July 17, 1935 - April 22, 2008
After a short illness, Gerard (Gerry) Clement Joseph Fillion passed from this life peacefully at home, attended by his immediate family and special friend, Helen Einerson. He was born and raised near Radville, and has lived in Calgary, AB since the early 1960's. While his greatest joy and pleasure was listening to, singing and strumming country and western tunes whenever the mood took him, Gerry worked hard all his life and was proud of the thousands of miles of paving he did on Calgary's lanes, streets and roads. Predeceased in 2002 by his wife Verna Bennett Fillion, Gerry is survived by his three sons: David, Robert (Gail) and Matthew (Jennifer). He also leaves behind numerous brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and their families. Thank you to the 5th floor medical staff at PLC, and to the many members of the Palliative Care team, who demonstrated so much compassion and caring in recent weeks. We will have a Celebration of Gerry's Life at the Royal Canadian Legion, Forest Lawn Branch # 275 (755-40 Street S.E.) on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Gerry's honour may be made directly to the ALS Society of Alberta & NWT (400, 320 - 23 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0J2). Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Telephone (403) 272 - 5555.
D. R. (Dan) Dunn
Dan was born March 11, 1930 on a farm near Turtleford in northern Saskatchewan and passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Weyburn General Hospital at the age of 78 years after a 9 month battle with cancer. We will miss him but are happy to know he has gone to be with God. Danny was predeceased by his parents, Mable (nee Dickie) and Alfred Dunn, and three brothers-in-law, Frank and Walter Szeponski and Keith Mckechnie. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vivian (nee Montjoy), daughter Diane (husband, Ed Roelfsema and their children Maralee and Lucas), daughter Debb (husband, Doyle Kemp and their children Delee (Joel) Noble, Darla, Dallas and Dalton) and all his brothers and sisters (Irene Szeponski, Marie [Bill] Thompson, Lee [Greta] Dunn, Ellsworth Dunn, Mary Szeponski, Lorna [Ted] Laas, Neil (Kathy) and Judy Ray); and both of Vivian's sisters (Doris Mckechnie and Barb [Dwaine] Dornan); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. When Dan was nine years old, the family moved to the Creelman/Heward area while Alfred went to war. As a teenager, he moved around from BC to California and eventually, returned to Creelman. He met Vivian at a ball game and they were married in July of 1952. Shortly, thereafter, they moved to the farm where they've resided for 55 years. Danny was an active member of the Stoughton community working 34 years with the Lions Club and coaching hockey. He loved to fish and collect antiques, enough antiques to fill a whole house. Danny was happy to be able to kick his smoking habit in 1985, although, now we know damage had already occurred. In 1984, Dan was baptized accepting Jesus Christ as his Saviour. After becoming a Christian, he and Vivian hosted many Bible studies in their home and they took a keen interest in foreign students who attended Western Christian College; some of these students turned into family. Dan also enjoyed being useful to Clearview Christian Camp where he taught a lot of kids the art of knot tying. He served 14 years as an elder of the Weyburn Church of Christ. Dan was a farmer during their 55 years of marriage. One year he worked putting up TV antennas. For 34 years he blew snow between the farming seasons but the farm was his passion and, in the end, his dream. We would like to thank Stella Swertz and the Palliative Care Unit of the Weyburn General Hospital, the Home Care nurses, the Home Health aides and Doctor Lenferna for their most compassionate care. The funeral service was held at the Weyburn Church of Christ on Saturday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. with Scott Wade officiating. A private family interment followed at Heward Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, for friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Dan to Western Christian College Student Financial Assistance Fund or to Clearview Christian Camp. 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"
Colleen Francis Warthe
