Obituaries

June, 2016

James Norman Nichols

June 17, 1931 to June 12, 2016

James Norman Nichols was born at Indian Point, Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan on June 17, 1931. He passed away on June 12, 2016 at the age of 84.
Jim was the second of seven children born to Ernie and Nora Nichols.
On August 4, 1950 he married Margaret Brady. By June 1962 they had six children. The family moved to Lloydminster in May 1964.
Dad was truly a jack of all trades. He was a farmer, an excellent horseman, he worked on the railroad, in construction, was a precise backhoe operator, a bartender, an oilfield maintenance foreman and a rigger to name a few.
He operated a rig for Border Drilling and trained all of his sons to be riggers. In 1982 while pushing tools for Leyen Oilwell he was backed over by a water truck and never worked again.
He had an amazing voice and loved the old hymns. In his younger days, he would sing and yodel like Wilf Carter.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Ernie Nichols in 1950 and Nora Fitzgerald in 1993. His stepfather Jack Fitzgerald, three brothers, a baby in 1934, Gordon in 1959 and George in 1985. His only sister Jean Cydejko in 2007. His in laws Tom Brady and Wilma and Hollis Guyette, George Cydejko, Vi Nichols and Theresa Brady. The mother of his children Margaret Nichols in 2004, his son-in-law Stewart Gurnett in February 2016.
Jim is survived by his partner of 34 years Verna Kinshella. Step children Diana and Allen McKinnon, Shantel and Latasha. Darlene and Guy Scarf, Braden and Kelcie, Tanner and Kenzie. Darwin Kinshella and Nancy, Brandon and Jordon. Two Brothers, Don Nichols of Livelong. Gerald and Irene Nichols of Medicine Hat. Two Brothers-in-law; Tom Brady, Jack and Theresa Brady all of Livelong. By his two daughters and four sons, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Norma and Vernon Dembicki. Lionel and Sherri, Glen and Janelle, Vince, Veronica and Kelly Kowatch, Lori Dembicki, Shannon Kelly and Janice Noeth. Doreen Gurnett. Helen and Pat Carrier, Pauline and Mike Morley, Timothy. Ernie and Linda Nichols. Rodney and Sabrina, Taralyn and Nigel, Crystal and Vinnie. James and Deanna Nichols, D’Arcy Larmour, Cody Nichols, Gordon and Cindy Nichols. Travis Bertrand. Dean Nichols and Charlie Medlicott. Terence and Megan, Josh and Nicole, Amanda, Damian, Ericka Sim, Jessica and Josh Burns, Mitch Medlicott. Daughters-in-law Jeannine Choquette and Marie Nichols. His goddaughter Debbie Brown. Numerous Nieces, Nephews, cousins and Verna’s extended family.
After our last family barbecue in May at Jim and Dee’s. I said, “It was sure nice to see all the kids again hey Dad.” He replied, “Yes, and the adults too.”
Dad’s funeral service was conducted from McCaws Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 17, his 85th birthday. He was laid to rest in a family plot at Livelong, Sask.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Joel, Glenn and Brett McCaw. Once again you made a difficult time much easier for us.
Also to pastor Gord Hanson for praying with Dad and leading the service at the chapel and the graveside.
Thank You to the pallbearers. Grandsons: Lionel, Glen and Vince Dembicki; Terence, Josh and Cody Nichols. Braden and Tanner Scarf.
Honorary pallbearers; Vernon Dembicki, Vernon Matthews, grandsons: Rodney, Timothy, Damian and Travis. All of the granddaughters and great grandchildren.
Thank you Dr. Govender for the years of care.
Thank you to the caregivers at the Jubilee Home who made the last three years bearable for Dad. A special thanks to those who prayed with us, helped make a memory on the 7th. Those who cared for Dad during his last days and hours.
Thank you Dr. Kostic for all you did to bring Dad back to us in March. We have many special memories of the past three months with him.
Thank you to our friends and family for all the love, flowers, cards and phone calls. We love you all.

