- Ross lived in this district from his first breath on March 31, 1927, to his last breath on March 31, 2011. For the 84 years between those breaths, he enjoyed his family, his farming and his friends. He passed away peacefully, in his own home.
He grew up on the farm his grandfather homesteaded in 1904. He loved the farm. We often talked about farming with horses, about the crews that would come out from Ontario in the fall to help with threshing. He told me that when he was in school, grandma and grandpa allowed him to have one day off from school to help with harvesting, so he would make sure it was a Friday, to incorporate it into the weekend. Dad had several different brands of machinery down through the years. In the later years he was driving White tractors. He often joked with his neighbours about their choices, especially John Deere. When dad finally did purchase a John Deere tractor he said he would have to drive it home after dark so no one would see him. We have reminisced on many different occasions about those years – how our farm was the meeting place of all the trails that led to Girvin, many stories about horse rides to school and sled trips to town, life on the farm, antics with his friends, and life with his four sisters. I heard a lot about my dad and grandma and grandpa Fawell. There were many laughs, but I learned to appreciate the resourcefulness of my grandparents and my dad.
In my mind – dad knew how to do everything – he had an answer for every question, he could repair anything, and if you needed a better plan he could do it. He did electrical wiring, carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and welding. If something had to be fixed or improved upon, he would have the equipment to do it. He did a lot of woodworking from horses and wagons complete with leather harness (which he also did himself), toys and creating airplanes from telephone poles. Mom and dad worked on this together…dad created, and mom did the painting and decorating.
I can not imagine how many cups of coffee were made and drunk at dad’s kitchen table – he and mom loved having company come. And if they weren’t visiting, they were playing cards. Our children remember evenings of playing cards. There were some pretty lively games of Rummy and Dutch Blitz. Dad was always there if someone needed a hand. He would see something to be done and would do it without question. He had a warm smile, a quick wit, a quiet compassion, a sense of right and wrong, pride in his family’s accomplishments.
I have been told how cozy Grandma Fawell’s room at the seniors’ home would feel when he came to visit with her. Many people have told me that they miss the visits from dad…at the hardware, the Health Centre, the Community College and many more places around town.
Mom was the love of his life – he couldn’t believe that she agreed to date him, and then to marry him. From that time on mom and dad were a duo – there wasn’t much they did apart from each other. The day God called mom home, was one of the most difficult days in my dad’s life. A part of him left that day with mom. Dad received the best birthday gift from God, last Thursday, because he not only got to go home, he got to give mom a great big hug.
Dad loved his family; they were the joy of his life. And every one of his grandchildren knew he loved them. He was so pleased to be grandpa to his six granddaughters, but there was a twinkle in his eyes when his grandson was born – after 63 years of girls only.
Ross is survived by his loving family, his daughter Colleen (Dave) Spelliscy, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Laura, Lana, Audrey (Rick Wiebe) and great-grandchild, Joanne (Mike Wiebe) and great-grandchildren, Calib, Tristan, Odessa, and Sophia, Melissa (Nathan Doerksen), Pamela, and Daniel. He is also survived by his sisters Margaret McIvor, Eileen Kodak, and Fern Nielsen, one brother-in-law Carman (Marney) Cherry and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thank you to his many friends and neighbours and to the community for being a part of his life!
Donations in memory of Ross may be directed to the Davidson and District Health Care Foundation, Canadian Food Grains Bank, Saskatoon Children’s Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Every time you recall your dad’s laughter,
Every time you find yourself doing something he taught you
Or repeating something he used to say…
Every time you think of him
You bring your dad closer to your heart.
Archive for March 1, 2010
Ashley Vincent Stewart of Davidson, Sask. passed away at the age of 76 years at the Davidson Health Centre on March 9, 2010 after a short illness.
Ashley was born at Cabri, Sask. on Dec. 16, 1933. He received his education in Cabri, Sask. Ashley married Ida Stafford of Cabri, Sask. on Feb. 21, 1958. In his early years, Ashley owned and ran the BA Service Station. In later years, he opened a Stedman’s store and some time later he became associated with the Bumper to Bumper stores. Ashley came to the Davidson area in 1956. He was a member of the Davidson United Church, the Davidson town council and the fire department.
