Obituaries / Life Stories

Sandra Snell

December 19, 1943 to April 18, 2021 77 years

Sandra Gail was born near Venn on the family homestead to Raymond and Ada Carlson.  December 19 was the night of the school Christmas concert and Ada caused some excitement when she needed the mid-wife, who was leading the concert! Sandra was one of 11 children and had 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Sandra began her education at Boulder Lake school, then went to the Venn school and graduated from high school in Watrous. She was a natural at school, completing a couple grades in one year.

Sandra married Howard Snell September 9, 1960.  Howard and Sandra had 5 children, David, Susie, Darryl, Curtis and Ward.  They moved out to the Snell family farm in 1966 where they remained until 2018 when they moved into Watrous. Sandra managed the home and garden while finding time to keep the farmers fed, sometimes dragging all 5 kids to the field with the meals.

Once Sandra’s own children left the nest, she continued to babysit and provide compassionate, nurturing care to many families.  The Schaans, Engles, Westbys, and Edigers will all likely have a babysitting story to tell about how Sandra helped with caregiving.  She was a loving and caring person and enjoyed watching the children grow for nearly 20 years.

Howard and Sandra always grew a massive garden.  Even when they moved off the farm, Sandra continued that tradition, borrowing a neighbour’s plot, in addition to her own garden space.  She was generous with her garden, providing produce to all who needed.  Sandra canned vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, and beans as well as made jam.  Her dill pickles are heralded by her grandchildren, who are now spoiled and won’t eat anything but.

Sandra loved word games of all kinds.  She wouldn’t hold back in Scrabble and looked forward to the Saturday cross-word puzzle in the weekly paper.  She completed many jigsaw puzzles over the years, one her favorites was a puzzle of the farmhouse, which is hanging in the living room of the house in town.  Sandra enjoyed crib and other card games as well.

Sandra’s family would like to thank Dr. Choudhary, Health care nurses and staff and the many family, friends and neighbors for their care and support during this difficult time.

Sandra is pre-deceased by her parents Raymond and Ada; father in-law and mother in-law Bert and Mildred; son in law Sean; sister Trish; brothers Robbie, Ricky, Ross and Glenn; brothers in-law Lou and Vic; brother and sister in-law Robert and Elaine.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Howard.  Her children: David (Corina), Susie, Darryl (Sheila), Curtis (Marla), Ward (Kyla) and many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren; Siblings Ken(Joan), Pearl, Alan(Marilyn), Deanna, and Hugh(Cheryl) as well as sisters in law Anne, Betty and Nelda.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Venn Cemetery or Watrous Community Health Foundation.

As per Sandra’s request a Private Family Interment will held at a later date.

Marilyn Symons

Dorothy Marilyn (Bragg) Symons – 1946 – 2021

Marilyn passed away in the Palliative Ward of the St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon on Monday April 12, 2021.

Marilyn was born in Calgary, Alberta, into a close-knit extended family. She often told stories of family outings and holidays spent together, including many great memories of time spent in Bragg Creek. As was typical of her generation, she graduated with her nursing certification, but found nursing was not her calling. Throughout, she had a zest for life and for seeing the open road. From the time she was little on many family trips, to her later years, packing up in a motor home and heading east to follow her Nova Scotia roots.

Marilyn was known as “Mom” to many more than just Carolyn and Bill. Her maternal influence was felt by the youth she spent many years chaperoning at the Calgary Stampede and during her time with “Hidy & Howdy” at the Calgary Winter Olympics.

She was living in Calgary when her brother Dan fell ill with cancer and was his primary caretaker as things progressed toward hospice care there. It filled Marilyn’s heart with joy to see Dan reconnect with his own children and first grandson.

History and genealogy were hobbies that were inspired by her travels and she could recite names, dates, and historical references up and down both sides of our family tree. This passion was also the inspiration for an unforgettable and very special trek Marilyn organized with her cousin, John.  Sixty-six adventurers who shared a common ancestor cross back over the pond from North America to place a new headstone at the church cemetery of one of our common ancestors in the village of Chaffcombe in Somerset England in 2014.

A related passion project that grew out of her genealogical research was the sharing of stories of our direct family who were killed or died as a result of combat in the First World War. She was so touched when her grandson Mark, who has also studied military history, accepted the responsibility of seeing her most recent manuscript published in her memory.

As time progressed and Marilyn experienced some health challenges, she moved to Carolyn and Shane’s ranch near Saskatoon to live with them and further deepen the family’s prairie roots. She enjoyed the busyness of farm life, such as the visitors who stopped by and chatting with grandkids about their hopes and dreams. She loved to see us out riding, and to sit out and watch an epic prairie sunset. There was always Crown Royal in the cupboard and one of the dogs snoozing at her feet. Marilyn enjoyed many family dinners with Bill’s family, including annual trek to Pike Lake for a fall picnic breakfast.

We all had a very special visit at the ranch for several days when Marilyn’s “baby” sister Suzanne and her husband Mike came to stay in 2019. We were so shocked and saddened not only by the sudden loss of Suzanne following surgery in January 2020, and mom was not able physically to make the trip for the funeral. Who knew that just a few short weeks later the whole world would change for all of us…

While we were so vigilant to protect Marilyn from exposure to COVID, we were unprepared for the rapid decline that was ultimately diagnosed as advanced stage cancer. Right up to the end she remained positive about a life well lived without regret. She wanted to share this: “Do not stand by and watch me go; but come with me on this journey.” She said she was not afraid, but rather more curious than anything else. The move to palliative care meant that she was able to see not only Carolyn, but the rest of Carolyn and Bill’s families as well. We were there to comfort her in her final hours as best we could.

Marilyn is survived by daughter Carolyn (Shane) Kemps, grandchildren Zachary & Megan, son Bill (Margaret) Symons, grandson Mark (Amanda), nephew Russel (Linda) Martin and sons Roan and Kieran, niece Danielle (Jay) Sabourin and son Alex, brother-in-law Mike Levanas, niece Danielle Levanas (Carlos) Santangelo and son Remy, and niece Virginia Levanas. She is also survived her best friend, kindred spirit, and travelling companion, Ann Taylor.

The family wishes to let everyone know that when we can gather, and borders are reopened, we will plan a wake and get together in Bragg Creek, Alberta to celebrate the lives of Marilyn and her sister, Suzanne, with all who are able to join us.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn’s memory can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon https://www.stpaulshospital.org/foundation/donate/donate.php

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory.

Charles “George” Hainsworth

George passed away peacefully at his home on April 1, 2021 with family by his side. He was 92.

