Obituaries / Life Stories

Marion Kell (nee Odegaard)

Marion Kell, aged 100 years, passed away peacefully at Esterhazy Centennial Special Care Home on Sunday September 29, 2019.

Marion was born Feb 18, 1919, the eldest of Clarence and Nanny Odegaard’s two daughters, at her grandparents log farmhouse in Valbrand Sask.

There were several Odegaard stores owned by Marion’s uncles in the Canwood and Shellbrook area and from a young age Marion worked at and helped to run her uncle’s stores.  Marion and her younger sister, Doris eventually opened their own store in the Nestledown district.

In 1939 Marion met Les Kell at a skating party, but their courtship was interrupted when the world went to war and Les enlisted in the air-force.

Marion attended business college in Saskatoon, Sask. in 1942, where she met her lifelong best friend Isabelle (Diz) Bleakley. Upon graduating she moved to Toronto to work first in a small arms and munitions plant and later at the Sheaffer’s pen company.

When the war was over Leslie, (who had been taken prisoner of war after he was shot down in 1942), returned to Canada and was reunited with Marion. They were married June 15, 1945.

Marion and Leslie moved from Toronto to Saskatoon in 1948 to start a family.  They raised 4 children in Saskatoon and Outlook; Barbara (Ellis), Louise (Rankin), Bruce, and Elaine (Tochor).  Marion managed their home and family life well, taking in boarders to help with costs.

Marion maintained lifelong friendships because she placed importance on staying connected with cards and letters, never forgetting birthdays or anniversaries.

In retirement Marion and Les spent summers at their home in Coteau Beach, Sask. and winters on Vancouver Island.  Marion was an excellent cook and loved entertaining.  Her interests included sewing, golfing, and music.

In their 90’s the couple moved to Esterhazy, Sask. where their youngest daughter Elaine operates a personal care home.  There they lived out their final years with grace and the assistance of their family and the staff of Maple Street Manor, and Esterhazy Centennial Special Care Home.

Marion was predeceased by her husband of 72 years in 2017. (William Leslie (Les) Kell) and is survived by her 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The family will have a celebration to honour Marion and Leslie at Coteau Beach.

Diana Elizabeth Justine Mahar

Diana Mahar passed away peacefully on September 19, 2019. She was a courier and taxi driver in Saskatoon for many years and loved the city and people in it.
She is survived by her son John Tynan, daughter Justine (Michael) Haughian, sister Carla (Ron) Schmidt and beautiful nieces Laura Lee and Maggie. And good friends right up until the end Bernice (Scott) MacIntosh.
She touched many lives and will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to
SCAT Street Cat Rescue or New Hope Dog Rescue.

Justine Agnes Spencer

SPENCER, Justine Agnes (Daniel) Born February 26, 1941. Justine passed away September 14, 2019 peacefully with her eldest daughter by her side in her 78th year, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Loving mother to Jan (Randy), Paul, Gaylene (Marc) and Kevin (Cameron). Loving grandmother to Spencer and Liam. Sister to Genevieve Reynolds (predeceased), Connie Killian (Del predeceased), June Sullivan (Rome both predeceased), Shirley Downer (Eldon predeceased), Paul (Debbie), Sandra Lang and David (Debbie). Predeceased by her parents Alfred and Dorothy (Mason). Fond memories of the family cottage on the Otonabee River and a collector of all things antique. She worked at the Nightingale Nursing Registry and for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and later volunteered with Saint Vincent de Paul, the SPCA, and PARN. Justine loved animals and had many pets over the years. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”. Anatole France A private Celebration of Justine’s Life for family to be held in the spring 2020 in Peterborough. In lieu of flowers and gifts kindly donate to the SPCA.

Evelyn Keller


Evelyn (Green) Keller, 82, of Saskatoon passed away peacefully on September 11, 2019.


A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at the Centre for Spiritual Living, located in Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor St.) on Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow.  


