Genowefa (Gene) Sliwka
Genowefa (Gene) Sliwka was born on January 23rd, 1918 at Podlewsko, Poland, and passed away at Weyburn on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at the age of 90 years. Gene was predeceased by her parents, Josef and Marysha Kowalczyk; her husband, Ted Sliwka on January 26th, 2008; a daughter Marisa Sliwka in infancy; a sister Stanislowa Klim, and a brother Wladyslaw Kowalczyk. Gene is survived by her sons: Wesley (Lenore) Sliwka , Thomas (Lucy) Sliwka; daughter-in-law, Renata Sliwka; four grandchildren: Lillian Sliwka, Claudia (Nathen) Richea, Brandie (Kent) Fisher and Nikkie Sliwka; two great grandchildren: Keira Fisher and Kai Fisher. Gene and son Wesley came to Canada in 1956 to join her husband Ted who had come earlier to prepare for their arrival. They settled in the Oungre area and later purchased their farm at Lake Alma. They farmed by Little Goose Lake for more than 40 years. Gene was a very hard worker. She helped with the farming, fed livestock, grew a large garden, and did lots of canning for winter supplies. Gene loved working in the soil and grew mushrooms, strawberries, fruit trees as well as many beautiful flowers and houseplants. Gene was a fantastic cook and always had a meal ready. She did a lot of sewing, making quilts, feather ticks, pillows and most of her own clothing. She loved to embroider and made many tablecloths, pillow slips, and tea towels. Gene enjoyed company and playing cards. She and Ted hosted many quests and card parties. She was active in her community and was a life member of the CWL. Gene and Ted retired to Legion Towers in Weyburn in 2002. Gene enjoyed the company of some old neighbors from the Lake Alma area, and made many more new friends. She enjoyed the entertainment and supper nights, making puzzles, and just being in the company of her Legion Tower family. Gene was very proud of both of her sons and looked forward to their visits. She would always have some ethnic food prepared for them. Gene will be sorely missed by all her family and her many friends. The funeral mass was held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Friday, January 23 at 10:30 am with Fr. Gerry Bauche, celebrant. Pallbearers were Robert Cooper, Ernie Pokletar, Dorothy Lawrenz, Pauline Marshall, Stanley Oshust and John Warszycki. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Genowefa to the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church Memorial Fund. We the family of Gene Sliwka would like to express our sincere thanks for words of condolence, cards, phone calls, floral arrangements and donations made in memory of our mother. To Robert, Ernie, Dorothy, Pauline, Stanley and John for being pallbearers. Mom would have been pleased. To Fr. Gerry Bauche for your support and words of comfort. To Lillian and Claudia for the tribute to "Grandma". The ladies for the lovely lunch, CWL honor guard, Claudia for asking the blessing at the luncheon. Rick, Duane and staff at RD Family Funeral Chapel, for your professionalism, care and understanding was of great comfort during this difficult time. Wes and Tom Sliwka and families 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"
Lena Hovanak, late of Weyburn, SK passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 22, 2009. Lena was predeceased by her parents Anton and Rosine Martin, her husband Andrew; two sons: Roy and Bernie Hovanak; brothers: Robert, Johnny and Frank Martin, and sisters: Emma Schinborn and Eva Hamilton. She leaves to mourn three daughters: Connie Walton, Glentworth., Lorraine Rowland (Duane), Ryley, AB., Dorothy (Cliff) Karlson, Weyburn, and three sons: Ron (Polly) Hovanak, Ceylon, Gary (Sheila) Hovanak, Regina, and Michael (Lori) Hovanak, Edmonton, AB.; 27 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; one brother Joe (Shirley) Martin, Estevan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lena was born on March 5, 1924 in Bergfield. She married Andy Hovanak on April 12, 1944, and together they had 8 children. They lived mostly in the Hardy and Ceylon districts, before moving to Weyburn in 1995. Lena was a homemaker who spent her days cooking, reading, gardening, crocheting and playing card games. Andy & Lena's door was always open to friends and family to stop in for a visit, a game of cards and a cup of coffee. She loved to cook for family who would visit on the weekends and holidays. They were Legion Members and enjoyed having a beer and visiting with friends. After Andy passed away, Lena lived in Legion Towers, Weyburn Special Care Home and her last 2 years in Tatagwa View, where she was given very special care by all the staff in House 3. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her generous ways. A private family service was held on Monday, February 2 at 11:00 am from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Pallbearers were Duane Hovanak, David Balius, Bill Moore, Kelly Scott, Blake DeBruyne and Mike Hudson. Burial followed at Ceylon Cemetery, Ceylon. For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Lena may be made to The Weyburn Humane Society or The Royal Canadian Legion Weyburn Branch No. 47. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (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"
