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The Canora Courier

12 January 2005




Canora Courier January 12, 2005 Page 8

POWELL:  Funeral service for Mansel Powell, 86, of Yorkton, who died Dec. 9, was held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yorkton on Dec. 13 with Archdeacon Ken Buchan and Pastor Carolyn Argue officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born in the Waldron district on Apr. 25, 1918 to Evan and Howell and Martha Alice (nee Thomas) Powell, he attended Marwin and Waldron schools, then, at age 18, joined the army with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Cavalry unit in 1936.  In 1941, he went overseas with the armoured unit.  After leaving the army in 1947 with the rank of captain, he went into the lumber and hardware business in Ebenezer, and married Bernice Smithson.  He continued a military association by joining the local reserve unit and became involved with the militia troops in Hudson Bay, Canora, Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy and Kamsack, and with the regimental band in Kamsack.  He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club and the Navy League of Canada.  He retired to Yorkton in 1985.

Predeceased by his parents, four brothers, Griff, Evan, Edward and William, a sister, Muriel, and a son, John at birth, he is survived by his wife; one son, Jack (Carrie); two daughters, Gloria (Bryce) Powell-Smith, and Sandra (William) Gulka; one brother, Hugh, and 10 grandchildren.


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OLENICK:  Funeral service for Catherine Olenick, 90, of Arabella, who died Dec. 21 at Canora Hospital, was held Dec. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norquay with Rev. Ivan Derkach officiating.  Burial was in the parish cemetery in Swan Plain with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born on May 14, 1914, in the Podolia district to Paul and Mary (Babiuk) Dykun, she attended Podolia and Evandale schools.  She married Metro Olenick on Nov. 2, 1932, in Arran and they purchased land west of Arabella, where they resided the rest of their lives.  She was an active member of the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Swan Plain.

Predeceased by her parents, Paul and Mary, her husband, Metro, a brother, John Dykun, a sister, Bessie Stasiuk, and a great-granddaughter, Marrisa Olenick, she is survived by six sons, Paul (Nathalie) of Swan River, Ernie (Joyce) of Calgary, Steve (Marjorie) of Calgary, Eugene (Patricia) of Edmonton, Dennis (Christine) of Norquay and Adrian (Vera) of Saskatoon; a daughter, Adeline Devloo of Calgary; five sisters, Annie Nayko of Kamsack, Nellie Wasyleniuk of Yorkton, Emily Kowch of Yorkton, Jennie Tomenchuk of Gravelbourg and Mary Kinaschuk of Prince Albert; 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


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MALOWNEY:  Funeral service for Metro Malowney, 90, of Yorkton, and formerly of Rama district, who died Jan. 1 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Jan. 4 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial is to take place at Canora Cemetery at a later date with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born on Nov. 2, 1914, in the Margo district to Wasyl and Dorothy (Atamanchuk) Malowney, he attended Dobrowody School.  He worked on the family farm until he married Bernice (Bessie) Slugoski on Nov. 21, 1937, and they purchased their own farm north of Rama.  They farmed until 1995, when they retired to Yorkton.

Predeceased by his parents, Wasyl and Dorothy, his wife, Bernice, two brothers, Nick and John, and five sisters, Anne, Netty, Ethel, Mary and Mildred, he is survived by a son, Ed (Lorraine) of Saskatoon; a daughter, Liz Kaminsky of Yorkton; a brother, Paul (Zonie) of Wadena; two sisters, Rose (Albert) Slugoski of Canora and Stephanie Koshlay of Yorkton; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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SCHLOSSER:  Funeral service for Laura Schlosser, 76, of Swan River, and formerly of Stenen, who died Dec. 25, was held Dec. 31 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Swan River with Rev. Salesi Takau and Rev. Murray Wenstob officiating.  Burial was in Birchwood Cemetery in Swan River with Paull Funeral Home and Crematorium in care of arrangements.

Born in Stenen on Sept. 2, 1928 to Choy and Winnie (Wowrow) Leung, she was raised in Swan River where she attended Duncan School and worked in the family laundry business.  On June 19, 1952, she married Otto Schlosser and the couple moved to Pioneer Mines, B.C., where they worked for six years before returning to Swan River.  She was a member of the Order of the Royal Purple and the Rebekah Lodge.

