TOURSCHER, Ella passed away peacefully on Thurs., September 20, 2007. Ella will be remembered with joy and laughter by her husband of 55 years, Bob; 6 children, Linda (Don) Terry, Duane (Lori), Judi Tourscher, Ken (Jodi), Boyd (Nicky) and Kevin (Shari); 10 grandchildren, Karey (Troy), Kristine (Chris), Neill (Mandy), Dennis, Drew (Amber and son, Kingsley), Jeff (Darby), Tyler M., Brett, Baylee and Tyler T.; brothers, Leonard (Stella), Clayton and Wilfred (Margaret); sisters, Muriel (Willis), Jean (Paul) and Reta (Rudy); brother-in-law, Alfred as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Ella,s Life was held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at Westminster United Church, Regina, SK; with Rev. Alan Schooley officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ella,s memory may be made to the Lung Association, 1231 8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0S5 or Canadian Diabetes Association, 917 Albert St., Regina, SK, S4R 2P6. Paragon Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. 359-7776
William "Bill" Charles Pittman
William "Bill" Charles Pittman, born September 5, 1928 in Regina, passed away September 19, 2007 in Weyburn, at the age of 79 years. Bill was predeceased by his daughter, Janice Pittman; his father, William Pittman; his step-father, John Patrick and his mother, Mildred Patrick. Bill is survived his wife Agnes Pittman, Weyburn; his son, Bill Pittman (Tanya Heebner) and their children, Kiera and Reece, Weyburn; his sisters: Alberta McKenzie, Weyburn, Geraldine Grandbois, Ottawa, ON, Francis (Elmer) Franks, Weyburn; step-brother: Quinton (Margaret) Patrick, Weyburn; step-sister: Sally (Ray) Sigurdson, Coquitlam, BC; sister-in-law: Beatrice Thomas, High River, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was very active in local clubs. He served as past president of the Masonic Lodge, Weyburn Jaycees, Weyburn Golf Club and was a charter member of the Elks Club. He enjoyed passing time with hobbies such as woodworking, wine making, playing cards, watching sports and especially golf. Bill was a very accomplished athlete and sportsman. His hockey skills were known throughout the area. It is said Bill was one of the smoothest and agile skaters of his time and could handle the puck like a feather. He played for the Weyburn Beavers and also for the Moose Jaw Canucks. As a curler, he curled an eight-end game. As a bowler, he recorded a near-perfect game with 10 straight strikes, only to miss the last two and record a score of 415. However, his true passion that carried him through to the end of his life was golf. His mother got him started with the game when he was a young boy. He would often accompany her to the golf course. He recorded holes-in-one at both the Weyburn and Kenosee Lake golf courses. He also won the Crocus Masters in 1983. In his senior years, he enjoyed playing golf and the accompanying camaraderie with his friends at Kenosee. Bill received his grade 12 from the Weyburn Collegiate. He was a journeyman electrician and owner of Pittman Electric (1969). After some health issues in 1993, Bill retired from the electrical business. He and Agnes spent from April to October each year at their cottage at Kenosee Lake. Bill spent countless hours in the yard, puttering around, building new bird houses and keeping their yard immaculate. Bill's new job was as a full-time golfer. Each day Agnes would pack him a lunch and a frozen bottle of water and he would head off to the golf course only to return at supper time after golfing 27 or 36 holes. Bill was a husband of 56 years to Agnes, a loving father to his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Tanya, a proud grandfather to granddaughters, Kiera and Reece Pittman. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. A funeral service for William "Bill" Charles Pittman was held on Wednesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Chuch, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. For friends and family so wishing, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. 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"
Oliver Lloyd Pederson
