Funeral Announcements



William (Bill) Itcush

Born September 13, 1935, in Readlyn, SK. Passed away January 19, 2022, at the age of 86. He moved from Assiniboia in 1966 to Moose Jaw, SK working at Caribou Sheet Metal & Plumbing and eventually purchased the business, later adding Culligan Water Conditioning. Ran both businesses successfully for many years before selling the businesses. He then accepted a management position with Fairford Industries in Dubbo, NSW Australia, successfully completing the task. Upon return to Canada, he established Discount Plumbing and Heating. Bill and Bev were then married May 19, 1984 and continued to operate Discount Plumbing until 1994. He then went to work at Master Manufacturing as General Manager until his retirement. Bill’s other accomplishments include being a member of Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club and K-40 Club, Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions Club, Mechanical Construction Association, Moose Jaw Construction Association one of the founding trustees for the Saskatchewan Piping Industry Health and Welfare Trust Fund. Volunteered at book sales for the Moose Jaw Public Library. Bill enjoyed all sports, his favourites being golf, curling, skiing, fishing & dancing. Bill also really enjoyed watching his grandchildren Morgan and Ryan play hockey. Bill and Bev loved to travel and had the opportunity to tour a lot of the world. Predeceased by his father Ilie Itcush and mother Mary (Ardelain) Itcush. Also, waiting to greet him in heaven are his brothers John, Leo, Nick, and Terry; sister Dorothy Shenner; and nephew Leo Itcush. Survived by his wife Bev, daughters Natalie (Ken) Kines, (Chelsea (Devon) Tayen, Daxyn), Chyler (Landyn) Brie; Shawna (Garnet) Gettel, Ryan (Alexandera) Katie, Paislee, Alisha (Austin) Brooklyn, Emerson; Charlene (Brian) Wilson, Colby (Jason), Morgan; son Trent, Jordan (Kory) Ty, Mackenzie (Randy); Stepdaughter’s Barb, Shaeni; Shelley (Jim), Jennifer (Dave), Brody, Kateyln; Brother Don (Darlene); sister Sharon; brother in-law Vern (Judy) Fletcher as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Thank you to Pioneer Lodge nurses and staff for the wonderful care he received. Donations can be made in Bill’s name to Moose Jaw Friends of the Library 461 Langdon Crescent, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0X6 or Moose Jaw Humane Society 1755 Stadacona St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. A Service will be held at 2 pm Sunday May 22 At Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation Centre 1396-3rd Ave NE. Refreshments to follow

In living memory of Bill, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries).

"Can I have this dance for the rest of my life"

Chrystine Dacey- Funeral Director Intern


The family of Sylvia Yuzek (Prekaski) is very sad to announce the passing of their beloved mother and grandmother on May 11, 2022. Sylvia was born November 30, 1941, on the Prekaski family farm north of Sturgis, Saskatchewan. She completed the majority of her schooling in Sturgis. After high school she went to Prince Albert for nursing school at the Victoria Union Hospital, completing her Registered Nurse training on January 8, 1964. Prior to taking a nursing position at Preeceville Hospital she worked in Yorkton, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw. Sylvia loved nursing and taking care of people, working in surgery and in the emergency department was what she enjoyed the most in her nursing career. On July 31, 1965, Sylvia married Ted Yuzek and together they raised 3 children in Sturgis. In 1982, Ted and Sylvia took over operating the Shell Canada Bulk fuel station in Sturgis. They ran Assiniboine Fuel along with their son Bob until 2001. Together they enjoyed many years camping and fishing, especially their many summers at McBride Lake. They enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family. Spending the holidays surrounded by people was important to Sylvia, there were times when she would host 40 or more people for Christmas dinner. They travelled to several tropical locations over the years creating great memories together. Sylvia enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting, baking, and making her famous homemade garlic powder. Along with her amazing flowers and vegetable gardens she will be remembered for her perogies, cabbage and beet rolls, her handmade quilts and her delicious chocolate chip cookies! Watching curling, going to garage sales and concerts (Johnny Reid) made her happy. For Sylvia her favorite way to pass time was to spend her time with her husband (until his passing), her children and grandchildren. Sylvia was predeceased by her loving husband Theodore Yuzek, her parents Nick and Kathleen Prekaski (Melnychuk), in-laws Peter and Margaret Yuzek, her brothers Arthur, David and Donald, her sister Paulette, half-sister Marjorie and many other relatives. She is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her children Bob, Patty, Cathy (Trevor); grandchildren Hanna, Justyce, Jorja, Erica and Celena; sister-in-law Evelyn (Dennis) Tretiak; and brother in-law Danny (Corinne) Yuzek; and many nephews and nieces. A Private Family Service to honour Sylvia will take place at a later date. Donations can be made in Sylvia’s memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550


BRENDA JONSSON (née: Price, Champion; Lamb)

Brenda Annie Jonsson, aged 73 years of Moose Jaw, SK and formerly of Sundre, AB passed away suddenly, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.