Norma, Doreen,
Ernie, James,
Gord, Dean,
and Families.

Alice Huggins

Alice Huggins passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the age of 79 years.
Alice leaves to mourn her passing: her children: Norval (Bev) Huggins, Shannon (Craig) Peiffer and Sheila (Bob) Vallier; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her siblings: Louis, Caroline, Margaret, Larry, Stanley, Yvonne, Lena and Linda and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alice was predeceased by her parents Edward and Marjorie Ouellette, brother Dale Ouellette and sister Agnes Ouellette.
The funeral service for Alice was conducted from the McCaw Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Father Rajappa Savariappan officiating.
The eulogy was given by Kelsey Owchar.
The soloist was Lani Burry and Melanie Pellerin on the piano.
The reception was held in the Legacy Center, Lloydminster, Alberta.
Donations in memory of Alice may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The family would like to thank the Dr’s, nurses and home care for the compassionate care shown to our mother Alice. We would also like to thank Father Rajappa Savariappan for officiating the service. The soloist, Lani Burry and Melanie Pellerin on the piano. A special thanks to Kelsey Owchar for the beautiful eulogy and slide show. Thank you to the Legacy Center and staff for the delicious catered lunch and also a special thanks to friends and family for attending moms service and for the cards, flowers, food and phone calls received. Your kindness is much appreciated. We would also like to acknowledge the professional guidance received from McCaw funeral Service.
Respectfully,
Alice Huggins’ Family

Shanda Kristie Hanson Wiesner

Shanda Kristie Hanson Wiesner passed away peacefully on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the age of 46 surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by Jason, her loving husband of nearly 18 years; 3 children, Harley, Zoey and Jaxon; her parents, Mervin and Mavis Hanson; sisters Roxanne (Colin Finnie) and Shari (Mike Dzurka); brother Randy (Kathy); parents-in-law Pat Wiesner. Yvonne Wiesner. She will be greatly missed by her sisters-in-law; Alana (Joe Patrick), Andrea (Kent Brown), Allyson (Dustin Grant) and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Douglas, grandparents and brother-in-law Bradley Wiesner.
Shanda was an exceptional wife and mother, always putting everyone else before herself. Even when she was in the hospital, she hated to bother the nurses. She tended to everyone’s needs leaving hers unattended. She was a real hockey and ball mom for Zoey and helped with team management and loved being involved with all of Harley and Jaxon’s projects and activities. Shanda was a Teacher Assistant at St. Mary’s School in Lloydminster for many years where she gained a home away from home. Shanda had a special gift to touch the lives of all she met and leaves many friendships that will not soon be forgotten. Shanda looked forward to camping and spending time with family and friends at the lake.
Shanda was born in Rose Valley on November 15, 1969. She attended University of Saskatchewan and received her B.A. She married Jason Wiesner on July 18, 1998. Shanda and Jason have spent their entire married life in Lloydminster where they raised their three children.

