Funeral Announcements


Werdal Leonard



Leonard Myron Werdal, aged 81 years of Marquis, SK passed away on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022. Len was born August 31st, 1940 in Rockglen, SK. 

Len had many jobs over his lifetime. When he first moved to Moose Jaw, he worked at Temple Gardens and the Robin Hood Flour Mill, then at Imperial Lumberyard and Imperial Oil for 26 years. During this time he also farmed at Davidson, SK. In 1987 he bought the Marquis Store and still owned it at his passing. Len sold cars on the side so he could take his family on many wonderful vacations every year. He also sold farm equipment for Shroeder's in Chamberlain, SK. 

Len and Irene were married on June 8th, 1963 in Moose Jaw, SK and had two daughters, Sandra and Sharon. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Irene in 2020; parents, Lawrence (1992) and Gladys (1995); brother, Melvin (1998); and parents-in-law, Carl (1977) and Mary (1983) Arndt. Len will be sadly missed by his children, Sandra (Gerald) and Sharon (Nath); grandchildren (his pride and joy), Tyler and Kaitlyn (Bradon); sisters-in-law, Eileen and Marleen (Russell) Dean; as well as beloved nieces and nephews. 

In keeping with Len’s wishes, a private family graveside service will be held at Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw, SK. In lieu of flowers, donations in Len’s name may be made to The Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658 Station Main, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550  




It is with sadness the family of Leslie “Les” Joseph Cochrane announce his passing on Sunday, December 23rd, 2021 at the age of 85 years.  Les was predeceased by his parents, Mel and Ethel (Winn); his wife of 62 years, Judith Rose (Crozier); son, David; granddaughter, Courtney; and nephew, Jason Andrews.  Les will be remembered by his sons, Gordon (Greta) and Wayne (Lesley): grandsons, Devon Cochrane and Douglas (Becky) McArthur; sister, Myrna (Mike) Andrews; brother, Murray (Judy) Cochrane; brothers-in-law, Allan Crozier and Jim (Jean) Crozier; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Les was born May 10th, 1936 in Moose Jaw, SK.  He grew up in the rural areas surrounding Moose Jaw with many memories of riding his horse to school and looking after his and the teacher horse once there.  From this his love of ranching evolved and his life course of farming and ranching was set.  Dad met mom, a horse crazy girl from Tuxford, SK at a dance in Moose Jaw.  Their common interests drew them closer and they were married June 30th, 1956.  They moved to the farm west of Moose Jaw where they resided their entire lives, raising their family and devoting themselves to raising quality horses and livestock.  Horses raised on the ranch are still found in rodeo arenas around North America, in events such as team roping and barrel racing.  Les had a passion to see the growth of the cattle and equine industry and he served in many roles from organizer, to chairperson, to the much needed ground crew on multiple committees.  He was instrumental in starting the Saskatchewan Stakes and Futurity Horse Show, as well as the Saskatchewan 50/50 Horse Show and Sale, which both took place in Moose Jaw for many years.  Les also served as a member, director and president of the Moose Jaw Exhibition Co. over a several year span.

Les was very family orientated, from his early days of stopping at Grandma Winn’s to sample her baking on the way home from school, to summer BBQs, and most likely his and mom’s favorite Christmas gatherings.  He was always happiest when everyone was around.  We will miss Dad’s unwavering determination and strong will power that he showed daily on the ranch.

A Celebration of Les’ Life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Les’ name may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, 3602 Miller Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7P 0B1.  Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550.



Johnson, Russell Frederick

With love, Russ's family announces his passing on January 7 in Saskatoon. He lived, built, repaired everything he could, and supported his family unconditionally until cancer would no longer let him. Russ was loved by his wife Diane (née Lehto), whom he married in 1975, his children Michelle (Karl-Erik), Michael (Heather), and Lisa (Kelly). He is survived by his siblings, Theodore (Joyce), Earl (Faye), brother-in-law Garry Fredrickson, and sister-in-law Nancy Johnson. Russ was predeceased by his parents Theodore and Anne, his sisters, Margaret Lawes, Avis Bent, Mae Swan, and Pauline Fredrickson, and his brother Raymond.Russ was born in Beechy, Saskatchewan, in 1947, grew up on the family farm, and worked as a civil engineer for 45 years. He appreciated time outdoors, at the lake, and travelling with his family, which he loved to capture in photographs. In his retirement, Russ adored his grandchildren, Soren, Eden, Linc, and Alix, and took pleasure in tending to the family cabin. He volunteered with local community organizations and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). His family thanks the compassionate health care professionals at St. Paul's Hospital who cared for him during his final days. Cremation has been entrusted to Martens Warman Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.




