March, 2017

Evelyn Powers

October 16, 1926 to March 23, 2017

Evelyn Powers passed away peacefully at the Dr. Cooke Extended Care on March 23, 2017, at the age of 90 years. 
Evelyn was born in Lashburn on October 16, 1926 to Florence and Frank Chadwick.  Evelyn was raised and attended school in the Banana Belt district along with her 3 siblings.  Evelyn attended Normal School after Grade 12 and taught in rural Saskatchewan before marrying Duane from the Fram district in 1948.  Together they raised 4 children and ran a successful mixed farming operation.  Evelyn was an avid traveler with her family and friends and was fortunate to visit many places around the world.  Evelyn was open minded and a passionate reader of all genres.  Evelyn and Duane moved to Lloydminster after retirement where they continued to spend quality time with their family and friends. 
Evelyn will be forever missed by her children, Gail Powers, Daryl (Diane) Powers, Chad (Mag) Powers, and Patrice (Bryan) McGonigle; 10 grandchildren, Kelsey, Coleen, Candice, Nolan, Tyler, Jade, Robyn, Tanner, Braden and Riley; and 6 great grandchildren, Madison, Haley, Brittney, Veronica, Greyson and Micah.  She is also survived by her sister Marian Nyland.
The matriarch of this family will be sadly missed.

Patrice "Pat'' Bisson

1935 – 2017

Passed away at the Jubilee Home in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the age of 81 years.  He was born in St-Zacharie, Québec. 
Patrice leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years Evelyne; his daughters Lucie (Wayne) Sampson and Céline Ducker (Allan Finley); grandsons Mark, Richard and Jason; and great-grandson Hunter.  Patrice was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Elmire Bisson, and his daughters Luce and Suzanne.
A Memorial Service for Patrice was officiated by Father Antony from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lloydminster on March 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m
Heartfelt thanks go out to Dr. Gerber; the staff of the Jubilee Home for the kind and compassionate care Patrice received; all the family and friends who sent us cards, food, flowers and donations in memory of Patrice; Father Antony and Deacon Michael for leading the services; to Melanie and Lani for providing their musical talents; and to the ladies from the CWL for preparing the lunch following the service. Thank you to the Lloydminster Chapter of Parkinson Alberta who acted in the capacity of Honorary Pallbearers. Last but not least thank you to Brett and the McCaw staff for their assistance and guidance.  For the support our families received during this time of grief we thank you all!.
In lieu of sending out thank you cards the family has made donations to Parkinson Alberta in memory of Patrice.
Lucie, Wayne, Mark, Richard and Hunter
Céline, Allan and Jason

Hazel Holtby

The family of Hazel Holtby would like to express a personal thank you to Glenn and staff at McCaw’s Funeral Home for their always professional handling of Mom’s funeral arrangements and thanks to Dr. Kerlis and the 3rd floor staff. Thank you to Reverend McNeil and organist Irene Knowlson.  A special thanks also to Alicia Krysta for delivering the eulogy and to the chosen pallbearers of Mom’s choice. The cards, phone calls, visits and flowers from friends and family were so much appreciated.

