REMPEL - Mr. Peter, aged 86 of Swift Current formerly of McMahon, SK passed away August 26, 2004 at his home with his wife at his side. He was born April 9, 1918. He married Minnie Reimer on November 24, 1950 at Peace Lutheran Church. He owned and operated McMahon Motors for 25 years. He was also the Postmaster for 25 years in McMahon, Saskatchewan. He never really retired. He continued to work with Lyle in the garage and work as a Mail Contractor on RR1. In 1995 he and Minnie took on the job of babysitting grandchildren, Tessa and later Juliana. Peter enjoyed golfing and curling, winning countless trophies and prizes over the years. He passed on his love for sports, especially golf, to his children and grandchildren. He was a loving and patient golf instructor. Although, Peter had little formal education, he had a sharp intellect. He especially liked to discuss current social issues, business and farming, politics, religion and philosophy. Peter and Minnie enjoyed traveling, touring much of Canada, the western USA, Mexico, Europe and two trips to Australia to see his daughter Debra. Family was everything to Peter. He was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Maria Rempel; sisters Elizabeth and Mary; brothers Dave and John; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lydia and August Reimer; sisters-in-law: Hilda Reimer, Frieda Reimer, Katharina Leiding, Mary Funk Unger, Elisabeth Unger, Mary Wiebe; brothers-in-law: Willard Schmeiss, Henry Funk, Isaac Funk and John Funk. Peter is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, his children, Brenda MacFarland (Reg), Debra Rempel (Gary), Shelley Rempel (Myron), Lyle Rempel and Karla Rempel (Mark), his grandchildren, Dan Gagnon (Traci), Lucas Kramar, Annalise Kramar, Tessa Whalen and Juliana Whalen, his sisters, Helen Funk, Katie Dyck (Jake), Margaret Hildebrandt (Bill), Anne Bartsch (John), his brothers, Ben Rempel, Frank Rempel (Helen) and George Rempel (Mary), in-laws, Vern Reimer (Lydia), Abe Meyer (Lena), Clara Schmeiss, Harold Reimer, Ervin Reimer (Helen) and Pete Heinrichs (Betty) and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Thursday September 2, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Terry Simonson officiating. The Pallbearers were, Dan Gagnon, Leonard Rempel, Jerry Hildebrandt, Lloyd Meyer, Bill Froese and Gordon Knelsen. Honorary Pallbearers were all who shared in his life. His nephew, Abe Funk from Edmonton, Alberta, presented the eulogy and obituary. Interment took place at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current. Memorial donations to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation will be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged by the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
LINES - KEITH GORDON - On June 14, 1937 God gave our family Keith, and on September 14, 2004 He wrapped His arms around him and called him home. Keith was the youngest of ten children born to Erbrook and Katy Lines, and was born with Down’s syndrome. Despite this disability, he enjoyed a fulfilling life and enriched the lives of those around him.
Keith was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Isobel and Marguerite Lines, Evelyn McClarty, Patricia McLeod, his brothers Kenny, Milton and Albert Lines, his brothers in law, Albert McClarty, Jim Leslie and Dick Hopley and by his sister in law Violet Holland. His gentle spirit will be missed by his sisters Laura Hopley and Vera Leslie, sisters in law Jean Lines and Audrey Lines, brother in law Ross McLeod and his many nieces and nephews.
Keith was raised on the family farm in the Cantuar area and moved to Swift Current with his mother in 1954. In 1968, when Katy was aging, Keith moved in with his sister Laura and her family. When Dick and Laura were aging, Keith moved to the Swift Current Care Home where he happily spent his last years under the loving care of the wonderful staff.
When Katy and Keith moved to Swift Current, Keith had the regular role of babysitting and keeping company with the first wave of nieces and nephews. He was rarely without the company of one or more and in particular he saw his nephews Carson, Jimmy and Garry grow from caring for them in infancy to being great pals with them in adulthood.