Klara was born March 29, 1908 at Modum, Norway to Sophie and Christian Tandberg. Her dad was a police officer in Drummon and represented their area in Oslo in the Norwegian parliament. She came from a family of four sisters and three brothers. Sophie, with the help of a good hired man and her children, managed the farm while her husband was away. As a child Klara enjoyed swimming, skating and biking with friends. Hagbart and Krist Tandberg moved to Lake Alma in spring 1927, became Canadian citizens and Hagbart was soon enlisted in the army. Hagbart was training in Regina and was sent to England but when the war stopped he came home to Canada. He and his brother Krist decided to go back to Norway to visit their folks; while home, he met Klara. Klara had a brother, Kolbjorn in Canada and a friend, Martha Overbye who had come a year before. Klara decided to come to Canada and arrived in Estevan where Krist met her. They caught a ride with a creamery truck that was going from Estevan to Lake Alma. While in Canada she decided to marry. Klara and Hagbart married in October, 1929 in Plentywood, Montana. They were blessed with four children, Reidun, twins, Hjordis and Conrad, and Ella. Later she was blessed further with 10 grandchildren; followed by 18 greatgrandchildren and one great greatgrandchild. They lived south of Lake Alma in Fairlawn district then moved to the Gustafson farm south of Beaubier. In 1945 they bought land from Victor Carlson and built a home a 1/2 mile south of Beaubier where she loved gardening; she also enjoyed baking very much. In 1955, they sold their land to Ella and Virgil and moved to Beaubier. She had many good friends and neighbours. Klara went back to Norway six times, the last time being in 1995. In 2005 she moved to Eden Homes in Weyburn, where the good care and kindness of Susan and her staff were greatly appreciated. She was grateful to all of her friends and family who wrote letters and visited. She often eagerly watched for letters from Norway. Family was very special to her. The thoughtful gifts chosen by each of you were never forgotten; she enjoyed them, trying to remember who sent each one.
Albert Lloyd McKague
On Thursday, February 26, 2009, Albert Lloyd McKague passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 84 years. Albert was born January 10, 1925 on the home farm NW 33-9-15-W2nd. He was the third child of four born to Norman and Bessie McKague. He attended Aconvale School. In the early years, he worked at Burns in Regina and also worked one winter at the Gladmar Salt Mines. Albert was a dedicated farmer all his life on the family farm and was always great with the yard work and took pride in having things neat. He liked painting the farm buildings and helped build many of the buildings on the farm. He was dedicated to his family and was a wonderful neighbour. Albert was known by everyone for his honesty and loyalty, always willing to help friends and neighbours. He enjoyed watching hockey games, and was an excellent checker and crokinole player. Albert enjoyed visiting neighbours, picnics and going for drives. He was on the McTaggart Cemetery committee and took part in many work bees to maintain the cemetery. The McKague family received the Family Farm Heritage Award in 1980. Albert's ready smile would light up a room and even after the farm land was rented out, he never missed his annual combine ride. His smile reflected his love of farming. Albert was predeceased by his mother and father, Bessie and Norman McKague; sister, Alva Bradley and brother, James McKague. He is survived by his sister, Nora McKague of McTaggart; his brother-in-law, Edgar Bradley of Guelf, ON, and one niece, Marlene Bradley of Guelf, ON, as well as many friends and neighbours. A Graveside Service was held Wednesday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. at McTaggart Cemetery with Rev. Barnabas officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Albert to the McTaggart Cemetery, McTaggart, Sask. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Elmer Raymond Petersen
