Bailey - Colleen Bailey, beloved wife of Allan of Yorkton passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 67 years of age. Colleen May Bailey was born on May 22, 1939 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. She was one of three daughters born to Lyall and Viola (nee Harper) Cavanagh.
Colleen and Allan were united in marriage on September 5, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is survived by her loving husband Allan, and sons; Boyd (Rhonda) and their children Geralee, Joseph, Jacob and Rebekah of Yorkton, SK; Burton (Dr. Kirsten Westberg) and their children Anna and Erik of Red Deer, AB and Raymond of Yorkton, SK. She is also survived by her sisters Rhona Boehmer of Regina and Carol (Abe) Schellenberg of Abbotsford BC as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Colleen started her career as a reporter with the Prince Albert Herald at the age of sixteen. In 1957 she moved to Winnipeg and was a reporter and feature writer for the Winnipeg Tribune until 1963 when she settled in Yorkton with her husband. While Allan was establishing a funeral home, Colleen worked at CKOS - TV as a continuity writer. She later became a partner and the Secretary -Treasurer of Bailey's Funeral Home and Yorkton Memorial Gardens. For more than 18 years Colleen worked part-time assisting her husband and full-time raising three sons. In 1981, Colleen became a founding shareholder and Vice - President and CEO of NorthEastern Cablevision in Yorkton. Her involvement in the industry included several terms as President of Sascable and Vice - President of the Canadian Cable Television Association. She was named the "Outstanding Woman of Canadian Cable" in 1987. Colleen was particularly proud of serving on the Board of Directors of SaskPower for ten years. During that time she served on several committees and specifically enjoyed the challenge of the Audit and Finance Committee. Shortly after retiring from a fulfilling career in the Cable Industry, she was appointed Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and maintained that position until her passing. For almost six years she travelled the province, often with her devoted husband Allan, attending numerous Art functions and exhibitions. Colleens' passion for the Arts was demonstrated by her frequent visits to Artists' studio and galleries across the province, providing encouragement and support of their work. On every occasion possible she introduced her friends, colleagues and community leaders to the work of Saskatchewan Artists and Artisans. Her interest and support of the Arts started more than 40 years ago. She joined several other committed people in the community to bring Concerts and Visual Arts to the Parkland area and they established the Yorkton Arts Council. Realizing the need for a Provincial organization she participated in the formation of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils. (OSAC) She served as the founding President 1968-70.
Colleen was a member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for five years starting in 1970 and jokingly referred to being "recycled" when she was appointed Chair in 2000. While in Winnipeg, she was active in the Jaycettes Organization and served as national president in 1966. She served her community and province in many volunteer capacities over the years including; Regional Director for Encounters with Canada - The Terry Fox Foundation, President of the Arthritis Society of Saskatchewan 1983-84, and for many years as a Board member on the Council for Canadian Unity. Locally, Colleen was an active member and past president of The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi - Lambda Chapter and was later a social sponsor with all of the Yorkton Chapters. She was a founding board member of the recently established Saskatchewan Foundation of the Arts and a member of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts. Colleen's dynamics and sincere contributions to the betterment of community and society were acknowledged on many occasions including being the recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal 1961 for encouraging Arts in Saskatchewan; The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal 2002; and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 2005. Colleen was well known as a gracious and generous hostess. Her skills in the kitchen were unparalleled, freely sharing her recipes of delight with guests. She was as adept in planning social occasions as she was in chairing Board meetings. Her attention to detail was always evident. Of Irish descent, she was feisty, independent and resilient, demonstrating a wellspring of inner strength until the day of her passing. She enjoyed planting and growing flowers. Her flower garden was very special to her.
Colleens' family and friends will cherish her memory, remembering her as a model of courage, determination and grace.
A Funeral Service in celbration of her life was held on Thursday, June 1, 2006 from Westview United Church in Yorkton with Faye Greer officiating. Prelude music was by harpist, Analynn Riley. Tributes were given by family friends, Her Honour The Honourable Dr. Lynda Haverstock Lieutenant Govenor of Saskatchewan and Mel Bolen of Humboldt. Soloist, Jeff Sawatzky sang 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand, and 'You'll Never Walk Alone', accompanied by Carolyn Speirs on the piano. Church organist, Sharon Litvanyi led members of the choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymn 'We Shall Go Out With Hope of Resurrection.' Various groups were in attendance, including members of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, OSAC and Beta Sigma Phi, Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, Hon. Clay Serby Deputy Premier, Hon. Glen Hagel, Minister of Culture, youth and Recreation, as well as many close family and friends. A reception followed at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium.
