Obituaries / Life Stories

Irene Emelina Zimmerman

The Lord granted Irene’s wish, taking her to be with Him and with those family and friends who preceded her into Heaven.  In the early hours of July 11, 2019, Irene passed away at Saskatoon City Hospital, after a brief stay preceded by approximately one month in the care of RUH staff.  Irene was born in Saskatoon on October 20, 1934 as Irene Emelina Williamson, and grew up in Prince Albert.  Irene spent her married life in North Battleford, raising a family of six children. As a widow she moved to Saskatoon where she lived out the remainder of her life.  Many of Irene’s mid-life years were spent working at the Saskatoon RUH. For roughly the last twenty years she resided at Elim Lodge in Saskatoon, before needing medical care as the Lord guided her Home.  Her family thanks the Saskatoon RUH and City Hospital staff members for the care provided to Irene during her last few weeks.  A celebration of Irene’s life and a celebration of her passing into Glory will be held for her family, friends and acquaintances on Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 2 p.m., at Erindale Alliance Church in Saskatoon.

 

Donald Patrick McKay

McKay, Donald Patrick (Pat), age 69 of Martensville, Saskatchewan died surrounded by love on July 5, 2019 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon SK.

Pat was born in Regina, SK on August 28, 1949.  He grew up in rural Saskatchewan living in Estevan and Edenwold before spending most of his childhood in Whitewood. After attending high school in Regina, Pat served in the Regina City police for 2 years before joining the RCMP. In his first posting to Prince George BC, Pat met his one and only, Wendy.  They began their adventures through the Northwest Territories and while stationed there, their children Tim and Katie were born.  After postings in both the NWT and Yukon, they were transferred south to Manitoba spending time in Winnipegosis, Melita, Lynn Lake and Dauphin where Pat and Wendy eventually retired.  They moved to Martensville in 2018.

Pat had many interests in life.  He had a life-long love of hockey as a player, coach, and volunteer.  He loved to read, fish, and work with wood.  Everyone who knew him likely has a wooden bowl spun with care on Pat’s lathe. His biggest love in Iife though was his family.  Summer camping trips were always a highlight and many hours were spent on the road doing family road trips.  He was a loving husband, dedicated father, and wonderful grandfather.

Pat is survived by Wendy (nee Robinson), his wife of 44 years, son Tim (Sharlene), daughter Katie (Alex), brother Ross (Carol) and sister Sheila.  He also leaves behind his grandchildren Liam (13) and Bridgette (6).  He will be missed by the Robinson family and numerous nieces and nephews.   He goes to heaven to join his father TD “Mac” McKay, mother Margaret, Brother Murray, sisters-in-Law Muriel and Avonda, brother-in-law Geoff, and niece Shannon.

A Memorial Service will be held July 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Cherished Memories Funeral Home – 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville, SK.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul’s hospital foundation Palliative Care Campaign at www.sphfoundation.org.

Roger Julien Brad

Roger was born on October 17, 1957.  He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 29, 2019 at the age of 61 years.  He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Anna (nee Williams); children: Carrie (Ryan) Lalonde; Jared (Erin); Jillian; Jeslin (Jena-Le): Grandchildren: Eve, Alexis, Kale, Lucian and Domenic Lalonde; Gunnar and Vanessa Brad. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 5th, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Leask Community (Lions) Hall, Railway Ave, Leask, SK. Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

Barry Dean Nelson

Barry Dean Nelson (41), of Corman Park Sk passed away suddenly and unexpectedly June 26, 2019. Viewing and Prayers will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11:00 am with a lunch to follow. Both services will be held at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon.

Barry was born Sept 8, 1977, in Saskatoon to Edwin and Margaret Nelson. He attended school in Warman and graduated in 1995.  He worked for a short time in the oil fields near St. Walburg, then returned to Saskatoon and drove truck for Saskatoon Processing.  He studied and became a power engineer in December of 2010. In early April of 2011 he started his career with Suncor Energy based in Firebag AB and worked there until his death.

