Obituaries / Life Stories
It is with sad hearts that the family of Gordon Matthew Allan announce his sudden passing on April 13, 2020 near Grandora, SK. Gord was born to his parents Donald and Mildred Allan on September 13, 1950 in Vancouver, BC. Gord will be so deeply missed by all of his family, friends as well as all of those whose lives he touched.
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Linda Marie Geisler (Regier) of Martensville,SK. Linda was born on August 13, 1956 to Peter and Katherina Regier. In March of 2019 Linda was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Linda fought a great battle to this fast moving aggressive cancer with chemo treatments and radiation. When all treatments stopped working she knew she was losing her battle. She carried on with life like normal, never complaining and always with a smile on her face. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on April 11, 2020. She leaves to mourn her loving husband Robert and her 2 children Kevin (Julie) and Charlene (John). Her grandchildren Brandi (Chanse), Bryston (Maddy), Bailey, Ashlyn, Aiden, Danica, Rachel. and her great grandchildren Quill and Xavier. All her brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. She was such a kind, loving lady with the biggest heart, everyone who met her loved her. She was always happy and loved being with people; she had so many family and friends and loved the time she spent with them. At this time we will not be having a funeral but we will be having a celebration of her life as soon as we are able to. This will be announced at a later date. All arrangements were made by Cherished Memories.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 55 years Dianne, son Tracy Hildebrand (Kelly O’Rafferty), daughter Patti (Gary) Zelizney, grandkids Justin (Rylee) Petit, Chenise Petit (Justin Alisauskas), Chelsea Petit, great-grandkids Jaxson and Audrey Morrisseau, Kalli Rose Petit and baby girl Alisauskas, sisters Linda Klassen (John Friesen), Betty (Jake) Banman, Frieda (Abe) Teichroeb, Sylvia (Dan) Friesen, Irene Hildebrandt, sister-in-law Mary Hildebrandt, brothers-in-law Rick LeMay, Tim LeMay, Tom LeMay and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Ernie were his parents William and Anna Hildebrandt, parents-in-law Roy and Bunny LeMay, sister Edna Wall, brother Ed Hildebrandt, half-sister Anna Hildebrandt, brothers-in-law Corney Klassen, John Wall, and sister-in-law Janet LeMay.
Ernie was raised on the family farm at Neuhorst, Sk. Soon after leaving for the big city, his working career included the Co-Op Creamery from 1957-1975 and entrepreneuring Bruno’s Pizza, which was an idea slightly ahead of it’s time.
Ernie played hockey and fastball with the hometown Osler Comets and Monarchs – later playing fastball with the College Lads and K.K. Olson. He enjoyed watching fastball after his playing days were over, often with Roy LeMay at Gordie Howe Park and South Kinsmen Park.
When “off the clock”, Ernie coached minor softball and hockey, curled, fished, played cards and earned accolades far and wide for seeding and raising the best looking lawn in Saskatoon through the 70s and 80s. Quite possibly the first mixed-tape King, he started numerous weekends recording his favorite tunes onto reel-to-reel tapes to play at one of the many gatherings on Red River Road. He loved time with family and friends as well as beating any and all challengers at crokinole and cribbage. After a near lifetime of dedicated cheering, frustration and disappointment with the Cubs and Blackhawks, he was finally able to celebrate World Series and Stanley Cup victories. His sharp mind, dignity, sense of humor and loveable, selfless nature is dearly missed.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Samaritan Place, Dr. DeCoteau, Dr. Basker and Ryan Anderson (Accufit Denture) for their support.
Memorial celebration details will be communicated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or Samaritan Place would be well placed . . . .
In Loving Memory
LUBINIECKI – Lolamae passed away at home on Thursday, April 9th, with zero social distancing, as her husband Daryl and children were by her side. Lolamae was a tough nut, and a true rockstar during the past 7 months. She pulled through a successful Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm surgery on October 2nd, 2019 – one day after her 53rdwedding anniversary supper date.
