting and staff of Weyburn Special Care Home, Dr. Philip and Gloria Fong, and niece Helen Rosengren for the outstanding care given. Thanks also to her church family, friends and neighbors for their help and support over the years. We are very grateful to each of you. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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- William "Bill" Hugo. On Thursday, August 10, 2006, William "Bill" Hugo Jacobson, late of Midale, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by his parents, John and Ebba, his loving wife Margaret, brothers and sisters: Maurice, Abe, Dan, Marion, Alden; and a daughter, Linda in infancy. Bill is survived by his six sons: Grant of China and family: Corrine, Gary, Luke, Adam, Daniel; David (Brenda) of Sherwood Park, AB and family: Carmen, Wayne; Robert (Lynn) of Moose Jaw, and family: Sean, Arielle, Emily; Stephen (Nancy) of Regina, and family: Callum, Patrick; Philip (Sherry) of Redvers, and family: Joel, Philip, Martin; Paul (Lisa) of Deloraine, MB and family: Melissa, Sean, Tyrone, Chereth, Jacob; six great grandchildren: Courtney, Ashley, Oceana, Owen, Eliana, Cameron; nieces and nephews. William Hugo Jacobson was born April 14, 1916 on the homestead where he would later farm until his retirement in 1981. Bill, as he was familiarly known, grew up and retired in the Midale area. He was married to (Sarah) Margaret Peters in 1945 and they raised six boys on the family farm. Bill was a devote Christian and a member of the Church of God for years. He also attended the Baptist Church in Midale regularly. He loved to play his trumpet and loved a real good sing along. Bill was always a prankster at home and was willing to take part in most games and contests. Though his eyes were poor, he managed adequately for he was a very good marksman with a rifle and he taught his sons safety at an early age. As a family, we will miss Dad very much and he will be missed by all who knew him. We will see you and Mom someday 'Up There". 'Till then, Love, Grant, Dave, Bob, Steve, Phil, Paul". Funeral service was held Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church in Midale, with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. The interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Gail Irene P. (nee Pollock). The Pollock family, brother Larry (Atiye) their son Sean, sisters Jean (Claude) Bourgeois, son Michael (Tanya), daughter, Beki and son Adrian (Lana) and their sons, Lucas and Ashton and Lou (Mark) Bingham, their sons, Chris and Matthew and their grandauughter, Chloe sadly wish to announce the passing of our dear sister Gail, Saturday, August 13, 2005, in Massey, ON. Gail is also survived by her husband of 38 years, Grant and her cherished children, son Mark, his daughter Loren and her mother Audrey, Toronto, ON, daughter, Heather(Brian) Preuss and their two sons, Nathan and Kyle, Massey, ON. She is also survived by her dear Aunt Rene of BC and many cousins. Also surviving are a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, on the Janeway side of the family, their spouses and children with whom Gail and Grant spent many happy times over the years. Gail was predeceased by her dear parents, Ida in 1954 and Jack in 1985, many aunts, uncles, a cousin, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law. Gail was born in Hultein Nursing Home in Midale, May 4, 1942. She graduated from Midale High School in 1959 and went on to the U. of S., where she received a Pharmacy Degree in 1963. She moved to ON to practice pharmacy and spent the last 28 years of her life in Massey, ON with her husband Grant, where she owned a pharmacy. She loved to golf until her illness forced her to quit. In October, 2004 the Pollock clan journeyed to ON and spent time with Gail, Grant, their children and grandchildren. She maintained her sense of humour throughout her illness. Gail fought a courageous battle with cancer and through much pain over the past 10 months, she still loved seeing her three grandchildren, who brought her great pride and joy. We all loved her very dearly and she left us much too soon.
- Jean Belvia (nee Crane) Johnston passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011 at the Weyburn Special Care Home. She will be lovingly remembered by her family: daughter Ellie (Richard) Dybvig and their children Trent (Marie) and Tova; daughter Bobbie (Brian) Yausie and their children Darren (Emelie) and Jennifer (Colin) Martinka; and son Garnet and his daughters Jessica and Jaclyn. Also left to mourn are two great grandchildren Grayson Yausie and Colton Martinka; Jean’s brother George Crane, sister Edna Crane, three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Allen, Joan Johnston and Eileen Johnston, as well as many nephews and nieces. Jean was predeceased by her husband Walter Johnston, much loved daughter-in-law Ferne Johnston, father and mother John and Belvia Crane, brother Mac, and sisters Margaret, Mary and Doris. Jean was born on the Crane Family Farm south of Weyburn. She attended South Weyburn School, Weyburn Collegiate, and Teacher’s College in Regina. She taught school in a number of locations in the southeast of the province. While teaching in Goodwater, she met and married Walter Johnston in 1946. After starting a family, teaching was reduced to part-time so she could assist in a very busy farm family life. In 1973 Jean and Walter sold their farm and retired in Weyburn. Mom spent many happy years raising her three children on the farm and taking part in community and church activities in Goodwater. In Weyburn, she loved working in her garden, going for lunch with friends, participating in activities at Grace United Church, or simply reading a good book. Frequent visits from her family were especially enjoyed and there was always lunch and a cup of tea ready and waiting. Mom was the kind of person who took great joy in everything around her, such as the beauty of nature, family, friends and her cats. Her smile, laugh and warm heart will be affectionately remembered. Mom gave us a chance to see the world in a much richer way. We will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held in Weyburn in the early summer of 2012. Family and friends will be notified at that time. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Weyburn Special Care Home for their kindness and care for mom during the last six years of her life.
- Allan Garth Jordan was born October 2, 1954, son of Albert and Ruth Jordan (nee Smith). He was another one of Doc Mainprize's babies. His first nine years were spent living an adventuresome and joyous childhood, moving from one adventure to the next, becoming one with the coulee, Roughbark Creek and the trees. Allan was an avid self-taught reader with a passion for acquiring knowledge from early childhood to his last days. He always amazed everyone with his vast vocabulary and memory. Music was a passion, from Tchaikovsky to Kizz. Allan's enjoyment of music was complete. His memory of facts and musical trivia was boundless. After completing school at Melville, Allan returned home to the farm at Goodwater. Allan was hired as one of the original employees at Weyburn Work-Kin Ship. Allan enjoyed many years of socializing and working with co-workers and fellow group home residents and supervisors. A deep and unshakable faith in God was an integral part of Allan's life. All Saints Anglican Church was the church of his choice. Allan's church family provided acceptance, true friendship and support continuing to his life at Souris Valley. Allan's life touched many, many hearts in countless ways. Allan will be joyously remembered. "He will cast a long shadow." Predeceased by his father Albert Jordan; infant brother Neil Jordan; sister Yvonne. Paternal grandparents, Ada and Will Jordan; grandparents Myrtle and Peter Smith, as well as special Uncle Fred Jessop. Survived by his mother, Ruth Jordan; two sisters Beth Jordan (Jeff Sletten), Weyburn; Cheryl Verville, Leduc, AB; one brother, David (Jean) Jordan, High River, AB; as well as numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002 from the All Saints Anglican Church, Weyburn. Rev. Julie Collings officiating. Interment at a later date.
- William "Bill" Late of Weyburn, SK. passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at the age of 53 years. Visitation will take place on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Sask. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment will follow lunch at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater, SK.
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- Elizabeth "Betty" Mary (nee Dame). It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dearly loved mother on April 7, 2009 in White Rock BC. Mom was predeceased by her adoring husband, Robert Douglas, in 1989. She is survived by and will be forever cherished by her family; Sons: Cameron (Jane) of Weyburn; Rodney (Cathy) of Nanaimo BC; daughter Christine (Bob) of White Rock BC; Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jason (Shauna), Riley and Taelar of Regina; Andrew (Danielle) and McKayla of Winnipeg, MB; Meaghan of London, England; Nieces Louise Miner, Regina and Judy Sola, Vancouver BC, nephew David Dame, Logan Lake BC; and many great nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Moose Jaw on June 15, 1922 and raised in the Buttress, Froude and Goodwater districts. She attended high school at the Sion Convent and trained as a Registered Nurse at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw. After a short period of nursing in Weyburn, she and Dad married in 1945, settled on the farm near Goodwater and lived there until they retired to Weyburn. Mom delighted in all the activities of a tightly-knit, active community. She was a vital participant in various Home and School, Rink, Sport and Field Day, Hospital Auxiliary and other service organizations. She also provided nursing support to the local physician and cared for neighbours and friends as needed. Mom pursued her many hobbies with passion and diligence, whether it was creating or teaching ceramics, designing hats, traveling, or her beloved gardening. Her spirit lives on in the many plants that she shared with friends and family across Canada. She also cherished the friends she made through her Weyburn groups - Horticulture, Retired Nurses and Bible Study. A funeral mass will be held on May 15, 2009 at 1:30 at St Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with lunch to follow at McKenna Auditorium and interment at Goodwater Cemetery, where she will find peace with Dad, Gramp and Nanny, and many neighbours who have gone before her.
- Lorraine Berdina Irene (nee Anderson). Funeral service for Lorraine Berdina Irene Kolke, late of Midale, age 84 years, was held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougal officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Weyburn. Lorraine was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, Loren Kolke; an infant daughter; parents, August and Emeline Anderson; two sisters, Lois Summers and Violet Davis. She leaves to mourn her four daughters, Sheryl (Steve) Greer of Calgary, AB; Joyce (Raymond) Carlson of Midale; Donna (Tom) Lea of Lac La Biche, AB; Patty (Ron) Evans of Halbrite; son, Ordean (Tara) Kolke of Midale; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Lorraine was born September 26, 1930 at Midale. Lorraine worked as a nanny and cook until she married her soul mate and love of her life Loren in 1954. Together they ran a general trucking contractor business. In 1973 they purchased the family farm near Midale. She resided there until Loren’s passing in 1995. Lorraine purchased a house in Midale on Main Street living there until ill health had her move to Mainprize Manor. There she obtained an extended family. Lorraine was a quiet, loving, caring person who loved gardening, gospel and country music, animals, puzzles, old movies and mostly spending time with her family. She enjoyed life and had abundant amounts of fun, laughter, activity and children in her home at all times. She especially enjoyed having her family come on festive occasions and the annual family camping trips. Lorraine was and will be remembered as a loving and giving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. All in attendance at Lorraine’s service were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Tim Schweigert, Daryl Carlson, Cody Martin, Rylan Kolke, Taelyn Kolke, Zac Schweigert, Kayla Martin, and Vern Carlson. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the charity of their choice. Family would like to express their thanks for cards, phone calls, texts, food brought and all forms of support. They also cannot express their upmost thanks to Mainprize Manor, St. Joseph Unit A Staff and Dr. Christie for the excellent care and dignity given to Lorraine.
- Borghild (nee Skretting) Klarholm passed away peacefully on August 18, 2003 in Weyburn at the age of 95. Borghild Skretting was born in Norway on December 13, 1907. At the age of 18 she arrived alone at the Port of Halifax and took the train to Estevan where she began working at her uncle's farm. It was there that she met Henning Klarhom and they were married in February 1927. They farmed in the Lampman, Estevan and Midale communities. In 1971 after the children had grown and left home, Henning and Borghild built a home in Midale. Henning passed away in 1990 and Borghild lived 14 years at the Weyburn Special Care Home. Over the years, Borghild was able to visit Norway seven times. Borghild was predeceased by her parents, Per and Malena Skretting; stepmother, Ragna Skretting; two sisters; four brothers; her husband, Henning and her daughter, Lorraine Wheler. Borghild is survived by her children: Mildred Wreggitt of Calgary, AB, Knut (Mary) Klarholm of Macoun, Gordon (Inga) Klarholm of Estevan, Mable Marina (Trygve) Laland of Norway, Bettye (Don) Penstock of Estevan, Babe Harvey (Margaret) Klarholm of Calgary, AB and Loretta (Stewart) Elford of Regina; 27 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren; son-in-law, Milton Wheler; one sister; three brothers as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. from the Church of Christ with Scott Wade as the MC, Dan Wieb had the opening prayer, Bill Bell read from New Testament and Russell Ferris did the eulogy and sermon. The active pallbearers were: Garth Oberkirsch, Graham Bell, Wally Roelfsema, Trevor Wheler, Jason Penstock and Erick Klarholm. Interment followed in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Klarholm family was always very much involved the the community they lived in and were blessed with lots of friends and good neighbours; Borghild enjoyed her friends and neighbours immensely. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, a good homemaker, a devoted friend and community member.
- Lorne Elmer. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lorne Elmer Kramer, late of Midale who passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the age of 83 years. Lorne was predeceased by his parents Elmer and Grace Kramer, his uncle Lawrence Ironside, his brother Verne, his nephew Clarke and a brother Clarke in infancy. Lorne is survived by his wife Betty (53 years),his daughters, Connie, Karen (John Berger), sons Kim and Bruce; his granddaughter Keltie; cousins, Myrna (Blake) Koeckeritz, Harley (Carol) Ironside and Jean Regal, Wayne (Nadine) Reinhardt, nieces, Bonny (Randy) Curzon and family, Carmen and family, and nephews, Jack (Shelley) and family, Todd (Colleen) and family. Lorne was born to Grace and Elmer Kramer on March 17, 1927. He took his education at Midale School. Early in life he knew farming and ranching was his calling (spending much time at his grandparents’ and uncles’ farms played a big part in that decision). After being in business, namely the Massey Harris and the Midale Lockerplant for a number of years, land was rented from his dad and his dream was fulfilled. He raised a mixed herd of cattle for many years, and the later years it was mostly Charolais cattle. Lorne was a great “talker” and enjoyed nothing more than to visit with old friends or a new acquaintance. He enjoyed long discussions with his daughters about hunting and horses. He enjoyed curling and hockey and in the early years played hockey with the “Old Midale Mustangs”. He also watched sports and spent time watching his sons play ball and hockey. Watching sports on TV was a big source of entertainment for him. Lorne loved playing cards; there was nothing better than a good game of whist or cribbage. Other than a few trips to Yuma and British Columbia, Lorne spent his time in the community. Midale was where he was the happiest. A memorial service for Lorne was held on Friday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz, officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The family of Lorne Kramer wishes to thank RD Family Funeral Chapel for their excellent services. Thanks to family and friends for flowers, cards, phone calls and food, but mostly for their love and many hugs, also for donations in Lorne’s memory.
- Verne Lawrence. On Friday, April 25, 2003, Verne Lawrence Kramer, late of Regina, passed away at the Pasqua Hospital at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his mother and father, Grace and Elmer Kramer; brother in infancy, Clarke; and a son, Clarke (1987). Verne is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Rita and their family: Bonny (Randy) Curzon and their children: Ryan, Wayde and Kaeberley; Jack (Shelley) Kramer and their children, Justin and Jordon; Todd (Colleen) Kramer and Jamie; Clarke's children: Carmen, Damon and Erin; great granddaughter, Olivia; brother, Lorne (Betty) Kramer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Verne was born in Midale on April 11, 1929, a second son to Grace and Elmer Kramer. He grew up in Midale and became owner of "Kramer's Locker Plant" and the "Red & White" store. Verne was a butcher for 20 years before buying his first hotel in Southey in 1971. Verne contributed to and supported his communities in many ways. He was a town councillor, member of the Kinsmen and Lions clubs. He was to own several hotels in the next 17 years before retiring to Regina in 1988. Verne was an avid curler, hockey and baseball player in his youth and later enjoyed these sports from his easy chair never to miss a game. Golf had also been a past-time, with his very convincing story of the floodlights on the 18th hole. For the past 13 years, Verne has enjoyed his winters in Yuma, Arizona. He loved the sun, swimming, playing cards with friends and sporting his tan. Verne was most fulfilled when he could show his love through his generous financial giving to his family and friends. His generosity was well known to all who knew him. With his down-to-earth nature and keen sense of humor, he was always good for a laugh and some good natured bantering about the politicians and issues of the day. He especially liked to share his uncensored views with son Todd during their frequent visits. To Verne, the only good car was a "FORD" and he always let his "Chevy" sons know that. He loved to tease his grandchildren and especially enjoyed his great granddaughter, Olivia, in most recent months. His grandchildren delighted in teasing grandpa about the Habs, to his disgust! Verne had several surgeries this past year and courageously succumbed to his battle with cancer, with his family by his side. Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Rushka celebrant. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Jack Kramer, Todd Kramer, Randy Curzon, Damon Kramer, Jamie Kramer and Justin Kramer.
- Edith Evelyn (nee Schmidt) Krueger passed away at Regina General Hospital on Tuesday, December 11 at the age of 82 years. Edith was born on June 1, 1930 in Weyburn. She was the oldest of eight children born to Bernard and Wanda Schmidt and as the oldest child she helped look after her younger brothers and sisters. Edie was raised in Weyburn and attended the Weyburn Haig School and Weyburn Collegiate. Edith worked as a cook at the Anderson Café until she left to take care of her mother, who was ill. On August 5, 1966 Edith married Albert “Ab” Krueger in Weyburn. After they married, they moved to live on the farm at Midale. Although Edie and Ab didn’t have any children of their own their nieces and nephews became their grandchildren. Edie was truly loved by them. Whenever they came back to Weyburn each one of them made sure to visit Auntie Edie. On Ab and Edie’s 25th Anniversary, her nieces and nephews showed their love by singing a song they had composed, and by performing a skit about “Camp Krueger” (the endearing name they gave Ab and Edie’s farm). When Ab retired they returned to Weyburn. Edie was a member of the Ladies Circle at Zion Lutheran Church. She loved to garden, decorate wedding cakes and tried her hand at many different crafts. Many can attest to her excellent cooking skills as well. At the age of 80, she had the spunk to let her niece take her for a ride in an ATV. There was a lot of cheering and there were many pictures taken of this adventure. Edie always took care of everyone, and her love and caring will be remembered by all who knew her. Edith was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Wanda Schmidt; husband, Albert, “Ab”; brothers, Werner, Lucien “Lou”; sister, Gertrude Jackson and special great niece, Kim Elgren. She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers, Alfred (Fran) Schmidt, Eugene (Thelma “Bubbins”) Schmidt and Eric (Susan) Schmidt and her sister, Betty Schmidt as well as nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Monday, December 17 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel. A funeral service was held Tuesday, December 18 from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Marjorie McLeod, CLA officiating. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Harold Otto Krueger, late of Midale, passed away October 24, 2012, at the age of 75 years. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Ida Krueger; sister in infancy, Margaret Krueger; brother, Terry Krueger; brothers-in-law, Edward Scharnatta, Everett Hildahl, Albert Binetruy; father-in-law, George Hirsch. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Pauline Krueger; his children: Tammy Meyers (Laverne), Laura Kish (Steven), Kelly Krueger (Tracy), Tracy Krueger (Scott Hennigar); nine grandchildren; Lindsay, Natasha, Sheldon, Kristen, Zachery, Avery, Kerrston, Keiawna, Kolby; three great grandchildren: Haylee, Rylie and Lukas; sisters: Edith Hildahl, Alice Scharnatta; brother, Ernie Krueger; mother-in-law, Elsie Hirsch as well as several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Harold was born in Midale, on July 22, 1937 to Otto and Ida Krueger. He married Pauline Hirsch on September 19, 1959. Together they farmed and Harold also worked in the oilfield industry. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting coins. Direct cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held.
- Terry Wayne. On Friday, April 29, 2005, Terry Wayne Krueger, late of Midale, passed away at the age of 57 years. Terry was born August 10, 1947 at Midale. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Otto and Ida Krueger; one sister, Margaret and his stepfather, Earl Kitchener Skippon. Terry leaves to mourn, his wife of 14 years, Elvira and their children: Galven, Shannie Lyn, Ashley Margaret, and stepson, Henry Sanchez; his sisters: Alice (Edward) Scharnatta and Edith (Everet) Hildahl, two brothers: Ernie (Sherylann) Krueger and Harold (Pauline) Krueger; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Reverend Greg Lutz officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Keith Krueger, Don Sturgeon, Daryl Druck, Greg Krueger, Doug Heibein and Brian Scharnatta. A Prayer Service was held Monday, May 2 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, with Marj McLeod presiding.
- Ferdinand "Ferdie" Kühn, late of Midale passed away suddenly in Estevan on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the age of 79 years. Ferdinand Robert Kühn was born January 9, 1934 at the then family farm at Bromhead. He then moved to the farm at Midale in 1937 and has resided there ever since. He loved the farm and his land and tended it well. On April 14,1973 he married the love of his life Karen Achen. Then, on June 16,1979, he and Karen were blessed with their daughter Amanda. He was the best of Dads. Full of love and wisdom. We went on many bike rides "to the rye field", threw many baseballs, and enjoyed many fun little family trips. Far too many wonderful memories of a husband and dad to put into written words. Ferdie was a devoted son to his father, living and farming with him until his father’s death. He loved all of his family very much and found great pride in all his nieces and nephews. The farm was always the gathering place for everyone, and Ferdie entertained everyone with his stories and colourful one-liner pieces of wisdom. "I’ll tell ya" was one of his most used phrases. He loved to visit with people: friends, family, or strangers; he loved to talk. He also enjoyed hunting, nature drives, and driving tours of the countryside. When he couldn’t hunt himself anymore, he enjoyed tagging along hunting with the neighbour boys, Aaron and Dallas Toles. He was also a great card player, especially at whist. Ferdie was a man of great faith and was a devoted and active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Midale his whole life. He was often asked to say prayers at various functions. He was also a very active member of the community of Midale. He served as Reeve and Councillor for the RM of Cymri, was president of the Midale Housing Authority and Midale Senior Centre, served on the rink and Mainprize Park boards, and also used to deliver Meals on Wheels. He was proud of his volunteer work. The highlight of his last few years were his precious grandsons; Joshua and Zachary. He couldn’t love and spoil them enough. Ferdie was predeceased by his mother Olga; dad Edmund; sister Enid; his niece and family, Denise, Ron, Nathan, Adrianna and Jared Rutten; and brothers-in-law, Pete Everson and Eric Nichols. He leaves to mourn him: wife Karen of Midale; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Scott Kienlen of Estevan; grandsons, Joshua and Zachary Kienlen; brother Edgar (Claire) Kühn of Weyburn; sisters, Irene Kühn of Kamsack, and Margarete (Garry) Conrad of Regina; brothers-in-law, Bob Hasselback of Saskatoon, and Jim Achen of Halbrite; sisters-in-law, Louise (Mel) Schill of Midale, Audrey Wercholuk of Calgary, AB, Ruby James of Tamarack, Florida and Sandra Achen of Grande Prairie, AB, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Estevan, with Rev. Randy Kleemola officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Wilfred Kurtz, late of Weyburn passed away Monday December 6, 2010, at the age of 85 years. Wlifred was predeceased by his parents, Ferdinand and Margaret Kurtz, his sister, Emily (Ivan) Arsenault, and brother-in-law, Clayton Mee. Wilfred is survived by his wife, Helen, daughter, Gerry Kurtz, son, Keith W. (Kathleen) Kurtz, grandson, Guy (Marlise), granddaughter, Jerri Dee (Mark), grandson, Jonathan, grandson; Keith Jr., great grandson, Joshua, great grandson, Jay Ellis, brothers and sisters, Freda (Marcel) Arsenault, Ruth (Fred) Robinson, Lilly Mee, Art (Marilyn) Kurtz, Elmer (Armande) Kurtz, Danny (Delores) Kurtz, Walter Kurtz, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Wilfred was born and raised in Morden Manitoba. He enlisted in the Canadian Army during the WII and was fortunate enough to have the war end before he had to engage the enemy. In 1949 he married the girl that was to be his wife for 61 years. He and Helen lived on the farm until he started working on the railroad and then the oil rigs in Midale. He continued to work the oil rigs until about 1970 and was fortunate enough to secure some oilfield work in the Midale oilfield where he had built himself a successful maitenance company that supplied service to the local industry until about the year 2000. As oilfield competition tightened their hold, Wilfred semi retired at the age of 75. He still viewed his work like winning a game of hockey, and he still won some games. The last years of his life were spent at home and then in the care homes of Midale and Weyburn. As of November 29 he was admitted to the Regina General Hospital and on December 6 around 10:50 p.m. Wilfred Kurtz passed on. A service of remembrance for Wilfred was held on Saturday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Marj McLeod, officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Interment will take place at a later date.
