Balbina (Bobbie) Brilz
On Thursday, December 23, 1999, Balbina (Bobbie) Brilz, late of Radville, passed away at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by her parents: Leopold and Anastasia Woitas; one grandchild in infancy; brothers and sisters: Katherine Thompson, Tom Woitas, Aloizy Woitas, Peter Woitas, Phil Woitas, Marion LaBelle, Leone Wick, Eleanor Toso, Lawrence Woitas, and Andrew Woitas in infancy. Bobbie leaves to mourn her husband, Rufus of Radville; children: Beverly (Maurice) Young of Sooke, BC; Dwayne (Donna) Brilz of Lanigan; Rodney (Barbara) Brilz of Radville; Marie (Glenn) Bader of Rocky Mountain House, AB; Conrad Brilz of Saskatoon; Valerie (Japhas) Emmanuel of Morgantown, West VA; and Irene (Brian) Minard of Weyburn; 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; two sisters: Hattie (Merthen) Toso and Cecilia (Bert) Eidsness of Radville; brother, Casper (Anne) Woitas of Regina; and many nieces and nephews. Balbina "Bobbie" Gertrude Brilz was born March 31, 1915 at Lake Alma. She attended school at Tree Lake School in Lake Alma. On July 11, 1938 she married Rufus Brilz at St. Blaise Church in Lake Alma. They lived on a farm near Lake Alma from 1938 to 1943, then moved in 1943 to a farm two miles south of Radville. In the spring of 1946 they moved to the town of Radville where they resided until her passing. In her younger days Bobbie enjoyed making quilts with her sisters. She and Rufus enjoyed square dancing and old time dancing. She enjoyed her morning coffee with her friends, and playing cards, bingo, and shuffleboard at the Golden Heritage. Rufus and Bobbie traveled to Arizona for several years to spend the winters. They celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 11, 1998. Bobbie's faith was very important to her and she rarely missed on Sundays, and when she did she'd say "God will forgive me." She was a faithful member of the CWL. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all her family and friends. Prayers were said Tuesday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville, with Father Brian Meredith celebrant. Interment followed in Laurier Cemetery, Radville. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Curt Minard, Kelly, Kevin, Corey, Keith and Darcy Brilz. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Radville Marion Health Centre Palliative Care Fund in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Oliver Harold Dahl
Oliver Harold Dahl, late of Minton, passed away suddenly on his farm on December 16, 1999, at the age of 75 years. Oliver was born in Ceylon district on August 26, 1924. He was baptized into the family of God on September of the same year. While Oliver's formal education occurred at the Big Four School, he was learning all of the time, in the school of life. He began farming at an early age and resided on the family farm until his passing. Oliver was predeceased by his parents, Olaus and Olga Dahl; four brothers, Arthur, Ernest, Melvin and Einner Dahl; one sister, Violet Shaw; and one brother-in-law, Floyd Telenga. Oliver leaves to mourn his two brothers: Elvin Dahl of Gladmar and Roy Dahl of Minton; four sisters: Esther (Eric) Verity of Weyburn; Vera Telenga of Lethbridge, AB; Marie (Douglas) Wankel of Elbow; and Ruby (Murray) Weatherall of Moose Jaw; two sisters-in-law: Irene Dahl of Bethune and Cheryl Dahl of Gladmar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends. Like his father, Oliver became an ardent sports fan, especially in fastball. He excelled in his batting abilities, hitting many home runs during the several years of playing ball with his six brothers and Gladmar Braves teammates. While growing up on the farm, his favorite pastimes were sledding and skiing down the many hills surrounding the farm, hunting, trapping and horseback riding with brother Ernie, who was his constant interested in horse racing. His love for animals continued through the years. He especially loved going to rodeos along with his good friend Charlie Tatarliov. He was also a frequent visitor at the Weyburn Livestock Exchange. Oliver enjoyed every aspect of farming, but he especially loved his cattle, which were his pride and joy. We always considered Oliver and his farm to be a family anchor where we could meet for special celebrations and reunions. He was always happy to have family and friends come. Everyone enjoyed his great sense of humour - he loved to tease, tell funny jokes and play little pranks on others. Oliver's compassion and generosity toward others was greatly appreciated. He was always ready to help family members, relatives, friends and neighbours in any way he could. His unique personality, strength of character, generosity and a real love for being with people made Oliver the special person he was. Funeral service was held on Monday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. from the Elks Hall in Minton, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Special music was provided by Valerie (Wankel) Koshinsky, Denise (Wankel) Sielskis and Bryan Cornish with Marnell (Verity) Cornish as pianist. Interment followed in Chapel Grove Cemetery, Minton. The honorary pallbearers were all of Oliver's friends and relatives attending the funeral. The active pallbearers were: Allan Dinwoodie, Bill Tatarliov, Ken Tatarliov, Jim Blackmore, Derold Blackmore and Ken Hansen. We, his family, appreciate special people like Lucille and Toni Hintz, Eileen and Henry Sorenson, Brenda and Jim Blackmore and all of the friends, relatives and neighbours for the baking, visits and birthday celebrations in support of Oliver throughout the years. As we mourn the passing of our dear brother and uncle, our thoughts and memories of him become even more precious. We would like to dedicate this poem in memory of Oliver, which describes quite vividly his personality, style of life and character as he lived among us:
His life began upon a farm
Where every season held a charm,
Snow and blizzards, winter chills,
Card games, skiing on the hills.
