CHRISTENSEN - Mrs. Isabel Melba, age 95, passed away March 25, 2005 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The funeral service was held on Monday, March 28, 2005 at Kyle United Church with Pastor Virginia Sisson officiating. The interment was held at Clearwater Cemetery. The pallbearers were her grandsons: Wayne Christensen, Brian Christensen, Bevan Christensen, Jim Christensen, Richard Peters, and Dale Thorburn. The ushers were, Murray Hodgins and Wilf Hodgins. The organist was Darlene Smith, and the soloist was Mavis Peters. The Eulogy was given by Helen Christensen and scriptures were read by, Brenda Denis and Wayne Christensen. Melba is survived by her son, Melvin (Evelyn) Christensen; her daughter, Corinne Peters; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Kaare, in 1969; her son-in-law, Abe Peters; one granddaughter, Pamela Christensen; her Mother and Father; four brothers; and one sister. She was an active member of the United Church, and in past years to the U.C.W.. She was also a member of Kyle Senior Citizens. While she still lived in her own home she was an avid gardener, her yard was a source of joy to her. For the past year and a half she had resided at the Kyle Health Care Centre, where she especially enjoyed crib games with her friend, Phylis. We all heard about it when she won! Her crocheting and knitting also was high on her list of enjoyable things to do. She never had idle hands. Memorial donations may be made to the Kyle United Church Memorial Fund or to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Gisela Waltraud Neumann (Zilch) was born on April 19, 1941 in Germany.
Her family immigrated to Canada - arriving in Quebec on August 6, 1954.
On August 9, they moved to Morse, Sask. and by December they were living in Herbert, Sask.
After Gisela finished her schooling in Herbert, she went on to work at the Bank of Montreal in Regina, Swift Current and Herbert, "moving closer" to Gerhard Neumann whom she married on October 12, 1963. During their 41 years of marriage, Gisela worked alongside Gary on their farm south of Herbert.While she didn't grow up on a farm - she learned quickly. She started out by milking cows and trucking grain for Gary and his two brothers in harvest time. Eventually, she operated every piece of equipment needed to farm the land. She also loved to work with livestock and did her share of "night time checks" during calving season.
When it came to involving their three children in the farm - it was Gisela who taught them how to run the machinery and bottle feed those calves.When the kids were younger, the family spent a great deal of time together at local fishing holes - in both summer and winter. While Gisela enjoyed taking Eddy and Dean to hockey and baseball games, she thought things would get easier when she had a daughter. But when Tracy joined 4H she said, "I never thought I'd be driving around the country pulling a stocktrailer and going to shows every weekend."
As a caregiver and "friend," Gisela's devotion to her family is truly treasured and appreciated. When Eddy was very young she spent a lot of time at his hospital bedside; She took care of her mother-in-law Anna; She kept the farm going when Gary had cancer and West Nile Virus - and when her granddaughter was sick in infancy - she camped out at the hospital again. As a "good listener" she also spent hours on the phone - every day - with her own mother and daughter.
Active in the community, Gisela was a member of the Lioness Club for several years and served as president. The church was also important in her life. Gisela was baptized, confirmed and married in the Lutheran Church - and served in her church through Sunday School teaching, Ladies Aid and Church Council.
When Gisela's challenge with brain cancer took a serious turn in September 2004, she fought it with grace, determination and a bright smile on her face. Although she became paralyzed and lost her ability to speak - she regained those abilities if just for awhile. With a short but precious "second chance" she returned home to the farm for Christmas - and of course got to see those doggies she missed so much. With the help of her little nurse and cuddlebug, a.k.a "Little Grandma," (Kaitlyn) Gisela created a wealth of memories for her family.
The family will always think of the farm as Gisela's "special place."
She enjoyed her yard and flowers, the apple trees she made so many pies from - and of course all those birds ranging from the geese that descend on the slough behind the farm to those "resident" owls that sound their watch all night long.
