Obituaries / Life Stories

Marion Chornobrywy

Marion Chornobrywy passed away on May 28th, 2018 at RUH in Saskatoon. Marion was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on July 1st, 1933. She was the second of four daughters born to Robert and Maisey Agnew, sisters Doris (Jack), Eileen (Mark), Carol (Roy). At 25 years of age, and by herself, she immigrated to Ottawa. Her parents did not say goodbye to her at the ship as they believed she would be on the next ship back home. In Ottawa she was the first woman to do window displays for a department store in Canada. It was in Ottawa where she met and married WWII Veteran and Wing Commander in the RCAF, Amil Chornobrywy. They later moved to Montreal where Marion obtained her Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University. She also owned an art gallery, named Gallerie Elite. In her later years she moved to Saskatoon to be closer to family. Marion is survived by her children Lynn (Claude) Seguin, Dennis (Johanna) Chornobrywy and extended family, Jean-Pierre (Carlyn), Aaron (Joanne), Bree, Jacynthe, Emily, Will, Camille, Victoria and Larry plus many nieces and nephews in Ireland and the UK. A memorial will take place at a later date in her beloved city of Belfast. The family wishes to thank RUH Doctors, nurses and staff who made her last days easier. Thoughts and memories may be sent to

Clifford Glen Sawatsky

Cliff (aka Radio Man) was born in Saskatoon, SK to Margaret Sawatsky. Cliff received his education in Saskatoon and for 23 years he was employed at Prairie Machines. He was so proud of the leather jacket and the custom trophy they presented to him at his 20 year anniversary.

Cliff spent countless hours volunteering at Parkridge Centre, he loved taking the residents on outings and he loved the people.

His passion was country and western music. He could name every artist, every song and of course every announcer on the CJWW station.

Cliff loved to watch wrestling and spent countless hours with his best friends watching it on Pay Per View. Once again, he could recite the entire history of any given wrestler.

He had a fantastic ability to recall facts and dates.

Nicole Breanne MacLean

Nicki was a miracle, from the day she was born to May 24th, the day she earned her wings. Though small at only 4’10” (5’ with heels), her presence and heart were big enough to fill any room. You could always count on Nicki, probably wearing pink or purple, to brighten your day with her warmth, humor, or one of her coveted hugs. She was the kindest, most caring and emphatic young lady you’d ever meet. Her passion was her friends, boyfriend and family, whom she loved fearlessly. If there was a birthday, campfire, games night or just “coffee” with friends, Nicki would be there (probably ten minutes early). Nicki was an animal lover and avid photographer, and that made for a lot of pictures of her dog Hunter. She loved to watch movies, go for walks with her boyfriend, and attend any & every family gathering. A proud auntie, Nicki dreamed of one day becoming a mother herself as she had so much love to give. Nicki was a fighter, blessed with boundless determination and inner strength that saw her beat the odds on countless occasions. She shared a special and eternal bond with her twin sister Steph, a love that will transcend this life. While she left too soon for those who loved her, Nicki went out on top – with her loved ones by her side. Survived by; her loving parents, Sandy & Kathy MacLean; siblings, Jacklyn (Karsten) Harms, Chris (Chelsey) MacLean and Stephanie MacLean; nephews, Rylan, Gavin and Hudson; nieces, Cali, Violet and Poppy; her auntie and second mom, Lynn (Syd) Bauer; her boyfriend, Calvin Nazar; his parents, Blaine & Jackie Nazar and his family; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 5th at 2:00 pm at Mayfair United Church. Heaven has gained an angel and a beautiful soul. Until we meet again, all our love, your family.

Yvette Jeanne Balkwill

Born in Gravelbourg and raised in Leoville, the importance of family, hard work and a sense of humour were instilled in Yvette by her loving parents, Ed and Germaine Belhumeur. Yvette was a successful business executive with a 25 year career in radio with CFMC and CJWW, becoming the first female station manager in Canada. The last 10 years of her career she enjoyed with Glen Hoff Collision Centre. Time spent with family and friends at Aquadeo Beach and Meeting Lake in the summers and Mesa, Arizona in the winters were always filled with laughter and fun times creating many wonderful memories. Horse racing brought Yvette and Dennis together and provided hours of enjoyment training, caring and racing their horses. Yvette’s strength, dignity, and selfless ways, always concerned with others before herself, did not waver as she bravely lived her last year with lung cancer. Her family will cherish her fond memories including husband, Dennis Schmidt; sons Darrell (Mary Lou) and Roy (Karlene) Balkwill; daughter Tami (Kim) Golding; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We celebrated Yvette’s life on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow St., Saskatoon. Donations in memory of Yvette can be made to Prairie Hospice Society,

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