On Monday, April 30, 2007, Elsie Evelyn Johnston passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Centre at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by her mother and father, Eva Lucy (nee: McDowell) in 1961 and Thomas Herbert Johnston in 1972, one sister, Emma Doane and one brother-in-law, Thomas Doane. Elsie is survived by one nephew, Mervin Doane, one niece, Joyce Boyachek, and three great nieces: Glenda Stewart, Wanda Sawchuk and Joanna Boyachek; and her extended family at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility. Elsie was born October 23, 1916. Her younger years were spent at home with family at McCord. She lived there until approximately March 14, 1935 when she was hospitalized at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre in Weyburn. Elsie enjoyed music and dancing and liked to tease the Souris Valley staff as well as being teased in return. It became her home and the staff were considered her family. When they were getting ready to move over to Tatagwa View, they were told to red tag whatever they wanted in their new house. Needless to say, Elsie got red tagged, we wanted her in House 11. Elsie loved her hugs and kisses the staff gave her, she became the centre of attention and loved it. We enjoyed Elsie immensely and we will miss our little 'pup dog' very much (Tatagwa View and Souris Valley Staff). A memorial service was held Friday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn with Pastor Jody Pfeifer officiating. The interment was held Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina. Donations may be made in memory of Elsie to Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn (842-6662)
Elizabeth Ror (nee: Henkel) passed away peacefully on April 26, 2007 at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 98 years. Liz is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Barrie) Nowell of Regina; and four grandchildren: Debra (Andrew) Thom of Calgary, AB, David (Shelley) Nowell of Sechelt, BC, Rebecca Nowell of Calgary, AB, and Tricia (Scott) Hoyer of Edmonton, AB; four great grandchildren: Holden Nowell, Calgary, AB, Gage and Sydney Nowell, Sechelt, BC, and Charli Elizabeth Hoyer, Edmonton, AB; sister-in-law, Dorothy Erickson of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, Albin Ror on June 2, 1978 after 44 years of marriage; her parents, Peter and Katherine Henkel of Stony Plain, AB; sisters: Katie (Henry) Kaiser, Duffield, AB, Christine (George) Johnson, Athabasca, AB, Emma (Matt) Johnson, Oakland, CA, Lena (Philip) Schiedeman, Duffield, AB, Nathel (Ed) Stadler, Chilliwack, BC; brothers: George (Cecile) Henkel, Duffield, AB, Henry (Mary) Henkel, Duffield, AB, Johnny (Bertha) Henkel, Stony Plain, AB, Hiennie (Pat) Henkel, Spruce Grove, AB. Liz was born at Mewassin, AB in 1909. She met Albin in Athabasca, married and moved to Onoway, AB and farmed there until 1947. They then moved to Goodwater in 1947 and took up the family farm. Liz moved to Bison Manor and lived there for 23 years before moving to Weyburn Special Care Home in 2006. Her passion in life was her family. She loved gardening, cooking and spending time outdoors. Spring was her favorite time of year, when all life is being reborn. Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Dennis and Daryl Tucker, Dennis Lizuck, Don Wilkinson, Robert Ror and Verne Cooke. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations in memory of Elizabeth to the Arthritis Society or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432).
Beverly Dawn Ginter
Passed away accidentally on May 2, 2007 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan at the age of 45 years. Beverly was born September 18, 1961 at Crystal City, MB. She grew up in the Glenella District and received her education at Glenella, Kelwood, and Surrey, B.C. She started her career at Woolco (Wal-Mart) and worked at several locations in Western Canada. Left to mourn her passing is her parents Frank and Margaret Ginter of Glenella, MB, two brothers, Brent and his daughter Grace of Ashern, MB, and Todd of Whitecourt, AB, one sister, Cindy Ginter and Mark Dueck of Emerson and her children Kayla Ardron and Kelis Dueck, several aunts, uncles, cousins and her Wal-Mart family. Beverly enjoyed the outdoors, camping, travelling, antiques, meeting people and crocheting. She was very fond of her special companion, Brandi, her pet dog. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Glenella Community Hall, Glenella, MB, with Rev. George Cargo officiating. Interment will follow in the Goodlands Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Glenella United Church, Glenella, Manitoba R0J 0V0. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements. www.clarkesfuneralhome.com. There will be a memorial service in Weyburn on May 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church. Any donations in Bev's memory are to be made to The Family Place.
