Rose Schmidt (nee: Gaab)
On Thursday, December 25th, 2008, Rose Schmidt (nee: Gaab) of Weyburn, SK passed away at the age of 95 years. Rose was predeceased by her parents, Anton and Amelia (nee: Reis) Gabb, three brothers: Thomas, George and Rudolf; one sister, Betty Kot; sisters-in-law, Ann, Ruth and Amelia Gaab; brothers-in-law, John Klatt, John Kot, John A. Kot, Dan Slawson and Elbie Ford; son, Ron in 1989 and by her husband of 47 years, Nicholas "Nick" Schmidt in 1991. Rose will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Darlene (Kenneth) Freimark of Mannville, AB and grandson Keneth (KJ) of Lloydminster, AB, step granddaughter, Suzanne Freimark and her daughters, Jennifer and Nicole of Lloydminster; two brothers: Peter (Rose) Gaab and Joseph (Dorothy) Gaab of Weyburn; three sisters: Susanna Klatt, Barbara Kot of Weyburn and Eva Ford of Claresholm, AB; sister-in-law, Millie (Ernie) Robertson of Edmonton, AB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rose was born in June, 1913, the oldest of ten children. She helped her mom make meals for everyone and became an awesome cook herself. Rose worked away from home for a few years for Dr. Brimacombe and then met Nick Schmidt. They were married in October, 1944. They rented a farm West of Weyburn for years and then eventually bought it. They decided to bless two children by adopting them, a girl, Darlene and a boy, Ron. Rose and Nick grain farmed and raised cattle and chickens. Both Rose and Nick milked at least five cows by hand twice a day, everyday. They sold cream and every Saturday went to town and sold eggs and cream to all of her customers. Rose and Nick always butchered and cut up their own beef and a pig at the same time. They made their own sausage and it was the best in the whole country. Rose always had a huge garden on the farm and she froze or canned or pickled everything. She always got lots of fruit and canned it too. Rose hauled the grain from the field at harvest and she could back any truck up, she was good at it. Rose shoveled grain and hauled meals to the field, the lady was always busy. In the winter, Rose kept herself busy, besides helping milk cows, etc. she loved sewing and sewed all the kids clothes and her own. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and was always baking bread and buns and made her own butter She was always busy doing something, no matter what time of year. In 1971 when Nick's mother passed away, Rose and Nick decided to move to town and live in her house. They did some renovations and painted before moving in. They sold the cattle and got rid of the chickens and only were grain farmers. Nick still farmed and drove back and forth every day, Rose going with him when he needed help. She still had a fairly big garden in town and kept up with her canning, freezing and baking. In town, Rose got involved with more activities. On the farm she was in the sewing circle and still kept that up for years. She was also a member of St. Mary's Alter Society and Rose and Nick loved working at the Catholic Hall for lunches and banquets. Rose loved to go to Bingo at the Catholic Hall and she enjoyed having people in to play cards. They loved to socialize with people. Then the worst that can happen to parents, Ron passed away on August 8th, 1989. Parents are not supposed to bury a child before them and that really hurt Rose and Nick, they took it very hard. Nick became ill in 1990 and in the Spring of 1991 he quit farming and rented the land out. Nick passed away in October of 1991 and Rose stayed in the house on Government Road as long as she could. When her legs started to give her problems and she could no longer go up and down stairs, she sold the house and moved into Bison Manor. She loved it there for she was surrounded by people and there was always something to do. Before Rose moved into Bison Manor she gave up driving and that bothered her for it took a lot of her independence away. Then Rose's legs were getting worse and she was falling in her apartment and couldn't get up, so there was no way she could stay alone anymore. Rose was not happy, but had to move to a nursing home. She got into the Weyburn Special Care Nursing Home and that was the best thing that happened to her. Everyone there gave her the best care and there were plenty of things for her to do there. In the Nursing Home she could still do the most important thing in her life which was talking on the telephone. She loved phoning everyone and getting phone calls totally made her day. She was a very busy, social person. Besides Nick, the most important thing in her life was family and she loved them all and being involved in their lives and their families. Friends came next and she would help anyone out when she could. Finally, God decided to take her home so she can do all the things she loves again and to be with Nick again. God took home another hard worker and great person. The funeral mass was held Saturday, January 3rd at 1:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Warren Gaab, Jeff Gaab, Dale Gabb, Hank Klatt, Walter Kot and David Kot. Donations may be made in memory of Rose to St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
William Henry "Gordon" Somerville
On Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, William Henry "Gordon" Somerville of Weyburn, SK passed away at the age of 91 years. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen and a grandson, Shane. He will be lovingly remembered by his four children: Bill (Dorothy) Somerville of Abbotsford, BC; David (Cindy) Somerville of Abbotsford, BC; Carol Somerville of Weyburn and Diana Murphy of Medicine Hat, AB; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Gordon Somerville was born on August 11th, 1917 in Bresaylor. His family moved to North Battleford in 1929. Gordon began his working life at the age of 15 on a dairy farm. On June 17th, 1939, Gordon married Kathleen Hargrave in North Battleford. They were married for 59 years and had four children, Bill, David, Carol and Diana. Gordon enlisted in the army on June 14th, 1940 and went overseas to England on August 24th, 1941. He served as a rifleman in the infantry division with the Regina Rifles Regiment. Gordon took part in the Normandy invasion and while floating over the English Channel was promoted to Corporal and immediately given the responsibility of leading men from B Company into battle. They landed at Juno Beach in France and successfully fought their way to Caen, France. He was decorated for personally taking out two German submachine gun nests blocking their advance. A short time later, he was wounded by shrapnel and spent three weeks in a hospital in France. After recovery, he again took command of his men and fought many battles including the famous Battle of the Bulge. He ended his European tour of duty in Holland and one of Gordon's most enduring memories was the gratitude and happiness shown by the Dutch people to the Canadians for liberating them and their country. Gordon remained active in the army until February, 1946, was awarded nine medals and honorably discharged holding the rank of Company Sergeant Major. In 1953 he was chosen as one of the military representatives at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd in England. After the war, Gordon returned home to his young wife and son in North Battleford and went to work for Saskatchewan Breweries. He was active in the North Battleford Militia and dedicated much of his time to the Armoury and the Legion. In 1961, Saskatchewan Breweries promoted him to manager, transferring him and his family to Weyburn. After a few years, he joined Bowman Brothers Automotive supply and after it became Acklands, he remained with them until his retirement. Gordon and his wife, Kay, were active members of the Weyburn Legion and participated in many duties and functions held there. Gordon and Kay went to all Regina Rifle Reunions until they were no longer able. Gordon enjoyed his home and loved working in the backyard in the summer months. Along with his wife Kay, they created a park like setting with many birdhouses, flowers, fruit trees and a wonderful vegetable garden. Their lawn (when freshly cut only by Gordon) had 'very straight rows'! In later years, Gordon looked forward to spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed a game of golf with his friends and meeting at the Legion for his morning coffee to catch up on the latest local news. Gordon spent his final ten years in the loving care of his extended family at Crocus Villa in Weyburn. Family and friends welcome all who wish to attend the Celebration of Gordon's life to be held at the Weyburn Legion on January 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, SK. (842-5432)
Lawrence (Ricky) Boychuk
Lawrence (Ricky) Boychuk of Canora, passed away suddenly January 4th, 2009 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 65. Lawrence "Ricky" was born Aug 7, 1943 to Metro and Korolina (Matsalla) Boychuk in Canora. He was the ninth of ten brothers and sisters. He attended the Crooked Hill Creek School near Amsterdam. As a young man, he worked at saw mills and logging camps until moving to Regina in the early 60's. In Regina, Ricky worked at pouring basements and worked at a lumber yard. On April 11, 1963 he met Ruth Brydges whom he married in 1966. Upon moving to Weyburn in 1966, he began working at Motorways, driving truck and was there until the late 70's. Their sons were both born in Weyburn, John in 1969 and Eric in 1973. Ricky started his own painting and drywall company in Weyburn and was in business until the mid 80's. At about this time he started to coach minor hockey. Ricky was also driving truck in the oilfield around Weyburn. In 1991 he moved to Edmonton and was hauling mail across Canada until 1995. In 1995 he moved back to Canora until his passing. In Canora, he started working with Wyonzek Brothers driving truck until he would go on to work at Coop in 2007. He retired in Aug of 2008. Whether you knew him as Ricky, Lawrence, Uncle, or Brother, you also knew he loved to make people laugh and was always there for others. He loved fishing, hunting, friends, laughter, reading, music, the Leafs, campfires, country cruises and loved his cabin. He will be missed by all that knew him. Lawrence is survived by two sons, John (Cindy) of Weyburn and Eric of Canora, his three sisters, Eleanor Wolos of Canora, Antonia (Nick) Hladun of Canora and Delores (Earl) Brown of Lloydminster AB, and his children's mother, Ruth Boychuk of Canora. He was predeceased by his parents, his three brothers, Nicholas, Johnny, and Anton, and three sisters, Mary Stefanowich, Victoria Antoniuk and Emily Danyluk, and his special friend Eileen Vanan. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to The Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. The memorial service was held on Thursday, January 8th at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Pastor Greg Bright officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. (563-5671).
