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SASKATCHEWAN - Yorkton - Bailey's Funeral Home Obituaries - E - 1

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Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2009, at 1:33 a.m.

Elswood (Eddy) Edison
It is with deep sadness the family of Elswood (Eddy) Edison announces his sudden and unexpected passing on Monday, November 20th at the age of 76. Predeceased by his wife Joyce in 1989, he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Lynette of Yorkton, his son Lawrie, daughter-in-law Anne and granddaughter Julie of Calgary; his brothers, Gordon and his wife Francis of Saskatoon, Bud and his wife Gerry of Dafoe; and very dear friend May Wiley of Yorkton. Ed was a great father, husband and friend. He worked tirelessly to ensure that those around him were well taken care of, right up to the day God chose to take him home. His work with Sask Power took him throughout Saskatchewan, from Sturgis to Watrous and finally to Yorkton where he topped off his career as regional manager until his retirement in 1983. Retirement didn't suit him well, so he put his jacket and tie back on and went job hunting. The next day he was overseeing construction of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre as project manager. Typical of a prairie boy, Eddy loved the sea. He liked to visit the ocean and paint seaside memories in broad, rich strokes of oil on canvas. Ed will be loved and missed by many. He was a great man. To quote a phrase he recently wrote "I was greatly inspired and motivated by my father, who taught me to be always honest and always keep my word. These two things have been with my all my life."
The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 23, 2000 from Westview United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. The eulogy was given by Ken Mackie. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Abide With me' and 'The Lord's My Shepherd'. The recessional hymn was 'Amazing Grace' played by piper Kim Walker. The interment followed at the Yorkton City Cemetery with Lawrie Edison as urnbearer. Cremation and funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.

Bella Eftoda
Mrs. Bella Eftoda, resident of Yorkton, widow of the late John Eftoda, formerly of the Calder district, passed away following a brief illness on Friday, August 31, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 94 years of age. Bella Eftoda was born on April 7, 1907 in the Wroxton district of Saskatchewan, a daughter of George and Annie (nee Wasilinchuk) Rubiletz. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the district. She remained home to help on the farm until her marriage to John Eftoda on July 13, 1924 at Calder. The couple farmed until 1954 when they retired and moved into Calder. In 1968 they moved to Yorkton. John passed away suddenly on February 14th, 1978. In 1982 Bella returned to Calder and since 1995 had been residing with her daughter Christine due to declining health. She lived her life peacefully and quietly, favourite pastimes included quilting and crocheting. She greatly enjoyed the visits from her family.
Besides her husband John and her parents George and Annie, she was also predeceased by her daughter Florence, son James, grandson Terry Sawa, sisters Helen Gilchuk, Jennie Pitts, Dora Morash and Rosie Calanchie, brothers James and Nick, and her son-in-law George Sawa. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Christine Sawa of Yorkton, daughter-in-law Edna Eftoda of Yorkton; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack and Mike Rubiletz, both of Churchbridge and one sister, Lily Morash of Roblin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Monday evening, September 3, 2001 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The funeral service was held on Tuesday morning, September 4, 2001 from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiated. The cantor, William Kozey, assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Steve Rubletz, the bannerbearers were John Wilson and Jim Eftoda. The interment took place in the Garden of Crucifixion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Merv Eftoda, Dale Sawa, Ronnie Vovchuk, Glen Morash, Richard Zazelenchuk and Peter Eftoda serving as the casketbearers. Eternal Memory! Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.

