Betty Stevenson

    July 10, 1943 ~ April 8, 2014 

It is with our deepest love we say goodbye to our wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend Betty Stevenson. 

Elizabeth Margaret Murray was born July 10, 1943 in Melfort, Saskatchewan. The third of four children, Betty grew up in Pathlow. On June 16th 1962, Betty married the love of her life Jim Stevenson. Together they raised three children, Brenda, Kathy and Murray, on a farm outside Ethelton. 

Jim and Betty moved to Melfort in 1994. They enjoyed many years traveling, with one of Betty's favourite places being Waskesiu. Betty also enjoyed spending time with her eight grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She was known for her wonderful meals, baking and opening her home to friends and family. 

Betty quietly and courageously accepted her health struggles with Jim by her side. She will be dearly missed by her  husband Jim, her daughters Brenda and Kathy (Allan), her son Murray (Loriann), her grandchildren Liz Fradette; Lee, Scott and Trevor Oar; Kassidy, Brayden, Tristyn and Presley Stevenson.

Funeral service was held at Melfort United Church of Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Emmanuel Menyereye officiating.  Private family intermente followed at Flett's Springs Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Betty, may be directed to Parkland Place Residents Council and/or Flett's Springs Cemetery.


                   Pearl Nagy

    February 21, 1924 ~ April 3, 2014

It is with deepest love we say Goodbye to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and forever friend, Pearl Nagy. She passed away peacefully at the Chateau Providence in St. Brieux on April 3, 2014 at the age of 90.

Pearl was born in Hungary on February 21, 1924 and immigrated to Canada in 1929 at the age of 5. She was one of six children born to Andrew and Julia Nemeth. On May 21, 1941 Samuel Nagy and Pearl were married and settled at
their homestead. There they built a life and were blessed with six wonderful children Alex, Clara, Leslie, Lydia, Eva and Susan.

Pearl had many passions: her family, friends, cooking, gardening, berry and fruit picking, crocheting, shopping, reading, bowling, playing cards, and music. She loved to talk and make people smile and laugh this gave her so
much joy.

Pearl leaves to mourn her passing Alex, Clara (Ernie), Leslie (Sheryl), Lydia, Susan. Ten grandchildren and their spouses as well as 17 cherished great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Sam (1994), daughter Eva (2013), son in law Denis (2012), parents, and her five siblings.

Funeral service was held at St. Brieux Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Brenda Curtis officiating.  Interment will followed at St. Brieux Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Pearl, may be directed to Chateau Providence Auxiliary.


                 Lloyd Reeder

    May 12, 1925 ~ April 5, 2014

Lloyd was born May 12, 1925 in Tisdale, SK to Albert & Louie Reeder. He started school in Sylvania and then attended Thaxted & Melfort.

Lloyd stayed at home to help his Dad do the farming while 3 brothers served in the military and the others worked away. He also did carpentry work with Jim and farmed as well.

On June 19, 1950 he married Erma Person and they raised 4 children, Pam, Keith, Rena & Becky. They in turn had 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Family meant everything to Dad and he always had a big bear hug & an I Love You when we came through the door.

When he had enough of that he decided he wanted to be a salesman. His first job as a salesman was brief with Melfort Motors, where he sold Cockshut & Dodge Cars but his passion was John Deere. He eventually became a partner in Melgreen Equipment with Dave Long & Harvey Neilson. He enjoyed that for 17 years then went into RV trailer sales. He liked buying and selling trailers. Leer RV Sales was home for the company on Highway 6 South.

Lloyd & Erma Started going to the States for a winter holiday in 1975 and continued for 14 years. Golfing was their thing. Lloyd was very active in the Presbyterian Church and was en Elder for many years.

Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Albert & Louie, an infant son Stephen in 1962, daughter Rena in 1992, and his 6 brothers & 1 sister, Earl, Howard, Ray, Jim, Murray, Jack & Helen.

Lloyd passed away peacefully at Parkland Place in Melfort, April 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. with his family by his side.

Lloyd leaves to mourn his wife Erma; daughter Pam (Larry), Alexis (Josh), Natalie (Francis & Abbey); son Keith (Karen), Jason (Melanie, Logan, Raina & Brenna), Jeff (Natalie, Jared, Mackenzie & Treyton); daughter Becky (Jack), Brian (Jodi, Thorin, Terek & Corrie), Steven (Steph, Triston, Brodie, Cassie & Ollie), Jodi (Kevin, Jack & Cecilia); his three sisters Jean, Vivi & Velma.

