Joseph Poitras was born on April 24, 1921 in the Tullymet district of Saskatchewan. A son of Napoleon and Betsy (nee Jeanotte) Poitras. Joe attended school until grade six in Ituna. To help with the family income Joe worked at various jobs in the district including, grave digging, caretaker of the skating rink, bartending at Landy's Hotel, and in construction for Mason Bros. Joe's only regret in life was not being able to serve his country in World War II. When the war broke out he enlisted at Tullymet but was rejected, undeterred, he walked to Regina to enlist and was again rejected, being unable to meet the physical requirements. This continued to be a disappointment for the rest of his days. On January 1, 1952 Joe was united in marriage to Tillie Ross at Ituna. While the couple raised their family, Joe worked for twenty years as a laborer for C.N. Rail and for the Department of Highways for twenty-one years. In his spare time Joe enjoyed woodworking and building things with his hands. He did leatherwork making bridles, halters and belts. Joe enjoyed music, dancing, playing horseshoes or a good game of checkers, and playing cards with family, friends or neighbors. He always loved to have people around him. Joe loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. A gentle quiet man, always a smile on his face, with a loving heart and a wonderful sense of humor that he maintained until the last. Joe passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at the Ituna Pioneer Lodge at the age of eighty-one years.
Predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Alex, Harry, William, Ernie, Albert, John and Henry; sisters, Margaret Poitras and Lillian Robertson; niece, Charlotte Lockrey and nephew, Robert Poitras. Joe leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Tillie of Ituna; nine children: six sons, Robert, Gordon (Deborah) of Prince Albert, SK, Donald (Carla) of Edmonton, AB, Joseph of Edmonton, AB, Ivan (Kathy) of Airdrie, AB and Brian of Calgary, AB; three daughters, Helen (Brad) Hillier of Ituna, Donna Mae Poitras of Saskatoon, SK and Joanne Poitras (Marcel) of Steen River, AB; thirteen grandchildren, Kerri, Kentz and Conner Hillier, Shannon and Tish Fehr, Amy Olsen, Scott and Rachel Davenport, Kristin Kozie, Donovan, Dillon, Jessie and Kayla Poitras; four great grandchildren, Matthew and Kavan Kentz, Anika Olsen and Kirsten Davenport; one brother, George of Halifax; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Prayer Services were held on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Ituna, with Rev. Father J. Pat Murphy officiating. Granddaughter, Kerri Hillier gave the eulogy and grandson, Conner Hillier did the reading. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, November 6, 2002 from St. Stanislaus Church with Rev. Father J. Pat Murphy as the celebrant. The organist, Mrs. Paulette van der Helm led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of hymns, “Be Not Afraid”, “I Will Sweep Away Your Transgressions”, “Now the Green Blade Rises”, “May Flights of Angels” and “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”. Son, Gordon Poitras did the readings and the Eucharistic Minister was daughter, Helen Hillier. The altar servers were Jessica Petruka and Ashley Slywka. Great grandson, Matthew Kentz was the crossbearer. Interment followed in the Ituna R.C. Cemetery with Leonard Ross, Bert Poitras, Brad Hillier, Marcel Olson, Thomas Kentz and Conner Hillier as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey’s Funeral Home.
POITRAS - Tillie Poitras was born on December 11, 1932 in the Ituna district, a daughter of Fred and Clara (Careful) Ross. She attended Drumage and Tulleymet schools. On January 1, 1952 Tillie was united in marriage to Joseph Poitras and began their life together in Tulleymet and later Ituna. They raised eight children and after her last child began school she started working for Bill Landy at the Ituna Hotel to supplement the family income. She later worked as a Geriatric Aide at Pioneer Lodge, an Ambulance Attendant and a driver of the Kinsmen van for many years. Tillie kept herself busy growing a large garden, caring for her flowers and pots. She was also known for her homemade bread, perogies, and lemon meringue and raisin pie. One of Tillie's favourite pastimes was playing cards with her special friends, Wanda, Mary & Pat. She loved to have visitors, especially her grandchildren who knew that her coffee pot was always on. Memorable times in Tillie's life were her visits to Steen River where she loved fishing and camping. Tillie also enjoyed quilting, doing jigsaw puzzles, listening to music and going to bingo. Tillie was a faithful member of St. Stanislaus Church for many years. Attending mass every Sunday was important to her.
