Margaret Jean Ferguson
Margaret Jean Ferguson of Weyburn, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Howard Ferguson for 62 years; loving mother of Bill Ferguson and his wife Linda, Katharine Bell and her husband Robert. Dear Grandma of Lisa (Marc) Frechette, Jim Ferguson, Jennifer, Jefferey (Laurie), Graeme and Thomas Bell; sister-in-law of Andy Bunn; and aunt to three nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Catherine Treston; two sisters-in-law: Mary Bunn and Madge Ferguson. Margaret was a gifted homemaker and caregiver. Her service to the community was a natural outreach of these talents. She was a current member of U.C.W. Council, Lazy Daisy Unit, Alexandria Rebekah Lodge (62 yrs.), Quota International of Weyburn (36 yrs.), Retired Registered Nurses and Regina Grey Nuns' Alumnae. In 2003 Margaret was honoured with the Rebekah Merit Jewel for her valuable years of service to the lodge and community. Margaret loved family and her unending cooking, knitting and generosity was the way she showed this. The funeral service was held in Grace United Church, Weyburn, on Saturday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Hazel Arbon and Rev. Ross McMurtry officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Jim Ferguson, Jefferey Bell, Graeme Bell, Thomas Bell, Marc Frechette, Mal Barber and Doug Probe. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Oddfellow and Rebekah Visual Research Foundation, Box 362, Weyburn, SK S4H 2K3 would be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements are entrusted to RD Family 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"
April 13, 1922-May 17, 2007
Dorothy Forsdick passed away May 17, 2007 at the age of 85 years. Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her family and friends. She is survived by John, her husband of 56 years; her children Diane (Lawrence); John (Stephanie) and Jim; six grandchildren, Robert, Sarah, Rachel, Matthew, Geoffrey, and Connor and her sister, Margaret Carr. Dorothy was predeceased by her son Robert and her brothers, Jim, Bob and Ken. Dorothy grew up in Weyburn during the dirty thirties, married John, an RCMP officer and moved with him to a number of small towns. Dorothy was active in the life of these communities, helping to establish a town library in Moosomin, and working on the establishment of a kindergarten for the mentally handicapped in Yorkton. She was a great cook, good gardener and a woman of tremendous spirit. Memorial tributes, donations may be made to "Selections," an organization that provides employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, #205, 4209-99 St., Edmonton, AB T6E 5V7. We wish to thank the staff of Unit 41, Grey Nuns Hospital and Parker 2, Lynnwood E.C.C. for their care and many kindnesses. A memorial service was held at Foster & McGarvey, Edmonton Chapel on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. Foster & McGarvey Ltd., 10011-114th St. (780) 428-6666, to send condolences: www.fostermcgarvey.com
Evan Marc Barbarin
Evan Marc Barbarin of Radville, passed away on May 13, 2007 at the age of 19 years. Predeceased by one brother, Marc William in infancy and grandfather, Andrew Barbarin. Evan will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Ray and Mara Barbarin of Radville, sister, Erin (Rick) Fillion of Radville and brother, Josh Barbarin of Regina; grandparents: Bill and Marlyn Calibaba of Radville and Henriette Barbarin of Radville; aunts and uncles: Tim (Leanne) Calibaba, Terry (Nancy) Calibaba, Jeff (Sherri) Calibaba, Elaine Calibaba, Louise (Art) Nimegeers, Lorraine (Dale) Michael, Bob (Eloise) Barbarin; numerous great aunts and uncles, 19 first cousins and many close friends.
