Mary Vidomski

of Yorkton and formerly of the St Philips District passed away at the age of 90 years on June 16, 2017 in Yorkton, SK.

A   Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 starting at 11:00 am from St Stephens Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery.

Mary was born in the St Philips District on August 21, 1926 to Helen and Michael Fisher. On November 23, 1944 she married Philip and together they started the family farm near Bear Stream school district. They were blessed with four children Louis, Dennis, Phyllis and Lyle.

Mary was a dedicated farm wife. While her family was her priority, she was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed her numerous flowers. Crocheting and knitting were her favorite hobbies. She was exceptionally talented and her talent shone through every project. Mary was a very
giving person by nature and always extended her warm hospitality to all who came to visit. She adored little babies. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was known for her kindness and gentleness.

Mary is survived by her sons; Louis (Dianne) and Lyle (Paulette), a daughter-in-law; Janette, son-in-law Ken; seven grandchildren; Kevin, Scott, Shane (Ashley), Liza (Nando), Amanda (Brenden), Cory (Krista), Roland (Laura), twelve great grandchildren; Kayden, Joshua, Sierra, Bryce, Tony, Lee, Ava, Ivy, Hayden, Ryker, Donavan and Dominic, her brother; Linard (Julie) Fisher and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, her son Dennis, her daughter Phyllis, her husband Philip, 2 sisters and 8 brothers.

Though we lay her to rest today, we celebrate her life so well lived and know that she will always remain in our hearts and memories.

If friend’s so desire donations in Mary’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Eunice Gustafson

passed away at the age of 50 years on June 2, 2017 at the Kamsack Hospital.

A funeral service was  held on   June 15, 2017 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

After what seemed to be such a short intense battle with pancreatic cancer, Eunice peacefully drifted to sleep to start the next chapter in her life. She died with grace, dignity and beauty. Eunice was such a strong person, she was caring and compassionate. She loved everyone she met in a special kind of way, and touched so many lives. Eunice fought, hard, every minute of every day-she stayed positive and had a smile on her face no matter how much she was hurting inside.
Her first battle dated back to August 21, 1966, the day she was born. Eunice had a brachial sinus opening, or a hole in her neck, which required surgical repair. Being the tough little human she was she fought her way through and lived a completely healthy life. In September of 2016 was her next battle, when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That diagnosis didn’t dampen her spirits though, if anything it made her stronger and fight harder.
Eunice was born and raised on a farm in the Swan River Valley. She was always referred to as the “outside girl” as she was always out doing yard work or playing with the chickens and pigs or helping feed the cows. Even in her adult life she enjoyed gardening, puttering around the yard, pretending to be a lumberjack with Brad. Eunice went to school in Swan River, she played and marched in the school band and went on many trips with them. She graduated from SVRSS in 1984. She had many jobs as a young women, she was a waitress at the Roadrunner, worked at the ice rink, server at the legion, assistant manager at the Met store. In May of 1985 Eunice married Vince Gustafson and in June of 1987 they had their very first bundle of joy (Becki). Then in August of 1990 their baby boy came along (Joseph). Eunice then took her health care aide and worked in various care homes in Swan River and Benito. Eunice’s passion for looking after people wasn’t quite fulfilled so she went into nursing. She graduated with her LPN in 2003 and started her career working in The Pas casually and then permanently in Kamsack. The family lived in Swan River and then later moved to the farm out in Alpine. She moved to Kamsack and in with Brad in 2007. She didn’t waste any time making that home and winning over his heart. She filled her dreams of travelling to Cuba, BC, Palm Springs, Costa Rica and Mexico and when she wasn’t travelling she was at home gardening, planting flowers, ”logging”, baking, cooking or canning or following Brad around trying to figure out their next job or adventure.
Eunice touched many people and although we are left with heavy hearts and an empty space in our lives we are also left with so many lessons and memories. Eunice taught us all strength, she taught us how to listen and be non-judgmental. She taught us that everyone has a story worth hearing. Eunice was always a listening ear and an open heart. She was such an inspiring women, always had a smile on her face, a story to tell, a quirky joke or a hand to lend. She was a pleasure to be around and we are all so lucky to have had her in our lives one way or another. She will be dearly missed by so many.
Eunice is survived by her fiancé Brad Weber, her daughter Becki(Mike), son Joseph(Caitlyn; Mason), step daughter Tanya(Curtis) and step son Jesse, her mother Mildred, sister Bonnie(Ken), brothers Michael, Jim(Stephanie), Kevin, her grandmother Mary. Also left to mourn are many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends.
Eunice was predeceased by her father Tony as well as grandparents, aunts and uncles.

