On Monday, May 26, 2008, Ruby Kew passed away at Parkway Lodge in Weyburn, at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her mother and father, Margaret and Vernal Elliott; two grandsons, Doug Brown and Richard Kew; and by her husband, Ernie Kew in 1989. Ruby will be lovingly remembered by her family, four children: Margaret Steger of Regina; Ted (Brenda) Kew of Falkland, BC; Grace (Colin) Brown of Moose Jaw; and Bob (Brina) Kew of Texas; brothers, Robert (Mary) Elliott of Maple Creek, and Jack (Joan) Elliott of Medicine Hat, AB; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ruby Kew (nee: Elliott) was born March 18, 1922 at Maple Creek. She grew up in Maple Creek and on a ranch east of there. She had many stories to tell of prairie life in the 1930's. After high school, she attended Normal School. She taught for one year at Last Chance School, then worked in a creamery and bank in Medicine Hat, AB where she met Ernie on his return from WWII. Ruby married Harold Ernest "Ernie" Kew on September 3, 1946 in Weyburn, and Ruby became a homemaker and mother. She was a member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and served as treasurer and president along with catering for innumerable banquets. In 1993 she received the Meritorious Service Award from the Legion. Ruby enjoyed needlepoint and created many lovely pictures. She was very talented with knitting and crocheting, making many sweaters and numerous afghans for Blankets for Canada. She also enjoyed reading, mostly mysteries, doing crossword puzzles - she knew the most obscure words, and continued with these hobbies until she lost her sight to macular degeneration. Ruby moved to Parkway Lodge six years ago because of her loss of sight. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff for all their care and kindnesses. Her family, friends and Parkway Lodge Staff will miss her gentle ways and her wit. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel at Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Members of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary formed an Honor Guard. Donations may be made in memory of Ruby to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or the Weyburn Public Library. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn, Sask. (842-6662)
John Damon Wilder
June 19, 1952-May 24, 2008
It is with great sadness that the family of John Wilder announces his peaceful passing on Saturday, May 24, 2008. John was predecased by his parents, Billie and Les Wilder of Weyburn. John will be sadly missed by wife Diane and daughter Carly, his sister Leslie (Richard and family), sisters-in-law, Carol (Bob), Noella (Ed), brother-in-law, Don (Laura), many nieces and nephews as well as his three cousins, Karen (Gord), Sharon (Gale) and Peter (Caroline). John was an avid golfer, reader and "king" of the crosswords, every last block had to be filled in. He took to retirement quite easily and in the mornings could be seen on the deck leisurely sipping his coffee. He was a dedicated air traffic controller for 32 years, where he made many lasting friends, whom he considered to be his second family. His daughter Carly was the bright light in his life; he was so proud of her; she has her dad's love of travel and adventure. A memorial service was held Monday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB with a reception to follow. John you were loved and you will always be remembered. Thank you for all you were to so many. Forever on sky watch. Rest in Peace. Arrangements by Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, (204)885-9715.
Carl Daniel Lafrentz
On Friday, May 23, 2008, Carl Daniel Lafrentz of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents, William and Maude Lafrentz; his wife, Marion Lafrentz; brothers: Julius, William, Allan and Donald Lafrentz; sister, Beatrice McGonigal and brother-in-law, Lloyd Reiser. Carl will be lovingly remembered by his three sisters: Marion Bildfell of Calgary, AB, Hazel (Keith) Sprecken of Weyburn, and Victoria Shaw of Kamloops, BC; two brothers: John (Mary) Lafrentz of Surrey, BC and Melvin (Irene) Lafrentz of Esterhazy; special friend, Louise Belanger of Weyburn; brother-in-law, Marvin (Helen) Reiser of Weyburn; sister-in-law, Shirley (Mac) Gordon of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Carl Daniel Lafrentz was born April 25, 1931 at Halbrite. Carl (Chuck) was the 8th child in the line-up in the Lafrentz family. He loved his family while growing up and schooled in Halbrite, where he graduated from grade eleven. In adulthood, he worked in several garages; Bow Man Bros., Elmer's Service, Standard Garage, York Auto and Dreis Motors. On November 11, 1953 Carl married Marion Reiser, and they were married for almost 50 years before her passing. York Auto was his last job, and he then retired at the age of 56 years. He was a young retiree, but found a few things to keep himself busy. He made beautiful lawn ornaments and painted them. He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, gardening and going to their cabin at White Bear Lake. He loved visiting with family and friends, and lately enjoyed traveling, going to family birthdays, for Christmas and any other special gatherings. He played cribbage with two special friends, Louise and Carol. Carl belonged to the Elks Lodge and the Weyburn Legion. At times he helped with serving dinners at each place. He always went to Remembrance Day services and liked the parade with his brother's war comrades. He enjoyed God's presence no matter where he was. We all thank God for Chuck and we were very fortunate to have a very loving and caring brother, son, husband and a special friend. We love you Chuck and will miss you in having coffee or tea daily. Thank you for all you have been to us. We could never ask for or need a better brother because we have had the best in Carl. We love you. A graveside service was held Thursday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Halbrite Cemetery, with Rev. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed. Donations may be made in memory of Carl to the Liver Society, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432).