Dr. Paul Wayne Beck

Dr. Paul Wayne Beck passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the age of 70 years. P. Wayne Beck is survived by his children Daunine, Cherie, David, Rachelle, Merrianne and Jonathan, his Aunt Marian, and fifteen grandchildren.
Wayne always had a love of medicine and would have loved to become a surgeon, unfortunately he also wanted to have twenty kids and the two don’t always work together. He didn’t want to be on call all of the time or work crazy hours, so instead of going to medical school, he went to dental school.
Putting himself through school while trying to start a family was never an easy adventure. At the peak he was working three jobs and going to school, so he learned to operate on very little sleep. This is not to say he didn’t occasionally need a break. After a particularly difficult time at school, he reached his breaking point and decided to go fishing. He disappeared from school for a week and when he returned with a fresh tan and a smile on his face he had a run in with the dean about his absence. The dean asked “Where have you been?” to which Wayne replied, “I was sick.” When asked with what, Wayne said, “I was sick of school, sick of work and most of all sick of you.” He always believed in telling the truth and taking a stand.
He was on the dean’s list and met all of his course requirements well before graduation day. He reminisces of the time he and a patient at the school got together and bought the first white filling kit and cook-booked it in the dental lab with professors and student alike watching. He was never afraid to try new things and learn new skills.
In 1974 he came to Lloydminster to practice dentistry. After only a few years of practice, he moved his dental practice into the Cleal professional building where he has operated his practice until the day he went into the hospital. He always loved caring for people.
Dentistry was not his only skill. When he came to Lloydminster, he purchased an older home from the 1930’s that needed much love and attention. He learned wiring as the kitchen originally only had four breakers and within the first year he learned by re-insulating the roof he raised the temperature in the house five degrees. He never did things in small measure. After a friendly conversation with the telephone guy he came home with many many yards of telephone wire and before he was done, every room in the house including one bathroom had one if not several phone jacks. In the days before cordless phones this was very exciting for the family. He always taught us to learn how to do things ourselves and to do them right.
Remodeling and house construction was always a family project as we all learned different things and even from a small age had some of our own tools. As Merrianne recalls, “I remember fondly being up on the roof of the garage pounding in nails with a father that seemed larger than life. He was always very patient as all of his kids had very strong minds of their own. I was no different, as he tried to give me pointers on the use of a hammer and I was having none of it. My hammer, my way and when I got sick of the nail I was working on I could call him over and in a couple of swings he had it in and I was onto the next one. He would just smile and shake his head and keep going.” He always said you have to work hard so you can play hard, so we were all encouraged to learn how to do everything from cutting wood to shingling roofs.
His kids always knew where he stood on things and often just a shake of his head or a disapproving look was all that was needed to know if they were messing up. He allowed them to make mistakes, but wouldn’t shield them from the consequences. He always said it is better to learn when the mistakes are small because as you get older you will make mistakes that he couldn’t fix.
He was also honest to a fault as some would say. You always knew if you asked him a question you would get the plain unbridled truth. He wanted us to know that if nothing else we could count on him for honesty because in a world where everything is little white lies or bold faced ones, you needed to have someone you can count on to be honest.
This same mentality flowed into his professional life and as many of his patients can attest, he would tell you what he saw and what he thought even if it was admitting one of his own mistakes.
Wayne always walked to beat of his own drum and was never afraid to have fun. He was always a kid at heart. He was mischievous and playful, like being in Staples and after a long wait trying to find some assistance, he would pull the security cord out of the camera he was looking at and comment on how quickly everyone came to help as the alarm sounded from the display.
Wayne always talked to his kids about respecting the earth, appreciating the food they received and the fruit they would grow. He knew what it was like to be hungry and didn’t want his kids to ever have to experience those things. He loved his trees and his garden and an afternoon of pulling weeds in the fresh dirt was a way to enjoy the sun and washing dishes after dinner was a relaxing break from work.
He saw many countries over the years, he traveled much on dental conventions and whether with his kids or his Aunt Marian, or just on his own he wanted to understand what people saw and did. He learned to communicate even where the language was not compatible. He also taught his son some of these same lessons one day in France, when David in all of his wisdom said “I can get us milk” with his French skills. Unfortunately they ended up with some nasty tasting water which he and Wayne both drank. Afterwards Wayne smiled and said “I will get us the milk.” He called the waitress over and after making the motions of milking a cow followed by a few ‘moos’, he pointed to his glass. They saw the waitress mimicking this to another waitress with some smiles, but they both got their glass of milk.
Wayne always found joys in the little things in life. He touched many lives along his way, even being welcomed into the Littlewolf family in the 90’s. The Littlewolf family had actually taken him in as part of their family.
His greatest legacy was his love of people, he always stressed with his children, “It is not how they treat you, but how you treat them that matters.” He always tried to be accessible to his patients and to strangers alike if they needed help with a toothache or other related problem. But he looked at more than just their teeth, he encouraged families to help each other with chocolate bars as rewards when family came to support the person getting work done, or children were cooperative with parents, or showed the courage needed to tough out a difficult dental procedures. He wanted his office to be a place that people wanted to come and many years ago even put up a cavity-free hall of fame in the hopes of encouraging more to care for their teeth and join the board.
Most people know Wayne had a sweet tooth and a love of fresh baking. He has had a long love affair with chocolate chip cookies. From his university days, he learned you could spend money on bread and peanut butter for sandwiches or you could spend the same money on flour, eggs, sugar and chippits and end up with some chocolate chip cookies. He chose the cookies. As we were growing up he tried several different recipes for chocolate chip cookies and by the time I was in high school, he had found a whole cookbook dedicated to just chocolate chip cookies. We started using a stainless steel bowl that would hold four batches of cookies and we had cookies the size of dessert plates. He was very excited about his most recent upgrade which was a large cookie bowl capable of holding twelve batches of cookies.
His children have many stories from fishing whether it be catching a rope and pulling up a boat anchor or spearing a minnow on the largest spoon in the tackle box. We kids all had our turn catching some large jackfish and Wayne always enjoyed blowing up the pictures and showing them off at the office. He loved relaxing and watching nature, be it eagles overhead or deer and bears swimming across the lake. Some of his most peaceful days were spent napping at the back of the boat while trolling around the bay. The days fishing were a great time for playing cards and enjoying many thoughtful discussions. He always said we made him think outside the box as we challenged traditional thought and pondered the world.
He is onto bigger and better things and he will be sorely missed but never forgotten. 
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank all those who have offered their kindness, support and comfort in our time of need. We also thank Gord Hanson (officiant), the drummers and singers from the Onion Lake First Nation, Tyler Shaw for braving the cold and playing the bagpipes in a kilt on that cold windy day and McCaw Funeral Service.
Condolences and Stories
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Joy Shreenan Assmus

