Glenwood Clayton Voechting
Glen Voechting passed away at Regina on August 19, 2007 at the age of 68 years. He was the beloved father of Angela, of Nanaimo, BC, Terry, Strathmore, AB, and Lee-Ann, Calgary, AB, and grandfather of Kaylen. He is also survived by six sisters: Janet (Malcolm) McNeil, Yvonne (Carl) Von Hagen, and Barb (Milt) Wheler, all of Weyburn, Norma (Hal) Langedahl, of Warman, Lorraine Voechting (Dave Rowland), Sedley, Claudine (Mark) Rose, Ft. Saskatchewan, AB; one brother, Les, Regina, and one step-brother, Greg (Pat) Kulak, Vernon, BC; also several nieces and nephews. Glen was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Mabel Voechting, brother Wes, and stepmother Margaret. Glen was born in Regina on December 29, 1938. He was raised on a farm near Tribune. When he was in his early 20's he moved to Regina and made his home there for the rest of his life. Always a good worker, he made his living at various jobs throughout his lifetime. A memorial service was held at 2 pm, Wednesday, August 22, in the chapel of Lee Funeral Home, Regina, with Joe Klyne officiating. Joe was a dear and special friend of Glen's. Interment followed that same evening in Slager Cemetery near Tribune. As was his wish, he rests beside his mother, who died when he was only nine years old.
On August 18, 2007 Mr. George Ford of Regina, formerly of Grand Coulee passed away at the age of 79 years. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Martha; six brothers; three sisters and son-in-law Ed McEachern. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Ida; ten children Pat (Lorna), Gloria (Ken) McLaughlin, Debbie (Dave) Spooner, Carole, Susan (Terry) Lolacher, Linda McEachern, Nancy (John) Lambert, Kelly (Shelley), Tom (Aida) and Theresa; 24 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; two brothers Leo (Barb) and Keith (Marlene); brothers-in-law Roy Chuckry and Bud Minnick. George was raised on the family farm near Pangman. During WWII, he followed his older brothers to Ontario and attempted to join the army. Being too young, he spent time in Northern Ontario where he instead joined the CPR. He returned to Saskatchewan in 1946 and worked for the railway for the next 40 years. He married Ida in 1950 and they were blessed with ten children. George took an interest in Regina Little Theatre, acting in, and promoting 'The Trial of Louis Riel'. He acquired his ham radio operator's license on his first attempt and spent many years volunteering with the Emergency Measures Organization as well as coordinating the Snowbird Network in Arizona. One of his biggest pleasures was singing. He spent over 20 years as a member of the Regina Male Voice Choir. After retirement, George and Ida summered in Grand Coulee and spent winters in Mesa, Arizona. His greatest joy was his family; he was their biggest fan, supporting them in all their activities. A Servie of Remembrance was held Thursday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina. Interment took place in the Pangman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. To sign the online book of condolences visit: www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.
