May, 2018

Edna Gertrude Anderson

(nee Leitheiser)
1923 - 2018

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother at age 95. Passed away peacefully in Penticton, BC after having lived independently up until her last 3 months. Born in Provost and raised in the Neilburg area. She farmed for over 30 years west of Lloydminster (near Blackfoot) with her husband while raising four sons, before retiring to Penticton in 1988.
Predeceased by her husband Allen and sons Kenneth, Douglas and Clifford.
She will be sorely missed by her surviving son Leonard and granddaughters Natalie, Melanie and Sylvia, all of the Vancouver area.

No service by request.

John Dean Knowlson

July 27, 1928 to April 12, 2018

John Dean passed away peacefully at Jubilee Home, Lloydminster, SK on April 12, 2018 at the age of 89.
John was born July 27, 1928 at the Lloydminster Hospital to Ernest and Edith Knowlson from the Lone Rock district. He attended school at Rugby, then later at Rivercourse. His dad joined the 2nd World War and John and his mother operated the farm. He had an older sister Connie and younger brother Raymond.
In 1953, John married Irene Svean of Rivercourse and they farmed in the Lone Rock district. Marilyn was born in 1954, Elaine in 1960 and Chris in 1964. In 1961, due to allergies, Irene and John moved to Lloydminster where John did carpentry and managed Beaver Lumber. In 1964 we moved to an acreage 6 miles north and east of Lashburn and John started and operated Lashburn Lumber. This is where John and Irene raised their girls and they attended Lashburn schools through to Grade 12. Over the years John was a salesman for Muttart Homes, built and managed Canadian Protein Pellets – a dehy plant out of Waseca, worked for CanMar Grain which included sales trips to Japan and Venezuela, and all while farming a ½ section of land located just ½ mile from the home acreage.
Later, John semi-retired, sold his Lashburn district land and purchased a ¼ section near Spiritwood, SK as he wanted to reach Organic Status. His final venture was selling the Spiritwood land and purchasing a farm back in the Lone Rock area.
John is survived by: his loving wife, Irene; his children, Marilyn (Paul) Vermeulen, Elaine Knowlson (Keith Fournier) and Chris (Kevin) Frank; his grandchildren, Sherri (Jason) Cummins, Holly (Dave) Murray, Melissa (Jason) Dussault, Alex (Travis) Lyle, Brendan Vermeulen (Nancy), Christopher Vermeulen, Jonathon Gagne, Zach Frank and Rylee Frank;  his nine great grandchildren, Aurora & Mavis Cummins, Paityn, Ainsley & Hudson Murray, Scarlett, Quinn & Aubree Dussault and Graham Lyle; his brother, Raymond Knowlson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by: his parents, Ernest and Edith; his sister, Connie and Walter Acaster; sister-in-law, Muriel Knowlson; brother-in-law, Harold Roebuck; and nephews, Lyle Curtis and Rick Sheppard.
The Memorial Service was held at Grace United Church, Lloydminster, AB on April 20, 2018, followed by lunch served by the UCW and Internment at Fartown Cemetery, Lone Rock, SK.
Honour Guards – Sherri Cummins, Holly Murray, Brendan Vermeulen and Rylee Frank provided a Memory Lane for Urnbearers Jonathon Gagne, Zach Frank, and Melissa Dussault. The family would like to thank Reverend Paul DuVal for his comforting service, Pianist Lois Sonnega, Organist Linda Anderson and the Grace Choir for their beautiful music - “By Earth & Sky”, “On Eagles Wings” and “How Great Thou Art”. Along with “Ashokan Farewell”, the music was a perfect tribute to our husband, dad and grandfather!
A special reading of “Desiderata” was read by Elaine Knowlson. DESIDERATA, an old poem found in Old St. Paul’s Church, in Baltimore, had great meaning to John. As I (Elaine) was preparing to read the poem, I realized that this poem “IS DAD”. Desiderata’s lessons are what he wanted us to think about and live by: - To be peaceful, silent, likeable, and to listen; - To enjoy our achievements, conduct due diligence, be gentle with ourselves, let go of cynicism, and be fearless; - To be at peace, see beauty in everything and be happy. Dad lived Desiderata every day; he was our rock! (The “Desiderata” poem can be found on the McCaw Funeral Service website.)
The eulogy was written and read by John’s sons-in-law Kevin Frank and Paul Vermeulen. John was a private kind of person, a child of the 30’s, a person who had the uncanny ability to find or create solutions, and he was tough yet pliable like a young tree. John was very hard working. It may seem like John’s life was all work and no play… but it wasn’t. John loved being and playing outside in both summer and winter with his girls and later with their families. Being with family and helping family was always a priority for John. All of John’s girls, especially Irene, were the beneficiaries of his design and carpentry skills. John truly enjoyed watching his girls and his grandchildren participate and compete in numerous music and sporting events. John may not have been the best dancer but he loved listening to music, especially music played by Irene or one of his girls. For the past 40 years John enjoyed time with his grandchildren. John loved camping with them, playing cards with them, going to museums with them, making them smile. John himself had a huge smile. John spent hours on the water in canoes and kayaks, always respecting the water and enjoying the peaceful moments. John’s passion for farming never left him. John was a humble man. John was a moral compass; his word and his name were everything to him. Every job that he undertook he put his heart and soul into. As parents we only hope our children and our grandchildren grow up with the same moral fibre that bound him. This past week we had the opportunity to reminisce about John the farmer, the carpenter, the engineer, the human resource manager, the ecologist, the activist. But most of all it was therapeutic to remember John Dean Knowlson the husband, the father, the grandfather, the brother, the neighbor, our friend. (The entire eulogy may be read on the McCaw Funeral Service website.)
Irene, Marilyn, Elaine, & Chris wish to send a special thank you to Dr. Snyman, the staff of Jubilee Home, United Church Women, Kevin Frank, Paul Vermeulen, McCaw Funeral Service, Sherri Cummins for the Powerpoint presentation, United Church Choir for supper, Wendy Leaman for catering Friday, and all our friends, neighbours, and family who attended the service, dropped off food, sent flowers, cards and condolences, made donations to charities, called, thought of us and/or visited us during this time of sadness. We truly appreciate you all. Monetary gifts received will be donated to the MS Society and in lieu of Thank you cards, the Knowlson family will be making another donation to the MS Society.
Donations in memory of John may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, M.S Society or charity of choice.
Irene Knowlson & Family

