Funeral Announcements




Beverly Ann Waller, aged 73 years of Drinkwater, SK passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born on August 24th, 1945 to Gordon and Anne Williams.  Bev will be sorely missed and is survived by her husband, Ken Waller; children: Kim (Kevin) Gulka, Kris (Wendy) Waller, and Stacey (Aaron) Gamble; grandchildren: Krista, Dayna, Naomi, Morgan, Sydney, and Kaleb; brother, Daryl Williams; sisters: Sandra (Gord) Miller, Karen (Emerson) Koch, Kathy (Jack) Gadd, and Terry (Stu) Gadd; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Bev was raised on a farm near Bayard, SK and graduated from Briercrest High School.  She married Ken in April 1967 and settled into their forever home on a farm just outside of Drinkwater, SK.  She was a busy lady with an active hand in farming, raised 3 great kids, played baseball (coached by her mom Anne Williams), and gardening…using her 3 kids as slave labour.  In 1984, Bev started working in the kitchen at St Anthony’s Home and later moved over to Providence Place, retiring in 2008, never to see that place again!!  Little did she know as Alzheimer’s took her deeper into confusion, she returned to Providence Place, but as a resident this time, after a knee replacement caused the illness to take a much stronger hold.  Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Providence Place where friends and acquaintances continued to care for Bev during her remaining years.  The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home.  Chery Thul will officiate and interment will take place in Drinkwater Cemetery at a later date. As an expression, donations in Bev’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.  Michelle Surtees Funeral Director 306-693-4550 



Carol Wassmer

1934 - 2019

Carol Mae Wassmer (nee Akre) passed away peacefully at Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon, SK on February 9th, 2019.

Missing her are her son Kirk (Colleen) of Didsbury, AB;  daughter Karla Nogue (Marcel) of Saskatoon, SK;  grandchildren Emma, Anna, Gillian, Ethan and Brielle;  sister Mazie Seibel of Moose Jaw, SK;  sister Fran Benedictson (Gilbert) of Edmonton, AB; and many nieces and nephews.  Carol is predeceased by her husband Ernie;  parents Mandius and Clara Akre;  sister Olida Christensen;  sisters-in-law Elizabeth Wassmer, Ann Meyers and Margaret Wassmer;  brothers-in-law Neil Christensen and Leo Seibel.

Mom was born in Frontier, SK August 9th, 1934 and raised in Strongfield, SK.  After starting employment with the Royal Bank of Canada she moved to New Westminster, BC where she worked and made many life-long friends.  Missing the prairies, she accepted a position at the Royal Bank in Moose Jaw, SK and returned closer to home.  It was in Moose Jaw that she met her husband Ernie, and together they started and raised their family.

Mom enjoyed time spent with family, cooking, entertaining, gardening and summers at the cabin on Buffalo Pound Lake.  She and Ernie transformed their home and cabin through years of non-stop renovations and projects.  They were a great team, with few arguments and bitter words, but lots of laughter.

Mom was selfless.  After Ernie’s passing in 1998, she helped his sisters when they struggled with health issues of their own, always putting their needs in front of hers. 

Family was a source of great pride for Mom.  She loved being a part of her grandchildren’s lives, watching them grow and taking frequent trips to visit them.  She cherished family gatherings and the laughter that always ensued;  as we gathered around her bedside during her final days we found comfort in the humour of many stories and recollections.

Cooking for family gatherings was something that brought Mom enjoyment, and brought Dad a kitchen full of dirty dishes.  She was extremely proud of her Norwegian heritage, and special meals always started with grace said in Norwegian, and usually featured a dish such as Komla, Lefsa, Krumkake or Rosettes.  Numerous Norwegian prayers and sayings hung on the walls of her home.

Although she never had the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, Mom loved music, and even as her illness progressed she would still start to dance when she heard a song or piano being played.  The staff at Parkridge have a new appreciation for the music of Anne Murray from the time that they spent in Mom’s room.

We are forever grateful to the staff at Parkridge Centre (Eastridge One), Saskatoon, for the care, compassion and respect that Mom received as a resident there.  Memorial donations in Mom’s name can be sent to the Parkridge Centre Recreation Therapy Department to support the provision of music programs for residents.

A celebration of Mom’s life will take place on Sunday, May 19th from 1-3 at Cosmo Senior Citizen’s Centre, 235 3rd Avenue NE Moose Jaw, with private interment to follow. Condolences may be left at Arrangements entrusted to PRAIRIE VIEW CREMATION AND MEMORIAL SERVICES (306-242-7884).



