Obituaries / Life Stories

Lori Dianne Skopyk

September 29, 1965 – September 14, 2022

It is with heavy hearts and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Lori Dianne Skopyk on September 14, 2022.  Lori passed away peacefully surrounded by those who loved and adored her.

Lori was born in Borden, Saskatchewan to Gerald and Beverley Bronsch and was the youngest of 5 children.  She met future husband Dan in 1981 and welcomed children Sari-Beth and Kiel in later years.

Lori made an impact on everyone who may have met, befriended, lived, or worked with her. She had a warm, kind, and playful soul and loved those around her unconditionally. She was known for her love of music, purses, flowers, cats, and her smile that could light up a room. Her favorite place was at home where she could tend to her yard, pond, cats, and family (and enjoy a beer or two with neighbors and friends).

Prior to her passing, she was able to cross one of the biggest things on her bucket list off – becoming a grandmother to Fletcher D Skopyk, who was her pride and joy. Her smile when she met him for the first time will never be forgotten.

Lori is survived by:

Her husband, Dan; daughter Sari (Jarvis), son Kiel (Hali) and grandson Fletcher who Lori often described as “just perfect” and meant the world to her

Her mother Beverley Bronsch, sisters Debbie, Brenda, Julie, and brother Marty (and extended families)

Her mother and father in-law Daniel and Martha Skopyk and brother-in-law’s Jerry, Richard, Brian (Roxanne) and sister-in-law’s Carla (Kerry), Judy (Rod) and Martina (and extended families) and niece Allison (Evan)

She was predeceased by her father, Gerald; brother Craig in infancy, sister-in-law Brenda and beloved cats Blu, Leda, Gizmo, and Girl (Smeagol).  We take comfort in knowing she had loved ones waiting for her with open arms (and loud purrs).

A special thank-you to SPH Palliative Care and Cherished Memories Funeral Home for taking exceptional care of Lori during her last moments here and beyond.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 1, 2022, at Canalta Hotel, 611 Centennial Drive S., Martensville at 1:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to SPH Palliative Care or an animal charity of your choice.


Beverley Jane Scheidt (Pegg)

September 26, 1956 – September 17, 2022

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Beverley Jane Scheidt (Pegg) on September 17, 2022 at the age of 65.
Beverley was born in Kerrobert, SK, the second of five to Raymond and Bernice Scheidt. She was always fun to play with but was very determined to get what she wanted. Two instances come to mind: we were to go out and hill the potatoes at the farm and she decided she wasn’t going, no way and she won. Dad let her stay home. The other one, was Mom & Dad wanted her to quit sucking her thumb, many things were tried even the taking of her picture sucking her thumb, but she wasn’t going to quit- she did eventually.

She graduated from Arthur Geelan High school in 1974.  From there she went to Saskatoon Business College where she graduated with honours as a medical stenographer.  She also later in life graduated with a degree in business and political science, again with honours. She loved to read and learn new things.

One of her places of employment (where she worked until she retired) was the RUH. She worked in several departments, but I think her favourite was in the emergency. She had many different jobs and many stories to tell of things she was involved in.

She also decided there was a world out there that she wanted to see. She took two months off to travel to Africa and Egypt with some of her friends. Other places were Hawaii and Europe with family.

Bev was never afraid to move around the city. She lived in several different places which she made into a home where everyone was made to feel welcome. Her last home was on Preston Avenue where she not only acquired a home, but a friend who became her lifetime partner, Harvey Pegg.  One of the things Bev and Harv wanted to do was to get married and that took place on August 28, 2022. Harv and Bev were married 21 days and lived together for 21 years.

Auntie Bev (or Aunty Betty to some) was loved by all the nieces and nephews because she laughed, played, and spoiled them. She would have Dairy Queen birthday cakes, movies such as “Princess Bride”, “Lonesome Dave”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and who could forget “Sound of Music”, and games.

After living for several years on busy Preston Ave. Harv and Bev decided they wanted a quieter, slower pace of life. Thus came the move to Pickerel Point and the building of a cabin. Bev always enjoyed camping and now she could live every day at the lake, fish all day long and live in the forest. She even decided that hunting was worth trying. She was willing to try most things (even windsurfing).

She loved cooking and trying new recipes. Her and Alan had a schedule on who was to cook they had a couple of recipe books they would try. When they didn’t think it was good, they would x the recipe and say “Boy, that was filling “ (so as  not to be rude).