If friends so desire donations in Eunice’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society..

Rodney James Nippi

passed away at the age of 46 years on May 14, 2017 in Regina, SK.

A traditional wake was held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service was held on Friday, May 19, 2017 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment followed at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

Rodney James Nippi was born at Norquay, SK. He went to school in Kamsack. He was a very good artist. He loved to draw. He enjoyed the wilderness. His pride and joy were his beautiful babies Angel and Conrad. He enjoyed being with his family, but mostly being with his common-law Laurie who he had a lot of fun with.

Rodney had a great interest in knowing what his family was up to. He had a great relationship with his nieces and nephews. He had a great love for his sisters grandchildrenwhom he asked how they were doing at all times. Even how poor he was, every Christmas he made an effort to get them Christmas presents, most of the time the gifts were not new. He taught us that it was the thought that mattered most.

Rodney had a lot of friends all over who held great respect for him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Rodney was predeceased by Parents; George Littleìwolfe & Margaret Nippi, Son in infancy, sisters; Susan Maneas, Carolyn Campeau, Marry Nippi, Bonnie Whitehawk, brothers; John, Raymond and Andrew Nippi, Darcy Wapash.

He is survived by his common-law spouse Laurie Pascal, children; Angel Nippi, Conrad Nippi and Kimiwan Thomas, sisters; Margaret Brass (Lorne) of Yorkton, Georgina Severight of Pelly, Victoria Moose (Benny) of Canora, Victoria Michiskinic (Jerry) of Saskatoon, also his cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren that he loved dearly.

Rose Shabatoski

(nee Siwicki) passed away at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home on May 12, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

A funeral service was held on  May, 17, 2017   from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

An interment will be held at the Riverview Cemetery at  a later date.

She will be dearly missed by her sons Rod (Irene Hilton) and Barry (Terri); Grandson Darren Shabatoski;
Granddaughters Michelle Shabatoski, Cherise (Jeremy) Mosiondz and Kristal (Ryan) Dercach;
Great-grandchildren Mathew and Luke Mosiondz, Haylee and Tylan Dercach.

Rose will also be remembered by her sisters Ann Deakoff, Marie Derbowka, Elizabeth Vanin, Verna
Bellamo, Phyllis Elder; brothers Vincent, Reginald and Gilbert Siwicki; and, sister-in-law Caroline Shabatowski.

Rose was predeceased by her husband William, father Michael, mother Mary, stepmother Helen Siwicki,
brother Joe Siwicki, sisters Cecile Paluck and Karen McDougall.

Rose was a farmer’s wife through and through. Despite the hard times and tiring work she loved the land. Rose also enjoyed crocheting, reading and gardening.

Should friends so desire, donations in Rose’s memory may be made to the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack.

Pauline (Polly) Ducheminsky

of Lethbridge, Alberta and formerly of Veregin, Saskatchewan passed away at the age of 70 years on February 18, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

A graveside service will be held on June 10, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm from the Veregin cemetery.

Polly was the beloved wife of Ronald Edward Ducheminsky. She was born to Nick and Ann Podmoroff (of Veregin, Saskatchewan) on November 2, 1946 and married Ron in July 1972. Together they raised two daughters- Shelley and Kara.