 

On September 11, 1999 he married his high school sweetheart Tatum Doell. They had three children that Barry loved beyond words Aiden Dean (17), Brinley Riann (14) and Troy Lucas (12). He had two older brothers Chris and Shane who he looked up to and loved to be with any chance he could.  He treated his in-laws Chuck and Barb Doell like his own parents and his brother in law Ryan like a little brother to look out for.  He also leaves behind his beautiful nieces Tessa, Samantha, Mickenna, Jaida, Danika (poohbum) and Leah; and his very special sister-in-law Lorelei.

 

He will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 

Say not in grief “he is no more” but in thankfulness that he was….

Gerald Joseph Richard Grimard

Gerald (Gerry) Joseph Richard Grimard

May 11, 1959 ~ June 24, 2019

Gerald (Gerry) Grimard was tragically taken from us on June 24, 2019 at the age of 60 in Saskatoon. He leaves to mourn his parents, Robert and Denise Grimard; sister, Estelle Grimard-Best(Lucianus Best) and daughter Terlynne McKay; brother, Richard(Rick) Grimard and wife, Debbie Yeo, daughters, Zoe, Heidi and Roberta Grimard; sister, Yvonne Monks, son Trevor(Jodi) Monks and their children, Mason and Brooklyn, daughter Wendy(Wade) Monks-Janzen and their children, Sophia and Cameron and daughter Sharlene Monks(Joel Phillips).

Gerry was born in Cudworth Hospital, Saskatchewan on May 11, 1959. He lived in Prudhomme until 1967 and then moved to Saskatoon where he resided until his passing. He went to St. James Elementary School grades 3 – 7 and Holy Cross High School grades 8 – 12. Gerry went on to University and then to work in different fields of knowledge he had acquired.

We are very saddened by our loss. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00am at the Holy Spirit Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Cherished Memories Funeral Services is entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

Clifford Clayton Friedrich

Clifford Friedrich passed away peacefully in his home on June 24th, 2019 at the age of 74.
He was born in Wilkie Saskatchewan on June 29th 1944. In 1960 he accompanied his parents to Middle Lake, Saskatchewan. In 1962 he went to work at Gunnar Mines in Northern Saskatchewan. After this time, Cliff and family lived a few years in Kindersley, Sask and then off to Kerrobert, Sask where he owned his own Plumbing business. In 1976 they moved onto Saskatoon, Sask where they made it their permanent home. He has four children Kim, Cam, Darcy and Jennifer.

Any donations can be made to Telemiracle.

Myra McPhail-Pearman

Myra passed away Saturday June22/19 in Saskatoon.

Myra was born July 20th 1932 in Elfros Sk.

She later moved to Prince Albert to live with her sister Beth and continue her schooling.

In her late teens she married Bill Pearman & they raised there 5 children on a farm south of Prince Albert.

When her circumstances changed when she was 40 and she had to start a new life on her own, she showed everyone what a hard worker and remarkable business woman she was.

She went to P.A. Business College and took a book keeping course in order to support herself.

That was just a start with her new job, she was now able to take nursing, beginning by correspondence and finally finishing it in Saskatoon & Toronto.

Her nursing  career took her to Saskatoon, B.C. and the N.W.T. Her last nursing post was at Montreal Lake First Nation, where she made many lasting friends who loved to come and visit nurse Myra after she retired, when they were in Saskatoon

Myra was always very proud of her kids and loved to think back on the early years with her  family on the farm

When the grand kids started to come along she turned into an absolute unapologetic cereal spoiler.

In 2012 Myra was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to be moved to a nursing home,

of course she fought that every step of the way which was no surprise to anybody that new her.

She resided there until her passing

Myra is survived by her Son-Kim [Julie] Daughters-Dana [Bill Doran] Zoe [Glen Lipsett]

Grandchildren-Chad & Scott Pearman, Christopher & Chelsea Pearman, Cody Powell, Katlyn Dirk and Benjamin Pearman.

