FRIESEN – Abe passed away at the Cypress Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at the age of 86 years. He was born on March 19, 1919 in the Wymark District. At the age of 21, he was baptized in the Sommerfeld Church in Wymark, SK. On April 27, 1941 Abe married Mary Martens and this union brought the blessing of nine children. They were married 62 years – mom was truly the love of his life. Abe was predeceased by his wife Mary on June 19, 2003; a son-in-law, Henry Leiding, a great-granddaughter at birth Jordan Walter; his mother Sarah Weins and his grandparents, Peter and Maria Friesen. He leaves to cherish in his memory four sons: Jake (Agnes), Abe (Sandra), Ron (Linda), Gary (Diane); five daughters: Carole Friesen, Linda Leiding, Maxine (Bruce) Letkeman, Debbie (Val) Emperingham, Louise (Lyle) Schuler; 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Over the years dad had many different jobs but then started to work at Sask Power as a diesel operator and was there until his retirement in 1979. During his retirement they were fortunate to be able to do some traveling. Dad loved his cars and he also loved his Bronco’s. He was a season ticket holder for many years. But most of all he loved his family. Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather was loved and will be missed dearly. We were all very blessed to have him in our lives. He has touched all our souls. We look at this not as an end but as a beginning for dad and we will one day see you again, in God’s Heavenly Home. We love you Dad. A funeral service was held on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. from the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with Reverend David Wiebe officiating. The pallbearers were grandsons: David Friesen, Kevin Friesen, Evan Emperingham, Stacey Letkeman, Russel Banman and Devon Leiding. The interment took place at Schanzenfeld Cemetery, Wymark District. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, the Diabetes Association or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
BAUMANN - Mr. Otto Wilfred, passed away on March 23, 2006 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current at the age of 76 years. Otto was born and raised in Braddock, SK on October 8, 1929 to Bill and Annie Baumann. Otto was predeceased by his wife, Madge, on September 14, 2002. They were married 55 years. Otto and Madge were also predeceased by their daughter, Wendy, on July 27, 1979; and their daughter-in-law, Sherry, on May 10, 2000. Otto leaves his sons, Tom Baumann, of Saskatoon, and Barry Baumann, of Shaunavon; daughter, Bonnie Kelly (Dal), of Oklahoma; and daughter-in-law, Charlene Baumann. Otto also leaves five grandchildren: Cindy, Ken, Brandi, Baillie, and Jordan; four great-grandchildren: Josh, Kristian, Brandon, and Kathleen. Otto farmed in the Braddock area, then he moved to Swift Current where he drove truck for Canada Post until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons. His family was very important to him. He never missed a birthday call to his children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. His family and friends enjoyed his humor, wit and his toys. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating. The organist was Arlene Olson. The ushers were, Richard Owens and Terry Hanson. The Honorary pallbearers were: Bob and Joan Williamson, Bill and Joan Laughlin, Carl and Jane Baumann, Dal Kelly, Charlene Baumann and Kevin Kausman. The interment will take place at a later date at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Adeline Hofer passed away on Monday, March 20, 2006 at the age of 96 years. Adeline Hofer was born October 16, 1909 in Dominion City, MB. Adeline’s parents homesteaded near Kildeer, SK and had mixed farming operation supplemented by a small grain mill and coal mine during the depression. Adeline had a life-long dream to learn and to teach in Saskatchewan. She attended Assiniboia High School from 1924 to 1927 and Moose Jaw Normal School from 1927 to 1928. She began teaching at Bordervale School at Rockglen, Peronne School at Kyle, Frontier SD, Lonesome Butte before returning to Grade 12 at Luther College in Regina, SK from 1931 to 1932. She then taught at Winston SD at Fir Mountain, Elaine SD at Mendham and near Rockglen. Adeline married Arthur Hofer of Leader in 1935 and began teaching at Puritan SD at Mendham and north of Leader. Their son Ronald was born in 1939. She continued teaching at Goethe SD at Main Centre. The family moved to Sudbury, ON from 1942 to 1944 before moving to Swift Current. Adeline taught at Elmwood School from 1947 to 1956 and at Ashley Park School from 1956 to 1970. She Received her Standard A Certification in 1966. Adeline retired form teaching in 1970. She loved children and her family. She enjoyed music, art and learning. She continued quilting into her 80’s with the help of her friends. Adeline had great joy and enthusiasm about life and treasured all the people she met. Adeline is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Winnifred Hofer; grandchildren, Greg (Tara) and Sandra (John) Hill; and great-grandchildren, Bryan and Grace Marie Hill and Jackson Hofer. She is also survived by Martin (Vera) Nagel, Ernest (Ramona) Nagel, Lydia Rodgers, Martha (Stu) Baillie, and Linda Hannah. Adeline was predeceased by her husband Arthur; her parents Lydia and Ernest Nagel; her siblings, Alevina, Rahel, Joseph, Elsa, Fred, Louis, Dina Monea, Hermina Cole, Emilia Schunaman, and Rosa Walker. Memorial Services were held in the “Chapel” of Father Lacombe Nursing Home (332 – 146 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Flowers gratefully declined. In living memory of Adeline Hofer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: (403) 256-9575. Memorial Services will also be held at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. The interment will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