Rosette Kastendieck

February 19, 1927 to April 23, 2018

Rosette passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Creston Valley Hospital after a short illness.
Rosette was born in Hungary to Charles and Susanna Szilagyi on February 19, 1927. She moved from Europe to southern Alberta as a child. She raised her family with her husband Herman in Grand Prairie and Peace River. Rosette was an expert crafter and spent many years in northern Alberta teaching and judging fall fair exhibits. She retired to Creston with Herman in 1991, where she enjoyed a small orchard and gardening up until her mid-eighties.
Rosette contributed back to her community by knitting toques for new borns and many stuffed animals for the Tuck Shop at Creston Valley Hospital. A long fight with cancer limited her mobility for the past seven years, but she continued to do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, as well as knitting and reading.
Rosette is predeceased by her parents Charles and Susanna Szilagyi.
She is survived by her loving husband Herman Kastendieck, son Norman Reid, daughter Sharon Reid, and granddaughters Vanessa and Rachel.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
A private family Graveside service was held on April 27, 2018.

Majorie Thompson & Don Thompson

A memorial for Marjorie Thompson and son, Don Thompson, of Edmonton, AB will be held on May 17, 2018 in Marwayne, AB. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service in the Marwayne Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Following the service, you are invited to join the Thompson family for a luncheon and gathering in the Marwayne Community Hall in Marwayne.

