Obituaries / Life Stories

Donald Barry Gossen

Donald Barry Gossen was born to David and Susan Gossen on July 10, 1951 in Waldheim. Don grew up in the Hepburn/Waldheim area. At a very young age he developed a love for hunting and trapping due to the influence of his Grandpa Gossen.

Don was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ in July 1966 by Norman Schultz at Redberry Bible Camp.

He worked for 7 Up Bottlers in Saskatoon for a number of years. In 1973 Don met Margaret Fehr and he was smitten by her immediately. They got married the following year on May 11, 1974. Don worked at the Co-op in Hepburn when they first married. By April of 1975 they were blessed with a son William (Billy). Not long after Billy was born Don and Margaret bought the hardware store in Waldheim. As time passed they started selling insurance from the store as well which led to the business eventually just becoming Gossen Insurance.

On October 31, 1979, God blessed Don and Margaret with a beautiful baby girl, Shauna, who was the apple of her daddy’s eye.

Don and Margaret continued running Gossen Insurance until 1997 when they sold the business and moved to Saskatoon. They both continued in the insurance business, working at Bulter Buyers Insurance until they separated, at which time Don once again started his own insurance company in October of 1999.

Don met Sara Bouchard (Wall) and 6 months later, on April 15, 2000 they were married at the Rock Church in Saskatoon by Pastor Dallas Beutler.

In June of 2000 Don and Sara moved to Meadow Lake. Here they built a house and chinchilla barn and started a chinchilla ranch: Don ranched chinchillas and Sara worked for an accountant.           In their spare time Don gardened and Sara baked for the Farmer’s Market.

Don was over the top when his son Billy announced his marriage to Kristine Edwards would take place on September 3, 2005. Then a few years later, on February 4, 2008, his first granddaughter, Sydney, was born. He was so excited and proud! Then on May 18, 2010 Gillian was born. Oh, how Don loved those little girls: he was so incredibly proud of them!

In 2007 Don and Sara felt led to sell their property and possessions to go and do mission work at Gale’s Point in Belize. They were there for 7 months after which they returned to the Rapid View area (2008) and set up a new yard site. Don worked at the Co-op in Meadow Lake and Sara went back to work for the Prairie North Health Authority. In November of 2015 they sold their home and moved into Meadow Lake where they resided until June of 2016 when they both retired and went their separate ways. Don remained in Meadow Lake spending his time volunteering with the Door of Hope and hunting and fishing with his brother Gerry and good friends Frank, Dave, and Brian.

Don passed away on December 20, 2020. He was predeceased by his father David Gossen.

He is survived by; his mother: Susan Gossen, wife: Sara, son: Billy (Kristine) and granddaughters Sydney and Gillian, daughter: Shauna, brother: Gerry (Joan), sisters: Judy (Carl) Moffat, Debbie (Steve) Bueckert, his three stepchildren: Tara Jansen, Rochelle Jackson, , Carter (Melissa) Bouchard, his step grandchildren: Traise, Gage, Tristen, Chance, Reece, Sairyn, Lilly, Jerzey, Aurora, Harley and his parents in law Henry and Helen Wall.

As a family we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all who share in our loss today. We appreciate all your prayers on our behalf. Your many acts of kindness and words of encouragement. God Bless you!

A video of the service can be found at https://play.webvideocore.net/popplayer.php?it=7j5tr2ambb8k&is_link=1&w=720&h=405&pause=1&title=Recording

 

Aafke “Affie” Fahr

Aafke (Affie) May Fahr, age 73, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 7, 2021.

She was born October 17, 1947 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Reg and Margaretha Harris.

Aafke loved caring for others. She and her long-time friend Myfawny (Myf) Mcintosh, began their nursing careers in 1967. They worked in Estevan, Calgary, Toronto, the Moose Jaw Union Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

She retired in 2018 after working for more than 50 years. The last 30 years of her nursing career were spent working with Dr. Chernoff, Kusch and Parker. Through the years, she earned the love and respect of thousands of patients and colleagues.