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- Carl Daniel. On Friday, May 23, 2008, Carl Daniel Lafrentz of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents, William and Maude Lafrentz; his wife, Marion Lafrentz; brothers: Julius, William, Allan and Donald Lafrentz; sister, Beatrice McGonigal and brother-in-law, Lloyd Reiser. Carl will be lovingly remembered by his three sisters: Marion Bildfell of Calgary, AB, Hazel (Keith) Sprecken of Weyburn, and Victoria Shaw of Kamloops, BC; two brothers: John (Mary) Lafrentz of Surrey, BC and Melvin (Irene) Lafrentz of Esterhazy; special friend, Louise Belanger of Weyburn; brother-in-law, Marvin (Helen) Reiser of Weyburn; sister-in-law, Shirley (Mac) Gordon of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Carl Daniel Lafrentz was born April 25, 1931 at Halbrite. Carl (Chuck) was the 8th child in the line-up in the Lafrentz family. He loved his family while growing up and schooled in Halbrite, where he graduated from grade eleven. In adulthood, he worked in several garages; Bow Man Bros., Elmer's Service, Standard Garage, York Auto and Dreis Motors. On November 11, 1953 Carl married Marion Reiser, and they were married for almost 50 years before her passing. York Auto was his last job, and he then retired at the age of 56 years. He was a young retiree, but found a few things to keep himself busy. He made beautiful lawn ornaments and painted them. He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, gardening and going to their cabin at White Bear Lake. He loved visiting with family and friends, and lately enjoyed traveling, going to family birthdays, for Christmas and any other special gatherings. He played cribbage with two special friends, Louise and Carol. Carl belonged to the Elks Lodge and the Weyburn Legion. At times he helped with serving dinners at each place. He always went to Remembrance Day services and liked the parade with his brother's war comrades. He enjoyed God's presence no matter where he was. We all thank God for Chuck and we were very fortunate to have a very loving and caring brother, son, husband and a special friend. We love you Chuck and will miss you in having coffee or tea daily. Thank you for all you have been to us. We could never ask for or need a better brother because we have had the best in Carl. We love you. A graveside service was held Thursday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Halbrite Cemetery, with Rev. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed.
- Marion Mable (nee Reiser). On Thursday, September 5, 2002, Marion Mable Lafrentz passed away at the Regina General Hospital with her family by her side at the age of 69 years. Predeceased by parents, Isabelle and Anton Reiser; and two brothers-in-law. Marion will be lovingly remembered by her husband Carl after 49 years married. Also remembered and sadly missed by two brothers: Lloyd (Joyce) Reiser and Marvin (Helen) Reiser, both of Weyburn; one sister, Shirley (Mac) Gordon of Regina; sisters-in-law: Beatrice McGonigal of White Rock, BC; Marion Bildfell of Calgary, AB; Hazel (Keith) Sprecken of Weyburn; Vicki Shaw of Chase, BC; as well as brothers-in-law: Bill (Isabelle) Lafrentz of Leroy; John (Mary) Lafrentz of Newton, BC; Donald Wally of BC; Melvin (Irene) Lafrentz of Esterhazy; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Marion attended school in Halbrite from grade one to grade 12. After completing high school she went on to work at the Imperial Bank of Commerce for 34 years. Marion enjoyed going to and watching ball games and hockey games when her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews were playing. She spent many hours in front of the TV when the curling championships were on. She had many hobbies: knitting, doing perms and cutting and setting hair for many people. She also loved to cook and bake, and would deliver much of her baking to people when she visited with them. She also enjoyed meeting with their friends for coffee and often for supper. She will be sadly missed by many family, friends and relatives. The family wishes to express their appreciation to all our relatives and friends for their support, generous acts of kindness and thoughtfulness for the many calls, flowers, cards, baking, food and for your donations in memory of Marion. Special thanks to the Regina General Hospital emergency, ICU and 3E nurses and doctors for all the special care she received. We extend our thanks to Fletcher Funeral Chapels for all their assistance and guidance. Also, special thanks to Rev. Goran, organist and choir members for such a wonderful service and to the UCW for serving such a great lunch. Special thanks to family friend Ross Bobier for all his kind words and special memories, also special thanks to niece Tracy Elliott for her words of remembrance of Marion from all her nieces and nephews. Also to Ivan Horsman and Bryan Towne for helping out at Halbrite cemetery. A memorial service was held Monday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
- Margaret L. (nee Moen) Larson, wife of Emery, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2006 at the age of 81 years. Emery pre-deceased her with his passing on December 31, 1995. Interment for Margaret will take place at the Midale cemetery on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends will gather there to remember the life of both Margaret and Emery. They were married June 12, 1945 and raised three girls, Patty, Peggy and Faith. Faith went to be with the Lord on October 6, 1994 after a long illness. They have four grandchildren: John, Steve, Mary and Aaron and nine great grandchildren. Margaret was a faithful wife and mother. She suffered many illnesses during her lifetime but continued to care for her family in spite of them. She and Emery lived in the United States but returned to Saskatchewan in the late 1960's when Emery went to work for the Sask. Department of Health. One of the many things that they passed on to their children was love for God and family. Their example of a strong faith in God and trusting in His leading was foremost in our family. There was also time spent learning about the families and their history. Both Margaret and Emery are sorely missed but we know we shall meet again when we all get to heaven.
- Arlyne (nee Towne). It is with profound sadness the family of Arlyne Lawson announce her passing on December 18, 2009 (three days after her 85th birthday) at Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, with her family by her side. Arlyne was born in 1924 on the family farm at Halbrite, the oldest of four children. Arlyne is predeceased by her parents Henry and Mabel Towne, husband Doug, son Gavin, and sister and brother, Lorraine and Douglas. She leaves to mourn her son Brent ( Nadia) of Highgate, ON, their children, Marlin (Shelly), Alexis and Cody of Thamsville, ON, Kyle of Highgate, ON, Jordan (Katie), Laine of Calgary, AB; her daughter Tazma (Warren) of Ernfold and their children Dayton of Medicine Hat, AB, Brock and Palmer, both of Swift Current; brother Bryan (Liz) of Halbrite. Mom was raised during the 1930's, but had fond memories of her childhood with her close-knit family on the farm. Arlyne excelled in school and dreamt of being a journalist. She was a natural artist and the english language was her forté. In those days you usually became a nurse or a teacher, mom chose the latter. She attended normal school in Moose Jaw, then taught in several locations in Southeast Saskatchewan, until her children were born. During mom's teenage years an RCAF airforce base established a flight training school at Halbrite to train pilots during the war. This opened up a new window from the routine of rural life for mom. She and her friends rode their bikes out to the base for dances, movies and all the attention of the many young men stationed there. One who became a friend was transferred to Vancouver where Arlyne went by train to visit. In the 1940's that was a big adventure for a prairie girl. While walking in the street in Vancouver, she strolled right through a red light, and while autos honked and people shouted warnings, she kept walking, head held high. It was the first time mom had ever seen traffic lights and didn't know what they were. She often laughed at her naivete. Mom met dad at a rural dance. Mom's girlfriend had dared her to ask him to dance. She did and was intrigued by his unravelling knit reindeer sweater, and carefree attitude. The rest is history. After they were married they lived in Halbrite, Weyburn, moving to Swift Current in 1962 where they started their business Inter City Cleaning. Initially cleaning the newly built research station, they eventually cleaned most of the commercial buildings in Swift Current and at one time employed 25 people. Mom was the secretary and bookkeeper. Mom and dad shared a love of the great outdoors and both had a creative bend. They always made sure their kids had lots of opportunities to appreciate and enjoy nature. Lots of camping trips in their huge army tent, fishing, hiking, skiing and campfires. While the kids were growing up mom kept busy as the provincial president of the Home and School Association where she often wrote elaborate speeches to present to her peers. She also was active in the Homemaker's Club in Swift Current. Mom and dad were on the steering committee that helped establish the first Allied Arts Council in Weyburn. Mom's love of the arts also took her to Banff School of Fine Arts for a summer. Her wit was boundless, well timed and always fit the conversation perfectly. Mom's manners were impeccable and she always made sure everyone was properly acknowledged and thanked for the smallest of things. She baked the most elaborate cakes and planned the best parties for her kids and grandkids. She loved all occasions and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Every season she would dig out her craft supplies and oil paints and create unique decorations. She was a beautiful oil painter and we have many to cherish. Every year in August she would start phoning her grandkids wondering what they would like to be for Halloween so she could start sewing and crafting their costumes. Mom loved photography, especially black and white hand-coloured pictures. She wasn't even too mad when dad tore apart their downstairs bathroom to turn it into a darkroom for them. She entered countless photos in the provincial travelling photo circuit and loved to judge photo competitions. Many trophies fill her house to attest to this. Mom loved shadows and lines and hiking in the hills with a thermos of coffee and of course a lunch. Ernfold was a favourite destination, she spent hours hiking with her grandkids and loved to go out to the cattle and poke around. She would always say she loved the sky here because you could not see it in the city. The grandsons would take turns having a Gramms weekend. This usually involved fishing, another love of hers, eating, doing crafts and watching movies. Once when Mom had a fender bender it was her boys she told and swore them to secrecy because there was absolutely no reason to worry Taz. She liked nothing better than having her grandsons take her out for supper. She said she liked to be seen on their arm. Mom called everyday to find out what her boys were doing. Even though some of her grandsons lived far away, she kept abreast of them through the phone. The grandsons called Gramms a food pusher because she was determined that you would eat in her presence.
- Mike Lizuck passed away March 5th, 2009 at the age of 83 years old. He was predeceased by his parents Nikolas and Annie Lizuck, brother, Joseph Lizuck, sisters, Doris Bell and Pearl Schad, brothers-in-law Ernest and Eddie Ror, sister-in-law, Louise Dokken, mother and father-in-law Enoch and Emma Ror, daughter Dianne Marie Marlin. He is survived by his loving wife Lillian Lizuck, Goodwater, children: Dennis (Lynne) Lizuck, Weyburn, Barry (Loretta) Lizuck, Moose Jaw, Connie (Gary) St. Onge, Estevan, Vicky Lizuck, Weyburn, Patti (David) Underwood, Colgate, Denise (Bill) Fonstad, Estevan, Wendy Strom Weyburn, Steve Lizuck (Angel), Weyburn, son-in-law Stan Marlin, Assiniboia. 26 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Bud Anderson, Johnny Johnston, Wayne Johnston, Zyg Siwy, Douglas Underwood, Michael Underwood. Honorary Pallbearers were Trevor Lizuck, Norman and Karen Jordan, Ken and Jean MacLean, Max White, Don and Dorothy Wilkinson. The funeral service was held on Monday March 9 at the RD Family Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed at the Colgate Cemetery, Colgate. Mike was born on October 14, 1925 at Colgate, the second child for Nick and Annie Lizuck. Mike had an older brother Joe and sisters Doris and Pearl. Mike received all his education at Colgate until he quit school to help his dad on the family farm. On June 25, 1945 Mike married Lillian Ror, the youngest member of the Enoch family. Their first home was on the Walter Paul place, two miles east of Colgate on Hwy 35. They lived there for one and a half years. In the fall of 1946, Mike and Lillian moved to a suite in the Colgate Hotel. Mike worked for the C.N.R. with Mr. Gesner Lawrence as his foreman. In the summer of 1947, Mike and his dad moved part of the Walter Paul house into Colgate, built on an addition and this became the family's new home. In the fall of 1949, Mike moved their little home into Weyburn to Hill Ave. Mike started working for the Dept. of Highways. He later worked for Sonny Cugnet as a helper at the Pool Elevator. In the spring of 1951 Mike became the agent of the Pool Elevator in Grassdale. Mike and Lillian now had 5 children - Dennis, Barry, Dianne, Connie and Vicky. They all lived in a one bedroom living quarter attached to the elevator office. In the spring of 1957 there was an opening for a Pool Agent in Goodwater. It was a good move, house with 3 bedrooms likely 3 times bigger than the old residence, a good school and grocery store. Mike continued on as Pool Agent until the fall of 1961. A TB survey showed a shadow on Mike's lung, surgery revealed he had a tumor full of grain dust, it was removed and the doctor suggested he find different work. That same year Mike and the family moved into a vacant teacherage which his kids always referred to as "The White House". After a short work experience with Caproco, Mike started to work for Central Del Rio in April of 1962. It later became Pan Canadian and now EnCana. In July of 1963 the family, who now had two more children Patti and Denise, moved into the Dalgliesh house. It was even bigger with 4 bedrooms, a stocker furnace and for the first time ever running water and a real flush toilet. In November of 1974 Mike bought what used to be the the Goodwater store. Dad wasn't sure what he'd do with it, but with help from Eugene Irwin, family and friends, he converted the store area into the family's new home. Mike and the family now complete with Wendy and Steven moved into this different home in October 1975. Mike was still residing there up to his passing. Mike retired from Pan Canadian in May of 1987. He enjoyed helping at Mainprize Park as a volunteer. He enjoyed ice fishing and some of the children enjoyed it with him. Mike's bark was always worse than his bite. He had a soft side that really didn't show. He loved his animals, one of these dogs would always be around him. For the last year Mike and Harley humored each other. The last few months Mike had talked repeatedly about "I wish I could just go." He got his wish and he is suffering no longer, we will all miss him.
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- Anton C. "Tony" passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 3, 2013 with his wife at his side at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and Mike Mack, three sisters: Amelia Anivender, Katie Bolzer, Mary Fellner; three brothers: Mike, Johnny and Rudolph Mack. He is survived by his wife Mamie; sons: Aaron (Shannon), Gordon (Kathleen), Randy (Cheryl); one daughter, Heather (Mike Rath). He has 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He has brother Joe (Marion) Mack in Estevan, sister Agnes (Gerald) Seipp in Estevan; sister-in-law Elsie Mantyka in Weyburn, as well as many many nephews and nieces. Tony was born in Minton on March 29, 1934. He lived in Pangman, Halbrite area, and Weyburn. At the age of 16 he worked for the Haupstein Dairy farm milking cows, from there he worked on the railroad until 1951, when he started work for Jerry Mainil in the oilfield, where he worked for 42 years. He set up many pump jacks and trained many men. He married on October 9, 1965. They moved to Halbrite in 1967 and lived there for 43 years until they moved to Weyburn. He served nine years on the Halbrite Town Council and Mainprize Park Board. He resided at Bison Manor in 2009 until his illness when he moved to Weyburn Special Care Home November 4, 2011. A graveside service for Anton “Tony” Mack will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Halbrite cemetery, Halbrite. Lunch to follow at the Halbrite Rink.
- Mark. On Monday, March 28, 2005, Mark Makelki passed away at Tatagwa View Nursing Home, Weyburn, at the age of 87 years. He leaves to mourn his six children: Jeanette (Neal) Boyce, Roblin, MB, Larry Makelki (Kate), Lloydminster, AB, Lee (Pam) Makelki, Edmonton, AB, Keith (Theresa) Makelki, Fort St. John, BC, Irene (Gary) Von Sprecken, Edmonton, AB, and Sherry (Rob) Brucks, Cochrane, AB; 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He also leaves his brother, Ralph Mokelki and two sisters, Belle Gray and Margaret Johnson; special friend, Barb Sanders of Weyburn and many nieces and nephews. Mark was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (nee: Hvidston); his brother, Roy and two sisters, Elaine MacDowell and Tillie Woitas. Mark was born at Lake Alma, and farmed in the Goodwater area before going to work in the oil field until he retired in 1982. He enjoyed golfing, curling and playing, coaching and watching baseball, as well as many other sports. Mark liked to travel, especially to visit family and he was always happy to just go for a drive. The funeral for Mark Makelki was held on Friday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Gary W. Goran officiating. Mark's grandchildren and great grandchildren were the active and honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Goodwater Cemetery.
- Mathilda "Tillie" Makelki, age 85 years, late of Weyburn, formerly of Regina, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2005. Predeceased by her parents, Marcus and Rose Makelki; four brothers: Frank, John, Mike and Jacob; three sisters, Rose, Katherine and Anne. Tillie is survived by her brother-in-law, Henry Wilgenbusch and sister-in-law Lena Makelki, both of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Service was held Saturday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina with Rev. Ken Koep presiding. Interment in Halbrite Cemetery at a later date.
- Emily (nee Blazeiko) Malaschuk passed away with her family by her side at Providence Place, on July 26, 2009. Emily, at the age of 73, predeceased by her husband Matt, (2003). Loving mother of Rita Kennedy of Edmonton AB, Cliff Malaschuk of Estevan, Mathew Malaschuk of Moose Jaw, and Rhonda Enns (Troy) of Moose Jaw. She will be missed by her sister Lily Szukaylo (Harry), nephew Ken (Harmony) Szukaylo and their children Kayly and Kyle. Emily was born on March 11, 1936 to John and Mary Blazeiko in West Bend. She married Matt in 1954 at the Model Farm Church in West Bend and started their family in 1956. They spent most of their married life in the Halbrite area, but moved to Weyburn in their later years. Emily is predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Blazeiko and by her niece Cindy Szukaylo. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Parkview Funeral Chapel, Moose Jaw.
- Evelyn Myrtle (nee Berquist), formerly of Midale, peacefully passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2010 just two weeks short of her 96th birthday, with her family at her side, in Calgary, AB. Evelyn was born on January 22, 1914, in Midale. Her parents, Frank and Agnes Berquist (from Dalarma, Sweden) were among the very first pioneers to settle in Midale. After completing Grade 11 at the Anderson School in Midale, Evelyn completed high school in Regina. She completed a business course in Regina, immediately after. Evelyn married Albert Manley, also from Midale, on February 12, 1941. After Albert returned from Europe after World War II, they farmed and raised their three children near Midale. Evelyn was active in the Midale community as a member of the First Baptist Church and the Baptist Ladies Aide. She made beautiful needlepoint and petit point pictures as well as stunning quilts. She was an avid reader all her life and usually finished the crossword in her daily Leader Post. She and Albert shared a love for travel, visiting many destinations in North America as well as Europe and China. She delighted in her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved having her family around her. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Albert (1976), her grandson, Bruce, and her brothers George, Alvin and Lloyd. She leaves to mourn her passing her children, Gary (Myrna) from Saskatoon; Howard (Patricia) from Calgary, AB; and Janis (Dan) Johnson from Lethbridge, AB; eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; her sister Edna (Allen) Affie in Calgary, AB, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Evelyn's life was held on Saturday, January 16 at the First Baptist Church in Midale with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. The eulogy and tributes were by grandchildren, Chad and Dona Johnson. Internment followed at the Westphalia Cemetery in Midale, where Evelyn was laid to rest beside her beloved Albert.
- Arthur Woodrow "Woody" Martinson passed away at Regina, on Tuesday, July 13 at the age of 81 years. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 16, 1999 from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Pallbearers were Dale Martinson, Glen Martinson, Neil Martinson, Garnath Rasmuson, Alan Emde and Ron Emde. Woody is survived by his two sons: Randy (Angela), Weyburn; Wayne (Lori Giem), Calgary. One daughter, Judy (Harv) Prochnau, Hart, Michigan. One brother, Elvey (Nina) Martinson, Midale. One sister, Hazel (Willis) Emde, Midale. Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Woodrow was predeceased by his parents, Marius and Hannah; his wife Haldis in 1984; daughter Donna Lou in 1957. In-laws, Herman and Martha Knevelsrud and sister-in-law Edith Nisbet. Arthur Woodrow Martinson was born on August 27, 1917 to Marius and Hannah Martinson at Midale. Woodrow married Haldis Knevelsrud on January 1, 1944. This marriage was blessed with four children: Judy, Donna Lou, Randy and Wayne. Woodrow received his education at Midale and Waite school. In his teens, attending Luther League, Bible School and Bible Camp were highlights. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale and served in various offices and on committees. He taught Sunday school for 29 years and was superintendent for 10 years. He was still attending Sunday school, active in the Bible class. He served in the Armed Forces from 1942-1946 and was stationed in Regina. When he was discharged they returned to Midale and farmed for a few years, later moving to town, where he was employed by the R.M. of Cymri for road construction, Dick Bond Construction, Madsen Construction and Leduc Construction. He later spent several months with the Dick Bond Company as a gravel foreman on No. 1 Highway, in Ignace, Ontario and on the airport at Red Lake, Ontario. He was employed by Esso and Gulf at Midale, then later transferred to the Gulf in Estevan and Weyburn. He retired in September 1982, lived in his own home in Midale and kept himself busy with his radio control model aircraft. He helped many with this hobby as well as entertained others. Also he was ready and willing to chauffeur people to their various appointments. Woodrow will be missed by all ages, young and old, because he had a young heart.
- Edwin Benton Martinson, late of Midale, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at the age of 68 years. Edwin is survived by his sister, Marion Torgunrud, Midale; niece, Susan, Weyburn; nephews: Terry (Gail), Prince Albert; Gaylen (Lynn), Birch Hills; Troy (Gail) Midale; great nieces: Lacy, Stephanie and Jordan; great nephews: Cory, Skylar and Ryan; great great nephew, Kole. Also his extended family of Thayne, Derek, Krystal and Denzel. Edwin was predeceased by his parents Erling and Hjordis Martinson; brother-in-law Linus Torgunrud. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cindy Werner officiating. Interment followed in the Westphalia Cemetery.
