December 9, 1921 - August 20, 2011
The family is sad to announce that Mrs. Elsie Block, of LeRoy, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the age of 89. Elsie was born on December 9, 1921 in Wartega, Poland to Gustav and Saraphine (Zacharias) Adam. She obtained her education while living in Poland. Elsie was married to Gustav Block in 1937 and to William Block in 1947. She was blessed with three daughters and one son. In 1951 Elsie, William and their three daughters, Agnes, Ingrid and Gerdy came to Canada. Werner was born after they arrived in Canada. Elsie and William lived in the Jansen area for five years and, then in 1956 they moved to the Drake area and ran a mixed farming operation until 1971, when they moved North of Jansen. In 1976 they retired and moved to Lanigan. Elsie and Bill had numerous janitorial jobs to keep them busy. In 2003 they moved to Humboldt. William passed away in 2006 and in 2010 Elsie moved to Evergreen Country Home in LeRoy. Elsie loved to bake and knit, creating many pairs of slippers for each family member. She always planted a garden along with many flowers, especially petunias. She was proud of being a good homemaker and a gracious hostess. Her home was always the center of celebrations for her family filled with wonderful aromas of her cooking and baking. The hum of laughter and visiting warmed her heart and truly made her house a home! She fed everyone very well and always included care packages as everyone departed. She was very generous with hugs for everyone and made a special effort to keep in touch with all of the family and her many friends. Elsie had a wonderful sense of humour. She was very devoted to her church and her faith carried her through life. Elsie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her four children and their families: GERDY Kellman of Barbados and family Randy Muller of Kelowna, and his children Ashley (Jed) Robinson and their child Charlie, of Calgary, and Gaileen Muller of Edmonton; AGNES (Bill) Hamilton of Calgary and their children Curtis Nickason of Edmonton and Cory (Lorie) Nickason and their children Brock and Jake, of Saskatoon; INGRID (Ernie) Doerksen of Winnipeg; WERNER Block of Jansen and his family, Jennifer Block of Regina and Sarah Block of Waterloo, Ontario; two brothers, Adolf (Ruth) Adam, of Abbotsford, BC and Rueben (Magda) Adam, of Germany; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was predeceased by her husbands, Gustav and William, her parents Gustav and Saraphine, daughter-in-law, Kathryn Bella-Block; 5 sisters, Alena, Matilda, Helen, Ida, and Ruth; and two brothers, August and William. A funeral service for Elsie was held at Tempel Baptist Church, Jansen, SK on Thursday August 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Officiated by Pastor Abe Klassen. Others taking part in the service were: pianist Eileen Block, memorial table attendant Judy Bach, ushers Jack Robson and Alfred Back. Words of remembrance were given by Jennifer Block. Honorary Pallbearers were “All those who shared in Elsie’s life”. Active pallbearers were Curtis Nickason, Cory Nickason, William Lick, Bill Block, Dave Pollock and Donovan Block. Interment followed at the Esk South Cemetery. Memorial donations in Elsie’s memory may be directed to Evergreen Country Home, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).
