NOBLE - George Arthur (Art), age 88, of Swift Current and formerly Kyle area, passed away on October 15, 2004, at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. A celebration of Art’s life was held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 20, at the First United Church with Reverend John Barker officiating and tribute by son, David Noble. Honorary pallbearers were all of those whose lives were touched by Art throughout the years. Art was predeceased by his loving wife, of 56 years, and best friend, Margaret, in 1995; father, William in 1979; mother, Edna in 1987; sister, Laudelle Scott in 1958; grandson, Kurtis Renton in 1989. Art is survived by two daughters: Marilyn (Leonard) Johnson of Moose Jaw; Elaine (Willard) Kondro of Lloydminster; son, David (Penny) Noble of Kyle; four grandchildren: Stacie (David) Noble-Wiebe of Swift Current; Vaughn (Tracey) Johnson of Moose Jaw; Kirby (Debbie) Renton of Lloydminster; Nadine (Ryan) Dyck of Swift Current; eight great grandchildren and special friend, Grace Powell. Art was born July 11, 1916, in Durham, Ontario. Later that year he and his family moved west and settled in the North Landing district near Kyle. At age 12 his future wife, Margaret Smith, daughter of Art and Bessie Smith, caught his eye at a birthday party for Joyce Sorenson. Margaret and family had just moved from Swift Current to the “Old Stone House” at Saskatchewan Landing. A former city girl, Margaret was all decked out in taffeta dress, silk stockings, and braids, a sharp contrast to the other children dressed in everyday school clothes. Art also caught Margaret’s attention as at age 12 he was driving his dad’s model T Ford. Art and Margaret were married in 1938 in Margaret’s family home, the “Old Stone House”. Art and Margaret lived in the Kyle area until moving to Swift Current in 1985. In the thirties Art worked for the Department of Highways and maintained a section of Number 4 Highway first with horses and later with a motorized patrol. In the early years he drove a team of three horses on a blade scraper getting 10 cents per hour for each horse and 30 cents per hour for the driver. Art always took pride in his work and received awards from the Sask. Motor Association for the best maintained stretch of highway in the province. In the fall of 1937 there was no work on the prairies so Art returned to Ontario to look for work and to renew family acquaintances. The future in Ontario didn’t seem that bright either so Art returned to the prairies. He worked on the family farm, ran the BA bulk fuel station in Kyle, and worked winters at his uncle Arthur McCrie’s furniture store in Swift Current. In 1943 Art joined the R.C.A.F. and spent 2 ½ years as an aero mechanic stationed in many airports in Canada. After his discharge in 1945 Art purchased land from Angus Gillespie and Albert Swain and also worked the family farm. In 1996, at age 80, Art was still an active participant on the family farm and celebrated 66 years of harvesting. Art was very active in the agricultural community and worked on various agricultural boards. He was a founding member and first chairman of Agricultural District Board 40 and was recognized by the board for his 20 years of service. For a number of years in the 50’s and 60’s Art operated an Illustration Station for the SC Experimental Farm. He was always interested in ways to improve farming and took various positions that increased his own knowledge and allowed him to pass it on to others. He was also involved with the White Bear Telephone Company, North Landing School Board and the Legion. Art always loved music and dancing. He and Margaret were very active in square and rounding dancing and they helped organize many clubs north of the river. After moving to Swift Current they danced with Swift Current clubs and were one of the dance couples on a video made by the Old Time Fiddlers. Throughout his life Art enjoyed many hobbies – beadwork, leatherwork, macramé, needlepoint, petit point, and woodworking to mention a few. His hands were always busy. He left a variety of masterpieces for his family and friends to remember him by, mementos to be treasured and passed on. Art enthusiastically shared his skills and knowledge with others either individually or at classes offered through the community college or through other organizations such as 4H, High C, and Lighted Schoolhouse. Art was strong, determined, positive and made things happen. He stressed that to succeed you must try. He was always seeking knowledge, whether through magazines or books. Art was very loving and supportive of his family and always expressed his pride in them. He adored his great grandchildren and since his recent cancer surgery, he marveled at the intricacy of the human body and the miracle that all his great grandchildren were born healthy. Art will be dearly missed by family and friends. As an expression of sympathy contributions may be made to the Kyle District Health Care Foundation, Box 70, Kyle, SK, S0L 1T0. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