In November, Lolamae was told she had an aggressive cancer that had already spread to bone. After a lengthy stay in hospital, she was released to fight the fight at home with her family. Over the past 4 months, she remained true to her extraordinary, one of a kind, personality. All who knew, and loved her, embraced this unique quality.
Lolamae grew up on the family farm in Renown with her mom and 3 brothers; Bert, Glen, and Milton. After grade 12, she moved to Saskatoon to attend business college, and then landed her first job at CKOM in the Traffic Division. She met her husband, Daryl, through a mutual friend when they were in the Rendevouz café in Saskatoon. Daryl had seen Lolamae many times there during her coffee breaks, and sent his friend over to ask her if she’d go on a date with him. They were married October 1st, 1966, and the honeymoon was a trip to Knoxville where Daryl played one season of hockey with the Knights.
Once back in Saskatoon, mom had her first child, Jay, in 1969, and Raegan arrived in 1971. Lolamae went back to work at CKOM for a brief period, but her passion for more than 2 decades was volunteering with the Abilities Council Life Enrichment Program. She advocated, loved, and cared for her program family, fiercly. She worked for William’s Catering for a number of years, and had unforgettable encounters with many celebrities. More important than star encounters, were the friendships she made through this chapter in her life.
Lolamae was one of a kind. Her heartfelt love for family and friends will carry on. The phrases she used with swears thrown in like common dictionary words, will bring smiles to everyone, always. As much as she cared for and loved her family and friends, she was loved deeply in return.
Lolamae was predeceased by her father, Roy Servis, mother, Euphemia Servis, brothers Glen and Milton, niece, McKenzie, brothers in law Bernie and Kevin Lubiniecki, nephew, Seamus.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Daryl, son Jay John, daughter Raegan Lyn (Dale), grandsons Joshua and Elliot, grand daughter Eden, brother Bert Servis (Terry), sister in law Shirley Servis, sister in law Eva Topott (Bill), brother and sister in law Del and JoAnn Lubiniecki, sisters in law Brenda and Aileen Lubiniecki, Susan Geortz (Les), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thank you to the health care groups during these past few months, and extreme gratitude to Palliative Nurse Carolyn, and Family Physician, Dr. L Stewart and her entire office. Lolamae will be deeply missed by her family. We are so proud of her courage and strength during her uphill battle these past months. Amidst tears, talks, and her pain meds, we enjoyed spending so much time with her, sharing stories, laughs, and love. Rest in Peace mom. A celebration of Lolamae’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cancer Society.
October 25, 1947 – March 19, 2020
Wesley Fredrick Lockhart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan passed away on March 19, 2020 at St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care. He was born on October 25, 1947 to Frederick and Florence Lockhart in Weyburn Saskatchewan.
Wes will be dearly missed by his loving wife Nena, her children Nathan Isbister and Natasha Hoet (Rick) Nathan’s children Olivia and Jonathan, Natasha’s daughter Emma and stepson Michael. His daughter Candace Tillman (Greg) their children Drea, Gwennyth, Anika, Jocelyn and Maren. He is also survived by his nine siblings, their spouses, Nena’s siblings and their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his Pike Lake Family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Wes had various jobs before he joined the City of Saskatoon Police Department. During his thirty year career as a police officer he felt honoured to be working as a police officer in any capacity they wanted him to work. He especially loved working with the youth as a School Resource Officer.
Wes’s love of music, his talent as a piano player, his commitment as a sports editor and captain of the basketball team while at school in Clavet, his subsequent coaching of basketball at the Hanley High School, his life-long interest in that game as a spectator, his interest in fishing, hunting and acting as a guide to American hunters, his touring on his Gold Wing and his membership with the Blue Knight Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, and his love of horses help define who he was. He loved his cabin at Pike Lake and would spend the spring, summer and fall there. He was so grateful that the last couple of years his Pike Lake family (Terry Grosz, Dan Streisel, Tom Westgard) made it possible for him to do so. He enjoyed wing night, pot luck suppers and visitors stopping in for a visit at the cabin. Before his health deteriorated Wes enjoyed driving to McKinney, Texas to visit his daughter Candace, Greg and family every February. He loved the family camps at Delaronde lake and Coldwell. All who knew him respected and loved him, he wanted the best for everyone. His kind, gentle and generous spirit will live on in all those he knew and loved.
