Gertrude Margaret Reichmuth
On Friday, July 9, 1999, Gertrude Margaret Reichmuth, late of Weyburn, and formerly of Russell, MB, passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home, at the age of 90 years. Predeceased by her parents, Richard and Rose Martin; her husband, Benjamin Joseph Reichmuth; one son, Dale Reichmuth; two sisters: Lydia Mantay and Elsa Lutz; and one brother, Frederick Martin. Gertrude is survived by Dale and Rita's two sons: Kevin and Murray Reichmuth of Vancouver, BC; her daughter, Elaine (Matthew) Wright and their daughter, Brouge of Carlsbad, California; her son Craig (Myrna) Reichmuth and their children: Kyla and Isaac of Trail, BC; brothers and sisters: Olga Moe of Weyburn; Walter (Grace) Martin of Weyburn; Wilmer (Mary) Martin of Winnipeg, MB; and Ila (Ted) Mills of Wyndlesham, England; along with many nieces and nephews. Gertrude Margaret Reichmuth was born October 8, 1908 on her father's farm in the Prairie View District north of Weyburn. She attended Prairie View School, Weyburn collegiate and Regina Teacher's College. She taught school in Saskatchewan from 1928 to 1936. Gertrude married Ben Reichmuth of Spy Hill in 1937. She farmed with her husband in Spy Hill until they moved to the Russell district in the 1950's. Gertrude was a very well respected teacher, and taught the first Special Education Class in Russell School. In 1973 she retired from teaching. She enjoyed sports. Gertrude was a member of the United Church and a life member of the United Church Women. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Isaac Reichmuth, Kevin Reichmuth, Murray Reichmuth, Barry Martin, Clifford Martin and Russell Moe. A graveside interment followed at 6:00 p.m. in Russell Memorial Gardens, Russell, MB with Rev. Heidi Koschzeck officiating. For friends so wishing, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Saskatchewan Heart Foundation in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
On Monday, July 19, 1999, Helen Andrews, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Katherine Crichton; step-mother, Myrtle; one brother-in-law, Les Wilder and by her husband, Jack Andrews. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children: two daughters: Karen (Gordon) Hulbert of Weyburn and Sharon (Gail) Holden of Spokane, Wash.; one son, Peter (Carolyn) Andrews of Weyburn; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, R.M. (Billie) Wilder of Airdrie, AB; one niece, Leslie (Richard) Cuthbertson of Airdrie, AB; one nephew, John (Diane) Wilder of Winnipeg, MB; two great nieces and one great nephew. Helen Andrews was born on March 11, 1918 at Sovereign, SK, the only child of Katherine and Peter Crichton. She was raised on the farm outside of Yellow Grass, and she attended high school at Yellow Grass. On May 27, 1942 Helen became a war bride when she married Jack Andrews in Weyburn. They resided in Weyburn where Helen worked at the Telephone Office. They raised two daughters and one son in Weyburn and celebrated 52 years of marriage together before Jack's passing. Helen was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church where she regularly attended and was involved with the Burning Bush Circle. She was also a member of the I.O.D.E. and delivered Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, curling and playing bridge. She was a very supportive wife, mother and grandmother, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral service was held Friday, July 23, 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: Dan Holden, Tim Holden, Guy Shupe, John Wilder, Pete McFadden and John Hulbert. Members of the Legion formed an Honor Guard. For friends so wishing donations may be made to the Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Herman Rolf Johnson
Herman Rolf Johnson of Weyburn, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on July 24, 1999 at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents, Rasmus and Karen Johnson; his brother, Leonard Johnson and his grandson, Douglas Skogen. He is survived by his loving wife of 55-1/2 years, Peggy Johnson of Weyburn; his five children: Verna (Alfred) Skogen of Calgary; Ron (Zelda) Johnson of Moose Jaw; Keith (Marlene) Johnson of Moose Jaw; Linda (Allan) Tosczak of Weyburn; Donna (Donald) Forrester of Bromhead; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his brother Robert (Vivian) Johnson of Weyburn; two sisters: Ragna Schnell and Mabel Johnson of Regina; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Herman retired from farming in the Oungre district in 1975. Upon retirement he enjoyed many winters in Mesa, Arizona. He loved camping, fishing, golfing, playing shuffleboard, swimming and visits with the many friends he made wherever he lived. He especially loved family gatherings and special occasions. He was a loving and kind person who never complained and was so thankful for his many blessings. His sense of humour was always with him. Funeral service was held July 28 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The active pallbearers were his grandsons: Kirk Johnson, Jeffery Tosczak, Palmer Johnson, Darcy Skogen, John Tosczak, Nolan Skogen, Lonny Forrester. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Herman's memory to Schizophrenia Association of Weyburn, Attn: Heather Stairmand, 153 Birch Dr., Weyburn, S4H 0S6, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn.