Aafke loved to paint, a skill she perhaps acquired from her mother. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Aafke is survived by her brothers Bill (Carole) and Bob (Karen); her two sons Rob (Laurie) and Matt (Mandy); grandchildren, Jordan, Jenna, Maverick, and Madalynn Fahr; and her many nephews and nieces. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Special thanks to the staff at Diamond House in Warman as well as the staff at the Royal University Hospital for the care and love they showered upon Aafke over the past 5 months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan. https://cancerfoundationsask.ca/donors/

Marianne Dyck

December 16, 1946 – January 4, 2021

Marianne, age 74, died peacefully surrounded by family after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Mom was born in North Battleford on Dec. 16, 1946.  She eventually moved to Saskatoon where she attended City Park Collegiate and then took a secretarial course at Saskatoon Business College.  She began working as a secretary for the Saskatoon Public School Board, then moved on to working as a medical secretary for the hospitals in the city.  Mom was involved in the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Past Matron of Chapter #4. She loved to spend time at the lake with her family, go on many vacations with friends and family through the years, spend time gardening and had a beautiful yard, enjoyed embroidery, was a family historian – writing a family history book for us, and spending countless hours with her grandchildren.  Mom is loved and remembered by her loving husband of 53 years, Roger, her daughter Faye (Tom) Hong, son Raegan (Jodi) Dyck, grandchildren, Jason and Madison Hong, Kaitlin and Ryan Dyck, Devyn Kaminski, and her Brother Grant (Lesia) Gardiner.  A Celebration of Life will be held for mom at a later date.

Donald Sykes

Donald Bradley Sykes passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of December 26. Don led a full, rewarding life and was ready to join his loving wife, Dorothy, who had passed away four years earlier.

Don was born on March 5, 1929 in Maymont, Saskatchewan. His childhood years were a study in Canadian prairie history: he rose early to do chores, drove the horses to deliver milk, cut ice from the river for sale to the local townspeople and had the benefit of outdoor plumbing well into the 1950s. He had appropriately rowdy teenage years, roving far and wide with friends to wreak, what would now be considered innocent havoc, on the surrounding populace, (Ever had your outhouse moved in the middle of the night?).

Don had a long and successful career as a Branch Manager for CIBC. His career had him living in Nelson, Moose Jaw, Radville, Swift Current, Regina and finally Saskatoon, where he retired. Don married the love of his life, Dorothy Grace Dodge in 1954. They built a wonderful life together spending the bulk of their retirement winters in Arizona hiking, dancing and exploring.

Don is survived by his loving children Donna, Patricia and Brad, their respective spouses, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Special thanks to the management and staff of Sherbrooke Community Center for their wonderful care of Don through his final years.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Sherbrooke Community Centre.

Classen, Gordon F. 

It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon Classen announces his passing on December 29, 2020 at the age of 66, following a battle with cancer.

Gord was born on June 12, 1954 in Leroy, Saskatchewan to parents George and Caroline Classen. As the 9th of 11 children, he spent his childhood on the family farm south of St. Gregor, where he learned the importance of family and hard work. Following his graduation from Muenster School, he apprenticed as a denturist and in 1976, settled in Tisdale where he purchased the Tisdale Denture Clinic.

On August 2, 1980, Gord married his sweetheart, Judy Scheidt, and they were blessed with two children: Kelley (born 1983) and Shannon (born 1985). Together, they raised their family on an acreage south of town, and Gord spent his days building his business, tinkering in his shop, and attending countless dance and sporting events for his girls.  Gord continued his successful denturist practice up until his cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2019, after which he retired, and the lake house at St. Brieux became Gord and Judy’s permanent home.

Gord was compassionate and always looked out for his fellow man. He was a member of the Tisdale Kinsmen Club in his early years, as well as a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus. Gord enjoyed a challenge, took pride in a job well done, and always had a project on the go. He had an adventurous spirit with a love for the outdoors, a keen interest in history, and a passion for traveling.

Gord will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Judy; his daughters Kelley (Nathan) and Shannon (Stephan); his siblings Marilyn (Leon), Dennis (Anne), Jeanie (Bob), Terry (Pam), Janice (Allan), and Michelle (Glenn); sister-in-law Holly; his grandchildren Finley, Zoey, Everett, Cora, and one more on the way; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. He is predeceased by his parents George and Caroline; siblings Ronald, Elaine, Gerald and Randy; brother-in-law Elmer; and nephews Michael and Neil.

In lieu of flowers, it was Gord’s wish for donations to be made in his memory to Melfort Home Care (Box 1480, Melfort SK, S0E 1A0).

A private funeral service in memory of Gord will be held at a later date.

Martha Friesen

December 3, 1926 – December 28, 2020

Martha Friesen passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at Oliver Lodge on December 28, 2020. She is survived by her daughter Shirley(Jerry)Heinbigner, her sons Vern(Mary),Dennis(Brenda) and Cam(Joy). Also 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John N ( Jack) Friesen in 2002. The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at St. Paul’s hospital and also the staff and Doctor at 3rd floor Parkview at Oliver Lodge for Mom’s wonderful and loving care she received while a resident. A Private Family Service will be held on Saturday January 2, 2021. You are welcome to join us for the livestream at 1:00 pm at distantlink.com/martenswarman.html . Arrangements entrusted to Martens Warman Funeral Home.

