Charles Matthew Laakso
LAAKSO - Charles Matthew Laakso husband of Mary Laakso of Yorkton, formerly of the Tantallon district passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was eighty-seven years of age.
Charles was born January 12, 1919 on the family farm near Tantallon, Saskatchewan. He was the fourth of eight children born to Emil and Hella Laakso, who had emigrated from Finland.
Charlie served in the Canadian Army during World War II and, following his discharge, he returned to Tantallon to take over the family farm. It wasn't too long before he started courting the new local school teacher, and on December 20 1946, he and Mary Bodnarek were united in matrimony.
Charlie was an excellent farmer who took great pride in raising fine cattle and exceptional crops. In addition to years of farm work, he was a familiar sight in area farmyards twice a day, Monday through Friday, as he drove the school bus for 39 years, without so much as a fender bender. He believed in hard work, but also in enjoying life. This quality manifested itself in his recreational pursuits including years of hunting with his friends and brothers-in-law, curling in many a local and regional bonspiel, and fishing with friends, family and his three daughters at the cottage in Round Lake, where he also discovered a keen aptitude for horseshoes. Charlie had a competitive nature, and excelled in everything he undertook, as was evidenced by the abundance of trophies that regularly made their way into the Laakso household.
Charlie and Mary left farm life in 1985 and began their retirement in Yorkton where they made many new friends, and where Charlie discovered new ways to occupy his time. Golf was a favourite activity for several years, but bowling, playing cards with friends, and early morning chats at coffee row were also among his favourite activities. Last but not least Charlie loved his new cars and did his part to support the retail automotive sector in Saskatchewan.
Charlie was predeceased by his sister Verna and brothers George and Albert. He is survived by his wife Mary and daughters Sharon, Darlene and Twyla, sons-in-law Brian Cupples and Stuart Nelson, brother Bill, sisters Alice, Ethel and Helen and several nieces and nephews.
Charlie Laakso had a quick wit, a wonderful sense of humour and a ready laugh. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 2:00pm from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorkton with Pastor Darlene Harrison officiating. Words of Remembrance were given by nephew, Bill Olafson. The organist Carla Laycock led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling', 'I, The Lord of Sea and Sky' and 'Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness'. The hymn 'Beyond The Sunset' was sung by soloist, Ray Yost. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion
Alexander Ross Branch # 77 performed the Legion Burial Rite with Padre, Ed McManus, Sgt. At Arms, Joe Yurkoski. Fred Hastie, Andy Juba, George Arnold and Tom Ford served as the Colour Party. The Bugler was John Miller. Interment followed at the veteran's section in theGarden of Devotion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bill Olafson serving as the urnbearer.
Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home.
Eleanore passed away at her home peacefully on Monday, May 26, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her son Alan was at her side as she began her next journey. Eleanore was 69 years of age, born May 15, 1934 in Yorkton, SK. As a child Eleanore attended school in Springwater and Biggar, Saskatchewan. Eleanore married Elmer (Al) Labossiere in December 1956 in Saskatoon, SK. Al died suddenly in a tragic automobile accident in 1965, leaving Eleanore with three young sons to raise. Eleanore then moved to Yorkton to be close to her family and take care of her parents. Throughout her work career she held various positions including medical assistant, travel agent and, store sales manager. After her position in retail she operated an approved home for the Saskatchewan Mental Health Association to have her clients feel at home. Her current occupation for the past eleven and a half years, truly her love and passion, was that of a Supportive Living Worker for YAIL Harbour (formerly Parkland's Society); attaining a senior position for the past two years. Throughout these years she attended numerous training courses to ensure she could provide the most caring services possible to her clients. Her devotion to her clients was outstanding and she found this life very fulfilling. She was very supportive of the Mental Health Services and Canada's Military Personnel. Her own interests were mainly reading, piano playing, singing and music. Eleanore cherished her family and friendships, she was a very loyal friend to all who knew and loved her.
