ALLEN - James Gordon Allen, age 95 years, of Weyburn, passed away February 12, 2001 at the Weyburn General Hospital. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Julia Sinclair of Grace United Church on Friday, February 16 from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn. Music ministry was provided by April Sampson, organist. The solo was sung by Robert MacKay. The honorary pallbearers were: Fred Dorsch, Raymond Gill, Vern Hughes, Russell Brock, Ed Kuhn and Wilf Schiller. The active pallbearers were: Eric Dorsch, Ken Gill, Warren Brock, Duncan Brock, Ron Lutz and Raymond Allen. Left to cherish Gordon's memory are his loving sister, Mrs. Lillian Truemner of North Battleford; brother-in-law, Fred (Evelyn) Dorsch of Trossachs; sister-in-law, Esther Ausum of Weyburn; numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Jane Allen; his loving wife, Theresa; brothers: George, Frank, Bill, Fred, Robert, Arthur and Oliver; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Molly and Ed Gill, Henry Dorsch, Katie and Theodore Gill and Ray Ausum. The following tribute to Gordon from his loving sister Lil was given by Rev. Julia Sinclair: "Let us remember with thanksgiving to God the life of Gordon Allen. Gordon was born at Taylorton, SK on January 29, 1906, the second of seven sons and one daughter to bless the marriage of Joseph and Mary Jane (Jennie) Allen. Taylorton was a little town in southeastern Saskatchewan where Gordon's father worked in the coal mines. From there the family moved to a farm near North Portal and lived in that area until the early 1930's. The dry years made them look for greener pastures and they moved north to the Glaslyn district, north of North Battleford. It was here that Gordon met and married Theresa Dorsch. Gordon and Theresa farmed in the Glaslyn district for several years. In the winter months Gordon often went south to work in the coal mines of Bienfait, where his brother Frank was one of the managers in the mines. In the early 1940's Theresa and Gordon moved again, this time to the McTaggart area, where the Dorsch family had already settled. It was here that Gordon and Theresa made their permanent home. Gordon was a natural born mechanic and seemed able to fix any kind of motor, big or small. Even clocks and toasters could be fixed by Gordon until his fingers, stiffened by arthritis, could no longer hold the screwdriver or pick up the screws. Gordon had a quick sense of humour and a kind heart, which was always willing to help a neighbour. These neighbours have stayed with him during his retirement, visiting and taking him out for endless cups of coffee.
ALTWASSER - Edward Fred (January 12, 1914 - May 4, 2000). Thursday, May 4, 2000, Edward Fred Altwasser passed away in his 86th year. Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Bertha Altwasser; brothers Walter and Alvin Altwasser; sister Irene Altwasser; grandson Neil Altwasser as well as by several in-laws. Eddie is survived by his loving wife Esther of 61 years; his sons Garnet (Faye) Altwasser of Brooks, AB, Rodney (Faye) Altwasser of Yellow Grass; his daughter Marliss (Ernie) Smith of High River, AB; his grandchildren Brent (Tilly) Altwasser, Laura Marie (Vince) Elgersma, Joanne (Donovan) Saltvold, Mark Altwasser, Allen (Pam) Altwasser, Dean (Pam) Altwasser, Murray (Lisa) MacKinnon, Jim (Danielle) MacKinnon, Gordon (Leann) Smith, Juanita (James) Davis; his great grandchildren Myra Altwasser, Scott and Emma Lynn Elgersma, Justine and Carter Altwasser, Kane Altwasser, Dawson and Brittany MacKinnon, Justin, Cody and Tyler MacKinnon. He is also survived by his sisters Leona Gess and Elva (Carl) Timm of Saskatoon, and sister-in-law Colleen Altwasser of Yellow Grass. Eddie was born on January 12, 1914 at Beautiful Plain Farm located 5 miles west of Yellow Grass, the first child of Bertha (nee Heebner) and Fred Altwasser, Jr. He was educated at Beautiful Plains School, Yellow Grass High School and Luther College in Regina. He also studied commerce in Weyburn. For several years Eddie farmed with his father before establishing his own farm in 1937. His marriage to Esther Wilke on October 8, 1938 was blest with three children; Garnet, Rodney and Marliss. With dedication and pride for his community, Eddie served on the following: Beautiful Plains School Board, Yellow Grass Central School Board, Yellow Grass Rink Building Committee, Yellow Grass Rural Telephone Board, Yellow Grass Co-op, Yellow Grass Housing Authority, Yellow Grass Golden Harvest Club, Weyburn Housing Corporation, Luther College Board of Regents, Peace Lutheran Church Board and Sunday School superintendent, Yellow Grass. He was also a member of the Canadian Hereford Cattle Association and the Canadian Seed Growers Association. He raised cattle, hogs, turkeys, Rhode Island hens, sold hatching eggs and received prizes for flax and wheat seed at the Toronto Royal Fair. In 1965, he received the Master Farm Family award for District 7. Eddie and Esther moved to Yellow Grass in 1970 but he continued to farm with his son Rodney. Although Eddie endured numerous health problems throughout his life, he seldomly complained and continued to remain positive. His wisdom, love and encouragement will be missed by many. Funeral service was held Monday, May 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass with Pastor Carol J. Dennison officiating. Pallbearers were Eddie's grandsons.
ALTWASSER - Esther Emma (nee Wilke) Altwasser, late of Regina, formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away in Regina one week after her 96th birthday. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Edward in May 2000; her parents, Richard and Olga Wilke; sisters: Margaret Thompson and Delila Weind (April 21, 2012) and grandson, Neil Altwasser. Esther is survived by her two sons: Garnet (Faye) and their children: Brent (Tilly), Laura Marie (Vince) Elgersma, Joanne (Donovan) Saltvold and Mark (Melanie); Rodney (Faye) and their children: Allen (Pam) and Dean (Pam); daughter, Marliss (Ernie) Smith and children Murray Mckinnon and Jim (Danielle) McKinnon; 20 great grandchildren; two brothers Leonard (Elsie) Wilke and Herb (Florence) Wilke; two sisters: Gladys Meyer and Phyllis Niebergall; two sisters-in-law: Elva Timm and Colleen Altwasser and many nieces and nephews. Our family wishes to acknowledge the ongoing support and many kindnesses Mom received from so many friends and relatives. A service of remembrance was held on Friday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass with Rev. David Hanes, officiating. Lunch followed at Yellow Grass Communiplex, Yellow Grass. A private family interment has taken place.
BABIARZ - Gerald "Jerry" Wayne. It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, father, grandfather and uncle, Gerald "Jerry" Wayne Babiarz on Friday, November 10, 2006. Jerry was predeceased by his father, Walter Babiarz and infant daughter, Sherry. Left to mourn, but also share in many fond memories, are his mother, Nellie Babiarz, his children, Jo-Anne, Walter and Wayne, two grandchildren, brother, Ron (Jill) Babiarz, sister, Marie (Jim) Salisbury, brother, Jim (Val) Babiarz, six nieces, two great nieces and four great nephews, as well as many relatives and friends, and his children's mother, Annette Sheriff. Jerry touched the lives of a great many people with his delicious cooking, heartfelt generosity, and tall tale story telling. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Jerry was born in Weyburn on July 14, 1955 and was raised on the family farm one mile east of McTaggart. At the tender age of 16, Jerry started driving trucks, which in turn became his lifelong career. He loved truck driving because it took him on many adventures, making new friends and creating great stories along the way. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Following the service, Jerry was laid to rest with his infant daughter at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
BAKER - Tyler John (September 23, 1932 - July 14, 2010). Tyler John Baker passed away peacefully at Westview Nursing Home, Stony Plain, Alberta Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the age of 77 years. Born September 23, 1932 at the Town of Yellow Grass, Sask., he is predeceased by: his brother Warren; his father Jim; and mother Pearl. Tyler is survived by his sisters: Lynda Dupree, her partner Larry and Mary Gehon (Doug). We were blessed to have him in our lives and will be deeply missed. Inturnment will take place next to his mother and father in Regina, Sask.
BAKKE - Arthur Kinnard. On Monday, July 17, 2000, Arthur Kinnard Bakke, late of Weyburn and formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 95 years. Predeceased by his parents Peter and Johanna Bakke, one brother Irvin and one sister Eunice Sinclair. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Jessie Bakke of Yellow Grass, and one daughter Colleen Altwasser of Yellow Grass; five grandchildren: David (Nancy Cameron) Altwasser, James (Peggy) Altwasser, both of Regina; Darcy Altwasser of Swift Current; Laura (Tim) Hengen of Elko, BC; and Lynn (Michael) Fix of Regina; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters: Irene Peters of Vancouver, BC and Bernice (Roy) Le May of Saskatoon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Artie was born in Ke Lamere, North Dakota, USA on February 19, 1905. He immigrated to Yellow Grass in 1910 with his family to Sec. 36-10-17. He took his schooling at Sunnydale School, but soon was only attending during the winter months in order to help at home. The land work was done with horses and he spent many hours behind six and eight horse outfits. In 1931 he married Jessie Bartlett, right in the heart of the depression. He found work harvesting in Manitoba and in 1938 he got a job building dams on the Wood River from McCord of Coderre. In 1939 his parents retired. He rented the family farm with Irvin. They had a mixed farm, extra income came from hunting coyotes. In 1962 a new home was built in Yellow Grass and he farmed from town until 1974 when the farm was sold. In his younger days he played baseball with the Sunnydale team and enjoyed curling in the annual bonspiel. He was a quiet man who loved farming, working with wood and watching sports on TV. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The last five years were spent in Weyburn Special Care Home. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 22, at 1:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment will be at a later date. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
BAKKE - Jessie (nee Bartlett) Bakke passed away in the Weyburn Special Care Home, November 23, 2002, age 93 years. Predeceased by her husband, Artie Bakke (2000), her parents, John and Jessie Bartlett, and six siblings. Jessie will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Colleen Altwasser and five grandchildren: David (Nancy Cameron) Altwasser, James (Peggy) Altwasser, both in Regina; Darcy Altwasser of Swift Current; Laura (Tim) Hengen of Fernie, BC; Lynn (Michael) Fix of Regina; and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Ida Bartlett of Regina, and Bernice (Roy) Le May of Saskatoon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jessie was born September 14, 1909 in Golspie Sutherlandshire, Scotland, the youngest of seven children for John and Jessie Bartlett. She came to Yellow Grass with her family in 1914. She married Art Bakke in 1931, right in the heart of the depression. She raised turkeys and chickens. Good with a gun, she kept all predators at bay. Jessie belonged to Sunny Dale Ladies Aid, Turkey Hen Club and Lily Circle. During the 50's she worked at MacKenzies Jewelry Store in Regina, Fredrickson's & Robinson stores in Weyburn. She enjoyed curling but had to give it up with the loss of an eye in 1966. Jessie enjoyed being with people, playing cards and always had a joke to share. In 1962, Jessie and Artie retired to their new home in Yellow Grass. Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass with Pastor Carol Dennison officiating. A private family interment was held.
BAKKE - Ruth passed away peacefully on May 17, 2006 at the age of 95 years. Born on the family farm in Yellow Grass, SK on November 9, 1910, Ruth attended high school in Yellow Grass and business school in Weyburn. A career woman, she worked for the Department of Agriculture in Regina for 13 years, for the U.S. Army Engineering Corp in Edmonton that constructed the Alaska Highway during World War II and for the Canadian National Railway in Regina until she retired in 1975. Ruth was active in the community as one of the original volunteers with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Red Cross and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She loved arts and crafts, played bridge, golfed, bowled and travelled. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Nellie Bakke; her brothers, Morris, Raymond and Merton and her sisters, Inez Lynnes, Hazel Campbell and Ruby Dodd. Ruth is lovingly remembered and sorely missed by her numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews and other relatives. The family is very appreciative of the sympathy expressed by Ruth's many friends and for the care that she received from Precious Memories Care Home, staff of Unit 6F at the Regina General Hospital and her doctors, especially Dr. I. Sheikh. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
BARMBY - William "Bill", beloved husband of Marj Barmby of the Melville district, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2007 at the age of 65 years. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home, Melville. Interment will take place in the Yellow Grass Cemetery on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 11:30 a.m.
BATHGATE - George James Bathgate of Pangman, formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away quietly on March 6. George was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Mary Bathgate, his son, Robert George, his brother, Jack and his sister, Betty. George will be remembered by his loving wife of 62 years, Neta Bathgate of Pangman and their family: Jim Bathgate (Arlene McCann) of Doha, Qutar; Judy (Bob) Schwindt of Pangman; Janet Bathgate of Regina; Kathy Bathgate of Weyburn; Kerry (Debbie) Bathgate of Yellow Grass; grandchildren: Krista (Kris Heale) Svedahl and their son, Adam of Rossland, BC; Rob Svedahl of Pangman; Conrad Bathgate of Regina; Matt (Courtney) Bathgate of Saskatoon; Anthony Bathgate of Saskatoon; sister-in-law, Betty Bathgate of Nokomis; special nieces, nephews and their respective families: Rosemary and Howard Belliveau; Jack and Linda Collins; Hazel Eddy; Anne and Malcolm Hill; Mary and Darryl Strudwick; and Nancy Erb. George was born on December 25th, 1914 to Jim and Mary Bathgate. He was the eldest of three children. After his mother died in 1926, the family became separated. George then spent several years living with and working for other families in the Yellow Grass area. In June, 1940, George, along with twelve other Yellow Grass men joined the Regina Rifle Regiment as Canadian volunteers in WWII. For the next five years, George served with this Regiment and developed a very strong bond with his fellow soldiers a bond that remained in tact for his entire life. After WWII, George returned to Yellow Grass and worked at road construction, trucking, and at operating a small scale dairy before settling into the position of operating a grain elevator. George married Neta Thornton in 1946 and over the next several years had six children Jim, Judy, Janet, Kathy, Bob, and Kerry. In 1955 George purchased a farm west of Yellow Grass where he farmed and raised cattle until 1990, when he retired at the age of 77. In the early years of this farming operation, George remained working at the Pioneer Grain elevator so working days were long and days off were rare. In spite of that, he always had time to support family and community activities. One very important aspect of community was George's extensive involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #266. Once George was able to acquire more farm land, he quit working at the elevator and could devote full time to farming. He especially enjoyed his many connections with friends and neighbours, particularly with Ken and Sue Wood and family. Also, during this time, George and Neta had the opportunity to travel. They visited family and friends throughout Canada, the UK and Scotland. In addition, they hosted several visitors (family and friends) from Canada, Scotland, Malawi, and Tanzania. Of course, all the while George shared his stories and listened to the life experiences of others. Special highlights were the visits of George's brother Jack and his family. Although George did not have the opportunity to acquire an extensive formal education, he always encouraged his children to do so. Consequently, George took great pride in the fact that his 'kids and grandkids' are well-educated and responsible, contributing members of their respective communities. Attending the annual Regina Rifle Reunion on the first weekend in June was always a priority with George. He and Neta seldom missed this event. It provided them with the opportunity to rekindle friendships and enjoy the camaraderie of the other "Regina Johns". The last reunion that George and Neta attended was in 2007 when the regimental Commander-in-Chief Princess Anne was there to recognize her Rifle Regiment's 100th Anniversary. The presence of royalty was important, but what made the event more memorable for George was the attendance of his children and grandchildren. The Bathgate contingent at that reunion was a large one. George spent many hours walking and of course, his walks often included stops to visit with those he happened to meet along the way. He loved to visit and to tell his stories of his life experiences. Those experiences were many and were varied but they always brought George back home home to Yellow Grass. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. from the United Lutheran Church in Yellow Grass with Colette Baker officiating. Tributes were given by Dennis Chisholm and Jim Bathgate. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion held the Last Post service. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. The Pallbearers were: Rob Svedahl, Conrad Bathgate, Matthew Bathgate, Anthony Bathgate, Norman Dunsmore and Brian Wood.
BATHGATE - Jacqueline Innetta "Neta" Bathgate passed away on Monday, September 27, 2010 at the age of 83 years. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass, Sask. with Rev. Cordelia Karpenko Officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, Sask.
BECKER - Frederick "Fred" William. On Friday, March 31, 2000, Frederick "Fred" William Becker, late of Yellow Grass, passed away in hospital at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by his wife Doreen in 1982, two brothers and two sisters, Fred is survived by his son Gerald (Kim); grandsons Derek and Drew; daughter Gail and special friend Eileen Lansdell. Funeral service was held on Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Private family interment followed.
BENNETT - Ruby Ida Elizabeth (nee Irvine). Saturday, August 6, 2005, Ruby Ida Elizabeth Bennett passed away peacefully at Santa Maria Nursing Home in Regina. Ruby was born at Lang, December 10, 1911. Predeceased by her husband James; her parents Noble and Minnie Irvine; sister and brother-in-law Irene and Noble Irvine; brother Albert and sister-in-law Lilas Irvine; brother-in-law Jack Somerville; grandson Brent Kerslake. Survived by her daughters: Joanne (Don) Kerslake, Donna (Garnet) Murray, Fay (Walden) Klatt and Ruby (Marcel) Coupal; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, one sister Goldie Somerville; numerous nieces, nephew and cousins. Ruby enjoyed her family and friends and time spent with her grandchildren. Mom was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed serving delicious meals. Her family greatly appreciated the tender loving care provided by staff on the second floor at Santa Maria. Visitation and funeral service for family and friends was held in Speers Funeral Chapel (2136 College Ave., Regina) on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. A private interment service was held for family and friends at the Yellow Grass Cemetery on Wednesday, August 10.
BOREN - Robert Dale Leroy Boren, late of Yellow Grass, Sk passed away July 11, 2010, at the age of 73 years. He was born July 13, 1936, son of Bill and Louise Boren. Dale was predeceased by his father W. J. "Bill" Boren, and aunts, Eula Meyers and Irene Hanna. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Ruth Boren of Yellow Grass; three children: Deborah Boren (Daniel Pinzon) Vancouver, BC, Connie (Troy) Arndt, Weyburn, Darren (Tricia) Boren Weyburn; four grandchildren: Wyatt and Luke Arndt, Jayda and Ty Boren; his mother Louise Boren, Weyburn as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. As well as farming, Dale had a passion for electronics, selling many C.B. radios, fixing televisions and of late spent many hours with his computers. Through all of this he gathered many friends. For many years Dale was an active member of the Yellow Grass Lions Club. Dale enjoyed traveling over the years and trips included camping with his family in the summer and travels with friends to many destinations. The last few years were spent camping at Nickel Lake where he met many new friends. He enjoyed watching sports on television as well as the grandchildren’s activities. Dale’s strong will and determination, and his generous heart will be missed by all those who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his family who are left with only his memory. Visitation for family and friends was held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A private family graveside service was held at the Yellow Grass Cemetery. A celebration of Dale’s life was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm from the Yellow Grass Communiplex.
BOREN - Mary "Louise" (nee Wilkins) Boren late of Weyburn, passed away Monday, October 18, 2010 at the age of 101 years. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Julia and Sim Wilkins, her husband, Bill Boren, her son, Dale Boren, sister, Irene Hannah, brother, Robert Wilkins, and sister-in-law, Eula Meyers. Louise is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ruth Boren, Yellow Grass, grandchildren: Deborah Boren (Daniel Pinzon), Vancouver, BC; Connie (Troy) Arndt, Weyburn, Darren (Tricia) Boren, Weyburn, great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Luke Arndt; Jayda and Ty Boren, nieces: Bobby-Lou (Shaun) Curran, Calgary, AB, Delores (Jerry) Nostrand and family, Colorado Springs, CO, great nephew and niece: Bob Curran and family, Calgary, AB, Deanna (Ronnie) Robichard and family, Calgary, AB, Susan (Jamie) Foster and family, Calgary, AB, as well as numerous relatives along with her Hilltop Manor family. Louise lived on a farm outside of Yellow Grass until Grade 5 when she and her family moved to Regina. After completing Grade 8, she went into the workforce taking a position at Simpsons as a retail clerk. She married William ‘Bill’ Boren on January 2, 1930. Their married life took root in many different locations as they spent time in Snowden, Lake Alma, and Wesbourne MB, but eventually made their way back to Yellow Grass where they settled permanently. They lived on the farm outside of Yellow Grass where together, with their son Dale, were involved in grain farming, raising cattle, horses and Bill’s championship bulls. Bill & Louise retired and moved into a home in Yellow Grass where Louise lived until 2007. Louise enjoyed travelling with family and friends and saw places from Branson, to Mac Inac Island, Alaska and the Panama Canal. One of Louise’s true passions was sports. She was a strong supporter of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Vancouver Canucks and of course her great grandchildren’s teams. Her favourite team was the Yellow Grass Blue Devils. She didn’t miss a game, even after her grandchildren were finished playing, she continued to support the team. She became an icon at the gyms around the province and was known by the team as ‘Grandma Boren’. She was even given her own team uniform and a trophy in Lumsden as Number 1 fan. A funeral service for Louise was held on Thursday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. A private family interment was held at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Active Pallbearers were Troy Arndt, Darren Boren, Bob Curran, Daniel Pinzon, Shaun Curran, and Dale Wallin.
BRANNING - Clifford "Cliff" Alvin. On Wednesday, August 30, 2006, Clifford "Cliff" Alvin Branning, late of Weyburn passed away at Crocus Plains Villa at the age of 98 years. Predeceased by his parents, Richard and Katherine; his wife Helen; nine brothers: Cecil, Elmer, Lawrence, Clinton, Ross, William, Leonard, Edgar, infant Fredrick; granddaughter, Debbie Foley and great grandson, Tony John Foley. Cliff is survived by his family: Alvin (Denise) Branning of Osler, Wayne (Florence) Branning of New Brunswick, Mildred (Vic) Menard of Castrol Valley, CA, Glenn (Dianne) Branning of Weyburn, Donna Branning (Karen) of Saskatoon, 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Cliff was born December 18, 1907 at Brock Twp., Ontario, the fifth child of Richard and Katherine Branning. His parents were married in 1897 near Seagrave, Ontario. They came West in 1912, living on farms near Tuxford and Fairlight. They moved to Yeoman for some time, then moved to a farm west of Trossachs where Richard passed away. Mrs. Branning married William Powell in 1928. They lived in Saskatchewan until 1934 when they went back to Ontario, where they lived until their passing. Cliff married Helen Christopherson in Weyburn on February 8, 1930. During their first years of marriage, Cliff had to go North in search of work. As time didn't get any better, in 1934 they moved to Ontario where Cliff worked loading box cars with turnips. During the War years, he worked in the arsenal and foundry in Lindsay, Ontario. In 1946 they moved back to Saskatchewan and bought a farm raising pigs and cattle. In 1952, Cliff was hired by the R.M. of Brokenshell to operate caterpillar and build and maintain roads. After 27 years of service for the R.M. they sold the farm and Cliff retired to Yellow Grass, Sask. Cliff and Helen were life time members of the United Church. He really enjoyed singing in the church choir, and liked to tend his garden, apple trees and raspberries. They were also very involved with the Senior's Centre in Yellow Grass. Cliff also curled in Trossachs for many years. He will be lovingly remembered by all his family and friends. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 2 at 10:00 A.M. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. John Ferrier officiating, the eulogy was given by Cliff's granddaughter, Sue Sawicki. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were: Kerry Sawicki, Mark Branning, Len Sawiki, Jeff Claffey and Gary Christopherson.
BRIDGLAND - Divina (nee Hopkins). On Monday, February 1, 1999, Divina Bridgland late of Yellow Grass, and formerly of the Toronto area, passed away at the age of 87 years. Divina was born in Esterhazy in 1911 and grew up in Stenen, achieved her ATCM degree in Regina and taught piano lessons in Stenen and the surrounding towns. She was an accomplished pianist and played for many weddings. She moved to Toronto in 1944 and worked as a civil servant until her retirement. Charles Bridgland and Divina were married in 1977 and they had 11 happy years of traveling and visiting relatives. Divina suffered a stroke in May of 1995 and moved to Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass in November 1995. Divina was predeceased by her husband Charles Bridgland; her parents Dolly and George Hopkins; sister Dorothy Ortwein; two brothers-in-law: Bill Ortwein and Bob Plummer and a nephew: Terry Plummer. Divina is survived by her step-daughter: Carol Bridgland; step-granddaughter Nicole; sister Bernardine Plummer; nieces: Joyce (Roy) Cross, Marilyn (Warner) Smith, Mary Gail Garwak; nephew George (Colleen) Ortwein; five great nieces; nine great nephews; one great great niece; as well as cousins and many friends in the Toronto area. A graveside service was held Friday, February 5, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, with Marilyn Anderson Corkum officiating minister. All in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
BROCK - John William Angus. On Saturday, April 6, 2002, Mr. John William Angus Brock of Regina, SK. passed away in the Pasqua Hospital at the age of 77 years. John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Gloria; children, Don (Marlene) Brock, Shirley (Bill) Rickard and Hilarie Brock (Murray Young); grandchildren, Craig, Conrad, Curtis and Cara Brock; sister, Hatti Coulthard; sisters-in-law, Margaret Brock and Eunice Brock and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Robert Henry Brock and Florence Brock; siblings, Walter Brock, Henrietta Bates, Ruby Loucks, Pearl Large and Harry Brock and Henry Clayton Brock and Edith Lillian Brock who died as children. John was born on November 17, 1924 near McTaggart, SK. and attended school in Albernethy. He served overseas in World War II in the RCAF and was a fire fighter attached to the 437 Bomber Command. John farmed in the Abernethy area for most of his life and had a great love and respect for nature. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 12, 2002 at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Balcarres, SK. with Rev. Betty Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Abernethy Cemetery.
BROWN - Kathleen "Kay" Marion (nee Cuddington) born July 1, 1920, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2009 at Weyburn Special Care Home. Predeceased by parents William and Rose Cuddington, Husband John (Jack) Brown (1998), brothers Thomas, William and David, and sisters Ellen Gardner, Alice Cuddington, and brother-in-law Charles Auld. Kay is survived by her children: Marion Arneson, and her family Lee (Kendra), Scott (Amanda) and Kimberley and their father Richard Arneson of Milestone; Beverley (Greg) Groff, and their family, Trevor (Jane) and Anika, Erin (Matt) and Whitney of Regina; Douglas (Linda) Brown, and their family, Mike and Jim of Regina; Robert Brown of Lewvan; sisters, Patricia Goncalves, Doris Aleksenko, and brother Arthur Cuddington, British Columbia; special cousins, Doug and Margaret Cuddington and their family; sister-in-law, Isabel Auld and Gean (Ross) Perry, Keith, Warren and Connie and families, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and all other non related favorite nieces and nephews who called her Grandma Brown. Born at Alameda, Kay lived at Gray and Regina. During the war years Kay worked in the war plant in Ajax, Ontario. Returning to Saskatchewan, Kay married Jack Brown and they were married in Regina, October 23, 1945 and moved to the Lewvan family farm. They were married 53 years and lived all those years at Lewvan. Jack passed away in December 20, 1998. Kay continued to live at Lewvan on the farm and in October 2002, moved to Weyburn due to ill health. Kay's mother, brothers and sisters had all moved to British Columbia. Kay and Jack did take a few holidays to BC to visit family members and of course her family members would come back to Saskatchewan to the Lewvan farm for visits. Kay loved music and enjoyed her music abilities being able to play the harmonica and once hearing a song could play it. Kay's homemade bread and buns, butter tarts, shortbread and special fruit cakes that she made for weddings were popular with all friends and family and the coffee pot was always on whenever anyone stopped for a visit. Community involvement included volunteering in the rink, sports days and fall suppers and teaching Sunday School. She was a member of the Lewvan United Church Women's group and Francis Rebecca's Ladies group. For many years a reporter to the Weyburn Review for the Lewvan area advising of local activities and events. Kay took a special interest in calling friends, local neighbors and shut ins who would be home alone or had no close family members, just to say " hi - how are you doing today" and many of them got a special care package delivered to them or invited over for supper. Kay was very proud of all her grandchildren and new great granddaughter Anika, and enjoyed spending time with them playing games and sharing her music with them. July 1 was her special birthday celebration that she always looked forward to. Special thanks to all the Weyburn Care Home staff and Dr. Fong for all their support and care for our mother during the years that she lived there. Funeral service was held at the Yellow Grass United Church on Wednesday March 11 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Colette Baker officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
BUCKINGHAM - Hilda Madge (nee Paton). On Monday, February 5, 2007, Hilda Madge Buckingham, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 83 years. Hilda was predeceased by her parents, William and Janet Paton; her husband, C. Mervin Buckingham; brothers-in-law, Joe Dorey and Bill Gowans. Hilda will be lovingly remembered by her family: Brian Buckingham of Yellow Grass, Sandra (Monty) Bissett of Montmartre, and their children: Meigen (Wayne) Schmidt and their children, Alexandra and Garret Schmidt; Lisa Weichel (Darcy Tendler), Jodi (Dennis) Kress and their son, Owen Kress; Jared Bissett; Diane Buckingham (John Skidmore) of Winnipeg, MB and their children: Rachel and Trevor Skidmore; Joan Buckingham of Weyburn, and her son, Quinlan Buckingham; Wendy (Scott) Stronge of Colgate, and their children: Derek, Heather and Kristen Stronge; sisters: Iva Dorey of Weyburn, Ruth Gowans of Kimberley, BC, Beatrice (Harold) McClinton of Penticton, BC; as well as in-laws on the Buckingham side, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Hilda was born December 19, 1923, and grew up on a farm at Yellow Grass. Her parents were of Scottish descent, her father being from Dundee, Scotland. Growing up in Yellow Grass, she did well in school and she liked to play baseball. She was the pitcher on the team and became known as "Hilda the Kid." She received her grade 12 education, then was employed at the C.I.B.C. as a teller. On November 14, 1947, Hilda married C. Mervin Buckingham at Yellow Grass United Church, and became a farmer's wife. She enjoyed gardening, keeping two gardens growing, one in town and one out at the farm. Hilda liked attending town functions and events, and she always felt that she had to do her part to make town functions successful. She was the treasurer for many town organizations, participated in the Lilac Women's group at the church and its many tasks, including singing in the choir. She was an avid member of the Legion and the Golden Harvest Drop In Centre. Hilda was a natural, self-taught artist and she performed the role of graphic artist, creating posters to advertise events. She always took the time to write to people, read and later took up quilting for her grandchildren. Mervin and Hilda did some traveling, flying to Europe and made the trip to Alaska, which she enjoyed very much. Hilda really enjoyed her grandchildren and scrap booked pictures of them before it was fashionable. She took great pride in her grandchildren's lives and special events. She also really enjoyed her friends and never wanted to miss any group experiences. Hilda liked to have fun, leaving her family with many good memories. She will be missed fondly by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Friday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass with Pastor Tim Lofstrom officiating. Active pallbearers were Jim Hansen, Don Baillie, Wayne Schmidt, Dennis Kress, Barry MacTaggart and Kevin Duxbury. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery
BUNNELL - Katharine Ila Bunnell was called to her eternal home on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at the age of 91 years. She leaves to mourn her passing, her sister Helen Hockley of Weyburn; two nieces: Pat Gillespie of Victoria, BC; and Marjorie (Richard) Scruggs of Calgary; and a nephew, Howard (Mary) Hockley of Grimshaw, AB. She was predeceased by her parents, Pat and Elizabeth Bunnell and her sister, Ruth McDermott. Katharine was born February 20, 1910, at Carthage, Illinois, USA. She lived most of her life in the McTaggart-Weyburn area, and at the time of her passing she was a resident of Weyburn Special Care Home. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, with Julia Sinclair officiating minister. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass.
BUSCH - Joseph John "Joe" Busch, late of Wilkie, formerly of Weyburn, passed away Saturday August 29th, 2009 at the age of 86 years. Joe was predeceased by his wife, Eileen, parents, Joseph and Thersa, brother Val, three sisters, Mary Kalk, Betty Turchak and Tessie Dash. Joe is survived by his children: Barry (Sheila) Busch, Landis, Blair (Wendy) Busch, Innisfail, AB, Cheryl (Dennis) DeLaet, Davidson, Darcy (Mary) Busch, Sylvan Lake, AB, Darla (Wade) Wheeler, Cochrane, AB, 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, as well as two sisters, Kay Klassen and Evie Andrews. A Memorial Service was held Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. M Barnabas officiating. Internment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Honorary Pallbearers were all those in attendance and thoughts and prayers of those who were unable to attend.
BUSCH - Wilma "Eileen" (nee Metheral) passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the age of 80 years. Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Mildred Metheral and sister, Ruth Garinger. Eileen is survived by her husband, Joe Busch, Weyburn /Davidson; her children: Barry (Sheila), Landis, Blair (Wendy) Innisfail, AB, Cheryl (Dennis) DeLaet, Davidson, Darcy (Mary), Sylvan Lake, AB and Darla (Wade) Wheeler, Cochrane, AB; grandchildren: Scott and Twila-Jo; Tim and Christina; Ryan Kevin and Leanne; Abbey, Allie and Amy; Alyssa and Madison; great-grandchildren: Tyson, Caitlin, Corie, Presley, Olivia, Shelbea, Jay and Gavin; great-great grandchild, Owen; two brothers: Clarence (Alice) Metheral and Alvin (Joyce) Metheral. The funeral service was held at Grace United Church on Friday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. with Gary Keefe officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery.
CAMPBELL - Anne Donalda Jean (nee MacCallum). On Monday, November 1, 1999, Anne Donalda Jean Campbell, late of Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 75 years. Anne was born January 25, 1924 at Yellow Grass, to Duncan and Nellie MacCallum. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ron Campbell; one sister, Helen; one brother, Jack; and by her companion, Ernie Altwasser. Anne is survived by her daughter, Janice (Herb) Erwin of Victoria, BC; three grandsons: Scott (Tina) Erwin of Toronto, ON; Corey (Erin) Erwin of Victoria, BC; and Bryan Erwin (Erin) of Victoria, BC; two great grandsons: Jacob and Spencer Erwin; as well as special friends: Erika and Orval Altwasser of Yellow Grass. A memorial service was held Thursday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Pastor Carlton Larsen officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
CATHCART - Winona Mary "Nona". It is with great sadness that her family announce the passing of Winona Mary Cathcart, age 98 years, at the Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge in Strasbourg on Monday 15 Jan 2007. "Nona" was born in Yellow Grass on 28 September 1908, the first of four daughters of Fred Cathcart and Myrtle Taylor. Nona was a selfless person and spent her life helping and caring for others. She spent her early years in Yellow Grass living with her mother and father, helping to care for her elderly grandparents. When Nona's mother passed in 1966, she moved to Strasbourg to help Sharon with her new family, and from that point on Nona became a regular at all Hill family gatherings helping with all of the children of both Dave & Sharon and Peter & Ina Hill. She became Aunt Nona to all the Hill children and grandchildren. In about 1980 Aunt Nona moved to Govan where she stayed until 1990 when she decided that she was not comfortable living alone, and moved back to Strasbourg finding a comfortable place at the Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge. Aunt Nona loved to read, travel, eat, make puzzles and spend time with children. Aunt Nona was predeceased by her parents, her sisters and brothers-in-law Isabel Elsie Best (Alexander), Freda Grace Stevens (Raymond), her brother-in-law Roger Wilkinson, her niece Sharon Hill and her husband Dave. Aunt Nona will be sadly missed by her sister Mary Florence Wilkinson, her nieces Lynn (Dave) Leggo and family, Alixe (Jack) Young and family, Pam (Larry) Ring and family, and nephews Chris (Susan) Wilkinson and family and Doug Stevens. She will forever be remembered by the Hill families Mark, Ken (Sarah), Todd (Jennifer), Ina, Heather, Sarah, Peter (Marcy) and family, Colleen, Garret (Lindsay) and family, and Greg (Brianna) and her many great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to all the staff at the Last Mountain Pioneer Lodge for the excellent and kind care Aunt Nona received during her years at the Lodge. Messages of condolence can be directed to Fletchers Funeral home in Weyburn, who will forward them to the family. A tree will be planted in the spring in the Forest of Remembrance in Calgary by her nieces Lynne and Pam and families. A celebration of Aunt Nona's life will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, January 19th in Yellow Grass. Friends are asked to meet at the Yellow Grass United Church and then proceed to the Yellow Grass cemetery, where Nona will finally be home.
CHRISTOPHERSON - Evelyn Mae "Midge" (nee Grassick). Surrounded by her loving family, her earthly journey complete, our very precious mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Evelyn "Midge" Christopherson passed away on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at the age of 91 years. Evelyn was born September 11th, 1918 in Yellow Grass, Sask., the fifth child of George and Alice (Hockley) Grassick who were amongst the earliest pioneers in the district. At two months of age, Evelyn contracted whooping cough that slowed her growth, prompting her father to call her his little Midget. The name was shortened to Midge, and the nickname stuck in the Yellow Grass district throughout her life. Midge graduated from High School when she was 16 years old and moved to Regina where she attended Normal School pursuing her dream of teaching. After one year of instruction, Midge began teaching at the country schools of Dawn View and Beautiful Plains. This would prove to be quite an adventure for a teenage girl to carry out the responsibility of teaching students taller than herself and close to her age. She always told her family that the highlight of those years was when she was able to take her classes to Regina to see King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth during their 1939 visit to Canada. In 1942, Midge married Kenneth Christopherson from Trossachs. They moved to Barrie, Ontario where Ken was stationed at Camp Borden with the Armed Forces during WW2. In 1944, their first son, Garry was born. After the war, Ken and Midge settled back in Yellow Grass. In 1953 identical twins, Brent and Kent were born. Shortly after this Ken left the community leaving Midge to raise three young boys on her own. This proved to be very difficult at a time when single parenting was not common. However, Midge was a determined and resilient woman, and with the help of her mother and other family members she persevered through this experience. In 1959 after working odd jobs as a store clerk at the Dietz's Red and White Store, a receptionist, janitor at the school and kindergarten teacher all in Yellow Grass, Midge upgraded her teaching certificate and moved to Milestone where she taught the primary grades for twenty years. She was well respected as an educator implementing the relatively new, but very successful Blended Sound/Sight method of teaching reading and writing developed by Anna Ingham, a Saskatchewan resident. While in Milestone Midge developed many deep friendships. Interestingly, the people there knew her as Ev, which although strange to her family, was endearing to Midge. Following her retirement Midge moved a new house into Yellow Grass across the street from the Church of Christ where she was a life long member. Midge was a very positive, extremely kind and generous individual who in spite of difficult times and great losses maintained a love for her God, family and friends. She had a strong, unwavering faith, an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. Her door was always open, and she had a habit of leaving a note on the table for anyone that may drop by when she was out. Midge loved to entertain, have sleepovers with her Grandchildren, play games such as Dutch Blitz or Scrabble and tell stories of her childhood. Midge also enjoyed croqueting and needlepoint. For many years she was a member of a walking club that would take long strolls around town in the evenings. She was very active in the church as a member of the Women's Missionary Society, and took her turns teaching Sunday School and helping out at Rough Bark Camp. She was involved in the Golden Harvest Senior Center and the Yellow Grass Housing Authority. One of the highlights of Midge's life was going to the Black Hills, South Dakota with Brent and Colleen and family and to Spain and Morocco with Garry and Pat. Midge suffered a devastating loss when her son, Kent died in 2003 from a massive heart attack. Understandably this was a terrible blow, but as was her personality she pressed on and unselfishly maintained her interest and concern for others. In 2005 at the age of 87 Midge moved to Pangman to the Deep South Personal Care Home and in recent months to Tatagwa where she fell and broke her hip in March. Never fully recovering from this fall Midge slowly declined and passed away to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 8th, 2010. Predeceased by her parents, George and Alice Grassick, brothers, Bill (Maude) and Duncan (Jo) Grassick; sisters, Violet (Lawrence) Dunn, Margaret Grassick and Fern (Les) Jones, husband, Ken Christopherson, and son, Kent Christopherson. Midge leaves to mourn her sons Garry (Pat) Christopherson and Brent (Colleen) Christopherson; grandchildren, Tanyia (Cameron) Pelham, Terri (Brent) Marinos, Todd (Charlotte) Christopherson, Paddy (Tracy) Reed, Cory (Terrill) Young, Wade (Bonnie) Christopherson, Brad (Becky) Christopherson and Jeff (Crystal) Christopherson; Great Grandchildren; Ashley and Brayden Pelham, Carly Marinos, Judson, Jessica and Jaxon Christopherson, Dakota and Shelby Reid, Christopher and Marissa Young, Ali and Aurora Christopherson, Ayden and Tye Christopherson and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM from the Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, SK with Rev. Merriell Nicholson officiating.
