Obituaries of people buried in the
Sturgis Community Cemetery
Sturgis, Saskatchewan


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ADAMS - Wilma June (nee Hedley) was born May 26, 1932 at Stenen, SK to parents, Raymond and Elda Hedley. Wilma received her education in Sturgis, walking to school and helping care for her younger brothers and sister, as well as her mother. Wilma married Norman Peterson in 1951, but two years later returned to the family farm to care for her mother and siblings until her mother passed away in 1953. Wilma moved to Port Alberni, BC. Wilma passed away December 17, 1993 in Yuma, Arizona. She is buried in the family plot in Sturgis.

ANDERSON-HOUGHTON – Rose Louverne (nee Hollingsworth) was born on April 29, 1898 and passed away November 3, 1994. She was born at Lehigh, Iowa, but moved with her family to Fort Dodge soon after and lived there for nine years. They moved to a homestead in the Stenen district in 1907. With children of school age the family moved to Canora, SK, where her father had a candy store and her mother was a cook in a hotel. Then the family moved to a homestead 1-½ miles west of Sturgis. Louverne had passed her 8th grade and was asked to teach for the Crystal Lake School for two months, which she did. She went on to get her Teaching certificate at normal school in Yorkton. She taught at Beaver Bluff School. She married Arent Anderson of the Stenen area and lived in that area and farmed. They eventually moved to the States in 1928, where her husband had several different jobs in various places. They had six children together. Her husband, Arent died in California in 1970 of lung cancer. She later married Harold Houghton and remained in the States until her passing. She never forgot Sturgis and had many happy memories of her life in that community.

ANDRUSIEK – Metro Andrusiek, 53 passed away on August 8, 1972. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Sturgis, he attended Burkview School. In 1941 he married Helen Palagian and they farmed in the Endeavour area for two years. From 1942 – 1946 he served in the army and then returned to farming in the Endeavour district. He moved to Preeceville and worked in a hotel for 3 ½ years, farmed in the Usherville area for four years, worked at the Sturgis Hotel and at the Plains Hotel at Regina for seven years. He returned to Sturgis and worked in the Preeceville Hotel for three years. Predeceased by his father, Petro in 1969, his mother Maria in 1966, a son Dean in 1960 and a brother Alex in 1942, he is survived by his wife; a daughter Doris Graham of Regina; five brothers, George, Charles, Harry, Bill and Nick; four sisters, Victoria, Francis, Rita and Alice.

AURAMENKO – Mary Dorothy (nee Dronek) Auramenko was born September 27, 1917 to Wasyl and Katrina Droneck on their homestead north of Sturgis. She was educated at Cavell School. She married Dan Auramenko on November 1, 1934. They farmed north of Sturgis. She was a member of the United Church. Mary aged 75, of Sturgis died at her home on February 1, 1993. Predeceased by her husband Dan in 1983, infant daughter Anna and brother George, she is survived by two sons, Arthur and Donald and three daughters, Lillian Driol of Regina, Judy Pugh of Porcupine Plain and Margaret of Burnaby, BC; two brothers, Larry and John Droneck; one sister Lena Crowston of Kamloops; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

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BABIARZ – Joseph was born in 1910 and attended school in Toustobaby, Poland. When he finished school, he farmed with his father. Joseph married Polly Martyn in 1966 and they moved to the farm north of Sturgis. They had a family of three boys; Frank, David and Wayne. In 1978, Joe passed away suddenly with a heart attack.

BABIARZ – Polly (nee Sushyk) was born in the Ukraine in 1927. She came to Canada in 1929 with her parents Klem and Thedosia Sushyk, her grandparents, Mike and Tanya Bogden and two aunts Mary and Annie. She grew up on a farm in the Porcupine Plain, SK district along with her sister, Stella (Hilash) and brother Mike. They all attended the Spruce View School. Polly married Raymond Martyn in 1948 and they farmed in the Chelan district. They had two girls, Mary born in 1949 and Lillian born in 1955. In 1956 they moved from the farm to Porcupine Plain, when they worked as the caretakers of the school. Raymond passed away in 1965. In 1966, Polly married Joseph Babiarz. They farmed together and had a family of three boys; Frank, David and Wayne. Polly passed away in 20??

BABIARZ – Wayne was born June 22, 1970 to parents Joseph and Polly Babiarz. He passed away April 5, 2008 at the age of 38.

BABIUK – Elizabeth (nee Nahnybida) was born in 1908 to parents Kyrlo and Marcia (Moroz) Nahnybida in the Arran district. She attended Podolia School completing her grade 8 education. She had six brothers; John, Nick, Bill, Mike, Paul and Metro. In 1922 she married John Babiuk at the St. Phillips Mission in the Pelly district. In 1928 John and Elizabeth moved to Sturgis. Thirteen children were born to Elizabeth and John. William, Terry, Nel, Carl, Lucy, Mary, Lovitte, Ben, John, Hope, Theresa and Mark. Elizabeth passed away in 1953 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

BABIUK – John Babiuk along with his parents Wasyl and Paulina (Kowerchuk) Babiuk and sister Theodora immigrated to Canada in 1912 from the Village of Vuniatuntsi in Western Ukraine. They settled in the Arran district. John attended Podolia Country School. In 1922 John married Elizabeth Nahnybida and in 1928 they moved to Sturgis. John played the violin and provided entertainment at dances, in homes on special occasions and for his own and his family’s enjoyment. Throughout the years, John worked in Beardmore, ON and Flin Flon, MB as a miner. John returned to Sturgis and worked at various jobs. His last place of employment was with the Sturgis Planing Mill. John and Elizabeth had a family of thirteen children. John passed away in 1952.

BABIUK – Mervin (Bennie/Ben) was born to parents, John and Elizabeth Babiuk. He attended technical schools in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw receiving his journeyman electrician certificate. He married Elizabeth Kachur in 1961. They had three children; Jordon, Patreese and Kendra. Following a divorce, Ben married Nancy Lowe and they had three children – Natasha, Benji and Brett. They resided in Whitehorse, Yukon. Ben passed away in 2006 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

BABIUK – Terry Babuik, 66 years of Regina, passed away suddenly on December 3, 1992. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Babiuk and attended school in Sturgis. Terry worked for the CPR for 36 years. He serviced with the PPCLI from 1944 to 1945 and was a Legion member for 48 years. He enjoyed all sports and spending time with his family and friends. He married Anne Hluchaniuk (Anne passed away July 29, 1995) in Regina, where they resided for 45 years. Funeral Service was held December 7th in the chapel of the Lee Funeral Home, Regina. Interment of cremated remains will take place at the Sturgis Cemetery.

BALL – James William Ball, 80 of Sturgis and formerly of Stenen, died on December 18, 1997. He was the youngest of three children born to William and Fanny Ball in 1917 on the family homestead, Hillside Farm, north of Stenen in the Ormside district. He attended Ormsby School, and then Cavell School, where he received his high school education. On July 8, 1946, he married Margaret Walker at her family home on Miller’s Hill, Prince Albert. A farmer all his life, he raised cattle and crops and logged in the early years sawing his lumber at his brother-in law’s saw mill. He logged for all the buildings on the farm as well as for his parent’s home in Preeceville when they retired there. Although Jim and Margaret moved to Sturgis in 1987, he never really stopped farming and in September was still working in the fields. He was a member of the Preeceville Masonic Lodge (a Mason for 54 years) and was a member of the Eastern Star, Grace United Church and before that, Grantsville United church. He served as chair of the church board twice and was chairman when the hall addition to the church was completed. A founder of the Danbury 4-H Beef Club, he served as leader from 1959. He served on the District 18 Agricultural Extension Board for 30 years receiving a plaque to mark that achievement in 1986. In past years, he served as trustee on the Ormsby School board, and for many years was on the Ormside Hall committee. He served on the United Grain Growers committee in Stenen and the Preeceville hospital boards and was active on the board up to the time of the creation of the new health district. Since moving to Sturgis he served on the Sturgis Museum board and the Read Club serving as president for a time. Predeceased by his parents, brother Henry and sister Alice Hamilton, he is survived by his wife, Margaret; four sons, John, Allan, Gordon and Lorne.

BARILLO – Annie (nee Manziuk) Barillo, 102 of Preeceville Lions Hostel and formerly of Sturgis, died on March 27, 2005. Funeral service held from St. Patrick’s Church in Sturgis. Born April 27, 1902 in Winiatynce, Austria (then part of Ukraine) to John and Wasylena (nee Cheremkora) Manziuk, she was self-taught. She married Andrew Shuparski on February 18, 1919, who later died in 1931. She then married William H. Barillo in Stenen on December 30, 1938.She worked as a babysitter for 2 ½ years, a farm hand and milk maid for one year as well as other farms in the area. Her last job was as a custodian for a doctor’s office in Sturgis for six months. She retired in 1963, and moved into the Preeceville Lion’s Hostel in June 2004. Predeceased by both her husbands, sisters Maria, Sophia and Lena, brother Mike, and sons Nestor and John Shuparski, she is survived by one son, Harold Barillo of Sturgis; one daughter, Mary Parker of Agassiz, BC; three sisters, Pauline Prystal, Katie Werbowski and Maggie Orell; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great- great- grandchildren.

BARILLO - William Harry. Funeral service for William Harry Barillo, 66, who died May 5, 1968 was held in Grace United Church. Mr. Barillo was born December 27, 1902 in the village of Torkie, district of Sokal, territory of Lvov, in Austria. He was the first of thirteen children born to Hrite and Pauline (daughter of Tony and Leontina Demchuk) Barillo. He attended grammar school for seven years. When the First World War broke out and his father was pressed into the armed services, he was left in charge of the family affairs. After the war William served 18 in the Polish Army. He left for Canada in April of 1928 and spent the first winter with his Uncle Fred Barillo living in the Danbury district. He worked as a farm laborer in the Stenen district and married Mrs. Annie Shuparski in 1938. They farmed in Stenen district until 1945, when they moved to the Lady Lake district. In 1963 they moved to Sturgis. Mr. Barillo served as secretary and chairman of such organizations and groups as the school board, snowplow club and the United Grain Growers. He was a notary public and a commissioner for oaths. Being able to read, write and speak in six languages, he helped many find old documents for proof of age.

BARTCH – Frank John Bartch, 65, of Sturgis passed away on January9, 1988 at the Canora Hospital. Born on March 14, 1922 on a farm near Willowbunch, SK he was educated at Diamond Stone Country School. In 1934 the family moved to Tadmore because of the drought. Frank attended the Forest Hill School. In approximately 1940, the family moved to a farm two miles north of Sturgis. In his early years, Frank worked as a farm laborer, then as a truck driver and in lumber camps. He then became self-employed as a building mover in the early 1950’s, retiring from that trade in 1986. He married Lavina Hedley at Canora on January 13, 1948. Predeceased by hi s parents John and Amolia Bartch, and a sister, Florence he is survived by his wife; three sons, Greg and Bob of Sturgis and Kelly of Norquay; three daughters, Lee of Yorkton, Joanne and Shannon of Sturgis; three brothers George, Clarence and Larry; a sister Mary of Sturgis and 12 grandchildren.

BARTCH – Lavina Bartch was born August 19, 1929 in the Hassan district, the oldest child of Ralph and Tina Hedley. She attended the Corofin School, until the family moved to Timmins, Ontario in 1938, and then attended school there. She moved with her parents and siblings, Lauris, Norma, Carole and Robert back to the Sturgis area in 1942. Lavina married Frank Bartch on January 13, 1948. They resided at Sturgis and raised six children. Lavina passed away in 2005. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Frank in 1988; a daughter Joanne in 1994; she is survived by two daughters, Lee Stebnitsky of Yorkton and Shannon Booth of Sturgis; three sons, Greg (Olivia) and Bob (Heather) both of Sturgis and Kelly of BC; and 13 grandchildren.

BAYLISS - Florence (nee Paulson), the second of five children born to Ole and Britta Paulson, was born May 22, 1920 at Wadena, SK Florence was raised on the family farm east of Fosston. As a young woman, she moved to Whitefox, SK to work at the Red & White Store. While at Whitefox, she met her future husband, F. W. "Bill" Bayliss. They married January 25, 1942. Bill and Florence lived at Love, SK. Their children, Carol and Billy, were born in Nipawin during their stay at Love. They also lived at Hudson Bay and The Pas Lumber Company (Reserve) In 1954 they purchased the Red and White Store at Sturgis where they were in business for 27 years. After retirement they continued to live in Sturgis. Florence loved her family, friends, church, community and lived her life accordingly. She was a founding member of the Whitehawk Arts Council and a member of the Library Board for many years. Throughout her life she was very active in the community. Florence passed away December 26, 2007. Florence was predeceased by her parents, husband Bill, infant son, brother John and sister Kathleen. She is survived by her son Billy of Sturgis; daughter Carol (Dan) Abel of Lloydminister, grandsons Scott and Tim and great-grandsons Brandon, Erik and Tyler; brother Norris Paulson and sister Norma Raiche.

BAYLISS – Bill was born January 23, 1918 in Melfort. He was educated at New Field School, Prince Albert Collegiate Institute and the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated from the school of agriculture in 1939. While he had been previously employed as a grain buyer, after graduating in 1939, he was the head warehouse man for White Fox Alfalfa Growers Marketing Association Ltd. From 1941 to 1945 he managed a store at Love, SK and also worked as an accountant for the sawmill. In 1945 he was chosen to be a member of the Saskatchewan Government’s Royal commission on Forestry and in ’46 worked for the Saskatchewan Timber Board at Hudson Bay. In 1947 he was the manager of the Hood Land company at Hudson Bay and operated a seed house. From 1948-54 he worked for a lumber company at Reserve. In 1954 he moved to Sturgis with his family where they operated the Red and White Store. He retired in 1981. He married Florence Paulson in 1942. They had two children; Billy of Sturgis and Carol Abel of Lloydminister. Bill passed away at the age of 71 on August 3, 1989.

BAZANSKY – Brian Bazansky was born on May 2, 1960, in Preeceville. He attended grades 1-8 at Stenen and graduated from the Sturgis Composite High School in 1978. He worked a summer job with Canadian National and was since employed with the Department of Highways. He ran a mixed farming operation and coached minor hockey in Sturgis. He married Donna Britton on August 1, 1981 at Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Brian passed away on December 30, 2000. Predeceased by his grandparents, John and Mary Bazansky and Paul and Anne Gogal, he is survived by his wife, his parents, Harry and Florence; two sons, Tyler and Kyle and a daughter, Brittany.

BOBOWSKI – Nick Bobowski was born December 21, 1921 to parents Hnat and Josephine Bobowski in the Veregin district. He attended Prairie View School and after completing voluntary service in the Second World War, he took up farming. He also worked for the Town of Sturgis; Orzirney’s welding in Stenen, Gustavson Machine Shop in Preeceville, Shindle and Wyonzek Construction Company and Morris Rodweeder in Yorkton. He married Doreen Yaremchuk on May 11, 1946 at Grace United Church in Sturgis and after selling his farm in 1977, he worked for other farmers, served as cell guard and was a justice of the peace. He helped out at Mike’s Texaco on a regular basis and in 1987, started Norquay midtown Service. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Sask. Wildlife Federation. Nick passed away at the Preeceville Hospital July 4, 2000. Predeceased by his parents, a brother Andrew and two sisters, Mary and Kate, he is survived by a son, Danny and a daughter Sherry of Saskatoon; two brothers Bill and Jim; a sister Vera and eight grandchildren

BOBOWSKI – Doreen (nee Yaremchuk) was born September 9, 1924 to Steve and Mary Yaremchuk. She went to Mannanah and Ormsby Schools, After completing grade nine in 1940; she went to Fort William to work in an airplane factory. She was transferred to Oshawa, Ontario to work at Ajax Munitions Plant. After the war was over, Doreen returned home. She married Nick Bobowski in May 1946. They adopted two children: Danny Hugh (eleven months old) in 1961 and Sherry Ann (3 months old) in 1963. After farming for 33 years, Nick and Doreen sold their farm and moved to Sturgis in 1977.Doreen passed away in ?. She is survived by her son Danny and daughter Sherry and eight grandchildren.

BOEN – Albert Boen was born November 7, 1884 in Glyndon, Minnesota. He only had three years of schooling because he had to help his dad on the farm. Albert and his dad came to Canada, traveling by team and wagon, in 1906, looking for land. His dad bought a half section of land, where they built a log shack. Albert married Cora Walker, on February 21, 1911. Albert and Cora raised a family of twelve children: Edna May, Johnny Albert, Lila Dorothy, Cora Elizabeth, Gordon Peter, Allen Walker (born January 1923 – died April 1923), Verna Maureen, Eugene Allen, Bernetta Fay, Marlon Elmer and Sevrene Dennis. The residents of Sturgis and district were deeply shocked and grieved to learn that Albert; aged sixty-nine years old had been killed on his farm by his bull on September 28, 1954. Mr. Boen was widely known and liked for his genial manner and courage in the face of the adversities, which beset all pioneer farmers from time to time. He is survived by his widow and eleven children.

BOEN – Allen Walker Boen was born on January 19, 1923 and died at four months old, in April 1923. He was the sixth child born to Albert and Cora Boen of Sturgis.

BOEN – Cora (nee Walker) was born February 12, 1893 in Langdon, North Dakota. She was one of five children and attended school there until the age of 12. She traveled with her family to Canada where they homesteaded near Sturgis. On February 21, 1911 she married Albert Boen at Preeceville Lutheran Church. She was a member of the UCW and Sturgis Read Club. Cora aged 99 formerly of Sturgis, passed away on July 26, 1992 at the Gateway Lodge in Canora. Predeceased by her husband in 1954; a son, Alan in 1923; a daughter, Vern Dreeshen in 1988; two sisters, Flora Earl and Doris Prien and two brothers, George and Elmer Walker, she is survived by five sons, John, Gordon, Eugene, Marlon and Dennis and five daughters, Edna Stennia, Lila Leam, Cora Haslund, Irene Orr and Bernetta Tilbert

BOEN – Gordon Peter was born October 23, 1921, in Preeceville, SK the sixth of twelve children. He attended Cavell School, which was renamed Ajax and also Kopje School. He joined the army in the spring of 1943 and was sent overseas. He was in the New Westminister Regiment, Fifth Division, Eighth Army and served as a dispatcher for Head Quarters and was a Gunner on Six Pounders. He was in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and England. After the war was over, Gordon remained overseas, where he delivered trucks for UNRA to Czechoslovakia, Poland and Ukraine. In 1949 he married Edith Tilbert and they had five children. Bobby, Gerald, Albert, Patty and Leslie. For three years they lived in Sturgis with Gordon working at he planing mill. They then moved to Melfort, and in 1977, he and Edith separated. Gordon worked as a mechanic for 23 years at Cheyenne and Reliable Motors but had to take early retirement in 1977 due to a serious back injury. He moved to Star City in 1988.Gordon passed away in February of 1997

BOEN – Hilda Elvira (nee Olson) was born August 5 1906 in Eden Valley. She was educated at Mannanah School, Sturgis High School, Yorkton normal school and Regina Normal School. After teaching for two years at Grantsberg School near Norquay, she taught 36 years at Sturgis (most of the time in the same room) She was a member of the Read Club and active in the United Church. She married Vern Peterson in 1932. And to this union two children were born; Winona Hilda and Lorne Andrew. Vern died on October 19, 1940 of kidney failure. Hilda married Johnny Boen in 1950. Hilda Boen, 89, passed away November 20, 1995.

BOEN – Johnny A. Boen was born July 4, 1913 on a farm eight miles north and two miles east of Sturgis to parents Albert and Cora Boen. He married Eliza Jones and they had two children, Elaine born 1937 and Wayne born 1939. After his wife passed away he married Hilda Peterson (Olson) on July 5, 1950. In 1952 Johnny sold his farm and began working for Earl Stennes who was a carpenter. Later Johnny worked for the Timber Board and then at Don Galbraith’s mill. Johnny drove an oil truck and looked after the Imperial Oil shed, drove a truck on gravel construction, and for carpenters in the area building houses and doing renovations. Johnny retired in 1968. He was an active member of the READ Club, READ Club dancers, kitchen band and United Church choir. Johnny, aged 87, passed away November 18, 2000. Predeceased by his parents, his wife, Hilda, two brothers, Allan and Gordon and two sisters, Verna Dreeshen and Lila Beam, he is survived by two sons, Wayne and Lorne; two daughters Elaine (George) Grass and Winona (Archie) Kozak; three brothers Eugene, Marlon and Dennis and four sisters, Edna Stennes, Cora Haslund and Irene Orr and Bernetta; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

BROOKS – Fred Clyde Brooks was born in Bangor, Wisconsin, in January 1874. He was the son of James Albert and Lida (Hanton) Brooks. He was one of four children: Frank Eugene, Fred Clyde, Jesse James and Gertrude. Fred’s parents and family move to Florence, South Dakota in 1881, when he was seven years old. In 1905 Fred came to Canada. He worked for the Balls for a while in livery work with his team, taking land seekers around the area. On one of these trips he found the quarter of land he wanted to homestead. It was near the area where Sturgis now stands. In 1906 he bought a log building and with help reset the building on this land. Early in 1907, he sent for Juaniatta Carey and they were married in Emerson, Manitoba. They started a country store on their homestead and did considerable business with the native people. He also got into the machinery business while still on the farm. He was the agent for J.O Case and actually sold a couple of steam engines. In 1908 the Postal Department established a post office in his store and the name Sturgis (after Sturgis, South Dakota) was selected by Fred for the Post Office. Their first child was born January 31, 1908, and named Clyde Brooks. On June 18, 1910 a daughter Hazel was born. They sold the store later that year. Fred started a meat market and machine business in September 1911 in the town of Sturgis. Juniatta died on January 12th leaving Fred with two small children. The children were sent to the States to live with their grandparents for over a year. On May 12, 1913 Fred married Jennie Mary Phillips at Portage La Prarie, Man. And in the spring of 1913 the two children were brought back to Sturgis to live with Fred and Jennie From 1912 to 1944 Fred and Jennie worked hard to raise their growing family. They were involved in many activities in the town. The children in addition to Clyde and Hazel were Florence born 1913, Arthur 1915, Frederick 1917, Lloyd 1919, Wesley (1922), Bernice (1925); Alice (1928) and Genevieve (1930) Fred passed away in 1944 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

BROOKS – Jennie (nee Philips) was born at Northfield, Minn on September 8, 1888. She was one of five daughters of seven children of Adam and Fanny (Christian) Philips. Jennie immigrated to the Sturgis district in1912 to cook for her brothers, Bill and Elmer Philips, who had homesteaded in the Sturgis area. She married Frederick Clyde Brooks in 1913 and they lived at Sturgis until Fred’s death in 1944. In 1949 she married Haghart Binde of Sturgis. Jennie 83 passed away at the Vancouver General Hospital on September 12, 1971. Funeral service was held from Grace United church in Sturgis. Predeceased by her first husband, a stepdaughter, a daughter, a son and two brothers Ruford and Elmer Philips she is survived by three daughters, Bernice Miller, Alice Klassen, Genevieve Brooks,, a stepson, Clyde Brooks, three sons Arthur A and Wesley Ross Brooks both of Toronto and Fred Gordon Brooks of Alelnburg, Ont. Four sisters Maude Crump, Martha Walley, Lucille Burroughs and Hazel Mabon all living in the States; a brother William P Philips of Preeceville; 21 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

BURROUGHS – Adelbert (Dell) Burroughs was born in 1880. He remained a bachelor all his life. He lived with his sister Nellie Cochrane in Sturgis from 1958 until his passing in 1961.

BUTLER – Arthur ‘George’ Butler was born on November 28, 1911, in England. His parents resided in Quill Lake, SK, where his father was the station agent for the CNR. George attended school in Quill Lake. Following high school he began working for the CNR, first on the section, then as a telegraph operator, and lastly, as a station agent. During his employment with the CNR the family made many moves, living in Saskatchewan at Quill Lake, Hyas, Micado, Endeavour, Kelvington and Preeceville, Savant Lake, ON; Lundar, MB and Ochre River, MN. George retired from the CN at Preeceville in 1975. His 35 retirement years were spent in Sturgis. Among George’s many interests was his love of walking, and he will be remembered as the man who walked everywhere until the age of 98. He loved to golf and was a member of the Crystal Lake golf course for about 50 years. He had been known to frown on the use of golf carts, which he refused to use. As an avid and competitive bridge player, he and his wife Jeanne won the Seniors Sask. Bridge championship. In his younger years he was known to take his .22 and go off shooting gophers, and in the fall hunt upland game. He enjoyed swimming, and swam across Crystal Lake on many occasions, as well as taking the canoe out to fish. George married Jeanne McCaig Dunsmuir on Nov. 9, 1939. The couple had four children: Joanne, Barbara, Arthur and Patrick. Two sisters, Marguerite and Phyllis, his wife Jeanne in 1997 and his son Art, predeceased him in 2006. George will be remembered and sadly missed by his family: Joanne, Barbara (Chris), Patrick (Kathy), grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jennifer and great grandchildren Jeffrey and Sarah, as well as many friends and neighbors.

BUTLER – Jeanne (nee Dunsmuir) was born December 27, 1913 to parents, Robert and Elizabeth Dunsmuir at Prestwick Ayrshire, Scotland. She attended school in Scotland and Moose Jaw. She worked at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw, Alders General Store in Quill Lake and as a nurse receptionist in Wadena. A founding member of the Whitehawk Arts Council, she was a member of the Sturgis Library Board, the Women’s Institute of Manitoba and the Kelvington Library Board. She married Arthur Butler on November 9, 1939 at First Baptist Church in Regina. Jean aged 83 of Sturgis, passed away on May 8, 1997 at the Preeceville Hospital. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Bob and Charlie, and two sisters Peggy and Betty, she is survived by her husband, two sons Arthur of Medicine Hat and Patrick of Regina; two daughters, Joanne Jenner of Pelly and Barbara Shaw of Victoria; one sister Anne Tyson of Calgary; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

BYMAK – Ann (nee Kozmanuik) Bymak was born on November 13, 1924 to parents, Wasyl and Katie (Kosteniuk) Kozmanuik. Her parents were both born in Bukowina, Austria. Her father, Wasyl immigrated to Canada in 1909 and her mother in the early 1900’s. They met in the Hyas, SK. area and married in 1911. Anne came from a family of eight children: Mary born in 1913, Elsie 1915-1966, Nick, Peter, George, Alexander, Anne and Mike. Anne’s mother passed away in 1927 at the age of 32. Anne attended Ormside School. She married Mike Bymak in June of 1946. They farmed north of Stenen and in 1956, operated a country store. They sold the store in 1963 and moved to Sturgis, but continued to farm until 1990. They raised two children: Ronnie and Patricia. Anne passed away in 1995.

BYMAK – Mike Bymak 77 of Sturgis and formerly of the Stenen area, passed away March 12, 1995. Services were held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Stenen. Mike was born on July 25, 1917 to John and Toklia (Tsebrowski) Bymak in the Beaver Bank district near Stenen. He attended Ormsby School and then worked on the family farm. He served in the armed forces during the Second World War and after discharge returned to the farm. On June 8, 1946 he married Anne Kozmanuik at Preeceville. They farmed and in 1956 operated a country store. In 1963 they sold the store and moved to Sturgis. He continued farming until 1990 when he retired. He hunted and fished and was a member of the Sturgis Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Stenen. Predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Metro Louis and Steve; and two sisters, Teckla Rudy and Ann Rykunyk, he is survived by his wife Anne; a son Ronald of Saskatoon and a daughter Patricia of Saskatoon.

BYMAK – Steve Bymak 83, of Sturgis passed away on June 8, 1993. Services were held at the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church in Preeceville. Born on February 14, 1910 in the District of Radiechow, Ukraine to John and Tacka (nee Tsebrowski) Bymak, he was four years old when his family came to Canada. They settled in the Beaverbank district, near Stenen. In 1928, he purchased his own homestead in the area. On May 26, 1934 he married Sophie Yaremchuk and they worked the land until retirement in 1977. They moved to Sturgis to Sturgis in 1974. He served on the Ormsby School board for several years. He was an active member in the Sturgis READ club. At one time or another, he was a member of three Catholic parishes in the area. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Metro and Louis, and two sisters, Teckla Rudy and Ann Rykunyk, he is survived by his wife Sophie, two sons, Jim (Olga) and Dennis (Vera May) both of Yorkton; two daughters, Eleanor (Wally) Owchar of Saskatoon and Debbie (Ron) Chappell of Langham, a brother Mike of Sturgis and nine grandchildren.

BYNESHEWSKY - Stephanie (nee Lena) 1954 – 2010. Daughter of Steve and Lena.

BYNESHEWSKY – Steve Byneshewsky 76, of Sturgis died March 12, 2001 at Preeceville Hospital. Born March 15, 1924 in Zarudia, Tarnopol, Austria, he attended Goodhue School north of Stenen. He worked from 1955 to 1972 for the Saskatchewan Timber Board in Sturgis and late in Reserve. During this time, he farmed and in the mid 1950’s served a four year term as councilor for the Rural Municipality of Clayton. He married Lena Doroschuk o June 15, 1946 at the Catholic Church in Preeceville. Predeceased by his parents Joe in 1979, and Anna in 1967, and a brother John in 1993, he is survived by his wife Lena; three sons, Andy (Sandy) of Saskatoon, Dennis of Sturgis and Mark of Moose Jaw; three daughters, Brenda (Barry) Prestie of High River, Marlene (Mario) Toneguzzi of Calgary and Stephanie of Saskatoon. A brother Mike and three sisters, Olga Malenki and Verna Wozny both of Winnipeg and Mary (Joe) Karakochuk of Yorkton, and two grandchildren.

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CALDER – David was born at Aimster, Thurso, County of Caithness in Scotland on August 23, 1886, he was the fifth son of William and Catherine Calder. In 1910 he arrived in Canada with his parents and family, who settled at Kelliher, SK. In 1911, he homesteaded in the Glen Elder district north of Hyas. In 1913-14, he was running a government road gang north of Norquay until August 1914, when all road gangs shut down. He joined the Canadian Army at Saskatoon on August 10, 1914. He arrived in France with the 10th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force on February 15, 1915 was wounded at Vimy Ridge in May 1917, after having served 19 months in the battlefield, was hospitalized in England. He returned to Canada to the Saskatoon hospital, where in November 1917 the doctor preformed an operation and put a silver plate to cover the head wound. With the rank of corporal, he was discharged at Regina on June 6, 1918. In 1920 he started raising cattle on the homestead. In 1924, the year of no crop or garden produce, he was elected to the municipal council of Clayton and held that position until 1934. In 1942, he was given the position of postmaster and mail contractor at Glen Elder. He retired from the mail duties in 1952 an as postmaster in 1959. David, 91 passed away at Preeceville Hospital on Feb 22, 1978. Services were held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

CALDER - Lillian (nee Reed) was born on March 4, 1902 at Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, she received her education at Cupar. In 1927, she graduated from Normal School in Regina and taught in South Porcupine, Swan Bluff and Ulrich rural schools until 1931. She was the assistant postmistress at the Glen Elder post office from 1942 to 1959 when she was promoted to post mistress, a position, which she held until 1967. She was a member of the Sturgis Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Lillian Pearl Calder, 83 of Sturgis, passed away on May 28, 1985 at the Plains Health Centre in Regina. Funeral service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband David; two brothers, James Reed and Harry Reed; she is survived by; two sons, John of Regina and Robert of Danbury; three daughters, Francis Lucas of Preeceville, Marjorie Calder of Danbury and Jean Chapman of Toronto; four sisters, Ruth Blair, Dorothy Petch, Elizabeth Adie and Violet Nother; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

CALDER - Robert was born on October 7, 1938 at Glen Elder, SK, he was the son of Lillian and David Calder. He attended Swan Bluff and Sturgis Composite Schools, completing grade 12. In his younger years, he was a member of the Glen Elder Baby Beef Club and the Boy Scouts. Robert was occupied at a variety of jobs and worked at the farm cutting cordwood and lumber till he attended Keewatin Community College in The Pas, MB graduating from a electrician’s course. He had been employed by Wilson’s Auto Electric Ltd. in Winnipeg mostly full time for 27 years. Robert aged 66 passed away on June 10, 2005 at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg due to a rare type of Pneumonia. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents and his brother John, he is survived by sisters, Frances, Majorie and Jean.

CARLSON - Anton Carlson, 68 died on Friday, April 17, 1936 in the Canora Hospital. He was born in Hasog, Norway on December 12, 1867. Anton immigrated to the U.S.A in 1889, his father in 1891 and his mother in 1892. He married Olilne (Lena) Kjilan in 1893 at Volga, Brookings County, South Dakota and farmed there for a while. Their six oldest children were born in the States: Olaf, Clara, Anna, Albert, Betsy and Selma. The six youngest were born in Canada: Clarence, Alfred, Arthur, Mary, Myrtle and Hazel. In the fall of 1904, the family moved to Stratton, ON. In the spring of 1905 Anton went West to file for a new homestead. and built a house on their land near Hassan using the logs from some of the abandoned homes in the Doukohbour village. Anton was a school trustee for the Corofin School District for several terms and was the municipal road boss. Anton passed away in 1936. The funeral was held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

CARLSON – Archibald Wallace Carlson, was born on December 26, 1920 to Olaf and Betsy Carlson at Hassan, SK. He attended Corofin School, which was one half mile from his home. As a young boy he enjoyed riding horses, hunting and fishing. Archie drove a truck for his dad, and for the Norquay Creamery. He bought his own truck and did road construction. He trucked for Ramsey and Bird, on the Trans Canada Highway. He married Belle Thompson on February 11, 1945 in Crooked River, SK. They purchased a home in Swift Current and Archie did trucking for Mobile Construction. When he retired they moved back to Sturgis. Archie, 83 passed away on July 23, 2004. He is buried at the Sturgis Cemetery.

CARLSON - Belle Roseine (nee Thomson) Carlson, 73 of Sturgis, passed away on February 19, 2002 at the Kamsack hospital. Services held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on April 10, 1928 to Homer and Ada Thomson of Ypres, SK, she attended school in the Ypres district. On February 11, 1945 she married Archilbold Carlson at Crooked River, SK. Belle and Archie lived with Archie’s parents for the first few years of their married life and then moved to Norquay. Later they both worked at the turkey farm in Preeceville and lived in the teacherage at Corofin until it was destroyed by fire in 1958. They then bought their first home in Hassan. They spent a couple of years cooking for the CN/CP, traveling through BC by rail from Kamloops to Vancouver. In the early 1970’s they moved to Swift Current, where Belle cooked at a restaurant and then worked as a nurses aid at the Palliser Hospital. When Archie retired, they returned to Sturgis. Predeceased by her father in 1993, her mother in 1992, brother Russell in 1947, a son Glen (born in 1947 and died in 1947), she is survived by her husband of 57 years; sons, Gary (Jeanette) of Victoria, John (Leona) of Swift Current, Ted (Daphne) of Brandon, Ron (Ann) of Crofton, BC; sister Ruby Fraser of Sturgis; brothers Ken, Raymond and Robert; and eight grandchildren.

CARLSON – Lena Olilne (nee Kjilan) Carlson was born at Trondjhem, Norway on April 27, 1871. She immigrated to the USA in 1892. Her passage by ship was not very pleasant. They ran into storms and high seas. The engines on the ship stopped running so they were anchored for two weeks. The passengers were in quarantine at Ellis Island. She married Anton Carlson in 1893 and they had a family of 12 children. They moved to Canada and homesteaded near Sturgis (Then called Plateau, North West Territories) here they lived and worked on their homestead from 1905 to 1936. Lena acted as mid-wife many times, whenever a neighbor called for her. She had no training, but had experience and used common sense. After her husband died, Lena moved to Sturgis where she lived until 1953. She then stayed 4 years with her daughter in Winnipeg and the last four years with Mrs. Hemrick in Preeceville. Lena 90 passed away August 10, 1961 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

CARR - Michael Stephen Carr, November 14, 1962 - January 22, 2013. It is with heavy hearts that we announce th death of Michael at Fort McMurray, AB. He was predeceased by his infant brother Anthony 1957; infant sister,Catherine in 1959; his mother, Evelyn 1986; and brother, John in 2012. Michael leaves to celebrate his life, his father, Anthony; stepmother, Lorette Yaremchuk and her family; brother, Rob (Marianne); sisters, Lisa (Lin-Li) and Jacqueline (Doug) Cann; Michael was generous, kind, thoughtful, adventurous, and playful. He truly touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a skilled, dedicated and hardworking employee and will be missed by his colleagues at Syncrude. A memorial service was held at the Regina Funeral Home on February 9, 2013. A private family inurnment took place in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Sturgis in June 2013.

CHALUS – Elsie Veronica was born May 12, 1924, in the Lady Lake-Preeceville districts, she attended Sunny Brae and Ormaby schools. She was employed with South Construction, Wilson construction and department of Highways bridge crew as a camp cook. She retired in 1986. Elsie Veronica Chalus 72, of Sturgis and formerly of Stenen, passed away on February 18, 1997 at the Hudson Bay Hospital. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents John and Sadie Chalus, two brothers, Fred and Mike, a sister Annie Hayworth and a sister in infancy, she is survived by on son, Leon (Shirley) of Hudson Bay; four brothers, Tony, Harry, George and Andy; four sisters, Rose Chalus, Maggie Parolin, Mary Chalus and Irene (Con) Heppner.

CHAPLIN – Gilbert Renyard Chaplin was born on July 3, 1916 to parents, William and Anna at Lockwood, SK. He was the second eldest of what would be a family of 3 boys and 1 girl. He attended school at Lockwood, completing his grade 10 by correspondence. Gib farmed with his parents after his schooling until he went to Sherridon, MB in 1946, where he worked in mining, working underground for 6 years. It was here he met Stella Steciuk, and they were married on Oct. 15, 1949. In 1950 they moved to Flin Flon where he worked in a mine. When the mine shut down he worked in the G.M dealership garage as a mechanic, then later worked for the School unit as a janitor and maintenance. In 1978, Gib had a heart attack, which forced early retirement. In 1981 they move to Sturgis. Gilbert passed away in 1991.

CHAPLIN – Stella Anne Chaplin was born January 14, 1922 to parents Peter and Annie (nee Krutz) Steciuk. Her parents came to Canada from the Ukraine in 1911, settling in the Endeavour area. She married Gilbert Chaplin on Oct. 15, 1949 in the United Church manse in Sherridon, MB. In 1950 they moved to Flin Flon and in 1981 moved to a senior home in Sturgis. After her husband passed away in 1991, Stella moved to Roblin, MB. She passed away at the Roblin District Health Centre on April 26, 2008. Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Annie Steciuk; her husband Gilbert; brothers, John, Mike, Bill, Fred and Steve; and sisters, Pauline Zdan and Marie Hussak; she is survived by her son Gerald (Cindy) Chaplin of Edson, AB, grandson Wayne Chaplin of Winnipeg and her brother Alec Steciuk of Roblin, MB.

CHAPMAN – Ronald was born in Hertfordshire, England, Ron came to Canada with his parents, who settled in the Moose Mountain area north of Arcola. They later moved to Arcola. Ron, 61 died February 19, 1973 at the Cross-Cancer Institute at Edmonton. Funeral service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Chapman, three brother, George, Fred and Jack; his is survived by his wife Frances, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Calder of Sturgis; two sisters Maudie Morrell and Irene Fowlow; a half sister Dolly Bender of Porcupine Plain, half brother Frank White of Arcola.

CHEREMKORA - Sam passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on Nov. 30, 2010 at the age of 82 years. Sam was born on June 11, 1928 on the family farm to Paul and Annie (nee Fincaryk) of the Woodlight School district north of Sturgis. He worked in BC for Box Mfg., North at the Arctic on the Dew Line and various other jobs till his fathers death in 1957, when he took over operating the farm raising cattle and grain farming. On July 27, 1962 he married Jeanette Firomski and together they farmed until retiring in 1994 and moving to Sturgis. Sam enjoyed and was active in bowling, playing cards and spending time with family. He made many trips to BC, cruised to Alaska. He was a board member with Sask. Housing Authority, Lady Lake Park and Community Well committee’s, Councilor of Div. three in the RM of Preeceville and worked on the Sturgis history book. His hobbies included brass ring and bracelet making and tilling gardens. Sam was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Peter, William, Mike and Michael and his sister Mary; extended grandchild, Lee Burym. Survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughters Connie (Wayne), Gwen (Trever) Reynolds; grandchildren, Celina, Samantha, Terry, Teanna, Jared, Jennifer, Precious, Alex, Paje and Seth; brother, Adam and sisters Julie and Caroline;

CHERNIAUSKY – Stefan (Steve) Cherniausky, passed away on September 13, 2012 at the Preeceville Hospital. He was born on the family homestead in the Sturgis district to his parents, Pete and Mary (Bladiuk) Cherniausky on December 25, 1922. He had five brothers, John, Alex, Willie, George, and Harry; and three sisters, Eva, Rose, Annette also two stepbrothers, Metro and Mike and a stepsister, Helen. He labored at various trades over the years as a farm labourer, helper at Sturgis Auction Mart, and a fuel delivery truck driver (Wisoley’s Shell Service) in Sturgis. His hobbies included gardening, taking car of his cats, auction sales and touring the countryside. Steve entered the Hospital on July 24, 2011; he was then admitted into Kamsack Nursing Home and then transferred back to Preeceville Long Term Care in March 2012. Predeceased by his five brothers, he is survive by three sisters, Eva Michaluk of Sturgis, Rose Koroluk of Hyas and Annette Ethier of Winnipeg and twenty three nieces and nephews. Funeral services held from the Chapel of Preeceville Home and burial in the Sturgis cemetery.

CHERNOWSKY – George was born in 1924 to parents Pete and Mary (Bladiuk) Chernowsky. His parents had come to Canada from the ‘old country’ in the early 1900’s and homesteaded. George was raised on the farm and attended Cavell School. His brothers were Alex, John, Willie, Steve, George and Harry; his sisters were Dora, Eva and Annette. George retired and lived in Sturgis. He passed away in 2007.

CHORNEY – Andrew was born on July 4, 1906 and immigrated to Sask. at the age of four with his father John (38 years old) and mother Katrina and three sisters, Theodora, Maria (8) and Christine (6 months old). They arrived from the Ukraine aboard the Lake Michigan at the port of Quebec on May 3, 1911. Their destination was Quill Lake, SK. Andrew married Mary Medloski on Oct. 20, 1958. They settled in Sturgis in 1959. Andrew made a living by working on the pipeline and then later he worked on highway construction. They had one daughter, Helen Merle born on Feb. 26, 1959. Andrew passed away at the Preeceville hospital on June 28, 1969. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

CHORNEY – Mary was born on April 4, 1920 to parents Dominick and Anna Medloski in the Woodlight district. She attended Athol School in Alberta, where the family was now living and then four years at Woodlight School. She worked in Regina at Ernie’s Café from 1947 to 1958. She married Andrew Chorney on October 20, 1958. They lived in Regina until the spring of 1959 and then moved to Watson and finally settled in Sturgis. Mary lived in Sturgis until 1976, and then she took ill and lived with the Auramenko family for three years. After an operation in Regina, she lived in a private group home until April 1982, when she moved to live in the Preeceville Lion’s Hostel. Mary passed away Sept. 28, 2003. Predeceased by her parents; a brother Joseph and her husband Andrew; she is survived by her daughter Helen and three grandchildren.

CHRISTOPHERSON - Alvar was born on June 30, 1909, in Sweden; he was educated at Cavell School. He bought 150 acres of land, three miles east of Sturgis, from the Hudson Bay Co. He farmed there until he retired to live in Sturgis in May of 1973. He married Nellie Olson on November 18, 1934 at the Olson family farm. He was involved in the Sask. Wheat Pool, Sturgis Credit Union, Sturgis Co-op and Sask. Wildlife Federation. On September 10, 1994, Alvar age 85, passed away in the Preeceville Hospital. Service held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his father Oscar in 1960, his mother Ingrid in 1975, he is survived by his wife Nellie; two sons, Murray and Neil, both of Sturgis; three daughters, Muriel of Porcupine Plain, Gail of Carstairs, AB and Lynn of Regina; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

CHRISTOPHERSON – Ingrid was born in Sweden, Ingrid immigrated to Canada in 1909. She lived on the farm near Sturgis until 1952 and then moved with her husband to Sturgis. She was a life time member of the UCW. Ingrid 86 passed away November 23, 1975 in Preeceville Hospital. Service held from Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents in the 1930’s, her husband in 1960 and her sister, Emma in 1965; she is survived by a son, Alver (Nellie) of Sturgis, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Nels Holmberg of Sturgis and Oscar Holmberg of Rutland, BC

CHRISTOPHERSON - Jeffrey Trent Christopherson, son of Murray and Janet Christopherson of Sturgis. He was born/died on November 15, 1963 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

CHRISTOPHERSON - Karl Oscar was born on March 5, 1888. He married Ingrid Holmberg in Sweden and had one son Knute Alvar. His wife, son and mother-in-law immigrated to Canada to join Ingrid’s father. In 1911 Karl Oscar came from Sweden. They worked for farmers around Bradwell, SK and when they were able, purchased land north of Sturgis and built a log house. Later they moved to another quarter where they built a house. Some time after, they bought a lot in Sturgis and moved the house in from the farm. Oscar passed away in October 1960.

CLARK – Barbara (nee Michaels) was born in Yarmouth, NS on January 17, 1955, she was the first of five children to Wilfred and Helen Michaels. She completed her grade twelve as an adult in Preeceville in 1993. Barb loved to draw, read, garden and drink tea. She was involved with the Metis Nation and really enjoyed the things she did. Barb was married to Charles Clark on December 23, 1973. They were blessed with two daughters; Helen and Della. Barb passed away on May 11, 2009 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. She left behind to celebrate her life, husband Charles Clark; daughters Helen (Cameron) Olson and Della Clark; her parents Wilfred and Helen Michaels; two brothers, Sam (Andrea) and Shawn (Betty); two sisters, Karen (Wayne) Bogdon and Cindy (Pieter) Boena and five grandchildren.

CLARK – John Clark was born August 1858 in Hamilton, Ohio, USA, to parents, Caroline and John Clark. In 1889 he married Malinda and they lived at Easter, Pierce, Nebraska before taking a homestead at Lyman County in the area of White River and Riaebud Reservation, known today as Kennebic, South Dakota. Owing to the continued dry weather and crop failures, John decided to look for a more favorable farming area. He came to Canada and worked his way across Alberta and Sask. to the Canora area and decided it was the best land he had seen. He purchased land in the Tadmore area and moved up in 1907. He and his wife were hard workers, true pioneers. In 1928, he bought a 12-foot International Combine, believed to be the first combine in the area. They adopted a neighbors son in 1916, Siguard Mienson, who was nine years old. Siquard attended Forest Hill School. (Siguard’s mother, Annie passed away in December of 1915 and the following year seven of the nine children was adopted out. The father, Michel then had an auction sale and took the two older children, Mary and Melvin and went back to his native land in Norway) Siquard farmed with his parents, until he died in 1931 from pneumonia. He was buried in the Canora Cemetery. John passed away in the 30’s and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Sturgis Cemetery.

CLARK – Malinda Clark was born in July 1867 in the USA. She married John Clark in 1889. They farmed, for the first few years of their marriage, in the States. In 1907 they came to Canada and took a homestead in the Tadmore, SK area. They had no children of their own, but in 1916 adopted a son, nine year old, Siquard Mienson. Malinda passed away in the early 30’s and was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

COCHRANE – Annie was the third child born to Mathew and Nellie Cochrane in 1921. A Downs Syndrome child, she resided at home with her family until she passed away from cancer in 1952 at the age of 31. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

COCHRANE – Matthew Mayfield was born in 1873 at Petitcodiac, NB. When he was 39 he made his way West to Melville, SK, where he met and married Nellie Burroughs in 1913 at Melville. Mathew plied his trade as a carpenter for many years and then went farming for about 15 years in the Hinchliffe district until he retired in 1939 and moved to Sturgis. He and Nellie had four children, Dora, Thomas, Annie and Florence. Mathew died of a heart attack in 1946 at the age of 72. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

COCHRANE - Nellie Jinnie Cochrane, 85, passed away on January 9, 1969. Service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Nellie Burroughs was born at Grafton, N.D and received her early education in New Hampshire and Quebec. About 1911, her family settled at Melville and in 1913, she married Mathew Mayfield Cochrane at Melville. They lived at Usherville, Preeceville, and Hinchcliffe and moved to Sturgis in 1939, where she resided until the past two years, when she moved to Sunnyside Nursing Home at Saskatoon. Predeceased by her husband in 1946 and a daughter Annie in 1952, she is survived by two daughters, Dora of Edmonton and Florence Butler of Cold Lake, AB; two sons, Thomas of Winnipeg and Charles of Edmonton, and 10 grandchildren.

COOK – Buddy (Walter A.), son of Thomas R. and Margaret Cook, was born at home on the farm in the Hazel Dell district. He attended school at Hazel Dell and Sturgis. In 1956, he started an apprenticeship in the electrical trade with Dalton Electric and in 1964, started his own business. In 1964 he purchased the farm from his father. He married Elaine Nelson of Sturgis in 1962 and they raised three children, Bartley, Jodi and Marnie. Bud was a Preeceville town council member, Preeceville Lion’s member and worked with Minor hockey for ten years. He passed away in 2010 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

COOPER – Peggy Ann (nee Doyle) Cooper passed away in the arms of her children, on September 27, 2011. She was born on February 18, 1943 in Saskatoon, to parents Edward and Gladys Laverna (Rongve) Doyle. She spent her childhood in Sturgis, graduating from the Sturgis Composite High School in 1961. After graduation she moved to Saskatoon to attend business classes. She also lived in Rosetown and Esterhazy, eventually settling in Kelowna, BC to raise her family, but Sask. was never far from her heart. She married the love of her life, James Joseph Cooper on April 27, 1979. They enjoyed 30 years together, raising children Donna and David, traveling and caring for one another. She was a loving daughter, welcoming her mother Gladys Doyle at age 95 into her home and enjoying her company, while caring for her until she passed away at age 99. She loved nothing more than being together with her children, Donna (Jack) Marsh and David and (Julie) Cooper, and was an amazing grandmother to Nichole and Brianne Marsh and Ethan and Emma Cooper. Peggy worked at Okanagan University College for 28 years as accounting supervisor, a position she excelled in and thoroughly enjoyed. In the winter of 2011, she courageously and successfully triumphed over a malignant tumor in her cervical spine. After her recovery from a grueling surgery, she carried on and this summer was instrumental in the organization and success of her 50th high school reunion in Sturgis.

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DARBYSHIRE – Ernest Darbyshire, immigrated to Canada from Wales about 1897, with his parents William and Ann Darbyshire and siblings, Isaac, George, John, Fred and Alice. They settled around Garland and Ethelbert, MB. His mother, Ann died in 1906 and his father then returned to his old home in Wales. Ernest and his twin brother Fred joined the army and went overseas during World War 1. When they returned to Canada, Ernest took up farming in the Hinchcliffe/Endeavour areas. Ernest married Violet Roebuck in March 1921. They had six children: Hughie, Annie, George, William, Kenneth and Charles. Ernest and his wife Violet lived in Sturgis in the 1960’s. Ernest passed away on December 28, 1965 at the age of 77.

DELAWSKI – John Delawski was born in 1928 on the family homestead in the Stove Creek district. He was the son of Joseph and Malonka (Gulka) Delawski. His siblings were Jehanna, Alex, Mike, Petrena, Bill, Peter and Stella. Joseph and Josie were married October 17, 1949. They farmed together. John passed away in 2010.

DELAWSKI – Josie (nee Pasechnik) Delawski was born to Nick and Mary Pasechnik on March 26, 1928. Josie married John Delawski in October of 1949. They had no children. She passed away on May 8, 2010. Two brothers survive her, William (Marlene) Pasechnik of Endeavour and John (Claudia) Pasechnik of Rockford and one sister, Polly Melnyk of Melville. A memorial service was held on May 14, 2010, interment of ashes has taken place in the Sturgis Cemetery.

DOTCHUK – Phillip Dotchuk was born in 1887 in Hordenka, Ukraine. He came with his parents, John and Fedora Dotchuk to Canada around 1903. They lived in many places with friends and relatives and in about 1906, his parents homesteaded in the Astwood district. His siblings were Metro, John, Mary, Steve, Katie, Bill, and Mike. Phillip farmed south west of Endeavour. He sold his land in 1944. He passed away at Preeceville on December 6, 1959 at the age of 72 years.

DOYLE – Edward Doyle was born September 14, 1908 to parents Joseph and Margaret Doyle. He married Gladys Rongve and they had one daughter, Peggy. Edward died suddenly and unexpected in November 1953.

DOYLE – Gladys (nee Rongve) Doyle passed away on April 14, 2006 in Kelowna, BC. She was born on September 25, 1906 in Sturgis, the second and first daughter of Thomas and Alice Rongve. Raised on the family farm she attended Kopji school and her high school in Sturgis, Regina Teachers College and the University of Saskatchewan. She began her career in 1925 and taught at Lilyvale, Goodhue, Ormsby, Kopje, Mannanah, Ajax Lake Helen, Tadmore, Lillian East Ajax, Etoimamie Valley and Sturgis Elementary. Married to Edward Doyle of Sturgis, his sudden death left her with the responsibility of raising their daughter at a time when ‘single parent’ was not a buzzword. As no teaching positions were open, she worked at Cassidy’s Dry Cleaners until she accepted East Ajax school for one year. Finally the grade 5 position at Sturgis Elementary School opened up and she accepted this job. She spent the last five years in Kelowna with her daughter Peggy and son-in-law, Jim Cooper. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Ed, two brothers Willard and Gordon, three sisters Ina Peters, Helen Bates and Lois Graham and nephew Cameron Rongve. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy, grandchildren Donna Marsh and David Cooper and great-grandchildren Nichole and Brianne Marsh and Ethan and Emma Cooper. Interment of ashes was in the Sturgis Cemetery.

