Gwendoline Ferris (nee Hughes)
October 31, 1933 - February 15, 2016
A Memorial Ceremony will be held for Gwendoline Ferris, nee Hughes, at Perdue United Church, Perdue, Sask. on SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 at 12 noon. All friends are invited to attend.
She was born at Perdue, Sask. on October 31, 1933 and died in Edmonton, Alta. on February 15, 2016.
Frank Anthony Gabriel
December 20, 1936 - June 17, 2016
Frank Anthony Gabriel was born December 20, 1936 in a shack on the same half-section where the farm is now located. He attended Britton School, many times walking, riding a horse or skiing. Frank had to quit school to help out on the family farm. Frank loved farming , but he especially loved tools, machines(John Deere of course), yard work and flying. He enjoyed listening to old-time music and anyone who came to his house on a Saturday night would hear “The Old Time Dance Party” on CJWW radio. In his early years, Frank was the pitcher on the Britton Ball Team. He also was an avid curler, skipping his own rink with much success. Frank suffered with rheumatoid arthritis since he was in his 30’s and the constant pain forced him to give up the sports he loved. Many times he couldn’t lift his arms or do up the buttons on his shirt, but he continued to farm with the help of Dr. Janet Markland (deceased) and Dr. Alfred Ernst.
In 1973 he married a young teacher, Marlene Feeley. They had two children, Tanya and Collin. Frank was very proud of all Tanya’s accomplishments and very proud to see Collin carry on his love and commitment to the family farm. He worked all his life to make things easier for his children. He had a special place in his heart for his granddaughters, Rebecca and Abby and Macy. At her baby shower, Tanya told everyone that she had tried for 23 years to wrap her dad around her little finger and Rebecca did it in one day!! Frank took great pleasure in spending time with Abby and watching her smile. He enjoyed talking to little Macy and helping her build Lego. Carson and Frank both loved to tease and Frank enjoyed Carson’s sense of humour. Frank was very proud when Ethan Anthony was born to make four generations of Anthonys on the farm. Frank’s nephew, Cam Cooper, spent 10 summers on the farm and then returned to be Frank and Collin’s right hand man. Cam could help Frank find the humour in difficult situations.
Frank enjoyed moose hunting when he was younger, retelling many stories with Stan Jiricka and Jim Pravda. He also liked fishing and had a few fly-in fishing trips, a trip to B.C. to fish halibut plus had his dugout stocked with Rainbow Trout and Atlantic Salmon. He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1971 and bought his red and white Cessna 172 Skyhawk II in 1975. Flying was Frank’s way of relaxing. It was difficult for him to sell his plane in 2006. Frank worked very hard all his life to become a successful farmer. People would ask him his religion and he would reply “farmer”. His determination and foresight can be seen in his farmyard. All the beautiful trees and acres of lawn, which he faithfully watered and weeded, are a tribute to him. Frank chose to spend his holidays working on the farm and in his yard.
Frank passed away peacefully on the evening of June 17th, after a two month struggle with his health. We hope that Papa is free from pain and suffering now that he has been taken to Heaven on the Heaven bus. (according to Abby).
Frank was predeceased by his mother, Tillie, in 1984 and his father, Tony, in 1986; uncles Frank and Ed Hradec and aunts Alice Gelinas, Ruby Hradec and Stella Novotny.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughter, Tanya (Kevin) Sedgwick and granddaughters, Rebecca and Macy, and grandson, Carson; son, Collin (Lindy) Gabriel, granddaughter, Abby and grandson, Ethan; his sisters, Penny (Mary) spouse Dennis; and Alicia (Alice) spouse John; nephews, Brad and Cam (Kate) Cooper of Vancouver, B.C.; numerous cousins on his mom’s side; cousin, Ann McIsaac and her family on his dad’s side; plus many relatives in the Czech Republic.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Czech Hall Renovation Fund or Rosetown & District Health Foundation.
It was Frank’s wish to be cremated and some of his ashes scattered on his farm and some buried in an urn in Edna Rose Cemetery.
The family would like to invite everyone to lunch following this service.
Funeral Service will be held at Rosetown United Church on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jo-Ann Hills officiating. Words of Remembrance, Cam Cooper, Ann McIssac and Rebecca Sedgwick; Poem, The Farmer's Creed by Mary Lou and Shane Grove; Memorial Register Attendants, Myles and Diane Hradec; Ushers, Jack Pich, Nick Dietz and Andy Nodwell; organist, Brenda Hamilton; soloist, Cheryl Pearce, "These Hands". Honourary Bearers are all those who shared in Frank's life; Urn bearers are Ted Hradec and Norm Hieb; grace at luncheon, Phyllis Sedgwick.
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963".
April 13, 1921 - June 14, 2016
The passing of Fred Surik of Biggar, Sask. occurred on June 14, 2016 at the age of 95 years.
Fred Surik was born in Saskatoon, Sask. on April 13, 1921, the youngest child of Karl and Dora Surik. The family moved to the Biggar district and started farming in the spring of 1930 and the children attended Gagenville School.
Fred took a barbering course in 1954-55 and shortly thereafter opened, Fred's Barber Shop". As a result, he got to know almost everyone in Biggar, including several generations of families until his first retirement in 1973. He then worked at the Battleford Provincial Park in the summers and spent the winters in Arizona. He finally retired in 1985 and spent the winters in Arizona as long as he physically could do so.
Fred was predeceased by his sisters, Olga, Anne, Myrtle; his brother, Tom; and very special friend, Kathy Franks. He leaves behind several nieces, nephews; and many friends.
A Memorial Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Biggar Cemetery with Pastor Mark Kleiner officiating followed by a Celebration of Life Tea at the Biggar New Horizons at 2 p.m. Special tribute was given by Jim Rickwood. Honourary Bearers are all those who shared in Fred's life. "A Friend to All".
Tributes may be directed to Biggar New Horizons Project, Box 631, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0
Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963".
Glenn Albert Clements
Glenn Albert Clements passed away peacefully at the Dr. Cooke Extended Care Home in Lloydminster, Alta., on January 21, 2016, at the age of 89 years.
Glenn will be sadly missed by his son, David and his wife, Georgina, of Lloydminster, Alta.; his daughter, Dawn of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.; his daughter-in-law, Brenda of Red Deer, Alta.; his grandchildren, Ross, Heather, Davro and Cole; and three great-granddaughters, Anna, Eden and Mary. Glenn was predeceased by his wife, Esther, in 2011; and his son, Ross, in 1994.
Glenn and Esther lived in Biggar, Sask. from 1952 to 1979, where they owned and operated Biggar Agencies and raised their family. Glenn and Esther made lifelong friends in the Biggar area. Glenn had very fond memories of his time in Biggar and spoke of them often. After leaving Biggar, Glenn and Esther lived in Saskatoon, Sask. briefly, then moved to Victoria, B.C. for 15 years, then to Westback, B.C. for 14 years, and to Lloydminster in 2009.
It was Glenn's wish that he be cremated and that a funeral service not be held.