WIEBE Mr. Jacob, of Swift Current, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at the age of 85. The Celebration of His Life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend Harold Benjamin officiating. The interment for Jacob was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The pallbearers were his grandchildren: Derrick Wiebe, Garrett Wiebe, Sean Fitzpatrick, Darcy Fitzpatrick, Chad Dirkson and Chelsey Dirkson. The Honorary Pallbearers were: Vicki and Dale Wakelin, Rose Hammond, John Wiebe, Tina Zdunich, Helena Loeppky-Schmitt, Andy and Irene Corney, and all those who shared in his life. The organist was Arlene Olson and the family prepared the eulogy. Jacob was predeceased by his wife, Lena, on March 10, 2000; a brother, Peter, on April 24, 1927; his mother, Kathryna, on June 12, 1927; and his father, Jacob, on July 23, 1929. He is survived by two sisters, Helena Loeppky-Schmitt, of Mexico and Kathryna Zdunich, of Saskatoon; one brother, John (Kay) Wiebe, of Saskatoon; five children: Ken Wiebe, of Gull Lake, daughter-in-law, Susan Wiebe, of Medicine Hat, Val Wiebe, of Swift Current, Kathy (Mark) Kovar, of Swift Current, Derryl (Tracy) Wiebe, of Swift Current, Les Wiebe, of Swift Current, daughter-in-law, Heather Wiebe, of Swift Current; twelve grandchildren: Derrick, Terra (Blair), Garrett, Sean, Darcy, Chad, Chelsey, Nicki, Kalin, Mitchell, Taylor and Riley; two great-grandchildren, Dania and Cassie; and many nieces and nephews; honorary daughter, Sheila Crampton, of Saskatoon; honorary grandchildren, Leeta and Leena (and their father, Jeff Mackay), Shandalee and Shirleen. Jacob was born on September 17, 1917 in Osler, Saskatchewan and was the oldest of five children born to Jacob and Kathryna (Doerksen) Wiebe. He went to school in Neihorst, which is around Saskatoon, from age 6 to 12. It was a German school with no "grading". Then at age 12, English was available and took grades 1 to 4 and was done school at age 15. When he was 10 years old his mother passed away. He and his youngest sister, Tina, went to live with his Grandparents and the other siblings went to live with Aunts and Uncles. In 1941, at 24 years of age, he enlisted with the Winnipeg Rifles, but during the medical it was discovered he had TB. He was honorably discharged and spent three years and ten months in a sanatorium. When he got out he stayed with his Uncle John and Aunt Ann at the Osler farm for about a year to build up his strength then moved to Saskatoon to start work. He worked night shift at City Hospital where he met his "wife-to-be". Lena and Jacob were married in Saskatoon on November 2, 1950. In 1954 they moved to Melfort and in 1963 they moved to Swift Current where he worked as the "Laundry Supervisor" at the newly built Palliser Hospital until his retirement. In 2001, a year after his wife passed away, he moved to the Prairie View Lodge, where he resided until his passing. His family and grandchildren were most important to him. Some of his other passions included, camping, fishing, woodwork and gardening. Memorial donations may be made to Saskatchewan Lung Association. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
KOOP – Justina Koop, age 93, of Herbert and formerly of Blumenhof, SK, passed away on May 25, 2003 at the Herbert Hospital. She was predeceased by her father, Paul Koop; her mother, Katerina Koop; her sisters, Tina and Helen Voth; and her sister-in-law, Helen Koop. Jessie is survived by her sister, Martha Koop of Herbert Nursing Home; her brother, Paul Koop of Blumenort; her nephew, Raymond Koop of Swift Current; her niece, Janice and husband, Lloyd Clothier of Vanguard; her great nephew, Byron Clothier of Lethbridge, AB and great niece, Carmen Clothier of Rialto, California. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 28th from the chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current with Pastor Martin Harder officiating. The pallbearers were: Jake Hildebrandt, Jake Fehr, John Friesen, Walter Friesen, Dave Giesbrecht and Les Fehr. The soloist was Gordon Milton accompanied by Vivian Thiessen. The song leader was Dave Pollard. The obituary and special tribute were read by Janice and Carmen Clothier. Jessie was born on May 2nd, 1910 in Steinfeld in the South Ukraine. She came to Canada with her family in 1924 and settled at Kelstern where her father was a minister. The family moved to Blumenhof, SK, in 1927. Aunt Jessie worked for many families in the Southwest area prior to purchasing