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Obituary: Andreas, Albert

Andreas, Albert

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Albert Andreas. He battled a short, painful fight with pancreatic cancer.

Albert was born September 16, 1937 to Nick and Barbara Andreas. He grew up on the family farm, seven miles east of Girvin, with three brothers and three sisters.

Albert married Arlene Martin on November 7, 1964 and they had three children. Family was what Albert loved to do. Albert and Arlene enjoyed raising their children on the farm where Albert was raised. Once Albert retired, they moved to Davidson. His favourite pastimes were playing pool or a good game of cards. He would quite often have luck on his side and obtain high cards at bridge.

Albert was always willing to lend a hand. He had a knack for fixing things and he often helped. It may have taken him some time and some thinking “outside the box” but it always came back to us in working condition.

Albert was predeceased by his wife Arlene, son Darcy, brother Frank and brother-in-law Jim.

He is survived by his daughters Roxanne (Paul) and Caron (Orrin); grandchildren Alysha (Bruce), Kristina, Nicholas, Nathan, Maria, Noel, Rachael and Eve; brothers Raymond (Beatrice), Ross (Catherine); sisters Shirley (Max), Helen and Doris (John) and numerous nieces and nephews.

We will miss you Dad.

Obituary: Olson, Timothy

Timothy Olson
1960 — 2017

The family of Timothy Olson of Hanley, Sask., is broken-hearted to announce his passing in Saskatoon, Sask., on July 12, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Tim was a hard-working, down-to-earth man who loved his family and would do anything for them or anyone else. Tim was predeceased by his father Kenneth Olson. He is survived by his wife Hazel Martens; his children Matt (Kellie), Amanda, Skye and Erik (Kaitlyn); his stepchildren Eric (Becky), Clayton (Jori) and Leah Martens; grandchildren Laryssa, Rylee, Preston, Addley, Jackson, Jessa, Lexi and Olivia; his mother Mary Olson; siblings Greg (Gwen), Margie (Barry) Toman, Julie (Darren) Deobald and Dan (Brenda) as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Tim’s life funeral service will be held at the Hanley Centennial Community Hall on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Andy Gilkinson presiding.

Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson.

Obituary: Fawcett, Eva Agnes

FAWCETT, Eva Agnes (nee Sarich)
May 21, 1916 — June 29, 2017

We wish to announce the peaceful passing of Eva Agnes Fawcett, a truly amazing woman, at the age of 101. Her passing occurred on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Extendicare Nursing Home in Saskatoon. Eva was born to Martin and Mary Sarich, their second child on May 21, 1916 at home on the farm near Hanley, Sask. It was a challenging time for her parents and siblings, but they persevered with the help of family and friends. Eva attended Crescent View School along with her brothers and sisters, and it was a time of much fun for them all. At a young age, she relocated to Victoria to work. After a few years, she thought Calgary sounded exciting and off she went with sister Anne. Not long after, Eva met the love of her life, Harry Fawcett, and they were soon married in 1956. They enjoyed travelling to many parts of the world and were together nearly 40 years until Harry’s passing in 1993. Many of those years were spent in Kelowna until Saskatchewan called Eva home. Eva has called Saskatoon home for some time now where she was recognized last year by many government officials, including the Governor General of Canada, for celebrating her 100th birthday! She was predeceased by her husband Harry, her parents, her sisters Mary (Zdunich) and Vera (Wasden), brothers John, Mike and Louis, as well as numerous in-laws and three nephews. Eva is survived by her sisters Kitty (Masich) and Anne (Sarich) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and her stepdaughter Pat of Calgary and her family. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Extendicare for their care and compassion while Eva was a resident there. The Funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Davidson, Sask., on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Interment of cremated ashes will be at a later date in Calgary, Alta., with Eva’s beloved Harry. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson, Sask., and Martens Warman Funeral Home, Warman, Sask.

Obituary: Spencer, Violet

Violet Spencer
February 9, 1918 — May 27, 2017

Violet Alberta Sloan was born Feb. 9, 1918 at Kirriemuir, Alta., and passed away May 27 at the age of 99 in Craik.

She was predeceased by her husband George Ernest Barton Spencer in 1973, also by her parents Jack and Leona Sloan; sister Lyda Ward; brothers Chauncey (Jack); and Ralph. She is survived by brothers Jim (Evan) and wife Elaine of Saskatoon; and Stanley of Moose Jaw; three boys, Ernest (Nancy), David (Arlette) and Hilton (Wilma); eight grandchildren — Lori Ann and Michael, Tanya and Nicole, George, Peter, John and Rae-Lynn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

Violet’s dad Jack came west with his three brothers on threshing excursions and homesteaded at Kirriemuir. Leona had come from New Brunswick with her sister to teach. The two were married in 1916.

