Obituaries / Life Stories

Fredrick “Todd” Thayer

Surrounded by his loving family and friends, Todd passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

Todd, T-Man or just T as he was affectionately called, was predeceased by his parents Helen and Byng Thayer. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Lauren and Lindsay, and their mother Cheryl, his brothers Scot (Cathie, Ian and Carla), Monty (Hedy, Jonathan and Sean), his sisters Nancy (Wes and Cali) and Jana (Dale, Bryanne, Clayton, Brooke, Michael and Maisy, Brett, Taylor and Adilynn, Brynn and Kacy).

Todd was a Canada Post letter carrier for over 40 years, and all of his customers on each and every route enjoyed his wit and candor. His most joy-filled, wonderful times were spent at the family cabin at Loon Lake where he met many lifelong friends, honed his waterskiing skills, enjoyed fishing, always looking to catch the next big one, and sitting around the campfire telling jokes. And he told some good ones!

In his life he touched many people as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, confidant, coach and friend. To know him was to like him, as his warm, friendly manner and kindness put everyone at ease. His passing will leave a huge void in their lives. Not to be forgotten, his constant companions Diego and Kuta will miss the guy who cuddled, fed and loved them.

Lauren and Lindsay cannot thank their Uncle Monty and Todd’s best friend Gord Farmer enough for all of their hard work and assistance in ensuring Todd’s matters were taken care of throughout this difficult time. They would also like to acknowledge their Uncle Mel for his kindness and endless considerations, and the terrific staff of Surgical Unit 5000 at RUH who looked after Todd.

True to his nature, Todd did not want a formal funeral, but opted for a celebration of life at his beloved Loon Lake in the summer of 2024.

James Arthur Cobbs

In Loving Memory of James Arthur Cobbs

James Arthur Cobbs, 71 years and 4 days old, passed away on September 8th, 2023, he is survived by his devoted son, Jamieson Cobbs, and remembered for the lasting impact he made throughout his remarkable life.

Born and raised in North Battleford, James embraced his passion for music from an early age. His rhythmic talents on the drums resonated with countless people, and he cherished every moment spent jamming in front of both intimate gatherings and large audiences. James’ musical spirit remained a defining part of his identity throughout his journey.

James embarked on a long and successful career as a truck driver, serving several companies, including Loomis Courier Services and T&T Trucking. His dedication to his work was unwavering, earning him numerous awards and accolades, including a remarkable achievement of amassing millions of miles on the road without a single accident. Rain, sleet, or snow, James never missed a beat, exemplifying his conscientious and hardworking nature.

James is predeceased by his loving partner of over 30 years, Debbie Mitchell, whose memory he held dear in his heart. Together, they shared a bond that inspired all who knew them.

He also leaves behind his Son, Jamieson Cobbs, his first wife Denise Crawford, wonderful friends Bert & Cindy Gitsel, and many, many co-workers, friends, acquaintances and random humans he spread joy or a laugh to along the way. James leaves behind a legacy of kindness, laughter, and joy. He touched the lives of countless friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and strangers with his warm spirit and a ready smile. To those who had the privilege of knowing him, James was a beacon of positivity and an enduring source of happiness.

A celebration of James and Debbie’s life will take place at the Gitsel residence on Sunday, September 24th, at 1 pm. For further details, please contact Jamieson Cobbs or Cindy Gitsel on Facebook.

In honouring James Arthur Cobbs, we celebrate a life filled with love, music, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to spreading joy to all who crossed his path. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered.