Gisela passed away at the Herbert Hospital on Wednesday, March 30, 2005.
She is survived by her husband Gerhard, two sons Dean (Christina) Neumann of Herbert, Edward Neumann of Herbert and one daughter, Tracy (Tom) Harrison of Regina Beach - and one grandchild, Kaitlyn Harrison: her mother Hildegard Zilch of Morse, brother Horst (Margaret) Zilch of Endeavour and sister Helga (Elmer) Wigg of Lang. Also surviving are seven nephews and seven nieces as well as other relatives.
Gisela was predeceased by her two infant sisters, Liselotte in 1940, Renate in 1945, one infant brother, Ernst in 1948 and her father, Heinz, in 1999.
The funeral took place April 5th, 2005 at St. Olaf's Luthern Church in Swift Current. Interment was at the Herbert Cemetery. Donations in Gisela's memory to the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
FOSTER - Mr. Douglas Glen, of Swift Current and formerly of Bracken passed away at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current on April 14, 2005 at the age of 80 years. Doug leaves to cherish his memory three daughters: Elva (Bruce) McInnes, of Swift Current, and their family, Jodie (Bob) Thompson, Donald and Abigail of Houston, Texas, Trudy (Steve) Gusikoski, of Calgary and Kimberly Dyck and Jace of Calgary; Nordeen (Glen) Urquhart and their family, Jill and Andrew of Regina; Patty (Rick McAlpine) George of Waldeck and their family, Chris Johnson of Carrot River, SK, Brent Johnson of Waterloo, Ont., Jason Arnold of Kitchener, Ont., Charlotte Bosse of Delta, B.C. and Jolene George of Waldeck; one brother, Jim (Irene) Foster of Swift Current; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel, on August 16, 2003; his parents, Jim and Sarah Foster; one sister, Dorothy Hammer; and two brothers, Jack and Stan. Doug wad born on July 23, 1924, the youngest in a family of five. In 1951 he married Hazel, his wife of 52 years and together they made their home on the family farm in the Bracken district where they raised their three daughters. In 1979 they bought a new home in Swift Current and continued farming until 1992. The Memorial Service was held on Monday, April 18, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Barker officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson and the special music was provided by Karen Mitchell and Verna Howlett. The interment was held at the cremation section of Mount Pleasant Burial Park, in Swift Current. The United Church Ladies provided lunch. In memory of Doug Foster, donations made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
PEELER - Reverend Herbert William.
On April 16, 2005 Mr. Peeler left us for a heavenly reunion with his wife, Sarah, of 54 years. He is survived by three sons: Lloyd (Noreen), David (Christina) and Wayne (Cathy), the pride of his life; grandchildren: Cheryl (Bevan), Shonna (Jason), Rick (Carolyn), Tammy (Johnny), Kristin (Scott) and Alison (Calum); great grandchildren: Megan-Jane, Bethany, Sarah, Natasha, Dylan, Dakota and Wyatt; and sister-in-law, Helen Dickson. Mr. Peeler devoted over seventy of his ninety-four years in the service of the Lord. As a young man he and Ed Erickson were familiar figures criss-crossing the province to hold evangelistic meetings in schools, tents, churches and bible camps. While at the same time, himself a recent graduate, he inherited the responsibility of the operation of the fledgling Moose Jaw Bible College, which had recently relocated to Pambrun, Saskatchewan, when it's founder, Mr. Millar died suddenly. The young school was renamed Millar Memorial Bible Institute, and although getting the young institution off the ground during the depression years was difficult, with the Lord's faithfulness it is still thriving today, as Millar College of the Bible. Although a humble man, Mr. Peeler did take great pride and have a deep love for the school he helped to create and especially the young people who attended there. He was renowned for his knowledge of the scriptures and his ability to communicate that information to others in his teaching. Hundreds of missionaries and pastors throughout the world trace their routes to the teaching they received at Millar College of the Bible. Mr. Peeler went to be with his Lord while gardening, one of his favorite hobbies, we know heaven is rejoicing to receive one of their own. A service in his honour will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2005 at Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun. In lieu of flowers donations to the H W Peeler Trust Fund, in care of Millar College of the Bible, would be appreciated. Till we meet again in glory, we love you Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Your Family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
