Obituaries / Life Stories

Edythe Muriel Attewell

Edythe Muriel Attewell

November 17, 1926 – January 8, 2019

Edythe Muriel Attewell of Martensville, Saskatchewan passed away January 8, 2019 at the age of 92 years.

Edythe was one of 5 children born to Zora and Robert Ford of Ross Creek, Alberta.

She leaves to mourn her passing her 4 children and their families, James Attewell (Judy Miskulin) of Calgary, Ab.; Esther (Dan) Cramp of Corning, Ca. USA.; John (Linda-Beth) Attewell of Verona, On.; and Dorothy (Marvin) Ens of Martensville, Sk.; Grandchildren, Christine Nillson, Deanna Attewell, Darlene Rife, Tammy Burgoyne, Tracy Mohr, Rachael Attewell and their spouses; Great Grandchildren, Austin, Michelie, Cameron, Alyssa, Siara, Krista, Nicholas, Jessica, Winston, Thomas, Isabel and 1 Great Great Grandson Talon. Three sisters, Phelma Schertel, Fern Thor, Wilma Odiorne and 1 brother Wilfred Ford (Shirley) as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Harold Attewell in 1988, sister Verna Herbert, brother-in-laws Johnny Jackson, George Schertel, Howard Thor, and Lester Odiorne.

Edythe and Harold farmed at Ardrossan, Alberta for many years doing custom baling at a time when most area farmers did not own a baler.  Mom was the one who baled most of the hay and straw around Brookville, Ardrossan, and Josephburg, Ab communities.  Her children grew up in various hay fields with Mom holding us on her lap while she made the rounds or played in the shade of a vehicle on a blanket. Many a baby bottle were tossed off the tractor onto a swath that she had to climb down to retrieve.  (John was especially proficient at this game).

Mom retired to Armstrong, B.C. in February 1990 where she owned a suite opposite her sister Phelma. She did the bulk of the cooking but they ate in Phelma’s place, sharing and caring for each other.  She became the “Queen of jam-making”, living in the North Okanagan region with full access to seasonal fruits.  Any combination of fruit became an excellent tasting jam.

Aging made the apartment stairs difficult to manage so she celebrated her 83rdbirthday by moving to Martensville, Saskatchewan to live with Dorothy and son-in-law Marvin, not realizing that dementia would begin to steal her mind. In February 2013, she entered a long-term care facility when 24 hour supervision became necessary.  August of 2016, she was transferred to the Warman Mennonite Special Care Home where she resided until her passing.  The care and attention she received from the staff at WMSCH was amazing and we are so thankful for their kindness and love.

“Mom… until we meet again! We love you!!

Her arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories, Martensville.  A private service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Warman Mennonite Special Care Home would be appreciated.

Donald Wayne McKibbin

Don passed away with his family by his side on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at the age of 67.  Don will be remembered, by all who met him, as caring, generous, dependable, resourceful, and wise.  Those who knew him well will add shit disturber to the list.  Don wore many hats in his life, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor, but the ones he wore the most were the ones to keep the sun out of his eyes…and off his bald spot.

Don was born on October 26, 1951 to Walter and Edie McKibbin. He was the middle child between Garry and Joyce.  According to Don, being the middle child also made him the smartest.  Don could make friends anywhere he went.  He and those friends proceeded to wreak havoc in the Whitefox area until he moved to Edmonton in 1972.   It was in these younger years that Don learned many of the “Do as I say and not as I do” life lessons that he would pass on to his children.

After moving to Edmonton, Don met his future wife Mary, who had also moved to Edmonton from the Nipawin area.  Don and Mary knew after their first date that they had something special and were married on May 14, 1977.  They spent the next 41 years together living, learning and creating a wonderful life, which included two (usually) amazing children, Kathy and Bradley. A great joy in the last nine years was his favourite grandchildren Ryland and Melanie.

Before starting Active Auger Services with Mary in 1978, Don was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.  As a boy he delivered papers, did janitorial work at the school in Whitefox, and as he got older he did diamond drilling while hanging off the side of mountains and rat hole drilling in the arctic.  After selling Active Auger in 2001, Don continued to pass his wisdom and knowledge to others while working for Pinter and Associates and Venture Construction.

Don will be forever remembered as always having an appropriate quote for every situation and a story to tell (not always appropriate for all audiences).  Don was happiest out on the water with a fishing rod in hand while watching the enjoyment that his family and friends got out of fishing along side of him.