Funeral service was held at St. James Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Lloyd, may be directed to Parkland Resident Council and/or St. James Memorial Fund.


                Olive Middlemiss

    July 13, 1922 ~ March 30, 2014

Olive Doreen Middlemiss (Rose) was born July 13, 1922 in Melfort Saskatchewan.

From an early age Olive loved music and poetry, singing in school concerts, amateur hours and the United Church Junior Choir. She had happy memories of attending Burke School and life with her family living in a small apartment in The MacDonald's Consolidated Block on Broadway Ave.

On April 7, 1943 she married Roger Middlemiss and they shared a wonderful life together for nearly 71 years having one daughter, Melody.Olive's marriage to Roger was the beginning of dedicated service in All Saints Anglican Church where she was the choir leader for 35 years. She was also a member of the A.C.W., chancel guild, a layperson and organist for a short time. In the community she was the funeralwedding soloist for many years, sang with The Choristers and led The Singers Seven.

She worked as a nurse's aide at the hospital and in Dr Hutcheson's office as a receptionist before she married. The majority of her career was spent working with Roger, in Claggett's Meat Market for 17 years and then Middlemiss Sporting Goods for 8. Dad always said she was the only employee he ever had who took an hour and a half to go to the bank and then return with a Belle's Style Shop bag! She also worked in the Medical Clinic as the receptionist. She finished her career at CJVR Radio in the writing department, allowing her to get paid for working at two things she loved, music and words. After retirement she and Roger spent 11 happy winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Olive thrived on being involved in community activities. She was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation, on the Melfort and Saskatchewan Music Festival Committees, Melfort Craft Society, Cancer Society and a long time member of the curling and golf clubs. The members and spouses of The Melfort Fire Brigade were a big part of Olive's life. She was one of the Fire Belles, dressing up as a clown injecting color and fun into parades, Mall events and social gatherings. In 1993 she was honored as Citizen of the year for her many years of commitment to music, arts and the business community.

Her interest in crafts has long been a topic of conversation and laughter. Whether it was pottery, weaving, quilting etc. etc. she went into it with enthusiasm, purchasing every piece of equipment needed for her latest endeavor. Some new piece of equipment always seemed to be getting hauled in or hauled out of the house!

The first priority in Olive's life was her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandma and great grandma. Birthdays and holidays were always special celebrations. Many wonderful memories were made at what her grandchildren called,“The Big Yellow House” on Stovel Ave.

A stroke in 2002 affected Olive's memory and mobility. For 8 years with Dad's dedicated love and care she was able to enjoy her home and yard. She moved to Parkland Place in 2010 where she received the best of care .

She is loving remembered by her husband Roger, daughter Melody (Frank ) Hughes, grandchildren Brad (Patty) Hughes, granddaughter Colleen (TJ ) Hinton. Great grandchildren Logan and Brett Hughes and Ashlyn and Trace Hinton and nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Mary Rose (McLean) , father, Fred Jones, siblings,Wilbur, Harold, Bernice Slinn , David, Marion, Islay Scott Campbell and, Rita Watt.

Service of remembrance was held at All Saints' Anglican Church on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with The Rev. Patricia Langlois officiating. 

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


                Esther March 

    May 5, 1941 ~ March 29, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Esther March on March 29, 2014.

Esther Was born on May 5, 1941 to the late Eugene and Stella Turgeon. On June 15, 1957 she married her love Fred March.

Esther loved to bake, garden and watch wrestling.

She was a wonderfull wife, mother and grandma and took great pride in all her grandchildren. She showed such strong love for all her family and friends.

She leaves to mourn her children Stella and Joe (grandsons Kris and Joey) Miazga; George and Cindy (grandsons Cody and Chad March, Trudy and Tim Gall, Bev and Murray ( granddaughters Jamie and Katie) Adams, Tim and Cherie (grandson Brett and granddaughters Brooklynn and Breelynn) March, Fredrick and Kathy (granddaughter Brittney and grandson Brandon) March and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother Dale (Olive) Turgeon and friends.