George was born on June 12, 1928 in Sioux Lookout, Ontario to Charles and Alice Hainsworth. Following graduation, George worked as a locomotive engineer for the CN Railroad for many years. He then became the National Vice President of the International Union Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. George travelled extensively across Canada and the USA for work. He spoke fondly of his trips to Europe to visit his daughter Alice and her husband Mike in Germany where Mike played hockey. After retiring, George sought out and reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Viola Folkes. After a 3-year courtship, they took us all by surprise and eloped to Vancouver to get married in 2001. Together they had a wonderful time travelling to Mexico, Hawaii, and across Canada. George and Viola were able to remain in their home until 2018 receiving assistance from Viola’s family and caring neighbours.

George was predeceased by his parents, brother Arthur, and stepdaughter Adele Crocker.

George is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Viola Folkes, his children Charles Hainsworth (Debra), Alice Bruce (Mike), Viola’s daughter Donna Lee (Bob), and Son-in-law Neil Crocker. George was a proud Grandpa to 9 Grandsons and 8 Great Grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all of George’s caregivers and most recently, the staff at Diamond House Senior Care Home in Warman, who provided warm and compassionate care over the past few months. At George’s request, there will be no funeral service.

John Lapshinoff

John David Lapshinoff

August 23, 1949 – March 25, 2021

It is with broken hearts and profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of John Lapshinoff, loving husband, father and grandfather, on March 25, 2021. John went to be with the Lord after a valiant year and a half struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

John is survived by his loving wife Muriel (nee Deault), daughters Andrea (Bruce) Klassen and Jacqualine Haller (nee Lapshinoff) and stepson Aaron (Lisa) Pelletier. He will be dearly missed by his three grandchildren Emily and Ava Klassen and Natalie Pelletier. He is also lovingly remembered by his brother Peter (Mildred) Lapshinoff and his nephew Jonathan Lapshinoff, as well as his cousins and extended family. He will be missed by his Godchildren Jeremy Johnson and Sandra Naconechney, as well as his many friends and former co-workers.

John was predeceased by his father John Lapshinoff in 1974 and his mother Doris Lapshinoff (nee Lazaroff) in 2007.

John was born on August 23, 1949 in Kamsack and grew up in Veregin, SK. He attended school in both townships. He then graduated from Steinbach College in Manitoba. His career spanned the fields of farming, business management, sales and he ended up retiring from Corrections in 2015. John enjoyed his retirement to the fullest, spending time with family and friends and enjoying their cottage at Emma Lake which kept him busy with projects and provided time to relax and enjoy life. He also enjoyed travelling to Jamaica, Hawaii, the USA and many destinations within Canada. He was adventurous in his travels and was always open to trying new experiences such as cliff diving and parasailing. He enjoyed visiting with friends over coffee, especially his long-time friend Cal.

On Sept. 20, 2019 John was diagnosed with ALS. With great strength, courage and dignity he faced the many challenges and obstacles associated with this debilitating disease.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kerri Schellenberg and the ALS team at Saskatoon City Hospital, to Dr. Keith Clark, home care and the many health care providers. Our deep appreciation and sincere gratitude is extended to the Palliative Care team of physicians and nurses at St. Paul’s Hospital, who provided exceptional care and compassion to John during the final stages of his illness.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held on March 31, 2021 at Cherished Memories Funeral Services in Martensville, SK.

A private interment will take place in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at Saskatoon Hillcrest Memorial Garden. To send written condolences, please visit www.saskfunerals.ca

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of John to the following:

The ALS Society of Saskatchewan
2430 8th Ave. Unit C
Regina, SK
S4R 5E3

The Lighthouse Supported Living – Saskatoon
304 – 2nd Ave. South
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 1L1

 

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

 

Timothy Cardinal

Our charismatic, beautiful, talented son and brother Timothy Robert Cardinal passed away unexpectedly at the young age of Thursday March 4 th 2021 at his home in Saskatoon. Timothy leaves to mourning his parents; Vanity (Kevin) Aschenbrenner, Robert (Laurie) Cardinal, his sisters Andrea (Fraser) Heddon, Jodi (Ryan) Morgenstern, Hailey Cardinal (Brandon Haduik), Samantha Cardinal, Cheyenne Aschenbrenner and brother’s Jarett (Carlee) Aschenbrenner, Chase Aschenbrenner. Nieces; Aubrey, Kollyns Heddon, Nephews; Dentyn, Kacey Heddon, Rhett Morgenstern. Timothy loved so many and was loved by so many more. A very talented musician who could play any instrument. He had a huge heart, and often give the clothes off his back to someone who needed it more than he, even his shoes and would go barefoot. We loved Timothy with all our hearts, but we now know that was not enough to shield him from the world. The worry that we have felt watching Timothy struggle, has been replaced by a deep feeling of loss that now exists knowing we will never see his smiling face and those piercing beautiful blue eyes again. We know he is in a much better place; safe, free from pain with his Granny who is waiting with open arms for her “Tim Bug”. Tim you will always be our “forever missing piece”. Blessed are The Weird People, The Poets & Misfits, The Artists, The Writers & Music Makers, The Dreamers and The Outsiders for they force us to see THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY Goodbye Tim, we love you and miss you dearly. A private family service will take place at a later date. The family requests that any donations in memory of Timothy be made to Salvation Army Saskatoon. www.salvationarmysaskatoon.org

Gladys Cooper

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gladys M. Cooper on March 15, 2021 at St. Paul’s Hospital. Gladys was born July 20, 1931 in Tuxford, SK. The family later moved to the Baildon district where she attended Cataraqui School and the Moose Jaw Technical School (A. E. Peacock). She was employed at Robin Hood Flour Mill in both Moose Jaw and later in Saskatoon, where she retired.

Gladys loved animals – she raised many horses, cows, dogs, and cats. She enjoyed trail rides, especially in Kananaskis where she liked to ride and camp in the mountains.

Predeceased by her parents Reginald and Mary, brother Allan and sister-in-law Beryl, she is survived by her partner Wayne McKeown; sister Marlene (Dennis) Down, Parkbeg; nieces Shelley Cooper, Calgary, Mary-Lou (Hans) Saeby, Malibu CA, Patti (Greg) Harrison, Saskatoon, and nephew Bradley (Tess) Cooper, Calgary, AB.

Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no service is planned at present.

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

Lillian Clark-Kennedy

Lillian CLARK-Kennedy

September 1, 1939 – March 12, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mother, Lillian after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her family: Four Children: Kevin (Janice), Debra Morin, Rodney (Margie), Shelley Biller (Brad). Seven Grandchildren: Jeremy Morin (Jenna), Mitchell Morin (Kyla), Jessica Fehr (Jarodd), Lianna, Jonathen, & Larryssa Clark, and  Travis Biller (Hanna). Four Great Grandchildren: Lorelai, Rylee, Sydney, & Alexander

Also left to cherish her memory are numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Mom was predeceased by her parents John & Clara, her husband of 40 years, Archie Clark, grandson Justin Biller, son-in-law Roland Morin, as well as all of her siblings and their spouses Elizabeth (Peter), Frank (Bernice), Rose (Elvin) and her 2nd husband, Gerry Kennedy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Martens, Dr. Viv Walker and the St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their incredible care of our Mom.

Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a private family service entrusted to Cherished Memories Martensville. (306) 242-7888

 

Mom was born the 4th and youngest child of John & Clara Kroschinski on September 1, 1939, at Wilkie Union Hospital.  She was the first of the Kroschinski family to be born in a hospital as her siblings Elizabeth, Frank, and Rose were all home births. There was a lot of confusion in the hospital the day that Mom was born – it was also the day that WW2 broke out.

Although Mom was the 4th  child in the family, her sister, Rose, who was the closest in age to her, was 16 years older than Mom.   Her mother Clara, was 40 years old when Mom was born, which was fairly old to be having a baby back then!  Mom essentially grew up as an only child, however, she always said it was more like having 4 sets of parents because her siblings and their spouses treated her like their own child instead of a sister due to the age difference. 

Mom grew up on the family farm near Wilkie receiving 2 years of schooling at Narrow Lake and Starview Schools before moving with her parents closer to Wilkie, where she completed her education at McLurg School. 

Mom often spoke of helping Grandpa on the farm and how proud he was of his daughter who worked just as hard as any boy could.  She also learned alongside Grandma in the kitchen the skills of baking bread, pies, Kase Knepflas, and was capable of making full meals at a young age.

During her high school years, Mom spent the winters with her Grandma Jaschinski in the town of Wilkie. 

Her Grandma spoke very little English and Mom knew very little German.  Somehow they seemed to manage well enough aside from a few misunderstandings along the way.

Her Grandma was extremely devout, which meant that Mom was required to go to confession each week, attend mass every Sunday, and pray the Rosary daily.  Mom did not find these challenges to be much of a burden because she did enjoy the time she spent with her Grandma, helping out where she could.

Mom always loved spending time with kids!  She started babysitting her nieces and nephews at a very  young age.  It was not uncommon for Mom to stay at Aunt Rose’s to help her with her 8 kids whenever needed.

Mom also had a soft spot for animals.  She had many animals on the farm that became her pets.  She was particularly proud of her pet rooster that would lay in her arms and fall asleep and was also trained to pull a little wagon.   

When Mom finished high school, she started working for SaskTel as a switchboard operator in Wilkie.   She often spoke of “rubbernecking” which was listening in on peoples phone conversations that took place on party lines.  She said it was always interesting to hear who was “hooking up” with someone they shouldn’t be. 

She later accepted a transfer with SaskTel to Saskatoon and moved into a 1 bedroom apartment with her oldest niece Joyce, who she had to share a bed with!  The girls enjoyed the excitement of big city life and going to dances at the Hat.

It was during this time that Mom and Dad met at Pioneera while Dad was braiding horse tails and looking after the oxen. 

Mom continued working at SaskTel until she married  Archie in 1961, when she became a full time mother and homemaker.

In 1961, Kevin was born.  At that time, Mom & Dad  became live in caretakers for the Western Development Museum on 11th Street West.  They lived in a 2 room “shack” with no running water and an outhouse in the middle of the city on the Pioneer Grounds.   Deb was born in 1962, Rod in 1964, and the family was completed in 1969, with the birth of Shelley.  Money was scarce for the young family on a single income yet somehow, Mom & Dad managed to feed and clothe 4 children, often sacrificing their own needs to provide for us. 

While living in the “shack”, Mom decided that chickens would be a good idea to help stretch the family food budget.  The chicks were ready to be picked up at the hatchery, but there was also plans for a trip to Wilkie to visit family.  Mom was never one to go back on a plan, so the chicks were picked up and travelled right along to Wilkie for the weekend.

Mom’s love of animals continued well into her adulthood and transferred to her kids.  If any of us came home with a request for a dog, a cat, rabbits, turtles, or even ducks, it was never rejected.

In about 1973, the family moved into much larger accomodations. The “old” Western Development Museum hangar was no longer open to the public and the offices were renovated into a family home for the caretakers. We had a massive yard with a home made golf course, hand dug “swimming pool”, skating rink, and a skidoo.  There were also multiple indoor play areas, that technically were off limits to us, but as long as Dad never caught us, it was all good!  Mom would  yell into the hangar when Dad was about to get home just to warn us to get out of whatever mischief we were up to at the time.  Looking after all of this indoor and outdoor space was undoubtedly quite the challenge with people constantly coming to the door with questions while Dad was at work and Mom was forever giving directions to the new location all while trying to keep the kids from getting into too much trouble. 

The family did not have money to spend on fancy vacations, but did spend their fare share of time camping at various lakes in Saskatchewan, Flin Flon, and into BC.   They also travelled frequently to Wilkie to stay with Mom’s parents. 

They lived at the “old Museum” until 1978, when Mom & Dad purchased their first home a few blocks away on 11thStreet West.     As time went on, the kids married and had children of their own which was definitely one of Mom’s greatest joys!  Rod & Marge welcomed Jessica, Lianna, Jonathen, & Larryssa.  Deb & Roland added Jeremy & Mitchell, and Shelley & Brad completed the grandchildren with Travis. 

The grandchildren all meant the world to her, each one in their own special way.  She enjoyed babysitting the grandkids and having them for sleepovers.   It was a special time for each of them to stay at Grandma’s and have “late night party nights” while she read over and over every Little Critter book requested.  

She loved to garden.  In fact, she kept a successful garden every year right up until 2020.  She had a competitive nature about her garden too.   She would always ask “how’s so and so’s garden?”, “Are their carrots up yet?”

It was also about this time when Mom’s interest in geneaology took hold.  She spent countless hours, in fact, years investigating and retracing  her family tree.  She was always delighted with any new developments on the Kroschinski side, no matter how insignificant they may have seemed. They were all important pieces to the family puzzle in her eyes.

In 2001, Dad passed away and Mom stayed alone in the house on 11th Street.  The grandkids’ visits and sleepovers became even more important and enjoyable for her.  

In 2008, she met and married Gerry Kennedy.   She sold her house and moved into his house in the King George area.  They enjoyed going to dances and travelling together.  During their marriage, Mom experienced her first plane ride to Cuba, an Alaskan cruise, and a bus tour to the Maritimes.  It was during this bus tour that Gerry suffered a medical emergency and passed away 2 months later.

By this time, the grandkids were grown and no longer required babysitting.   For the first time in Mom’s entire life, she did not have a pet of her own, so she took great pleasure in dogsitting her “grandpuppies” Sophie,  Yoda & Einstein.  

To Mom’s delight, Great Grandchildren were added to the family! Although her advancing age kept her from babysitting another generation, she certainly enjoyed when Lorelai, Rylee, Sydney, and Alex came to visit.

Mom accomplished a few more of her “bucket list” items along the way.   She went fishing for the first time at Candle Lake with Kevin in 2018, and caught a very TINY fish!  She was beyond ecstatic!  It was definitely an exciting moment for her and was an event she spoke of often.