Predeceased by her husband, her parents, and three sisters, Ruth Leung, Anne Fint and Josephine Ridgeway, she is survived by six children, Frederick Otto (Trudy) Schlosser, Judy Jobin, Debbie (David) Terleski, Garry (Kalina) Schlosser, Terry (Bernadette) Schlosser and David Schlosser; three brothers, Make (Eileen), Pete (Lee) and Charlie (Pat) Leung; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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SIMES:  Funeral service for Gordon Arthur Simes, 80, of Yorkton, and formerly of Preeceville, who died Jan. 5 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Jan. 10 at St. John Lutheran Church in Preeceville with Rev. Carlyle Johnson officiating.  Burial was in the North Prairie Lutheran Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born on Sept. 23, 1924, in Canora to Arthur and Josephine (Solen) Simes, he attended school in Sturgis.  He worked on the family farm in the Robertson Creek district and he worked for a number of local farmers.  He worked in logging camps in Saskatchewan and loaded grain at the Thunder Bay terminal in Ontario.  He married Amy Thorson on Nov. 9, 1972.  He was employed at the Thorson farm until he retired in December of 1987 and moved to Yorkton.

Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Josephine, and a sister, Lyla Argue, he is survived by his wife, Amy; and three brothers, Ken, Marvin (Sheila) and Vernon of Saskatoon.


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THORSON:  Funeral service for Esther Lucille Thorson, 80, of Yorkton and formerly of Preeceville North Prairie district, who died Dec. 15 in Yorkton, was held Dec. 20 at St. John-NOrth Prairie Lutheran Church in Preeceville with Paster Carlyle Johnson officiating.  Burial was in North Prairie Lutheran cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born Sept. 18, 1924 to John and Mattie (Sandager) Thorson on the family farm in the North Prairie district, she moved with her family to the present Thorson farm, two miles south of the North Prairie Church.  She was educated at Beaver Falls School (grades 1 to 10), Preeceville (11) and Regina (12).  She worked as a secretary and drug store assistant in Spiritwood before entering the St. Boniface School of Nursing, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1951.  She worked as a nurse in Winnipeg and a operating room nurse in Vancouver before returning to Saskatchewan in the 1970s, where she worked at Canora Union Hospital until 1977.  After that, she worked administration at Red Deer General Hospital (1977-1980), supervisor of nursing administration and associate director of nursing, Yorkton Union Hospital (1980).  In 1982, she became director of nursing, which she held until her retirement in 1989.

Predeceased by her parents, John and Mattie, she is survived by three brothers, Tyler, Marlo and Edgar (Doreen), all of Preeceville and one sister, Amy (Gordon) Simes of Yorkton.


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FRY:  Funeral service for Polly Jean Fry, 91, of Kamsack, and formerly of the Rhein district, who died Dec. 25 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home, was held Dec. 29 at Westminster United Church in kamsack with Frances Patterson officiating.  Burial was in Riverview Cemetery with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born July 8, 1913 in Rhein to Petyer and Marie (Antoniuk) Filipchuk, she attended Prairie Queen School.  A homemaker, she worked at the Kamsack Library and was a member of the Kamsack lodge of the Order of the Royal Purple.  On Oct. 9, 1940, she married Charles (Herb) Fry at the United church in Kamsack.

Predeceased by her husband, her parents, a brother, Sam, and six sisters, Emma, Sophie, Anne, Katie, Marie and Maggie, she is survived by one son, Phillip (Shannon) Fry of Osoyoos, B.C.


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CHERNOFF:  Graveside service for Pauline Chernoff, 81, of Kamsack, and formerly of the Veregin district, who died Dec. 28 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home, was held Jan. 3 at Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack with Eugene Bobyk officiating and E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born Oct. 7, 1923 in the Veregin district to Nick and Polly (Osachoff) Podovinnikoff, she married Jack Chernoff in 1940 in the Veregin district, and was homemaker.

