Daniel Edward Wasylkiw
April 24, 1999 - March 11, 2008
Birthpace: Theodore, SK
Residence: Salmon Arm, BC
Service: Funeral services for Dan Wasylkiw beloved husband of Caroline Wasylkiw of Salmon Arm, BC and formerly of Yellowknife and the Theodore Districts will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11:00 am from the chapel of Christies Funeral Home, Yorkton. Interment to follow at the St. Constantine and Helena Ukrainian Catholic Church, Veasylowetz Cemetery.
Memorial Donations: Memorial donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Autism Society of Canada as tokens of remembrance.
Dan was born in Yorkton on April 24th, 1948 to Paul & Mary Wasylkiw. The oldest of four children, Dan quickly became the man of the family when his father passed away when Dan was a young boy. He married Carolyn Kovalench in 1971 and the moved north to Yellowknife in 1972 to work for Kavanaugh Bros., which they eventually took over and ran successfully until 1997. In 2000, Dan and Carol retired to Salmon Arm, B.C. where Dan’s passion for landscaping blossomed and showed in his beautiful yard. Dan enjoyed many years of travel during his retirement, which included visiting his son and grandsons in Sacramento, California, being at his daughter’s wedding in Hawaii, and taking cruises all over the world. Saskatchewan never left Dan’s heart and it always remained ‘home’ to him and visits back to the farm and his family were very special to him. Dan was predeceased by his father Paul in 1959, sister Irene in 1992 and brother-in-law James in 1986. He is survived, and will be forever missed, by his wife Carol, his son Blaine (Kara), his daughter Tasha (Peter), his grandsons Ben, Liam & Nate Daniel, his mother Mary, his sisters Diane (Ron) and Gloria (Jeff), mother-in-law Pearl, brother-in-law Wilfred (Sharon), nephews Kurtis & Garrett and nieces Shelly, Tracy and Kendra.
Evelyn Pearl Skea
September 19 , 1919 - March 22 , 2008
Birthpace: Crescent Lake District, SK
Residence: Yorkton, SK
Service: Funeral Services for the late Evelyn Skea of Yorkton, formally of the Springside area, will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Andrews United Church. Following the reception, the Interment Service will take place at the Springside Town Cemetery.
Memorial Donations: Friends so wishing may make donations in Evelyn’s name to the St. Andrews Church Building Fund and to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre as tokens of remembrance.
Mrs. Evelyn Pearl Skea of Yorkton, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 88 years. Evelyn was born on September 19, 1919 on the homestead in the Crescent Lake District just south of Yorkton. She was one of five children born to George and Albertina Cross. As a young woman she worked as a ward aide at the Yorkton Queen Victoria Hospital. She was united in marriage to Atholl Ronald Skea on July 3, 1944 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton. They lived in Saskatoon for two years while Atholl attended University. In 1947, they moved back to the Skea family farm in the Beaverdale District west of Springside. They moved to Springside in 1952 and purchased a general store there in 1960. They retired in 1983 and moved back to the farm where their hearts had always been. After Atholl died in 1996, Evelyn moved to Yorkton where she resided until her passing. Evelyn was always very active in community affairs throughout her life. She has been a member of the United Churches in Springside, Theodore, and St. Andrew’s in Yorkton. For many years she sang in the choir and she was always busy with U.C.W. activities. Evelyn was a 4-H leader for over 20 years. In later years, she was an active member of the Threshermans Club where she was known as the bread maker and was often in charge of “Grandma’s Oven” at the annual show. She always enjoyed the fellowship at Senior Citizen Clubs. In Yorkton, Evelyn enjoyed volunteering at the Soup Kitchen, the Kitchen Band, and the Gift Shop at the Hospital. Mom was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was an expert gardener, seamstress, knitter and cook and passed along these talents to her family. She led by example; gentle encouragement most of the time but with a firm hand when necessary. Mom nurtured in us the desire to pursue education, music, art, dance, sports, and community involvement. Mom “Tootsie” had a special bond with her brother Tracy. Especially in recent years, the support, friendship, and aid that Tracy and his wife Eve gave Mom enabled her to maintain the independence she so fiercely wanted. Friends