Hammer – Gary Erik, age 73 of Shaunavon, SK, passed away May 7, 2006 at the Shaunavon Union Hospital. At his request, a private family graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. May 11, 2006 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current with Pastor Ray Friesen officiating. Gary is survived by his children; Gordon (Sue) Hammer grandchildren Jason, Marisha, Shane of Estevan, Sask., Shirley Hammer (Husband, Dennis Wells) of Saskatoon, Sask., Gary (Cathi) Hammer granddaughters Emily, Eva of Swift Current, Sask., Linda (Edme) Chelle randsons Gregory, Kyle of Eddystone, Man.; and siblings Hazel (Roger) Nelson of Candle Lake, Sask., Olof Hammer of Kelowna, B.C., Blain (Em) Hammer of Sorrento, B.C., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Greta and Erik (Ron) Hammer. Gary was born on February 5, 1933 in Shaunavon, SK and attended school in the Georgina School District until he was called upon to work the family farm. Gary continued farming till the late 1970’s; he then purchased and operated the Covered Wagon Trailor Court in Shaunavon. Gary also worked at carpentry, oilfield operations and sales, which added to his knowledge and skills. He also had many hobbies and passions over his lifetime, which he approached with much enthusiasm. Whether it was competition shooting, photography or in the last year computers, you can be guaranteed he purchased the best equipment and armed himself with all the reading material available to ensure he understood all aspects of the hobby. Gary always enjoyed discussing current and the not so current events with his friends down at JB’s restaurant where he was noted drinking coffee no less than three times a day! Even though he was a relativity quiet man, he made it known to all he was proud of his children and their families. In his memory, friends may make a memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
DICK – Lavina age 88 of Swift Current, SK, a homemaker and retired Special Care Aide passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at the Cypress Regional Hospital. She is survived by: her niece Margaret Rose Dick, who was more like a daughter than a niece; great nephews and nieces; Douglas (Linda) Knelsen, Karen Knelsen, Daniel Knelsen, Lorna (Henry) Janzen, Amanda Janzen, Sharon (Hannu) Yliruusi, Jessica Yliruusi, Jordan Yliruusi, Levi Yliruusi who were all like her grandchildren. Lavina is also survived by one brother, Isaac Dyck and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; Peter P.C. Dick and Stella (nee Conrad) Dick; step-mother, Margaret (nee Sawatsky) Dick; her brothers, Peter and Herman; sisters, Helen and Mary and a special niece whom she raised like her own daughter, Betty (nee Dick) Knelsen. Lavina worked in Swift Current in her younger years as a house keeper/nanny for Jack McIntosh and the Bradbrooks. When her brother Peter was left a widow with two young girls - Betty (5 ˝ yrs) & Margaret (1 ˝ yrs) Lavina came to the farm to help Peter raise his two daughters and took on a mothering role for them. She was a very hard worker and instilled that same work ethic in us. After Lavina and Peter sold the farm in 1965, they moved into Swift Current. Lavina again did the house work for a while and then when the Swift Current Nursing Home was built she started working there as a Nursing Aide. She worked there for fourteen years. After she retired she hooked many a rug. Always made a garden every year and canned a lot of the fruit. But mostly in her spare time and at night when she couldn’t sleep she would spend time praying for family members, especially Betty & John and their family and for Margaret. In the evening you would always hear the radio on CKSW listening to the gospel programs. She loved the Lord and the many songs that spoke about him and his love. We will miss her but we are thankful she is at peace in the care of Christ Jesus our Lord. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Trailview Alliance Church with Reverend Ernest Regier and Reverend John Healy officiating. The pianist was Wayne Regier and the organist was Lois Klassen. The Ushers were: Cam Dyck, John Fehr, Hal Liick and Vic Friesen. Special music was preformed by: Ed Regier, Ernest Regier, John Regier and Karan Regier. The pallbearers were: Douglas Knelsen, Daniel Knelsen, Henry Janzen, Hannu Yliruusi, Karen Knelsen and Levi Yliruusi. Donations may be made to the Gideon’s International.