CHRISTOPHERSON - Kent Dean Christopherson was born August 27, 1953 at Yellow Grass to Evelyn and Kenneth Christopherson. His family moved to Milestone in 1960 where he received his education. Kent took farm and welding courses as well as refrigeration courses and spent approximately 20 years working as a refrigeration technician for Coke. The past 8 years Kent spent working for the RM of Scott as a heavy equipment operator. He also spent time working for various farmers in the Yellow Grass district. He enjoyed hunting and working with his hands. Kent also was willing to lend a 'helping hand' to friends and neighbours when needs arose. Kent coached senior and minor hockey, served on the Yellow Grass Rink Board for several years, volunteered for the Yellow Grass Fire Department as well as various other community projects. On April 26, 1997 Kent married Wendy Cole. Kent passed away on December 6, 2003 at the age of 50 years. He was predeceased by his father Ken Christopherson; father-in-law Paul Cole and special friend Otto Erb. Kent is survived by his wife Wendy Christopherson; his sons: Brad (Becky Kilborn) and Jeff (Crystal Lesprance); his mother, Evelyn Christopherson; mother-in-law, Gladys Cole; brothers: Gary (Pat) Christopherson and Brent (Colleen) Christopherson; brother-in-law, Dale (Donna) Cole and sister-in-law, Nancy (Kent) Dalziel; nieces and nephews: Tanyia (Cam) Pelham, Terri (Brent) Marinos, Todd (Charlotte) Christopherson, Paddy (Tracey) Reed, Corey (Terrill) Young, Wade (Bonnie) Christopherson, David Cole, Amanda Cole and Whitney Cole; as well as numerous great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and numerous friends. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass Wheatland Communiplex with Pastor Doug Cryer officiant. The urn bearers were Jess Christopherson and Brad Christopherson. Interment followed in the Yellow Grass Community Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were: Keith and Janice Johnstone, Chris and Steve Sayeau, Jim and Betty Robertson and Brian Wood.
COCKRAM - Olive Margaret (nee Benallick). It is with great sadness that the family of Olive Margaret Cockram announce her passing on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 94 years. Olive was predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Margeret Benallick; sisters, Violet (Bartlett) Milne, Helen Benallick, Ruth Wilkie; brothers-in-law, Ed Cockram, Malcolm Muir; sisters-in-law, Eva Cockram, Laura Hyer; niece, Darlene Muir and nephew, George Bartlett. Olive is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 59 years, Tom Cockram; her sister, Phyllis Muir of Kelowna, BC; brothers-in-law, Herb Wilke of Regina and Mark Cockram of Weyburn. She is also survived by special nieces and nephews: Terry Chibi and family of Edmonton, AB, Heather Bathgate of Regina, Bill Wilke of Yellow Grass, Randy Muir and family of Kelowna, BC, Pat Wilke of Regina, Bob Cockram and family of Lone Butte, BC, Jim Cockram and family of Lone Butte, BC, Jackie Smith and family of California, Darcy Muir and family of Winfield, BC, Rick Muir and family of Yellow Grass, Jean (Morley) Hodgins, Willard (Betty) Bartlett, Hartley Bartlett, Garnet (Shirley) Bartlett. Olive was born, raised and remained in Yellow Grass with the exception of a few years living in Weyburn, Regina and Moose Jaw; following her marriage to Tom in 1946. She was born in 1911 a natural caregiver. Graduating from Yellow Grass school going on to becoming a psychiatric nurse. Olive then graduated from the Saskatchewan Hospital in 1934. Always together, Tom and Olive enjoyed many holidays (in their fun craft), fishing trips, much community and church service but mostly their relatives and friends. Time spent with family was always precious to Olive along with having their nephew Randy live with them for three years and their niece Terry spending much of their lives together. Her work with her church, Legion and community have been a priority in her life until the very end. She has many close friends that are like sisters. Olive brought joy, laughter and love to all who loved her and she will be forever missed. A memorial service was held Thursday, October 27, from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass cemetery.
COCKRAM - Thomas George. The late Thomas Cockram of Weyburn, SK and formerly of Yellow Grass, SK passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the age of 99 years. A Graveside Service will be held Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. from Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK with Pastor David Hanes officiating.
COLEMAN - Violet "Vi" Dorothy (nee Murray) passed away peacefully Monday May 23, 2005. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Saskatoon. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Vi is survived by her children Jan (Lawrence Mitchell), Murray (Rita Tripathy), and Rob (Shelley); her grandchildren, Terice, Vaughn, Moraya, Jesse, Benjamin, Lucy, Ariana, Sidonie, and Nadia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; her parents, Hildred and Robbie Murray; and her brother, Bill (Elaine). Vi was born on a farm near Yellow Grass on January 17, 1922. She worked as a secretary for 10 years in Regina. In 1952 she married Gordon and they raised three children. Gordon was the love of her life, and they enjoyed life to the fullest. Vi was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. Her passion was her family. She enjoyed travelling, music (her whistling/singing were beyond compare!), gardening, genealogy, history, going to Christopher Lake camp, being active in First Baptist Church, and Veterans and War Amps/Champs functions with Gordon. We, their children, are grateful for the enormous love and support we received from our parents and the fond memories we have of our family times together.
CROZIER - Jack Alvin Crozier of Weyburn passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital on March 24, 2009 at the age of 62 years. He was born August 29, 1947 to Alvin and Jean Crozier who lived near Yellow Grass. Jack is predeceased by his father, Alvin and granddaughter, Hailey Jean Ernst. Jack is survived by his wife: Sandra, Weyburn, daughters: Rhonda (Cory) Hemphill, Weyburn and their sons, Jerred, Mitchell and Andrew; Bonnie (Brent) Ernst, Weyburn and their sons, Ethan and Dylan; his mother, Jean Goran, Weyburn; and his one brother, Jim (Louise) Crozier, Yellow Grass as well as many nieces and nephews. Jack drove truck and farmed most of his life. He loved driving truck and being with other truck drivers. Some of those drivers had become very close friends of his and Sandra's. Jack took Bonnie on some hauls to places such as Texas and Las Vegas and made many precious memories with her. In 1999, Jack and Sandra decided to retire and sell the farm and move into Yellow Grass. Jack's idea of retirement seemed to last only a few days. Since his "retirement", he worked for friends and was a heavy equipment operator, a farm hand, and drove truck now and then. Jack and Sandra decided to move into Weyburn a few years ago to be closer to their girls and grandsons. Over the past few years, Jack got really into playing poker. He went every Tuesday night to the Royal and also to weekend poker tournaments with good friends. He also loved meeting the guys at Maintrack café every morning to catch the local gossip. Jack was so proud of his girls and his grandchildren. Jack took his family on fishing and camping trips every summer. These memories are so precious to his family. He passed on his love for camping and fishing to his girls they both extremely love to do both. Jack loved watching his girls play sports in their younger years and more recently loved watching his grandsons playing sports like soccer and baseball. Although Jack's back wasn't the greatest in the past few years, he managed to play baseball with his grandkids whenever he could. Jack really had a love for hockey throughout his life. He was so excited to see his grandsons play hockey. He loved all of his grandchildren so much and was having a hard time knowing that he wouldn't be there for all of the big moments in their lives like he was for his girls. In February of this year, Jack and Sandra took their annual two-week vacation to Laughlin. They met up with some of their good friends. They had a great time together, even though Jack's health started to deteriorate. The day they got home, Jack's breath seemed to be hard to catch and he had lost several pounds so he went to the doctor who sent him to a specialist. He was informed that he had terminal cancer and there was nothing else they could do for him. Jack came home and got out and visited family and friends as much as he could handle for the first couple of weeks. He had people come visit him at home too. He then became too weak and on Sunday, March 22 he decided to go to the hospital. The next day, Jack had lots of family and friends come up and visit and had great conversations with all of them. He appreciated all of the phone calls and visits from everyone. That night, Bonnie and Rhonda helped get him ready for bed and said good night to him for the last time. Jack passed away peacefully in his sleep. Jack was not only a husband but to others he was a son, father, brother, uncle, grandpa and friend. People say the family was lucky to get to have the time to say their good-byes. Sandra and the girls were fortunate enough to honestly say they didn't need the time to tell Jack they loved him and they knew he loved them. Jack wasn't a cuddly, kissy type and that was okay with his girls. Rhonda and Bonnie never once doubted his love and devotion to his family. Rhonda and Bonnie not only lost their dad but one of their very best friends. They feel so lucky to be able to have such a close bond with their dad. They can only learn to live on with memory of him and all of the wonderful memories they made together. A service of remembrance for Jack was held on Friday, March 27 at RD Family Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment was in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
CUMING - Macil Elaine (nee Johnstone) Murray Cuming went home to be with her Lord on November 19, 2003. She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Macil Johnstone, brother Ron Johnstone, first husband William (Bill) Murray, second husband Charles Cuming, and brother-in-law Gordon Coleman. Left to mourn her passing are her sister Verna (Jack) Baumber, brother Lorne (Ruth) Johnstone, son Bob (Lynda) Murray all of Regina, and daughter Diane (Jim) Mayer of Winnipeg. Elaine also leaves her grandchildren Stephen (Elizabeth), Heather and Holly Murray of Regina, and Laura (Kevin) McArthur and their children Kennedy and Cooper, and Colin (Tammy) Mayer and their children Dakota and Ryan of Winnipeg, sister-in-law Vi Coleman of Saskatoon. Elaine's family was rounded out by her step-family including Dale (Marlene) Cuming, Ron (Elizabeth) Cuming, Doug (Barbara) Cuming, Zelda (Lance) Nelson, Blanche (Henry) Hopp and their children and grandchildren. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. Elaine was born in Weyburn on April 26, 1916 and raised on the family farm in Yellow Grass. Elaine was married to her first husband, Bill, for 26 years until his death in 1962 and her second husband, Charles, for 30 years until his death in 1995. Elaine was a long-time resident of Regina and spent the last years of her life in Santa Maria Nursing Home. Elaine was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a teacher by profession and carried this penchant for teaching through to the hours spent with her grandchildren reading, playing games, and making wonderful creations. In Elaine's own words, one of her greatest joys was following the progress and achievements of her many grandchildren and watching them grow up as persons who were very dear to her. She will be eternally missed by all of us. At her request, the service and interment will be a private, family affair to be held on Monday, November 24, 2003 at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery.
CUNNINGHAM - Ernest "Ernie" Mathew, born November 3, 1913, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2004. He was predeceased by his wife Bessie in 1997 and sister Myrtle Cathcart. Ernie is survived by his two children: Cory (Carol Ann) of Edmonton, and Lynn Taunton of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren Katherine, Paula and Ellen Cunningham, Matthew and Paul Taunton; three sisters Molly Walden, Kaye Ulleland and Maude Grassick. The family would like to acknowledge special friends Bill and Bertyl Smith. Ernie spent his entire working career with John Deere. He served in the R.C.A.F. during WW II. He was a member of the Assiniboia Masonic Lodge, the Wa Wa Shrine and the Rotary Club. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue with Rev. Everett Hollis officiating. Interment service will be held the same day at 3:00 p.m. in Yellow Grass Cemetery.
CUNNINGHAM - Rev. George Cunningham (July 21, 1918 - April 26, 2005) was born in Ballymena, N. Ireland, the youngest of six children. He attended St. Patrick's school followed by training in Evangelism and Social Work at the Church Army College. George's training in public speaking came from the school of hard knocks at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, London, and his first experiences in the pulpit were during tours of small rural location in N. Ireland in a horse-drawn caravan. After his marriage to Agnes Clarke in 1941, George pursued further training in the ministry, culminating with four years of theological studies at Nottingham University. Towards the end of his life, he still counted the receipt of his 'Blue Card', entitling him a position on the Nottingham Forest University soccer team, as one of his proudest achievements. George served as minister in many churches beginning in Nottingham, England, and then Glasgow, Scotland. In 1957, George and wife Agnes, along with four children, immigrated to Canada where George then served at the United Church in Climax, SK for four years. In 1961 the family moved to Cochrane, Ontario, for two years to take up the ministry at St. Paul's United Church. In 1963, the family which now included six children returned to Saskatchewan where George served at Gull Lake until 1972. From 1972 to 1986, George lived and worked in Foam Lake where he made his first attempt at retirement. That summer he was invited to conduct joint services for Grace United and Knox Presbyterian in Weyburn and he later agreed to serve at Yellow Grass due to a vacancy in the United Church. He continued to work at Yellow Grass United Church for three years before retiring again. Following the death of Agnes in 1991, George was remarried to Dorothy Erb at Yellow Grass in 1993. George had a keen interest in many things, including soccer, golf, football, snooker, playing bridge, curling, reading and writing, thoroughbred racing, and spinning yearn which often revealed his sense of humor. His passion for singing and music stood out as a central focus with both family and congregations he served. He made friends easily and enjoyed visiting with people in every community he lived in. George's years of counseling with individuals and families during difficult times made him an open-minded and sensitive listener. There are many who considered him a friend in need: encouraging, loyal, supportive whenever called upon for assistance. George was predeceased by wife Agnes in 1991 and two sons, Ivan in 1947 and Cedric in 1996, as well as by three brothers and two sisters in N. Ireland. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Yellow Grass; three sons: Edgar (Marcia), Regina, Shaun (Jennifer), B.C, and Wendell, B.C; two daughters: Maureen (Foster) Tessem, Swift Current and Kathleen (Ken) Fortner, McTaggart; and by 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; also by two stepchildren: Dianne (Bill) Ho, Edmonton and Brian Erb (Barb), Regina and by two step-grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held at Yellow Grass Cemetery with pallbearer, Edgar Cunningham. A Memorial Social was held Monday, May 2, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Ross McMurtry and Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. All who shared his life were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
DICKINSON - Donald Albert. With much sadness we announce the passing of Donald Albert Dickinson on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 with his family at his side to comfort him. He quietly slipped away after battling cancer courageously, silently and without complaint since 1998. Don was predeceased by his father, Donald; infant twin sisters, Mary and Marion and a brother-in-law Geoffrey Haddon. He is missed by his loving wife Myrt of 48 years, their daughters Dawna (Dale) Watson and their children, Britany, Brooke and Austin of Minton; and Joedy (Kevin) Wallin and their children, Bradley, Tanner and Ciara of Weyburn. He is also much loved and missed by his mother Evelyn Dickinson, Weyburn. Don (Sonny) is also survived by sisters Arline (Howard) Peterson, Edmonton, AB; Sharon (Roger) Brady, Weyburn, and Deby Haddon (Frank), Calgary, AB, as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Dad was born on a mild winter day-November 22, 1930 at Weyburn Union Hospital. He went to school at Yeoman, Elmdale School and later at Trossachs. He went on to the Weyburn Collegiate graduating in 1948. Early days were spent working on the family farm, skating on frozen creeks and dugouts, playing ball and swimming in the summer. After high school he went to Toronto and worked for a time before returning home. He continued to help his Dad on the farm and also drove taxi in the winter. While driving taxi he met his wife Myrt and they were married in 1957. They worked on the farm and lived in Weyburn and until their 6th anniversary when they moved to a new house on an acreage at Trossachs. Dad built the house from a pre-fabricated package doing most of the work himself from pouring the concrete basement to the woodwork inside. He did all the wiring in their new house from reading a manual and was still an avid reader. Wherever he sat down he would read whatever was around him. He still had much knowledge on all subjects and could even help with his grandchildren's grade 10 math, when no one else could. The family summers were spent working at the hayfield. "D.F. Dickinson & Son" custom haying business was created by Don and his dad. Evelyn and Myrt were the cooks for all the hired men. The hayfield jobs were in different places like the R.C.M.P. barracks, and the airport in Regina. We also traveled north and hayed the community pastures at Hudson Bay. As the years went on and farming required another income, Dad worked at North American Lumber constructing houses and started his own dry walling company with his brother-in-law. In later years he drove a gravel truck for Larsen's Construction at Radville. While remaining on the acreage at Trossachs, when retirement came so did summers at Nickel Lake. Myrt and Don have camped there for many years. Don liked to fish and visit around the campfire. They made many new "lake" friends and still continue to be thankful for their support over the past few years when Don has not been able to "do" all the things himself like he was used to doing. Don's pride and joy was his "girls", his wife Myrt, daughters Dawna and Joedy and their families. He had a gentle, quiet nature that found him always teasing the grandchildren. This will be what they miss most about their "Papa". Dad and mom enjoyed helping their children and their families whenever they could, whether it was building, dry walling, painting, renovating, harvesting or babysitting. The funeral service was held on Monday August 8, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. The active pallbearers were Brian Bowler, Tom Sanders, Kim Brady, Richard Hawton, Ron MacDonald and Allan Marr. The honorary pallbearers were Glen Branning, Tammie Giroux, Arnott Williams, Norm Meyers, Bob Baudria, Wendy Dunn, Mike Bakaluk and Dale Boren. On Dad's behalf a very special thank you goes out to a doctor like no other, Dr. Werner Oberholzer for his compassionate care over the years. We would also like thank the staff at the Cardiac Surveillance and Oncology units at the Pasqua Hospital.
DIETZ - Violet. Vi passed away peacefully in the Three Hills hospital, Three Hills, AB on August 29, 2013, at the age of 90 years. She is survived by her loving husband Lefty of 63 years, sons Doug, Ron (Peggy), Bob (Sherri), and daughter Debbie (Randy) and eight grandchildren (Chad, Nicole, Garret, Kirsten, Chelsey, Joel, Jaelyn, Denton) and two great-grandchildren (Luke, Alicia). She is also survived by sisters Florence Wilke and Cody Harvey. Vi was born in Yellow Grass on April 8, 1923, one of eight children of Edgar and Della Klinck. She spent her entire life in Yellow Grass with the exception of a brief period of training and employment in Regina. After marrying Lefty in 1950, they operated the Red & White Store in Yellow Grass until 1977. In addition to making a vital contribution to the success of the business, she cherished the visits with customers and community members. During that time they raised their family of four children. Vi expressed her Christian faith through action. She participated in many activities in the Yellow Grass Church of Christ, serving as treasurer for more than five decades. Vi loved to bake, sharing her pies, buns and other items with many others. Hospitality was her great gift. In 1972, Vi and Lefty started building a cabin at Little Bear Lake where they spent the summer months entertaining family and friends. Her greatest passion at the cabin was berry picking, especially the wild blueberries. Family meant the world to Vi. In order to be closer to family, Vi and Lefty moved to The Chateau in Three Hills in October, 2011. She often remarked that it was "the right move". During the past four months while battling cancer, she enjoyed many day trips and other activities which allowed her to become familiar with the area. She was able to make one more trip to the cabin in June with Lefty and the children. A celebration of life for Vi and her journey to eternal life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013 at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK
DODD Ruby (nee Bakke) passed away peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2004 on the day before her 94th birthday. Born on the family farm in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan on November 9, 1910, Ruby attended high school in Yellow Grass and business school in Weyburn, then worked for the Provincial Government for 9 years until she married George Dodd who predeceased her in 1995. Ruby was Provincial Representative for the Saskatchewan Branch of ACTRA from 1965-73, and was active in the community including the women's groups of St. Andrews United Church, Whitmore United Church and the RCMP. She loved arts and crafts, square dancing, alley bowling, lawn bowling, swimming and playing bridge. Her life spanned almost all of Regina's 100 years and she was born the year that the Roughriders, her sports passion, were formed. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Nellie Bakke; her brothers, Morris, Raymond and Merton; and her older sisters, Inez Lynnes and Hazel Campbell. Ruby is lovingly remembered and sorely missed by her twin sister, Ruth Bakke (Regina). Ruby will be very much missed by her three children, Lionel (Lise) of West Vancouver, BC, Dianne Amann (Gerry) of Watson Lake, Yukon and Douglas of Nanaimo BC; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family is very appreciative of the sympathy expressed by Ruby's many friends; and for the care she received from Precious Memories Care Home. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at the Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
DOMES - Albert. On Saturday, December 7, 2002, Albert Domes, late of Weyburn, passed away at Crocus Plains Villa, at the age of 96 years. Albert was born February 10, 1906 at Yellow Grass. His parents were Wilhelm and Julianna (Altwasser) Domes. His father became ill and passed away in 1928. Albert took over the farm. His mother passed away in 1944. Albert married Ida Weslowski of Davin in 1945. They lived on the farm until 1982 when they moved into Yellow Grass. They were both active members of Peace Lutheran Church. Albert and Ida lived together in their home in Yellow Grass until Ida's passing in 1995. Albert continued living there until 1997 when he moved into the Beautiful Plains Villa of Yellow Grass. In 2001, Albert moved into Weyburn and spent his last years at the Crocus Villa. Many thanks to the excellent staff of both homes for the great love and care that he was given there. Albert's hobby was carving horses. He carved dozens of them and has impressed everybody with their realistic appearance and great workmanship. These horses were in great demand and he continued with this hobby into the year 2002. Albert's mind was always thinking and trying to come up with a new invention. He spent many hours in his "Red Shed." This shed followed him wherever he lived. Albert always said that the things he did best were "eat and sleep." He enjoyed his denver sandwiches and his four or five cups of coffee at the Yellow Grass cafe. Albert enjoyed visits with family and friends. His strong, friendly handshake would sometimes seemingly last forever. When asked how he was doing, his response was always, "Oh, pretty good" - even until his last days. Everyone who met Albert would never forget his kind and gentle way. Albert was a loving husband to Ida and a good brother to his siblings. He will always be remembered as a very special uncle to many of his nieces and nephews. Albert was predeceased by his parents, Wilhelm and Julianna; his wife Ida; his brothers: Ferdinand, Archie, Carl and Bill; his sisters: Melida Heebner, Maud Domes, Otillie Rohloff, Emma Kilback, Alma Arndt, and Elsie Domes. Surviving him are sisters-in-law: Emma Domes of Assiniboia, Mary Weslowski of Regina, and Mary Weslowski of Cloverdale, B.C., as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m. from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Pastor Carol Dennison officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Jeff Kilback, Sheldon Leffler, Wes Schultz, Ray Arndt, Ed Silzer and Alvin Weslowski. Flowers gratefully declined.
DOMES - Lorne Ivan passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 9, 2006 at the age of 87 years. Lorne is survived by his daughters Myrna Staruiala; Margery Radons; Carolyn (Bob) Brown; and Janice (John) Harris; son Garnet (Lori); 12 grandchildren and their spouses; 12 great grandchildren; sister Alice (Clarence) Metheral; brothers Bernard (Joe), Alvin, and George (Dorothy); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Archie and Emma Domes; brothers Vern, Walter, Herb and James; sisters Doreen Becker and Clara Domes; infant granddaughter Debbie; sons-in-law Stan and Jack; as well as Hulda Domes. Lorne was born in Yellow Grass, SK and worked at Westeel Rosco for over 25 years. For the last ten years Lorne resided at the Regina Lutheran Home. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at the Regina Lutheran Home, 1925 5th Avenue N, Regina, SK on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dennis Fingas officiating.
DOMES - Vernon Paul Domes (November 28, 1919 - January 19, 2005) passed away quietly at the Weyburn Union Hospital January 19, 2005 with family beside him. He was 85. Vern was born on the home farm in the Yellow Grass district November 28, 1919. He was the second eldest in a large family of 11 children. When Vern first started school he could only speak German and many times recalled a favorite teacher Mr. Thompson. He was less than a year old when he lost the fingers on his left hand in a water well pump jack. At the age of 15, he went to live and work at his grandmother's (Florentine Krieger) farm, eventually purchasing it, and remained a true farmer. Many family members and neighbors lived close by and in those years everyone pitched in to help, seed a crop or finish harvest. Vern met Marjorie Campbell when she was a young hairdresser employed at Strachan's Hairdressing Shop. They were married September 30, 1948 spending 56 years together. Mars was a great asset to the farm, doing the trucking during harvest, gardening and always feeding everyone good meals. The first year they were married their house burnt down so for a while they lived with Alice and Clarence Metheral, then in a granary make-shift home while their new house was being built. They raised four children, Sandra, Judy, Mark and grandson Kelly. After 60 years of farming Vern rented his land and he and Mars moved to Weyburn in 1994, making that their new home. Even when his health began to fail he still enjoyed reading, watching all sports on TV, talking farming, or honestly debating some issue. Vern is predeceased by his parents, Archie and Emma Domes; three brothers Herb, Walter and Jim; two sisters Clara and Doreen Becker. He is survived by his wife Marj; daughter Sandra and grandson Kelly; daughter Judy and husband Daryl Muirhead, grandchildren Destiny and Luke; son, Mark and his wife Diane, grandchildren Sarah and Chris; four brothers Lorne, Bernard and wife Jo, George and wife Dorothy and Alvin; one sister Alice (Clarence) Metheral, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. By request of the family there will be a private burial at a later date.
DOMRES - Freda Lillian (nee Teske) passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, November 30, 2003 at the age of 93 years. She was born on July 11, 1910 in Yellow Grass, Sask. She married William Domres in 1938 and farmed west of Regina until 1961 when they moved to Regina. She devoted her life to her family always there to celebrate their successes, to help through difficult times, and to comfort when needed. She was predeceased in death by her husband, William Domres, in 1970, her parents, Edward and Matilda Teske, her sisters Evelyn, Alma, and Elsie. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Marlene (Wilfred) Klotz of Regina, Sharon (Winslow) Williams of Virginia, Carol (Robert) Prout of Yorkton; her grandchildren: Shelley (Arne) Lien, Laurie (Brent) Schick, Andrea Williams, Cheryl Williams, Tara Prout (partner Burton Kucher), Kari Prout, and Stacey Prout (friend Scott Vickers); her greatgrandchildren Kristoffer and Alexander Lien and Jared, Joshua, and Kayla Schick; her siblings Ida Renas, Violena Hennig, and Alvin Teske as well as in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Regina Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral services for Freda will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 4825 Dewdney Ave. on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. with interment at the Regina Memorial Gardens and lunch to follow.
DOWNING - Anita Clarisse Elise (nee Guillemin) Downing passed away peacefully November 20, 2003 at Souris Valley Extended Care after a long brave battle with cancer. Anita is survived by her husband Joe, son Gordon (Dorothy), daughters, Judi Young, Joanne (Jim) Johnston, Marilyn Fowlow and son-in-law Kim Wilkes. Grandchildren Joe, Tammi, Ryan, Kevin and Kimberly Downing. Carma, Aaron and Kristie-Anne Young, Michael Johnston, Jennifer (Konrad) Fredrickson, Andrea, Travis, and Devon Wilkes, Andrew and Allison Fowlow; great grandchildren: Dustyn, Chelsea, Makayla, Jessie and Brianna. Predeceased by her parents Ernest and Geraldine Guillemin. Her daughter Sharon Wilkes, granddaughter Danielle Johnston and great grandson Lance Fradette. Anita was born August 8, 1930 at Forget, eldest daughter of Ernest and Geraldine Guillemin. She started school in 1936 at LaSalle school district then at Saint Joseph's Convent in Forget in the winter months and Ossa School in the summer. In 1944 Anita finished school at Forget public school. In 1948 Anita and Joe were married and lived and farmed south of Forget until 1953 at which time Joe started work on the rigs. In 1959 they moved to McTaggart where they lived and raised their family until 1997 when they bought a house in Weyburn. And in 2000 moved into an apartment where they still reside. Anita enjoyed many hobbies. She loved to sew, knit and read. After her family was raised she got her driver's license and got her first job as a nurse's aide at Souris Valley Extended Care Hospital. She loved her job and the people there. Her house was always full of lots of noise, lots of kids, especially her grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as Grandma Joe, many animals and always a full pot of coffee. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and will always be lovingly remembered. A memorial mass was held Monday, November 24 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Albert Schmitz presiding. A prayer service was held Sunday, November 23 from the chapel of Assurance Funeral Services. Interment will follow at a later date. A special thanks to Dr. Karon Bigland and Dr. Alain Lenferna for the excellent care they gave to Anita throughout her illness. She considered you more than her physicians. She counted you as friends. Thanks to the staff of Weyburn Hospital, especially our Aunt Sally Wiberg, the staff at Palliative Care, Home Care and Souris Valley Extended Care for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Anita and our family.
DREGER - Adelaide Rosa (nee Erb) June 15, 1914 to February 5, 2011. Adelaide is the one of the last of the daughters of the pioneers of this land. Predeceased by her parents Fred and Rosa Erb, husband Wally, brothers Herman, Paul, Otto, Walter, Roy and Herbert, Adelaide is survived by her daughter Laurel (Jorde) English, son Rob (Lois) Dreger, grandchildren Douglas (Rene) Steadman, Jon (Jennifer) Dreger, Jen (Tanner) Dreger, Kristi (Shane) Barber, great grandchildren Aubrianna Steadman and Colten and Olivia Barber, sister-in-law Dorothy Cunningham, and numerous neices and nephews, grand and great neices and nephews. Born and raised in Yellow Grass, Adelaide received her education in Yellow Grass and Business College in Moose Jaw after which she worked as a legal secretary and later in accounting for CP Rail. In 1941 she married her life long partner, Wally. In 1944 they purchased and operated a grain and livestock farm near Lang until Wally's passing. There they raised their children and were involved in school and community boards, sports and St. John Lutheran Church. She was devoted to her faith and her family. Adelaide taught Sunday school, was active in the ELW and played church organ until she was 88. Adelaide loved the farm and took special pride in her flower gardens and delighted in visitors who marvelled at her work. Even in her later years she entered the local garden shows to reveal her floral creations. Visitors were always welcome and no one left without food and refreshment. Music and writing gave her great pleasure. She published prose and poetry in Canadian Woman and Canada Lutheran. As a young woman she was a member of the Torchbearers, a guild of Canadian writers and poets. She wrote music and hymns which were published and often sung in her church. Adelaide wrote Heidi's Corner in the Weyburn Review newspaper for a number of years, a column which included a recipe, a prose and a commentary. For several years she taught at the Lang School. Adelaide continued to live on her farm until she was 90, then moved to the Bentley Retirement Home in Regina. While at the Bentley, she made many friends and became involved in the Bentley community where she entertained with playing piano and enjoyed many games of tile rummy and whist. Outings, shopping and dinners out with children and grandchildren gave her particular joy. One legacy to her grandchildren was to hear her say she was an independent woman. She spent the last six months at Selo Gardens Personal Care Home. We extend our sincere gratitude to the staff there for providing our mother with the finest care, devotion and love that could be imagined. Since mother's favorite season was spring it is appropriate then, that a celebration of her life will be held in spring at St John Lutheran Church Lang. Funeral Service information will appear in a future edition of the Leader Post. Mom loved to read and philosohical statements were often spoken as guideposts to daily living. Life is serious...handle with prayer. And more recently, Life is full of change and we who are living must learn to deal with that change. A kind and generous person, she touched the hearts of all who knew her and in return they were special and dear to her.
DREGER - Ivy May (nee Wintringham). On Saturday, December 16, 2000, Ivy May Dreger passed away at the age of 69 years peacefully in hospital, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Art and Laura Wintringham and her brother Jim lives in Edmonton, AB. On April 10, 1953 Otto Dreger and Ivy were married in Lewvan, SK and two sons were born: Don in 1955 and Ray in 1957. She always enjoyed her grandchildren, Dale and Jessica, Rolfe, Sonya and Alexander and great grandchild Seth, and visiting her nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Ivy was a busy lady in her home. She spent many hours crocheting tablecloths, bedspreads and doilies (she made three large samplers of the Lord's Prayer and one of the 23rd Psalm), embroidery work doing quilt tops, knitting clothing and afghans. Ivy and Otto enjoyed attending auction sales and coming to the farm shop with various furniture pieces, where they would be busy sanding, fixing and making them like new again. Ivy enjoyed the farm life, driving to see the new fields, helping to drive equipment and the harvest work in the fall. She enjoyed her garden work as well. Funeral service was held Wednesday, December 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass cemetery. Pall-bearers were Orvil Lewis, Bud Grunnerud, Shane Grunnerud, Lloyd Harker, Merv Waddell, Rob Brown.
DuBOIS - Eva Carol (nee Dodds) December 26, 1926 - April 7, 2011. Eva was born in Yellow Grass, Sask, on December 26, 1926, to Joseph and Elsie Dodds. She lived for seventeen years on the family farm, five miles north of Trossachs, SK. She worked at The Weyburn Review before her marriage to Raymond Dubois of Coderre, SK, in 1947. Following a brief stay at Gravelbourg, Eva and Ray moved to Richard, where they lived for sixteen years. Their two sons and a daughter were born during these years in Richard. In 1963 the family moved to Macklin. After Ray's unexpected death in 1976, Eva turned to her lifelong interest in writing and became a dedicated member of the Macklin Literary Club. She wrote many published articles and a weekly column over several years. In 1985 Eva moved to Regina, where she became an enthusiastic member of Westminster United Church, the 49ers Choral Group, and the Pastoral Care Volunteers of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre...all of which allowed her the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy life through helping others. Eva passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Pasqua Hospital, a month after sustaining a stoke. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Elsie Dodds, her brother Marvin, her husband Ray DuBois in 1975, and her sister Ruth in 2007. Eva is survived by her brother Fred (Kelowna, B.C.), her son Laurie (Maymont, SK) and his daughter Laureen and her husband Erick and their children Morgan and Carter(Calgary, Ab), son Roland (Stettler, AB), daughter Linda and her husband Monty (Thunder Bay, ON) and their sons Chris and Luke (Toronto) and Mike (Thunder Bay). Eva's family extends a very heartfelt thank you to the staff and the volunteers in the Palliative Care Unit at Pasqua Hospital for attending to her in such a compassionate manner. Thank you also to the many friends who offered support through prayers, kind words and visits. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. in Westminster United Church, 3025 - 13th Ave., Regina, with Rev. John Bray officiating.
DUNN - Clair Leslie, late of Yellow Grass, Sask. passed away on May 1, 2001 at the age of 85 years. A Family burial will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yellow Grass Cemetery. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, Sask. with Gary Hatt officiating.
DUNN - Ivy Wilma (nee Johnstone), late of Weyburn and formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away December 22, 2002 at the age of 92 years. She was born July 19, 1910 at Yellow Grass to Bill and Emma Johnstone, and graduated from R.G.H. in 1933. In November 1938 she married Clair Dunn. They farmed the family farm north of Yellow Grass more than 40 years. Ivy enjoyed gardening and always had a huge garden that she gave away more food than she grew, to neighbours and friends. This tradition followed her when they moved into Yellow Grass in the early 1980's. She loved cooking and every Sunday had different families and friends for dinner. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing and reading until the loss of her eyesight in the mid 80's. Ivy was a member of the Yellow Grass Church of Christ and the ladies group W.M.S. She had been a resident of the Weyburn Special Care Home since December 2001. All who knew her caring and quiet nature will miss her. You're at peace now. Predeceased by her husband, Clair Dunn; her parents, Bill and Emma Johnstone, stepmothers, Lena Johnstone and Dorothy Johnstone; sisters: Marjorie Johnstone, Vera Lyall, Helen Middleton and sister-in-law, Grace Johnstone; brothers: Milton Johnstone and Mac Johnstone; brothers-in-law: Gordon Lyall, Bob Middleton and Leo Jones. Ivy is survived by her daughter, Wendy Dunn of Yellow Grass and by her son, Darrell (Yvonne) of Calgary, AB; grandsons: Trevor and Carson of Calgary, AB; and special friend, Dulce Cabrales of Regina; sister, Jean Jones and sister-in-law Doris Johnstone, both of Yellow Grass; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Friday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. from The Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, with Blayne Banting officiating. Interment was held Friday at 1:15 p.m. in the Yellow Grass cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
DUNSMORE - Muriel (nee Nelles), late of Yellow Grass passed away July 3, 2004 at Weyburn General Hospital. She is predeceased by her husband Glenn, parents Frank and Esther Nelles and one brother Doug. She is survived by her children; Norman of Yellow Grass, Dwight (Kathy) of Lloydminster, and Shelley (Doug) Lang of Melfort, six grandchildren; Danielle, Dylan and Kimberley Dunsmore, and Fraser, Angelica and Zachary Lang. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday July 7, 2004 at the Yellow Grass United Church at 2:00 pm with interment to follow in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
ELMER - Arthur Herbert Vincent Elmer. Vince was born on January 27, 1923 in Yellow Grass to Arthur and Sadie Elmer. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Prince Albert, at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his loving wife Ann; sons Dwight (Elaine) of Fort Saskatchewan AB, Craig (Marilyn) of Prince Albert, Garnet (Linda) of North Battleford, grandchildren Stacy (Philip), Kisa, Scott, Sean, Catherine, Kiley and Ashlyn; brother Gordon (Mary) of Moose Jaw, sister Patricia of Vancouver, BC and numerous nieces and nephews. As well he is survived by his extended family Bill (Fran) and son Patrick Simpson and Peter (Kama) and sons Will and Max Simpson. Vince was predeceased by his first wife of 46 years Phyllis (Mitton) in 1994 and sisters Charlotte and June. Vince grew up in Yellow Grass joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He spent four years with 419 Bomber Squadron in Middleton St. George, England as an electrician working on Wellington, Halifax and Lancaster bombers. In later years, Vince was privileged to offer his expertise in the restoration of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Mynarski Lancaster, one of two remaining aircraft flying in the world today. After the war he returned to Saskatchewan and embarked on a 41 year career with Saskatchewan Power Corporation retiring in 1983. The SPC and the people he had the privilege to work with were a big part of Vince's life. That camaraderie continued well after his retirement. Following retirement, Vince remained occupied with his various hobbies including acting as historian for the reactivated 419 Squadron in Cold Lake. The library at CFB Cold Lake was named after Vince as recognition for those contributions. As well, Vince was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion dedicating his time to projects such as a gravesite registry and the enhancement of the Veterans Field of Honour in the South Hill Cemetery. Vince enjoyed taking care of his well-groomed yard and being the neighbourhood handyman. Prince Albert was his home for 56 years and very important to him. He was a Rotarian for many years and participated in various community committees. A very proud and dignified man, Vince will be missed by family and friends. He was blessed to have had a long and happy life. His accomplishments will be remembered and his closeness to family and friends will bring joy to our hearts as we reminisce and remember the man we called Dad and Vince. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 from Wesley United Church, 65-11 Street East. The Reverend Tony Thompson will officiate. Interment of cremated remains will take place in the Veteran's Field of Honour at South Hill Cemetery. Officers and members of the Royal Canadian Legion will confer Veteran's honours.
ELMER - Donald George Munro Elmer (1925 - 2010). It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad, Donald, On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in Regina, SK at the age of 84 years. He is reunited in heaven with his wife Margit and daughter Betty. Left to cherish his memories are his children Maggie (Jim), Jack (Robin), Kay & Bob (Donalda); 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Jean as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. At Dad's request, a formal Funeral Service will not take place. However, a private family gathering and interment will occur in Don's hometown of Yellow Grass, SK at a later date.
ELMER - June Maxine, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 23, 2002. June was born on June 4, 1925 in Yellow Grass, SK. She is predeceased by her parents Arthur and Sarah Jane Elmer (nee Collins) and an older sister, Charlotte Lily, in infancy. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Dennis) Johnson of Regina, Betty Rumpel of Vancouver, Kathy (Dave) Moscaliuk of Regina and Sharon (James) Nistor of Regina; her grandchildren, Tracy (Tom Taylor), Wayne and Andy Johnson, Tessa Rumpel, Casandra, Danielle and Alexander Moscaliuk and Chris, Chad and Bobby Nistor; her brothers Vincent (Ann) Elmer of Prince Albert, Gordon (Maria) Elmer of Moose Jaw and sister Patricia Elmer of Vancouver; special uncle and aunt, Art and Donalda Collins; her niece and nephews. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 3:00 pm in the Yellow Grass United Church with Reverend Carolyn McBean officiating. Cremation. Interment at the Yellow Grass Cemetery following the service.
ERB - Aileen Mary (nee Irvine) September 28, 1914 - September 25, 2008. It is with great sadness that the family of Aileen Mary Erb announces her death. She passed away peacefully at Parkside Extended Care on September 25th, 2008 with her beloved grandson Greg at her side. Aileen leaves to mourn her children Heather (Hal) Schnare of Saskatoon, Richard (Joy) Erb of Yellow Grass, grandchildren Greg Lynch of Regina, Colleen (Marcel) Asselin of Regina, Clark (Kari) Erb of Weyburn and Sonya Erb of Calgary, and great-grandchildren, Annabel and Samuel Asselin and Rylan and Raya Erb. She was predeceased by her loving husband Roy in 1993 and parents Joseph and Annie Irvine. Aileen enjoyed a full and happy life. Her childhood was spent on her parents' farm at Yellow Grass. In 1936 she married her childhood sweetheart Roy and together they raised their children and farmed until 1977 when they moved to the town of Yellow Grass. Aileen was a devoted wife, mother,grandmother and great-grandmother. Aileen was a gifted artist who took great enjoyment in scrap booking, chronicling the history of the community which was very dear to her. Aileen was a member of the Eastern Star and of the Yellow Grass United Church. She was active in the Golden Harvest Drop-In Centre and the Lilac Group of the United Church until she moved to Regina in 2005. She loved to play bridge and tend to her flower garden. The funeral service was held on Monday Sept. 29th, 2008 at 2:00 pm at the Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, SK with interment to follow in the Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. The Active Pallbearers were Robert Dreger, Brian Erb, Harvey Staseson, Howard Belleveau, Gary Freitag and Blaine Steer.
