Beatrice Marie (O'Brien) MacLean
Born to Jim and Allie O'Brien of Instow, Sask. September 17, 1916, died Sunday, January 27, 2008. Mrs. MacLean was predeceased by her parents, Jim and Alie O'Brien; brother, Clarence O'Brien; sisters, Kay Myren of Swift Current and Gladys Orr of Weyburn; husband, R.W. "Mac" MacLean in 1975. She is survived by son, Roland J. MacLean of Kelowna, B.C.; granddaughter, Alison James of Calgary, AB; grandson, Blair MacLean of West Vancouver, BC; two great granddaughters of Calgary, two great granddaughters of West Vancouver, B.C., one great grandson of West Vancouver, and nephew Lee Orr of Weyburn. The MacLeans lived in Colfax from 1942 - 1945 when they moved to Weyburn. Beatrice worked for the Leader Store for 25 years and for Weirs Jewelry Store until her retirement at age 75. She resided at Hilltop Manor from 2001 until her passing.
Frank Richard Volke
Frank died peacefully, at home in Bengough, cared for by his family, on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. He was born in Bengough on October 19, 1927. He lived and farmed near Big Beaver for most of his life. He married Emma Lichter in 1952 and they spent 55 devoted years together. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Annie and Joe, sister Emma and brother Arnold. He is mourned by his loving wife, Emma, children; Richard (Debbie), Pauline Ager (Larry), Sandra Rebrinsky (Kelly), Melvin (Paty) and Warren (Claudia), grandchildren; Christy, Kari Ashworth (Kirk), Morgan, Delaney, Chelsea, Milena, Ana Valeria, Juliet, Addriana, Cole and Rainier, great grandchildren; Bly and Hailey, sister, Blonda Waters, brothers; Herbert (Mildred), Albert (Joan) and Arthur (Lillian) and many relatives and friends. Frank had a quiet and mild personality, generous nature and sense of humor. He was well known and respected, not only for these qualities, but for his deep love for his God, Jehovah to whom he dedicated his life and was baptized on April 20, 1957. He had a strong hope and faith in the Bible's promise of a resurrection and living forever on a paradise earth brought about by God's Kingdom. -Daniel 2:44. Frank was laid to rest in Big Beaver Cemetery, Big Beaver, on Monday, February 18 at 11:30 am. Richard Volke gave the Comforting Words, Remembrances were shared by Emma Volke and Warren Volke and Richard Volke gave the Prayer. The Memorial Service was held in the Bengough Community Centre, Bengough, at 2:00 pm. Warren Volke gave the opening prayer, Melvin Volke was the speaker and Neal Palmer gave the closing prayer. Congregation songs were 'God's Promise of Paradise' and 'Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!'. Lunch and fellowship followed the service. Arrangements were entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia.
My Greatest Beliefs and Values
I believe anyone's greatest possession is their relationship with Jehovah God, which begins with a study of God's own Word, the Bible. My courage to face death is fortified by the strong and wonderful promises that Jehovah has given to me and to all who wish to know Him. The Bible told me to test out Jehovah and "to see if He is Good", and I did. It told me that if I followed His direction and kept my faith in Him, that I could have a balanced and happy life, together with understanding, faith and hope. How I enjoyed all eighty years of my life. I love my family, good friends, God's creations, travelling, dancing when the music felt right, and talking to people about the Bible promises for the future. I love country life and the close family ties that it nurtured. I hoped that one day all my children would learn these values. Our country lifestyle gave a wonderful education in living, teaching so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways. I believe that hard work and an honest conscience are the building blocks of a person's character. I love farming, planting a crop, seeing it grow, then harvesting the fields. From the beautiful sunrises to the sunsets and the satisfaction this brought daily. But most of all, I love planting seeds in people's hearts. I love to nurture and cultivate those spiritual seeds, always hoping that the soil would be fine and God would make them grow and yield fruit. I know that whatever Jehovah promises He fulfills. I look forward to the completion of His promise of a life and a world free from all pain, suffering and death. I love life and I know from Scriptural evidence that the faith and hope I have put in Jehovah will result in perfect life in the future. I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel proud in the life he's lived. I may be sleeping now, but I fell asleep confident of waking up in God's perfect world.
