On Thursday, October 4, 2007, Edgar Osborne of Stoughton, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, at the age of 98 years. Edgar was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Bertha Osborne; sisters: Emily Shelton, Elizabeth Poole and Edith Klatt; sister-in-law, Hazel Osborne; brothers-in-law: Harry Shelton, Donald Poole, Dick Klatt and Frank Clutchey. Edgar will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Laura Osborne of Stoughton, and their family: son, William Osborne of Stoughton, and four daughters: Beverley Joan Winter (Ken Hein), Midale; Sandra (Kelly) Connelly, Midale; Katherine Grams (Brian Frank), Calgary, AB; and Linda (Gerald) Pander, Griffin; 13 grandchildren: Scott, Carla, Darren, Jeffrey and Jacqueline Chicoine, Jason, Jeramie and Aaron Short, Dietrick Behr, Candace Wilson, Richard and Waylon Pander, Amanda Wishart; 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; sister, Agnes Clutchey; brother, John (Ada) Osborne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Edgar Elwood Osborne was born November 8, 1908 on the family farm south of Forget, the oldest of six children born to Samuel and Bertha Osborne. He took his schooling at Cavelier School, walked to school in the summer and drove a team and sleigh in the winter. When the farm hand went off to WWI, Edgar left school at grade 8 as he was needed to help with the farm work. Being the oldest, he was responsible for looking after the horses and his siblings. They made their own fun, skating, sleighing on hills, skiing by making their own skis and tying a long rope to the sleigh box, then he and his cousins and brother, John, would take turns driving across the prairie fields at a good clip while the others skied behind, making a wide arc. There would be lots of spills, but also lots of fun. He left the prairie in 1933 with his dad, brother-in-law and cousin to go north to the Melfort area, to a farm that was for rent. He came back to the prairies to get some machinery and horses, loaded them up in Benson, and they went back to Melfort by train. While in the district he got a job of grading the road in the summer, the next year he fought fires in the Carrot River district, eventually they got in the muskeg, now known as "Smokey Burn." That fall he went down to Kelvington, where his dad had bought a farm. In 1939, WW II broke out. He joined the army in Saskatoon, but was discharged due to medical reasons. He was sorry to see his pals leave. On December 23, 1939 Edgar married Laura Fletcher, from the Kelvington area, in Saskatoon. Their son, William (Bill) was born in November of 1940 at Kelvington. Eddie farmed with his dad and neighbors who needed help. Beverly Joan was born in 1945. Eddie had an operation, so the family went to BC for a holiday that summer. They picked fruit and worked in a fruit cannery. He did some carpentry work too. Then they went back to his dad's farm. In 1948 they moved down to the prairie and bought a farm in the Viewfield area. While living there, Edgar learned to weld, was on the school board and secretary for the telephone company. He helped build some telephone lines, farmed, helped neighbours whenever they needed it. Sandra joined the family in 1955, Katherine in 1958 and Linda in 1960. In 1972 they left the farm and moved into Stoughton. Eddie was sick and wanted to be close to school and town, so they sold the farm to their neighbour. They still live in the house that they bought in Stoughton. Edgar was honest in his dealings with other people. He was dependable and faithful to his word, always ready to lend a helping hand. He and Laura watched out for the needs of the 'old people' who were younger than they were. His car was used to transport anyone who needed it, more than for their own personal needs. They faithfully attended the United Church in Viewfield, Benson and then Stoughton, and were members of the Orange Lodge. Funeral service was held Tuesday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Stoughton, with Deborah Laforet officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, Sask. The active pallbearers were his grandchildren: Carla Chicoine, Jeff Chicoine, Jason Short, Jeramie Short, Dietrick Behr and Richard Pander. Donations may be made in memory of Edgar to the Stoughton Pioneer Lodge, Stoughton, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn & Stoughton. (842-5432 & 457-2566)
Hugh Thomas James Alexander
