Peggy Equila Gessner
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Peggy Gessner on Friday, June 13, 2008 at the age of 82. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Arthur of 60 years, sons Brian (Lisa), David (Debbie), grandchildren Dario and Danica, brother Ferris (Faye) Lawrence and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Fredrick and Ellen Lawrence, and her sister Ruth (Rudy) Gaab. Peggy was born in Weyburn and grew up on the family farm. While working at the Hi-Art Theater she met the love of her life Arthur and was married June 5, 1948. They eventually settled in Winnipeg, MB where Peggy was employed with B.A. Robinson Lighting. Peggy's life was one of devotion and dedication first to her family, then her friends, church, and her community. Peggy volunteered as District Campaign Chair for the Canadian Red Cross. She also volunteered her time with the Charleswood United Church where she made friends with many wonderful people. She spent her last 30 years as secretary for the Norwood Coronation Ladies Bowling League. Peggy always looked forward to her weekly bowling games and get togethers. Peggy enjoyed the arts and had season passes to Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, frequented the theatre, the ballet and opera. She enjoyed watching some sports and especially curling. She spent many hours watching her sons play both at the curling rink and the hockey rink. Peggy was proud of her deep family roots in Canada and her great-great-grandfather Orange Lawrence founded and built the town of Orangeville, Ont. Art and Peggy's love for Charleswood is reflected by the 60 years they lived there amongst friends and neighbors. Mom and Dad loved to travel to Europe and especially to Nova Scotia where her mother was raised and to Vancouver where her son lives. Mom especially loved the Alaskan cruise she and Dad took in the 1990's. The essence of Peggy will always be remembered by her beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eye, her warmth and charm, her unconditional love and her generous nature. She was a truly kind and gracious lady. As we grieve for you this day our hearts are filled with sorrow. There are no words that can express the emptiness of tomorrow. So rest in peace, as we go on, you said that we must do. The memories of your life and love will help to guide us through. Love always, the family.
Aleck Cornish Johnston
Nov 28, 1930 - July 2, 2008
It is with much sadness we announce the sudden passing of our dearly loved husband and father, Aleck Cornish Johnston on July 2nd, 2008 at the age of seventy seven years in Abbotsford, B.C. He was a loving husband to Eileen and a wonderful father to Terry (Agatha) of Jasper, AB Kim (Sherri) and Ian (Jana) of Winnipeg, MB. He leaves to mourn his special grandchildren, Bobby, Melissa, Jarrett, Kurtis, and baby Piper. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Allen of Weyburn and brother Calvin (Joan) Johnston of Calgary, AB, sister in law Grace (Larry) McIntosh, brother in law Ed (June) Martin of Saskatoon John (Irene) Martin of Beaumont, AB. and Bob (Linda) Martin of Medicine Hat, AB. Many nieces and nephews also survive including a very special niece Janet (Neil) Orsted of Weyburn. Aleck was predeceased by his parents Bert and Carrie Johnston of Weyburn, brothers Carman, Kenneth, Norman, and Walter Johnston of Weyburn, and sisters Joy Kempthorne of Calgary, AB and Vera Johnston of Goodlands, M.B. Aleck was born on November 28th, 1930 in Goodwater. His career with Canadian National Railways, first as a telegrapher for eleven years, and then twenty-six years with freight sales and marketing. This took Aleck, Eileen and their three boys to several destinations including Weyburn, Port Arthur, ON, The Pas, MB, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, ON, and Winnipeg, MB. In 1989 Aleck took his retirement and he and Eileen moved to Abbotsford, B.C. where they spent many happy years. Aleck enjoyed his family and his main hobby was curling where he made many special friends. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also of St. Matthews Anglican Church. A memorial service to celebrate Aleck's life was held from St. Matthews Church 2010 Guildford Drive, Abbotsford at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 11th 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations to Anglican Network in Canada, Abbotsford Project, P.O. Box 1013, Burlington, ON. L7R 4L8, would be appreciated. Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643.
