On Friday, February 22, 2002 Mrs. Christina Graves of Yorkton and formerly of the Springside district, widow of John passed away at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home; her family at her side. She was 82 years of age. Christina was born in Lochelly Fifeshire Scotland on September 19, 1919; a daughter to Anne Walkingshaw eldest of three children. She spent most of her early years with her grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles who were very dear to her. Christina attended school in Lochgelly and later in Edinburgh. She found her job as nanny to the Hedley family in Peebles very rewarding remaining friends for her entire life. Christina joined the A.T.S. ( auxiliary territorial service ) during World War Two where she met and fell in love with John Graves. They were married in 1942 in Lochgelly where their first child Alexander Armstrong Walkingshaw was born. In 1945 as one of many war brides Christina with son Alexander immigrated into Canada to be reunited with John in Springside to start their life together. Christina endured many hardships during those early years in Springside; without the conveniences that had been readily available to her in Edinburgh. Christina, John and family lived in Springside for many years before moving to Yorkton where they continued to raise and add to their family. Christina was a very warm, generous caring person who would do anything for anyone. As a mother of eight, grandmother of twenty - one and great grandmother of ten a good deal of her life was spent caring for children. Thank God she loved baking, singing, dancing and story telling; for many long hours were spent doing all of the above. Her children loved to hear her stories of her Scottish heritage of which she was so proud. Music and singing were a big part of Christina's life and she looked forward to Sunday and singing in the church choir. As a member of the Legion Auxiliary she helped with many fund raising events. Gardening was John's dream; canning was Christina's nightmare; eating was the family’s pleasure.
She was predeceased by her husband John in 2001; grandparents; parents; a sister Anne; brother - in - law Sydney and son - in - law Maurice. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2001; grandparents; parents; a sister Anne; brother - in - law Sydney and son - in - law Maurice. She leaves to mourn her passing her eight children: Sandy, his children Jacqueline (Dale) Speers, John-Paul (Sue), Sandy's partner Jacqueline and her grandson Stephen of Victoria BC; Anne Taitley and her children Christina, Linda, Brian (Kim) of Winnipeg MB; Shirley Wegner of Calgary and her children Kim (Todd) Bergstrom and sons Mackenzie, Harrison, Kennedy & Grayson of Kelowna BC; Todd (Liz), Bart & Chad of Strathmore AB; Stan (Jo-Ann) and children Tammy (Wade) Oberg & girls Kayla, Bailey, MacKenzie & Payton of Weyburn SK; Amanda (Larry) Fisher of Regina, Rebecca (Brent) Colley and sons Boston and Parker of Port Coquitlam BC and David of Flin Flon MB, Lorna (Nick) Yawney and children Heather & Justin of Calgary AB, Dorothy (Brian) Stifora and girls Amber & Ashley of Calgary, May (Gary) Kowal and girls Kirsti & Meagan of Yorkton, Jim (Cheryl) and sons Kristopher & Kevin of Springside. Christina also leaves her brother John ( Anne ) Cook of Scotland; brothers and sisters - in - law: Edna, Alan and Jessie, Jim and Evelyn, Dorothy (Harry) Thompson of England. Christina's children and their families brought her many smiles and sometimes tears; they were her greatest joy. We wish to thank the staff of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home for their care and attention given to Christina in the past year.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday morning, February 26, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Reverend Archdeacon Ken Buchan of Holy Trinity Anglican Church officiating. The organist was Jean Laube leading the Church Choir and congregation in the Hymns: " Amazing Grace ", " The Old Rugged Cross ", " Softly And Tenderly " and " How Great Thou Art ". Special music selection by John Warner titled " Holes In Heaven's Floor" was played. Reflections and remembrances of Christina's life were given by granddaughter Kim Bergstrom and friend Martin Arndt. The Piper was Dave Gillard. Helen Benjamin, Sharon Cursons, Russell and Sylvia Bischop, Donn and Jean Laube, May Wiley, Martin Arndt, Lyall Davies, Frances and Alma Swain served as honourary bearers. The Interment took place at the Springside Town Cemetery with Christina's son Alexander serving as Urn Bearer. Cremation and funeral services by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Mr. John Graves, beloved husband of Christina Graves of Yorkton passed away on Friday, October 5, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 83 years of age. John Graves