Shirley Harmon

    June 18, 1939 ~ August 21, 2014

Shirley Harmon passed away suddenly on August 21, 2014, at the age of 75. Mom was born June 18, 1939 in Owen Sound, County of Grey. She took her schooling in Pathlow, SK, until Grade 10. She met the love of her life, Albert Harmon, and they were united in marriage on November 19, 1955, at the young age of 16.

 On June 27, 1957, their only child, Karen, was born. She married Keith Reeder in June 1977. Mom wasn’t sure how she was going to handle a son-in-law, let alone one as big as Keith! Dad, on the other hand, was delighted to have a fishing buddy.

 Her life changed once again when her grandson Jason was born in 1980, and Jeff in 1981. They were proud grandparents. Jeff married Natalie Tessier in 2002 and Jason married Melanie Hrynchyshyn in 2004.

 Great-grandchildren started arriving quickly with Logan, Jared, Treyton, Mackenzie, Raina & Brenna all born in the span of 5 years.

 She was extremely proud when Jason & Melanie named her first great-grandchild Logan Albert after Dad. She also couldn’t believe it when she heard she was going to be a great-grandma to twins when Treyton and Mackenzie were born to Jeff and Natalie. All of her great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved getting pictures in the mail and watching their changes. She would always comment on how well-dressed they were and how cute they were. She especially enjoyed seeing the great-granddaughters with their hair done so nicely and in pretty little dresses.

 Mom loved to cook in her younger years. She baked the most fabulous butter tarts and homemade buns & bread and shared her recipes with many. No one could make flapper pie or rice pudding like Mom.

 She would entertain many of Dad’s family when they came from BC to visit. I always wondered how Dad could get away with going fishing and then bringing the fish home for Mom to clean. She would have been in the garden, picking and scrubbing her fresh vegetables and, after cleaning his fish, would put on a fabulous supper of fish, fresh vegetables and of course there was always dessert.

 I would often ask her why we needed our big meal at lunch and she would tell me “Because your Dad works hard and he needs a good home cooked meal at lunch and you need a big meal to go to school.”

 Mom took special delight in her large gardens and beautiful flowerbed and pots. There was never a shortage of colorful blooming flowers in the summer. Her yard was always perfect and there was never a weed. We could see the yard work was becoming harder for her and it was getting to be a chore instead of a pleasure.

 Mom’s life was never the same after the love of her life, Albert, passed away in 1994. Part of her went that day too.

 Her life was further devastated when her Mom, Lillian Forsyth, passed away two years later.

 Mom was a great caregiver, something she picked up when she work in the 1960’s at the Melfort Geriatric Centre. I never could understand how she could do it and take care of a house and yard.

 She was predeceased by her husband Albert; parents Lillian Forsyth & Thomas Forsyth; brother Donald Forsyth; sister Lorna (Mike) Papp; niece Marlene and nephew Steve Tokarchik; Albert’s parents Arthur & Clara Harmon; brother-in-law Jess Harmon; sister-in-law & brother-in-law Shirley & Leonard Trenaman.

 She leaves to mourn her passing her only daughter Karen (Keith) Reeder; grandson Jason (Melanie) Reeder, Logan, Raina & Brenna; grandson Jeff (Natalie) Reeder, Jared, Treyton & Mackenzie; her brother Ronald (Marj) Forsyth; niece Judy Liddle, Shelby & Ty; nephew Guy (Tammy) Forsyth, Jordyn & Rylan; nephew Larry (Bev) Papp; great-nephew, Blaine (LaDawn) Tokarchik, Tyson, Michelle, Carmen & Owen; great-niece Christina (Don) Duh, Shanyne, Shania & Sharla; brother-in-laws Clarence (Marie) Harmon; Frank (Lorraine) Harmon; sister-in-law Millie Harmon; along with other numerous nieces and nephews.

 Graveside service of remembrance was held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Melfort, SK on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Tim Richards officiating.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Shirley, may be directed to Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation.


                  Alma Wiebe

    January 29, 1920 ~ August 17, 2014

Memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Park Avenue Bible Church with Pastor Larry Rempel officiating. 

Memorial contributions, in memory of Alma may be directed to Northern Canada Evangelical Mission designated to Tribal Trails. P.O. Box 3030 Prince Albert, SK S6V 7V4.


                     Rolande Bergot

    September 13, 1934 ~ August 7, 2014

Vigil of Prayer was held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  Both services were held at St. Brieux Roman Catholic Church. The celebrant was Fr. Manh Nguyen. Rite of Committal was held at St. Brieux Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Rolande, may be directed to Chateau Providence Auxiliary and/or St. Brieux Donor's Choice.


