Obituaries / Life Stories

Joseph (Joe) Schneider

December 4, 1936 – November 27, 2021

It is with heavy hearts the family of Joseph (Joe) Schneider announces his unexpected passing on November 27, 2021 at Oliver Lodge, Saskatoon, SK at the age of 84.

Joe is survived by his wife Wilma of 63 years; daughter Brenda (Carl), their children Jamie, Justin (Shelley), Danyelle (Terris); son Cecil (Diane), their child Aaron (Jocelyn); daughter Marcy (Russ), their child Kristy (John). Six great grandchildren; Skyla, Talan, Esmee, Shiloh, Annie, and Emma. Five sisters and two brothers, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Oliver Lodge for the care that “No” Joe received while he was there.

As per Joe’s wishes there will not be a funeral service.

Alain Deaust

Joseph Jean Alain Deaust    July 21, 1955- November 18, 2021

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Alain Deaust announce his passing on November 18th, 2021.

The Funeral Service will be held November 27th, at 1pm at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cathedral, Gravelbourg, SK.

A full obituary will be added online at a later date.






Alan Roberts

Alan passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday November 22nd, 2021.

Alan was born December 7th, 1950 to Beryl and Charles Roberts in Saskatoon and was raised in Star City.  He spent the last 45 years living on the acreage near Dalmeny that he swore he would never leave.

Al was the 2nd of 7 children; Nancy (Frank), David (Tanis), Barry(Bonnie), Elaine(Daniel), Tim (Tanya), Laurie (Ken).

Alan is survived by his wife Lynette, daughter Lynell (Ryan) and their children Austin and Brooklyn; son Lance (Erin) and their children Ari and Nash.

Al was predeceased by his parents Beryl and Charles Roberts, his mother-in- law and father- in- law; Reg and Susan Downing, and brother in law Daniel Ross.

As per Alan’s wishes, there will be no funeral.  A Celebration of Life will be held in 2022.

Special thanks to both the Dalmeny and Martensville Fire Departments as well as the Warman RCMP for all their efforts.

Rest easy Dad.  We’re sure you are already out fishing with Butch!

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Orest Fosty

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Orest Fosty on November 18th, 2021.

Orest was born on October 27, 1939, to Peter and Ann Fosty on their farm in Gronlid SK.

He will be remembered by his daughter Talleen (Darwin) Novak, grandchildren Walker and Piper, son Mikeal, as well as his siblings Mary, Angeline, Joe, Bill, Natalie, and Arlene.  He will also be remembered by his second wife Frances Hanson and her family, stepson Randy (Yvonne) Hanson, grandchildren Nicholas (Melissa and great granddaughter Arielle), Alexander (Anapaula) and Chantal (Dusty), stepson Barry (Deborah) Hanson, grandchildren Matthew, Kirsten (Bruno) and Victoria, stepdaughter Arlene (Robert) Wells, grandchildren Aubrey (Gavin) Bogdan and Christa (Brad), stepson Craig (Karen) Hanson, grandchildren Jasmine and Julia, and stepdaughter Leanne (Kit) Cheung, grandchildren Nathan and Mikayla.

Orest was predeceased by his first wife Jeanette nee Matieshin, his parents Peter and Ann, brother Morris, sisters Pauline and Verna and step grandson Spencer.

Orest worked at the University of Saskatchewan for more than 28 years. After retirement he enjoyed travelling as well as volunteering at the Fringe Festival, the Vanier Cup and his church.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 26th at 2:00 pm at Grace-Westminster United Church, 505 10th Street East, Saskatoon.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Warm and Cozy for their exceptional level of care that allowed Orest to pass away peacefully.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Project Lifesaver, Saskatoon Search and Rescue (

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Arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Home, Martensville, SK.


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Sharon Hoffman

Sharon was born in Regina, SK, May 1, 1944 and passed away November 16, 2021, in Saskatoon, SK.  She is survived by her loving Husband Lawrence, Daughters Cindy(Mike), Lisa (Brian) & son Kevin (Gina), Six Grandchildren; Kyle (Paige), Trevor (Anna), Noah (Bryn), Brady, Rebecca, Leah, and one great grandchild, Maverick, as well as her Brother Garth.

A family burial will take place at a later date.

