BUSSE - Mrs. Gwendolyn Elizabeth Elaine, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, aged 78 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She passed away on February 13, 2004 in Swift Current. At Gwen’s request and the families agreement there will be no funeral or memorial services. Gwen was born on September 6, 1925 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. She attended school in Gull Lake and then started work at age 18 for the telephone company as an operator. Gwen continued to work for Sask Tel until she retired in 1983. Gwen was very active all throughout her life. She played baseball and could throw a pretty hard ball. When she played catch with her children or grandchildren your hand would burn. Gwen played the piano and played in the Gull Lake Band with Sam. Gwen and Sam loved to play in the band, dance, visit with friends, golf and fish. Gwen loved to have her children and grandchildren around her. She loved to do things with her grandchildren. Gwen was an avid sports fan and was her grandchildren’s biggest hockey fan. She was also a great knitter and her afghans were always in demand. Gwen has many friends and family that will miss her greatly. Gwen is survived by her husband of 57 years, Oscar (Sam) Busse, and their four children: Sherry (Michael) Billard, of Elrose, SK and their children – Christopher (Victoria) and Connor Billard, of Medicine Hat, AB, - Lee Billard, of Elrose; Brenda (Ken) MacWilliam, of Lethbridge, AB and their children – Kelly (Mitch) Fowler and their children, Cadence and Mackenna, of Fort McMurray, AB – Kimberlee (Scott) Crabb, of Lethbridge, AB; Kim Busse, of Swift Current; Wendy McMillan (Steve Perry) and Samantha, of Gull Lake and their family, Mandy (Darwin Giesbrecht), of Swift Current, Brady (Brittany Shaw), of Swift Current – Jessica and Kory, of Swift Current. Gwen is also survived by her siblings: Alfreda (Ed) Eggen, of Regina, Lois Jensen, of Tappen, BC, Barrie (Beth) Wilson, of Calgary; and many nieces and nephews. Donations made in memory of Gwendolyn Busse may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
FOSTER - Mrs. Hazel Irene, of Swift Current and formerly of Bracken passed away at the Swift Current Regional Hospital on August 16, 2003 at the age of 75 years. Hazel leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Douglas; three daughters: Elva (Bruce) McInnes, of Swift Current, and their family, Jodie (Bob) Thompson and Donald, of Houston, Texas, Trudy (Steve Gusikoski) McInnes, of Calgary, and Kimberly (Travis) Dyck and Jace of Calgary. Nordeen (Glen) Urquhart and their family, Jill and Andrew of Regina, and Patty (Rick McAlpine) George of Waldeck, and their family, Chris Johnson of Carrot River, SK, Brent Johnson of Waterloo, Ont., Jason Arnold of Waterloo, Ont., Charlotte Bosse’ of Swift Current, and Jolene George of Waldeck. One sister, Iona Francis of Medicine Hat, and two brothers, John (Kay) Steele of Salmon Arm, BC, and Ken (Grace) Steele of Tisdale, SK, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, David and Hazel Steele; one sister, Elva; two brothers, Joe and Elvin; and one nephew, Dale Blackstock. Hazel was born on June 21, 1928, the youngest in a family of seven, in Shaunavon, SK. Hazel graduated from Grade 12 in Shaunavon and went on to Normal School to become a teacher. She taught in the Canuck – Bracken District where she met Doug, her husband of 52 years. They made their home on the family farm outside of Bracken and there raised their three daughters. In 1979 they bought a new house in Swift Current and continued farming, from Swift Current, until 1992. The Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Barker officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson and special music was provided by Verna Howlett and Karen Mitchell. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The United Church Ladies provided a lunch. In memory of Hazel Foster, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