Robert Oonincx of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on January 5, 2022, at the age 59. Robert is predeceased by his parents and brother in-law Charlie. He will be sadly missed by his wife Candy Rodger; children Kyle (Jessica) Huber; stepson Eric Rodger (Tia); step grandchildren Sydney and Serenity; brothers John and Leonard and their families; sisters Tilly, Corry, Audrey and Leanne and their families; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Robert worked as a carpenter his whole life, working on many projects throughout Moose Jaw. He enjoyed building custom wood pieces for family and friends, including his own urn. He loved to fish, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family. A private family service will take place at a later date. For those wishing memorial donations may be made to the Moose Jaw Humane Society. In living memory of Robert, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries). Kelly Scott - Funeral Director



  Eileen Lorraine Barrie passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, AB with her family by her side at the age of 78 on January 9, 2022.

  She is survived by her daughter; Vanessa (Dave) MacKenzie, grandchildren; Steven, Danielle (Travis), Micheal (Darby) and great grandchildren; Zaidyn and Abrielle, son; Darcy (Nicki) Barrie, grandchildren; Deacon, Chance and Ramsey, brother; Ken and sister; Ethel and many nieces and nephews.  Eileen was predeceased by husband; Robert and son; Jeffrey.   

  She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.  There will be a private celebration of her life held by her immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658 Station Main, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7.  Arrangements are entrusted to Salmon & Sons Funeral Home Ltd. Max Salmon funeral director 403-381-0590. 

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January 3rd, 1928 – January 6th, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, Elizabeth (Isabel) DuSomme on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.  Elizabeth was born on January 3rd, 1928 in Kincaid, SK.  She was predeceased by her parents, Nickolas and Doris Gruell; sisters, Natalie and Rose; brother, John; and son-in-law, John.

Elizabeth enjoyed playing crib, military whist, going to the Cultural Centre, bingo, writing letters to the editor since 1972, council meetings, and always enjoyed giving her opinion.  Elizabeth pushed for the Yara Centre, Mosaic Place, and the new Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital with a passion.  She was on the board for the Murals of Moose Jaw and was an advocate for tourism, and also loved going to political events.  Elizabeth made donations to a variety of charities including The Moose Jaw Humane Society, Children’s Wish Foundation, Operation Smile, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Moose Jaw Health Foundation, as well as political parties.

Elizabeth leaves to mourn her loss, her children: Bernie of Moose Jaw, SK, Betsy of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Joanne (Ken) of Penticton, BC, and Gary of Nanaimo, BC; sisters, Jean and Elaine (Stan); brothers: George (Betty), Danny (Jackie) and Earl (Bonnie); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her extended family; as well as many friends that she made over the years. 

Our thanks go out to the doctors and nurses who took such great care of Elizabeth and made her final days peaceful.

Due to the Covid-19 health situation, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Rosedale Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550