Ivan Collins

Dad was born Ivan Jacob Kowalenko on April 16, 1941, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK.  He was second of David & Mary (nee Walmer) Kowalenko’s five children and grew up on the family farm near Arelee, SK. Dad often spoke of his elementary school days at nearby Light School—many of his childhood friends being those he stayed in touch with all his life. After completing high school, Dad enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan during which time he changed his last name to Collins.

Rather than pursue post-secondary education, Dad took a crew job during construction of the Gardiner Dam. When that project completed, he purchased a farm at Sonningdale, SK.  Later in life, Dad commemorated his days operating heavy equipment (CAT) and farm equipment (International Harvester) with tattoos of the logos, one on each forearm.

Along the way, Dad met Mom (Eva Neufeld). They married in 1969.  For some reason, Dad never wanted a son.  He was certain boys would only break his machinery and make a mess of his tools.  As if by request, they had two daughters and he chose both our names—Gloria and Glenna.  Growing up on the farm, our family attended church in Sonningdale where Dad was a board member and taught the adult and teen Sunday School classes for many years.

Dad worked hard while we were young and wasn’t one for holidays.  But once grandkids arrived, he and Mom had no issue spending as many summer days as possible at the lake camping and fishing with us.  Dad was also an avid baseball and football fan, rarely missing a televised Blue Jays or Roughriders game.

Dad felt it was his duty to read anything and everything in precise detail, be it a vehicle’s operating manual, the leaflet included with medications, or just the powdered milk packaging or cereal box.  He had a keen interest in World War II history—Winston Churchill being a favourite author.  Most importantly, it would be a challenge to find anyone who has read the Bible cover-to-cover more times through than Dad.  He always read with a non-bleeding marker to highlight the passages he thought most important, and a straightedge ruler to ensure the highlighting was perfectly straight.

Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January, 2020 and on November 12, 2021, left to be forever with Jesus, Mom (Eva; d. 2014), his parents, and his sister Donna.  He will be remembered forever by his daughters and their families, Gloria (Monte), [Ivana (Scott), James, Gregory]; and Glenna (David), [Evangeline, Jacob, Estella]; his brothers Conrad (Helen), Bob, and Marvin (June), and many extended family and friends.

“Precious in the sight of the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalms 116:15) We will miss you every day, Dad.  We will miss your pancakes.  We will miss morning storytime.  We will miss your often-garbled text messages.  And we cannot wait to see you again!

  Gifts and flowers are gratefully declined.  Instead, those who choose may honour Dad by making a donation to Bridges For Peace (, a ministry in support of Christian-Jewish relationships in Israel and around the world.

A private family memorial service will be held.


Debbie (Deborah) Dzialo, nee Dolynny


May 6th, 1956- Nov. 4th, 2021

Debbie is survived by her husband of 40 years Henry Dzialo, children Crystal (Jason)White, Sherilyn (Robert) Parton, Jennifer Dzialo, Kandace (Ben) Arbeau, and Justin (Tamara Pidperyhora) Dzialo; grandchildren – Colby, Morgan, Karissa, and Aiden White; Rylan and Jayla Parton; Austin, Jesse, Casey, and Ryder Dzialo-Findlay; Kadence, Alliee, and Kyliee Arbeau; and Ines Pidperyhora. Mother – Jennie Dolynny; Sister – Diana (Les) Helm; Sister in Laws – Jacqueline (Andre) Dolynny and Joan Dzialo; Brother in – laws Bob (Melvina) Dzialo, George (Edith) Dzialo; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Debbie was pre-deceased by her father –  Walter Dolynny; brother –  David Dolynny; Brother in laws – Edward Dzialo, Larry Dzialo.

Debbie was born on May 6th, 1956 in North Battleford Saskatchewan. She spent her first few years growing up on a farm near Redfield, SK. At around the age of 9 the family sold the farm and moved into Saskatoon, where she attended school and graduated from Evan Hardy Collegiate. As a teenager she loved bowling and would often participate in championships in Saskatoon. She had the opportunity to join a bowling league again in Glaslyn later on, which became one of the highlights of her week. After high school she then became a receptionist for a short period of time in Edmonton, and then upon returning to Saskatoon worked at WRT where she met her husband Hank. Debbie and Hank were married on September 19, 1981 and moved out to live in Glenbush, SK. They built a house near the Dzialo family farm and have lived there for the last 40 years. Debbie loved farm life, she always planted a large garden full of potatoes, she prided herself on her landscaping, especially the stone wall that she built herself with her kids, with rocks gathered from the fields, and her firepit and park area. She worked in the fields, and took care of cows and chickens.

