Lavina Kluke

(nee Tupycia) of LaRonge, Sask., formerly o f Pelly, Sask., passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Saskatoon Royal University Hospital at the age of 63. Lavina was born on August 11, 1951 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, the only child of Pete and Ann Tupycia.

On September 21,2002 she married the love of her life, Vance Kluke (also formerly of Pelly). They made their home in Minitonas, Manitoba where she was able to get to know several o fVance’s family members in the area better and grew to love each and every one of them and was welcomed into their family despite her different religious upbringing. In fact, for a couple of years before her death she was attending Jehovah’s Witness bible studies, in addition to already regularly attending their yearly district convention but was not baptized. Lavina loved socializing with people of all ages, races and religions and raised her children to do the same. She loved playing board games (especially Scrabble) and card games, and it never mattered if she won or not. The house was filled with duck-themed items she collected. She loved to read and had a large collection ofbooks and was constantly seeking knowledge and an understanding of human nature. She loved taking photographs, also collecting postcards and spoons wherever she went with many albums, racks and envelopes full.

She was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008 and after chemo and a stem cell transplant of her own cells, went into remission from 2009-2013 (a remission length the doctors didn’t think possible). It returned in late 2013. When chemo became too damaging and other treatments didn’t help, she had the courage to agree to a bone marrow transplant (May 2014 in Ottawa), which later enabled her to go through radiation, and beat lymphoma a second time as of October 2014.

Her inner strength came from her families and Vance’s love and her faith in God. While still recovering from many treatment related side effects (including nerve pain, colitis and blood clots), she had a few falls and cracked her pelvis in several places. Then on December 26, 2014 she had multiple mild strokes(TIAs). The combination of these two events made her bedridden and hospitalized for the last 2-1/2 months of her life. Then pneumonia set in in late February and she could fight no longer.

Through this and many other tribulations in her life, she always strived to look and behave her best and to please her loved ones right up until she was no longer able to do so.

Lavina was predeceased by her father Pete Tupycia (1991), son Terry Hubelit (1999), grandson Daniel Hubelit (1990).

Left to mourn areher husband Vance Kluke and family, daughter Laurie Gallup (Morgan); mother Ann Tupycia, granddaughters Aleisha, Ashley and Adrienne Vanin, as well as many special cousins all desended from the original pioneer Tupycia as well as her friends.

A funeral service was held on March 9, 2015 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home in Kamsack. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack.











Joseph Wesley Whitehawk

passed away at the age of 51 years on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Regina, SK.

A wake was held on  March 2, 2015 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A  funeral mass was held on March 3, 2015  from  the St Philips Roman Catholic Church.

Interment followed at the St Philips Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Joseph Wesley Whitehawk was born on January 23, 1964 at the Kamsack Union Hospital, Saskatchewan to Clifford and Joyce Grace Whitehawk. As child he was known as Gogup. He also had nicknames for all of us. He was known as Dynamite Joe Whitehawk and a Provincial Boxing Club Champ and kept his title throughout his boxing career. He also remained a good boxer throughout his life, and many a times he had to prove it in life.

He was a good hunter and a terrific sniper. He seen eyes in the snow and he shot and got a deer between the eyes, using a spot light. He liked to borrow horses at night, while the people who owned them slept.

He was also known as “Dynamite Joe” as a hockey player. He played for the “Damn Busters” in Tiny Ville. He went on to play for the Cote Pee Wees, the Cote Bantams, The Legends and numerous other teams.On several cold nights he and his brothers made a rink in Tiny Ville. He enjoyed all sports.

He paid into the union while working on the pipeline. He also was a bus driver, a backhoe operator; he was Garry’s helper. He was known for crushing his brother’s hand When He dropped the bucket of a backhoe on Smiley. He also worked as the water technician at the Cote First Nation for many years.

He was educated at St Philips School and Qu’Appelle Residential School.

Joseph was predeceased by his father; Clifford Whitehawk, sister in-law Mabel Whitehawk, nieces Stephanie,Delvina Whitehawk(In Infancy) and grandson; Eric.

