COOK - Mr. James Munro, (September 2, 1929 – December 5, 2005). On Monday, December 5, 2005 James passed away peacefully at the Palliser Regional Care Centre. The funeral service was held on Friday, December 9, 2005 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Steve Park officiating. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The pallbearers were his grandchildren: Clayton and Wade Carleton Kristen and Kelsey Cook, Ray, Kaylie and Teagan Davis, and honorary pallbearers, Austin and Autumn Shopa. James was predeceased by his loving wife, Maria, and his parents, Pearl and Edgar Cook. He will be sadly missed by his children: Ray Lange, Doug Cook (Cheryl), Lorraine Carleton (Mike), Diane Cook, Joanne La Rocque, and Mary-Lynn Shopa (Kent); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Zaiser (Harold) and Grace Coakes. James was born in Maple Creek, and he married Maria Lange on June 26th, 1959, and together they ranched in the Maple Creek area until their move to Swift Current in 1975. James enjoyed his time in Swift Current as a taxi driver. He loved the rodeo, traveling, coffee time with friends and he always had time for a good Saturday afternoon jam session. Those who wish may remember him with a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
YESKE - Mr. Larry Leo. On December 28, 2005, Larry’s battle with cancer ended when he left his earthly world and passed into the Glory of Eternal Life. Larry was born June 28, 1948 in Herbert, Saskatchewan, the third born child of Rudolph and Katie Yeske. He attended elementary and high school there, and graduated in 1966. Following high school, he attended STI and received a diploma in Electrical Technology. He was employed by Reeder Electric in Swift Current in 1966 – 1967 – then traveled to Penticton and worked for a short time in the Pipe Line Industry. Larry was also involved in the family farming operation most of his life. He operated Southland Petro Can for five years and then became his mother’s caregiver following her stroke. Larry loved life. Numerous trips to Hawaii fulfilled his love of that state and the companionship of the friends who also made the trip was exciting for him. He loved fancy cars, music (especially Elvis Presley), good food and his family. He was dearly loved by his nieces and nephews, who thought the world of him. Larry had a faithful companion, Chico his puppy, who he loved and cared for since receiving him as a Christmas present 10 years ago. Larry was a friend to all – kind to strangers, always willing to help out anyone in need. He never thought negatively about anyone, but loved a good argument. Larry dealt bravely with his many struggles and always kept his faith in God and a better life ahead. He attended church faithfully every Sunday, except when health issues prevented him from doing so. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Rudolph and Katie Yeske; brother-in-law, Gerry Zacharias; nephew, Brent Yeske; and great-niece, Desirae Redekop. Left to mourn his passing is his sister, Mirvina; brother, Wes (Sharon); nieces: Lyla, Fay, Kimberley, and Karen; and nephews, Dale and Kevin and their families. Also left to cherish his memory are his aunts, cousins and longtime friends and acquaintances. Larry will be sadly missed and forever remembered and cherished by his family and friends. The funeral service was held on Monday, January 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Herbert Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Ken Epp officiating. Special music was performed by the Herbert Quartet, as well as Don Mathies. The ushers were, Brent Wiebe and Gary Redekop. The pallbearers were: Ron Mathies, Allan Jahnke, Doug Wallace, Rudy Pipke, Lowell Snodgrass and John Prang. The Honorary Pallbearers were: Dr. Surresh Kassett, Fred Wutzke, Frank Wutzke and Dave Dyck, as well as all those who shared in his life. The interment was held at the Herbert Cemetery, Herbert, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to the Herbert Hospital Auxiliary.
OMLAND - Garth R. age 63, of Saskatoon and formerly of Kyle passed away suddenly with his family by his side on Dec. 27, 2005 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. A celebration of Garth’s life was held at the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Kyle, SK with Pastor Pat Simonson officiating. The interment was held at Horse Butte Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Kristopher Omland, Duane Larsen, Cameron Brose, Wilf Hodgins, Brian Cheney, and John Noble. The ushers were, Ray Howes and Dick Dam. Garth was predeceased by his parents, Raymond & Helen Omland; and his dearly loved infant son, Darren Omland. Garth is mourned by his two aunts, Margaret & Irene Larson; one brother, Jeff Omland of Penticton, BC; one sister, Roberta (Darius) Hodgins of Kyle; three sons: Dana (Barb) Omland of Guelph, ON, Danny (Sahas) Omland of Doha, Qatar and Bevan (Erin) Omland of Lethbridge, AB.; his four cherished grandchildren: Kelsy, Landon, Kyra & Justin. Also left to morn are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Garth was born November 5, 1942 in Tuberose, SK and raised in the Kyle, SK area. Garth was educated in Kyle and later went on to the University of Saskatoon to study Agriculture. He married Sandra Gray of Lacadena, SK and they made their home in Kyle until the marriage ended in 1987. Garth remained in Kyle farming the family homestead until his last years, where he was a resident in Saskatoon, SK. Garth was an excellent athlete in his younger years and was passionate of hockey, curling, baseball & golf. Garth truly loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Garth was a long-standing active member of the Kyle Elks & later the Kyle Kinsmen. He was an intelligent man who welcomed a challenge or debate with anyone who was willing to accept. Garth’s greatest attribute was his pride. He took great honour of his ancestry and was very honoured of his sons’ accomplishments. He will truly be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to share his life. In honour of Garth, memorial donations can be made to the Kyle Community Health Care Centre.