Arrangements were in care of fellow staff members at Bailey's Funeral Home.
Gifts of remembrance may be made to: Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts #600 - 2500 Victoria Avenue Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X2
Mr. Michael Baran of Yorkton, beloved husband of Zena entered eternal rest on Friday, March 15, 2002 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He was 78 years of age. Michael Baran was born November 18, 1923 to Jack and Ksenia (nee Gulka) in the village of Hryhoriv, Western Ukraine. He completed his high school in Ukraine before being taken into the army where he served until his arrival in England. On September 21, 1951 he came to Yorkton where his two uncles lived and also where his father also spent eleven years working before returning to Ukraine. After the first World War, Mike's plans were to go to Winnipeg to find employment and take some post-secondary education, but his Uncle Harry insisted that he seek employment in Yorkton. On September 25, 1951 he was employed by the Co-op Dairy Producers in the milk department. Shortly after he was sent to the University of Saskatchewan to further his education. After completing these courses, he was promoted to Head Processor and Foreman of the milk department, a position he held until his retirement. On October 13, 1957 Mike was united in marriage to Zena Gulka of Preeceville. The couple were blessed with three sons, Terry, Orest and Mark. Mike was very musically gifted and passionately dedicated himself to activities involving music and culture. He sang with the Centennial Choir, Singing Christmas Tree and St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Choir for many years. He participated in many different plays and operettas. Mike was very active in St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Parish and belonged to various Ukrainian organizations. Starting at a young age, he was active in the Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood and served various executive positions locally, provincially and nationally. He was active in the League of Ukrainian Canadians and Ukrainian Canadian Congress, serving as local president from 1991 to 1996. In 1992 at the National Ukrainian Catholic Congress in Winnipeg, Mike was inducted into the Order of the Knights of St. Volodymyr for devoted service to the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood and other organizations supporting Ukrainian Culture. A true nationalist, Mike loved Canada, but to the very end loved his native land, Ukraine. He felt great joy and pride when Ukraine finally became independent. He was proud of his heritage and loved and supported the customs and traditions of Ukraine. He made several visits to Ukraine where he visited with his family still living there. He unselfishly supported his family there for many years. He truly was a peoples' man. Mike was a perfectionist and prided himself at a job well done. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends, always there to support and advise if needed. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, whom brought him great joy. His grandchildren will truly miss their Dido.
Michael was predeceased by his father, mother, and three sisters. Memories of Michael will be cherished by Zena, his wife of 44 years and their three sons, Terry (Irene) and son Chris of Yorkton, Orest (Janet) and children Thomas, Matthew and Allison of Saskatoon and Mark of Saskatoon. He is also survived by his sister Maria and numerous nieces and nephews in Ukraine.
Prayer services were held on Monday, March 18th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. The rosary led by members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, St. Volodymyr preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, March 19th at St. Mary's Church with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, C.Ss.R., Rev. Fr. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. and Rev. Fr. Len Ratushniak, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrants. Members of St. Mary's Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The altar servers were Jason and Eric Sliva. The epistle readers were Anne Gulka and Peter Yacyshyn. The cross bearers were Matthew and Allison Baron. Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood formed an honour guard; including local president Glen Tymiak and eparchial president Paul Bunka bearing the UCBC flags and John Solonenko and Victor Puchala serving as banner bearers. Golden Ager wreath was carried by Bill Tratch. Honourary bearers consisted of Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood members from St. Athanasius' and St. Basil's Branches, Regina, Bishop Roborecki Branch, Saskatoon, Fr. Kryworuchka Branch, Canora, St Volodymyr Branch, Yorkton and Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Resurrection Branch, Dauphin. All Those in Attendance were also considered honourary bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with sons, Terry, Orest and Mark Baran, grandsons, Thomas and Chris Baran and brother-in-law Peter Gulka serving as the casket bearers. Various tributes followed; these included family, Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, Local and National levels, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, St. Mary's Choir and personal friends. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Zena Baran was born November 17, 1934 to Andrew and Michalena (nee Chimka) in the Preeceville district of Saskatchewan. Following life on the farm she moved to Regina where she lived and worked.
