Ursula Bobbi Kakakaway

Passed away at the age of 29 years on June 3, 2013 in Yorkton, SK.

A wake was held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from the Keeseekoose Band Hall.

A funeral Mass was  held on Friday, June 7, 2013 from the St Philips Roman Catholic Church.

Interment  followed at the St Philips Parish Cemetery.

Ursula was the mother of 4 beautiful daughters, Kayola, Kianna, Kalista and Aleixa Kakakaway.

She attended St Philips School in her early years and learned many traits throughout her life.

Ursula was full of life and shared what she had with everyone she came in contact with.

Ursula is survived by her children, her mother Mavis(Roy) Pellitier, one brother Allen(Deanna ) Kakakaway, sisters; Sheila Kakakaway, Darlene Quewezance and many nieces and nephew too numerous to mention.

She was predeceased by her dad Robert Kakakakway,  brother Warren Kakakaway and sister Veronica (Kakakaway) Whitehawk.

Terrence Stevenson

Passed away at the age of 74 years on May 24, 2013 at the Kamsack Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Barbara Ann Leniczek

Passed away at the age of 83 years on May 19, 2013 at the Norquay and District Care home.

A graveside service was held on July 6, 2013 at the Canora,  Cemetery.

In Loving Memory of my Mother, Barbara Ann Leniczek

My Mother passed peacefully on May 19th, 2013 at the Norquay Health Center.  She was 83 years of age. Her last couple of years brought forth many health challenges which ultimately were too much for her to overcome.  Her loving smile, non-judgmental attitude, and overall acceptance of all things will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.  One thing about my Mom which I wish to share with you is the fact that she never complained.  A wonderful quality indeed, and it’s hard to imagine a person who doesn’t complain, but that was my Mom.  I will love and miss you Mother, forever and always.

Barbara Ann Jondle and George John Leniczek were married on July 22nd, 1949 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at St. Andrew United Church.  They put down roots on a farm near Neudorf where my Father was raised.  This farm was to be my new home.  On June 28th, 1963, George and Barbara adopted a baby boy whom they named Daniel.   As the story goes from my Mother’s lips, they brought me home in the morning expecting to have a quiet day with their new son.  Forget about that!  During the course of the day, over 60 vehicles filled with friends and family came to see their new son.  It’s amazing to me how cohesive farming communities were back then.  Where everyone helped each other out and asked little to nothing in return.  It was just the way things were, and my Mother carried that spirit of love, kindness, sharing and caring with her each and every day going forward.

My Mom was always there for me, as a Mother should be.  She took care of me when I was sick; fed me when I was hungry; cleaned and sewed my clothes; held me when I was feeling insecure; encouraged me when I’d all but given up; played baseball with me; we planted the garden together; picked Saskatoon berries together although I ate most of mine before they hit the bottom of the pail; and was a strong advocate in helping me to master the art of reading, writing and arithmetic.  I can’t tell you how many countless hours my Mom spent tutoring me in Phonics.  Without her guidance, support and nurturing, I would not be the person I am today.  I love you Mom.

Mom wore many hats during her time on this Earth.  She was a sister, friend, confident, wife, lover, Mother, seamstress, cook, gardener, psychologist, driver instructor and school teacher to name a few.  Barbara taught at a single room school house (Carr Hill) which was located a half mile away from our farm.  As the story goes, my father would prepare the horses and sleigh every morning in the winter months so that Mom would be able to get to work.  One must remember that blizzard conditions and sub-freezing temperatures were very common, but Mom would get there each and every time regardless of what old man winter had to say.  I am very proud of you Mother.

There is so much to share with so little space to share it in.  Suffice it to say that Mom made the world a better place thanks to her presence.  She certainly has a big fan in me.  A son who appreciates every hug; every ‘I love you’; every moment shared; and of course the best lefsa ever. Here’s to meeting again on the other side Mother.  This is not good-bye, but rather, see you soon.


Barbara was predeceased by her husband, George; her parents, Laddie and Delma; her brothers, Douglas and Ladmir; and her sisters, Sharon and Margorie.  Barbara is deeply missed by her son Daniel; brother Lynwood of the Stenen district; her sisters, Mary Lou (Reg) Martsinkiw of Prince Albert, SK, Yvonne Thompson of Regina, SK, Carol Ostafichuk of the Hyas district, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Health Centre as tokens of remembrance in memory of Barbara.


Kimberley May (Cote) Whitehawk

Passed away at the age of 45 years on May 15, 2013 in Regina,SK.

A wake was held on Friday, May 17, 2013 from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Education Complex.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013  also from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Education Complex.

Interment followed at the Keeseekoose  Full Gospel Cemetery.