Tillie passed away June 14, 2006 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina at the age of 73 years. Predeceased by her husband Joseph, son Bobby, parents Fred & Clara, brothers Jim, Johnny & George Ross and sister Pauline McMahon; Tillie leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Gordon (Deborah), Donald (Carla), Joseph, Ivan (Linda) & Brian Ross; daughters, Helen (Brad) Hillier, Donna Poitras and Joanne (Marcel) Poitras; grandchildren, Kerri Kentz, Conner Hillier, Kristin Kozie, Shannon Maskowitz, Tish Fehr, Donovan, Jesse & Dillon Poitras, Scott & Rachel Davenport, Amy Olsen, Scott Ross, Teresa Ross and Kayla Poitras; great grandchildren, Matthew & Kavan Kentz, Jase Maskowitz, Eva Davenport, Kerstin, Jordon & Eva Davenport, and Anika Olsen; brothers Albert & Leonard Ross; sisters Mary Perkins, Helen Stephen, Margaret Dykmans, son-in-law Ron Fehr and numerous nieces & nephews.
Mrs. Doris Procyshen, resident of the Park Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, beloved wife of John Procyshen of the Willowbrook district, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2002 at the Park Unit. She was 87 years of age. Doris Procyshen (nee Daniels) was born on October 20, 1914 at Guelph, Ontario; a daughter of Annie (nee Laking) and Percy Daniels. At a young age she came with her parents to Saskatchewan, settling in Yorkton. She received her education here. As a young woman Doris began employment as a secretary with the Department of Highways. There she met John Procyshen, a widower with two children. The couple married in 1954. The couple was blessed with a son Brian, and following his birth Doris remained at home to tend to her families needs. In 1973 Doris and John moved to the Kuroki district to help Brian, who had begun farming in the district. After 25 or so years in the Kuroki district, John and Doris moved to the Willowbrook district, near Yorkton in 1997. In failing health for some time, Doris was hospitalized in December of 2000 and became a permanent resident of the Park Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in January of 2001.
Doris was predeceased by her parents, and by three brothers. She leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory her husband John, son Brian (Dawn) Procyshen of Yorkton, step-daughter Delores (Wayne) Shauer of Yorkton, and step-son Larry Procyshen of Winnipeg; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Cremation took place at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Crematorium. The committal service was held on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 10:30am at the Yorkton City Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Bill Prokopchuk of Vernon, British Columbia, formerly of Springside, beloved husband of Evelyn Prokopchuk, passed away suddenly on May 14, 2003. He was visiting at the home of his dear friends, John and Louise Smadu in Dysart, Saskatchewan. Bill was born February 25, 1925 at Rhein, Saskatchewan, a son of Wasyl and Mary (nee Tumak) Prokopchuk. He was raised and educated in the Rhein district. He started to play the violin when he was a little boy, learning a variety of musical styles - Traditional Ukrainian, Gypsy, Irish, Scottish, Country & Western and Bluegrass. Bill played a very busy circuit of weddings, dances and parties with his band, The Country Kings. In 1964, Bill became the Western Canadian Champion, performing with top recording artists in Nashville, Tennessee and producing seven record albums. While in Nashville, Bill was presented with his cherished violin, an Estate Fiddle. The donor said, ' A good fiddler deserves to have a good fiddle. In addition to frequent radio and television appearances, Bill toured with his band. In 1977, Bill joined 25th Street House Theatre and performed across Canada in the national tours of 'Paper Wheat'. He later performed in 25th Street House Theatre's production of 'Generation and ½'. Bill was featured in the National Film Board's production of 'Paper Wheat' and performed music for the soundtrack of the NFB film, 'The Pedlar'. In 1986, Fiddling Bill and his Country Kings accompanied by his wife Evelyn performed at the World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bill was one of the few artists who performed at three pavilions: The Saskatchewan, The Canadian and The Folk Life. Since Bill's retirement, he has been an active volunteer entertaining seniors in British Columbia's Okanagon Valley. Loved by all who heard Bill's music and saw his smiling face, Bill brought down-home delight to his many audiences.
