Nicholas Ed Elchuk
On Tuesday, August 22, 2006, Nicholas Ed Elchuk, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 83 years. Nick was predeceased by his mother and father, Mary and George Elchuk, stepbrothers, John, Mike and Theodore, stepsisters, Nellie, Mary and Margaret and a brother-in-law, Bill Bewley. Nick leaves to mourn his memory, his loving wife, Kathleen Elchuk of Weyburn, one son, Kevin (Laurel Sewap) Elchuk of Weyburn; two sisters, Ann (Murray) MacDonald of Ancaster, ON and Jean Bewley of Kitchener, ON and two brothers, William (Natalee) Elchuk of Edmonton, AB and Steve (Lucy) Elchuk of Yorkton, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Nick was born on May 7, 1923 in the Hamton District on the homestead of his pioneer parents, George and Mary Elchuk. Nick attended Fudurhill school in the Rhein District. In 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in London, England. He served on a destroyer in the English Channel and the Atlantic. When the war ended, he returned home and was employed by the General Paint Company. He met and married his wife Kathleen Horseman in Regina. His next job was with Andrews and Wilder Sporting Goods in Weyburn. He was very interested in sports and he coached many junior hockey teams in Yorkton and Weyburn. He also did numerous volunteering with community activities around Weyburn. When he retired, Nick joined the Royal Canadian Legion in Weyburn and made it one of his greatest involvements. He enjoyed being a member of the Legion and was very proud of it. He will be missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Monday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47 conducted a Last Post Service, and were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Ken Kobelka, Colin Olfert, Trevor White, Paul Dumont, Brett Johnstone and Walter Jaster. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Nick to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47, Weyburn. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
William Hugo Jacobson
On Thursday, August 10, 2006, William "Bill" Hugo Jacobson, late of Midale, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by his parents, John and Ebba, his loving wife Margaret, brothers and sisters: Maurice, Abe, Dan, Marion, Alden; and a daughter, Linda in infancy. Bill is survived by his six sons: Grant of China and family: Corrine, Gary, Luke, Adam, Daniel; David (Brenda) of Sherwood Park, AB and family: Carmen, Wayne; Robert (Lynn) of Moose Jaw, and family: Sean, Arielle, Emily; Stephen (Nancy) of Regina, and family: Callum, Patrick; Philip (Sherry) of Redvers, and family: Joel, Philip, Martin; Paul (Lisa) of Deloraine, MB and family: Melissa, Sean, Tyrone, Chereth, Jacob; six great grandchildren: Courtney, Ashley, Oceana, Owen, Eliana, Cameron; nieces and nephews. William Hugo Jacobson was born April 14, 1916 on the homestead where he would later farm until his retirement in 1981. Bill, as he was familiarly known, grew up and retired in the Midale area. He was married to (Sarah) Margaret Peters in 1945 and they raised six boys on the family farm. Bill was a devote Christian and a member of the Church of God for years. He also attended the Baptist Church in Midale regularly. He loved to play his trumpet and loved a real good sing along. Bill was always a prankster at home and was willing to take part in most games and contests. Though his eyes were poor, he managed adequately for he was a very good marksman with a rifle and he taught his sons safety at an early age. As a family, we will miss Dad very much and he will be missed by all who knew him. We will see you and Mom someday 'Up There". 'Till then, Love, Grant, Dave, Bob, Steve, Phil, Paul". Funeral service was held Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church in Midale, with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. The interment followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. All in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Donations may be made in memory of Bill to a charity of the Donor's Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (306-842-5432)
On Sunday, November 26, 2006, Bertha Annetta Huston of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 88 years. Bertha was predeceased by her mother and father, Nels and Annie Flaaten, one daughter, Audrey Downs, two brothers, Noel and Harold Flaaten, sisters-in-law, Lottie Pearson, Jean Huston and niece Lorraine. Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband of 65 years, Tommy Huston and their family: daughter, Mary Ann (Dan) McDonald of White City, and their daughters, Danielle (Glen) and daughter, Hannah, and Heather (Brent) and children, Brooklyn and Ty, son, Roger (Norma) Huston of Saskatoon, and their daughters, Jennifer and Lisa, Audrey's husband, Gary Downs of Ottawa, ON and their children, Tammy (Tim) and daughters, Kristen, Kaitlyn and Kayla, Greg (Jody) and son Christopher, Darcy (Jane) and son Jesse; two brothers, Norvald (Helen) Flaaten and Scotty Flaaten, one sister, Gladys Flaaten, sister-in-law, Laura Flaaten, all of Weyburn, one niece, June (Myron) Fletcher and four nephews, Norlee (Rosemary), Jeff (Maryann) and Greg Flaaten, Robert Pearson, and several great nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends. Bertha Annetta Huston was born May 24, 1918 at Grassdale, to Nels and Annie Flaaten. She was the oldest child of six children, her siblings being, Norvald, Scotty, Noel, Harold and Gladys. Bertha told great stories of growing up on a prairie farm. She attended Meadowbrooke School, a one room school, completing grade 10. As a young child, Bertha loved to visit her grandparents in Minnesota, USA. She then completed a nurses' aid course at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn, where she was employed during the 1930's. On July 12, 1941 Bertha married Tom Huston at the Presbyterian Manse in Weyburn. Bertha and Tom's first child, Audrey, was born while Tom was in British Columbia preparing to go overseas. Bertha took Audrey, then only a few months old, on the train out to Chilliwack, BC to see Tom before he left for the war. During the 1960's, Bertha was involved with the Boy Scouts organization, and was secretary of the South Saskatchewan district for the Boy Scouts of Canada. Bertha worked tirelessly for both the provincial and federal Liberal Association. While her health allowed, Bertha was a 'caregiver' for many seniors and shut-ins in the community. She was presented with a "Life Membership" in the Liberal Party of Canada. She also received numerous awards from the Scouts Organization of Canada and in 1978 the Government presented Bertha with the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. "The award marks the Queen's Anniversary and pays tribute to the good work ... individuals have done in their communities and for their Country". In the summer of 1969, Bertha travelled to Norway with her father and daughter, Mary Ann, to explore her Norwegian heritage. Bertha lived in the Weyburn area her entire life. Bertha loved to entertain, cook and bake. She was famous for her apple pie and doughnuts. She was very proud of her Norwegian roots and culture, making Lefsa and other ethnic foods for special occasions. She enjoyed being with and meeting people. She spent many enjoyable summers cooking at the Midale Bible Camp, and was very involved with the Lutheran Church at both the local and conference levels. She was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church, and she had a deep, personal faith. She enjoyed good times with her children at the summer cottage, named "Happy Valley" at Carlyle Lake. She worked part-time at her bother Harold's store, Kempton's Stationary, as needed and provided child care for many friends and neighbours. She will be deeply missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, November 30, at 2:30 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastors Martin Olson and Marjorie McLeod officiating. A Visitation and Prayer Service was held Wednesday, November 29, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The eulogy was given by Jim Brown and a solo was sung by June Fletcher with organist April Sampson. The Inerment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Jim Rubin, Willard Hammen, Eugene Schmidt, Mel Eggum and Elmer and Kevin Trithart. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bertha to the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, Box 459, Outlook, SK S0L 2N0, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Ruth Pederson, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina Pasqua Hospital, at the age of 88 years. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Olaf and Ragnhild Grindstad, brothers: Odin, Olaf and Haakon, sisters: Laura, Mary, Madge, Signa, Ruth and Julia, sons, Ron and Glen Pederson, daughter, Joyce, granddaughter, Samantha, grandsons, Keith and Kohl, and son-in-law, Bob Imrie. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Harold Pederson and their family: Ron's children, Brent (Marcia) and their children, Justis, Jayden, Hannah and Kurt (Natale), Karla (Collin) and their son Davin; daughters, Mardell (Bob) Falconer and their children, Kelli and Farrah; Audrey (Tom) Veale and their children, Craig, Curtis, Lindsay (Clayton) Pilling; Janice Imrie and her children, Kristen, Kevin, Kathryn; Joyce's children, Jordy, Justin and Lacey Driscoll; sons, Dallas (Wendy) Pederson and their children, Glenn (Stephanie) and their daughter Grace, Brandy (Todd) Magnus and Benji; Dayle (Judy) Pederson and their children, Dieta (Russell) Snider, Tyson (fiancÚ Ulyana), Alesha (Justin) Bloor, Shea, Rhett; Gordon (Leanne) Pederson and their children, Shanea and Jaslyn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was born May 6, 1918 at Midale. She was raised on the Grindstad farm on NE 4-4-12. The Grindstad farm was known for its large red barn, prancing horse teams, home cooked meals and lots of work. There was well-digging, haying, stooking, ploughing and very seldom time for idle hands! Ruth rode her pony, Sylvie, after the cattle. As the second youngest of a large family, Ruth was surrounded by her many siblings and often told stories of her childhood and how she admired her hard-working mother. Ruth attended Lac Qui Parle School and completed her grade 10. As a young adult, Ruth worked in Estevan for a time, for Liberal MLA McLeod. Ruth took pride in setting an elegant table and serving good food. Ruth also attended Briercrest Bible Institute for a year. In 1942 she married Harold Pederson and they settled on the Ofstie farm. Ruth and Harold raised a large family - a total of nine children. It was no easy feat to feed and clothe such a group but Ruth's children always said that they were some of the best fed children in the district. Ruth could cook and bake like no other, according to them! Gardening, raising chickens, washing the separator, cleaning, baking, kept Ruth busy. She was also involved in the Lac Qui Parle Church as a member of the choir and helped with the Ladies Aid. Her interest in quilting provided many hours of enjoyment for Ruth well into retirement. Ruth also served on the Souris Valley History Book committee. She sang with the Easter Cantata group. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ruth and Harold were the caretakers at Mainprize Park where Ruth's cold plates and rhubarb pies became a huge attraction on busy summer Sundays. After moving off the farm, Harold and Ruth lived in Estevan for a short time, then moved to Weyburn where they lived on Elm Crescent. In 1997 they moved into an apartment (Beatrix Plaza) where they have enjoyed the friendship of the people in the block. Ruth's love of baking benefited the residents there as she often left fresh buns at their doors. Ruth and Harold were actively involved in the Silver Heights Bible Church. They attended many missionary conferences, helped provide with food preparation for many events and joined an inter-denominational singing group "The Gospel Singers" - they sang regularly at many nursing homes in Weyburn. Ruth and Harold loved to visit friends and were devoted to visiting hospitals and nursing homes. In their spare time, Ruth loved to play scrabble and work on puzzles. In the summer of 2005, at the age of 87, Ruth was stricken with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Over 16 months of trips to Regina, tests, scans, chemo, transfusions made for a difficult year. However, Ruth was always a fighter and lived on with amazing determination. Her family tried to help out with some homecare during these many months, but Ruth's independent spirit was hard to bend! Only this past August, at Harold's 90th Birthday party at Mainprize Park, Ruth participated by sleeping in a cabin with her family, visiting with many people, singing with Lac Qui Parle Choir, sitting at the campfire and going for boat rides the next day. Harold has been a constant companion at Ruth's side this past year. He has been a pillar of strength. Helping them cope in Regina was faithful and devoted Mardell and Farrah. Mid-way through radiation treatments, Ruth suffered from a massive stroke on October 31. She outlived the doctor's predictions by far. With her huge family visiting from far and near throughout the month of November, Ruth clung to life then passed away peacefully on November 22, 2006. Gone, but not forgotten. The family would like to thank Dr. Kline and the palliative care staff at the Pasqua Hospital for their kindness and care. Funeral service was held Friday, December 1, from Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Bob Reesor officiating. Musical numbers were performed by soloist, Conrad Ryan and pianist Dana Ryan, Kristen and Kevin Imri and the Daae family singers. The Eulogy was given by Graham Barker. Lunch followed served by the Silver Heights Bible Church ladies. The Interment was held at Lac Qui Parle cemetery with supper served to the family and those in attendance at the residence of Glenn and Stephanie Pederson. Pallbearers were grandsons: Brent Pederson, Craig Veale, Curtis Veale, Jordy Driscoll, Glenn Pederson and Tyson Pederson. Thanks to Fletcher Funeral Home for their guidance to the family during this difficult time. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Mary Bechtel (Polak) passed away peacefully November 29, 2006 at Hilltop Manor in Weyburn at the age of 96 years. Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA on February 2, 1910. At the age of two, Mary and her mother moved to Warsaw, Poland, where her father later joined them. Mary and her family then immigrated to Canada in 1927 where they set up farming in Kelvington. In 1929 Mary met and married her husband Ora Lee Bechtel. Mary moved to Upper Fraser, BC where she lived with her son Cy for 26 years, returning to Saskatchewan in 1998 to live with her daughter, Louise, in Weyburn. Predeceased by her parents Mary and Tony Polak, husband Ora Lee Bechtel, infant son Ralph, son Walter, daughter Alice, sisters Bernice, Millie and Rosie, brothers Ralph, John, Leo and son-in-law Ray Belanger. Mary leaves to mourn her sister Jenny and brother Stanley, son Cy Bechtel, Weyburn, daughters Helen Bechtel (Harold), Kamloops, BC, Louise Belanger, Weyburn, daughter-in-law Mary Polak, Dryden, ON, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and her special friend Annie. Those wishing to may make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of their choice in memory of Mary. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Home, Weyburn. Interment will be held at a later date.
There was no love more genuine than mine;
in giving and receiving it was pure.
Grieve not, for my legacy is pleasure,
each memory a gift that will endure,
returning you to moments fair and fine.