Potatoes, sausage, turkey, steak,
Creamed peas and birthday cake.
Raising cattle, horses, hogs,
Pigs and chickens, cats and dogs.
Baling hay out in the sun,
Ball games when the chores were done.
Trucking grain and hauling hay,
Now and then some tricks he'd play.
Sense of humour, quick to please,
These are precious memories.
Remembrance is a word so dear,
More precious with each passing year.
Family gatherings, picnics too,
School reunions, friendships true.
Raising cattle, such a thrill,
Pigs to feed and troughs to fill.
Pots of coffee - lots to eat,
Smell of bacon - such a treat.
A welcome smile for all who came,
Norwegian whist - a favorite game.
Passing time will not erase
These memories of a loved one's face.
How quickly all the years go by,
But precious memories never die.
Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Sask. or to a charity of their choice. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Marjorie Doris Munday
On Tuesday, December 21, 1999, Marjorie Doris Munday, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 96 years. Predeceased by her husband, Edward Robertson Munday in 1957; her parents, David and Alice Collins; one son, Cyril Munday; brothers and sisters: Constance, Victor, Claude, Basil and Cyril. She leaves to mourn one son, Ted (Lois) Munday of Calgary, AB; one daughter, Alvina (Henry) Friedrick of Weyburn; one sister, Enid Nelson of Weyburn; eight grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Marjorie was born on July 6, 1903 in South Hampton, England. She came to Canada as a baby with her parents, David and Alice Collins. They lived in several places until they settled in the Tribune area. She married Edward Munday on November 28, 1928. She enjoyed sewing and embroidering. Her life revolved around her family and she loved to visit and play cards with family and friends. Marjorie was a long time member of Grace United Church in Weyburn. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 28 at 10:30 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill and Marilyn Corkum officiating ministers. Interment followed in Goodwater Cemetery, Goodwater. Active pallbearers were her six grandsons: Shane Friedrick, Cody Friedrick, Russell Marcotte, Steven Friedrick, Daniel Friedrick and Michael Barton. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association in her memory. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Carmen Wesley Caswell
Carmen Wesley Caswell passed away peacefully on the morning of January 1, 2000 after a brief battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed by his family: loving and dedicated wife of 41 years, Margaret, son Kenn, daughters Lori (Dan) Zultok, Sheila (Randy) Kurczaba, and Sharon Caswell, and grandchildren Michael, Kyle, and Rebecca Kurczaba. He is also survived by his brother Garth, brother-in-law Ken Meorke, and stepfather Vernon Phillips. He was predeceased by his father Wesley, his mother Gladys Phillips and sister Mavis Meorke. Carmen was born at Froude, SK on September 9, 1932 and following graduation from high school in 1950, took employment with Toronto General Trust Corporation in Regina. Early in 1958 he began a long career in Public Health eventually working throughout most of central and southeast Sask. and northeastern Alberta. He was well liked and respected by all he met during the 39 years he spent with Public Health. He retired in late 1997 and returned to Saskatoon. Over the years he was a member and served on executive committees of the Weyburn Branch, the provincial executive and vice-president (south) of the Saskatchewan Civil Service, was a charter member and chairman of the Estevan and Weyburn branches of the Saskatchewan Foster Parent Association, both provincial and local executive boards, and the Estevan R.C.S. School board, Estevan Parks and Recreation Board, and a director and provincial treasurer of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. "Life has been interesting and enjoyable."-CWC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association. The Vigil of Prayer was held Tuesday evening, January 4, at 7:30 p.m. and the funeral liturgy was held Wednesday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. with both services being held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Saskatoon. The celebrant was Rev. Fr. Ken Thorson. The Rite of Committal took place in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon.