ERB - Robert Herman "Bob" passed away in Airdrie, Alberta on October 20, 2012 at the age of 84 1/2. He is survived by his second wife Corinne and her three children: Steven, Rhonda and Lori; three sons Bill, Bob Jr., Dan and daughter Lori from his first wife Colleen (deceased). Also survived by numerous cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services to be held in Airdrie on November 3. Interment and service to be held in Yellow Grass, in spring of 2013.
ERB - Steven Paul. On Tuesday, September 18, 2001 Steven Paul Erb, late of Yellow Grass, SK passed away at the age of 60 years. Predeceased by his parents, Paul and Pearl Erb; Steven is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters: Amy (Norm) Erb and Sheila Erb; and son, Sam (Kim). Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 1:30 P.M. in the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, SK. Interment to follow in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
ESSEX - Annie Minto (nee Sandeski) Essex. Passed away at the Baldur Personal Care Home on Friday March 8, 2013 at the age of 95 years, Annie Minto Essex (nee Sandeski), of Baldur MB. Annie leaves to mourn her passing her four children Marilyn (Wilf) Hodgson of Baldur, Caroline (Earle) Bourgeois of Moose Jaw, Harold (Iona) Essex also of Moose Jaw, Dwight Essex of Calgary, AB, eight grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. Annie is also survived by one sister Sophie Michael of Surrey B.C. She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd (1978), parents Fred and Mary Sandeski, brothers Henry, John and Michael and by sisters Emily Ursaki and Helen Kew. Cremation has taken place and a family service will be held at a later date.
FORTNER - Deborah Susan Hovdestad. In Memory of Deborah Susan Fortner, born December 28, 1960 in Estevan, SK and passed away March 1, 2007 at her home in Youngstown, AB. Predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Mary and Weir Fortner; maternal grandparents, Susan and Bert Stock; father, Kyle Fortner; uncles, Ray, Harry, Grant and Keith Fortner and aunts, Gladys, Helen and Margaret Fortner. Survived by her husband, Larry Hovdestad of Youngstown, AB; son, Jeff McKay and grandson, Douglas McKay both of Estevan, SK; daughter, Brandy-Lynn McKay and granddaughter, Brooklyn McKay of Youngstown, AB; mother, Phyllis and stepfather Douglas Storey of Macoun, SK; brother, Lowry (Chris) Fortner and their children Donella, Dillon and Shane all of Edmonton, AB; uncles, Herb (Pauline) Freeborn and family of Penticton, BC and Don (June) Fortner of McTaggart, SK as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. from the town hall in Youngstown, AB. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, SK. with interment to follow in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK.
FOWLER - William "Bill". On Sunday, February 21, 1999, William "Bill" Fowler, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents: William and Margaret Fowler, his wife Mabel Fowler, two brothers: Alex Fowler, John Fowler; one sister Muriel Caldwell. William is survived by three daughters: Donna (Steve) Lamoureux of San Antonio, TX; Linda (Robert) Ror of Weyburn; and Terry (Don) Culbert of Regina; six grandchildren: Michael, Robyn (Robert) Byrns, Kirstin, Carla, Joel and Billie-Lee; two sisters: Isabel Erickson of Weyburn; and Flora La Salle of Moose Jaw; one sister-in-law: Lola Fowler of Weyburn; as well as several nieces and nephews. At Bill's request no service was held.
FRAYN - Ellie Florence (nee Pirness) Frayn, late of Weyburn, born February 15, 1917 passed away on the 13th of October, 2012 at the age of 95 years. Ellie was predeceased by her parents, Matti and Lissa Pirness; husband, Stanley Frayn; four brothers and four sisters. She will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Dave Frayn and Ron (Jan) Frayn both of Weyburn; grandchildren, Devonn (Marlo) Alexander and their children, Mercedes, Samara and Breanna, Darlene Frayn (Perry Pelchat) and children, Paiyton, Kianna and Katie, James (Julia) and their son, Hudson and Wayne (Kirsty) as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Thursday, October 18, from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Frayn, James Frayn, Marlo Alexander and Perry Pelchat.
GALLOWAY - Gerald Michael Galloway passed away (2011) peacefully after a lengthy illness at his home in Yellow Grass, SK at the age of 54. At the request of Gerald cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service.
GARINGER - Mildred Ruth (nee Metheral). On Monday, December 11, 2000, Mildred "Ruth" Garinger, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 65 years. Predeceased by her parents, Harrold and Mildred Metheral; an infant son; her father and mother-in-law, Abner and Ethel Garinger. Ruth is survived by her children: Lee Garinger of Weyburn and Lori Garinger of Weyburn; one sister, Eileen (Joe) Busch of Weyburn; two brothers: Clarence (Alice) Metheral of Yellow Grass; and Alvin (Joyce) Metheral of Saskatoon; two brothers-in-law: Wayne (Charlene) Garinger of Melfort; and Jack (Marlene) Garinger of Star City; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was born August 11, 1935 on the family farm by Yellow Grass. She attended Yellow Grass School, graduating in 1953. She then entered Balfour Technical School in Regina, getting her diploma as Medical Secretary in 1954. Ruth married Danny Garinger in 1960, adopting Lee in 1971 and Lori in 1973. She worked at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn from 1954 to 1969, holding the position of Medical Secretary and Office Manager. From 1983 to 2000 she was Program Assistant at the Canadian Mental Health Association. Over the years she volunteered her time with Elgin Home and School and was a Block Parent between 1976 and 1985. She worked with Crocus 80 Theatre, and was a Canadian Mental Health volunteer from 1979 to 1983. Ruth belonged to the Royal Purple Beta Sigma Phi and CGIT. She enjoyed walking, reading, going to the gym, and helping out in the community. Ruth will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m. from the Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Bill Houghton, Greg Brown, Kevin Lackey, George Gallinger, Albert Forester and Phil Hoeving.
GESS - Leona Elenora (nee Altwasser) passed away peacefully on May 23, 2009 with her family by her side. Leona was born in Yellow Grass in 1917 where she later married Ren Gess, and resided until 1981 when they retired to Kelowna, BC. In 1989 Leona returned to Saskatchewan as a widow, enjoying Luther Heights in Saskatoon as home. Leona loved the beauty of nature, was an avid reader, particularly of current affairs, had been a school teacher, and was deeply involved in her church. Her five great-grandchildren were the joy of her life! Leona will be lovingly remembered by her surviving family; daughter Debra Gess (Barry) Nygren; grandsons, John Adam (Deborah) Nelson and Steven (Sarah) Nelson; five great-grandchildren, John, Logan, Marissa, Isabelle, Connor; sister Elva Timm; sisters-in-law, Esther and Colleen Altwasser; and many extended relatives and friends. Leona was predeceased by her husband, Ren Gess, brothers, Wally, Eddy, and Alvin Altwasser; sister, Irene Altwasser; numerous in-laws and one nephew. A Celebration of Leona's Life was held on May 30, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Yellow Grass.
GOODWIN - Vernon Victor Goodwin, late of Weyburn, passed away at his home on Friday, May 16, 2008 at the age of 92 years. Vernon was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Edith Goodwin; his sisters, Maude Howell, Betty Coggan, Maizie Mountney and Helen Newman. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Esther (nee: Weber) (1978); his oldest son, Rodney (1982); infant daughter, Renee Grace (1945); four grandchildren: Clay Goodwin, Cole Goodwin, Lee Roy Heppner (in infancy) and Lona Zieglgansberger (in infancy). Vernon is survived by his children: sons, Clinton (Arlene) Goodwin and Harley (Marie) Goodwin; daughters, Corinne Goodwin and Sheila (Ivan) Cleveland; 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and also a daughter, Bonnie Goodwin from a previous partner and her eight children and one grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Vernon is lovingly remembered by his wife, Charito of 24 years and their sons, Sheldon and Dalton Goodwin and their daughter, Dixie Goodwin. Vernon was born in 1915 to Victor and Edith Goodwin who homesteaded in the McTaggart area. His generation lived through the Great Depression and Prohibition. His generation is living proof that men and women can survive and thrive during hard times. When he was only 12 years old, his parents sent him away from home to find a job. His chores at his first job consisted of milking cows, pumping water and working the cream separator. He also helped with haying. During the Depression years, he enjoyed going to rodeos at the Hyer Ranch south of Lang. During the thirties, when jobs were hard to find, he rode freight trains to Ontario to find work. He worked for a blacksmith making wide sleighs. His next job was in a logging car earning $2.85 a day. In 1945, while rounding up some horses he had a "wreck". His horse stepped in a badger hole and rolled over on him. He lay underneath the horse. If having broken ribs wasn't bad enough, his leg was broken high up near his hip. His leg was so swollen they couldn't put a cast on it until 35 days had passed. Luckily, that was the only accident he has ever been involved in. Vernon and Esther (nee Weber) were married in 1939. In 1950, he purchased three quarters of land and moved to a home two miles west of Trossachs. In 1952 the road building industry started building new and better highways, so there were lots of jobs. In 1953, Vern travelled to Alberta to his first construction job where he worked as a grease monkey; later, he became skilled at operating road-building equipment. He worked on the highway near Hanna, AB. His wife and family lived nearby during the summer and returned to Trossachs in the fall. When he wasn't working away from home, Vernon always seemed to be starting new "projects". In the late fifties he started a riding and roping club whose members enjoyed dances as well as barrel racing. Although he was not educated as a carpenter, he managed to build kitchen cupboards for people. He built a shop from old barn boards. He also built toys for kids. After struggling to earn a living from farming, he decided in the late sixties to let the farm go; after all, road construction paid much better than farming ever did! He traveled to the North West Territories for six seasons of construction work. During his retirement, he kept busy renting out horses for people to ride. He planted gardens and evergreen trees. While there may be no money in planting trees, the beauty, shade and protection they provide for the birds, and squirrels is priceless. In 1983 he and Charito were married and they began going to auction sales. Together they grew and sold corn and other vegetables. Their three children helped with the garden. They moved to Weyburn in 2003. During his lifetime he accomplished many things and enjoyed many experiences for a man with less than a grade eight education! He rode horses, played the accordian and guitar and planted gardens. He built barns, cupboards, bridges and a boat. Vernon's love for the outdoors, horses, country and western music never waned. The funeral service for Vernon was held on Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Mr. Arnold Kozak Officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Bob Cooper, Colby Zieglgansberger, Eric Rivard, Sheldon Goodwin, Dalton Goodwin and Roy Goodwin. Interment followed at Trossachs Cemetery, Trossachs.
GRASSICK - Josephine "Jo" (nee Craig), late of Yellow Grass passed away on November 5, 2003 at the age of 78 years. Jo was predeceased by her husband, Duncan Grassick and one infant son, Craig; her parents, Asel and Annie Craig; sister, Gerry and brother, Jack. Jo is survived by two sons: Brian (Cecile) Grassick of Moosomin and Bob (Sharon) Grassick of Yellow Grass; grandchildren: Jordy, Jessie, Halley, Danna (Travis) and Sandi; one great granddaughter, Cara; sisters-in-law: Sylvia Craig, Fern Jones, Maude Grassick and Midge Christopherson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 8, 11:30 A.M. from the Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were: Lorna King, Glenys Strayer, Goldie Christie and Pat Robertson. Active pallbearers were her grandchildren. Interment followed in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
GRASSICK - Maude Isabelle (nee Cunningham). It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Maude Isabelle Grassick, late of Parkway Lodge in Weyburn. She passed away on October 15, 2007 at the age of 95 years. She was predeceased by her parents William and Martha Cunningham of Yellow Grass, sisters Kay Ulleland, Myrtle Cathcart, Molly Walden, a brother Ernie Cunningham and her husband, Wilfred (Bill) Grassick. She is survived by her son, Terry Chapman (Laura), grandchildren: Sharon Forseth (Edd), Murray Chapman and Lesley Chapman, great grandchildren Jeremy, Kevin and Jason Humeniuk. Maude was born in the Section House in Yellow Grass on May 30, 1912. The family eventually ended up in the farm yard behind the school, where she spent most of her childhood and teenage years. Her mother died when Maude was still quite young and many interesting stories were told of Bill Cunningham raising his four daughters and a son by himself. Maude married Bill Chapman and after Terry was born, moved to Galt, Ontario and later to Vancouver, BC. Many lifelong friendships were made at both places. In about 1951, Maude found herself single again and she was asked by her father to move back to Yellow Grass to look after him. About two years later she married Bill Grassick and the family moved to the farm. Her life since then was centered mainly in Yellow Grass and district. Maude was well known for sour cream and raisin pies taken to the rink and above all for a life-long love of clothes, hats, and fashion. Right up to about a month before she died, she wouldn't leave her room at Parkway unless everything she was wearing was properly color coordinated. Terry and Sharon recall waiting patiently for her in Pennington stores, not just in Regina, but in Vancouver and Galt (Cambridge), Ont. Maude and Bill took up an important role in helping raise Sharon at an early age, which was greatly appreciated by Terry and of course by Sharon. When age and health forced a move out of their home, Maude and Bill moved to the Hayes Haven nursing home in Indian head. Following Bill's death in 2002, Maude relocated to the Parkway Lodge in Weyburn where she lived until her passing. A funeral service was held at the Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church on Thursday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Colette Baker officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery.
GRASSICK - Wilfred George Grassick or "Bill" passed away at the Regina General Hospital in the early hours of August 3, 2002. He was 91. Bill was predeceased by his parents, George and Alice Grassick and by two sisters, Margaret Grassick and Violet Dunn, and by his brother, Duncan Grassick. Bill is survived by his wife, Maude, sisters Fern Jones and Evelyn Christoph-erson, sisters-in-law Jo Grassick, Molly Walden, and Kay Ulleland and brothers-in-law Ernie Cunningham and Bob Cathcart, stepson Terry Chapman (Laura), grandchildren Sharon Forseth, Murray Chapman, Leslie Chapman, three great grandchildren Jeremy, Kevin and Jason Humeniuk plus numerous nieces and nephews. Bill farmed with Dunc at Yellow Grass from the age of 16 until he retired. Bill and Dunc were great partners. Dunc hated the cattle, and Bill could listen to the scream of a dry bearing for days without flinching. However, a sick lamb or calf got his full attention immediately, often ending up in a box behind the kitchen stove, nursed back to health with the help of brandy, which Bill would occasionally share with his little patient. Horses and cattle were his passion and he was quite a cowboy. Bill was the original "Quiet Man" and he will be missed. Bill spent the last almost two years of his life at Hayes Haven in Indian Head and thanks to the staff there he came to consider it his home. A grave side memorial service for family and friends will be held at Yellow Grass at a later date.
GREEN - Shelley G. (nee Jahnke) Milessa Green. Shelley passed way on April 2, 2005 after a courageous battle with Malignant Melanoma, at the age of 43 years. Shelley is predeceased by her mother, Yvonne in May of 1988. She is survived by her loving husband of four months, Calvin Green; her son, Joshua Milessa; father, Jack Jahnke and companion, Judy Davis; brother, Kim (Glenda) of Regina and family, Aaron (daughter, Karysa), Candice (son, Zander), Jarred (daughter, Taylor) and Dallas (girlfriend, Catarina Enright); brother, Dan (Debbie) of Regina Beach and family, Christopher, Jeremy and Matthew; loving mother in law and full time care giver, Dorothy Green from Killarney, MB; brother in law, Russel Green from Oakville, MB and family Ricky (wife, Anna; daughter, Alexia) from Killarney, MB and Curtis from Oakville,MB; sister in law, Audrey (John) Bellew and family, Ashley, Amanda, Brian and Anita from Killarney, MB; special Aunty, Marj Chase and cousins, Nancy Chase both from Weyburn, SK and Milton Chase from Regina, SK; special friends and former employers (Principal Bailiffs), Mark Caterall and Janine Fauchon; special friend, Shelley Smidt and her mother, Sandy Dohms. Also survived by Joshua's father, Mauro Milessa and several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends. Shelley and Cal were married at the General Hospital on November 25, 2004 with loving family and friends present for the ceremony. Special thanks to family, friends, doctors and nurses for the care given to Shelley over the final months of her too short life. At Shelley's request, there will be no funeral. Following cremation, the family will have a private graveside service with interment in Yellow Grass, SK with her mother, Yvonne.
GROVE - Gaylen Palmer. On Sunday, March 3, 2002, Gaylen Grove, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 85 years. Gaylen Palmer Grove was born August 25, 1916 at Limerick to Einer and Margretha Grove. Predeceased by his parents, one sister, Gladys Rae; maternal uncles: Elmer Quam, Chris Quam, Thomas Quam and Martin Quam; maternal aunts: Julia Stein, Lena Watson, Hannah Bakke; special friend, Laura Laird. Gaylen is survived by his nieces: Rheta (Neill) Stephenson of Regina, Gloria (Greg) Packman of Regina, and Margaret (Larry) Crozier of Regina; nine great nieces and nephews: four great great nieces as well as numerous cousins. Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Honorary pallbearers were: Rheta Stephenson, Gloria Packman and Margaret Crozier. The active pallbearers were: Barry Quam, Marvin Quam, Larry Pearson, Trevor Westman, Verne Westman and Leonard Lenz. The Royal Canadian Legion held a Last Post Service.
HANSEN - Irene Opal Corinne (nee Hesla) Hansen, late of Weyburn passed away October 28, 2011, at the age of 97 years. Irene was predeceased by her parents, Oliver Clarence and Anna Christine Hesla; her husband, Stan Hansen (1993); sisters: Orvina (1997) and Edna (2002); grandson, Kris (2008). Irene is survived by her son, Guy (Faye) Hansen and grandson Les; her son, David (Cheryl) Hansen and granddaughter Kirsten (Shirley mother of Kirsten); her son, Jim Hansen. Irene was born on October 27, 1914 to Oliver Clarence and Anna Christine Hesla of Lajord. Irene was the youngest of three farm girls, including Orvina (Miss Hesla) and Edna. She attended Luther College in Regina and received her teaching certificate from Normal School in Regina. Her first teaching posting was at Instow. There she met and married Stan Hansen on March 14, 1940. Soon thereafter they moved to Yellowknife, NWT where their first son Guy was born in 1941. Illness with Irene’s parents brought the family to the Hesla farm at Lajord where David was born in 1944. The couple moved to their own farm at Yellow Grass in 1946 where Jim was born in 1949. Stan passed away in 1993. Orvina passed away in 1997, Edna in 2002 and Guy’s (Faye) son Kris in 2008. Mom led a simple life. She saw her role in life primarily as wife and mother. Irene was also committed to the United Church. She led the United Church Junior Choir for 15 years, from 1950 to 1965. She also faithfully participated in the United Church Senior Choir for 56 years, from 1948 to 2004. Every Thursday both Choirs practiced, followed by both Choirs singing on Sunday. A funeral service for Irene was held on Wednesday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United/Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. David Hanes, officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Irene’s special friends Myrna Steer, Eleanor McClinton, Donna Chase, Luella McClinton, Terry Malley and Audrey Wilkinson. Pallbearers were Les Hansen, Boyd Stewart, Harvey Staseson, Guy Hansen, David Hansen and Jim Hansen.
HAY - Nelson, late of Yellow Grass, SK., passed away on February 20, 2004 at the age of 79. On Tuesday, February 24 there will be a private family interment, followed by a memorial lunch open to everyone at 11:00 a.m. from the Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating.
HEMPHILL - Donald Harvey. On Saturday, June 12, 2010, Donald Harvey Hemphill of McTaggart, SK passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 68 years. Predeceased by his parents Harvey William Hemphill and Marion Eliza Hemphill of McTaggart. Donald will be lovingly remembered by his siblings: Isabel (Ellwood) Whitrow of McTaggart; his twin brother, Allan Hemphill of McTaggart; Gordon Hemphill and Rena Elyk of Weyburn; Evelin (Duane) Schmidt of Blackie, AB; Arthur Hemphill and Audrey Swanson of Weyburn; Ellen Jean (Bill) Steinacher of St. Wallburg, SK; Kenneth (Erna) Hemphill of Balgonie, SK; Lorne (Judy) Hemphill of Weyburn and Carol Hemphill of Weyburn; aunts, Elva, Joyce and Jean Hemphill and Colleen (Elvin) Holtz; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Donald Harvey Hemphill was born October 30, 1941 at Weyburn to Harvey and Marion (nee Cooper) Hemphill. Donnie loved fishing, camping, horses and working in the garden. He spent hours doing puzzles, playing cards and listening to music, especially guitar music. Don will be dearly missed by all he knew and loved. A graveside service was held Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 pm at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were his nephews: Rex Whitrow, Jamie Hemphill, Richard Hemphill, Trevor Knibbs, Donald Hemphill, Cory Hemphill and Paul Whitrow.
HENNIE - Eileen Annie (nee Krieger) Hennie passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the Radville Marion Health Center on November 12, 2013 at the age of 71 years with her family at her side. Eileen was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister in-law, auntie, and friend. Eileen was predeceased by her father; Albert Krieger; step-father, Leon Shultz; father and mother-in-law, William and Martha Hennie; brother-in-law, Walter Hennie; sister and brother-in-law, Ella and Jim Smith; Eileen will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her husband of 52 years, Sam Hennie of Pangman; mother, Neva Schultz of Weyburn; two daughters, Laurie (Rob) Harrison of Terrace, BC and Janet (John) Cameron of Langdon, AB; grandchildren, Brandy (Ryan) Burns, Conor and Cody Cameron; great grandchildren, Gavin and Nathaniel Burns; two brothers, Gary (Carole) Krieger and Bernie (Joan) Krieger; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joanne Hennie, Art (Dorothy) Hennie, Helene Scurfield, Myrna (John) McIver and Earl (Sharon) Hennie as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Her Celebration of Life was held from the Yellow Grass United/Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 pm with Pastor David Hanes officiating. Internment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
HILL - Stanley. Surrounded by the love of his family, Stan passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at the age of 66. A valiant heart is still but he is free from his struggle with lung disease. We will miss him so. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He listened, cared, inspired and shared his experience and wisdom. We were graced to have him in our lives and he will always live deeply in our hearts. Stan was born in Regina to Cliff and Olga Hill on July 29, 1941. His early years were spent on the farm north of Yellow Grass and in 1955 the family moved to the farm north of Lang where he lived until his high school grad and farmed until 2007. Stan was an avid baseball and hockey player and played on several provincial winning teams throughout his life. He was a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and loved attending the Regina Pats hockey games as an avid season ticket holder. He was a proficient track athlete, holding provincial records in triple jump and middle distance that were not broken for many, many years. Some of his proudest moments were spent coaching minor hockey teams and his daughter's softball teams to excellence. His laughter could be heard throughout the skating rinks as he watched his daughters and granddaughter figure skate and his grandsons play hockey. Stan enjoyed his teaching career as a principal of Yellow Grass School, math and science teacher at Crescent Heights High in Medicine Hat and particularly his years at SIAST in the ABE program. He deeply cherished the relationships he had with the staff and students there. Stan is survived by his loving wife, Kathy and his devoted daughters, Krista Hill (Doug), Sharla (Jamie) Shaw, and Keri (Rick) Rieger; beloved grandchildren: Rayane and Kyle Hill, Zachary and Katie MacDonald-Shaw, and Karyss Rieger. He is also survived by his mother, Irene, his brother Donald (Lorraine) and family Kirby, Kelly (Robin), Carolyn (Sid) Neumann and daughters, and Connie; his sisters, Colette (Orvel) Skiftun and sons Corey (Nicole) and Aaron (Roberta) and son Aiden, Joanne (Bob) Williams and family Craig and Allison (Kelly) Yaremko and daughter Kailey, Shelley (Emile) Daoust and family Cassie and Antony, brother-in-law Gerry (Gayle) Dammann and family Brant, Kirk, Colin and Brianne, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by his father Cliff, mother Olga, and sister Darlene Dammann. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2008 in Westhill Park Baptist Church, 8025 Sherwood Drive, with Pastor David Simpson officiating. Stan's family would like to thank Dr. Carol Geddes for her exceptional care, Dr. Abdulla, Cheryl MacKay and home care, Medigas, ICU staff, especially Dr. Jones and Dr. H. Van Der Merwe, nurses Jeanette, Justin, Jodi and Kim and social worker Kerry, and the many staff members who have aided him during his stays in the hospital.
HOCKLEY - Dalton. It is with deep sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Dalton Hockley in a tragic accident December 21, 2007 at the age of 72. Dalton leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife of 50 years Kathryn, sons Clair (Chris-Ann), David (Edith), Paul (Laura), Kris (Wendy), daughter Carolyn and his precious grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Dianne), his sister Florence and sisters-in-law Alvera, Harriet, Nancy and Anne, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen and his brother Oliver. Dalton was born October 21, 1935 in Weyburn, the youngest child of George and Helen. He received his education in the Yellow Grass area and continued in agriculture at the U. of S. Dalton married Kathryn Durant on February 23, 1957 and they had their first of five children later that year. Dalton and Kathy lived in Yellow Grass until 1968 when they moved to the farm where they stayed until 1999 when Dalton 'retired'. Dalton was involved in almost every community group that there was. A 4-H leader, church deacon, serving as a member of the recreation board, housing committee, the rink board as well as the school board. He was also a director for the United Grain Growers for 11 years and was quite involved in local and provincial politics. Through his involvements he taught his children generosity of soul, community pride and a strong work ethic. Over the last several years Dalton spent his time enjoying his grandchildren and tending to his cattle. Through all of his years he always held one thing above all otherfamily. He will be missed by all. The family says thank you to the many individuals, whose names are unknown to us, who stopped to assist our parents at the time of the accident. A family funeral service was held on Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Jay Mowchenko officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.
HOCKLEY - Helen Marie (nee Bunnell) was called home on August 9, 2004, from Weyburn Special Care Home where she has resided these past four years. She celebrated with joy, her 100th birthday with friends and relatives, just one month ago. Helen Marie Bunnell was born July 10, 1904 in Carthage, Illinois to Pat and Elizabeth Bunnell. The eldest of three daughters, she was predeceased by Katharine (Bunnell) in 2001, and by Ruth (McDermott) in 2000. In Feb. 1980, Helen was predeceased by her husband, Albert, farmer and cattle rancher in the Rough Bark area, west of Yellow Grass. She is survived by two children: son Howard (Mary) of Grimshaw, AB, and daughter Marjorie (Richard) of Calgary, AB. She also leaves to celebrate her remarkable life eight grandchildren and some 21 great grandchildren. She will lovingly be remembered by many nieces and nephews; as well as many friends in the community of Yellow Grass where she lived most of her life. Her faith and dedication to God was felt by all who knew her - and her love and encouragement was extended without boundaries. The family expresses their sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff at WSCH where she received such special love and care. Celebration service of Helen's life will be held on Thursday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m., Yellow Grass Church of Christ with Pastor Rick Scruggs (grandson) of Calgary, AB officiating. Interment will be in the Yellow Grass cemetery.
HOCKLEY - Willard Lyle. Memorial service for Willard Lyle Hockley, late of Yellow Grass, age 76 years, was held Monday, January 10, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. from the Church of Christ with Pastor Harold Cooper officiating. Interment Yellow Grass Cemetery. Willard was predeceased by his parents, D. Henry and Lula Hockley; his brothers, Kenneth and Daniel Hockley. Willard was born May 14, 1923 on White Haven Farm in Yellow Grass. He graduated from Yellow Grass High School and from 1943 to 1944 served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. On February 16, 1945 he married Florence E. Klinck of Yellow Grass. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Minnesota Bible College in 1950, later served on the College board of trustees for 20 years. Willard was pastor at Marion Minnesota Church of Christ from 1949 to 1956. In 1958 he helped establish the Meadow Park Church of Christ in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was pastor until 1962. During his 40 year career in the ministry he also served congregations in Litchfield and Coon Rapid, Minnesota; Macomb, Illinois; Seattle, Washington and Mitchell and Scottsbluff, Nebraska and from 1980 until his retirement in 1988 was adjunct professor at Plotte Valley Bible College in Scottsbluff. He returned to Yellow Grass following his retirement. He leaves to mourn, his wife, Florence Hockley of Yellow Grass; his sons: Donald (Paula) Hockley of Rochester, MN; Ricky (Joy) Hockley of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren: Nathanael, David and Matthew Hockley; his brother, Harold (May) Hockley of Mason, Ohio; his sisters: Eileen (George) Chapman of Calgary, AB; Audrey (Merle) of Charlottetown, P.E.I.; one sister-in-law, Irma Hockley of Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
HOESER - Irma (nee Dobler) Hoeser passed peacefully to her reward on May 8, 2005. She will be re-united with those who have pre-deceased her: husband, Ewald Hoeser; parents, Jakob Dobler and Ottilie Ponto (nee Faas); beloved little sister, Nellie Dobler; nephew, Bob Dobler; stepfather, Fred Ponto; sister-in-law, Martha Hindler; brothers-in-law: Fred Schmidt, Karl Hindler, Ed Hemke. Irma will be lovingly remembered by her four daughters and their families: Erika (Orval) Altwasser and their children: Erin (Michael) Muir, Owen Altwasser; Debbie Kerr (Colin Kerr) and their children: Jennifer, Holly and Joshua; Karen Hoeser (Greig Sproule) and their children: Daniel, Kristen and Chelsey McAllister, Derek and Eldon Sproule; Robin Hoeser-Herd (Paul Herd) and their children: Danielle and Brandon. Also survived by her brother and his family, Bruno and Paulette Dobler and Carole, as well as in-laws: Aurelia Hemke, Gus Hoeser, Ed and Irene Hoeser; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Irma was born to deeply religious parents in communist Russia, the province of Odessa in the Ukraine. The family suffered greatly under communism and because of shortages during the 1930's after losing her father at the hands of communists and her little sister to diphtheria, Irma, her mother and brother, along with thousands of other Germans living in Russia, walked for three months in 1939 from the Ukraine, through Poland, to Germany. There they spent the war years working for farmers. They finally saved enough to buy their own small plot of land and house, only to lose everything when the German Mark was devalued due to war reparations payments. In 1948, three Doblers received sponsorship from Mrs. Dobler's sister and brother-in-law, Emma and Emmanuel Gueldner of Weyburn. They traveled by troop carrier to land in Canada on October 31, 1948, and then by train to Regina where they were met by their cousins. They began their lives in Canada by again working for farmers. Mrs. Dobler worked for a Yellow Grass widow, Mrs. Henrietta Hoeser, whose youngest son, Ewald, was single. "Afe" soon made the acquaintance of Irma, who was working for his cousin, Esther and Eddie Altwasser. The young folks were married a year later and took over the Hoeser homestead. The farm was a great place to raise four girls, along with chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, gardens and field crops. Because of the religious persecution they experienced during their early years, Irma vowed to attend church every Sunday if they ever got to live in a free country, and for the most part she kept her promise. Church was always very important to her and she considered it a privilege to have the job of caretaker of Peace Lutheran Church for just over 15 years. She appreciated the quiet hours spent cleaning the church, taking pride in how nice she made it look. After Afe's health failed and they moved to Yellow Grass, the adjustment to living in town was a difficult one. But soon some 'coffee buddies' were found, and Irma decided it wasn't so bad living in town when she could walk next door or down the street to have a visit with good friends. Irma took pride in her neat house in town and its beautiful gardens that could be watered with a hose instead of carrying pails of water. She said that she always felt closest to God in the garden. She loved to have her 'kids and grand-kids visit, so she could feed them her fresh buns, and homemade sausage, sauerkraut and streudel. When Irma's health failed, and the efforts of her family and of Home Care were no longer enough, she made the difficult decision to move to Weyburn Special Care Home. She soon settled in and enjoyed the 'wonderful meals', activities and making new friends. The family of Irma Hoeser would like to thank Dr. P. Fong and the staff of WSCH for all their care and concern, and to the residents for their friendship and many good wishes. Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Granddaughter, Jennifer Kerr sang and son-in-law, Greig Sproule read the scripture lessons. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Orval Altwasser, Owen Altwasser, Paul Herd, Daniel McAllister, Greig Sproule and Joshua Kerr.
HOWELL - George E. On Thursday, April 17, 2003 George E. Howell, late of Regina, SK., passed away at the age of 79 years. He was born March 27, 1924 in Weyburn, SK. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife Hazel; daughter Donna and her children Heather and Devin; son Ken (Barb Hientzsch) and their children Christopher and Alexa. He joined the R.C.A.F. in 1943 and following his discharge, joined a Vancouver real estate firm. He returned to Weyburn in 1950, soon purchasing a taxi business and later his first transport truck. In 1962, he bought an auto-wrecking yard and also worked in the oilfield business. In 1967, he started Geo. E. Howell Trucking Co. Ltd. and retired in 1994. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. George was a very private man. His family was a source of great pride and with their constant support, he was able to fulfill his many lifelong hopes and dreams. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 1:30 P.M. in the Chapel of Lee Funeral home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK. The Interment will be held at a later date in the family plot at the McTaggart Cemetery.
IRVINE - Ada May Irvine passed away peacefully at Pioneer Village, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the age of 79 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Noble and Irene; brother Noble (N.J.), brother-in-law Carl. Ada is survived by her sisters, Ethel Dietz of Lumsden, Reva (Oscar) Emison of Texas; many nieces, nephews and extended family, as well as numerous friends, especially Mickey Lewis who was always there for her. Ada was a very special person who will be remembered fondly by all who knew her, for her positive attitude, valiant spirit and great sense of humor. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of 2 West, who were like family over her 27 years as a resident of Pioneer Village. At Ada's request there will be no service. Cremation will take place with interment at a later date in Yellow Grass cemetery.
IRVINE - Glenn Hamilton Irvine, late of Weyburn, Sask., passed away October 22, 2005 at the age of 79 years. Service will be held Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. from Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn, Sask. Interment to take place at Yellow Grass Cemetery.
IRVINE - Grace Mabel. On Monday, October 11, 1999, Grace Mabel Irvine, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 68 years. Grace was predeceased by her parents Orville and Hazel Irvine. She leaves to mourn her sisters: Florence (Cyril) Roberts and Margaret Watson; brother Glenn Irvine; as well as nieces, nephews, other family and friends. The funeral service was held Friday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass cemetery.
IRVINE - Jean Hodgins (nee Bartlett) Irvine passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Moose Jaw. She left us on February 5, 2010, just ten days short of her 80th birthday. Jean was predeceased by her parents Alex and Violet Bartlett, son Blair Irvine, brother George and sister-in-law Doris. Jean will be forever missed by her husband, best friend, companion and love of her life, Morley; her children Gary (Sandy), Sandra (Cam) Gjosund, Ron (Carol), Pat Mujygla (Malcolm), Cathy Moffatt, Carolyn Martin, Jill (Dave) Carruthers, Ken, step-children Clifford (Denise) Hodgins and Tanya (Al) Forgie. She is survived by her brothers Willard (Betty), Hartley, Garnet (Shirley), and sister-in-law Catherine. Jean was the proud grandmother of 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She also leaves to Cherish her memory numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Jean will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held in Yellow Grass at a later date.
JACKSON - Harold, late of Regina, Sask., passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at the age of 69 years. He was born November 26, 1933 in the RM of Brokenshell, 12-19-16 W 2nd (near McTaggart). His early days were spent on his parent's homestead, Herman Jackson (1894-1975) and Gladys nee Warn (1907-1937). Predeceased by his sister, Blanche Holmes (2000). Harold's career included many years as an automotive technician and was actively involved in the trucking industry. Harold is remembered by his children Bryan in Regina and Brent and Brenda in British Columbia; brother Albert (Olive); sisters Myrtle Stewart (Irvin), Hazel Howell (George); Florence Wiebe (Henry), and several nieces and nephews. The service will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 2:00 p.m. at the McCarthy Park Community Church, (located at 832 McCarthy Blvd., in Regina, Sask.) Interment will take place at a later date with family present.
JACOB - Anton Mathias Jacob late of Weyburn, passed away November 20, 2010, at the age of 84 years. He was born in Weyburn November 15, 1926. Tony was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Elizabeth Jacob, one brother Leonard, a nephew Stephen Jacob and two nieces Leanne and Angela Jacob. Tony is survived by three brothers Joe (Shirley), Alfred (Helen), Ed (Myrna) all of Weyburn, one sister Alvina (Gil) Grad from Montreal, QC, and one sister-in-law Ella Jacob of Weyburn, many nieces and nephews and four step-children Lorraine (Emile) Wilvers of Macoun, Rick (Betty) Mailhiot of Virden MB, Iona Baryluk (Gerald Shauf) of Estevan, Susan (Tim) Seitz of Calgary, AB, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Tony was the eldest son of Stephen and Elizabeth Jacob and had four brothers and one sister. He grew up on the family farm two miles west of McTaggart and received his education in McTaggart completing Grades 1 to 11. He was a good student with good marks, his favorite subjects being Math and Science. He was very athletic and when playing first base with the school baseball team would catch the ball with his large callused hands without a glove. In other sports he excelled receiving a monetary award from the principal Mr. McCruden for his achievements in track and field at the regional field’s day. He also won a bronze medal at the Provincial level in Regina. Music was important to him and he taught himself to play the saxophone, he was also an avid reader and compiled a large selection of books, belonging to several book clubs. In 1944 he was called to enlist in the services but as the war ended he didn’t have to go. Upon finishing school he worked on the family farm sharing responsibilities with his brothers, meeting every challenge with quiet determination and no complaints. He belonged to the Grain and Swine club, and was interested in the mechanical aspects of Agriculture and attended a number of short courses in agricultural mechanics at Saskatoon and Weyburn. He and his brothers worked with their Dad until some of them left home then Tony rented the land from his father operating a grain and cattle establishment. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (being President at the local level) and was Secretary-Treasurer for the McTaggart Recreational Club. He was also a faithful blood donor. Tony enjoyed traveling going to Ontario and British Columbia and working in these provinces while there. In 1967 he took an extended trip and travelled along the east coast of the United States to Florida, Texas and Mexico and on to California, up the west coast to Vancouver and then home. His life was quiet and uneventful while living with his parents. Then he met and married Rose Mailhiot and became an instant father to four children, two of them being teenagers and two pre-teen. His life was no longer tranquil but he met the challenge with the same determination that was part of his character. At this time his parents moved to Weyburn leaving Tony and Rose to occupy the home place. During some of these years Tony drove the school bus in his area. Early in 1985 Tony contacted Multiple Sclerosis and had to give up farming; after selling the cattle they moved to Weyburn. He rented the land to his brothers and shortly thereafter sold the land to his brother Ed. Due to the stress and strain of dealing with MS Tony and Rose’s marriage ended and Tony faced another challenge in his life, the one of living on his own. With the help of his siblings and two of his stepchildren Rick and Iona, he was able to remain in his own home for a number of years. He eventually moved to Bison Manor and finally the last two weeks were spent in Crocus Plains Villa. Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks. It’s just a matter of how you view them. Prayers were held Thursday November 25 at 6:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Funeral mass was held Friday November 26 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed in McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart SK.
JACOB - Leonard William Jacob passed away February 5, 2004 at the age of 73 years. He was born August 14, 1930 at Weyburn and grew up on the family farm near McTaggart. Leonard received his elementary and high school education in McTaggart and Weyburn, and also received a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Regina. Leonard was employed for 35 years in the capacity of telegraph operator and station agent at various locations throughout the province. In addition to being a full-time railroader Len pursued many interests including a registered cattle enterprise and grain farming. He trained Labrador retrievers to compete in field trial competitions and to do double duty as the family pet. Len always had a love of the outdoors whether it was hunting, camping or fishing trips with his family. His other hobbies over the years included restoring vintage tractors and in his retirement antique clocks. Len was an avid reader and was always on top of current affairs. Everyone considered him a history buff which made him a much sought after Trivial Pursuit partner. The occasional opportunity to travel took Len and Ella to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Yukon and Alaska. Predeceased by his parents, Stephen and Elizabeth Jacob, Leonard will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Ella; children, Terri (Keith) Makelki of Fort St. John, BC; Rick Jacob of Red Deer, AB; David Jacob of Bonnyville, AB; Danna (Tom) Roesslein of Weyburn; Laurie (Roy) Manners of Lloydminster, AB. Grandchildren: Lisa (Kelly) Dyjur, Deanna (Chad) Dillabough, Sterling Jacob, Landon Jacob, Dylan Jacob, Sara Manners, Thomas Manners, Theresa Manners, and Konner Roesslein. Sister Alvina (Gil) Grad. Brothers Tony Jacob, Joe (Shirley) Jacob, Alfred (Helen) Jacob, Ed (Myrna) Jacob, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Monday, February 9, at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father Albert Schmitz officiating. Interment at McTaggart Cemetery.