Predeceased by her husband, parents, a daughter, Elaine, one grandson, Patrick Veregin, and sic siblings, she is survived by one daughter, Judy (Barry Arnold) Kazakoff of Simpson; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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JENNINGS:  Funeral service for Frederick Curtis Jennings, 81, of Kamsack, who died Dec. 18 at Canora Hospital, was held Dec. 21 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Thom Carnahan of the United Church of Canada officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Born on Nov. 19, 1923, in Buchanan to Albert and Laura (McKay) Jennings, he attended school in Buchanan.  He joined the air force during the Second World War and served from 1943 to 1946.  He was fortunate to have never seen combat.  After the war, he returned to Buchanan and married Pearl Smorodin on Aug. 4, 1949.  He drove large trucks and was passionate about working with horses.  He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge.  He lived in Buchanan until 2002.  Shortly after his wife died, he moved to the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack.

Predeceased by his parents, Laura and Albert, his wife, Pearl, a son, Ron, two brothers, Hugh and Roy, and four sisters, Verna Bradley, Erma Gifford, Marg Hart and Helen Naomi in infancy, he is survived by three sons, Allen (Joanna) of Saskatoon, Terry (Terri) of Grandview and Robin (Carol) of Canora; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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In Memory:  In memory of my grandfathers, Lukyan Horkoff, who passed away Jan. 13, 1965; and Sam Cheveldeoff, who passed away Jan. 23, 1965.

In my heart your memories live,

There’s not a day, dear grandfathers,

I don’t think of you both.

- This memoriam is from grandson Lorne Russell Cheveldeoff.


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Anne KOWBEL 1920-2005

Anne Kowbel, a long-time resident of Canora, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Saviour at the age of 84 on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at the home of her daughter, Joanna Kapusta, in Meadow Lake, Sask., following a courageous battle with cancer.  Left to cherish the memories and celebrate the life of this utterly delightful woman, whose zest for life was irrepressible, are her husband of more than 62 years, Joseph P. Kowbel of Canora, their children, Mary Anne (Modest Kowal) of Saskatoon, Joanna (Peter Kapusta) of Meadow Lake, Joseph (Janice Hauser) of Saskatoon, and Michael (Deborah Clark) of Kamloops, B.C. and their grandchildren, upon whom she doted and spoiled with her unconditional love and culinary expertise:  Johanna (Murray Dietrich) of Edmonton, Alicia (Graeme Carey) of Saskatoon Justin and Katherine Kowal of Saskatoon, Michael Kapusta of Saskatoon Christina Kupusta of Edmonton, Mathew, Mishaela, Anastasha and Jantina Kowbel of Saskatoon; her brother Marcel (Eva) of Victoria, B.C. and several nieces and nephews.  Mom was predeceased by her father, William Krywy in 1943, her mother, Sophie Krywy (nee Obodiak) in 1989, and her sister, Mary Lubkowski/Lutka in 1997.  Mom was born in Canora, Sask. On Nov. 10, 1920 and spent most of her youth in Buchanan.  After marrying Joseph in 1942, Mom helped Dad manage Kowbel’s Drug Store until 1986, all the while caring lovingly for her family who called “upstairs” their home.  Mom took pride in preparing exhaustive menus for large gatherings of family and friends at their home and at Madge Lake.  She unselfishly shared her table with local clergy for more than 30 years.  Mom was determined to live life to the fullest, and to nurture and inspire others to reach for their dreams and goals.  Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and Easter were occasions to celebrate the love and closeness that only family warmth could provide.  At the centre of Mom’s universe was her family—both immediate and extended—as evidenced by her generous hospitality.  Mom’s life was filled with great respect, boundless energy and a sincere desire to be of service to others.  She was the major caregiver for her blind Uncle Johnny Obodiak, among others.  She was God in all people, and took pride in sharing the beauty and produce of her extensive flower and vegetable gardens with everyone.  Mom was a charter member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League (UCWLC) and was an active participant in their activities for more than 60 years.  Mom sang in church and community choirs and loved lifting her voice in praise of the Lord.  Our mother was an amazing lady of unconditional love and a pillar of strength for our entire family.  Her passion for life will remain forever in our hearts and will serve as an inspiration for all who knew her.  We will miss you deeply, Mom.  We will remember those lessons you taught, and we will endeavor to live our lives patterned upon yours.  We love you, mom,  Prayers were offered on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005 at 8 p.m.; a Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 at 10 a.m. by Rev. Joachim Rac.  Both services were held at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora.  In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, Sask., or Development and peace “Tidal Wave Disaster” fund (1-888-664-3387).  Arrangements are entrusted to Greg Lalach of Park Funeral Chapel in Saskatoon (244-2103).