Joy Shreenan died peacefully in Leader, Saskatchewan hospital on March 14 at the age of 82. 
She went to be with the Lord at a beautiful service in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eatonia, Saskatchewan on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, a significant day for Joy.
Memories of her will ever remain in the hearts of a loving family and host of devoted friends.

Johnny Stetsko

August 14, 1927 to March 13, 2017

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Johnny Stetsko of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 89 years.
A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vegreville with Father Jim Nakonechny officiating.  Interment to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery Edmonton.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
To send condolences, please visit
Vegreville, 780-603-5800

Dorothy Thelma Cooke

passed away January 25, 2017 at the Lloydminster Hospital with her family by her side. She will be deeply missed by her son Bill (Ronda) Cooke, her daughter Leasa (Gordy) Weaver, her sister Mildred Parke, her sister-in-law Joyce Anderson, six grandchildren Travis (Charity) Cooke, Carrie (Tyler) Kramer, Kailey (Ryan) Moir, Karmen Austin, Wade (Kristin Weaver), and Ty Weaver and fifteen great grandchildren, her lifelong friends Hilda Peterson and Elva Hancock as well as her dear cousin Norman Anderson.
Faithfully, twice daily Dorothy’s sister Mildred called from Centralia, Washington, and they kept up their close relationship despite the distance between them. She was passionate about her family, keeping up on all of their activities and thoroughly enjoying each visit. Dorothy was committed to staying active and keeping her mind sharp through exercise, card game and Sudoku. She enjoyed her many hours of crocheting and her family benefited from her works of love. Relationships were important to her and she enjoyed participating in the activities at the lodge and spending time with her friends.
Dorothy’s funeral service was held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Tulliby Lake. A beautiful tribute for Dorothy by Rev. Ed Parke and her grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Du Plooy, Creech Funeral Services and all her friends and staff at the Pioneer Lodge for their companionship and care. Also, thank you for the donations, flowers, cards, food, and most importantly kind and loving words for mom. In lieu of thank you cards a donation has been made in Dorothy’s name to the Bethel Church.

Kenneth Earl Janish

passed away suddenly on February 18, 2017 at the age of 83 years.
Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Violet; son, Merle (Crystal) and Merle’s daughter, Marley; daughter, Debbie Fitzsimonds and Debbie’s children, Jeremy, Angie and Tyson; and sister, Myrna Ashlee.
Ken is predeceased by his parents, Lewis and Leona Janish; son, James Janish; and sister, Marilyn Kuypers.
Ken’s life started on the farm northeast of Paradise Hill where he also owned the butcher shop. When he moved to Lloydminster, he started his own business, Border Appliances and Furniture Ltd.
Thanks to the McCaw family for your support and to family and friends for the many phone calls, visits, food, flowers, donations, and cards.  To all those who gave their support in our time of grief, we thank you.