Catherine Anne Braunberger (nee Yemen) 1944-2023


Catherine passed away September 3rd 2023 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon
Catherine was born in Victoria British Columbia March 3rd 1944 to Fred and Catherine Yemen.
As a child she moved with her parents to Dartmouth Nova Scotia where she received her schooling
and graduated from Prince Andrew High School. After graduating, Catherine attended business college and went to Montreal where she worked for the House of Seagrams before moving to Coburg Ontario where she worked for the assessment department. When Catherine’s father retired from the Navy her parents moved west to Drumheller Alberta; she followed them west to Calgary Alberta where she worked for Computer Sciences of Canada. Catherine would go to Drumheller on weekends to see her parents; during one of these visits she met the love of her life Bill Braunberger. Catherine and Bill were married September 16, 1969 and spent the next 54 years loving, honouring and respecting each other. Cathy and Bill had two children; her “precious son” Nathan, and her “favourite daughter” Erin, who were her pride and joy. Cathy was a top realtor in Drumheller for 25 years. In their retirement Bill and Cathy moved to Sechelt, BC where they enjoyed time on their boat fishing for crab, and on the golf course perfecting their games.  After twenty amazing years on the coast, Cathy and Bill returned to live in Drumheller in a house they had built.  She quickly realized that Drumheller was too far from her daughter and again planned a move to Saskatoon to be closer to her daughter’s family and her grandchildren.
Cathy is predeceased by her son Nathan, her mom Catherine and her father Fred. Left to mourn are her husband Bill, her daughter Erin (Cory) Choponis, her grandchildren Brady, Chloe and Reid Braunberger, and Matthew and Morgan Choponis, her siblings Lynn (Jim) Nowasad, Sandy Guimont, and Terry (Pam) Yemen along with many extended family and very close friends. All those in Cathy’s “life boat” surely knew their value in her life and will remember her always.
Cathy hated funerals and often quipped that she wouldn’t even attend her own, so in honour of her wishes there will be no service.

Cathy was a charitable person, often giving a gentle hand up to those in need.  As such, in lieu of flowers, please help someone as she would have, or make a donation to your charity of choice.

Edna Williams Seto- Siu King Wong


The family is saddened to announce the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Edna immigrated to Canada with her husband Wayne in 1958, venturing into a new country with no knowledge of customs cultures or language, they persevered with nothing but hard work and determination, always by her husband’s side, they built a successful business that prospered through many years.

In the quaint little city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Edna and Wayne captured the admiration and respect of the entire community. Despite their hard work, they always had time for friends and family. Generous to a fault, Edna always made sure that everyone was cared for, she treated her staff like family and they always joined her for every meal. We will miss her loud and boisterous nature, you always knew that mom was around.

Edna leaves behind her children, Susan (Kelly), Terry (Patti), Ken (Jenny); grandchildren Doug, Tom (Kelsey), Steven (Kirsten) Amanda (Viktor), Aaron (Angel), Matt, Will, Sam (Meagan), Tony (Melissa), Bryce (Aminah), Carter (Taylor); great-grandchildren Cam’Ron, Lyla, Anthony, Trey, Iliana, Olivia, Etta, Izzy, Kate, Ellie, Dawson & Henry. She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne, and her daughter-in-law, Jenny.

A Celebration of Edna’s Life will be held Tuesday,  September 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Cherished Memories Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon. For anyone unable to attend a livestream link has been set up at

The family would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude towards the Parkridge Healthcare Team that took care of our mom in her last days, they embraced her with unconditional love and kindness.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or to the Parkridge Healthcare Center.


Charles (Chuck) Van Der Voord

December 16, 1929 ~ August 31, 2023

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Charles (Chuck) Van De Voord, which occurred on August 31, 2023 while playing cards with his beloved wife Gloria. At his request , no funeral services will be held at this time.  Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honoured to be entrusted with Charles’ care.

Cam Tu Huynh 

January 3, 1950-August 27, 2023

Cam Tu Huynh, 73, of Martensville, Saskatchewan, passed away on August 27th, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 3rd, 1950, in Can Tho, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, he bravely served in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Air Force as a lieutenant. After the fall of Saigon (the Capital of South Vietnam), he made the difficult decision to escape his homeland with his wife and children. This was a dangerous journey that involved many failed attempts at fleeing Vietnam and imprisonment in re-education camps. With Cam Tu’s determined spirit and resourcefulness, he was finally able to safely escape with his family on a small wooden boat. The family sailed for days in the South China Sea and eventually reached the Galang Refugee Camp in the Riau Islands of Indonesia. This led to the family’s arrival in Canada in 1981, where Cam Tu would spend the remaining years working tirelessly to provide for his wife and four children.