SAWATZKY – Jake, passed away into the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on Monday, January 9, 2006 at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current at the age of 80. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Funk); two sons, Gary (Donna), of Red Deer, and Bryan (Angela) of Waldeck; son-in-law, Willie Reddekopp, of Swift Current; nine grandchildren: Larry (Kari) Sawatzky, Michael Sawatzky, Janet (Milton) Dyck, Rhonda (Kevin) Scheetz, Andrea (Kris) Bonogofski, David Reddekopp, Krysta Sawatzky, Karla Sawatzky, and Matthew Sawatzky; five great-grandchildren: Cassandra Dyck, Kyla Dyck, Madisson Dyck, Brendan Scheetz, and Gabrielle Bonogofski; one brother, Victor (Marj) Sawatzky; two sisters, Helen Zeliznik, and Marilyn (Neil) Brown; three brothers-in-law: Ernie (Trudy) Funk, Ben (Vi) Funk, and Harry Bassendowski; seven sisters-in-law: Gwen Sawatzky, Rita Sawatzky, Anne (Tony) Dueck, Irma Martens, Mary Funk, Tina (John) Regier, Lil (Paul) Dutchak; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Gerhardt, in 1959; his mother, Katharina, in 1941; his step-mother, Helen, in 1982; daughter, Brenda Reddekopp, in 2002; granddaughter, Katrina Sawatzky, in 1989; three brothers: George, in 1993, John, in 1999, and Henry, in 2004; two sisters, Kay, in 1983, and Ann, in 2003; father-in-law, John Funk, in 1993; mother-in-law, Agnes Funk, in 1994; three sisters-in-law: Dot Sawatzky, in 1983, Shirley Funk, in 1992, and Marie Bassendowski, in 1998; three brothers-in-law: Ike Funk, in 1998, Bill Zeliznik, in 2003, and Ed Vike, in 2001. Jake was born in Russia in 1925 and immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1926. He was raised and went to school in the Suffield District north of Gull Lake. He was married to Elizabeth Funk in 1947 in Swift Current where they made their home. During his lifetime he worked at numerous occupations, including, truck driver, carpenter and laborer, but mainly as a bookkeeper, which he enjoyed. He was very good at repairing just about anything that needed fixing and teaching his children to do the same. He enjoyed camping with his family. In later years he enjoyed relaxing in the shade and reminiscing about the “good old days” with family. He served on the board of Trailview Alliance Church for numerous years, where he and his family attend. The funeral service was held on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Trailview Alliance Church with Dr. John Healey officiating. The organist was Marilyn Ginther and the soloist was, Helena Leiding. The Eulogy was given by Bryan Sawatzky and the obituary was read by, Gary Sawatzky. The ushers were: Walter Orthner, Gary Wiebe, Dave Heinrichs, and Dale Castle. The pallbearers were: Greg Sawatzky, Trevor Regier, Russell Sawatzky, Kevin Funk Michael Sawatzky, and Steve Dueck. The interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International.