Polly’s life was focused on her family as they moved many times, and finally settled in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2002 where they retired.

If friends so desire donations in Polly’s name may be made to Veregin New Horizons Drop In Centre, Box 96, Veregin, SK. S0A4H0

Dorothy Margaret Carruthers (Hern)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Dorothy on Friday April 7, 2017 at the age of 92.
Dorothy was born August 13, 1924 in the Alva District.She attended Alva School until grade 8 then high school in Togo and Business College in Winnipeg.She married George Carruthers on October 30,1947. George and Dorothy’s parents homesteaded side by side in the Alva District.They purchased the Alfred Carruthers farm in 1950 and farmed until they retired to Togo in 1981.She enjoyed the farm life and helped wherever she was needed, inside the home and out.She loved horseback riding and dancing.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Isabel and Samuel Hern; her brother Phil(Jean); sister Marj (George) and Sharon; husband George.

She is survived by two daughters; Jean (Victor) Shabatoski and grandchildren Christy (Len), Justin (Shawna); Grace Rauckman and grandchildren Christina (James/Brandon) and Mike (Aimee) and great grandson Thomas.

A private family service was held at  the Togo and District Cemetery..

If friends so desire donation’s in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Gloria Sandberg

of Norquay, Saskatchewan passed away at the age of 77 years on April 8, 2017 at the Norquay Health Centre.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norquay, Saskatchewan.

Interment will follow at a later date at the Norquay Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Gloria, the only child of Nellie and Paul Sobothniski, was born on August 15, 1939 at Norquay, SK. Gloria’s lifelong passion for styling hair began when she moved to Regina to study hairdressing upon completing grade 10. In 1970, Gloria married her high school sweet-heart, Ernst Sandberg. They initially resided in Sturgis, SK, but when both of their parents decided to retire from farming, Ernst and Gloria saw an opportunity to begin farming in Norquay, a community they were both familiar with and loved. On their farm close to Norquay, they raised three children- Erica, Kristofer and Matthew.

Many of Gloria’s passions displayed her love for aesthetics from hair styling and flower arranging, to her own choice of home decor and personal style. She always kept up with the latest fashions and took pride in looking her best by being stylishly dressed and smiling. Gloria enjoyed spending much of her time planting and caring for a large garden and having a yard full of flowers. Mushroom-picking, berry-picking, bird-watching, fishing and camping where other activities she loved to do out in nature. She also enjoyed watching her husband compete in local bonspiels and watching her children perform or compete in their activities. She liked travelling around the country whether it was to check on the crops around home, or taking road trips to Alberta and British Columbia to visit friends and family. She loved the sun and would spend long days at Crystal Lake with her children where they learned to swim while she socialized with her friends and family at the beach. But the one thing she could never live without was CBC radio which she tuned into in her home, her car and even out in her garden. Her granddaughters where her pride and joy. She loved reading and playing dolls with them, teaching them how to garden and feeding them her delicious homemade perogies and borscht.

Gloria was predeceased by her loving parents, Paul and Nellie. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her husband, Ernst, daughter, Erica and her daughter, Sofia, son, Kristofer, and other half Tanya, son, Matthew and wife Tracy and their two children Victoria and Ella.

If friends so desire donations in Gloria’s memory may be made to a charity of ones choice.

Polly Barabonoff

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother Polly Barabonoff (nee Chernoff) peacefully in her home in Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of 94 years on March 29, 2017.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery.

Polly was predeceased by her husband John of 50 years, brothers Pete and Nick; and sister Alice Gimpel.

She is survived by sister Annie Bawolin, 2 daughters Diana Hainstock(Keith) and Mary Prokopchuk. Grandchildren Gale, Sandra (Brian), Stacey(Neil) and Lorena(Barry). Great Grandchildren Neil, Kelly, Cassie,Taylor, Drew, Kadence, Rowan and Calista.