On October 13, 1957 Zena was united in marriage to Michael Baran. The couple were blessed with three sons: Terry, Orest and Mark.
Zena always put family and friends first. She used her gift of hospitality with love and joy. Gardening and her flowers were two of her greatest passions. Her beautiful yard was admired by many. She loved nothing more than sharing with those close to her.
Zena was never one to complain, always taking on challenges and had a tireless unselfish work ethic.
Zena was also a very strong and devoted member of St.. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was a very active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League serving as treasurer of the League for several years. In addition to this, Zena was also a member of the Ukrainian Congress.
She was a proud wife, mother and Baba. She loved visiting and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her energy and enthusiasm for life. Despite her committments for family and her yard, Zena always found time for many friends in need.
Zena was predeceased by her husband Michael in 2002, her parents Andrew and Michalena; brothers: Philip, Bill and Harry; sisters: Pauline Yacyshyn, Stella Skwark and Helen Monych.
Memories of Zena will be cherished by her three sons: Terry (Irene) and son Chris of Yorkton, Orest (Janet) and children Thomas, Matthew and Allison of Saskatoon and Mark of Saskatoon. She is also survived by her sister Julia Skwark of Melfort and brothers: Peter and ( Anne) Gulka of Yorkton and Steve (Ethel) Gulka of Preeceville as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Mrs. Mary Baron, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2003. She was 99 years of age. Mary was born on March 10, 1904 in the Verigin district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of pioneers Anastasia (Nellie) (nee Kachur) and Demetro Deriniwsky. On November 7th 1937 she was united in marriage to Harry Baron at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Following their marriage the couple resided in Yorkton from that time on. Harry was employed by the City of Yorkton. Mary had various jobs during her working years; she worked for a time at the Husky service station restaurant (Panchuks) and also in the kitchen of the Yorkton Union Hospital. Harry passed away in 1971. Mary remained in her own home until May 26th of 1994, when she became a resident of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. In her younger years Mary had been an active member of St. Mary's Church and had been a long time member of UCWL Branch #1.
Besides her husband, Mary was predeceased by her parents, four sisters, Annie Wolesky in 1968, Stella Dayholos in 1968, Anastasia Gulak in 1943 and Udokia Deriniwsky in 1918. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Rev. Father Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R. was the celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. Larry German was the crossbearer. Members of the UCWLC formed the Honour Guard, Anna Gulka carried the Prapor, Anne Abrametz and Anne Achtemichuk were the bannerbearers, and the memorial wreath was carried by Anne Glute, Natalie Sakundiak and Susan Pisiak. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Terry Baran, Brian Bernath, Peco Chorney, Alex Deriniwski, Adam Kotyk and Merv Krasowski serving as the casketbearers. At the memorial luncheon, Mary's niece, Mary Scraba gave a tribute to her aunt. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Henry Bartlett of Tonkin aged 79 years; beloved husband of Mildred passed away on Friday, September 20, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with his loving wife of 51 years by his side. Henry was born on May 15, 1923 at Yorkton Saskatchewan; a son of Henry Thomas and May (Nee Bugler) Bartlett. He was raised on the family farm and attended Anemone School and the Yorkton Collegiate. In 1940 he began working for M.J. Culver; repairing magnetos, generators and other small engines. Later, the company name was changed to Culver and Bloomaert. In 1942 Henry joined the Air Force and was sent to Toronto Manning Pool and then to St. Thomas Technical School where he trained to be an aircraft electrician and Link Trainer Service man. From St. Thomas he was posted at the Flying Training School in Yorkton, known as # 11 S.F.T.S. From Yorkton he was sent overseas for 17 months; first at the York Bomber Command in England and then to Holland, Belgium and Germany. After V.E. Day his squadron was sent to Denmark for two weeks to do aerial photography for the Danish Government. He was honourably discharged in May 1946. When he returned to the Yorkton District he farmed the homestead from 1946 to 1950 then built the Tonkin Garage .He and Mildred have continued to reside in Tonkin. He was united in marriage to Mildred Jewitt from Toronto on February 23, 1951 at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton. The Tonkin Garage was closed in 1973. At this time Henry began working for Leon's Manufacturing in Maintenance retiring in 1983. During his life Henry was involved in his community. He drove school bus was involved with the Tonkin Curling Club, the Little Theatre in Yorkton, and the Parkland Rock and Gem Club. He and Mildred enjoyed travelling and Henry continued to repair magnetos and electric motors. He was skilled in woodworking, lathe machining, welding and Lapidary.