She was also taken for a ride up and down her alley on the back of Jonathen’s motorcycle while in her late 70s, which scared the life out of her, but she was excited for the adventure!

Mom continued to live in Gerry’s home after his passing, looking after the house and yard on her own until her cancer progressed to a point that she required 24 hour care in her home.   She was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative care ward where she received exceptional care from all of the staff on the unit and passed away peacefully on March 12, 2021.  

We were fortunate to have had her with us and in good health for many years.  She was always ready and willing to help any of the family out with whatever was needed.   She will be missed greatly by all who knew her and will be forever  in our hearts. 

We love you Mom!

Ron Sevigny

Ron Joseph Sevigny September 24, 1951 – March 7, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ron Joseph Sevigny. Ron was born to Romuald and Eunice Sevigny on September 24th, 1951 in Prince Albert SK. He enjoyed a career as an auto body mechanic and worked for Northway Chev-Olds (later Mann Motors) until his well-deserved retirement in 2017.

Ron married his best friend and love of his life, Maureen Sutherland on February 19th, 1977. Ron leaves behind so many to mourn him, including his daughters, Roberta (Curtis) and Jessica (Tyler), his grandsons Aubrey, Tylor, and Boston, his sisters Eleanor (John) and Lillian (Ron) and his brother Dave (Shelly), brothers-in-law Rick, Roly (Gayle), Doug (Fern), Tommy (Shannon), John (Jean) and Chris (Carol), sisters-in-law Peggy, Lori, Penny (Robin), Cathy, and Lynnelle (Kevin) and many nieces and nephews

He is predeceased by his wife, Maureen, his mother and father, Romuald and Eunice, his sister Elizabeth, his brother Richard and his sister-in-law Margot.

Ron was well liked by everyone he met and loved and cherished by those who knew him well. He was a father figure and role model to many. He liked reading, watching nature and science documentaries, fishing and camping, and he enjoyed watching the Red Wings play hockey. He will be remembered as a contented, laid back, cool guy and he’ll be sorely missed from our hearts.

A Funeral Service for Ron will be held on Monday March 15, 2021 at 11:00AM, located at Cherished Memories Auditorium in Martensville, SK. The Service will be available via livestream at https://distantlink.com/cherishedmemories.html

Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory.

Kenneth Kimpton

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Gerry Kimpton, age 84 years of Saskatoon on March 5, 2021. Ken is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maxine, and his son, Kenneth Wesley Kimpton, two brothers, Ray and Elliot (Rita).

Ken came from a large family, many of his siblings predeceased him. He enjoyed life to the fullest. His yard and home on Dalhousie where he and his family lived for 40 years, was the envy of the neighbourhood. There were wonderful friendships formed. Ken often said those were the best years of his life. He also loved the lake time at both Christopher and Emma Lake. The fishing, boating, campfires and socializing brought many happy memories. Ken also loved traveling with his family.

Ken worked for the RM of Corman Park & Aberdeen until he lost his arm in an accident. He worked for Western Tire/Can-am Rubber for 25 years before retirement.

We would like to express out heartfelt gratitude to the staff and Doctors at St. Paul’s hospital, 6th floor, for the compassionate care given to Ken. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to St. Steven Merrill Anglican Church. Box 101, RR#3 Station Main, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6. A private celebration of Ken’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory.

Grimard, Robert Alexandre Joseph

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Robert Grimard on March 4th, 2021.

Robert(Bob) is survived by his loving wife Denise, daughter Estelle Grimard-Best(Lucianus) Best and daughter Terlynne McKay, son Richard(Rick) Grimard (Debbie Yeo), their children Zoe(Ryan), Heidi and Roberta Grimard, daughter Yvonne Monks her children Trevor Monks (Jodi) and children Mason and Brooklyn, Wendy Monks-Janzen(Wade) and children Sophia and Cameron, Sharlene Monks(Joel Phillips).

Robert was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister and a son Gerald in 2019.

Robert(Bob) was born at home in Prud’homme on May 14th ,1938 in the very hard times of depression. Bob was the eldest child therefore was expected to be very responsible at a very young age. As he grew up he instilled values and morals in his life.

He met Denise in November 1955, and on July 5th, 1958 they were married, and they started their family while residing in Prud’homme. After struggling to make ends meet Robert and Denise moved to Saskatoon in 1967. Bob was able to work steady hours as a barber and continued working for 50 plus years.

Bob loved his music and loved his cards. He was always there when you needed a helping hand.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday March 9th, 2021 at 2:00pm at Holy Spirit Church, 114 Kingsmere Place, in Saskatoon. It will be live streamed at https://holyspiritsaskatoon.ca/livestream. Cherished Memories Funeral Services is entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

Rhonda Beallie

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Rhonda was born in Unity, Saskatchewan on December 11, 1962. She was the oldest child of Albert and Nellie Weinkauf. Rhonda passed away peacefully on February 28, 2021 after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, with her family by her side. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 21 years Gerald Beallie and her beloved son Matthew and fiancé Taylor. She will be dearly missed by her devoted mother Nellie, brother Alvin (Jenine), sisters Laura (Keith), Lana (Gary) and Leanne (Cory), mother-in-law Betty, sister-in-law Lori (Kevin), brother-in-law Darryl (Tasha) and numerous nieces and nephews. She’s in God’s care now and reunited with her father Albert and youngest sister Tanya. Rhonda will be forever remembered for her unwavering dedication to her family and friends. Her quick wit and razor sharp memory was often the resolution of many family discussions. The good times, wonderful meals and long conversations shared will be treasured forever. Gerald, Matt, Taylor and her four-legged companion Taz were her world and the love and devotion she had for her family was evident to everyone who knew her. You could tell by the smile on her face and the pride in her voice how she felt about each of them. We would like to send a special thank you to the night nurse at Royal University Hospital for her compassion and care during Rhonda’s stay. Thoughts and memories may be sent to cherishedmemories@sasktel.net. A private family gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Memorial Donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. Arrangements were entrusted to Cherished Memories. Rhonda will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Wesley Link

Dad was born on the family farm in Rainier, AB. In his younger days, dad rode saddlebronc, calf roped, steer undecorated, wild cow milked and later in life team-roped.

Dad farmed and raised cattle most of his life. In 1978, moved to Meadow Lake, SK, to open a Western Store, and to raise and train Running Quarter Horses. The outdoor arena that was built hosted many big team-roping jackpots. Dad roped with all his daughters and his sons-in-law.

Cooking, gardening (loved his flowers), watching wrestling, hunting and fishing, were things he loved to do. At the age of 64, dad had a stroke while out fencing which changed his way of life. He lost his independence which was very hard on dad. It was then that he moved into the Loon Lake Care Home. Dad never gave up and fought till the end. He was very proud of his four daughters and their families, he had 7 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, 4 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter.