Predeceased by her parents William and Hattie Gabert, first husband Elmer Labossiere (1965), and second husband William Stevens (1989). Eleanore is survived by her three sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren; Clifford, Diane, Jordan, Keenan and Brant from Halifax, NS; Donald, Cherrie, Joe and Rachel from Langley, BC; and Alan, Susan, David, Aaron and Andrew from Yorkton, SK. She also leaves behind a sister, Alice Milburn and a brother, Nelson Gabert, both of California; and her clients whom she considered to be her extended family.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, June 3, 2003 from First Baptist Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Pastor Steve Rosluk officiating. The organist was Ruth McPhee leading the choir and congregation in the Hymns: ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Because He Lives’. The Choir Anthem was ‘It Is Well With My Soul’. Reflections and remembrances of Eleanore's life were given by her brother Nelson Gabert and Eleanore's dear friend Bev Lacusta. The Honourary Bearers were Eleanore's Yail Harbour family. The interment took place on Wednesday morning, June 4, 2003 where Eleanore's ashes were laid to rest with her husband Elmer Labossiere at Woodlawn Cemetery Saskatoon, SK. Don Labossiere was the Urn Bearer. Reunited at last, your journey has just begun. Mom you will always be in our thoughts and hearts and we will miss you. We love you, until we meet again. Funeral and cremation arrangements were by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Mr. Clarence Laidlaw, resident of the Calder-Wroxton district, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, January 1, 2001. He was 55 years, 11 months and 4 days of age. Thomas Clarence Laidlaw, or TC as he was affectionately known as, was born on January 28, 1945 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan; a son of Robert and Edith (nee Rice) Laidlaw. He was raised on the family farm in the Calder district and was educated in the local schools. TC held various occupations during his working years: he drove a fuel truck, was a meat cutter, a fastball umpire, hotel owner and a bingo caller. Throughout these years, he always called the farm his home and never took to settling anywhere else. He also was a member of the Calder United Church. On April 4th, 1981, Thomas was united in marriage to Marcia Bilyk Maserek at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton. The couple operated the Hotel in Calder until they sold it in 1985.
Predeceased by his parents, Robert & Edith, a sister Ida Swerhun, and by brothers-in-law Jack Harvey and Connie Koroluk, he leaves to mourn his passing his wife Marcia; step-son Marly; sister Roberta Harvey of Yorkton (and daughters Shirley, Linda & Faye and their families); a brother-in-law Peter & Sonja Swerhun of Calder (and children Harold, Jennipher, Andy, Glen and Garry and their families); cousins Bobby Laidlaw (and Gwen and Scott) of Wroxton, and Sandra and Jason Diduck of Yorkton; as well as Marcia's family, mother Annie Bilyk of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, sisters Olga Koroluk of Rhein, Susan and Norm Babcooke of Antigonish, Nova Scotia (and daughters Karen and Kathy and families); a brother Mervin and Gwen Bilyk of Yorkton (and William, Chris and Barbara and families), as well as his many other relatives and friends. Cremation took place at Bailey's Yorkton Memorial Gardens Crematorium.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2001 from Bailey's Funeral Home Chapel in Yorkton. Rev. Curtis Tufts of the United Church of Canada officiated. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Just As I Am and Amazing Grace. A solo tape, Asleep in Jesus, was also played. Committal of the ashes will take place at a later date. Cremation and funeral arrangements in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Fred Lasch of Yorkton, husband of the Late Rose Lasch entered eternal rest on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. He was 94 years of age. Fred Theodore Lasch was born on May 8, 1908 in the Jedburgh district of Saskatchewan to Fred and Rosalia (nee Peek) Lasch. He attended Forest Nook school, helped on the family farm and worked for farmers in the Beaverdale area. Fred operated a grocery store for a short time in the Beaverdale district. In the fall of 1940 he moved to Toronto where he gained employment. Fred was united in marriage to Rose Novakowski (a Saskatchewan girl) on February 15, 1943 in Toronto. He worked as a master mechanic in Toronto until 1973 when he retired and the couple moved back to Yorkton. Fred was a resident of Clements Court for the last seventeen years. Fred loved gardening and helping people on the farm. Fred was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Church. He was a strong supporter of his church and St. Mary's Cultural Centre. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle person and a good friend.
