Mr. Ron Stevenson, beloved husband of Marlene Stevenson of Yorkton, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2002. He was 54 years of age. Ronald Kenneth Stevenson was born on May 11, 1948 in Invermere BC; the second oldest of four children born to William and Vivian Stevenson. Ron grew up in Brisco, a small community in the Columbia River Valley and received his education at Brisco, Edgewater, and Invermere. Like many young people in those days, Ron learned how to work. When he was 12, he worked weekends for an elderly farmer. As a teen he worked after school and weekends at the mill near his home and where his father worked. At the age of 19 he joined the RCMP, beginning basic training on November 19, 1968. At that time, they trained in Regina for 3 months and then in Penhold, AB for 3 months. Upon graduation, Ron was stationed at Elbow, SK. While there, Ron met Marlene, who was teaching in Central Butte at the time. In 1969 Ron was transferred to Saskatoon Highway Patrol. Marlene moved to Lloydminster but the courtship continued long distance and they became engaged in October of 1970. In those days, members had to be single and could only apply for 'permission' to marry after two years of service. Ron and Marlene were wed on August 14, 1971 at Morse, SK. Their first home was in Biggar from 1971-76, and their first daughter, Andrea, was born in 1975. Then on to Spiritwood where Lindsay was born in 1980, Michael (deceased in 1983), and Kimberly in 1984. The family moved shortly after Kim's birth to Saskatoon Rural Detachment, and spent four years there. Ron was promoted to Corporal with his move to Pelly in 1988. In 1992 he transferred to Yorkton, serving with the City Detachment for 7 years and lastly with the Rural detachment. Ron was planning to retire in November of 2003. Through the years, Ron was a member of the Optimist and Kinsmen Clubs. Pastimes included curling, golf, drywalling, playing cards and socializing. This past year and a half had been difficult as Ron struggled with an initial cancer diagnosis in September of 2001 and subsequent relapse in 2002. His last days were spent in the comfort of his own home, in the care of his loving family and palliative caregivers.
Besides his son Michael, he was predeceased by his father William in January of 1993. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Marlene; three daughters, Andrea and her husband Jeffrey Ludditt of Houston BC, Lindsay Stevenson currently at the U of S in Saskatoon, and Kimberly Stevenson of Yorkton; his mother, Vivian Stevenson of Invermere BC; brothers Dallas (Joy) of Terrace BC, and Dennis (Cindy) of Edgewater BC, a sister Jeanette (George) Lautrup of Edgewater BC, several nieces, nephews, and his many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Monday, December 16, 2002 from the Family Worship Centre in Yorkton. Rev. Dave Campbell and Rev. Ernest Funk officiated. The eulogy was given by Cpl. Terry Stevely. The organist was Ingrid Stumph. The hymns were led by the Prairie Harvest Church Worship Team, 'Your Love is Amazing', 'Faithful One', 'Power of Your Love', 'Shout to the Lord' and 'It is Well With My Soul'. The Honor Guard consisted of fellow members of the RCMP, Sgt. Kathy Boulon, Cpl. Barry Howard, Cpl. Connie Bruer, Cst. Ward Bruer, Insp. Les Kjemhus, Cst. Doug Green, Sgt. Bill Miller, Cst. Dave Rolston, Cst. Tricia Etienne, Cst. Brian Kolosky, Cst. Rene Shank Cpl. Dave Throne, Sgt. Major Randy Burt and Chief Supt. Darrell McFadyen. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Cst. Hans Thiessen, S/Sgt. Len Desautels, Sgt. Darryl Stevenson, Cpl. Barry Shiells, Cst. Roger Burns and Cpl. Karen Munroe serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Marvin Stewart, beloved husband of Evelyn Stewart of Churchbridge passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at the yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 73 years of age. Marvin 'Branny' Keith Stewart was born on December 31, 1927 at Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; the son of Jack and Hazel Stewart. Marvin attended Bredenbury School. He married Evelyn Schutz on October 19, 1955. Marvin and Evelyn lived in Yorkton where Marvin worked in Elevator Construction and later with Pool Livestock. Marvin was known as Branny to his family and close friends. He was well known for his love of hunting, fishing and horses. Marvin and Evelyn moved to Churchbridge in 1993 where he resided until his death.
