Andrew James Robertson
On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Andrew James "Andy" Robertson, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Yellow Grass, passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, David and Helen Robertson, his wife, Betty, three brothers: Dave, Bob and Archie Robertson and one sister, Effie Watt. Andy is survived by his son, Jim (Betty) Robertson and their children: Steven, Michael, Curtis, Jenna and Scott, his daughter, Lenna (Randy) Schmidt and their children: Robert and Jason; sister, Anne Winter and brother, George Robertson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was born February 2, 1922 at Yellow Grass. He was raised on the farm north of Yellow Grass and attended Actonvale School. Andy was employed as a farm laborer from 1939 to 1940, worked at Weyburn Motors Service Station until 1942, when he joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving in England, Holland and Germany. He returned in 1946 and then worked on the family farm until 1955. On October 30, 1954, Andy married Betty Ferris in Yellow Grass. He then worked as a salesman at Weyburn Motors until 1962, when he went farming full time until the mid 1990's. Andy always lived in Yellow Grass until he became a resident of the Weyburn Special Care Home in 2002. Andy enjoyed his community, serving as a Yellow Grass town councilor from 1967 for nine years. He became mayor of Yellow Grass from 1976 to 1985, was the Yellow Grass fire chief for 10 years, served on the Weyburn Union Hospital Board and the Weyburn Special Care Home Board, was a member of the Yellow Grass Legion #066, and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was instrumental in the publication of the first Yellow Grass history book in 1980. Fishing and camping were some of the outdoor activities he looked forward to. He was involved in the CB Club, was interested in all types of electronics and was probably 'born before his time' as he would have enjoyed computers etc. Andy enjoyed recording and playing music for enjoyment or at special events and for the Figure Skating Club. He was always bouncing a grandchild on his knee to the beat. In later years, he enjoyed mowing lawns around town, going for drives and out to eat. He always enjoyed a good joke, trick or prank. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. A Memorial Service was held Monday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass United Church, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Donations may be made in memory of Andy to the Weyburn Special Care Home or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
John James Norman
On Saturday, July 8, 2006, John James Norman, late of Weyburn, passed away at Crocus Plains Villa, Weyburn, at the age of 83 years. John was predeceased by his mother and father, Gertrude and Leonard Norman; brothers: Allan, Charles and Peter Norman; sisters: Fanny Surring and Barbara Burrill. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 60 years, Isobel, and their children: son, Gregg (Jenine) Norman and daughter, Rae (Neal) Keefe; grandchildren: Tara (Jeff) August, Alison, Joey (Al) Shields, and Brent, and great grandchildren: Megan, Gracie and Max August, Boedy and Dallyn Shields; one brother, Gerald Norman, along with numerous nieces and nephews. John James Norman was a life time resident of Weyburn. He was born May 3, 1923 in Weyburn, to Leonard and Gertrude (nee Wheeler) Norman. John belonged to the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1943 to 1945. In 1946 John married Isobel Charlton. He worked for 30 years for the City of Weyburn, starting as City Treasurer and retiring as City Commissioner. He was a past president of the Young Fellows Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47. He was also a member of All Saints Anglican Church from 1923 to 2006. John was interested in all sports, particularly in hockey as a player, coach and referee. He was also an avid golfer in Weyburn, Kenosee Lake in the summer and Mesa, Arizona where they wintered for eleven years. A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. A private family interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of John to the All Saints Anglican Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. 842-5432.