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She was born in Buchanan, operated business in Alberta, and was appointed lieutenant governor

- Lois Elsa Veregin came into this world in 1933, the daughter of a cattle buyer and an avid gardener

Alberta’s 15th lieutenant governor, who was born and spent her early years in Buchanan, died in Edmonton on Jan. 6.

Lois Elsa Hole (nee Veregin) died at Royal Alexandra Hospital of abdominal cancer at the age of 71.

She was born in Buchanan in 1933 to Elsa and Michael Veregin.  Her father was a cattle buyer and her mother an avid gardener.  She moved to Edmonton with her family when she was 15, and completed her education at Strathcona Composite High School.

She married Edward (Ted) Hole in 1952, and they bought a mixed farm on the Sturgeon River north of St. Albert the same year.  Their early market garden evolved into Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens Ltd., one of the largest retail greenhouse operations and garden centres in Canada.  Their two sons, Bill and Jim, now run the business.  Her husband, Ted, died of Cancer in 2003, one month after Hole announced her own diagnosis of cancer.

She was the author of 14 gardening books, all best-sellers, including a collection of life stories and growing information entitled, I’ll Never Marry a Farmer.  Before becoming lieutenant governor, she gave hundreds of gardening talks across North America.  She was a regular contributor to The Glove and Mail, Edmonton Journal, the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion and The Edmonton Sun.

She was an advocate of education, during her life acting as school trustee in two divisions (1967-1981, Sturgeon School Division; 1981-1998, St. Albert School District), serving on the governing council of Athabasca University from 1972 to 1983, and being appointed chancellor of University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1998.

In 2000, she was only the second woman to be appointed lieutenant governor of Alberta, becoming known for giving hugs to all and sundry that she met, from children to visiting dignitaries to media persons.

She was named a member of the Order of Canada (1999), chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence (2000), Dame of Justice, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and Honourary Patricia, 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  She was awarded the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Humanitarian Award (2003) and given honourary degrees from the University of Alberta (2000), Athabasca University (1995), the University of Lethbridge (2004) and Olds College (1996).

She served as director the Farm Credit corporation, honourary chair the 27th Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice, the Children’s Millennium Fund, and a board member for the Canadian Heritage Garden Foundation, the Child and Adolescent Services Association and the Quality of Life Commission.

Her contributions to education and literacy were honoured with the establishment of the Lois Hole Library Legacy program in 2002, which encourages people to donate money for books.  The Alberta Schools Boards Association created the Lois Hole Lecture Series in 2003.  The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Arts Awards program was created in 2004.

Her spirit will remain a part of daily life in Edmonton with the naming of a new library in the city’s west end and the Royal Alexandra’s new woman’s hospital, both after her in 2004.

“The lieutenant governor was a woman of remarkable spirit, energy and intelligence,” Premier Ralph Klein said in a statement last week.  “She was truly beloved by all Albertans, who saw in her all that is special about the province:  compassion, humour, gentleness and dedication.”

Mel Hurtig, Edmonton author, publisher, political activist and close friend of Hole’s, called her one of the greatest human beings ever.  “She brought such warmth, such genuine affection, such humanity, such good common sense to the position that tends to sometimes be austere and formal,” Hurtig said.  “Here we have instead the world champion hugger and the world champion lover of people.”

At her last public appearance, Hole said she hoped she would be remembered with “fond memories and good thoughts.  I’ve always done my best to make people feel comfortable, by giving away a hug or two, along with, sometimes, a couple of plants.  And listening very carefully to what people have to say.”


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Premier Lorne Calvert extends condolences

Premier Lorne Calvert has expressed condolences on the death of the Honourable Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, on January 5th.

“On behalf of the government and people of Saskatchewan, I extend to the family of Lois Hole and the people of Alberta our sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Hole,” Calvert said Jan. 7.  “It is sad indeed that the lieutenant governor of our sister province should be taken from us at the beginning of our joint centennial year.”