He was always interested in the farm and had a close relationship with his brother Albert with whom he spent countless hours riding in the grain truck. Albert loved to ask Keith to come out to the farm to pick rocks, which generally gave rise to a somewhat profane retort that Albert could go pick his own rocks. For many years Keith was happily employed at the Swift Current Sheltered Workshop, making confetti with a two hole punch. He enjoyed his work and the fellowship of his coworkers.
Keith was a loving person with a lively sense of humor. He took great joy in a good meal, pictures of family and rocking the newest baby. His whole face would light up when he saw you walk into the room. He loved to talk, but perhaps most of all Laura will miss sharing a quiet cup of tea with Keith.
Keith was interested in everyone who crossed his path and was rewarded with many friends throughout his life. He had his favorites and to them he was relentlessly loyal. The recriminations would last for weeks if he overheard anyone criticize his boy Scott. So too was it for other favorites like Jack Estabrooks, Jimmy Lines, Dave Adolph and Ross Macnab.
Keith’s family is proud of him for a life well lived and grateful for the legacy of love and acceptance that he leaves with those of us lucky enough to have known him. He taught us much about happiness. We’ll keep your memory always near. A memorial service to celebrate Keith’s life will be held on October 16th, 2004. Please contact Parkside Memorial Funeral Home in Swift Current for further information.
SENICAR – Mary age 77 passed away peacefully September 16, 2004 with her family by her side at the Palliser Regional Care Centre. Mary was born in the Hodgeville area on May 4, 2004, 1927. She received her education at the Edinburgh School. In 1948, Mary married Bill Senicar. They farmed together for 32 years in the Vanguard area before retiring to Swift Current in 1980 where they built a new home. During her years at the farm, Mary enjoyed gardening, helping with the farming operations, cooking and baking. She always had a deep freeze full of perogies, cabbage rolls and chocolate chip cookies. After retirement, Bill and Mary had more time for traveling to places like, Hawaii, Germany, Las Vegas, Arizona, Ontario and British Columbia. They enjoyed playing cards with neighbors, bowling, coffee with friends at the Co-op and spending time with their family and grandchildren. The funeral mass was held on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Celebrants, Father Stephen Bill and Father Armand Guenette officiating. The pallbearers were grandsons: Ryan, Curtis, and Tyson Mulatz, Logan, Justin and Jason Senicar. The readings were done by grandson, Logan Senicar and son-in-law, Adrian Mulatz. The ushers were Dwayne and Darrell Senicar. Prayers were held on Sunday evening with Velma Wilson officiating. The interment service was held at the Vanguard Cemetery, Vanguard, SK. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Murray (Lorraine) Senicar and their children, Justin and Jason of Swift Current; Allen (Michele) and their children Logan, Bailey and Hannah of Vanguard; daughter, Diane (Adrian) Mulatz and their sons Ryan, Curtis (fiancé – Davina) and Tyson of Regina. Mary was predeceased by her husband Bill Senicar on September 13, 1995; her parents, William and Annie Luciak; her brothers, Joe and John Luciak; sister-in-laws, Eleanor Luciak and Doris Senicar and brother-in-laws, Stanley Senicar and Joe Schiissler. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Rose (Kon) Stopper and Helen (Willard) Richards; brothers, Ed (Marlene) Luciak, Bill Luciak, Don (Irene) Luciak and their families; sister-in-laws, Doreen Luciak and Helen Luciak. She is also survived by Bill’s family, Frank Senicar, Hattie (John) Mertick, Katherine Schiissler, Matilda (Stan) Borawski, Betty Senicar, Helen (Albert) Hornung, Dolores (Merwyn) Kapell and their families. Flowers are gratefully declined by the family. Anyone wishing to donate, may do so by sending a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association. For the nearest location call the toll free number 1-800-297-7488. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