Marvin was predeceased by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Doug (Marge) Stewart; his sister and brother-in law, Loretta (Gordon) Lowe; two nieces, Myra Monkman and Bonnie Lowe. Left to mourn his passing, his loving wife Evelyn of Churchbridge; one sister, Leona Stewart of Winnipeg; one sister-in-law Inez Gallinger of Churchbridge; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Service of Comfort was held on Friday evening, October 12, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, October 13, 2001 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Churchbridge. Rev. Curtis Tufts of the United Church officiated. Ushers were Chris Mitschke and Kelly Quibell. The organist, Vickie Kaminski led the congregation in the singing of the hymns "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You", "Just As I Am", and "Till We Meet Again". All in attendance were considered honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Elwood Kotzer, Mervin Rosin, Kevin Matthews, Doug Bjarnason, Bob Kaczur and Dennis Schutz serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. John Streelasky, beloved husband of Marjorie Streelasky of Yorkton, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Yorkton Regional Health Center. He was 76 years of age. John Streelasky was born on October 28, 1924 in the Foam Lake district of Saskatchewan, a son of William and Margaret (nee Zadorozniak) Streelasky. John received his education in Otthon, Rokeby and at the Yorkton Collegiate. John was a successful farmer and always kept abreast of new methods in the field of agriculture. He also worked for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. John was committed and actively involved in local and provincial community activities. He served as Councillor and as Reeve of the RM of Orkney #244, was President of the Orkney Community Club, served on the Board of Sessions of Westview United Church, was an executive member of the Yorkton Union Hospital Board of Governors, Vice-Chairman of the Yorkton-Melville Health Region Council, Chairman of the Yorkton Health District, Chairman of the joint City-RM Yorkton district Planning Commission, Honorary Member at the Officers' Mess CFS Yorkton, Director for the Sask. Wheat Pool's subdistrict 4, Chairman of the Sask. Homecoming 1971 Committee, executive member of the Yorkton Housing Authority, member of the Provincial Board of Directors for the Western Developement Museum, member of the Yorkton South Wetlands, executive member of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home Corporation, member of BPO Elk's Lodge Yorkton #392, President of the Yorkton Voice of the Handicapped, Director of the Yorkton Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association, Co-Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Committee of the International Year of Disabled Persons, Municipal Officer of the Saskatchewan Emergency Measures Organization, Chairman of the Beaver Rural Telephone Company, Chairman of the Transportation for the Handicapped Advisory Committee (Yorkton and Saskatchewan), Supervisor of School Recreation for the City of Yorkton, Member of the Hudson Bay Route Association, Chairman of the Rural United Appeal, member of the Board of Governors of the Yorkton Housing Authority, board member of the Yorkton Thresherman's Club, and a member of the Yorkton Exhibition Association Senate. No matter what project John would become involved in, his commitment, interest and leadership ensured its success. When John had surgery in 1978 resulting in confinement to a wheelchair, he took up new challenges, becoming actively involved in the Voice of the Handicapped and the Special Needs Transportation Committee of the Sask. Abilities Council, working towards accessibility of public buildings and transportation of the handicapped. John always remained positive and interested in community affairs and kept abreast of happenings in all levels of government. John's generosity and kindness touched many people in our community. He also loved to camp, fish and actively read about agricultural issues and trends. John married Marjorie Sharp on November 6, 1956 in Yorkton. They were blessed with two daughters, Carol and Diane. He was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather.
John leaves to celebrate his life his dearly loved wife Marjorie, his loving daughter Carol (Lorne) Mayes and their children, Rayna and Landon of Regina; his loving daughter Diane (Wade) Miller and their children Jordan, Brayden and Carson of Yorkton; his sister Isabel (Jerry) Turchuk of Yorkton and their family, Bob (Darlene) Yaremko, Marilyn (Gordon) Bewcyk, Murray Yaremko, Mervin Yaremko, Lori (John) DenBrok; several nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Streelasky and a brother-in-law, Mike Yaremko.
A service of comfort was held on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2001, from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2001, from Westview United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. Daughter Carol Mayes gave the eulogy. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi, led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymn Abide With Me. Soloist Johnna McBride sang No Night There, Amazing Grace and In the Garden. Honorary bearers were all family and friends in attendance. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemene in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Jordan Miller, Robert Yaremko, Walter Streelasky, Wayne Digby, Warren Sharp and Larry Trost serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements are in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Wayne Donald Stricker of Saskatoon and formerly of the Rhein District passed away at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 25, 2002. He was 56 years of age. Wayne was born March 29, 1946 at Yorkton, SK; a son of Adam and Emelie (nee Frick) Stricker. Wayne was raised on the family farm at Rhein and attended the local school. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith on June 2, 1946 and confirmed on June 4, 1961. Following his education Wayne began employment with the Yorkton Co-op and then with Canadian Forces Whitespruce as a radar technician. He also was employed as a grain buyer in Thorhild, AB and with the Ochapowace First Nation as a farm manager. In 1973 Wayne was united in marriage to Donna Morozoff in Saskatoon. They owned and operated 'Stricker Service' in Canora, SK., and while owning this business Wayne was diagnosed with renal failure in 1991. This business was sold and Wayne and Donna moved to Yorkton where Wayne received treatments at home until 1998 when they moved to Saskatoon to make their home. During his life Wayne enjoyed dealing in auto sales, fishing, and auction sales were a highlight of his week. He also loved his two cats which were good companions especially 'Teddy'.