Kim is survived by her: Husband Leroy Whitehawk, her children; Kenny (Heather) Severight, Billy Gene (Lance)Cote, Jamie Lee Cote, Curtis Cote Jr, Crystal (Chad) Cote, Gabe Cote, Christine Cote, Ryder Tyler Bryant, Leroy Deron Whitehawk, Delroy Leonard Whitehawk, Ronna Whitehawk, special grandchildren; Koda, Savannah, A J,Carter, Brialla and Azalia.

Family: Father; Willard Brass, Mother Margaret(Maggie) Severight, mother; Karen Keshane, special uncle; Eddy (Colleen ) Brass, brothers; Danny(Joanne)  Severight, Eddie (Beverly) Severight, Joseph C Severight, Jeff(Enilda) Severight, Rodney (Carrie) Desmaries,  sisters;  Beverly(Henry) Keshane, Bernadette Rose(Alex) Keshane, Lynette Brass and Trish Brass

Father in Law; Leonard Striaghtnose

Predeceased by; her grandparents; Ernest and Katie Brass, Major and Bella Cote, her grandchildren; Liam Harlow Audie Keshane, her cousin Angela Bella Cote.

Special friends; Bernadette M Keshane(Burn a donut), Ashley B Straightnose. Special nieces; Melissa (Ian) Severight and Tina (Michael)  Moar.

Kim also leaves behind to mourn numerous Uncles. Aunts,  Cousins, Nephews, Nieces and other friends.


Johanna “Ina” Gnyp


Johanna (Ina) Gnyp passed away peacefully May 15, 2013 at the age of 97 years at the Kamsack District Nursing Home.  A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 18 from the All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kamsack with the Reverend Father Michael Faryna officiating.  Interment  followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack..

She is survived by her sons Richard (Barbara) Gnyp of New York and their children Michelle Gnyp (John Nelson) and David Gnyp (Mellissa Spillane); Kenneth (Jennifer) Grey of Calgary and their children Michael Grey (Julia Fraser) and Danny Grey (Elizabeth Oberhofer); her daughter-in-law, Zoria Gnyp, and her children Bradley Gnyp (Olena Kovpac), Melanie Gnyp (Alan Montain) and Dr. Coleen Gnyp (Malcolm Tinsley.)  Ina is also survived by nine great grandchildren Kyrilo Gnyp, Madeleine Gnyp, Marco Gnyp, Daniel Montain, Joshua Montain, Lucas Montain, Colin Nelson, Zachary Nelson and Matthew Tinsley, as well as, her brothers Albert Tysowski of Kamsack, Nick Tysowski of Nanaimo, and her sister Josie Barton of Kamsack. Ina was predeceased by her eldest son, Dr. Lawence Gnyp, her brothers John and Tony and her sisters Minnie and Jenny.

Ina was born February 2, 1916 to parents Jacob and Katherine Tysowski.  The family farmed south of Veregin where Ina attended Rona country school.  In 1935 she married William (Bill) Gnyp. They farmed south of Kamsack most of their adult working life.  In 1975 they retired to Kamsack and kept a cottage at Madge Lake where the two became great fishing partners.  Ina loved to cook, garden, and look for wild mushrooms. She also loved to read and solve word puzzles. Puzzle books were a great gift item for many years.  Most of all Ina loved her family.  She eagerly awaited visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After Bill’s passing in 1997 Ina continued to live in her house for a number of years so that she could work in her garden.  Later she moved into the Eaglestone Lodge where she spent a number of happy years.  More recently Ina was a resident of the Kamsack Nursing Home where she received dedicated and compassionate care.

Ina had a deep and abiding faith in God and a strong belief in the goodness of people. She was a devoted and supportive wife, a loving and caring Mother, a proud Grandmother and a kind and generous friend to many. She is greatly loved and will be missed by family and friends.

Sherle Elaine Kowalishen


Passed away on January 1, 2013 at the age of 59 years at St Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon on January 1, 2013 with complications from Diabetes.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

Interment  followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack.

Sherle was born on November 30, 1953 to William and Anne (Khadiken) at Yorkton, Sk. She attended school in Kamsack. She worked for a time at the Wheat Pool in Winnipeg. She then took up raising foster children in Winnipeg. She cared for Trevor and Deidra Bear aged 3 and 4. Later she moved with them to Saskatoon. They were like her own children and they called her mom. With Trevor and Deidra on their own she took in another brother and sister four years ago – Rydel and Jayden, now aged 12 and 10 years.

Sherle was predeceased by her mother Anne in 1962, Grandparents Mike and Laura Khadiken, Mike and Anne Kowalishen, Uncles John Kowalishen Peter Kowalishen, Peter Khadiken, Steve Kowalishen and Aunt Stella Krupp.

Sherle is survived by her foster children Trevor, Deidra, Rydel and Jayden; her father William, step mother Jean, sister Shirley(Terry) of Tramping Lake, SK. Half- sister Karla(Jason) of Calgary; aunts Emily Derniwski and Alice Khadiken of Yorkton; nieces Emily , Ava,  Andrea (Bruce) Klassen of Regina and Jacqueline Haller of Toronto and numerous cousins.

