Obituaries of residents & former residents of
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- Elsa "Elsie" (nee Batke). On October 24, 2003, in her 85th year, Elsa "Elsie" Pagan, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at Souris Valley with her daughter-in-law, Betty, and granddaughter, Laura, at her side. Elsie was born October 5, 1918 in the Lang district. At the age of 15 she went to work on a farm. Elsie married Lawrence (Odie) Pagan on September 17, 1939, in Westby, Montana. On November 3, 1940, Odie and Elsie were blessed with a son Robert Glen (Bob). Odie and Elsie lived in Yellow Grass for a while and Elsie stayed there while Odie was in the army. Odie built their home in Weyburn and Elsie lived there up until a few months before she passed away. Elsie worked at Burges Grocery, Sanderson's Grocery and finished her working years at Coghill's Electric. In the spring and summer she loved to be outside puttering around in her flower beds and garden. Elsie loved to go fishing with her great grandsons Kenny and Chris when they came down from Regina for their summer holidays. She also enjoyed playing cards, bingo, Yahtze, board games, doing jig saw puzzles and reading. Elsie enjoyed getting together with her family and friends whether it was just for a visit or a special occasion. She was known as G.G. Pagan to all her great grandchildren. Elsie was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate to know and love her. Elsie was predeceased by her husband Odie in 1976, her beloved son Bob in 1993; a brother Henry Batke in 1922; her mother Bertha Batke in 1935; her father-in-law Adam Pagan in 1937; her brother-in-law Harvey Sanford in 1964; her father Adolph Batke in 1975; sister-in-law Vicky Batke in 1977; her mother-in-law, Edith Pagan in 1979; brother Fred Batke in 1986; sister Tillie Sanford in 1991 and brother-in-law Eugene Easterby in 1991. Elsie is survived by daughter-in-law Betty Pagan-Ray, Weyburn; grandchildren Ken (Sandy) Pagan, Brad (Shannon) Pagan, Robert Glen Pagan Jr., Laura (Stuart) Larson, Lawrence Garfield Pagan, all of Regina; great grandchildren: Kenny, Alex, Chris, Johnathan, Joshua, Charly, Ashlea, Matthew, Nicolas, Matteo; sisters Lydia (Lou) Ertman, Kamloops, BC, Alma Easterby, Moose Jaw, Myrt (Jack) O'Dell, Weyburn; a brother Leon Batke, Regina; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Green Acres Cemetery at a later date.
- Marion Elizabeth 'Betty' (nee Wheatley). On Sunday, August 27, 2000, Marion Elizabeth (Betty) Papic, dearly beloved wife of Jerry Papic, Sidney, BC and formerly of Weyburn, passed away at home. Predeceased by her father, Eric Wheatley and a brother in infancy; Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry; her two sons: Kirby (Nancy) and their children, Hannah Li and Jacob Alexander of Bangor, Maine; Gary (Joanne) and their children, Bryce and Brett of Watrous; also her mother, Evelyn Wheatley, Regina; and her brother, Albert (Bert) of Dartmouth, NS. A celebration of Betty's life was held in First Memorial Funeral Chapel, Victoria, on Friday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m., with Hewitt Helmsing officiating. A reception followed on "The Garden Room".
- Helen Margaret (nee Dixon) Parker passed away peacefully at the Weyburn Special Care Home on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at the age of 89. Mom called this her home for the last 9 1/2 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Allison Parker (1979), brother, Harvey and sister, Jessie Manarey, parents, Alfred and Millie Dixon and an infant granddaughter. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her family, five children: Dorothy (Leonard) Graham of Beamsville, ON, Ken (Donna) Parker of Kelowna, BC, Elgin (Yvonne) Parker of Oyama, BC, Doug (Marion) Parker of Regina, and Ruth (John) Cook of Weyburn; 17 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Harvey (Olive) Parker; sister-in-law, Muriel Parker; brother-in-law, Mervin Manarey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Helen was born April 30, 1918 in Walter's Falls, Grey County, ON to Alfred and Millie Dixon. Fond memories of her childhood were fishing for speckled trout with her father on their farm, and cross country skiing. Helen married Allison Parker on November 6, 1935. Mom and Dad worked for other farmers for the first years of their married life. From this union came five children. Mom kept very busy as a farmer's wife and a mother. In the spring of 1948, Mom and Dad purchased their farm where they lived until 1956. In the summer of 1956, Mom and Dad and the four youngest children moved to Radville. In 1957 they moved to Western Christian College at North Weyburn where Dad worked in the maintenance department. In 1960, Mom and Dad moved to Weyburn where Dad was employed at Haig and Assiniboia schools. For many years Mom assisted in the home of Charlie and Faye Zirk as a child care giver. Mom and Dad were also caretakers for several years at the Weyburn Church of Christ. After Dad passed away in 1979, Mom continued to live in their home on Park Ave. until 1986 when she moved to Bison Manor. Then on July 1, 1998, Mom moved to her suite at the Weyburn Special Care Home. The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 26, at the Weyburn Church of Christ with Scott Wade officiating. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Robert Cook, John J. Harvey, Curtis Parker, Jason Parker, Andrew Parker and Ashley Parker. The family of Helen Parker would like to thank Dr. Fong and the staff of the Weyburn Special Care Home for the compassionate care given to Mom.
- Lilly (nee Mark) Grams Parnas passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at the age of 93 years 8 months. Lilly was predeceased by her parents, Neil and Margaret Mark. Husband Carl Grams in 1989 and husband Emil Parnas in 1999. One granddaughter Shirley-Rae Grams. Brothers, Gordon and Alvin Mark; sister Mable Henning. Lilly is survived by her four children: Ken, Wilbur, Don (Dorothy) and Doris (Del) Flaten. Ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. One sister, Neva Schultz and sister-in-law Ethel Mark; as well as numerous relatives and friends. Lilly was born March 9, 1909 at Lang. She graduated from Milestone High School and later from Normal School in Regina. She taught at various schools in the surrounding area and in 1931, she married Carl Grams. They farmed at Lang, Trossachs and Weyburn area until 1972, when they retired and settled in Weyburn. They thoroughly enjoyed retired life, traveling, visiting, the Wheatland Centre as well as many other activities including fiddle contests and square dancing. After the passing of Carl Grams, she married Emil Parnas in December of 1991. They resided in the house in Weyburn until they entered the nursing home where they stayed until their passing. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 26 from the Grace United Church in Weyburn. Rev. Gary W. Goran officiated. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.
- Audrey Dell (nee Adamson). On Friday, August 4, 2006, Audrey Dell Parr, late of Weyburn passed away at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital at the age of 75 years. Audrey was predeceased by her mother and father, Elizabeth and Yuburn Adamson, her husband, Kenneth Parr, brother, Donald Adamson, and brother-in-law, Doug Parr. Audrey leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Howard (Lorraine) Parr and their children: Kenneth (fiancé Cheryl Clisby) and David (Camarla) Parr; her daughter, Deborah Tollifson and her children: Tanya (Kevin) Jenkins and their family, Bryll and Beck, Terry and Juliana; one sister, Dorthy Bedore, sisters-in-law, Joyce Adamson and Eleanor (Don) Neilson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Audrey Parr, nee: Adamson was born December 31, 1930 at Ernfold and was raised on the farm southwest of Ernfold. She was educated in the Ernfold area and took her Psychiatric Nurses training at Weyburn, then nursed for a short time in Weyburn at the Saskatchewan Hospital. Audrey married Kenneth Parr of Weyburn. She worked as a clerk in Spencer's Store in Carnduff, Sask. for a number of years, then returned to Weyburn to work at Souris Valley Extended Care Hospital until her retirement. Audrey was a keen bowler when she lived in Carnduff. She was also very interested in making ceramic items and in crocheting doilies and afghans. Audrey was a big hockey fan, and when living in Weyburn, attended Weyburn Red Wing games whenever she could. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. A Graveside Memorial Service was held Friday, August 11, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All those in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers.
- Hildur Sapphire (nee Olson) Parry, late of Weyburn, passed away April 15, 2013, at the age of 88 years. Hildur was predeceased by her husband, Robert “Bud” Parry (1979); her parents, Eric and Astrid Olson; sister, Phyllis Matthews; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. Hildur is survived by her children: Garth (Ginger) Parry, Lorna (Robert) Bakke, Crystal Stonehouse, Jewel (Louis) Prenevost; 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; brother, Maurice (Kathy) Olson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Hildur Sapphire Parry, nee Olson, was born on a farm in the Bures district to Eric and Astrid (Krogsgaard) Olson on September 12, 1924. She attended primary school at Querrin, a one room country school. She took most of her high school by correspondence but was able to convince her parents to allow her to take her Grade 12 in Ogema. She graduated high school at a young age and went on to Normal School in Regina. Her first love was teaching. She taught in many country schools teaching children, many of whom were the same age or older than her. At times it was difficult for her to find the balance by which she could enjoy herself as a teenager with them on outings yet maintain the control needed in the classroom. She met her husband Robert (Bud) Parry while teaching at one of these country schools. They were married on October 24, 1945. Her teaching career was interrupted as child rearing responsibilities took precidence as their four children arrived. She taught continuously from shortly after Jewel’s birth until the end of the 1982-83 school year. Her career spanned up to three generations of students, as many of the students she taught nearing the end of her career were the grandchildren of students she taught at the beginning. In 1987 she moved from the family farm near Ogema to Graystone Manor in Weyburn where she resided until March 2013 when she moved into Eden Homes. Hildur was very active in the Superannuated Teacher’s Association, Weyburn Special Care Home Auxiliary, Wheatland Senior’s Center, and the Church of Christ. A funeral service for Hildur was held on Tuesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. from McKenna Hall, Weyburn with Ray McMillan, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active Pallbearers were Carmen Moerike, Keith Bacon, Darcy Iverson, Winston Bailey, Garth Oberkirsch and Graham Bell.
- Berva (nee Beggs) Parsons, beloved wife of Mr. David Parsons of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at St. Michael's Health Centre on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at the age of 66 years. She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 45 years, David, and her son, of whom she was so justly proud, Dr. Mitchel Parsons (Kerri), grandchildren, Hayly and Vanessa of Edmonton, AB. Berva will also be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her sister Dolores Rhodes (Edward), Owen Sound, ON, and her brother Donald Beggs (Bonnie), Gold River, BC and nephews Marshall, Garner, and Jordan. She also leaves her dear sister, Carole Radomsky and niece Kimberly, Calgary, AB. Born in Estevan, December 29, 1934, educated in Weyburn. She entered psychiatric nursing briefly in 1952, and later enrolled in Saskatchewan Teachers College, from which she graduated in 1956. While in Moose Jaw she met and married David. She quickly established herself as a highly respected and loved teacher in Moose Jaw, Regina and then at Mary Hill in Coquitlam, BC. After moving to Edmonton with David, she re-educated herself as a secretary and became an executive secretary to the president of the Good Samaritan Society of Edmonton, until she and her husband were transferred to Fort McMurray, AB. There she became active in her life long interest of politics, as well as working for Keyano College. In 1988 she moved to Lethbridge, AB when she and David retired. There she found time to devote to many service organizations including the Community Volunteer Centre, Drug and Alcoholic Treatment Centre, and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Most recently she was sharing her wonderful story telling ability with seniors at St. Michael's Senior Centre. Fittingly, she actively championed social justice through an active role in politics with the New Democrat Party. She served as constituency secretary as well as campaigning for compassion, social equity and integrity in politics. Berva's memory will be cherished by myriad friends and colleagues who witnessed her kindness, generosity, candor, determination, and caring for the under privileged. She was also her family's champion and their heroine, with her magnetic personality and an affinity and ability to light up anyone's life anywhere, anytime. "The best portion of a good life, one's little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love" William Wordsworth. A memorial service was held at Cornerstone Funeral Home, Lethbridge on Saturday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.
- Jessie Elizabeth (nee Montgomery). On Saturday, November 2, 2002, Jessie Elizabeth Partridge, late of Regina, and formerly of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina Lutheran Home at the age of 94 years. Jessie was born August 18, 1908 at Lisbon, North Dakota, USA. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Maude Montgomery; her husband, Harold Partridge; two brothers: Wesley Montgomery and Donald Montgomery; one sister, Alta Kenville and by one brother-in-law, Dona Kenville. Jessie is survived by her sister-in-law, Marge Montgomery of Surrey, BC; two nieces: Kathryn (Joseph) Neisz of Regina, and Joanne Montgomery of Penticton, BC; as well as several great nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Iryna. It is with great sadness that our beloved Iryna Partyka and baby Akim Igorevich left our family and this world on Friday, March 22, 2013 in Regina General Hospital due to complications during a delicate pregnancy. Iryna is survived by her husband, Igor Kozlov, Weyburn; her children: Medina Kozlova and Sophie Kozlova, Weyburn; her parents, Mykolay and Zoya Partyka, Ukraine; sister, Svetlana Koykova; mother-in-law, Ninel Smolnikova, Toronto; sister-in-law, Natalya Kayumov, Toronto. Iryna Partyka was born to Mykolay and Zoya Partyka October 18, 1977 in the seaside resort city of Yalta, in the Crimean region of southern Ukraine on the Black Sea. Iryna completed her secondary education in 1995 and enrolled in the Yaltinski Kommerchinskyi College in the Culinary Arts program to pursue her love of cooking. While enrolled, during one of her work term placements she had the opportunity to work with her future husband Igor Kozlov. Igor remarked to his mother that he had fallen for a tall raven haired beauty with green eyes and that it was true love! Returning to complete her education, Igor and Iryna remained close friends and began a life together once Iryna had completed her studies. They both enjoyed good jobs in Yalta, and Iryna had an excellent placement at the Hotel Bristol, the oldest and most prestigious hotel in the resort of Yalta, as a food services specialist. Iryna and Igor then, much to their delight, welcomed their first daughter Medina Kozlova in April of 2000. In 2008, as Igor’s sister and family had by then emigrated to Canada, Iryna and Igor and young Medina decided that they would set out on an adventure and emigrated to Canada to pursue a life of independence and to experience a new part of the world. Igor was fortunate to have a job offer from a Weyburn business, Stewart Steel as a welder, and since Igor was a welding instructor, and Iryna being in food services, could find work as well, they decided that they would have a go of it. The Stewarts extended their hospitality to the new immigrants, helping them find accommodations and to get acquainted to their new home of Weyburn. Iryna was able to find work with the local Legion and began working in the kitchen as the chef. After some time she began to remark that even though her English was not the best, everyone began to understand her and she could begin to understand what Stan was saying most of the time. She was truly loved by all who knew her and by those who tasted her always delicious meals prepared with love and care. Her love of cuisine was always a favorite topic of hers and she loved to get new recipes from her many friends - Canadian, Russian and Ukrainian. She loved traditional recipes from her youth and hometown and often served them to guests at the Legion. Of course, her family was her testing ground and like any great chef there was always the odd meal that may not have delighted the taste buds! Iryna and Igor then had the wonderful gift of their second child, Sophie Kozlova in November 2011 and later Iryna worked only part time to host the All You Can Eat perogy nights for the legion and the curling rink. In February of this year Igor and Iryna announced that they were expecting a third child to the delight of her family and all that knew her and began to make preparations for their growing family when complications arose and both Iryna and baby Akim passed. Iryna was passionate about crafts and cooking and could really do anything that she set her mind to. She was an excellent seamstress, and could mend or alter even the most cherished items that people would bring by. Iryna and Igor bought their first house in 2010 in Weyburn and she was always busy painting and decorating and making it feel like the wonderful home that it is. She was strong and independent and took it upon herself to learn how to drive and we would often laugh with her at how nervous her husband would get in the passenger seat! When guests would come to the house there was always a hot pot of tea and delicious treats served no matter what! She was always positive and upbeat and truly a caring person who made everyone around her feel appreciated. She is sadly missed by her young family and Iryna will always be remembered by those who knew her and loved her. Although she may not be present in form she will always be there watching over and loving her family in spirit. Prayers were held on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A funeral service for Iryna was held on Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Very Rev. Slawomir Lomaszkiewicz, officiating. Crossbearer was Alexander Nikulin. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Active Pallbearers were Jodie Mantei, Ken Helfrick, Shane Druck, Vlad Bendasyuk, Kostya Khorolets and Mike Penner.
- Peter Joseph Paslawski of Weyburn passed away in Weyburn General Hospital October 31, 2002 at the age of 81. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Annie Paslawski, two sisters: Maria in infancy and Rose Rysz, and two brothers, Joe and Harry. Peter is survived by his wife, Ann, of Weyburn; son David (Margaret) of Weyburn, daughter Barbara (Donald) Glover of Osage; four grandchildren: Alison (Andrew) Shanaida, Rommel Glover, Kathy and Stephen Paslawski; three great grandchildren: Eric, Hunter and Nikita Shanaida; one sister, Mary Ann Seitz of Weyburn, five brothers: John and Paul (Helen), both of Osage, Frank (Verna) of High River, AB, Fred (Evelyn) and Ray (Betty), both of Osage; two sisters-in-law: Olga Paslawski of Golden, BC, and Katie Plonka of Lethbridge, AB; two brothers-in-law: Carl (Edith) Plonka and Casper (Josephine) Plonka, both of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The third oldest child, Peter was born February 14, 1921, in a sod house on the homestead in Fox Valley. In 1926 the family moved to a farm west of Osage. He helped on the family farm until 1942, when he was called into the service. He served in World War 2 until 1946 and was involved with the Occupation Forces in Holland. After the war, Peter married Anna Plonka at Holy Trinity Church in Cedoux on August 6, 1946. They farmed near Cedoux for five years before moving to a farm in the Talmage district in 1951. In 1949 son David arrived, and in 1952, daughter Barbara. Peter and Anna resided on the farm until 1973, when they moved to Weyburn where he worked for John Mus Moving & Storage, Beaver Lumber and in 1978 took over duties as caretaker at Legion Towers until his retirement in 1985. They then moved back to the farm at Talmage where they spent their remaining years together in their Little House on the Prairie. During his lifetime, Peter was a devoted farmer and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Legion Branch #47 for over 30 years, serving as president and in other positions on the executive as well. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends at the Elks Club and the Legion. He was good natured and fun-loving, a people-person who loved to tell jokes and engage in kindly teasing. He was most at home in the great outdoors and behind the wheel of a tractor. Above all, Peter was devoted to his family: wife Anna of 56 years, son David and his wife Margaret, daughter Barbara and her husband Donald, grandchildren Alison, Kathy, Stephen and Rommel, and his three precious grandchildren: Eric, Hunter and Nikita. Prayers were held Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 at Fletcher Funeral Chapel with Mary Ann Seitz presiding. The funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Weyburn, with Father Albert Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. The pallbearers were six nephews: Raymond, Daryl, Dale, and Kenny Paslawski, John Gall and Gary Plonka.
- Quinton Owen Patrick age 85 of Weyburn. Quint lived his early years in Weyburn and Regina and attended local schools. After Business College he worked at local accounting and business firms before working at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn, in 1951 – where he had a long and satisfying career. There he met nurse, Margaret Pilchar of Brandon, MB and they married in 1952. They raised three children in Weyburn and he was a wonderful husband and dad. He was an active member of the large hospital community and captained bowling teams, skipped curling rinks, coached men’s softball, played in many card games and coordinated legendary Oktoberfests and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. He worked in accounting, payroll, finance and purchasing until retiring in 1982 and earned several long term service awards. Community service was important to him. He was active in BPOE Elks No. 370, Weyburn Kinsmen and K-40 Clubs and the Weyburn Credit Union. He held numerous positions in all organizations, and was honored as a long serving member of the board of directors of the Credit Union by having a scholarship named in his honor; he also received the Director Order of Merit Award in 2012. He was proud to name the book “Under The Dome” a history of the hospital published in 1986 and served on the committee as historian. He enjoyed playing and watching many sports, was an avid Rider fan, as well as a loyal follower of the NY Yankees, Boston Celtics and Notre Dame College football (the Fighting Irish, as he was very proud of his celtic ancestry). He was an avid duplicate bridge player frequently seen at the Wheatland on bridge nights, and was proud to have been the scorekeeper for Weyburn men’s fastball teams and junior baseball teams for over a decade. His sense of humor was only eclipsed by his razor sharp mind which he kept honed by doing his ever present crossword or jigsaw puzzles, and Sudoku puzzles in recent years as well as almost never missing Jeopardy (or very many of the answers!). He and the family loved to travel and made many cross Canada trips to visit relatives and attend World’s Fairs, Olympics, major sporting events and concerts. In retirement years he and Marg enjoyed trips to Alberta, the Okanagan and the west coast to visit children and relatives; and the east coast and Maritimes. They were most at home in Weyburn entertaining nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Quint may have been known as the strong silent type, but over the years almost every baby found a way to grandpa’s lap, usually while he was deep in concentration over a puzzle with TSN on TV in the background (and dolls and dinosaurs strewn across the floor). In later years during his hospital stays he was always quick to joke with the nurses, and thank them for the care he received, even when not feeling his best. Quinton was predeceased by his father John Arden (Pat) Patrick; mother Margaret Davidson; step mother Mildred Pittman Patrick; beloved sister Sally Patrick Sigurdson; step-sister and brother-in-law Alberta Pittman McKenzie and Doug McKenzie; step brother and sister-in-law Bill and Agnes Pittman; other relatives; and no less by numerous cats and dogs who were cherished members of the family. Quinton is survived by his wife, Margaret Patrick; son, Colin Patrick and children, Travis (Jordan), Curtis (Jenna), Regan (Sarah), Logan; daughter, Myrna (Kevin) Fleury and children, Jonathan, Courtney; daughter, Kelly (Jim) Linnell and children, Ryan (Kim) Lawrence, Sara Lawrence, Steven Shorthouse, Casey Linnell, Jameson Linnell; five great grandchildren, Daemon, Chloe, Charli, Alice and Jace; step-sisters, Gerry Pittman Grandbois and Fran (Elmer) Pittman Franks as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Funeral arrangements will be handled privately; no formal service is planned at his request. A memorial will be held in August.
- Clara (nee Marstead). It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden but peaceful death of Clara Paul (Marstead) on May 14, 2004 at the age of 76. She had a long courageous battle with lung cancer and emphysema. Clara will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Keith Paul; two sons: Terry (Wanda) Paul and Brian ( Verna) Paul; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother, Ivan Marstead and sisters: Bertha (Elmer) Sagmoen, Alice (Doug) McNaughton and Ruth (Gerry) Prost; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Ivor and Inga Marstead; infant brother, Kenneth Marstead; her daughter, Arla Johnson and her special granddaughter, Kelly Paul. Clara grew up with her siblings on a farm north of Radville in the Abbott School District. She and her brother Ivan started school there speaking only Norwegian, making the first two years difficult. After completing grade 8 she then attended Radville High School where she received her secondary education. After high school she was employed at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, studying psychiatric nursing until her marriage to Keith Paul in 1947. Clara was blessed with three children: Terry, Brian and Arla. Her family brought her great joy and love. Anyone stopping at their home could clearly see how proud she was of her family by the many photos displayed of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Clara loved reading, growing flowers and watching Bob Barker on "the Price is Right" on television. She also enjoyed embroidery and was a wonderful seamstress. Another enjoyment was a shopping trip to the city with her sisters, looking for bargains. And if she drove they got there in record time! Even though she was quiet, humour and laughter were always part of her life. However, in later years her poor hearing made her enjoy quiet conversations where she could appreciate what went on with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In the last few years she looked forward to trips to the old family farm with her sisters and brother. There they walked the old haunts and had a good cup of coffee. She will be sadly missed and always remembered by her husband, children and their families, her brother and sisters and their families. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Kelly Henning officiating. All in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn
- Kelly Lynn. On Sunday, November 10, 2002, Kelly Lynn Paul, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 28 years. Predeceased by her grandfather, Oliver Hanson and uncle and aunt, Don and Gladys Hanson. Kelly will be lovingly remembered by her children: Colby, Jordan and Kaydon, all of Yellow Grass; her father and mother, Brian and Verna Paul of Weyburn; her sister, Kristine of Weyburn and special niece and nephew, Kyran and Kianna; her brother, Darren Paul of Swift Current; godparents, Harvey and Janet Hanson; grandparents: Gladys Hanson and Keith and Clara Paul of Weyburn; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Kelly Lynn Paul was born March 9, 1974 at the Weyburn Union Hospital. She was the first of three children born to Brian and Verna Paul. Kelly grew up in Weyburn, taking her schooling at Assiniboia School, Weyburn Junior High School and the Weyburn Comprehensive, graduating in 1992. She was always very popular and valued all her friendships. Shortly after graduating, Kelly devoted her life to her beautiful baby boy, Colby Jason, born on December 7, 1991. He was her first child and Brian and Verna's first grandchild. He filled the house with laughter and love. Being a mother came naturally to Kelly, she was the best. A few years later, along came her long awaited beautiful baby girl, Jordan Lynn. Born on May 4, 1994, "Georgie" as her mom affectionately called her, is the spitting image of her mom. She was mommy's little girl. Kelly and Trent began their lives together seven years ago. After residing briefly in Weyburn, they chose to purchase a home and move to Yellow Grass. Trent worked hard driving trucks for a living and Kelly did what she did best, be a mom. On January 26, 2001, Kelly and Trent welcomed their little boy, Kaydon Brian David into the world. Kaydon is a carbon copy of his daddy and the pride and joy of his brother and sister. Kelly and Trent will forever live on in their beautiful baby boy. Kelly was forever smiling and had a special way of lighting up a room. You couldn't be grumpy if Kelly was around. She'd be a ray of light even on the dreariest of days. She liked to play piano, go camping, have firepits, and do anything involving her children. She would not let anyone leave her house without first staying for supper and a visit. Kelly and her sister, Kristine shared a very special bond. They were always together and were each other's best friend. Kelly loved all her family and friends like only Kelly could. She touched the heart of so many people and will be forever missed. We love you, Kelly. A memorial service was held Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Peter Walker officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- William Keith Paul (June 16, 1922 - January 4, 2006). Keith was born number eight in the large Paul family that began in 1905. Though the adversities of wars brought depression, early deaths in the family and often near poverty, they emerged proud and caring members of their community. It's Keith's wish that the following generations maintain this image. Keith spent his formative and educational years at Tyvan, Brownlee, Kisbey and Weyburn. After his education, he spent a few years on a farm, but joined the R.C. N. V. R. and was trained in Regina, Esquimalt, BC, Halifax, NS and Baltimore, Maryland. He was then posted on the corvette "H.M.C.S. Kamsack" and spent the next two years doing convoy duty on the North Atlantic. At war's end, Keith returned to Weyburn, thankful he had survived and not knowingly had to take a human being's life under the guise of war. In the Fall of 1945, Keith started a 41 year career in psychiatric nursing. The first few years, due to custodial care philosophies, there was little personal satisfaction, but with advances and changes in the mental health field and more progressive personnel, this career grew into a rewarding and satisfying life until his retirement in 1987. Most of his career and retirement years were shared by his wife, Clara for over 57 years. She helped Keith around many rough corners over the years. Keith was the last of his family, being predeceased by his parents, seven sisters and two brothers. He was also predeceased by his wife, Clara, daughter, Arla Johnson and granddaughter, Kelly Paul. Surviving are two sons, Terry (Wanda) Paul and Brian (Verna) Paul, and one son-in-law, Morris Johnson, three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, also numerous nieces and nephews. At heart, Keith was a proud, kind and caring individual with a good sense of humor, however, this was often over shadowed by his cynical and self-directed disposition. Also Keith was very conscious of any form of hypocrisy. This affected relationships and molded his unorthodox philosophies of life. On his request, cremation will take place. There will be no religious services. His ashes will be placed alongside those of his wife in the Columbarium at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, date pending.
- Mary Helen (nee Moser) Pawlak, born May 6, 1923, passed away at Weyburn on the 10th of November, 2012 at the age of 89 years. Mary and Lew began their life together in Ratcliffe. She began her career as a teacher and after raising her family went on to pursue a new career as a psychiatric nurse. Mary worked at the Saskatchewan Hospital and Psychiatric Centre until her retirement in 1983. She was an avid reader, bowler and served many Sunday meals to her family. Mary was a loving mother and grandmother and will be remembered for her kindness to all she cared for. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Josephine Moser; husband, Lew Pawlak and seven of her brothers and sisters. She will be lovingly remembered by her family: daughter, Linda (Lynn) Upshall of Edmonton, AB and her children, Rob (Nicole) Wells and Gregory Wells both of Edmonton, AB; daughter, Betty Anne (Bruce) Sellars and their children, Deanna Sellars and Justin Sellars all of Victoria, BC; son, Murray Pawlak and friend, Brenda Lizuck of Weyburn, and his daughters, Janine (Jon) Secuur and Mandy (Jason) Tottosi both of Regina; eight great grandchildren; sister, Anne Roberts of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Prayers were said on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:30 AM from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Father Gerry Bauche was the celebrant at both. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Laura (nee Morgan) April 23, 1905 - June 15, 2002. Laura's parents, James Morgan and Mary Ann Jackson, sailed from England in the early 1900's. Their first stop was in Brandon, MB where Laura was born on April 23, 1905. James and Mary Ann moved to the Maxim area to a homestead where they raised their family of nine girls and two boys. Laura was predeceased by her parents, James and Mary Ann Morgan; her husband Delois Paxman; two brothers Philip and Bill; sisters, Amy, Carrie, Belle and Phyllis; her son-in-law Larry Yung; also one granddaughter Karen Tardif. She leaves to mourn her children Rhoda Yung of Regina and Ken (Jean) of Colgate; sisters Alice Bristow of Victoria, BC, Ethel Lawrence of Weyburn, Ida Jasper of Kelowna, BC and Francis (Bill) Wylie of Toronto, ON. Her grandchildren, Scott and daughters Nicole and Morgan; Brett (Juanita); Greg (Kim) and daughters, Shayla and Jaedyn; (husband to Karen) Michael Tardif and daughters, Jeanette, Colette and Rochelle; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Laura grew up at the farm at Maxim and attended Little Butte School. She later worked out at various places; one of those being Richard Bell's for five years. Laura learned to sew and made clothing for her younger sisters still at home. This was a skill she used throughout the years and also enjoyed gardening. Laura and Loss Paxman traveled by train from Maxim to Estevan where they were married on December 20, 1927. They farmed at Section 8 Township 14, Range 5 West of the Second (near Jewel Creek). Here their children Rhoda and Ken were born. They later purchased S.W. 30 (the former Edgar Stinson farm). Loss and Laura moved to Colgate in 1962. Loss passed away in 1974. Laura then moved to Weyburn; first in an apartment; Crocus Villa and finally Weyburn Special Care Home. A memorial service was held Thursday, June 20, 2002 from Grace United Church in Weyburn with Rev. Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment to take place at a later date.
