Dorothy, Joyce, (nee Getty) West

passed away at the age of 83 years on Nov 25, 2014 in Nelson, British Columbia.

A graveside service and interment was held on August 1, 2015 at the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan.

Dorothy was born Moose Jaw Saskatchewan on May 3, 1930 during the depression. Her family moved to Pelly Saskatchewan in 1935 in search of better farmland. Dorothy spoke of the challenges of that time but more often of the fun of skating parties and hockey games attended by many of the community in the Getty’s ice rink in the yard.
Dorothy started her 40 year teaching career in Belleau Brook School north of Pelly at age 17. A summer of “Normal school” was her only preparation for her position as a one room school house teacher. She married Keith West, a close neighbor from Maloneck when she was 19. She passed away on their 65th anniversary.
Dorothy was adventurous. She moved from the farm to Port Alberni in 1956 to start a new life. Keith and Dorothy has long careers there that provided them with a comfortable life. They had a lovely acreage that allowed them to garden and putter around in a more temperate climate than the prairies. There were regular trips back to the prairies to see family and friends. They were able to retire while they were both healthy and then to travel extensively. There were many winters in Palm Springs with travels across Canada and the US. They were also lucky enough travel to Hawaii, Mexico Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Dorothy was always an early adopter of new technology; movie cameras, microwaves, computers, digital cameras. She was unafraid of new challenges. Dorothy sang while playing the guitar and organ for her school children. She was also part of a neighborhood group of musicians that played for their own enjoyment. Dorothy was an active sports fan. Hockey was important to her but curling was really a focus. It was most exciting for her when her niece Shannon was in the Olympics.
Dorothy’s later life was committed to caring for her husband Keith. Caring for him at home by herself for many years and then with caregivers in the home for several more. This loyalty dominated the last 15 years of her life. She kept him out of formalized care until her own physical health was compromised. Their daughter Wendy and her husband Mike, strongly encouraged Dorothy to move to Nelson BC so they could provide more support. Keith continues to live comfortably in a nursing home, responding to the positive faces he no longer knows.
Dorothy’s strong will was apparent throughout her life. The nurses and care providers in Nelson, Trail, Kelowna and Mountain lakes have all used the same descriptor: feisty. She faced her medical challenges bravely through many hospital stays and doctor appointments until the eve of her 65th anniversary. We will miss her.

She is survived by her husband Keith, her son Richard (Susan) and their children Kathryn, Sarah and Robert of Redwater Alberta: Daughter Wendy West (Mike Reichardt) Siblings Tom Getty (Mabel) Hewitt Getty (Irene) Shirley Spratt and Donna Johnson (Ron). She was predeceased by her parents Julian and Kinney Getty of Pelly Saskatchewan.
The West family would like to thank the people who supported her through her medical challenges these past few years: Dr. DeKoker, Dr. Van Der Vyver, Dr. Malpass, the excellent Nelson hospital staff and of course the staff of Mountain Lake Assisted Living program.

The family  gathered in the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan on August 1, 2015 to say goodbye to  Dorothy and the love of her life Keith.

They were always happiest when they were together.

Keith Agnus West

passed away on April 19, 2015 in Nelson, British Columbia.

A graveside service and Interment  was held at the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly, Saskatchewan on August 1, 2015 .

Keith was born in Girvan Saskatchewan on August 3, 1927 at the beginning of the depression and it affected his whole life. He was recycling and repurposing long before that became popular. His early life was an apprenticeship for a vast array of skills: farming, gardening, building, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, logging, truck driving, machinery operating, and mechanical work. His curiosity and patience often resulted in working through challenging problems. The three homes he built on Vancouver Island were completed almost entirely by himself while working at a full time job at the pulp mill in Port Alberni.
Keith was able to participate in a many recreational activities.   He enjoyed the outdoors so fishing and hunting were the source of many adventures. It was common to get up in the wee hours to be “there” for first light. Keith and Dorothy always had a camping vehicle for those trips to the prairies or winters as a snowbird. Keith loved meeting new people on their travels and hearing their stories. He didn’t watch much television.
Keith left the farm in Pelly Saskatchewan to earn a living but he always was a farmer at heart. He loved his John Deere tractor and large garden. Through their hard work they were able to retire quite early. Keith was in farmer mode, clearing back the trees on their small acreage and expanding the gardens. His best times were in his garden where he fertilized with seaweed, watered religiously, hoed in his live and let live manner. Keith was devoted to his Dorothy. He enjoyed bringing her roses, peaches and raspberries from his garden. Keith was never   eager to leave home yet always enjoyed each country Dorothy convinced him to travel to. His wife Dorothy passed away days before their 65 anniversary in November 2014.
After a 15 year battle Keith succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s.   The final insult to his health was a broken hip that lead to his demise within a week. During his 4 year residency at Mountain Lakes, Keith had been a favorite of the caregivers with his easy smile and cooperative attitude.
Small children and dogs have a sense of a person’s true spirit. They all enjoyed being close to Keith. He was a wonderful, friend, spouse, father and grandfather. He will be missed. Keith is survived by his son Richard (Susan) and their children Kathryn, Sarah and Robert of Redwater Alberta: Daughter Wendy West (Mike Reichardt) of Nelson, His sister Faye Rezansoff (John) of Togo. Keith was predeceased by his parents Jack and Alice West of Pelly, His twin Alfred, and younger brothers Glenn and Ellis. The West family would like to thank the the staff of Mountain Lake Assisted Living program and Dr. Janz for the excellent care they gave Keith.
The family  gathered in the Maloneck cemetery north of Pelly Saskatchewan on August 1, 2015 to say goodbye to Keith and the love of his life Dorothy.

