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Rosalind Catherine Poelzer (nee Schleper)
March 13, 1937 - October 12, 2017
Sadly we announce the passing of our mother, Rosalind Catherine Poelzer at Humboldt District Hospital, Humboldt, Sask.
Rose was the third of twelve children born to Edward and Helen (nee Menz) Schelper. Rose learned at an early age how to help around the house and provide care to her siblings. She spent her childhood in the community of St. Gregor, Sask. Rose moved to Humboldt after her schooling to work at Bruiser’s General Store and then worked at SaskTel as a telephone operator following in the footsteps of her mother. It was in Humboldt where she met Ron Poelzer, and the two of them were married on November 9, 1957. Rose continued to work for SaskTel while they began their family. In 1966, Ron’s job took them to Biggar, Sask. where they continued to raise their four daughters. Rose was a very active person participating in many sports including swimming, tennis, golf, downhill and cross-country skiing, softball, and curling. She also learned to knit and crochet and was a very accomplished seamstress.
Rose became a dedicated member of the St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Parish. Rose was an active volunteer with the CWL, achieving her 50-year pin, as well as being involved with the Diamond Lodge, Curling Club, Donors Choice and New Creation Community Players.
Rose and Ron faithfully sponsored education funds to assist priests in becoming ordained. They also participated in the Refugee Sponsorship Program with the Catholic Church and welcomed three brothers from Vietnam into their home where Rose taught them English and assisted in their transition into the community.
When Ron retired in 1992, they moved to Turtle Lake and continued volunteering in the communities of Glaslyn and Livelong, Sask. In 1997, they were named Saskatchewan’s Knights of Columbus Family of the Year. They maintained the local golf course in the summer and the cross-country ski trails in the winter.
Following Ron’s death in 2011, she moved back to Humboldt to be closer to her siblings and reunite with several local friends. Rose became active in St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church and sang in the church choir and the Silver Bells singing group. Throughout her life, Rose was dedicated to helping others whether visiting the sick, or driving other seniors to various events.
Rose will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her four daughters and their spouses, twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren: Tammy (Jeff) McNaught of Saskatoon, Sask. and their children, Carissa and her children, Emily, Carter, Cohen and Brady; Ryley and son; Dante; Jenna (Justin) Manning and their children; Henry and Hazel, and Nathan; Cindy (Randy) Weekes of Biggar and their children, Lacey (Nick) Jan-King and their children, Amara and Surayya, Marshall, and Alexandra (Andrew Kovach); Corrine (Randy) Chappell of Calgary, Alta. and their children, Melissa (Russ) McKenzie and son, Wells; and Ashley (Jared) Boyes and their children, Kinley and Jaelynn; and Mary Jo (Harry) Danychuk of Biggar and their family, Cody (Shelbie), Braden (Nikki Martens), and Areanna; and siblings, Mary McTaggart, Annette Zawada, Vera (Doug) Veness, Alan (Karen) Schleper, and Wendy (Ken) Bernhard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Helen Schleper; husband, Ron Poelzer; and brothers and sisters, Evelyn Grieman, Gerald Schleper, Roman Schleper, Eleanor Classen, Dianne Fink and Edwina Schleper.
A special thanks to Doctor Huber and the nursing staff at Humboldt District Hospital.
The Funeral Mass for Rose will be celebrated on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose’s memory to: St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church designated to the training of priests.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Humboldt, (306-682-1622).


Agnes Rea (nee Fraser)
November 2, 1919 - October 3, 2017
Agnes Rea passed away at the Biggar Long Term Care facility on October 3, 2017, one month short of her 98th birthday.
Agnes was the second of three children born to Angus and Carrie Fraser on November 2, 1919 in Lumsden, Scotland. She came to Canada with her mother and her sisters, their father having come the year previously. He had a job and a home at Ruthilda, Sask. for them to come to.
Agnes is survived by her children and two foster daughter… Jean Parker (Bob), Patricia Rea-Auckland (Ken), Edwin Rea, Dennis Rea (Alida), Ian Rea (Leila), Bradley Rea (Michelle), Rita Fineday (Dale), Joana Vassell, Brenda Falcon and Arlene Perron; grandchildren, Stuart Parker (Carla), Sharon Lyons, (Keon), Scott Parker (Debbie), Kevin Goring (Anita), Wesley Goring, Chad Goring (Tracy), Karla Wilson (Scott), Leslie Rea (Tammy), Harley Rea (Jodie), Angela Rea, Nicole Rea (Logan), Braden Rea, Courtney Rea; Berlin Bear (Caitlynn), Alicia Vassell, Sammila Vassell, Jordon Vassell; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Maya and Hayley Parker; Mathew and Danielle Lyons, Cody, Kyle and Riley Parker; Chantalle Goring Cloarec (Ben); Deanna and Darcy and Emily Goring; Chalyssa and Caine Wilson; Jordon and Justine, Isabelle, Autumn and Owen Rea; Aliyah and Brooklyn Kessler; Tyler, Henry and Tavana Thunderblanket; Emory, Shawn, Leddie, and Lexie Bear; Tia Vassell.
