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.
PETERS - Mrs. Tena, age 85, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on Monday, March 21, 2005 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. Tena was born in the Reinfeld district on October 26, 1919; the oldest daughter of eight children, to Johan & Helena Friesen. After only attending school for four years, she achieved her grade eight education at Iris School. In her early years she was baptized and her faith in the Lord continued to strengthen. She met her life long partner, John, and they were married on November 12, 1944. After living with her parents for a brief time, and after much hard work and commitment, they started their own homestead in the Blumenort area. God blessed their lives with four children. Mom loved the farm, especially the gardening. She always had enough vegetables in her garden for anyone who could use them. Some of our favorite memories are ones where we worked alongside our parents, learning good hard work ethics. They lived on the farm up until they moved into Swift Current in 1977. After their move to town, Mom proved to all of us that she was up for the challenge of getting a job. She was employed in various capacities, but especially enjoyed her Home Care service years. She touched so many lives with her love and compassion as she gave of herself so willingly and unselfishly. In 1992, Dad passed away, bringing with it the challenges that come with living alone. That same year she retired from Home Care, allowing for more time to work with needy individuals on a one to one basis. Her servant attitude was always evident. There was never a time that her door wasn’t open for coffee and of course, cookies. As a young child, her ambition was to become a cook and we were certainly on the receiving end of many years of delicious food. We often wondered how she could survive on ice cream and fries and still look so good! Her grandchildren were a continuous source of joy and were the recipients of daily prayers and constant encouragement. The grandchildren all have memories of special times with Grandma, such as making noodles, mowing the lawn and having a Coke, the annual Easter Egg hunt, as well as many, many wonderful family gatherings. Fellowship around the table always included light-hearted teasing and jokes, to the point of Mom laughing tears! Her love of gardening filled her days and Mom found much joy in seeing her flowers bloom. As well, she spent many hours crocheting blankets and doilies or piecing together wonderful blue jean blankets for us. Even in her final weeks she was putting the last ones together to make sure we all had one. In 1997 and again in 2004, heart problems presented major challenges in Mom’s life; however, we never saw her faith waver. Rather her attitude towards life was one of “God give me grace for this day, just this one day.” Throughout all these wonderful years, the most valuable legacy she leaves to us is her committed walk with her Lord and Saviour. In her own words, “I am so thankful for the wisdom that God has granted to me that I could accept the Saviour as my Lord. I know the Saviour has prepared an eternal home for me. Praise the Lord!” Her passing has left a void in the lives of us, whom she leaves behind: her son, Melvin (Janice), their children, Marla (Maury) Ziegler, and Justin; son, Harry (Connie), their children, Rodney, and Cary (Marc) Urban; daughter, Norma (Pete) Fehr, their children: Kelly (fiancée, Jen), Korilee, and Landon; son, Dale (Charlotte), their children: Mackenzie, Kalen, and Camrynne; sisters: Helen Banman, Marie Funk, and Eva (Arnold) Lang; brothers, John (Susie) Friesen, and Peter Friesen; sisters-in-law: Helen Friesen, Sarah Dyck, and Helen Funk; brother-in-law, Pete (Susie) Peters; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, John; her parents; brothers, Abe and Jake; brothers-in-law, Ernest Funk, and George Banman; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Friesen. The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of The Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. The pianist for the service was Wendy Cochrane and special music was presented by All 4 One. A tribute was given by Tena’s children and grandchildren. The ushers were: Jerry Funk, Karen Erlandson, Helen Aikens and Abe Friesen. The pallbearers were her grandchildren: Marla Ziegler, Justin Peters, Rod Peters, Cary Urban, Kelly Fehr, Korilee Fehr, Landon Fehr, Mackenzie Peters, Kalen Peters and Camrynne Peters. The interment was held at the Wymark EMC Cemetery, Chortitz, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Passed Away: March 10, 2005
Ferguson, Miss Georgina (Jean), peacefully passed away on March 10, 2005 at Herbert Nursing Home at the age of 87 years. Jean was predeceased by her parents Georgina and William Ferguson, and her sisters Florence Ferguson (at an early age), Ada McGhie, Ethel Saigeon and Peggy Willy. Jean is survived by her nephews Allan Willy of Toronto, Ontario, Gordon and Gerald McGhie of British Columbia and niece Dorothy Ferguson (Saigeon) of Morse, Saskatchewan, and friend Rae Busse of Swift Current. Jean, the youngest, was born on March 5, 1918 in the Morse, Saskatchewan area and resided with her family on a farm a few miles south of this community. Jean’s father died when she was a child, and Jean, with her mother and sisters, survived the depression era without losing their family farm. Jean eventually moved to Swift Current in the 1940’s where she began her lifetime career as a retail clerk. She remained there, resident at Prairie View Lodge in her retirement until September 2004 when she entered the Herbert Nursing Home. Jean Ferguson was interred in the family plot at Morse, Saskatchewan on March 17, 2005. A grave side service was held on Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morse Cemetery officiated by Pastor Bob Cappelle. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The family would like to thank Lynn Meyers, Sandra Fortman and other staff of Swift Current Home Health Care and staff at the Herbert Nursing Home for care provided to our Aunt Jean.