Esther was predeceased by her husband Fred March, parents Eugene and Stella Turgeon, brother Lavern Turgeon.

She will be deeply missed by all that new her and shared a place in her loving heart.

A private family service was at the Chapel of Melfort Funeral Home on Thursday, April 3, 2014.


               Bernice Hurd

    June 21, 1921 ~ March 12, 2014

Bernice Nettie Frances (Worth) Hurd died peacefully in her sleep on March 12, 2014 at Parkland Regional Care Centre at Melfort. She was born on June 21, 1921 at Lampman and grew up at Orley, Saskatchewan.


Bernice,  as a young woman moved to Arborfield where she worked for the Hallis family in their home and general store. She married William “Bill” Earnest Hurd in April 1942 and they  shared a wonderful life together for 58 years. Their life began on a homestead east of Arborfield. In 1945, Bill and Bernice and baby Sharon moved to farmland near the Experimental Farm (Research Station) at Melfort. They established their permanent farmstead in the Vaughan School District where Allan  and Eva were born. In 1950, Bernice and Bill started a dairy farming business. Bernice milked cows in the early times of the dairy. She worked long hours raising her family, feeding hired help, gardening, preserving and freezing produce. For twenty one years, Bernice enjoyed winters with Bill in Arizona. During that time, she created many beautiful paintings. Bernice and Bill provided wonderful hospitality to family and friends.  Their support of the McGown Picnics in the 1950s started the triennial tradition of Hurd Family Reunions in 1983.


Her dedication to The Vaughan Homemakers, Farm Forum, “Reprints” Book Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Rebekah Lodge, and the Parkland Regional Care Centre Auxiliary   enriched her life.  She led CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training)  and loved to see her girls return for reunions. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Society and a Life Member of  United Church Women, serving for many years as Chair of the Wide Horizons Unit until August 2013. Bernice enjoyed  many wonderful friendships as a result of  her  community and church involvement.


Predeceased by her parents, Gustav Adam Worth (1948); Marie Louise (Menard) Worth (1988);  her dearly beloved husband, William Earnest Hurd (2000); her sisters Edith Evelyn Meeks (2011); Grace Underhill (2006); and  her brother Gordon Worth (2002).


The cherished memories of Bernice's life are left in the hearts of her children and their families: Sharon Hurd (Gerald Dixon) (Regina); Allan Hurd (Lorraine Lavoie) (Melfort); Eva Cooper (Richard) ( Edmonton AB); her grandchildren: Kateri Clark (Harold Westendorp) (Ottawa ON), Kristen Clark (Saskatoon), Daniel Hurd (Megan Cloke) (Calgary AB), Dean Hurd (Kristine Stricker) (Melfort), Paul Hurd (Emily Champ) (Warman), Tiffany Cooper (Edmonton AB), Mackenzie Cooper (Janna Trace) (Edmonton AB); and great grandchildren: Sabrina Clark (Saskatoon), Jessica Fineday (Saskatoon); Bernice Corbishley, Alica Westendorp, Ethan Westendorp (Ottawa ON); Charlotte Hurd, Peter Hurd (Melfort);  Ruby Hurd, Rose Hurd (Warman). Bernice is also survived by her brother Lorne Worth (Prince George BC) and many nieces, nephews and friends.


 Funeral service was held at Melfort United Church on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Emmanuel Menyereye officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Bernice, may be directed to Melfort United Church Box 1064 Melfort, SK S0E 1A0.


            Myrtle Lillie Haraldson

    August 14, 1928 ~ March 10, 2014 

Myrtle was born August 14, 1928 in Bagley, SK and passed away March 10, 2014 at Melfort Hospital. Myrtle was one of twelve children (5 boys) (7 girls) born to Tom & Clara Anderson. Myrtle attended Bagley School & Sunday School at the Carrot River Valley Lutheran Church as a child.

On January 27, 1947 Myrtle married the love of her life Kenneth Haraldson at Bagley, SK and then moved to Melfort. To this union 3 children where born Larry, Leslie & Doreen.

Myrtle worked at the Melfort Creamery for a short time & later at the Chances R Hotel in the laundry & cleaning department until 1975 when she had to retire due to health problems.