Debbie was very proud of her Ukrainian culture, and had many talents that she shared with her family and community. She embroidered many Ukrainian costumes for her own children, and also for many others. She was an excellent seamstress, an amazing cook, and she enjoyed writing Pysanka, music, dancing, and singing. Debbie always had time to support her children in all of their activities, whether it was Ukrainian dancing, drama, volleyball, baseball, or hockey, she was always there cheering and volunteering her time and talents for the community. She continued this with her grandchildren, attending and supporting as many events as she could.

One of Debbie’s favorite things to do was cook and feed as many people as she could. She worked several summers running the concession at Meeting Lake Regional park. Every year on Boxing day she loved to host as many family and friends in her home as would fit, feeding an amazing Christmas dinner and celebrating her favorite time of year.  In 1998, as a way to help fundraise some money for the Yevshan Ukrainain Folk Ballet’s tour to Ukraine, Debbie put on a dine and dance in Medstead. This was the beginning of her catering company that lasted 22 years. She didn’t have a name for her company the first few years, when asked what the name was she said “It’s just me and my kids”, and so, Me and My Kids Catering was born. She catered many weddings, dances, Christmas parties, and funerals over the years. Her food always had rave reviews and no one ever left hungry! She never had to advertise as word of her talents easily made its way around.

Debbie loved to travel, and took many trips with her children and grandchildren. Over the years they went to BC, South Dakota, Disneyland, Las Vegas, and many camping weekends.

Debbie will always be remembered by all who knew her as an amazing, hardworking, caring human being. She treated everyone as family, and shared all she had, even if it wasn’t much. She always had an ear to listen, advice to give, and time to help. She has left all who were fortunate to be a part of her life with many wonderful memories. A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held at a future date when we can truly honour her memory with laughter, community, and hugs.

Salome Ratzlaff

Salome Ratzlaff passed from this life to eternal life with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on November 10, 2021, two days short of her 103rd birthday. She was born on November 12, 1918, the day after the Armistice of the Great War, so her parents named her Salome which means “Peace” in Hebrew.

Salome grew up on the family farm west of Waldheim. Her father was the Ältester or unpaid minister of the Salem Church so church life played a central role in her life. He made his living as a school teacher who taught in various District Schools so Salome attended the schools where he taught including Windom from 1925 to 1926 and Brotherfield from 1927 to 1930. She was forced to quit school in Grade 9 to help full time at home due to her mother’s poor health. In 1938 she attended Bethany Bible School where she also took some high school classes while having to work in the kitchen to pay her tuition. Hard work took it’s toll on her physical health and in 1940 she was admitted to the Saskatoon Sanatorium with Pulmonary Pleurisy of the lungs with the risk of developing Tuberculosis. She returned home from 1941 to 1942 for bed rest and slowly she regained her health. She completed her high school by correspondence during this time.

Salome had been secretly in love with William J. Ratzlaff from the Salem Church since age 12 and had made her desires known to the Lord. He answered her prayers and in November 1942 he proposed marriage which she happily accepted. They were married in July 1943. Due to William’s status as a Conscientious Objector he was required to remain on the farm for the duration of World War 2 so they began married life, farming. Their first son Paul was born in 1946 in Saskatoon. In the fall of 1946 they moved to Pambrun, SK. for William to finish his 3rd year of Bible School that had been interrupted by the war. They were accepted by the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church Conference to become missionaries and they moved to Kansas in 1947 where William attended Tabor College to become an Ordained Minister.

In 1949 they went to assist with the Conference mission work in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, ministering to the African American community who faced much discrimination. In 1950 they were asked to take over leadership of the Conference mission work in Arkansas with the Ozark Mountain People who faced much poverty. Their second son Philip was born in 1952 in Harrison, Arkansas. In 1961 they moved back to Canada to pastor the Peoples Church near Sarnia, Ontario and in 1971 to Dalmeny, SK. to pastor the Dalmeny Bible Church. Finally in 1973 they came full circle and moved back to Waldheim when William became Manager of Mennonite Trust. Salome joined him in the office as secretary assisting with conveyances and estates. Throughout their working years, Salome not only maintained a home and raised a family, she worked along side William in their ministry.