PAYAK - Joyce Gwendolyn (nee Barry). On Monday, August 9, 1999, Joyce Gwendolyn Payak, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by her parents: Joseph and Devilla Barry, and by her husband, Mike Payak in 1998. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her family: one daughter, Maryann (Jim) Uhl of Devon, AB, and one son, Don (Charlotte) Payak of Weyburn; five grandchildren: Joyann (Reg) Francis of Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Sonya Uhl of Port Coquitlam, BC; Steven (Meredith) Uhl of Port Coquitlam; Chris Payak of Weyburn; and Kimberly Payak of Weyburn; four great granddaughters: Andi, Brandi, Courtney and Samantha Francis; one brother, Don (Donna) Barry of Kimberley, BC; as well as several nieces and nephews. Joyce was born at Waskada, MB on June 2, 1917. Her father worked on the railway, and so the family lived in various parts of Manitoba while she was growing up. After her parents' deaths in the early 40's she came to Regina to work with the threshing crews and visited with her cousins Gladys (Ernie) Smye and Opal (Bill) Elyk in the Weyburn Plains district. They introduced her to their neighbour, Mike Payak. Joyce and Mike were married November 2, 1946. They farmed in the Weyburn Plains area until their retirement in 1980, when their son Don took over the farm. After their retirement, they enjoyed travelling the first few years, touring Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, California, and Mexico, as well as several motorhome trips from coast to coast in Canada. They continued to live on the farm until December 1997 when their failing health required a move to Weyburn. Joyce enjoyed her flowers, her pets, and bird watching. Prayers were said Wednesday, August 11, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Hengen presiding. The funeral mass was held Thursday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Bruce Croal, Frank Payonk, Richard Tollefson, Larry Fleming, Lloyd Culham and Dean Stewart.
PAYAK - Marcella Theresa (nee Mallinger). On Monday, October 30, 2000, Marcella Theresa Payak (Mallinger), late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Regional Care Centre, at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her husband, William in December 1987, and her parents, Jacob and Annie Mallinger a number of years ago, they had lived to be in their eighties. Also predeceased by brothers and sisters: Severn, Luke, George, Blanche, Vernice, Beatrice, Cecelia and Lillian. Marcella will be lovingly remembered by two daughters: Rosemarie (Bill) Doherty of Calgary; and Elaine (Bruce) Croal of Weyburn; grandchildren: Danetta Stebanuk (Bruce Henry) of Edmonton; Rocky Stebanuk of BC, Kent and Kory Doherty of Calgary; Curtis (Rhonda) Croal of Weyburn; and Carla (Mike) Fellner of Weyburn; great grandchildren: Riordan, Justin and Corinne Henry, Daniel and Jacey Fellner, and Riley Croal; one sister, Ruth Fuchs of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marcella was born June 1, 1917 at Halbrite, then moved with her family to Tribune in July of 1923. In the spring of 1937 the family again moved to Maple School district. On February 3, 1944, Marcella married William Payak. They resided on the farm in the Weyburn Plains district until retiring in 1969. Funeral service was held Friday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Don Payak, Chris Payak, Kent Doherty, Kory Doherty, Curtis Croal and Mike Fellner.
- Kerry Lynn (nee Schneider), late of Rouleau, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007 at the age of 37 years. Kerry was predeceased by her father, Gerald Schneider and her brother, Timothy Schneider. She is survived by her husband, Robert Brian Peace, Rouleau; her step-sons, Derrick and Tyler Peace, Calgary, AB; her mother and step-father, Sheila (Dale) Greiner, Weyburn; sisters: Kim Schneider, Weyburn; Pamela Schneider (Scott McClusky), Regina; brothers: Darcy (Barbara) Schneider, Barrhead, AB, Kelly (Lana)Schneider, Regina; her father and mother-in-law, Don (Verna) Peace, Kelowna, BC; sister in law, Diane Peace (Ted Hume), Lake Country, BC; brothers-in-law, Dwayne (Jacqueline) Peace, Langdon, AB, Dan Peace (Helen), Victoria, BC; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The Celebration of Kerry's life was held on Wednesday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Kerry was born in Weyburn on March 28, 1970. She received her grade 12 from the Weyburn Comprehensive High School. Kerry later attended Regina College for education in the travel agency business. She was a banker with the CIBC. Kerry was involved in sports, especially baseball and volleyball. She enjoyed camping and loved being with friends. Kerry Lynn Schneider married Robert Brian Peace on July 2, 2002 at Ripley Ridge Retreat, Calgary, AB. Kerry was love, which she sent more in her actions than words. This love was the foundation she used in constructing the strong and permanent friendships that she was so well known for. Kerry will be missed by all who came in contact with her. Kerry, we all loved you.
- Douglas John. On Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Douglas John Pearce passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by his parents, Annie and Wilfred Pearce, as well as mother and father-in-law, Meta and Clinton Reed; and brothers-in-law, George Reed and Ken Gibson. Douglas is survived by his loving wife of 48 1/2 years, Ethel Pearce of Weyburn and their children: son, Darcy and family, Debbie Kraus and grandchildren: Keanu, Chloe, Reed and Gavin of Herbert; daughters: Sharynne, Danielle Shaw (Chuck) and grandchild Micheala of Regina; brother-in-law, Raymond (Gisa) Reed and family, Michael, Jeffrey and Michelle; sister-in-law, Lois, Rhonda and Duane Gibson and family, Patricia (Lorne) Straza and girls, Tina, Elizabeth, Tiffany; Julie Reed, Tracy, Cindy (Dwayne) Galigan, many nieces and nephews. Douglas John Pearce was born January 10, 1925 at Ogema. He was raised on the family farm NE 31-7- 22, the only child of Annie and Wilfred Pearce. He attended Key West School until grade 6. Jack worked as a parts-man at Dunn Brothers in Ogema, an elevator helper at the Wheat Pool in Creelman, set up machinery at Fritz Frank & Sons in Ogema, and was a helper for Sask Power at Ogema. He farmed the home farm from 1956 to 1997 at NE 31-7-22. On July 17, 1957, Douglas married Ethel Reed at Creelman and they lived at Griffin for one year, then moved to Creelman until 1963 when they moved to Ogema, finally retiring to Weyburn in 1999. Jack was involved on the Rink Board, the Deep South Museum Board, helped build the new rink in Ogema and was secretary of the Deep South CB Club. He enjoyed sports, acting as time keeper at the Ogema Rink from 1972 to 1980, and watching hockey, baseball and football on TV. He also enjoyed doing carpentry, reading novels and the newspaper. He will be lovingly remembered by all he knew and loved. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. The Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Elmer Henry. On Saturday, July 8, 2000, Elmer Henry Pederson, late of Weyburn, passed away at Regina General Hospital at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by his parents, Hans and Severine Pederson; one infant daughter Sharon; sister Viola Pederson; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Signora Pederson; brothers-in-law Oliver Hanson and Hank Holth; and sister-in-law Elin Pederson. Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Irene Pederson of Weyburn; two daughters: Valerie (Paul) Davies and their daughters: Shauna and Andrea; and Barbara (Glenn) Bond and their son Jason, all of Regina; sisters and brothers: Gladys Hanson of Weyburn, Menford (Maude) Pederson of Smithers, BC, Palmer (Vivian) Pederson of Houston, BC, Williard (Doris) Pederson of Calgary, AB, and Oscar Pederson of Smithers, BC; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Helen Holth of Camrose, AB, Della (Henry) Pederson of Estevan, and Ralph (Doris) Holth of Calgary, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Elmer Henry Pederson was born December 26, 1913 at Bromhead, SK where he was raised. He attended school to grade eight and worked for other farmers while growing up, then worked at the training school as an attendant. On May 30, 1946 Elmer married Irene Holth, and together they farmed in the Bromhead area for 66 years, then moved to Weyburn and commuted between the farm and Weyburn for 20 more years. Elmer's main interest was grain farming, but he also loved music and enjoyed singing. Elmer and Irene were always actively involved in their church and any related church activities. He loved to sing in the choir and traveled with the quartet and sang all over Saskatchewan and on CKCK radio. He will be sadly missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Interment followed in Lac Qui Parle Cemetery, Bromhead. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Allan Holth, Wes Hanson, Arvid Pederson, Dallas Pederson, Dayle Pederson and Harvey Hanson. Ushers were Merlin Hanson and Ron Pederson.
- Oliver Lloyd. On September 13, 2007 Oliver Lloyd Pederson of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 91 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Rea Pederson, Weyburn; daughters: Gwen (Dave) Garner, Regina and family: Carla (Jeff) Nelson and Stacey Garner, Dorothy (Gordon) Downing, Saskatoon and family: Ryan (Katrina), Kevin, Kimberly (Dean) Mollier and their children: Makayla and Jessie; son, Brian (Kim) Pederson, Weyburn and family: Travis, Alexis and Randy; brother, Ivan (Esther) Pederson, Weyburn and their family, Iva, Chris (Stacey) and Janet (Cam); sisters-in-law, Edith Bernard, Beryl( Alex) Shields, Alice (Ernest) Walter, Arvilla Carlton, Edna McGillivray as well as several nieces and nephews. Oliver was predeceased by his parents: Anton and Johannah Pederson; brothers: Alvin and Wallace Pederson; sister Balma Carlson and twin sisters Lily and Lillian in infancy. Oliver was born and raised on the family farm, north of Weyburn on December 19, 1915. In his younger years he attended Lily Glen School and helped with the farm chores. After his schooling he worked on threshing crews, elevator construction crew, a meat packing plant and the CPR lines. In August 1947, Oliver married Rea shortly thereafter he returned to his passion of farming north of Weyburn. In 1959 they returned to the family homestead. Upon moving to Weyburn in 1980, he never lost interest in farming and continued to give a helping hand until just the past couple of years. Among his hobbies, were gardening, which would begin in March with starting his tomato plants from seed and nurturing them throughout the summer. As well, many happy hours were spent woodworking, fixing or repairing either in his workshop or at his brother's shop. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge, receiving his 40th year pin at the Veteran's Jewel Tea on April 29, 2007. Being with his family was always a special time, he enjoyed watching and hearing of his grandchildren and great grandchildren's accomplishments. The funeral service for Oliver Pederson was held Monday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. The pallbearers were Ryan Downing, Kevin Downing, Travis Pederson, Jeff Nelson, Dean Mollier and Chris Pederson. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Ruth (nee Grindstad). On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Ruth Pederson, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina Pasqua Hospital, at the age of 88 years. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Olaf and Ragnhild Grindstad, brothers: Odin, Olaf and Haakon, sisters: Laura, Mary, Madge, Signa, Ruth and Julia, sons, Ron and Glen Pederson, daughter, Joyce, granddaughter, Samantha, grandsons, Keith and Kohl, and son-in-law, Bob Imrie. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Harold Pederson and their family: Ron's children, Brent (Marcia) and their children, Justis, Jayden, Hannah and Kurt (Natale), Karla (Collin) and their son Davin; daughters, Mardell (Bob) Falconer and their children, Kelli and Farrah; Audrey (Tom) Veale and their children, Craig, Curtis, Lindsay (Clayton) Pilling; Janice Imrie and her children, Kristen, Kevin, Kathryn; Joyce's children, Jordy, Justin and Lacey Driscoll; sons, Dallas (Wendy) Pederson and their children, Glenn (Stephanie) and their daughter Grace, Brandy (Todd) Magnus and Benji; Dayle (Judy) Pederson and their children, Dieta (Russell) Snider, Tyson (fiancé Ulyana), Alesha (Justin) Bloor, Shea, Rhett; Gordon (Leanne) Pederson and their children, Shanea and Jaslyn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was born May 6, 1918 at Midale. She was raised on the Grindstad farm on NE 4-4-12. The Grindstad farm was known for its large red barn, prancing horse teams, home cooked meals and lots of work. There was well-digging, haying, stooking, ploughing and very seldom time for idle hands! Ruth rode her pony, Sylvie, after the cattle. As the second youngest of a large family, Ruth was surrounded by her many siblings and often told stories of her childhood and how she admired her hard-working mother. Ruth attended Lac Qui Parle School and completed her grade 10. As a young adult, Ruth worked in Estevan for a time, for Liberal MLA McLeod. Ruth took pride in setting an elegant table and serving good food. Ruth also attended Briercrest Bible Institute for a year. In 1942 she married Harold Pederson and they settled on the Ofstie farm. Ruth and Harold raised a large family - a total of nine children. It was no easy feat to feed and clothe such a group but Ruth's children always said that they were some of the best fed children in the district. Ruth could cook and bake like no other, according to them! Gardening, raising chickens, washing the separator, cleaning, baking, kept Ruth busy. She was also involved in the Lac Qui Parle Church as a member of the choir and helped with the Ladies Aid. Her interest in quilting provided many hours of enjoyment for Ruth well into retirement. Ruth also served on the Souris Valley History Book committee. She sang with the Easter Cantata group. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ruth and Harold were the caretakers at Mainprize Park where Ruth's cold plates and rhubarb pies became a huge attraction on busy summer Sundays. After moving off the farm, Harold and Ruth lived in Estevan for a short time, then moved to Weyburn where they lived on Elm Crescent. In 1997 they moved into an apartment (Beatrix Plaza) where they have enjoyed the friendship of the people in the block. Ruth's love of baking benefited the residents there as she often left fresh buns at their doors. Ruth and Harold were actively involved in the Silver Heights Bible Church. They attended many missionary conferences, helped provide with food preparation for many events and joined an inter-denominational singing group "The Gospel Singers" - they sang regularly at many nursing homes in Weyburn. Ruth and Harold loved to visit friends and were devoted to visiting hospitals and nursing homes. In their spare time, Ruth loved to play scrabble and work on puzzles. In the summer of 2005, at the age of 87, Ruth was stricken with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Over 16 months of trips to Regina, tests, scans, chemo, transfusions made for a difficult year. However, Ruth was always a fighter and lived on with amazing determination. Her family tried to help out with some homecare during these many months, but Ruth's independent spirit was hard to bend! Only this past August, at Harold's 90th Birthday party at Mainprize Park, Ruth participated by sleeping in a cabin with her family, visiting with many people, singing with Lac Qui Parle Choir, sitting at the campfire and going for boat rides the next day. Harold has been a constant companion at Ruth's side this past year. He has been a pillar of strength. Helping them cope in Regina was faithful and devoted Mardell and Farrah. Mid-way through radiation treatments, Ruth suffered from a massive stroke on October 31. She outlived the doctor's predictions by far. With her huge family visiting from far and near throughout the month of November, Ruth clung to life then passed away peacefully on November 22, 2006. Gone, but not forgotten. The family would like to thank Dr. Kline and the palliative care staff at the Pasqua Hospital for their kindness and care. Funeral service was held Friday, December 1, from Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Bob Reesor officiating. Musical numbers were performed by soloist, Conrad Ryan and pianist Dana Ryan, Kristen and Kevin Imri and the Daae family singers. The Eulogy was given by Graham Barker. Lunch followed served by the Silver Heights Bible Church ladies. The Interment was held at Lac Qui Parle cemetery with supper served to the family and those in attendance at the residence of Glenn and Stephanie Pederson. Pallbearers were grandsons: Brent Pederson, Craig Veale, Curtis Veale, Jordy Driscoll, Glenn Pederson and Tyson Pederson.
- Sophie (nee Tollefson). On Thursday, June 1, 2000, Sophie Pederson, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by her mother and father, Charles and Mary Tollefson; her husband, Palmer Pederson; son Earl Pederson; four brothers: Almer, Roy, Adolph and Ernest Tollefson. Sophie is survived by two sons: Ron Pederson of Weyburn and Les (Shirley) Pederson of Calgary; two daughters-in-law: Elaine Pederson of Saskatoon and Barbara Pederson of Ottawa; grandchildren: Gordon (Maureen) Pederson and their son, Connor, of Ottawa; Shelly Pederson of Ottawa; Brent Pederson of Saskatoon; Stacey Pederson of Kelowna; Scott (Shelly) Pederson and their son Ryan of Calgary; Brad (Allison) Pederson and their children: Tayler and Sara of Florida; one sister, Hilda (Roy) Coleman of Weyburn; two brothers: Melvin (Eva) Tollefson of Weyburn and Eddie (Bertha) Tollefson of Milestone; two brothers-in-law: Melvin Pederson of Iowa and Martin (Flossie) Pederson of Calgary; two sisters-in-law: Hazel (Frank) Kelley of Weyburn and Ethel Pederson of Seattle, Wa.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Sophie was the oldest of eight children, raised in a farming community during the early part of the 20th century. She assumed so many duties early in her life, necessitated by the realities of the time, that maturity was thrust upon her. She married Palmer Pederson, her childhood friend, during the most impossible circumstances, the depression, the drought, the impending outbreak of World War II. The character developed during these troubling times became the example, the motivation and the glue that kept a husband and three adventurous sons a family unit. Her love for family was always evident and unconditional, tempered by a strict code of moral, ethical and religious beliefs. In her community, Sophie was always available. She was active within her church, her friends knew when to call and family was always foremost. Sophie had many self taught talents. The most recognized was as a seamstress. She had committed customers throughout the region that depended on her ability to create and alter quality clothing. The work ethic so deeply instilled that she was working at her favorite job until she finally moved to a nursing home at age 85. Her early duties in life had not allowed much time for many sports or leisure activities, but when the opportunities finally were present Sophie became a curler of note, witnessed by the many trophies on her shelf. Until her gentle passing, Sophie's whole life was her love of family. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Funeral service was held Monday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. from Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Keith Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. A tribute was read by Eddie Tollefson, pianist, Joyce Rodine. The active pallbearers were: Allan, Norman, Ron, Mark, Grant and Tim Alexander.
- Ann (nee Teesdale) Pelletier is survived by her mother Nellie Teesdale and brother Doug; her loving husband Joe; daughters Jody (Lawrence Gardiner), Deane (Wayne) Jinjoe; granddaughters Amanda, Joeann (Mitchell Andres); great grandson Payton; sisters-in-law Mary (Leo) Desnomie, Margaret Harrison, brothers-in-law Walter (Jannette), Don Pelletier, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ann was predeceased by her father Herbert Teesdale, mother-in-law Adeline Pelletier; brother-in-law Daryl Harrison and sister-in-law Carol Pelletier. Ann was born August 4, 1946 in Weyburn where she attended school. After leaving Weyburn she still kept in touch with school friends Mona Reich, Linda Bell, Kaye Baudria, Doreen Van De Weyer and with her relatives. Ann loved to figure skate and swim, and achieved her Life Guard Certificate. Ann and Joe were married in Flin Flon, MB where they raised their two daughters Jody and Deane, and also raised their two granddaughters Amanda and Joeann. Ann was involved in volunteer work including Helping The Homeless, and served on the board of the Flin Flon Bombers, as well as other charitable organizations over many years. Last February (2011) Ann found out her heart was weak and nothing could be done. On December 7, 2011, Ann’s health became poor and she went to the hospital and did not get to go home again. Ann passed away peacefully on March 9, 2012 with her loved ones beside her. A funeral service was held Thursday, March 15 at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Flin Flon, MB, Father Paul Bringleson officiating.
- Linda Rosemarie (nee Mowrey) Penfold, late of Weyburn, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at the age of 57 years. Linda was predeceased by her brother, Glen Mowrey. She is survived by her husband, John Penfold, Weyburn; daughter, Geri Zanjanski, Calgary, AB; daughter, Julie (Rob) Konowalchuk, Calgary; son, James (Denise) Penfold, Calgary; three grandchildren: Chad, Ryan and Cole; her parents, Gerry and Helen Mowrey, Milestone; and one brother, Gary (Joanne) Mowrey, Weyburn. At Linda's request, no funeral or memorial service will be held.
- Clarence Penner. The passing of Clarence, age 88 occurred in Rosthern, SK on October 1, 2002. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Tena (Peters); daughters Joylyn (Lloyd) Leugner, Cochrane, Alberta; Yvette Ewert and Barry Heath, Saskatoon; granddaughters Kristi (Wieler) and Carey Baker, great-grandson Adam; Erin (Wieler) and Dale Leuschen; Tereigh Ewert-Bauer and Egan Bauer, great granddaughters Themis and Jurnee; Carey Ewert and Nathan Allan, great-grandson Ocean. He is also survived by his half siblings: Irvin, Ernest, Allen, Earl, Melvin and Adelia Alkestrup. He was predeceased by his father John J. Penner, birth mother Helena Fehr, stepmother Katherina (Dyck), sister Mabel Peters and half brother Reuben. Clarence attended the Saskatoon Technical Institute in 1941, which led to employment in an airplane factory in Montreal, QC. He married Tena Peters in 1943 and after one year in Montreal they tried their hand at farming, which convinced Clarence he should train as a psychiatric nurse in Weyburn. Although distance separated them from their families, friendships and support of their church and community made Weyburn feel like "home" for 51 years. Clarence became a memorable "character" to many Weyburnites over the years. In 1996 Clarence and Tena moved to the Mennonite Nursing Home/Pineview Manor where they were again reunited with their families. The memorial service was held at the Mennonite Nursing Home Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m.
- Florence (nee Draves). On Monday, January 8, 2001, Florence Penny, late of Estevan, passed away at Estevan Regional Nursing Home at the age of 103 years. Florence was born October 10, 1897 at Whiterock, South Dakota, USA. Predeceased by her husband, Joe; her parents, Robert and Sophia Draves; three sisters and one brother. Florence is survived by her children: Peggy Houghtling of Ithaca, New York, Shirley (Garry) Stevenson of Gull Lake, and Douglas (Valery) Penny of Midale; 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Julia Sinclair officiating minister. Interment followed in green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Darwin Penny, Grant Selvig, Terry Stevenson, Jim Oesch, Danny Stevenson and Curtis Robinson.
- Theola Mae 'Olie' (nee Danforth). It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Theola Mae 'Olie' Pepper passed away peacefully at Weyburn General Hospital on Thursday, April 6, 2000 at the age of 78. Born May 17, 1921, mom was raised on a farm in the Griffin area and attended St. Elmo School. She moved to Griffin with her mother and brother 'Danny' in the fall of 1940 where she worked as a switchboard operator and at the local post office. There she met George Pepper of Tribune, grader operator for the Department of Highways. They were married December 23, 1949 making their home in Carlyle before moving to Weyburn in 1951. Dad went to work as a carpenter with Weyburn Builders Supplies while mom dedicated her life to her family as a loving wife and mother - and she was very good at it! Mom was always there for us whether it be mending clothes, wiping tears - even settling a 'few' arguments - always careful never to take sides. She loved to sew, making our clothes as we were growing up and sewing for most anyone who asked - everything from baby clothes to wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Mom looked forward to family gatherings - "the more the merrier" she would say -dinner for 30 was not uncommon. As for where to sleep them all? "There's always the floor!" Our door was always open with friends welcome and kids running in and out as if they all lived there. That was the way she wanted it - "Let kids be kids!" Mom cared for dad when he became ill with Alzheimer's Disease and cared for her mother when doctors felt nothing more could be done. There was no limit to what she would do for her family. She will be missed but there is a little bit of mom in all of us and she will remain forever in our hearts. Predeceased by her husband George, her parents Archer and Annie Danforth, sister Clara Baht and brothers Gordon and Audry "Danny." Theola leaves to mourn her passing her children: Beverley (Art) Perry of Saskatoon; Lucy (Greg) Smith of Central Square, N.Y.; Lance (Barb) Pepper of St. Albert, AB; Mildred Taylor of Weyburn; Janet (Dave) Olson of Calgary, AB; Dorothy (Bob) Kamaraus of Weyburn and Velda (Grant) Varley of Regina; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lucille MacKenzie of Vernon, BC; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ruby Danforth of Calgary, AB; George Baht of Imperial; Nick and Norma Brilz of Radville and Audrey and Joe Barber of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. In honoring Mom's wishes, a graveside service was held Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery, following cremation, Reverend John Ferrier officiating. Urnbearer was grandson Wes Huffman. Honourary pallbearers were grandchildren Angela, Meghan, Matthew, Stacey, Shara, Gerald, Blake, Shane, Jamie, Leanne and Kevin. A reception was held in the Arbor Room at the Regina Funeral Home following the service.
- Joseph Laurence. On Saturday, August 18, 2007, Joseph Laurence Perreault of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 66 years. Predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Margurite Perreault; and three sisters: Therresa Perreault, Mary Luhtalc and Stella Gray. Joseph will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Val Perreault of Weyburn, and their nine children: Carol (Dean) Flavel of Regina, Leigha (Wallace) Briggs of Gibbons, AB, Laurence Perreault of Regina, Laura (Richard) Perreault of Regina, Dean Ladwig of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Nicole (George) Keleman of Weyburn, Luc (Avrael) Perreault of Victoria, BC, Carla (Len Hutchings) Perreault of Weyburn, and Amanda (Kenny) Dodd of Weyburn; 27 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one brother, Victor Perreault and three sisters: Doraine (Trevor) Neale, Rose (Bernie) Hughes and Cecilia (Steve) Waybrant. Joseph was born January 22, 1941 at Saltcoats. He was employed with Glen Rasmussen of Griffin, in 1974, after that he farmed for Blair Campbell. He then worked for Weyburn Agro delivering machinery and did some trucking for Derby Transport. He then joined Myrglod's Properties up until his retirement in January of 2006. His main hobby was playing guitar and his harmonicas. He also liked tinkering with machines and playing in his garage. Joseph enjoyed rousing games of canasta and dice and loved visiting with everyone. He was a Scout Leader for the 5th Weyburn Troop and had his Certificate of Military Achievement which gave him the nick name C.I. Joe (Civilian Instructor). He took part in Relay for Life the last two years, and was President of Metis Local #87. He was a Senator of Metis Nations Saskatchewan and sat on the RCMP advisory committee. Pa was a friend to everyone. He was always ready with a joke and a nickname for people. His family was the most important to him, and the pride he had showed through everything he touched and everyone he met. He will be missed but always loved and never forgotten. A Memorial Service was held Friday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Captain's Hall in Weyburn, with Leo Desnomie officiating. Interment will be at a later date.
- Anne (nee McGonigal). On Saturday, June 28, 2003, Anne Persson, late of Weyburn passed away at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her father and mother, Samuel in 1956 and Martha McGonigal in 1963; her brother and sisters: Robert McGonigal in 1976, Mary Fairman in 1994 and Jean Williams in 2001; nephew, Larry Barton in 1994 and by her husband, Bertil in 1990. Anne is survived by one son, Don (Sherry) Persson of Calgary, AB; her nieces and nephews: Darlene Daniels of Elkford, BC, James Fairman of Weyburn; and Dawyne Williams of Vancouver, BC; numerous great nieces and nephews and cousins as well as great, great nieces and nephews. Anne was born August 9, 1916 at Coleraine County, Londonderry, Ireland. She emigrated to Canada with her family from Ireland in 1928. On March 27, 1943 she married Bertil Persson in Vancouver, BC. They lived in many different locations: Weyburn, Wilcox, Vancouver and Calgary. She worked in the family business, hotel and restaurant and convenience store. Raising her family was her most important interest, and she enjoyed playing cards, shopping, cooking and baking. There was nothing like her rice pudding, lemon meringue pie and meat loaf. She loved animals and enjoyed going to church. Anne was very unselfish and devoted her whole life to the family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. She was a very caring person to everyone she met. A graveside service and committal were held for both Anne and her husband, Bertil on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating.
- Harold was born on August 4, 1916 to Ole and Emma Pederson on the farm (NE 30-3-12) in the Flaata School District. There were five children: Orville, Harold, Evelyn, Henry and Arnold. There were also two siblings who died in infancy. Life on the farm meant everyone helped out. Harold`s strong build and generous, kind nature was certainly valued. Harold was a helper as he carried his mother (who was in a wheelchair since Orville was born) when needed and helped with chores. The family moved to the Ofstie farm in 1932 then moved to the home south of Lac Qui Parle church in 1935 (section 28). Harold loved to play ball and he often pitched and played third base and short stop. He was also an avid hunter and trapper. Township 3 was a large area and Harold walked countless miles checking his trapline and shooting rabbits and weasels. His siblings fondly nicknamed him “Rab”. Harold skinned his rabbits and hung them at home to dry. Naturally this left a bit of a mess of fur here and there and dear Evelyn, the only sister, was often seen helping Harold sweep up the fur! Harold was often known for his large hands and firm handshake. Somehow, those big fingers could strum and chord a guitar as Harold loved to sing. We all remember how he serenaded Mom with the song “Berry Picking Time”. He was also a crackshot at crokinole and horseshoe and had that hunter’s eye even then! He worked a summer near Fairy Glen where he was able to spend time with his brother Orville and was the best man at Orville and Evelyn’s wedding. While trapping, he often ventured north into township 4 where he met and married Ruth Grindstad. They were married in 1942 in a double wedding ceremony at Lac Qui Parle Church. Ruth’s sister, Julia married Sanford Johnson the same day. Harold and Ruth settled on the Oftsie farm (SE 34-3-13). Harold and Ruth had a mixed farm with cattle, pigs, chickens, sometimes turkeys and horses while sowing crops and cutting hay for the winter. Harold’s children remember their Dad in his striped overalls as he rode the tractor, ground feed (“chop”), cut hay or loaded the bales. In the midst of making a living on the farm, Harold and Ruth raised a large family of nine children: Ron, Mardell, Audrey, Janice, Joyce, Dallas, Dayle, Glen and Gordon. Harold was involved in the community as well. He was on the Radville School Unit board, curled in Bromhead, attended and helped out with Lac Qui Parle church activities, sang in the choir, drove the school bus and helped his neighbours. Harold and Ruth also were the caretakers of Mainprize Regional Park for many summers. Harold was seen cutting the golf course while Ruth and the children fried burgers and dished out ice cream. He also enjoyed golfing. Harold’s love of hunting included trips up north when he and Henry and others searched for those elusive moose! Harold and Ruth retired from farming in l977 and moved to Estevan in l978. Two years later, they moved to Weyburn (Elm Cres.). In Weyburn they became active at Silver Heights Bible Church. In l997 they moved to an apartment (Beatrix Plaza) where they enjoyed their friendly neighbours. Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and passed away in Nov. 2006. Harold had lost the love of his life. Harold lived on his own for awhile then moved to Prairie Crocus Villa in November 2007. This became his home and he was loved by residents and staff there. Arnold was also a resident and they often talked of past memories. Evelyn also lives in Weyburn and has been a most faithful sister to her brothers as she was often the hostess for lutefisk dinners for Harold, Henry and Arnold. In June, Harold was not feeling well. Visits to a doctor and two hospital stays were to no avail. Harold succumbed to pneumonia at the General Hospital in Regina surrounded by his family. Harold’s kind and good nature was a source of joy to all who were around him. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Ole and Emma Pederson; his wife, Ruth Pederson; sons, Ron and Glen Pederson; daughter, Joyce; granddaughter, Samantha; grandsons, Keith and Kohl; son-in-law, Bob Imrie; brothers, Orville and Henry and infant brother and infant sister. Harold will be lovingly remembered by his family: Ron and Claudia’s children, Brent (Marcia), and their children, Justis, Jayden and Hannah; Kurt (Natale) and their children, Cameron and Nolan; Karla (Colin) and their children, Davin and Toby; Mardell (Bob) Falconer and their children, Kelli (fiancé Ryan) and Farrah; Audrey (Tom) Veale and their children, Craig (Angel), Curtis (Nicole) and Lindsay (Clayton) Pilling; Janice Imrie and her children, Kristen (fiancé Cody), Kevin and Kathryn; Joyce’s children, Jordy, Justin and Lacey Driscoll; Dallas (Wendy) Pederson and their children, Glenn (Stephanie) and their children Grace and Olivia; Brandy (Todd) Magnus, Benji (fiancé Erica); Dayle (Judy) Pederson and their children, Dieta (Russell) Snider and their daughter, Autumn; Tyson (Ulyana), Alesha (Justin) Bloor, Shea and Rhett; Gordon (Leanne) Pederson and their children, Shanea and Jaslyn; his sister, Evelyn Hansen and his brother Arnold Pederson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service was held Friday, July 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn with Pastor Harley Porter officiating. Visitation Friday, July 2, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn. Interment followed at Lac Qui Parle Cemetery, Torquay with Pastor Fred Carter officiating. Harold’s family would like to thank Fletchers Funeral Chapel (Tamara Seghers) for helping us plan our father’s funeral during a difficult time. Thanks to the caring staff at 6F at the General Hospital. Also thanks to Crocus Plains Villa – staff and residents – for being part of our Dad’s "family". Thanks to Uncle Arnold and Aunt Evelyn who have helped to watch over our Dad. Thanks to Pastors Harley Porter and Fred Carter for their kind, caring words. Thanks to musicians (Daae family, Ryans, Kevin) for music for the funeral. Thanks to Silver Heights Bible Church for the use of their lovely facility, for their love shown toward our Dad and for the lunch. Thanks to all who came, called, sent flowers and food in memory of our Dad. Thanks to all who came to help share our grief.