Wayne Stricker leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his loving wife Donna. Three sons: Josh of Edmonton, Quinton and Warren of Saskatoon; a grandson Andrew Solonenka of Yorkton; a brother Ervin and his wife Martha of Rhein; father and mother-in-law Paul and Mary Morozoff of Verigin; a brother-in-law Richard Morozoff of Verigin along with numerous nieces nephews relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother Rheinhold in infancy, and a sister Lorraine Stumph.
A service of comfort was held on Sunday evening, December 29, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, December 30, 2002 from Christ Lutheran Church Rhein, SK with Pastor Daphne Bender officiating. Shirley Ostafie was the organist leading the congregation in the Hymns: ' Softly and Tenderly', 'Nearer My God To Thee' and 'Amazing Grace'. The Soloist was Raymond Yost singing ' How Great Thou Art'. Reflections and Remembrances of Wayne's life were given by Harold Remisoff. All who knew and loved Wayne were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery with Farron Stricker, Dave Nakonechny, Harold and Spenser Remisoff, Craig Ostafie and Dwayne Oshowy serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Walter Strutynski was born on April 18, 1922 on the family farm near Stornoway. He was the nineth child of ten born to Jacob and Josephine (nee Bachinski) Strutynski. Walter lived most of his life in the Stornoway district, except for a short time when they lived in the Kinlock area but soon returned to Stornoway. He received his education at Geddes School and helped on the family farm. His career in the army was short-lived as farming was his destiny. On October 22, 1949 Walter married his young bride, Emily Skotnitsky. The couple continued to farm and was blessed with four children. Walter was most adamant that the farm was where he always wanted to be. He loved the land and the animals. Through the years Walter was involved with various organizations. These included the Stornoway Co-op, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wroxton. Walter was a quiet man who had faith parallel to none. His trust in God's will and the love of the family kept him going through difficult times. As time took its toll, limiting Walter's farming activity he scaled down his work load. He took great pride in his garden, spending time with the cattle and working alongside his children, helping where he could. Above all, his grandchildren were his greatest achievements with each of them being very special to him. On Thursday, September 4, 2002 suddenly and in true Walter style he passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. A shock for his family and friends, but a comfort knowing he was doing what he loved most - farming.
Walter was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Josephine; his son Kenneth; two brothers, Anton and Steve and five sisters, Rev. Sister Apollinaria (Emily), Mary Pacquin, Lillian Kozibroda, Frances Mysko and Stella Lamoureaux. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife Emily; sons, Barry of Stornoway and Charles (Jennifer) of Wroxton; daughter Jackie (Tom) Rohatensky of Yorkton; daughter-in-law Martha Strutynski of Stornoway; four wonderful grandchildren, Keith Strutynsky of Stornoway, Ian Strutynski of Saskatoon and Wyatt and Cody Strutynski of Wroxton; two sisters, Anne Armstrong of Toronto and Margaret Bodnar of Prince George, BC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Prayer Service was held Monday, September 9, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was held Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Celebrant Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. Responses led by St. Mary's Funeral Choir. Epistle reader was Ian Strutynski, cross bearer was Jerry Jemieff, and casket bearers were: Tom Rohatensky, Mark Strutynski, Keith Strutynski, Edward Collett, Ian Strutynski and Kelly Skutnitsky. Interment was at the Garden of St. Luke, Yorkton Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Martha Stumph, resident of Queen Elizabeth Court in Yorkton, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 12, 2002 at home. She was 86 years of age. Martha Stumph (nee Schwab) was born on November 10, 1915 in Winnipeg, MB; a daughter of George Jacob and Susanna (nee Erhardt) Schwab. She was baptised on November 28, 1915. The family moved from Winnipeg to farm in the Stornoway district of Saskatchewan. Here Martha received her education. She was confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stornoway in March of 1931. On March 26, 1939 she was united in marriage to John Stumph. This union was blessed with four sons: Gordon, Gerald, Kenneth and Stanley. John and Martha farmed in the Stornoway district for many years before their retirement to Yorkton in 1976. After John's death on October 19, 1988, Martha resided in her home until 1996, when she became a resident of the Queen Elizabeth Court. She will be remembered for her commitment to her family and friends. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very special to her and she cherished them dearly. Martha possessed a strong faith, she attended church on a regular basis and had been a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.