Vernon "Corky" Lund
On Friday, February 15, 2008, Vernon "Corky" Lund passed away at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 76 years. Predeceased by his parents, Anton and Ellen Lund, father and mother-in-law, Cornil and Bertha Ulledalen; brother, Palmer Lund, brother-in-law, Carl Forsberg and a nephew, Keith Peterson. Corky will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Clara and their family: six children: Leverne (Wendy) and grandson, Brett of Maple Creek; Randy (Julie) of Plentywood, MT; Terry of Lake Alma; Greg (Che) of Weyburn; Anita (Ian) and granddaughter, Kristie and grandson, Dakota of Weyburn; Wade of Lake Alma; sister, Alvina (John) Fabian of Regina; sister-in-law, Betty Lund of Weyburn; sister and brother-in-law, Ken and Sophie Peterson of Weyburn; brother-in-law, Leonard Ulledalen of Midale; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Vernon was born July 28, 1931, on the Montana-Saskatchewan border, the youngest of three children blessing the marriage of Anton and Ellen Lund. His formal education was shared with Overland, Busy Bee, Highland View schools, with high school studies at Birdshill in Lake Alma. In the spring of 1948, Vernon went back to help his father on the farm. When he started farming in 1950, he had a good crop and bought a 1950 Ford half ton which he used to court Clara. In the fall, in Merton Toso's farmyard, he asked her if she would marry him, and she said yes. He tells of their marriage celebration in Plentywood, "It was the happiest and best thing that has ever happened to me." That fall and winter they worked in Regina, and then returned to buy the Krist Tandberg farm. This was a multi tasked farm and the first three sons were born while there. In 1958 they bought the Merton Toso farm and here the family was completed with three more children. Vernon enjoyed riding horses, so moving his cattle the 12 miles to pasture and helping others move cattle was a joy. Eldon and Beryl Lohse and others would work together in this task. The joy of horses led him to go on trail rides in the Big Muddy, wagon trains to Wood Mountain, and the Border Commission ride. He was also able to ride in the Black Hills of the Dakotas. Vernon shared his knowledge and ability as he was a leader in the Borderview 4-H Light Horse Club and led the members on the Sitting Bull Wagon Train. He also coached little league baseball, loading the team into a 1958 Edsel to go to games at Ceylon, Radville, Minton and Oungre, as well as a tournament in Weyburn. Vernon worked at various jobs. He had worked in the oil patch in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. After moving to Weyburn, he worked for a while for Tom Minard, and while he enjoyed this, it was inside work, so he started his own custom fencing business which took him to a number of PFRA pastures. He will be fondly remembered by all he knew and loved. A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Pastor Martin Olson officiating, and Helen Flaaten, organist. Interment followed at Saron Cemetery, Lake Alma. Donations may be made in memory of Corky to the Saskatchewan Lung Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
John "Jack" H. Keen
John "Jack" H. Keen, late of Weyburn, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at the age of 94 years. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Eva (Nelson) Keen; brother Charles "Nels" (Muriel "Babs" Edwards) (Keen) Haughn; sister Mary (Cecil) Barber; grandchild Robert John Doyon. Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Underwood) Keen of Weyburn; children Margaret (Horst) Zilch of Preeceville, and their children, Thomas and Eric Zilch; Shirley (Logan) Bjarnason of Stoughton, and their children, René and Micheal Doyon; David (Charlene (Honig) Keen of Weyburn, and their children Jared and Devin Keen; brother David (Pat Lalonde) (Keen) Crook of Columbus, Ohio as well as nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. Jack was born May 19, 1913 at Carievaile on his grandfather's farm. He attended Balfour Tech. In the spring of 1941 he went to work at Jim Pritchards' farm at Khedive. Marjorie Underwood began working at the farm and they married June 9, 1941. In 1945, they moved to Weyburn where they both started psychiatric nurse's training at the Saskatchewan Hospital. Jack graduated in 1948 as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. He worked at that facility, retiring in 1978. Both he and Marjorie volunteered many years with the Canadian Mental Health Association, being founding members of the Weyburn Branch. They received a National Award for outstanding volunteer service from the CMHA in 1988 at Prince Edward Island. Most Saturdays from 1998- 2006, Jack and Marjorie rented a table at the local Farmers Market for their homemade baking, specializing in baking for diabetics. Jack joined All Saints Anglican Church at Weyburn in 1945 and over time served as janitor, Sunday School teacher, people's warden, synod delegate, lay reader and sub deacon. The eulogy delivered by a longtime friend, Erskine Sandiford to the church full of mourners spoke volumes of the community's respect and affection for this long time Weyburn resident. Funeral service was held February 6, from All Saints Anglican Church with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. The pallbearers were Erskine Sandiford, Rod Stafford, David Keen ,Thomas Zilch, Eric Zilch and Micheal Doyon. Internment followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Donations may be made to All Saints Anglican Church or to Canadian Mental Health Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd, Weyburn (842-5432)
Marvin Alvern Strom
Born April 6, 1948 in Estevan. Passed away February 12, 2008 in Calgary, AB, at 59 years. It is with sad hearts that we, the Melvin Strom family formerly from the Lake Alma area, announce the sudden passing of the eldest son in the Strom family. Marvin was predeceased by his dad in 1976, his wife (Donalda) in 1988, and also friend Evelyn Cameron. A daughter joined the family (Michelle) but when Michelle was nine years of age unfortunately her mother passed away at age 40 years. Marvin was wed in Regina, then made their home in Sundre, AB where Marv was employed with an oil company for a lot of years. Then moving to an acreage at Didsbury, AB where he had cattle and raised pigs; in short he was a full time farmer. Marvin's school days began in Lake Alma and later was going to school in Gladmar. He will be extremely missed by his daughter and her fiance, and a dear grandson (Micheal). Marvin's brothers will miss him deeply, also his sister and mother. His brothers: Danny, Gordon and Duane; his sister Diane, and their families. Forever in our hearts. We love you Marvin.