- Palmer Morley. On Tuesday, November 23, 1999, Palmer Morley Pederson, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by his parents, Peter and Marie Pederson; one son, Earl; two sisters: Olga Ostad and Mabel Peterson; and two brothers: Henry and Arnold. Palmer is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sophie of Weyburn; two sons: Ron Pederson of Weyburn; and Les (Shirley) Pederson of Calgary, AB; two daughters-in-law: Elaine Pederson of Saskatoon; and Barbara Pederson of Ottawa, ON; grandchildren: Gordon (Maureen) Pederson and their son, Connor, of Ottawa; Shelly Pederson of Ottawa; Brent Pederson of Saskatoon; Stacey Pederson of Kelowna, BC; Scott (Shelley) Pederson and their son Ryan of Calgary; Brad (Allison) Pederson and their children, Tayler and Sara of Florida; two brothers: Melvin Pederson of Iowa and Martin (Flossie) Pederson of Calgary; one sister: Hazel (Frank) Kelley of Weyburn; one sister-in-law, Ethel Pederson of Seattle, Wash.; as well as nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Palmer was born June 13, 1912 on the family farm at Talmage. He attended Talmage public school with his life long partner, Sophie, to grade 8. He was very active in sports as a younger man, especially baseball and curling. In January, 1935, he married Sophie Tollefson in Talmage. They lived and farmed in Talmage and Worcester until 1961. He also drove the school bus at Talmage, and then became the maintenance person with Western Christian College, until his retirement at age 65. Palmer remained very active in woodworking and general repair and restoration in the Weyburn area until his health failed him. He and Sophie were supporters of many community churches, including the last several years at the Weyburn Free Methodist Church. Palmer will be remembered for his kindness, gentle spirit and generosity, and unfailing sense of humor. Funeral service was held Friday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. from the Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Allan, James, Norm, Ron and Mark Alexander and Les Sproule.
- Sally Marie (nee Lawrence) December 17, 1945 - August 11, 2009 passed away suddenly at the age of 63 years Tuesday, August 11, 2009. Sally is predeceased by her father Albert Lawrence and brother Bob (Robert) Lawrence. Sally is survived by her mother Beth Lawrence; son Wally (Wallace) Peterson of Olds, AB; three daughters Candra (Scott) Wrobel of Weyburn, Carrie Peterson of Regina and Stacey (Lonnie) Kesslering of Regina; four grandsons Justin, Brandon, Jared and Beau; three brothers Court (Courtlandt) (Brenda) Lawrence of Ottawa, ON, Ted (Edward) (Judy) Lawrence of Brooks, AB, and John Lawrence of Weyburn; Two sisters Laura (Harris) Josey of Halifax, NS and Colleen (Brian) Sproat of Weyburn; two sisters-in-law Helen Lawrence of Weyburn and Susan Lawrence of Weyburn; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
- Stella (nee Waddell). On Saturday, November 16, 2002, Stella Peterson, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home, at the age of 94 years. Stella was born at Henry, South Dakota, USA on February 8, 1908. She was one of ten children, seven boys and three girls. She attended school in the Henry area and high school at Brookings, South Dakota. She married Walter Peterson on July 30, 1928 and came to Canada. They lived in McCord, Walter running MacIlrath Lumber Company there until 1930. Phyllis, their first child was born October 30, 1929 at La Fleche. They then moved to the farm 11 miles southwest of Radville. Ethel, their second child was born at Radville, January 15, 1933. They lived on the farm in the summer and bought a home in Radville where they lived in the winter so that the girls could go to high school. They remained farming until 1967. They then sold the farm and moved to Radville into a new home. Walter passed away on August 1, 1981. Stella then sold the home and moved to Weyburn to Imperial Plaza where she lived until January 4, 2002 when she moved to the Weyburn Special Care Home. Stella was a wonderful homemaker and gardener. She enjoyed many handwork projects and her family has many beautiful items which she gave them. She was a lifetime member of the Radville U.C.W. where over the years she worked tirelessly. She was a member of the U.C.W. unit in Weyburn as well. She gave loving care to her husband Walter for 17 years as he suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Stella enjoyed family and friends, shopping and coffee out as well as her handwork. She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren: Phyllis Tracey, Montmartre; Larry Tracey (Sherri), Shayne, Jodi, Regina; Beverly Forsythe (Ron), Michael, David, Stephen, Regina; Ethel Hunter (Milton), Mankota; Laura Hunter (Bob Moore), BC; Doreen Smith (Dwayne), Holt, Moriah, Hart and Haden, Mankota. She has one brother, Bob Waddell, Marvin, South Dakota; one sister-in-law, Bernice Waddell, Livermore, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Glenn Evans, White Lake, South Dakota; three sisters-in-law: Edna Chesterman, Radville, Hazel Daenkaert, Radville, and Jean Peterson, Alberta; there are many nephews and nieces as well. Stella was predeceased by her father and mother, Clinton and Verna Waddell; her husband, Walter in 1981; son-in-law, Gordon Tracey; six brothers and two sisters. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. from the Church of Christ, Weyburn, with Pastor Scott Wade officiating. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Larry Tracey, David Forsythe, Stephen Forsythe, Gailen Peterson, Shayne Tracey and Jodi Tracey.
- Joseph Patrick. With heavy hearts and great sadness the family announces the passing of their beloved Joe Petrin on October 26, 2010 in Weyburn. Joe was born August 30, 1953 in Vancouver, BC and soon after moved to St. Boniface, MB. After completing high school Joe took the initiative to buy his own truck and hauled for Ogilvie Mills in Winnipeg until he made the decision to join the RCMP. In 1985 Joe joined the Force as a Special Constable and was posted to Ottawa for four years after which he became a regular member with postings in the Battlefords, Melfort and Weyburn detachments. He was formally presented with his 25 year medal and long service certificate in October 2010, a milestone that he was pleased to have reached and proud to receive. Joe Petrin was a very special person and had a consistent way of drawing people to him, attracting life-long friends wherever he went. His natural gregarious nature and his true appreciation and consideration of people of all walks of life and in all circumstances certainly complemented the challenging career he chose. He became an integral part of the postings where he lived and worked, taking a genuine interest in the people and events of the community. According to his many co-workers, Joe was someone who exemplified all the core values of the RCMP with his honesty, integrity, and dependability. He was “one of the best workmates,” happy, tireless and full of enthusiasm during all hours of his shift. Consistently, he is lovingly referred to as a “wonderful friend” and as a “tremendous member,” with a constant smile even while dealing with some very difficult characters and situations. Joe is also remembered for his gentle and loving nature which was even more evident recently through his constant consideration, gratitude and appreciation of those who cared for him during his illness. He maintained unbelievable strength, courage and dignity making everyone, as usual, feel welcome and special. He was absolutely courageous through his whole ordeal, never angry or bitter but accepted the reality of it and continued to be his old self with his wonderful sense of humour. When Joe was not in uniform, he was busy with many interests. He had a great love of music which ranged from old classic country to AC/DC. He also was an avid collector of stamps and coins, hobbies that he had always enjoyed even from an early age. He devotedly maintained a beautiful saltwater fish aquarium and became a great designer and builder of large (and larger) garden ponds full of blooming water lilies and beautiful fountains. Eventually he came to share Peg’s great love for yard work and flowers and knew very specifically all the names and habits of the birds that would sooner or later find their way to the Petrin bird paradise. At some point he turned into a competitor with “Tim-The-Tool-Man-Taylor” collecting and creating seasonal displays to decorate the yard for every holiday and occasion, making spectacular scenes for their friends and family to enjoy. Joe is mourned and deeply missed by his wife Peggy; father-in-law Neil Smith; brother and sister-in-law Pat and Roseanne Smith; his nieces Terri, Stephanie and Crystal and his nephew Scott; as well as several aunts and cousins living in British Columbia and Manitoba. He was predeceased by his beloved parents Marie and Joseph Petrin; his very special grandparents; his mother-in-law Ada Smith, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Cst. Petrin’s warm, approachable and friendly personality touched many people within and outside the Force. He was an outstanding and compassionate man who will be missed. Joe will be forever and lovingly remembered by his family who loved him so dearly and by his many good friends. A memorial service was held on October 30 in North Battleford at Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home followed by a gathering of friends and family at the Western Development Museum. Interment is to take place at a later date.
- Gertrude "Trudy" Pettit passed away peacefully at the Agapé Hospice on April 21, 2000 at the age of 92 years. Trudy will be fondly remembered by her son Gordon and his wife Gladys; a daughter-in-law, Ione and her husband Doug; her brother, Melvin; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Trudy was predeceased by her husband Ken, and sons Dale and Don. Trudy was born in Weyburn. Trudy raised her family and then followed them to Calgary, AB in 1967. She had a great love for show horses and was very active in the seniors ice skating at the Rose Kon Arena. Trudy will be fondly remembered by all her family and friends. Funeral service was held at McInnis & Holloway's "Park Memorial Chapel," Calgary, on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Weyburn. A special thank you to the staff of Unit 59 at the Rockyview Hospital, and the staff at the Agapé Hospice.
- Larry. The gentle soul of Larry Phillips passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at the age of 66 years. Larry was born just after harvest time on October 15, 1937 in Weyburn, the eldest son of Edmund and Isabel Phillips and brother to Joyce (Jack) Beck. As a young man Larry was actively helping around the farm, trapping muskrats for cash and watching out for his little sister Joyce. Larry had a musical talent that was self taught. He played the accordion and was accompanied often by Joyce playing the guitar. They played for many family functions, as well as school dances at Meadow Brook School. In 1957 Larry married Jean Garvin of Weyburn. They resided on the family farm. Larry and Jean had two children, Kathy and Francis. Francis farmed along with his dad, and in the mid 80's Larry and Jean moved to Weyburn. Sadly, Jean passed away in 1988. In 1970 Larry received a diploma certifying him in television servicing and repair, assisting many in fixing their televisions. Larry was an exceptional handyman and inventor. He and Francis developed the Phillips Shank Straightener, the Portapress and the Filter Clean, which they manufactured. Larry had the ability to make what he could not buy and often bettered what he could buy. He could fix almost anything. He would sit and think about it, sleep on it and the next morning over a cup of coffee could draw out his plans to scale, then follow through and build his project to the end. Many friends and family were the beneficiaries of his talents. Larry made himself available to share his experience and strength for many who were in need. In 1994, Larry married Elaine Bisson and expanded his family with five step-children: Arlene, Laurence, Aaron, Kerry and Joan were all welcomed into his life. Larry and Elaine enjoyed many hours working together at the farm and woodworking in the garage in Weyburn. Elaine later assisted in the manufacturing of the Phillips Shank Straightener and travelled with Larry to many trade shows across western Canada. Larry always enjoyed being with family and friends and sharing his newest projects. He was a great dancer and Larry and Elaine attended many dances and polkafests with family. This summer would have been Larry's 50th seeding and harvest. Larry was looking so forward to retirement and being the assistant to Francis, who remains on the family farm. Larry and Elaine loved visits from everyone, especially from the children and grandchildren. Many hours were spent playing cards, visiting and sharing the odd social drink. Larry loved to tell jokes and stories and would laugh as he told his grandchildren jokes they had heard from him many times before - so many times in fact they all knew the punch line and would often say them together. Larry will be sadly missed and remembered by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church in Weyburn with Reverend John Ferrier officiating. Active pallbearers were Jack Beck, Art Spark, Norman Eggum, Don Gallinger, Armond Gallinger, and Lorne Ferguson. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Larry is predeceased by his parents, Edmund Phillips and Isabel Erickson, and his first wife Jean. Larry will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Elaine; children Kathy (Art) Bloor of Allan, and their children Devon and Aaron; Francis (Donna) Phillips of Weyburn, and their children Anya, Austin and Kail; sister Joyce (Jack) Beck of Weyburn; step children: Arlene (Bill) Slimmon of Regina and their children Katie and Andrew; Laurence (Darlene) Bisson of Weyburn and their children Brielle, Haiden and Andrie; Aaron (Kelly) Bisson of Devon, AB, and their children Alyssa and Kyra; Kerry (Karen) Bisson of Calgary, AB; Joan (Don) Bisson of Regina; step-mother Ruth Phillips of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
- Ruth Isabella (nee Rathwell). On Thursday, July 27, 2006, Ruth Isabella Phillips, passed away at Hill Top Manor, Weyburn, at the age of 82 years. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Edmund, step-son, Larry Phillips, mother and father: John and Isabella Rathwell, three sisters Jean Hart, Edith Mellan, Grace Ridley, and a brother, George Rathwell. Ruth is survived by her step-daughter, Joyce (Jack) Beck, Weyburn, step-grandchildren: Gary (Kelly) Schmidt, White City, Dale (Michelle) Schmidt, Weyburn, Karen Hill, Weyburn, Darren (Karen) Schmidt, Yorkton, Francis (Donna) Phillips, Weyburn and Kathy (Art) Bloor, Saskatoon, 15 great grandchildren, brother, John Wesley (Dianna) Rathwell, Mistasinne, and sister-in-law, Pat Rathwell, Regina and step sister-in-law Elaine Phillips, Weyburn. Ruth Isabella Phillips was born to John and Isabella (Getty) Rathwell, on August 23, 1923 at Moose Jaw. She lived on a farm near Moose Jaw with her parents, three sisters and two brothers. The family moved to the Kindersley area for ten years, and Ruth attended a country school. After that, they moved back to the farm at Moose Jaw. She graduated from Moose Jaw Technical School and did one year as a stenographer, for her own use. She taught correspondence lessons for five years at Hazelet, Tompkins and north of Williams Lake in BC. Her last job was at Meadow Brook School, which is now located in Weyburn's Heritage Park. She married Edmund Phillips in 1959, and lived on a farm southwest of Weyburn, in the RM of Brokenshell, near Grassdale. Edmund had two children, son Larry and daughter Joyce. In 1967 they built a house in Weyburn and drove back and forth between the farm and city, until Edmund retired. Ruth was kept busy looking after two houses. She belonged to the Yeoman's Sewing Circle in the country and did volunteer work for mental health. Ruth enjoyed her membership of Knox Presbyterian Church in Weyburn. She loved to read and play the piano, and the farm where she enjoyed all the animals. Her husband died in 1988, and Ruth moved to Hill Top Manor at the end of October, 1999. She enjoyed her stay at Hill Top and was privileged to be chosen for her idea of naming their publication "Views from the Hill Top." She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Stu Rathwell, George Rathwell, Bill Rathwell, Grant Rathwell, Dale Schmidt and Kyle Schmidt.
- Evelyn Jane (nee Polowick). On Thursday, September 21, 2000, Evelyn Jane Pindus, late of Weyburn, passed away suddenly at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 58 years. Evelyn was born July 9, 1942 at Theodore, SK. Predeceased by her parents, John and Sophie Polowick and her father-in-law, Alex Pindus. Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, Don Pindus of Weyburn; one son, Darcy (Shannon) Pindus of Weyburn; two sisters Phyllis (Lawrence) Murphy of Victoria, BC and Alice (Peter) Fitzpatrick of Moose Jaw; two brothers Wendel (Emily) Polowick of Winnipeg, MB, and Leslie (Ina) Polowick of Melfort; mother-in-law, Helen Pindus of Yorkton; sisters-in-law Marlene (Edward) Bennett of Parry Sound, ON and Inis (Art) Kolke of Queensville, ON; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Dwight McMillan, Jim Stovin, Magnus Lundgren, Larry Rogers, Grant Marinos and Ernest Hanchar.
- Landon Joseph Pitre passed away tragically in Saskatoon on Monday, October 20, 2003 at the age of 25 years. Landon was born October 28, 1977 in Weyburn. He attended Queen Elizabeth School, Souris, Weyburn Junior High, and the Weyburn Comprehensive High School. His school activities included W.C.S. Eagles football team, winning a silver metal in the league finals, W.C.S. Concert Choir, earning most improved male vocalist in grade 12, W.C.S. Drama that ironically his part in the play was that of a police officer (with uniform borrowed from the Weyburn City Police), W.C.S. Yearbook Photographer and the W.C.S. Christian Club. Landon was diagnosed with asthma at 1-1/2 years of age but this never stopped his boundless energy and zest for life. At age 9, he was diagnosed with ADHD. From then until the end of Grade 12, he was on medication and there were some very trying times to say the least. Everyone around him took it with a grain of salt. Growing up Landon was involved in Beavers, Wolf Cubs, and Boy Scouts in the 3rd Weyburn Troop. He enjoyed going to the camps at Halbrite, Saskairie, Devil's Lake, N.D., Williston, N.D., Bengough Big Muddy and Moose Jaw. At the Moose Jaw camp he came down with chicken pox and had to come home. He was really upset that he had to miss camp. All these camps were made more memorable as his dad was along as a Scout Leader. Landon was also a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps #2302 in Weyburn. He earned the rank of Corporal and received most improved cadet in his 3rd year. He attended a 6-week Cadet Leader Marksman Camp in Connaught, ON, meeting cadets from all over the world. Landon was also an avid 5-pin bowler, earning many medals and trophies. He attended the Saskatch-ewan Youth Bowling School in Saskatoon a number of times. He thoroughly enjoyed this and always strived to better his skill and mastery of the game. Landon graduated from W.C.S. in 1997, culminating his education. He had planned to join the Canadian Armed Forces upon graduation, but with all the dissension in Iran and Iraq, he changed his mind. Landon worked at various jobs in Weyburn and Estevan. In 1997, he went to Saskatoon in search of a career. After a few different ones, Landon hit upon the idea of working for the Justice Department. He took a course and became certified with the Saskatchewan Justice Department and started work with United Protection Services in Saskatoon as a security guard. He cherished his first assignment as a guard to country singer Don Williams. Landon loved his family, friends and Teddy, his Chinese Pug. Whenever he called home he inquired about the latest happenings with everyone. Landon met Amy in Saskatoon three years ago and they've been inseparable ever since. Amy, you've been a tremendous, positive influence in Landon's life. Thanks for being there and making sure he wasn't alone. You held a special place in Landon's heart. Landon touched the hearts of many with his short life and they his. And in giving his life, he saved another. Landon would have said he was just doing his job. Predeceased by his grandfather Robert Vogel (1977); brother Lyndon Chad Micheal Vogel (1974); cousin Kathy Jean Vogel (1978); and uncle Keith Joseph Pitre (1979). Landon leaves to cherish his life and memory his parents Daniel & Debra Pitre of Trossachs; sister Tammy (Darren) Berger of Saskatoon; nieces Shekinah LaRose, Chanel Vogel, Jasmine Berger, all of Saskatoon. Landon's best friend and partner Amy Sloboda; grandparents Virginia Vogel; Al & Agnes Pitre; great grandmother Annie Hrdlicka; aunts Teresa (Ken) Bohn and their children Tanner, Tyson; Helen (Don White) Ross and their children Michael, Kathleen & Michelle; Susan (Brian) Bouvier and their children Shawn, April (Rodney) Sandhoff, Audrey (Ken) Scott and their children Adrian (Lara), Adam, Rachel. Uncles Mike Vogel and his children Roman, Jada; Richard (Jeanne) Vogel and their children Sheldon, Michael (Natasha); Peter (Arlene) Vogel and their son Robert; Bruce (Wendy) Pitre and their children Ashton, Justin, and Alex; as well as numerous family and friends. A funeral mass was held on October 27 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Presider Father Albert Schmitz. Prayers were held Sunday, October 26 from St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church with Father Keith Heiberg presider. Interment was held at Trossachs Cemetery.
- Agnes (nee Smith) Pittman, born March 8, 1930 in Marsden, passed away June 12, 2008 in Weyburn at the age of 78 years. Agnes was predeceased by her father and mother John A. and Margaret Smith; step-mother Isobelle Tweed; her husband William "Bill" Pittman; her infant daughter Janice Pittman; her sister Lil Burge; step-sister Francis (Bob) McKenzie. Agnes is survived by her son Bill Pittman (Tanya Heebner) and their children: Kiera and Reece, Weyburn; sister: Beatrice Thomas, High River, AB.; step-sister, Janet (Robert) Wiltzen, Fort Saskatchewan, AB; sisters-in-law, Alberta McKenzie, Weyburn, Fran (Elmer) Franks, Weyburn, Geraldine Grandbois, Ottawa, ON.; step-brother-in-law, Quinton (Margaret) Patrick, Weyburn, step-sister-in-law Sally (Ray) Sigurdson. Coquitlam, BC. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Agnes was a sportswoman and a builder. Her involvement in curling spanned over 20 years. She was the secretary-treasurer of the Saskatchewan Ladies Curling Association from 1964 to 1966 and again from 1969 to 1986. In 1971, she was one of only two women selected from Saskatchewan to join a Canadian delegation of women curlers to tour Scotland. In April of this year, Agnes was honoured by the Saskatchewan Curling Association by becoming a member of the Legends of Curling Honour Roll in the Builder Category. Agnes was an avid golfer. No doubt, she was influenced by her husband Bill to take up the sport in order for the two of them to spend more time together. In her younger years, Agnes was also active in figure skating. She participated in the Weyburn Skating Club as a skater, organizer and even a coach. As a builder, Agnes served on the boards of directors for Sask Sport, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Administration Centre for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Agnes was involved in business from an early date. She was a secretary at Weyburn Security for nearly 20 years. She was also a personal secretary to the late Tom Laing, former mayor and city businessman. Although she appeared as an employee for payroll purposes, she acted as a partner with her husband Bill in owning and operating Pittman Electric. Anyone who knew Agnes can attest to her professionalism and perfectionist tendencies. Her record-keeping was meticulous. She taught adult education courses such as typing and basic office procedures through the City of Weyburn's Recreation Department and eventually the S.E. Community College. Even though Agnes was incredibly involved with sports and business, she still found the time for hobbies. Whatever the chosen hobby was, she would pursue it with the same tenacity that she displayed with everything she did. Agnes loved to sew, cook and bake. She liked experimenting with new recipes and as many family and friends can attest to, she made some of the best buns around. Family and friends of Agnes still talk about her chocolates and lemon pies. Agnes used to pride herself on her garden and the yard at the cottage. She and Bill would spend hours pruning trees and flowers. It wasn't work to them. It was a labour of love and something that they would do together. Finally, as many of you know, Agnes was an avid quilter. It's unknown how she became involved with it, but like everything else, she jumped in with both feet. She became a member of the Weyburn Quilters Guild and bought all of the accessories from a quilting table to cutters, templates and quilting books. One of the defining moments in Agnes's life and surely one of happiest was to finally become a grandmother. Agnes and Bill waited a long time for their son Bill and daughter-in-law Tanya to get married and finally have children. When Agnes found out that she was going to be not only a grandmother, but a grandmother of twins, she could hardly contain herself. Those of you who knew her can recall conversations where she would not only talk about her two little sweethearts, but also be subject to a quick picture show of her latest photos. Right up until the end, the girls provided Agnes with some much needed happiness and a reprieve from the Alzheimer's that was slowly taking her away. When Bill and his family would visit her in Tatagwa View, typically on Sundays, Agnes's eyes would light up and she would become visibly excited at the sight of her two precious granddaughters. Agnes was a wife of 56 years to Bill, a loving mother to her son Bill and daughter-in-law, Tanya, and a proud grandmother to granddaughters Kiera and Reece Pittman. She will fondly be remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends. A funeral service for Agnes Pittman was held on Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 pm from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Mohandas Barnabas Officiating.
- William "Bill" Charles Pittman, born September 5, 1928 in Regina, passed away September 19, 2007 in Weyburn, at the age of 79 years. Bill was predeceased by his daughter, Janice Pittman; his father, William Pittman; his step-father, John Patrick and his mother, Mildred Patrick. Bill is survived his wife Agnes Pittman, Weyburn; his son, Bill Pittman (Tanya Heebner) and their children, Kiera and Reece, Weyburn; his sisters: Alberta McKenzie, Weyburn, Geraldine Grandbois, Ottawa, ON, Francis (Elmer) Franks, Weyburn; step-brother: Quinton (Margaret) Patrick, Weyburn; step-sister: Sally (Ray) Sigurdson, Coquitlam, BC; sister-in-law: Beatrice Thomas, High River, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was very active in local clubs. He served as past president of the Masonic Lodge, Weyburn Jaycees, Weyburn Golf Club and was a charter member of the Elks Club. He enjoyed passing time with hobbies such as woodworking, wine making, playing cards, watching sports and especially golf. Bill was a very accomplished athlete and sportsman. His hockey skills were known throughout the area. It is said Bill was one of the smoothest and agile skaters of his time and could handle the puck like a feather. He played for the Weyburn Beavers and also for the Moose Jaw Canucks. As a curler, he curled an eight-end game. As a bowler, he recorded a near-perfect game with 10 straight strikes, only to miss the last two and record a score of 415. However, his true passion that carried him through to the end of his life was golf. His mother got him started with the game when he was a young boy. He would often accompany her to the golf course. He recorded holes-in-one at both the Weyburn and Kenosee Lake golf courses. He also won the Crocus Masters in 1983. In his senior years, he enjoyed playing golf and the accompanying camaraderie with his friends at Kenosee. Bill received his grade 12 from the Weyburn Collegiate. He was a journeyman electrician and owner of Pittman Electric (1969). After some health issues in 1993, Bill retired from the electrical business. He and Agnes spent from April to October each year at their cottage at Kenosee Lake. Bill spent countless hours in the yard, puttering around, building new bird houses and keeping their yard immaculate. Bill's new job was as a full-time golfer. Each day Agnes would pack him a lunch and a frozen bottle of water and he would head off to the golf course only to return at supper time after golfing 27 or 36 holes. Bill was a husband of 56 years to Agnes, a loving father to his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Tanya, a proud grandfather to granddaughters, Kiera and Reece Pittman. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. A funeral service for William "Bill" Charles Pittman was held on Wednesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Chuch, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating.
- Hellen Aleece Joan (nee Fox). On Friday, May 3, 2002, Hellen Aleece Joan Pleckham, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 64 years. Predeceased by her parents, Jasper and Grace Fox; one sister, Muriel (Jim) Banister; one brother, Sterling Fox; sister-in-law, Betty Fox; brother-in-law, Elmer Wilson; and a nephew, Tim Black. Hellen leaves to mourn her husband of 46 years, Floyd Pleckham of Weyburn and their children: LaVern (fiancee, Jenny) Pleckham of Weyburn, Wanda Pleckham of Weyburn and Darcy Pleckham of New York; one grandson, Dustin; her brothers and sisters: Ruth (Dennis) Ingram of Manor, Irene Wilson of Weyburn, Denzil (Edna) Fox of Virden, MB, and Bernice (Bill) Black of Regina; sister-in-law, mary Fox of Manor; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Hellen (Fox) Pleckham was born to Grace (Brayford) and Jasper Fox on April 12, 1938, on their farm near Cannington Manor. She was the youngest of seven children. She was known for her soft flowing brunette hair that she wore in braids. Hellen and her siblings worked hard on the farm, but found time to ice skate and play softball. She met her future husband, Floyd Pleckham during the sports gatherings called "field days" in the town of Parkman. Three years later, on April 28, 1956 they were married in Wawota. They honeymooned in Winnipeg, MB. They lived in Regina while Floyd sold insurance. They had a son, LaVern on May 22, 1957 and a daughter, Wanda, on June 27, 1959. They moved to Weyburn in 1963 and purchased a grocery store, although they still kept house in Regina. They also started a part-time venture known as "Pleckham Agencies." May 1, 1965 they had another son, Darcy, born in Regina. During that month they fully moved to Weyburn. In 1966 the grocery store was sold and Pleckham Agencies became their full time venture, selling real estate and insurance. In 1975 a new apartment building downtown was built with their offices on the main floor, where they still are today. Hellen continued to assist Floyd while raising their three children. Family always came first with Hellen. Some of Hellen's favorite things were tending to her flower garden, chatting with friends on the phone and giving gifts to family and friends. In 1990 they started their annual pilgrimage south to Arizona, where they made many friends. Golfing was one of her favorite pastimes and there were many wonderful courses in Arizona. In October 2001 she was diagnosed with lung cancer even though she hadn't smoked in 11 years. On her 64th birthday, she was admitted to the Weyburn General Hospital. Exactly three weeks later, on May 3, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. she passed away. Prayers were said Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Mary Ann Seitz Lay Presider. The funeral mass was held Thursday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen Celebrant. The eulogy was given by Darcy Pleckham. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Dwayne Banister, Joey Fox, Don Zandee, Kelvin Kilford, Dale Martinson and Sheldon Black. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Alice May (nee Hunt). On March 20th, 2004, Alice May Plonka passed away at the Lafleche and District Health Centre at the age of 88 years. Alice May was born on September 21st, 1915 to Charles and Gertrude Hunt on their homestead southwest of Woodrow. She was raised on the farm and received her education at the Pinto Valley School District #2573 and later at the Woodrow High School. Alice worked at several jobs in Regina before joining the staff of the Saskatchewan Hospital at Weyburn as a student nurse. She graduated and continued to work there for 18 years, spending the last few as Deputy Head Nurse in charge of all nursing personnel. Alice met John Plonka at Weyburn and they were married on August 21, 1947 in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. They made their home in Weyburn where their daughter Margaret Ann, was born on September 22, 1956. In the spring of 1957 they moved to the home farm at Woodrow to start full time farming. Alice had enjoyed her nursing career but soon adapted to the free life on the farm and became an avid gardener. She loved to grow vegetables, flowers and fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and currants. Her apple and crab apple trees provided pies and jelly for her family for many years. She enjoyed hand crafts, coin collecting, fishing, hunting and traveling. She was a member of the Eastern Star for over 60 years and past president of the Woodrow Canadian Legion Auxiliary. In the fall of 1997, ill health forced Alice and Johnny to leave the farm and move to the Wheatland Lodge in Lafleche. Alice remained at the Wheatland Lodge after Johnny died in 2000. In 2002 health issues caused her to move to the Lafleche Health Centre. Predeceased by her husband John Plonka, parents Charles and Gertrude Hunt, two sisters Mable Thompson and Beatrice Hannah, brother John Hunt and nephew Randy Hunt, Alice is survived by her daughter Margaret Ann (Peggy) and son-in-law Brian Passmore of Halifax, NS, special nieces Joyce Brown of Regina, and Dorian Fournier of Billings, MT, sister-in-law Marion Hunt of Williams Lake, BC as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held in the Woodrow United Church, on Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend Chuck Alton officiating. Funeral ceremony was conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star. Honorary pallbearers were "All Those Who Shared In Alice's Life". Tribute was given by niece, Joyce Brown. Instrumental music was provided by Bill Brown and the organist was Kay Mitchell. Interment will take place at a later date in the Woodrow Cemetery.