- Elvey Herman Julius Martinson went to sleep and on to heaven on Sunday, January 6, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nina (nee Knutson) Martinson of Midale; son Dayle (Dixie) of Midale, their children: Tricia (Craig), Colby and Logan; son Lyle (Teri) of Calgary, their children: Jodie (Gerard), Makenzie, Kyla and Larah; son Neil (Rhonda) of Midale, their children: Kara, Megan and Jordan; son Glenn (Becky) of Medicine Hat, their children: Jillian, Abby, Molly and Zachary; daughter Joyce of Regina, her children: Hannah and Martin. Elvey’s sister, Hazel (Willis) Emde of Midale; in-laws, Annie Swerhone of Saskatoon, Doris Knutson of Weyburn, Ethel Hanson of Kelowna, BC, Helen Holth of Edmonton, AB, Olaf (Marge) Knutson of Camrose, AB, Delores Sogge of High River, AB, Lillian Knutson of Edmonton, AB, Bernice Knutson of Abbotsford, BC. 27 nieces and nephews and many friends. He was born 19 days after World War One ended, on November 30, 1918, west of Midale on the old Kolke farm. He was the second son to Marius and Hannah Martinson. They lived on several farms throughout the area from Midale to Goodwater during Elvey’s childhood. Elvey went to school in a one-room schoolhouse called Waite School. He attended until Grade 8, and then began his farming career. In 1937, the family’s house blew away in a tornado. The house was lifted high in the air, and smashed down into a pile of rubble. Eight people were inside. Miraculously, everyone survived with just a few bruises. In 1953, he married Nina Knutson. They started a family right away. They raised the kids on the farm west of town. Elvey spent many hours driving kids to hockey, choirs, and church events. The Midale Lutheran Bible Camp was also a passion. He was a board member there and spent countless hours maintaining the camp in the off-season and preparing for the upcoming camping season. His commitment to the camp was immeasurable; if a job needed doing he did it. The kids got married, beginning in 1980. Elvey held his first grandchild in 1982, and his 16th in 2005. In 1983, Nina and Elvey moved to Midale and turned the farm over to Dayle and Neil. For the first years, Elvey went to the farm almost every day to help. But in 1987, macular degeneration set in, and Elvey began to lose his sight. Soon, he could no longer drive. He used to say he wished he could see for one-and-a-half minutes a day so he could see what all his grandchildren looked like. In 2011, at the age of 91, he moved into a nursing home. He spent three months at Tatagwa View in Weyburn. Then he moved to Mainprize Manor in Midale. On January 6 at about 6:00 PM, he died peacefully at the age of 94. He was a devout Christian and a proud Norwegian. He loved painting, drawing, and telling stories, and was passionate about his animals. He served his community for many years on the Ag Board and the Pasture Allocation Committee as well as the Camp Board for 35 years. He carried a few things with him in life: a plier in his pocket, a New Testament in his shirt pocket, a grin on his face, and a hum on his lips. The funeral service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Acting as pallbearers were Jordan Martinson, Colby Martinson, Logan Martinson, Martin Martinson, Craig Wilgenbusch, and Kyler Emde. Honourary pallbearers were Kara Martinson, Jodie Martinson, Megan Martinson, Makenzie Martinson, Tricia Wilgenbusch, Kyla Martinson, Larah Martinson, Jillian Martinson, Hannah Martinson, Abby Martinson, Molly Martinson, and Zachary Martinson
- Jesse Edward. On Monday, February 25, 2002, Jesse Edward Martinson, late of Midale, passed away at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, Edward and Johanne Martinson; brothers and sisters: Marie, Kristian, Marius, Margit, Emilie, Erlling and Juel; and by his wife, Inez in 1977. Jesse will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters: Winnifred Martinson of Midale, and Colleen (Murray) Hill of Kerrobert; two grandchildren: Crystal and Jesse; one sister-in-law, Amy Pattyson of Tribune; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jesse Edward Martinson was born March 9, 1917 on the homestead, Sec. 24 Tp 5 Rge 12 W of 2nd, the youngest of seven children to Edward and Johanne Martinson. He didn't learn English until starting school because Norwegian was spoken at home. He spent much time with his niece and nephews as he grew up with them. He attended Waite School until grade 8, when he quit school due to severe arthritis in one hip. Jesse was baptized March 12, 1917 and confirmed August 28, 1938. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church congregation and had a hand in the construction of the original church building in 1933. He also sang in the choir. Throughout his bachelor years before marriage, he babysat or lived with other relatives, working with the families and helping with their children. On July 26, 1955, Jesse married Inez Coe. They lived on a farm outside of Midale and then moved into town. Before owning his own farm he worked for various other farmers. He also did custom grain hauling and some vet work. He worked for one year in Ontario in the bush with Elwin Hoium. Jesse enjoyed curling in his younger years. He was always fixing something, and enjoyed doing rug hooking, reading and playing cards. He took part in maintaining the cemetery and its equipment. Jesse was a member of the Thirty-Niners Club and served on town council for one term. He had a passion for animals and farming and loved the way that farming used to be when horses were used. Whether it was "Uncle Josh, Doctor Beans" or any other pet names his family had for him, we will miss his wit and knowledge immensely. Funeral service was held Thursday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cindy Werner officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Active pallbearers were: Neil Martinson, Dayle Martinson, Glenn Martinson, Randy Martinson, Ron Emde, Alan Emde, Troy Torgunrud and Ron Hoium. All who knew and loved him were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Nina Elaine (nee Knutson) passed away at the age of 83 years and one week on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Nina was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Elvey; parents Steinar and Elise Knutson; brothers: Carl, Elmer and Arnold Knutson; sister Inga Knutson; sisters-in-law: Lillian, Clara, Gladys Knutson and Haldis Martinson; brothers-in-law: Mike Swerhone, Stan Sogge, Hank Holth, Harvey Hanson, Woodrow Martinson and Willis Emde. She is survived by her family: son, Dayle (Dixie), Midale, and their children [Tricia (Craig), Colby and Logan (Brianna)]; son Lyle (Teri), Calgary, AB and their children [Jodie (Gerard), Makenzie, Kyla and Larah], son Neil (Rhonda), Midale, and their children [Kara, Megan and Jordan]. and son Glenn (Becky), Medicine Hat AB and their children [Jillian, Abby, Molly and Zachary] and daughter Joyce and her children [Hannah and Martin]. Nina’s sisters Annie Swerhone, Saskatoon, Ethel Hanson, Kelowna, BC, Helen Holth, Edmonton, AB, Delores Sogge, High River, AB and brother Olaf (Marge) Knutson, Camrose, AB; sisters-in-law: Doris Knutson, Weyburn, Hazel Emde, Midale, Bernice Knutson, Abbotsford, BC; 27 nieces and nephews and many friends. Nina was born on the family farm north of Torquay and attended high school at SLBI in Outlook. After graduation Nina attended Nurses Training in Moose Jaw. She moved to Midale where she worked as a telephone operator and eventually changed jobs to work at the Midale Hospital. In 1953, Nina married Elvey Martinson where they settled on the farm west of Midale. Nina and Elvey were blessed with 59 years of marriage before Elvey’s passing in January of 2013. Nina was a devoted wife and mother all her life. After the last child turned 16 she went to work off the farm. She worked at the Midale Union Hospital as a nurse’s aide for many years. After retiring from the hospital Nina returned to work at Walmart in Estevan at the age of 75 years and later at Mainprize Manor and Lampman Hospital as the activity director. Nina was a very strong Christian and believed in living her faith. She was involved in many areas of the church including ELW, being the church organist for over 50 years and directing junior and senior choirs and the New Dawn Singers. For the last 14 years she thoroughly enjoyed singing with the Southeast Chorus. Nina loved to cook and bake and was known for her chocolate chip cookies, hot dishes and lefse, which she made for the weddings of her grandchildren. Nina loved to sew, crochet and quilt. She had made an afghan for each of her 16 grandchildren for their graduation and a quilt for each of them for their wedding. What a treasure for each of the grandchildren. Visitation for Nina was held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A funeral service for Nina was held on Monday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Acting as pallbearers were Jordan Martinson, Colby Martinson, Logan Martinson, Martin Martinson, Craig Wilgenbush and Kyler Emde. Honourary pallbearers were Kara Martinson, Jodie Martinson, Megan Martinson, Makenzie Martinson, Tricia Wilgenbusch, Kyla Martinson, Larah Martinson, Jillian Martinson, Hannah Martinson, Abby Martinson, Molly Martinson and Zachary Martinson.
- David Wesley McFarlane passed away peacefully at home on April 7, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife Diana; his daughter, Crystal Buniak; his son, Crystal's husband, Chaunce Buniak; his grandson, Cooper Buniak, all of Saskatoon; his mother, Joan McFarlane-Rolfs (John Rolfs) of Weyburn; his brother, Brian (Anne) McFarlane of Regina; his sisters: Laurie (Frank) Chinski of Strathmore, AB; Cindy (Clint) Swanson, Weyburn; Cheryl (Don) Sellsted of Niverville, MB; his mother-in-law, Olga Walbaum of Weyburn; his father-in-law, Louis Walbaum of Stoughton; his brothers-in-law, Laurie (Lorraine) Walbaum of Weyburn; Randy Walbaum (Cindy Campbell) of Stoughton; Darrin (Rhonda) Walbaum of Weyburn; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. David was predeceased by his father, James McFarlane; his paternal grandparents, Stanley and Jane McFarlane; his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Margaret Speerbrecker; and infant great-niece Taelynn Blackburn. David was born August 10, 1956 in Moose Jaw. He grew up and attended school in Midale. For his senior year David attended the Comprehensive High School in Weyburn. David trained as a welder at SIAST Kelsey Campus after high school, but enjoyed a multitude of job experiences over the years. He was gifted with the ability to adapt and do many things. They say "life is too short." Perhaps he knew because, he never stayed at a job he disliked. He worked for Edge Transportation Services as a trailer technician until his illness prevented him from continuing to work. David married Diana Walbaum August 4, 1979. They had one child, a daughter Crystal, and then in 2000 acquired a son Chaunce when Crystal married. In 2004 his grandson was born. He quickly became the light in David's life and nothing gave him more pleasure than having Cooper come over to play with Papa's kittens. He often said both were his "therapy." David loved hunting and fishing and everything about the great outdoors. He was as much at home up north, deep in the bush, as he was in his living room easy chair. He enjoyed curling, golfing and baseball. Attending a Blue Jays home game was one of his unfulfilled dreams. He was always there to lend a helping hand and looked forward to joining his coffee row buddies at the end of a long work day. Memorial service for David was held Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon. Lunch followed. Rite of Committal of ashes took place privately following the service.
- Marvel M. (nee Arts). On Friday, July 19, 2002, Marvel M. McGregor, late of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, Estevan, at the age of 72 years. Predeceased by her father, Cornelius Arts; brother-in-law, Cal Southernwood; and numerous uncles and aunts. Marvel will be lovingly remembered by her husband Keith McGregor of Midale; her daughters: Brenda (John) Wilgenbusch and their family; Collin, Conrad and Craig; Carla (Tom) Mesic and their sons: Kyle and Shawn; her son Ross (Karen) McGregor and their children: Naomi, Thalisa and Glenn; her mother, Madge Arts; two sisters: Maxine (Bob) Oesch and Valerie (Doug) Penny; one brother, Jim (Eileen) Arts and sister-in-law, Beryl Southern-wood. Marvel Marie McGregor was born January 19, 1930 at Midale. She was raised on the family farm north of Midale and attended Agusta, White Rock and Anderson schools for her elementary education. She finished high school in Midale then went to Reliance Business College in Regina. On November 17, 1950 she married Keith McGregor in Estevan, and since their marriage they have lived in the community of Midale. Marvel worked in Weyburn for Geo. McGuaig, the optometrist, and then returned to Midale and worked in the post office for three and a half years. Marvel was one of the first members of the Midale Catering Club, treasurer of the United Church and a member of the Legion. She enjoyed many crafts, quilting, crocheting, knitting, and gardening. She curled for many years and sewed all her own clothes. Marvel made over 200 quilts that were wedding gifts and baby gifts for many relatives and friends. She also enjoyed traveling though many parts of Canada and the U.S. Keith and Marcel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000. Marvel would do anything for her children and grandchildren. She would spend Saturday afternoons with her mother and sisters since moving to town. She will be missed by all she knew and loved. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 23 at 2 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. A private family burial took place in Westphalia cemetery, Midale. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Donald Stewart McKenzie, late of Goodwater, passed away November 29, 2005 at the age of 78 years. Don was predeceased by his mother and father, Alexander and Alevester McKenzie, his wife, Agnes, infant brother Norman and infant sister Norma, brother, Jack McKenzie and sister, Margaret Cain; grandchildren: Brent and Brian McKenzie and Jesse McKenzie. Don will be lovingly remembered by his family; son John (Linda) McKenzie of Goodwater, and their children: Erin, Leah, Ian McKenzie; son Bruce McKenzie of Calgary, AB; daughter Betty (Gerry) Wyatt of Kisbey, and their children: Corey Branvold, Trevor (Cheryl) Branvold, Ryan (Beth) Branvold, Brad Wyatt, Amanda (Rick) Klatt, Chad Wyatt; son Graham (Christie) McKenzie of Goodwater, and their children: Kaylee and Shane McKenzie; great grandchildren; Michelle and Landon Klatt, Brett Branvold; sisters: Jean (Reg) Edey, Florence McKenzie, Mildred Gaudry and Mary (Eldie) Holtz; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Don was born, raised and lived his life on the McKenzie family farm at Goodwater, retiring with his wife to the village of Goodwater in the late 1980's. He received his grade eight at Goodwater and in his early 20's took an electrician course at Kenosee Lake where he met Agnes Black. They were married in 1949. Don used his electrical course endlessly in the community and beyond as electricity became available in the rural area. He worked and raised his family on the farm instilling the love of the farm life in all his children. He served the Lomond municipality from 1966 to 1973 as a councillor for Division Four. Don could fix anything and possessed a keen memory of Goodwater and district people and happenings and was willing to share these memories to anyone with a question or inquiry. Together with Agnes, he enjoyed retirement by travelling, their yard, greenhouse and eleven grandchildren. They were great 4-H supporters and never missed a 4-H day in Weyburn, watching their children and later their grandchildren in all their achievements. After his wife's passing in 1997, Don quietly lived his life, missing her greatly. He became a faithful Grace United Church follower, taking a lot of comfort in the congregation and ministers presiding. He will be fondly remembered and missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran Officiating Minister. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery. A Visitation was held Wednesday, November 30 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were his grandsons: Corey Branvold, Ian McKenzie, Trevor Branvold, Brad Wyatt, Ryan Branvold, and Chad Wyatt. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Joan (nee Watson) Mclane passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Joan was born on October 18, 1926 in England. She moved to Lauder, Manitoba in 1929, at the age of 3 and lived there until the age of 13 when she moved to Goodwater with her sister Betty and Walter Thackeray. She remained in Goodwater until 2000 when she moved with Ken to Weyburn and after Ken passed away she move to Regina in 2009. She was predeceased by her parents Jane and John Watson, brothers Graham and Bill Watson and sister Betty Thackeray. She was also predeceased by her first husband Melton Lokken and by her second husband Ken Mclane. She is survived by her daughters Margaret "Peggy" (Cliff) Halladay Regina, SK, Elizabeth "Liz" (Gerald ) Walkeden Tribune, SK, Lorna (Osvaldo "Os") Montanini, Regina, SK, grandchildren Jennifer (Scott) Lizuck and daughter Natalie, Nancy Lizuck, Jeff (Joanne) Walkeden and son Nathan and daughter Ella, Kyle (Michelle) Walkeden and daughters Sophie, Madison, and Claire, Erin (Mike) Bell and daughter Lydia, Kristopher Montanini and Miranda Montanini. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Sharon (Mel) Kitzul, Susan (Bill) Forsberg, Graham (Darlene) Thackeray, Ernie (Gladys) Lokken, Gary (Helene) Litschke, Ron (Willie) Litschke, Rita (Jack) Haberman and numerous other nieces and nephews. Joan was very involved with the Goodwater Hospital Auxiliary and the United Church Women's group. She also enjoyed many sports and participated as long as she was able in golfing and curling, attending many tournaments and bonspiels in southern Saskatchewan. She was an avid sports fan cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs and would not miss a Saskatchewan Roughrider game on television. She also enjoyed travelling near and far on holidays and spent many summers at the cottage at Kenosee Lake. Joan took every opportunity she could to watch her grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. Joan really enjoyed hosting family and friends and was known far and wide for her famous apple pies and butter tarts. For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Grace United Church Fund, Radville & District Health Centre Foundation, Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation or a Charity of Choice. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ñ 8:30 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. A Funeral Service for Joan will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, SK. with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment to follow at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater, SK. Active Pallbearers will be Joanís Grandchildren
- Hugh James. On Wednesday, April 2, 2008, Hugh James McLeod of Weyburn, SK passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 88 years. Hugh was predeceased by his parents, Duncan and Mary McLeod, wife, Lillian McLeod in 2003, brothers: Leslie, Dave and Willy McLeod, brothers and sisters-in-law: Norman (Margaret) McLeod, John (Minnie) McLeod, Tini (Andy) Young, Ruby (Vince) Falman, Sade (Harry) Little, Pearl Wilkie, Jenny Jordan and Marjorie Jordan. Hugh will be lovingly remembered by his family, son, Carman (Linda) McLeod of Weyburn, grandson, Darin (Leona) McLeod and their sons, Brandon and Keaton, all of Saskatoon, granddaughter, Shelley (Chad) Baudria of Weyburn, brothers and sisters-in-law: Frances McLeod of Weyburn, Gertrude (Fred) LaRocque of Regina, Murray Jordan of Langley, BC, Clarence (Olive) Jordan of Salmon Arm, BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Hugh James McLeod was born on September 4, 1919 on the family farm in Goodwater, SK, the youngest in a family of ten. He attended Lomond School and then helped on the farm. Hugh joined the army in 1941 and was stationed in Regina, Winnipeg and St. John. After marriage in 1944, Hugh and Lillian lived on the McLeod home farm and that fall he went to Alberta to work the harvest. In 1949 they moved to the McCuaig farm at Worcester and in 1962 purchased the farm south of Talmage, where they resided until moving to Weyburn. They were members of the United Church and Hugh was involved with the Wheat Pool. He enjoyed hunting in his younger years, and curling, helping out at the curling clubs he was active in. Family gatherings and being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to Hugh. He will be lovingly remembered by all. Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Tom Tollefson, Dick Tollefson, Edward Pretty, Ken Evans, Mike Fellner and Gordon Tonn.
- Rose Arlene (nee Reiser) McLeod 1910 - 2007. It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rose McLeod after a life well-lived. Rose was born on March 20, 1910, to Leo and Annie Reiser of Halbrite. She was the first of the Reiser family to be born in Canada after their immigration from the United States. Rose was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Frank, George, Tony, John, Bernard, Albert, and Leo; sisters, Mary, Katie, Emma and Annie. She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Shirley, Regina; much loved sister, Agnes Allen, Regina; sister-in-law, Dorothy Reiser, Brockville, ON, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. School days were at Sunnyside School, through correspondence and in Halbrite for high school. She worked for a family in McTaggart for two years and then moved to Macoun in 1931 to join the Ern Steele family. She loved working for Frank Dwyer in Macoun Tradion Co. - talking to the children and helping people fill their orders. In 1942 she and J.W.C. (Scotty) McLeod were married, and farm life became her next career - feeding harvesters, growing a huge garden, canning and milking cows. She loved it all. In 1976 they purchased a home in Regina and made the transition to city life. Scotty had congestive heart failure and passed away in 1977. Rose continued gardening, working on her hobby projects, and traveling with Shirley. She enjoyed the holidays across Canada, California, Florida, Mexico, and Hawaii. As Rose requested, there will not be a funeral; however, a graveside service in Macoun Cemetery will be held at a later date with a reception to follow at the Macoun Senior Centre.
- Delois (nee Hedin) Meyers of Midale, Sask. passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2008 in her home at the age of 75 years. Delois had a wonderful and full life. Predeceased by her mother and father, Mildred and Walfred Hedin, her husband, Ervin Meyers in 2002, sister, Bonnie in 1996 and a grandson, Dylon Piper in 2006. Delois will be lovingly remembered by her family, two children: Blake (Brenda) Meyers of White City, and Tami (Dave) Piper of Midale, grandchildren: Derek (Tanya and Teigha Carlson) Meyers, Darcy (Kristen) Meyers, Brandi (Matt) Fraser and Nathan Piper, two brothers: Danny (Myrtle) Hedin and Larry Hedin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Born and raised in Midale, Delois married life long love, Ervin Meyers in 1953. They enjoyed the farm and oil life and the raising of their family. Delois loved gardening, visiting with friends, singing in local choirs and at weddings and funerals and was a member of the ELW. She enjoyed curling and the many activities as part of the 'oil field' wives. She was first and foremost a family and home oriented person. Her family, husband and grandchildren brought her the greatest joy. Even though stricken with Alzheimer's at the age of 64, Delois worked hard at making the best of her situation. She always maintained a cheerful outlook and took her difficulties in stride. She was always ready for a coffee and a visit. Delois will be remembered as a kind, loving lady and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her. She maintained her poise and dignity until the end. The family wishes to offer special thanks to all who continued to enjoy her company and made her feel loved. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. from Bethleham Lutheran Church, Midale with Pastor Donna Smalley officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Lavern Meyers, Kenny Meyers, Kirk Lamontange, Steven Peterson, Brian Scharnatta and Mike Lee.
- Donald Meyers passed away peacefully on Saturday February 7, 2009 at Tatagwa View with family at his side, at the age of 84 years. Don (dad) will be sadly missed by his family. Don was born at Midale on August 23, 1924 to Edwin and Elizabeth Meyers. Don attended school at Midale. He married Myrtle Lamb of Huntoon on December 10, 1943. They moved to the John Carlson farm in 1943, which was two and a half miles north of Midale. Don Farmed, raised cattle, drove oil truck and worked at John Fieldberg's machine shop. Then he purchased a caterpillar and went to work in the oil field. Our dad was a very hard worker, dad loved to curl, go to Cody's hockey games and other hockey games. He liked to hunt and go flying with Jim Arts, Bert Newton, Duane Ryan and his cousin Williard Meyers. Dad and mom enjoyed traveling to horse races where their son-in-law Pat Tracey would be racing, Dad would play his guitar and yodel and us kids would enjoy every minute of it. Dad always liked when his girls and mom would be baking, then he could sample everything. He also enjoyed the large gardens. Don was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Elizabeth Meyers, his daughter Betty-Jean, great grandson and wife Myrtle. Don is survived by his children, Donna (Pat) Tracey, Calgary AB, Norm (Elaine) Meyers, Estevan, Linda (Robert) Winter, Weyburn, Robert (Marion) Meyers, Estevan, Pat Ereth, Weyburn, special friend (Ken) Whitelaw Melfort, Bernard Meyers High Level, AB, Ken (Jackie) Meyers, Midale and Cora (Darrel) Gosselin, Midale. 19 Grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank Father Gerry for his comforting prayers, to Rev. Barnabas who will be holding the funeral service at a later date. To Dr. P. Fong and the staff at Tatagwa View for the great care our father received.
- Ervin John. On Tuesday, October 29, 2002, Ervin John Meyers, late of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, Estevan, at the age of 73 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Edwin and Elizabeth Meyers and by a brother, Arnold Meyers. Ervin is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Delois Meyers of Midale; their children: Blake (Brenda) Meyers of Midale and their children: Derek, Darcy and Brandi; and Tami (Dave) Piper of Midale and their children: Dylon and Nathan; his brothers and sisters: Donald (Myrtle) Meyers of Midale, Lillian (John) Heibein of Weyburn, Vernce Walker of Kamsack, Les (Helen) Meyers of Midale and Marlene (Norm) Laliberte of Grand Prairie, AB; as well as many nieces and nephews. John Ervin Edwin Meyers was born September 9, 1929 at Midale. He was raised on the farm NW of Midale with his three brothers and three sisters. He took his schooling to grade 8 in Midale. He worked as a farm hand for Gus Peterson when he was 16 years old, then worked in Vancouver, BC, for two years as a car salesman. He returned to Midale and started farming in the late forties. On June 7, 1953, Ervin married Delois Hedin in Midale, SK where he has resided all his life. Ervin supplemented his income by working in the oil field for Husky Oil. He was one of the founding members of Midale Petroleums in the early seventies. He was a member of Midale Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Ervin was a workaholic but he gave generously to community projects. His main love was farming, but he also enjoyed flying and reading, and working in the oil field. Ervin was devoted to family, especially his grandchildren. He had a deep love of the land, and derived his greatest pleasure from sharing life with family. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale with Pastor Cindy Werner officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Honorary pallbearers were: Ken and Marlene Lee, George and Aletha Hardy, Dale and Britta Hardy, Rand and Betty Clearwater, Margaret Peterson and Sonny and Opal Claybo. The active pallbearers: Doug Heibein, Garnet Tomke, Ken Meyers, Lavern Meyers, Stewart Walker and Del Loreth.