Ruth Johanna Aitken
On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Ruth Johanna Aitken passed away at the age of 93 years. Ruth was predeceased by her mother and father, Gustauf and Mia Swenson; sister, Edna; four brothers: George, Lawrence, Algot and Marvin; her husband, James Aitken; granddaughter, Jacqulaine Schmidt; son-in-law, Roy Schmidt and daughter-in-law, Lucillie Aitken. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her son, Marvin Aitken of St. Paul, AB; daughter, Ruby Schmidt of Weyburn; six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren; brother, Walter (Ivy) Swenson of Langley, BC as well as numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. Ruth Johanna Aitken was born March 24, 1915 at Hume. She was raised on the farm with five brothers and one sister and received all her education to grade 12 at East Weyburn School. On July 4, 1934, Ruth married James Aitken on the family farm at Hume, they were married by T.C. Douglas. In her early years Ruth worked at the Anderson Café as a cleaning lady. She was a homemaker most of her years, then worked at Souris Valley for three years. Ruth was a member of Alexandria Rebekah Lodge #14 for 55 years, and received her 55 year Jewel to commemorate her years of service. They farmed in the Grassdale area before moving into Weyburn in 1966. Ruth moved to Bison Manor in 1982 and resided there until 2001 when she became a resident at Weyburn Special Care Home, where she resided until her passing. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting doilies and afghans for her children and grandchildren. Gardening was another favorite pastime and she loved gladiolas. The family always will remember her making Lefsa for every Christmas. She was a special caring mother and grandmother who never had a bad word to say about anybody. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Brandon Tichkowsky officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Dick Bauche, Gerry Alexander, Danielle Hartley, Lloyd Schmidt, Glenn Swenson and Jim Hartley. Donations may be made in memory of Ruth to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
Elsie Margaret Dowkes
Quietly, with family at her side, Elsie went home to her heavenly Father on Christmas morning. Elsie was born to John and Nellie (Cameron) Easom on the family farm, October 10, 1925. She received her education at Edgeworth and Ogema schools and later took a business course at Balfour Technical College, Regina.