On Friday, October 12, 2007, Hugh Thomas James Alexander passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 93 years. Hugh was predeceased by his parents, James and Alicia; his wife, Anna; great great grandson, Mitchell; sisters: Edith, Ellen, Gladys and Alice and brothers: Don and Frederick. Hugh will be lovingly remembered by his family: two sons, Jim (Ruth) of Weyburn and their children: Paula (Paul) Aquino and sons, Colin, Andrew; Vicky (Warren) O'Dell and family, Melissa, Shawn, Adam; Dean (Shelley) and family, Alyssa, Cole, Angus, Madison; Laurie (Marc) McAlister and sons, Eric, Tyler; Julie (Paul) Higman and family, Maleah, Anna, Evangelena, Dietrich; Allan (Donna) of Weyburn and their children: Donnette (Lloyd) Leippy and family, Vincent, Drina, Eden; Brad (Lauren) and family, Styven, Justin (Evie), Brandon, Kalandra; Greg (Melanie) and family, Matthew, Cooper, Georgianna; Susan (Darin) Amies and family, Dylan, Nicholas, Sofia; Mark (Melanie) and family, Britney, Brooke, Autumn, Joshua, Emily; Marlo (Devonn) and daughters, Mercedes, Samara, Breanna; Nancy (Kelly) Morton and family, Jeremy, Jordan, Alisha, Eric; Graham; Amanda (Dustin) Duncan; two daughters, Carol (Chuck) Russell of Salmon Arm, BC and their children: Cynthia, Sean (Connie) and family, Makayla, Alexander; Janet (Jack) Sawyer of Lloydminster, AB and their children: Shelley (Cameron) Zarowny and family, Landon, Drake, Tanner, Kohlman, Ryedur; Rhonda (Dennis) St. Jean and family, Venee, Kayle); great great grandchild, Haiden Zarowny; special friend, Helen Caswell of Moose Jaw; sisters: Evelyn (Sherman) Teal, Verna Sweigard, Norma Byggdin; brothers: George (Louise) and Gerald (Delia); sister-in-law, Ruby Alexander and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends. Hugh was born November 14, 1913 on the family farm, SE 14-6-14-W2 in the Lomond District. He was raised on the family farm, being the seventh in a family of 12. He worked with his dad on the farm and completed grade 8 at Delight School. Hugh always possessed a wealth of knowledge beyond his formal education. Early in life, his parents became involved with the Free Methodist Church and this continued into his married life. He felt that spiritual needs were as important as the physical needs of a family. On November 9, 1935, Hugh married Anna Margaret Just on the family farm. He was a self-employed farmer all his life, raising registered Shorthorn cattle also. He started painting when he was 40 years of age, buying his first set of oil paints, and receiving very little instruction. He was exempt from military service because of his family, but participated fully in his community. Hugh was a
4-H Beef Club leader, municipal councilor, trustee with the school unit, on the Wheat Pool committee, the Agriculture Rep. on the District Board, Aldersgate College Board member, a long time Gideon member, on the Arts Council, politically involved locally and provincially, and served in many capacities in the Free Methodist Church both local and in the Canada West Conference. He received recognition from many organizations he was involved with. Anna and Hugh lived in RM #37 Lomond until 1972, when they moved to Weyburn. Hugh enjoyed presenting Gideon Bibles to Grade 5 school children and was proud to present them to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a lifelong interest in family and church with emphasis on his personal relationship with God. Funeral service was held Wednesday, October 17, at 2:00 p.m. from Weyburn Community Free Methodist Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Jay Mowchenko officiating. Tributes were given by Greg and Brad Alexander, Laurie McAlister and Alf Robinson and Hugh's daughter, Carol Russell. Special music was provided by Amanda Duncan and Mark Alexander, Cherith and Evie Alexander, with Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick offering the pastoral prayer and Kevin Lackey giving the scripture reading. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Hugh's grandsons as active pallbearers: Dean, Brad, Mark and Marlo Alexander, Cameron Zarowny and Sean Russell. Donations may be made in memory of Hugh to the Gideons or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432
It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Mack announces her passing on October 8 , 2007. After a courageous battle with cancer Helen passed away peacefully in her own home with her family by her side. Helen is predeceased by her parents, Mike and Margaret Lanz; husband Tony Mack; brothers, John, Edward, George, and Henry and sisters, Josie and Minnie. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children, Larry (Ellen) Mack, their children, Brian (Tracy), Brenda (Dustin) Rodger and Kevin, Sharon (Glenn) Hibbard, their children, Kim (Brian) Cook, great-granddaughter, Jasmine, Kristy (Jarrad) Skuce, great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Logan, Cherie (Cory) Roysum, great grandchildren Cheyanne and Jens, and Brad, Duane (Maureen) Mack, their children, Ashley, Melissa and Chad, Elaine, (Dennis) Simpart, their children, Blair (Courtney) and Erin (Drew), Sandra (Wayne) Hoffart, their children, Steve (Nicole), Jen (Rylan) and Alison, Mike (Sheila) Mack, their children, Jessica & Nick; sisters, Mary, Tillie, Betty and Bernie; brother, Mike, as well as numerous nieces nephews, relatives & friends. Helen Katherine Mack was born Sept. 20, 1928 to proud parents Mike and Margaret Lanz, the seventh child of a family of 12. Her parents farmed seven miles south and a half mile west of Minton. Helen attended Herald school until she completed her grade eight. She