Dad’s final resting spot will be at the Rosewood Cemetery, Dorintosh, SK.

Dad, it’s not goodbye, it’s see you.

Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory.

Helen Brawley

Helen Brawley  (1930-2021)

Helen was born on January 6th, 1930, on a Saskatchewan family farm located near Yellow Creek and Wakaw.  She died at the age of 91 in Coaldale, Alberta, on February 24th, 2021.

At the age of 79, Helen suffered a large, devastating stroke. She recovered far beyond medical expectations but was destined to spend the remaining portion of her life in a wheelchair. Immediately following her stroke, Helen rallied well and experienced slow but steady improvement. At her recovery zenith, her biggest accomplishment was walking again; with the help of workers, she could walk about 20 feet! Unfortunately, after about two years of continual improvement, Helen’s health turned, and she began to gradually decline. During her palliative stage, Helen resided in her daughter’s family home where she was loved and attended by her family and homecare.

Helen was predeceased by her former husband Tony Lisitza, her son Gregory Kane Lisitza, her estranged husband Benjamin Stewart Brawley, her father Fred Moniuk, her mother Ethel Naski (nee Bojczuk-Boychuk), her brother John Moniuk and his wife Jean, her sister Anne Lareau and her husband Maurice and son Ken, her brother Miro Moniuk, her sister Vicki Fey and her husband Ernie and son Tim, her brother Victor Moniuk and his partner Bill Williams.

Helen is survived by her children: her son Miles Wesley Lisitza Brawley, her daughter Shannon (Marco) Brawley-Tremblay and their daughter Sheridan Grace Brawley-Tremblay; her grandchildren: Melissa (Dean) Larouche, Clifford (Lori) Lisitza; her great grandchildren: Renee Larouche, Antonio Larouche; Zoe Lisitza, Elizabeth Lisitza; her great great grandchildren: Brixton Macintosh, Nevena Matic; her daughter-in-laws: Gail and Judy.

Helen was raised on her family’s farm near Yellow Creek.  Often, she would speak of her early years hauling water from the well, gardening, picking berries, cooking, canning, and milking cows. Despite the long cold walks in the winter, Helen recalled her school years and school friends with warm fondness. She considered becoming a teacher but opted to settle down and start a family instead.

In 1947, at the age of 17, Helen married Tony Lisitza, and they resided in Sheridan, Manitoba. In 1948, Helen gave birth to her first child, Greg.  Shortly thereafter, the young family relocated to Porcupine Plain, and in 1954, Miles was born. A few years later, the marriage dissolved, and Helen and her two sons moved to Prince Albert to be closer to Helen’s parents and siblings.

Helen supported herself and her sons by working at Woolworth’s as a bookkeeper. When Helen spoke of this period in Prince Albert, she said the days were long, and the money was short.  After divorcing Tony, Helen dated Ed Roberts for several years, and they became engaged.  After several wedding date postponements, the engagement was broken. Ed is fondly remembered by our family, and Greg stated that Ed had been like a father figure to him.

About 1965, at the age of 35, Helen met Ben Brawley, a traveling salesman whose territory spanned into Prince Albert. They both joined Jehovah’s Witnesses and were married shortly thereafter, on June 21st, 1967. Ben, Helen, and Helen’s two sons (Greg and Miles) rented a small home on the East side of Saskatoon. A few years later, about the time that Greg met and married Gail, Ben and Helen purchased a newer home on Avenue Y on the West side of Saskatoon.  It had an unfenced yard and an unfinished basement. Ben finished the house and yard, and Helen kept them up in meticulous fashion. During these first few years in Saskatoon, Helen worked at SaskMutual as a bookkeeper.  In 1970, Shannon was born, and Ben legally adopted Miles as his son.  About the same time, Greg and Gail had two children of their own, Melissa and Clifford. Helen took great pride in her grandchildren, and they visited regularly, often spending the night.  Helen and family often travelled to Prince Albert to visit Helen’s family, and to Southern Saskatchewan to visit Ben’s family. When finances allowed, the family ventured further, and they visited California, Hawaii, and Toronto.  Miles had several additional vacation opportunities as he was able to attend Camp Easter Seals. A family business was started in the mid-70’s: BRAWLEY ENTERPRISES. Ben headed up sales, and Helen kept the books. For the duration of their time together, Ben and Helen had a difficult relationship, and they separated in 1988.  Ben kept the business, and Helen kept the family home.

Helen, Miles and Shannon remained in the family home together, until Shannon moved out in 1990. For many more years, Helen and Miles remained in the family home, and together they would bring in the groceries from the car, or carry the lawn fertilizer to the garden.  As the years slipped by, Helen made her garden a little smaller, and then a little smaller still. She focused more on her front lawn, which was immaculate. Miles would come to Prince Albert (and later to Lethbridge) to visit Shannon and Marco, which provided a vacation for him, and respite for Helen.  When Helen reached her mid-70’s she set-up agency respite care for Miles, and he would go to Elmwood Lodge for a weekend a month, and then later, he would go every 2nd weekend. In spring 2009, Miles came home from a respite weekend and he found Helen on the floor; she’d had a stroke. Helen went into a wheelchair and a care home.  Miles went to live with Shannon, Marco and Sheridan until he also needed a care home.  In 2012, Helen asked to be moved to a care home in Lethbridge so that she could be closer to her children.

Helen was an energetic and spiritual woman who dedicated her life to the care of her family and garden.  During her lifetime, Helen had three children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.  She was very proud of them all, and she cherished every visit.  Helen also loved animals and had many pets. Helen had several close friends that she dearly missed as they passed away, one-by-one.  She had a lifelong interest in medicine, and she owned three medical encyclopedias that she would read at length. When she was younger, she was an avid sewer. She would make clothes for her children, grandchildren, and an occasional outfit for the family pet. Helen loved having her family visit, and she hosted countless family dinners.  These were always delicious as Helen was a tasty cook and baker. While living in her care home, Helen had an opportunity to try her hand at painting which she seemed to enjoy quite a bit. Those who knew Helen well, knew her to be strong, stubborn, and resilient. During her post-stroke years, these traits served her very well, and they are the reason she recovered to the extent she did, and why she lived so long.

During her lifetime, Helen started out as a Catholic, and later became a Jehovah’s Witness. While living in care homes, Helen was often invited to hear sermons from the 7thDay Adventists which she enjoyed attending.  She was also visited regularly by the Mormons, and of course, by Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed all these visits, and she also enjoyed hearing the messages of love and encouragement from those who took the time to visit and share their time with her.  At times, Helen was very religious, at other times, less so.  But, she was always a spiritual woman with an enduring faith in God and in righteousness.

Helen prearranged her own memorial service, internment, and marker several years in advance. However, due to precautionary measures addressing the COVID-19 situation, her memorial service has been reorganized to comply with current regulations.  Her arrangements for both her internment and marker remain as she originally planned, and she will rest with her family at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.  Optional viewing at 12:30pm.  A simple service and interment will follow at 1pm. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory.

