Obituaries

September, 2017

Vivienne Grace Popowich

February 5, 1933 to August 13, 2017

Vivienne Grace Popowich passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the age of 84 years.
Vivienne is survived by: her loving husband, George Popowich; her children, Gerald (Holly) Popowich, Joyce (Miles) Jurke and Glen (Christine) Popowich; her grandchildren, Jacqueline (Trent) Rowley, Nicole (Kelly) Small, Luther Jurke, Katelyn Popowich and Gerad Popowich; her great grandchildren, Rachel Popowich and Chase Small; sisters-in-law, Fay Payne and Betty Payne.
Vivienne was predeceased by: her Mom and Dad, Kathleen and Norman Payne; her brothers, Ken, Lloyd and Allan Payne; her mother and father-in-law, Ann and Peter Popowich; and her nephew, Arnold Payne. 
The funeral service for Vivienne was conducted from the Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm with Reverend Gary Stobbs officiating.
The pallbearers were: Trever Payne, Clayton Payne, Thomas Popowich, Daryl Payne, Ken Rausch and Blaine Cullen.
Interment was held at the Northminster Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Vivienne may be made to the Northminster Cemetery or Lloydminster Emergency Care Service.
EULOGY AS PRESENTED BY JOYCE JURKE
Mom was born on February 5, 1933 to Kathleen and Norman Payne here in Lloydminster and grew up in the Greenwood District. She was the lone sister to 3 brothers, Ken, Lloyd and Allan. Family was very important to Mom and she cherished her memories growing up and would always enjoy sharing a story or two of the trouble they got into or the people they helped. She worked in Lloydminster as a telephone operator, spent time with cousins and friends, then one evening at a local school dance she met a handsome young man named George Popowich. They settled on the Popowich family farm 12 miles northwest of Lloydminster and celebrated 65 years together this year in June.
Not only did they build their dream farm, they built a home and a welcoming place to gather for everyone. Mom and dad’s was the place to be at coffee time, after a good hard storm, the occasional meal and almost every Sunday something was going on.
The home I mentioned started in 1954 with Gerald’s arrival and then myself in 1959. Mom and Dad were very settled and content as a family of four, but 11 years later in 1970, they decided to stir the pot and Glen arrived.
Mom loved her role on the farm, finding balance between us kids, helping Dad where she could and working tirelessly in her garden, the place she found her peace. She became our expert on how to prepare and plant a garden, put away preserves and balance it all off with her many flower gardens which were ever changing and evolving. All three of us kids are proud to be able to point somewhere in our own yards today and show you the legacy that she has left behind for us to care for and make our own.
Caregiver - a word that many say describe Mom in a nutshell. As kids we remember her working to balance the needs of those she wanted to care for along with the needs at home, often trying to be in two places at once, and often succeeding. She was never comfortable being in the role of needing help and wanted every day to ensure those she loved, especially her husband, were comfortable, cared for and loved.
Mom did have a small rebellious side - especially when she was driving. As kids we all remembered once she hit highway 17 on our way to town the pedal went to the floor. Dad and even one of us would give her that look and she would simply say “I"m cleaning out the carburetor!” She secretly enjoyed her cars and with a twinkle in her eye would rarely turn down a chance to ride or drive anything fast on four wheels!
In reflecting with many this week there are a lot of memories that have been shared and many kind words echoed about Mom and I want to share a few with you;
•  A Precious Lady with a Good Grand Heart.
•  An honest, considerate woman - always concerned for family.
•  A Night Bird - available at any time for a chat or a good puzzle.
•  A meticulous organizer who recorded and documented all that mattered to her.
I would like to close on the strength of Mom’s faith. She had a hidden faith that some didn’t know, but was always there. Her Grandmother helped show her the right road to walk, to attend church on a regular basis and life Eternal is what counts. Her mom and uncle continued cultivating her faith as she attended church at St. Luke’s Northminster and St. John’s Anglican Church. She taught Sunday school, was leader of the J.A.‘s, was a member of the ACW, helped with the Northminster Cemetery, and much much more. Mom passed her love of Jesus onto her children and knew it was a choice each of us had to make, but no matter our path she was there for each of us.
In Mom’s words; When one comes near the end of our journey, it all looks so different from when we were young. We see where we failed to do as we should. Good deeds cannot save us, only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse from all sin. Believe in him and thou shalt be saved.
CARDS OF THANKS 
We would like to thank all those that sent flowers, cards and condolences to us during this time of our Mom’s passing. We greatly appreciate all the messages, stories and words of encouragement we have received.  We would also like to thank the many staff at the Lloydminster Hospital, Reverend Stobbs, the Grace United Church, the Anglican Church and McCaw Funeral Service.
George, Gerald, Joyce, Glen & Families

Jean Althea (nee Murray) Stewart

May 1, 1921 to August 27, 2017

Jean Althea Stewart (nee Murray) was born on May 1, 1921 in Wainwright, Alberta and passed away on August 27, 2017 at the age of 96 years.
Jean leaves to mourn her loss: daughter, Pat (Erwin) DeSchover; son, Robert (Patsy) Stewart; daughter, Gail (Bill) Oak; daughter, Shirley (Larry) Flint; 22 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 41 great great grandchildren.
Jean was predeceased by her husband, Bob, of 66 years, and three children, Marian Hodgson, Murray Stewart and Judy Crocker.
Jean was a lady of many talents which included oil painting, sewing, quilting, curling, golfing, bowling, and horseshoes.  She loved her family and had unwavering faith in God which helped her through the death of her children and husband.
Jean will be sadly missed.