CARD OF THANKS
We have suffered a very great loss and would have never survived without the outpouring of love, prayers and compassion by so many people: family, friends, co-workers, St. Mary’s School (staff, students and parents), Designers Choice Staff, contractors and acquaintances. Nothing has gone unnoticed but we cannot possibly thank all of you in person.
Words can never express how grateful for and overwhelmed we were with the love and support shown us during a most difficult time in our life, the illness and then the loss of a wife and soul mate, mother, daughter, daughter in law, friend, and co-worker. Your works of love and mercy will never be forgotten. The outpouring of food, calls, letters, cards, prayers, visits, donations ($2200.00 for St. Mary’s School), Masses, flowers, and attendance at Shanda’s prayers and funeral was simply unbelievable and overwhelming and very much appreciated.
The staff, students and parents of St. Mary’s and Holy Rosary Schools are to be commended for their participation in Shanda’s funeral Mass, in the Choir and in being pallbearers. They made the funeral so uplifting and sang Shanda all the way to heaven. They were back to school organizing and practicing during their Easter break. A special thanks to Zoey’s hockey team for their attendance and how touching it was that they all had Zoey’s number 8 on their sweaters. Thank you to St. Anthony’s Church staff and Fr. Arun Rodrigues for their help and participation in prayers, the funeral and internment. Thanks to Jennifer Rorke for providing music at prayers and to all who participated in Prayers and the Funeral Mass.
Thank you to Designer’s Choice staff for providing and serving lunch after prayers and to St. Anthony’s CWL for serving lunch following the funeral. They did a marvelous job of feeding so many people. A special thank you to staff and doctors and surgeons at Lloydminster Hospital, to the St. Walburg Ambulance personnel who transferred Shanda, to RUH Emergency and Intensive Care staff, the intensivists, nurses, ECMO technicians, and respirologists, you were amazing, so caring and always willing to explain and teach. A special thanks to Dr. Brian Brownbridge.
Thank you to McCaw funeral home for their help and guidance.
Thank you and God Bless you all

Jason Wiesner and Children Harley, Zoey and Jaxon
And
The Hanson and Wiesner Families

POEM
by Donna Richardson

S “Special” and “Sharing” Shanda had a special way of calming others. She shared her talents with family and friends.
H “Humour” Shanda had a subtle sense of humour. We have laughed at many situations over the years. Even, when she was in the hospital, she still found humour. She would text me and comment about her male nurse and him having to deal with certain “smelly” situations!!
A “Above” Shanda always went above and beyond with her students. Her students were excited to see her each day.
N “Never Failing” Shanda was never failing to care for family, friends, teachers and students.
D “Dedicated” Shanda was dedicated to her family. They came first. It could be driving, going to tournaments, just hanging out or finding a new recipe that was healthy and tasted good.
A “Angel” I looked up the definition of “My Angel”. It said: A person that you can truly love and trust. She is sweet, kind, caring, quiet, calm and mellow.

Isn’t that a perfect description of our Shanda?

Rodney "Rod" Kirby

Rodney “Rod” Kirby passed away suddenly in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday June 10, 2016 at the age of 48 years.
Rod leaves to cherish his memory: His loving wife Michelle and son Morgan; parents Jim and Ellen Kirby; sister Michelle (David) Whitman; brother Clay (Patty) Kirby; sister-in-law Marie Kirby; nieces and nephews Sarah (Luke), Alanah, Miranda, Dylan, Shanny, Tanner (Lynsie), Kristen (Jon Michael) Martens, Kinley; as well as numerous other relatives.
Rod was predeceased by his brother Cole.
The funeral service for Rod was held in the Lloydminster Exhibition Alberta Building on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:00 am with Joyce Dickson officiating.
The eulogy was given by Scott Musgrave and Cory Dreschler.
The honorary pallbearers were: Richard Reid, Donovan Reid, Edwin Hippe, Brent Plant, Darren Pawsey, Mike Tollestrup, Roy Boyer and Darren Mukoruk.
The active pallbearers were, Colton Hippe, Bray Josue, Keiler Cherry, Drew Bexson, Owen Wenzel and Michael Wirachowsky.
The interment was held at the Lloydminster Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Rod may be made to the Lloydminster Minor Football Association.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The family would like to thank Scott Musgrave and Cory Drechsler for the wonderful tribute to Rod. To Dr. Mark Chapelski for his kindness. The LMFA family, Red Dogs, Raiders coaches, players and family as well as numerous friends and relatives for the phone calls, visits, hugs, meals, flowers and support. Also to McCaw Funeral Service and Dean Wenzel for all your help in arranging a beautiful service for Rod.
Michelle & Morgan Kirby & Family

