Claudette (nee Severight) Picard

passed away at the age of 53 years on April 7, 2015 at Cote First Nation.

A wake will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 starting at 2:00pm from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 starting at 1:00pm also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment will follow at the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Born on March 31, 1962 and peacefully went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2015

~ We will miss you Claudette and life will never be the same without you. We love you ~

Claudette was predeceased by: Dad Joe; Sisters : Susan & Charmaine; Brothers: Elvis & Clayton; Nephews: Marlon, Jay, Colin, Jared & John; Brother in Law Darrell Anderson

She was survived by: Mother Janet, Husband Dean, Daughter Falon, precious Grandbaby Jayde, Sisters: Maxine (Eugene), Rhonda, Jacqueline, Gwen (Garry); Brothers: Hilliard (Velma), Ronnie (Sharon); as well as many Nieces and Nephews that she loved and cared about.


 I Thessalonians 4 vs 13,14,15,16,17&18

 13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16) For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Kurtis Cote

passed away at the age of 22 years on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Cote First Nation.

A wake was held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment  followed at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

Life History

 Kurtis was born on August 19, 1992 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. He passed away on April 5, 2015 at Cote First Nation, Saskatchewan.

Parents; mother; Kimberley Severight (Deceased) father; Curtis Timothy Cote. His children: Aubrielle Butler (Brittney Butler) and Narvel Genaille. Grandparents; Maggie Severight-Coco, Willard Brass (Deceased) grandfather, Sarah. V. Cote (Deceased) – Granny and Kenneth Cote (Deceased) – Grandpa

Brothers and Sisters; Ricky, Kenny (Heather), Billy (Lance), Jamie, Krystal (Chad), Gabe (Morgan),


Dad’s side of the family: Victoria, Vernon, Rosella, Bonnie, Chris, Sylvia, Cynthia, Earl, Kenward (Deceased), Eric (Deceased), Val and Greg.

Mom’s side of the family: Bev, Bern, Eddie, Danny,Ringo, Jeff and Rodney.

Nieces and Nephews; Keifer, R.J, Falon, A.J, Karter, Koda, Savanna, Kimberley, Azallia and Fayleen.











Norris Alexander Durocher

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 the Lord came for our son, our baby, our precious child at the age of 19 years and took him to heaven. He was born on February 16, 1996 at 5:30 am in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; he was a very good baby who didn’t cry often. Later on when he and Lance were about three and Two years old Norris would introduce them to people by saying I’m “Norris”, him “Nancy”. He would always hear us in the morning, and get up with us no matter how quiet we were. Even when he was a little boy he loved little babies; he would always say: “little babies are cute”.

Norris was very good in school. He got his academic & attendance awards in kindergarten. When he was in grade one Kinch Girl Keshane was his teacher. Norris and his class won the Saulteaux Competition They entered in at the Regina, Saskatchewan Saulteaux Festival.He continued his academic achievements right until graduation from Keeseekoose Chiefs Education Complex . He received a math award for grade twelve. He was able to assist Theresa Sanderson when teaching other students math. Norris had leadership Qualities. He furthered his education at Chief Gabriel Cote School. He continued his career path by taking training at Keeseekoose YTC Resource Centre until his passing

He was able to watch his younger brothers and sister without any ,problems. Loretta and I often asked him for advice, or asked him what do kids want? Loretta taught Norris how to cook, once he knew how he would cook often. He enjoyed hunting. He would go along with Lawrence and Kendall.

Loretta and I tried to buy what he wanted, when he was growing up,because he helped us so much, and he was such a good kid. He always thought the world of his older cousin Craig. Craig and Norris spent a lot of time together when growing up. We used to ask Norris, “Is Craig your Idol” or we would tell Norris “Your Idol is here”… He liked to play video games when he was growing up. He used to say “I beat the boss”. He was always grateful for what we gave him, clothes, jackets, games etc. Norris would always take up for us too. If the kids were giving us a hard time, or if they weren’t pleased with something, he would tell them to leave us alone. Or “Don’t TALK to Mom or Dad like that”! One of Norris favorite saying was “You guys get along”!

Norris will be deeply missed by the communities of Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations. He had many friends all over. He was full of potential; he could have chosen any career he wanted. Loretta and I were so very proud of him when he graduated. We could not have been happier. We took him to the mountains for a graduation gift, shortly after his graduation. His grandfather George and Uncle Greg took him for a trip to Banff.

There are so many great memories that we all share and hold dear to our hearts. He will always be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was predeceased by his grandparents; Philip Keshane, Emily Durocher, George Kakakaway, Sylvia Kakakaway, uncle Perry Durocher, auntie, Lisa Kakakaway, Vyra Durocher , Cousin Nolan Louison.

He is survived by; Parents, Joseph and Loretta Durocher, brothers Lance (Kayla) Durocher, Louis Durocher and Kelly Durocher, sisters; Laura (Jeff) Kakakaway and Bridgette Durocher.