Olive Duriez

May 18, 1918 to August 25, 2017

Olive was born in St. Hippolyte (Edam Area) on May 18, 1918 to Joseph and Dorothy Turenne.  She attended the St. Hippolyte school which was approximately 9 km from their homestead.  When she was 10 years old, their family of 7 moved to a new farm 6 km south of Paradise Hill and she attended Sylvan Hill School. She worked for a short period in Saskatoon and on October 25, 1938, she married Maurice Duriez in Butte St. Pierre.  They began their lives on the farm at a homestead 10 km northeast of Paradise Hill. They farmed a hard but enjoyable life, mixed farming, cattle and grain, and did lots of canning for a growing family of 8 sons and one daughter.  Olive lived on the farm until October, 1994, when they moved into a seniors home in Lloydminster. After Maurice passed away on January 23, 1995, Mom stayed in Lloydminster at the seniors home and then 3 ½  years in Points West Long Term Care Home.  In June of 2017 she moved to the St. Walburg Care Home where she passed away peacefully. Olive lived through some hard times but had a long, happy fulfilling life. Many memories of Christmas gatherings and card games with family and friends will not be forgotten.  Olive remained very close to the Lord, her strong faith in her church, and always kept her Rosary near, with her daily prayers.
She is predeceased by: her husband, Maurice; her parents, Joseph and Dorothy Turenne; her son, baby Maurice; her brothers, Raymond, Marcel, Gilbert, Dollard, Theodore, Richard, and Gerald; her sister, Annette; and her daughter-in-law, Ellie Duriez.
Olive is survived by: her children, George, Donald (Ida), Raymond (Pat), Louis (Gale), Clement (Nicole), Aimie (Esther), Lionel (Dixie), Janette Campbell, and Daniel (Donna); her brother, John (Betty) Turenne; her 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cards of Thanks
Family and friends of Olive wish to express a special thank you to Fr. Sebatstian Kunnath for presiding at the funeral service at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Paradise Hill.  Heather Salzl and the church choir for their beautiful music and also the Paradise Hill CWL for providing a great after service luncheon.
Our family would like to thank the nurses and caring staff the last 3 months at the St. Walburg Care Home.  Also all the care workers at Points West Living in Lloydminster for their care and attention given to Olive for 3 ½ years.
Olive’s family wish to thank all the staff at Marshalls funeral Home Ltd. In St. Walburg for their kind support and arrangements for the funeral service in our time of need.
Thank you to all who contributed donations and cards of sympathy.

Randy Britton

It is with profound sadness that the family of Randy Britton of Lac Sante, Alberta formerly of Pierceland, Saskatchewan announces his tragic passing on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the age of 67 years.
Randy is lovingly survived by his wife of 47 years: Dianne Britton of Lac Sante, AB; son: Marty (Tami) Britton of Airdrie, AB; two daughters: Nichole (Scott) Watson of Edmonton, AB, Rhonda (Brad) Johnston of Lloydminster, AB; eleven grandchildren: Darby, Kobe, Rhayne, Madi, Berlynn, Carter, Merek, Jersey, Burke, Prentyss, Declan; two sisters: Arlene (Ed) Majeski of Viking, AB, Linda (Roger) Rhyason of Cold Lake, AB; sister-in-law: Lorna Britton of Calgary, AB.
Randy was predeceased by his parents: Norman Britton in 2013 and Ora Britton in 2014; two brothers: Marty Britton in 1974, Art Britton in 2016; sister: Patricia Eistetter in 1998.
Funeral service, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Pierceland Community Hall, Pierceland, Saskatchewan with Randy’s Godson, Darcy Niedermaier as Master of Ceremonies. Pallbearers: Alan Britton, Miles Britton, Wayne Britton, Shane Britton, George Britton, JP Claire, Craig Grant, Jim Baier. Cremation to follow. Final resting place, to take place at a later date at the Pierceland Community Cemetery, Pierceland, SK.
Memorial tributes in memory of Randy may be sent to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800-8215-112 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8.
Please visit our website at www.mementofuneralchapel.com to view online obituary and send condolences.
Arrangements were in care of Memento Funeral Chapel, Cold Lake, Bonnyville and St. PauL (780) 639-3113 or toll free 1-866-594-3113.  The Thackeray Family ~ A Tradition of Trust since 1975.

Richard Henry Debert 1962 - 2017

Richard (Stretch) Debert passed away peacefully at Hospice in Kamloops on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the age of 54, surrounded by his wife and children.
He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Bernice; son Peter (Stacy) of Rochester, NY; daughters Christy (Chris) of Edmonton, AB and Aimee (Gavin) of Sun Peaks, BC; grandchildren Liam and Peyton; father Dave of Cache Creek; brother Kelly (Kathy); sister Donna (Rob); and mother-in-law Audrey; as well as numerous brother/sister-in-law’s, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Richard was predeceased by his mother Agnes and father-in-law Jim Toms.
Richard was known for having a heart as big as he was. He had a passion for curling, was a great teammate and his passing will leave a big hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Richard enjoyed playing slo-pitch and in his younger years, hockey. He loved watching all sports and had a great memory for statistics. Richard will be remembered for his love of the card table and his famous chocolate chip cookies. Richard was so proud of his children and always talked about them.
There is no formal service by his request.
Should friends desire, donations may be made in memory of Richard to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cres. S, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9; and/or Canadian Cancer Society Freemason Volunteer Driver Program, 2251 Abbott Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1E2. Both programs provide necessary no to low cost services for persons battling cancer.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.firstmemorialkamloops.com

Donald R. Jones

November 11, 1952 to August 31, 2017

Donald R. Jones from Calgary, Alberta was born Nov. 11, 1952 and grew up on the family farm near Marsden, Saskatchewan. Passed away at Peter Lougheed Hospital on August 31, 2017 at the at of 64 years.