We are here today to honor the memory of Albert Edward Wildin.
Albert Wildin passed away, suddenly, at his home in Battrum, SK, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005.
Albert leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 47 years, Shirley; his children, Brian (Shelley), Swift Current, SK: Noreen (Pat Thorburn) and their children, Zeny and Vanessa, Cabri, SK: Vonda, Ottawa, ONT: Paul (Mona) and their children, Ashley and Megan, Battrum, SK; his sister, Daphne Siewert, Bow Island, AB; and by 2 nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and May Wildin; a daughter, Tammy May, in infancy; and by a brother-in-law, Bill Siewert.
Albert was born on November 6, 1930 in Cabri, SK, the only son of Edward and May Wildin of Battrum, SK. He attended school at Battrum and Pennant. Although he was farming, he also worked at various jobs. Some of them were the C.P.R., Pipeline, Research Station, Elevator crew and Johnston’s Dairy. In August, 1958, Albert and Shirley were married in Swift Current, SK. They settled on the farm near Battrum and later, in 1965, they moved into Battrum where he resided until his passing.
Albert enjoyed farming, animals and time spent with his grandchildren, family and friends. The sounds of the coyotes at night brought him pleasure. He also loved his old-time music and the daily news, which you were not to interrupt. He was a private, kind and generous man.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from the Pennant Anglican Church, Pennant, SK with Archdeacon Rob Hardwick officiating.
The organist for the service was Janet Neubauer. “Morning Has Broken”, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”, “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night” were sung by the congregation. The life history of Albert was brought by Rob Hardwick. The ushers in the church were John Levorson and Mac Garrett. In honor of Albert Wildin, donations to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation or to the Charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were in care of Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
Passed Away: January 5, 2006
Peter P. Penner passed away in the early morning hours of January 5, 2006 at the Swift Current Care Centre, his home for the last 16 months. He was just 23 days short of his 94th birthday. Pete was the first child born to Peter J. and Justina (Wiebe) Penner on January 28, 1912 at Plum Coulee, Manitoba.
At the tender age of 1 he moved with his parents to the Main Centre area in Saskatchewan, settling at Cruikshank. Pete’s siblings would number 11 when the family was complete. Pete worked for his dad on the farm as a young man. In his early twenties he began a courtship with Margaret Harder, traveling about 12 miles by bicycle to visit her. Once he gave her a special bracelet as a gift. When he arrived home later that evening he found the bracelet in his coat pocket and took this as a sign that she had ended the relationship. Meanwhile, Margaret and her sister, Annie, had searched high and low for the precious bracelet. Dad returned some time later to visit, hoping he was wrong and indeed he was! The bracelet had simply fallen off her tiny wrist and landed in his pocket! All was well and they were married December 13, 1934, at Margaret’s parents’ home in Gouldtown. Their married life, which lasted 63 years, was filled with many challenges and moves. They began their life together living with Margaret’s parents, then moving into a granary on their yard. They lived in Main Centre for a time and then bought a quarter section of land north of Gouldtown. Pete and Margaret had 4 children – Margaret, Mary, Harold and Myles.
Pete worked very hard, suffering many hardships and making do with very little. At one time they milked 12 cows and the money from cream sales helped provide for the family’s basic needs. In 1957, Pete developed rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling disease which affected his knees, feet, elbows and hands throughout his life. There was a time when Margaret had to help him onto their Cockshutt tractor because he was too pained to do it on his own. Margaret and the children had to pitch in and work hard, too, to get the farming done. In 1966, Pete and Margaret sold the farm and moved to Waldeck. Pete found work at Kay and Harold’s Place pumping gas. Shortly after his 65th birthday he retired. In 1989, they moved to Golden West Manor in Swift Current, a place where they made many friends. He spent countless hours playing Tile Rummy, carpet bowling and card games. In 1998, Margaret passed away and Pete found great comfort in the lonely days listening to his gospel music and German gospel radio programs.
It was during their time in Gouldtown that special revival meetings were held were Dad began a personal relationship with Jesus. This would prove to be the most important relationship in his long life, one which would grow deeper and sweeter as the days passed, as he grew in age and his many days alone after Margaret’s passing. In the summer of 2004, Dad’s health deteriorated and he was hospitalized for his arthritic inflamed elbows. He never returned to his beloved Golden West Manor. On September 22, 2004, Dad was admitted to full time care at the Swift Current Care Centre. This would be his final earthly home and he would spend many contented days there. We grew to love and appreciate the staff as much as Dad did. We watched as they interacted with Dad and they gently and lovingly cared for him. Until very recently Dad’s mind was sharp and bright. He delighted in telling stories of his childhood and youth and recollecting his long life’s experiences. He told of tough times, but the stories were recounted with laughter and enjoyment. On New Year’s Day, Pete unexpectedly began to fail. As his children, we are deeply grateful for the long hours we spent at his bedside. All of the children were at his bedside, united by the personal relationship we share with Dad in Jesus. What comfort there was in watching him pass from this world into the waiting arms of Jesus, His Savior.
