Garnet "Mickey" Rooney
On Tuesday September 22, 2009, Mickey, late of Yellow Grass passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Regina General Hospital. Mickey aged 67 was predeceased by his parents Ivan (October 1995) and Roberta Rooney (June 2009), his grandparents, and numerous uncles and aunts. He will be sadly missed by his children; Jackie Nichol and her children; Crystal (Dallas), Cody, and Candis, Darla Miskolczi and her children; Devon (Alyshia), Paul, Caitlyn and Brett, Mike (Donna) Rooney and their children; Jade, Cole and Taylor; His loving companion Marj Welburn and her children Jim (Cindy) Welburn, Greg (Tanya) Welburn and Cindy Welburn and their family. There will be a private family service at a later date. Donations may be made to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Sask. Chapter, P.O. Box 309, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3L3. Arrangements entrusted to Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, Regina, SK (1-800-900-1161).
It is with deep sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Dalton Hockley in a tragic accident December 21, 2007 at the age of 72. Dalton leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife of 50 years Kathryn, sons Clair (Chris-Ann), David (Edith), Paul (Laura), Kris (Wendy), daughter Carolyn and his precious grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Dianne), his sister Florence and sisters-in-law Alvera, Harriet, Nancy and Anne, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen and his brother Oliver. Dalton was born Oct. 21,1935 in Weyburn, the youngest child of George and Helen. He received his education in the Yellow Grass area and continued in agriculture at the U. of S. Dalton married Kathryn Durant on Feb. 23,1957 and they had their first of five children later that year. Dalton and Kathy lived in Yellow Grass until 1968 when they moved to the farm where they stayed until 1999 when Dalton 'retired'. Dalton was involved in almost every community group that there was. A 4-H leader, church deacon, serving as a member of the recreation board, housing committee, the rink board as well as the school board. He was also a director for the United Grain Growers for 11 years and was quite involved in local and provincial politics. Through his involvements he taught his children generosity of soul, community pride and a strong work ethic. Over the last several years Dalton spent his time enjoying his grandchildren and tending to his cattle. Through all of his years he always held one thing above all otherfamily. He will be missed by all. The family says thank you to the many individuals, whose names are unknown to us, who stopped to assist our parents at the time of the accident. A family funeral service was held on Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Jay Mowchenko officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to 'The Family Place', 24-4th St. NE Weyburn, SK S4H OX7, (306) 842-7477. Arrangement were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (306-848-0333, 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Lloyd Harold Miller
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lloyd Harold Miller of Weyburn, on Jan. 2, 2008, at the age of 69. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Jacob Miller, and one brother Alvin. He leaves to mourn, his wife Marlene and his daughter Angie (Tim) Neuberger of Weyburn. His very special grandchildren, Trace, Ty, Charity, and Noelle Neuberger. Brother Elmer (Ida) Miller of Fort Qu'appelle; sisters Gladys Spina of Montreal, PQ, Joyce Miller of Toronto, ON, and Marlene (Wendel) Cook of Regina. Also, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Lloyd Miller was born on March 18, 1938 in the Kipling area. He attended school there and lived on the family farm. Later he went on to work in the nickel mines in Sudbury, Ontario. He gave that up, and returned back to Sask. to become a farmer in the Fillmore area. He farmed for many years, and in 1976 he married Marlene Bennett (Olsen) from Weyburn. They moved to a farm in the Francis area, and Marlene and her daughter Angie were introduced to farm life. They farmed until the spring of 95, and then retired to Weyburn. Lloyd found great pleasure in the simple things in life. He loved farming, and to work the land, and see the fruits of his