Wes was so grateful for the wonderful care he received from the hospital, doctors and nurses. His home care nurses and palliative care nurses. He truly appreciated the regular visits and help he got to get to appointments from his brothers Bob, Lew and Dorothy and friend Al Sather and Garth Haughn . His parting words to everyone was “Take care of each other” and “Life is Good”.
A celebration of Wes’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations made to Close to Home Campaign Hospice Care or the Canadian Cancer Society.
It is with great sadness that parents Tom and Mia West announce the sudden passing of their beloved daughter Mary-Ann West. Mary passed at 9:22am on March.9, 2020 after a brief fight with cancer at the young age of 60. Mary was always full of life, full of love and fiercely independent. To her family she was more than just a mother, daughter, sister, grandma and aunt. To her children she was supportive and nurturing. To them she was their buddy, their role model and their world. To her sisters she was a best friend, sounding board and their biggest fan. She was the fun loving aunt and the caring grandma that spoiled her grand babies. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
She is forever remembered by her children, Michelle Conn, Ashley(Jason) Zelko and Brett(Jess) West. Her Siblings, Lonnie(Wayne) McWillie, Nancy(Len) Wiebe and John West. Her Nephews, Chris Wiebe, Dylan West and Chase Wiebe. Her step children, Robyn(Ian) Jendruck, Samantha(Shane) Bridges and Paige(Huston) Anderson. Her grandchildren, Anson Gagne, Ryden Gagne, Savannah Bridges, Hunter Anderson, Zaylie Jendruck, Hendrix Anderson and Hadley West.
She is also remembered by her aunts and uncles from Holland; Wielie(Henny) Saedt, Johny(Mareiken) Saedt and Charl(Thea) Saedt.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Nathan Degenhart for all of his help and compassion throughout our moms care, as well as all the wonderful nursing staff from St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
As per Mary-Ann’s wishes there will only be a private family celebration of her life. The family respectfully requests that they be given privacy at this time as they honor their mother’s wishes.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the charity of your choosing.
Daniel Daoust was born June 11, 1959 in Thunder Bay, Ontario and passed away March 6, 2020 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Daniel will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends and all of those who knew and loved him.
It is with great sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of Rusty Durant, 58, on Sunday, February 23 of 2020. Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend, Rusty’s presence and loss is felt deeply by many.
Born on December 10, 1961 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, to Ellen and Hans Christensen, Rusty spent his childhood, teenage, and adult years in complete adoration of his parents and brother Ian.
Having finally met his match when he came across Laura in 1997, Rusty was absolutely delighted when they married in December of 2012. She was, and is the complete love of his life.
Rusty loved a good laugh. He gave a mean Donald Duck impression. He made superior BBQ sauce and his homemade bread garnered line-ups in the kitchen. He loved camping. He was a dog guy, and loved getting dogs (his and others) worked up. He knew his way around a good string of cuss words. He worked hard and often and loved it. Still, Rusty was the master of unfinished projects. He was incredibly generous and would drop everything to help a family member, a friend, a friend of a friend. He cared about the important conversation surrounding mental health. He could be just as whimsical as he could ornery. He was also as comfortable in the theatre as he was in front of a schooner of beer and two pounds of wings. He had respect for any place that could serve up a good burger. If his t-shirts offended you, he was all the more likely to wear them and even his best shoes had paint on them. His coffee was strong and muddy. He liked the word “kiddo.” He was a jungle gym for his nephews, niece and grandchildren. He gave huge, enveloping hugs. He always ended phone calls with “bye for now.” He loved deeply, without expectation or limits.