Evan Marc Barbarin was born July 3, 1987 at Regina. He grew up on the family farm near Radville and spent many hours playing with the neighborhood kids and also with his cousins in town. His Calibaba cousins were like having extra brothers and sisters because they were so close. He attended elementary school at St. Oliviers School and Radville Regional High School, graduating in 2005. Evan enjoyed participating in most sports; Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Snowboarding, fishing and hunting. He played Provincial Ball in 2000 and 2002. He also competed at Hoopla (Provincial High School Basketball Finals) in 2003 and 2004, winning bronze and silver medals. Evan received his SRC gold achievement for sports participation. He also enjoyed attending his cousins' hockey games throughout the years. He loved to watch DVDs (movies) and had a huge collection. His main interest was spending time with his friends - 'he loved people'. He was an Altar Server for many years and also a Reader at Holy Family Parish. Evan participated in most community events and lent a hand wherever needed. He lived on the family farm until after graduation when he moved to Moose Jaw to attend SIAST in the fall of 2005. He decided school was not what he wanted and moved back to Radville where he began working on the oil rigs. During his high school years, Evan worked at Larsen's Produce. One summer he worked with DSI construction doing general construction. Since late 2005, he has been employed by Big Sky Drilling as a roughneck on oil rigs. Evan was a vibrant, energetic person who loved his family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest. For those of you who did not know Evan well, you missed out on a special person. He had a sincere smile and always a big wave for whoever he met. A website was set up on Facebook and it has received over 175 messages from friends that some of the family do not know. Evan was well known and will be dearly missed by many, many people. A funeral mass was held Friday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. Prayers were said Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church. All his friends were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Evan Barbarin Sportsmanship Memorial Award, Box 710, Radville, SK S0C 2G0 or to Radville Marian Health Care Auxiliary Box 424, Radville, SK S0C 2G0. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn & Radville, (842-5432 & 869-2566)
On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at the age of 90, Douglas McCutcheon passed away at his home in Ceylon. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Charlotte McCutcheon; three brothers: Jack, Willard and Robert; three sisters: Helen, Marjorie and Isobel. Doug is survived by his wife Leona of Ceylon; his children: Marjorie (Randle) and their children, Tricia (Arnie), Brett (Melanie), Joseph, Kurt and Davin, Blaine (Nickie) and their children, Kaela, Kelcie and Kourtney, Glenyce (David) and their children, Megan, Jean, Christie and Baylee, Leonard (Jodi) and their children, Cara, Lee and Melissa; four great-grandchildren: Lauren, Alexis, Roslyn and Rowan; two sisters: Thelma and Muriel; two brothers: Kenneth (Edith) and Ralph (Eva); also the Blackmore families as well as several nieces and nephews. Doug was born and raised in Ceylon. As a youth, he attended Ceylon School, worked with his family to maintain their homestead farm and honored their values. He worked with his father and neighbors on threshing crews and also had the opportunity to work on ranches in the Big Muddy Area. He worked on various community projects, such as the construction of the Ceylon dam. During the late 1930's and early 1940's he worked in Manitoba and Ontario doing various jobs from working on the CNR to gold mining. He returned home to farm in 1942. In 1950, he married Leona Blackmore and they were blessed with four children. Together, they farmed the original homestead farm for 57 years. He participated in the community by serving on the United Church Board for several years and acted as secretary-treasurer on the North Ceylon Rural Telephone Co. for 19 years. Doug had the good fortune of good health and enjoyed an active and productive life allowing him an independent lifestyle, which he greatly valued. He walked through life with a partner who shared his faith, love of family and dedication to his choice of living - "farming." His family was inspired by the retelling of his many life experiences; his ability to embrace life with all its joys and sorrows; and his sincere interest in their lives and what possibilities the future might hold for them. Most importantly, he gave his children and their families the wonderful privilege of always having a farm in Saskatchewan to call "home". Doug lived his life with faith, hope and honesty, led by example, could be counted on as a friend and will be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humor. The door to his home opened to anyone who knocked. He will be missed and remembered by many. The funeral service for Doug McCutcheon was held on Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Ceylon United Church, with Pastor Shelby Kinrade officiating. The active pallbearers were: Arlen McCutcheon, Cody McCutcheon, Blaine Thompson, Ron Bousfield, Larry Lillejord and Jim Stephenson. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Douglas McCutcheon. 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"