labour at harvest time, gave him much joy. He was known as a good farmer, who although not mechanically inclined, he was meticulous about his work, and wouldn't settle until he had the blackest summerfallow in the area. He spent hours with his grandchildren, taking them to the Family Place, the animal park, and McDonald's for a treat. He was happiest showing his grandkids his love by giving the gift of his time, and he will never be forgotten by them for the memories he created. He also had many friends that he loved going for coffee with, and having a visit. He was a very sociable guy, who enjoyed chatting with anyone, even while taking his dog for a walk. We won't forget that about him; that he always made the time to make someone's life a little better or easier. His family and friends could always count on him for anything. If neighbours or friends needed the garden watered, a driver for an appointment, someone to take care of a pet, they always knew they could count on Lloyd. He was reliable, dependable, trustworthy, and true to his word. If he promised he would do something for you, you could count on it. He loved animals, and would walk his dog for miles each day. Baking heat, or freezing cold, you could see him out walking his dog. He likely put on more miles in a day, than most people do in a year! He had fond memories of trips to visit his sister in Toronto, and in 1992 Lloyd and his daughter Angie flew to Toronto, and then travelled on to Cooperstown, New York, to see the Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as to Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was a memorable trip for both of them. In the spring of 2007 Lloyd went out to Alberta to help his daughter with the children, and prepare for their move back to Sask. He had a wonderful time in Erskine and Stettler, and made several friends out there while on his walks to the general store in Erskine. He so enjoyed taking the kids to the park, or to the little acreage in the village to see the brown horses. On a trip to Red Deer while in Alberta, he commented it was the most beautiful country he had ever seen. It breaks our hearts that he will not be able to visit there again, but we are grateful for the wonderful time, and the beautiful memories we all have. His heart surgery the end of July was successful, but complications surfaced in the days following the surgery. He was in a minimally conscious state from Aug. 23 until the day of his passing. We continued to believe right up until the end, that he would regain consciousness and have a fairly good quality of life. Maybe because we knew the huge void of not having him in our lives. It will never be the same. His big voice and huge laugh. His comical way of trying to get you to see his point. His many stories, some funny, some full of wisdom from life experiences. His joy of holidays, a good meal, and watching the kids open gifts, or enjoying their sporting events. He really enjoyed most sports, and was a Toronto Maple Leaf's fan as long as we can remember. Hockey Night in Canada was a weekly event at our house, along with CKRM Saturday Night Dance Party. If you had a squeaky door, papa Lloyd would show up with his WD 40. If the car wouldn't start, who would come to give you a boost, or put on the battery charger - papa Lloyd. Even when no one else had the patience to straighten the very twisted seatbelt in the vehicles, Lloyd would take the time and persist until he was satisfied it was as it should be. He wasn't a wealthy man by society's standards, but through the love of his family and friends he was a very rich man indeed. God knew with a heart of gold like he had, he was too good to be on this earth any longer. We know there must be little kids and pets in heaven that are getting the royal treatment. The gift of time he gave and the sacrifices he made will never be forgotten. We love you papa Lloyd, and thank God for the gift and blessing of you, and for the time we were allowed to have you in our lives. You made such a positive impact on so many. May God Bless you and keep you in His care until we meet again. The funeral service was held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Donations in memory of Lloyd can be made to the Family Place, the Animal Park, and the Weyburn Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, (306)842-5432.