Henry leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his wife Mildred. Sons: Richard of Yorkton, David (Judy) of Calgary, Anthony of Tonkin, Shawn (Laura) of New York, Timothy of Canmore; a daughter Barbara (Bryan) Tomlinson of Chase, B.C. Six Grandchildren: Euclid, Mark, Tracy, Tanya, Davina and Fraser; a great grandson Carson Tomlinson; a brother Robert (Marlene) of Tonkin and sisters: Harriet (Gordon) Kyle of Kamloops and Sylvia (Russell) Bischop of Tonkin. Henry was predeceased by his parents; a son Kerry in 1994 and a sister Catherine Kyle in 1999.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning, September 24, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Mr. Gerald Kreba of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Bob Bartlett, Russell Bischop, George Kozmech, Gordon Kyle, Lawrence Jewitt and Ray Wotherspoon were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Henry's son, Anthony serving as Urn Bearer. Funeral and cremation arrangements by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton
Mrs. Annie Basarsky
BASARSKY - Mrs. Annie Basarsky of Yorkton passed away on Tuesday, December 9th at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 87 years. Annie May Basarsky was born May 31, 1916 at Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, the daughter of William and Barbara Verkhovod. She was raised on the family farm near Blaine Lake and attended Greystone School. Annie married Nick Basarsky on October 27, 1934. The couple resided in various communities in Saskatchewan where Nick taught school. These included Hazel Dell and Westbrook School near Theodore. In 1946 the family moved to Yorkton where Annie has resided until her passing.
During her lifetime, Annie enjoyed many hobbies and activities. She was an excellent seamstress and gardner. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing cards, doing puzzles and having coffee with her neighbors. In the early sixties she was an active member of the Sweet Adelines Chapter and designed many of their costumes.
Annie was predeceased by her parents; an older sister, Mary Yamchuk in 1951; a younger brother, Harry Williams in 1968; her husband Nick Basarsky in 1978; her son-in-law Hugh Laughlin in 1991 and her son Nick (Kelly) Basarsky in 1997.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Betty Laughlin of Yorkton; her daughter Barbara (Fred) Kramer of Medicine Hat, AB; her son Harold Basarsky of Toronto, ON; her daughter-in-law Josephine Basarsky of Ponoka, AB; and grandchildren Brenda (Wally), Karen, James, Carl and Stephanie; great grandchildren Adam and Julian; a sister-in-law Alice Williams of Surrey, BC and numerous nieces, nephews and their children of Rosthern, SK.
The funeral services was held on Monday, December 15th at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton with Sheila Lavender officiating. The organist, Shani Apland led in the singing of the hymns, 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus' and 'Amazing Grace'. The solo, 'In The Garden' was sung by Captain David Warford. The eulogy was delivered by daughter, Barbara Kramer. The grandchildren, Brenda Redford, Carleton Kramer, Karen Basarsky, Stephanie Kramer, James Laughlin and Adam Pearce served as honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Fred Kramer and Captain David Warford serving as casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in acre of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Eva Batyski (Hnylycia) passed away suddenly in Regina on February 3, 2001 at the age of 79 surrounded by the love of her family. Eva Batyski was born on September 26, 1921 in Hubbard, Saskatchewan to George and Anna (nee Artemowich) Hynlycia. She was educated at St. Stanisloff School. Eva was united in marriage to Peter Batyski on November 15, 1942. The couple farmed until 1949 at which time they established their farm equipment business in Hubbard where Eva worked side by side with her husband. Eva was a devoted mother to her six daughters. In 1981 Eva and Peter retired to Yorkton. Eva will be fondly remembered for her wonderful sense of humour, generosity, gardening, fishing, excellent cooking, hospitality and beautiful crocheting. She volunteered many hours of her time to the Church.