Leona Margaret Brucks

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Leona Remple (Brucks) was born on July 13, 1929. She grew up with her parents in the community of Barns Crossing. They lived and grew up on a farm, a short distance from the school and church.

Leona had 2 sisters, Beatrice (deceased) and Darlene, and one brother, Dick.

She grew up on the farm about 20 miles northwest of Meadow Lake. There she attended school and church until the family moved to Meadow Lake where Leona continued her education through grade 10. After that she worked as a clerk in the grocery stores and as a Nurse’s Aide in the local hospital. That was followed by four years of Bible School. While living on the farm, a revival took place and the Remple family became Christians as did many others in the area. That faith was the center and testimony of the rest of Leona’s life.

On October 14, 1951, Leona married Dennis Brucks. Together they had six children, five sons and one daughter, who, with their mates, gave the family 20 grandchildren and thirty one great-grandchildren.

After Dennis graduated from Bible School in 1953, Dennis and Leona went into pastoral ministry which lasted until the summer of 1999. Their ministry began in Davidson and Craik, Sk and continued in; Mabridge, South Dakota; Elgin, North Dakota; Kenora, Ontario and finally back in Saskatchewan in Midale and Martensville. They continued in church ministry until 2018 when Leona’s health made it impossible to continue.

Leona was a true pastor’s wife in many ways, as a mother, wife, in visitation, teaching in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Women’s Ministries, etc. She also had great musical talent. She played both the piano and the organ, sang a beautiful alto with her husband Dennis, in trios, choirs etc. Leona also served as the Choir and Music Director Baptist Church.

Leona’s talents were not limited to music. She was also a great cook and enjoyed baking, doing crafts, knitting, sewing, and painting to name a few. Everything had to be, not necessarily perfect, but the very best!

Leona was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was greatly loved by her family and many others and she will forever be in our thoughts and hearts.

Two favorite Bible verses that suit her well are I Corinthians 16: 13 – 14, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love”.

Grace Muriel Walsh

The family of Grace Walsh is saddened to announce the passing of our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and great aunt, on Monday Dec 14 at Royal University Hospital.

Grace was born on the family farm near Preeceville, Sk on January 21 1928.

Grace is survived by her husband of 62 years Wilf, daughters Sandra (Tom) Lindal and Kendall (Murray) Walsh-Blyth, grandchildren Kirby (Lorelei), Kelsey (Fern), Kaimee (Larry), Kalenn, Morgan, Matt, and Michael, great grandchildren Taylor, Julia, Shaun, Dylan, Tyler, Shelby and Ashley, brother Ronald (Joan), nephew Nolan (Carol), and great nephew Jack.

We are grateful for the excellent care that was provided to Grace by the staff at Preston Park 2 and RUH 5200.

As a family we will honour Grace’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Alfred Gerard (Gerry) Tait

 

May 12, 1931 – December 9, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Alfred Gerard (Gerry Tait) on December 9 at the Sherbrooke Veterans Village, Saskatoon. Left to cherish his memory are, his children Sheena (Dean) Rowan, Jim (Helen) Tait, Andy Tait and his adored grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandson, and his very dear friend Alice Muise. Gerry was predeceased by his grandson Shawn Amendt, his wife Jean (Sheena), his daughter Elizabeth, and his special friend Rene Anderson.

A celebration of Dad’s life will take place with family and a few very close friends (due to COVID regulations) on Wednesday, December 16, 11 am at Cherished Memories in Martensville. We hope that dear friends that cannot attend will take the opportunity to watch the celebration from their homes as it will be livestreamed.

Dad was born and raised in Ayr, Scotland. The youngest of 5 children, he joined the British Army as soon as he turned 18.  From 1949-1961 Dad spent time serving overseas in Korea, Japan, Germany, and the Mediterranean. When he returned home from serving in the Korea War he met our beautiful mother and they were soon married and started their family. In 1967, Dad moved his family to Canada, first to Toronto, then Lanigan, and finally settling in Saskatoon in 1971.

Dad was a very hard worker and a welder by trade working in shipyards in Scotland and England, and potash and coal mines in Canada. For several years he was the Canadian District manager of an American mine tool company before starting up his own company. His work took him to many destinations across Canada and the United States allowing him and Mom the opportunity to travel often.

He was community minded and he served on several Boards over the years including the Sherbrooke Community Centre and the Canadian Welding Bureau. He was president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #362 for eight years, and at the time of his passing he was President of the Korea Veterans Association.

Gerry loved his home country and visited Scotland often. Everywhere Dad went, he made friends, he made people laugh, and no one could forget his smile. He knew how fortunate he was to have so many great friends in his community, at the service clubs, and at the Legion Manor where he had resided for several years.