Elvin Andrew Dahl
On Saturday, December 29, 2007, Elvin Andrew Dahl of Weyburn, passed away at the age of 84 years. Elvin was predeceased by his parents, Olaus and Olga Dahl; brothers: Oliver, Ernest, Melvin, Roy, Art and Einner; sister, Violet Shaw and brother-in-law, Floyd Telenga. Elvin will be remembered by his sisters: Esther (Erik) Verity of Weyburn, Vera Telenga of Lethbridge, AB, Marie (Doug) Wankel of Elbow, and Ruby (Murray) Weatherall of Maple Creek; two sisters-in-law, Irene Dahl of Bethune, and Cheryl Dahl of Gladmar; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Elvin Andrew Dahl was born September 4, 1923. He attended the Big Four School along with his brothers and sisters and learned the value of honesty and hard work from his parents. Elvin was baptized in the Lutheran Church. As a child he attended church with the family. As an adult he preferred listening to church services on the radio. As a young man, Elvin worked on several farms in the area. He worked at sawmills in Parson, BC and in Kapuskasing, ON., cutting logs for a pulpmill. He also worked at Carrot River in the logging industry. In 1951, he began working at the Sybouts Sodium Sulphate Mine south of Gladmar. Elvin enjoyed repairing televisions and radios. He was very dedicated to the game of fastball and spent 40 years as a player, coach, manager, umpire and league executive. He also enjoyed golfing and football games, bowling and card games with friends. He retired in 1983. Elvin took part in various activities at the Senior Centre, bowling, visiting with friends at coffee row and supporting any of the community events. He was presented with a plaque which reads "Dahl's Diamond dedicated to Elvin in recognition of his outstanding commitment to fastball and the fastball teams in the community. A sign in the Gladmar ball park reads "Dahl's Diamond" with the same inscription as the plaque. Elvin lived in Gladmar from 1951 until 2005 when he was hospitalized due to a knee injury. He was unable to return home and spent two years at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility in Weyburn until his passing on December 29. Elvin was always willing to help his mother and father and other family members during various times of need. He especially enjoyed family gatherings. His family and friends were very special to him. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Minton Community Hall, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment followed at Minton cemetery. Pallbearers were: James Blackmore, Derold Blackmore, Terry Bendickson, Reynold Larson, Garth Oberkirsch, and Ken Oberkirsch. Donations may be made in memory of Elvin to Tatagwa View (Sun Country Health Region) 808 Souris Valley Road, Weyburn, SK S4H 2Z9, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn and Radville (842-5432 and 869-2566)
Duane Floyd Graefer
Duane Floyd Graefer was born on October 20, 1955 to Carl and Esther Graefer. He was a baby brother for Dale and Ingrid. Duane grew up in Torquay where he attended Torquay school and spent a year at the Comp in Estevan. Duane was not really fond of school, so at age 17 he joined the workforce beginning his 35 year career in the oil patch. He started working at Schindel & Bazin in Estevan then moved to Medicine Hat, AB for a year. He also spent some time working in the potash mine in Allen. Duane moved back home to start farming. On September 23, 1978, Duane married his soulmate Cheryl MacKenzie. They lived in Estevan where their three daughters Shelan, Pam and Erin were born. In October 1986, they moved to their farm south of Tribune. Two weeks later their son Andy was born. Duane continued to farm with his brother Dale. They farmed together for 30 years. Over the years, Duane worked for many different oil companies, such as, Sawyer Construction, Shell Oil, and Merlin Skjonsby, to name just a few. It was through his working years that he met and made many friends. We were forever hearing him say, "Oh ya, that guy, I used to work with him." Duane worked winters with his friend and neighbor, Ivan Herlick, at Schindel & Bazin in Estevan until 2004 when Ivan and John Adderley began their company Lynco Construction in Midale. Duane was there from day one and worked there until the present. It was while working there, he became known to everyone that worked with him as "Dewey". On September 30, 2003, his first granddaughter Teagan was born. On July 14, 2006 his second granddaughter Camryn was born. Recently on August 22, 2007, his third granddaughter Kara was born. His grandchildren meant the world to him and he was always shopping for things for them, like 4-wheelers, always asking if he could get a better deal if he bought three. His wife, children, and grandchildren meant everything to him. His eyes would light up when they came into the room or he got a phone call from Teagan. Duane answered to many things, such as, Graef, Graefer, Dewey, Weiner Dog, Slim and Big Guy to name a few, but his favorite of all was Papa. Duane lived everyday of his live to the fullest. He never wanted to spend a day at home just sitting around doing nothing. There was always places to go and people to see. If you met Duane and became his friend, you were his friend for life. He brought joy and laughter wherever he went, always finding the funny side in any situation. We have been blessed to have him in our life and he will be forever missed. Duane was predeceased by his father, Carl Graefer, grandparents; Anton and Esther Bergum; maternal grandmother, Inga Bergum and grandparents; Fred and Margaret Graefer. Duane leaves his best friend and wife of 29 years, Cheryl; his daughters Shelan (Curtis) Westling and their family, Teagan and Camryn; Pam (Brad) Groshong and their daughter Kara; Erin (Dale) Pretty; his son Andy (Trish Woods); his mother, Esther Graefer; a brother Dale (Rozann) Graefer and their family; a sister Ingrid (Don) Toews and their family; his in-laws and family as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends. Duane passed away on Monday, December 24, 2007 age 52 years. The funeral service for Duane was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, on Saturday, December 29, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Murray Halvorson and Marjorie McLeod CLA, officiating. A private family interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Duane to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, 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"