On Friday, April 18, 2008, Colleen Francis Warthe of Weyburn, passed away at the Regina Pasqua Hospital at the age of 79 years. Predeceased by her mother and father, Mary and Alex Ries; brothers: Elmer, Lorne, Bert and Ken; sisters: Doreon, Viola and Shirley; brothers-in-law: Otto, Lorne and John. Colleen will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, George Warthe of Weyburn, and their family: son, Jim Faye) Warthe of Weyburn, and daughter, Sandy (Gil) Carrier of Kamloops, BC; former daughter-in-law, Linda Grace of Strathmore, AB; grandchildren: Jason Warthe, Aaron (Carolyn) Warthe, Mike (Shawna) Warthe; great grandchildren, Kyra, Harley, Hope and Foster; sister, Gerry McLachlan of Weyburn; brothers, Don (Debbie) Ries of Strathmore, AB, Delbert (Renete) Ries of Vernon, BC and Darwin (Betty) Depape and Carla (Nolan) Edam; step great grandchildren, Cassidy, Tiana, Haylee, Josie and Jada, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Colleen was born October 1, 1928 at Rhein. She went to school in Rhein, and her younger years were spent doing chores on the farm. George and Colleen met in Fillmore, and were married in Carlyle on January 19, 1949, they were married for 59 years. Colleen worked at the Co-op store in Arcola, for 16 years. In 1971 they moved the family to the Yukon where she was employed with the Yukon Territorial Government. They returned to Fillmore in 1978 and Colleen worked at the Fillmore Hospital for several years. She was involved with the Lutheran and United churches. After retiring, Colleen was involved with the Fillmore 'Drop Inn Centre', and served a term as president. The crib board was always ready, and at one time she was runner up for the Yukon Crib Tournament. She was well known for her 'famous fridge soup' and 'cabbage buns'. She also enjoyed Canasta and Bridge, and her love for music was never far behind. One of her favorite hobbies was going 'east' with friends. Her love for family was always first and foremost. They moved to Weyburn four years ago. A service was held Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Marj McLeod CLA officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (842-5432)
Thomas Cameron Johnson
June 11, 1948 - April 20, 2008
Tom passed away peacefully just before midnight on April 20, 2008 at the Palliative Care Unit of the Kindersley Hospital, Kindersley. Tom was seriously ill for a number of months but finally lost his fight and left us to be with the Lord. Tom was predeceased by his Father, George in 1965, and Mother, Evelyn in 1993. He is lovingly remembered by his partner of the last 12 years, Ruth Weyer of Eatonia; daughter Julie, Calgary, AB; sister, Doris (Larry) Thorarinson, White Swan Lake; brother Dick (Elline) Johnson, Dalmeny; neice Brenda (Greg) Edel and their children, Evyn and Trystan, and nephew Trent (Kathy) Thorarinson and children, Mitchell, Kelsey and Austin all of Saskatoon, along with many cousins and friends. After high school in Goodwater,Tom worked in the oil industry in the Weyburn/Goodwater area as well as all over Alberta until the mid-eighties, at which time he moved back to Saskatchewan, living in the Saskatoon area and later to Eatonia, where he and Ruth lived for the past 12 years. Tom will be dearly missed by all who knew him and will always be remembered for his keen sense of humour and his marvelous way with people. Now we must say goodbye until we meet again. There will be no funeral at Tom's request. The family will be holding a private memorial service in his honor at a time and place to be determined. We wish to thank all the medical staff at the Swift Current, Leader, Saskatoon City and Kindersley hospitals who grew to know Tom and care for him in his final fight for life for their exceptional and compassionate care. Those wishing to do so can direct any donations in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Agnes "Nan" Nieviadomy
Agnes was predeceased by her parents; husband, Joseph Nieviadomy; two brothers and four sisters. Agnes will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Francys (George) Kalman of Weyburn; sons, Les (Linda) Nieviadomy of Ponoka, AB and Rod (Laura) Nieviadomy of Weyburn; grandchildren, Robert (Ardelle) Kalman, Travys (Arlene) Nieviadomy, Kim Nieviadomy, Nathan (Rochelle Phe) and Kaley Nieviadomy; great grandchildren, Jason and Josh Kalman, Rhaya and Ava Nieviadomy, Charissa, Schanelle and Leslie Joseph Nieviadomy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Monday, May 12, 2008 at Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev John Ferrier officiating. Interment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Visitation took place on Sunday, May 11, from 7-9 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapels, Weyburn. Donations may be made in memory of Agnes to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements Entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd. Weyburn, (306) 842-5432.