Ashley is survived by his loving family: wife, Ida; children, Susan (Brent) Storey of Davidson, Sask., Shalene (Kevin), Shannon (friend, Eric); Bradley (Lori) Stewart, Jeremy, Janaya of Grande Prairie, Alta.; Steven (Karen) Stewart, Zachary of Melville, Sask. and Leanne (Barry Strange), Tauren, Jordan of Middle Lake, Sask.; sister, Beryl (George) Schinbein of Cabri, Sask. and brothers, Clifton (Lillian) Stewart of Calgary, Alta. and Dale Stewart of Victoria, B.C.; sisters-in-law, Mavis Stewart, Marg Stewart and Ethel Stewart; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Ashley is predeceased by parents, Alec and Ester; infant son, David; brothers, Howard, Calvin, Lloyd, Davy; and sisters-in-law, Blanche, Dorthy and Kim.
The funeral service was held on March 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Davidson United Church with Rev. Diane Eurig officiating.
Interment was at the Davidson Cemetery, Davidson, Sask. Hanson’s Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Wayne Michael Nizinkevich passed away on February 23, 2010 at the Outlook District Health Centre at the age of 65.
Wayne was born on Oct. 29, 1944 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. He came home to the homestead where they would live from spring to fall and then winters were spent in town so the children could go to school. His siblings to come along were a brother Frank and a sister Diane. Wayne finished high school in Kenaston and then went to school to be a mechanic. After that he worked at various jobs in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. The job that carried him through the winters that he enjoyed the most was working with sheet metal. He became a crew chief and did this for several years.
He was married Oct. 5, 1973 in Edmonton to Linda Kessir from Onoway, Alta. They were blessed with four wonderful children: Angie, Ryan, Sherry and Melissa. In 1982 Wayne and Linda stayed at the farm which was the homestead to raise their family.
Wayne was a man of many talents. He loved farming, hunting, restoring cars, collecting guns and completing a R.T.M. home that was moved onto the farm. He also was very well read especially in history. Wayne was an excellent mechanic. He was patient and would not quit until the job was done. He was known for having quite a sense of humour and especially for his one-liners which seemed to roll off the tip of his tongue.
He was very proud of all his children, Angie (Dan) Courtney, Ryan (Shelly) Nizinkevich, Sherry and Melissa Nizinkevich. He loved his grandchildren Brandon and Shawn Nizinkevich and Hailey Courtney. He had a love for animals and they were a comfort to him in his battle with cancer. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader when Ryan participated. Wayne was a member of the Strongfield Elks and attended meetings faithfully. He was also very faithful to St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Kenaston.
Wayne is predeceased by his father Mike.
Wayne is survived by his mother, Annie; by his wife, Linda; children, Angie (Dan) Courtney, Ryan (Shelly) Nizinkevich, Sherry and Melissa Nizinkevich; grandchildren, Brandon and Shawn Nizinkevich and Hailey Courtney. He is also survived by brother, Frank (Barb) Nizinkevich; sister, Diane (Bill) Wall; Uncle Joe and Aunt Dorthy Nizinkevich; aunt Annie; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Wayne’s Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church. It was followed by lunch at the Kenaston hall where many shared their memories of Wayne.
Thank you for all the support throughout this difficult time. Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson, Sask., was in care of arrangements.
Esther Rosella Willner, 89, of Davidson, passed away on Dec. 10 in the Davidson and District Health Centre in Davidson.
Esther, daughter of Julius and Ottelie Johnson, was born on Jan. 8, 1920 at home in the Hawarden district. Growing up in the “dirty thirties”, she hurried home from a country school to many chores: feeding chickens, and turkeys, churning butter, milking cows and stitching quilts. She worked hard all of her life, but always with a spirit of hope and a gentle respect for everyone and everything around her.
Esther met Edgar Willner, who was farming north of Bethlehem Church and they were married on Nov. 1, 1946. In 1948, they moved to the farm east of Davidson where they raised six children.
Esther devoted herself to providing healthy food for her family by raising chickens and growing huge gardens. She had a gift for making bread and buns. Esther volunteered to help organize and serve many church and school suppers and to teach many young girls to sew in 4H classes. She loved to read and worked many years in the Davidson School libraries.