Bill leaves to mourn his passing and to treasure his memory, his devoted wife and musical friend Evelyn and his daughter Irene of Toronto Island. He is survived by three sisters, Lena Todosichuk, Irene (Orest) Shabatoski and Edith Podovinnikoff (partner Mike); as well as other relatives and many friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Fred and John; and sisters, Annie Bodnaryk and Martha Kerluke.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi led in the congregation in the singing of the hymns, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Abide With Me’. Bill's own recording, ‘The Orange Blossom Special’ was featured as the processional. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with John Smadu, Orville Drobot, Ray Konechni, Michael Kaminski, Ernie Molnar and Rudy Lonoway serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Peacefully on January 8, 2001, Jacob Propp of Rhein passed away with his family at his bedside. He was 90 years of age. His death is the end of an era for the John Jacob Propp family. Jacob Propp was born on February 27, 1910, the eighth of nine children born to John Jacob and Maria Barbara (nee Suppes) Propp on the family homestead on Section 9, approximately 5 miles north of Rhein. In 1914, the family moved to the "Hill Farm" just outside the village of Rhein. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church. He received his education at Freeman School in Rhein. When Jacob was 10 years old his father died as a result of a hunting accident. At the age of 18 he and his brother David took over the family farm. In 1934, Jacob married Molly Ruf. This marriage was blessed with three children, Barbara, Ronald and Audrey. They continued to farm until 1948 when Jacob became employed as a grain buyer for Parrish and Heimbecker. At that time they moved into Rhein to the Ruf House. Jacob enjoyed working for the P&H and was known for his honesty and integrity in the grain business. Jacob was a life-long member of Christ Lutheran Church and had served on the Church Council. He was a founding member of Rhein Lions Club, the Rhein and District Golden Agers and also the Rhein Curling Club. He had many fond memories of going to bonspiels. He can be quoted saying, "The team looked really good, but they didn't know much about the game". Jacob loved baseball, being the catcher for the Rhein baseball team for many years. He loved to go fishing and enjoyed hunting wild ducks and geese. Harvest time was a very special time for him. He would drive out through the countryside, checking the crops and collecting grain samples. The instincts of a grain buyer never left him. When he retired at the age of 65, Jacob became involved in his yard. He planted hundreds of petunias and always had bright red geraniums in his planters. His lawn was always kept in immaculate condition. Even as his health deteriorated, he spent time taking care of his flowers and grass. He enjoyed picking raspberries, strawberries and saskatoons. They always had homemade fruit and jellies. Jacob was proud of his family, celebrating their accomplishments with them. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were very special to him and he enjoyed their visits. Even the family pets received attention from him. Molly passed away in 1966 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He married Anne Schepp (nee Ruf) in 1972. They continued to live in Rhein until Anne's death on October 13, 2000. Jacob was hospitalized on October 29, 2000 with his final illness.
Jacob was predeceased by his first wife Molly in 1966, his second wife Anne in 2000, his parents, his granddaughter Val Kyba in 1997, his brothers Alex in 1950, David in 1989; his sisters, Molly Graf in 1979, Elizabeth Graf in 1975, Marie Pister in 1987, Lydia Liebrecht in 1989, Emily Hilderman in 1997 and Anne Liebrecht in 1982. He is survived by his son Ronald (Annette) Propp of Winnipeg,; daughters, Barbara (Stuart Greenstein) and Audrey (Lawrence Herman) of Rhein; grandchildren, Roberta (Ross Lindenbach) of Rhein, Melanie (Tim Dafoe) of Saskatoon, Paula (Shawn Hamelin) of Regina, Jackie (Dennis Weimer) of Balgonie, Kyla (Rob Liggitt) of Regina, James, Marc and Jon Herman of Rhein and Orest Kyba of Rhein; great grandchildren, Rhonda (Clint Gibson), Erin and Brent Lindenbach, Corey and Luke Kyba, William Dafoe, Jeremy Hamelin and Jade and Haylee Weimer; also Anne's family, Gerald and Sandra Schepp and their family of MacNutt and Ken Schepp of Vernon, BC; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Hilderman of Rhein and Freda Weinmaster of Yorkton and a host of nieces, nephews and many dear friends. May God grant him His peace and his reunion with his family which he so longed for.