Hugh Everest "Sandy" Hill

December 29, 1927 to June 12, 2016

Hugh Everest “Sandy” Hill died in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on June 12, 2016 at the age of 88 years.
Sandy was born in Lloydminster to Margaret (Everest) and Hugh Hill on December 29, 1927. Sandy built his life around family and community service. He was a loyal member of the Lloydminster Lion’s Club for more than 60 years and was proud that he was involved with all levels of the Masonic Lodge.
Sandy leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 61 years, Grace; his son Cameron (Joan) Hill; daughters Laurie (Barry) Costello and Lynda (John) Greuel; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Sandy was predeceased by his sister Angela “Peggy” (Hill) Peckover and his parents Hugh and Margaret Hill.
Funeral service was held in the St. John’s Anglican Church, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm with Archdeacon Michael Stonhouse officiating.
The organist was Pat Skinner.
The pianist was Margaret Ostrom.
The hymns were “Immortal Invisible,” “All things Bright and Beautiful,” and “Alleluia Sing to Jesus.”
The Masonic Honour Guard and Lion’s Honour Guard were in attendance.
Honourary pallbearers were Vic and Ann Juba, Bill and Gene Till, Earle and Gwen Swift, Rose Brassard, Melanie Wald and Ken and Sheila Weighill.
Pallbearers were Neil McCuaig, Al London, Ernie Ostrom, Don Lawrence, Howard Barnsley and Robert Williamson.
Donations in memory of Sandy may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Lloydminster Lion’s Club or charity of choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Card of Thanks
The family of Sandy Hill wish to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Kerlis, Dr. Gerber, and the entire third floor staff at the Lloydminster Hospital for the exemplary care given to, and compassion shown to our beloved husband and father.  You went above and beyond every day and we will never forget your kindness.  Thank-you one and all.
We could never find words which would adequately express our thanks to our many friends who have supported us over these last few difficult weeks - whether it was with visits to Sandy in the hospital, meals brought to our home, or support shown through cards, donations, looking after our yard work, or attendance at his funeral, we truly appreciated each and every gesture.
To Archdeacon Michael Stonhouse, Pat Skinner, and Margaret Ostrom, we thank you so very much for contributing to the beautiful funeral service for Sandy.  And to “Ernie-Boy,” a special thanks for delivering a most heartfelt eulogy.
Both the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge were well represented, and we are so very grateful, for the Honor Guard, and Masonic funeral rites given in honour of our husband and father.  We know Sandy would have been so proud, as these affiliations were near and dear to him.  And Colleen Hozack, you did not disappoint - as usual your lunch was outstanding, and would have been one that Sandy would have enjoyed.
To the special friends and relatives who honored Sandy by acting as his active and honorary pallbearers, we sincerely thank-you for your lifelong friendships with Sandy and our family.  You have offered comfort to us in our trying days and hours, and for this we are forever grateful to you.
Lastly, we want to thank the wonderful McCaw family for their kindness, compassion, and the dignified manner which they handled all of the funeral arrangements for our beloved Sandy.  Our love and thanks to Dave, who made the final drive past our house so that Sandy could travel one more time, down “the nicest street in Lloydminster.”