For the past few years he had enjoyed living with his daughter and son-in-law Sheena and Dean in Martensville. In September 2020 Dad moved into Sherbrooke Community Centre, Veterans Village. Dad’s health and spirit deteriorated greatly this last year. We would like to thank Dr. Matthew Wong and the wonderful ladies at the Medicine Shoppe in Martensville who always treated him with the utmost respect. A massive thank you to the staff and caregivers at the Sherbrooke Community Centre who went over and above every day to try and make Dad comfortable. God Bless all of you.

‘Take these broken wings and learn to fly – all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise

There will be a small celebration of life service for Alfred on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. The service will be live-streamed for those that wish to attend virtually at http://distantlink.com/cherishedmemories.html

Isaac Ens

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Isaac Ens on December 9, 2020. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and we were very fortunate to have the time with him that we had.

Isaac was born April 8, 1941 and was the second child of six, Pete (Marge), Lena, Betty, Dave, and John (Martha). He grew up on a dairy farm in Martensville area and went to Virtue School. In 1966 he was baptized and Mom and Dad joined the Mennonite Conference Church in Warman. He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing in his ice shack as well as curling with his many friends. He and Mom went to church in Mont Nebo and enjoyed many sermons by Pastor Bill Klumpenhower and enjoyed the fellowship with the church family.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rose; his sons Bruce (Joan), Barry and Brad (Shannon); his daughter Donna (Jesse) and daughter-in-law Ida; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Lisette (Adam), Alisha, Tyler (Laiya), Harley, Jordyn, Selina, Kristian, Anica, Hannah, Atticus, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends of all ages.

He was predeceased by his son Brian Ens; granddaughter Dawn Ens; by his parents Isaac K. and Elizabeth Ens, his father and mother-in-law Jacob S. and Tena Friesen; sisters-in-law Joyce Ens, Carol Friesen and Darlene Friesen; brothers-in-law Dave Penner, Jake Giesbrecht, Elmer Friesen, Leander Friesen; and his nephew Ron Ens.

We will always hold you very dear in our hearts.
-Love the family

Derek Robert Munday

November 20, 1958 – December 7, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family announce the untimely passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Derek passed peacefully on the morning of December 7th 2020, surrounded by his wife and kids. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Carol of 42 years. His children Alicia (Wade) Wheeler, Tyler Munday, Carter (Marianne) Munday, and Kendra (Nav) Toor. As well as his greatest joys, grandchildren: Blake and Ben Wheeler, Finn and Lucy Munday, Isla and Leyton Toor, and the newest arrival Joseph Munday. Also survived by his brother Craig (Peggy) Munday. As well as his faithful pup Rudy and countless family and friends. He has been reunited with his parents Bob and Lydia Munday, his father in-law Bill Dyck, his oldest grandson Noah, and his dog Kia. Dad was a loyal, hard-working man who put the needs of others first, he was always willing to help shovel, snow blow or cut grass for anyone who let him. He loved to watch his grandchildren in all their activities, he was their biggest fan and was extremely proud of them. Dad was an avid volunteer at Massey Place Community Church. Dad was able to enjoy two years of retirement after working for 45 years. The family would like to thank the first responders, the doctors and nurses of the CCU for their amazing care of him and the compassion we received.  In lieu of flowers the please consider donating to a charity of your choice or the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, or Muscular Dystrophy Association as these were causes near and dear to Dad.

A private family service will be held Friday December 11, 2020 at 11am.  If you wish to join the family to celebrate Derek’s life, a live stream of the service will be available at www.faithproductions.ca/livestream Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories.

Reginald Hingston

August 27, 1950 – December 4, 2020

Reginald Philip Hingston was born on August 27, 1950 and died suddenly on December 4, 2020. He will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife Betty of 39 years and children Charlotte (Wayne) Schroeder, Travis (Jessica) Fehr, Terry (Melchora) Hingston, Shawn (Nicole) Hingston, his 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was also survived by his brother Murray Hingston and sister Lorie Mellstrom, along with many extended family. Reg was predeceased by his parents Oliver and Anna Hingston and brothers Raymond and Earl Hingston. The family would like to thank the first responders and RCMP who came to his aid. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes association would be appreciated.

Signa “Siggie” Johnson

September 2, 1923 -November 28, 2020

Signa “Siggie” Genevieve Johnson of Saskatoon, SK, passed away peacefully at Royal University Hospital on November 28, 2020 following a brief illness at the age of 97.  She is lovingly remembered by her brother-in-law Terry Manley, nieces Grace (Norm) Skrudland, Marie (Dennis) Johnston, Margaret England, Kelly (Kevin) Wist, Mary-Ann (James) Brown, Carol (Ken) Steinitz, nephews John (Jeanette) Boquist, Keith (Lorna) Boquist, Dwayne (Darlene) Boquist, numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  Siggie was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Ronneberg, daughter Anne Howard, sisters Anna Morton, Mabel Boquist, Bergit Manley, cousin Gladys Mc Dougall and ex-husband Edwin Johnson.

