Kim Marie Kessler
We, the Tom Kessler family, are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our daughter sister Kim Marie Kessler, age 35, resident of the Wascana Rehabilitation Center of Regina, on Saturday, February 3, 2007. Kim was predeceased by her grandparents, Fred and Maxine Nast, grandfather Bill Kessler, uncle Ron Nast and aunt Donna Kessler. She is survived by her parents, Tom and Debbie Kessler, sister Robin (Charlie) Larson, brother Stewart, nephew Drayton Larson, and niece Ocean Larson, grandmother Vi Kessler, all of Pangman, and her best friend and sister of the heart Karen (Josh) Froh of Regina, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Because of a birth injury Kim spent only three years at home before becoming a foster daughter to Chuck and Barb Bayley of Estevan and then to John and Cindy Westinberg of Regina. She became a resident at Wascana in 1993. Kim attended many different schools in Regina, and after becoming an adult she enrolled at Cosmopolitan Learning Center. There she painted modern art where one was purchased by the SARC Association. She loved horses, swimming, coming home for a visit, shopping, going to dances, movies - she was a people person. Her funeral was held Friday, February 9 at the Pangman United Church with Rev. Teresa Burnett-Cole officiating. Thanks to the staff and friends at Wascana and at Cosmopolitan Centres for the loving care they showed Kim. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Cosmopolitan Learning Center, Box 1517, Regina, SK S4P 3C2.
Roy Joseph Stainbrook
Mr. Roy Joseph Stainbrook passed away in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon, BC, on Monday, January 29, 2007 at the age of 85 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Charlotte, two sons; Royden of Cobourg, ON, and Randy (Lynn) of Peterborough, ON; three stepsons: Tracy (Marlene) Skead of Winlaw, BC, Lane (Bonnie) Skead of Mabel Lake, BC, and Paige (Marthe) Smyth of Prince Rupert, BC; one step daughter Mona (Andrew) Buursema of Vernon, BC; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, four brothers: Murray (Mae), Weyburn, Marshall (Donna), Regina, Elwood (Mavis), North Battleford, and Garry (Anna May) of Fort Qu'Appelle; one sister Beryl (Ed) Mazur of Weyburn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister Delilah Oxelgren. In respecting Roy's wishes, he was cremated and there will be no funeral service held. Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5 (250) 542-1187.
Clifford Charles Hatt
On Tuesday, February 6, 2007, Clifford Charles Hatt, late of Ceylon, passed away at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents, Amanda (nee: Gust) and Bertram Hatt. Clifford was born September 29, 1929 and was raised on the farm, near Ceylon. He took his schooling at Round-up School. After his dad passed away in 1952, Clifford rented out the farm land and they bought and lived in a house in Ceylon. Clifford was employed by the P.F.R.A., the Department of Highways and "The Gap" Municipality. On his retirement, he was presented with a plaque from the Municipality. In his earlier years, Clifford proudly sported new vehicles. He enjoyed watching hockey games and he curled. Clifford spent many enjoyable hours fishing. He enjoyed attending all family events like reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and watching the antics of young children. After spending two months in the Marian Home, Clifford passed away. He is survived by numerous cousins, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. from Ceylon United Church, with Rev. Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Ceylon Cemetery. The active pallbearers were: Larry Harkes, Bob Adams, Darryl Rowland, Calvin McDonald, Byron Vermeulen and Donald Kaufmann. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to a charity of the donor's choice, in memory of Clifford. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn (842-5432)
Lionel Eugene Nixon
It is with deep sadness we wish to announce that Lionel Eugene Nixon of Weyburn passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at the Weyburn General Hospital. Lionel was predeceased by his parents, John and Maude Nixon of Fillmore; brothers-in-law, Nick Hawryliw, Bill Johnson, Garth Brown, Dick Marx; sisters-in-law, Bea Nixon, Armande Nixon and Millie Mazur. Left to mourn are his wife of 49 years, Peggy Nixon of Weyburn and their family: son, Miles and daughter-in-law Jackie and grandchildren, Kathryn and Reid of Calgary, AB; and daughter, Kelly (Randy) Mitchell of Port Moody, BC and grandchildren, Amanda and Tyler Mitchell of Francis; brothers: Les (Marie) Nixon, Eldon (Lily May) Nixon, Walter Nixon, and Murray (Leona) Nixon; sisters, Mary Johnson, Kathleen (Ken) Sidebottom, and Doreen Brown; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lionel was with York Auto as counterman, salesman and owner from 1956 to 1996. He was a long time member of the Young Fellows and the Royal Canadian Legion and a charter member of the Souris Valley Antique Association in Midale. His passions included antique tractors and stationary engines, and he always had some involvement in farming. Lionel grew up in Fillmore with three sisters and four brothers and moved to Weyburn in 1955. After marrying Peggy in 1957, they raised their family in Weyburn and spent the last 10 winters in Yuma, Arizona, where they have a large group of good friends. A memorial service was held Friday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Honorary pallbearers were: Les Nixon, Eldon Nixon, Walter Nixon, Gerald Nixon, Murray Nixon, Richard Jones, Jim Kopec and Jim York. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Jeanne Kathleen Drefko
"When tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right there in your heart."