Grace Hill
Cameron Hill
Laurie Costello
Lynda Greuel
and families

Darlene Volk

November 25, 1956 to May 21, 2016

Darlene Volk was born November 25, 1956 in Lloydminster Saskatchewan. At 19 years of age she married Gerry Volk, also from Lloydminster. The couple had Dustan in 1978 and Devan in 1981. Oilfield work took the family to Major Saskatchewan area where they were warmly welcomed by Bob and Bernie Witt and family, who took The Volks in as their own children. Bernie taught Darlene many things during this time including gardening and most notably a family bun recipe. The Volks welcomed Deon in 1983 and to complete their family, Daykota was born in 1990.
The Volks moved to Kerrobert Saskatchewan in 1986 where Darlene resided until her passing. Darlene kept very busy with her family, enjoying the rink as a proud hockey mom cheering on her favourite team “the Tigers”. Darlene loved to find interesting and unique pieces of furniture, clothing, and housewares and she turned that passion into a business when she opened Hidden Treasures with friends. Although the store was no longer open, Darlene continued to find beautiful things for years to follow. Many adorn the homes of her sons and friends. She had an amazing eye for style and decor.
Darlene worked as a Special Care Aid at Kerrobert Hospital, Pioneers Haven, and many homes through home care. She had a special place in her heart for elderly and palliative patients and her empathy and care brought her to many bedsides through the years, sometimes sitting with dying patients through the night.
Darlene’s heart was full of love when the Volks welcomed their first grandson into the family with the birth of Avery, Deons son. Tragically when Avery was only 18 months old, Deon passed to heaven and left Tracy and Avery far too soon. Darlene remained a strong foundation of the family and was an enormous support. Deon’s spirit and personality lived on through his mother as Darlene told countless stories to Avery. Avery knows his father well due to Darlene’s efforts. The Rink Mom Darlene went on to become Rink Grandma as she was a constant fixture at Averys hockey games.
Darlene’s heart filled with love twice more as Dustan brought Blake into her life and Dacey had his first child Tomo. Darlene as a grandmother was very special to watch. She truly listened to the children and connected with them so deeply. She made a complete effort to know them as people and when she was with them she was 100% in the moment. Being a grandmother was one thing that brought Darlene true happiness in her life.
On May 21, 2016 we sadly had to say goodbye to Darlene - wife, mother, grandmother, friend. Her last day was spent with family, truly happy and complete with her husband, grandchild, sons and daughter in law. We didn’t think we would have to say goodbye that day. Darlene will continue to remind us all of the importance of family. It was a blessing to know her, gone too soon.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Gerry. Sons Dacey (Reiko), Dustan (Katrina), Devan (Robin), Daykota, and sweet grandchildren Avery, Blake, and Tomo. She was greeted in heaven by her father, Pete, brother, Dale, and son, Deon (Tracy) who she loved very deeply. We will miss you Darlene.

Beryl Irene Meers

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beryl Irene Meers; our Mother and Grandmother on June 13, 2016 at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster Saskatchewan at the age of 89.
She leaves her daughters Mary (Ray) Ryan and Eric Green, May, Laura and Garrett Gollinger.
She was born at Cabri, Saskatchewan October 7, 1926 to Agnes and James Clark. Beryl went to U of S and taught school in various places in Western Canada. She met her future husband at Wimborne, Alberta.
Beryl spent most of her adult life in the Wimborne area then moving to Red Deer and Lloydminster in 2008. Beryl’s greatest joy was her family, she enjoyed traveling and her many Ham radio friends around the world.
She was predeased by her parents, sister Jean, husband Clarence and son-in-law Terry Gollinger.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation Suite 116, 4910 - 50 Street Lloydminster, Saskatchewan S9V 0Y5. 
A celebration of her life will be held July 17, 2016 at Wimborne Hall, Wimborne Alberta from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. of Lloydminster Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Heather "Darlene" Volk (Heide)