Laverne Folkerson

It is with great sadness, that the family of Laverne Folkerson announces her passing on February 7, 2021 at the age of 77. Laverne was born in 1943 at Shellbrook, the oldest of 9 siblings. She spent her younger years in the Holbein area. Laverne left home at 15 and then settled in Saskatoon when she was 19.  Laverne married Robert (Bob) Blyth and later gave birth to Kent. Laverne later married Roy Folkerson in 1977 and gave birth to Christine. Laverne worked in a drug store for much of her adult life; starting at Hewgill’s Drug Store in Saskatoon in 1965, and then moving to Spiritwood in 1977 and managed the Spiritwood Good Health Pharmacy from 1977 to 1997. She continued to work at the drug store until her passing. Throughout the years, Laverne made many good friends through being a part of the communities that she lived in. She was part of the Kinettes, community fundraising opportunities, and was an avid spectator and supporter of activities her children participated in. Laverne loved competition and was a long-time lover of curling, golfing, playing cards. She was happy to cheer for the underdog or any team you were cheering against. In her spare time, she could be found reading, baking, or sewing. Out of all of Laverne’s attributes, her friends would say she was loyal, trustworthy, and someone who would do anything for you. She was truly one of a kind.

Laverne was predeceased by her parents, Leon and Sarah Graham, Robert Blyth and her husband Roy Folkerson, and brothers, Jim Graham, Roland Graham and Leo Graham. She leaves behind her loving children, Kent Blyth and Christine Folkerson (John Pino), her partner Andy Marsollier and his family, her sisters and brothers and their partners, her grandson Mason, numerous nieces and nephews, many loving friends, and her work family at the Spiritwood Pharmacy.

Our family wishes to thank all of the staff at the Coronary Care Unit at RUH for their compassion and outstanding care for mom. Those who wish to donate in mom’s memory, please do so in her name to STARS Air Ambulance SK. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to ensure everyone who wishes, can come together to celebrate Laverne’s life.

 

Robert McDade

McDade, Robert John

June 5, 1931 – January 5, 2021

 

Robert McDade died peacefully in palliative care at St. Paul’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving daughters and granddaughters. He was 89 years old.

Robert was predeceased by Shirley, his wife of 67 years, their infant daughter Linda his parents Alex and Pearl McDade and 2 of his siblings; Jean (Marvin) Gibbs and William (Gladys) McDade, brother-in-law Jimmy Hunt, and recently sister-in-law Gladys McDade.

He will be forever missed by his children Kevin (Rita) McDade, Lynne Woynarski, Lori (Terry) Wawryk, Kim (Dan) Lockert, and his only surviving siblings Nancy Hunt.

He leaves behind his grandchildren; Douglas (Valerie), Darrell (Gabby) and Kyle McDade, Crystal Woynarski, Cheryl (Tyrone) Woods, Megan and Ashley (Nick) Wawryk, and Katie Lockert.

As well, he leaves behind his great-grandchildren Liam, Lincoln, Paige, Kira, Brooklyn, Brody and Sydney.

Born in Davidson, SK, Robert was the 3rd of 4 children of Alex and Pearl McDade. The family farm was located in Simpson, SK, and Robert worked very hard alongside his dad. Ultimately, he did not choose to become a farmer. He chose to leave the farm to marry the love of his life Shirley Darlene Grier and live with her in Saskatoon, SK. There he worked for the Quaker Oats mill, hauling bags of flour and testing product. When the mill shut down he worked for the city of Saskatoon in sanitation, and later as a janitor.

Robert was a kind, gentle, loving person. He was a devoted husband who supported his wife through years of health problems. He was an excellent father who, with the help of Shirley’s mother, worked full time and took care of his 4 children whenever Shirley was ill. Throughout all of this he never complained. He could always be counted on to do what needed to be done. He never lost his cheerful demeanor or his sense of humour.

Robert had an inquisitive mind. He was an avid reader of anything to do with science, particularly astronomy. He believed that, in an endless universe, man could not be the only intelligent being. He was particularly fascinated by the thought of man someday living on Mars.

He had a passion for music, particularly classic country, Lawrence Welk and Andre Rieu. He never learned to play an instrument himself but he made sure all his children had music lessons. He was very pleased and proud when his children decided to form a family band which they named Jonah. For years, he gave generously of his time, driving them to play for dances and helping them to haul their equipment. He was lovingly known as the band’s “honorary roadie”.

He loved nature and all animals, particularly dogs. He and Shirley raised many dogs together throughout their married life. They spoiled them rotten, but had a lot of fun with their “children”. From time to time, Robert dabbled in carpentry. It was an interest he said he picked up when he was a boy, watching his grandpa Kennedy, whom he adored.

The McDade family would like to thank Porteous Lodge for their care of Robert in the last year of his life. Thanks also to palliative care at St. Paul’s Hospital and Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory for treating him with respect and dignity.

He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Jean LeBlanc

Jean Joseph Vital LeBlanc
October 24, 1944 – February 11, 2021

Dad was born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec on October 24, 1944. Being one of 19 siblings in a poor rural family, dad learned young that if he were to get what he wanted, he had only himself to rely on; this trait stayed with dad for the duration of his venturesome life.

Growing up in a Catholic family, dad was told by a priest at an early age, “Your contentious spirit will lead you to priesthood, or it will lead you to swing (the gallows)”. It would seem that dad would take the priest’s comment as a challenge, rather than a warning. From an early age, dad found himself in trouble with Corrections Canada, and remained in their custody for much of his life; we believe that he felt more at home in the institutionalized environment, and once released, he would quickly find a new misadventure to find his way back into the care of Corrections Canada.

Dad married our mom in Ottawa in 1979; mom recalls that they had no extra money at the time for a wedding or wedding dress, but the morning of the ceremony in their quaint apartment, dad came home with a beautiful blue dress for mom to wear. Instances like this are many when it comes to dad. He was a very generous man, offering what little he had in this life to help those who needed the help.

Dad had a brilliant mind, that – if he had been granted the opportunity – he would have done great things with. While life dealt dad a very difficult hand from the start, he used his intelligence to learn fluent English (having grown up a native French-speaker), read anything and everything, and play 300-point games of Scrabble. Anyone who knew dad knew that he had an amazing sense of humour; a quick, biting wit; and spoke sarcasm fluently as his third language. Whether it was pulling pranks or creating a feud for entertainment, dad never had a dull moment, regardless of his living situation, and always had his wheels turning for the next adventure or bit of mischief.

