Francis Alcide Gagnon
Dec. 20, 1919-Feb. 13, 2006
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Francis (Frank) Gagnon, our dearly beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather on February 13. He was born on December 20, 1919 in Radville to Albert and Donalda Gagnon. Frank married his loving wife Flo in 1944. They lived on their farm near Clearfield, nine miles Northeast of Radville until he sold the farm in 1962 and moved into Radville. After that, Frank worked for Canadian National Railways as a Section-man until his early disability retirement in 1975. Frank & Flo raised four sons and in 1965, they endured the tragic loss of their second son, Maurice, in a car accident. This left a hurt they both bravely bore for the remainder of their days. Frank was always happiest when he was growing something. He loved his farm and it was a major disappointment in his life when he had to give it up and move into town. He then applied his horticultural skills to his yard and garden and was able to achieve much with his green thumb. After his retirement, Frank busied himself by becoming the king of coffee-row. Each day he would walk for hours and hit every coffee spot in town. He may not have been able to hear much of what was being said but he loved to visit and he loved the walking. He carried this love of walking with him when he became a resident of the Radville Marian Health Centre. He was an avid member of the resident's walking club and received his certificates for being among the first to reach the 10 and 15 mile markers. Frank loved to play cards with family and friends and was a formidable opponent in a game of smear or whist. He was also surprisingly accomplished at snooker, even though he struggled to see the end of the table. Frank put up a strong fight against the advancement of Alzheimer's after being diagnosed several years ago only succumbing to the inevitable outcome after Flo's passing in 2003. We know he appreciated the care and attention he was given at the Marian Health Centre and the many activities they had. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his sons and their wives: Albert & Gayle of Calgary, Norm & Cheryl of Regina and Ron & Kathy of Calgary along with his grandchildren: Tim (Tracey), Travis (Lisa), Corey (C.C.), Tracey, Jennifer (Trevor), Raelynne and Jason (Lindsey), and his ten great grandchildren; sisters: Helen (Dennis) Newberry, Simone Lauer, Yvette (Germain) Fossenier and Lorraine (Louis) Labbie; brothers: Eugene (Sharon) Galarneau and Raymond (Jeanette) Galarneau; several brothers and sisters in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, wife Flo and son Maurice, Frank was predeceased by his step-father Albert Galarneau, sister Lucy (Ernie) Demers, brother Edouard (Carol) Gagnon. Funeral Services in his honour were held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 16 at Holy Family Parish Catholic Church, Radville with Fr. Prince as Celebrant. A prayer service was held at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 15th also at Holy Family Parish Catholic Church. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Knights of Columbus Monahan Council 3161. The Active Pallbearers were: Travis, Jason, Tim and Corey Gagnon, Todd Labbie and Trevor Chobotiuk. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorial tributes be made in Frank's name to the Radville Marian Health Centre Auxiliary. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc. Weyburn and Radville (842-6662 & 869-2566)
Georgina Victorine Adderley
On Saturday, February 18, 2006, Georgina Victorine Adderley, of Midale, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan at the age of 81 years. Georgina was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Sarah, her husband, Victor, their son, Thomas, daughter-in-law, Wendy, one sister, Madge, two brothers, Charlie and Jim. Georgina will be lovingly remembered by her family; daughter, Maureen (Sonny) Reinfelds and their children: Lisa, Jonathon, Stewart and Krista; son, John (Susan) Adderley and his children: Jason, Micheal, Kelsey and Jordon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special cousin, Margaret Stewart of Belfast, N. Ireland and long time friend, Eve Derby of Banbridge, N. Ireland, as well as several of her friends from nurses' training. Georgina was born in Belfast, N. Ireland on May 19, 1924. She received her early education in Belfast. Due to illness, her mother passed away and six months later, her father passed away, leaving Vicky alone as her older siblings were in Canada and striving to keep the family together, she continued her education in Brooklin, Ontario. Upon completion of high school, she trained as a Registered Nurse in Oshawa, Ontario with a post graduated course from Edinburgh, Scotland. During the war Vicky worked in a munitions plant in Ajax, Ontario. She lived and worked in the Toronto area, Denmark, N. Ireland, Scotland and from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island with points in