J.G.R. “Bob” Shehyn of Moose Jaw, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the age of 82. Bob spent 37 years serving in the Canadian Military. He was an avid volunteer with Moose Jaw Search and Rescue and the Amateur Ham Radio Operators. Bob loved photography, star gazing with a telescope, all things trains, his beloved pet family and his family. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors whom he helped in many ways; shoveling snow, yardwork or just having a friendly chat. Predeceased by his parents and sister Patricia. Bob will be sadly missed by his wife, Maureen; children Tina and family, Tammy (Mike) and family; stepson Kevin and his family as well as nieces and their families. A Celebration of Bob’s life will take place on Saturday February 16, 2019 at 2:30 PM at Parkview Funeral Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw. Rev. Bob Langdon will officiate. Due to allergies flowers are gratefully declined. For those wishing memorial donations may be made to Moose Jaw Humane Society. In living memory of Robert, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: or (Obituaries).

Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director




March 7, 1956 – February 9, 2019

It is with  great sadness that  the family of Raymond McNabb announce his passing after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Kim; children Ryan McNabb, Crystal (Rick) Hanson and Derek (Sheena) McNabb; grandsons Thomas and Samuel McNabb; mother Edna McNabb; sister Brenda (Clarence) Medernach; brother Garnet (Michelle) McNabb and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Raymond McNabb Sr., mother-in-law Minnie Myers and nephew Eric Medernach. Ray was an equipment operator with the Department of Highways for over 30 years. He was a mopar man through and through, an avid hunter and storyteller, he especially liked telling the one of ‘taking down two ducks with one shot’, this is something he never let his kids forget! He will be loved and missed by everyone who knew him. Please join us in a Celebration of Raymond’s Life on Friday February 15, 2019 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Eagles Club Banquet Room, 561 Home St. W. A private family interment will take place at a later date. For those so wishing memorial donations may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre St, Regina, SK S4P 2R3. In living memory of Ray, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: or (Obituaries).

Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director




Audrey Wray “Trix”, aged 86 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Sunday, February 10th, 2019.  Trix was born in North Battleford, SK and married the love of her life, Chic, on July 31st, 1948 in Fort MacLeod, AB.  Chic and Trix purchased the Swing Inn, then in 1960 the Wrays acquired the KFC Franchise for Moose Jaw, which they continued to operate until 1992.  She was predeceased by her parents, John and Cora Hord; husband, DeWillis “Chic”; brothers, Clint and Roy; sisters, Joyce and Sylvia; and great-granddaughter, Cloey Duff.  Trix will be lovingly remembered by her son, Don (Donna); daughters: Lynn Wray, Roberta (Carl) Pedersen, Maureen (Kelly) Miller, and Carol (Peter) Sooker; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  A Time of Fellowship will be held at a later date.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in Audrey’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive,Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2 or Wakamow Valley, PO Box 1266, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4P9.

“How lucky were we to have had someone

that makes saying goodbye so hard”

The family asks that you raise a glass

and share a toast to Chic and Trix!

Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550



Benjamin Jason Plant

It grieves us to have to announce the sudden passing of our beloved Benjamin Jason Plant from smoke inhalation in a house fire.  He was a hardworking man and a very talented house painter who passionately loved his family.  He leaves behind his heartbroken spouse Jessica Gordon and their children Keegan, Caitlyn, Courtney and Jonathan R. Originally from Ontario, Gail Gordon and Jeffery Hunter were his Moose Jaw Parents and he was like a son to them.  He is also survived by his parents Barbara and Mark Plant; brother Jonathan D; sisters Susan and Andrea; grandfather Douglas Edwards; aunt Patricia Edwards; as well as numerous other family members.  Benjamin was predeceased by his son Jacob and grandmother Dorothy Edwards.  We would like to invite family and friends to join us in a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Houston Pizza, 117 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK.