On September 13, 2007 Oliver Lloyd Pederson of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 91 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Rea Pederson, Weyburn; daughters: Gwen (Dave) Garner, Regina and family: Carla (Jeff) Nelson and Stacey Garner, Dorothy (Gordon) Downing, Saskatoon and family: Ryan (Katrina), Kevin, Kimberly (Dean) Mollier and their children: Makayla and Jessie; son, Brian (Kim) Pederson, Weyburn and family: Travis, Alexis and Randy; brother, Ivan (Esther) Pederson, Weyburn and their family, Iva, Chris (Stacey) and Janet (Cam); sisters-in-law, Edith Bernard, Beryl( Alex) Shields, Alice (Ernest) Walter, Arvilla Carlton, Edna McGillivray as well as several nieces and nephews. Oliver was predeceased by his parents: Anton and Johannah Pederson; brothers: Alvin and Wallace Pederson; sister Balma Carlson and twin sisters Lily and Lillian in infancy. Oliver was born and raised on the family farm, north of Weyburn on December 19, 1915. In his younger years he attended Lily Glen School and helped with the farm chores. After his schooling he worked on threshing crews, elevator construction crew, a meat packing plant and the CPR lines. In August 1947, Oliver married Rea shortly thereafter he returned to his passion of farming north of Weyburn. In 1959 they returned to the family homestead. Upon moving to Weyburn in 1980, he never lost interest in farming and continued to give a helping hand until just the past couple of years. Among his hobbies, were gardening, which would begin in March with starting his tomato plants from seed and nurturing them throughout the summer. As well, many happy hours were spent woodworking, fixing or repairing either in his workshop or at his brother's shop. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge, receiving his 40th year pin at the Veteran's Jewel Tea on April 29, 2007. Being with his family was always a special time, he enjoyed watching and hearing of his grandchildren and great grandchildren's accomplishments. The funeral service for Oliver Pederson was held Monday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. The pallbearers were Ryan Downing, Kevin Downing, Travis Pederson, Jeff Nelson, Dean Mollier and Chris Pederson. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Oliver to the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Visual Eye Research & Equipment, Box 33035, Regina, SK S4T 7X2 or a Charity of Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK (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"
Walter Jalmer Holma
Walter Jalmer Holma was born in the New Finland district on June 6, 1918. He attended school at Normi Ojo. He farmed with his father and met and married a schoolteacher, Millicent (Toots) Odgers on November 23, 1940. In the fall of 1941 he trained at Maple Creek and then went overseas with the army. He was stationed in England, Belgium, Germany, Holland and France. In 1946 he returned home. At that time he moved to Spy Hill and drove a gas truck for Brown Brothers. In 1947 he went farming and remained there until 1959 when they moved to Tantallon and he began working at the potash mine at Esterhazy. When in Tantallon his pride and joy were his yard, garden, curling and his grandchildren. Teaching each one to sip coffee from a saucer, a memory each grandchild will cherish. In 1975 they moved to Young and he went to work at Noranda Potash Mine. Once again giving him a chance to spoil his grandchildren. In 1983 they moved to Weyburn to retire, where he got to enjoy the use of the cabin at White Bear Lake, which allowed him to enjoy one of his greatest loves, golfing. When golfing with Walter every caddy was treated to ice cream and a lesson on patience to teach us all how to golf, even though that was a tough task in some cases. In 1998 he lost his greatest love, his wife Millicent. It seemed that twinkle in his eye and the bounce in his step disappeared along with her. Walter passed away peacefully September 21,2007 at Crocus Villa, a place he had come to call home, loving the attention and care given by all who worked and visited there. Walter was predeceased by his parents, his