Emma Maria Gallant
On Friday, April 2, 1999 Emma Maria Gallant, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Estevan, passed away at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, John Gallant; her father and mother, John and Donalda Baudria; a brother Paul in infancy; brother, Wilfred; sisters Elizabeth Myers, Lena Scharnatta and Pauline McDonald. Emma is survived by her sister, Alida "Toots" Bonnell of Weyburn; a sister-in-law Elizabeth Baudria of Weyburn; nieces Edith (Gordon) Jacobs of Weyburn, and Lil (John) Heibein of Weyburn; great niece, Shelly (Bill) Kievits of Weyburn; as well as many nieces and nephews. Emma's parents, John and Donalda Baudria were born and raised in Quebec. In 1906, they with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Lena, decided to homestead in the west. They arrived in Hitchcock, SK and farmed there for 12 years. Emma Maria was born September 16, 1910. She grew up in Hitchcock and later at Midale, where she went to school. She helped her sisters, Elizabeth and Lena with their growing families and on October 12, 1931 she married John Gallant from New Brunswick in St. Francis Regis Catholic Church in Halbrite. They resided in Midale, except for a brief period when they moved to Rose Valley seeking employment. After returning they settled in Estevan. Emma's mother passed away suddenly in October 1941 after which her father John made his home with Emma and John. In 1942 Emma, her husband and father moved to Toronto, where they were employed in a war factory. In 1946 they returned to Estevan where her husband worked for a road construction company and Emma cooked for them. Her father passed away suddenly in October 1954. In 1976 Emma and John took up residence in Creighton Lodge, Estevan. In 1981 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Midale Civic Centre. John passed away June 18, 1985. Emma lived alone until she moved to Pioneer Place in Weyburn. There she kept busy with her knitting, crocheting and other crafts. Her church and prayers were always very important to her. She moved to Weyburn Special Care Home and when her health failed further she was moved to Souris Valley Regional Care Centre, where she resided until she passed away peacefully on April 2 at the age of 88 years and six months. Prayers were said Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen presiding. The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Interment followed in Souris Valley Memorial Gardens in Estevan. Nieces, Edith Jacobs and Shirley Davis did the readings, great niece, Linda Heibein read the eulogy. Honorary pallbearers were: Gladys LaCoste, Mrs. Efford, Eli and Lucille Audit and Leo Audit. Active pallbearers were Bill Kievits, Paul Baudria, Doug Heibein, Bobby Baudria, Keith Baudria and John Heibein. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Stained Glass Window Fund, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Bertha Anne Sorsdahl
Bertha Anne Sorsdahl late of Fillmore, age 82 years, passed away April 10, 1999. Bertha was predeceased by her parents Charles and Amelia Benton; her husband Louis Sorsdahl; one infant daughter Gail Sorsdahl; one son Dwayne Sorsdahl. She leaves to mourn her seven sons: Larry (Sharon) Sorsdahl of Regina; James (Edna) Sorsdahl of Calgary, AB; Charles Sorsdahl of Victoria, BC; Dale (Clarice) Sorsdahl of Calgary; Ken Sorsdahl of Coalhurst, AB; Doug Sorsdahl of Fillmore; Bob (Ida) Sorsdahl of Weyburn; one sister Winnie Sorsdahl; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. Cremation with burial at later date. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in her memory. The family would like to say thank you to Dr. Burke of Regina, Dr. Gibbons in Fillmore, and special thanks to staff at Fillmore Health Centre and Palliative Care Unitin Regina. Arrangements in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Myrtle Alice Victoria Hacke
Myrtle Hacke of Regina passed away at the Regina General Hospital, April 6, 1999, one month and a half short of her 92nd birthday. Myrtle was born May 25, 1907 at Macoun, SK. She was married to Myrl Hacke October 1, 1939. Funeral service for Mrytle Alice Victoria Hacke, late of Regina, age 91 years, was held Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, with Rev. Rob Ogilvie officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Myrtle was predeceased by her parents: Charles and Ida Peterson; one sister: Ruth; one brother Goldwyn; loving husband of 53 years, Henry. She leaves to mourn two sisters: Anne (Haakon) Eliason of Kelowna, BC; Dorothy Freadrich of Camrose, AB; one brother Raymond (Lois) Peterson of Regina; numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtle took her schooling at Rolling Meadow School and completed a year in Regina at a business college. Before she married she worked in different places: Lampman, Estevan and Regina. Myrl's (Henry) mechanic work took them to Birtle, MB, Moose Jaw, Regina and Estevan. In 1975 they moved to the farm at Midale where they took over Myrl's parents' farms. In 1982 they retired and moved into the town of Midale. After Myrl's death in 1991, Myrtle moved to Regina taking up residence at Storey Manor until October of 1998 when she moved to Qu'Appelle House where she lived until her death. Active pallbearers are Tim Peterson, Lance Jaworski, Terry Hultgren, Gus Eiteneier. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Tom Alfred Causier