Katie Eftoda
Mrs. Katie Eftoda, resident of the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2000. She was 90 years, 10 months and 28 days of age. Ekaterina Eftoda, known to all as Katie, was born on December 15, 1909 in the Calder district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of John and Iwana (nee Rubuletz) Bewcyk. She was raised on the family farm. In June of 1935 she was united in marriage to George Eli Eftoda at Calder. For the next 40 years, the couple farmed and raised three sons on their land west of Calder. Katie always grew large vegetable gardens from which she did a lot of preserving and canning. She was known for graciously sharing her bountiful vegetable harvests with family and friends. She was a truly great cook--no one ever left her home hungry. Her cooking talent was enjoyed by many as she capably prepared food for many weddings and special occasions in the Calder district. In 1975 the couple retired from active farming but continued to reside on the farm, enjoying their quiet country life. For the past six years, Katie had been residing in Yorkton where she received special care and assistance as her health declined.
She was predeceased by her husband George on October 14, 1995, her parents, sisters Dora Horaska, Margaret Hnatiuk and Mary Onoferson, brothers Bill and Peter Bewcyk and by granddaughter Corrine's husband David Pearce. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life her three sons and their families: William and Shirley, James and Vic and Peter and Karen, all of Yorkton and district; grandchildren, Dewayne Eftoda (Debbie, Whitney & Matthew), Cindy Bilokrelie (Roger, Roxanne and Samantha), Corinne Pearce (Tony Pigeau & Jade and Madison), Tracey Eftoda, Nyle Eftoda, Derek Eftoda, Michele Eftoda and Shelley Eftoda; sisters Lena and John Swerhun of Yorkton, Rose Morash of Yorkton and Elsie Kryworuchka of Calder; one brother, Nick Bewcyk of Roblin, numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends.
The prayer service was held on Tuesday evening, November 14, 2000 and the funeral service was held on Wednesday morning, November 15, 2000 from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiated. The cantor, William Kozey assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Steve Rubletz, the bannerbearers were Tom Trafananko and Jim Ellaschuk. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dewayne, Derek and Elmer Eftoda, Tony Oucharek, Peter Horaska and Gerald Kryworuchka serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.

Pauline Egilsson
Pauline Egilsson was born on October 3, 1930 in the Calder district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Alex and Mary Pryslak. Pauline was raised on the family farm and attended the Torsk and Calder Schools. As a young woman she worked at the Monarch Lumber Co. in Calder for a number of years before her marriage. On June 12, 1952 she was united in marriage to Fred Egilsson at Yorkton. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Calder district all their working lives. They retired in 1991 and moved into Yorkton that fall. During her many years on the farm and while in Yorkton Pauline had been an active member of the United Church Women. Her favourite pastimes included knitting and crocheting; she enjoyed tending to a large garden during the summer months, and also enjoyed bowling and curling. Her home was always open to family and friends and she enjoyed preparing meals for special occasions. Pauline passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 72 years and 24 days of age.
Predeceased by her parents, three sisters, Margaret Calanchie (1970), Irene Morary (1982) and Betty Wawryk (2002), she leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband Fred; daughter Brenda of Saskatoon; one brother Mervin (Judy) Pryslak of Calder; sisters Ann Nichols of Mississauga ON, Sylvia (Freeman) Hanson of Saskatoon, Marian Nicol of Saskatoon, and Nettie (Tom) Bates of Yorkton; numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.

William Elaschuk
Mr. William Elaschuk of Yorkton and formerly of the Wroxton district, beloved husband of Lillian, passed away on December 26, 2000 at home with his family by his side. He was 87 years of age. William was born on September 2, 1913 in the Buchanan District of Saskatchewan. He was a son of Ukrainian pioneers John and Mary (nee Repchan) Elaschuk. William was raised on the family farm which was in the Wroxton District, since the family had moved from Buchanan. William received his education at Loyal School and soon, as a young man left to work for farmers. On November 29, 1939, William was united in marriage to Lillian Graczo at Tisdale Sask. They made their home in Yorkton in 1947. William became self-employed as he purchased his own trucking outfit and hauled everything from soup to nuts and to wherever he was needed. As well, William was trained in heavy equipment operation and the maintenance of the equipment. Many times he would clear the land for farmers with a Caterpillar, often going that extra mile for his clients. This was a trademark of William as he took great pride in his work and its quality. He also was self taught in the trades which helped him in the houses that he built. In 1995 William semi-retired due to his health, however never one to stand still he kept tinkering on his acreage. William also has devoted the last 17 years looking after his grandchildren. He loved to be with them while their parents were at work. William loved to travel especially when it was with his children and grandchildren. Many times he would accompany his daughter Linda to her craft sales often selling and setting up at the venues and travellling various places in western Canada with her cats to cat shows.
William leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his wife Lillian; his sons Leonard and his wife Suzanne of Yorkton, and Allen and his wife Laurie of Regina; also his daughter Linda of Regina; grandchildren Erin and Kimberly of Yorkton, Christopher and Jay of Regina; brothers Alex of Winnipeg, James and his wife Jennie of Wroxton along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. William was predeceased by his mother Mary, his father John; sisters Doris and her husband James Nicholson, Bella Lawrence, Katie and her husband John Puritch and a sister-in-law Hilda Elaschuk.
Funeral services were held on Friday afternnoon, December 29, 2000, from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton with Reverend Daryl Woods of St. Andrew's United Church officiating. Shani Apland was the organist leading the congregation in the hymns Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art. Judy Westman and Robert Leduc were the soloists, singing These Hands and The Old Rugged Cross. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Leonard, Allen, Brian, Wilfred, Dennis Elaschuk, Serge Leonard and Raymond Berglund serving as Casket Bearers. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.