For her 60th birthday she decided that she would like to take her three sisters on a road trip to B.C. to visit relatives and do some sightseeing (what a brave move).  We all had an adventure that we won’t forget.

Then for Alan’s 50th birthday she again thought it would be great to take her sisters on a trip to surprise him.  It was a great trip and a great surprise for Alan. The look on his face was one we won’t forget. Her and Harv also went on a road trip with Sherry and Chris. She loved family and wanted them to be a big part of her life.

Thanks, Bev, for sharing your life with us and giving us many more memories to cherish. You will be remembered by all who knew you.

Bev’s Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Cherished Memories Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville.
Interment of Bev’s Urn will follow on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 pm at the Luseland Cemetery.

For anyone unable to attend the service in person, a livestream link has been set up at

Moses McCallum (McKay)

December 26, 1940 ~ September 18, 2022

Moses is Survived by: His Children; Beverley (Raymond), Floyd (Cora), Lisa (Patrick), Eldon (Loretta), Irene (Kevin), Harry (Samantha) Andrea Durocher (Joey), Rene Durocher Sister; Mary Hansen Brothers; Norman (Aurelia) McCallum, Louie (Rita) McCallum, Alex McCallum Special Friend Sylvia Woodward His Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews Predeceased by; Mother; Hermeline McCallum Father; Harry McCallum Son; Bernard McCallum Brothers; Henry McCallum, Joey McCallum; Sisters; Eleanore (Robert) Billette, Lena Bouchard, Clara McCallum, Velna McCallum, Clara McCallum(Lufy) Nieces/nephews; Nancy Hartley, Sheila Morrow, Valerie McCallum, Mervin McCallum, Velna Favel and Irene Billette Pallbearers Blane Lechasseur, Michael McCallum, Raymond Billete, Adrian McCallum, Ryan McCallum, Harry McCallum Honorary Pallbearers Kelly McCallum, Verna McCallum, Patty McCallum, Patrick Desjarlais, Arsene Necroche, Joe Billette, Fred Morin, George Yew, Max Aubichon AND ALL WHO KNEW OUR DAD “MOISE”

Wake Service September 20 – September 22, 2022 Buffalo Narrows Lakeview Complex Funeral Service, Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:00 am St. Leo the Great, Roman Catholic Church Buffalo Narrows Officiating; Father Maria Robert Interment Buffalo Narrows Cemetery

Shane Strongarm

It is with great sadness that the family of Shane Strongarm announce he was called home by the Creator, on September 11, 2022. He is survived by his mother, Donna Strongarm (Chris), brother Treston Strongarm, (Ashley), Nephews Hayden, Tanner, Tristin and Maximus. He is predeceased by his sister Diselle Glynis Strongarm. His Mushom Jim Crowe, Kokum Mary Strongarm, Many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that have gone before him. He is going to be dearly missed by so many, too numerous to mention of Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and many special friends.