The quote “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” hit very close to home for Don.  From old boats to woodworking, Don and Mary always had a refinishing and/or re-purposing project on the go.  When Don wasn’t fishing or working on a project he enjoyed catching up with friends over coffee.

Please join us on Friday, January 11, 2019 for a brief service and celebration of Don’s life.  The service will be at 1:00 pm with coffee to follow until 4:00 pm at Cherished Memories Funeral Home in Martensville, SK.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Pauls Palliative Care or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arthur Bernard Eliason

Arthur Bernard Eliason passed away on Jan. 6, 2019, at the age of 97 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Bernie, as he was known all his life, was born on Dec. 27, 1921, at Robsart, SK, to Norwegian immigrants Einar and Ingeborg Eliason. The ninth of eleven surviving children, he grew up on the family farm north of Kuroki, SK. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airplane mechanic at a training base in Quebec. After WWII, he attended Briercrest Bible Institute at Caronport, SK. He then returned home to farm and build a house on the half section of land he had purchased two miles west of where he grew up. In 1952 he met the local country schoolteacher, Hazel Dalshaug. Bernie & Hazel were married on July 17 of the following year and raised three children on the farm.

In addition to farming, Bernie pursued his interest in airplanes by acquiring his private pilot’s license. He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking his family to the lake for swims, picnics, and fishing. He served many years on the Kuroki Credit Union and Pool Elevator boards, participated at the Lone Tree, Kuroki and Wadena Baptist churches, and helped with the maintenance work at Fishing Lake Bible Camp. Following up on a stirring in his heart during his Bible School years for missions, Bernie retired from farming in his early fifties to help others get the Bible and Bible training in their own language. In 1974 he began volunteering with Wycliffe Bible Translators, helping with construction and maintenance in Brazil, Mexico, and Arizona. Bernie & Hazel also spent several winters in Texas at the Rio Grande Bible Institute. He never minded going South for the winters! In latter years he maintained contact with missionary friends through email and their visits. Likewise, Bernie never hesitated to help his family with his practical skills. His family will remember him as being a man of few words, but who led and loved through his actions.

Bernie is survived by his wife Hazel of Saskatoon, SK, daughter Bernis (Jim) Ingvaldson of Bagley, MN, grandson Trent (Jennifer) Eliason and their son Edward of Regina, SK. Bernie was preceded in death by his sons Collin and Garnet and grandson Joel Eliason.

Burial was held on Tues., Jan. 8 at Wadena Cemetery followed by a family gathering at Conrad and Lilyan Eliason’s home. Memorial gifts may be mailed to: Fishing Lake Bible Camp,Box 835, Wynyard, SK, S0A 4T0. Please make cheques out to: Wynyard Gospel Church designated to “FLBC General Fund – Bernie Eliason Memorial”

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim. 4:7

Fredrick Allan Mullis

Allan’s family is sad to announce that Allan died on December 31st, 2018 due to complications from diabetes and heart disease.

Allan is survived by his spouse Susan, son Ian and his partner Ellie, stepdaughter Shannon, brother Simon and his spouse Doris and family, two estranged adult children Brock and Jocelyn and their families, as well as his estranged siblings Bernard, Duane, Barbara, Stacey, Rhonda and their families. Forever missed and greatest influence in his life was his great uncle Amby Casey.

In accordance with Allan’s wishes, cremation has already taken place and no funeral will be held.  A private life appreciation will be held at a later date.

Leslie Edward O’Shea

Les O’Shea (July 30, 1956 to December 21, 2018)

Father of Tom (Rebecca) & Cheryl (Devon), Husband to Bev, Son of Bud & Angie, Brother to Sandi (Robb), Uncle to many nieces & nephews

Les loved music and learned to play guitar at an early age.  He was a great cook and loved to BBQ for friends & family, especially at the lake. He always made sure everyone had a good drink, good food & great music. He was a natural athlete & played hockey, ball and lacrosse.  Les was a member of the Outlaws hockey team and spent many hours on and off the ice with them.  He loved nothing better than playing with his kids when they were young and introduced them to the love of music early on.  His quick wit and great sense of humour could leave you laughing so hard you’d fall out of your chair.

Les worked hard his whole life, mentored many a plumber and was a respected businessman. Les was a good & kind-hearted soul who was taken far too early by the disease of alcoholism. Rest easy now Big Guy.