John Elash
Mr. John Elash of Esterhazy, formerly of Yorkton, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Esterhazy. He was 73 years of age. John was born on June 1, 1929 in the Goodeve district, a son of Mike and Katie (nee Sereda) Elash. He married Edith Domshy on June 30, 1958. The couple was blessed with three children, John, Anita, and Doug. In 1960 - 1961 John took welding and machine shop instruction in Toronto. In 1971 John commenced employment with Morris Rod Weeder and in 1972 moved to Yorkton, retiring in 1991. In 1984 he met Velma Zak of Esterhazy and maintained a relationship since 1986 until the present time. John served as president of the Esterhazy Jets Seniors Club, until his most recent illness. During his younger years he coached minor hockey and baseball. John's life is summed up by his love of children, a farmer, and a good welder.
The funeral service was held on Monday, December 16, 2002 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. officiating. The cantor was Ed Pindus. Serving as honorary bearers were Leo Misko, Carmen Beirwagen, Kenneth Elash, Randy Kruda, Allan Misko and Ted Wlock. Son, John, conveyed reflections of his father's life. A private family interment will be held at a later time. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.

Lennie Elash
Mr. Lennie Elash of Yorkton passed away early Monday morning, January 20, 2003. He was 44 years of age. Lennie Norman Elash was born on June 30, 1958 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a son of Alex and Maria Elash. He received his primary education and one year of high school at Goodeve and the remainder of his high school at Melville. He worked for a year with an insulating company at Regina before commencing employment with Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation, Engineering Division out of Yorkton, where he spent twenty years. Throughout the years Lennie also helped out on the family farm. He enjoyed hunting, trapping and spending time with his children.
Predeceased by his mother Maria in 2002; common law wife Marlene in 1998 and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; Lennie is survived by his father Alex of Yorkton; brother Richard (Doris) of Swift Current; daughter Jolene; son Alexander; step daughter Tanya; nieces, Tracy (Doug) Evjen, Carla (Jamie) Paul; Jamie and Jaunita Elash; great nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.
The funeral service was held on Friday, January 24, 2003 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Father Oleh Kashuba, C.Ss.R. officiating. The cantor, Ed Pindus assisted by parish choir members led in the singing of the responses. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Ivan Sereda, Michael Elash, Terry Elash, Ted Elash, Ken Elash and Edward Zwirsky serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.