- Carl J. Plonka of Weyburn, age 84, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, January 15, 2004. He died peacefully with his family by his side. Carl was predeceased by his parents Albert and Catherine Plonka; his infant brother John; a brother Joseph, and sister Mary Gall. Carl is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Edith; a daughter Myrna (Barry) Dalgliesh of Regina; granddaughter Kari (Jeff) Dean and baby great granddaughter Gracyn Marie Dean (Gracie) of Regina. He is also survived by his brother Casper (Josephine) Plonka of Weyburn; sister Anne Paslawski of Weyburn; sister-in-law Kay Plonka of Lethbridge, AB; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Carl was born to Albert and Catherine Plonka on December 5, 1919, on the family farm in Fox Valley. He received his schooling in Fox Valley and later in Worcester. After helping on the family farm for a few years, Carl went to work for a few garages as a mechanic, until he was called into the army in 1940. Later he joined the RCAF. In the air force, he used his creative talents as a transport mechanic. After his discharge, Carl built a repair shop in Talmage. In August 1946 Carl married Edith. In 1947 Carl began farming until his retirement in June 1989. Carl enjoyed many family vacations and visiting with family and friends. He also enjoyed going out to the farm, working in his yard and garden in the city. Prayers were held Sunday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. from the chapel of RD Family Memorial Chapel, Weyburn, with Mary Ann Seitz presiding. Funeral mass was held Monday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Albert Schmitz officiating. The pallbearers were Joe Plonka, Ed Skiba, John Gall, Gary Plonka, David Paslawski and Frank Skiba. The Knights of Columbus formed the honor guard, and a Canadian Legion Veteran wreath was placed at the grave. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Edith M. (nee Skiba) late of Weyburn, SK. passed away suddenly on Monday November 1, 2010 at the age of 85 years. Edith was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Carl in 2004, her parents Joseph and Josephine Skiba, and her brother and sister-in-law Stan (Frances) Skiba. Edith is survived by her daughter Myrna Dalgliesh and husband Barry, granddaughter Kari Dean and husband Jeff, greatgrandchildren Gracie and Jakson Dean. She is also survived by her brother, Simon (Nellie) Skiba, brother-in-law Casper (Josephine) Plonka and sister-in-law Anne Paslawski, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers will be held on Wednesday November 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday November 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, SK. with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK. For friends and family so wishing donations may be made in memory of Edith to the St. Vincent de Paul Building Fund or to a Charity of Choice.
- John D. On October 31, 2000, John D. Plonka, age 85, passed away at Assiniboia Union Hospital, Assiniboia, SK. John was born on October 4, 1915 at Weyburn. He received his education at Weyburn Public School and Collegiate Institute, where he received his Senior Matricu-lation in 1933 during the Great Depression. After graduation, he worked on a farm, in a grocery store, a service station, and as a night watchman for a large department store. He then went into business, operating a Texaco service station. The Second World War was on so John sold out and joined the R.C.A.F. He trained in Brandon, Toronto, London and North Bay, emerging as a navigation flying officer. He was posted to Royal Air Force Transport Command, based at Dorval, PQ near Montreal. The rest of the war was spent delivering various types of aircraft to different parts of the world. John was discharged in 1945 and returned to Weyburn, where he went back to the service station business. About this time he met Alice Hunt from Woodrow, SK, and subsequently married her on August 21, 1947. In 1947 and 1948 John leased and farmed a section of land in the Grassdale area, but lack of rain drove him out of that venture. However, he still believed there was a better future in farming than in selling gas. In 1949, the 3/4 section homestead farm near Woodrow, where Alice was born and raised, became available. After meeting with the rest of the family, a deal was made for Alice to take over the home place. In 1950 John bought a half section of prairie land in the Cedoux area and broke it up. Margaret Ann, their only child, was born on September 22, 1956 and in the same year, John bought an additional half section at Woodrow. In the spring of 1957 he moved his family to the Hunt homestead at Woodrow and started full time farming. John added a half section to his farm in 1962 and another quarter in 1970. He and Alice enjoyed farming there until ill health forced them to move to the Wheatland Lodge in Lafleche in 1997. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, movies and winter holidays in Las Vegas. Predeceased by his parents, John and Antonina Plonka; and sister, Rose Hallquist, John is survived by his loving wife, Alice, of Lafleche; one daughter, Margaret Ann (Peggy) and son-in-law, Brian Passmore of Fall River, NS; special nieces, Joyce Brown of Regina, and Dorian Fournier of Billings, MT; brother and sister-in-law: John and Marion Hunt of Williams Lake, BC; and numerous nieces and nephews. The service of remembrance was held at the Wood River Memorial Hall, Lafleche, on Monday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend Chuck Alton officiated. Honorary pallbearers were "all those who shared in John's life." The eulogy was given by his niece, Joyce Brown. Peggy reminded those present with some of her father's favorite pastimes. Music was provided by his nephews, soloist Ken Thompson accompanied by Joan Thompson on piano; and an instrumental guitar solo by Bill Brown. The processional and recessional music was played by pianist Kay Mitchell. In keeping with John's wish, interment in the Woodrow Cemetery will be held at a later date.
- E. Bernardine 'Bee' (nee Hopkins) late of Weyburn, passed away February 2, 2003 at the age of 97 years. Predeceased by her loving husband, Bob, her parents, Dorothy and George Hopkins, son, Terry, sisters and brothers-in-law: Dorothy (Bill Ortwein) and Vina (Charles Bridgland). Bernardine is survived by her two daughters: Joyce (Roy) Cross and Marilyn (Warner) Smith; grandchildren: Blaine Cross, Dave (Becky) Cross, Noreen Cross, Debbie (Martin) Koehl, Darren Smith, Lori Smith; great granddaughters: Tianna and Alexandra Cross; great grandson, Tyson Koehl; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a good listener and always gave wise and good advice. Kindness was part of her gentle nature and she always had a compliment or a fond memory of anyone she talked about. Bernardine was active in the Griffin United Church where she taught Sunday School for many years worked with the Ladies Aid at fowl suppers, programs, showers and wedding receptions. The Harmony Unit in Grace United Church in Weyburn attracted her interest to work at teas, bake sales, coffee parties and the salad lunches. She was also involved in the Hospital Auxiliary as the treasurer and helped with their annual teas and bake sale. The Monday morning coffee parties with her Park Avenue neighbours were a highlight of her week. Funeral service was held Thursday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Blaine Cross, Dave Cross, Darren Smith, Carl Lafrentz, Keith Sprecken and Carl Von Hagen.
- Mary (nee Milek). On Friday, November 11, 2005, Mary Podrez, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 88 years. Mary was predeceased by her husband, John Podrez; her parents, Stanley and Antonia Milek, brothers, Steve Milek and Charles Milek, an infant brother, Wladek Milek; sisters, Josie Milek and Helen Frankiewicz. Mary is survived by her god daughter, Jean Magrowski of Saskatoon, and her god son, John (Gail) Luczyszyn of the United States as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Poland and lots of friends here in Weyburn. Mary was born January 21, 1917 in Poland. Her mother died at child birth, and her father re-married. She was the oldest of six children in her family. She attended school for two years, then was made to stay home and work on the farm. During the war she was taken to work for a farmer in Germany for eight years. After the war, she came to Canada to work for the Rubin family on the farm. Mary met John Podrez in Weyburn and they were married in the Roman Catholic Church on September 2, 1950 in Weyburn. John worked for the CPR so they lived in Weyburn, then Ralph for the next 10 years, then moved back to Weyburn. John and Mary were sworn in as Canadian Citizens in Weyburn on Tuesday, June 11, 1957. Mary loved her flowers and she had many good friends. She was very organized at keeping clippings and articles of interest from the newspapers and scrap booking them into many albums. The Roman Catholic Church was very important to Mary and she spent much time there saying her rosary. She freely supported the church and many other charities. She loved having Sunday dinner with friends. Mary enjoyed living these past years in Legion Towers where she had many friends. Mary was a good friend and neighbor to everyone and she will be missed by all. Prayers were said Tuesday, November 15 from the chapel of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
- Harold Raymond Pohl of Weyburn passed away on August 25, 2003 at the age of 78 years. Born October 3, 1924 to parents Max and Regina Pohl. Harold spent the majority of his life doing what he loved most, which was farming. Harold was predeceased by his parents; step-mother Blanche Veroba; brother Ervin; sisters Maryann (Josip) Bajcic; Dorothy (Ed) Tremel; Margaret Latour; brother-in-law Philip Rumancik; sister-in-law Judy Pohl. Harold will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Pauline; children Elaine (Gary) Pack of Regina; Dale (Pam) VanLoo of Mississauga, ON; Marcel (Nancy) VanLoo of Estevan. Harold's sisters Phyllis Rumancik of Portage la Prairie, MB; Helen (Gilbert) Wallewein of Benson; brothers Hilarion Pohl of Weyburn, and Vernon (Fay) Pohl of Weyburn. Grandchildren Chris, Lisa, Melanie, Tanya and Ravin. Great grandchildren Amber, Aren, Jesse, Sarah, Jullian and Laura. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A funeral mass was held August 28 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. Father Louis Abello presider. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery. A prayer service was held August 27 from St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church with Mary Ann Seitz lay presider. Pallbearers were Fred Dolinski, Cyril Marcotte, Grant Marcotte, Peter Wodzinski, Howard Giroux and Ed Mazur. Honorary pallbearers were the Knights of Columbus.
- Judith Mae (nee Kaip). On January 3, 2003, Judith Mae Pohl of Weyburn passed away peacefully in her home with her husband at her side. Judy was born May 10, 1947. She attended both Assiniboia School and Weyburn Collegiate, where she graduated in 1965. She entered nurse's training at Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina and proudly graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant. In 1968 she married Hilarion Pohl and several years later they moved to the farm near Cedoux and fulfilled their dreams of owning a farm. The Pohls were blessed with three wonderful sons: James, their eldest son was born April 11, 1971 (her little Easter bunny), followed by Scott on October 8, 1973 (her Thanksgiving turkey) and Gerry December 24, 1975 (her Christmas present). Judy worked for many years at the Weyburn Union Hospital where she lovingly cared for the patients. Later, she enjoyed working for the Weyburn Group Homes where she was well liked by the residents. One of the highlights of Judy's life was when her son Scott married Tanya. Two years ago, much to her great joy, Judy became a grandmother and she loved Savannah dearly. She was looking forward with anticipation to her son James' marriage to Cindi later this year and to her son Gerry's graduation when he received his Certified General Accountant designation in the next few years. Judy was always ready and willing to volunteer her services if her help was needed. Because of her great faith in God, Judy and Hilarion presided for several years over lay led services at Holy Trinity Church in Cedoux. When they moved into Weyburn they became actively involved in St. Vincent de Paul Church at Weyburn. Judy was also involved in many community associations including a trustee for Queen Elizabeth School, a Guide leader and a leader for Can Surmount. Judy leaves to mourn her loss and cherish her memory her family including her husband Hilarion; sons, James (Cindi Hershoran) of Kelowna, BC; Scott (Tanya) and their daughter Savannah, of McTaggart; and Gerald. Sisters, Lorraine (Walt) Hoppe of Carlyle, Alice (Gerry) Wenman of Vernon, BC, and Wendy (Bill) Bell of Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Judy will also be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Judy was predeceased by her parents Max and Anne Kaip, formerly of Weyburn. Funeral service was held January 7 at St. Vincent de Paul Church with Father Albert Schmitz officiating. A beautiful tribute to Judy was given by her sister Wendy. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. An honor guard was provided by the members of St. Mary's Altar Society and CWL. The pallbearers were Nathan Bell, Jeremy Bell, Mike Hoppe, Erin Reddick, Kevin Wallewein and Mark Matthies.
- J. Charles. Our beloved Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and Friend, J. Charles Porter, gently and in faith, left this life on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, surrounded by his children. Charles was born on May 29, 1922 in Weyburn, son of John Creswell Porter and Blanche McNett Porter. He attended Haig Elementary School and Weyburn High School. His college career at Antioch College and UCLA ended when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. As eventual Captain, he served as a pilot in Europe and South America, and a flying instructor. He married his high school sweetheart, Iris W. Wright, in 1945. After the War, Charles and his brother, James, took over the family business working closely together as business partners for over five decades. Charles took service to his church and community seriously. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and an active Rotarian for over 50 years, including a term as President. His extensive political activities included service as a city councillor in Weyburn. Charles' dry wit, vast interests, compassion, and deep understanding of complex issues drew a very wide circle of cherished friends. He was an especially loving and wise patriarch to his family. Celebrating and honouring his life are his daughter, Jacquelyn and John Poetker and their children, Tim, David (Angie Tetley and their daughters, Ivy and Samantha), Ian (Lauren Duncan), and Andrew; son, John and Barbara and their children, Jennifer and Charles; daughter Rebecca (Joseph Dillon); and daughter Deborah and Patrick Cantner and their children, Jeffrey, Daniel, and Nicholas. He is also survived by his brother James Porter (Jean); brother-in-law, George Cutting, sister-in-law, Doreen Wilson (Alex); and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty years Iris; brother and sister-in-law Walter (Carol) Comer; father John Creswell Porter; mother Blanche McNett Porter; and step-mother Dorothy Comer Porter. A Service of Remembrance was held at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, AB. on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. In the past few years, Charles received extraordinary and compassionate care from nurses and physicians at The Heart Health Institute, the Foothills Hospital, and his family doctor, Jean Pierre Leung. Charles' family extends deep gratitude to homemaker, Pat Bonetta whose loving care helped Dad fully live his last years.
- Suzanne I. (nee Dee). It is with deepest sorrow we announce the passing of Suzanne I. Porter of Weyburn. Sue passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side on February 3, 2004 at the age of 36 in the Weyburn General Hospital. Sue was born November 8, 1967 in Weyburn and resided in Lake Alma where she attended school, then made Weyburn her home. Sue is survived by her husband Wayne, and only daughter Brook; brother and sisters; many nieces and nephews. Friends whose lives she has touched, will miss her dearly. Sue will always be remembered for her zest for life, her sense of humour, strength and determination. Visits with Sue were filled with laughter while playing cards, yahtzee or taking a drive in a summer storm or sampling the treats she had made. One of her greatest accomplishments is her daughter, Brook, whom she treasured. Interment will be held at a later date.
- Patricia Poste. It is with extreme sadness that we announce Patricia's sudden passing at the Calgary Foothills Hospital, Calgary, AB on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at the age of 49 years. Predeceased by her father, Nicholas Postey. She will be lovingly remembered by her family; mother, Elsie Postey of Weyburn, brother, Terry Postey (Trish) of Saskatoon, and sister, Dr. Rosemary Postey of Winnipeg, MB and her niece, Danielle Topping of Saskatoon. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends and her beloved cats, Herman and Smudge Patricia Louise Postey was born December 17, 1955 at Weyburn. Pat attended school in Weyburn where her writing and artistic talents were developed early with her involvement on the Comprehensive High School yearbook. Upon graduation she moved to Calgary, AB to take journalism at SAIT. For many years she worked for the Calgary Sun, more recently she was a technical writer with Nortel. Pat's artistic talents showed in her love of creating beautiful crafts, paintings, needlework, quilting and jewellery. She was an avid reader and enjoyed a variety of genres from Canadian literature to British murder mysteries. She was a life long lover of animals. Pat particularly loved putting her intellect to the test by playing games of all kinds with family and friends. As a life-long learner, Pat extended herself by learning new skills and hobbies. She was a movie buff and always enjoyed outings with family and friends. Patricia will be sadly missed but we know that Heaven has brought her healing and that God holds her close. A Graveside Service was held Saturday October 15 at 2:30 p.m. from Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. A Memorial Service was also held Friday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. from McInnis & Holloway's Chapel of the Bells, Calgary, Alberta with Donald O'Dwyer presiding.
- John Wagner. It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of John Wagner Potts, a life-time resident of Weyburn, on June 19, 2002 at the Souris Valley Extended Care Centre where he has been a guest for three years. He was predeceased by his wife Muriel in 1999; a son Kenneth in 1962, a daughter, Sharon Johnson in 1991; three sisters: Gertrude Olson, Elizabeth Crawford and Edith McPhail; two brothers: William and Elmer (Jim). John leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Connie (Roger) Phillips of Black Diamond, AB; son-in-law Jerry Johnson of Swift River, Yukon; four grandchildren: Kelly Johnson, Saskatoon; Rob (Erin) Johnson, Whitehorse, Yukon; Ken (Shelley) Farr, Kelowna, BC and Dan (Victoria) Phillips, Lethbridge, AB; great grandchildren: Dustin and Danielle Farr; Levi and Emily Johnson;one sister, Myrtle Wilson of Weyburn; nieces and nephews. John Wagner Potts was born August 19, 1918 on the family farm, SE quarter of section 14, township 8 in the R.M. of Weyburn, to John and Margaret (Wagner) Potts. He was the youngest in a family of seven. John spent ten years on the farm, attended Little Rock School, then completed his schooling at Haig School in Weyburn. His parents quit farming in 1928 and moved to Weyburn where his father operated a dray business. John learned young how to be a good worker and took pride in a job well done. He helped his father for several years in the dray business and took on any casual jobs available locally to support himself. He and other venturesome friends took various jobs, harvesting, scrubbing bushland, fencing for PFRA, poultry plant, and sawmill work for several years. July 29, 1940 he was married to Muriel Fleming of Brooking. Also that year he began working for Standard Dairy (later Co-op Creamery). John joined the Canadian Army in 1942, training in Regina and Barriefield, ON. He was discharged in 1944. The fall of 1944, John took a butter making course, and returned to work at the Co-op Creamery, remaining until 1966. He won local and provincial awards with his top quality butter. John and Muriel raised a family of three: Sharon Muriel, Kenneth John and Connie May. Following the creamery, John worked at Laing's Beverages, operated Pal's Billiard, Souris Valley grounds keeper and spent from 1973 to 1983 caretaker of the Comprehensive school. John was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. John's family was the most cherished possession of his life. John was well read, had a quick wit, enjoyed spectator sports, gardening and cards. He enjoyed humorous conversational exchanges with family and friends and had a spontaneous laugh and ready smile. His life touched many people and many people touched his life! Funeral service was held Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion formed an Honor Guard and held a Last Post Service. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Dewey Bell, Tim Neuberger, Chris Payak, Larry Fleming, Duane Fleming and Kevin Fleming.
- Emil Popowoch passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 24, 2004. Emil was born and raised in the Talmage area on April 16, 1937. He worked in the oilfield for six years, where he earned his nickname "Pop". He married his true love, Leona, on July 6, 1963. Emil chose to follow his passion of farming in 1965. With his loving wife always by his side, they farmed for 38 years, raising their three children. His greatest treasures were his seven grandchildren. Emil will be deeply missed by his family. Emil was predeceased by his parents: Nick and Tina Popowich; infant son: Marty; and one sister: Elsie Hillier. Emil is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leona Popowich, Weyburn; his children: Dennis (Twila) Popowich, Weyburn; Loretta (Warren) Ryan, Wilcox; Doug (Joyann) Popowich, Edmonton, AB; seven grandchildren: Justin, Travis, Jessica, Rebecca, Olivia, Ashley and Hayley; one sister: Eva (Ed) Cooper, Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Peter Walker officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Elsie Pauline (nee Smith) Hawton Pow, late of Weyburn passed away April 7, 2011 at the age of 88 years. Elsie was predeceased by her first husband, Ted Hawton; one brother, Lloyd Smith; five sisters: Maudie Bennett, Betty Bennett, Pat Tracey, Nell Hawton and Ruth Guider. Elsie is survived by her husband, Gordon Pow, Weyburn, two daughters: Linda Ebel (Garry Ferner), Weyburn and family, Jody (Jamie) Godlonton and children, [Cody, Levi, Meaghan, Wyatt and Cole] Stacey (Trevor) Roesslein and family [Austin, Trey, Cameron and Reis] Elva (Dwaine) Fiechter, Weyburn and family, Paul and children [Cody and Kayla] Shawna (Shane) Cole and family [Luke and James]; one sister, Hilda (Gordon) Lansdell, Weyburn as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Tuesday April 12 at 11:00 a.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Marj McLeod CLA, officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Trevor Roesslein, Austin Roesslein, Trey Ebel, Cody Schrader, Levi Fonstad and Shane Cole. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.
- Evelyn (nee Holmes) Preston was born on November 19, 1913 at Dahinda, to Charles and Annie Holmes. She received her elementary schooling in the Dahinda District. Evelyn married John Preston on April 24, 1935. In time John's work of public transportation bus driver and mechanic led to relocation transfers to Assiniboia, Moose Jaw and Weyburn in the late 1940's. For all those who knew Evelyn, they felt a loving bond. She was non pretentious, non judgmental and felt a strong love for her son and daughter and their families. Evelyn loved people, her sense of humor was magnetic and although 90 years of age - had friends in their teens who loved and admired her generosity and hospitality. Evelyn was predeceased by her father and mother, Charles and Annie Holmes; her husband of 48 years, John Preston; her two brothers: Frank and Albert Holmes; sisters: Lily Fell and Winnifred Robinson and infant sisters: Frances and Tiny Holmes. She is survived by her children: Ed (Doreen dec) Preston and Joyce (Bud dec) Walmsley; sister Minnie Gallinger; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. Memorial service was held Wednesday, January 7, at 2:00 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Arnold Kozak officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.
- Daniel Harold Pretty passed away peacefully on November 11, 2005 in the Weyburn General Hospital with his family by his side. Dan was born in Weyburn on June 29, 1940. He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Gladys Pretty. He will be remembered by his wife Lorraine; his children: Glen Pretty, Margaret Pretty, Darol Pretty and Dale Pretty (Erin Graefer) all of Weyburn; his brothers: Edward (Lynne) Pretty, Weyburn and Raymond Pretty, Weyburn; his sisters: Joyce (Grant) McWilliams, Moose Jaw and Evelyn Pretty of Weyburn; his uncles and aunts: Alec (Norma) Charlton, Kenosee Lake and Isobel (Johnny) Norman, Weyburn; his sisters-in-law: Elaine (Garry) Owens, Moose Jaw and Alexia (Gale) Thoroughgood, Moose Jaw as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Dan was raised on the family farm at Talmage and attended Killean and Talmage Schools. He went straight into farming with the dairy being his main focus. He and Lorraine were married on July 6, 1970 in Moose Jaw and have four children, Glen, Margaret, Darol, and Dale. Dan was diagnosed in 1979 with emphysema and the dairy had to be dispersed. He carried on with a beef herd until January of 1997 when he was forced to do his farming from the kitchen window as he was now on oxygen 24 hours a day. He was overjoyed to see the dairy return in June of 97 when his four children decided to try dairying on the family farm. He always had a passion for horses - raising colts, riding, and going to horse sales. Dan was determined to stay on the family farm, which in 2004 was honored with a Centennial Farm award, an achievement which made him very proud. He will be sadly missed. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 15, and 1:30 p.m. at Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Pallbearers were his nieces and nephews: Danell (Jerry) Van Stavern, Garon (Krista) Pretty, Kathryn McWilliams, Ian (Jennifer) McWilliams, Allen McWilliams, Paul (Leanne) Thoroughgood, Shawna (Dwayne) Bullock, Rory Owens, Janice Thoroughgood (Scott Mushens) and Derek Owens (Danielle Sicinski).
- Betty Louise (nee Fisk) Probe, was caring, loving, and sincere. A wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter, she will truly be remembered and missed. Betty was born on February 19, 1937. She was raised in Weyburn, by her parents Oswald "Ossie" and Thelma Fisk of Kelowna, BC. Betty was part of the fabulous 5+1 with four sisters and one brother. She was predeceased by her father Oswald in 1987; brother Charles in 1960; son Christopher in 1986; and husband Wayne in 2006. Betty will be missed by her sisters Francis (Alf) Schmidt, Coco (Don) Heebner, both of Kelowna, BC, Bubbins (Gene) Schmidt of Weyburn, and Marlene (Reg) Williamson of Moose Jaw. Betty was truly loved by everyone she met. A kind word or whatever she could do was the order of the day. Helpful and thoughtful she was the backbone of the family. She was a loving mother and grandmother to Michael (Debbie) and grandsons Greg and Ryan of Regina, doctors Leonard (Christine) and grandson Jonathan of Mantua, NJ and granddaughter Jennifer of Boca Raton, FL. She loved to go in the motorhome on trips and was active in the Good Sam's who have provided unbelievable love and support. We all benefited by knowing Betty and her strength and kindness will not be forgotten. She had a smile on her face to the end and never once complained. She is truly an inspiration and an example of what we all should be and how we should all treat each other. We love you and bid you farewell on your journey through eternity. God bless you. A funeral service was held Monday, November 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Regina Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. .
- Elizabeth "Betty" Theresa (nee Schmidt) passed away after a short illness at Tatagwa View, Weyburn, SK, September 30, 2008 at the age of 88 with her children by her side. Elizabeth was born August 30, 1920 in the Weyburn District to John and Margaret Schmidt. Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Joseph Schmidt, second husband, Dave Propp, son, Harold Schmidt, grandson, Martin Fergason, great grandson, Jorden Fergason-Baskerville, sisters: Annie Meek and Rose Vogel, brothers: Phillip, Steven, John, Joe and Frank. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her children: Donald (Ann Scott) Schmidt of Weyburn, Delores (Stewart) Fergason of Calgary, AB, Gerald (Sylvia) Schmidt of Sylvan Lake, AB, Josie (Ron) Klein of Weyburn and Joe Schmidt of Regina; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; sisters: Margaret (Steve) Lazurko and Rose (Frank) Loos; brothers: William Schmidt, Norman (Jan) Schmidt and Peter (Arlene) Vogal; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Betty was raised on a farm eight miles west of Weyburn with 12 other siblings: Annie, Phillip, Steven, John, Joe, William, Frank, Rose, Margaret, Rosemarie, Norman and Peter. On October 11, 1937, she married Joseph Schmidt. They raised their family at Horizon where they farmed, later moving to Khedive in 1950. In 1956 they sold the farm and moved to Weyburn. Betty worked at Dron's Dry Cleaners, then at the Weyburn Union Hospital. Joseph and Betty had many great times with their friends, dancing, playing cards and other activities. She did a lot of sewing, knitting, gardening and also a bit of travelling. On July 30th, 1971, Joseph passed away. She continued working until she met and married David Propp on August 30, 1975. They resided in Pangman for a number of years where Betty worked at Pangman hospital and sang in the choir. David passed away in August, 1989, and in 1990, Betty moved back to Weyburn and lived in an apartment. In 2003, she moved to the nursing home, where she lived very happily with her extended family, the staff and residence in house #8 at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility. Prayers were said Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held Friday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Dale Schmidt, David Lazurko, Brian Loos, Eddy Jacobs, Paul Whitrow and Lloyd Schmidt.
- Joycelyn Constance Pearl (nee Adair). On Friday, February 7, 2003, Joycelyn Constance Pearl Provost, late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by her parents: Chester and Grace Adair; son, Jeffrey; second husband, Henry; brother Melvin and sister, Vivian. Joyce is survived by her son, Dennis Rutledge of Moose Jaw; her daughter, Lynn (Bill) Hudgins of Glen Burnie, MD; her son, Cameron (Kathi) Rutledge of Oxbow; by six grandchildren: Robert, Cynthia (Bob), Greg (Chantelle), Ben (Chasity), William (Simone), and Jennifer; by three grandchildren: Deveny (Clinton), Logan and Angela, and by nine great grandchildren. Joyce was born May 28, 1914 at Maryfield, to Chester and Grace Adair. She was the oldest of three children: Joyce, Vivian and Melvin. She was raised in the Antler area. In her mid 20's Joyce moved to Ontario where she met Benjamin Rutledge. Ben and Joyce subsequently moved to Taylorton, SK where they started their family. They had four children: Dennis, Jeffrey (deceased 1949), Lynn and Cameron. In 1966 Joyce married George Henry Provost in Weyburn. George passed away in 1970. Joyce attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church where she sang and played piano by ear. She has lived in Weyburn for the past 40 years of her life. For most of her adult life, Joyce suffered from a disabling condition that kept her institutionalized. And while her children will miss her deeply, they are also grateful that she is now at peace. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Canon K. David Holmes officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: grandsons: Greg Rutledge and Ben Rutledge, and Ken Steinke, Gary Steinke, Ross Fenwich and Gordon Stromgren.
- Edmund Franklin passed away peacefully at Tatagwa View on March 14, 2011, at the age of 87 years. He lost a month long battle with an aggressive infection, while dealing for the past few years with vascular dementia. Ed was predeceased by his parents Frank and Pauline, step-son Gary, and sister Blanche Weyman. Ed’s wife of 45 years, Ida (Kossatz), also passed away this Easter week in 1997. Ed was a man who excelled in his sales career, bringing home many top Saskatchewan sales’ awards from Chrysler and GM. But the beginning of his sales career started in the 50’s travelling around southern Saskatchewan selling Fuller Brush. He went on to sell road equipment and Mercedes for Hume Johnston Distributors, then into selling vehicles for Beacon Motors and later Elmer’s Service until he retired. However, the fond memories his family has are not of his career, but of his passion for camping and fishing in northern Saskatchewan; a love that was passed to his son and grandchildren who enjoyed those moments with him for many years. Be it camping with family, hunting with friends, or spending time in his large garden and proud patches of tomatoes and asparagus, Ed was a man who loved being outdoors. His landscaped yard, filled by Ed with flowers, cedars, and fruit trees, made it comfortable for Ida and he to sit in the shade, bird watching and enjoying each other’s company. Ed and Ida travelled extensively in their Funcraft van to visit Doug, Laurie and grandchildren in Calgary. They also travelled to BC to visit friends and relatives, and on many occasions were joined by their family to camp and salmon fish; including Expo ’88. Trips were also taken to Montreal to visit Ida’s sister, sightsee, and take in culinary delights. Ed is survived by his son Doug, daughter-in-law Laurie Metheral, grandson Jason, granddaughter Micki and husband Jordan Dutfield, and great grandson James Ender Dutfield. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 AM from Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Leonard Arthur Puddephatt. On December 2, 2000, Leonard passed away at the age of 78 years. Born August 11, 1922 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire England to William and Maude Puddephatt. Leonard is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of Weyburn, and daughters Joy Campbell of Lethbridge, AB, and Susan Jones (Darrell) of Regina. Also surviving are grandchildren, Wayne Addison, Dale Addison, Gina Campbell, Garrett Jones, Justin Jones and great grandchildren: Jackie Addison, Jeffery Campbell and Jesse Campbell. Len served 5-1/2 years with the Royal Airforce in Britain. During WWII, he serviced the aircraft as a flight mechanic. It was there that he met his wife Joyce who was also serving in the RAF. He was very proud to serve his country. In 1947, Len immigrated to Canada with his wife Joyce and daughter Joy. They set up residence in Weyburn, where he worked for his father-in-law Albert Abel. In 1953 the family returned to Dunstable where for the next two years Len was employed with Waterlow & Sons. After much soul searching, the decision was made to return to Canada in 1955, where Weyburn became a permanent home. In 1958 a second daughter, Susan, was born. Len was a very private person who dedicated his life to the happiness and fulfillment of his family. A kind man, who always was ready to help out when he was needed. He loved animals. He enjoyed sitting quietly on the sundeck, which he helped to build. He watched the birds and squirrels which he not only watched but also fed everyday. He took great pride in his work. There are many homes that reflect his talents as a painter and decorator for Swertz Brothers Construction. He was a master craftsman with keen imagination and great artistic ability. He believed that any job must be done well. His garden was no exception. Together with Joyce, he created a wonderful sanctuary with beautiful flowers and trellis structures. A perfectionist through and through. In January 2000, Leonard was diagnosed with lung cancer. After major surgery and a courageous battle with cancer, he succumbed to the disease. Even though he suffered greatly, he never complained. A very special thank you to Dr. Dewar, Dr. Mahmud, and Dr. Patel of the Regina General and Pasqua hospitals. Also a special thank you to Dr. Lenferna and the nursing staff on 2nd and 3rd Floors of the Weyburn General Hospital. The care and attention Len received throughout his illness meant so much to the family. We would also like to say a big thank you to all those for their various acts of kindness shown to the family during a very difficult time. The many phone calls, visits to the house and gifts of food were much appreciated. And finally, a very special thank you to Ed Kitchen for the road trips to Regina Hospital and his continued support during Len's illness. A memorial service was held Friday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. It is Leonard's wish that his ashes be returned to England - to a place he called home.