GATES - Mrs. Margaret Latta. On Sunday, May 28, 2006, Margaret Gates, late of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully at the age of 79, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret is survived by her three daughters: Nancy (Grant) Paulson, Carol (Terry) Gordon and Barb (Larry) Giesbrecht; seven grandchildren: Carla (Matthew) Parsons, Andrea (Randall) Dyck, Carrie Giesbrecht, Jeffery Giesbrecht, Jodi (Colton) Knutson, John (Natalie) Gordon, Krissy (Jay) Schenkey; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Anne (Russell) Short; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Raymond, her loving husband of 50 years; her parents, John and Louise Holms; and one brother, Bob Holms. Margaret’s faith was her strength and her family was her life. She had many dear and close friends. Every day that was spent with grandchildren, family and friends was very special to her. If friends so desire contributions to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church may be tokens of remembrance. The funeral service was held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 1, 2006 with Pastor Curtis Peters officiating. All of her grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Dan Nephin and Tom Sebo were ushers. Arlene Olson was the organist and Barb Tedrick sang a solo. On behalf of the family, eulogies were read by her granddaughters, Andrea Dyck and Carla Parsons, and by her friend, Wendy Wicklund. The interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Son of Wayne Oakman and Sherri Fahselt
Passed Away: May 19, 2006
OAKMAN - It is with great sadness we announce the early arrival and passing of our baby boy on May 19, 2006. Who knew someone so small could make such large footprints on our hearts? We held our baby only a short time; it makes our hearts ache knowing we couldn’t bring him home. Left to mourn are his parents, Sherri Fahselt and Wayne Oakman, brother Rhett, and families. Arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Passed Away: May 31, 2006
DOERKSEN - Mr. Henry. The family of Henry Doerksen, 91, of Herbert, formerly of Swift Current, sadly announce that he passed away quietly on May 31, 2006 at the Herbert Hospital. The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Parkside Memorial Funeral Chapel with Reverend Terry Simonson officiating. The organist was Arlie Neufeld. The interment followed the celebration of his life at Mount Pleasant Burial Park in Swift Current. The pallbearers were his grandsons: Steven, Matthew, Joshua and Dru, and his nephews, John and Corny. Henry is survived by his four children: Abe (Linda), Agnes (Tom) Monahan, John (Barb) and Henry (Larissa); eight grandchildren: Steve, Lynsey, Ryan, Chelsea, Matthew, Joshua, Dru and Paige; his brother, John (Susan); and numerous nieces and nephews. Henry was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Petronella (Nell), in 1991; his brother, David (Margaret) and his sister, Elizabeth (Jacob) Friesen. In his younger years, Henry enjoyed farming, first at Main Centre and then at Glen Kerr. For 25 years, Henry worked at the Swift Current Union Hospital. He was active in the Union, serving as Union President for a time. His motto throughout his entire life was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In memory of Henry, donations are gratefully being accepted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Eklund - Frances Marie Eklund passed away May 16, 2006 in Swift Current at the age of 59. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Grant) Schatz of Mayerthorpe, AB, her son, Jason (Melissa) Eklund of Evansburg AB, her granddaughters, Aylssa & Kailey Schatz & Kittana Eklund, Roy Eklund, her siblings: Larry Furman, Eileen (Cliff) Weber, Mike & (Vivian) Furman, Joe & Tanya Furman; her sister-in-law, Vicky Furman; Aunt's, Uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Frances was predeceases by her parents, Paul & Annie Furman, her sisters, Jeanette & Betty, her brother, Irvin Furman, & niece, Lavonne Furman. She will be well remembered for her kind, sweet, and thoughtful ways. Frances always made everyone feel special. Her heartwarming smile will be missed by all in the Swift Current Mall. Her family will love and cherish the memories they shared with her. The family would like to express their thanks to friends, to Pastor Rob Cochrane, All Four One, congregation from the Church of the Open Bible for their loving care and support at this time. She was laid to rest in the Ernfold Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Library. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