DRONECK – George Droneck, 64 of Surrey, BC and formerly of Sturgis, died on May 23, 1979. Funeral was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. George, the eldest son of Katrina and the late Wasyl Droneck was born on the family homestead, eight miles north of Sturgis on June 1, 1914. He received his education at the old country schoolhouse of Cavell, which was 3 ½ miles from their home. He left home at a young age and was employed by Tip Top Taylor’s at Vancouver, eventually owning his own Taylor Shop. For the last 10 years, he had been a real estate agent in Surrey. He married Jessie Walker in 1956. He made frequent visits to Sturgis and was particularly interested in pioneer history collecting many pictures, artifacts and records. His request was that his final resting-place be beside his father at Sturgis. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, May of Midway, BC; an adopted son, David in Illinois; his mother of Sturgis; two sisters, Mary Auramenko of Sturgis and Gena Crowston of Kamloops; two brothers, Larry of Nanaimo and John of Sturgis, and six grandchildren

DRONECK – Katrina (nee Solovan) Droneck 86 of Sturgis, passed away on May 1, 1984 in the Royal Inland Hospital at Kamloops, BC Born November 22, 1897 in Bokovina, Austria, she came to Canada in 1903 with her parents, Dmytro and Mary Solovan and her two sisters. They homesteaded in the Saltcoats district and later moved to the Sturgis area. On July 12, 1912, she was married to Wasyl Droneck, and they farmed in the area until their retirement to Sturgis in 1952. Her main interest was cross-stitch and Easter egg decorating, which she did for her neighbors in the early years. She was a life member of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Women’s Association. Predeceased by her husband, Wasyl in 1966; a son George, in 1979; a brother Nick Sullivan in 1980 and a sister Dolly Kuryk in 1962; she is survived by two sons, Larry of Nanaimo and John of Sturgis; daughter, Mary Auramenko of Sturgis

DRONECK – Wasyl Droneck was born in the town of Zactavna, Province of Bokovina in 1885. His army pass book gave his citizenship as Austrian as this part of Ukraine was under the control of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire at the time. As a young boy he spent most of his time with his grandparents, as he was their favored eldest grandson. His grandmother ensured that he received his schooling and he continued on through high school, which was unusual in those days. Wasyl served his three years of compulsory army duty after he completed his high school. He entered the service on March 6, 1906 and was discharged on March 6, 1909. In 1908 he was given a medal of outstanding work. Wasyl had been given a plot of land by his grandparents and it was decided to sell off half of this land in order to have sufficient money to buy his ticket to Canada. He left for Canada on April 16, 1910. He got a job on the road gang with the Canadian Northern Railway for three years. He married Katrina Solovan, in July 1913, who was only 15 ½ years old. By the year Katrina turned twenty-one she had given birth to six children, two of whom died in infancy. They lived on their farm for over 40 years. They rented the house to their son and moved to Sturgis. Wasyl passed away April 27, 1966 several days after his eighty-first birthday.

DUNFORD - Benjamin George. The passing of the late Benjamin George Dunford, age 91 years of Sturgis occurred in the Preeceville Union Hospital, on July 3, 1966. Mr. Dunford was born in London, England in County of Bath on January 8, 1875. He came to Canada in 1895 and lived in Russell, MB where he met Julia Agnes Anderson and were married in 1902. He farmed until 1911 and then took up barbering for three years, then joined the Army in 1915 and served until 1918. He farmed north of Stenen until his retirement to Stenen, and then to Sturgis, where he resided until his death. Mr. Dunford leaves to mourn his passing, one son W.G. Dunford of Sturgis; two daughters, Mrs. Emily Jones of Prairie River, AB and Mrs. Pat Feader of Calgary; thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

DUNFORD Eva F. (nee Sharp) Dunford 96, of Preeceville and formerly of Sturgis, died on February 10, 2006 at the Preeceville Lions Hostel. Born on June 20, 1909 in Brandon, MB to Tom and Dinah Sharp, she attended Cavell School in the Sturgis district. She married William Garnet Dunford on November 12, 1936 at Ormside. They farmed in the Sturgis district until 1962, when they retired to Sturgis. Her husband died in 1975, and she married Dave Rhodes on September 15, 1977 in Sturgis. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the UCW and the church choir. Predeceased by her parents, her first husband Garnet, a son Lyle and her second husband Dave Rhodes she is survived by four daughters; Bernice Frey, Donna Kennedy, step daughters Bernice McCosh of Melfort and Linda Petryshyn of Crystal Lake. 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

DUNFORD – Julia Agnes Dunford, 95, passed away on June 6, 1974. Born at Sunderland, England, she came to Canada in 1893. She lived at Russell, Wroxton, Ormside and Sturgis. She married George Dunford in 1902 at Russell, MN Predeceased by her husband in 1966, a son Harold in 1962 and a son Garnet in 1975, she is survived by two daughters, Emily Jones, Winfield, BC and Pansy Feader of Calgary; 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

DUNFORD – Lyle Garnet Dunford 47, of Portage La Prairie and formerly of Sturgis, died in a plane crash on October 14, 1985 near Melita, Man. He was born on August 5, 1938, in Canora and was educated at Ajax and Sturgis schools. He was employed by the CNR and was an independent car salesman. Predeceased by his father, Garnet Dunford in 1975, he is survived by one son, Donald of Foxwarren, MB; his mother Eva and step-father Dave Rhodes; special friend Sally Talbot; two sisters, Bernice Frey of Fort St. John, BC and Donna Kennedy of Lintlaw; and two step-sisters, Linda Petryshyn and Bernice McCosh.

DUNFORD W. Garnet, son of George and Julia Dunford was born in Russell, MB on March 28, 1906 and later moved to the Ormside district. He attended Goldbank School. Garnet married Eva Sharp November 12, 1936 in Sturgis. They lived and farmed with the Sharps on the homestead. The farm was 10 miles north of Sturgis and called Roseland Farm. Garnet was a hard working man and a great father. They had three children, Lyle, Bernice and Donna. Garnet and Eva continued to farm until the late 60’s and then retired to Sturgis. Garnet died on February 4, 1975 at the age of 68.

DWERNICHUK – Joyce Elizabeth (nee Lidgett) Dwernichuk, 51 of Sturgis and formerly of Hanna, AB passed away on February 3, 1982 at her home. Born September 14, 1950 at Hanna, she was the daughter of Joseph and Isabelle Lidgett. She received her primary education at Hanna and further education at Mercoly, AB. She married George Dwernichuk on October 25, 1947 at New Westminister, BC. She and her husband were custodians of the Sturgis public school for many years and she was also the custodian for the Sturgis school unit for more than 20 years. Predeceased by her husband in 1980 and her mother in 1952; she is survived by her father of Grande Prairie, AB; a son Larry James of Creighton; a daughter Carol Rose Allan of Halifax, NS; four brothers, Ted, Jack Jim and Bob; a sister Edith Minnie of Edmonton and four grandchildren.

DWERNICHUK – George was born in 1916 and raised in the Calder-MacNutt area and attended the Homeland School. He enlisted in the Canadian army with the South Sask. Regiment and served in Canada, England, the invasion of Europe and the central Mediterranean area where he was wounded in action. He was honorably discharged from the army and returned to MacNutt for a short time. He moved to Vancouver where he was employed by Fraser Mills. He married Joyce Lidget in 1947 and they moved back to MacNutt and he was employed by Canadian National, which took him to various locations in Sask. He moved to Sturgis and was caretaker of the elementary school for eight years. He then retired and was actively engaged with the Sturgis branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. George 63, passed away on May 30, 1980. Predeceased by his father, Wasyl, his mother Marie, two brothers, Gordon in 1930 and Mike in 1977, he is survived by his wife, one son, Larry of Flin Flon; one daughter, Carol of Terrace Bay, Nova Scotia; one brother Bill of MacNutt; three sisters, Rose Drofiechuk of MacNutt, Marie Johnson of Bathell, Wash. and Doris Hague of Auburn, Wash and four grandchildren.

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EVANIUK – Ewana Evaniuk (nee Snihor) was born in Poland in 1881. She married John Evaniuk (Iwaniuk) and in 1904 they immigrated to Canada. They homesteaded in the Endeavour and Sturgis districts. Their first child, a son Metro (Mark) was born to them in 1905. Her other children were Nickoli 1907, Elana (Helen), John in 1910, Dumnika (Dolly) in 1912, Eftima (Ester) in 1914, Ione was born in 1919 and Marie in 1921. She was predeceased by a daughter Mary in 1916 that only lived a day and another daughter also called Mary born in 1918 that lived two weeks. Ewana passed away in 1935.

EVANIUK – Helen (Elana) Evaniuk was born in 1908, the daughter of John and Ewana Evaniuk. She died at the age of 14 years in 1922. She was survived by her parents; three brothers Metro, Nick and John; and four sisters, Dolly, Ester, Ione and Marie. She was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

EVANIUK – John Mark Evaniuk aged 40, died on March 6, 1970 at Saskatoon. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. John was born at Souris, MB in 1929 and received his education at Endeavour. He worked on the railroad, pipeline, logging in the Queen Charlotte Islands and at Triple A Patrol Service in Vancouver and surveying in BC. In 1966, he came back to Saskatchewan, where he suffered frozen feet. Since then he has lived on his mother’s and brothers farm near Sturgis. Predeceased by his father, he is survived by his mother at Sturgis, and three brothers, Bill, George and David.

EVANIUK - Mary Verna Evaniuk, 88 of Sturgis, and formerly of Buchanan, died on August 14, 1994 at the Canora Hospital. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. She was born on March 18, 1906 to Alec and Mary Dwernychuk in the Buchanan area. She married Mark Evaniuk in Sturgis in 1928. They farmed in the Sturgis district. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Mark, a son John, four brothers, Steve, George, Bill and Alec and two sisters, Amy and Rosie, she is survived by three sons, William, George and David, all of Sturgis; a brother John Dwernychuk of Sturgis and one grandson.

EVANIUK - William Charles. Funeral service for William Charles Evaniuk 65, of Sturgis, who died on January 17, 1997 at Preeceville Hospital, was held January 22 at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Born on August 8, 1931, in Sturgis, he attended school in Endeavour and Sturgis. He was employed with Canadian National Railway in Boston Bar, BC, worked at logging and spent 30 years in the lumber and plywood industry in Surrey, BC. He married Mavis Irma Sawtell on July 4, 1955 at Queen’s Avenue United Church in New Westminister, BC. Predeceased by his parents, Mark and Mary Evaniuk, and a brother, John Evaniuk, he is survived by his wife Mavis; one son Boyd of Surrey, and two brothers, George and Alexander, both of Sturgis

EVANIW - Stella Evaniw 64 of Sturgis, passed away on April 18, 1983 in the Preeceville Union Hospital. Services were held on April 21st in the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. She was born on September 23, 1918 in the Ketchen district to parents Anton and Wasylyna Evaniw. She was educated at Sturgis and took up hairdressing at Saskatoon, residing at P. Mohyla Institute. For 30 years, she practiced hairdressing in Sturgis. She was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Sturgis. She also was a member of the choir and the READ Club. Predeceased by her father in 1959, her mother in 1973 and a brother in infancy; she is survived by two brothers, Orest of Regina and Peter and a sister, Nellie Kinasczuk.

EVANIW - Wasylyna (nee Antoniw) Evaniw 73 of Sturgis passed away on January 4, 1973 in the Preeceville Hospital after a long illness. Services were held from the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born in the Western Ukraine, on February 23, 1899, Wasylyna Antoniw came to Canada in 1907 with her parents, John and Anna Antoniw, and settled in the Preeceville district. She married Anton Evaniw in 1914. Besides her parents, Mrs. Evaniw was predeceased by an infant son, her husband in 1959 and four sisters. She is survived by two sons, Peter in the United States and Orest of Regina; two daughters, Nellie Kinaschuk and Stella of Sturgis; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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FEDORUIK – Frozina (nee Tureski) was born April 9, 1895 at Zastowna, Bukovina, Western Ukraine. She attended school for a short while in the Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in 1910. In 1911 she married George Fedoriuk. They were married for 52 years and had 14 children. She passed away October 22, 1984. Funeral service held from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband; an infant son, William; a daughter, Leona; a grandson Gordon; two sisters, Mary and Sadie and a great-grandson, Alexander Mark; she is survived by five sons, Nicholas of California, John of Somme, SK, Mitchell and Joseph, both of Detroit and George of Sturgis; seven daughters, Margaret Sullivan, Ann Lomox and Ava Desoff, all of Detroit, Mary Lang of Kentucky, Jeanne Makowsky of Calgary, Elaine Dean of California and Rose Marie Mihalicz of Regina; two sisters, Elsie Biletski and Katie Cheredaryk, both of Canora; a brother, Steve Tureski of Preeceville; 39 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

FEDORUIK – George was born in Zastawna, Ukraine on April 1, 1885. George immigrated to Canada in 1905. He married Frozina in 1911 in the Canora area. George farmed seven miles northeast of Sturgis. He passed away in 1963 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FEDORUIK – Randal George Federiuk was born on October 18, 1958 in Preeceville Hospital to George and Alice (Rehaluk) Federiuk. He attended school in Sturgis and after graduation went to work for Talco Industries in The Pas. Later he worked in construction and transportation. His hobbies were fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Judith of Chitek Lake, SK; daughter, Heather in Prince Albert; step-daughter, Sara in Helsinki, Finland; brothers, Tim and Mark (Michelle) of Sturgis, Tom of Kelowna, Chris (Caroline) of Regina, George S. (Susie) of Camrose, AB. Randy fought a courageous battle with cancer until his death on October 19, 2013. Burial was in the Sturgis Community Cemetery.

FETCHUK – Fred was born on March 22, 1910 to Michael and Paraska (Bazanski) Fetchuk. Fred attended George Albert School in the Stenen district. When he finished school, he worked on the farm with his dad. He married Polly Zahara on July 19, 1936 and continued farming. In 1975, Polly and Fred moved to their new home in Sturgis. Fred passed away in August 2003.

FETCHUK – Polly (nee Zahara) Fetchuk passed away on June 6, 2010 at the age of 97 years. Polly was born on May 25, 1913 on the family farm north of Stenen to Kost and Anna (nee Yuzek) Zahara. She attended Frame Lake School and worked for local families, helping with chores and children until she met the love of her life, Fred Fetchuk. They were married on July 19, 1936 and moved to their own farm two miles from the Zahara farm. They retired from farming and moved to Sturgis in 1975. Polly was an avid gardener. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brothers; Mike, Pete, George and sister Mary Bazanski. She is survived by her son Fred (Julie), her grandchildren; Kim, Fred, Michael and Fletchar and six great grandchildren; her sister Dorothy (Jack) Magnell.

FINCARYK – Ann (nee Sowa) was born in Poland to parents Roman and Teodazia Sowa on May 5, 1925. She came to Canada with her mother in 1930 to join her father who had immigrated here in 1926 and homesteaded north of Stenen. Ann attended Frame Lake School. She married Laddie Fincaryk in 1946 and farmed north of Sturgis in the Woodlight District. Ann and Laddie had eight children; Robert, Charles, Gerald, Darlene, Harold, Tim, Christine and Richard. Ann passed away December 19, 2010 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FINCARYK – Arthur was born on June 6, 1933 to parents Mike and Margaret Fincaryk. He grew up on the family farm and attended East Ajax School. He worked in the bush during the winter months and worked for farmers during the summer months. He married Annette Tanasiuk and they had two children; a son Darren and a daughter Debbie. Art passed away in 2008 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FINCARYK – Harold was born in Preeceville on October 19, 1956 to parents, Laddie and Ann Fincaryk. He lived on the farm north of Woodlight School, where he attended school for two years and then received the rest of his education at the Sturgis Schools. Following his education, he sought out various employment opportunities in the logging industry, hardcore mining, and oil field valve repair and heavy equipment operator for a number of gravel companies. Harold has two daughters – Jodie and Tecia. Jodie from his first marriage was born on February 7, 1978 in Fort St. John, BC. In 1982, he met Genevieve Meroniuk. On July 19, 1983 their daughter was born. Harold passed away July 7, 2008

FINCARYK – Laddie Fincaryk 73 of Sturgis, passed away on April 22, 1989. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on March 7, 1916, at Sturgis to Alex and Molly Fincaryk, he attended Woodlight School and left home at an early age, working at various jobs. Before joining the army in 1943 he worked in a mine at Timmins, ON. He returned from service overseas in 1946 to the Woodlight district where he was united in marriage on March 23rd of that year to Ann Sowa in the Greek Orthodox Church at Canora. They farmed until 1971, then retired and moved to Sturgis. Predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Joyce Mangelson and Mary Melnychuk, and two brothers, Joe and Bill Fincaryk, he is survived by; his wife, Ann; six sons, Bob, Charlie, Gerald, Harold, Richard and Tim; two daughters, Darlene Porter and Christine Darker, five brothers, Leo, Sandy, Jim, Mike and John; five sisters, Annie Chermkora, Nellie Foral, Stella Moniuk, Margret Moniuk and Dale Koste and 13 grandchildren.

FINCARYK – Leonard David Fincaryk 46, of Nobleford, AB and formerly of Sturgis, passed away in Lethbridge on November 17, 1989. Services held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on September 20, 1943 in Sturgis, he was educated at Sturgis. He worked in the area surrounding Sturgis and in Saskatoon. In 1970 he moved to Lethbridge and established a business and worked in the surrounding area. He married Mary Ann Buratenski on October 15, 1965. Predeceased by his father in 1970 and his estranged wife Mary Ann, he is survived by his mother Marjorie, two sons, Dale and Dean of Lethbridge; two brothers, Metro and Steve and three sisters, Isabel Gerard, Joyce Elliot of Maple Creek and Evelyn Rewakowsky.

FINCARYK – Margaret was born on October 12, 1911 in the Woodlight district to Nick and Katherine Smud. She attended Woodlight School. After finishing school, Margaret went out working to The Pas, MB and Regina as a waitress. She married Mike Fincaryk April 23, 1933 and they farmed until retirement and moved to Sturgis in 1974. Margaret and Mike had three sons; Arthur, Bill and Metro. Margaret passed away in 2008 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FINCARYK – Margorie (nee Sibbald) Fincaryk 86, of the Gateway Lodge in Canora, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on July 12, 1997. Services held from Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on February 19, 1911 in Hamilton, ON to James and Harriet Sibbald, she was educated in Kerrobert, SK. As a young woman, she farmed with her parents near Dodsland. She married William Fincaryk in Biggar on September 1, 1936 and they moved to Kelfield, SK where they worked on a mink farm. In the late 1930’s they moved to the Sturgis district. She lived in Yorkton for several years before she became a resident of the Lodge in Canora in 1993. She was a member of the Alliance Mission in Sturgis and a member of the Westview United Church in Yorkton. Predeceased by her parents, her husband William and a son Leonard in 1989, she is survived by two sons, Metro (Ruth) of Selkirk, MB and Steve (Diane) of Blairmore, AB; three daughters, Isabel Geard, Evelyn Rewakowsky of Canora and Joyce Elliott of Blairmore, AB; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

FINCARYK – Michael "Mike" Fincaryk 88, of Sturgis passed away on October 26, 1995. He was born on November 8, 1906 at Sturgis to Alex and Molly (Hydamaka) Fincaryk in Sifton, Man. He later moved to the Woodlight School district and was self-educated. He worked for farmers in various places and the Hamilton saw mill and farm for a short time. On April 23, 1933, he married Margaret Smud at his parent’s home on the farm. They lived with his parents for four years. In 1937 they moved to their farm 10 miles northeast of Sturgis, where they resided until retirement in 1974, when they moved to Sturgis. In Sturgis he held various jobs including working at the Sturgis Auction Mart, tilling gardens, and carpentry. His interest was fishing hunting, playing pool and cards, music, dancing and making knives. Predeceased by his parents, a son Metro; five brothers, Joe, Bill, Laddie, Leo and Jim (Metro); and three sisters, Mary Melnychuk, Annie Cheremkora and Joyce Mangelson, he is survived by his wife Margaret; two sons, Art (Annette) of Sturgis and Bill of Alberta.

FINCARYK – William Fincaryk 67 of Sturgis, passed away on January 2, 1972. Service was in Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Sifton, MB in 1904 he came to the Woodlight School district with his parents, Alex and Molly Fincaryk, in 1906. On September 1, 1936 Bill married Marjorie Weir-Sibbald at Biggar, SK. Bill and Marjorie returned to the Woodlight district from Kelfield, SK in 1937 and lived with Bill’s parents. Bill was a blacksmith. Through the years he worked at Stenen and Canora and in 1945, they moved to a farm north of Sturgis. When they retired they moved to Sturgis. Predeceased by his father in 1964 he is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his mother Molly; three sons, Metro, Leonard and Steven; three daughters Isabel Geard, Joyce Elliott and Evelyn Rewakowsky of Canora; seven brothers, Jim, Leo and Sandy of BC, Joe, Laddie and Mike of Sturgis and John of Stenen; seven sisters, Mary Melnychuk, Anne Cheremkora, Margaret Moniuk, Joyce Mangelson, and Helen (Dale) Kosty of BC, Nellie Foria of Regina and Stella Moniuk of Wawota; and13 grandchildren

FIROMSKI – Joseph Firomski 81 of Sturgis passed away on May 8, 1993. Funeral service held from Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born February 4, 1912 to parents Wojeiech and Krenia (nee Chudzyk) Firomski, northeast of Sturgis, he was educated at Goodhue School. When he was younger, he worked as a foreman on road construction. He married Mary Lozinski on May 26, 1930. Joseph and Mary had four children: Lila, Jeanette, Marion and Victor. Mary passed away at the age of 35 on June 17, 1949. He married a second time to Sophie Hryhorash on November 19, 1951 at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Canora. Sophie had a son Donald born in 1941. To this marriage a son Delmar was born. Joseph served as secretary of the Goodhue School and served on the board of the Sask. Wheat Pool. Joseph had open-heart surgery at Regina General hospital on January 16, 1973 and continued farming. They moved to Preeceville for a couple of years and then moved to Sturgis. They lived in town and continued farming until 1991. Predeceased by his first wife in 1949, a brother Stanley in 1987, three sisters Antonia Gogal, Mary Yawney and Katie Ilnitski and a grandson Ronald Firomski, he is survived by his wife Sophie; four sons, Marion, Victor, Don and Delmar; two daughters Lila (William) Chernowsky and Jeanette Cheremkora both of Sturgis; grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

FIROMSKI – Sophie was born April 15, 1918 to parents Dmetro and Aksonia (Annie) Chalus. She married Joseph Firomski November 19, 1951. Sophie had a son by a previous marriage and Joseph had four children with his first wife, who passed away in 1949. To their marriage a son Delmar was born in 1954. Sophie passed away in 2009 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FORSTER - Stefania Stella (nee Simaniuk). Stefania was born in Arran, SK on June 30, 1927. Her father Carl Simaniuk died when she was three months old. She moved with her mother Catherine Simaniuk to Sturgis in 1928, where they had relatives. Stefania was educated at Sturgis. After grade twelve she moved to Calgary, where she met and married Harold Forster in 1955. They had five children: Catherine, Hugh, Mona, Ridge and Warren. Stefania passed away March 2, 2006 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FRANZEN – Erik Evert Franzen 67 of Sturgis, passed away on January 6, 1980. Funeral service was held from St. John Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on the family homestead in the Sturgis district on May 2, 1912, he was the son of Olaf and Anna Franzen. He attended Cavell School. After his father died in 1930, Eric, 17 helped raise the rest of the family. All his life Eric farmed the family homestead. He served on the RM of Preeceville council for almost 20 years and was active in the Lady Lake United Grain Growers Local and the Lady Lake community clubs. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by six sister; two brothers, Olaf of Sturgis and Nels of Vancouver.

FRANZEN - Olaf Franzen left Sweden in March 1910 and came to Canada. He took a homestead North of Sturgis. To provide extra money for the family, Olaf worked on the railway or in the bush camp. The farm provided grain for the cattle and sheep, which they raised. Bees provided honey when sugar was rationed. Olaf died on July 30, 1928 in Canora.

FRANZEN – Svea Ellen Setonia Franzen 72 of Victoria and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on April 13, 1983. Funeral service was held in the Chapel of McCall Brothers. Cremation followed with interment in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born July 1910, she was educated at Cavell School. Predeceased by a brother Eric Franzen in 1980; she is survived by five sisters, Esther Olson, Hilda Scarr, Helen Gamey, Edith McGinnis and Margaret Lefrancois and two brothers, Olaf and Nels Franzen.

FRANZEN – Anna Franzen came with her husband Olaf from Sweden in 1910 along with two children, Ester and Hildur born in Sweden. They homesteaded north of Sturgis. Seven children were born on the homestead; Ellen, Eric, Olaf, Helga (born 1916), Edith, Ingeborg (born 1923) and Nels (born 1926). Anna died May 1, 1938 and her daughter Ellen took over raising the family. Anna is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FRANZEN – Nels S. A. was born to parents Olaf and Anna Franzen June 9, 1926 on the family homestead. He attended Cavell School. Nels passed away in 2008 and is buried in the Sturgis cemetery.

FRANZEN – Olaf Konrad Ferdinand Franzen 83 of Vancouver and formerly of Sturgis, died on December 31, 1997 at Beacon Hill Nursing Home in West Vancouver. Interment of ashes was to take place at Sturgis Cemetery at a later date. Born on March 23, 1914, in Sturgis, he attended Cavell School. He worked as a janitor for the teachers, at the Hamilton saw mill and as a hired man in the district. He later farmed with his brother Eric on the homestead. He suffered many illnesses following a car accident in 1962. After moving to Vancouver in 1980 and living with his brother Nels, he became a resident of the nursing home. Predeceased by his parents, Olaf in 1930, and Anna in 1936, a brother Eric in 1980, and two sisters, Ellen and Hilda; he is survived by a brother Nels of North Vancouver, and four sisters, Esther Olson, Helga Gamey, Ingeborg Lefrancois and Edith McGinnis.

FRASER – Barbara "Betty" Mabel (nee Goodrich) Giffen Fraser 68, of Sturgis, passed away February 24, 1989 in the Plains Health Center in Regina. Funeral service held from Grace United Church. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born July 29, 1920 in Norquay, she attended Glen Elder School She married Aubrey Conrad Giffen. After his death, she married Frank Allan Fraser at Regina in 1977. She was secretary of the Sturgis Ukrainian Catholic Women for nine years, the CGIT leader for two years and a member of the Sturgis Read Club. Predeceased by her first husband and her mother, Mabel Goodrich, she is survived by her husband Frank Fraser; three daughters, Lorraine Lysak of Regina, Janet Berg of Calgary and Coleen Giffen-Murtagh of Calgary; a sister, Joan Warn of Vancouver, and five grandchildren

FRASER – Frank Allan Fraser 81, passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on February 27, 2005. Born on February 17, 1924 at Stenen to John and Grace (Butterfield) Fraser. Frank attended Forest Hill School and then a school was built in Tadmore. He completed his grade 10. He worked for many years as a chef in restaurants, both his own and others. He was the head cook at the Sturgis Composite School’s dormitory for many years. He worked at Afleck’s hardware then worked 22 years, first as staff and then as manager, at the Gateway Co-op in Sturgis. He lived in Sturgis after his retirement in 1983. In 1977 Frank married Betty Giffin of Sturgis. Betty passed away in 1989. Frank married Ruby Remenda in March 1994. Frank was a member of the Kinsmen Club, Grace United Church and Sturgis Sports and rodeo. Predeceased by his parents, one sister Elizabeth, his first wife, Betty, niece Beverly Ann and nephew Lloyd Fraser, he is survived by his wife Ruby; two brothers, Kenneth of Norquay and Howard (Iris) of Sturgis; two step-sons, Bill Remenda of St. Malo, MB and Peter (Audra) Remenda of Saskatoon, and two step-daughters Connie Sluth and Carol Lafontaine; and three step-daughters from his first marriage, Lorraine Lysak, Janet Berg and Colleen Giffen/Murtaugh.

FRASER – Howard William Fraser passed away suddenly at the Bentley Retirement Community in Yorkton on November 16, 2010 at the age of 81 years. Howard was born in Stenen to John and Grace Fraser on June 30, 1929. He lived with his mother and two brothers on a farm in the Tadmore district after the death of his father. He attended school in Tadmore and left the farm at the age of 15 to join the army. Because of his age he was refused admittance and went to work in a factory in Winnipeg. He returned to Sturgis in 1947 where h worked at different jobs, including a restaurant business with his brother Frank. In 1951 Howard met and later married Iris Soltys at Preeceville United Church. They moved to Flin Flon where he worked for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. In 1954 they moved to Calgary and the following year returned to live at Sturgis. Howard worked at various jobs which included working at the Sask. Timber Board and operating his own electrical appliance repair business for many years. Howard was involved in the community including the Read Club and the Sturgis Senior Slo-Pitch team. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was always up for a game of cribbage or pool. Howard was predeceased by his wife Iris; his parents, and brother Frank. His is survived by his son, Alan (Barbara) of Prince Albert, SK; daughter Janice (Greg) Beatty of Sturgis; his brother Ken Fraser; grandchildren, James, Garrett, Andrea, Jason and Megan and his great-grandchildren, Cailyn and Rhyan. The memorial service was held from Grace United church in Sturgis. Interment of cremated remains followed in the Sturgis Cemetery.

FRASER – Iris (nee Soltys) was born in Sturgis to Dmetro and Katherine (nee Kinaschuk) Soltys, on May 6, 1931. As a young girl she attended the ‘old brick School’ and the Sturgis Composite High School. After completing grade twelve Iris went to the Saskatchewan Normal School in 1949 to 1950 graduating with a teacher’s certificate. Her teaching career began at Orange Vale School, west of Preeceville, as well as Usherville and Chechow Schools. She married Howard Fraser on May4, 1951 at the Preeceville United church. In 1960, Iris began teaching at he Sturgis Elementary School for twenty-seven years retiring in 1987. Iris became involved in the Sturgis Read Club as treasurer for 10 years and helped compile the Sturgis history Book as secretary. Iris passed away March 25, 2009 at the age of 78 years. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents, her brothers Terry and John Soltys and sister Stefania Forster. Iris is lovingly remembered by her husband Howard, her son Alan (Barbara) of Prince Albert, SK; daughter Janice (Greg) Beatty of Sturgis; one sister, Patricia Coderre of Regina; grandchildren James, Andrea, Jason, Megan and Garrett and their children, great-grandchildren Cailyn and Rhyan.

FRASER – Kenneth Robert Fraser, age 93 years, of the Norquay Health Center, and formerly of Tadmore, passed away on December 27, 2012 Ken was born on December 25, 1919 at home in the Tadmore district to John and Grace (nee Butterfield) Fraser. He attended Forest Hill School from 1926 to 1935. Sadly, he was only 12 years old when his father died. In 1938, he began farming his father’s land. On October 5 1940, he married Gladys Ronneberg. He continued to farm until 1941 when he enlisted in the army. 1942 saw Ken sent overseas. On April 17, 1945, he was injured in the line of duty and returned home. He purchased his parent’s farm from his mother and continued farming. In 1981, Ken rented out his land and retired from farming and then in 1984 he purchased a home in Tadmore and moved into town. He was a member of the local school board and the Buchanan History Book committee. Ken was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sturgis Branch and a member for over 50 years, transferring to the Norquay Branch in recent years. He loved to play low card wild rummy, a game his family now just calls ‘grandpa’s rummy’. You always played for a quarter and he played to win, no matter whom he was playing with. Due to failing health, he became a resident of the Norquay Health Centre in Feb. 1999, his home until the present. Ken will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his 4 children, Sons, Leonard (Gladys) Fraser of Comox, BC and Robert (Cindy) of Calgary, AB; daughters, Betty Lou (Larry) Skogen and Barbara Fraser (Bryn Owen) of Tadmore, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

FREESE – Ken Freese was born in 1935. Ken was a timber man, with the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. at Snow Lake. This is where he met Olga Welgush, who was also employed there. They married in 1959. In 1966, they purchased land, two miles south of Danbury and ran a mixed farming operation. Ken also drove school bus for 26 years. They raised two children: Gerald and Gail. Ken passed away in 1994 at the age of 59.

FREESE - Olga Freese passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on December 25, 2011 at the age of 75 years. She was born on May 7, 1936 on the family farm to Mike and Jessie (Wasylenchuk) Welgush. As a young girl, she attended the Frame Lake School. In her younger years, she worked alongside her brother on the family farm and for numerous neighbors. In the early 20’s she got a job in Snow Lake, MB at the Hudson Bay Mining Cafeteria. In 1959 she married Ken Freese in Stenen. They lived in Snow Lake until 1966 when they moved to the Danbury district to farm. She drove the school bus for Sturgis School Division for 15 years and farmed with her husband until his passing in 1994. She continued to farm with her son until 2004. Her parents; husband Ken; brother Metro; half brother John and half sister Lillian predeceased her. She is lovingly remembered by her son Gerald (Eleanor) of Arran, SK; her daughter Gail Kozak of Sturgis; two sisters, Mary Rebchuk and Nellie Koroluk; her four grandchildren, Lee Kozak, Christine Halvorson, Jessica Freese, Christopher Freese and one great grandchild Zaina Halvorson.
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GANONG - (baby). A son born to Ottie and Flora Ganong was born July 24, 1919 and died on July 24, 1919 in Sturgis. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GANONG – Edna Pearl Ganong was born on September 23, 1884 to parents Thomas Henry and Mary Jane (Goggin) Hamilton at Glenboro, MB. Her school days were spent at Glenboro. Her family moved to Sturgis about 1906. She passed away on November 12, 1937 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GANONG - Flora E. (nee Walker). Funeral service for Flora Ganong 90, of Sturgis, who died August 9, 1981 in the Moosomin Union Hospital, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Hanna, N.D., on October 19, 1890 to John and Mary Walker, she came to Canada in 1906 with her family and they settled north of Sturgis. She married Ottie Ganong in April 1912 and they farmed near Sturgis. She was a charter member of the UCW, a lifetime member of the Grace United Church, a past member of the horticultural society and a member of the Read Club. Predeceased by her first husband, Ottie Ganong, in February 1928; her second husband, George Durham in July, 1944; her third husband, Thomas Earl, in April 1952; a step-son, Michael Durham of Edmonton in ’79; a brother, Elmer and a sister, Doris; she is survived by two daughters, Alice Williams of Moosomin and Mabel Durham of Surrey, BC; a son, Earl of Toronto; three stepdaughters, Marie Kramer of Verndale, Minn. Regina Holaday of Watson and Agnes Propp of Yorkton; a sister Cora Boen of Sturgis, brother George Walker and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

GANONG - George Hamilton. Funeral service for George Hamilton Ganong, 61, of Sturgis, who died October 19, 1979 in the Plains Health Centre in Regina, was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Canora to Winfred and Edna Ganong, he was raised and lived his entire life in the Sturgis area. He married Wyone Olson in 1945 and farmed north of Sturgis for several years. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Lawrence of Edmonton and Blaine of Regina; four sisters, Minnie MacKay of Yorkton, Eva Work of Anatheim, Calif., Edna Gibney of Sturgis and Verna Graham of Shellbrook, and two grandchildren. Nicole and Andrea Ganong of Edmonton.

GANONG – Ottie Spicer Ganong was born January 10, 1889 at Snider Mountain, New Brunswick. He and his older brother, Winfred Ganong came from New Brunswick to homestead in Sask. on one farm each. He married Flora Walker April 17, 1912 in Sturgis. They had four children; Alice Born 1914 at Tadmore, a baby boy born and died in 1919, Earl Raymond born 1921 and Mabel Marie born in 1923 at Sturgis. Mr. Ganong was on the local board of the United Grain Growers. He experimented with different seeds (oats, grass, etc). He passed away at the age of 38 from heart disease. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GANONG – Winfred William “Fred” was born at Snider Mountain, New Brunswick, March 17, 1880 to George William and Alice (Spicer) Ganong. Fred was the oldest of a family of eleven children. Mr. Ganong first came west as far as Swan River from New Brunswick in 1903. There were no railways further west, so he returned to Kamsack, which was the end of the steel, and he walked to the Sturgis district looking for homesteads. Picking out several quarters and then with his partner, Mr. McClure, walked to Yorkton (60 miles) to file his claim. Fred married Edna Pearl Hamilton on January 3, 1912. Edna and Fred had a family of five daughters and one son. They were; Minnie, Eva May, Edna Alice, George Hamilton and Verna Mabel. All the children were born at Sturgis. In 1918 Fred Ganong was a partner with Bert Hamilton in the first lumbering project in the area. He was also a partner in a steam-threshing outfit. Edna and Fred built up an n attractive farmstead. His wife passed away in 1937 and Fred continued to live on the farm. In 1942 he married Nina Case, a friend from New Brunswick. Fred passed away on the farm on August 3, 1943 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GANONG - Wyone May. Funeral service for Wyone May Ganong 63, of Regina and formerly of Sturgis, who died October 7, 1991 in Regina General Hospital was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born May 8, 1928 in Sturgis, she was educated in Sturgis. On May 17, 1945 she married George Hamilton Ganong at Sturgis. They farmed in the Sturgis district until 1974. They moved from the farm into the town of Sturgis in 1959. Predeceased by her husband, George in 1979; her parents Olaf and Anna Olson; her sister Bernice and two brothers, Vic and Elmer, she is survived by two sons, Lawrence (Etholeen) of Sherwood Park, AB and Blaine (Darlene) of Regina; a brother, Ken (Norene) of Snow Lake, MB; two sisters, Olga Monette and Sally Cameron and four grandchildren.

GEORGICA – infant daughter and first child born to Lorne W. and Dorothy Georgica, who resided at Sturgis. She died of crib death in 1948. (no marker/headstone) The parents later moved to Flin Flon and had two boys, Dennis and Jamie.

GERMAN – Lane Nevin Spencer German, age 6 of Sturgis, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2010 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Lane was born on July 23, 2003 at Preeceville Hospital. Lane was a happy little boy and lived his first four years as every child should, with lots of fun and joy in his life. Nearing his 5th birthday he was diagnosed with leukemia. In December of 2008, he underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. In July his leukemia relapsed and after a short stay in Regina, he returned to Winnipeg seriously ill. Lane passed away on January 24, 2010. Lane has left to mourn, his parents, Eugene and Maureen German; brothers, Brendon and Arlee, grandparents, Leona and John Remenda of Sturgis and Petrina German of Preeceville. Funeral services were held from Preeceville Funeral Home and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GERRY - Metro – Mr. Metro Gerry passed away on March 21, 2000. Funeral service held at Grace United Church Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on October 10, 1906, in Tornopol, Ukraine, he was the youngest of four children: a brother died from an unexploded shell after the First World War, a brother Michael and sister Ann. His mother died during the great flu epidemic of 1918 and his father died in 1930. Metro worked on the small farms in the Ukraine cutting grain with a sickle and herding geese. He had no opportunity for schooling and so had no formal education. He immigrated to Canada in 1929. He worked for C.P Rail the first year and then on a farm near Winnipeg and then on to a farm near Preeceville. Five years later he bought his own land north of Sturgis and farmed for 33 years. Metro visited his family in the Ukraine in 1974. He married Lena Gromik on October 26, 1939. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister, he is survived by his wife, Lena.

GIFFEN - Aubrey Conrad. Funeral service for Aubrey Conrad Giffen, 53 of Sturgis, who died on June 7, 1970 in a Regina hospital after a brief illness, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born of parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Giffen, he lived his entire life in the Sturgis area. He was employed for 26 years by the Sturgis and Preeceville rural telephone companies. Predeceased by his parents and a sister, he is survived by his wife Betty; three daughters, Loraine Lysack of Regina, Janet Welch of Saskatoon and Colleen at home; two brothers, Oscar of Swan River, and Bert of Winnipeg; a sister Vida of Birch River, and four grandchildren.

GILLESPIE – Ann Jane Gillespie was born February 15, 1858. Her parents were William and Catherine Hannah Deaver, both born in Ireland. Her siblings were Abraham born in 1862 and Elinor born in 1870. She married John Gillespie January 7, 1880 in Ontario. Their children were John Alexander (born 1881), William J, Louis (Lew), Mabel A. and Robert Edgar. They moved to the Tadmore area about 1904 and took up a homestead and then moved into the town of Sturgis. Ann passed away at the age of 87, on February 15, 1945 in Sturgis.

GILLESPIE – Children of Edgar and Isabel Gillespie, that are buried in unmarked graves in the Sturgis Cemetery are: Laurence born Nov 23, 1915 and died on August 16, 1926; Wayne born November 2, 1923 – died June 27, 1927; and Elaine born on October 22, 1928 – died October 19, 1931.

GILLESPIE - Isabelle. Mrs. Isabelle Gillespie 79, passed away on June 19, 1974 at Carrot River. The service was held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and Burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Felton, Minn., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnston, who had immigrated from Scotland, she moved with them in 1904 to a homestead four miles southwest of Tadmore. In 1914 she married Robert Edward Gillespie and resided at Tadmore and served as a telephone operator. The Gillespie’s moved to Moose Jaw and Saskatoon for a few years and came back in 1931 to Sturgis, where Mrs. Gillespie assisted her husband in the post office. Predeceased by her husband in 1952, two sons, Lawrence and Wayne, and a daughter, Elaine, three brothers, Johnny, George and Robert and a sister, Alice, she is survived by a son, William; two daughters, Violet Wright and Velma Scharfenberg and a sister Mrs. Mary Hamilton.

GILLESPIE - Louis “Lew” Gillespie and his wife moved to Sturgis in 1948 from Saskatoon, where Lew had been employed for several years by Birks Jeweler’s. Lew was a watchmaker and jeweler by trade. Lew, knowing Sturgis was just getting started with curling, went to the curling rinks in Saskatoon and obtained a number of good used curling brooms and sent them by freight to the Sturgis Curling Rink. In 1950 Lew rented space in the bookstore and set up his business. His wife passed away in 1954. Lew continued with his jewelry business and watch repair and lived at the hotel until his death on March 18, 1966. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GILLESPIE - Margaret S. – With her husband, Louis Gillespie, moved to Sturgis 1948 from Saskatoon She passed away in 1954 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GILLESPIE – Robert Edgar Gillespie, was born in 1890. He married Isabel May Johnston in 1914 in Canora. He was from the Badgerdale School District. After their marriage they lived on a farm north of Tadmore, SK for four years. They moved into Tadmore, where Isabel had the telephone office in their home and Edgar had a barbering business. Because of wood sawing accident, where Edgar had his thumb cut off, he was no longer able to barber. In 1926, they moved to Moose Jaw, where Edgar had a job delivering milk, with a horse and wagon. They moved to Saskatoon, where he had a job to deliver bread. In 1931, they moved back to Sturgis. Edgar worked with his father, John Gillespie in the Post Office and became post master after the death of his father. He held that position until his death on May 22, 1952.

GILLESPIE - William. Funeral service for William Gillespie 63, of Sturgis, who died on January 21, 1995 in Preeceville hospital, was held at the Sturgis Evangelical Church. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on December 21, 1931 in Sturgis, he was educated at Sturgis, finishing his grade 10 before going on to a technical school in Winnipeg. He went to Ottawa in 1956-57 and worked for 11 years as a steam engineer at Winnipeg. He also worked in Lethbridge, Calgary, Hudson Bay and Sturgis. In February of 1956 he married Vera Coutts. Predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Isabel Gillespie; two brothers, Lawrence and Wayne; and a sister, Elaine Gillespie, he is survived by two sisters, Violet Wright of Sturgis and Velma Scharfenberg of Hudson Bay.

GOULDEN - Bessie Belle – Mrs. Bessie Goulden 84, died on November 7, 1972 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Bessie Belle Abra was born at Crescent Lake, SK. In 1918 she moved with her parents to the Usherville district where she resided until her marriage to Lleweelyn Goulden at Yorkton in 1924. They resided at Ebenezer. Her husband died in 1930 and in 1931, she and her sons moved back to the Usherville district where they resided until 1954, when she moved into Sturgis. She is survived by three sons, Lynn, Jim and Ken of Sturgis; three brothers, Charlie and Howard of Usherville and Harold of Haney, BC; two sisters, Marjorie of Burnaby, BC and Dorothy of Endeavour, and nine grandchildren. A brother, Eddy died in 1917 and a brother Horace in July.

GOULDEN - Kenneth Goulden, age 85, died peacefully at Preeceville Hospital on March 15, 2013 with family by his side. Ken was born in Yorkton on February 4, 1928 to Llewellyn and Bessie (Abra) Goulden. They lived on the family farm in Ebenezer, until his father passed away from an accident, when Ken was two years old. They moved north of Sturgis and lived with Bessie's family, the Abra's. As a young man, Ken worked for farmers, cutting and selling firewood, cleared land and worked on road construction. Road construction led Ken to the Rocanville area, where he met Lillian Davies. From that union, Rick, Randy, Raymond, Debbie (deceased) and Sandra were born. In 1961, he had a work accident which resulted in limited use of his right arm and loss of fingers. Even with this disabililty he was able to work up until health no longer permitted him to. Ken enjoyed hunting, skidooing and driving around looking at fields and cows. He moved back to Sturgis in the late 80's where he worked for David Larson, looking after his cows and helped with haying. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Sturgis Museum and helped caretake at the Sturgis Cemetery. Ken and Mary Prokop spent several years traveling and seeing different places. During the past 15 years, he spent a lot of time with his special friend, Grace Chase. Ken was predeceased by his parents; infant daughter, Debbie; spouse, Lillian; his brother Lynn and his friend Mary Prokop; He leaves to mourn his passing, Grace Chase; his brother, Jim (Norma); his children, Rick (Deenie), Kurt and Carrie; Randy; Raymond (Angele), Ryden, Sandra (Karlis), Michael and Toni; his brother-in-law, Hugh Bowey and numerous nephews and nieces.

GOULDEN - Wallace "Wally" was born on October 1, 1957 to parents Jim and Norma Goulden. He attended school in Sturgis. He had two sisters, Pamela Dawn and Trudy Joy. Wally married Brenda Karcha on September 22, 1990. They have two daughters; Nicole Mary born in 1993 in Preeceville and Darcie Joanne born in 1995 in Yorkton. Wally and Brenda lived and worked in Churchbridge. Wally was killed in a truck accident. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GRAHAM - David Grady. Funeral service for David Grady Graham of Sturgis, who died in a Saskatoon Hospital on June 16, 1974 after a brief illness, was held at Sturgis. He was born at Rounthwaite, MB in 1906 and spent his early life on the farm. The family moved to Kuroki in 1929. Later, in the 1930’s Mr. Graham worked in the Sturgis district. During the war he worked at Toronto in a small arms factory. In 1950, he returned to Sturgis where he was a Watkins dealer until 1967. He married Lois Rongve in 1937. From 1967 to the time of his passing he drove a bus for the Sturgis School Unit. He had served on the Sturgis town council, and was a board member of the Sturgis Credit Union. He is survived by his wife; three sisters, Georgina McNamee of Kelvington, Daisy Olson of Kuroki and Lillian MacDonell of Richmond, BC, and three brothers, Wilson of Shellbrook, Hugh of Vancouver and Andrew of Brandon.

GRAHAM – Lois Marie (nee Rongve) Graham, 89 of Sturgis passed away on January 6, 2001 at her home. Funeral service was held from Preeceville Funeral Chapel. Interment of ashes was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on November 8, 1911, in Sturgis, she attended Sturgis and Regina Normal schools. She taught elementary school from 1931 to 1971 at various schools including Goodhue, Peerless, Kopje, Ajax, Mannana, Stenen, Sturgis and Lintlaw. She married Dave Graham on June 26, 1937, at Preeceville United Church and was a member of the Sask. Teachers Federation and the Sturgis Read Club. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Alice Rongve, her husband David, two brothers, Willard and Gordon, and two sisters, Helen Bates and Ina Peters, she is survived by a sister, Gladys Doyle

GRAHAM – Verna Mabel Graham was born on January 9, 1920 to Winfred and Edna Ganong, the youngest of five children. She married Wilson Graham on February 14, 1942. They resided in Sturgis until 1951 and then moved to Preeceville. In 1965 they moved to Shellbrook. They raised three children, Gary (born 1944), Marilyn (born 1946) and Monte (born 1953). Verna worked at the Macleod’s store and Post Office in Shellbrook. She served on the hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Citizens Centre. Verna passed away on September 18, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Interment of ashes will be held at the Sturgis Cemetery in July 2012.

GRAHAM – Wilson Graham 79, of Shellbrook and formerly of Preeceville and Sturgis, passed away August 5, 1988. Funeral service held at the chapel of Saskatoon Funeral Home. Interment of ashes was in Sturgis cemetery. Born on February 6, 1909 at Ronthwaite, Man. he married Verna Ganong on February 14, 1942 at Yorkton. They lived in Sturgis from 1942 to 1951 when they moved to Preeceville, where Wilson worked as hospital administrator until 1965. In that year they moved to Shellbrook where he was administrator of the hospital until his retirement in 1974. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Gary of Powell River, BC and Monte (Bev) Graham of Saskatoon; a daughter, Marilyn of Port Alice, BC; two brothers, Hugh and Andrew; three sisters Georgina MasNamee of Kelvington, Daisy Olson of Kuroki and Lillian Macdonell of Richmond, BC and six grandchildren.

GRASS - Clark H. “Buster” – Born in Sintaluta, SK in 1903, he moved with his family to Fort Qu’Apelle in 1914 or 1915. He went to school in both communities and at the age of 17 left SK to attend Technical School in Toronto. Buster married Jessie Sparke on April 26, 1930 in Toronto. They moved west to the hamlet of Yellow Creek and constructed a hardware store. They moved to Sturgis in 1944. Buster owned the hotel until 1951 and shortly thereafter began the construction of the Regal Theatre. Buster also built and ran the motel for a few years. Another of his interests was the development of a park along the river. Over a long period of time he cleared and burned brush to open up an area suitable for camping and picnics. Buster was a long time member of the Old Board of Trade; he served on the local school board and was a Councilor of the Town of Sturgis for 30 years. Bluster passed away in 1989 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Jessie; sons George, Graham and Alastair and daughter, Ruth.

GRASS – George W. Grass passed away on April 8, 2012. He was born in Wakaw, SK in 1934 and lived briefly in Yellow Creek, Moose Range, Archerwill, Star City; however, it was Sturgis that he proudly considered his hometown. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, he began a career in North Battleford supervising the District Grid Road Program with the Municipality Road Assistance Authority, soon being promoted and transferred to Regina. George married Elaine Boen of Sturgis in 1959.He love to hunt, play hockey, music and friends. Above all, he loved and took care of his family. He was an active member of the Kinsmen Club, the WP Community Association, and the men’s club and choir at Whitemore Park United Church. He was a passionate hockey player his entire life, retiring from the Old-timer’s league just over 2 years ago. Predeceased by his father and mother, Buster and Jessie Grass, he is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Elaine, and their three children: Kelly Douglas (Melinda) Grass, Linda Lee Ann (Douglas) Sparks, and Deanne Dawn (Nick) Grass and grandchildren, Shane, Tabitha, Astrid, Axel, Isis and Isaac; sister Ruth (Kenny) Kelbough, brother Alastair (Kathleen) Grass. His ashes will be interred in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GRASS – Graham Clark Grass, formerly of Sturgis, passed away in Smithers, BC after suffering a heart attack on March 27, 2002. Graham was predeceased by his parents Buster and Jessie Grass of Sturgis. He is survived by his daughters Teresa (Duane) Melanson of Terrace, BC and Donna (Craig) George of Castlegar, BC and their families. Cory and Brittany Melanson and Jason and Garret George. His also survived by brothers George and Alastair and his sister Ruth Kelbough. Graham left Sturgis to work in Terrace with an old friend, Bob Prekaski, but returned after a short time, only to return with Bob on permanent basis in late 1959 or early 1960. He worked for the CNR for a short time and finally ventured into trucking in the logging industry in the area. He continued to work in the trucking business for the last 42 years as a highly regarded driver until he retired last year at the age of 65. He was a long-time member of the Kinsmen Club and a successful owner and fearless stock car driver. Graham continued to enjoy playing hockey and curling as well as ball for many years after moving to Terrace. He also enjoyed the rodeo scene, a sport he began to appreciate in Sturgis while working and helping he Leo Prekaski family. A memorial service was held at the Pentecostal Church in Terrace with internment of ashes at a later date in the Sturgis Cemetery.

GRASS - Ruth Jessie (nee Sparke) Grass, 90 of the Norquay Health Centre and formerly of Sturgis, died on January 9, 1998. Funeral service was at Grace United Church, with the burial to take place at the Sturgis Cemetery at a later date. Born September 20, 1907 in Toronto, she went to work for the T. Eaton Co. at the age of 15. She married Clark Grass on April 26, 1930 in Toronto and they moved to Sask. During the next 14-year, they owned several small businesses and he was employed as a grain buyer in Yellow Creek, Moose Range, Archerwill and Star City. They purchased the Hotel in Sturgis in 1944 and ran it until 1951. They built and owned the Regal Theatre and later the Blue Grass Motel, which they operated until retiring in 1968. A life member of the Sturgis Curling Club and United Church Women, she was a member of Sturgis Horticultural Society and a former member of the Eastern Star. Predeceased by her parents, Wallace and Ida May Sparke, and her husband Buster Grass, she is survived by three sons. George (Elaine) of Regina, Graham of Terrace, BC and Alistair (Kathy) of Honeymoon Bay, BC, one daughter, Ruth (Ken) Kelbough of Victoria; a sister Audrey Nicol of Barrie, Ont. and 12 grandchildren

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HAASE – Lawrence was born on January 30 1936, in Calgary. He lived with his mother for four years before entering institutional life at Valley View in Moose Jaw. He was later transferred to North Park in Prince Albert and when it closed, he became a resident of Anaka House in 1988. He worked at the Mackenzie Centre at a variety of different jobs. Lawrence 65 passed away on May 11, 2001 at Preeceville Hospital. Service held at Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HAMILTON – Alice Mary (nee Ball) Hamilton was born in Lincolnshire, England on January 1, 1900. She was the second child of Fanny and William Ball. The family came to Canada in 1908 and made their home in the Ormside area. On March 13, 1918 she married Bertrand Hamilton and they farmed and worked in the lumber industry in the Woodlight district. In the fall of 1956 they retired to Sturgis. She spent the last three years at a private care home in Earl Grey. In association with her membership in the Horticultural Society for many years, Hamilton was an avid gardener. A regular member of the grace United church parish, she was regarded as a faithful worker in the United Church Women’s organization. Alice passed away November 2, 1992 in Lumsden. Funeral service held at Grace United church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. She is survived three sons, Robert and John of Sturgis and Bert (Barbara) of Lumsden; two daughters, Ida Bole of Elfros and Fanny (Peter) Podhorski of Keremeas, BC; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren.