Clara Mary Saretsky

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mom and grandmother, Clara (Merkosky) Saretsky on August 22, 2022.  Clara left with angels by her side to reunite with her husband Alfred and sons Gerald and Brian to eternal life. We’re sure dad got the Kaiser cards ready and asked Gerald and Brian to place and order from Amazon for a few casino machines.
Clara grew up in the Burr district on her parent’s farm Charles and Helen (Gursky) Merkosky. She married Alfred in 1945. They were blessed with 6 children and 22 grandchildren.  Gerald (Marie), Lanny (Juingmi) and family, Luc & Leon. Lara (Jamie Kingston) & family Gemma and Juniper. Mike (Katrina) and family Violet and Simon. Kate (Miles Meili) and family Piper and Ivy.  Trudy (Roger) Langenhoff and family Tina (Scott) Zook.  Michele Lawrence and family, Brielle. Brad Langenhoff. Brian (Celine) and family, Lindsay, Jeremy (Amanda) and family., Brett. Grant and family. Sandra Pasemco and family., Trevor Russel (Roxanne) and family, Ramaar and Aunaya. Jana Pasemco & Austin Pasemco. Warren (Dana) and family, Braden, Jonah, and Mathew.
They had a grain and livestock farm until dad’s retirement in 1975.  They moved to Humboldt. Mom obtained her nursing assistant diploma and worked at St. Mary’s Villa until her retirement in 1990. She made many long-time friends during her 15 years at the Villa.  After dad’s passing in 2006 mom remained living in her home until 2017. Due to health reasons mom moved into Humboldt Caleb. She had a creative passion and excelled in lots of different crafts. She painted beautiful pictures, enjoyed doing stained glass, also making dried flower arrangements from her many flower beds.  She knit dozens of slippers for family members.  Every weekend until her later years, mom showed her baking skills with awesome tasting buns, breads, and delicious pies.  She was famous for her sour cream raisin pies.  She also enjoyed singing and had a beautiful singing voice.   In 2021, mom moved into Luther Care Home in Saskatoon.  Clara resided in Luther until her passing at Royal University Hospital.  She leaves to mourn her sisters Doreen Sotnikow, Chris Dust, Helen Dobni, and sisters in law Evelyn and Rose Merkosky.  Clara was predeceased by her parents, Helen, and Charles Merkosky, four brothers; Leo, Albert, Edward and Bernard Merkosky, three sisters; Francis (in infancy), Bertha Muench and Marie Korte.  Siblings in law; Johanna Merkosky, Lorraine Merkosky, Chester Dobni, Arnold Dust, Hugo Muench, Jim Sotnikow.
Interment for Clara will be at a later date in Humboldt’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Roxanne Scott

Roxanne was born in Saskatoon on June 6, 1978 to Richard and Vernell Beebe. She grew up with her sisters Virginia and Jalynn, and her brother Tyler in many communities in Saskatchewan before finally settling in Saskatoon when she was in Grade 8. Roxanne attended Marion Graham collegiate and made many lifelong friends during this time. After graduation she spent a year living with her aunt and uncle in Portage la Prairie before moving back to Saskatoon and spending time with her friends. Roxanne reconnected with Michael, and in November of 1997 Nicholas was born with Cassandra coming along in October 2000. Roxanne and Michael married on Sept 8, 2001. Roxanne worked nights for many years while Nick and Cassie were young to be there for her children and started working for the Saskatoon Health Region in 2011 when the kids were older. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, creating art and travelling, getting the opportunity to go to California in 2009, Georgia in 2011, Florida in 2013 and Mexico in 2017. Roxanne passed peacefully at home in the early morning of September 9, 2022 at the age of 44. Roxanne was predeceased by both her parents, Richard and Vernell, and her grandparents William and Anne Story, and Frank and Elizabeth Beebe. She leaves behind her loving husband Michael, son Nicholas and daughter Cassandra. She also leaves behind her sisters Virginia (Rob), Jalynn (Matt), Trinity (Tyler), Maddison and brothers Tyler (Jessica), Jeff (Christina), Tobin, Stephen and many nieces and nephews.

The Memorial Service for Roxanne will be held at 2:00pm , Saturday, September 17, 2022, At Cherished Memories Funeral Services, 591 Centennial Dr. N,  Martensville, SK.

Mary Bolton

June 10, 1938 – September 9, 2022

After a long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome Jim’s beloved wife, our mom and our grandmother, Mary received her wings and went to walk with the Angels.  Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Jim of 65 years, her daughter Tammy (Greg), son Jeff (Lisa) and grandchildren Tia (Sean), Madison (Eric), Grace and Jack.  Mary was born in Tisdale and was an only child to Martin and Mildred.  She met her best friend, and soulmate Jim shortly out of high school and they were wed within a few months.  The joke in our family was that they waited 6 years to have their first child, then waited another 6 years to have their second, definitely not the norm for that era.  Mary worked for SaskTel prior to finding a passion for the heating and air conditioning industry where she spent the majority of her working career.  Mary’s love for her family was unparalleled, she was our constant!  She was an involved grandparent and was always encouraging her grandkids to reach for the stars and to do their very best whatever their passion may be. Mary was a talented baker and often expressed her affection for others by giving them treats made with love.  Mary was a quilter, loved music; singing and playing the organ, curling; and she loved spending time camping and fishing; a multi faceted woman to be sure.  She loved her family with her whole heart and it showed!  The hole in our family that is left is immense; however, she taught us to be tough, to never give up, smile through the pain and no matter what Love with your whole heart.  We will miss you mom.

A private family interment will take place on Friday Sept 16, 2022.