Rusty is survived by his loving mother Ellen, wife Laura, her children Audra, Edmund (Julie) and Amy (Joe), his daughter Amanda (Benjamin), sister-in-law Tammy, nephews Brayden and Garrett, niece Cassandra, grandchildren Clark, Paul, Ivy, Constantine, Pearl, Dylan, Eric, Jordan, Anna, Prairie and Lilac, and many friends and neighbours who hold him and his memory close.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Howard James Heppner on February 22, 2020 in Grande Prairie, AB at the age of 61 years. Howard was born on July 22, 1958 in Rosthern, SK, the eighth child and fourth son, to parents Isaac and Tena Heppner. He grew up on a farm near Waldheim, SK and attended school there as well.
Howard was a loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his children; Amanda Heppner (Glaslyn, SK), Chelsie Heppner (Blaine Lake, SK), Ashley Heppner (Glaslyn, SK), Brandon Heppner (Leask, SK) and 12 grandchildren, his siblings; Geraldine (Wilfrid) Gartz, Muriel Hiebert, Delores Eaton, Lionel Heppner, and Norman Heppner. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Isaac and Tena Heppner, brother Leland Heppner, sister Evangeline Heppner, and brother-in-law Jake Hiebert.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Cherished Memories in Martensville, Sk.
Carroll Joan Naphin (née Sawka) passed away in her home in Saskatoon on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the age of 72.
Carroll was born and raised in Preeceville, SK. She was the youngest of two children and had fond memories of growing up on a farm. She attended Beaver Bluff School and Preeceville School. Carroll obtained her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her early career in education led her to Swift Current, Red Deer, Saskatoon, and Ceylon. Although she took time off teaching to raise her family, she later took on other part time work, most notably at the Prairieland Emerald Casino and as a substitute teacher in Saskatoon. As a lifelong learner, she also took a variety of courses during this time. In 1996, she obtained her Master of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Her second career in education as a school psychologist and counselor began with Shared Services in Prince Albert and area. She closed her career in 2011 after more than a decade with the Regina Catholic School Division. Her work was challenging, and she touched the lives of many children and colleagues.
Carroll married Robert (Bob) Naphin in 1971. They raised two children in Saskatoon. Carroll was an outstanding mother who juggled many roles including care provider, confidant, supporter, and problem solver. She was strong-willed, good-hearted, and fun-loving. Most people who knew Carroll fondly remember her ability to tactfully give well thought-out and articulate advice. She was an avid Rider fan and also loved watching curling on TV. She enjoyed reading, baking, playing cards, shopping, and travelling. Memorable summer vacations were spent in Clear Lake, MB. One of Carroll’s proudest moments was becoming a grandmother. Her grandchildren were very special to her and she took pride in helping them learn and watching them grow.
Carroll was predeceased by her husband, Bob Naphin; her parents, John and Marie Sawka (Chalupiak); her in-laws, Patrick Naphin and Gladys Naphin (Tedeschi); and her niece, Angela Lindberg (Korchinski). Left to mourn her loss are her daughter, Jill (Brad) Zdunich; her son, Joseph (Deanna) Naphin; along with her grandchildren, Logan and Janae Zdunich and Jude Naphin, as well as Drew Tillson and Eden Roberts. Also mourning her loss is; her sister, Elizabeth Burke; her brothers-in-law, Patrick Naphin and Dennis Naphin; and her sister-in-law, Mary-Anne Naphin; as well as many nephews and nieces and their families.
The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of Preston Park Retirement Residence, where Carroll lived comfortably for almost seven years. We would also like to acknowledge the staff of the Palliative Home Care Program. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Prayers for Carroll will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. Funeral mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Both Services will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. A private interment will be held later at the Columbarium at St. John’s Cathedral in Saskatoon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services and Crematory (306-242-7888).
William Armstrong was born April 16, 1930 in Leader, Saskatchewan and passed away February 17, 2020 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. William will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all of those who knew him.
September 22, 1947 – February 14, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beverly Glacken on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the age of 72 years old.
