Obituaries

September, 2016

Kenneth Howard Ebert

April 17, 1946 to September 1, 2016

Kenneth Howard Ebert was born April 17, 1946 to proud parents Clarence and Olive Ebert and brother Don.
Ken married Gloria Marie Gates on April 19, 1969 and together they had son Chad and daughters Tracy (Lenny) Poole with granddaughter Taylor and grandson Parker; and Michelle (Travis) Florence with grandson Burke and granddaughter Hadley. Family was Ken’s focus and joy.
Ken was a hard worker and a crafty businessman at Safeway, The Lloydminster Times Newspaper and Border City Esso. While at the Esso The Rotary Club honored him with their Integrity Award. In his retirement he worked at Image Press.
Ken was passionate about the Lloydminster Kiwanis Club whose mission is to “serve children”. The project closest to his heart was to coordinate Santa’s visit to the schools. He was a Kiwanian for 31 years, serving as President and distinguished Lt. Governor. He organized and was the first President of Lloydminster Slo Pitch Assoc, organized and was the first president of Lloydminster Citizens on Patrol (Business Watch Patrol), for which he was recognized by the Government of Alberta. Ken also had an Honorary Lifetime Membership with the Knights of Columbus.
Ken had a way of lighting up a room. His joy and laughter followed him wherever he went. He will be missed by family, friends and acquaintances.
Ken returned to his Lord and Savior on Sept. 1, 2016. God bless you Ken as you enjoy your eternity in Heaven.
Thank you to the Ambulance Attendants and Lloydminster Hospital Emergency Room staff. Thank you friends and family for your gifts of hugs, food and flowers, as well as donations to charitable organizations, and thank you to McCaw Funeral Home.

Helen Eva Wetzstein

Helen Eva Wetzstein passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the age of 89 years.
Helen leaves to mourn her passing: her children: Marlene Lovelace, Mel and Jennine Wetzstein and Myron and Sherry Wetzstein; grandchildren: Kit and Kari Lovelace, Candice and Jackson Wdowiak, Jenny Bennett, Michael and Adam Wetzstein; great-grandchildren: Walker, Kaylin and Palmer as well as numerous other relatives.
Helen was predeceased by husband John, son-in-law Clifford Lovelace and grandson, Steve Bennett.
The Funeral Service for Helen was conducted from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Father Antony Michael officiating.
The honorary pallbearers were Kit Lovelace and all those who shared in Mom’s life.
The active pallbearers were her grandchildren: Jenny Bennett, Candice Wdowiak, Kaylin Neil, Michael Wetzstein, Adam Wetzstein, and Jackson Wdowiak.
Interment was held at the Lloydminster Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
The family of Helen Wetzstein would like to give their many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Dr. Cooke. Also, thank you to McCaw Funeral Service for their professional service and thoughtfulness.
Donations in memory of Helen may be made to Parkinson’s Society or charity of choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Joseph "Joe" Nuspl

October 14, 1933 to July 3, 2016

Joseph “Joe” Nuspl passed away in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the age of 82 years.
Joe leaves to mourn his passing: eight children: Donna Taylor, Sharon (Miles) O’Grady, Steven (Lorna) Nuspl, Laurie Nuspl, Cathy (Ernie) Ducherer, Doug (Shirley Ann) Nuspl, Gary Nuspl and Glenna (Shawn) Pellerin; fourteen grandchildren: Adair, Ty, Sarah and Conrad O’Grady, Sharla and Eric Ducherer, Kent and Lindsay Nuspl, Tana, Kelsie and Cally Nuspl, Brandt, Darrien and Carmelle Pellerin; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Joe was predeceased by his wife of 61 years Shirley Nuspl, parents John Sr. and Elizabeth, parents-in-law Henry and Jessie, brothers Matt Nuspl and John Nuspl Jr.
The Funeral Service for Joe was conducted from Neilburg Hall in Neilburg, Saskatchewan on Thursday, July 7 at 2:00 pm with Tom Poppleton officiating.
The eulogy was given by Adair O’Grady, Eric Ducherer, Tana Nuspl, Kent Nuspl and Brandt Pellerin.
The hymns sung were “In The Garden,” and “Bringing in The Sheaves,” accompanied by pianist Margaret Chibri and the Neilburg Community Choir.
Special CD Music was “Can I Have This Dance,” by Anne Murray.
The active pallbearers were all of Joe’s Grandchildren.
The honorary pallbearers were Joe’s Coffee Row Friends. 
Interment was held in the Neilburg Cemetery in Neilburg, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Joe may be made to Saskatoon Cancer Patient Lodge or Cut Knife Special Care Home.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