between, settling on the farm in the Midale area. Her hobbies were coins, stamps, antiques and the arts, to name just a few. Her passion was her children and grandchildren. Vicky worked as a nurse at Weyburn Union Hospital and the Midale Hospital, as well as Weyburn and Area Home Care. She was a member of All Saints Anglican Church and recently the Weyburn Christian Centre. She enjoyed traveling and was able to take a family visit to England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as enjoying several trips to Europe, the Holy Land and return trips to Scotland and Ireland. She was a mother who strived to give her children every possible opportunity available, and did! As grandmother, she was our friend, our neighbor, our rock and never without treats. Her love was unconditional. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Tommy Douglas Centre, Weyburn, with Cam Weeber and Lois Goudy, officiating. John Adderley gave the eulogy, Susan Adderley sang a solo, and Linda McMurdo played the bagpipes. The active pallbearers were: Jason, Michael and Kelsey Adderley, Lisa, Jonathan, Stewart and Krista Reinfelds. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Georgina to the Canadian Blind Missions International, Box 800, Stouffville, Ont. L4A 7Z9. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Her Journey's Just Begun
Don't think of her as gone away -
Her journey's just begun:
Life holds so many facets -
This earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how she must be wishing
That we could know, today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost -
And she was loved so much.
Dorothy Evelyn Sauder
October 20, 1919-February 17, 2006
Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gustav; son Lonny; two daughters Cheryl and Darlene; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; family and dear friends. Service of Remembrance was held Thursday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church, 20097-72nd Avenue, Langley, BC. Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Home in care of arrangements, 604-857-0711.
Kathleen Ann Jacques
Kathleen Ann (O'Donnell) Jacques, late of Regina, born March 20, 1947, at Estevan, passed away surrounded by her family, at the age of 58 years, after a short but valiant fight with health complications. Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Ruth (2000) and father, Claire (1981). Left to cherish her memories is her husband, Ken Jones, daughters: Darla Beach (Mike Larson), Stacey Gropp (Marlon Young), her two precious granddaughters, Katelyn and Madison Gropp who were without a doubt, the light of her life. Brothers, Tommy (Margaret) O'Donnell of Regina, Andy (Mavis) O'Donnell of Tribune; nieces: Debbie (Pat) Beach, Kim (Faron) Voss, Tanya O'Donnell; great nieces and nephews: Megan Beach, Kenadi O'Donnell, Brayden and Regan Voss. Also left to mourn her passing are aunts: Lurine Macovichuk, Leatrice Daae, Kay Langedahl; cousins and close friends. Kathy was raised in Bromhead, where she took her elementary schooling, grades 9 and 10 at Lyndale School in Oungre, then moved to Weyburn and finished grade 11 and 12 at Western Christian College. She then attended the Reliance School of Business. As a teen she attended the Hamar Lutheran Church youth group in Bromhead, and was faithful to attend her church groups throughout her life. She enjoyed stock car racing at age 16 and took up golfing and sewing. She was employed at the Dept. of Highways in Weyburn, the Credit Union in Gladmar, the Co-op in Ogema and eventually Pangman where she was the hospital administrator for 23 years. Kathy was involved with the swimming pool committee that raised money to build a swimming pool in town, she was on the Hospital Board, the Rec. Board, the Ambulance Board and was an EMT. Kathy loved being a grandma and spoiling her two little granddaughters. She and Ken moved to Phoenix in 1995 where they owned and operated a Blimpie Subs & Salads. In 2004 they relocated back to Regina to enjoy semi-retired life. She always was a baseball fan and in particular an Arizona Diamondbacks fan. Kathy was devoted to her family, nurturing, always willing to lend a helping hand. She had the spirit of a care-giver and remained true to herself and kept her generous caring nature. Funeral service was held Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson and Pastor Trent Felstrom officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kathy to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 2360 2nd Ave., Regina, Sask. S4R 1A6. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Elmer Ward Surring
