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Obituary: Loseth, Kathleen Elizabeth

Loseth, Kathleen

Loseth, Kathleen

Loseth, Kathleen Elizabeth
1930 — 2016

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Kathleen Elizabeth Loseth (nee Russell) of Saskatoon, peacefully passed away with her children at her side, at St. Paul’s Hospital. Born on July 24, 1930, in the Bladworth area, she was raised on a farm with her parents, Alexander and Jean Russell and older brothers, Grant and Calvin. At the age of 16 months, Kathleen (Kitty) contracted polio which throughout her life never slowed her down. In fact, it gave her strength and tremendous will power to accomplish anything she put her mind to. She ventured out to the big city of Saskatoon to attend Robertson Secretarial School in the early 50’s followed by work at Fish and Wildlife, Medical Services, Western Development Museum and for years helped with Vic’s business. She met Victor Loseth in Saskatoon and was married on May 24, 1955, where they resided all their lives. Blessed with two children, Richard and Lori, Kathleen was a very active participant and supporter of their various activities and lives. This support extended to her children’s spouses Janet Park (Richard) and Richard Frank (Lori) and her nieces Marilyn and Cheryl and their families. She was widowed in 1987 yet maintained the family home for over 20 years on her own until she moved to the Primrose Chateau where she lived until her passing. She thoroughly embraced the role of “Nannie” to Richard and Lori’s children beginning in 1991 with the birth of her only grandson, Christopher, and then in 1995 with the birth of her twin granddaughters, Brooklyn and Alexandra. She carried on the role of supporter, cheerleader and mentor in their lives and did so until the day of her death. Many of Kathleen’s friends are people that she met from all aspects of her life. She proudly cherished those lifelong friendships. Kathleen loved to laugh, play cards, shop, garden, cook and was a great listener. She was strong willed, a quality that served her well with her many health challenges over the years. She always held her family members and others in her life accountable and made us all better for it. Anyone that encountered mom over the years will recall a strong spirit, her twinkling eyes and big smile. Because of her physical disabilities, she excelled at being resourceful and a problem solver. She was predeceased by her parents, Alex and Jean; father-in-law Halvor; husband Victor; brother Calvin and sister-in-law Eileen. She will be remembered as cheerful, remarkably strong and a loving daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandmother, and friend. If you were lucky enough to meet her, you will know what we mean. She will always be loved and never forgotten. A Funeral Service to celebrate all the good memories and her life will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Saskatoon Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home (244-5577).

Danille’s family, friends bring grief to the stand

Danille Kerpan

Danille Kerpan

By Joel van der Veen

SASKATOON — One after the other, their statements told the story.

Her parents, partner, siblings, other relatives and friends — 15 in total — took the stand in a Saskatoon courtroom on Tuesday to share their memories of Danille Kerpan, and the void left in their lives by her sudden death.

Kerpan, 25, was killed instantly in a collision on Highway 11 on Oct. 10, 2014, when her vehicle was struck by a northbound truck in the wrong lane near Bladworth.

The man driving that truck — John Koch, 50 — was later found to have a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

Koch, who had entered a guilty plea on Jan. 7, was sentenced Tuesday to a four-year prison term, followed by a seven-year prohibition from driving.

In his victim impact statement, Danille’s father Allan — a former MP and MLA — said his past public speaking had not prepared him for the speech he had to make in court that day.

He said his words were not sufficient to illustrate the pain he has felt since he and his wife were awakened by a police officer, delivering the news of their daughter’s death.

Despite being complimented for his strength, Allan said, “The truth is I am not strong at all. I have to almost clinically remove myself from the situation in order to function.”

He spoke of the harsh reality of having to write a cheque for his daughter’s memorial service instead of her wedding, or of knowing he would never walk her down the aisle or hold her babies.

Melanie Kerpan spoke of the guilt she has felt in recalling the night her daughter died. Earlier that day, she had travelled to Saskatoon, had supper with her daughters and then went shopping for paint with Danille.

“If she hadn’t stayed with me in Saskatoon, she might still be here,” said Melanie, also describing the pain of having to tell her other children about the collision.

“Being a mom to Danille and her siblings is the best gift I’ve ever been given,” she said in her conclusion, “and even death can’t take that away.”

A statement read on behalf of Danille’s partner, Rylan Dezotell, described the future the two had planned together, and the devastating impact her death has had on him. He wrote about how they had purchased, renovated and furnished their home.

“Together we had picked out an engagement ring,” he wrote. “That was by far the happiest day of my life — and returning it was the worst . . . especially when they asked why I was returning it.”