Dedicated, loyal, loving, and thoughtful are some words used to describe Cam Tu. He was also known for his cooking skills, specializing in Vietnamese dishes such as pho (beef noodle soup) and various marinated meats. When he was not working as a baker, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or chasing his ten grandchildren around with food, you would find him tending to and relaxing in his lush green garden.

Cam Tu is survived by his wife, Bach Cuc, and their children, Phuong Uyen, Minh Tam, Thu Uyen and Thanh Tam. He was an amazing example of determination, commitment, and perseverance to his children and grandchildren. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather ever. He will be immensely missed by all those who knew him.

Dad, we all love you so much and you will be forever in our hearts.



Ryan Matthew Lavallee

February 7, 1984 – August 24, 2023  

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Ryan Lavallee on August 24, 2023 with his family by his side.

Ryan was born to Cindy Dean and Donald Lavallee on February 7, 1984 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended St. Marguerite Elementary School and ED Feehan High School. Ryan is remembered for his love of football (#55) where they won the City Championship and he obtained his nickname “Moose”. Ryan loved his family and his dog Nala.

He loved spending time with his family and friends. Ryan loved cars, art, and animals. He loved to make people laugh, had the biggest heart and was a teddy bear.

Ryan was predeceased by his Grandma and Grandpa Lavallee, Grandma Vivian, Grandpa Bill, Grandpa Wesley, Uncle Richie and Auntie Sonia.

Ryan leaves to celebrate his memory his mother Cindy Dean, step-father Dennis Dean, father Donald Lavallee, brothers Jean (wife Athena, nephew Kolten and niece Kinley), Christopher (wife Jenna, nephew Connor, nieces Ava and Ella) and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Manitoba and Ontario, Saskatchewan.

Many thanks to the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Cherished Memories located at 591 Centennial Drive North in Martensville, Saskatchewan.


Beulah Barron

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Beulah Barron on August 23, 2023 at the age of 91 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Murray (Loren) Barron, Nancy (Jack) Durham and Jan (Arnie) Rosenfeldt. Grandchildren: Joel (Tricia) Durham, Jeff (Kim) Durham, Jaclyn MacIver (Kevin Shmyr), Dustin Rosenfeldt, Danielle (Tyler) Moss & Scott Barron. Great Grandchildren: Mykah Pattison, Mackenzie Cameron, Oakley Durham, Jordan Durham, Spencer Durham, Jackson MacIver, Hunter MacIver, Nixon MacIver, & Isla Moss. Sister-in-law: Fay Coben. As well as numerous relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Jim in 2015.

Mom was born in Delisle, SK and spent most of her years in Outlook, SK where she met Dad while they were working at Reid Motors. Mom spent her working years in various office administration positions in Outlook, Saskatoon & Warman. She was very involved in her community with the local Kinette Club, Legion & Eastern Star. Camping was also a joy of Mom’s spending a lot of weekends at Diefenbaker Lake & Pike Lake. Mom, we won’t forget some of the epic family vacations in the station wagon and the tent. When they retired Mom & Dad spent many winters in Yuma, Arizona.

Mom loved to knit & crochet and we all have gifts that she made. She was an avid curler and Blue Jays baseball fan. Playing cards & family gatherings were also revered times for Mom. She also loved to sing and although she was dealing with dementia in her final years, she never seemed to forget the words to her favorite songs apparently often correcting the staff at her nursing home when they got it wrong.

We would like to thank the Sisters & Staff at St. Joseph’s Home for the wonderful care Mom received in her final years. It was truly a blessing when she was placed there.

At Mom’s request there will be no Funeral Service.  A private family celebration will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers the family requests considering a donation in her name to St. Joseph’s Home (33 Valens Drive, Saskatoon, SK,  S7L 3S2)


Andrew “Andy” Wist

Andrew “Andy” Wist
Dec. 29, 1938 – Aug. 22, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Andy Wist announce his passing following his years of dealing with cancer. Many knew him as the owner of Andy’s Drafting Services. He created plans for thousands of new homes and renovations including restaurants and even the Bessborough Hotel.

