Agnes Pittman, born March 8, 1930 in Marsden, passed away June 12, 2008 in Weyburn at the age of 78 years. Agnes was predeceased by her father and mother John A. and Margaret Smith; step-mother Isobelle Tweed; her husband William "Bill" Pittman; her infant daughter Janice Pittman; her sister Lil Burge; step-sister Francis (Bob) McKenzie. Agnes is survived by her son Bill Pittman (Tanya Heebner) and their children: Kiera and Reece, Weyburn; sister: Beatrice Thomas, High River, AB.; step-sister, Janet (Robert) Wiltzen, Fort Saskatchewan, AB; sisters-in-law, Alberta McKenzie, Weyburn, Fran (Elmer) Franks, Weyburn, Geraldine Grandbois, Ottawa, ON.; step-brother-in-law, Quinton (Margaret) Patrick, Weyburn, step-sister-in-law Sally (Ray) Sigurdson. Coquitlam, BC. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Agnes was a sportswoman and a builder. Her involvement in curling spanned over 20 years. She was the secretary-treasurer of the Saskatchewan Ladies Curling Association from 1964 to 1966 and again from 1969 to 1986. In 1971, she was one of only two women selected from Saskatchewan to join a Canadian delegation of women curlers to tour Scotland. In April of this year, Agnes was honoured by the Saskatchewan Curling Association by becoming a member of the Legends of Curling Honour Roll in the Builder Category. Agnes was an avid golfer. No doubt, she was influenced by her husband Bill to take up the sport in order for the two of them to spend more time together. In her younger years, Agnes was also active in figure skating. She participated in the Weyburn Skating Club as a skater, organizer and even a coach. As a builder, Agnes served on the boards of directors for Sask Sport, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Administration Centre for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Agnes was involved in business from an early date. She was a secretary at Weyburn Security for nearly 20 years. She was also a personal secretary to the late Tom Laing, former mayor and city businessman. Although she appeared as an employee for payroll purposes, she acted as a partner with her husband Bill in owning and operating Pittman Electric. Anyone who knew Agnes can attest to her professionalism and perfectionist tendencies. Her record-keeping was meticulous. She taught adult education courses such as typing and basic office procedures through the City of Weyburn's Recreation Department and eventually the S.E. Community College. Even though Agnes was incredibly involved with sports and business, she still found the time for hobbies. Whatever the chosen hobby was, she would pursue it with the same tenacity that she displayed with everything she did. Agnes loved to sew, cook and bake. She liked experimenting with new recipes and as many family and friends can attest to, she made some of the best buns around. Family and friends of Agnes still talk about her chocolates and lemon pies. Agnes used to pride herself on her garden and the yard at the cottage. She and Bill would spend hours pruning trees and flowers. It wasn't work to them. It was a labour of love and something that they would do together. Finally, as many of you know, Agnes was an avid quilter. It's unknown how she became involved with it, but like everything else, she jumped in with both feet. She became a member of the Weyburn Quilters Guild and bought all of the accessories from a quilting table to cutters, templates and quilting books. One of the defining moments in Agnes's life and surely one of happiest was to finally become a grandmother. Agnes and Bill waited a long time for their son Bill and daughter-in-law Tanya to get married and finally have children. When Agnes found out that she was going to be not only a grandmother, but a grandmother of twins, she could hardly contain herself. Those of you who knew her can recall conversations where she would not only talk about her two little sweethearts, but also be subject to a quick picture show of her latest photos. Right up until the end, the girls provided Agnes with some much needed happiness and a reprieve from the Alzheimer's that was slowly taking her away. When Bill and his family would visit her in Tatagwa View, typically on Sundays, Agnes's eyes would light up and she would become visibly excited at the sight of her two precious granddaughters. Agnes was a wife of 56 years to Bill, a loving mother to her son Bill and daughter-in-law, Tanya, and a proud grandmother to granddaughters Kiera and Reece Pittman. She will fondly be remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends. A funeral service for Agnes Pittman was held on Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 pm from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. Mohandas Barnabas Officiating. For friends and family so wishing, donations can be made in memory of Agnes to the Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Memorial Funeral Chapel, 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".