EULOGY for Joe Nuspl
Read by his grandchildren: Adair O`Grady, Brandt Pellerin, Eric Ducherer, Kent Nuspl, and Tana Nuspl.
Grandpa was born Oct. 14, 1933 the youngest of three boys at Minton, Saskatchewan to parents John and Elizabeth Nuspl. His family had recently immigrated to Canada to homestead. Grandpa used to taunt his brothers John and Matt by saying he was the only Canadian born boy in the family.    After several years of drought, the family picked up and moved to a farm near Makwa.  That is where Grandpa grew up, going to school in a one room school house until grade 8 then boarding in Makwa to complete his grade 10.
It wasn’t long after that, that he started his lifelong commitment to volunteering and community involvement by being the secretary of the Blueberry School that he had earlier attended.  Then along came a teacher on her first teaching position by the name of Shirley Geres (AKA Grandma). As it turned out, Grandpa was starting the stove at the school house and was getting to know the teacher better. The romance started with flirtatious notes and before you knew it, the courtship had begun. With moonlight buggy rides, country dances, and some firm advice from his parents on how to treat a young lady, it wasn’t very long before wedding bells were ringing. They married on July 14, 1953 and started life on the farm. Grandma was the love of his life for the next 61 years. Together they raised a family of eight children.  Grandpa spoke fondly of life at Makwa. Even though it was always hard work back then, he acquired modern farm equipment and a full range of livestock that helped make them self sufficient.  But most importantly, they made many friends that they kept in touch with over the years.   Despite the hard work, there was always time to attend neighborhood dances and dancing became a lifelong enjoyment for Grandma and Grandpa. Because of health issues Grandpa could not continue farming full time and had to give it up. In 1965, along with their first 7 children, they moved to the “Donald Duck” house in Neilburg and Grandpa began working for his In-laws at Geres Sales & Service. In the meantime, their new house was being built and the family grew by one more.  In 1967, the family moved into the spacious new house and began making it their home. Grandpa started working as a mechanic at Gibbons Garage and remained there until his retirement in 1996. They also bought a small farm a few miles from town where they grew a garden and farmed a half section of land. In 1974 they bought the Red & White store and ran that with family until it burnt down in 1976.
Grandpa did many things throughout his life to help others and make the community a better place in which to live. Grandpa was on town council, Neilburg Fire Dept. as Fire Chief for many of those years, Rec. Board, Neilburg Development Committee, Board of Trade, School Board, Museum Board and even used his station wagon as an ambulance when needed. His efforts certainly enriched the community and made it a stronger and better place to live. Grandpa didn’t just sit on boards but pitched in to get the job done with countless hours volunteering his time.
Both Grandpa and Grandma took an active role in their children’s lives. From coaching ball and hockey to being 4-H leaders or just watching the kids play hockey or participating in fund raising, they were always there. There was a lot of hard work but there were a lot of fun times too. We often had a wiener roast on Sundays after a long day`s work either in the garden, stacking bales or picking rocks at the farm.
There was always music playing in their home Grandpa would waltz around the kitchen with Grandma or would dance around with one of the children standing on top of his feet. Some evenings the furniture would be cleared out of the living room so that friends could come over and they would dance the night away.  
Animals were always present and the main topic of many conversations.  
Over the years there were cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, chinchillas, etc;. Grandpa loved all animals and never could pass over one needing a home. Pets helped Grandma recover from illness and gave Grandpa solace after losing Grandma. They always played an important role in the family.
Grandpa’s specialty was cooking Sunday breakfast with pancakes in shapes that were always amusing and you couldn’t wait to see what might have been designed for you.  He loved to garden and share the bounty with family and friends. One year he overestimated how well the zucchini would grow and told Grandma that he accidently ran over the patch one evening with the cultivator, when he really just wanted to get rid of them. Well into his seventies, he would grow extra potatoes and share them with the “old folks” in town.
After Grandpa retired, he and Grandma enjoyed the free time to do things together. They cooked, canned, gardened, joined coffee row, and traveled around the countryside being a part of their family’s lives. They knew all the best places for coffee and a piece of pie. After Grandma’s passing in 2014, Grandpa made sure that the birds in the backyard were fed, Muffy got her chicken liver, soups were made, and pies baked. He continued all of her family traditions, inviting family over for home-cooked meals, sending Christmas cards, and writing birthdays on the calendar. He kept us close in Grandma’s honor.
But the greatest joy in their lives were the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Everyone had their turn bouncing on Grandpa’s knee as he made up one of his ditties that always made you laugh. We all knew his favorite humorous sayings, about… “the bear in the buckwheat”… “You know what thought did”…. and the perennial favorite with all the kids…” just pull my finger”. There were always rides for the kids on the garden tractor at the farm. Grandpa was special to all of us and made us laugh till the very end.
There is so much to be said about Grandpa and his commitment to family and community. Committed, hardworking, responsible and friendly are qualities that describe our Grandpa. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. Everyone loved his sense of humor: he made people laugh without trying. He loved to visit and tease right up until the day he died.
Grandpa and Grandma are dancing together once again.