Andy had a typical Saskatchewan farm upbringing; riding horses, feeding cows, picking rocks, hauling manure, using an outhouse, and skipping school for seeding and harvest. He was very close to his mom and loved her amazing German cuisine especially the plachenda, homemade noodles and matrimonial cake. He played ball and had a book in his hands every chance he could. After furthering his education, he spent many decades as an excellent draftsman.

As a family man that loved nature, Andy took his wife, Delores, and his kids camping often. They also traveled, by van, to California and did a lot of sightseeing. Andy and Delores traveled to Aruba, Florida and Hawaii and enjoyed the nature and culture of each place. Any time spent with his grandkids was very special to him. Cards and games were ongoing activities. He had a substantial and eclectic library and a soft spot for all wildlife. You could often find him with a cup of coffee enjoying the numerous birds at his feeders. He even had a one-legged pigeon when he was a child. Andy and Delores had several dog companions, but Pixie was Andy’s favorite.

Andy loved classical music, coin collecting, fall and winter, meditating, science fiction, George Carlin, Bugs Bunny and WWE, especially Drew McIntyre. He also enjoyed good food. Some of his favorite foods were pasta dishes, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, halvah, pizza and pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. He never turned down a game of Kaiser and was crowned ‘The Kaiser King’. He even had a lay down no trump hand a week before his passing.

In the Saskatchewan tradition Andy worked hard right to the end, building hundreds of bird houses and feeders in his retirement years for others to enjoy his feathered friends. Andy was a good man that loved life and wanted to squeeze more out of it. He passed away quickly surrounded by his family.

Andy leaves behind his loving wife Delores (62 years), son Kevin (Kelly), daughter Denise (Keith) and six grandchildren; Jaye (Meghan), Kyron (Jade), Tara (Kody), Heather, Kyle and Kory. He is survived by his sisters Beatrice, Carol, Imelda, Aquina (Bill), brother-in-law Leonard and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Andy was predeceased by his son Darren, parents Joseph and Anna, brothers Mike and Alex and sisters Victoria, Rose, Martina, Lavina and Elaine.

A Memorial Service for Andy will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville, SK. For those unable to attend, a livestream link will be available at     Interment will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Saskatoon, SK on Friday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Cherished Memories Funeral Home is honoured to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Andrew Wist.


Louise Bassendowski

April 15, 1946 – August 22, 2023


It is with sadness we announce the passing of Louise Bassendowski which occurred on August 22, 2023 at the age of 77 years.

Louise was born in Weyburn on April 15, 1946 to parents Frederick and Madge Fischer, and grew up in Estevan. She married her husband and best friend Mel Bassendowski in 1988. She worked for the CIBC for 29 years. Louise lived in several places before settling in Dawson Creek, British Columbia where she worked at the local Co-op Grocery Store.

Louise loved camping and especially loved visiting the grandchildren. One of her most memorable trips was taking the fifth wheel to Alaska. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Following retirement, Mel and Louise moved to Martensville in 2009. She was a kind and generous soul who made this world a much better place.

Louise is lovingly survived by, and will be deeply missed by her husband, soul-mate and best friend Mel; son Shawn (Serena) Caswell, grandchildren Ryland & Kassen of Medicine Hat; step-son Trent (Jen) Bassendowski, grandchildren Eden, Hudson & Julia of Cochrane, AB; step-son Clay (Dianne) Bassendowski and granddaughter Ireland of Dawson Creek, B.C., and sister Marlene (Larry) Esper of Los Angeles, California.

She was predeceased by an infant brother; and her twin brother Lamar. Cremation has taken place. No formal services will be held.

Mel would like to thank the nurses on the 6th floor at City Hospital for the loving care provided to Louise during her last hours.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory is honoured to be entrusted with the care of Louise Bassendowski.


Douglas Trabbish

October 12, 1949 ~ August 22, 2023

Douglas Frederick Trabbish was born October 12, 1949 to William and Katrina Trabbish in Ontario, Canada and passed away August 22, 2023 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Doug was an avid sports fan, who loved baseball, Nascar and hockey, particularly the Boston Bruins. Doug was a slow pitch umpire for many years before his knees gave up the game. Doug was a very competitive kaiser, rummy and cribbage player, which his friends could definitely confirm!