wife Millicent, seven sisters and three brothers, numerous brothers- and sisters-in law. Walter is survived by his daughter Donna (Ross) Windrim and his son Barry (Rena) Holma, his two granddaughters Debbie (Ray) Neiszner and their boys Tyson and Chris, Cheryl (Dwayne) Anderson and their children Blake, Jeff and Alicia, his three grandsons, Robin (Tara) Holma and their boys Travis, Zach and JJ, Kevin (Nancy) Holma and their children Kamryn and Rayne, Aaron (Amanda) Holma and their son Aden, sisters-in-law Mabel Odgers and Iris Perrin, two brothers-in-law, Douglas Perrin and Arthur Perrin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Father, grandfather, great grandfather, and Papa we are sad to see him go but are sure he is walking arm and arm with Nana. We love you and you will be greatly missed by all. The funeral service for Walter Jalmer Holma was held on Tuesday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. The pallbearers were Robin Holma, Kevin Holma, Aaron Holma, Tyson Neiszner, Blake Anderson and Jeff Anderson. For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan or to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK (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"
Kerry Lynn Peace
Kerry Lynn Peace (nee: Schneider), late of Rouleau, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007 at the age of 37 years. Kerry was predeceased by her father, Gerald Schneider and her brother, Timothy Schneider. She is survived by her husband, Robert Brian Peace, Rouleau; her step-sons, Derrick and Tyler Peace, Calgary, AB; her mother and step-father, Sheila (Dale) Greiner, Weyburn; sisters: Kim Schneider, Weyburn; Pamela Schneider (Scott McClusky), Regina; brothers: Darcy (Barbara) Schneider, Barrhead, AB, Kelly (Lana)Schneider, Regina; her father and mother in law, Don (Verna) Peace, Kelowna, BC; sister in law, Diane Peace (Ted Hume), Lake Country, BC; brothers-in-law, Dwayne (Jacqueline) Peace, Langdon, AB, Dan Peace (Helen), Victoria, BC; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The Celebration of Kerry's life was held on Wednesday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Kerry was born in Weyburn on March 28, 1970. She received her grade 12 from the Weyburn Comprehensive High School. Kerry later attended Regina College for education in the travel agency business. She was a banker with the CIBC. Kerry was involved in sports, especially baseball and volleyball. She enjoyed camping and loved being with friends. Kerry Lynn Schneider married Robert Brian Peace on July 2, 2002 at Ripley Ridge Retreat, Calgary, AB. Kerry was love, which she sent more in her actions than words. This love was the foundation she used in constructing the strong and permanent friendships that she was so well known for. Kerry will be missed by all who came in contact with her. Kerry, we all loved you. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Kerry to a Charity of Choice. 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"
Helen Eileen Lund
On Thursday, September 19, 2007, Helen Eileen Lund passed away at Cranbrook, BC, at the age of 84 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Cora Naylor; her husband, Harold Lund; brothers and sisters: Pearl Reid, Florence Allen, Irene Cook, May Barlow, George Naylor, Jack Naylor, Charles Naylor, Cora McDonald, Gladys Grantham and by one son, David Lund. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children: Peter (Jean) Lund, Mary Lund, Marion (Dan) Sandeski, Irene Lund, Jane (Tom) Haverko and John Lund; her grandchildren: Stacey (KaraLee) Lund, Travis (Roxanne) Lund, Starla Lund, Wayne (Carol) Ebel, Teresa (Derek) Allan, Robert Lund, Janice (Kevin) Anderson, Amber (Chris) Tretiak, Carrie (Junior) Schmid, Adam (Heather) Sandeski, Tabitha Sandeski, Cory (Sarah) Johnston, Anthony Johnston, Amanda (Rick) Wilson, Candace (Darryl) Greenwood and Laura Haverko; 22 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Helen Eileen Lune was born on March 25, 1923, at Antler, to Thomas and Cora Naylor. She attended Antler school then went to the Griffin and Innis area to finish her high school. She then