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.

Mildred Cote

passed away peacefully on May 16, 2015   with her family by her side at the age of 76 years in Regina Saskatchewan.

A wake was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2015 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

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

Interment followed at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

Mildred Louise Cote (Peggy) was born on March 8, 1939 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry Dunkan Cote, her children; Delores Ellen Young, Gloria Kaiswatom, Christopher Vern Cote, Floyd Lloyd Cote, Irvin Earl Cote, Ricky Cote, her special niece Christina Pelletier and 1 grandchild Christopher Jobb.

She leaves to mourn her, only surviving son Gillis Cote (Ruby), 2 granddaughters whom she raised, Jaselyn Cote, Crystal Regan (Rob), her step children whom she loved as her own Henry Cote, Charlene Cote and Margere Kaiswatom; her grandchildren that she held close to her heart, Angie, Rachel. Matthew, Nicholas, James, Vanessa, Shellby, William, Shane, Cody, Tara and many great grandchildren who she always referred to as her Gumby’s.

She will always be gratefully missed by the people at her church as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and all who knew her.





John(Jack) William Charles Henderson

of Pelly passed away on May 6, 2015 at the age of 79 years in Pelly, Sk.

A viewing for Jack Henderson was held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, followed by a funeral service from the Pelly community Hall with Trish Challoner of the United Church officiating  .

In honour of Jacks love for spring and the colours of green that come at this time of year the family  asked that each person in attendance at his funeral service wear something green.

A private family interment  followed at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens.

Jack was born in Pelly, January 30, 1936 to John and Evelyn Henderson. He attended school in Pelly and excelled in many sports including running track, baseball, and his favorite, hockey. As a youth he worked with his father at the Pelly Imperial Oil Bulk Agency which eventually led to the creation of J. Henderson and Son. Before retiring in 1995, Jack served the Pelly and Norquay areas for over 40 years.

Jack married Hildur Lindgren on Sept. 16, 1960. The two remained in Pelly for their entire lives, raising three daughters, Lori, Jan and Jill. Jack loved living in Pelly and belonged to many organizations including  Lions, United Church, Happy Hearts, Library, and the Museum just to name a few. In his retirement Jack enjoyed spending time visiting friends on coffee row, shooting pool with the boys, Fish and Chip Fridays, Bingo, gardening, watching curling and, most importantly, spending time with his family.

Jack was predeceased by his wife, Hildur in 2005, and his parents.

He is survived by his three children: Lori (Rob Erdman) of Sasktoon, Jan (Randy Wittal) of Coaldale, AB and Jill (Troy Grainger) of Westlock, AB; four grandchildren (Jacob, Hannah, Sarah and Ashley); brother (Jim of Fort McMurray, AB); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society or the Pelly Happy Hearts Drop-In Centre.


Pauline Kowalchuk

passed away at the age of 90 years on April 21, 2015 at the Kamsack Hospital.

A service of remembrance was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.

An interment will be held at Yorkton Memorial Gardens at  a later date.

Pauline was born on April 15, 1925 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Sam Ratynski and Alexandra Martinuk. She grew up and took her schooling in Kamsack, and in 1941 at the age of 16 she moved to Toronto to work. It was in Toronto that she met Metro and by November 22nd, 1942 they were married. Pauline and Metrobrought five children into this world. Dan (Phyllis), Marie (Ray), James (Judy), Bev and David (Gail).

She is predeceased by her mother; Alexandra Martiniuk, Father Sam Ratynski and stepfather Paul Berezowski, husband; Metro Kowalchuk in 2006, sisters; Anne (Albert) Cheyne, Mary Ratynski, Eva (Bill) Makaoff and her brothers; Willard Ratynski, Charlie Berezowski, Cecil Berezowski, Edward (Gen) Berezowski and Stanley Berezowski.

Pauline is survived by her brother Victor Berezowski, Jerry (Mary) Berezowski and sister; Carol (Al) Meunier. Her children; Dan (Phyllis) Kowalchuk, Marie (Ray) Dagg, James (Judy) Kowalchuk, Bev Allen and David (Gail) Kowalchuk. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pauline should be remembered for her giving nature, kind heart and maybe a bit of her stubbornness. It can be said that all of us have been affected by her warmth and love and that each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have one or more of baba’s special traits that we should all

recognize and appreciate.

If friends so desire donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to the Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary.





Rita Zarchikoff

passed away on April 19, 2015 at the age of 77 years at the Kamsack hospital.

A graveside service and interment will be held at a later date.

Jim Currie

passed away at the age of 86 years on April 18, 2015 at the Kamsack Hospital.