were very important to Mom. She never had much use for idle time, no lounging around reading books or watching soaps, but she always loved a game of cards with friends or family. You wanted Mom on your team; she was a clever player with a smart memory. She loved nothing better than to trap you and lay down a winner. Great food and hospitality were also important to her. She loved planning, preparing, and presenting a meal to whoever was there for a visit. A highlight on her social calender was the ladies potluck group - food, fun, and fellowship! She was also instrumental in preparing meals for larger groups of people- catering banquets, fall suppers and luncheons. Everyone in the family has at least one recipe for a favorite food that “Grandma” made. Evelyn was predeceased by husband, Atholl; mother, Tina; father, George; an infant brother, Frank; sister, Enid; brother, George. Evelyn will be lovingly remembered and missed always by her family: son, Harvey (Carole) Skea of Wakaw; daughter, Bonnie (Harry) Huebner of Regina; daughter, Judy (Allen) Frederickson of Theodore; son, Ken (Dori) Skea of Calgary; daughter, Heather (David) Lindenas of Prince Albert. Fifteen grandchildren: Warren (Sharon) Skea; Leandra (Wade) Swales; Christa (Steven) Kerr; David (Kayla) Huebner; Laura Huebner; Melinda (Derek) Smith; Shannon (Devin) Blum; Jill (Ken) Hintze; Blake (Nicole) Frederickson; Yarina Tarasenko; Ryan, Kyle, and Patrick Skea; Meagan and Kelsea Lindenas. Ten great grandchildren: Taryn and Shelby Skea; Emma and Ethan Kerr; Taleah, Kiara, Brooklyn and Madison Smith; Athan and Ellison Swales. Evelyn is also survived by her younger brother, Tracy (Eve) Cross; brother-in-law, Dan (Frances) Skea, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbours. Mom was the best. She was a pillar of our family and community. “We miss you, we love you, thanks for all the memories.” Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 from St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Faye Greer officiating. The organist, Mrs. Shani Apland, led the congregation and members of the church choir in the singing of the hymns, “All The Way My Savior Leads Me”, “Those Hearts That We Have Treasured”, “We Shall Go Out With Hope of Resurrection” and “Go Now In Peace”. The Choir anthem was “On Eagle’s Wings”. Following a reception in the lower hall of St. Andrew’s United Church, the interment service took place in the Springside Town Cemetery with Ryan Skea, Patrick Skea, Melvin Byblow, Rod Schindler, Ron Harvey and Al Ferleyko serving as casket bearers. Piper, Ferne Katzberg, played at the graveside. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie’s Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
February 16 , 1913 - March 27 , 2008
Birthpace: Edenwold, SK
Residence: Yorkton, SK
Service: Funeral services for the late Olga Hoffman of Yorkton and formerly of Ebenezer, beloved wife of the late Albert Hoffman, will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm from Heritage Baptist Church, Yorkton. Interment to follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery.
Memorial Donations: Memorial donations may be made in Olga’s memory to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or Heritage Baptist Church Memorial Fund as tokens of remembrance.
Olga Hoffman was born in Edenwold, Saskatchewan on February 16, 1913, the fourth of five children of Frank and Charlotte (nee Renner) Kurtz. When the midwife assisting Charlotte in the birth handed the new baby to Charlotte, she said, “Here is your little Olga,” after the past queen of the new Ukraine. The name stuck and she was Olga. Olga attended elementary and high school in the Edenwold area. She enjoyed playing soft ball (first base). Olga was baptized on confession of her faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Edenwold Baptist Church when she was a young girl. On March 15, 1938, Olga married Albert Hoffman. To this union were born Leona, Ivan, and Gracen. Shortly after the Hoffmans were married, nephews Reuben and Stanley Hoffman came to live with them. Olga looked after them for some time, treating them as her own children. They resided in the Ebenezer area for about 30 years. Olga worked on the farm. She enjoyed working with the Church ladies, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir for many years. The Hoffman home was a place where family and friends gathered to enjoy Olga’s cooking and fine hospitality. In 1968, Albert and Olga moved to Yorkton. She worked at the Yorkton Union Hospital for ten years in the housekeeping department. The