Predeceased by his parents; wife Rose in 1985; brothers, John, Mike and Andrew; sister Ann Urbanoski; Fred is survived by a sister Mary Clow of Oakville, Ontario; a sister-in-law Mary Lash of Yorkton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayers were held on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Oleh Kashuba, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The cantor, Ed Pindus assisted by St. Mary's Parish Choir members led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer was Peter Gulka and the honourary bearer was Fred Beitz. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood members, Lorne Sakundiak, Glen Tymiak, Victor Puchala, Carl Pacholka, Robert Wuschenny and Norm Yasinsky serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Alex Lastiwka of Theodore, Saskatchewan entered eternal rest at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following failing health on Sunday, January 6, 2003 at the age of 76 years. Alex was born on May 5, 1926 on the family farm in the Theodore District of Saskatchewan. He was a son of Metro and Maria (nee Gryschuk) Lastiwka. Alex received his education at Czernowitz and Crossroads Schools while working on the family farm and for farmers in the district. He then moved to Great Slave Lake where he was employed as a Riefer Engineer and then as a Tugboat Engineer at Waterways Alberta. In 1963 Alex returned home and began work on the family farm and has continued this until the present time. Alex was a community minded person serving on the R.M of Insinger for 14 years, a delegate for the Co-Op for 10 years, a member of the Saskatchewn Wheat Pool, a delegate of the Yorkton Co - Op, was on the board of the watershed of the R.M. and a member representing the R.M. on REDA ( Rural Economic Diversification Association). As well he was a member of the St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Riverside. Alex enjoyed travelling and visited his father's village of Czernowitz in the Ukraine and kept correspondence with his relatives in this country. He loved to socialize with friends and relatives especially at Christmas time and birthdays and enjoyed dancing. He was an excellent cook.
Alex leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his friend Esther. A brother Nick and his wife Bernice of Theodore; sisters: Sophie and Nick Koroll of Yorkton, Elizabeth and Leonard VanDenBussche of Victoria; a sister-in-law Dora of Theodore as well as 24 nieces and nephews. Alex was predeceased by his parents Metro in 1971 and Maria in 1972. His brothers: Johnny in infancy, Jim and Bill. Sisters: Helen and her husband William Benfield, Rose and her husband Edgar Wenzell, Katie and her husband Jack Lutz and by a nephew Tracy Wenzell; nieces Brenda Young and Sharon Benfield.
Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, January 8, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, January 9, 2003 from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Reverend Father Mel Slashinsky of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Officiating. Gerald Yaholnitsky was the Cantor assisted by members of the Parish Choir. The Palamar was Terry Lastiwka with Dean Lastiwka serving as Cross Bearer. The Banner Bearers were Louis Lahosky and Ed Sabulsky. The Interment followed at St.John's Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery Riverside with Larry Koroll, Dave Lutz, Dave Popowich, Jim Kluk, Leonard Benfield and Terry Lastiwka serving as Casket Bearers. A memorial luncheon followed the interment with reflections of Alex's life given by Clay Serby. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Mr. Herbert Edward Laube, beloved husband of Marjorie of Springside, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following a time of failing health. He was 80 years, 1 month and 3 days of age. Herb was born on April 29, 1922 at Springside, Saskatchewan; the oldest son of Elizabeth (nee Wallman) and Otto Laube. He received his schooling in Springside but had to leave at an early age to help his parents on the farm. He hopped a freight train with his uncle and cousin and worked for a few months in a nickel mine at Sudbury, Ontario. Conditions at the mine didn't agree with him so he returned home to his parents farm. Herb joined the army on November 7, 1942 and served in the army till his discharge on October 6, 1945. He was stationed at various bases and served with the Prince Albert Volunteers. During the winter of 1944-45 he was with the Polar Bear Force in northern BC, testing American warfare equipement and camping out all winter come rain or shine. His service number was L607299. On October 14, 1944 Herb married Marjorie Violet Jenkins at the Springside United Church. Upon his discharge we established our home on the Gus Laube farm until the spring of 1953 when Herb built a new home on a quarter section one mile east of Springside. Herb enjoyed farming and worked hard to make a living. He did custom weed spraying, swathing, combining and hauling grain. With failing health Herb retired from farming the spring of 2001. He served on the Rural Telephone Company for a number of years; the Theodore Hospital Board; and the Yorkton Union Hospital board; councillor in Division 5 & 6 for 47 years and also served as a part time conservation officer for many years. Herb was always there to give a helping hand to friends and neighbors. He enjoyed people and spent many hours visiting his many friends. He touched many peoples lives over the years. Herb accepted the Lord as his Saviour and was baptised in the Baptist Church in Springside by Pastor Richard Grabke on December 31, 1988. Herb was an ardent trapper and hunter and was always known to get his buck. He loved fishing and curling, taking part in many fish derbies and curling bonspiels. Following a time of failing health, Herb went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 2, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 80 years, 1 month and 3 days of age.