May 6, 1918 - August 12, 2011
Mrs. Joyce Laing, 93 years of Quill Plains Centennial Lodge in Watson, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, August 12, 2011. Joyce was born on May 6, 1918 in Regina to Richard Montgomery and Mary Rebecca Bennett. As a young child, she moved with her family to Conquest, where she received all of her education, graduating at the age of 16. She took classes at the University of Edmonton in the College of Commerce for a while and when finally old enough, enrolled in nursing at St. Paul’s Hospital. She graduated from St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1940. On July 2, 1942, she married Eric W. H. Laing, a long time school mate from Conquest. The couple lived in many different locations through the years - Prince Rupert, Portage la Prairie, Lemsford, Quill Lake, Spiritwood and Prince Albert to name a few. Throughout the years, Joyce worked in health care wherever they were living. While living in Quill Lake she was the Matron at the Quill Lake Hospital and delivered many babies over the years. She attained her Diploma of Public Health in 1965 and worked as a Public Health nurse until retiring at the age of 65. She was truly a scholar, loved reading and taking classes. Joyce always put other people’s needs above her own, reaching out to help others whenever and wherever she was able to. She was an active volunteer in the many communities in which she lived, giving selflessly of her time for many groups and organizations including Eastern Star, Royal Purple, PA Museum, PA Wildlife Society, Council of Canadians, Alzheimer’s Society, Hearing Impaired, Meals on Wheels and UCW. Joyce was an excellent leader and under her guidance many projects were born and completed. She enjoyed leisure time at their cabin at Chitek Lake, traveling, gardening and especially spending time with her ever growing family. In 2005, she moved to the Quill Lake area and in March 2007, Joyce became a resident at Quill Plains Centennial Lodge. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her three children, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren: PENNY (Tom) Lowes of Quill Lake and family, Brent (Melody) Lowes and children Nathan and Hannah of Quill Lake; Rebecca Welsh (Rocky Ingram) of Saskatoon and children Donovan, Victoria, Becky and Tyler; and Thomas (Candace) Lowes and son Jacob of Canora; ERIC (Linda) Laing of Regina and family, Tania (Jerrod) Turgeon and children Matthew, Drew and Grace; and Cindy (Chris) Patenaude and children McKenzie, Chloe and Eve, all of Regina; and WILLIAM (Brenda) Laing of St. Albert, AB and family, Erin Laing (Beth) of Regina, Sarah (Josh) Semotiuk and children Judge and Ruby of Edmonton, AB; and Daley Laing of Edmonton; and by nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Rebecca Bennett; husband, Eric Laing; son, Richard (in infancy); brothers, Alvin (Edith), Frank (Eda) and sister, Vera (Mac). The Funeral Service for Joyce was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley United Church, Quill Lake, SK, officiated by Pastor Brian Unger. A Private Family Interment followed in the Quill Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daley Laing, Jerrod Turgeon, Chris Patenaude, Brent Lowes, Thomas Lowes, and Rocky Ingram. Memorial donations may be made to the Quill Plains Centennial Lodge Heritage Garden Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).
October 12, 1919 - August 1, 2011
Mrs. Flora Gjerde, 91 years, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Watson Health Center. Flora was born on October 12, 1919 the 11th child out of 15 to John and Albena (nee Danis) Rondeau in the Wadena District. She attended Bradgate School. Following her education she remained in the area helping her mother and other neighbours with domestic duties. On December 7, 1939 she married Olger Gjerde at Dahlton. Together they began their farming career in the Nora area. Flora was very active in the day to day operations of the family farm. Together they raised five children. She enjoyed gardening and the domestic duties of running a home but the art of being a chef was her favourite, she was known for her excellent cooking skills. She enjoyed participating in curling and ball. She was a member of the “Nora Sunshine Circle” a group of ladies that would meet regularly. Her caring, compassionate and nurturing personality showed through as she helped others through difficult times, including family and fostering children. After the premature death of Olger in 1968 Flora moved to Saskatoon where she worked for the Family Service Bureau in the Home Care division. Later she expanded on her cooking talents by working in the catering business at hotels and the Saskatoon Airport. Following this she became a cook with the oil rigs in Alberta and the Territories, where she gained respect and furthered her natural ability to help others. Again she was very well known for her gift as a very good cook! At the age of 64 she retired and continued to be very active socially, enjoying dancing and bowling where she won many trophies in Western Canada for high scores. In 2006 Flora moved to Naicam to be closer to her family and she adapted quickly and loved her independent life in Naicam. Due to failing health she moved to Evergreen Country Home in LeRoy on March 1, 2011. The family is very grateful for their sister Yvonne for all her time and special care given to their mother. Flora will be lovingly remembered by her five children, 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren: Yvonne (Douglas) Muir of Spalding and family, Wayne (Leah) Muir and children Aidan and Ian of Lloydminster, Keith (Debra) Muir and children Tiann and Jenna of Regina, James (Lisa) Muir and children Luke, Oliver and Ben of Rose Valley, Shelley Muir (Wade Kozak) and children Hunter and Kate of Saskatoon; and Yvonne and Douglas’s foster child, Dale (Violet) Hauck of Wainwright, AB and son