KENT - Mrs. Florence Evelyn. On Friday, April 22, 2005 Florence Kent, formerly of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, passed away in Edmonton, AB, in her 89th year. Florence is survived by her daughter, Susan (Gerald) Hildebrandt, of Spruce Grove, AB; grandson, Scott (Tanya) Hildebrandt, of Coquitlam, B.C.; sisters-in-law, Dot (Pat) McAlaster, of Saskatoon, SK, Pat (Orest) Skorobohach, of Candle Lake, SK; nieces: Jean (Otto) Kempel, of Moose Jaw, SK, Kay (Lloyd) Laughlin, of Ardrossan, AB; nephews: Bob (Julie) Jorgensen, Tom (Doreen) Runcie, of Pambrun, SK; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Wyatt; brothers, Fred and Elmer Jorgensen, of Pambrun, SK. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of The Open Bible, in Swift Current with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. The pianist was, Barb Mirau and the soloist was, Emilee Mirau. A Eulogy was read by her grandson, Scott Hildebrandt. The ushers were, Ken Strauch and Max Mirau. The interment was held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Open Bible or to the CNIB. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
WILLIAMS - (nee Koch) Minnie, of Swift Current, SK was born on December 14, 1929 at Mendham, SK, and passed away May 11, 2005, at the age of 75 years. At a very early age she moved off the farm to Regina, where she worked at Eaton’s for a short period of time. She then moved to Maple Creek, SK to work as a telephone operator, and continued with the same job in Gull Lake, and Swift Current, where she met Lloyd Williams in the summer of 1949, and she was married in the fall of 1950. She will live on in the memories of her husband of 55 years. Minnie is survived by one daughter, Debrah (Gordon) Sauder; five sons: Rodney (Karri), Barry (Patsy), Larry (Pam), Marty (Cheryl), and Jamey (Melissa); one sister, Barbaretta Chrisholm; brother-in-law, Ivor and Dorothy Williams; sisters-in-law: Lona, Anne, Florence, Lena, Kattie Koch; and special niece, Rose Lacher. Minnie was predeceased by her Russian mother and father, John and Emelia (Matz) Koch; her daughter, Donna (Wayne) Hahn; her grandson, Mark Sauder; nine brothers; one sister; two brothers-in-law; and numerous sisters-in-law. Minnie will be remembered for her joy in partaking in traveling, starting after retirement, she spent the winter months with Lloyd pulling their trailer across the southern United States. As well, she enjoyed visiting such destinations as, Mexico, Hawaii, and the East Coast. She also treasured many days at the lakes around Swift Current, camping, fishing, and relaxing. She enjoyed spending time with all of her grand and great-grandchildren. Minnie was very much involved with oil wives, and cherished cheering on the Swift Current Broncos. Minnie spent many hours doing her jigsaws, and puzzle books. Due to her Diabetes, her health slowly declined over time and subsequently, Minnie spent more of her time at home with her family and friends. In her memory friends can make a donation to their local diabetes association. Minnie will be forever in our hearts and loved always by her family and friends. The funeral service was held on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Father Stephen Bill officiating. The pallbearers were: Wade Sauder, Darren Sauder, Jason Williams, Dustin Williams, Brody Williams and Corey Hahn. The ushers were: Ashley Williams, Shannon Hahn, and Amanda Williams. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