JASTER - William "Bill" (Bill-VE5WJ). Our dear father began his journey to be with his Savior on September 5, 2001 with his daughter at his side to bid him a tearful farewell. Bill was born June 12, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Yellow Grass where Bill was raised, educated and worked. He took great pride in being a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and serving overseas in the Second World War. His fascination with aviation carried on throughout his life and his ambition was to see the "Spruce Goose". He had a love of cars, a Ford Man and mechanic extraordinaire. His knowledge of electronics was unsurpassed and his radio equipment became his passport to the world. Dad's greatest pride was in his family and their achievements, often wondering if he had been a good enough father, apologizing for not being able to give us more. His grandchildren whom he loved dearly and was showered with their love in return provided some of his most precious memories. He enjoyed the time he spent with his brother Adolph (Bing) pouring over projects together. His greatest love was saved for his wife and life partner, Ella. The loneliness left at her passing never diminished and looked forward to the time when they could be reunited. We will always remember his great intelligence, warmth, compassion and gentleness for all creatures. Left in the warmth of his love and caring are his children Shirley (Tony) Bucca; Bill (Rubin) Jaster, Joshua and Nathan; Leslie (Arlene) Jaster, Kathy, Karen and Christopher; Murray (Marianne) Jaster, Mallory and Meaghan; grandson Mark; his brother Adolph (Bing) Jaster; sister Olga Mac Corquadale. Bill is predeceased by his precious wife, Ella; parents, Juliana and Friedrich Jaster; three brothers Gottlieb, Friedrich and Edmund. Our heartfelt thanks go to Bob and Sandy Wilks, Elsie and John Hornsberger, Elena (Momma) Bucca, Darlene Kauk for the friendship, kindness and compassion they showed our Dad. A very special tribute to the girls of Kinmara for the wonderful care they gave him. You are truly earthly angels. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 2:30 P.M. in the Chapel of Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK with Rev. John Gardner, officiating. The Interment will take place at a later date in St. John's Cemetery, Leader, SK.
JOHNSTONE - Doris Marie (nee Collins) Johnstone, late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at the Special Care Home in Weyburn on Friday, February 8, 2008 at the age of 89 years. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm Johnstone, her parents, Chester and Sarah (Sadie) Collins, and her brother, Boyce Collins. Doris is survived by her two sons, Keith (Janice) and Warren (Adeline); grandchildren, Charla (Darren) Moore and their children (Shayla and Kaylan; Kevin (Gail) and their son, Kervens; Mark, Chad, Lisa and Devin (Leah); step-grandchildren, Shaun and Trevor Mus; her sister, Lois Howlett and sisters-in-law, Jean Jones and Reggie Collins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Doris was held at the Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, on Thursday, February 14, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Merrill Nicholson Officiating. The active pallbearers were Charles Moore, Mark Johnstone, Lisa Johnstone, Shaun Mus, Kevin Johnstone, Chad Johnstone, Devin Johnstone and Trevor Mus. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment at Yellow Grass Cemetery preceded the funeral service.
JOHNSTONE - Mabel Stella (nee Abelson) passed away peacefully November 27, 2002 at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville. Predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Syneva Abelson; husband Cecil Johnstone; brothers Steven Abelson, John Abelson; sisters Alma Abelson, Mary Abelson, and Helen Kerr. Mabel is survived by her son Ross (Audrey) Johnstone of Toronto and their children: Aaron, Adam and Celia; daughter Diane (Victor) Prieb of Melville and their children: Scott, Michelle and Bryon (Raelene); great grandchildren Avery and Janaye; one sister Edna Elder of Yorkton; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Mabel will be remembered always; she was a special and loving mother and grandmother, a loyal friend, and a faithful Christian. She will be so dearly missed. Mabel was known for her beautiful paintings and porcelain plates. She shared her talents with many students and in return asked them to share their talent with others. She will always be within our hearts. The family wishes to thank Dr. Amanda Bosman and the staff at St. Peter's Hospital, as well as all of their friends who gave their support during these difficult last months. The funeral service was held at the Lang Community Hall on November 30 with Pastor Laurence Hudson officiating. Interment was at the Yellow Grass cemetery.
JOHNSTONE - Malcolm Ferguson. On Friday, July 20, 2001, Malcolm Ferguson Johnstone passed away in his sleep at home. He was born in Fort MacLeod, Alberta on August 19, 1918. He was predeceased by his parents, sisters: Marjorie, Vera, Helen and brother, Milton. He is survived by his wife Doris, of 60 years; sons: Keith (Janice) and Warren (Adeline); grandchildren Charla (Darren) Moore, Kevin (Gail), Mark, Chad, Lisa, Devin; step grandchildren Shaun and Trevor Mus; sisters: Ivy Dunn and Jean (Leo) Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews. Malcolm farmed until moving to Yellow Grass in 1997. In earlier years he was involved with the Colfax Coop and Pool Committee. He was active in helping to get power lines in his area. Later he was on the committee establishing a clinic in Weyburn, when the doctors were on strike. He also served as a Cub Scout leader for a few years. In recent years his grandchildren have been the focus of his love and concern. There was a private family burial service at Yellow Grass prior to a memorial service at the Church of Christ.
JONES - Jean Jones, late of Weyburn, SK, formerly of Yellow Grass, SK, passed away February 4, 2013, at the age of 97 years. A funeral service for Jean will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Mr. Alan Whitrow, officiating. Interment to follow at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK. Pallbearers are Kim Wallin, Greg Wallin, Blair Hendriks, Brian Hendriks, Trevor Jones and Alan Whitrow. All in attendance at the service will be considered honorary pallbearers
JONES - Jean (nee Johnstone) Jones, late of Wetaskiwin, AB, formerly of Yellow Grass, SK passed away February 4, 2014, at the age of 97 years. Jean was predeceased by her parents Bill and Emma Johnstone; her husband Leo William Jones; several brothers and sisters. Jean is survived by her children: Marlene (Dale) Wallin, Weyburn, SK, Blair (Melodie) Jones, Kelowna, BC, Debbie Jones Hendriks, Wetaskiwin, AB; grandson’s: Kim (Jennifer) Wallin, Edmonton, AB, Greg (Joyce) Wallin, Lampman, SK, Trevor Jones, Kelowna, BC, Blair and Brian Hendriks, Wetaskiwin, AB; great-grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua and Zachary Wallin, Edmonton, AB, Dillon, Jayde and Hailey Wallin, Lampman, SK; brother-in-law Bruce Jones, Riceton, SK; sister-in-law Rhoda Ranson, Canora, SK; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jean married Leo William Jones October 12, 1940. Together they farmed in the Riceton area for most of their lives. They built their house in Yellow Grass in 1951. They drove back and forth from Yellow Grass to Riceton looking after their farming business. Jean was an active member of the Church of Christ, member of WMS as well as other church organizations. She lead the development of the Yellow Grass Community Band and was involved with the organizational committee for the Yellow Grass Library. Jean enjoyed playing the piano, gardening and looking after peonies in town. She was a dedicated housewife, mom and school bus driver. She loved baking specialties such as buns, cinnamon buns and all her grandchildren's favorites. A funeral service for Jean will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Mr. Alan Whitrow, officiating. Interment to follow at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK. Pallbearers are Kim Wallin, Greg Wallin, Blair Hendriks, Brian Hendriks, Trevor Jones and Alan Whitrow. All in attendance at the service will be considered honorary pallbearers.
JONES - Leo William Jones passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at the age of 87 years. Following a private family Graveside Service, there will be a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Yellow Grass, SK. Rev. Merrill Nicholson officiating.
JONES - Norman Kenneth "Ken", of Chez Nous, passed away November 22, 2007. He was born on the family farm near Yellow Grass where he received his education. Ken worked and lived on the farm until 1975 when he moved to town. He worked for the Yellow Grass Housing Authority, delivered Leader Post papers, and did handyman jobs for senior residents. Ken's cheerful disposition was appreciated by his many friends. He moved to Moose Jaw in 1992 and resided at Chez Nous. Predeceased by his parents, Howard and Fern Jones and brother, Vernon, Ken will be missed by his sister, Wanda (Frank) Hamilton. The Funeral Service will be held at the W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Chapel, 106 Athabasca St. E., on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will take place at Yellow Grass Cemetery at a later time.
JONES - Vernon William, late of Regina Pioneer Village Ltd., passed away peacefully at Pioneer Village on Sunday, October 27th, 2002. Vernon was born on July 27th, 1922 and lived and worked on the family farm near Yellow Grass until 1975. He was a resident of Yellow Grass until 1987 when he moved to Regina. Predeceased by his father Howard in 1989; his mother Fern in 1974 and his step mother Orvina in 1997; Vernon is survived by his sister Wanda and brothers Ken and Orville. A very special thank you to Dr. Carol Geddes, the staff at Pioneer Village, 4th East and 4th East recreation for their wonderful care and friendship. A thank you to all the volunteers who assisted Vernon along the way. Vernon will be missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 1st, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. in the Regina Pioneer Village Chapel, 430 Pioneer Dr,, Regina, Sask. with Russ Phillips, officiating. Interment to follow at 2:30 P.M. in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
KERSLAKE - Donald. It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donald on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the age of 74. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Joanne; and their children, Erin (Murray) Renner, Cheryl (Chad) Schermann, Joan (Mitch) Krecsy and Allan Kerslake (Diane); grandchildren, Chris and Derek (Tamara) Renner, Carla and Travis Schermann, Jill and Jesse Krecsy; Brooklyn and Justin Kerslake; and four great-grandchildren Madison, Gracie, Rhyder and Oaklen Renner. Also left to cherish his memory is his brother Fred (Nina); twin brother Dalton (Marie); and is survived by his sisters-in-law Donna (Garney) Murray, Fay (Wally) Klatt; and brother-in-law Marcel Coupal; as well as numerous very special nieces, nephews and other extended family. Don was predeceased by his infant son Brent; parents Maurice and Eileen; in-laws James and Ruby Bennett; and sister-in-law, Ruby Coupal. He was a kind and caring person, happiest when surrounded by family and friends. At Don's request there will be no funeral. His ashes will be interred at a later date in Yellow Grass Cemetery.
KEW - Percy. With deep sorrow we announce the sudden passing away of our Dad and Grandfather, Percy Kew, on Friday, June 7, 2002 at Weyburn. Percy was born on a farm near Colfax on March 3, 1933. Percy ran an insurance business from 1956 to 2000. He farmed in Lang from 1965 to 1981 at which time he moved to Weyburn. Here he was very involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Association, and other organizations in Weyburn. He was also an active golf player. Percy was predeceased by his parents Percy and Florence Kew; two sisters: Nel and Margaret and five brothers: Bill, Stan, Ken, Jim and John. He is survived by his son, Dwayne (Donna) Kew and their son Dustin of Campbell River, BC, and by his daughter Dyane (Collin) MacKay and their daughter Morgan of Barrie, ON; Grace Bohn of Regina, mother of Dwayne and Dyane; one sister, Ethel of Penticton, BC, and one brother, Wes (Pat) Kew of Toronto, ON; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service was held Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass.
KLATT - Ella. On Sunday, February 20, 2000 Ella Klatt, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by her parents; brothers Karl and Arnold; sisters Linda and Minnie; and husband, Carl; Ella is survived by her son Dale (Isabelle) of Lion's Bay, BC; grandsons, Garnet (Marilyn) of Calgary, AB, and Glenn of Vancouver, BC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. in Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Interment followed in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
KLATT - Richard Walden Klatt, late of Yellow Grass, Sask. passed away June 9, 2013 at the age of 51 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church,Yellow Grass, Sask. with Pastor David Hanes, officiating. Lunch to follow at the Yellow Grass Communiplex. Interment will be held at a later date.
KLINCK - Laura Agnes (nee Wiltse). On Monday, August 6, 2001, Laura Agnes "Aggie" Klinck, late of Yellow Grass and formerly of Regina, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, at the age of 96 years. Predeceased by her loving husband, George in 1989; parents Edith and George Wiltse; three brothers: Carl, Allen and Earl; and two sisters: Thelma and Audrey. Aggie leaves to mourn her daughter, Audrey (Don) Watson of Yellow Grass; grandsons: Erroll (Kim) Watson of Kelvington; Dale (Dawna) Watson of Minton; and Lee (Jackie) Watson of Yellow Grass; great grandchildren: Jonathan, Jillian, Jennifer, Dirk, Reche, Britany, Brooke, Austin, Ryder, Kelli, and Jesse; brother, Ray; brother-in-law, Bill (Ruth) Klinck, sisters-in-law: Tina Klinck, Middy (Lyle) Harvey, Cody Harvey, Vi (Lefty) Deitz and Florence Hockley; and many nieces and nephews. Aggie was born March 21, 1905 in Stanley, ON. Her mother passed away when she was young and she and her four brothers and two sisters were raised by their Dad whom they called Papa. She said he would always stand her in front of the mirror and say "I'm so proud of that young lady in the mirror." Aggie lost her youngest brother Earl, who was in the air force during the War. She attended Marvel Beauty School and worked in Weyburn, then had her own shop in Yellow Grass. On December 25, 1929 Aggie married George Klinck in Weyburn. They lived in Streetsville, ON for a year and a half, then Yellow Grass on the farm until 1936. They moved to Regina until 1945, then back to Yellow Grass for about 10 years. They then moved back to Regina until three years ago when she returned to Yellow Grass. Aggie and George celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1989 and was fortunate enough to be at her daughter Audrey and son-in-law Don's 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2000, as was George's mother Della Klinck at Aggie and George's 50th in 1979. Aggie was a member of the Regina Carmichael United Church. She belonged to the Prairie Rock and Gem Society in Regina and made many trips to the U.S. picking rocks which were later made into jewelery in their own home. She collected some 500 horses which were mostly gifts from all over the world. She enjoyed following her husband's curling and her grandson's and great grandson's hockey. Aggie welcomed everyone into her home with open arms. She was a special, one of a kind lady who touched the lives of everyone she met by her zest for life and love for people. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed by her many friends and especially her family. A special message from the grandchildren: "I love you up to the sky and down again, Around the world and back again". A graveside service was held Thursday, August 9, at 3:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass Cemetery with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were her grandsons: Errol Watson, Dale Watson and Lee Watson.
KNOUSE - Phyllis Eileen (nee Winter) September 17, 1919 - January 4, 2008. Phyllis passed away peacefully on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Pioneer Village Nursing Home where she was receiving respite care. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Mabel Winter; husband, Arthur in 1974; four brothers: Alf, Harold, Gliss and Jack; three sisters: Grace Murray, Florence Hamilton and Gladys Olver. Phyllis will be deeply missed by her children, Wayne (Donna) and Florence (Gary) Nicholas and by her grandchildren, Annette (Ken) Allen, Dale (Carolyn) Knouse, Chad (Carrie) Nicholas and Joel Knouse. She was always devoted to her family and most recently derived great joy from her nine great granddaughters: Emma, Megan and Kalla Nicholas; Cassandra, Jocelyn and twins Gabrielle and Catrina Knouse; and Paige and Hayley Allen. Phyllis was born and educated at Yellow Grass, growing up on her parents' farm where she and Art were married in 1938. They began farming in the Prairie Cona District, south-west of Lewvan. They soon became active in the Lewvan community and later Yellow Grass. Phyllis was always an equal partner, helping out where needed, whether it be in grainfields or raising chickens and gardening. She continued her dedication as Wayne's helper after Art's untimely death. Phyllis was always supportive of family wherever called upon, which was often. She was devoted to her Christian faith and service, whether it be her many years of teaching Sunday School, working on special projects or faithful attendance in Lewvan, Yellow Grass, Weyburn or Regina. Knox-Metropolitan, in particular the Amity U.C.W. Unit, held a prominent role in Phyllis' life. Phyllis always valued many friendships in Yellow Grass and later Rainbow Towers and Marian Chateau Retirement Villa in Regina. Many folks were fortunate to be recipients of her caring ways. Travel continued to be one of her passions as she continued to travel south to Weslaco, Texas, as she and Dad had done, as well as enjoying bus tours with her travel buddies. A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held at Knox-Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Avenue on Tuesday, January 5, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Kitchen officiating. Interment followed in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
KOT - John Albert was born on Tuesday, April 16, 1918 on the McTaggart homestead, the eldest of four boys. He was schooled at Muckamore before farming fulltime with his father Philip from the age of 15. On Wednesday, November 14, 1945 John married Barbara Gaab in Weyburn and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995. He continued to farm, mixed farming east of McTaggart for 44 years. He was a pedigreed seed grower and raised purebred Simmental cattle. John was busy with his hobbies and interests such as playing in a band, played violin, clarinet and saxaphone. He enjoyed square dancing and barn dances, wood carving and making his John Deere clocks. He had a daily diary and a guest register. For 16 years John and Barbara traveled to Texas for the winter months. John was also an avid sports fan, the family photographer and movie camera buff. He was involved with the 4-H Beef Club from 1959 until 1986, member of the Wheat Pool, and Farmer's Union, president of the McTaggart Rural Telephone and president of the local seed cleaning plant in the 1970's. John was involved with the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree Knight and the Parish Council. He helped to organize the Kot Reunion in July24, 1993. John Albert Kot passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; their children: Walter (Grace) Kot of Weyburn and their children: Jennifer and Adam (Terry); Andrew (Geraldine) Kot of Calgary, AB and their children: Quentin and Danielle; Paul (Nancy) Kot of London, ON and their daughter: Pauline; Tom (Nancy) Kot of Weyburn and their children: Peter, Justin and Michelle; Patricia (Calvin) Read of Regina and their children: Curtis and Brittany; Marilyn Plewes of Francis and her daughter Nicole; David (Tamara) Kot of Weyburn and their child Mackenzie; three brothers: Mike (Josephine) Kot of Vancouver, BC, Joe (Alice) Kot of Regina and Steve (Kay) Kot of Ottawa, ON, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers were held on Thursday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn with Mary Ann Seitz as Lay Presider. Funeral mass was on Friday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Albert Schmitz, Celebrant. Active pallbearers were: Adam Kot, Peter Kot, Justin Kot, Danielle Kot, Pauline Kot and Curtis Read. All those who shared in John's life were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn.
KOT - John "Junior" passed away peacefully on August 1, 2009. John was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Kot; brothers Father Joe Kot, Wilfred Kot and Dr. Danny Kot. John is survived by his loving wife Linda Kot, Weyburn, SK; daughter Joanne (Peter) Jensen and their children Colton, Kaylyn and Kelsey, Weyburn, SK; son John (Trina) Kot and their children Brandon, Jordan, Janessa and Logan, Sherwood Park, AB; sisters Anna Kot, Prince Albert, SK. and Jean (George) Lawson, Edmonton, AB; sister-in-law Gabrielle Kot, Weyburn, SK; many nieces and nephews. John was born and raised in McTaggart, SK. on the farm, receiving his education at Tagg School. He loved farming with his father for many years until his illness. John was very well respected in the community, working in sales for over 35 years, at Eatons where he met his wife Linda. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. His greatest pleasure was watching his children and grandchildren grow up. He left them a legacy of courage, strength and love. John enjoyed playing baseball and was considered an A one pitcher. His love of baseball continued with his passion for the Toronto Blue Jays. Other interests were spending time with his horses, playing cards and attending the Weyburn Red Wing games. He was a friend to all who knew him. John will always be missed but never forgotten. Prayers will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from St Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Gerry Bauche celebrant. Internment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK. Active Pallbearers will be George Lawson, Peter Jensen, Colton Jensen, Jeff Lawson, Brandon Kot and Greg Hubick. Honorary Pallbearers will be John and Lil Hearn, Bob and Gert Lukey, Jim and Marion Brown, Barbara Huebner, Genevieve Girardin, Ben and Sylvia Folk, Pat and Doreen Strong.
KOT - Joseph Kot, Fr., C.Ss.R On Thursday September 4, 2008, Fr. Joseph Kot died peacefully at the age of 80. He was born to John and Mary (Fedyniak) Kot at McTaggart on June 13, 1928, one of six children. He received his early education at Tagg country school and McTaggart and Weyburn High. Graduating from University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering in 1951, he worked for the Western Geophysical Survey in Saskatchewan and Alberta. It was in Grande Prairie in 1955 that he met the Redemptorists and decided to join them. He took is first vows on September 15, 1957 and after completing his studies in philosophy and theology was ordained a priest at Holy Redeemer College in Edmonton on 17 June, 1962. Fr. Joe taught chemistry at the same college, theology at Notre Dame University in Nelson, BC, was a Director of Redemptorist students at St. Paul's College in Winnipeg and Vicar for the Edmonton Province of the Redemptorists, associate pastor at St. Joseph's Parish in Grande Prairie, AB and pastor and superior at St. Mary's Parish, Saskatoon, Sask. before moving to Clement House in Edmonton. In 2005 he joined the Redemptorist retirement community at the former Grey Nuns Regional Centre from where he generously helped out in various parishes in the city. Mourning his loss are his Redemptorist confreres, one brother, John (Linda) Kot of Weyburn, two sisters, Anne Kot of Prince Albert, Sask. and Jean (George) Lawson of Edmonton, sister in law Gaby Kot of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary and two brothers, Wilfred and Danny. A prayer vigil will be celebrated at Villa Marguerite (former Grey Nuns Regional Centre), Edmonton on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 pm. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church, Edmonton on Tuesday, 9 September at 10:30 am.
KOT - Phillip Kot late of McTaggart passed away Sunday August 30th, 2009 at the age of 79 years. Phillip was predeceased by his parents George and Marianna Kot, sisters and brothers, Annie, Mary, Rose, John, Gregory, sister-in-laws, Bridgette Kot, Corrine Kot, Adella Kot, brother-in-laws, John McGough, John Vogel, John Schmidt, John Bauer. Phillip is survived by his family, Louis Kot, Weyburn, Frank Kot, McTaggart, Caroline Bauer, Leader, Joe Kot, Weyburn, Veronica (Russell) Soltys, Regina, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Phillip attended school at the Muckamore School. He farmed up to the day of his passing and loved it. Phillip also enjoyed picnics, ball games rodeo's and working with cattle especially in the spring with the calves. Phillip enjoyed telling a good joke to anyone that came for a visit. Prayers were held on Tuesday September 1st, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from St Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Gerry Bauche celebrant. Internment followed at the Mctaggart Cemetery, McTaggart. Active Pallbearers were John Vogel, Josh Kot, Randy Schmidt, Blaise Kot, Robin Kot, and Claire Kot.
KOZAK - Anthony "Tony" (February 19, 1927 - December 23, 2010). Tony passed away peacefully on December 23, 2010 at the age of 83. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Katherine and brother Alex. He is survived by his brother Dave in Toronto, sister Bette Buckingham (John) in Winnipeg, sister Frances Olson (Edwin) in Calgary and several nieces and nephews. He was born in Gardenton, MB, but was raised in Torquay and Yellow Grass, SK . Tony served in the Navy for five years and after his discharge enlisted in the R.C.M.P. where he proudly served for over 29 years. He worked in security at the Mint for a few years after his retirement from the Force. He also belonged to the Winnipeg Radio Club which he had a great passion for. He was active with the R.C.M.P. veterans until his health failed. A service celebrating Tony's life will be held at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg on December 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.Chapel Lawn
KRUEGER - Rudolph Albert Krueger late of Yellow Grass passed away Wednesday March 17, 2010 at the age of 71 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Tilly Krueger; sisters, Mary Hockley and Elsie Wilson. Rudolph is survived by his brother, Walter Krueger, Yellow Grass; his sister, Emma Thom, Victoria, BC; along with numerous nieces and nephews. A private graveside service was held on Monday March 22. A gathering for family and friends was held at 2:00 p.m. in the Legion Hall, Yellow Grass.
KRUGER - Constance Josephine (nee Bennett) Kruger passed peacefully away September 7, 2004 at the Queen Elizabeth ll Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Connie was born in 1916 in London England, the only daughter of Joseph and Caroline Bennett. As a young woman of 19, Connie went into nursing training in London. So began her life-long passion for nursing that spanned Blitz torn London, Toronto Western and East General Hospitals, Weyburn Union Hospital, the Weyburn Nursing Home to Home Care nursing in Weyburn until her 70th year. In 1943 Connie met and married a Canadian soldier, Henry Kruger. They married in Scotland on a 48-hour leave pass and were separated by war for two years. Connie came to Canada as a War Bride through Pier 21, Halifax in 1946 on the SS Aquitania. Connie and Henry finally settled in Toronto after romantic trips back and forth to England. After many years of playing tennis, dancing, hard work, many many friends, an active church life and two daughters Connie came with Henry to begin farming on the Frank Huston farm near McTaggart, in 1961. She loved the farm, farm and community life and work, the sunsets and especially her garden and beautiful flowers. Connie worked very hard and loved her life on the prairies. In Weyburn she was an active member of the Eastern Star, the Royal Canadian Legion and All Saints Anglican Church where she served faithfully for 35 years in various areas such as the choir and the ACW. Later she and Henry belonged to a musical group that volunteered at Souris Valley Extended Care Hospital. Connie maintained her interest in nursing until her death and was a member of The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (retired). She was also a member of The Saskatchewan War Brides Association. All her life she maintained close ties with friends and family in England, visiting them with her daughters and Henry as often as possible. As a child, a young woman and for much of her life Connie loved to play tennis and to swim. In later years she swam twice a week in Weyburn and also in Regina. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the "new" indoor pool in Weyburn. Connie was a passionate gardener, avid reader, liked to knit and crochet and her favourite TV program of all time was "Mash" reruns! She was a wonderful caring Mother and "Nanny" and great-nanny and will be deeply missed by us all. Connie retired with Henry from farming in 1992 and moved to Winnipeg, MB to be near her daughter Wendy and family. After a long struggle with osteoporosis and congestive heart failure Connie went to live with her daughter Carol and family near Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. She was back where her Canadian journey began. Connie was predeceased by her loving husband Henry in 1996, and her only brother, Donald Bennett OBE, of London, England in 2000. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy Seemann (Dale) of Winnipeg, MB, and Carol Watts (Bill) of Prospect, NS, four grandchildren; Mandy and Jennifer Seemann of Winnipeg, MB and Joshua and Simon Watts of Prospect, NS and one great-grandchild, Dallyne Seemann of Winnipeg, MB. Also survived by four nephews and their families; Max (Dawn), Simon (Seema), Alun, and Mathew (Marguerita) Bennett all in England and two cousins Joyce Todd and Charles Todd (Iris) of Hornchurch England. Cremation has taken place with burial in the McTaggart Cemetery.
LANGE - Katharine (nee Waldbauer) Lange passed away suddenly and peacefully in the Lord, at her new residence in Weyburn on Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 1:15 p.m. It was one month short of her 99th birthday, September 3. Katharine was the youngest daughter of August and Hilda (Ellerman) Waldbauer of Neudorf. There were three brothers and three sisters, all now deceased. Katharine was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Neudorf. She was married to Emil Lange, December 11, 1928 by Rev. Peter Mohr in Weyburn. They were married 49 years at Emil's passing. Two daughters blessed their marriage, Lorraine (October 28, 1931) and Gwen (October 10, 1932). Left to mourn are daughters Lorraine (Albert) Wauters, Gwen (Irvine, deceased 1999) Yauck; seven grandchildren: Douglas (Brenda) Wauters, Susan (Bruce) Ehlert, Kevin (Candace) Yauck, Laurel (David) Chernick, Rodger Yauck, Tim Yauck, Todd Yauck; and nine great grandchildren: Mitchell, Sheri, Tanya and Trisha Wauters, Brian and Katey Ehlert, Bradley and Jamie Chernick and Jeremy Yauck. Katharine and Emil farmed for many years, including 11 years in the Trossachs area. Farming then, as now, meant long hours of hard work. There was always a large garden to be processed and many rows of flowers for beauty. Katharine kept a spotless house and taught her daughters to do the same. She always loved to have company, especially for dinner. And she was a good cook! Katharine was never idle and made many beautiful quilts for her daughters and all her grandchildren. She loved doing fancy work, especially crocheting. And of course she loved her garden and flowers! While living in Yellow Grass her greatest love was her church, Peace Lutheran. She attended faithfully as long as she could, and at one time served as the church janitor. Interment in Yellow Grass Cemetery.
LANSDELL - Lawrence "Rip" Landsdell, formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away in Weyburn on Sunday, November 9, 2003 at the age of 79 years. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy; parents Joseph and Maude Lansdell; sisters Mildred and Muriel; brothers Art, Harold, Morris and Kelly. Rip will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children Blair (Louise) Lansdell of Regina; Terry Lansdell of Regina; Jackie (Henry) Smith of Yellow Grass; and Brian (Debbie) Lansdell of Regina. Eight grandchildren, William, Richard, Sarah, Cody, Heidi, Nadine, Garrett and Aaron. Sisters Maxine Nast of Yellow Grass and Marg (Jim) Brewer of Zurich, Montana. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A private graveside service was held Friday, November 14 at Yellow Grass cemetery.
LANSDELL - Robert "Tex" Harry. On Wednesday, August 30, 2006, Robert "Tex" Harry Lansdell, passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Centre, at the age of 77 years. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Len Lansdell and Clara (nee: Smally) Lansdell, one sister, Hannah McKay, two brothers, Clarence (Howie) Lansdell and George (Mel) Lansdell, brothers-in-law, Ernest Barmby and Edgar McKay and by one niece, Edna Downing. Tex is survived by his sister, Myrtle Barmby of Weyburn, and brother, Gordon (Hilda) Lansdell of Weyburn, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Robert Harry Lansdell, better known to most people as "Tex" was born on the family farm November 28, 1928 to Clara and Len Lansdell. He attended Beautiful Plains School. After he was out of school he worked for Bill Boren and Auto Erb, looking after animals and doing chores. He also worked on road construction for Ramsay and Bird. He then worked on the family farm with his mother and dad. He stayed there until his health deteriorated, when he moved into Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, which is now Tatagwa View. Bob was a long standing member of the Lions Club. He also coached the Ladies ball club, which was called "The Texas Long Horns" He loved hockey games and soft ball. He loved family gatherings which we had so often at the farm. Bob will be sadly missed by his family and all his wonderful friends around the Yellow Grass area. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 P.M. from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass with Rev. Tim Lofstrom officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were: Paul Thille, Don Watson, Don Whitrow, Wally Krueger, Gary Christopherson and Allen Whitrow.
LEACH - Helen Elizabeth "Bette" (nee Hill) Leach passed away peacefully on February 17, 2013 at the age of 85 years, after a long battle with lung disease. Bette was predeceased by her parents Alfred and Undine Hill, sister Diane Schneider and brothers-in-law Bernie Schneider and Wally Hennie. Bette is survived by her husband of 65 years Vern, her children Wendy Leach, Regina, Dean Leach (Eileen Packet) White Bear Lake, Dawne (Len) Gunderson, Drayton Valley, Alta.; six granddaughters Breanne (Tino), Megan, Danika, Calene (Justin), Dena (Andrew) and Erin, great-grandson Kayden, step-granddaughters Jacelyn and Julianne. Also survived by her siblings Joanne Hennie, Jack (Margaret) Hill, Ken (Ev) Hill and Sharon (Aden) Hubick, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bette was raised in Yellow Grass and farmed near Colfax with Vern until they moved to Weyburn in 1980. She was very active in sports and music, and the community, golf, curling and bridge were her passions, but her greatest passion was for her husband and her family. Many times she would say she’s had a good life. In the autumn of her years when her disease slowed her down, Vern cared for her every minute of every day. Bette will be greatly missed, but is now in a place of comfort and peace. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr Shwe, the Sun Country Health Region and the nursing staff at the Weyburn General Hospital for their care and attention. A celebration of Bette`s life was held Friday, February 22 at Grace United Church, Weyburn at 2:00 pm. A private interment took place at the Hillcrest Cemetery immediately after the service.
LEIGH - Laura Eileen (nee Moffet) Leigh of Regina passed away at her home in Regina on November 13, 2001. She is predeceased by her parents Tom and Florence Moffet, her husband Roy Leigh and her brother Harold Moffet. Laura was born in Yellow Grass in 1915 and moved to Regina with her parents in 1924. She attended Connaught public school, Central Collegiate and Regina College. She was active in athletics and enjoyed playing basketball on the Central Collegiate and the Regina College teams. She married Roy Leigh of Regina in 1938. Laura enriched the lives of her family and friends through her love of life, her positive attitude, her strong sense of values and her love of learning. Laura was the guardian treasurer for Bethel #1 Jobs Daughters for several years and supported World Vision and the Regina Food Bank. Fond and loving memories of Laura will be carried by Laura's son Dick Leigh of Regina and Dick's wife Sandra and by Laura's daughter Peggy Kampman of Penticton and Peggy's husband Tom. These memories will also be carried by Laura's sister in law Irene Moffet of Sun City, Laura's grandchildren Ian Kampman of Vancouver, Emily, Mary and Claire Kampman of Penticton, Cameron and Devon Leigh of Regina, Laura's great granddaughter Jade Block of Regina and Laura's cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Knox Metropolitan United Church at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 17.
LENZ - Alfred William Lenz passed away Thursday, September 28, 2000 at the Pasqua Hospital, Regina. Alfred was born December 29, 1928 on a farm near Yellow Grass and lived almost all of his life in the Yellow Grass community. He attended Actonvale and Yellow Grass schools. Alfred learned the electrical trade from his father, Bill, and worked with him and his brothers operating Lenz Electric until his dad's retirement in 1966. Alfred and his brother Clarence then operated the family business until 1970, at which time Alfred became the sole owner, continuing until the time of his passing. Alfred never lost his love of the land and appreciation for farming. For over 45 years he rented and later owned farm land in the Yellow Grass area, retiring from farming in 1993. He took great pride in his fields and crops and was a fine example of stewardship of the land. Alfred was a keen sportsman and an active community supporter. He served seven years as a town councillor, was a board member of Peace Lutheran Church for many years and also served on a number of other community boards and projects. Alfred married Mary Jacqueline Lenz at Prince Albert September 21, 1968. They resided in Yellow Grass and during Alfred's years of semi-retirement they spent the winter months at Weslaco, TX. There Alfred enjoyed playing pool, outdoor shuffleboard and cards, touring, visiting and making new friends. Alfred was always known for his kind, caring nature and willingness to help. Alfred became ill two years ago. He bravely faced his illness and savoured the good times with family and friends. His courage and faith were an inspiration to those around him. Alfred was predeceased by his mother and father, Ida and Bill; brothers-in-law Ole Knutson and Maurice Mykolajczuk; sisters-in-law Eleanore Lenz and Arlis Swenson; and nephew Randell Knutson. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 32 years, Jacqueline; sisters: Evelyn Knutson and Elsie (Curtis) Pearson, both of Kipling; brothers: Leonard of Yellow Grass; Karl (Joyce) of Saskatoon; Clarence (Lyda) of Swift Current; and Clifford (Corrine) of Winnipeg, MB; sisters-in-law: Elvey Mykolajczuk of Prince Albert; and June Nordstrum of St. Catharines, ON; 20 nephews and nieces; many great nephews and nieces, including his special buddy, Katlin; five aunts; cousins; many friends and business associates. Funeral service was held Thursday, September 28 from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass, with Pastor Carol Dennison officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Doug Knutson, Craig Lenz, Roger Lenz, Scott Lenz, John Lenz, Mark Kinzel, Jim Spetz and Steve Nordstrum.
LENZ - Elsie (nee Heinzig) passed away suddenly at Crocus Plains Villa in Weyburn on July 24, 2003, at the age of 92. Elsie will be fondly remembered by her loving family, Fred (Shirley) Lenz of Odessa, Alice (Jim) Reoch of Leduc, AB, Elaine (Neil) Woodcock, Penticton, BC, Don (Joan) Lenz of Vibank, and Louise (Pierre Rochon) Lenz of Gatineau, PQ as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by five sisters: Frieda Sturdy, Anne Schmidt, Trudy Normand, Martha Schultz and Helen Ganshorn as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Paul Lenz in 1980; her parents, Fritz and Ella Heinzig; brothers: Walter, Willie, Alfred, Martin, Paul and Ernest; sister, Mary Aspinall; one sister (twin to Helen) in infancy, one infant brother while Elsie's parents were emigrating to Canada by ship from Germany and daughter-in-law, Joan Lenz. Elsie was born in Prelate on May 16,1911. Since she was the second eldest daughter in the family, much of her time was spent taking care of her younger siblings. Her family then moved to Yellow Grass where Elsie spent the rest of her "single" days before she met and married Paul in 1934. Their early married life was tough during the Depression at the farm near Vibank, but they spent many happy years there. She and Paul finally retired to Weyburn in 1978. Moving to the city was a new experience for both of them, and they loved Weyburn. Unfortunately, Paul became ill in 1980 and passed away that summer. Elsie had many wonderful friends and relatives and enjoyed life to the fullest. Her church was especially important to her. She was always eager to go anywhere or to do anything anyone suggested. Elsie especially loved shopping and took great pains in her appearance. She took up quilting with her good friend Flo Dreher and several other ladies and these were fun times. In 1999 Elsie moved to Rhine Land Towers in Weyburn, she loved her apartment and friends there and hated to leave but it was time to move on. Elsie moved to Crocus Plains, a retirement residence in Weyburn, late this spring. It didn't take long before she was involved in all the activities there. She was very happy at Crocus Plains, she had lots of visitors and also made new friends. At Crocus Plains, Elsie was finally "waited upon" rather than having to do all the mundane chores of everyday life. Her passing was sudden but she would have wanted it that way. A memorial service was held for Elsie on July 28, 2:00 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Peter Walker officiating. Active pallbearers were: Leonard Lenz, Karl Lenz, Clarence Lenz, Robert Lenz, Karl Posehn and Bruce Leippi. Interment followed at Vibank Lutheran Church Cemetery.
LUTZ - Howard R. Lutz, beloved gem of a husband of 48 years to Celia of Medicine Hat, AB, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, August 27, 1999 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 73 years. Howard also leaves to cherish his memory, three daughters and one son; Brenda (Syd) Cuthbert of Burnaby, BC; Barry (Teresa) Lutz of Winfield, BC; Sheila (Earl) Carlson of Oyen, AB; and Charlene Lutz-Graveline and her special friend, Manny Rieder, Medicine Hat; nine grandchildren: Christopher Cuthbert, Devon and Kendal Lutz, Melissa, Brent and Derik Carlson, Travis, Rochelle, and Ryder Graveline; his mother-in-law, Katherine Melle of Medicine Hat; three brothers, Willard (Betty Ann) Lutz of Regina; Ron (Burnelle) Lutz of Weyburn; and Leonard (Ann) Lutz of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters: Myrel Earlywine of Port Angeles, Wash.; and Fern Snell of Indian Head; a brother-in-law, Ray Huycke of Nobleton, ON; as well as many nieces and nephews. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Guy and Myrtle Lutz; and one sister, Evelyn Huycke. Howard was born June 22, 1926 in McTaggart, SK. He married the former Celia Melle on October 3, 1951 in Minton, SK. For 35 years he worked in the oilfield industry and then for the Cypress School Division. Howard retired in 1991 and continued to make Medicine Hat home. He was a member of the Elks Club for many years and spent many hours at the Royal Canadian Legion playing cards and visiting. He served as a volunteer driver for the Legion and enjoyed his many excursions. The coffee shop was a favorite place for Howard as well. Howard loved life - talking and visiting with family, friends and whomever he came in contact. He always had a story to tell and a smile on his face. A very caring nature and unlimited kindness were Howard's greatest attributes. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Vigil Rites (prayers) will be said at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, Medicine Hat, Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 1250 Division Avenue S.W., Medicine Hat, Thursday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Ian Gagne officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery. Our life together has been wonderful, Love you Forever, Celia.
