A note regarding dates: If only the year is known, a date of January 1st, [year] has been used. If no date is known, a date of January 1st, 1900 has been used.
Obituary of Susan Gossen
100 years The passing of Susanna Gossen, age 100 years, occurred on October 24, 2022 at the Mennonite Nursing Home, Rosthern, SK. Mom was born Susanna Andres, July 8, 1922, on Sec 36-41-05-W3rd, north of Waldheim, SK to Cornelius and Katherine (Friesen) Andres; the second of three children and only daughter. She was predeceased by her husband Jim (David) Gossen, August 12, 2012; her son Donald, December 20, 2020; her parents Cornelius and Katherine; brothers JOHN and his wife Margaret and JAKE; parents-in-law William (Bill) and Helen (Unger) Gossen; brothers-in-law CASEY (Delmar) and his wife Shirley Gossen, BILLY and his wife Genevieve Gossen; and sister-in-law HELEN (Gossen) Adams. Susan is survived by her children JUDITH (Carl Moffatt) and their children Scott (Cailen Henry) Chloe and Isaac; Laurel (Mark Sears) Noah and Maya; Faye (Ben Cain) Faye’s children Layne and River; GERALD (Bud) (Joan Fincaryk) and their son Terry, Terry’s children Madison and Logan; DON’S children Billy (Kristine Edwards), Sydnie and Gillian; and Shauna; DEBBIE (Steve Bueckert) and their children Christie; Daniel (Santana Getz), Aubrey and Georgia; sister-in-law BETTY Andres; brother-in-law TOM (Lois) Gossen; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were very precious to mom. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at Funk’s Funeral Home Chapel, 1010 7th Street, Rosthern, SK. Interment will follow at Waldheim Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susan’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1200-2300 Yonge St, Box 2414 Toronto, ON M4P1E4. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK (306)232-5245
Obituary of Ivy Dirks
October 8, 1967 – September 16, 2022
Ivy Ruth Dirks (Ratzlaff) was born on October 8, 1967, the youngest daughter to Lorne & Selma Ratzlaff. She lived her entire life in Waldheim. Attending Waldheim School and RJC. After School, she worked at Casey’s Dairy King & Diner, Dirks Family Fair and was involved in childcare. She loved athletics, especially volleyball, figure skating, and could throw a ball like a boy “Just ask her brothers”. She loved singing at school, choral and church choirs. She loved to watch hockey, especially #16 of the Waldheim Warriors.
She married her true love, Carey Dirks, on April 15, 1989. Their first son Spencer was born June 10, 1991 and was followed by their second son Austin on February 13, 1993. She loved being a mother and doted on her two boys. She was involved in the boys’ sports, cheering and always willing to lend a hand, with the youth group and teaching Sunday School at the Zoar Mennonite Church.
Her and Carey along with her sister Faith & husband Chris purchased the Waldheim Shop-Rite on October 1, 1992 and ran it successfully for 20 years. After selling the store in 2012 she began working for Menno Homes of Sask/Christian Horizons as a Direct Support Professional, a job she enjoyed very much as it allowed her to work with people she cared for, who were very special to her.
They enjoyed numerous trips to warmer climates with her sister and brother-in-law. She loved being with her family and when her grandkids came along, she was thrilled. They were the light of her life. She was a wonderful “Grandma” and she loved them each very dearly.
Her health was good until December 2020, when she was diagnosed with ALS. She struggled with this, but her smile never dimmed, and she showed us how to face adversity with courage, grace, and dignity. She passed away peacefully on September 16, 2022, into the arms of her lord and saviour.
It is with grateful hearts that we say, “Thank you” for the love and care given to her by the doctors and nurses at the Rosthern Union Hospital and the staff at the Mennonite Nursing Home.
A Private Graveside Service
for invited guests only
will be held at Waldheim Cemetery.
Vivian Laura (Schmidt) Gossen
November 15, 1933 – August 13, 2022
Vivian Gossen passed peacefully August 13, 2022 at St Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit. She is lovingly survived by her children; Peggy Gossen (Elmer) Reddekopp; and Virgina Gossen. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Gossen in 2010. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at Dalmeny Funeral Home, 139 3rd Street, Dalmeny, SK. With interment to follow at Waldheim Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Dalmeny Funeral Home 306-254-2022.