In 1982 they retired in Waldheim and enjoyed many years of fishing and gardening together. In 2001 they moved to Pineview Manor in Rosthern. After William passed away in 2003, Salome moved to Bethany Manor in Saskatoon in 2004 and finally Spruce Villa in Dalmeny in 2019 before needing to move to the Spruce Manor Special Care Home in 2020. Special thanks to the staff there who provided loving care to Salome to the end of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband William; Parents Edwin T. Schmidt and Helena Goossen; Sisters Verna (Menno) Dirks, Miriam (Rudolph) Grunau, Wilma Schmidt and Laurina (Lennard) Graham. She is lovingly survived by her two sons, Paul (Shirley) Ratzlaff of Milton, Ontario and Phil (Arlene) Ratzlaff of Martensville, SK.; Grandchildren Jennifer Williamson, Aaron Ratzlaff (Zoey Nordick)and Kellisa Ratzlaff (Sheldon Riess); Great-grandchildren Alexander, James & Catherine Williamson; Siblings Lois (Ruben, deceased) Dirks, Royal (Joyce) Schmidt and Loyal (Marg) Schmidt.

The funeral service will be held on November 19th with Committal at the Salem Church Cemetery west of Waldheim at 2:00 PM followed at 3:00 PM by a program of remembrance and fellowship lunch at the Salem Church gymnasium in Waldheim. The Committal Service will be live streamed @ and the Fellowship Program @ .



Clara Friesen

Clara Elizabeth Theresa Friesen was the first-born child, and only daughter of Fred and Beth Fries. She was born on Jan. 31, 1948.  Her parents added 7 brothers to the family and lived in Kindersley, SK on the family farm for the rest of her childhood. She always loved music and as a teenager started taking accordion and then piano lessons. This led to her desire to share her talent by beginning to teach students music.
In the summer of 1969, on June 8th, she married her forever sweetheart Jake Friesen and moved to Saskatoon to start a new life together.  In the first few years of their marriage, they welcomed their two daughters and worked hard to scrape together the funds necessary to purchase their first home together. They bought a family bungalow at 17 Tupper Crescent and lived there for 47 years.
As she lay down roots at 17 Tupper she began to build the foundation for a life of serving others.  Clara had the ability to walk into any room and immediately make everyone feel special and loved. Her life mantra was to make the lives of those around her better. There was a constant, open and revolving door in their home. It didn’t matter who came to their door, there was always a hug, a homemade meal, an extra bed, open conversation, and a genuine welcome to any and all that came to visit.  17 Tupper became “home away from home,” for countless people. She was devoted to her family and made the decision to work from home while raising their two daughters.  To supplement the family income and cultivate her joy of helping others, she began babysitting and resumed teaching music lessons.  There was always the sound of music and children laughing in the home, and she continued operating a loving daycare for over 45 years and teaching music lessons for over 55 years.
Clara was always an industrious person and literally was referred to as “the energizer bunny.” She was known for her uncanny ability to crank out high levels of work, often making 60 pies in one day, which she would then share with any and all. She didn’t do anything half-hearted; it was always with a “go big, or go home,” attitude. She applied this “all-in” attitude to everything she did, whether it was gardening, canning or freezing the extensive harvest from the garden, or loving her grandchildren, she gave it everything she had.
Hanging in the entranceway of their family home hung a painting of a boy and his dog and a poem inscribed beneath the picture, it had been given as a gift from a daycare family.   The poem written by Forest Witcraft perfectly sums up the legacy that Clara left on her children, her grandchildren and the hundreds and hundreds of children that were blessed to attend her daycare, have her as a music teacher, or have her in their life.
….A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove-but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Joanne Korkoza

Sadly, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Joanne Korkoza on November 7, 2021.  We know that Heaven has gained an Allstar Angel.

Joanne was born to Nick and Mary (Komenech) Thoms on August 1, 1930 in Bruno on the family farm.  She attended Sunlight School. She married Andrew Korkoza on October 29, 1953 and they made their home on the farm near Bruno Saskatchewan.

Joanne is predeceased by her Parents Nick and Mary Thoms, her Husband Andrew, Daughter Florence Korkoza , and Son-in-law Louis Buchinski.  Also waiting for her at Heaven’s Gates are her sisters; Katie Thoms, Mary Derbowka, Annie Rokoz, Patsy Chomoway and her brother Alex Thoms who passed away as an infant.

