Obituaries of people who are buried in the
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– Esther Evelyn Alberts, 64 of Okla, passed away on March 17, 1987 in University Hospital at Saskatoon. Funeral service was held in the Okla Anglican Church and burial in the Okla cemetery. Esther Enquist was born on May 4, 1922 in the Ketchen district on the family homestead to parents Sven and Ida Enquist, who came from Sweden to Canada in 1909. Esther was educated at the Robinson Creek School. She married Charlie Alberts at Lintlaw on April 9, 1939. Predeceased by her parents; five sisters, Mary Lybeck, Hedvig Magda, Selma Alberts, Ruth Blaski and Hazel; she is survived by her husband, Charlie; a son, Mervin (Lois) of Okla; two brothers, Walfred Enquist of Ketchen and Leonard Enquist of Victoria, BC; and two grandchildren.
– Herman Ashdown, 95 of Sylvan Lake, AB and formerly of Okla died on June 5, 2000 at Sylvan Lake Lodge. Services held from Okla Community Hall. Burial was in Okla Community Cemetery. Born Dec. 17, 1904, in Burks Falls, ON, he was educated at Grange and Asquith Schools. He farmed in the Okla district for many years. He married Florence Taylor on December 5, 1936 at St. Stephen’s Church of England in Lintlaw. Predeceased by his parents, Vine and Martha (LaBrash), six brothers, Bryden, John, Hart, Norman, Clarence and Howard; three sisters, Zella, Ellen and Hazel, and a granddaughter, he is survived by a son, John (Glenda) of McLean, SK.; three daughters Joyce (Ed) of Yorkton, Ruth of Raven, AB, and Lillian (Anthony) of Clandonald, AB, a brother Charles of Bonanza, AB, a sister Vera (Roy) Bashforth of Okla; 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
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– Glen Edgar George Bashforth, 72 of Hazel Dell, died on August 10, 1994. He was born on February 28, 1922 at O Malley to Beatrice and Percival Bashforth. He received most of his education at Saskatoon. In 1944, he married Rose Hiebert of Saskatoon. He spent most of his life farming in the Okla district. After retiring from farming, he operated a store in Hazel Dell for a number of years and spent his spare time engaged in his hobby of woodworking. Predeceased by his wife, Rose; a son, Richard; his parents; three sisters; and two brothers, he is survived by a son, Robert (Sandra) of Hinton, AB; two daughters, Glenda (Jack) Ashdown of McLeon and Nancy (Peter) Sikora of Okla; three brothers, Roy (Vera) of Okla, Art (Vera) of Saskatoon and George (Mary) Marchand of Outlook; and nine grandchildren.
– Richard Bashforth, 19 of Okla died in a three-car collision six miles northeast of Balgonie in 1974. Mr. Bashforth had been working at Southey and was returning to Okla for the weekend. Richard born in 1954, is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bashforth of Okla. Funeral services were held from the Anglican Church in Okla.
- Roy Alfred James Bashforth was born October 16, 1919 in O’Malley, SK and was later educated in Saskatoon. He went on to spend 1941 to 1945 in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he was stationed at Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Tofina and Prince Rupert, BC. He was in the department of works and buildings with the task of repairing hangers throughout the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He also farmed in the Okla district enjoying the hobbies of woodworking, yard work, flower and vegetable gardens. He married Vera Ashdown on March 11, 1942 in Okla. Roy passed away February 5, 1999. Burial was in Okla Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Percy and Beatrice Bashforth, three sisters, Lillian Berg, Vera King and Ivy Jensen; three brothers George Marchant, Robert and Glen Bathforth, a son Dwight, and one grandson, he is survived by his wife Vera; seven sons; Wayne, Gary, Gerald, Brian, Dale and Kelly and Bruce of Edmonton; brother Arthur; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
– Orton Sidney Biccum passed away in January 1971. Funeral service held at Church of Messiah at Okla. He was born at Winchester, ON. March 29, 1888 and educated there. He moved to Findlater, SK in 1906. He married Caroline Ross at Regina in 1934 and they moved to a farm in the Okla district and farmed until retiring in 1949 and then took up residence at Okla. In 1963 he moved to Lintlaw until the time of his death. He was a member of th4e United Church. His wife predeceased him in 1953. Survived by a son Harold of Okla; 2 stepdaughters, Hazel Ward of Lintlaw and Jessie Arnie of Ladysmith, BC; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Okla Cemetery.