Kenneth Gilbert Overby

Kenneth Gilbert Overby passed away peacefully at the age of 76, on Sunday, February 10, 2019 with family by his side at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Moose Jaw, SK.  Ken was the beloved husband of Loretta for over 53 years, and loving father of Lori Hovington (Dave), Jo Overby and Troy Overby (Lisa). He was the cherished grandfather of Marcus Hovington, Alexa Riediger (Craig), Chandra Hovington (Brett), Ty Overby, Rylyn Overby, Joshua Overby, Finn Overby, and great-grandfather of Violet Cornelson and Ethan Riediger.  He will be greatly missed by his sister Delores Scarfe (Reg), and by his brother-in-law Norm Gordon.  Ken was predeceased by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Bill Hunt, brother-in-law Chuck Woolford, nephew Guy Woolford, and sister-in-law Shirley Gordon.  Ken was born to Gilbert and Mary Overby in Ethelbert, MB on May 23, 1942.  He attended school in Swan River, MB, and as a young man, he moved to Moose Jaw.  Shortly after, he joined the Moose Jaw City Police Force.   It was at this time that a mutual friend took him to Ron Muir's Beauty Salon and introduced him to Loretta Gordon.  The two were wed on July 24, 1965, at Zion United Church in Moose Jaw. They began their family a year later with the birth of Lori, and years later, Jo and Troy.  Ken poured his heart and soul into everything he did.  He was a very well-liked and highly-respected police officer in Moose Jaw, where he served his community for many years. He established and operated Mini Land Amusements in Moose Jaw where people could bring their families for fun and entertainment.  He was heartbroken in the early 90's when serious health concerns forced him to step away from two of his passions, Mini Land and policing. This, however, allowed him to embrace his entrepreneurial spirit of woodworking.  He was soon creating lawn ornaments, children's toys, and numerous other wooden projects, which he later sold at various craft sales.  Ken was an avid curling, Moose Jaw Warrior and Saskatchewan Roughrider fan.  Ken loved to travel, go for coffee, play cards and was a talented jack-of-all-trades. He also treasured his vintage car, a 1985 Camaro Z28; but Ken was happiest when he was spending time with his family, and especially his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, his nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.  All are welcome to the visitation on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Parkview Funeral Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St. West, Moose Jaw.  A Funeral Celebration will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Parkview Funeral Chapel, with Reverend Jordan Grant officiating.  The interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery where Ken will be laid to rest.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, 18 Burndale Road, Ottawa, ON, K1B 3Y5. It is for babies in need, and would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Ken, a memorial tree planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please see our online book of condolences at and (Obituaries). Blair Scott, Funeral Director.




Alice Victoria Gifco, a long-time Moose Javian, well-known for her open-heartedness, avid curiosity, and quick wit, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4th, 2019, in Craik, SK. She was 100 years old.

Alice Hale was born on November 14th, 1918 in Sceptre, Saskatchewan to Robert and Maud (Cunningham) Hale, three days after the end of WWI. She was given her middle name, Victoria, as her mother held her for the first time and watched bonfires light up the prairie sky, in celebration of the news that had arrived by telegraph that day of the Allied victory.

Alice grew up on the family farm and attended school in Sceptre, nearby Lemsford, and Saskatoon, SK, as the fifth of seven siblings. She was a good student, whose favourite subject was reading—a love which continued her entire life. She also enjoyed horseback riding, and played shortstop on the baseball team through high school. Although her mother intensely disliked nicknames, giving all her children names which couldn't be shortened—Olive, Mary, Ralph, Earl, Alice, John, and Keith—Alice's friends gave her a childhood nickname that stuck: "Spitfire". As she recalled, laughingly, "I guess I had a quick retort for everybody!"

After Alice graduated from high school in Sceptre, she was accepted to the prestigious nurse's training program at Vancouver General Hospital, moving all the way to the west coast in 1939. She graduated from the program in 1942, spent the following summer working as a nurse at the Vancouver Children's Hospital, and then received her Public Health and Nursing Diploma from the University of British Columbia in 1943.

She was back in Saskatchewan, working as a nurse in the hospital in Prelate, SK, when she met the new teacher at a dance in nearby Sceptre, in 1944. Alice and Thomas (Tom) Gifco were married on June 29th, 1945.

As the family grew to include three little ones, Tom's teaching jobs took them all around Saskatchewan, from Saskatoon, to Cutknife, Neilburg, Dinsmore, Eyebrow, and Oxbow, until they ended up in Moose Jaw in 1959. Alice worked as a Public Health nurse for a number of years in Moose Jaw before retiring in 1985. She was also active in the community and was a member of a number of organizations, including St. Andrew's United Church, the Moose Jaw Canadian Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a proud lifetime member of the New Democratic Party.

