On Thursday, December 28, 2000 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre a much loved husband, father and grandfather Charles (Chuck) Samuel Edward Sewell passed away at the age of 81 years. Charles was born on June 17, 1919, to John and Lillian (Nee Bourassa) Sewell on the homestead close to LaFleche, Sask. Charles, or Chuck as he was known to all, grew up and took his schooling in LaFleche, walking back and forth each day. As he grew older he began working for other farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In 1940 at the age of 21 years Chuck joined the army and later transferred to the airforce. He trained as an aero-engine mechanic at St. Thomas, Ontario, then in 1942 he took his first posting to #11 Service Flight Training School where he worked as an aero-mechanic. In 1943 he met Elsie Amelia Bowles whom he married on April 11, 1944. In December of 1944 they moved to Carberry, Manitoba. Their first child Beverley June was born in 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba. At the end of the war he took his R.C.A.F. discharge and moved his family to Yorkton. He worked as a mechanic in a garage until he opened his own business in 1947 on the old Highway 10, now Highway 52 west of Yorkton opposite Deer Park Golf Course. It was known a Chuck's Day and Night Service. 1947 was a busy year for Chuck as his only son James Edward was born in August. Chuck continued to work day and night for the next 17 years, but was able to take time to bring another daughter Gaylene Marie into this world in 1953. As if that wasn't enough work hours, Chuck opened the first drive-in restaurant in Yorkton with a dance hall in the back. Chuck loved to work hard and play hard. Everywhere he was known for his quick wit, ready smile and generous heart. After closing down the garage he moved across town to open an auto sales lot to work less hours and continued building his family. In 1960 Chuck added to his family another daughter Lorna Lynne. In 1965 he added the final chapter of his and Elsie's family, Dara Anne. Around that time Chuck changed careers and began working as a travelling salesman for York Auto Supply. During these years he became actively involved with the Elk's Lodge, the Royal Canadian Legion, A.C.T., U.C.T. and of course his great passion for bowling. Raising a family and working filled Chuck's life until 1975 when his youngest child left home and he could finally retire. He filled his retirement years like he had filled his life with work and play. His gardens wre beautiful and bountiful and he enjoyed many hours outside at the lake and in town.
Chuck will be sadly missed and leaves with cherished memories his dear wife of 57 years Elsie, his son Jim and his wife Gail of White City and their children Tanya (Andrew), Jennifer and Chad; his daughters Bev and her husband Bill Buyar of Moose Jaw and their chilldren Rebecca and Adam; Gaylene and her husband Lyle Knutson of Elbow, Sask. and their children Kris, Carley (Curtis) and their son Jackson; Lorna and her husband Clint McColman and their daughter Sarah; Dara and her husband Ken Zumstien of Moose Jaw and their daughter Shayla. Chuck was predeceased by his parent and brothers and sister Albert, George, Marion, Loretta, Richard and Robert.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 2, 2001, from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton with Reverend Daryl Woods of St. Andrew's United Church officiating. Shani Apland was the organist leading the congregation in the hymns How Great Thou Art and In the Garden. As well Shani accompanied soloist Lorna McColman, Chuck's daughter, in the singing of Psalm 91 and Softly And Tenderly. Reflections and remembrances of Chuck's life were given by daughters Gaylene Knutson and Dara Zumstien. The Legion Burial Rite was conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Ross Branch #77. The Padre was Rev. Ed McManus, Sergeant-At-Arms was Mike Bidnock with Fred Fenske, Art Alstad, Andy Juba and Nick Koshman serving as Colour Party. The Royal Canadian Legion and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge #392 and the Order of the Royal Purple served as Honour Guards. John and Non Milne were urn bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of Devotion, Yorkton Memorial Gardens.
