Dorothy May Slater
Dorothy May Slater late of Weyburn, formerly of Regina, passed away May 17, 2009 at the age of 85 years. Dorothy May Slater was born on a farm in the Weyburn, Radville area on March 23 1924. At the tender age of 18 months she was struck by Infantile Paralysis, later known as Polio. Even at such a young age Dorothy was a determined child and against great odds, she learned to walk again. She attended Clearfield School and then went on to complete a business course. Following the death of her mother in 1950, Dorothy put her family first and remained at home to help care for them. Eight years later Dorothy upgraded her schooling and began working at Saskatchewan Health Department, in Regina, where she remained until she retired in 1984. She accomplished many things during this time. In her late 40's Dorothy learned to drive and became the proud owner of her first car. Her personal refuge was the organ, an instrument she loved playing. Dorothy loved to shop and took much pride in her appearance. Being the resourceful woman she was, Dorothy made most of her own clothes and was known to enlist the aid of her sister Irene on occasion. She was able to do some traveling with friends, one of the highlights being expo in 1967 and also traveling with Irene, occasionally going to visit with her brother Al and his wife Gloria and their family. Dorothy enjoyed studying genealogy and composed a book regarding her family roots. She was a lifetime member of Empire Rebekah Lodge #43 and a member of Westminster Church in Regina. She was also instrumental in organizing the first support group for Post-polio victims in Regina. In 2005 Dorothy moved to The Special Care Home in Weyburn, so she could be close to her sister and other family members. She often mentioned how much she appreciated all the things Irene did for her. Dorothy also appreciated all the visitors who would stop by for a chat, you may never know just how important that was to her, thank you. She remained a very proud member of the Rebekah's and we would like to thank them today for their continued support of her. Dorothy was an inspiration to all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a courageous woman who rarely complained of her lot in life and showed us that there is no obstacle that determination can not overcome. Her nieces and nephews have all become better people because of the life skills Dorothy taught us by example. She was a very special part of her sister Irene's family gatherings where she always had treats for the children, with caramels coming quickly to mind. It was during these family gatherings that Dorothy could do what she loved to do and that was to spend time with all of us, taking joy in learning what was going on in our lives. She celebrated our accomplishments and today is our day to celebrate Dorothy and all she has meant to us. I would like to end with a prayer that Dorothy lived by, The Serenity Prayer. Dorothy was predeceased by her father and mother, Joseph and Tillie Slater, brothers, Norman (1929), Melvin (1938) and Leonard (2000), brother-in-law, Earl Guest. Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her sister, Irene Guest, Weyburn, her brother, Albert (Gloria) Slater, Red Deer, AB, aunt, Doris Blackwell, Regina as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be dearly missed as she was always part of our family gatherings. A memorial service was held on Thursday May 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., at the RD Family Funeral Chapel, with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery. For family and friends so wishing donations in memory of Dorothy can be made to the Post Polio Group, Regina. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn (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"
Eleanor Alice Larson (nee: Christian)