A celebration of Les’s life will be held at Cherished Memories in Martensville at 1:30 on Jan 12, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors & nurses at RUH for their care & dedication.

Carmin Dawney Short

Carmin Dawney Short passed away peacefully with family at his side Wednesday December 19, 2018.

Carmin was predeceased by his parents Alex and Tillie, brothers Emil, Norman, Harvey, Bud and Louis. He is survived by his sister Yvonne(David) LittleCrow, sister-in-laws, Sharon Jarvis, Thelma Short, Marilyn Short, Shirley Redl and Beatrice Shortt. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces.

Carmin was born March 1, 1935 at Round Prairie and was the oldest surviving Metis resident until health issues caused him to relocate to Saskatoon. Carmin loved to hunt especially with his brother Harvey in the sand dunes of Round Prairie. Carmin enjoyed his time with friends on weekends but always reported for work first thing Monday morning. Carmin enjoyed telling humorous stories about his past and the neighbors to friends and relatives and his storytelling will be missed by us all.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Sunnyside Nursing Home for the care he received while there.

The Graveside Service was held Sunday December 23 at 2:00 pm at spring Creek Lutheran Church.

David Lawrence Baird

It is with great sadness that the family of David Lawrence Baird announce his passing on July 19, 2018. David was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on October 27, 1942 to Roy and Helen. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

Arley Penner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arley Penner on December 14th. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Helen (Siemens) Penner; three sisters, Gloria Penner, Joyce Kreger, Ann Evans; and wife, Doreen Tait.

He is survived by his son, Shawn (Karen) Penner and their children, Josh, Zackary, Olivia and great grandson Andre; son, Darren (Evon) Penner and their children, Alicia and Victoria; daughter, Lynn (Brian) Olson and their children, Justin, Dallas and Riley; and sister Ruth Eberz, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arley was most known for his love of fishing, storytelling and spending as much time as possible at the lake with family and friends. He fought hard for several years with varying health issues but always remained upbeat until the very end. We love you dad and will miss you dearly but you will forever be in our hearts. There will be a private gathering of Arley’s immediate family at a later date.

Edward David George O’Hara

George passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 6, 2018. He is survived by his children Cathy O’Hara, Jan Berger (Keith), Debbie Ross (Graham), Joanne Friesen (Rick), David O’Hara (Theresa), Heather Cattell (Kent), Patti O’Hara (Dave) and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Rena O’Hara. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret (Leach) in 2000. He was the youngest of eight children and was predeceased by his parents and siblings. George worked in the family business, J.J. O’Hara and Sons in Conquest and worked and lived there most of his life. He retired to Outlook and resided there until his passing. At his request there will be a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories.

Mildred Eloise Kozachenko

Mildred Kozachenko was born November 6, 1917 in Ebenezer, SK., and passed away peacefully December 6, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK.  Mildred will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

Audrey Lynn Crosson

Audrey Lynn Crosson was born in Kerrobert SK, the second oldest of four children. She grew up on a farm and attended Antelope Park, a country school. She graduated from Altario School after a family move to Compeer AB where her mother ran the post office. Starting at the bank in Kindersley SK, she continued her banking career in Saskatoon. There she found the love of her life, Francis Crosson, and they married in 1980. They enjoyed country music and acreage life, rode horses, did wagon treks and parades, and volunteered for decades at the Western Development Museum. After retirement, Audrey worked in the WDM gift shop. Audrey was a people person; family, friends, and people in general were most important in her life.

During her school years, Audrey loved sports such as volleyball, basketball, softball, and curling. An avid adult ball player, golfer, and curler, she also enjoyed watching sports and cheered on the Edmonton Oilers and the Blue Jays. Between 2012 and 2015, she and her teams won two gold and one bronze national seniors’ curling championships and four provincial seniors’ curling championships. Golfing trips and playing cards with friends were special highlights in her life.

Audrey was predeceased by parents Hazen and Molly Vennard, brother Bob Vennard, brother-in-law Neil Galloway and nephew Warren Ermantrout. Audrey leaves to mourn her husband Francis Crosson and stepchildren Selena Crosson (Randy Gray), Richard (Susan) Crosson, Roy (Linda) Crosson; grandchildren Travis Doyle (Maggie Scott), Lindsay Doyle (Ryan Roberts), Kenton (Alex) Doyle, Adrian Doyle (Caitlin Buchanan), Stacy (Josh) Kunder, Jamie (Callum) Wiggins, Dustin (Victoria) Crosson, Shavonne (Brennen) Baillargeon, and ten great-granchildren; sister Gloria Galloway and nephews Blair (Sherri) Galloway, Mark (Laurel) Galloway, Brent (Nacole) Galloway, niece Cheryl (Joe) Johnston and their families; sister Donna (Ken) Ermantrout and niece Shelley Nygaard and family. The family wishes to thank family physician Dr. Dan Dattani and the staff at the Cancer Clinic, Royal University and St. Paul’s Hospitals for their kind, thorough, and compassionate care.

