By Joel van der Veen
KENASTON — Carmelle Pavelich can instantly remember what time it was when her son Dallas phoned to tell her the family home was on fire.
It was 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 when she took the call.
“I was just about to say my rosary,” she said. “I went immediately out there . . . I watched it for three-and-a-half hours. I sat in my vehicle out on the road there and I watched it.”
The two-storey farm house — located six miles east, two miles north and another half-mile east of Kenaston — was built in 1919.
It had been the Pavelich family’s home for more than 55 years. Her late husband George had purchased the farm from his uncle Rocko.
Carmelle said she and George moved in on their second wedding anniversary on April 18, 1961. She gave birth to their oldest son Kurt two weeks later.
“It was a well-built house,” she recalled. “It was sure cold in the wintertime, though.”
They raised three children, including their daughter Joy and their youngest son Dallas, in that house, constructing an addition in the mid-1970s.
“There’s so much loss you can’t even begin to think about it,” said Carmelle. “It’s just like a death.”
Dallas and his partner, Lynda Sereda, were living in the house most recently.
Lynda was home alone the evening of March 5 when she discovered the fire. She left the house right away, grabbing a pair of Dallas’s work boots on the way out.
Having left her phone behind, she went to a neighbour’s house to call Dallas, who was on his way to Saskatoon for a shopping trip.
Upon taking Lynda’s call, Dallas immediately called 911 to report the fire before phoning his mother with the news.
Ken Remmen, deputy chief of the Kenaston Volunteer Fire Department, said they received the call around 8:30 p.m. A total of 14 members responded.
A benefit night was being organized for Dallas and Lynda on Saturday, March 18 at the rink, with wings on the menu and music by Will Ardell.
A trust fund has been established for the couple, and donations are being taken at the Kenaston village office and at Affinity Credit Union.
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