Ethel Murl Mitchell
Ethel Murl Mitchell was born to Thomas and Ruby Mitchell on February 18,1928 on the farm at Lang. In 1969 Ethel became the Pleasantdale R.M. administrator. She held that post for 11 years. Following this she set up an office in the house basement, and became the village administrator and ran Mitchell Folden S.G.I. Insurance. Ethel was very mathematically inclined and often did income tax forms, payroll and books for various individuals and local businesses. She was meticulous in her books. An auditor for the R.M. remarked that they were the neatest set of books he had ever seen. Ethel was very community minded and was the treasurer for the Pleasantdale Community Association for many years. You would never ask her to bake a pie, but she could fix the lawn mower or grease the mulcher. She always appreciated a gift of the latest tool on the market. If she saw a TV advertisement for a new and improved tool version she would say, "You can get me that for Christmas." Ethel always did the driving we weren't sure whether she insisted because she loved to drive,or she didn't think others could drive well enough. Her last greatest interest was the moving of the former Pleasantdale United Church to the Pleasantdale cemetery. She was responsible for its new name the "Pleasantdale Cemetery Chapel." Ethel is survived by sister Gwen (Roy) Schmidt and their family Carol (Keith) Dreger, Larry (Adele), Warren (Arlene), Daryl (Valerie) and their families; sister Mae Domes and her family Grant (Shirley), Linda (Ken) Peters, Ross , Brian, Vernon (Debbie) Domes and their families; close friend Frances Folden and her nieces Faye (Alec) Smith, Gail (Rick) Strachan, Brenda (Kerry) Stafford and their families. She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Ruby Mitchell and brother-in-law Edward Domes. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. from the St. George's Roman Catholic Church, Naicam, with Fr. Andrew Britz, OSB as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers were all who knew and loved Ethel. Active pallbearers were Daryl Schmidt, Keith Dreger, Ross Domes, Warren Schmidt, Grant Domes and Brian Domes. Readings were presented by Gail Strachan and the memorial register was attended by Brenda Stafford and Faye Smith. The eulogist was Carol Dreger , and the ushers were Rick Strachan and Joshua Stafford. The organist was Sherry Berthold. Interment followed in the Pleasantdale cemetery. Contributions in memory of Ethel may be directed to the Pleasantdale Cemetery Chapel Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Melfort Funeral Home Ltd. 752-2714
Pearl Adeline Stower
Pearl Adeline Stower, late of Weyburn, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2008 at the age of 84 years. Pearl was predeceased by her parents, Sigurd and Emma Hammer; her first husband, David Louis Libin; her second husband, Leonard Emerson Stower; her son, David Howard Libin; sisters, Delia and Evelyn and brother, Stanley Pearl is survived by her son, Jack Libin and her daughter, Judith Erickson; two granddaughters: Sheila (Joe) and Patti (Aaron); six great grandsons; two brothers, Odel and Howard Hammer; and two aunts: Irene Berg and Mabel Berg; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Service of Remembrance for Pearl was held Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson Officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Pearl to the Weyburn Special Care Home Activity Centre or to the Family Place. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (848-0333, 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com. "Our family serving your family".