They were always happiest when they were together.



Thoreen Delowski

passed away at the age of 60 years in Kamsack,SK.

A wake was held on  July 19, 2015 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service was held on  July 20, 2015 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall

Thoreen was born in Kamsack  on January 13, 1955 to Mary and Bill Fiddler. She was in Boarding school from grade 1 to grade 8 at St Philips. She later went to upgrade in Saskatoon where she graduated grade 12. She again took more upgrading and graduated with her Education Assistant Certificate. Thoreen met Mervin when she was 17 and moved to Westgate Manitoba. She had 2 boys, Cory & Billy who where her pride and joy. She still called them her babies. In her later years they moved to Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. She loved to bake, cook and garden. She made huge gardens. In 1997 she moved home to live with our mother. She stayed and just made a home for herself in Kamsack.

Her greatest pride and joys are all her grandchildren. She loved them all equally. She loved family and her friends. She loved to have her friends visit her. She loved to read and her boys always sent her books and movies. One time in her life in Westgate Manitoba she became the Mayor. Thoreen loved listening to gospel music, reading the Bible. Her greatest love was seeing and visiting friends and family.

Thoreen is survived by 2 sons & 9 Beautiful grandchildren, Cory Delowski from Barrows Manitoba, Billy Delowski from Alberta.

Her grandparents were Madeline Brass and Henry Keshane. Thoreen had 13 brothers and sisters. She now has 7 surviving brothers and sisters; Edward & Bev Severight, Arlene & Adrian Whitecap, Fran Fiddler, Serenda Fiddler, Richard & Teresa Fiddler, Jimmy & Linda Fiddler.

She was predeceased by her mother & father Bill and Mary Fiddler, sister Norma, Pat Musqua, Arnold Fiddler, Sister Bobby, mother in law Mary Badger, father in law Mike Badger, brothers in law Sidney, Peter Wilfred Badger( Packy).




Sherry Henderson

entered eternal rest on May 3, 2015 at the age of 73 years at the Norwood Hospice, Edmonton Alberta.

A private graveside service and interment was held on July 18,2015 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Pelly, Saskatchewan.

Sherry was born in Kamsack Saskatchewan on Oct 16, 1941 to Julia and Boris Matvenko. She married James Henderson on November 26, 1965. Sherry and Jim spent their married lives in Saskatoon SK, Wynyard SK, Pine point NWT and Fort McMurray, AB. Each summer was joyfully spent at Madge Lake, SK. Sherry and Jim were blessed with one son Todd Henderson.

Sherry is survived by her loving husband James Henderson, her,beloved son Todd Henderson (Carol ), two Grand daughters Lindsay and Dana Henderson, and her brother Robert Matvenko (Nola ).

Sherry had requested the following three songs be played at her service: Wind Beneath my Wings- Bette Midler, You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban, and Tomorrow-Performed by Dana Henderson


I thought of you with love today  but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday  and days before that too.

I think of you in silence

I often speak your name

All I have are memories  and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake  with which I’ll never part

God has you in His keeping

I have you in my heart.

Lena Nahnybida

of Benito, Manitoba passed away at the age of 86 years on June 27, 2015 at the Swan River Health Centre.

A funeral service for Lena Nahnybida  was held on Friday,  July 3, 2015  from the All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kamsack, SK.

Interment followed at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery south of Arran, Saskatchewan.