Siggie was born on September 2, 1923 on the family farm near Norquay, Saskatchewan.  She spent her early years working within the local farming community until she became a clerk at the Rexall Drug Store in Norquay.  Siggie then moved to Regina where she enjoyed working as a beautician in the cosmetics department at Tamblyn’s Rexall Drug Store.  She returned to Norquay and married Edwin Johnson in 1961 and their daughter, Anne, was born in 1964.  In 1971 Siggie and Anne moved to Saskatoon and became members of St. Martin’s United Church.  Siggie enjoyed being part of the church community.  Siggie spent many years as a custodian of two apartment buildings in the Avalon Community.  She made many friends with the tenants and workers who assisted her with the maintenance of the buildings.  Everyone appreciated her efforts to keep the hallways, staircases and laundry rooms in spotless condition.  In 2013 Siggie moved to Luther Tower and then joined Jan’s Care Home in 2016 where she received wonderful care and tenderness from Jan, her staff and the residents.  Siggie will be remembered for her kindness, honesty, genuine caring nature and her ability to prepare a special luncheon on short notice.  Her home was always a welcome place for gathering to share stories and strengthen bonds with family and friends.  This remarkable woman was a loving sister, sister-in-law, wife, mother, auntie and friend.  Siggie’s quiet manner, smile, unique comments and laughter were gifts she shared with others.  We will truly miss our special visits with Auntie Siggie.

A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  We hope Siggie’s family and friends will find their own way to celebrate her life.  The family would like to thank the staff at RUH (6200 Unit) for the caring and compassion provided for Siggie during her final two weeks of life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Martin’s United Church or a charity of your choice in Siggie’s memory.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

 

Sam Reddekopp

March 11, 1947 – November 26, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Reddekopp who went home to be with his Lord and Saviour This occurred on November 26, 2020 at the Royal University Hospital. Sam was 73.

Sam is lovingly survived by his children Vince, Lorna (Mark) Ashworth, Chris (Natalie); Grandchildren Jennifer (Scott) Cameron, Dustin, Teya, Caleb, Josiah, Kyla, Shantel and Kaitlin; 3 Great-Grandchildren; siblings Adina Borzush, Alvin (Mary), Norma (Clarence) Suppes, Elaine (Richard) Meyer, Freda (Dan) Nutter; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A big thank you to Dad’s very special friend, Samaya. Sam’s family will have a Private Service in his honor at a later date. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

Donna Duxbury

September 14, 1938-November 19, 2020

Our mother, Audrey Donna Duxbury, “Donna” passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 after bravely battling Multiple Sclerosis and other serious health issues for over 43 years.  Donna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 14th, 1938 the eldest of three children born to Ray & Audrey Meneer.  Sister, Brenda arrived 15 months later and brother, Bryan, 10 years after Brenda.  They were a very close, loving family.

In 1952, at the tender age of 14, after begging her parents to go to the Christian School, Mom left home to attend Radville Christian College in Saskatchewan where her father was chairman of the board.  She took Grades 9-11 there, however, returned to Winnipeg for Grade 12 when she became engaged and after graduating, married Albert Kleppe on November 24, 1956.

Sherry was born a year later and in January 1958 the 19 year old couple moved with their 3 month old daughter to Abilene, Texas for further education. Laurie was born in 1959 and the family moved to Saskatoon in 1960-62 where Danny was born in February 1961, so Mom had 3 children by age 22.  In 1963 our family moved to Tennessee for 2 years for Dad to attend Freed-Hardeman University and then Texas for another 2 years to attend Abilene Christian University. During those years, while raising 3 children, Mom worked as a dorm mother at Freed-Hardeman College as well as a secretary in the office of a lumber company and bookkeeper at Holland’s Department Store in Jackson, Tenn.  In Texas she worked at a car dealership, waitressed at the Red Barn Restaurant, and later worked as a bookkeeper for an Insurance Company.

In 1966 our family moved to Somerville, Tennessee where Dad preached full-time and Mother was the epitome of a preacher’s wife. Mom has always been a larger than life, action-oriented person but she thrived in her role and participated in her community and church to the max.  Her volunteer activities included: Room mother, Sunday school teacher, Scout leader, Leadership trainer, Band Parent Volunteer, Chaperone, President of the Homemaker’s club and President and Secretary Treasurer for the School Association as well as substitute teaching at the public school for several years.