SHERMAN - Mrs. Anna Mary, (June 11, 1923 – September 18, 2005) Anna was born and raised in the Neville District. She joined the Air Force in WWII and returned to Neville thereafter. She was married to Alvin Carleton and was divorced in 1951. In March, 1953, she and Fred Sherman were married in Calgary. They moved to Success in 1967. Anna enjoyed curling, quilting, sewing and knitting. She worked at Captain Scott’s Fish & Chips and Allied Hardware in Swift Current. She enjoyed going for coffee and visiting. Anna had just moved to the Palliser Regional Care Centre in Swift Current from the Kiaskus Villa in Gull Lake, where she has resided for the last 5 ˝ years. She is survived by her one sister, Yula Cobler, of Peachland, B.C.; her husband of 52 years, Fred; three sons: Doug (Penny Lee), their children, Shannon (Chris), great-granddaughter, Emilie, Curtis and Christopher, of Calgary; son, Bev (Shirley), their two boys, Mike of Swift Current, and Kelly (Marlene) of Edmonton, great-granddaughter, Jordan, of Swift Current; and son, Evan. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Allan; her in-laws, Amos and Alice Sherman; and her brothers-in-law, Wayne Cobler and Charlie Sherman. The private family graveside service was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Neville Community Cemetery with Velma Wilson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
WILLIAMSON - Mrs. Norma Opal (Scottie). (March 11, 1924 – October 19, 2005) Scottie passed away October 19, 2005 while a resident of the Swift Current Prairie Pioneers Lodge. Scottie was predeceased by her husband, Arnold in 1990 and her son, Roger in 2000. She is survived by two sons, Dave (Sandy) and Mario (Sandy); six grandchildren: Charlene, Shaun, Lindsay, Carly, Matt and Ashley; and two great-grandchildren, La Toya and Aidan. Scottie is also survived by her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Hank & Edith Williamson, Bill & Evelyn Williamson, Mary-Ann Howden, Rose Davey, and Verena Williamson; numerous nieces and nephews, and her special companion and care giver, Murray Tweedle. Scottie was raised in the Cabri area and lived her adult life in Swift Current working for Dr. Keene and later as business manager at the Carmel Clinic. Scottie married Arnold on June 18, 1945 and together they raised three sons, Roger, David and Mario. Scottie made many friends throughout her life and had a great impact on many! Scottie loved her many crafts and continued with her love of gardening until the end. Scottie spent the last year of her life at the Prairie Pioneer Lodge where she received the loving care that she was so in need of. Special thanks to all of the staff, we appreciate the love and care you showed Mom. Thank you to the team of Pastoral Volunteers led by Velma Wilson that Saturday and cared for Mom in her last days. The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Father Sathiadas Antony officiating. The pallbearers were her six grandchildren. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association of Saskatchewan.
Wilbert Robinson Orr (1925 – 2005)
Bert passed away unexpectedly on Thursday October 20, 2005 at the Regina General Hospital from complications following surgery. Bert was predeceased by his parents Sam and Jean of Regina, and his brother Gordon of Vulcan, Alberta. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doreen, of Swift Current, his three children, Robert (Hoda) of Edmonton, Janet (Tim) Keene of Swift Current, and Gerry (Bev) of Calgary, seven grandchildren Erin (Steve) Robinson, James Orr, Andrew, Kacey, and Jeffrey Keene, Ryan and Christopher Orr, two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Rowan Robinson, and one brother, Ken Orr, of Regina. Bert attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a BACC in 1947 and a LLB in 1948. He practiced law for 56 years in Southwest Saskatchewan with offices in Swift Current and Maple Creek. In 1999, Bert was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from the Law Society of Saskatchewan commemorating 50 years of dedicated service to his profession. Bert's passions were his family and his law practice. He was a kind and generous man and will be well remembered by his many friends and clients and deeply missed by his family. Funeral services were held on Monday October 24, 2005 at 11:00am at First United Church in Swift Current with Rev. John Barker officiating. For those wishing, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation or the First United Church Memorial Fund.
