Winnifred Helena Sorsdahl
Winnifred Helena (Benton) Sorsdahl passed away peacefully on March 17th, 2006 at the age of 96. Her parents Thomas and Amelia (Franklin) Benton, Husband Wilfred Sorsdahl, Sister Betty (Benton), Brother-in-law Louis Sorsdahl predecease her. Winnie leaves to celebrate her life: only child Arvid (Marie) Sorsdahl, Grandchildren, Sheila (Calvin) Pankratz, Timothy (Vicky Roslinsky) Sorsdahl, Katherine (Arnold) Buehler; Great Grandchildren: Angela and Kyle Pankratz and Daniel, Aaron and Maria Buehler and one Great Great Grandchild Kellan Pankratz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends. Winnie was born September 23 1909 in England. She immigrated to Canada in 1914 and settled in Fillmore. Completed grade 12 in 1929 and attained the standing of Permanent First Class Teacher from Regina Normal School in 1932. She met her soul mate Wilf, married him on November 2 1935, and settled in Fillmore. They were blessed with a son, Arvid, on November 7 1940. Winnie's love for children touched every aspect of her life. She believed in teaching by example and a busy child is a happy child. As Mother, teacher and scout leader she lived that belief. Most will remember Winnie in her garden surrounded by flowers. A nice break to gardening was having a friend come for afternoon tea and of course cookies. Winnie was an active member of the Rebecca Lodge, U.C.W, and Women's Missionary society for over 50 years. In her golden years she took courses in book keeping, traveled extensively, and even learned to drive at the age of 76. Winnie's passion and dedication to her family, church, and community will be missed. A celebration of her life will take place at Fillmore United Church on March 30th at 2:00 pm with Rev. Heather Lea officiating. Interment to follow in Fillmore Cemetery. The Honorary Pallbearers will be all those attending. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn & Stoughton,. (842-5432 & 457-2566)
David Michael Pearson
David Michael Pearson, late of Saskatoon, passed away on Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 at the age of 55 years. David was predeceased by his parents; Hugh and Evelyn Pearson; his brothers, Roderick, Timothy and Warren. David leaves to mourn his brother, Darren (Cathy) Pearson and their children; Jesse, Kathleen and Drew. His nephew, Lee (Shannon) Pearson; his sister- in-law, Paulette Pearson along with his aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service for David Michael Pearson was held on Saturday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Mr. Arnold Kozk officiating. Interment at a later date at Salem Cemetery, Torquay. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of David may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. 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".
Stewart William Geekie
Stewart William Geekie, late of Weyburn, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the age of 74 years. Stewart was predeceased by his parents, James and Edna Geekie; a daughter, Bernice Geekie; a son, Jimmy Geekie and a granddaughter, Tiffany Desmarais. Stewart is survived by his four children: Nelson Geekie, Elaine (Doug) Maytwayash-ing-Morais, Harold Geekie and Heather Flett; seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Edward, Yolanda, Jason, Vanessa, Raymond and Riley; his great grandchildren: Jason Sr., Jason Jr., Jadan, Jada, J.J., Patience, Treana, William and Gaven; three brothers: Peter, Cecil and Freddie; two sisters: Grace and Betty; his companion, June Howarth; as well as numerouse nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Stewart William Geekie was held on Tuesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Gerry Bauche Officiating. Interment was at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of Stewart may be made 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"
David Elmer Englund
David Elmer Englund, long time Midale and area resident, most recently of Weyburn, died Monday, April 3, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Funeral service was held 10:30 am Friday, April 7 from Midale Baptist Church with Pastor Kirby Breitkreuz officiating. Interment at Westphalia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Food Grains Bank, Samaritan's Purse or charity of choice. Arrangements in care of Orsted Funeral Home, Estevan. www.orstedfuneralhomes.com
Pauline Kendall (Richter)
Pauline Kendall passed away peacefully in Camrose, AB on December 13, 2005. She lived in Weyburn for many years, moving to Wetaskiwin, AB in 1984. She was predeceased by her son Gordon, grandson Aaron, daughter Penny and son-in-law Gordon Prickett, also two brothers and one sister. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Eileen (Walter) Cherniak, Wetaskiwin, AB; Wilbert (Shirley) Kendall, Lacombe, AB; Carolyn (Peter) Hammond, Red Deer, AB; Chuck (Linda) Richter, Lacombe, AB; brother Art Katchke, Weyburn; five sisters, 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside memorial service, Sat., April 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Reverend Martin Olson from the Zion Lutheran Church will officiate. A luncheon will follow in the church at 504 Windsor Street.