A memorial celebration of Audrey’s life was held at 2 p.m., December 12, at St. Martin’s United Church (Rev. Jordan Cantwell), 2617 Clarence Ave. S in Saskatoon. Interment of her remains took place at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 13, at Lot 129 interment space C1 in the Garden of the Apostles, Hillcrest Cemetery, 210 Wess Road, Saskatoon. The family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers due to allergies.

Elaine Ann Nontell

Elaine Ann Nontell was born April 1, 1967 in Saskatoon, SK., and passed away November 28, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK.  She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband Ken, all of her family, friends, and all of those who knew her.

Glenn William Gariepy

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Glenn William Gariepy on November 26, 2018 at St Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Glenn was born March 28, 1951 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatoon. Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville, Saskatchewan. Glenn is survived by his son Warren McColm and grandchildren Alyssa and Mateo, mother Yvonne Gariepy, sisters Sharon Ceretti (Doug), Gwen McGowan (Dale), Brenda Venne (Edwin) and nieces and nephews. Thank you to Gary and Lyle for their compassion and support for Glenn throughout his illness. Special thank you to the staff of unit 5A at St Paul’s hospital for the care and support of Glenn and his family. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories.

Hubert Allan Smith

Hugh Smith, 73, of Saskatoon, Sask. passed away on November 23rd, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A come and go tea will be held to remember Hugh, on Sunday, December 16th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 516 – 8thStreet East, Saskatoon.

Hugh was born on March 29th, 1945 in Belleville, Ontario. He grew up working in the construction industry, spending his younger years working in Ontario on many projects, finishing with the Harbor Castle Hilton Hotel in Toronto.  Hugh then decided to move on to Project Management, putting on a suit and tie, instead of his hard hat.  During this time, he decided to move his family to the West, settling in Saskatoon.  When economic times got tough in construction, he went back to ‘hands on’ construction.  He loved building everything and anything, big or small.  There are many fences, decks and stairs around Saskatoon that he was very proud of building.  For the past 7 years, he has worked for Adesa Auctions, a job he loved.  He made many good friends there.

Family was very important to Hugh.  He loved seeing them all, and was known to brag about them, as he was very proud of his family.  He loved the simple things in life, cooking, visiting with friends and family and caring for his many cats over the years.  Hugh used to say, there are talkers and doers.  He was definitely a doer.  He loved to stay busy and enjoyed helping others.  But he was also a talker too, known for his storytelling, dry sense of humour and witty comebacks.  He could always see the lighter side of a situation, and appreciated a good joke when he heard one.  His personality will be missed.

Hugh is lovingly remembered by; his wife, Bev; children, Steve, Don, Rick, Michelle, Renee, and their families.  He had a special place in his heart for all of his grandchildren, Ryker, Ariel, Sam, Amina, Graeme, and Hani and two great grandchildren, Crimson, and Camyra.  Also, sister, Bonnie; brother-in-law, George; sister-in-law, Joanne, sister-in-law, Twila and their families.

A special thank you to the staff at the Saskatoon Cancer Agency, Palliative Care nurses, Saskatoon Homecare, and St. Paul’s Palliative Care unit; your care and understanding is so appreciated.

Thoughts and memories can be sent to To leave condolences, please visit the website  Arrangements are entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory.