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

Frances Lillian Ahl

AHL (WARD), Frances Lillian – June 16, 1927-September 7, 2022

With family by her side, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest mother, grandmother, great grandmother Frances Lillian Ahl, of Martensville, SK on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, at the age of 95. Frances was predeceased by her husband Stanley Ahl, her parents Leo and Rose Ward; infant brother Bobby and brother Edward Ward (Elsie); sister Violet Harter (Fred) and brother Harold Ward, son-in-law Carmen Gisi. Frances will be lovingly remembered by her sons Murray (Pamela) Ahl, Ladysmith, BC; Larry (Kathy) Ahl, Kootney Bay, BC; daughters Marlene Lundrigan, Saskatoon, SK; Sharon (Brian) Fehr, Martensville; Diane (Steven) Chivilo, Martensville, SK; grandchildren Melody, Alanna (Eric), Mandi (Brad), Chris, Erin (Ian), David, Breanne, Patrice (Kevin), Dylan, Geordie, Todd, Jonah, Hannah; great grandchildren Dade, Sara, Jordan, Sean, Trinity, Aurora, Serenity, Felicity, Faith, Bella, Vienna.

Frances was born on June 16, 1927, on the family farm northeast of Weyburn. She attended the Schneider school; it was a one room school where all grades were taught. Mom really enjoyed school and looked forward to it, she really excelled in math. She loved school sports and was exceptional at them all. At the age of 17 she moved to Weyburn and worked full-time at Woolworths. In 1948 mom started training to become a Psychiatric Nurse at the Saskatchewan Training School in Weyburn and graduated in 1952. Fran loved her work as a Psychiatric Nurse, she especially enjoyed working with those that needed extra care. Mom and dad married in Weyburn in 1954 and soon after moved to Churchill, MB. Our father Stan worked with the Dept of Communications which meant they moved a lot. After Churchill they moved to Rivers, MB; Brandon, MB; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Thompson, MB and then Martensville, SK. While living in Winnipeg mom went to the Red River College and received her Early Childhood Education Diploma. Mom loved children, they were her world and she worked with them until she retired in 1992.

Throughout all their moves, Mom and Dad had 5 children and they all meant everything to them, we grew up in a home with so much love. Frances worked hard; her hands were proof of that. Growing up in the great depression was all about survival, hard work was all she knew. Mom worked tirelessly in our huge garden so we could always have fresh nutritious homemade meals. She canned and pickled each year so much of our food would last until the next season. Everything she made was by hand, whether it was bread, cookies, or cakes. We were her world and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren. She was always lending a helping hand. Fran played a very large roll in her grandchildren’s lives; she adored them all. To this day we’ve never met anyone as loving, patient, kind and giving as our mom, she was the definition of a Saint.

In the fall of 1992 mom and dad bought their lakefront retirement home across from Sicamous, BC on Mara Lake in the Shuswaps. It was the most beautiful and majestic place. Mom loved her flowers and loved to garden, together they worked for years in their yard and turned it into an oasis. Dad passed away in August of 1998, but mom stayed at their little piece of paradise on Mara Lake until she moved back to Martensville in 2014.

Mom loved to garden, bake, crochet, bird watch, play cards and games, paint, dance, listen to jazz and blues music, entertain friends, crafts, lawn bowling, socializing at the Seniors Centre in Sicamous and then at the New Horizon Drop-In Centre in Martensville.

The last few years mom lived at Wanda’s Private Care Home in Martensville where she could get the extra care she needed with her health. A huge thank you to Wanda and her husband Ron for loving and caring for mom like she was part of their family. Big thank you to her Nurse Practitioner Erin, who was there with us every step of the way, we could call her 24/7 and she was there. Kayla and her team at the Medicine Shoppe in Martensville, thank you for all your love and support ….it takes a village.