Agatha "Aggie" Hugger, was born October 7, 1912 in Botalch, Romania. She came to Canada in 1920 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lang. Aggie was married to William Hugger on March 5, 1935. She moved from Quinton, to Regina in 1941, and resided in Regina until September of 2003, when she moved to Weyburn to be closer to her daughter and resided at Parkway Lodge until her passing. Aggie passed away on July 7, 2006 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 93. Aggie is survived by her daughters: Lottie (Dave) Hutchinson, Calgary, AB, and Rose (Daniel) Dembiczak, Weyburn; four grandchildren: Grant (Teri) Hutchinson, Calgary, AB, Janice (Colin) Hutchinson-Roberts, Calgary, AB, Douglas (Marilyn) Dembiczak, Weyburn, Colleen (Lenn) Dembiczak-McDonald, Regina; six great grandchildren: Molly and Anna Hutchinson, Samuel and Daniel Roberts, Calgary, AB; step great granddaughters, Krista and Kara Sandney, Weyburn; brother, Anthony (Catherine) Lang, Port Orchard, Washington; sister-in-law, Lillian Lang, Abbotsford, BC; as well as many nieces and nephews. Aggie was predeceased by her husband, William in 1981; her parents; sister, Marie; brothers: Frank, Fred, Louie, John and George. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Lee Funeral Home, Regina. Interment followed at Regina Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Aggie's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were in care of Lee Funeral Home, Regina, 1-306-757-8645.
Rosina Anna Kesslering
On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Rosina Anna Kesslering, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hosptial at the age of 85 years. Rosina was predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Margaret Fellner, her husband, Peter Kesslering, three brothers: Alfred, Fred and Melvin Fellner, and three brothers-in-law: Matt Schneider, Lloyd Klein and Frank Kesslering. Rosina leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Gail Kesslering, brother, Edward (Amelia) Fellner, sisters-in-law, Anne Fellner and Tess Fellner, brothers-in-law, Tony (Anne) Kesslering and Max (Margaret) Kesslering, sisters-in-law, Magdelina Schneider, Anna Klein and Mary Kesslering, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rosina was born November 22, 1920 at Khedive, to Nicholas and Magaret Fellner. She was raised on a farm at Khedive along with her siblings, an older brother, Alfred and younger brothers, Edward, Fred and Mel. After her schooling, Rosina worked at Joe Bolin's Red & White Store in Khedive for a couple years. She married Peter Kesslering on September 30, 1948 at Khedive. They resided on a farm North of Khedive until Peter's passing in 1972. Rosina then moved to Weyburn where she lived until her passing. She was employed at the Met Store from 1974 to 1990. Rosina loved to garden, especially flowers. She would spend many hours tending to her flowers and it wasn't uncommon for her yard to look like a park. She especially enjoyed shopping with her daughter and her friends, going for coffee and playing cards. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. A Prayer Service was held Monday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. The interment was held Tuesday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. By the family's request, no flowers please. Donations may be made in memory of Rosina to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Cal Sletten late of Weyburn passed away on Saturday July 8, 2006. Cal was predeceased by his father Arnold Sletten; his mother Jean McClinton and his step-father Donald McClinton. Cal is survived by his children: Chad (Sara) Sletten of Red Deer, AB and their children Brayden, Brett and Zack, Nicole Sletten (Mike) of Regina and her children Beau, Tatianna and Michael and Brandon Sletten of Fillmore; one sister, Colleen (Darry) Borshowa of Weyburn; two nieces Rebecca and Mandy Borshowa of Weyburn as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Cal was born on October 14, 1958 at Swift Current. He worked at various sales positions over the last few years and was currently working as a waiter at the Smitty's restaurant in Weyburn. Cal followed many sporting events, but was a huge fan of baseball especially the Cardinals. He also loved to travel to different places. Cal was a wonderful friend to many people. The family would like to express their special thanks and gratitude to all those who lovingly cared for Cal and to those special friends. The funeral service for Cal Sletten was held on Wednesday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jay Mowchenko Officiating. The active pallbearers were Troy Skog, Melissa Kohonick, Becky Borshowa, Darcy Sluth, Jeff Sletten and Brad Nyhus. For friends and family so wishing, donations in memory of Cal may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were 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"