REDEKOP – ANNE our precious mom and grandma went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 26, 2006. She was 76 years old. Anne Andres was born to Cornelius & Anna Andreas on April 5, 1929 on a farm four miles south of Herbert in Rosefarm district. She had 9 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by her sisters Sue and Liz and one brother Corny. Anne attended school in Rosefarm and Greenfarm and went on to attend Bible School in Herbert. It was while attending Bible School that she met Henry, who would become the love of her life. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior in the Greenfarm MB Church and later was baptized. Anne Andreas and Henry Redekop were married on December 17, 1952. They lived on the Frank Redekop homestead until they purchased their own farm three miles west of Herbert. Mom took and active role in their church in Hebert and was employed at the Herbert Senior Citizens Home. Over the years they were blessed with four children, Garry (Helen) of Herbert, Bryan (Laurie) of Herbert, Angela (Tim) Hasler of Malta, Montana and Teresa (Brent) Nelson of Lac Pelletier and five grandchildren; Trent Redekop, Erin & Megan Redekop and Alisha & Colton Nelson. In July 1995, mom and dad chose to sell the farm and retire to Swift Current. They loved living in the city and spent many hours entertaining friends or just going out for coffee. Their time together ended on June 16, 1996 when dad suddenly passed away. Mom found this time especially difficult and never really adjusted to this loss. She missed him terribly but decided to get herself out of the house by taking on housekeeping jobs for several people, all of whom became very special to her. The biggest part of her life revolved around her family and grandchildren. She was very interested in all aspects of their lives. Whether it was attending car shows, helping us paint our houses, making quilts for us, baking her famous cinnamon buns or attending the grandkids sports games, she could run circles around us, even in her high heels. She had numerous friends and neighbors that she held close to her heart. The one thing that was most important to her was her faith. She shared with us often how important it was to her, for each of us to make our own personal commitment to Christ. In August of 2005 life changed completely for mom when she was diagnosed with in-operable colon cancer. It was an incredible shock, yet she stated often what a great life she’s had. She was not afraid of dying and often talked about meeting Jesus and what a day of rejoicing that would be. She looked forward to celebrating Christmas with her family and had an active part in all the preparations. Christmas was Mom’s favorite time of year and she loved everything it meant. The new year saw a sudden decline in her health and on January 20, 2006 she was admitted to the Cypress Regional Hospital. Mom’s last week was a testimony to her strong faith and her desire to see Jesus. On Thursday, January 26, 2006 she went to her mansion in heaven to be with our Dad and our Lord and Savior.
BENJAMIN – Effie Annie Elizabeth (Mattson) age 80, formerly of Gull Lake, SK passed away peacefully at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge in Swift Current on Monday, January 23, 2006. A memorial service was held on Friday, January 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Knox United Church in Gull Lake with Reverend Carolyn Conarroe officiating. Music was supplied by Millie Spagrud and Nora Hansen. Honorary pallbearers for the celebration of Effie’s life were all who shared in her life. Diane Brown and Doreen Vaughan were greeters for the ceremony. Becky and Benjy Migneault, Effie’s oldest grandchildren, gave the eulogy. Effie was born on April 20, 1925 on the family homestead near Whitewood, SK. She attended Grove Park School and later went on to get her hair dressing ticket. She worked in Swift Current where she met and married her husband, Ralph Benjamin, in 1947. They lived happily on the family farm in the Antelope Lake District where they raised their three children and shadowed over three nephews. Effie was very involved with the farm and in the community. She was a long time member of the Lloyd Homemakers, taught Sunday School and was a 4-H leader. She kept very busy with her garden, sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, baking and enjoying her grandchildren. Ralph and Effie retired into Gull Lake in 1979. She continued to enjoy many hours curling, golfing and bowling. She joined the Gull Lake Legion Auxiliary and the Gull Lake Quilters and was a very active member. When Effie was unable to stay alone, she resided at the Villa in Gull Lake, before moving to the Prairie Pioneers Lodge in Swift Current. Effie is survived by her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; son, Murray (Carole) and their children, Travis (Carla), Jeffrey and Lance Benjamin; daughters, Ruth (Mike) and her children Benjy (Alesia) and their daughter Priya Lu, Becky and Tyson (Brittany) Migneault; Irene (Les) and her children, Sharisse (Dallas) and Shawn Steele. Also surviving Effie are brothers, Ernie (Agnes) and Emil (Julie) Mattson, sister-in-laws Irma Roosen and Bertha Mattson as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Anne Mattson, husband Ralph; sisters, Ethel (Ed) and Elsie (Ab) Flannery; brothers, Einar (Anne) Ed (Evelyn) and Eli Mattson; in-laws, Bill and Ruth Benjamin, Bob & Kay Benjamin, Cap & Kay Benjamin, Herb & Anne Benjamin, Ev Reeder and Bill Roosen; nephews, Ralph Mattson, Glenn Flannery, Glenn Benjamin and niece Marion Kettner. Effie will be sadly missed, but lovingly remembered by her family and all who knew her. Donations in memory of Effie to the Alzheimer’s Society or to the Gull Lake Curling Club would be appreciated by the family.
