On Sunday, October 29, 2006, Laurie Campbell, late of Colfax, passed away at the age of 48 years. Laurie was predeceased by his mother and father, Eldon and Mona Campbell; mother-in-law, Marion Skjonsby, and a nephew, Damon Goski. Laurie leaves to mourn his loving wife of 30 years, Denise Campbell of Colfax, and their children: Tara (Jeff) McKinney of Weyburn, Tracie (John) Fuchs of Balcarres, and Ryan (Kyla Trenaman) Campbell of Weyburn; grandchildren, Lauren and Piper McKinney; one sister, Jean (Jack) Goski of Cedoux; father-in-law, Wilf (Marian) Skjonsby of Weyburn; brother-in-law, Owen (Rochelle) Skjonsby; sisters-in-law: Natalie (Denis) Holloway, Norine (Grant) Schussler, Gail (Dana) Keen; nieces and nephews: Darby (Tanis) Goski, Darren (Nanette) Goski, Ashley (Chris) Holloway, Paige Holloway; Trent, Kyle, Brittany Schussler, Robin and Alison Keen, Reece and Brody Skjonsby; great niece and nephews: Kaden, Ethan and Paige Goski; as well as numerous relatives and friends. Laurie Campbell was born October 4, 1958 at Weyburn. He grew up on the family farm at Colfax, taking his elementary schooling in Colfax, then attended Weyburn Junior High School and the Weyburn Comprehensive School. On July 9, 1976 Laurie and Denise were married in Regina. Laurie worked as a grain elevator agent from 1976 to 1984 in Colfax, Bechard, Drinkwater and Francis. They moved to and took over the family farm at Colfax in 1983. Laurie also drove school bus from 1985 to 1990, and was a battery operator for Southeast Oilfield Services from 1992 to 2006, along with farming. He was a very family oriented man, proud of his kid's accomplishments and a very proud Papa to Lauren and Piper. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. A private family interment followed in Colfax Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency #400 - 2631, 28th Ave. Regina, Sask. S4S 6X3, request that donations be directed to the Stem Cell Transplant Program in memory of Laurie Campbell. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Benjamin Weise, late of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at the age of 85 years. Benjamin was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Emilia Weise; his wife Louise; brothers: Rudolph (Bertha), Gus, Alex (Norrie), Fred and Joe in infancy; sisters: Tillie, Edith, Annie, and Marg (Jack). Benjamin is survived by his sister Olga (Louis) Walbaum of Weyburn; a brother-in-law Gerrit Vandorp of Drayton Valley, AB; a sister-in-law Laura Weise of Stoughton; five step-grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. Ben was born on October 3, 1921 on a farm in the Benson area. He served with the Canadian Forces during WWII. Ben loved to farm and for the remainder of his life he farmed in the Forget area. The funeral service for Benjamin Weise was held on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Woodley, with Rev. Daniel Krauss Officiating. Interment was at Cromar Cemetery, Woodley. The active pallbearers were Randy Phillips, Gerald Phillips, Albert Depape, Ernie Debusschere, Louis Walbaum and Don Kreuger. All who attended Ben's funeral service were considered honorary pallbearers. For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Benjamin may be made to The War Amps, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON, M1V 5K9. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (848-0333 or 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Robert Burns Nelson
The family of Robert Burns Nelson regretfully announces the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend on November 3, 2006 at age 79. Robert was predeceased by his parents: Carl and Enid Nelson; his in-laws: Carl and Lily Buck; brothers-in-law: Anton Kuntz and Elden Anderson and numerous uncles and aunts. Robert will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Margaret; his son Darren and his daughter Bonnie (Larry) Tytlandsvik; three grandchildren: Boyd, Lani and Lee; brothers: Alwin, Weyburn, Gordon (Georgine), Edmonton, AB; sisters: Vivian Kuntz, Tribune; Evelyn (Ralph) Kuntz, Airdrie, AB; Grace (Peter) Syrnyk, Arvada, CO; Fay (Wilfred) Wernicke, Swift Current; brother-in-law: Don Buck, Oungre; sister-in-law: Olive Anderson, Saskatoon; aunt Clara Collins, Estevan, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends. Robert Burns Nelson, eldest child of Carl and Enid Nelson, was born January 25, 1927 at Bromhead. Since he was delivered by a Scottish midwife and born the same day as the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, his parents had no choice in what his name would be. He grew up on farms south of Bromhead and attended Shakespeare school and at a young age went to work on a threshing crew, for which he had calloused hands to prove it. He also enjoyed dancing and just generally having a good time, of which he told many stories about how many people would fit in the cab of his two ton truck or about all those trips to Westby and Fortuna. He also had fond memories of sports days at Foster's Grove, especially the five-cent coupons handed out for ice cream. Robert started dating Margaret Buck about