Bernice Edith (Wilson) LaCoste
Bernice was born on Feb. 15, 1912 at Rosholt, South Dakota, the fifth of six children born to Wilmot and Matilda (Mayberry) Wilson. She was 11 years old when her family moved to a farm near Raymond, Montana. She attended Collin's Country School at Outlook, Montana, until grade 9; at age 16 she quit to take care of her mother who had a crippling stroke at the age of 40. She took care of the home for her mother, father and younger brother Kenneth, who was ten at the time; also baked bread and did laundry for bachelors in the area. On May 1, 1933, Bernice married Armand LaCoste at Plentywood, Montana. He was a Canadian farmer who lived a mile across the border. Shortly after, they moved a shack to the Big Muddy to start a coal mine with his brother Emile. This is where Darrell and Marilyn were born. They mined coal for three years, broke up some land on their homestead in the summer, and went farming fulltime. The "thirties" were hard times; Bernice helped to raise Sylvia, Roland and Duane (Emile's children) after their mother (Delphine) died at a young age. Along with her own family of nine youngsters: Darrell, Marilyn, Kenneth, Aurel, Vernon, Dwight, Sharon, Leona, and Marianna (her twin Matilda died at birth). When Emile married Liz they had nine more children, who all became part of this close knit family. Bernice milked cows and made butter, hatched her own chickens and turkeys for meat and eggs. Every drop of water needed for washing and cooking had to be carried up the hill from the 'spring.' She grew a big garden to feed her growing family so there was always pickling, canning vegetables, meat and fruit to be done. She baked 18 loaves of bread at a time, scrubbed clothes on the board, baked and did a lot of sewing and mending for her family. In 1956 Armand and Bernice moved to Minton so the kids would be closer to school. Bernice did a lot of work in Minton, cooking for road crews, cleaning houses, cooking at the hotel and cafe, washing clothes for priests and customs officers. She took in many boarders after the children were gone from home. Bernice was truly a caregiver and enjoyed each and every one of her 35 grandchildren, 77 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. Her door was always open: I can remember many Christmas dinners with neighbors that had no place to go. She "NEVER" forgot a birthday, and always sent Christmas cards and letters to all her family and friends. Kept busy making blankets, crocheting, and giving homemade items to all her children. Bernice was widowed at age 56, was active in the CWL at St. Eugene's parish in Minton, attended mass for as long as she could and was proud to raise her family in the Catholic faith. She worked at many fowl suppers, always donating the 'best' she had! She was the Minton news correspondent for the Radville Star, Weyburn Review and Estevan Mercury. She enjoyed many trips, traveling with her long time friend Iris Miller. Bernice moved to Weyburn in 1982 to Bison Manor for her retirement and got involved in many activities like reading, writing and genealogy, which she loved to share with her family. She joined the Trossachs Town and Country Ladies group and had many friends. Bernice was able to remain independent in her own home until the age of 86, at that time she moved to Radville Marian Home on Dec. 13, 1999; and later to Weyburn Special Care Home on Jan. 28, 2003. Whenever anyone visited with her you could marvel at her wisdom, and keen sense of humor; how she loved her family and friends for all they did for her. She was the 'treasured matriarch' of her family. We were so lucky to have this very special lady with us for 94 years; we will cherish the memories of her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Bernice was predeceased by her parents, Matilda and Wilmot Wilson; husband, Armand, (infant) twin daughter Matilda, sisters: Jenny (Herb) Blair, Margaret (Al) Henderson, brothers, Lyle (Golda) Wilson, Sam (Eleanor) Wilson, Kenneth (Lillian) Wilson; grandchildren, Dean LaCoste, Justin (infant) and Rhonda Wick, (infant) Paul LaCoste, daughter-in-law Elisabeth LaCoste; son-in-law Arlie Laws; brother-in-law Emile (Elizabeth) LaCoste, Albert LaCoste, sister-in-law Bella (Roy) Beischel, Delphine LaCoste; in-laws Athanase and Agnes LaCoste and Marianne (Bouchard) LaCoste. Bernice is survived by her children: Darrell (Cecelia) LaCoste of Minton; Marylin (Carl) Williams of Spokane, WA; Kenneth (Lovey) LaCoste of Cottage Grove, OR; Aurel LaCoste of Weyburn; Vernon (Adell) LaCoste of Minton; Dwight LaCoste and Connie Lee of McTaggart; Sharon Patton of Kelowna, BC; Leona (Herbert) Tessier of Weyburn; Marianna (Randy) Wick of Oungre; 35 grandchildren, 77 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren; brother-in-law Larry (Marilyn) LaCoste, Wabamun, AB; sisters-in-law Lillian (Robin) Farmer, Sidney, BC; Marlene (Glenn) Watland, Havisue City, AZ; many special nieces, nephews, son-in-law Bernard Patton, Kentucky, daughter-in-law Bonnie (Ernie) Pokletar, Weyburn. Prayers were said Sunday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. A Memorial Mass was held Monday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche presiding. Interment followed in Estevan City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bernice may be made to the Weyburn Special Care Home. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