Eva died as she lived with deep faith, spirit and loving approach to family. She was predeceased by infant son Peter Jr. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Peter and six daughters, Diane (Al) Greschuk of Yorkton, Dorene (Don) Exner of Leduc, AB, Janey (Eric) Heuchert of Regina, Gladys (Ed) Scherbey of Chillawack, BC, Gloria (Dave) Larson of Blaine, Washington, Rita (Yves) Desjardins of Ottawa, ON, and her fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Olga (Bill) Stefanovich of Windsor, ON, and Katie Yaschuk of Ituna, SK.
The prayer vigil service was held on Tuesday evening, February 6, 2001 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton. Mr. Rick Yaholnitsky was the lay-presider and the organist was Diana Hornung. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday morning, February 7, 2001 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Hector Seville as Celebrant. The organist, Lorraine Lysak, led members of the parish choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Amazing Grace, Psalm 138, Seek Ye First, On Eagles Wings, Song of the Angels and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. The crossbearer was grandson Devon Exner, the epistle-reader was granddaughter Shelley Spizowka, and the altar-servers were Gilbert Kryski and Orest Machushek. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with sons-in-law Al Greschuk, Eric Heuchert, Dave Larson, Don Exner, Ed Scherby and Yves Desjardins serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Gordon Beck
BECK - Mr. Gordon Beck, resident of Yorkton, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2004 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 52 years of age. Gordon Andy Beck was born on March 21, 1951 on the family farm at Togo, Sask., the son of Alex and Rose (Sarafincean) Beck. He attended Alva, Makaroff and Togo Schools. Gordon married Joyce Babuik on July 22, 1972. This marriage was blessed with a son Dean in 1976, and a daughter Tracy in 1980. Gordon's greatest joy in life was being a father. He enjoyed every precious moment from changing diapers up to the very special close relationship he now had with his children as adults. His life centered on time spent with them and their special partners, Derilee and Adam. He was proud of their accomplishments and was always there for them. He spent many hours with them having coffee, playing cards and board games. Gordon loved becoming a Grandpa in 2000 to Dean's daughter Tiara who held a very special place in her Grandpa's heart. To many people, Gordon seemed shy and quiet, but once you got to know him, his humorous, fun-loving nature would shine through. He made many lasting friendships. He was currently employed at the Holiday Inn and MacDonald's. Gordon loved nature and never tired of what each new season brought, greatly enjoying the backyard bunny. His trips to the valley he was born in rejuvenated him and gave him great pleasure. He loved having coffee with his friends and family - he always was up for a coffee. He enjoyed going for long walks, helping Tracy plant the sand cherry bushes, looking after the yard, and barbequing. In his rare spare time he enjoyed fishing, tinkering with his car, and putting things together in his workshop. When Gordon met Linda, his love of good food and her love of cooking guaranteed a lot of happy special times often including both families. Gordon loved to dance and soon taught Linda the two-step. Many happy times were spent on the dance floor-and oh could he dance! His big heart allowed him to add to his family, he called Linda's family his second family, He was so very good to all of them, especially Lisa, Jared, Amy and Jason and he was proud to be Kayla's Gido. He also loved to spend time with his brothers, sisters, family and friends. A sincere hard-working friendly caring individual, Gordon always put the concerns of others ahead of himself. He took great pride in helping others and friends like family, were always treasured. Gordon was a wonderful and loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Gordon was predeceased by his Father Alex, Mother Rose, nephews; Randy Miller, and Curt Beck. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his son Dean (Derilee Boliziuk), daughter Tracy (Adam Yeo) granddaughter Tiara, brothers Walter (Rose), Bill (Pauline), David (Donna) sisters; Kathleen (Fred) Balak, Marlene (Richard) Smith, special nieces and nephews and their families, his very Best Friend Linda Timoffee and her family; daughters Lisa (Jared Dietrich) and Kayla, Amy (Jason Loveridge), and all of Linda's family and friends. He will also be remembered by the mother of his children, Joyce Babiuk and his mother-in-law Doris (Steve), and all of his sisters and brothers-in-laws and his many dear friends.