A memorial  service was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from Westminster Memorial United Church.

Interment will take place at a later date.

Jim was born in the municipality of Louise, 2 miles west of Pilot Mound, Manitoba on April 10, 1929. His parents were Gladys and Bruce Currie of Pilot Mound, Manitoba.

He had three brothers Robert (Bob), Douglas, Donald and a sister Bernice. Their father died an early death while combining. He had an arm injury which resulted in blood poisoning and death. It was a difficult time for Jim’s mother, raising a family without her husband but she managed well.

They were a very active family helping out on the farms of their Uncles Marlin; Fred and Aunt Minnie Thompson. As well as the Esler family farm, who during tough times faithfully provided them with vegetables and meat and even pocket money.

Jim began work at the Bank of Toronto in Pilot Mound in 1946. He accepted his first move when he was a shy, 19 year old to the small southern Saskatchewan town of Kipling.

During his career, he worked in Preeceville, Saskatchewan where he met the love of his life, Mildred Alice Cornish, they were married May 19, 1956. Their son Craig was born in 1957 and Kevin in 1959 in the town of Benito, Manitoba.

Jim leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 58 years Millie Currie, sons Craig (Debbie) Currie of Kamsack and Kevin (Eleanor) Currie of Winnipeg, Manitoba as well as his adored grandchildren, Amanda Currie (Damian Rusnak) of Balgonie, Heather Currie of Moose Jaw, Jonathan and Samantha Currie of Winnipeg, Manitoba and a great grandson, Kaidyn Stinson of Moose Jaw. He was quoted saying after the birth of his great-grandson “my cup runneth over” He also leaves his dog Molly of 12 years, who remains a faithful companion for Millie.

You will never find a more generous, kinder man than we have found in Jim.

God bless and we will all cherish his memory.

If friends so desire donation’s in Jim’s memory may be made to the Kamsack District Medical Clinic Building Foundation.

Evelyn Gail Young

of Saskatoon and formerly of Keeseekoose First Nation passed  away at the age of 56 years on April 14, 2015 in Saskatoon,SK.

A wake was held on Friday, April 17, 2015 from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 starting at 2:00 pm also from the Keeseekoose First Nation Band Hall.

Interment  followed at the Keeseekoose Full Gospel Cemetery.

Evelyn was predeceased by her parents; Ambrose and Mary Musqua, husband; Ralph Young and brothers Adolphus Musqua, Edwin Shingoose, Wayne Wapash and very special Aunty Elizabeth Shingoose(Big Granny).

She was survived by Brother Wally Genaille, sister; Roberta Severight,Wanda Wapash and special lifelong friend Eleanor Chase (Elly), children; Beverly Mc Kay, Kimberly(Derek) McKay , Ambrose(Jaclyn) Musqua, Timothy (Tiana) Musqua, Shaun Young, Chasity(Curtis) Cook and Austin Musqua, grandchildren; Ian (Elaina) Musqua, Chelsea Musqua, Calvin Musqua, Shania (Nathan) Miller, David Musqua, Kyla (Blaine) Miller, Eve Musqua, Glory Musqua, Ambrose Musqua Jr, Alexander, Robert Cook, Edwin Cook, Teegan Musqua, Abigale Musqua and Johnathan Musqua, great grandchildren; Seth, Cashius, Serenity, Christopher, Jasmine, Malaya, Iana, Ethan and Macki and Alydia.

She dedicated her life to raising and loving her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She cared about others and would help them in any ways she could. She was a compassionate, kind hearted, open minded and devoted herself to helping others and putting their needs before her own.

She had numerous friends and family that held a special place in her heart. She wanted the very best for everyone that she knew and would help everyone who asked and would never let them down.

Evelyn’s interests included going to church, Traveling, reading and spending time with family whom really meant a lot to her. She loved reading her bible.


Naomi Dawn Severight

passed away at the age of 27 years on April 8, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 starting at 9:00am from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

A traditional funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 starting at 9:00am also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.

Interment will follow at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

Naomi was predeceased by her grandpa Paul Severight as well as grandparents; Kenneth Papequash and Marlene Strongquill, great grandparents; Roy and Doris Severight, Niece; Amelia Geneva Joy Severight and Nephew; Jerry Lee Severight.

She is survived by; mom Winnifred (Ladybug) Severight, Dad; Ken Strongquill, children; Famira, Beckham and Nevaeh. Sisters; Arvel Severight,.Cheyanna Severight and Silken Severight, brothers; Paul Severight, David Severight, granny Margaret Severight and many uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends