Obituaries

January, 2018

Edward "Ted" Richard Fitch

April 8, 1922 to December 17, 2017

of Rivercourse, Alberta passed away peacefully in the Lloydminster Hospital on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at the age of 95 years.
On April 8, 1922, Ted was born to Richard and Dorothy Fitch who homestead the family farm in 1905 and was home to Ted for 91 years. “So God made a Farmer.”
On March 31, 1950, Ted married Hilda Johnson and lovingly raised two daughters on the family farm.  It was with great pride and joy when Ted and Hilda welcomed Lynn’s husband, Vern Holland and Judy’s husband, Bruce Holland to the family where both couples made the farm their home for many years.  He enjoyed watching his three grandchildren grow up there.
Those remaining to cherish precious memories are: his loving daughters and son-in-laws, Lynn (Vern) Holland, Judy (Bruce) Holland; three grandchildren, Ward (fiance’ Cheryl Krowicki), Brooke (Chad) Smith and their children, Jaxon, Rowan, Maeve, and Jewel (Jamie) Smith and their children, Lennon and Winnie; his sister, Cicely Heath; his brother-in-law, Lornze Johnson; his sister-in-law, Lorraine Geise, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ted was predeceased by: his wife, Hilda, on December 8, 1988; his parents, Richard and Dorothy Fitch; his brothers, Johnny and Tommy Fitch; his sisters, Eva Elliott, Peggy Davidson, Isabel Gabrielson and special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The Celebration of Life for Ted was held Friday, December 22, 2017 conducted from the Grace united Church, Lloydminster, Alberta at 1:00 PM with Rev. Paul DuVal officiating.
The readings were read by Chad and son, Jaxon Smith.
The eulogy was written by the grandchildren and lovingly presented by granddaughters, Brooke and Jewel Smith.
Special music included “Go Rest High on the Mountain”, “All God’s Children” and “Dusty Old Farmer”. The recitation of “So God Made a Farmer” was also presented.
The honorary pallbearers were all of Ted’s family and friends.
The active pallbearers were Vern Holland, Bruce Holland, Ward Holland, Chad Smith, Jamie Smith and Jaxon Smith.
Interment was held at the Lloydminster City Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. of Lloydminster, Alberta, administered the funeral arrangements.
    Card of Thanks
We wish to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thank yous to Dr. C. Chan and staff for the many years of friendship and care of Dad.
Thank you to Dr. Kostic, Dr. Abdulla and the nurses at the Lloydminster Hospital, for your care and compassion for Dad.
Thank you to all the kind and caring staff at the Hemstock Assisted Living Residence for your care of Dad over the last four years.  Dad enjoyed seeing old friends and making of new friends; thank you all.
Rev. Paul DuVal, thank you for your comforting support and words.
A special thank you to Dad’s three grandchildren and families for presenting the readings and sharing some of their very special memories of “Teddy”.
Many thanks to Joel McCaw for arranging the music and slideshow during the service. It gave us heartwarming peace.
Thank you to the Grace United Church ladies for a lovely lunch.
Thank you to our many relatives and friends for your kindness shown to us all; for attending the celebration of Dad’s life on such a cold day, sharing with us your happy memories of Dad, prayers, cards, pretty flowers, memorial donations and phone calls.
A sincere thank you and appreciation to Joel, Brett, and Glenn McCaw and staff for your friendship, compassion, kind and caring assistance. The thoughtfulness you all shared with our family will be forever remembered.
Ted was a farmer, right to his very core. Because of his love of the land, we dedicate the following poem in his honor and memory.
A FARMER’S CREED

Man’s greatest possession is his dignity, no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. Hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character. Despite its hardships and disappointments, farming is the most honourable way a man can spend his days on this earth. Farming nurtures the close family ties that makes life rich in ways money cannot buy. Farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity, in such a variety of ways. Many of the best things in life are indeed free, the splendour of a sunrise, the rapture of the wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring. True happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience. By my toil I am giving more to the world, than I am taking from it, an honour that does not come to all men. My life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man and by this standard I fear no judgment. When a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived. I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

God Bless You All,
Lynn and Vern Holland
Judy and Bruce Holland
Ward Holland and Cheryl Krowicki
Brooke, Chad, Jaxon, Rowan and Maeve Smith
Jewel, Jamie, Lennon and Winnie Smith

Mark Francis Weighill

December 6, 1924 to December 17, 2017

passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the age of 93.  Mark was born on December 6, 1924 in Lloydminster to Philip and Claire Weighill.
Marks’ first love was his violin, when he was 10 years old he ordered a violin from Eaton’s for $3.95.  Mark and his brother Ken shared a guitar and the violin, although Mark could play any stringed instrument, his love for the violin won over.  Mark and Ken were soon playing music for school dances, for free.
Mark married Vivienne on July 20, 1950 and together they raised 7 sons and 1 daughter. Mark was a gentle, loving husband and father who worked hard for his growing family.  He loved trucking, he hauled grain, lumber and animals.  He worked as a lab tech for Excelsior refinery and he farmed. He continued to play for many dances with different orchestras.
With his family grown, Mark and Alyce played music at different seniors homes, entertaining many for 30 years.  Mark continued playing his violin until he was 90 years old.
Mark leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Vivienne, of 67 years; 6 sons, Bernard, Gerald (Mary), Larry (Lois), Wayne (Cheryl), Tom (Colleen), Peter (Susan,) and his daughter, Deb and her husband, Bruce Kvill; 17 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren; his brother, Ken and his wife, Sheila and their family.
Mark was predeceased by his son, Doug, in 1981; his parents, Philip and Claire; and his brothers, Bill, Wilfred and Bernard.
Card of Thanks
Thank you to Melissa in Emergency for taking such good care of Dad. Thank you Dr. Gerber.
Thank you Glenn McCaw and staff for your caring and kindness.
Thank you to the staff at the Pioneer Lodge.
Thank you Father Selvaraj.
Thank you Melanie Pellerin and Lani Burry for the music during mass.
Thank you Patrick Benoit for playing Dads’ favorite tune “Ashokan Farewell”.
Thank you CWL for the lunch.
Thank you to everyone who gave us hugs, food, flowers and cards.
In lieu of Thank you cards, Mom gave a donation to The Salvation Army.

Melvin Veeder Hougen

passed away peacefully in the Lloydminster Hospital on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the age of 88 years
Mel is survived by his loving wife, Norma; his four children, Violet (Wayne),  Judy (Carl), Tom (Bev) and Melony (Bill).  He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; his sister, Freda Hermanson; his brother-in-law, Don Mair and his sister-in-law, Donna Mair.
A private family service and interment, in the Maidstone Cemetery, was held on Friday,December 22, 2017.
Card of Thanks
Our greatest Thank You to everyone who showed kindness and sympathy to all of us.  A huge heartfelt thanks to Dr. Stander (his “angel”), the 3rd floor nursing staff and Glenn McCaw and staff.  A Big thank you for the food, flowers, cards and messages of condolence.
Norma Hougen and Families

Dora Matthews

passed away surrounded by family at Vermilion on December 14, 2017 at the age of 89 years.
Dora is survived by: her loving husband of 71 years, Vernon; her daughters, Esther (Russell) Corrigan, Verna (Glen) Johnston, Charlotte (Albert) O’Hare; her sons, Elmer (Danette) Matthews and Edwin (Bonnie) Matthews; her grandchildren, Charleen Herle, Heather Graham, Trisha McLaren, Todd Johnston, Glenda Williams, Greg O’Hare, Joni Bahm, Crystal Hawryluk, Travis Matthews, Melissa Schafer, Vanessa Matthews and Joshua Matthews; her twenty great grandchildren; her one sister, Ruth Reimer; her sisters-in-law, Rose Matthews and Ruby (Merv Goodman); and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Dora was held on December 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Kitscoty Community Church with Rev. Taylor Croissant officiating. The interment was held at the Kitscoty Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We would like to thank the staff at the Vermilion Extended Care Facility and Dr. Stewart Hunter for the excellent and compassionate care they gave to our Mom.
We would also like to thank Rev. Taylor Croissant for the lovely service; John Scott, Shauna Hutchinson and the Community Church Choir for the music; and the Community Church Ladies for the lunch.
Thanks to Crystal, Melissa and Esther for the eulogies and to all of the Grandchildren for being pallbearers.
Thanks also to Glenn, Dave McCaw and staff for their kind and compassionate care; and to everyone who remembered us by way of prayers, cards, food, flowers and donations.
The Matthews Family