took her Jr. Home Nursing course in 1940. On October 27, 1941, Helen married Harold Lund. They farmed on the Innis farm from 1941 to 1969, when they moved to Weyburn. Helen was a real partner to Harold on the farm, along with being a mother and caregiver to their children. She loved to read and learn. Keeping track of movie stars was a favorite pastime. Helen was a member of the Eastern Star. In 1999, she moved to Moose Jaw and then in 2005 to Cranbrook, BC. Helen was a humble and modest woman who was very supportive of her husband and his organizations. Her family was the most important part of her life, and they will all lovingly remember and sadly miss her. Funeral service was held Wednesday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Stacey Lund, Travis Lund, Wayne Ebel, Adam Sandeski, Corey Johnston, and Anthony Johnston. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Pierrette (Peggy) Martin
1934 - 2007
Pierrette (Peggy) Martin (Longpre) passed away early in the morning of September 19, 2007 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Born in Gravelbourg, on Hallowe'en Day in 1934, she was a product of the Great Depression on the dusty Prairies but never allowed those difficult early days to cast a shadow on her outlook on life. A vibrant and sometimes outspoken person, she was Mom to all of us - her five children as well as her eight brothers and sisters. She was predeceased by her husband Norman, parents Ernest and Claire Longpre and brother Roger. She leaves behind to celebrate her life five children: Paul (Marsha) of Regina, Joanne McIvor of Red Deer, AB, Andre (Barb) of Pencticton, BC, Marcel of Victoria, BC, and Robert of Vancouver, BC; nine grandchildren and one great grand child. Peggy and Norman were married in Gravelbourg in 1952 before moving to Duck Lake. Two years later they moved to Cedoux, before relocating to Weyburn in 1963 where they established a couple businesses. In 1981, they opted to slow the pace of their lives, moving to Oliver, BC, in 1981 and later Penticton, BC. After arriving in the Okanagan, she took a job at General Coach in Oliver for a few years prior to making retirement a full-time endeavor. She and Norman later bought a condo in Penticton, devoting themselves to making new friends and bragging about their children and grandchildren. A funeral service was held Saturday, September 22, St. Anne's in Penticton.
Henry Joseph Eusèbè Gagnon
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry Gagnon on August 16, 2007 at the age of 88 years in Vernon, BC. Henry was born October 15, 1918 in Mont-Laurier, Quebec. He moved with his family to St. Jerome, Quebec as a young man. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister and one brother. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years Ida (Moreau) Gagnon and his five children, one son Robert (Linda) Gagnon of Calgary, AB; four daughters, Jeannette (Marcel) Desrochers of St. Vital, MB; Cecile (Ed) Tremblay of Vernon, BC; Giselle (Rick) Nelson of Calgary, AB; Liliane (Maurice) Dauvin of Calgary, AB. Ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren also three brothers, two sisters and one aunt all of St. Jerome, Que. Henry had always loved the mountains of B.C. since living in Cherryville and Vernon B.C. area as a young man with his young family and had always wanted to return there to live. He finally returned to them when in 1996 he and Ida retired from Weyburn, to Vernon, BC where he resided until the time of his passing. Henry's main occupation was landscaping but he also was handy at many other trades such as carpentry work and built several of his own homes, masonry work, electrical and several others. He loved singing and playing musical instruments, especially the guitar. His hobbies were watching hockey games and especially panning for gold. He also loved the great outdoors which led him to several journeys and near misses, surviving an airplane crash, two serious vehicle accidents and a few bear encounters. His greatest passions in life were his family and his friends which he loved to spend time with as often as he could. He will be greatly missed.