Frederick Leonard Megenbir
On Thursday, August 23, 2007, Frederick Leonard Megenbir of Weyburn, passed away suddenly at the age of 74 years. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Matilda Megenbir; his first wife, Yvonne (Bunny) Megenbir; step-daughter, Marilyn Stewart; sister, Emma Walline; brother, Arnold Megenbir and brother-in-law, Edward Wagner. Fred will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sylvia (Stewart) of Weyburn; four sons: James Megenbir of Nanaimo, BC; Bern (Bonnie) Megenbir of Weyburn; John (D'Arcy) Megenbir of Weyburn, and Robert (Jan) Megenbir of Griffin; three step-children: Shiela (Emil) Korchinski of Indian Head; Duane Stewart of Saskatoon, and Rick Stewart of Weyburn; grandchildren: Tyson (Christy) Megenbir, Lindsey (Bobby) Quigley, Michelle (Jay) Schwindt, Camille, Thomas and Emera Megenbir; great grandson, Conrad Quigley; step-grandchildren: Kevin (Glenda) Korchinski, Kirby (Sandy) Korchinski, Blair (Patti) Korchinski, Travis (Tanya) Korchinski, Deven and Tyler Stewart, Brandy and Sean Stewart; sister, Jean (Gordon) Stronge; brother-in-law, Cleon Walline; sister-in-law, Evelyn Megenbir; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Frederick Leonard Megenbir was born in Weyburn, on June 19, 1933. He received his schooling at Souris School and the Weyburn Collegiate Institute. Fred was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church. After graduating, he went to Moosonee, Ontario where he worked for the Hudson's Bay Company. From there, Fred returned to Weyburn and worked for McDonald's Shoes for a period of time. He then ventured to Vancouver, BC and down to Merced, California to visit his sister, Emma and her husband. On returning to Vancouver, Fred decided to join the Air Force in 1954 and was transferred to Ontario where he met his first wife, Bunny (Yvonne) Lane. They were married in Toronto in 1956 and spent their first few years living in Sudbury, Ontario, where their first two sons were born. They then moved to Sault Ste. Marie, ON where Fred worked for Agnew Surpass and their youngest two sons were born. Fred took a transfer to Edmonton, AB. And they lived there for a number of years until they decided to move back to Weyburn in 1974. Fred worked at McDonald's Shoes once again and then took a job at the Weyburn Union Hospital until his retirement in 1998. Fred's first wife, Bunny, passed away in 1988 after 36 years of marriage. Fred took to painting in his younger years, but over the course of his life he found more time to devote to his passion. His paintings hang in homes in and around Weyburn and even as far away as Sydney, Australia. After many years of painting and much encouragement from his family, Fred entered the James Weir People's Choice Exhibit in 2005 and won first place. His scenes of the elevators along the Souris River are one of his trademarks. Fred's other passion was gardening, which he shared with his second wife, Sylvia Stewart. Fred is known for his bountiful and colorful harvests. Fred and Sylvia were married on August 24, 1991. They enjoyed an active life together - dancing, curling, gardening, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Fred will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral service was held Wednesday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Marjorie McLeod officiating. A tribute was given to his father by John Megenbir. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Bobby Quigley, Sean Stewart, Tyson Megenbir, Thomas Megenbir, Jay Schwindt and Ken Wagner. The honorary pallbearers were: Fred and Margaret Malley, Roy Anderson and Winona Temsland, Harry and Olga Forsberg and Doreen Leslie. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Fred to the Weyburn Horticulture Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Carol Jean Sitwell
Carol Jean Sitwell passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 22 at Regina General Hospital from a brain aneurysm. Carol was born February 22, 1948 in Estevan to Walter and Helen Rosengren of Midale. She graduated from Midale School and then went to University of Regina where she obtained her teaching certificate in 1968. She started teaching that year in Swift Current and in November of that year she married Charlie Sitwell. The next year they moved to Regina where Carol continued to teach. Then they moved to Weyburn where she taught briefly and raised her sons. They moved to Toronto, ON briefly and then to Nova Scotia. Carol returned to Saskatchewan in 1992 and made a home in Regina with her husband Jim. Carol is survived by her husband Jim Mesinchuk of Regina, sons Josh and Shane Sitwell of Fort St. John, BC, and their father, her mother Helen Rosengren of Weyburn, sisters Gayla Peterson (Bruce Copeland) of Edmonton, AB, Cathy Messer (Hugh Schlosser) of Regina, and Joni (Scot) Muri of Swift Current; special aunt and uncle Margaret and Larry Sylvester of Burlington, ON; Jim's sons, Michael, James and Jeffrey. She is also survived by her beloved pets Shay, Max and Ben; special great niece Kiara Messer (who loved her Aunty Carol so much), as well as many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Carol was predeceased by her father, Walter Rosengren in 1987, infant son Tyler Sitwell in 1977, father and mother-in-law Henry and Edith Sitwell, grandparents Grant and Florence Isely; John and Inga Rosengren, as well as several aunts and uncles. At the time of her passing, Carol was employed at Regina Housing Authority as a Tenant Relations Officer, a position she loved and where she had a special bond and friendship with her co-workers and senior clients. The funeral service was held at Beth Jacob Funeral Home (810 Broad Street) on Friday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Humane Society. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses in emergency and Regina General Hospital for their compassion at this heart-breaking time.