A Service of Comfort was held on Thursday evening, March 4, 2004. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 5, 2004 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiated. Linda offered recollections and remembrances of Gordon. Three taped selections were played, 'Amazing Grace', 'Peace in the Valley' and 'On Eagles Wings'. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion with Dale Prokopchuk, Larry Eddy, John Huziak, Anton Huziak, Rick Nagy and Don Shuparsky serving as the Casketbearers.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
BECKER - On November 9, 2005, Florence Becker of Yorkton, beloved wife of Richard Becker passed away after a heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Loving wife of Richard Becker. Dear Mother of Virginia (David) Charette of Edmonton, Alberta, Wendy (Thomas) Hogg of Duffield, Alberta, Elroy (Patty) Penner of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Farley Penner (predeceased). Loving daughter and stepdaughter of Katherine (predeceased) and Gordon Gabert. Father, Henry David (predeceased). Loving sister of Irene Rutherford of Woodstock, Ontario, Penny Girouard of Calgary, Alberta, Judith (Albert) Finch of Windsor, Ontario and Linda (Nick) Wentoniuk of Windsor, Ontario. Grandchildren; Drew, Nicholas, Renee, Janelle, Alexander and Christopher.
Florence was born on December 1, 1931. She was the oldest of five daughters. Her early life was spent on the family farm where she loved riding the horses. Her first job, when she left home, was at the Boston Cafe. Her last job, as a cashier, was at Macleods in Yorkton. She worked hard at her jobs.
Florence was a loving and devoted Mother to her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent homemaker, cook, baker and seamtress for her children. She was especially fond of her last dog, Sandi.
In 1980, Florence married Richard Becker. She and Richard enjoyed many years of happiness until her declining health eventually resulted in her moving to the Yorkton and Regional District Nursing Home in November, 200l. Richard continued to visit and care for her until her passing. We would like to thank the staff of the Nursing Home for their compassionate care.
A service of comfort was held on Sunday, November 13th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Monday, November 14th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springside with Pastors Mark Maunula and Kyunghyun Kim officiating. The organist, Jean Payne led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, 'Amazing Grace', 'Just As I Am' and 'Abide With Me'. The interment took place in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Drew Hogg, Nick Hogg, Joe St Ange, Jeff St Ange, Darrel Kawa and Eugene Wonchulanko serving as the casket bearers.
Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Paulette Jeannine Beliveau was born on May 3, 1963 at Regina, Saskatchewan; a daughter of Gerald and Lillian (nee Ellis) Beliveau. She was raised in Regina and attended Harrow deGroot School for the handicapped at the age of 7 and graduated at the age of 21; at which time she started working at the Cosmopolitan Activity Centre. She continued to work there until 1997 when she moved to the Cosmo Recycling Plant and then later the Cosmo Satellite Program to Crown Recycling until her move to Yorkton in October 2002 with her sister Lauretta and nephews: Landon and Spencer. While there she was employed at the Saskatchewan Abilities until her sudden passing on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at the age of 39 years. Paulette enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved to bowl and spend time with her friends at the bowling alley; a special thank you to Doreen Longworth and Jean Meckling who brought her that joy. Paulette's greatest love in life was her family and friends; and spending summer holidays with her parents at Marean Lake, where she could be found making the rounds visiting cabins of friends she had met over the past 35 years. She was a faithful hockey fan to her brother and nephews especially Landon and Spencer. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the parents and players of the hockey teams over the years that have made Paulette a part of their team. She was our special angel whose kind gentle soul was a gift to enrich our lives.
Paulette was predeceased by her grandparents: Delmas and Gabrielle Belliveau, Henry and Ellen Ellis; uncles Keith, Dave and Melville Ellis. She leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her parents Gerald and Lillian Beliveau of Marean Lake. Sister Lauretta Beliveau and her children Landon and Spencer of Yorkton, brother-in-law Paul Gryschuk of Regina. Sister, Donna and her husband Barry Gruell and their children Candice (Chad), Curtis (Jen), Gary and Jason of Regina. Sister, Michelle and her husband Len Yee and their children Jefferson, Jennifer, Ginette, Garrett, Giselle and Jamison of Regina; a brother Jean Guy and his wife Leslie and their children: Dane and Max of Calgary and Paulette's very special life long friend Todd Behl of Regina as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and all those whose life she touched.
Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. from Christ The King Roman Catholic Church - 3239 Garnet Str. Regina, Sask. Interment to follow at the Regina Memorial Gardens. In memory of Paulette memorial donations may be made to the Regina Special Olympics, the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation or Camp Easter Seal as Gifts of remembrance. Funeral and Cremation services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
William Thomas Benfield of the Theodore Health Centre passed away peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2002. He was 90 years of age. William was born on March 16, 1911 in the Springside district, a son of William and Emma (nee Alcock) Benfield. He was raised on the family farm and attended Springside School. He left school early to work on the farm, looking after cattle, pigs and horses and raising crops. William was united in marriage to Helen Lastiwka on June 17, 1945 at Theodore. They worked side by side in all aspects of the farming operation. They made the best of it even though times were tough. Willie and Helen were blessed with five children. They worked hard for their education and interests of their family and were proud of their accomplishments. Being the loving grandparents they were, the times spent with their grandchildren were cherished. After the loss of his dear wife, Willie moved to his son's family home. Later he moved to Heritage Place in Springside and since July, 2000 he has resided at Theodore Health Centre. He appreciated the love, care and friendship of all throughout the years and loved the companionship of his family and friends. He liked nothing better than a good story over a cup of coffee. Willie was a trustee for the Crossroads School district, a member of Springside United Church and the local Snow Plow Club. He loved to read, sing, play cards, set puzzles, visit with family and friends and also enjoyed a good joke. In later years he enjoyed watching hockey and baseball on television. He enjoyed the companionship of his farm dog. Willie never left far from home, but enjoyed the short sight seeing tours around the countryside.
He leaves to cherish his memory his children, a son Leonard (Joyce) of Springside; three daughters, Elaine (Louis) Lahosky of Theodore, Vi (Elwyn) MacLean of Grenfell and Joyce (Lyman) Morrison of Saskatoon; grandchildren, Allan Lahosky, Carla (Kelly) Madsen, Candace (Wayne) Dixon, Tanya (Brad) Speidelsbach and Charlotte and Denise Benfield; great-grandchildren Brendan Madsen, Doniven and Meghan Dixon and Jordyn Speidelsbach; a sister Emma Tairney; nephew Jack (Maxine) Tairney and niece Yvonne (Frank) Mostyn, all of St. Albert, AB, plus numerous relatives and friends. Besides his parents, Willie was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1986, daughter Sharon in 1983, brothers, John in 1926 and Ernest in 1999, sister Alice Brown in 2002 and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. A quiet man by nature, a true man of the land and a great friend to all...we will truly miss him.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon February 25, 2002 from the Springside United Church with Reverend Mary Jane Allan officiating. Jean Laube and Thelma Gillis were the organist and pianist leading the church choir and congregation in the hymns Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace, In The Garden, Abide With Me, Bringing In The Sheaves, and Go In Peace. All those that knew and loved William were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Springside Town Cemetery with Elwyn MacLean, Louis Lahosky, Allan Lahosky, Bradley Speidelsbach, Wayne Dixon and Dean Lastiwka serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mrs. Mary Bernath, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 27, 2002 with her family by her side. She was 84 years of age. Mary Angeline Bernath was born on October 25, 1918 on the family farm in the Goodeve district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Carl and Mary (nee Turchuk) Bancarz. She spent all her growing years helping on the family farm. On November 15, 1939 she was united in marriage to Andrew Bernath at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton. The couple spent the next seven years in the Rockdell district. In 1947 Mary and Andrew moved to Willowbrook. While there, Mary served as President of the CWL. Andrew predeceased Mary on April 26, 1985. In 1989 Mary moved to Yorkton, residing on Bradbrooke Dr. and eventually Heritage Manor. Due to declining health she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on April 9th of this year. Mary had been an active member of the Willowbrook Catholic Ladies Auxiliary and St. Gerard's Ladies Auxiliary. She had a warm, kind nature which was extended to everyone she met. Her generosity is memorable. Some of Mary's fondest moments were the times spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Because of the love that Mary had for children, she became a loving foster mother to 12 children throughout her years. Mary also loved nature, sharing her garden products with everyone and enjoyed picking wild berries and mushrooms. Curling was a favorite pastime; she attended many spiels and won numerous trophies over the years.