Passed away at home in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 59 years.
Darlene leaves to cherish her memory her Husband, Gerry Volk; her three Sons: Dustan (Katrina), Devan (Robin) and Daykota; Daughter-In-Law Tracy Volk; three grandchildren Jenna, Avery and Blake.
Her Mother, Myrt Heide; Sisters: Darci (Lyle) Baxter, Darla (Graham) Blore; Brother Dacey (Reiko) Heide; Nephews Chris (Amber) Baxter, Kyle (Natalie) Baxter, Clinton Baxter, Boston Blore, Tomo Heide; Neice’s Kaytlin (T.J.) Heck and Madison Blore. Also Kobe, Fayton, Emersyn, Cori and Liam. John and Phyllis Volk, Danny (Heather) and Family, Brenda Volk, Robert (Patty) Volk and Family, Linda, Gord and Family, Michelle (Al) and Family.
Darlene was predeceased by her Dad Pete Heide in 2006, her Son Deon Volk in 2009. Her Brother Dale in 1980. Also loving Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.
Darlene was born at the Lloydminster Hospital on November 25, 1956, to Pete and Myrt Heide. She attended school from kindergarten to high school, graduating in 1974. She was active in Brownies, Explorers and Dancing. After school she worked at The Bay in the mall. In 1976 she married Gerry Volk, in 1981 they moved to Kerrobert with their two little boys Dustan and Devan. While raising her four boys, she worked as a Home Care Nurse and later as a L.P.N.
Darlene loved life. She loved the “Good” things. She loved spending time with Family and Friends. She loved the lake and all the laughs that were shared.
Darlene was an amazing cook, home decorator, caregiver and shopper (those who knew her would agree)
Darlene was loved and will be greatly missed and remembered by all those who were fortunate to have her in their life.
Forever in Our Hearts
Mom
Darci, Lyle & Family
Darla, Graham & Family
Dacey, Reiko & Family

George Harald Couzens

George Harald Couzens passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the age of 83 years.
George leaves to cherish his memory: His loving wife Elsie, and daughters; Bev (Marvin) Bauer, Laurie (Ron)Hoogkamer, and son Gerry Couzens, grandchildren Darren (Kylie) Hoogkamer and Kevin (Nicole) Hoogkamer, great-
grandchild James George Hoogkamer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for George was held at the St. John’s Anglican Church, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Archdeacon Michael Stonehouse officiating. The eulogy was given by Jim Born.
The organist was Pat Skinner.
The hymns were: “All Bright and Beautiful”, “To God Be The Glory”, and “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Johovah”.
The reception was held in the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall following the service. The family would like to thank the doctor’s and the staff at the Lloydminster Hospital.
Donations in memory of George may be made to the charity of the donors choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Ronald Patrick Stewart

Ronald Patrick Stewart passed away at Mervin, Saskatchewan on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the age of 60 years.
Ronald leaves to cherish his memory: His siblings: Louise (Shannon) Hood, George (Kesia) Stewart, Linda (Don) Sanders, Mary (Glen) Morrison, John Stewart, Marla Stewart and Myrna (Darryl) Schick; nieces and nephews: Jody (Erin) Hood, Angie (Kris) Carver, Nathan (Anna) Hood, Kristin (Darren) Dyke, Mitchell Morrison (Brooke), Robin Sanders (Razvan), Erin Sanders (Garrick), Marshall Morrison (Rikki), Raelin Sanders (Kyle), Branden Schick, Maegen Schick, Morgen Schick, Hayden Schick, Shae Stewart, Corvan Stewart; ten great nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors.
The funeral service for Ronald Stewart was conducted in the Mervin Hope Hall, Mervin, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Dan Gies officiating.
The organist was Bev Meikle and hymns sung were “Bringing In The Sheaves” and “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”. The special song was “Farmers Song” by Murray McLauchlan.
The pallbearers were Larry Tesch, Roger Warrington, Gordon Spencer, Brent Edwards, Garth Edwards, and Neil Windsor.
Honorary pallbearers were everyone who shared in Ronald’s life.
The reception was held in the Mervin Hope Hall following the service.
Donations in memory of Ronald may be made to the charity of the donors choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Ralph Sweezy