Iva Elizabeth Dorey
On Saturday, December 29, 2007, Iva Elizabeth Dorey passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by her parents, William and Janet Paton; her husband, Joseph Dorey and one sister, Hilda Buckingham. Iva will be lovingly remembered by her two sisters, Ruth Gowans and Beatrice (Harold) McClinton, both of B.C. as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Iva Elizabeth Dorey was born November 14, 1916 near Yellow Grass, on the Johnston farm. She was the oldest of four daughters and as her mother died at a young age, Iva helped her father with the farm work. After graduating from Grade 12, she went on to Nursing School in Regina, becoming an R.N. On July 3, 1948, Iva married Joe Dorey in Regina. They moved to Weyburn where she worked as a Public Health Nurse and taught practical nursing at the Weyburn Mental Hospital. Iva studied reflexology which she practiced for many years, with many clients. Joe passed away on September 23, 1972. Iva was involved with the United Church Women, the Horticultural Society, Prairie Rose Chapter #4, a Co-op member and a long standing member of the NDP party. She served as Head Matron of Eastern Star and received various horticultural awards. Iva enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, genealogy and loved gardening. She will be sadly missed by all she knew and loved. Funeral service was held Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Monty Bissett, Scott Stronge, Dennis Kress, Wayne Schmidt, Ross McKechnie and Derek Stronge. Donations may be made in memory of Iva to the Grace United Church, 210-3rd Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0W6. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Howard Rederburg of Weyburn, formerly of Viewfield, Sask. passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 25, 2007 at the age of 76 years. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Doris Rederburg and a brother-in-law, Norbert Spohn. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Florence Rederburg of Weyburn, and their three daughters: Debbra (Blair) Mitchell of Rocky Mountain House, AB; Theresa (James) deBoth of Hudson Bay; and Michele Skwara of Regina; grandchildren: Christina (Colin) OpdenDries, Elijah (Laura) Mitchell, Adam, Chris and Jenna deBoth, Matthew and Nicole Skwara; one great grandchild on the way; two brothers: Alfred (Mary) Rederburg and Clifford (Mary Lynn) Rederburg; two sisters: Ada (Bernard) Clarkson and Marion Spohn; three brothers-in-law, Harold (Alice) Hertzog, Roy (Jean) Hertzog and Wayne (Ruth) Hertzog; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The life of Howard was celebrated on Saturday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. Scripture readings given by brother-in-law, Rev. Bernard Clarkson, eulogy prepared by Debbie, Theresa and Michele and read by great nephew, Jordan Rederburg, and solos sung by Rick Wanner. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: James deBoth, Blair Mitchell, Brian Rederburg, Daryl Richardson, Elijah Mitchell and Adam deBoth. Donations may be made in memory of Howard to the Calvary Baptist Church, 1st Street NE, Weyburn, SK S4H 3E7. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Brian Adam Keller
On Sunday, December 23, 2007, Brian Adam Keller of Francis, passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 53 years. Predeceased by his father, Peter Keller; brother, John Keller; son, Jordan Keller; and grandad, Llew Baker. Brian will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patricia Keller, and son, Tayler Keller of Francis; mother, Marian Keller of Fillmore; brothers: Richard (Lorette) Keller, James (Janet) Keller and Kevin (Beryl) Keller; sisters: Judy (Jerry) Stewart and Loretta (Doug) Peter; mother-in-law, Jeanette Baker; grandmother, Violet Baker; brother-in-law, Allan Baker; sisters-in-law: Joy (Clinton) Jeffrey and Judy (Clint) Baker; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Brian Keller was born December 16, 1954 at Fillmore. He was raised on a farm north of Fillmore with his four brothers and two sisters and attended school in Fillmore with Secondary School in Moose Jaw. He was Confirmed into the Catholic Church which he attended for many years. Brian married Patricia Baker in Fillmore, on September 19, 1992. They lived in Fillmore for about two years after they married and then moved to Midale, where they lived for the next two years and had their beautiful son Tayler. They lived in Moose Jaw, Regina, and Pilot Butte before settling in their current residence in Francis. He was employed with PK Lumber and Construction, the Midale Health Centre, Fillmore Health Centre and the Fillmore Shell Station, Becker's Mobile Homes and finally Jorido Foods Inc. Brian curled for many years in Fillmore and also attended many special functions put on in the community. There were numerous wonderful memories and special events that were shared. Brian enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, gardening and doing anything outdoors. One of his greatest pleasures was dancing. Brian was a wonderful man, a loving son, awesome dad and great husband. He will be missed a lot and loved always. A memorial service was held Monday, December 31, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Fillmore, with Father Abello officiating. Interment followed at the Fillmore Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Brian to the Lung Association, 1231-8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0S5. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, SK (842-5432).