LUTZ - Myrtle Jane (nee Ranson). On Tuesday, April 6, 1999, Myrtle Jane Lutz, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at Beautiful Plains Villa at the age of 102 years. Myrtle was born in Madoc, Ontario, December 6, 1896. Predeceased by her parents, William and Alice Ranson; her husband, Guy in 1953; one daughter, Evelyn Huycke in 1989; four sisters: Hildred, Alice, Grace and Hazel; five brothers: Carl, Tom, Max, Gordon and Henry. Myrtle is survived by her children: Myrel Earlywine of Port Angeles, Wash.; Fern Snell of Indian Head; Willard (Betty) Lutz of Regina; Howard (Celia) Lutz of Medicine Hat; Leonard (Ann) Lutz of Kentucky, USA; Ron (Burnelle) Lutz of Weyburn; and son-in-law, Raymond Huycke of Nobleton, ON; 17 grandchildren as well as numerous great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In November of 1903 Myrtle moved to Yellow Grass with her parents. She went to school in Yellow Grass as well. After finishing school she worked in the McTaggart Post Office where she met Guy Lutz. They were married February 5, 1918. They made their home on the farm at McTaggart and raised seven children. Guy passed away April 14, 1953 but Myrtle continued to live on the farm until 1973 when she moved to Yellow Grass, where she lived until her passing. She was always interested in gardening, planting trees and flowers, although water was scarce and sometimes they didn't make it, but that didn't deter her from trying. After her husband passed away Myrtle worked at the Weyburn Union Hospital in the kitchen. When she retired she started to travel. Her travels took her to the Holy Land, Ireland, on a Mediterranean cruise, and around the USA and Canada. In later years her ability to recite poetry was well known and at her 100th birthday party she recited "I'm Fine Thank You, for the Shape I'm In." Family was the most important thing to her, and she could tell you the day and year each one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren were born. In the early years on the farm she went to the United Church in McTaggart and taught Sunday school and belonged to the ladies groups in the church. She was a charter member of the Church of Christ in Yellow Grass and very involved with the life of the church. Young people of the church were always welcome in her home. Friends were a big part of her life, she was always ready to lend a helping hand. When friends dropped in there was always enough food to go around and enough beds for everyone to sleep. She had a special knack to be able to make a meal for six stretch for 12 or more. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Pioneer Place and Special Care Home. The last 12 years of Myrtle's life were spent as a guest of Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass. Funeral service was held Saturday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass Church of Christ with Pastor Rob Ogilvie officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Russell Brock, Don Fortner, Nat Whitrow, Dalton Hockley, Art Ward and Ron Murray.
MALLEY - Frederick Malley of Weyburn, formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the age of 93. Fred was predeceased by his brothers Wilfred and Melville, sisters Thelma, Lorraine and Aldene, as well as brothers-in-law Gilbert and Henry Bell, Jim Wilson and Dan Jacobsen and sisters-in-law Ivy and Ida Malley, and grandson Roger Malley. Fred is survived by his wife of 72 years, Margaret, sons Brian (Sharon) and Denis (Beverley), grandchildren Kevin, Shaun (Rita), Ryan (friend Jacqui), Erin, Roger’s wife Josephine, great grandchildren Vincent (Courtney), Travis, Troy and Brandon and great great grandson Landon. Fred was born on the family farm at Yellow Grass. He attended Sunnydale School, Yellow Grass High School and Regina Business College. In 1938, he married Margaret and they farmed until 1990. They had moved to Yellow Grass in 1972, taking their house with them and remained there until 2008 when they moved to Weyburn. Fred was always active in the community serving as chair of the rural telephone company until it joined SaskTel, a member of the Sunnydale School Board, Yellow Grass local school board, Master of the Masonic Lodge, Worthy Patron several times of the Order of Eastern Star, chairman of the Yellow Grass history book project, draw master for many tournaments, especially curling, cribbage and shuffleboard, and member of the board of stewards and the session of the Yellow Grass United Church. Fred drove the school bus and even bought his own bus before busses were supplied by the school unit. Fred was always willing to help others and drove others to medical appointments and in emergencies, and in the late 1940s, he used his bombardier to take people to hospital. Fred was always a willing volunteer and had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He never complained and lived a very healthy life. He liked to dance and had been a member of the Dancing Seniors Old Time Dance Group from 1987 to 2008. He also enjoyed square dancing and pattern dancing. He loved camping in their camper van, the family, farm and community, but his greatest love was his wife Margaret, and even until a few days before his passing, his greatest concern was who was taking care of her. Thanks go to the staff of House 5 at Tatagwa View Nursing Home who looked after Fred with warmth and compassion in his final days. The funeral service was held on Saturday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass with Pastor David Hanes officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery.
MALLEY - Gary Lionel Malley, Weyburn, passed away peacefully after a courageous nine year battle with leukemia at the Weyburn General Hospital on October 22, 2001. His family was at his bedside. In 1994, Gary was saddened by the sudden loss of his son, Robert Lionel Malley. In addition, he was predeceased by mother, Ida (Davis) Malley, father Melville Malley and brother, Bill Davis. He is survived by his loving wife Terry, daughter Karla (Steve) Von Hagen, grandchildren: Britta, Dane and Emma, uncle Fred and aunt Margaret malley, his special mother-in-law Helen O'Rourke, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Gary was born January 18, 1941, at the regina General Hospital, to Mel and Ida Malley. He was raised on a farm north of Yellow Grass, and as a child attended the one-room Sunny Dale School until grade seven. During this time, his teachers boarded at his home since the school was only a two mile walk. Later, studies were attended at the Yellow Grass High School where he graduated from grade 12. In the summer, he worked at the Sahara Cafe. Gary worked on the family mixed farm with father Mel, and grandfather, Link. In 1962 he bought Grampa Link's half section. In 1962, he bought a house and moved it onto the Malley farm at NW 3-11-16-W2. Gary met Terry O'Rourke, who was working as a telephone operator in Yellow Grass, and they were married on December 28, 1962. Gary and Terry adopted their children Karla, in 1967 and Rob in 1969. It gave Gary great pleasure to read, watch movies, and play games with his children. He lovingly watched them grow and took them to their extra curricular assignments. Weekends were spent enjoying long car rides around the countryside, with treats for kids at the end of the ride. Gary worked at several different jobs, but farming was his lifetime career. In 1972 Gary added a quarter section located south of Lang to his land base. The move off the farm came in 1976 when the family moved into their dream home in Yellow Grass. his began the start of just grain farming. Carpentry was always a hobby and in 1981 Gary put it to practice by building a two-car garage to accompany the house. Home was at #230 Alsike Street in Yellow Grass until 1999, when Gary and Terry moved to Weyburn to be closer to their grandchildren and the hospital. The drives between Yellow Grass and Weyburn were a favorite pastime. He would always have an eye out for all the friends and cars he knew along the way, and he would have a big wave for them all. Gary was a chartered member of the Yellow Grass Lions and served on the United Church Finance Committee for several years. A memorial funeral was held for our beloved "Malley" at Yellow Grass United Church on October 25, 2001 with Carolyn McBean officiating.
MARSHALL - Lillian Evelyn (nee Erber) Marshall passed away on October 28, 2009 in the Weyburn General Hospital. Lil was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Thomas Gilbert "Gilly" (January 2000), her parents Alvena and Ludwig Erber, her stepfather, Karl Fahr, her sisters Ida Bohn, Phyllis Schindel, Lydia Rode, brother Emil Fahr and grandson Jodie Watson. Lillian is survived by Connie (Douglas) Watson and her children Jason, Justin and Jeff; Carol (Ken) Finlayson and her children Scott, Lisa and Julie; Harold Marshall (Pauline), and his children Marsha, Kristen, Tegan and Hallie; Brady (Mona) Marshall and his children Brett, Brittni, Brant, Brandon and Brice; Tracy (Sam) Cox and her children Jamie and Lindsay. Lillian is also survived by three loving sisters, Olga Saip, Ester Stephenson and Irene Webb. Lil was born and raised in Lang where she completed her grade 12. After High School she attended Balfour Tech Business College in Regina where she earned a Secretarial Diploma. Lil went on to work at the bank in Yellow Grass for four years, it was there she met her husband to be Gil. They were married December 28, 1945. Together they took great pride in farming and raising their five children at Ibsen where Brady continues to farm. Lil enjoyed every effort it took to tend to their mixed farm operation, the kids all have fond memories of their life growing up with plenty of farm animals, the grain farm, the BIG garden and of course all of the pine trees she put so much work into. Lil was General Leader of the Yellow Grass 4-H Multiples Club for many years while her children were involved. She always made sure the kids were involved in the community growing up and took an active part in every aspect of it from school, sports and the church. She was involved with the Eastern Star, the local rink, the Lily Circle and through the years every facet of the Yellow Grass United Church. Lillian gave her time to whatever she could in her community and never asked for anything in return. The move off the farm in 1986, made it easier for her to look after Gil with his failing health. She remained dedicated and caring to the love of her life until Gil lost his long battle with Alzheimer Disease in January of 2000. Lillian continued to live in Yellow Grass until late 2004, because of her continued battle with strokes she relocated into Eden Homes in Weyburn. Being a grandmother to 17 grandchildren and having 16 great grandchildren brought her all the joy she wanted in her lifetime. Her signature smile she gave all of them when coming to visit, will last in their hearts forever. Lillians dedication, strong character and caring never faltered. The family would like to thank the staff of Eden Homes, the nurses of the third floor of the Weyburn General Hospital and Drs. Bigland and Lenferna for all their care given to her. A private family funeral service was held in Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating on Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Internment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Active Pallbearers were Marsha Moule, Tegan Marshall, Jason Watson, Justin Watson, Scott Finlayson and Brice Marshall.
MARSHALL - Thomas Gilbert Brown Marshall. On Monday, January 24, 2000, Thomas Gilbert Brown (Gil) Marshall, late of Yellow Grass, age 85 years, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre. Predeceased by his parents, Joe and Florence Marshall; one sister, Florence Keetch; one brother, Bruce Marshall and grandson, Jodie Watson. Gil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lillian Marshall of Yellow Grass; his children: Connie (Doug) Watson of Yellow Grass; Carol (Ken) Finlayson of St. Albert, AB; Harold Marshall of Yellow Grass; Brady (Mona) Marshall of Yellow Grass; and Tracy (Sam) Cox of Edmonton, AB; 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Helen Whittaker of Vancouver, BC; one sister-in-law, Helen Marshall of Ottawa, ON; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gil was born May 8, 1914 at Yellow Grass. He farmed, loved the land, shetland ponies, and was a registered seed grower. He was active in the community with the church, rink board, choir, Masons, Eastern Star and hockey. When his health failed due to Alzheimer's he became a resident of Souris Valley. A private family service was held Saturday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. from Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass cemetery. Pallbearers were: Justin Watson, Jason Watson, Harold Marshall, Brady Marshall, Sam Cox and Scott Finlayson.
MARTIN - Grace Irene (nee Whitehead) Martin late of Weyburn, SK passed away at the Regina General Hospital on Friday, September 21, 2001 at the age of 84 years. Grace was born in Weyburn and grew up in the McTaggart area where she attended school. After the untimely death of her mother she helped her father on the local farm until the Second World War. Following her nursing service in the Canadian Navy she returned to Weyburn where she married Walter Martin and spent many years helping to run the family farm and raise her four children. The last ten years of her working life were spent providing care at Mount Saint Mary's Home. The last fifteen years of her life were spent at their home in Weyburn where they took great pride in their many gardens. Grace lived a very full life. She was involved in community activities including the Weyburn Hospital Auxiliary and the United Church Women. She enjoyed playing competitive Scrabble, reading, needle crafts, and tending her flowers and garden. She gave of herself to her family, friends, and community and made the world a better place. Grace was predeceased by her parents, Aylmer and Martha Whitehead; grandson, Kerry Martin; and a brother, Clarence Whitehead. Grace is survived by her husband, Walter Martin; sons: Barry (Margaret) Martin of Regina, SK; Rick (Pat) Martin of San Diego, CA; Art (Miriam) Martin of Saskatoon, SK; daughter, Holly (Cliff) Johnson of Saskatoon, SK; grandchildren: Ryan (Christine), Blair, Michael, and Ashley Martin of Regina, Christopher and Heather Martin of San Diego, Karen Lee of Vancouver, BC, Drew and Sara Johnson; sister-in-law Rita Whitehead of Caron as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, SK with Gary W. Goran officiating minister. Interment to follow in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, SK.
MASS - Marian Gertrude Mass passed away at the Marian Health Center, Radville, where she was cared for many years with tender loving care by the staff, she was loved by all. Marian was 86 years old. Marian was born September 22, 1916 at the farm homestead at McTaggart. She attended the Brick School in the village. Marian loved nature and was a friend of the animals - dogs, cats and cattle. She took great pride and joy in picking names for them. She also sang in the choir at St. Joan of Arc Church in McTaggart. While in Vancouver, BC, she enjoyed attending Theatre Under the Stars at the Malkin Bowl to hear the lovely music. Many of the selections Marian remembered so well. She showed love to her parents, sister, brother and nieces and nephews. Marian is survived by her sister Helen Roxborough, nephews Bill Roxborough; Randy (Wendy) Robin; Remi Roxborough, all of Vancouver, BC. Her sister-in-law Katie Mass of Lethbridge, AB; nephews and nieces, Eric (Heather) Mass; Tara (David) Hodgson, and their children Emma and Finn; Jay (Erica) Mass, and John, all of Vancouver, BC, Cade (Jennifer) Mass of Calgary, AB; John (Sheryl) Mass of Bamfield, BC; carol (Verlin) Koch of Calgary, AB, and their children Chris, Andrew & Kale; Brenda (D'Arcy) Pyne, and their children, Carly, Allan, Stephen and Eric of Taber, AB. Marian was predeceased by her parents Phillip and Barbara; three siblings in infancy; her brother Wilfred; brother-in-law Bill Roxborough; niece Barbara, and nephew David. A funeral service was held Saturday, January 4, 2003 from St. Vincent de Paul R. C. Church, Weyburn. Interment followed at McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart.
McALISTER - Robert Lachlan "Lachie" McAlister, late of Abbotsford, BC, formerly of Yellow Grass, peacefully passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the age of 88 at the Cottage Pavilion, Abbotsford, BC. Survived by his loving wife Muriel of 53 years, four dear children and their spouses, nine dear grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one brother John Curtis McAlister. Lachie was a Past Patron of the Masonic Lodge in Saskatchewan and member of the Eastern Star. Funeral service was held Monday, October 16, at 1:30 p.m. from the chapel of Henderson's Fraser Valley Funeral Home, Abbotsford. Cremation followed the service.
McCLINTON - David Robert "Bob" McClinton, of Yellow Grass, SK, passed away May 1, 1999 at 86 years. He was predeceased by his parents Dave and Margaret McClinton; two infant daughters, Ruth and Roseanne; his brother Don; sister Jean and husband Alex Scott; sister Bessie and husband Cliff Forry; three other brothers-in-law, Bill Irwin, Bud Thomas and Walter Murray, and nephew David Forry. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Eleanor; daughter, Eileen (Ron) Elkington of Swift Current; son, Lorne (Angie) of Yellow Grass and his former wife, Carla of Milestone; son, Blaire McClinton of Indian Head; sister Isabel Thomas, Hamilton, ON; brother Fred (Luella) McClinton, Yellow Grass; sister-in-law Jean McClinton, Weyburn; four grandchildren: Kimberly and Gregory Elkington and Robbie and Zachary McClinton; mother-in-law Elizabeth Rivers, Swift Current; his wife's five sisters and six brothers and their spouses: Jim (Marguerite), Milly (Jack), June, Gilbert (Marion), Doreen (Grant), Helen (Don), Paul (Gloria), Syd (Marlene), Richard (Eva), Priscilla (Gary), Earl (Frieda); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bob was born in 1912 in Yellow Grass. In 1930 he started attending the University of Saskatchewan but due to the depression discontinued until 1949 when he returned and graduated in 1952 with a B.S.A. Lifelong friends were made there. He returned to the grain and registered Holstein dairy farm, working with his brothers Fred and Don. In 1952 he married Eleanor White a former teacher and graduate from the U.C.T.S. In 1962 he took over the dairy business which he operated until 1976 with efficient help. Bob was a faithful member of the Yellow Grass United Church and participated in many committees locally and in the wider church. He also encouraged Eleanor to actively serve in the church, locally and beyond. In the 1940's he was a 4-H Calf Club leader. In the 1950's he was a Club leader. Later he served six years on the Yellow Grass Golden Harvest Centre's executive. His chief pride and joy were his children and grandchildren, all of whom have inherited his keen love of reading. The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. from the Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment at the Yellow Grass cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Richard Erb, Earl White, Jim McClinton, Bruce McClinton, Blair Berg and Ken Irwin.
McCLINTON - Dorothy Gertrude (nee Mountain) died peacefully at Mike Berta's Personal Care Home in Regina, Sask. early Saturday morning, March 25, 2006 at age 94 years. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Mary and Frances in childhood, grandson Ian in infancy, and her husband J.D. who died in 2001at age 92 years. Dorothy will be lovingly missed by her daughter Joan (Rick) Helmsing, step grandchildren Suzanne (Jason) and Chance (Nicole), son Keith (Heather) McClinton, granddaughters Keirsten (Jeremy) and Erin, brothers-inlaw Harold (Bea) and Edgar McClinton and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Dorothy was born in Ottawa, ON on August 8, 1911. At age 6, she and her mother caught the flu, and after her mother's death, Dorothy moved to Cymric, SK where she lived with her maternal aunt and uncle, Fanny and Pete Ferguson. After completing an academic grade 12, Dorothy attended the U of S for a year. She later moved to Regina and worked for the provincial government issuing trapping licenses. Dorothy married J.D. in 1943. They farmed near Yellow Grass and lived in Regina in the winter. Joan arrived in 1949 and Keith in 1951. Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom. She was active in her children's lives and in Carmichael Church. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking, crocheting, knitting and sewing. While J.D. was alive they enjoyed watching sports on TV, playing cards with friends, travelling and entertaining both family and friends. Dorothy was an intelligent, thoughtful, kind, patient, caring and loving wife, mother, and friend. She was a perpetual optimist and everyone who met her was a better person for it. A CELEBRATION OF DOROTHY'S LIFE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Jack Oglesby officiating. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Regina Memorial Gardens beside her husband, J.D.
McCLINTON - Frederick McClinton passed away on November 20, 2004 in Weyburn. Fred was born April 5, 1919 and was the second youngest of six children born to Dave and Margaret McClinton. He attended elementary school at Sunnydale located five miles north of Yellow Grass and then attended high school in Yellow Grass. While attending high school he delivered milk to Corbetts' for distribution in the town from his father's dairy farm. Finishing school Fred and his brother Bob moved away from Yellow Grass and got jobs with Parrish Farms, a dairy ten miles from Winnipeg's City Hall, Winnipeg, MB. He was responsible for delivering milk, including periodic deliveries to a relief camp which was operating in the late 1930's and the Headingly jail in Headingly, MB. In the spring he assisted in seeding using a steel wheeled tractor and a mole board plow in which it took 12 hour shifts for 30 days to seed the 200 acres. Fred also arranged for workers to pick weeds by hand and hoe the corn crops. He was also part of the crew that picked up hay and threshed the crops. Upon leaving Parrish Farms in 1938 Fred moved to Geraldton, Ontario to work for McCleod Cockshot Gold Mines. While working in Geraldton, Fred enlisted in the army on June 28, 1941. Overseas Fred served as a gunner in the Central Mediterranean and North West Europe. He was proud to be in Sicily when it was liberated and he was discharged January 1946 and received the 1939 to 1945 Star, the Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defense Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945 for his service. After his discharge Fred returned to work at his father's dairy, eventually in a partnership with his two brothers. On January 17, 1947 he married Luella Hein and they lived on the original McClinton farm until 1976 when they build a new house in the town of Yellow Grass. Fred raised a variety of livestock including sheep and cattle in addition to grain farming. He eventually sold off the cattle and continued to raise chickens, turkeys and geese. Fred loved the farm and still owns the original McClinton homestead today. Fred and Luella had five children, one of whom was stillborn; his remaining four children are; James (Sylvia) McClinton, Yorkton, and their children Bradley (Shawna) McClinton, Regina, who had Fred's first great grandchild Paige; Brenda (Ed) Witherspoon, Yorkton, who recently had Fred's second great grandchild, Colby; Bruce (Laurel) McClinton, Oakbank, MB, and his children Shauna (Andrew) McClinton, Winnipeg, MB, and Amanda McClinton, Oakbank, MB; Nancy (Tom) Kot, who live on the farm near McTaggart, and their children Peter (Sylvie) Kot, Regina, Justin Kot, and Michelle Kot, both of McTaggart; Cara (Phil) Thompson who also live on the farm near Radville, and their son Parker who is Fred's youngest grandchild. He loved having his grand kids around to teach them how to drive, hunt for gophers, and to tease. Fred loved people and enjoyed visiting always remembering everyone's name and a story about them no matter how long ago he had met them. He was an avid reader, reading many books and papers. He was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion for many years and held the people he met through the Legion in great importance. He loved watching sports and going to the Yellow Grass rink for Thursday night Wheat Kings games and would make sure he took Luella out for lunch once a week in Weyburn. Fred loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. He taught his family many things in which they are grateful for and he will be sadly missed. A funeral service was held Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 2:00 p.m., from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. Carolyn McBean Officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donna and Ron Reid, Margaret and Blair Berg, Sheila and Lee Wilde, Blair McClinton and David Hein. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Royal Canadian Legion.
McCLINTON - Harold Frederick. Just a southern Saskatchewan farm boy who loved his family and was loved in return. Harold Frederick McClinton, born on the family farm near Yellow Grass, SK to Jim and Mabel (Thornton) McClinton on October 17, 1921, passed away on December 12, 2012 at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Home in Calgary. Harold grew up on the family farm, the youngest of eight children, where he was allowed to roam and get into mischief. After finishing high school in Lewvan, SK, he worked at odd jobs and then enlisted in the Air Force. As a wireless operator, he was stationed in Summerside, PEI and Newfoundland /Labrador. After leaving the Air Force, he began working for Imperial Oil in Regina as a power engineer. He had fallen in love with a shy girl named Beatrice Paton while home on leave in Regina, married her on August 7, 1947 and remained in love with her for 65 years. Together, they raised their four children in Regina, moving to Edmonton in 1972 and then to Norman Wells, NWT where he retired from Imperial Oil. Always, a lover of gardening and swimming, dad fell in love with the Okanagan and retired to Naramata BC in 1981. Mom and Dad lived in the Naramata community for 20 years and made many friends. In 2001, they moved into Penticton where they resided until 2 months before his passing, at which time, needing to be closer to family, they moved to the Colonel Belcher in Calgary. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 65 years Beatrice (Paton) McClinton; son James McClinton and wife Marni, sons Robert, Kyle, and Alexander of Edmonton; daughter Judith Bischoff and husband Charles, her children Jennifer Davies (Brent Doell), James Davies (Lisa Tyler, her son Tristen Wilson) of Calgary and Charles' son Michael Bischoff of Saskatoon; son, Richard McClinton and wife Ginny and their children Katie McClinton (Paul Mailhot) and Liam McClinton of Winnipeg; daughter Susan McKenna and husband Chris Williams, her children Daniel McKenna (Kristina Kopplin), Claire McKenna and Chris' children Ashley, Beth, Kristi and Taylor Williams of Vancouver Island. He is also survived by Beatrice's sister, Ruth Gowans of White Rock, BC as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Also remembered by Shaun McKenna of Victoria and Doug Davies of Edmonton. He was predeceased by his siblings: J. D. (Dorothy) McClinton, Greg (Yvonne) McClinton, Margaret (Randolph) Quigley, Bill McClinton, Mabel McClinton, Olive (Les) Hill, Ed (Kathy) McClinton and Beatrice's sisters: Iva (Joe) Dorey, Hilda (Merv) Buckingham and brother-in-law, Bill Gowans. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM, at Victoria Funeral Home, 2080 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK.
McCLINTON - James David "J. D." (November 6, 1908 - September 7, 2001). On September 7, 2001, J. D. McClinton passed away at the Sunset Extendicare at the age of 92. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy, his daughter Joan Helmsing (Rick) and son Keith (Heather), his grandchildren Keirsten and Erin McClinton, his brothers Ed and Harold (Bea) and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. J. D. was born on a farm near Yellow Grass, SK. He was the eldest of 8 children: J. D., Greg, Margaret (Quigley), Mabel, Bill, Olive (Hill), Ed and Harold. Family was very important. He was always there for his siblings and their families, providing whatever help was needed. J.D. helped his father on the farm from an early age and eventually owned his own farm near Colfax, SK. He married Dorothy in 1943. When not working on the farm J. D. owned and operated a taxi in Regina. He was active in Carmichael United Church in Regina and the Masonic Lodge in Colfax for over 50 years. He was a talented athlete and enjoyed baseball, pool, hockey, curling and golf. He loved travelling and he took his family on road trips. After he retired, he and Dorothy took bus trips. They also enjoyed playing cards regularly with three other couples. There will be a viewing between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2001 at the Helmsing Funeral Chapel, 2210 College Ave. A graveside service will be held at Memorial Gardens on Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of J. D.'s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Helmsing Funeral Chapel. Rev. Wayne Knouse will officiate. A reception will follow immediately at the Wascana Family Centre, 2333 Cornwall St. between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Family and friends are welcome. J.D.'s family would like to thank everyone at the Sunset Extendicare for taking such good care of him over the past 3 years.
McDONNELL - Violet (nee McDonald). On Friday, October 15, 1999, Violet McDonnell, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the age of 69 years. Predeceased by one daughter, Linda Betty McDonnell, and by her father, Norman (Scotty) McDonald. Violet is survived by her husband, Ray McDonnell of Yellow Grass; her mother, Susan Stockbrugger of Maple Ridge, BC; her children: Leslie (Linda) McDonnell) of Calgary, AB; Brenda (Dan) Beckman of Yellow Grass; Evelen (Don) Sandford of Moose Jaw; Ken (Carmen) McDonnell of Calgary, AB; Carol (Lloyd) Shortridge of Brandon, MB; Cathy (William) Hibbard of Weyburn; and Grant McDonnell of Calgary, AB; 15 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren; three sisters: Isabelle (Jack) Porrier of Devon, AB; Flora McDonnell and Janet McLeod, both of Moose Jaw; three brothers: Ron (Vi) MacDonald and Jim MacDonald, both of Delburne, AB; and Malcolm (Marg) MacDonald of Moose Jaw; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Vi was born August 11, 1930, first of eight children born to Norman "Scotty" MacDonald and Susan, nee Eichen. Her father had emigrated from Huntley, Scotland in 1916, marrying in the Humboldt area. They began their family on the farm, and then moved to Moose Jaw in the early 1940's. Vi completed her school education in Moose Jaw and met Ray McDonnell through her father's work. After a romantic courtship of softball and dancing, they were married on May 8, 1948 at St. George's Anglican Church. With the blessing of their parents and families, they set out to raise a new sub-species of the Clan. They raised seven children (their first daughter, Linda, having died in early childhood); who gave them 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and 33 nieces and nephews and four great nieces as well. Their 50th Anniversary Surprise Party thrown by the family says it all. Violet's primary occupation throughout her life was homemaker, but she also took a turn at waitressing and was a mainstay of Ray's business in television and radio sales and service. She was the bookkeeper and salesperson until they closed their business in Weyburn in 1986. During hard times, Vi was a rock of support and strength. A heart attack about six years ago revealed diabetes and worsening asthma. After prolonged hospitalization this summer, she took insulin at home and was on continuous oxygen. Now it was Ray's turn to support and help, which he did with oxygen machines and insulin assistance and emergency trips to the hospital. He never left her side, and feels that they drew a lot closer during this time. During 5-1/2 years of marriage, Violet collected not only spoons and figurines, but also grandchildren and their toys. She not only figured out crossword puzzles, but also knew much love and many good times. She and Ray did everything together, both work and family, and grew as they learned together. Violet was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all who knew and loved her. A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Honorary pallbearers were her sons: Leslie, Ken and Grant McDonnell, and her brothers: Ron, Jim and Malcolm MacDonald.
McKAGUE - Albert Lloyd. On Thursday, February 26, 2009, Albert Lloyd McKague passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 84 years. Albert was born January 10, 1925 on the home farm NW 33-9-15-W2nd. He was the third child of four born to Norman and Bessie McKague. He attended Aconvale School. In the early years, he worked at Burns in Regina and also worked one winter at the Gladmar Salt Mines. Albert was a dedicated farmer all his life on the family farm and was always great with the yard work and took pride in having things neat. He liked painting the farm buildings and helped build many of the buildings on the farm. He was dedicated to his family and was a wonderful neighbour. Albert was known by everyone for his honesty and loyalty, always willing to help friends and neighbours. He enjoyed watching hockey games, and was an excellent checker and crokinole player. Albert enjoyed visiting neighbours, picnics and going for drives. He was on the McTaggart Cemetery committee and took part in many work bees to maintain the cemetery. The McKague family received the Family Farm Heritage Award in 1980. Albert's ready smile would light up a room and even after the farm land was rented out, he never missed his annual combine ride. His smile reflected his love of farming. Albert was predeceased by his mother and father, Bessie and Norman McKague; sister, Alva Bradley and brother, James McKague. He is survived by his sister, Nora McKague of McTaggart; his brother-in-law, Edgar Bradley of Guelf, ON, and one niece, Marlene Bradley of Guelf, ON, as well as many friends and neighbours. A Graveside Service was held Wednesday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. at McTaggart Cemetery with Rev. Barnabas officiating.
McKAGUE - Nora Irene McKague of McTaggart, passed away on May 23, 2013, at the age of 86 years. Nora was a true friend to many and will be deeply missed. Nora was the youngest and fourth child born to Norman and Bessie McKague on February 19, 1927, and raised on the farm northeast of McTaggart along with her siblings Elva, Jim and Albert. Nora attended Actonvale School, often walking the distance. The MacDonald’s lived close by and the girls played together, Nina being one Nora mentioned a lot. From an early age Nora and her sister Elva took on responsibilities of household and gardening duties and became exceedingly proficient at both. Elva eventually travelled east and remained there after being married. Nora was known for her honesty, kindness, loyalty, dedication and ability to make good friends. Baking was something to be envied. Maureen remembers bake sales in McTaggart that saw Nora being followed down the stairs and her raspberry pies snapped up before even hitting the tables. The bountiful garden she had was canned or frozen plus unselfishly shared by giving bags of produce to friends. Nothing went to waste. Another love was flowers. Inside the house window ledges were filled with violet plants. In summertime a display of gladiolas graced the table with still enough for a huge colourful showing in the garden enjoyed by all driving by. In spare moments at night Nora enjoyed reading or doing needlework. Being strongly community minded Nora helped out at every shower plus attended many birthday parties and tea parties. Nora did look forward to trips down east to see her sister and family. As well Nora and Albert enjoyed what they considered two major holidays with Gordon and Eleanor Clay (plus Keith and Adeline), one to Expo ’86 and one to Hawaii. Many area short trips were made over the years with a few closer friends for berry picking or picnics. They invited Doyle and Val Thomas and girls every fall to go on a fun picnic day through the Qu’Appelle Valley. The fall colours were always awesome. Also shared with Doyle and Val were many visits to see McKague’s second cousins Dennis and Marlene Down and Audrey Down at the Parkbeg farm every July 1st for an enjoyable day. A highlight was when sister Elva along with husband Edgar and a niece she adored, Marlene, would come out west for two weeks or so during harvest time. They had fun times and Edgar so enjoyed helping out with harvest. Many evenings saw a musical jam session. Nora loved her cats and had up to 20 one time. When walking outside usually a parade of cats was close behind. Company dropped in often to visit. Most phoned ahead before coming out and Nora made sure the tea or coffee pots, plus home-made baking, were on hand. Nora said ‘tongue in cheek’ sometimes one or two came just before supper was ready. With her great meals and desserts that was an excellent coincidence! The weekly trip to Weyburn eventually expanded to twice a week where Nora enjoyed visiting with the tea and coffee ladies. Roger and Maureen Clay were great to look after Chinese food birthday parties in later years. After the brothers passed away, Nora tried to manage staying on the farm with help from neighbours in yard work and trips to Weyburn. She weakened with a diabetic coma and from there ended up in Crocus Plains Villa in Weyburn. On weekly visits with her in the home many a story was shared of their life in early days which made her so happy. She diligently looked forward to the many letters sent from her niece Marlene, Edna McKegney and Mary Budd. Thank you to Crocus Plains Villa for their care and kindness shown to Nora and to those who took time to visit just to chat. It meant a lot. Nora was predeceased by her parents, sister Elva and brother-in-law Edgar, brothers Jim and Albert. Nora is survived by her loving niece Marlene Bradley and several second cousins. Cremation took place and at Nora’s request no funeral service was held.
McNAUGHT - Basil McNaught was born in Radville on September 11, 1918 and passed away in the Weyburn General Hospital on Christmas Eve, 1999 after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Ella, his oldest brother, Kenneth and oldest sister, Winnifred. Basil leaves to mourn Gladys, his wife of 60 years; his son, Jerry (Barb) and granddaughters: Sonia and Sheri of Edmonton; Raymond (Lois) and grandsons: Aaron (Tammy), Brett (Connie), and great granddaughters: Courtney and Breanne of Regina; his brother, Sterling (Beulah) of Claresholm, AB; and his sister, Floreen of Brockville, ON; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. One of Basil's greatest passions was sports, especially hockey and baseball. He loved working with the kids and coached both baseball and hockey for many years. When their youngest son, Raymond played hockey in the SJHL, many miles were put on as they criss crossed the province to watch him play. And in later years he took great pleasure and pride in watching his two grandsons play hockey and ball. Basil enjoyed being around people and loved to go to the Drop In for coffee and cards. And during the winter could almost always be found at the rink. He was a very active member of the Legion and also looked forward to Thursdays when he would sing with the Senior Choral Group in Weyburn. Basil was a real handyman who worked for many years as a carpenter and he was always ready, willing and able to help others with projects. He loved to be with his family and in the last few years most especially his two little great granddaughters, Courtney and Breanne. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 29 from the Yellow Grass United Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery. The active pallbearers were: Bobby Moule, Jack Hill, Artie Hennie, Tom, Doug and Randy Quigley. Honorary pallbearers were "all those who shared Basil's life." Members of the Royal Canadian Legion formed an Honor Guard.
McNAUGHT - Gladys Beatrice Jeannette (nee Christopherson), beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend, passed away on October 11, 2010 in the Weyburn Special Care Home. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Basil, in 1999, and her great granddaughter, Courtney McNaught, in 2005. She was also predeceased by her mother and father, Ellen and Carsten Christopherson, and by her sisters: Evelyn Dickenson, Helen Branning and Edith (Toots) Stinson; her brothers: Lawrence (in infancy), Clifton, Ken, Merv and Lonnie (Bud). Mom is survived by her son, Gerry (Barb) from Edmonton and their children Sheri McNaught and Sonia (Jim) McGregor; her son, Raymond (Lois) from Regina and their children Aaron and Brett (Connie) and great grandchildren, Breanne and Chase; and her sister Peggy (Gaylen) Van de Sype from Radville. Mom also leaves behind many nieces and nephews she loved dearly, and many friends she cherished. Mom was born on March 6, 1918 on a farm in the small community of Trossachs. Always being a hard worker, she often told stories of the constant cleaning and baking she helped with and how much she enjoyed looking after her younger siblings. Mom took her schooling in that area and after meeting Basil in the 30s, they were married in 1939. Although Mom and Dad spent a short time in Ontario, they chose to move back to Saskatchewan. Mom and Dad were blessed with two sons, Gerry and Ray, and the boys were Mom’s total pride and joy. When Dad was sent to England to serve in the war, Mom was the soul caregiver. After living in a cook car for a few months, she found a place to live in Yellow Grass and Yellow Grass became their home for many years. As the boys were growing up, Mom and Dad were always there to cheer them on in ball, hockey, track and field, etc. and they both continued to love all types of sports throughout their lives. They became involved in the community and in their later years, enjoyed playing cards at the Yellow Grass Drop-In Centre and also enjoyed shuffleboard. Many were the shuffleboard trophies they took home – mostly due to Mom’s great left-handed shots! Family was always Mom’s priority and she so enjoyed having her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren come to visit. Both she and Dad always kept up-to-date on what the family was involved in and participated in every family activity they could. Following Dad’s passing, and Mom’s deteriorating health, her family moved her to Pangman Care Centre and later, to the Weyburn Special Care Home. On behalf of the family, we sincerely thank both Care Homes for the wonderful care they provided Mom. Mom will be sadly missed and forever remembered as a very special, caring and loving person who was always there for us. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 pm. from the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan with Rev. David Hanes officiating. Interment to follow in Yellow Grass Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brett McNaught, Aaron McNaught, Gary Christopherson, Rick Claffey, Brent Christopherson, Jeff Claffey, Glen Branning.
METHERAL - Clarence Richard (December 4, 1928 - August 5, 2012). With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Mildred; sisters Eileen (Joe) and Ruth; and precious daughter-in-law Valerie. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Alice; children Rick (Brenda) Metheral, Sharon (Earl) Hennie and Roger Metheral; grandchildren Arron (Debbie), Shawn (Tanya), Darwin (Heather), Debbie (Greg), Shay (Scott) and Jarred (Lara); brother Alvin (Joyce); and great-grandchildren Chantal (Matt), Courtney, Austin, Carly, Jennifer, Parker, Myles, Hannah, Lily and Cohen. He spent almost all his life on his farm in Yellow Grass, which was in his family for over 100 years. His love for his farm and town lasted until his dying days. We wish to thank the Pasqua Hospital 4B for all their help and love shown to Clarence. A special thank-you to Darcie for helping us through this difficult time. There is no greater gift than love! A memorial service will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
MILLER - Alex, late of McTaggart, Sask. passed away Thursday, December 29, 2005 at the age of 67 years. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, Sask. with Fr. Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Prayers will be held Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church.
MILLER - Eveline Ruth (nee Lutz). With love and sadness our family announces that our beloved mother E. Ruth Miller, wife of Ed Miller, passed away quietly on June 23, 2011 after a brief and hard fought battle with breast cancer. Eveline Ruth Miller (Lutz) was born August 11, 1925 in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan to Henry and Florentine Lutz, the eighth of 10 children. Ruth married Edmund Daniel Miller (son of Karl and Dorthea Miller) July 4, 1943. Ruth's life was defined by her passion for her immediate and extended family. Hers was a life of service to those she cherished, to her church and to her community. Ruth played the piano and organ beautifully and shared her gift as the Lutheran church organist for many years . At home, her hands were never still, always finding a quilt to stitch, an afghan to crochet or a mouth to feed. Her gifts also extended into the kitchen and we are grateful for the many years of "Grandma buns". Ruth was pre-deceased by her parents Henry and Florentine; sister Alvina; brothers Henry , Albert (Elsie), Walter (Helen), Carl (Olive), John (Audrey), Fred and Arthur; great-grandson Joshua. Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 68 years Ed; children Duaine (Lorraine), Marlene (Bain), Glenn (Lois), honorary son Larry Huber (Linda); grandchildren Jason, Shawna (Andrew), Tyler (Shaunna), Dylan, Colin, Ali, Sean, Trevor (Jill), Jennifer, Michael, Paul; great grand children Maria, Keyanna, Reese, Sofie. A Memorial service of Ruth's life will be held Wednesday June 29th, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Living Christ Lutheran Church, 110 Watson Street with Pastor Koch officiating. Internment will follow at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Dolata, Dr. Joanne McLeod, the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, and the exceptional staff of units 3A and the Palliative ward at the Pasqua Hospital for their caring and fine help. You looked after Ruth so she could keep looking after us.
MILNE - Violet Mae "Tootie" Bartlett Milne. On Monday, July 5, 1999 (Tootie) Violet Mae Milne passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years in Beautiful Plains Villa, Yellow Grass, SK. She is survived by her loving family of five: Geo (Cathy) Bartlett of Victoria, BC; Jean (Morley) Hodgins of Edmonton, AB; Willard (Betty) Bartlett of Calgary, AB; Hartley (Doris) Bartlett of Regina; and Garnet (Shirley) Bartlett of Yellow Grass; three sisters: Olive (Tom) Cockram of Yellow Grass; Ruth (Herb) Wilke of Yellow Grass; and Phil Muir of Kelowna, BC; two sisters-in-law: Jessie (Artie) Bakke of Weyburn; and Ida Bartlett of Regina; 20 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Tootie was predeceased by her first husband, Alex Bartlett; her second husband, Howie Milne; one sister Helen; and grandsons Blair Irvine and Cory Bartlett. Funeral service was held Thursday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Gary Irvine, Allen Bartlett, John Bartlett, Ronnie Irvine, Brent Bartlett and Joel Bartlett.
MOLITOR - Alice Viola "Vi" (nee Snowdy), formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away in Weyburn on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at the age of 90 years. Vi is predeceased by her husband, August; parents Harry and Katherine Snowdy. Three brothers: Bill, Albert and Harold; one sister, Lila Robertson; one son, Melvin Snowdy; three grandchildren: Kevin, Vincent and Lynette; one great granddaughter Tiandia Turner. Vi will be remembered by her children, Kay (Vic) Christman, Medicine, Hat, AB; Marlene Edel, Weyburn; Marvin (Deanna) Molitor, Calgary, AB; Wayne (Gwen) Molitor, Regina; Linda (Bill) Koehler, Blackfalds, AB; Louise (Albert) Hermanson, Medicine Hat, AB. One sister, Gertie Leach, Windsor, ON; one sister-in-law, Liz Snowdy, Regina. 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Viola's pallbearers were Bradley Hermanson, Austin Phillips, Grant Molitor, Ryan Molitor, Jeffrey Sheppard and Michael Edel. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 27 from the Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment to follow at Yellow Grass Cemetery.