HAMILTON – Bertrand "Bert" was born in Glenboro, MB in 1886. Along with his brother Roy, he moved to the Woodlight district in 1906. His parents, his parents Tom Hamilton and Mary Jane, followed. In 1918, he married Alice Ball of Ormside. Bert was actively engaged in farming and lumbering from that time until his retirement, he and his wife lived in Sturgis, and were active in the church work and in horticulture. At the time of his death, Bert was a member of the church board. He passed away on February 4, 1965 in the Preeceville Hospital, after a short illness. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Alice; five children, Ida (John) Bole, Robert and John of Sturgis, Bertrand of Estevan and Fannie Podhoorod of Eston; and 18 grandchildren; two brothers, Roy of California and Earl of Toronto.

HAMILTON – Clifford was born on June 30, 1909 at Lintlaw, SK, where he grew up and attended school. Clifford married Gina Lande on August 1, 1936 in Yorkton. They moved into the village of Sturgis, shortly afterwards. Clifford was employed by the CNR and it was while working on the railway track at Sturgis that he passed away on October 17, 1958. He was survived by his wife and two children, Ronal and Connie.

HAMILTON – Connie was born on February 13, 1941 and grew up in Sturgis where she received all her schooling. Following the death of her father in 1958, Connie along with her mother Gina moved in 1959 to Regina where Connie took a business course. After living there for seven years, Gina and Connie moved to Vancouver. Connie passed away in BC in the fall of 1999. She is buried along side her parents in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HAMILTON – Gina Beatrice Lenora Lande was born at Macdowell, SK on March 21, 1910, and the eldest child of John and Caroline Lande. Between the years 1910 and 1919 Gina lived with her parents and siblings at Paynton, Sturgis and Baildon, SK points at which her father worked for the CN railway. Gina received her education at the Woodlight School and high school in Sturgis. Upon leaving school she worked at various places and it was while she was employed as a cook at Hamilton’s mill that she met Clifford Hamilton. They were married in 1936. Gina was hired as the operator at the Sturgis telephone office where she continued to work throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, becoming supervisor when the telephone exchange was expanded and employed several operators. Two children were born to Gina and Clifford, a son Ronald and a daughter, Connie. After her husband’s death, Gina moved to Regina with her daughter Connie and after a few years they moved to Vancouver. Gina passed away at Surrey, BC on March 21, 1992 – her 82nd birthday. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery

HAMILTON - John J. Hamilton, 77 of Sturgis passed away at home on November 10, 2002. Born in The Sturgis district on October 18, 1925 he lived with his family first on the farm of his paternal grandparents, Henry and Mary Jane Hamilton and then on the family farm of his parents, Bertrand and Alice Hamilton. Both farms are 13 miles northeast of Sturgis. He attended Woodlight School, Beaver bank School and his last two years were by correspondence and completed his high school at Sturgis graduating in 1944. He was employed part time at Soderlunds garage and at his father’s sawmills. In 1948 he was in partnership with his brother Robert in farming, Machine repair, and custom land clearing. The brothers expanded their operation until it was large enough to split into two in 1960. On September 28, 1955, he married Lily Olson and adopted her three children, Linda, Jack and Brian. The family moved to about 12 miles northeast of Sturgis where he had a mixed farming operation. In 1992 they retired and moved to their new home in Sturgis. He served as chairman of the Woodlight local school board for m 1955 – 1964, chairman of the Sturgis United Grain Growers local board for 25 years/ Member of the Sturgis School Unit board form 1975 –1982 He was a member of the Order of Masons for 50 years, and held all offices. A member of the Sturgis and district History Book committee. Predeceased by his wife, Lily;’ his parents and his sister Fanny; he is survived by one sister Ida Bole of Elfros; two brothers Robert and Bertrand; three daughters Linda Strachan, Doris Wyatt and Edith Nagy; four sons, Jack MacPherson, Brian MacPherson, Lawrence of Sturgis and Howard of Regina; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

HAMILTON – Kathleen (nee Elvin) was born in the Ormside district at her family home on March 12, 1932 to Ernest and Alice Elvin. She attended school at the Brush Valley School-completing grade ten. She worked on her family’s farm until marrying Robert Hamilton in November 1955. The eventually moved on to the Hamilton family farm in the Sturgis district where they farmed and raised their family. While her children were growing up, she volunteered as treasurer of the Sturgis Division Band and Preeceville Ukrainian Dance Club for many years. In later years she remained active in the community. She was a member of the Read Club, bowling league and pattern dancing. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s important events. Kathleen loved all aspects of the farm life such as tending cattle, seeding and harvesting. She remained on the family farm until June 2009 when she entered Preeceville Hospital. Kathleen 77 passed away on September 18, 2009. Funeral service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

HAMILTON – Lily E. (nee Olson) Funeral service for Lily E. Hamilton, 73 of Sturgis, who died on June 2, 1999 in Preeceville Hospital, was held from Grace United Church in Sturgis. Born on November 26, 1925, in Sturgis to Oscar and Winnifred (Wright) Olson, she attended Kopje School. She took some of her high school by correspondence and completed grade twelve at Sturgis High School in 1943. She took a secretarial and accounting course at Balfour in Regina and then worked in Toronto for four years. She married Jack MacPherson in April of 1948, but the marriage ended in 1951 when she and her three children moved to Sturgis. She worked at Beaver Bank School as a study supervisor and then, in Sturgis as assistant to the school unit. On September 28, 1955, she married John Hamilton and they moved to a farm near Sturgis. In 1992, they retired from farming and moved to Sturgis. After her retirement she was an active member of the Sturgis Horticultural Club. She developed her artistic talents, taking a series of University-level art courses. Predeceased by her parents; two brothers, James and Winford in childhood, she is survived by her husband, John, four sons, Jack MacPherson, Brian (Karen) MacPherson, Lawrence (Karen) of Sturgis, and Howard of Regina, and daughters Linda Strachan, Doris Wyatt and Edith (Tim) Nagy of Regina.

HAMILTON – Mary Jane (nee Groggin) was born in Ontario in 1866 and came to Manitoba with her parents Thomas and Margaret Goggin about 1880. She married Thomas Hamilton in 1883. They first lived in Manitoba and in 1907 moved to their homestead near Sturgis. They moved to Sturgis in 1919. Mary Jane, who had acted as midwife on many occasions, continued helping the community in this manner. She also had boarders and a number of her grandchildren stayed there while attending school. She was Secretary-Treasurer (1925-34) and Trustee (1939-41 of the Sturgis School Board, and was an active member of the Ladies Aid of Grace United Church. Her children were Edna Pearl, Bertrand William, Roy Thomas, David (1890-1930) Earl and Harry. Mary Jane passed away in 1951 at the age of 85.

HAMILTON – Robert William Hamilton 82 of Sturgis, died on October 21, 2004 at the Kamsack Nursing Home. Funeral was held at the Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on Aug. 13, 1922, in the Ormside district to Bert and Alice Hamilton, he attended Woodlight School. He was a farmer and he worked as a mechanic, a millwright, sawyer, industrial mechanic, machinist and carpenter. He married Kathleen Elvin at the Wilson Memorial United Church in Stenen on Nov. 19, 1955. He was a member of the Sask. Wheat Pool, Sturgis Read Club and Sask. Pattern Dance Association. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Fanny; a brother John; he is survived by his wife; two sons, Ken (Lovie) of Hudson Bay, and David (Sharon) of Sturgis; three daughters, Shirley (Wayne) Larson of Saskatoon, Jean of Duncan, BC and Donna Hamilton of Vancouver; a brother, Bert (Barb) of Lumsden; a sister Ida Bole of Wynyard and eight grandchildren.

HAMILTON – Thomas Henry Hamilton was born in 1860 in ON, the third child of a family of five. When he was eleven years old his father died. He took a homestead on the Carberry Plains in Manitoba in 1880. In 1883 he married Mary Jane Goggin. They operated a mixed farm and it was here that their children were born. Tom and his sons, Bert and Roy each made entry for a homestead in 1905. Tom’s land was situated between Kopje and Woodlight Trail near Sturgis. In 1907 Tom and Mary Jane disposed of their property in MB and made their new home on the homestead, which had been proved up. In 1908 the Woodlight Post Office was opened in their home with the mail hauled first from Canora and later from Sturgis. In 1913 they took over the post office in Canora and moved there with the younger boys. In 1919 they moved to Sturgis where Tom went into business selling Cockshutt machinery. Tom passed away April 22, 1940 at the age of 79.

HANSON – Alf Magnus Hanson 84 of Sturgis and formerly of the Hyas area, died on June 1, 1997 in Preeceville Hospital. Born on November 23, 1912, in Minneapolis, he attended school in Hyas and farmed in the Hyas district. He retired and moved to Sturgis in 1977. He married Polly Oneschuk on Sept 16, 1936, at the United Church Manse in Yorkton. Predeceased by his parents, Amund in 1966 and Helene (Mathisen) in 1914 he is survived by his wife, Polly; a son, Amund (Pauline) of Nipawin; a daughter Anna (Alfred) Hladun of Sturgis, a sister Anna Locken of Sturgis; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

HANSON – Joseph Hanson, 86 of Sturgis, died on December 2, 1976. Funeral service held from the United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Hillsboro, N.D, he came to Canada with his family in 1906 at the age of 16. They took up a homestead north of Preeceville in Beaver Falls district. He married May Phoenix at Preeceville in 1919 and the resided on a farm until 1949 when they moved to Sturgis, but continued to farm until he retired two years ago at the age of 84. Predeceased by his son-in-law Russell Martin, and grandson Terry Martin; he is survived by his wife; three sons, James of Kelowna, Ralph of Preeceville and Russell of Cranbrook; three daughters, Norma Reitlo, Doris Martin and Ione Dergousoff; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

HANSON – Catherine May (nee Phoenix) Hanson, 91 of the Gateway Lodge in Canora and formerly of Sturgis died on January 27, 1993 at her home. Funeral service held from Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on September 27, 1901 near Newmarket, Ontario, she was the first child of Sydney and Sarah Phoenix. Soon afterwards, the family moved to Grandview, MB and in 1906 her father filed on a homestead north of Preeceville. As soon as he built a house, the rest of the family joined him. Growing up in the Beaver Falls school district, she was one of the first pupils to attend the new school In 1919, she married Joseph Hanson and they farmed south of Squaw Lake for a short time. Soon they moved to his homestead north of Preeceville where they continued to farm until 1949. They moved to Sturgis but continued to farm until Joe retired in 1974. She moved to the Gateway Lodge last year. Predeceased by her husband, Joe in 1976, her parents, a sister Violet, two brothers, Clifford and Stuart, a son James, a grandson Terry Martin and twin granddaughters, Penny and Patty Hanson, she is survived by two sons, Ralph of Preeceville and Russell of Vancouver; three daughters, Norma Reitlo, Doris Martin and Irene Ione Dergousoff. A brother, Ross Phoenix of Mesa, Arizona; two sisters, Gladys Klemke and Georgina Sage; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

HANSON - Polly was born on October 6, 1914 in the Hyas district, she attended Lake Helen Rural School. A longtime member of the Hyas Horticultural Society, she married Alf Hanson on September 16, 1936 at the United Church manse in Yorkton. Polly 84 passed away on August 20, 1999 at her home. Services were held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband Alf; her parents, John Oneshuk in 1977 and her mother Annie in 1984 and a sister Edith in infancy in 1923, she is survived by a son, Amund of Nipawin; a daughter Anna (Alfred) Hladun of Sturgis; three brothers, John and Metro both of Canora and William Oneschuk; a sister Mary of Thunder Bay; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

HEDLEY – Bertha Marie Hedley, 75 of Sturgis passed away on July 8, 1983. Funeral was held at Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Bertha was born on February 9, 1908 to parents Victor John and Hannah Laurent at Blair, Wisconsin. She was educated at Sturgis. Her second marriage took place on September 19, 1970 at Preeceville to Ray Hedley. She was a member of the Read Club, the Ladies aid and Homemakers club. Predeceased by her first husband, Harold Simpson; her parents; and two brothers, Archie and Howard Laurent; she is survived by her husband, Ray Hedley; a daughter, Joyce Illsley of Winnipeg; six granddaughters; nine great grandchildren and four step-sons and two step-daughters.

HEDLEY – Elda Alberta (nee Claypool) was born on April 15, 1904 in Maine Minn. She married Ray Hedley in May 1931 at Canora. They lived on a farm located one mile from Sturgis. Her children were Wilma June, Lyle Donald, Dale Raymond, Albert Lorne, Earl Robert and Audrey Laine. Elda passed away in August 1953 of breast cancer at the very young age of 49 years. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HEDLEY – Johanna (nee Paulson) was born in Sweden in 1874. When she was 18 years of age she emigrated to Wauby, South Dakota. In 1901 she married William Hedley and lived in Aberdeen, S.D until 1906 when they moved to Sask., where they settled on a homestead three miles north of Sturgis, except for short periods of absence she had resided ever since. Johanna passed away on August 1, 1960. Her husband in 1955 and a son Lloyd predeceased her in 1942. She is survived by her sons, Ray and Ralph of Sturgis and Clarence of Sudbury; two daughters, Alice Rumpel of Edmonton and Ethel DeForge of Timmons, ON; 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; one sister Selma Robertson of Sydney, BC; three brothers, Nels, John and Olaf.

HEDLEY – Lloyd was born on October 25, 1908 to parents William and Johanna Hedley. He passed away in 1942 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HEDLEY – Ralph, 92 of Sturgis, passed away on Sept. 16, 1996. Funeral service held at the Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on Nov 29, 1903 in Aberdeen, S.D, he was educated at Kopje and Sturgis schools. He worked as a farmer, a miner in Ontario, garage mechanic and for the timber board in Sturgis. He married Tena Hanson on May 4, 1929 at Yorkton United Church. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one granddaughter, he is survived by his wife, Tena; two sons, Robert of Hope, BC and Ralph Jr. of Port Alberni; four daughters, Lavina and Norma of Sturgis, Lavris of Port Alberni and Carol of Weyburn; one brother, Clarence of Ontario; one sister, Alice of Edmonton; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

HEDLEY – Raymond "Ray" Alvin Hedley, was born April 1, 1901 in Aberdeen, S.D to parents William and Johanna Hedley. The family moved to Canada in 1906. In the late 20’s and early 30’s Ray worked for construction, first in Edmonton and then in Fort William, ON. After moving back to Sask. he rented land south of Sturgis. That same fall he met Elda Alberta Claypool in Stenen. They were married in May 1931 at the minister’s house in Canora. They moved to a farm located 1 mile northeast of Sturgis. After his wife died he was left to raise his young family. He remarried in September 1970 to Bertha Simpson, a life long friend. Soon after Ray sold the farm and moved into town. He was a member of the Read Club, United Grain Growers and the United Church. Ray, 89 passed away Mar 4, in Preeceville Hospital. Predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Elda; his second wife Bertha; a brother Lloyd; a sister, Ethel and two infant grandchildren, he is survived by four sons, Lyle, Dale, Albert and Earl; two daughters, Wilma and Audrey; two brothers, Ralph and Clarence; a sister Alice; 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

HEDLEY – Tena Regina (nee Hanson), was born near Lacrosse, Wisconsin on November 26, 1909 and came with her parents Christian and Nellie Hanson to Canada in 1910. She was the third child of ten born to her parents. She was raised in the Preeceville area. Tena married Ralph Hedley on May 4, 1929 in Yorkton. The couple lived in the Sturgis area before moving to Ontario from 1936 to 1942. They then returned to Sturgis and farmed for 38 years north of Sturgis. In 1982 they moved to Sturgis. Tena led a full and busy life raising six children and tending farm chores. She enjoyed her involvement with the homemaker’s club and horticultural society for many years. She was always there with a helping hand for one and all. Tena 91 passed away on Aug. 10, 2001 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband Ralph; daughter Lauris; two grandchildren and two great- grandchildren, she is survived by daughters, Lavina and Norma (Jim) of Sturgis, Carol (Stan) of Weyburn, sons, Robert and Ralph of BC; Brother Gordon (Mary) of Preeceville; sister Bernice of Cranbrook; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

HEDLEY – William Robert Hedley was born on September 13, 1872 in Bruce Country, ON. When his mother passed away the family moved to Michigan, where he grew up and went to school. He met Johanna Paulson at Waubay, Mich., where they both worked and were married in 1901. They moved to Aberdeen, S.D, where their sons, Ray and Ralph were born. They moved to Canada in 1906 and homesteaded. Four more children were born to the family in Canada. Lloyd, Ethel, Alice and Clarence. William passed away in 1955 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG – Anna came from Sweden in 1912, with her daughter Ingrid, and Ingrid’ s baby son Alvar. (Ingrid’s husband "Karl" Oscar Christopherson had come over in 1911.) Anna came to join her two sons, Oscar ( b. 1893) and Nels (b. 1891) and daughter Emma (b. 1887) and her husband Hans, who had immigrated to the States in 1901 and were now living in Canada in the Sturgis area, near the Paulson family. Cecilia Paulson and Anna Holmberg were sisters. Anna passed away in 1932 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG – Anne Marie, age 46, of Edmonton and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on December 23, 2000 at her home. Services were at Grace United church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis cemetery. Born on September 28, 1953 in Preeceville, she attended school in Sturgis and worked as a registered nurse assistant. Predeceased by her father, Sam Holmberg in 1985 grandmother Myrtle Holmberg and grandfather Nels in 1990, she is survived by her mother Ruby Holmberg; two sons, Michael (Irene) and Morgan (Carla), both of Edmonton; three brothers, Garry and Allan of Sturgis an Brian of Viking, AB; a sister Judy Allard of Regina and one granddaughter.

HOLMBERG – Alice Pauline (nee Olson) age 92, of Arborfield Care Lodge and formerly of Sturgis passed away on April 6, 1996. A memorial service held at the Legion Hall in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on September 5, 1903 in Ada, Minnesota, she married Oscar Holmberg Jan. 2, 1920 in Bield, MB. They farmed in the Tadmore and Sturgis areas until 1945, then they lived in several places and Oscar worked at various jobs in BC. Alice loved to garden ad was an avid collector of salt and peppers shakers which she collected from all over the world from her glove-hopping children. After Oscar had retired, they moved back to Sturgis for a time. Then some time after Oscar died, Alice moved to the Arborfield Care Lodge. Predeceased by her husband Oscar; two infant children, five brothers, and three sisters; she is survived by five sons: Warren (Josie) of Sturgis, Kermitte (Dot) of Calgary, Keif (Carolyn) of Kinberley, BC, Douglas (Judith) of Sturgis and Wayne (Dianne) of Strathmore, AB; three daughters, Hazel Henderson of Medicine Hat, Jewell (Jim) Runacres of Sturgis and Beverly Jamison of Mesa, Arizona; 46 grandchildren, and many great and great-great-grandchildren.

HOLMBERG – Garry passed away in Regina on March 3, 2008. He is the son of Sam and Ruby Holmberg of Sturgis. Funeral service held from Grace United Church in Sturgis. Gary grew up in Sturgis. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons David, and Garry; daughter Sandy all of Regina and grandchildren, David Jr, Jennifer, William, Kristen, Lea, Darnell and Rylan; his mother, Ruby of Sturgis, brother Allan (Abbey) of Sturgis, brother Brian (Jackie) and his sister July (Jim) Allard of Regina. He is buried at the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG - Hans was a tenant farmer in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1908 his two sons came to the States to look for their father, Hans who had immigrated to the United States in 1901, but had not been heard from since that time. After two years of searching for him they found him. He had had an accident and had amnesia. Father and sons moved up to Canada and in 1912 brought their sister Ingrid and Hans wife, Anna to Canada. Hans died in 1931 and his wife in 1931. They are both buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG – Josie (nee Katyryniuk) was born in 1925. In August 1945 she married Warren Holmberg. They had two boys, Robert in 1947 and Ronald in 1949. Josie and Warren operated the Sturgis Café until it burned down in 1953. In the late 1950’s they opened up a flower shop in Yorkton. This was sold and a green house opened up in Sturgis in the early 1960’s, which they operated until they sold it and built a home in Sturgis in 1984. Josie passed away in 2002.

HOLMBERG – Marie Holmberg was born on May 28, 1922, and died June 1, 1922. She was the daughter of Oscar and Alice Holmberg and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG – Myrtle (nee Farr) was born at Clarion, Iowa. She moved in 1920 to Sask. with her family and homesteaded six miles north of Sturgis. She married Nels Holmberg in 1922 in the Canora United Church. They farmed for two years and in 1924 moved to Sturgis where she worked as a telephone operator for a number of years. Myrtle aged 72 passed away on January 6, 1976. The funeral service was held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in the family plot in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents; a sister and two brothers, she is survived by her husband; a son, Sam (Ruby), her brother, Marlyn Farr, five grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren and a number of relatives in the States.

HOLMBERG – Nels Holmberg 98, of the Preeceville Hostel and formerly of Sturgis, died on April 6, 1990 in Preeceville Hospital. Services held from Grace United church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born November 14, 1891 in Scona, Sweden, he was the son of Hans and Anna Holmberg. He was educated in Sweden. He came to Canada at the age of 17 and to Dundern in 1909. He moved to the Sturgis district in 1911. From 1918 to 1924 he worked on farms. In 1928 he was putting in telephone lines and operated a dray line for 19 years. He was also a carpenter and he retired in 1961. He married Myrtle Farr on October 3, 1922 at Canora. Predeceased by his wife Myrtle in 1976 and his son Sam, he is survived by five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

HOLMBERG – Oscar Olander Holmberg, 90 passed away on November 20, 1984 at the Calgary General Hospital. Funeral service held at the Presbyterian Church in Bassano, AB. Mr. Holmberg willed his body to science research and the final burial was held at Sturgis in July 1985. The youngest of four children, he was born to Hans and Anna (Bucker) Holmberg on March 9, 1894 in Sweden. He immigrated to Canada in 1908 and married Alice Olson of Bield, MB on January 2, 1920. They farmed in the Tadmore and Sturgis district until 1945, when they moved to BC, where he worked as a laborer in orchards. Late, he became an asphalt boiler operator for a road construction crew, paving highways. He retired at the age of 75 at Rutland, BC. The couple moved to Sturgis in 1976 and returned to Armstrong, BC they also lived at Medicine Hat and most recently at Bassano. Predeceased by his parents; two infant children and two sisters, Emma Lee and Ingrid Christopherson; he is survived by his wife, Alice; five sons, Warren of Sturgis, Kermitte, Kief, Douglas and Wayne; three daughters, Hazel Henderson of Medicine Hat, Jewelle Runacres of Tukesis, BC and Beverly Jameson of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother Nels and 30 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren

HOLMBERG – Ronald Holmberg was born in August 1934, and died almost immediately. He was the son of Oscar and Alice Holmberg. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Sturgis Cemetery.

HOLMBERG – Samuel (Sam), 61 passed away in Yuma, Arizona on January 10, 1985. Funeral service was held in Sturgis at Grace United Church. Born May 13, 1923 near Sturgis, he was the son of Nels and Mrytle Holmberg. He received his education at Sturgis and upon reaching his 18th birthday, joined the Canadian Air Force as aircrew. He was sent overseas on loan since no Canadian squadrons were yet formed. He served 11 months with RAF and then sent back to Canada He received his wings in the first course graduating under the Commonwealth aircrew scheme at Mossback. Hospitalized at Ottawa, he met Ruby Omit there and married her on September 15, 1943. He was posted to Number 5 Bombing and Gunnery School at Dafoe. Upon his discharge in 1945, the couple moved to Hudson Bay for 6 months where he ran the theatre. They returned to Sturgis and went into partnership with his father on the dray line. He went into partnership with Buster Grass and built the Regal Theatre in Sturgis. In 1954, he bought out his partner and operated it until 1978. Active in the community he coached hockey from 1946 to 1978. President of the Men’s Club and also the Board of Trade. In 1974 he took over the Sturgis Army Cadet Corps for two years. He served 6 years as deputy zone commander for the district with the Legion. Predeceased by his mother; he is survived by his wife, Ruby; his father, Nels; three sons, Gary, Brian and Allan; two daughters, Judy Lynn of Regina and Ann Marie of Edmonton, and 12 grandchildren.

HOUGHTON - Harvey B. Houghton, was born in Iowa, USA on April 30, 1883 to parents Hollis J. and Eva (nee Mattason) Houghton. His siblings were Neda L., Ruth, Max and Myron. Harvey and his wife Clara (born 1885) came to Canada from the States in 1911 and settled at Sturgis, SK. Harvey owned a livery stable in Sturgis up until the time of his untimely death. They had two boys, Harold and Hollis. Harvey was known in the area for his horse trading and good sense of humor. Harvey went on a hunting trip and hired Victor Hollingsworth to do the chores and look after his family, while he was away. When he returned from his trip, he got pneumonia and died a few days later at the Dauphin Hospital on December 15, 1918. His wife and sons returned to the States to live, where his son, Hollis died sometime later.

HOUSTON – Mary was born on January 27, 1911 in Canora, she lived in the Lintlaw-Nut mountain district before moving with her family to Theodore in 1913. They moved to Yorkton in 1915 and she was educated there and worked there until 1934. She married Ross Houston on September 1, 1934 and they lived in Flin Flon until 1966 when her husband retired. They moved to Sturgis where they farmed until Ross died in 1968. Mary moved to Wadena and worked in a doctor office until 1974, then at Wadena Drugs until her retirement in 1977. Mary, 87 passed away on August 30, 1998 at Wadena Hospital. Service held at Wadena United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter, Kathie Hope, three brothers Charlie Smith and Vic and Jim Hugh, and two sisters, Margaret Fast and Nel Bradford; she is survived by two daughters, Sheila (Tom) Desroches of Sturgis and Barb (Dave) Murphy of Arborg, MB; two sisters, Dot Dalzell of Winnipeg and Jacque (John) Raines and several grandchildren.

HOUSTON – Ross Richard Houston, 67 passed away in 1968. Funeral service was held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at South River, ON he worked for the Hudson Bay Mining and smelting Co. from 1928 to 1966 when he retired and moved to Sturgis, where he live on a small farm, east of town. Besides his wife, Mary, three daughters survive him, Sheila Desroches of Sturgis, Kathleen Hope of Wadena and Barbara Woolford of Swan River; a sister Thelma Schlievert of Flin Flon; a brother Roy of Ochre River, and 12 grandchildren.

HOVEY – Edwin was born on November 3, 1896 at Maynard, Minn. He was educated at Maynard and at North Prairie School. He worked for various farmers in southern Sask. and joined the army in 1917. On February 26, 1925, he married Laura Elizabeth Scharfenberg in St. George’s Anglican Church at Canora and the couple farmed in the Preeceville area. Edwin 88 passed away on May 7, 1985. Services held at Grace United Church. Predeceased by three sisters and eight brothers, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Clifton of Penticton and Dennis of Enderby, BC and two daughters, Jeanette of Richmond, BC and Laurel of Endeavour; a brother Melvin of Sturgis; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

HOVEY – Laura was born on August 8, 1902 in Diamond Bluff, Wis., she attended school there until moving with her family to a homestead south of Preeceville in 1912. She attended Beaver Bluff School. She worked as a housekeeper at the Preeceville Hotel and worked for her sister Christine in western Sask. for a while and married Ed Hovey on February 26, 1925 at St. George Anglican Church in Canora. They lived north of Preeceville until moving to the Endeavour district in 1931 and upon selling their farm, lived with their son, Cliff in Flin Flon for a year before retiring to Sturgis in 1966. She lived with her daughter Jeannette in BC for part of the winter in 1996 and then stayed a few months with daughter Laural, in Endeavour in 1997. In April 1997 she became a resident at Kamsack Care Home. Laura 98 died on September 13, 2000. Funeral service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband, Ed in 1985, and an infant son, Bryan, she is survived by two sons, Cliff (Peggy) and Dennis (Rose); two daughters, Jeannette and Laural (Ernie); a sister Etta; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

HRUSHKA – Metro 75 of Vancouver, passed away after a long illness in St Paul’s Hospital at Vancouver on August 30, 1973. Funeral service held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Born in Western Ukraine, he came to Canada in 1903 with his parents, who resided at Ethelbert, MB, until 1907 when they moved to the Arran district. In 1921 he married Teenie Kereliuk and in 1927 they moved to Sturgis. Predeceased by his wife, a son Mervin, and a brother, John, he is survived by a daughter, Anne in Ontario; a brother Wasyl of Sturgis, and two granddaughters.

HRUSHKA – Nykola Hrushka was born in February 1870, in the village of Volkivtsi in Western Ukraine. With his wife, Katherine Basarab and two sons, Wasyl and Metro, they came to Canada in 1903. They settled in the Sifton area and in 1904, bought a farm 5 miles from Garland, MN, where they had relatives. The land was poor so in 1906, they moved to a farm near Ethelbert, MN. In the spring of 1907, they moved to Saskatchewan and filed on a homestead in the Arran district. A son John was born in October 1908. In 1921, Katherine passed away. Nykola remarried on February 2, 1928 to Mary Senuik at Ethelbert, MN. He was again widowed in 1932. He then moved to Sturgis to live with his son, Wasyl and daughter-in-law Theodora Hrushka. In 1936, his 4-year old grandson died and the following year, his youngest son John was killed in a mining explosion on May 30, 1937. Father and son are buried in Thunder Bay, ON. Nykola passed away in 1947 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Funeral services were held from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis.

HRUSHKA – Theodora was born on February 27, 1899 in the Village of Venyatyntsi in Western Ukraine. She was educated in the Ukraine and Canada. She married Wasyl (Bill) Hrushka on February 13, 1916 at Arran. She was a homemaker and raised a family of three children. Theodora passed away on September 5, 1990 in Preeceville Hospital. The funeral service was held from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Predeceased by her parents; her husband Wasyl; her brother John Babiuk and her grand daughter, Teresa, she is survived by a son, John (Olga) of Edmonton; two daughters, Stella Temrick of Revelstoke and Pauline Lee of Sturgis; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

HRUSHKA – Wasyl "Bill" Hrushka, age 86, of Sturgis passed away on May 25, 1980. Funeral service held from Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Interment in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born in the village of Volivitsi, Western Ukraine, he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1903 at the age of eight. In 1916 he married Theodora Babiuk. They moved to Sturgis in 1926. He is survived by his wife; son, John of Edmonton; two daughters, Stella Temrick of Revelstoke and Pauline Wihlidahl of Melville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

HRYNSHYN – Andrew Hrynshyn was born in 1903. He farmed north of Sturgis. He married Dora Rock, a widow with three children. He and Dora had a son, Gerald, born in June 1940. Andrew passed away in 1960.

HRYNSHYN – Dora was born on April 15, 1907. She was the fifth child born to Metro and Mary (Mentanko) Prekaski. Her siblings were Alli, Nick, George, Katie, Fred, Leo, Pauline, Annie, Rose, Willard, Tommy and Margaret. Her parents were born in Western Ukraine and came to Canada in 1902 and homesteaded north of Sturgis, where Dora grew up. Dora married Harry Rock and they lived six miles north of Sturgis. They had four children: Willie, Annie, Johnnie and Dianne. Her husband passed away in 1937. Dora later married Andrew Hrynshyn and they moved to a farm three miles northeast of Sturgis. They had one son Gerald. Dora passed away in 1988.

HRYNYSHYN – Gerald Leo, age 51 of Sturgis, died on February 26, 1992 at his home. Service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on June 10, 1940 in Preeceville, he was educated at Brookview School, north of Sturgis. He worked with his parents on the farm and then continued to farm after his parents died. Predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Dora; and two brothers, William Rock and Johnny Rock, he is survived by a sister, Diana M (Leslie) Davis of Vernon, BC.

HUNT – Francis was the youngest son of Michael Joseph and Catherine Hunt and was born at home on the farm outside of Read, ON, on Aug 29, 1922. As he grew up he worked at home on the farm and was educated at Read. During his younger adult years he worked in the Toronto General Hospital as a porter in the X-ray department and then trained as a soldier in preparation for going overseas. Prior to going overseas, he was asked to return home to assist

HUNT – Georgina Isabel (nee Bailey) Hunt, 82 of Preeceville, passed away on Nov. 29, 1998. Funeral service at Trinity United Church in Preeceville and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on July 24, 1916 in Stenen, she was educated at Stenen School. She was employed at fashion shops in Yorkton during the late 40’s to mid 50’s. She was a member of the United Church and the Legion branch 302. She married Gordon S Lyons in 1937 in Stenen and Francis G. Hunt in 1955 in Yorkton. Predeceased by both husbands and four brothers Bob, Vic, Cliff and Max, she is survived by two sons, Gordon Lyons Pickering, ON and Don (Sherry) Hunt of Grand Prairie and daughter Shelly (Wade) Carlson of Saskatoon.

HYDAMAKA – John was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Onufrey Hydamaka. He was born in the Woodlight district north of Sturgis. He attended Woodlight School and later opened up a country store in the district for a few years. He went to Flin Flon and was employed by Hudson’s Bay Mining and Smelting Company for 29 years. He passed away as a result of a two-car collision on February 19, 1975. Predeceased by two brothers in infancy, a sister Julia, in 1929, a brother Peter, in 1945, his father in 1956 a brother Bill, his mother in 1964 and a brother Metro in 1967, he is survived by three sisters, Annie of Arran, Nellie Smud, and Pearl Kudeba; brothers Mike of Stenen and Paul of Sturgis and Dan of Preeceville.

HYDAMAKA – Mike was born on January 28, 1918 in the Woodlight district and educated at Woodlight School. He worked on the family farm and in the winter months worked at Hamilton’s sawmill. He was called to the army; He married Jenny Tremback of Canora on October 25, 1941. They farmed in the Stenen district, retiring to Sturgis in 1978. After retiring, was a pest control officer for the RM of Preeceville. He was president of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Church for 15 years. Mike, 77 passed away on January 5, 1996 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Annie Kineschusk in 1990 and Julia in 1929; eight brothers, twins in infancy in 1921, Bill, Jack, Metro, Peter in 1945, Paul in1994 and Dan in 1992, he is survived by his wife Jenny; a son Wayne (Karen) of Saskatoon; a daughter Marianne (Orville) Pritchard of Saskatoon; two sisters, Nellie Smud of Sturgis and Pearl (Steve) Kudeba of Preeceville; and four grandchildren

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JOHNSON - Andriana (nee Anderson) was born in Norway on May 18, 1880. She immigrated to Iowa in 1901 with family. She married James Johnson in 1902. They moved to Canada in 1910 They first rented a farm about three miles north of Canora. The house was made of logs and plastered and had a straw-thatched roof. In 1912 they filed for a homestead and moved south of Sturgis. Adriana passed away March 12, 1934 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. James and Adriana’s children were: George (1903-1982) married Joan Palaniuk, Annie (1904-1985) married Emmett Weeks, Bertina (1906-1996) married William Corbett, Nellie (1907-1990) married Carl Grandahl, John (1909-1989) married Lily Janzen, Gilbert (1911-1988), Olga (1914-1968) married William Cook, Alice (1916-1990) married Ernest Barschel (Alice’s twin sister died as a infant), Bernice (1920-1990), Gladys (born 1925) married Bert McBride.

JOHNSON – Bernice Johnson was born June 11, 1920 to parents James and Andriana Johnson. She passed away October 26, 1990 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JOHNSON - (baby) – A daughter born to James and Andriana Johnson and twin sister to Alice born on October 30, 1916 on the homestead south of Sturgis. She died in November 1916 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JOHNSON – David George Johnson son of George and Joan Johnson was born on May 31, 1940 and died October 15, 1940

JOHNSON - Douglas Miles Johnson 30, died November 6, 1976 in the Canora Hospital following a car accident. The funeral service was held at Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Doug was born August 15, 1946 in the Yorkton Hospital. He resided with his parents at Sturgis where he attended school and was a member of the Sturgis Army Cadets. For several years he worked with his father on gravel construction, and for the last few years, was employed by Welling Construction at Regina. Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother Larry of Sturgis, and sisters Loretta Cook of Saskatoon and Beverly Kaasten of Montreal.

JOHNSON – George Johnson 79 of Sturgis, passed away July 26, 1982. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. He was born on March 8, 1903 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was the oldest child of James and Andriana Johnson. He immigrated with his family to Canada in 1910. He received his education at the Corofin School. On December 9, 1933 he married Joan Palaniuk at Preeceville. George started farming in 1937. They lived on the farm until 1946 when they moved to Tadmore. In 1948, they moved a house into Sturgis and lived there. He was employed as a farmer, ran a threshing outfit and worked in trucking. Predeceased by his mother in 1934; his father in 1972; a sister Olga and an infant son in 1939; his is survived by his wife; four sons, Robert, Harold, Gary and Lyle; a daughter Linda of Mississauga, Ont. Two brothers, John of Sturgis and Gilbert of Dappi, AB; six sisters, Annie Weeks, Bertina Corbett, Nellie Grandahl of Langley, BC, Alice Barshell of Grande Prairie, Bernice Johnson of Moose Jaw and Gladys McBride of Langley, BC and nine grandchildren.

JOHNSON - Gilbert Arthur Johnson 77 of Westlock, AB and formerly of Sturgis, who died October 20, 1989 was held in the chapel of Westlock funeral home. Cremation followed the Legion funeral service and the ashes interned at the Sturgis Cemetery. Born July 22, 1911, near Sturgis, he attended Corofin School. During the summer he worked as a laborer in the area and during the winter he worked at Johnson and Carlson sawmill. In September 1939, he enlisted with the First Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Battery with which he served in England, Holland, Italy and France until 1945. After the war he worked on road construction in Alberta before taking up farming at Dapp, AB. Recently he moved to Westlock, AB. Predeceased by his parents, a brother George and two sisters, Annie and Olga he is survived by a brother Johnny and five sisters, Bertina Corbett, Nellie Grandahl, Alice Barschel, Bernice and Gladys.

JOHNSON - Harold ‘Tiny’ Johnson of Sturgis died suddenly on February 10, 2011 at Preeceville Hospital. Harold was born in Preeceville December 7,1941. Harold completed his education in Sturgis. After high school he worked for Mike Lys Plumbing, installing the water and sewer system in Sturgis. He worked in Yellowknife, Whitehorse and BC in mining and construction. In 1983 Harold purchased the poolroom to include the best hamburgers, French fries and ice cream. Later the poolroom was converted to Assiniboine Clear, reverse osmosis water. In 2008 Harold retired from his business. He enjoyed visiting and having coffee with friends. He was an excellent crib player. His parents, George and Joan and infant brother David predeceased him. Left to remember him and cherish his memory is; son Troy Wist (Tracey) and grand daughters Sarah and Emma of Central Butte; brothers Bob, Gary, Lyle and sister Linda Donaldson.

JOHNSON - J. Albin. Funeral service for J. Albin Johnson 90 of Sturgis, who passed away on January 10, 1977 in the Kelvindell Lodge at Kelvington, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born in Halland, Sweden, on June 22, 1886, he was the eldest of seven sons. Following his discharge from army service he immigrated to the States in 1909 and married Maria Wetterlund in 1910 at Chicago, Ill. They moved to Canada in 1911, stayed two years and returned to Chicago where Albin was employed by a construction firm. The dream of owning a ‘parcel of land’ once again made them decide to return to Canada in 1917. They farmed a mile south of Sturgis until 1964 when they retired to town. Albin lived two years at the Lions Hostel in Preeceville preceding his short stay in the Kelvindell Lodge. Predeceased by his wife in 1965, his parents and four brothers, he is survived by a daughter Martha Schoenke, and a son Alver Johnson both of Sturgis, two brothers in Sweden, and nephews and nieces in Canada, USA and Sweden.

JOHNSON - James. Funeral service for the late James Johnson (Hjert Johan Dale) 86 of Sturgis, who passed away on January 12, 1963, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. James was born on May 22, 1876 in Bergen, Norway and emigrated, with other family members, to Livermore, Iowa, USA in 1892 at the age of 16 years. In 1902 he married Andriana Anderson at Livermore, Iowa. Their five oldest children were born in the States. James worked on the railway as a section foreman. In 1910 they moved to Canada and settled on a homestead near Canora. After two years they moved to a farm 2 ½ miles south of Sturgis in the Corofin School district. The other five children were born on the homestead. His wife passed away in 1934. Jim left the farm in 1936 and lived most of his remaining years in Sturgis

JOHNSON - Joan (nee Palaniuk) Johnson. Funeral service for Joan Johnson 71, of Sturgis, who passed away November 12, 1986, in Canora Hospital, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. She was born on September 14, 1915 at Lady Lake to parents Onufrey and Donna (Staciuk) Palaniuk. She was educated at Cavell School. She married George Johnson December 29, 1933 in Preeceville. She was a member of the READ Club and kitchen band and the United Church choir. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, an infant son, and three brothers, Mike, Nick and Bill, she is survived by four sons, Bob of Saskatoon, Harold of Sturgis, Gary of Toronto and Lyle of Wakaw; a daughter, Linda of Mississauga, Ont. Four brothers, Johnny of Hudson Bay, Fred, James and Metro Palaniuk of Sturgis; three sisters Mary Hamilton, Annie Beckley and Lena Smetaniuk; nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

JOHNSON - John M. "Johnnie" was born October 4, 1909 to James and Andriana Johnson at Badger, Iowa. He came with his family from the USA in 1910 to Canada. Johnny attended school in Corofin until grade eight and at age 17 worked in the bush for three years with John Pollock. He then took over the mill and did the sawing. After there was no lumber left at the mill, Johnny worked for Western construction hauling lumber to Ushta, north of Usherville, where the planer was. He hauled day and night for four years, then got out of the lumber business and went into general trucking in Sturgis While working at Pollock’s lumber camp he met Lily Janzen of Ebenezer and they were married November 7, 1936 taking up residence in Sturgis. John was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed outdoor life. Hunting and gardening were special interests, as were feeding and watching birds. Johnny passed away September 20, 1989 two weeks short of his 80th birthday. Predeceased by his parents, two sisters Annie and Olga, two brothers, George and Gilbert, a son Douglas in 1976 he is survived by his wife, Lily a son Larry of Sturgis; two daughter Loretta Cook and Beverly Kaasten; five sisters, Bertina Corbett, Bernice Johnson, Nellie Grandahl, Gladys McBride and Alice Barschel; and ten grandchildren.

JOHNSON - Lily R. (nee Janzen). Lily was born on the farm in the Yorkton area on September 19, 1912 to parents William and Suzanna Janzen. Lily was the youngest of ten children. At age eight Lily moved to Ebenezer with her parents, attending school up to grade eight there then helping her dad, William in their general store. She worked at Pollock’s lumber camp, where she met Johnny Johnson. They married November 7, 1936. Lily was a long standing member of the Alliance Church, was an avid curler and lifetime member of the Ladies curling club, on the executive of the Home and School board, the Hospital Guild and the Cemetery Association. In the early 1950’s, Lily worked for Glen Sando in Glen’s Clothing Store. She then worked for Frank Fraser in the Cafe for a few years, giving that up for an exciting life as correspondent of the Sturgis News for the Preeceville Progress. She passed away April 6, 2002. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. She is survived by a son, Larry of Sturgis and daughters Loretta Cook and Beverly Kaasten; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

JOHNSON – Louie came to live with the John Pollock family and made this home. He was a handyman, doing chores and gardening. He loved horses and they were well taken care of. In those days he received little more than pay for pipe tobacco and clothes. He loved to play whist. He passed away at Sturgis in 1942 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JOHNSON - Margaret Beneta (nee Peterson). Funeral service for Margaret Beneta Johnson 94, of Canora, who died on December 6 at the Canora Gateway Lodge, was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on December 12, 1907 to Andrew and Priscilla (Rhinerson) Peterson in Edmund, Wisconsin, USA, she came to the Sturgis area with her family at a young age. She attended Kopje School and went on to take high school in Sturgis. She received her teaching certification from Regina Normal School She taught at Beaver Bank School, north of Sturgis in 1926-27. She then taught at Crystal Lake School for two years and then in Togo until 1933. She married Russell Johnson on November 23, 1934. They lived at Robin Hood, SK where he continued buying grain. In 1935 they moved back to Sturgis. Margaret was active in the United Church ladies aid, church choir and in the Sturgis Horticultural Society. In her later years, she was the pianist who accompanied the kitchen band of the Sturgis READ Club. She continued to play for residents of the Gateway Lodge until the age of 90. Predeceased by her parents, her husband, Russell, a brother, Vern Peterson and two sisters, Hazel Hughes and Alfreda Strubble, she is survived by a son Claude Derrell and a daughter Sharon Merle Perkins; a brother Adrian Peterson of Sturgis; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

JOHNSON - Maria K. (nee Wetterlund) was born in Sweden and immigrated to the States in 1909. She married Albin Johnson in Chicago in 1910. In May of 1911 they went to Canada and stayed in a two-room house with John Wetterlund, Maria’s brother. They stayed until 1913 and then returned to the States for two years, returning to Canada in March 1917. They noticed a remarkable difference this time in Canada compared to their first trip. Now there was a town, a railroad and many more people. They found out there was no homesteads available. However, they were both employed by what was then known as the “Holbrook Ranch”, which was operated by Maria’s brother John Wetterlund. In 1920 they purchased and moved to their own land. They had two children; Martha and Alver. Maria died in January 1965 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JOHNSON - Russell. Funeral service for Russell Washington Johnson 81 of Sturgis, who died January 4, 1982, was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born July 4, 1900 in Mead, Nebraska, he was educated in Nebraska. He came to Canada in 1926 and began farming south of Norquay and Hyas until the fall of 1930 when he started buying grain for the Searle Grain Company at Sturgis. He was an agent for 35 years, retiring in 1965. He married Margaret Peterson November 23, 1934 at Medstead. Predeceased by his parents; and a brother Kenneth; he is survived by his wife; a son Claude of Thunder Bay, a daughter Merle Perkins of Fort McMurray and four grandchildren.

JOHNSTON – John Johnston was born in 1858, in Scotland. He came to Minnesota, USA, right after his marriage to Mary Scott. In 1902, they came to Canada and took up a homestead four miles southwest of Tadmore, SK. While in Minn. five children were born to them: Johnny, George, Alice, Isabelle and Robert and Mary were born after they arrived in Canada. John spent his last years in Sturgis, where he passed away in 1944. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JOHNSTON – Mary was born and raised in Scotland. She married John Johnston and immigrated with him to the States shortly after they were married. In 1902 they came to Canada with their five children and settled in the Tadmore district. Their children were: Johnny (he never married and passed away when a young man), George (married May Ritchie and lived in the Hassan area), Alice (married Robert Laing), Isabelle (married Edgar Gillespie and lived in Sturgis), Robert (married Ruth Hollingsworth and moved to the States), Mary (married Bill Hamilton, a school teacher/farmer). Mary and her husband John retired to Sturgis. Mary passed away in 1948, and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

JONES – William Howard ‘Billy’ Jones was born in November 1874 and was sent to Canada from England in 1892. (The British emigration scheme 1870-1957 called, ‘home children’) He was an orphan and never knew his parents. He was a teacher and was well educated. He taught school for one year, at Netchie Hills School and was the first school teacher hired, when the new school opened its doors July 10,1910. He had a homestead in the Corofin School district south of Sturgis as early as 1906, owning a ½ section of land. He sold the land and moved to the Kopje School district, north of Sturgis and farmed in partnership with John Simpson. From 1914-23, he was the secretary/treasurer of the Kopje School board and from 1935-1944, he acted as chairman of this board. As early as 1908, records indicate he acted as a JP and continued this position for many years. He remained a bachelor. In his last years he resided at a care home at Weyburn, where he passed away in the Weyburn Hospital on Octobe 25, 1952. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery next to his life long friend, John Simpson.

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KALENCHUCK – Annie (nee Chalus) was born on October 15, 1906 in Canora. She was the daughter of Daniel and Dokia Chalus. She was educated at Kowalewka School near Canora. On March 1, 1924 she married Samuel Kalenchuk at Canora. She was a follower of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox faith, but in 1939 she changed to Jehovah’s Witness. Annie 85, of Sturgis, passed away on June 27, 1992 in Preeceville Hospital. Predeceased by her parents; husband; two sisters, Sophia Kalenchuk and Katherine Liske; a brother Bill John Chalus and a son William Kalenchuk of Vancouver, she is survived by two daughters, Julia of Sturgis and Olga Dyck of Lethbridge and a sister Tina Steciuk of Canora.

KALENCHUCK – Samuel was born in 1902 in the Ukraine and came to Canada with his parents in 1906 and attended Beaver Falls school. He married Anne Chalus in 1924 at Canora, and they farmed in the Lady Lake district, retiring to Sturgis in 1972. Samuel 78 passed away on November 3, 1980 in Preeceville Hospital. Service was held from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Predeceased by his father William in 1920, his mother Helen in 1962, brothers George, John, Mike, Nick, Metro and Thomas; sisters Nellie in infancy and Mary Popowich in 1969; he is survived by his wife, Anne; son, William of Winnipeg; two daughters, Julia Joyce Kalenchuk of Sturgis and Olga Esther Dyck of Calgary; one brother, Andrew of Sturgis; one sister, Sophia Seneshen of Saskatoon and seven grandchildren.

KALENCHUK – Andrew aged 95, died on May 31, 1985 at the Preeceville Hospital. Service was held at the Kingdom Hall at Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born in the Ukraine in 1889, he moved to Canada with his family at the age of 16, settling in the Lady Lake district. In the years following he worked on railway construction in Revelstoke, BC and took several other jobs. In 1910 he married Katie Goretsky of Canora and they began farming in the Tiny district. They moved to Sturgis where they operated a small business, but it was one of several buildings destroyed by fire only a short time later. They moved to a farm north of Sturgis, which also raised sheep and at the same time he did go out working. In 1845, they moved to Sturgis with the intention of retiring, but after only a couple of years, they moved to Calgary where he got a light job with a construction company. A while later he bought a few acres of land at Armstrong, BC and they operated a market garden. In 1969, he returned to Sturgis to retire and in September 1979, he moved to the Preeceville Lions Housing. Predeceased by his wife and daughter Helen in 1968 and four brothers, Nick, Metro, Tom and Sam; he is survived by four sons, John, Mike and George of Sturgis and Tom of Salinas; five daughters, Mary of Sturgis, Anne of Preeceville, Sophie and Alice of California and Phyllis of Langley, BC; a sister Sophie of Saskatoon; 22 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.

KALENCHUK - Julia. Funeral service for Julia Kalenchuk 65, of Sturgis, who died on August 27, 1992 in Preeceville Hospital, was held in the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home. Burial was in Sturgis, Cemetery. Born on March 21, 1927, in Preeceville, she was educated at Sunny Brae School, Sturgis Composite School and Preeceville School. She worked in Regina, Winnipeg and Melville. Predeceased by her father Samuel Kalenchuk in 1980; her mother Anne Kalenchuk in 1992 and a brother, William Kalenchuk in 1990, she is survived by a sister, Olga Dyck of Lethbridge.

KALENCHUK – Thomas W. Kalenchuk, 79 of Grand Forks, BC and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on August 23,1976 as a result of a car accident 32 miles west of Goulden, BC, while returning home from a visit in the Sturgis district. Funeral service held at the Kingdom Hall in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Mr. Kalenchuk, a representative of the Watchtower Bible Society for 50 years, was born in Austria in the city of Vowlowch in 1897. He came to Canada in 1907, with his parents and they homesteaded north of Preeceville in the Lady Lake district. For the last 30 years he had resided at Vernon, Armstrong, Oliver and Grand Forks. He was a carpenter by trade. Predeceased by five brothers, Nick, Metro, Mike, John and George and sisters Nellie (died in infancy) and Mary Popowich, he is survived by a sister, Sophie Seneschen of Saskatoon, and two brothers, Sam and Andrew of Sturgis

KARCHA – John was born July 27, 1923 to Harry and Dora Karcha on the family farm at Lady Lake. He was educated at Sunny Brae School. He farmed his entire life, and drove a school bus for 22 years. On October 25, 1948 he married Pearl Olson at Grace United church in Sturgis. He was a trustee for the Sunny Brae School district, United Grain Growers local, Lady Lake sports committee and Lady Lake Regional Park. John 79 passed away on April 17 in Preeceville Hospital. Service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Gordon and one sister Anne, he is survived by his wife, Pearl; two sons, Wade (Judy) of Yorkton and Duane (Sharon) of Preeceville; two brothers, George and Matt; three sisters, Tena Romanchuk of Endeavour, Irene (August) Gogal of Hudson Bay and Mary Hertz of Moose Jaw, and seven grandchildren.

KARCHIE – Alice Karchie was the eleventh child and third youngest, born to John and Anna Karchie, on their farm in 1920. Alice died unexpectedly in a tragic accident in 1926. Alice and her two sisters were riding in the back of a wagon, pulled by horses and driven by her brother, when a car passed and the frightened horses balked; little Alice was thrown from the wagon, suffering a fatal injury. She is laid to rest in the Sturgis Cemetery, with her parents. (no marker/headstone)

KARCHIE – Anna (nee Postuloti) was born in 1878 in the village of Molodiva in the Ukrainian territory of Bukovina. She married John Karchie in 1903. Anna immigrated to Canada in 1906 with their first-born child, a son Bill who was one year old. She joined her husband John, who had come to Canada and homesteaded in 1904 in the Lady Lake district. Anna helped with the farming and also contributed to providing a livelihood for her family by digging Seneca roots. In approximately 1918 they sold their land and moved to Sturgis where they purchased a seven-acre parcel of land on the edge of town. John and Anna were blessed with thirteen children. Bill, Lena, Mary, Mike, Florrie, Christina, Elizabeth, Nick, Rose, Lila, Alice, Annie and Eva. Anna died peacefully in her home on January 15, 1956 with her daughter Lena by her side. Service was conducted from the Grace United church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery.

KARCHIE – John was born in 1869 in the village of Kucharova in Ukraine. He immigrated to Canada in 1904 and homesteaded one-mile east and two miles north of Lady Lake. His wife Anna and infant joined him in 1906. John continued to clear the land in order to grow crops. In the late fall and during the winter months, John worked in the coalmines near Estevan. The land was sold about 1918 and they purchased a few acres on the edge of Sturgis so that the children would have better access to a school. In the early 40’s, John chose to move to Sturgis to live in a small on his own. Anna remained on the farm. John died on April 24, 1956 in Preeceville Hospital. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

KARCHIE – Nicholas was born on December 15, 1916 to John and Anna (Postuloti) Karchie in the Lady Lake district, he attended Sturgis Elementary School. During his youth he worked at the lumber mill near Sturgis and for a number of threshing crews. During the Depression years he worked at a mine in Sheep Creek, BC, a career which continued for 40 years with the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company in Flin Flon and Snow Lake. He eventually became a mining instructor for the company. In 1980, he retired and moved to Nelson, BC for one year before moving to Sturgis, where he lived for the last 14 years. He was a Second World War veteran and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Nick 77 of Sturgis passed away on April 3 at the Preeceville Hospital. Services held from the Evangelical Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Mike and Bill, and six sisters Alice in childhood, Eva Bozak, Annie Chan, Lila Wyman, Mary Georgica, and Florie Budnick; he is survived by a daughter, Marilyne (Ron) Johnson of Vancouver; four sisters, Lena Davis of Stenen, Rose Nowell, Christina McCutcheon of Vancouver and Liz Lundgren of Ymir, BC and three grandchildren.

