Leo Carl Gust
Leo Carl Gust, late of Ceylon, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 1999, at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 65 years. Born April 25, 1934, on the NE 1/4 1-5-20 at Ceylon on the Herman Gust farm. Leo Carl was the first child of Rosie (Colibaba) and Walter Gust. Leo attended one-room country schools at Oakville and Round Up through to grade 10. Leo was very active in track and field and has many ribbons and medals for first place. Later, Leo played softball and baseball, and during the 50's enjoyed quite a bit of curling. With his father, Leo farmed near Ceylon, then rented land of his own in 1951. For many years, Leo and Walter farmed and raised Aberdeen Angus cattle. During Leo's late teens and early twenties, he was very involved with the junior section of the Farmers Union. He served on the board of directors and was president of the South Ceylon Rural Telephone Company for many year. On October 20, 1962 he married Diana Dufresne and was blessed with four sons, Neal, born August 23, 1963, Owen born December 1, 1964, Darren born March 24, 1968 and Kirby born June 6, 1971. In 1977, due to illness, Leo was forced to quit active farming. From 1979 to 1983 he worked at various farms, and in 1983 he began his own business, "Leo Gust Carpentry." In 1989 the poor economy led to the closing of the company and Leo then was employed as caretaker of the Ceylon Regional Park. In September of 1989 Leo and Diana moved to Yellow Grass, managing the Yellow Grass Hotel. In May 1991, they moved back to Ceylon, rented a house, and Leo worked for a district farmer-rancher until October when back problems forced him into early retirement. In December of 1991 Leo and Diana purchased a home in Ceylon where they still reside. In 1996 Leo returned to Ceylon Regional Park until 1998, at the same time he was the pest control officer for the Ceylon Minton area. Leo enjoyed woodworking, reading, calligraphy, fishing and being known as Mr. Fix-It. He will also be missed by many people in Ceylon for his tie-tying abilities and his place will be vacant on coffee row. Prayers were said Monday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Brian Meredith presiding. The funeral mass was held Tuesday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Father Brian Meredith and Father Stephen Bill Concelebrants. Interment followed in Ceylon Community Cemetery, Ceylon. He leaves to mourn his wife, Diana of Ceylon; his sons: Neal (Tammy) of Ceylon; Owen (Maryann) of Regina; Darren (Anita) of Ceylon; and Kirby (Colleen) of Moose Jaw; grandchildren: Katlan, Amber, Evelyn, Christopher, Phillip, Shariann and Earl; his sisters: Maxine (Norm) Dufresne of Cranbrook, BC; and Myrtle (Cliff) Finstad of Estevan; one brother, Wayne (Marilyn) Gust of Saskatoon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were: Allan Ayotte, Don Miller, Allan DeBruyne, Gilbert Verbeurgt, Jim McLean and Larry Harkes. The honorary pallbearers were: Wilfred Nyhus, Gerry Gerle, Wilfred O'Connor, Brian Madigan, Albert DeBruyne, Dan McPhee, Ron Vermeulen, (Mark Vermeulen), Donald Kaufmann and Eli Juravle. Those so wishing may donate to the Katlan Gust Trust Fund in Leo's memory. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Michael (Mike) Masniuk
On Tuesday, December 21, 1999, Michael (Mike) Masniuk, late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Extended Care Centre, at the age of 75 years. Predeceased by his mother and father, Paul and Anna Masniuk; five brothers: Nick, Mike, Bill, Joseph and Peter Masniuk; and by one sister, Sophie. Mike is survived by his wife, Christine of Weyburn; one daughter, Lorry (Blaine) Steer of Yellow Grass; and one son, Greg (Lorna) Masniuk of Cochrane, AB; his grandchildren: Kyla (Rod) Robinson; Raina, Carter, Drew and Amber; one brother, Walter (Ann) Masniuk; five sisters: Mary, Ollie, Jean, Victoria and Ann; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mike was born October 12, 1924 at Narcisse, Manitoba. He was raised on a farm in Manitoba with his 12 brothers and sisters, and attended school in Narcisse. Mike worked in Winnipeg, and then moved to Weyburn in 1954 with his wife Chris and daughter Lorry. He was employed as a mechanic at Weyburn Ford, and finished his career with the Department of Highways. Mike enjoyed the outdoors and loved the fishing and hunting trips he took with his son Greg. He liked horses and enjoyed watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play hockey. One of his other hobbies was ceramics. He had a special love for his children and grandchildren. The funeral mass was held Thursday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Inurnment will be held at a later date. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Fred Dolinski, Drew Masniuk, Carter Steer, Jim Stevenson, Curtis Borys and Rod Robinson. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, in his memory. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him
He looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path
Of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
And saddest times of his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me."