was born in the Theodore District on April 7, 1918; a son of George and Emily ( nee Goodman ) Graves. He was the second eldest of a family of five. He joined the army in 1941 where he spent four years overseas in action, including two years in the Italian Campaign with the Third Field Regt. of the Ist Canadian Division. While overseas he met Christina Walkingshaw. They were married October 2, 1942 in Lochgelly, Fifeshire, Scotland. There their first son was born. After his service in the army John and Christina returned to Springside where they lived and worked for many years before moving to Yorkton and raising a family of eight. John was employed with Matheson Bros. Construction for 18 years. The last four years saw him move to Winnipeg . After retiring to Kelowna his love for the prairies brought him back to the Yorkton district. Once residing back in Springside he became a member of town council. John played hockey in his younger years and took great pleasure in his curling games. He loved working with his hands and was proud to have his three sons follow in his footsteps. The garden gave him great pleasure especially his 'great' pumpkins. He also had other hobbies; he enjoying fishing, hunting, playing cards ( especially solitaire ) and games with his grandchildren. The later years saw him spend numerous hours working on puzzles that he has left for his children. He enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies where many stories were told. John had a great love for all animals especially his little birdie which gave him great joy and laughter.
He was predeceased by his parents George in 1927 and Emily in 1936; mother-in-law Anne Bradford in 1974, a son-in-law Maurice Taitley in 2000 and a brother Sid Graves in 1986. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 59 years, Christina; their eight children: Sandy, his children Jacqueline (Dale) Speers, John-Paul (Sue), Sandy's partner Jacqueline and her grandson Stephen of Victoria BC; Anne Taitley and her children Christina, Linda, Brian (Kim) of Winnipeg MB; Shirley Wegner of Calgary and her children Kim (Todd) Bergstrom and sons Mackenzie, Harrison, Kennedy & Grayson of Kelowna BC; Todd (Liz), Bart & Chad of Strathmore AB; Stan (Jo-Ann) and children Tammy (Wade) Oberg & girls Kayla, Bailey, MacKenzie & Payton of Weyburn SK; Amanda (Larry) Fisher of Regina, Rebecca (Brent) Colley and sons Boston and Parker of Port Coquitlam BC and David of Flin Flon MB, Lorna (Nick) Yawney and children Heather & Justin of Calgary AB, Dorothy (Brian) Stifora and girls Amber & Ashley of Calgary, May (Gary) Kowal and girls Kirsti & Meagan of Yorkton, Jim (Cheryl) and sons Kristopher & Kevin of Springside. John is also survived by his brothers Jim (Evelyn) of Belleville ON, Alan (Jessie) of Regina, sister, Dorothy (Harry) Thompson of Barrow-in-Furness, England, sister-in-law Edna of Yorkton as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends. The last few months for dad were enriched when he moved into the Bentley. The wonderful staff and residents made it a lasting memory for dad and his family. Not only were John's children a highlight of his life' but also their spouses. His greatest joy came from his spirited grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.
The Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Ken Buchan of Holy Trinity Anglican Church officiating. The organist, Jean Laube led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'How Great Thou Art', 'Amazing Grace' and 'Morning Has Broken'. Selections from the country group 'The Judds' were also played. Tributes and remembrances of John's life were given by friend Francis Swain and granddaughter Kim Bergstrom. The honorary bearers were Willie Mark, Donn Laube, Helen Benjamin, Francis and Alma Swain, John Stolar, Russ Carnduff, Gerald Fenske, Martin Arndt and Russell Bischop. The interment followed in the Springside Town Cemetery with Alan Graves serving as the urnbearer. Granddaughter, Heather Yawney read the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and Piper Fern Katzberg played 'Amazing Grace'. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Effie Gregory, resident of the Shepherd's Care Nursing Home in Edmonton, formerly of Yorkton, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, August 26, 2002. She was 84 years of age. Effie was the daughter of Ted and Anne (nee Matechuk) Filipchuk of Stornoway, Saskatchewan. On October 24, 1937 she was united in marriage to William Gregory at Rhein. This union was blessed with three children, Vincent, Sharon and Richard. Effie took great pride in her housework, baking, crocheting and gardening. In 1972, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was active most of the time when confined to a wheelchair. In 1991 Bill and Effie moved to Edmonton, where she had since resided.