Bev will be terribly missed by her children; son, Trever Glacken (Monica) and daughter, Kristin Classen (Josh); as well as her partner of 30 years, Ray Olekson; his children, Candace Braaten (Warren), Andrew Olekson (Bliss) and Amanda Ryan (Chris). Bev also leaves behind a mix of grandchildren, Oaklin, Pryor, Beckett, Berlyn, Maddox, Brody, Brynn, Blake, Olivia, Claire and Nora. She also leaves behind many siblings, Shirley Birtles, Jerry Freeman, Ron Freeman, Mavis Freeman and Phillip Freeman.
She is predeceased by; her father, D. John Freeman; her mother, Olive Caldwell; and sister, Patricia Abrey. Of course, many other people she loved include her brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law’s, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the emergency responders, nurses, doctors and support staff and team at the Royal University Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2020 in Saskatoon, SK. Date to be announced. Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services in Martensville, SK.
March 25th, 1935 – February 9th, 2020
It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ray J. Gurnsey.
Ray was born and grew up in the area of Ogema, SK. After completing training in Toronto, he moved to Saskatoon where he met and married Eva, his wife of 57 years. Ray worked as a service technician for IBM for almost his entire career. Ray, along with Eva, loved keeping their beautiful yard, numerous do it yourself projects, and in his spare time could often be found sitting at his computer.
Ray is survived by his wife, Eva; daughter, Shauna Ives (Trevor); grandchildren, Kyra & Lyndon Ives; sister, June Matters; and brother, Don Gurnsey (Alice). He was predeceased by his brother, Al Gurnsey (Joyce); and sister, Julia Webb (Tom). He also leaves behind several beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
At Ray’s request there will be no service. Please remember him fondly in your hearts.
Sunrise: October 6, 1939 Assiniboia SK. Sunset: January 31, 2020 Saskatoon, SK
Recently of Prince George, BC, relocating to Saskatoon in 2018 to be closer to extended family. A prairie boy who spent most of his working life in Alberta and B.C. Dale went on one last road trip, January 31, 2020, leaving no forwarding address for Melody (Strong) Harris, his wife of 46 years.
Dale was a brother, uncle, husband, father, grand-parent, great-grandparent and a loyal friend to many. He was also a friend of Bill W. Dale was a dedicated union tradesman. Initially a Journeyman Ironworker Local 720; then a Journeyman Boilermaker, with a 44 year membership with Local 146, Edmonton, Alberta.
There will be no formal service. Dale’s ashes, will be released where he requested: a gold bearing creek in BC, joining a river and eventually the Pacific Ocean. Dale was a decades long prospector and was happy fishing from his boat during the time he and Melody lived on Vancouver Island.
Skate on, Dale, in that endless hockey game with no rules, no refs, and no call to stop for supper.
“In the end we are all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass
Paul, age 94, died peacefully in palliative care at St. Paul’s Hospital on January 28, 2020 after a cancer diagnosis in December, 2019.
He is survived by his wife Margot (Marge), of Luther Special Care Home, and his children Paulette (Richard) DeCloedt, Joanne Farbacher, Bruce (Svetlana), Blanche (Dennis) Sully, Elaine (Glenn) Pegg and Bernie ( Wendy), and his grandchildren Jonathan (Alice), Domini (Brad), Matthew, Michael, Christopher, Catherine (Jesse), RaeAnne (Kevin), Hilary (Shane), Paige (Paul), Jeff (Naomi), Scott, Adam (Megan), Breanna , Justin, Paul, Marie-Madeleine, Nicole, Max and Anton (Alexandra), and his great grandchildren Rollo, Isabella, Liam, Jacob, Zoe, Gracelyn, Clara, Wyatt, Levi, Mia, Smith, Milo, Violet, Diana, and Veronika.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, Gaston and Jeanne (Floch) Farbacher, and his in- laws Nestor and Marie-Anna (Roy) Lemire, and his sisters and their spouses Madeleine and Germain Landry, Marguerite Farbacher and Jeannine and John Milum, and his great-granddaughter Elizabeth Rose Sully, as well as Bernard Bitz.
Paul was born at home on the family farm north of Springside on his mother’s birthday February 25, 1925.