Myrtle enjoyed crocheting for years and loved to play a good game of Skip-Bo or Dice. Her radio was always playing on her favourite channel CJWW. Myrtle would be sitting in her favourite chair singing along to the country music she loved so much and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays patiently waiting for the lotto numbers to be announced in hopes that she would win the big one.


Myrtle’s greatest passion was enjoying life with Kenneth, her kids and grand kids but there was another place that Myrtle enjoyed, that was the cabin at Candle Lake and in the early years the time spent fishing and camping with her family at other lakes in the area. Myrtle’s family and faith meant everything to her, the more family that could be around her the happier she was.


Survived by: her loving husband Kenneth, son Leslie, grandson Leslie Jr. (Jackie) and great grandson Leslie. Granddaughter Karen (Bryan), great granddaughters Mikenna and Syvannah. Daughter Doreen (Allan) Parenteau, granddaughter Lizanne (Shayne), step great grandsons Bryan & Brandyn, granddaughter Jennifer (Kenny). Sister Shirley Hastings, sister-in-law Pat Anderson, a very special nephew Dale who was like her own son and numerous nieces and nephews.


 Predeceased by: her parents Tom & Clara Anderson, infant son Larry Wayne, daughter-in-law Irene, brothers Norris, Teddy, Raymond, Roy & Lloyd. Sisters Ida Anderson, Nora Reisdorf, Ila Aquilon, Mary Haraldson & Vernie Switzer.


Funeral service was held at Carrot River Valley Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dawn Myrfield officiating.  Interment followed at Carrot River Valley Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Myrtle, may be directed to Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation and/or a charity of one's choice.


           Bernice Beatrice Tyacke

    April 6, 1941 ~ March 11, 2014

A service of remembrance will be announced at a later date.

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


             Joseph Lake Foster

    May 27, 1928 ~ February 21, 2014

Lake was the fifth of eight children, Howard, Edith, Elizabeth (Toots) Ruth, Lake, Ruby, Wilhamena, Shiela. Lake was a loving brother and good friend. He always had time for his family whenever they asked.

Due to crop failures and drought, the family was forced to relocate to northeast of Kinistino, SK. Howard and Lake managed the farm until Howard was called to the mission in Benin, West Africa. Lake took the reins of the farm and with hard work and sweat, he maintained and increased the farms success.

In 1961, Lake met and married Gladys Brown of Pontrilas, SK. Through thick and thin, rain or shine, they were nearly inseparable. On July 11, 2011, Lake and Gladys celebrated their 50th year of marriage. At the time of Lake's passing they had been married 52 years.

In 1962, their family was blessed with the arrival of a son, Kerry. Blessing was to enter the Foster house hold again in 1966 with the birth of their second son, Neil. Lake saw to it that his family would never be left wanting; he provided his family and raised his sons in Christ's teachings. Lake saw to it that his sons received the best education and start in life
that a man of God could offer.

Lake is survived by his wife Gladys, his son Kerry (Kathie). His grandchildren Orren, Stacie and Allie. His son Neil with his grandchildren CJ, Kerri and Richard. His older sisters Edith, Elizabeth (Toots), Ruth, and his younger sister Shiela.

Lake was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Mary, older brother Howard and two younger Sisters, Ruby and Wilhamena.

Service of remembrance was held at the Kinistino Legion Hall on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Charles Lees officiating. Interment will be held in Kinistino Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Joseph, may be directed to Torch Trail Bible Camp, Nipawin Bible College and/or a charity of one's choice.


                 Johanna Marie Wyne

    September 29, 1926 ~ February 1, 2014

Johanna Maria was born September 29th, 1926 to Johannes and Cornelia Van Geel in Lage Zwaluwe, Netherlands. Second oldest of 10 children. She passed away peacefully February 1st 2014 at Parkland Place in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Mom attended school to grade 8 followed by 3 years of sewing classes to become a seamstress. Mom and Dad grew up on neighboring farms. Dad immigrated to Canada and returned to Holland in December 1950 and they were married January 31st, 1951. On April 1st, 1951 they set out by boat to begin their new life together in Canada.

Through the early hardships of a foreign language, new culture and long cold winters, Mom began to question why she had made this journey. After a few years working on a farm they were able to purchase some land and start a farm of their own. Mom spent many years raising family and was active in the community and Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary.

