Assiniboia SK Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Unclaimed Saskatchewan: Caring for unclaimed cremated remains - Saskatoon StarPhoenixWednesday, August 2, 2017
However, for the people whose occupation deals in death, disposing of an urn is not an ideal option.Patrick Grondin is the owner of Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels in the town of Assiniboia. Working in a large building set against the backdrop of a giant prairie sky, he’s the second generation of his family to take up the business. His family also runs Grondin Funeral Services in Biggar, where he grew up. Grondin said one of the reasons the urns are kept is because staff are holding out hope a family member will come forward to finally bring the remains home. He’ll wait as long as he can to ensure that happens, he added.For him, it’s not a job, but a duty to the family that trusted him with the most finite part of a person’s life.It’s also a duty to his craft, which he learned from his father and is now teaching to his own children, and to the person being laid to rest.“It’s huge,” he said of the responsibility and trust people put in him.
Patrick Grondin, the owner at Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels in the small town of Assiniboia, is the second generation of his family to take up the funeral home business. Being surrounded by death his entire career, he’s become the guardian of several unclaimed urns containing cremated human remains. Like many funeral directors in Saskatchewan, they hold out hope that someone will claim the remains, although he’s legally allowed to bury them after 365 days.(Morgan Modjeski/The Saskatoon StarPhoenix)There are stories in the industry of urns that have been claimed when chances of pickup seemed slim, but this doesn’t always happen.When he arrived at the Assiniboia shop almost a decade ago, Grondin said there were urns that had been waiting just as long to be claimed. Although he doesn’t feel comfortable disclosing how many unclaimed urns are in his possession, Grondin said the word “several” would be accurate.In the late 1960s and the early ’70s, m...
Recognizing the three Joneses - Moose Jaw Times-HeraldWednesday, July 5, 2017
Without them paving the way, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today.”The home first began on March 9, 1940. W.J. Jones came west from Perth, Ont. in 1905 with his family to Valour, a village west of Assiniboia. As a carpenter, he travelled to Moose Jaw for supplies and soon moved there. Irwin knew a few people working at a funeral home, which sparked an interest. When he approached W.J. with the idea, they decided to try their hands with funeral work.In 1939, the pair acquired the building where the funeral home still stands, built in 1906.Don grew up in the funeral home, as his parents lived in the suite above.“I know every nook and cranny and pipe and electrical switch. So I just observed what was going on,” said Don. “I remember when I was a little boy … I was helping my dad and my granddad have funeral services in this area at that time. My job was to let people in the front door, the big old oak door, and so people knew the Jones’ at that point and they knew me.”While attending Victoria Public School and then Central Collegiate, he helped out in various roles at the business.“It wasn’t long into my high school years that I decided, ‘This is what I’d like to do,’” he said. “So after high school, I began apprenticing under my dad.”He received his funeral director and operator license in 1966. While working, he abides by the philosophy of his grandfather – “Serve or do for others as you would like to see done for you if you were in the same, difficult position,” he said.“Coping with a death is a difficult thing. First of all, family doesn’t want to deal with it and they don’t know how to deal with it. They don’t know what is involved,” said Don, “but once they come in and work with our staff directors, they soon learn there’s more to it than buying a casket and going to a cemetery.”For Don, Friday’s dedication ceremony went beyond the renaming of the rooms and the chapel. It has remained a family affair throughout itsbentire operation.“My dad and my granddad both arranged many, many funerals serving many, many hundreds of families of the Moose Jaw and surrounding districts,” he said, pointing to areas such as Dilke, Chamberlain, Central Butte, Tugaske, Chaplin, Mossbank and Cardross.“It’s been an honour to serve all of the families that my granddad knew and my dad knew and I’ve come to know over the past 50-some years.”Let's block ads! (Why?)...