- Douglas Russell Pulfer. A curious mind, a lovely spirit and a huge heart! Doug passed away on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the Weyburn General Hospital, Weyburn at the age of 87 years. Born in 1920, Doug was raised on the homestead 7 miles west of Weyburn by his parents, Robert & Fannie Pulfer. He lost his mother at the age of twelve. His whole family worked and played hard. Most of the work in those early days was done by horses and later by tractor. Doug attended the University of Manitoba in Brandon, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation, Doug bought a farm outside of Weyburn. He married Paddy Poole in 1942 and they had a daughter Penny in 1945. Paddy and Penny were killed tragically in a train mishap in 1949. In 1951 he married Arleigh Sewell and they had four children, John (Sandy) of Okanagan Center, BC, David (Nancy) of Weyburn, Maggie (Robert Kirkman) of Winfield, BC, and Cidy (Don Bell) of Weyburn. Arleigh passed away in 1980. In 1983 he married Dorothy Eastman and they continued to reside on the farm in Weyburn. While Doug retired in 1983, he remained active on the farm until 2006. He was dedicated to the community and served as both Councilor and Reeve of the municipality for over a decade. Doug began carving after retirement and became a Master Carver. He was an accomplished whistler, piano player and singer. His appetite for knowledge was voracious and he was well read in many subjects. Doug was a deeply religious person and had great faith in God. To him the Church played a central role in the community. His commitment to the church was not only financial, but included twenty-seven years of dedicated service on the Church Board. Doug was a quiet but strong supporter of many organizations. He was particularly concerned with world hunger and adopted many children from all over the world. He cared deeply about his fellow man and did what he could to serve mankind well. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Robert & Frances Pulfer; first wife, Phyllis; second wife, Arleigh; daughter, Penny Pulfer; brothers, Donald, Arnold & Max Pulfer; sisters, Beryl McConachie & Dorothy Webb. Doug will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dorothy Pulfer of Weyburn; children, John (Sandy) Pulfer of Okanagan Center, BC, David (Nancy) Pulfer of Weyburn, Maggie Reigh (Robert Kirkman) of Winfield, BC, Cindy (Don) Bell of Weyburn; brothers-in-law, Hodder McConachie & Jack Webb, Dorothy's family, Danny (Lynne) Eastman, Koreen (Brian) Murphy, Elaine (Sandy) Kahl, all of British Columbia; twenty-four grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews & friends. The memorial service was held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev Barnabas officiating. Interment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Vernie (nee Myers) Pulfer passed away December 16, 2006 with her family at her side. She was predeceased by her husband Max in 1980. She was enormously proud of her three children: Janet (Robert) Linnell, Jim (Margaret) Pulfer, and Don (Norma) Pulfer and all her grandchildren, Lauren (Michael O'Neill) Linnell, Jim (Kelly Lawrence), Gord (Laura) Linnell, Max Bilson, Mark Pulfer, Rachel Pulfer, Bobbie (Mark) Bratrud, and Leigh (Colin) Rosengren. She also took great pleasure in watching her great grandchildren grow: Casey Linnell, Jameson Linnell, Max Linnell, Dowling Linnell, Faith Bratrud, Hanna Bratrud, and Timothy Rosengren. Vernie was born June 10, 1918 on the farm at Cedoux to Michael and Anne Myers. She was the youngest of a family of eight: Mary, Frances, Tom, John, Joe, and Louis (all deceased) and Victor (Emily) currently residing in Moose Jaw as well as Louis' wife Vera, of Calgary. She adopted the Pulfer family as her own. These included brothers-in-law: Doug (Dot) Pulfer, Hodder McConachie, and sister-in-law Dorothy (Jack) Webb. She was predeceased by R.C. Pulfer, her father-in-law, Arnold and Mary Pulfer, and Beryl McConachie. The Pulfer family farmed together, played together and celebrated together over many years. She passed on her values of satisfaction in a job well done, by working hard, both in the house and on the farm. She and Max lived on the family farm until 1974, retiring to Maple Drive in Weyburn. They enjoyed an all too brief retirement together. Upon his death, she reached out to make a meaningful life. Vernie was a life long supporter of the Weyburn community, keeping in touch with friends and family when their lives took them in other directions. She delighted in keeping up with all the events in Weyburn, considering it the centre of the universe, giving tours of Weyburn sights to anyone who came to visit. Although she enjoyed traveling to other locales, she always was glad to be home. She gave freely of her time, through the Weyburn Agriculture Society, West Weyburn Women's Institute, Queen Elizabeth Home and School, and Grace United Church Board and United Church Women. Whether she lived on the farm or in town, the coffee pot and a stash of baking was always on hand for visitors. Her friendliness and interest in people let everyone feel at ease and made sure no one was forgotten. She took great pride in planning events including a school reunion (Little Rock), the farm centennial (1998), family weddings and birthdays, church teas and ladies luncheons. A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday December 19, at 2:00 p.m. in Grace United Church, Weyburn. Rev. Hazel Arbon was officiant.
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- Jean F. (nee Lehman) Quirie passed away peacefully January 16, 2006 at the Crocus Plains Villa in Weyburn. Predeceased by her parents, Marshel and Mary Lehman; three brothers: Norman, Marshall and Bruce; her husband, William (Bill) Quirie; one son, John Bruce McIntosh; father of Gary and John, Fred McIntosh. Jean leaves to mourn, one son, Gary (Shirley) McIntosh of Niagara Falls, ON; daughter-in-law, Vera McIntosh, Aldergrove, BC; grandchildren: Debbie McIntosh of Burlington, ON, Donna McIntosh of Niagara Falls, ON, Diana Foster of Niagara Falls, ON and Duncan McIntosh of Aldergrove, BC; sisters: Ruth Hutton of Regina; Beatrice Whiteford of Qualcuim Beach, BC; Maria Ward of North Vancouver, BC; and Geraldine (Ray) Purdie of Victoria, BC; numerous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren; special friends, Bob and Dot Hack, Paul and Kaye Baudria. Jean was born at Tugaske, on April 11, 1911. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday School, then went on to be a teacher and taught in Kenora or a few years. Jean came to Weyburn and worked at the Co-op Creamery until retirement as a book keeper. She brought up two boys, John and Gary. In 1969 Jean married Bill Quirie, those were happy times as they both enjoyed life. She liked to dance and have a good time. She enjoyed sports, especially curling and won many trophies. During a game, her team got an eight-ender, which is very rare. They both liked gardening and took a lot of pride in their yard. She also liked to read. After Bill passed away in 2001, Jean stayed in her house but found it hard to keep it up, so decided to move to Crocus Plains Villa in October, 2003. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary, and she had just received her 30 years pin. She was also a member of the Royal Purple and had just received a 45 years pin. One of the highlights of her life was when her four sisters came in 2003 and they were reunited for the first time in 13 years. The family would like to thank Crocus Plains Villa for the care given to Jean. A Family Service was held Saturday, January 21, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- William D. On Monday, March 12, 2001, William D. Quirie, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his parents, Alex and Bertha Quirie, Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jean Quirie of Weyburn; two step sons: Gary (Shirley) McIntosh of Niagara Falls, ON; and Bruce (Vera) McIntosh of Mission, BC; four grandchildren; one brother, George (Mary) Quirie; one sister, Helen (Bill) Cottrell of Michigan; as well as several nieces and nephews. Bill was born November 21, 1926 at Weldon, SK. He was brought up in Weldon and at a young age he helped his dad in the hardware store, and his father introduced him to fishing and hunting. He enlisted in the Navy at age 18 in 1944 and was discharged in 1946 after the war. He then worked as a drag line operator. In 1969 he married Florence Jean (nee Lehman) in Weyburn and resided in Weyburn for 32 years until the time of his passing. Hunting and fishing were his main hobbies, along with gardening. He enjoyed anything to do with nature, including TV shows and sports. He was the proud owner of many trophies for fishing and hunting. Bill and Jean received the Royal Bank of Canada plaque for "Best city residential grounds entry up to 6600 sq. ft. with vegetable garden" in 1991 in the Weyburn Horticultural Society competition. He was a member of the Legion, volunteered for Ducks Unlimited and was a member of the Sask. Wildlife Federation. Bill enjoyed discussions regarding his fishing and hunting trips. He will be sadly missed by his wife, relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Friday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion formed an Honor Guard.
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- Glenda May Raiwet Harvey (January 24, 1960 - July 28, 2006) late of Weyburn, passed away July 28, 2006 at the age of 46 years. Glenda will be lovingly remembered by her children Tania and Marcel and her granddaughter Ashley; Jeff Sykes and his son Derrek; her parents: father Gabriel (Lillian) Raiwet, mother Winona Raiwet (Robert Young); five sisters: Diana Raiwet (David Silversides), Sandra (Les) Holtz, Lorna (Jeff) Dzuba, Karen (Larry) Johnstone, Kathy Agnew; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Glenda was predeceased by her grandparents. Funeral service was held August 3, 2006 in Weyburn at Grace United Church with interment at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Weyburn. Glenda was born at Oxbow Union Hospital. She was the third daughter of six girls in the family for Gabriel and Winona. She grew up with her sisters, Diana, Sandra, Lorna, Karen and Kathy. Glenda received all her primary and secondary schooling in Oxbow. Glenda married Joe Harvey and they settled in Alberta where their daughter Tania was born. Glenda and Tania moved back to Oxbow, and soon after she attended beauty college in Brandon, MB. After graduation she moved to Stoughton where she opened her own hair salon. Glenda had her second child, Marcel before the family moved to Weyburn. She often looked after other children while continuing with her beauty salon and raising her own children. Glenda took a Special Care Aid course which qualified her to work at Souris Valley Extended Care Hospital, and later the Tatagwa View Health Centre. Glenda enjoyed working with her patients and in turn was very much appreciated by them because of the extra things she did for them. Tania's daughter Ashley was a very special part of Glenda's life. They shared their love of country music, dancing, crafts, and just hanging out. Another very special person in Glenda's life was Lillian, her second Mom, who shared similar interests in crafts and family. Glenda was a very special friend of Jeff Sykes. Of the many things they did together, they loved camping, boating and fishing. Glenda was a fun loving, independent woman, strong-willed, and feisty at times. She was a very caring person and she had many good friends. Her hobbies included raising toy poodles and several collections. Glenda enjoyed gardening, canning and pickling. She spent many hours crocheting Barbie doll dresses. Glenda kept active and healthy. She would work out to keep fit and was in good physical condition. Glenda was camping with friends when she suddenly took ill, so, it is a great shock that she has left us at such a young age. Glenda was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Glenda will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched. She was a very beautiful person; beautiful on the outside and on the inside. It is not how long the flower blooms, but how beautifully.
- Isabell Clarinda (nee Argue). With love and wonderful memories we announce the passing of Isabell Clarinda Ramsay on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Isabell passed away peacefully at Kelsey Manor Care Home at the age of 91. She was born on February 27, 1920 at Windthorst, SK to parents Dr. Thomas and Mazae Argue. Isabell was predeceased by her husband Eddie, and her two sisters, Marguerite and Bonnie. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Shirley (Bill) Wright, her son Robert (Leslie) Ramsay, granddaughter Linda (Vincent) Ostryzniuk, and greatgrandchildren, Anya and Tim Ostryzniuk, grandson Garth (Cathy) Wright and greatgrandson Tyler, grandsons, Derek and Jordan Ramsay, as well as Chris, Sean and Erin Hollingsworth. Because the custom at the time in school was to skip grades, Isabell completed public school at fourteen, too young to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She attended Brandon College until she enrolled in Grey Nuns School of Nursing in Regina. She and Eddie soon became engaged, and at a time when married women did not work outside the home, she chose not to complete nurse's training. She was married December 27, 1939 and lived in Fillmore. Her homemaking skills were evident in the knitting and sewing she did, and was involved in the United Church, Eastern Star, and Hospital Auxiliary in the community. Later, she pursued a medical career and took an Operating Room Technician's course in Winnipeg, and worked at Weyburn Union Hospital for 25 years in the OR. She pursued new topics in her reading with varied interests and corresponded with people both here and around the world. Some of her travel trips and Globetrotting friends were a direct result of her letter writing. She and her late companion Al Brewin travelled extensively in Canada in their 70's and were always ready to explore another corner of the country. She lived with Shirley and Bill for 12 years and was an integral part of their home. She always was open to a new adventure and enjoyed life to its fullest, remaining independent for as long as she could. Isabell was a remarkable woman who inspired others in her long life. The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful care givers at Kelsey Manor Care Home for their loving care and support. A Celebration of Isabell's Life will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, SK on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be at Weyburn Cemetery at a later date.
- Sadie Lavina (nee Dinsmore). On Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, Sadie Lavina Ratcliffe, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by her parents, John and Sarah Dinsmore; her husband, John Richard Ratcliffe; four brothers: Irwin, Elmer, John and Fred Dinsmore; and two sisters: Madge Rennie and Hazel Stark. Sadie is survived by her children: Marilyn (Fred) Ryner of New Market, ON and Ron (Merilyn) Ratcliffe of Weyburn; two grandsons: Rodney (Leigh Ann) Ratcliffe of Qu'Appelle and Blake (Lisa) Ratcliffe of Parry; three granddaughters: Cindy (Marvin) McMurray of Ralph; Barbara Ryner and Jennifer Ryner, both of New Market, ON; four great grandchildren: T.J., Ryan, Cody Akehurst and Colte McMurray; one sister: Vi Clark of Weyburn; three sisters-in-law: Lila Dinsmore of Weyburn; Margaret Marty of Kelowna, BC and Ivy Pawlak of Lloydminster, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Sadie was born in the Weyburn Hospital on January 10, 1908. She took her schooling in Weyburn and met her husband, Dick, while teaching at Velhaven School District near Ratcliffe. They were married Sept. 13, 1937. Sadie continued teaching for 25 years, the last 20 years were with the Department of Indian Affairs. She retired from teaching in 1960, then moved to Weyburn. Sadie was a member of Grace United Church in Weyburn and Alexandria Rebekah Lodge #14. She loved life and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing handiwork and visiting with people. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Clare Offet, Don Jacobson, Gary Dinsmore, Wayne Dinsmore, Duane Theaker and Carl Morrow.
- Andrew Orville Raymond found peace on March 16, 2007 at the young age of 14. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Irene and Ivan Raymond, one uncle, Dick Holland and his nana, June Whewell. Andrew will be lovingly remembered by his family: his dad, Dale Raymond, his mom, Dawn Raymond, two sisters, Stacy Raymond and Kristen Raymond (Lyle Hall) and one niece, Josie May Hall; grandparents, Orville and Malvina Trumpour; his great grandmother, Mini Hanke, his papa, Frank Whewell; aunts and uncles: Twyla (Lloyd) Raccine, Desiree (Scott) Rainey, Vada Holland, Derrell Raymond, Elaine (Elmer) Erixon, Bonnie (Larry) Bergdahl, and their families; his niece, Josie Hall; his 'brother' Tony Payton, extended family, Tammey, Amanda and Chris Hall; as well as numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Andrew was born on October 19, 1992 in Weyburn. He attended Haig School and was currently in Grade 8 at Weyburn Junior High School. He enjoyed bowling, pool, fishing, camping, swimming and spending time with his friends to whom he was always known as 'Drew'. He loved being outdoors and was looking forward to going camping and hunting with his dad this fall. He could always be counted on to help out with Relay for Life and the Cancer Jamboree, where in 2004 he participated in the 'Cops for Cancer' head shave. Drew loved to go to Red Wing hockey games from when he was very young, and enjoyed going to Saskatchewan Roughrider games with his dad. Drew loved animals, but was especially close to his cat "Pudge". One of Andrew's favorite things to do with his sisters was to torment them, and he was pretty good at it. But when all was said and done they all knew how much they cared and loved each other. Andrew was a quiet young man who liked to read, listen to music and play his PS2. His favorite card game was 'Texas Hold Em' and his favorite food was 'McDonalds'. After graduation, he wanted to join the Canadian Armed Forces to serve his country. He will be missed deeply but never forgotten by everyone he touched. A memorial service was held Thursday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon and Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn
- Irene (nee Lehman). Predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Ivan Raymond; her mother, Minnie Herron, father, Jack Lehman, two step-fathers, Jack Calder and Carl Herron; one son-in-law, Richard Holland; one brother, Ray Herron, one sister, Evelyn Sedney, two sister-in-laws, Della Lackey and Gladys Phillips, nine brothers-in-law: Art Pruden, Bert Sedney, Glen Ransom, Albert Davis, Oran Jackson, Wilbur Raymond, Vernon Phillips, Archie Lacky, James McNulty. Irene will be lovingly remembered by her family; two sons: Derrell Raymond and Dale (Dawn) Raymond; three daughters: Vada Holland, Elaine (Elmer) Erixon and Bonnie (Larry) Bergdahl; 13 grandchildren: Allen and Gary Holland, Sandy (Joie) Maas, Ron Erixon, Susan (Dale) Coad, Robert Erixon, James Bradly, Brent and Kimberly (Jeff Downy) Bergdahl, Stacy Kristen and Andrew Raymond; thirteen great grandchildren: Brittney and Jorden Holland, Dustin Erixon, Tammie (Jessie) Bowler, Erica and Matthew Maas, Marisa, Braden and Kylie Coad, Ashley and Ryan Erixon, Jayden and Sierra Bergdahl; two great great granddaughters, Dakota and Bailey Bowler; two brothers, Bill Herron and Howard (MaryLou) Herron; seven sisters: Betty (Les) Pruden, Carol (Steve) Fedak, Shirley (Alex) Marynaik, Velma (George) Stonehouse, Muriel Ransom, Mabel Davis and Merle Jackson; four sisters-in-law: Doreen Herron, Faye McNulty, Ada (Bill) McKee, Dorothea Herron; one brother-in-law, Mel (Vi) Newett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene Minnie (Lehman) Raymond was born October 17, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario. She passed away October 18, 2005 at 89 years of age. Irene married Ivan Raymond on March 18, 1935. They spent their lives in Tisdale, Creelman, Froude and moved to Weyburn in 1955. Irene loved to be with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she spent many hours singing and dancing with. She liked to crochet, embroider and cook. She was known at Froude for her delicious cinnamon buns. Irene liked to play bingo, and was janitor at the King Koin Laundromat for years. She kept the staff at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre entertained with her wit and singing sometimes all day and all night. She was especially close to her granddaughter, Susan, as she worked on her ward at S.V.E.C.C. Irene always would ask for "her Susie." The family would like to thank all the Staff at SVECC and Tatagwa View for the kind and loving care they gave Mom in the last six years. You are all specially gifted Angels. A Graveside Service was held for family and friends on Saturday, October 22, at Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Pallbearers were her grandchildren: Ron Erixon, Rob Erixon, Brent Bergdal, Dale Coad, Andrew Raymond and Kristen Raymond.
- Fredrick Adolf. On Sunday, November 25, 2007, Fredrick Adolf Reder of Fillmore passed away at the age of 62 years. Predeceased by his parents, Adolf and Freda Reder; Fred will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Jean Reder of Fillmore and their four children: Carla (Derek) McIlwaine of Kronau and their child, Rayce; Sherry (Trent) Presnell of Dundurn and their children, Justin and Dylen; Randal (Monique) Reder of Sedley and their children, Trysten and Kayla; and Trevor Reder of Lloydminster; one sister-in-law, Jane (Don) Sherbina of Assiniboia and their children, Karla and Stuart. Fred was born March 8, 1945 in Regina. He married Jean on August 16, 1969 in Weyburn at Zion Lutheran Church. Together they have two sons and two daughters who have provided them with numerous grandchildren. At a young age, after the loss of his Dad, Fred left school in Talmage to take over the family farm. He spent some time in-between trucking cattle and driving school bus, but he remained dedicated to the family farm. Throughout his life, and to this day, he maintained a small herd of Hereford cows, most of which had their own name - good or bad. He was never one to shy away from hard work and would lend a helping hand when needed. You could always count on a hot cup of coffee or a shot of Rye and some good conversation when you arrived at the Reder house. During the past few years, diabetes and kidney failure took its toll on Fred and his family, but with Jean by his side, he persevered and rose to every challenge. The help needed from friends and family to get through the past few years was never taken for granted. Fred loved his farm and cattle but most of all he loved his family. He also enjoyed his antique tractors, old time music, playing guitar and horseback riding. Even though he was taken from us at an early age, he accomplished what few of us are able to do. He fulfilled all the major goals in his life: - to see his children grow and become hard-working, successful individuals; - to become a grandfather and; - to leave this world in the place he cherished the most - his farm. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten. A warm good night's sleep finally awaits you, even when it's 40 below. Funeral Services were held Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m. from the Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Martin Olson and Pastor Marj McLeod officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Russ Leguee, Dennis Popowich, Aaron Reich, Frankie Keller, John Keller and Emil Nelson.
- John Jim. On April 7, John Jim Rebrinsky, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 84 in the Regina General Hospital. Jim was predeceased by his parents (John and Anna Rebrinsky) and his parents-in-law (Gabriel Tarr and Margaret and Joe Tuba). He out-lived his son, Michael Alan Rebrinsky and brother -in-law, Frank Reitze. He also was predeceased by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, and Florida. He leaves to mourn his wife, Margaret Susan Rebrinsky from Weyburn, and their family; Ken (Dorothy) Rebrinsky and their children: Ryan (Mandi), Alysse Stacy (Trevor and their children: Merida, and Makaela) and Leah; Kelly (Sandra) Rebrinsky and their children: Morgan (Renita Hoskins), Delaney, Chelsea (Blake Burnett and family: Bly, Jaxton, and Jase); Michael Rebrinsky (pre-deceased) and children: Cory Rebrinsky (Shalimar Massie) and Jennifer Fohr; Mark (Brenda Griffin) Rebrinsky and family: Elizabeth Bohnert (Aaron), Nicole, and Veronica Griffin; Rhonda Walbaum (Barrington Blackwood); Rebecca (Lorin) Bowerin and their children: Mataya and Meisha. He also leaves to mourn his brother, Joe Rebrinsky (Sarah) and their families from Winnipeg, Mexico, and Edmonton; Debbie and Rick Hartness and family: Greg, Erin, and Todd (Alexis); Brenda and Juan Arencevia and their family: Rafael (Jocelyn) and Paola Schroeder (Josh); Darcy and Dale Hudjik and children: Jett and Jazz; sister-in-law, Rose Reitze and her families from Red Deer, Regina, and Weyburn; Donny (Janet) Reitze and family: Natasha (along with her children: Delfino, Antonio, Mila, Ariana and Alejandra), Andrew, and Julie (Andrew Stone); Judy Griffiths (Mark Borys) from Calgary, AB and family: Tammy (Kevin) Milne from Regina and Ammie (Ernie) Parisien from Weyburn and their children Nathaniel, Osten, and Maraya. On August 29, 1928, John Jim Rebrinsky was born in Uzhorod, Czechoslovakia, the first born to John and Anna Rebrinsky. A short time after his birth, the family decided to move from the old country to Canada with help from Anna Balyi (Jim’s cherished grandmother). Jim was a mere 15 months old sailing on the Melita Canadian Pacific Ocean Liner across the ocean and arriving in St. John’s, NB, Canada on March 17, 1930. Shortly thereafter, they ended up living near Talmage on a farm owned by the Cumberland family. The Cumberland family took in many newcomers to Canada and employed them on their farm until they could manage on their own or obtain employment and housing elsewhere. After a year or two, the family moved into Weyburn, where the Rebrinsky family planted their roots and has been a part of the community since. Soon after their arrival to Canada, Joe Rebrinsky, Jim’s only sibling was born, three years his junior. Jim attended Haig School and frequently ran into his Grade 1 Teacher, Ms. Myers, until she passed away in 2009. He talked very highly of his beloved first teacher and also spoke about attending Grade 1 in the fall without wearing any shoes. After his elementary school years, Jim went on and graduated from the Weyburn Collegiate School in 1946. Then, he went on to acquire his Grade 13, which was equivalent to the first year of university in accounting. Jim’s dad, John, bought and ran the Weyburn Auto Body Shop. Jim started helping his father by cleaning the floors, when he was eight years old, which eventually paved the way to his bookkeeping position with Trio Auto Body, where he worked until 2002. Here he learn and fostered his interest in auto repair and cars, especially the Studebaker, which his dad sold. When Jim was young, he used to call White Bear Resort his summer home. He always had a few stories to share about spending his early years at the cabin his parents owned there near Lakeshore Avenue. Back in those days, you made your fun with what you had available to you and not what you could buy. Jim always shared stories about being some of the first people to start a circus and ice rink in Weyburn and recycling whatever you could find to build a fort or a raft to float down the low lying plains around Weyburn or at White Bear Lake. In 1953, Jim attended the World Wide Convention for Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York City. Here he chose to dedicate his life to Jehovah and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Afterwards, Jim met Margaret Susan Tarr and started studying the truth with her and her family. Jim said he was not going to marry a woman who was not baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness. Margaret soon after was baptized and a week later, they married (August 18, 1956) and started their family, all the while, putting Jehovah first and devoting their time to learning and growing in Jehovah’s word. With Jim’s curiosity for biblical truths, in 1977 he ventured and took a trip to the sacred land of Israel. This trip has always been and always will be one of his favorites and near and dear to his heart. He was so proud to have walked on the same soil as the “Faithful Men of Old” from the bible. Throughout the years, the Rebrinsky door has been open wide to many people. Whenever someone needed a place to stay, a meal to eat, a kind word or gesture, some advice, or just a friend, they could always be certain to find one under their roof. Jim will always be remembered as being a kindhearted, patient, accepting, and respectful man with an amazing mind for scriptures, dates, details, and facts and always a story or two to share. Through loyal and dedicated service, Jim faithfully, to the end of his days, served Jehovah with his whole heart, whole soul, and whole mind. He never wavered in his stand as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was quite proud to be a proclaimer of the Good News. Our patriarch and pinnacle of our family and congregation will be dearly missed by many! A memorial service for Jim will be held on Friday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Weyburn, with Ken Rebrinsky, officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Howard, of Weyburn, formerly of Viewfield, Sask. passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 25, 2007 at the age of 76 years. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Doris Rederburg and a brother-in-law, Norbert Spohn. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Florence Rederburg of Weyburn, and their three daughters: Debbra (Blair) Mitchell of Rocky Mountain House, AB; Theresa (James) deBoth of Hudson Bay; and Michele Skwara of Regina; grandchildren: Christina (Colin) OpdenDries, Elijah (Laura) Mitchell, Adam, Chris and Jenna deBoth, Matthew and Nicole Skwara; one great grandchild on the way; two brothers: Alfred (Mary) Rederburg and Clifford (Mary Lynn) Rederburg; two sisters: Ada (Bernard) Clarkson and Marion Spohn; three brothers-in-law, Harold (Alice) Hertzog, Roy (Jean) Hertzog and Wayne (Ruth) Hertzog; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The life of Howard was celebrated on Saturday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. Scripture readings given by brother-in-law, Rev. Bernard Clarkson, eulogy prepared by Debbie, Theresa and Michele and read by great nephew, Jordan Rederburg, and solos sung by Rick Wanner. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: James deBoth, Blair Mitchell, Brian Rederburg, Daryl Richardson, Elijah Mitchell and Adam deBoth.
- Katherine Louise (nee Gaab). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Katherine Louise Refvik after a short illness and courageous struggle, on Thursday, May 30, 2002, only two days after her 33rd birthday. Kathy will be deeply missed by her husband, Kurt Refvik, her two young sons, Nils Bryce (4 years) and Leif Joseph (2 years); her parents Joe and Dorothy Gaab of Weyburn; brothers and sisters and their spouses: Jeff Gaab (Tally), Warren Gaab (Peggy), Joan Adacsi (Glen), Jennifer Woodard (Darren) and Joel Gaab (Lisa) and her many nieces and nephews, grandmother Pauline Kosior of Weyburn; aunts, uncles and relatives. Kathy was an important part of her in-laws' life. The loss will be felt by Myrt and Jim Refvik, Coralee Dennis (Andy), Mitch (Melanie), grandmother Lenore James of Souris, MB and the many relatives on this side of the family. Kathy was born May 28, 1969 at the Weyburn Union Hospital, the fifth of six children to Joe and Dorothy Gaab. She grew up on a farm south of Weyburn. She received her education at Queen Elizabeth School (grades 1-6), St. Michael's Junior High (7-9) and Weyburn Compre-hensive (10-12). As a teenager she sang at Red Wing hockey games, was active in the drama club and sang with Sister Benedicta's Choir at St. Vincent de Paul, and with Sister Benedicta's encouragement, she graced the parish with her beautiful voice. After graduating in 1987 she attended Brandon University (BU) and took one year at the University of Manitoba as a visiting student, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts. She moved to Winnipeg in 1989 to pursue several positions in her counselling field, all dedicated to helping others. She worked with challenged teens at several group homes (most notably Thompson Group Home) and fostered high needs children and worked for Child and Family Services providing respite relief for other foster parents. At Brandon University she met her future husband, Kurt Refvik and they were married October 7, 1995 in Winnipeg, MB and honeymooned on the cruise of a lifetime. Kathy was loving, patient and tolerant of her husband's many dreams, schemes and aspirations. The couple recently acquired the Coffee News and with Kathy as an active and important partner in the business, the realization of these dreams seemed to be within reach, only to be cut short by her sudden passing. The Coffee News team, which included her stepsons, Sean and Dustin, will miss her ideas, input and attention to detail. Kathy shone as a mother and the happiest times were spent with her two young sons. Tragically she was taken only weeks short of Leif's third birthday and Nils' fifth birthday in July. Kathy was so proud of her happy, caring, compassionate and very intelligent sons. She marvelled at Leif's handling of the 'puter' and the Internet and Nils had just graduated from nursery school where he made many friends and by extension, Kathy met many of the parents from the school and forged some brief but deep friendships. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and baking, as well as listening to all types of music and playing the piano and singing in her beautiful soprano voice. A longer tribute to kathy's life will grow online at www.thecoffeenews.ca. Friends, family, co-workers are invited to visit the site and send their stories and messages. A trust fund is being established for Kathy's sons Nils and Leif. Kathy will be ever loved, ever missed, but not forgotten. Prayers were said Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Thursday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father Francis Hengen Celebrant. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens Weyburn.