Brenda was born in Moose Jaw on July 17th, 1948 and was raised on the farm at Lake Valley, SK. At the young age of 4 years, she was stricken with Polio. Severe at first, she later recovered with partial paralysis remaining. Much of her time was spent in and out of hospitals and it was during a stay at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center in Regina, SK that she met her first husband, Robert Lamb. They married in October of 1965 and then welcomed their two children, Robert in 1966 and Theressa in 1969.

Brenda was the definition of strength and perseverance. When she was told she couldn’t do something, she proved you wrong. After moving to Moose Jaw in 1974 with her children, Brenda returned to school at STI and began working at Austin’s Service as a bookkeeper. She then obtained a position as a telephone operator with SaskTel in the early 80’s, moving to a position in collections and then marketing in Regina.

One of Brenda’s proudest achievements was obtaining her driver’s license in the late 70’s and purchasing her first car. With the assistance of hand controls, she was able to drive herself and her children anywhere she wished, giving her true independence. This also allowed her to commute to her job in Regina, long before cell phones existed.

Brenda married Douglas Jonsson in May of 1992 and started a new chapter in her life, moving to Sundre, AB. Here, she embraced the small-town life and was finally able to own her own home. Brenda and Doug purchased Sundre Sound and Electronics (Radio Shack) and she managed the daily operations of the store.

After Doug’s passing in 2005, Brenda remained in Sundre until August of 2021 when she moved back to Moose Jaw to be closer to her family. She moved into The Bentley with her beloved companion Chico which allowed her to continue living independently, something that was always so important to her. Her time there was short but during the last eight months, Brenda made many new friends among the residents and staff and enjoyed all the events and activities.

She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas Jonsson; parents, Cecil and Doreen Champion; father, Leonard Price; and brother, Thomas Champion. Brenda will be lovingly remembered by her son, Robert Lamb (Deborah Klassen); daughter, Terri Lamb (Gord Biden); siblings: Karen (Ken) Barrows, Glen (Yvonne) Champion, and Doug (Wendy) Price; sister-in-law, Bev Wilson; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Many thanks are given to Brenda’s friends in Sundre who assisted her and allowed her to continue living in her cherished home. There are not enough words to express our deepest appreciation to you all.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Pastor Larry Hasmatali will officiate and interment will take place in Sunset Cemetery. Those not able to attend may view the service virtually by going to Brenda had a deep love for animals and her companions over the years were a very important part of her life. As an expression of sympathy, donations in her name may be made to any animal shelter or rescue near you. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Directors 306-693-4550


A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Joe, Louisa and Allen Gould

At Rosedale Cemetery on May 28 2022 at 11:00AM

Father Yodel will be officiating

A time of fellowship to follow, Cosmo Centre 235 3rd N.E Moose Jaw from 12:00-4:00

Gone But Never Forgotten


John Robert Butler, formerly from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, passed away at the age of 70 at his home in Cowichan Bay, BC, on May 10, 2022, from leukemia.

John was born on January 26, 1952, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He often commented that he had an ideal childhood which he credits to his loving parents, siblings, extended family, and friends. Formative summers spent at the beach with family or afternoons exploring local coulees with friends were among the many early foundations for a lifelong enjoyment of adventures and new experiences.

John graduated from Central Collegiate, in Moose Jaw, and then attended the University of Saskatchewan where he earned an Arts and Science Degree along with a four year Education Degree. After teaching in Wynyard, for one year, he returned to Saskatoon where he taught for over three decades. He had a remarkable passion for teaching young people, both in the classroom and on the football field. Generous with his wisdom, humour, compassion, and energy, he was able to reach students through an innovative curriculum to inspire the mind and nourish the individual. In 1997, John was proud to be awarded the Inspired Teacher Award from the University of Regina, College of Education.

In 1983, John married Chris (Warkentin). Being a caring, engaged, and supportive husband and father was his most valued calling. He delighted in coaching his children, taking camping trips, building treehouses, summer vacations, and watching all their activities. He was deeply proud of all his children. In recent years he found profound fulfillment in being a Grandpa, which brought him exceptional joy.

John had a passion for knowledge, was an avid reader, and a lifelong learner. With a gift for storytelling and a welcoming demeanor, conversation was always easy with topics ranging from politics (with his deep commitment to social justice), to sports, history, literature, and everything in between. A true renaissance man, he was a teacher, mentor, and learner who could be found fixing classic British sports cars, building award-winning model aircraft, playing baseball, trying out new recipes, and a myriad of other hobbies. Anyone who knew John was aware of his passion for music, which was a constant throughout his life, and provided deep comfort in his final days.