BYE - Mrs. Crystal Lynn. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, and mother, Crystal Lynn Bye of Swift Current, formerly of Alberta. Crystal was born May 14, 1969. Crystal leaves to treasure her memory her loving husband, Rick; her daughter, Cassandra; her son, Justin; her step-daughters: Chalaine, Shantanna, and Candice; and her step-granddaughter, Genevie; her parents, Jim and Yvonne Antonsen and Hank and Lynn Fehr.; her sisters, Monica and Jolene; her brothers: Stacy, Shaun and Arvid; and their families. She was predeceased by her maternal and paternal grandparents. Crystal was born in Fort St. John, B.C. and spent most of her youth in the surrounding Alberta areas. Crystal had a great love for horses, barrel racing and horse training. She had a great love for animals, she raised and trained German Shepard dogs. She loved camping in the mountains, and sport hunting. Crystal was very dear to all her family and she will be greatly missed. The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rick Williams officiating. The organist was Delores Falk and special music was presented by Pastor Rick Williams. The ushers were, Mike Schneider and Arthur Buckingham. The honorary pallbearers are all those who shared in her life. The active pallbearers were: Trevor Shaheen, Keith Buckingham, Paul Buckingham, and Dale Buckingham. The interment will be held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park at a later date. In memory of Crystal, memorial donations may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SCHWARTZ - Mr. Matthew Dale. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Matthew Dale Schwartz, beloved son of Dale and Pam Schwartz on November 6, 2004 at the age of 25. Matthew passed away tragically while working on a gas well site in the Sundre area in Alberta. Matthew will be sadly missed by his loving family, sister, Mandy Schwartz; life partner, Jolene Schroh. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Thelma Schwartz. He is also survived by his grandparents, Bernard Schwartz, Bob and Donna Hunter and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Matt loved to be involved in sports during his school years which carried over to recreational sports of golf and hockey. Myfe was his nickname that his cousin Craig tagged him with in their growing up years. Although Matt’s life was far too short, he had a profound impact and enriched the lives of all who knew him with his easy going nature and humor which left a lot of memories for us to cherish. The funeral was held Friday, November 12, 2004 at Eastside Church of God with Pastor Ed Hyatt officiating. Special Music was provided by Bob Jamieson, the pianist was Tammy Mason, and the band members were, Lyndon Braun, Doug Hildebrant, & David Koop. Honorary Pallbearers were: Dean Wattenbarger, Craig Schroh, Ralph Hunter, Ken Rudd, Rene Rivard, and Corey Stevens. Rene Rivard and Jolene Schroh both did a tribute to Matt followed by a slide show of Matt’s life. If friends or family so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to KidSport in Matthew’s name. Contact KidSport at 1-800-319-GAME or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
LOVELY - Mrs. Viola Florence (nee Andrews), March 26, 1919 – November 16, 2004 – It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the sudden passing of Viola Florence (Andrews) Lovely on November 16, 2004. Mom was born at Hazenmore, Saskatchewan on March 26, 1919. She was the fourth of five girls born to Alfred and Lydia Andrews. Mom grew up and attended school at Hazenmore and married Ken Lovely on October 19, 1938. To this marriage were born two daughters, Marlene and Wendy. Mom and Dad resided at Hazenmore until 1976 when they moved to Swift Current. They owned two homes in Swift Current and eventually moved to the Bentley in 2001. Mom enjoyed playing cards and games. In her younger years, she enjoyed sports and always followed the Blue Jays games. Mom also loved to travel and Mom and Dad spent several winters in Hawaii. They also spent a lot of time traveling around Western Canada with their trailer. Mom was an excellent cook and baker. We have all missed her pumpkin and flapper pies, gingersnap cookies and scalloped potatoes in the past few years as her quality of health no longer allowed her to do these things. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Lydia Andrews; her sisters: Ruby, Annie and Verna; and their spouses: Mel Aasen, Fred Loverin, and Bob Mahon; brother-in-law, Jack Bender; as well as niece, Lynn Revesz.. As well, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Will and Lottie Lovely; and several brothers and sisters-in-law. Mom is survived by her husband, Ken; daughters, Marlene (Brian) Little, and Wendy (Ron) Regier; grandchildren: Randy (Myrna) Chase, Cindy (Dean) Watson, Russell (Laura) Chase, Percy (Carmen) Chase, Richelle and Lindsay Regier; great-grandchildren: Ryan and Renee Chase, Jesse Dauphinais, Tyler Chase, Stephanie and Christopher Chase; and great-great grandson, Mason Chase; her sister, Gladys Bender; as well as many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. Rest in Peace Mom. Our memories of you are many. The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Hyatt officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson. The tribute was given by Ron Regier and a reading was given by Myrna Chase. The pallbearers were: Randy Chase, Percy Chase, Ryan Chase, Dean Watson. Jesse Dauphinais and Russell Chase. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Hazenmore History Book Committee, at Box 103, Hazenmore, SK, S0N 1C0. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK
CLARKE - Mr. Percy Orville, aged 76 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current on November 19, 2004. The funeral service was held on Monday, November 22, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Church with Doris Watt officiating. The organist was Eileen Hrycyna and the ushers were, Rod Wiebe and Roger Dyck. The Honorary Pallbearers were all those who shared in Orville’s life. The interment will be held at a later date in Macrorie Cemetery, Macrorie, Saskatchewan. Orville is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Deb (Garry) Hankins; sons: Kerry (Connie), Don, and Dave; grandchildren: Jodi (Craig) Foote, Lindsay, Landon, Mason and Desmond; great-granddaughter, Kylee; two brothers, Gordon (Bea), and Bill (Ruby); one sister, Doreen (Mike) Berisoff. He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Jean; one grandson, Jeff; brother, Gerald; and infant son, Norman Kelly. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
REMPEL - Mrs. Louise, age 83 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at the Palliser Regional Care Centre following a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2004 at the Community Baptist Church with Pastor Fred Wilson and grandson, Pastor Mark Brown officiating. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, where she was laid to rest beside her first husband of 45 years, Reynold Busse. The honorary pallbearers were all who shared in her life. The active pallbearers were grandsons: Kevin Busse, Dave Bulbeck, Todd Dunham, Willie Wong, Michael Busse, Greg Olson, Len Sproule and Grant Dunham. The ushers were: Ivan Dugan, Leonard Schwartz, Willard Ginter and Ken Melhoff. The pianist was, Sharon Fonger. The musicians were, grandson, Marv Parschauer (Bass Guitar), Allan Holderbein, (lead guitar), and Kevin Boutilier (drums). The song leader was, Gerald Schwartz and a eulogy was read by, Janice Gillis. Louise is survived by her husband of five years and eleven months, George Rempel; two sons, Edward, wife Myrna, of Hallonquist, Brian, wife Darlene, of Swift Current; two daughters, Carol (Eldon) Dunham, of Waldeck, Marilyn (Wayne) Redekopp, of Calgary; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren; step-children: Marvin (Jeanette) Rempel, of Swift Current, Dave (Carol) Rempel, of Swift Current, Dorothy (Walt) Bragg, of Swift Current, Linda (Wayne) Lister, of B.C.; ten step-grandchildren; eleven step-great-grandchildren. Louise is also survived by four sisters: Sarah Holderbein, Florence Jezewsky, Emma Busse, Alma Brown; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by, her father and mother, Alexander and Caroline Schwartz; six brothers: Alex, Christian, Dan, Jacob, Dave and Paul; and her stepmother, Elizabeth. Louise was born on the farm near Neidpath on August 3, 1921. She attended Fern Valley School and moved to Vernon, BC with her parents in 1937. She worked in fruit orchards and had various other jobs. She always gave her wages to her parents to help with expenses. Louise and her first husband, Reynold, returned to Saskatchewan where they farmed in the Hallonquist area for many years and retired to Swift Current in 1972. After Reynolds death, Louise remained a widow for 14 years, and then met, and married her second husband, George Rempel, on December12, 1998. They enjoyed their years together until she became ill this past spring. They attended Community Baptist Church in Swift Current. She will be sadly missed by her husband, family and friends. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