A Service of Comfort was held on Wednesday, January 10th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Nephew, Dave Propp gave a tribute to his uncle. Funeral services continued on Thursday, January 11th at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein with Rev. Daphne Bender officiating. The organist, Arlene Stiglitz, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Amazing Grace, Unto The Hills, Beautiful Saviour, and Precious Lord, Take My Hand. A Tribute to Grandpa was given by Paula Hamelin and a Tribute to Dad was given by Audrey Herman. "All who shared in Jack's life" were considered honorary pallbearers. The interment followed in the Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery with James Herman, Orest Kyba, Marc Herman, Ross Lindenbach, Jon Herman and Gerald Schepp serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Angeline Protz, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 2, 2002. She was 92 years of age. Angeline Protz was born on May 12, 1910 on the family farm in the Homefield district of Saskatchewan; the second oldest of ten children born to John and Clara (nee Kolodziejak) Mushka. She was raised on the farm and received her education at the Nanton School. On August 27, 1927 she was united in marriage to John Protz. The couple began farming on land that John had acquired prior to their marriage. In 1946 the family moved to farm on land just east of Hubbard. In 1962 John died suddenly. Following that time Angeline continued to stay on the farm until her health began to decline. In 1982 she moved to Yorkton. She was able to maintain her own home until becoming hospitalized in 1994. In January of 1995 she became a permanent resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. A friendly, outgoing, community minded individual, Angeline devoted countless hours to the activities of the Hubbard Community Club. She was also a faithful parishioner of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church and helped with many church functions over the years. She enjoyed gardening and tending the flower-beds during the summer months and doing various handiwork projects during the winter months. She cherished the company of her family and was very proud of them all.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, a son Frank in infancy, a son Richard; brothers John, Steve, Pete, Walter and Anton Mushka; sisters Rose Oscienny, Olga McDonald, Mary Mushka and Isabelle Palonowsky. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, sons Walter (Mary) of Yorkton, John (Diane) of Ituna, Anton (Fran) of Regina; daughters Arvilla (Bill) Parno of Saskatoon, Alice (Murray) Helm of Grande Prairie, AB; daughter-in-law Olga Protz of Guelph, ON; 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, December 5, 2002 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, December 6, 2002 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Rev. Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. was the celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. Roxann Churko was the crossbearer, Lisa Helm Helm read the Epistle. The interment took place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery at Hubbard with Clark Protz, Garth Churko, Kyle Stankewich, Craig Pihach, Ken Mushka and Bill Prybylski serving as the casketbearers. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Frank Prybylski, beloved husband of Olga of Yorkton passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 77 years of age. Frank was born on February 9, 1924 in the Willowbrook district to William and Ann (Protz) Prybylski. He was raised on the family farm and attended Silver Willow School during his elementary years. He graduated from Saint Joseph's College in 1941 and received his Teaching Certificate at Normal School a year later. Frank taught at various schools in Saskatchewan until he decided to pursue his dream of farming and raising a family. On July 12, 1948 he married his lifelong friend and companion, Olga Lazurko. One year later they purchased their own homestead in the Beaverdale district where Frank enjoyed a rich life tending to his farm and his family. Seven children were born to Frank and Olga in the years to follow, which led to his pride and joy: "29 Grandchildren". Frank was a Silver Willow School Trustee from 1945 until the school closed in 1967. He was a member of the Silver Willow Snow Plow Club, Beaverdale Church Committee, Willowbrook Seniors Club, Golden Agers, the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, an active supporter of St. Mary's Cultural Centre and a devoted parishioner of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church. In 1991 Frank and Olga retired to their new home in Yorkton. Frank continued to enjoy all the things that gave him pleasure including spending time with his family and many friends. He became a Number 1 Terrier Fan, avid gardener and exceptional card player. All his children and grandchildren have received at least one of his many crafts, which they will cherish in his memory.