Koch also read an apology letter to the family, in which he spoke of his enduring guilt: “Because of me, your daughter was taken from you. I wish it was me instead.”

While the Crown and defence agreed on a four-year prison sentence, the Crown argued for a 10-year driving prohibition. Judge Sanjeev Anand agreed on an extended prohibition, imposing a seven-year ban.

Allan Kerpan said the experience of the sentencing had brought back the level of grief he had experienced in the aftermath of Danille’s death. In the words of his son Josh, he said, he felt as though he had “regressed.”

He also said he was proud of Danille’s relatives and friends for agreeing to make their statements. The day was an exhausting experience for himself and his family, he said, but they were encouraged by the results.

Kerpan said he and Melanie are continuing discussions with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) about potential projects, including a large-scale provincial memorial or smaller roadside memorials at accident sites.

He also said the extended driving prohibition — which was twice the average penalty — was a positive sign that attitudes are changing.

“It looks like they’re going to start to take it a little more seriously,” said Allan. “I think people are starting to say ‘enough’s enough’.”

Meet Davidson’s New Year’s baby of 2016

Levi Kevin Reich, born Jan. 1, 2016 at 11:35 p.m., is Davidson's New Year's baby.

Levi Kevin Reich, born Jan. 1, 2016 at 11:35 p.m., is Davidson’s New Year’s baby.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — Levi Kevin Reich might have seemed like a long shot for Davidson’s New Year’s baby.

“We joked about having him as a New Year’s baby, but we didn’t think that would happen,” recalled his mother, Heather Puckett.

Levi wasn’t due until Feb. 11, but as it turns out, the joke was on his mom and dad.

Puckett went into labour around 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day, and five hours later, she delivered a healthy baby boy at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

She was only 34 weeks into her pregnancy, so Levi’s early arrival came as a surprise to both her and his father, Trevor Reich.

As of last week, mother and child were doing well, although Levi was expected to stay a few extra days in the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).

“They just want him to grow a little more,” explained Puckett. “They haven’t given us a definite date yet. It could be by the weekend, I’m not sure though.”

Levi arrived at 11:35 p.m., weighing 5 lbs., 14 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches. Despite the surprise, his mother reported a smooth delivery.

The child’s arrival marked a happy start to 2016 for his parents, grandparents and many extended family members in Davidson and area.

Levi’s grandparents are Fran and Tom Vanghel of Davidson, Stan Schneider of Bladworth, and Kevin and Lorraine Reich of Saskatoon.

His great-grandparents are Val Thurlow of Kenaston and Norbert and Elaine Reich of Davidson.

Levi has two older siblings: Carter, 5, and Jayla, 4. His father Trevor works at Legend Autobody and Paint in Davidson, while Heather is a stay-at-home mother. The family resides in the former Zeleny home on Government Road.

Levi joins an exclusive club of past Davidson’s New Year’s babies that includes Brad McLaren, Carl Johnson and David Beckie.

Kerpans in court as Koch enters guilty plea

Danille Kerpan

Danille Kerpan

By Tara de Ryk

SASKATOON — John Koch, 50, pleaded guilty in Saskatoon provincial court Thursday to impaired driving causing the death of 25-year-old Danille Kerpan of Kenaston.

Koch’s lawyer entered a guilty plea to the charge of impaired driving causing death.

Koch was present, however, he did not appear before the court.

The matter was handled in minutes as the Crown and defence set a date of Jan. 18 for the next court appearance to arrange for a sentencing hearing.

Danille’s parents Allan and Melanie Kerpan of Kenaston, other family members and friends, who were court Thursday morning, immediately left the room.

Allan Kerpan said the proceedings were “slightly less dramatic” than they’d expected.

“It’s another step we have go through.”

On Oct. 10, 2014, Danille was driving south on Highway 11 to Davidson when her car was struck by a pickup truck heading north in the southbound lane near Bladworth.

Danille died at the scene. Koch was seriously injured and later charged with one count each of impaired driving causing death, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above 0.08, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

On Thursday, as the Kerpans prepared to leave provincial court, outside a media scrum was taking place with members of the family of Jordan and Chanda Van De Vorst and their two children Kamryn, 5, and Miguire, 2.

The family of four was killed around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 when their car was struck by an SUV north of Saskatoon on Highway 11. The SUV was crossing the Highway from Wanuskewin Road when it hit the Van De Vorsts’ car.

Catherine McKay had made a brief court appearance Thursday to answer to numerous charges relating to the death of the Van De Vorst family including four charges of impaired driving causing death.

As the Kerpans’ ordeal through the courts is about to wind down, another family’s is beginning.

