Jack Alvin Crozier
Jack Alvin Crozier of Weyburn passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital on March 24, 2009 at the age of 62 years. He was born August 29, 1947 to Alvin and Jean Crozier who lived near Yellow Grass. Jack is predeceased by his father, Alvin and granddaughter, Hailey Jean Ernst. Jack is survived by his wife: Sandra, Weyburn, daughters: Rhonda (Cory) Hemphill, Weyburn and their sons, Jerred, Mitchell and Andrew; Bonnie (Brent) Ernst, Weyburn and their sons, Ethan and Dylan; his mother, Jean Goran, Weyburn; and his one brother, Jim (Louise) Crozier, Yellow Grass as well as many nieces and nephews. Jack drove truck and farmed most of his life. He loved driving truck and being with other truck drivers. Some of those drivers had become very close friends of his and Sandra's. Jack took Bonnie on some hauls to places such as Texas and Las Vegas and made many precious memories with her. In 1999, Jack and Sandra decided to retire and sell the farm and move into Yellow Grass. Jack's idea of retirement seemed to last only a few days. Since his "retirement", he worked for friends and was a heavy equipment operator, a farm hand, and drove truck now and then. Jack and Sandra decided to move into Weyburn a few years ago to be closer to their girls and grandsons. Over the past few years, Jack got really into playing poker. He went every Tuesday night to the Royal and also to weekend poker tournaments with good friends. He also loved meeting the guys at Maintrack café every morning to catch the local gossip. Jack was so proud of his girls and his grandchildren. Jack took his family on fishing and camping trips every summer. These memories are so precious to his family. He passed on his love for camping and fishing to his girls they both extremely love to do both. Jack loved watching his girls play sports in their younger years and more recently loved watching his grandsons playing sports like soccer and baseball. Although Jack's back wasn't the greatest in the past few years, he managed to play baseball with his grandkids whenever he could. Jack really had a love for hockey throughout his life. He was so excited to see his grandsons play hockey. He loved all of his grandchildren so much and was having a hard time knowing that he wouldn't be there for all of the big moments in their lives like he was for his girls. In February of this year, Jack and Sandra took their annual two-week vacation to Laughlin. They met up with some of their good friends. They had a great time together, even though Jack's health started to deteriorate. The day they got home, Jack's breath seemed to be hard to catch and he had lost several pounds so he went to the doctor who sent him to a specialist. He was informed that he had terminal cancer and there was nothing else they could do for him. Jack came home and got out and visited family and friends as much as he could handle for the first couple of weeks. He had people come visit him at home too. He then became too weak and on Sunday, March 22 he decided to go to the hospital. The next day, Jack had lots of family and friends come up and visit and had great conversations with all of them. He appreciated all of the phone calls and visits from everyone. That night, Bonnie and Rhonda helped get him ready for bed and said good night to him for the last time. Jack passed away peacefully in his sleep. Jack was not only a husband but to others he was a son, father, brother, uncle, grandpa and friend. People say the family was lucky to get to have the time to say their good-byes. Sandra and the girls were fortunate enough to honestly say they didn't need the time to tell Jack they loved him and they knew he loved them. Jack wasn't a cuddly, kissy type and that was okay with his girls. Rhonda and Bonnie never once doubted his love and devotion to his family. Rhonda and Bonnie not only lost their dad but one of their very best friends. They feel so lucky to be able to have such a close bond with their dad. They can only learn to live on with memory of him and all of the wonderful memories they made together. A service of remembrance for Jack was held on Friday, March 27 at RD Family Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment was in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Friends so wishing, can make donations in memoriam to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Henry Thomas Mazer
On Thursday, March 26th, 2009, Henry Thomas Mazer passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility at the age of 94 years. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Elizabeth Mazer; his only son, Raymond Mazer and brother, Michael Mazer. Henry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Margery Mazer of Weyburn; daughter-in-law, Darlene Mazer and granddaughters, Mandi Mazer of Regina and Mallory Mazer of Saskatoon; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Stan and Ann Marks and Nelliedean Weeds; aunt, Ann Stephens; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Henry was born May 20, 1914, at Amulet. Henry's mother passed away when Henry and his brother, Mike, were young boys. He grew up on a farm south of Amulet and received his schooling there. He helped his father farm and when war broke out, Henry enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and went overseas in 1943 and returned to Canada in 1946. Henry worked in Vancouver for the next four years returning to the family farm to help his father during the spring and summer months. In 1947 he met Margery Cluett and on February 16, 1953, they were married. Together they took over the family farm and raised their son, Raymond. n 1977, Henry and Margery retired and moved to Weyburn. During their retirement they did a lot of travelling. Henry's passion in the summer was golfing. He and his buddies had many good times together. Henry golfed until he was 90 years old and he was very proud of this accomplishment. On August 17, 2006, Henry and Marge's only son, Raymond, passed away suddenly and this took an emotional tole on Henry. He so missed his chats with Ray. Almost one year later, Henry and Margery sold their home and moved into Liberty Manor. In December 2007, Henry was hospitalized for a couple of months and then went to live at the nursing home in Carlyle for a short period of time and in March 2008, House 4 at Tatagwa View became Henry's home. Henry was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Weyburn Branch #47. On May 28, 2008, Henry attended the Weyburn Legion Awards Night and received his 55 year Life Award Pin. Henry lived a very full life; with both hard times and good times. How lucky we were to have had him in our lives. Prayers were held on March 29, 2009 and Funeral Mass on March 30, 2009 at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. A tribute was given by his granddaughter, Mandi. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion held the Last Post Service lead by Rev. John Ferrier. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Gerry Mazer, Ross David, Norman Lee, Ken Musk, Albert Verbeurgt and Dave Kwochka. If friends so desire, donations in Henry's memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church Building and Maintenance Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432).