Obituary of William Bueckert
June 13, 1938 – April 11, 2022
William (Bill) Bueckert was born on June 13, 1938, to Wilhelm and Katherina (Goertzen) Bueckert on a farm near Osler, Sk. He was the 4th of 13 children. His childhood years were not easy ones, but he still spoke of some fond memories: playing ball with his brothers, learning to swim in a dugout, and passing the time with games like crokinole.
When he was about 14 years old, it was necessary for Dad to go to work for another farmer. He was blessed to work for several godly families, where he was introduced to life in Christ, and decided to make their faith his own. He always felt very indebted to these families who made such a lifechanging impact on him. He was baptized August 21, 1960 in the South Saskatchewan River, east of Warman, by pastor Frank Froese.
Bill met Helen Epp the 1st time on Halloween, 1961 at the Rosthern Youth Farm. They would often double-date with Bill’s sister, Betty, and Helen’s brother, Henry, Eventually both guys both popped the question at the beginning of July, 1962. Bill and Helen were married April 21, 1963. He worked for Henry Speiser, near Laird, for a short time. Then they moved to Cater, and tried their hand at farming there a few years. It was during this time that they were blessed by the birth of Elsie, and a few years later, Samuel. They moved back to Laird, where Verna joined the family. A year later, Ken joined the family, just days after they made the move to an acreage near Rosthern. These were busy years: Dad would work at Rosthern Tire 6 days a week, and come home to do chores and yardwork. With the birth of Harvey in 1972, their family was complete.
In 1974, they made one last move, this time to Waldheim. Dad began working at Rad Sales in Saskatoon, and continued there till 1988. In May of that year, he made the switch to working at the Menno Home as their caretaker, until he retired in 2003.
Dad and Mom worked hard to support their family. They always did the best they could with what they had. Dad was a man of integrity, and taught us best by the way he lived his life. We never needed to question whether we were loved: it was lived and spoken consistently! He was always available to help with fixing, yardwork, moving, or just listening and sharing in our lives. He took great joy in spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. When asked, Dad said “his grandkids were all equally special, but the 1st was the most memorable.”
During all his years, Dad never lost his love of farming. He always enjoyed going to “the farm”, helping Mom’s brothers with seeding, harvest, picking up and delivering chicks in the spring, and butchering days. He was so grateful that Helen’s family remained his family, even after she was gone.
As they entered their empty-nesting years, Dad and Mom began to enjoy some traveling together. They did several bus tours: enjoying trips to the Maritimes, San Francisco, California, and Washington. Especially memorable family times were their “everybody Christmas gift” of a hotel stay and waterslides, or a weekend stay as the whole family at Shekinah or Redberry.
Even in retirement, Bill loved keeping busy. He loved being outside – gardening, mowing, shoveling snow, and quadding. (He even splurged and bought himself a quad for his 80th birthday.)
Dad never felt quite complete after Mom passed away 13 1/2 years ago. He would often tell us that he still missed mom every day. He no longer needs to miss her. On April 11th, after a very brief illness, Dad fell asleep here, and woke up in glory. It gives us a great deal of comfort to know that this is not “goodbye”, but “till we meet again”.
Those waiting to welcome him to his new home in glory are his wife of 44 years, Helen, his parents, Wilhelm and Katherina Bueckert, siblings, Harry, Tina, David, Henry, George, Frank and Ben, and son-in-law Ron Quiring.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Elsie (Terry) Hack, Sam (Christine), Verna (Darcy) Thiessen, Ken (Renee) and Harvey, 12 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren, siblings, Betty (Henry) Epp, Paul (Colleen), Art (Melinda), Mary (Ernie) Engel, Lynn (Art) Klassen, sisters-in-law Tina and Margaret, and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
The Funeral Service will be held Monday, April 18, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church. Livestream of the service will be available at http://www.wmbc.ca. Interment to follow in Waldheim Cemetery.