Predeceased by his mother Elizabeth in 1982 and father Otto in 1992, he leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife for 57 years, Marjorie; daughter Vallerie (John) Doell of Selkirk MB, son Wayne (Annette) of Springside, daughter Lovadie and her friend Brad of Regina, son Lyndon (Holly) of Redwater AB; grandchildren, Corrie Doell (Kelly) of Calgary, Tracy Doell of Calgary, Meghan, Heather and Nelson Laube of Springside, Tyler and twins Justyn & Jayson Derow of Emerald Park, Chelsea and Wyatt Laube of Redwater AB. Also sisters, Ann (Willie) Schindle of Springside, Edna (Russell) Richardson of Yorkton, and Ruth (Everett) Alberts of Calgary; brother Lawrence Laube of Benito; sisters-in-law, Amy Collins of Osoyoos BC and Doris Jenkins of Springside; aunts, Ruth Laube of Springside and Dorothy Zimmer of Yorkton; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday afternoon, June 5, 2002 from the Springside Baptist Church with Rev. Kurt Redschlag officiating. The organist, Loreen Tillman, and the pianist, Jeanette Kriger led the congregtion in the singing of the hymns 'Near to the Heart of God' and 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus'. Special music was provided by: Marlon Milbrandt who sang a solo 'Shall We Gather at the River', and His Own Quartet, consisting of Dan, Royal and Marvin Breitkreuz and Nick Derow, who sang 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus' and 'Coming Home'. Tributes were given by his daughter Vallerie Doell and son Lyndon Laube. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Gen. Alexander Ross branch #77 Yorkton and the Springside branch attended the service and gave the Legion Tribute Service: Sgt-at-arms was Peter Wyatt, the Padre was Rev. Ed McManus, the bugler was John Miller and the color party consisted of Nick Koshman, Paul Zawerucka, John Zaretsky and Andy Juba. Honorary bearers were Albert Dutz and Wilfred and Phyllis Elaschuk along with the council and staff of the RM of Orkney: Art Sully, Robert Kriger, Ron Cole, Dale Hackman, David Matus, Ron Rudoski, Ron Walton and Sylvia Tomchyshyn. The interment followed in the Springside Cemetery with Harold Kriger, Fred Tillman, Harold Gogal, David Nehring, Bernie Grunert and Kalvin Werner serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
John Vernon Law
Mr. John Vernon Law (or Jack as he was known to family and friends) of Yorkton and formerly of Canora passed away at the Saltcoats Lakeside Manor on Thursday, March 23, 2001. He was 93 years, 8 months and 12 days of age. Jack was born on July 11, 1907, at Northhampton, Northamptonshire, England. He was the son of Vernon Clarke and Nancy Louise (nee Tateson) Law. He received his education at Northhampton and apprenticed as a mechanic. In June of 1925 Jack decided to emigrate to Canada. He was working for a farmer at Two Creeks, Manitoba when a friend he had made on the ship coming to Canada offered him a job a Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan as an automotive mechanic. Jack accepted. In 1928 he decided to go back to England but only got as far as Sioux Lookout, Ontario, where he worked in the bush and operated heavy equipment at the gold mine at Savant Lake. He answered an ad for a mechanic position in Canora, Saskatchewan, in the spring of 1929. Here he met Hilda Ehrlich and the couple were married in 1930. Jack established Jack's Service Station in 1934 and operated it until 1941 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving in Canada and overseas. Following his discharge in 1946 Jack returned to Canora and operated his own repair shop before being hired by the International Harvester dealer. In 1958 he moved to Yorkton where he was employed by Michaelson's International dealership until his retirement in 1976. Active in his community, Jack served two terms on the Canora Town Council from 1948 to 1952. He was a life member of the General Alexander Ross Branch # 77 of the Royal Canadian Legion and a life member of the UCT. He was a Past Master and a life member of the Masonic Lodge as well as a life member of King George Chapter # 14 RAM. Jack enjoyed sports and was active in boxing, golfing, bowling and curling as well as tennis and badminton. He enjoyed playing cards and gardening. He will be remembered as one who was always willing to help others, especially during his working days. Farmers could always count on him to come to their aid no matter what time it was.