Predeceased by her parents, brothers Alexander and Walter, and by her son Gordon. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter-in-law Joyce Stumph of Regina, her family Michelle (Frank) Mentes, Michael, and Krista; sons, Gerald (Gloria) of Winnipeg and their family Brian (Roxy) and daughter Nicole, Ronda (Glenn) Henley and daughter Kaitlin; Rev. Kenneth (Annette) of Neerlandia AB, and their family Lynn (Hank) Smid and daughters Hayley and Emilee, and Lee Anne (Jeff) Schmidt; Rev. Stanley (Ingrid) of Yorkton, and their family Stephanie (Gary) Denbow, Benn (Amber) Stumph, and Daniel. Also a brother Paul and his wife Edna Schwab of Kelowna BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.
A Service of Comfort was held Friday evening, October 18, 2002 at Bailey's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, October 20, 2002 from Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Rev. Daniel G. Moeller officiated. The organist, Verna Liebrecht led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty', 'I Know that My Redeemer Lives', and 'How Great Thou Art'. Martha's son Rev. Kenneth gave the eulogy. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Brian Stumph, Lee Anne Schmidt, Ronda Henley, Krista Stumph, Michelle Stumph, Stephanie Denbow, Lynn Smid, Benn Stumph, Michael Stumph and Daniel Stumph serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Julius Sushetski, husband of Sophie of Yorkton, formerly of the Buchanan district, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, June 1, 2001. He was 87years of age. Julius was born on February 27, 1914 in the Olesha Church district north of Buchanan on the family farm, a son of Frank and Mary (nee Yaworski) Sushetski. He received his education at Monastyr School situated 2 1/2 miles from their home. In his youth he helped his parents on the farm and worked at various lumber camps during the winter months. On October 23, 1944 Julius married Sophie Tkachuk at Olesha Church. The couple purchased their own land near both parent's farms. When Julius wasn't working in the fields or looking after the animals he was in his blacksmith shop tooling various implement parts. In 1974 Julius and Sophie moved to Yorkton where Julius worked for Weber's Home Building Services and continued to farm until 1982. Upon his retirement he loved spending his time with his grandchildren, fishing, gardening and tinkering in his garage, inventing and duplicating ornamental and garden gadgets. In 1994 Julius and Sophie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends. Julius loved his favourite TV program, The Price is Right. After his grandchildren grew to be young adults, he spent more time going to McDonalds for coffee, meeting his friends and trying to solve world problems.
Predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary; brothers Peter and Edward; sisters Josie Dron and Stella Kowbel; and brothers-in-law Paul Ignash and Bill Bauder, Julius leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 56 years Sophie; a son Tony (Diane) of Calgary; three daughters, Nadine (Ted) Yashcheshen, Marian (Brian) Belitsky and Connie (Bob) Johnson, all of Yorkton; grandchildren Tony Stehr (Doris), Carla Scheidl (Peter), Melissa and Clinton Belitsky, Shannon, Erin, and Alicia Yashcheshen, Jeremy, Dylan Johnson; and great-grandchildren, twins Ethan and Sarah Scheidl; a brother Adam Sushetski of Regina; four sisters, Helen (Jack) Paseznak of Regina, Polly (Tom) Sliva of Winnipeg, Jean Ignash of Toronto and Ann Bauder of Duncan BC; a sister-in-law Helen Sushetski of Buchanan and brother-in-law William Kowbel of Yorkton; as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
The prayer vigil was held on Monday June 4, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Deacon Urban Kiernan officiating. The organist Diana Hornung led the congregation in the singing of the hymns The Lord's My Shepherd, Jesus Remember Me and Day Is Done. Tributes were given by grandchildren Melissa and Clinton Belitsky. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 5, 2001 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Basil Chomos as the celebrant. Dorothy Osowski and Cheryl Heatcoat gave the scripture readings. Organist Lorraine Lysak with members of the parish choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Glory and Praise to Our God, Psalm 62 - Rest In God Alone, Prayer of St. Francis, Send Us Your Spirit, Song of Farewell and Sing With All the Saints In Glory. Interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with grandchildren Melissa Belitsky, Clinton Belitsky, Shannon Yashcheshen, Erin Yashcheshen, Alicia Yashcheshen, Tony Stehr, Carla Scheidl, Peter Scheidl, Jeremy Johnson and Dylan Johnson serving as the casketbearers. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.