On Monday, May 18, 2009, Eleanor Alice Larson (nee: Christian) passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by her parents, Clint and Eleanor Christian, one brother, Arthur and an infant sister, Ruby; her husband, Harvey Larson; two brothers-in-law, Gerhard Johnson and Emmanuel Friess; and a sister-in-law, Helen Christian. Eleanor will be lovingly remembered by her family, four children: Darlene (Royce) Reichert and their family, Cheryl and Elwin (Janice) and their children, Allison and Jeremy, all of Calgary, AB; Sharon (Robert) Sweeny of Regina and their family, Bradley (Debbie) of Yorkton and their children, Aaron and Carrie; Tammy (Calvin) Ross of Regina and their children, Kirsten and Lucas; and Trevor (Corrie) of Regina and their children, Shannon and Robert; Lorne (Elaine) of Tribune and their family, Jody of Weyburn, and Curtis (Chantal) of Tribune and their child, Kaya; Allen (Mardi) and their family, Shawn (Carla) and their children, Grace, Claire and Brynn, and Brett, all of Carnduff; her two sisters, Belva Johnson of Weyburn and Hazel Friess of Estevan; and one sister-in-law, Edith Conklin of Medicine Hat, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eleanor was born November 20th, 1919 on the Christian farm in the Beaubier District, the second child born to Clint and Nell (nee: McAdam) Christian. She grew up on the farm with her sisters, Belva and Hazel and brother, Arthur. She took her early education in Cluse Valley and later at Beaubier School. Eleanor first worked at Ryan's Store in Beaubier, then married Harvey Larson at Plentywood, Montana on October 18th, 1939. Harvey and Eleanor lived on the Larson farm in the Greendale District, where they raised their family and farmed until early 1959 when they moved to Tribune for 2 years. In 1960 they moved to Weyburn, where she resided until her passing. They loved farm life, and visiting with their neighbours. Eleanor enjoyed crocheting, knitting, doing crosswords, bowling, playing cards, watching game shows and reading. She played the organ and loved to dance and was also a life long Red Wing fan. They attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church while living on the farm, then Zion Lutheran Church after moving to Weyburn. The Larson family received the 100th Anniversary of the Larson Homestead Commemorative Plaque in 2008. Family was the most important part of Eleanor's life, and she will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all. Funeral Services were held Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. All in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. The Active Pallbearers were: Elwin Reichert, Brad Sweeney, Trevor Sweeney, Curtis Larson, Shawn Larson and Brett Larson. Interment followed in Beaubier Cemetery, Beaubier. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Eleanor to the Canadian Institute for the Blind. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432) email@example.com.
Stanley Louis Trachsel
On Monday April 27, 2009 Stanley Louis Trachsel late of Regina and formerly of Lampman, then Weyburn passed away at the age of 97 years. Stanley was predeceased by his wife Calla (nee: Balkwill) Trachsel (196l), brother, Buster, sisters, Lily and Edith and granddaughter Sheila Trachsel. Stanley is survived by his sons Stanley Wayne (Lana); Robert Neil (Linda); Richard Roy (Raynell); Wesley Harold (Cathy); Gordon Elmond (Brenda) and Calvin Ross (Nova); Twenty five grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Stan was born on the farm near Lampman, in 1911 and was educated at Weir Hill Country school. Stan was home during the depression and worked at various places in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Stanley Louis Trachsel and Calla Winona Balkwill were married on March 27, 1940 in Browning. They lived on the farm until 1966 when the house on the farm burned down. They lived in Lampman until the new home they bought was moved to the farm where they lived until 1989. They then relocated to Weyburn where Calla passed away suddenly in 1996. After Calla passed away Stan spent the winters with his son Richard and his wife in Pilot Butte, until he move in with them in 2000. Stan and Calla were active members in the Alliance Church in Arcola, they loved to visit with their neighbors and have them over to the farm. Stan loved to go hunting with his sons, loved fishing and enjoyed reading and playing cards. Until Stan could not travel anymore he loved to go visit his sons Wayne and Harold in Saskatoon and his son Gordon in Tisdale. Stan believed that your word was your bond and that honesty was the only way to live your life and he and Calla passed those values onto their sons. His sons: Wayne lives in Martensville; Bob lives in Weyburn; Richard lives in Pilot Butte; Harold lives in Saskatoon; Gordon lives in Tisdale and Calvin lives in Rochester, AB. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn with Gordon Trachsel officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Pallbearers were his sons and grandson, John, Wayne, Richard, Harold, Gordon and Calvin Trachsel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn (842-6662) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladys Fleming late of Regina passed away on May 17, 2009 at the age of 104 years. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Cliff Fleming, brothers, Lloyd and Melvin Nurse, sister-in-law, Mae Nurse, grandson, Michael Jeffery, grand niece, Cleone Nurse Phillips. Gladys is survived by nephews, Gerald (Shirley) Nurse, Fillmore and family, Ken (Mary) Nurse, Regina and family, sister-in-law, Eileen Nurse, Regina, special family, Wayne (Shirley) Fleming, Sherwood Park, AB and family, Cleone (Ron) Jeffery, Weyburn and family, Arlaine (Willis) Moe, Saskatoon and family. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church Weyburn, Rev. Catherine Harper, officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery Weyburn. For family and friends so wishing donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the All Saints Anglican Church, 206 Bison Ave. Weyburn, SK S4H 0J3 or a charity of choice. Arrangements are entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn (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"
Hlavka, John Bernhart
October 31, 1931 - September 20, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Hlavka of Calgary at the Foothills Hospital at the age of 77 years. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife Merlene and his children Carey (Rem) of Sooke, BC, Angela (Tamara) of Calgary, and Janet (Michael) of Calgary along with his step-children Donnene (Rob) of Sidney, BC, Cheryl (Andy) overseas with the UN, Janet (Kevin) of Edmonton, Patrice (Gord) of Calgary, Geoff (Shelly) of Hudson, Quebec, and Stuart (Margo) of Calgary along with grandchildren: Stacey, Sabrina, Kimberly, Blair, Abigail, Andrew, Marcus, Derek, Kristin, Ashley, Kelsey, Cory, Spencer, Brittany, Drew, Hayley and Paul, and great-grandchild; Kaitlyn. John is also survived by his sister Eleanora of Weyburn and his brother Paul (Jean) of Minton and their families. John was predeceased by his parents Albert and Rosalin, sister Julianna, and great-grandson Carsen. John was born in Roan Mine and attended a one room country school. He worked on his parent's farm until an oilfield surveyor came into their farm yard looking for workers. He signed on as a roughneck and continued to work in the oilfield for 55 years; as a floor hand on the drilling rig, as CEO of a drilling company, and almost every job in between. John started his career with Paul Gauthrie Development in Saskatchewan then moved to Alberta where he rose through the ranks with Bawden Drilling and then Adeco Drilling, both in Edmonton. In 1977, he became General Manager of Thompson Drilling in Denver, Colorado. John, Merlene and family moved back to Alberta in 1979 when John became Vice President of Operations for Atco Drilling in Calgary, then became President in 1985. In 1993, Atco Drilling became Akita Drilling with John as President and CEO. John retired June 30, 2009 as CEO of Akita Drilling. One of his proudest work accomplishments was the environment they created at Akita where employees became family - they came for a job but found an opportunity for a lifetime. John was inducted in the Saskatchewan Petroleum Industry Hall of Fame on June 3, 2009. John was much loved by his family and friends for his kindness, wisdom and generosity. He enjoyed nothing more than holding spirited conversations and especially took great joy in delivering the 'life lecture' to all his children and grandchildren. He challenged us to stand up for our beliefs and we all benefited from his guidance. He will be forever missed. The family wish to thank the staff in the ICU at Rockyview Hospital and especially ICU Unit 94 at the Foothills Hospital for their excellent care during John's illness. Visitation was be held at Spruce Meadows, Congress Hall, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W. Calgary on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service on Friday, at Spruce Meadows, Congress Hall, September 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Garden of The Apostles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (1331-29 Street NW Calgary, AB. T2N 4N2). To e-mail expressions of sympathy: Mountainview@arbormemorial.com Subject heading: John Hlavka. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery 1605 100 Street SE (17 Avenue SE at Garden Road), Calgary, AB. Telephone 403 272 5555.