Memorial Donations can be made in William’s name to Redberry Bible Camp, Box 25128 River Heights, Saskatoon, SK S7K 8B7.
Arrangements are entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK.
Obituary of Mary Loewen
September 13, 1932 – March 17, 2022
Mary Loewen was born on September 13, 1932, to parents Peter & Katherine Harder in Shantal, Manitoba. Mary shared her childhood with her four siblings, Henry, Pete, Nick, and Sally. She learned to work hard as she was the oldest daughter and was responsible for learning how to bake, clean and do other chores from the time she was very young.
Mary and her family enjoyed playing and singing music together. This grew into Mary’s lifelong love of music. She could harmonize to anything and knew the words for every song going from Gospel, country and bluegrass, music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. She played guitar from an early age and wherever Mary was…there was music!! She loved Rockridge, Ness Creek Bluegrass festival, listening to old time music at the Barn Playhouse while enjoying an outdoor supper and senior’s entertainment nights.
Mary came to know Jesus as an eight-year-old girl at Vacation Bible School. Her teacher shared of Jesus’ death on the cross for her sins. Mary told her teacher she wanted to pray and ask Jesus into her heart and life that day. Mary continued as a true follower of Christ for her entire life and we know she was welcomed into Heaven on March 17, 2022.
Mary & Henry met each other at a ball game when Mary was 19 years old. Henry came with another girl; but left with Mary! That’s how they told it. They were joined in marriage on November 16, 1952, both at the age of 20 years old.
They were blessed with four children: Harold, Susan, Dennis, and Jane whom they raised in Altona, Manitoba. While Henry was busy working and providing financially for their family, Mary was at home with her children, mothering, loving, and nurturing them. She was devastated when Harold contracted meningitis at age three, leaving him with a cognitive impairment. However, she never gave up and Harold lived with her and Henry until his passing in 1995. Mary took care of Harold with much patience and kindness all through his years and life’s difficulties. While her children were growing up, Mary worked as a seamstress from her own home and did very beautiful and intricate work. She also worked at making delicious pie crusts for local restaurants and for community events.
Henry and Mary moved to Waldheim in June of 1982. Henry was the new manager of the Marcelin Coop. Harold was able to attend the workshop at
Menno Industries. Mary volunteered in the women’s craft area for many years. Later she was hired on as a supervisor in this department. She loved and befriended each of the “Girls” and “Kids” as she called them. She had a heart of love for those we were struggling and helped each of them develop their full potential.
Mary loved her family and enjoyed every time they would come to visit. She welcomed Ken, Bratt and Fred into their family as in-laws. She loved being a Grandma to Jennifer, Derek and Jessie. Later on, she was thrilled to be a great grandma to Sophia, Brooklyn, Gianna and Liam. She was awaiting the arrival of two more new great grandchildren this year.
Mary was an amazing neighbor and friend to all who knew her. Her door was always open no matter what. She was hospitable, friendly, kind, accepting and a great listener. This continued for her entire life in Waldheim, and she left this world loved and respected by all who knew her. She loved people of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest. She had a beautiful heart and a calm caring way about her. She could talk with anyone and make you feel like you were the only person who mattered at that point.
Mary struggled with various health issues along the way including some very major surgeries on her heart and joints. Mary remained peaceful and accepted her limited mobility with grace. She was so grateful for Henry helping her in so many ways around her home! They were a great team and took care of each other.
Mary and Henry enjoyed going for coffee everyday with friends from town. They welcomed people at the door for our Senior’s events. She kept the home fires burning while Henry was busy volunteering and helping in our community. Mary was indeed the wind beneath his wings.
Throughout their years in Waldheim Mary and Henry were very active. They loved celebrating birthdays and anniversaries together with others. They enjoyed good food, good friends, and good conversation. Mary was a hugger, and her heart of love always was evident. Henry and Mary celebrated their 67th anniversary in November of 2019 with a surprise party for them in the back room of Sandyanna Restaurant in Waldheim. It was overflowing with friends and neighbors who loved them both.
It was very difficult for Mary when Henry was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2019. She remained a loving, kind and caring wife who worked hard to keep him comfortable and let him know how very much she loved him. She was there to support him until the end. It was a sad day and very hard time when Henry passed away on April 25, 2020.