Ralph Mokelki, late of Weyburn, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Ralph was born at Lake Alma, April 21, 1923 and lived there until the family moved to Goodwater in 1935. He grew up in the great Saskatchewan prairie country that he loved so much during the hard years of the Great Depression. I believe that those hard years growing up helped him prepare for what he had to do next - fight for his country and world freedom. Ralph enlisted in 1942, originally with the Tank Corp, then with the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. He was among the first troops to parachute in behind enemy lines on D-Day. Their mission included securing the drop zone for those that followed and then to assist in knocking out artillery emplacements and preventing enemy re-supply and re-enforcement allowing those troops involved with the June beach landings to get their jobs done. He also fought in the Ardennes Woods commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine Drop and the push to Wismar. Ralph met Jean Walsh, from Nova Scotia, during the war years; they married at New Glasgow on June 24, 1945. They lived in Truro for about a year where he did a carpentry apprenticeship, before moving briefly to Goodwater where their first son, Roy, was born. They moved to Kinnaird, B.C., and Ralph worked at the smelter in Trail, BC. While living there four more children, Patsy, Danny, Chris and Lana were born. They moved back to Goodwater to farm in 1954. Two more children, Garry and Gail were born. They never had a lot of money but always found ways to raise their family of seven kids and have some fun doing it. Ralph farmed and worked in the oil field. He later learned how to do plumbing from Popular Mechanics magazine and did that on the side to subsidize the farm income. He also loved to fish, hunt, golf, and spend time with his friends. He was involved in the community, and his children's activities. He did some coaching with ball. They built a cabin on Lac LaRonge in 1982 where they spent much time fishing and entertaining for the next 10 years. They lost their Goodwater home to a fire in August 1997. They purchased another home and stayed in Goodwater until September of 2000 when they retired into Weyburn. January 2004 Ralph and Jean moved into Hill Top Manor. Ralph was predeceased by his wife Jean; his parents, Rockus and Celestine; his granddaughter, Tracy Mokelki; his brothers, Roy and Mark; and his sisters, Elaine McDowell and Tillie Woitas. Ralph is survived by his sons: Roy Mokelki, Eastend, with children Jody (Robin), Chris, Cory; Dan (Lois) Mokelki, Prince Albert, with children Jaimie (Cory Lillis) two children Skylar and Logan; Daniel, Darcy, Amanda (Jason Barrett) and Madison; Chris (Wendy) Mokelki, Balgonie, with daughters Shawna and son, Riley; Lori (Shane Stoll) and son Jacob, and daughter Lilly; Heather (Chris Gervais); Garry (Donelda) Mokelki, Goodwater, with children Kane and his two children SoNova and Aryk; Natasha, Rayna and Tonya; daughters: Patsy (Albert Ernst) Goodwater, with daughters Lanette and Stephanie (Jimmie Blanchard); Lana (John Tosczak) Tribune, with daughters Donna (Merle Fonstad) and children Kelsey and Cole, Tanya with her sons Dwayne and Davin, Tricia (Darren Boren) and children Jayda and Ty, Amanda (Kraig Wanner) and children Dayman and Kayla, Shannon and son Mason; Gail Becker (Wayne Nykoluk) Red Deer, AB with children Tara (Tom Patrick), Kurt (Tami-Marie) Becker and son Chase, Andrea and Alisha; sisters, Belle Gray, Salmon Arm, BC and Margaret Johnson, Castlegar, BC; sister-in-law, Dorothy Draper, Holly Hill, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service for Ralph Mokelki was held on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier Officiating. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Ralph was a Legion member of 56 years. An Honor Guard was in attendance during the playing of the Last Post at funeral service. Interment was at Goodwater Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the CNIB. 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"