Vernon Victor Goodwin
Vernon Victor Goodwin, late of Weyburn, passed away at his home on Friday, May 16, 2008 at the age of 92 years. Vernon was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Edith Goodwin; his sisters, Maude Howell, Betty Coggan, Maizie Mountney and Helen Newman. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Esther (nee: Weber) (1978); his oldest son, Rodney (1982); infant daughter, Renee Grace (1945); four grandchildren: Clay Goodwin, Cole Goodwin, Lee Roy Heppner (in infancy) and Lona Zieglgansberger (in infancy). Vernon is survived by his children: sons, Clinton (Arlene) Goodwin and Harley (Marie) Goodwin; daughters, Corinne Goodwin and Sheila (Ivan) Cleveland; 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and also a daughter, Bonnie Goodwin from a previous partner and her eight children and one grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Vernon is lovingly remembered by his wife, Charito of 24 years and their sons, Sheldon and Dalton Goodwin and their daughter, Dixie Goodwin. Vernon was born in 1915 to Victor and Edith Goodwin who homesteaded in the McTaggart area. His generation lived through the Great Depression and Prohibition. His generation is living proof that men and women can survive and thrive during hard times. When he was only 12 years old, his parents sent him away from home to find a job. His chores at his first job consisted of milking cows, pumping water and working the cream separator. He also helped with haying. During the Depression years, he enjoyed going to rodeos at the Hyer Ranch south of Lang. During the thirties, when jobs were hard to find, he rode freight trains to Ontario to find work. He worked for a blacksmith making wide sleighs. His next job was in a logging car earning $2.85 a day. In 1945, while rounding up some horses he had a "wreck". His horse stepped in a badger hole and rolled over on him. He lay underneath the horse. If having broken ribs wasn't bad enough, his leg was broken high up near his hip. His leg was so swollen they couldn't put a cast on it until 35 days had passed. Luckily, that was the only accident he has ever been involved in. Vernon and Esther (nee Weber) were married in 1939. In 1950,he purchased three quarters of land and moved to a home two miles west of Trossachs. In 1952 the road building industry started building new and better highways, so there were lots of jobs. In 1953, Vern travelled to Alberta to his first construction job where he worked as a grease monkey; later, he became skilled at operating road-building equipment. He worked on the highway near Hanna, AB. His wife and family lived nearby during the summer and returned to Trossachs in the fall. When he wasn't working away from home, Vernon always seemed to be starting new "projects". In the late fifties he started a riding and roping club whose members enjoyed dances as well as barrel racing. Although he was not educated as a carpenter, he managed to build kitchen cupboards for people. He built a shop from old barn boards. He also built toys for kids. After struggling to earn a living from farming, he decided in the late sixties to let the farm go; after all, road construction paid much better than farming ever did! He traveled to the North West Territories for six seasons of construction work. During his retirement, he kept busy renting out horses for people to ride. He planted gardens and evergreen trees. While there may be no money in planting trees, the beauty, shade and protection they provide for the birds, and squirrels is priceless. In 1983 he and Charito were married and they began going to auction sales. Together they grew and sold corn and other vegetables. Their three children helped with the garden. They moved to Weyburn in 2003. During his lifetime he accomplished many things and enjoyed many experiences for a man with less than a grade eight education! He rode horses, played the accordian and guitar and planted gardens. He built barns, cupboards, bridges and a boat. Vernon's love for the outdoors, horses, country and western music never waned. The funeral service for Vernon was held on Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn with Mr. Arnold Kozak Officiating. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers were Bob Cooper, Colby Zieglgansberger, Eric Rivard, Sheldon Goodwin, Dalton Goodwin and Roy Goodwin. Interment followed at Trossachs Cemetery, Trossachs. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Vernon to the 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".