- Roman William. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Roman William Reich on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at the Weyburn General Hospital at 65 years of age, his family at his side. Predeceased by his parents Henry Sr. and Emilie Reich, brothers Ralph, Arnold, Leo, sister Mona Layh, brothers-in-law Loris Walsh, Joe Ustupski, and Don McFadden. He is survived by his family: Helen Walsh, Madden, AB, Henry Jr. (Jean) Reich, Weyburn, Linda McFadden, Weyburn, Dan (Noreen) Reich, Regina, Cathy Reich, Regina, James (Emma) Reich, Weyburn, Harry (Eunice) Reich, Cedoux, Eileen (Tom) Ference, Edmonton, AB, Anne (Bob) Jackson, Regina, Marlene Ustupski (Dan Duthie), Weyburn, Aaron (Dayna) Reich, Weyburn, Shirley Weatherald, Weyburn. Numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, along with a special friend, Shirley Robinson, NB. Roman was born November 21, 1940 in rural Weyburn, attending schools in Weyburn and area. His love of music began very early in life, starting in a band in his early teen years. He farmed and played in a band while working at "The Soapbox" in Regina, then in Fort Saskatchewan, AB before returning to Weyburn to farm and continue to play his beloved music. He played for most of the 18 years at the Cancer Jamboree and was preparing to play again this year on June 25. He also played at the Communithon (held at the Legion) when he could. Roman also "jammed" in Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and various other places. Roman was one of the first members of the Price Rite Fuels company and had served on the board. Roman will be sorely missed by his loving family and many, many friends. A celebration of his life was held Thursday, June 15, at 2:00 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Gertrude Margaret (nee Martin). On Friday, July 9, 1999, Gertrude Margaret Reichmuth, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Russell, MB, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home, at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by her parents, Richard and Rose Martin; her husband, Benjamin Joseph Reichmuth; one son, Dale Reichmuth; two sisters: Lydia Mantay and Elsa Lutz; and one brother, Frederick Martin. Gertrude is survived by Dale and Rita's two sons: Kevin and Murray Reichmuth of Vancouver, BC; her daughter, Elaine (Matthew) Wright and their daughter, Brouge of Carlsbad, California; her son Craig (Myrna) Reichmuth and their children: Kyla and Isaac of Trail, BC; brothers and sisters: Olga Moe of Weyburn; Walter (Grace) Martin of Weyburn; Wilmer (Mary) Martin of Winnipeg, MB; and Ila (Ted) Mills of Wyndlesham, England; along with many nieces and nephews. Gertrude Margaret Reichmuth was born October 8, 1908 on her father's farm in the Prairie View District north of Weyburn. She attended Prairie View School, Weyburn collegiate and Regina Teacher's College. She taught school in Saskatchewan from 1928 to 1936. Gertrude married Ben Reichmuth of Spy Hill in 1937. She farmed with her husband in Spy Hill until they moved to the Russell district in the 1950's. Gertrude was a very well respected teacher, and taught the first Special Education Class in Russell School. In 1973 she retired from teaching. She enjoyed sports. Gertrude was a member of the United Church and a life member of the United Church Women. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Isaac Reichmuth, Kevin Reichmuth, Murray Reichmuth, Barry Martin, Clifford Martin and Russell Moe. A graveside interment followed at 6:00 p.m. in Russell Memorial Gardens, Russell, MB with Rev. Heidi Koschzeck officiating.
- Susan (neeBeler). On Sunday, August 19, 2001, Susan Reinhardt, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by her parents, Rudolph and Genieve Beler; her first husband, Anthony Hipfner; second husband, Joseph Reinhardt; one daughter, Genieve Hipfner; two sisters and one brother. Susan is survived by her children: Donald (Fay) Hipfner of Pincher Creek, AB; Lorraine (Lyle) Gooler of Red Deer, AB; Henry (Doreen) Hipfner of Okotoks, AB; Stanley Hipfner of Red Deer, AB; and Frances (Harvey) Oudot of Weyburn; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson; two sisters, one sister-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Fourteen years ago, Susan moved from Indian Head to Weyburn, where she lived in Bison Manor. She enjoyed playing all types of card games, both at Bison Manor and at the Senior Centre. She loved to bake and was well known for her bread and cinnamon buns, as well as making many family birthday cakes, and her never fail fudge. Susan spent her free time knitting and crocheting for her family. They all have homemade knitted slippers and crocheted doilies that she had made for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. The funeral mass was held Thursday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Cremation with interment at a later date.
- Mildred Delaine "Millie" (nee Bunse). On Thursday, May 12, 2005, Mildred Delaine "Millie" Reiser, late of Weyburn, born October 14, 1923, died May 12, 2005. Predeceased by her husband, Frank Reiser; her parents, Herman and Luella Bunse; two sisters, Blanche Carlson and Dorothy Reiser; two brothers, Lawrence and Stanley, and three brothers in infancy. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon of Regina and her son, Ron of Prince Albert; three sisters-in-law: Rose McLeod of Regina, Agnes Allen of Regina and Dorothy Reiser of Brockville, Ontario; as well as many special nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral service was held Monday, May 16, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Pastor Len Harms officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. A Visitation was held Sunday, May 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel.
- Lloyd Raymond. On Wednesday, May 23, 2007, Lloyd Raymond Reiser passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 70 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Anton and Isabelle Reiser; one sister, Marion Lafrentz, and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Lloyd will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce Reiser of Weyburn and their daughter, Shelley (Kevin) Ziolkowski, grandson Kyle and granddaughter Chelsea; one brother, Marvin (Helen) Reiser of Weyburn; one sister, Shirley (Mac) Gordon; brothers-in-law, Carl Lafrentz of Weyburn and John (Phyllis) Leck; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Lloyd Raymond Reiser was born December 13, 1936 (his Dad's birthday) in the town of Halbrite He attended school in Halbrite. Lloyd was employed at Rosengren's in Midale, then moved to Weyburn where he worked at different jobs including the Co-Op, York Auto Supply, of which he became a co-owner, and then at Barber Motors for the last almost 20 years. Lloyd and Joyce were married in Cedoux in August, 1960. They lived in Cedoux for five years before moving into Weyburn. He liked sports, having pitched ball for the Halbrite baseball team, assisted with the Weyburn Canadians Fastball team which won the Canadian Championship in 1972; assisted with Junior B Hockey; volunteered and was on the Board of Directors for the Weyburn Red Wings, owning a season ticket since their beginning and also worked many a bingo. He loved to go up North and try catching a fish, which many times didn't work out too well. Lloyd very much enjoyed watching Kyle and Chelsea and his nephews and nieces play hockey and ball. A Graveside Service was held Monday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Cedoux Cemetery, Cedoux with Pastor Marjorie McLeod officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. Lunch followed at the Royal Canadian Legion in Weyburn.
- Olga Pearl "Mickey" (nee Slywka). Mom lost her love affair with life on January 6, 2012 just 5 days after celebrating her 90th birthday with family in Kelowna, BC. Predeceased by her parents and her husband Henry. Mom is survived and deeply missed by her sister Helen, sons Ronald and Russell, grandchildren Robert, Dean, Dana, Ronald, Morgan, Christian, Richard, Tyler and great grandchildren. Born January 1, 1922 in Vonda, the elder daughter of Peter and Agnes Slywka, Mom was a bright, enthusiastic student who skipped grades and loved solving math problems. When she had to leave school after grade XI to help with the family business she was devastated, but did not complain. It was in Vonda that she met and married Henry in 1941 with whom she enjoyed 57 years of happiness until his death in 1998. During their first years of marriage they moved around Saskachewan, eventually settling in Weyburn in 1949. Mom enjoyed life in Weyburn where she had friendly neighbours and, with her great sense of humour, developed many enduring friendships and acquaintances. Mom also enjoyed golf, curling, bowling, playing bridge, gardening, reading and music. She loved to dance and have fun and for many years she and Dad square danced in and around the Weyburn area. Always one to accept a challenge, she always said that "if they keep score I want to play". We remember Mom's passion for golf which she absolutely loved from the first moment she swung a club. A longtime member of the Weyburn Golf Club, some of her happiest memories were of golfing with family and friends. Her last game in 2010 (score to remain a family secret) was in Kelowna with her sons. In 2008 Mom moved into a retirement residence in Kelowna, to be near family, where everyone enjoyed her sense of humour. Following Mom's wishes she was cremated and will be interred in the spring beside Dad at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Weyburn. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
- Gordon "Rick" Rickbeil passed away at the Pasqua Hospital, Regina, on August 1, 2005. He was born August 7, 1921 in Melfort. He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, both parents and brother, Melville. He is survived by his son, Lynn of Sechelt, BC; daughter-in-law, Evelyne of Sechelt, BC; two grandsons, James (Tina) of Anchorage, Alaska and Dean of Sechelt, BC. He is also survived by brother, Ted (Corinne) Rickbeil,; sisters, Verna Gerrish and Eileen (Gordon) Smith; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as May Thoen (his mother-in-law) whom he visited regularly. Gordon was an avid hockey player with the Melfort Athletics. He also played ball in the Melfort area for many years. He moved to Weyburn in 1967 and was employed with J. I. Case until his retirement, then he moved to Regina. While in Weyburn he refereed hockey for many years. In Regina he was employed with the Agridome for several years as well as resident manager of the apartment building where he lived. Gordon was also a long time member of the Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge. Funeral service was held on Friday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
- Irene (nee Trudgeon). On Tuesday, February 6, 2001, Irene Rice, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her parents, Neil and Elizabeth Trudgeon; brothers: Linton, Albert, Wilbert and Gordon Trudgeon; sister Leila; daughter Hazel Burton and her husband, Leslie Burton, and a grandson, Barry. Irene is survived by her husband, Percy Rice of Weyburn; grandson, Darryl (Angela) of Okotoks, AB; great grandson, Kevin; great granddaughter, Melanie; great great grandson, Ethan; two nephews: Neil and Keith and one niece, Sharon, and their families. Allie Irene Rice was born June 8, 1914 on a farm north of Weyburn. She attended North Weyburn School until grade seven. In 1928 she moved to Weyburn with her parents and attended Weyburn Collegiate Institute for two years. She worked as a domestic for many years. In 1946 she married Percy Rice. She worked as a janitor for 15 years until she was 65 years old. She continued to work until 1994 when she retired. Irene and Percy were married for 54 years. Memorial service was held Friday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Weyburn, with Arnold Kozak officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Gladys (nee Duncan). At 11:15, Sunday, June 8, 2003, Gladys Richards died quietly at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre in the presence of family mambers. She was 87 years old. Born on August 18, 1915, Gladys was the third daughter born to Jessie Fowlie Duncan and James Duncan of The Gap, Sask. a rural community nestled in the Moose Mountains north of Forget. She received her early education at the Gapview School before the family moved to Huntoon, Sask. where she continued to study, completing part of grade eleven. During her school years, Gladys was an avid sports fan, playing for the Huntoon ladies softball team. It was through sports that she met the man who would be her husband, Marvin Richards, whose family occupied the adjoining farm to the Duncans, was the catcher for the men's hardball team. They enjoyed many sports days and Sunday pick-up ball games before wedding. On February 15, 1935, they drove with cutter and fancy driving team to Griffin where they married in the manse. From that union came a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. When the oldest son was ready for high school, Gladys and Marvin decided to move to the John Smith farm located three miles east of Halbrite. They rented that land for three years until Marvin developed an allergy to the dust on wheat, and the family moved into the village. Once settled in a new house in Halbrite, Gladys embarked upon a life of service to her community and church. She served as secretary-treasurer of the village for twelve years. She was secretary and/or president of the halbrite Homemakers Club, Halbrite School Division #813, St. Andrew's United Church Women, and halbrite Senior Citizen's Club. As a member of the Homemaker's, she and Marion Walts were instrumental in organizing the first high school graduation in 1953. She was also part of the club when it purchased the first uniforms for the Halbrite Little League team. She helped the club sponsor the annual March of Dimes Curling Day. She arranged for the offering of a home nursing course in Halbrite. She encouraged the club to bring the Tree Planting Car to the siding at Halbrite, so that school children could learn the benefits of growing trees on the prairies. The Homemaker's Club awarded her a Life Membership for her work both at the local and provincial levels. Besides working with the UCW and its predecessor, the Women's Auxilliary or Ladies Aid, Gladys was a member of St. Andrew's United Church choir when it was revitalized in the early 1950's. Her strong soprano voice was a welcome additon to the choir. To expand further, she volunteered three of her teenage children, remarking on the occasion, "Oh they can all sing". Eventually, she became the church organist and choir director. Her other church activities included being a teacher and superintendent of the Sunday School. She served also as leader of the CGIT for several years. Gladys was elected to the boards of elders and stewards on various occasions. Whenever a charity needed a volunteer to canvass for donations, Gladys volunteered. In that way she helped the Heart and Lungs Fund, the Canadian Cancer Society, the CNIB and many other organizations. Gladys even worked for organizations in Weyburn. She was a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association, serving as its president for one term. She was also a member of the Women's Auxilliary to the Canadian Legion, working with the catering unit. For awhile, Gladys even found time to gather the local news and submit it to the Weyburn Review as the correspondent for Halbrite. To fill her spare moments, Gladys busied herself with knitting and crocheting. In later years, she tried her hand at pottery, ceramics, painting and calligraphy. When all her children were grown, Gladys sought a job outside the home for a brief period. She worked in Weyburn for the Cockshutt Machinery Company, where she kept the accounts. She laboured for Dron's Drycleaning and Laundry. During the last few years of his working life, Marvin was employed in Edmonton, so he and Gladys moved there. Even there, she got involved. She volunteered at a local nursing home. An Aglican Church was located near their apartment so she decided to attend worship services there and quickly beccame involved with their auxilliary group. On one occasion, she remembered peeling apples to make seven tons of mince meat for their Christmas fund raiser. With Marvin's retirement, they moved back to the family house in Halbrite. Gladys took up the work of organizing the Senior Citizen's Club, serving as its first president. The club met in the basement of the community hall before moving to the new recreational complex. The members congregated for pool, darts and crads on Friday nights. Following Marvin's death in 1983, Gladys lived alone for several years. After she suffered minor accidents, her sons decided she could no longer live by herself and moved her into Bison Manor in Weyburn. There she remained until three years ago when failing health and undependable knees confined her to a wheelchair. Since the level of care she required exceeded what could be provided by Home Care, she was transferred to Souris Valley Extended Care Centre where she remained until her passing. Gladys was predeceased in death by five sons: David, Robert, George, James and Norman; by her parents, Jessie and james Duncan; by her brothers: Alexander, Norman, James, Hector and Fred; by sisters: Mary (Liz), Jessie (Dot), marjorie and Alice. She leaves to celebrate her life and memory five children: William and Frances Richards of Prince Albert, Sask; Agnes and Dorlyn Pierce of St. Paul, Alta; Doreen and Dwayne Achen of Edmonton, Alta; Gerald and Carmen Richards of Brandon, Man; and Darlene and Rodney Erick of Saskatoon, Sask; thirty-three grandchildren, forty-four great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter; and one sister, Lois Duncan of Quesnel, BC. Funeral service was held Thursday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, Sask. with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Pallbearers were her grandsons: Brian Pierce, Tim Richards, Jeff Richards, Greg Richards, Terry Achen and Robert Richards.
- Jessie Josephine "Dot" (nee Duncan). On Monday, January 18, 1999, Jessie Josephine "Dot" Richards, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her father and mother, James and Jessie Duncan; her husband, Harold; brothers and sisters: Jim, Alex, Norman, Alice, Mary and Marjorie; grandson, Phillip Deitz; a granddaughter in infancy; and great grandson, Robert Hepburn. Dot is survived by one son Marvin (Madelene) Richards of Weyburn and one daughter, Adeline (George) Deitz of Weyburn; six grandchildren: Brenda (William) Kraft, Garth (Nadine) Deitz, Rodney (Debbie) Richards, Danny Richards, Wade (Melanie) Richards, Wendy (Robert) Hepburn, and Phillip's wife, Cathy Deitz; ten great grandchildren; one brother, Fred Duncan of Midale; two sisters: Gladys Richards of Weyburn, and Lois Duncan of Quesnel, BC; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jessie was born April 27, 1912 at Gap View, Forget, SK where she grew up and received her education.The family moved to Huntoon in 1928. On August 28,1930, Jessie was married to Harold Richards at the Baptist Church in Weyburn by T.C. Douglas. Harold and Jessie lived in various places in Ontario, Man. and Sask. They had two children, Marvin and Adeline. They lived in Huntoon until retiring to Stoughton New Hope Lodge. After Harold's passing in 1982, Dot lived in Stoughton a few more years, then moved to Pioneer Place in Weyburn. She lived there for several years, then moved to Weyburn Special Care Home, where she resided at the time of her passing. Dot was a member of the Ladies Aid at Huntoon, and a member of the United Church. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, knitting, playing the piano and doing embroidery work and sewing. She dearly loved her family, and will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all. Funeral service was held Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Garth Deitz, Rodney Richards, Danny Richards, Wade Richards, Devon Richards and Chris Deitz.
- Marvin Frederick Richards, late of Weyburn passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the age of 79 years. Marvin was raised in the Huntoon area and lived there till 1956. He took his schooling at Mona school. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Germany from 1951-1953. He married Madelene Herberholz on November 2, 1956 in Halbrite and they lived in several other communities until 1963. Marvin worked for many years for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool repairing grain elevators until he was offered a job in Harptree as the elevator agent for United Grain Growers. Following his retirement in 1986 they moved to Weyburn until his passing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, camping and watching his kids at their many sporting events. He was a long time season ticket holder of the Weyburn Red Wings until his health would no longer allow him to attend. He was active in the communities of Harptree and Bengough coaching his children’s ball and hockey teams. Marvin was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Jessie Richards; an infant daughter; grandson, Robert Hepburn and great grandson, Reid Richards. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Madelene of Weyburn; children, Rod (Louanne Woitas) of Moose Jaw and children, Devin (Cara) and daughter Delia, Cortney, Denae; Wendy (Robert) Hepburn of Congress and their daughter Heidi; Dan of Weyburn and children Colby and Alexis Dupuis; Wade (Melanie) of Yorkton and children, Hailey and Shelby; and a sister, Adeline Deitz of Weyburn. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens Weyburn. Pallbearers were Devin Richards, Earl Duncan, Garth Deitz, Trevor Fillion, Russ Scharnatta, Steve Van DeSype.
- Verna Doreen (nee Hornby), late of Weyburn, passed away with her family by her side on April 8, 2002 at the age of 69 years. Verna was born August 14, 1932 at Hanna, AB to Sidney and Saidie Hornby. They lived in Calgary, AB for many years before coming to Saskatche-wan. She married Jim Richards in Halbrite on October 10, 1967. Verna worked in Weyburn at "Laing Beverages" and Second Glance among others. She was a member of the Royal Purple and a member of the United Church. She lived in Hanna and Calgary, AB, Midale and then made a home and family in Radville, then moved into Weyburn. Verna enjoyed reading, camping, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She was a very happy person who loved nothing more than family and friends. Predeceased by her parents: Sidney and Saidie Hornby; her husband James Richards. Verna is survived by one son: Jeff (Lynnette) Richards of Weyburn; two grandchildren: Emily and Alex Richards; one brother: Stan (Verna) Hornby of Standard, AB; one sister: Susie Schulties of Calgary, AB; mother-in-law: Gladys Richards of Weyburn; two brothers-in-law: Bill (Fran) Richards of Prince Albert, Gerald (Carmen) Richards of Brandon; three sisters-in-law: Agnes (Dorlyn) Pierce of St. Paul, AB, Doreen (Dwayne) Achen of Edmonton, AB, Darlene (Rodney) Erick of Saskatoon; many nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating.
- Agnes Joan (nee Cugnet) Richardson passed away with her family by her side Saturday, August 1, 2009. Joan was born in Ralph on March 23, 1932. She is survived by her two daughters; Donna (Marcel) Herback of McLean and her children Janelle (Lon) Schwartz of Kindersley, Daniel Schick and their father Doug of Regina, Cathie (Mark) Kuzma, and her children Nasha and Gary all of Regina. Joan was predeceased by her father Frank Cugnet and brother Billy Cugnet in 1953, and her mother Elva Trachsel in 1997. As per Mom's wishes a family graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn with Captain Steven Cameron of the Salvation Army officiating. The family wishes to thank all the staff and nurses at Elmview, Sunset Extendicare and the Renal Unit at the Regina General Hospital for all their support.
- Bessie Jean (nee McLeod). On February 6, 1999, Bessie Jean Richardson passed on to her eternal home, just five weeks after her 100th birthday. Her parents were John and Sara McLeod. They came from Harriston, ON to the Colgate area in 1906. Their family consisted of seven sons: Duncan, William, John, Dave, Dan, Allan and Jim, plus three girls: Annie, Minnie and Bessie who was the last survivor of this pioneer family. Bessie attended Lorndale school which was built in 1908. She married Joe Richardson on January 28, 1926 and they lived on their farm at Colgate. After their son Gordon married and began farming they moved to Weyburn and spent some winters in Florida, Texas or Victoria. Bessie attended the United Church where she enjoyed being in one of the units and visiting with friends. After Gordon's wife Helen died in 1964 and his youngest son Gary died in 1967, Bessie and Joe were like loving parents to their remaining grandchildren at their home on 2nd Street. When Joe died in 1974 Bessie remained in her home until 1977 when she moved to Pioneer Place and later to the Special Care Home. Bessie is survived by one son Gordon (Jean) Richardson and three grandchildren: Diane (Dennis) Gregory and their three sons of Calgary; Allan (Dianne) Richardson and their three sons and one daughter; Glen (Janice) Richardson and three sons, all of Houston, Texas. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bill Corkum in Grace United Church on February 12. Pallbearers were Hugh McLeod, Don Neill, Elaine Moats, Dennis Gregory, Allan and Glen Richardson.
- On Friday, January 2, 2007, Gordon Richardson passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 80 years. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Bessie Richardson; his first wife, Helen Richardson and son, Gary Richardson. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his second wife, Jean Richardson of Weyburn; daughter, Diane (Dennis) Gregory of Calgary, AB; sons, Allan (Dianne) Richardson of The Woodlands, TX and Glen (Janice) Richardson of Calgary, AB; grandchildren: Drew (Natasha) Gregory, Scott and Neal Gregory; Gary, Laura, Paul and Ian Richardson; Andrew, Greg and David Richardson; step-children, Ronald Gray of Salmon Arm, BC and Marjorie (Wade) Kerley of Calgary, AB; step-grandchildren, Jason (Chelsey) Grey, Jon Grey, Jana (Ryan) Chantler, Dustin and Lisa Kerley; step-great grandchildren, Mickelle and Jarvis Chantler, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gordon Richardson was born October 27, 1926 at Weyburn. He grew up on the family farm near Colgate, attending Lorndale School. He took his high school at Colgate and Weyburn, then attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1951. In 1956 Gordon married Helen Moats. They lived on the farm at Colgate where they raised their children and attended Colgate United Church. Along with farming, Gordon took winter employment with the Department of Agriculture, Weyburn Vocational Centre, Long's Equipment, Fisk Repair, Sask. Technical Institute and Wascana Technical Institute. In 1969 he married Jean Gray. He continued farming until 1991, and in 1992 they retired to Weyburn. Gordon was involved in various community activities both in Colgate and Weyburn, and was known as a 'make and fix specialist'. He continued his church involvement with Calvary Baptist Church in Weyburn. He kept busy with woodworking and mechanical design and fabrication, and loved to travel. Gordon was a man of strong character. He had a very strong love of family and a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all he knew and loved. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 6, at 2:00 p.m. from Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Doug Loden officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Doris Gertrude. On Thursday, May 20, 1999, Doris Gertrude Ritchie, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by her father, Ernest Ritchie in 1937; her mother, Huldah Ritchie in 1985 and a sister, Lois Hill in 1989. Doris is survived by her brothers and sisters: Ida Lawrence of Assiniboia; Lorance (May) Ritchie of Regina; Lyda (John) Freidt of Calgary; and Vernon (Mary) Ritchie of Kelowna, BC; one brother-in-law, Frank Hill of Moose Jaw; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews. Doris was born July 11, 1916 on the farm at Goodwater where she was raised and received her education. Besides being a great help to her parents in household chores, she helped with all aspects of farming during the hard times of the thirties. She moved from the Goodwater-Delight District to Regina, then worked at the Westinghouse plant in Hamilton, ON during the second world war. She then moved to Moose Jaw and then to Weyburn, where she became a longtime resident. Doris enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing and crocheting. She liked to play many types of cards, such as cribbage and rummy. A favorite pastime was playing yatze with her former neighbour and dear friend, Madge Andrews. She was a former director of the Senior Citizens Complex and had many certificates for former blood donations to the Red Cross. In her younger years she enjoyed bowling, C.G.I.T. and was on a girl's softball team. She was a member of the United Church and a former U.C.W. member. Doris attended and enjoyed all special events of her nieces and nephews and all family reunions. She loved a good joke! Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Gregory Lawrence, Ronald Ritchie, Cameron Ritchie, Laird Ritchie, Mark Freidt and Wade Ritchie.
- Chester Earl Robb, late of Weyburn passed away November 11, at the age of 93 years. Chester was predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Robb; three sisters: Violet Coad, June Gore, Hazel Gilroy; two brothers: Art Robb, Ernie Robb; his wife, Annie. Chester is survived by his children: Colleen Robb, Ivan Robb, both of Weyburn; special friends: Susan (Grant) Vermeulen, Ceylon, Sheila Achen (Derek Coubrough), Weyburn, Graham (Caroline) Achen and their children: Paige Cohen, Calgary, AB; Tina (Geoff) Jackson and their children: Caleb and Jill, Portage La Prairie, MB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Chester was held on Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier, officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Sandy McCormick, Darcy McCormick, Derek Coubrough and Grant Vermeulen.
- W. E. "Ernie" Robb, late of Weyburn passed away Monday, September 19, 2011, at the age of 98 years. Ernie was predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Robb; three sisters: Violet Coad, June Gore and Hazel Gilroy; one brother, Art Robb. Ernie is survived by his brother, Chester Robb, Weyburn; special friends: Susan (Grant) Vermeulen, Ceylon; Sheila Achen (Derek Coubrough), Weyburn; Graham (Caroline) Achen and their children: Paige and Cohen, Calgary AB; Tina (Geoff) Jackson and their children: Caleb and Jill, Portage La Prairie, MB as well as nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Ernie was held on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier, officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Derek Coubrough, Grant Vermeulen, Geoff Jackson, Dave McDonald, Sandy McCormick and Darcy McCormick.
- Calvin James. Cal was born in Weyburn on January 10, 1929 to Leo and Frances Roberts. He lived on the farm in the Ceylon area with his parents, three brothers (Bobby, Harry and Doug) and three sisters (Mary, Margaret and Wyn). Following school, he farmed in the summers, and then worked in Vancouver, BC, Calgary, AB and Melita, MB in the winter months. In 1949 to 1951 he attended the Full Gospel Bible Institute in Eston where he met Viola Kary whom he later married on October 24, 1952. Cal and Vi lived and farmed in the Ceylon and Khedive area where they raised three children: Dennis, Lynne and Barbara. Cal and Vi moved to Pangman in 1978 and continued to farm with Dennis until 1999. Cal and Vi wintered with many friends in Weslaco, TX from 1987 until 1998. In 2003 Cal and Vi moved to Vi’s hometown Veteran, AB. Public life was important to Cal, he served as Councillor and Reeve in the Rural Municipality of Brokenshell. He was one of the founders of the Weyburn Inland Terminal. Cal served on the board of Pangman Bethel Mission and Trossachs Gospel Camp, he was actively involved in the Weyburn Chapter of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Cal also served on the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Board for six years. While living in Veteran he worked at the Big Sky Waste Management. Farming was Cal’s life and he took much pride and pleasure in his grain farming and livestock. Cal’s definition of the good life was a Chevy pickup truck, a good quarter horse, a German Shepherd dog, a collection of guns and having coffee with friends. His greatest pride and joy was his family and he was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cal was predeceased by his parents Leo and Frances Roberts; his stepfather Harold Looysen; brothers Bobby and Doug Roberts; his sister Mary Patzer; his daughter Barbara Parken. He leaves to mourn his wife of 59 years Viola; his son Dennis (Shelly) and their two daughters Megen Thurber (Nathan) and Norrie Fiorentino (Robbie) along with their two daughters Zoe and Emmynuella; a daughter Lynne Roberts; a son-in-law Darold Parken and children Alexander, Katherine and Conrad; his siblings, Harry Roberts (Joyce), Margaret Demarzo (Vito) and Wyn Clews (Wayne); sister-in-law Donna Olson and brother-in-law Art Patzer; as well as all his in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Cal will be greatly missed, but more importantly he will be fondly remembered. Funeral services were held at the Veteran Full Gospel Church, Veteran, Alberta on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with Harry Roberts & Dennis Roberts officiating. Cal’s family shared many memories paying tribute to his life, tributes were given by Dennis Roberts and Megen Thurber. Judy Heistad played for the congregational hymn “What A Day That Will Be” which was led by Chricinda Devereux. David and Rowena Sheppard sang “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Active pallbearers were Randy Kary, Stan Allison, Kevin Clews, Garnet Clews, Alexander Parken and Conrad Parken with the interment at the Veteran Cemetery. Following the funeral service family and friends gathered at the Veteran Hall for a time of visiting and reminiscing. A beautiful lunch was prepared and served by the Veteran Full Gospel Church Ladies.
- Maryan Almyra (nee David) was born in Ogema, on September 30, 1911. Her parents, Walter E. David and Mary Ann David, operated a farm between Amulet and Ogema. She had two younger brothers, L. J. David and Austin E. David, both of whom pre-deceased her. At the age of 17, Maryan moved to Weyburn. She married Francis Gordon Cavanagh and they had four children, Lorraine Ann, Joy Elene, Garry Paul and Walter Forbes Cavanagh. Maryan was very active in her community for many years and particularly enjoyed being a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Maryan's first husband, Francis, died in 1941. She provided for her family as they grew up while she worked for many years at the Weyburn Mental Hospital. She met Reginald Roberts and married him in 1957. Maryan and Reg continued to live in Weyburn until his death. Maryan had a relatively rare blood group and she donated blood regularly during the Second World War and throughout most of her life. On some occasions, she was rushed to Weyburn General Hospital to provide blood for emergency blood transfusions. She was an active and committed member of the Calvary Baptist Church for some 75 years. In the early days, she attended services ministered by The Honorable Tommy C. Douglas. Maryan has 16 grandchildren as well as many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Maryan was laid to rest in the Amulet Cemetery at the foot of her mother and father and beside her brother, Austin and his wife, Edith. Maryan will be missed and remembered by her family and friends and by so many in the Weyburn community.
