Category Archives: Obituary

Ouellette, Hetty

Frances Henrietta Ouellette (nee Murphy) November 13, 1927 – February 3, 2010.
Hetty died peacefully at the ICU in St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Sask. on Feb. 3, 2010. She was born in Dodsland Hospital on Nov. 13, 1927, daughter of Fred and Frances Murphy. She was the sixth child in a family of ten. She attended Algoma School until Grade ten; then St. Joseph’s Convent at Rosetown for Grades 11 and 12, graduating in 1946.
In Feb. 1947 she went into training at St. Paul’s Hospital graduating in 1950. She used her nursing skills at Eatonia, Meadow Lake, Dodsland and Davidson, Sask. She was the matron of Davidson Hospital. At that time, she helped care for Corinne and Colleen Parks, a set of twins who needed lots of TLC before they could leave the hospital.
She was married on June 1, 1953 to Stan Ouellette at Kerrobert, Sask. They lived in Kenaston in several houses, at the Wopchall farm six miles west of Kenaston and finally into the Ouellette homestead house in 1963. Stan and Hetty had six children. The children enjoyed the convenience of living in town but were able to have the space and luxury of living on a farm because we had the barn to play in the loft and the pasture to ride horses and snare gophers.
Hetty returned to full-time nursing in 1968 to supplement the farm income and retired in 1991. Being a nurse in a small town is like being a doctor. She was always “on call” in Kenaston, when people needed her for sickness and accidents. In 1988 Hetty received the Heart of Gold award for outstanding service to her community.
Her husband Stan passed away in 1996. Hetty found this change very hard but in her usual strong-willed manner she moved forward. She continued to be present on the Community Housing Board. She was an active choir member at St. Andrews. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. She will be fondly remembered for her dill pickles and apple butter. Her children and grandchildren were her joy and focus. Many a story can be told of memories of Mom and Grandma. Stan and Hetty Ouellette are survived by their children, Brian (Angelika), Greg (Carolyn), Cyndy (Claus) Spielmann, Kevin (Debra), Heather (Lorne) Lowdermilk and Colin (Cory) Ouellette; grandchildren, Jay, Dallas, Ryan, Amanda, Braden, Darren, Ellen, Timothy, Jesse, Riley, Ashley and Johnny; great-grandchildren, Taya and Gabriel; siblings, Isabelle, Josephine (Wilfred), Sister Irene, Mildred, Madge (Peter), Bud (Bernie) and Dennis (Helen); sister-in-law, Irene and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hetty is predeceased by her husband Stan; brothers, Wilfred and Patrick; and parents Fred and Frances Murphy.
A celebration of Hetty’s life was held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Parish in Kenaston, Sask. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Inc., Saskatoon, Sask. or the St. Andrew’s Cemetery Fund.
Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson, in care of arrangements.

Spratt, Edward Duncan

Edward Duncan Spratt returned to the arms of his Lord on January 31. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Sarah Jane Spratt and Alfred Spratt who were overjoyed at his birth in Davidson on November 21, 1936.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Donna Spratt (nee Dobrowolsky); sister, Mary Catherine (Keith) Lindberg; daughters, Laura (Jeff) Dechka, Anna (Peter) Willis, Heather (Bill Dubreuil); grandchildren, Jennifer and Amy Dechka and Brook, Logan and Luke Willis; his cousins who were like siblings to him; sister-in-law, Bev (Kurtis) Maahs; countless friends and colleagues who Ed held very close to his heart.
Eddy grew up playing hockey and helping out on the farm. In 1958 he received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to receive his PhD in Soil Science at the University of London, England in 1968. During these years he was also a dedicated family man, having married Peggy McKeen and becoming a father to three girls by 1966. The family moved to Brandon Man. where he became a senior scientist at the Research Station. Edward was always learning and helping others. He started traveling the world and worked on projects in India, Egypt and Jamaica to name only a few. He worked at Sask. Potash Corp. ending his career with much consulting work in Saskatchewan and many parts of the world. His heart is in the land of Saskatchewan where he returned to his beloved farm in 1995, proud to farm it himself. Ed’s love of the land is profound. He wanted to share this passion with all and became chairman of the Three Rivers Trail Association and a director of the Sask. Trail Association.
He shared this passion with the love of his life, Donna, as well as horseback riding and the RV lifestyle always finding time to visit friends and family. Edward is also a very spiritual and religious man and an active member of the United Church. He was given the gifts of creativity and artistic talent which helped him express his love for God, the land and the world he loved.
Edward is a much-loved man who left an indelible legacy of knowledge and love. He touched so many lives and will be forever greatly missed. A service for Ed was held at McClure United Church, Saskatoon on Thursday, February 4, at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home Davidson, Sask. Donations can be made to Three Rivers Trail Assoc. (TRTA), Sask Trails Assoc., McClure United Church, or a charity of your choice.