Margaret Loreen Carson
On Monday, March 30, 2009, Margaret Loreen Carson passed away at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Centre at the age of 82 years. Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Tammy Ireland; brother, Clayton Ireland; two nieces: Brenda Erb and Tammy Williams; two nephew, Darren and Timothy Naught; brother-in-law, Claude Williams and sister-in-law, Martha (Lloyd) Ward. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by her son, Barry Carson of Weyburn; granddaughters: Jani (Jeremiah) Carson-Prpich of Victoria, BC and Jennifer (Kevin Wright) Carson of Oxbow; sisters: Audrey Williams and Gladys (Melvin) Naught and sister-in-law, Adeline Ireland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends, Bonnie and Ali Christopherson. Margaret was born April 10, 1926 in a farm house in the Maple District to Tammy and Frank Ireland. She grew up on the farm, milking cows and feeding horses. Music filled the home as many days and nights were spent singing and playing the piano and organ and dancing with her family and friends. Margaret attended grade school at Maple School house and then Weyburn Collegiate Institute, until the 11th grade when her grandmother took ill and Margaret was needed to help care for her. On October 16, 1946 she married James S. Carson. They had one son, Barry James Carson on December 9th, 1949. Margaret and Jim lived on the McQuage farm at first, then later purchased an old farm house and had it moved to the Carson home quarter. In the early 1980's they moved into Weyburn, and she resided in their home until last year when she moved into Tatagwa View, where she could receive the extra care that she needed. She was a dedicated homemaker and farm wife and mother. She later took a job at Walk-Away Shoes where she really enjoyed working and helping all her customers. Margaret loved her family, church and music. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking and being a member of the ladies auxiliary. She spent much of her time visiting with friends and family, reading and writing stories. Margaret had a deep belief in her faith and God. She was a long time member of the reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she played the organ and piano and was the Church Treasurer for over 30 years. She helped with many fowl suppers, quilting bees, and playing the organ and piano with the ladies group when they visited the nursing homes. Margaret deeply and fiercely loved her family. Her family feels blessed to have shared in her love and life. Funeral services were held Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Elder Dan Esch officiating and assisted by Priest Barry Carson. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The Pallbearers were: Geoff Carson, Vic Kozman, Glen Osborne, Ben Brodner, Jeff Erb and Gabe Brodner. Donations may be made in memory of Margaret to the CNIB or to the Alzheimers Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Roy Edward Mokelki
Roy Edward Mokelki aged 62 years of Eastend, Saskatchewan and formerly of Weyburn died suddenly at his home in Eastend on Tuesday, March 31. He was born at Weyburn on October 17, 1946, the first born child of Ralph and Jean Mokelki. He lived with his parents at Castlegar, BC until age 8 and then the family returned to the farm at Goodwater where he received his education. Roy served in Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry for two years and then took a small motor repair course at Weyburn. He married Sandy Schultz at Weyburn on December 27, 1969. They lived and farmed 3 and one half miles north of Weyburn where their three sons Jody, Cory and Chris were born. During his time at Weyburn Roy also worked for ten years in the Oilfield Service sector. They moved to Eastend in 1987 where Roy continued to farm for several years. He received his Instrumentation Technology Certification from SIAST in Moose Jaw. Roy's passion for golf brought him to his career as Golf Course Superintendant. Roy was able to do what he loved as superintendant for Rock Creek Golf Club in Shaunavon and Stream bank Golf Club in Eastend. While at Weyburn he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47, the Elks Lodge and the Kinsmen Club. He had a passion for his family and outdoor activities, especially golf. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Jean Mokelki; his niece Tracy Mokelki and a great niece Abigail Jacqueline McLeod. He is survived by three sons, Jody (Robin) and grandchildren Wyatt and Owen of Eastend; Cory of Eastend; and Chris (Sandi) of Swift Current; their mother Sandy Mokelki (Garry Fandrich) of Eastend; his brothers and sisters, Patsy Ernst (Albert) of Goodwater; Dan Mokelki (Lois) of Prince Albert; Chris Mokelki (Wendy) of Balgonie; Lana Tosczak (John) of Tribune; Gail Becker (Wayne Nykoluk) of Red Deer, AB; and Garry Mokelki (Donelda) of Goodwater, as well as by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be remembered and missed. Memorial services were held from Eastend Memorial Hall in Eastend on Monday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Master of Ceremonies was Brian Van Sandt. Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Goodwater Cemetery on Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Binkley's Funeral Service of Shaunavon (www.Binkleys.com) was in charge of the arrangements. For those wishing, memorial donations may be made to Streambank Golf Club in care of Binkley's Funeral Service 1-877-BINKLEY.