                      Erma Reeder

    August 23, 1929 ~ August 1, 2014  

Service of Remembrance was held at St. James Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating. Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Erma, may be directed to a charity of choice.

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          Rita Isabel Soulier

    May 4, 1923 ~ July 26, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Andrew's United Church, Kinistino, SK on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  The celebrant was Father Jim Kaptein. Rite of Committal followed at Kinistino Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Rita, may be directed to Kinistino Jubilee Lodge Healthcare Auxiliary.


                    Rose Hazel Dukes

    October 7, 1915 ~ July 19, 2014

Funeral service was held at the Chapel of Melfort Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Captain Dae Gung officiating.  Interment followed at Kinistino Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Rose, may be directed to Parkland Place and or/ Kinistino Cemetery.



                   Dora McAlister

    November 25, 1916 ~ July 17, 2014

Dora McAlister was born in Melfort, SK in 1916 to Ernest and Beatrice Hill of Pleasantdale, SK. as the second eldest of 6 children. Along with her older sister Edith, Dora took an instrumental role in looking after their younger siblings; a role through which she acquired many of the life skills that served her well in later life. In 1939 she married Cameron McAlister of Silver Park, SK where they resided on the McAlister homestead. They had three children: David Ernest, James Cameron, and Colleen Ann.


After leaving the family farm, they moved to the Melfort Research Station where Cameron worked for a number of years. They eventually moved to Melfort were Dora worked at the Pioneer Lodge Care Home. Dora was an exceptional seamstress (making a number of her children’s clothes) and homemaker (winning a number of first prizes in the annual Melfort Fair) and an avid gardener who treasured her flowers. Her creativity was reflected in her quilts and crafts. She was an active member of the Women’s Institute and the Harmony Unit of the United Church Women.


She is predeceased by her parents Ernest and Beatrice Hill, her husband Cameron (1995) and her five siblings: Edith Neilson, Horace, Gordon, John and Frank Hill.


Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Ernest (Kathy), Jim (Maryanne), and Colleen (Gary Clarke); five Grandchildren: Jamie (Delco) McEvoy, Jill (Greg) Morgan, Maureen (Dean) Zimmer, Bruce Clarke and Greg Clarke; Great-Grandchildren: Brooklyn Morgan and Evan Zimmer.


The family appreciates the many relatives and friends who have been a part of Dora’s life over the years. Appreciation is also extended to the compassionate and caring staff at Parkland Place where she resided at the time of her passing.


After 97 years, she was ready to answer the call of her name on the Roll Up Yonder on July 17th, 2014.


 Funeral service will be held at the Chapel of Melfort Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Gwendolyn Mills Wood officiating. Interment will follow at Silver Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Dora, may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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         Evelyn Lorraine Anderson

    August 10, 1913 ~ July 11, 2014

Evelyn Lorraine Anderson was born to William and Mary Goodson, on the homestead August 10, 1913. She attended the Naisberry Elementary School and Melfort High School.


 She married Bertram Anderson in 1932, and to this union, they were blessed with five children Shirley, Joyce, Bill, Clinton & Karen. Family life revolved around the farm Bert and Evelyn established in the Pleasant Valley district. She loved the “Valley” – actively participating in community events.

After Bert’s passing in 1975, Evelyn moved to Melfort where she became involved in a number of community service organizations. She enjoyed decorating for the teas held at Parkland Place. Evelyn assisted at the Melfort & District Museum, decorating the windows at the Melfort City Hall with artefacts from the museum. Through these displays she took us back in time to a the olden days – to honour fallen soldiers, golden weddings, china and linen, toys and dolls and so much more.

Evelyn was a committed member of the Melfort Agricultural Society, Royal Purple, UCW, Pleasant Valley Community Association, 4-H, Garden Club and Book Club.

She enjoyed many dedicated, lifelong friendships, having never left the Melfort area for close to 101 years!


In 2004, she moved to Nirvana Assisted Living – her home for 10 years. There she was blessed with many loving and caring relationships.


She displayed an unconditional love for her family and friends – always tried to celebrate each day – usually with humour. She passed away peacefully knowing she was loved, on July 11, 2014 at 100 years of age.


From the toil of homestead days, through the farm years and her remaining life, she was a true pioneer and earned everyone’s respect.