Lena (nee Berezowski) Nahnybida was born to Alexander & Katherine Berezowski on March 21, 1929 in Arran, SK. She grew up and attended school in Arran. On July 17, 1948 at the tender age of 19, she married the love of her life, Jim Nahnybida. They made their home on the farm north of Arran and later moved into town. Jim farmed and delivered mail and Lena took on the role of homemaker. Together they raised seven children: Elaine, Donald, Theresa, Terrence, William, Richard and James.

Lena is survived by her seven children: Elaine (Don) Bazansky of Saskatoon, SK; Don (Zoria) Nahnybida of Greenwood, BC; Theresa (Henry) Panagabko of Regina, SK; Terry (Sandy) Nahnybida of Kenville, MB; Bill (Lorna) Nahnybida of Swan River, MB; Rick Nahnybida (Michelle McKenzie) of Arran, SK; and Jim (Maria) Nahnybida of Kamsack, SK; 19 grandchildren: Gina (Tim) Parker, Angie (Erin) Dodd, Shawna (Michael) Kozun, Michelle Bazansky (Jason LeDrew), Lisa (Rob) Hewitt, Audree (Tyler) Cornet, Blair (Lorette) Panagabko, Zane Nahnybida (Brandi Hinton),

Ashley Nahnybida (Jayme Eggie), Krista Nahnybida (Adrian Malley), Amanda (Jason) Jacobson,

Steven Nahnybida (Kirstin Fair), Ali Nahnybida (Andre Trudel), Jessalyn Nahnybida, Shayla &

Taylor Romanyshyn, Zach Nahnybida (Jenna Bowes), Mitch Nahnybida, Mark Nahnybida (Sophia Thomas); 19 great-grandchildren: Mitch Dixon, Tyler Dodd, Miranda Dodd, Jacob Dodd, Brianna Dodd, Kassie Dodd, Dallas Dodd, Tanner Kozun, Samantha Kozun, Tessa Kozun, Kaden Bazansky, Abby Hewitt, Emma Cornet, Sam Cornet, Ben Cornet, Cayden Nahnybida, Ataya Nahnybida, Shea Eggie & Emily Jacobson; her sister Victoria (John) Husak of Surrey, BC; and her brother John Berezowski of Squamish, BC.

Lena was predeceased by her parents, Alexander & Katherine Berezowski; her husband, Jim Nahnybida; her sisters Mary Chorneyko, Anne Batryn, Doris Woytkiw and Millie Kalanchy; her

brothers Steve Berezowski, Michael Berezowski and Bill Berezowski.

Lena enjoyed many pastimes including gardening and cooking. Her yard was adorned with flower pots and perennials and her garden overflowing with vegetables of all kinds. She took pride in preparing Ukrainian meals for her family and sharing the love of these traditions with her children, grandchildren and

great-grandchildren. Whether she was slicing beets to make borscht, pinching dough to make perogies or stuffing jars with cucumbers to make pickles, you would always catch her with her Ukrainian apron on in the kitchen and a smile on her face. She was devoted to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and enjoyed helping her fellow ladies prepare the dishes for church functions. She enjoyed watching curling, whether it was on TV or at the Arran Curling Rink. Her greatest passion however, was her family. She took great pride in the accomplishments and prosperity of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each one holds a very special place in her heart. She truly was the matriarch of the family, strong and resolute in body, mind, soul and spirit. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and the community she so dearly loved.

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


Robert (Robbie) Louis Stevenson Sr



Golden Thunderbird – Ozawi-Pinsi

of Keeseekoose First Nation passed away on Friday,  June 26,2015 at the age of 57 years  after a courageous battle with cancer in Regina, Saskatchewan.

A traditional wake was  held on Sunday, June 28, 2015from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational Complex.

A traditional Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 29, 2015 also from  the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational Complex.

Interment  followed at the Keeseekoose Traditional Cemetery.

He was the beloved father of Misty, Robert Jr. and Jessi.

Robbie was born at Kamsack Union Hospital on October 30, 1957. He is the son of the late Albert Francis Stevenson and Elizabeth Therese Stevenson nee Quewezance.

Robbie was predeceased by maternal grandparents Antoine and Mary Quewezance; paternal grandparents George and Sara Stevenson; Brothers Peter, Leslie(Chotty); Sisters Joyce, Francis.

Robbie leaves his beloved daughter, Misty(Glenn) Nokusis; sons Robert Jr.(Rhonda) and Jessi; and grandchildren Ariel, Avery, River, Aurora, Muriel, Christopher, Danaya, Dayne, Tylan. Robbie also leaves behind his sisters Connie, Linda(Enock) and brother Charlie(Paulla).