GREER - Hugh Gordon of Cabri, Saskatchewan passed away quietly at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Saskatoon on August 19th 2003 after a short struggle with cancer. Gordon was buried at Memorial Gardens in Swift Current. A memorial service was held at Cabri Community Hall on Saturday August 23rd at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Bert Turner officiating. The pianist was Cindy Nelson and the soloist was Fern Bang. The pallbearers were: Keith Halvorson, Dennis Halvorson, Ingvald Berg, Bob Stuart, Ron Hawkins and Gary Caza. Gordon was born on 10 April 1915 at the home of his Great Uncle Will Segar near Tillsonburg, Ontario. After his birth, his mother, Cora (Griffin) Greer returned to their Saskatchewan homestead on Miry Creek to be with his father Bruce Greer. Gordon lived his entire life in Saskatchewan and most of it at the farm nine miles north of Cabri. Left to remember and celebrate his life are: his wife, Ruby; his children Cora Ann (Bob Mason) of Kenaston, Hugh of Cabri, and Linda of Saskatoon; his grandchildren, Vanessa, Katrina, and Jolana; his sister, Mildred (John Thomas); sister-in-laws, Alice and Elsie; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Gordon was predeceased by his father, Bruce (1960), his mother, Cora (1988), his brothers, Murray (1992), Earl (1998), and Norman (1999) and sister-in-law, Leta (1980). Many thanks to the staff and palliative care team at the Saskatoon City Hospital and the staff of the Sunnyside Nursing Home for giving Gordon wonderful care during his illness. For those so wishing, donations may be made to Palliative Care Services at Saskatoon City Hospital or Cabri Union Hospital Auxiliary. Those wishing to sign the family book of condolences can do so by visiting our website at parksidefuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
PETTERSON - Mrs. Anna Katherine, born August 10, 1922 in Palisade, Minnesota, passed away August 20, 2003 in Swift Current. Anna was the eldest daughter of Andrew and Mildred Goodhope who predeceased her. Anna was also predeceased by her son, Fred James Petterson and by her brothers: Herman, Roy, Laurence, Manford, Gilbert, Edwin, Alvin, Robert and Henry. Anna is survived by her daughter, Kay (Allan) Faulkner and by two brothers, Floyd (Maria) Goodhope in Edmonton and Ray (Vivian) Goodhope in Chilliwack, BC and two sisters, Laura (Bill) Sullivan, Edmonton and Violet (Len) Strid, Grande Prairie. At Anna’s request there will be no funeral service.
CORNELSON - Mrs. Elizabeth Rose, beloved wife of Herman Cornelson, passed away on February 18, 2004 at the age of 78 years with her family by her side. Prayer services were held at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home on February 22, 2004. The Funeral Service was held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Swift Current on February 23, 2004 with Father Keith Heiberg officiating. The organist was Marlene Dolter and the ushers were, Michelle Hetherton and Juli Jensen. The pallbearers were: Brett Cornelson, Todd Cornelson, Harry Cornelson, Keith Trudeau, Gordon Cannon and Curt Lalonde. The honorary pallbearers were the C.W.L. Honor Guard. The interment took place at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Elizabeth leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Herman, of Swift Current; sons, Allan, of Moose Jaw and Mark (Barb), of Waldeck; grandchildren: Brett (Kelly) Cornelson, of Prince Albert, Trisha Cornelson, of Saskatoon, Todd, Nicole, Randi and Dakota Cornelson, of Waldeck; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Emilie Cornelson, of Prince Albert; sisters: Barb Burkart, Millie Marnach, Jenny (Arthur) Cannon, Phil (Wendal) Koehler, Christine Burkart; brothers, Robert Burkart and John (Bev) Burkart; sister-in-law, Marie Burkart; numerous nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth Burkart; sister, Rose and brother-in-law, Wilf Lalonde; brother, Peter (Butch) Burkart and brother-in-law, Peter Marnach. Elizabeth was born and raised at Holdfast, Saskatchewan. She worked at the Lab in the Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw and then changed jobs and worked at the Trust Company Office. About this time she met and married Herman Cornelson on August 21, 1952. They moved to Beechy where Herman was the foreman of the Matador Ranch Community Pasture. In 1954, they moved to Chaplin, Saskatchewan where Herman was the manager of the Val Jean Community Pasture. Elizabeth became involved with showing horses and received a plaque in 1981 from the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association for her contribution to the Association for “Sportsmanship and Outstanding Effort”. In 1987 Herman and Elizabeth retired to Swift Current where Elizabeth became actively involved with the Catholic Women’s League. Elizabeth loved nature and was an avid gardener. She was a great photographer and loved to knit