Pete is survived by his four children, Margaret (Wes) Schapansky, Mary (Abe) Leiding, Harold Penner, Myles (Cindy) Penner, 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Abe (Gertie) Penner and John (Nellie) Penner; many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Gordon Spetz; and sisters-in-law, Gertrude Harder, Justina Penner and Agatha Penner. Pete was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Harder) Penner on January 8, 1998; brothers, Henry, Eduort, Diedrich and Bernie; and sisters, Agnes, Justina, Alma, Manda and Linda. The funeral service and celebration of Pete’s life was held Monday January 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Bridgeway Community Church, Swift Current with Pastor Cliff Janzen officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Gideons or Swift Current Care Centre Auxiliary.
Passed away: December 23, 2005
DENNIEL - Marie “Rose”
Rose Denniel passed away peacefully at the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home in Pontiex, SK on Friday, December 23, 2005.
Rose was born on August 15, 1915 in Val Marie, SK and also attended school there. As a young woman, Rose worked as a housekeeper at several Catholic rectories in Southwestern Saskatchewan. She later worked in the housekeeping department at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital for 21 years. Rose worked hard, yet she took the time to help many others in any way that she could. She was a true caregiver.
Rose never forgot to write or send cards for birthday, anniversary, Christmas or any other special event in others lives.
Rose loved traveling, cards, bingo, word puzzles, letter writing, taking pictures, baking, stamp trading and visiting her extended family and her many friends. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by everyone.
Rose was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Marie Jeanne; her brothers, Pierre, Louis, Jean, Joseph, Yves, Denis; her sisters, Corentine, Anna, Bernadette and Jeanne. She is survived by her sisters, Marie Arsenault (Red Deer, AB) and Yvonne Douville (Regina, SK); and by numerous nieces and nephews.
The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from the Swift Current Funeral Chapel with Velma Wilson officiating. Special music chosen was “I will Meet You On the Far Side of Jordan” and “Angels Among Us”. Niece, Lorraine Selanders delivered the Eulogy. Great-niece, Serese Selanders-Koch read a special poem. Musical piano presentations were provided by great-niece, Erin Medforth. The Interment will be held at a later date at the Val Marie Cemetery, Val Marie, SK. In memory of Rose Denniel, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Research Fund or to the Alzheimer Association of Saskatchewan would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
Passed away: January 13, 2006
It is with sadness that the family of Marge King (nee Spence) announces her passing on Friday, January 13, 2006. Marge was born Feb. 24, 1926 at Kelso. SK. She was one of seven children born to Robert and Christina Spence. At seventeen, Marge joined the Navy spending two years as a Leading WREN. Upon discharge, she was enrolled in Normal School (Teacher’s College) in Moose Jaw. Marge spent several years teaching in rural Saskatchewan and Alberta. While teaching in Arrowwood, she met her future husband and love of her life, Stanley King. The young couple settled in Swift Current, eventually moving to Yorkton. Marge taught kindergarten for 13 years, moving on to librarian in the public school system. Marge also taught English as a Second Language and worked with the refugee program in Yorkton. Upon Stan’s death in 1982, Marge moved to Abbey, Sk to be closer to her daughters. In Abbey, Marge enjoyed many years of teaching playschool. She also enjoyed substitute teaching which she did up until last year. Marge enjoyed doing crosswords, gardening, knitting, crocheting, stamp collecting and spending time with friends. She was an active member of the Legion. Marge, being a big sports fan, loved to watch her Blue Jays and curling on TV. Marge’s special joys in life were her six grandchildren, Michael, Tyler, Caitlin, Jen, Erin and Kyle. The kids spent many, many happy hours at Grandma’s house.
Marge was predeceased by husband Stan, brothers Angus, Gordon, Don; sister Marion and several brothers and sisters-in-law. Marge will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Judy of Regina,; daughter Karen (Gordon) Pederson, of Abbey, grandchildren Michael, Tyler, and Caitlin; and daughter Shelly (Kevin) Thoreson of Swift Current, grandchildren Jen, Erin, and Kyle; and numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be greatly appreciated: Pasqua Hospital Palliative Care, 4101 Dewdney Ave. Regina, SK. S4T 1A5 or the Heart & Stoke Foundation. A private Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January21, 2006 at 2:00 pm from the Swift Current Funeral Chapel with Rev. Catherine Christie officiating. Swift Current Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.
