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Obituary: Adolph, Thelma

Adolph, Thelma

Thelma Kathleen Adolph (née Sira) passed away peacefully August 31, 2017 in Central Haven Special Care Home in Saskatoon. Thelma was born on the Sira homestead on Jan. 25, 1931 to Norwegian parents Trygve and Ragna Sira. She attended both Bohrson and Hanley schools and the Robertson Secretarial School in Saskatoon. She worked at Marshall Wells and The Bay for many years.

She married Gordon Adolph on June 30, 1951. They had two children: Patti-lynn, born in 1958, and Daryl, born in 1965. They were lifetime members in the Riversdale Kiwanis, very active volunteering and raising money. Thelma received Kiwanian of the Year in 2011, the first woman to receive this award.

Gordon passed away in 1991. Later, Thelma married Julius (Chic) Csigi in 1996 and they spent 20 happy years together in Saskatoon, at the cabin at Shell Lake, Norway, etc. They also made many happy trips with Elmer and Marilyn Sira to Mexico, Florida, U.S.A., and here.

Thelma was predeceased by her parents and both husbands. Lovingly remembered by her daughter Patti-lynn, son Daryl (Kathleen), stepdaughters Diane (Larry) and Wendy (Gary), brother Elmer (Marilyn), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thelma was proud of her rural and Norwegian upbringing. She was a gentle person, loved visiting, cards and having a good time with all family and friends.

STØTTE I SJELEFRED (Peace be with you)
VI ELSKER DEG (We love you)
Blessed be her memory.

Obituary: Bezanson, Jerry

Jerry Bezanson

Regrettably Jerry took his life Sept. 2, 2017, with heavy hearts we announce his passing.

Born Feb. 23, 1959 in Middle Musquodoboit, N.S., at age 15 Jerry moved out west. Jerry and Cyndi settled in Davidson, Sask., and opened “Second Hand Rose Restoration,” rebuilding and restoring antique cars. Many beautiful cars that he restored were sold all over the world from Nova Scotia to New Zealand. He is survived by parents Stanley and Violet (Reid) Bezanson, Aylesford, N.S.; children: daughter Naomi Harraq and family, Quebec; sons Ricky Bezanson and family, New Brunswick, Trevor Cloutier and Ryan Cloutier, Alberta; his wife Cyndi, Alberta; and seven siblings. Predeceased by three brothers.

A Memorial Service will be held for Jerry at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 23rd, 2017, at First Baptist Church, Moose Jaw, Sask. For those so wishing, memorial donations in memory of Jerry may be directed to the Davidson Fire Department (checks payable to the Town of Davidson) or to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Interment will take place back home in Nova Scotia.

Obituary: Crawford, Margaret

CRAWFORD, Margaret Ella (nee Low)
April 4, 1928 — Sept. 6, 2017

It is with great sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Margaret Ella Crawford at Edmonton’s Grey Nuns Hospital. After 89 years of leaving her mark on this world, she died as she lived: on her own terms. Pages could be filled with wonderful memories but Mom always said, “Less is more.” So it’s only fitting we take one of her favourite quotes from the movie Forrest Gump: “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

She will be lovingly remembered by children Donna (Kenny) Taylor, Wendy (Bing) Vanthuyne, Colleen Crawford, Trev (Shauna) Crawford; grandchildren Keith (Sammie) Taylor, Stacey (Trevor) Risling, Graham (Lisa) Taylor, Tara Taylor (Brad Whitter), Kelly (Karen) Taylor, Derek (Susan) Vanthuyne, Kristen (Warren) Fry, Brent (Nicole) Vanthuyne, Amy (Kurt) East, Wes and Dale Lenkewich, Kurt Crawford, Hailey and Meg Crawford and 23 great-grandchildren; Leslie Taylor (brother-in-law), Arthur Morrison (brother-in-law), Marlene Low (sister-in-law), Harold Crawford (brother-in-law), Shirley Crawford (sister-in-law), Allan Crawford (brother-in-law), Roy (Marilyn) Crawford (brother/sister-in-law), and Glenn Crawford (brother-in-law); and too many nieces, nephews and significant people in her life to include.

Predeceased by Alex and Ella Low (parents); Gordon Crawford (husband); Dorothy Moore, Jean Taylor, Kathleen Morrison (sisters); Willie Low (brother); George Crawford, Ralph Crawford (brothers-in-law), Howard Moore (brother-in-law); Janet Crawford, Shirley (Taylor) Crawford, Beth Crawford (sisters-in-law); Murray Crawford (nephew); Ronald, Bobby, Roy Moore (nephews); Ben Crawford (great-nephew) and Maurice (Reec) Bouchard (great-nephew).