land with her brother and sister south of Neville in the mid forties. From then on, she worked on the farm with her brother picking rock and hauling wheat until they retired in the late seventies. Jessie preferred outside work so she did the lawn care and yard work at home. During the winter months, she kept busy with baking and cooking. She sewed quilts and knit slippers for the whole family. Her free time was spent playing Chinese checkers and completing jig saw puzzles. Justina lived in Blumenhof until she moved to her new home at the Herbert Nursing Home. Here she spent much time reading and doing word searches. She enjoyed making new friends and telling jokes. It was always a challenge for her and the staff to see who could come up with the best joke. Her family and friends will miss her deeply and treasure their memories. She will remain in our hearts forever. Those wishing, may make donations in Justina Koop’s memory to the Herbert Nursing Home in Herbert, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current and Herbert, SK.
BIRD – Kenneth Eldon passed away peacefully on April 23, 2003 at the Kyle Health Care Centre. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter Dianne (Don); grandchildren, Dana (Kari) and Deanna (Baden), great-grandson, Connor; sister, Joyce Swanson; brothers, Frank (Peggy), Roy (Vivian); sister-in-law, Elma Klassen; brother-in-law, Albert Gaensly and several nieces and nephews. Ken was born to Olive and Bertrum on the family farm at Kyle on March 8, 1923, the fourth of six children. He took his schooling at Leyton, but was not able to complete his high school as, in the 30’s most children had to give up education to go into the work force. Ken worked at various farms, ending up as a hired hand for Louis Gaensly which is where he met his future wife – Anna. They were married in 1944 and to this union came their only child, Dianne. Over the years, Ken has worn many boots. In 1944 he served in the army and spent two years overseas. Once he returned home he took over Emil Gaensly’s farm. He had many positions on several boards in our town. He was a dedicated Legion member – November 11th being a day that he planned for so diligently, he was a member of the hospital board, the Credit Union Board, the church board, the telephone board and R.M. Councellor. Ken was an ardent sports fan, always taking in the Kyle Elks hockey games. At bonspiel time, he could be found in the front row seat, cheering on his favorite team. A family friend, Jim Herr, introduced him to the game of golf. Over the years he took many camping trips which always entailed rounds of golf. He played and loved this sport up until two years ago. He taught the basics to his two grandchildren, Dana and Deanna, and they both love it as much as he did. In the middle years he took up downhill skiing, and taught both grandkids. Family ski trips were not uncommon as were trips with their friends, Marshalls, Christiansons, McKechneys, and Sorensons. Ken was a self taught musician who had a definite ear for music, learning how to play the violin. His love of music showed in his magic touch to the fiddle. He made several yearly trips to Emma Lake to take part in the jam sessions there. He was also part of the judging panel for up and coming musicians in Swift Current as well as part of the Old Time Fiddlers. He was part of several dance bands, the last one being the Lutheran String Quartet. Ken loved to spend time with his friends, whether it was playing music, playing cards or just visiting. Anna would often find out a half and hour before meals that there would be an extra guest or two. In his last year, when he was no longer able to farm, he was pleased that his grandson, Dana, moved back from Calgary to "step into his farming shoes". He looked forward to the coffee breaks that the two of them had so they could discuss the events of the day. He truly wanted to be present for Dana’s wedding in July, but time would not allow it, however, he will be with us in our hearts and minds. His pride and joy in the last months was his only great grandchild, Connor - son of Deanna and Baden. Every morning the question to Anna was "I wonder if Connor has a tooth yet" and "Is the little guy coming out today?" It is a shame that Connor is too young to remember his great-grandfather as Ken would have loved to have been part of his growing up. Ken was predeceased by: parents, Olive and Bertrum, brothers, Clifford and Jerry, brother-in-laws, Hilding Swanson and Ted Klassen and sister-in-law, Signe. As a request by family, donations may be made to the Kyle Health Care Centre or the Clearwater Lutheran Church. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Kyle, SK. with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. The pianist was Bev Dyck. A duet was sung by Bev Dyck and Darlene Hartness. The eulogy was read by nephew Glenn Bird and the ushers were Archie Lowe and Glenn Marshall. The urn bearers were grandchildren Dana and Deanna. The interment took place at the Clearwater Cemetery, Kyle, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