Jason Allan Backlun
Jason Allan Backlun was born to Vernon and Phyllis Backlun on July 30, 1972 in Estevan. After the untimely death of his father in 1974, he moved in with his mother, Phyllis andbrother, Corey to Midale, where he spent most of his childhood years. He started school in Midale until moving to the farm after his mother's marriage to Gilbert Schroeder. He continued going to school in Halbrite, and went on to Weyburn and graduated from the Weyburn Comprehensive School. Jason loved the farm and was involved with 4-H for two years. He also had a love for small animals especially his beloved dog "Mackie" and "Emily" the miniature cow he bottle-fed from birth, which was 15 lb. at birth. He refused to let her die. Jason was married to Kendra Leptich and was blessed with two beautiful sons, Jordan and Coty. Jason was employed as a carpenter for majority of his life and taught his sons the finer art of carpentry building such as shelves and birdhouses. Jason was an outdoor person. He was an avid fisherman who could hardly wait for the ice to get thick enough to go ice fishing. He loved old-fashioned camping, which he did with his "Dad" Gilbert, Corey and Mom. Mom tended the camp while the men fished. Jason was born with a big heart and opened his home to many of Jordan's friends. Jordan Backlun will always remember working with his father, learning many things about carpentry, which will now carry him throughout life. "I love you Dad!" Coty will always remember Dad for being so funny. TaMaria will always remember the loving words of encouragement that "uncle" spoke to her when she was having tough days at school. "Never give up, keep on trying." Taylor will always remember making crafts with "uncle" at Christmas time to hang up while he was babysitting her. Brother, Corey will always miss Jason's big voice and hearty laugh. Jason was predeceased by his father, Vernon Backlun (July 5, 1974); grandparents, Violet Backlun, Edwin Jorde, Agnes Jorde and Julius Schroeder. Jason will be lovingly remembered by his precious sons, Jordan of Midale, and Coty of Kelowna, BC; loving mother, Phyllis Backlun-Schroeder of Midale; step "Dad", Gilbert Schroeder of Midale; brother and "best friend", Corey Backlun of Estevan; sister-in-law, Trudy Backlun of Estevan; special nieces, TaMaira and Taylor Backlun of Estevan; "Grandpa Eddy" Backlun of Weyburn; step-grandparents, Harry and Olga Forsberg of Weyburn; mother of his children, Kendra Leptich of Kelowna, BC; her parents, Lance and Monica Leptich of Kelowna; her grandparents, Albert and Helen Leptich of Kenosee Lake, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The funeral service was held Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, with Rev Donna Smalley officiating. Interment took place in St. John's Cemetery, Beaubier. The active pallbearers were Larry Mickel, Kirk LaMontagne, Danny Syrenne, Les Weger, Chris Dewtie and Rod Gust. The honorary pallbearers were, Steffany Weger, Treva Philliben, Jamie Dewtie, Shayne Beahm, Scott Stabenow, Ryan Brown and Dave Wager. Donations may be made in memory of Jason to a trust fund at the Midale Credit Union in honour of Jason's sons, Jordan and Coty. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (306)-842-5432
Wayne Douglas Irwin
Following a two year battle with cancer, Wayne Douglas Irwin of Weyburn, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2008. Wayne was born in Midale, on June 19, 1951. He grew up and received his schooling in the Goodwater area. Wayne was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Marion Irwin. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his grandmother, May Stovra of Weyburn; sister, Maureen (Henry) Van Schubert of Barrie, ON; brother, Bill (Anette) Irwin of Calgary, AB; niece, Erin (Dan) Walker of Calgary, AB, as well as numerous aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. Wayne was employed in accounting and administration for Weyburn Agro Sales, Radville TWC, Tatagwa Hospital and the Weyburn Curling Club. As an extension to his passion for traveling, he also worked part-time as a travel agent for Thunderbird Travel. Wayne was active in the community with the Lions Club. He also enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Northern Saskatchewan, his Saskatchewan Roughrider season tickets, watching competitive curling, gardening and socializing with friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, June 13, from the Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment took place in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Visitation was held on Thursday, June 12, from 7pm-9pm at Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn. Donations may be made in memory of Wayne to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn (306)-842-6662
Robert Martin Pohle
Robert Martin Pohle, late of Saskatoon, and formerly of Weyburn, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the age of 75 years. Robert Martin Pohle was predeceased by his wife, Lillian (married for 47 years), his parents, Fred and Clara Pohle, sister, Alice Coulter, brothers, Carl, Walter, Henry, brothers in law, Marvin Lund, Elmer Lund, Nick Zeller, Norman Petersen, sister in law, Lorraine Petersen. Robert is survived by his son, Brian Pohle(Caroline Coghill), his daughters, Janis Webster (Ken McWatters) and children: Sean, Graham, Kaitlyn, Janiana; Carolyn Lalonde (Bernard Lalonde) and children: Robert, Richard, Johnathan, Stephanie and Clarence; sisters, Olga (Martin) Smith, Nina Zeller; sisters-in-law, Marion Pohle, Marie Becker along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Pallbearers were Gerald Smith, Wayne Lund, Duane Petersen, Wayne Bod, Mickey Scheuer and Barry May. The funeral service for Robert was held on Monday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment followed at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 16at Saron Cemetery, Lake Alma. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Robert to the Lung Association of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (848-0333, 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com. "Our family serving your family".