Mr. Raymond Albert Leitch of Medicine Hat, passed away in Medicine Hat on Friday, July 30, 1999 at the age of 73 years. He is survived by his children, Jim (Lyn) Leitch of Medicine Hat, Karen Leitch of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Terry Leitch. Raymond was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on February 7, 1926. He attended school in Yellow Grass and Weyburn, Saskatchewan and then farmed in the Weyburn area for a number of years. After trucking for some time Raymond managed a concrete plant in Weyburn for a number of years and then worked as a Driver Examiner for The Government of Saskatchewan in many parts of the province, retiring in 1983 due to health reasons. He moved to Medicine Hat in 1994 where he resided until his passing. Raymond enjoyed fishing, travelling and buying and selling vehicles. He loved to read and was well versed in many areas of health care. Funeral Services were held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13th Street S.W. on Monday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Malek officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102 - 73 - 7th Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2. Arrangements in care of Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, Medicine Hat, Alberta.
On Friday, July 23, 1999, Emil Edel, late of Weyburn, passed away at home at the age of 73 years. Predeceased by his parents: William and Olga Edel; one brother, Arnold Edel; three sisters: one in infancy, Eileen Mohr and Helen Bomback. Emil is survived by his wife Marlene Edel of Weyburn; his children: Donna (Francis) Phillips of Weyburn; Brenda (Terry) Wyllychuk of Wroxton, SK; Michael Edel of Regina; Floretta (Rick) Emerson of Roblin, MB; and Ken Edel (Alice) of Peace River, AB; two brothers: Lawrence (Ann) Edel of Wetaskiwin, AB and Ted Edel of Winnipeg; three sisters: Marlene (Robert) Liske of Roblin, MB; Susan Rowan of Roblin, MB; and Alice Zelmer of Swan River, MB; 10 grandchildren: Anya, Austin and Kail Phillips; Kali and Serina Wyllychuk; Brandi, Eric and Adam Emerson; Kurt and Jeff Edel; his mother-in-law: Viola Molitor of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, for friends so wishing, donations may be made in his memory to the Battans Disease Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Kenneth Roy McHattie
On Friday, July 23, 1999, Kenneth Roy McHattie, late of Weyburn, passed away at home at the age of 58 years. Predeceased by his father, John McHattie; and one brother, John Edward McHattie. Ken is survived by his wife Marlene of Weyburn; his mother, Martha McHattie of Regina; one brother, Floyd (Eleanor) McHattie of Gladmar; two sisters: Ruby (Glen) Hoberg of Regina; and Jeanette (Wes) Dynna of Regina; one sister-in-law, Marion Barber of Regina; mother-in-law Anne Norman of Weyburn; three aunts; as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Ken was born January 5, 1941 at Radville. He was raised on a farm and ranch and received his schooling at Minton and Gladmar schools. He spent many years working at construction in Regina and Weyburn, and lived in Gladmar, Regina and Weyburn. Ken was a cowboy at heart and loved to spend his time breaking horses and riding. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He loved and cared for people and animals, and was always interested in family, friends, neighbors and animals. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Capts. Gerald and Joyce McDonald officiating. Interment followed in Gladmar Cemetery. All those in attendance were considered to be honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were: Gary Schmidt, Robert McHattie, Les Hoberg, Chris Hoberg, Jayson McHattie and Clarence Schlacter. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd.
Ina Annie Rolfs
On Saturday, July 24, 1999, Ina Annie Rolfs, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 84 years. Ina was born June 12, 1915 at Macoun, SK. Predeceased by her parents, William and Janie Dixon; by her husband, John Rolfs Sr.; one brother Bill; three sisters: Janie, Isabel and Kathy; one son: Kenneth and one daughter, Roberta. Ina is survived by her children: Shirley (John), Bill (Barb), Darlene (Ken), Karen (Paul), Terry, Connie (Dave), John (Joan), Graham, Barb (Kelly) and Keith; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Mary); and three sisters: Alice (Harold), Iris and Shiela (John).
The following is a poem that was written by Ina Rolfs, 'What is Beauty.'
Beauty is in the seed so small
That when planted in the soil
Springs forth in all its glory
The fairest flower of all.
With delicate colors and perfume rare
These are God's reward with a little care.
Of a Mother and Dad have now grown old
And the lives in their faces
Have a story untold.
Of the work and the worry of raising their young
And how strong they stand by
When our hearts have been wrung
By sickness and heartbreak and the angel of death
With a strong silent hand clasp and faith unsurpassed
They patiently help us to meet the big test.
Yes, to me there is beauty in all of these things
Of the croaking of frogs and birds in the wing.
To sit under the stars and be able to pray
For God to watch o'er us by night and by day.
And help us to bear patiently whatever may come
And hold onto our hand until
We are called home.
A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Macoun Cemetery, Macoun. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in her memory to the Souris Valley Extended Care Centre Therapeutic Animal Park. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd, Weyburn.
Harold Russell Gronnerud
Harold Russell Gronnerud passed away on Sunday, July 25, 1999 in the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 87. Harold was predeceased by his parents, brothers Orvin and Ralph, granddaughter Janine and brother-in-law Laird. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Cherie, his four children Jim (Wallis), Glenn (Pat), Judy (Barry), Bud (Linda), his grandchildren Michael (Pam), Dean, Lynn, Jeffrey (Jody), Jason (Julie), Shane, Shelly (Kevin), and Michael, ten grandchildren, sisters Mildred (Myron) and Margy and numerous nieces and nephews. Harold was born on the family farm in Lewvan, SK on April 26, 1912. He spent his growing up years in California, Florida and Minnesota, returning to Lewvan, where he farmed up until the time of his death. Harold was very involved with his local community, serving as superintendent of Lewvan United Church, Director of the Co-op Board (as well as being manager during the war years) and a member of the Lewvan Community Control. His many contributions to municipal and provincial affairs include S.A.R.M., Crop Insurance Board, Crimes Compensation Board, Cancer Commission and the Rail Abandonment Committee. He was a member of the O.E.S. and the Masonic Lodge for many years. Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ, Weyburn, SK, 1115-1st Ave., N.E. with Pastor Russell Ferris officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2360-2nd Ave., Regina.
Edna Anna Backlund
On Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Edna Anna Backlund, late of Weyburn, passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 86 years. Edna was born October 14, 1912 at Alexander, MB. Predeceased by her parents, Noah and Josephine LaValley; two brothers: Louie LaValley and Wilfred LaValley; two brothers-in-law: Leonard Knibbs and Ernst Benson; and one sister-in-law Mabel LaValley. Edna is survived by two brothers: Leo (Bernice) LaValley of Stoughton and Fred (Annie) LaValley of Stoughton; two sisters: Bella Benson of Creston, BC and Clara Knibbs of Weyburn; one sister-in-law, Elza LaValley of Porcupine Plain, SK; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Saturday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m. from Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Rev. Cameron Weber officiating. In lieu of flowers, for friends so wishing, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn
Bernard Benedict Kot
On Tuesday, August 3, 1999, Bernard Benedict Kot, late of Weyburn, passed away at Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 78 years. Predeceased by his parents: Wasyl and Agnes Kot; wife, Georgina Kot (Geiger); infant daughter, MaryAnn; five brothers: John of Weyburn, Philip of Regina, Frank of Colfax, Joe of Edmonton and infant brother Matthew; one sister, Anna Buschta of Weyburn; four brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law. Bernard will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Valerie; his children: Bernie (Liliane) Kot of Weyburn; Ken (Susan) Kot of Weyburn; Theresa (Jack) Berglund of Kennedy, SK; Rita (Frank) Hammel of Assiniboia; Jim (Vi) Kot of Provost, AB; Marlene (Glenn) Caine of Drayton Valley, AB; Gloria (Fred) Kirkpatrick of Truax; stepchildren: Pam (Greg) Wenzel of Calgary; Curtis (Wendy) Nessel of Saskatoon; 23 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and four step grandchildren; one aunt, Marie Goski of Regina; sister, Jean (Stan) Buschta, Centre, ND; brother, Tony (Clara) of Weyburn; sisters-in-law: Agnes Kot, Rose Kot, Madge Hanley, Tillie Geiger, Marie Geiger, Louise (Harvey) Liebel, Frances Ermel; and brothers-in-law: Jack (Wilene) Geiger, Ernie (Doris) Geiger, Greg (Maude) Geiger and Valentine (Ollie) Kopec. Bernard was born July 10, 1921 at Cedoux, the youngest child of Wasyl and Agnes Kot. He was raised on the farm west of Cedoux and attended Connor School. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. He was stationed at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for three years. Upon returning to the Cedoux area he married Georgina Geiger on July 19, 1950. They resided at Cedoux where they farmed and raised seven children until he encountered his greatest loss, his wife and infant daughter in 1965. He continued to devote his life to raising his children ages 1 to 14. He was often teased he needed a wife but always maintained "When my children are raised, I'll look after me." After the graduation of his youngest daughter, he met and married Valerie Nessel (Kopec) on April 16, 1982. They resided in Weyburn. He was a devoted husband, father, farmer and very proud to be a veteran. Bernard was an avid Blue Jays fan. He enjoyed the years of travel that Valerie and he shared, the many card games and coffee at the Legion and the Co-op with friends, neighbours and family. Prayers were said Thursday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The funeral mass was held Friday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church with Father Francis Hengen, Celebrant. Interment followed in Cedoux Cemetery, Cedoux. Pallbearers were his grandsons: Lance, Kelly, Brett, Wade, Blake, Jarid, David, Michael, Nathan and Kenny. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in his memory to the Cedoux Cemetery, Box 1299, Weyburn, SK, S4H 3J9. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.