Ever patient, always kind, she found her life’s contentment in making her family and others happy. Esther is predeceased by her husband, Edgar Robert Willner. She lives on in the loving memories and hearts of her family of three sons and three daughters, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Arlene (Eugene) Sorochuk of Norquay and family, Loraine (Travis) Polischuk, Nate and Kael, Coralie Sorochuk, Lesia (Dustin) Friesen and Colleen Sorochuk; Lorne (Marilyn) Willner of Davidson and family, Brady Willner, Lyndon Willner and Linnea Willner; Terry Riviere of Saskatoon and family, Danielle (Danton) Danielson, Robert Riviere and Michelle Riviere; Beryl Lepage and family, Paul Lepage, David Lepage, Mark Lepage and Katy Lepage; Randy (Debbie Murray) and family, Jeff Willner, Jason Willner and Jordan Willner; and Brian (Georgina) Willner of Olympia, Washington. She is also survived by one sister, Doris Bonnell of McMinnville, Oregon.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 15 at Davidson United Church with Rev. Diane Eurig officiating. The choir was in attendance, with Nancy Wilkins as organist. Granddaughters, Dani Danielson, Loraine Polischuk and Colleen Sorochuk read Scripture passages and Lorne Willner gave the Reflections of Esther’s life, followed by a Powerpoint presentation of Esther, created by her daughters, Terry and Beryl. Granddaughters, Katy Lepage and Linnea Willner were ushers and granddaughters, Lesia Friesen and Michelle Riviere presided at the register. Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Rob Riviere, Lyndon Willner, Brady Willner, Jason Willner, Jeff Willner, Mark Lepage, David Lepage and Paul Lepage.
Interment was in the family plot at Davidson cemetery, with Hanson’s Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Henry Nicholas Siroski was born on Dec. 15, 1920. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Feb. 2, 2010.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Maizie; sons, Les (Pat), Barry and David (Susan); grandchildren, Jennifer (Jesse) Schneider, Shaleen (John Paul) Ross, Shannon (Mark) Thoner, Justin Siroski, Bradley (Andrea) Siroski, Tara (Jody) George, Jackie (Dallas) Loberg, Steven Siroski, Shelley (Tyler) Townsend, Sarah (Keith) Siroski, Shelby Siroski and Jillian Siroski; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Francis Masich; one brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Steve and Mary; his son, Don (Knotter) Siroski; five brothers and five sisters.
Henry spent his life as an active member of the Kenaston/Davidson community. He was a member of the Kenaston Credit Union board and the Kenaston Parish Council. He loved the land and farmed for 59 years. Church and his faith were a big part of his life. His family always came first and they will miss him dearly.
Prayers were held on Feb. 8, 2010 and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on Feb. 9, 2010, both at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Davidson. Interment at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Kenaston, Sask.
Memorials in memory of Henry may be directed to the Davidson and District Health Foundation or to the charity of your choice. Hanson’s Funeral Home were entrusted with arrangements.
It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Lorne Bennett Schollar (1937-2010) in Yellowknife on Jan. 23, 2010.
Lorne was born in Craik, Sask. At the age of 18, he joined the RCMP and his first posting was in Selkirk, Man. on Aug. 21, 1957. From there, Lorne had postings in the Yukon, Grise Fiord, Newfoundland and points in between. While in Trepassey, Newfoundland, he met and married his wife Joan St. Croix and started a family. Lorne moved his wife and daughter Geraldine to Yellowknife in August, 1976. His son Dale was born a month later. This would be Lorne’s last posting with the RCMP. He retired from the force in 1982 with 27 years of service.
Following retirement, he continued to work for local companies such as Esso, Secure Check, Expedite North and Snowfield Resources doing barge work with his friend Dave Smith. Lorne was an avid hunter and hunting guide. He guided many seasons at Point Lake Lodge. He was also fond of his sheep hunting expeditions in Norman Wells. Lorne gave of his time to committees and organizations such as the NWT and Canadian Wildlife Federations, NWT Mining and Heritage Society, Dry Grad, Northern Addictions and Food Rescue. He was very active in matters concerning the City of Yellowknife. Lorne will be fondly remembered and sadly missed as he touched the hearts of everyone he met.