Mrs. May Svea Olivia (nee Anderson) Crump passed into the arms of God on April 9, 2006 at the Weyburn General Hospital, with her family by her side. She was 96 years of age. May was born May 1, 1909, in a sod house on her parents' homestead southeast of Trossachs. While she was still an infant, the family moved to Trossachs, where she grew up, was educated, and was a long time resident. She completed her Grade 12 in Moose Jaw, and attended Normal School at Regina College, receiving her teaching certificate. After teaching for a year at Robsart, she returned to Regina College for two years to pursue her life long love of music, achieving her ATCM (Associate of Toronto Conservatory of Music) degree. She then taught school at Abbott for five years, where she boarded with the Crump family, and met her future husband. After attending the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon to take Primary Teaching Methods, she taught for several years at Coronach and Welwyn, before returning to marry Carl Crump in 1941. After several years on the farm, the young family moved to Trossachs where she gave music lessons and became active in the United Church, serving as organist for many years, and led junior and senior choirs. Always an outgoing, kind and generous wife, mother and friend, she greatly enjoyed visiting and sharing her musical gift with others at any gathering or function. She was an active member of the Trossachs Square Dance Club, Homemakers, U.C.W., Women's Institute, and the Town & Country Women. In recent years, May and Carl enjoyed playing with the Weyburn Merry Makers, playing old time music at nursing homes and for functions in Weyburn and area. Still active, but with failing health, they moved to Weyburn in 2003 to be closer to medical services and their music. The highlight of her musical career was playing with Carl and the Weyburn Merry Makers to a full house at the Centre of the Arts, Regina, for senior fun day. Late of Bison Manor, Weyburn, May was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Anna Anderson; and sisters Ellen Anderson, Lillian Bell, Ivy Anderson, Alice Wedge, Evelyn Livingstone, and Gladys Crocker; as well as brother Erling Anderson. Much loved and cherished by her family, May is survived by husband Carl of Weyburn; children Brian (Gail) Crump of Arcola, Betty Dannenberg of Napa, California, and Bruce (Bonnie) Crump of Regina; grandchildren Sandra (Mark) Weiss of Vancouver, BC, David (Jolene) Crump of Saskatoon, Jon-Michael Dannenberg and Carrie-Lee Dannenberg both of Dixon, California, and Jason Crump of Regina; and great grandchildren Nathan Weiss of Vancouver, BC and Josie Crump of Saskatoon. She is also survived by her sister Norah Hogg of Saskatoon, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Carolyn McBean officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Bernie Klippenstein, Brian Nast, Johnny Boldt, Monty Bissett, Eric Dorsch and Bob Moule. Honorary Pallbearers were: David Crump, Sandra Crump, Jason Crump, John-Michael Dannenberg and Carrie-Lee Dannenberg. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations in memoriam to the Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432).
On Saturday, April 15, 2006, Cecile Bourassa, late of Estevan, passed away in Estevan at the age of 67 years. Cecile was predeceased by her father Wilfrid Leduc; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joseph and Laura Bourassa; daughter Pauline Zubot; brothers-in-law, David Kaip, Germain Gilmore, Louis and Archiel Bourassa, Roger Storle and Raymond Paulhus; sister-in-law Mathilda Bourassa, as well as numerous aunts and uncles. She leaves to mourn her loving family: husband Oliva Bourassa of Estevan; sons, Maurice (Darlene) Bourassa of Prince Albert, and Louis (Cathy) Bourassa of Red Deer, AB; son-in-law Darcy Zubot of Medicine Hat, AB; grandsons, Robert and Jeffery; granddaughters, Patricia and Tanya; great grandchildren, Odin, Bruno and Jayden; her mother Annie Leduc of Radville; siblings, Theresa (Ron) Gilmore of Onaway, AB, Alice (Gerry) Thompson of Saskatoon, Wilfrid (Simone) Leduc of Red Deer, AB, Emile (Jody) Leduc of Ponoka, AB, Annette (Bill) Kaip of Weyburn, Albert (Jean) Leduc of Bon Accord, AB, Alphonse (Debbie) Leduc of Vermillion, AB, Marie (Joe) Been of Moose Jaw, and Jean (Jim) Doud of Radville; brothers-in-law, Denis (Annette) Bourassa, Hector Bourassa, Harvey Bourassa and Romuald Bourassa; sisters-in-law, Rosalie Paulhus, Eveline (Francois) Port, Bertha (Omer) Andries and Juliette Storle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Prayer service was held on Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. from the chapel of Boire Funeral Home, Estevan. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, with Rev. Fr. Lorne D. Crozon the celebrant. Interment followed at 4:00 p.m. in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. Those so wishing may make donations to the Raville Marion Home in memory of Cecile Bourassa. Funeral arrangements were in care of Boire Funeral Home, Estevan.