On Thursday, April 1, 1999 Tom Alfred Causier, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by his father and mother, Dave and Isobella Causier; his wife, Annabelle; infant son, Robert; son-in-law, John Mogus; four brothers: George, Albert, Charlie and Dave; three sisters: Nellie Barrett, Edith Ibey and Marguerite Sayles. Tom is survived by two sons: Ralph Causier of Weyburn, and Bill (Yvonne) Causier of Sechelt, BC and his children: Don (Alison) of Burnaby, BC, Dianne (Dan) Theadorescu of Charlottesville, VA, USA and their children, Thomas and Claire; one daughter, Connie Mogus of Moose Jaw and her son, Ronald (Heather) Mogus of Moose Jaw; one brother, John (Wynn) Causier of Coquitlam, BC; special brother-in-law, Fen Cooper; special niece, Carol Downton; special friend, Janice Hill; sister-in-law Mary Causier of Vancouver; and many nieces and nephews. Tom Causier was born November 20, 1908 in a 'soddie' in the Brokenshell R.M. He moved to Weyburn as a small child and spent his life here. On May 4, 1930 he married Annabelle Stewart. He provided for his family by having a delivery service, delivering for several local businesses like: Burges, Wordens, McBrides, Red & White Store, Weyburn Hardware. When Annabelle became ill he quit work for a time to look after her. After her death, Tom worked at several gas bars, the last being Elmer's Service. A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. Interment will be at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends so wishing, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Weyburn Special Care Home, in his memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Myrtle Jane Lutz
On Tuesday, April 6, 1999, Myrtle Jane Lutz, late of Yellow Grass, passed away at Beautiful Plains Villa at the age of 102 years. Myrtle was born in Madoc, Ontario, December 6, 1896. Predeceased by her parents, William and Alice Ranson; her husband, Guy in 1953; one daughter, Evelyn Huycke in 1989; four sisters: Hildred, Alice, Grace and Hazel; five brothers: Carl, Tom, Max, Gordon and Henry. Myrtle is survived by her children: Myrel Earlywine of Port Angeles, Wash.; Fern Snell of Indian Head; Willard (Betty) Lutz of Regina; Howard (Celia) Lutz of Medicine Hat; Leonard (Ann) Lutz of Kentucky, USA; Ron (Burnelle) Lutz of Weyburn; and son-in-law, Raymond Huycke of Nobleton, ON; 17 grandchildren as well as numerous great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In November of 1903 Myrtle moved to Yellow Grass with her parents. She went to school in Yellow Grass as well. After finishing school she worked in the McTaggart Post Office where she met Guy Lutz. They were married February 5, 1918. They made their home on the farm at McTaggart and raised seven children. Guy passed away April 14, 1953 but Myrtle continued to live on the farm until 1973 when she moved to Yellow Grass, where she lived until her passing. She was always interested in gardening, planting trees and flowers, although water was scarce and sometimes they didn't make it, but that didn't deter her from trying. After her husband passed away Myrtle worked at the Weyburn Union Hospital in the kitchen. When she retired she started to travel. Her travels took her to the Holy Land, Ireland, on a Mediterranean cruise, and around the USA and Canada. In later years her ability to recite poetry was well known and at her 100th birthday party she recited "I'm Fine Thank You, for the Shape I'm In." Family was the most important thing to her, and she could tell you the day and year each one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren were born. In the early years on the farm she went to the United Church in McTaggart and taught Sunday school and belonged to the ladies groups in the church. She was a charter member of the Church of Christ in Yellow Grass and very involved with the life of the church. Young people of the church were always welcome in her home. Friends were a big part of her life, she was always ready to lend a helping hand. When friends dropped in there was always enough food to go around and enough beds for everyone to sleep. She had a special knack to be able to make a meal for six stretch for 12 or more. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Pioneer Place and Special Care Home. The last 12 years of Myrtle's life were spent as a guest of Beautiful Plains Villa in Yellow Grass. Funeral service was held Saturday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. from Yellow Grass Church of Christ with Pastor Rob Ogilvie officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Grass Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Russell Brock, Don Fortner, Nat Whitrow, Dalton Hockley, Art Ward and Ron Murray. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Alberta Bible College, Calgary, or Yellow Grass Church of Christ Memorial Fund or to a charity of choice in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.