Passed away: February 11, 2006
REGIER - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, Susanna "Susie" (Pauls) Regier, on Saturday, February 11, 2006, at the Herbert-Morse Hospital, Herbert, SK. She reached the age of 95 years, 11 months, 25 days.
Susie will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, John (Tiena) Regier, Swift Current, SK; Abe (Elaine) Regier, Saskatoon, SK; and Ron (Wendy) Regier, Sparwood, BC and daughter, Gwen (John) Martens, Boissevain, MB; son-in-law, Walter (Lynda) Neufeld, Saskatoon, SK; 15 grandchildren: Lynette (George) Janzen, Walter (Kelly) Neufeld, Dale (Susanne) Neufeld, Joanne Wiebe, Jim (Andrea) Neufeld: Trevor Regier, Robert Regier, Kelly (Lyle) Zacharias: Carey (Barry) Teichroeb, Cory (Donna) Regier: Richelle Regier, Lindsay Regier; Ryan Martens, Steven Martens, Erin (Rob) Galston; 21 great grandchildren: Lara (David) Dick, Nathan Janzen, Kathryn Janzen: Jaelyn (Lyle Barnstable) Wiebe, Andrew (Lisa) Wiebe, Christopher Wiebe: Micah Neufeld, Nicklas Neufeld, Domenic Neufeld: Tori Neufeld, Anthony Neufeld: Kama Regier, Kristina Carey, Tyler Wilson, Justin (Brittany Froese) Wilson, Forrest Shale: Emily Zacharias, Graham Zacharias: Evan Regier, Brianne Teichroeb, Adam Teichroeb. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Regier (1979); her daughter, Elvira Neufeld (2001); her parents, Daniel F. and Katharina (Braun) Pauls; Step-mother, Margareta (Braun) Penner; 4 siblings who died in infancy or young. She was the last of a family of seven, having lost her younger sister Agnes Krahn only a year ago. They had never lived more than a few miles apart for 93 years and Mom dearly missed her sister and best friend.
Susanna “Susie” (Pauls) Regier was born on February 17, 1910 in the village of Reinfeld, Yazykovo, South Russia. She had a happy childhood and the love of a large family. Her father was a successful farmer and provided a good home for his family until they experienced the loss of everything they had during the Russian Revolution and were forced to leave their homeland. The family emigrated to Canada in 1923, settling on a farm at Herbert, SK. Her children are so grateful that she was willing to share her memories of their life in Russia by relating stories of her childhood and the trials of making a new start in Canada. And she played a large part in the creation of a Regier-Pauls Family History by writing everything down in three notebooks for our use.
Mom met John Regier, the son of another immigrant family, and they were married on November 16, 1930 in Herbert, SK. They shared a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Agnes and Jacob Krahn. Dad and Mom settled on a farm in the Reed Valley school district, later moving into Herbert (1945) and “farmed from town” until they retired in 1972.
Mom was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church and served in the Ladies Aid Group. Her devotion and faith in God was ever an integral part of her life and never wavered even during the most trying of times. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a great cook and a gracious hostess; visitors were always welcome and no one left her home hungry. She loved to garden making sure to leave room for many kinds of flowers and she had house plants in bloom all year round. She liked to crochet doilies and Afghans and her quilts were prized by her children and grandchildren. Both Mom and Dad loved to travel taking many trips in Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. Their wish to see their homeland again was fulfilled by two trips back to Russia.
When the time came that she could no longer manage a large house, Mom wisely took an apartment in Heritage Towers in Swift Current where she lived for nine years. Due to failing health she returned to Herbert 2 years ago as a resident of Heritage Manor. Even there she still liked to be a good hostess and kept a supply of goodies for all who dropped by. After a bad fall she was admitted to the Herbert Hospital in November and eventually became a resident there until her passing.
Mom was a gentle, quiet, loving and hard-working woman who was proud of her family and a friend to many. While we are saddened by her passing we will cherish her in our memories and can take comfort in the knowledge that she is at rest at last. We will miss you, Oma.