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jeanne Kathleen Drefko (nee Taylor) of Kamloops, BC, on Friday, February 9, 2007. Jeanne was 73 years of age. Jeanne is survived by best friend Samuel Drefko, daughter Bernadette (Mark) and children Kris (Vanessa and great grandson Kristian), Kevin (Shawna and great grandson Sheldon) and Meghan (Brice and great grandson Malcolm); daughter Lee-Ann (Doug) and children Dylan (Michelle), Brendan, Jared (Dani), Brittany (Norm and fourth great grandchild due to make an appearance in early April 2007) and Sierra; daughter Colleen (Garry) and children Derek and Kyle; and brother Gordon Taylor (Gayle). Jeanne was born in Saskatchewan on October 2, 1933. She met and married Samuel Drefko in 1952 and eventually settled in Kamloops, BC, where she worked for School District #73 until her retirement in December of 1997. Jeanne's loving arms were always available for hugs and her heart was always open, whether she was mom, grama, grams, auntie, or friend. A memorial service was held Friday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street. Jeanne's ashes will be taken to North Portal in the summer of 2007, where she will be laid to rest beside her mother and father. Jeanne's family would like to sincerely thank the nurses of 3 West in Royal Inland Hospital for taking care of her and her whole family during the time of her passing. Your care and compassion will remain with us forever. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC (250) 374-1454.
Brian Everett Marin
Brian Everett Marin affectionately known as "Bobcat" was born June 21, 1954 to Everett and Esther Marin at Radville, and died suddenly on February 3, 2007 near Yellowknife, NWT. Throughout his younger years Brian was immersed in 4-H, where he began to develop a keen eye for quality cattle. The show circuit and marketing was the highlight of his life. After completing high school in Radville, auction school and University of Saskatchewan School of Agriculture, he farmed in partnership with his brother in the Radville area, and within a few years was on his own. Brian possessed a natural talent to effectively deal with people. This developed during his time at the Weyburn Inland Terminal and working the auction ring at Weyburn Livestock Exchange. The Radville farm business ended in the early 1980's with the permanent move to Alberta. The Claresholm experience was short-lived due to the 1980's drought. In the mid 80's, Brian moved to Calgary where "Marmeco" became the trade name of his livestock sales consulting business. Cattle shows and sales consumed Brian's life; the other occupations were secondary. The many banners from across Canada in Chris' home attest to a fulfilling career with show cattle. Brian had just retired from the intense pace that the cattle sales created with the long hours and long drives. Rural life became overpowering, and the next move was to the Stettler area of Alberta and eventually maintaining an acreage near the Red Deer River. Chris Stevens became the soul mate of Brian's here at Stettler. Also at Stettler, a custom business was developed under the name of Marin Farms Inc. Combining, silaging and most recently trucks on the famous ice roads. Brian has been very excited about all these endeavours. Brian was a huge supporter of his family, often rearranging schedules to get to a family function, playing Santa Claus, or pitching in to help with a family reunion. His talent as the entertaining auctioneer at reunions will be sadly missed. Remembering his acceptance of calculated risk and positive attitude will echo his philosophy "the glass is always over half full." Brian was predeceased by his mother Esther (Sabin) in 1966, father Everett in 1998 and mother-in-law Margaret Stevens in 2004. Brian is survived by his wife of 14-1/2 years Chris Stevens and many kidz, four siblings and their families; brother Darald (Marlene) Marin, sister Linda (Jerry) Schmidtheisler, sister Janice (Bill) Reicken, brother Garnet (Gisele) Marin; father-in-law Ted Stevens, sister-in-law Tricia (Rob) Carver, brothers-in-law Doug (Connie) and Scott (Lorraine) Stevens. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends. A celebration of Brian's life was held at the Stettler Community Hall on Sunday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. Jack Rairdan led the service and many of Brian's dear friends came forward and shared their stories of their time spent with him, making it a day filled with laughter, tears and sharing of many good memories. Following the gathering, the "Twisted Sisters" offered a beautiful meal of fresh roast beef on a bun and all of the trimmings. Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to STARS Air Ambulance, the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the SPCA in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd., P.O. Box 193, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who were entrusted with the service arrangements. (403) 742-3315.