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– William (Bill) Goll passed away suddenly at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on June 26, 2000, at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his wife Hazel; a brother, Charlie. He is survived by his brother, Adam and sister Betty. He will be greatly missed by the Rodgers girls and his many friends and family. Bill was born on August 18, 1920 in the Okla district. He enlisted in the army at the age of 17 and served in the South Sask. Regiment and later in the Royal Corp. of Engineers during World War ll. Bill and Hazel, were married on October 30, 1946 in Flin Flon, MB, where Bill was employed by Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting. They resided there until 1992 and then moved to Windsor, ON, where Bill worked as a millright at Chrysler Corp. until his retirement in 1982. Bill and Hazel had a lifelong love affair and were devoted to each other. When Hazel suddenly passed away on August 3, 1998, while visiting family and friends in the Okla district, Bill decided to move to Saskatoon from Windsor to be closer to family. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and his impish grin and zest for life will be missed by all that knew him. He enjoyed an active lifestyle which included gardening, hunting, fishing and getting in a few rounds on the links as often as he could.
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– Cheryl Anne Hanson, after a courageous battle with cancer, lost the fight on October 31, 2007 at the age of 45 years. She was born on December 8, 1961. Cheryl is survive by her companion, Brad Sellsted; parents, Larry and Jean Hanson; sister, Cindy (Rich) Maisonneuve, their children, March and Makenna; a brother Mitchell (Tara) and their son Braydon. At Cheryl’s request there will be no funeral service.
– Emma Rosina Hanson, 63 of Okla, passed away on June 4, 1982. The funeral was held in the Church of Messiah, Okla and burial in Okla Cemetery. Born on April 28, 1919 at Corning, SK., to Joe and Theresa Alberts, she moved with her family north of Okla in 1931. She attended Lodi School. In 1937, she married Elmer Hanson and they farmed two miles north of Okla. Predeceased by her parents; a brother Johnny and a sister, Tilly; she is survived by two sons, Larry and Garry; a daughter, Darlene; one sister Adie; two brothers, Josie and Charley and nine grandchildren.
- Larry Hanson was born October 2, 1938 on a farm north of Ketchen, SK to Emma and Elmer Hanson. Later he moved with the family north of Okla and attended Okla School and Sturgis High School. At age 16, he left for Regina where he got his driver’s license and started work on the pipeline. He also spent time in BC working at sawmills. He then returned to Saskatchewan to work for the Sask. Wheat Pool constructing new elevators. In 1961 he married Jean Ward and they purchased a home in Okla. They acquired some farmland close by where they later kept some cattle. Larry found work closer to home as a Cat operator doing land clearing, etc. In 1970 Larry started as a patrol operator for the RM of Hazel Dell. He liked to keep busy and had several projects. Larry enjoyed welding and along with a good neighbor, they built a sawmill together. Larry had many hobbies such as playing cards and playing pool. Curling was his favorite winter sport along with ice fishing. Summer hobbies consisted of playing horseshoe and going fishing to northern lakes with good friend Carl Peters. He enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors. After 30 years of work on the grader he retired, residing at Okla until August 2008 when diagnosed with cancer. Due to his health Larry and Jean moved to Milestone, SK where they could be closer to family and doctors for treatment. Larry lost his battle to cancer and passed away April 7, 2009 with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his parents Elver and Emma and daughter Cheryl, who passed away of cancer October 2007. Left to cherish his memory are wife Jean; daughter Cindy (Rich) Maisonneuve and their two children, Marek and Makenna; son Mitchell (Tara) and their son Braydon; also sister Darlene Ellison and brother Gary (Roberta) Hanson and their families. Interment was at Okla Cemetery.