Frank was predeceased by his parents, William and Ann; brothers John (in infancy) and Orest; great-grandson Eric Bradley Andrusiek (in infancy) and his brothers-in-law Barney Johnson, Fred Lazurko, Pete Lazurko, and Paul Karcha. He leaves to cherish his memory his chosen companion, wife of 53 years, Olga; seven children, Bernedette (Brad) Draper of Springside, and children Rashelle (Darryl) Andrusiek of Brandon MB and Bart (Chantl) of Calgary AB; Isabel (Harvey) Eckel of Quinton, and children Jody of Punnichy, Julie of Ebenezer, Jason (Kerrie) of Raymore and Lorretta of Saskatoon; Evelyn (Dave) Hull of Willowbrook, and children Desiree, Jackelyn, Jonathan and Derek; Richard (Debbie) of Beaverdale district, and children Josh, Amanda (Brad) Goltz of Orcadia, Sarah, Vicki, Bethany, Matthew, Mark, Mallory, Luke and Jacob; Martha (Randy) Kruda of Jedburgh, and children Rebecca, Clayton and Jessica; Dolores (friend Blair) Bella of Regina, and children Krystal and Stephen and Bill (Janet) of Willowbrook, and children Mary, Neil, Amy and Tracy; his sisters Mary Lazurko of Yorkton, Rose Karcha of Yorkton, Angie (Ken) Sinclair of Calgary AB, Adele (Ernie) Horbetz of Brandon MB, Margaret (Steve) Walter of Calgary AB; sister-in-law, Angie (Lorne) Grunert of Yorkton and many nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Sunday, June 3 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fathers Dmtro Dnistrian and Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. officiating. The rosary led by members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, St. Volodymyr Branch preceded. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, June 4 at St. Mary's Church with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The altarservers were Clayton Kruda and Derek Hull. Richard Prybylski was the epistle reader and George Lazurko was the eucharistic minister. The cross bearers were Jackelyn Hull and Mary Prybylski. All those who knew and shared in Frank's life were considered honourary bearers. Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood participated in the services with Glen Tymiak bearing the UCB Flag; Ed McLashen and Peter Gulka serving as banner bearers; Ned Pisiak and Joe J. Ratushniak serving as ushers and the honour guard consisting of Tony Mazur, Mike Baran, John Solonenko, Mike Katerinich, Fred Pawliw, John Pacholka, Wally Baluk and John Wytrykush. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke, Yorkton Memorial Gardens, with Bart Draper, Jason Eckel, Jonathon Hull, Josh Prybylski, Rebecca Kruda and Stephen Bella serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Martin Puchala, husband of the late beloved Suzanne Puchala, entered eternal rest on January 22nd, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a prolonged fight with cancer. He was the second son born to Anton and Tekla (nee Derenewski) Puchala in the R.M. of Sliding Hills north east of Rhein, Sask. on March 2, 1922. He graduated with a Grade 10 education from Kitzmen School #2400. As eldest surviving son, his services were required on the farm. However, he persevered and achieved his Grade 12 diploma through correspondence. He entered the Canadian Armed Forces in January 1943 and took his basic and advanced training in Prince George B.C. and Wainwright, Alberta. Due to a serious illness of his father in the summer of 1943, he received leave on compassionate grounds to operate his father's farm and was discharged in November 1945. He married Suzanne Gauthier of Prince Albert on June 16, 1962 and later that year moved into a house he built in Yorkton where he lived until his passing. After moving into Yorkton, he worked full time and farmed his land in the Rhein area. He worked in construction, as chief maintenance man at St. Joseph's College, as a carpenter at Leon's manufacturing and as a Power engineer at the Co-Op Creamery. During this time he attained his Journeyman status in carpentry and Third Class Power Engineering. He retired at age 65. His family was his pride and joy and he spent as much time as possible with them. Every summer they made a point to go camping, creating treasured memories going to places such as Disneyland, Vancouver Island, Flin Flon, Meadow Lake and Waskesieu. After the children were grown, he and Suzanne enjoyed their time traveling together through Europe, on Caribbean cruises, to Hawaii, the Maritimes, Alaska and Texas. While they enjoyed traveling abroad, they also enjoyed many hours together with friends at the nearby lakes in hopes of catching another "limit". Although the fish were always tasty, Martin's favorite part of the outing was being in the outdoors and the company he was with. His grandchildren always looked forward to a chance to fish with Grandpa! After retiring from active work, he spent many hours in his workshop. His creations took the form of cabinets, furniture, birdhouses, children's toys and more. Not only were the structures sturdy, they were made with the utmost attention to detail and functionality. Rare was the case of something that could not be fixed by Martin! He also enjoyed crossword puzzles, computer games, reading and keeping up on current events of the day. Martin served his community with pride. He was involved for 15 years with the Rhein Wheat Pool Committee and was a 40 year honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, having served two separate terms as Grand Knight. Martin was also an honorary life member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and served as Faithful Navigator. In addition to his involvement with the Knights, Martin served his parish community faithfully by serving in several lay ministries and by holding a position on the Parish Council executive for two terms. Martin was a devout Christian who tried to live his life in a way that would please his Maker. This was evident in his everyday actions and in his relationships with his family and friends. Although he will be missed terribly, we trust that he is at peace in the paradise promised to those who follow His path.