Thelma Fox passed away at Parkside Extendacare in Regina, on April 13, 2006, at the age of 92 years. She was born in Hardy, on March 15, 1914. Predeceased by her husband James, son Douglas, parents Thor and Sina Haugen, six brothers, Alfred, Paul, Bill, Arnold, Mike, Roth and one sister Ruth. Thelma will be lovingly remembered by daughter Deanna (George Long) and son Fred (Marie), two grandsons, Dr. Patrick (Shannon) and Dr. J. D. Long (Jennifer), two granddaughters, Dr. Carmen Long and Karine Fox, four great grandchildren, Jackson, Orion, Erika and Samantha Long, her sisters Edith Matheson, Sarah Murray (Bud) and sister-in-law Vivian Hagen, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at Ceylon United Church, Thursday April 20 at 2:00 p.m. with Shelby Kinrade officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Ceylon United Church. Arrangements by Fletcher Funeral Chapel of Weyburn.
Dorothy May Burns
Dorothy May Burns (nee Morris) of Regina, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 13, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Basil Burns, her son Robert Burns, her parents, Frank and Bertha Morris, and four brothers. Alfred Morris, Edward Morris, Gordon Morris and Douglas Morris. She is survived by her children, Shirley (Tom) Mulligan, John (Jackie) Burns, Sr. Joan Burns SCSL, Pat (Val) Burns, Maureen McVeigh (Anil); daughter-in-law, Carol Burns; 12 grandchildren: Colleen (Carmine) DeGirolamo, Shawna (Lee) Ackerman, Robert (Susan) Burns, Patti (Darrin) Burlock, Ryan (Thanh) Burns, Kelly Mulligan (Jon), Bonnie (Dryden) Schafer, Kelly Burns, Mathew McVeigh, Sharla Burns, Jamie Burns, and Azriel Handa; great grandchildren: Alishia, Lisa, Nicolas, Katie, Daniel, Hannah, Kieran, Alex, Anika, Caleb, Liam and Aidan, and her sister Barbara Currie. Prayers were held on Monday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, with Sr. Yvette Plessis, SCSL, officiating. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Cecilia R.C. Church, 5020 7th Ave., Regina, with Rev. J.B. Okai, celebrant. Interment followed in Riverside Memorial Park, Regina. In lieu of flowers donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to Sofia House, Box 37125 Regina, SK, S4S 7K4. Arrangements were in the care of Lee Funeral Home, 757-8645.
1939 - 2006
John Christbason late of Regina, passed away on Wednesday April 12, 2006 at the age of 67 years, with loved ones by his side. John was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Mary; two sisters: Pearl and Shirley Ann (in infancy) and his only son, Dennis. He is survived by daughters, Holly (Roger), Aileen (Brian); his first wife Eleanor Colwell; his second wife Elaine Christbason; fours sisters: Mary Moldovan, Lena Watters, Eleanor Dinu and Jean Tarasoff; three brothers: George, Steve and Willy as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John loved getting dressed up in his cowboy hat and boots to go dancing and living it up. John also loved his cars. You would see him in a different one every time. But most of all, he loved his big cigars, wherever he went. Whether he was driving around or working, you would always see him with a cigar in his mouth. As the city workers would always comment when they would see him, "there goes Cigar John." A gathering of family and friends was held on Wednesday April 19 at 2:00 p.m. from Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, with Marjorie McLeod Officiating. In keeping with John's wishes, flowers are gratefully declined and no other services or tea will be held. Arrangements were entrusted to Speers Funeral Chapel, Regina, (522-3232) and 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"