Left to celebrate her life are her daughters Patricia Buchinski and Betty Rowlett (Dwayne) and her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joanne loved spending time outside in the garden and enjoyed watching the squirrels and rabbits run through the yard.  When we would go on a drive she would always be watching for wildlife or asking to stop to check out the crops.  She was grateful for everything and every day that God granted her.

She was patient and loving and would welcome anyone into her home.  If you stopped by for a visit, within minutes the coffee was on and there was a full meal on the table.  You would never leave Baba’s place hungry.

The most important thing to Joanne was her family. She put the needs of others before her own. It never failed that if there was two people and only one piece of pie left, she suddenly wasn’t hungry.

She enjoyed baking cookies and being an amazing Baba.  She made the best perogies, borscht and cabbage rolls.  She also had a knack for finding things.  Baba had an amazing memory. The family always went to her when we were looking for something, because she could always tell us exactly where it was.

Joanne had a strong faith in the Lord and passing on her faith to her family was important. Please keep her in your prayers.


Barry Prentice

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Barry Prentice. Barry was born in Leeds, Yorkshire England on September 4, 1950 to Bertie and Irene Prentice. He passed away on October 15, 2021 with his family by his side.

Barry and his parents came to Canada to live when he was 6 years old. They lived in Dinsmore & with their family until they were able to start their new lives in Saskatoon.

Growing up Barry loved all the time spent with his parents and brother on their many camping, fishing and hunting adventures. He remained an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life. Barry treasured his memories with his mom and Dad and we were very fortunate to have heard many stories of his adventures growing up. Barry had many fond memories riding motorcycles and spending time with his friends from the band Killarney as well as living in Dillon and working at the Hudson’s Bay store there.

Barry had a 35-year career at the Saskatoon Forestry Park & Zoo. He began working at the old Golden Gate Zoo located at the end of 33rd St and moved to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Zoo at its current location when it opened not long after. Barry helped design and build the trout pond and the monkey house at the zoo. He also worked hard to prepare and help launch the Enchanted Forest. Barry proudly retired as the maintenance Foreman in 1999. He remained busy designing and building trailers and doing renovations on the homestead.

Barry shared the love of the outdoors with his wife and daughters. Our favourite place to vacation was in the mountains. Specifically, in the Banff area. Many days and nights were spent camping in the tent and driving through the mountains. We always had fun exploring the less travelled pathways in the great outdoors.

Barry loved animals and always had a trusty companion. His most recent pets are Gunner, Winter and Baby who are lost without him too.

Barry is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Amanda (Rick), Brittany (Waren) and his brother David (Jackie). We would like to make a special mention of Jim, Waren and Brittany, his hunting buddies as Barry will be missed on this and every hunting season going forward.

Although not named, Barry had many family and friends that have reached out with their thoughts and kind words.

The family would like to take this time to thank everyone for their support and comforting words which have helped us during our difficult journey.  A  special thank-you to all of the caring and compassionate staff that we have come into our lives from the Dalmeny first responders, ambulance services, staff at the RUH, and Cherished Memories Funeral Services.

Ralph (Whitey) Davison

Ralph (Whitey) Davison

June 30, 1935 – October 31, 2021

Born to Jim and Grace (Frerichs) Davison in Rosetown Union Hospital, Ralph was a farm boy who wanted a different life. He joined the SK Power Authority as an apprentice line man then became a journeyman lineman.  He was the third oldest out of four boys, with David the youngest still living in Calgary.

The lineman, Ralph, married a young nurse working in Rosetown Hospital, and he and Reata (Drury) Davison would have celebrated 64 years married, on November 15 this year.  He is predeceased by his daughter Laurie, who died of Cancer at 20 years of age, in her second year at University of B.C.

Son Robin, born in B.C. in 1967, was born with special needs and has been a source of great enjoyment at home for 54 years.

Whitey worked in B.C. from 1966 (with 8 years in USA in linework) until retirement in 1995. After Reata retired from nursing in 1997, the three moved to Armstrong B.C. in the Okanagan.

Then in 2008 they moved back to Saskatoon where both the Davison and Drury families live.