Myra was predeceased by the father of her children Bill Pearman, her sons Rory & Harold Pearman.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Edward Joseph Fendelet

Ed, beloved and admired father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, at the age of 72. Ed was born in North Battleford to parents, Stephen and Emma Fendelet. He married Mavis Elaine Zaiachkowski and they lived in Saskatoon to raise their family.  For many years Ed worked in the Meat Packing Industry in various roles ranging from Foreman to Plant Manager.  A designated jack of all trades, just prior to retirement Ed became a technician repairing and installing food processing equipment.

In earlier years Ed enjoyed coaching broomball, going to the lake, fishing, driving the boat and pulling his boys water skiing and most of all watching his boys play hockey, driving them to many games and tournaments throughout their childhood.  In retirement Ed loved to be at his camper at Shell Lake, driving his golf cart, playing golf & getting the odd hole in one, and campfires with family and friends.

Ed is survived by his loving family; his son Calvin (Tricia) and their children: Calista, Ayden, Kade, and Koen; son Quentin (Rhonda) and their children: Reese, Chase, and Tessa; brothers: Clarence (Bernice) & Marcel (Susan), sister Therese (Tony) Humen; sisters-in-law: Ellen Wylie & Eileen (Grant) Beauchemin; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Ed was predeceased by his wife Mavis, father and mother Stephen and Emma, in-laws Alex and Ann Zaiachkowski; brother-in-law Wayne Wylie; sister-in-law Connie Fendelet.

In respecting Ed’s wishes there will not be a Funeral Service. A memorial gathering to celebrate Ed’s life will be held on June 26 in Lloydminster, AB for family and close friends. Memorial donations in honor of Ed may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #101, 440-2nd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C3 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 2702-12th Ave., Regina, SK S4T 1J2.

Terry Davidson

 

Terry Robert Davidson

April 20 1960 – May 30 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Terry Robert Davidson, on Thursday May 30th.  Terry fought a fierce battle with a relentless foe, and was surrounded by his dearest loved ones, at home, until the very end.

Terry was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on April 20th 1960, to Robert “Bud” Lewis Davidson and Moira Helene Davidson (Stenhouse), younger brother to Sandra and Karen.  He spent his childhood years in and around Prince Albert, and at the family “shack-tent” in Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park.  Terry was a rambunctious child who kept his CN Carman father and Teacher mother, as well as his sisters, always guessing about his next adventure. In his teenage and early adulthood years, he kept busy working with Parks Canada, the Department of Highways, and the Military Reserves in Prince Albert.

Terry first laid eyes upon Amanda Scholfield, who had recently immigrated from England, in 1979 – and it was love at first sight!  They were married on June 20th, 1981, and spent the next 38 years together, raising their two loving children, Nigel Robert and Erin Margaret.

Terry was a dedicated 35 year, third generation railroader at CN Rail.  He hired out in March of 1980 in Prince Albert, and spent the next several years working conductor shortages across Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Terry and Amanda moved their young family to Saskatoon in 1987, where they found great success and happiness.  The family juggled shift-work for many years as a Railroader and Registered Nurse duo.  Terry worked as a Yardmaster at Saskatoon Yard up until his retirement in 2015.  Terry was an avid gardener, fisherman, and price-checker – he famously wouldn’t pay sticker price if he could help it!  He had an unyielding passion for History, particularly WWII history.  He found special joy watching his grandsons Owen and Oliver grow up.  Terry and Amanda enjoyed traveling and camping together, and shared in many unforgettable memories in Hawaii, on Vancouver Island, and at various campgrounds across Western Canada.