Although Doug held jobs outside of the home, his primary focus was always in the care and keeping of his stepdaughters, Chelsea and Nicole. Doug made peanut butter cookies for every school event (back when you could have peanut butter in schools) and always made sure Sunday supper was served at the table, unless it was Hockey Night in Canada! Doug did everything in his power to ensure their needs and wants were met.

This love and care extended to Chelsea and Nicole’s children and stepchildren also. Keira, Alex, Zane, Danyka, Josh and Ernie all benefited from his love, attention and generosity.

After receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2020, with a prognosis of one year, we were very blessed to have Doug with us for another two year beyond his prognosis. Doug fought cancer valiantly, with his trademark wit and general positivity.

Doug leaves to mourn his stepdaughters, Chelsea (Eddie) Choponis and Nicole Hawreschuk (Ernie Biggs), his beloved grandchildren, Keira, Alex and Zane and step-grandchildren Danyka, Josh and Ernie. He will be missed by many friends, old and new.

As per Doug’s request, there will be no funeral service, but we ask that you share a memory, raise a glass or make a donation to a worthy cause in his name.

Helen Cocks (Eirich)

November 12, 1939 – August 15, 2023

Helen Cocks (Eirich) was born on November 12, 1939 on a small farm west of Leader, Saskatchewan to David and Theophilage Eirich—the last born of 8 children.

Helen attended high school in Leader and then pursued nursing school in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Upon graduation, Helen returned to her hometown to work at Leader Union Hospital as a Registered Nurse from 1961 to 2004. Helen was a highly respected and compassionate nurse, dedicating 43 years to her profession and was secretary/treasurer of her local union for many years. Helen will be remembered as an unconditionally loving, kind, organized, and hard-working individual.

She enjoyed many hobbies throughout the years including crocheting, knitting, needlepoint/cross-stitch, paper toll, chocolate making, reading, baking, canning, sewing, and could make almost any cake for her children’s birthdays. Upon retirement, Helen volunteered through Trinity Lutheran Church to visit patients in hospital, residents of long-term care, and those isolated at home.

Helen lived in Leader her entire life until moving to Saskatoon in 2017 with Jim to be close to their children. Her grandson Lucas was no doubt the light of her life.

Helen will be lovingly remembered by her family: Husband Jim, son Todd Cocks (Daryl Mitchell), daughter Janice Jordan (Mike Jordan), Grandson Lucas Jordan, brother Emil Eirich, sister in-laws Betty Eirich, Dorothy Cocks & Elaine Cocks, and brother-in-law Rod Canham.

She is predeceased by her infant son Richard Cocks, siblings Reinhold Eirich, Otto Eirich (wife Irene), Herbert Eirich (wife Barbara), Arthur Eirich, and Erna Parker (husband Stan), Ella Canham, and sister in laws: Carmen Eirich, Susan (Mickey) Moroz, Jean (Willie) Stolz, and brother-in-laws: Doug Cocks, Dan Cocks.

The family would like to thank Dr. Degenhart & Dr. MacMillan from St. Paul’s Hospital and the staff at The Hospice at Glengarda for the wonderful & kind care for our Mom and our Family.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honoured to be entrusted with Helen’s care.