MOULE - Jessie Violet (nee Keys). On Monday, August 27, 2001, Jessie Violet Moule of Yellow Grass passed away in the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 84. She is survived by her two sons Bob (Anna) of Trossachs, and Barry (Carolynn) of Big River. Grandchildren Ricky (Kali) Moule, Terry (Marsha) Moule, Randy and Lindsey Moule, Wanda (Darrell) Pederson, Twila (Lyle) Meyers and Barry Moule Jr. Great grandchildren: Sarah Moule, Rhett Moule, Tyler and Jessica Meyers and Johnathon Pederson. Sister-in-law Mary Keys and numerous nieces and nephews. Jessie was predeceased by her husband Ernest November 15, 1982. Also Cecil Keys, David (Dorothy) Keys, Stuart Keys and Jack (Mabel) Keys. Sisters Teddy (Sid) Wilson and Margret (Reinhold) Liebel. Jessie was the last of her family to pass away. Jessie was born just west of Regina in Keystone (named after her family) on November 14, 1916, the sixth and last child of Joseph and Elizabeth Keys. After her schooling in Keystone, Pense and Regina she trained to be a nurse at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina. Along the way she met Ernest Moule, but the outbreak of war in 1939 put a pause on their relationship. As she waited for his return she spent time with the Canadian Red Cross in outposts farther north: Pierceland, Tubrose and Rockglen. On June 18, 1946 Jessie became Mrs. Jessie Moule. They lived at Tyvan for a year then they moved to Grassdale. Before long Ernie and Jessie bought some land two and a half miles out of Trossachs and settled into farming. Along came parenthood, "There are two perfect kids in the world," Jessie boasted, "and I have them both" Bob and Barry. And even through the years Jessie's nursing experience was often sought. There was no electricity or telephone in the early days of their marriage and it wasn't unusual to hear a horse and rider and a stoneboat pull up in the middle of the night to take Jessie somewhere for some ailment or to give an injection. A year after Ernie's death she moved to Yellow Grass. Jessie (Granny Chick or Popcorn Lady) was a member of the Yellow Grass Legion Auxiliary, Yellow Grass Drop In Centre. The first Wednesday of every month she traveled to Regina with her dear friends for breakfast with the Regina Rifles. She took pride in meeting all the people she could and calling each and every one by their name. The funeral service was held August 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Carolynn McBean officiating. The interment followed in the Yellow Grass cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Helmsing Funeral Chapel, Regina. Active pallbearers were Ricky Moule, Terry Moule, Randy Moule, Barry Moule Jr., Lyle Meyers, and Darrell Pederson. The honorary pallbearers are all who knew her.
MULLER - Betty. On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Betty Muller, formerly of Yellow Grass, Sask., passed away at the age of 78 years. Betty is survived by her daughter Connie Muller of Edmonton and brother Alex Muller of Yellow Grass. Betty was a Registered Nurse and worked in Regina at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Betty loved working on the farm and caring for others. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Little Flower R. C. Church, 420 College Avenue, Regina with Rev. Bill Mahoney presiding. Interment in Regina Memorial Gardens.
MURRAY - Alan, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Viola Murray, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 6, 2009 at the age of 85 years. Alan grew up in Yellow Grass, Sask. area. He spent six years with the Regina Rifle Regiment serving in Canada and Europe including the D Day Invasion. He married Viola Obst in 1948. He bought and ran a Service Station in Yellow Grass, which they sold in 1959. They moved to Calgary where he worked with Canada Post until retirement. Vi and Alan enjoyed golfing and traveling with friends in Canada and the United States. Later he moved to Coaldale until 2007 when he moved to Lethbridge. Alan is survived by his step-daughter Shirley Hazen, sister Lyall Dignem and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his beloved wife Viola, Alan was predeceased by his parents James and Jessie Murray, sister Margaret Murray, brother Ian Murray, and step-son Jerry Obst. An interment will take place in Lang, Saskatchewan at a later date. The family wishes to thank the Staff at St. Michael's Health Palliative Care Unit.
MURRAY - Bertha Elizabeth Ellen (nee Norton). On Saturday, February 16, 2002, Bertha Elizabeth Ellen Murray, formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Center at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by her parents, George and Mable Norton; her husband, Gordon Murray; sisters: Leta, Georgina, Ethel and Gladys; and one brother in infancy. Bertha will be lovingly remembered by her three children: Catherine (Gordon) Jorgenson of Calgary and their family: Shane (Joanne) Jorgenson and their daughter Madeline of Calgary; Shelley (Barry) Adams and children: Kimberley and Kelsey of Calgary; Ron (Donna) Murray of Yellow Grass and their family: Denise (Terry) Guest and their children: Darcy, Stephanie and Shaun of Weyburn; Mike Murray of Yellow Grass and his sons: Tyler and Scott; Cheryl (Doug) Moen and their children: Erin, Lauren, Erica and Dianna of Viscount; Lynn Murray and her daughter, Sharon Phillips of Regina; one sister, Irene (John) Johnston of Omeenee, ON; many nieces and nephews, special friends: Tommy Bakaluk and Geri Nelson. Bertha Elizabeth Ellen Murray was born December 2, 1914 at Viewfield, and was raised at Ernfold. She took her schooling to Grade 12 at Ernfold. She then became a housekeeper for Harriet Ann Murray, her future mother-in-law. Bertha married Gordon Scott Murray on November 30, 1934 at Ernfold. They lived on their farm at Yellow Grass for the greater part of their lives and retired in town the latter years. Bertha enjoyed quilting, having tea with her neighbors, and singing in the church choir. She attended the Church of Christ in Yellow Grass since 1933. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Society, and the Women's Temperance Society. Bertha liked spending time at the Golden Harvest Drop In Centre in Yellow Grass where she and Gordon celebrated their 40th and 50th wedding anniversaries and her 80th birthday. She loved the land and farming, raising chickens and tending a garden. She enjoyed watching horses and having a dog. Bertha enjoyed tea with friends and visiting her family. She will be lovingly remembered by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Tuesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. from the Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, with Rev. M.W. Nicholson officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. The active pallbearers were her grandchildren: Michael Murray, Cheryl Moen, Denise Guest, Shelley Adams, Shane Jorgenson, Doug Moen and Terry Guest.
MURRAY - Charles "Punch" Murray, Yellow Grass, passed away Monday, November 13, 2006 at the age of 94 years. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Hilda; daughters: Beverly Langton (Fred Legiehn) of Regina, Shirley Morel (Bob) of Hilton Head, South Carolina; son Rick Murray (Gail) of Yellow Grass; sister Mabel (Bobby) Winter, Yellow Grass; sisters-in-law Ethel Dietz, Beth McGregor and brother-in-law Lefty (Vi) Dietz; grandchildren Greg Langton (Tammy Mytopher) of Invermere, BC; Jeff Langton of Taiwan; Eric Murray, Dean (Kim) Murray, Yellow Grass; Lindsay Murray, Saskatoon; and great grandchildren Taylor, Taryn, Skeeter, Sonny and Rilyn. Punch was born April 21, 1912 at Yellow Grass. He grew up on the farm, married Hilda Dietz in 1936, lived most of his life in the area and was active in the community. He enjoyed family visits and always attended the Murray reunions. A private graveside service was held November 16. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Weyburn hospital and the Tatagwa home for all the care and compassion given to Punch and his family the last few months.
MURRAY - Viola Emma (nee Parohl) Obst Murray. Eighty-seven years, passed away suddenly January 2, 2000, at the Crows Nest Pass Health Centre. Vi was born in Lang, and took all her schooling there. She attended Normal School in Regina and taught in schools in the Lang / Yellow Grass area. Vi and Frank Obst were married October 5, 1934 and resided on a farm northeast of Yellow Grass. They had two children, Shirley and Jerry. Frank died suddenly of a heart attack in 1946. Vi struggled to keep the farm going for her family, however, returned to teaching the following year. In 1948, she married Alan Murray. They farmed west of Yellow Grass until purchasing the service station and garage in town. Vi was a viable asset to the business, as the "bookkeeper/accountant" and dispatcher for repairs. The business was sold in 1960 when they moved to Alberta, living in Calgary, Lethbridge and Crows Nest area. Vi taught school at "Gilbert Patterson" in Lethbridge for 17 years, retiring in 1977. Alan and she were then able to enjoy winters in the south and traveled extensively in the United States. Her golf game was a constant pursuit of perfection and enjoyment. She won several annual tournaments of which brought pride to their trophy shelves. Curling was also an enjoyable winter outing for her. Cooking for "hearty eaters" pleased her beyond any thank yous for her superb culinary skills. She was an immaculate housekeeper, enjoyed her garden, flowers and yard. Vi was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a 50 year member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion. She was predeceased by her first husband, Frank; mother and father August and Anna Parohl; brother Herman; sister Annie; and brother-in-law, Sam Fisher. Vi will be sadly missed by her husband, Alan (Bellevue, AB); daughter, Shirley (Hazen), Bulyea, SK; son, Jerry (Sheila), Yellow Grass. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sister, Ida Fisher; brothers: Charles (Joan), Red Rock, ON; and Henry (Sylvia) Tisdale; sisters-in-law: Mildred Parohl, Calgary; Lyle Dignem, Oshawa, ON; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation. Interment will be held at a later date in Lang.
NAST - Olive Maxine (nee Lansdell). It is with sadness the family of Maxine Nast (June 13, 1923-December 12, 2005) announces her going to be with her Lord. On Monday, December 12, 2005, with family at her side, Maxine passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home, Weyburn. She is now at peace after a seven year struggle following her stroke. Her last 3-1/2 years were spent at the Weyburn Special Care Home. She was predeceased by her parents; Fred, her husband of 55 years; an infant son, James and son, Ronald. Maxine was the last living member of a family of five brothers and three sisters. Maxine was an honest, humble person who always put everyone before herself. She loved visits from her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren; always having a meal or lunch ready. Her garden and flowers, listening to gospel and country music and following curling on T.V. brought her countless hours of joy. She never missed a telemiracle broadcast. The birds and squirrels in Yellow Grass also provided her much entertainment. She leaves to mourn: two daughters, Dianne (Gerry) Kos, Saskatoon, and Debbie (Tom) Kessler, Pangman and four sons, Brian (Marcy) Nast, Trossachs, John (Barb) Nast, Lethbridge, AB, Joe (Darlene) Nast, Swift Current, and Randy (Roxann) Nast, Weyburn; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Nast, Saskatoon; 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Maxine was born Olive Maxine Lansdell and was raised in Yellow Grass. She married Fred Nast and they lived in Estevan and then Trossachs. They retired from farming to Yellow Grass. The funeral service for Olive Maxine Nast, was held on Saturday, December 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Mrs. Marj McLeod and Pastor Martin Olson officiating. All in attendance were Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were Cory Kos, Evan Nast, Stewart Kessler, Pat Nast, Dan Nast, and Royce Nast. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
NEUMAN - Herbert R. On Tuesday, December 26, 2000, Herbert R. Neuman, late of Parkside Extendicare, passed away at the age of 91 years with his loving wife at his side. Predeceased by two brothers, Herbert is survived by his wife Gertrude of Regina: daughter Shirley (Doug) Burke of Barons, Alta.; son Darcy (Lyn) of Saskatoon; grandchildren: Corey (Tanja), Karen (Mark) Fraser all of Calgary, Alta.; Jim (Judy) Rhode of Saskatoon, Terry (Shawna) Rhode of Sherwood Park, Alta.; five great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Herbert was born in Berdichev Ukraine, near Kiev on October 16, 1909. He came to Canada in 1927 and settled in Yellow Grass where he married Gertrude in 1937. He farmed in the Regina District until his retirement in 1965. Due to his love of children he played Santa Claus at Sears for sixteen years. A visitaition for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 29, 2000 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Ave. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina with Rev. H. Borgardt officiating. Cremation. Interment in Regina Memorial Gardens.
OBST - Albert Obst of Bengough passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2009 with his family at his side as his Christmas clock chimed out "Joy to the World". Dad was 99 1/2 years old when he joined his Lord, his Merle, his Garnie and all the others who had gone before. He was where he wanted to be, in his room in the town and with the people of Bengough, and especially with the staff at the Bengough Health Center who had been so caring over the past three years. He only recently had to give up his total independence. It was the way he would have wished it to be. The funeral service was held at Bengough Knox United Church on Thursday, December 31 with Rev. Sylvia Fitzgerald officiating. The Bengough Community Choir was accompanied capably by organist, Judy Kozman. Hymns were "Nearer my God to Thee" and "Beyond the Sunset." Honorary bearers were his grandchildren - Garnet, Jim, Patrick, Cary, Danika, Jody, Derek, Curt, Kimberly, and Tania. Urn bearers were 'his boys' - Jim, Gary, and Wayne. Ab's three daughters - Ronna, Jo-Anne, and Patti, gave the Eulogy. Interment to follow at a later date at Yellow Grass Cemetery. Dad was born on the Glenavon family farm on June 9, 1910. At eight years of age, he walked across the prairie to a new homestead in Yellow Grass while his Dad, his Uncle Gus and his brother Frank, each drove a team and wagon carrying their possessions and Gramma with five year old Carl. When Dad was a teenager in the 1920's he worked the land and hunted with his Dad and brothers and helped to build the new house. They kept afloat with hard work and ingenuity in the 1930's. In 1938 Dad was hired as a Pool elevator agent at Brightmore. Curt recalled his stories about Brightmore - riding the Flyer to Weyburn for a quarter and how he and Gramma only lived a mile apart. He married Mom, Merle Ferris, on Febuary 7, 1940. Mom and Dad spent 64 wonderful years as husband and wife, living in Yellow Grass, Bures and Bengough. They had four children - Ronna, Garnie, Jo-Anne, and Patti. Garnie, the second born, died at a year and a half of spinal meningitis. In his letter to Dad, Ronna's husband, Jim, reminded us of all that Dad experienced in his lifetime. He walked across the prairie at eight years of age; he lived through the dirty 30's; he watched his brothers go to war; he witnessed the advent of television and computers; he watched a man golf on the moon. He learned to use TV remotes and portable phones. He would exclaim when talking to any of us by phone from across the country or halfway round the world, "It's like you're sitting right beside me!" He readily accepted our stories that we could talk face to face with Patrick from his computer in France and it didn't cost a cent. When Jo-Anne's husband, Gary, worked in Bengough as a young mountie, he would recall Dad as a pillar in the community, willing to help in all situations - but if you needed to talk with him, you had better hurry up and walk his pace. Dad was precise - everything had to be done a certain way!! Andhe should have had a middle name - stubborn! Gary will miss the eye openers, sniff and snort golf games, walking on stilts, family get-togethers, and Dad's love of fun.
OBST - Gerald "Jerry" Raymond (September 26, 1937 - June 30, 2005). Jerry Obst passed away June 30, 2005 at the Weyburn General Hospital, at the age of 67, after a lengthy cancer illness. He is survived by wife, Sheila (Yellow Grass), daughter, Wendy Neithercut (Don), Yellow Grass, sons: Dwaine (Dena), Regina, and Wade (Lana), Regina; grandsons: Jarod Neithercut, Athabaska, AB, and Colton Neithercut, Yellow Grass; sister Shirley Hazen, Bulyea; special aunt, Evelyn Obst, Regina; brother-in-law, Leonard Lenz, Yellow Grass; uncles: Albert Obst (Bengough), Ted (Lorna) Obst, Yellow Grass, Arthur (Pete) Obst, Kelowna, BC; aunts: Joan and Sylvia Pahrol, many nieces, nephews; numerous "special" cousins, friends and acquaintances; stepfather Alan Murray, Coldale, AB. Jerr was predeceased by his father and mother, Frank and Viola Obst (Murray), aunts: Merle Obst and Mildred Pahrol; uncles: Carl Obst, Edward Obst, Herman, Henry and Charles Pahrol, a very special aunt and uncle, Sam and Ida Fisher, sister-in-law, Eleanore Lenz and close friend, Oliver Hockley. Jerr was employed with Murray's Auto Service, Yellow Grass, Canada Wire and Cable (Alcatel/Nexans), Weyburn, and the RM of Scott 98. He was a member of the Yellow Grass Town Council, serving for 25 years, Yellow Grass fire department volunteer, Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, member of the Quarter Century Club Canada Wire & Cable, 4-H Leader of the Weyburn Agricultural Society and Canadian Hereford Association. His greatest pride was his 'hobby' farm he operated and the registered Hereford cattle he raised until the early part of this year. He enjoyed following and supporting the Weyburn Red Wings hockey team. There he met and also enjoyed many acquaintances. He loved the times during the season when grandsons Jarod and Colton accompanied him in Section B, Row G. Their interest and participation in discussions of plays and players, gave him much pleasure and pride. Trips to Vegas, The Dominican Republic and Honolulu (accompanied by Jarod) were the highlights of his life's travels. Several years were also enjoyed with friends at the Minot State Fair where acquaintances there, were renewed each year. A graveside service in his honor was held at the Yellow Grass Cemetery July 5, with close friend Garry Christopherson providing a memorable eulogy. He was assisted by Melody Whitrow, Tarie and Edward Kinzel. Grandchildren Jarod and Colton Neithercut, along with daughter-in-law, Lana Obst, laid Jerr in his final resting place.
OBST - Merle Margaret Elizabeth (nee Ferris) of Bengough, passed away in the Bengough Health Centre on Sunday, March 21, 2004 at the age of 86 years. Funeral service was held at the Bengough Knox United Church on Wednesday, March 24, with Rev. Robin Osborne officiating. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren: Cary, Garnet, Danika, Jimmy, Derek, Jody, Patrick, Curtis, and Kimberly. Eulogy was given by daughters, Ronna, JoAnne and Patti. Knox United Church Choir was accompanied by the organist Jean Little. Hymns were "Nearer My God To Thee" and "Beyond The Sunset." Interment to follow at a later date in Yellow Grass Cemetery. Merle was born on a farm at Yellow Grass on July 11, 1917. Prior to her fourth birthday, she and her older brother, Earlby, had lost both their parents a year apart. Raised by her grandparents and aunts, Merle excelled in school and graduated Gr. 12 at 16 years of age. She married Ab Obst February 7, 1940 and they celebrated 64 wonderful years together this past winter. She mothered four children, Ronna, Garnie, JoAnne and Patti. The second born, a son, died at a year and a half. Merle was a faithful and dedicated participant in the daily routine of home, school, work, church, and community life. She believed that we live eternally in what we pass on to those around us, and that is the way she lived her life. Merle had an incredible sense of humour, a love of literature, life and it's orgins, a talent of creativity, and a huge heart. She was always friendly, happy, totally trust worthy, a good listener, and most of all a gentle soul. Merle had absolutely no enemies in her lifetime. She would have said that her life was blessed, but we know in our hearts that she blessed us with her life. Predeceased by her parents Rowena and William Ferris, her brother and sister-in-law Earlby and Rae Ferris, and her precious son Garnie, Merle is survived by her loving husband Albert of Bengough, three daughters Ronna (Jim) Richards of Saskatoon, JoAnne (Gary) McLennan of Beuna Vista, and Patti (Wayne) Strand of Ogema, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
OBST - Theodore "Ted" Obst, late of Weyburn, SK, formerly of Yellow Grass, SK passed away December 9, 2010, at the age of 85 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Ludwig and Emma Obst, his brothers, Frank, Carl, Albert, Danny and twin Edward, his two sisters, Elsie and Elva. Theodore is survived by his wife, Lorna Obst, his brother Pete, numerous close nieces and nephews along with many friends. Theodore grew up in a loving farm family at Yellow Grass. Life was good on the farm growing up with five brothers and two sisters. There was special fun when Ted and his identical twin brother Ed would fool friends and family by playing the Which one are you? game. They played that game for all it was worth for many years. Baseball and curling were Ted's favorite sports growing up and many lifelong friends were made on the diamonds and in the curling rinks. Ted was recruited into the Regina Rifles at the age of eighteen. After one year of basic training, he was sent overseas near the end of World War Two. He was in the Netherlands and London England while stationed there. After the war, Ted returned to the family farm at Yellow Grass and enjoyed the life of a grain farmer. When Ted's mother passed away, the farm was sold and Ted took over the Shell Bulk dealership at Yellow Grass. During this time, he married Lorna Craigen and they managed the dealership together, retiring after twenty-five years. Customers and Community were important to Ted, even after retirement. Lorna and Ted's home on Rye Street in Yellow Grass was well known as a fun place where children were welcomed along with neighbourhood cats and dogs. Everyone was well fed and entertained. Ted will be missed by Lorna and family. He will be remembered fondly by the community of Yellow Grass. He will also hold a special place in the hearts of his four godchildren, Danny, Cody, Jennifer and Chelsea. Rest in peace Elmer.A Funeral Service for Theodore will be held on Tuesday December 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Lutheran Partnership Church, Yellow Grass, SK with Rev. David Hanes, officiating. Interment will follow at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK. Lunch to follow at the Legion Hall, Yellow Grass, SK. Honor Guard are the Royal Canadian Legion. Pallbearers will be Bob Moule, Blaine Steer, Rod Altwasser, Norman Wall, Brian Winter, and Norman Dunsmore.
PINNING - James "Jim" William Pinning (1920- 2009) of Medicine Hat, AB, formerly of Yellow Grass, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Ella Pinning, passed away on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at the age of 89 years. James leaves to cherish his memory his three daughters, Judy (George) Skatrud of Swift Current, Joan (Mark) Hantke of Orleans, Ontario and Jill Pinning of Calgary; three grandchildren, Leslie (Dean) Ramsell, Kent Skatrud and David Hantke; two great grandchildren, Joseph and Mackenzie Ramsell, special friend, Irene Downie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his wife Ella in 2001; one grandson, Jarrett Skatrud; his parents, Herbert and Lucy Pinning; three brothers, Fred, John and Richard. Jim was born in Northern Manitoba at home on May 27th, 1920. His family relocated to Saskatchewan in 1927, settling at Macoun in 1929 and later to Yellow Grass. While at Yellow Grass, he joined the army in 1941 and received his discharge in 1945. Jim married Ella Zohner on December 21st, 1942 in Midale but made Yellow Grass their home for the next twenty four years. In 1985, Jim retired from Canada Customs while living in Regina. In 1992, Ella and he moved to Medicine Hat. Jim was a Charter Member of the Yellow Grass Legion. The Funeral Service will be held in Saamis Memorial Chapel, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor George Brandt officiating.
PROBE - Barbara Amelia (nee Honig). On Monday, April 2, 2007 Barbara Amelia Probe passed away peacefully at the Weyburn General Hospital. Predeceased by her father and mother; her husband, Jacob in 1983; one son Donald in 2001; three brothers, Joseph, Peter and Max Honig; five sisters, Gizelda (Beth) Frymire, Catherine (Katie) Schultz , Mary Schultz, Eva Honig, and Margaret Leydon. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Dorothy (Joe) Honovich, Round Rock, Texas, Isabel Bishop, Vernon, B.C., Jean (Don) Neddow, Calgary, AB; 20 grandchildren; 61 great grandchildren; 27 great great grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Hrdlicka, Weyburn, and Rose (Michael) Baresco, Medicine Hat, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara was born in McTaggart, on June 28, 1907. She was the fifth of 11 children. She married Jacob (Jake) Probe on November 9, 1926. They had four children. Barbara had a great love for flowers and gardening. Her flower gardens were admired and envied by all who passed her house. She enjoyed going to South Texas every year for the winter months, which she has done for the past fifty years. In Texas she enjoyed schuffleboard, bingo and other activities. Barbara was an active church member. She was a member of the St. Mary's Altar Society from 1930 with her membership to expire in 2007. The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. Prayers were held on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Gerry Bauche, Celebrant. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Active pallbearers were; Donald Neddow, Robert Neddow, Bill Bishop, Errin Bishop, Wade Probe and Barry Probe. All friends and acquaintances of Barbara were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
PURVES - Edythe Margaret (nee Hope) passed away peacefully on Monday, April 18, 2005 at the age of 87. Edythe was predeceased by her husband, Ross; her parents, John and Ada Hope; five sisters, Florence Smart, Brenda Dressell, Donelda Collins, Lillian Bagot, Heather (Ruth) Cooper; and one brother, Donald Hope. She leaves to celebrate her life six children, Gordon (Irene) Purves of Elrose, SK, Bill (Helen) Purves of Parkville, BC, Jack (Rita) Purves of Goodsoil, SK, Don (Carol) Purves of Regina, SK, Clifford (Doreen) Purves of Cold Lake, AB and Penny (Shawn) Fay of Regina; seventeen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy (Wallace) West of Victoria, BC; one brother, George (Marion) Hope of Campbell River, BC; sisters-in-law, Jean (Clarence) Coldwell of Riceton, SK, Esther Purves of Vancouver, BC, Nurine (Roy) Elstock of Edmonton, AB; brothers-in-law, Tom Malonie of Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, George Cooper of Bowser, BC, Art Collins of Regina, SK; and numerous nieces and nephews. Edythe was born in Yellow Grass, SK on July 11, 1917 to John Watters Hope and Ada Florence (Dobbyn). She loved to learn and went on to become a teacher. Edythe was married, in 1937, to Ross Leonard Purves and moved to the Purves family farm near Riceton, SK. Edythe was proud of her family and devoted her life to them. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy. She enjoyed many years watching her family grow until, sadly, she lost the ability to care for herself and others. We are thankful for the many wonderful years we had with her and also for all the very special people who helped care for her, in the last few years. She always wanted to go home and now she has. A graveside service will take place on Friday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. in Milestone, SK with Rev. George Baxter officiating.
QUIGLEY - Thomas George Quigley. It is with deep sadness that the family announces that Tom passed away peacefully on December 17, 2009 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 77 years. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Grace and their family, two sons: Douglas (Donna) and Randy (Pollyanne), grandchildren: Michey (Kathy), Sabrina, Jackie, Pamela (Colin) Spock, Bobby (Lindsey), Bradley (Dana), Brandi and great grandchildren, Aiden, Conrad, Emily, Tanzie and Marcus. He was predeceased by his parents, Randolph and Margaret Quigley and infant son, Ronald. Tom was born in the old Weyburn General Hospital on March 9, 1932 to Randolph and Margaret Quigley (nee McClinton) of Lewvan. He took most of his schooling at Maple Leaf School and the later years at Yellow Grass School and Balfour Tech in Regina. Tom married Grace Widdis, a local girl from Lewvan, on June 19, 1954. They had 55 wonderful years of marriage, enhanced by the birth of their sons, Douglas in 1956 and twin boys, Randy and Ronald in 1958. Ronald died at birth. Grace and Tom lived in Regina for a few years when first married. Tom worked at Fairbanks Morse, Regina Motor Products and Auto Electric Service during those years, while still helping his Dad with the farm. He took over the farm full time when his father passed away in 1960. Tom tried to instill his love for farming in his boys and his grandsons. Today they are all farming and following in his footsteps. Tom was very proud of his heritage and the fact that his grandfathers were some of the first to homestead in the Lewvan area, going back to 1902. Family was very important to him, he was always telling stories of the past, so they would all be able to pass down the family history to the future generations. Tom's strong faith and belief in church values helped him through the last few years. It is comforting to know he is now at peace and no longer suffering from his many health issues. A memorial service was held Monday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Words of remembrance were given by Doug and Randy Quigley, Sabrina Quigley gave a Tribute to her grandpa and Mickey Quigley read the poem "Dash". Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. The Honorary Pallbearers were all his grandchildren.
REANEY - Lorance "Larry" Milburn. On Saturday, June 8, 2002, Lorance Milburn Reaney, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Elias and Rose Reaney; two brothers: Mel Reaney and Les Reaney and by one sister, Ezilla Brunt. Larry is survived by one sister, Elva Lambert of Regina, and one brother, Sid (Vera) Reaney of Calgary, AB, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lorance Melburne Reaney was born on the homestead farm south of Glenavon. He was raised on the farm two miles north of McTaggart. His mother died when he was five years old, leaving a family of two girls and three boys. His father remarried to Sarah Yoemans who also had five children. They later had one more child for a combined total of 11 children in a very small farm house. Larry attended Actonvale School north of McTaggart. As a young man he held various occupations including circus hand, spent a winter in Texas as a ranch hand, stage performer, professional rodeo cowboy, a lumber jack in Ontario in the Metcalf area for a very short time, and finally taking over the family farm when his father retired in the 1960's. He also drive taxi in Calgary for a year during the 50's. During his rodeo career he won the title of Canadian Champion Steer Decorator in 1951 at Calgary. His main interest was horses, but he also enjoyed attending auction sales. Larry was well loved and respected by most who knew him. He loved animals, especially cats and horses, and enjoyed visiting with his many friends or anyone else at coffee shops or downtown Weyburn. Funeral service was held Wed., June 12 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart. The active pallbearers were Brad Reaney, Deric Reaney, Roger Clay, Ross Douglas, Don Wilkenson and Walter Besler.
REICH - Emma (nee Hillier) Reich passed away peacefully at the Weyburn General Hospital on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the age of 78 years. She was born May 8, 1924 at Lang. Her family then moved to Yellow Grass district and Emma attended school at Kilmarnock School #2128. She later moved to Weyburn and married Henry Reich. Emma worked at various jobs, enjoying life, family and friends. Emma was predeceased by her parents Samuel and Emilie Hillier; three sisters, Huldine Wilke; Natalie Knapp; Elfrieda Shultz; one brother Edward Hillier; and her husband Henry Reich. She is survived by three sisters, Helen Crush of Lloydminster, AB; Ella Lynn, Victoria, BC; Ruth Robertson of Toronto, ON; one brother, Richard (Elanora/Sally) of Virden, MB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Cliff. A memorial service was held at the Assurance Funeral Services Chapel on Monday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. with Marjory McLeod L.P.A. officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass.
REICH - Henry Reich, late of Weyburn, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at the age of 70 years. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Henry Sr. and Emilie Reich; brothers, Ralph, Arnold, Leo and Roman Reich; sister, Mona Layh; brothers-in-law: Loris Walsh, Don McFadden, Joe Ustupski and Al Hagel. Henry is survived by his wife Jean Reich, Weyburn; his children: Colleen (Maurice) Roy, Weyburn, and their son, Aidan, her stepchildren, Jason (Chrissy) Roy and their son Brennan; Tamara Roy; Paula Reich, Yellowknife, NT, Gerald (Lana) Reich, Estevan and their children, Taylor, Cassidy, Abbie and Kersey, Robert Reich, Weyburn; brothers and sisters: Helen Walsh, Madden, AB, 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; sisters and brothers-in-law: Adeline (Frank) Honig, Calgary, AB, Dolores (Jim) Prosser, Bend, OR, Ida (Don) Duriez, Whitehorse, YT, Kay (Charlie) Gessner, Estevan, Phyllis (Bill) Lewis, Calgary, AB, Ed (Myrtle) Carriere, Benson, Ron Carriere, Estevan, Dianne Hagel, Calgary, Jim (Elaine) Carriere, Estevan as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Henry was born on September 7, 1937 in Yellow Grass. He was the 5th child born to Henry and Emilie Reich. Henry attended school at North Weyburn country school and Haig school. In 1963 he married Jean Carriere. They had four children, Colleen, Paula, Gerald and Robert. Henry had always wanted to farm, so in 1973 they bought a farm at Cedoux. Henry enjoyed hunting, fishing, making sausage, playing cards and visiting with friends and neighbours. Prayers were held on Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, on Saturday, November 24, at 1:30 p.m. with Father Gerry Bauche celebrant. The active pallbearers were Jesse Reich, Ryan Reich, Evan Reich, Warren Carriere, Ken Carriere and Don Carriere. The honorary pallbearers were, Hilarion Pohl, Maynard Chinski, Wayne Mabee, Fred and Evelyn Paslawski, Phillip Hoeving, Doyle and Val Thomas. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
RENAS - Eleanora Viola "Vi" (nee Weber) passed away peacefully on December 1, 2001 at the age of 81 years after a long battle with cancer. Vi was predeceased by her parents, Olga and Daniel Weber, two brothers: Edwin Lorenz, and Edwin Daniel; two infant daughters: Sharon Rosalind and Tammy. She is survived by her loving husband George of 63 years, seven children: Gerane (Tino), Sandra (Ian), Jill (Dave), Garry (Cindy), David (Bev), Judy (Don), and Brian (Pauline); fourteen grandchildren: Angela, Robert, Brett, Chandra, Mathew, Tyson, Braydon, Melissa, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Bree-Anne, Alison, and Kyrstin; and five great grandchildren; one brother, Norman; three sisters: Eileen, Doreen, and Marilyn. Eleanora Viola (Weber) was born in Yellow Grass, SK and attended school there where she met and married George Renas. They spent their early married life in Barrie and Brockville, Ontario where George served in the army. In 1947 they went farming at Yellow Grass and raised a family. In 1956 they moved to Worcester and operated a general store, post office, and poultry farm. In 1965 they built a house in Regina where the children finished high school. Vi loved to work in Sears at the candy counter. In 1973 they moved back to the farm at Cedoux where Vi tended her precious flowers. In 1997 they returned to Regina into a condo but continued to commute to the farm every weekend. Vi loved her garden and her flowers. She will be remembered for her love for her family, her hard work, her unselfishness and her beautiful smile she gave to everyone. She loved to sing and dance. Her hobbies included crocheting, painting, collecting dolls and teddy bears. She loved cooking, canning, and preserving the harvest from her garden and then giving most of it away. Apparently God had a special project and he needed a Special Angel to help Him, our dear wife and mother answered the call as a "Willing Worker". She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. As per her wishes a private family service will be held.
RENAS - George Andreas Renas passed away at home on January 29, 2007 at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Vi; parents John and Karoline Renas; two infant daughters Sharon Rosalind and Tammy; brothers Gus and Karl Renas and sisters Augustine, Julia, Molly and Olga. George is survived by his seven children Gerane (Tino), Sandra (Ian), Jill (Dave), Garry (Cindy), David (Bev), Judy (Don) and Brian (Pauline); 14 grandchildren Angela, Robert, Brett, Chandra, Matthew, Tyson, Braydon, Melissa, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Bree-anne, Alison and Kyrstin and six great grandchildren. George met Vi and married in Yellow Grass. They spent their early married life in Barrie and Brockville, Ontario where George served in the army. In 1947, they went farming at Yellow Grass and raised a family. In 1956, they moved to Worcester and operated a general store, post office and poultry egg farm where he won many awards for the best eggs in Canada. In 1965, they built a house in Regina where the children finished high school. In 1973, they moved back to the farm at Cedoux. In 1997, they returned to Regina into a condo but continued to commute to the farm every weekend. It wasn't easy to leave the land! George loved his politics and followed current events religiously on TV, talk shows on the radio and numerous magazines and newspapers, sometimes all at the same time. He loved to debate, which contributed to his strong mind. A private family service was held.
RICHARDS - Darrell Richards was born in Weyburn on January 19, 1954. His early years were spent in Yellow Grass where he spent many happy summers helping on his grandmother's farm. In 1966, the family moved to Melfort where he played hockey and curled. He graduated in 1976 with a B. Sc. with honors in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and moved to Ottawa. As the legislative assistant for the NDP's transportation critic and MP for Regina Lake Centre, Les Benjamin, Darrell was able to pursue his true career interests - sustainable transportation and politics. As well as the intellectual challenge of Parliament, Darrell looked for physical challenges, going on bike trips, hiking in Gatineau Park, skating, and jogging along the Rideau Canal. He never let his serious kidney problems limit his enjoyment of life. He mastered the banjo, guitar, graduated as an auctioneer, and was an active member of Transport 2000. His interest in bikes and his spirit as an entrepreneur led him to co-found a bike store in Ottawa South, The Bike Stop. In 1986, he married Jennifer and became a loving and devoted father to Simon, born in 1987, and Lauren, born in 1992. In the early 1990's, as an independent transportation consultant, he founded a company, Transport Consepts, and then joined with Javier Caceres in 1998 to form Agri-Trade and Transport. He also worked closely with Bob Evans and CRASH (Canadians for Responsible and Safe Highways). Darrell will be remembered as a truly good friend and neighbor, and a man with a strong love for his family. He taught us all that one could live life to the fullest and be what one wants to be in spite of handicaps. Darrell will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Jennifer; children, Simon and Lauren; parents Jim and Marj Richards; sister Debbie (Barry) Praski, Wes, Erin, and Adam; brother Rodney (Trudy) Richards, Ryley, Leah and Lindsey; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Darrell passed away at Ottawa General Hospital on October 16, 2002 with all his family with him. A memorial service was held on October 19 at St. Paul's Eastern United Church, Ottawa, Ontario.
RICHARDS - Leah Rae. With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Leah Rae Richards on Friday, June 26th, 2009, at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 25 years. She was predeceased by her uncle, Darrell Richards. Leah will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Rod and Trudy Richards of Yellow Grass; her brother, Ryley of Yellow Grass and sister, Lindsey of Regina; her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. After living at home with her family for 18 years, Leah moved into the Weyburn Group Home at 209 Lorraine Street where she was loved and cared for by an amazing staff. When she completed her school years, Leah went to the Weyburn Wor-Kin-Shop. She loved her time there with both her friends and the staff. Ryley has put to words the feelings of Leah's family. "Throughout my life I have been asked to try to explain who my sister was. To me she was indescribable, I never could find the words to get her right. It always ended with you just have to meet her to understand. She had her way of just finding her way into anyone's heart the instant you met her. But if today I had to pick just a few words to describe her and what she represents to me here they are. Timeless. Leah was 25 this year which is hard to believe. I never really ever thought of her as being an age like you or I. She was always just Leah, she never aged in my eyes, always that same little girl who brought peace to my life. Unconditionalthe look you got out of those little blue eyes never changed. She always loved the same no matter what. Perfect..I have heard people say that when someone goes to heaven any faults they had in life would be corrected. The blind would be given sight, the deaf would listen to music. When my time comes and I am able to see my little sweetie once again, I hope nothing has changed, she was perfect just the way she was. Every ounce of her being was pure and utter Love. Our family's hearts are forever broken without you Leah. We love you forever". A Memorial Service was held Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Honorary Pallbearers were all Leah's Group Home Family as well as Connie, Patty, Leslie, Vera and Jodie.
ROBERTSON - Andrew James "Andy". On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Andrew James "Andy" Robertson, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, David and Helen Robertson, his wife, Betty, three brothers: Dave, Bob and Archie Robertson and one sister, Effie Watt. Andy is survived by his son, Jim (Betty) Robertson and their children: Steven, Michael, Curtis, Jenna and Scott, his daughter, Lenna (Randy) Schmidt and their children: Robert and Jason; sister, Anne Winter and brother, George Robertson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was born February 2, 1922 at Yellow Grass. He was raised on the farm north of Yellow Grass and attended Actonvale School. Andy was employed as a farm laborer from 1939 to 1940, worked at Weyburn Motors Service Station until 1942, when he joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving in England, Holland and Germany. He returned in 1946 and then worked on the family farm until 1955. On October 30, 1954, Andy married Betty Ferris in Yellow Grass. He then worked as a salesman at Weyburn Motors until 1962, when he went farming full time until the mid 1990's. Andy always lived in Yellow Grass until he became a resident of the Weyburn Special Care Home in 2002. Andy enjoyed his community, serving as a Yellow Grass town councilor from 1967 for nine years. He became mayor of Yellow Grass from 1976 to 1985, was the Yellow Grass fire chief for 10 years, served on the Weyburn Union Hospital Board and the Weyburn Special Care Home Board, was a member of the Yellow Grass Legion #066, and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was instrumental in the publication of the first Yellow Grass history book in 1980. Fishing and camping were some of the outdoor activities he looked forward to. He was involved in the CB Club, was interested in all types of electronics and was probably 'born before his time' as he would have enjoyed computers etc. Andy enjoyed recording and playing music for enjoyment or at special events and for the Figure Skating Club. He was always bouncing a grandchild on his knee to the beat. In later years, he enjoyed mowing lawns around town, going for drives and out to eat. He always enjoyed a good joke, trick or prank. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. A Memorial Service was held Monday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
RODE - William "Bill" Rode past on to his eternal rest in Winnipeg, MB on May 31, 2004 at the age of 96 years. Bill was born on March 17, 1908 in Swift Current, to Charlie and Emily Rode. As a child, Bill and his parents homesteaded in Success. In 1927, they moved to Yellow Grass. Bill attended normal school in Moose Jaw, and then taught school in Glesneven. When his father passed away at an early age, Bill had to give up his teaching career to run the farm and help his mother raise his younger brother Alfred and sister Therese. While farming in Yellow Grass, Bill was actively involved with the farmer's union co-operative. In 1935, Bill married Lydia Erber and over the years they had two sons; Edwin (Carol) of Abbotsford, B.C. and Larry (Shirley) of Winnipeg, MB. Bill has five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bill and Lydia owned and operated the Rode Saveway store in Lang, from 1959 to 1971. Bill was actively involved with the Lang Credit Union Board and was the strongest promoter of water and sewer services for the town of Lang. Bill served on the Yellow Grass school board and the board of the Peace Lutheran Church. Bill's wife Lydia passed away in December of 1973. Bill remarried in June, 1975 to Clara Frandsen of Medicine Hat, AB. Bill has been buried beside his first wife Lydia in the Lang Cemetery. A graveside service was held on Friday, June 4, 2004 from Lang Cemetery with family and friends attending. Pastor Peter Walker officiated. Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Emily Rode; first wife Lydia Rode; sisters Bertha Rode and Therese Lowen as well as brother Alfred Rode. Bill will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his two sons; Edwin (Carol) Rode of Abbotsford, B.C. and their children Steven Rode of Calgary, AB, Barbara Rode of Trail, B.C., Melissa (Michael) Rushton of Atlanta, Georgia; and Larry (Shirley) Rode of Winnipeg, MB, and their children Kris and Shayne Rode of Sanford, MB. As well as great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
ROONEY - Garnet "Mickey" Rooney. On Tuesday September 22, 2009, Mickey, late of Yellow Grass passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Regina General Hospital. Mickey aged 67 was predeceased by his parents Ivan (October 1995) and Roberta Rooney (June 2009), his grandparents, and numerous uncles and aunts. He will be sadly missed by his children; Jackie Nichol and her children; Crystal (Dallas), Cody, and Candis, Darla Miskolczi and her children; Devon (Alyshia), Paul, Caitlyn and Brett, Mike (Donna) Rooney and their children; Jade, Cole and Taylor; His loving companion Marj Welburn and her children Jim (Cindy) Welburn, Greg (Tanya) Welburn and Cindy Welburn and their family. There will be a private family service at a later date.