Predeceased by her daughter Sharon, brother John Filipchuk, her sisters Joyce Lundstrum and Mary Filipchuk and daughter-in-law Gladys Gregory. She leaves to mourn her passing her sons Vincent of Edmonton and Richard and his wife Doreen of St. Albert; grandchildren, Gaynette (Darwin) Ross, Liana (Brent) Jackson, Nicole (Coby) Salmon, and Shannon and Chris Gregory; great grandchildren, Cailyn, Tanner and Kennedy Jackson and Jackson Ross; sisters, Marg (Dave) Kinjerski of Calgary, Martha (Norm) Jorgenson of Vancouver, Josephine (Mike) Latoski of Thunder Bay, Sadie Klingman of Rhein; brothers Ted (Merle) Filipchuk of Swift Current and Bill (Anne) Filipchuk of Kamsack; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.
A prayer service was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Edmonton. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, August 31, 2002 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Lawrence Groseth, beloved husband of Iris Groseth of Dubuc passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the Regina General Hospital. he was 74 years of age. Lawrence Norman Groseth was born on August 23, 1927 at Scobey, Montana; a son of Lulu May (nee Norman) and Lawrence Eric Groseth. At an early age he moved to the Dubuc district of Saskatchewan with his parents. He began his education at the Spruce Dale School. During the 'dirty thirties' he lived with his grandmother Hilda Norman at Scobey. Upon his return to Dubuc he completed his education. On October 20, 1951 he was united in marriage to Iris Nicholson at Dubuc. Most of Lawrence's life was spent in the district, farming and raising his family with Iris, with the exception of a brief period of time that he spent in Winnipeg and Regina working as a mechanic. Lawrence was an avid reader and passed this love of reading and learning on to his grandchildren. For the past ten years Lawrence had been in declining health, the past few months had been especially difficult as he endured a lot of pain. He kept his dignity throughout his last days, he suffered in silence as he did not want to burden others with his pain.
Predeceased by his parents and a sister Betty Lou in infancy, he is survived by his loving wife Iris; daughter Daphne of Dubuc and grandchildren: Joanne (Bruce), Brent (Chandra), and Ried; son Rodney of Regina and granddaughters Elizabeth and Lexa; his cherished dog Buffy; a brother Bob (Janet) Groseth of MacKenzie BC; a sister Gayla (Don) Bridgley of Keremeos BC; several nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre, highway 10 east in Yorkton. Rev. Susan Griffith of the United Church of Canada officiated. Three taped solo selections were played, 'Softly and Tenderly', 'In the Garden' and 'The Old Rugged Cross'. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew with Richard and Kelly Nicholson, Casper Rieger, Larry Anderson, Darrell Bell and Curtis Nagy serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Longtime Sheho resident, Edna Grumetza, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the Foam Lake Health Centre. She was 79 years of age. Edna was born on May 28, 1923 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Metro and Lena Grumetza. Edna was raised in Sheho and received her education there. As a young woman Edna began helping in the general store her parents operated, eventually taking over the operation. The store eventually closed, Edna retired and remained in the family home in Sheho. Edna was a very religious person; she was a long time member of the Pentecostal Church. Her life revolved around her family and friends.