BOOT - Mr. Clifford, of Swift Current, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 90 years of age. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel. The service was conducted by Velma Wilson and included a tribute from his son, Tom Boot. The organist was Arlene Olson and Stephanie Rodrigo performed a solo. Cliff was born in Swift Current and spent his childhood in Swift Current. In his early teens he was moved to the farm at Burnham. In 1940 Cliff married Mildred (Berge) who predeceased him in 2003. His beloved grandson, Shawn Boot and his two great-grandchildren, Cody and Rochelle Boot also predeceased Cliff in 1996. Two sons, Ron and Tom; granddaughter-in-law, Joanne Boot, and great-granddaughter, Emily Boot; granddaughter, Dawn Bunston, and great-granddaughter, Cora Bunston; grandson, Ryan Boot, and great-grandson, Dallas Boot survive Cliff. Cliff farmed at Burnham from 1947 to mid 1980’s. From the late 1970’s through 1980’s Cliff built and restored many antique vehicles, which were admired and enjoyed by many in the Swift Current area. He was noted for his helpfulness and generosity. The Boot family gratefully appreciates memorial donations already made and any future gifts to the Salvation Army in honor of Clifford Boot’s passing. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
DAVIDSON - Mrs. Alice Althea, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on September 9, 2004 at the Prairie Pioneer Lodge. Alice was born to Archie and Vera Simmie on November 16, 1926. She married John Davidson in 1948. They raised their five children on the farm near Simmie, then moved to Swift Current in 1968. Alice worked for Quinn’s Pharmacy for many years. She and John traveled around in their mini camper, but spent most every weekend at Duncairn Dam camping and fishing. They just couldn’t seem to get the Simmie blood out of their system and moved back to Simmie in 1983. She worked for Keith and Edna Bratvold at the Simmie Locker Plant and spent almost every morning playing a friendly game of Smear with Dar and Karen. She loved to have her grandchildren come for visits and oh how they loved going to Grandma D’s. When John passed away in 1988, Alice moved back to Swift Current where she kept herself busy. She worked part-time for Keith at Superior Meats and did countless hours of volunteering in the community. In fact she was so busy her family had to make an appointment to see her. She lived for 15 years in the Pioneer Units before becoming a resident of Prairie Pioneer Lodge in December 2003. She was no stranger at the Lodge as she spent many years volunteering there. She especially loved to get the residents and staff up to dance to the music of the Odds & Ends and The Old Tyme Fiddlers. She especially enjoyed listening to Archie & The Boys. She also danced at the Swift Current Care Centre, Palliser Regional Care Centre and at Kiaskus Villa in Gull Lake and was an active member of the Senior Citizen’s center. Dancing was her life and she’s likely in heaven doing the two-step with God right now. Alice was famous for her baking. She won countless awards at the fair for her pies, tarts and brownies. Simmie bonspiels wouldn’t have been the same without her sour cream raisin pie. A day will not go by when Alice will not be treasured and so sadly missed by her five children: Darvin (Karen) Davidson, Brenda (Dick) Stenhouse, Randy Davidson, Bonnie (Wilfred) Funk, Cindy (Kim) Selanders; eight grandchildren: Shelly (Rob), Michael (Corey), Kelly (Bobbi), Tricia (Kelly), Jeff (Colleen), Amanda (Phil), Cody and Casey; twelve great-grandchildren: Mariah, Brittany, Janae, Jansen, Kaelyn, Mack, Brock, Kortlyn, Mathew, Kayden, Rylan and Hailey. She is also survived by her very special aunt Ella (Howard) Blyth; sisters-in-law, Bernice Simmie and Iris Stevers; brothers-in-law, Laurie (Patty) Davidson, and George (Marie) Davidson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her very special friends, Rusty Quintin, Myrtle Hupp, and Dorothy Anning. She is predeceased by her husband, John Davidson; her parents, Archie and Vera Simmie; brother, Mac Simmie; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Amy Davidson; nephew and niece, Cameron and Carol Ann Davidson; niece, Vera Ann (Simmie) Edwards; great-grandson, Braden Funk; great-niece, Amy Davidson. The funeral service was held on Monday, September 13, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastside Church of God with Pastor Ed Hyatt officiating. The organist was, Jack Anning. The ushers were, Toni Klink and Gerald Austin. The Eulogy was presented by, Keith Bratvold. Honorary pallbearers are all who shared the life of this wonderful woman. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date for the interment of Alice’s ashes. Memorial donations may be made to the Prairie Pioneer’s Lodge Auxiliary or to the Alzheimer Association of Saskatchewan. The family cannot express enough appreciation to all the staff of Prairie Pioneers Lodge for the loving care and utmost respect shown to Mom and to her family. Each and every one of you truly are “angels”. Alice’s soft heart, generosity and sense of humor touched everyone she knew. Thank you to Erin of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home for your professionalism in such a soft and caring matter.