Edward Francis Portmann
Oct. 26, 1936-Dec. 30,2007
Ed was born to Frank and Mary Portmann at the farm in the Lacadia district south of Ceylon on October 26, 1936. He went to Lacadia School and after leaving school he farmed with his dad. He married Rose Hoffart of Minton on July 27, 1955, their son Laverne was born the following year. A daughter, Janice was born the next year. Laverne passed away in December of that same year. Rita was born next, and Alan followed three years later. During this time he also worked for SaskTel; on a construction crew putting in telephone lines. Ed farmed for several years with Grandpa, he and his family then moved to Minton, Weyburn and then Edmonton, AB, where he worked for several years on oil rigs in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Later he worked on the pipelines in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Rose passed away Aug. 14, 1972. After she passed away Ed moved his family back to Ceylon. By this time June had come into his life, he farmed for the next several years with Grandpa. He and June then went to back to Alberta, first to Spruce Grove then to acreage at Tofield, while there he continued working on pipelines. After he retired they came back to Ceylon where he raised sheep and bantam chickens, along with a couple of llamas on the acreage south of Ceylon. At the same time he worked for the village looking after the water plant, and also looked after the park, June ran the concession booth. Several years ago Ed and June moved to Neepawa, Manitoba. They lived in the town for a couple of years, and were in the process of moving to Bob's acreage (June's son) when June passed away suddenly in May 2005. About this time Ed was diagnosed with leukemia. Ed remained in Neepawa with Bob and his family until September 2006 when he moved to Calgary, AB to be near his family. On September 26, 2005 Ed became a great grandpa for the first time. This warranted a trip to Calgary to meet his great granddaughter Alexis and see his grandchildren. In May 2006 Ed was proud to walk down the aisle with his granddaughter Sachelle when she married Drew Frank. His second great granddaughter Emily was born Sept 4, 2006 followed by a third; Madison on Sept 28, 2006. One of his favorite pastimes was getting together with family and friends, to play cards or just to visit. He had a lot of stories to tell, and kept his audience laughing. Ed always had a fondness for race horses and ponies. He enjoyed racing chariot ponies and entered races in a number of Sportsday events over the years. He had a couple of racehorses that he had at the track in Saskatoon. He also enjoyed dancing, playing ball and hunting. While at Ceylon he trapped muskrats and hunted coyotes with his nephews Leonard and Marley. He was able to visit everyone in October of this year, before his illness made travel too difficult. He had made his peace with God. Prayers for Ed were held on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon with Fr. Prince Kurisinkal, celebrant. The interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery. The Honorary Pallbearers were Leonard DeBruyne, Chad DeBruyne, Giselle DeBruyne, Duane Nimegeers, Lorne Nimegeers and Marilyn Fradette. For friends and family so wishing, donations in memory of Ed may be make to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Western Region, 310-1682 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 4S6. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, 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"