He attended a country school and began his farming career after completing Grade 8 at the age of 14. Paul met his wife Margot at his cousin’s wedding and it was love at first sight. Dad and Mom were married in 1950 and celebrated 69 years of marriage this past October.
Dad was a kind, honest and gentle man. He was a faithful husband and proud, loving father. In his youth he enjoyed playing ball and hockey using a homemade hockey stick. As an adult he curled, coached hockey and enjoyed playing cards and dice games with his family and friends. He loved watching sports on television especially the Blue Jays and Canadian Curling Teams.
Dad had a wonderful sense of humour that even shone through while in palliative care. He was a good man and we were blessed to have had his unconditional love and support over the years
For the last six months Dad happily resided at Elim Lodge. Mom has been living at Luther Special Care Home since 2015. Thank you to the caring staff at both facilities. Our family also thanks the staff on 6200 Ward at RUH and Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital for their compassion and support.
In Dad’s memory and in lieu of flowers those who wish to donate may do so to Cystic Fibrosis Canada or Operation Smile Canada.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 10 am, from St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue, in Saskatoon, SK., with Fr. Michael Dechant, OMI, officiating.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
March 12, 1953- January 28, 2020
It is with broken hearts and deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved Larry on January 28, 2020 at the age of 66 years in Saskatoon, SK. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1201 Broadway Ave., Saskatoon, SK. at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with Pastor Marilyn Fowlie-Neufeld officiating.
Larry was born to Minnie and Harold Kaminski in Earl Grey, Sk. At the age of 9, after the passing of his father, he moved to Saskatoon with his Mom and sisters. He attended Queen Elizabeth Elementary School and Walter Murray High School. After graduating, Larry commenced a long career of 34 years with the Saskatoon School Board as an Assistant Building Operator. Though Larry retired in 2011, he still felt the need to be involved with people and to keep busy so he accepted a part-time position as a Building Operator at the condo where they lived.
Larry met his true love and best friend, Janice in 1988 and they were married in 1994. Larry and Janice enjoyed many trips together and especially loved to go to Las Vegas. The two were inseparable and did all things together.
Larry was a kind and gentle man who loved his family dearly and he made special efforts to be part of family get togethers. Larry also loved looking after his two furry friends, Molly and Oliver, and the cats will miss their time with Larry reading the newspaper. Larry enjoyed gardening and helping / caring for others, he was a true one-of-a-kind gem. He will be dearly missed by his family, relatives, friends and extended family at the condo. His smile and friendly personality will be greatly missed in the hallways at the condo.
Larry is predeceased by his father, Harold Kaminski; father-in-law, Pius Lebold; brother-in-law, Ron McKay.
Larry is survived by his wife, Janice; mother, Minnie Kaminski; sister, Donna Kaminski; sister, Bev McKay & family Tanya, Mark (Hilarie); sister, Wendy Kohle (Gord) & family Christopher (Amanda), Landon (Melissa); mother-in-law, Myrtle Lebold; sister-in-law, Dianne Newcombe (Don) & family Ryan (Jenny), Ashley (Evan). He also leaves behind great nieces, extended family and friends.
Larry touched the lives of so many, especially the lives of family and friends, and he will be missed by all. May God wrap his arms around all of us for comfort and give us love and strength.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.
It is with great sadness that we announce that our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother passed away on January 23rd, 2020, at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She will be lovingly remembered by her two sons; John Belhumuer, James Belhumuer (Natalie) and her two daughters; Dynelda Deitner, Diane Ritchie (Dean). Her grandchildren; Robyn, Keri, Derek, Kristine, Kimberly, Jeremy and great grandchildren; Alaysha, Grady, and her sister, Marie Barnes.
Margaret was born, raised and lived most of her life in Young, Sk. In 2010, she became a resident of Manitou Lodge. She had a zest for life that matched her vibrant red hair. She was a humble woman full of love, strength, determination, courage, and depth. She valued and treasured her family and friends above all else. At Margaret’s request there will be no funeral. At a later date we will have a private service with family and friends.
Eileen Agnes Olson (nee Simonson), age 79 of Saskatoon, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.