What a blessing and how fortunate that mom lived a full life for 95+ wonderful years right up until the last day of her life. We love you so much and will miss you for always, you were simply the best! xoxo

The Celebration of Life Service for Frances will be held at 7:00pm, Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Cherished Memories Funeral Services, 591 Centennial Drive N, Martensville, SK.
A livestream link has been set up for those unable to attend at

Doreen Helen Burgess

BURGESS, Doreen, “Grandma Red”, age 97 passed away Saturday, September 10 with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. Doreen worked 25 years at the Hudson Bay Company as a switch board operator all while raising two daughters on her own. She retired at her cabin at Candle Lake right beside her dearest friend Shirley and where her family would join her often for family gatherings. Doreen was always the life of the party, she was the last one dancing at her granddaughter’s wedding, the first one we dressed up for themed family reunions and the grandma who would teach all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren new card games. Doreen is finally reunited with her daughter Rennie and great granddaughter Hope. Here to miss and love her is her daughter Shelley (Larry) and their daughters Candace and Danielle, Rennie (Barry) Wruck’s children Kim Wruck (Chris Tulloch), Trent (Lisa) Wruck and their three children Ashley, Matthew and Hannah, Jamie (Aimes) McCarthy and their two boys Ryle and Zander. Grandma Red will be dearly missed but knowing she is at peace makes it just a little easier. Holidays, birthdays and family gatherings will not be the same without her. We would like to thank the entire staff at Spruce Manor in Dalmeny for the beautiful care they gave our Grandma. Until we meet again.

At Doreen’s request no service will be held.

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

Michael Malysh

Michael Malysh (1939-2019), age 80, passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 19, 2019, at the Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon. Mike will be forever loved and deeply missed by his wife Darlene Malysh, son Dean (Nicola LaMarre) Malysh of Ottawa, daughter Dana Malysh of Penticton, brother Henry (Shirley) Malysh of Yorkton, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents John and Elsie Malysh of Parkerview, sisters Mary and Katherine of Parkerview, and sister Alice (Bert) Feere of Winnipeg.

A Celebration Of Life for Mike Malysh will be held at Cherished Memories, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville, Saskatchewan, September 19th, at 11:30 A.M.

Following lunch, burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at 2:45 P.M.

For those unable to attend you can watch the livestream of the service and video tribute@

Bernard Hubert

Bernard Hubert, of St. Denis, SK, beloved husband of the late Ruby Hubert, went to God September 3rd, 2022. Left to mourn are his brother-in-law, Claude Grimard, and many nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held.

Ronald Wayne Yake

August 5, 1952 – August 20, 2022

Ronald Wayne Yake, beloved spouse of the late Sandra Jacobs, passed away Saturday morning August 20, 2022, surrounded by loving family. Ron was born to Budd and Phyllis Yake in Cabri, SK where he joined an existing family of two rowdy boys, later was added a younger brother and two baby sisters.

Ron attended school in Hazlet, Elrose, and Abbey. After leaving school Ron headed to Alberta where he worked at several jobs including farming, bartending, Electrolux vacuum sales and repair, and at the pulp and paper mill in Hinton before returning to Saskatchewan in the early 1980’s. Ron completed a welding course in Swift Current which led him to work for companies such as FlexiCoil and HoneyBee Manufacturing. He moved to Saskatoon in 1986 where he completed his welding career after 25 years with CNH in 2017.

In 1994 Ron met the love of his life, best friend and soulmate, Sandra Jacobs and in 1996 they purchased a home in Riversdale, building a life full of family and friends (that became family to him). Backyard bonfires, dart tournaments, bowling, camping, and gatherings at the local #38 Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Club is where you could usually find them. Ron and Sandra were huge supporters of the Army & Navy Veterans Club of Saskatoon, spending many evenings playing darts, taking part in their various clubs (ie golf), and socializing. They both volunteered as drivers for the ANAVET’s each New Year’s Eve, making sure that their friends arrived home safely.

Ron enjoyed sports of all kinds, including darts, golf, bowling, curling, baseball and football. He loved movies and reading – especially old westerns, online games, but most of all his time spent with family and the kids of the families who he loved like his own.  He was also known for being a smartass with an extremely dry sense of humor and he usually used it when least expected.

Ron and Sandra could be found playing games with neighbors, in numerous sports leagues or volunteering for sporting events such as the Labatt Brier or Scotties. Family and friends were very important to Ron and he always went out of his way to show his love and support for the valuable people in his life. He loved camping with Sandra, family and friends, and he camped right up until this past July. Sandra passed away in 2014 and Ron never quite recovered from the loss. After his retirement, Ron’s health began to deteriorate, but even when it caused him to struggle, he never once complained as he never wanted to bother anyone – he truly was one of the most stubborn men you could ever meet, but with the biggest heart of gold!