Valerie Ellen Svedahl
Valerie Ellen Svedahl passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2008 with her family by her side at the age of 42 years. She is survived by her parents, Carman and Marie (Doughty) Svedahl, Regina; Sister, Janice (Glen) Trenouth, Radville and their children, Jim (Sara) Trenouth and their daughter, Teagan, Radville, Julina (Chad) Eagleson and their daughter, Aleksia, Irricana, AB, Jerry Trenouth, Winnipeg, MB, Chris (Quinn) Trenouth, Saskatoon, Erik (Tory) Trenouth, Saskatoon, Line Wang (Jeremy) Bell, Saskatoon; sister, Laurie (Pat) Dunne, Regina and their children, Casey, Patrick and Madison; brother, John (Paula) Svedahl, Regina and their daughters, Micaela and Kristen; brother, Brett (A´cha Bitam) Svedahl, Pangman, Brett's three daughters from his first marriage, Nikki Svedahl (Chad Dickie), Weyburn and her children, Tyrell and Payton Mabee, Amanda Svedahl (Brad McCallum) and their children, Katelyn and Keenan, Falon Svedahl, Saskatoon, Brett and A´cha,s children, Tarek, Walid, Lilia, Riana, Aden Svedahl and Kenza Kabar as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. One of Valerie,s favourite singers was Billy Joel. He wrote a song that said only the good die young. Valerie was young, good and Billy was right. But it's still hard to say goodbye. The most important part of Valerie's life was her family and friends. She loved to be surrounded by her nieces and nephews at our many family gatherings. She loved taking them on skiing trips, camping trips and even to Europe. Valerie has an amazing circle of friends. She was still very close with her childhood friends and had found so many more through travel, work, racquetball, baseball and wallyball. Valerie filled her life with many things. She was a very creative person and she expressed that creativity through gardening, writing, painting, stained glass and especially photography. She worked as a photographer in a studio and also did freelance but where she really shone was during her travels. In the past 20 years Valerie travelled the world visiting every continent, over 40 countries and close to 300 cities. Most of her travels were outside of the cities as that is where she really wanted to be, seeing and photographing the people, the cultures and the vistas. For many years she worked to travel, saving enough money so that she could be gone for weeks, months and on one occasion a year at a time. At 35 Valerie decided it was time to get a real job and took a new media course at SIAST and became a web designer at Direct West. She loved her work, the people and her creative talents were satisfied. Even with her full-time job she was still able to travel once a year with her last vacation spent 7 days skiing in Austria this February. Valerie is now on her final trip after a short fierce battle against cancer. We will miss her. A celebration of Valerie's life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at St. Mark,s Lutheran Church, 3510 Queen St., Regina with Pastor Craig Moeller officiating. In lieu of flowers donations in Valerie's memory may be made to the Pangman Deep South Personal Care Corp., Pangman S0C 2C0. Paragon Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. 359-7776.
Douglas Russell Pulfer
A curious mind, a lovely spirit and a huge heart! Doug passed away on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the Weyburn General Hospital, Weyburn at the age of 87 years. Born in 1920, Doug was raised on the homestead 7 miles west of Weyburn by his parents, Robert & Fannie Pulfer. He lost his mother at the age of twelve. His whole family worked and played hard. Most of the work in those early days was done by horses and later by tractor. Doug attended the University of Manitoba in Brandon, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation, Doug bought a farm outside of Weyburn. He married Paddy Poole in 1942 and they had a daughter Penny in 1945. Paddy and Penny were killed tragically in a train mishap in 1949. In 1951 he married Arleigh Sewell and they had four children, John (Sandy) of Okanagan Center, BC, David (Nancy) of Weyburn, Maggie (Robert Kirkman) of Winfield, BC, and Cidy (Don Bell) of Weyburn. Arleigh passed away in 1980. In 1983 he married Dorothy Eastman and they continued to reside on the farm in Weyburn. While Doug retired in 1983, he remained active on the farm until 2006. He was dedicated to the community and served as both Councilor and Reeve of the municipality for over a decade. Doug began carving after retirement and became a Master Carver. He was an accomplished whistler, piano player and singer. His appetite for knowledge was voracious and he was well read in many subjects. Doug was a deeply religious person and had great faith in God. To him the Church played a central role in the community. His commitment to the church was not only financial, but included twenty-seven years of dedicated service on the Church Board. Doug was a quiet but strong supporter of many organizations. He was particularly concerned with world hunger and adopted many children from all over the world. He cared deeply about his fellow man and did what he could to serve mankind well. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Robert & Frances Pulfer; first wife, Phyllis; second wife, Arleigh; daughter, Penny Pulfer; brothers, Donald, Arnold & Max Pulfer; sisters, Beryl McConachie & Dorothy Webb. Doug will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dorothy Pulfer of Weyburn; children, John (Sandy) Pulfer of Okanagan Center, BC, David (Nancy) Pulfer of Weyburn, Maggie Reigh (Robert Kirkman) of Winfield, BC, Cindy (Don) Bell of Weyburn; brothers-in-law, Hodder McConachie & Jack Webb, Dorothy's family, Danny (Lynne) Eastman, Koreen (Brian) Murphy, Elaine (Sandy) Kahl, all of British Columbia; twenty-four grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews & friends. The memorial service was held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev Barnabas officiating. Interment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. Donations may be made in memory of Doug to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (306)-842-5432.