He is survived by; his spouse; Vanessa Langan, mother; Joyce Grace Whitehawk, sons; Joseph (Shantel), Marcel, Brandon, Jayden (Special Son), Eyrik “Mitcho”, daughters; Chelsie (Levi), Maureen (Clarence), Vanna, Jasmine, Jenna, Makayla, Dasaraye, Tamiah and Sammie.

He is also survived by brothers; Clifford, Michael (Frances), Ronald (Floydene), Vernon, Darren (Lavina), Garry (Gwen) and Wilfred. Sisters; Shirley, Trudine (Roy) and Lorrina (Calvin). Grandchildren; Levi Jr,

Paris-Asia, Jaymison, Seth, Damian, Keagan, Dayden, Perry, Junior, Andre, Uriah, Jordan, Taylin and Bella, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends just to many to mention.



Vera Barisoff

passed away at the age of 94 years on Wednesday,  February 18, 2015 at the Kamsack Union Hospital.

As per Vera’s wishes private funeral service and interment were held.

Vera was born July 23, 1920, in the Fort Pelly area in Saskatchewan to Wasyl W. and Grace (nee Kolensinkoff) Konkin.   Vera grew up on the family farm and attended school at Fort Pelly.  After her schooling, her first job was at the Star Cafe in Kamsack, SK.  On March 9, 1942, Vera married George Michael Barisoff and they had two children, Florence and Tom.  After starting their family Vera had stayed home to raise her children, and after they were grown she returned to work at the local bakery until her retirement.

Vera had many pastimes; she was a very good cook and you would often find her in the kitchen cooking her family favorite soup’s, borscht or pyrizhky.  The ingredients for her recipe’s would come mostly from her own garden, which she cared for all on her own.  Vera took such pride in caring for her garden which was of considerable size, and she continued to do so up until a couple of years ago.  She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting, one of her favorite things to knit was mittens and socks for her grandchildren which they loved to wear.  Vera somehow found even more time in her already full life to sew and create beautiful quilts.  And when close friends and neighbours would call or stop by it would only take a minute for coffee to be made.

Vera had a great love of animals.  Every morning Vera would get up and feed the birds outside and often you would find her watching them from the window. Then inside the Barisoff house for many years, you would hear the chirp of Tootsie and Sweetie and for a time Suzie, they were beautiful budgie birds that Vera doted on, spoiled and talked with all day long.  Then one day Sandy, an adorable abandoned cat, appeared on the doorstep and in a heartbeat became part of the family.  It took no time at all for Sandy as well to be doted on and spoiled by Vera.

Vera’s son would bring her every Saturday into Yorkton so her daughter could take her grocery shopping.  But it was her weekly ritual of going to her favorite restaurant for her ‘pecan bun’ is what truly made her the happiest.

Vera Barisoff (nee Konkin) is predeceased by her parents, Wasyl W. and Grace (nee Kolensinkoff) Konkin, and her husband George Michael Barisoff.  She is survived by her son, Tom Barisoff of Kamsack, SK., her daughter, Florence Halldorson of Yorkton, SK., her two grandchildren; Douglas (Bre) Halldorson of Red Deer, AB., and Deborah (Cam) Koch of Yorkton, SK., and two great-grandchildren Amy Halldorson of Red Deer, AB., and Jillyn Halldorson of Red Deer, AB.

If friends so desire, donations in Vera’s memory may be made to any branch of the SPCA.


Lucy Doreen (Tootsie) Daniels

of Peepeekisis First Nation passed away on February 12, 2015 at the age of 78 years at the Lakeview Lodge on Standing Buffalo First Nation.

A Traditional Wake was held on Monday, February 16, 2015 from the Peepeekisis Pesakastew School .

A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from the Peepeekisis First Nation Roman Catholic Church.

Interment  followed at the Peepeekisis First Nation Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Lucy was born on September 12, 1936 at Peepeekisis First Nation to parents, Stanley & Catherine (Bellegarde) Desnomie .