the fall of 1947. It was hard to pinpoint an exact date because they all traveled as a group to dances and other functions. They were married October 20, 1949. After they were married, they lived on a farm south of Bromhead until 1957 when they moved into Oungre, where Robert worked on the railway. They were janitors of Lyndale School when it was built. In 1959, they moved to the farm south of Oungre where they lived until a year ago when they moved into Weyburn. Robert served as a councilor for a short time and drove school bus from 1959 to 1978. Families on his bus route always said that you could set the clock by his daily punctuality and he took great pride in knowing every night that all of his kids made it off the bus safely. But, Robert's real passion was farming. With this came his stubborn, but hardworking, honest attitude. He spoiled his cows rotten and even called them "his suckies". He had them trained so that they knew exactly when he was coming with the chop pail and they would follow him the whole way. He also thoroughly enjoyed the thousands of hours he spent cutting and baling feed for his animals. Actually, his animals didn't stop at just cows; they also had a billy goat, bunnies, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Over the years, he enjoyed many dances and card playing nights with friends, and family, and attending many functions that the grandchildren were involved in. Robbie, as always, enjoyed sitting down with family and friends and having a good old "gab" session. And for him, the age of his gabbing partner didn't matter as long as they could hold up their end of the conversation. A dream of his was to move to Weyburn and sit in the mall everyday and talk to anyone and everyone, as long as they could talk farming. Us three grandchildren spent many hours at grandma and grandpa's farm growing up where we learned many interesting things. If it wasn't for grandpa, we wouldn't know: how to hunt gophers while flying through the pasture in the old blue club-cab, how to melt vanilla ice cream to make the perfect bowl for a bedtime snack, that it is possible to play a million hands of cards in a lifetime but never once have to shuffle the cards because of his "poor" thumb, that a person's compassion could result in grandma having to make a meal for anyone that was over visiting and that calloused hands are the result of a farmer's life-long passion. But, unfortunately, none of us inherited his sneaky little grin that he thought would always get him out of trouble. In the months leading up to his passing, every one of grandpa's brothers and sisters were able to travel to visit him one last time for which he and all of us were very grateful. And no matter how he was feeling, he always thanked visitors for coming and told them to make sure they came back. Beyond the support of family, him and grandma were spoiled rotten by the young neighbors they had on the farm. Grandpa was always blown away by their gracious acts. It took a lot out of grandpa when his health was failing and could no longer hop in the car and drive down to the farm whenever he wanted. We always knew how hard it was for him to be in the nursing home and how hard it was for us to have him there, but we took comfort in the care he was getting because he always told us that "they treat me good". Over the last few months, it has broken our hearts to listen to him ask us to take him to the farm and for us to not be able to fulfill that wish. So today grandpa, we are pleased to tell you that you finally get to go to the farm. Grandpa lived and breathed for his family and the farm and he will be sadly missed and forever loved by everyone that ever knew him. A celebration of Robert's life was held November 7, at 2:00 pm at RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel with Marg Mcleod, CLA officiating. All who shared in Robert's life were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Garry Kuntz, Trevor Buck, Kevin Lohse, Diane Clarke, Todd Persson, and Garnet Anderson. Interment followed at Zion Community Cemetery, Hoffer. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of Robert may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Parkinson Society Canada or to a charity of your 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.rdfamilymemorialchapei.com "Our family serving your family"
Gerald Norman Beach
Gerald Norman Beach was born July 7, 1944 at Weyburn and passed away October 30, 2006 in Calgary, AB, after a courageous battle with cancer. Norman was predeceased by his father, Leslie Beach; his brother-in-law, Jeff Shiplett; his father-in-law Dick Dagg and sister-in-law Sharon. He leaves to mourn, his wife of 40 years, Joy; his sons Micheal, Kevin (Rebecca) and six grandchildren; his mother Lydia Beach; brothers (Oral Jill) Richard; sisters Irene (Mike), Sandra Balla, Ella Shiplett; mother-in-law Mary Dagg and brother-in-law Ed (Ester) Dagg. Celebration of life was conducted from the First Assembly Pentecostal Church in Calgary, AB, with Pastor Ken Bombay and Chris Carrigan. Interment at Okotoks Union Cemetery, Okotoks, AB. In memory of Norm contributions may be made to the Gideons Bible Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Erika Ella Kessler
On Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, Erika Ella Kessler peacefully passed away at her home in Weyburn, at the age of 69 years, after her struggle with illness. Predeceased by her parents, Josef and Maria Jakobi and brother-in-law, Peter Koschynski. Erika will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 52 years, Horst Kessler of Weyburn, and their three children: Bernd (Karen) Kessler of Weyburn, Iris (Mark) Kessler-Eshpeter of Invermere, BC and Michael (Nancy) Kessler of Invermere, BC; six grandchildren: Nadia (Trevor) Whorpole, Simon and Skylar Kessler, Leon McAleese, Jordan Kessler, Morgan Kessler; two great grandchildren, Isaiah and Noah McAleese; one sister, Annemie Koschynski; as well as many friends and distant relatives in Germany.Erika Ella Kessler (nee: Jakobi) was born in Heilbronn, Germany on February 9, 1937. Her father, Joseph Andreas Jakobi died when she was 3 years old. She was raised by her mother, Maria Jakobi until meeting her beloved husband and marrying him on December 22nd, 1954 in Trier, Germany. Erika was the mother of 3 children, Bernd, Iris and Michael, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The family immigrated to Canada in 1966 and settled in Edmonton, Alberta. They moved to Victoria in 1978, leaving in the 80's and moved to Estevan, Sask. where they lived for 5 years until moving to Weyburn, Sask. Erika worked for many years as a seamstress, and retired when she was 50. She had many interests from rock collecting to painting, sewing, knitting crocheting and several others. Erika had a great love for people and had a big smile and kind word for everyone. She will be sorely missed by all. She was the best wife and provider for all of her family, raising her three children to be honest, upstanding citizens. We will love and miss you as long as we live and thereafter. A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
Dorothy Rosamond Figler
On the afternoon of November 6, 2006, Dorothy Rosamond Figler peacefully went to be with her Lord at the age of 89 years, with her daughter Marilyn at her side. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Myrna (Ken) Hartenberger, Joan (Del) Needham, Gerry (Carol) Figler and Marilyn (Wayne) Lee; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, her brother, Harold Lobb; one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, George, brother, Walter, grandson, Daryl, one baby grandson and one baby great grandson.Dorothy was born February 24th, 1917 to Richard and Kottie Lobb at Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Her life was dedicated to faith and family. After the passing of her husband in 1971, she moved from her home is Stoughton to Weyburn where she lived for a few years before moving on to Vancouver to attend Bible College. For several years, she was active in diverse, supportive ministries there, until she moved to Regina in 1982 to be close to family. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 11th, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. from the Stoughton Apostolic Church, Stoughton, Sask. with Pastor Robert Fenn officiating. Interment followed in Stoughton Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice, in her memory. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn & Stoughton, Sask. (842-5432 & 457-2566
John Lloyd Douglas Stein
June 18, 1931 - Nov. 4, 2006
John Lloyd Douglas Stein of Calgary passed away on Saturday November 4, 2006 at the age of 75 years. He leaves his wife of 48 years, Lillian; daughters Nancy and Brenda (Dustin Lagler) of Calgary, AB as well as his beloved and cherished granddaughters Lauren and Jessica. He is also survived by his brother Stacey (Phyllis) of Simpson, SK, sister Maxine (Steve) of Rosthern, SK, sister-in-law Alice (Gordon) of Imperial, SK and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States. He was predeceased by his father John and mother Maude. Lloyd was born and raised in Simpson, SK where he farmed until 1959. He and his wife, Lillian, moved to Saskatoon, SK where he pursued both BSA and B Ed degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. He taught Vocational Agriculture and Farm Sciences in Estevan, SK and surrounding area until 1973 when he moved the family to Weyburn, SK. In Weyburn and subsequently Swift Current he worked for the provincial and federal governments in the departments of agriculture. Lloyd retired to Calgary in 1996 to be near his beloved family. As time allowed he demonstrated his love and talent for gardening, farming, woodworking and always the love of his family. Throughout the years he was active on Co-op boards, worked for Credit Union Central, was a member of the Mason,s, volunteered for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive and was a dedicated United Church Member. As his cancer progressed he maintained his love of sports to the very end. We miss him dearly.A memorial service will be held in the spring/summer of 2007 in Watrous, SK.