Harrison, D. Dianne
Harrison, D. Dianne Harrison passed away at Colling Lake Lodge, Alberta on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the age of 66. She is predeceased by her son, Russel Claffey (in infancy); parents Clarence and Pearl Harrison; sister, Stella Mossing; brother-in-law, Roy Alderson; nephew, Morgan Nergard; niece, Jeanette Hanson (in infancy). She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jesse Claffey and his daughter, Corinna; daughter, Jackie (Louis) Huys and her children, Nikki Svedahl (Chad Dickie) and their children Tyrell and Payton, Amanda Svedahl (Brad McCallum) and their children Katelyn and Keenan, Falon Svedahl (Ryan O'Donnell), and Mandelle Besler (Travis Fredrick); daughter, Shantel Carlson and her children Dionne (Lindsay) Claffey, Klay (Valerie) Oberkirsh and their son Kayden, Kole Oberkirsh, and Desiree Oberkirsh; son Kalvin (Stacey) Claffey, and their son Michael; daughter, Norma (Michael) Saip and their children Shayne Nergard, Brandi Panasuik, and Hunter Saip; sister, Shirley (Albert) Hanson; sister, June Alderson; sister, Gloria Fister (Wayne Hedlund); and many nieces and nephews. Dianne was born on February 11, 1942 in Bengough. She grew up on the family farm near Ceylon and her and her sisters attended school at Meadowview School at Hardy. Dianne raised her family in the Ceylon district until the early 70's, when she later moved to Regina, Edmonton, Bengough, and her final home in Milestone. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, country music, singing, crafts, and having fun. Her greatest passion was in the kitchen; cooking, canning, and baking. Her apple pie was irresistible and there were always many jars of pickles around. Dianne was a hard worker all her life. She had different jobs throughout, but most of them were located in a kitchen somewhere in Alberta or Saskatchewan. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all! A graveside service was held at Ceylon Cemetery in Ceylon on Monday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made, in memoriam, to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre, 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina S4T 1A5 or the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, P.O. Box 309, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3L3. Arrangements in care of Speers Funeral and Cremation Services, Regina. An online book of condolences may be signed at www.speersfuneralchapel.com.