and crochet. She will always be remembered as a very special person who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her family and friends. In her memory, friends may make a memorial donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SESULA - Mrs. Hedwig (nee Mahr), age 92, of Swift Current, SK passed away peacefully at the Swift Current Care Center on February 29, 2004. The Funeral Service was held March 4, 2004 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Swift Current with Reverend James Paulgaard officiating. The organist was Karen MacCallum. Bill Eichorst and Jerry Reimer served as ushers. Pallbearers were: Dwayne Sesula, Devon Sesula, Russell Sesula, James Byers, Aaron Sesula and Chris Schimpf. Honorary pallbearers were all the nurses and staff at the Swift Current Care Centre. Lenora Wentland and Harvey Lang sang “Calling You”. Granddaughter, Sheri Schimpf and Skip Neufeld sang “I’ll Fly Away”. The eulogy was given by granddaughter, Twilla Nicolson and a tribute was given by her daughter, Margie Neufeld. Hedwig is lovingly remembered by: two sons, Rudy (Betty) Sesula of Gull Lake, SK and Ben (Sheila) Sesula, who farm in the Swift Current area; two daughters, Hertha Nicolson, of Calgary, AB, and Margie (Peter) Neufeld, of Blumenort, SK; one daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Doug) Beck, of Calgary, AB; eleven grandchildren: Trevor Nicolson, Twilla Nicolson, Debby Sesula, Dwayne Sesula, Dale Sesula, Russell Sesula (Heidi Whelan), Stewart Sesula, Neysa (Tim) Wall, Aaron Sesula, James (Michelle) Loose and Sheri (Chris) Schimpf; four step-grandchildren: James Byers, Jenette (Ian) Rogers, Julie Neufeld, and Jeremy (Kristine) Neufeld; eighteen great-grandchildren; one step-brother, Ludwig (Hildegard) Jeske, of Schwalefeld, Germany. Hedwig was predeceased by her husband, Waldemar Sesula, in 1986; her son, William Sesula; two sons-in-law, Gordon Nicolson and Larry Loose; her father, Adam Mahr; her mother, Wilhelmine (Mahr) Jeske; her step-father, Wilhelm Jeske; brother, Wilhem Mahr; step-brothers, Karl Jeske and Rudolf Jeske; and step-sister, Olga Flaschentraager. Hedwig was born September 7, 1911, in Leiberg, Germany. Her father died in an accident when she was only four years old. In her early teens, she moved to a neighboring village to serve as nanny and housekeeper to their pastor’s family. She told many stories about life at the pastor’s. One of her favorites was how on weekends she and a group of girls would go on bicycle tours through the mountains sometimes as far as France. Next she worked in the kitchen in an Altes Heim (Senior’s Home). On May 15, 1930 she immigrated to Canada arriving in Herbert, SK. She worked for Ingvald Austring (a Swift Current dairy farmer) as domestic help. She would often serve 13 at a meal. On February 22, 1931 she married Walter Sesula and moved to a farm north of Waldeck. Although their first-born twins died at birth, they went on to raise five children. She visited her homeland twice, in 1958 and 1989. Walter and Hedwig were members of the Peace Lutheran Church until they moved to Swift Current in 1968. Having retired from farming they transferred their membership to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Hedwig’s retirement years were far from idle. She cared for Walter at home when his health and memory deteriorated. She always had many projects on the go – growing, canning and freezing vegetables, quilting with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and knitting or crocheting doilies, baby sweaters, potholders, and afghans. Many people, both in Canada and abroad, benefited from her generous and industrious nature. Friends and family alike (and often strangers) were welcomed into her home enjoying her gift of hospitality, a cheerful attitude, and delicious cooking. Even after she developed Alzheimer’s, she rarely complained and frequently expressed gratitude to her caregivers. Her faith remained strong. On February 11, 2004 she recited the Lord’s Prayer, even though she had long since lost the ability to recognize family and friends. This verse found among her possessions written in her own hand sums up her outlook on life:
Count your garden by the flowers,
Never by the leaves that fall;
Count your days by golden hours,
Don’t remember clouds at all;
Count the night by stars, not shadows,
Count your life by smiles, not tears;
And with joy on every birthday,
Count your age by friends, not years.