Surviving are three sons: John ( Kathleen ) of Winnipeg, MB, Terry (Janet) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Alvin (Darlene) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren John, Scott, Colleen, Vance, Christine, Kathryn, Janice, Diane, Jeffery, Robin, Clayton and Jennifer; ten great-grandchildren; a brother James of Leicestershire, England, a sister Kathleen Drury of Dartford, Kent, England; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his wife Hilda in 1996; a brother William, and three sisters, Edith, Nancy and Mary.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, March 28, 2001, from St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton with Reverend Daryl Woods officiating. Shani Apland was the organist leading the Choir and Congregation in the hymns The Old Rugged Cross, When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder and O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go. Reflections and remembrances of Jack's life were given by his sons Terry and Alvin. Bill and Mary Koroluk, Elsie Stephens, Tracy and Eve Cross, Jim and Irene Calanchie, Vic and Bettine Loucks, members of the Masonic Lodge # 12 and the UCT served as Honourary Bearers. The Legion Burial Rite was conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Ross Branch # 77. Rev. Don Milne was the Padre. The Sergeant-at-arms was Mike Bidnock with Andy Juba, Art Alstad, Nick Koshman and Wally Austman serving as the Colour Guard. John Miller was the Bugler. The interment took place at the Canora Town Cemetery with grandsons John, Scott, Vance, Robert, Jeffery, John and Graem Law serving as Casket Bearers.
The family wishes to thank his special friends, Vicki Velde of Canora and Tracy and Eve Cross of Yorkton, for all their care and attention during this past year. Special thanks go out as well to Brenda Walsh and the Home Care staff of the East Central Health District for their professional care they gave Jack and the outstanding support they gave the family during his last days. In memory of Jack, memorial donations may be made in Jack's name to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mary Ledoux of Yorkton passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 80 years of age. Marie Emma Nathalie Rose Ledoux, affectionately known as Mary, was born on August 23, 1920 at St. Madelaine, Manitoba. She was a daughter born to Jim and Emily ( nee Tanner ) Ledoux. She lived in Binscarth until 1966 when she moved to Birtle and for the last 14 years Yorkton has been her home. During her life Mary was a homemaker to her children. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and playing solitaire. She loved to watch TV and looked forward to the visits she had with her sisters Virginia and Cecelia; brother Hubert and her grandchildren. Mary found a special peace by being a private person.
She leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her children: Anthony and his wife Millie of Barrie, Ont., and Edna and her husband Ron Matheson of Saskatoon, Sask.; her loved grandchildren: Marie and Theresa Ledoux of Barrie, Ont., Sherry and Roy Matheson of Saskatoon, Sask., Shannon Belhumeur of Edmonton, Alta.; a great-granddaughter Emily Belhumeur-Reid of Edmonton, Alta; brothers Hubert of Yorkton, Sask., Ralph of Binscarth, Man., and sisters Cecelia Morrisette of Yorkton, Sask, and Virginia Fleury of Yorkton, Sask. Mary was predeceased by her parents; a son Ernie in 1994 and nephews Vincent, Daniel and Eugene.
A prayer vigil was held on Friday evening, February 23rd at the Yorkton Friendship Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday morning, February 24th from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as the Celebrant. Deacon Urban Kiernan assisted. Phyllis Langley served as cross bearer. The organist, Diana Horning led members of St. Gerard's Choir in the singing of the hymns Glory and Praise To Our God, I Will Never Forget You My People, This Alone, Song of The Angels and Peace is Flowing Like a River. The Epistle readers were granddaughters Sherry Matheson and Shannon Belhumeur The casket bearers were Roy Matheson, Shane Kuzminski, Mervin Ledoux, Shannon Belhumeur, Wilfred Fleury and Clifford Ledoux. Cremation followed with interment at the Yorkton City Cemetery at a later date. Cremation and funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Dean Lees, late of Yorkton and formerly the Jedburgh district, beloved son of Fred and Pauline Lees entered eternal rest on Thursday, September 3, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 45 years of age. Dean Fred Lees was born on September 5, 1956 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the son of Fred and Pauline (nee Hrynuik) Lees. He received his education at Folkstone School in Jedburgh, Saskatchewan and Regional High School at Yorkton, Saskatchewan. After completing high school Dean commenced employment with Leon - Ram Industries as a machinist, working for 19 years. In March of 1997 Dean became ill and was hospitalized for six months. In July, 1999 he took up residence at St. Ann's Home in Ituna, Saskatchewan. Later in fall of that year he moved to the Ituna & District Pioneer Lodge, residing there until December of 2001. Subsequently he was hospitalized in Yorkton and later moved to the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. During his spare time Dean enjoyed playing hockey, snowmobiling, curling, fishing, playing ball and spending time with his family and friends.