Predeceased by her father Metro in 1958, her mother Lena in 1974, brothers Edward in 1970 and Ross in 1984, she is survived by her son Dannie Grumetza of Brisbane, Australia, grandchildren, Derek (Anissa) of Harvey Bay, Queensland, Kara Grumetza (and fiancé Jason) of Nosa Heads, Queensland, and Pamela Grumetza of Brisbane; their mother Julie (John) MacArthur. Also, Edna's treasured great grandchildren Coen, Jacob and Tamsyn.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2003 from the chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Pastor Russell Richardson of the Free Pentecostal Church in Yorkton officiating. Sister Edna Richardson was the accompaniment. The hymns for the funeral were O Happy Day and What Can Wash Away My Sins. Soloist, Gunna Rogerson sang Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary. Grandson, Derek Grumetza gave the tribute to his grandma. The interment took place in the Sheho Cemetery with Derek, Lorne, Myles & Rhonas Grumetza and Wanda Watt serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bernice Grunert, beloved wife of Alfred Grunert of the Yorkton district passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 9, 2002 at her home. She was 82 years of age. Bernice Verna Grunert was born on May 22, 1921 on the family farm in the Springside district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Paul and Emma (nee Pohl) Klause. Bernice attended the Grunert Public School and finished her education at the Springside High School. After high school Bernice completed her Music Degree through McGill University. Her musical career started at the age of 9 when she was asked to serve as church pianist and organist. She was an accomplished pianist and in later years enjoyed accompanying her husband Alfred on the violin at many church and community events. Bernice began her working career at Logan's Drug and Music store in the music and gift department. On November 17, 1943 Bernice married Alfred Grunert in the West Ebenezer Baptist Church. They took up residence on the Orcadia farm and were blessed with one son Kent Allan in 1949. Bernice and Alfred moved to Yorkton in 1956 and Bernice went to work for Canada Manpower. She remained a valuable employee for 25 years where she retired as supervisor of self and assisted services. She enjoyed dealing with the public and matching prospective employees with suitable employers. After retiring, Bernice and Alfred enjoyed many winter vacations in the Bahamas and south Florida. The highlight of these sixteen winters was visiting with their many American relatives and condo neighbors. In 1980 Bernice and Alfred returned permanently to the farm where they enjoyed living across the yard from Kent, his wife Bonnie, and the boys. Bernice's biggest joy was spending time with her grandsons Jonathan and Mark. She rarely missed one of the boy's little league baseball games. She was one of their most proud and energetic fans. From her kitchen window, Bernice kept a watchful eye on the operations of the farm, always "wanting to know the score".
Predeceased by her parents, Emma in 1972 and Paul in 1978, she leaves to mourn her passing, her loving husband Alfred of 58 years, son Kent and his wife Bonnie; grandsons Jonathan and Mark; a sister, Beatrice and her husband Ervin Shindle; a sister-in-law Lorraine and her husband Winston Knoll; nephews Dale and Gary Knoll and Evan Shindle, niece Cherie Bea (Shindle) Kelly, numerous cousins, many friends and neighbours, and 'the girls' from Manpower who she regularly met for lunch as recently as last week. Bernice will always be remembered for her compassion and her outgoing personality.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 13, 2002 at First Baptist Church in Yorkton with Rev. Steve Rosluk officiating. The organist, Ruth McPhee accompanied the choir in the singing of the hymn, "Beyond the Sunset". A solo, "Be Strong in the Lord" was sung by Noreen Kriger. Tributes to Bernice were conveyed by grandson Jonathan Grunert and niece Cherie Bea (Shindle) Kelly. All present who knew and shared in Bernice's life were considered as honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Jonathan Grunert, Mark Grunert, Evan Shindle, Art Klause, Alvin Klause and Blair Klause serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gladys Guest ( nee McCann ) of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home passed away on September 3, 2002 surrounded by her family. She was 98 years of age. Elizabeth Gladys Guest was born on August 5, 1904 at Tonkin, SK. She attended Shamrock school for eight years; then worked on various farms in the capacity of caregiver to numerous neighbours such as Mrs. Haney, and Mr. Baldwin. She was also midwife to Mrs. Minnie Kerr. A lifelong friendship developed with the birth of her son, Clifford and has remained true until today. On Sunday, September 1, 1935, Father Isadore Shalla C.Ss.R. united Gladys in marriage to John Oliver Guest at St. Gerard's Church in Yorkton. John was transferred to Drumheller in 1940 where they made their home until 1982. During that time they traveled to Arizona, Mexico, Guadeloupe, and Hawaii. Gladys was a very active member of St. Anthony's Church in Drumheller where she was a charter member of the CWL and remained an active member of St. Gerards parish in Yorkton. Gladys faith was always an important part of her life. While they had no children of their own they raised a foster child and thought of their pet dog Blackie as part of their family. Gladys was known to many neighbours as "Grandma Guest". At the age when most would be planning retirement; Gladys & John became caretakers of the Drumheller museum. In 1982 they returned to Yorkton. After John's death in 1984, Gladys moved to Queen Elizabeth Court. Due to failing health she moved to The Yorkton & District Nursing Home. Gladys will be long remembered for her pranks & witty sense of humour.