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– Elizabeth M. Johnson, 65 of Okla, passed away on June 10, 1987 at her home. Funeral held at the Anglican Church at Okla. Born on December 1, 1921, near Bangor, Elizabeth Ward was educated at Aston and Lodi Schools. As a child, she moved with her parents to the Okla district, where they farmed. On February 8, 1946, she married George Johnson at her parent’s home, north of Okla. She worked away several jobs including at he Lintlaw Red and White Store. She was a member of the Lintlaw Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Anglican Church Ladies Aid, and she served on the district Farmers Board and was the secretary f or the Lodi School board. Predeceased by her parents, George and Rosie Ward, and three sisters, Lavinia, Ellen and May, she is survived by her husband, George; two sons, Harold of Battleford and Norman of Ketchen; three daughters, Dorothy Rosenkeer of Ketchen, Phyllis Johnson of Okla and Carolyn Welder of Regina; a brother, Fred Ward of Dominion City, MB; two sisters, Daisy Gunson of Cranbrook, BC. and Nancy McCuaig of Calgary; and 14 grandchildren.
- George. Born on June 15, 1918, in the Aston district, north of Bangor to parents Margaret and Joseph Johnson. He attended Lewelyn and Lodi schools. He worked on his parents and uncle’s farm before buying his own land, north of Okla. He joined the army in January of 1942 and after training was sent as a reinforcement soldier to the Seventh Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery in Newfoundland. He returned to the Okla area and farmed until retired to Ketchen. He married Elizabeth Ward on Feb. 6, 1946. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Lintlaw and the farmers market organization in Okla. George passed away at the age of 86, on October 12, 2004. Burial was in the Okla Cemetery. Predeceased by his wife, Bessie, his parents, a sister Florence Spray, and three brothers, Tom, Jack and Ernie, he is survived by two sons, Harold (Dianne) of Battleford and Norman of Ketchen; three daughters, Dorthy (Rae) of Preeceville, Phyllis (Len) of Okla and Carolyn (Gary) of Regina; a brother Joe of Regina; two sisters, Rosie Spray of Elora, Ont. And Elsie (Lloyd) Denham of Saskatoon; 16 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
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– Marie A. Martinson, 76 of Okla and formerly of Buchanan, died on October 2, 1981 in the Kelvington Hospital. Funeral service held in the Church of the Messiah Okla. Auslaug Marie Dokken was born at Oiet, Norway on May 10, 1905. She married Ole Anton Martinson on November 21, 1927 and in 1930, with her husband and son, immigrated to Canada and settled in the Buchanan district. In 1950, they moved to the Okla district. Her husband died on June 1, 1974 and on July 9, 1976, she married Robert Parkin of Okla. She was active in the Lutheran Church and held a life membership in the Lutheran women’s organization. She is survived by her husband; her son, Helge of Esterhazy; a daughter Ruth (Rudy) Trohak of Okla; two stepsons and 10 stepdaughters; three sisters and a brother in Norway and five grandchildren.
– Ole Anton Martinson was born at Ashmyr, Gjerdrum, Norway, he immigrated to Canada in 1906 and settled near Buchanan. In 1927 he returned to Norway and on November 21 that year married Aslaug Marie Dokken. They settled near Buchanan, where they farmed until 1950 and then moved to a farm in the Okla district. When the retired from farming they took up residence at Okla. Ole passed away on June 1, 1974 in the University Hospital in Saskatoon. Burial was in the Okla Cemetery. Besides his wife his is survived by a daughter, Ruth (Mrs. R. Trobak) of Okla; a son Helge of Esterhazy and five grandchildren.
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– Ernest Robert Parkin, 66 of Okla, passed away on July 3, 1985 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral was held in the Okla Hall and burial in Okla Cemetery. Born on July 24, 1918, in Kimmeridge, Dorset, England, he came to Canada at the age of one and was educated at Lestock and Okla Schools. He farmed from 1946 to 1974 and drove the school bus from 1953 to 1978. At the time of his passing, he was caretaker of the Okla cemetery. He was a member of the Legion and Golden Glory Club at Lintlaw and was on the hamlet of Okla board. He married Ione Hearn on July 23, 1941 at Okla. She predeceased him in 1968 and his second marriage to Marie Martinson took place July 1976 at Regina.