September 22, 1922 to May 22, 2016

Ralph Sweezey of Lloydminster passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 93 years.
Ralph Rollen Sweezey was brought into the world on September 22,1922 on SW-18-54-25 W3 by midwife Maggie Ibbotson. This wonderful man passed away May 22, 2016, in his 93rd year, in Lloyd Hospital. He was the eldest son of Chester and Edna Sweezey, followed by brothers Leslie, Stanley, Garry, Chester, and one sister Vina. They were raised in the Fort Pitt district now owned by the Fort Pitt Farms.  Ralph was born in hard times where money was slim.
In 1945, Ralph bought three quarters of land from Bill Ibbotson and started Sandy Pine Ranch. In June 1947, Ralph married Eleanor, the eldest daughter of Ed and Mabel Moore. Danny was born in May, 1953, and Alexis in June, 1956. Ralph raised hereford cattle, sold purebred bulls, broke horses and ranched.  Ralph loved square dancing, old time dancing, and later scottish dancing! Ralph married Ethel Thompson ( Lindsay) in August 1991. During these 25 years they had many travels all over the world, wintered in Yuma and enjoyed visiting with many new and old friends on and off the dance floor Ralph always made it to all the grandchildren and great grandchildren’s many sporting and music events. He loved them dearly and was very proud!
Ralph is survived by: his loving wife, Ethel; his son, Danny (Bonnie) Sweezey and their children, Christopher, Brandon (Carrie) Whelan and Theo, Kyle (Jordyn) Ashur and Lux; his daughter, Alexis (David) Fink, and their children, Jaclyn (Neal) Ethan, Sean and Hayden, Doug (Laurie Anne) Anna, Aaron and James,  Jennifer (Robin) Jordanna and Jake, and Jason; his stepchildren,  Janet (Greg) Zielinski, Kent (Jana) Thompson, Kirk (Heather) Thompson, Craig (Daphne) Thompson, and families; his sister, Vina Schneider; his brother, Chester Sweezey; his sisters-in-law, Lois Foster, Inez Sweezey, and Ann Sweezey; his brother-in-law, Larry Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Ralph was conducted from the St. John’s Anglican Church in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Reverend Michael Stonehouse officiating.  Jaclynn Palen, Jason Fink, Kyle Sweezey, Douglas Fink, Chris Sweezey, Jennifer Boleski, and Brandon Sweezey were the pallbearers.  All of Ralph’s Friends were the honorary bearers. Pat Skinner was the organist, and Doug and Lanora Eaton were the eulogists.

CARD OF THANKS

Ralph had a great long life with many friends and we would like to give our thanks to all the people who visited Ralph in the hospital. Special thanks to Rev. C. McNeil and Rev. G. Stobbs. Thanks to Dr. Gerber and the nursing staff on the 3rd floor for Ralph’s excellent care.  We would also like to thank Rev. Stonehouse for the beautiful service, the pallbearers (the grandchildren), Pat Skinner for playing the organ, and to the Anglican Ladies for the great lunch.  Doug and Lenora Eaton, you did such a great job of the stories about Ralph in the eulogy, thank you.  Thanks everyone who came and celebrated Ralph’s life, which made donations in memory of Ralph, flowers, cards and food. Thank you to Marshall’s Funeral Home for your compassion and making arrangements so easily.  Danny, Alexis and families would especially like to thank Ethel and family for all their love and compassion for Dad over the years. Thanks everyone.

Ethel, Danny, Alexis
& Families

Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the age of 35 years.
Nicole leaves to cherish her memory: Her loving husband Jeff Collins and daughter Maisie; mother, Sheila Geddes and Lee Christopherson; father Don and Marilyn Blanchette; sisters: Jill and Mike Vany and Melissa and Sheldon Nasby; niece Isabell Vany; nephews: Heath and Hudson Nasby; brothers-in-law: Grant (Jennifer) Collins and their family and Derek (Geraldine) Collins and their family; grandparents, Pete and Vivian Blanchette; parents-in-law Barb and Dale Collins and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The memorial service for Nicole was conducted at the Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Ken Fisher officiating.
The eulogy was given by family friend Brenda Robinson.
The scripture reading was given by the Collins’s family.
The pianist was family friend Lois Sonnega.
The soloist was Kelsey Friesen.
The honorary pallbearers were all family and friends that were a part of Nicole’s life.
Donations in memory of Nicole may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute or the Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation, Palliative Care.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.