KEARNS – Rose was born in Sturgis on October 31, 1927. She worked for Famous Player s Theatre in Winnipeg and Vancouver before the family moved to Prince George in 1964. She worked at Parkwood Theatre when it opened in 1968 and retired with 44 years of service with Famous Players when Parkwood closed in 1991. Her passions were her family who she always put first and spending time in her garden where she would spend hours in her raspberry patch and then deliver "care packages" to neighbors and nursing homes. Rose passed away on March 10, 2008. No service – by request. Interment of ashes was at Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Rusty in 2006. Rose is survived by hr children; Kathy Allan, Colleen (Bill) Fisher and John (Linda) Kearns of Chetwynd and her grandchildren.

KEDDY - Elizabeth Ann (nee Brownlee), 77, passed away at the Preeceville hospital on November 15, 1962. Services held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Elizabeth Ann Brownlee was born March 7, 1885, at Truman, Minn. She married Isaac Keddy on June 28, 1911, and they moved to Rosthern, SK where they took up farming. In 1919 they moved to the Sturgis district. Predeceased by her husband in 1952, she leaves to mourn her loss one son, Roy at home, one daughter, Florence (Arnold) Noble of Sturgis. Three grandchildren, James, Kenneth and Jeanne Noble, two sisters, Mrs. A. J Barnes of Rochester, Minn. and Mrs. Bessie Barnes of San Jose, Calif. And one brother, Harry Brownlee of Princeton, Minn.

KEDDY – Isaac was born at Hemmingford, Quebec on November 30, 1874. He came west in 1910 to Rosthern, SK. In 1911 he married Ann Brownlee of Truman, Minn. In 1919 Mr. Keddy and his family moved to Sturgis district where they have since resided. Isaac passed away on June 21, 1952. Service held at Grace United church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Ann Keddy; one son, Roy at home; one daughter Florence (Arnold) Noble and three grandchildren, James, Kenneth and Jeanne Anne, all of Sturgis.

KEDDY - Minnie. A funeral service was held in the United Church in Sturgis for the late Miss Minnie Keddy, who passed away in the Preeceville Hospital on June 17, 1949. Miss Keddy, who was seventy-nine at the time of her death, leaves to mourn her passing her brother, Isaac Keddy nephew, Roy Keddy and niece, Florence Noble.

KEDDY - Roy Sidney Keddy, 84 of Sturgis district, passed away on April 24, 1997. Service held from Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Roy was born on August 11, 1912, at Rosthern. He resided on the farm in the Sturgis area until becoming a resident of Preeceville Lion’s Hostel in 1995. In addition to farming, he worked at the McGillis lumber camp in Bertwell and the Sturgis Auction Mart. Predeceased by his parents, Isaac and Elizabeth Ann Keddy; he is survived by his sister, Florence.

KINASCHUK – John was born on October 3, 1909 in Racing Lake, SK to Andrew and Wasylena Kinasczuk. He was only three years old when his mother died. After completing grade 8, he worked as a farmhand until 1931, and then went to work on the railroad. He married Nellie Evaniw on Feb. 19, 1939, and he continued working for the CNR until he retired in 1972. In his retirement he became more active in the church and community. Soon after his wife died in 1987, his health began to deteriorate and he moved to Yorkton to live with his daughter. Predeceased by his parents; his wife, Nellie; and three sisters, Katherine Soltys, Mary Vebeck and Mildred Boutillier, he is survived by his daughter, Merle of Yorkton; a brother Steve, of Pelly; a sister, Betty, of New Westminister, BC four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

KINASCHUK – Nellie (nee Evaniw) was born on March 11, 1916 to parents Anton and Wasylyna Evaniw, in the Ketchen district. She was educated at Sturgis. She married John Kinaschuk at Sturgis on February 18, 1939 and they resided at Sturgis. She was a long-time member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a member of the Cemetery Assoc. and a member of the Read Club. Nellie 71 passed away on September 19, 1987 at her home. The funeral service was held from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Peter and Orest and a sister Stella, she is survived by her husband; a daughter Merle Maximus of Yorkton and four grandchildren.

KISIELEWSKI – Annie Kisielewski (nee Hrynkiw) was born in July 1898 in Austria. She immigrated to Canada with her family and in 1915, married Thomas Kisielewski. They lived on a farm at Hazel Dell, where they homesteaded. Annie was kept busy, with her many hobbies; sewing, handiwork, knitting, spinning and weaving her own wool and quilt making. She also helped her husband scrub and clear the land with the help of oxen. They had nine children: Walter, John, Alex, Michael, Mary, Stella, Florence, Helen and Qauline. 36 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1979 and Annie continued to live alone in her home in Sturgis and enjoyed her work with the church. She passed away in 1989.

KISIELEWSKI – Thomas was born in Poland and came to Canada in 1913. In 1915 he married Annie Hrynkiw of Hazel Dell. They homesteaded and farmed in the Hazel Dell district until he retired in 1966 and moved to Sturgis. Thomas, 91, passed away on August 22nd. His funeral was held from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at Sturgis. Burial in Sturgis cemetery. Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Walter of Langley, BC, John of Robson, BC Alex of Yorkton, Michael of Sturgis; five daughters, Mary of White Rock, BC, Stella of Quesnel, Florence of Tuelon, MB, Helen of Battleford and Qauline of Wadena; 36 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

KLATT - Leo Klatt 72, of Sturgis and formerly of Bissett, MB, died March 12th in Plains Health Centre. Funeral service held from the chapel of Preeceville funeral home. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Beausejour, MB he was educated at Thalberg School. He worked as a prospector, diamond driller and trapper. In 1943 he married Marguerite Oakes at Winnipeg. He was a member of the Read Club in Sturgis. Predeceased by his wife, five brothers, Eric, Roy, Robert, Adolph and Ben, all of Manitoba, and a sister Sophie Schrader of Jansen, SK; he is survived by a stepson, Jim Middleton of Edmonton; a daughter, Neenie Mattison of Sturgis; a brother, Emil of Selkirk; a sister Olga of Winnipeg and five grandchildren.

KLATT – Marquerite (Margaret) (nee Jennett) of Sturgis and formerly of Bissett, MB, died on January 29, 1978 in the Preeceville Hospital. The funeral service was held in the chapel of the Preeceville Funeral Home and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Margaret was born on January 4, 1912 in Selkirk, MB and was educated in Winnipeg, MB. She had a photographic memory, which was a blessing in many cases. She had one son, Jim Middleton from her first marriage to Isaac Middleton and one daughter from her second marriage to Leo Klatt on June 12, 1943 in Gull Lake. They lived the majority of their married life in Bissett, Manitoba. She is survived by her husband, Leo and one brother Charles; her son Jim Middleton of Edmonton, AB and grandsons, Larry and Dale; her daughter Neenie Mattison, now MacKay of Sturgis/Yorkton, SK. and grandchildren, Michelle, Sandy and Rob Mattison.

KOLOT – Nick was born on December 19, 1907 in Popelnicki, Western Ukraine. He was educated there and immigrated to Canada in 1928. He worked various jobs across Canada and finally settling in Sask. Most of his working years was spent in the restaurant business, 30 of these years in Sturgis where they retired in 1974. On October 16, 1936, he was united in marriage to Peggy Horhut at Regina. He was actively involved in the formation of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox church in Sturgis, of which he was a charter and thereafter-lifelong member. He was a patron of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Nick 81, passed away on March 31, 1989 in Canora Hospital. Funeral held at Ukrainian Orthodox Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Myhylo and Maria Kolot, a brother, Roman, and a sister Nustunia, he is survived by; his wife Peggy; three sons, John, Roy and David and two grandchildren.

KOLOT – Peggy (nee Horhut) was born on February 8, 1922 in Shernova, Western Ukraine to Anna and John Horhut. She attended Taras Shevehenko School in Chernova. When she immigrated to Canada she worked at Utopia Café in Regina. She married the owner, Nick Kolot, on October 16, 1936 and they moved to Toronto, where she worked for a furrier. They returned to Saskatchewan in 1943 to open a restaurant in Sturgis. After almost 32 years in business, they retired in 1974. She belonged to the Ukrainian Women’s Association, serving as president for 20 years. Predeceased by her parents, her husband, Nick, two sisters, one in infancy and Ann; two brothers, Michael and John and her stepmother, Polly she is survived by three sons, John of Prince Albert, Roy of Sturgis and David of Iqaluit; five sisters Mary, Pauline of Sturgis, Katy of Canora, Elsie of Sturgis and Lena of Rockford; and two grandchildren

KORTMEYER – Dorothea (nee Staack) born in Minden, Iowa, in 1893 to parents Mr. and Mrs. Staack, she moved with her parents to Herreck, S.D. In 1911 she married George Kortmeyer. In 1912 they came to Canada, filed on a homestead in the Rockford district and later moved to a farm near Tadmore, where they farmed for 38 years. In 1961 they moved to a farm near Sturgis. Mrs. Kortmeyer was an active member of the Homemakers club for 54 years. Dorothea 78 passed away in March 1971. Services held from Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. A daughter, Hilda, predeceased her in 1923. She is survived by her husband, George; two sons, Carl of Dawson Creek and Milton of Sturgis; three daughters, Gladys Martin of Vancouver, Catherine Snodgrass of Sturgis and Anita Blais of Red Deer, a sister and a brother in the States; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

KORTMEYER - George Kortmeyer 86, of Sturgis, passed away on May 30, 1977. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. George was born on December 6, 1890 to parents, Raymond and Kate Kortmeyer, at Dubuque, Iowa. A few years later he moved with his parents to Burke, South Dakota, where they farmed. George married Dorothea Staack on March 1, 1911. They came to Canada in 1912 and filed on a homestead in the Rockford district. Later moving to a farm near Tadmore where they farmed for 38 years. Predeceased by a daughter, Hilda in 1923 and his wife Dorothea, in 1971, he is survived by two sons, Carl of Dawson Creek and Milton of Sturgis; three daughters, Gladys, Catherine and Anita; a sister Alvena Martin of Medford, Oregon, and a brother Fred of Victoria; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren

KORTMEYER - Milton was born on July 28, 1930 to parents George and Dorothea Kortmeyer. He married Jean Bell of Outlook and they lived with Milton’s parents on the farm near Tadmore and then moved closer to Sturgis where they farmed. They had two sons, Kenneth and Wayne. Milton is survived by his wife Jean; sons Kenneth and Wayne and four grandchildren.

KOWASKI – Lila was born January 17, 1950 to parents John and Katie Moniuk, she attended school in Sturgis. She married Carl Kowaski on November 27, 1970 at the Sturgis Ukrainian Orthodox Church. She was a housewife and mother, she worked at Imperial 400 at Yorkton for a time until her illness. Leona Lila Kowaski 37, of Yorkton and formerly of Sturgis passed away on September 15, 1988. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her father in 1971 and a sister Shirley at the age of two, she is survived by her husband, Carl, a son Calvin, and daughter Denise all of Yorkton; her mother Kate of Saskatoon; four brothers, Henry, Lloyd and Eddy of Saskatoon and Tony of Prince Rupert; and two sisters, Alice Hackman of Preeceville and MaryAnn Moniuk of Saskatoon.

KRYSOWATY – Mary (nee Strum) age 87, passed away on May 18, 1993, at Preeceville Hospital. Service held at Grace United church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born April 15, 1908 in the village of Tuehli, Ukraine, she was educated there and came to Canada at an early age. Most of hr life was spent running a café and general store in Carragana. She married Walter Krysowaty on November 9, 1924 in Hubbard, SK. She retired and moved to Sturgis where she resided for many years. The past nine months she spent at the Preeceville Assiniboine Manor. Predeceased by her husband in 1973, only son Bernie in 1991, her parents, four brothers in Ukraine, and one sister in France, she is survived by five daughters, Ann (Vic) Pettersen of Flin Flon, Gladys (Orville) Brand of Carragana, Francis (Ted) Linnick of Flin Flon, Olga MacDonald of Regina and Carrie (Gwyn) Watkins of Preeceville; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

KRYSOWATY – Walter was born in Poland and came to Canada as a child with his parents, settling in the Yorkton area. In 1923 he married Mary Strum and farmed in the Yorkton area until 1940, when they moved to Carragana, SK, to operate a store. They retired to Sturgis. Walter 70 passed away on December 13, 1973, in Pasqua Hospital in Regina, after a brief illness. Services held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son Bernie of Flin Flon; five daughters, Ann Pettersen, Gladys Brand, Frances Lynnick, Olga Carlson and Carrie Watkins; two sisters, Eva Kantz and Pauline Wolos, both of Ituna; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

KUCHARYSHEN – Joseph "Joe" was born on July 24, 1919 on the family farm N.E of Hyas, a son of Walter and Annie (Ochitwa) Kucharyshen. Joe served his country from 1941 –1946. After returning from service, he married Dilly Multon on July 21, 1956 at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Canora. They farmed a half section of land N.E of Danbury. Joe worked hard all his life. He loved the sports of hunting and fishing, picking berries was a favorite pastime, as was exercising going for walks with his family and riding his scooter. Joe love to socialize and always had a story to tell Joe passed away on March 9, 2011 at the Yorkton and District Regional Health Centre at the age of 91 years. The service was held at Trinity United Church and burial in Sturgis cemetery. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Dilly’ his children, Brenda (Myron) Gazdewich, Zoria Kucharyshen, Hazel (Robert) Patzer, Brad (Nicol) Kucharyshen; and grandchildren. Joe was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, John and Nick; his sisters, Lilly, Ella, and Carrie,

KURULAK – Dora (nee Kostaschuk) was born on October 20, 1923 at Buchanan, she was the daughter of Alex and Anne Kostaschuk. She was educated at North Lake School and Buchanan. She was married on July 14, 1940 at Stenen. They farmed in the Stenen area until 1970, when she moved to BC and worked at various jobs until moving back to Sturgis in March of this year. Doris 60 passed away June 16, 1984 at the Plains Healthe Centre, in Regina. Service held from Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Predeceased by her father in 1961; her mother in 1983; a brother Metro in 1946; three sisters Victoria Bodnar, Bessie Washburn and Katherine Hallet in 1984; a grandson, Brent Melnychuk in 1979; she is survived by two sons, Mervin of Winnipeg and Donald of Surrey; a daughter, Verna Melnychuk of Sturgis; three brothers, John, Nick and Myron Kostaschuk, all of Kelowna; two sisters, Mary Stefanishin and Sophie Chernowchan and eight grandchildren.

KUZIK - Peter. Funeral service for Peter Kuzik 59, of Sturgis, who died on January 9, 1977, was held at Grace United Church. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Insinger, son of Stephim and Mary Kuzik, he began farming four miles north of Sturgis in 1933. He married Katherine Keveryga in 1914. They remained on the farm until 1975 when they retired and moved to Sturgis. Predeceased by his parents; he is survived by his wife; two sons, Const. Dennis Kuzik of Powell River and Const. Darryl Kuzik of Nelson, BC; three brothers, Sam and Nick of Theodore and Andrew of Arcola; a sister, Jenny of Toronto, and three grandchildren

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LAING – Earl Laing, 72 pioneer resident of Sturgis and district, passed away on November 16, 1957. He had battled with cancer for five years. The funeral was held at the United Church in Sturgis. So large was the attendance that the church was filled and many stood outside during the service. Earl was born in Grenfell, SK in 1886. He held many jobs over the years, from working on the railroad bed between Canora and Sturgis to being a foreman of the crew which built the road though the bush to Hudson Bay. He also farmed kept cows and sold cordwood. He married Stella Simes on February 14, 1912 in Canora. Surviving him are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Pud Mitchell of Edmonton, and Mrs. Gordon Roste of Langley Prairie, BC four sons, Wesley, Clayton and Ronald of Ontario and Ross of Edmonton; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

LAING - Ross Donald Laing, 65 of Edmonton and formerly of Sturgis passed away on August 10, 1986. The funeral service was held at the Ebenezer United Church at Edmonton. Cremation of ashes was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his father Earl, of Sturgis, and two brothers, Clayton at Killoe, ON and Wes at Belleville, ON, he is survived by his wife Maude; his mother, Stella Laing of Sturgis; a son Derry of Edmonton; a brother Ron of Elmsdale, ON; two sisters, Eva Mitchell and Gertrude Roste; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild

LAING – Stella Elise (nee Simes) Laing, 100 of Sturgis, passed away on May 15, 1988; just seventeen days short of her 101 birthday. She was born on June 3, 1887 in Clay County, Minnesota, to Lewis and Julia Simes. She was educated at Moorhead, Minn. They lived in a one-room shack, with an attic. When she was16 she was working on a big mixed farm, one of three cooks for a crew of 100 men. Through the years followed a succession of cooking and waitress jobs in Minn. and Sask. When she was 19, her father brought his four oldest children to start a homestead in Sask., then returned to Minn., leaving them on their own for several months. She met her husband, Earl Laing, when she was waiting on hotel tables in Canora. They were married on February 14, 1912, at Canora. The family moved often over the years, and they often eked out an insufficient income by keeping cows and selling milk, and by felling trees and selling cordwood. Eventually the family settled at Sturgis to stay, and she continued to reside there after the death of her husband in 1957. Predeceased by four sons, William in infancy and Westley, Clayton and Ross, and a grandson, Gregory Roste, as well as her husband; she is survived by a son, Ronald (Helen) of Emsdale, Ont.; two daughters, Gertrude (Gordon) Roste of Vernon, and Eva (Pud) Mitchell of Sturgis; 21 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren.

LAING – William Lewis Laing was born at Sturgis on December 17, 1925 and passed away on December 19, 1925. He was the son of Stella and Earl Laing. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LANDE – Caroline Lande, age 59 passed away on April 23, 1941 at Humbolt, while entrained for Saskatoon for medical attention. Caroline was born on August 10, 1881 in the Sunnomore Region of Volden, Norway to parents, Peder Bastian and Bertie Elire Gurine Eikem Mork In 1908 she immigrated to Saskatoon, where she lived with family friends, until her marriage to John Lande on May 4, 1909, at Prince Albert, SK. She lived with her husband at many points in the province while he was with the railway, but in 1920 they settled on their homestead, 12 miles from Sturgis in the Woodlight district. She is survived by her husband John; daughters, Gina Hamilton and Bertha Reagan both of Sturgis; and two sons, Ole and Bennie at home; a sister and brother in Norway and two brothers, Carl and Rasmus at Tacoma, Washington.

LANDE – John Olsen Lande, age 85, pioneer resident of the Sturgis district, passed away on January 27, 1964 in Moose Jaw. He was born in Norway on December 19, 1878 He immigrated to Minnesota in 1898 and came to Canada in 1905. After railroading at several points in Sask. he moved to the Sturgis district in 1920 and farmed in the Woodlight district until 1945. For many years he was in charge of the Woodlight Post Office. Upon his retirement he moved into Sturgis. Predeceased by his wife; he is survived by two daughters, Gena Hamilton of Regina and Bertha Reagan of Sturgis; two sons, Bennie of Sturgis and Ole of Windsor, ON; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

LANDE – Peter Benny was born at Sturgis on July 20, 1913 to John and Karoline Lande, he spent the first six years of his life in Bailden, SK where his father was the section foreman for CN railway. In 1919, the family returned to farm north of Sturgis. He worked on the family farm until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He was stationed at Claresholm, AB before going overseas. He was stationed in England when he met Lorna. They were married at York, England on April 15, 1944. In the summer of 1944, he took part in the invasion of Europe, serving in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Following the war, the couple moved to Canada in 1946 and began farming three miles east of Sturgis. In 1986 they moved to Sturgis. He was an active member of the Sturgis branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He served as president and was the vice-president at the time of his death. He also served on the Canora Credit union board, the Mannahan district school board and was the secretary treasurer of the Mannanah district snowplough club. Benny (Peder) 79, of Sturgis died on Jan 14, 1993 at Canora Hospital. Service held from Grace United Church. Predeceased by his parents, a brother, Ole and a sister Gina, he is survived by his wife, Lorna; two sons, Colyn of Edmonton and Ian (Karen) of Forestburg, AB; a daughter, Freda (Merv) Wantuck of Saskatoon; a sister, Bertha Reagan of Sturgis and six grandchildren.

LARSON – Alma Christine Larson 98, of Sturgis, died February 22, 2002 at the Invermay Health Centre. Service held at Grace United Church. Born on August 22, 1908 on the family homestead in the Sturgis district, she attended Mannanah School, high school in Sturgis and Regina Normal school. She taught for a while in Kuroki, but returned home to help with her ill mother for none years. She married Sid Larson in September of 1939. They moved to Flin Flon in the fall of 1939. When they returned she taught at Mannanah School, but they returned to Flin Flon. She taught at Cranberry Portage. In 1961 they moved to Sturgis and she taught in Ketchen, Hazel Dell and Preeceville for 10 years before retiring. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Sidney in 1983, a son Kenneth in 1993, four brothers, Andrew, Arvid, Oscar and Eric, and two sisters, Anna Rogstad and Hilda (Peterson) Boen, she is survived by a sister Freda Melsness of Langley, BC; and two grandsons.

LARSON – Craig Alan Larson, 13 passed away on July 22, 1992 in an accident near Sturgis. He was born on May 22, 1979 in Canora, the son of Herb and Verna Larson. Craig was educated at Sturgis and completed grade 7 in June. An active boy, he played hockey, lacrosse and baseball and participated in other outdoor activities including fishing, trapping, hunting and golf. He was also involved in the Grace United Church Sunday school and Sturgis Cadets and had completed a firearm safety coarse He received two awards in hockey, the most valuable player award and the most improved player award in the 1990-91 season. Predeceased by his father Herb and his grandfathers, he is survived by his mother Verna and stepfather Albin Keller; two sisters, Kim and Deana; his grandmothers Edith Larson and Grace Mallinger both of Sturgis.

LARSON – Ellen Irene (Graff) was born in 1932. She came from Bellsite, MB and while working for Vic Larson as a cook for his construction crew, she met Wally Larson. They were married on May 8, 1953. Around 1957 they moved to BC to the Clinton area. They had three sons, Donald Wayne, Eugene Herbert and Larry Douglas. In the summer of 1965 they moved to Nelson, BC. On Oct. 9, 1965 Ellen’s life was taken in a car accident. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LARSON – Ethel Laverne (nee Reine) Larson, 96 of Canora and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on September 11, 2001 at the Canora Hospital. Funeral service held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Ethel was born on May 20, 1905 in Abercrombie, N.D; she moved with her family to a homestead north of Norquay and attended Grantsburg School, located on the corner of her parents’ farm. She worked at her father’s sawmill in the Porcupine Forest Reserve and for Dr. Green of Stenen before marrying Victor Larson on December 18, 1926 at the United Church manse in Yorkton. They lived at various locations in the Norquay district before moving to Sturgis in 1950. She was a member and served as secretary of the Sturgis Homemakers Club. In 1998 she moved to Sherlyn Care Home in Canora and later became a resident of Canora Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, Victor in 1984, her parents Engvald in 1945 and Annie Reine in 1949; three sons, Herbert, Wallace and one in infancy; four brothers, Knudt, Theodore, Arthur and Irvin; five sisters, Ida Johnson, Ella Anderson, Sena Ryan, Myrtle Adie and Lillian Reine; a grandson and a great-grandson, she is survived by her sons, David and Ronald; a daughter, Gloria Hoffman; a brother Melvin Reine of Norquay; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great-great- grandchild.

LARSON – Geraldine Patricia (nee Rutland) came to Canada from Derby, England to explore Canada. She found employment in Ontario for two years and then returned home to England. In 1967 a friend asked her to help in a convenience store and cabin rental business on the shore of MacLeod Lake near Prince George, BC While working there she met Wally Larson and they married on January 30, 1968. The family returned to Sturgis in April of 1968 and purchased a home in town, where they lived until 1975. They purchased a farm about 5 miles from Sturgis and moved there. When Wally passed away in 1992, Pat liquidated the farming assets and purchased a house in town. Pat passed away in 2005 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LARSON – Herbert Larson 49 of Sturgis passed away on June 29, 1987 in Plains Health Centre at Regina. Born on July 18, 1937, at Norquay he was educated at Swan Plain School to grade 6, and Sturgis Composite School. He then farmed, buying and selling cattle in addition to his mixed farming operation. He was a member of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, charter member of the Kinsmen Club, a UGG board member and member of the Sturgis Economic Development Committee. On Oct 8, 1971 he married Verna Mallinger in Preeceville United Church. Predeceased by his father, he is survived by his wife, Verna; his mother, Ethel; a son Craig, and two daughters, Deana and Kimberley, all at home; three brothers, Wallace, David and Ronald; and a sister Gloria.

LARSON – Sidney Oscar Larson, 76 of Sturgis and formerly of Flin Flon, passed away on November 15, 1983. Service at the Grace United Church. Sidney was born at Elkwood, N.D to Ole and Severina Larson on November 24, 1906. He took his schooling at Homen School and later helped on his father’s farm and worked for other farmers. He came to Naicam in 1923, where he farmed and also did railway construction west of Saskatoon and north of Wadena. He married Alma Olson on September 30, 1939 and they moved to Flin Flon where he worked in the mine. He was also branch manager for the Electrolux Company for 19 years in Flin Flon. While at Flin Flon he taught Sunday school in the Pentecostal Church and for many years, was a deacon of that church. He moved to the Sturgis district in 1961 and lived on his farm east of Sturgis until 1975 when he retired to Sturgis. He was a member of Sturgis Housing Auth board and the Read Club. Predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Morris and Melvin; he is survived by his wife, Alma; a son, Kenneth; two brothers, Clarence and Conrad; four sisters, Selma Qualie, Lillian Hetland, Violet Formo and Alvina Fellman and two grandchildren.

LARSON – Victor Herbert Larson, 81 of Sturgis passed away on February 17, 1984 in Canora Hospital. Funeral service held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born January 17, 1903 at Chariton, Iowa, he was the son of David and Hannah (Englund) Larson. At the age of three, he came to Canada with his parents to the Norquay area to homestead. He attended the South Willow Grove School and helped his father farm. On December 18, 1926 he married Ethel Reine. They farmed in the Norquay area for seven years prior to moving to town, where he began a livestock dealing business. In 1940, Victor and Metro Sorochuk began a sawmill operation in the porcupine Forest Reserve north of Swan Plain. Later, he expanded his business to road construction. In 1941 the family moved to Swan Plain to be closer to the sawmill. In 1950 Victor moved his family to Sturgis where he helped establish his sons in a family farm while he continued his sawmill at Mafeking, and his road construction in various parts of Sask. In August 1982 he became a resident of the Gateway Lodge at Canora. Predeceased by his mother in 1940; his father in 1948; a sister, Esther Gustafson in 1949; a brother, Samuel in 1975 and foster brother, Harry Nystedt in 1971; he is survived by his wife Ethel; a daughter, Gloria Hoffman of Burnaby; four sons, Wallace and Herbert of Sturgis, David of Preeceville and Ronald of Yorkton.

LARSON – Wallace "Wally" Eugene was born on March 18, 1933 in Norquay, the son of Victor and Ethel (Reine) Larson. He was educated at Norquay and Swan Plain. At an early age he began working for his father’s construction business and sawmill operation in the Swan Plain and Mafeking, Man. areas. On May 9, 1953 he married Ellen Irene Graff at Swan River. They continued working for his father until 1957 when they moved to Clinton, BC where he became employed by the Spatsum Lumber Co. After Ellen’s sudden death, he relocated his family to Sturgis to be with his parents. Later he returned to the Prince George area where he worked as a mechanic with a construction crew. He married Patricia Rutland at Prince George, BC on Jan. 30, 1968. Later that spring, he and Pat re-established a home at Sturgis with his three sons and joined his brothers on the family farm. Wally 59 passed away in Plains Hospital, Regina on March 19, 1992. Predeceased by his wife, Ellen in 1965; a brother Herbert in 1987; and his father Victor in 1984, he is survived by his wife Pat; three sons, Wayne (Shirley) of Saskatoon, Herbert (Bev) of Alcomdale, AB, and Larry (Marnie) of Vancouver; his mother, Ethel of Sturgis; a sister Gloria Hoffman of Vancouver, two brothers, David (Cecilia) of Preeceville and Ronald (Judy) of Yorkton; and four grandchildren.

LAWRICK - Thomas Lawrick was born July 23, 1895. He emigrated from the Ukraine, with his two young sons, Nick and Tony. In 1939, he married a widow, Mrs. George Katyniuk (Pauline), with two daughters, Josephine and Elsie. They had two children together, a son Jim born 1943 and a daughter Jean. They farmed north of Sturgis. Pauline left the marriage and moved to Preeceville and then to Ontario. Tom spent his remaining years in Sturgis and passed away March 2, 1979.

LAZARUK – Irene Lazaruk, was born in Tomachow, Poland on May 5, 1928 and came to Canada with her parents, Tom and Mary Nischuk and three brothers, Clifford, Louis and Alex in 1930. Two brothers, John and Steve, were born in Canada. Irene attended Woodlight School for grades 1-8 and took grades 9-12 at Rutland Academy in BC. , graduating in 1949. She studied another year at Canadian Union College in Lacombe, AB in 1951. She was employed as a study supervisor at McAuley, MB from Sept to June 1952, then at Brena School District, Canora, SK 1952-53 and the Sturgis School Unit in 1953. She married Nick Lazaruk on Nov. 10, 1955 and the following year, they settled on a farm 8 miles north of Sturgis. They had two children: Willard Marvin born in 1958 and Lorene Marie born in 1962. Irene passed away in 2011

LAZARUK – Nick was born on July 12, 1919 in Success, SK. He moved with his family to the Sturgis area in 1933, where he attended Cavell School. In the winter months, he worked at a logging camp in Rocky Lake, MB and in the summer worked on the farm. He married Irene Nischuk on Nov. 10, 1955, and in 1956, they settled on a farm north of Sturgis. Nick aged 81, died on July 19, 2000 at the Royal University Hospital. Funeral held at the Preeceville Funeral Chapel. Predeceased by his parents, Steve in 1958 and Sophie in 1974, and a brother John in 1912, he is survived by his wife, Irene; a son, Willard; a daughter Lorene; two brothers, Bill (Margaret) of Kelowna and Mike (Verna) of Sturgis, and a sister Mary Lesko of Grand Prairie, AB

LAZARUK – Steve was born in Austria in the year 1885. He immigrated to Canada in 1909. In 1913 he married Sophie Adamko in Hamilton, Ontario. They farmed in Swift Current until 1927 and then moved to Elbow, SK. They spent six years there and then packed up all their belongings in a wagon and moved to Sturgis in August 1933. Steve spent the rest of his days farming in the Sturgis area. Steve passed away in 1958 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LAZARUK – Sophie Lazaruk (nee Adamko) was born in Ruthenia , Town of Zastawna in the province of Bukovyna. She married Steve Lazaruk in 1913. They were blessed with five children – four sons and one daughter: William (Bill), John, Nick, Mary and Mike. They farmed in the Swift Current area and in 1933 moved to Sturgis and farmed. Sophie passed away in 1975.

LAZARUK – Verna, daughter of Metro and Katherine Koroluk, was born at home on her father’s homestead on January 14, 1928. She was raised on the family farm and attended Lake Helen School until grade three. She continued her schooling at Frame Lake School attaining grade 9. After grade nine she stayed at t home helping her parents and neighbors with farming and household chores. She was a talented seamstress and did not require a pattern for making clothing. In the spring of 1947, while attending a dance at the Danbury Hall, she caught the eye of Mike, and the romance began. Verna moved to Flin Flon where she worked as a seamstress at Allan Dry Cleaners. On July 23, 1949, she married Mike Lazaruk. They made their home 8 1/2 miles north of Sturgis on Mike’s parent’s homestead. Early in their marriage, winter months were spent working at lumber camps. Verna cooked and served meals for as many as 50 men. Summer months she worked taking care of the farm and livestock as Mike was away working. In 1977 her mother moved into their home and Verna cared for her until she passed away in 1987. At the age of 56 Verna furthered her education, obtaining her grade 12 diploma. In 1986 she successfully completed courses in psychology through Kelsey Institute. Verna passed away on October 12, 2005 at the age of 77 years. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister Mihaleena and a brother Metro. She will always be remembered by her loving husband, Mike; daughter Dianne (Andy) Kotelmach, son Duane (Irene) Lazaruk and daughter Bonnie (Mark) Jakubowski; seven grandchildren; sisters Lillian Steranko, Madeline Zawerucka, Katherine Doroschuk; brothers’ Gust and Peter Koroluk.

LESANKO – Eunice Maxine (nee Guttormson) Lesanko of Sturgis, passed away suddenly on April 19, 2007. Funeral service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Eunice was born on December 24, 1927 to Ivar and Irene (Bye) Guttormson at Naicam, SK. She was the eldest of eight children, Lloyd, Joyce Ellaschuk, Roy, Ivan, Neil, Dianne, June Draude. She attended Naicam School, which was a 2-½ mile walk there and back. Eunice was in Naicam’s first graduating class. Later she attended teachers training in Saskatoon. In 1947 she came to the Sturgis area to teach at Ajax in a two-room school where she was the grades 5-9 teacher. She also taught at numerous other locations like Beaver Bank, Woodlight and then finally settled in the Sturgis area to teach. In 1985, after 35 years of teaching, she retired to pursue her many other interests. In July 20, 1949 she married Nick Lesanko of Sturgis. They lived in various school locations until 1960 when they purchased the Nelson farm one-mile north of Sturgis. Eunice is predeceased by her parents, her husband Nick, a grandchild Luke Boyko, and her brothers Roy and Ivan Guttormson. She is survived by her daughter Barbara (Marvin) Boyko of Canora; son Jack (Faye) Lesanko of Sturgis and David (Meg) Lesanko of Sherwood Park, AB and many grandchildren.

LESANKO – George was born and raised in Sturgis and lived there until he went overseas to serve in the army. Upon returning he settled at Victoria, where he worked for BC Hydro. George 63 of Victoria, BC died on November 6, 1979 in the Victoria Hospital. Funeral service was in Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Mary Crumton, he is survived by four brothers, Steve, Wesley, Nick and Michael all of Sturgis and three sisters, Doris Stolk, Anne Graver and Rose Kearns.

LESANKO – Marian K. was born on January 7, 1962 and died in infancy. She was the daughter of Michael and Eileen Lesanko of Sturgis. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LESANKO – Michael James Lesanko was born on January 4, 1925, in Sturgis. He attended Cavell School and began farming. He married Eileen Mattison on May 11, 1946 at the United Church in Canora and they lived north of Sturgis. He worked occasionally for Johnny Johnson hauling gravel near Fillmore and one winter; he worked in Toronto at a service station. He lost an arm in a farming accident in 1974 and they moved to Sturgis in 1977. He drove school bus for many years, even after his accident, and since 1982 he worked for Blaine Medlang on the farm. A member of the Sturgis Housing Authority, he was a member of the telephone company board, the church board and the senior choir. Michael 72, of Sturgis, passed away on August 5, 1997 at Preeceville Hospital. Funeral was at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, John and Kathleen Lesanko, an infant daughter Marion, four brothers, Steve, George, Wesley and Nick, and a sister, Mary, he is survived by his wife, Eileen; one son, Brad of South Korea; three daughters, Marlene Jones of Regina, Pat Sattleggerf of Calgary and Joy Lesanko of Regina; three sisters, Doris Stolk, Anne Graver and Rose Kearns; 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

LESANKO – Nettie (nee Prokopchuk) Lesanko 88 of Preeceville and formerly of Sturgis, died on September 15, 2002 in the Lions Hostel. Born on May 8, 1914 in Arran to Lucas and Anna Prokopchuk, she was educated at Arran School. She began working at the age of 18 as a cook and housekeeper. During her career, she cooked for Bert Hamilton’s saw mill, SWP elevator construction crews, and CNR gangs for 23 years. She married Steve Lesanko in 1936 at the Lutheran Church in Preeceville. They had two daughters. Predeceased by her parents; her step-mother, Barbara, in 1956; her husband Steve; two step-sisters, Kay and Allie; one brother Paul in 2000; and step-brothers, Walter, Max and Terry; she is survived by two daughters, Frances Bell of Victoria and Louise (Steve) Mentanko of Preeceville; two sisters, Olga Lyzun and Minnie Matthews, one step-sister Ann Galan of Moose Jaw; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

LESANKO – Nick was the sixth child of John and Katherine (Snihor) Lesanko. He was born on March 6, 1922 on the farm. Before he started school the family moved to a farm further south. He attended Cavell School. While attending school he helped with the farm chores and when in his teens with the plowing, seeding and haying. Nick spent four years in the army stationed in BC and later at Halifax. Nick and his brother Mike took over their father’s farm. He married Eunice Guttormson of Naicam, SK. In 1989 they moved into town. Nick had Parkinson’s and Alzheimers and passed away on November 17, 1990. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LESANKO – Richard aged 23 passed away on August 7,1966. He was born on May 9, 1943. He attended public school at Kopje school and graduated from the Sturgis Composite in 1961. He was employed by the North American Life Assurance Co. of Prince George at the time of his untimely death. Richard is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Lesanko, two brothers; Larry of Edmonton and Gordon Lesanko.

LESANKO – Steve J. Lesanko 71 of Sturgis, died on July 9, 1982. Born November 26, 1910 in the Woodlight district, he was he son of John and Kathrine Lesanko. He attended Cavel School and worked on the family farm. He later worked at lumber camps and farmed independently. He was a carpenter working on the Pool elevators in Sask. and then purchased the 9 and 49 Esso service station in 1963. He retired at Sturgis in 1969. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Mary; two brothers, George and Wesley; he is survived by his wife Nettie; two daughters Frances Bell of Victoria, BC and Louise Mentanko of Preeceville; two brothers, Nick and Michael of Sturgis; two sisters, Doris Stolk and Rose Kearns; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

LESANKO – Wesley was born on September 10, 1913 at Sturgis. He was the son of John and Kathrine Lesanko. He attended Cavel and Sturgis School and worked on the family farm until he was able to work in the lumber camps. In the fall of 1939, he married Anne Noroski. They both worked in lumber camps then took up farming in the Sturgis district until his retirement in 1978, due to poor health. Wesley 68, of Sturgis passed away on July 1, 1982. Predeceased by his mother in 1951; his father in 1967; a son Richard in 1966; a sister Mary Crompton in 1957 and a brother George; he is survived by his wife; two sons, Larry of Edmonton and Gordon of Spruce Grove; three brothers, Steve, Nick and Michael of Sturgis; three sisters, Doris Stalk and Anne Graver of California and Rose Kearns of Prince George, and four grandchildren.

LETWINKA – Robert Jason Letwinka was born and died in 1970. He was the son of Janet (nee Thickson) and Boris Letwinka.

LINDGREN – Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Anderson) Lindgren was born on May 25, 1899 in Sweden. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. She was educated in Sweden and upon completion worked as a domestic housekeeper. She came to Canada in June 1926 and settled in the Buchanan district, where she was again hired as a domestic. She married Eric Lindgren at Wadena on Dec 18, 1926 and they made their home in the Sturgis district. They remained on the farm until 1963, when Eric passed away and Elizabeth moved into Sturgis. Elizabeth, 83 passed away on Feb 1, 1983. Funeral service was from the Evangelical Church in Sturgis.

LINDGREN – Eric was born on December 10, 1893 at Gagnev Darlarna Sweden. He immigrated with his mother, brothers and sisters to Canada and came directly to live in the Sturgis district on Aug 4, 1910. On December 18, 1926 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Anderson. Together they resided in the Sturgis area where they were occupied in farming and rearing their children. Eric passed away on September 18, 1963, at the age of 69 years. Funeral service held at the Sturgis Alliance church. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his loss; four daughters, Freda Klien, Olga Robinson, May Bridgewater and Hildur Henderson; two sons, Eric and Allan; two sisters, Christina Charnstrom and Annie Darlberg and two brothers Andrew and Oscar.

LOFTHANG – Pearl Iona (nee Dunham) passed away October 27, 2012 at 84 years of age at the Clements Court, Yorkton where she resided from December 2011 to her time of death. Pearl was born July 21, 1928 in the Waldeck district on the family farm to Ole and Hulda Dunham. There she grew up and received her education at Leonard School in the Waldeck district. She worked as a nanny for Neil Anderson family. Pearl and Walter Lofthang were married October 29, 1949 at Swift Current. When they were first married they lived in Scotsguard. Later they moved to Weff to be near a school for their children. There they continued to farm and Pearl was a full time homemaker. They sold their farm in June 1963 and moved to a farm north of Sturgis with their four children. While on the farm she enjoyed gardening and tending to her family. In Sept 1990 they purchased a home and moved to Sturgis, where she resided until December 2011 She enjoyed being a member and playing cards at the READ Club. Pearl was a loving wife, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Pearl is lovingly remembered by her children: daughters, Phyllis Sincennes, Brenda (Ken) Medloski; sons, James (Leona) and Steve; She was cherished by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Pearl was predeceased by her husband, Walter in 2008 and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Noah; her parents, and siblings, brothers, Marvin, Alwood, Paul and Edwin and a sister Margaret. Funeral services were held at the Preeceville Funeral Home and interment in the Sturgis Cemetery.

LOFTHANG – Walter Lofthang was born October 15, 1926 in the Antelope district on a farm. He attended St. Clair School. At the age of 15, he went out working as a farm labourer and later worked on the CPR at Scotsgruard and Wyatt. In 1949, he married Pearl Dunham of Waldeth, SK. They moved to the family farm in the Simmie, SK district in 1951. Two years later he moved to Webb and rented land and worked for the RM of Webb and for an elevator crew in winter. They bought land at Webb and farmed for a few years and then sold and bought a farm twelve miles north of Sturgis in June 1963. In 1976 they sold the land, but kept ten acres with the buildings where they resided until moving to Sturgis. They raised four children: Phyllis, James, Brenda and Steve. Walter passed away in 2008.

LUBINIECKI - Anthony (Tony) Frank Lubiniecki, was the last child born to Julian and Katherine Lubiniecki in 1919. His siblings were Leo James, Helen (1909-1954), Natalie (1911-1943), Tina (1912-1916) and Veronica. He became a mechanical engineer and worked 25 years for Air Canada at Dorval Airport in Montreal. He married Eunice, an electronics specialist, and they had one son, Eric. They retired to Sturgis. Tony passed away in Sturgis in 1990.

LUBINIECKI – Bernard "Bernie" Joseph Lubiniecki passed away peacefully with family at his side on Oct 17, 20??. He was born on May 16, 1950 at Preeceville Hospital to Leo and Alma (Reagan) Lubiniecki. He received his education in Sturgis with secondary training at SIAST as an electrician. He worked as an electrician and in earlier years owned his own business as backhoe operator and cement finisher. He also worked for J. K. Redi-Mix, Palaniuk’s logging in the winter and in later years owned and operated his own mobile grain cleaning business, until he took retirement. In younger years he had a passion to play hockey. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club and coached minor ball and hockey. He served on the Sturgis School unit board. Countless hours were spent doing volunteer work for the Sturgis and District Volunteer Fire Department and was Fire Chief for many years. He was known to help prepare grounds for Sturgis Sports day and for many years, he assisted with the annual Preeceville Hospital Bed Push for Telemiracle. In later years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening and time with his dog. He was predeceased by his parents; he is survived by his wife, Brenda; and children, Noel (Kim), Jenelle, Mathew (Chelsea) and Drew as well as four grandchildren and brothers, Del, Daryl, Kevin and a sister Susan (Les) Goertz.

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MacNEILL – Helga Ingeborg (nee Nohlgren) MacNeill, 88 of Sturgis, passed away on November 6, 1985 in the Canora Hospital. Helga Ingeborg Nohlgren, was born on June 5, 1897, in Sweden the second youngest in a large family of thirteen children. She received her education in Sweden, and left school, at age sixteen to go to work. She immigrated to Canada in 1922, at the age of 25. She came to Hyas, SK where her sister Anna and husband Gus lived. She married William Leslie MacNeill in 1927. She had worked as a housekeeper, owned and operated a rooming house in Yorkton; she was housemother at the Sturgis dorm, worked as the Chief chef at the Lodge in the Kenosee Provincial Park. In 1956/57 she opened a restaurant in Sturgis ‘The Old Homestead’. Every year from 1965 to 1985, she spend time in Ottawa with her son and family and then with them in Paris when they moved there in 1976. She crossed the Atlantic 24 times and toured Canada, the United States and Europe. In 1981 she was diagnosed with cancer. Within a year she recovered enough to resume her travels to Paris. Predeceased by her husband in 1962; she is survived by her son James, of Geneva, Switzerland; a sister Eva of Sweden and grandchildren Catherine MacNeill of Kingston, ON and Robin Lynne MacNeill of Geneva, Switzerland.

MacNEILL – William Leslie MacNeill, 74 passed away suddenly at Canora Hospital on May 19, 1962. He was born in Alberton, P.E.I. on April 4, 1888. He came west at the age of 21 as a schoolteacher, first in Edmonton and then at several points in Sask. For the last 16 years preceding his superannuation, he taught in Sturgis. A tireless public worker, Mr. MacNeil was secretary of the Village and later Town of Sturgis from 1936 until the time of his death. He completed 25 continuous years of service in this capacity. He was also secretary of the Sturgis School Unit from 1945-49, giving up the position to become secretary of the local Credit Union. For many years he was an elder of Grace United Church and in addition served a long term as superintendent of its Sunday school. In 1960 he found it necessary to withdraw from all other public offices to concentrate solely on his duties as town secretary. He is survived by his wife Helga, son James and grandson Ward of Regina, and two sisters, Ethel Yeo of Kensington, PEI and Margaret Grant of Vancouver. Though he continually carried more than a normal man’s working load, Mr. McNeil always had time to help others. His life was one of service to mankind.

MALLINGER – Grace was born on July 22, 1924 in Norquay. She attended North Willowgrove School and worked at Munsons’s potato farm and as a hotel chambermaid in North Battleford. She was also employed as a farm laborer; a live-in caregiver and a home care handyman and painter. She married Luke Mallinger on Sept. 25, 1950 in Pelly. Grace passed away on May 24, 1999 at Preeceville Hospital. Predeceased by her parents, Eric and Esther Fredling, her husband, Luke and two brothers Walter and Adrian and a grandson, Craig Larson; she is survived by two daughters Verna (Gerald Kuzman) Larson of Sturgis and Betty (Gerald) Erickson of Forestburg, AB and five grandchildren.

MALLINGER– Luke Michael Mallinger, 70 of Norquay, passed away in Preeceville Hospital on June 16, 1972. He was born at Veblen, S. D. and came to Canada in 1910 with his parents and lived in the Weyburn area until the early 1940’s, when he moved to the Danbury district. He lived there until 1970 when he moved to Norquay. His wife, Grace; two daughters, Betty of Norquay and Verna Larson of Sturgis; five sisters and one brother survive him.

MARTELL – Forrest Alexender Martell was born on August 22, 1900 to parents Wesley and Irene Martell in Mekado, Wisconsin. In the early 1900’s the family moved to Canada to the Sturgis area and settled on a farm. Forrest attended Kopje school. He married Edna Claypool on June 14, 1930. They first lived with the Claypool family in Stenen and then moved in with the Martells in Sturgis. Forrest worked at a garage for Don Berg. Around 1945 – 46 the family moved to Buchanan and he worked at a garage there and also drove a cat. Forrest and Edna had five children: Jane Ione, Arlene, Marvin David (born May 26, 1940 in Preeceville) Shirley born July 1, 1967, Ronald Keith born September 6, 1943 and Darlene Joy born September 16, 1948. Forrest passed away on October 26, 1954 and is buried beside his mother, Irene in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MARTELL – Irene was born in the States in 1882. She married Wesley Martell and they lived in Mekado. Wisconsin. The family moved to Canada in the early 1900’s, with their two children, Forrest and Florence and settled on a farm near Sturgis. Irene passed away in 1939 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MASON – Emily Mason was born in the USA in 1858. She met her husband in Nevada and after their marriage, moved to her husbands homestead in Manitoba. They had six children: John the eldest was born in 1886. He was crippled and died in 1912. Euphemia was born in 1890 (she married Sid Thomas and came to the Sturgis area to farm in 1931). A son Dave was born in 1892 and a daughter, Mary in 1894. Walter was born in 1896 and homesteaded in the Sturgis area in 1927. The youngest son was born in 1899. At the time of her death in 1932, she was living with either her son Walter or daughter Pheme in the Sturgis area. She was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MASON – Walter Delevan Mason, 86 of Saskatoon and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on February 7, 1983 in the Porteous Lodge, Saskatoon. Born on October 22, 1896 at Newdale, MB, he was the fifth eldest in a family of six. He took his formal education at Newday and worked with his father on a farm in the Newdale area. When the First World War broke out, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Manitoba Regiment as a private and was discharged on January 15, 1919. He returned to the Cardale areas of MB, where he worked on farms as a laborer. In the late 1920’a he moved to the Sturgis area, where he purchased a half-section, seven and a half miles northeast of Sturgis, where he farmed and worked as a laborer. He sold the last of his land in 1966 and purchased property in the town of Sturgis, where he resided until 1974, when he sold the property and moved to Saskatoon. Also active in the field of honey, he worked with bees for 20 years. He was also very active in the Sturgis and Saskatoon Legion. He was on the Sturgis volunteer fire dept, Sturgis Civil Defense, supported the United Church and was a member of the Loyal Orange Association of British America. His parents, three brothers and two sisters predeceased him.

MATTISON – Betty Ann Mattison (nee Moniuk) was born on July 12, 1910 to Wasyl and Anna in Hamton, SK. Betty attended Fedder Hill School. She had a wide variety of jobs and while working at the Mattison farm she met Oscar Mattison. They were married on December 5, 1934 and had two sons, Adrian and Delmer. They sold the farm to their son Adrian and moved to Sturgis in 1967. Oscar died in 1968 Betty enjoyed her garden, cards with friends and always had a puzzle going. Visitors from family and friends were always well fed. With declining health, she moved to Nursing homes in Invermay, Kamsack and the lodge at Canora. She was very happy and content in care. After a stroke on April 20, she died on April 22, 2010 at the age of 99. She was predeceased by her husband Oscar; seven brothers and six sisters.

MATTISON – Marty James Mattison, was born on November 13, 1970 to parents Adrian and Neenie Mattison of Sturgis. He died at his home on January 21, 1971. Funeral service was in Godfrey’s funeral home and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

MATTISON – Oscar Alfred Mattison, 57 of Sturgis, passed away on April 26, 1968 in Preeceville Hospital after a long illness. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Born in 1910 to parents Melvin and Inga (Neabo) Mattison, in the Sturgis district, he attended Kopji School and later farmed north of Sturgis. He married Betty Ann Moniuk of Hamton in 1934. Predeceased by his father in 1963 and a brother Milford in 1929; he is survived by his wife Betty; two sons, Adrian and Delmar; his mother, Inga Mattison of Canora; a brother Norman of San Francisco; four sisters, Alice Lisoway of Canora, Alma Ford of Detroit, Mabel Lande of Windsor and Eileen Lesanko of Sturgis, and two grandchildren.

McCOLLOM - Gregery Allen died at the age of three months on September 24, 1985 at the family home in Stenen. He was the son of Robert and Christine McCollom. He was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

McCOLL – Anna (nee Halyk) Masley McColl was born on February 16, 1904 in Austria and received her education in the Tuffnell area. She married Jack Masley in 1923 and together they farmed and ran the Lady Lake Store. Later, she moved to Saskatoon and worked in housekeeping at the university before retiring and moving to Kelowna and later to Delta. There she met and married John McColl in 1981 and following his passing in 1983, she moved to Preeceville where she resided until her passing on August 29, 1998. Predeceased by her father Tom Halyk, her mother Suzanna, three brothers, Bohdon, Barney and Tom; six sisters, Antonette, Olga, Katherine, Pauline, Taras and Alice and one daughter Marion, she is survived by two sons, Morris Masley of Sturgis and Bing Masley of Medicine Hat.

MCCUTCHEON – Christina (nee Karachie), was the sixth child in a family of thirteen, born on December 12, 1912 on her parents homestead near Lady Lake. When the family moved to Sturgis, she received all education in Sturgis. After her school years she worked for other families in the Sturgis area. In 1934 she went to BC in search of work. There she met Hans Erickson and they married in 1936. They had two children, a daughter Gertrude and a son Ted born in 1938. The marriage was short lived since Hans contracted silicosis from working in the mines. He passed away in 1942. Christina found work as a nurse’s aid in a hospital at Nelson, BC. She worked there for eighteen years. In 1965 she married Colin McCutcheon and moved to Burnaby, BC. They adopted a five-year old girl, named Gail in 1966. Her second husband died in 1989. Christina Erickson/McCutcheon died peacefully on May 10, 1999 at Westshore Layhum in Ladner, BC after suffering a stroke. Funeral was held at the Delta Funeral Home in Ladner, BC. On May 18, 1999 a service celebrating the life of Christina was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery.

McDOUGALL – Audrey Laine (nee Hedley) was born on August 10, 1946 in Preeceville to parents Raymond and Elda (nee Claypool) Hedley. She attended school in Sturgis, walking two miles to school each day and returning each day to help with the chores and cooking. She helped her sister Wilma care for her mother and the farm. At age sixteen she left the farm to work at a fishing lodge in Flin Flon, MB. In 1966 she moved to Fort Saskatchewan. As a member of the community she participated in all kinds of sports, she was an avid fastball player and also a volunteer figure skating instructor. Audrey passed away on April 24, 1992 and is buried in the family plot in the Sturgis Cemetery. Her children, Laine, Troy and Allison and a granddaughter, Amanda, survive her.