Dad was athletic all his life, participating mostly in body building and weightlifting. Dad would never miss an opportunity to show off his obscenely large biceps or to flex his pecs. While working construction, the small-but-mighty Frenchman loved to show up the other workers with the ease in which he was able to shovel and move around the wet cement. Dad was given the chance to find employment when Al Neufeld, Hague, met dad in the 1970s through a prison ministry program, Person to Person. Al and wife, Leona, took a chance on dad, despite his past, and employed him at his gravel company; they became lifelong friends, and we are forever grateful to the olive branch that was extended to dad.

Dad was very charismatic and charming, and took great pride in his appearance, with an impressive collection of clothes; his definition of fashionable may have differed from ours, however (who has 14 bolo ties?). When dad first came to meet mom’s family in Saskatchewan, he showed up to the little farmhouse wearing a white disco ensemble, shirt unbuttoned unfathomably far, and a gold chain. He looked ridiculous and completely out of place, and he liked it; he took every opportunity to be a spectacle.

Dad was very creative, and used this talent for wood carving, leather tooling, and drawing. Dad had beautiful handwriting, and was an avid letter-writer, as this was his only form of communication with us for many years; we always looked forward to receiving our letters from dad in the mail.

Like any good Quebecois man, dad loved watching his beloved Habs on TV, good food, strong liquor, stronger cigarettes, and heated arguments. Some of these interests got dad into more trouble than others, but he was steadfast in what he liked. As children — between mouthfuls of cheese curds and crackers — we also liked yelling at the TV with him when a fight would break out on the ice.

Some favourite dad stories that highlight his impulsive and adventurous personality include fighting a black bear in hand-to-hand combat on a camping trip with a group of Mennonite friends; packing up the truck with mom, their two big dogs, Café and Rex, and leaving their home in New Brunswick at 7 pm to settle West in Saskatchewan, with dad driving 24 hours straight that first night; taking an unauthorized “vacation” from Corrections Canada to spend a week living in Prince Albert National Forest, where lived out of a makeshift shelter, and survived off the meat of a goose he’d managed to hunt with his bare hands; eating onions like apples; at 63 years old, biking from Prince Albert to Rosthern on a whim to come have lunch with his daughter, Lise, and biking back again that afternoon; claiming to have finished third in “Canada’s Strongest Man” competition (we’ve unsurprisingly never been able to verify these claims); and operating a black-market liquor store out of his farmhouse in rural Saskatchewan.

We all had our ups and downs in our relationship over the decades, given his incarcerations and impulsive actions, but as we reminisce on our lives with him, there are many, many funny, happy, ridiculous stories and moments shared together. Growing up with Jean as our dad has made us the people that we are, shaped our personalities, and in the end, we are grateful that we had struggles along the way to strengthen our spirits and resolve. Dad was given an unfair hand from birth, part of which was passed along to us as our birthright – the goal is for each generation to be less pained than the last, and that was accomplished.

While incarcerated for all those decades, dad worked hard to help fellow inmates have a good quality of life while inside. Dad worked at organizing Family Days for the inmates and their families, arranged for fiddlers and traditional dancers to come into the prison and reconnect many of the inmates with their culture. While living on the Farm Annex (an offshoot of the prison where inmates live in a home-like setting to prepare for probation) at the Prince Albert Penitentiary, dad managed and maintained the rink, where inmates and their families could skate and play hockey, making family time “normal”. In addition to spending much of his life in the Prince Albert and Regina penitentiaries, dad also spent time at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon; here he worked hard and showed his leadership skills as he advocated for prisoner rights and advocating for family time for those incarcerated.

For the last six years of dad’s life, he worked hard to stay out of trouble, and was active in society. Living at Meewasinota halfway house from 2015-2019, dad made many friends and found old acquaintances from his time spent with Corrections Canada. Dad had an active social life, and knew everyone in the area, spending many hours each day walking and speaking to people he passed on the street. In 2019, dad became ill with ALS, and we moved him into a care home; it was a big change of pace for dad, and it took some time for him to adjust to the slower, calmer environment. In the end, dad made friends at the care home, just as he made friends everywhere he went his whole life, and as he lay on his deathbed on February 11, residents of the home came by his room to hold his hand, tell him they loved him and that he would be missed. It was wonderful to see that dad had made a positive impact on the lives of those around him at the end of his life. As dad’s ALS progressed, he lost use of his arms and hands, and having to rely on staff to feed him was difficult for him to accept. With his daughter, Lise, and his former wife, Marg, at his side, dad passed away very peacefully and painlessly while listening to his favourite song, A Whiter Shade of Pale. We will be forever grateful to the physicians who helped dad pass on in such a caring and peaceful environment; Scott and the rest of the team and residents at Meewasinota for lovingly kicking dad’s behind and keeping him in line when necessary; and to his parole officer, Belinda, for being not only his caseworker, but also a true friend. We as a family are very grateful to Marianela and the rest of the care home staff and residents for their love and care for dad over the past two years; it was the home environment he never had, and we are thankful for your support.

Dad is survived by his three children, Robert (Gillian), Lise, and Daniel (Heather), as well as Marg Fehr, the mother of his children. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Ophelia, Oscar, William, with another on the way. There will be no services held for dad, but if you would like to donate on his or our behalf, please donate time and funds to mental health advocacy, clothing and funds to not-for-profit organizations, and donate your time to learn about privilege, inequity, prison reform, abolition of solitary confinement, mental illness, and addictions issues.

Patricia Lingel

Patricia (Pat) Louise Lingel, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on January 21, 2021. She was 68. She succumbed to COVID-19 after battling cancer.  Her family was grateful to be by her side as she passed peacefully.

Pat grew up in Canwood, Saskatchewan. She trained as an Licensed Practical Nurse(LPN) in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She continued in her career as a nurse for 25 years, spending most of her time in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and retiring in 2016.

Pat is survived by her loving husband of 17 years,  Allan Lingel; her children, Paul Gibson (Taryn)  and Carla Boisvert (Jason); her stepchildren, Joey Lingel (Jessica), Mandy Lingel, and Lindsay Szydlowski (Vince). Pat is also survived by her sisters and brothers: Julie Lutter (Reinhold), Connie MacLeod (Cameron), Lynn Schiele (Lyle), Kim Odegaard and Scott Odegaard (Diane).

Among Pat’s many loves were her grandchildren: Daisy, Carter, Asher, Olen, Sona, Violet and Lacey.

Pat was predeceased by her father Walter Odegaard in 1983, her son Neal Gibson in 2015 and her mother Theresa Odegaard in 2016.

As a nurse Pat treated each patient with compassion  and dignity. As a mother and grandma she was involved, caring and thoughtful. She enjoyed gardening, reading and travelling. A recent highlight was travelling to Sweden where she was able to connect with relatives.

Pat never failed to offer kindness and honesty.

She will be remembered as quiet and often funny – finding joy in all she did. She was strong, supportive and generous.

She will be dearly missed by those close to her.

“If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you”
– Jim Croce

“You’re in the arms of the Angel
may you find some comfort here”
– Sarah McLachlan

The family would like to extend their gratitude to oncologist Dr. Kamal Haider, Nurse Dena and surgeon Dr. Peter Graham.