Emilie Engel
Mrs. Emilie Engel of Yorkton, Sask., beloved wife of Edwin, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2001 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Emilie was born June 23, 1912 in Hussenbach, Russia, daughter of George and Anna (nee Suppes) Mehling. She was baptized and lived in Russia until the age of nine. Because of the Bolshevik Revolution, the family was forced to flee Russia. After a journey of sixteen months, with tragedy after tragedy, including losing her mother and two sisters of typhoid fever, they landed in Halifax. They proceeded to Stornoway, Sask., arriving May 19, 1923. Emilie attended schools in Stornoway and Rhein, and was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein. She worked very hard on the family farm in her younger years and later in Yorkton as a nanny and housekeeper for several prominent families. These were happy years for her as she made many wonderful friends. She married Edwin Engel July 28, 1940 and the couple was blessed with four daughters. They made farming their livelihood for thirty-two years and in 1972 retired to Yorkton. Her vegetable and flower gardens were her pride and joy both on the farm and in Yorkton. Emilie was very talented with her hands. Even at the age of seventy she began to enter her sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking and canned goods at the Yorkton Exhibition and the Saltcoats fair where she won many ribbons. Emilie was an avid bowler and served on the executive of several leagues. Emilie's warm and friendly manner endeared her to many people including her caregivers. On April 28, 2000 she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.
She was predeceased by her mother, Anna, in 1922 and her father, George in 1954; sisters Dorthea and Maria in 1922, and Elizabeth in 2000; two brothers, Victor in 1987 and Jacob in 1996. She was also predeceased by her step mother, Katherine; step brothers Henry, John, Jack and Alex Schaeffer, step sisters Molly Schaeffer and Martha Leis, sister-in-law Martha Mehling in 2001 and brother-in-law Jacob Ruf in 1988. Emilie leaves to mourn her husband Edwin of 61 years; daughters Glenna (Norm) Vance of Yorkton, Elaine (Ken) Els of Yorkton, Sharon (Dave) Hart of Nanaimo, BC. and Brenda (Dale) Loeppky of Saskatoon, Sask. She was the proud grandmother of Karla (Dave) Miller of Yorkton, Brad Vance of Regina, Kevin Vance of Calgary; Shelley Els of Yorkton, Greg (Cheryl) Els of Stornoway, Carmen (Cory) Sasyniuk of Moose Jaw, Allan Hart of Victoria and Heather (Jim) Carpenter of San Jose, California. Bringing her great joy in her twilight years were her three great-grandchildren: Matthew and Emilie Miller and Brandon Sasyniuk. She also leaves to mourn her step sisters Rosie Pfeifer of Yorkton, Lydia Riffel of Carnduff; step brother Rev. Dave (Katie) Schaeffer of Medicine Hat, Alta.; sisters-in-law Leah Ruf, Clara Ruf, and Dora (Adam) Ruf, all of Yorkton, and Rachael Elzer of Vernon, B.C.; brother-in-law Alfred (Viola) Engel of Vernon, B.C., and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A service of Comfort for family and friends was held on Thursday evening July 19, 2001, from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton. Funeral Services were held on Friday afternoon, July 20, 2001 from Zion Lutheran Church, Yorkton, Sask. with Pastor Michael Keith officiating assisted by Vicar Rob Grout. The organist Verna Liebrecht led the congregation in the Hymns The King Of Love My Shepherd Is, I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, and Lord Take My Hand And Lead Me. The soloist was Cherie Bown. Her solo selection was His Eye Is On The Sparrow. The reflections and remembrances of Emilie's life were given by her grandson Kevin Vance. The interment followed in the family plot, Garden of St. Matthew Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Greg Els, Allan Hart, Brad Vance, Kevin Vance, David Miller and Cory Sasyniuk serving as casket bearers. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.

Gute Albert Enockson
Mr. Gute Albert Enockson of Yorkton and formerly of the Alpine district of Manitoba, beloved husband of Dorothy, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 87 years of age. Gute was born on October 9, 1913 in the Alpine district of Manitoba, a son of Enoch and Sehma Enockson. Gute attended Benito school. His working life consisted of being a seed buyer; working in road construction and operating his own general construction operation. His family was an important part of his life and he spared nothing to provide the good things in life to them. During his life Gute was involved with the Jolly Mixers Seniors Club. He loved gardening and was passionate about the outdoors. He had a trap line in the Alpine district and enjoyed the life of a trapper and hunter.
Gute leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his loving wife Dorothy; sons Daryl and his wife Cindy of Yorkton, Ryan and his wife Pearl of Edmonton; daughter Joan and her husband John VanBuul of Viking and a son - in - law Willis Nelson of Saskatoon; his grandchildren: Anita, Tannis and David Enockson, Darcy Thera, Daryl Thera, Donna Rupertus, Darla Desaulniers, Marcie Zemlak, Wanita Manske, Oran Nelson, Scott, Shannon and Ryan Enockson; great-grandchildren: Justin Willis, Crystina, Lyndsey, Meagan and Andrew Thera, Mackenzie and Zachary Desaulniers and Baby Joshua; sister Francis Kenzle of Caroline; sister - in - law Fern (Ivor) Enockson of Benito. Gute was predeceased by his parents; a daughter Marilyn Nelson in 1985; two brothers: Ivor and Oliver Enockson, an infant twin sister and a brother-in-law Jack Kenzle.
Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, July 19, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton with Reverend Faye Greer of Westview United Church Officiating. Marilyn Newell was the organist leading the congregation in the hymn The Church In The Wildwood. Amazing Grace was sung by Joleen Cherland. Just A Closer Walk With Thee was played. The interment followed in the Alpine Church Cemetery south of Benito, Manitoba. The Honourary Bearers were Helmer Carlson, Stewart Zander, Jim Lyons, Jim Parson, Elwood Affleck and Robert Josephson. Curtis Zemlak, John Sandborn, Rodney Kenzle, Ture Peterson, Kare Carlson and Oran Nelson served as Casket Bearers.
Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.

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