Meanwhile, Mom took the time to add two more treasures to our family.  Kevin was born in December 1968 and sweet baby Greg was born in September 1970 in Memphis, Tennessee.

In August 1971 our family moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan to work with Western Christian College. It was a sad time for Mom leaving all her dear friends in Somerville as it was the longest our family had lived anywhere and there are deep roots that remain there to this day.  However, Mom tackled her new role with gusto, teaching Sunday school, selling Tupperware, working as a cook at two local restaurants, bowling in the local league and having a roast in the oven every Sunday.   She would put the roast in before we left the house, while trying to get a 1 and 3 year old dressed for church and making herself presentable.  Luckily Sherry and Laurie were babysitting age and could watch the younger kids as she rushed home between Sunday school and the service to throw in carrots and potatoes so everything would be done when church got out.

We had company every Sunday and Mom was always hospitable either inviting out-of-town visitors or those going through hard times or just sad or lonely.  A couple of Christmases Mom invited a gentleman notoriously known in Weyburn for his chronic inebriation for Christmas dinner.  This went well until he shared the news at the local barber shop that Mom had a crush on him, so sadly Mom’s generosity felt the need to have limits.  Though after the initial shock of the situation, we have chuckled about this over the years.

In 1974, Mom became an insurance agent with Pioneer Life and in 1975 was promoted to district manager.  Her sales were so good she won a trip to Jamaica that Aunt Brenda went with her on and Dad referred to her as the 4 “S” woman… “Super Saleswoman of Southern Saskatchewan”!  However, it wasn’t long after this trip that Mom began having health issues and not feeling her usual sunny self…in March 1977 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had to curtail her activities.

After about a year of confinement due to mobility problems, pain, numbness and speech difficulty, she started to see a glimmer of hope.  Mom credits some supportive family, neighbors and friends with helping her get back to the real world again.  In 1979, after years of frustration, Mom moved to Regina with her youngest sons Kevin, 11 and Greg 9 and started a new chapter in her life.

As Mom learned to cope with her illness, she again began to channel her resources to help others.  She counselled many newly diagnosed MS patients as well as their family members.

In November of 1982, Mom married John Duxbury and with his help and support in 1983 gathered a group together and organized a Multiple Sclerosis Chapter in Weyburn, which she served as President of till 1993.  In 1988 Mom coordinated an annual campaign which allowed them to have an active chapter, contribute to Provincial conferences and donate funds for research. Mom also served 8 years as President of the Saskatchewan Voice of the Handicapped, now renamed Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities.

John was the wind beneath Mom’s wings always backing her in all her endeavors and with his help, she was able to serve on the Provincial Health Council for three years as well as serving on the Canadian Council of the Disabled in Ottawa and Winnipeg from 1994-2004.  During their marriage John and Mom travelled extensively throughout North America and enjoyed many idyllic summers with friends and family at their cabin at Rabbit Lake.

Tragically, in October 1996, Mom lost John to a massive heart attack.  Since that time, Mom has called Saskatoon home and for the last several years resided at Elim Lodge where some of her lifelong friends live such as Al and Annadaughn Falkingham, Maureen Fleming, Hugh and Irene Lock, Glen Start and Jean and Barney Borsheim.  Mom felt so blessed to reconnect with them in retirement and thoroughly enjoyed her life at Elim Lodge.  Mom was a member of the Saskatoon Church of Christ and had many dear friends there, that are too numerous to name.

Mom was an avid and competitive scrabble player, and spent many evenings playing with friend Donna or maybe Judy….she loved watching curling and especially enjoyed going out to eat with anyone willing to go! Mom loved dining out and celebrating birthdays with Pat, Maureen and her many friends…again we are afraid to name names for fear of leaving someone out.  Mom was especially blessed to have Maureen come to visit and give her communion on Sunday afternoons as more often than not she could not make it to church.

There are also special friends and families Mom adopted as a Mom/Grandma throughout the years some of these include: Joy Sowah and family, Temi Adewolu and Family, Fred & Neda Rezvani & Family, Mikiko Ichiyanagi from Japan and Rayland Li and Alexander Li of Hong Kong. She loved you all dearly!

We would like to give special mention to Fred who Mom met as her taxi driver and who bought her groceries, took her to appointments and did all kinds of errands so that she could remain in her apartment independently.  Fred’s wife, Neda gave Mom manicures and pedicures and kindly helped her with other chores. Fred went above and beyond for Mom even driving her all the way to Regina and Weyburn to see family.  Fred was with Mom at the end when she went to be with the Lord.  Mom loved Fred, Neda and their beautiful children, Adrian and Radin and this wonderful, loving, selfless couple will always be special to our family.