Violet, Merle,
Marley & Debbie

Glenn Lorne Shirtliffe

Glenn Lorne Shirtliffe passed away at St. Paul’s hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 21, 2017 at the age of 70 years.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Barbara-Gayle; son, Trevor (Tara) and their children, Shaelyn, Hailey and Landon; daughter, Denise (Kelly) Bauldic and their children, Kayl and Kamdyn; daughter, Vicki (Tom Pitman) and their children, Tommy and Carter; brothers, Wayne Shirtliffe and Doug Shirliffe.
Glenn is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Mary Shirtliffe, and sisters-in-law, Lynne Shirtliffe and Elaine Shirtliffe.
The funeral service for Glenn was conducted from Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on February 28, 2017 at 11:00 am with Clint Martin officiating. The eulogy was given by Lynn Priest. The song “It Is No Secret What God Can Do” was sung by Raymond Faltermeier. The song “Go Rest High On The Mountain” was sung by Leann and Linden Priest. The pallbearers were Wayne and Heather Burzinski, David and Joyce Cosh, Roy and Bev Isaac, Denis and Donna Marchadour, and Vernon and Lynn Priest. Interment was held at the Albion Cemetery, North Bend District, Saskatchewan. Donations in memory of Glenn may be made to the Lloydminster Hospital Dialysis Unit. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
The family of Glenn Shirtliffe would like to extend our sincere gratitude towards the following: the nurses at the Lloydminster Hospital Dialysis Unit for the care that they provided Glenn for 11 years; to Dr. Van Vuuren and the nurses on call in emergency at the Lloydminster hospital; to the doctors and nursing staff on the second floor ICU at St. Paul’s hospital, Saskatoon; to the ambulance and Star’s ambulance; to Clint and Nina Martin for the long travels and officiating the service; to Raymond Faltermeier, Leann and Linden Priest singing Dad’s requested songs; to Lynn Priest for the wonderful tribute to Dad; to all the pallbearers; to the Grace United Church for providing lunch; to Rev. Paul DuVal for playing the audio; to Brett and the McCaw family for your loving support; thanks to family and friends for the many phone calls, visits, food, donations, flowers and cards; to all those who gave their support in our time of grief, we thank you.
Trevor, Tara, Denis, Kelly, Vicki, Tom and families


May 12, 1947 to February 17, 2017

Don was born in New Westminster, B.C. on May 12, 1947 and passed away in Red Deer, AB on February 17, 2017 at the age 69 years.  
Don is lovingly remembered and missed by his spouse Donna Kjorsvik and  her children; Jason Kjorsvik (Grace), Kris Kjorsvik (Rob Crowley), his daughters Nadine Anderson, Leanne Mills (Justin) and Cara Bowey (Don) and his brother Rodney Anderson (Anne).   Don loved and cherished his grandchildren; Laurie Allen, John Kjorsvik, Kylie Kjorsvik and Sydney Braun.                      
Don worked as a boilermaker for Local 146 for several years, proudly retiring in 2009. Don’s passion for the past 20 years was showing his American Cocker Spaniels, he traveled western Canada and throughout the United States with Donna by his side. Vacations consisted of dog shows and spending as much time as possible at “The Cabin” in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Don had three other adopted families, his boilermaker brothers, his loving dog show family and his much loved lake family. Don welcomed everyone into his life with an open door and an open heart.
Don asked that no service be held and in his honour, he requested donations be made to The Alberta Cocker Rescue: c/o Jackie Billows. 34 53103 RR 14 Parkland County T7Y 2T3. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Innisfail entrusted with arrangments. 403-227-0006.

Vera Brow

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Vera Joyce Brow of Red Deer, Alberta, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the age of 71 years.
Vera will be lovingly remembered by her husband of forty-seven years, Wayne Brow of Red Deer, Alberta. She will also be sadly missed by her sisters, Michele of Red Deer, Alberta and sister, Annette of Sylvan Lake, Alberta and her brother, Raymond of Edmonton, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Vera was predeceased by her parents, her son, Gregory Timothy and a brother, Jerry.
A Service of Remembrance was held at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with The Reverend Father Jozef Wroblewski officiating. Vera will be laid to rest at Lavoy, Alberta, beside her son, at a later date. In place of flowers, donations in Vera’s honor may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.