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
On Sunday, December 19, 1999, Vera McFadden, late of Weyburn, passed quietly and peacefully away with her children, Janet and James, lovingly by her side, at the age of 89 years, seven months. Predeceased by her parents: Charles and Emma Stapleford; and her husband, George McFadden; and sisters and brothers: Sarah (Nance), Beatrice, Fanny, Winnifred, Ernest, John, Thomas, Victor and Oliver. Vera is survived by her loving children: Sharon McFadden (Bill Klassen) of Saskatoon; David McFadden of Durago, Colorado, Janet Drullette (Tim McDonald), and James (Dawn) McFadden of Weyburn; five grandchildren: Val, James, K.C. Drullette, Dylan McDonald and Kimberly McFadden; one brother-in-law: Russ (Dorothy) McFadden of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and her little dog, one of her closest companions, Kaleigh. Vera Violet Gwendoline McFadden was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, on May 12, 1910, to Charles and Emma Jane Stapleford. Vera came to Canada on the ship Ausonia, which landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 18, 1938. She lived in the Toronto area for about ten years, where she worked at an ammunitions plant. In 1948 she moved out to Weyburn to be with her sister, Sarah Anne Fey. While here, she met George McFadden, and they were married on January 6, 1951. They lived on a farm just north of Weyburn, where they farmed and raised their four children. In 1979 they retired from farming and moved into town. Unfortunately, they did not have long to enjoy their retirement together as George passed away on November 26, 1980. Vera was a quiet, generous, gentle soul, who was used to hard work and did more than her fair share of work demanded by life on a farm. She lovingly raised her four children, she separated milk, churned butter, tended the large gardens growing many of the family's vegetables, spent many long hours cooking, canning, cleaning, sewing and knitting, which she loved to do. There were many sweaters and outfits she knitted for her children and later her little grandchildren. Vera also attended many a bingo game with her best friend and companion, her daughter Janet. She enjoyed their nights out to bingo together, as well she did her family gatherings to Mom's (and Grandma's) for Sunday suppers, and it was something she found very difficult to have to give up in her later years, when deteriorating health made her have to give up her home, and move to the nursing home, where resided right up to her passing. A heartfelt thank you to all who cared for Mom in the last few years, her family appreciates it deeply for they loved her so much. Because of this we shall endure forever with you in our hearts. "God bless you, Mom." Funeral service was held Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Austin Fey, Desmond Fey, James Drullette, K.C. Drullette, Stan McFadden and David McFadden. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Sask. or the Canadian Cancer Society, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Lily Edworthy passed away December 21, 1999 at the age of 79 years. Predeceased by her husband, Wilfred; sister Ivy and brother George. She is survived by sisters, Elsie Myren and June Hartley of Ogema; sister-in-law, Mamie Greenawalt of Ogema; daughter Geri (Richard) Gemmell of New Zealand and their children: Andrew and Danielle; son Dale (Corinne) Edworthy; and special friends Lady and Buffy of White City; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Lily was raised on the farm south of Ogema as a child, and lived her adult life in the Ogema district. She enjoyed her pets, doing fancy work, country music, and having tea and sweets with family and friends. Mom always had a sense of humour. The last two years she resided in the Deep South Personal Care Home, Pangman. She passed away peacefully in Weyburn General Hospital. Our special thanks to the caring staff on 2nd east. Funeral service was held Monday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. from Ogema United Church with Rev. Lynda Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Ogema Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Allan Gurnesy, Elwyn MacLean, Tom Webb, Al Martin, Ed Greenawalt and Wayne Myren. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
George Vargo Jr.