Polly was born on June 12, 1922 in White Beech, Saskatchewan. She married her husband John and they continued to farm in the area. They moved to Pelly when they retired. After John passed away she continued to live in Pelly, enjoying her friends, gardening and crafts. She moved to Regina in 2008 into Regina Village where she spent her remaining years

She enjoyed living there where she developed many new friendships.

A special thanks to all her friends in Pelly and Regina for their friendship and kindness
In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice

Miles Joseph Elmer Musqua (“Ice Thunderbird”)

of Keeseekoose First Nation passed away at the age of 81 years on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Melville, Sk.

A traditional wake was held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational complex.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 also from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational complex with a  Mass following at the St Philips Roman Catholic Church.

Interment followed at the St Philips Roman Catholic Cemetery.

MILES JOSEPH ELMER MUSQUA
“Mi-Comme Pinace”

Miles was born and raised on the Keeseekoose First Nation on February 5, 1936 to Roy and Nellie Musqua. Miles passed away peacefully at the age of 81 years on March 26, 2017 in Mellville, Sasakatchewan, surrounded by his family.

In his early years, Miles helped his parents and siblings work on the family farm where they raised cattle and were involved in agriculture production, this is when he developed his love for the outdoors and horses. In his lifetime he worked a series of various jobs that took him to Prince George British Columbia sawmill and pulp camp. He also served his community of Keeseekoose as a band councillor and owned and operated a grader working for the reserve clearing snow and maintaining roads. However, farming was always his main passion as he proudly talked about picking stones for 34 years and working his land for over 65 Years. He will always be remembered as a hardworking man who was still farming at the age of 81.
He was also known for his athletic skills, being a fierce competitor in sports such as baseball, boxing, and playing hockey; where he earned the nickname of ‘Jett.’ Not only where sports important to him but he was active in the horse racing community. A social person, Miles was known in the area as an excellent pool player who could be found in the local pool halls playing a game or simply visiting and making friends. In his youth he was a champion grass dancer and later in life he got into jigging/square dancing and would travel across provinces to attend as many social events as he could. Driving was a favourite past time earning him the nickname “Road Runner” as he would always be in his van going somewhere.
Miles maintained a strong connection to his traditional ways, keeping his Saulteaux cultural practices alive, sharing with the next generation what he knew. He also provided his traditional knowledge as an elder at conferences, workshops , and would often speak to his family on the importance of retaining their language and traditional value’s.
He met the love of his life, Patricia, and married her in 1966, residing in Keeseekoose where they raised their 8 children, although Miles had a total of 12. However, they always took in who needed a place to stay as their hearts were big and the door was always open.
He is survived by his loving children, Daughters; Marilyn Musqua, Marion (Wilfred) Shingoose, Elodie (Wesley) Musqua, Sandra (Mike) Tourangeau, Linda Clearsky, Corrine Strongquill . Sons; Kevin (Dione) Musqua, Melvin Musqua, Raymond (Trudy) Shingoose, Walter Stevenson, Greg Brass. Special grand-daughters whom he raised as his own: Lesley Dreaver, Becky (Josh) Musqua, Dominica Musqua.
Miles leaves his legacy behind with 47 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Danny, Georgina, Albert, Linda, Francis and Joyce. As well as his loved nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by his mother and father; Roy and Nellie Musqua: Mother of his children Patricia Musqua. brothers; Wilfred, Felix, Melvin. Sisters; Mable, Pauline, Doris, Thoreen, Mildred, Josephine, Lillian, and Florence. Children; Maureen, Patrick, and Joe-Brass. Grandsons; Logan and Travis.

Arthur Ludwig

passed away at the age of 91 years on March 21, 2017 at his home in the R.M.of Calder, Sk.

A graveside service and interment will be held on July 22, 2017 starting at 11:00 am  at the Zorra – Gartmore Evergreen Cemetery.