Doreen Virginia Fradette
On January 30, 2007, Doreen Virginia Fradette, of Weyburn, passed away suddenly at the age of 61 years. Predeceased by her parents, Oliver and Louise Dokken; father and mother-in-law, Emile and Agnes Fradette; two brothers, Marlo Dokken and Syrus Dokken in infancy; sister, Audrey Bourassa; granddaughter, Kelly-Anne Erb; brothers-in-law: Roger Fradette, Dennis Willock, Henry Mazenc and Gordon Brown; sister-in-law, Rose Eva Brown. Doreen will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Armand Fradette; children: Rhonda (Kim), Rodney (Rachel), Claudette (Sam), Tami (Cory); grandchildren: Curtis (Andrea), Trevor, Camille, Kelsey, Kristian, Emily, Hanna, Abigail, Kyle, Courtney, Kayla, D.J.; great grandchild, Claeton; sisters: Bev (Duane) Blackmore, Marlene Payne, Elsie Willock and Yvonne Dokken; sisters-in-law: Lucille, Arlene, Helen (Alphanse), Theresa (Robert), Emelia (Wayne), Maretta Dokken; brothers-in-law: Alec (Lorette), Maurice (Carol), Johnny (Yolanda), Gilbert, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Doreen was born October 10, 1945 at Radville Hospital. She was raised in the Maxim area on the farm along with her sisters and brother. Doreen attended Apollo School from grades one to five, Lake Alma School from grades six to ten. She was raised in a very musical atmosphere and liked various instruments. She enjoyed keeping rhythm by playing the spoons with the other musicians in the family. Doreen moved from the Maxim area to take a housekeeping job in Weyburn; she returned to her parents' farm and soon after she met her husband Armand Fradette. Doreen and Armand married June 20, 1964 in Radville. They raised four children: Rhonda, Rodney, Claudette and Tami-Lynn on the Fradette farm south of Radville. Doreen was a very artistic and creative person who enjoyed drawing, painting, knitting, sewing and taxidermy. She loved creating things and loved helping her children build forts in the trees. She was a real people person and loved meeting new people, especially at the rodeos and horse sales that she frequented with her husband and children. She loved horses and had a number of them over the years. She fondly spoke of an old horse her parents had on their farm named Dusty. She was particularly sensitive about one horse she owned, you didn't dare say anything negative about her favorite horse, Buttermilk (sorry Mom, the horse's name says it all). Doreen enjoyed a variety of animals in her life, she raised her own chickens and sold eggs to many people in the community. Her love of birds evolved over time and she developed a strong fondness for eagles and owls. She had a very extensive collection of both species in paintings and ornaments. She loved her 75 gallon fish aquarium with all the fascinating fish that she bought and rescued. Doreen had a good eye for clothing; she always knew your size and the style that you would like. She developed a strong passion for collectables over time. We couldn't determine which she enjoyed more, going to the auction and garage sales or the treasures she got from them. She collected anything antique - lanterns, jewelry, vases and coins, but we knew that her favorite collectables were the sailing ships and the Viking ships. She enjoyed sharing the pictures, models and ornaments of her big ship. Sail on, my love. Sail on Mom. Sail on Grandma. God Bless You, Rest In Peace. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church, Radville, with Rev. Shelby Kinrade officiating. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. The pallbearers were: Clinton Blackmore, Renold Mazenc, Aaron Willock, Michael Willock, Ryan Willock, and Randy Bourassa. The family would like to thank everyone for all the comfort and support that they received. A special thank you to Shelby Kinrade for performing Doreen's memorial celebration and Melany Mazenc for playing at the service. Thank you to the CWL for the lunch and all those who brought food, cards, phone calls, flowers, donations, and offers of help. They were a great comfort during this difficult time. Also to the pallbearers and Fletcher Funeral Chapels for their great support. Donations may be made in her memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn & Radville (842-5432 & 869-2566).