Mom’s compassionate heart for others has received recognition over the years. She has received awards for her contributions and accomplishments including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her contribution to rural communities, the Governor General’s 125 Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service, Certificate of Merit, Certificate of Inspiration, Shelley Gronnerud Memorial Award, Jack Funk Award, Award of Distinction from the Provincial MS Society, and most recently the International Women’s Award for her work with refugees.

Through all of life’s difficulties and chronic health challenges, Donna has credited her strong faith in God for getting her through.  When she was diagnosed with MS in 1977, the prognosis was not good, though she has had relapses and battled breast cancer and most recently heart problems, she kept a positive and upbeat attitude. Mom’s strength and determination have been an inspiration to us all… both family and friends alike rise up and call her “Blessed” and celebrate an extraordinary life well-lived…

Donna was predeceased by the love of her life, John Harding Duxbury,  her parents, Ray and Audrey Meneer, brother, Bryan Meneer and nephew, Jay Griffin, brother-in-laws, Albert Duxbury and Art Duxbury, sister-in-law Shirley Duxbury and first husband, Albert Peter Kleppe.

Donna leaves to mourn her five children Sherry-Dawn (Vern) Mebs, Laurie Lee (Kevin) Kleppe-Snelling, Daniel Kleppe, Kevin Duxbury and Greg (Mary) Duxbury, ten grandchildren, Tiffany, Tyler, Crystal (Jarrett), Dan (Natanielle), Don (Kelsey), Zach, Clayton, Matthew (Caitlyn), Keenan, Caitlyn, nine great-grandchildren, Mikael, Isaac, Solomon, Nora, Emma, Ellie, Aliyah, Astrid and Amari.

In Ontario, Donna is survived by her dear sister, Brenda Griffin, and sister-in-law Susan (Ken) Magill, nephew Mark (Tina) Griffin, grand-nephew, Jonah, grand-nieces Rachael, Hilary (Brian); in New York niece Drs. Marcia (Ken) Hansraj , grand-nephew Jonathan; in Oregon, Nate (Emily) Meneer.  In Winnipeg, brother-in-law, Karl (Betty) Kleppe, Nieces, Carrie (Garry) Tanchuk and Susan Kleppe, grand-nephews, Hayden and Tyler; in Texas brother-in-law, Don (Paula) Kleppe, former sister-in-law, Nancy (Viggo) Ulrich, nephews, Jonathan (Jennifer) Kleppe and Stephen (Jodie) Kleppe, grand-nephews, Logan and Spencer and grand-niece, Paisley. As well as numerous cousins, extended family, and life-long friends and church family throughout Canada and the US, especially in Tennessee, Texas, California, Colorado, New York, Maine and Kentucky.

Due to the Corona virus quarantine a Memorial video will be made available at a later date as well as private Memorial service.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice or consider Mom’s favorites, the MS Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Saskatoon Church of Christ.

God Bless and Stay Safe!

 

 

Rosalind Oleksuik

April 5, 1937 – November 15, 2020

Rosalind went peacefully to her heavenly home after a brief illness and is now in Jesus’s loving arms and re-united with her husband Julian.

She was a loving mother, baba, aunt and friend and will be forever missed by her children Holly, Craig (Dot) and her grandchildren Brooklyn and Brandon who were her greatest joy.

Rosalind was a very feisty lady. When she found out that her illness was terminal she ‘allowed’ herself to shed 2 tears and then decided to get on with it and enjoy her remaining days. She would not want anyone to shed a tear for her but rather to be joyous and celebrate that her pain and suffering has ended and that her next journey has begun where we are sure she is in heaven’s kitchen making cabbage rolls, perogies and pancakes.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In her memory donations can be made to Stars Ambulance.

Mom- we love you and miss you so much. Until we meet again.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Gene Dlouhy

Our dad Gene Dlouhy, passed away, October 23rd in Saskatoon at the age of 93, with two of his children, Leeann and Guy, by his side,

and with his son Geno having just been there in some of his final hours. His daughter Tammy, could not be present re: Covid19 circumstances, but she was there in every other way. For our whole family, in the words of our Aunt Marina, ” He was a legend.” Born in Esterhazy, where many Dlouhy musicians were born and raised, he led his big band with his brothers and the CBC Happytimers in the 50’s. In the 60’s he led his 5 piece rock and roll band in Western Canada and beyond, turning down a recording contract in the US so that he and his brother Reg could continue to be the Canadian band they had become. Their cover of Moronie was a stand out amount many great recordings. They played the Trianon Ballroom in Regina, Temple Gardens in Moose Jaw, and people would crawl over broken glass to see them at Kenosee Gardens “(this quote from a primary source!). One of their career highlights was to go on tour as the opening act with Roy Orbison in the early 60’s. They often played the State Line Club on the border of North Dakota & Montana, the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and many of the Air Force Bases in Canada and the US, including Goose Bay/Labrador. Tonight, a brass and woodwinds section will come alive in heaven, as Reg’s saxophone and Gene’s trumpet reunite. Gene will always be remembered for the aura of joy he created in people.