BEISEL - Mr. David D., of 222 – 3rd Street North East, Swift Current, Saskatchewan and formerly of Tompkins, SK passed away on Monday, October 11, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital at the age of 89 years with his family by his side. Dave was born on June 21, 1915 to David and Amelia Beisel on the family farm in the Rush Lake, Saskatchewan District. He attended school to the grade of eight and from there worked at various jobs and occupations until he rented the Brownstone farm twelve miles north of Tompkins. With the help of his brother, Sam, he was able to seed the land. On June 16, 1940 he married Molly Loose at Estuary. Together they farmed that land for six years. They then bought the Erickson farm three and a half miles north of Tompkins and worked the farm with the help of hired hands. He bought the coal and wood business and was also agents for North Star Gas and Oil. He hired Sam to deliver fuel to different farmers. He also had the Massey Harris Implements and Sam helped set up machinery. All this was on the north side of town, across from the elevators. In 1960 he bought the Henry House. Due to an accident he sold the businesses in 1963 and in 1972 sold the farm, and in 1997 they moved to Swift Current. He was very active in politics and served on the Tompkins Town Council, Tompkins School Board, Health Region Board, and president of the Curling Club. He enjoyed curling, golf, and playing crib. He thoroughly enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. Eulogy was prepared by the family. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Amelia; one sister, in infancy; two brothers, Clarence Beisel and Edward Beisel; sons-in-law, Gordon Keith, and Guy Sandilands; two grandsons, Gaylin Wedrick and Perry Thoreson; and one brother-in-law, Abe Steingard. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Molly; three daughters: Vivian Tuchscherer (Joe), Pearl Wedrick (Bruce), and Maxine Heiser (Jack); grandchildren: Marcella Thoreson (Terry Dimmock), Sheldon Keith (Heather Reincock), Ricky Wedrick (Denny Pointer), Donna Holeksa (Chris), Michelle Heiser-Bailey (Scott), Courtney Heiser, Kevin Tuchscherer (Wendy) and Michelle Tuchscherer; four great-grandchildren: Christina (Rylan Philip), Mercades, Porscha and Calvin; two great-great grandchildren, Dontey and Damien; three sisters: Lily Steingard, Rachel Lukey (Mike) and Edna MacRae (Don); three brothers: Rueben (Esther) Beisel, Samuel (Betty) Beisel, and Hubert (Ann) Beisel; one sister-in-law, Elsie Beisel and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on Friday, October 15, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Barker officiating. The pallbearers were grandchildren: Scott Bailey, Chris Holeksa, Sheldon Keith, Rick Wedrick, Kevin Tuchscherer, and Allen Beisel. The interment took place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. A lunch was held at First United Church. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
VANGEN - (Dick) Mary Ann, aged 77 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on October 7, 2004. The funeral service was held on October 11, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church with Doris Watt officiating. The organist was Eileen Hrycyna. The ushers were, Leona Wiens and Sharon Beisel. The pallbearers were: Lloyd Janzen, Larry Dyck, Greg Dyck, Greg Beisel, Wes Ginter, and Rick Armstrong. The interment was held at Schantzenfeld Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Kidney Foundation. Mary is survived by her children: Fred Dick (Frances), Lewis Dick (Marlene), Viola Potter (Vernon), Garry Dick (Ruth), Marilyn Cummings (Jim), Earl Dick; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: William Ginter (Helen), Anna Dyck, Kaye Neustaeter (William), Margaret Janzen (George), Isaac Ginter (Hilda), Stella Dyck (Frank), Jake Ginter (Anne). She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Dick; special friend, Iver Vangen; parents, Abram and Anna Ginter; brothers: Abram, Abram, Johnny; sister, Helen; and brother-in-law, Diedrick Dyck. Mary was formerly of Swift Current and has resided at the Palliser Regional Care Centre for the past two years. The family would like to give a very special thank you to the Palliser staff and Dr. Young for caring for our Mom. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