CARD OF THANKS

The family of Joe Nuspl would like to thank everyone who sent cards, food, flowers, and donations.
Thank you to Tom Poppleton for the service, Margaret Chibri and the Neilburg Choir for the music, and the Neilburg UCW for the lunch.
We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Cut Knife Special Care Home for the wonderful care Dad received there. Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, ambulance attendants, and home care staff who attended to Dad’s needs during his illness. Thanks to McCaw Funeral Service for their caring and professional manner.
We are so grateful to all who took the time to visit or call Dad while he was ill. A special thanks to the Co-op Girls who always brightened his day.

Gordon Wesley Brown

Gordon Wesley Brown passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, August 19, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Gordon leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 61 years, Betty; children Miles (Lorrie) Brown, Merv (Lori) Brown, Darrel Brown, and Pam Schacher; eleven grandchildren: Donald, Sabrina, Kyle, Dylan, Amy, Ardra, Jodi, Kristin, Kelsey, Ryan and Kade; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Margaret Gale; brother, Ken (Mary) Brown; and many other family and friends.
Gordon was predeceased by his mother and father, William and Olive Brown; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Aileen and Gunvik Ruud; siblings: Allan, Marion, Ronnie, Grace, Joyce, Dorothy; son-in-law: Kelly Schacher.
The Celebration of Life for Gordon was conducted from the Legacy Center, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1:00pm with Archdeacon Michael Stonhouse officiating. Lunch immediately followed the service.
Donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation of Canada or charity of choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The family of Gordon Brown would like to express our gratitude for all the love and support given to our family during our time of loss. There are no words to express how comforted we were by your visits, phone calls, donations, cards, flowers and gifts of food. How nice it was to have you attend Gordon’s Celebration of Life. We count it a privilege to have so many wonderful family members and great friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Also a thank you to Brett, Joel, Dave and everyone at McCaw Funeral Service, your kind, gentle and caring professionalism truly touched our hearts. Thank you for guiding us through this most difficult time.
Betty Brown & Family

Blanche Van De Klashorst

Blanche Van De Klashorst of Lloydminster passed away in The Lloydminster Hospital on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the age of 80 years.
She is survived by her sister: Shirley Blankenship and her daughter Kathleen Sue Allen; brother Floyd Van De Klashorst and his wife Sylvia as well as by three great nieces. 
She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Al Blankenship.
No service will be held.
Donations in memory of Blanche may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the arrangements.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Lloydminster Hospital for the care given to Blanche. Also, to everyone who made donations and especially to all Blanches A & W Coffee Friends.