Alice loved gardening, was a great cook, and had a seemingly limitless number of other hobbies, including sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, needle work, curling, square dancing, and reading. She and Tom traveled as far afield as Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico, and the Panama Canal.

More than anything, Alice loved her family. She was an extremely caring sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Alice was predeceased by all six of her siblings. She was particularly close to the two closest in age: her older brother Earl, who died fighting as a pilot in WWII; and her younger brother John, and later his wife Eileen, who often accompanied Alice and Tom on their travels.

Alice and Tom were married for 67 years when he passed away on August 24th, 2012 at the age of 92 years.

Alice Gifco is survived by her three children: Allan Gifco, Karen (Glenn) Hagel, and Leslie Gifco, all of Moose Jaw, SK; her three grandchildren: Kristin (Lawrence) Ator, Meredith Hagel, and Christian Gifco; her three great-grandchildren: Juliet, Nora, and Dexter Ator, to whom she is affectionately known as GG; her sister-in-law, Eileen Hale; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family is very grateful for the loving care Alice received at the Mulberry Estates and West Park Crossing retirement homes in Moose Jaw. They would particularly like to thank the staff at the Craik and District Health Centre, where she spent the last five months of her life, for their attentive and compassionate care.

Alice's life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Reverend Jim Tenford will officiate and interment will take place in the Garden of Memories of St. Andrew’s United Church, Moose Jaw, SK at a later date. For those who cannot make the journey in person, a live webcast of the service will be available through the Moose Jaw Funeral Home link on YouTube. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations in Alice's memory to Citizens All Association, 410 Hochelaga St E, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0P3or to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 




Charles Millar Hackney passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at Regency Manor care home in Central Butte, SK. He was the youngest of eight children and was predeceased by his 4 sisters: Margaret, Helen, Jean, and Millicent; and 3 brothers: Mac, George and Doug. Millar leaves to mourn his loving wife of 57 years, Marian Hackney; and his sons, Darrell (Diane) Hackney and Ken Hackney. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Curtis (Charla), Lisa and Adam; great-grandchildren: Keaton, Alisha and Dylan; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family members. Millar was born in Brownlee, SK in 1935 and as the son of a Presbyterian minister, lived in several towns throughout Saskatchewan including Togo and Pennant. His family eventually moved to Riverhurst, SK in 1950 where Millar continued to live for the rest of life. Millar attended Riverhurst High School where he met his future wife Marian. After completing high school, he worked at a variety of jobs including transport driver, elevator agent and mechanic. He also worked for many years as a heavy machinery operator with Pomeroy Construction. Millar and Marian were married in 1961 and started farming the same year. Millar remained on the farm until 2008, when he retired and moved to Riverhurst. He was always an active member of the Riverhurst community and was heavily involved in the local Lion’s Club, Rec. Board, Park Board, School Board and minor sports. He was particularly proud of his involvement in the approval and construction of the Rusty’s Coulee Marina at Palliser Park. In recognition of his years of volunteerism, Millar was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for distinguished service to his community in 2012. Millar was an avid golfer and also enjoyed hunting, fishing and travelling. He will be fondly remembered for his friendly, fun-loving personality and willingness to help out when needed. A Celebration of Millar’s Life will be held on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Riverhurst Community Hall. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Millar’s name may be made to Regency Manor Auxiliary, P.O. Box 40, Central Butte, SK SOH OTO. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Calvin Gammel, Funeral Director 306-693-4550


Schiml, Judy

Judy Schiml

Judy Schiml, of Mankota, SK passed away December 17, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Gravelbourg, SK at age 68. Judy is predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Herman (Dec. 2, 2018); her father Jack Barker; sister Betty Baragar (2018); sister-in-law Isabelle Barker (2015); son David (2006); in-laws Hans and Dorothy Schiml. She is survived by her mother Millie Barker; children: Kelly (Wendy), David (dec’d) (Tammy), Glen (Lorri), River, and Karen (Daryl); grandchildren: Steve (Melissa), Mike (Janelle), Nicole (Brody), Kerri (Darcy), Brooke, Cheyenne and William; great-grandchildren: Grayson, Ryker, Beaux, Ryeligh and Dallas; brother Allan Barker; brothers-in-law Dennis Baragar and Henry Schiml as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be held June 12, 2019 at the Mankota Cemetery with Ruby Sayers officiating. Donations in memory of Judy may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Inc. Expressions of sympathy for the Schiml family may be shared at

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