Mary Eleanor Johnston (nee: Nixon)
On Friday, March 27th, 2009, Mary Eleanor Johnston passed away at the Fillmore Health Centre at the age of 87 years. Predeceased by her parents, John and Maude Nixon, her husband of 62 years, William G. Johnston, one brother, Lionel Nixon and several brothers and sisters-in-law. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her family: four children: Audrey (Eldon) Piper of Fillmore; Ray Johnston (Shirley Bowles) of St. Albert, AB; Bev Johnston (Doug Campbell) of Summerland, BC; Bruce Johnston (Georgina Hitchie) of Oliver, BC; grandchildren: Scott (Laura) Piper and their family, Ocean, Ashley, Tyler and Logan; Lyle (Andrea) Piper and their family, Jordan, Braden and Mason; Ryan (Tricia) Piper and their family, Shelby and Sierra; Shelley Ziola and her family, Christopher, Savanna and Michael; Kim (Richard) Beaune; Mark Johnston; Bryan Johnston-Lemke; brothers and sisters: Les (Marie) Nixon, Eldon (Lily) Nixon, Kay (Ken) Sidebottom, Walter Nixon, Doreen Brown, Murray (Leona) Nixon; sisters and brothers-in-law: Peggy Nixon, Merle Johnston and Gordon (Dorothy) Johnston; her cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Eleanor Johnston (nee: Nixon) was born in Fillmore on September 20, 1921 the eldest of eight children. She was raised on the farm and attended Freewill School and Fillmore High School. On October 22, 1941, Mary married William George Johnston at Fillmore. She was a member of Fillmore United Church and the UCW; a charter member of Estelle Rebekah Lodge in Fillmore; a member of Fillmore Health Care Auxiliary; Provincial President from 1985 to 1987; involved with the Fillmore Museum, the Home and School association and on the Hall board. She lived in Fillmore all her life except for one year in Weyburn where she lived in Bison Manor and Crocus Villa before returning home to Fillmore. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Gibbons and the staff of Fillmore Health Centre. She will be sadly missed by all she knew and loved. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Fillmore United Church, Fillmore with Rev. Heather Lea officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of Mary to the Fillmore Health Centre or to the Alzheimers Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Mr. Hilton Bunse of Red Deer, AB passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on April 2nd, at the age of 70 years. Hilton will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Doreen; son, Randy (Lisa) Bunse; step-son, Greg Munday; daughters, Debbie (Brian) Wild and Connie (Darryl) Murphy; step-daughters, Debbie Munday and Sheri (James) Provost and his mother, Ida Bunse. Hilton also leaves to cherish 8 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 step-great grandson. Hilton was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Bunse. Funeral services for the late Mr. Hilton Bunse took place on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the Red Deer Funeral Home (6150, 67 Street, Red Deer) with Interment to follow at a later date in Midale. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com
"Beth" Elizabeth Isabel (nee Lucht) Kerr
"Beth" Elizabeth Isabel (nee Lucht) Kerr, age 83, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan on February 12, 2009. Predeceased by her dearest husband of 56 years, Cecil; parents Otto & Tillie Lucht; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. Beth is survived by daughters Shirley of Regina and Donna (Mick) Elias of Creelman and their children, Carrie (Carman) Englot of Alameda (great granddaughters Brittany, Faith, & Sierra); Jennifer (Geoff) Elias White of Weyburn (great grandson Hayden), and Jessica Elias of Edmonton; sister Erna Creighton of Stoughton and sister-in-law Zelma Kerr of Moose Jaw; nieces, nephews, and friends. Beth was born in Nutsloff, Germany and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 3 years old. In time, the family would settle in the Benson area where Beth attended Ossa School. Life on the Lucht farm was the beginning of Beth's lifelong love affair with work. She also had an active social life and enjoyed taking in the local dances with her girlfriends. Eventually Cecil turned her head and after a whirlwind courtship they married November 20, 1947. Together, they built a name for themselves in the purebred cattle industry selling breeding stock across the Prairie Provinces and into the U.S. The name 'Loch Alvie Herefords' became synonymous with registered horned Herefords and their annual production sale spanned 18 years. Beth's contributions were as essential to the business operation as were Cecil's. Although mixed farming was the couple's life's work, they dedicated their lives to raising a family and providing for us. Beth was first and foremost a mother, wife, grandmother, and great grandmother. She often did without while ensuring that the family's needs were met. No one championed our causes more than Mom. We could always count on her to be in our corner. Her generosity was limitless; as was her pride in us. Nothing gave her more pleasure than spending time with the family and helping us in whatever way she could. A memorial service and celebration of Beth's life was held at Grace United Church in Stoughton on February 23, 2009. In her memory, contributions were made to the Fillmore Union Health Centre where she received respite care and to Child Find Canada Inc. a favorite charity of Mom's. Arrangements were in the care of Orsted Funeral Home, Estevan.