Gertrude Elsie Malley (nee Taylor)
Gertrude Elsie Malley (nee Taylor), born January 1, 1913 at Colfax slept away peacefully, with family at her bedside, in the late evening of September 22, 2009. Predeceased by her husband Frank, "Gertie" was born at Colfax and was raised in the Waverly district near Yellow Grass. Gertie met and married Frank in 1932, and they farmed in the Yellow Grass area until moving to Weyburn in 1941, where she and Frank raised their two daughters, Darlene (Wayne) Holdstock and Marian (Al) Grier. Gertie and Frank opened and operated restaurants in Weyburn, the Midway BA from 1958 to 1960, the Big M from 1960 to 1962, the "385" from 1962 to 1964 and Malley's Gold-Tone from 1964 to 1972. They retired for a year then moved to Yellow Grass Where they opened and managed the restaurant from 1973 until it was well established in 1974. All patrons at every restaurant enjoyed to the fullest Gertie's amazing cooking skills, which brought fame and eating enjoyment, with happy patrons following to each establishment. She and Frank moved back to Weyburn in 1974 where they lived in Van Bee Court, then Bison Manor. In 2001, Gertie joined Frank at the Weyburn Special Care Home, where Frank passed away in December, 2002. Gertie remained there until her passing. Gertie loved the Special Care Home and staff, and the love and respect was mutual. She was their 'gardener', looking after and nurturing the many plants and flowers in the large establishment. She attended church services faithfully. Gertie was a life member of the Weyburn Rebekahs and took part in their many activities. Greatly loved by family and friends, Gertie is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, as well as grandsons: Roger (Joanne) Holdstock and their two children Marla and Ryan; Bradley (Joyce) Holdstock and their two children Brynn and Robyn; Blair (Christine) Grier and their son Cooper; Colin Grier and Keith (Laurie) Grier; one sister, Marian Krumpotch; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Anson and Ethel Taylor; four brothers, Wes, Del, Gordon and Harold Taylor, and two sisters, Florence and Ruth, and by her husband, Frank Malley. A Memorial Service was held on Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev. M. Barnabas officiating. All those in attendance were considered to be Honorary Pallbearers. Interment of Gertie's ashes were beside Frank at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, friends may make contributions in memory of Gertie to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432)
Bertha Irene Wiggins
On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, Bertha Irene Wiggins of Weyburn and formerly of Fillmore, passed away at Hilltop Manor at the age of 94 years. Predeceased by her parents, John and Eliza Sleightholm; her husband Gordon (2004), a granddaughter, Michelle Hull; sisters, Maude Nixon, Elsie Hart, and Nellie Young; and brother Norman in infancy; brothers-in-law, Goldie Wiggins, Charlie (Lois) Wiggins, Bruce (Iona) Wiggins; sister-in-law, Stella (Clifford) Lackey; brothers-in-law, Dan Smith and Guy Holliday. Bertha will be lovingly remembered by her three children and their families: Shirley (Ken) Fowler of Fillmore and their sons, Jeff (Karen) and children Rachel, Morgan and Amy; Calvin (Sandy) and children, Samantha and Nicole; Larry (Marie) Wiggins of Fillmore and son Michael Wiggins; Michelle's son, Mitchell Hull (Brittany); Margaret Anne (Richard) Jones of Kindersley and children Craig (Rhonda) Jones and children, Aaron, Shawn, Trent Bodnaruk; Karen (Chris) Bye and children Rhys and Callie; Troy Jones; sister, Merle Johnston of Regina; sisters-in-law, May Smith of Weyburn and Mary Holliday of Rosetown, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bertha Irene Wiggins was born April 4th, 1915 on SW section of 16 Township 12 Range 10 West of 2nd meridian in the Huronville district, where she lived until she married. She took her schooling at Huronville in a one room country school. On June 10th, 1936, Bertha married Gordon Wiggins at the church manse in Fillmore. They lived on a farm across the road from her home where they lived and farmed until they retired and moved to Fillmore in 1975. Bertha was a typical farm housewife, involved in all aspects of farm life, and she loved to ride horseback in her younger days. She regularly attended church at Huronville, and in later years, at Fillmore, and was active in the ladies church organizations. She also enjoyed quilting and playing cards. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and the Senior's Drop-In Centre in Fillmore. In their retirement they enjoyed travelling to such places as Alaska, Disneyland and the West Coast. They moved to Hilltop Manor in Weyburn in April, 2003, where she resided until her passing. Family and all her relatives were very important to her. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren when they came to visit. Bertha was always very thoughtful of others. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Fillmore United Church, Fillmore with Rev. Nick Judson officiating. Interment followed in Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore. The Active Pallbearers were her grandchildren: Jeff Fowler, Craig Jones, Calvin Fowler, Troy Jones, Michael Wiggins and Karen Bye. Donations may be made in memory of Bertha to the Fillmore Cemetery Fund or the Fillmore Health Centre. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, Sask. (842-5432).