On Saturday, September 22, 2007, Mark Cockram, passed away at Hill Top Manor Personal Care Home, Weyburn, at the age of 95 years. Predeceased by his parents, Mark and Lavinia Cockram, brother, Edward (1982), sisters, Eva Cockram (2001) and Laura Hyer (2004), sister-in-law, Olive Cockram (2005) and brother-in-law, Dee Hyer (1976), Mark is survived by his brother, Tom Cockram of Yellow Grass, nephews, Bob (Jeannette) Cockram and Jim (Narelle) Cockram of Lone Butte, BC, great nephews, Seth and Jamin Cockram of Kelowna, BC, great niece, Emma Cockram of Lone Butte, BC and great great nephew, Jordan of Kelowna, BC. Mark was born October 16, 1911 at Souris, MB, the middle child in the family. In March 1916 when the family moved to his uncle Dick Sharland's homestead 3 1/2 miles north of Axford, SK, he attended Carnarvon School where he completed Grade 8. Although he worked mainly on the farm prior to 1942 he spent some winters working for other farmers looking after their cattle. In 1937 he worked on a haying crew for Walter Walsh near Pipestone, MB. Around this time he also worked at the Bienfait coal mine for a short time. Mark and his sister Eva farmed the land in the RM of Brokenshell that they inherited from their uncle Dick in 1942 and their father in 1948, as a mixed grain and cattle operation until 1976 when it became solely a grain operation. Mark continued to actively farm until 1991 when he rented out the land and sold the farm related equipment. His regret expressed at this time was that if he had been able to farm for another year he would have been farming for 50 years. Mark had a creative bent in the mechanical and fabrication end of farming aided by the knowledge he gained from a correspondence course in automotive engine repair he had taken in the late 1930s. Some of his fabricating achievements included an operational brush/grass cutter powered by a lawn mower engine long before this design became marketed by other manufacturers, a cab for his Oliver 99 tractor in the late 1950s when tractor cabs were regarded as a novel convenience, and a power take-off driven pile driver that was successfully used to embed discarded grader blades as pasture fence posts. Mark will always be remembered in the Trossachs- Khedive area as a generous man who would willingly help out any neighbour in need. During harvest time when he was finished combining he would often go to help neighbours get finished more quickly. One spring when a neighbour's tractor was awaiting repairs he loaned them his tractor to finish seeding. He truly valued the friendships he had with his farm neighbours, especially members his own generation and the later generation of the Virgil Bernard family. Mark acted as father to his youngest brother Edward's sons, Bob and Jim, who came to live on the farm at ages 6 and 5 respectively. He is fondly remembered by them for his patience when they were learning to drive using his 1951 Ford one-ton truck as a training aid. Amazingly its clutch survived all the abuse it received during this time. After he ceased active farming his main hobby was gardening especially growing potatoes most of which were often given to neighbours. He was proud to be a farmer and often said that the primary producers of wealth in this country were farmers. Mark regretfully left the farm and garden behind in February 1998 to move to Weyburn where he resided at Rhineland Tower until moving to Hill Top Manor in November 1999. Funeral service was held on Friday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, with Pastor Collette Baker officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Bernard, Vince Bernard, Merv Renz, Bill Wilkie, Bob Cockram and Jim Cockram. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Arrangements in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn, Sask. (842-6662)
John Maynard Bernar
John Maynard 'Jack' Bernard passed quietly away on September 28, 2007 after a brief battle with leukemia. For 57 years Jack was a loyal and dedicated husband to his ill (but fun and spunky) wife Joyce and a loving father to his five (at times unruly) children. Jack and Joyce had a home full of love. They never hesitated to help people or animals in need. As a result their home was always full of both. Jack's ability to never take himself, others or life's challenges seriously, has given his family a legacy of laughter and love that will last through the generations. Jack was predeceased by his parents: Anton and Alberta Bernard; sisters: Alma, Margaret, Beatrice and Bernice in infancy; a brother Willard. Jack is survived by his wife, Joyce Bernard of Weyburn; their children: Georgina (Gord) McLean and their sons, Keith and Bryce, Brian (Janice) Bernard and their sons, Travis and Brandon, Calvin Bernard and his family, Kirby, Loralie (Greg) Loper and children, Nevada and Josh, Colleen (Mike) Melanson and their family, Meghan (Aaron) Patzer and Britany Melanson, Wendy (Antony) Dixon and their family, Trysta Verbonac, Samantha and Emma Dixon; a sister, Phyllis (Lawrence) Weimer as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance was held on Wednesday, October 3 at the Captain's Hall with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Jack to the Weyburn Humane Society, Box 1062, Weyburn, SK S4H 2L3 or the Sun Country Therapeutic Animal Park, 605 Windsor St., Weyburn, SK S4H 0X1. See you on the 'other side' Jack and in your own words; "May the good lord take a liking to ya." 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"