Terry was predeceased by his father Robert.  He is survived by his wife Amanda, son Nigel, daughter Erin, son-in-law Kevin Wonta, grandsons Owen and Oliver; his mother Moira, sister Sandra (Lorne) Huyghebaert, nephew and niece Devin and Sarah (Michael), sister Karen, aunt Reta Simpson, cousin Randal (Linda), cousins Greg (Bev) and Dave (Teresa) Jackson; Parents-in-law Rosemary and Michael Scholfield, sister and brother-in-laws Simon, Sarah, Emma, Clive, Malcolm, Julia, and Alex, and all their families; as well as other cousins, extended family members, and close friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday June 6th, at 13:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall Branch 362 located on 3021 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Hospital’s “Close to Home” Campaign for Hospice and End of Life Care.

Fred Hillis

Fred was born in Macklin, SK., on March 30, 1940 to Edgar and Elsie Hillis.  Fred was predeceased by his first wife Sheila and his brothers Lorne and Arnold.  He is survived by his wife Earla; son Richard (Christine); sisters Bev and Pat; step-daughters Karen (Marcel), Debra (Dale) and Kelly Dawn (Adan) and six grandchildren.

Fred passed away suddenly on May 30, 2019 while visiting his family in Montana.  There will be a Memorial Service held on June 10, 2019 at the Mayfair United Church (902 33rdStreet West) at 2:00 p.m.

Donations in Fred’s memory can be to The Lung Association –(1231 8thStreet East, Saskatoon, SK., S7H 0S5).

Andrew Tony Huren

Andrew Tony Huren passed away on May 23, 2019.  Andrew was born February 21, 1956.  Survived by his wife Leslie and Dad (Peter Huren).  Andrew was predeceased by his mother Pauline Huren; sister, Cindy Huren; uncle and aunt, Rusell and Bonnie Huren and their sons, wives and children; sister-in-law, Carrie Thompson; brother-in-law, Rod Radford; daughters, Lynn and her husband Barry Tanner along with their children Johnahs and Joshua, Charolette Cavanagh, Amber Derbowka, Melanie Cavanagh Brownlee; Wynter’s sons, Dantae, Khrystyan and Cayden; Wynter’s daughter, Quinn; Tina Pruijs (Lance, Tyler, Manning and Johnathan), Carmella and Mancius, Nicole and Patricia Palvermacher.

Andrew enjoyed photography, camping, fishing, motorcycles, carpentry and he liked to watch wresting on T.V.

In Andrew’s memory a donation may be made towards Prostate Cancer Research through the Saskatoon Cancer Centre – 20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK., S7N 4H4. Phone (306)655-2662.

Service of Remembrance will be held June 8th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westside Pentecostal Church – 3488 Fairlight Drive, Saskatoon, SK.

John Blake Chorney

John Chorney passed away peacefully on Monday May 22 2019 in Saskatoon,Sk. at the age of 83. John was born in Prince Albert, Sk. on March 26th, 1936 he was one of four boys. His work experience as a salesman lead him all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. John married the love of his life Margaret in Edmonton, Alberta on March 14 1959 and shared 60 wonderful and happy years together raising two great children. John is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, two children Sandra (Ben) Busch, Johnathon (Sylvia) Chorney, their four beautiful grand daughters Sarah (Matt) Hardy, Shantel (Casey) Kalika, Kennedy Chorney and Kaitlynn Chorney, and two wonderful great grand children Madison Hardy and Brandt Hardy. John was predeceased by his father Mike and mother Katherine and three brothers Bert, Stephan, and Joseph. John enjoyed reading, travelling, watching and attending all kinds of sports and enjoyed going for a round or two of golf with his family and friends, but most of all John enjoyed spending time with his family which meant the world to him. John will always be remembered for his infectious smile, outgoingness and willingness to help others. We love you and will miss you!

The Chorney family would like to thank the wonderful and hard working staff at Oliver Lodge located in Saskatoon, SK. for the exceptional care given to John during his time there.

A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation at www.heartandstroke.ca.