- Myrtle Elizabeth (nee Lamb). On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Myrtle Elizabeth Meyers passed away peacefully at Tatagwa View with family at her side, at the age of 86 years. Myrtle (mom) will be sadly missed by her family. Myrtle was born at Lethbridge, AB on March 9, 1922 to Herb and Jane Lamb. The family moved to the Huntoon area when Myrtle was very young. She attended school at Agusta. She had four miles to walk to school. She met and married Donald Meyers of Midale on December 10, 1943. They farmed north of Midale. They lived there for many years. They raised eight children. Myrtle enjoyed having a full house and feeding all of them. She made lots of quilts and did sewing for her children. She could even make "Coats of Many Colors". Myrtle loved her huge garden. She would get her husband or sons to work up the garden and then she would start working in the dirt. In the house, she would get her daughters cooking and cleaning and she would work along with them. There was not many rest times at the Meyer's. She liked her horses, working with the cattle, peacocks and pheasants. She was predeceased by her parents; Herb and Jane Lamb, daughter Betty-Jean, a great grand-son, five brothers and two sisters; John Lamb, Jim Lamb, Henry Lamb, Charlie Lamb, Bob Lamb, Violet Roberts and Gladys Holtz. Myrtle is survived by her husband, Donald Meyers (Weyburn), her children; Donna (Pat) Tracey (Calgary, AB), Norm (Elaine) Meyers (Estevan), Linda (Robert) Winter (Weyburn), Robert (Marion) Meyers (Estevan), Pat Ereth (Weyburn), special friend Ken Whitelaw (Melfort), Bernard Meyers (High Level, AB), Ken (Jackie) Meyers, (Midale), Cora (Darrel) Gosselin (Midale); 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were: Kirk Tracey, Darren Tracey, Chris Meyers, Jeremy Meyers, Cody Gosselin, Darrel Gosselin, Rick Strutt. The family would like to thank Dr. P. Fong and the staff of Tatagwa View for the good care our mother received. To Rev. Mohandas Barnabas, the pallbearers, RD Family Funeral Chapel and the two granddaughters, Bonnie Strutt and Sharla Winter-Martin for doing the Words of Remembrance.
- Willard Meyers of Midale, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Mainprize Manor, Midale, at the age of 78 years, with his family at his side. The Manor had been his home for the last 6-1/2 years and the staff was his second family. John Willard Meyers was born and raised in Midale, the only boy in a family of five sisters. He was a man of many talents. He was an avid pilot, owning his own plane and flew whenever the time permitted. He enjoyed music, playing the saxophone at church, in the band and at grads. In his early years he played with a group called the Rhythm Kings. He spent some time in the navy and for awhile he worked at the United Keno Hill Mines in the Yukon and a bit later he was employed at General Films in Regina. In 1955 he became a bus driver and in 1960 he began work as a caretaker at the Midale School, long hours and lots of hard work. In the song dedicated to him at his retirement, "He's a janitor extraordinaire, carpenter, repairman, a friend who cares. He's a man of dedication - King of the School!" He loved his family and always put them first. They learned how to be good people by watching their Dad and Grandpa. Willard was predeceased by his parents, Elsie and Rubin Meyers, one son, Kelvin Meyers, sisters, Evy Bay and ruby Poczynek; parents-in-law, Clara and Henry Ziehl; brothers-in-law: Ed Bay, Henry Poczynek, Elvin Torgunrud, (infant Lloyd Ziehl). Willard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Leola and their family: two sons, Lorie Meyers of Red Deer, AB and Brian (Lori) Meyers of Estevan, and one daughter, Barb (J.P.) Tremblay of Athabaska, AB; grandchildren: Krista (Derek) MacPherson of Midale, Zak Rao of Edmonton, AB and Kaz Rao of Athabaska, AB, Andy Meyers of Estevan; and great grandchildren: Emilee and Seth MacPherson of Midale; sisters: Marg Torgunrud of Weyburn, Joyce Webster of Winnipeg, MB, and Ethel Morton of Weyburn; brothers-in-law: Don Webster and Donn Morton; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The staff of Mainprize Manor were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were: Don Parsons, Don Hepting, Ken Turner, Garry Hughes, Garth Holman and Lester Scharnatta.
- Donald Nelson Moffat, late of Weyburn, passed away August 5, 2013 at the age of 67. Don was born on the family farm at Kisbey on April 14, 1946 to Robert and Florence Moffat. He was the third of five children. Don was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Florence Moffat; and sister, Jean Harder. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Linda Moffat, Weyburn; and his children: Scott (Tammy) Moffat, Weyburn; Christa (Rob) Vermeulen, Radville; Kevin (Janessa) Moffat, Weyburn; Melissa (Tyler) Hillstead, Weyburn; and his three precious granddaughters: Lily Moffat, Camryn Vermeulen and Lexi Hillstead; brother, Butch (Bette) Moffat, Stoughton; sisters: Vi (Don) Hutcheon, Regina; Barb (Gord) Cutler, Carlyle; brothers-in-law: Russell (Susan) Cameron, Hudson Bay; Keith (Lucille) Cameron; Devon, Alberta; Tom Harder, Regina; sister-in-law, Donna (Ken Kerr) Cameron, Regina, and numerous nieces and nephews. Don attended school in Kisbey. He started working at age 14 as a carpenter’s helper and farm labourer. He began his 31 year career with Shell Oil at Midale retiring in 1996. Not content to sit idle after retirement, Don started his own company Moffat Consulting. He was later joined in the business by his son Kevin. Don was grateful for the many friendships formed while working in the oil patch. During these years, Don also farmed the family farm with his brother Butch. Don married Linda Cameron in 1969 and they had a busy life raising a family of four children in Weyburn. Don was an avid sports fan especially of the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played baseball and curled for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing especially the annual fishing trip to Deschambault Lake with family. Don enjoyed people and was able to talk to everyone. He was family orientated and was very proud of all his children’s accomplishments. His greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughters and laughing at their antics. Don survived a stroke and heart bypass surgery, but was not able to overcome melanoma diagnosed in April 2012. Don faced his illness with courage and dignity. He appreciated those friends and family who took time to visit. Don will be remembered for his sense of humour, hearty laugh and strong work ethic. A private graveside service was held at Hillcrest Cemetery with Marjorie McLeod CLA officiating. A remembrance of Don’s life for family and friends was held on Thursday, August 8 at Captain’s Hall.
- Jean Elizabeth (nee Walsh) passed away at the age of 80 on December 23, 2004. She was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, March 18, 1924. She and her younger sister, Dorothy, grew up in Truro and Jean joined the work force at the age of 16. While there, she met her future husband, Ralph. Jean later joined the Canadian Women Army Corps and served during 1943-44. After the cease of hostilities, Jean married Ralph on June 23, 1945 at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. When Ralph was discharged from the Forces, they lived and worked in Truro for about a year. They then moved back to Goodwater for a short time. Their first child, Roy, was born at this time. Kinnard, British Columbia became the site of their next home. During the seven years there, their next four children, Patsy, Dan, Chris and Lana were born. In 1954, they returned to the family farm at Goodwater. In 1956, their twin children, Gail and Garry were born. Although Jean never drove, she was very involved in the community taking her turn at convening work groups and working at the rink, the sports days and attending as many activities of her seven children as was possible. Jean baked all the bread for her young family, as well as doing some sewing and of course, a lot of mending. A large garden was a necessity and took many hours of work. During these years of hard work, there was always time to meet with the friends and have some fun. Many people will have good memories of her fine singing voice. In 1978, Jean and Ralph moved into Goodwater. Once again, a large garden was planted. They built a cabin on Lac LaRonge in 1982 where they spent much time fishing and entertaining for the next 10 years. In 1981, Jean got to revisit the places of her childhood when she and Ralph attended the Silver Broom in Moncton, New Brunswick, then spent the next week touring around the Maritimes. They lost their Goodwater home to a fire in August, 1997. They purchased another home and stayed in Goodwater until September of 2000 when they retired into Weyburn. January 2004, Ralph and Jean moved into Hill Top Manor. Jean is predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter Tracy. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ralph; sons: Roy with children Jody (Robin), Chris, Cory; Dan (Lois) with children Jaimie (Cory Lillis) two children Skylar, Logan, and Daniel, Darcy, Amanda (Jason Barrett); Chris (Wendy) with daughters Shawna and son Riley, Lorie (Shane Stoll) and son Jacob, Heather (Chris Gervais); Garry (Donelda) with children Kane and his two children SoNova and Aryk, Natasha, Rayna, Tonya; daughters: Patsy (Albert Ernst) with daughters Lanette, Stephanie; Lana (John Tosczak) with daughters Donna (Merle Fonstad) and children Kelsey and Cole, Tanya with her sons Dwayne and Davin, Tricia (Darren Boren) and children Jayda and Ty, Amanda (Kraig Wanner) and children, Dayman and Kayla, Shannon and son Mason; Gail Becker (Wayne Nykoluk) with children Tara (Tom Patrick), Kurt (Tami-Marie Quircho) and son Chase, Andrea and Alisha; a sister Dorothy; many nieces and nephews. Jean was a Legion member of 35 years. An Honor Guard was in attendance during the playing of the Last Post at the funeral service at the Canadian Legion on Tuesday, December 28, with interment at Goodwater.
- Ralph Mokelki, late of Weyburn, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Ralph was born at Lake Alma, April 21, 1923 and lived there until the family moved to Goodwater in 1935. He grew up in the great Saskatchewan prairie country that he loved so much during the hard years of the Great Depression. I believe that those hard years growing up helped him prepare for what he had to do next - fight for his country and world freedom. Ralph enlisted in 1942, originally with the Tank Corp, then with the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. He was among the first troops to parachute in behind enemy lines on D-Day. Their mission included securing the drop zone for those that followed and then to assist in knocking out artillery emplacements and preventing enemy re-supply and re-enforcement allowing those troops involved with the June beach landings to get their jobs done. He also fought in the Ardennes Woods commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine Drop and the push to Wismar. Ralph met Jean Walsh, from Nova Scotia, during the war years; they married at New Glasgow on June 24, 1945. They lived in Truro for about a year where he did a carpentry apprenticeship, before moving briefly to Goodwater where their first son, Roy, was born. They moved to Kinnaird, B.C., and Ralph worked at the smelter in Trail, BC. While living there four more children, Patsy, Danny, Chris and Lana were born. They moved back to Goodwater to farm in 1954. Two more children, Garry and Gail were born. They never had a lot of money but always found ways to raise their family of seven kids and have some fun doing it. Ralph farmed and worked in the oil field. He later learned how to do plumbing from Popular Mechanics magazine and did that on the side to subsidize the farm income. He also loved to fish, hunt, golf, and spend time with his friends. He was involved in the community, and his children's activities. He did some coaching with ball. They built a cabin on Lac LaRonge in 1982 where they spent much time fishing and entertaining for the next 10 years. They lost their Goodwater home to a fire in August 1997. They purchased another home and stayed in Goodwater until September of 2000 when they retired into Weyburn. January 2004 Ralph and Jean moved into Hill Top Manor. Ralph was predeceased by his wife Jean; his parents, Rockus and Celestine; his granddaughter, Tracy Mokelki; his brothers, Roy and Mark; and his sisters, Elaine McDowell and Tillie Woitas. Ralph is survived by his sons: Roy Mokelki, Eastend, with children Jody (Robin), Chris, Cory; Dan (Lois) Mokelki, Prince Albert, with children Jaimie (Cory Lillis) two children Skylar and Logan; Daniel, Darcy, Amanda (Jason Barrett) and Madison; Chris (Wendy) Mokelki, Balgonie, with daughters Shawna and son, Riley; Lori (Shane Stoll) and son Jacob, and daughter Lilly; Heather (Chris Gervais); Garry (Donelda) Mokelki, Goodwater, with children Kane and his two children SoNova and Aryk; Natasha, Rayna and Tonya; daughters: Patsy (Albert Ernst) Goodwater, with daughters Lanette and Stephanie (Jimmie Blanchard); Lana (John Tosczak) Tribune, with daughters Donna (Merle Fonstad) and children Kelsey and Cole, Tanya with her sons Dwayne and Davin, Tricia (Darren Boren) and children Jayda and Ty, Amanda (Kraig Wanner) and children Dayman and Kayla, Shannon and son Mason; Gail Becker (Wayne Nykoluk) Red Deer, AB with children Tara (Tom Patrick), Kurt (Tami-Marie) Becker and son Chase, Andrea and Alisha; sisters, Belle Gray, Salmon Arm, BC and Margaret Johnson, Castlegar, BC; sister-in-law, Dorothy Draper, Holly Hill, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service for Ralph Mokelki was held on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Ralph was a Legion member of 56 years. An Honor Guard was in attendance during the playing of the Last Post at funeral service. Interment was at Goodwater Cemetery.
- Alphild Mildred (nee Claybo) Molberg. It is with sadness the family announces that Alphild passed away peacefully at the Saskatoon Luthercare Communities on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at the age of 84. She is survived by her two sons, Gary (Diane) of Calgary, AB, Brian (Darlene) of Saskatoon, three grandchildren, Keri, Devin and Janine, sister Gladys Johnson of Outlook, and brother Marvin (Opal) Claybo of Midale, sisters-in-law, Chris Storey (Saskatoon), Jean Brammell (Killarney, MB), Joyce Claybo (Saskatoon), Myrtle Molberg (Vancouver, BC) numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband George, her parents John and Mary Claybo, sister Pearl Claybo, brother Mervin Claybo, brother-in-law Danton Johnson and two infant siblings. Alphild was born on August 6, 1920 in the Beaubier district. She lived in Bromhead a short while before moving to Oungre and attending Lyndale School. After attending Normal School, she taught school before marrying George on December 2, 1941. She lived most of her life in Midale and was active in the Baptist church and community. She enjoyed winters in Arizona for many years and developed many close friendships. Her happy disposition and concern for others will be missed by all who knew her. In later years she met the challenge of MS with optimism and strength. The family would like to thank the staff at Mainprize Manor in Midale and Luthercare Communities in Saskatoon for all their loving care and devoting over the years. We would especially like to thank Clara, Johnny, Sonny and Chris for their loving kindness to our mother. The funeral was held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 in Midale at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- John William. On Monday, April 17, 2000, John William Molberg passed away peacefully at the Hill Top Manor in Weyburn. He was 85 years old. He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Anna Molberg; brothers Reuben, Edward and George; sisters Clara Nordby, Esther Christensen, Allie Jacobson, and wife Lillian. He leaves to mourn one brother Philip (Myrtle) Molberg; sisters Edith Larson, Christina Storey, Sarah (Allan) McGillivray, and Jean Brammall, and sons John Lyle (Margaret) Molberg, Leonard (Shirley) Molberg; grandchildren Wendy (Mike) Bourassa, Darcie (Tim) Hammond, Dave Molberg, John Leonard Molberg and Mitzy-Lynne Marie Molberg. Also three great grandchildren Casey Bourassa, and Kelsey and Liam Hammond, plus many loving nieces and nephews. The funeral was held on Saturday, April 22, 2000 at the Midale Baptist Church with Rev. Dwayne Harms officiating. Pallbearers were Dave Molberg, John Leonard Molberg, Don Erickson, Garth Holman, Morley Jacobs and Ken Larson. Interment followed at the Westphalia Cemetery. John William Molberg was born at the Hillside View Farm just northeast of Midale on July 20, 1914. He joined a family of eight brothers and sisters, which eventually grew to 12 siblings. Johnnie attended school in Midale and graduated Grade 12 in 1932. During his school days, he was noted for his athletic ability. It was said that Johnnie could hop a fence with a sack of wheat on his shoulder. During, and after school was through, he sought, wooed and won the only girl for him, Lillian Alva Flury, and the two were married on October 29, 1938. At this time, Johnnie took over the farm and began a family. John Lyle was born on Halloween the following year and Leonard Samuel on January 20, 1945. Sadly for this young family, his wife Lillian passed away suddenly in 1946 at the age of 32, leaving Johnnie with a farm and two young children. He moved to town and for the next 53 years lived across the street from the Baptist Church. This church played an important part of his life, as did his faith in God. He served in the church in various positions, and for 50 years he was the Sunday School treasurer. During this time, he was an excellent singer and he and his brother George became well known for their vocal duets. Johnnie enjoyed farming, carpentry, and hunting - particularly pheasant hunting in the earlier years. He was a kind and caring person and seemed happiest when he was able to help someone out. In the fall of 1999, when he was no longer able to live on his own, Johnnie moved into Weyburn to live at the Hill Top Manor, where he passed away from cancer and old age. As an old farmer was overheard to say, "When you're 85, you can't get parts." Johnnie had a full life and we all feel richer for having known him. The family would like to say a sincere thank you to Heather, Jim, and the staff at the Hill Top Manor for their kindness and excellent care.
- Garry Herman. Funeral service for Garry Herman Mozill, 58, late of Midale, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 18, 2000, was held at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn on Saturday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Cremation with interment at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Garry was born February 10, 1942 in Lampman where he grew up on the family farm. He went to work in the oil patch at a young age, working the rigs until 1974. He worked in various places, Quebec, Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Later he worked construction and in the trucking business until his passing. He married Nona Jacobson in 1963 and they made their home in Midale. Predeceased by his mother Frances in 1958, his father Joseph in 1978 and a sister Joyce in 1960. Garry is survived by his loving wife Nona of Midale; three sons: Wayne Mozill of Midale; Greg (Karin) Mozill of Dartmouth, NS; and Kelvin (Jane) Mozill of Calgary, AB; Charlene (Bill) Hedin of Saskatoon; two grandchildren: Kayla and Jakob; two brothers: Earl (Kay) Mozill of Estevan, and Roy Mozill of Regina; four sisters: Irene (Jim) Davis of Kamloops, BC; Helen (Bill) LeBoutillier of Estevan; Doreen Johnston of Creighton; and Elaine (Wayne) Ottoson of White City; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. All in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Nona Gayle (nee Jacobson). On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Nona Gayle Mozill, late of Midale, Sask. passed away at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon at the age of 58 years. Nona Gayle Mozill was born June 20, 1947 at Halbrite. She grew up on the family farm until moving into Midale, where she received her education. On December 21, 1963, Nona married Garry Mozill in Weyburn. They lived in Midale all their married lives. Nona took an active part in her children's activities, traveling many miles to attend their sports and school events. She often helped at the Midale Civic Center in the kitchen, providing baking for numerous community events. In 1989, Nona started working as a cook at a café in Midale, later working at a restaurant in Estevan. She started cooking and baking at Midale Regional Park in 1995, and remained there until the end of the season in 2005. Her main hobbies and interests were cooking and baking for family and friends. She also liked to crochet afghans. Nona loved traveling to visit family and enjoyed a couple trips to Hawaii and Mexico with family. Nona had many good friends in the community and will be missed by all who knew her. Predeceased by her father and mother, Arland and Beatrice Jacobson, her husband, Garry Mozill and one brother, Larry Jacobson. Nona will be lovingly remembered by her family; four children: Wayne Mozill of Midale; Greg (Karin) Mozill of Katy, TX; Kelvin (Jane) Mozill of Calgary, AB; and Charlene (Bill) Hedin of Saskatoon; grandchildren: Jakob and Jorja Mozill, Kayla, Megan and Janelle Mozill, Abigayle and Karlee Hedin; brother, Allan (Helen) Jacobson of Estevan; sister, Marilyn (Ernie) Petrow of Calgary, AB; sister-in-law, Joan Jacobson of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers.
- Kathleen (nee Haselhan) Mutz, late of Estevan, beloved wife of the late Henry Mutz, passed away suddenly on October 20, 2007 at Trinity Tower at the age of 92. She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Loretta (Pat) Benning, Weyburn; Irene (Mike) Paskowski, Estevan; Deloris (Garry) Brooks, Alameda; Diane (Jack) Scheistel, Frobisher; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter; brother Edward (Edith) Haselhan; sister Lorraine (Bob) Wilson; sister-in-law Jessie Haselhan; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Gerald and her husband, Henry; a brother Andrew and sister Anne; two great granddaughters, Jamie and Kayla. After her marriage to Henry in 1937, they lived on a farm at Midale and then later moved to Lampman on a farm. For the last 10 years she lived in Estevan in Trinity Tower, where she was very happy. Her hobbies included traveling, listening to music, singing, dancing, hand embroidery, playing cards, visiting and taking her grandchildren to McDonald's for lunch. Most important of all was her love for hockey, and going to the rink to watch her many grandchildren play. We know how proud she was of each and every one of us and the love she had for us all. We, the family of Kathleen Mutz, late of Estevan, express our heartfelt thanks to all family and friends for the phone calls, food, visits, cards, flowers, masses, donations, Sister Lusies, father Leonado, singer Annette, organist Danille, readers Teresa, Debbie and Karl, great granddaughter Stacey for the Eulogy, grandsons for being pallbearers, C.W.L. for lunch, to Boire Funeral Home and Trinity Tower residents. A special thanks to Jack and Diane Messham.
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- Inez Selma (nee Emde) Nelson passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital, Estevan, on December 21, 2000 at the age of 84 years. Inez was born in Radville on July 17, 1916 and spent her early years on the homestead near Gladmar. Her family moved to Midale in 1924 where she received her schooling and graduated from high school in 1934. She worked in Winnipeg and Toronto for a while and came back to Midale in 1943 where she worked at Armstrong's Store. Later worked as a cook at the Francis Hotel until deciding to go on her own and opened the Rite Spot Cafe in half of Mr. Moser's barber shop. In 1952 she sold the business and started cooking at the "old" hospital and did this for the next ten years. In 1962 she married Melvin Nelson and lost him in April of that same year to cancer. The next few years were spent helping the family. In November 1977 she went back to work cooking at the hospital, this time the "new" one where she remained until her retirement in November 1984. Inez was very active in her community, church, serving as Sunday school teacher for many years and as Sunday school treasurer for over 30 years. She was also active in E.L.W., Altar Guild, church council, hospital auxiliary, Bible camp as cook, senior citizens and the catering clubs. She enjoyed good health and was able to be on her own at home and active in the community until shortly before her passing. Inez was predeceased by her parents Bill and Clara Emde, her husband Melvin Nelson, sister Norma Burke and brother-in-law Bill Burke. Inez will be dearly missed by brother Willis (Hazel) Emde, nieces Linda (Ralph) Snyder, Carol Ann (Carl) Sowden, Vernelle (Garnath) Rasmuson, nephews: Bill and (Marjorie) Burke, Alan (Rhonda) Emde, Ron (Lana) Emde; great nieces and nephews: Shane and Nathan Sowden, Tyson, Michael and Kristin Rasmuson, Natasha, Landon and Owen Emde, Kyler, Chelsea, Kendall and Dakota Emde. Funeral service was held Wednesday, December 27, 2000 from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale with Pastor Paul Sartison officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Pallbearers were Alan Emde, Ron Emde, Dayle Martinson, Neil Martinson, Kim Peterson and Michael Lee.