Daryl Wayne Demerais

September 23, 1960 ~ August 20, 2023
Daryl Demerais was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he was raised alongside his six siblings. He leaves behind a large family who loves him. He is survived by his former wife Laura Demerais and their four children, daughters Brigette and Larissa Demerais, sons Brendon (Yulissa Campos) and Landon Demerais, and his granddaughter Ava Isabella Demerais-Campos. He is survived as well by his mother Lorraine Ewen, his sisters Dorothy Townsend (Doug), Denise Gilmour (Roger Leason), Corinne Demerais, and Colleen Demerais, and his brothers Dale Demerais (Shawna Sinclair) and Doug Demerais (Jaimie Mokelki), his many nieces and nephews (Lindsey, Christopher, Cody, Charla, Mason, Jon Erik, Lily), their spouses and children, and the beloved family pets of his immediate family, namely Midnight Moon, Bella Bear (aka Baby Doll), and Onyx Leo. He passed away peacefully in the company of his family in the care of the Glengarda Hospice in Saskatoon.
In the late 1980s, Daryl moved to Saskatoon and settled to raise his family there with Laura Mason, who he was wed to for 21 years. He was a dedicated public servant, having worked as a corrections officer at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, and as a youth worker at Killburn Hall in Saskatoon and the Yarrow Youth Farm in North Battleford, before he began his career as an occupational health and safety officer for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. There, he served for well over 35 years, and was involved with a number of volunteer initiatives through work. Daryl was a kind and opinionated man who had a gift for gab and loved to converse with colleagues and family on a wide variety of engaging topics such as politics, cultural events, his beliefs and values, and more casual conversations related to the life events and experiences of his own and loved ones. He loved home-cooked meals made by Laura and his daughters, supporting his sons on their hockey teams, and spending every Sunday with his granddaughter Ava. Most Easters, Thanksgivings, and Christmases he would travel with his four children to convene with his large family in Prince Albert for holidays. In the months preceding his battle with cancer, he could often be seen driving to get a coffee and muffin with his grand-puppy Onyx, who loved to accompany him everywhere. In his youth, Daryl was a member of the cadets, and as a young adult and dad, loved to play recreational hockey. Daryl was proud of his native heritage as a Metis-Cree man. He held respect for all cultures, races, and religions, and was a voice in support of equality.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 11:00am, at Cherished Memories Funeral Home, 591 Centennial Dr N , Martensville, SK.
For those who can not attend, there will be a Live Stream available
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Kenneth Robert Epp

February 6, 1955 – December 6, 2022

Ken is survived by his son Rob Epp, sisters Judy Edge (Duane), Debra Smith (Ed), brother Jeff Epp and many aunts, uncles and cousins; his wife, Tangy Epp, sons Chris and Michael (Chandra) and two grandchildren, Emerson and Eila. He was predeceased by parents Archie and Mary Epp and infant son, Tanner.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church at 454 Egbert Avenue, Saskatoon.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honoured to have been entrusted with Ken’s care.

Aaron Dale Garman

November 27, 1960 – August 16, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Aaron Dale Garman announces the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend in the early morning of Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

Aaron was the son of Clara and Edward Garman. Aaron was raised on a farm near Allan, and his love of mixed farming was a big part of his life. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 41 years, Barbara, and their 4 children; Rhonda (Terry) Balion, Kimberlee Garman, Kyle (Rochelle Brand) Garman, and Rachelle (Jason) Miller, his 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, also by siblings Karen (Chris) Hood; Rodney (Nancy Arseneau) Garman and Gary (Nicole) Garman.

Aaron will be sadly missed by his in-laws, second family, his neighbours, good friends and coffee row buddies.

Aaron started working at the Allan Potash Mine in 1978 and retired 38 years later in 2015. Aaron was also a member of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) for 20 years. He was instrumental in the transition and changeover to the Dundurn Grazing Association and retired from the board just 2 years ago.

Aaron met the love of his life, Barbara Trach in January 1981 and were married May 1, 1982. They started their family in 1982 in Zelma, Saskatchewan, and moved to their current farm in 1984 to continue farming with his father.

He is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Clara Garman, his sister Audrey Ziprick and his nephew Dale Empey.

Aaron enjoyed reading Westerns, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s various sporting events. Aaron enjoyed small town living, and being a big part of the community.

Liturgy of the Word will be held at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 416 – 2nd Avenue, Allan, SK on Monday , August 21, 2023 at 11am., followed by Rite of Committal in St. Alousius Roman Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the STARS Foundation.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honoured to be entrusted with Aaron’s care.

Trevor McLeod

Trevor passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at the age of 33 years old.
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his spouse, Alyssa, and their two children, Phillip & Aubrey; father Kevin; brother Trent; as well as many aunt/, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Trevor worked in a warehouse building hydraulic hoses and was a journeyman plumber previous to that. He loved board games, video games, building gundam kits, and painting miniatures.
Trevor was very loyal to his family and friends and would do anything for them.
A private celebration of life will be held by invite only.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local mental health organization.