 

 

 

Linda Kaye Homann

The family of Linda Kaye Homann  wish to announce the sudden passing of their beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon May 14, 2019 at the age of 75 years.
Linda was born in Fort William ON,  September 2, 1943 to Edna and George Matheson.
She married the love of her life Jack Homann on August 11, 1962. They resided in Marathon, ON until they moved to Prince Albert, SK and then onto Mackenzie, BC, Quesnel, BC and back to Prince Albert, SK, currently residing at Candle Lake, SK for the last 27 years.
Linda enjoyed their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and everyone else’s children. She hosted many sleepovers and family dinners. Entertaining was her thing. She had a passion for cooking (which everyone had a passion for her to do the cooking). Her home was always full of kids. She loved to camp and head south to Arizona in the winter, make perogies and knitted dishcloths for the family and friends. Linda never hesitated to tell you how she felt and offered her opinion and advice. Her grandchildren would say they were going to get a tongue lashing from Gram and they surely did when she felt it was needed. Did I mention, DOGS. She loved her dogs and took in a stray or two at times. No dog could ever want a better home than hers and Jacks. She enjoyed making toys from plastic canvas and afghans for her grandchildren. She loved to dance and sing and was the best person to call when you couldn’t remember a movie or a persons name. Linda filled the shoes as a surrogate mom, Gramma and Aunt to many people. She lovingly adopted many of her kids friends and treated them as one of her own.
She was commonly known as GiGi to her great grandchildren whom loved her beyond words.
She is survived by her children, Allan, Prince Albert SK, Krista(Glen), Spruce Grove, AB, Kim Sinnott(Mike) Parkland County, AB; Grandchildren,  Kieran, Jensen, Haille, Logan and Jacob, Darby-Lynne, Shelby and McKenzie, Kaitlyn, Matthew and Samantha; Great Grandchildren, Kayel, Rowan, Adler, Odin, Manon, Mattia, Vienna,  Marlee and Sullevyn; Siblings, Debbie Pawluk(Doug), Parkland County, AB, Gayle Lanteigne(Al), Nackawic, NB, Bonnie Schwantz, Marathon, ON, Doug Matheson(Janice), Owen Sound, ON; Sister-in -law, Bonnie Steeves,(Arnie), Thunder Bay, ON, Mike Homann(Pat), Marathon, ON; Numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces. Linda was predeceased by her parents, George and Edna Matheson and In-Laws John and Mary Homann.
There will be no service as per her request. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at a later date. Donations can be made to any SPCA, Red Cross or charity of your choice.

Johanna Gertruuda Sherman “Anne”

Anne Sherman passed away on May 10, 2019 at the age of 85.

Born Johanna Ris in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 24, 1933, Anne endured the Second World War as a child.  She was the fourth of five children born to George and Johanna Ris. In 1953, she came to Canada, a country she loved.  She was proud to take her citizenship oath.  She married in 1955 and became the loving mother to three girls, Jacqueline (Joe) Nogier, Donna (Ed) Koolick and Deborah.  She was a devoted grandmother to Christina, John “Jamie”, Renee, Andrea, Christopher, Natasha and Ashley (who she raised), and great-grandmother to Larissa, Jessica, Owen, Drew, Riel, Mikayla, Grace, Rowan and Liam. Predeceased by her parents, brother George, sisters Bep and Truus, father-in-law James Sherman and mother-in-law Ann Sherman.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Frans in Holland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucas Daniel McDonald

It is with great sadness the family of Lucas Daniel McDonald, of Martensville, SK, announce his passing on April 30, 2019 at the age of 20 years.

Lucas was born on December 17, 1998 in Winnipeg, MB. He lived his early years and attended elementary school there. In 2007, his family relocated to Martensville, Sk. where he attended Venture Heights School and Martensville High School. Lucas was an avid gamer, including online gaming and had a great passion for the game of Magic The Gathering. Lucas loved music and loved to sing and dance. He was employed at Affiliated Auto.

Lucas is survived by his parents Dawn and Terry Hebert, his brother Jesse Graham and his longtime girlfriend Alexis Myrol; Grandma Kathy McDonald (Sam); Grandfather Gerald McDonald; Grandmother Irene Hebert (predeceased by Grandfather Aime Hebert).