The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from the Mennonite Brethren Church, Herbert, SK with Pastor Cliff Janzen and George Janzen officiating. Scripture was read from Psalm 91 by Trevor Regier. “In the Rifted Rock I’m Resting” and “It Is Well With My Soul” were sung by the congregation. The life history was brought by Walter Neufeld Jr. with Ron Regier sharing a tribute. Special music was provided by Kathryn Janzen singing, “Nun Danket Alle Gott” (“Now Thank We All Our God“). Prelude & Postlude were “Recorded favorites” by the Herbert Quartet including, “Ich Werde Kein Fremdling Dorte Sein” (“I Will Be No Stranger There”). The ushers in the church were Allan Jahnke and Harvey Schulz. The Interment Service was held at the Herbert Community Cemetery, Herbert, SK with the following grandsons serving as pallbearers, Walter Neufeld, Jim Neufeld, Dale Neufeld, Trevor Regier, Robert Regier, Cory Regier, Ryan Martens and Steve Martens. In memory of Mrs. Susie Regier, donations to the Gideons International would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were in care of Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
Passed away: February 6, 2006
Huston, Anne - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear Mom on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at the age of 76 years. Anne was born to Peter and Anganetha Dyck on September 7, 1929 at Gouldtown, SK. She was an affectionate and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be lovingly missed by her sons, Gerald Penner (Sandra) and Neil Penner (Donna); her daughters, Lucy Heglin (Dave) and Janet Penner; her granddaughters, Michelle Heglin, Crista Cleroux, Carmen McDowell and Desiree Wegner; her grandsons, Jarod Penner and Luke Robertson; her great-granddaughters, Jessica Penner, Kimberly Cleroux and Destiny Lyle; her great-grandsons, Jaymes Penner, Alex Thiessen and Benjamin Cleroux; her sisters, Tina Gannon, Nettie Friesen, Eva Pittman, Martha Rediuk (John), Helen Wiebe (Abe) and Elizabeth Sadowski (Bernhard); a brother, George Dyck (Elfriede); and by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Anganetha Dyck; her brothers, Pete and Bill; a daughter, Grace; and by a granddaughter, Nikki.
The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Herbert Mennonite Church, Herbert, SK with Pastor Donovan Epp officiating. The pianist for the service was Diane Peters with special music provided by Darlene Wiebe and Ron Wiebe. “Beyond the Sunset” was sung by the congregation. The Interment Service was held at the Gouldtown Community Cemetery, Gouldtown, SK with the following serving as pallbearers, John Reimer, Ralph Friesen, Dale Zacharias, Dwayne Wiebe, Pete Klassen and Gary Fast. In memory of Mrs. Anne Huston, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were in care of Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK.
Passed away: Saturday, April 8, 2006
McNabb – Gwenna Barbara age 66 passed away peacefully at the Cypress Regional Hospital on Saturday, April 8, 2006.
Mom was born in Smith Falls, Ontario on March, 24th 1940. In 1961 Orville and Gwen married in Regina, Saskatchewan. Through the years she worked as a secretary at the Davidson Leader, helping with the farm, Paul & Myrtles, The Davidson Hotel and Mom’s Korner where she met a lot of friends. Mom enjoyed Crafts, Knitting, Needle point, showing her girls how to cook, Teaching Sunday School and 4H. She enjoyed traveling to the States, Hawaii, BC and especially her trip to Ontario with Erla to see her roots. She also enjoyed gardening, her flower beds and time spent with her family.
Gwen was predeceased by her parents Asa and Edna Watson, her husband Orville McNabb, Great Grandson Noel Miller, Brother in Law John Belanger. She is survived by 3 daughters Darlene (Kent) Joorisity their children Kale and Jennifer (Greg) Miller their children Janae and Mason. Lynn (Cal) Libke their children Justine and Jordan. Cheryl McNabb her children Paige and Rylee. Sisters Erla Belanger, Ada (George) Smith, Irene (Al) Couttie, Brother Asa (Sam) Watson, Brother in Law, Wayne McNabb, Sister in Law, Glennys McNabb and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held in Mom’s honor on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the K Motel Banquet Room in Swift Current . In memory of Gwenna McNabb donations to the Cypress Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit in care of the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
Passed away: April 11, 2006
Eva (Reimer) Hildebrandt
On April 11, 2006, Eva (Reimer) Hildebrandt, of the Bentley Retirement Centre, passed away at the age of 99 years, 3 months and 8 days at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, Sask. Eva was born in Gretna, Manitoba on January 2, 1907. She was the last of her 8 siblings to pass away; 4 older and 4 younger. She leaves to mourn her loss her family of nieces and nephews and her step children, Betty (Delmar Rempel) Brown, Helena (Ben) Funk, and Marian (Al) Schraeder, (Ernie and Carol Sawatsky), (Henry and Doris Schapansky) and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Dave, in 2004.
A Celebration of Eva’s life took place on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 1:30 pm at the Church of the Open Bible with Rev. Alvin Buhler and Rev. Melvin Epp officiating. Interment took place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Swift Current Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.