On Saturday, December 18, 1999, George Vargo Jr., late of Radville, passed away at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Vargo; one daughter, Beverly Anne Mickler; two brothers: Elmer and Edward Vargo; one sister, Helene Wick and one nephew, Mark Vargo. George is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eleanor Vargo; one daughter, Darlene (Willmar) Petterson of Gladmar; one son-in-law, David Mickler of Radville; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers: Henry Vargo of Moosomin; and Lawrence (Carole) Vargo of Ceylon; one sister, Anne Stoppa of Regina; two sisters-in-law: Ivadell Vargo of Gladmar; and Eva Vargo of Moose Jaw; one brother-in-law, Ernie (Jean) Wick of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. George was born on December 7, 1912 in Superior, Wyoming, the third child in a family of seven. He came with his family to the Gladmar area to homestead. His formal education was completed at Busy Bee School and then he joined the work force. George married Eleanor Norman in August, 1937 and had two daughters. George's education 'from the school of life' made him a Jack-of-all-trades. He farmed for three years, then on to Winnipeg where he worked for the C.N.R. After seven years, he moved back to Gladmar, where he operated a backhoe and was drayman. He then became employed at the Sybouts Sodium Sulphate plant where he did lathe work and carpentry for a number of years. Then, in 1968 they moved to Regina where they spent nine years as apartment caretakers and he worked also as an elevator operator. One last move brought them to Radville in 1977 where they retired. Due to ill health, George entered the Marian Home in 1994 and remained there until his passing. George enjoyed joking and when he got the twinkle in his eye, you knew that something was coming. His wit was there even a few days before he died, although a man of few words at times, what he said would be just enough to cap the moment. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Chris Peterson, Hal Peterson, Joey Mickler, Darren Mickler, Brian Hipfner and Bob Kovach. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Radville Marian Home in his memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Helen Marlene Sams
On Tuesday, December 21, 1999, Helen Marlene Sams, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 68 years. Predeceased by her parents, James and Elsie Bell; and one brother, Melvin Bell. Marlene is survived by her children: Elsie (Ken) Thompson of Creelman; Vangy Hill of Brandon, MB; Mark Sams; Ruth (Ron) Klatt of Stoughton; Ken (Samantha) Sams of Ontario; grandchildren: Deana, James, B.J., Rachel, Daniel, Michel, Riley and Sheiby; three sisters: Lois (John) Griffin of Heward; Carol Bell of New Denver, BC; and Lynn Bell of BC; one brother, Bill Bell of Radville; one sister-in-law, Elsie Bell of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Marlene was born June 10, 1931 at Lampman, to James and Elsie Bell. She was raised in the Benson area and attended Hillure School. Marlene settled in Hansworth and was very involved in ranch life. She loved horses and enjoyed attending gymcanas. Going on trail rides and camping were her favorite activities while living at her home at Rocky Acres. She raised five children and was delighted at the birth of each of her eight grandchildren. Marlene retired and was living in Weyburn at Bison Manor at the time of her passing. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 30 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Stoughton, with Rev. Jann Sampson officiating. Interment to follow at a later date. All those attending are considered to be honorary pallbearers. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in her memory to the Saskatchewan Kidney Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Jabez (Jabe) Henry Holman
Jabez (Jabe) Henry Holman, born April 25, 1912 in Hardy, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully in the Regina General Hospital December 17, 1999. Jabe will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Doris (Lynn) of Weyburn; and their children: Larry (Melanie) Holman of Edmonton, AB; Betty (Gerald) Schnell of Red Deer, AB; Lois (Doug) Meikle of Pharr, Texas; Garth (Sandra) Holman of Midale; and Glen (Trudy) Holman of Dartmouth, NS; 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jabe was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Holman; one son, Henry Holman; one grandson, Kris Holman; three brothers: Albert, Donald and Lawrence Holman; and three sisters: Martha Hilrud, Marie Holizki and Bertha Kerr. Jabe was very active with the Royal Canadian Legion, where he volunteered many hours of his time. A very dedicated husband and father, he worked for the Canadian National (CNR) for over forty years. Funeral service was held Monday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, Estevan. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion were honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were his grandsons: Jerry Holman, Jason Meikle, Michael Schnell, Craig Schnell, Brad Schnell and Ken Schnell. Donations to the Saskatchewan Lung Association or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by his family. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Clifford Franklin McDowell