Garnet Courtice Mark

January 19, 1933 to March 23, 2018

MARK: Garnet Courtice Mark passed away suddenly March 23, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Garnet was born January 19, 1933 to Roy and Vera Mark at Unity, Saskatchewan, the youngest of six children.
He is survived by: his loving wife, Marilyn; his three sons, Brent, Randy (Sharon), Shawn (Brenda); his daughter, Tracy Mark; his grandchildren, Gibson Mark, Chelsea Mark, Terry Mark and Kenda (Andrew) Block.
He was predeceased by: his parents, Roy and Vera Mark; his brothers, Dee (Frances) Mark and Ross Mark; his sisters, Athyl (Henry) Rosvick, Ada (Joe) Deffey and Merle (Henry) Adams, (Bill) Hodgson.
The family moved to a homestead in the Barthel District in 1934. Garnet started grade one in the Sweet Rocket School built by his father in 1939. During World War II the family relocated to Oshawa, Ontario where Garnet continued his schooling. They returned west in 1947 settling in Lloydminster where he finished grade school. When his father had a heart attack, Garnet had to give up his high schooling to support his family. He went to SAIT on an apprentice program as an electrician, then went to work for the winter at Husky refinery in 1953. This ‘winter’ employment lasted until his retirement, October 1986.
His life was filled with sports and hobbies. Sports included stock car racing, curling, broom ball, hockey, ice boating (which he had made for the kids), go carting with the children after building several prototypes, horseshoes, golfing, table tennis, hunting and getting his first deer with a bow and arrow and a later one with flintlock muzzle loading rifle which he had built. He enjoyed fishing, even catching himself on one trip.
After winters in California became too difficult, Garnet took up working with a wood lathe and scroll saw, completing many beautiful works of art. He also made two wooden geared clocks which took years to perfect. Many mechanical clocks appeared at his door to be repaired.
A celebration of Garnet’s life was held March 27, 2018 at the Lloydminster Civic Centre.
The family would like to thank Don Mark for hosting the Celebration of Life and to all of you who shared your memories of Garnet.
Thank you to the responding ambulance crew for transporting Garnet to the hospital, Dr. Ali and emergency room staff for their care during his final hours, and Joel McCaw for making the arrangements. Thank you to Colleen Hozack for serving the lunch. A special thank you to all our family and friends for your support, food, flowers, cards, donations and all of you who attended the service. Your show of support will always be remembered.

Kenneth George Sawtell

June 23, 1938 to April 16, 2018

SAWTELL: Kenneth George Sawtell passed away on Monday, April 16, surrounded by family at the Lloydminster Hospital, at age 79.
Ken was born on June 23, 1938, to Albert and Esther Sawtell of the Cosy Nook district, near Neilburg, Saskatchewan.  His birthplace was Lashburn Hospital. He was the youngest of three boys, with Jim and Cyril being his big brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Sawtell, as well as two sons, Ivan (Vicki) Sawtell, and Greg (Chris) Sawtell, and three granddaughters, Mckenzie, Cydney and Jenna. His two brothers, Cyril (Jean) and Jim (Gerry) and family. He also leaves a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Esther and Albert Sawtell.
Ken grew up on the family farm and attended school in Cosy Nook School, and later followed his brothers to attend Lloydminster High School.
Ken and Gloria (Pattison) were married in the Lloydminster Anglican Church on November 26, 1965. Someone had warned Gloria that Ken was always late. This proved true:  she waited on the church steps for thirteen minutes!
Growing up on a farm offered many exciting opportunities for this trio of boys. Ken always enjoyed gardening with Dad. Jim invented a special garden disc, designed to be pulled by Cyril and Ken. Last summer, in spite of his illness, Ken made a tidy little garden in his back yard. One big tomato plant produced 30 huge tomatoes, and the glads and irises were terrific. He had inherited his dad’s green thumb!
One of Cyril’s favorite memories was the time he and Ken had been ordered by their Air Cadet officers to get haircuts. Not having money for barber cuts that day, they put a bowl over Ken’s head, and trimmed the hair below it: then Cyril got his cut in the same way.
The cadet officer gave us a funny look, but did not say much, because we did have our hair cut.
Ken worked in his adult life as a farmer, trucker (favorite job) and at Nelson Lumber. At the last, he worked part-time at this hotel, the Day’s Inn and Suites, as a security officer, until his cancer would no longer allow it.
Ken enjoyed playing cards with friends, travelling, and fishing. He belonged to the Moose Lodge for many years. This past winter found him watching curling on TV. He dearly loved those lovely granddaughters, and kept up the tradition of colouring Easter eggs with them, in his hospital room most recently. Remember those computer skypes!
He complained very little about the pain related to his illness.
Goodbye for now, Ken, until we meet again.

Card of Thanks
The family of the late Ken Sawtell wish to thank the following: Michelle Turgeon and Brenda Survold of Palliative Home Care; all staff at the Lloydminster Hospital who cared for Ken and the family; Cyril, for the eulogy and the many hours he sat with Ken. Thanks to the staff at the Days Inn and Suites for the lunch served at the memorial; thanks to all who called, visited, and brought food and flowers; those who made donations to charities in Ken’s memory, and especially to all who attended “Ken’s Last Coffee Break,” a Celebration of Life held at the Day’s Inn and Suites on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Finally, thank you to Creech Funeral Home for their excellent professional advice and services.