Predeceased by her parents; Thomas McCann & Kathryn Fitzpatrick; her husband John Guest, sisters; Ellie Langton, Alice Schielke, Margaret Gehl, Tillie McCann, Sarah Irving & Jean McCann. Brothers; John, Ray, Joe, Pat, & Lance McCann. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory; brother; Dan McCann of Red Deer, AB, sister in law; Freda McCann of Yorkton, numerous nieces, nephews & a host of good friends.
Prayer services were held on Friday evening, September 6, 2002 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Deacon Urban Kiernan as presider. Diana Hornung was the organist with Eleanor Loster as reader. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday morning, September 7, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church with Father Basil Chomos as Celebrant along with Deacon Urban Kiernan. Carla Ritter was the organist leading the choir and congregation in the Hymns: "Here I Am Lord", Psalm 23, "Take My Hands", "Jesus Remember Me", "May Flights of Angels Lead You", and "O' Paradise". The readers were Murray Loster and Shirley Pierce with reflections of Glady's life given by Ed Langton. The Catholic Women's League members: Helen Hunt, Eileen Boryski, Ellen McKenzie, Theresa Tedeschi, Gladys Molnar, Mary Walsh, Kay Kuemper and Josephine Czakler served as an Honour Guard. The Cross Bearer was Greg Dubois with Chad Spikerman and Ryley Sherring serving as Altar Servers. The Honourary Bearers were: Mabel Laevens, Nellie Karpinski, Rose Gillis, Sarah Guest, Lil Lemky, Bernice Saretski, and Evelyn Dahl. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with: Lennie Loster, Peter Loster, Phil McCann, Ed Langton, Jim Langton and Jason Langton as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Mrs. Rose Gullason of Yorkton entered eternal life on Monday, November 25, 2002 at the Regina General Hospital. She was 68 years of age. Rose was born on January 2, 1934 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a daughter of Andrew and Mary (nee Kowal) Wasylyshen. She was raised in the Gorlitz district and received her primary education at Langanau School. She received her high school education and the Yorkton Collegiate and subsequently took a commercial business course. Rose began her career with the Yorkton School Unit until her illness resulted in her leave. Once her health was restored she joined the provincial government with Department of Social Services, retiring on June 1, 1987 after 27 years and 355 days of dedicated service. In 1971 Rose was united in marriage to George Gullason.
Predeceased by her father in 1984, her mother in 2000 and husband in 1987; Rose is survived by three step sons, David (Celine) of Vancouver, BC, Don (Alice) of Gibbons, AB and Ken (Judith) of Winnipeg, MB; a brother Lorne (Jean) of Saskatoon; two sisters, Pat Lemke of Yorkton and Sylvia Stoski of St. Catharine ON; her nieces and nephews; numerous aunts and uncles and special aunt, Elsie (Bill) Raddysh of Theodore. Left with her memory are numerous friends, including Stella Gullason, Elaine Pepple, Lynne Roming, Shirley - Ann Wing and Virginia Kulaway.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, November 28, 2002 and funeral services were held on Friday, November 29, 2002 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Fr. Rodion Luciuk of St. Mark's Orthodox Church officiating. The cantor, Father Tikhon led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer was Angela Keats. Ken Wasylyshen shared remembrances of Rose's life. The interment took place at St. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Cemetery in Canora with Randy Lemke, Darren Wasylyshen, Dwayne Wasylyshen, Darcy Wasylyshen, Donny Wasylyshen and Brian Keats serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.