Albert "Bert" James Knibbs
Albert "Bert" James Knibbs, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at the Weyburn General Hospital, Weyburn at the age of 87 years. Albert was predeceased by his parents, William & Mary Jane Knibbs; daughter in infancy, Lois Knibbs; brothers, Percy (Jean), Roy, Bill (Marian), Walter, Clifford, Harry (Ada) & Lloyd (Olivine); sisters, Thelma Knibbs, Ethel (Sydney) Bullied. Albert will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Grace Knibbs of Weyburn; children, Richard (Laura) Knibbs of Stoughton, their children, Tyler (Nancy), their children, James & Jenna; Tanya (Evan), their children, Elias, Risa, Owen & Jonas; Ian (Jessie), their children, Emma, Anthony & Elizabeth; Jennifer (Greg), their children, Isaac & Ruby; Brady (Andrea); Joan (Don Dufour-Stefeny) Nichols of Saskatoon, their children, Charlene (Jean-Paul-Gabriel), Vern (Jacquie) & Stephanie; Gerald (Dawn) Knibbs of Stoughton, their children, Chelsey, Courtney & Kyle; Nancy Knibbs-Goski (Gary) of Moose Jaw, their children, Riley & Brennan; sister, Blanche Schiestel of Alameda; sister-in-laws, Jean Knibbs & Olivine Knibbs, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Albert James Knibbs was born on April 7, 1921 on the family farm near Huntoon. He was the youngest son out of the 11 children of William and Mary Jane Knibbs. The oldest children had already left home when he attended the Black Heath School with his youngest sister, Blanche. Albert completed his schooling to Grade 8. Albert married Grace Harsant on July 18, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1946, Albert bought his first farm. Albert lived on this farm from 1946 to 1985 where he then moved to a new house on another half section of land he owned. Albert began farming from Grade 8 right up until January 2008. Albert had a love for horses, he enjoyed repairing and redoing harnesses. He also loved to go to auction sales, buying and selling livestock, visiting with family and friends, as well as transplanting trees. Albert was a member at the United Church in Stoughton for many years. Albert was on the Co-op Board for over 10 years. He was also on the P.F.R.A. Board & enjoyed visiting with those who couldn't get out of their homes or nursing homes. Albert was always close to the land and loved animals. Albert enjoyed the company of his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Albert will be truly missed by all who knew him. The funeral service was held on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grace United Church, Weyburn. Interment took place in Stoughton Cemetery, Stoughton. Donations may be made in memory of Albert to the Canadian Cancer Society. The active pallbearers were his grandsons, Tyler Knibbs, Ian Knibbs, Brady Knibbs, Vern Nichols, Riley Goski & Brennan Goski. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn (306)-842-5432.
June Sorensen was born June 4, 1940 and passed away July 15, 2008 at the age of 68 years. The youngest of twelve children, June grew up in the rural area near Greenwater Lake, where she attended Bell's High School. She moved to Weyburn and trained to be a Psychiatric Nurse. It was during that time she met and married her husband of 46 years, Kaj Sorensen. June and Kaj had three children. She continued to work while raising her children and completed her RPN designation. June loved her career as a Psychiatric Nurse and took care of others for 48 years, only officially resigning in April of this year. She had other passions as well, the biggest one being her family. One of her favorite past-times was spending time with her four grandchildren, Kaj, Cameron, Truett and Cassidy. Many of her activities involved the outdoors, be it gardening, camping, boating, fishing or hiking. June and Kaj also spent many years old-time dancing and made many friends who she remained close with even though she could no longer dance. June was predeceased by her parents, Oscar & Mathilda Renneberg; sisters, Edna Trelenburg, Louise Prybilski & Mary Fuchs; brothers, Oscar Renneberg & George Renneberg. June will be lovingly remembered by her loving husband of 46 years, Kaj Sorensen; children, David (Jan) Sorensen, Melanie Sorensen & Jason Sorensen; grandchildren, Kaj, Cameron, Truett & Cassidy; sisters & brothers, Gertie Fuchs, Isobelle (Rod) Kyles, Hilda (Walter) Huber, Elsie Stipcevic, Roy (Doris) Renneberg, David (Helen) Renneberg, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. The honorary pallbearers were Carol Baird, Julie Harris, Gladys Lokken, Elaine Nielson, Isabelle Sherrow & Jana Van Winkoop. All who knew her will miss her spirit, grace and love. The memorial service was held on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grace United Church, Weyburn with Rev Barnabas officiating. Donations may be made in memory of June to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Grace United Church, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home, Weyburn (306)-842-6662.