Predeceased by his grandparents, John and Marcella Lees and John and Mary Hrynuik; Dean leaves to cherish his memory, his parents Fred and Pauline (Hrynuik) Lees of Yorkton; brothers, Terry of Yorkton and Darcy (Jacquie) of Willowbrook; a niece Abby of Willowbrook and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, September 5th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, September 6th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir. The cross bearer was Mike Hicks. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Lionel Woytas, Lorne Maduck, Ron Hiduk, Thomas Schurko, Ernie Hrynuik and Francis Zimmer serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Emmie Lenius, widow of Joseph Lenius, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton. She was 93 years of age. Emmie Wilhelmina Lenius was born on February 11, 1909 in the MacNutt district of Saskatchewan. She was a daughter of Philip and Della ( nee Kendal ) Wagner. Emmie was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in1924 by Rev. Bofhmke. She attended MacNutt School and then took a secretarial course in Yorkton at the Business College. She began employment for Semellie Bros. Creamery at MacNutt as an office manager for nine years. On October 7, 1936 Emmie was united in marriage to Joseph Lenius. Together they operated the Windthorst Hotel from 1945 to 1950 before moving to Yorkton in 1951 where they operated the Hill Crest Grocery on Roslyn Ave. until 1964. Emmie worked alongside Joe in the operation of the business. Remaining active, Emmie began part time work as a clerk at Zellers until 1974. Following Joe's death in 1980 Emmie lived on her own until she made the Anderson Lodge her residence until the present time. Emmie was active in her Church, serving as an organist at Zion Lutheran for over 25 years. She was a member of the Church Women's and Missionary Leagues (L.W.M.L.) and sang in the choir until she was 80 years old. As well, Emmie was a charter member of the Lion L's; was fond of music and taught Sunday school. As a girl she enjoyed playing ball, curling, skating and enjoyed a good game of bridge. After a heart attack in 1995 she would take daily walks until her failing health led to a stroke in 1996. Emmie will be remembered for her love of family and the joy she served with her three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Emmie leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life her two loving daughters, Bonnie Reynolds of Yorkton and Marion (Bob) Putland of Orillia, ON; grandchildren, Lindsay Reynolds of Winnipeg, Lisa ( Darryl ) Pacholka of Yorkton and Brett Putland of Toronto; great grandchildren, Jessica, Hillarie and Cassia; and a brother Alex (Clara) Wagner of Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Irma Wagner of Regina and Dorothy Wagner of New Market, ON; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joe, brothers Joe and Carl, and sisters Della Wagner and Louise Allardyce.
A prayer service was held on Sunday evening, May 5th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Monday, May 6th at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Daniel Moeller officiating. The organist, Verna Liebrecht led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, "I Know My Redeemer Lives", "Jesus, Lead Thou On" and "Abide With Me". The honourary bearers were Marlyn Wagner, Garry & Moira Wagner, Jerri Wagner, Brenda & Ward MacKenzie, Maureen Wagner, Murray & Fern Wagner, Barry & Marg Smith, Jean Leib, Ken & Jeanette Wagner and Brian & Aldona Torgenrud. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Brett Putland, Greg Wagner, Dennis Wagner, Morley Wagner, Lindsay Reynolds, Carl Wagner Jr. and Darryl Pacholka serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Ernest Leonhardt of Yorkton, formerly of Churchbridge, beloved husband of Lilly Leonhardt passed away peacefully on Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 91 years of age. Ernest Oscar Leonhardt was born February 17, 1909 at Ebenezer, Saskatchewan, the fifth child in a family of ten. The family moved to a farm near Theodore in 1919 where he remained until his marriage. In 1940 he chose to serve God and his faith and hope in God was a comfort to him throughout his life. On March 30, 1943 Ernest married Lilly Tulip Woods from Invermay and together they began farming at Jedburgh. In 1947 they moved to Churchbridge where they operated a mixed farm and together they shared the joys and woes of farming. A son Dennis was born in 1949 and a daughter Dianne arrived in 1954. Ernest was active on the rural telephone and school boards. When their country school was closed Ernest drove school bus for several years and throughly enjoyed this special priviledge. In 1973 they purchased a home in Churchbridge in readiness for their retirement in 1974 following the sale of their farm. They enjoyed their retirement travelling many miles in their little motorhome. They travelled overseas to visit England and several contries in Europe where their parents emigrated from. In 1993 when Ernest's health began to fail they sold their home and moved to Yorkton to be nearer their family. Ernest remained in his home until November 25, 2000, when he entered the hospital.
Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Fred & Minnie Leonhardt; three brothers, Carl Leonhardt, Ed (Martha) Leonhardt and Fred Leonhardt; three sisters, Molly (Bill) Gale, Clara (Walter) Quinton and Martha Leonhardt. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Lilly of over 57 years; his son Dennis & wife Myrna of Abbotsford, BC; his daughter Dianne & husband Bob Carter of Yorkton; grandchildren, Dan (Les) Leonhardt, Sarah & Holly of LaSalle, MB, Lori (Kurtis) Hope, Owen & Harrison of Saskatoon, Shane (Trish) Leonhardt, Jennifer, Devon & Tyler, Malana Leonhardt, Rochelle (Lane) Hadway, Dallas Leonhardt, all of Abbotsford, BC, Jamie, Troy & Lisa Carter of Yorkton; one sister, Lydia (Bill) McDonald of Regina; two brothers, Paul (Irene) Leonhardt of Theodore and David Leonhardt of Swift Current; a sister-in-law, Mabel Leonhardt of Saskatoon, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 20th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Morris Grovum, David Leonhardt and Mary Roper officiating. The organist, Lorrie Pihrag led the congregation in the singing of the hymns He Waits For Thee and I Would Be True. Jan Cobb, Gordon Eady, Mavis Cobb and Faye Young sang Precious Thought. The graveside hymn was When Life Is Ended. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dale Woods, John Malcolm, Lloyd Scott, George Cobb, Norman Quinton and Ron Hermanson serving as the casket bearers. Graveside prayers were led by Jim Atcheson. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Paul Leonhardt, beloved husband of Irene Leonhardt of Theodore passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following a brief illness. He was 85 years of age. Alexander Paul Leonhardt was born on August 16, 1916 at Ebenezer, Saskatchewan; the eighth child of Frederick and Minnie (nee Kriger) Leonhardt. At the age of three, he and his family moved to a farm two miles east of Theodore. Paul and some of his brothers carried on their father's dairy and grain farm operation. On June 2, 1947 Paul was united in marriage to Irene Geck. The couple remained on the home farm and continued mixed farming until they sold the dairy herd in 1956, after which they concentrated on grain farming. Paul was also a Smith-Roles equipment sales representative for about 20 years. During their many farming years, the highlight for Paul and Irene was the yearly conventions on their farm, which had been held there since 1929. In March of 1980, Paul and Irene retired into Theodore, where they have since resided. The couple enjoyed taking many trips overseas and throughout Canada and the United States. They greatly enjoyed the times spent in the company of their four grandsons camping, fishing and hunting. In his farming days, Paul was active on various community committees and in his retirement, he was a very willing volunteer, most notably for the East Central Health District.
He was predeceased by his parents, siblings Carl and Martha in Germany, Edward (Martha), Fred and Ernest, Molly (Bill) Gale and Clara (Walter) Quinton. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Irene; daughter Janice (George) Cobb; four grandsons, Jeffrey of Fort Qu'Appelle, Jolan (Julie) and their daughter Megan Jane of Wroxton, Jayden (Donna) and their sons Trae Alexander, Brett Jayden and Bryn Stanley George of Fort Qu'Appelle; and Justin, presently of Strathmore AB. Also surviving are his sister Lydia (Bill) McDonald and brother David, sisters-in-law Mabel Leonhardt and Lilly Leonhardt, as well as several nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at the George & Janice Cobb farm north-east of Theodore. Dale Schultz, Merlin Affleck and Mary Roper officiated with Paul's brother David giving the obituary & eulogy. Organist, Adrienne Sinclair led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Approved & Faithful' and 'In Times of Deepest Darkness'. A special selection 'Home, Home, Ever Home' was sung by all the ministers present at the funeral. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Shawn Graham, Jerald Sperling and grandsons Jeff, Jolan, Jayden & Justin Cobb serving as the casketbearers. Mr. Jack Redekopp officiated at the graveside, the committal hymn was 'Called Home To Rest'. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.