Lucas will be forever remembered by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the LifeStory Room at Cherished Memories, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honour of Lucas may be directed to the Mental Health and Addictions Services, c/o Saskatoon Health Region, 310 Idylwyld Dr N #101, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z2.

Shirley Iris Lee

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Shirley Iris Lee (nee VonHagen) announces her peaceful passing two days shy of her 90th birthday. She is survived by four of her children Debbie Pearson (Jerry), Cyndy (Bill Brady), Brian, and Randy (Tammy) as well as 26 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers and many extended family members.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband, Mervin, daughter Judy, sons Tim and Jeff.

Shirley was born in Minto, Manitoba and spend her childhood in various parts of Manitoba. She attended Normal school in Winnipeg and taught in rural teacherages in Manitoba. These were one-room school houses teaching grades one through twelve.  The conditions were difficult but Shirley loved it. She eventually accepted a teaching position near Nipawin, Sask. where she met and then married the love of her life, Mervin. They relocated to Saskatoon where they stayed and raised their family of seven children.

After raising her children, Shirley rejoined the workforce and enjoyed many years of employment at Canadian Tire on Confederation Drive.

Shirley had a keen sense of humour, was a lifelong learner, enjoyed gardening, was an avid Blue Jays fan and always had a special place for her many pets.

Dora May Almas (Nee Cawley)

Born May 30, 1927 and passed away peacefully April 25, 2019.

She will be greatly missed by her brother Richard Cawley; nieces Cheryl Hepworth and Shirley Almas; nephew’s Shawn Cawley and Tim Almas and her many friends.  Dora was predeceased by her husband Bernie Almas.

At Dora’s request no funeral service will be held.  Donations on her behalf can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at 101 – 440 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK., S7K 2C3.

Craig John Listwin

We are heartbroken to announce that Craig John Listwin passed peacefully with his wife and children by his side in the morning of April 21, 2019 at St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Craig courageously battled cancer for 16 months and inspired many people through his journey. Craig was born March 13, 1968 to Ron and Grace Listwin. He is survived by his wife Dena of 25 years, daughter Brooke, and son Jaxon, brother Todd (Tanya) and family, cousins Don (Hilary) Listwin and Louise Johnson and families, Garry (Sandra) Webb, Brad (Andrea) and family, as well as many cousins and friends. Craig grew up in Saskatoon where he attended Walter Murray Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce. Craig was a successful businessman, fulfilling his passion for entrepreneurship by owning and operating Mainstream Design Center. Craig’s favourite vacation places were Maui and the family cabin at Waskesiu. Craig was always a fierce supporter of Brooke and Jaxon’s, helping to empower and guide them through a variety of athletic, educational, and personal pursuits. Craig was a loving father, husband, and friend, and will forever be missed. We would also like to thank Dr. Werner Gericke, RUH Oncology, the Palliative home care team and the Palliative care unit for the wonderful care you provided Craig. A Celebration of Craig’s life will be held at the Willows Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon on May 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Listwin family to fund a memorial bench in Waskesiu in Craig’s honour.

Tom E Friesen

 

 

Tom E Friesen, of Saskatoon, SK.

(by his sister, Ruth Marlene Friesen)

 

Our brother, Tom Edwin Friesen, passed on to glory on April 12, 2019 after 67 years and 5 months of a rather difficult life.

 

He was born October 29, 1951, to Henry H. and Elizabeth (Kroeker) Friesen of Chortitz, later of Hague, Saskatchewan. Tom was the third child in a family of five siblings; Ruth, Ernie, Tom, Elsie, and Erma.

 

Finding school difficult, Tom dropped out after grade 6 to take a job as a farmhand on the Peter Z. Neudorf farm just outside of Hague. Later he moved on to work on other farms in other locations. He met Elaine Lewis, who told him that she would be happy to live on a farm too, and they were married on September 30, 1972. Shortly after he discovered that she had many allergies and that he would have to give up his dream of living and working on a farm.

