Emmaratta Winnifred "Winnie" Thomas
On Friday, January 15, 1999, Emmaratta Winnifred "Winnie" Thomas, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her father and mother: Perry and Annie Demorest; brother, Charles Demorest; granddaughter, Sheila Thomas and son-in-law, Paul Picard. Winnie is survived by her husband, Owen Thomas of Weyburn; her children: Charlie (Alice) Thomas of Tantallon, SK; Mary Picard of Moose Jaw; and Bev Thomas of Regina; grandchildren: Lorraine (Allen) Kentz of Regina; Lynda (Kevin) Simpson of Weyburn; Terry Dahlman of Moose Jaw; Paula Tolley (Bob) of Moose Jaw; Candace Picard (Greg) of Moose Jaw; Randy (Brenda) Cheater of Regina; Naomi Magdaline (Robert) of Regina; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Gurney of Tantallon, SK; as well as several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Winnie was born at Earl Grey in 1915. She received her schooling in Pilot Butte and in different schools in the Regina area up to grade eight. They lived around Regina until 1930 when they moved to Moosomin. She married Owen Thomas in 1936 at Moosomin. They moved to Miniota in 1936 and lived there approximately two years, then moved to Moosomin in 1938. They moved to Tantallon in 1942 and lived there until 1959 when they moved to Handsworth where Owen was an elevator agent. Then upon retirement, they moved to Weyburn in 1981 where she resided until her passing. Winnie was involved in the United Church and Ladies Aid when they lived in Tantallon. She enjoyed reading and playing cards and loved visiting with family and friends. She had a special love for animals, especially dogs. Winnie and Owen celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries with their family and were able to attend their grandchildren's weddings. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in South Cemetery, Moosomin, with Grace Armstrong officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Bob Rice, Randy Cheater, Kevin Simpson, Gordon Gurney, Allen Kentz and Matthew Rainey. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan in her memory. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
On Wednesday, January 20, 1999, Mary Hutt, late of Weyburn, passed away at Souris Valley Regional Care Center, at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by her parents, her husband John; two daughters: Eva Hutt and Jeanette Bocian; three brothers: Alex Koszman, Mike Koszman and John Koszman; and a grandson, Gregory Bocian. Mary is survived by one daughter, Anne (Harry) Sobchuk of Lang; two sons: Henry (Marge) Hutt of Tribune; and Jim (Elaine) Hutt of Weyburn; one son-in-law, Tony Bocian of Weyburn; 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; one brother, Bill Cushman of Regina; two sisters: Eva Dobryden of Regina; and Dorothy (Steve) Sobchuk of Regina; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary was born May 15, 1907 in Tribune. She attended Greendale School and had a strong religious upbringing, and was very involved with the church. On May 6, 1926 she married John Hutt at Tribune. They homesteaded west of Tribune, where they lived until moving to Weyburn in 1972. Mary enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, writing poetry and stories, canning and baking. She entered her flowers in many horticultural shows. She also helped cater with different community groups for local functions. She boarded priests, nuns, teachers and children going to catechism. In the early years she had church services and she also sewed vestments for the priests. After they moved to Weyburn she boarded several RCMP. Mary and John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1976, and last year Mary celebrated her 90th birthday. Prayers were said Friday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. from Blessed Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, Weyburn, with Father Basil Obarianyk officiating. Interment followed in Holy Family Cemetery, Tribune. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were her grandsons: Gene Sobchuk, Dennis Sobchuk, Michael Bocian, Vladimir Bocian, Andrew Bocian, Mervin Hutt, Jonathan Hutt and Brent Hutt. In lieu of flowers, for friends so wishing, donations may be made to the South Central Health District Foundation or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Saskatchewan, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Jeanne Marie Nimegeers