John created a lasting impact on his community, friends, and family. He is survived by his wife Chris, and their family: Jessica (Rob Ondzik) Butler, Michael (Magdelyn Asimakis) Butler and granddaughter Lola Butler, Katelyn (Scott) Gateley and grandsons Pierce and Noel Gateley. He is also survived by his brother David (Arlene) Butler and family, and sister Louise (Frank) Gyrlevich and family. He was predeceased by his parents Arthur ‘Art’ and Helena Butler, father-in-law Gerard Warkentin and sister-in-law Jean Warkentin.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. We ask that you think of John when you give someone a helping hand, have a good laugh with family and friends, or enjoy a peaceful moment with nature.  And, we ask you to take a moment to smile when you see a British sports car, notice a football practice at your neighbourhood school, or are listening to some ‘good’ 60s music. A donation to your favourite charity would be kindly appreciated.


LoAnne Katherine Shiers, aged 46 years of Elk Point, AB, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 17th, after a long battle with metastatic ovarian cancer.  Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1975, LoAnne shared the same birthday, July 20th, as her late Grandfather, Tom Shiers (something I think they were both proud of).  LoAnne was the sixth child of the late William and Sandra Shiers.  While still a toddler, LoAnne's parents moved her and her siblings to Moose Jaw where she attended King Edward, Empire and Peacock.  LoAnne shared a love of animals with her parents but gravitated at an early age to sharing a love of horses with her father.  She had a small Shetland/quarter horse cross named “Shorty”.  She diligently worked with Shorty on showing him for competition in pony carts and in their years together they won several first place ribbons.  She also had a retired thoroughbred, “Smokin Gord”, of whom she was very proud to be the only one he would ever consider letting ride him.  When she wasn’t working with her own horses she was helping her dad with his standardbred race horses. LoAnne also had a love of theater and participated faithfully in some capacity in most every production while attending Peacock before graduating in 93.

Not long after graduation LoAnne moved to Vermilion to gain her diploma in Office Administration at Lakeland College and be closer to her long time friend, Karen Hawryluk (Dreilick) who had moved there earlier.

LoAnne later moved to Elk Point and took on a few interesting initiatives.  One of which was opening a pet store, “Fins, Feathers and Furry Things”.  LoAnne’s love of animals made this less of a surprise to anyone that knew her.

In 2007 LoAnne gave birth to her only child, Ella.  From that day forward, most everything LoAnne did centered around Ella’s well-being and happiness.

LoAnne later took on the initiative to fill what she deemed a significant gap for youth in Elk Point. Recognizing that gap she saw an opportunity and started the Elk Point Theater Project, a drama club for youth in the Elk Point area.  The club allowed for kids to participate in, and gain experience in, the performing arts. LoAnne valued the contributions the high school theater program at Peacock provided for her and was sure she could make a difference by doing the same for both her daughter and the local youth in Elk Point and surrounding area.  Through this initiative she was able to put together a program supported by several dedicated members of the community and launch a well-respected youth theater program that would leave other communities in awe.  LoAnne used her greatest talent, kindness, to bring together those around her to rally around an initiative she deemed near and dear to her heart.  She set forth to positively impact the youth of Elk Point and, through numerous productions (Little Mermaid; Annie Jr.; Wizard of Oz; Spamalot and; Seussical the Musical) she most definitely succeeded.  Through all of LoAnne's actions, it was clear that kindness drove any and all initiatives she engaged in.

News of LoAnne’s diagnosis was a shock to her siblings.  We all were concerned with her being physically displaced from the rest of us and knew there would be significant struggles ahead.  Our concerns were soon laid to rest when it became apparent LoAnne had formed an extended family of her own in Elk Point.  Her friend and employer, Cody Dillon of Shock Oilfield was a real savior in his flexibility working with LoAnne’s erratic schedule and, most recently in sharing his concern and empathy towards our family in LoAnne’s last days.  LoAnne had formed friendships with all her fellow employees and often boasted of how great a place it was to work. LoAnne’s friends, Jenn Germain, Connie Henderson, Tracy Loughran and Jodi Smith all rallied around LoAnne these last months making sure she was cared for, helping look after Ella and, seeing she was able to make all her appointments.  The Shiers family would like to extend our thanks to you all for the love and kindness extended to LoAnne as she battled through her illness.

Additionally the family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses, doctors and staff of the Elk Point Community Health Center for their care and compassion provided to LoAnne while in their care.In the last few months LoAnne showed a degree of humility and strength in battling her illness.  So much so it has left the rest of us in awe.  She never lost sight of what was truly important to her, first and foremost her daughter Ella.  In her passing she leaves behind a legacy of kindness and love that would be hard to surpass.