Willard Meyers of Midale, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Mainprize Manor, Midale, at the age of 78 years, with his family at his side. The Manor had been his home for the last 6-1/2 years and the staff was his second family. John Willard Meyers was born and raised in Midale, the only boy in a family of five sisters. He was a man of many talents. He was an avid pilot, owning his own plane and flew whenever the time permitted. He enjoyed music, playing the saxophone at church, in the band and at grads. In his early years he played with a group called the Rhythm Kings. He spent some time in the navy and for awhile he worked at the United Keno Hill Mines in the Yukon and a bit later he was employed at General Films in Regina. In 1955 he became a bus driver and in 1960 he began work as a caretaker at the Midale School, long hours and lots of hard work. In the song dedicated to him at his retirement, "He's a janitor extraordinaire, carpenter, repairman, a friend who cares. He's a man of dedication - King of the School!" He loved his family and always put them first. They learned how to be good people by watching their Dad and Grandpa. Willard was predeceased by his parents, Elsie and Rubin Meyers, one son, Kelvin Meyers, sisters, Evy Bay and ruby Poczynek; parents-in-law, Clara and Henry Ziehl; brothers-in-law: Ed Bay, Henry Poczynek, Elvin Torgunrud, (infant Lloyd Ziehl). Willard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Leola and their family: two sons, Lorie Meyers of Red Deer, AB and Brian (Lori) Meyers of Estevan, and one daughter, Barb (J.P.) Tremblay of Athabaska, AB; grandchildren: Krista (Derek) MacPherson of Midale, Zak Rao of Edmonton, AB and Kaz Rao of Athabaska, AB, Andy Meyers of Estevan; and great grandchildren: Emilee and Seth MacPherson of Midale; sisters: Marg Torgunrud of Weyburn, Joyce Webster of Winnipeg, MB, and Ethel Morton of Weyburn; brothers-in-law: Don Webster and Donn Morton; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Midale with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. The staff of Mainprize Manor were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were: Don Parsons, Don Hepting, Ken Turner, Garry Hughes, Garth Holman and Lester Scharnatta. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of Willard may be made to Mainprize Manor, Midale, Sask. or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn (842-6662)
Bertha Windecker (nee Reich) was born on October 10, 1916 at Estuary, and passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2007 in Regina, at the age of 90 years. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Gene (March 31, 2004); both parents; sister Marie Schimpf and brother Henry Reich. Bertha is fondly remembered by the community of Wintergreene Estates; extended family and friends. Bertha was educated in Weyburn at Souris Public School and Weyburn Collegiate. She worked at the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital in Weyburn prior to marrying Eugene "Gene" Windecker on February 20, 1938. Together, Bertha and Gene owned and operated a chicken ranch as well as a butcher shop south of Weyburn. She also worked at Singer Sewing Machine in Weyburn. In 1949, Bertha and Gene moved to Regina where she worked at the Regina General Hospital until her retirement in 1976. She was skilled at many things including oil painting, handcrafts, crocheting, ceramics, and carpentry and most notably as a talented seamstress. Bertha succumbed to the injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on April 11, 2007. Special thanks are extended to Regina Downtown Patrol, RQHR-EMS, ICU and respiratory staff for their care during the last weeks of her life. A graveside service was held at Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hwy #1 East, on Friday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bertha's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Family and friends are invited to sign a book of condolences at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.
Barney T. Comishin
'Thank you St. Peter' Barney T. Comishin, late of Estevan and formerly of Cedoux and Weyburn, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Estevan. Barney was born in Cedoux, December 29, 1914. Barney's home was Cedoux for most of his life. He purchased his father's blacksmith and garage business and started a British American/Gulf Oil fuel agency servicing the area. When Gulf Oil was purchased by Petro Canada, Barney and his wife Helen moved to Weyburn where he worked for Petro Canada until his retirement. Barney's home has been Hillview Manor in Estevan since June 2002. Barney loved to travel with Helen, friends and family and visited places within Canada, USA, Hawaii and Europe. He enjoyed coffee and cards with friends and spending time with his family, especially children. His grandchildren brought a sparkle to his eye and a smile to his face. Barney was a loving grandfather, instilling in his grandchildren his love of music and nature. Barney was a treasure who brought joy, humor and comfort to lives. His warm loving nature and generosity made him special to all who knew him. Gone are the days of traveling the countryside in the bulk fuel truck, riding the lawn mower, ice cream treats in Cedoux, blowing up muscles, teasing and laughing with the grandkids. Living on are precious memories and his legacy of love and devotion. Barney was predeceased by his wife Helen; stepson Daryl; parents, Steve and Katherine; two sisters, Josephine and Monica and three brothers-in-law, Ted, Bill and George. He leaves to cherish his memory: two sisters, Natalie Byers and Judy (Jerry) Resch; stepchildren, Wayne (Pat) Leader and Darlene (Kenn) Geisel, as well as many priceless grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Barney was held Tuesday, May 15 from St. Vincent de Paul RC Church, Weyburn, with Father Norman Marcotte officiating. Pallbearers were good friend Jerry Thiesen, grandchildren Gaylene Leader, Kim Elson, Rob Geisel, Rick Geisel and great granddaughter Desiree Geisel. Interment was at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Prayers were held Monday, May 14 with Doug Third presiding. The family of Barney Comishin would like to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Sheikh and the nurses of Unit A, St. Joseph's Hospital, Doug Third, Boire Funeral Home & Crematorium, Father Norm, and Father Gerry Bauche, the choir, organist and CWL for lunch, A Loving Touch Florist. We appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness, the flowers, food, cards and phone calls. Special thanks are extended to the staff at Hillview Manor for Barney's wonderful care and attention. God bless.