Service Information: In loving memory of Margaret Ella Crawford, aged 89 years. Memorial Service was at Simpson Community Centre, Simpson, Sask., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Officiant — Linty Crawford; Register Attendants — Michele and Stuart Morrison; Ushers — Hugh Crawford and Alex Morrison; Eulogy — Derek Vanthuyne; Tribute Video — Colleen Crawford; Memorial Luncheon — Simpson Homemakers. Private Family Interment at Simpson Cemetery.

For online condolences, tributes or to make a donation “In Memory of Margaret Crawford” to the Simpson Cemetery Fund, Box 19, Simpson, Saskatchewan, S0G 4M0, please visit

Obituary: McGinnis, Anne


Anne McGinnis (née Hrechka)
January 9th, 1949 — September 5th, 2017

Anne McGinnis passed away on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 with her family by her side. Anne was born on January 9th, 1949 in Peesane, Sask. She was predeceased by her parents John and Stella; sister Mary Noren; brothers-in-law Jerry Noren and Leo Shull; sisters-in-law Mary Hrechka and Bev Hrechka; and father-in-law Earl McGinnis.

Anne leaves behind the love of her life, Bill McGinnis, whom she married on June 11th, 1966. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Wanda (Dean Sunley), Wendy (Steve Sanden), and Wanesa (Bill Dell); her grandchildren: Hailey, Jenna and Hope Sunley, Josh, Aiden and Hanna Sanden, and Paige and April Dell, who all meant everything to her; her sister Kathy Shull; brothers Mike (Darlene) and Bill Hrechka; as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed.

In keeping with Anne’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550,

Obituary: Spencer, Hilton

Hilton Spencer

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the pillar of our family, Hilton Spencer of Craik, Sask., on Aug. 17, 2017, at the age of 69. With his much-loved wife and children by his side, Hilton fought until the end with the same determination and strength that he had displayed his entire life.

Hilton was born in Craik, Sask., on Feb. 2, 1948. He is predeceased by his parents, George and Violet (Sloan). Proudly carrying on Hilton’s spirit and love for his family are his wife of 43 years, Wilma (Sianchuk) and their four children: George (Barbara) Spencer and their daughter Athena of Bluffton, Alta.; Peter (Brady) Spencer and their sons Mason and Grey of Edmonton, Alta.; John (Jennifer) Spencer and their children Ainsley and Flynn of Martensville, Sask.; Rae Lynn (Dan) Crooks and their daughter Madyn of Weyburn, Sask. He is also survived by his brothers Ernest (Nancy) Spencer and Dave (Arlette) Spencer as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Hilton loved all members of his family and was unable to hide his pride as he spoke of them. He cared deeply for his wife. Hilton and Wilma set a precious and rare example for their children to carry forward into their relationships. His grandchildren were one of his real joys and Hilton always brought a new and fun experience to each child whenever he spent time with them. Although his grandchildren are spread throughout various communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, “Grandpa” is always one of their constant topics of conversation.

Hilton was very creative, resourceful and intelligent. He could usually be found manufacturing various structures from wood and metal. Hilton loved to golf and archery hunt with his closest friends and family. He was very community-minded, serving as president of the Craik Golf Course and as the Reeve of RM No. 222 for 27 years. He fought for many ideas that he believed would make his community prosper, including keeping rural health care intact and bringing new businesses and families to the area. His entrepreneurial spirit served him well as he supported his family and the community with equipment operation through his company, Spencer Trenching, farming, raising livestock and owning his own semi and gravel trailer. In the weeks before his passing, he spoke of retiring on the farm and rekindling his passion of working with horses. We will be forever proud of Hilton’s integrity, selflessness, and countless life lessons learned by being in his presence.

A celebration of Hilton’s life was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Hall in Craik, Sask. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the medical efforts of the doctors and nurses at the Pasqua Hospital Intensive Care Unit and their compassion towards Hilton and his loved ones.

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

Obituary: Bisson, Merle

Howard Merle Bisson

Howard Merle Bisson of Craik, Sask., passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 with his family by his side at the age of 77.

He was predeceased by his parents Mae and Eddie Bisson and his only son Jason. Merle leaves behind his wife of 52 years Bertha and daughter Michelle (Curtis) Marcenko and their children George (Katie), Zane, and Jill and twin great-grandsons Steele and Luke; daughter-in-law Diana Bisson and children Courtney, Jordan, Kylie and Jeremy. Merle also leaves behind a special nephew Chris (Erin) Stephens and their children Morgan, Dalton, and Elliot. He also leaves behind his six siblings, Gail (Ed), Ross (Gaille), Glen (Judy), Garnold (Charlene), Richard (Carol), Elaine (Stan) and their families.

Merle was a farmer all of his life and was very proud of planting his 60th crop before he retired in 2016. He especially enjoyed following his grandchildren partaking in all of their events. A celebration of Merle’s life was held at the Craik Hall on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Interment followed at the Craik Cemetery. For those who wish, donations can be made to the Craik Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson, Sask.