Evelyn was born on November 7, 1936 in Saskatoon. As a child she was full of imagination and creative play. She went to elementary school where she fell in love with drama and was involved in a number of plays. Later she completed high school at Technical School where she was trained as a book keeper, which later became her vocation.


Evelyn married Jim Keller in 1957 and they went on to have 2 children together. Evelyn loved family life and being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She volunteered at numerous places over the years including Brownies and she was a Brown Owl for a number of years.


Evelyn was happiest when she was out in nature. She loved walking and was an avid camper. She appreciated the beauty of both the mountains and Northern Saskatchewan and took every opportunity to get there. She delighted in animals and had a number of dogs over the years. She enjoyed birds and went on a number of bird watching hikes.           


Evelyn was a voracious reader and a  creative writer. One of her stories about The Adventures of Making Chokecherry Jelly was featured on CBC radio.


Evelyn was a very spirtiual person and was involved with the Centre for Spiritual Living. This faith community was very important to her throughout her years.


Evelyn was preredeceased by her ex-husband Jim, her long-time friend Marv, her parents, Thomas Everett and Grace Green and her siblings George, Hazel and Betty.


Evelyn is lovingly suvived by her children; Terry (Howard) Lowe and Lori (Keith) Hughes; her grandchildren; Mitch (Jen) Lowe, Sarah (Justin) Lee, Jaylene Hughes, Tanner Hughes; and her great-grandchildren; Jacob, Addison, Eli, Makena, and Emeryn; her siblings Audrey, Bill (Ruth), Bob (Darlene), Heather, Doug, sister-in-law Mary; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many relatives and friends.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army 339 Ave. C South, Saskatoon, Sk. S7M 1N5

David Fisher

March 17th 1956-September 12th 2019

63 years young

Dave was born on March 17, 1956 in Saskatoon, SK. to Jessie and Clarence Fisher.
He passed away peacefully with his loving wife Betty Anne at his side.

After graduating from Mount Royal Collegiate he remained in Saskatoon and began a career in sales with Sears Canada. His attention to customer care left people with a memorable experience for years to come.
He retired after 38 years giving him ample time to spend caring for his yard, golfing, fishing, enjoying the cabin at Meeting lake and spending quality time with his family and son Steven.
Dave and Betty Anne looked forward to their annual vacations to Las Vegas and warm sunny destinations. One of their most recent trips was a Caribbean cruise where they renewed their wedding vows.

Dave celebrated every possible occasion and his passion and love for life was very contagious. He was an enthusiastic sports fan and loved cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Roughriders.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Betty Anne; his 5 children, Kristie Leslie (Ryan) Harper, Jarad Fisher(Jenny), Adam Kinakin(Megan) Emerson, Addison and Rhyerson, Steven Kinakin, and Andrew Kinakin(Heidi Merkosky) Madison, Parker; his mother, Norene Penner; 6 brothers and sisters and their families, and an abundance of close friends.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at The Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road (use Forestry Farm entrance)on Tuesday, September 17th, at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate your generous donations to Cosmo Industries( – 306-664-3158 ) on behalf of Dave Fisher to support adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dave was a bright light that spread joy to everyone he met, and will be missed immensely. Our lives are forever changed because of him.

Darla Jean Cornea-Kurtenbach

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Darla Cornea-Kurtenbach which occurred on September 3, 2019 at the age of 46 years.

Darla was born on May 30, 1973 and joined her family on July 16, 1973 – a very welcome addition and a welcome playmate for big brother David.  Darla’s first years were spent on the farm – a life she enjoyed. She loved “helping” Dad, getting dirty, tormenting the cats and playing with the dog.  Dressing up and having tea parties were not her thing.  She enjoyed the outdoors and was happy doing whatever possible outside.  She was excited to start school, to ride on the bus, make new friends and learn things. She always did well in school and enjoyed the time she spent there.

Darla married Tim, the love of her life.  Their happiest day by far was when she gave birth to their son, Grayson John.  She was a loving, caring Mother and she leaves Grayson with many happy memories to cherish.  We lost her far too young but we have precious memories which are ours to treasure.