LYNESS – John (Jack) of Swift Current, SK formerly of Mankota passed away on Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Prairie View Health Centre in Mankota at the age of 76 years. He came into this world on the family farm in Billimun district, February 14, 1929. At a early age he went out to work for a farmer and rancher in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He worked for the Power Company and digging water wells in southern Saskatchewan. He married Hilda Alcock on July 4, 1957. They were blessed with three daughters; Peggy, born December 18, 1959; Betty, born June 24, 1961 and Evelyn, born February 18, 1963. Jack farmed most of his life while raising 3 daughters on his own. He moved to Swift Current in 1991. He bought an acreage in Cantuar in 1992, so he could still have his animals that he so loved. He broke horses to ride and drive buggy. He spent many years hunting coyotes and loved racing greyhounds at dog races. In his last years he enjoyed coffee row with the many friends he met and puttering around out at the acreage. In the evenings he worked on his picture and joke books and looking through old history books. He departed this world after a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by: his parents, Claude and Sadie; an infant brother and his ex wife Hilda. He is survived by his three daughters; Peggy (friend, George); Betty (Glenn) Gebhart and Evelyn Houseman and her children, Leah and Eric Houseman. He is also survived by his long time companion, Thelma Lawrence and her family; sister Audrey (Eddy) Gebhart; nephews Howard, Vernon(Mary Ellen) and niece, Fay. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 18, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mankota Community Hall with Reverend Heather Sandilands officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Jack’s life. Urn bearers were his three daughters. Donations may be made to the Mankota Prairie View Health Centre in memory of Jack. The interment took place at Hazenmore Cemetery, Hazenmore, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
WESSNER - Mrs. Caroline (Lena), passed away on March 10, 2005 at the Swift Current Care Centre at the age of 94 years. The funeral service was held on Monday, March 14, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Eldon Babcock officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson and the honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in her life. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice. Caroline was born on August 13, 1910 and grew up in the Melville area. The family later moved to a farm south of Morse. She married Edward Wessner on October 5, 1934 and they farmed south of Morse. In later years they retired in Morse, Saskatchewan. In 1984 Caroline moved to Swift Current and she has been a resident of the Swift Current Care center since August of 2000. She is survived by her two daughters, Evelyn Senft and Marjorie Steinhauer (Art Friesen), all of Swift Current; one son, Kenneth, of Morse; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Chambers, and Alma (Bill) Pelrington, of Vancouver; and one sisters-in-law: Bertha Rosenke, Leona Wessner and Martha Wessner. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Wessner, in 1983; one son, Arthur, in 1948; son-in-law, Norman Senft, in 2003; her father, George Schindel, in 1974; her mother, Christina, in 1962; three brothers; and four sisters. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
COOPER - Mr. James William, of Admiral, Saskatchewan, was born on July 28, 1926 and passed away peacefully March 8, 2005 in Calgary, Alberta. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Leta, in 2001; one sister; and three brothers. Jim is survived by five children: Allan (Myrna) Cooper, of Medicine Hat, AB, Jerry (Pauline) Cooper, of Cadillac, SK, Terry (Wendy) Cooper, of Swift Current, SK, Heather (Darren) MacLean, of Calgary, AB, and Patricia (Jose’) Silva, of Calgary, AB; as well as fourteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, June Amason, of Calgary, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim’s passion was the farm - with calving season being his favorite time of the year. The love for his family, kindness and thoughtfulness of others will be deeply missed. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at First United Church with Reverend John Barker of First United Church and Pastor James Paulgaard of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. The organist was Marilyn King and the piper was Neil McCrie. Special taped music was by Myrna Cooper. The eulogy was read by Gordon Kirk and a tribute was given by his son, Terry Cooper. The urn bearer was, Mike Cooper. The ushers were: Harold Gray, Garry Rettenmier, Donna Wilson, Cathy Running, Jocelyn Hammond, and Ray Steen. The honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in his life. The interment was held at Admiral Cemetery, Admiral, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