In 1926 the growing family moved to the farm at Rose Hill and then a few years later to Dixmude, near the Spencer farm. Violet finished Grade 12 at Craik, a 12-mile round trip to school on her favourite horse Queen. After school in Craik Violet attended Normal School in Moose Jaw. She taught at three country schools near Bladworth, Davidson and Rose Hill, all in the depth of the depression. Her first salary was only $400 a year! But she ended up with $350 and an I.O.U. for $50.

Violet married George in 1942 and lived on the farm in the same house for 70-plus years. She returned to teaching when the family was older, teaching at Homesdale School west of Craik and as principal of Girvin School. Violet strongly believed in education and received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan at the age of 70. Her priorities were family, farm and community. She was a member of the Foxbury and Craik United Churches, 4-H beef club, Craik band, Home and School and was on the local library board for 14 years.

Besides running the house, Violet also kept the farm books, hauled grain and tended a big garden. She was also active on an impressive list of provincial organizations: Palliser Regional Library, Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association and the Saskatchewan Library Board. She also served on the District 15 extension board from 1968 to 1982. Violet also operated the Country Book Store from home for 15 years and wrote a column on Canadian books for the Western Producer. The Oral History Room was a pet project and very dear to her heart. Violet’s hard work was recognized by letters of appreciation from Craik School, Davidson School Unit, the RCMP, a lifetime membership in the Craik Agricultural Society and an award from the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.

For fun Violet busied herself making dozens of quilts and filling binders and computer discs with Sloan genealogy. She also enjoyed square dancing, bridge and travel. Family, neighbours and strangers were all welcomed into her home and usually did not leave without tea or a meal.

Violet spent the last few years at the Craik and District Health Centre in great comfort. The family greatly appreciates the facility and staff that looked after her so well.

A Celebration of Violet’s life was held at Craik United Church on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Burgess, William “Bill”

Burgess, William “Bill”

William James “Bill” Burgess passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, surrounded and supported by his wife and family members.

He is survived by his loving wife Kay; six children, Mark, Greg, Marie, Joan, Peter, Anne and their spouses, along with nine grandchildren, Kyle, Cara, Maddisen, Shane, Reanne, Malorie, Taryn, Kirsten, Shanna and their spouses; 12 great-grandchildren, Blaine, Lily, Nolan, Lyla, Evan, Adeline, Malakai, Ethan, Arianne, Danika, Aiden and Justin.

He is also survived by his sister Cleone; his brother-in-law Norman and his sisters-in-law, Ann, Cecile, Val and Eileen and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by members of his immediate family: his parents Jim and Hester Burgess; his granddaughter Anita; his brother Russell and sister Joyce; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

He was born west of Imperial, on the family farm on September 28, 1928, the third of four children, to Jim and Hester Burgess. In 1951 he married Kay Krpan, the love of his life and they enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage. Bill was a gentle man who loved to tell stories, dance, play his banjo, play rummy, listen to music, hunt and of course his life’s work, carpentry. His passions are almost too numerous to mention. He will be sadly missed by his family.

For online condolences, tributes or to make a donation to Long Lake Valley Health Foundation in his memory, please visit

Obituary: Benko, Clarence

Benko, Clarence “Chuck” John
July 29, 1938 — May 16, 2017

On May 16, 2017, Chuck Benko of Edmonton, Alberta (formerly of Kenaston, Sask.) sadly passed away at the age of 78 years old.

Dad will be greatly missed by his daughters Maria MacLeod, Christine (Dave) DaCosta, Suzanne (Kevin) Clemens and sons Thomas (Dagmar) Benko and Robert (Christine) Benko. Chuck will be forever missed by his brothers Leonard (Betty) Benko, James Benko, Jack (Lois) Benko and sisters Valerine Thurlow and Theresa (Elden) Owen.

Dad will always be missed by his many grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews and relatives from near and far.

He was predeceased by his mother Frances; father John; son Stephen and brother Andrew.

In keeping with the wishes of Chuck, there will be a Funeral Mass held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 75 Poirier Avenue, St. Albert, AB T8N 6A1.

Interment will take place at a later date. He will rest at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Kenaston, Sask.

The family would like to thank the kind, caring, and professional staff in Unit 18 at the St. Albert Sturgeon Community Hospital where Chuck spent his last four months of life.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation 8602 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1.

To send condolences, please visit

Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, St. Albert Chapel, (780) 458-2222.