Alec Fawcett Charlton
Alec Fawcett Charlton, passed away in Weyburn, on August 26, 2007 at the age of 81 years following a lengthy battle with cancer. Alec will always be remembered by his wife of 59 years, Norma, and his children: Joan (Garry) Kruger and their children Judd and Erin Kruger; Garth (Marilyn) Charlton and their children Jeromy (Arden, and great-grandson Matthew Charlton) and Jamie (Shaina); and Mary-Lynn Charlton (David Thornton) and their daughters Kate and Halle. He is also survived by his sister Isobel Norman. He was predeceased by two sisters, one brother and his parents. Alec was a well-known Canadian Hereford cattle producer and farmed in the Talmage district. He was one of the founders of the Weyburn District Regional 4-H Show, Past-President of the Weyburn Agricultural Society, served as Councillor for the Rural Municipality of Weyburn for 12 years and served as Councillor for the village of Kenosee for 12 years. He served on many other community and cattle association boards and committees throughout his life, something he enjoyed. Alec was inducted into the Canadian Hereford Honour Roll and was honoured with several Saskatchewan Hereford Association awards. On Friday, August 31 a private family burial service was held at Green Acres Memorial Gardens near Weyburn, followed by a Memorial Tea. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 114-3rd St. N.E, Weyburn S4H 0W2.
Marvene Inez Lewis
Marvene Inez Lewis, passed away on Sunday August 26, 2007 at the age of 80 years, at the Weyburn General Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Guy and Elizabeth Lovejoy; her husband John Jacob Lewis; sister, Marge Hickman; great granddaughter, Dominique. Marvene is survived by her six daughters: Sherry (Richard) Kessler and family, Kathy (Joel) Melanson, Jeff (Millicent) Kessler, Jerry (Cherie) Kessler; Deborah (Harlan) Fellner and family, Deanna (Steve) Martin, Shawn (Lisa) Fellner; Pat (Joe) Schmidthiesler and family, Tanya Doege (Kevin Gamracy), Amanda White (Rennie Blechinger); Johnna Brunsdon (Garry Spur) and family Allison Brunsdon (Kevin), Arnold (Barbara) Brunsdon, Starla (Troy) Erickson, Samuel Erickson; Jeanne (George) Kiraly and family, Greg (Kirby) Kiraly, Adam Kiraly (Tiffany Calibaba); Margaret Lewis (Todd Beedle); 15 great grandchildren; sister, Bernice Rang, numerous nieces and nephews. Marvene was born in Aurora, South Dakota. She married John Lewis on February 27, 1949 and they had six daughters. The family moved from the United States to Pangman, in 1967, where Marvene lived for the next 30 years. She was involved in the figure skating club and other activities the girls were involved in. She also helped John run the family business as distributor for the Lewis Cattle Oiler Company. Marvene moved to Weyburn in 1997 to be closer to her family after the death of her husband. There she made many new friends and spent many hours with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would often babysit and attended many of their activities such as, dance recitals, bowling, soccer and hockey games. Family was everything to Marvene and she will be greatly missed by each and every one of them. A private family memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 28, at 1:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment was held at Pangman Cemetery. The honorary pallbearers were all her grandchildren. For family and friends so wishing donations in memory of Marvene may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of SK or to the Children's Wish Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (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"
James Wilhelm Larsen
James Wilhelm Larsen was born December 30, 1927 in Radville and passed away on August 21, 2007 at the Radville Marion Health Centre. Predeceased by his parents, Carl and Sigred Larsen; his wife, Eveline Larsen; an infant daughter; grandson, Sean James; brother, Carl Larsen and sister-in-law, Iona Larsen. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his three children: Tom (Cindy) Larsen of Deschambault Lake, and their children, Ericka, Patrick and Tait; Helena (Howard) Larsen McKay of Saskatoon, and their children, Emma and Isaac; and Nancy (Graham) Larsen-James of Redvers, and their son, Evan; one brother, Sig (Joan) Larsen and one sister, Lilly (Erik) Christensen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. For the first three years of his life, Jim lived south of Radville on Sun Hill farm with his parents and his younger brother, Carl. In 1930, his parents established Riverside Gardens on the current home of Larsen Farms beside Long Creek. Later, his brother, Sig and sister, Lilly were born and Jim and his three siblings were raised just north of Radville on the farm. Jim