On Sunday, December 19, 1999, Clifford Franklin McDowell, late of Stoughton, passed away at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by his parents, John and Mary McDowell; two brothers: Norris and Avery McDowell; and one grandson, Shayne Steele. Clifford is survived by his wife, Shirley McDowell of Stoughton; daughter, Heather (Brian) Steele and their children: Allison and Garett of Windthorst; son Ian (Trina) McDowell and their family: Kerry and Danielle of Regina; one sister, Reta McDowell of Regina; as well as many nieces and nephews. Clifford was born August 4, 1918 at Heward, 16-9-9 W2nd, the youngest of four children. He attended Heward School #1021. On August 11, 1953 he married Shirley Webber at Stoughton. They farmed and raised a son, Ian and a daughter, Heather. He loved life and his family and friends were very important to him. Clifford was interested in people, community affairs, music and any family achievements. He was a member of the Wheat Pool, involved with the Rural Telephone and Rink. He was a Councillor and was responsible for the building of the New Heward Hall. Clifford was the Heward rep for the founding Board of Cannington Home Care. He was very active in the United Church all of his life in various offices. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, reading, travelling and camping. Esso coffee time with his friends each morning was a highlight. He and Shirley celebrated their 40th anniversary and his 80th birthday. A memorial service was held Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Stoughton, with Rev. Jann Sampson and Pastor Ed Weger officiating. The organist was Blaine Morrison with Evelyn Taylors Singing Group bringing special music. Interment followed in Heward Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in his memory to a charity of the donor's choice or the Fillmore Palliative Care. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Henley, Nellie passed away on December 22, 1999. She is survived by her husband, Frank; sons: Harold and Harvey; daughter-in-law, Heather and grandchildren Julia and Marshall. In accordance with Nellie's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Sask. or to Lupus Canada. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Mr. Grant Stewart Friedrichsen
Mr. Grant Stewart Friedrichsen, beloved husband of Mrs. Liz Friedrichsen of Taber, passed away near Brooks on Monday, December 20, 1999 at the age of 38 years. Grant was born on February 8, 1961, the son of Peter and Faye Friedrichsen. He grew up in Weyburn, where he graduated from the Weyburn Comprehensive High School. Grant later moved to BC where he met Elizabeth Enquist. They were married in 1986 in Hedley, BC. They lived in various communities, including Abbotsford, BC, where he attended Columbia Bible College. They then moved to Lethbridge so he could enroll in the Environmental Science Program at L.C.C. For the past five years, while living in Taber, Grant worked out of his home as a consultant for Newpark Environmental Services of Calgary. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, hunting and fishing. His family was of the most importance to him as was his friendship to all people he met. Grant lived life every day to the fullest and always had a positive attitude towards it. He and his family were active members of the Evangelical Free Church. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered in the hearts of his wife Liz, daughter Natasha and son Dirk; parents Peter and Faye Friedrichsen of Ponoka; sister Cindy (Larry) Pickett and their children Meghan and Jordan of Okotoks; brother Garry (Nancy) Friedrichsen and sons Peter and Jack of Edmonton; father and mother-in-law Vincent and Joan Enquist of Enderby, BC; brothers-in-law Cliff (Fara) Enquist and children of Grand Forks, BC and Evan (Tammy) Enquist and children of Abbotsford and also by numerous other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber, on Wednesday, December 22 at 8:30 p.m. The funeral service was held at the First Christian Reformed Church, Taber, on Thursday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Ron Gartly officiating. Cremation followed the funeral service. Arrangements were in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber, AB.