Wunsch, Eunice Lillian

Eunice Lillian Wunsch passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2010 at Circle Drive Special Care Home in Saskatoon. Eunice was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Wunsch in 1982; infant daughter, Penny Lee in 1957; parents, Henry and Lily Libke; brothers, Melvin Libke, Elmer (Tom) Libke, Lawrence Libke; sisters, Elsie Beaumont, Selma Jackson and Gladys Corbin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Maxine Libke, Norm Beaumont, Elmer Jackson, Ace Corbin, Ben and Florence Wunsch and Elmer and Theresa Wunsch.
Eunice is survived by her son, Jud (Rhonda) Wunsch; granddaughters, Treana Wunsch (Mike Gill), Sacha (Jamie) Whalen, Stacey (Mike) Hertz, Lindsay Wunsch (Mike Dale); brothers, Lester Libke and Lloyd (Gwen) Libke; sister-in-law, Anne (Melvin) Libke, Anne (Tom) Libke and Hazel (Lawrence) Libke; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eunice was born on the Libke family farm south of Dundurn on Dec. 21, 1914. She married Gordon Wunsch in 1943. They resided in Hanley and farmed until Gordon passed away suddenly in 1982. Eunice continued to live in their home in Hanley until the fall of 2006. Because of poor health, she moved to a special care facility in Saskatoon. Eunice loved curling and cooking for her family and friends (grandma cookies were her specialty!) and looking after and being around her four granddaughters who she was so proud of.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hanley United Church or Circle Drive Special Care Home, Saskatoon.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Hanley United Church, which was officiated by Rev. Andrew Appledore.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hanson’s Funeral Service Ltd., Davidson.

Storry, Beatrice

A memorial service was held January 7 at Davidson Heath Centre for Beatrice Storry, born in Grayson, Sask., May 7, 1915 to Carl and Amanda Schulz. Beatrice was married Nov. 29, 1939 to Thomas Storry of Bladworth, where they continued to farm.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jan. 26, 2009 at the age of 94; brother-in-law Dr. Jeffrey Storry and his wife; brothers Carl and Fred; two nephews; and son-in-law Edward Bird.
Beatrice is survived by one daughter Dorothy Bird; granddaughters Edadeen and Oriole Bird; great-granddaughter Naomi Bird; great-grandson Liam Roller; one sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Marten’s Funeral Home, Warman and service by Rev. D. Nicholls.

Northrop, Joyce

Joyce Isabel Northrop (nee Mooney): November 19, 1929 – December 8, 2010
Joyce (mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt) passed suddenly December 8, 2010 in her home, living her life independently.
Joyce was the fourth child born to George and Margaret Mooney. Joyce attended school at Rolling Ridge School (Imperial district) and finished her Grade 12 in Regina. Joyce grew up loving horses and we often heard the tale of her horse Paint (with the map of Italy). After her schooling, Joyce returned to Imperial to work in the local grocery store. After meeting the love of her life, Joyce married Sam Northrop on June 22, 1951 in Imperial. Their first home was the Scott farm (near Stalwart) and in 1956 they bought the Gardner farm (near Liberty). Here they raised their family, farmed (mixed farming), and raised purebred Shorthorns. Joyce was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Liberty, and was also involved with the Saskatchewan Shorthorn Association. With four children involved in 4-H, it wasn’t long before Joyce became a leader, as well. The local summer fairs would find the Northrop family showing their cattle and their horses and gymkhana was also a family affair, and the Northrop family would often be together riding in the local community gymkhana events and on to the Saskatchewan Riding Club Association provincials. Joyce enjoyed sewing, and after the children had grown, matching outfits were sewn for Sam and herself and their palomino horses to be worn in parades province wide.
Sam and Joyce moved to Davidson in 1988 and Joyce delved into developing her flower beds of lilies, roses and so much more. Joyce and Sam took part in the Davidson Senior’s Centre and they travelled many miles with the Senior’s winter games. Joyce took up pattern dancing with her sister Mabel through the nineties, and even took up playing the drums with Sam on the accordion and a group of local musicians. Faith was dominant throughout Joyce and Sam’s life worshipping with the St. Agnes Anglican congregation in Craik and later with the All Saints family in Davidson.
Joyce enjoyed her knitting, crocheting, liquid embroidery, and many other needle crafts.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents, George and Margaret Mooney; her husband, Sam Northrop; infant daughter, son Jimmy; brother, Bob Mooney; and sisters, Lois McMillan and Hazel Mooney. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her family, Children, Ila May Northrop (Dwight Gervais); Bill Northrop (Shirley Sander), Bill’s family – Nichole (Rick) Pitre and family Bailey and Ryder, Vincent (Bo) Northrop and daughter Ty, Victor Northrop, Shirley’s family – Colleen (Evert) Gristwood and family Dawn and Sean, Chris (Christine) Sander and family Alyssa and Noah, Cory (Cheyanne) Sander and son Jason; Heather (Jerry) Willner and family – Courtney Willner (James Laframboise) and Tyler Willner; Colleen (Brian) Griffith and family – Royden, Ryley and Winston Griffith; sister, Mabel Strachan; sisters-in-law, Joyce Mooney, Sylvia Northrop, Freda Taylor and Marion Stratton and brother-in-law, George Northrop.
Memorials in Joyce’s memory were directed to All Saints Anglican Church, Davidson, Sask., the Davidson Home Care Fund or to the charity of your choice.
Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson was in care of the arrangements.