CUMMINGS - Mr. Alvin Dean (Al), passed away on Monday, January 4, 2005 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Al leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Jean, of 51 years; two sons, Jim (Marilyn), and Kelly (Lori); three grandsons: Brian (Lisa), Brandon and Kyle; three great-grandchildren: Mandy, Jessica, and Mackenzie; his mother, Beatrice Mitchell, of Assiniboia, SK; sister, Lillian (Eric), of Morden, Manitoba; brothers, Delbert (Gloria), of Assiniboia, SK, and Sam (Linda), of Wardner, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, James, in 1942, and his brother, Irvin, in 1981. Al was born in Oungre, Saskatchewan on April 23, 1935. He took his schooling in Steinbach, Manitoba and Lake Alma, Saskatchewan. From 1951 to 1985 his career centered around the oilfield, from drilling to servicing. He moved to B.C. in 1986 where he maintained a large acreage and ran a neighborhood pub. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening, and he loved to restore old vehicles in his spare time. The funeral service was held on Monday, January 10, 2005 at Grace United Church with Doris Watt officiating. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The pallbearers were: Vern Potter, Barry Cobler, Alan Chaney, Shawn Wilson, Jesse Jacobson, and Tom Crozier. The ushers were, Kelly Ford and Myles Brown. Music was by the church choir, and the soloist was , Lori Oman. In memory of Al, donations may be made to the Jaffray Volunteer Fire Department, at Box 360, Jaffray, B.C., V0B 1T0. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
CONROY - Yvonne (Bonnie) Aileen (Dixon) (Laverdiere), passed away peacefully at the age of 71 years after a long battle with cancer. Yvonne is survived by her daughter, Dawn Del Fabbro (Renato); her son, Eric Dixon (Susan); her grandchildren: Erin, Darcy, Heather, Cody and Hailey; her sister-in-law, Jean Conroy; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Morgan and Nellie Conroy; her brothers Pete and Carl Conroy; and one daughter, Bonnie Aileen. The Funeral service was held on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Father Stephen Bill officiating. The ushers were, Cal McDonald and Mervyn McDonald. The pallbearers were: Ted Fullerton, Pjilip Fullerton, Russ Houston, Ron Kornsey, Lyle Minoque and Dwayne Barber. The interment was held at Lacadena Cemetery, Lacadena, Saskatchewan followed by a lunch at the Lacadena Community Centre. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
CARLBERG - Mrs. Elsie, was born on June 26, 1915 into a very different world from the one we live in today. She was the second child and only daughter of Halvor Englund and Ellen Johnson, who had come to Saskatchewan from Sweden, via Minnesota. She grew up with her two brothers, Art (five years older, who predeceased her seven years ago) and Dave (five years younger) on a farm about 11 miles north of Midale, Saskatchewan. The nearest habitation was the Floding farm, a family of cousins about 2 miles to the south. She enjoyed working on the farm, and did all the gardening for her mother. Her education was typical of her time, and she did well in a country school going up to grade 10. But Elsie did not stop there. She completed grades 11 and 12 by correspondence during the double blight of the Dirty Thirties—an economic depression and a drought. There were not a lot of careers open to young women of an independent mind in those years, but Elsie was a woman of determination! She chose to enter nursing and trained at the Regina General Hospital, where she flourished, graduating in 1942. She was a skilled and compassionate professional who cared deeply for all her patients. She came briefly to Swift Current in 1943 with her friend Jean Wallace, but returned to Regina General as night supervisor for four years, after which she moved to Saskatoon City Hospital. At a wedding in Saskatoon, she was introduced to a young man named Carl who was attending the school of agriculture, and they started keeping company together. Carl had grown up on a farm north of Estevan. He served in the Army during World War II and, upon returning, went to Saskatoon in 1946 to expand his horizons. After graduation, Carl had been recruited as a gardener to join the growing staff at the Swift Current Experimental Farm. In 1948 Elsie found a job at the Swift Current General Hospital. Their courtship blossomed into marriage on June 11, 1949, with the ceremony at her family home in Midale. They honeymooned in Banff. The journey itself, on what was called the Number 1, but was 400 and some miles of gravel road of varying quality on the prairie, followed by even worse narrow mountain roads, was an epic beginning to a life together. Upon return to Swift Current, she found that married women were not allowed to be part of the nursing staff in Swift Current. Carl and Elsie settled into married life in “The Suites” at the Experimental Farm, which was an army “H hut” converted into apartments. Elsie always said that you could gauge the speed of the winter wind by simply noting how far the curtains were blown away from the tightly closed windows. In this same accommodation were several other young families, including the Korvens and the McBeans. Out of the experiences of keeping a cranky coal-fed furnace going and starting families, friendships of entire families now going back more than 55 years were built. In 1951 Ray was born, followed by Lynn in 1953. The house on the Experimental Farm seemed an earthly paradise for children. The children had lots of fun in the summer playing games in the gardens and buildings of the farm, ate an unbelievable variety of fresh produce grown by their father and cooked, preserved and frozen by their mother. Monday morning washing was a fascinating process (to the children) involving a wringer washer and 3 big galvanized wash bins. Later the laundry was hung on a line where it froze solid, with the bed sheets being a special challenge to bring back in and greatly interfering with any backyard rinks or snow forts. In the summer there were camping vacations, both in Saskatchewan and in Banff and the surrounding areas, where the young family co-existed with the bears wandering through the campsite, and dealt with the July snow. It was all wonderful and all held together by mother’s lists, which kept the family efficiently organized. It also gave Elsie a chance to walk and walk, as one of her chief joys. Often these camping trips allowed her to visit her nursing friends spread all over Western Canada. Elsie continued to nurse as a special, although she had to turn down requests during the polio epidemic of 1953 due to the risk to baby Lynn and 2 ½ year old Ray. Her specials were often at night with the extremely ill. As the children became older she regained her status as a RN and got a job at Carmel Medical Arts. She loved the work and greatly enjoyed her coworkers at the Clinic, Connie and Lynn. Around 1980 Carl and Elsie moved from the now Research Station into Swift Current on Taylor Drive. After retirement they greatly enjoyed traveling (outside of gardening season) in their Boler trailer and made air trips to England, Toronto and the Maritimes of Canada. In 1999 Carl and Elsie celebrated their 50th anniversary with a wonderful gathering of family and friends. Elsie turned challenges into strengths and found her greatest satisfaction in her family and helping others, particularly through nursing as well as her faith and work in the church. She was a long-time member of the United Church Women’s group, teaching Sunday School and contributing to suppers and special church occasions. Along with finding her calling in nursing she found a group of lifelong friends. She looked forward to attending the reunions of her graduating class, and always came back rejuvenated and laughing about all the stories. At the 50th anniversary celebration, there was one evening when the house was filled with nurses reminiscing about their days together and recalling with precision the characteristics of every nursing supervisor. Most of all, she was a proud and involved grandmother. For Lynn and Bernie’s four sons: Greg, Tony, Mark and James; and for Ray and Joanna’s children Amy and Tommy, she was a source of encouragement and abiding love and pride. She read to them endlessly when they were little, and loved snuggling them in her lap. She presented them with wonderful knitted Afghan throws and scarves. She was famous for her buns, chocolate cake, lemon pie, and date-filled cookies. She reveled in the grandchildren and really related to them as equals, which entranced them. She was always so interested in what each one was doing, and thought that every one of those six grandchildren had special and unique talents. She celebrated each achievement, and saw the best in each child. The family particularly enjoyed getting together at Cypress during the summer and either at Swift Current or Saskatoon in the winter. In Cypress all could enjoy walks together with Elsie getting out in the morning for a quick walk once or twice around the Lake with Lynn. It was a tradition to play cards, games where she neither gave nor asked for quarter from any adult, and helped the children learn the value of looking ahead to get what they want—out of cards. The tremendous strength she had built up through walking preserved her awareness to the end. She will always be missed, and will live on in our hearts. The funeral was held on November 30th at First United Church, with arrangements by Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current. Donations in honour of Elsie Carlberg may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.