Elmer Ward Surring was born on Friday, December 28, 1917 at home to Edward and Ethel Surring. He was raised on the family farm southwest of Weyburn, the second youngest child of nine children, attending Weyburn Plains School. On June 19, 1936 he married Fanny May Norman at Colgate. They lived in Weyburn from 1939 to 1942 while Elmer was employed at the Saskatchewan Hospital. They moved to the Surring home farm with his brother Gilbert and wife Pearl until 1946 when Elmer bought the R.H. Guest farm, where they lived and raised their family. In 1977, Elmer and Fanny moved into Weyburn, and he held a part time job at the Weyburn Curling Club for several years. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, a member of the Weyburn Plains School Board, the Sask. Wheat Pool and a director of the rural telephone company at Weyburn Plains. Music was a very important part of Elmer's life, and along with his brother, Gilbert and sister, Ethel Fletcher, they formed the Surring Band. They were well known around the community and played for many dances, and the nursing homes and in the Communithon. Elmer and Fanny enjoyed dancing and were very active square dancers. They also enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage in the community and with any one who dropped by their "home of cribbage." Elmer had a knack for fixing and repairing small appliances and restoring violins. He also enjoyed bowling. Elmer and Fanny enjoyed gardening, and he was famous for his potatoes, which he grew enough to supply his whole family for the year. Elmer was one special, fun-loving man. He lived for his family. He was a great Dad, a super Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He loved to give rides to his friends to play cribbage. He loved the land and seeing things grow, while driving his truck. He had no desire to travel, just loved to stay on the farm or at home in Weyburn. He will be dearly missed by all his family and many friends. Elmer was predeceased by his father and mother, Edward and Ethel Surring; his wife of 67 years, Fanny on March 20, 2004; their son, Dennis and daughter, Marnel; sisters: Violet Johnsrude, Beatrice Johnston, Ruth Anderson and Ethel Fletcher; and brothers, Lyle and Gilbert Surring. Elmer will be lovingly remembered by his family; two daughters: Myrna (Bill) Pulfer of Weyburn and their three daughters: Darla (Mike) Moser, Brenna and Karly; Laurie (Dean) Lund, Colton, Brooklyn, Jasmine; and Joanne (Ward) Paulhus, Teagan, Randi and Jaelyn; and Shelley (Francis) Shychoski of Saskatoon and their two daughters, Lara and Jana; special friends, Donna Davis; sister, Sylvia Birnie of Saskatoon; sisters-in-law: Peal Surring of Weyburn and Bert Surring of Regina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. Funeral service was held Friday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Nevin Surring, Larry Fletcher, Daryl Birnie, Mark Johnston, D.J. Surring and Don Norman. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Elmer to the Sun Country Regional Home Care or to the Wheatland Seniors Centre. Arrangements were in care of Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Willard John Wahl
Willard John Wahl late of Yellow Grass, SK passed away peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2006 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 80 years. Willard was born March 15, 1925 at Yellow Grass. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (1998); his son Dale (1948); his grandson Kortney (2003); his father Herman (1956); his mother Gertrude (1973); his sisters Mildred Collins (1967) and Leona Bakke (1993); his brothers Lyle Davis (1948), Elwood Davis (1969) and Tommy Davis (1995). He will be greatly missed and dearly remembered by his 13 children: Ron (Beryl) Wahl of Yellow Grass; Lynann (Lloyd) Pethick of Moose Jaw; Sharon (Eldon) Pethick of Meadow Lake; Garnet (Penney) Wahl of Victoria, BC; Raymond (Muriel) Wahl of Weyburn; Beverly Wahl (Orville Cook) of Regina; Garry Wahl of Lang; Kevin (Val) Wahl of Regina; Louise (Randy) Wallin of Yellow Grass; Donna (Larry) VanHeukelom of Manor; Darlene (Mearle) Quiring of Meadow Lake; Blair (Alana) Wahl of Edmonton, AB; David (Laurel) Wahl of Trossachs; 43 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Donna Davis, Annie Metz, Aggie Mack and Lil Mack; brother-in-law, Wendel Lockhart as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His life was the farm and his family, but he was able to be involved in a few outside activities which included dancing, square dancing, playing cards, belonging to the Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge, United Church AOTS, and on the Local School Board of Yellow Grass in the Milestone School Unit. Funeral service was held at the Yellow Grass United Church on Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Johnston and Father Frank Obrigewitsch S.J. (nephew) officiating. Interment followed at the Yellow Grass Cemetery. Active pallbearers; Orville Altwasser, Doug Watson, George Hay, Rick Muir, Roger Lenz and Dale Wallin. All others in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. In Lieu of flowers those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Deep South Personal Care Home (Box 150 Pangman, SK SOC 2CO), the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Donors Choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd, Weyburn, (306) 842-5432.