Margaret "Peggy" Louise Shangraw
Margaret "Peggy" Louise Shangraw, nee Rudsdale, late of Weyburn passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the age of 64 years. Peggy was predeceased by her parents, William and Mildred Rudsdale, sons, Christopher Scott and Tory Dean, sister, Linda and nephew, Alex. She leaves behind the father of her children, the man she loved, Carl Shangraw, her son, Derrick, daughter, Trudy (David), three grandchildren, Cassandra (Jordan), Byron and Jackie, her sisters, Kim (Charlie), Carol (Phil), Ruth (Jim) and numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1945. She grew up in Verona, Ontario where she met Carl and married in 1963, at Portland Ontario. They resided in Harrowsmith, Ontario, until they moved to Weyburn in 1967 where she lived until her passing.
Peggy spent most of her time volunteering at her church helping where she could. When she wasn't busy with the church she was doing her bible study, crafts and taking care of her family. She was a fun loving person and could always see the good in everyone and any situation she encountered. She truly enjoyed all of the visits from everyone and felt the love and encouragement that was sent her way. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her dear friend Florence. She treasured her fellowship with Yvonne, Pastor Harley and Rhonda. She looked forward to her game nights with family and friends. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by everyone that came to know her over the years of her life. A memorial service was held Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Silver Heights Bible Church, Weyburn with Pastor Harley Porter officiating. Internment followed at the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Honorary Pallbearers were all in attendance. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peggy may be made to the Kenosee Lake Bible Camp, c/o Silver Heights Bible Church, 1610 Clark Ave., Weyburn, SK, S4H 3G3. 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.rdfamilymemorial-chapel.com.
Robert "Grant" Raiwet
Grant Raiwet, born August 25, 1958, passed away peacefully at home on September 7, 2009, with his beloved wife, Sharon; precious sons, Michael and Evan; family and friends by his side. He was predeceased by his son, Brodie Raiwet; father, Andy Raiwet; sister, Shirley Raiwet; father-in-law, Elmer Lyke; and sisters-in-law, Laura and Doris Lyke. His memory will be forever cherished by his wife, Sharon Raiwet; sons, Michael and Evan Raiwet; mother, Edith Raiwet; siblings, Dale (Lorraine) Raiwet, Linda (Rick) Gordon, Darren (Samantha) Raiwet; mother-in-law, Audrey Lyke; sister-in-law, Sherie (Terry) Scheitel; brothers-in-law, Ron (Sheryl) Lyke, and Doug Lyke; and numerous nieces and nephews. Grant will be remembered with high esteem and affection by his many friends, and by the Stoughton community that he loved and willingly worked for. Grant's positive attitude and his courage will forever be a source of strength and inspiration for his family and friends. The family of Grant wishes to extend their gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to the friends who gave comfort with gifts of flowers, plants, memorial donations, food, cards, and loving tributes. A memorial service for Grant was held on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Stoughton Central School Gymnasium, Stoughton, with Deborah Laforet officiating. Interment followed in the Stoughton Town Cemetery. Those so wishing may make donations to the Stoughton & District Volunteer Ambulance or the Stoughton Fire Department in Grant's memory. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.hallfuneralservices.ca