Funeral and cremation services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Elsie Sewell, wife of the late Chuck Sewell of Moose Jaw, formerly of Yorkton, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2002 home in Moose Jaw. Elsie Amelia Sewell was born on June 23, 1920 at Viking, Alberta to Henry and Ethel (nee Mackey) Bowles. Elsie grew up on the family farm near Viking. As a young woman she was known as a quiet and dependable worker. She worked at various jobs in the district until she enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was stationed at Yorkton where she met and fell in love with her husband Charles Sewell. Elsie was united in marriage to Charles Sewell on April 11, 1944. The couple lived in Carberry, Manitoba for a few years before returning to Yorkton, where they lived for 56 years. Elsie was a dedicated member of the Yorkton Order Of the Royal Purple. Elsie contributed greatly to the community through volunteering her time. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church and ensured all her children attended Sunday school. She enjoyed her bowling league, her bridge club and sharing other social activities with her husband, Chuck, their favourite of which was dancing. Elsie was very creative and enjoyed drawing and writing. She fed her creative mind through reading anything that brought her closer to world events and other real-life stories. She held strong to her beliefs and her principles. Elsie had a very competitive nature. She loved to play cards and games that required her to use her mind and challenge her skills. But be careful if you beat her too many times! Elsie was very focused on whatever she was doing and knew the "right" way to do things. She loved watching sports, and knew everything about them. Her favourite was baseball. If you wanted to know who was traded, where and when, just ask Elsie! However, Elsie's greatest pride and passion was her children. Their happiness was her happiness. Following her husband Chuck's death Elsie moved to Moose Jaw to be closer to her children. She lived there until her passing on Sunday, November 3, 2002 at her suite at the Mulberry Estates in Moose Jaw. She was eighty-two years of age.
Predeceased by her parents; her husband, Chuck; sister, Nora Swityk and brother, Charlie Bowles. Elsie leaves to cherish her memory her five children and their families, son, Jim and his wife Gail of White City and their children: Tanya (Andrew) Jennifer and Chad; daughters: Bev and her husband Bill Buyar of Moose Jaw and their children: Rebecca and Adam; Gaylene and her husband Lyle Knutson of Elbow, Sask and their children: Kris, Carley (Curtis and their sons Jackson and Isaac); Lorna and her husband Clint McColman of Calgary and their daughter Sarah; Dara and her husband Ken Zumstien of Moose Jaw and their children Shayla and Josh; brother, Lyman (Jean) Bowles; three sisters, Jean (Earl) Windquist, Joyce Pierrot and Mary (Bob) Richardson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is no longer in pain. She is in peace. She is with her Blessed Saviour. She will be missed.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at 2:00 pm from St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Adele Compton officiating. The organist, Shani Apland with members of the church choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Holy, Holy, Holy', 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus' and 'How Great Thou Art'. Daughter, Lorna McColman sang 'Amazing Grace' and daughter, Gaylene Knutson, gave a tribute and words of remembrance. Members of the Order Of the Royal Purple and the Benovolent Order of Elks performed their fraternal service and formed an honour guard. Padre, Rev. Irving Fraser performed the Legion Burial Rites. Interment followed in the garden of Devotion in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Cremation and funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Norman Stanley Seymour passed away peacefully on Monday, August 27, 2001 at the age of 88 years. Norman was born in Portsmouth, England, son of William and Georgina (nee Williams) Seymour. Norman was raised in England until the age of 16 when he enlisted in the British Army and made his journey to Canada. Norman worked for many years as a farmhand in the Indian Head area before relocating to the Yorkton area. Later he commenced working as a store clerk in Yorkton. It was during his move to Yorkton where he met his sweetheart, Gertrude Watson. In 1944, seven years after they met and following Norman's return from his service in the army, Norman and Gertrude were united in marriage. Three years later they were blessed with their daughter Georgina (Bunny). Following his discharge, Norman accepted a position as book-keeper for Bird Construction. This job had him travelling to various locations. In 1957 Norman and his family relocated to Regina. In 1960 Norman lost his beloved Gertrude to a battle with breast cancer. In 1968 Norman joined Queen City Realty where he worked until his retirement in 1977. In 1978 Norman decided to return to Yorkton to be near family and friends. Here he made his home with daughter Bunny and family. Norman remained quite active during retirement. As a member of Yorkton Retired Citizens Club, Norman could be found on many after-noons in the basement of St. Gerard's Church playing cribbage with fellow members. When not playing cards, Norman would be cutting out and paint-ing his latest wood project. He was an outdoorsman, loving to fish, going on a picnic and spending time at the lake. Spending time with family and friends over a game of cards or a cup of coffee was also important to him. The family pet, Billie, was Norman's constant companion. Norman kept in tune with current affairs by reading newspapers, magazines and books, He will be remembered for his love of shopping and eagerness to find a bargain. In March, 2001 when his health failed, Norman was placed in the Park Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.
Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and his beloved wife Gertrude, Norman will be sadly missed by his daughter Bunny Molnar, granddaughter Jodeen Molnar; sister Joan Faro; niece Heather (Blaine) Zaharia and their children Ward and Robyn; brother-in-law Bill (Arlene) Ward, sister-in-law Margaret Milburn, as well as numerous friends which he met through-out his life.
A Graveside Service was held on Thursday, August 31, at the Yorkton City Cemetery with Rev. Ed McManus of the Anglican Church of Canada officiating. Heather Zaharia served as the urn bearer. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Eva Sharples of Yorkton, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2002 at the Foam Lake Health Centre. She was 92 years of age. Eva Sharples was born on November 15, 1909 at Springside, Saskatchewan; a daughter of William and Annie (nee Allan) Pendlebury. She grew up in Springside and attended the Clear Creek School up to grade eight. Early in life she developed a deep love and appreciation for music. She studied piano and worked hard to accomplish her ATCM degree. She began a lifelong career of teaching piano and music to students, teaching lessons at Springside, Fonehill, and Theodore as well as from her home. On August 29, 1937 Eva was united in marriage to James Sharples at Yorkton. The couple resided at Willowbrook and Fonehill until moving to Yorkton in 1952. Using Yorkton as their home base, Jim and Eva spent the next 27 years in the field of Evangelism for the Church of the Nazarene. The couple travelled the complete breadth and width of North America during these years and Eva continued to provide music instruction during this time. The couple eventually retired as Jim's health began to fail. James passed away on April 7, 1989. Following that time Eva was able to maintain her home and care for herself for a number of years before being helped with Homecare. On August 13th she had become hospitalized and had just been transferred to long term care at the Foam Lake Health Centre on November 4th.
Besides her husband Jim, she was predeceased by her father William in 1939 and her mother Annie in 1954; brothers James Pendlebury, and Bill (Willie) Pendlebury; and by sisters Ann Pendlebury and Sarah Stewart. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 from the Church of the Nazarene in Yorkton. Rev. Richard Gibson officiated. The pianist, Kathleen Gibson led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Victory in Jesus', 'Saved By Grace', 'All Because of God's Amazing Grace' and 'When We All Get to Heaven'. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Albert Griffin, Elmer Aichele, Robert Mess, Karl Weippert, John Pasishnik and Anthony Gibson serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. John Shewchuk, resident of the Park Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, beloved husband of Katie Shewchuk of Yorkton passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at the Park Unit. He was 84 years of age. John Shewchuk was born on March 5, 1916 in the Edmore district of Saskatchewan, a son of Lena (nee Kosty) and Eli Shewchuk. John was raised on the family farm and attended Gilbert and Horse Lake Schools. On October 23, 1944 he was united in marriage to Katie Sopel at Yorkton. John farmed all his life in the West Bend district until their retirement to Yorkton in 1983. In addition to their mixed farm operation, John also served as school trustee for a few years. Following their retirement to Yorkton, John and Katie settled to a quiet life in the city, and enjoyed tending to their yard and garden. In his spare moments John enjoyed reading and keeping up with current affairs. Declining health forced John to become a resident of the Park Unit of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home in 1997.
He was predeceased by his parents; an infant daughter Shirley; four sisters, Jean Dobrowney of West Bend, Dora Larson of Kelliher, Ann Pasichnyk of Foam Lake and Mary Mohat of Kelowna; two brothers, Bill Shewchuk of South Burnaby BC and Matt Sherman of Langley BC. He will be remembered by his wife Katie of Yorkton, daughter Delores of Saskatoon; four sisters, Lena Antonyshyn of Fort Qu'Appelle, Frances Korolek of Theodore, Rose Baverstock of North Vancouver BC and Jean Seidlik of Foam Lake, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiated. The meditiation hymns were Amazing Grace and In the Garden. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemene at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens. A reception followed at the Royal Canadian Legion. Funeral and cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Peter Eli Shewchuk entered eternal rest at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on Saturday, July 14, 2001. He was 74 years of age. Peter was born on April 25, 1927 on a farm in the Macnutt district of Saskatchewan a son of Eli and Katherine (nee Budz) Shewchuk. Peter's father came to Canada in 1900 at the age of seven. His mother came to Canada in 1912 as a young lady of seventeen. Both of his parents came from the Bukovina province of the Ukraine. Peter attended Clova school and after finishing Grade 8, he began farming at this young age. He met Vicky Kulaway from the Good Spirit Lake (Springside) area. Peter and Vicky were married October 3,1948 and to this union six children were born with one passing away in infancy. Peter and his family successfully owned and operated a grain and livestock farm. Peter and Vicky actively farmed until 1990. Due to ill health they semi-retired at the family farm at MacNutt until October 1994 when they moved to Yorkton and built their retirement home. Peter was committed to his family and hard work. His church and spirituality was very important to him and he was traditional in all his beliefs. After his loving wife died in 1998 Peter managed on his own until he became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.