John B. Klippenstine
John Klippenstine, late of Trossachs, passed away on June 5, 2008 at the Regina General Hospital, Regina, at the age of 92 years. John was predeceased by his mother and father, Maria and Bernhard Klippenstine; wife, Helen Klippenstine; son-in-law, Lawrence Schultz; brothers and sisters, Bernhard, Peter, Frank, Mary, Katherine, Henry and Cornelius. John will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Katherine Klippenstine of Trossachs, Doreen Schultz of Regina, and Judy Klippenstine of Trossachs; grandchildren, Michael, Darren, Stacie (Patrick) Saunderson; great granddaughter, Georgia as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev Barnabas officiating. Interment took place in Trossachs Cemetery. The pallbearers were Bob Copper, Eric Dorsch, Ken Klippenstin, Bob Moule, Dale Klippenstine and Marvin Moore. Donations may be made in memory of John to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel Weyburn, (306)-842-5432
Merlin James Bell
Merlin James Bell was born April 22, 1917 and passed away July 27, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Merlin loved life and led it to the fullest; from an active sports life as a youth to his many travels as an adult. He saw most of North America from the window of his motor home or truck. His first trip was as an infant with his mother and twin brother, Mervin, from their birth place at Farnhan Center, Quebec as they returned to the family at Colgate. Horses played a major role in his life; riding as a youth, and showing heavy horses around the fair circuit with his dad and, later, Harvard Osborn. At home he was an active member of the Colgate Community Club, the curling Club and served as village mayor and R.M. councilor. He spent many long and cold hours plowing snow throughout the municipality. Merlin was predeceased by his parents, A.J. and Mary Bell; all of his siblings; son, Arthur Bell; son-in-law, Blake Brown and great-granddaughter, Kyra Sirett. Merlin will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years, Evelyn Bell of Weyburn; children, Dorraine (Lorne) Hanson of Saskatoon, Walter (Linda) Bell of Calgary, AB, Darlene Brown of Prince Albert, Frank (Lynda) Bell of Colgate, Roy (Louise) Bell of Radville, Connie (Larry) Boyle of Rouleau, Don (Cindy) Bell of Weyburn; sisters-in-law, Levearn Bell, Lillian McCaskill and Ethel Lawrence; thirty-eight grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Merlin was married to Evelyn for 69 years but their relationship goes back to age 8, when they passed notes to each other in school. He farmed and did custom trucking and combining in Colgate until his early 60's when he left the farm to live in Weyburn, where he then worked as a maintenance supervisor at Nickel Lake Regional Park. He continued to work on each of his son's farms until well past his 80th birthday. He was also ready and willing to help any of his children with whatever project they had going. He said his one regret in life was that he couldn't help the kids more. His children say he had nothing to regret! His last 2 years were difficult as he traveled to Regina three times a week for dialysis. He was carried to his well-deserved rest from a life of hard work by a son from each of his 7 children. Visitation took place on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from 7pm 9pm at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 2pm at Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev Barnabas officiating. The Pallbearers were his grandsons, Rod Bell, Robb Bell, Ed Brown, Brad Bell, Jeremy Bell, Rick Boyle & Luk Bell. The Honorary Pallbearers were, Joe Martin, Elwood Kinchen, Glenn Osborne, Max White, Don Calladine, Dahlton Lewis, Wally Oliver, Neil McTaggart, Art Stinson, Gordon Ledingham, Earl Kinch & Cec McLeod. Donations may be made in memory of Merlin to the Art Bell Memorial Fund College of Medicine, U. of S. Health Science Building, Room A204 107 Wiggins Rd., Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5, Attention: Rae Bourner. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (306)-842-5432.