Lillian Stricker nee: (Stein) of Weyburn, formerly from Melville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the age of 83 years. It was Lillian's wish that no Memorial Service be held. For those who knew Lillian, she would want you to remember her for the good times you shared with her; no matter which part of her life that was in. She was a lovely woman and will be missed by those who got to know her. In lieu of cards and flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn, (842-5432)
Doris Marie Johnstone
Doris Marie Johnstone, late of Weyburn, passed away peacefully at the Special Care Home in Weyburn on Friday, February 8, 2008 at the age of 89 years. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm Johnstone, her parents, Chester and Sarah (Sadie) Collins, and her brother, Boyce Collins. Doris is survived by her two sons, Keith (Janice) and Warren (Adeline); grandchildren, Charla (Darren) Moore and their children (Shayla and Kaylan; Kevin (Gail) and their son, Kervens; Mark, Chad, Lisa and Devin (Leah); step-grandchildren, Shaun and Trevor Mus; her sister, Lois Howlett and sisters-in-law, Jean Jones and Reggie Collins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Doris was held at the Church of Christ, Yellow Grass, on Thursday, February 14, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Merrill Nicholson Officiating. The active pallbearers were Charla Moore, Mark Johnstone, Lisa Johnstone, Shaun Mus, Kevin Johnstone, Chad Johnstone, Devin Johnstone and Trevor Mus. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment at Yellow Grass Cemetery preceded the funeral service. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Doris to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, to the Alzheimer's Society or to a Charity of Choice. 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."
George Walter Hill
On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, George Walter Hill passed away at Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Elizabeth Hill; two brothers: Harold and Jim and two sisters-in-law: Ann and Unice. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Daisy Hill of Weyburn, and their family, four children: Shirley (Andrew) Scabavea of Denver, CO and their son, Mark; G. Ronald (Marilyn) Hill of Weyburn, and their children, Ryan (Karen Romanow) and Shawn; Susan (Bud) Grohn of Weyburn, and their children, Alexis and Kristopher; Nancy (David) Pulfer of Weyburn, and their children, Aubray (Cory) Abel, Daniel (Moria) Pulfer, Thad (Catherine Kambietz) Pulfer and Joshua Pulfer; great grandchildren: Nicholas and Riley Zerie, Daemon Patrick and Hayden Pulfer; brother, Arch Deacon William (Edna) Hill of Victoria, BC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. George Walter Hill was born February 15, 1923 at home in Weyburn, the first of four boys born to Walter and Elizabeth (Walls) Hill. He attended Haig School and Weyburn Collegiate Institute, graduating with honors. He then took teaching instruction for adult education. He dedicated four years to the R.C.A.F., North Atlantic Maritime Patrol from 1940, serving in active duty as a wireless instructor. On July 19, 1943, George married Daisy at St. John's, Nfld. at that time a colony of England. They lived in Nfld., P.E.I., Quebec with the RCA, making Weyburn their final home. Geroge worked at the Weyburn Mental Hospital as a painter, taught at Souris Valley Vocational Center as a Trades Instructor, was the Labour Standards Officer, then retired in July of 1981. George was Baptized and Confirmed in All Saints Anglican Church where he was actively involved, serving as Church Warden and other positions. In the Masons he was Worshipful Master, and associate Guardian of Jobs Daughters. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Weyburn Branch #47 and numerous others. George was involved with music since a youth, taking his grade 10 from the Conservatory School of Music in piano, he also played the string bass in local bands and really enjoyed Big Band music and Jazz. In winter, he liked curling, enjoying summers at their cottage at the lake. George was a quiet man, dedicated to his family, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an intelligent man whose opinions were sought and respected. Funeral service was held Monday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. from All Saints Anglican Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Catherine Harper officiating. All his grandchildren were pallbearers. The honorary pallbearers were members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masons. Interment will be at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of George to a Charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Helen Margaret Parker
