YONGE - Orpha Ada, passed away at her residence on March 11, 2004 after a long and productive life. The Funeral Service was held at Grace United Church in Swift Current on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with Doris Watt officiating. Orpha was born February 28, 1917 on her parent’s homestead near Central Butte, Saskatchewan. Her life’s work and passion was nursing. She graduated as a psychiatric nurse from the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn in 1942. She did her part for the war effort by working a few months in a munitions plant in Ontario and then worked as a graduate nurse at a sanitorium for tuberculosis patients in Hamilton, Ontario. Back in Saskatchewan she worked at hospitals in Bengough and Prince Albert. She enrolled at the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1952. She returned to Central Butte to work at the hospital and care for her ailing mother. In 1954 she began her 27-year career as a public health nurse working in Radville, Birch Hills, Prince Albert, Humboldt, and Swift Current. Orpha earned a diploma in public health nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955 and her Bachelor of Nursing from McGill in 1962. She was Regional Nursing Supervisor of the Swift Current Health Region from 1958 until her retirement in 1977. Orpha worked tirelessly for improved health services, including, home care, aids for independent living, meals on wheels and other services for the elderly and speech therapy. Orpha was active in the Sask. Registered Nurses Association; on her retirement they recognized her contribution to nursing with a Life Membership. The Sask. Speech and Hearing Association also made her the “first honorary member in recognition of her pioneering speech and language services in Saskatchewan.” Orpha was active in Grace United Church, the Duplicate Bridge Club and the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Orpha is survived by her sister Madeline Simonson, of White Rock, B.C.; nephews: James and Elaine Blazek, of Rosetown, Kurt and Darcy Simonson, of Victoria, Ross Simonson, of Vancouver, Bob and Sandra Yonge, of Central Butte, Murray and Barbara Walter, of Swift Current; nieces: Susan and Rollie Houle, of Saskatoon, Debbie and Bill McCulloch, of Rosetown, and Sandra and Danny Tarnes, Tyvan and their children and grandchildren. Orpha was predeceased by her parents, Geoffrey Yonge (1938) and Lola (Landrigan) Yonge (1953); brothers, Vernon and Douglas; sisters, Jean Blazek and May Walter; sisters-in-law, Margaret Yonge and Emily Yonge; brothers-in-law: James Blazek, Norman Simonson, and Carl Walter; nieces, Linda Yonge and Cindy Blazek; and grand-niece, Christy Yonge. Memorial donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation, at Box 27082 - 240 Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4R 8R8. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Please visit our website at to sign a book of condolence that will be passed on to the family.
GEHL - Mr. Alexander, passed away on January 31, 2004. He was born May 5, 1923 on the family farm near Hodgeville. He attended Trimoth Manor and Norfolk Schools, then farmed in the Hodgeville district until his retirement in 1992. Alex and his brother, Joe, moved to Hodgeville with their sister, Helen Scheller, in 1998, and he also spent a short time at the Manor in Herbert. Alex was predeceased by his father, John Gehl, in 1951; his mother, Rose Gehl, in 1979; brother, John Gehl, in 1997, brother, Joe Gehl, in 2002; brothers-in-law, Jake Groth, in 1983, and John Scheller, in 1992; one niece, Carol Groth, in 1963. He is survived by his brother, Peter (Myrtle) Gehl, of Hodgeville; sisters: Rose (Bob) Ager, of Assiniboia, Helen Scheller, of Hodgeville, Alma Groth, of Moose Jaw; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Hodgeville Community Hall with Brian Ager officiating. The organist was Debbie Waldenburger, special music was provided by, Dale Haubrich and Jane Bochek. A scripture reading was read by Tracy Bickner. The ushers were John Bickner and Lloyd Gehl. Honorary pallbearers were all of his family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SHICK - Janet Bailie Laing – born February 15, 1904 and died February 5, 2004. She passed away peacefully to join her husband, Dewey; son, George; grandson, Bobby Doyle; and son-in-law, Bob Doyle; as well as five brothers and two sisters. Janet leaves to cherish her memory, children: Jean Doyle, Edmonton, AB, Lyle (Marion), Red Deer, AB, Murray (Kay), Langdon, AB, Myrna Forrest (Earle), Chilliwack, BC, Marjorie Taylor (Turk), Grande Prairie, AB; nineteen grandchildren, and twenty-eight great- grandchildren. Janet was raised on a farm near Maple Creek, SK. She attended Normal School training to become a teacher and spent many enjoyable years in this profession. While teaching in the Swinton area, Janet met and married Dewey on December 28, 1928. They eventually moved to Swift Current to live and raise their family. Janet was an active participant in Swift Current life by playing the piano at Grace United Church, sewing in the Diamond Rebekah Lodge, and various other volunteer positions. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, playing bridge with her many friends and always had a place in her heart for all the children. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with United Minister Reverend Harold Benjamin officiating. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park in Swift Current followed by a reception at First United Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliser Regional Care Centre or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SAUER - Mrs. Ida, aged 94 years of the Pioneer Manor in Swift Current, a homemaker, passed away on March 22, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 26, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from Mount Calvary Lutheran Church with Pastor James Paulgaard officiating. The organist was Eunice Koehler, soloist was, Maureen Olenic and the violinist was Harry Eichorst. The ushers were, Jack and Margaret Stewart. The pallbearers were: Mel Crampton, Emil Kaminski, Richard Rees, Harold Lang, Harvey Lang and Carl Schatkoski. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Ida is survived by four sons: Russ (Irene), of Kelowna, B.C., Ken (Val), of Medicine Hat, AB, Lloyd (Elaine), of Penticton, B.C. and Don (Joyce), of Red Deer, AB; one daughter, Loretta (Al) Romankewicz, of Swift Current, SK; two brothers, Ernie Meyer, of Regina, SK, and Vic Meyer, of St. Albert, AB; one sister, Emma Cyr; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Sauer; two brothers; five sisters; and one grandson. Ida, the daughter, of John and Annie Meyer, was born in Lemberg, SK on March 29, 1909. She lived a long and productive life, just one week shy of celebrating her 95th birthday. She married Carl Sauer on August 18, 1928 and together they worked hard to raise their family of five, four boys and one girl, on a farm near Fox Valley, SK. Since Ida was a great believer in education they moved off the farm into the village of Fox Valley and she insisted that each of her brood get their high school education and find a satisfying job in the workplace and provide well for their family. When her husband, Carl, passed away in 1971, she moved to Swift Current to live with her daughter, Loretta. Here she brightened many lives when she served as a Red Cross volunteer at the Palliser Regional Hospital. Ten years later she moved to Chinook Village in Medicine Hat where she enjoyed a great circle of friends. In 1999 she returned to Swift Current and resided at Pioneer Manor among more good friends. Ida’s greatest joys were her faith and her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Medicine Hat and Mount Calvary Lutheran in Swift Current. Her Portals of Prayer were never far from her side. Once she was no longer able to attend church, she listened regularly to the Lutheran Hour on CKSW. Rest in peace, Mom, in God’s loving arms. Memorial donations may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current. Visit our website at www.parksidefuneralhome.com to sign our book of condolence that will be passed on to the family.
STEPHANSON - E. Velma, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. June 10, 1931 – March 31, 2004. She passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Unit, Pasqua Hospital, in Regina. She is survived by her son, Ken (Jackie) Stephanson, of Swift Current; daughters, Mardi (Rick) Hayton, of Fano, Italy, and Jewell Stephanson, of Calgary. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Kara (Mike Paul), Ryan and Russell Stephanson, Jennifer (Dean) Almas, and James Bremner; three great-grandchildren: Kirsten and London Almas, and Tyler Stephanson; sister, Eunice (John) Marcinowski, and many other caring relatives. Gone ahead to welcome her home are parents, Theodore and Helene Ulmer; daughter, Melody (in infancy); brother, Theodore (Ted) Ulmer; sister, Glennis (Ellwood) Miller; and nephew, Rick Ulmer. Velma was born in McMahon, Saskatchewan, and at 3 years of age moved to Ontario with her parents, returning to the Swift Current area at age seven. She married the late Robert (Rusty) Stephanson in 1948 and they divorced in 1980. Velma worked for many years in food services. She was a volunteer, a member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the First United Church.. The funeral service was held on Monday, April 5, 2004 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Barker officiating. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Friends are invited to make a donation in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Palliative Care Unit, Pasqua Hospital. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
DYCK - Mrs. Annie (Ann) Elizabeth Barbara, aged 62 years, passed away on April 2, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. She is survived by her loving husband, Abe and her two children, Wanda (Jim) and Richard; three sisters: Barbara, Francis Koenders and Josephine Kutchall; two brothers, Adam Kutchall, and Joe (Louise) Kutchall; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, her mother-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Myrna, on March 12, 1972, her father, Nicholas Kutchall, on August 9, 1965; her mother, Lena Kutchall, in May of 1985; and her brother, Pete Kutchall, on July 12, 1990. Ann was born and raised in Hazenmore. She moved to Swift Current in 1959, met Abe in 1961 and they were married on May 29, 1965. They resided in Swift Current where they ended up having three special children. Ann loved being a homemaker – she loved to do things for her family and her husband’s family. She lived her life around her husband and her children. Ann loved to play Bingo as well as watch her favorite TV shows, Touched By an Angel and Little House on The Prairie. She will be missed by her husband and children, her brothers and sisters, and all of her numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 8, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Hyatt officiating. The pallbearers were: Darrel Rude, Albert Dyck, Rocky Fehr, Keith Dixon, Marlon Dyck and Randy Kutchall. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