Darla is lovingly survived by; her husband, Tim Kurtenbach; son, Grayson Cornea-Kurtenbach; mother, Jean Cornea; brother, David (Jodie) Cornea; nieces, Shayla BiJoux and Kaitlyn Cornea; along with many cousins, family and friends.  She was predeceased by; her dad, John Cornea.

Funeral Service for Darla will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville. Cremation will follow with interment taking place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon.  Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories.

Noella Marie Petersen

Smile: It doesn’t cost you a thing but it enriches the lives of others!!

Noella was born December 24, 1954 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan to Rosiareo and Rose Bergeron, and passed away September 1, 2019 in Saskatoon, SK. She married the love of her life, Sydney Petersen in 1984 and they shared 34 wonderful years together.

Noella was a very friendly woman who absolutely loved life. She took great pleasure in socializing and could often be found striking up a conversation with a “new friend” as she went about her day. Those around her would often be the recipient of a warm hug in her happiness to see them.

Noella also had a great love for animals, especially cats. She had a few special ones in her life over the years but she really loved any furry friend she happened across and could never pass up an opportunity to get in pet snuggles. To those who knew her it was no surprise to see her sporting a cat shirt as part of her attire.

Noella had many hobbies that brought her satisfaction but she especially loved cooking and baking. She had several opportunities to share her love of cooking with others by spending some time working in restaurants and her vibrant personality coupled with her cooking skills found many customers returning regularly. Each year during the Christmas season she would pour love into her baked goodies and then relish passing them out to those around her.

Noella had a very satisfying work life and was employed in several different capacities throughout her lifetime but she spent the last 30 years working for CNH in Saskatoon.

One of the biggest passions in Noella’s life began when she started riding motorcycles. She started as a bike partner to her husband Syd but secretly always wanted to ride on her own bike. She was so excited when she got her own bike and she loved each opportunity she had to take to the road for another adventure. She shared most of her travels with her husband and road partner Syd and they put on thousands of kilometers each year. True to biker form,  Sturgis was the one place that made the list of places to ride to every year.

Memorial Service was held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Cherished Memories Chapel in Martensville, SK.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Noella’s honor to the SPCA.

Donna Brilz

After a hard fought courageous battle with cancer, Donna passed away peacefully on August 30, 2019. Born on September 18, 1943 in Radville, Saskatchewan. She was raised on the farm and later in the town of Radville. After graduating high school she went off to hairdressing school in Regina.  She married Dwayne Brilz on April 20, 1963. They lived and worked in Radville until moving to Lanigan in 1969 where they lived together until Dwayne’s sudden passing in 2016. Donna moved to Martensville in July of 2018. She spent much of her career working for Sears in various capacities, including store manager and computer trainer.

She and Dwayne cherished their many years spent at their cabin at Greenwater Lake in the summers and their 17 winters in Yuma Arizona where they made many wonderful friends.  She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was perfect in many ways, fun loving, artistic and thoughtful to name a few but she wasn’t perfect in using a map and often found herself off the beaten path in her traveling days for Sears, you could also count on her to grab the wrong item from the store that was required ending up at home with something close to what she really needed but not quite.

She gave us all a lesson in strength, courage  and grace in her final months.

She leaves us with a very big hole in our family. Left to cherish her memory are her children and grandchildren; son, Darcy Brilz (Susan);his children, Delaine Brilz and Miranda Brilz; daughter, Rhonda Graham; her children, Tyler Graham and Danielle Graham. Donna’s siblings; Bob Stadnick (Linda), Jim Stadnick, Larry Stadnick (Leslie), and Karen Hockley as well as many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Dwayne Brilz; and her parents John and Cora Stadnick.

A big thank you to Dr. Bosch and the team at the cancer centre for their efforts and to all of Mom’s family and friends that comforted her during her journey.

A celebration of life will be held at Cherished Memories Funeral home in Martensville on Monday September 9, at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer society or a charity of one’s choice.