McMAHAN – Charles David McMahan was born in March 1930 to parents Marion David and Florence Gertrude McMahan. He died in June 1930 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

McMAHAN – Florence Gertrude (nee Claypool) McMahan was born in 1912 in Pennsylvania to George and Mary (nee Wier) Claypool. She married Marion McMahan on June 26, 1929 in Yorkton. They had one son, Charles David born and died in 1930. Florence died in May 1933, while with child. She is buried beside her son in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MEDLOSKI – Anne (nee Rurak) Medloski, 78 of Sturgis, passed away on November 2, 1998 at Canora Hospital. Born on November 1, 1920 to Peter and Sarah Rurak in the Usherville district, she was the seventh of nine children. In 1925 she moved with her parents to the Gold Bank district where she attended school. At the age of 15, she went out to work for farmers, milking cows and helping with cooking and gardening. She began working as a cook in 1937 for her brother Mike who purchased a sawmill. This began her cooking career in bush camps. From 1944 to 1946 she cooked at The Pas for Stan Zayac. She married Joseph Medloski on July 4, 1947 and they settled in the Woodlight area. When the crop was snowed under in 1951, she went back to work in the bush camps. She worked for two winters with her daughter, Eileen, from 1954-56. In 1957, they began working for Johnny Johnson and Chester Carlson at Woody Lake and Jim Lake. She continued working during winter months for eight years and in 1959 began cooking during the summer for the CNR. In 1965 she began cooking full time. She retired in 1985 after 25 years as a cook. She returned to the CNR for three summers months after she retired. Predeceased by her father in 1937, her mother in 1981, her husband in 1981, three brothers, Alex, Mike and Steve; a sister Lena in infancy, sister Helen Samborski in 1989 and a daughter-in-law Janice Medloski, she is survived by two sons, James of Yorkton and Ken (Brenda) of Yorkton; daughter Eileen (Johnny) Meroniuk; one brother John (Olga) Kudeba of Kelowna; two sisters, Mary Rieben of Esterhazy and Elsie.

MEDLOSKI – Joseph Medloski, 62 of Stenen and formerly of the Woodlight district, died on January 28, 1981. Funeral service held at the Sturgis Legion Hall and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on January 7, 1919 to Dominic and Anna Medloski, the family moved to Drumheller in 1925, and he attended school at Rosebud, AB until 1932. They returned to the Woodlight area and he attended Woodlight School for two years. He joined the army in 1942, and was discharged in 1946. He married Anne Rurak in 1947, and they farmed in the Woodlight district. He was a member of the Sturgis branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He moved to Stenen in Nov 1979. Predeceased by his father in 1972; he is survived by his mother, Anna Medloski of Stenen; his former wife, Anne Medloski of Portage La Prairie; a stepdaughter, Eileen Meroniuk of Sturgis; two foster sons, Kenneth Medloski of Hudson Bay and James Medloski of Stenen; a sister, Mary Chorney of Regina; and nine grandchildren.

MELNECHUK – George, 87 passed away on June 7, 1975 in University Hospital in Saskatoon. Service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. George was born in Austria; he came to Canada with his parents at he age of 13. He married Lena Hackman in 1910 and homesteaded in the Canora and Sturgis districts. Later he owned and operated a machinery agency business at Sturgis for 25 years. Predeceased by his wife in 1967; two brothers, Steve and Mike and a sister, Mary Dutchak; he is survived by six brothers, Charlie of Langley, Bill of Sturgis, Nick and Pete of Canora and Jim and Fred of Edmonton; three sisters, Kathy Prekaski, Agnes Sabo and Rose Kraynick.

MELNYCHUK – Bill Melnychuk, 92 of Sturgis, passed away on September 17, 1989. He was born on June 22, 1897 in Austria and came to Canada at the age of 2 with his parents. He was self-educated. They farmed north of Sturgis where his son, Metro, now lives. On April 16, 1916, he married Mary Fincaryk at Canora and they farmed the family homestead. He retired from farming and moved to Sturgis in about 1962. Predeceased by his wife in 1980; five brothers, Steve, Mike, George, Charley and Nick; two sisters, Mary Dutchak and Kathleen Prekaski and a grandson Brent Melnychuk, he is survived by four sons, Mike of Quesnel, Metro and Leo of Sturgis and Jimmy of Williams Lake; eight daughters, Dianne, Gena, Lena, Kay, Eva, Victoria, Molly and Rose; three brothers, Pete of Canora and Fred Milne and Jim Milne of Edmonton; two sisters, Rose Kraynick of Canora and Agnes Sabo of San Francisco; 39 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

MELNYCHUK – Brent Melnychuk, 14 of the Sturgis area died instantly in a tractor accident about seven miles north of Sturgis on August 22, 1979. The driver of the tractor was treated in hospital for shock and minor lacerations. Both boys were on the tractor as it was travelling along the grid road when they decided to return for some heavier clothing. In the process of making a U-turn one of the tractor wheels caught the shoulder of the road, causing the tractor to overturn, pinning Melnychuk under it. Brent attended the Sturgis High School and was about to begin grade 10. Besides his parents, Metro and Verna Melnychuk, he is survived by three brothers, Rodney 17, Darcy 7, Stacey 3 a sister, Sherry 12; his grandparents, Bill and Mary Melnychuk of Sturgis and Metro Koroluk of Stenen and Dora Koroluk of Vancouver, and a great grandmother, Anne Toderin of Canora. Funeral service was held in the Grace United Church at Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

MELNYCHUK – Elizabeth (nee Kryschuk) Melynchuk, 77 passed away suddenly on July 14, 1966 at her residence. Born in the Ukraine in 1890 she came to Canada at the age of nine years and settled in the Canora district. In 1941 the family moved to Lady Lake. The last ten years were spent in the town of Sturgis. She was a member of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church. She is survived by her ten children: Nellie of Edmonton; Mary Stratychuk, Connie Sushelnitsky, Anne Milner of Brooklin, ON, Nick of Preeceville, Nettie Aldred of Oshawa, ON, Anton of Weeks, Iris Filuk of Calgary, Zoria Bdinka of Sarnia; 21 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Konkol of Tisdale and Nellie Stratychuk of Canora; two brothers Frank and Tony Kryschuk both of Porcupine Plains.

MELNYCHUK – Gerald Melnychuk, November 24, 1952 – July 29, 2013. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved brother, father and friend after a courageous battle with cancer. His strength of character and generous spirit will remain with us forever. Born in Preeceville, he is survived by his daughter, Jazlyn; sisters, Judy and Sandy (Pat) and brother, Wayne (Brenda). A celebration in his honor was held on August 9th at his home. A private ceremony will take place at the Sturgis Cemetery at a later date.

MELNYCHUK – John was born in the Ukraine in 1887. He immigrated to Canada and in 1907 married Elizabeth Kryschuk. They first settled on a farm 10 miles north of Canora, SK where all their ten children were born. (Nellie, Mary, Connie, Mike, Anne, Nick, Nettie, Anton, Iris and Zoria) They moved to the Cavell School district in 1939, with four of their children. John passed away in 1961 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MELNYCHUK – Lena passed away on Tuesday morning, May 17, 2011. As per her wishes no service is being held. Lena married Mike J. Melnychuk in 1946. They had a family of two sons, Gerald and Wayne and two daughters, Judy and Sandra. A memorial will be held graveside on July 16th. A celebration of Lena’s life will follow at Lena’s house. She was loved and will be remembered by all family and friends.

MELNYCHUK – Leo, 66 of Sturgis, died on August 18, 1996 at Preeceville Hospital. Born July 10, 1930 in Sturgis, he was educated at Cavell School. He worked logging in BC and picking fruit and haying in the Okanagan Valley. After working in Kitimat, Edmonton and the Arctic, he returned to Sturgis and set up a bulldozing service, clearing land for farmers. He worked in oilfield construction for Krause Enterprises in the Northwest Territories, Grand Prairie, Fort St. John and surrounding areas before again returning to Sturgis to farm. Predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mary Melnychuk and a brother, Billy in 1933, he is survived by his wife, Betty of Sturgis; a son, Ryan of Red Deer; a daughter, Renee of Regina; two step-sons, Brian (Carol) Hodge and Rick Hodge both of Red Deer; one step-daughter, Bev Sommerville of Yorkton; three brothers, Mike, Metro and Jim; eight sisters, Vicky Bauder, Molly Kelton, Rose Mintenko, Diane of Toronto, Gena Denesiuk, Lena Melnychuk, Kay Boychuk and Eve Gill.

MELNYCHUK – Mary Melnychuk (nee Fincaryk) was born in 1903. At the age of seven she came with her family by train from Manitoba to Saskatchewan, where her father had taken a homestead. She married Bill Melnychuk in April 1916. Bill took a homestead in the Endeavour district and they farmed, retiring to Sturgis around 1962. Mary passed away in 1980

MELNYCHUK – Michael W. "Mike" Melnychuk was born on the farm, north of Sturgis on February 27, 1919 to Bill and Mary Melnychuk. Mike started school at age nine and went to grade eight. In 1937 he took the train to Fort William (now called Thunder Bay). He worked on a cement crew and then worked at the Beardmore Mine for two months. He then went to Geraldton and worked for two years and then returned to help his father on the farm. In 1946 he married Pauline Propetez. They had a son Merv and two daughters, Linda and Carol. Mike worked at the Sturgis Timber Board for eleven years and also farmed. Pauline and Mike separated and in 1973 he went to BC and got a job in Quesnel at the plywood mill. In April 1974, he married Helena (Palagian) Andrusiak and lived in Quesnel. His wife died of a heart attack in May 1997. Mike passed away in 2004 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MELNYCHUK – Mike J. Melnychuk, 57 of Sturgis died on June 27, 1972 in the Regina General Hospital after a long illness. Funeral held at Grace United Church. He was born at Amsterdam and married Lena Melnychuk in 1946. For the last 26 years they lived at Sturgis, where he was employed by the Sask. Timber Board for 20 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judy McSweeney of Vancouver and Sandra at home; two sons, Gerald of Edmonton and Wayne at home; two brothers Anton of Weeks and Nick of Preeceville; seven sisters, Connie Shulnitsky, Mary Stratchuk, Nellie Milliner, Iris Fuluk, Nettie Aldron, Ann Millner and Zoria Bdnia. His parents died in 1959 and 1964.

MENTANKO – Mike, 67 of Sturgis and formerly of the Lady Lake district, passed away on August 24, 2001 at Preeceville Hospital. He was born on September 9, 1933, in the Lady Lake district. He attended Cavell and Ajax schools before farming with his parents, north of Sturgis. He worked in various sawmills during the winter and after the sale of his farm in 1973, he moved to Sturgis, where he worked for district farmers and did some mechanic’s work. Predeceased by his parents, Nestor in 1976 and Pauline in 1979; two brothers, George and Harry and two sisters, Katie in 1929 and Ann in 2000, he is survived by two brothers, Steve and John and three sisters, Margaret Lazaruk of Kelowna, Rita Anaka of Sturgis and Elsie Semeschuk of Preeceville.

MENTANKO – Verna (nee Toderash), 93 of Sturgis, passed away on December 25, 2003 at the Norquay Health Centre. Funeral service was at Sturgis Evangelical Church. Born on May 12, 1910 in Sturgis to John and Annie Toderash, she attended school in Sturgis. She was married on February 29, 1929 at Sturgis to Nickolas Mentanko and they farmed near Sturgis until his death in 1959. In 1966, she sold the farm and moved to Sturgis, where she resided until 1995, when she moved into the Norquay Health Centre. Predeceased by her husband Nickolas; one son, Willie in 1940, five brothers, George, Nick Mike, Bill and Harry Toderash; four sisters, Dolly Sopiwnyk, Elsie Yaremchuk, Lena Bobyck and Lily Hunchak, and one grandson Gerald Peterson; she is survived by five sons, John, Fred, Mike, George and Willie; three daughters, Lillie Kessier of Calgary, Mary Poworcznyk of Winnipeg and Ilene Peterson of Saskatoon; two sisters, Allie Polupski and Mary Kopeck; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

MERONIUK – Victor Meroniuk was born on August 18, 1934 at the family home twelve miles north of Sturgis. He attended Beaver Bank and Brookview Schools. Victor left home in 1949 at the age of 15. His first job was that of a dishwasher and waiter at the Simpson hotel and café at Simpson, SK. In 1951 he moved to White Rock, BC and found employment. He then worked for the Pas Lumber Co., on a large grain farm and in Sturgis at the coal dock. He married Marge Surcon of Lady Lake in 1958. They moved to the farm and raised two children, Rick born in 1962 and daughter, Cory born in 1965. Victor passed away in 2002.

MICHALUK – Dale passed away on May 30, 2010 at the Royal University Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. Dale was born on August 8, 1957 at the Preeceville Hospital. He grew up on the family farm north of Sturgis. His education started at Ormside School, then continued at Sturgis. After graduation Dale worked at MacCosham Van Lines for 21 years and then returned to the farm. He later sold the farm and moved to Preeceville with his mother. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his free time. Predeceased by his father Metro in 1997, he is survived by his mother Eva (Chernowsky) Michaluk, brothers, Dave (Barb) and Daryl (Melissa) Michaluk. a sister Diane Mollinga, and six nieces.

MICHALUK – George was born on December 14, 1916 in the Ormside district to Wasyl and Lena Michaluk. He attended Ormside and Kopje Schools. He married Mary Kosteniuk on November 14, 1940 at the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Greek Orthodox Church in Stenen. Since 1943, he farmed north of Sturgis. He worked for a while in a sugar plant in Winnipeg and at various times, he worked at lumber mills. He was a member and treasurer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. He was a member of the United Grain Growers, a trustee of the Kopje School board. He volunteered his service with the 4-H Club, the Lady Lake Community Hall and the Sturgis Sports day. He participated in many old time fiddling contests. Predeceased by his parents; five brothers, Nick, Mike, John, Bill and Metro; and three sisters, Mary Bazan, Gena Argue and Domka who died in infancy, he is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Dennis and Michael both of Sturgis; three daughters, Olivia of Saskatoon, Sonnia MadQuarrie of Sicamous, BC and Marcia Christie of Oakville, ON; a sister Mabel Carlson of Sturgis; 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

MICHALUK – John W. Michaluk, 58 of Sturgis, passed away on June 18, 1973 after a brief illness. Funeral was held at Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. He was born in the Woodlight district to Wasyl and Lena Michaluk. He attended school at Woodlight and Ormside Schools. In 1938 he married Ledona Karcha and they farmed in the Sturgis district. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Ron of Winnipeg and Edward at home; three daughters, Anne Antoniuk of Sturgis, Lorraine Sezels of Cranbrook, BC and Sandra at home; seven grandchildren; five brothers, Nick, Mike, Bill of Winnipeg and George and Metro of Sturgis; three sisters, Mary Bazan, Gena Argue and Mabel Carlson. A sister predeceased him in infancy.

MICHALUK – Ledona Veronica (nee Karcha) Michaluk 83 of Sturgis, passed away on April 4, 2001 at the Preeceville Hospital. She was born on March 7, 1918 at Lady Lake. She attended Sunny Brae School and worked on the farm. She married John Michaluk on November 8, 1938 at the Greek Orthodox Church at Lady Lake. Predeceased by her husband; five brothers, Pete, Nick, Mike, Bill and Fred; two sisters, Katie Surcon and Dolly Melnychuk; a stepbrother, Harry and a stepsister, Alice she is survived by two sons, Ed of Sturgis and Ron of Winnipeg; three daughters Ann Antoniuk, Lorraine Szeles and Sandra Pasiechnik of Endeavour; a sister Mary (Nick) Osatiuk of Preeceville; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

MICHALUK – Mary (nee Kostenuik) passed away on January 12, 2010 at the age of 90 years. She was born on the family farm near Danbury, on July 20, 1919. She was the third child of Sam and Anna Kosteniuk. The family consisted of 8 children, one passed away in infancy. The children attended Brush Valley School, where Mary achieved grade 10 with honours. After grade 10 she stayed home to help look after younger sisters and brothers as well as household and farm chores. She taught herself to read and write in Ukrainian after her father encouraged her, enabling her to keep contact with family in Ukraine and did so up to the present time. She married George Michaluk on Nov 14, 1940 in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church north of Stenen. The first three years they lived on the farm with George’s parents, Wasyl and Lena Michaluk. In 1944, with their first child, moved to their own place to farm where the family grew with the addition of 4 more children. In 1977 they moved into the town of Sturgis, where they were semi-retired, but still kept the farm with a lot of animals as well as a large garden. Mary was predeceased by her husband George in 2004; her parents and brothers Harry and Willie; sisters Katherine in infancy, Nellie Cybak and Pauline Kobylka. She is survived by her sons Dennis (Judy) and Michael (Cathy) both of Sturgis; daughter Olivia (Ernie) Cychimistruk of Saskatoon; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

MICHALUK – Metro N. Michaluk was the oldest son of Nick and Dora (nee Kohan) Michaluk. He was educated at the Ormsby School. At an early age, Metro was affected with rheumatic fever. He went to work in Winnipeg at the sugar factory for a few years before returning to the farm in 1948. He married Eva Chernowsky and together they farmed and raised a family of four: David, Dianne, Dale and Daryle. In 1963 he bought the land that his dad homesteaded. Metro had open-heart surgery in 1981 and was not very well after that. Metro passed away in February 1997.

MICHALUK – Metro Wasyl Michaluk 61 of Sturgis was killed instantly as a result of the collision at about 3:20 p.m. His car was struck broadside by the northbound train on a marked crossing on a secondary road two miles south and one mile east of Sturgis. Born May 14, 1923 in the Ormside district, he was the son of Wasyl and Lena Michaluk. He attended Kopje School and married Olga Anaka on June 7/47. Michaluk was a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis and also served as an elder and secretary-treasurer. Predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Nick and John; he is survived by his wife; two sons, Larry and Murray; a daughter Marlene Dmytrash of Sturgis; three brothers, Mike, Bill and George; three sisters, Mary Bazan of Winnipeg, Jena Argue of Mississauga, ON and Mabel Carlson of Sturgis; and five grandchildren.

MICHALUK – Olga (nee Anaka) Michaluk was born at her family home north of Stenen on Oct. 17, 1927 to George and Annie Anaka. She was the youngest of nine children; She attended Goodhue School to grade 10. Upon leaving school, Olga worked in Hyas at the restaurant. She married Metro Wasyl Michaluk on June 7, 1947 at ST. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, three miles north of Stenen. Metro and Olga worked hard throughout their lives grain and cattle farming in the Sturgis district. Together they raised three children, Larry, Murray and Marlene. For many years Olga has been a faithful member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis as well as the Ladies Church Club and Choir. Olga’s talented hands showed in her cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, quilting and perogy making. She enjoyed bowling with her friends. On Nov 10, 2010 Olga passed away at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. She is predeceased by her husband, Metro; brothers, John, Mike and Bill Anaka; sisters, Zovie Anaka, Mary Reilly, Anne Anaka, Pauline Stevens, and Wasylena Anaka. She is survived by her sons, Larry of Calgary, Murray of Regina; daughter, Marlene Dmytrash of Preeceville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

MIDOCK – Michael "Mike" was born in 1899 in Austria, and came to Canada with his parents in 1903. He was educated at Hinchliffe and worked as a laborer. He married Dora Strijack in Preeceville United Church manse on Aug 14, 1940. Mike, 86 of Sturgis and formerly of Hinchliffe, passed away on June 13, 1985. Predeceased by his wife, a sister Mary of Vancouver and two brothers Peter and Bill; he is survived by two brothers, George of Preeceville an Jack of Montreal and two sisters, Mrs. Martin Olson of Preeceville and Doris Blakely of Trail, BC.

MILNER – Nellie Ann Milner (nee Melnychuk) 78, of Edmonton and formerly of the Sturgis district, passed away on August 9, 1987. Funeral service was held at the Howard and McBride Funeral Chapel in Edmonton. Interment of ashes was held on September 12th at the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents John and Elizabeth Melnychuk, and two brothers, Mike and Nick Melnychuk, she is survived by six sisters, Mary Stratychuk, Connie Sushelnitsky, Ann Milner, Nettie Aldrid, Iris Tulic and Zoria Balkinka; and one brother Anton Melnychuk of Weeks.

MITCHELL – Eva Viloy "Pud" (nee Laing) Mitchell was born to Earl and Stella Laing on March 15, 1915 at Crystal Lake. She married Paul Mitchell in 1936 and they had five children: Villoy, Loretta, Lew, Thomas and Olivia (Bim). Eva and Paul tried their hand at farming on Paul’s homestead at Dysart. In 1937 they moved to Glendale, Arizona and spent the winter with Eva’s uncle. They returned to Endeavour where they owned a butcher shop. When the depression hit, they moved to Hamilton, ON where employment was found during wartime. In 1946 they moved to Riverhurst, where her husband was the manager of the Co-op store. They moved several more times working within the management of the Federated Co-op. In 1953 they moved to Edmonton and owned and operated a grocery store. In 1971 they retired to Vernon, BC. They were divorced in 1975 and Eva moved back to SK and found employment at Fort Qu’Appelle and in 1979 moved back to her hometown Sturgis to look after her mother. In 1982, Sturgis had their second alder woman. She stayed on council until 1991. She was very instrumental to save the CNR station and have it moved to become the Sturgis Museum. At the age of 78, she purchased the Sturgis Motel and ran it for six years with her daughter Loretta. Pud passed away Aug 26, 2003.

MONIUK – John Moniuk, 66 passed away at his home on Oct. 3, 1971. The funeral was held in the Greek Orthodox Church in Sturgis. He was born in the Hamton district in 1905 to parents Wasyl and Mary Moniuk, who came from Austria in 1898. In 1942, he married Katie Korzenowky in Canora. They farmed in the Hamton district and later moved to Endeavour. When John got a job with the Sask. Timber Board, they moved to Sturgis. He is survived by his wife, Katie; four sons, Lloyd Allan and Edward Brian of Sturgis and Anton Stephen and Henry David of Regina; three daughters, Mary Ann of Sturgis, Leona Lyla Kowaski of Canora and Alice Jean Hackman of Wynyard; two grandchildren, Edwin and Robert Hackman; three brothers, Bill of Endeavour, Sam of Gorlitz and Mike of Wawota, and four sisters Susie Kerluke, Dorothy Walchuk, Betty Mattison and Martha Dutchak.

MONIUK – Katie was born on July 27, 1916 in Mikado, SK. She married John Moniuk on Oct 25, 1942 in Canora. Katie, 82 of Sherbrooke Community Centre and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on July 2, 1999. Funeral service held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband John, a son Lloyd in 1995, two daughters, Shirley Ann in 1953, and Leona in 1988 and a brother, Julian in 1998, she is survived by three sons, Henry (Linda), Eddie (Sharon) and Tony; two daughters, Alice Hackman of Preeceville and Mary (Gary) of Saskatoon; and four sisters, Rosie Arent, Vera Gherasin, Judy Hodaylo and Anne Rusnak; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

MONIUK – Shirley Ann Moniuk was born in 1952 to parents John and Katie Moniuk of Sturgis. She passed away on December 17, 1953 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

MORITZ – Henry Edgar "Ted" was born in 1919 in Simpson, SK and grew up in the Newnham district of LeRoy. His wife Margie was a war bride from Glasgow, Scotland. In 1947 they moved to Sturgis to join the ‘Co-op Farm’. They had three children, Ann born in Glasgow in Sept. 1944, Kenneth born July 6, 1949 and Richard born December 29, 1954. Ted was a member of the Wheat Pool committee and coach of a minor hockey team. Ted passed away in 1965.

MORRISON – Earl James Morrison of Sturgis died on July 12, 2001 at the Preeceville Hospital after a brief illness. Earl was born in Edmonton, AB on December 16, 1919. He grew up in rural SK but as a young man spent time working in the BC logging industry. During those early years, he was also employed for a time as a millwright in Victoria. Eventually, Earl took over the family farm at Hazel Dell, where he and Ida resided until their retirement to Sturgis in 1976. He remained a very active person in his retirement, working in his machine shop, welding, and expanding his great interest in woodworking. Many of the homes in his community were touched by Earl’s skill as a carpenter. A kind man with a ready sense of humor, Earl was always willing to help members of his community in any way he could. He remained an active member of the Sturgis congregation of Jehovah’s Witness until his passing. His parents, Alice and George Morrison, his brother Robert George and his wife, Ida, predeceased him. His sister, Edna Brown of Duncan, BC, survives him

MORRISON – Ida Lillian (nee Sparrow) Morrison 84, of Sturgis, passed away on July 13, 1998. Funeral in chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. She was born on December 5, 1908 in Fairfax, MB. and attended school in Fairfax, Elgin and Brandon MB. She married Earl Morrison in Yorkton on Oct. 27, 1956. She taught school in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Hazel Dell district until retiring in 1976. Predeceased by her parents; she is survived by her husband and two sisters.

MOYSIUK – Bill (Will) Moysiuk was born in 1925 to parents Kost and Mary Moysiuk. His mother died giving birth 1925 and Will was raised by Mike and Maria Prekaski on a farm ten miles northeast of Sturgis. He had one sister, Annie (Ed) Hartz and two half brothers, Wasyl and Mike and two half sisters, Edith and Winnie. (His mother’s first marriage was to Wasyl Lungul and they had married in the Ukraine coming to Canada and taking a homestead. After her first husband died, she married Kost Moysiuk.) Will’s wife Lila died in 1958 during childbirth. He farmed the land his father Kost had homesteaded. Will passed away in his home in Sturgis, January 2005. He served as a councilor with the RM of Preeceville for 20 years, was chairman of the Sturgis and District Regional and Lady Lake Parks, a dedicated board member of the Sturgis Museum, a tireless volunteer for the Sturgis Sports and Rodeo and a long time member of the Sturgis and District Fire Co-op. He is survived by his nephew Ron Hartz and nieces, Joan Hartz, Karen Vinatieri and Janice Hartz.

MOYSIUK – Lila Moysiuk was born in 1926 to parents Paul and Mary (nee Rivney) Letwin. Lila attended Cavel and East Ajax Schools .The family resided on a farm 2 miles east and 6 miles north of Sturgis. Lila had two brothers, Eugene and David. She married Will Moysiuk and moved to a farm two miles east of her parent’s place. Lila died at the Preeceville Hospital on April 16, 1958 at the age of 32 years, during complications of childbirth.

MULTON – Leslie Mervin Multon, was born at Yorkton on September 26, 1969. He attended school in Yorkton to grade five and when the family moved to Sturgis in 1980, he completed his education. After completing high school, he moved to Yorkton to work with the military, where he had enlisted in the Militia. It was here he and Bev began to date. Upon completion of their military duties, Leslie and Bev moved to Edson, AB, where their son, Jordan was born in 1989. Leslie worked for a bus company in Edson, where he learned to perform maintenance on the huge vehicles. A year later, a daughter Amanda was born. The family then moved to Vancouver, where Leslie enrolled in the Avionics course to help better support his family. Years later, he studied Aircraft Electronics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. In 1995, Leslie moved back to SK, where he went to work for his friend, doing duct cleaning in Regina. Leslie then took a job with Flynn Roofing. His career with Flynn was short lived as he suffered through his first encounter with cancer just before Christmas in 1996. Radiation treatments started in the beginning of 1997 and as they were completed, Leslie went to work in the retail market. In 2002, his health deteriorated. He had surgery to remove a tumor, but his failing health did not allow for Chemo treatments. Leslie passed away in 2004. He is survived by his father Mervin, his mother Victoria; sister Lisa (Dwayne) Rogowski of Regina and brothers, Lance of Regina and Lyle (Jolynn) of Colorado.

MULTON – Mervin Multon of Sturgis, passed away suddenly at his home on January 3, 2008 at the age of 68 years. Mervin was born on May 16, 1939 to Mike and Mary (nee Stefanyshen) Multon in the Glen Elder District, SK. He grew up on the farm with one brother, John and three sisters, Dilliea, Olga and Janet. He attended the Glen Elder School as a young man. He married Victoria Mushynsky on June 6, 1964 in Danbury, SK. They resided in Sask. where both Lisa and Leslie were born; soon thereafter, Mervin and Vicki moved to Alberta, where Lance was born in Medicine Hat in 1971. They moved back to Sask. the following year and were living in Yorkton when Lyle was born in 1974. The family moved to Sturgis in 1980. Mervin spent his remaining years in Sturgis and worked most of his life doing dry wall, although he also enjoyed working in other areas such as farming and logging. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing working on vehicles and gardening. Mervin is remembered by his wife Vicky of Sturgis; his two sons, Lance of Regina and Lyle (Jolynn) of Bushell Park, SK; his daughter, Lisa (Dwayne) Rogowski of Regina; his brother John of Werdale, SK; his two sisters, Dilliea Kucharyshen of Sturgis and Janet Gifbson of Kyle, SK. And seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Leslie; his parents and his sister Olga Chenewski. Funeral service was held from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora and burial in Sturgis Cemetery.

MYDEN – Orest Dallas Myden was born on July 31, 1939 at the Canora Union Hospital. He was the son of Wasyl and Julia (nee Shapak) Myden. He grew up on the family farm, south of Preeceville, until 1953 when he moved to Preeceville with his family. He attended Norway and Preeceville Schools graduating in 1958. Following high school, he worked with Borger Brothers Construction at Preeceville, Sturgis, Leroy and Winnipeg, first starting out as a labourer and finishing as a foreman in the water and sewer department. He married Lovitte Babiuk on September 5, 1964 and they built a home and resided in Preeceville. They had one daughter, Robyn Tish Myden, born on January 20, 1966. Orest passed away June 5, 1966 in a drowning accident at Nelson Lake, while out fishing. His parents, Wasyl and Julia; his wife Lovitte; daughter Robin; and fourteen brothers and sisters survive him: Steven, Joseph, Pauline, Peter, Paul, Michael, Stella, Rose, Elizabeth, Gena, Walter, Helen, Leverne and Gladys.

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NEALE - Belvadore Mae "Belva" (nee Palmer) was born April 29, 1937 at Dodsland, SK, and the only child of Allan and Amy Palmer. Her early education began on Thunder Child Reserve, where her dad was teaching. The family then moved to Sherridon, MB, where Belva attended a private school. They moved to Sturgis, where she graduated and then attended a Secretarial School in Saskatoon. She worked there for a year and then joined the Navy. There she met Don Neale and got married. They had three children, a son and twins. They divorced after thirteen years and Belva spent the rest of her time in Ottawa raising her children. Belva passed away on September 1, 2007 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

NEKULIAK - Katherine (nee Prodaniuk) Nekuliak 79, of Hyas and formerly of the Glen Elder district, passed away on July 25, 1982 in the Norquay Union Hospital. Services were held at the Sturgis Kingdom Hall. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on December 3, 1903 at Hliveschy, Ukraine, she received her education in the Ukraine. She married Kosten Nekuliak in April 1926 in the Greek Orthodox Church at Glen Elder and they settled on a farm in the Glen Elder district, where they farmed for 27 years. In 1953 they retired to Hyas. Predeceased by her husband in 1971and two brothers, Mike Prodaniuk in 1968 and Alex Prodaniuk in 1971.

NEKULIAK - Kosten Nekuliak 89 of Hyas passed away on December 4, 1971 in the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral services were held from the Sturgis Kingdom Hall. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Kosten was born in the Ukraine on June 3, 1882, and came to Canada in 1912. He worked at Vancouver for two years and homesteaded in the Danbury area where he farmed with his wife, the former Katherine Prodaniuk, until 1952. Besides his wife he is survived by a stepdaughter, Mary of Hyas; three daughters, Ann Lozinski of Toronto, Victoria Beck of Benito and Elsie Sikora of Fenwood; three sons, Nick of Danbury, John of Hyas and Willie of Thunder Bay; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

NEKULIAK – Thelma Ruth Nekuliak 65, of Danbury, SK. died on April 26, 2002 in Canora Hospital. Funeral held at Preeceville Funeral Chapel. Thelma was born on January 14, 1937 on the family farm in the Glen Elder district to S. Lee and Dorothy Harper. She was educated at Prince Albert, Glen Elder and Sturgis Composite School. She worked at banks in Denver, Colorado and Fort Qu’Appelle, before she married Nick Nekuliak on April 4, 1959, at the Grantsville United Church in Norquay. She became a homemaker, working on a casual basis at Danbury Post Office in the late 1970’s. She was a leader in the Danbury 4-H Club and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Predeceased by a sister, Elaine in infancy, she is survived by her husband and parents, brothers Terry (Joyce) Harper of Regina, Jerry (Ruth) Harper of Regina and Ron (Carol) Harper of Regina; daughters, Colleen (Delmer) Kucharyshen of Danbury, Cathy (Darryl) Deighton of Canora, Carol (Harry) Tureski of Sturgis and eight grandchildren.

NELSON – Elsie Delores (nee Halvorson) Nelson 89, of New Westminister, BC and formerly of Sturgis passed away May 16, 1992 in Queen’s Hospital New Westminister. Funeral service was held at Grace United church in Sturgis and burial in the Sturgis Community Cemetery. Born on September 23, 1902 in Little Black, Taylor County, Wisconsin, USA, she was the daughter of Olaf and Hilda Halverson. She attended school at Partridge Hill in the Hazel Dell district. On December 9, 1918 she married Henry Carl Nelson at Preeceville. She was a member of the Homemaker’s Club, Legion, READ Club and the United Church. Predeceased by her parents; an adopted sister, Elva Hjelming; her husband Henry in 1976 and a son, Hilding in 1966, she is surveyed by four sons, Norman, Ray, Russell (Marie) of Regina and Morris (Darlene) of Nanaimo, BC; three daughters Sadie Kammer, Lorraine Harder and Elaine Cook; a brother Grant Halverson of Williams Lake, BC a sister Sadie Arneson of Preeceville; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

NELSON – Henry Carl Nelson 91, of Sturgis passed away on January 30, 1975 in the Gateway Lodge at Canora. Service was held from Grace United in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Fargo, N.D he immigrated to Canada with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Nels Nelson in 1906 and farmed on the shores of Nelson Lake. In 1918 he married Elsie Delores Halverson of Rockford. In 1921 Hank and Elsie, as they were known, moved to the Sturgis district and continued to farm 1-½ miles north of Sturgis. Predeceased by a son Hilding Arnold of Quesnel in 1966; he is survived by his wife of Sturgis; four sons, Norman, Ray, Russell and Morris; three daughters, Sadie Kammer of Quesnel, Lorraine Harder of Coquitlam and Elaine Cook of Preeceville; seven grandsons and six granddaughters.

NELSON – Norman Louis, was born in 1925 to parents Henry and Elsie Nelson. He lived at home and was known in the Sturgis community as a ‘Jack of all trades’, which included farming, lumbering and logging in BC. He worked for the Sask. Timber board and was self-employed in painting, hardware, small machinery and drove his own sewage pumping and disposal truck. He moved to Saskatoon where he obtained a 5th class Engineers Certificate. He was employed by McLocklan Real Estate, who manages several high rise building in Saskatoon. He married Geraldine Mary McDonald on February 1, 1969. No children were born to this marriage. Norman passed away suddenly at Saskatoon on September 12, 1993 at the age of 68 years old.

NELSON – Russel Hughie Nelson, passed away on May 30, 2013 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 77, following a courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marie; sons, Harvey (Cathy) and Dean (Shelly); grandchildren, Theresa (Keith), Stacey (Clay), Michael, Amanda and Stephanie. Russ is survived by his siblings, Lorraine Harder of Port Coquitlam, BC, Morris Nelson of Nanaimo, BC, and Elaine Cook of Preeceville. Russell was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Elsie; brothers, Hilding, Norman and Ray; and sister, Sadie Kammer. Russel was born on April 2, 1936, the sixth of eight children. He left the farm at an early age and began a career with Sask. Power. It was in Regina that he met the love of his life, Marie Debert. They were married on May 17, 1957. They were blessed with two sons, Harvey and Dean and lived in various towns and cities across Sask. until his retirement in Regina in 1987. They moved to Nanaimo in 1988 and finally settled in Medicine Hat in 1997. Russel enjoyed curling and especially loved the fishing trips out on the West coast of Vancouver Island with his brothers and the boys. But he never lost the love of farming and always enjoyed helping his brother-in-law, Bud with harvest. Russel's wish was to be cremated and buried in the Sturgis Cemetery

NESS – Anna L. (nee Danielson) Ness was born in 1909 and came from Winnipeg to the Sturgis area, with her widowed mother, Mrs. Anna Eugenia Danielson, around 1919 to work as a house keeper and care for the children of Andrew Soderlund Sr., who had lost his wife in 1918. They were eventually married and continued to reside on Andrew’s homestead three miles east of Sturgis. Anna attended Mannanah School and later taught school. Anna Danielson married James Ness, also a teacher. They later resided in Sturgis, where James had a storefront electrical business. They had no children. Anna passed away in Regina. She had gone down by bus to visit her husband in hospital and died shortly after arriving. Her husband James died three days later. A joint funeral was held in November of 1965.

NESS – (baby) born and died March 26, 1918, the son of John and Gunda Ness.

NESS – Lila Ione May Ness was born in May 1926 and died in September 1926.

NESS - John Ness was born in Norway on September 25, 1876. He immigrated to the States. He married Gunda Mattison in June 1905 at Borup, Minn. John was a grain buyer in Borup and lived here until the fall of 1906 when they moved to Canora, SK Canada. John ran the grain elevator in Canora for a time and also took a homestead. When their oldest child was ready for school they moved to Sturgis. John and Gunda’s children were Margaret (1906-1992), Olav (killed in a plane crash 1909-1942) James, Oliver (1912-1971) Alma, Gladys, Leila and June. John died on November 10, 1941 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

NESS - James was born September 27, 1909 to parents John and Gunda Ness. He married Ann L. Danielson. They had no children. James passed away in November 1965 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. His wife Ann is also buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. James and Ann passed away about three days apart from each other.

NOBLE – Ada Noble (nee Dodgson) was born in England in 1875. She married William Noble in 1905. They had three children born in England, Arnold, Norman and Nellie. William came to Canada in 1912 and Ada and the children came the following year. The family lived on several farms in the Trossachs district (west of Weyburn) until the winter of 1920, when they moved to the Rokeby District, southeast of Yorkton, living there until the spring of 1925 and then moved north of Sturgis to the Beaver Bank District. Two more daughters were born in Canada; Alice and Ada. Mrs. Ada Noble passed away in 1943.

NOBLE - Kenneth was the son of Arnold and Florence (Keddy) Noble. Kenneth took his schooling in Sturgis. He had a brother James and sister Jeanne. Ken passed away in 2005

NOBLE - William. The death of Mr. William Noble occurred in the Preeceville Hospital on Saturday, April 25, 1959. Mr. Noble was born in Yorkshire, England on May 13, 1873. In 1905 he married Ada Dodgson, and to this union five children were born. Coming to Canada in 1912 they first settled near Weyburn, later moving to the Yorkton district. In 1925 he and his family moved to the Sturgis/Preeceville district, where he resided until his death. Funeral service was conducted from Grace United church in Sturgis and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his wife in 1943, he leaves to mourn his loss; two sons, Arnold of Sturgis and Norman of Settler, AB; three daughters, Nellie Walker of Sturgis, Alice Skogen of Preeceville and Ada of Barrhead AB; nine grandchildren, one brother and one sister in England.

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OKRAINETZ – Alex was born on July 15, 1902, in Austria to Kosten and Mary (Bodel) Okrainetz, he came with his parents to Canada in 1908. The family settled at Oshawa, ON, and later moved to the Lady Lake district where they farmed. In 1927 he and Jennie Budnick were united in marriage at Sturgis and began farming in the area, raising a family of four sons and three daughters. He also worked on threshing crews that went to Craik, and did carpentry work. He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Sturgis. Alex 86, passed away in July 1989 in Canora Hospital. Burial was in Sturgis Community Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Lena Yagelnesky, three brothers, Harry, George an Fred Okrainetz, and three sisters, Pauline Mentanko, Dora Speniel and Verna Kardynal, he is survived by; his wife, Jennie, of Canora Gateway Lodge; four sons, Willie, John, Lorne and Arthur; two daughters, Marge Brolund and Alice Krahn; a brother, Peter Okrainetz of Sturgis; 17 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

OKRAINETZ – Annie (nee Andrusiak) Okrainetz was born in Bukovina, Austria in 1897. She grew up near the beautiful Prut River. She took her schooling in Austria and spoke fluent in French and Latin, as well as her native language. She had two brothers, Pete and Wasyl Andrusiak and a sister Verna. She immigrated to Canada and in February 1919, she married Metro Okrainetz at the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church. They farmed north of Sturgis in the Brookview School district. They raised eight children: Mary Antonovich by a previous marriage and Willie, Steve, Mike, Eva, Verna, George and Paul. Her husband passed away in 1967 and is buried at Green Leaf Cemetery. Annie then moved to Sturgis to live. She passed away in 1979 at the Preeceville Hospital.

OKRAINETZ - Delmar Kenneth Okrainetz was born on May 13, 1945 in Preeceville to Harry and Katie (Perpelitz) Okrainetz. He received his education at West Ajax School, finishing the remainder in Sturgis. In his early years Delmar worked as a farm labourer and bush worker, he then worked in Thompson, returning to work for the town of Sturgis and the town of Preeceville from 1986 until his early retirement. He had a passion for automobiles; he enjoyed the look, sound and different styles and could be seen driving as many as four different vehicles during the year. Delmar was always available to look after his great nephew, Jesse and found pleasure in part of his daily routine, assisting Shantelle with her dogs. He took enjoyment from nature and was often seen walking or driving, viewing the countryside, working in his yard or helping a neighbor with their gardens and walks. Delmar died suddenly on January 28, 2008 in Preeceville. Predeceased by his father, Harry in 1986, great nephew, Lucas in 2006; he is survived by his mother, Katie; sister, Elsie; brothers, Ed, Brian and Barry; 6 nieces, 5 nephews.

OKRAINETZ – George was born in February 25, 1906, in the Astwood district, he was educated at Cavell School, nine miles north of Sturgis. During his younger years he worked as a farm laborer at Craik and later operated a garage at Lady Lake. On September 17, 1929 he married Margaret Kelbough. George 82, of Preeceville and formerly of Lady Lake, passed away at Preeceville Hospital. Services held at Trinity United Church in Preeceville, with burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Kosten and Mary, three sisters, Vera, Dora and Pauline, two brothers, Fred and Harry, and two infant daughters he is survived by his wife, Margaret; a son James of BC; two daughters, Laura Derish of Surrey, BC and Loretta Toth of Fort Qu’Appelle; two brothers, Pete of Sturgis and Alex of Canora; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grand-children.

OKRAINETZ – Harry was born on August 15, 1909, at Sturgis, he was educated at Cavell School and also at Oshawa, ON. During his younger years, he worked as a farm laborer at Craik, and he later worked in the Lady Lake area and for the RM of Preeceville. On October 25, 1936, he married Katie Perepelitz in the United Church at Preeceville. Harry 76, passed away on May 31, 1986 in the Yorkton Hospital. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Kosten and Mary; three sisters, Verna, Dora and Pauline, and a brother Fred, he is survived by his wife; four sons, Edward, Delmar and Brian of Preeceville and Barry of Edmonton; a daughter, Elsie Yawney of Regina; three brothers, Pete and George of Preeceville and Alex of Sturgis, and 11 grandchildren.

OKRAINETZ – Jennie (nee Budnick) was born on May 27, 1908 in Sturgis, she was the daughter of George and Gafitza Budnick, and at a very young age she looked after her invalid mother and handicapped father. In 1927 she married Alex Okrainetz. They farmed six miles north of Sturgis until they retired and moved to Sturgis in 1972. In May of 1988 she moved to the Gateway Lodge, Canora. Jennie 83 passed away on January 17, 1992. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents; a brother, Pete; a sister Kalena; her husband in 1989; a daughter in 1988 and a son, Willie in 1991, she is survived by three sons, John, Lorne and Arthur.

OKRAINETZ – Katie (nee Perepelitz) Okrainetz passed away peacefully on March 18, 2012 at the Preeceville Hospital, with family at her side. She was born on May 5, 1918 on a farm in the Ushta District, north of Usherville. She was the 4th child of George and Mary Perepelitz. She began her education at he Cheremoze School in the Endeavour area. When they moved to the Preeceville area, she continued her education at the Preeceville School. She then worked for farmers, Milking cows and doing the usual household chores. On October 25, 1936, she married Harry Okrainetz at the United Church in Preeceville. They had 5 children. Katie worked alongside Harry on the farm, stooking, hauling grain, raising cattle, pigs and chickens. She worked tirelessly in her 2 enormous gardens to provide produce for her family. Her sewin skills were exceptional. She made most of the clothes for her children, many from a picture in a magazine with no pattern to follow. Family and friends alike have fond memories of Katie’s doughnuts, as she was an outstanding cook and baker. She loved children, and even at 90-some years old, was still able to get down on the floor and have a tremendous time playing with her geat-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing , knitting, crocheting, embroidering, making quilts and gardening. Katie is predeceased by her husband Harry; parents, George and Mary; brothers, John, Harry, Fred; sisters, Annie, Verna; as well as a sibling in infancy; son Delmar; son-in-law, Sy Yowney; and great-grandson Lucas Descalchuk. She is survived by her sister, Polly (Mike) Dozorec; brothers Mike (Martha) Perepelitz and Peter (Eloise) Perepelitz ; daughter Elsie Yowney of Regina; three sons, Ed (Carol) of Swan River, Brian (Laurel) of Preeceville and Barry of Edmonton. Katie adored her family and was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held March 22, 2012 at the Trinity United Church in Preeceville, with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.

OKRAINETZ –Margaret was born on November 23, 1911 in Tadmore, to parents George and Verna Kelbaugh. Margaret worked as a housekeeper for the Wright family and as a janitor at Sunny Brae School. She married George Okrainetz on September 17, 1929 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lady Lake. She lived at Lady Lake and Preeceville. Margaret 87 passed away at the Regina General Hospital. Funeral service was held from the Trinity United Church in Preeceville, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband, George; her parents, two infant daughters, Mary and Lillian, two brothers, William and Frank Kelbaugh, two half-brothers, Clifford and Victor and four half-sisters, Frances Kardinal, Bella Soon, Annabelle Cumming and Sally Evans, she is survived by a son, James Ukrainetz of Quesnel, BC; two daughters, Laura Derish and Loretta Tosh; five sisters, Elsie Lee, Jenny Woolsey, Elizabeth Young and Doris Hamilton and Nora Krutzer, both of Winnipeg. 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

OKRAINETZ – Paul was born May 11, 1932 in Sturgis, he was the son of Metro and Annie Okrainetz. He was educated at Brookview School and Sturgis Composite. He worked as a cat operator for many years and as a machine operator for CN from 1970 to 1987, until his health failed. He married Rose Yarycky on July 12, 1956 in Sturgis. Paul passed away Feb. 10, 1990 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service was at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughters, Linda (Brad) Moroz and Sharon of Yorkton; a son Lyle (Linda) of Edmonton, AB; two sisters, Mary Young and Eva Parker; two brothers, Steve of Winnipeg and George of Sturgis and two grandchildren.

OKRAINETZ - Peter. Funeral service for Peter Okrainetz 91, of Sturgis, who died on March 10, in Preeceville Hospital, was held from Grace United Church, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Peter was born on July 4, 1899 in Chornovetz, Austria. He worked at Oshawa, ON; as a farm laborer in the Lady Lake area and also was a trapper. Predeceased by his parents, Losten and Mary; three sisters, Verna, Dora and Pauline and four brothers, Fred, Alex, George and Harry, he is survived by three sister-in-laws.

OLIVER – Ethel (nee Oliver) was born on June 27, 1912, in Bengough. She resided in Weyburn for 33 years, then moved to Moose Jaw for 18 years and to Prince Albert for 14 years. In 1988 Ethel moved to Sturgis, where she resided at Anaka House until her death. She passed away on March 17, 1997 at the Preeceville Hospital. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents Julia and George Oliver, she is survived by a half-sister, June (Mike) Grona of Invermay.

OLMSTEAD – Annie E. Olmstead, was born in Ontario in September 1875. She and her husband, Albert George Olmstead lived at Corning, SK prior to coming to Sturgis in 1934. They had three children, Edith May, Ada Grace and a son Burton born in 1909. In 1939 they moved to the Endeavour area. Annie passed away in 1941 at her home. Her husband Albert passed away in 1959 in Preeceville Hospital. Her son Bert, married Mary Collinson in 1959 and they had five children: Ann, Florence, Ruby, Ray and Albert. Her daughter Grace and husband Bob Long has seven children: June, Laura, George, James, Shirley, Donald and Lily.

OLSON - Andrew G. was born at Falun, Dalarne, Sweden on April 3 1894, and came to Canada October 5, 1905 with his mother, three brothers and one sister. They joined their father who had homesteaded in the Eden Valley district northeast of Sturgis, in 1903. Andrew also farmed in the Sturgis district until his retirement in 1968. He attended school in Sweden and in Mannanah School northeast of Sturgis. Andrew 77, passed away passed away on December 24, 1972. Funeral service was from Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Donna in 1969 and three brothers Swid, Eric and Oscar, he is survived by his wife; a daughter Marilyn Rook; two sons, David and Eldon and four sisters, Anna Rogsstad, Hilda Boen and Alma Larson and Freda Melsness.

OLSON - Anna (nee Swanson) was born in 1895 to parents John and Emma Swanson of Sac City, Iowa. She married Olof Olson in the States and they farmed in Timmer, North Dakota, where two sons were born, Elmer and Victor. In 1919 they came to Canada and took over her husbands parents farm. She had seven more children born in Canada. After moving off the farm they lived in Melfort for a few years before moving back to Sturgis. Anna passed away in 1973 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON – Arvid was born at Gagnef, Dalarne, Sweden, February 25, 1896, Arvid came to Canada on October 5, 1905 at the age of nine, with his mother, three brothers and one sister to join his father who had a homestead near the Eden Valley post Office. They traveled by oxen to the nearest town of Canora for groceries and supplies. In 1907, Mannanah School was built. There Mr. Olson received his education. Later he served on the Mannanah school board for 12 consecutive years. He served in the First World War with the 1st Saskatchewan Regiment. Upon his return from over seas in 1919, he worked on his homestead. In 1925 he purchased a farm in the Sturgis district, where he lived until his death. In 1928 he married Esther Franzen of Sturgis. Arvid William Olson, 71 passed away on May 22, 1967 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Ardis Arne, Elsa Turek, Anne Kemp and Cecilia Larson; two sons, Alfred and Arthur of Sturgis; four sisters, Anna Rogstad, Hilda Boen, Alma Larson and Freda Melness; three brothers, Andrew, Oscar and Eric all of Sturgis, and seven grandchildren.

OLSON – Axel Olson was born on September 14, 1944 and died on September 15, 1944. Predeceased by three brothers, John, James and Ernest and a sister Cora, who all died in infancy. He was survived by his parents Peter R. and Mary Olson; two sisters, Lucille and Esther and a brother Peter. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON - Donna Rose Olson, 20 of Sturgis, died June 11, 1969 in a road mishap near Penticton, BC. Services held from Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Donna was born at Preeceville and attended school in Sturgis, graduating in 1968. She had planned to attend Teacher’s college at Saskatoon this fall. Besides her parents, Andrew and Rosa Olson; she is survived by two brothers, David of Wawota and Eldon of Sturgis, and a sister Marilyn Rook of Weyburn.

OLSON - Edwin was born in the early 1930’s to parents Olof and Anna Olson on the family homestead, which was, located three miles north of Sturgis. Edwin was born with spinal bifida and passed away when he was five days old. He is buried by his grandparents, Ola and Cecelia Paulson in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON – Eric G. Olson was born in 1901 in Sweden to parents Liss Anders and Marta Olson. Eric was three years old when he immigrated to Canada in 1905, with his mother, brothers Andrew 11, Arvid was nine and Oscar, aged seven and his five-year-old sister Anna. They joined their father, who had come in 1903 to file on a homestead. He had three more sisters, born on the Canadian homestead, Hilda in 1906, Alma Christine in 1908 and Freda Emelia in August 1912. Music and singing were important to the family. Eric played the violin and two of his brothers played the accordion. Eric remained a bachelor and farmed. He passed away on January 24, 1969 at the age of 67.

OLSON - Esther A. was born on May 18, 1906 in Vastra Brooy, Sweden, Esther Anni Antonia Franzen, and attended Cavell School north of Sturgis and was employed in the Sturgis district. She married Arvid Olson on Feb. 7 1928 in Yorkton and they operated a mixed farm. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Women, she belonged to the Sturgis Horticultural Society and the Sturgis Seniors Club. Esther 94, of Sturgis passed away on Sept. 20, 2000 at the Canora Hospital. Services were held from St. John’s Lutheran church in Preeceville. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, Arvid in 1967, two brothers, Eric and Olaf, two sisters, Hilda Scarr and Ellen Franzen, and a daughter, Elsa Turek in 2000, she is survived by two sons, Alfred (Pat) of Sturgis and Arthur (Donna Lee) of Stenen, three daughters, Ardis Arneson, Anne Kemp and Cecelia (David) Larson of Preeceville. A brother, Nels Franzen, sisters, Helga Gamey, Edith McGinnis and Ingeborg Lafrancois; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren.

OLSON - Esther B. was born on December 21, 1927 on her parents farm, 5 miles north east of Sturgis, Esther was the fifth child born to her parents Peter and Mary Olson. Esther, who was born deaf, did not learn to speak, however learned to read and write simple sentences, through the teaching efforts of her older sister Lucille. She lived on the family farm doing the tasks of home making and caring of the family, until 1943-44 when her father began working as a carpenter and they move into Sturgis as a family. For nearly 20 years, Esther shared the family home with her brother Peter. Esthers’ enjoyments in life were simple ones; she was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed reading and the company of visitors. After a number of years of failing health, she became a permanent resident of the Preeceville Lions Hostel in Nov. of 2006. Esther passed away on February 16, 2007. Service held at Grace United church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. She was predeceased by her parents; siblings in infancy, John, James, Earnest, Cora and Axel. Her sister Lucille and brother Peter survive her.