ROBINSON - Mr. Garland Stephen, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan (March 10, 1919 – April 9, 2004). Garland passed away at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Eunice, of Swift Current; son, Richard (Helen), of Outlook, SK; daughter, Gaye (Harry) Baytalan, of Regina, SK; son, Mark (Debbie), of Weyburn, SK; five grandchildren: Wayne, Terry, Colin, Ryan and Alana; five great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Calnek; and sister-in-law, Jean Robinson. Garland was predeceased by his father, George, and his mother, Lola May; brothers, Edgar and Raymond; brother-in-law, Jerry Calnek; and sister-in-law, Billie Robinson. Garland grew up on a farm near Cadillac and spent many of his winters cutting wood near Mervin, Saskatchewan. Garland served in the RCAF during the war and brought his English bride, Eunice, home in 1946. Leaving the farm life, Garland joined the Searle Grain Company and spent the next 35 years as a grain buyer. During the 22 years they spent in Webb, he was a member of the school board and church board and served as Fire Chief. His social pursuits included dancing and playing cards. No one enjoyed a good bbq more than Garland. In conversation, Garland loved to reminisce about the many gambling trips and camping holidays he and Eunice took over the years. Diminished sight and walking ability did not interfere with his outlook on life, dry wit and great sense of humor. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at First United Church with Reverend John Barker officiating. The interment was held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial tributes may be made directly to CNIB, Regina. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Please visit our website at to sign a book of condolence that will be passed on to the family.
REIMER - Miss Anna, aged 74 years, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. The funeral service was held on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Trailview Alliance Church with Pastor John Healey officiating. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The pallbearers were: Dale Reimer, Terry Reimer, Ken Lam, Brad Friesen, Rob Friesen and Don Ozga. The ushers were, Dave Heinrichs and Phil Henderson. The pianist was, Mrs. Liz Ramage and music was provided by a Men’s Trio: Ed Regier, John Regier and Karan Regier. Anna is survived by brothers and sisters: William Reimer, of Medicine Hat, AB; Madeline (Joe) Ozga of Regina; Dick (Betty) Reimer, of Lethbridge, AB; Irwin (Alice) Reimer, of Simmie, SK; Ernie (Marlene) Reimer, of Calgary, AB; Irene Gabriel (Glen Curtis), of Calgary, AB; Helen Reimer, of Langley, BC; Anne Reimer, of Applegate, California; and Dorothy Reimer, of Neville, SK. Anne was predeceased by her brothers: Henry Reimer, Jack Reimer and John Reimer; and her sisters: Mary Reimer, Margaret Reimer and Eva Raymard. Anna was born February 3, 1930 to Abram and Margaretha Reimer. After she graduated from high school she attended Normal School in Moose Jaw and began her teaching career. She continued to upgrade her teaching credentials by taking summer classes at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and graduated with a Bachelor of Education. She taught in Piapot, Richmound, and for seventeen years in North Battleford. Upon retiring, she moved back to Swift Current. Her life continued to be enriched by teaching the English language to immigrants. Anna dedicated her life to loving God. Her whole life was the true example of a Christian life as it should be lived. Anna will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. In her memory, those wishing may make a donation to Trailview Alliance Church. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
HIEBERT – John Hiebert passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK. John was born in McMahon in 1933, the youngest of eleven children. He married Marlene Untereiner in 1956 and was a wonderful father to their two children. Although he worked in construction most of his life, John’s passion was always for farming. John was predeceased by his parents and eight siblings. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; his children, Leon and Tracy; grandchildren, Drew and Rachel; sisters, Sue (Ken) and Gertie (Dave); numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. A funeral mass was held on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Father Stephen Bill officiating. A musical tribute was given by his daughter Tracy. The pallbearers were: Ron Untereiner, Larry Untereiner, Garry Giesbrecht, Richard Kane, Cliff D’Amour and Henry Heinrichs. The interment took place at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In memory of John Hiebert, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. For further information or to sign the family book of condolences please visit our website at parksidefuneralhom.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
JANZEN - Mrs. Helen, of Swift Current went to be with her Lord on April 13, 2004 at the age of 80. She was predeceased by her loving husband, George; both of her parents, Jacob and Maria Penner; sisters, Agnes and Anne; brothers: Abe, Ben, Cornelius and two in infancy. She is survived by her son, Jack; daughters: Betty (Arnold), Dorothy (Dale) and Barb; 12 grandchildren: Dean (Alana), Cary, Melanie (Shawn), Shannon (Jason), Angie, Tara, Evan Jeremy, Derek (Corrina), Ryan, Erin and Margot; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Jake (Elsie), John (Florence); sisters: Mary, Margaret (Dave), Kay (Philip), Betty, and Eva (Jake). She was born on June 16, 1923 in the McMahon area to Jacob and Maria Penner. At a young age she was required to help support the family by becoming a cook and housekeeper for several different families. She worked in the Lethbridge Hospital and in the Beet fields in the Taber area until her marriage to George on November 7, 1948. They spent 44 beautiful years together. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family and a friend to all who knew her. We will miss her dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mission to Children at 102 N., Ditmar, Oceanside, CA, 92054-3010 or to the Gideon Society. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, April 16, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Bible Church with Pastor David Pollard officiating. The interment was held at Rhineland Cemetery, Rhineland, Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For further information call 1-800-719-6625. Please visit our website at to sign a book of condolence that will be given to the family.