FRIESEN - Mrs. Mary, passed away in Kyle, Saskatchewan at the Kyle Health Care Centre on June 19, 2003 at the age of 85 years after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born on April 30, 1918 in McMahon, Saskatchewan. At the age of 22 she was baptized in the Sommerfeld Church in Wymark, Saskatchewan. On April 27, 1941 Mary married Abram Friesen and this union brought the blessing of nine children. They were married for 62 years – Dad truly was the love of her life. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Maria Martens; four sisters; two brothers; and one son-in-law, Henry Leiding. She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons: Jake (Agnes), Abe (Sandra), Ron (Linda), Gary (Diane); five daughters: Carole Friesen, Linda Leiding, Maxine (Bruce) Letkeman, Debbie (Val) Emperingham, Louise (Lyle) Schuler; 30 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. from the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Schoenfeld, SK with Reverend David Wiebe officiating. The pallbearers were grandsons: Tim Friesen, Stacey Letkeman, Steven Friesen, David Friesen, Russell Banman, Dwayne Emperingham. The honorary pallbearers were the remaining grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. The interment was held at Schantzenfeld Cemetery. Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother was loved and will be missed dearly. She had a special place in her heart for children, spending time with them, may it be playing games or just looking through catalogues. She made them feel loved. Anyone who came to visit was always filled to the brim with her home baking and her homemade soups. No one ever went hungry from Mom’s, she made sure of that. We were all very blessed to have had her in our lives. She has touched all our souls. We look at this not as an end but as a beginning for Mom and we will one day see you again, In God’s Heavenly Home. We love you Mom. Memorial donations may be made to the Kyle Health Care Centre. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
MORGAN - Mr. Curtis Ralph, aged 51 years of Cabri, Saskatchewan passed away on Friday, June 20, 2003. Curtis was born in Cabri on February 7, 1952 and was baptized in the Cabri United Church in June of 1956. The next year he moved with his family to Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he graduated in 1970 and began working at the Co-op bulk station. This was followed by a lifetime of employment in telecommunications. Curtis was an avid sportsman, excelling in school competitions; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and later on, golfing. He was very well read and had a great sense of humor. His friends and family were very important to him. He was predeceased by his father, Bernard Morgan, 1979. Curtis is survived by his children: Aylla of Red Deer, Joel and Cassandra of Grande Prairie; his mother, Nona Lucas, of Assiniboia; three brothers and five sisters: Trevor and Carol of Ottawa, Theron and Wendy of Victoria, Jeff of Grande Prairie, Heather (Harvey) Forsythe of Assiniboia, Layne (Barry) Payant of Eaton, Colorado, Vonda (Lyn) Sinclair of Limerick, Loretta and George Pryce of Regina, and Dawn Morgan of Montreal; 11 nieces and nephews; five great-nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends. The Memorial service was held on Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from Cabri United Church with Reverend Diane Eurig officiating. The organist was Lexie Culham. The eulogy was given by Fraser McLeod. The ushers were Grant McLeod and John Colpitts. Memorial donations may be made to the Cabri Community School Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