Maureen Rose McPhee
On Friday, June 6, 2008, Maureen Rose McPhee (nee Morrow), age 65 passed away in the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Maureen was born May 21, 1943 in Ceylon, and completed her grade 12 schooling there. After graduating, Maureen worked for a time at the telephone office in Radville and Weyburn. Maureen married Daniel Nelson McPhee on April 20, 1963 in Ceylon. Maureen was a devout Catholic. After having three children she devoted herself to being a homemaker. Maureen always enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren when they came to visit and she always had something for the kids to play with. Maureen loved crocheting, reading numerous books, playing cards, looking after her flower garden and working on her computer. Maureen was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Regina Morrow. Maureen is survived by her loving husband, Daniel Nelson McPhee; her three children: Laureen Ford of Ceylon and her children: Annette Ford [Don Tran and their son, Damon], Christina Ford [Brad Vandenhurk] and Janelle Ford [Chad Becker and their son, Blake]; Danny (Amber) McPhee of Gull Lake and their children: Daniel and Allyson; Darcy (Marla) McPhee of Radville and their children: Douglas and Taylor; two brothers: Atley Morrow of Vancouver, BC, Jack (Andrea) Morrow of Leduc, AB; one sister: Lynda (Jim) Beres of Ceylon; a brother-in-law, Allan (Mary) McPhee, Kelowna, BC; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, one uncle and numerous cousins. The Service of Remembrance was held on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Ceylon, with Celebrant, Father Prince Kurisinkal. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Urn bearer was Allan McPhee. The active pallbearers were Donnie McPhee, Brent Beres, Todd Beres, Aaron Morrow, Keith Cooper and Ross Hillrud. Interment followed at Ceylon Cemetery. For friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Maureen to the Canadian Cancer Society. 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".
Lawrence Carl Statler
Lawrence Carl Statler was born on August 10, 1915 to Joseph and Amelia Statler on the family farm near Silton, SK. Lawrence passed away on June 10, 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer and diabetes at the Nokomis Health Centre, at the age of 92 years. Lawrence, known to many as Sparky, was predeceased by his wife, Alma Statler; parents, Joseph and Amelia Statler, as well as his brothers and sisters. Lawrence will be lovingly remembered by his step-daughter, Beverly; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Sparky was a mechanic for Ramsey Bird Construction for many years until his retirement. He was very outgoing and enjoyed playing cribbage. The Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, with Rev John Ferrier officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn, (306)-842-6662
Rose Annie Flamont
Rose Annie Flamont passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the Regina General Hospital, Regina, at the age of 87 years. Rose was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Ida Graves; first husband, Norman Ponto; second husband, Albert Flamont; sister, Jessie Rockey and brother-in-law, Art Rockey. Rose will be lovingly remembered by her five children, Betty Ann Litke (Pat Norman) of Calgary, AB, Lloyd (Nella Calesso) Ponto of Victoria, BC, Beverly (Pieter) van der Breggen of Fort Qu'Appelle, Margaret (Garth) Gish of Fort Qu'Appelle, and Jerry (Rosemary) Ponto of Weyburn; grandchildren, Debbie (Dave) Burndred, Cindy Bergsma (Daniel Burden), Meredith & Kathryn Ponto, Oliver Kirk, Ab (Rhonda) van der Breggen, Ahmad van der Breggen, Layli (Clayton) Groenveld, Sarah (Gabriel Introni), Nicole and Dina Ponto; 11 great grandchildren and two on the way; brother, Art (Ruby) Graves of Lafleche, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Monday June 16, at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev John Ferrier officiating. Visitation was held on Sunday, June 15, from 7 pm-9 pm at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn. Interment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Rose was born on May 7, 1921 at East Kildonan, MB. She was raised on the family farm in the Waverly, R.M. #44 by her parents Ida and Charles Graves, along with her sister Jessie and brother Art. Rose joined the R.C.A.F. during the second world war and was stationed in Montreal, PQ. She was then transferred to Weyburn at the end of the war, where she then met Norman Ponto. They married and raised five wonderful children. After Norman passed away she married Albert Flamont. Rose received a life membership in the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch #47 in 1992. In April 2008 she received a 50 year pin for the service with the Branch #47 Ladies Auxiliary. Rose was into clerical and bookkeeping work where she was employed with Weyburn Hardware, Saskatchewan Credit Bureau and also Acklands. Rose enjoyed knitting, sewing, playing cards and bingo, as well as visiting with her family. Rose was a long time volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47 as well as the Legion Ladies Auxiliary where she served as an honorary secretary and the president. Rose enjoyed helping serve banquets and prepared lunches at the Legion throughout her entire life. Rose was remembered as a quiet observer who accepted the past and the actions of others. Rose preferred to focus on the positives in the present. Like a race against time, everything passes and everything remains but our reality is not to stay but to pass on to the next step. Rose will always be lovingly remembered by all her family and friends who knew her. Donations may be made in memory of Rose to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, (306)-842-5432.