Gloria May Criddle

February 1, 1942-August 27, 2019

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of our loving Mother/Grandma.

She is survived by; sons, Doug (Margo) and Rick; daughter, Lisa Polowski; grandchildren, Robert & Dani Polowski and  Shawn & Missy Criddle; sister, Betty Danroth & family; and good friend Bonnie Ginther.

Predeceased by; her loving partner, John Sauve; son, Glen Criddle; and granddaughter, Kirby Polowski.

There will be no funeral as for Gloria’s wishes.  In memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer’s society.


Kathy Hanson

Kathy (Mickelson) Hanson, 65, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan formally of Melfort, Saskatchewan passed away suddenly on August 15th, 2019. In keeping with the wishes of Kathy, there will be no funeral services. At her request, there will be a small family gathering to reflect on her life.

Kathy was born in Kinistino, Saskatchewan on June 6th, 1954 to Leonard and Agnes Mickelson. She took her schooling in Kinistino and went on to take secondary schooling in Melfort. She held several jobs that utilized her bookkeeping and secretarial skills. Her most recent job was as a legal secretary at Legal Aid.

She met her husband Marv in September 1972 and they welcomed their daughter Cara Lee on January 12th, 1974. They were married on May 14th 1977.

They moved to Melfort in 1981 and remained there until their recent move to Saskatoon the summer of 2018. Marv and Kathy enjoyed their life together and faced all the joys and challenges life threw at them. They loved each other greatly and made an amazing team.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Agnes Mickelson and her younger sister Marilyn. She is lovingly survived by her husband Marv, daughter Cara and grandchildren Evan and Hannah, her siblings: Edith (Wes) Nelson, Arthur (Pat) Mickelson, and Debbie (Stuart) Stilborn, mother-in-law Marjorie Work, sister-in-law Sandy (Rick) Butler, brother-in-law Garry Larson, uncle (brother-in-law) George (Agnes) Hanson, aunt (sister-in-law) Viv Oleniuk, and many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her special furry friend Daisy will miss her dearly.

Kathy lived life to the fullest. She was the most caring, generous, loyal and loving person. She valued experiences and loved nothing more than spending time with her family. Kathy loved to travel and took many trips with her daughter, siblings and friends over the years. She hosted many family get togethers and enjoyed visiting, telling stories and laughing. She was very proud of her daughter and she loved her grandchildren Evan and Hannah with everything she had. Kathy traveled to Indianapolis often to spend time with them and attend their various activities. She was very actively involved in their lives and they adored her immensely. She enjoyed spending time with her siblings and their families and doting on her great nieces and nephews.

Her family and friends will be rich with memories of a lovely and compassionate woman. She will be missed beyond measure by many and she will forever live on in our hearts.

Patricia Gallant

Patricia Frances Gallant, 72, of Saskatoon passed away on August 6th, 2019. Patricia was born August 12, 1946 to Joseph Adrien Gallant and Anna Marie Gallant in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Patricia grew up in Dartmouth Nova Scotia with her two sisters, Noreen Neilson and Vivian Hartling. Patricia lived all throughout Canada in her younger years until she settled in Saskatoon when she was 34. During her life she had many career’s, radio announcer, phone operator, but she did not get as much satisfaction out of her career’s as she did for being a mother. Patricia’s proudest achievement in her life was being a mom to her two sons, Michael and Andrew Cochrane. When Patricia was 48, she became a Real Estate Agent for 10 years. She enjoyed meeting new people when she was in real estate and helping those who were looking to either buy or sell their homes. She had many interests, but her favorite hobbies included any thing Trivial Pursuit and trivia related, reading or listening to audio books, and keeping up with current events in and around the world. During Patricia’s later years she was not able to do as much as she would like due to her arthritis, but she was always ready to have family over for a visit. Patricia passed away due to unforeseen health complications. Patricia is survived by her son’s Michael Cochrane (Julie), Andrew Cochrane (Trinity), her grandson Logan Robson, her sisters Noreen Neilson (Gord), and Vivian Hartling (Ken). Patricia will be missed by all who loved her.