couple went to the Heritage Baptist Church. She worked with the ladies of the church visiting the sick and shut-ins in the community. Albert passed away July 17, 1999. They had been married for 61 years. Olga’s hobbies were crocheting, knitting, raising flowers, and putting together puzzles. She participated in a bowling league for years and won many trophies. She was a loving grandmother and great grandmother, taking an active interest in the children’s lives and supporting them in any way she could. For the last 1½ years Olga lived at the Bentley retirement home. While there she took part in the activities provided, including pool, shuffleboard, and Bible studies. Olga was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, Ella Lechner, and her brother, Rudolph Kurtz. She leaves to mourn her passing her three children: Leona (Allan) Gerber of Valley City, North Dakota, Ivan (Ilse) Hoffman of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Gracen (Darline) Hoffman of Yorkton, eight grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Eda Frombach of Regina, Saskatchewan and Freida Frombach of Vancouver, British Columbia; brother-in-law, Gerhardt Falkowsky and sister-in-law, Gertrude Kurtz, both of Regina, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 from Heritage Baptist Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Pastor Allan Gerber and Pastor Jonathan Yanke officiating. The organist, Joyce Paul, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “The Love of God” and “How Great Thou Art”. Special music was provided by Donna Milbrandt. Following a reception in the Heritage Baptist Church Parish Hall, the interment service took place in the Ebenezer Cemetery with Jacqueline Hill, Natasha Hill, Cory Hoffman, Chad Hoffman, Ryan Hoffman, Arden Gerber, Larry Hoffman and Garth Kurtz serving as casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie’s Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
July 7 , 1912 - March 18 , 2008
Birthpace: Melita, MB
Residence: Yorkton, SK
Service: Funeral services for the late Hugh Jones of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home and formerly of Bangor will be held Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. from Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yorkton. Interment to follow in the Bangor Town Cemetery.
Memorial Donations: Memorial donations may be made in Hugh’s memory to the Bangor Cemetery Fund as tokens of remembrance.
Jones - Hugh was born on July 7, 1912 in Melita, Manitoba. He grew up in Melita and later the Bangor area. Hugh was the eldest of two sons. On August 23, 1946, Hugh married Emma Ward. Hugh and Emma raised 5 sons together on their farm near Bangor. They lived on the farm for 47 years before moving to Yorkton. For the last several years, Hugh has resided at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. Hugh’s interests included horses, watching junior hockey games, curling, listening to the radio, watching his sons in various sports and just being surround by his family. Hugh was predeceased by his wife Emma; one son Raymond; his parents Robert and Elizabeth and his brother Robert. He leaves to mourn his children Bob, Barry and Marjorie, Howard, Stanley and Amy; grandchildren Kevin (Chantelle), Megan (Tim), Ryan (Amanda), Darren, Mark; great-grandchildren Samantha, Rebecca, Makenzie, Alexis, Mercedes, Katerra, Austin, Emma and Erin, along with many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on Friday, March21, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yorkton with Archdeacon Ken Buchan officiating. The organist Judy Berg led the congregation with the hymns, “Bringing in the Sheaves”, “Amazing Grace”, and Safe in the Arms of Jesus”. The readings were given by Roberta Ward and Betty Ward, the honorary pallbearers were all the people who shared in Hugh’s life. The pallbearers Cameron Louttit, Doug Ward, Bentley Ward, Courtney Ward, Rick Ward and Donald Ward laid Hugh to rest in the Bangor Cemetery.
March 8 , 1911 - March 23 , 2008
Birthpace: Sheho, SK
Residence: Yorkton, SK
Service: A Service of Remembrance was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. The organist, Mrs. Shani Apland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “Just As I Am”, “Morning Has Broken” and “How Great Thou Art”. In accordance with Fred’s wishes a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date.
Memorial Donations: Memorial donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the Yorkton and District Nursing Home or a Charity of Choice as tokens of remembrance.