PENO - Mrs. Ann, aged 89 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Dan Romaniw presiding. Anne was born to Adam and Matilda Helm on August 8, 1915 at Lehr, North Dakota, USA. She came to Canada with her parents who settled on a farm in the Prelate area. In time, she became the fourth of a family of 15. Ann is survived by her husband, Fred Peno; a brother, Robert (Sherri) Helm, of Nanaimo, BC; a sister, Freida (Alex) Giles, of Medicine Hat; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins. She was predeceased by her father; her mother; four brothers; eight sisters; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law. Ann was a person of the land. She was dedicated to farm life and learned to enjoy the hard work it entailed. On December 12, 1960 Ann married Fred Peno of Bracken, SK. There, together, they farmed for the next 43 years. Gardening was an important part of her life and she enjoyed visiting and entertaining people around her kitchen table. Ann Peno loved life and loved people. She always had a ready smile for everyone. It was quite early in her life that she learned to know her creator, Jehovah God, and loved associating with her extended family at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and sharing with others the confidence she had in God’s promise of everlasting life in paradise. Ann, formerly of Bracken, SK moved to Swift Current in 2001 and has resided at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge for the past month. The family would like to say a very special thank you to the staff at the Lodge for their care and attention. Thank you too, to the many friends who visited her. Fred Peno and family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
JOHNSON – Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Karolyn, age 86 years, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at the Prairie Pioneer Lodge. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. The organist was Shirley Deobald and vocalist was Wendy Cochane. Tanya Johnson read the scriptures, Lynne Hahn presented Precious Memories and Sherrill Tomlinson read the eulogy. The ushers were Basil Nybo and Verlan Deobald. Pallbearers were nephews and great-nephews: Meryl Tomlinson, Tom Tomlinson, Ron Johnson, Ken Johnson, Rob Tomlinson and Steve Tomlinson. The interment took place at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current. Betty Johnson was predeceased by her husband, Foy Johnson, and her brother, Arne Tomlinson. She is survived by: her sister, Ione Robinson, of Victoria B.C.; her brother, Bob (Gwen) Tomlinson, of Edmonton, AB; her special friend, Jim Weston; her sisters-in-law: Evelyn Tomlinson, Jean Johnson and Alvina Johnson; and many loving nieces, nephews and family. Betty was born on their family farm in the Dendron area on September 29, 1918. She married her late husband, Foy Johnson, on December 22, 1944. She spent most of her life in Swift Current, first being a waitress at the Healy Hotel, then after her marriage she was employed at the Cooper Store as a saleswoman in the Ladies Ready-To-Wear and continued to work there after the Pioneer Co-op purchased the store in 1953. In 1963 she was transferred to the Southside Shopping Centre as a Manager of the Dry Goods Department. She retired in September of 1979. She loved to entertain and had many a tea party with all of her good friends. She belonged to the Rebecca Lodge. She loved to Old Time Dance and also to Square Dance. She was very caring and looked after all of her family with love and affection. We will miss her dearly. The family would like to give a very special thank you to the Prairie Pioneer Lodge staff for taking such loving care of our Aunt Betty. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Church of the Open Bible Memorial Fund, 290 – 19th Ave. N.E. Swift Current, SK. S9H 2Y3 or to the Prairie Pioneer Auxiliary c/o Pat Cammer #303, 332 Cypress Drive Swift Current, SK S9H 5B1. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.