Leonard Allan Clancy

Leonard Allan Clancy passed away very suddenly on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Royal University Hospital at the age of 56 years.  Leonard leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory; his wife, Rita; daughter, Christina; sisters, Shirley Clancy, Marie Huhn; brother, Gordon Clancy; nephews, Ryan Huhn, Rocky Huhn; niece, Rebecca Huhn; father-in-law, Felix Arcand; mother-in-law, Mary Arcand; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Allan, Monique Arcand; brothers-in-law David Arcand and Rockwell Huhn; also his cherished dog Mimi, as well as several relatives and friends.  Leonard was predeceased by his father Richard Leslie Clancy.  A Celebration of Leonard’s Life will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Cherished Memories in Martensville, SK. at 2:00 p.m., with Jake Friesen officiating.  Donations in Leonard’s Memory can be made to Rita Clancy to help towards funeral expenses.  A special thank you to the staff at Royal University Hospital for their kind, compassionate and loving care.

Rose Scott

Rose Maxine Scott passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019 in Saskatoon, Sk at the age of 64.  She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James T.D. Scott, her children, Dunning and Maya Scott, and her son-in-law, Jason Carroll, and her many friends and family.    A celebration of her life will occur at a future date to be announced by the family.

Neil James Mathews

Neil James Mathews, 81, of Dalmeny SK passed away peacefully on August 2, 2019 in St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon SK after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Neil was born on March 8, 1938 in Lewvan, SK. Neil worked for the Family Farm Improvement Branch, was an instructor in the Water Sciences Program at Kelsey Institute, and worked on oak furniture with Bakker Brothers. Neil and Linda were married on April 28, 1962 and raised three children.  He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Valette Mathews. Neil is survived by his wife, Linda (Gebhardt) Mathews, his son Robert (Corinne) Mathews and their children Parker and Olivia; daughter Janet (Michael) Wallentiny and their children Selena and Drew; and daughter Brenda (Darryl Robinson) Mathews. In memory of Neil, donations may be made to Dr. Ali Rajput Endowment for Parkinson’s Disease at Royal University Hospital Foundation. A private family gathering was held.

Gertrude Frieda Johnson

Surrounded by family and love on August 3rd, 2019, Gertrude Frieda Johnson (nee Kunkel) passed away peacefully.

Gertie was born on January 30, 1930 in Neudorf, SK.  She grew up with her parents and 3 brothers attending school and church in this farming district until they bought their first farm in April of 1946 in the Coma Park District near Atwater, SK.  She had a good childhood.

Life on the farm for Gertie was very busy helping her mother as much as possible with housework, milking cows twice a day, rock picking by hand and stooking sheaves.  She enjoyed a break from the farm taking cans of cream by horse and buggy to Zenita, a 5 mile trip.  While there she would gather the mail and few groceries.  She had a horse she loved and a guitar she enjoyed playing.

In 1947 Gertie met the love of her life Darrell W. Johnson.  They courted, going out to shows and dances.  Darrell left for Flin Flon, MB., for work and Gertie moved to Flin Flon also in 1948.  She was hired on with Hudson Bay Co. Hospital working in the laundry dept.  She enjoyed her work immensely with 2 other gals who she described as lovely and they all got along very well.

Gertie married Darrell W. Johnson on December 22, 1949.  It was 50 below Fahrenheit that day.  The following October in 1950 they welcomed their first born daughter and as Gertie would say, she became a full time housekeeper and bottle washer.  The family quickly grew to 8 children and a move back to Atwater took place in 1965.  There Darrell did construction work at the Esterhazy Potash Mine.  While living in Atwater two more children would be born, making it 10 in all.

The next move in 1967 took the family to Saskatoon where Darrell hired on with the construction of Cominco Potash mine.  Once completed he was hired on permanently with Cominco and became Mill Foreman.  The family soon moved to Delisle to be closer to Darrell’s workplace.