KLASSEN - Mrs. Anne, aged 69 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at the Swift Current Regional Hospital. The funeral service was held on Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from the Community Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Williams officiating. The pianist was Nancy Peters and special music was provided by Bill and Eva Byers and Pastor Rick Williams. The ushers were, Jake Gerlach and John Giesbrecht. The pallbearers were: Lee Wall, Rodney Klassen, Don Gerlach, Darcy Wiebe, Les Wiebe and Ron Wiebe. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Anne is survived by her husband, Abe; daughter, Shirley Stapleton (Rob) of Saskatoon; son, Jerry (Lorrie) of Medicine Hat; grandsons: Kelli and Sheldon Klassen, Michael Stapleton; granddaughters, Amy Norman (Jason), Tammy Stapleton; great-grandson, Troy Norman; great-granddaughters, Kasandra Norman and Emily Stapleton; two sisters; three brothers. She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SHRUMM – Melvin Donald, age 61 of Hazlet, SK, a retired farmer and grader operator for the RM of Pittville, passed away on July 3, 2003 at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri, SK. Mel was born September 23, 1941 in Emo, Ontario. He grew up on his parent’s farm near Stratton, Ontario and came west in 1957. Mel did farm work for Ivan Anderson of Hazlet for the next couple of years, traveling back to Stratton, to work in the bush during the winters. In 1959 Russ Johnson hired him on as a mechanic, to work at Johnson’s Garage in Hazlet. Mel married Valerie Johnson on March 22, 1963. They moved onto their farm north of Hazlet that same year. Mel and Valerie were blessed with two children, Donald Allan born in 1965 and Della Marie born in 1968. Mel farmed up until 1989 and leased out his land until 1999 at which time he then sold it; he worked for Mobil Oil as a contractor from 1978 – 1990; he did custom combining with Bruce Anderson around Taber, Alberta in 1978; and worked at the RM of Pittville from 1990 to 1997. Mel was known as a “jack of all trades”, his skills included carpentry, wood working, electrical, welding and mechanics. Mel loved his family, visiting with friends and working on his home and yard. Mel will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Valerie; his son Donnie (Shannon); granddaughters, Jade, Marina and Skylar; daughter, Della (Drew) Roddick; mother, Ethel; brothers, Melbourne (Lavonne), Allan and Elmer; sisters, Pat Cameron and Connie Williamson; sister-in-law Joyce (Quentin) Bang; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Spike. Mel was predeceased by his brother, Elwood; his father, Beauchamp; his father-in-law, James Russell Johnson and mother-in-law, Violla Johnson. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from the Hazlet Community Hall with Reverend Greg Grace officiating. The organist was Terry Lou Bailey and the soloist was Fern Bang. The ushers were, Douglas Schnuth and Rodney Anderson. The honorary pallbearers were: Donnie Anderson, Carola Anderson, Barry Schnuth, Noreen Schnuth, Joyce Bang, Quentin Bang, Fern Bang, Larry Bang, Ivan Anderson, Edna Anderson, Brian Anderson, Evelyn Anderson, Richard Sylvestre and Rosalie Sylvestre. A tribute was read by Richard Sylvestre. The interment will take place at the Hazlet Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Lodge – 1036 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W1 or to the Hazlet Trinity United Church, Hazlet, SK. S0N 1E0. God saw him getting tired, a cure was not to be. So he wrapped him in His loving arms and whispered, “Come with me”. He suffered much in silence his spirit did not bend, he faced his pain with courage until the very end. He tried so hard to stay with us, his fight was all in vain, God took him to His loving home and freed him from all pain. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
DOERKSEN - Mr. Henry F., aged 78 years, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 in Saskatoon. Henry and his twin brother, John, were born on October 21, 1924 in Olgafeld, South Russia. The family and their parental grandparents emigrated to Canada when the twins were one year old. In 1926 they moved to a farm 10 miles north of Eyebrow. Henry received his education at Beacon country school. The farm was very diversified and there were many chores to be done. He and his twin brother enjoyed working together. He accepted Christ in his youth and was baptized on September 22, 1947 and received membership in the Herbert M.B. Church. Henry loved reading the Bible and memorizing scripture and he loved to sing. In 1958 Henry and John and their sisters and parents moved to Herbert. The twins worked on construction and also worked for farmers. In 1968 Dad passed away and Mother took up residence in the Herbert Seniors’ Home and Henry and John made their home in the Menno Home in Waldheim where they lived until 1983 when they moved to Eventide Home in Saskatoon. John passed away on December 4, 2000. Henry resided at Eventide until it closed and he then took up residence at Circle Drive Special Care Home. Henry loved it at Circle Drive and remained a resident until his passing on July 22, 2003. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Frank F. and Helena Doerksen; grandparents; brother, Jake; twin brother, John; nephews, Lonny Doerksen and Alfred Doerksen. He leaves to mourn his brothers: Frank (Mary) Doerksen, Pete (Ruth) Doerksen, Hardy (Donna) Doerksen; sisters, Helen Doerksen and Kathy (Elmer) Gerbrandt; as well as many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. A family funeral service was held on Friday, July 25, 2003 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan with Pastor Chad Neustaeter officiating. The burial took place at the Herbert Cemetery, Herbert, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Circle Drive Special Care Home at 3055 Preston Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7T 1C3. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
GILL - Edna Olga (Sukut), August 1, 1909 – August 6, 2003, of Leader, Saskatchewan . It is with great sadness that we say farewell to our Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, who passed away in the Leader Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry (1991); her parents, Fredrick and Salome Sukut; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rudolph (Katie), Dave ( Kate), and John. Her memory will be forever cherished by her family. She leaves to mourn her sons: Royce (Alice) – their children, Paulette (Gerry Beaudry) and boys, Mathew and Michael; Curtis (Chantal) and children, Landon and McKenna. Son, Mel (Judy) – their sons, Jody (Pascal) and daughter, Celeste; Joel and children: Alex and Elizabeth, and Trenton; brothers-in-law and sisters –in-law: John & Allda Sackman of Leader, Arthur & Rita Gill of LaCombe, AB, Herb & Viola Gill of Medicine Hat, AB, Thelma Gill of Brooks, AB, Clara Gill of LaCombe, AB, Emmanuel & Barb Gill of Hope, BC; two nieces, Esther Raugust (Sukut) and Lydia and her husband, Fred Wilhelm (Sukut); plus many other nieces and nephews. A long time resident of Leader, she moved in to the Western Senior Citizens Home in 1999. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church, Leader with Pastor Mau officiating. The pallbearers will be grandsons: Curtis Gill, Jody Gill, Joel Gill, Trenton Gill, great-grandsons, Mathew Gill and Michael Gill. The interment will be held at the Leader Cemetery, Leader, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Western Senior Citizens Home, Leader, or to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Leader, S0N 1H0. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
ANDREAS - Mr. George C. Andreas (Jr.), peacefully went to be with his Lord, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, August 11, 2003 at the tender age of 85 years; beloved husband of Mrs. Helen Andreas. He leaves to cherish his memory three daughters: Margaret (Darcy) Dewar, of Turtle Lake, SK, Marlene Andreas, of Swift Current, SK, and Judy (Lenard) Chrusch, of Medicine Hat, AB; eight grandchildren: Curtis (special friend, Jen), Lisa and her fiancé, (Sheridan), Courtney, Shelly, Carrie, Sheldon, Shannon and Christy; one great-grandchild, Mercedes; four brothers: Ben (Dorothy), of Cabri, Tom (Amelia), of Lancer, John (Kay), of Swift Current, and Bill (Sophia), of Medicine Hat; his sister, Annie (George) Helman, of Swift Current; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, George Sr., and his mother, Barbara; four brothers: Joe, Pete, Steve, and Xavier; one sister, Katherine. George Andreas was born on July 8, 1918 at Lancer, SK and was educated at Level Prairie School. He married Helen Martin on June 19m 1956. George was a dedicated husband and a loving father. His passion was for the farming life, along with his sure and calm attitude he was often called upon for advice and opinion. He could converse with all people thereby making new friends easily. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved it when he could share a good joke. George had a tremendous trust in his faith for God and prayer. Family and friends.