Evelyn Joan Cooke
Evelyn Joan Cooke (nee: Sorsdahl) was born on February 21, 1931. Joan grew up on the farm with her two sisters in the Goodwater area until 1946. She loved to ride horses and drove the buggy to school. Eventually they moved to the Midale area where she finished her schooling. Joan graduated grade 12 in 1949. On November 11, 1951 Donald and Joan Cooke married at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale. Joan and Donald lived in the Goodwater area since they became married. For a short time in Joan's life she worked at Woolworth's in 1949, which was located in Weyburn. Joan loved to quilt, knit, crochet, embroidery, oil painting, scrap booking, old tyme dance, and played as a back catcher for baseball. She also loved to play the guitar and harpsichord, and sang with her sister Marilyn. She enjoyed traveling to the United States, around Canada and to England. Donald and Joan loved to fly together. Joan was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale. After she was married she attended the Wesley United Church. Then in 1996 she became a member at the Zion Lutheran Church in Weyburn. Joan drew strength from her spiritual commitment. She seemed to know the right time when certain things needed to be done, when nobody else could see. All Joan's nieces and nephews have a special bond and respect for their Auntie Joan. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Arden and Ingeborg Sorsdahl and one granddaughter, Karen Elizabeth Cooke. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Donald Cooke of Goodwater; four children, Donna (Paul) Durant of Goodwater; Gary (Jacqlyn) Cooke of Saskatoon; Lee (Bruce) Leslie of Goodwater, and Neil (Shelley) Cooke of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Jennifer (Keith) Halfyard, James (Jodi) Durant, Liza (Jason) Van de Water, Andrew (Kirsten Bromley) Durant, Keith Cooke, Rebecca (Ryan) McLeod, Jessica and Derek Leslie and Morgan Cooke; great grandchildren, Elias and Adrian Halfyard, Emma and Sara Durant, Rylee James, Brooklyn and Mackenzie McLeod, Jordyn Leslie and one great granddaughter on the way Laila Van de Water; two sisters, Marlyn (Walter) Restau of Wapella, and Sharon (Mel) Eggum of Weyburn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, June 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Martin Olson and Marj McLeod CLA officiating. Interment took place in Goodwater Cemetery. The active pallbearers were, James Durant, Andrew Durant, Keith Cooke, Derek Leslie, Nevin Eggum and Troy Eggum. Donations may be made in memory of Joan to the Children's Wish Foundation or to the Salvation Army. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (306)-842-5432.