The three have all lived a full and active life.  Whitey loved wild life and hunted in the fall wherever he was working, and also had a hobby restoring old vehicles and tractors. For many years, wherever they lived, Ralph and Reata worked on executive committees and did fund raising with various associations; 30 years with the Fraser Valley for Special Needs Children and Adults, the Heritage O’Keefe Ranch in the Okanagan, Long Term Care in Vernon, Candy Stripers in Armstrong, and Wildlife in the North Okanagan.

Since 2008 it’s been retirement with yard work and shovelling snow in Saskatchewan.

At Whitey’s request there will be a cremation and no funeral. Anyone wishing to remember him can donate to Telemiracle in the spring and aid our special needs citizens.

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Home.





Marek Polanski

Marek Polanski passed away suddenly on Oct. 24, 2021, in Calgary, AB.

Marek Polanski was born in Poland in the town of Malczyce on Apr 2, 1958. Since he was a young man, he was a deep thinker and a reader. He enjoyed books, ufology, space travel, unexplained mysteries, sketching and drawing, nature, trees, plants, gardens. Even as a child he would point in his books to Canada and say to his mom, “This is where I need to go one day, where huge forests grow, the land of rivers, lakes and magnificent mountains.” As a young man, Marek was an athlete and was a speed skater on the Polish National Team. He took pride in the fact and liked to talk about how fast he was as a speedskater.

Marek married Wieslawa or Wiesia in Poland and had two daughters. He emigrated to Greece in 1987 where we joined in one year later. Marek’s goal was to come to Canada, and he settled in Saskatoon, in 1992 with his family.

In Canada, Marek decided on becoming a Semi Driver for an occupation. He chose this career because it offered the freedom to travel and see parts of Canada and the US. He worked for a company based out of Calgary called Varspol Trucking where he had many good friends.  His friends spoke so well of him, they said “Your dad is a very smart man, and a good man.” Marek was always a good conversationalist, he had an easy-going attitude, his positive kind energy and he was full of interesting ideas, he was never boring.

He was loved by many, he was an honorable man, he was fair, kind and loving. Marek was a forgiving and righteous man who always wanted to help others. He was very spiritual person and disliked materialism. He had a kind heart, was charismatic, strong, he had mental toughness and so much courage. He was not afraid of anything, not even death. Marek believed in the afterlife.

He is survived by his daughters Kasia Solomon and Justyne Kope. His grandchildren Maya and Mateo Solomon and Julian and Bruce Kope. His sons-in-law Zachary Solomon and Jesse Kope. And his ex-spouse Wieslawa Polanska (Raczka). His family in Poland includes his parents Juzefa Polanska and Henryk Polanski, Sisters Terasa Maciejewska and Wanda Raciborska.

Marek was a great father and grandfather. We all thought of him to be best dad and grandpa in the world.  He was always there for us. He got us through the most difficult times in life. He was an amazing person, he was our rock, our strength, our teacher, our moral guide. He taught us so many lessons in life.

Goodbye Marek. We love you so much. We will miss you.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday November 2, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. Located at 301 Avenue Y South, Saskatoon, SK

Merna Gordon

On October 5th, 2021, the world lost an incredible woman. Merna Gordon (Little), passed peacefully with family by her side, as they brushed her hair and touched up her lipstick. Heaven gained an angel that’ day.
Merna was the eldest of 3 daughters to Marshall and Elna Little, born on Aug 30th 1930, in Boissevain, MB. When the girls were very young, they lost their mother and Merna stepped up to help manage the household.
In the summer of 1951, Merna married Don Gordon on June 30th, in Boissevain. They moved to Brandon, MB shortly after and welcomed their first, of seven children, in April of 1952. Merna started her career with Tupperware in 1964, at the age of 35, to help with the expenses of a large family. In 1966, the family moved to Colonsay to start a mobile trailer park, for workers and their families to live at while working at the nearby mines. For 15 years, the family lived in a home on the Eley property just outside of town, while the managed the 46 lot park.
Merna grew up with very little, so she cherished every gift and collected keepsakes from all of her travels. As her kids moved across Canada, and her Tupperware career excelled, she was blessed with many opportunities to travel. Her travels took her all across Canada and many places in the US, from Hawaii to Florida. Naturally, she collected many things on her journeys, such as keychains, spoons, pens, pins, coins, bells, a_nd fridge magnets. Merna loved everything, especially if it was cute and pretty, or silly and funny. Her collections included owls, turtles, skunks and ladybugs, as well as hot air balloons, teapots, dolls, oil lanterns and yard ornaments.
We can’t celebrate Merna without mentioning her wardrobe! She had outfits for every occasion and every colour, and all the accessories to match. Merna had an extensive jewelry collection and she was very creative in making her own to coordinate perfectly. From Tupperware fridge magnets earrings; to hanging coloured paper clips on a chain necklace and earrings, she would customize it!
Above all, Merna loved to make people smile and laugh and her energy was very contagious. She loved to dance and sing and she participated in the church choir and many skits around the community. Merna loved to dress up, whether for Halloween, a Tupperware meeting or convention. Dressing as a witch was one of her favorites!
Merna had a few catch phrases that many will recognize. One we heard often, was something her mother used to say, “Ho hum, and a bottle of rum!” Another favourite was “Oh for corn sakes” if she didn’t want to swear, even though we know she wasn’t shy to drop a couple curse words! If she was annoyed with anyone, even if they were just trying to help her, she’d call them a doodle bug or brat!
Merna will be missed dearly by all that were fortunate to meet her, especially her classy, sassy, and sometimes smart assey personality.