Robbie leaves behind many nieces and nephews; adopted brothers Rick(Judy) Daniels, Davey(Sara) Poitras; special nieces Brenda(Delone) Stevenson, Shelly(Myles) Johnson; special friends and family Lester Henry, Phillip Quewezance, George Quewezance, Sammy Quewezance, Junior Bitternose and spiritual mentor Joe Quewezance.

Robbie was an incredible person who raised his kids as a single father. He was the first Stevenson to graduate from university with a Bachelor Degree in 1993, with more Stevenson’s to follow suit. Robbie loved sports and played competitive fastball for over 30 years. Upon retiring from fastball, Robbie took his competitive spirit to golf and enjoyed his favorite pastime with numerous friends and family.

 A Traditional Feast  followed the Burial.


Some final words that Robbie wanted to share with friends and family:


“Don’t be sad for me. I’ve lived a good life. I’m very happy and proud to meet and be around the people I have. I’m going home to be with my family.”



Dean Schindler


of Vegreville, Alberta and formerly of Kamsack  passed away on June 4, 2015 at the age of 61 years.

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, June 10, 2015  from the Chapel of  Andrychuk Funeral Home.

An Interment will take place at a later date.

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Edward; and younger brother, Durrie.

Dean is survived by his loving mother, Lois Schindler; brother, Darwin and wife (Mackie)  of Calgary; also numerous other relatives and friends as well as two special friends Traci and Steve.


Alex Drancejko

passed away at the age of 89 years on June 7, 2015 at the Kamsack Hospital.

Prayers will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 starting at 10:00 am from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery.

Alex  was a quiet, hardworking citizen of Kamsack. He was born in western Ukraine in 1926, one of four children of Helen and Alex Drancejko. Alex worked at a variety of jobs and eventually became a baker. With no family that he knew of, surviving in the Ukraine he immigrated to Canada in 1952. As Alex would say “the best decision he ever made”.

He continued baking in Swan River and Lynn Lake. In 1961 he bought Home Bakery in Kamsack and operated until he sold out in 1971. He then worked for the Kamsack Liquor Board until retirement in 1986. Alex’s later life became a routine of important friendships, simple pleasures and service to his community. He served as a member of the Kamsack Royal Canadian Legion in which he was a long-serving member. He supported all their activities especially the regular weekly bingo fundraisers. He was a faithful member of the St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, he especially liked helping with making perogies along with several other functions.

Probably his greatest love was his garden, which was a model of organization and care and produced a variety of fruits and vegetables. His neighbors benefited greatly from the plentiful harvest and his generosity.

 Alex was a quiet and shy man but still a good friend to many. Although had very little formal education he was an avid reader and self-taught in many ways. He was fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German and English. His interest in, and knowledge of history and politics was precise and detailed, in particular to the Ukraine. He realized how much we have here in Canada. He was cautious and concerned about the future, so that he was careful about what he could afford to do today. He kept busy, and in his unassuming way gave generously to his adopted town and country. He said there is no place on earth to compare to Canada.” We don’t know how fortunate we are to live here, and that too many take our life for granted”.

 This quiet man has now gone from us.

“Goodbye Alex and thank you – you will be sincerely missed”.

 If friends so desire donation’s in Alex’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Geraldine Friday

passed away on May 24, 2015 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan after a lengthy illness.

A wake will be held on Wednesday, May, 27, 2015 starting at 5:00 pm from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 starting at 11:00 am also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment will follow at the Cote First Nation Cemetery

She was born to her parents George and Mary Whitehawk on December 20, 1942 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.

She was predeceased by her husband Johnny Friday, Her parents; George and Mary Whitehawk as well as her brothers; Clifford and Alfred Whitehawk, her 3 sons; Hilliard, Glen and Leslie Friday.

She was survived by her 5 children; Marilyn(Gary),Carolyn(Doug), Daniel, Alma and Kevin Friday, brothers; William, James, Wilfred, Allan, Dwayne and Lindsay Whitehawk, sisters; Violet Sinclair, Esther Whitehawk, Gloria Kitchemonia, Doreen Whitehawk, Arlene White and Twyla Nelson. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.





Dan Klimchuk

of Roblin, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Crocus Court Personal Care Home in Roblin.

A prayer service for Dan was held on Sunday, May 24  from Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel.

A funeral service was held on Monday, May 25  from the Roblin Free Methodist Church.

Interment  followed in the Roblin District Cemetery in Roblin, Manitoba.

Those wishing to remember Dan may honour his memory by making donations to the Keystone Pioneer Museum.