- William (Dale) Roberts, born November 26, 1947, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2012 at the age of 65 years. Dale was the fourth of eight children born to Bill and Anne Roberts. He was raised on the family farm and resided in Khedive, where he attended school. Once he was old enough to move off the farm, he moved to Regina and started work at SGI as a claims adjuster. During this time he was introduced to Cheryl Spear, who later became his wife. One weekend in 1974, Dale accompanied his father on a trip to Weyburn for a couple days to visit some long-time friends. That weekend he applied for a job at Great Plains Ford, a local dealership. He was hired and began his ideal career in car sales within the week. Dale and Cheryl were married in September of that year, and were blessed with three wonderful children, Mark, Jolene, and Sheri. Dale worked at Great Plains Ford for a number of years before deciding to change venues. He was hired on with the Dreis Brothers until they closed. It was then he started at the Co-op and worked in numerous departments, including the hardware store, farm and home centre and the grocery store. When Redcoat Chrysler opened, Dale was offered a position and jumped at the chance to get back into car sales. Working as a salesman gave him the opportunity to travel to different locations and get to know people all over southern Saskatchewan. After 12 years at Redcoat he resigned. This was due to the effects of his disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although he suffered immensely, Dale always had a smile and a joke to tell. He was known for his sense of humour. Dale was introduced to music at a very young age. His parents and older siblings played instruments which sparked his interest. He began singing and was self-taught on the guitar. Dale became an avid guitar player and became the lead guitarist in several bands for Weyburn and surrounding areas. As a member of the Legion, Dale spent a fair amount of time playing pool. He played in tournaments whenever possible. He took great pride in the appearance and condition of his property, so he spent most of his home time out in the yard. Whether it was re-painting the house, mowing the lawn, or watering the garden, he loved it all. Woodworking was another one of his many hobbies. He spent time in the garage making windmills, picture frames and clocks. When they were completed he would quite often hang them in the house, or would give them away as gifts. Dale enjoyed fishing, bike riding and camping with his family and friends. He had a great life, filled with joy and success, and was surrounded by everyone he held dear. He will be missed by many. Dale was predeceased by his father, William Cecil Roberts of Pangman; father-in-law, George Spear and mother-in-law, Ruth Spear of Indian Head. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Cheryl Roberts of Weyburn; son, Mark (Brenda) Roberts of Weyburn, and their children, Kris of Regina, Megan (Evan) and her son Cohen of Weyburn, Jade and Braydon, of Weyburn; daughter, Jolene (Chris) Gillespie and their children, Evan and Gracen, of Weyburn; daughter, Sheri (Rod) MacDonald and their children, Mitchell and Jaycee, of Cedoux; mother, Anne Roberts of Weyburn; brothers and sisters, Gerry (Alfred) Thompson of Weyburn, Ed (Leanne) Roberts of Regina, Joanne (Steve) McCheyne of Regina, Angie (Glen) Kotopski of Regina, Gwen (Ron) Sweeney of Bengough, Ray (Angie) Roberts of Weyburn, and Lorrie (Clayton) Kessler of Pangman; brother in law, Marv (Julie) Spear, Medicine Hat, AB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Gerry Bauche celebrating. Pallbearers were Glen Thompson, Greg Roberts, Michael Roberts, Kent Roberts, Ryan Roberts and Sean Kessler. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Terry, late of Weyburn, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the age of 63 years. He was predeceased by his father and mother, James and Winnifred Robertson, sister in law, Georgette Robertson and brother in law, Fred Crashley. Terry is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Loretta Robertson, Weyburn; his sons, Tim (Sharon) Robertson, Weyburn, and their children, Tyler, Cody and Erica; Ken (Lisa) Robertson, Weyburn, and their children, Jaxon and Jordyne; Jeff (Jenn) Robertson, Regina, and their children, Cody, Olivia and Drake; his brothers, David (Shirley) Robertson, Hamiota, MB, Brian Robertson, Melville; sister, Vicki Crashley, Cranbrook, BC; along with several nieces and nephews. Terry was born on October 11, 1944 in Moosomin. He received his education in Moosomin and graduated from Moosomin High School in 1962. Terry married Loretta (nee Carefoot) on July 10, 1971. Terry retired as manager of Acklands Grainger where he was employed for 43 years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn Branch #47. Terry was an avid hockey, curling and baseball fan. He was a longtime volunteer with Weyburn Minor Hockey and Weyburn Minor Ball. Terry enjoyed spending time gardening, helping out with the cattle and working on the farm, but his true passion was spending time with his grandchildren. He took time watching them participate in their sports. His grandchildren have fond memories of grandpa wearing his Santa hat at Christmas and handing out the presents. The Service of Remembrance for Terry was held Friday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All in attendance were honorary pallbearers. A private family interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Gloria Joyious Robins was born July 7, 1937 and passed away on Tuesday March 7, 2011 at Crocus Plains Villa, Weyburn. She is survived by her two brothers: Gerald Robins (Prince Albert) and John Robins (Sidney, BC), sister-in-law Mable Robins (Weyburn) and nieces and nephews. Gloria lived in Weyburn her whole life working at the local Firestone store for 18 years. She spent many hours with her needle point recreating her love of nature and her garden. Like the rest of the province she followed the Roughriders with great enthusiasm. Her sense of humour was always dry and witty making her fun to be around. We have all sat around her kitchen table drinking coffee, eating banana bread and laughing. She was a strong, quiet, private woman. She will be missed, but never forgotten. A Graveside Service was held Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 pm from Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, with Rev. Cordelia Karpenko officiating.
- John Keith "Jack" Robins, born in Weyburn, SK November 7, 1918, passed away quietly on July 6, 1999 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC. Jack leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Peggy, his beloved son John and his wife Kelly of Lions Bay. Jack leaves to cherish his memory three grandchildren: Spencer Ellen, Jordyn Michelle and John "Chase" Robins. He also leaves two sisters, Peggy Demosky of Chase, BC, Marilyn Muir of Cayley, AB and his brother Doug of Medicine Hat, AB, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Raised in Griffin, SK Jack developed a love for the outdoors that was to stay with him his entire life. In 1939 he moved with his family to Calgary where he studied electronics at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. At 23, Jack joined the RCAF and served overseas as a radar officer until the end of the war in 1945. Upon his return Jack joined the Alberta Forest Service as a District Ranger in Rocky Mountain House, where he met Margaret "Peggy" Edwards who was to become his wife and companion for the rest of his life. A few years later he transferred to the Federal Dept. of Forestry where he held the position of Chief Ranger at the Northern Forest Research Center in Edmonton until his retirement in 1975. Jack and his family relocated to Chase shortly after his retirement where they have resided for the past 24 years. Jack was an avid outdoorsman and his love of nature was an inspiration to all those he touched. He was a loving husband, a devoted father and a good friend. Jack was a gifted man whose talents seemed to have few boundaries, he was a very special person and enjoyed life to its fullest. A kind and gentle man, he will be greatly missed by all who have known him. A memorial service was held on Monday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Chase.
- Lloyd Robins passed away suddenly in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the Regina General Hospital on March 27, 2003. He was 42 years old. Lloyd was born and educated in Weyburn and was full of energy as a child. As a child, Lloyd participated in swimming in the summer and had been involved in a diving competition in Swift Current one year. In the winter, Lloyd's pastime was playing hockey in the minor hockey system. Lloyd worked at a number of places, he was a hard worker. He worked at the CPR, in carpentry on the Weyburn Co-op addition, the Weyburn Credit Union as well as the Weyburn Youth Centre. Lloyd was employed at the Weyburn Inn until the time of his passing. Lloyd enjoyed cooking and considered it his special hobby. He also enjoyed the peace and quiet of fishing, having a coffee and a smoke with his friends and visiting with anyone who had time to do so. Lloyd could see the beauty in a cloudy sky, a rose, a bird or any living thing. He loved taking photos of landscapes and wildlife and has left many precious treasures in photo albums for his family to enjoy. Lloyd was predeceased by his father Clarence, grandparents Dalton and Melina Robins, Charles and Anna Shoulak as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Lloyd will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his mother Mabel, brothers Ralph and Jay, sister JoAnn, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. Lloyd will also be remembered by his extended family in A.A. and the group home, as well as his special coffee buddy Vern Mayo. A graveside service was held Monday, March 31 at Green Acres Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Ferrier officiating.
- Mabel Anna (nee Shoulak) Robins, late of Weyburn, passed away October 17, 2012, at the age of 85 years, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Mabel was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Joseph Shoulak; her husband, Clarence Robins; son, Lloyd Robins; sisters: Amy Bergsteinsson, Elizabeth Blaine; brother, Clarence Shoulak, Francis Shoulak; sisters-in-law: Jeanette, Alma, Gloria and Annabelle.Mabel is survived by her children: Ralph Robins, Jay Robins, Joann Robins all of Weyburn; sister: Beryl Reitoma, Cranbrook, BC; sister-in-law, Marie Shoulak, Pilot Butte; two brothers-in-law: Robert "Bob" Robins, Sidney, BC; Gerald Robins, Prince Albert, SK; two special friends: Jeffery and Andrew Smoliak as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mabel was born and educated in Weyburn. She left the Weyburn Collegiate Institute to complete her mental health training at the Sask. Mental Hospital in Weyburn where she started her career as a mental health nurse. Mabel was known as compassionate and caring along with being very dedicated to her work. In 1988 she retired from her nursing career which lasted over 30 years. Throughout Mabel’s life, her main interests included family and friends, playing cards, cooking, baking, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting and gardening. In her retirement Mabel was known to dangle many a fishing line in numerous lakes. Mabel was an avid fan and season ticket holder of the Weyburn Red Wings for years. She also developed a love for the Regina Roughriders and the Toronto Blue Jays. At this time, the Robins would like to thank the nursing staff in the Weyburn and Regina hospitals along with the doctors who cared for our mother in her final days. A service of remembrance for Mabel was held on Tuesday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Alfred Gordon Robinson was born on January 5, 1940 on the farm south of Weyburn and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on February 7, 2014. Alf grew up on the farm, the second oldest of Stan and Dorothy Robinson’s four children. Upon completing Grade 12 he attended Aldersgate Bible College for a year, then on to University of Saskatchewan where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in economics in 1962, and marrying Marilyn Hamilton two weeks after convocation. The newlyweds settled in Wadena where they both started work and their daughter was born the following year. Alfred was the first non-veteran hired to work for federal government in Veteran’s Land Act (VLA), he held posts in Wadena, Saskatoon, Ottawa, and Vancouver, with VLA, and Canada Post as well as several assignments coming out of the Career Advancement Program. His son was born during their posting in Ottawa. His accomplishments with the federal government included being the youngest person, at the time, to achieve Chief in VLA, advisory duties on Tax Reform for Revenue Canada, Canada Post as Director for Administration Services and Purchasing, and VLA as Director of the Finance and Administration departments. In 1968 Alfred became an Accredited Real Estate Appraiser. Alfred during this time furthered his education with studies in Public Administration, finance, electronic data processing, and French. He enjoyed curling, hunting, photography and involvement in a variety of roles in the church. In 1976 he left the federal government, relocating to Weyburn to farm and form a Real Estate Appraisal company. When his son completed post-secondary education the two started farming together. In 2000 his wife Marilyn passed away. Alfred filled many roles in the community including Secretary of the Weyburn Seed Cleaning Plant, Chairman of Weyburn/Estevan Gideons, elected member of the U of S Senate, Board Member and Secretary of SE SK Surface Rights Owners Association, Delegate Sask. Wheat Pool, Director with Farm Leadership Co-operative, leadership positions with the Liberal Party, and a variety of roles in the church at local, district, and national level including Chairman of Development Committee for the Weyburn Free Methodist Church during a major expansion. In 2001 he was very proud to receive the Gold Sheaf Award from the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce. Alfred continued throughout his farming career to study, learn, and take on new challenges. Enjoying working with organizations in transition, and helping groups to grow. In his 60s, while continuing to farm, he started a third career in stock trading. To the delight of his family in 2012 Alfred married Jean Ann Mowchenko (nee Cave) and moved to Moose Jaw where he happily resided until his passing. Alfred was a strong Christian who was passionate in serving the Lord and seeing his family live a meaningful life of faith. He taught his children and grandchildren about the Lord, supporting them with love and prayer. He faced his cancer with grace. Listening to him pray always taught us much, and the passion he displayed for his grandchildren demonstrated how the capacity to love grows. He fostered in his grandchildren the belief that anything they had to say was very important to him, and they could talk to him about anything. He showed his family how to be a Christian leader and to approach all aspects of life: business, community and personal as a person of faith. In an interview with the Weyburn Review on being awarded the Golden Sheaf award, Alfred said “his life’s philosophy was comprised of three points on a triangle - farm, family, and faith. All three were connected by arrows point in either direction.” His family, friends, and church will sorely miss him. Alf was predeceased by his parents, Stan and Dorothy Robinson; his first wife Marilyn Robinson; his parents-in-law Burton and Florence Hamilton; his sisters, Norma Scott and Elaine Blatz, and his brother-in-law, David Scott. Alf is lovingly remembered by his second wife Jean Ann, his mother-in-law Grace Cave of Moose Jaw; his children Sharilyn Robinson of Toronto, ON, Jeff (Colleen) Robinson of Weyburn; his stepchildren Jay (Marilou) Mowchenko of Weyburn, and Joel (Cheryl) Mowchenko of Mossbank; his grandchildren, Logan, Katie, and Thomas Robinson of Weyburn, and step grandchildren, Keisha and Joshua Mowchenko of Weyburn, and Olivia and Eron Mowchenko of Mossbank; his brother, Vern (Sharon) Robinson of Weyburn; his brother-in-laws, Frank Blatz of Winnipeg, MB, Dave (Joan) Hamilton of Kingston, ON, and Bill (Kathy) Cave of Calgary, AB; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Our family was blessed with a loving and Godly husband, father, and grandpa. The funeral service was held on February 13 from 11:00 am from Weyburn Free Methodist Church with Pastor Jay Mowchenko officiating. Interment followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered honourary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Rod Robinson, Ed Stinson, Glen Ridgway, Mark Alexander, Marcel van Staveren, and Don Hand.
- Dorothy Margaret (nee Liddle) Robinson, aged 87 years, was born April 13, 1913 and went to be with her Lord on February 5, 2001, enveloped by the love of her children and grandchildren. Our mother was the first child born to John and Nellie Liddle in Mission, BC. In her infancy the family moved to the Colgate district in Saskatchewan. Mother received her education in the Lomond and Delight schools. Although mother liked to read and study, she had to quit school earlier than she wished to help in the family home and farm. Dorothy married Stanley Robinson on November 20, 1936. Mom and Dad began their career in farming in the Riverview district and later purchased their farm in the Ingleford district in 1942 where they remained until the passing of Stanley on November 18, 1977. In 1978 mother moved to Weyburn where she lived until 1989, at which time she began her residency at Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass. She lived there until a few days before she passed away. At the time of her passing she was a resident in the Souris Valley Extended Care Home. Besides working alongside our father on the family farm, mother enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, knitting and curling. During her years in care, mother became quite an armchair fan of baseball, hockey and curling. Church and the church community were important to mother and she participated in the life of the Free Methodist Church. Mom, along with her family was involved in school, 4-H and community activities as well as enjoying a quilting bee with her friends. Besides her parents and husband Stanley, Mother is predeceased by her brother Harry, sister Inez and on November 11, 2000 by her daughter-in-law Marilyn Robinson. Mom is survived by her children Norma and her husband David Scott of Dysart, Alfred Robinson of Weyburn, Elaine and husband Frank Blatz of Kane, MB and Vern and his wife Sharon of Weyburn. She is survived as well by a sister Roxy Goodman of Belleville, ON and sister-in-law Edna Robinson of Moose Jaw. She had eight grandchildren, three step grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A service celebrating Mom's life was held on Friday, February 9 at the Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church. Rev. Keith Taylor and Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick presided. Gordon Liddle sang a solo, Joan Taylor and Gerald Alexander a duet, and her daughter, Elaine gave the eulogy. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeff Robinson, Rod Robinson, Paul Penner, Edwin Stinson, Vernon LaFrenz and David Blatz. We, the children of Dorothy Robinson wish to thank her friends, family and caregivers for their love and care during the past few years. We were blessed with a loving and godly mother. We cherish our gift from God and her love will continue to glow in our hearts.
- Florence 'Marilyn' (nee Hamilton) was born on April 13, 1939 in Saskatoon and passed away on November 11, 2000 in Weyburn from the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Marilyn was the oldest of Florence and Burton Hamilton's two children. She grew up in Saskatoon enjoying music, school, her family, friends and church. As a student she received prizes in music, home economics, oratory, artwork, volleyball, writing and academic standing. She studied and taught piano. After completing Grade 12, Marilyn went on to Saskatoon City Hospital to train as a registered nurse, and on graduation she won the pediatric award. She then went on to post-graduate studies at the School of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, completing her teaching and supervision certificate. On May 26, 1962 she married Alfred Robinson in Saskatoon. The newlyweds settled in Wadena where they both started work. Then in 1963 their daughter Sharilyn was born, in 1964 they moved to Saskatoon, then in 1966 to Ottawa where their son Jeff was born in January of 1967. In 1968 the family moved to Vancouver for the year then back to Ottawa in 1969 where they lived until returning to Saskatchewan in 1976. Marilyn served her church and community in a variety of ways. In her community she was neighbourhood nurse, supported school events and projects for her children and was a member of the Weyburn Music Festival Committee. She served her church in a variety of capacities including: Sunday School Teacher; Free Methodist Youth at the local and regional conference level; soloist; pianist; organist; served on the missions committee at local, regional conference and national conference levels; Women's Ministries at the local, regional and national conference level; treasurer; worship committee; and cradle roll coordinator. Marilyn was a highly gifted individual with a deep devotion for God, a strong compassion for others and a deep love for her friends, church and family, with her most effective medicine being her grandson Logan. She did everything her strength would allow even when it was too much. She faced lifelong suffering and pain from her battle with rheumatoid arthritis with courage and positive attitude. Marilyn had a rich spiritual life. Her prayer was that God be honoured in spite of her suffering and that her life would be an encouragement to others. Her prayers about needs focused on others, while for herself, they were prayers of thankfulness. Just some of Marilyn's skills were teaching, mentoring, nursing, speaking, creativity, listening, entertaining, cooking, vision, decorating, organizing, leadership, accounting, story telling, research, writing and needlework. She delighted in nature, celebrating birthdays, Christmas and people. Marilyn was an avid reader, theologian, traveller, intellectual and artist. She had a gift for making people feel loved, accepted and special. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She always had a ready smile, a quick word of support or encouragement and a hug for grandma's pet, Logan. Her family, friends and church will sorely miss her. Her parents, Burton and Florence Hamilton and her father-in-law, Stanley Robinson, predeceased her. Marilyn will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Alfred Robinson of Weyburn; her daughter, Sharilyn Robinson of Toronto; her son Jeffrey (Colleen) Robinson and grandson Logan of Weyburn; one brother David (Joan) Hamilton of Kingston, ON; mother-in-law Dorothy Robinson of Yellow Grass; brothers and sisters-in-law: Norma (David) Scott of Dysart; Elaine (Frank) Blatz of Lowe Farm, Minnesota; Vernon (Sharon) Robinson of Weyburn; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at the Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church with Rev. Wade Fitzpatrick, Rev. Kevin Bishop and Pastor Michael Szabo officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Craig Rodine, Myron Fletcher Sandy Wright, Glen Ridgway, Les Sproule and Norman Alexander.
- Olga Jean (nee Miller). Mom passed away peacefully on December 14, 2012 at Bevan Lodge, Abbotsford, BC. Mom was born April 6, 1920 in Euphrasia, Twp, Ontario. She was the eldest of five children born to Hugh and Priscilla Miller and was raised in Saskatchewan where she met and married John Robinson in 1940. Mom is lovingly remembered by her sons Elwin (Carol), Glenn (Chris), daughter Donna Perreault, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, sister Phyllis Friesen, brother Mervyn (Sylvia), brother-in-law Bob Foreman and many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Albert, sister Thelma Foreman, husband John (2005) and son-in-law Dwayne Perreault. Mom and Dad moved to Weyburn in the early 1950’s where Mom was active in Eastern Star, the United church, curling, square dancing and entertaining friends. They moved to White Rock in 1986 and spent their winters in Arizona where they made wonderful life-long friends. After Dad passed away Mom moved to Abbotsford to be closer to family. Many thanks to Dr. Pauls and the many staff at Bevan for their kindness and care to Mom. No service by Mom’s request.
- Danuta (nee Wasilewski). On Tuesday, January 21, 2003 Danuta Rochat passed away in Regina at the age of 49 years. She was predeceased by her father Wincenty Wasilewski. Danuta is survived by her mother Janina Wasilewska; her children: Jennifer Vinck and Jason Vinck; her husband, Mark Rochat; her sisters: Maria (Denis Laliberte) Wasilewska, Barbara (Roman Melnyk) Wasilewska and Dorota (Donald Verville) Wasilewska; three nephews: Maxime, Simon and Jeremy; two nieces: Julia and Julia. Danuta was born October 13, 1953 in Poland. She excelled at school, especially in Social Studies, Literature and Geography. She was also very good in sports, being the fastest runner in her class. At the age of 17 she immigrated to Canada with her parents and three sisters, residing in Montreal. Danuta moved west and raised her children, eventually settling in Weyburn, where she met and married Mark Rochat on August 31, 2002 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. The arrival of her children, Jennifer Vinck on February 26, 1984 and Jason Vinck on September 13, 1987 was special to her. She proudly attended Jennifer's high school graduation in June, 2002. Danuta always supported and enjoyed her children's activities. When she was out with friends, she would be the first one on the dance floor. Danuta greatly enjoyed working with the dietary staff at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre and at the Weyburn Special Care Home. She cared deeply for so many people and there were many people who brought joy to her life. She had a smile and a kind word for everyone who crossed her path. This was the essence of Danuta, a daughter, a sister, a mother and a wife, whom we loved very much. Danuta will be cherished in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss her, but she will always be with us. Funeral mass was said Saturday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church, Weyburn, with Father Albert Schmitz, celebrant. Prayers were held Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church with Mary Ann Seitz as Lay Presider. Honorary pallbearers were all the dietary staff from SVECC and Weyburn Special Care Home. Active pallbearers were: Chris Payak, Todd Bendtsen, James Beblow, Mary Anne Schaffer, Derek Rochat and Don Ehman. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Esther Marie. On Sunday, Jully 20, 2003, Esther Marie Rodine, passed away at the age of 91 years at Weyburn Special Care Home. Predeceased by her parents, Albert and Faye Rodine; four brothers: Harold (Bud), John, Howard and Fred; three brothers-in-law: Ray Chessall, Dave Innes and William Vatamaniuck; two sisters-in-law: Flo Rodine and Lil Rodine; nephew, Bob Innes; nieces: Karen (Rodine) McIvor and Gaylene (Rodine) Schlacter. Esther is survived by four sisters: Ruth Valecourt of Maple Ridge, BC, Hazel Innes of Regina, Alma Chessall of Weyburn and Mildred Vatamaniuck of Weyburn; 28 nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews as well as cousins and a host of friends. Esther Marie Rodine was born on the home farm in the Hume District on October 5, 1911. She was raised in a happy home by Christian parents, with nine children, it was bustling with activity and the many farm chores to share. She attended the local Hume school. Her mother, father and 6 month old Fred, came to the Hume area in 1909; this was to be Esther's home for the next few years. In 1948 they retired from the farm and moved to Weyburn where she resided at 29 3rd Ave. S. until her move to the Weyburn Special Care Home in 2001. Due to circumstances, Esther found herself well into full time house keeping, but she had time to persue a musical career, and taught piano to many children over the years. She played both piano and organ equally well. She participated in the various community events, these are what held the community together. In the country, church was held in the homes, or the school in Hume. Eventually the local circuits amalgamated with the Weyburn Free Methodist Church. Esther provided music many a time. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, petit - point, oil painting, home decorating, and taking care of the lawn and flowers. She enjoyed all family events, weddings, birthdays, her Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary, and new born nieces and nephews. Esther became a resident of the Weyburn Speical Care Home on August 20, 2001. At this time she often had the opportunity to entertain guests by playing the piano for special events. She also played her organ for different occasions, which she greatly enjoyed. Esther will be sadly missed by her four sisters, nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Friday, July 25th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Szabo officiating. Remembrances were given by Tim Vatamaniuck and Darryl Rodine. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Calvin Vatamaniuck, Connor Rodine, Wes Chessall, Stephanie Innes, Brad Rodine and Dale Chessall.
- Lillian Viola (nee Hodnerud) Rodine born in Prince George, BC on January 2, 1919 to immigrant parents of Norwegian and Swedish ancestry. Some of ther early days were spent in the Fox Valley/Linacre area in Saskatchewan (north of Gull Lake) moving to the Worcester/Rainton area (north of Weyburn) with her mother at the age of 5 or 6. Lillian was raised by her aunts and uncles (the Johnsons) following the death of her mother when Lillian was nine. In the early 30's Mom moved with the Johnsons to a farm in the Hume area and that became "home." Most of Mom's public schooling was in the Hume area. After completing high school, Mom ventured to Winnipeg to seek employment and eventually attend Winnipeg Bible College. On November 1, 1942 mother married John Rodine (also from the Hume area). Dad's occupation as a Baptist Minister was both supported and enhanced by our mother. Over the course of 49 years together they served in eight churces in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Western Ontario and BC. Together they raised four children and had the privilege of knowing all eight of their grandchildren. Both Mother and Dad enjoyed traveling and had the privilege of spending time in England, Europe and Sweden (visiting her mother's home place). Mother and Dad retired in Clearbrook, BC where they lived for 12 years. Mom moved to Calgary in 1993, after Dad passed away. A mother and grandmother who loved her children, their spouses and her grandchildren - often recalling humorous incidents or special achievements. She enjoyed playing board games with us all, Scrabble being the family favourite. At an early age she taught us about God and His love for us. She set an example for us without using words in so many ways. Mom encouraged us in our endeavours and was proud of our accomplishments. Lillian is survived by four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren: Larry and Carol Rodine, Laurie and Wayne Masing, Leanne Rodine; Dr. Faye and Jim Day; Lynn and Phil Crump, Matthew, Andrea and Garth, Al and Leah Ann Rodine, Joshua, Benjamin, Luke; as well as numerous sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews on the Rodine side of the family. Mother went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2000. Poverb 31-12 "You were an excellent wife (and mother), you did us good all the days of your life". We thank God for giving to us this lady as our Mother. A memorial service was held in Calgary with interment at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Audrey (nee Young). No words can express the sorrow we three daughters hold in the passing of our mom, Audrey Rody on Saturday, September 3, 2005. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her children, Betty (Roy) Bavle, Lynda (Ted) Johnson and Deby (Scott) Wood; daughter-in-law, Diane Rody; son-in-law, Terry Klien; grandchildren, Cindy, Jason, Daniel, Dawn, Kari-Lynn, Cory, Paul, Darren, Robbie, Cheryl, Wade, Tessa and spouses; 18 great grandchildren and one brother, Allan Young, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Robert Rody; son, Allan Rody; daughter, Janet Klein; brother, Andrew Young and sister, Betty Larsen. Mom was born October 21, 1927 in Kelvington. Dad and Mom were married in 1948 and lived in the Trossachs area before homesteading in McTaggart. Mom worked as a nurse's aid at Souris Valley prior to raising her family. In 1963 mom went to work at the Weyburn Co-op in the cafeteria and remained there until her retirement in 1993. Mom's devotion and compassion was evident in her relationship with her children, grandchildren and the joy in which her great grandchildren brought into her life. Mom loved gardening and was an excellent cook, she could whip up a pie quicker that we could run to the store and buy one! But most important mom was a loving mother and she will be sorely missed. Her funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, at Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Garry W. Goran officiating. Interment was at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Robert. On Monday, September 25, 2000, Robert Rody, late of Weyburn, passed away at home at the age of 78 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Robert and Julia Rody; one brother, Henry Rody; and one daughter, Janet Klein on May 28, 2000. Robert will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Audrey Rody of Weyburn; one son, Allan (Diane) Rody of Ingersoll, ON; three daughters: Betty (Roy) Bavle of Weyburn, Lynda (Ted) Johnson of Moose Jaw, and Deby Lester (Scott Wood) of Calgary, AB; one son-in-law Terry Klein of Weyburn; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers: Martin (Gwen) Rody of Dryden, ON and Fred (Pauline) Rody of Regina; four sisters: Ella Lancaster of Campbell River, BC, Olga Smith of Regina, Anne Bunn of Kitimat, BC, and Lydia Wallin of Weyburn; as well as several nieces and nephews. Robert Rody was born June 21, 1922 at Lang. He worked on the family farm at a very early age. On June 21, 1948 Robert married Audrey Young at Radville United Church. They lived at McTaggart from 1954 to 1971 before moving to Weyburn in 1971. Robert was very involved with the Wheatland Senior Centre and helping the elderly in the community. He and Margaret celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998 with family and friends. Funeral service was held Friday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Marilyn Anderson Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were his grandsons: Cory Bavle, Jason Rody, Daniel Rody, Paul Klein, Robbie Johnson and Wade Lester.
- Andrew Roesslein was born in Marilana, Austria-Hungary on June 2, 1920 and he came to Canada in 1925. Andrew's family homesteaded at Odessa. They lived on a farm at Ceylon in 1929 and in 1934 they moved to Khedive. In 1937 the family moved to Pangman where Andrew lived until 1941. Andrew worked in the Weyburn Flour Mill. In 1949 he helped operate the family business known as City Fuel. In 1953 Andrew started the gravel business which was known as A. Roesslein Construction. In 1985 Andrew retired and he resided in Weyburn until his death. Andrew was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Anna Roesslein; four brothers: Joe, John, Kon and Tony; son Larry in 1964. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Violet Roesslein; one daughter, Angela Roesslein; two sisters: Helen (Wilf) Gerhardt of Winfield, BC and Kaye (Herman) Ortman of Weyburn as well as many nieces and nephews. Andrew passed away on December 5 at the age of 83 years. A memorial service was held on Monday, December 8 at 2:00 P.M. from the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Peter Walker Officiant. Eulogy was given by Rick Roesslein. Honorary pallbearers were: Scott Ortman, Tom Roesslein, Rick Roesslein, Don McKenzie, Alan Macovichuk and John Roesslein.
- John Andrew. On Saturday, May 27, 2000, John Andrew Roesslein passed away at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by his wife, Mary (1998); his parents, Andrew and Anna Roesslein and three brothers: Joseph, Konrad and Anthony. John will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his son, Rick (Faye) Roesslein of Weyburn; his daughter, Debbie Roesslein (Randy) of Regina; step children: Gordon (Felecia) Mackechuk of Fort Erie, ON; Francis Mackechuk of Waldheim; Betty Dion of Regina; five grandchildren: Trevor (Stacey) Roesslein of Yellow Grass; Ronald and Carissa Fradette of Weyburn; John Mackechuk of Scarborough, ON; and Krista Mackechuk of Toronto; three great grandchildren: Austin Roesslein of Minneapolis, Trey Ebel and Cameron Roesslein of Yellow Grass; his brother, Andrew (Violet) Roesslein of Weyburn; two sisters: Helen (Willie) Gerhardt of Winfield, BC and Kaye (Herman) Ortman of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was born in Zichdorf, Yugoslavia on December 26, 1917 and immigrated to Canada in 1926. The family settled in the rural area of Odessa, later moving to the Ceylon, Pangman area. In 1946 John married Mary Bodlock and resided in Pangman until moving to Weyburn and taking employment with W. Shupe and Sons where he remained for many years. He then began working with the family business, Roesslein Construction, where he remained until his retirement. Throughout the years, John spent many hours with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed taking them to functions and watching them compete in various sports activities. John enjoyed dancing, reading and Mary's plum perogies. He missed her desperately and went faithfully to visit her until moving into SVECC himself. Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Cremation with interment to follow at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers.