Helen Margaret Parker passed away peacefully at the Weyburn Special Care Home on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at the age of 89. Mom called this her home for the last 9 1/2 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Allison Parker (1979), brother, Harvey and sister, Jessie Manarey, parents, Alfred and Millie Dixon and an infant granddaughter. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her family, five children: Dorothy (Leonard) Graham of Beamsville, ON, Ken (Donna) Parker of Kelowna, BC, Elgin (Yvonne) Parker of Oyama, BC, Doug (Marion) Parker of Regina, and Ruth (John) Cook of Weyburn; 17 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Harvey (Olive) Parker; sister-in-law, Muriel Parker; brother-in-law, Mervin Manarey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Helen was born April 30, 1918 in Walter's Falls, Grey County, ON to Alfred and Millie Dixon. Fond memories of her childhood were fishing for speckled trout with her father on their farm, and cross country skiing. Helen married Allison Parker on November 6, 1935. Mom and Dad worked for other farmers for the first years of their married life. From this union came five children. Mom kept very busy as a farmer's wife and a mother. In the spring of 1948, Mom and Dad purchased their farm where they lived until 1956. In the summer of 1956, Mom and Dad and the four youngest children moved to Radville. In 1957 they moved to Western Christian College at North Weyburn where Dad worked in the maintenance department. In 1960, Mom and Dad moved to Weyburn where Dad was employed at Haig and Assiniboia schools. For many years Mom assisted in the home of Charlie and Faye Zirk as a child care giver. Mom and Dad were also caretakers for several years at the Weyburn Church of Christ. After Dad passed away in 1979, Mom continued to live in their home on Park Ave. until 1986 when she moved to Bison Manor. Then on July 1, 1998, Mom moved to her suite at the Weyburn Special Care Home. The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 26, at the Weyburn Church of Christ with Scott Wade officiating. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Pallbearers were: Robert Cook, John J. Harvey, Curtis Parker, Jason Parker, Andrew Parker and Ashley Parker. The family of Helen Parker would like to thank Dr. Fong and the staff of the Weyburn Special Care Home for the compassionate care given to Mom. Donations may be made in memory of Helen to Western Christian College, Regina, SK or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432). Mom - We will miss you!
On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Ella Edwards passed away at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by her parents, Eliert and Eli Eliasson; adopted parents, William and Josie Janke; her husband, Charles William Edwards; two daughters, Charlene Gail Edwards and Jody Lynn Edwards; siblings: Mrtyle Onstad, Hilma Janke, Ed Eliasson, Eleanor Wegley, Mable Mattson, Grace Hammer; sister-in-law, Muriel Haughn; brother-in-law, Charles (Nels) Haughn. Ella wil be lovingly remembered by her family, four children: Bonnie Regan and her family, Cameron and Lorae Regan; Terry Edwards and his family, Danielle and Mark (Cindy) Edwards; David (Wanda) Edwards and their family, Jason (Brandy), Sarah (Calvin) and Chelsey Edwards; and Brenda (Lorne) Onstad and their family, Michael and Matthew Onstad; great grandchildren: Gaelan Erone Edwards, Rowan Micah Edwards, Cameron Edwards, Dawson Edwards and Kyle Doering; one sister, Lillian (Bud) Doud and one brother, Cliff Janke, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ella was born March 31, 1922 at Section 19, Township 1, Range 16, W2 near Beaubier. She was named after her mother, who died when she was an infant. Ella was adopted by William and Josie Janke. She attended Lake Alma School. On September 14, 1943, Ella married Charlie Edwards in Weyburn, and they made Weyburn their home. She worked as a cook at the Club Café, Town 'N' Country Café and at Bill and Jen's Drive Inn in the early years. She was an avid curling fan, and liked to play 'whist'. She loved being at their cabin at White Swan Lake and to visit with friends and family. Coffee was always on at their home Ella was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was very proud of her "50 year pin". She was also very involved with Alanon. She was a very strong, independent lady. The loves of her life were her children and grandchildren. She passed away peacefully with her granddaughters at her side. A Memorial Service was held Monday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, with Marj McLeod CLA officiating. Interment will be at a later date. The honorary pallbearers were: Matthew Onstad, Michael Onstad, Jason Edwards, Mark Edwards, Cameron Regan and Brian Nesbitt. Donations may be made in memory of Ella to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)