DOUGHERTY - Mrs. Caroline Helen (Nee Kruppke), was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on October 20, 2005. Mom was born at Herbert, Saskatchewan on August 11, 1912. She was predeceased by her husband, William; her parents, Peter and Marie Kruppke; sisters: Mary Funk, Elizabeth Steele, Elsie Simpson, and Annie Funk; her brother, John Kruppke; and her special friend, George Wall. Caroline will be lovingly remembered by her children: Jim (Faye) Dougherty, of Goderich, Marion (Chief) Moroz, of Edmonton, Donna (Ivan) Jeske, of Swift Current, and Robert (Janis) Dougherty, of Abernethy; grandchildren: Laurie (Steve) Darichuk, Susan (Steve) Kingston, Bill (Angie) Dougherty, Tammy Bagnato, Caroline Herrington, Robert (Cheryl) Moroz, Winona Jeske, Barry Jeske; eighteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Mom was a charter member of the Church Of The Open Bible – celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. During this time she was a faithful member, serving her Lord and Saviour in many capacities. Nursing and caring for others was a main focus of her life, working at the Swift Current Union Hospital for many years. Upon retirement she continued her interest in the health field by working as an ambulance attendant, doing homecare and meals on wheels. Up until the last few months Mom also served as a volunteer helping out at the Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Ibrahim for his care and compassion over the years, to Marilyn Maudry-Lautsch for all her visits to Mom, to the 2nd West staff and Maternity staff of the Cypress Regional Hospital for their loving care during Mom’s stay. A Graveside Service was held on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Burial Park. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of The Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Pambrun College of The Bible, or Northern Canada Evangelical Mission.
DUECK - Mr. Jacob, aged 99 years of Herbert, Saskatchewan, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2005 in Herbert, Saskatchewan. Jacob was born to Frank and Anna Dueck in the area of Main Centre on May 10, 1906. He was born and raised on a farm and helped out on the farm as well. He was educated in a school named Shoenaw, which was changed to the name Cruikshank in later years. He helped his parents on the farm until he was about 15 years old, at which point he started working for other farmers to earn money to help support the family. In the fall of 1922 the family, with a group of other farmers moved to Mexico, about 90 miles west of Chewawa City. In the spring of 1925 Jake borrowed money from a farmer in Herbert so that he could come back again to Saskatchewan. He then worked for other farmers, and in 1926 he bought 1.3 shares in a tractor and a threshing machine and he started farming in Lucky Lake. He farmed together with his brother, John, and his son, Fred. Jake got into Forge Blacksmithing and acety welding in Lucky Lake and sold it again in 1937 and then went back to farming again with quite a bit of success. Jake separated form John and Fred Dueck with farming and went on his own. He also did repair work and ark welding on the farm. He married Mary Driedger on June 21, 1929, and together they had two children. Pearl was born December 15, 1930 and Ernie was born December 24, 1934. Mary passed away to be with the Lord on June 11, 1967. Jake got married again to Helen Reimer form Swift Current on June 1, 1968. They farmed together at Lucky Lake until they retired from farming in 1983. They got a house built in Swift Current in 1985 and moved there. Jake came from a family of 12. They attended Bridgeway Community Church in Swift Current. They sold their house in Swift Current and bought a suite in a condo, but sold it and moved to Herbert into a Senior Home, The Herbert Heritage Manor, on May 11, 1998. Jacob is survived by his son, Ernie (Frieda); his daughter, Pearl (Wilbert); 16 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by, one grandson, Bruce, in 1961; his first wife, Mary, in 1967; and his second wife, Helen, in 2002. The funeral service was held on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Bridgeway Community Church with Pastor Cliff Janzen officiating. David Watt gave the eulogy, and Russell Funk gave a tribute. The Ladies Trio performed special Music and Jacob’s children, Ernie and Pearl, sang a duet. The ushers were, George Dyck, Benjamin Dueck, and Abe Funk. The pallbearers were: Kevin Dueck, Carey Dueck, Rod Gustafson, David Watt, Rick Bredy, and Russell Funk. The interment was held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.