She was born in North Battleford on July 14, 1940 to the late Simon and Agnes Simonson.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Jack Olson; son, Mervin Olson; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Logan Anderson; brother, Martin Simonson and two brothers in law, Jack Sabo and Harvey Cowles.
She is survived by her three children, Alvin Olson (Nancy Olson), Laura Olson (Trevor Beckman), and Sheldon Olson (Mandy Adiwal); five grandchildren, Sarah Olson (Gareth Rowland), Caval Olson-Lepage (Alan Lepage), Mitchell Olson, Katrina Rans (Jeremy Rans) and Melissa Olson (Mike Stefanuk); three great grandchildren: Ethan Lepage, Arielle Rans and Charlotte Rans; four siblings, Isabelle Sabo (Jack Sabo), Elizabeth Cowles (Harvey Cowles), David Simonson (Gerri Simonson), and Marilyn Simonson (Gord Dobrowolosky); sister in law, Phillis Simonson (Martin Simonson) and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Eileen married Jack in Prince Albert on June 28th, 1956 and moved to Saskatoon shortly after where they remained to raise their family. Eileen soon opened a daycare at their house on Avenue L where she quickly became known as Mama ‘Leen to all the neighborhood kids.
When the kids were young, Eileen and her family spent summers at Emma Lake where the Simonson Family cabin was located. Eventually they decided to put in a pool in their backyard instead of going to the lake. Their house quickly became a central hub for everyone, especially Alvin and his family who would bike there in the summer. All were welcome for a visit, a swim in the pool and to grab a “slushie” from the bucket in freezer. Clothing optional for grandkids.
Eventually, as the kids got older Eileen closed the doors to her daycare and began working at Marquis Hall at the University of Saskatchewan for the next 15 years. Eileen was an avid curler and enjoyed curling at the Granite on Friday nights for over 20 years. She was very excited when her great grandson, Ethan took up the sport last year and could be found every weekend at the rink. Curling wasn’t her only favorite sport, Eileen’s favorite channel was TSN and she never missed a chance to watch her “Roughies” with friends and family.
As the matriarch of the Olson family she instilled in everyone the importance of family. She never missed the opportunity for a family dinner, especially if it was a backyard bbq, her favorite family event. Later when Mervin and his kids moved back to Saskatoon from Winnipeg, she became a second mom to them as she helped raise them as they settled into their new life. She quickly converted them to be the biggest Rider fans of the family.
Eileen loved gardening and after they sold their house and moved to a condo, she still found ways to have a vegetable garden in her kids or grandkids backyards and every spring she loved to help them buy and plant flowers in their yards.
In retirement Eileen enjoyed yearly trips to British Columbia to visit her two youngest kids, Laura and Sheldon, where she enjoyed escaping Saskatchewan winters, sight seeing, gondola rides and enjoying the west coast weather. Back at home she loved spending time with her family and friends, catching the latest sports game on TSN, and was always available for a lunch date or to go shopping especially if it included her great grandchildren, Ethan, Arielle and Charlotte.
Eileen was deeply loved and will be missed tremendously by all in her life. She will be remembered for her generous heart, quick wit, humour and the best hugs in the world.
December 09, 1931 ~ January 11, 2020
It is with sadness and love that we, the family of Harold, announce his death on January 11, 2020 at the Sherbrooke Nursing Home. Harold was predeceased by; his parents, Anton and Emma; his son, Rick; and nine siblings. He is remembered by his lovely sister Sofie and her daughter Janet.
Harold leaves behind his devoted wife and best friend Winona (Nonie). They were soul mates for 45 years. Together they combined their families and the result was six wonderful kids. In order of oldest to youngest they are, Nancy Murdoch, Penny (Robert) Loraas, Darcy Murdock of Vancouver, Darren (Marina) of South Africa, Wanda (Allen) Braun of Vancouver and Devon (Johana). Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Harold was a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness and therefore has the hope of the Resurrection and living on a paradise Earth.
The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 18th, 2020, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1725 McKercher Drive in Saskatoon.