With God’s help, Mary continued bravely on without Henry by her side. It was evident she missed him deeply, but she was grateful and carried on a day at a time. She enjoyed listening to the Gaither’s and many speakers and special music on the Miracle Channel. She found God’s encouragement and peace through these times of contemplation.
Mary moved to Pineview last February. She was grateful for the good food and great fellowship she experienced. She was thankful for Waldheim friends who lived there, and of course made new friends. She spoke with great joy about Amos…the chaplain. She could talk to him about anything. She loved his Bible Studies and the wonderful music that he played. We are deeply grateful for the encouragement and support that Amos gave to our in her last year of life.
Mary faced her final illness with courage and peace in her heart. She was thrilled to have all her children and family together with her five days before she passed away. She had visits with friends in Saskatoon and Rosthern hospitals. She knew her time was coming and shared her love and goodbyes with all who came.
On the evening of March 17, 2022, Mary peacefully passed from this world with her daughter Jane at her side. She was 89 ½ years old. We know she was welcomed into Heaven and is back home with her beloved Henry and son Harold, her parents and others who went before. It was her greatest wish that all her children and family will also join her in Heaven someday.
Mary Loewen – our loving Mom, special Grandma, and dear friend!
You were the best and will be forever loved and missed
Memorial Donations may be made in
Mary’s name to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK (306)232-5245
October 29, 1925 – February 20, 2022
Daughter of Cornelius and Gertrude (nee Adrian) Heppner, Elsie, was born Oct. 29, 1925, the first of six children. She took her early schooling in the Danzig School. She was a capable pupil and completed her grade eight at age 13. Elsie was a hard worker and able help on the farm, a willing helper for her mother in caring for her younger siblings, and was dutiful in giving help at gardening and cooking. On several occasions during her teen years, she helped other families with home and family care when there was need. Elsie was baptized on June 2, 1946 by Jacob J. Nickel, at the Zoar Mennonite Church in Waldheim.
Elsie attended Bible School at Swift Current for three years. She was a diligent student and committed in faith and aspired to serve the church community. Upon graduating from Bible School she went as a volunteer to serve in the mission in Colombia; Chicago; Montana. Subsequently she spent several years working with the Conference Mission with migrant people in Eloy, Arizona. Upon returning to Canada in 1960, she set about to take her high school training in Waldheim, and Teacher Training in Saskatoon. Elsie then began her teaching career in The Pas, and later Swan River, Manitoba, followed by eight years in the Fort Vermillion School Division in Alberta.
When her health failed, she moved to Winnipeg where she tried to recover her health and took some College and University classes. In 1987 she moved to Saskatoon where she lived in retirement in a condominium. In Saskatoon she attended the Nutana Mennonite Church when possible, and did volunteer work at the Luther Towers Nursing Home.
Elsie struggled with health issues which led to the termination of her teaching career. Her health problems stalked her wherever she went in later life but she was resolute and determined to take care of herself. A fall in her condominium in January of 2013, led her path to the Home of the Aged in Rosthern, and later in 2017 after suffering a stroke, she was admitted to The Mennonite Nursing Home in Rosthern, where she resided until her death.
Elsie is survived by her brother, Alvin Heppner, sisters-in-law Irene Heppner, Ruth Quiring Heppner, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews and cousins. Elsie is predeceased by her parents Cornelius and Gertrude Heppner, her sister, Gertrude and brothers, Cornelius, Oliver, and Herbie; and sisters in-law, Hulda Heppner, Gwen Heppner, and Lavina Heppner.It is with grateful hearts we say thank you for the compassionate care of the nurses and caregivers over the years at the Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home.
A Private Funeral Service and Interment in Waldheim Cemetery will be held.
Memorial donations may be made in Elsie’s honor to: MCC Saskatchewan, 600 – 4 St. West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5W9
Arrangements entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK
Obituary of Norman Heppner
April 2, 1954 – September 30, 2021
Norman Glenn Isaac Heppner was a caring father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many. He left this world quietly on September 30, 2021 at the age of 67, surrounded by his loving family.