- Pauline (nee Winter) Nelson, formerly of Midale, passed away in Weyburn on Saturday, November 29, 2003 at the age of 88 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Pauline was predeceased by her parents Emil and Elizabeth Winter; brother Joseph Winter; sisters Anne Drysdale and Eva Craigen. Pauline is survived by her husband of 60 years, Malcolm Nelson of Weyburn; son Richard (Giselle) Nelson of Midale; grandson Kelly (Clare) Nelson and great grandson Malcolm Nelson of Medicine Hat, AB; granddaughter Ricki-Lee (Kevin) Fossenier of Calgary, AB. One sister Betty (Johnny) Miller of Vancouver, BC; brothers Emil (Ann) Winter of Creston, BC; Harold (Rose) Winter of Milk River, AB; Carl (Julie) Winter of Assiniboia; Vic (Helen) Winter of Lethbridge, AB; Jake (Lorraine) Winter of Regina; John (Pauline) Winter of Kelowna, BC, and Raymond Winter of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Pauline was a supportive, hard working partner for Malcolm, helping run a mixed farm for 52 years. Pauline and Malcolm moved from the farm at Midale to Weyburn in 1995. During her life Pauline enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and plants. She also loved handiwork and needle work. She was an active member of the Midale CWL for many years. Her grandchildren always brought her the most joy. Pauline was accepting of life and the challenges if offered, and was at peace with her life and her passing. A memorial mass was held Wednesday, December 3, from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Father Albert Schmitz officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens.
- Annette Louise (nee Carlson) Newton, born on August 14, 1945, passed away on January 5, 2012 at the age of 66 years. Annette was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Alice Carlson and two brothers, Randy and Gary. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Monica (Dave) Nepinak of Red Deer, AB, Angie (Rob) Schick of Blackfalds, AB, Shannon Newton of Blackfalds, AB, Jeff Newton of Midale and Jen (Carey) Just of Ardrossan, AB; grandchildren: Robyn (Shane), Amanda (Logan), Megan (Tanner), Kyle and Andrew; great grandchildren: Ashton, Chelsey and Luke; brothers and sisters, Jane (Norm) Hurren of Halbrite, George (Barb) Carlson of Midale, Tim (Heather) Carlson of Midale, Kim Carlson of Midale and Sandra Carlson of Midale, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 11 from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Marian Huber officiating. Active pallbearers were, Scott Stabenow, Brent Olmstead, Vernon Carlson, Gary Miller, Roger Hauglum and Chris Messer. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Marie Louise (nee Craeyveldt) Nimegeers was born to Maurice and Rosalie (nee Gronenschild) Craeyveldt on September 10, 1920 in Shergrove, Manitoba and passed away peacefully on December 26, 2011. Marie and her husband, George, lived on a farm near Halbrite for 40 years. Together they raised eleven children while farming only three quarters of land. Marie had many interests which included gardening and canning, she also loved quilting, crocheting and collecting stamps. Many of the stamps she collected were on the envelopes of the many penpals she corresponded with over a period of forty plus years. Marie was also an active member of the Catholic Women’s League since 1943. She was also involved with the Halbrite Homemakers for many years. Marie’s greatest love was her family – children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great great grandchild were everything to her. Marie was predeceased by her husband, George; sister, Juliette; parents, Maurice and Rosalie Craeyveldt; sons, Jim and Maurice; grandson, John; sons-in-law, Al and Larry and brothers-in-law, Marshall and John. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: George (Lorraine) Nimegeers, Fredricton, NB; Shirley (Max) Wiedemann, Calgary, AB; Joan (Wayne) Casler, Sherwood Park, AB; Eunice Langille, Redcliff, AB; Marlene (Dennis) Wanner, Weyburn; Patsy (Joe) Thiel, Redcliff, AB; Glen (Vona) Nimegeers, Midale; Linda (Peter) McCann, Salmon Arm, BC and Connie Johnson (Bob), Weyburn; 19 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild; sisters, Yvonne and Rose DeBruyne of Radville as well as many nieces and nephews. Prayers for Marie were said on Wednesday, December 28 at 7:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A funeral mass for Marie was celebrated on Thursday, December 29 at 10:30 AM from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father Gerry Bauche celebrating. Active Pallbearers were, Tyler Wanner, Darren Langille, Steven Langille, Maurice Gendron, Taylor Biro and Kurt Wiedemann. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite.
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- Maxine Jessie (nee Arts) Oesch, late of Midale, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007 at the age of 73 years. Maxine was predeceased by her father, Cornelius Arts; her sister, Marvel McGregor and a brother-in-law, Douglas Penny. She leaves to mourn her husband, Robert Oesch of Midale; her children: James (Susan) Oesch, Midale, Connie (Barry) Beetham, Hardasty, AB, Viola (Jim) Kot, Provost, AB; six grandchildren: Jacquie and Spencer Oesch, Terri, Chris and Justin Beetham and Dallas Kot; her step grandchildren: Leah, David and Jennifer Kot; her mother, Madge Arts, Midale; sister, Valerie Penny, Midale; brother, Jim (Eileen) Arts, Midale; and brother-in-law, Keith McGregor; as well as several nieces and nephews. Maxine Jessie Oesch was born on December 4, 1933 in Midale. She completed her schooling attaining her grade twelve diploma. Maxine was united in marriage to Robert on April 10, 1957. She was a member of the United Church of Canada. Over the next years her role as farm wife included her love of sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. Maxine also loved to garden and to decorate wedding cakes. The Service of Remembrance for Maxine Oesch was held on Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Robert Oesch, late of Midale, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2008 at the age of 73 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Allan and Mary Oesch; his wife Maxine; three brothers: Ted, Ernie and Ray. Bob is survived by his children: James (Susan) Oesch, Midale; Connie (Barry) Beetham, Hardasty, AB, Viola (Jim) Kot, Provost, AB; six grandchildren: Jacqui and Spencer Oesch, Terri (Jesse) Howey, Chris and Justin Beetham, Dallas, Leah, David and Jenny Kot; two sisters: Dorothy (Ray) McCarty, Biggar and Joan (Eugene) Tataryn, Saskatoon; three brothers: Alvin (Grace) Oesch, Hope, BC, Bill (Rose) Oesch, Ruthilda and Ed (Leila) Oesch, Biggar; his mother-in-law, Madge Arts, Midale; sister-in-law, Valerie Penny, Midale, brothers-in-law: Jim (Eileen) Arts, Midale and Keith McGregor as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private family memorial service for Bob will be held at a later date.
- Harry Vernon Olmstead was born on the family farm near Huntoon on March 10, 1936, second son of Edson and Mary Olmstead. He attended the Olmstead School, then went to work at the Harry Floading farm at age 17. Later he worked for Sonny Claybo as a farm hand. After this he worked for Les Meyers in the oilfield. For the next 23 years he worked for the Tangen Brothers until the passing of John and George Tangen. He was employed by the town of Midale and then the Adderly family farm until his passing. Harry was caretaker of the Midale skating rink for many years. He used to joke about being a babysitter for many of the children in Midale each winter. He used to play broomball and was an avid hockey fan. He enjoyed a good joke and told many himself. On April 7, 1961 he married Jane Carlson and had two children: Shelly Annette of Wainwright, AB, and Brent Allen and his girlfriend Arinda of Regina. He is also survived by one brother, Roy (Karen) Olmstead of Carlyle and one sister, Alice (Garnet) Kerr of Midale; one sister-in-law, Sheila Olmstead of Moose Jaw; one brother-in-law, George Marlowe of Crooked River; as well as five aunts, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Edson and Mary Olmstead; one sister, Esther Marlowe; two brothers: Clarence and Larry Olmstead; and one great nephew, Anthony Ereth. On June 28, 1994 the prayers of many family and friends were answered when Harry became an instant recovered alcoholic. We were all proud of him for this accomplishment. Harry was accidently burned on May 4, 2001 and after spending three weeks in University Hospital, Saskatoon, his skin graphs healed amazingly well. He was transferred to the Weyburn hospital and was looking forward to returning home. On June 6, 2001, due to a blood clot, Harry passed away at 9:55 a.m. We all mourn the passing of Harry O and will miss him very much. Funeral service was held Monday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: John Adderley, Barry Duncan, Lorne Ereth, Ron Hoium, George Carlson and Vernon Carlson.
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- Dorothy "Amy" Pattyson passed away May 27, 2009 at the age of 88. Amy was predeceased by her parents; Jim and Helen Pattyson, sisters; Alice (George) Barkley, Nancy (Fred) Leason, Marjorie (Don) Brock, brother; Jim (Mary) Pattyson, husband; Paul Coe. Survived by her son; David Pattyson, Tribune, her daughter; Marjorie (Ken) Clauson, Midale, and her sons; Jeremy, Ken, Andrew, numerous nieces and nephews. Amy was born at Day Hills in Staffordshire, England December 27, 1920. Came over to Canada in 1957 and lived in the Tribune area until her passing. Amy had a very interesting life in England; she worked as a maid and then as a head cook. When the war broke out she went to work at the Royal Ordnance Factory, on munitions. The factory was camaflauged so that the German planes dropped their bombs all around but never made a direct hit. It was dangerous work but in those days if you did not do war work you would go to jail. She enjoyed life and never regretted coming to Canada. Amy enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening and helping out on the farm. She was the librarian at Tribune for 23 years and enjoyed meeting people. Private family funeral service will be held at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Friday June 5, 2009. Internment will follow at the Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Myrna Gaylene (nee Johnson) passed away on February 19, 2003 at the Green Valley Rehabilitation Health Centre in Eugene, Oregon at the age of 62 years. Myrna was born at home in the Goodwater district on July 27, 1940, the youngest child of Clifford and Amy Johnson. She received her education at Goodwater School and went onto train at Marvel Hairdressing School in Regina. She worked for a brief period as an aide at Midale Hospital and later worked in Ada's Hair Salon in Weyburn after receiving her diploma. Myrna eventually moved to Calgary where she was employed as a bookkeeper in the gas and oil service industry for many years. For a short period of time she worked in the operating room area of Calgary General Hospital, cleaning and maintaining surgical instruments. In 1994, she moved to Oregon, USA where she worked on a tree farm until she became seriously ill in the year 2000. In addition to hair styling, Myrna enjoyed music, travel, reading and keeping in touch with friends and family by writing long letters. She continued to practice hairdressing and would obligingly give friends a new hairdo if they asked, until she was no longer able to do so. She was devoted to her parents, as well as brothers and sister, and like them, she had a profound love for animals. Myrna is predeceased by her parents, Clifford and Amy Johnson, brother Norman (Frances) Johnson, Estevan; nephew baby Jason Johnson, Goodwater; and a loving husband Joseph Bonin of Calgary, AB. Myrna will be lovingly remembered by her brother Allan (Myrnice) Johnson, Goodwater; niece Wendy Johnson, Duluth, Minnesota; sister Jackie Hillrud, Weyburn; sister-in-law Frances Johnson, Estevan; as well as special friend and care giver for the past two years, Eileen Alustad, Eugene, Oregon. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Harder officiating. Interment will be at Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater.
- Douglas Wayne. On Friday, May 27, 2005, Douglas Wayne Penny, late of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, at the age of 73 years. Doug was predeceased by his mother and father, Florence and Joseph Penny; brother-in-law, Keith Houghtling; sister-in-law, Marvel McGregor and father-in-law, Cornelius Arts. Doug is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Valerie Penny of Midale, and their children: Vona (Glen) Nimegeer of Midale, Patsy Robinson of Estevan, Randy (Pam) Penny of Calgary, AB, and Darwin (Rhonda) Penny of Midale; grandchildren: Amy Nimegeer, Derek, Michael and Kayla Penny, Tegan and Jarika Penny; sisters, Peggy Houghtling and Shirley (Garry) Stevenson; mother-in-law, Madge Arts; brothers-in-law, Keith McGregor and Jim (Eileen) Arts, sister-in-law, Maxine (Bob) Oesch, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Douglas Wayne Penny was born January 13, 1932 to Florence and Joseph Penny on the farm at SE 27-4-11, in the Province of Saskatchewan. He grew up a farmer and continued that tradition along with his wife of 50 years, Valerie (nee Arts). He loved all animals, especially horses. Doug did not like crowds, but always enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors and would do anything to help his family and neighbors. He enjoyed watching hockey and curling, and he liked to dance. Doug had a great sense of humor and loved to tease and joke, and was always ready with a witty comment. His greatest loves were his wife, children and grandchildren, who will miss him dearly. A Private Family Graveside Service was held Monday, May 30, at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating minister.
- Kenneth David Peterson passed away at the age of 59 in Edmonton, AB on December 18, 2000, after a lengthy illness. Kenneth was born in Midale on September 4, 1941 to Clarence and Dorothy Peterson. He took all his schooling in Midale, then one year of business college in Regina. He then began work at the Midale Credit Union. In 1963 he married Gayla Rosengren of Midale. Their three children arrived while in Midale. In 1969 the family moved to Ottawa where he started work for the federal government. His work with them took him to Saskatoon, Regina, back to Saskatoon and in 1992 to Edmonton, AB where illness forced him to retire in 1995, having attained the position with the Dept. of Regional Economic Expansion as Regional Director of Finance for Western Diversification. Besides his loving wife Gayla, he leaves to mourn three children: Todd Peterson, Michelle Cronk and Leanne Peterson (Augusto Lopes) all of Edmonton; three grandchildren, Natasha, Justin and Morgan; his sister and brother-in-law Edie and Jim Whalen of Calgary, AB; his mother-in-law, Helen Rosengren of Weyburn; three sisters-in-law, Carol Sitwell (Jim), Cathy Messer (Hugh), all of Regina, and Joni (Scot) Muri of Swift Current. Ken was predeceased by his father Clarence in 1970, his mother Dorothy in 1994, a nephew Wayne Fehr in 1991 and his father-in-law Walter Rosengren in 1987. He also leaves to mourn nieces and nephews and Peterson relatives in Midale. Funeral service was held from Hainstock's Funeral Home in Edmonton, AB, on Friday, December 20 with Rev. Paul Shaw (United Church) officiating. Reflections of Ken's life was given by his brother-in-law Jim Whelan, scriptures were read by his nine year old granddaughter Morgan, and a poem, composed by his good friend and neighbor David, was read by his sister-in-law Carol Sitwell, and his youngest daughter Leanne gave a tribute to her dad. Cremation followed. Ken was a respected employee by his fellow workers. When he retired, one of his former colleagues who had worked with him for eight years expressed his admiration to Ken for his effort to continue to fight on despite his serious health problems.
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- Edward Raymond Reiser passed away October 30, 2001 at the Palliative Care Unit of Pasqua Hospital at 67 years of age. Ed was born at Halbrite, in October 1934. He was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and John Reiser, grandparents Emma and Jack Sturgeon and Anna and Leopold Reiser as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Survived by brother Ken (Norine), nephew Dan (Cathy) whose family include Adam, Sarah, and Katie, and niece Yvonne whose daughters are Janelle and Kristen. Also surviving are aunts Rose McLeod, Agnes Allen, Dorothy Reiser, Millie Reiser, and Joy Gerrish as well as many cousins, including Mac and Shirley Gordon and family Trevor Gordon and Jeff and Tracy Elliot, with whom Ed enjoyed Kaplan Field softball and many other family activities, and Carl and Marion Lafrentz who kept a close relationship with Ed throughout his life. Following high school in Halbrite, Ed moved to Regina in 1953. Most of Ed's working years were in the warehousing industry, including related clerical duties at Oglivie Mills Ltd., Olesen Trading Co., Economy Warehouse, Scott National and Western Feeds. Ed was well informed on many topics; he particularly enjoyed all sports; liked to visit and chat, and thoroughly enjoyed his dog Charlie. During his last year or so, Ed expressed much gratitude for the care he received through the Palliative Care System both at home and in the hospital. In accordance with Ed's request, on Monday, November 5, family members attended a brief inurnment ceremony which was conducted by Dr. J. McIntosh at St. Paul's Columbarium in Regina. Friends and relatives then met for refreshments at the Wascana Family and Community Centre.
- Gladys M. (nee Gerrish). On Monday, November 15, 1999, Gladys M. Reiser, late of Regina, and formerly of Halbrite, passed away at the Sunset Nursing Home at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her loving husband of over 50 years, John Reiser; two sisters: Agnes Gerrish and Isabelle Reiser, and by one brother, Joe Gerrish. Gladys is survived by two sons: Edward R. Reiser of Regina; and Kenneth (Norine) Reiser of Regina; grandson, Dan (Cathy) Reiser; and great grandchildren: Adam, Sarah and Katie Reiser; granddaughter, Yvonne (Ray) Sigmeth and great grandchildren: Janelle and Kristen Sigmeth; five sisters-in-law: Rose McLeod, Agnes Allen, Dorothy Reiser, Mildred Reiser and Joy Gerrish; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Gladys was born August 29, 1913 to Howard and Emae Gerrish at Lisbon, North Dakota, USA. She married John Reiser and they lived in Halbrite where their two sons, Ed and Ken, were born. In 1953 they moved to Regina where they lived in a home a few doors up the street from the Grey Nun's Hospital. John passed away in 1984 and Gladys suffered a stroke in 1998. Gladys loved having people around and was always ready to offer her home for friends and acquaintances and especially nieces and nephews to come and stay. Big meals were Gladys' trademark. She was delighted to be a grandmother to Yvonne and Dan and was especially happy to share later as great grandmother with their children. Her hospitality was what made her life full, and she will be sadly missed by all those she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Marilyn Anderson Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Marvin Reiser, Carl Lafrentz, Graham Reiser, Lloyd Reiser, Mac Gordon and Trevor Gordon.
- Rudolfine "Fina" (nee Kuhn) Rinas, late of Midale, passed away on June 9, 2002 at the age of 98 years. Fina was predeceased by her parents Ferdinand and Pauline (Biberdorf) Kuhn; her husband Theodor on May 27, 1976; a son Richard; son-in-law John Gatzke; one grandson; three great great granddaughters; nine brothers and sisters. Survived by Theodor (Ted) Rinas (Noreen); Erma (Robert) Hammermeister; Ezella Gatzke; 11 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Born January 13, 1904 at Maseofka, Ukraine, Rudolfine was the last survivor of the Biberdorf ancestry. She married Theodor on June 25, 1925 and in 1928 they immigrated to Canada to the Outram area. In 1931, they moved to Goodwater and farmed until 1957 at which time they retired to Midale. After Theodor passed away she lived in Jaquin Place, then later to Creighton Lodge and her last years at Mainprize Manor. Rudolfine was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith and was a lifetime member at St. luke's Lutheran Church. Rudolfine loved her flowers and gardening; we will miss her very much. A funeral service was held Wed., June 12 from St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Midale. Pastor Dale Mohr officiated. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Ricky Rinas; Marvin Rinas; Bobby Hammermeister; Timothy Gatzke; Terry Gatzke; Roy Humphries. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Myrtle Beatrice (nee Graville). On Thursday, March 23, 2000, Myrtle Beatrice Root, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her mother and father, Ralph and Margaret Graville; her husband, Joe Root; two sisters: Olive Johnston and Loretta Buchanan; two brothers-in-law: Reginold Eddy and Elgin Buchanan; and a niece, Irene Johnston. Myrtle is survived by her sister, Hazel Eddy of Tribune; brother-in-law, Ken Johnston of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Myrtle Beatrice Root was born October 12, 1916 in the Goodwater area, the third daughter of Ralph and Margaret Graville. She received her education at Monson School. She was raised in the Goodwater area and did domestic work in various homes. She was married later in life to Joe Root. Myrtle loved to play ball, dance, read and play card games. She really enjoyed the little people even right to the end. She resided in Midale, then later moved to Weyburn where she lived in Bison Manor until moving to Weyburn Special Care Home where she passed away peacefully on March 23, 2000. In accordance with Myrtle's wishes, there will be no funeral service.
- Graham Lee Rosengren passed away at the age of 49 on January 4, 2001 at University Hospital, Saskatoon. Graham was born at Midale on July 18, 1951 to Agnes and Norman Rosengren. After graduating from Midale School where he excelled in math and sports, Graham went on to business college, which led him to the Bank of Canada for a time. Later, he worked at the Midale Credit Union before getting into grain and cattle farming. In 1973 Graham married Norma Venaas of Midale and together they raised four children, Kerrilyn, Kristen, Shelley and Jesse. Sports were always a big part of his life, so when he finally slowed his own participation, he began coaching his children's ball and hockey teams. Graham always worked hard to instill a love of sport and dedication to fair play in all the kids he coached. Predeceased by his parents, Norman and Agnes Rosengren, and his sister Gloria Gosselin. Graham leaves to mourn his loving wife Norma, his children: Kerrilyn (Steven) Hultgren, Kristen, Shelley and Jesse; his brother, Howard (Wendy) Rosengren; his brothers-in-law: Gene Gosselin, John (Bea) Long, Ralph (Shari) Venaas, Meryle (Gail) Venaas, Glenn (Sandra) Venaas; his sisters-in-law: Judy Venaas and Amber Venaas, his father-in-law, Norman Venaas; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Funeral service was held on January 9 from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale with Pastor Paul Sartison officiating. Active pallbearers were: Brian Carlson, Colin Rosengren, Garth Gosselin, Leon Hoium, Kevin Hoium, and Ron Hoium. Graham's lifelong friend, Doug Isely gave the eulogy. Nina and Neil Martinson sang for Graham, Sheila Peterson played the piano and Vernelle Rasmuson, the organ. Burial followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Graham and his family have been overwhelmed with the support of friends, family and community during the past few years. They also have endless gratitude for all those organ donor families, who in the midst of their tragedy, have given the marvelous gift of life to others. We are so thankful that he will be forever with God.
- Mary (nee Mynio). On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, Mary Rosengren of Midale passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Anastatia Mynio; her husband, Allan “Babe” Rosengren; three brothers, John, Steve and Peter Mynio; and two sisters, Maria Mynio and Helen Fermaniuk. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her five sisters: Eve, Rose and Sophia Mynio, Kay Drozdak and Ann Bobroff; three brothers: Mike, Henry and Nick Mynio; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Mary Mynio was born on June 15, 1929 to proud parents, Nicholas and Anastasia Mynio. She was born into a large family, surrounded with love from seven sisters and six brothers. She spoke of her family often and had fond memories of them all. While living in Edmonton, Mary met her first love, Allan “Babe” Rosengren. They were married on July 16, 1963 in Edmonton, AB. She was a faithful and devoted wife. After Babe passed away in 1985, Mary was surrounded by many loving friends and family. She spent much of her time travelling and visiting with friends from Weyburn, Estevan and Midale, and enjoyed the company of her nieces and nephews. Mary was very blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to help her. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 27 at 1:00 pm from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. Cordelia Karpenko officiating. Interment will be at a later date.