Ronald Earl Benning
On Friday, May 30, 2008, Ronald Earl Benning passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 75 years. Predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Clara Benning; three brothers: Henry Benning, Brian Benning and Gerald in infancy; a sister, Marion Skjonsby and brother-in-law, Hans Reitler. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Florence Benning of Weyburn and their six children: Diana (Marc) Bouchard of Red Deer, AB; Patricia (Dale) Larsen of Radville; Roderick (Regine) Benning of Calgary, AB; Toni (Ken) Turcotte of Calgary, AB; Lorna (Terry) Brothen of Regina; and Kevin (Barbara) Benning of Weyburn; 15 grandchildren: Liesha, Todd (Arlie) and Tyler (Sherri) Bouchard, Dustin, Amber and Sienna Larsen, Adam and Mason Benning, Ashley and Jeremy Turcotte, Dean and Eliette Brothen, Perry, Matthew and Mitchell Benning; 2 great granddaughters, Melanie and Cassidy Bouchard; 4 brothers: Pat (Loretta) Benning, Clifford (Dorothy) Benning, Jim (Pat) Benning and Greg (Bonnie) Benning; 3 sisters: Wilma Reitler, Vera (Pete) Anderson and Caroline (Ken) Kennedy; sister-in-law, Sandra (Brian) Bakken and brother-in-law, Wilf (Mary Ann) Skjonsby, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ronald Earl Benning was born January 15, 1933 at Weyburn, the third child in a family of eleven children born to Lloyd and Clara Benning. He grew up on the family farm south of Weyburn and attended South Weyburn School and then at the Weyburn Collegiate Institute, completing grade eleven. He drove truck and heavy equipment and was employed building roads in Saskatchewan and then B.C. in the early years. On October 10, 1955 Ron married Florence Dorwart in Weyburn. He was a life long member of the Catholic Church and a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Legion and volunteered at McKenna Hall to help with catering. In 1959, Ron began a 34 year career with the Weyburn Fire Department, and was Fire Chief for the last five years of his career. He loved the farm, big machines, camping traveling with Florence and family, waterskiing, and shopping for a good deal. He enjoyed a good joke and was a recycler before it was fashionable. Ron received the St. John Lifesaving Award and a Medal of Exemplary Service from the Weyburn Fire Department. Ron was very devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, and will be lovingly remembered by all he knew and loved. Prayers were said Monday, June 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn. The Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. The Active Pallbearers were: Todd Bouchard, Dustin Larsen, Adam Benning, Ashley Turcotte, Dean Brothen and Matthew Benning. The Knight of Columbus formed an Honor Guard. Donations may be made in memory of Ron to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Jeanne Sarah Lair (nee Labelle)
Jeanne Sarah Lair (nee Labelle) passed away peacefully on June 2, 2008 at the age of 85 years at Good Samaritan nursing home in Edmonton, Alberta. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Arthur Lair, her father Rosario Labelle, her Mother Christie Reed and 2 brothers Louis Labelle and Roy Labelle. She leaves to mourn her son Ken (Diane) Lair of Victoria, BC, her son Richard Lair of Saskatoon, her son Gordon (Helga) Lair of Edmonton, Alberta, her daughter Wendy Lair of Edmonton, Alberta, her daughter Margaret (Darcy) Alexander of Airdrie, Alberta and 9 grandchildren. Jeanne was born in Moose Jaw on December 21, 1922 and was married to Art on October 1, 1946. They spent the majority of their life in Weyburn where Jeanne was a homemaker, a member of the CWL and an avid dancer. A memorial service was held at Green Acres Memorial Garden Thursday June 5, 2008.
Doris Marie Ingell
It is with great sadness that Doris' family announces her sudden passing at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington on Thursday June 5, 2008. Doris is survived by her husband, Wayne; daughters, Laurie Nadel (Joseph), Mary Lou Martin (Paul), Paula Moffat (John), Joanne Ingell; grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, Patrick, Connor, Jillian, Heather, Laura, Gregory; sisters- in-law and brothers- in-law, Kathleen and Stewart Ringheim, Marjorie Ingell and Orville Derdall and their families. Predeceased by her parents, John and Dolly Stutt, infant brother Jack, brothers-in-law, Norman and Leslie Ingell and sisters-in-law, Florence Derdall and Mabel Ingell. Doris was an active 44 year member of Appleby United Church, a life member of the Appleby UCW, and a member of Probus Women's Club of Burlington. Sincere thanks to Dr. Blair Costin for his care and support over many years. Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line, (one stoplight north of QEW) BURLINGTON (905-632-3333) on Sunday 3-5 p.m. A Service of Remembrance to celebrate Doris' life will be held at Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Avenue, Burlington on Monday June 9, 2008 at 11 a.m. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Appleby Church Memorial Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.