received his public education in Radville. When he first entered school he only spoke Danish, so he learned English during his school years. He often said he "grew up on Danish and oatmeal for breakfast." He later attended a winter of high school in Denmark and also attended the School for Agriculture in Saskatoon for a year. As a young man, Jim was involved in the 4-H Calf Club and later the Grain Club. He was also involved in the Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1969. Jim was also very active in the Radville United Church. He served as a board member, a presbytery representative, and sang in the United Church choir for nearly 60 years. Jim met Eveline Barendsen in Edmonton, AB in 1961. They were married in Edmonton on January 13, 1962. Shortly after their marriage, they established their home beside the creek in the Larsen farmyard where they spent over 40 years farming and raising a family of three: Tom (1966), Helena (1968) and Nancy (1969). His family brought him great joy and love. Jim and Eveline had a wonderful marriage and were an excellent example of a loving partnership. Jim shared a love of music with Eveline and they sang for many years together in the choir and attended the symphony in Regina on occasion. He also had an excellent ear for melody and harmony and taught himself to play the harmonica. Jim felt fortunate to have a close relationship with his brothers and sister. As a young boy he worked hard on the family farm with his two brothers, Carl and Sig and his little sister, Lilly. They had their list of chores and duties to perform and this was the beginning of his strong work ethic. He farmed for many years with his brother Carl. Later, he would work along side his nephews Dale and Barry who eventually took over most of Jim's farming activities as he eased into retirement. He always kept close tabs on what was happening on the farm and remained interested right up to his death. Rarely a day would go by without a call or visit or two to see how things were going on the farm. Jim was a gifted photographer. He was very proud of his slide collection and enjoyed showing them to friends and family. His slide collection and photos go back to at least the 1950's and capture his love of family, farming and travel. He took holidays as a bachelor, and with his family throughout Canada, Europe and the western and south central States. He traveled back to his parent's homeland of Denmark and Eveline's home in the Netherlands several times throughout his life. Both Danish and Dutch heritage were a daily part of family life. Jim would love any opportunity to share a traditional Danish lunch with pickled herring and aquavit. Jim was a proud Canadian too. He had a great interest in Canadian and world current events and could always be counted upon for a good conversation on the news of the day. Jim also had a love of conversation. Until his mobility limited him, he loved to go around town and visit. His daily (or twice daily) trips to coffee row were a given throughout his retirement years. In more recent years, when he was limited to the scooter, he would still get out and see people and have a bit of a chat. Most people will remember him for his positive outlook, his sense of humour, and his kind words for everyone. Jim was a kind man - and he shared his kind words with everyone. He had a positive outlook on life and a philosophical acceptance of life's end as well. Jim had a great life with Eveline and shared 42 years of marriage with her until her death in May, 2004. He dearly missed her and found living on his own without his life partner difficult. So with his health and mobility failing as well, he moved into the Radville Marian Health Centre in the fall of 2004. Despite mourning his loss of Eveline and loss of mobility, he was positive about the care he received at the health centre. He spoke highly of the staff there and they in turn appreciated his kind words and positive outlook. Although the last weeks of his life were particularly tough on him, it was fortunate that he was able to appreciate his entire family's presence over his remaining days. Jim was philosophical and expressed love and humour in his last days. He smiled brightly when he recognized someone, especially his grandchildren. His beloved wife, Eveline's presence was with him - as it was Dutch that he spoke in his last days. Jim was a genuine and a gentle man. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 25, at 2:00 p.m. from Radville United Church, with Gary Keefe officiating. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Jim to the Radville Marian Health Centre or to the Radville United Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn and Radville, (842-5432 and 869-2566)
Carl Robert Goranson