TRORY - Samantha Mary Frances, aged 20 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2006. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Swift Current with Father Sathiadas Antony officiating. A Reception at the Parish Hall will follow. The interment will be held at a later date in Ontario. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For further information or to sign the family book of condolence visit our website at or call 772-2931 or 1-800-719-6625.
WILLA MAUDE RUTHERFORD (BRACE)
With her daughter Brenda at her side, She passed away peacefully in Swift Current SK on January 14/06 at the age of 94. She will be sadly missed and so lovingly remembered by her family, Ron and Judy Rutherford of Houston TX, Joan and Don Gallie, Wendy & Ken Broadfoot of Winnipeg, and Brenda and Doug Heinricks of Swift Current, SK; her 10 grandchildren, John(Mandy) and Michael Rutherford, Amy(Chris) Jaggers, Christy(Bob) Preston and Todd(Cathy) McGreevy, Jeff(Lisa) & Paul(Teresa) Broadfoot, Nancy(Roy) Ottawa, Cory(Ronda) Heinricks and Cortney(Brad) Whitelaw; her 4 great grandchildren, Phoebe Jaggers, Erin and Ian Preston and Michael Broadfoot, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Willa is also survived by her brother Ron and wife Doris of Saskatoon, SK. She was predeceased by her husband Jack in January 1988, her parents, Dr. and Mrs. D.W. Brace, and her sisters Kay and Marj. She was born in Ontario on August 3rd 1911, but moved with her family to Biggar, SK. where her father was the local physician. At the age of 17 she moved to Toronto, to live with her Aunt and attended the Royal Conservatory of Music and attained her ARTC--her teaching degree in piano. She returned home to Biggar to begin her teaching career, and met and married Jack in June 1934. She loved Biggar and all the friends they had there. She was involved in the Eastern Star, eventually becoming a Life Time Member; was a member of the Fort Nitely club; was a Divisional Commissioner of the Girl Guides; was the Choir Director of the United Church; and piano teacher, and accompanist to many young students. In 1952 Mom, Dad and her 4 children moved to Glenboro, MB where she began her 47 years of involvement with the community. She taught hundreds of music students, voice and piano; was the Choir Director of both the United and Lutheran Churches; played for hundreds of weddings; was the Coordinator of the Tiger Hills Music Festival for many years; accompanied many singers, (including her daughters; and was a valued member of the Associated Manitoba Arts Festival. She took on directing the Glenboro Glee Club for the annual Golden Ages Variety show in Winnipeg, and several times entertained the audience with a favourite piano piece. The Glee Club continued to entertain audiences many times over the years. For her dedication to the community and its music, she was nominated for a Woman of Distinction award in 1990, and was very proud to be a part of such an elite group of Manitoba women. Besides music, her next greatest passion was golf---a game which she decided to take up in her 60's! In 1999, she moved to Swift Current, SK to be close to Brenda, and her Saskatchewan roots, and remained there for the rest of her life. Ron, Joan, Wendy and families, cannot thank Brenda, Doug and their family enough, for the countless hours of love, laughter and dedication they shared with Mom over the past 6 years. We must also thank the staff at The Palliser, who for the past 5 years treated Mom with such love and respect, and always had her dressed up and looking great. A service in celebration of Willa’s life took place Thursday, January 19th at Glenboro, where she shared her life and love of music with so many dear friends. Parkside Memorial Funeral Home (S.C.) and Jamieson’s Funeral Home (Glenboro) were in charge of arrangements.