Jeanne Marie Nimegeers (nee Tremblay), late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 22, 1999 at the age of 56 years. Born January 1, 1943 in Tisdale, SK Jeanne was predeceased by her father, Lawrence Tremblay, and an infant brother, Joseph Tremblay. Jeanne will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 37 years Gordon Nimegeers of Weyburn; she will also be lovingly remembered by her six children and their families: a son, Everett Nimegeers (Darlene) and children: Keith Stack, Jared, Dustin and Jolene of Weyburn; daughters: Karen Nimegeers (Stafford Neal) and Cadence of Vancouver; Debra Joyal (Andy) and children Brette and Arielle of Langley, BC; Valerie Olmstead (Todd) and children Presley and Zachary of Weyburn; Lana Nimegeers (Garth Von Hagen) of Edmonton; and Rhonda Nimegeers and Tyler of Weyburn. She also leaves to mourn her loving mother Nora Marie Mongeon and step-father Roland Mongeon of Dunseith, North Dakota; her siblings, brothers: Edgar Tremblay (Cecile) of Vernon, BC; Victor Tremblay (Vera) of Pangman; Marcel Tremblay (Anita) of Saskatoon; George Tremblay of Edmonton and Maurice Tremblay of Edmonton; sister, Joan Johnson of Dickinson, ND; along with many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Raised on a farm near Archerwill, SK, Jeanne grew up among a large and loving Roman Catholic family. Her family lived an active community life often hosting barn dances which Jeanne fondly remembered and recounted to her children. After a brief period working as a nurse's aide in nearby Tisdale, she met, fell in love, and married Gordon. They settled on a farm near Weyburn where they raised their family. While their children were young, Jeanne and Gordon stayed close to home but later they enjoyed several vacations to Las Vegas, Reno and Plentywood. They were partners in everything including farming, cards, and life. Mom and Dad loved to dance together. Jeanne's many friends and relatives will always remember her quick wit and her love of language. She loved to read and to write poetry, limericks were her specialty. Jeanne had a generous spirit and a special empathy for those who were unfortunate or troubled. Her unique gift for nurturing manifested itself in her passion for her flower garden, and her children and grandchildren, which were her greatest joys. Prayers were said Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Tuesday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church with Father Francis Hengen celebrant. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Honorary pallbearers were: Jack and Margaret Medwed, Bev Tourand, Mark Tremblay, Stafford and Darlene Nimegeers, Willy and Adele Nimegeers, Lorna Blaine, Dawn Tremblay and Susan Tremblay. The active pallbearers were: Keith Stack, Joshua Johnson, Andrew Nimegeers, Michael Nimegeers, Sarah Chessall and Jason Nimegeers. In lieu of flowers, for friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Lorne Wesley Hubbs
Lorne Wesley Hubbs, late of Weyburn, passed away January 14, 1999 after a lengthy illness. He was predeceased by his father, James A. Hubbs, his mother, Ethel (Dowe), his first wife, Mildred (Swanson), his only sister, Grace Sundburg, five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mable, his daughter Lorna (John) Stanley and their children: Dianne (Steve) Oyka, Karen (Matt) Schabel, and Ryan Stanley all of Regina; two sons: Jim (Shirley) Hubbs and their children: Lynn (Mike) Claude and Scott (fiance Sarah Church) all of Weyburn; and Wayne Hubbs of Vancouver; two great granddaughters and two great grandsons; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. Lorne was born in Indian Head on May 14, 1913 and began his schooling there, finishing in Viceroy. The family then moved to Pense, then to Lumsden. Lorne began to earn his own living at age 15. He joined the 24th Field Artillery Regiment in 1942, and was discharged in 1946. In 1943 he married Mildred Swanson who gave him a daughter and two sons. Mildred passed away in 1955. In 1946 he began working at the Saskatchewan Training School and transferred to the Saskatchewan Hospital when the school moved to Moose Jaw. He retired on June 1, 1978 after 32 years service. In 1963 he married Mable (Broley) and when she retired in 1978, they enjoyed many bus tours and trips to Las Vegas. Lorne enjoyed many sports as a spectator, especially hockey, boxing and horse racing. He was a faithful season ticket holder of the Red Wings and he requested that upon his death, in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Red Wing Hockey Club. He was honored with a plaque by the Soo Line Boxing Club. Funeral service was held Monday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Scott Hubbs, Ryan Stanley, Steve Oyka, Matt Schabel, Mike Claude and Carl Von Hagen. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Larry Lowes, late of Kelowna, BC, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 20, 1999 while vacationing in Mexico. He was 63. Larry was born in Weyburn on March 14, 1935. Predeceased by his parents Sam and Annie Lowes, his sisters Nettie, Roweena and Dorothy Fraser, he is survived by his children, Christine Bridge of Shawnigan Lake, BC and Gordon Lowes of Vancouver; sisters, Doris Thompson of Calgary, Doreen Pearce of Winnipeg, Betty Austin of Chilliwack, Audrey Falconer of Regina; brother, Bob of Moose Jaw. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Church, Kelowna.
Frank Leonard Larson
On Wednesday, January 27, 1999, Frank Leonard Larson, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Sophie Larson; his first wife, Rose; and one granddaughter, Rhonda. Frank leaves to mourn his wife, Juliette of Weyburn, and her family: one son, Reynold (Glenda) of Gladmar, SK; one granddaughter, Ronalee of Weyburn; one grandson, Doyle of Gladmar; one daughter, Lois (Bob) Shorten of Regina; and his special friends, Jim and Myrna Cook. Frank was born at International Falls, Minn., USA on June 18, 1912. He attended London School. Frank farmed in the Gladmar District until he retired to Weyburn. He attended Minton-Gladmar United Church and Grace United Church in Weyburn, and was a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Frank loved bowling, socializing with friends and family, playing cards and dancing. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Gladmar cemetery, Gladmar. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Alvin Elkema, Harvey Hind, Glenn Ehrhardt, Harold Blackmore, Wayne Fladeland and Barry LaBatte. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the South Central Health District Foundation for Medical Equipment, in his memory. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Ella Leclair (nee Miller) passed away peacefully on January 16, 1999 in Estevan. She was born June 6, 1931 in Lampman, SK. Ella's funeral service was held at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Benson, SK on Tuesday, January 19 with interment at Sacred Heart R.C.cemetery in Benson. Special thanks to Doug Third, Pastor Heather Anderson, Reverend Father Gerry Bauche and the Sacred Heart choir for their participation in ceremonies performed in celebration of Ella's life. Also, thank you to Ella's 16 grandchildren for the beautiful poem they wrote for Grandma and read to her at her funeral. Their display of love for her will be cherished always, and she remains our hero forever. Ella never took time for herself, she worked endless hours, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her passion was to read and walk along the prairie trails in search of pussy willows, crocuses, and buttercups. Her favorite place was on the 'Leclair Hill' to view the prairie's bounties and to watch the beauty and gentleness of grazing deer. Ella was always very generous and giving to everyone she met and enjoyed being with people and meeting new friends. Throughout her illness, she never gave in to self-pity, she suffered her pain in silence. She always displayed a happy disposition, no matter how much pain she endured. We love you Mom, and it is comforting to know that God has you in His keeping, and forever we will have you in our hearts. Lovingly remembered by your family: husband Lionel; son Douglas (Terry, Brennan, Marissa); son Dennis (Vi, Amy, Holly); son Lyle (Nadine, Richelle, Jeffrey); son Glen (Nancy, Dustin, Baillie); daughter Cheryl (Eric, Devin, Tyler, Barret Kuntz); son Jim (Donna, Andrea, Allyson); son Greg (Heather, Brayden, Kennedy, Garrett). If friends so desire, memorial remembrances of Ella can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Emma Evalina Rolston
Emma Evalina (Eva) (Bunch) Rolston, 109 years, passed away peacefully at the Twilight Home in Bengough, SK, February 7, 1999. She was born at Albia, Iowa U.S.A. January 16, 1890. Eva grew up at Bussy, Iowa and took her education there. In 1906 she moved to Canada with her stepfather and mother and a brother to the Lang area. She worked at a boarding house in Lang, and met her husband, Ed who worked in the butcher shop. Ed and Eva were married April 19, 1909 at Melita, MB. They moved to the farm at Amulet in 1910, living there in the Norton R.M. for 29 years. They purchased the store in Amulet in 1939, living there until 1946 when she moved to Ogema. Eva worked for Libby's Store and the drug store. On March 1, 1979 she moved into the Twilight Home in Bengough. She was secretary for the Red Cross. Eva is a member of the United Church, U.C.W. serving on the board and sang in the choir. She had a life membership with the Rebekah Lodge and the Legion Auxiliary. She also was an ardent curler. She was president of the resident council for the Twilight Home and on the committee for resident choice. Eva was predeceased by her husband, Edward; sons, William and John; brother, William Bunch; and sons-in-law Karl Kessler and Frank Cook. She is survived by her son, Ray (Margaret) Rolston of Edmonton, AB; her daughters: Pearl (Dan) Rainey of Pangman; Ruby Cook of Kelowna, BC; and Audrey Kessler of Pangman; daughters-in-law: Ines Rolston of Coleman, AB and Norah Rolston of Edmonton; 25 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren, 90 great great grandchildren, and one great great great grandchild; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, February 11, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. from Ogema United Church, with Rev. Christa Eidsness officiating. Interment followed in Amulet Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Jack Rainey, Bryon Cook, Lorie Rolston, Bob Kessler, David Rolston and Charles Kessler. In lieu of flowers, for friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Twilight Centennial Home, Bengough; United Church, Ogema, or to a charity of choice, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Bessie Jean Richardson
On February 6, 1999, Bessie Jean Richardson passed on to her eternal home, just five weeks after her 100th birthday. Her parents were John and Sara McLeod. They came from Harriston, ON to the Colgate area in 1906. Their family consisted of seven sons: Duncan, William, John, Dave, Dan, Allan and Jim, plus three girls: Annie, Minnie and Bessie who was the last survivor of this pioneer family. Bessie attended Lorndale school which was built in 1908. She married Joe Richardson on January 28, 1926 and they lived on their farm at Colgate. After their son Gordon married and began farming they moved to Weyburn and spent some winters in Florida, Texas or Victoria. Bessie attended the United Church where she enjoyed being in one of the units and visiting with friends. After Gordon's wife Helen died in 1964 and his youngest son Gary died in 1967, Bessie and Joe were like loving parents to their remaining grandchildren at their home on 2nd Street. When Joe died in 1974 Bessie remained in her home until 1977 when she moved to Pioneer Place and later to the Special Care Home. Bessie is survived by one son Gordon (Jean) Richardson and three grandchildren: Diane (Dennis) Gregory and their three sons of Calgary; Allan (Dianne) Richardson and their three sons and one daughter; Glen (Janice) Richardson and three sons, all of Houston, Texas. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bill Corkum in Grace United Church on February 12. Pallbearers were Hugh McLeod, Don Neill, Elaine Moats, Dennis Gregory, Allan and Glen Richardson. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of their choice. Arrangements were made by Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn.