Arnold Braathen passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary, AB on June 13, 2008 with his loving partner Roz Saigeon at his side. Born in Fosterton, SK, Arnold spent most of his life farming in his home community. In 1943, he enlisted in the Canadian Army for three years, one of which was spent in Holland with the Regina Rifles Regiment and the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Following army life, Arnold returned to Fosterton to farm with his father, Knut. In 1960, he married Phyllis Taylor. After many happy years in Fosterton (Cabri), Arnold retired to Calgary in 2002. He was a very kind and generous man who always had time for his family and friends especially the young ones. Arnold was an avid curler and a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Hazlet. In recent years, he enjoyed travelling with Roz to Alaska, Holland, Norway, Mexico, Texas, Las Vegas and many other sites in Canada and the U.S. Arnold is survived by his partner Roz; his son Brent; daughter Elaine (Scott); his grandchildren Morgan, Riley and Eric; sisters, Myrtle Anderson of Swift Current, Margit Sparks of Leduc, AB, and Belinda Hugo of Saskatoon as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis; his sisters Olive, Clara, Gunhild and Emma; and his brother, Ole. No services are planned. Memorial tributes may be made directly to the MS Society of Saskatchewan-150 Albert St., Regina, SK S4R 2N2 or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind-1929 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4G 3E8.
Maxine Anna Thera
Maxine Anna Thera passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Estevan, at the age of 79 years. Survived by her husband, Richard, Estevan; daughters, Shirley (Jack Lenord) Thera, Estevan, Myrna (Larry) Babbings, Glen Ewen, Janice (Paul) Bernier, Lampman; son, Dale Thera, Saskatoon; daughter-in-law, Kim (Brian) Pederson, Weyburn; sister, Ruth Schafer, Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Kevin Gabriel, Regina, Janet (Jason Elliott) Gabriel, Estevan, Kris (Jamie) Babbings, Rosthern, Michelle Babbings, Carnduff, Pamela (Daniel Bartlett) Babbings, Carnduff, Travis Pederson, Weyburn, Alexis Pederson, Weyburn, Randy Pederson, Weyburn; great grandchildren, Taylor Babbings, Madison Babbings, Elijah Bartlett, Marissa Babbings; also numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, John and Bernadine Froehler; son, Grant Thera; brother, Walter Froehler; sister, Eleanor Goodfellow. A Celebration of Life was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, from the Elks Club, 428 Souris Ave. Estevan with lunch to follow. Please no flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be given to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Estevan or Galloway Health Center, Oxbow. Arrangements in care of the Orsted Funeral Home, Estevan.
August 23, 1919-June 23, 2008
On June 23rd, 2008, Joseph Tuba passed away at the age of 88. Joseph was pre-deceased by his parents (Joszef and Rozalia (nee Soos) Tuba). He was also pre-deceased by his wife of 34 years, Margaret Tuba, in 2006, his youngest brother, George in 2007, a sister-in-law, Yolanda, brother-in-law, Thor Johannson and great nephew, Scott Johannson. He leaves to mourn his two brothers, Albert of Melville, and Charlie (Penny) of Edmonton, AB, his sister Anna Johannson of Gimli, MB, many nieces and nephews, as well as, his extended families. Joseph Tuba was born on August 23, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. He was the second son of Joszef and Rozalia (nee Soos) Tuba. In 1925, Joe (aged 6) immigrated to Canada on the ship called the Melita along with his mother, older brother (Albert, aged 11) and his sister (Anna, aged 9), and his uncle, Imre Soos (aged, 13). The Kovacs family also accompanied Joe on the two week journey. They landed in Quebec on November 1, 1925. Prior to Joe`s arrival to Canada, his father (Joszef Tuba), Ignacz Kovacs, many of the Kovacs family, and some of his aunts and uncles on the Soos side, came on May 15, 1925 to find work and a place to live. Once the families were in Canada, they travelled to a farm near Winnipeg, to face their first Manitoba winter. Later, they moved 80 miles north of Winnipeg to Riverton where they bought farmland and built a house. Joe was drafted into the army on April 17, 1941 when he was 21 years old and released on October 12, 1945 at Shilo, MB. He gave 4-1/2 years of service. During this time, he was stationed in many different areas like Jamaica and British Columbia, just to name a few. Every once in a while Joe would travel home