Fred Oshanek was born on the family farm near Sheho, Saskatchewan on March 8, 1911 the son of Petro Owsainyk and Ksenka Kasiyan. He passed away on March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday morning with his youngest daughter, Joyce by his side. As a child he was involved in the church and the farm and received his education at Deer Creek School. As a young man Fred left for a while to travel to Manitoba and southern Ontario to work on farms and tobacco fields only to return home once again to join his Dad to work on the family farm. When his Dad retired in 1960, Fred took the farm over. Fred’s favorite time of year was harvest time. He was involved in the building of the orthodox churches in the area. He also enjoyed his music and playing in the band at the local dances on the weekends. Fred enjoyed his socializing as a young man, playing cards, playing jokes on his family members and friends whenever he could. Fred loved laughter and his good humor touched everyone. In November of 1944 Fred was united in marriage to Mary Paley and they had four children, Fran, Dennis (who passed away), Larry and Joyce. They moved to Thunder Bay to work at the Labatt’s Brewery and St. Joseph’s Hospital for a short while. Fred returned back to Saskatchewan to farm once again until 1976 and moved to Springside, Saskatchewan until 2002. In March 2002, Fred moved into the Yorkton and District Nursing Home where he resided until his passing. Fred loved to laugh, he would always have a story to tell and share. He made sure to put a smile on your face, he loved to play pool and win pool tournaments. He enjoyed his bicycle rides and walking kept him active. He touched the lives of all who crossed his path. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. Fred was predeceased by son, Dennis; his parents, Peter and Oksana Oshanek; brothers, John, Wasyl, Nick and Clifford; sisters, Ann, Mary and Pearl and her husband Fred; and grand daughter, Christine. Fred leaves to mourn his three children, daughter, Fran and Rick Parsons of Ignace, ON; two grandsons, Aaron of Ignace, ON and Scott of Ear Falls, ON; son Larry and Peggy Oshanek of Thunder Bay, ON; and daughter, Joyce and her special friend, Randy Gieze of Winnipeg, MB as well as many other nieces and nephews. A Service of Remembrance was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. The organist, Mrs. Shani Apland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “Just As I Am”, “Morning Has Broken” and “How Great Thou Art”. In accordance with Fred’s wishes a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie’s Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Rita Viola Elisabeth Dietrich
February 16 , 2008 - March 25 , 2008
Birthpace: MacNutt, SK
Residence: Yorkton, SK
Service: Funeral Services were held on Friday, March 28, 2008 from Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Pastor Ken Eichenlaub officiating. The organist, Mrs. Verna Liebrecht, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Abide With Me” and “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. Rita’s nephew, Ronald Torrie, remembered his aunt in tribute and eulogy. The ladies of Zion Lutheran Women’s Missionary League served as honourary pallbearers. In accordance with Rita’s wishes, a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date.
Memorial Donations: Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s name to the Zion Luthern Church Building Fund or to the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots as tokens of remembrance.
Rita Dietrich was called to her Lord on March 25, 2008 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home at the age of 84 years. Rita Viola Elisabeth Dietrich was born to Catherine and John Dietrich on February 16, 1924 in their home in The Homeland S.D. - MacNutt, Saskatchewan. She was the second oldest of six children. On March 3, 1924, Rita was baptized by Pastor G.H. Boehnke at her parents home and on April 10, 1938 she was confirmed by Pastor John H. Lucht of Christ Lutheran Church in MacNutt, Saskatchewan. Her confirmation verse was Isaiah 41:10. Rita’s godparents were Elizabeth and Wilhelm Fingas. Rita grew up on the family farm and attended the Homeland School near MacNutt. From 1947 - 1949, Rita worked as a ward aid in the Yorkton Auxiliary Hospital and was a nurses aid from 1954-1956 in Wilkie Hospital. She completed a business course in Calgary and worked at Terrill’s Flowers. Rita also spent time in Hinton, Alberta working as a clerk in a pharmacy. It was after her time in Hinton that she returned to Yorkton. Rita was always a very devoted member of the Lutheran Church and during her time in Yorkton, she attended the Zion Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. Rita was predeceased by her parents, John and Catherine; brothers, Alvin and Robert and sister, Alma. Rita is survived by her sister, Helen (Julius) Stubel of Melville; brother, Harlan Dietrich of Hinton, AB; niece, Joanne (Patrick) Gilbertson of Winnipeg; nephews, Randy (Bev) Torrie of Saltcoats and Ronald (Delores) Torrie of Saltcoats as well as grand- nieces, grand-nephews and many friends. Funeral Services were held on Friday, March 28, 2008 from Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Pastor Ken Eichenlaub officiating. The organist, Mrs. Verna Liebrecht, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Abide With Me” and “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. Rita’s nephew, Ronald Torrie, remembered his aunt in tribute and eulogy. The ladies of Zion Lutheran Women’s Missionary League served as honourary pallbearers. In accordance with Rita’s wishes, a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie’s Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.