The premier noted that Hole had many connections with Saskatchewan.  She was born in Buchanan, and moved to Edmonton in her early teens.  She and her late husband had a life-long involvement in agriculture and Hole became a nationally-known author and expert on gardening.  She was a frequent visitor to Regina as a member of the board of directors of the Farm Credit Canada, whose head office is located in the Saskatchewan capital.  She was well known for her support of health care, education, libraries and the arts.

“It was typical of Lois Hole,” Calvert said, “that when she learned of the campaign to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Government House Centennial project, she promptly sent a personal donation.  Alberta’s loss on her passing is also felt very much in Saskatchewan.”


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HADUBIAK:  Funeral service for Chelsea Megan Hadubiak, 15, of Canora, who died Jan. 5 at Regina General Hospital, was held Jan. 8 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Chelsea Megan Hadubiak was born on June 30, 1989, in the Yorkton Union Hospital to Lyle and Beverly (Nee: Gulka).  She was baptized on Oct. 7, 1989, at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora.  She spent the first three years of her lie in Buchanan with her parents and big sisters, Lindsey and Lori.  In July of 1992, the family moved to Canora.  Shortly afterwards, Chelsea began nursery school and Tiny Tot Ballet.  In February of 1993, Chelsea’s little brother, Corey, was born.  Chelsea and Corey enjoyed competition with one another.  Chelsea would drop and do 100 sit-ups without being the least bit tired.  Chelsea won the sit-up competition on a regular basis.  She began her schooling at the age of three.  She was enrolled in three and four-year-old Nursery School with Mrs. Marchinko.  In 1995, she began Kindergarten at CJES and then moved to CCS for Grades five through nine.  Chelsea was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic parish.  She attended catechism and received her first Holy Communion on May 11, 1997.  Later, Chelsea became a member of her church youth group.  Chelsea was involved in many activities.  She enjoyed soccer, snowboarding, swimming, dancing, skating and Tae-Kwan-Do.  She was an amazing athlete, constantly flexing to show off her “pipes”.  She took part in various types of dance.  She began in tiny tot ballet and eventually moved up to jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre.  Chelsea also loved snowboarding.  She began a few years ago and, although she was a great little boarder, her favourite part was searching the hill or “hotties”.  One of Chelsea’s favourite things to do was watching movies.  She could be found downstairs on the couch, snuggled up with a blanket, eating a bag of chips.  She would go through phases where she would watch the same movies over and over again.  She had just received the movie Mean Girls for Christmas and had watched it at least 10 times within a week.  Most of all, Chelsea loved to be hanging with her friends.  She was always borrowing money to go to Tony’s Pizza or to the Macedonian for fries and coffee.  Although Chelsea wasn’t known for her fantastic cooking abilities, she once added one cup of vanilla to cookies when she was supposed to put in one teaspoon, she could still make the best tasting Icaban noodles ever!  Her favourite lunchtime foods were Lipton Chicken Noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  She also got the whole family hooked on nachos and cheese, which became the favourite Sunday afternoon snack.  Chelsea loved to wear comfy clothes.   She practically lived in her pajamas and dorm pants.  She would even wear them to school!  Chelsea will be dearly missed and loved by her family and anyone else that was blessed with having known her.  Chelsea’s most precious gift, was the gift of herself.  Chelsea was an organ donor and has saved or improved the lives of seven other people.  The family is going to miss their little “Mega-Baby”.  Chelsea is survived by her parents, Lyle and Beverly Hadubiak; a brother, Corey of Canora; two sisters, Lindsey of Saskatoon and Lori of Canora; grandparents, Olga and Walter Karmazinuk and Marcella and Mike Hadubiak; great-grandmothers, Katie Karmazinuk and Ethel Dutchak; aunts and uncles, Diane Rose, Randy (Becky) Gulka, Kurtis (Tammy) Karmazinuk, Doreen (David) Steele, Cyndy Hadubiak, Janice Hadubiak and Maxine Hadubiak, and all of her cousins and friends.  Chelsea was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Roger Gulka; uncle, David Hadubiak; great-grandfathers John Karmazinuk, John Hadubiak and Bill Dutchak; great-grandmother Anne Hadubiak, and many other great aunts and uncles.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Trust Fund in Memory of Chelsea at the Canora CIBC as tokens of remembrance.