SCHINDEL – Ella age 92 years of the Palliser Regional Care Centre, Swift Current, SK. passed away on Saturday, June 10th, 2006. Ella was born on September 6, 1913 south of Morse, Saskatchewan. At an early age, she left home and worked at many jobs. In 1942 she joined the Navy and served as Wren Petty Officer Cook. A highlight of her naval career was cooking for the Queen mother. Ella was discharged in 1945. In 1949, Ella married Julius Schindel and they operated the White Lunch in Swift Current. In 1953, they acquired Sureway Grocery, and then in 1957 Elmwood Grocery. Ella worked for many years in the store, and was well known by many of her customers. She often said to us, that her happiest time was when serving her customers. Mom always loved to cook and bake. She loved to spend her free time baking up a batch of cookies and pies, because you never knew who might be dropping by. It was always a treat on Sunday afternoon to go for Sunday dinner, at Mom’s place, and everyone was welcome. Mom was a special person; she always put everyone before herself. This was reflected in her life, Mom was a prayer warrior, and prayed for her family and any one else that she felt in her heart. Her testimony was evident even to her last breath, after finishing a small meal, she said “Halleluiah”, and passed away, a half-hour later. This was our mom’s life and her dynamic testimony. She lived it! Ella is survived by her sister Ruth Anderson; her children, Elsie (Chuck) Turner, Elly Sanders, Brian (Vivian) Schindel, Calvin (Bev) Schindel and Judy (Sid) Chalmers, son-in-law Ike Klassen; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Ella was predeceased by; her husband, Julius; parents Fred and Catherine Jesse; daughter Ruth Klassen, son-in-law, Philip Sanders; brothers, David, Bill and Harry Jesse; and sisters, Annie, Elsie, Lydia, Gladys and Lena. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. from the Full Gospel Church with Pastor Sid Chalmers officiating. The pianist was Lorna Gehl and the soloist was Bev Schindel. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 preformed an Honor Guard. The ushers for the celebration service; Jack Wallace and Lyle Blenner-Hassett. The pallbearers were grandchildren: Keith Klassen, Morgan Schindel, Carman Schindel, Nathan Schindel, Travis Schindel, Kristin Schindel Caleb Chalmers, and Victory Chalmers. The interment service was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park, Swift Current, SK. Memorial donations may be made to World Vision, with cheques addressed to Full Gospel Church.
REDDEKOPP – Katherina Susan was born November 1, 1976 in the Swift Current Union Hospital to Jacob and Margaret Reddekopp. Katherina was raised in the Rosenhof and Wymark area where she attended school in Wymark from grades 1 through 8. Then she attended the Swift Current Comprehensive High School and graduated from grade 12 in 1995. In 1994 she was diagnosed with diabetes. In the years after that she struggled with the disease. After graduation she started working at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council where she worked for quite a few years. She was baptized into the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church on May 23, 1999. In early 2005 she moved to Edmonton, AB. While she was there she decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher aide and was doing very well in her course. In January 2006 she was hospitalized due to her diabetes. On June 9, 2006 she passed away peacefully in her sleep, sometime in the early morning at home in Edmonton. She is survived by her father and stepmother, Jacob and Tena Reddekopp; two sisters, Maria (Alan) Peters and Helena (Rod) Stolz; one brother Cornelius Reddekopp; one niece Joelle Stolz and one nephew Wade Neufeld. She is also survived by her fiancé David Garrett and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is predeceased by her mother Margaret Reddekopp on November 24, 2000 and by her grandparents; one aunt and two uncles. Katherina enjoyed sewing, bowling, doing plastic canvas and especially spending time with her friends and family. She was a very outgoing and friendly person and loved people and would stop and talk to anyone she met. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Schoenfeld with Reverend Jacob Fehr and Reverend Abe Funk officiating. The interment took place at the Rosenhof Cemetery, Rosenhof, SK. The pallbearers were: Rod Stolz, Diedrich Fehr, David Froese, James Fehr, Frank Fehr and David Garrett. Memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Association or to the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.