– Flora Ellen (nee Sansorn) Parkin age 65, passed away at her home near Okla on December 4, 1962. She was born Flora E. Sansorn on January 30, 1897 in Kimmeridge, Dorset, England. She married Ernest L. Parkin in London on December 14, 1916, and they came to Canada in May 1919 and settled on a farm in the Lestock district. In August 1929 the family moved to the Okla district. Mr. Parkin passed away in March 1960. She leaves to mourn her loss, three sons and six daughters: Alfred at home, Patricia Schrader, Ernestine Ashdown all of Okla; Raymond of Preeceville, Phyliss Essler of Vancouver, Ellaline of Regina and Betty Erickson of Longview, AB; 33 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral service held from the Church of the Messiah at Okla.
– Ione Fanny (nee Heam) Parkin, passed away August 9, 1968 in the Grey Nuns Hospital at Regina, after a short illness. She was born at Sturgis in 1923, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hearn. She married Ernest Robert Parkin at Okla in 1941. She was president of the Ladies Aid of the Anglican Church of the Messiah at Okla. Besides her husband she is survived by ten daughters, Judy Lang of Swift Current, Janet Strand of Regina, Shirley Dajes of Saskatoon, Ella of Moose Jaw, Lynne, Roberta, Karen, Kathy, Arlene and Brenda at home; two sons, Ed of Swift Current and Kevin at home; two brothers, Lionel and Don Hearn, both of Okla; three sisters, Lorene Biccum and Charlotte Siddons of Okla and Ethel Fisher of Yorkton; and eight grandchildren.
– Marie Parkin 76, of Okla, and formerly of Buchanan, died on October 2, 1981 in the Kelvington Hospital. Funeral was held in the Church of the Messiah at Okla. Auslaug Marie Dokken was born at Oiet, Norway on May 10, 1905. She married Ole Anton Martinson on November 21, 1927 and in 1930, with her husband and son, immigrated to Canada and settled in the Buchanan district. In 1950, they moved to the Okla district. Her husband died on June 1, 1974 and on July 9, 1976, she married Robert Parkin of Okla. She was active in the Lutheran Church and held a life membership in the Lutheran women’s organization. She is survived by her husband; her son, Helge of Esterhazy; a daughter Ruth (Rudy) Trohak of Okla; two stepsons; 10 stepdaughters; three sisters and a brother in Norway and five grandchildren.
– Cecilia Pospisil, 85 of Preeceville, passed away on November 6, 1990 at the home of her daughter in Regina. Funeral held in the Anglican Church of the Messiah, Okla. Born on November 6, 1905 in Dolni Bojanovice, Czechoslovakia, she was educated there. On March 16, 1930 she married Paul Pospisil in Czechoslovakia. She came to Canada as a bride in April of 1930 to her husband’s farm near Margo. As a pioneer farm wife she raised two families, four stepdaughters and then four children of her own. She operated the Okla Café and Store for 18 years, from 1948 to 1966. She was a foster parent to an African child through the Christian Children’s Fund and was active in the Okla church, Ladies Aid and other religious groups. Predeceased by her husband in 1982; two brothers, Peter and Paul and a sister, Katherine, she is survived by a son, Paul of Maberly, ON. three daughters, Florence Ingbrigtson of Preeceville, Steva Studin of Regina and Pauline Ward of Winnipeg; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
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– Nellie Katherine Robinson was born on October 2, 1924 and passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary on May 7, 2011. Her wishes were to be laid to rest at the Okla Cemetery next to her sisters and have her husband Albert’s ashes buried with her. Nellie’s funeral was held on May 13, 2011with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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– Herbert Gordon Scheller was born April 29, 1927 to parents Fred and Emma Scheller in Springside. He attended Okla School and worked as a camp cook, mill worker, and motor grader operator. He moved to Jedburgh in 1966 and for a time served as its mayor. He married Laura Tilbert in April 1948, in Preeceville. Herbert passed away February 21, 2000 at the Yorkton Health Center. Interment was in the Okla Cemetery Predeceased by his parents, and five brothers John, Bob, Ernest, Norman and Cecil, he is survived by his wife Laura Of Yorkton; three sons, Wade and Kelly both of Hay River NWT and Kalvin of Jedburgh; four daughters
– Gust Schewchuk, 64 of Okla, died at his home after a short illness. The funeral was held at the Church of the Messiah at Okla and burial in the Okla Cemetery. He was born in April 1907 in Romania, the son of George and Anne Schewchuk. He came to the Okla district in 1927. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by a brother, William of Margo.