to the farm in Manitoba by train. One time the train derailed but he slept through the crash and faintly remembers the whole incident. During and after the war, Joe realized that it was not the solution to peace, freedom, or happiness. Joe was a faithful son. He returned and stayed on the farm to help his aging parents. When they passed away he got married. On July 20, 1972, he and Margaret wed and they celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary just before her death in 2006. Through the years, they lived happily on the farm near Riverton, MB, where they raised and nurtured many of God's animals. Joe lived and worked on the farm for about 80 years, this is where he liked it best because he was with Jehovah`s wonderful creations namely the animals, the gardens, the land, and Lake Winnipeg. Through the years, Joe and Margaret always welcomed everyone into their home. He was also very musical and liked listening to Walter Ostenik and the Kingdom Melodies when they came out on tape. Joe and Margaret would drive to Arborg, MB, to attend meetings and when pain and age got in the way the meetings were brought into their home by telephone hook-up. He talked about the bible and looked forward to the resurrection when his body will not break down, feel pain, nor become sickly. He hoped to live in God`s promised New World. Joseph was a humorous, energetic, kind man, who loved all of Jehovah God's handiwork. He will be truly missed by all that loved him. A private family service of remembrance was held Saturday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Officiating was Mr. Arnold Kozak. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Joseph 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"
Gertrude Mary Gilchrist
July 17, 1924-June 20, 2008
On June 20, 2008, Gertrude (Gert) Gilchrist age 83 passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the Weyburn Special Care Home. She was predeceased by her twin sister Grace, her parents, Edwin and Jane Gascoigne; her husband Forrest "Bud" Gilchrist; father and mother- in- law: William and Verda Gilchrist; brothers and sisters-in-law: Melvin "Bill" Gilchrist, Ruth (Robert) Reevie and Isla Gilchrist. Gert is survived by and will be lovingly missed by her four daughters, three sons and their families: Shirley (Dennis) Lamb, Moose Jaw, Marj (Rick) Wanner, Weyburn, Cathie (Doug) Loden, Weyburn, Andrew (Diane) Gilchrist, Elie, MB, Edward (Sandy) Gilchrist, Rouleau, Laurie Gilchrist, Weyburn, Jim (Theresa) Gilchrist, Wilcox; 16 grandchildren: Shelley (Darwin) Laliberte, David (Christina) Lamb, Bill (Jennifer) Lamb, Wayne (Bev) Lamb, Darren Wanner (Barb Helfrick), Terry Wanner (Al Vilcu) Andrew, Stephen and Brian Loden, Ronald (Pam) Laurans, Bobby-Jo (Craig) Hatzel, Sabrina (Dave) Laurans, April, Tyson, Brittany and Dylan Gilchrist; 21 great grandchildren; three brothers: John (Peggy) Gascoigne, Edwin (Beryl) Gascoigne and Andrew (Edith) Gascoigne all of England; in-laws: Laverne Gilchrist, Lee Gilchrist, Scotty (Shirley) Gilchrist, Dutch (Arvella) Gilchrist, Jim (Carol) Gilchrist as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gert spent the first 21 years of her life in the Newcastle area of North England. During the war she met and married Bud Gilchrist on June 2, 1945. She immigrated to Canada as a young war bride in May 1946. Bud and Gert resided in Rouleau where they raised their family. Gert was widowed in April 1988. During the past seven years she has made her home at the Weyburn Special Care Home, where she formed many new friendships with other residents and staff. Gert's life was centered around raising and caring for her family. Her great sense of humor carried her through a variety of situations. She loved to cook, bake, knit, do crossword puzzles and play endless card games with her family. The family wishes to thank the Weyburn Special Care Home for all the care and support provided to Gert and her family over the years. It was truly appreciated by all. A Service of Remembrance for Gertrude was held Tuesday June 24, at 2:00 p.m. from Calvary Baptist Community Church, 1619-1st Ave. N.E., Weyburn, with Rev. Doug Loden officiating. Interment followed at Milestone Cemetery. All in attendance at the memorial service were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Flowers are gratefully declined. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Gertrude to the Weyburn Special Care Home, 740, 5th St. N.E., Weyburn, SK S4H 1A3. Arrangements are entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, 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"