In Hedwig’s memory friends and family may make donations to the Mount Calvary Lutheran Women’s Missionary League to further her passion for sending quilts and baby layettes overseas. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
CHANT Mrs. Sarah (Funk), born March 31, 1944 of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on February 29, 2004 at her home. The service was held at 2:00 p.m. on March 5, 2004 from First United Church with Reverend John Barker officiating. The Eulogist was her brother, Wilfred Funk. The ushers were, Barry Saathoff, Glen Saathoff and Harry Saathoff. The interment service was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The active pallbearers were her grandchildren: Adam Giesbrecht, Nolan Chant, Scott Giesbrecht, Nazayh Zanidean, Nathan Chant and Marcus Zanidean. The honorary pallbearers were: Nadine Wiebe, Sarah Wiebe, Kristyna Chant, Brennan Chant and Alex Zanidean. Sarah is survived by her mother, Gertrude Penner; her husband, Micheal Chant; daughters: Cindy Wiebe (Murray) of Claresholm, AB, Darlene Zanidean (Ali), of Medicine Hat, AB, and Janet Chant (Darcy), of Medicine Hat, AB; one son, Clinton Chant (Vicki), of North Battleford; eleven grandchildren; brothers: Diedrick Funk (Carol), Wilfred Funk (Bonnie), and Edward Funk; sisters, Gertrude Saathoff (Alvin), and Delores Fitzpatrick (Roy); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Jacob Funk; her step-father, Peter Funk; and her brother Benjamin Funk. Sarah enjoyed many hobbies including, cross-stitching, cooking for loved ones, camping and visiting with family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Diabetes Association of Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
CLOSE - Mrs. Edna Merle (nee Clark), passed away with her family at her side on Sunday, March 7, 2004 at the age of 83 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Emily Clark; brothers, Charles and Les Clark; sisters, Mary Noll and Bernice Hunter. Edna is survived by her husband of 55 years, Clarence; daughters: Sharon (Charles) Wiens, Sharlene (Frank) White, and Gwen (Mel) Matthews; one brother, Gordon (Verda) Clark; one sister, Emily (Ken) Conly; granddaughters: Tammy (Kevin) Haglund, Leanne Wiens, Melissa (Tyler) Gingrich, and Brittany Matthews; great-grandchildren, Amanda and Tristan Haglund; sisters-in-law, Doris Clark and Vivian Fitzpatrick; as well as many nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. from Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with The Venerable Rob Hardwick of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church officiating. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Please visit our website at to sign our book of condolence which will be forwarded to the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
ELLIOTT - Mrs. Margaret Pearl, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully on March 3, 2004 at the age of 86 years. Margaret was born in Aneroid, Saskatchewan on November 18, 1917. She was predeceased by an infant sister in 1916; her mother, Ruth Watson, in 1976; and her father, Tom Watson, in 1983. Also predeceasing Margaret was her loving husband (of 51 years), Harold Howard Elliott, in 1994; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Wallace and Lorna Johnston; three brothers-in-law: Echlin Wallace, Wilmot Johnston, and Murray Bourne. Margaret will always be loved and her memory forever cherished by her family: two daughters, Margaret-Anne Clarkson (Lynn), of Medicine Hat, AB, and Marilyn (Jim) Smart, of Swift Current, SK; three grandsons: Jarret (Allison) Clarkson, of Regina, SK, Graham Clarkson (Kate Dunn), of Sydney, Australia, and Cameron Clarkson, of Invermere, B.C.; two granddaughters, Katharine Smart (Peter), of Calgary, AB, and Karen Smart, of Calgary, AB; one great-granddaughter, Arizona-Ruby Clarkson, of Sydney, Australia. Also surviving Margaret is her much loved sister, Evelyn Bourne, of Penticton, B.C.; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Margaret received her grade school education in Aneroid and graduated as a teacher from the Regina Normal School in 1939. Margaret taught school in Gull Lake and McCord, SK, making many life-long friends. She married Harold in 1943. After spending a short time in Nobel, Ontario, they returned to Aneroid where they made their home and raised their family. Some of their retirement years were spent in Saskatoon, Kelowna, Medicine Hat and Regina. Margaret moved to Swift Current in 1999, living in the Pioneer Manor for two years. At the time of her passing Margaret was a resident of the Bentley Retirement Community. Margaret’s greatest joy was found in teaching Sunday School in the Aneroid United Church and serving its congregation in a number of capacities. Margaret was also a Past Worthy Matron of the Aneroid O.E.S., Chapter nine. Throughout her life, Margaret always exemplified her faith in God and her love for family and others. Often, without even knowing it Margaret touched many lives (young and old alike). She had an innate ability to listen and to care. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she has touched on her journey of faith. A celebration of Margaret’s life will take place on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Swift Current, SK (108 – 2nd Ave, N.E.), with The Venerable Rob Hardwick presiding. The interment will take place on March 17, 2004 at Riverside Memorial Gardens, Regina, Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan – visit our website at to sign a book of condolence that will be passed on to the family.