OLSON - Glen Olson was born to parents Olof and Anna Olson, around 1930 on the family homestead, three miles north of Sturgis. He was born with spinal bifida and died at the age of five months. He is buried next to his grandparents, Ola and Cecelia Paulson in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON - James Frederick Olson was born on May 12, 1917 to parents Oscar Martin and Winnifred Olson. He passed away on May 27, 1917

OLSON - Liss Anders was born on July 15, 1868 at Gagnefshyn, Sweden and he married Martha at Falun, Sweden. He was one of the pioneer settlers of the Sturgis district, having filed on a homestead five miles from Sturgis in April, 1903, which was his home up to a few years ago when he retired and moved into town. Mr. L. Andrew Olson passed away June 12, 1950. Eight children survive his: Andrew, Eric, Arvid, Oscar, Mrs. Rogstad, Mrs. H Peterson, Mrs. Sid Larson and Mrs. O Melsness. Twenty grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

OLSON - Liss Pete was born near Falun Dalarne, Sweden in 1858 he came to the States in 1890. He spent his first few years with cousins in Minnesota. When he learned that his brothers Anders and Eric along with his sister’s family were coming to Canada he decided to go there too. In 1903 he filed on a homestead in the Sturgis area. After improving his land he sold it. When homestead were available at Usherville he got a homestead there. After getting title for the land he traded the land for a store in Sturgis. In the spring of 1926, the store burned to the ground. Pete did not rebuild, but instead used some of the insurance money for a small home in Sturgis. He continued to live in Sturgis until Dec. 30, 1931 when he passed away. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON – Martha was born November 22, 1866 in Dalarne, Sweden. The district was saddened this week with the passing of one of the old-time residents of Sturgis. Mrs. L. A. Olson passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on July 5, 1949. Th late Mrs. Olson, who was 82 years old at the time of her passing, was born in Sweden and came to Canada in 1904, with her five children to join her husband, who had come ahead of her. They settled on a homestead near Sturgis. Mrs. Olson is survived by her husband, four daughters Mrs. J. Rogstad, Mrs. H. E Peterson, Alma Larson, Mrs. O. Melsness and four sons: Andrew, Eric, Arvid and Oscar A and 20 grandchildren.

OLSON - Mary. Mary’s family came by ship from Austria. Mary was born on May 10, 1903 just two days before the ship docked at Port of Entry, Port Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was educated at Etoimamie Valley School, north of Preeceville. She worked as a homemaker and helped out at various functions and as a hotel maid and cook. After she married she became a full time homemaker on the farm. She married Peter R. Olson on September 12, 1922 at Preeceville. Mary 87 passed away on December 18, 1990 in Canora Hospital. Service held from Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband in 1958; four sons in infancy, including twins and four brothers, Jim, Ray and Bill Demetrick and one in infancy, she is survived by a son, Peter of Sturgis; two daughters, Lucille Leaman of Chaplin and Esther B. Olson of Sturgis, two brothers, Jack and Peter; four sisters, Patricia Binnie of Edmonton, Alice Hill of White Rock, Jean Demetrick of Edmonton and Rosalie Demetrick of Vancouver, BC; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

OLSON – Olga Lorette Olson, was born on the family homestead, three miles north of Sturgis, in 1920. She was the daughter of Olof and Anna Olson. Her brothers, Elmer and Victor were born in Timmer, North Dakota, and the rest of her siblings were born on the Canadian homestead. They were Bernice, Kenneth, Wyone, Glen, Selma and Edwin. Olga left home at a young age, working in the area before going to Regina. There she joined the army, where she met and married Charles Monette. They had four sons, Victor, Marcel, Rodger and Rickey. She stayed in Regina for a while after her divorce from Charles some years later. When her health began to fail, she moved to Hope, BC to be near Victor, her eldest son. She passed away there in 1997

OLSON - Olof was born on April 6, 1875 in Shona, Sweden to parents Ola and Cecelia Paulson. The surname was changed by taking a son’s Christian name (or part thereof) and adding Son, as was the Swedish custom then. The family immigrated to Canada, but Olof chose America. There, in 1910 he met Anna Elizabeth, daughter of John and Emma Swanson of Sac City, Iowa. They farmed in Timmer, North Dakota where their sons Elmer and Victor were born. They came to Sturgis in 1919, taking over the Paulson homestead. During their life span on the farm, seven more children were born to Anna. They were Olga, Bernice, Kenneth, Wyone, Glen, Selma and Edwin. After farming for 26 years and going through the ‘dirty thirties’ they sold the farm and lived in Melfort, SK for a number of years. They returned to Sturgis, bought a little house and lived there until their deaths. Olof passed away in 1963 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON - Oscar A. was born in Dalarne, Sweden in 1897, Mr. Olson came to Canada in 1905 with his mother, three brothers and a sister to join their father who taken a homestead in this district two years earlier. In 1942 he married Ruth Olson. They made their home at Sturgis, where he continued to farm and operate a television, radio and watch repair shop. He was an amateur radio operator. Oscar 72 passed away on March 10 in the Melfort Gerlatric Centre. Service held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. He is survived by his wife; four sons, Maynard, Delmar, Donald and Lyndon. Grandchildren; brother Andrew and four sisters.

OLSON - Oscar Martin was born on July 26, 1884 in Sweden, to Ola & Cecilia Paulson. His parents with their family moved to Waubay, South Dakota about 1894, where Oscar continued his education. With some of his brothers, Oscar moved to Canada and on May 26, 1904, obtained entry on a homestead in the Sturgis area. The nearest post office was at Astwood Ranch owned by Frederick and Emily Wright. It was here that Oscar met his future bride, Winnifred (Winnie) Wright. They were married on Nov. 18, 1912 in the Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Eight children were born to Oscar and Winnifred. On March 29, 1940, at the age of 55, Oscar died from a blood clot while recovering from an operation at Regina General Hospital.

OLSON - Peter R. Olson was born in Sweden on October 1, 1897. At the age of fifteen he came with his family to the States. They settled in Sturgis, South Dakota for a few years and then came to Canada. His first job was a surveyor’s assistant. He bought a farm in the early 1920’s, five miles north of Sturgis, SK. He married Mary Demetrick on September 12, 1922. They moved off the farm to Sturgis in 1942. They had three children; Lucille Amy, Esther and Peter Jr. Peter passed away in 1957. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

OLSON - Rosa Christina Sophia (nee Klein) Olson was born on December 13, 1913 at New Westminister, BC to parents Anton and Sophia (Deitrich) Klein. She was the third child of a family of what would be nine children. Th family moved back to the Stockholm-Grayson area of SK about 1916 and then to the Rockford area in 1928. Her basic education was acquired at schools in the areas where they lived but her most notable education was achieved from life experiences. Rosa passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on December 23, 2007 at the age of 94. Funeral service held from Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Rosa came to the Sturgis-Stenen area to work in 1929. On December 4, 1934, she married Andrew Olson at he United Church manse in Preeceville. They lived four miles east of Sturgis until 1953, when they moved to Sturgis. In 2005 Rosa moved to the Sturgis & District Care Home. She was predeceased by her mother Sophie in 1951 and her father Anton in 1956; daughter, Donna in 1969, her husband Andrew in 1971, grandson Tim Olson; sisters, Eva, Elizabeth, Mildred and brothers, Kasper, George, Peter, Eddie and William. She is survived by daughter, Marilyn Rook of Calgary; sons, David Olson of Kipling and Eldon (Donna) Olson of Sturgis.

OLSON - Ruth Olson, a long time resident of Sturgis, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2013 at Stensrud Lodge in Saskatoon at the age of 99. Born in Oslo, Norway Ruth immigrated to Canada at the age of three with her mother and siblings to settle on her father's homestead west of Endeavour. She attended Midland School and enjoyed dancing as a teenager at the We-Own-It Hall. After leaving home she worked as a domestic helper for various families. In this capacity she met her future husband, Oscar, and they settled in Sturgis in 1942 to raise their four sons. Ruth emphasized the critical importance of education and was instrumental in helping her boys complete their studies and achieve their goals. She was widely known as an excellent cook. She enjoyed baking and everyone loved her lefse, cinnamon rolls, molasses cookies, sour cream sugar cookies and numerous varieties of pies and other baked goods. After Oscar's untimely death in 1970, Ruth worked as the senior cook for highway construction crews and for the CNR, retiring in Sturgis in 1979. Ruth was active in the Sturgis READ club and the Sturgis United Church becoming a lifetime UCW member. She enjoyed bowling and curling, receiving many trophies for both activities. Ruth delighted in playing cards and became an avid old-time dancer in her senior years. She did excellent fine needlework, crocheted beautiful table doilies and made attractive colorful quilts. She took great interest in her family and their accomplishments and looked forward to family get-togethers throughout the year. The Olson cottage is a testament to her determination to own property at Crystal Lake and to have a place where family and friends could gather for summer events. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage visiting Norway in 1998 and attending the Norsk Hostfest in North Dakota several times. Ruth was mentally alert, taking pride in her appearance and enjoying dressing in stylish clothes until the day of her passing. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Oscar, in 1971 and her siblings: Henry (Magda) Olsen, Carsten (Inge) Olsen, Lief Olsen, Ralph (Kay) Olsen, Hjordis (Percy) May, Elsie (Norman) Carlson and Karen (Ed) Schram. She is survived by her sons: Maynard (Henda) of Saskatoon, Donald (Shirley) of Sturgis, Delmar (Shirley) of Dewdney, B.C., Lyndon (Sharon) Olson of Surrey, B.C., 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Z. Tymchak and the entire staff of Stensrud Lodge for their excellent care, in particular, care workers Chantelle and Mary Jo. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at the Grace United Church on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at the Sturgis Community Cemetery.

OLSON - Winford Oscar was born on August 29, 1913 to parents Oscar Martin and Winnifred Olson. He died on December 18, 1916 from spinal meningitis. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery

OLSON - Winnifred Elizabeth Glass Wright was born at Saltcoats, in what was then called the emmigrant Depot of Wallace, North West Territories. In 1897 her father established the Astwood ranch and family home near what is now known as the Hamlet of Lady Lake. The death of her mother in 1903 ended her six months of schooling in Yorkton, and she returned to Astwood where she lived till her marriage to Oscar Martin Olson in November 18, 1912. They established their home on his homestead north of Sturgis, where she lived until her passing. To this union eight children were born: three sons Winford (died in 1916) James (died 1917) and Stanley and five daughters: Nellie, Emily, Myrtle, Pearl and Elsie. After her husband passed away in 1940, at the age of 55, Winnie carried on with farming, with the help of hired men, her daughters and her young son, who was only ten at the time. When her daughters left home, Winnie lived on the farm with her son, Stanley. She became ill in the fall of 1961 and passed away in Preeceville Hospital on January 1, 1962 from cancer. She was 69 years old. She is also survived by her sons, daughters and 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elsie Robinson of Ketchen; brother Victor Wright of Sturgis; her step mother Mrs. Wright and half brother Fred Wright of Lady Lake.

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PAKULAK - Fred. Born on April 7, 1890 in Galicia, Ukraine, he immigrated to Canada in 1908 to join his brothers, Mike and John, who were homesteading in the Danbury area. He married Mary Onufriw February 4, 1911 and they farmed north of Sturgis in the Woodlight district. They retired from the farm in 1953 and moved to Sturgis. Frederick (Fred) passed away in 1975 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. His is survived by his wife Mary; sons Tony, Alex, Paul and Walter; five daughters, Anne Sakaluk, Mary, Gena Clark, Julia and Nettie.

PAKULAK - Mary (nee Onufriw). Born on May 3, 1893, in Halechena, Austria, she immigrated to Canada in 1910, with her sister Annie and parents Nikifor and Damicella Onufriw, homesteading north of Sturgis. She married Fred Pakulak February 4, 1911 at St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora. They farmed 13 miles north of Sturgis except for a brief time when in 1940 they moved to Castlegar, BC where they owned and operated a ranch. Fred decided he wasn’t too fond of the mountains so they returned to Sask. They continued living on the farm until retiring to Sturgis in 1953. When Mary turned 92, she moved to Preeceville, first living with her daughter for two years and then became a resident of the Preeceville Lions Hostel. Mary 98 passed away on April 23, 1992 one week short of her 99th birthday. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband in 1975; three sons, Joe, Tony and Mike; a daughter Mary; and a sister, Annie Piwush in 1992, she is survived by three sons, Alex, Paul and Walter all of BC and four daughters, Annie Sakaluk, Gena Clark, Julie Thorne, and Nettie Goodlad; 28 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

PALAGIAN – Bill was born on August 22, 1901, in Chernomitz, Austria, and came to Canada with his parents in 1914, where they homesteaded on a farm one-mile west of Usherville. He assisted his father in farming until January 29, 1927, when he married Polly Todischuk in St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church at Endeavour. They purchased a farm in the Endeavour district in 1929, and farmed there for 52 years. A man of the land, he enjoyed farming as well as hunting, trapping and fishing. Bill Palagian 85, of Preeceville and formerly of Endeavour passed away on January 7, 1987. Predeceased by his parents John and Dora Palagian; four brothers and two sisters, he is survived by his wife; a son Anton of Yellowknife, NWT and two daughters, Anne Daschuk and Verna; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

PALAGIAN – Polly (nee Todosichuk) Palagian 87 of Sudbury, and formerly of Sturgis, died on November 21, 1998 at Pioneer Manor in Sudbury. Funeral service held at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Polly was born on May 29, 1911 to Steve and Anna Todosichuk in the village of Gaurelisti, Bucovina, Romania. In 1923 she traveled with her mother and siblings to Canada. In 1924 the family moved to a homestead in the Endeavour area. She married Bill Palagian on January 29, 1927 at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Endeavour. The couple set up their own homestead where they practiced mixed farming for 52 years until they retired in 1980 and moved to Preeceville. In the fall of 1996 she moved to Sudbury to live with her daughter. One year later, in failing health, she moved to Pioneer Manor. Predeceased by her father in 1937, her mother in 1980 and her brother Bill, she is survived by hr son Anton of Dawson Creek; two daughters Annie Daschuk of Churchbridge and Verna Mallick of Sudbury, ON; two brothers, Metro of Endeavour and Mike of Wardner, BC; her sister Mary Kotyk of Whitebeech; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

PALANIUK – Bonnie Lee Palaniuk was born and died on July 20, 1969. She was the daughter of James and Vi Palaniuk of Sturgis.

PALANIUK – Bradley W. Palaniuk was born on September 26, 1959 and died on September 27, 1959. He was the son of Fred and Ethel Palaniuk of Sturgis.

PALANIUK – Fred Palaniuk, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2011 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Fred was the youngest of 11 children, born on September 26, 1921 at Lady Lake, SK. He took schooling at Cavell and Brookview country schools near Lady Lake. After leaving school he worked in lumber camps in the winter and helped out on his parent’s farm in the summer. In 1943, he joined the army and after 8 weeks of training in Regina was sent to Newfoundland. After 10 months he went overseas in 1944, while overseas he served in Belgium, France and Holland .In 1946 he was discharged when the war was over and came home. On June 25, 1947 he married Ethel Peterson at the Preeceville Lutheran Church. They farmed near Sifton, MB for 2 years, and then moved to Sturgis where Fred operated heavy equipment during the fifties and then worked for Wagar Motors as a mechanic for a number of years. In 1966 he moved to Langenburg where Fed worked for 4 years at IMC in Esterhazy as a welder, he then moved to the potash mine in Rocanville where he worked for an additional 11 years until he was forced to quit work due to health reasons. They returned to Sturgis where they lived until the fall of 2011. Fred had brief stays in the Esterhazy Care Home, Esterhazy Hospital, and Yorkton Long Term Care Home and at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, until his passing. Fed enjoyed getting out in the bush and cutting firewood, yard work, fishing, welding, woodworking and most importantly spending time with his family. He is predeceased by his parents, Onufrey and Domna; son, Bradley; brothers, Nick, Metro, Bill, John and Mike; his sisters, Annie, Joan, Lena and Mary. He is survived by his wife Ethel; two sons, Larry (Barb) of Thompson, MN and Keith (Julie); five grandchildren, Kerry Palaniuk, Kaurel (Kurt) Brass, Sarah (Adam) Barret, Nathan Palaniuk and Jodie Palaniuk and four great grandchildren and a brother James Palaniuk of Sturgis.

PALMER – Allan C. M. A graveside service for Allan C. M. Palmer, 96 of Sturgis, who died on August 8, 1995 at the Norquay Health Center, was held at the Sturgis Cemetery. Allan was born on January 12, 1899, in Brampton, ON; he was the eldest of five children born to David and Montheline Palmer. Although his parents lived and worked in Sask. it was the custom in those days for women to return east to have their babies. His father was a teacher and Allan attended school in a variety of communities. He also chose to go into teaching, working first at a bank in Regina and then attending Normal School there. It was during those early years of teaching that he met Amy Gertrude Phipps, also a teacher in the Dodsland area. After a long courtship they married in Christ Church in Saskatoon on July 3, 1936.Their daughter Belva, was born the following year. In 1939 Allan accepted a position on the Thunder Child Reserve. He enlisted in the Second World War and was sent overseas where he worked for the duration of the war years teaching soldiers. He returned to Ottawa where he was joined by Amy and Belva and worked for the war office for a year. In 1945 the family moved to Sturgis where his experience with audiovisual equipment earned him the position with the school board travelling from school to school showing films. When this was discontinued, he began teaching. The mid 1960’s found him moving into retirement, but by no means inactive. Recognizing a need for a senior organization, he set about to organize, name and apply for funding for the now established Read Club. He continued an active member, organizing and contributing to the newsletter, researching and preserving local history. He served as justice of the Peace from 1963 until 1988.

PALMER - Amy Gertrude. Memorial service for Amy Gertrude Palmer, 92 of Sturgis, who died December 1, 2002 in Kamsack, was held at Grace United church Sturgis. Burial of ashes was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on August 10, 1910, in Sonningdale, SK. Amy Phipps attended rural schools. For grades 7-11, she attended school in Govan and graduated from grade 12 at Saskatoon Bedford Road Collegiate. She was an elementary school teacher for 36 years. In 1936, she married Allan Palmer. She was a member of the Read Club, Sturgis Legion, Sturgis Station House Museum, and did much church work. Predeceased by her husband, Allan, two brothers, Bill and Bert, she is survived by a daughter, Belvadere Neale of Ottawa; a brother, Art of Victoria; a sister Win Crouse of Hope, BC, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

PARASIUK – Mary (nee Charko) Parasiuk was born on August 16, 1925 in Dobrotwer, Galicia. She was the daughter of Wasyl and Ksenia Charko. The family came to Canada on May 4, 1929. Mary had a brother Steve and a sister Justina (Zagrobelny). Mary grew up at Hudson Bay and attended school there. She married Peter Parasiuk on January 22, 1944 at Hudson Bay and they farmed in the Gold Bank District. They raised three children, Sadie, Valerie and Marlon. Mary passed away at the Canora Hospital on July 22, 2005

PARASIUK – Pete was born on March 22, 1919, the youngest son of John and Anna Parasiuk His younger days were spent hunting and trapping, and he also worked in the pulp mills. He met Mary Charko of Hudson Bay, SK and they were married in 1944. They purchased a farm one-half mile north of Gold Bank School. Pete then rented the land to his brother Laddie and continued trapping. He guided American hunters in the wilderness during hunting season. He retired in 1984. Pete and Mary had three children: Sadie (Bill) Martin, Valerie (Tony) Steciuk and Marlon Parasiuk.

PARSONS - Albin Ludwig Parsons passed away at Vancouver General Hospital on April 9, 1952 after a brief illness. He was born at Lida Ljung, Sweden, in 1874 and came to the United States at the age of 17 and to Canada a few years later. In 1904 he married Hulda Katherine Lovgren at Yorkton and homesteaded in the Buchanan district where he farmed until 1931 when he moved to Sturgis. He resided in Sturgis until a few years ago and then moved to Vancouver where he resided until his death. Mr. Parsons was predeceased by his wife in 1944 and by an infant son in 1912. He leaves to mourn his loss four daughters; Pearl (Al) Hunter of Regina; Signe Berglund of Ladysmith, BC, Olga (Eric) Pollock and Myrtle (Adrian) Peterson both of Sturgis; nine grandchildren; also one brother and two sisters living in Sweden. The funeral was held from Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PARSONS – Hulda was born in Sweden in 1880. Hulda came to Canada directly to Yorkton and worked as a domestic in a home of the Christie family. She married Albin Parsons on March 1, 1904 in Yorkton, but shortly after moved to Winnipeg, where her husband found work. They moved back to Yorkton and filed on a homestead. Because of the distance for the children to attend school the family purchased land a mile south of Norway school. They farmed here until moving to Sturgis in 1931, where they opened a butcher shop. They had five children, Pearl (Al) Hunter, Signe Berglund, Olga (Eric) Pollock, William (died at birth in 1912) and Myrtle (Adrian) Peterson. Hulda passed away in Sturgis in 1944.

PAULSON – Brita (nee Johnson) 90, of Sturgis, passed away on April 12, 1985. Services held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. She was born on October 1, 1894 in Jamtland, Northern Sweden and was educated there. She came to Canada in 1911 at the age of 17 with her parents and siblings and they settled in the Wadena area where her parents farmed. On June 26, 1917 she married Ole Amund Paulson in the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Wadena and they farmed five miles east of Fosston In 1944 they sold the farm and bought a small house beside the White Fox River. Her husband died in 1946 and is buried in the White Fox Cemetery. In 1954 she moved to Sturgis to be closer to her family. Predeceased by her husband; one sister, six step-brothers and two step sisters, she is survived by two sons, Noris and John both of Prince George; three daughters, Florence Bayliss of Sturgis, Kathleen of Seattle and Norma Raiche of Saskatoon’ one step-brother Olaf Johnson of Hendon; one sister Gerda Cibart of Vancouver; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

PAULSON - Cicelia (nee Benson) Paulson was born in 1848 at Ekeby, in Skona, Sweden. She came to the town of Waubay, S. D. in 1894 with her husband Ola and children. They moved to Canada and settled northwest of Sturgis. Cecilia passed away on November 17, 1919 at the age of 71 years. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PAULSON – Ola was born in 1847 and came from Ekeby, in Skona, Sweden to the town of Waubay, South Dakota in 1894. The family consisted of Nels, Olof, Johanna, John, Oscar, Peter and Selma. (According to Swedish custom, by taking the first name of the father, ‘Ola’ and adding ‘son’ the children’s surname became ‘Olson’) After several years in the States they moved to Canada in 1906 and took up homesteading in the area served by the Astwood Post office northwest of Sturgis. Ola passed away on April 17, 1919 at the age of 72 years and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PENIUK – Annie was born on October 18, 1914 in Sturgis. She was educated at Kopje School where she graduated from grade 12. As a student she played on the softball tam. All her life she pursued out door activities and loved animals. She worked on her father’s farm along with her brothers and sisters. One of the jobs for Annie and her sister Rose was being assigned to a team of horses and a hay rack to pitch sheaves at threshing time. In 1936 she married Pete Peniuk. Together they farmed near Sturgis for 38 years until Pete’s death in 1974. She had a passion for gardening. Annie 80 passed away at the Norquay Gateway lodge on February 10, 1995. Predeceased by four sisters, Allie, Dolly, Katie and Margaret; and four brothers, Nick, George, Fred and Tom, she is survived by four sons, Ronald of Winnipeg, Wayne of Kelvington, Roger of Victoria and Gaye of Sturgis; two brothers, Leo and Willard of Sturgis; two sisters, Pauline of Winnipeg and Rose of California and seven grandchildren.

PENIUK – Pete was born in the Sturgis district, the son of the Andrew and Mary Peniuk. He attended Brookview School. In 1936 he married Annie Prekaski and they farmed in the Sturgis district. In 1974, Pete 60 died as a result of a hunting mishap. Predeceased by his parents; a brother George in 1968 and a sister Irene in 1933, he is survived by his wife; four sons, Ronald, Wayne, Roger and Gaye; two sisters, Sadie Prekaski of Sturgis and Jenny Slotnick of Lansing, Mich., a brother Metro in Ontario and five grandchildren.

PERPELITZ – John 91, of Preeceville and formerly of Usherville, passed away on November 16, 2003. He was born on Jan 19, 1912 in Vashkewise, Austria. He attended Lillian School. He worked at sawmills and pulp camps and then drove a truck, hauling lumber for Wester Construction until 1945. He then drove a Preeceville Co-op truck, hauling cream and worked part time for the CNR. He married Margaret Skutelnik on November 4, 1934 in Kelvington. He was a sub-foreman while fighting forest fires in 1961. He then worked as a mechanic in Usherville, Endeavour, Yorkton and McNutt. Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary, his wife Margret, a son James, three brothers, Metro in infancy, Fred and Harry and two sisters Verna an Annie Boychuk, he is survived by three sons, Will of Turtleford, Lorne (Elsie) of Edmonton and Edward of Preeceville; two daughters Mary (Mike) Kisielowski of Sturgis and Diane (Steve) Fincaryk of Crowsnest Pass, AB; two brothers, Mike and Peter; two sisters Polly Dozorok of Edmonton and Katie Okrainetz of Preeceville; eight grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

PERPELITZ - Margaret "Maggie" (nee Skutelnik) was born on the family homestead, south of Usherville in 1911, to parents, Giorgi and Domnica (Palagian) Skutelnik. The family moved to Kelvington around 1927. She married John Perpelitz on November 4, 1934 in Kelvington. The children from this marriage were William, Mary (Mike) Kisielewski, Lawrence, Ed, Jim and Dianne (Steve) Fincaryk. Margaret is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PERPELITZ - Nick. Born on June 2, 1924, in Endeavour, he was educated in Lady Lake. Nick farmed in the Sturgis area. He also worked for Sask. Forest Products for over 30 years. He served on the rink Board for eight years. On September 4, 1948 at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora, he married Ann Ratushniak. Nick aged 75, passed away on June 15, 1999. Funeral service was held from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Alex and Annie Perpelitz, one sister, Mary Prokop, he is survived by his wife Ann; children, Garry Perpelitz of Sturgis, Phyllis (Al) Babcock of Regina, Herbert (Caron) of Shellbrook, Wendy (Terrance) Rollie of Moose Jaw and Derran (Karen) Perpelitz of Cranbrook, BC; and six grandchildren.

PETERS – Ina Clarissa Peters of Kelowna and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on February 20, 1987, three weeks following open heart surgery in Vancouver General Hospital. She was born at Sturgis on November 8, 1913 She attended Kopje School and high school in Sturgis. She then took a business program in Winnipeg. Ina had a lifelong interest in music and sports. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Alice Rongvy, and her brother, Willard. She is survived by her husband, Ab Peters of Kelowna; three sisters, Gladys Doyle of Kelowna, Helen Bates of Saskatoon and Lois Graham of Sturgis; and a brother, Gordon Rongvy of Sturgis. It was Ina’s wish that she be cremated and her ashes buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PETERSON – Allen Leroy Peterson, was the son of Peter A. and Jenny Peterson. He died at four months old and was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PETERSON - Andrew Henry Peterson was born in Edmund, Wisconsin, April 16, 1877, He married Ida Priscilla Rhinerson on July 3, 1897 in Edmund. He came to the Sturgis district in 1904, chose his land and filed a homestead. He made arrangements with the Gibney family to have a log house built on his land and then returned to the States. The next spring he came back to settle on his land. Later in the year of 1905, his wife Ida and two daughters, Hazel and Alfreda joined him. (Vern, Margaret and Adrian were born in Canada) The country was very new then, before the forming of the province of Saskatchewan. Andy, as everyone knew him, made a good pioneer, a good farmer, and a good neighbor. Andy passed away in Preeceville Hospital on November 21, 1960 at the age of 83. Burial in Sturgis cemetery.

PETERSON – Charles was born in Kittel Bakisen in Neumadahl, Norway in 1871 and in 1892, he immigrated to the States, where he was given the Americanized name of Charlie Peterson. He settled in Wisconsin. In 1905 he married Nora Bratrud and they moved to Eden Valley, SK in 1906 and homesteaded. They retired to Sturgis. Charles died in 1951 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his daughter Louise in 1946; he is survived by his wife, Nora; two sons, Roy of Saskatoon and Hjalmar of Kindersley; and two girls, Ruby of San Diego and Myrtle of Indian Head

PETERSON – Ida Priscilla Peterson was born on August 28, 1878 in Edmund, Wisconsin. She married Andrew Peterson in Edmund on July 3, 1897. She moved to a homestead in the Sturgis area with her husband in 1905. She had five children: Hazel and Alfreda born in the States and Vern, Margaret and Adrian born on the homestead. Ida and Andrew retired to Sturgis. Ida passed away in 1957 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PETERSON – Lorne Andrew Peterson was born on May 9, 1934 to parents Vern and Hilda (Olson) Peterson. He attended school in Sturgis and graduated in 1952. Lorne attended classes at the University of Saskatchewan until May 1958. He married Annette Brousseau in December 1958 and they had two sons, Vern 1964 and Kirk 1966. They moved many times throughout the States and Canada and spent one year in a leper colony in Africa. In one of their moves they settled at Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Lorne worked as a ‘Nationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Lorne passed away in 2004 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PETERSON - Louise Gwendoline. The death of Louise Gwendoline Peterson occurred in the Sanatorium at Fort San, on April 28, 1945, after an illness, that lasted fourteen years. She was thirty-six years old, and was born at Sturgis on September 16, 1908. She spent her childhood on the farm near Sturgis, and in 1929 she went to work at Fort San. Funeral service at Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Left to mourn her loss are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peterson of Sturgis; two brothers, Chalmer of Kindersley and Roy in the R.C.A.F in Regina; two sisters, Mrs. J.D Hardin of Warrenton, Oregon and Myrtle at Indian Head.

PETERSON - Myrtle Dardanella (nee Parsons) Peterson of Sturgis, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, the morning of June 24, 2013 at the Yorkton Regional Hospital, at the age of 97. Myrtle was born on December 24, 1915 in the Buchanan district, where her parents, Albin and Hulda Parsons homesteaded. She completed grades 1 through 9 at Norway School and attended Wesley College in Winnipeg for grades 10 and 11. In 1931, Myrtle returned to Sturgis, where her parents were residing, to complete her grade 12. It was there that she met her future husband, Adrian Peterson of Sturgis. They were married June 29, 1940 at Yorkton. Myrtle was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, giving her best in all she did. She placed a great deal of value on education, encouraging her family to excel at school. She loved farm life with Adrian an her children as well as tending a huge garden. There was always room for a pet or two in her home. In the short weeks before her passing, Myrtle was busy preparing jelly, knitting slippers and dish cloths and planning her garden, even requesting a few extra tomato plants as they enjoyed them so much. Myrtle was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Signe Berglund, Pearl Hunter and Olga Pollock and her brother, William in infancy. Left to mourn her passing is her loving husband of 73 years, Adrian and her children, Lynne (Mervin) and Brian (Elaine). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kristen (Brent), Colleen (Michel), Jeff (Sandy), Arin (Denis) and Jason (Misty), as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis and interment in the Sturgis Community Cemetery.

PETERSON – Nora was born in the States. She married Charlie Peterson in 1905 and they came to Canada in 1906 and settled on a farm north of Sturgis. They had five children, Chalmer born in 1907, Louse born in 1908 – died in 1975, Leroy (Roy) born in 1911, Ruby born in 1913 and Myrtle born in 1915. After her husband passed away, Nora went to live with her daughter, Myrtle in Surrey, BC. She passed away at the home of her daughter in 1971

PETERSON – Vern 34, passed away on October 19, 1940 at the Hugh Waddell Memorial hospital at Canora. Th funeral was held at the Sturgis United church. Vern was born on November 16, 1905 at Northwood, ND. When three weeks old he was brought to Canada by his parents and lived here all his life, except for short periods when he worked in Oregon and Idaho. In 1932 he married Hilda Olson. He farmed with his brother for a number of years prior to his illness and also drove a caterpillar for the West Construction. Co. in the north. For ten years he was in the Northeastern Sask. baseball league as catcher for the Sturgis team. He is survived by his wife and two children, Wiona and Lorne; his father and mother and one brother Adrian of Sturgis and three sisters, Margaret (Russell) Johnson of Sturgis, Mrs. Walter Hughes and Mrs. Norman Struble.

PETRYSHYN – Joanne Florence (nee Bartch) Morrow Petryshyn was born on February 20, 1953 to parents Frank and Lavina Bartch. She took her schooling in Sturgis. She married Dave Morrow on September 28 1973. They had two daughters, Dena and Carrie. Dave and Joanne parted and she lived with Johnny Petryshyn. Joanne passed away on December 30, 1994 at the age of forty-one. She is survived by her mother Lavina; her daughters; brothers, Greg (Bim), Bob and Kelly (Heather) and sisters Carole Lee (Walter) Stebnitsky and Shannon Booth.

PHELAN - Mary Bernice (nee Allen). Born Mary Bernice Allen on January 6, 1931 in Loverna, SK, she attended school in Smiley, Saskatoon and Asquith. She worked as a teacher for 35 years in Blue Spruce, Hudson Bay, Preeceville and Sturgis. She married Don Phelan on June 30, 1952 in Asquith. She was a member of the Sturgis Kinette Club, UCW, Sturgis Housing Board, figure skating club and Sturgis Retired Teachers Association. Mary passed away on Aug. 30, 1999 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents, a brother Arthur, she is survived by her husband, Don; a son, Tim of Calgary; a daughter Donna Colleen of Calgary; four brothers, George and Herbert of Asquith, Harry of Kinberly and Tom (Joyce) Abbotsford; three sisters, Jessie of Allan, SK, Octania (Eric) of Kamloops, and Marge (Del) of Asquith, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

PILICHOWSKY – Wasyl 88 of Edmonton and formerly of Sturgis, died on September 10, 1971. Funeral service was at the Sturgis Greek Orthodox Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born in Zastowna, Bukovina on August 20, 1883 he came to Canada in 1907. He worked in Quebec for two years prior to moving to the West. He married Margaret Proskyan in 1907 and the farmed in the Lady Lake district until their retirement to Sturgis in 1961. Predeceased by his wife in 1963; brothers, Alexander in 1957, John in 1964 and a half-brother Nick in 1969. Wasyl lived at Sturgis until this summer when he went to Edmonton to live with his niece and her family. He is survived by three nieces, two nephews and a half nephew.

POLLOCK – David Lloyd George Pollock, 69 of Sturgis, died June 5, 1985 in University Hospital at Saskatoon. Service held from Sturgis Evangelical Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. He was born on December 4, 1914 in Yorkton and educated at Sturgis. He worked at various jobs in logging and farming and was a mechanic, heavy equipment operator and truck driver. H was enlisted in the navy from 1942-45 and joined the post office in 1951 where he was employed until his retirement in 1980. He married Viola Roste on July 14, 1936 at the Sturgis United Church. He was a member of the local school board, band committee, town council, church board, cemetery association, and Legion, cadets and minor sports association. Predeceased by his parents, John and Florence Pollock; two sisters, Jesse and Mamie, two brothers, Boyd and Mahlon; he is survived by two sons, David of Lanigan and Don of Sturgis; two daughters, Elaine of Foxwarren and Renee of Fobisher Bay; two brothers, Ivor and Eric, both of Sturgis and seven grandchildren.

POLLOCK - Donald Graham Fotzpatrick. Funeral service for Donald (Bucky) Graham Fitzpatrick Pollock, 55 of Sturgis, who died on October 20, 1997 at his home, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on October 12, 1942, in Canora, he received his education in Sturgis and after graduation was employed by the Toronto Dominion Bank in Preeceville and later The Pas, MB. He returned to Sturgis temporarily before moving to Nanaimo, BC. where he worked as a Greyhound office clerk. He then worked for Princess Auto in Yorkton before moving back to Sturgis and operating an insurance agency. After spending three years in Regina, as a car salesman and in construction, he moved back to Sturgis in 1976 and was self-employed in the construction and cement business. He retired due to illness in 1995 He married Dianne Mattison on October 2, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. He played hockey with the Preeceville Pats, Sturgis Regals and Sturgis Trash and was a lifetime member of the Sturgis Kinsmen Club. Predeceased by his father Eric in 1991, and a son, David, at birth in 1975, he is survived by his wife, Dianne; his mother, Olga; a daughter, Darlis (Darryl) Collinge of Brandon; grandchildren, David, Noah and Jaedyn Collinge; three sisters, Maureen Parker of Vernon, BC Gail Tonkin of Ajax, ON and Barb (Larry) Palaniuk of Thompson, MB.

POLLOCK – Eric, 86 of Sturgis, passed away at Canora Hospital on November 21, 1991. Funeral service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Graham Eric was born on October 27, 1905 in Carduff, Wales. He was the son of Percival and Florence Fitzpatrick. At an early age he immigrated to Canada with his aunt and younger sister, to join their mother now settled in Yorkton, SK., where she operated a millinery shop. His mother later married John Pollock in 1913 and the family moved to the Pollock farm. Eric attended Raemon School and helped with the farm operations. While still young he spent winter months at the Pollock lumber mill north of Sturgis. The family later moved to Sturgis and he worked in the lumberyard and on the farm. In 1934 he married Olga Parsons. His interest in mechanic’s led him to work for Frank Weikle in the John Deere agency for many years, and later in a garage owned by Leo Prekaski. The last number of years he worked for Wagar Farm Implements, until he retired in 1974. He spent many years as a volunteer fireman and as a keen sport enthusiast he devoted many years to the curling and skating arenas. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Jessie; a stepbrother Boyd; a stepsister Mamie; three half-brothers, Ivor, Lloyd and Mahlon; he is survived by his wife Olga; three daughters, Maureen of Vernon, BC, Gail Tonkin of Toronto, Barb (Larry) Palaniuk of Thompson and son Bucky (Dianne) Pollock of Sturgis. Eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

POLLOCK – Florence (nee Morris) was born October 10, 1880 in Brigand, Wales. She was married to Percy Fitzpatrick in Wales. She came to Canada around 1909. Florence had a millinery business in Yorkton. After a few months of being in Canada, her sister went back to Wales to bring over Florence two children, Eric and Jessie. In 1913 she married John Pollock, a widower with children. They farmed until the early 20’s, then moved to Yorkton for a time prior to their move to Sturgis. She loved to sing and play the piano. She sang at many weddings and many funerals. Florence aged 75 died following a stroke on Aug. 2, 1956, just four weeks after she had gone to live with her son Mahlon at Medicine Hat, AB. She was predeceased by her husband John; a daughter Jessie at 12 years old; she is survived by two stepchildren, Mayme and Boyd; and four sons, Lloyd, Eric, Ivor and Mahlon. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery.

POLLOCK – Ivor 70, of Sturgis, died on July 10, 1985. Service held at Evangelical Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Ivor was born on July 11, 1914 at Yorkton and educated at Sturgis. He worked on the family farm and in a lumber mill. Later he was employed by the Ball Cartage Trucking Company at Yorkton. He married Hazel Holmberg and they lived at Yorkton and later at Medicine Hat. They had three children, Gloria, Randy and Dick. They were divorced and Ivor moved back to the Sturgis area, where he was employed in construction and farm work until retiring in 1979. Predeceased by his parents, John and Florence Pollock; three brothers, Boyd, Mahlon and David; and a sister, Mamie, he is survived by two sons, Richard of Grand Prairie and Randy of Nova Scotia; a daughter Floria of Medicine Hat and a half brother Eric of Sturgis.

POLLOCK – John was born in Mille Isles, Quebec to John and Mary Jane (nee Boyd) Pollock on November 5, 1860. He was of Irish and Scotch parentage. He went to Upper Canada when young and at 21 years of age was driving 16 horse grader, building the right of way for the CPR at Winnipeg. He moved to Moffat, SK where he homesteaded in 1882. In 1885 when the Riel Rebellion broke out in Sask. he served as transport driver under General Middleton. In June 1887 he married Annie Mann in the Moffat Church, which he helped to build. Later he located a sawmill on the Assiniboine River, between what is now Canora and Sturgis. It was at this sawmill that Mr. Pollock lost his left hand in an accident. In 1898 he sold the sawmill and moved to a farm eight miles north of Yorkton where he farmed until 1924. His wife died in 1908 and in December 1913 he married Florence (Morris) Fitzpatrick. In 1924 he moved to Sturgis and went into the lumber business again. Predeceased by his first wife, a son Howard; he is survived by his wife; son Boyd and daughter Mrs. Melvin Pollock of Wadena from his first marriage; sons, Ivor, Lloyd and Mahlon by his second marriage, and a step-son Eric. There are thirteen grandchildren.

POLLOCK – John Boyd Pollock passed away in the Preeceville Hospital on November 15, 1966 at the age of 70 years. Service held at Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis cemetery. Boyd was born at his father’s sawmill north of Canora. He spent his earlier years in the Yorkton district, where he married Katherine Janzen in 1919. He farmed near Yorkton and in 1931 moved to a farm in the Corofin district. He had resided in Sturgis since 1948 He was keenly interested in all sports and was active in the Sturgis Curling Club until an illness forced him to give it up, but he participated in other community and church activities. Boyd is survived by his wife Katherine; one daughter, Ruth Graff of Calgary; two sons, Glen of Calgary and Lorne of Ottawa.

POLLOCK - Katherine "Katie" (nee Janzen) Pollock, 94 passed away on January 6, 1991. Services held from Sturgis Evangelical Church. Born on August 2, 1896 in Yorkton, she was the daughter of William and Susanna Janzen. She began her education in Yorkton. When her parents moved to a farm seven miles north of Yorkton, she attended Reaman School only for a short time because she was needed to work on the farm. She met Boyd Pollock, while working for his sister, Mayme and married him on December 10, 1919 in Yorkton. They farmed in the Yorkton area until moving in 1931 to a farm at Hassan in the Corofin district. For a couple of winters she cooked at John Pollock’s sawmill. In 1948 they moved their home to Sturgis. She was a member of the Sturgis Evangelical Church, the Ladies Prayer Band, Curling club and the Read club. She was a resident of the Gateway Lodge in Canora from May 1989 to January 1991 when she was admitted to hospital. Predeceased by her husband, Boyd; her parents; a sister Susan and three brothers, Jacob, Billy and Andy, she is survived by a daughter Ruth (Alex) Graff of Calgary; two sons, Glen (Louvaine) of Smith Falls, ON and Lorne (Bernice) of Ottawa; three brothers, Dave, Joe and Michael Janzen; two sisters, Annie Shaler of Yorkton and Lily Johnson of Sturgis; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

POLLOCK – Olga Eileen (nee Parsons) Pollock passed away on November 14, 2006 in Vernon, BC, where she was living with her daughter, Maureen. She was 97 years old. Olga was born in 1909, to parents Albin and Hulda Parsons, the third of four daughters; Signe, Pearl and Myrtle, on the family homestead. She entered Normal School in Saskatoon and began teaching in September 1928 at Grand Ravine and then at Prairie Queen School, in Kamsack until June 1933. After her marriage to Eric Pollock in 1934, she chose to devote her time to raising a family, which she did with loving care and devotion. In 1963 teaching again became an important part of her life and she taught at Lintlaw, until she retired in 1974 at the age of 65. Gardening was an absolute joy for Olga. Even in her early 90’s, she could be found with her cane in one hand and her small hoe in the other, tending her big garden and flowers. She was an active member of Grace United Church, the Read Club and Sask. superannuated Teachers Association. She was very proud and honored to ride in the Centennial parade in Sturgis on July 1, 2005, in an open convertible as Sturgis oldest female citizen. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Eric in 1991; a son Graham (Bucky) Pollock in 1997; son-in-law Frank Parker in 1991 and two sisters, Pearl and Signe; Olga is survived by her daughters, Maureen Parker of Vernon, BC, Gail Tonkin of Ajax, ON and Barb (Larry) Palaniuk of Thompson, MN. Eight grandchildren: Cindy Legett, Shawn and Brett Parker, Sharon McCaslin, Coleen Stata, Darlis Collinge, Kerry Palaniuk and Kaurel Brass, and her eighteen great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.

POLLOCK – Viola (nee Roste) Pollock was born on May 6, 1918 in Canora to Tyler and Vera (nee Pipher) Roste. She grew up in the North Prairie area and attended the local country school. Later her family moved to Sturgis, where she completed her grade 12. On July 14, 1936, she married Lloyd Pollock. They lived in Sturgis for a short time and then moved to Three Hills, AB for a number of years. Her faith was an important part of her life. She was a member of the Sturgis Evangelical Church, where she taught Sunday school and was president of the Ladies Prayer Band. Vi loved to curl and had a great love for animals and little children. In 1997, she moved to Lanigan, where she could be closer to family. In the spring of 2005, she became a resident of Central Parkland Lodge in Lanigan, where she lived until the present. She passed away in January 2008. Funeral service was held at the Christian Fellowship Church in Lanigan and interment was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Viola will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Elaine (Cam) Dixon of Foxwarren, MB, David (Marlene) Pollock of Lanigan, Donald (Wanda) Pollock of Warman and Renee Lee (Jim) Devenny of Osgoode, ON; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Lloyd; three brothers, Gordon, George and Wayne; and three sisters, Joyce, Yvonne and Edith.

POPOWICH – George came to Canada in April 1907 from the village of Vilawche, Bukovina, Western Ukraine. He worked for a drayman in Winnipeg until 1915, and came to Sask. He married Mary Kalenchuk in 1916. In 1936 they moved to the Sturgis area where the younger children could attend school. They had a family of 14 children. George passed away in 1959 at the age of 74. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

POPOWICH – Mary was born in Bukowina, Austria in 1900 and came to Canada with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wasyl Kalenchuk in 1907. On February 22, 1916 she married George Popowich and they farmed in the Preeceville district. Mary, 68 passed away on March 18, 1969 in the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service was at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at Sturgis. Predeceased by her husband in 1959, two sons, John in 1945 and Bill in 1944; five brothers and one sister, she is survived by six sons, Steve, Mike, Tommy, Nick, Metro and Andrew; and six daughters, Nellie, Annie, Ellen, Dorothy, Rose and Elizabeth; three brothers, one sister and 24 grandchildren.

POPOWICH – Nellie was born in 1917 to parents George and Mary Popowich. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

POPOWICH - Steve. Funeral service for Steve Popowich 80, of Preeceville, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on August 9, 2001 at the Preeceville Lions Hostel, was held at Preeceville Funeral Home and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on January 17, 1921, in the Lady Lake district, he attended Sunny Brae School and was a farmer. Predeceased by his parents, George in 1959 and Mary in 1969, two brothers, John in 1945 and Bill in 1944 and a sister, Anne Scebenski in 2001, he is survived by five brothers, Mike, Tom, Nick, Metro and Andrew; five sisters, Nellie Popowich and Ellen (Alex) Prekaski both of Sturgis, Dorothy Ladue, Rose (Ernest) Frederickson of Sturgis and Elizabeth (William) Powlousky of Prince George.

PREKASKI - Donald Gene Prekaski 72, of Invermay and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on October 31, 2005. Burial in the Sturgis Cemetery took place at a later date. He was born on April 30, 1933, north of Sturgis to parents, Nick and Kathleen Prekaski. He attended Kopje School. He farmed with his parents and brother David. Predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Arthur and David, he is survived by two sisters, Sylvia (Ted) Yuzek of Sturgis and Paulette (Gunther) Mehl of Waskesiu Lake, SK.

PREKASKI – Emma Prekaski, 99 years, 7 ½ months, wife of the late Fred Prekaski, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2012 at the Norquay Health Centre. Emma was born on February 20, 1913, at Ash Creek, South Dakota (near Deadwood) to Martin and Sophie Scheid, immigrants from Germany. The family, who spoke only German, moved to a sugar beet farm at Loveland, Colorado so the children could attend an English school. Emma was a good student and after graduation, took a bookkeeping course. Her life long work ethic was nurtured through hard work in the sugar beet fields. At the age of 21, Emma moved to Sacramento, California, where she worked in canneries an as a maid for a doctor. She met Fred at Sacramento, when he saved her from drowning in the Sacramento River. On April 19, 1939, Fred and Emma were married in Preeceville. They farmed north of Sturgis until Fred’s passing in 1991, when Emma moved into Sturgis. Due to failing health, she was moved to long term care in Norquay in March 2003, where she remained until her passing. During her lifetime Emma enjoyed traveling, gardening, quilting, cards, baking and reading. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and all nine brothers and sisters, including her twin brother. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Ed) Jackson of Calgary; sons, Jim (Donna) Prekaski of Sturgis and Jay (Dianne) Prekaski of Norquay; six grandchildren, Jeryl-Lynn Harvey, Eddie Jackson, Scott (Christina) Prekaski, Lisa (Matthew) Rachinski, Wendy (Rob) Campbell, Jeff Prekaski and ten great-grandchildren.

PREKASKI - Fred. Born on March 2, 1909 in Sturgis, he was educated at Kopje school. He worked as an orderly at the sanatorium in Fort Qu’Appelle and harvesting at Eastend, SK. He also worked at a mine at Butte Montana; on a ranch in Oregon and numerous jobs in California including three years with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He returned to the family farm and then worked for a year in Thunderbay, ON building terminals and then again returned to the farm. On April 19, 1939 he married Emma Scheid at Preeceville. A memorial service for Fred who died on January 12, 1991 was at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his father, Metro; his mother, Mary; two brothers Nick and George; three sisters, Dolly, Alli and Margaret and a brother and a sister in infancy, he is survived by his wife Emma; two sons Jim of Sturgis and Jay of Norquay; a daughter, Peggy of Calgary; two brothers, Leo and Willard both of Sturgis; three sisters, Annie Peniuk, Pauline Andrechuk and Rose Kandel and six grandchildren.

PREKASKI - Gerald Leo. The death of Gerald Leo Prekaski, age 59 years, of North Battleford, SK., occurred on May 10, 2000 after a brief battle with cancer. Born on September 17, 1940, Gerald was raised in Sturgis. After living in BC for a period of years he returned to Sask. in 1974, where he took up the occupation of a painting contractor, under the name of ‘Jerry’s Decorating’. He found much joy in sharing with others the wonderful hope of God’s Kingdom and the promise of a paradise earth. A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in North Battleford. Interment was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his father Leo Prekaski; he is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters Rhonda (Brent) Timmer and Audra (Shawn) Johnson and son Chad (Kandace) and five grandchildren; his mother Sadie Prekaski and his brother Tom (Margaret) Prekaski both of Sturgis.

PREKASKI - John Leo. Born on September 24, 1911 in Sturgis to parents Metro and Mary Prekaski, he attended Covell and Kopji schools. He worked as a farmer, businessman and cattle buyer and was a lifetime member of the Sturgis Sports and Rodeo committee. He married Sadie Peniuk on Nov. 3, 1935 at Kopji School in the Sturgis district. Leo, 87 passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on December 13, 1998. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, three brothers, Nick, Fred and George; three sisters, Margaret, Dolly and Angie and a son, Bobby, he is survived by his wife, Sadie; two sons, Gerald (Sandra) of North Battleford and Tom (Margaret) of Sturgis; a brother Willard of Sturgis; two sisters, Rose Kandel of Vista, Cal. And Pauline of Winnipeg; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

PREKASKI – Kathleen Prekaski (nee Melnychuk) was born on a farm near Canora in 1912. She attended school in Canora. In 1929, she married Nick Prekaski of Sturgis and they farmed 4-1/2 miles north of Sturgis. They raised five children: Arthur born in 1930, twins, David & Donald born in 1933, Sylvia and Paulette. Kathleen passed away on September 22, 1978 in the Norquay Hospital. Funeral services were held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Predeceased by her parents; a sister and three brothers, she is survived by her husband Nick; three sons, Arthur of Seattle, Wash., and Donald and David of Sturgis; two daughters, Sylvia Yuzek and Paulette Mehl; two sisters Rose Kraynick and Agnus Sabo; seven brothers, Charlie, Nick, Pete, Jim, Fred, Bill and John; and 10 grandchildren.

PREKASKI - Louise Elaine Prekaski, 4 daughter of Alex and Ellen Prekaski of the Sturgis district, died en route to hospital following a farm accident near the Prekaski farm on August 28, 1973. She received head injuries in the accident. She had tried to jump onto the back of a half-ton while it was being backed up by her older brother. Louise was born February 17, 1969 at the Preeceville hospital. Funeral service was held in Kingdom Hall at Sturgis. Burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother James, and six sisters, Loretta, Diana, Virginia, Marlene, Eunice and Lyvia, all at home.

PREKASKI - Maria (nee Monelick). Funeral service for Maria Prekaski, 77 of Sturgis who died on June 26, 1973 was held in the Kingdom Hall, Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. She was born in Austria and came to Canada in 1904. In 1908 she married Mike Prekaski and they farmed in the Sturgis district. Predeceased by her husband in 1948, two sisters and two brothers, John Monelick of Fort William and Metro Monelick of Pittsfield, Penn., she is survived by a sister, Mrs. K Antoniuk of Vancouver, two adopted sons, Will Moysiuk and Alex Prekaski of Sturgis and eight grandchildren.

PREKASKI - Nick. Born on July 1, 1903 to Metro and Mary Prekaski in the Saltcoats district, where his father ran an extensive cattle business. Being the oldest son, he learned the business at an early age, and had a lifelong love for horses, cattle and the outdoors. On June 27, 1929, he married Kathleen Melnychuk and they farmed in the Sturgis area until retirement. Nick, 83 passed away on Aug. 22, 1986 at the Plains Health Centre at Regina. Services held from Grace United Church and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his wife in 1978, his parents, a son, Arthur in 1981, and a sister Allie, he is survived by two sons, Donald and David; two daughters, Paulette and Sylvia; four brothers, Leo, Fred, Willard and George; five sisters, Dolly, Annie, Margaret, Pauline and Rosie and 11 grandchildren.

PREKASKI - Robert A. was born in 1933 and raised by Leo and Sadie Prekaski when his mother, (Sadie’s sister) Irene died in 1934. Bobby was raised in Sturgis and was a great sportsman, being a good baseball player and a jockey. He had ridden horses all over Canada and the USA in races. He went to work in BC, hauling logs. He married and had a son Karl. He was killed in northern BC (1961), while driving a big timber truck in the mountains, when the truck hit a loose shoulder and hurled into a ravine. He is survived by his parents, Leo and Sadie; his wife and son Karl and two brothers, Gerald and Tom. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

PREKASKI – Sadie (nee Peniuk) passed away peacefully at the age of 92 years on May 28, 2002 at the Kamsack Nursing Home. Sadie was born on March 17, 1910 to Andrew and Mary Peniuk on a farm 12 miles north of Sturgis. In 1922 at the age of 12 she attended Brookview School, but only for 2 years because of her age. In 1925 she went to work in Hartney, MB for four years. For five years she worked at the Brandon Hospital in the dining room serving the staff. She returned to the Sturgis area in the spring of 1935, when her mother died. On November 3, 1935 she married Leo Prekaski. They farmed and ran several businesses. Predeceased by her husband Leo, parents Andrew and Mary; sisters Ivy, Annie, Jennie; brothers, George, Pete and Metro; sons, Bobby and Gerald, she is survived by son Tom and his wife Margaret, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

PREKASKI – Willard Prekaski of Sturgis, passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on June 23, 2001. Willard was born on March 2, 1918 at the family farm to Metro and Mary (Mintenko) Prekaski, the eleventh child of thirteen children. He was raised on the family farm north of Sturgis and received his education at Cavel and Kopji Schools. In his younger years he experienced a wide range of jobs, including mining, logging, and ranching before settling on a life of mixed farming. After retiring from full time farming, in 1970 Willard worked for CN Rail for several years. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests such as hunting, fishing, swimming, picking raspberries and mushrooms, and traveling. He served as a councilor for the Preeceville RM from 1949 – 1954 and also volunteered many years of work and time towards the annual Sturgis Sports and Rodeo. He was also a founding member of the Lady Lake Park development. On October 14, 1944, Willard married Joyce Anne Vodden in Yorkton, SK. This union consisted of 62 wonderful years and was blessed with three children. He is survived by daughters: Gloria of Saskatoon and Linda of Castlegar, BC and son Trent (Elenore) of Hudson Bay; Grandchildren: Garth, Noel, Jarret, Larissa, Ashton and Drew; great grandchildren, Leif and Erik; Sisters, Rosie and Pauline. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Nick, George, Fred, Leo and Tommy; sisters, Allie, Dolly, Katie, Annie and Margaret.