walked morning and night one and a half miles to and from school. In winter her older brother George drove the children with horse and sleigh. As a teenager Helen learned how to cook, bake and sew helping her mother with the younger family members. After school she helped her father stook bundles. She also had to help with the milking and separating. For fun, and only when all the work was done; Helen went to school dances with her older brothers and sisters. It was at one of these dances that she met Tony Mack. Helen believed that one of the most important things in life was to choose a good partner and in Tony she found her true prince. On Nov. 10, 1947, Helen and Tony were married and they went on to have six children, 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. On the farm Helen worked side by side with her husband. She did the milking and separating and shipped the cream by train when it came to town. Helen raised chickens by setting her own eggs. She always had a big garden and did lots of canning of fruits, vegetables and meats. For many years Helen was kept very busy raising her children. She was a member of St. Eugene's Parish all her life and a long time active member of the C.W.L. Tony and Helen were married 51 years in Nov. 1998. Tony passed away May 16 , 1999. In Feb. 2000 Helen moved to an apartment in Weyburn. During her seven and a half years in Weyburn Helen met many new friends who became such a very important part of her life. Helen taught us the importance of family and what it means to put your family first; this was recently illustrated by her own family as they stood by her side until the good Lord called upon her. Thanks to the love and support of her family, Helen was able to spend her last 40 days on this earth in the comfort of her own home, surrounded and cared for by loved ones, especially Ellen, Sharon, Elaine and Sandra whom Helen would refer to as her "four beauties." If you talk to her children you would find more than a little bit of Helen in each of them. Their respect and admiration for their parents is a true testament of what a wonderful mother Helen was. Helen's love extended well beyond her immediate family. She volunteered her time at the Weyburn Special Care Home and Souris Valley Extenda Care Home helping to assure that residents could attend Mass. She also helped out with Meals on Wheels. She was a kind and caring person always ready to help anyone in need. Helen was a great cook and the best hostess. Visitors to Helen's house always felt very special as she treated them as one of her own. She was always trying out new recipes and shared her favourite dishes and baking with family and friends alike. The life of the church also played a significant role in Helen's life. Her faith in God and commitment to her spiritual life was observed in the way she lived each day. The great thing about Helen was that she was very intelligent. She was able to break down the generation gaps with her quick wit and amazing sense of humour. With the grandchildren Grandma Helen and Grandpa Tony would always do the good cop, bad cop routine. I am pretty sure you can guess who the good cop was. When one of the grandkids was loud or running in front of the TV, Tony would get out of his chair and discipline the grandkids. Grandma Helen would swoop in and make everything better with some milk and cookies. In Grandma Helen's house the cookie jar was easily accessible to children, right there in the bottom cupboard the cookies were always nice and close. It is the little things such as this that make Helen's kindness and spirit forever treasured. This warm loving woman with a heart of gold touched everyone's heart and will be greatly missed by all. We, her family, take comfort in knowing that Helen is now once again reunited with her prince in the Kingdom of Heaven. We can just see her now smiling up at our dad "Tony" as they dance up a storm (probably a polka) way up high above the clouds. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. Prayers were held Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in The St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Celebrants for the Funeral Mass on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. were Father Gerry Bauche and Father Francis Kurisinkal. The interment followed in Chapel Grove Cemetery, Minton. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters, Kim Cook, Kristy Skuce, Cherie Roysum, Brenda Rodger, Ashley and Melissa Mack, Erin Simpart, Jen and Alison Hoffart and Jessica Mack, and great granddaughter Jasmine Cook. Active pallbearers were grandsons, Brian and Kevin Mack, Steve Hoffart, Brad Hibbard, Blair Simpart, Chad Mack and Nick Mack. Donations may be made in memory of Helen to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
A Tribute to Grandma Helen
by granddaughter Brenda Rodger
This is a beautiful life story for me to tell
About a wonderful woman that we knew so well
Her name is Helen; born in September of '28
For Mike and Margaret a beautiful fate.