- Carolyn Belva Ryan passed away in the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the age of 44 years. Carolyn is survived by: one son Blair Ryan and his wife Dorie and their daughter Kylee of Maidstone; her companion Buck Brimacombe; her parents: Duane and Ruth; four brothers; Barrie (Cindy), Randy, Kevin( Carlene), Conrad (Dayna) three sisters Sherry (Mark)Thompson, Geraldine Clark, Pam (Adrian) Prudden as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and other family. The memorial service for Carolyn was conducted from the First Baptist Church, Lloydminster, on Wednesday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Ta Tumu officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all her immediate family. Interment followed in the Maidstone Cemetery. Carolyn was born April 3, 1961 at Midale to Duane and Ruth Ryan. She was a twin to her brother Kevin born a few hours later on April 4. This added to an already busy household with two older brothers and an older sister. Of course being twins, they got all the attention and were spoiled by their older siblings. She grew up a farm girl with all that entails, including helping her brothers picking rocks, hauling hay, driving tractor, hauling cows and the list goes on and on. One day Carolyn and Kevin each had a tractor and cultivator and were working a field that had a rather large slough in the middle with access around one end. Kevin, with his great driving skills got too close to the slough and got stuck so he proceeded to get out of the tractor to wave Carolyn over to pull him out. Carolyn, being a helpful twin immediately picked up and headed straight over to pull him out unfortunately straight across the slough wasn't a good thing and the two of them had to spend quite a bit of time getting unstuck. We won,t mention the winch truck, 4WD tractor, and of course how happy dad was. She attended school in Midale while growing up and during that time made many close friends. She participated in figure skating, various school activities and sports. She always had a great sense of humor. As most are aware we love hockey and while growing up the boys all cheered for Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins. Carolyn, just to be different, and to bug the boys, cheered for the Montreal Canadians. The worst of it was that the Habs actually won a few games in those years. She definitely got into our kitchens. Her crowning moment was when Gretzky was being traded - Carolyn put the number 99 on a Montreal Canadians jersey and wore it in front of her brothers; she sure got a kick out of that. Carolyn loved music. She played her guitar and saxophone and one of the tunes we remember was "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." She played the accordion frequently and loved to play at a very fast pace. She would try to teach Conrad to sing and stressed to him that he would have to learn to "FEEL" his music to do well and obviously he took her advice. We remember that Carolyn used to make gum wrapper chains out of juicyfruit and spearmint wrappers and she had them hanging all over her bedroom. Pam always wondered how Carolyn could chew so much gum! She always bragged about being older than her twin brother and how she got her driver's license in one try while Kevin took two. Kevin always responded that he was a gentleman and let her go first. Once she turned 21 she said she wasn't going to get any older. After awhile we all accepted this and would call her and wish her a happy 21st birthday for the 10th, the 15th, the 20th time and so on. One of the happiest days of Carolyn's life came on July 8, 1979 when Blair was born. She loved Blair dearly and always did her best to look after his best interests. She lived in Regina for a time and in the early 80's Carolyn and Blair moved to Lloydminster and eventually moved to Buck's farm at Maidstone. Carolyn spent many days at the hockey rink watching Blair play and was always the most passionate fan; so passionate that she would often have a section all to herself! Carolyn liked the farm life. She was known to be an early riser. None of us were ever able to beat Carolyn to be the first to call a family member on a special occasion; she would always be the first, usually at 5 o'clock in the morning and would never forget a birthday! We always went to bed early on the eave of our birthday as a result! The farm life also fit well with her love of gardening. Carolyn spent many hours in the garden. She had a pretty big garden-you had to walk for 10 minutes to get to the far end. There were no weeds, the rows were straight and she liked to grow many different things. She loved to prepare a meal with fresh garden vegetables. We have had many Ryan family get aways to a hotel at various cities to meet, swim, have fun, tell stories and enjoy each other's company. One time we met in Medicine Hat and Carolyn decided to take the shortcut back to Lloyd. The story goes that she got stopped at the US border and was told that Lloyd was the other way -at the same time her red Datsun car that she affectionately called the "Porsche" had a minor breakdown and fortunately Mark and Sherry came along and rescued her; Blair wasn't too impressed. She was very proud of Blair and happy to welcome her new daughter-in-law Dori into the family, when they were married on May 25, 2002. This was soon followed by the birth of a very special granddaughter Kylee, born on May 8, 2004. Of course we all got the 5 AM call on this occasion to brag about having the first grandchild. Carolyn loved her family dearly. To Blair, Dori, Kylee, we offer our support now and in the future. Oh, and by the way Mom and Dad; we'll take turns calling you at 5 in the morning. Carolyn we love you and we will miss you. -Barrie, Sherry, Randy, Kevin, Geraldine, Conrad, and Pam. We would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral. All of the family for helping put it together and being there. To Pastor Ta Tumu and everyone at First Baptist Church for a wonderful service and lunch. And to all the friends and family who sent cards, flowers and food. Thanks from Blair, Dori & Kylee Ryan, Buck Brimacombe and all of Carolyn's family.
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- Ole Sandvold, born October 21, 1909 at Midale, passed away August 13, 2007 at Weyburn, at the age of 97 years. He was predeceased by his parents: Tom and Oline Sandvold; three sisters: Sigrid, Martha and Rogna; two brothers: Leonard and Sigurd. Ole is survived by one sister, Anna of Regina; two nieces: Marlene Guthrie of Burnaby, BC and Eileen (Irvin) Escott of Indian Head; four nephews: John (Martha) Gordon, Medicine Hat, AB, Herb (Helene) Gordon, Halbrite, Mac (Shirley) Gordon, Regina and Roy (Colleen) Gordon, Regina; as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Donna Smalley officiating. The pallbearers were Ron Emde, Allan Emde, Garnath Rasmuson, Dayle Martinson, Neil Martinson and Kyler Emde. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Edward William Scharnatta, late of Midale, passed away on August 31, 2011 on the family farm in the Midale district at the age of 83 years. Ed was born on January 25, 1928 on the family farm. He attended Augusta School and then moved to Anderson School for the remaining years. Ed grew up on the family farm, raising cattle and grain. He also worked for the Midale Telephone Company and drove school bus for over 19 years. Ed learned to blacksmith from his Dad and enjoyed working with wood, making many scroll saw cutouts. He also loved to fish and would try and get out on the water as much as he could. He was forced to learn how to drive at a very young age because of his father’s illness and mother’s poor eyesite. Ed married Alice Flora Marie Krueger of Midale on June 24, 1950 and together they had two children, Mary Ann and Brian. They enjoyed traveling with family and friends to many areas of Canada and loved getting away in the winter to warmer climate of California. Together they were able to take three cruises with family members and friends, plus a trip to Hawaii with two of his grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, William and Lena Scharnatta; sister, Faye Schulz; brothers, Orville and Charles Scharnatta; son-in-law, Douglas Werk and great grandson, Daniel Werk. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice Scharnatta of Midale; daughter, Mary Ann (Rob) Wood; son, Brian Scharnatta; grandchildren: Michael (Laurie) Werk, Jeffrey Werk (Tammy Shewfelt), Kristy (Mike) Maier, Matthew (Maguelone) Wood, Andrew Wood, Dallas Scharnatta, Amanda (Colin) Mohr; great grandchildren: Austin, Ethan, Megan Werk, Brielle, Joshua Werk, Morgan, Lexi Scott, Caleb, McKenzie, Evan Maier, Kegan Scharnatta; sister, Edith Jacobs as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 AM from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche celebrating. Prayers were said Monday, September 5 at 7:00 PM from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn. A private family interment at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn was held Friday September 9. Pallbearers were Lester Scharnatta, Murray Scharnatta, Gary Scharnatta, Dale Schulz, Allan Jacobs and Elmer Geiger. Honourary Pallbearers were Harold Krueger, Ernie Krueger, Arley Krueger, Pat Wanner, Verne Cooke, Doug Heibein and Jim Arts.
- Esther Gladys Lusel (nee Jacobson) formerly of Valhalla Homes in Saskatoon passed away peacefully at Mainprize Manor in Midale, on February 21, 2004. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Lester (Isobel) of Midale and her daughter Ione (Hervé) Langlois of Saskatoon; five grandchildren: Kaylene (Reg) Snider of Macoun, Leslie Langlois, Laurier (Heather) Langlois, Lynette (Darren) Bohmann of Saskatoon and Liane Langlois of Edmonton, AB; five great grandchildren: Melissa, Miranda and Nicole Snider of Macoun, Lucas Langlois and Bryn Bohmann of Saskatoon. She also leaves one brother-in-law Ed (Alice) Scharnatta of Midale and two sisters-in-law Edé Jacobs of Weyburn and Maisie Jacobson of Lethbridge, AB, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Esther was predeceased by her husband Charles Scharnatta of Midale in 1989; her parents John and Lena Jacobson of Midale; brothers: Arland (Beatrice) Jacobson, Art Jacobson and Bill Jacobson; sisters: Edith (George) Druck and Edna (Alfred) Anderson; brothers-in-law: Orville (Alice) Scharnatta and Gordon Jacobs and one sister-in-law Faye Schultz; two nephews: Larry Jacobson and Garry Mozill. Esther was born April 27, 1914 in Torquay. She moved with her family to a farm in the Midale area in 1924. She married Charlie in 1934. In 1946 they moved their house from the Scharnatta farm into Midale and Esther resided there until moving to Villa Royale in Saskatoon in 1997. In March 2002 Esther moved to Valhalla Homes and enjoyed once again the life of a large caring family. In February 2004, Esther returned to Midale to live at the Manor. Esther was active in the Midale community serving on the executive of the Homemaker's Club and enjoyed curling until she was 70, after which she became an avid fan of curling, watching many games on TV. Esther and Charlie worked hard as grain farmers. Esther not only hauled grain but rose early to prepare full course meals that she delivered hot to the field. She also boarded nieces and nephews who attended school in Midale and were often storm bound in the winter. Esther was a quiet, calm, gentle private person who took pleasure in reading, knitting, sewing and in her later years, quilting and learning to type. She loved to garden and was especially delighted by her flowers. She and Charlie enjoyed playing cards and dancing with their group of friends in the early days. Esther enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren playing many card games and Scrabble with them. She also loved shopping and going out to eat. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment followed in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Esther's family would like to thank Loretta, Peter, Angie and all the workers at Valhalla Homes for making Esther feel so special and for the excellent personal care. Thank you also to doctors Chernoff and Joanis and the nursing staff at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon as well as the staf at Mainprize Manor.
- Marie Jeannette (nee Caplette), late of Midale, SK passed away June 19, 2012, at the age of 77 years. Marie was predeceased by her husband, Jack Scott; her parents, Garnet and Mary Caplette; one sister, Joyce Gusikoski; brother-in-law, Jim Scott. Marie is survived by her children: Susan (Jim) Oesch, Midale, SK and family: Jacqui and Spencer, Barry (Brenda) Scott, Kinistino, SK and family: Chantel (Pat) Nast [Joshua and Sophie], Shayna (Ryan) Burke, Tanner Scott; sisters: Muriel Minchin, Nelda Maryka, Shirley (Harry) Yates, Gwen (Paul) Baskey; brothers: Clifford Caplette, Lawrence Caplette, Ross (Jan) Caplette, Bill (Helena) Caplette; brother-in-law, Ron Scott; sister-in-law, Ellen Scott along with numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service of remembrance for Marie will be held from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment to follow at Findlater Cemetery at a later date.
- Milton Dale. On Sunday, August 6, 2000, Milton Dale Scott, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 70 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Robert and Ruby Scott, three brothers: Clayton, Elton and Elon Scott; one sister Arda Kuiper; two sons Travis and Kevin Scott and one nephew, Elton. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis of Weyburn; daughters: Carol (Bob) Wickstrom of Regina, Brenda Patrick (Cal Stewart) of Moose Jaw and Dena Scott (Tony Truch) of Lampman; daughter-in-law Michelle Hough-Halsall; 10 grandchildren: Jason (Cara Badley) and Devin Wickstrom; Britton and Tanner Scott; Travis, Curtis, Regan and Logan Patrick; Blaine and Lacey Bangsund; two great grandchildren: Monique Badley and Makayla Wickstrom; sister-in-law, Edith Scott of Weyburn; nieces and nephews: Sandra (Angus) Hamilton, Brian (Janet) Scott, sheila (Allan) Janke and Curtis (Barb) Kuiper. Dale was born July 17, 1930 at Sec. 12 Tp. 5 Rge. 14 W2, west of the village of Goodwater. He was raised on the family farm six miles south of Goodwater from age six, and he obtained his grade nine at Patricia School, a rural school. On July 24, 1949 he married Phyllis Rose at the manse of the Baptist church in Weyburn. They lived on the family farm for seven years, then moved to the village of Goodwater in the fall of 1956, then to Weyburn in 1962. Their first four children were born at Midale while they lived on the farm, then Dena was born in Weyburn. While farming Dale worked for a small garage and drove school bus. Dale farmed until 1965 when he and his brother Lonnie started the 385 Husky service station in Weyburn. In 1968 Dale started with PanCanadian, retiring in July 1991. Phyllis and Dale enjoyed travelling, in 1979 they toured into Scotland, 1985 visiting cousins in England and then on to two Greek islands, 1987 they went to England and Ireland, 1990 they traveled to Turkey and 1991 visited Malta. They also traveled extensively in the US where Dale especially liked the Black Hills of South Dakota. Dale enjoyed his nine grandsons, one granddaughter and his great granddaughters. He really enjoyed going for coffee and socializing with the many friends he would meet. Funeral service was held Wednesday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Donald Cooke, Vern Cooke, Ernie Lokken, Dennis Lizuck, Johnny Johnston and Willard Marr.
- Phyllis M. (nee Rose) Scott, 81, Weyburn died on Thursday, August 18, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. Phyllis was born February 11, 1930 near Goodwater, the daughter of Annie and Maurice Rose. She was raised and educated in the Goodwater area. After completing high school she attended Reliance School of Commerce in Regina and was then employed at Mutual Life of Canada from September 1947 to October 1948. She returned to the Goodwater area and married Dale Scott on July 24, 1949. They resided on the family farm until 1956 when they moved into Goodwater where they remained until 1962 when they moved to Weyburn. Phyllis began work with Eaton’s of Canada after moving to Weyburn where she was employed until 1973 when she joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She remained with the CIBC as a personal banking representative until her retirement in February 1990. Phyllis was a member of Grace United Church in Weyburn, as well as the UCW, J.O.Y. and the Red Hat Society. Phyllis enjoyed travelling and visited many locations throughout Canada, the United States and abroad such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Turkey, Greece and Malta. She most enjoyed having her family together for all special occasions and especially enjoyed spending time with her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phyllis is survived by her three daughters, Carol (Bob) Wickstrom of Regina, Brenda (Cal) Stewart of Moose Jaw, and Dena Scott (Shane Evans) of Lampman; grandchildren, Jason (Cara) Wickstrom, Devin Wickstrom (Alana Sanders), Travis Patrick, Curtis Patrick (Jenna), Regan Patrick (Sarah), Logan Patrick, Britton Scott, Tanner Scott (Jaclyn), Blaine Bangsund, Lacey Bangsund (Ethan), Morgan Trush and Rylie Trush; great grandchildren, Monique Wickstrom, Makayla Wickstrom, Daemon Patrick, Sophie Wickstrom, Lily Wickstrom and Scott Wickstrom; sister-in-law, Hazel Rose of Weyburn, and daughter-in-law, Michelle Hough of Saskatoon, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Annie Rose; husband, Dale Scott; brother, George Rose; sister, Edith Scott; two sons, Travis and Kevin Scott; nephew, Elton Scott; brother-in-law, Elon Scott and sister-in-law, Arda Kuiper. A funeral service was held on Monday, August 22 at 2:00 P.M. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater.
- Carol Jean (nee Rosegren) Sitwell passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 22 at Regina General Hospital from a brain aneurysm. Carol was born February 22, 1948 in Estevan to Walter and Helen Rosengren of Midale. She graduated from Midale School and then went to University of Regina where she obtained her teaching certificate in 1968. She started teaching that year in Swift Current and in November of that year she married Charlie Sitwell. The next year they moved to Regina where Carol continued to teach. Then they moved to Weyburn where she taught briefly and raised her sons. They moved to Toronto, ON briefly and then to Nova Scotia. Carol returned to Saskatchewan in 1992 and made a home in Regina with her husband Jim. Carol is survived by her husband Jim Mesinchuk of Regina, sons Josh and Shane Sitwell of Fort St. John, BC, and their father, her mother Helen Rosengren of Weyburn, sisters Gayla Peterson (Bruce Copeland) of Edmonton, AB, Cathy Messer (Hugh Schlosser) of Regina, and Joni (Scot) Muri of Swift Current; special aunt and uncle Margaret and Larry Sylvester of Burlington, ON; Jim's sons, Michael, James and Jeffrey. She is also survived by her beloved pets Shay, Max and Ben; special great niece Kiara Messer (who loved her Aunty Carol so much), as well as many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Carol was predeceased by her father, Walter Rosengren in 1987, infant son Tyler Sitwell in 1977, father and mother-in-law Henry and Edith Sitwell, grandparents Grant and Florence Isely; John and Inga Rosengren, as well as several aunts and uncles. At the time of her passing, Carol was employed at Regina Housing Authority as a Tenant Relations Officer, a position she loved and where she had a special bond and friendship with her co-workers and senior clients. The funeral service was held at Beth Jacob Funeral Home on Friday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses in emergency and Regina General Hospital for their compassion at this heart-breaking time.
- Rodger Blaine. The family of Rodger Sobush, who passed away on June 3, 2012 in Edson, Alberta wish to announce a committal service will be held at the Westphalia Cemetery in Midale, Sask. on Saturday, September 29, at 2:00 PM.
- Duane Earl Stabenow, late of Weyburn, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the age of 59 years. Duane was predeceased by his father: Earl Stabenow. Duane is survived by his children: Scott Stabenow, Midale, Denny Stabenow, Didsbury, AB, Nikki (Darcy) Herlick, Weyburn, Duane's grandchildren: Brooke and Darien Herlick; special friend, Laurie Duncan, Weyburn; his mother, Ida Stabenow, Midale; two sisters: Lorraine (Mike) Chanig, Torquay, Pat (Tom) DeBruyne, Estevan; three brothers: Ken Stabenow, Olds, AB, Don Stabenow (Nola), Midale, Dale (Karen) Stabenow, Estevan as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Duane was born June 21, 1948 at Torquay, he was the second eldest of six children. He attended school at Midale. For many years of his life he worked in the oilfield, started out young working as a farm hand for the Hogan's. He then acquired his own truck to haul oil and salt water, which he did for two years. At 18 years old he went to the drilling rigs for a few years. At the age of 22 his first son Scott was born. He moved to Hudson Bay to work at a lumber mill for two years and at 24 his second son was born, Denny. In 1973 when Duane was 25 he began his life-long career with Shell Canada. One year later his only daughter Nikki was born. After working three years in Midale the family was transferred to Valleyview where we spent six years and eventually moved back to Midale where he finished with Shell and it then became Apache, and then retired in 1999. He then formed his own business six years ago, which he named "tickety-boo". I asked him one day where he thought up that name and he said it means "perfectly fine" and that's how I am! So he was soon named "tickety" for short. Duane kept very busy consulting out at Encana for the past six years. Duane was a great outdoorsman, he loved to ice fish, camp, hunt and his newest love was his Harley. Most weekends if there was no wind he was gone riding! If you could hear the rumbling of a Harley around town, and a big smile on his face, it was probably "tickety"! He could be three blocks away and the kids would come running in and say papa's coming! He had a special bond with his two grandchildren, he would come over with some little gadget for them and show them how to use it, but it always entertained them for hours. They loved spending every minute with papa as they were the apple of his eye. He enjoyed life to the fullest, even through all the pain and suffering he would never complain or be negative, he always kept a positive attitude, great sense of humor, loved visiting with friends and family and was always a joy to be around. Duane had made a trip a year ago down to Arizona, his dream was to retire there for the winter and find the perfect spot where he and Laurie would stay and all of us kids would fly down for a visit. It is memories like these that we will hold on to. Many thanks to S.I.C.U Regina General, Wascana Rehab Unit 3-2, Weyburn Palliative Care, Dr. Allan Fong, all the nurses who took such wonderful care of our Dad, Stella, Crystal, also Weyburn Care a Van for the use of the van for the two times we got to take Dad home, all the people who sent cards, prayers and came to visit him, it meant the world to him. The Memorial Service for Duane was held on Thursday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier, officiating. Interment was held at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Earl Gustav. On Wednesday, November 3, 1999, Earl Gustav Stabenow, late of Midale, SK passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by his parents, Gustav and Dora Stabenow; and one sister, Pearl Eldstrom. Earl is survived by his loving wife Ida Stabenow of Midale; children: Lorraine (Mike) Chanig of Gull Lake; Duane Stabenow of Weyburn; Ken (Myrna) Stabenow of Olds, AB; Patricia (Tom) DeBruyne of Estevan; Donald Stabenow (Nola Baron) of Weyburn; and Dale (Karen) Stabenow of Estevan; 12 grandchildren: Laurel (Pete) Ullius, Bryan (Kathy) Glowatski, Trevor Glowatski (Lori), Scott Stabenow (Cara), Denny Stabenow, Nikki Stabenow (Darcy), Kelly Stabenow; Lisa DeBruyne (Ashley), Blain DeBruyne, David Nelson, Tyson Nelson and Evan Stabenow; six great grandchildren: Chelsea Ullius, Krystal and Kelly Glowatski, Stephanie, Dakota and Shyann Schreyer; four sisters: Myrtle Eldstrom of Midale; Dorcas Kittleson of Torquay; Mabel Friedrich of Tribune; and Isabel (Ray) Dame of Estevan; nephews: Norman Nelson, Keith Eldstrom, David (Diane) Kittleson, Walter (Angie) Friedrich, Oscar Friedrich, Herman (Lori) Friedrich, Doug (Linda) Hovind, Jeff (Charlene) Hovind, James (Joyce) MacDonald, Craig (Karen) Chequis; nieces: Karen (Ron) Koenderink, Berle (Bob) Long, Jeannie Payton and Debbie (Brent) Sinclair. In 1916, Earl Gustav Stabenow was born and raised on a farm a few miles north east of Bromhead, SK to Gustav and Dora Stabenow. He was the first child followed by five sisters, Myrtle, Pearl, Dorcas, Mabel and Isabel. Earl went to school until he was 14, at which time he ventured out into the work force to help his family. He did various jobs, such as the construction of Hwy. 18, the development of an Estevan dam, and several years of farming and thrashing bees, as far away as Wilcox, Pangman and Regina. A long way from home considering transportation was limited to horses or cars that had to be started with a crank. Bringing to mind a time Earl told a story of how he and a couple of other men were on their way home from Regina when the old Model T broke down. There and then they proceeded to take apart the motor and fixed a broken rod right on the road, a feat that would be impossible nowadays. Earl found himself in the Midale-Huntoon area where he worked for the Olmsteads, thus leading to his proud purchase of a 1921 Whippet in 1944. On April 9, 1947 earl married Ida MacDonald. They purchased a farm southof the river, known as the Ulidahl farm. They had three children, Lorraine, Duane and Ken, who was only eight months old when they purchased and moved to the farm on the north side of the river that belonged to Henry Ziel. That was during the spring of 1952. In 1953, the first oil well was drilled north of Midale. Earl was one of the first men to haul oil, working for Ernie Dombrowski, before purchasing the company and running it himself for about 10-12 years. He sold his business and concentrated on his farming and raising his family, which grew to six children, with the additions of Patricia, Donald and Dale. He continued to farm until his retirement in 1982, at which time Ken took over the farming operation. Earl bought a house in Midale, where he and his wife continued to live. Earl also continued to help Ken on the farm whenever he was needed. He enjoyed being able to help on the farm by running the combine at harvest until the age of 75 at which time the farm was sold. Earl now considered himself fully retired and concentrated on helping out and encouraging his six children, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren in any way he could. With over 60 years of experience with his hands, he was quite the handyman, hence the nickname "McGyver" which he was affectionately referred to by all his kids. Earl had a special zest for life that showed through in his humor and patience with all those he knew. A good natured man, who never displayed anger, only compassion and fairness. All of Earl's family take comfort in knowing he has passed on his virtues and wisdom to all of them, making them proud to have been a special part of his life. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating. The eulogy was given by Denny Stabenow. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The active pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were all Earl's grandchildren and great grandchildren.
- Ida Annie Stabenow (March 30, 1922 - April 16, 2011). Ida passed away peacefully in Midale, SK on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. A private family interment will follow in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
- Elsie. Funeral service for Elsie Stokes, late of Saskatoon, age 84 years, was held on Monday, October 9, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Vernon; one son John; all of her brothers and sisters. Elsie is survived by her daughter, Kay (Jim) Young of Kuwait; her son, Perry (Marilyn) Stokes of Bogata, Columbia; grandchildren: Darcie Young of Paris, France; Ryan Young of Saskatoon; Jennifer Stokes and Christopher Stokes, both of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law: Ella Williams of Sioux Lookout, ON; and Mary Williams of Sault Ste. Marie, ON; as well as several nieces and nephews.