Michael of Calgary; Wilford Gjerde of Marcelin and family, Karen (Darren Senger) Gjerde of Lloydminster and Bradley (Wendy) Gjrede and son Oakley of Dalmeny; Clifford Gjerde of Leask and family Corrine Winslow and children Matthew, Eric and Danielle of Saskatoon, Christine (Trent) Walker and children Brandon, Nicholas and Tylor and Lyndon Gjerde and son Justin of Saskatoon; Gerald Gjerde of Strathmore, AB and family Shawn Gjerde of Olds, AB and Tracy (John) Barbas and children William, Daniel and Ryan of Strathmore, AB; and Brenda Prevost (Gord Muir) of Kamloops, BC and family Jason (Sandra) Prevost and children Emily and Tyson of Olds, AB Trevor Prevost and son Christian of Regina and Melissa Prevost (Ken Rily) of Fort McMurray, AB; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Flora was predeceased by her husband, Olger (1968); grandson, Shane Muir (1974); daughter-in-law, Linda Gjerde (2003) and her long time friend and companion, Roman Rauw (2002); brothers and sisters: Lenore Rondeau, Alex (Lucia) Rondeau, Joseph Rondeau (infant), Ted Rondeau, Adele (Frank) Deschamps, Soulange (Bernard) Tipper, Cecile (Lionel) Deschamps, Arthur (May) Rondeau, Florence (Reinert) Aasen, Paul Rondeau, Isabel (Eric) Scheuneman, Sarah (Leo) Furber, John (Solonge) Rondeau and David (Emma) Rondeau; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Seymor (Melena) Gjerde, Mabel (Tom) McAllister and Helmer Gjerde. The Funeral Service for Flora will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Hwy 5 East, Humboldt. Officiated by, Jenny Irwin. Others taking part in the service were: eulogist, Keith Muir and urn bearer, Clifford Gjerde. Honorary Pallbearers were “All those who shared in Flora’s life”. Interment will follow at a later date at Nut Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial Donations in Flora’s memory may be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan or Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).
March 9, 1940 - October 4, 2011
After a long, brave courageous battle with cancer, the family is saddened to announce that Mrs. Doreen Knoblauch, 71 years, of Humboldt, passed away at her residence, St. Mary’s Villa, Humboldt on October 4, 2011. Doreen was born to Joseph Sr. and Katherine (nee Schneider) Pokolm in Humboldt on March 9, 1940. Doreen was raised in the Muenster area and received her education at St. James School. As a young adult Doreen was employed at the Humboldt Café. She met Edwin at a dance in Muenster and they were married at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Muenster on July 29, 1959. They moved to Humboldt and Doreen was busy as a homemaker and mother while Ed worked for Schenn’s Plumbing and Heating for 10 years. In 1967, they bought shares in W and L Plumbing and Heating and then changed the name to Humboldt Plumbing and Heating. Doreen worked as a secretary in their business. Ed and Doreen bought a cabin at Missinippi, Saskatchewan and the family spent many happy hours there. They loved to camp and fish, starting with a tent and working up to owning a cabin. They spent many memorable trips at their cabin but the highlight was when the whole family went to Alaska. Ed and Doreen then continued to travel to many destinations in Canada and the U.S.A., also making trips to Jamaica and Hawaii. Doreen’s hobbies included bowling, reading, crocheting doilies, playing cards, shopping and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She loved canning her produce from her garden. Family was very important to Doreen and she continued to have a very close relationship with her brothers and sisters. In 1995, Ed and Doreen retired and they began to spend their winters in B.C. Doreen loved her grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments. She was in her glory when the grandbabies started to arrive. Her children and grandchildren were very important to Doreen and she always made time to attend all their sports and activities. Although Doreen was a quiet person, she had a good sense of humour and enjoyed visiting with others. Doreen will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband of 52 years, EDWIN Knoblauch of Humboldt; three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren: Dinah (Darren) Schleper of Humboldt and family Ryan (Mary Jane Wilkinson) Schleper of Muenster; Myles (Candace) Schleper and children Jaxson and Jozie of Warman; Tara (Ryan) Stuckel and children Alyssa and Landen of Muenster; Gerald Knoblauch of Humboldt and family Lindsay (Brendon) MacAuley and children Makenna, Sadie, and Talia of Saskatoon; and Chelsie (Jordan) Leavitt and children Alexis and Haelyn of Martensville; Wayne (Lianna) Knoblauch and daughter Kayla Knoblauch of Humboldt; and Ginger (Dave) Strueby’s children: Aaron (Monique) Strueby and son Quinn of Marysburg; Geoff (Danielle) Strueby of Saskatoon; Shaun (Lesa) Strueby and son Mason of Muenster; and Mathew Strueby of Muenster; two sisters: Dolores Knoblauch (Issac Hildebrand) of Debden and Darlene (Bob) Zabolotney of Airdrie, AB; step-brother Herbert (Rose) Hinz of Richmond, BC and sister-in-law Louise (Pokolm) Butler of Ontario; numerous nieces, nephews and members of the Pokolm and Knoblauch families. Doreen was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Dave Strueby; parents, Joseph Sr. and Katherine Pokolm; step-brother, Art (Margaret) Hinz; brother, Joseph Pokolm; sister, Myrtle (Roman) Lange and by nephews. A Service of Remembrance was held on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Malinoski and Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt officiated by Jenny Irwin. Words of remembrance were shared by her sisters, Dolores and Darlene, and scripture readings were read by Myles Schleper and Aaron Strueby. Interment will follow at St. Augustine R.C. Cemetery Humboldt at a later date. Memorial donations in Doreen’s memory may be directed to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).