– Louis was born February 1, 1921 in Yorkton to Ludwig and Julianna Schrader. He was educated at Burke School in Yorkton and St Eutrope and Silver Springs Schools. He married Mary Stacheruk on October 20, 1948 and except for a few winters he worked in bush camps in Ontario. He also farmed. He served on the church vestry and the credit Union board, and helped build the local hall and the curling rink. Louis, 84 passed away April 30, 2005 and is buried in the Okla Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, his brothers Dan, Rudolph, Alex, William and Chris, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard of Okla and Wilfred of Fort St. John, BC, one brother Adloph of Maple Creek and one sister, Tillie Hersekoren of Moose Jaw.
– Elizabeth Siddons passed away at the Preeceville Hospital in 1968 after a brief illness. She was born at Exeter, Ontario in 1887. She and her family moved to the Okla district in 1934. She was a member of the United Church. She is survived by her husband, Harry; two sons, Wilfred and Russell both of Okla; a daughter Mrs. Elinor Culbert of Milestone; and 6 grandchildren
– Russell was born on September 4, 1922 in Craven to Harry and Elizabeth Siddons. He attended school in Craven and Silver Springs School near Okla. He farmed and spent five years overseas with the armed forces during the Second World War. He worked as a hoist man for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company working at Flin Flon and Snow Lake. While he farmed I the Okla area, he worked as a welder at Leon’s and Morris Rod-Weeder in Yorkton. In his later yeas, he was a night watchman at Desrocher Hotel in Hudson Bay. He belonged to the Lintlaw branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and to the Hudson Bay Apostolic Church. He married Charlotte Hearn in Okla on September 24, 1947. Russell aged 82 of Hudson Bay and formerly Okla, passed away on August 3, 2005. Burial was in Okla Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Wilfred, Bobby and Harry, he is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Canora, a son Jim (Sandy) of Okla, two daughters, Elaine (Patrick) Smythe of Regina and Laurel of Hudson Bay; a sister Eleanor Culbert of Regina; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
– Wilfred Siddons, 72 of Lintlaw, passed away on March 2, 1990 in Lintlaw. Funeral held at the Okla Community Hall and burial in Okla cemetery. Born on March 13, 1917 in Craven, he was educated at Craven. In 1934 the family moved to a farm near Okla. He farmed with his parents and continued to farm after they died. He also worked for other farmers in the area. After retiring from farming he moved into the Hamlet of Okla in 1975. He worked for the R.M of Hazel Dell as a mower operator and was the caretaker of the curling rink for many years. He moved to Lintlaw in 1987. His hobbies included curling, horseshoes, baseball, hockey and playing a fiddle. A brother, Russell (Charlotte) and a sister, Ellen Culbert, survive him.