Dorothy Anna Kerr
On Friday, November 24, 2006, Dorothy Anna Kerr, late of Weyburn, Sask. passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 75 years. Dorothy was predeceased by her mother and father, Catheline and Frank Scheveck, her husband, Joseph Kerr and by one son, Len Kerr, as well as by several brothers and sisters. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her family: two sons: Ron Kerr of Weyburn and Joe Kerr of Weyburn, sisters: Rose Scheveck of Weyburn, Alice Miller of Saskatoon, Agnes Pillen of Prince Albert, Ruth Grant and Mary MacTrail of Bominville, ON and Betty Bagley of Regina, along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Dorothy Anna Kerr was born May 20, 1931 at Marquis and grew up on the family farm with her mom, dad, brothers and sisters. She attended high school and college, obtaining her degree in psychology. She lived a short time at Salmon Arm, BC, returning to live in Weyburn. On October 26, 1964, Dorothy married Joseph Kerr in Weyburn. She worked at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre and farmed with her husband, while raising their family of boys. Dorothy also volunteered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, working at a group home. She loved to play music, and enjoyed gardening and her flowers. Dorothy loved to be with her family and friends, and will be deeply missed by them all. Funeral service was held Wednesday, November 29, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Josephine Ellen Claffey
On Saturday, November 25, 2006, Josephine "Josie" Ellen Claffey, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Ceylon, passed away at the age of 93 years. Josie" was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Josephine Moser, her husband, Arva Claffey, son, Ronald Claffey, daughter, Joan Eskiew, and infant grandson, Russell Claffey. "Josie" will be lovingly remembered by her family: children, Jack (Joan) Claffey of Fort Qu'Appelle, Terry Claffey of Weyburn, Elaine (Merv) Pearson of Ponoka, AB, Rita (Harry) Jensen of Weyburn, Fran (Gary) Steinberg of Plentywood, Mont., Yvonne (David) Hughes of Sylvan Lake, AB, Lynn (Garth) Krauss of Ceylon, Floyd (Laurie) Claffey of Parry and Jeanette Ferguson of Estevan, 25 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sisters: Rose McGrath, Annie Roberts and Mary Pawlak, sisters-in-law, Elsie Hillrud and Inez Hendriks as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Josie was born June 30, 1913 on the family farm at Hardy. She grew up in a very close family of ten, on the family farm, attending Meadowview School. Josie Moser married her sweetheart, Arva Claffey in 1937. They farmed at Ogema for five years before moving to the family farm at Hardy. Josie enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed neighborhood card games, gardening, and social work for the C.W.L. In 1974 they sold the farm and retired to Weyburn, where she remained active in the C.W.L., and later involved with the Ladies Social at Legion Towers. She later resided at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, where she brought lots of love and laughter. She will be missed by her family and friends. "We Love You Mom". Prayers were said Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, November 29, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, with Father Gerry Bauche, Celebrant. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Leonard Claffey, Kalvin Claffey, Gerard Jensen, Sheldon Johnson, Shawn Eden, Shane Krauss, Collin Ferguson. Donations may be made in memory of "Josie" to the Arthritis Society or to Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Myrtle Ivie Wilson
On Monday, November 20, 2006, Myrtle Ivie Wilson, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 95 years. Myrtle was predeceased by her parents, John and Margaret Potts; her husband, Fred Wilson; her grandson, Mickey Bell; three brothers, William (Bill), Elmer (Jim), and John Potts; and three sisters, Gertrude Olson, Elizabeth Crawford and Edith McPhail. Myrtle will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Dolores (Dewey) Bell of Weyburn; one sister-in-law, Mary (Norman) Wilson of Cremona, AB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Myrtle Wilson was born September 19, 1911 on the family farm near Ralph, Sask. in the R.M. of Weyburn. She had a busy but happy childhood on the farm. Myrtle helped her mother and two older sisters with cooking and household chores for a family of nine, after school. Social activities revolved around get-togethers with neighboring farm families, ball games, sleigh rides and lots of good food. She attended Little Rock School and then the Weyburn Collegiate Institute after her family sold the farm and moved into Weyburn in 1928. In 1936, Myrtle married Fred Wilson in Weyburn. Myrtle worked at the Co-op Creamery in Weyburn for seven years before she was married. She then enjoyed staying home, raising their daughter, Dolores, sewing, crocheting, needlework, reading and traveling. In her later years she enjoyed going out for coffee and visiting every afternoon. Myrtle was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church and activities associated with the Ladies Auxiliary. She and Fred celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 1996. Her neighbors on 4th Avenue, where they lived for over 40 years, were very special to her. She loved family gatherings and quality time spent with her grandson Mickey, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 28, at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Hazel Arbon officiating and June Fletcher, soloist accompanied by Tanis Thomas. The active pallbearers were: Lloyd Miller, Marlin Maas, Bernie Neuberger, Don Thiel, Glen Fleming and Ken Grams. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)