Iris Tizzard, beloved wife and mother, went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2007 at the age of 84. Survived by her loving husband, Doug, of 61 years; daughter Wendy (Larry) of Prince George, BC; son Jeff (Glenda) of Comox, BC; grandchildren: Sherri, Kyle and Aaron; great grandchildren Ashley and Brandon; sister-in-law Violet of Weyburn; sister Verna (the late Stan) Smith of Regina; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son Ellwood, brother Morley Hart, sisters: Leda (Ed) Smith, Jean (Walt) Sheppard, Marguerite (Walter) Nelson, Dorothy (Slim) White. Iris was a member of the Seniors Activity Centre on Brunswick St. Thank you to Dr. Textor, Dr. Riome and the staff at PGRH and Hospice house. Memorial service was held on Friday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. from Assman's Funeral Chapel with Susan Scott officiating. Cremation followed in Fraserview Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Donald Lawrence Garven
On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Donald Lawrence Garven, of Weyburn, passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility at the age of 78 years. Predeceased by his parents, Dora and Hugh Garven; his wife, Delores Garven; mother and father-in-law, Alpha and Wallace McGowan. Don will be lovingly remembered by his family; three children: Hugh (Terri) Garven of Zehner, and their daughter, Samantha; Mary Jane Pineo of Weyburn, and her children, Christine and Robert; and Paul (Deanne) Garven of Weyburn, and their children, Kathryn, James and Lauren; sister, Dorothy (Ken) Ball of West Bank, BC; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan (Lorna) McGowan of Kelowna, BC, Beverly (Roger) Campbell of Christina Lake, BC, Bill (Carol) McGowan of Christina Lake, BC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Don was born November 28, 1928 at Moose Jaw. The family moved to Weyburn where they lived in the Holder Block until about 1941, with the passing of his father the family moved to the Larve Block. He grew up and attended school in Weyburn. His first job was with Weyburn Hardward in 1942, then worked for P.C. McLeod at Maxim where they had a General and Grocery store and John Deere implements. He then returned to Weyburn Hardware, then worked as a parts man at Dreis Brothers Motors until 1954 when he went to Barber Motors as a parts man. After working at Barber Motors, he worked at Irwin Auto, buying the business in the early 1970's and changed the name to Garven's Auto. He sold the business in 1987. On July 4, 1956, Don married Delores McGowan in Weyburn. He was devoted to his wife and family, doing whatever was asked of him. He was a great chauffer for his mother and mother-in-law, driving them to wherever they needed to go. He coached hockey and worked on the figure skating committee when his children were younger. Don was a member of the Legion Band, playing the side-drum. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1955 and of the Young Fellows Club from 1947 to 1967. Don enjoyed hunting with friends and family and teaching his sons to hunt. He also enjoyed camping with family over the years. He was a coin collector and read lots of War related books. He was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a very active member with the Royal Canadian Legion. After the passing of Delores, Don spent a significant amount of time volunteering at the Legion until failing health limited his activities. Many thanks go to the staff at Tatagwa View House 3 for the special care, treats, endless cups of coffee and kind words they gave Don. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Monday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were James Garven, Robert Pineo, Ray Pineo, Bill McGowan and Ernie Locke and Nick Oddy. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Don to the Knox Presbyterian Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn Branch. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432).
Stefan Irwin Bjarnason
Stefan Irwin Bjarnason (Barney), with his wife and children at his side, passed away at the age of 64 years in Weyburn General Hospital on April 27, 2007 following a long year's struggle with cancer. Stefan Irwin (Barney) Bjarnason was born September 13, 1942 on the family farm at NW-19-8-9 W2 RM #65, the youngest of 11 children of Kristjan and Royal (Symes) Bjarnason. Irwin attended elementary school at Hudmore, a quarter of a mile east of the farm on highway 13, then grades 6 to 10 in Froude and grade 11 in Stoughton. Irwin developed an early love for the outdoors, hunting and trapping in the winter with his father. By the age of 10 or 11 he had his own trap line and was acknowledged for having caught the largest mink at that time. In 1958, he left school to work with his father on the farm as well as do seasonal work for numerous farmers in the district. During his working years he had many careers, including northern seismic, trucking, cab driving, bartending and custom farm work, but he always returned to his greatest passion, the land and farming. Irwin was always an innovator - willing to try new methods of farming before they became common practice. In 1974, he baled over 100,000 flax bales for the linen mills; he was among the first farmers in the district to use an air seeder and was the first organic farmer registered in the RM of Tecumseh. During the farm recession of the 80s he was responsible for changes made in lender policies and the Farm Debt Review Board. On October 5, 1972, Irwin married Dorothy Turton of Manor at Carmichael United Church in Regina. Over the next few years they moved to Bassano, AB, back to Weyburn and then to Froude were they lived until they purchased the family farm in 1977. During this time, Irwin and Dorothy were blessed with three children, Marla Mae born November 29, 1974, Koreana Stefanie born March 27, 1977 and Kevin Granger born June 17, 1980. Irwin continued to farm until his illness made it impossible to continue his life's work in the fields he loved. Following back surgery in May 2006, he was told he would never be able to ride his tractor again, but he surprised us all - riding that tractor two weeks later, back brace and all, and then surviving months longer than the doctors thought he would. Irwin was proud of his Icelandic heritage and like a true Viking, chose to "chance the rapids and dared to dance the tides." He enjoyed music and dancing (double time, of course), guns, Chevy vehicles, JD