– Elsie Emma Sikora was born on November 17, 1925, in the Okla district to Roy and Mary Sikora. She attended Silver Spring and Okla schools. She worked at a peat plant and a potato farm in Richmond BC. She married Frank Sikora at the Roman Catholic Church in Lintlaw on November 14, 1944. Later in life, she was the janitor at Okla School. Else 77 of Preeceville and formerly of Okla passed away Sept. 18, 2003. Burial was in Okla Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents Roy in 1971 and Mary in 1987, and four brothers Frankie in 1930, Elmer in 1992, Paul in 1995 and Raymond in 2002, she is survived by her husband, a son Peter (Nancy) three daughters, Carol Guy of Lintlaw, Dianna Crozier of Yorkton and Margaret Smith of Hazel Dell; a brother, Russell of Surrey, BC; two sisters Nellie Robinson of Climax, SK and Jennie Kokoska of Kendal; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
– Frank Joseph Sikora was born on October 4, 1919 in Poland to Valenty and Anna (Gnela) Sikora. He arrived in Canada in 1928 and became a Canadian citizen in 1940. Frank got a Grade 2 education in Poland, but discontinued his schooling in Canada because of a language barrier. On November 14, 1944, he married Elsie Roblin on a farm near Okla, SK and they had 4 children. Frank worked at various jobs, doing carpentry, construction, mechanic work, etc. His hobbies included gardening, growing strawberries, bingo and making twine rugs. Frank passed away on February 19, 2011 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Frank is predeceased by his wife, Elsie (2003); son-in-law, Ron Crozier (2008); brothers, John (1951), George (1991), Joe (1998); sisters, Rosie Byspalko (1993), Hattie Tetelowski (2006). Frank is survived by his son, Peter (Nancy) Sikora; daughters, Carol (Clifford) Guy, Dianna Crozier, Margaret (Robert) Smith; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Katie Prihara, Nellie Kirstuk. A graveside memorial service is to be held at a later date.
– Grace J. Stott passed away on May 4, 2008 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral held at the Okla Community Hall and burial in the Okla Cemetery. Grace was born on November 23, 1926 in Okla to Jack and Grace (Marshall) Stott. She attended Okla School to grade 8 and then finished her high school by correspondence. She attended teachers college for 6 weeks and summer school for several years. Her first teaching position was with Heather Banh School. She took a year off of teaching to help run the store and post office when her father passed away. She continued to teach in Okla until the school closed, then in Lintlaw until her retirement in 1980. Her hobbies included gardening, singing and playing the piano. She was very active with the Anglican Church in Okla; she was on the Parish Council, Camp Committee, on the Aglow for many years, the Hamlet Board, the Cemetery Board and the Hall Board. She was predeceased by her mother in 1926, her father and grandparents who raised her, and her cousin Allan Marshall. Her cousin Hazel Arnie and numerous cousins in England and the USA survive her.
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– Anton Stephen Trohak, age 49 of Okla, passed away on November 11, 1987 at the Plains Health Centre in Regina. Funeral held at the Okla Community Hall and burial in Okla cemetery. He was born at Cana, SK in 1938 and educated at Arran and at Silver Springs and came to the Okla area in the 1950’s. He married Donna Ashdown at Lintlaw in 1966. He was an equipment operator in the earlier part of his life and later took up farming. Predeceased by his parents, Mike and Mary; two brothers, Alador and Adolph and three sisters, Melania, Amelia and Barbara, he is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughter, Leanna, Roxanne and Kimberly; three brothers, Joe, Rudy and Jim of Okla; and three sisters, Mary Harris of Endeavour, Agatha Thompson of Regina and Rose Trohak of BC.