JAHNKE - Elizabeth Catherine was born September 4, 1909, the fourth child to Cornelius and Margaretha (Janz) Jahnke. She was born on the farm at Main Centre. Her parents were the first couple to be married in the Main Centre church that Grandpa Janz had helped build. Elizabeth had seven brothers and sisters. They are Olga, Pete, Helen, Annie, Ben, Elmer and Bruce. Needless to say it was a very busy home with everyone having their chores and responsibilities. It was a home filled with faith, love, discipline and fun. After Elizabeth grew up she taught at ‘Salt Lake’ and ‘Bethania’ schools in the R.M. of Excelsior. She later taught in Regina, Vernon, B.C., Swift Current and Herbert. Elizabeth took great pride in her personal learning and great pride in the accomplishments of her students. In the winter of ’41 Elizabeth worked for two months in an arms factory in Long Branch, Ont. Always interested in new experiences she taught the children of the Canadian Armed Forces in Germany from 1961-1963. During her teaching years and during her retirement Elizabeth’s passion was traveling as she went to China, East Africa, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Israel, Japan, India, Asia, Egypt—and I’m sure many more places. We think it was only seven years ago that she went on an archaeological dig in Turkey! It was in 1998 after a health scare while living in Regina she spent some time with Greg, Cathy and Megan. She then made the move to the Herbert Heritage Manor where she received very good care for her remaining years. She sadly suffered a serious stroke on Friday and went to be with her Lord Wednesday morning at the age of ninety-four (94) years. Elizabeth enjoyed reading, singing, piano and especially travel. She was very close to her father and could rarely find fault with her brothers. She was a strong, determined, bright lady who loved and felt pride in her family—the nieces and nephews can all attest to this. Elizabeth is survived by her brothers Elmer (Mary) Jahnke and Bruce Jahnke;17 nieces and nephews, 45 great nieces and great nephews as well as great-greats. She is predeceased by her parents Cornelius and Margaretha Jahnke; her brothers Pete (Sadie, Elizabeth) and Ben (Gudrun);sisters Olga (Herb), Helen (Vic), Annie ;sister-in-law Betty; two nieces Donna and Carol, one great nephew Ryan, one great niece Rachel and one great great nephew Brendan. Elizabeth was much loved and treasured and she will be missed. A funeral was held on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Herbert MB Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating. The ushers were Jordie Braun and Matt Peters. Special music was by Sheila Braun, Kerry Braun and Diane Ganes. The pallbearers were: Shane Jahnke, Mike Jahnke, Matt Jahnke, Kris Jahnke, Kurtis Jahnke, Jarrod Jarrod Jahnke, Ben Jahnke and Evan Montgomery. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, SK. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
BAUMANN - Mrs. Ina Iola, aged 86 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on June 9, 2004 at the Swift Current Care Centre. The Funeral Service was held at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Barker officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson and the Honorary pallbearers were all who shared in her life. The interment was held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Ina is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Anselm Baumann; sons: Edwin Baumann, of Gabriola Island, BC, and Rudy Baumann, of Swift Current; grandchildren: Gwendolyn Wigbout, of Aldergrove, BC, Daniel Baumann, of Mission, BC, Sandra Littlefield, of Mount Lehman, BC, Shawn Baumann, of Abbotsford, BC, Kevin Baumann, of Saskatoon, Craig Baumann, of Swift Current, Ryan Baumann, of Swift Current, Tracey Ginter, of Calgary, Darryl Ginter, of Swift Current; thirteen great-grandchildren; brothers: Verol Harden, of Medicine Hat, and Roy (Lois) Harden, of Swift Current; sisters-in-law: Bertha Kuchle, Anne Reynolds, Kathleen Harden; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Margaret Harden; brothers: Edgar in 1927, Harvey in 1909, Kenneth in 1993; daughter Pat Ginter in 1993; son Theodore in 1993; brothers-in-law, Frank Baumann, Steve Kuchle; sisters-in-law, Lucy Baumann, Anne Harden and Mabel Harden. Ina was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her family and friends, her home and her garden. Her artistic talents showed up in ceramics and crafts of all kinds. She will be sadly missed by her husband, family and friends. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.