Ernie Robert Kennedy
On Tuesday, February 2, 1999, Ernie Robert Kennedy, late of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by his parents, William and Bertha Kennedy; his wife, Elsie Kennedy; two grandsons, Sean Manz and Cory Froehlich; three brothers: Wilfred, Kenneth and Harold Kennedy; and two sisters-in-law, Kelly Kennedy and Mary Kennedy. He leaves to mourn his four daughters: Norma (Les) Baumgartner of Regina; Janice Guilbault of Regina; Donna (Marvin) Manz of Cochrane, AB; and Nadine (Ken) Froehlich of Marquis, SK; two brothers: James (Helen) Kennedy of Regina; and Gordon (Gertie) Kennedy of Lumsden; one sister, Cora (Oscar) Deters of Regina; sister-in-law, Audrey Kennedy of Weyburn; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was born June 12, 1915 and was raised in the Francis area. He married Elsie Hein December 31, 1946 and farmed in the Francis area until he retired in 1981. He served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942-1946. One of his missions involved the bombing of the bridge over River Kwai. He loved spending time with his family and friends, always enjoyed a good joke and could spend hours playing cards. There were many evenings spent around the kitchen table playing cards with his grandchildren. He was an active curler until he was 75 and golfed until this last summer. One of the many things his family will always remember and cherish him for was the wonderful care he took of his wife Elsie, for the last five years of her life when she was ill. Funeral service was held Friday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Bill Corkum officiating minister. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Gary Deters, Morley Deters, Lorne Kennedy, Wade Zotzman, Wayne Hein and David Hein. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan or to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Lawrence Clifford Storle
On February 3, 1999 Lawrence Storle, late of Estevan, passed away at the age of 69 years. Lawrence has rejoined his brother Clifford, his sister Alice, his parents Severt and Hilda and his grandson Luke Storle who predeceased him. He leaves to remember him his children: Scott (Kel) Storle of Victoria; Kevin (Dianne) Storle of Grande Prairie, AB; Wayne (Mavis) Storle of Lake Alma, SK; and Pat (Ron) Hill of Grande Prairie, AB; and their mother Lorraine Ball; his grandchildren: Kerri, Jarett and Krystal Storle; Dustin Storle; Tina, James and Stacy Hill; his great grandchildren: Alyssa Thorig and Shalyn Snieder; his brothers: Orville (Clarice) Storle of Lake Alma; Irvin (Victoria) of Regina; his sister: Viola Storle of Regina as well as his cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers. Lawrence was born at Oungre on September 15, 1929. He was baptized at Scobey, Montana on July 5, 1930. He lived most of his life on the farm. He started farming with his father. On July 17, 1950 he married Lorraine Duncan, a local school teacher. He completely took over the farming from Severt when his parents retired in 1951. He was blessed with four children. Lawrence was never afraid of hard work. Although he ran up to date machinery, you would see him in the field on a hot day with the cab door open so that he could "hear what the motor was doing." He purchased his father's farm in 1971. He watched his children grow and start their own lives until 1991 when he suffered a stroke. He had built his grain and livestock operation into one of the larger ones in the community. He operated Storle Trucking helping build highways in the province. He also went custom combining in the U.S. He went fishing often in northern Sask. and became an avid traveller. He enjoyed farm shows like Agribition and bull sales. He made several trips sponsored by John Deere. He took pleasure in dancing, country music, eating lutefisk and lefse and playing cards. He, above all, loved to have his grandchildren around him. He remained a farmer at heart even through his handicap. He travelled from his home at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home to be in the midst of the farming operation that he loved. He would sit for hours watching in the fields and from time to time ride on the combine. Even though at times his caregivers thought that he could not communicate, he let them know that he could by being caught cheating at checkers. He participated in many activities with his caregivers and other friends at the nursing home. He always retained his sense of humour. The funeral service was held from Lake Alma Lutheran Church on February 8 with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Pallbearers were: Clarke, Roger, Orin, Charles, Marc and Greg Storle. Interment followed at Saron Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Orsted Funeral Home Ltd. Those wishing to may donate to the Lake Alma Lutheran church in his memory.