– Jim Trohak was born February 6, 1927 on the farm near Cana, SK to Mike and Maria (Kulscar) Trohak. He was one of six boys in a family of thirteen children. When he was twelve his family left the Cana area and moved to the Hazel Dell/Okla area and settled on the quarter section where Jim continued to live until shortly before his death. Jim always said his family found the new bush covered area quite different than the wide-open prairies they had left behind. Jim attended Silver Springs School until he was in grade 8, when he left school and went out to work with his brothers for a farmer near Margo. Jim often had stories to tell of the pranks he and his friends would play on new, unsuspecting teachers. Jim settled on a farm south of Okla and farmed until his passing. He worked at numerous jobs throughout his life. He spent many years working in the bush and in construction, driving cat and doing bush and road work. He was a hard worker and always believed in doing the best job possible no matter the task. He passed on his work ethics to all three of his children. He spent much of his free time hunting, first with his brothers and later with his son, Randy. He was an avid fisherman. On February 20, 1965, he married Dolly Stein at Lintlaw. They had three children, Sandra (Keith), Randy (Dawn) and Jackie. He was predeceased by his parents Mike and Mary; brothers, Alador, Adolph, Anton, Rudy and Joe; sisters, Mary, Rose, Molly, Emily, Barbara and Rose; He is survived by his wife Dolly; his two daughters and son Randy; two grandsons, Cody and Tyler and his sister Agatha Thompson. Funeral service from the Okla Community Hall with interment at the St. Andrews Cemetery in Okla
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– Fredrick George Ward of Okla, age 87, died on April 12, 1975 in Preeceville Hospital. Born at Halstead, England in 1887 he came to Canada in 1910 to Saltcoats area where he settled on a farm. In 1912 he married Rosie Wells and they continued to farm at Saltcoats until 1934 when he came to Okla and took up a homestead. In 1936 he moved his family to the farm at Okla. He continued farming there until retiring about 1962, when he went to live in his own house on the farm of his son in law George Johnson. Predeceased by his wife in 1950 and a daughter Lavinia (Mrs. George Johnson) in 1949, he is survived by five daughters, Ellen Waterhouse and May Callin of Saltcoats, Elizabeth Johnson of Okla, Daisy (Ted) Gunson of Cranbrook, BC and Nancy (Russ) McCuaig of Sarnia, ON; a son, Fred of Emerson, MB and 32 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
– Newbern Henry Wilson, 79 of Preeceville, died on June 3, 1978. Funeral was held in the Church of the Messiah at Okla. Born at Birks Falls, ON. on January 26, 1899, to Milton and Eva Wilson, he moved with his family to the Creelman district in 1904. In 1918, he moved to the Okla district where he homesteaded in 1922 and farmed there until moving to Preeceville in 1976. He married Norella Steffenson in 1936. During the 1930’s and 40’s, he operated a sawmill and planer. He served on the municipal council and was a member of the Orange Lodge. Predeceased by a brother Leonard and a sister Alice, he is survived by his wife; a son, Jim of Saskatoon; a daughter Jeanette Feeley of Preeceville; a brother, John of Champion, AB; three sisters, Mabel Marshall and Emily Tilbut of Preeceville and Ella Morrow of Nut Mountain, and seven grandchildren.
- Norella Orina (nee Steffenson) Wilson, 86 of Preeceville, died on May 25, 1996 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral held in the Okla Community Hall. Born on December 25, 1909 in Elbow, she was educated at Elbow, as well as Leonard, Minn. and Valley City ND and also at Margo, SK. She attended Regina Normal School and taught school at Silver Springs in the Okla district from 1933 to 1936. On October 25, 1936, she married Newbern Henry Wilson at the Lutheran Church at Preeceville. She was a member of the Willing Workers Women's Guild of Okla and secretary of the Okla Agricultural fair from 1947 to 1950. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, Nora and Olai Steffenson; three brothers, Durwald, Vernon and Douglas, she is survived by a son Jams (Kris) of Saskatoon; a daughter, Jeanette Feeley of Preeceville; a brother, Stanley (Beatrice) of Archerwill; seven sisters, Helen Hansen of Saskatoon, Hazel Lubbers of Edmonton, Vivian Hunter of Wadena, Bernice (Ernest) Anderson of Saskatoon, Blanche (Clifford) Thuen of Archerwill, Frances Ramstead of Naicam and Clarice (Joe) Makarow of Lajord; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
- Jessica Ann (nee Parkin) Wright was born on August 9, 1917 in Kimmerridge, England to Ernest and Flora Parkin. She attended school in Lestock and Okla. She married Norman Wright on December 23, 1940, in Okla. She was a member of the Anglican Church Women’s group in Okla and Kamsack. She passed away on March 18, 2006 at the Preeceville Hospital. Predeceased by her parents, a daughter Betty, three brothers Robert, Raymond and Alfred and three sisters, Ernestine, Phyllis and Betty; she is survived by her husband, Norman; a son James (Shirley) of Kamsack; a daughter, Elva (David) of Yorkton; two sisters Patricia of Yorkton and Ella of Regina; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
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