February 8, 1918 - September 25, 2011
The death of Lauretta Reinhart, 93 years of Bethany Pioneer Village, Middle Lake occurred on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Lauretta was born on February 8, 1918 in the St. Benedict area to Anton and Mary (nee Hatzl) Reinhart. She grew up on the family farm and attended Rock Valley School. Lauretta and her older sister Lena helped their mother with the house work but also worked just as hard helping their father with the farming duties. They were kept busy each fall, stooking and hauling bundles to help with the threshing. Lauretta also enjoyed making patchwork quilts and doing fancy needlework. In the winter months, she often would do house cleaning and painting for other families in the area. Lauretta and a couple of her siblings lived and worked on the farm with her parents throughout their lives, continuing the farming lifestyle even after their parent’s deaths. As she advanced in age, she eventually made her home at Bethany Pioneer Village in Middle Lake, first in Birch Manor and then a few years ago she moved over to Aspen Manor where she lived until the present time. Lauretta was the last surviving member of her family. She will be remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. Lauretta was predeceased by her parents, Anton and Mary Reinhart; and her 10 siblings: Lena, Joe, Oswald, Benedict, Frances, Nickalaus, Roman, Dora, Herman and Clara. The Funeral Mass for Lauretta was held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, St. Benedict, celebrated by Fr. Denis Phaneuf. Interment followed in the St. Benedict R.C. Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations in Lauretta’s memory may be made to Bethany Pioneer Village. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).
September 12, 2011 - September 25, 2011
The death of Mrs. Agnes Eichinger, 54 years of Humboldt occurred on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Humboldt District Hospital. Agnes was born on September 12, 1957 in Humboldt. She grew up in the Prud’homme area with parents, Jean Baptiste and Irene Grimard, and her six siblings. She attended Prud’home School. Following that, she worked in North Battleford for a time at a Seniors Home. Agnes married Lawrence Eichinger on June 30, 1979 and they began their married life on the farm. They built a home in Humboldt which they moved into in March 1982. Agnes worked at a variety of jobs through the years, however looking after her home and family were her main priority. She enjoyed quilt making, knitting, and embroidery as well as doing puzzles, watching movies, baking and cooking and shopping with Christina. They enjoyed going to Bronco games and were billets for a number of years. For the last few years, Agnes has been involved with the Senior’s Club and has been their bingo caller for the past year. Agnes is survived by her husband, Lawrence of Humboldt; two daughters and one son: Lori Anne (Mark) Dunne of Moose Jaw; Christina Eichinger and Timothy Eichinger, both of Saskatoon; her mother, Irene Grimard of Saskatoon; one sister, Edna (Don) Breeze of Saskatoon; three brothers: Robert (Denise) Grimard of Saskatoon; Albert (Joan) Grimard of Kelowna, BC; and Wilfred (Ramone) Grimard of Victoriaville, PC; and numerous sisters-and-brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Jean Baptiste Grimard; and two brothers, Charles and Clement. The Prayer Service for Agnes was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. and the Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Both services were held at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt. Memorial donations may be made to Humboldt District Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt (306-682-1622).