She was a devote Catholic and a loyal member of the Catholic Women’s League. Mom always found time, no matter where she was to attend church service. She was a dedicated wife and mother and her family was always her first priority. Some of her most cherished times were spent in her garden, sewing, fishing, traveling and cooking.

Left to cherish her memory are son Jim (Elaine) Wyne, children Stephanie (Brad) Gosseye, Trevor (Becky), Jason Wyne, great grandchildren Wyatt Gosseye and Alexus Wyne. Daughter Cathy (Brian) Gordon, children David, Sheldon (Jodie), Kyle (Tara) and Chantel Gordon. Son Jack, his daughter Kelsie Wyne. Daughter Sharon (Ron) Klinger, children Lynden, Alyssa, Jaymee and Cassandra Klinger. Sisters Riet, Bets (Hendrik) and Romy (Jo), brothers Anton (Jo) and John (Lian). Sister in law Annie Van Geel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents Johannes and Cornelia, husband James, great grandson Ethan Wyne, sisters Tony (Koos), Annie (Jan), Brothers Bill and John. Sister in law Thea, brothers in law Piet Lensvelt and Piet Flipsen and other family members.

Today, you are in the house of the lord; the love for your family will live on forever. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

Vigil of Prayer was held Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Alberto Dela Pena as the celebrant.  Both services were held at Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church.  Rite of Committal followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Johanna, may be directed to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan and/or a charity of one's choice.


                            John Dunn

    December 28, 1924 ~ January 26, 2014    

John Herbert William Dunn, age 89, of Kinistino, Saskatchewan, died peacefully on the 26th of January, 2014, with his loving family at his side.

John was born in 1924 in Broadview, Saskatchewan, to Gertrude and William Dunn, the third of four children (Brenda, Margaret & Dorothy). In 1942, his high school education in Broadview was interrupted by the war, when he joined the Navy. After his 1946 discharge, he finished high school, in Broadview, and then attended Normal School in Moose Jaw in 1949. In 1966, he completed his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in music and drama.

John started teaching in 1950, first at the country school of Stoney Brook, then Wapella and then Tisdale, Saskatchewan. In 1956 he arrived by train in Kinistino, Saskatchewan with his new bride Sylvia, who he married in Walkerton, Ontario. John continued teaching in Kinistino until his retirement in 1982.

John was active in the community as a Legion member, Kinsmen member, high school band instructor and long-time organist at the United Church.

John is survived by his wife Sylvia Dunn; his children, David Dunn (Cec), Kathleen Poier (Brian), Steven Dunn (Janice), foster son Darwin Papaquash; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren; and sisters Brenda and Dorothy.

He was predeceased by his Father, Mother, his oldest son Peter (Lori), and his sister Margaret. 

Funeral service was held at St. Andrew's United Church in Kinistino, SK on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Gladys Court officiating.

Memorial contribtuions, in memory of John, may be directed to Mission In Service (United Church of Canada) and/or Canadian National Institute for the Blind.


                  Clarence Skwark

    February 12, 1961 ~ January 23, 2014

Funeral service was held at the Melfort Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Clarence, may be directed to North Central Health District Foundation designated to Melfort Hospital for the purchase of medical equipment.


                Armand Pinel

    May 5, 1939 ~ January 17, 2014

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Armand Pinel. He was predeceased by his parents Olivier and Bibianne (Demontigny) Pinel. He is survived by Helene (Gorin), his loving wife of 53 years, 7 children; Claudette (Mark), Claude (Holly), Gizelle, Gilles (Lloanne), Lianne (Colin), Adele and Armand (Leanne), 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren!

Armand was born in Bracken, Sask. May 5th, 1939. He was raised on a farm near Val Marie, SK with his 5 brothers. It was there that he learned the value of hard work and the importance of family. He loved the farm life but was also smart academically, especially in math. So as a young man, he moved to St. Brieux to start his new job at the Credit Union in 1958. It was not long after that he met the love of his life, Helene, our mom. He married this wonderful woman on August 15th, 1961 in St. Brieux, SK. From this union of marriage, they brought 7 beautiful children into this world.

During his life, Armand always worked hard to provide for his family even through tribulations and illness. He was a very generous man who always appreciated the blessings in his life. He thoroughly enjoyed his life of camping, dancing, farming, music, horseback riding, hockey, curling, visits with friends and relatives, photography and many nights of card playing. More than anything, what he held closest to his heart was his faith, his wife and his family.