- Richard “Rick” John Roesslein passed away peacefully Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the age of 66 years. Rick was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Roesslein; son, Trevor Roesslein; brother, Gordon Mackechuk and sister, Frances Mackechuk. Rick was born in Regina on April 14, 1947 to John and Mary. He lived the first year of his life at Khedive after which the family moved to Weyburn. Growing up Rick spent many hours with his grandparents as both of his parents worked outside of the home. His grandpa owned a coal business and the family spent many fun times in the coal building. Rick attended Souris School and then the Weyburn Collegiate. His first job was at Laing’s Beverages as a truck driver/salesman. On June 10, 1967 he married Faye Mitchell and together they raised one son. His selling career continued into retail sales with Gestetner photo copiers followed by carpet sales representative for many years. This took the family to Regina and later Saskatoon and eventually back to Weyburn. He also spent a few years driving gravel truck for the family business. In his later years, prior to his illness, Rick worked with his son, helping Trevor with farming operations. Rick was an active member of the Weyburn Elk’s Club and the Kinsmen. In 1982 to 1983 Trevor played for the Youngfellow Peewee Hockey team where Rick was assistant coach and the team won the provincial championship. In his free time Rick enjoyed ice fishing, golfing and stock car racing. Rick played ball for many years with the Weyburn Cloverleafs and was an avid collector of vintage model cars. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Faye Roesslein of Weyburn; grandchildren, Austin Roesslein, Trey Ebel, Cameron Roesslein and Reis Roesslein; daughter-in-law, Stacey (Korey McIver) Roesslein of Weyburn; sisters, Debbie Roesslein of Weyburn and Betty Dion of Regina; sister-in-law, Felicia Mackechuk of Fort Erie, ON; nieces and nephews, John Mackechuk, Krista Knox, Ronald Fradette and Carissa Thomson. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00 pm from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn with Reverend John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Honourary Pallbearers were, Terry Schreder, Jack McCallum, Dave Bell, Randy Howe, Don Johnson and Bert Sanguin.
- Trevor Wade Roesslein, late of Yellow Grass, passed away June 25, 2012, at the age of 42 years. Trevor was predeceased by his grandparents: Roy and Pearl Mitchell, John and Mary Roesslein. Trevor is survived by his wife, Stacey Roesslein; his children: Austin, Trey, Cameron and Reis all of Yellow Grass; his parents, Rick and Faye Roesslein, Weyburn; his in-laws: Linda Ebel (Garry Ferner), Weyburn, Garth (Debbie) Ebel, Regina Beach; sister-in-law, Jody (Jamie) Godlonton, Chestermere, AB; brothers-in-law: Kurtis (Nikki) Sanguin, Watrous, Dane (Carmen) Sanguin, Estevan, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Trevor was born on May 29, 1970 in Weyburn. He graduated from Weyburn Comprehensive High School and from there attended the University of Minnesota, where he played hockey for the Minnesota Mavericks. On February 14, 1998, he married Stacey Ebel. Trevor loved to farm and took over his grandparents farm as well as renting from many others in the Yellow Grass area. Trevor was very proud of his family and spent many hours coaching their hockey teams and spending time with them boating in the summer and sledding in the winter. Many describe Trevor as a hard worker and a real nice fellow. Trevor always enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always on the go and no matter where he would be there was always someone he knew, whether it be through farming or hockey. It would usually take him twice as long to get anything done because he would never turn down a conversation. He loved being with people and visiting with them. A service of remembrance for Trevor was held on Friday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Marjorie McLeod CLA, officiating. Interment to follow at a later date. Honorary Pallbearers were Ray Erickson, Norm McFadden, Darren Larson, Chris Hockley, Dave Pulfer, Dean Altwasser, Doug Lumb, Darcy McLeod and Dallas Rogal.
- Ida (nee Koenig) Rogal, late of Weyburn, passed away December 21, 2001 at the age of 80 years. Ida was born to John and Annie Koenig on October 19, 1921 in the Rural Municipality of Scott 98. She attended public school. As a teenager she worked helping out on a dairy farm in Yellow Grass. She also did house cleaning for people. After she married Walter Rogal on November 6, 1941 she worked at the Dickson Cafe - from there she started work at S.V.E.C.C. in 1970 and worked in dietary, housekeeping and nurses aide until 1986. Ida and Walter lived all their entire life in Weyburn. She really enjoyed knitting, crocheting - she made many afghans, doilies and lace tablecloths. She enjoyed jig-saw puzzles and loved playing cards. Ida enjoyed gardening until her health gave out. She really loved seeing her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We celebrated Mom's 80th birthday in October 2001 - she thoroughly enjoyed her day. We had a come and go tea for her, then we took her out for a birthday supper. The family was all home and mom thoroughly enjoyed her day. We are all so thankful we had this special celebration. She always enjoyed her trips to Thompson, MB to visit her daughters and their families. Mom was a very caring, special person and enjoyed and loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were all so special to her. Because of mom's inability to get around she thoroughly enjoyed people dropping in to visit her. Predeceased by her parents: John and Annie Koenig, her husband Walter in 1993, one brother Bernie Koenig. Ida leaves to mourn two sons: Ron (Lynn) Rogal of Weyburn; Garry Rogal, Regina; three daughters: Diane (Herb) Armitage of Thompson, MB, Connie (Eric) Anderson of Meota, and Darleen Van den Hoogan (John Hartigan) of Thompson, MB; two brothers: Albert Koenig of Yellow Grass, Glen Koenig of Regina; two sisters: Irene Hallick of Moose Jaw, Lydia (Dick) Stewart of Ft. Qu'Appelle; four sisters-in-law: Peggy Rogal of Weyburn, Vickie Bayrak of Winnipeg, MB, Verna Rogal of Maple Ridge, BC, Mary Rogal of Vancouver, BC; 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Monday, December 31, at 2:00 p.m. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were Herbie Armitage, Dallas Rogal, Blaine Armitage, Sonny Anderson, Jerry Armitage, Paul Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Armitage, Curtis Van den Hoogan, Jason Anderson, Cheri Van den Hoogan. These were all grandchildren of Ida's.
- Ron Rogal late of Weyburn passed away Saturday, December 14, 2009 at the age of 67 years. Ron was predeceased by his father and mother, Walter and Ida Rogal, sister, Dianne Armitage, father and mother-in-law, Wray and Beryl Ledingham. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Rogal, his son, Dallas (Nancy) Rogal, his two grandchildren, Chelsey and Brett, one brother, Garry Rogal, two sisters, Connie (Eric) Anderson, Darleen (John) Hartigan, brother-in-law, Herb Armitage, sister-in-law, Alma Spencer, brother-in-law, Walt (Judy) Ledingham, several aunts and uncles, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Ron married Lynn Ledingham June 27, 1964, they had one son Dallas and made their home in Weyburn. Ron worked 17 years for Sask. Property Mangement as custodian at the Weyburn Court House. Ron loved the outdoors, he always made sure the bird houses were put out in the spring and that there was always feed for them. Along with the birds he also kept the squirrels happy by feeding them. Ron enjoyed fishing and was an arm chair athlete, he enjoyed watching the NHL and CFL and loved attending his grandchildrens activities. Ron enjoyed fine cuisine and loved to cook and barbeque especially his famous ribs. Ron loved his grandchildren and enjoyed his valuable time with them and his family. He also enjoyed visiting with his neighbours and friends who stopped by when they saw him in the garage. A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday December 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Internment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The Honorary Pallbearers were all that attended Ron's service.
- Bennett "Ben" Wesley passed away November 23, 2004 at the age of 74 years at the Weyburn General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer and heart disease. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Hilda, with whom he shared 47 memorable years, and his children; Gina (Michael) Sudom, Avonlea, and their children Ryan, Megan and Adel; Dale Rohloff, Regina; Glenn (Colleen) Rohloff, Estevan, their children Matthew and John; Karen (Christopher) Mass, Weyburn, their children Evan and Nicholas; Lori Rohloff, Calgary, AB; sister Gladys (Walter) Zirk, Saskatoon, children Shelley, Parker and Melody; as well as many relatives and friends. Ben was predeceased by his parents William and Otillie Rohloff, and nephew Derrick Zirk. Ben was born on a farm in the McTaggart district on August 20, 1930. In 1936 the family moved to the John Monteith farm seven miles southwest of Weyburn. In 1937 his sister Gladys was born and the family was complete. Ben farmed with his dad and worked at Canada Wire for 12 years. In 1957 he married Hilda Folk of Mankota, and they had five children. In 1969 Ben followed in his father's footsteps and took over the family farm. Ben and Hilda lived and worked on the family farm until his retirement in 1995 when they purchased a house in Weyburn. Ben loved his family, the land, and the crops he grew. He took pride in a job well done and he instilled this belief in all his children. The Rohloff household was always a busy place filled with laughter and love. Ben was an inventor at heart and a handyman with few equals. He could fix anything with a pair of pliers and number nine wire, and was rarely seen without a utility knife in his pocket. Ben loved to play cards and a visit to the Rohloff house usually involved a game of cribbage. Dinner was often delayed by a game of cribbage being played at the kitchen table. Ben will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren each time a cribbage board appears. When his health began to fail and he became unsteady on his feet, he purchased a scooter. He could often be seen downtown or in the mall with his trusty scooter. Ben was always optimistic and he never lost his sense of humour, a visit with him always raised our spirits and gave us strength. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. A memorial service was held Friday, November 26, 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those who shared in Ben's life are considered Honorary Pallbearers. The family would like to thank all who gave encouragement and support to us during the past week. The numerous cards, flowers, food trays, and kind words were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the many nurses at the Weyburn Hospital, Father Gerry Bauche, Reverend J.L. Folk, St. Vincent de Paul choir and ladies who prepared the luncheon, Tamara Kolodziejski and the Fletcher Funeral Chapel staff and all those who came by to pay their last respects to Ben.
- Margaret 'Jean' (nee Watson). On Wednesday, September 20, 2006, Margaret 'Jean' Roome, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by her husband, William John Roome; her parents, Robert and Olive Watson; sisters, Louise Trudgeon and Ruth Mitchell; brothers, Norman and Elwood Watson; as well as a son-in-law, Dennis Bernie. Jean is survived by one daughter, Wanda Birnie of Weyburn, and her children: Bill (Karry) Birnie of Medicine Hat, AB and their daughter, Abbygael Birnie and Dallas Birnie of Weyburn; one son, Russell (Carol) Roome of Weyburn, and their children: Colleen Roome of Seattle, Washington and John Roome of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Margaret Jean Watson was born May 4, 1916 at Weyburn. She was brought up on the family farm. On October 22, 1945, Jean married William John Roome at Plentywood, Montana. She worked as a telephone operator in Weyburn, then became a full time homemaker on the farm where she worked very hard alongside her husband. They had many animals on the farm and took very good care of them, showing cats, dogs and horses and had to milk by hand 8 to 12 cows morning and night. Jean also belonged to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She lived in rural Weyburn most of her life, moving to Weyburn when she was elderly. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Bill Birnie, Dallas Birnie, John Roome, Colleen Roome, Neil Trudgeon and Jack Forsberg.
- Cindy Mae Ror was born in Weyburn on June 20, 1975. She passed away on February 12, 2009 at the age of 33 years, in Regina. Cindy is survived by her two daughters Shelinda and Kylee; her two sons Johnathon and Cameron; friend and father of her children, Brent Dodman; her parents Earl and Ruby Ror, Weyburn; her partner Mike Gherasim, Regina; her sisters and brother: Brenda Ror, Saskatoon, Debbie (Melvin) Herberholz, Weyburn, Donna (Rodney) Kuciuk, Regina, Louise Lowes (partner, Brian), Calgary, AB and Marlin Ror (Partner, Trent) of Regina as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Tuesday February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the RD Family Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mohandas Barnabas officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Roy Sanford Ror passed away November 10, 2006 at Weyburn, at the age of 86 years. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mabel Ror; three sisters: Myrtle Grosnick, Irene Thachuk and Grace Grosnick. Roy is survived by his wife, Jeanette Ror of Weyburn; two sisters: Doris (Dan) Koop of Okanagan Falls, BC and Donna Smigarowski of Hudson Bay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Roy was born on June 2, 1920 in the house on the farm that his grandfather, father and he farmed. He was the only son of seven children born to John and Mabel Ror. After finishing school, he worked for a few neighbors until 1940, when he began working for his brother-in-law, Lawrence Grosnick. He worked for his brother-in-law until the fall of 1948. Many hours were spent working the land with a D case tractor and six foot discer. He worked on the threshing crew, harvesting the crop for his brother-in-law as well as others. Roy was a musician. Often, in the evenings, he would play his accordion as he sat on the veranda, much to the delight of the nieces and nephews. He also played the violin and guitar. Roy met Jeanette Nordstrom and they were married on November 18, 1948, his parents' 39th anniversary. They moved to his parents' farm, and his parents would live with them in the summers and were a lot of help on the farm. In 1957, he purchased the farm from his parents as they bought a house in Radville. He leased and purchased other land as well. With the help of Milton Hendrickson they fenced some pasture since Roy was getting more cattle. He kept his cattle until 1997. Life progressed from coal-oil lamps to electric lights and from wood and coal stoves to oil burners and natural gas furnace. A trench was even constructed to bring water to the house from the dugout southwest of the house. Roy and Jeanette commented on the good neighbors they had while living on the farm. They were always willing babysitters for the neighbor's children. The funeral service for Roy Sanford Ror was held on Wednesday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Martin Olson Officiating. The active pallbearers were Robert Thachuk, Roger Thachuk, Curtis Larson, Calvin Larson, Brent Thue and Milton Hendrickson. Interment was at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
- Isobel Joan. Peacefully, on September 22, 2009 at Weyburn General Hospital, Isobel passed away at the age of 90 years. Left to mourn Isobel's passing are her sister-in-law Winnifred Ross, nieces Carol (Glenn) Letts, Betty (Peter) Stratman and Marjorie Dunford, nephew Jim (Jennifer) Ross and their families. Isobel was born in Carievale, on July 22, 1919 and grew up on the family farm south of town. She spent her adult life in Weyburn and although her stay was brief, she enjoyed her last months at Tatagwa View Personal Care Home. Isobel was predeceased by her mother and father John and Adelaide Ross, sisters Jessie and Helen, brother Edwin and brother-in-law Gordon Buker. Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the residents of Bison Manor for their kindness and friendship throughout the years, as well as the staff at Tatagwa View for the compassion and care provided to Isobel in her final months.
- Louise Marian (nee Dehlin). On Friday, May 6, 2005, Louise Marian Rubin, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, at the age of 75 years. Louise was born at Weyburn, on June 9, 1929 to Violet and Levein Dahlin. She married Joseph Rubin on June 19, 1950 at Yakima, Washington, and together they raised six children on the Rubinridge family farm at Weyburn. Louise dedicated herself to her family, friends and community in her special gracious style. She was a member of the Royal Purple and the C.W.L.. Louise will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Joe and her six children: Grant Rubin of Weyburn, and his children, Sean and Justin; Laurette (Stan) Reimer of Crooked Creek, AB and their children, Wade (Kathryn) and Nikki; John (Paula) Rubin of Regina, and their children, Rebecca, Thomas and Caitlin; Rhonda Logel of Weyburn, and her children, Brian and Dale; Brenda (Ken) Freeman of Goodwater, and their children, Richard and JoAnna; Lisa (Darwin) Forbes of Saskatoon, and their children, Adam and Rachel; one great granddaughter, Brooke Reimer; brother, John (Ann) Dahlin; brothers-in-law, Mert Raine and Rene (Mildred) Rubin; sister-in-law, Helen Rubin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Levein and Violet Dahlin; infant son, Joseph Adrian Rubin; brothers, Edward, Art and Lloyd Dahlin and sisters, Marie Smith and Karen Raine. Prayers were said Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Brian Logel, Dale Logel, Wade Reimer, Thomas Rubin, Richard Freeman and Sean Rubin.
- Mae Emily (nee Dallin). On Tuesday, June 1, 1999, Mae Emily Rubin, late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Regional Care Centre, at the age of 91 years. Mae Emily Rubin was born August 28, 1907 at Frobisher, SK. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Florence Dallin; her husband, Arthur Braden in 1943; four sisters: Lily Boyd, Marguerite Anderson, Gladys Brady and Violet Johnson; two brothers: Gilbert and Raymond Dallin; and by her loving husband of 53 years, Alfred "Mannie" Rubin. Mae leaves to mourn one son, Ronald Braden of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Ivy Messham of Estevan; one brother, Walter (Elsa) Dallin of Victoria, BC; sisters-in-law: Marie Bobier and Margaret Rubin of Weyburn, and Clara Rubin of Regina; one brother-in-law, George Berry of Burnaby, BC; as well as several nieces and nephews, great and great great. Mae Emily Dallin was born and raised at Frobisher. She was a long time employee at the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital, Weyburn, acting as dorm supervisor in the psychiatric nurses' dorm. Mrs. Rubin retired in 1973. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were: Thomas Bobier, Conrad Ryan, Dayna Ryan, and Julli Bobier.
- Marie Helen, late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 years on April 10, 2007 at the Weyburn Special Care Home. She was predeceased by her parents, Auguste and Agnes Rubin; her sister, Angela (Paul) Lamere; brother, George (Elizabeth) Rubin; and sister-in-law, Louise Rubin. Helen is survived by her two remaining brothers, Rene (Mildred) Rubin of Weyburn, and Joseph Rubin of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was born January 30, 1908 in Weyburn, and was raised on the family pioneer farm in the Weyburn District. Her elementary schooling was received at Prospect School and two years at St. Louis Academy in Radville. She obtained her high school education at Weyburn Collegiate Institute and Grade 12 at St. Joseph Academy at Forget. In 1929 she graduated from the Regina Normal School (Teacher's College). Helen then went on to her life's career of teaching starting at Wauchope; then Forget Public, Prospect, Griffin, Macoun, Weyburn Assiniboia and St. Dominic Savio schools. Although she retired in 1965, after 36 years of teaching, she still remained active in the teaching profession with private tutoring and part-time teaching for another seven years. Helen was a long term member of the Catholic Women's League, Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan, St. Mary's Altar Society, and the St. Vincent de Paul's Senior Choir. Helen's life was devoted to her faith and church. She was a very organized person in every aspect of her life. Her students, nieces and nephews were "her children". Because of her special personality, she was the recipient of many practical jokes which she always accepted with dignity. She was a very caring and loving person, and a 'special auntie" to all her nieces and nephews. After retirement, she enjoyed her travels to the southern States and both eastern and western Canada. She had a full social calendar with family gatherings, church and community events, old-time music and dances. Helen will be truly missed by family and friends. Prayers were said Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Friday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Jim Rubin, John Rubin, Grant Rubin, Ken Rubin, Murray Rubin and Harry Lamere.
- Margaret Irene (nee Taylor), in her 101st year, passed away February 25, 2003, Weyburn. Born Friday, December 13, 1902 in Montgomery, Minnesota and arrived in Macoun in 1912 with her pioneer parents, Simon B. and Matilda (nee Dolge) Taylor. Predeceased by her husband Lawrence Rubin (in their 60th year of marriage); siblings Earle, William, Malcolm, Viola Murray, Dorothy Armstrong. Margaret is survived by her sisters-in-law, Marie Bobier, Weyburn, Claire Rubin, Regina; brother-in-law George Berry, Burnaby, BC. Margaret will continue to be revered as "Aunt Margaret" by her nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. Margaret received her schooling in Macoun, Estevan and Regina Normal School. Commencing in 1921, Margaret taught Primary Classrooms in Gull Lake, Macoun, Neudorf, Elsworth School and Halbrite, retiring in 1962. Margaret and Lawrence continued to farm at Halbrite retiring to Weyburn in 1967. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 3 from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were Bill Orsted, Bryan Towne, Allan Messer, Rod Horsman, John Wilgenbusch, Thomas Bobier.
- Mildred Helen (nee Honig) Rubin passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the age of 95 years. Mildred was predeceased by her parents, Mathias and Eva Honig; son, Ronald Leonard; infant granddaughter, Gina Rubin and Tobi Haddow; grandson, Brett Haddow and brother, John (Evelyn) Honig. Mildred was born on October 5, 1918 in Weyburn, and spent the first five years of her life living in Weyburn. Her family then moved to Salem, Oregon for a short time but returned to Weyburn where she remained for the rest of her life. Mildred attended the Prospect School from Grade 1 to 10 and later Business School. While attending Business School she also worked as a housekeeper. After completing her training at Business School she began working at the Co-op Creamery as the secretary. On September 21, 1941 Mildred married the love of her life, Rene Louis Rubin. Following marriage Mildred stayed at home and raised her family. Mildred and Rene spent their lives together in Weyburn as well as some time on the farm just out of town. Once her children were older she would return to the work force took a position at Schultz’s Insurance and later at Weyburn Hardware. Mildred loved her flower gardens, but also grew huge vegetable and berry gardens. When she had "spare" moments she enjoyed crocheting. She was a 4-H leader and very involved in her church community. Mildred was part of a Bible study group, reader at Sunday Mass, member of the Catholic Women’s League as well as St. Mary’s Altar Society. She was active in her community as well and volunteered many hours with the Hospital Auxiliary. Mildred loved family weddings, the birth of a new family member, birthday celebrations and any event that would bring family and close friends together. A highlight was the celebration of her and Rene’s 65th wedding anniversary. Mildred was the sweetest, most caring, faithful person and she brought her children closer to God every day of her life. She will be sadly missed by family and many friends. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Lois (Dennis) McNaught of Winfield, BC and their children, Tracy (Larry) Oakley, Carmen (Pat) Butala and Dean McNaught; son, Robert Rubin of Coquitlam, BC; daughter, Rosemary (Gerald) Ponto of Weyburn, and their daughters, Nicole Ponto (Josh Williams) and Dina Ponto; son, Jim (Laurie) Rubin of Weyburn, and their children, Shaylena (Clint) Alberts, Nathan Rubin, Erin (Stan) Rector, Amy-Rose (Brett) Molde, Michael Rubin, Jessi-Lynn Rubin and Andrew Rubin; daughter, Michelle (Wes) Chessall of Weyburn, and her children, Marlow (Paige) Killian, Sean (Vikki) Killian and Amanda (Brett) Werdal; granddaughter, Gina Haddow Rubin; 18 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Prayers were said on Sunday, December 22 at 7:00 PM and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Gerry Bauche on Monday, December 23 at 10:30 AM. Both services took place at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
- Rene Louis. On Friday, January 18, 2008, Rene Louis Rubin passed away at the age of 92 years at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn. Rene was predeceased by his parents, August and Agnes Rubin; son, Ron Rubin and two granddaughters, Robi and baby Gina Rubin; brother, George (Betty) Rubin; sisters: Angela Lamare and Helen Rubin; son-in-law, Glen Killian; and sister-in-law, Louise Rubin. Rene will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Mildred Rubin of Weyburn, and their children: Rosemary (Jerry) Ponto of Weyburn, Michelle Killian of Weyburn, Jim (Laurie) Rubin of Weyburn, Robert Rubin of Vancouver, BC and Lois (Dennis) McNaught of Windfield, BC; 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; one brother, Joe Rubin of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rene Louis Rubin was born June 21, 1915 at Weyburn. He was raised with his four siblings on the farm west of Weyburn. He attended school at Prospect School for eight years, then left to farm with his father and brothers. On September 21, 1941 Rene married Mildred Honig at Weyburn. Their first house was on Mergens Street, then they moved to the Garner farm in the spring of 1945. In 1948 they moved to the Max and Eva Honig farm and lived in the stone Moffat house for 23 years. They moved to Weyburn in 1971 and have lived there since. Rene worked at Sinclaire, Campbell and Strathdee, a grocery warehouse in Weyburn, then at the Royal Hotel as a bar tender. He also worked from 1938 to 1940 at the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital where he contracted T.B. and had to spend two years recuperating in Fort San. After that he returned to farming well into his 70's. Rene enjoyed bowling, traveling, reading, dancing and touring around the country in his cars. He took great pleasure and pride in his family which includes six children, 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Devoted to his church and faith, Rene was a lifetime honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. Prayers were said Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. The funeral mass was held Monday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Granddaughter, Erin Rubin read the Scripture. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Nathan, Micheal and Andrew Rubin, Sean and Marlow Killian and Harry Lamare.
- John Ruckaber passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, April 14, 2013. John was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Beatrice; sister, Rose Marie (Bernie Renneberg); brothers, Kenneth and Peter; brothers-in-law, Willard Eagles and Ed Sobush; sister-in-law, Judy Ruckaber; infant son; and granddaughter, Joei Lynne. He was born on August 8, 1930 on the family farm near small town Liebenthal. As the oldest of a family of eight, John helped out on the farm. As time passed he found himself in Macoun where he met Shirley (Eagles) whom he married on June 24, 1953. Together they had six children. John bought a house on Government Road in Weyburn and moved his family there in 1960. He worked for the Department of Highways for a time then became employed at Souris Valley, first as a nurse’s aide and later as a plumber. John retired after 35 years at Souris Valley. During his life, John was involved in various sports, including ball (both playing and coaching), curling and was well known for his 5-pin bowling. John leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 59 years, Shirley; sons, Don (Joanne Mallory), Dale (Gerry nee Maas) and Kevin (Darlene nee MacPherson); daughters, Donna (Garth) Mryglod, Debbie and Deanne (Joe) McLeod; daughter-in-law, Rena Elyk; 24 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Maureen) of Medicine Hat, AB and Bill (Annette) of Weyburn; sisters, Katie (Larry) Sape of Edson, AB and Betty Eagles of Estevan, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn Branch 47. A private family service was held with interment to follow at a later date in Macoun Cemetery, Macoun.
- Judith Diane (nee Maxwell), 50 years, passed away peacefully at the SVECC Palliative Care Room in Weyburn on February 21, 1999. She was born at Oxbow August 31, 1948. She attended school in Oxbow from Grade 1 to 12. After graduation she worked at the Estevan Medical Clinic as a receptionist. In 1968 she married William (Bill) Ruckaber in Oxbow. They lived in Moose Jaw, then Estevan and in 1972 moved to Weyburn. Judy started working at SVRCC in May of 1972 and later obtained her Certified Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certificate through Wascana Institute and the training program at SVRCC. She worked in nursing from 1972 to 1989, and from 1989 to 1994 as switch board operator receptionist, when she became too ill to continue work. She enjoyed volunteering at SVRCC especially decorating for holidays and special occasions. She was a former member of the Y.F. Wives Club. She enjoyed travelling with her husband and enjoyed their cottage at Kenosee Lake. She was involved with the parish for many years with her family and later through Rite of Christian Invitation of Adults. Her devoted membership was and will remain an important part of her. Judy is survived by her devoted loving husband of 31 years, William of Weyburn; son Kirby Dean Ruckaber (Dallas) of Calgary; daughter Keely Rose Ruckaber of Calgary; two granddaughters: Maclynn Kay Ruckaber and Morgan Beata Ruckaber, both of Calgary; her father and mother, Thomas and Elda Maxwell of Oxbow; two sisters: Penny Armstrong (Bill) of Oxbow; and Kathy Avery (Calvin) of Midale; three brothers-in-law: John Ruckaber (Shirley) of Weyburn; Frank Ruckaber (Maureen) of Medicine Hat; and Bernie Renneberg (Dorothy) of Oxbow; two sisters-in-law: Betty Eagles (Willard) of Macoun; and Katie Sape (Larry) of Edson, AB; as well as many nieces and nephews. Prayers were said Tuesday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father John Mock presiding. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father John Mock celebrant. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Brad Avery, Brad Loppe, Curt Avery, Berry Eagles, Don Ruckaber and Dale Ruckaber.
- Debra Jane (nee Dreis). It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected, tragic death of Debra Jane Rushing of Halbrite. Debra’s life was taken suddenly from us on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the age of 59. Debra was predeceased by her parents, Gary and Jeannette Dreis; her grandparents, Henri and Edith Latour; Clifford and Phyllis Dreis, her great uncle Roman and great auntie Oliviene Dreis; uncle Mervin Dreis. Debra is survived by her husband, Lewis Rushing; her children: Amanda Dreis and her children: Carson and Sebastien; Faith McMann and her children: Kalli, Isaiah and Aira; Roman Vogel (Heidi) and their children: Mavrik and Summer; youngest daughter, Jada Vogel; her stepchildren: Shana Rushing and her children: Niyah, Tanika and Alyssa; Drew Rushing and his daughter Shontaye; two sisters: Dianna (Ron) Endicott and Dolores Dreis; her brother, Dale (Sharon) Dreis as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Debra was born in Weyburn on June 1st, 1953 to Gary and Jeannette Dreis. She went to school at St. Dominic Savio, St. Michael Junior High, and Weyburn Collegiate. Debra lived most of her life in and around Weyburn. Over the years she had many friends within the community. Two things close to her heart were music and animals. Debra began playing piano in her younger years, which she excelled in. She took pride in her huge record collection. You could always count on Debra for recommending a good album, book, or movie. Debra also enjoyed caring for her garden and numerous flowers. Debra’s family was very precious to her. She would spend as much quality time with them as possible. She made phone contact with her siblings, children, and grandchildren on almost a daily basis. Debra was an amazing woman who filled everyone’s hearts with joy and laughter. Debra will be truly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. We love you Debra….May you rest in peace, you will forever live in our hearts. Funeral Mass for Debra was held on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche, celebrant. Interment will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.
- Margaret (nee Moseley) passed away Thursday, July 7, 2005 at the Weyburn Special Care Home, Weyburn, a day after her 95th birthday. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Lucy Moseley, husband, Charles Rusk; three sisters, Mary (Leslie) Miller, Lucy (Edward) Riedel and Florence Rusk; two brothers, George Moseley and William Moseley. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Diane (Helmut) Sieh of Saskatoon, and their children , Karen (Neil) Schnieder, Debbie (Cori) Aalbers, Linda Sieh and Robert Seih; son, William (Betty) Scott of Halbrite, and their children, David and William Scott; great grandchildren, Cherish, Alyssa and Emilee Schnieder and Destinee and Joshua Aalbers; one sister, Alice Drader as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Margaret was born July 6, 1910 in Grimsby England, the daughter of Thomas and Lucy Moseley. Her father came to Canada in 1911 to Weyburn, and her mother came in 1912 with the three children, Mary, George and Margaret, later returning to the farm in Halbrite, Margaret married Charles Rusk in 1939 at All Saints Anglican Church in Weyburn. They also lived in Estevan and Halbrite. She loved her church and gave her life helping people, she will be lovingly missed by all her family and friends. A Funeral Service was held Monday, July 11th, 2005 at 11:00 a.m., from Fletcher's Funeral Chapel in Weyburn with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. Internment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, July 10, 2005 for 7-9 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapels.
- Dennis Noel Rutledge of Moose Jaw, passed away at the Valley View Center on January 12th, 2009 at the age of 62. Dennis was born in Bienfait, SK. on February 10th, 1946. Dennis was raised by his mother and siblings in Weyburn where he also attended school until grade 8. At the age of 15, Dennis moved to Valley View Center in Moose Jaw. Over the next 30 years, Dennis lived in a variety of homes in and around the Moose Jaw area. In 1990 he returned once again to Valley View Center where he lived until his passing. Dennis was very involved with the Valley View community as well Camp Thunderbird which he attended every summer. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin Rutledge and Joyce Provost as well as brother, Jeff. Dennis will be lovingly remembered by sister, Lynn (Bill) Hudgins, of Glen Burnie, MD, brother, Cam (Kathi) Rutledge of Oxbow, sister, June VanVolsen of Brighton, ON., sister, Helen (Larry) Saunders of Colborne, ON as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 9th at 3:00 pm at Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, with Rev. K. David Holmes officiating. Interment will take place following the service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Dennis will be dearly missed by his family and friends and all who knew him. Once you met Dennis, you never forgot him. His quick wit and humor always kept you laughing and he always had a story for you. His siblings will always remember and miss their Denny.