She is survived by her daughter Joyce Cameron; son Bill (Jean) Anderson and daughter Karen (Ernest) Bonk; daughter-in-law Lois Anderson; sister-in-law Audrey Fearn; sixteen grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Evelyn was also blessed with many treasured nieces and nephews.

Evelyn is predeceased by her beloved husband Bert; daughter Shirley Beauchamp; son Clinton Anderson; son-in-laws Bill Beauchamp & Bob Cameron; siblings Alvin, Edna, Fay, Sam, Josephine, Billie, Norma, Mabel & Carmen.

Funeral service was held at St. James Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating. Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Evelyn, may be directed to North Central Health District Foundation designated to Nirvana Assisted Living and/or a charity of one's choice.


              Dr. Stan Beacom

    May 18, 1927 ~ June 17, 2014

It is with sadness that the family of Stan announces his passing on Tuesday, June 17. He will be greatly missed by Jean, his loving wife of 56 years. Stan was a devoted father to Kathryn (Paul) Mortensen and Connie (Mark) Volk and grandchildren Jillian, Jeannette and Taylor. He was predeceased by his beloved grandson Riley in 2013.


Stan was born in Fort MacLeod, AB to Henry and Alice Beacom in 1927 and the family moved soon after to Calgary where he received his elementary and high school educations. In 1945 he enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Alberta. He obtained his B.Sc. with distinction in 1949 and then his M.Sc. in Animal Science in 1951. He accepted the position of Animal Husbandman at the Melfort Research Station where he initiated and developed animal nutrition programs. In 1957 Stan and Jean moved to Montreal where Stan was to undertake work to obtain his Ph.D., which he accomplished in 1959.

Stan and Jean then returned to Melfort where he continued his programs. In 1966 he was appointed Director of the Research Station at which he continued until retirement in 1990, after which he spent a year at the University of Saskatchewan in the Animal Sciences Department lecturing. He then joined Royal LePage Realty in 1992 and thoroughly enjoyed his work there which lasted for 17 years.

He received many honours and awards during his career including a fellowship from the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He was involved with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, the Meflort Agricultural Society and the Melfort Masonic Lodge.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Strydom and the staff at Parkland Place for the loving care they showed to Stan.

Service of remembrance was held at St. James Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating. Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial conrtibutions, in memory of Stan, may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society.


                  Ella Annie Olson

    November 13, 1930 ~ June 12, 2014

Ella Annie (Rolles) Olson was born on Nov. 13, 1930 in Tisdale, Sask. She was the second of seven children born to Carl and Ethel Rolles. They lived on a farm in the Berlin district.

Her eduction began at Berlin School and continued at Saskatchewan Lutheran Bible Institute in Outlook where she graduated from high school and then attended one year of Bible school. In 1952 Ella graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Paul's Hospital School of Nursing and began her 28 year nursing career at Melfort Union Hospital.

On October 13th, 1954 Ella was united in marriage to Malcolm (Mac) Olson. They were blessed with three children ~ Marvin, Elaine and Connie, along with ten grandchildren.

Ella was very creative and talented. Some of her hobbies were painting, sewing, cake decorating, writing poems and researching family genealogy. She was involved in Christian Women's Club, Covenant Women, and the Saskatchewan Nurses Association. You could also find her gardening, canning, cooking and baking, but her greatest joy was her family. Mac and Ella enjoyed traveling together.

Ella passed away peacefully and beautifully at Parkland Place with her devoted husband at her side on June 12th, 2014. She will be missed, but we know that she is resting with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Left to cherish her memory are loving husband of 59 1/2 years, Mac Olson, son Marvin (Gwynne) Olson, daughters Elaine (David) Johnson and Connie (Mike) Erickson; grandchildren Josh (Robynn) Olson, Beate Olson (Iain Cropper), Lisa Olson (fiancé Matt Skretting), Sjoen Olson, Kjersti Olson, Mikkel Olson, Hanne Johnson, Karl Johnson, Ben Erickson, and Chris (Sarah) Erickson. Sisters Merle Campbell and Doreen Rolles. Brothers Gerald Rolles , Allen (Brenda) Rolles, brother-in-law George Shipley and many extended family members.

She was predeceased by her parents Carl and Ethel (Gullickson) Rolles, brother Lorne Rolles, and sister Clarice (Rolles) Shipley.

The family would like to express their gratitude for your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to the church family and Reverend Gilkinson for all their support. A special thank you to the staff at Parkland Place for their exceptional care of Ella during her time there.

Funeral service was held at Melfort Evangelical Covenant Church on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Ella, may be directed to Parkland Place Auxiliary and/or a charity of choice.


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