Lucy was predeceased by her parents, Stanley & Catherine (Bellegarde) Desnomie, sisters; Linda

and Lillian, brothers; Robert (Bob) and Stanley (Sunhop), daughter; Joan, grandsons; Kevin

Daniels and Adrian Cyr, great grandson; Kaylom Cyr and, special friend Wilbert Pelletier.

She is survived by sons; Stanley (Darlene), George (Marilyn) and son in-law Lloyd, sisters; Gloria

and Margaret, brother; Richard, as well as 12 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.



Peter Corbett ( Corby) Quewezance

Passed away at the age of 52 years on Febuary 4, 2015 in Regina,Saskatchewan.

A traditional wake was held on  Febuary 6, 2015 from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

A traditional funeral service was held on  Febuary 7, 2015 also from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

Interment  followed at the Keeseekoose First Nation Traditional Cemetery.

Peter was educated at St Philips Residential School.

He was predeceased by his parents; Robert and (Chiney) Irene (Baldhead) Quewezance, sisters; Edith, Mary Therese (Terry-Weezo),Stella, Florence, Eva, brothers; Charles Genialle, Leonard Quewezance, Albert (Santa Claus) Quewezance, David (Buddy) Quewezance , Frederick Quewezance and Wayne Quewezance.

Peter is survived by: brother Joseph Genaille of Kamsack, Saskatchewan,sisters; Esther Quewezance/Bigstone (Victor) of North Battleford, Saskatchewan and Cindy Descheneaux of Edmonton, Alberta.Many nieces and nephews, too many to mention.



Fredrick Kinakin

of Kamsack passed away at the age of 94 years on January 26, 2015 at the Kamsack Hospital.

As per Fred’s request there will be no funeral service.

A private interment will be held at a later date.

Peter Hudye


passed away at the age of 100 years on January 22, 2015 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home.

Prayers  were held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

A Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church .

Interment  followed at the Riverview Cemetery.

Peter was born December 9, 1914 in Canora, Saskatchewan to Nickolaus and Anelia (Kowalchuk) Hudy. He was raised on the farm at Virden Valley, along with eleven brothers and sisters. He attended school at Virden Valley School, completing grade 8, after which he worked on the family farm.

On September 1, 1935, Peter married Anne Franko. For a while they farmed by Pretty View, and then moved to farm by Norquay Saskatchewan. They were blessed with three children, Leonard, Delores and Eleanor. Anne passed away in 1943.

Peter married Emily Dernisky on May 28th, 1944 and they moved first   to Arran, Saskatchewan to farm, and then on to Kamsack, to the farm where Peter lived until his passing. He and Emily were blessed with 2 children, Dennis and Phyllis.

Peter loved to farm, but one year supplemented the farm income by working on the highway being built to Madge Lake, and the golf course there.

In 1971 son, Dennis decided to farm as well and he and Peter farmed together from then on.

In 1992 Peter’s wife, Emily died, and Peter became very independent, taking on the household chores without question, including ironing and planting a garden.

From 1989- 1992 Peter was a member of the Kamsack Housing Authority, a position he really enjoyed.

When asked to describe Peter, his family, including his great grandchildren described him as the following. Peter was a very hardworking, kind, honest and nice man. He had a great sense of humor, he was appreciative, generous, had a very positive attitude about everything, he was gracious, unassuming, and he loved his family dearly. And he was loved dearly by his family in return.

He continued to live in his own house until his passing, doing absolutely as much as he could for himself, but it was only with the unwavering support and love of Dennis and his wife Lynne that he was able to live very happily on his own until he was hospitalized on December 30, 2014. He died on January 22, 2015 surrounded by his family.