Dad was born to Isaac and Tena Heppner on April 2, 1954 in Murrayville, BC, the sixth of eight children. While he was still very young, they moved to the Waldheim area and lived on a farm east of town where he started driving a farm truck for his father at the tender age of 7. After graduation, dad got his Class 1 license by driving the instructor around in his beloved Mustang and then got a job driving a gravel truck for Harry Loewen. In November of 1978, with his second child on the way, dad got hired on at Kindersley Transport to do pick-ups and deliveries in Saskatoon. He stayed within the Siemens Transportation Group for many years, going from city work to long haul, until he finally decided that he liked the idea of sleeping in his own bed and seeing more of his family, at which point he applied to work for the City of Saskatoon Transit department driving a bus.
Dad was always a talkative guy and going anywhere with him was a trial because he knew so many people, a simple trip to the mall would take hours because he would have to have a conversation and a catch up with every person he recognized from work. Driving a bus continued that trend. He would often tell stories about the riders on the bus, other drivers, or things he had seen along one of his routes. People often asked him, “Norm, why are you working so hard?” and his reply would be, “I’m doing it for my kids.” He loved his children and grandchildren above all else, and he was often the backbone of our family, teaching us a good work ethic, showing us how to be honest and upstanding people, and how to be satisfied with what we had while still striving to better ourselves.
Dad loved a good spy novel, an action movie, travelling, doing renovations on his houses, watching sports live or on tv, and he never missed a car show so he could look at the muscle cars he loved so much. He would also spend time with his family doing family events, or just having a coffee and a conversation on a quiet afternoon. He liked to talk politics and religion with anyone who was willing, often getting quite animated about it, but he could also sit and watch a comedy special and laugh until his eyes nearly disappeared into his laugh lines, which were so deep.
Dad enjoyed life, and we will miss him every day.
Obituary of Edwin Milton Spielman
May 21, 1936 – September 20, 2021
The passing of Edwin Milton Spielman, 85 years, occurred on September 20, 2021 at Goodwill Manor Care Home, Duck Lake, SK. Edwin was predeceased by parents Fred & Bertha Spielman. In keeping with his wishes, a public service will not be held. A Private Interment of his ashes will be held in Waldheim Cemetery, at a later date.
Special thanks to the staff of Goodwill Manor Special Care Home for the care Edwin received.
Obituary of Neil Driedger
The passing of Neil Barry Driedger, 64 years old, occurred on August 20, 2021 at Royal University Hospital. Neil is survived by his wife Maureen; children Jesse Driedger; Ashley (Owen) Scott and their family Caleb, Josiah, Seth Daniel, Reuben, Anessa, and Jonathan; Aaron Fehr; Cadence Fehr; and Montana Fehr; mother Evelyn Driedger; sister Cherry Schellenberg, brother Garth (Janet) Driedger. He is predeceased by his father, Darcy Driedger.
Alice R. Berg
February 14, 1930 – May 1, 2021
Alice R. Berg (nee Gossen) peacefully passed away at her home on May 1, 2021 and went to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 91 years. Alice was born in Waldheim, SK on February 14, 1930. Predeceased by her loving husband Menno, infant son Russell and all of her siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; Beryl, Dale (Belinda), Rhonda, Sandra, Kendell (Karen), & Anthony (Kimberlee); 11 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Mary Cleora Friesen (nee Strobel), passed away peacefully on April 19, 2021 at Spruce Manor Special Care Home, Dalmeny. She was born on March 19, 1928 in Waldheim, SK to Jacob and Rosa (Regier) Strobel. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children Cameron (Rita) and Barry (Connie); grandchildren, Mitchell, Julene (Kit) Hillis, Kenzie, Dustin (Katherine), Tamara (Shawn) Reimer, Kelly (Valerie), Kendrew; eleven great grandchildren; sister-in-law Grace Strobel; numerous cousins and their children. She was confident of her eternal destination in heaven and seeing her husband, Peter Friesen; her daughter, Lucille; and others who had gone on before: parents; brothers, Edward, Walter (Clara), Rueben, Alfred, Harold (Lydia); and sister, Vera Janzen.