On Thursday, July 27, 2006, Ruth Isabella Phillips, passed away at Hill Top Manor, Weyburn, at the age of 82 years. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Edmund, step-son, Larry Phillips, mother and father: John and Isabella Rathwell, three sisters Jean Hart, Edith Mellan, Grace Ridley, and a brother, George Rathwell. Ruth is survived by her step-daughter, Joyce (Jack) Beck, Weyburn, step-grandchildren: Gary (Kelly) Schmidt, White City, Dale (Michelle) Schmidt, Weyburn, Karen Hill, Weyburn, Darren (Karen) Schmidt, Yorkton, Francis (Donna) Phillips, Weyburn and Kathy (Art) Bloor, Saskatoon, 15 great grandchildren, brother, John Wesley (Dianna) Rathwell, Mistasinne, and sister-in-law, Pat Rathwell, Regina and step sister-in-law Elaine Phillips, Weyburn. Ruth Isabella Phillips was born to John and Isabella (Getty) Rathwell, on August 23, 1923 at Moose Jaw. She lived on a farm near Moose Jaw with her parents, three sisters and two brothers. The family moved to the Kindersley area for ten years, and Ruth attended a country school. After that, they moved back to the farm at Moose Jaw. She graduated from Moose Jaw Technical School and did one year as a stenographer, for her own use. She taught correspondence lessons for five years at Hazelet, Tompkins and north of Williams Lake in BC. Her last job was at Meadow Brook School, which is now located in Weyburn's Heritage Park. She married Edmund Phillips in 1959, and lived on a farm southwest of Weyburn, in the RM of Brokenshell, near Grassdale. Edmund had two children, son Larry and daughter Joyce. In 1967 they built a house in Weyburn and drove back and forth between the farm and city, until Edmund retired. Ruth was kept busy looking after two houses. She belonged to the Yeoman's Sewing Circle in the country and did volunteer work for mental health. Ruth enjoyed her membership of Knox Presbyterian Church in Weyburn. She loved to read and play the piano, and the farm where she enjoyed all the animals. Her husband died in 1988, and Ruth moved to Hill Top Manor at the end of October, 1999. She enjoyed her stay at Hill Top and was privileged to be chosen for her idea of naming their publication "Views from the Hill Top." She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Stu Rathwell, George Rathwell, Bill Rathwell, Grant Rathwell, Dale Schmidt and Kyle Schmidt. Donations may be made in memory of Ruth to Knox Presbyterian Church or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Edith (Marie Alberta) Allan, 84, passed away peacefully at the Invermere (BC) Hospital on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. She was born on August 17, 1921 in St. Rose du Lac, MB, the first of five children of Raphael and Amelie Laderoute. Edith's family was descendants of Jean Baptiste and Anne Marie Lagimodiere, one of the original families to settle in western Canada. The family eventually migrated west to southern Saskatchewan and the Creelman area. In 1941 Edith graduated from Regina Normal School and taught at Pei Wei School District in Porcupine Plain, for the next year. As a young woman, Edith joined the Canadian Armed Forces and was stationed in London, England during the Second World War. After WWII, she returned home and subsequently married Colin Allan of Creelman in 1946. They lived in Stoughton, where they raised a family of five children. In the early 70s, Edith moved west to Calgary, AB and spent the next 33 years there. Becoming the ultimate western Canadian gal, she completed her journey west by relocating to Invermere, BC in October of 2005. Edith was predeceased by her parents; her brother Louis; and her husband Colin. She is survived by her three sisters Lucille (Sis), Yvonne, and Bernice; as well as her loving children and their families: Jim (Norma); Peter (Toni); and Sonja, all of Calgary, AB; Doug (Jill) of Flagstaff, Arizona; and Paul (Lori) of Mankato, Minnesota. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and many relatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. A special thanks to Dr. Gooch, the nurses and staff at Invermere and District Hospital for the care given to our mother. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Invermere Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.