While raising the family here it was a very busy life.  Gertie’s eldest son recalls Mom always trying to please all the children at dinnertime; when someone didn’t want to eat a really good nutritious dinner she made and just wanted a peanut butter and jam sandwich and dip it into a glass of milk.

Fun times were plentiful as well as love and hugs & kisses.  We all have great memories of summer camping and fishing trips to various lakes.  Often traveling to visit our grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins making lasting memories.

Once all the children were in school and at an age where we could fend for ourselves Mom took on a Monday-Friday part time evening hours job cleaning offices at Cominco Potash Mine and in Saskatoon cleaning office buildings on weekends.  This helped bring home some extra money to support the large family.  Sometimes she took some of us along and we got to help a bit which was a lot of fun for us. She was a hardworking lady with endless energy who always prided herself by dressing nicely for special occasions and keeping her hair looking beautiful.

Gertie and Darrell also loved curling.  They curled in bonspiels, ladies, mens and mixed.  Gertie teamed one winter with a sister, Emma and their team entered a grandmother’s bonspiel in the mid 70’s in Saskatoon and they proudly won first place.  The following year they entered again and made it into the final.

Gertie and Darrell were also Licensed Reflexologists.  The two had a home office area set up where side by side they helped many many people with various ailments.  This was very rewarding helping people with health issues, especially when their ailment ceased.

Once retired they moved to Saskatoon to condo life and remained there until 1997.  They missed having a house and yard and decided to move out to Radisson, SK.  Not too far from city life.  It was there they spent time beautifying the yard.  Making lovely flower beds, planting fruit trees and many towering poplar and lilac trees.  This really caught the eye of the town and people soon started to follow suit. Then there were the Christmas lights!  They kept a well-manicured yard and weedless garden.  They loved summer and working outdoors in the yard.  Gertie especially loved gardening.

They also loved taking fishing trips and even just going casting for the day to the Borden bridge.  Gertie and Darrell really enjoyed old time dancing and followed polka fests whenever possible.  They danced beautifully – teaching all of their 10 children how to polka.

Traveling to visit family & friends was very much enjoyed also.  In winter time card playing was a favorite with friends and family, along with jigsaw puzzles, sometimes until 5 in the morning, knitting, and crafts.  They were always busy visiting their 10 children, 20 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren at the time.

In September of 2011 Gertie and Darrell returned to condo life in Saskatoon in the Sutherland area.  Here they enjoyed entertaining local relatives & visits from traveling relatives along with their own large family.  Going shopping, breakfast outings to Smitty’s, lunch or dinner out, monthly bingo & cake night in their building.  Watching sitcoms, Young & The Restless, ball games (Blue Jay fans), hockey, Olympic events, classic and old western movies.

Gertie enjoyed reading the daily newspaper and doing the puzzles within it, crocheting many dishcloths and crossword puzzles.  Mom was a wonderful cook and baker.  We all loved coming home to visit and enjoy their company and her very delicious meals and desserts.  It was always a good fun time.  She loved keeping busy indoors and outdoors, rarely sitting idle.  She loved life and had a great sense of humor, always able to help Darrell remember a joke he may have partly forgotten.  She took care of so many of us for many years for which we love and appreciate her dearly.

Mom’s health issues required a recent move into Preston Park 2 Retirement Residence.  Mom loved their new residence and all the outdoor light that filled their suite and the view to outside through the many large windows.  She simply loved it.

Sadly her health declined quickly and we tearfully had to say our goodbyes as she peacefully passed away.