Elsie married Gordon Dowkes on October 29, 1947. They farmed together in the Edgeworth district for many years, retiring to Ogema in 1975. In 1985 Elsie and Gordon moved to Weyburn. Elsie was a true prairie woman who loved the land, watched with pride as the crops and garden grew, and enjoyed the changing seasons. Elsie was a woman of great commitment, faith and compassion. She dedicated herself to Gordon and was a marvelous role model to Margaret and Norma. Her faith in God was strong, She taught many children in Sunday School and enjoyed attending Bible studies. Her compassion was shown through the practical assistance she offered and the words of support she gave to many. When thinking of Elsie, the family is reminded of the words of Proverbs 31:28: "Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her." Predeceased by her mother Nellie, father John, siblings Ina May, Kenneth Cameron and Fern Isabelle, she is survived by her husband Gordon, daughters Margaret Dowkes of Regina and Norma Kirkby (Richard) of Winnipeg and grandson Cameron Kirkby of Winkler, MB. She is also survived by brother Donald Easom (Alvina), of Winnipeg and sister in law, Bernice Douglas, of Carnduff and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn with Pastor Doug Loden officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be directed to Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Dorothea Elliott Geske (nee: Waldram)
Dorothea Elliott Geske (nee: Waldram) was born on March 23, 1914 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and passed away on December 25, 2008 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan at age 94. Dorothea is survived by son, Gerald of Superior, MT, son Leonard and wife Edna of Elkford, BC, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Rose (Keppel Elliott) Waldram, her husband, Carl Geske, sisters, Emily Waldram and Rose (Waldram) Geske, and son, Thomas. The funeral service was held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Midale at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 29. Burial followed in Westphalia Cemetery, Midale. Dorothea was a strong woman of great faith. She is remembered as a wonderful hostess and a teacher of children. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Saskatchewan (842-5432)
Emily Elizabeth Glab
It is with our deepest sadness the family of Emily Elizabeth Glab announces her passing on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at the age of 93 years. Emily was born on June 23, 1915 on the family farm north of Cedoux to Rose and Anthony Janeczko into a family of eight children. She attended Polish Draw School near Cedoux and then went to work in various cities including Regina, Vancouver, Moose Jaw, Harvey, Illinois and Windsor, Ontario. On July 11, 1944 she married John Glab at Cedoux. They farmed south of Cedoux and raised their six children; five sons and one daughter: Joe, Tom, Jerry, Marvin, Marilyn and John. In 1983 they retired to Weyburn where Emily continued to reside even after being widowed in 1991. At the time of her passing she was a resident at Weyburn Special Care Nursing Home. As a loving mother and grandmother she lived her life for her family. She would do anything for any of us at anytime. Without exception her first thoughts were always for the well being of others. The majority of her life was spent on the farm where she would cook her amazing meals with her delicious fried chicken and fresh vegetables from the garden. And the garden, Oh My, what a garden! Her love of gardening was shown by the many hours spent caring for her special plants and flowers. Mom was always a very independent woman and strong in character but never wavered from her love for her family. Her interests and hobbies were many she enjoyed first and foremost gardening, sewing, upholstering, cooking, baking and playing the accordion. She enjoyed the companionship of family and friends family being very important to her she definitely was the "wind beneath our wings". She leaves us to be reunited with her husband John, one son, Larry, brothers John, Edmund, Theodore and Edward, sisters Frances and Mary. Emily's memory will always be treasured and cherished by sons: Joe (Mary) of Cedoux, Tom (Anne) of Saskatoon, Jerry (Shelley) of Weyburn, Marvin (Brenda) of Regina, John (Julie) of Weyburn and one daughter, Marilyn (Roy) of Calgary, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Emily is also survived by a sister: Victoria Beahun, Kelowna, B.C.; sisters-in-law Rosie Janeczko, Vernon, B.C., Florence Janeczko, Regina and Mary Janeczko, Weyburn as well as numerous nieces, nephews and step grandchildren. A Funeral mass was held at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn on Thursday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Gerry Bauche celebrant. Pallbearers were Tyler Glab, Teresa Kerr, Scott Nesbitt, Jason Nesbitt, Michael Glab, Mellissa Glab, Michelle Glab and Alicia Nesvold. Interment followed at Cedoux Cemetery. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Emily to St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn General Hospital Palliative Care Fund or Weyburn Special Care Home.
A beautiful woman has died today,
And the sun shall rise and shine anyway.
To the hands of God she has gone,
Her loving family left to mourn.
A beautiful woman has died today,
We mourn the loss, but love the way
No better woman has ever walked,
To smell the flowers, lived and talked.
A beautiful woman has died today,
But in our hearts she shall always stay.
The world many never know she's gone,
She passed one night, before the dawn.
As a young woman, she was all the things,
Over cherished time, memories she did bring.
A kind and loving woman was she,
To all she knew not just me.
A beautiful woman has died today.
She left her mark, but could not stay.
If all women could have thought as she,
The world would see a better place to be.
No family could have hoped for more.
Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"