Ronald B. King
Ronald B. King, late of Colgate, passed away on February 26, 2006 at the age of 70 years. Ronald was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Ethel King and a brother, Keith King. He is survived by his wife, Dora of Colgate; his step children: Walter (Joann) Paxman, Weyburn, Dora-Lynn (Tom) Culbertson, Halbrite, Darwin (Connie) Paxman, Weyburn and Curtis (Gail) Paxman, Colgate; fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three sisters: Dorothy (Sidney) Lindskog, Weyburn, Phyllis (Gordon) Lindskog, Weyburn and Margaret Procknow, Weyburn; sister-in-law, Gail King, Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Ronald King was held on Thursday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. at RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Gary W. Goran Officiating. All in attendance were considered honoray pallbearers. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Ronald to 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"
Kathleen Elizabeth Hancock
Kathleen Elizabeth Hancock, late of Midale, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at the age of 85 years. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents: William and Olive Sturgeon; her brother, Nevelen Sturgeon; her sister, Marge Hughes; her daughter, Wendy Guider; her first husband, Fred Ziehl and her foster son, George Ksotichik. She is survived by her husband: Jack Hancock, Halbrite; son, Robert (Eva) Ziehl, Halbrite; granddaughters, Sheila Ziehl (Kurt Schultz), Red Deer, AB, Lisa (Doug) Baird, Halbrite, Pauline Ziehl Grimsurd (Robert Grimsurd), Estevan and Wendy Ziehl (John Campbell), Weyburn; great grandchildren: Tamara, Kendell, Amylynn, Andrew, Allan, Axel and Justis; one brother, Bill (Esther) Sturgeon, Weyburn; one brother-in-law, Gary (Lois) Hughes, Halbrite; stepsons: Larry (Linda) Hancock of Yellow Creek, Allan (Marianne) Hancock, Milestone, Jack (Karen) Hancock, Halbrite; stepdaughter, Debbie Manz, Saskatoon; 11 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren, four nephews and two nieces; foster daughter, Judy (Paul) Gendron of Arborfield, and foster granddaughter, Elizabeth. Kathleen had a very satisfying life. She always liked working the land and loving and taking care of the animals. She enjoyed riding horses, raising sheep, reading, gardening and knitting. Her father was a great inspiration to her and to others as well. His home which reminded her of an English country side along with her garden were among her favorite places. A trip to England in May, 1962 and a trip to the Rocky Mountains were among her fondest memories of travel. Kathleen was a foster mother for 23 children and she found the fostering experience very rewarding. She also enjoyed having a game farm that was open to the public. This endeavor brought friends and over 600 visitors to her home. The funeral service for Kathleen Hancock was held on Monday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Kathleen to the Midale Mainprize Manor & Health Centre or to the Weyburn Humane Society, 57-16th Street, N.E., Weyburn, SK S4H 1K9. 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"