Melonia Rose Makelki
On Saturday, February 17, 2007, Melonia 'Lena' Rose Makelki, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 83 years. Lena was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Regina Keller, son, Kenneth Knoll, her first husband, Balzer Knoll, second husband, Jake Makelki, two brothers, George and Peter Keller, three brothers-in-law, Stan Eberle, Vernon Leas and Peter Ripplinger. Lena leaves to mourn her family: son, Gerald (Carol Kezama) Knoll of Calgary, AB and his children, Corey (Linda) Knoll and their son Jonathon, Martine (Brent) Stillwell; and their mother, Myriam Knoll; daughter, Audrey (Maurice) Clark of Weyburn, and their children, Serena Clark, Jordan (Susan) Clark, Landon Clark; four sisters, Polly Eberle, Betty Ripplinger, Evelyn Leas, Katie 'Babe' (Mike) Weichel; two sisters-in-law, Jeanine Keller and Marion Keller; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lena was born December 9, 1923 at Holdfast, the eldest child of seven. She attended a country school at Holdfast. Her first marriage to Balzer Knoll was a double wedding along with her sister Polly to Stan Eberle in 1945. They had a mixed farm in the Montmartre area with grain and cattle until 1974 when they moved to Weyburn. Lena spent her time milking cows and helping with the farming operation, along with cooking, baking and raising their family. She loved socializing at the coffee shop, dancing and gardening. After Balzer passed away, Lena married Jake Makelki in Weyburn in 1988. She was a loyal member of the Roman Catholic Church. Family was extremely important to Lena and she loved to have someone stop by for a visit. She will be lovingly remembered by all she knew and loved. Prayers were said Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father Gerry Bauche, Celebrant. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Richard Keller, Gary Keller, Arnold Leas, Harvey Weichel, Don Eberle and Edwin Fahlman. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Lena to the Diabetes Society or the Heart & Stoke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432).
Dorothy Helen Webb
Dorothy Helen Webb died peacefully in Saskatoon's City Hospital ICU on February 17, 2007, after a brief illness. Mom was born Dorothy Pulfer on March 17, 1922, on a Weyburn farm, to pioneer-homesteader Robert and Fanny (Beamish) Pulfer. After completing her grade 12, and two years at Regina Business College, she became a medical stenographer first with the Canadian Army during WW II and then with a Regina physician. After marrying John (Jack) Hooper Webb in 1945, she became the family's home manager and engineer as Jack was on the road most of the time surveying western Canada. Jack's career took them briefly to Edmonton, AB and they finally settled in Saskatoon in 1954, where she supported him in a new business, Webb & Webster Surveys Ltd. Over the next several decades, she and Jack raised three children, helped charter the Grosvenor Park United church in 1954, and were active golfers, curlers, travelers, and community supporters with the Lions Club. She always had a spot in her heart for animals, was a beautiful seamstress, knit many sweaters and scarves for family and friends, and in later years she became an accomplished artist. Mom excelled in everything; however golf became her passion! She was a club president of both Holiday Park Ladies club and the Waskesiu Ladies club. She looked forward to their golfing and socializing every year as snowbirds in Arizona and at their summer cabin in Waskesiu. Dot was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Arnold and Max, her sister Beryl, and her great granddaughter Maria Lloyd. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jack, their children Robert (Margaret) Webb, Meridee Webb, Tom (Dale) Webb, her brother Doug; and grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Saskatoon Funeral Home (338-4th Ave. N.) with her nephew, United Lay Worship Leader Jim Pulfer presiding, followed by a gathering at the WA Edwards Family Centre on 4th Ave N. Interment will take place at a later date in the Veterans section of Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation (Intensive Care Unit), 701 Queen St. Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0M7 or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Arrangements entrusted to the Saskatoon Funeral Home, 244-5577.
Florence Mary Gates
Florence Mary Gates, born August 9, 1924 at New Market, ON, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on February 23, 2007 at Weyburn, at the age of 82 years. She was predeceased by her parents, David and Irene James; her son David Gates; two brothers: Don and Doug James; sister-in-law Mary James and a brother-in-law Archie Mayes. Florence is survived by her children: Lynda (Frank) Bell, Colgate, Pat (Heath) MacEwen, Calgary, AB, Les (Karen) Gates, St. Albert, AB and Dianne (George) Atkinson, Calgary, AB; 12 grandchildren; one sister, Helen Mayes and her family of Regina. Florence was a faithful member of the Church of Christ. Her faith was very strong and was a comfort to her during her life's struggles. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Florence raised her children by herself most of the time and her home and children were most important to her. A service of remembrance for Florence Gates was held on Tuesday, February 27,at 2:00 p.m. at Church of Christ, Weyburn, with Scott Wade Officiating. For friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Florence to the Weyburn Church of Christ (Ladies Funeral Group). Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (848-0333 or 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"