Ralph Johnstone

1946 – 2023

Ralph Johnstone was born in Moose Jaw in 1946 to the parents of Thornton and Margaret. Ralph was also greeted by an older brother Bob. Ralph attended Central Collegiate and studied education at the U of R. After teaching junior high school for three years in Weyburn, Ralph moved to Saskatoon in 1972. Ralph along with partner Gord Haddock and later Bruce Wilkinson opened H.E.L. Music Supplies Ltd on Broadway Avenue which over the years became a very famous and popular stop in Saskatoon for musicians from all across Canada and the States. Ralph, Gord, and Bruce became lifelong friends. The store closed in the mid 2000’s. Around this time Ralph met the love of his life and soul mate Laura Bach who along with her two children Richard Mooney and Johnna Burlingham all blended in with Ralph’s four children Jodine Agridiotis, Jesse Johnstone (Kelli), Erin Legg (Evan) and Skai Johnstone (Shanna). In retirement Ralph and Laura enjoyed many years of working in their shop restoring countless antiques. Laura also loved transforming their yard, along with Ralph’s assistance, into a beautiful park-like setting. Over more recent years Ralph and Laura’s health continually deteriorated, which led them together to take their last journey, on August 8th, with the Lord in their home on their bed in a warm embrace filled with a lifetime of happy, loving memories. Ralph, Laura, and family would like to thank the compassionate doctors with the MAID program. Ralph and Laura were the first couple in the province to use the program simultaneously to fulfil their last wishes.”

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honored to be entrusted with Ralph’s care.

Donations to the SPCA of Saskatoon are welcomed.


Laura Bach Johnstone

1956 – 2023

Laura Bach Johnstone was born in New Brunswick in 1956 to Earling Bach and Connie Bach (Mowbray). She joined brothers Larry, Karl and sister Linda. The Bach family was an Air Force family well versed at traveling through the Maritimes and eventually to Toronto where Laura gathered some terrific memories. In the 1980’s Laura moved to a farm in Imperial where she raised Richard and Johnna Burlingham (Mooney). Both Richard and Johnna went to school in Watrous. Laura also studied and practiced reflexology on many clients in the area. In the 2000’s Laura met Ralph Johnstone who became the love of her life. Laura, Ralph, and the kids lived in Saskatoon for the rest of their lives. Laura and Ralph loved to spend their retirement, both working on antique furniture restoration as well as transforming their yard into a beautiful park-like setting. Unfortunately, their health began to worsen to the point when they decided with the Lord’s blessing to complete their earthly journey together, on August 8th, at their own home in an embrace full of love and affection. Ralph, Laura, and family would like to thank the compassionate doctors with the MAID program. Ralph and Laura were the first couple in the province to use the program simultaneously to fulfil their last wishes.”

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honored to have been entrusted with Laura’s care.

Donations to the SPCA would be appreciated.



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Darlene Marie Byam

November 21, 1956- June 30, 2023

Darlene was 66 yrs old. She passed away in her home in Saskatoon, SK. Predeceased by her father Edward George Swaluk and mother Rosella Emma Marie Swaluk. Survived by her siblings Kathy (Dwight) Naumann, Raymond Swaluk, Russell Swaluk, Cindy (Glen) Everett Darlene will be sadly missed.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services was honoured to be entrusted with Darlene’s care.

Valerie Faye Sjovold

April 28, 1944 ~ July 29, 2023

Our dear mother, Valerie, passed away on July 29,2023 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Valerie was predeceased by her parents, Gordon and Kathleen Vibert and her sister Judy Wiekum.

Valerie was a passionate artist who loved sharing her work with others.

Mourning her loss are her three children; Dwayne (Raylene) Heidt, Susan Loehndorf, Todd (Sharon) Kendall, 2 grandchildren; Kayla Walker, Kyle Loehndorf, and 2 great grandchildren Maisie & Maddox, and a number of very dear friends.

We want to thank Anne from Hospice for all of her help and love for mom these last few years.

A special thank you to St. Pauls Hospital Palliative Ward for taking such extraordinary care during her brief stay.

Cherished Memories Funeral Services is honoured to be entrusted with Valerie’s care.

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