Agnes was predeceased by her parents, Angus and Carrie Fraser; her husband, Graham Rea (2005); her sisters, Jessie (Campbell) Wood and Margaret (Peggie) Burton on Sept. 17, 2017; her brothers-in-law, Angus Campbell, E.O. Wood and Allan Burton; her daughter-in-law, Sheila (Adams) Rea; granddaughters, Dawn Rea and Robin Thunderblanket and by Robin’s husband, Sheldon Thunderblanket; nieces Mary Kidd and Julia Bartier, and her husband, Bernard Bartier.
Agnes had a passion for playing scrabble, bingo and for writing. She had numerous stories about the old days published in The Senior Paper. She played scrabble at tournaments and got Leila playing and going to tournaments. She didn't just play but won at bingo, even rallying two weeks prior to her passing to play bingo at the Lodge on her own and was able to mark the correct numbers.
Agnes grew a huge garden, picked berries, canned fruits and vegetables. She worked on the farm hauling grain, milking cows, raising sheep for lambs and wool, raising turkeys, hatching eggs. She was a fast milker and a stooker or hoeing the garden. She was her father's son, doing the outside work as a kid and continued to enjoy the outside work best when she married. Agnes married Graham Rea in 1940.
She was a fantastic baker, bread, buns, pies and cookies were always at hand. Agnes loved kids, horses, dogs, gardening, reading.
Every picture we have of Mom as a young person has a dog or a horse in it. She loved horses and they were a big part of the farm, for work, riding and getting the kids to school whether they went by cutter, tobaggan or buggy.
Agnes belonged to the United Church, the U.C.W and Grassdale Community Club. She enjoyed a trip back to Scotland and seeing the house she was born in, but the most part liked to stay home.
Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Biggar United Church with Rev. Linsell Hurd officiating. Organist, Doreen Dubreuil; Eulogist was given by Ian Rea; readers were Nicole Rea and Chantalle Cloarec. Honourary Bearers are all those who shared in Agnes' life. Interment will be at a later date. Tributes may be directed to Biggar & District Long Term Care Activity Fund, Box 130, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or Biggar & District Health Services Foundation Inc., Box 1003, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963", 306-948-3344, www.grondinfuneralservices@gmail.com


John "Jack" Elmer Cooper
June 30, 1954 - September 29, 2017
John “Jack” Elmer Cooper was born June 30, 1954 at Dodsland, Sask. and passed away September 29, 2017 at Meeting Lake, Sask. at 63 years of age.
Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00 am. from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Spiritwood, Sask. with Rev. Fr. Peter Nnanga MSP as celebrant. The Urn Bearer was Jordan Halter, Cross Bearer was Cheryl Waldbauer, Candle Bearers were Amanda Roth and Heather Lees. The Interment will take place at a later date. Following the Funeral Mass, all were invited for lunch and fellowship in the Civic Center, Spiritwood, Sask.
John is lovingly remembered by: his wife, Colette Cooper; his children: Nancy (Ryan) Junop of Foam Lake, Sask. and their family, Samuel and Morgan; Dwight (Shauna) Cooper of Calgary, Alta. and their family, Gabriel and Jorah; Francis (Carolyn) Cooper of Tarpon Springs, Florida and their family, Talyn, Kaulan, Brady and Hailey; Camille (Lee) MacKenzie of Ardrossan, Alta. and their family, Grace and Jeremy; Freda Cooper (Jonathan Laic) of Moose Jaw, Sask. and their daughter, Charlotte; Robert (Ashley) Cooper of Martensville, Sask. and their family, Rylee and Devyn; his sister, Valerie (Jim) Radke of Saskatoon, Sask., sister-in-law, Karen Mathison of Edmonton, Alta.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Pearl Cooper; and his brother, Timothy Mathison. Friends so wishing may make donations to the Saskatchewan Mental Health Association in memory of Jack Cooper as tokens of remembrance.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau "Lac" Funeral Home, Mark Muir, Funeral Director, Spiritwood, (306-883-3500).