A private memorial will be held by the family in the summer.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cancer foundation of Saskatchewan. cancerfoundationsask.ca

Douglas Mast

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Doug due to complications from Covid 19. He is survived by his sister, Gayle, his brother in law, Gordon, his nephew Mike Nicholaichuk, and niece, Maara Leather. Doug was an accomplished chef, lover of games, cats, growing tomatoes and peppers. He had a quirky sense of humor which provided many happy moments with him. Special appreciation to Damien and Dorci for caring for Doug when he was so ill at home. Doug was a resident of Sherbrooke Community Center for the past 6 or 7 years where he was lovingly cared for by amazing staff, for which we are grateful. Special thanks to the staff and Dr. Hosain.

Elva Kenney

Elva (Elli) Irene Kenney

In Loving Memory,
It is with great sadness that the family of Elva Irene Kenney announce her passing on February 3rd 2021 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan from cancer.
Elva was born in Rimbey Alberta on January 9, 1955 and grew up on her family’s farm there. Predeceased by her loving parents Margery and Bill Kenney.
Lovingly remembered by her husband Stan Hansen and her three children: Dana (Dave) Brettelle, Caleb Vallevand and Meadow Kenney. “Gran” to her four grandchildren, Will & Shea Brettelle, Emerson & Dalila Rubuliak, two sisters Jean Little and Beth (Damien) Kenney, four brothers, Ralph Kenney, Delbert Kenney, Harold Kenney, Ross Kenney, and sister-in law Joyce Kenney, nieces Anne (Mike) Little, Lisa Kenney, Laura Kenney, Louise McFadyen, nephews Bruce Little, David Little and Maxwell MacFadyen. Loved and cherished by her childhood best friend Debbie Kirkpatrick and many other close friends and loved ones.
Elva loved art, sunshine yellow, music and to learn and teach.
The family would like to thank  the palliative home care team in Saskatoon and the Hospice at Glengarda in Saskatoon as well as the family and friends for all their love and support while we said goodbye for now.
Because of COVID-19 the Celebration of Elva’s Life ceremony will be held virtually on zoom on March 20th at 2pm MST. All are welcome to attend but must register to receive the log in information and digital keepsakes. Please use this link to register:

Raymond Stokalko

October 26, 1929 – January 22, 202

We are here to celebrate the Life of Raymond Stokalko , our Dear Husband, Dad, Grandfather {Gido}, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor, Teacher and Mentor, to all that have come to know him and respect him!

He will be sadly missed by his wife Helen {nee Radzewon), wife of 66 years. His Children, Sons, Karpo (Gloria) Stokalko, Grandchildren:  Krystal (Greg) and Family, Kathrine (Grant) and Family, and Daniel. Ivan (Liuba) Stokalko Grandson Bohdan. Mark Stokalko, Grandchildren, Trista, Natasha, Alexyn, Adam, and Bianca,  Simon Stokalko, Daughter Oksana Panchuk (Marcel) Grandchildren Rybecca, Fayth, and Dallyn. Many nephews, nieces, cousins, and Godchildren.

Raymond joins in eternal peace, His Parents Mary, Phillip and Brother Henry. Great-Grandson Zachary, and Grandparents.

Raymond was the oldest son of Phillip and Mary (nee Woroch) Stokalko. Born on the family farm in Whitkow, SK. Midwife delivered by his Grandmother Taklia Stokalko (nee Prystupa). Dad was the oldest of two boys. His attained his elementary education at Zoria School, and high school at COCJ in North Battleford. His work experiences included, working at the NB News Optimist, on a surveying crew, as well as working on the family farm. In fall of 1947 he attended Teachers College known as Normal School in Saskatoon to attain his Teacher’s Certificate. A couple of weeks of practice teaching at Mayfair School in Saskatoon ended the school year. Fall of 1947 his first teaching position as teacher at Woodburry School in the Mildred Community, east of Shell Lake. During his early years of teaching in one room schools included the schools of Howard 1, Howard 2, Zoria, and Whitkow Hamlet 5118.  In 1969 the Whitkow school was closed and Raymond and family purchased the teacherage they were living in, and moved to the Town of Mayfair where he taught till 1983.  Taught grade 3 the first year, then took the grade 2 class which he taught until he retired.

In the summer of 1949 while attending classes at Cooperative School in Saskatoon, he was at the Saskatoon Exhibition and purchased a Ticket for a Dollar and ended up winning the Kinsmen Car award of a 1950 Ford Car.  That was one of the first of many winning prizes he won throughout the years; always hoping to win the Big LOTTO 649.

Dad met Mom in summer of 1953 at the North Battleford Exhibition and this began the roller coaster of love. On May 22, 1954  Dad proposed and got Married on July 22, 1954. Children to follow, Karpo 1955, Ivan 1956, Mark 1961, Simon 1968, Oksana 1970 on Mom and Dad’s 16th anniversary.   5 Children, 12 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grand Children.

Dad was active in CYMK winning the ultimate trophy for oratory speaking, taught summer camp at Green Grove Camp at Wakaw Lake, taught summer Ukrainian language classes in Glaslyn 1961. He was the Cantor at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Whitkow.  His life experiences included Family Time at Christmas, Anniversaries, Birthdays, and celebrating Religious Holidays. Outdoor activities included hunting, fishing, curling, tobogganing, picking mushrooms and berries, shopping for groceries (bargain is a bargain), auction sales, and harvesting with his wife. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends, making perogies at the church perogy bees, and dancing especially old time dance parties on CJWW.

Dad was always a teacher, teaching was his passion all through his life. Always a giving soul to make sure you did not leave hungry, or had a place to stay. Even a simple gesture of making sure every child had a Christmas bag filled with a Jap Orange, nuts, hardrock candy and a cup of hot chocolate. Christmas was always a special time, by getting a spruce tree at Morin Creek and have it decorated with homemade decorations. Red Cross was always an important charity that Dad would support from his early days of making and supplying gift bags and now he would give donations and lottery purchases. His class won many school drama awards, competition in oral speaking and competitive school marching at field meets, ballgames and track and field

Raymond has touched many lives all his life. His memories will always be remembered by his Family, Friends and anyone that knew him!

Donations can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart  institute or Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Service will be available via livestream at www.distantlink.com/cherishedmemories.html

Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services, Martensville, Sk.

Prayer Service Recording:https://play.webvideocore.net/popplayer.php?it=6ofsvqr7fu4o&is_link=1&w=720&h=405&pause=1&title=Recording #5lpua580u9wk (Jan 27, 2021 19:19:02)

Funeral Service Recording:https://play.webvideocore.net/popplayer.php?it=argezfvm5pss&is_link=1&w=720&h=405&pause=1&title=Recording #5lpua580u9wk (Jan 28, 2021 11:31:02)

 

 

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