Paul Evanovich

Paul Evanovich

August 15th 1962 – October 25th 2021

Paul passed away October 25TH 2021 in Saskatoon SK after a 3-year battle with Cancer

Paul is survived by his Spouse Joyce Kotlajic, stepson Jamie Kotlajic, stepdaughter Christina Dueck (Collin), granddaughter Charleigh Dueck, Sister Teresa Mills (Danny), Niece Danielle Mills, Nephew Tom Quiring, Brother Doug Evanovich (Alanna) , Nephew Ethan, Niece Sheila Kehrer(Ian), Niece Sarah Thiessen(Steve) & Nephew John Paul Quiring.

Paul was predeceased by his father Paul, mother Edith, sister Pauline & brother Thomas.

Paul grew up in Theodore Saskatchewan where he completed high school.

In his younger years he enjoyed a variety of sports including hockey, baseball & golf.

Paul started work at CNH in 1988 where he remained until his passing.

One of his greatest joys was spending time with his granddaughter.

He enjoyed fishing and just hanging out and having beers with friends and family.

He was a good man and always there if you needed him.

Paul will be greatly missed and remembered always.

A Memorial Service will be held at Cherished Memories Funeral Home, 591 Centennial Dr. N. Martensville SK. Monday Nov. 1st 2:00pm


Lloyd Bloomquist

Lloyd John Bloomquist

The family of Lloyd John Bloomquist is saddened to announce his passing on Tuesday October 19, 2021 at Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon at the age of 84 years.  Lloyd is survived by his two sons: Graham & Tracy and their son Caleb of Outlook and Evan & Leah and their daughters Emerson, Kerrigan and Harper of Martensville; sister Audrey & Ernie Rawlyk of Saskatoon and their children Rob Rawlyk of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany and Kara & Brent Gebhardt of Lloydminster and their children Holly, Joel, Maria, Sam, Gianna & Tim.  He was predeceased by his wife Jean (2008), mother Edna (2002) and father Clarence (1988).

Lloyd was born on the family farm near Perdue in 1937.  He spent many years farming, enjoyed woodworking, curling and fishing.  On October 26, 1968, he married Jean and they raised their two sons on the family farm near Perdue before moving to town in 1995.  Lloyd suffered a stroke at the age of 47 which left him with limited mobility, but he continued gardening and staying active until Jean’s death.

Lloyd loved his grandkids and often had a stash of treats waiting for them when they visited, or he sent them home with Graham or Evan.  He always enjoyed a hot coffee with his boys and Audrey and Ernie as well.

Lloyd’s family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Sherbrooke Community Centre for their compassionate care to Lloyd and family in his final days.

Memorial donations may be directed to The Sherbrooke Foundation Inc. or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

A Memorial Service for Lloyd will be held at Cherished Memories Funeral Home in Martensville on Saturday, October 30th at 1:00 PM.  A private family interment will take place at a later date.


Lorten Waddell

Lorten Waddell (February 8, 1935 – October 24, 2021)

After being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019, Lorten passed away at home on October 24, 2021 at 86 years of age. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Doris, son Doug (Kim) Waddell, daughter Raelene Purdy, granddaughters Amanda, Crystal and Grace & great-granddaughter Valen.