PRIEN – Doris M. (nee Hunter) Prien was born in 1898 to parents John Hunter and Mary (Nicholson) Walker in the USA. She came from Langdon, North Dakota to Sturgis, SK by train in 1906, with her father John, stepmother Lottie (Charlotte) and siblings John E., Flora E., Cora R., and George Ernest. Her older brother Elmer stayed in the States to work. The family homesteaded 6 miles north of Sturgis. Doris married Frank Prien of the Cavell/Ajax school district. She died giving birth to her first child on September 16, 1917.

PROKOP – Alice (nee Kozun) was born in Rossburn, MB on August 8, 1937 she was the oldest daughter of Nick and Annie Kozun. Because of her mother’s early death, she took over many of the household responsibility at a young age of 6. On June 6, 1955, she married Sam Prokop and moved to Sturgis. In 1966, the family moved to Regina. She became ill in 1992 and required long-term care. She passed away at the age of 56, on October 1, 1993 at her home. Th funeral was held at Wascana United Church in Regina. Interment of ashes was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband, Sam; her father, Nicholas Kozun, her mother Annie Saley, and a brother John, she is survived by a son, Wally (Valerie) of Regina; two daughters, Carol (Daryl) Krieger of Gibbons, AB and Gloria (Dennis) Wasylenchuk; three brothers, Ed, Morris and Andy Kozun; three sisters, Nellie Goepen of Calgary, Iris (Bob) McCourt of Hamilton and Doreen (Larry) Johnstop of Hamilton and six grandchildren.

PROKOP – Sam Prokop, 63 of Regina died on April 5, 1991. Services held in Wascana United Church, Regina. Interment of ashes was at the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his father, Harry; a brother, Peter and two infant brothers, he is survived by his wife, Alice; a son, Wally (Valerie) of Regina; two daughters, Carol Krieger of Gibbons, AB and Gloria (Dennis) Wasylenchuk of Sturgis; his mother Albina of Yorkton; four brothers, Joe, Mike, Tony and John; four sisters, Helen Marchinko, Ann Mead, Mary (Steve) Kachur of Winnipeg and Nellie (Sieg) Marohn of Richmond, BC and six grandchildren.

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RAKOCHY - Andrew. Baby Andrew was born on April 25, 1984 to parents Sherry (Melnychuk) and Miles Rakochy. He died on May 31, 1984. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

REHALUK – Katie (nee Melnychuk) was born February 26, 1907 in the Ukraine the daughter of Alexander and Sophia Melnychuk of Buchanan. She married Sam Rehaluk in 1928. They lived at Buchanan, Hudson Bay and Sturgis. They raised four daughters; Diane Pelekins of Montreal, Rose Hrebeniuk of Hudson Bay, Sophie Okrainetz of Cyrle, BC and Alice Fedoriuk of Sturgis. She passed away in 1992. Katie is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband; two brothers Alex and John, she is survived by four daughters, Diane, Rose, Sophie and Alice; two brothers Steve and Bill; four sisters, Mary Tumak, Sadie Trish, Dora Kitzan and Ann Olson of Winnipeg; 19 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

REHALUK – Sam passed away on January 4, 1974. The service was held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Hudson Bay. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born in 1909 on his parent’s homestead in the Chechow district, Sam attended school at Chechow. He married Katie Melnychuk at Buchanan on January 22, 1928. They farmed in the Buchanan district for 10 years and in 1939 moved to Hudson Bay where he was employed by the Canadian National Railway until his retirement in 1968. Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Ann Poaloquin, Rose Herbeniuk of Hudson Bay, Sophie Okrainetz and Alice Federiuk of Sturgis; a brother Alex of Hazel Dell; a stepsister, Stella Fedosenko of BC; 18 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

REITLO - Otto Torleif Reitlo 76, of Sturgis, died on June 26, 1992 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service was held at the Grace United Church, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born August 14, 1915 at Sturgis he was the son of Olaf and Tora Reitlo. He was educated at Preeceville. On June 16, 1941 he married Norma Hanson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. In 1942 they moved to Flin Flon where Otto was employed by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company working as a smelter. That year he joined the arm, but was given a medical discharge and returned to his previous occupation. In 1943 they left Flin Flon and returned to Preeceville where he worked in his father’s butcher shop. In the spring of 1943 they moved to Canora where he worked in the local creamery. In 1944 the store was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt and operated until it was sol in 1950. They returned to Flin Flon where Otto worked as a meat cutter and began working for Modern Dairies until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Read Club. Predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Clifford, Curtis and Leif; his survived by his wife; a son Clifford (Kathy) of Flin Flon; a daughter, Sharon (Ed) of Cranberry Portage, MB and three grandchildren.

REMENDA – Sheldon John Jacob Remenda, age 43 of Sturgis, passed away suddenly on January 3, 2013 when he and four members of his immediate family were involved in a tragic accident near Humboldt, SK. Sheldon the first child of John and Leona Remenda, was born on August 3, 1969 in New Westminster, BC. The family eventually moved to Saskatchewan and Sheldon received all his schooling, grades 1 through 12 in Sturgis. He was a big brother and protector to his 3 younger siblings, Nadine, Maureen and Steven. Sheldon played hockey, baseball and football during his school years, hockey being his main passion. Sheldon enjoyed being in nature, camping, hunting and fishing and loved spending quality time with his family. Sheldon spent countless hours playing outside with nieces, nephews an of course his son and best buddy Tanner, age 11, his only child and absolute pride and joy. A natural ‘kid person’ Sheldon loved all children and was an incredible father and uncle right up to the minute of his death. His nephew, Lane German, predeceased Sheldon in 2010. He leaves to mourn his son, Tanner of Wynyard; his grandfather Jake Jansen of Norquay; his parents, John and Leona Remenda of Sturgis; sisters, Nadine Coupland and Maureen German, both of Sturgis; his brother Steven of Regina; nieces, Kari-Lee, Ashly and Brayly; nephews, Brendon, Arlee Ryan and Jax and his great niece, Tera.

REMENDA – Victor Benedict Remenda, age 68 years of Herbert, SK, a retired salesman, passed away on July 29, 1988 at his residence. Funeral service held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s witnesses, Swift Current. The deceased is survived by his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Connie (Murry) Sluth of Swift Current and Carol (Marlow) LaFountain of Riverside, California; two sons, William (Elaine) of St. Malo, MB and Peter (Audra) of Saskatoon; and six grandchildren Darren, Rachelle, Carson, Dustin, Neil and Joshus; two sisters, Elizabeth of Weyburn and Sonia of Belfountaine of ON; three brothers, Nestor, Alfred and Lionel. He was predeceased by his father Anton in 1940 and his mother Victoria in 1971. Victor was born on October 17, 1919 near Verigin, SK. Growing up on the family farm, Victor attended the Boguez and Zukumft Schools in the Verigin and Mikado districts. Following his high school education, he worked with his uncles at various construction jobs. Shortly after the outbreak of the 2nd World War, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served his country for four years and was discharged with the rank of Petty Officer. He then returned to the family farm and helped his mother with the day to day operations of the farm. On Sept. 25, 1949, he was married to the former Ruby Thompson at Canora, SK. The couple resided at Kamsack, where Victor was manager of the Beaver Lumber Co. and later manager at the Winnipegosis, MB. store. He was then employed in the Life Insurance field with both Canada Life and Crown Life Insurance Co. Victor and Ruby moved to reside in Herbert, SK in 1981. He was a handyman, who enjoyed carpentry and made many improvements to their home. He enjoyed writing poetry.

RHODES - George William Rhodes 85, of Regina and formerly of Sturgis and Canora, died on February 9, 1990. The service was held in Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born February 24, 1904 in Irving, Northwest Territories (now Alberta) he was educated at Canora. He worked on his parent’s farm near Canora. He also worked with his brother, Dave, painting in the Canora area and other places in the Province. He served in the Canadian Army in the Second World War and after being discharged for health reasons, worked in a plane factory in Ontario during the war years. Predeceased by a sister, Clara; a brother, Melvin and a half-brother, Jim Vincent, he is survived by a brother Dave (Eva) of Sturgis; a half-brother Glen Vincent; a sister Gladys Graham of Prairie City, Iowa and two half-sisters, Winnie of Yorkton and Florence Strong of Prairie River, AB

RITCHIE - Albert John. Funeral service for Albert John Ritchie, 55 of Sturgis who died May 5, 1977 was held at the Grace United Church. Born at Stoughton, SK he joined the Canadian Army at Yorkton in 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War as a member of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. On completion of training he transferred to the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers. He served in combat in Europe during the war. After returning to Canada he was discharged to civilian life in 1945. He married Mary Rutka of Kelvington at Canora in 1946. They move to BC for a year, then returned to Sask., spent a year at Kelvington and then moved to Sturgis. Mr. Ritchie was a member of the Sturgis branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for 20 years and held office as president for two years. Predeceased by a daughter, Shirley in 1953, he is survived by his wife; four daughters, Sharon Secundiak of Stenen, Carol Pugh of Drayton Valley, AB, Brenda Pankevich of Edmonton and Patty English of Calgary; three sons, Blake and Bobby of Sturgis and David and his wife Joy of Calgary. and five grandchildren.

RITCHIE - Mary Ann Ritchie 74, of Sturgis passed away on August 1, 2000. Born April 1, 1926 in the Burgis district, she attended school in Kelvington. She married Albert Ritchie in March 1946 and they lived in Sturgis. Mary was a member of the UCW and Legion auxiliary. Predeceased by her parents, Harry and Dora Rutka, her husband, Albert, a brother John in 1948 and a daughter Shirley in 1953, she is survived by three sons, David, Blake and Bob; four daughters Sharon, Carol, Brenda and Patricia (Mike) Peel of Saskatoon; a brother Bill Rutka of Kelvington; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

RITCHIE – Shirley was born in 1946 at Copper Mountain, BC to parents Albert and Mary Ritchie. The family moved a couple of times finally settling in Sturgis in 1953. Shirley died in 1953 at the age of six and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

ROCK - John Rock was born in 1920 to parents Harry and Dora (Prekaski) Rock. They lived on a farm six miles north of Sturgis. There were four children in the family; Willie, Annie (died at an early age) John and Dianne (Leslie) Davis, who lived in BC. John’s father died in 1937, and John passed away in 1963. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

ROGSTAD - Funeral service for Anna Linnea Rogstad 76, of Sturgis died on December5, 1976 in Preeceville Hospital, was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. She was born in Dalaren, Sweden on January 23, 1900; she was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Andrew Olson. She came to Canada in 1905 with her mother and four brothers to join their father who was homesteading in the Eden Valley district, southeast of Sturgis. She attended Mannanah School. In 1925 she married Joseph Rogstad and they made their home in Sturgis. Predeceased by her parents, four brothers, Andrew, Arvid, Oscar and Eric, and a grandson Richard Lemche, she is survived by her husband; two daughters, Nelda (Clayton) Bell and Jeanette (Barry) Smith both of Flin Flon; a son, Dr. Vernon Rogstad of Watson; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Hilda Boen and Alma Larson of Sturgis, and Freda (Orin) Melsness of Langley, BC

ROGSTAD - Joseph. Funeral service for Joseph Rogstad, 89 of Watson and formerly of Sturgis, who died August 16, 1983 in St. Paul’s Hospital was held at the Grace United church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis cemetery. Born on March 16, 1894 at Homen, N.D., he also received his education there. During the First World War, he served in France and Germany with the United States Marine Corps. He came to Canada in 1919 as a harvester. The following year, he and his partner, Oscar Soderlund, went into business at Sturgis, operating a garage, hardware store and Imperial Oil agency for many years. They also installed the first electric power plant in Sturgis. On August 18, 1925 he married Anna Olson of Stenen. Rogstad served on town council and was on the board of the Credit Union for a number of Years. He was the town’s fire chief in the early days. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge and belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion. In 1977, he moved to Watson. There he participated in the New Horizons Senior Club. Predeceased by his wife; a grandson in 1966; a son-in-law Gerald Lemcke in 1968; seven sisters and five brothers; he is survived by a son Vernon; two daughters, Nelda and Jeanette; a brother Edward of Somerset, KY, and 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

ROMANOW - "Pete" Romanow 80, passed away on November2, 1994. Internment of ashes was at Sturgis Cemetery. Born October 28, 1914 in the Tadmore district, he was educated at Corofin School. In 1936 he rented land in the Tadmore district. In 1940 he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was posted in Prince Albert and then Shilo, MB. before being sent to Halifax where he remained until 1944. For 40 years he had worked as a mechanic for a farm machinery dealership repairing equipment. He retired in 1979. On May 29, 1936 he married Mary Bartch at a Catholic Church in Canora. Predeceased by his parents, John and Pauline Romanow, he is survived by his wife Mary; a son Laverne (Carol) and a daughter Venita (Les) four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

ROMANOW - Mary Elizabeth (nee Bartch) was born on August 7, 1919 to John and Amolia Bartch at Willow Bunch, SK. The Bartch family moved to Sturgis in 1934. Mary married Peter Romanow on May 29, 1936. They had two children; Venita Obrigewitsch and son Laverne is retired in Saskatoon and four grandchildren. Her husband, Peter passed away in 1994. Mary moved to a senior’s unit in Sturgis and passed away in 2009.

RONGVE - Cameron was born in 1945 to parents Gordon and Yvonne Rongve. He attended school in Sturgis. He died in a car accident June 1963 near Tadmore, SK. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

RONGVE - Gordon Thomas "Bud" Rongve, 73 of Sturgis passed away at his home on September 24, 1989. Service was held from the Legion Hall followed by cremation. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on September 9, 1916 in Canora, to parent’s Thomas and Alice Rongve. He was educated at Kopje School and Sturgis Composite High School. On December 6, 1943 he married Yvonne Roste at Sturgis. He farmed in the Sturgis area; worked for the Saskatchewan Timber Board during many winters; the PFRA for a few winters and operated a piggery with two partners for a time. He and his family moved to Sturgis in 1949, while continuing to reside on the farm during the summer for many years. He retired from farming in 1974. He was a member of the Sturgis Read Club and was interested in gardening, baseball and hockey. Predeceased by his parents; his wife Yvonne in 1986; his brother Willard in 1955; his sister Ina in 1987 and his son Cameron in 1963, he is survived by a daughter Gail (Wynne) McBeath and three sisters, Gladys Doyle, Helen of Saskatoon and Lois Graham of Sturgis and two grandchildren.

RONGVE - Thomas Rongve 103, of the Lions Hostel in Preeceville and formerly of Sturgis, died on December 12, 1980 in Preeceville Hospital. Services were held at Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on May 25, 1877, in Wisconsin, he worked in the coalmines there. In 1904 he married Alice Lee and in 1905 he came to Sask. and settled north of Sturgis. He built a log house which still stand today, but is used for grain storage. He was a member of the Kopji school district board and helped build the Grace United Church at Sturgis and was a member of the farmers union and Sask. Wheat Pool. He retired and moved to Sturgis in 1949 and came to live in the Lions Hostel in July 1968. A street at Sturgis was named after him three years ago. Predeceased by his wife in 1939, a son Willard in 1955; two grandsons, Delbert Bates in 1933 and Cameron Rongve in 1962, he is survived by a son Gordon, four daughters, Gladys Doyle, Ina Peters, Helen Bates and Lois Graham; seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

RONGVE – Yvonne (nee Roste). A memorial service for Yvonne Rongve 63, of Sturgis, who died on September 26, 1986 in Preeceville Hospital, was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial took place in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on February 24, 1923 on the farm of her parents Tyler and Vera Roste, north of Preeceville, she was educated at Etonanmie School and Sturgis schools. She took further training at Reliance Secretarial School in Regina and worked at the Sturgis Timber Board and Sturgis School Unit before becoming administrator of the Town of Sturgis, which post she held for 25 years from 1961 until her death. She married Gordon Rongve December 6, 1943 in the United Church manse at Preeceville. She was a member of the Curling club and the United Church Women, and enjoyed knitting and reading. Predeceased by her parents, a son Cameron, two brothers, George and Wayne, and two sisters, Joyce and Edith, she is survived by her husband; a daughter Gail McBeath, a brother Gordon Roste of Vernon, BC; a sister Viola Pollock of Sturgis, and two grandchildren

ROSTE - George Olaf Roste was born February 22, 1921 to parents Tyler and Vera Roste. He died as a result of trying to save a workman from a caved in ditch, at Trocha, AB on June 15, 1949. He was only 22 years old at the time. He is buried at the Sturgis Cemetery.

ROSTE - Vera Mabel, 80 of Sturgis passed away on December 30, 1979 in hospital at Saskatoon. Services were held from the Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Brantford, Ont. She married Tyler Roste in 1917. They came to Sturgis in 1930 and she had resided here since then. Predeceased by two sons, George in 1949 and Wayne in 1958; she is survived by a sister Fern Frey of Dauphin; a son Gordon, four daughters, Viola Pollock, Joyce Langton, Yvonne Rongve, and Edith Myher; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

ROSTE - Roland Wayne Roste was born in Canora on July 7, 1934 to parents Tyler and Vera Roste. He died in a car accident in British Columbia in 1958. He was in the navy. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

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SAKALUK – Anne (nee Pakulak) Sakaluk, was the first child of Fred and Mary Pakulak of the Woodlight district. At the age of 14 she married John Strocel and had nine children: Elsie, Ted, Olga, Mabel, Jimmy (died at birth), Effie, Orest, Ernie and Anton. They lived on a farm next to Anne’s parents. Her husband John died in May 1955 of cancer. In 1958, Anne married Steve Sakaluk of Danbury. Steve was killed in a car accident in 1975. After a few years, Anne moved to Abbotsford, BC and then to Vernon to be near her daughter. Anne passed away January 27, 2003.

SAKALUK – Steve was born and educated in Danbury district. He was the son of Henry and Kathryn Sakaluk. Steve farmed in the district all his life. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, United Grain Growers and the National Farmers Union. In 1958 he married Anne Strocel of Sturgis and they continued to farm in Danbury until November1974, when they moved to their new home in Sturgis. Predeceased by his mother and father and sister, Anne, he is survived by his wife; seven step-children, Elsie Cheremkora, Ted Strocel, Olga Samborski, Effie Hutcheson, Orest Strocel, Ernie Strocel and Anton Strocel; 26 grandchildren; a sister, Marie Jackson of Glenboro, MB, and two brothers, Fred Sakaluk of Regina and Nick Sakaluk of Danbury. Steve passed away February 19, 1975.

SANDERSON – Nancy Sanderson was born in 1870 near the White Sand River in Sask. When she was older she worked at the Headingly jail in Regina as a cook for the prisoners. Her and husband George lived around Winnipegosis, Manitoba later on in their marriage and in 1932 moved into town. They had a family of twelve children, four boys and eight girls. Myrtle was the youngest child. The oldest son joined the army and went overseas. He was killed in action. Two sons died at a young age. Her husband George was a carpenter and did a lot of hunting and fishing to feed the family. Mr. Sanderson died at the age of 79 years and Mrs. Sanderson came to Sturgis and lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Allan and Myrtle Sweet for a few years. She passed away in 1961 at the age of 91 years.

SATHER – John Sather, 53 of Sturgis and formerly of the Rush Lake area, died on July 17, 1981. The funeral held from the Fellowship Chapel, Endeavour and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on November 8, 1937 at Waldeck, he received his education at Centre Spring School. He worked as a farmer and a carpenter. On August 27, 1953, he married Patricia Untereiner at Swift Current. They moved to Sturgis in 1977, where they farmed. Predeceased by his parents Ingwald and Petra; he is survived by his wife; two daughters, Lisa and Joanne; and three sisters.

SCEBENSKI – Anne Scebenski, 71 of Preeceville and formerly of the Usherville district, passed away on May 10, 2001 at the Preeceville Lions Hostel. She was born May 19, 1929, in the Lady Lake district. She attended Sunny Brae and Sturgis Schools. She married John Scebenski in October1956 on the family farm west of Sturgis. Predeceased by her parents, George in 1959 and Mary in 1969 Popowich; her husband John in 1966, and two brothers John and Bill in 1944, she is survived by two sons, Donald of Sturgis and Ernest (Lezlie) of Killarney, MB; three daughters, Sylvia of Indian Head, Rose Lenych of Stenen and Clara Scebenski of Sturgis; six brothers, Steve, Mike, Tom, Nick, Metro and Andrew; five sisters, Nellie Popowich, Ellen Prekaski and Rose Frederickson all of Sturgis, Dorothy LaDue of LaCrosse and Elizabeth Powldusky of Prince George, BC; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

SCEBENSKI – John Scebenski was born November 25, 1905 in Doroshewti, Austria to parents Alec and Mary (nee Mallick) Scebenski. The family immigrated to Canada and John grew up in the Brush Valley area, north of Danbury, SK. His siblings were Mike, Metro, Fred, William (Bill), Harry, Nick and Leonard. John never attended school and farmed for most of his life. He married Anne Popowich on September 22, 1956 on the family farm west of Sturgis. After the marriage they farmed southeast of Usherville (30-37-4 W2). They raised a family of five children. Donald, Ernest, Sylvia, Rose and Clara. John passed away in Preeceville Hospital on October 21, 1966.

SCHOENKE – Edward Thedodore "Ted" Schoenke, 74 passed away on January 9, 1969 at the Preeceville Hospital. Services held from Grace United Church. Ted was born in Louisville, Kentucky and at an early age moved with his family to Waukegan, Ill., where he grew up and received his education. He barbered and played baseball in his early years and then went into business for himself in Chicago. During the Second World War he worked as a tool and die maker in various war plants. In 1945 he married Martha Johnson and in 1949 they moved to Sturgis, where he barbered until 1960, when ill health forced him into semi-retirement. He was active in the formation of the Sturgis Cemetery Association and the Sturgis Horticultural Society, serving as president of the latter for a number of years. His wife, Martha and sisters and brothers in the United States survive him.

SCHOENKE – Martha, 89 passed away on June 16, 2000 at the Invermay Health Centre. Services held at Grace United Church. Born on March 3, 1911 in Chicago, Ill., she immigrated with her parents to Canada in 1911. They returned to Chicago and moved back to Canada again in 1917. Martha attended school in Sturgis and graduated in 1927 before returning to Chicago and attaining a secretarial position. She married Edward Schoenke in November 1945 and they moved to Sturgis in 1949 where they owned/operated the bookshop until selling the business and retiring in 1981. She was secretary-treasurer and manager of the Sturgis savings and Credit Union from 1960 until its amalgamation with Canora Credit Union in 1968. She also served secretary-treasurer of the Sturgis Rural Telephone Company from 1964 to 1977. She was called to help with secretarial work at the school unit and served as secretary/or treasurer of the Sturgis Cemetery Association, Sturgis and district Donors Choice, Grace United Church Women, Sturgis Bowling Club, and ladies auxiliary. She received a life membership from the Legion Ladies auxiliary. Predeceased by her parents Albin and Martha (Wetterlund) Johnson, her husband Ted; she is survived by a brother Alver (Angela) Johnson.

SCOTT – Mary Winnifred Scott was born in Manitoba in 1894, the daughter of Emily and Charles Mason. Her siblings were John, Euphemia, David and Walter. She married Samuel Scott on March 6, 1912 and they lived at Strathclair, Manitoba. She had two known children, Edward and Hannah. In 1933, her husband passed away. Mary lived at Winnipeg, prior to moving to Sturgis, where her mother Emily Mason, a brother Walter Mason and sister Euphemia Thomas were living. Mary passed away in 1937.

SELLS – Clifford Paul Sells was born in Radville, SK on July 7, 1911 He was the third of seven children, born to Paul Julius Carl and Matilda (Johnke) Sells. The family moved to the Tadmore area in 1934. Cliff married Florence Bartch on April 17, 1939. On June 24, 1941, Cliff signed up to help defend his country and was discharged from the Army October 24, 1945. He then purchased a farm 14 miles north of Sturgis under the Veterans Land Act. He farmed for ten years and to supplement the farm income he worked at the Timber Board in Sturgis for seventeen years. His wife Florence passed away in June of 1949 and he was left to care for a nine-year-old daughter. Cliff married Mayme Lawrence on January 7, 1963 at Grace United Church. In 1966, Mayme and Cliff bought the Dry Cleaning business, which they operated until 1981. In 1971, Cliff delivered the rural mail until the age of 76. Cliff passed away in 2000 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SELLS – Florentina Maria (nee Bartch) Sells, known as Florence, was born in 1917 to parents John and Amollia (Kupper) Bartch on the homestead between Fifelake and Willowbunch, SK. She was the second eldest in a family of six children. Her siblings were Eugine (George), Mary, Frank, Clarence and Larry. The family moved to the Tadmore district in 1934. Florence married Clifford Sells on April 17, 1939. They had one daughter, Ardele Marilyn. In 1949, Florence passed away of cancer at the age of thirty-two.

SEMESCHUK – Alex was born May 5, 1919 in Shubkow, Ukraine to Timosh and Waska Semeschuk. He attended school where the language spoken was Ukrainian for half a day and Polish for the other half. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1928 at the age of nine. After a year in Hyas, they bought land in the Frame Lake district and, later Brush Valley districts. During the depression, he worked on the family farm, as a laborer on other farms and at a variety of jobs such as cutting and hauling firewood. He married Annie Zinkewich in 1942 and was conscripted into the army and trained in Dundurn. They farmed north of Stenen, first on his parents farm, then the Zinkewich farm, and in 1950, the present Semeschuk farm. In 1976 they moved to Sturgis but continued farming. He served as a councilor in the RM of Clayton for 14 years, and a deputy reeve for a number of years. Predeceased by his parents, Timosh in 1940 and Waska in 1970, his wife Annie in 1997, two brothers, Andrew in 1922 and John in 2003, and great grandson, Evan Froese in 2004, he is survived by three sons, Tom, Bryan and Bradley; six daughters, Virginia Dyck, Levia Rudniski, Vivian Yawney, Lorrie Hudson, Sandy Walowski and Vincy Gurski; four brothers, George, Paul, Pete and William; one sister, Ann Sunduk; 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

SEMESCHUK – Annie Semeschuk (nee Zinkewich) was born in 1921. She married Alex Semeschuk in January of 1942, and they moved to the Zinkewich homestead to help Anne’s mother farm, as her dad was very ill with T.B. In 1953 they purchased land with a large 2-storey house. They raised nine children. Virginia, Levia, Vivian, Tom, Bryan, Lorie, Alexandra, Vanessa and Bradley. Anne loved to sing in Ukrainian and belonged to the church choir. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to cook, bake, crochet and gardening. In the late 70’s Alex and Anne purchased a home in Sturgis and continued to farm, later renting the land out. Anne passed away in 1997 at the age of 76.

SEMESCHUK – John Semeschuk, 73 of Preeceville, and formerly of the Sturgis district, died on June 20, 2003 at Preeceville Hospital. Born on June 25, 1929 in the Hyas district, he attended Brush Valley School in the Danbury district. At the age of 17, he began working at various bush camps in Manitoba and Ontario. He returned home in the summer months to help on the family farm. In 1957, he purchased a three ton truck and hauled gravel for municipal roads and highway construction. During the winter months, he hauled lumber for the Sask. Timber Board. On October 24, 1958 he married Elsie Mentanko at the Greek Orthodox Church in Hyas. They stated a mixed farming operation west of Danbury and he continued to haul gravel and lumber. In 1963, they sold the farm and moved to Endeavour. They lived in Preeceville for a while before buying a farm seven miles north of Sturgis in 1973. In May of 2001, they retired to Preeceville. Predeceased by his father, Timosh, in 1940 and his mother, Waska, in 1970, he is survived by his wife Elsie; three sons, Barry of Calgary, Arden of Kelowna and Kennen of Thunder Bay, ON; two daughters, Arlene Lozinski of Canora and Tracy of Calgary; five brothers, Alex and Pete of Sturgis, Paul of Canora, George of Souris, MB and William of Danbury; a sister Anne Sunduk of Danbury and nine grandchildren.

SEMESCHUK – Pete Semeschuk, 74 of Sturgis and formerly of Danbury, passed away on May 12, 2006. Funeral service from the Preeceville Funeral Home. Born on October 3, 1931 in the Frame Lake district, he attended Brush Valley School. He worked for Ontario Power in Thunder Bay and owned and operated a gravel truck. He worked on the Trans Canada Highway near McLean and he worked with Ramsey and Bird construction. He hauled lumber and pulp for the Sturgis Timber board. He also hauled lumber for the Louis Rymak mill, the Sundak and Kozmeniuk mill and for Pawlitzski Pulp Construction Co. He farmed and raised cattle. After his Danbury home was lost to fire, he worked in construction at Prince Rubert for two years. He was the president of the Danbury hall for 15 years. He married Elaine Polyzniuk in Hyas on October 3, 1958. Predeceased by his parents, Timosh and Waska and four brothers, Andrew in infancy, John, Alex, George, he is survived by his wife Elaine; a son Ryan (Shelly) of Danbury; two daughters Rhonda Oneschuk of Canora and Valda Toffan of Yorkton; two brothers, Paul and William; a sister Annie Sunduk of Danbury; and ten grandchildren

SHARP – Dinah (nee Moran) Sharp was born in 1883. She married Thomas Sharp on December 4, 1907 in Brandon, MB. They had one daughter, Eva born in 1909. The family first moved to Canora and then took up a homestead in 1910 north of Sturgis. Dinah passed away on January 3, 1957 at age 70. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SHARP – Thomas Nelson Sharp was born in Belleville, ON in 1882. He moved to Brandon, MB where he worked as a brakeman for the CNR. He married Dinah Moran on December 4, 1907 and they had one daughter Eva born in 1909 in Brandon. The family moved to Canora where Tom worked at the Balmoral Hotel. In 1910 they homesteaded north of Sturgis, where they did mixed farming. Tom died on November26, 1959 at the age of 77.

SHAUER – Arthur Shauer, 94 of Sturgis, passed away on February 3, 1997. Funeral service held at Preeceville Funeral Chapel. Born on June 27, 1902 near Ebenezer, he attended Langenau School and in 1928 became the elevator agent for Bawlf Grain Company in Tiny. He married Con Murray of Rama in 1930 and after a brief stay in Makaroff, MB. they moved to Hassan, where they farmed and ran a general store and post office. They retired to Sturgis in 1973. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Rosalea Shauer, his wife, Con in 1989, two brothers, Otto and Adolph, and four sisters, Lydia, Olga, Teenie and Blanche, he is survived by one son, Wayne (Delores) Shauer; two daughters, Januaryice Shauer and Darlene (Ray) Polachic, and four grandchildren.

SHAUER – Constance Ellen "Con" (nee Murray) Shauer, 84 of Sturgis and formerly of Hassan district, passed away on May 20, 1989. Born on February 1, 1905, in Jarvis Brook, England, Canstance Murray was educated at Bellenden School near Rama, at Roblin School and Arran High School. In 1926, she became a telephone operator at Canora and an agent for the Canora Telephone Company in 1928. She was the postmistress of the Hassan post office from 1942 – 1967. On August 5, 1930 she married Archie Shauer at Canora. Predeceased by her parents, John and Fanny Murray, in 1944 and 1937, three brothers George in 1971, Jack in 1978 and Arthur in 1989, and a sister Jean MacIntyre in 1985, she is survived by her husband Archie; a son Wayne of Yorkton; two daughters, Darlene of Creston, BC and Januaryice of Russell, MB and four grandchildren.

SHOOK – Edna M. Shook was born in Pierre, South Dakota in 1878. She married Melvin Shook and together raised seven children. They came to Canada in 1913 arriving in Preeceville in March. They lived on a rented farm southeast of Preeceville for a year and then moved to their homestead. Edna passed away in 1937 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SHOOK – Melvin was born in Illinois in 1867. He was a well driller and a farmer, and a veteran of the Boer War. He married Edna and together they raised seven children: Arthur, Frank, Clyde, Neil, Iva, Earl and Glen born near Lane, N.D where they farmed. In 1913 they came to Canada and settled in the Tadmore area. His wife Edna passed away in 1937 and Melvin passed away in 1938. Both are buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SIMES – Anne (nee Glowatsky). Funeral service for Anne Simes, 74 of the Stenen district, who died April 28, 1997 at the Yorkton Health Centre, was held at the Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on May 5, 1922 to Dan and Pauline (Bodnar) Glowatsky in the Preeceville district, she attended Hryhoriw School. She worked at restaurants in Portage La Prairie and Yorkton and as a sales clerk in Preeceville, Canora and Yorkton. On July 26, 1953 she married Lewis Simes in Yorkton and they farmed in the Stenen area. Predeceased by her parents, a sister Helen Boyko and a brother, Michael, she is survived by her husband Lewis, a daughter Gayle (Randy) Schuster of Yorkton; two sisters, Mary (Louis) Cymbalisty of Canora and Stella Clark of Edmonton; and two grandchildren.

SIMES – Jessie (nee Will) was born 1931. When her mother died, her and her brother James went to live with her father’s (Jim Will) sister and was raised by Bert and Agnes Vodden. Jessie married Leonard Simes in 1952 and they had three daughters, Norine, Denise and Brenda. They lived in Calgary. Jessie passed away September 17, 2002 and is buried in the Sturgis cemetery.

SIMES – Leonard John Simes was born in 1930 at Tadmore, SK to parents, Westley and Katherine Simes. In 1936 he moved with his family into the town of Sturgis. He married Jessie Will in 1952 and they had three children – Norine, Denise and Brenda. Leonard passed away March 5, 2006

SIMPSON – Harold Mickey Simpson, 70 of Sturgis, passed away on December 31, 1971 at Preeceville Hospital. The funeral was held from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Harold was born at Hull, England, and came to Canada with his parents at the age of three. They lived at Winnipeg for a time, then at Yorkton and Canora where they operated the post office for a short while before moving to Hassan. In 1906 they moved to the Kopje district on his father’s homestead, where they lived until 11 years ago when they retired and moved into town. In May 1926 he married Bertha Marie Lambert at Stenen. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George Illeley of New Westminister and six granddaughters.

SIMPSON – John Simpson was born in November 1874 in England. He came to Canada in 1904 with his wife Francis and son, Harold. He operated the post office in Canora, SK in 1904. He homesteaded in the Kopje School district about 1905 and farmed in partnership with Wm. "Billy" Jones. John was chairman of the Kopje School board from 1918 – 1920. Records indicate that they had an adopted son, born in Ontario in November 1894 and named Johnson Leitch, who was of Irish decent (Re: 1911 census). John passed away on December 25, 1938.

SJOLIE – Agnes (nee Peterson) was born on July 12, 1911 to Charlie and Gertie Peterson at their homestead in North Prairie district, northwest of Preeceville. She attended Beaver Falls School. She worked as a cook and housekeeper at various places, and on November 9, 1939 was married to Gordon Sjolie of Sturgis, at her parents home. She was a member of the Sturgis UCW and the church choir. Agnes, age 78 of Sturgis passed away on September 2, 1989. Predeceased by her husband, her parents and three brothers, Maurice, Lawrence and Clarence, she is survived by: two daughters, Rita (Jim) Larson of Assiniboia and Mavis (Dick) Morken of Sturgis; five sisters, Clara Sjolie, Gladys Myhran, Ethel Palaniuk, and Violet Palaniuk of Sturgis and Eileen Lippert of Yorkton, and four grandchildren.

SJOLIE – Albert Theodore Sjolie, 70 of Sturgis, passed away on October 13, 1978 in Canora Hospital after a long illness. Services were held from Grace United Church. Born at Velvas, N.D he came to Canada, to the Norquay district, with his parents in 1910. He attended Grantsbury, North Prairie and Beaver Falls schools. He married Clara Peterson in 1933 at the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Peterson. They farmed south of Sturgis in the Corofin district. He served on the board of directors of the Preeceville and Sturgis Co-op Association, held the office of President of the Sturgis Credit Union, served on the Corofin School board and for many years and acted as president of the Sturgis Rural Telephone Company. Predeceased by his mother in 1940 and his father in 1948, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Alvin of Carberry and Clifton of Sturgis; four daughters, Delores Cutler of Carlyle, Loretta Bankowski of Winnipeg, Adeline McComb of Vancouver and Gloria Soare of Calgary; three brothers, Olaf, Elmer and Gordon of Sturgis and sisters, Ida Domier of Norquay and Thelma Auguston.

SJOLIE – Clara Mathilda (nee Peterson) Sjolie was born November 4, 1909 in Barton, ND. In 1911, the family moved to the North Prairie district, where she spent her early years. She attended Beaver Falls School and was confirmed in the Preeceville Lutheran Church. Clara married Albert Sjolie at the farm home of her parents on November 22, 1933. They purchased the Jim Patterson farm and lived there until Albert’s death in October 1978. At that time, she alone moved to Sturgis, to the home that they had planned together. Clara loved flowers and grew large gardens. After she moved into town, she learned to bowl, something she enjoyed for many years. She loved to play canasta and host dinners and tea parties. She especially enjoyed her family, her friends and her church. She was a member of the Corofin Ladies Aid until it disbanded, and was actively involved with the life and work of Grace United Church. She enjoyed life and living, and will be sadly missed by her family. Clara passed away on July 15, 2002 at the Invermay Health Centre with family members at her side. She was Predeceased by her parents, Gertie and Charlie Peterson; her husband, Albert; daughter, Gloria; brothers, Clarence, Lawrence and Maurice; and sisters, Agnes and Eileen. She leaves to mourn her passing, sons Alvin (Helen) of Carberry MB and Clifton of Sturgis; daughters, Delores (Bob) Cutler of Carlyle, Loretta Bankowski of Regina and Adeline (Ray) McComb of Surrey, BC; sisters, Gladys Myhran, Ethel Palaniuk and Violet Palaniuk; 14 grandchildren.

SJOLIE – Elmer John Sjolie, 88 passed away on March 19, 1999 at Preeceville Lions Hostel. Born on October 23, 1910 in Norquay, he attended Grantaburg, North Prairie and Beaver Falls schools. He farmed all his life and served 32 years as an elected official of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, He was a co-founder of the first cooperative farm in Sask. He married Carolina Walker on October 23, 1939 at the Lutheran manse in Preeceville. He served as president of the Canadian Livestock Co-operative from 1968-70, vice president of the co-operative Union of Sask. from 1966-67, as a delegate for Federated Co-op Ltd., member of the Sturgis School Unit board for seven years. An original member of the District 19 Agricultural Extension committee, he organized the first 4-H club in Sturgis and served as assistant leader for four years. He supervised the obtaining of the Read Club building. Predeceased by his parents, Lars and Anne Sjolie, three brothers, Olaf, Albert and Gordon, and a sister, Thelma; he is survived by his wife, Lena; a son, Donald of Edmonton; four daughters, Mildrd Reynolds, Januaryet Szafron, Joan Publicover of Halifax and Lorna Thomas of Ottawa; a sister Ida Domier of Calgary; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

SJOLIE – Gordon Melvin Sjolie was born on October 9, 1914 near Norquay. He was educated at North Prairie and Beaver Falls Schools. He worked as a laborer at various jobs in the Sturgis district, including a number of years with the Sturgis-Preeceville Rural Telephone Company. He married Agnes Peterson on November 9, 1939. He was on the Grace United Church Board as a member and chairman. He also served as a Sunday school teacher for a number of years. Gordon, age72 passed away on Mar 30, 1987 at his home. Predeceased by his parents and a brother, Albert in 1978; he is survived by his wife, Agnes; two daughters, Rita Larson of Assiniboia and Mavis Morken of Sturgis; two brothers, Elmer and Olaf of Sturgis; two sisters, Ida Domier and Thelma Auguston of Norquay; and four grandchildren.

SJOLIE – Olaf Edward Sjolie, 89 of Preeceville Lions Housing and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on November 15, 1995. Funeral service held at Grace United church. Olaf was born on August 2, 1906, in Velva, ND to Lars and Annie. He moved to Canada with his parents when he was three years old and settled at Norquay. He went to Grantsburg School. In the 1918-19-influenza epidemic he suffered from the high fever and it affected his life. In 1919 the family moved to the Preeceville area. He then spent some 10 years in the provincial hospital at North Battleford. After that he worked on farms and later black capping airports in Edmonton, Coal Lake and Saskatoon. Later he worked in the lumber industry at Prince George and Vancouver. He traveled to Norway twice and several times to Norwegian celebrations in North Dakota and Washington. In August 1971 he retired and moved to Sturgis where he lived until April 1989 when he became a resident of the Preeceville Lions Housing. He was a member of the Read Club and contributed generously to the building project to acquire the building. Predeceased by two brothers, Albert and Gordon, and a sister Thelma Augustone, he is survived by a brother, Elmer of Sturgis and a sister, Ida Domier of Calgary.

SMITH – Elliott Neil Smith, son of D. Edwin and Myrtle (Elliott) Smith, was born in Preeceville, SK on March 1977 and passed away March 25, 1977 in Saskatoon. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SMITH – Mabel (nee Gillespie) Smith was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gillespie. She had moved with her family in 1904 to Sask. Mabel was one of the founders of the Corofin Ladies Aid. After her husband’s death, she bought a small house in Sturgis and lived there until she passed away in January 1965.

SMITH – William was born in Powasson, ON and came west to Brandon in 1900 and in 1902 proved up a homestead in the Corofin School district. He married Mabel Gillespie. They lived on the homestead until 1929, when they moved to the Sturgis district. He was a councilor in the RM of Buchanan for three years and a member of the Preeceville RM council for fifteen years. They raised a family of three: Clifford born in 1907, Catherine born 1908 and Lloyd born in 1920. William passed away July 1941.

SMUD – Nellie (nee Hydamaka) Smud, 91 of Selkirk, MB and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on March 6, 2005 at the Selkirk Hospital. Funeral service was held at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Born May 22, 1913 in the Woodlight district near Sturgis to Onofrey and Mary Hydamaka, she was educated at Woodlight School. She married Wasyl Smud on October 15, 1933 in Stenen and they farmed. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sturgis Read Club and the ladies church group. Predeceased by her parents, sisters Ann Kinaschuk and Julia Hydamaka and brothers William, Mike, John, Metro, Peter, Paul and Dan, she is survived by one son, Mike (Iris) of Yorkton; three daughters, Myrtle MacKenzie, Rose Mitchell of Winnipeg and Evelyn (Edward) Venng of St. Andrews, Man; one sister, Pearl Kudeba of Preeceville; 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

SMUD – Wasyl was born on April 1, 1907 to parents Nicholaus and Catharina Smud, in the Woodlight district. His parents had immigrated to Canada in 1903 from Ternopil, Borszczow, Poland, with their two sons, Peter and John. Eight more children were born in Canada. Wasyl married Nellie Hydamaka on October15, 1933. They farmed north of Sturgis from 1933 – 1972 then moved to Sturgis. Wasyl was killed in a car accident near Saskatoon on February 19, 1975.

SNODGRASS – Catherine Marie (nee Kortmeyer) Snodgrass, 87 of Sturgis, passed away on February 21, 2001 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Funeral service was at Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. She was born December 16, 1913 in Rockford and attended school at Norway and Sturgis. She married Dallis Snodgrass on November16, 1934 at the United Church manse in Preeceville. Predeceased by her parents, George and Dorothy Kortmeyer, her husband, Dallis; a brother Carl and two sisters, Hilda and Gladys, she is survived by three sons, Donald of Winnipeg, Lawrence of Saskatoon and Gerald of Swift Current; three daughters, Muriel of Regina, Lila of Maple Ridge, BC and Linda of Elmira, ON; a brother Milton Kortmeyer of Sturgis; a sister Anita of Red Deer; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

SNODGRASS – Dallis Lowell Snodgrass, 74 of Sturgis, died suddenly at his residence on July 29, 1984. Services held at Grace United Church. Born on October 10, 1909 in Tadmore district, he was the son of Lawrence and Bertha (Norris) Snodgrass. He grew up on the family farm and received his education at Norway School, continuing to live with his parents and work the land. He married Catherine Kortmeyer of the Tadmore district in 1934. The couple settled on the original Snodgrass homestead for one and a half years, until moving to a farm in the Waler district. Eight years later, the family moved to the present farm site near Sturgis. They retired in 1979 and moved to Sturgis. Dallis was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool committee. Predeceased by his parents and a brother, Cressel; he is survived by his wife; three sons, Donald, Lawrence and Gerald; three daughters, Muriel Moleski, Lila Terweil and Linda McNabb; a brother Merle of Sturgis; five sisters, Mabel Osis, Treva Sobuliak, Mae Stantiford, Marjorie Miller and Alta Johnson; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

SODERLUND – Anna E. (Danielson) was born 1876. She came from Winnipeg to be a housekeeper for Andrew Sr. Soderlund, after his wife died leaving him with small children to care for. She married him. She had with her a daughter Anna born in 1909. Mrs. Anna E. Soderlund passed away May 1954.

SODERLUND – Andrew Sr. was born in Sweden. He married Christina Olson. In 1903 Andrew left Sweden and came to Canada. He filed on land three miles east of Sturgis. His wife joined him a year later and they spent the first year living and working at Yorkton and then moved to their homestead. It was a two-day trip from Yorkton to their homestead. Andrew’s wife died in 1918, leaving him to care for his young family of five children, aged 4 years to seventeen years. He married one of his housekeepers, Anna Danielson from Winnipeg, who had a daughter Anna. Andrew passed away on December 30, 1963

SODERLUND – Christina (nee Olson) Soderlund was born on March 11, 1879 in Gagnef, Sweden. She married Andrew Soderlund Sr. in Sweden. She came to Canada in 1904 with her three year old son Andrew to join her husband, who had come and filed a homestead the year before. Christina could not speak English when she arrived. Four more children were born in Canada on the homestead north of Sturgis. They were Oscar, Annie, Clara and Elsie. Christina passed away at the age of 39, on November 25, 1918 from the Spanish Influenza.

SODERLUND – Oscar W. was born in 1907 to parents Andrew Sr. and Christina Soderlund on their homestead three miles east of Sturgis. He attended Mannanah School and farmed. He passed away in 1944 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

SPENIEL – Doria (nee Okrainetz) Speniel, 80 passed away on November 29, 1972 in Canora Hospital. Funeral held from Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. She was born in the Western Ukraine, and came to Canada in 1905 with her parents, who settled in the Sturgis district. She married Nick Speniel at Canora in 1909 and they farmed north of Sturgis until 1955, when they retired and moved to Sturgis. They moved to the Gateway Lodge at Canora in Novemberember. Predeceased by a son Metro in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Eileen Krueger of Vancouver in 1969, she is survived by her husband; two sons, Stanley and George; seven daughters, Pauline Pauluk, Mary Mascluk, Ann Diffner, Rose Gill, Eva Tomake, Ella Kostichuk and Lillian Loeppky; four brothers, Harry, Alex, George and Peter Okrainetz of Sturgis; a sister Pakena Mintenko of Sturgis; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

SPENIEL – Nick Speniel, 87 died on October 11, 1975 in Vancouver General Hospital. Funeral service held at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. He was born in the Western Ukraine in 1887, and came to Canada in 1907 and settled in the Sturgis district where he homesteaded. In 1909 he married Dora Okrainitz. They retired and moved to Sturgis in 1964. Mr. Speniel moved to Vancouver in 1972. Predeceased by his wife in 1972 and a daughter, Eileen Krueger in 1970, he is survived by two sons, Stanley of Sacramento and George of Vancouver; seven daughters, Pauline Pawlik and Mary Masciuch of White Rock, BC, Anna Diffner of Vancouver, Rose Gil of Los Angeles, Ella Kostichuk of Stenen, Eva Tomak of Cleveland and Lillian Loeppky of Seattle; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

STECIUK – Bill Steciuk, 84 of Sturgis, passed away on August 9, 1990 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at Grace United Church. He was born February 7, 1906 in Hordenka, Austria. The family came to Canada in 1911 and settled in the Endeavour district. He worked in Ontario lumber camps for several years and then for various farmers. He settled in the Sturgis area in 1944 and farmed until his retirement. On October 12, 1944 he married Annie Kurulak at Canora. Predeceased by his father in 1955; his mother in 1960; and two bothers, in 1955 and 1983; he is survived by his wife Annie; four sons, Carl (Evelyn) of Yorkton, Tony (Val) of Sturgis, Don (Val) of Canora and Gerald of Sturgis; three brothers Mike, Steve and Alex (Doreen) of Roblin, MB; three sisters, Mary Hussack of Chilliwack, Pauline (Metro) Zoan of Flin Flon and Stella (Gilbert) Chaplin of Sturgis and eight grandchildren.

STECIUK – Fred Peter Steciuk, 70 of the Sturgis district, passed away on January 15, 1983 in the Pasqua Hospital. He was born on September 5, 1912 at Usherville, the son of Peter and Anna (Krutz) Steciuk. He attended the Forest Hill School. On August 21, 1943 he married Caroline Strykowski at Canora. He spent his life farming and trucking in the Sturgis district. Predeceased by his father in 1955; his mother in 1960 and a brother, John in 1955; he is survived by his wife; two sons, Eugene and Ronald, both of Regina; four brothers, Mike of Canora, Bill of Sturgis, Steve of Preeceville and Alec of Roblin; three sisters, Marie Hussack and Stella Chaplin, both of Sturgis and Pauline Zdan of Flin Flon.

STENNES – Alma (nee Lee) Stennes was born in 1882 at Edmund, Wisconsin. She came to Canada in 1905 to keep house for her brother Henry Lee, who had homesteaded in the area. She married Alvin Stennes in August 1908. They raised a family of five children: Earl, Myrtle, Violet, Alton and Julian. Alma passed away on November1, 1960 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

STENNES – Earl Donovan Stennes was born in Sturgis on June 10, 1909 to parents Alvin and Alma Stennes. He married Edna Mae Boen on August 10, 1932 and built their first home, a log style cabin on his father-in-law's land. Earl managed to find work renovating and repairing furniture and painting. Their children, Glen, Darlene, and Myrna, were all born during the nine years they lived on the farm. In 1942 the family moved into Sturgis, where Earl continued his carpentry work. They moved to Red Deer, AB where Earl managed an apartment building and from 1958 – 1978 worked at Builders Hardware. He retired at age 69. Earl was an insulin diabetic for 53 years. He passed away in June 1997 of congestive heart failure. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

STENNES – John Alvin Stennes, 84 passed away on January 4, 1969. He was born and educated at Milan, Minn. In 1905 he moved to Canada with his mother Annie Stennes and three sisters and homesteaded in the Sturgis area. John married Alma Lee in August 1908 and they lived on his homestead until 1917, then moved to his father-in-laws (Nelson Lee) farm until 1928, when they moved to Sturgis. Alvin did carpenter work until 1958 when he retired. In 1964 he moved to a nursing home in Saskatoon. Predeceasedin 1960 by his wife, Alma; Mr. Stennes is survived by three sons, Earl and Julian of Red Deer and Alton of Saskatoon; two daughters, Myrtle Smith of Lynn Lake and Violet Gibney of Flin Flon; two sisters, Mabel Stone of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Elna Healy of Cocur d’Alene, Idaho; 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

STEPHENSON – Shawn Robert Stephenson was born in 1971, the son of Dave and Terry Stephenson. His father was with the RCMP, stationed at Sturgis at the time. Shawn passed away in 1972 of crib death.

STRIJACK – Hannah (nee Sookocheff) Strijack, 93 of the Preeceville Lions Hostel and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on March 13, 2006. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church. She was born on April 5, 1912, in Buchanan to Sam and Avotia (Shukin) Sookocheff. She attended the Buchanan School. The family moved to Sturgis in 1947. She married Mike Strijack on April 28, 1950, and they farmed in the area. She was a member of the horticultural society. Predeceased by her parents, Sam and Avotia, her husband Mike; a brother, Sam and two sisters, Mabel and Mary in infancy, she is survived by a daughter, Barbara Kruger of Duncan, BC and three grandchildren.

STRIJACK – Mike Strijack, 72 of Sturgis, passed away on May 12, 1989 in the Preeceville Hospital. He was born on September 25, 1916, in Regina. He was educated at Cavell School. He began working in the 1930’s at a number of various jobs, including working at mines in Ontario and Manitoba. During the war, he served briefly in the armed forces, and later worked building carrier fighter planes for the United States Navy. After the war, he worked for a short time with a grain company. In 1950, he began working for the Sask. Timber Board at Sturgis and was made he manager of the Sturgis operation in 1964. He worked for the Timber Board a total of 33 years until his retirement in 1982. He served on the rink board for nine years and on the elementary school board for seven years. He is survived by his wife, Hannah; and one daughter Barbara.

STROCEL – John Strocel, age 67 died in Yorkton hospital on May 6, 1955 and was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery on May 8th. Decembereased is survived by his widow Anne, son Ted and daughters Olga and Effie all of BC and his three sons at home, Orest, Ernie and Anton.

STROCEL – Marlene Leslie Strocel, 44 of Sturgis and formerly of The Pas, passed away on March 23, 1984. Marlene was born on October 14, 1938 at Sudbury, ON and was educated at The Pas. She worked as a nurse’s aid, a ward clerk, was a Manitoba Telephones System supervisor, a postmistress and a restaurant cook. She was a member of the Lionelle Club, Cubs, Girl Guides, Kinettes, Legion, and United Church senior choir and was a Sunday school teacher. She married Orest Strocel on October30, 1958 in Christ Anglican Church, The Pas. Predeceased by her father, Leslie Edmund, and brother, Edmund John; she is survived by her husband, Orest; her mother; two sons, Richard of Halifax and Sterling; and three daughters, Tammy, Ginger and Neuala of Sturgis and a sister Helen Joan of The Pas.