Besides Sandra, Ron was predeceased by his parents Budd and Phyllis Yake; 3 brothers: Garnet, Bill and Garry; Mother-in-law, Darlene Jacobs; Great-nephew, Jacob Silbernagel; Brother-in-law, George Unrau; Sister-in-law, Sharon Jacobs-Silbernagel; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Ron is survived by his 2 sisters: Roxy and her children: Tamara (Richard) and BJ, and Stella and her daughter, Amanda (Kenton); Garnet’s† daughters: Lisa, and Treena (John); Brother-in-law, Gord (Helen),and their children: Romano, and Gail; Sisters-in-law: Linda (Ray) and her children: Anita (Kelly), Roy (Bonnie), and Wanda (Todd); Lorna (Eldon); Carol (Dan) and their children: Clint (Charlene), and Angie (Mat); Sharon’s† children: Chantelle (Eric), Deven, and Scott (Chantel) and their families; as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Ron’s entire family would like to thank all those who sent messages, called and showed their support in any way – it is greatly appreciated. There will be a celebration of Ron’s life at the #38 Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Club (359 1st Avenue North, Saskatoon) on October 9 from 1300-1500 hrs. Those wishing to remember Ron may do so with a gift to the Cancer Clinic at RUH (20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon Sk. S7N 4H4).



Harry Wasylenchuk

The family of Harry Wasylenchuk is saddened to announce his passing on August 21, 2022 at the age of 80 yrs.
A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be announced at a later date.

Morris Wayne Tkachuk

Dec. 6, 1948 ~ August 29, 2022

Morris “Big Mo” passed away peacefully with family by his side. His wife Marilyn, daughters Toni, Amber and Candice and son Bradley.
There will be no formal service as per Morris’ request.
The family will be hosting a Celebration Of Life on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 206-6th Ave. S, Osler, SK starting at 1:00pm



Onisime (Oni) Sackney

February 25, 1941  – August 29, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather on August 29th,2022. He was 81 years of age. Oni was born on February 25, 1941 to Dan and Annie Sackney on their farm near Buchanan, Sask.

Oni graduated from High School in Buchanan in 1959. He went to the Sask. Training School in Moose Jaw and in 1962 received his Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing. There he met the Love of his Life, Etta who was also in his class. He proposed at graduation and they were married on October 6, 1962. Doug was born in 1964 and Rob in 1968 whom he loved dearly and was so happy and proud of them in their endeavors through life especially the Grand Children.

Oni went on to get his Social Work Degree and spent most of his career working for the Department of Social Services. He received early retirement at 46 years of age due to a government program” the Golden Handshake”. He enjoyed working as a carpenter, a plumber’s helper and building houses.

He was involved in the Community whether it was teaching Firearm Safety Courses, on the Victoria Hospital Board, as a Counselor at Candle Lake, many years as a member of SnoDrifters and Ducks Unlimited. He was a homebody but enjoyed many trips whether up north in a truck camper or to faraway places. Mostly he enjoyed any occasion to be with family and friends golfing, playing cards – especially Kaiser or enjoying company at home. His friends were so important in day-to-day life.

He will be lovingly  remembered by his wife, Etta; his sons, Doug ( wife – Shelley and sons, Mark(Pattie), Matthew and Dean(partner – Jessica Mills)), Rob (son – Josh, Partner – Shelly Johnson, Shelly’s sons – Justin and Jesse(partner -Kiera Machin ); sister and brother–in –laws  and their families – Laura Miller ( daughter Claire and son Greg and families), Colin and Joan Jamieson ( daughters Barbara, Bonnie, Colleen and families), Heather and Michael Moroz ( sons Darren and Patick and daughter Leanne and families), Marilyn Jamieson ( daughters Catherine, Laura and families), Byron Jamieson, Mabel Sackney( son Donald and daughter Colleen), nephews – Roger Perzan, Wayne Sackney and Darrell Sackney ( and families)

He is predeceased by his mother Annie in 1988, his father Dan in 1989, brothers Walter in 1998 Morris in 2007, sisters Olga Perzan in 1989, Ethel Graham in 1980, brothers-in-law Don Graham in 1986, Robert Jamieson in 2006, Steve Perzan in 2012, Vicki Sackney in 2012, niece Leah Sackney in 1999, Ron Perzan in 2018.