Peter leaves to mourn his passing, and to cherish his memory, his son Leonard(Anne) of Washington, USA., his daughter Delores of Didsbury, Alberta, his daughter, Eleanor(Dunbar) Clyne of Calgary, his son, Dennis(Lynne) of Kamsack, and his daughter Phyllis(Ken) Cymbalisity of Yorkton; his loving grandchildren, Sheryll, Michael and David, Colleen, Jerry, Cindy, Todd and Carol, Drew, Kerri, Lon and Jim, Neil and Tara, and Jodi and Stacie; great grandchildren Jonathan, Jamie, Ryan and Kyle, Sarah, Evan, Brennen and Holly, Tyler and Tory, Keelen and Shaina, Chase, Teryn and Kale, Devan and Stefanie, Jennifer and Erin, Bryar and Holden, Rhyan, Olivia and Blake, Jorie and Mackenzie, and Brody, Presley and Bronson; and great-great grandchildren Zachary and Madison, Noah and Benjamin, Rykyn, Malich and Silas. Peter is also survived by his brothers Mike, Paul and Frank (Hope), sisters Dorothy, Vicky and Mary, and sister in-law Anne Hudye and many, many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents Nickolas and Anelia, wive’s Anne and Emily, brothers Joe and Nick, and 2 sisters in infancy as well as sisters Lena, Anne and Margaret, and son in law Jim Allen.

If friends so desire donation’s in Peter’s memory may be made to the Kamsack Nursing Home Auxiliary. or to the Telemiracle Children’s Network.

Evelyn Schotts

of Sturgis, Saskatchewan passed away at the age of 93 years on January 21, 2015 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home

As per Evelyn’s request there will be no funeral service and an private interment will take place at a later date.

Evelyn was born at Watrous, Saskatchewan on December 25, 1922 to John and Elizabeth Punt.

She attended elementary school and then went on to work on a farm nearby.

She met and married Vernon Schotts. Five children were born to this union. After living in a number of places, they moved to Pelly Saskatchewan. It was in Pelly that her children received their schooling. Times were not easy but Evelyn grew a big garden so only the necessities had to be purchased. She was an excellent mother.

In later years, Evelyn and her son, Wayne moved to Sturgis, Saskatchewan, where they resided until her passing. After having a respite bed in Preeceville, Saskatchewan for two weeks, on January 21, 2015 Gordon and Verna moved Evelyn to the Kamsack Nursing Home, where they had a room ready for her. Her children left, with the promise to be back the next day. That was not to be as at 6:10 PM January 21, 2015 she passed away.

Evelyn is predeceased by her son Wayne. Left to mourn her passing are her husband Vern, son Lawrence both of Weyburn. Son Lyle (Evette) of Pelly, two daughters, Verna (Gordon) Lanoway of Arran, Saskatchewan and Brenda of Morden, Manitoba. Ten Grandchildren, four great – grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.


Wayne Schotts

of Sturgis, Saskatchewan passed away on January 11, 2015 at the age of 52 years at the Preeceville and District Health Centre.

As per Wayne’s request there will be no funeral service and an private interment will take place at a later date.

Wayne was born June 11, 1962 to Vernon and Evelyn Schotts, and was the fourth child in a family of five. Wayne received his education in Pelly, Saskatchewan. He lived in Pelly all of his younger years. His later years he lived with his mother in Sturgis, Saskatchewan.

He enjoyed trips to the farm of his sister and husband Gordon. He loved riding the tractor and swather with Gordon, spending time with the cattle, the farm dog and the cats. Just being in the outdoors and spending time with family.

Wayne’s health began deteriorating a number years ago. Over the years, Verna spent much time between her home south of Arran and her mother’s home in Sturgis, being a support to her mom and helping to care for Wayne.

Christmas 2014 was spent at the mother’s home with caring friends and family. Wayne was upbeat and enjoyed the day.

Wayne was admitted to Preeceville hospital on January 5, 2015 where he passed away on January11, 2015. One of his last requests to his sister Verna was to see John & Helen Froese and have blue roses.

Wayne leaves to mourn: his parents Vernon and Evelyn, brothers: Lawrence and Lyle, sisters: Verna and Brenda, brother in-law Gordon, sister in-law Evette, nieces and nephews.


Magdalene Chypyha

of Kindersley, Saskatchewan and formerly of Kamsack, Saskatchewan passed away on January 9, 2015 at the age of 90 years at the

Jubilee Lodge/Eston Health Centre Integrated Facility in Eston, Saskatchewan.

As per Magdalene’s wishes private funeral service and interment was held.