Gertrude “Trudy” Morrison

It is with sadness with the family of Trudy Morrison announce her passing on January 5, 2022, at the age of 91. Trudy is predeceased by her great grandson Jesses Richards; brothers Werner and Wilfred Hess; sister Leona Burton; sister in-law Betty Hess; brother in-law Sieg Heuchert. She will be sadly missed by her husband James Morrison; daughters Cheryl (Don) Kendall and Ardis (Gary) Kearns; son Bryan Aeichele; daughter in-law Wendy (Randy) Dubuc; step son Michael (Nancy) Morrison; step daughters Jacki Morrison and Shelley (Cornell) Ree; grandchildren Treena (Chad) Hirsch, Stacey (Rodney) Richards, Randy (Jamie) Aeichele, Bradley (Sherri) Aeichele, Christopher Aeichele, Dylan Aeichele, Kallyn (Kevin Sobkow) Kearns, Keenan (Rachel Burlingame) Kearns; step grandchildren Caitlan Ede, Jessica Ede, Megan Ede (Dylan Ruby); great grandchildren Haeleigh (Matt) Grado, Kelle (Cody Vilcu) Hirsch, Riley Richards, Brooklyn Aeichele, Addison Aeichele, Nicholas Aeichele, Aisla Aeichele, Aivee Aeichele, Jayda Sobkow; step great-great children Maddox Ruby and Adley Ruby; great-great grandchildren Aubrie-Lynn Grado, Jaxon-James Grado, Livia-Louise Grado; sister Elsie Heuchert; brother Ervin (Linda) Hess; brother in-law Barrie Burton and numerous nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbours. Trudy loved gardening, really loved gardening so much so her yard was like a park. She also enjoyed canning and freezing the produce grown in her garden. She was a long time Toronto Blue Jays fan as well as a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan, having been a long-time season ticket holder. Trudy was a former curler and in fact, it was through curling that she met her husband. Trudy and Jim primarily curled out of the Tuxford curling club. She enjoyed cooking, baking and fishing. The one thing she cherished the most would be spending time her family and friends. A Celebration of Trudy’s life will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 3:00 PM at W. J. Jones Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St W, Moose Jaw, SK. Dave Moore will officiate. To view the service please tap on the link prior to 3:00PM on January 15th. For those wishing memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316 Toronto, ON M2P 2A9. In living memory of Trudy, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries).

Dayna Chamberlain- Funeral Director




It is with sadness the family of Joseph Brent Belanger announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021 at the age of 61 years.  Brent leaves to cherish his memory his three children: Nic, Amie and Leah, and their mom, April; brother, Brian; and sister, Michelle.  Brent was an entrepreneur, an upholsterer by trade, and a business owner.  He was an entertaining story teller and a great conversationalist.  Brent was generous and was a good man and father.  He was well liked by anyone who had the opportunity of getting to know him.  He will be missed but always in our hearts and never forgotten.

“We love you, Dad”

A Celebration of Brent’s Life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550




It is with great sadness that the family of Barry Lee Ellis announces his sudden passing at their home in El Centro, California on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 at the age of 75 years.    

Barry was born on August 17th, 1946 in Dinsmore, SK to Bill and Margaret Ellis.  He received his education at Dinsmore School, completing his grade 10 before joining his dad and Orv on the family farm.  

Judy Lloyd caught his eye in grade school, and in 1968 they were married.  In 1973 they welcomed their first son, Chris, followed by Les in 1976 and Michelle in 1981.  

When Barry wasn’t in the field or tending to the livestock, he and Judy could be found at the rink in the winter or ball diamond in the summer.  Sports was a huge love of his.  Traveling around the province for Old Timer ball made for the best summers for the Ellis family, many life-long friends where made here, stories and memories that will never be forgotten.

Barry was his kids’ biggest fan.  It didn’t matter what sport they were playing or what life adventure they were taking on...he was always right beside them cheering them on and giving advice when needed.  But nothing lit up Barry’s face more than his grandkids.  These 8 kids where the real joy of his life and he wasn’t afraid to say so.  He always wanted to know how they were doing in their sports and hobbies, and he would be watching them when he could, wanting to know when he would see them next. 

In 2006 Barry and Judy pulled their trailer down to Rio Bend Trailer Park in El Centro, CA.  In 2014 they purchased their mobile home there.  Spending their winters there together doing exactly what they loved made Barry so happy.  Golfing, tinkering in his shed and socializing was his life.  Happy hour with his close circle of friends was always a highlight of his day and Rio Bend won’t be the same without him.

He was predeceased by his mom and dad; sister-in-law, Doreen Lloyd; and brother-in-law, Bob Barr.  Barry will always be in the hearts of his wife of 53 Years, Judy Ellis; sons, Chris (Angela ) Ellis and Les (Tanya) Ellis; daughter, Michelle Ellis (Jason Fowlie); grandchildren: Paige, Ryder, Sam, Emma, Avery, Ella, Ashley, and Brooke; brother, Keith Ellis; sister, Gail Barr; his lifelong partner in crime, Orvall Durell; brothers-in-law, Bob (Joanne) Lloyd and Jack Lloyd; as well as many nieces, nephews and family members.

A Celebration of Barry’s Life will be held on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dinsmore Community Hall in Dinsmore, SK.  The family is requesting that only those who are fully vaccinated attend and masks will be mandatory.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in Barry’s name may be made to the Dinsmore AGT Memorial Arena c/o Village of Dinsmore, Dinsmore, SK S0L 0T0.  Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.