SURCON – Katie (nee Karchie) Surcon, 81 of Sturgis, passed away on June 3, 1997 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Katie was born on July 15, 1915 in Lady Lake. She attended Sunny Brae School. She married Neil Surcon on June 17, 1937, at the Greek Orthodox Church in Lady Lake. They farmed in the Hyas district, moved to a farm near Lady Lake in 1949 and retired to Sturgis in 1968. Predeceased by her husband, Neil in 1985, her parents Art and Pearl (Soyko) Karchie; four brothers, Bill, Pete, Fred and her twin, Mike, a sister Dolly Melnychuk, a half-brother Harry and a half sister, Alice Mentanko, she is survived by one son, Larry (Liz) Surcon of Yorkton; two daughters, Marge Meroniuk of Sturgis and Pauline Gogol of Canora; one brother Nick of Vancouver; two sisters, Mary Osatiuk of Preeceville and Ledona Michaluk of Sturgis; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

SURCON – Neil Surcon 72 of Sturgis passed away on February 23, 1985 at his home. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church, Sturgis. He was born June 28, 1912 at Hyas, the son of Leo and Mary Surcon. He received his education at Hyas and on June 17, 1937, he married Katie Karchie in St. Dymetric Orthodox Church, Lady Lake. The couple farmed in the Hyas district until 1968, when they semi-retired and moved to Sturgis. There, he continued assisting other farmers. Surcon was the secretary-treasurer of the Lady Lake Sports Committee and helped organize ball tournaments, sports days and the building of the Lady Lake hall. Predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Bill, George and Pete; he is survived by his wife; a son, Larry of Yorkton; two daughters Marge of Sturgis and Pauline of Canora; three brothers, Mike, Steve and Alex, all of Stenen; three sisters, Katie Oneschuk, Annie Baanski and Nellie Anaka, all of Stenen and six grandchildren

SURKON – Julia (nee Hrabchak) Surkon, 64 of Hyas, passed away on September 11, 1997 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Born February 1, 1933 on the farm near Norquay, she attended school in Norquay. She worked as a waitress at the Savoy Café in Regina and later in Vancouver as a short order cook. She married William Surkon on June 27, 1953 at the United Church in Chilliwack, BC and they lived in a cabin on a lake at Vedder Crossing, BC. William was in the Armed Forces, and they moved to Germany for 3.5 years. While in Europe, she was a member of four championship ball teams and won sharpshooting competitions. After returning to Salmon Arm, BC, they moved back to Germany and returned to Canada in the early 1960’s. They lived in Rivers, MB until 1971 and while there she went back to school and worked in the Armed Forces payroll office. William retired in 1971 and they traveled before purchasing land west of Wetaskiwin, AB. When William suffered health problems, she looked after the operation of he ranch. They returned to Norquay in 1986 and farmed until 1989. They spent winters in the United States and moved to Hyas in 1992. A bowler, curler and slo-pitch player, she was a member of the Hyas Golden Age Club. Predeceased by her parents, Spiridion and Anastasia (Drushka) Hrabchak, seven brothers, Andrew, Leon, Augustine, George, William, Danny and Metro and one sister, Helen; she is survived by her husband, William, a brother, Todd Hrabchak of Toronto, and three sisters, Mary Robinson of Minden, ON, Vivian Ostrowercha of Surrey, BC and Catherine Olszaniecki of Toronto

SWEET – Allan Jackson Sweet was born on December 28, 1909 in the State of Iowa. He moved from there to the Sturgis district in 1927, where he resided until his death. On April 28, 1936, he married Myrtle Sanderson. He served faithfully as a member of the Sturgis Alliance Church, during which time he served on the executive board of the church, also teaching adult classes. Allan passed into the presence of his Lord on August 8, 1963. He is survived by his wife Myrtle; his sister Bernice McCue and his brother Carrio Sweet.

SWEET – Myrtle Sweet (nee Sanderson) 78 of Sturgis, died on June 20, 1992 in Preeceville Hospital. She was born on July 16, 1913 in Mossey River municipality, MB and was the daughter of George and Nancy Sanderson. She was educated at an elementary school at Winnipegosis. She tAugustht Sunday school and children’s club’s and attended the Alliance Church. She was a member of the Sturgis Horticultural Society. Predeceased by her parents; husband Allan Sweet; a sister and a brother, she is survived by a sister Martha Ringler of Cambridge, ON

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THERIAN - Hugh Raymond, was born in 1912 to parents Edgar and Alice (Alice born in Wales and came to Canada when 16 years old. She married Edgar Theriau in 1900. Hugh died September 26, 1914 at the age of 1 year 8 months. His siblings were Marion (1901-1941), Edgar (1903-1982), Charles (1908-1955), John (1914-1996), Myrtle (1916-1989) and Gwendlyn born in 1920.

THICKSON - Agnes Phoebe (nee Miller) passed away peacefully on July 12, 2011 at the age of 91. Aggie was born in Redvers, SK in 1920 to William and Myrtle Miller. She was the youngest of 5 children. Her father passed away 4 days after she was born. Her mother later married William Thickson and moved to the Sturgis area where they farmed until 1937. Upon the death of her stepfather, Aggie and her mother moved to Usherville to live with her brother Wesley. Aggie married Wilfred John Thickson and they raised a family of 6 children. Bernard, Donald, Alfred, Janet, Anna and James. Aggie had many jobs, which included working for Sando’s, Afleck Hardware, Blue Grass Motel, Home Care and babysitting. She had a great love for her home on Weikle Ave, gardening and was an active member of the Sturgis Horticultural Society. She was a member of Grace United Church and the UCW. She clipped UPC coupons to support the church building fund and never missed a Sunday service. She enjoyed birds tremendously and enjoyed feeding them and watching them out her window. She was known to some as ‘Birdie Grandma’ Aggie later moved to Regina where she lived with her daughter Janet for a while, then Prairie Place followed by the Regina Lutheran Home, where she resided until her passing. She was predeceased by her parents, infant twin sisters, husband Wilfred, brothers Wesley and Edward Miller, sons Donald, Alfred and James, grandchildren Robert Letwinka, Trent and Cindy Thickson. A son Bernard (Sheila), daughters, Janet and Anna survive her. Nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren

THICKSON - Alfred Lloyd passed away on May 7, 1970 as a result of an accident at work at Kitimat, BC. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Alfred was born in 1945 to parents, Wilfred & Agnes Thickson, of Sturgis. He received his education at Sturgis and worked for a year at Thompson and four years at Kitimat, BC. In 1967, he married Sharon Mitchell of Sturgis. Predeceased by his father, he is survived by his wife, His mother Agnes Thickson of Sturgis; two sisters, Janet Letwinka of Regina, Anna of Sturgis; three brothers, Bernard of Fort ST. James, BC, Donald of San Francisco and Jimmy at home.

THICKSON – Donald Thickson, was born on December 15, 1942 in Endeavour. He passed away suddenly on July 5, 2006 in Thunder Bay, ON, while on vacation with his family. Don was predeceased by his father Wilfred; his brother Alfred and a nephew, Trent. He is survived by his daughter Donna Thelan (John) and their children, Christopher and Lisa and by his dear friend and soul mate Vi Maeers and her daughter. Don will be remembered for his never failing tribute to a country and western lifestyle through his authentic western attire and his western dancing repertoire. He was devoted to his family and deticated to making the world around him a more beautiful place. He loved being outdoors, communicating with nature and the birds. He was an avid photographer. He was a very humble, quiet man, very sincere and had a kind and caring heart.

THICKSON - James Robert passed away peacefully on January 2, 2008 at the age of 52. Jim was born in Preeceville. Jim is remembered by his love for his nieces and nephews and his love of the great outdoors. He enjoyed the wind in his face whether on a Harley or one of his horses. His horses were his pride and joy and he usually fed them before himself. He was a humble quiet man, very sincere with a soft, kind and gentle heart. Jim is predeceased by his father Wilfred, brothers Donald and Alfred and nephew Tent and niece Cindy. His mother Agnes; brother Bernie; sisters Janet and Anna and their children survive him.

THICKSON - Joseph W. Thickson 81, of the Gateway Lodge in Canora and formerly of Sturgis, passed away February 3, 1990. Services were held from Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Born July 14, 1908 in Port Hope, ON to William and Sarah Thickson, he was educated at Redvers, SK. He and his brother continued to farm in Redvers until 1933 when they moved to Sturgis. Working at odd jobs for several years, he then became involved with the Timber Board at Sturgis for a number of years. At the age of 60, he suffered a stroke and was forced to quit work. He continued to live with his sister-in-law, Aggie, at Sturgis until he moved to the Gateway Lodge in 1984. Predeceased by his brother Wilfred; and three nephews; he survived by his sister-in-law, nieces and nephews

THICKSON - Trent Thickson died suddenly in Kitimat, BC on October 18, 1983 at the age of 19. Funeral service was held from the United Church in Kitimat on Oct 24th. Cremation of ashes was interned at the Sturgis Cemetery. His parents, Bernie and Deanna Thickson, a brother John, a sister Cindy, Grandmothers Anges Thickson and Grandma McNeill survive Trent.

THICKSON – Wilfred John Thickson was born in 1902. His parents were William and Sarah Thickson. He had a brother, Joseph born in 1908. His mother died and his father married Myrtle Miller, a widow with three children. His father died in the late thirties and is buried at the Preeceville Cemetery. Wilf married Agnes Miller in 1942. They raised six children. Wilfred farmed until they moved to Sturgis around 1950 and then worked at the Timber Board for approximately ten years. Wilfred died in 1962

THOMAS - Charles H. was born in Lithuania and immigrated to Canada around 1904, with his father Mike and brother Peter. Charles and Nettie Thomas lived on a farm west of Sturgis. They had seven children: Gladys, Grace, Florence, Clifford (died in 1974), Art, Harold and Jane, who attended school in Sturgis. Charles passed away in 1993 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

THOMAS - Euphemia Thomas (born in 1890) and her husband Sidney arrived by rail to the Kopje School district in March of 1931. They settled on a farm known as the Andrew Peterson farm. Sid worked in Sturgis for 2 years until about 1946, and then sold the farm and moved to the town of Sturgis and purchased a home in 1949. Euphemia (Mason) although never working outside the home, was an excellent provider and loved her garden and flowers. She was fondly known as Ma to all her friends. They had two boys. The eldest son, Shirley was referred to as Slim, married Isabel Hill and they had one daughter. Their second son, James married Ruth Partridge and they had four children. Euphemia passed away 1964 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

THOMAS - Peter "Doc". About 1904 Peter ‘Doc’ Thomas, with his father, Mike and his brother Charles, immigrated to Canada from Lithunia in Europe and in 1910 they settled and homesteaded in Saskatchewan. Their homestead was land adjoining what was to become the town of Sturgis. He was born in 1890 and remained a bachelor all his life and was predeceased by his parents and his brother. He was 83 years of age at his death in on Jan. 3, 1974. He died in the Preeceville Hospital after a long illness. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery, where his father Mike and brother Charles also rest. In 1914 he enlisted in the 214th Battalion of the Canadian Army and served throughout the First World War in Europe with the 15th Reserve Battalion and in France with the Fighting Fifth.

THOMAS - Mike Thomas was born in Lithuania in 1860. He immigrated to Canada with his two sons, Peter and Charles in 1904 and homesteaded in 1910 outside of Sturgis. Mike passed away in 1935 and is buried in the Sturgis cemetery.

THOMAS - Sidney. The passing of the late Sidney Thomas, age 79 years of Sturgis, occurred in a Saskatoon Hospital on June 17, 1966 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Thomas was born in London, England October 23, 1886. He came to Canada in 1907 and worked in Brandon area until 1914, when he married Euphemia Mason and settled on their farm in the Cardale district. In the spring of 1931 they moved to Sturgis district where he farmed until 1946. He moved to the town of Sturgis, where he later set up his own accounting business which he carried on until the time of his illness. He was a life member of the Cardale Curling /Club; a postmaster of the L.O.L of Cardale and a past Chief Range of the C.O.F in Cardale. He was an active member of the Sturgis Horticultural Society, and was an ardent member of the Sturgis Curling Club and took an active part in all community affairs. He was a crop correspondent for the Federal Government for fifty consecutive years. Mr. Thomas was predeceased by his wife in November 1964. He leaves to mourn two sons, Sherly of Swift Current and James of Saskatoon; three grand daughters, two grandsons and one sister in London, England.

TODERASH - Katie Toderash, 90 of Canora Gateway Lodge and formerly of Sturgis, died on February 19, 2005. Born on July 14, 1914 at Canora to Demetro and Aksenia (Lorol) Chalus, she married Bill Toderash on November 10, 1935 in Canora. They farmed near Sturgis. Predeceased by her parents, her husband, Bill; three brothers, Harry, Steve and Bill and one sister, Annie Mosiandz, she is survived by one son, Steve (Lorretta) of Sturgis; four daughters, Mary McNabb of Vancouver, Bernice Spring and Rose Beck both of Lethbridge and Barbara Mushansky of Foam Lake; two sisters Eva Lozinsky of Stenen and Sophie Firomski of Sturgis; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

TODERASH – Stephanie, daughter of Steve and Lorretta Toderash of Sturgis was born and died on April 25, 1976.

TODERASH - William "Bill" Toderash 67, of Sturgis, passed away September 29, 1971. Funeral service was held from the Greek Orthodox Church at Sturgis. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Bill was born at N.W Plateau in 1904. In 1936, Bill married Katie Chalus from Canora and took over his father’s farm north of Sturgis. During the winter Bill would work at lumber camps for a mere fifty cents a day. Bill and Katie had five children. Mr. Toderash is survived by his wife Katie; four daughters, Mary Mitchner of Vancouver, Bernice Toderash of Regina, Rose Beck of Regina and Barbara Mushansky of Foam Lake; a son Steve of Esterhazy; six sisters; Elsie, Verna, Mary, Lena, Lila and Allie, three brothers and three grandchildren.

TODOSICHUK - Anna Todosichuk 87, of Preeceville and formerly of Sturgis, Passed away in the Preeceville Hospital on May 29, 1980. Funeral service was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born in Bokovina, Romania, she married Steve Todosichuk in 1909. He came to Canada in 1913 and she joined him in 1923 and they resided in the Rhein district for a year. They then took a homestead east of Endeavour. After her husband died in 1937 she retired to Sturgis then moved to the Preeceville Lions Hostel. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by three sons, Metro of Endeavour, Mike of Wardner, BC and Bill of Canal Flats, BC; two daughters, Polly Palagian of Endeavour and Mary of Whitebeech; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

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URBANOSKI – Adolph T. Urbanoski 72, of Sturgis passed away on March 10, 2006 at the Preeceville Hospital. Services were held from Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on May 15, 1933 in Willowbrook to Joseph and Nellie Urbanoski, he attended Silverwillow School. He worked in grain elevator construction, with Olynk Construction installing sewer and waterlines, and with Saskatchewan Government Insurance and as a barber. He was a life member of the Kinsmen and served on the Sturgis Sports & Rodeo committee. He was an alderman on Sturgis town council. He married Hazel Johnston at the Langbank United Church on August 9, 1958. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Nellie, and a sister Lorraine Hicks, he is survived by his wife Hazel; three sons, Kevin (Tammy) of Yorkton, Clinton (Sandra) of Saskatoon and Rorry of Saskatoon; two brothers, Joseph (Joyce) of Yorkton and Lorne (Leona) of Swift Current; and two grandchildren.

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VERISHINE – Bailey Marie Keelin Verishine was born on April 21, 1996 to parents Corine (Boen) and Cory Verishine. Bailey passed away on November 14, 1997. The funeral service was at Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Survived by her parents, brother Cade; grandparents Eugene and Marie Boen of Sturgis, Granny Betty Frank of Saskatoon, Great grandpa Alex Verishine of Langham, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

VEWCHAR – Tony Vewchar 62, of Sturgis, passed away on September 1, 1974 in the Regina General Hospital. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church, with burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born at the family farmhouse 2 ½ miles from Stenen, he was raised in the Stenen area and received his education in Mannanah School. He farmed for about 15 years and then went into the trucking business. In 1950 he married Valintine Danyluk and they resided at Sturgis 24 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jim of Winnipeg and Dwane of Sturgis; three sisters, Nora of Winnipeg, Delhia of Revelstoke, Hazel of Stavely, AB and a brother John of Endeavour. His mother in 1933, his father in 1943 and a sister Lena and brother Bill as infants predeceased him.

VEWCHAR - Valentine. Funeral service for Valentine Vewchar, 74 of Sturgis who died April 12, 2000, was held at Grace United Church. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on February 14, 1926 in Ukraine, she was educated at Okla School and later worked at hotel/restaurants in Jasper, AB and Gimili, MN. She returned to Sturgis and worked in a restaurant before marrying Tony Vewchar on November 7, 1950. She worked as a custodian at the Sturgis High School and Elementary School until retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Sturgis UCW and READ Club.

VODDEN - Agnes "Ma" (nee Will) Vodden 95, of Sturgis passed away on September 29, 1996 at the Canora Hospital. Services were held at the Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. Agnes was born on February 20, 1901 in Aberdeen, Scotland, to John and Elizabeth Will. The family moved to Canada in 1913, when she was 12 years old. They settled on a homestead just out of Elkhorn, MB. She completed her schooling there and worked for a bakery for a short time until she married Bert Vodden on January 10, 1923. He then brought his bride to Sturgis to a homestead he had purchased two years earlier and had built a home and farmyard. To this union, two children were born, Russell and Joyce. In 1937, Agnes brother Jim, lost his wife and Bert and Agnes took his two eldest children, Jessie and Jimmy and raised them as their own on the family farm. Predeceased by her parents John and Elizabeth; her husband Bert in 1970; and her son, Jimmy in 1991; five brothers Will, Tom, Charles, Jim and David; and two sisters, Martha and Elizabeth; she is survived by her son, Russell (Betty); daughters Joyce (Willard) Prekaski, Jessie (Leonard) Simes and a sister Maxine Will, as well as 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

VODDEN - Bert Vodden 76, passed away on June 30, 1970 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church and burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery. He was born and educated at Elkhorn, Man. He served in the First World War. After he returned from overseas he came to Sturgis in 1919 and took up farming. In 1923 he married Agnes Will of Elkhorn. In 1962 he retired from farming and moved to Sturgis. Predeceased by a brother and a sister he is survived by his wife; two sons, Russell of Sturgis and Jimmy of Calgary; two daughters Jessie Simes of Calgary and Joyce Prekaski of Sturgis; a sister Mabel Webster and 16 grandchildren.

VODDEN - Betty Lou (nee Anderson) Vodden of Sturgis passed away as the sun began to rise with family by her side on November 18, 2006 at the age of 68 at the Yorkton Union Hospital. Funeral service was held at the Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Betty was predeceased by her parents Axel and Violet Anderson, and in-laws Bert and Agnes Vodden. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 48 years, Russell and daughters Leanne (Glenn) Geber and Cyndi (Glenn) Surcon, four grandchildren Christopher, Amanda, Tyler and Morgan. She also leaves her brother Wilburt Anderson of Yorkton and sisters Jeanette Ratzlaff of Abbotsford, Lorraine German of Calgary, Adeline Fedyk of Didsbury and Helen Anderson of Chilliwack. Betty was raised on the family farm south of Stenen and attended Liverpool School. Her first employment was at the old Preeceville Hospital from 1955 to 1958, working as a nurse’s aid. In 1974 she started working at the Sturgis Co-op store, where she worked as a cashier until 1988. During her life Betty had many loves and had been active in her community. She was an avid curler, bowler, card player. In recent years she helped raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis events in Yorkton. Betty was talented with her hands and enjoyed doing cross-stitch pictures, quilts, knitting and crocheting afghans for family and friends. She was always looking forward to holidays and summer’s when she could spend time with her children and grandchildren.

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WAGAR – Esther (nee Willey) aged 93, passed away on June 26, 1990 in the Canora Hospital. Funeral service was in Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on February 27, 1897 in Victor, Montana, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lovisa Willey. In 1899 she came with her parents to Gilbert Plains, MB and moved to Ethelbert, MB a few years later. She received her education at Dauphin. On August 27, 1918 she married Elmer Wagar at Empress, AB. They farmed in the area for many years. During this time their four boys were born. In the fall of 1937 they moved to Endeavour and in 1939 they moved to Sturgis, where they continued farming. They moved into town in 1953. Esther moved to the Gateway Lodge, Canora in 1986. Predeceased by hr parents; seven sisters; her husband Elmer; and a son, Bryden in 1987, she is survived by three sons, Herb (Gladys) of Sturgis, Arthur (Irma) of Lloydminister and Jack (Jean) of Prince George; a brother Wes Willey of Winnipeg; seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

WAGAR – William Elmer was born at Flinton, ON, on February 2, 1892. He married Esther Willey at Empress, AB in 1918. He farmed in the Sturgis area before moving into town in 1953 and was very active in the community until his death. Elmer passed away suddenly at his home on September 17, 1966. Services held from Sturgis Alliance Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Surviving are his wife Esther; one sister Margaret (George) Metcalf of Silton, SK; four sons, Bryden, Jack, Arthur and Herb. Four grandsons and three granddaughters.

WALKER – Charlotte (Lottie) May Walker was born in the United States. She married John Hunter Walker, who became stepmother to his children: Elmer, Flora, Cora, George and Doris. The family immigrated to Canada in 1906, to a homestead six miles north of Sturgis. Charlotte passed away on April 27, 1917. She was 54 years old.

WALKER – Fredrick William was born at Imperial, SK, on October 15, 1937. He received seven years of his education at Tadmore and graduated from Sturgis Composite School in June 1956. He then took two years of electrical training. At the time of his death, in 1958, he had been working near Maple Creek. Services from Grace United Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents William and Nellie Walker, and one sister, Margaret.

WALKER – John Hunter Walker was born in May 1863 in Ontario, the son of Thomas and Flora Walker. His siblings were James, Jane, Mary, David, George, Robert and Agnes. John married Mary A. B. Nicholson, the daughter of George and Jane (Gemmill) Walker. They married on October 22, 1884 in Tuenberry Township, Ontario. They moved to the States and lived in North Dakota. To this union five children were born to them: John E, Flora, Cora R. Ernest and Doris. Mary left her husband and children and John eventually remarried. With his second wife Lottie, and four of his children, they left Langdon, N.D and came to Canada in 1906 and settled on a homestead north of Sturgis. They came by train as far as Canora and the rest of the journey was by oxen and wagon. Their first home was a sod house. His second wife passed away in 1917. John married Alice Anderson of Preeceville on June 23, 1920. He passed away May 26, 1942 and was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WALKER – William was born on May 24, 1908 in Waldersee, MB to parents George and Sabina Walker. He was educated at Glenella, MB. He came to Saskatchewan in 1924 with his family. Starting at the age of 14, he worked as a farm laborer in Man and Sask. For three winters he worked in the bush. From 1947 to 1961 he worked with Sask. Wheat Pool repair and construction. For several years during this time he was the foreman of a repair crew. He then worked as a casual carpenter in the Sturgis area. On October 15, 1935 he married Nellie Noble at Preeceville. William passed away on Feb. 16, 1991. Service held at Grace United Church, with burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; a son, Federick William in 1958; four brothers, George, Carl and two in childhood and a sister in childhood, he is survived by his wife, Nellie; a daughter, Margaret (Ralph) Moore of Simpson; two brothers, Rudolph and Fred; three sisters, Elizabeth Egler of Lumby, BC, Lena (Elmer) Sjolie of Sturgis and Alvina Meech of Vancouver; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

WASYLENCHUK – Mike was born on January 14, 1923 to Dmetro and Annie (Semchuk) in the Stenen district. He attended Frame Lake School and Lake Helen School. His parents had immigrated to Canada from Antoniuka, Austria. They settled in the Canora district in 1902, moving to the Stenen area in 1916. Both of Mikes parents farmed until they died and Mike continued working in agriculture joining threshing crew during harvest. He joined the army in 1942. After his discharge in 1945, he worked as a mechanic in several places until becoming a parts person for Ray’s Garage in Canora. Later he worked for Wagar’s Farm Equipment Ltd. in Sturgis until he retired in 1989. On July 5, 1965 he married Carol Funk at Muenster. His pastimes included gardening, mechanical work, carpentry and fishing. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, member of the Stenen branch of the Sask. Wildlife Federation. Mike 72, passed away on March 6, 1995. Funeral service held in the Legion Hall and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Tony and John; and three sisters, Jessica Wilgosh, Mary Beskorowyny and Marcella Lozinski, he is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons, Wayne, Daniel and Andrew, all of Sturgis; five daughters, Katrina, Gladys, Elaine, Martha and June; and one brother, Bill (Sylvia).

WASYLENCHUK – William was born on January 14, 1912 in the Canora district to Demetro and Annie (nee Samchuk) Wasylenchuk. He went to Frame Lake School. He married Sylvia Forsachuk on November 26, 1949 in Stenen and they farmed north of Stenen in the Ormside district, where they raised seven children. They moved to Sturgis in the late 1960’s and in 1969, he began work with CN Rail. He retired in 1977. William, 93 passed away on March 6, 2005 at the Canora Hospital. Services held from the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home and burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, son Joseph, sisters Jessie Wilgosh, Mary Beskorowayny, Marsala Lozinsky; brothers John, Tony and Mike Wasylenchuk; grandsons Randy Wasylenchuk and Michael Lang and great-grandson Evan Wasylenchuk; he is survived by his wife, Sylvia; three sons, Harry, Metro and Willie; four daughters, Helen Brisby of Vernon, BC, Alice (Al) Lunn, Shirley (George) Lang of Calgary, and Linda (Harold) Jones of Cranbrook, BC; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

WEEKS – Anna Janett (nee Hurford) was born on November 25, 1912 near Waldeck. In 1919 the family moved to Balcarres where she attended school. She received teacher training at Regina Normal School and began her 39-year teaching career at the age of 19. She taught at Corofin, Silver Creek, Gogal, Tadmore, Orange Vale, Kopje, West Ajax and Sturgis Composite. Following retirement in 1973 she continued to teach in the adult education field until 1988 and also continued to tutor students with difficulties. Her interest in genealogical research let to working on the RM of Buchanan History Book and teaching genealogy classes through the Community College. She was a member of the Corofin Ladies Aid until the group disbanded in 1986. She was active in Grace United Church and taught Sunday school for many years. On September 29, 1938 she married Everrett Leonard Weeks at Balcarres and they took up residence on a farm near Tadmore. They moved into Sturgis in 1981. Anna 77 died on November 9, 1990. Services held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents William and Mary Hurford; she is survived by her husband, two sons, Grant (Karen) of Sturgis and Ian (Maxine) of Saskatoon; two brothers, Allan (Audrey) Hurford of Balcarres and Blythe Hurford of Wetaskiwin, AB; four sisters, Evelyn McConell, Laurine Lindsay, Edna Mae Morgan and Frances McLellan

WEEKS – Annie (nee Johnson) age 80, of Nanaimo and formerly of Canora and Sturgis, passed away on October 8, 1985. Funeral service held at Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo. Interment of ashes was held at a later date in the Sturgis Cemetery. Annie Johnson was born at Pilot Mound, Iowa on November 13, 1904, and the eldest daughter of James and Andrina Johnson. The family moved to Canora in 1910 and later to the Corofin district south of Sturgis, where they homesteaded. Her early education was at the Corofin School. On April 16, 1923 she married Emmett Wallace Weeks, and they farmed at Tadmore, Hassan, Glenside and Regina before moving to Abbotsford, BC in 1953. In 1956 they moved to Nanaimo. She was a member of the Corofin Ladies Aid, the Glenside Women’s Institute, the Foxleigh Ladies Aid and the Hope Lutheran Church. Predeceased by her husband in 1969 and by her brother, George Johnson of Sturgis in 1982, she is survived by a son, Beryl Weeks of Lantzville, BC; a daughter, Beth Lewis of Nanaimo; two brothers, Johnny Johnson of Sturgis and Gilbert Johnson of Dapp, AB; five sisters, Bertina Corbett, Nellie Grandahl, Bernice Johnson, and Gladys McBride; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

WEEKS – Baby born to Annie and Emmett Weeks, died in 1935.

WEEKS – Emmett Wallace was born on December 30, 1902 at Lyman County, South Dakota. He came to Canada with his parents Guy and Matie Weeks and siblings in 1908. They settled on a farm one-mile north and two miles west of Tadmore. Emmett married Annie Johnson on April 6, 1923 at Preeceville. They settled near Crystal Lake. Emmett occasionally helped other farmers with doctoring their sick animals, shoeing horses and pulling horse’s teeth. He did custom swathing and combining in the neighborhood. The family moved several times to improve living conditions and finances. From Crystal Lake, they moved to Hassan and then to Tadmore where Emmett operated a garage business for a year. In 1950 they had a farm sale and moved to manage the Red and White store in Tadmore. They moved to BC in 1951 first to Abbotsford, then Richmond and in 1960 to Nanaimo. Emmett and Annie had two children; Beth Etta (born 1925) and Beryl Herbert (born 1927). Emmett passed away December 10, 1969. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WEEKS – Everrett Leonard, 79 of Canora and formerly of Sturgis, passed away on May 26, 1992 at the Gateway lodge in Canora. Funeral service held from Grace United Church and burial in the Sturgis Cemetery. Born on June 14, 1912 at Tadmore, he was the son of Guy and Mattie Weeks. He was educated at Corofin School. His life’s work was farming. On September 28, 1938 he married Anna Hereford in the United Church manse at Balcarres. They first lived with his parents and then rented a house. A log house was built in which they lived until 1949 when they moved to the home presently occupied by Grant and Karen Weeks. When Anne was teaching they often lived in a teacherage, during the winter months. In 1981 they moved to Sturgis. He continued to live there until June of 1991 when he moved back to the farm to live with Grant and Karen. With increasingly deteriorating health he moved to the Gateway Lodge in February. He had been a member of the Sask. Wheat Pool, Corofin Snow Plow Club and the Squaw Lake Trout club. He had been involved with the Corofin Drama Society and helped in the establishment of the cairn marking the site of Corofin School. Predeceased by his wife and a brother, Emmett, he is survived by two sons, Grant (Karen) of Sturgis and Ian (Maxine) of Saskatoon; a sister Vera and four grandchildren.

WEEKS – Grant William Guy was born October 31, 1942 in Canora. He was educated at Corofin and Sturgis Composite schools. He worked at the Micca Creek Dam, the Labrador Survey Operation Lift, prepared income tax returns and worked in the potash mines. As a farmer, he was a pedigreed seed grower and had owned and operated a fertilizer business. He was involved with the 4-H, National Farmers’ Union, the Kinsmen Club and the Vincient Owners’ Club. On July 4, 1970 he married Karen Renwick at Milestone United Church. Grant passed away at his home on October 31, 1994. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; he is survived by his wife Karen; two sons, Benton and Garner, both of Sturgis; and a brother Ian of Saskatoon.

WIGGINS – David Arthur, known as Art, was born in 1880, the seventh child of Thomas and Margaret Wiggins. In 1905 Art, then 25 was working at Armstrong’s sawmill at Markdale, On. He was sent to Sask. to look after land belonging to the Armstrong brothers near Strongfield. In 1920 Art was working at Radisson when a year later he joined his two brothers on their homestead, near Sturgis. Art later moved to town and served as town cop for a time. Art passed away in 1955 at the age of 76 and is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WIGGINS – John Alexander was born in 1873, the second oldest child of Thomas and Margaret Wiggins. When John was twenty, his father passed away in his early 40’s. First John worked on farms and then went to western Ontario, where he worked for the C.P.R and eventually became a locomotive engineer. He joined the army and spent time overseas returning in 1919. When he returned he went into farming with his brother Walter. The first winter John worked for the livery barn in Sturgis. When John moved off the farm he moved to the town of Sturgis and it was here that he died in 1945 at the age of 72. He is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WIGGINS – Margaret was born in 1853 to parents John and Jane Gillespie. Her parents had emigrated from Ireland with their three oldest children. Margaret was their first child of nine to be born in Canada. In 1971, at the age of 18, Margaret married Thomas Wiggins. They had fifteen children. Thomas died in his early 40’s and Margaret with the help of her children continued to run the farm for a few years. As her children left the farm for other occupations, Margaret with her two younger sons moved to Owen Sound, where she operated a boarding house. In 1906, at the age of 53 she came back west and was a housekeeper for her son Art at Strongfield, SK. She later moved to John and Walters homestead around 1920. After farming for a few years Margaret and her two sons, Art and John moved into Sturgis. Margaret passed away in 1942 and is buried in the Sturgis cemetery.

WIGGINS – Margaret Ross (nee Bell) was born in the country of Berwick, Scotland, in December 1899, the youngest in a family of six. Her father died when Margaret was eight and two years later her mother died, leaving Margaret an orphan. She was put into an orphanage. In 1912, she was sent to Canada with a group of orphans (‘home children’) and placed on a farm in Ontario as an indentured servant. At the age of 14, she came west to work for her brothers Charlie and Bill Bell, who had taken up farming in Sask. She also had an aunt, her mothers’ sister and an uncle, Mary and Jack Johnston, living in Tadmore. She married Walter Wiggins in 1927. In 1943 then living in Regina, Margaret was employed as a glass washer at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Walter and Margaret moved to BC in 1953. They had two daughters, Catherine married Feliz Fischer of Regina and Louva married Dan Serheniuk, also of Sturgis. Margaret died in Vancouver in July 1975. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WIGGINS – Walter Ernest was born in 1891 to parents Thomas and Margaret Wiggins. After his father died in 1893, his mother continued with the farming with help from her sons, but as they left home she was forced to move in 1903, with her four youngest children to Owen Sound. It was here that Walter finished his schooling and, at the age of 14 went to work in a stove factory. In 1906 he moved with his mother and brother Edgar near Strongfield and in 1908 they moved to Buchanan. A variety of jobs followed for Walter, mostly as farm help. In 1912 he completed a course in book keeping and in 1914, he joined the army, going overseas to England in 1915 with the Fort Garry Horse. In 1919 when Walter returned from overseas, he bought land five and half miles northeast of Sturgis. In 1927, Walter married Margaret Bell. Looking for answers to the economic and social trauma of the time Walter joined a group of the newly established Communist Party of Canada. Walter went on to be a leading communist in Sask. until 1952, when he and Margaret moved to Vancouver. They were both caretakers at the Peretz Institute for a number of years. Walter died in Vancouver in 1972, just before his 80th birthday. Even though they had lived in Sturgis a relatively small portion of their lives, they always considered Sturgis their ‘hometown’. Walter was buried in the Sturgis Cemetery. Walter came from a family of 15 children.

WILLIAMS – Curtis Wesley Williams, 73 of Sturgis, died on July 4, 1972 following a lengthy illness. Funeral service held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Mr. Williams was born on October 8, 1898 at Sparta, Minn. and came to Canada with his parents in 1905, where they settled at Sturgis. He married Ragna Medlang on December 30, 1946 and they resided on a farm in the Sturgis district. Predeceased by his father in 1946 and his brother, Roscoe in 1964, he is survived by his wife, Ragna; his mother, who resides in a nursing home at Swan River; a brother Kenneth of Moosomin; a sister Mabel (Clifford) Quallie of Durban, MN and three nephews, Barry Williams of Moosomin, Wayne Quallie of Thompson and Robert Quallie of The Pas, MN.

WILLIAMS – Ida May (nee Chipman) 96, of the Swan River Care Home, and formerly of Sturgis, died on April 1, 1975. Funeral service at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born at Saginaw, Mich., Ida May Chipman, married Karl H. Williams in 1898 and moved to Sparta, Minn. From there they moved to Dodgeville, Wis. In 1905 they moved to N.W.T Canada, to what is now Sturgis, where they farmed. Mrs. Williams was predeceased by her husband in 1946, a son Curtis in 1972. She is survived by a son, Kenneth of Moosomin, and a daughter Mable Quollie of Durban, MB, three grandsons, three great-grandchildren of Moose Jaw; two sisters, Harriet and Pearl Chipman; two brothers Gordon of Dodgeville, Wis. and Jack of Hibbling, Minn.

WILLIAMS – Ragna Julia (nee Medlang) age 88, of Sturgis passed away on March 6, 2003 in Preeceville Hospital. Service held from Grace United Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on November 29, 1914 in the Sturgis district to Ole and Signa Medlang, she was educated at Corofin and Waller schools. She married Curtis Williams on December 29, 1946 and worked on the family farm. She was a member of the Sturgis Read Club. Predeceased by her parents, Ole in 1963 and Signa in 1973, her husband Curtis in 1972 and her sister Selma Medlang in 2003, she is survived by two brothers, Ingvald of Preeceville and Jack (Ingaborg) of Sturgis.

WISOLEY – Joseph "Joe" 81, of Prince Albert and formerly of Sturgis died on March 13, 2005. Funeral service held at Grace United church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on April 13, 1923 to Wasyl and Anna (Kucharka) Wisoley on the family homestead in the Goldbank district, he was educated at the Goldbank School. He married June Belous on June 5, 1959 at Grace United church in Sturgis. As well as farming, he worked logging and at sawmills in Stenen, Hudson Bay, and several places in Ontario and Alberta. In 1959 he began work at the Timber Board in Prince Albert, then at Reserve until 1971, when he moved to Simpson Timber in Hudson Bay. He was a member of the Read club and played seniors’ slo-pitch. Predeceased by his parents; brothers Emil and Mike, he is survived by his wife June; one son, Farley of Red Deer; two daughters, Sharon (Robert) Faul and Leslie Wisoley Sparkes, both of Prince Albert; one brother Laddie of Sturgis and two grandchildren.

WISOLEY – Laddie was born on December 11, 1924 to Wasyl and Anna (Karcha) Wisoley on the family homestead in the Goldbank District. He was educated at the Goldbank School. When Laddie left school he worked in the bush in sawmills cutting pulp in the winter and still continued to help on the family farm in summer. In 1949 he briefly worked in Windsor, ON. In 1958-59 he operated the North Star Service Station at Kamsack. In 1959 Laddie then decided to continue farming. He farmed the family homestead along with additional land he acquired until he semi-retired, purchased a house in Sturgis, and moved in 1992. Laddie like spending time in coffee shops enjoying the company of friends. He enjoyed playing ball with the Stenen and then later the Sturgis Senior Slow-Pitch Ball Club. Laddie 84 passed away on December 18, 2008. Burial was in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Wasyl in 1949 and Anna in 1974; brothers Emil in 1937, Mike in 1993 and Joe in 2005; he is survived by his sister-in-law June Wisoley, his nephews Farley and Kelly Wisoley; his nieces, Sharon, Leslie, Lorraine, Kathy and Michelle

WORK – Eva May was born on July 8, 1914 to parents Winfred Williams (Fred) and Edna Pearl (Hamilton) Ganong. Eva was one of five children. (Her siblings were: Minnie Ida Pearl, Edna Alice, George Hamilton and Verna Mabel) Eva married William Work on May 12, 1945. They had one daughter, Beverly Anne, born in 1949. Eva worked many years as a bank clerk in Vancouver, Calgary and then in Anaheim, California, where they moved in 1958. Her husband passed away in 1989 and Eva passed away on February 9, 1994. She is buried in the Sturgis Cemetery.

WRIGHT – Edwin John, was born September 21, 1913 in Cardiff, Wales. He was educated at North Bay, ON. receiving his religious education at North Park College. He worked on a dairy farm, taught school and was a minister for many years. On May 5, 1942 he married Violet Gillespie at the Alliance Church in Sturgis. His community involvement included: Canora Home Care board, Preeceville and District Ministerial association, Ketchen Lake Camp Board, Sturgis Horticulture, Sturgis Read Club and president of the Saskatchewan Senior for two years. Edwin 81, of Sturgis, passed away October 15, 1994. Service held at Evangelical Church in Sturgis and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents; he is survived by his wife, Violet; two sons, Robert (Doris) and Bradley (Miranda); one daughter, Denise (Louis) Danyluik of Usherville; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

WRIGHT – Violet Mae was born April 8, 1918 in the Tadmore district to parents Edgar and Isabella Gillespie. She was educated at a country school, and later in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Sturgis. She worked in the post office with her father. She married Edwin Wright on May 5, 1942 in Sturgis. They lived in many places while Edwin served as a pastor, including, Sturgis, Vermillion, Canora, Endeavour, Riverton, MB, Landmark, Arborg, MB, and Carrot River. She was a member of the Read Club, Sturgis Kitchen Band, Sturgis Horticultural Society and the Saskatchewan Poetry Association, and had several poems published throughout the years. Violet 81 passed away on August 16, 1999 at the Preeceville Hospital. Service held at Preeceville Funeral Chapel and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Predeceased by her parents; her husband Edwin; three brothers, Lawrence, Wayne and William, and a sister Elaine, she is survived by two sons, Robert of Selkirk, MB and Bradley (Miranda) of Thompson, MB; a daughter Denise (Louis) Danyluik of Endeavour; a sister Velma Scharfenburg of Hudson Bay; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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YACYSHYN – John Yacyshyn, 69, of Sturgis, died on March 18, 1974 in the Preeceville Union Hospital. Born at Buchanan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Yacyshyn, who farmed in that district. When he was 20 years old he left home to work as a farm labourer, until moving to Sturgis around 1950. Predeceased by his parents, a brother Bill and a sister Julia, he is survived by four sisters, Stella Chepil, Mary Mirva, Irene Andrewsld and Adline Dziaduck; three brothers Steve, Philip and Mike.

YAGELNESKY – Laddie Yagelnesky, 56 of Sturgis passed away January 17, 1991 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Born on October 10, 1934 in Stenen to parents Joe and Anne Yagelnesky, he was educated at Goodhue School. He mined, worked in construction and then farmed until he retired. He married Lena Okrainetz. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Lena, two brothers Myron and Pete, he is survived by two sons, Bradley of Whitecourt and Laurie of Sturgis; two daughters, Denise of Taylor, BC and Sheila of Whitecourt; three brothers, Bert, John and Nick; six sisters, Jenny, Olga, Grayce, Nettie, Frieda and Mary and three grandchildren.

YAGELNESKY – Lena Yagelnesky was born on November 1, 1942 to Alex and Jennie Okrainetz. She attended Kopje School and then moved to Fort William, Ont. She moved to a farm in the Stenen district in 1963 and in 1978 moved to Sturgis where she became an active member of the community as a home care worker, canteen manager and later on as employee of Anaka House. Her love for cooking led to a successful catering business called L&L Catering in partnership with a friend Leona Kowalchuk. She was a member of the Evangelical Church and farmers market association, and a volunteer with the town of Sturgis for community functions. Lena 46 passed away November 7, 1988. Predeceased by her grandparents, Graffitza Budnick in 1946. George Budnick in 1954, Kosten Okrainetz in 1939 and Mary Okrainetz in 1956, she is survived by; her parents, two sons, Bradley and Laurie; two daughters, Denise and Sheila of Sturgis; four brothers, William and Johnny of Surrey, BC, Lorne of Swan River and Art of Sturgis; two sisters Marge Brolund and Alice Krahn.

YAGELNISKI – Jean Yagelniski, 66, passed away December 26, 1995. Funeral service was held in Hyas Baptist Church and burial in Sturgis Cemetery. Born on December 21, 1929, in the Dobrowody district to Isadore and Mary (Skoretz) Wionzek, she attended Dobrowody School. She quit after grade 6 to help out on the family farm. She married Joe Yagelniski on July 14, 1947 at Dobrowody and they farmed in the Hyas district. She designed all three of the family homes. Predeceased by her parents, three brothers, Mike, Frank and Carl and two sisters, Nellie Piworski and Rose Barteski, she is survived by her husband Joe; five sons, Lavern, Curley, Murry, Robin and Clifton; three daughters Christine Chalupiak of Regina, Angie Peterson of Central Butte and Marlene Yagelniski of Regina; a brother Steve of Canora a sister Annie Chopty of Oakville, ON and 14 grandchildren.

YAGELNISKI– Joe Nick Yagelniski 78, of Sturgis, passed away November 12, 2002. Born on January 1,1924 to Nick and Mary (Genoway) Yagelniski on the family farm in the Hyas district, he attended Frame Lake School. He married Jean Wionzek of Rama in 1947 at Dobrowody Roman Catholic Church. He was actively involved in the construction of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hyas where he served on the executive. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Hyas Sask. Wheat Pool as well as the Hyas Baptist Church. Predeceased by his parents, his wife Jean and a sister Anne, he is survived by five sons, Lovern, Curley, Murry, Robin and Clifton; three daughters. Christine Chalupiak, Angie Peterson and Marlene Yagelniski; two brothers, Marlon and William; two sisters, Olga Lazaruk and Antonia Kostenuik both of Danbury; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

YAREMCHUK – James Yaremchuk 66 of Endeavour passed away March 23, 1995 at home. Born April 8, 1928 in Endeavour to Mike and Mary Yaremchuk, he attended Usherville School for a short while but took the majority of his schooling at Bear School He quit school after grade 8 to work on the family farm in the summer and trap with his father in the winter. When he was older he worked on various farms in the province and also worked in the bush, cutting pulpwood. He Married Myrtle Olson on November 17, 1955 at the United Church in Preeceville. They purchased his father’s farm and he farmed and raised cattle until his death. He had also driven a school bus to Endeavour for a number of years. A ball player, he played slo-pitch with the Sturgis Seniors. His pastimes also included playing cards and bowling. Predeceased by his parents and a brother, John, he is survived by his wife Myrtle, a son Reg of Endeavour; two daughters, Janice Wright of Worsley and Karen Morrow of Sparwood, BC; two brothers Paul and Andrew; four sisters, Kay Wiwcharuk, Pauline Sirak, Ann Campbell and Alma Garneau and seven grandchildren.

YATSURA – Johanna (Anna) Yatsura was born August 17, 1924 in Lieden, South Holland, and the daughter of Karl and Ginette Burgman. Johanna had 6 brothers and 5 sisters. She was educated in Holland and received a grade seven education. When she left school she went to work in a soap factory at $3 a week. During the war factories were shut down. When she was 22 years old, she married Pete Yatsura on January 2, 1946 in Holland. She moved to Canada with her husband and they lived in Hyas, Vancouver, Regina and retired to Sturgis around 1975. Johanna passed away on June 27, 2010 at the Parkside Extendicare in Regina at the age of 85 years. A graveside service was held at the Sturgis Cemetery on July 3rd. Her husband predeceased her in 2006. She is survived by nieces Alarice Yatsura of Saskatoon, Linda Clements of Regina and extended family members in Canada and relatives in her homeland, the Netherlands.

YARYCKY– Tony Yarycky 82, of Sturgis passed away December 5, 2006. Tony was born October 30, 1924 to Fred and Anne (Sirykowski) Yarycky in the Gold Bank district. He was educated at the Good Hue and Gold Bank Schools. Starting at a young age, Tony worked at various mills cutting pulp and farm labor. In the late 1940’s he began road construction for Wendall Westerlund. In 1950 he began permanent work with the R.M. of Clayton and continued until 1983. After that time Tony continued to farm north of Stenen. On October 29, 1955 he married Jessie Jensen at the Grace United Church in Sturgis. Tony loved visiting with friends and family. He enjoyed his horses, auction sales and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Tony will be remembered for brightening any room with laughter for people of all ages. Tony is predeceased by his parents and brothers Mike and Lawrence. He is survived by his wife Jessie, stepmother Mary (Wawrick) Yarycky, a son Brian (Cathy) of Norquay, daughter Darlene (Brian) Rogowski of Preeceville; brother Eddy of Hudson Bay, sisters Lena Semler, Margaret Anosiak, Minnie Andrusiak, Rose Okrainetz, Gena Tzupa and Shirley Hanson; and 5 grandchildren

YATSURA – Peter Yatsura, 91 of Sturgis, died on June 24, 2006 at the Preeceville Hospital. Born on March 13, 1915, in Hyas to John and Nellie Yatsura, he attended Hyas School. He worked in mines and then served overseas during the Second World War. He married Johanna Brugman in Leiden, Holland on January 2, 1946. When he returned to Canada, he worked with his father at the Hyas Hotel for five years. He moved to Niagara Falls to work. Eventually, he became a barber and worked in Stenen, Estevan and Regina. In 1975, he retired to Sturgis.

YUZEK – Margaret (nee Shlahetha) was born on July 3, 1912 to parents Metro and Annie Shlahetha in the Springside area. She married Peter Yuzek October 21, 1935 and they farmed in the Ormside and Ajax districts before moving to Sturgis. Margaret lived in Sturgis for 67 years and was a member of the Orthodox Church and the Sturgis READ Club. She passed away at the age of 91 on January 12, 2004. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Peter; she is survived by two sons, Ted (Sylvia) and Danny (Corinne) of Edmonton; a daughter Evelyn (Dennis) Tretiak of Nipawin; a brother Melfort (Ann) of Yorkton; three sisters, Polly Mintenko, Pauline Paulo and Marie Liechynski; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

YUZEK – Peter Yuzek 84 of Sturgis, passed away on March 30, 1986 at the Canora Hospital. Funeral service was held at Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sturgis. Born on February 20, 1902 to parents Maria and Theodore Yuzek in the Hamton district of what was then still known as the Northwest Territories. He was educated at he Hamton country school. He married Margaret Shlahetka on October 21, 1935. Peter and Margaret moved from the Ormside area to seven miles north of Sturgis in 1940. In 1945 they moved to Sturgis where they bought the blacksmith shop. In 1949 they bought the B&A Oil business and sold fuel and oil until Peter retired in 1982. He was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian self-reliance Association, the Sturgis READ Club and A.A. Predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Anna Shewchuk and Polly Kowal, and three brothers, Nick, George and John Yuzek; he is survived by his wife, two sons, Ted of Sturgis and Daniel of St. Albert; a daughter, Evelyn Tretiak of Nipawin; a sister Lena Ference of Penticton and seven grandchildren.

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ZAYCHUK – Boris Zaychuk was born on August 20, 1928 to Nick and Mary Zaychuk on the family homestead in the Gold Bank School district. He attended Gold Bank School and then worked with his dad on the family farm. Boris had a younger brother Peter, who left home in 1955 and lived in BC. Boris mother died in 1935 at the age of 28. In 1956 his father sold the farm and purchased a house in Sturgis. For years after his dad sold the farm, Boris worked for many farmers in the Sturgis, Stenen and Danbury districts. Later he did small jobs around Sturgis. Boris passed away November 14, 2007.

ZAYCHUK – Nick homesteaded in the Gold Bank School district. His wife Mary died in 1935 at the age of 28 years old and is buried in the Russian Protestant Cemetery at Hyas, SK. Nick sold his land in 1956, due to ill health and purchased a home in Sturgis. He had two sons; Boris born in 1928 lives in Sturgis and Peter who left home in 1955 and resides at Prince George, BC. Nick passed away March 27, 1960 at the Preeceville Hospital. He was 64 years old.

ZUBKO – Doug Wayne Zubko, 34 of Prince Albert died after the car he was driving went out of control and struck a light standard. Zubko was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital on December 23, 1983. Born May 28, 1949 at Preeceville to parents Peter and Violet Zubko, he was educated at Sturgis, the Saskatchewan Technical Institute at Moose Jaw and the University of Saskatchewan. He was employed by the department of public works at Saskatoon for two years and was employed with the department of Indian Affairs at Regina and Prince Albert for the past 11 years. He married Donna Johnson on July 19, 1969 in St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church at Melville. He is survived by his wife; a son Kevin; three daughters, Michelle, Wanda and Cheryl; his parents of Sturgis; four brothers, Gary of Devon AB, Ron of St. Albert, AB, Brian of Yorkton and Dale of Preeceville. Four sisters, Doreen Stovin, Lynn Maund, Gail Staruiala and Karen Bereault.

ZUBKO – Peter F. Zubko was born on February 14, 1917 on the family homestead to parents Fred (Fedor) and Fedora (Shostal) Zubko. (Both of Peters parent’s were born in Kiev, Russia and immigrated to Canada with their son, John in 1903.) Peter was the eighth child of a family of eleven. Peter was educated at Stenen and farmed in the district until 1946 when he moved to the Sturgis district where he farmed until his death. He also worked for the Sturgis Rural Telephone Co. and was caretaker of the Sturgis Skating rink for many years. He coached minor baseball and hockey. He married Violet Rayner at Yorkton on December 14, 1940. Peter, 68 passed away on November 9, 1985 at the Yorkton Hospital. Predeceased by his parents; a son Douglas in 1983; a brother Alex; three sisters, Nettie Kamysky, Elda Burns and Ida Beverly; he is survived by his wife Violet; four sons, Gary of Devon, AB, Ronald of St. Albert, Brian of Yorkton and Dale of Preeceville; four daughters Doreen Stovin, Lynn Maund, Gail Staruiala and Karen Beriault; five brothers, Bill, Victor, John, Fred and Walter; a sister Mary of Vernon, BC 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

ZUBKO – Riley Zubko, was born in Yorkton Hospital on January 14, 1992 to parents, Clinton and Mona Zubko. He grew up on a farm northeast of Sturgis. He attended Sturgis Elementary and Sturgis Composite schools, graduating in 2010. Riley enjoyed sports and played organized hockey, Lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. He had been a member of the Stoney Acres 4-H Beef Club for five years. He had been working at Calgary for North American Rock & Dirt at the time of his death. Riley was a passenger in a half-ton truck that rolled over south of Preeceville. He died on September 24, 2011. He is survived by his parents; a brother Blaise; and a sister Narissa.

ZUBKO - Violet Fanny (nee Rayner) Zubko, 87 of Sturgis passed away December 19, 2005 at the Yorkton Health Centre. Violet was born on June 24, 1918 on her parent’s homestead eight miles north of Stenen. The third child of Silas and Lily Rayner, she was educated at Frame Lake School As a young woman she worked as a mother’s helper at Morse, Stenen and Canora and as a chambermaid for two years at the Stenen Hotel. Violet married Peter Zubko on December 14, 1940 in Yorkton and their first farm was seven miles north of Stenen, close to hr parents property. In 1946 the family moved six miles north of Sturgis. Violet and Peter had nine children: Doreen, Gary, Ron, Douglas, and Lynn, triplets Gail, Brian, Dale and Karen in 1961. In 1961 the family moved to a farm four miles east of Sturgis where Violet lived until she moved to the Sturgis Care Home in 2005. In her youth she enjoyed violin music, badminton and baseball. She remained an avid reader challenging card player. We admired her hand quilting and embroidery, enjoyed her bread and pies; appreciate her kindness and strength. She participated in the United Church choir, pastoral care, pattern dance and READ Club. She is predeceased by her parents; husband Peter, son Douglas, brothers Bill and Merrill Rayner; She is lovingly remember by her sons and daughters; Brother Norman Rayner and sister Olive White; 26 grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren.






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