John Alex Neubauer

1933-2020

 

John Alex Neubauer, 87, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2020.

John was born to John Sr. and Tina on the family farm near Herbert, Saskatchewan. He attended school in the Wiebe School District and from the stories he told of his childhood, he enjoyed farming and caring for the farm animals. At the age of 18, he joined the Canadian Army and served for three years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. As a private, John served in the far east (Korea) and in Canada where he was certified in First Aid to the injured. He was honorably released from service receiving the Korea and UN medals.

During his working years, John served in a variety of occupations, farming being the longest. In his leisure time, he enjoyed dancing, golfing, fishing, hunting, food and laughter with family and friends.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pauline and their sons Lionel (Janet) and Stuart. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Martha and Harry and his daughter, Judy.

John was a loving husband and father and a good friend to many.

Robert “Bob” Waloschuk

After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with deep sadness that we the family of Robert, announce his passing on October 17, 2020, at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, at the age of 85.

Robert is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 59 years, his sons Gerry, Rob (Shelley), Rick, Randy (Kelly), and daughter Lori-Lynn (Andy).

Robert loved his grandchildren; Chad (Belinda), Guy (Tessa), Krystyna (Steven), Kenny and Bryan, as well as, his great grandchildren; Carson, Ethan, Hayley, Kevin and Kara. Robert is also survived by a sister Florence (Ron) Prebushewski, many nieces and nephews and numerous close family and friends.

Robert was predeceased by his eldest son Kevin

A celebration of life service will be held in Yorkton at a later date.

Terry Dale Leask

March 21, 1953 to October 14, 2020

It is with our deepest sorrow, that the family of Terry Leask announces his passing on October 14, 2020 at the age of 67.

Terry was born to Jacques and Verna Leask on March 21, 1953 in Cold Lake, Alberta. Terry started his education at Connaught School in North Battleford, spent a few years in a one-room school in the Garden Prairie School district and graduated from the North Battleford Comprehensive High School.

It did not take Terry long to find the love of his life and on May 20th, 1972 he married Debra Ann Scott in North Battleford. Terry started as an apprentice plumber and shortly celebrated the birth of their daughter Chelsea Dawn. Terry and family moved to Saskatoon in 1974 where he continued his apprenticeship with Nickel Plumbing and Heating. Eventually finding employment with the Botting Group of Companies, of which he worked for over 40 years as a Journeyman Plumber and Gas Fitter. In 1976 Terry and Debbie welcomed the birth of their son Shawn Dale.

In 1989 Terry and family moved from Saskatoon, to Abbotsford, British Columbia, then in 1998 moved to Airdrie, Alberta and then in 2011 moved back to Saskatoon. During this time Terry was a Construction Superintendent on a number of large commercial enterprises. His last position when health started to be an issue was the new Sandman Hotel in Saskatoon.

Terry enjoyed cooking and barbequing and recently purchased a smoker with the intention of smoking different types of meat. He enjoyed his times at Turtle Lake – fishing, firepit, barbeques with family and friends.

Family was everything to Terry; and he was so proud to be the best and loved grandpa to his six grandchildren. Chelsea’s children: Brendan, Adam and Jolie who live in Coquitlam, BC with their dad, Robi Csabai. Chelsea and Arnie Wood live in Maple Ridge, BC. Terry and Debbie had hoped to move their fifth wheel trailer onto Chelsea’s property to be able to spend more time with the grandkids. Chelsea and Arnie provided videos of the development of the trailer pad and it would bring him such joy to make plans with the help of many books and youtube on how to put in solar panels to stay off the grid. Shawn and Jenny have three daughters, Freya, Ava and Keira and live in Martensville, SK. Shawn and Terry were father and son and also very close friends. Shawn has assisted his parents with the increased health issues Terry experienced these past couple of years.

The Special people in his life were his parents Jacques and Verna Leask, brother: Glen (Heather), sisters: Sharon (Kurt), Janice (Larry) and Sandra (Rick) and their families. Debbie’s parents Walter (deceased) and Margaret, brothers: Dennis (Linda) and Dean (Debbie) and their families. Terry shared his wit and smiles and never ending upbeat love of life with his numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to acknowledge the many friends, neighbors, medical personnel and palliative home-care that were involved in Terry’s life these last few years.

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