- Jean (nee Fonstad), formerly of Estevan, passed away at Mainprize Manor and Health Centre, Midale on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the age of 95 years. Jean was born on June 27, 1919 on the homestead farm south of Torquay to Simon and Olga Fonstad. Jean married Emil Swenson on September 29, 1942 and moved to Midale where Dad farmed and Mom opened up Jean’s Beauty Shop in their home. Beside her hairdressing, she worked alongside Emil with the insurance business and farming. Mom was very active in the church making blankets and quilts for those in need and continued sewing quilts until the time she was hospitalized this year. She was very active in the Souris Valley Antique Association and was curator for many years and also helped serve the first lunches out of a tent trailer. She had a gift of hospitality, the coffee pot was always on and you were always welcome. Jean’s memory will be forever cherished by her sons, Kenneth (Barbara) Swenson of Midale, Robert (Diane) Swenson of Calgary, AB and David (Wendy) Swenson of Nampa, AB; grandchildren, Currie (Kathy) Swenson of Midale, Jaelynn (Ron) Hoium of Midale, Tammy (Cory) Swedburg of Cochrane, AB, Lonnie Swenson of Seattle, WA, Curtis (Lana) Swenson of Valleyview, AB and Chris Swenson of Edmonton, AB; great grandchildren, Keegan Schindel (Kaitlin) of Midale, Logan Schindel of Midale, Ryan Swenson, Rylie Swenson and Keisha Swenson, all of Midale, Stephen (Mya) Swedburg, Jessica Swedburg, Taylor Swedburg and Robert Swedburg, all of Cochrane, AB, Colton and Blake Swenson of Valleyview, AB; sister Agnes (Lyle) Peterman of Olds, AB; brother-in-law Peter Miiller of Estevan; sister-in-law Joyce Fonstad of Estevan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Simon and Olga Fonstad; husband Emil Swenson; brothers, Selmer (Dorothy) Fonstad and Martin Fonstad; sisters, Carol (Norman) Mossing and Kathleen Miiller. The funeral service was held on Friday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Midale Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Michael White officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. We would like to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our mom, Jean’s life at the funeral on August 1. She touched the hearts of so many in her lifetime and we were touched by yours as you poured out so many acts of kindness. Thank you for the prayer support, your words of comfort, telephone calls, cards, food, running errands, flowers and for sharing your tears with us. Thank you Sandra Holman for playing for the funeral and knowing just what Mom would want to hear. Mom has attended the Midale Baptist Church for most of her life which she considered her “home” church. When Mom lived in Estevan she enjoyed her time at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Thank you to the ladies of the Midale Baptist Church for a beautifully prepared lunch. Thank you to Karen Knox, Marnie Knox, Patti Marcotte, Donna St. Onge, Susie and Ray Moser, Wendy Raynard and Anita Kuntz, accompanied by Ardelle Kuchinka and Corrine Sjodin and Diane Swenson for the special musical numbers. Thank you to Taylor Swedburg for the piano recital. Thank you to Lonnie Swenson and Tammy Swedburg for the beautiful tribute you wrote for Grandma and also to Bob and Dave for the very heartfelt tribute to Mom. We know that Mom/Grandma enjoyed hearing again how she touched our lives and to see her family be a part of her departure from this world to her heavenly home. This was a great privilege for us. Thank you Currie, Lonnie, Curtis, Chris, Ryan and Keegan as you escorted Grandma to her final resting place. Mom/Grandma would be proud of each one of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as they have their own personal way of carrying her home. Thank you to Pastor Mike White from the Midale Baptist Church for your support and comforting words at the service. Thank you to the most wonderful, compassionate, caring people that took care of Mom at the Midale Mainprize Manor. You are some of God’s special angels and Mom loved you. It’s not only a house but you made this place into a warm family home for all the people who live there. Thank you from the Swenson “kids” for always making us feel so welcome as we visited Mom/Grandma at the Manor. Thank you to the Mossing family for all the care you have given to Mom. You have always been there for her in every way and go the extra mile. Our family is comforted knowing that Mom is in her eternal home with Dad. Thank you for the memories you have given us – Forever loved, The Swenson Families.
- Solveig H. (nee Anderson). On Friday, September 7, 2001, Solveig H. Swenson, late of Midale, passed away at the age of 90 years. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband: Oscar Swenson; her daughter: Arliss Swenson; her son: Bill Swenson; one sister: Delphia Anderson; one brother: Eldon Anderson. Dubba-Doo is survived by her daughter: Corrine Sjodin of Midale; one daughter-in-law: Joan Swenson of Regina; six grandchildren: Laura (Albert) Engel of Regina, and their children: Allison (Jason) Stein and great great granddaughter, Emily Stein; Heidi Engel, Danny Engel, Lisa Engel; Tim (Jackie) Sjodin of Strasbourg and their children, Samantha Sjodin and Dustin Sjodin; Linda (Dave) Leslie of Calgary, AB and their children, Mackenzie Leslie and Michael Leslie; Leah (Dwight) Murray of Calgary, AB and their son, Zachary Murray; Terry Swenson of Regina; Debby Swenson (Bart Schnell) of Regina; one brother-in-law: Emil (Jean) Swenson of Estevan; one sister-in-law: Anna Fonstad of Estevan, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends. Solveig was born on the homestead at Midale on February 3, 1911. She received her formal schooling at Anderson Rural School in the Midale District. She was brought up on the farm in the Midale District. She grew up with her brother Eldon (until his passing at age 5 1/2), and her sister Della. Hard work and fun was the way of life. Their four cousins lived with them for a year so there was always someone to do things with, sleeping in the hay loft, hunting gophers and picking wild Strawberries. In November of 1931, at the bridges home, Solveig married Oscar Swenson, with sister Delphia and Oscars brother Emil standing up for them. Solveig was a homemaker and farmer's wife with a hands on part in the working of the farm, cows to milk, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and horses to feed. Her life was mostly work so she didn't have a lot of hobbies. She always had a big garden with many flowers and a lot of produce to preserve. She was a very good seamstress sewing most of what her children wore with the use of a Treadle sewing machine. Soveig was a member of the Homemaker Club, involved in the school her children attended, a member of the Farmers Union that met at the various homes so she assisted with the lunch which was served. She spent many days and nights at the hospital beside the beds of very sick people so she could tend to their needs and make them comfortable. Soveig was a member of the Baptist Church in Midale. Her faith was a most important part of her life. Oscar and Soveig raised their children to be God loving people who attended church regularly and were very involved in all aspects of the church. After she moved to the Manor she attended all the services there. Dubba-Doo was so named by her eldest granddaughter and became known by that name by her whole family and many others. Dubba had a beautiful singing voice. She was asked to sing many times. She sang in Swedish at funerals of many of her friends. Dubba did not have much musical training nor a musical instrument but she was able to teach her children to sing and was so proud whenever they sang in church and other functions. She sang at all her grandchildren's and one great grandchild's wedding. Corrine and she sang at a number of services at the Manor. Music was a love of her life, she could be heard singing as she went about her work. Her family could always find her on the farm yard by just following her voice. At her birthday party the grandkids sang one of the songs she sang to them at their weddings-"My Best To You". Oscar and Solveig celebrated their 25th and 35th Wedding Anniversaries with family and friends. The birth of each grandchild was a highlight for Solveig, as was Arliss's graduation from nurses training and Bill taking a Universal course to upgrade his farming skills. On February 3rd of this year she was honored at a birthday party with her family and friends. Dubba-Doo worked very hard all her life but it made her very happy. She was not a person to sit around. After Oscar and Bill died she took over the running of the farm for many years and did a very good job. Dubba-Doo and Oscar lived their lives on the same section of land where she was born. Dubba-Doo loved the farm, every square inch. It was a very sad time in her life when she had to leave it and make her home in Mainprize Manor in October in 1992, where she was living at the time of her journey to be with her Lord and her family that had gone before her. Life in the Manor was a drastic change from what she was used to. She enjoyed visits and phone calls from family and friends and became very attached to the resident cat Becka, they were best buds. Dubba-Doo had always been a shining example to her children and extended family of how a Christian should live, and that life does not owe us a living, but we should gain by hard and honest work. She didn't care a lot for her own gain and comfort but got pleasure out of helping her family. She helped clear a path for the rest of her family to follow so that their lives can be easier and as rewarding as hers was. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church, Midale, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The active pallbearers were Tim Sjodin, Terry Swenson, Albert Engel, Dave Leslie, Dwight Murray and Bart Schnell.
- Marcel. Funeral service for Marcel Syrenne of Midale was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2000 in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Macoun. Rev. Fr. L. Crozon conducted the funeral service. A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 11, also in Macoun. Interment was at the Midale Cemetery. Marcel passed away peacefully in St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan on June 8 at the age of 76 years. He was predeceased by his parents Eloi and Leda Syrenne of St. Front, SK; five brothers: Horace, Gaston, Aurele, Jean and Leo; and one granddaughter: Renee Syrenne. He is survived by his loving wife, Liliane Syrenne of Midale; three sons: Luc (Maryanne) of Rocanville; Robert (Karen) of Mission, BC; and Daniel of Red Deer, AB; two daughters: Estelle (John) Psutka of Delta, BC; and Michelle (Travis) Campbell of Saskatoon; nine grandchildren; seven brothers; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marcel was born February 14, 1924 in Fannystelle, MB. He married Liliane Richard on November 17, 1955 and moved to Midale in 1956. He worked with the R.M. of Cymri No. 36 for over 34 years until his retirement. Marcel was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He shared his love of the outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing and also sports. He, and the special stories he used to tell, will be deeply missed. Thanks go to those who gave special care to Marcel during his struggle with cancer and illness.
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- Isabelle Florence (nee Fulowski) of Campbell River, BC, passed away peacefully in the Campbell River Hospital on Friday, January 25 at the age of 70. Isabelle was born to Joseph and Rosalia Fulowski on April 9, 1931 in Weyburn. She was one of six children: five girls and one boy. She worked as a nurse for the Red Cross before her marriage to Sandy (Vincent) Tabish on February 27, 1954. They farmed for many years in the Halbrite area before relocating to Campbell River in September of 1970. They raised a family of nine children and Isabelle described her occupation as "Household Engineer." Isabelle dedicated herself to her family and their home was always "The Place" for her children and their friends. The kitchen table was the center for conversation anytime. In the 70's she received Jesus as her Savior, and her life was transformed. Since then she has spent many hours listening to others, counseling and encouraging them and has had a profound effect on the lives of many people. She was one of the founding members of The Church of The Way, and was involved in the "Monday Night" group meetings, sharing her story and her faith with others. Isabelle loved simple things, her "comfy" sweats, going for coffee, cross-stitching, reading, gardening, crossword puzzles and in her later years surfing the net. She was a great fan of her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren and loved to hear about what they were doing. She believed for great things for all of them, and they in turn strived to live so as not to disappoint. Her sense of humor, her wisdom, her faith and her prayers were what her family will remember and treasure. Isabelle was predeceased by her loving husband, one son Dennis Tabish, her parents and two sisters Kathleen Noveski and Josephine Hansen. She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her family, her church family and many friends. Her eight surviving children are: Sandra (Dale) Cleveland of Vancouver, BC; Larry (Gloria) Tabish of Lethbridge, AB; Allen (Leona) Tabish of Lloydminster, AB; Loren (Debbie) Tabish of Campbell River, BC; David (Debbie) Tabish of Campbell River, BC; Cindy (John) Micic of Melbourne, Australia; Peggy (Rob) Carmichael of Sooke, BC; and Joan Tabish of Sooke, BC. Her 17 grandchildren: Cory Thackeray, Lynette Lang, Treena Hall, Trevor, Jeremy, Tammy, Clayton, Chad, Justin, Kristy-lee, Joshua, Kelsey, Lindsey, and Brice Tabish, Jordan and Sean Micic, and Amy Carmichael and her nine great grandchildren: Victoria, Kaitlyn and Matthew Lang, Sara and Dorothy Hall, Austin, Mercedes, Shaelynn and Micaela Tabish. Isabelle also leaves two surviving sisters: Genevieve (Roger) Teed and Vicki Looman and one brother Edward (Ferol) Fulowski. A celebration of life of Isabelle Tabish was held Wednesday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of the Way in Campbell River, with Pastor Kent Rogers officiating. Urn committal service was held at the family plot at Campbell River Municipal Elk Falls Cemetery on Thursday, January 31. The family of Isabelle Florence Tabish would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have sent cards and flowers, dropped off food, made donations, or who have lifted them up in prayer during this time. A special thank you to Dr. Wilcox, the nurses and staff at the hospital, Lorna Pennock for her contribution during the service, Pastor Kent Rogers, Helen Rogers, Ed Bohlmann and the Church Praise Team.
- Elizabeth Jane (nee Watson) Thackeray passed away peacefully on February 28, 2012 in Weyburn. Born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England on June 3, 1916, "Betty" immigrated to Canada with her parents and three siblings in May, 1929, settling in Lauder, MB. She met and married Walter Harold Thackeray and moved to Goodwater, SK, where they started Thackeray Farms and raised their family. In 1967, she moved to Weyburn although her heart remained in Goodwater. Betty was an ardent gardener, was involved in music, volunteered with the Goodwater Hospital Auxiliary, was a member of the Lazy Daisy UCW Group, and loved her handwork. Betty was an armchair coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and all curling events. She was a loving mother, and caregiver to many from an early age. She is predeceased by her husband Walter; her parents, John and Jane Watson; brother, Graham Watson; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Caye Watson; brothers-in-law, Milton Lokken, Ken McLane.
She is survived by her children: Graham (Darlene) Thackeray, Goodwater, SK, Sharon (Mel) Kitzul, Lethbridge, AB, Susan (Bill) Forsberg, Chattanooga, TN; seven grandchildren: Ian (Sheila) Thackeray, Peter Thackeray (Paula Haygarth), Laura Thackeray, Joanne Kitzul, Jim Kitzul, Walter Forsberg, Melissa (Drew) Engles; five great grandchildren: Dylan, Nolan, Mason, and Katelyn Thackeray, Austin Hammermeister; sister, Joan McLane, Regina, SK and her daughters: Peggy (Cliff) Halliday, Elizabeth (Gerry) Walkeden, Lorna (Osvaldo) Montanini and their families along with numerous Watson and Thackeray nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on March 3, 2012 at Weyburn's Grace United Church, with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Private family interment at Goodwater Cemetery followed, with her grandchildren as pallbearers.
- Marion Joyce (nee Martinson). It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the family of Marion Joyce Torgunrud announce her peaceful passing on Wednesday, September 10, 2008. Marion was born on August 19, 1929 to Erling and Hjordis Martinson in Midale, Dr. Mainprize was the attending physician. Marion took the majority of her schooling in Midale and graduated in 1948. She worked at the Midale Telephone Office for four years and the Imperial Bank for two years after her high school graduation. She married Linus Torgunrud on May 4, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and they lived on various farms in the Midale area. They were blessed with four children, Terry in 1954, Gaylen in 1956, Troy in 1958 and Susan in 1969. Marion was widowed at a young age and had to raise 3 teenage boys and a 4 year old girl. Marion and her family moved from the farm into Midale in 1974 and she worked at the Midale Union Hospital which later became known as the Mainprize Manor & Health Centre until her retirement in 1995. Some of Marion's hobbies were her love of gardening, reading, going to garage sales, singing in the choir and visiting with her friends and family. Marion and her little dog, Bear, her companion of 18 years, would sit out in the yard and enjoy the sunshine. She also enjoyed attending BBQ's where her grandchildren would bring her burnt hotdogs and marshmallows just the way she liked them! She loved any kind of dessert and would have three different varieties on her plate at a time they went really good with Tim Horton's coffee too! Marion was a fun loving person who liked to tell the odd joke now and then that would make our cheeks turn red! Marion was predeceased by her husband Linus in 1974, father Erling Martinson in 1984, mother Hjordis Martinson in 1972, brother Edwin Martinson in 1998, father-in-law Clarence Torgunrud in 1955, mother-in-law, Gladys Torgunrud in 1998, brother-in-law Carmen Torgunrud in 1947 and sister-in-law Joyce Taylor in 2006. She is lovingly remembered by her children; Terry (Gail) Torgunrud, Estevan, Gaylen (Lynn) Torgunrud, Birch Hills., Troy (Gail) Torgunrud, Midale and Susan (Kurt) Mohr, Weyburn. She will be missed by her grandchildren; Ryan and Jordan Torgunrud of Estevan, Skylar and Stephanie Torgunrud of Birch Hills, Cory Torgunrud, Lacy (Tyler) Scrupps and Derrek Sykes of Midale, Krystal Giroux of Stoughton, Thayne (Tracy) Giroux of Lampman and great grandchildren Kole, Preston and Haylee Scrupps of Midale, Denzel Giroux-Craig of Stoughton and Reznor Wilhelm and Taylor Giroux of Lampman. Also mourning her passing are brother-in-law Tom Taylor of Moose Jaw, sisters-in-law Olga Arcand and Belva Powley of Chilliwack, B.C., Merlin Torgunrud of Weyburn and numerous nieces and nephews. Thank you to the staff of Weyburn General Hospital, especially Dr. Lenferna, Nancy in ER, Gwen and Melodie in ICU, for the care that you provided for Mom. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 13th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale with Rev. Donna J. Smalley officiating. The active pallbearers were Cory Torgunrud, Skylar Torgunrud, Ryan Torgunrud, Thayne Giroux, Derrek Sykes and Tyer Scrupps. Honorary pallbearers were all of Marion's granddaughters and great grandchildren. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery in Midale.
- Allen Stewart Towne born on August 20, 1947, in Halbrite, SK, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2008 from cancer. Allen was predeceased by mother Helen in 1962 and father Lloyd in 2004. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Karen, brothers LeRoy (Patricia) and Terry as well as nephews Greg (Trisha) and Scott (Jessica) and great nieces Emily and Sarah. Allen is fondly remembered by Karen's parents Harold and Freda Allen, and Karen's sisters Diann (Cam), Lorna (Kevin), and Wendy as well as nephew Sean and nieces Jessica and Brittany. He also leaves behind family in Saskatchewan and Alberta including Aunt Doris Atter, step-brothers Dave (Virgina) Stockham, Kim Stockham and step-sisters Pat (Paul) Kusmire and Donalda (Bob) Johnston and numerous other extended family members. Allen worked for Island Asphalt for over 35 years, eventually becoming their Controller. Allen and Buncy Sangha developed a close relationship and enjoyed time spent together including many trips to Las Vegas. Allen treasured the relationships and friendships developed over his many years working at Island Asphalt and was seen as a mentor by some of his fellow workers. He will be missed by his 'golfing buddies' at Glen Meadows and many friends in Victoria, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Allen maintained contact with a wide network of friends and family who were all very special to him. He treasured his regular trips back to the Prairies. Allen will be missed by all who knew him. A special thank you to Dr. Bullock.
- Bryan Allen Towne passed away Sunday March 9, 2014 at his home in Halbrite. Bryan was born March 19, 1938 on the family farm in the Midale district. He was the youngest of four children. Bryan was predeceased by his parents Henry and Mabel Towne, his sisters Lorraine Towne and Arlyne Lawson (Towne), brother Douglas, brother-in-law Doug Lawson and nephews Brent Lawson and Gavin Lawson. He is survived by his niece Tazma Beach (Lawson), her husband Warren and their family. Brent’s wife Nadia Lawson and their children. He is also survived by his special friend Liz Duncan and her family. Bryan attended public and high school in Halbrite. After graduating high school, Bryan worked in the oilfield for a number of years, and was the Town Forman at Halbrite for 21 years until he retired. Bryan was a shy, quiet, soft spoken man of few words. He was an avid photographer, who printed and developed his own works. He had a special interest in reprinting old historical photos. He often built his own frames out of barn board. Bryan also loved woodworking and created many unique, beautiful projects which he shared freely with family and friends. Bryan enjoyed all things mechanical and could make or repair almost anything to running condition. He kept up with modern technology and after acquiring a computer he became very proficient at navigating and operating it. Bryan enjoyed learning! Camping, fishing and hunting were pastimes he enjoyed as well. Bryan loved animals, and had two cats that he treated like royalty. He also enjoyed bird watching. He had a healthy intrigue and love of all things around him. Bryan enjoyed travelling and exploring new things. He especially enjoyed his trip to Scotland with Liz Duncan, and also trips to Hawaii with his family. Above Bryan’s couch and in his yard he proudly displayed Saskatchewan Roughrider flags. He was a huge fan and never missed watching a game. As Bryan’s health declined it became his wish to remain in his home. Fortunately he was able to do that. At Bryan’s request there will be no formal funeral. He will be laid to rest at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn in the spring in the Towne family plots.
- Cameron Lloyd Tracey passed away peacefully at home in Calgary, AB, on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at age 48. Predeceased by his grandparents Robert and Blanche Giroux, Thomas and Eva Tracey. He is dearly missed by his loving wife Cindy Fox, children, Brandt, Allyson and Taylor of Calgary. He is remembered by his mom and dad, Doreen and Bob Tracey of Halbrite, sisters Valerie (Lou) Crosley of Edmonton, AB, Laurie (Earl) Duncan of Halbrite, Robby (Dan) Wilgenbusch of Wilkie, Pamela (Dwaine) Ringguth of Grande Prairie, AB, and one brother Calvin (Danette) Tracey of Weyburn. He is also survived by Harvey and Sylvia Fox, parents-in-law of Regina. Cameron was a very active person. After graduation at Midale school he joined the army and was stationed at Cornwallis, NS. He then moved on to Bordon, ON, then to Comox, BC where he spent two and a half years. He then decided to try university in Regina where he received a degree in math and chemistry. He later worked in Stettler, AB, the Weyburn Distillery, and then in Estevan, where he was employed with Gulf Oil and was transferred to Calgary. After several years in Calgary he decided to try life overseas. He worked at Khazikstan in Russia, Urinsk near the Arctic Circle and Komie Republic. He worked overseas for five years. Then returned to Calgary where he had a consulting business up to the time of his death. A funeral service was held on Friday, August 24 at St. Patrick's Church in Calgary. Cremation followed.
- Doreen Ione (nee Giroux) Tracey, late of Halbrite, passed away October 1, 2007 in Regina, at the age of 72 years. Doreen Ione Tracey was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Blanche Giroux; son Cameron Tracey and her sister Carole White. Doreen leaves to mourn her husband of 54 years Robert of Halbrite; grandchildren, Brandt (Michelle) of Calgary, AB and Allison of Edmonton, AB; daughter-in-law, Cindy Tracey and their son Taylor of Calgary, AB; (Cameron's family) her daughters: Valerie (Lou) Crosley, of Edmonton, AB and their family, Michael (Leanne) and Jody; Laurie Duncan, of Weyburn and her family, Dallas (Nina) of Medicine Hat, AB and great-grandson Holden of Weyburn, Dustin (Amanda), of Weyburn, Meagan (Jordon Utke) of Lloydminster, AB, Robby (Dan) Wilgenbusch of Unity and family, Danielle (Shaun Branvold) of Weyburn, Cody of Wilkie, Chelsea of Saskatoon, Pamela (Dwaine) Ringguth, of Grande Prairie, AB and family, Tyrel and Travis, son Calvin (Danette) Tracey of Weyburn and family, Calli of Saskatoon, Justin and Derek of Weyburn; her sisters: Arlene (Jim) Blackmer, Marj Pavelich, Donna (Greg) Campbell and Beverly Giroux; sister and brother-in-laws: Evelyn (Bob) Sears, Dolly (Richard) Bezugley, Phyllis Tracey, Charlotte (Peter) Ogloff, Nell Poole, Dorothy Tracey, Art Tracey, Jim Tracey and Max White as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a special friend, Judy Gardner, she will also be missed by her daughter-in-law Dorraine Wilcott-Nault and son-in-law, Earl Duncan. Doreen Ione Tracey was born July 7, 1935 in Saskatoon. She attended schools in Bradwell, and Halbrite. Doreen Giroux married Robert Tracey on December 29, 1952 in Halbrite. They were married for 54 years. She was a retired postmaster. Doreen enjoyed knitting, baking, playing cards, playing bingo, but above all else she enjoyed her grandchildren. The funeral service for Doreen Ione Tracey was held Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. The prayer service was held Wednesday, October 3 at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A private family interment followed lunch at the Halbrite Cemetery.