 

They moved into Saskatoon, and for a while he cleaned floors in St. Paul’s Hospital. After some heart-searching he decided that he would like to be a farm equipment mechanic. But he discovered at Manpower that he would have to have his grade 10 to take the mechanics courses. Tom was motivated to take the upgrading first, then the mechanics’ courses. He did well in both levels of education.

 

Two daughters were born to them, Darlene on December 23, 1979, while they were in North Battleford, and Sharon on January 7, 1982. Unfortunately, the marriage broke up in divorce in 1997.

 

Tom battled with depression and very low self-esteem for a number of years. This seemed to be the cause of the loss of feeling in his legs, so that he had to settle into a wheelchair in 1987.  Gradually though, as he heard other’s share their testimonies of forgiveness and hope on Christian talk shows, and as he read certain books, he accepted things as they were, and he developed a comfortable routine of going to the Midtown Plaza for coffee, watching for old friends from Hague, and choosing godly attitudes and thoughts, he became more calm and peaceful.

 

There was a surprise period in 1999, when Tom woke up one night to find sensations coursing through his legs. He got up and paced around and around, trying to decide what this might mean. In the morning he called his pastor at Westgate Alliance, to ask what he should do. The pastor suggested Tom share what he was experiencing with the congregation.

 

When he got up out of his wheelchair on Sunday morning, and walked to the front, they gave him a standing ovation! The healing lasted 15 months. Tom even took some life skills courses and was preparing for a new job career. Then in December 2000 a letter came from the Government saying they were cutting off his Disability Pension. Tom felt so devastated that he fell to the floor and had to crawl on his hands and elbows to get to his apartment.

 

On May 6th of this year, Tom woke up about 3:30 am with a terrific pain in his back. He called an ambulance for himself, and was taken to St. Paul’s hospital, where they performed two cat scans. The doctors informed him that a major artery had a tear in the inner lining the whole length of his upper torso. There was really nothing they could do for him except to keep his blood pressure as low as possible so the blood vessel would be less likely to break open, causing him to bleed internally.

 

Tom was able to leave this earth quickly on April 12th, and go to join his parents, who predeceased him, and also his sister-in-law, Penny Friesen, in Winnipeg, who passed away on April 4th.

 

He leaves to mourn and miss him, his brother, Ernie, (Winnipeg, MB), and sisters, Ruth (Saskatoon), Elsie (Abbotsford, BC), and Erma (New Hamburg, ON). There are still two aunts on Dad’s side, Aunt Jessie Switzer, in Vancouver, BC, who is 99, and Aunt Jean Friesen in Toronto. There are two uncles left on Mom’s side to remember Tom as well, Uncle Isbrand Kroeker in Chilliwack, BC., and Uncle Henry & Aunt Frieda Kroeker in Castor, AB. Plus forty-four first cousins.

 

Tom is survived by two beloved daughters – Darlene and Sharon.

 

A service of remembrance is planned for July 31 at 3 pm at Westgate Alliance Church, Saskatoon. Burial will follow at the Chortitz Cemetery 7 miles west of Hague.

Michael Paul Kuyek

Michael Paul Kuyek was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Elizabeth Kuyek; his grandparents, Theodore and Katherine Kuyek; Mike and Mary Lukas; and nephew, Evan Kuyek.

Michael is survived by his wife, Linda; his children and step-children, Ryan(Cheryl), Jenna(David), and Curtis in Winnipeg, Nicholas(Sam) and Nathan in Yorkton; numerous grandchildren; his brothers, Terry(Brenda), Bernie(Charlene); his sisters, Marion(Brian) Gnam, Barb(Elden) Kammer, Lena(Juergen) Bauer; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles

Mike was born in Bralorne, BC. Then as a young boy, his family moved to Regina, SK where he went to school. Mike’s first job was at Wester Clay, he then worked at Motorways, Co-op Dairy’s, Sysco and Federated Co-op.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the Martensville RCMP, the first responders, the Paramedics, and to the staff at the Royal University Hospital for the care of Mike.

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