Carl Robert Goranson of Summerland, BC, born October 25, 1924, died suddenly August 31, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife Gail; his children David (Anette) Goranson of White Rock, BC, Joanne (Michael) Le Dressay of Langley, BC, Carla (Norman) Oberg, of Abbotsford, BC, and Richard (Cynthia) Goranson of Langley, BC; his step-daughter Karen (Clarence) Surtees of Regina; 10 grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters Donald (Oliveen) Goranson of Weyburn, Beatrice Bell of Kingston, ON, Doris Wilson of Rathwell, MB, Evan (Mary) Goranson of Weyburn, and Douglas (Mayvis) Goranson, Weyburn. Sadly predeceased by his parents, Carl and Johanna, his sister, Miriam, and his step-daughter, Linda Walker. Born at his parents' farm home near Weyburn, Carl received his education at Grand Bend School, Weyburn Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Upon his discharge from the RCAF in 1945 he began farming and later set up a concrete tank manufacturing business on his farm. He became vice president of the Saskatchewan Farmer's Union, organized the Nickle Lake Regional Park, served on the board of Weyburn United Church and the Regional Health Care Board. Carl had a keen interest in amateur radio, electricity and magnetism, fishing and politics. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service was held at Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Avenue, Summerland, BC on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kent Israel and The Reverend Daniel Croft officiating. In honour of Carl, memorial tributes may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Fund or your charity of choice. Condolences may be directed
to the family: firstname.lastname@example.org. Providence Funeral Homes Summerland Rosedale Chapel (250) 494-7752.
Terry Thomas Grohn
On Thursday, August 30, 2007, Terry Thomas Grohn of Weyburn, passed away suddenly at the age of 60 years. Terry was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Irene (nee: McGowan) Grohn, one brother, Brian Grohn, and by his grandparents. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Marie Grohn of Weyburn, and their son, Aaron Grohn (Ang) of Weyburn, and his two children, Julie and Jett Grohn; his father, Willie Grohn of Weyburn; two sisters, Wendy Leigh of Edmonton, AB and Carole McGowan of Nanimo, BC; one brother, Bud (Susan) Grohn of Weyburn; a special son and business partner, Kevin (Laura) Allen and their children, Emma and Donavon of Leduc, AB; sisters-in-law, Marj (Ross) Douglas of Weyburn, and Marilyn (Garth) Charlton of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Terry Thomas Grohn was born March 22, 1947 at Weyburn. He was raised on the farm at Hume, where he enjoyed riding the horses, sledding down the roof of the barn after a big snowfall, helping with seeding and harvesting, hanging out at Club 13, and playing baseball and hockey. Terry attended public school in Weyburn at Queen Elizabeth and Assiniboia public schools and the Weyburn Collegiate Institute. He played Junior B hockey in high school and Senior hockey with the Town and Country Raiders. After graduation, Terry went on to school at NAIT in Edmonton, AB and received his certificate in Electronic Technology, later obtaining his electrical papers. He worked for SaskTel in Saskatoon for seven months, and then Sam Murray offered him a job with Canada Wire and Cable. On August 9, 1969, Terry married Marie Barnes in Weyburn. He spent many hours on the golf course after learning the game from Marie's dad. Terry started Industrial Electric in Weyburn, which he ran for 37 years. His happiest day was when Aaron started his business here in Weyburn with Kevin Allen joining them. Comtech and Industrial Electric continue working together. Terry loved all sports whether it be playing or watching, but the most fun he had was spending time with his two precious grandchildren, who were the love of his life. Riding his Harley with Don, Donnie, Wilf, Wally, Al and Walter was his favorite pastime. He treasured each and every ride. Terry was involved in minor Hockey and did a term as president as well as coached Aaron's teams while he was in school. Terry and Marie loved to travel through the States on his treasured Harley Davidson bike or with the 5th wheel trailer. Skiing was one of their favorite winter pastimes. Their most enjoyable times were spent with family, and they were happy to make Weyburn their home. A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All his staff were considered pallbearers and many close friends were honorary pallbearers. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Terry to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Weyburn Mental Health Association or to Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)