It is with sorrow we announce the passing of our dear dad, grandpa, great grandpa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the age of 87 years. Elmer was born Sept. 1, 1921 on the Petersen farm south of Lake Alma to Christian and Myrtle Petersen. He attended Sandoff School and often told stories of either riding horse to school or going on skis. Elmer married Sylvia Vaksdal on July 27, 1946. They had three children Linda, Trudy and Lorne and were fortunate to have Kristine Roen as part of their family for two years while her mother, Auslaug, completed her hairdressing course. They adored their eight grandchildren, Chris, Michael, Natalie, Kim, Mark, Brian, Jeff and Chelsea. They lived on their farm south of Beaubier for 33 years, and while still farming moved to Beaubier in 1979. Elmer enjoyed all aspects of farming and continued to help out on the farm, after selling to Lorne and Kathy, until it literally became too much of a pain. But he always listened to the farm news and kept very well informed. Sylvia passed away in 2001 and Elmer later moved to Weyburn. Dad loved sharing his memories of his childhood, playing ball, working on his dad's farm, custom combining in the area for one very long harvest season and recapping many of his most memorable curling games. Elmer was on the Beaubier Co-op Board for many years. In fact, he attended the 75th anniversary of the Beaubier Co-op in April of this year and was quite thrilled to be included in this celebration. When Elmer and Sylvia were still living in Beaubier, he spent many enjoyable hours golfing with family members as well as participating in as many golf tournaments as possible. His golf trophies were proudly displayed no matter where he lived. Dad never forgot the year they all went golfing on the day after Christmas! Dad and Mom played cards all winter long with family and friends. And this love of cards and fellowship continued when he moved to Weyburn. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and had strong opinions of which players should remain on the team and which ones needed to go. Often after a televised game, there would be a call to Doug Von Hagen or Linda and Tom to discuss the results. Another sport he really took pleasure in watching was curling, which he and Lorne would discuss later, or even during the games by telephone, or watch together when possible. And there was always his interest in the Roughriders. Since Trudy moved to Weyburn, Dad appreciated her company and assistance in shopping and everyday tasks, as he wasn't comfortable driving any longer. Dad enjoyed living at Legion Towers the last few years. He regularly attended all the Tuesday and Thursday night suppers, they were great! In fact, he would plan his week around these. Visits from family were the highlight of his life. He was always happiest when he could have a visit and play a game of cribbage with his grandchildren. His great grandchildren were so special to him and whenever he saw Sydney, Tyson or Paige his face would light up. Elmer was a quiet man of few words. He was a very organized man, and such a neat and tidy person. Dad was very proud of his independence and was still cooking meals for himself or for company. He would enjoy a long walk if weather permitted. He finally decided to have some help with the housework but then would always clean up before she came. He didn't want to be a burden to anyone but yet was willing to help his family at any time. He taught us all so much, and we will miss him forever. Elmer was predeceased by his wife Sylvia (Vaksdal) in 2001; parents Christian and Myrtle Petersen; father-in-law Helmer and mother-in-law Hansine Vaksdal; brothers Clarence, Clifford and Norman; sisters Evelyn Von Hagen and Norma Vaksdal; sisters-in-law Lorraine Petersen and Violet Petersen and nephew Keith Petersen. Elmer is survived by daughter Linda (Tom) Clausen of Beaubier, grandchildren Chris Clausen, Michael (Andrea) Clausen, [great-grandchildren Sydney and Tyson]; daughter Trudy Koszman of Weyburn (Floyd Clark), grandchildren Natalie (Dan) Styles, [great grandchildren Samara and Austin], Kim Koszman and Mark Koszman; son Lorne (Kathy) Petersen of Estevan, grandchildren Brian (Marnie) Petersen, [great grandchild Paige], Jeff Petersen and Chelsea (Steven) Petersen; brothers Leonard, Kenneth (Sophie), Larry (June); brothers-in-law Doug Von Hagen and James (Evelyn) Vaksdal and sister-in-law Jean Petersen. Also left to cherish his memories are Kristine (Louie) Medeiros, [Julie and Vanessa]; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Those wishing to express their sympathy may donate to the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Program, Regina General Hospital or to the charity of your choice. Active Pallbearers were Chris Clausen, Michael Clausen, Brian Petersen, Mark Koszman, Dan Styles, Louie Medeiros. Honorary Pallbearers were Jeff Petersen, Chelsea Petersen, Natalie Styles, Kim Koszman. Funeral Service was held on Saturday May 2, 2009 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment followed at Nordalen Cemetery, Lake Alma. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (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"
Don McLin Anderson (a.k.a. "Moose")