Brent Douglas Wolfe

With profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our precious son and brother Brent Douglas Wolfe on Saturday, November 17, 2018. He was predeceased by his father and closest friend Ray in 2002; paternal grandparents Adolph and Annie Wolfe; maternal grandparents Karl and Elsbeth Kaun; numerous aunts and uncles; special cousin Brad Wolfe; and many other cousins; and brother-in-law Darrell Bjerg in 2014. Brent is survived by his loving mother Ruth Wolfe; adoring twin sister Carla Rae James; Aunt Orpha Anderson; Uncle Wally Wolf; special ex-mother-in-law Helen Valley; estranged children Darren Wolfe, Dr. Ashley Slovack and Lindsay Tysdal and three grandchildren he loved dearly (but sadly never met) all residing in Saskatoon; Carla’s daughter Erin Gardiner (Corey); and great-nephews Aidan and Ewan of Victoria, B.C. Brent is also survived by lifelong dear friend Jerry Lopinski, who was invaluable in assisting Brent with the farm throughout the years. Brent was a kind, loving man who would do anything for anyone. He was talented in many ways, there was nothing he couldn’t fix or manufacture. Some of his happiest times were at the farm with his dad. Brent did a lot of things in his life; Real estate, he started a swimming pool company, the General Store, and Universal Auction Service with his buddy and partner Jack Hills. The past few years as his health declined, he lived with his sister Carla. Brent, we know you are at peace with Dad and Darrell. Rest easy now. You will be eternally loved and adored and missed by Mom and Carla. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 627 Taylor Street East in Saskatoon. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.

Donald James Blair

Donald James Blair was born on August 30, 1975 in Whitecourt, Alberta, and passed away November 7, 2018 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Don will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends and all of those who shared in his life.

Kenneth Wesley Arnett

Kenneth Wesley Arnett was born April 24, 1948 in Imperial, Sask., and passed away November 6, 2018 in Saskatoon, Sask.  Kenneth will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Samuel Wesley Kabatoff

Samuel Wesley Kabatoff passed away at the Royal University Hospital on Thursday November 1, 2018 at the age of 88. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years Ruby, sons Randal and Daryl, his sister Marlene (Alec) and many nieces and nephews. Samuel was born in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan and he was predeceased by his parents William (Bill) and Annie Kabatoff, parents-in-law Alex and Cora (Elloway) Hnedish. As per Sam’s request there are no formal services planned at this time.

Eldon Clayton Gile

Eldon Was born on September 24, 1943 in Euguene and was raised in Coosbay, Oregeon. He graduated from Marshfield High in 1961, entered the US Navy and fought in the Vietnam war, and then went to college to become an electrician.

IN 1972, he came to Canada to build and run a saw mill for the North American Stud Co. While there, he met and married Debbie Welch and they had two children. Eldon and Debbie left Slave Lake  and moved to Kinsella, Alberta and bought a general store.

Later, Eldon worked in the oil patch as an operator and later a foreman. He worked until age 70 and then retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. Eldon also went for coffee every day with the boys.

Eldon is predeceased by; his father, mother and stepfather; brother, Darryl; and daughter, Becky.

He is survived by; his wife, Betty Gile; son, Brad Gile; stepson, Dan(Bonnie)Symynuk; stepson Michael; Grandchildren, Chasta Gerwing, David Symynuk, Tristen Gile, and Jasmine Gile; Great Grandchildren, Dylan, Karter, and Jace (Chasta); and his love of his life, “Sage”.

Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Delisle Community Chapel, 417-2ndStreet East, Delisle with interment to follow at Donavon Cemetery. Following interment, lunch took place at the Delisle Senior’s Centre. Donations in honour of Eldon may be directed to the Donavon Cemetery.

Audrey Enid Arthurs

It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of our dear wife, mother, and grandmother Audrey who passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at age 91 with her family by her side. Audrey was born in Rosetown, SK on June 3, 1927. She moved to Saskatoon and worked for Eaton’s for many years while raising her family with Alvin. Audrey retired from Eaton’s in 1991 and moved with Alvin to Abbotsford, BC to escape the harsh prairie winters. She traveled widely with Alvin, both before and after retirement, enjoying many foreign adventures, hiking BC trails, and marveling at waterfalls. They enjoyed a remarkable 24 years of retirement in Abbostford before recently returning to Saskatchewan. Audrey was predeceased by her parents Sarah (Harrison) and George Cork, and her five brothers (Robert, George, Don, John, and Harold). She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Alvin, her son Eric (Marian), daughter Bonita (Michael), and grandchildren Darcy and Carmen, and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Audrey enjoyed many rounds of Kaiser over the years, and was a formidable crossword puzzle whiz. She was a very kind and gentle soul, always calm and patient, and a huge source of love for our family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. The last part of her life was beset with health challenges but she rose to every occasion with dignity until the end. Rest in peace our dear sweet Audrey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in her memory to the Red Cross, St. Paul’s Hospital, or to a charity of your choice.

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