Gertie is one of 9 children.  She is predeceased by; her grandparents; her parents, Julia Kunkel (Mueller) and Gustave Kunkel; 4 brothers; 2 sisters; 4 sisters-in-law; George (Martha) Bender, Otto (Lizzie) Bender, Joe Bender, Emma(Cliff) Annabel (nee Bender), Margaret (Karl) Adolph (nee Bender), Art (Josie) Kunkel, Mary Kunkel; 2 nephews, John Adolph and Ron Bender; 1 great grandchild, Ryan Joseph (Michelle); one son-in-law Rodney Mittelholtz; daughter, Denise Catherine; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gertie was greatly loved and will be sadly missed.  She will be forever in our hearts.

Gertie will be greatly missed by her loving husband Darrell of nearly 70 years; 9 children; 21 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers; 2 sisters-in-law and families; cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene (Len) Bernges; Michael (Olivia, Janine, Nathan) Bolton; Michelle (Chad and Melissa) Bolton; Aaiden; Taiha; Dominik; Landon; Ellena (Chad) Harlan; Odin (Melissa); Mark (Brooklyn, Alexandra, Kailey, Blake and Mataya) Bolton.

Gloria (Mark) McMahon; Dawn (Colby, Mason and Alyssa) McMahon; Dwaine (Gracie and Emily) McMahon.

Our Beloved sister Denise (April 3, 1953 ~ June 18, 2010) and her late husband Rodney Mittelholtz (March 18, 1955 ~ April 7, 2009).  Their family, Neil (Heather) Mittelholtz (Carley) and Christina Mittelholtz (Tristan and Chase).

Geraldine (David) Wiebe; Jaime Hart (Desiree, Haile and Tyler); Sheldon (Melissa) Hart (Housten and Braylen).

Russell (Brenda) Johnson; Lindsey (Chad) Termul; Chad (Cora) Johnson (Boedy and Lincoln); Stacey (Chad) Laing (Harper).

Darrell (Susan) Johnson (Amber and Kendall).

Tracy (Marty) Weinberger; Jennifer (Trevor) Mills (Ava); Bradley.

Donelda (Dale) Muchowski ( Ashley and Ryan).

Curtis (Lorene) Johnson (Cade and Lexi).

Rhonda Hobbis (Jaxon).

2 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law; Kurt Kunkel, William (Elaine) Kunkel, Eleanor Bender (Joe).

Mom leaves with us many good times and special memories we will always hold dear.

A Celebration of Life for Gertie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Nostalgia Country Hall (5185 Strathcona Avenue)- just across the road from Riverside Estates.  See for a map.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Gertie’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

John Bradley Yausie

November 17, 1953- July 27, 2019

It is with grieving hearts we announce the sudden passing of John Bradley Yausie.  John was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Clayton and Bernadette Yausie.  John found the love of his life in Sherry (Turuk) and was married in 1975.  John was the father of two children: Ryan and Ashley and as a family they moved to Vancouver Island for many years.  John loved the outdoors and spent his time gardening, riding motorcycles and taking trips to the family cabin in Cochin.  He was loyal and fiercely protective of family and friends. He leaves behind his treasured wife Sherry, son Ryan and extra special granddaughter Emily.  John now rests easy with Bill, Vera and his beloved daughter Ashley.  As per John’s wishes there will not be a service.  A celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.

Edward Chris Moen

February 8th, 1935 – July 16th, 2019

Edward passed away July 16th, 2019 at Luther Special Care Home.  A small graveside service will be held in the future.

Edward was born on the homestead farm near Viscount, SK.  He married Sharon Howes June 21st, 1969.  They lived in Saskatoon where they raised their children.  Edward was a farmer and commuted to his farm by Viscount, working Monday to Saturday and coming home to spend Sunday with his family and attend church.

Edward was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s which forced him to retire from farming at the age of 79. He moved to Trinity Manor in June of 2017 and then moved to Luther Special Care Home in March of 2018.  Edward was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and Louise Avenue Congregational Church.

Edward was predeceased by his wife Sharon (Howes) in 2003; parents, Peter and Margit Moen; siblings, Ethel, Carl, Harald, Mina, Arnold and Hilda.  His is survived by his children Melba (Larry) Wiens, Edward (Tatyana) Moen, Melody (Ryan) Yuzik, and Koni Cherry; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; as well as his brother Ivar (Mildred) Moen.