Lorten was a successful salesman during his career with Kraft General Foods. He & Doris retired early and spent years travelling. Saskatchewan winters found them in Texas or Arizona while summers were spent in Northern Saskatchewan at Hackett Lake camping & fishing. After his first round with cancer in 2002, Lorten devoted the next 10 years as a volunteer driver for the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness and humor. Lorten always had a joke to tell and a smile on his face.  He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. For his family, he went above and beyond many times.

At Lorten’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the organization of your choice. Please help us celebrate a life well lived by reaching out and helping where you can, do a kind deed or tell a silly joke to make someone smile.

Ruth Wolfe

Ruth Wolfe.  October 23, 1927 – October 21, 2021

With shattered hearts we announce the passing of Ruth Wolfe, beloved Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  She was predeceased by parents Karl and Elsbeth Kaun,  Brother Ollie, Loving Husband Ray, her Precious Son Brent, and much loved son-in-law Darrell Bjerg (Carla’s husband) and many other dear relatives.

Ruth is survived by her loving daughter Carla Rae James, special granddaughter Erin (Corey) Gardiner and their sons Aidan and Ewan of Vernon, B.C. and Brent’s children, Darren, Ashley, Lindsay and their families.

Ruth was a kind friend, gracious hostess, classy lady who loved clothes and jewellery, and a very loving presence.  Always an open door and a sweet smile.  She cared deeply about her family and that showed through all she did.  Thanks Mom for all the draperies you made for our houses, your sewing talents were many and you were always so humble about things you did or made that were so special to us.  Ruth was a kind and generous soul that touched the lives of so many.

She will be dearly missed, but leaves behind precious memories of fun, many cruises and trips, laughter, great meals and love.  We know you are happy now with Dad, Brent, Darrell and the others who made it to Heaven before you.  You are one of God’s special Angels. Erin and I hold you in our hearts with eternal love.

There will be a Funeral Service Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 2:00pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 627 Taylor St E, Saskatoon.  Due to Covid, we ask that only family attend , that you wear a mask, have been double vaccinated and socially distance.

A Celebration of Life will take place in the future when we can all be together safely.

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Jean MacLeod

The family of Jean is sadden to announce her passing on October 18, 2021 in Saskatoon, SK.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years Earl and two sons Leslie (Darcy), Greg (Marilyn), grandchildren Geoffrey, Mark (Mallory), Riley & Brooklyn and great grandchild Bennett.  In keeping with Jean’s wishes there will be no funeral service.  Interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial.

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.

Blair Vaillancourt

The family of Blair Vaillancourt is saddened to announce his passing at his residence in Saskatoon.

He is survived by his son Kaden Vaillancourt-Pettapiece, parents Emile and Nettie Vaillancourt, brother Mike Vaillancourt (Rosanne), nephew Carsten Beanlands, sister Colleen Vaillancourt, niece Leighton Vaillancourt, Kaden’s mother Stacy Pettapiece and his companion cat Grover.  As well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and acquaintances.

Blair attended Father Vachon Elementary School and Mount Royal Collegiate, where he graduated. Blair enjoyed playing various sports, but hockey was his favorite and was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan.

In 1990, Blair joined the Army.  First training in Nova Scotia and stationed in Petawawa, ON.  He was then posted in Gagetown, NB where he proudly served a UN Tour of Peacekeeping in Bosnia from 1992-1993.  After his tour he was stationed in Kingston, ON until his discharge in 1999.

Blair moved back to Saskatoon in 2001 and in 2003, his son Kaden was born.  He was a proud dad and loved his son very much. You could hear Blair in the stands passionately cheering on, and giving his opinion, at all of Kaden’s activities.

Blair had various jobs throughout his life, with the most recent being in lawn care.

Blair was a true advocate for Veterans and suffered from PSTD himself. He tried to adapt and overcome his demons by getting help with his addictions.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Irene & Leslie Dube Centre for Mental Health or local non-profit Love My Mind Initiative (

Celebration of Life will be held at Cherished Memories Funeral Home in Martensville on Saturday, October 23, 3:30pm.  The family asks that all attending please be double vaccinated and please be scent-sensitive with no heavy perfumes.

For those unable to attend the service, you can join the family via the following link


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