tractors, NH balers and Gleaner combines, playing pool, coffee at the Esso, A&W or Zippy Mart, DQ milkshakes, anything chocolate, reading, visiting with friends, a good laugh and/or a good argument. He was very proud of his children's accomplishments and later, those of his grandchildren. During his illness, family and friends came and went at will and the children played and visited around his bed while covering the walls with hand drawn pictures and trinkets. Irwin did not belong to any official community organizations, but was always first in line when it came to driving his nephews and nieces, then his children and their friends, and finally his grandchildren to Girl Guides, Cadets, sports and other school events, dances and parties. Over the years, Irwin employed many a local youth and several of his nephews for seasonal work on the farm and in his custom work. Living beside highway 13 for most of his life also meant he was often called out, usually in the night, to rescue drivers from the ditch, fix or refuel their vehicles or just to provide directions, often at no charge. Irwin readily shared his knowledge of farming, specifically organics, and was frequently called upon by neighbors for assistance in repairing their machinery or resetting the Deering knotters on their balers, a skill learned from his father on the old binders. He once turned down a job as the New Holland trouble shooter for southern Saskatchewan as it would have meant time on the road, away from his family and the farm; these were much more important to him than money or material things. Irwin was predeceased by his parents Kristjan and Royal, three brothers Ernest, Agust, and Gerald; four brothers-in-law Harry Ivan, Wilf Huber, Gordon Taylor and George Maas and his father-in-law David Turton. Irwin, better known to many as Barney, leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, Dorothy, his loving wife and friend of 34 years and his children and grandchildren: Marla and Calvin Gavelin of McCord; Koreana and Kaylee of Stoughton; Kevin, Laura, Brendan (Rogers), Breanna and Kristjan of Stoughton and Talisha Rogers of Weyburn; sisters and brothers: Lina Ivan, Weyburn; Ruby Taylor, Weyburn; Rae (Carmel), Regina Beach; Mary Maas, Weyburn; Anne Huber, Regina; Inga (Carman) Hill, Stoughton and Logan (Shirley) of Froude; mother-in-law Ruby Turton (Doug McKee), Melville; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lois, Creston, BC; Terry, Mississauga, ON; Dale (Wendy) Turton, Redvers; Joyce (Phil) Revet, Regina; Shirley (Dallas) Hortness, Chester, VA; Wesley (Margaret) Turton, Spruce Grove, AB; Ruth (Wayne) Sorensen, Melville as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held in Stoughton School gym on May 1, at 7:00 p.m. with Rev Brian Ast officiating and Fletcher Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
A Farmer's Creed
I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity
and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.
I believe that hard work and honest sweat are the
building blocks of a person's character.
I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments,
is the most honest and honourable way a man
can spend his days on earth.
I believe farming nurtures the close family ties
that make life rich in ways money can't buy.
I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime
and can be learned in no other way.
I believe farming provides education for life
and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth,
growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.
I believe that many of the best things in life are indeed free;
the splendour of a sunrise, the beauty of a sunset,
the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating
sight of your land greening each spring,
I believe that true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field,
your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that
springs from their shared experience.
I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it,
an honour that does not come to all men.
I believe that my life will be measured ultimately by
what I have done for my fellowman,
and by this standard I fear no judgement.
I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days,
he should be able to stand tall and feel
pride in the life he's lived.
I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.
Rose Arlene McLeod
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rose McLeod after a life well-lived. Rose was born on March 20, 1910, to Leo and Annie Reiser of Halbrite. She was the first of the Reiser family to be born in Canada after their immigration from the United States. Rose was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Frank, George, Tony, John, Bernard, Albert, and Leo; sisters, Mary, Katie, Emma and Annie. She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Shirley, Regina; much loved sister, Agnes Allen, Regina; sister-in-law, Dorothy Reiser, Brockville, ON, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. School days were at Sunnyside School, through correspondence and in Halbrite for high school. She worked for a family in McTaggart for two years and then moved to Macoun in 1931 to join the Ern Steele family. She loved working for Frank Dwyer in Macoun Tradion Co. - talking to the children and helping people fill their orders. In 1942 she and J.W.C. (Scotty) McLeod were married, and farm life became her next career - feeding harvesters, growing a huge garden, canning and milking cows. She loved it all. In 1976 they purchased a home in Regina and made the transition to city life. Scotty had congestive heart failure and passed away in 1977. Rose continued gardening, working on her hobby projects, and traveling with Shirley. She enjoyed the holidays across Canada, California, Florida, Mexico, and Hawaii. As Rose requested, there will not be a funeral; however, a graveside service in Macoun Cemetery will be held at a later date with a reception to follow at the Macoun Senior Centre. If family and friends so wish, donations made be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of SK, 2360-2nd Ave, Regina, S4R 1A6, or to the Regina Humane Society, P.O. Box 3143, Regina, S4P 3G7. Many thanks to family and friends for their care and compassion through this very difficult time, to our "angels" who were with us to the end, to Hillsdale Medical Clinic and Doctor McMeekin-Down, and to Regina Qu'Appelle Homecare. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (306) 842-5432