Celebration of his Life and Funeral Service will be held at Candle Lake, Sask. on September 24,2022 at 3:00 pm at Candle Lake Cemetery. Interment will be  at the Candle Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St.Pauls Palliative Care Unit.

Patsy Jean Plett

Patsy Jean Plett, we’re going to miss you more than we can say! We’re glad you are no longer suffering, of course, but it’s hard to reconcile that with the immeasurable hole your absence leaves in our hearts and our lives. If home was sometimes like a spinning wheel, you were the hub. We’ll do our best to keep the wheel going, but it’s going to be wobbly for a while.

Pat’s journey with cancer went about as good as could be imagined.  She enjoyed remarkably good health for most of her life, requiring ongoing care outside of her home only in the final four days of her time with us. Small but mighty – that was mom! She will be missed by many, and most acutely by her kids Tim (Corinne), Larry (Michelle), Greg (Char) and Karen, her ten grandchildren and their spouses/partners, her two great grandchildren, and her extended family.

When Pat’s family members were invited to choose words that represented the ways they experienced her, the list was anchored by steadfast, caring, optimistic, wise, grateful, generous, thoughtful, positive, warm, selfless, and witty. These descriptors were nestled into an affirming bundle made up of words like creative, humble, sincere, resilient, bold, intentional, devoted, and more. Oh yeah…plus great hair and scuffles. She found myriad ways to bring those beautiful character traits into the lives of both people and organizations. Her deep and abiding faith was often the centerpiece of those relationships and endeavors. It was her grounded beliefs that gave her peace and comfort in every trial, as well as freedom to celebrate each joyful occasion. She embodied the upward spiral of the link between joy and gratitude without denying the hard parts.

Viewing will take place at 9:00 am on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North.  Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon. Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 2, 2022 at Lakeview Church, 19 Glazier Road, Saskatoon, SK.

The Church livestream link is

As a family, we want to (once again) thank those at St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care who provided kind, competent, and sensitive care to mom in the final days of her life. We would ask that in lieu of flowers, you consider a gift to St. Paul’s Palliative Care (

Evelyn Illingworth

Evelyn passed away peacefully August 20, 2022, at the age of 87.  Evelyn leaves behind her children:  Joanne, Tom (Kelly), Rod, Valerie (Leo), and Sandra; her grandchildren; Mathew (Megan), Kyle, Cody, Chanseler (Devan), Lauren (Mark), Kailyn (Logan), Mason, and Jaela (Jestin); her great-grandchildren; Sawyer, Ruby, Tali, Temperance, Madalynn, Juilette, Levi, Zoey and Libby.

​​​​​​​Evelyn was predeceased by her loving husband Graham, her son Rick, her mother and father Alex and Pauline, her brothers Nick, Paul, Mike, Dan, Chris, Rudolph, and sisters Minnie, Clara, and Sr. Ottilia.

Evelyn was born on the family homestead near Viscount and lived in that area until moving to Saskatoon. After her marriage, Evelyn, Graham, and family also lived in Davidson and Melfort before moving to Minnesota, where they stayed for 9 years.  Upon their return to Canada, the family lived in Prince Albert, and then back again to Saskatoon.  After Graham’s passing, Evelyn lived in Martensville for a number of years.

While Evelyn was active in numerous activities, it was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that brought her the most joy.  She also like to sew for her family as they were growing up, as well as knit and crochet.  Christmas was her favourite season and she loved hosting Boxing Day, with both sides of the family enjoying the card games and all of the goodies she had worked weeks to prepare.  Evelyn was an avid card player, especially Kaiser, Canasta, Bridge, Cribbage, and any card game where she could bet with nickels, dimes and quarters.  Shopping was a passion as were the Riders, Blue Jays, and anything that had to do with curling.  She liked to dance and travel, visit the casino, spend time at the lake, and family get-togethers most of all.

Evelyn’s Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, August 24 , 2022, 11:00AM, at Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive N, Martensville, SK

One of Evelyn’s request for her memorial service was that everyone wear some item that is pink, as it is her favourite colour.  This could be an item of clothing, jewelry or any other accessory.  The family is asking if you have a favourite picture of Evelyn that you would like to share, you can bring it to the service where it will be displayed.