Lachlan "Locky" George Cummine

passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Monday, January 1, 2018 at the age of 63 years.
Locky is survived by: Theresa, his wife of 43 years; their three children, Ann-Marie (husband, Issa and daughter, Malika), Angela (husband, James, daughters, Madalynn and Isla, and son Nathan), and Philip (fiance’, Fiona and step-son, Jacob); his mother, Dolores; and his sisters, Dolores (Roy) Kuziw, Heather (John) Googins, Gerri (Doug) Madill, Marian (Lloyd) Steinkey, and their families.
The Memorial Service for Locky was held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta with Reverend Paul DuVal officiating.
The eulogy was presented by Rick Kissack and the speaker was David Dornstauder.
The hymns were “My Love Colours Outside The Lines” and “We Shall Go Out With Hope Of Resurrection”, accompanied by organist Irene Knowlson and the Grace United Church choir.
The urn bearer was Philip Cummine.
The honorary pallbearers were the Masonic Britannia Lodge #23.
Due to allergy reasons, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lachlan may be made to the Lloydminster Masonic Lodge or your Charity of Choice.
Interment was held at the Lloydminster City Cemetery.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Card of Thanks
The Cummine Family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, homecare, and expecially Dr. Sayeed for the many years of care and service.  Thank you to Rev. Paul DuVal for the visits and service; Irene Knowlson for playing the organ; Grace United Church Choir for backing up the congregational singing and for singing “The Lord’s Prayer”; Garnet Weaver for being our video tech; Rick Kissack for the eulogy; Dave Dornstauder for being the MC for open mic; Masonic Lodge for being honorary pallbearers; Grace United Church UCW ladies for doing the lunch; for all the cards, donations, food brought to the house; and to McCaw Funeral Service for helping with arrangements and attention to detail.

Vernon William Wittman

The Wittman Family celebrates the Life of Vernon William Wittman who passed away on January 3, 2018.
Vernon is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Norma (Davey), three daughters: Darlene Kennedy (Scott), Wendy Fesyk (Garvin), Kelly Duncan (Shawn), seven grandchildren: Jason Fesyk (Elissa), Tyson Kirtzinger (Jaime), Justin Fesyk (Katelin), Lindsay Kirtzinger, Amber Meadows (Owen) Brody Duncan, Kody Kennedy (Kaitlyn): nine great grandchildren: Andrew Fesyk, Taylor, Jason, and Parker Kirtzinger, Grady, Rylan, and Kelby Fesyk, and Hailey and Caleb Meadows.
Vernon was born in Marcelin, Sask. on August 8, 1929. He was the only child of Thomas and Dorothy Wittman. Vernon followed in his dad’s footsteps and worked for the CIBC for 43 years prior to retiring to his beloved Cottage at Moonlight Bay, Turtle Lake, Sask. This was Vern and Norma’s summer home since 1968 as they moved around from Ontario, Manitoba and Sask. with the bank. Vern’s passion was spending time at his cottage with family and friends, boating, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Riverside Health Complex at Turtleford, Saskatchewan.
At Vernon’s request a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

McCaw Funeral Service administrated the funeral arrangements.

Georgette Rooks

September 5, 1914 to December 12, 2017

Passed away peacefully at the age of 103 years at Lynnwood Nursing Home Edmonton, Alberta, with family by her side.
Formally of Marwayne, she left to mourn her children Normie (Sheila) Rooks, Joe Rooks, Betty Lou Sully, Joan (Gerald) Calvert, Danny (Margaret) Rooks, Sandra (Keith) Weissenberger, Padi Worsfold, son in law Ron Ryland, 8 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband Norman, daughter Kathleen Ryland, daughter in law Pat Rooks, son in law Edward Sully, Norman Worsfold.
Service to be held at a later date at Marwayne Cemetary.
If you wish, donations and charity of your choice.