Mary Ethel Kuchinka
Mary Ethel Kuchinka passed away at Weyburn on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at the age of 95 years. Survived by her children: Kim (Myrtle) Thorson, Weyburn; Barney (Doreen) Kuchinka, Macoun; Anne Marie (David) Baillie, Vancouver, BC; daughter-in-law, Norma Kuchinka, Regina; sister, Betty Ducharme, Penticton, BC; nine grandchildren: Derek (Helen) Kuchinka, Macoun; Clayton (Joyce) Kuchinka, Macoun; Karen (Bill) Daoust, Macoun; Alan (Cara) Kuchinka, Estevan; Eric (Suzanne) Thorson, England; Janet (Frank Abramovic) Thorson, Regina; Vanessa (Jeff Looysen) Thorson, Regina; Brian (Brenda Lomax) Kuchinka, Vancouver, BC; Sheila Kuchinka, Regina; Susan Kuchinka, Macoun; 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Predeceased by her parents, Alex and Marie Sinclair; first husband, Miles Thorson; second husband, Barnard Kuchinka; son Daryl Kuchinka; brothers: William, Robert, Colin; sisters: Jean Spurrier, Glenora Ostlund; Lillian Linton. Memorial service was held Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul's United Church, Estevan, with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Interment was at Macoun cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be given to St. Paul's United Church or C.N.I.B. Arrangements in care of the Orsted Funeral Home, Estevan. www.orstedfuneralhomes.com
Lois Lucinda Secord passed away peacefully at the Weyburn Special Care Home on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 in her 82nd year. Lois Was born July 24, 1924 to Hugh Secord and Elsie (nee Messer) who have predeceased her as well as a sister, Verl. Lois is survived by her sister, Margaret Jacobs of Regina; her niece, Judy (Cecil) Van De Sype and their children, Kelsey, Jessa and Shandi of Radville; nephews: Brent (Thea) Jacobs of Regina and Brad Jacobs of Estevan, as well as several cousins. The family would like to say a "Special Thank You" to the staff at the Weyburn Special Care Home for the compassionate care provided to Lois during the past three years. A Service of Remembrance was held on Saturday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends and family wishing, donations may be made to the Weyburn Special Care Home. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
John Alexander Miller
On Thursday, December 29, 2005, John Alexander Miller, late of McTaggart, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 67 years. Predeceased by his mother and father, Eva and John Miller; sister, Audrey in infancy, brother, Jim Miller and sister-in-law, Kathleen Miller. Alex will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Shirley Miller and their family: daughter, Shelley (Keith) Hertes of Estevan, and their children, Logan, Kyle and Justin Hertes; son, Bruce (Shannon) Miller of Weyburn, and their children, Nikole and Cody Miller; sisters and brothers: Mary (Jim) Gough of Armstrong, BC, Ron (Gloria) Miller of Weyburn, Fred Miller of Red Deer, AB, Stan Miller of Weyburn, Janice (Joe) Vilcu of Midale; sister-in-law, Carol Miller of Mississauga, ON; mother and father-in-law, Don and Elva Turner of Weyburn; sister-in-law, Sharon Turner of Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Alex was born in Weyburn on July 25, 1938 to John and Eva Miller. For many years, Alex drove his faithful horse "Ted" pulling a wagon or sleigh of brothers and sister to Little Rock School. At 15 he quit school to seed his first crop when his dad was sick with cancer. He dreamed of returning to school and pursuing a career in architecture. He worked on drilling rigs for several years before taking up farming full time. He sowed fifty crops before he retired. On September 29, 1962, Alex married Shirley Turner in Weyburn. They lived four years in the city before moving to the farm where they continued to live until his passing. Over the years, Alex became a very skillful welder. His latest project was helping Bruce build a tank for the new pump this past fall. As farming and his strong work ethic were his life, there was little time for leisure or hobbies. In recent years he enjoyed watching the grandchildren play whatever sport was in season. Last summer he purchased a boat to take the boys fishing. After watching Shirley curl for several years, and then marrying into the Turner family, he decided to take up the sport himself and he soon loved it. Alex worked with a couple of committees and ushered for 20 years at St. Vincent de Paul Church. He missed Christmas for the first time this year. Alex willingly gave of his time to help others, whether it be a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger in need. Alex enjoyed time with his family, be it swinging with the grandkids on the tire swing, making sausage with his brothers and sisters, or hosting a family Christmas with 35 for dinner. Alex was a friend to everyone. His motto was 'make a new friend everyday'. He was one to always take the time to visit with anyone he met telling them of his latest adventure in life. His story telling always made people laugh. His friendly, outgoing nature drew people of all ages to him. Alex's passing will leave a void in all the lives he touched. His memory will live on in us as we retell the stories he told us. Prayers were said Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church. The Funeral Mass was held Monday, January 2 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Celebrant. Pallbearers were: David Miller, Dana Miller, Daniel Miller, Jeramy Vilcu, Aaron Fettes and Kelly Glaspey. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Alex to the Arthritis Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)