Don Anderson (a.k.a. "Moose") late of Weyburn passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving partner on April 19th, 2009 at Tatagwa View, Weyburn, SK. He was 73 years of age. Over the past two years Don faced three separate cancers with strength, courage, honesty, realism and above all, a very positive attitude. Left to cherish his memory and celebrate his life are: his best friend, soul mate and loving partner, Judy Longpre` of Regina, SK; two sons, Shawn (Joanne) Anderson and their children, Avery and Makena of Calgary, AB, and Troy (Leanne) Anderson and their children, Haley, Matthew and Nathan of Moose Jaw, SK; one brother, Dennis (Muriel) of New Westminster, BC; four sisters, Olava Anderson Vancouver, BC, Penny Kristiansen, Sooke, BC, Eva Anderson, Victoria, BC and Elizabeth Anderson, Kamloops, BC. Don was predeceased by his parents, Roy (1991) and Florence (2006), his sister, Karen (1983), and brother-in-law, Michael Kristiansen (2008). Don McLin Anderson was born in Chilliwack, BC on December 14, 1935. He was the eldest of 7 children born to Roy and Florence Anderson. At the age of 3 years he moved with his parents and younger brother to the Yukon Territory where his father worked on a gold dredge. In 1942 the family returned to Chilliwack and in 1946 they moved back to the family farm at Hazlet, SK. Following his high school years, Don worked at various construction jobs before starting work with SaskPower in 1957. In 1996, Don retired from SaskPower having enjoyed over 39 years building power lines and operating special equipment (mostly in the Weyburn region). It was at SaskPower where he became affectionately known as "Moose" by many of his co-workers and friends. Don's many interests in life included photography (he never went anywhere without a camera), international politics (especially of the Middle East), country and old time dance music, polkafests, traveling the Saskatchewan country side looking for the perfect picture, looking after his yard and garden, driving big trucks whenever the opportunity presented itself, and mastering the computer (where he spent countless hours the past several years). Don also had a special appreciation for the creativity and talent of Saskatchewan's artists and artisans, who he met and befriended at numerous arts and craft shows he so loved to attend. During the 1970's, Don served on the Executive of the Weyburn Molson Canadians fastball and Weyburn PanCanadian Beavers hockey clubs. Many words describe Don outgoing, forthright, organized, positive, and thoughtful to name just a few. He loved meeting people and making new friends wherever he went. Don's greatest pride and joy in life were his two sons, Shawn and Troy. Don's request was for cremation and no funeral service. A private family interment will take place at a later date. The family thanks Don's many friends and care-givers for their care, compassion, help and support over the past few difficult months with special thanks to the wonderful staff at Tatagwa View (House 1) and to the Sun Country Palliative Care Team. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, SK (842-5432) email@example.com. Don McLin Anderson, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Lover, Forever in our Hearts
Reinhold Werner (Reiny) Grams
On Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, Reinhold Werner (Reiny) Grams of Weyburn passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 75 years. Reiny was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Pauline Grams; one brother, Lou; and six sisters: Elsie, Gunda, Emma, Millie, Matilda and Evelyn. Reiny will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Betty of Weyburn; and their family, five children: James (Susan) Grams of Weyburn, and their family, Candace (George) Wilson of Carstairs, AB and their children, Anna, Chloe and Alexander; Melissa Grams and Peter Grams; Peggy Grams (Glen) of Weyburn; Doug (Linda) Grams of Weyburn and their family, Jason and Kelsey Grams; David Grams (Trudy) of Weyburn and their family, Cassandra and Byron Shangraw; and Greg (Kathy) Grams of Weyburn; brothers and sisters: Linda Byam, Ruth Schultz, Martha McFadden, Herb (Ivy) Grams, and Rudy (Ann) Grams and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends. Reiny was born August 10th, 1933 at McTaggart. He was raised on the family farm six miles North of McTaggart and attended the Waverly Country School three miles NW of the farm. The family attended Yellow Grass Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed. In 1953 he moved to Weyburn, where he met Betty May Figgitt of Balcarres. They were married January 7, 1956 in Weyburn. They moved to Fillmore where Reiny was the town Barber and ran the pool hall from 1956 to 1957. They then moved to Weyburn where he also ran the pool hall and barbered. He also started farming in the early sixties, until his retirement in 2000. Reiny's main hobby was playing pool until his eye sight started to fail. Betty and Reiny enjoyed dancing at the Legion dances and travelling every winter down south with a group of friends called the Happy Tour Gang, until 1991 when the grandchildren started arriving. They visited family and friends wherever they may be, right up to his passing. He enjoyed spending time with and teasing all his grandchildren and great grandchildren and all his nieces and nephews, as well as his grand-kittens. Reiny could be found on coffee row every morning at Papa Jack's, and was an avid Hockey fan of any team except Montreal. He also was good at fixing pool tables. They also enjoyed going to Craven, Nashville and Branson to listen to Country Music. Reiny was a member of the Elks and the Royal Canadian Legion Weyburn Branch #47. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all he knew and loved. A memorial service was held Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. The Eulogy was given by his sister-in-law, Delores Figgitt. Interment will be at a later date. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Reiny to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn, SK (842-6662) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adrian Scott passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Regina General Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2009. Adrian will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend Lara, son Ethan and daughter Sheridyn. Also left to mourn him are his mother Audrey, brother Adam, sister Rachel (Geoff), grandparents Stewart Scott (Frankie), Al and Agnes Pitre, father-in-law Roger (Jade), brother-in-law Carlin, sister-in-law Julie, grandparents-in-law Orville and Laura Dahl and Lillian Tonita as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Adrian was predeceased by his uncle Keith Pitre, grandmother Lillian Scott, cousin Landon Pitre, mother-in-law Holly Dahl and father Kenneth Scott. Adrian was born January 31, 1978 in Regina and raised in Radville. Adrian graduated from Weyburn Comprehensive High School in 1997. Following graduation he worked as a loader operator for Larsen's Construction. In 1999 Adrian took a job as a patrol operator for the RM of Bengough No. 40. Adrian developed a passion for operating heavy equipment and continued working for various Rural Municipalities until the fall of 2008. In the fall of 2008 Adrian decided to pursue another career opportunity and took a job as a heavy truck driver for Harvey Hlavka Trucking Ltd. During his time with the RM of Bengough No. 40 Adrian met his future wife, Lara Dahl. Adrian and Lara were married in October 2004 and welcomed their first child, Ethan, into the world in October 21, 2006 and their second child, Sheridyn, was welcomed into the world on March 26, 2009. Ethan developed the same passion for sports as his father and they spent countless hours playing soccer, baseball, football and hockey in the house and outdoors. Adrian was energetic and full of life and had an uncanny ability to make anyone laugh, even if it was just by hearing his famous "Scott" laugh. Adrian enjoyed spending time outdoors, being with family and friends and helping with the family bale hauling business, playing sports and watching Ethan grow and develop into his own person. Evangelical Lutheran Funeral Service for Adrian was held Thursday April 9, 2009 in St. George's RC Church, Assiniboia. Pastor Curtis Baker officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were: Jerrad and Tanya Stadnick, James and Karen Bucklun, Mindy Backlun, Ryan Goudie, and Gerard and Kristie Hoffart. The Urn Bearer was Adrian's brother Adam. Tribute to Adrian was given by dear friends Jerrad and Tanya Stadnick and James Backlun. Scripture readers were Bill Scott and Pamela Scott. Organist was Judy Chubb. Donations in memory of Adrian may be made to The Ethan and Sheridyn Scott Trust Fund c/o CIBC, Box 9, Radville, SK S0C 2G0. Interment to follow at Laurier Cemetery, Radville. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia.
Reta Marie Johnsrude
Reta Marie Johnsrude was born on April 7, 1944 and passed away peacefully on April 21, 2009, right after her 65th Birthday. She was predeceased by her parents, Erling and Gladys Johnsrude. Reta was born in Talmage and lived her entire life in the Weyburn area. Nothing gave her more pleasure than socializing with family and friends, sharing her unique wit and humour. Very special to everyone who knew her, Reta leaves us all with many cherished memories. We love you, Reta! Reta will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Howard (Carol) Johnsrude of Lethbridge, AB, and two sisters, Lois (David) Angell of Red Deer, AB and Norma (Don) Sealy of Weyburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service was held Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. A tribute to Reta was given by her sisters, Lois and Norma. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Donations in memory of Reta may be made to the Therapeutic Animal Park at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432) email@example.com