A wake was held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational Complex.

A funeral service was held on Friday, April 10, 2015 also from  the Keeseekoose Chiefs Educational Complex.

Interment  followed at the Keeseekoose Full Gospel Cemetery.

We would like to sincerely thank all of the Cote, Keeseekoose members who helped us at this difficult time. Thank you for your financial gifts, groceries, cigarettes etc. Thank You to all the leaders who gave us their support. Meegwetch.

Thank you from Loretta, Joseph, Laura, Lance Kelly, Bridgette and Louis. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.



Tony Repula

of Benito, Manitoba passed away at the age of 93 years on March 28, 2015 at the Benito Health Centre.

A funeral service was held on April 20, 2015  from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension in Swan River Manitoba.

Interment  followed at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery (1 mile south) of Arran,


Tony was born at the Canora Union Hospital on May 12, 1921 to Mike and Mary (Tysowsky) Repula. Unfortunately, Mike Repula died when Tony was still an infant. His mother Mary then remarried a John Myrowsky and the family resettled to a farm in the Vesna district. Tony attended the Vesna School in his early years. As the new family grew, times in these early years were rather tough. At a very young age, during the summer months, Tony would seek work from various area farmers. Winters were spent working at sawmills and skidding logs. In the early 40’s, Tony’s friend Mike Makuch suggested that he apply to work for Andrew Horocholyn in the Kobzar district. Tony did, and eventually married Bessie Zabinsky. They both worked the mixed farm operation until 1974 at which time they retired, sold out, and moved to Benito, Manitoba.

Tony was predeceased by his wife Bessie, two step-brothers Joe and Bill Myrowsky. A younger step-brother, Sam Myrowsky still resides in Yorkton, Sask.

Tony will be sadly missed by his adoptive son, Al Zabinsky

Tony was affectionately known as “Gigi” by his extended family. Leaving to cherish his memory are; his three grand children, Tony and Gwen Zabinsky (Fort St.John, BC); Michele and Reggie Medina (Regina, Sask.); Lisa Marie and Gregg Schwartz (Regina, Sask.) “Gigi” also leaves six great grand children: A.J., Melissa and Zachary Zabinsky; Olivia and Emilia (Branco) Medina; and Dorean Schwartz.

If friends so desire donation’s in Tony’s memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery (1 mile south) of Arran, Saskatchewan.


Franklin Kitchemonia

passed away at the age of 59 years on March 23, 2015 in Regina Saskatchewan.

A traditional wake was held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

A traditional funeral service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 also from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

Interment  followed at the Kitchemonia Burial Grounds .

Franklin was educated at the St Philips School. He was a hard worker, working over the years as a dry- waller, bush worker and pretty much a jack of all trades.

 He was predeceased by his parents; Clarence Kitchemonia and Dorothy McLeod, spouses; Verna Bellegrade, Martha Moose and Faye Stonechild, sisters; Donna Kitchemonia and Freda Kitchemonia, brothers; Winston Kitchemonia and Brian Kitchemonia.

 Left to mourn his passing are; son Franklin Jr (Ocean) Moore, their children Monica, Denzil(Vicky) Their children Pheonix and Arizona, Grandchildren Keisha, Ty, Willie, Franklin 3rd, Arthur, Rose, Benjamin, Reidd snd Ryder, as well as sons;Kenny Moore( Rolanda) and step-son Eagle Stonechild, brothers; Harold(Alvena) Kitchemonia, Ivan Kitchemonia, Robert Monroe, Billy Kitchemonia and John Kitchemonia, sisters; Marylyn Korol and Priscilla (David) Vermette, as well as grandchildren and nieces and nephews that are too numerous to name.



Jolene Dyanne Razor

of Calgary Alberta and formerly of QuAppelle, Sk, passed away at the age of 47 years on March 21, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta.

A wake will was on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from the Eureka Fellowship Hall  in Regina, SK.

A funeral service was  held on Thursday, March 26, 2015  also from the Eureka Fellowship Hall  in Regina, SK.

Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Regina,SK.

(She was a Keeseekoose First Nation Band Member)

Jolene was predeceased by her parents; Peter George and Bernice Razor, siblings: Luanne Delorme, Peter Razor, Rod Razor, Shirlene Razor and Nelda Razor. Nephews; Adrian Bear and Gabriel Razor.

Left to mourn her passing are; her children Aaron Razor, Phylaine Razor and Lashonda Cardinal. Grandchildren; Zion Razor and Aleigha Razor, siblings; Linda, Beatrice, Eartha and Kathleen Razor. Nieces Nelda Delorme, Tasheena and Cheridy Razor, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Special friend Ernie Spencer.

Jolene lived and worked on a farm in Qu’appelle with her fiancé Ernie. She operated her own cleaning business as well. Jolene was a very comical, fun loving, spontaneous, sweet, generous soul. Jolene had magnetism, charisma and a contagious smile that would light up a room. Her favorite saying was “Bloody Heck”.



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.