- Wendy Irene (nee Brown) passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at her home in Fort MacLeod, AB at the age of 52. She is survived by her three children: Michelle (Jody Noonan), Michael (Holly Adamiak) and Sean (Debbie Doell); her father: William (Irene) Brown; three sisters: Linda (Ted) Wells-Brown, Christine Deitner and Joyce (Jim) MacDonald; and her brother: Wayne (Ann) Brown; her two step-grandchildren: Coady and Ashley Doell; ten nieces and nephews: Jason (Gayle), Jamie (Jessie), Scott, Kristie (Jason), Shannon, Bradley, Wayne Jr. (Lindsay), Lynette (Waylon), Nathan and Jeremy; and her friend and her ex-husband, Gary Truscott. Wendy was predeceased by her mother, Irene Christina Brown; and her brother-in-law, Wayne Deitner. Wendy was born in Swan River, MB on September 14, 1953. She worked at the Foothills Detox Centre in Fort MacLeod where she had made a home for herself. The hobbies that she loved were painting, drawing, collecting antiques, her cats (Mama Kitty and Ructus) and spending plenty of time outdoors with her friends and family. Wendy's children were her life. Wendy was a very spiritual person who loved everybody that came into her life. Whenever Wendy entered a room, her presence was always known by her everlasting smile and her unique laugh. She was always thought of as a mother to all of her children's friends because of her caring nature and acceptance of who they were as a person. Wendy leaves behind many loving family members, friends and co-workers whom she dearly loved. The family would like to express many heartfelt thanks to everybody who showed us unending compassion, care and understanding during this time of grief. The services to celebrate the life of such a wonderful and caring woman were held at Eden's Funeral Home, Fort MacLeod, AB on Thursday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Noel Wygiera Officiating and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Donna Smalley Officiating. The active pallbearers were Jason Brown, Jamie MacDonald, Scott MacDonald, Bradley Brown, Wayne Deitner Jr. and Jason Burback. Following the Service in Midale, Wendy will be laid to rest beside her mother at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale.
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- Petrus Jan "Peter John" VanDeWeyer, of Weyburn passed away December 16, 2009 at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn at the age of 89 years. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Henrikus and Hanna VanDeWeyer; sons, Bernard and Anthony; daughter, Mary and three grandchildren. He leaves to mourn, his loving wife of 62 years, Johanna and their family, nine children: Ann (Don) Scott of Weyburn, Rietta VanDe Weyer (David) of Vancouver, Frank (Doreen) VanDeWeyer of Halbrite, Peter (Wendy) of Jaffrey, Elizabeth James (David) of Asquith, Teresa Balon (Mark) of Regina, Paula Murphy (Shawn) of Vancouver, Tony (Leanne) VanDeWeyer of Weyburn and Judith Packet (Larry) of Davidson; nineteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Peter was born August 24, 1920 in Venray, the Netherlands. He was one of eleven children born to a farming family. He loved horses and was part of a show jumping team as well as receiving his agriculture certificate in 1946. He also was a member of the Military for a brief time as a private in 1940, as he lived in the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II. Peter immigrated to Canada in 1948 with his bride of three weeks, Johanna Van Den Berg. He worked as a farm labourer in Beinfait for one year, then they moved to Lampman where he worked as a farm labourer for three years, and finally purchased land near Halbrite in 1953. They retired to Weyburn in 1984. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed coffee row and conversations regarding farming, cattle and horses. Peter was proud of his 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He cherished his time with them and they will all miss him dearly. A deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Phillip Fong and the staff of Tatagwa View House 2. Peter enjoyed the many staff who shared his sense of humour. Thank you to his close friends and neighbours who lent their helping hands and prayers the past few years. The Funeral Mass was held Monday, December 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. The Pallbearers were: Bill Bellamy, Eric Packet, Arthur MacKay, Shawn Murphy, David James and Ryan Lariviere.
- Norman Iver Venaas was born at home on the farm at Shamrock, on March 13, 1925. He attended the Easter School then he joined the Air Force in 1941 at the age of 16, was stationed in England with a Lancaster bomber squadron, and then volunteered for the war in the Pacific; while on leave while the war ended. After the war he travelled North America by Harley Davidson and CPR box cars, worked in Vancouver on tug boats and a sawmill, became a diesel mechanic in Edmonton and then in 1948 married Juanita Robinson and began farming in Moosomin in 1950. The growing family moved to Virden, MB in 1954 and to Midale in 1956 where Norman worked in the oilfield. He started his own oilfield construction company in 1960 and worked on highway construction in the Yukon in the early 70's when the oilfield business was slow. He settled in Moosomin in 1975 to continue his cat work in the oilfield and to help his boys, Meryle and Ralph, farm and married Marie Irvine. His passion for learning continued in special interest areas like UFOs, antique machinery and alternative medicine. His desire for knowledge was seen through his volunteer work and classes taken through the Community College and was freely passed on to his children. He continuously expressed his life long love in music, dancing, animal care, people and especially in his family. Norman was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Florence Venaas and sister Josie, his wife Juanita, and son-in-law Graham. He leaves to mourn his sister Esther (Bill) McGregor and brother Ralph (Theresa); children: Judith, John (Beatrice), Ralph (Shari), Meryle (Gail), Glenn (Sandra), Norma Rosengren, and Amber Venaas-Delaney; grandchildren: Sheri (Tim) Ostoforoff, Patty Long, Trevor (Cheryle), Trent (Jody) and Troy (Arla) Schmidt, Tracey (Greg) McEwen, Linda (Dave) Ericson, Chris (Karen) Venaas, Brian, Melissa, Joan and Austin Venaas, Tyler (Lisa) Venaas, Tara (Yomy) Martinez, Kerrilyn (Steven) Hultgren, Kristen (Jarod), Shelly and Jesse Rosengren, and Jeff Delaney; great grandchildren: Hunter and Jaeda Ostoforoff, Brayden and Rylee Schmidt, Jessica and Kurt Schmidt, Kylan, Hunter, and Jenny McEwen, Andrew Ericson, Reilen and Kyler Venaas, and Brooklyn and Douglas Martinez, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held November 24, 2001 at the Moosomin Baptist Church, Moosomin, SK.
- Eric Leonard Verity was born on March 22, 1920 in Weyburn, and lived most of his life on the family farm south of Goodwater. His parents Leonard and Louisa Verity immigrated to Saskatchewan from London, England, shortly after their marriage, and began the hard pioneer life together. Eric soon assumed many chores on the farm and continued farming with them until drafted into the army during World War II. After serving his country in this role, for five years, he returned to the farm. Through much hard work, saving and spending frugally, he was able to purchase additional land throughout the years. When his parents’ health was failing, he took on full responsibilities for the farm and also gave loving care to his parents until their deaths. He remained a farmer at heart even after retiring and loved to talk about crops and livestock with friends and relatives. In 1950, Eric’s life changed in two significant ways. Firstly, this was when he made a decision to live his life as a follower of Christ and secondly this is when he was married to the love of his life, Esther Dahl on July 14, 1950. They were true partners in life, honoring their marriage commitment for just over 60 years. When Esther died in December, 2010, part of Eric’s heart went to heaven with her. Eric was also predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Louisa Verity; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Verity; brothers-in-law, Elvin, Oliver, Melvin, Ernie, Art, Roy and Einner and sisters-in-law, Violet Shaw and Vera Telenga. Eric and Esther had two children, Marnell (Bryan) Cornish and Rodney Verity. Both children received unfailing and unconditional love and support from their parents as well as their strong Christian heritage. They also had seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who also were deeply loved and strongly supported. Eric took great interest in their lives and prayed for them regularly. Eric Verity has been described as gentle, faithful, loving, noble, a man of integrity, kind, and patient, a good friend, but although these descriptions are accurate, his family will remember him as the best father, grandfather, and great grandfather ever and we will miss him and love him long after he has gone. A Funeral Service was held Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. from Free Methodist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Jay Mowchenko and Pastor Jody Pfeifer officiating. Interment took place at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Kevin Cornish, Shaun Cornish, Colin Erickson, Ken Evans, Jeff Robinson and Dallas Verity. Funeral lunch reception and fellowship followed at Free Methodist Church Hall.
- Esther Velma (nee Dahl). On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, Esther Selma Verity passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital, at the age of 83 years. Esther was predeceased by her parents, Olaus and Olga Dahl; her brothers & sister, Elvin, Oliver, Ernie, Melvin, Einner, Roy, Art & Violet Shaw and her brother-in-law, Floyd Telenga. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Eric of Weyburn; her daughter, Marnell (Bryan) Cornish of McTaggart and their children, Kevin, Shaun, Karla (Colin) and Janelle and her son, Rod (Ronda) Verity of Regina and their children, Dallas (Lisa), Allison and Marissa; three sisters, Marie Wankel (Doug) of Elbow, Ruby (Murray) Weatherall of Maple Creek and Vera Telenga of Lethbridge, AB; sisters-in-law, Irene Dahl of Bethune and Cheryl Dahl of Gladmar as well as many nieces and nephews. Esther Selma Dahl was born February 11, 1927 at Minton. She was raised on a farm with eleven siblings of a close family who worked and played together over the years. She attended Normal School for teacher training and after one month of training, they chose 100 of the most promising students to go out and begin teaching in communities where teachers were in short supply. Over the years through correspondence and summer classes, she completed her Bachelor of Education, convocating from the College of Education in 1983. She worked for 35 years as a teacher in Patricia, Huronville, Rose Peak and Goodwater schools, retiring in 1988. Most of her teaching years were spent in the elementary grades and she had a special gift with Grades 1 and 2, getting her students off to a good start in reading and basic skills. The last year of teaching, she was hired as the Principal of Goodwater school and so completed her career. Even though she was no longer officially teaching, she always took an interest in helping others learn, especially with reading. She remained a teacher at heart. Esther married Eric Verity on July 14, 1950 in Ceylon. and they were blessed with two children, Marnell and Rod. Esther and Eric farmed together south of Goodwater for 40 years, moving to Weyburn in 1989 and lived there until her passing. Esther loved to garden and work outdoors with lots of flowers and vegetables to can. In her early days she was an avid baseball player and later took and interest in curling with the senior ladies in Weyburn. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed many outfits for herself and her children. She was also an excellent cook with fried chicken and buns her specialty. She served on local community groups to support the community of Goodwater. Esther and Eric attended the Weyburn Free Methodist Church faithfully for over 40 years, where she served on ladies' groups, lunch committees, as Sunday School teacher, greeter and the Church librarian. Eric and Esther celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on July 14, 2010. Esther received a devastating diagnosis over the last two years of her life and this too she faced with courage, dignity and quiet strength. ALS affected the muscles of her speech and swallowing, eventually taking away her ability to speak and eat many foods. Family was important to Esther and she was always in attendance at her children's sports, music and school events. This involvement followed with her grandchildren and their accomplishments and activities were highlights in her life. She also valued friends and was gifted in hospitality. The coffee pot was always on and a meal could always be stretched for company, even during the times of her disease, she still welcomed visitors and served her company even though she couldn't eat herself. Esther was well loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed. She was a very special lady. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. from Weyburn Free Methodist Church with Rev. Jay Mowchenko officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Kevin Cornish, Shaun Cornish, Dallas Verity, Colin Erickson, Jeff Robinson and Les Sproule.
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- John Christian Wanner late of Weyburn passed away May 1, 2010 at the age of 93 Years. John was predeceased by his wife, Mathilda Wanner; brothers, Frank, Phillip, Michael and Mark Wanner; sisters, Katie Erick, Celia Thiel and Bella Thiel; daughter-in-law, Trina Wanner. He is survived by his children, Lorne Wanner, Yorkton, his children Jeff (Leona), [Tristan and Paige], Steve (Janelle), Scott (Paula), [Macey and Aiden], Kelly, Linda (Don) Bohn, Weyburn, Tara (Scott), [Alyssa and Emily], Aaron, Curtis (Danielle), David (Pat) Wanner, Regina, Andrea (Aaron), [Julian], Jonathan, Brian (RaeAnn) Wanner, Moose Jaw, Cara, [Jayda], Matthew and Joshua; sisters-in-law, Pat Wanner, Weyburn, Minnie Wanner, Estevan and Gen Kraemer, Regina; special friend, Gladys Baxter plus several nieces and nephews. John was born March 4, 1917 at Landau, a district near Lampman, SK. His family moved to various communities in the southern area. John and Tillie Kraemer met while they were both working in Estevan and married December 7, 1942. John was in the army and when the war ended they bought a farm north of Tribune. In 1968 they took over the café and post office in Goodwater. John retired in 1982 and they moved to Weyburn, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion. He loved to curl, golf and play cards. John was a quiet and gentle man whom we'll all miss dearly. Prayers were held Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Funeral mass was held Thursday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Fr. Gerry Bauche, celebrant. Interment followed at the Tribune Cemetery, Tribune and lunch followeded at the Tribune Hall, Tribune. Active pallbearers were Scott Wanner, Kelly Wanner, Aaron Bohn, Curtis Bohn, Jonathan Wanner, Matthew Wanner and Joshua Wanner. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.
- Emma Dale (nee Grohn), born April 27, 1911, passed away and on to a better life on Sunday, November 5, 2000. She is predeceased by her brother Milo Grohn and sister Elsie Fellner, and survived by sister Mabel McGowan and brother Bill Grohn. Her husband Roland is grateful for her love and companionship through 55 years of marriage. Emma was a devoted wife, dedicated mother and respected teacher who instilled in her students a love of learning. She loved her life on the farm in Midale, at White Bear Lake in the summer and California and Texas in the winter. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Ormond (Heather) Wedin of Midale, Pat (Howard) Manley of Calgary, AB, Jane (Dennis) Fletcher of Regina and Donna (Ray) LaCharite of Montreal, PQ; her seven grandchildren: two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a gracious and elegant woman with a fine sense of humour, a zest for life and a love of golf. A family memorial service in celebration of her life was held on Thursday, November 9 at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating.
- William "Bill" John White was born September 20, 1908 on a farm north of Goodwater. Bill attended Goodwater School and helped on the family farm. Bill was always interested especially in livestock, Aberdeen Angus, and horses. Bill was a great support for his mother and three brothers after his father's death when Bill was 18 years old. Bill married Mildred Lyons on December 6, 1935 and they lived in the same home on the family farm for 91 years. Bill was self employed on a mixed farm and also operated PFRA pasture as manager. Bill headed many boards including Weyburn Agricultural Society, Weyburn Hospital Board, local cattle sales, cattle industry, Rural Municipality Councilor and Reeve for 44 years and was a great sports spectator in later years. Bill is predeceased by his mother and father, wife Mildred of 57 years, brother Harvey two years old, infant brother, three brothers, Sawyer, Neil, Don and daughter-in-law Carole White in 1998, grandson Tom in 1981 and baby Blanche at birth. Bill is survived by his son Max White, daughter Donna (Doug) Chase, granddaughters Jennifer (Bill) Ryan, Fortworth, Texas; Nancy (Brett) Mattick, Balgonie; two grandsons Liam and Brody Ryan; Marie (Brian) Fish, Moose Jaw, and children Lindsay, Graeme and Alex Fish; Bill (Lynn) Chase, Calgary, AB, children Conrad and Hannah Chase; Pat (Joe) Wilde, of Richmound, and children Sarah, Laura and Rodney Wilde; Janice (Scott) Wouters, Lloydminster, AB, children Ally and Chase Wouters. A funeral service was held Tuesday, December 7, at 2:00 p.m., from Grace United Church with Gary Goran officiating, interment followed at Goodwater Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blaine White, Clint Schafer, Graham Thackeray, Ernie Lokken, Harold Lyons and Graham McKenzie.
- Jason Peter Chris Wiens, beloved son of Peter and Darleane Wiens of Midale, passed away suddenly at home on February 21, 2005 at the age of 34. The funeral service was held February 25 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Pastor Cliff Knutson officiating. The organist was Sheila Peterson with special music by Virginia Parent of Gimli, MB and Pastor Cindy Werner of Calgary, AB. We gently laid Jason to rest in the Halbrite Cemetery. Pallbearers were Layne Craig, Kiley Craig, Tyson Rasmuson, Jason Peterson, Vern Carlson and Kevin Moldenhauer. Honorary pallbearers were Cara Ganje, Bob and Marlene Craig, Daryl Carlson, Dale Carlson, Kim Peterson and Ken Gill. Jason was predeceased by his grandparents. He is survived by his parents Peter and Darleane Wiens, Midale, brother Glenn (Robin) Wiens, Midale, sisters Penny (Dave) Moon, Midale, Sheila (Kevin) Kobitz, Estevan, nephew Chanse, nieces Sierra and Autumn Wiens, Kourtney, Katelyn and Lauren Kobitz. Jason loved people and had many friends. Anyone who knew him was somehow touched by his friendship. He loved children, especially his nieces and nephew with whom he spent countless hours, sitting patiently while the girls did his hair or he played games with the kids. He had a keen sense of right and wrong and tried to show that to the young ones too. Jason enjoyed farming both grain and livestock. He was a good welder and made many things that made life easier for his dad and himself. If he saw the need for something and he couldn't find it, he made it, this including things he made for the grain farming as well as livestock handling. Jason enjoyed fishing and hunting and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends, always accompanied by his favorite saying "That'll cost you!" We will miss you and keep you forever in our hearts.
- Henry Nicholas Wilgenbusch of Weyburn, a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 23, 2007, at the age of 85 years. Henry was born on February 27, 1922 at the home farm near Halbrite. He attended Sunnyside School which was newly built in 1916. After serving with the army from 1942 until his discharge in 1945, Henry married Kay Makelki on July 26, 1947. They farmed at the homestead southwest of Halbrite, raising grain and cattle. In 1980, they moved to Dieppe Drive in Weyburn. Henry was involved in the Knights of Columbus activities for 58 years, as well as the local school board and church. They were blessed with three daughters and two sons. Henry was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Rita Casey formerly of Saskatoon, his wife, Katherine Wilgenbusch (Makelki), his parents: John and Rose Wilgenbusch and his six sisters and two brothers. Henry is survived by his son-in-law, Robin (Robin Smith) Casey of Cochrane, AB, his children Alan of Winnipeg, MB, and Brent (Jacine) of Saskatoon, and their son, Carter; and four children: Rosella (James) McGrane of Regina, their children Allyson (Shane Birley) of Vancouver, BC, David (Caroline Vigneault) of Ottawa, ON, and Jaime of Regina; John (Brenda) Wilgenbusch of Halbrite District, and their children Colin of Halbrite District, Conrad (Erica) of Saskatoon, and Craig of Halbrite District; Daniel (Roberta) Wilgenbusch of Unity, their children Danielle (Shaun Branvold) of Weyburn, Cody (Tiffany Holmgren) of Wilkie, and Chelsea of Unity; Marilyn (David) Elliott of Regina, and their children Victoria and Kristopher, both of Regina, special friend, Barbara Kot, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Henry will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Prayers were held on Tuesday, March 27, at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, at 8:00 p.m. Henry's funeral service was held Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 p.m. a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father G. Bauche, Celebrant. The active pallbearers were his grandsons and the honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters and great grandson. The Knights of Columbus formed an Honor Guard and The Royal Canadian Legion will held a Last Post Service. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery.
- Katherine "Kay" Elizabeth (nee Makelki) Wilgenbusch of Weyburn, a dear wife, loving mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at the age of 84 years. Kay was born on August 7, 1917 at Tribune. She attended Normal School in Regina graduating as a teacher. She then taught at Radville, Lorndale School (near Colgate), Forward, Talmage and Halbrite. Kay was a gifted teacher. Kay married Henry Wilgenbusch in 1947 and they settled on the family farm southwest of Halbrite. Kay loved gardening, sewing, and was a great cook. Many of us enjoyed her superb hospitality. Kay was an active member of the Roman Catholic Parish in Halbrite and Weyburn, teaching catechism and participating in the lay ministry. She was a dedicated, loyal member of the Catholic Women's League for over 50 years. Kay was predeceased in 1992 by her eldest daughter, Rita (Robin) Casey, formerly of Saskatoon, her parents: Rose and Marcus Makelki and her four brothers and two sisters. Kay is survived by her loving husband, Henry Wilgenbusch and four children: Rosella (James) McGrane of Regina, their children Allyson of Vancouver, BC; David of Ottawa, ON and Jaime of Regina; John (Brenda) Wilgenbusch and their children: Colin, Conrad and Craig all of Halbrite; Daniel (Roberta) Wilgenbusch of Wilkie, and their children: Danielle of Saskatoon; Cody and Chelsea of Wilkie; Marilyn (Dave) Elliott of Regina, and their children: Victoria and Kristopher; grandchildren: Alan Casey of Winnipeg, MB and Brent Casey of Saskatoon; her sister Matilda Makelki of Weyburn, and numerous nieces and nephews. Kay will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Prayers were held Monday, May 6 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Kay's funeral service was held Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father F. Hengen, Celebrant. Pallbearers were Allen Towne, Rosemary Makelki, Mike Makelki, Don Strubble, Andy Makelki, Betty Makelki with all in attandance considered honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow at Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite.
- Joseph Winder of Medicine Hat, AB passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the age of 93 years. He is survived by his children, Edmund (Eva) Winder, Josephine (Peter) Mastel, Lucas (Judy) Winder, Loretta (John) Weinrauch and Anthony (Jo Ann) Winder; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one great grand child; and one brother Julius (Sally) Winder. He was predeceased by three brothers, Leonard, Raymond and Edmund; by his daughter Rose Marie and by a grandchild Cheri. Joseph was born on March 18, 1913 in Odessa, Russia. He came to Canada in 1914 with his parents Edmund and Marie Winter. On November 21, 1934 he married Elizabeth Ries and they moved from the Fox Valley area to Midale in 1943. Elizabeth passed away on September 13, 1952. In 1953 Joseph married Frances Moldenhauer (nee Steier) and they farmed until moving to Leader in 1965. Joseph worked as a shoemaker in Leader for 16 years until moving to Medicine Hat in 1981. Frances passed away on August 30, 1986. In 1987 Joseph married Mary Heidrich (nee Bosch) and together they moved to St. Joseph's home until Mary passed away in February 1999. Joseph moved to various homes and was a resident at Club Sierra at the time of his passing. Family and friends gathered for prayers in the Pattison Chapel on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass was celebrated in Holy Family Parish, Medicine Hat, AB on Thursday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Mario Basque celebrant. Interment followed in the Hillside Cemetery.
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