If you are unable to attend the service,  a livestream link has been set up at

Robert “Bob” Spalding Svoboda

February 23, 1930 – August 10, 2022

With sadness we announce that Bob passed away at the age of 92 on August 10th, 2022 with his loving wife Caroline at his side. Bob was born on February 23, 1930 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, beloved son of Alfred Vincent Svoboda and Dorothy Marie Fitzhugh.

Bob was a man of many talents and interests including military matters. He began in Sea Cadets in the 1940s (CPO) and later joined the RCAF in 1953 serving as pilot and navigator. He also served in the militia retiring as Major.

Bob worked in sales, housing construction, addictions counselor and as a commissionaire retiring at the age of 85. He was an active member of the British Car Club and an honorary member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.

Bob loved fishing, working on vehicles, classical music, opera and reading. Bob was a gifted man with an incredible wealth of knowledge. He was organized and meticulous, also very caring and generous. He loved to socialize and made friends easily. Bob had a great love for his wife and family and was proud of each of them, never missing acknowledging their birthdays.

Bob is predeceased by his parents and sister Joan Coggins. He leaves to mourn his dear wife Caroline, his brother Charles/Lisa, his sister Corinne/Jim, his children Rob/Sandy, Lynda/Garry, Gerry and Bart and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends.


Funeral service will be on August 30th at 1:30p.m. held at HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH, 114 Kingsmere Pl., Saskatoon, Sask.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Home, 591 Centennial Dr., Martensville, Sask.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.


Howard Albert Newton

July 12, 1926 – August 4, 2022

Howard was born in Biggar, SK to Julia and Albert Newton, the oldest son in a family of nine. In their large family he enjoyed sports and games with siblings and friends as well as gardening with his dad.  After Grade 10, at age 16, he quit school to take care of his family due to his father’s early death. Howard worked in a local hardware store before hiring on to the railroad. He married the love of his life, Hazel on October 21, 1953. Together they raised six children in Biggar, and family was always their pride and joy. Beyond his family commitments, Howard supported community projects including the health clinic, Co-op, Elks, church, Minor Hockey and New Horizons complex, however, his real love was carpentry as many can attest to.  After 37 years as a CNR brakeman and freight conductor, he and Hazel built a retirement home at Turtle Lake. They enjoyed lake life with family, friends, pets and wildlife for several years before returning to their roots in Biggar.

Howard had great people skills, both a gentlemanly manner as well as a playful knack for connecting with people. He also had a strong passion for the many dogs in his life.  He was talented and detail oriented with the projects and games he enjoyed including gardening, problem solving, cards and bowling.  He was a handyman and could often be seen riding his bicycle on his way to help neighbours with odd jobs.  He especially loved music; he twirled delighted partners on many a dance floor and he continued dancing and singing his favorite tunes into his final days.  He is survived by his children:  Judy (Leon), Janice, Murray (Margie), Cheryl (Roger), Donna (Murray) and Linda (Kelly) along with 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, as well as his brothers Raymond and Delmar. Now he has joined his beloved Hazel in their life after life. (She passed just weeks earlier on July 7, 2022.)

A joint Celebration of Life for both Howard and Hazel will be planned for a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to an animal rescue: We All Need a Rescue (WANAR) K9 Rescue or any Saskatchewan SPCA.


Daniel Arthur Jenkins

March 20, 1937 – Aug 5, 2022

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Daniel at the age of 85. He was predeceased by his parents Percy and Dorothy Jenkins, loving wife Irene nee Simpso, brother Jack, sister Patsy and daughter Wendy. He leaves behind daughter Gloria (Robert), son Ray (Brenna), daughter Alice (Bud), 13 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, brothers Bob (Pat), Tom (Evelyn), Reg (Irene), sisters Barbara, Mary June, Judy (Robert) and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was known for his love of family, nature, sports fishing, hunting and dog sledding. For many years he ran the PA Dog Sled Club which kept him in great shape. He raised hundreds of sled dogs starting with Pal finally ending with Jasper and Bear Dog. During his life he worked multiple jobs including northern guide, heavy duty equipment operator, truck driver, demolition, and butcher.
In life he was a proud husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, friend as well as a mentor to many in the ways of northern living.
He will be greatly missed by the family and friends. We invite those that knew him to a Celebration of life ceremony at the Army Navy Airforce Veterans Club downstairs 359 1st Ave N Saskatoon between 1:30 and 4:00 on Saturday 13 Aug.

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