On Sunday, May 27, 2007, Matthew Frederick Zimmerman passed away at Hilltop Manor at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, Adam and Genevieve Zimmerman; his first wife, Inga; brothers: Marcus in infancy, Martin, Joseph, John and Ralph; sister, Kathrine; as well as three step-great grandsons and step-daughter-in-law, Olga. Matthew will be lovingly remembered by his second wife, Lillian and her children: Carol (Ron); Bruce (Laraine), Greg (Brenda), Grant (Barb), Michael (Norma), Keith (Helen); he also leaves Inga's children: Vernon (Esther), Audrey (Jerome), Rodney (Nadia) and Lorne (Shirley); as well as sisters-in-law, Alice, Marion and Fay; many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Matt will be sadly missed by his sister, Magdalene (Don) Pretty. He was born, raised and attended school in the Hoffer-Oungre area. He worked for several farmers until the passing of his father. He then farmed with his mother and siblings. When his brother Joe returned from overseas, he joined him. In the early 40's, they moved to the Bromhead area. It was a proud moment for Matt when he purchased his own land. Matt loved his animals and took good care of them. The pigs especially welcomed the head scratching he gave them. He was an excellent rider and took pride in his team and harness. Matt often sang when he was doing the chores and on a clear night people in Bromhead said they could hear him yodeling. In 1954, Matt and Inga were married and a few years later moved into Bromhead where Matt worked for Gordon Forrester as a parts man/bookkeeper. He was known there for his roll-your-own cigarettes and a good joke. Matt was confirmed in Hamar Lutheran church and taught Sunday school and served as church secretary and auditor. Even after he moved to Weyburn, he continued to support our church. Doing crossword puzzles, watching sports on T.V., reading and going for drives to check crops were favorite activities. He even acted in a few plays in Bromhead. Quite often after church we'd gather at "the house" for coffee and visiting. The whole family has fond memories of those afternoons spent eating, visiting and being together. In 1987, Inga died and Matt lived alone in Bromhead. After three lonely years, he married Lillian Bloor and moved to Weyburn and so began another phase of his life. He and Lillian had almost 17 years together. Hilltop Manor became their home on June 29, 2006. Matt was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery in September, 2006. He put up a good fight and remained cheerful and easy to get along with. We think he became something of a 'pet' at Hilltop. We are grateful he could spend his last days there with people who cared about him and whom he cared about. Matt will be missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service was held June 1 at his church, Hamar Lutheran at Bromhead with his pastor Cicely McDougal officiating. Interment followed in Bromhead Lutheran Cemetery. Donations in Matt's memory may be made to Hamar Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
On Friday, May 18, 2007, Robert "Oscar" Hall passed away at Crocus Plains Villa, Weyburn at the age of 98 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, William and Martha Hall; four brothers: Leonard, Harvey, Jack and Russel; three sisters: Annie Rose, Mary Hall and Lillian Hall. Oscar will be lovingly remembered by one niece, Phyllis Scott of Weyburn and one nephew, Keith Hall of Dodge City, KA, USA; and by many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Oscar was born October 28, 1908 on Sec.12, Twp.6, Rg.14 W 2nd. He was the sixth child (fifth son) of William and Martha Hall (Fenton). He was raised on the farm and received his education at Delight School. Oscar was always a farmer and ran the farm from the time he was 18 or 20 years old. He enjoyed skating on the frozen river and playing ball in the summer. He was know for great physical strength by all his family and neighbors, and had a sense of humour with a quiet chuckle. He worked on Highway 35 when it was being built and also helped build fence for the PFRA pasture. He helped build roads and bridges in the area as well as with other community projects. In 1937 he had to take almost all of his cattle to Manitoba where there was feed available, as the drought in Sask. left pastures bare. He lived all his life in the Goodwater area until 1985 when he and his sister, Lillian moved to Weyburn. Oscar attended Wesley United Church in its country location and later when that building was moved to Goodwater. After their move to Weyburn, he attended Grace United Church. Oscar was a very quiet-spoken man, but his presence was a tower of strength for his family. In her later years, his mother was hospitalized and spoke so highly to all who would listen, about this man 'Oscar' that some of the hospital staff believed he must be a superman. His passing marks the end of his generation of the Hall family, but he leaves the next generation a strong character and spiritual foundation on which to build. Funeral Services were held Thursday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Ken Freeman, Don Baillie, Ernie Lokken, Glen Ridgway, Gary Irwin and Cam Kerr. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of Oscar may be made to Muscular Dystrophy, the Alzheimer's Association, or a charity of the Donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)