WESSNER - Mr. Elmer, aged 74 years, passed away in the Herbert Nursing Home on March 3, 2005. Elmer is survived by his wife, Rose, of Morse; his son, Brent and his wife, Janette, their children, Crystal, Brandon, Alexis, and Darren, of Swift Current; his son, Terry, of Stouffville, Ontario; his son, Russell and his partner, Marla Andreas, and her daughter, Tanzly Andreas, of Saskatoon; and his son, Dean and his wife, Michelle, and their children, Brayden and Sarah, of Saskatoon. Elmer is also survived b his sisters: Irma (Earl) Schruder, Edna Sauder, Wilma Burant, and Loretta Buhr; his aunts: Bertha Rosenke, Martha Wessner, Leona Wessner, and Carolina Wessner; his brothers-in-law: Don (Marj) Gammel, Les (Marj) Gammel, and Lloyd (Myrna) Gammel; and a sister-in-law, Joyce (Art) LaPointe; as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Elmer was predeceased by a stillborn daughter, Janette, in 1965, and a stillborn son, Neil, in 1968; his parents, Riehnard and Augusta Wessner; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, August and Rosie Gammel; his brothers-in-law: Arnold Sauder, Clarence Buhr, and Lew Burant. Elmer was born May 4, 1930 on the homestead south of Morse. As a child he attended Henke School. Then in later years he took welding school in Edmonton. Elmer liked music and was self-taught on the piano and clarinet. Elmer was united in marriage to Rose Gammel on July 15, 1961. This union brought about four sons. Elmer farmed with his father until his father’s passing in 1970. He then farmed with the help of his sons until they all ventured out on their own. Latter years saw Elmer driving truck, whether it be hauling cattle or oil. In retirement, Elmer had the opportunity to enjoy his greatest pastime of coffee row in various communities. In November of 2000 he suffered a stroke, which caused him to spend the remainder of his years in the Herbert Nursing Home. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating. The organist was Clara Butler and a eulogy was presented by Wilma Burant. The pallbearers were: Collin Sauder, Darrell Schruder, Ken Wessner Jr., Darcy Seibel, Tim Gammel and Pat Gammel. The interment was held at the Morse Cemetery, Morse, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
POLSFUT - Mr. Raymond Richard, aged 75 years, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the Palliser Regional Care Centre. Ray was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan on July 1, 1929. He attended Moundville country school to Grade eight. He married Mary Braun in 1951. They lived in Vanguard and he worked for the CPR. In 1954, they moved to Swift Current, where, he was employed by the City of Swift Current, as an Equipment Operator. In 1969, Ray and Mary bought a farm at Cando, Saskatchewan, which they farmed for several years. He continued his Forman job with the city during this time, until his retirement in 1989, after 35 years of service. Ray was a dedicated husband, and father to his two boys, and their families. He was always ready to lend a hand, and help fix a car, or help with some carpentry work. He enjoyed camping his whole life. He and Mary took their little boys tenting all the way to BC. Later in life, they bought a truck camper and camped at various places with friends and relatives. He loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed cooking for them – always making their favorites, whatever the time of day or night. Especially pancakes – flipping them up to the roof, much to the delight of the kids – but never dropping them. Ray spent many hours tending to his garden, and trying to keep the birds from eating the apples on his tree. He loved apple pie – especially the ones made from his tree. His garden was always well looked after, and he was proud to share the bounty with his family. Music was an important part of Ray’s life. He taught himself to play the guitar, and could play his 12 string in ways that would amaze people. He loved to play music with his brothers – Harv on violin, Emil on accordion, and cousin, John Krause, on accordion. They entertained for many family gatherings, and shared many good times. Fishing was another passion of Ray's. He could spend all day in the boat with a fishing pole in his hand trying to catch the “Big One.” The only thing better than fishing was to cook up the days catch. After retirement, he spent many mornings at the Mall at coffee row, enjoying his morning coffee and visiting with friends. He enjoyed riding his bike all over town, and sometimes he would ride out to the Weigh Scales near Beverly, just for something to do. He liked to run and walk, sometimes walking around the block 50 times, or in bad weather, walking on the treadmill. Ray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1999. After declining health, he was admitted to the Palliser Regional Care Centre in 2000, where he resided until his passing. He made many friends there, and was truly cared for by the caregivers at the Palliser. He loved going to “Breakfast with Betty” – a weekly breakfast club that 6 alternating residents are invited to attend, in the Therapy Department. They are served homemade breakfast – bacon, eggs, toast, hash browns, juice and coffee. Ray amazed the staff by how much he could eat. It made his day! Ray is survived by his son, Darryl (Judy), their children: Dustin, Karla, and Brandie; his son, Richard, his children, Tanza and Shane; his brother, Harvey (Lily), their daughter, Joscelyn (Ed) Froese, and their son, Brayden; his sister, Judy (Brian) Batdorf, their children, Vaughn and Landon; his sister-in-law, Tina Polsfut; his uncle, Martin Polsfut; his aunts, Anne Grenke and Bertha Lund; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, in 1993; his father, Johan (John) Polsfut, in 1991; his mother, JulieAnne (Julie) Polsfut, in 1993; and his brother, Emil Polsfut, in 2002. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sid Chalmers officiating. A Reading was presented by his sister-in-law, Lily Polsfut and a Special Music Piece was given by his grandson, Dustin Polsfut. The honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in his life. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliser Regional Care Centre or to the Saskatchewan Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Ray will be sadly missed by family and friends. Although we were not ready to see him go, and it was hard to say goodbye, we know his suffering is over. Rest easy Dad. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
STEPHENSON – Caia passed away on February 13, 2005 at the Innisfail Health Centre, Innisfail, AB at the age of 91. Caia was born June 12, 1913 at Simmie, SK. She was the third child of nine children born to Oscar and Angeline Hatle. In 1934 Caia was married to Cliff Stephenson. They had four children: Doreen, Clarice, Bob and Delbert. They farmed in the Clairbank district until 1951, at which time they moved to Swift Current. Caia became a shoe salesperson for many years and was employed by the W.W. Cooper Co., Byers Shaw and finally the Pioneer Co-op. Caia was a very social person and made friends easily. Cliff and Caia’s home was always open to friends and family. Many people enjoyed her fine cooking and hospitality. Cliff and Caia loved to play bridge, whist or other card games. As well as being a loyal and cheerful friend, Caia was also a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Caia will be sadly missed, but lovingly remembered and cherished in the hearts of all who knew her. Caia was predeceased by her husband, Cliff in 1997; daughter, Doreen Lee of Bowden, AB in 1999 and her son Bob Stephenson of Sarnia, Ont. In 2004. She was also predeceased b all her siblings except Floyd Hatle of Kenora, Ont. Caia is survived by: daughter, Clarice (Jim) Duncan of Red Deer; son, Delbert of Rosetown, SK; son-in-law Lloyd Lee of Bowden; daughter-in-law Lyn of Sarnia, Ontario. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Gary Lee, Murray (Rena) Lee, Sandra (Dan) Cramer all of Edmonton; Dan (Brenda) Redmond of Rosemary, AB; Terry (Tara) Redmond and Jeff Redmond of Innisfail; Cindy Orser of Pincher Creek; Rob (Tamara) Stephenson of Cardston; Virgina (Willie) Jones of Idaho; Callie Stephenson of Sarnia and Connie Stephenson of Toronto and 25 great-grandchildren. Caia moved to Innisfail, AB in 1998 to be closer to family. She had been a resident of the Rosefield Centre in Innisfail. The staff at Rosefield have expressed their love and admiration for Caia. Her bright and cheery disposition and her sunny smile was a source of inspiration to both staff and residents. A memorial service was held on Friday, February 18, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home with Reverend Dianne Eurig officiating. The organist was Arlie Neufeld and a eulogy was read by Rob Stephenson and Terry Redmond. The interment took place at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, SK. Those wishing to make donations in Caia’s memory may do so to the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
PETERS - Mr. Heinrich (Henry), passed away on Monday, February 14, 2005 at the age of 86. Henry was born at Dunelm, Saskatchewan to David and Sara Peters. He was a triplet with his sisters, Mary and Tina, and one of 13 children. Henry farmed for a short time at Vanguard, Saskatchewan and moved to Swift Current in 1956 due to failing eyesight. He ran the CNIB canteens at the Pioneer Lodge, Palliser and the Swift Current Hospital until he retired in 1983. He was proud of the fact that he had never missed a day of work. His love of music, reading, interest in current events, love of the Roughriders, intense dislike of the New York Yankees, live on in his children and grandchildren. His faith was a constant comfort throughout his life. Henry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ann, his children, Dennis (Mary), Joyce (Don) Bassendowski, Vern (Carrie) and seven grandchildren; Michael, Stephen, Colin, Jeffrey, Christopher, Amy and Bradley; also his sisters, Mary Kovach and Suzie Thiessen, both of Swift Current. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Betty (Janzen) and his siblings, Jacob, John, Sarah, Agenatha, Ann, Dave, Abe, Pete, Tina and Bill. The funeral service was held at Zion Mennonite Church on Friday, February 18, 2005 with burial at Mount Pleasant Burial Park. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Henry may do so to the CNIB, 2550 Broad Street, Regina, SK S4P 3Z4. Funeral arrangements were in care of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.