ROONEY - Roberta (nee Locke) Rooney On Sunday, June 14, 2009, Roberta, late of Yellow Grass passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Deep South Personal Care Home in Pangman. Roberta, aged 94, was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Ivan Rooney, parents Lewis and Vita Locke, sister and brother-in-law Bette and Allan Corbett, mother and father-in-law Annie and John Rooney, along with her brother and sisters-in-law: May and Ted Jahn, Lillian and Elwood Pollock, Gordon and Helen Rooney, Lorne and Myrtle Rooney and Vera and John Hood. She is survived by her son, Mickey (Marj, Welburn) and her grandchildren and their families: Jackie Nichol and her children Crystal, Cody and Candis; Darla (Jamie) Miskolczi and their children Devon, Paul, Caitlyn and Brett; Mike (Donna) Rooney and their children Jade, Cole and Taylor; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and especially her longtime friend Bobby Winter. She will be sadly missed by all of them. Roberta (Bobby) was born on November 17, 1914, in Rawdon Township, Hastings County, Ontario. When she was young her family moved to Creelman, SK. Her family then moved to Yellow Grass in 1927, and she finished her schooling there. She married Ivan Rooney in 1938 and they farmed the Rooney Family Farm, until 1964, when their son Mickey took over the farm, and they moved into Yellow Grass. Ivan and Bobby enjoyed playing cards, square dancing and visiting with their friends. Ivan passed away in 1995 and Bobby continued to live in Yellow Grass until 2006, when she then chose the Deep South Personal Care Home in Pangman, to spend the rest of her years. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. They will fondly remember the many hours playing games and visiting with her. Bobby loved to garden, knit and crochet, she has made many afghans, slippers, and lap throws. She kept very active in all current events; paying special attention to the weather and watching/listening to hockey games. She will be missed by all who knew her. There will be a private family service at a later date.
SAFTNER - Diana Donalda (nee Toovey). Predeceased by her husband James Saftner; her father Clayton Toovey. Diana is survived by her loving mother Velma Toovey; four daughters: Tereasa Cunday (Kyle), Tammy Charette (Garth), Wanda Elund (David), Elsie Lavalle (Thomas), Regina; twelve grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one sister; four brothers. She also leaves behind two very special friends, Charlie Coates and Debbie Griffin; as well as one special aunty Janet Glaze. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass. Interment to follow in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
SAUER - Lilian Jean Reché (nee Morrison) Peterson Sauer. Mother passed away peacefully on May 3, 2006 at Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon, at the age of 95 years 10 months 21 days. Lilian Jean Reché Morrison was born June 12, 1910 in Yellow Grass, the only child of John and Lily (Richey) Morrison to survive infancy. She attended elementary school in Yellow Grass (except for four years in Ottawa when her dad was a Member of Parliament), completed high school at Regina College, and took her diploma as a dietician at Manitoba Agricultural College in Brandon, MB, graduating in 1929. She interned as a dietician at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. Reché was employed with Chatauqua, travelling through eastern and western Canada as a Superintendent, from 1930-1935. Following this she worked as a dietician in the YWCA in Moose Jaw until her marriage. Reché married Mel Peterson in Yellow Grass on September 30, 1939. They brought up their three children on the Yellow Grass farm, and began travelling to Texas in the winter. In 1969 Mel and Reché retired to Kelowna, BC. After Mel's death in 1971, Reché returned to Saskatchewan, and continued to winter in Texas. In 1973 Reché married Ed Sauer, and until Ed's death in May 1977 they spent their summers in Wisconsin and winters in Texas. Reché then returned to summering in Saskatoon, until she finally quit going south for the winter when she was 85 years old. Over the years Reché greatly enjoyed travelling, painting, gardening and bird watching. Reché lived in Luther Towers in Saskatoon for over 20 years, but moved to the Palisades and then Caleb Manor (Emmanuel Village) in 2004, and on to Amy McClure House early in 2005. Just before her 95th birthday Reché had a fall while out walking, which resulted in her being confined to a wheelchair. She moved first to Sunnyside Care Centre, and then in November to Sherbrooke Community Centre, where she enjoyed the wide variety of activities available to her. However, in the last month she had been slowly slipping away from us, passing away quietly in her sleep on Wednesday, with Neva by her side. Reché leaves surviving her three children: Lilian and John Heselton of Burnaby, BC, David and Carol Ann (Rogne) Peterson of Calgary, AB, and Neva and David McKeague of Saskatoon; seven grandchildren: Shauna Heselton of Burnaby, BC, Rob (Anne Beatty) Heselton of Villa Park, Illinois, John (Marina Jagbandhansingh) Peterson and Cherisse Peterson of Calgary, AB, Reché McKeague (Trevor Newell) and Caileen McKeague (Ryan Schmidt) of Saskatoon, and Sean McKeague of Moriguchi City, Japan; and four great grandchildren: Brandon and Bailey Heselton, and Aidan and Milo Schmidt-McKeague. We would like to thank Dr. E. Karpinski, who always lifted her spirits; and the variety of care givers who have assisted Mom over the last year or so, first from Nightingale and Home Care, and then on to the staff at Amy McClure House, Sunnyside Care Centre and Sherbrooke Community Centre - they have uniformly been cheerful, caring and helpful. The Memorial Service was held at Saskatoon Funeral Home (corner of 4th Ave and 25th St.) on Monday, May 8, at 1 pm. officiated by Pastor Glenn Rutherford. Interment was in Yellow Grass Cemetery, next to Dad on Tuesday, May 9, at 2 pm.
SCHARF - Matthew Walter. On Monday, July 30, 2007, Matthew Walter Scharf passed away accidentally at the age of 19 years. Matthew was predeceased by his grandparents, Jean and Richard Pick. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Brad and Donna Scharf of Yellow Grass and his two sisters, Alisa (Gregg Maxie) Scharf of Regina and Emma (Chris Borgen) Scharf of Yellow Grass, two nieces, Ava and Lilly Maxie; his girlfriend, Marci Snell of Weyburn; grandparents, Evelyn and Walter Scharf of Nanaimo, BC; best friends: Adam Maurer, James Pare, Matthew Renas, Curtis Robertson, Dirk Watson, Joey Eberts, Brant Marshall and Mike Robertson; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. Matthew Walter Scharf was born January 7, 1988 at the Regina General Hospital. He spent his first six years in Lang, moving to Midale for two years. The family moved to Yellow Grass in 1997 and has called Yellow Grass home ever since. Matthew was presently employed with Achen Construction. His hobbies were fishing, BMXing and fixing and playing with anything that had wheels. He also enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. One achievement that he was particularly proud of was winning first place in a contest held on Canada Day, 2005 in Yellow Grass, for the loudest car stereo. Matthew will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the entire community. Although we will never be able to hold you in our arms, we will always have you in our hearts. Always. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. from the Wheatland Communiplex in Yellow Grass with Pastor Colette Baker officiating. Remembrances of Matthew's life were given by his friends, Adam Maurer and Matthew Renas. Interment will be held at a later date.
SCHULTZ - Leon. On July 14, 2001, Leon Schultz passed away at Weyburn Souris Valley Extended Care Centre. Leon was born November 20, 1912, at Kostopol (Volhynia) Russia, coming to Canada in 1914 with his parents. He was the oldest child born to William and Bertha Schultz. They lived at Lang, Yellow Grass and Colfax areas. Leon started school in Yellow Grass and began farming at a young age, after renting land for several years from Frank Batty at Colfax. He purchased the land and continued to farm there for many years. His earlier farming years included livestock, of which he had to dispose of after suffering from asthma, which plagued him all the rest of his life. On November 8, 1939, he married Elfrieda Hillier and they continued farming for many years. In the late 1950's they built a new home in Yellow Grass and farmed from there. In June 1942 their daughter Janet was born and their son Lawrence was born in September 1948. Leon's wife Elfrieda passed away on October 1, 1969 and their son, Lawrence, passed away on January 19, 1984. Leon remarried in March 1987 to a long time friend, Neva Kreiger. Leon enjoyed curling and was ice maker at Yellow Grass curling rink and for many more years was head ice maker at Weyburn Curling Rink. He attended many Silver Brooms and loved collecting curling pins from all over the world. He also enjoyed collecting wheat samples from all his years of farming, polka music, dancing, bingos, card playing, rodeos, and listening to hymns. He loved going to the Legion and spending time with his buddies. He always had a sense of humor and enjoyed hearing and telling jokes. Leon was predeceased by his parents, William and Bertha Schultz, his first wife, Elfrieda Hillier, sisters Gunda Busch and Alma Schultz, and many sisters- and brothers-in-law. Leon is survived by his wife Neva, one daughter Janet Beck-Trofimenkoff, and her husband Fred Trofimenkoff, brother Wes Schultz (Ruby), and sister Lydia Borys, three granddaughters, Darlene (Ray) Mazer, Donna (Albert) Verbeurgt, Deanna (Dave) Kwochka, and six great granddaughters, Mandi and Mallory Mazer, Skyelar and Taylor Verbeurgt and Danielle and Chelsea Kwochka, several sisters- and brothers-in-law, stepchildren, Gary (Carol) Krieger, Eileen (Sam) Hennie, Bernie (Joan) Krieger, several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, Tuesday, July 17, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. The eulogy was given by Leon's granddaughters, Darlene, Donna and Deanna. Honourary pallbearers were Art Wilke, Art Beck, Don Turner, Robert Martin, Gertie Dunn and Dolly Arndt. Active pallbearers were Ron Borys, Pat Borys, Ron Wilke, Bernie Krieger, Gordon Busch and Garry Schultz. Interment was at Yellow Grass cemetery.
SCHULTZ - Ronald Charles Schultz late of McTaggart, Sask, passed away December 7th, 2005, at the age of 69 years. A Memorial Service will be held December 13th at 3:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK.
SCOTT - James. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jim in Hamilton, Ontario, on Friday, February 1st, 2008. He was born in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan on November 5, 1923, the son of Nelson and Elizabeth Scott. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Ina of 58 years. Also by his son Neil (Donna) and grandsons Jimmy and Billy all of Regina. Survived by his sister Phyllis (Walter) Simmons of Regina and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives (Simmons, Dunn and Dickie families) in Saskatchewan. Jim served overseas during WWII on a Lancaster Bomber. Jim met Ina Dickie, In Yellow Grass, upon his return and they were married in 1949 and have since lived in the Hamilton/Stoney Creek area. Jim worked as an electrician at Dofasco for 38 years, and was a curling member at Glendale Golf and Country Club. Many of his happiest times were at the cottage in Gooderham, In Northern Ontario. A memorial Service has already taken place in Stoney Creek. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in Saskatchewan at a later date.
SHIELDS - John Henry "Harry". After a valiant struggle with Alzheimer Disease, John Henry (Harry) Shields, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre on August 18, 2002. Harry was born on October 9, 1914 in Fort William, ON, the oldest child of Irish immigrants, Albert and Alice Shields. He grew up in Weyburn realizing scholarship grades which led to a life-long passion for reading. However, family circumstances prevented him from pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. He worked as a farm hand north of McTaggart in the 'dirty thirties' where he met and married his sweetheart Mabel Aconley. Harry and Mabel enjoyed many active years on the Aconley homestead farm until his retirement at age 78. They moved to Yellow Grass and were married 56 years when the death of his beloved wife parted them in 1995. Harry was a "Mr. Fix-it," taking on any challenge. As well as farming, he repaired the rural telephone lines in the McTaggart area for 29 years. Harry was a quiet man, a true gentleman with a unique sense of humour who was loved and respected by all his neighbours. A resident of Souris Valley Extended Care since December 2001 he will be greatly missed by family, treasured friends and staff on 1B North. A poignant goodbye to Saskatchewan from Kathy Savrtka as Harry was a favourite uncle. Predeceased by his beloved wife Mabel and two sisters Alice Shields and Irene Caron, he is survived by one sister Mary (Phil) McLeod, Thunder Bay, ON, one brother Jimmy (Gwen) Shields, Geraldton, ON, nieces and nephews in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Yellow Grass Cemetery with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Cremation.
SIMMONS - Phyllis Eileen (nee Scott) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the age of 86 years. She was predeceased by her parents Nels and Elizabeth Scott and brother Jim. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 66 years Walter; children Patty Wilke, Peggy (Jim) Altwasser and Marylee (Larry) Howlett; grandchildren Scott (Michelle) and Marnie (James) and their father Bill Wilke, Jonathan (Sandra), Julie (Paul) and Tara, Michael (Valerie) and Janelle (Chris); six beloved great grandchildren; sister-in-law Ina Scott; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and good friends. Phyllis was born in Yellow Grass and farmed there with Walter for many years. They retired to Fort Qu'Appelle and later to Regina. They spent many wonderful winters in Arizona where they made even more good friends. Phyllis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a gracious hostess to all. The family wishes to thank the staff of Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home for their care and compassion. A memorial service will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Lois Knudson Munholland officiating.
SKULMOSKI - Adolph Skulmoski passed away peacefully at Souris Valley Care Home, Weyburn, on Sunday, November 17, 2002 at the age of 82 years. Adolph is survived by his wife, Sophie; his children, Gladys (Mark) Olson of Edmonton; Gerald (Sheree) Skulmoski of Airdrie; as well as grandchildren, Jodi and Scott Skulmoski; brothers, Edward and Albin Skulmoski; sister Caroline Sandor; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Adolph was predeceased by his parents Mike and Pearl Skulmoski; half-brothers Walter and Pete; half-sisters Rose and Ann; sister Phyllis; and brothers Lorne and Joe. Adolph was born September 19, 1920 near Dauphin, MB. In 1923, he moved with his parents, brothers and sisters to Fairlight where he attended school and worked on the family farm until he was called into the army from 1942-1945. On September 16, 1948, Adolph and Sophie were married and took up residence on their new farm at Fairlight. In 1956, Adolph was employed by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He worked as an elevator agent's helper at Milestone and various points in the area. In the fall of that year, he was appointed as the agent at Brightmore and moved his wife and two children to Yellow Grass. Three years later Adolph was operating two Pool stations, Brightmore and Isben. In 1973 Adolph was appointed the agent at Yellow Grass, which he operated until retiring in 1983. After his retirement, Adolph and Sophie spent the next 13 winters in Yuma, Arizona. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Golden Harvest Club. Adolph will be remembered for his sense of humor and cheerful nature, his sense of family and his enjoyment of being with people. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 20 from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. Father Albert Schmitz presider. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.
STEER - George Douglas. It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved George on October 5, 2013 at the age of 86 years. George was born in Lacadena, SK, the youngest of six children. His family relocated to the Yellow Grass family farm in the mid-thirties. After finishing school, along with farming, he worked at McDonald Bros. Aircraft, custom combined in the southern States and was a long-haul truck contractor. He was also an early member of the Canadian Simmental Association. In 1961 George and Myrna moved their family of three to the farm at McTaggart where he spent the remainder of his life. Next to the love of his family, farming was his passion. Blessed by good health, he was able to continue his involvement in the family farming business until the last hour prior to his passing. George also dedicated time to his community through his involvement in the Yellow Grass United Church, the Masonic Lodge and as an active board member of the Weyburn Flying Club. After obtaining his pilot’s license, he joined the Flying Farmers and the International Comanche Society. One of his daily highlights was a trip to the Weyburn Airport. George and Myrna were also fortunate to travel to many countries over the years. He had a true love of nature and animals, enjoyed hockey, curling, skiing and golfing. His family always appreciated his “handyman” skills as dad/grandpa could repair almost anything. George always demonstrated a strong hard work ethic and instilled honest values in his children and grandchildren. He was a faithful loving husband and his humble unassuming nature led to well deserved respect from family and friends. George will be dearly missed and remembered by his loving wife, Myrna of 60 years, three children, Blaine (Lorry), Allan (Bernice), Shari (Blair), grandchildren Kyla (Don), Raina, Carter (Monica), Amanda (Tyler), Tamara (Curtis), Matthew, Logan and Montana. Great grandchildren, Shelby, Josie, Lane and Mya; sister, Marion Cowan, brothers Don and Harold, sister-in-law Louise, as well as many nieces and nephews and dear friends. Predeceased by parents Laura and William Steer, eldest sister Dorothy Smith, brother Malcolm and in-laws, Sally, Marj, Edgar Cowan and Jack Smith. A celebration of George’s life was held on October 11, at Yellow Grass United Lutheran Church, followed by a community lunch and private interment.
STEHR - Wilfred Christian Stehr of Estevan peacefully passed away on March 10, 2014 in the Regina General Hospital at the age of 71. Willy as we all knew him, was born in Gravelbourg on June 5, 1942. He lived in Bateman where he received his schooling and helped on the family farm. They moved in Lewvan in 1959 where he worked on several farms until he moved to Estevan in March of 1973 to work for the Department of Highways as an equipment operator until he retired after 33 years in June of 2007. Willy was predeceased by his parents John and Lentina Stehr; step-mother Bertha Stehr; brothers Louie and Alfred; sister Mary; step-sister Francis Liebelt and brother-in-law Norman Williams. Willy is survived by his brothers: Gordon (Norma) Stehr, Innisfail, AB, Chris (Gayle), Weyburn, Andy, Gravelbourg; sisters: Margaret (Daryl) Fellows, Kelowna, BC, Bertha Williams, Bridesville, BC as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Willy never married but he enjoyed life with his family playing cards and socializing with his co-workers. A funeral service will be held at the Grace United Church, Weyburn, Friday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Lunch will be held following the service at Upper Grace Hall. Interment to follow the lunch at Yellow Grass Cemetery.
TEASE - Marilyn E. (nee Dunn) of Crete, IL. passed away June 28, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Tease. Loving mother of Kevin Tease, Marla (William) Hurwitz, and Geoffrey (Barbara) Tease. Cherished grandmother of Jonathan, Brandon, Lauren, Jacob, Laura and Jessica. Loving great grandmother of Kaleb and Allysa. Marilyn is also survived by a Sister Norma (JD) Harrold and their children Steve (Naomi) and Michelle and her grandchildren Hannah and Rachel. She was also a loving friend to Becki and Lamar Wagnon and their daughter Marci. Hugh Christ, with whom Marilyn developed a close relationship late In life also preceded her in death. Marilyn will be missed by many other friends. Born in Yellow Grass in 1937, she married Larry in l958 and moved to the United States in 1963. She faithfully served with Larry in his ministries and as a widow became a leader in missions, a mentor to women, and as a teacher at Deer Creek Christian Church. Her professional career was spent mainly in Joliet, Il at Joliet Junior College and at Easter Seals, where she was known for her compassion and Kindness. She will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, her smiles and her love for the Lord. A celebration of her life was planned for Saturday, July 3. from 1:00 -3:00 PM with a memorial service to follow at 3:00 PM at the Deer Creek Christian Church, University Park, Il.
TOOVEY - Velma Georgina (nee Whitrow) Toovey passed away peacefully in North Battleford Union Hospital October 19, 2006. Left to cherish Velma's memory are her five children and spouses; daughter, Eleanor (Andrew) Ealey of Choiceland, sons, Donald (Beverly) Toovey of North Battleford, Keith Toovey of Morinville, AB, Jerry (Diane) Toovey and Barry (Leeanne) Toovey both of Calgary, AB; Velma had 19 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren, none great great grandchildren; brothers: Donald (Marilyn) Whitrow, Bernard (Joan) Whitrow, Elwood (Isabelle) Whitrow, George (Iris) Whitrow, sister, Eleanor (Ken) Wood, all of Yellow Grass; sister-in-law, Edna Whitrow, numerous nieces and nephews. Velma was predeceased by her husband, Clayton Toovey, her parents, Jimmy and Lily Whitrow, brother Arnold (Bud), daughter, Dianna, son-in-law, James, daughter-in-law Lois and grandson Ian. Velma Georgina, daughter of Jimmy and Lily Whitrow was born in Yellow Grass, June 3, 1923. Oldest of seven children who grew up on a prairie farm she was kept busy helping raise the other siblings, Sue, Bud, Don, Posse, Joe and of course Tyke. She took most of her schooling in Beautiful Plains near Yellow Grass. Velma met and married Clayton Toovey October 21, 1941 and came back to the family farm to raise Eleanor, the first born, while Clayton was fighting overseas. He came back to farm work after the war and Diane was born in 1946. They returned to British Columbia to work on the fruit farms moving to Cranbrook where the first son, Donald was born in 1951. Velma and family moved again to Saskatchewan and, living in McTaggart, saw the second son Keith born in 1953. By 1957 they were once again in Yellow Grass where son Jerry was born in 1962 and son Barry in 1966. Velma remained in her home at Yellow Grass until 2005 and decided to move to Davidson Manor, North Battleford in September to be closer to the kids. Velma will be sadly missed by all. She deeply loved her family, Yellow Grass and the Legion. Rest in Peace Mom, your family misses you, but know you are in a much better place watching over us. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. in the Yellow Grass United Church, Tuesday, October 24, with Rev. Tim Lofstrom officiating. All who shared in Velma's life were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Don Whitrow Jr., Wayne, Warren and Mickey Whitrow, Brian Wood and Bob Toovey.
TURNER - On Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, Donald Alexander Turner passed away at the age of 86 years. Donald was predeceased by an infant brother, Hugh Turner; brother, Wallace Turner; parents, Alexander and Grace Turner; son-in-law, Alex Miller and sister-in-law, Myrtle Brady. Donald will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Elva Turner and their family, two daughters: Shirley Miller and Sharon Turner, grandfather to Shelley Miller-Hertes (Keith), Bruce (Shannon) Miller and Aaron (Geri) Fettes; great grandfather to Nikole Miller, Cody Miller, Logan Hertes, Kyle Hertes, Justin Hertes, Jordan Hnatiw, Demi Hnatiw, Brandon Hnatiw, Mathew Fettes and Riley Fettes; one sister, Sheila (Roy) Jones; sisters-in-law, June Carr and Marjorie Domes, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Don was born May 17, 1920 in Yellow Grass, Sask. He grew up in Yellow Grass with his brother Wallace and sister Sheila. He attended Yellow Grass and McTaggart schools. H talked of riding the pony to school. At seventeen years of age, Don started farming. The winters of 1937 and 1938 were spent in Miami, Manitoba with his uncles, where he looked after cattle and played hockey. During World War II, Don was in the Army Reserve. On October 4, 1940, Don married Elva Campbell in Yellow Grass. This was a double wedding with Elva's sister and brother-in-law. Don and Elva farmed in the McTaggart area from 1937 to 1983. Don had cattle and pigs along with grain farming to supplement their income. Don assisted his daughters, Shirley and Sharon, with raising their calves in the 4-H Club. After playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer, Don began curling in 1945. As a new curler, he offered to help 'Ice Maker" Harry Church in Weyburn at the old rink. Later he became involved in making draws and ice for many curling events. Don was continually involved in the community. In his early years, he became chairman of the McTaggart School Board, co-chair to build the McTaggart Memorial Hall, chairman of the Coal and Hardware Store, and served on the McTaggart Cemetery Board. Don continued his community life, becoming president of the Weyburn Curling Club in 1960 and Secretary-Manager of the Weyburn Curling Club for ten years. Don coached his daughters in their high school curling, and became an Honorary Life Member of the Weyburn Curling Club. In 1972, Don received the "Scotty Richardson Award" for his contribution to curling. In 1973 Don was on the Silver Broom committee and chairman of International Day. In 1976 Don was host driver at the Regina Brier, and was again on the 1983 Silver Broom committee. Don and Elva attended ten Silver Broom curling championships. Don served on the executive of the Saskatchewan Curling Association for six years. In 1974, Don and Elva started the curling museum from their collection of memorabilia. When the museum outgrew their home, the Turner Curling Museum moved to the city property at 504 - 5th Street in Weyburn. The Museum was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the Sooline Historical Museum in Weyburn. In 2005 the museum was honored in the builder category of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame. In 1998 Don was enshrined in the Ottawa based Governor General's Curling Club. Don's other accomplishments include: president of the Weyburn Agricultural Society in 1965, Secretary-Manager of the Agricultural Society for two years and being named an Honorary Life member of the Agricultural Society. Don was the chairman for the building committee for the new agricultural/curling building constructed in 1961. Don was a city alderman for two years and continued to follow civic politics throughout his years in Weyburn. Don's contribution to health care saw him serve on the Weyburn Union Hospital Board for ten years from 1963 to 1973. Don served as chair for six of the ten years. Don was honored for his community involvement by the Chamber of Commerce and received the "Golden Spike Award" in 1985. In the same year, Don chaired the first Weyburn Oil Show. Don and Elva lived on the farm near McTaggart from 1940 to 1983. Daughter, Shirley and son-in-law, Alex took over farming the land from Don and Elva. Even after Don retired, he continued to have a keen interest in how the crops were growing and how the harvest had gone. Don and Elva then resided on Woodlawn Crescent in Weyburn until 1990. They resided at their Hartney Avenue condo until the time of his passing. Don curled himself, but often related to others that his avid interest was in coaching and following the curling pursuits of his wife, daughters and grandchildren. Some of the great grandchildren are participating in curling as well. Don was proud of the careers and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He often asked how our work was going and if we were keeping busy. Don maintained a keen interest in the hockey and other activities of his great grandchildren up until the time of his passing. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and loved.A Graveside Service was held Friday, December 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Sask. with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed. The Active Pallbearers were: Brian Jones, Aaron Fettes, Bruce Miller, Roger Brady, Keith Hertes, Daryl Muirhead and Kelly Glaspey.
ULLELAND - Kathleen (nee Cunningham) passed away at Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, on Tuesday, October 18, 2005, formerly of the Westhaven in St. James. Kathleen (Kae) was born in Yellow Grass, Sask. on October 23, 1909. She was predeceased by her husband Wilfred J. in December 1989. Kathleen leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Dyrlie, son-in-law Arthur and grandson Blake, of East Selkirk, Manitoba. She is also survived by her sisters, Molly Walden of Richmond, BC., and Maude Grassick of Weyburn, SK; nieces Karen (Rick) Smith and Lynn Taunton; nephews, Cory Cunningham, Thorn Walden, Terry Chapman and Jay and Bill Cathcart. She is also predeceased by her parents William and Martha Cunningham; brother Ernie (Bess) Cunningham; sister Myrtle (Bob) Cathcart; brother-in-law Art (Ada) Ulleland and sisters-in-law Stella (Russ) Blood and Gyda (Cliff) McKinnon. Memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2005 at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg, with a reception following. Cremation and private family interment will precede the service.
VAN De BON - Sylvia Carol Van De Bon passed away peacefully on December 6, 2002 at the age of 53. She was surrounded by her loved ones - family and friends alike. She was born in Yellow Grass on May 24, 1949 and moved to Abbotsford, BC in 1972 with her daughter. Sylvia was the oldest of five and joins her brother Leonard and sister Gloria in peace. She leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and John Van Putten of Abbotsford, BC; four beautiful granddaughters, Raven, Kenya, Shae and Asia, sisters Verla (Vern) Rempel of Abbotsford, BC; Rose (Tom) Jones of Red Deer, AB; her special uncle, Charles Van De Bon, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and an extensive network of friends. Sylvia was a kind, loving person who touched all who knew her. Always willing to help anyone or anything that needed her help, whenever it was needed (no matter how busy or tired she was!). She had a zest for life, was a fanatical gardener (always planning new projects), a photographer extraordinaire, and a vibrant dancer! Sylvia worked for many years at the Abbotsford/Mission Legion and the Abbotsford School District #34. Sylvia was a vivacious community volunteer involved in many groups and events throughout her life (Yale dry bar will never be the same!). A shining star with a smile that can't be dimmed - she is smiling down at us as our guardian angel. We will miss you and love you forever mom, grandma, sister and friend. You will be in our hearts and memories always. A Celebration of Sylvia's Life was held at the Abbotsford Legion on Wednesday, December 11. In lieu of flowers friends took a helium balloon for release during the celebration. She loved the mountains of British Columbia so requested her "son" John, an avid mountain climber, to throw her ashes into the wind from the top of a mountain so she may soar free like an eagle. When you see the mountains think of Sylvia finally at peace.
VOGEL - Don (1934 - 2010). On Saturday, September 4, 2010, Don passed away in Regina General hospital, at the age of 76, with his wife and family at his side. Don was predeceased by his father Michael Vogel, stepfather William Hrdlicka, and brother Robert Vogel. Surviving to remember him are his wife Helen Virginia (nee Mackin), mother Annie Helen Hrdlicka, sons, Alvin (Jennifer) and Vincent (Michelle), grandchildren Taylor, Chantal, Nolan, Cecilia, Matthew, Olivia and Patience. his brother Ken (Gloria), sister Barbara Pederson, and sister-in-law Vi Vogel. also remembered by the Mackin family including Bill (Evy) Mackin, Rodger (Dolly) Mackin, Rae Jordet, and Dave Mackin as well as his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Don was well known for his morals, abilities and willingness to help out. Mere words cannot do justice to Don's life spent working hard, educating himself, enriching the farm, enjoying his family and, later, battling poor health. Don was born in Pouce Coupe, B.C. while his family was living in the Peace country in 1934. They moved various places for work, including an early passage through the Creston valley, returning to the Tatagwa-McTaggart area by 1937. He attended Tagg School, then more learning at his father's right hand. As a young adult he had jobs in logging camps, drilling rigs, trucking and a stint painting industrial tanks, but his roots never left the farm. He enjoyed farming beside his father Mike and later with his son, learning gardening from his mother Annie, and, of course, acquiring his own acres. After Mike's passing, he continued farming, as well as other jobs. One project was a garden tractor he built from the ground up. He married Vir August 7, 1967. Their two boys arrived in the next two years. The following years brought the means to buy better construction equipment. Sons, nephews and later grandchildren had the chance to learn welding, equipment operation, mechanics and more. Other than his single-mindedness for farming and making rock piles disappear, he enjoyed the occasional trip to visit distant cousins. He was also known to drive all night to get to a good auction sale. He tried retiring to the Creston valley in 1979 - although he bought a small farm there AND didn't sell the land in Saskatchewan. He stated I might try fishing but was never spotted with a rod in hand. Originally helping only with seeding and harvest, eventually he returned to the farm he loved full time. Once on a visit to Lake Louise in his fifties, he tried snowboarding. But only once. Improvements to the farm and machinery line-up continued. Health problems convinced him to slow down, and gave him more time to spend with grandchildren who started arriving in 1998. They were the joy of his days and could make his face light up when nothing else could. Don's knowledge of area history and extended family will be sorely missed. Rest now, Don, rest your hardworking hands. You can lay your burden down, free of pain and responsibility. All possible thanks are given to all the specialists, nurses and cooks for their wonderful care through his many hospital stays, especially Dr. Oberholzer. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, SK with Father Gerry Bauche as celebrant. Interment will follow at McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart, SK.
WADDELL - Alma Jean Waddell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Royal University Hospital with family by her side. She was born April 24, 1931 at Weyburn, SK to Robert and Phyllis Waddell, late of Weyburn. Alma was predeceased by her parents, as well as her daughter Mary Jane Maurer, son Terry Maurer, grandson Troy Jacob Maurer, and brother-in-law Ted Bukowski. She is survived by her children: Peggy Vanstone, Regina; Belinda Wilhelm, Moose Jaw; Glenda Kurtz, Saskatoon; Marie (Danny) Reggin, Windfield, BC; and her daughter-in-law Colleen Ebenal, Saskatoon; her grandchildren: Tina (Denny) Whalen, Radville; Alex (Crystal) Maurer, Chauvan, AB; Gavin Maurer, Saskatoon; Colt Maurer, Weyburn; Pam (Kevin) Maas, Weyburn; Linda (Andre) Bouchard, Ottawa, ON; Vicki Vanstone (Brett Cross), Whitehorse, YT; Carla (Bill) Doell, Warman; Carrie Wilhelm, LaRonge; Shawna (Warren) Ens, Saskatoon; Leah (Steve) Maughan, Saskatoon; Dallas VanDeWeyer, Saskatoon; Mindy Kurtz, Saskatoon; and the Reggin children, Jack, Nicky, and Saphera, all of Windfield, BC. She is also survived by her sister Doreen Bukowski, Weyburn; brother Merve (June) Waddell, Yellow Grass; brother Gerry (Ann) Waddell, Saskatoon. She also leaves to mourn six great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a great multitude of friends who loved her dearly. Alma has not only been mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, but also a confidant, intercessor for the saints, and care giver for others on many occasions. In the past she has been entrusted with the care of the needs of others, and did so with much serious consideration of everything necessary for their well being. Her devotion to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has many times been an example to others, as well as an encouragement to those around her. She shall be greatly missed for many years to come. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon. A public viewing will be held at the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
WAHL - Willard John Wahl late of Yellow Grass, SK passed away peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2006 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 80 years. Willard was born March 15, 1925 at Yellow Grass. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (1998); his son Dale (1948); his grandson Kortney (2003); his father Herman (1956); his mother Gertrude (1973); his sisters Mildred Collins (1967) and Leona Bakke (1993); his brothers Lyle Davis (1948), Elwood Davis (1969) and Tommy Davis (1995). He will be greatly missed and dearly remembered by his 13 children: Ron (Beryl) Wahl of Yellow Grass; Lynann (Lloyd) Pethick of Moose Jaw; Sharon (Eldon) Pethick of Meadow Lake; Garnet (Penney) Wahl of Victoria, BC; Raymond (Muriel) Wahl of Weyburn; Beverly Wahl (Orville Cook) of Regina; Garry Wahl of Lang; Kevin (Val) Wahl of Regina; Louise (Randy) Wallin of Yellow Grass; Donna (Larry) VanHeukelom of Manor; Darlene (Mearle) Quiring of Meadow Lake; Blair (Alana) Wahl of Edmonton, AB; David (Laurel) Wahl of Trossachs; 43 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Donna Davis, Annie Metz, Aggie Mack and Lil Mack; brother-in-law, Wendel Lockhart as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His life was the farm and his family, but he was able to be involved in a few outside activities which included dancing, square dancing, playing cards, belonging to the Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge, United Church AOTS, and on the Local School Board of Yellow Grass in the Milestone School Unit. Funeral service was held at the Yellow Grass United Church on Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Johnston and Father Frank Obrigewitsch S.J. (nephew) officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery. Active pallbearers; Orville Altwasser, Doug Watson, George Hay, Rick Muir, Roger Lenz and Dale Wallin. All others in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
WALDEN - Mary Edna "Molly" passed away peacefully on January 6, 2006 in her 98th year in Vancouver, BC. Molly was born Molly Cunningham in McTaggart on July 11, 1908. The family then moved to Yellow Grass. Molly was joined by three sisters, Kathleen, Maude and Myrtle plus one brother, Ernie. All were raised in Yellow Grass, first in the section house, and finally in the little farm yard behind the old school. Being the oldest, the task of helping raise her younger siblings fell to her at a young age, as her mother died immediately following the birth of Myrtle. Molly was predeceased by her husband Luther, her son Murray, her sisters Kathleen and Myrtle, and her brother Ernie. She is survived by her son Thorn (Alma), and a grand daughter Zoey, her sister Maude Grassick plus nieces and nephews. Molly married and moved to Vancouver where she lived most of her life. Her last ten years were spent in Courtyard Gardens in Richmond, BC. She remained active and interested in the world around her up to within a few days of her death. She will be missed by her family.
WARD - Arthur David. On Wednesday, October 13, 1999, Arthur David Ward, late of McTaggart passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 76 years. Predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Vera Ward and by one sister, Marjorie. Arthur leaves to mourn his wife of 49 years, Bernice; and their children: Marilyn (Ron) Thomas; Elaine (Lloyd) Nestman; Darcy (Coreen) Ward; and Valens (Sharon) Ward; grandchildren: Tricici and Jolynne Thomas; Stacey, Marcia, Allana and Jaclyn Nestman; Jenna, Brody and Lawren Ward; and Correy Ward; sisters: Verna (Rus) Gordon and Thelma (Stu) Stoulp; and one brother, Rodney (Mary) Ward. Arthur David Ward was born on March 11, 1923 at McTaggart. He was raised in McTaggart until his late teens when he joined the airforce. Following the war he returned to McTaggart to join his father in managing the McTaggart Esso Station. Art married Bernice Cowan on August 21, 1950. After his father's retirement he took sole management of the business. In 1981 he also became postmaster of the McTaggart Post Office. Art continued running his business until just days prior to his death. Throughout the years Art was active in the McTaggart community, serving on various civil affairs positions. He will be fondly remembered by his numerous bridge partners in the Weyburn and McTaggart area. A memorial service was held Friday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart. The honorary pallbearers were: Alex Miller, Doyle Thomas, Russell Brock, Albert McKague, Ron Lutz and Harm Roelfsema.