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Suzanne, in 1998, his elder brother Paul in 1926, his father Anton in 1976 and his mother Tekla in 1982. He is survived by his loving children, Tom (Michelle) and their son Frank of Santa Rosa, CA., Louise (Cameron) Chauvet and their daughters Christine, Jaclyn and Laura of Spruce Grove, AB., and Colin (Tanja) and their daughter Jerra of Edmonton, AB. As well, he is survived by his brothers and sisters, Annie Achtemichuk, Alex (Beatrice), Mary Diduck, Victor (Vickie) and Helen (Mervin) Krasowski as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Prayer Services were held on Friday evening, January 25, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church Yorkton with Father Vernon Engele O.M.I officiating. The Rosary led by members of the Knights of Columbus Council # 2031 preceded. The organist was Lorraine Lysak leading members of the Parish Choir and Congregation in Hymns : We Walk By Faith ", Psalm 23 and " Rest In Peace ". Karen Wyonzek was the reader. Reflections and Remembrances of Martin's life were given by his children. Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated on Saturday morning, January 26, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church with Father Engele O.M.I. as Celebrant. The Hymns were " Here I Am Lord ", " You Are Near ", " Be Not Afraid ", " Song Of The Angels ", " Holy God We Praise Your Name " and Psalm 25 - " To You O' Lord "; led by the Pianist Diana Hornung and the Parish Choir. The Honour Guard were members of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Brother Stanislaus Council and Council # 2031 Knights. The Epistle readers were Helen Krasowski and Alex Puchala with intercessions given by Floyd Puchala. Jeff Krasowski served as Cross Bearer. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Eugene and Bernie Achtemichuk, Earl and Leonard Puchala, Greg Diduck and Ward Krasowski serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
On Thursday, July 17, 2003 Mr. Frank Purcha of Ituna, beloved husband of Rose, Frank passed away at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville at the age of 91 years. Frank Edward Purcha was born on the farm in the Beckenham district of Saskatchewan on December 2, 1911; a son of Nick and Katherine (nee Matucz) Purcha. He was raised on the farm and received his education at Bon Accord School. On July 15, 1951 Frank was united in marriage to Rose Spasnik at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony was celebrated by Father Kiesel. Together they farmed the family homestead and raised five daughters. In 1967 Frank and Rose moved into the town of Ituna continuing to farm until they sold in 1974. Frank was a kind, quiet, gentle and religious man. He enjoyed his family and was a devoted husband, father grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his garden and was a 'Jack Of All Trades'. During his life he had served as a trustee for Kitzul School.
Frank will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Rose of 52 years and 2 days; his daughters, Pat ( Peter ) Janzen of Penticton, BC, Dianne Bohach of Ituna, SK, Lydia (Ken) Bulych of Ituna, SK, Joanie Vass (George Fazakas) of Lestock, SK, Frances (Joe) Hargrave of Prince, Albert, SK; 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 step grandchild; a sister Mary Wielgoz of Ituna, SK; brother John of Kelliher , SK and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sons-in-law: Larry Bohach in 1988, Brian Bulych in 1993, David Vass in 1994. Also, his brothers and their wives: Walter and Annie, Tom and Pauline, Mike and Katie; sisters and their husbands: Annie and John Ciesak, Katherine and John Swiderski; sister-in-law, Zonia Purcha and brother-in-law, Andy Wielgoz.
Prayers were held on Monday, July 21, 2003 at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Ituna. The rosary led by members of the Catholic Women's League proceeded. Mass of Christian was celebrated on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at St. Stanislaus Church with Rev. Father J. Pat Murphy as the Celebrant. The organist, Paulette Van der helm led the choir in the singing of the hymns. The placing of the pall was done by Frank's daughters. The cross bearer was Nadine Bohach. The readers were Jillian and Cherie Bulych and Coralee Bohach. Reflections of Frank's life were conveyed by Dianne Bohach. The interment followed in the Ituna R.C. Cemetery with grandchildren, Ryan Bulych, Colby Bulych, Dean Malysh, Dale Vass, Cameron Kayter and Colin Kinch serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sophie Purcha, beloved wife of John Purcha of Kelliher passed away on Monday, November 5, 2001 at St. Joseph's Integrated Health Care Facility in Lestock. She was 77 years of age. Sophie Purcha was born on February 17, 1924 at Lanigan, Saskatchewan; a daughter of Steve and Mary (nee Trzcinski) Skorlatowski. She was raised on the family farm and received her schooling in the district. On November 11, 1941 she was united in marriage to John Purcha at Sinnet, Saskatchewan, near Lanigan. The couple resided in the Lanigan area for a couple of years before moving to the Kelliher district. John and Sophie settled in the White Eagle district, where they farmed and raised their family of four children. In 1991 the couple semi-retired from farming and moved into Kelliher. Although they lived in town, John and Sophie still were very much involved in the farm for many years after. This year marked their 60th wedding anniversary. Sophie had a very congenial personality, she greatly enjoyed the company of her family, and she cherished her grandchildren dearly. She was always concerned for their well being. No one ever left Sophie's home hungry or empty handed. Even the day before she died she was concerned that one of the boys would take some carrots home for themselves. Even though she had health problems, she kept a positive outlook with a strong determination. In younger years she had been active in church activities, especially in the White Eagle district. She dearly loved the years spent on the farm, tending to her large garden and caring for the animals.