In 1947 Anton Mack and Helen were wed
A long happy marriage was important in the life that they led.
The prairies is where Helen's life would start
She was truly always a farm girl at heart.
Butchering chickens, packing lunch for the fields.
Praying for good weather and crops with high yields.
This is how Helen lived her life with Tony by her side.
They went on to have six children, of whom Helen always showed pride.
Her wisdom aided us through struggles and falls
Delicately framed photos lined her living room walls
Her pictures were highly treasured
The love for her family could not be measured.
Her recipes and cooking skills were one of a kind
She made food better than any restaurant you could find.
Fresh baked buns, cabbage rolls, apple struddle
Or my favourite chicken soup with homemade noodles.
Helen had hands that never shyed away from working hard
Her house was always tidy from the front step to the back yard.
Her face always carried a warm smile
After a visit comfort stayed with us a while
She was a woman who had tremendous faith in the Lord above
A genuine woman with a heart full of love.
A lovely lady I am fortunate to have known
I learned a lot from the examples she has shown
Today we say goodbye to dear mother, grandmother and friend
The cherished memories we hold with us will never end.
Relationships that she built and nurtured from birth
Will live on long after she has gone from this earth
Because now that our lives must depart
Helen's love will stay on forever laid securely in our hearts.
On Sunday, October 14, 2007, Peter Hoeving of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 96 years. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Hoeving; brothers: John, Mat, Al, Joe, Louis, Frank and Leonard; sisters, Mary and Helen. Peter will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Marthe Rysz of Kelowna, BC; sister-in-law, Lillian Hoeving of Regina, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Peter H. Hoeving was born May 6, 1911 on the Homestead farm at Talmage, N.W. 1/4 09-12-W 2nd R.M. of Griffin. He grew up on the family homestead farm, one of eight brothers and three sisters. The brothers were avid sports enthusiasts, participating in hockey, baseball and later curling. They farmed a fair amount of land for those times in the Talmage area. However, the farm work was never neglected due to their involvement in sports. Peter received his elementary education at Talmage and Auburndale schools. Peter had a keen interest in farming and was successful. He enjoyed fishing, trapping wild animals and hunting wild ducks and geese. He liked a good game of cards, especially 'cribbage' and you had to have your wits about you to compete with him. Although he was involved in many activities, he never neglected to attend his church on Sundays when he was able. He moved with his family to Weyburn in 1952, and when other members of the family were deceased, he continued to live in his house on his own until January, 2004 when he moved to Crocus Villa, where he received special care. During his retirement years he enjoyed meeting friends uptown for coffee and joined in conversation, with many story told. While residing at Crocus Villa, he followed the sports programs on T.V., and he really looked forward to volunteer entertainment, as his toes would be tapping to the music. In August of 2004, Pete, at the age of 93, was honoured to accept, on behalf of his brothers, the award for the Hoeving family, Talmage-Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in North Battleford. While playing with his brothers on the 'Talmage Black-Hawk' hockey team, they won the Weyburn Farmers Hockey League trophy twice. He was a kind and gentle person, with a keen wit about him. He read the papers and had a wide scope of interest in the current news. To the very end, he could carry on an interesting conversation about many things. He looked forward to a drive out and around Talmage, to see how the crops were progressing. Always interested and inquiring about various crops and procedures. Prayers were said Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, October 17, at 1:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Jerry, Bryan, Phillip, Dwayne, Rodney and Peter Hoeving. Donations may be made in memory of Peter to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd, Weyburn. (842-5432)