Special Thanks to the staff at Trinity Manor and Luther Special Care Home for the care they gave Ed and for enjoying (putting up with) his sense of humor, continuous teasing and his jokes!

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan.

Donna Paulette (Bauer) Melling

Mom was born in North Battleford, SK on October 14th, 1954 to Thelma and Joe Bauer. She grew up in Glenbush, with her younger sisters, Dianne and Joanne, and later moved to Makwa. Here she fell in love. Mom and Dad were married on June 8th, 1974. The young couple moved to Saskatoon and eventually to Martensville. They had four beautiful children: Nadine (1979), Karla (1980), Tyler (1984) and Eldon (1986). We were lucky to have her home to raise us. We remember many picnics, trips to the zoo, and so many other adventures.

Mom unconditionally loved her family to the fullest. She had a gift of knowing when and what you needed and was always around to help. She was the rock of the family, her strength amazed us all.

Mom’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and being a significant part of their lives, she was much more than just ‘Grandma’, especially to Ethan. We know that she will be watching them every minute, from Heaven.

Mom’s other joy was her yard and garden. She spent countless hours planting, pruning, weeding and harvesting. Her devotion to her garden was admirable. We all loved to help shell peas, clean carrots and beans, make salsa, spaghetti sauce and pickles. We were grateful for the unlimited supply of canning and vegetables. We will never be able to recreate Mom’s pie crust or her cinnamon buns and will miss the never-ending baking from the deep freeze.

Mom had the opportunity to travel with her family and she loved being able to take hot vacations. These trips provided precious time spent with her family without life’s distractions.

Mom’s battle with cancer was brief and tragically ended on July 21st, 2019. We will miss you more than words can express and we love you to the moon and back.

Family and close friends will be gathering at Cherished Memories (591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville) on Thursday, July 25thfrom 4-6pm to say our good-byes to Mom. It will be come-and-go as there will be no formal service, as per Mom’s wishes.

Mary Alma Virtue

Mary Virtue, 71, of Allan, SK., passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones, from liver cancer on July 17, 2019 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Phyllip Virtue(2016). She is survived by her daughters Tanya Wagner and Kiersten Kalych (Glen McCallum), grandson Nathan Wagner and dog Mouse.

She will be deeply missed by her many friends.  Mary was born in Walla Walla, WA, and eventually settled in Allan, SK. in 1984, committing much of her free time to acts of service and volunteering with the local school, the Allan Community Players, Royal Purple and Al-Anon.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the care staff at St. Paul’s that showed such compassion to us and our mom.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Close To Home Campaign – 1702-20thStreet West, Saskatoon, SK. S7M 0Z9.

Kristopher Graeme Kennedy

Sept 13 1982 – July 16 2019

Kris lived out his life by sharing love and laughter with those around him.  Kindness is the first adjective that comes to mind by all who loved him.  His amazing sense of humour and fun are just some of the most loved qualities that will make living without him feel so empty.  With eyes that lit up when he smiled, and a beard that was so glorious it could never be forgotten. Kris had a way of making an impression on everyone who came into his presence.  He spent his time playing and watching sports, and grew up with an intense love for farming with his dad.  His greatest joy was bringing his two beautiful children Henry and Sadie into the world alongside his wife Terri.  His will to fight came from the love he had for his children and the dreams he had to watch them grow up.  Kris fought a brave battle with Cancer and passed away on July 16th2019 surrounded by his family who had the honour to love him and to call him husband, son and brother and friend. The loss of Kris is simply too profound, and although living without him seems impossible, the imprint he has made on the hearts of those he has touched will carry us.  Until we meet again.

Donations in Kris’s Memory can be made to his children – Henry and Sadie’s College Fund or to Royal University Hospital Palliative Care.

A Celebration of Life for Kris took place July 22,2019 – 1pm at the Northridge Community Center in Martensville.

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