Predeceased by brothers Casmer (1938) and Mike (1963), sisters Mary Teplyske (1992) and Stella Komada (1979); she leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband John; three sons, Carl (Marilyn) of Calgary, Eugene (Margaret) of Kelliher and Leo (Santina) of Calgary; a daughter Dianne (Arnold) Kish of Leross; grandchildren, Cindy, Hillary, Julie, Derek, Darren and Regina; a great grandson Brandon; three brothers, Victor Skorlatowski of Saskatoon, John (Hope) of Lanigan and Joe (Julia) of Lanigan; two sisters, Annie Gerylo of Selkirk, MB and Jenny Prebushewski of Birsay, SK; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.
The Prayer Vigil Service was held on Wednesday evening, November 7, 2001 from St. Vladimir's Church in Kelliher with Rev. Father J.R. Prince of St. Margaret Mary Parish officiating. The organist, Sharon Antoneshyn led the congregation and member of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns 'Come to Me' and 'The Lord's My Shepherd'. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, November 8, 2001 from St. Vladimir's Church. The organist, Tina Aamodt led members of the parish choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Be Not Afraid', 'How Great Thou Art', 'May Flights of Angels' and 'Amazing Grace'. The crossbearer and lay reader was Rose Purcha, the altarservers were Curtis deGooijer and Sarah Wilson. Sophie's son Leo gave the eulogy. The interment followed in the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Steve & Glen Lekach, Willie Maksymowich, Joe Purcha, Darren Kish and Henry Wielgoz serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Norman Quinton, beloved husband of Linda Quinton of the Jedburgh district, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 13, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 69 yeas of age. Norman William Quinton was born on December 27, 1933 at Sunnyside Farm near Theodore, the eldest son of Walter and Clara (nee Leonhardt) Quinton. His parents moved to a farm near Theodore where his brother, Lorne was born. A few years later, the family moved again to a farm eight miles south of Theodore. Norman worked for Imperial Oil near Frobisher for awhile before returning to the farm. On July 11, 1964 he married Linda Owen and continued to farm until the time of his passing. Norman loved his cattle and had a dairy farm for a number of years before switching over to beef cows that he looked after and pampered until the day before he left us. Norman was a 4-H member in his youth and later a 4-H parent and leader for many years. He enjoyed sports, especially playing baseball, and helping manage the Jedburgh hockey team. He enjoyed doing leather work and made many wallets as gifts for friends and family. His family was much loved by him and his two grandsons were his pride and joy -bike rides and tractor rides were gladly given. His friends and neighbours held a special place in his heart and as his health declined their phone calls, visits and helping hands meant a lot. The help received at the time of his first surgery brought many a thankful tear to his eye - the bale hauling crew and cooks were greatly appreciated. Your kindness was not forgotten.
He was predeceased by his parents Walter in 1986 and Clara in 1989. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Linda; three sons, Dean and wife Cami and children Cade and Kaelen of Brooks AB, Glen and companion Cindy Nykaliashyn of Macdowell, and Dale of Yorkton; one daughter, Wendy and companion Chris Martel of Gravelbourg; also a brother, Lorne and wife Carol of Theodore and their family; as well as many relatives and good friends. The family very much appreciates all the help and support received at this time.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 17, 2003 from the Theodore Recreation Centre. David Leonhardt, Dennis Morris and Mary Roper officiated. Norman's son Dean gave the eulogy. The organist, Jan Cobb led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'There Hath Not Failed' and 'In Jesus Hands'. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with August Fenske, Joe Pelechaty, Clark Anderson, Harvey Bylsma, Brian Sperling and Dick Thompson serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.