SKIBINSKY - Noreen Teresa - Yorkton This Week Thursday, January 12, 2017
December 29, 2016 at the age of 49 years. Noreen was born on January 14, 1967. She was the fourth child of Marian and Miles Lozinsky. Her place of birth was Montmarte, SK and she attended school in Assiniboia, Langenburg and Kipling. After high school she attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She married her first husband Allan Varjassy and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Education. She first taught at schools located in Blue River. BC and Peace River, AB before moving to Yorkton in 1991. She and Allan had two children: Shane, born in 1996 and Kendra, born in 1998. In 2009 she married Dale Skibinsky. Noreen received recognition for 25 years of teaching with Christ the Teacher School Division this year. Her years were divided between St. Mary's and St. Paul's. Noreen's passion and heart was teaching the little people in grade one. She was very involved in the school community, leading the environment club, sharing her faith through religious celebrations and organizing Literacy Nights for her students. Noreen served with the Christ the Teacher Association as treasurer and then as President Elect from 2014-2016. Noreen has earned her black belt in Taekwondo and enjoyed participating in CrossFit to stay in shape. She was always a big supporter of her children's hobbies...
‘All of this is your fault,’ Jaxon Joseph’s mother tells Sidhu - Barrhead LeaderSaturday, March 2, 2019
With no information about Jaxon's condition, the Joseph family, including his sister Taylor, packed their bags and drove to Saskatchewan.
"I hyperventilated all the way to Lloydminster," Chris said.
The family had heard their 20-year-old son had been airlifted to a hospital, but they had no certainty or answers as they drove through the night on the cold winter Saskatchewan highways.
"The minutes and hours of not knowing were the hardest part," Chris said.
They arrived in Saskatoon in the early hours of the morning. The next day, Chris and Taylor went to identify the body of a young man who may have been Jaxon. They searched the body for any familiar signs of their loved one but couldn't provide a positive ID.
It wasn't until Chris went to visit three surviving victims that he realized his son had not been transported to the hospital.
"Right there, that was my moment – the moment that I realized that my son was dead, that he was never taken to the hospital, that his body was still laying on the cold ground with a blanket over his face," he said.
"I now had to go back to the waiting room and confirm the worst news of our lives to our family."
The next day, the Joseph family went to the funeral home to identify Jaxon's body. There were 14 victims to be identified and only six rooms available, so families had to identify their sons in shifts.
"They came back different. They were changed forever and I knew I would be, too."
Today, Chris still carries Jaxon's socks, which he took off his son's feet that day at the funeral home – a decision he says was inspired by the family of fellow Broncos player Stephen Wack, who took a lock of his hair.
"You chose to gamble at that intersection and you lost. And worse yet, we all lost," he told Sidhu.
"I hope some day you can find peace. I hope some day I can find forgiveness."
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'Joy sprang out of our grief:' Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mix-up - paNOWSaturday, March 2, 2019
Fencing comes to the Alfred Jenkins Field House
The Alfred Jenkins Field House is playing host to fencers from all across Saskatchewan this weekend.The Prince Albert Northern Knights are holding their annual northwestern open tournament. The competition is expected to go until Sunday afternoon.Pamela Wojciechowski who serves as the president of the Prince Albert Nor...
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'He was old school': Saskatoon's musical community remembers cultural icon Maurice Drouin - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Musicians across Saskatchewan are mourning the death of well-known jazz pianist Maurice Drouin.Drouin, 82, died after performing a set at the Hawood Inn in Waskesiu, Sask. on Saturday. Drouin has been a pillar in Saskatoon's jazz community for decades, performing countless gigs across the city."He played until the day before he died," Don Griffith, musician and artistic director of The Bassment, told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "That's the kind of guy he was, you know? Here's an 82-year-old man, driving from Saskatoon in this cold snap to to play a gig up in Waskesiu. That says it all."Drouin learned to play the piano by ear and carved out an audience by relentlessly playing concerts for decades."He would call three months before a show and ask how tickets were," he said. "He's the only musician who would do that. He knew that in order to play at The Bassment again, he had to have those seats full."Long time jazz musician Maurice Drouin died suddenly over the weekend. It was...