Peter was predeceased by an infant son, Martin in 1949; his father, Eli in 1966 and his mother, Katherine in 1981; his sisters, Mary and Sophie; brothers, Alex and Mike and most recently his beloved wife Vicky on January 6, 1998. He leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his children: daughters, Caroline (Gerald) Ostlie of Melville, SK and Alvina Schick (Brad Tiedeman) and grandsons, Adam and Bradley Schick of Red Deer, AB; son, Dwayne Shewchuk (Tracy Smith) of Kamsack, SK; twins Lionel Shewchuk of Innisfail, AB and Lorie Shewchuk (Mark Hampson) of Yorkton, SK; his brother Bill (Anne) Shewchuk of MacNutt, SK; sisters, Margaret Yakubowksi of Roblin, MB, Elsie (Pete) Perpeluk of Wroxton, SK, Victoria Shewchuk of Calgary, AB and Doris Adam; sisters-in-law, Nonnie Shewchuk of The Pas, MB and Marie Shewchuk of Yorkton; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday evening July 17, 2001. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2001 from St. Mark The Evangelist Orthodox Church, Yorkton, Sask. with Reverend Father Rodion Luciuk officiating. Brother Innocent was the Cantor with grandson Bradley Schick serving as the Cross Bearer. All those that shared in Peter's life were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Adam Schick (grandson), nephews Peter Baran, Wayne Shewchuk, Russell Shewchuk, Clarence Perpeluk and friend Ron Fatteicher serving as Casket Bearers. Eternal Memory! Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. William 'Bill' Shordee of Yorkton, formerly of Amsterdam, beloved husband of Lil Shordee peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2002 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home with his family by his side. He was 82 years of age. William Alexander Shordee was born December 25, 1919, son of Alexander and Matilda (nee Mysko) Shordee in the Stornoway district of Saskatchewan. He completed his elementary education in Stornoway and worked on farms in the area. William moved to Winnipeg where he was employed at Armstrong and Core Co. and also in an ammunition factory. William returned to Saskatchewan and began working for the Federal Grain Company which lasted for twenty-three years. In 1972 Federal Grain was purchased by Sask. Wheat Pool, whom William worked for until his retirement. His career as a grain buyer for thirty-five years was spent at Amsterdam, SK. William married Lydia (Lil) Lylyk of Arran, SK on August 6, 1949 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. William took an active role in thKnights of Columbus and Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood in Canora and Yorkton. Visiting with others and talking about current affairs was a favourite pastime of his. He enjoyed singing and listening to music and was often heard whistling a tune. William enjoyed watching sports, particularly baseball.
Predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Matilda; three sisters, Sophie Fyck, Mary Krupp and Annie Hovrisko and a brother Peter Shordee; William leaves to celebrate his life his wife of fifty-three years, Lil (Lydia); his sons Ron (Delores) of Fort Qu'Appelle and Ken (Laura) of Wynyard; his sister Kay Sutherland of Toronto; his six grandchildren: Janice, Ryan, Darren, Lisa, Danny and Kara; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Prayers were held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. The rosary led by members of the Knights of Columbus and Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir. The epistle reader was Janice Shordee. Ushers were George Lazurko, Ray Matisho, Joe Ratushniak and Dan Lackmanec. The UCBC Honour Guard included cross bearer, Steve Hrynkiw, UCB Banner, Lorne Sakundiak, banner bearers, John Solonenko and Peter Gulka and honourary bearers, Eugene Hnatiuk, Tony Mazur, Metro Mosiondz, Fred Pawliw, Ned Pisiak, Ed McLashen, John Fylyshtan and Wally Baluk. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ryan Shordee, Darren Shordee, Danny Shordee, Paul Hovrisko, Matt Solonenko and Bill Lukash serving as casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Marion Shymko of Regina, formerly of Ituna, widow of Alex Shymko passed away peacefully at Caring Arms Personal Care Home on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at the age of 90 years and 9 months. Marion Evangeline Shymko was born in Krydor, Saskatchewan on May 2, 1911, a daughter of Teodor and Eudokia (nee Zachyk) Lucyk. Marion received her elementary education at Krydor, high school in Saskatoon and Prince Albert and normal school at Saskatoon. Marion began her teaching career in 1929-30 in Wishart with 60 pupils in class. Next she taught at Hazel and File Hills School. In 1935 Marion was united in marriage to Alex Shymko of Ituna. She continued her teaching career at various schools including Smokeside, BeaverHills and St. Joseph's. In 1949 Alex and Marion settled in Ituna and Marion concentrated on raising her family of four children, Nadine (Hope)born in 1936, Jack in 1950, Barry and Bernadette (twins) in 1951. However in June of 1956 Alex passed away suddenly and Marion was forced to resume her teaching career. At this time she taught in Hubbard, Leross and in 1966 moved to Regina where she taught in the Separate School system until her retirement in 1978. In 1985 Marion moved to Ituna and resided there until her health would not permit her to live alone. In the spring of 1998 Marion moved to a Personal Care Home in Regina (always being her wish) Her health continued to decline until her peaceful passing.
Marion was predeceased by her husband Alex in 1956 and her daughter Bernadette in 1984. She is survived by her daughter Hope (Myron) Kowalchuk of Regina and their four children Arnold, Arlene, Allan and Zora; her son Jack (MaryAnne) of Ituna and their four children Nancy, Sara, Laura and David and her son Barry of Regina; 12 great grandchildren; a brother Bill of Radisson and a sister Olive of Prince Albert.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ituna. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at Sacred Heart Church with Very Rev. Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Wayne Boczulak, Ladmer Moskal and Andre Kohuch. The epistle reader was Sara Shymko and the cross bearer was Nancy Lamb. The interment followed in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery with Greg Ariss, Arnold Kowalchuk, Donovan Lamb, Shane Seib, Allan Kowalchuk and David Shymko serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Ituna.
Mrs. Mary Skitcko, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2000. She was 100 years, 9 months and 19 days of age. Maria Skitcko was born on January 20, 1900 in the small village of Radymno, Western Ukraine; a daughter of Ilko and Maria Turko. Maria immigrated to Canada early in the century. In 1923 she was united in marriage to Philip Skitcko of the Homefield district. They farmed there until 1947 when they purchased another farm at Rokeby. In 1964 Maria and Philip retired to Yorkton. Philip passed away in 1980. Later Maria became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home until the time of her passing.
Maria and Philip enjoyed 57 years of marriage and were blessed with six children; John and Bonnie of Winnipeg, Mary & Jack Amos of Winnipeg, Mike and Fran of Kelowna, Anne and Ken Harrison of Edmonton, Rose and Steve Bugera of Kelowna, and Joe and Dell of Yorkton; also 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband Philip, Maria was predeceased by two grandsons, Laurie and Nathan, as well as several siblings in Europe. Maria met the challenges of homesteader, farm wife and mother with great courage and resourcefulness. Along with her daily labours of milking cows, baking bread and garening, she could be heard humming and singing in her contented, quiet way. Her kindness and gentleness enveloped all around her to include even the barn-yard creatures. She was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church and although advancing age and illness prevented her from attending worship or church activities, she maintained her great faith through prayer until her last days. Maria's lasting legacy will be of the home she lovingly created and the memories of which will be treasured in the hearts of her family.
The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Father Dmytro Dnistrian C.Ss.R. as celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Harold Hadewich. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandchildren Gail McLeod, Susan Dickson, Les and Tim Bugera, Sheldon Skitcko and Neil Adams serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.