“I offer them our condolences and they are welcome to give us a call. I would never have known how they could possibly feel prior to this happening to our family. You think you know, but you cannot possibly know the sorrow and the loss and the grief when you lose somebody, and theirs is times four,” Allan Kerpan said as a message from one grieving family to another, referring to the Van De Vorsts who had spoken to reporters moments before.

Kerpan said when he learned of the Van De Vorst family’s death he was overwhelmed with sadness.

“It renews the sadness and grief we’ve had with our case,” he said.

For the full story, please see the Jan. 11 edition of The Davidson Leader.

Locals shine at CCA finals rodeo

Scott Sigfusson, left, and Logan Kadlec display the buckles they received at the Canadian Cowboys Association finals rodeo in November.

Scott Sigfusson, left, and Logan Kadlec display the buckles they received at the Canadian Cowboys Association finals rodeo in November.

By Joel van der Veen

REGINA — It was Scott Sigfusson’s best rodeo season yet — and considering how he’s done in past years, that’s no small feat.

The local cowboy ended the year as the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) high-point champion for the third time, receiving his buckle on Nov. 27 following the finals rodeo at Canadian Western Agribition.

“It’s super exciting to have that good of a year,” said Scott, the son of Ross and Jannice Sigfusson of Davidson.

As usual, Sigfusson had a full season, competing in close to 60 events, and enjoying plenty of success.

In October he competed in the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association’s finals rodeo in Brandon, taking top honours in tie-down roping and also earning the high-point championship there.

Sigfusson took part in three events in the CCA finals, finishing first in tie-down roping, second in steer wrestling and second in team roping with his partner Jim-Bob Gomersall.

He said the year was his best so far in terms of results, adding that it’s the kind of season he used to dream of having.

Sigfusson added that he finished the year in good physical shape as well, with only a few minor bumps and bruises.

Having spent the season as a rider on the community pasture at Kerrobert, he is now back in Davidson for the winter, working with ranchers David and Juanita Esmond.

Sigfusson said he purchased some young horses this fall and plans to continue practising and training throughout the winter.

“I want to keep doing it as long as my body will let me,” said Sigfusson, who turned 27 this month.

Another local rider, Logan Kadlec, also shared the spotlight during the CCA finals rodeo as one of two bullfighters working during the event, protecting bullriders from the animals during the competitions.

Kadlec, 24, the son of Murray and Gloria Kadlec of Bladworth, said he’s been riding bulls for several years, but this was his first full season as a bullfighter.

He said he was “tired of getting hurt” and added that bullfighting offers multiple benefits, including both a great adrenalin rush and a regular paycheque.

For the full story, please see the Dec. 7 edition of The Davidson Leader.

Across region, a winter blunderland

A motorist drives down Railway Avenue, surrounded by blowing snow, last week.

A motorist drives down Railway Avenue, surrounded by blowing snow, last week.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — A blast of winter weather wreaked mid-week havoc across south-central Saskatchewan, ranging from disrupted highway traffic to power failures lasting for several hours.

Officials from the Ministry of Highways recommended against travel on Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon on Wednesday morning, owing to poor visibility, drifting snow and icy, slippery surfaces.

Police reported around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday that a semi truck was blocking the northbound lanes of Highway 11 between Bladworth and Davidson after the driver lost control.

The northbound lanes were closed and traffic was rerouted while the scene of the collision was cleared. The highway did not fully reopen until 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Members of the Craik and Outlook RCMP detachments were on hand. Motorists were advised to expect delays and to use an alternate route if possible.

Reports from police stated that poor driving conditions were still in effect, including “extremely strong” winds and icy road surfaces.

SaskPower employees were kept busy on Wednesday dealing with the effects of the weather, which led to power outages in many regions of the province.

Jonathan Tremblay, a spokesman for the Crown corporation, estimated that 25,000 customers in total lost power for part of the day on Wednesday.

A fire at the Watrous power substation was reported as the cause of an outage that lasted several hours and affected several communities along Highway 2, including Imperial, Simpson and Young.

Tremblay said the fire, reported around 7 a.m., was small and quickly contained, having resulted from a blown fuse at the substation.

“That part of the province was probably the worst hit,” he said, adding that high winds contributed to the situation across Saskatchewan, taking down power lines and keeping SaskPower staff on their toes.

Tremblay stated that no area was without power for more than three-and-a-half or four hours, adding, “By the end of the day, it was back to business as usual for the most part.”

However, several reports from Imperial indicated power was off there for most of the business day.

For the full story, please see the Nov. 23 edition of The Davidson Leader.