WATSON - Merrill Thomas "Mel" Watson, late of Weyburn passed away on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Regina, Sask. Predeceased by his parents, Alex and Irene Watson, brother Bill, great granddaughter, Renee, brothers-in-law Conrad Forseth and Douglas Favel, father and mother-in-law John and Amy Forseth, and nephew Jodie Watson. He was the beloved husband of Doreen, father to Rick (Janet) Watson of Regina and their children, Cari Markewich and her children Andrew & Lauren of Regina, Ryan of Ottawa, Greg (fiancee Mackenzie Buchan) of Regina, Megan (Scott) Bloos and their daughter Ella of Regina; Shelley (Gary) Hoium of Weyburn and their family Nicole (Scott) Giroux of Saskatoon and Jason (Kayla Regier) of Saskatoon; Drew (Laura) Watson of Weyburn and their family Max & Alexis of Weyburn; his sister Gwen Favel of Battleford; brothers Don (Audrey) Watson of Yellow Grass, Howard (Margaret) Watson of Toronto, Al (Cheryl) Watson of Yellow Grass, George (Connie) Watson of Alice Beach, and Doug (Connie) Watson of Yellow Grass: sister-in-law Merle Watson of Yellow Grass; and many special nieces and nephews. Mel was born on March 22, 1931 on the family farm N.E. of Yellow Grass, Sask. He was the second oldest of eight children. Mel attended Waverley School, completing his grade eight. His official class room schooling was cut short in 1947 when a severe blizzard stranded his father in Yellow Grass while his mother was temporarily hospitalized in Weyburn due to illness. Mel was called upon at that time to stay home and care for his siblings. With a twinkle in his eye Mel would tell you that wasn't such a hardship, as already he felt school was holding him back! He first laid eyes on Doreen Forseth as she was sliding along the ice in her red corduroy pants while attempting to skate. She was home from university for the holidays visiting her parents, who owned the Yellow Grass Hotel. Their first date was later arranged by Don Watson's future mother in law, a long time friend to Doreen's mother, when she acted as matchmaker and had them both over for supper. Mel and Doreen were married in Regina on August 6th, 1951 and remained in Regina where Mel worked at MacKenzie Jewelers before beginning a new career in the trucking industry. He worked in the parts department for International Motor Trucks, eventually moving on to start Watson Brothers Transport with his brother Don in 1953. In 1963 the company was sold to Kearns Transport where Mel became Traffic and Sales Manager for the company. In 1965 Mel left the trucking industry when he and Doreen got their first John Deere dealership, purchasing Tourigny Distributors, and they moved their family to Weyburn. With Doreen as bookkeeper and Mel as salesman they worked with their dedicated staff to build their business. In 1978 they purchased their second John Deere dealership, purchasing Blakley Tractor and Equipment in Regina. Both businesses flourished under his leadership and guidance with his sons taking over the day-to-day operations of the companies. This afforded Mel the opportunity to pursue other interests, all of which were focused within the Province of Saskatchewan. Even away from daily operations of the dealerships, his foresight encouraged the evolution of the family commitment to Deere into what it is today, as part of South Country Equipment. As a well-respected figure in the business community Mel was called upon many times to serve or participate on boards, committees, and organizations. While never wishing to be in the limelight he humbly served or contributed to many over the years, including the Weyburn Agricultural Society and Weyburn Fair 4-H Beef Clubs, Board Member and President of Canadian Western Agribition, Canada West Equipment Dealers Association, Board Member and President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Board Member and Chairman of the Weyburn Oil Show, Board Member of SaskPower and Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation. Mel served on the Premier's advisory committee, U of R Tri Partite Committee, advisory committee for the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was a 50-year supporter of the Club. He was a board member of Sabre West Oil & Gas, Vision Security and Investigations, and he was on the Independent Review Committee of the Assiniboia Farmland Corporation. He was a long time member of the Latomia Masonic Lodge (Weyburn) and the Wa Wa Shrine Flag Corps (Regina). In recognition of his contributions to the Province he was presented with the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005. Mel loved his family and they loved him. While he invested much time in business, he was always there to support his family. He taught us many life lessons leading by example, such as unwavering optimism in people's potential in life, and the glass always being half full. He never felt threatened by change, and always saw it as a door opening to new opportunity. He provided encouragement and support, and was there for us whenever needed in the pursuit of our own life adventures and challenges. On the morning of his passing he left behind many legacies: love of family; serving his fellow man; serving his community and his province. He has left his worldly home a better place than when he found it, and all of us so blessed to be a part of his life journey better people. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all. A funeral service for Merrill MelWatson will be held on Friday February 4th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, 210 3rd St. NE, Weyburn, SK with Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. A private family interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK will be held at a later date.
WATSON - Neil Allison "Al" Watson, late of Yellow Grass, passed away peacefully at the Regina General Hospital on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 aged 78 years. Al was predeceased by his parents, Alec and Irene (Hardy) Watson; brothers, Merrill "Mel" Watson and William "Bill" Watson; brother-in-law, Douglas Favel; and nephew, Jodie Watson. Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Cheryl Watson of Yellow Grass; son, Neil Watson of Weyburn; daughter, Leslie (Michael) Mullinger of Yellow Grass; grandchildren, Jordyn, Kaycee, and Jesse Mullinger; brothers, Don (Audrey) Watson of Yellow Grass, Howard (Margaret) Watson of Toronto, George (Connie) Watson of Alice Beach, and Doug (Connie) Watson of Yellow Grass; sister, Gwen Favel of Battleford; sisters-in-law, Doreen and Merle Watson, both of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Al was born at the Watson family farm located at NW 23-10-16, northeast of Yellow Grass, on August 31, 1935. Al had six brothers and one sister. He was the fourth of eight children. Al attended elementary school at Waverley then went on to complete Grade 12 in Yellow Grass. His grades were second to none and he graduated with honours from high school. When recalling his school years, dad would smile and tell us how he helped many other students with their studies, if they were having difficulty, sometimes whispering advice when under the watchful eye of teachers. An unbelievable mathmatical ability led dad to his first job as a teller at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Yellow Grass, until 1954, when he decided to be a truck driver for Watson Bros. Company, owned by Don and Mel Watson. Two years later, he ventured to Kitimat, BC where he was employed with a tow truck company. Al met lifetime friends while there and he had many stories to tell of his time in the Kitimat area. In the fall of 1957, he returned to Yellow Grass and continued work with Watson Bros. Trucking, until 1959, when he and Bill Harder bought and jointly owned and operated ‘Wheatland Sales and Service’, a workshop and gas station located on Highway 39. The showroom, where the future cafe is now, was opened for John Deere Equipment and Al became a dealer for that company in Yellow Grass. Al then became the sole proprietor of the dealership and service station in 1964. Al also took on the task of Town Constable for one year, during 1962. Later he decided to hand the reins over to Constable C. Toovey, so he could return to his other responsibilities. Next door to the service station was a business called the ‘Soo Line Cafe’ where Al was a regular customer. It was there in 1968 where Al finally worked up the courage to ask Cheryl Strachan out on a date. Cheryl had lived in Yellow Grass since birth and was working at the cafe as a waitress. Al and Cheryl went to a Weyburn Red Wings hockey game on their first date. He then continued to pursue and get to know her. In 1969, they travelled to Toronto, Ontario, where Al’s brother, Howard, officiated their marriage at the Eglinton Church, on June 6. They celebrated their honeymoon at Niagra Falls, visited the CN Tower, and toured the Toronto area. With them was Cheryl’s mother, Veva Strachan, Cheryl’s sister, Jean Guthiel and her husband Ralph. Al and Cheryl returned to Yellow Grass and continued to operate the service station. In 1972, Al finally got to fulfill his dream of full-time farming and celebrated the birth of their first child, Neil. He also converted the showroom into a restaurant, and built on the kitchens and dining room, which he rented out. Leslie was born in 1975, while Al was balancing work between the garage and the farm, with the help of several locals. In 1984, they made the hard decision to sell ‘Wheatland Sales and Service’, as Al was ready for a change. Later that year, they bought a charter bus and called the company ‘Soo Line Charters’. Al drove the bus and Cheryl organized and guided the trips. Canadian destinations like Thunder Bay, Ont., Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Edmonton, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, the Rocky Mountains and the Peace Gardens were their favourite places to visit. Other trips included Ski Mission Ridge and Ochapowace Ski Resort. Lots of wonderful family memories were created and cherished for future years. Eventually the charter bus company was dissolved and the bus was sold in 1988. Later that year, Al began work for Sask. Crop Insurance, until 1993. He then purchased a grain cleaner in 1994 and continued to clean seed for local farmers up until a few years when decided to focus solely on farming. Throughout all his years of work, Al was a member of the United Church and served on the church board for many years. Eight years ago, Al and Cheryl joined the Free Methodist Church in Weyburn. They enjoy the singing and visiting with their pastors and friends every Sunday. Al joined ‘Variations’ choir and was present at all singing events until recently. He was also a charter member of the Lions Club becoming Treasurer, President, Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor, plus the District Lioness Chairperson over his many years of service. Many barbeques, camping trips, and visits to other towns and areas were enjoyed by the family during this time. In 1965, Al became a member of the Masonic Lodge in Yellow Grass and remained an active member until his passing, serving in Milestone. Al and Cheryl continued to reside in Yellow Grass, enjoying life and raising their children. He enjoyed his daily visits to the coffee shop and the occasional auction sale. He is known for his attention to detail in historical facts, including people, places, and events, making him an excellent source of information. He continued to admire old tractors and even collected a few pieces over the years. Every Christmas he loved making fudge for friends and family, often receiving demands for more. His travels took him far and wide to Australia several times to visit his daughter’s family, until they moved to Yellow Grass in 2011. Many trips to hockey games have filled his days with spending quality time with his grandchildren, showing patience unlike never before. He leaves behind many family members and friends who will feel his absence for years to come. Visitation was held, Friday, February 21 at Fletcher Funeral Chapel and a funeral service followed on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 pm from Yellow Grass United Lutheran Partnership with Pastor Jody Pfeifer officiating. Interment was in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Pallbearers were Michael Mullinger, Dale Watson, Drew Watson, Lee Watson, Jason Watson and Jeff Watson.
WATSON - William "Bill" Watson late of Yellow Grass passed away on May 10, 2009 at the age 69 years. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Irene Watson; daughter in infancy; father-in-law, Ernie Dreger; nephew, Jodie Watson; brother-in-law, Doug Favel. Bill is survived by his wife, Merle Watson, Yellow Grass; his sons: Shane (Judy) Watson, Yellow Grass and their children: Leah, Brett and Zachary, Kevin (Erin) Watson, Yellow Grass and their children: Andrea and Daniel; his daughter Cindy (Darren) Crozier, Yellow Grass and their children: Dylan, Kyle, Rocky and Payge; mother-in-law, Frances Dreger, Weyburn; sister, Gwen Favel, Battleford; brothers: Don (Audrey) Watson, Yellow Grass, Mel (Doreen) Watson, Weyburn, Howard (Margaret) Watson, Toronto, ON, Al (Cheryl) Watson, Yellow Grass, George (Connie) Watson, Alice Beach, Doug (Connie) Watson, Yellow Grass; brother and sisters-in-law: Bev (Gary) Broker, Nipawin, Doreen Roberts, Swift Current as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. William Brian Watson (Bill) was born in Weyburn on November 16th, 1939 to Alex and Irene Watson of Yellow Grass. Bill grew up on a farm six and a half miles northeast of Yellow Grass. He attended Waverley School for grades one through eight. He then went in to Yellow Grass for grades nine to twelve, graduating in 1957. Bill was married to Merle Dreger on September 12th, 1959 in Yellow Grass. Bill and Merle resided in Regina where Bill worked for the Cooperative Refinery for a number of years. Their sons Shane and Kevin were born during the time they were in Regina. The family then moved back to Yellow Grass in 1965. They built a house in 1966, a daughter Cindy was born that same year. Bill went to work as a sales manager at John Deere in Weyburn for his brother Mel, while doing some farming on the side. Soon, his love for farming took over and he became a full time farmer. He enjoyed farming for many years right up to the time of his passing. He enjoyed farming with family and in his last years he farmed with his sons Shane and Kevin. Bill was an avid sports player, coach and fan. He was a Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket holder for nearly fifty years. Bill was very involved in Minor Hockey for which he was President for various leagues and coached for twenty-five or more years. Bill's life revolved around sports, especially those involving his children and grandchildren. Whether it was curling, bowling, football, volleyball, badminton or his favourites hockey and ball, he was always there to cheer them on. Quite often he was their coach or driver, but mostly he was their number one fan! He missed watching his grandchildren's hockey this past winter as he was in the hospital, but he always wanted a phone call to catch up on the scores and details of the game. Bill was very involved in the community - he was a member of the Yellow Grass Masonic Lodge #96 for a number of years. He was initiated on January 10th, 1967 and was Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1977, 1986, 1987 and part of 1988. He was also a charter member of the Yellow Grass Lions Club which began in 1974. Bill served as President of the Lions Club for some time. Bill was President of the Rink Board and was a fundamental part of the rink getting artificial ice. He served as President of the Building Committee for the Yellow Grass Communiplex. This was a project he held near and dear to his heart. Bill was a board member at Weyburn Inland Terminal for a number of years. He also served as Chairman of the Board. Bill and Merle were "Winter Texans" and traveled south for many years to their winter home in Weslaco, Texas. This is where Bill won his first "Olympic" Gold medal in Shuffling. This became one of his favorite sports in life as he loved the competition. Bill enjoyed his coffee mornings at the Yellow Grass Café with his brothers and friends. He missed these mornings this past winter as he spent the majority of his time in the Regina General Hospital. Due to his declining health he decided, with the help of his brother Doug and sister-in-law Connie, to make a trip to Rochester Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. It was there that he passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009. Bill will be greatly missed by his family, friends and anyone whose life he touched in any way. A visitation was held on Sunday May 17, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Funeral Service was held Monday, May 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yellow Grass United Church, Rev. Colette Baker officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Pallbearers were Bill's Grandchildren. All in attendance at the service were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Lunch and Fellowship followed at the Yellow Grass Wheatland Communiplex.
WEBER - Arthur E. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend on the 7th of December 2012 at the age of 84. Art was born on the farm near Yellow Grass on May 10, 1928 the sixth and youngest child of Louis and Emily Weber. He started his farming career when he bought land with his father in the RM of Griffin in 1945. He lived his life as a farmer taking great pride in all that he did. Art was very mechanically inclined. He held a US patent for one of his inventions. When others were in need he was always ready to support them with whatever was required. After retiring from his first career of farming, Art focused on his secondary career of coffee row, visiting his friends every day whether in the coffee shop or in the nursing homes. He was blessed with a quick wit and a mischievous spirit. He enjoyed all that life had to offer. He was able to relate to people from all backgrounds. Art loved music and enjoyed entertaining others whether with a piano, guitar, mouth organ or song. He always had time for his wife, his children and their spouses, his grandchildren and his numerous nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Vivian, his children Trent (Joanne) Weber of Winnipeg, MB and Vance (Kim) Weber of Wolesley, and his four grandchildren Ashley, Varrick, Bethannie, and Ella. He will be remembered as the favorite uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Louis and Emily Weber, first wife Muriel, brothers Clarence, Don, Dave, Rob and his wife Betty, and sister Lillian and her husband Horace Endicott; two nephews, Larry and Len; one niece, Donna. The funeral service for Art was held at Grace United Church, Weyburn on Wednesday, December 12th at 2:00 pm. Rev. M. Barnabas, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. A viewing was held at RD Family Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, December 11th from 7:00 - 8:30pm. Honorary pallbearers were friends from coffee row and all in attendance. Pallbearers were Harvey Anderson, Shane Dammann, Ron Endicott, Jim Halbert, Barry MacTaggart, Blaine Tokarz.
WESTLING - Archie Oliver Westling (August 8, 1917 - September 30, 2000) was born to Frank and Neta in the Forward District. He went to Millbrook School up to grade eight and was raised on the family farm with his brothers and sister: Clifford, Lloyd, Aline and Eldon. He worked the family farm and for other farmers in the district before enlisting in the army from 1941 to 1945 and going overseas to Holland, France, Germany and Belgium with the Royal Canadian Engineers in which he made many lifelong friends. Archie married Dorothy Blackburn October 24, 1946 in Creelman. He farmed in the Abbott area and Indian Head area until 1951 and then became the manager of Brooking Co-op. In 1957 he started to work at Weyburn Hardware and was there for 15 years and then ran a hardware store in Yellow Grass and was SGI license issuer until his retirement. Archie and Dorothy lived in the Abbott, Indian Head, Brooking area and then Yellow Grass since 1957. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, shuffleboard, camping with family and friends, yard work and traveling. Archie was a life member of the Legion Secretary-Treasurer for many years, charter member of Yellow Grass Lions and a member of Golden Harvest Club and Yellow Grass United Church. In 1996 Archie and Dorothy celebrated their 50th anniversary. They also attended an army reunion and took a trip to Europe to visit places seen during W.W. II. One thing he really enjoyed was the birth of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and seeing their successes in life. Archie loved his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was well respected in the community for his unassuming acts of kindness to friends and neighbours. Funeral service for Archie Westling, late of Weyburn, formerly of Yellow Grass, age 83 years, was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Neta, his wife: Dorothy; two brothers: Clifford and Lloyd; one sister: Aline Balzer. Archie is survived by one son, Terry (Karen) Westling of Yellow Grass; one daughter, Donna (Blair) Johnstone of Yellow Grass; six grandchildren: Jason (Z), Julie (Jason), Shauna, Erin, Curtis and Brady; six great grandchildren: Cassie, Brody, Brett, Maggie, Burke and Bayley; one brother: Eldon (Verna) Westling of Lethbridge, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were: Doug Hennie, Barry Johnstone, Ken Balzer, Randy Wallin, Ron Westling and Kelly Palmer. All Legion members and Legion Ladies Auxiliary were considered honorary pallbearers.
WESTLING - Erin Michelle Westling, late of Yellow Grass, SK passed away January 12, 2011, at the age of 34 years. A memorial service for Erin will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Lutheran Partnership Church, Yellow Grass, SK with Rev. David Hanes, officiating. A private family interment will take place at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK. All of Erin's friends are considered to be honorary pallbearers
WHITROW - Don Stanley. After losing a courageous battle to cancer, we announce the passing of our Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, Great Uncle, and most of all, a Friend. Don Stanley Whitrow, late of Yellowgrass, SK passed away Thursday June 23, 2011, at the age of 80 years. Don was predeceased by his parents, Lily and James; his son, Blair; brother, Arnold (Bud); sister and brother-in-law Velma and Clayton Toovey; sister-in-law Iris Whitrow; brother-in-law Grant Heath and nephew Ross Wood. Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marilynn; son Don (Melody), their son Josh (Rebecca) Emily and Colbie and their daughter Becky; son, Wayne (Leanne), their daughter Kayla and their son Kyle; son, Warren (Barbara), their daughter Jenny (Dale) Logel and their son Cody. Don started out in life working as an electrician but soon found his calling in farming, which he pursued for a strong 55 years. He loved to hunt and fish and was your avid sportsman. He was so very proud of his grand children and great granddaughters. He couldn't boast enough about what each and every one of them had accomplished or what they were doing. Dad was a simple man who believed whole heartily in four things in life, which he passed on to his sons. He believed in God, he believed that hard work was good for the soul, he believed it's better to give than receive and most of all he believed that Family is everything. He will be greatly missed by all. We would like to thank his good friend and farming neighbor Al Watson whose visits Dad always looked forward to every week. And also the great care and compassion showed not only to Don but to the family as well from the wonderful staff at Tatagwa Senior Home House #12 during his stay. And lastly the two hardest things to do in life are to say hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. Forever loved and never forgotten. A funeral service for Don will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Jody Pfeifer, officiating. Interment to follow at a later date at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK.
WHITROW - George Wayne Howard "Tyke" Whitrow, late of Yellow Grass, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on September 1, 2012, at the age of 71 years. George was predeceased by his parents James and Lily Whitrow, his wife Iris Whitrow, two brothers Arnold “Bud” and Don Whitrow, sister Velma (Clayton) Toovey, brother-in-law Rodney Kronberger, in-laws Tony and Katherine Kronberger. He is survived by his children: Rhonda (Bart) Moon, Lang, Mona (Brady) Marshall, Yellow Grass, Michael "Mickey" (Leanne) Whitrow, Yellow Grass, Suzanne (David) Bachart, Lang; 16 grandchildren: Corey (Melody), Nicole (Darren), Amanda (Ryan), April, Bobbi, Brett (Sandi), Brittni, Brant (Tonya), Brandon, Brice (Jen), Roberta (Shane), Tonia (Josh), Jason (Bonnitta), Janelle, Tara (Chad), Jodie; 15 great grandchildren, two brothers, Elwood "Poose" (Isabel) Whitrow, Bernard "Joe" (Joan) Whitrow, sister Eleanor "Sue" (Ken) Wood, sisters and brothers-in-law: Edna Whitrow (Herman), Donna (Gaylord) Lautenslager, Darlene Kronberger and Marilyn Whitrow along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Tyke was born March 6, 1941 on the original homestead SE ¼ of 21-10-17 at Yellow Grass and resided there until his passing. He was the youngest in a family of seven. He attended Beautiful Plains School and was a member of Yellow Grass Calf Club. Tyke was a carpenter and mechanic, working for RMP, John Deere, Al Watson and Whitrow Bros. Service. Music was an important part of his life. He loved his farm and most of all loved his cabin at Barrier Lake where he spent many hours fishing. He always enjoyed family and friends coming out to the farm for a coffee and a visit. He is at peace now and has no more suffering after battling cancer. We’ve lost a loved one. We’re hurt, we’re sad, but we will never forget, never let the many memories of the time we had leave our souls or our hearts. So for now, watch over us and take care. A service of remembrance for George was held on Tuesday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Judy Beck, officiating. Interment followed at Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. Lunch was held at Yellow Grass Legion Hall, Yellow Grass. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers.
WHITROW - Iris Helene (nee Kronberger) Whitrow late of Yellow Grass, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on June 23, 2005 at the age of 64 years. Iris was predeceased by her father, Anthony Kronberger. She is survived by her husband George "Tyke" Whitrow, Yellow Grass; her children: Rhonda (Bart) Moon, Lang, Mona (Brady) Marshall, Yellow Grass, Michael "Mickey" (Leanne) Whitrow, Yellow Grass, Suzanne (David) Bachart, Lang; 14 grandchildren: Corey (Melody), Nicole, Amanda, Brett, Brittni, Brant, Brandon, Brice, Roberta, Tonia, Jason, Janelle, Tara and Jodie; two step grandchildren: April and Bobby; two great grandchildren: Kristopher and Samantha; her mother Katherine Kronberger, Lang; a sister Donna (Gaylord) Lauten-slager, Lang; a brother Rodney (Darlene) Kronberger, Lang; as well as several nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law. Iris was born in Weyburn on December 11, 1940 to Anthony and Katherine (nee Hyer) Kronberger. She received her grade 12 education in Lang. Iris married George "Tyke" Whitrow from Yellow Grass on April 9, 1960 at Lang. Iris and George lived in Milestone for one year before moving to the farm at Yellow Grass where she resided until her passing. Iris was a bank teller for the CIBC at Milestone and Yellow Grass. She retired from the CIBC as a teller in Yellow Grass after many years. Iris was very dedicated and a hard worker. She also spent time working for the Weyburn This Week and The Weyburn Review. She belonged to the Homemakers Club and enjoyed playing bingo. Iris also enjoyed gardening, crafts, knitting, crocheting, farming, fishing and camping. She loved the farm and passing time at the cottage at Barrier Lake. Her main concern was her family. She took pride in her children's and grandchildren's achievements. Iris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and daughter. She was strong willed and a fighter. She is at peace and has no more suffering after a long, courageous battle with cancer. "We've lost a loved one, a close relation. We're hurt, we're sad, but we will never forget, never let the many memories of the time we had leave our souls, or our hearts. The many emotions that we've shared and the many obstacles that we've overcome will forever be with us. Although we feel like we can never get through and never say goodbye, we will, as a family. We will get through, but we will never really say goodbye, we'll say, hold on, just wait for the many emotions we've shared and the many obstacles we've overcome and the many more we will experience. So for now, hold on, watch over us and take care, because death is a devastating obstacle, but it is also the path to a whole new journey. We will never forget you and we know that you'll be waiting." The memorial service was held on Monday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Judy Beck officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
WHITROW - Nathaniel Allen, late of Yellow Grass, Sask. passed away on November 28, 2006, age 84 years. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yellow Grass United Church, Yellow Grass. Pastor Blayne Banting officiating. Interment: Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass.
WILKE - Adeline Agnes. On Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Adeline Agnes Wilke late of Regina, SK went to be with her Lord and Savior. Adeline was born on December 1, 1916 at Yellow Grass, SK., the youngest child of A. G. and Louise Wilke. Predeceased by her father in 1953; her mother in 1965; brothers, the Rev. Arnold in 1960 and Alfred in 1986; sisters, Lydia in 1919, Elfrieda Heinzig in 1970 and Ida Lenz in 1989; Adeline is survived by her nieces and nephews and their families; her faithful co-worker and friend, Helen Krueger of Kamloops, B.C.; friend, Wendy Coutts of Regina; and her extended church family of the Regina Apostolic Church. Adeline attended Briercrest Bible College and was chosen an alumnus of the year. She was a missionary to the Ivory Coast in Africa for 37 years with the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade. Upon retirement she spent seven years in Montreal helping a mission congregation. After returning to Saskatchewan, she settled in Storie Manor in Regina in the fall of 1989. For the past 13 months she was a resident at Pioneer Village. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. in Regina Apostolic Church, 808 Assiniboine Ave. East, Regina, SK. Interment to follow in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass, SK.
WILKE - Arthur. It is with sadness we announce the death of our father, Arthur Wilke, who passed away peacefully on November 12th, 2009. Dad was predeceased by our mother, Huldine in 1988, his parents, Clara and Julius and siblings, Irene, Gerhardt, Alice, Clarence, Irwin and Margaret. Arthur is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Hannah, Ruby Wilke and Marjorie (Jim) Richards. Dad is remembered by his wife, Rena; his son, Ron (Jean) Wilke and daughters, Audrey Pearson and Carolynn (Alec) McPherson; grandchildren, Shannon (Todd) Maliteare, Brad Wilke (Katie), Dana Pearson (Lara), Caron Pearson, Darren McPherson (Krystal), Dean McPherson (Arita) and Delynn Benning (Kurt); six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also remembering Dad are Rena's children, Marion (Dale) Scott and Allan and Bob Robertson; grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad spent his early childhood living between Smithville and Montmarte. In 1925 his family took permanent residence on the family farm south of Yellow Grass. Dad married Mom in 1935 and they moved back to Montmarte. In 1944 they returned to farm north of Yellow Grass, then relocating to town in 1948. Dad's winter months were spent curling and he and Mom would travel with friends. Dad served on various boards and his church was very important to him. Dad loved the farm and he loved to talk and ask about it. His last tour of the farm in September, 2009 and his opportunity to chat with the grandchildren delighted Dad. He believed land should have a purpose and enjoyed watching the crop or garden in progress. He loved gardening to the point that he had two gardens, one in town and one at the farm. Woodworking was a hobby Dad developed in his 70's. He enjoyed making all kinds of toys and gadgets. If you could provide him with a pattern, he would eagerly reproduce it. All the grandchildren received models of items used in earlier farm days. Dad was proud of his workmanship and after remarked he didn't realize he had that talent. Dad was a kind, giving and gentle spirit. He also had a strong work ethic. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad was blessed to have a kind and caring wife Rena who he shared nineteen years with. Dad was very appreciative of the care he received. Thank you to the staff of the Weyburn Special Care Home. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Peace Lutheran Church, Yellow Grass with Marg McLeod CLA officiating minister. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery, Yellow Grass. The Active Pallbearers were: Darren McPherson, Dean McPherson, Delynn Benning, Dana Pearson, Caron Pearson, Shannon Maliteare and Brad Wilke.
WILKE - Irene Lillian. Born May 29, 1914, Irene Lillian Wilke was 89 at her passing on January 3, 2004. She was a refined and gentle woman, a critical thinker, articulate and diplomatic, with a generous spirit. Irene was an indisputable source of family history, recalling every detail and date. She was deeply devoted to her family, especially her nieces and nephews and their families. She was a skilled seamstress, sewing for herself, her home, and her family, and she accomplished numerous works of petit point and needlepoint, as well as many beautiful quilts. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, watching sports, collecting china and attending special functions her nieces and nephews were involved in. Raised and educated in Yellow Grass, Irene spent many years on the family farm, taking on important responsibilities especially after her father's death in her late teens. She stayed on to manage the farm when her mother moved to Weyburn, then moved to Weyburn herself where she lived in apartments and, during her last year, lived in the Weyburn Special Care Home. Irene's life was fraught with physical challenges from her years as a young woman to her final battle with cancer, but yet she faced life with an undaunting determination to rise above. This tenacity and positive attitude is perhaps what her family and friends will remember the most about her. Irene was predeceased by her father and mother, Julius and Clara Wilke; infant brother, Irvine; infant sister, Margaret; two brothers, Clarence and Gerhardt; one sister, Alice; sister-in-law, Huldine Wilke; brother-in-law, Ross Hannah; and one nephew, Darrell Richards. Irene is survived by her brother, Arthur (Rena) Wilke, three sisters: Dorothy Hannah, Ruby Wilke and Marjorie (James) Richards, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The funeral service was held at Yellow Grass Lutheran Church with Pastor Peter Walker officiating. Pallbearers were great nieces and nephews: Riley Richards, Lyndsay Richards, Adam Praski, Erin Praski, Wesley Praski and Dean McPhersan. Interment took place at the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
WILKE - Ronald Arthur Wayne (October 3, 1940 - March 12, 2013). Ron passed away suddenly at the age of 72 on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 while vacationing in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Jean Wilke; daughter, Shannon (Todd) Maliteare and granddaughter, Coraline: son, Bradley Wilke (Katie Bishop) and grandson, Everett; sister, Audrey Pearson; sister, Carolynn (Alec) McPherson; step-mother, Rena Wilke and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his father, Arthur Wilke and mother, Huldine Wilke. Ron was born in Montmartre, SK on October 3, 1940. He grew up and lived his life in Yellow Grass, SK attending Sunnydale School and Yellow Grass School. After attending 3 years of agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, Ron returned to Yellow Grass where he became a dedicated and loving husband and father, passionate farmer, and valuable member of the community. Ron was a faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church, the Yellow Grass Lions Club and the United Grain Growers. Ron enjoyed curling in the winter, but his favorite hobby was driving the back roads of Saskatchewan in search of a good deal. He would engage anyone in a conversation, and loved to listen and gather information on just about anything, especially farming and business. A Memorial Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Yellow Grass on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David Hanes officiating.
WILKE - Ruth Mary (nee Benallick). On Tuesday, May 22, 2001, Ruth Mary Wilke, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 76 years. Predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Margaret Benallick; two sisters: Helen Benallick and Violet Milne; three brothers-in-law: Mack Muir, Alex Bartlett and Howie Milne. Ruth is survived by her husband, Herbert Wilke of Yellow Grass; one son, Bill (Pat) Wilke of Yellow Grass, and their children: Scott Wilke of Southey and Marnie (Mark) Mcouat of Regina; and one daughter, Heather Bathgate of Regina; two sisters: Olive (Tom) Cockram of Yellow Grass; and Phyllis Muir of Kelowna; as well as many nieces and nephews. Ruth was born June 2, 1924 at Yellow Grass. She took her schooling at Mackamore School, then high school at Yellow Grass. She then went to Normal School in Regina where she was the Valedictorian of her class. On October 24, 1945 Ruth married Herbert Wilke in Yellow Grass. She taught at West Weyburn and Tagg Schools, then Yellow Grass School, where she taught French and Home Ec. She also taught Home Ec in Milestone, retiring from teaching in 1989. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlework, bowling, curling, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, square dancing, playing cards with her friends, spending time with her family and traveling. Ruth was involved with the Drop In Centre, Library and on the Villa Auxiliary, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Ruth was active in building the new United Church in Yellow Grass and was a member of the UCW, Choir, Presbytery and Conference, and taught Sunday School and was an Explorer Leader. Her traveling took her to Texas, Arizona, Alaska, the Maritimes, Malawi, California, Mexico and numerous trips to Little Bear. She had just been on a trip in March to Parksville to visit friends, Dale and Marlene Cuming. Ruth cut the ribbon for the opening of the new school with her granddaughter, Marnie, and was able to celebrate Marnie's wedding on April 14, just a month prior to her passing. Ruth was a dearest wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister and aunt. She courageously battled breast cancer in 1975 and a stroke in 1999, but this last battle with leukemia was too great for her. She will be lovingly remembered by all she knew and loved. A memorial service was held Friday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church with Rev. Carol Dennison officiating. The interment was held at 11:00 a.m. in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers.
WILKINSON - Murray "Bus" Carman Wilkinson from Weyburn (formerly Yellow Grass), passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at the age of 77 years. Bus was born on June 26, 1929 in Weyburn. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Audrey (Metheral) Wilkinson and their family, son, Kevin Wilkinson (Judy) of Livelong, and their children Brodie and Zenon; daughter, Cheryl Dene Wilkinson-Scott of Calgary, AB and her children, Monte and Breanne; son, Rodney Wilkinson (Sansanee) of Phuket, Thailand; sister, Elaine (Jack) Bray of Regina, brother, Don (Dorothy) Wilkinson of Goodwater, brother-in-law, Ron (Tory) Metheral of Weyburn, sisters-in-law, Marge Heintzman of Weyburn and Syl Metheral-Sinclair of Calgary, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Bus was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Ruth Wilkinson. Bus was raised and educated in Yellow Grass and lived the majority of his life on the family farm near Yellow Grass, retiring to Weyburn in 1998. Along with farming, Bus was a journeyman carpenter, building numerous houses and quonsets throughout the area. Bus was actively involved with both the Yellow Grass United Church and the Grace United Church in Weyburn. Bus's greatest joy was his devotion to his family, friends and community. Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honourary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Warren and Ron Wilkinson, Tyler Metheral, Ken Fortner, Dale Watson and Allan Steer.
WILSON - Mary Alberta (nee White) December 28, 1914 - July 22, 2007 passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Cremona, AB. Mary was born on the family homestead west of Yellow Grass. She married Norman Wilson of Weyburn in 1938. Mary was predeceased by Norman in January 1990. Mary is survived by her son Wayne (Elaine), grandson Doug, as well as two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her.
WINTER - Ann Petrie (nee Robertson). It is with great sadness the family of Ann Petrie Winter announce her passing on Easter Monday, April 13th 2009, at 7:40 a.m. Ann passed away peacefully at the Dogwood Lodge, Vancouver, where she had resided for the past 9 years. Ann was predeceased by her devoted husband, Harold Andrew Winter and all his loving siblings. Ann is survived by one dear brother George, of Goodwater. She was Auntie Ann to many nieces, nephews and cousins on both the Robertson and Winter side, who all have fond memories of her. Also mourning "Mum", are her son Bruce (Wendy), Delta, B.C. and her daughter, Shirley (John) Baker, Langley, B. C. and their families. Ann was born on the farm at Yellow Grass on September 7, 1916, the daughter of David and Helen Muir Robertson, (nee Smith), natives of Scotland and early pioneers of the Actonvale district. She was predeceased by her cherished siblings, sister Effie (Jim) Watt and brothers Dave (Rena), Andy (Betty), Archie (Billie) and Bob (Pat) Robertson. Before graduating from Yellow Grass High School, Ann participated in the school choral group which won the Provincial Shield at the 1932 Regina festival. She was a Nanny for the Westerberg family and a nurse at the Weyburn Hospital before coming west to Vancouver to marry Harold in 1940 at the Ryerson United Church on August 17th. They were married for 53 years prior to Harold's death on March 26, 1994. Ann loved reading the Yellow Grass Community Book and spent many happy hours poring over it. Ann was known and loved for her charm, wit and continued good humour in spite of many difficulties and trials affecting her health. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
WOLD - Elsie Annie (nee Aconley). On July 24, 2000, Mrs. Elsie Annie Wold (nee Aconley), late of Eastend, SK, departed this life at the grand age of 93. Elsie was born on October 3, 1906 on the Aconley farm near McTaggart. She graduated from high school at 16, planning to be a nurse, but she was too young to be accepted for training, so she chose the profession of teaching instead. Her career began September 1, 1923, when she attended Regina Normal School for four months. Her first school was Pilot, six miles east of Shaunavon on Highway 13. Over the next 15 years her knowledge and ability touched many, many students - at Hudson School (Kincaid), Landon (Minton), Macworth (Wood Mountain), Derganagh (Glasnevin), Venlo (Abbey), Actonvale (Yellow Grass), a rural school near Midale, Inglenook, Kealey Springs, Wallasey (Ravenscrag). While teaching near Ravenscrag, Elsie was courted by a bachelor farmer, J.P. Wold. They married June 3, 1939, at Medicine Hat, AB, changing forever her status as a spinster. Their son James was born in 1941; their daughter Kathleen in 1944. During World War II rationing added to the hardships of rural families struggling to recover from the "Dirty Thirties;" a bottle-fed baby meant extra sugar rations! Later, during the mid fifties, the Wold family continued to farm but made their home in Ravenscrag for five years so the children could attend school. Except for that time, the children's education was by home schooling with correspondence lessons and their mother's help. In 1961 the farm was sold; Joe and Elsie retired to Eastend. Soon Elsie was recruited to teach again. She held several positions in Eastend School until 1967, and after her retirement tutored children in Mathematics until she was well past 75. In 1985 her home became Wolf Willow Lodge where she especially enjoyed the Activity Centre. She was the first resident to be moved into the new building (June, 1992) where she resided until her passing. A lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star, Elsie was a faithful community worker, a thoughtful and generous lady. Predeceased by her parents, Joe and Lizzie Aconley; three sisters, Alice and Josie Aconley; and Mabel Shields, all of the McTaggart area; and husband, Joe Wold. She is survived by her children: James (Leona) of Yorkton; Kathleen (John) Savrtka of Victoria, BC; her three grandchildren: Doug, Dave and Judy Savrtka; Judy's fiancé, Brian Plonka; and two special great grandchildren: Titus Anthony Savrtka and Montana Lee Plonka, all of Victoria, BC; brother-in-law: Harry Shields of Yellow Grass; as well as cousins and distant relatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and England. Funeral service was held at Eastend United Church on Thursday, July 27, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Ken Schrag officiating. Interment followed at Robsart Cemetery, Robsart. Honorary pallbearers: Stanley David, Stuart David, Dave Garvin, Alfred Olsen, George Fletcher, Oscar Skauge. Active pallbearers: Herb Koenig, Donnie Koenig, Don Pearson, Don Bowles, John Savrtka and Duncan McCuaig.
WOOD - Glen Delbert Wood, late of Regina, SK, was taken suddenly on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 82 years of age. He is survived by his loving bride of 61 years, Margaret; children, Glen (Sharon), Larry, Frank (Susan), Pamela (Phil) Holbrow and Rod (Shirley); 14 grandchildren, Glen (Kelly), Shelley (Scott), Joel (Chelsey), Melody, Corina, Tylor (Lisa), Shannon, Lliam, Dan (Naomi), Ben, Amy, Matt (Echo), Credence (Cindy), Terra (Mark) and 17 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Lee, Bob, Ralph (Margaret), Currie; sisters, Jean, Hazel, Shirley, Peggy (Wilf) and Mary Lou. Glen was born on a farm near Yellow Grass, SK and was the 9th of 17 children. In 1986, he retired from the CPR after 42 years of service. He began delivering telegrams by bicycle and ended as a Locomotive Engineer. Family was very important to Glen. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa. He took delight in sharing playful time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glen will always hold a special place in our hearts. At Glen's request, a private family celebration of his life will be held.
ZOTZMAN - Herbert. On Saturday, February 13, 2010 Herb passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Herb will be lovingly remembered and missed by his devoted wife of 60 years Mary (nee Stremel); daughter Janice (David) Baron of Regina and her children Tracey (Alexa and Andrew), Scott (Renee); son Gerry (Sonja) of Regina and their children Kristy and Craig; daughter Karen (Daryl) Diamond of Winnipeg and their children Geoff and Kelly; daughter Susan Lawrence of Weyburn and her children Matthew (Lindsey), Stewart, Nikki; and son Bob of Regina. He is also survived by his sister Doris (Jesse) Munoz; sister-inlaw Berna Zotzman; brother-in-law Ted Stremel of Elkhorn, MB; sister-in-law Evon Roy, of Edmonton, AB; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Herb was predeceased by his parents Olga and Fred Zotzman; brothers Robert, Wilfred, Arnold, Donald and Richard; and sisters Alma and Gertie. Herb was born and raised on a farm in Yellow Grass, SK where the family survived the lean years and prospered in the good times. Herb had many pleasant memories growing up on the family farm with his 5 brothers and 3 sisters. In 1942 Herb answered the call to His Majesty's Forces. He thoroughly enjoyed his military training, which was cut short by a serious lung ailment that confined him to several hospitals for 24 of the following 30 months. From his hospital bed at Terrace, BC he watched his unit board a troop train enroute to Europe where they saw immediate action in the final months of World War II. Herb's working career included employment as an accountant in Kelvington, Electric Motor Service, Federated Co-operatives and Saskatchewan Government Department of Co-operative Development. Herb enjoyed camping vacations with family, travelling coast to coast in Canada and the USA. In later years he and Mary enjoyed touring Europe, Russia, the British Isles and the USA. They also enjoyed several Blue Jay tours in many difference parks. Herb enjoyed fishing and playing golf, and for the last 22 years avidly participated in games of whist with the Horizon Seniors Citizens. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the caring nurses on 5F and Dr. Wojcik at the Regina General Hospital. Throughout the years he always appreciated the tender nursing care he received from daughter-in-law Sonja. At Herb's request NO FUNERAL SERVICE will be held. Please join Herb's family in A Celebration of His Life on Saturday, March 6 in the Great Room of the Sandman Inn, 1800 Victoria Avenue East from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
ZOTZMAN - Wilfred. On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Wilfred Zotzman passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Wilfred is survived by his wife Berna; sons Kevin and Wade; daughter Laurel (Randy) Hubenig; 2 grandchildren Jaime and Luke; brother Herb (Mary) Zotzman; sister Doris (Jessie) Munoz. Wilfred was born in Lang on November 6, 1916. He grew up on their farm near Yellow Grass. Wilfred joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 - 1945. He met and married Berna in 1954. They farmed outside of Colfax, Sask. until 1976 when they moved to Weyburn, Sask. They resided in Regina since 1996. There will be a Memorial Service at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 3510 Queen St., Regina, Sask. at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, November 13, 2006 with Pastor Craig Moeller officiating.