MARTENS – Cornelius, age 80 of Swift Current, Sk passed away on Sunday, March 26th, 2006, at the Swift Current Palliser Regional Hospital. Dad was born on the family homestead in the Wymark area to John and Anna Martens on November 13th, 1925, the fifth of ten children. Dad took his schooling in Wymark, and as was the tradition, finished his Grade 8 and then joined the work force. His first years were spent on the farm, working as a farm laborer. His younger sister, Betty, recalls the times when he and her raced the horses to see who could get the work done first in the fields. Dad’s employment in Swift Current consisted of working at the local Horse Plant, then as a mechanic at Bill & Harv’s Service Station. Following that as a machine operator at the City of Swift Current doing snow removal, street sweeping and painting curbs, and in his later years was employed by Garry as a mechanic on farm machinery. He retired in 1989 and shortly thereafter, he moved into the Heritage Towers where he lived until May of 2001. Dad’s eyesight was always poor and after three surgeries to receive cornea transplants, it became evident that he was unable to take care of himself and he was admitted to the Palliser Regional Hospital where he remained until his passing. Our grateful thanks to the staff at the Palliser, for their care over the past 4 years and 9 months. Although he could not see your smiles, we know he appreciated your words. Thanks for the countless peanut butter & jelly sandwiches that put a smile on his face! We also want to extend our appreciation to Dr. Young for his faithful service over the many, many years he helped him. Dad had a dry sense of humor and loved to play mind games. He would never admit willingly that he had had visitors throughout the week, unless we were to name each and every one that we thought could have been there, before he would say yes. “Thank you” to those who visited him over the years and helped to brighten his days. He was not a man of many words, and preferred to keep his knowledge inside. However, if ever we asked him about family and how some people were related to others, he always seemed to know. Years prior before his eyesight failed, he studied the Wymark History Book from beginning to end. He could have written an exam on that book and aced it. Dad married our mother, Mary Neufeld, and their union was blessed with five children. Dad was widowed at the age of 45 and life was not easy for a young dad with four children, especially two young girls ages 9 and 6. He was a hard worker and had wonderful work ethics, and did the best that he could to provide for his family. Dad was an avid sports fan and although he was not a participant, he loved baseball, hockey and stampede wrestling. Garry has fond memories of attending hockey games with dad at the old Citizens’ Rink. Dad was predeceased by a daughter, Brenda in infancy in 1960, and then by our mom on December 30th, 1970; his mother in 1929 and his father in 1982. Also, his brothers John, Jake & Pete and his sister Anne, as well as his brothers-in-law Bill Oman and Jake Wall. Dad is survived by his four children: Garry (Gladys), Larry and his children Cassandra (16) and Matthew (14), Shelley (Terry) Seibel; and Gina (Doug) Huffman and their boys Ayrton (6) and Berkley (3); two sisters, Sally Wall and Betty Oman; brothers, Frank (Kathy) and Bernard (Ann) and brother-in-law Zene Downey, sisters-in-law Helen Neufeld and Mary Dyck; as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in dad’s memory may be made to the CNIB, or the Palliser Hospital Auxiliary. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. The organist was Rhonda Wittman and there was special music preformed by Archie and Sylvia Neufeld. The Ushers were Darcy Seibel and Steve Janke. The pallbearers were: Albert Dyck, Bob Neufeld, Matthew Malone, John Fehr, Pete Fehr and Dan Downey. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, SK.
BEISEL – Rose was born on November 10, 1914 to David and Margaretta Ruf at Prairie View, SK. Rose was the third oldest child in a family of eight brothers. In 1943 Rose married Herman Beisel. Herman and Rose established their farm in the Prairie View District. In 1945 their daughter Carol was born. Rose was actively involved in their home church, Peace Lutheran – north of Rush Lake. Rose loved to sing and would often be part of the program and she would also work with the church ladies aid. Rose and Herman were both actively involved in their farming operation and Rose always helped with the daily chore routine of milking, and feeding all the animals from the cows, hogs, chickens to the dog and yard cats. They all were well cared for. Each year a garden was planted and looked after also. Carol married Bruno Miller in 1963. Carol and Bruno farmed at Herbert about twelve miles east of Carol’s folks place. The road between their farms was well traveled. Rose and Herman enjoyed their three grandchildren; Lynn – born in 1965, Coreen – born in 1966 and Grant – born in 1970. IN 1983 Rose and Herman rented out their farm and retired to live in Swift Current. Herman passed away in 1988. Rose remained living in her house in Swift Current until shortly after Christmas of 2000. She then became a resident of the Herbert Heritage Manor. In 2002 Rose became a resident of the Herbert Nursing Home on Monday, March 27, 2006 Rose passed away. Rose is survived by her daughter, Carol and husband Bruno; her three grandchildren; Lynn and Ron Kehrig, Coreen and Greg Dutka and Grant and Tracy Miller. Also surviving Rose are her two great-granddaughters and seven great-grandsons; three brothers; Samuel and Wife Luella, Herb and wife Joyce, Karl and wife Lorna; sister-in-laws Emma Ruf, Antalena Ruf, Violet Beisel and several generations of nieces and nephews. Rose was predeceased by her parents; her mother – in 1962 and her father in 1969; five brothers and three sister-in-laws, Adam and Vi Ruf, David D. and Annie Ruf, Jake and June Ruf, Henry and William Ruf and a sister Rosalind in 1914. We will cherish her memory forever. In her memory, memorial gifts may be made to the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.