On Monday, July 24, 2006 at the age of 85, Alida "Toots" Bonnell passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home. Alida "Toots" will be lovingly remembered by her family, Ellen (Bill) Sunderwood, Westbank, BC, Doug (Julie) Bonnell, Qualicum Beach, BC, Dave (Lynn) Liebel, Victoria, BC, Darleen (Rick) Olson, Barrhead, AB, Marie (Clarence) Gingrich, Edmonton, AB, and Kim (Gerry) Lichtenfeld, Campbell River, BC; 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. The memorial service for Alida "Toots" Bonnell was held on Friday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. at RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, for friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Alida "Toots" to the Saskatchewan Parkinson's Disease Foundation or 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"
Daisy Hilda Earl
On Thursday, August 17, 2006, Daisy Hilda Earl passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 98 years. Daisy was predeceased by her husband, Douglas H. Earl in August of 1981; by her parents, Harold and Minnie Buck; two brothers, Leonard and Harold Buck; and three sisters: Winnifred, Alice and Muriel. Left to cherish her memory are her family: three sons: Raymond Earl of Osage, Marvin (Fern) Earl of Calgary, AB, and James (Brenda) Earl of Weyburn; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Earl; sisters-in-law: Hazel Glover, Marjorie Shirley and Margaret Buck; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Daisy Hilda Earl was born October 7, 1907 at Redjacket, the second daughter of Harold and Minnie Buck. The family moved to farm in the Dilke area in1910, then to Shaunigan Lake, BC in 1912, moving back to farm near Dilke in 1915. Schooling started while in BC then at Dilke, with high school being completed at Craik. Daisy then attended Normal School in Regina in 1925. The first year of her teaching career was at Goldrich School, north of Bethune in 1926. The following year she taught at Neal School in the north Osage District, and stayed teaching at Neal until her marriage to a young local farmer, Douglas H. Earl, on February 21st, 1934. Now being a wife, homemaker and in December, a mother, she stayed home to raise her family, becoming involved in the community and the school once the boys were attending. They lived on two different rental properties in the area, purchasing their own farm in 1945 where they raised their family before building their own home in Osage in 1963. Daisy lived there until February of 2003, when she moved to the Weyburn Special Care Home in March, and remained there until her time of passing. Daisy loved to knit, crochet, tat and visit. She had a large vegetable and flower garden and enjoyed being a homemaker. There were always crossword puzzle books available and she enjoyed reading the newspapers and keeping articles of special events or announcements. Her family and friends looked forward to receiving the many letters she would send them. Daisy regularly attended the Osage United Church and was a member of the Ladies Aid and the United Church Women of Osage. Family was very important to Daisy, and they never remember an angry word ever spoken. She remained calm and greeted everyone with a smile. She was never one to complain and kept her independence right up until the end. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by all she knew and loved. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of Daisy to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to Weyburn Special Care Home. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)