Armand's strong desire to live and practice healthy lifestyles led him to survive 14 years of cancer. He appreciated every day that he could spend with his loved ones. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family, many friends and co-workers.

Vigil of Prayer was held at Saints Martyrs Canadiens Roman Catholic Church 1007 Windsor Street Saskatoon, SK on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Brieux Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.  The celebrant was Father Manh Nguyen.  Rite of Committal followed at St. Brieux Cemetery.  

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


                 Ernie McArthur

    October 2, 1918 ~ January 8, 2014

Service of remembrance was held at the Melfort Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David MacPherson officiating.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Ernie, may be directed to Chateau Providence Auxiliary.

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                         Selma Erickson

     September 30, 1920 ~ January 5, 2014

Selma Josephine Erickson (nee Hanson) was the first of seven children born to Willie and Dora Hanson on September 30, 1920 at Bagley Saskatchewan. She attended Dover School and after finishing grade eight, helped on the family farm with chores and looking after her siblings. The C.R.V. Lutheran Church was where she was confirmed and was a member all her life.

At the age of sixteen, Selma went to work as a hired girl for the Erickson family in Brockington. While there a love grew between her and their youngest son. On July 22, 1940 Selma married Carl John Andrew son of Johan and Britta Erickson at a beautifully decorated outdoor wedding on her parents farm. Together Selma and Carl worked on the Erickson family farm and were blessed with two daughters, Yvonne born in 1950 and Darlene born in 1954.

Selma became a member of the Brockington Lutheran Church Women in 1940 and over the years grew in her faith through the Bible Studies and enjoyed many of the activities with her fellow members.

There was always lots of work to be done on the farm, but fun times also. Carl often played his accordion at home or at house parties and as a couple they loved to dance (especially the hambo). Picnics and berry picking in the pines or at the river was always looked forward to. Selma enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests through the years such as: sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, yahtzee and scrabble.

In the late 1960's, She started doing housekeeping and janitorial work in Melfort. In 1970, the farm was sold and the family moved into a house on Burrows Ave. West in Melfort. A year later her husband Carl passed away. She then became employed at The Parkland Regional Hospital until she retired in 1985. In 2004 Selma moved into Caskey Place. She very much enjoyed her friends and life there. Although the last few months were becoming more difficult, she was able to remain there until her last days, which was her wish.

Selma was predeceased by her husband Carl (1971); sisters Ina Boulanger (1982) Verna Smith (2006) and a sister in infancy; brothers Kenneth (2004) and Norris (2010).

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Yvonne (Jim) Serviss and Darlene (Miles) Buettner; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother Sander (Rose) Hanson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service of remembrance was held at Carrot Rivery Valley Lutheran Church on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dawn Myrfield officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Selma, may be directed to Carrot RiverValley Lutheran Church and/or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.


                Madeliene Burgsteden

    March 19, 1935 ~ January 2, 2014      

Funeral service was held at Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Alberto Dela Pena officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Madeliene, may be directed to Parkland Place Auxiliary


               Brenda Freedman

    August 10, 1964 ~ December 21, 2013    

Brenda Lori Freedman was the first child born to Russell and Gloria Hanson of Ratner, Sk.  She was born on August 10th, 1964 in Melfort and went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on December 21st, 2013 at the age of 49.  Brenda was a very pleasant and quiet child, and an incredible role model to her siblings.  She took all of her schooling from grades one to 12 at Gronlid School and attended Sunday School and confirmation at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church at Ratner.  Cooking was something that she enjoyed all of her life, and became very accomplished at - in fact she baked all of the buns for her own wedding.  Being the eldest of five children, she frequently took on the household duties when her mom was helping with farming.  Brenda milked cows, drove farm machinery and did other household chores.  While growing up she enjoyed swimming and water-skiing at Lower Fishing Lake, singing, skating, motorcycling, snowmobiling, downhill skiing and family vacations.

Shortly after her marriage to Allan Freedman on August 1st, 1981, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease which gradually took a heavy toll on her body.  Brenda continued to live as normally as she could and eventually cooked and baked from her wheelchair.  A son, Jeffrey, was born on June 20th 1984, and another son, Jamie, was born on May 14, 1986.  Brenda was a tireless supporter of her boys' sports activities which included ball games, hockey games and countless school sports. She also loved her trips to their family cabin at Jan Lake and enjoyed the fishing trips.