Predeceased by her husband Andrew on April 26, 1985, her father Carl Bancarz in 1970, and her mother Mary in 1986, she leaves to cherish her memory her son Brian (Darlene) Bernath of Yorkton and grandson Brian Michael; daughter Carol (Ron) Tulik of Fort Qu'Appelle and grandchildren Terri (Bill) Weist and great grandson Preston; Michelle (Larry) Beaulieu and great grandsons Austin and Brandon; grandson Cal Tulik and friend Shauna; Sisters Katie Batt of High Level, AB, Josie Czakler of Yorkton, and Helen (John) Kowbel of Melville; sisters-in-law, Lizzie Bernath of Esterhazy, Loretta Golec of Esterhazy, Bertha (Julius) Hudak of North Burnaby BC and Doris Bancarz of Melville; numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends.
The prayer vigil sevice was held on Tuesday evening, October 29, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Deacon Urban Kiernan officiating. The vigil hymns were 'I Will Never Forget You', �Psalm 100�, and 'Day is Done'. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2002 from St. Gerard's Church with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as Celebrant. The crossbearer was Phyllis Langley and Deacon Urban Kiernan assisted Father Basil. The organist, Diana Hornung led members of the Parish Choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Here I Am Lord' , Psalm 25, 'Hail Mary, Full of Grace', 'Be Not Afraid', 'Song of Farewell' and 'God is Love!, the Heavens are Telling'. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Herb Pearson, Leslie Pearson, Trevor Bancarz, Rick Bell, Brent Bernath and Jerome Bernath serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Eddy Betker, beloved husband of Lorraine Betker of Yorkton, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the Regina General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 63 years of age. Edwin Gordon Betker was born on October 30, 1937 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a son of Daniel and Bertha (nee Bittner) Betker. Eddy, or Puzzy, as he was affectionately known, was a lifetime resident of Yorkton. He received his education at Burke School and the Yorkton Collegiate Institute. As a young man Ed began work at the Yorkton Enterprise as an apprentice typesetter. On June 24, 1961 he was united in marriage to Lorraine Koroluk. Through a strong work ethic, Ed eventually moved up to the position of Production Manager. Later, he teamed up with Bob Thom and Dick DeRyk to establish a new weekly newspaper, Yorkton This Week. The newspaper was eventually sold to Armadale Communications. Retired in his early 50s, Ed kept himself busy. He honed his fishing, golfing, cooking and housekeeping skills and took great pride in growing the sweetest tomatoes on earth. He loved to read and was often seen bargain hunting at garage sales. He spent much time outside in the yard and at the lake. What kept him busiest though were his grandchildren. Taking kids to the park, teaching them to skate, going sledding, boating, fishing and swimming kept him busy but he loved every minute. A friendly, outgoing individual, Ed greatly enjoyed the company of his family and many friends. He always had a smile and a joke and was good company to many. Ed had been a member of the Yorkton Jaycees and had been a canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as for other worthwhile organizations. Ed recently underwent surgery at the Regina General Hospital. Unfortunately, complications set in and his condition worsened.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Lorraine, daughter Lauren (Thomas) Hearn of Telkwa, BC; sons Glenn (Lynda) of Yorkton, and Corey (fiance Lori Ruf) of Saskatoon and their families Miles and Jayne Hearn, Garrett and Laura Betker and Drew and Brady Holman; also two sisters, Elsie Much of Cochrane AB and Sylvia Evert of Regina, and their families. Ed was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Bertha and by his brother William.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 23, 2000 from Westview United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. The organist Sharon Litvanyi led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Abide With Me, Softly and Tenderly and Amazing Grace. Family friend Kathleen Gibson gave a tribute. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Thom, Marlene Ross, Rose Gress, Ruth Loucks, Madeline Lange, Shirley Dereniski, Rev. Richard and Kathleen Gibson, Lawrence and Judy Matwijeczko and Eugene and Kay Kuemper. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Graham Dixon, Byron Black, Bruce Lange, Art Loucks, Davin Evert and Mike Dereniski serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.