Beverley Patricia Allan
Beverley Allan, late of Creelman passed away on Sunday, July 6, at the age of 63 years. Beverley was predeceased by her father, Charles Campbell and her grandparents: Alex and Julia Szilagyi and her mother-in-law, Hazel Allan. Beverley is survived by her husband: Alex Allan, Creelman; five children: Barbara (Lonnie) Corbin, Stoughton and their children: Tyson, Trent, Tyler and Travis; Caroline Allan, Weyburn and her children: Alexander and Julia; Sandra (Russell) Kaip, Minton and their children: Steven, Eric, Michael and Amanda; Charlie Allan, Creelman; Patricia Allan, Williams Lake, BC; her mother, Irene Campbell, Creelman; as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Mom, Beverley Patricia was born on September 10, 1944, the only child of Charlie and Irene Campbell. Mom grew up on the farm near Handsworth. As a child, Mom loved to be outside, spending time with her dad and riding her horse. Mom went to school at Handsworth and high school at Stoughton. Mom met dad when she was in grade eleven. They dated for several years and got married on November 16, 1963. They lived on the farm near Creelman where they built their life. This is where they raised their five children. Their first daughter, Barbara Dian, was born on Nov. 29, 1964; Caroline Verna came next on June 17, 1966. Four years later another daughter, Sandra Elizabeth was born on June 24, 1970. In 1974 a son, Charles George was born on May 22nd. The family was complete when their last daughter, Patricia Marie was born on July 1, 1978. Mom and Dad were kept busy with children, farming and cattle. Mom loved life on the farm. She was happiest when she was doing something outside. She had a large garden (a 1/4 of a mile long is not an exaggeration!) and a beautiful yard. Mom's yard was full of fruit trees, rose bushes, peonies, and flowerbeds filled with her favorite flowers and perennials. She took great pride in her yard and worked hard to keep it looking its very best. Mom was a good cook. Coming home after school to freshly baked cookies and every Sunday we would have roast chicken and flapper pie. The Creelman fair was always a big event. Mom looked forward to entering a variety of things such as canning, fancy work, photography, baking, plants, cut flowers and eggs, just to name a few. Mom always came home with a bunch of ribbons. During the winter, mom enjoyed working on her paint-by-numbers and embroidery. At night she would sit in her chair and crochet on a blanket. Over the years she has a large collection of ripple aghgans. Mom and Dad loved to go for a drive; often it was to the pasture to check the cows. They did chores together. It was their exercise for the day. Mom had a name for all the cows and she would hold out a handful of oats and a half dozen of cows were over in a flash for their treat. It didn't matter where they went, they enjoyed being together. We looked forward to spending time with Mom on many outings; we enjoyed horseback riding; riding bikes, going on walks with mom, swimming at Long Lake, skidooing in the winter, and going cross-country skiing - she always had the time for us, to listen and visit. Mom was a kind and gentle caring person, always there for us. Many fun, pleasant and fond memories of Mom will be cherished. She will always be in our hearts. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Legion Hall, Stoughton with Pastor Darcy Umpherville officiating. The Honorary Pallbearers were Gordon Johnston, Bill Rose and Beverley's Grandchildren. The Active Pallbearers were Tyson Corbin, Trent Corbin, Gerald Swanson, Gordon Allan, Roy Obst and John Ray. Interment followed at Handworth Cemetery, Handsworth. For friends and family so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Beverley to the Stoughton Apostolic Church. 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"
Richard Allen Sampson
In Loving Memory, Richard Allen Sampson. It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Richard Allen Sampson on July 19th, 2008 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home in Kamloops, B.C. at the age of 62. He was predeceased by his father Elmer (1986) and his mother Genevieve (1994). Richard will be forever remembered and lovingly missed by wife Sharon, daughters Trina and Tiffany, and son Tim (Linda), sister Sharen (Bob Benneweis) of Calgary, brothers Dennis of Weyburn, Lyle (Colleen) of Regina, Ken (Colleen Knox) of Oungre, and many other relatives and friends. Richard was born on December 31st, 1945 in Estevan. Richard grew up on a farm in Oungre. He married Sharon (Schnell) of Torquay in 1965 and they moved to British Columbia in the spring of 1972. Richard worked as a maintenance electrician at the Armstrong location of what is now Tolko Forest Products. He retired in 2005. A memorial service to honour his life will be held at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Friday, July 25th. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Richard to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home at 72 Whiteshield Cres. S., Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9. We would like to express our immense gratitude to everyone who has supported us during the past two years of Richard's illness. We also appreciate the visits, calls, cards and prayers. 2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Condolences may be sent to the family through www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com.