In 2004, Brenda entered Parkland Nursing Home in Melfort as a temporary resident but soon became a permanent one.  She did not complain about her situation there but shed many silent tears.  When a patient was gravely ill she would be concerned about whether or not they knew the Lord.  Visitors were always welcomed by her and she enjoyed many a game of Scrabble with a willing guest.  In addition, she always looked forward to outings to Ratner for a day or two.  Brenda was always happy and smiling and family meant the world to her.

Brenda was proud of her two granddaughters and was thrilled to tell everyone that she was getting a new grandson in March 2014, an event that she was really looking forward to.


Left to treasure her memory are her husband Allan, son Jeffrey and Allison and their children Brianna and Danielle, son Jamie and Lacey; parents Russell and Gloria Hanson; sisters Cindy and Louis Quasso, Raelene and Andrew Downes, Rishelle and Robin Reid; brother Renny Hanson; nephews and nieces Andrew, Matthew, Donovan, Allison, Kelly, Kirsten, Dana and Sara; grandmothers Sadie Tasa and Helen Hanson; her very special aunt Eunice Nelson;  mother-in-law Margaret Freedman; sister-in-law Sharlene (Harvey) Penner; brothers-in-law Brent  (Gerri) Freedman and Barry (Lisa) Freedman, their families; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her grandfathers Olaf Tasa and Harold Hanson; uncle Russell Tasa; and special uncle/neighbour/buddy Elroy Nelson.

Funeral service was held at the Melfort Northeast Christian Fellowship on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Dubois officiating.  Private family interment followed at Beaver Creek Cemetery Ratner, SK.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Brenda, may be directed to the MS Society of Canada and/or the North Central Health District Foundation designated to Parkland Place.


          Clarance Crawford McAusland

    August 14, 1919 ~ December 14, 2013

Clarance Crawford McAusland of Melfort passed away at the Melfort Union Hospital on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the age of 94. An obituary will be published in January. The memorial service will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society ( or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (               

                   Edna Svenkeson

    April 15, 1930 ~ December 12, 2013  

Died December 12, 2013, peacefully at Mont St. Joseph Home in Prince Albert, Sk. Edna is survived by her son Gary & Diane and family of Kinistino, SK; son Dale & Sandra and family of Saskatoon, SK; daughter Jean & Willi Kiegerl of Merritt, B.C.; daughter Shirley & Don Campbell of Argyle, MB.

 Edna was predeceased by her husband Roy, her parents Albert and Clara Pilling; sisters Clara Pilling, Ida Mowery, Dorothy Jensen and Gladys Smith; brothers Albert, John, Stanley, Ron, Henry, Tom, Art, Ernie, Jeff, George and Frank.

Edna was raised in the Glen Mary community north of Kinistino. Growing up in a large family, Edna often recalled that she always had kids to play with, and there were always older brothers to bring home presents! Edna married Roy in 1950. They raised their family and spent many happy years farming, curling, dancing and travelling. After they retired to Prince Albert, Edna enjoyed going to concerts and other events with her sister Clara.

Edna’s family meant everything to her; she never tired of helping her kids with their many projects. Edna was curious about “how things work” and, if some household appliance or machine didn’t work, she could always be seen taking it apart and sometimes making repairs! She had an expression “it’s a good thing that….”, putting a positive spin on just about everything life brought along. She often said “Laugh when you can kiddo, there’s always time to cry later!"


The family would like to thank the Weldon Country Villa, with special thanks to Paulette Clayton, for their kindness and care for the 31/2 years that Mom lived in Weldon. Thank you also to all the staff past and present of Mont St. Joseph Home in Prince Albert, who were so wonderful to Mom for the 9 years she lived there. Edna particularly enjoyed seeing the children from the Home’s on site nursery and day care.


Family and friends will gather for a burial at the Kinistino Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions in memory of Edna may be directed to the Weldon Country Villa (Box 202 Weldon, SK S0J 3A0) and /or to Mont St. Joseph Foundation (888-28th Street East Prince Albert, SK S7K 8C2.


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