A visitation was held at the Saskatoon Funeral Home on January 5, 2013.

Fred T. Yaremko

Passed away on April 21, 2013 at the age of 87 years at Arran, SK.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

Interment  followed at the Riverview Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of ones choice.

Alvin Leslie Cote



Alvin Leslie Cote

April 23, 1953 – April 19, 2013 @ 03:00 am, died at St Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon from Pneumonia.

A wake was held on April 21, 2013 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service was held on April 22 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment followed at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

Alvin  is survived by: His sons; Alvin Jr, Morphius Thompson and his daughter Chloe Lafond, Siblings; Benjamin Cote, Helen Quewezance, Kimberly Ledoux and Bobby Cote. Nephews; Ronnie Severight(Sharon), Orville (Cindy) Brunton, Fred Quewezance, his spouse(Jessica)Cote and son Jiraya, Greg Cote, Danny Cote, Hazan Brunton, Dyrell Cote, Orriale Jr, Helen Cote and nieces; Danielle Brunton, Wendy Cote, Shannon Cote, Vanessa chaskey, Haven Rockthunder, toni tuffs, great grandchildren; Marcelle Cote.

Alvin was predeceased by;parents; Fred and Helen Cote,wife; Lorna Napope brothers; Lawrence, Fredrick, Gabriel, William, Elvis, George, sisters; Marcelyne and  Winifred, grandparents; Sophie Genaille and Arthur Severight, and George Bell Cote and Catherine Chartrand.

Alvin lived in Saskatoon for the last 30 years. While in health Alvin worked as a carpenter, cabinet maker, appliance repairman and a potato foreman. Alvin was also corporal in  Army Cadets.

Alvin was traditional and spoke Saulteaux. He was a very kind spiritual man. He was a tailor and as a bead worker he was an excellent craftsman.


Dontae Cote

Passed away on March 23, 2013 in Kamsack, SK.

A funeral service was held on April 6, 2013 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment followed at the Cote First  Nation Cemetery.

Aleida Ann Jordens

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Aleida Ann Jordens (nee Disberry) on Thursday March 28, 2013.

Prayers were held on Friday, April 5, 2013  from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from St Stephens Roman Catholic Church.

Interment  followed at the Riverview Cemetery.

Aleida was born August 14th 1946 in Kamsack Saskatchewan. She is predeceased by her father Arthur Disberry, her step father Bernard Moriarty,  her brother in law Billy Jordens and sister in law Margaret Jordens.

She leaves to mourn her passing her mother Doris Moriarty, her husband of 47 years Tom Jordens, her son Tom Jr his wife Sharon and their four children; Hope, Thomas, Paul and Faith and daughter Elodie of Regina. Her brother Charles (Rita), sister Cindi (Ed Battams), brother-in-laws; Johnny Jordens, Richard Jordens (Katherine) and sister-in-laws; Innis Swanson (Gerry), Pat Clark (Lorne), Diane Dartige (Fern), Louise Makuch (John) and Sheila Jordens.  Numerous nephews, nieces, the dozens of other neighborhood kids who captured a special place in her heart and many friends will also miss Aleida.

When she was young, Aleida attended school in Kamsack later she went back to school and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Certificate in Health Care Administration in 1988.

The Mayor of Madge Lake, as she was affectionately known, lived in Jubilee Subdivision for more than 30 years. She enjoyed her Monday morning coffee breaks and neighborhood inspections all in the name of catching up on the news with her good friends! She and Tom also worked alongside her parents at “Beaners Pavillion” at the lake during the summers until its closure in 1973.

Along with raising her family, she worked at Regina General Hospital, Dr Cedric Dey’s Dental Office and until her retirement at the Kamsack Union Hospital as a Central Supply Aide.

In her spare time, Aleida enjoyed many activities, especially playing and watching curling. She always looked forward to getting her costume ready for the annual Kamsack ladies bonspiel.  She was an active member of the Kamsack Drama Club acting in and directing many productions.  She also liked playing Bridge with the local club and actively on-line up to the time of her passing.

Traveling and visiting with friends and family was also a big part of her life. Whether it was a winter vacation to somewhere warm with Tom or a someplace fun like Disneyland with the grandkids, Aleida always appreciated packing the suitcases and seeing a different part of the world.

More then anything, Aleida loved organizing and taking care of people and always went one step further then one would ever expect.  She was an avid reader and spent many hours crocheting, knitting and sewing. For Christmas this year she sewed new duvet covers for each of her grandchildren.

Her proudest moments came at the birth of her grandchildren. As far as she was concerned she was the only grandmother there was!!!  She spent many hours with her grandkids and always enjoyed babysitting or helping them learn new things like waterskiing, baking and cooking.  Her spirit is sure to live on through each of them.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Aleida’s name to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.