LoAnne was predeceased by her parents, William and Sandra. She is survived by her daughter Ella Smith of Elk Point, AB; brothers, Brett and Mark (Cheryl) of Moose Jaw, SK; sisters, Crystal (Kirby) Froese and Christine (Todd) Marasse of Moose Jaw, SK; brother, Billy (Shelly) Shiers of Fleming Island, FL;  as well her aunts, uncle and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of LoAnne’s life will be held on Sunday, May 29th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Elk Point Alberta at the Elk Point Allied Arts and Leisure Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in LoAnne’s memory may be made to the Bonnyville SPCA ( or to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Memento Funeral Chapel, 5201 Lakeshore Dr. Bonnyville.  Amanda Green, Funeral Director 780-826-3133 www.mementofuneralchapel.coM



It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Verna Gertrude Zimmerman on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at the age of 100 years.  Verna passed away peacefully at Chez Nous Senior Citizens Home in Moose Jaw, SK, where she resided.  

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Zion United Church, 423 Main St N, Moose Jaw, SK.  Reverend Tim Ellis will officiate and interment will take place in Sunset Cemetery.

We ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Moose Jaw Women’s Shelter or Women’s Causes of your choice.  Verna was always an active advocate of women’s rights and protection. Also, donations may be made to the Moose Jaw Public Library, 461 Langdon Crescent, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0X6.

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



The family of Allan Penner is sad to announce his passing on May 10, 2022, in Morse, SK at the age of 85. Allan leaves to mourn his wife, Ella, and their children. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday May 17, 2022, in Morse, Saskatchewan. Interment will be held at a later date.

In living memory of Allan, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries).

Chrystine Dacey- Funeral Director


Helen Marie Lamontagne of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 62 years of age.

Helen will be missed by her husband of 38 years, John; sister, Marg Bumback and nephew, Michael Casemore.

Helen will be loved and missed by all.

In keeping with Helen’s wishes, no Funeral Service will take place. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada #1 – 2217 Hanselman Court Saskatoon, SK S7L 9Z9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Cara Ashworth, Intern Director 306-693-4550


Our hearts were broken when our precious husband, father, stepfather and guido, Orest (Oz) Wasylyk passed away on Thursday, May 12.

Orest was predeceased by his parents, Dmytro and Anne Wasylyk. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years Judy Wasylyk, son Justin (Arron) and his children Ila and Reese of Prince Albert, SK; son Jeffrey (Robyn) and their children Nolan and Sawyer of Christopher Lake, SK; and daughter Jennifer of Jasper, AB; his Hartfield family stepchildren all of Edmonton, Dawn (Adam) and her daughter Rachel; Kara (Jamie); Doug (Kayleen) and their children Charlotte and Hanna; and Mike (Nicole) and their children Isabella and Nicholas; and his only brother Jerry (Pat) Wasylyk of Summerland, BC, and their children Jason and Jodi.

Oz was born in Eston, SK. He graduated from the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook in 1961 and moved to Moose Jaw to attend the Saskatchewan Technical Institute where he received an Architectural Technology degree. He joined C & S Construction Ltd. in 1962 and soon became a partner and the General Manager.

Throughout his career, he was involved in both the Moose Jaw Construction Association and the Saskatchewan Construction Association. Oz received many awards including the Gold Seal Certificate from the Canadian Construction Association in 1997 and the Long-Time Service Award from the Moose Jaw Construction Association in 2005. He was also recognized for his contributions to the construction industry in both Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan by the Canadian Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Construction Association, and the Moose Jaw Construction Association.

Oz also contributed to his community. He was an active member of The Kiwanis Club of Moose Jaw from 1969 until the club folded in 2015. Oz served on the Hillcrest Sports Centre Board of Directors in 2006 and the Moose Jaw Housing Authority Board from 1983 to 1993. He received the Wakamow Valley Award of Distinction for exceptional service in 1991.

Oz and Judy were married on June 30, 1989, just six months after they started dating. They were constant, loving companions who truly never experienced any ‘tough’ times because they always had each other.

After Oz’s retirement at age 60, he and Judy spent most of their time in Moose Jaw, visited their children and grandchildren in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and enjoyed their winters in Arizona, California and Hawaii. Throughout the years, golfing was Oz’s passion and he spent many hours at the Hillcrest golf course in Moose Jaw and the southern courses in the winter. Oz was one of the fortunate few to have experienced three holes-in-one during his many years at the Hillcrest - a rare feat as any golfer knows!

Oz’s family extends a special thank you to the caring doctors, nurses, and staff in the Cardiac Care Unit of the Regina General Hospital, the Medical Ward of the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Memorial Hospital and Extendicare in Moose Jaw. Donations in Oz’s memory may be made to the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation.

A Celebration of Oz’s life will be held on Friday May 20, 2022 at 1:30Pm at W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home, 474 Hochelaga St W, Moose Jaw. Reverend Dave Moore will officiate.

For those wishing memorial donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8.

In living memory of Orest, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain, Funeral Director. is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.