Erma Lavera Worden
Erma Lavera Worden was born April 5, 1913 and died April 4, 2009, one day before her 96th birthday. Erma was born in Weyburn and lived her entire life there residing at the same address until she moved to Souris Valley Care Home and then to Tatagwa View Care Home. She was predeceased by her brother, Herb Worden, and her parents, Edmond and Gertrude Worden. She is survived by her nieces, Mary Lou Ast, Judy Worden and Connie Watson and their families, as well as many relatives in Ontario. Erma was a gifted pianist and could play any song by ear. She entertained her friends and family with her gift of music. She was also an excellent card player and belonged to a bridge club for many years. She loved the sun and enjoyed time at the family cottage at White Bear Lake. Erma began her working career at City Hall where she was employed as a bookkeeper for many years. After much persuasion by her brother she joined the family business, The Worden Company, a pioneer hardware and grocery store, where she did the books and worked as a clerk. When the store was sold she worked for a number of years at Kempton's Stationery. Erma was very connected to her relatives "Down East" and traveled to the Bowmanville area each fall to visit her cousins, Eileen and Lloyd Down, and attend many family reunions. Her nieces remember the anticipation they felt upon her return as she always purchased a stylish new outfit for each of them. Erma's family would like to thank her Tatagwa View Family, the staff of House 1, who looked after her with kindness, humour and love. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
Caroline Francis Hornshaw (nee Ebel)
Caroline Francis Hornshaw passed away March 24, 2009 at Rocky Mountain House, AB after a short but courageous battle with cancer, with her husband and children by her side. Caroline was born July 15, 1943 to LaVerne and Edward Ebel in Halbrite in the middle of five children. She attended school at DeVille and later Halbrite. Caroline started working at the Club Cafe in Weyburn where she met her future husband, Bill Hornshaw in October 1959, and were married in December of 1959. While in Weyburn Terry joined the couple in 1961, Greg in 1962 in Estevan and Brent in 1965 in Penticton, BC. In 1971 they moved to Rocky Mountain House where they both fell in love with the west country. Caroline was always a hard worker at whatever she did, from waitressing in a cafe, working pipelines, planting trees or caretaker of a large park. She loved the outdoors; she was an avid snowmobile and ATV rider. She enjoyed horseback trips as well. Caroline never shied away from a good challenge. During the last 15 years she was a bookkeeper and travelling companion and best friend to her husband Bill. The end of February, as ill as she was, Caroline insisted making her final trip Manitoba to visit Bill' family and Saskatchewan to see each of her sisters and brothers. Caroline was a great and loving mother and very much enjoyed becoming a grandmother and then the arrival of all her precious great grandchildren. Caroline was predeceased by her mother and father LaVerne and Edward Ebel; brother-in-law Marvin Gallinger, sister-in-law Mary Ebel. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 49 1/2 years, Bill; daughter Terry (Alan) King of Shaunavon; sons Greg (Bev) of Fort St. John, BC, and Brent, Fort St. John, BC, daughter-in-law Adele Hornshaw, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren; sisters Viola Gallinger, Carlyle and Jean (Pete) Lund, Griffin; brothers Wilf Ebel, Weyburn, Lorne (Janet) Ebel, Weyburn, as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Caroline will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of Caroline's life was held April 3, 2009 at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rocky Mountain House, AB. Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Caroline's memory may be made to Rocky Mountain House Health Centre Palliative Care Unit.