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WERSCH, Kenneth “Ken” Lloyd

The family of Kenneth Lloyd Wersch is saddened to announce his sudden passing on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 68 years. Ken was born on August 7, 1948 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Lloyd and Eleanor Wersch. Growing up, Ken had a typical schooling, except for a one year trip to Trinidad when his family moved there for his Dad’s work with Manitoba Hydro. Ken met Karen Currah while they were both in diploma nursing training in Winnipeg. They fell in love and then married on October 23, 1971. They were one of the only couples married while in nursing training and this even made the Toronto newspaper! Post-graduation Ken had a scholarship to University of Saskatchewan where he got his degree in Nursing. From there they lived in Brandon, MB; Flin Flon, MB; Yorkton, SK; Steinbach, MB; and then finally Rosetown, SK while Ken developed his career as a health care executive. Ken spent many years as a member of local Rotary Clubs; he also did many health care accreditation surveys. This allowed him to expand his love of travel and he did accreditation surveys in Newfoundland, the Middle East and parts of Canada. Ken and Karen loved to travel and see the world. After visiting their daughter, Christina, in China, they continued a lifetime of travel seeing places such as: Egypt, Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Ken often joked that he was cursed by a broad interest in his many hobbies (stamp collecting, coin collecting, photography, music, genealogy, bird watching, and coffee connoisseurship) – never getting to everything that he wanted to do. His grandchildren were his pride and joy; he loved to attend their many sports and music activities. “Grumpa’s” sense of humour and teasing were always enjoyed by his grandchildren. Since retirement in 2008, Ken and Karen enjoyed being snowbirds and travelling to the USA. After trying many places they settled on Arizona as their favourite winter spot.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Karen Wersch; parents Lloyd and Eleanor Wersch; daughter Kerry-Lynn (Kevin) Fielden and their family: Kieran, Moira and Ainsley Fielden; daughter Christina Wersch; son Ryan Wersch (Ozen Turkekul) and their family: Hayden and Garein Wersch and Ada Usenmez; sister Marnie (Jack) Lee and their family: Sandy (Paul) Shaffar and family, and Aaron (Jennifer) Lee and family; brother David (Elaine) Wersch and their family: Matthew (Diane) Wersch and Jodie (Devon) Klassen and family; plus many more in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents: Millie and Ralph Exner, Roy and Lily Wersch; as well as his in-laws Lanty and Freda Currah.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rosetown United Church with Reverend Val From and Reverend Lauren Miller officiating. Memorial donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Ave W., 16th Floor, Toronto, ON. M4R 1K8. To send online condolences please visit shanidarfuneralservices.com. Arrangements entrusted to Pierre A. Charpentier.

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  1. Brian & Georgina Wall

    There are no words to describe the pain of Ken’s passing. He was loved.

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  2. Tina & Tim Flanagan

    Very sorry for your lost. Friends of Brian & Georgina Wall. The Flanagan’s.

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  3. Esther Robertson

    Karen and family
    Thinking of you with sympathy in the tragic and untimely loss of Ken.
    Esther Robertson

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  4. Dear Karen, Lloyd, Eleanor and Family,
    Our sympathies go out to you all. We have experienced a great loss in Ken’s passing.
    May we all celebrate his life and gain strength in faith knowing that the Lord has a plan for us all!
    Barry hopes to see you on Friday in Rosetown.
    Jan & Barry Krentz
    Toronto

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  5. Don Donaldson Junior

    We are so sorry for your loss, and ours as well. Ken was absolutely one of my favorite cousins and was a pleasure to joke with and spend time with. We certainly enjoyed many a good laugh over a glass or three of wine! Best regards, Don and Karen Donaldson

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  6. So sorry for your loss Karen.

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  7. Bettie Yanota (Selluski)

    I a so sorry for your loss Karen. I well remember you two lovebirds

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  8. A life well lived. May all your good memories and the love of your family and friends bring you comfort at this sad time. Thinking of you. Val and Al Ramsay (Crawford, Class of 72)

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  9. Eleanor Epp (Harder)

    So sorry to hear this sad news – my thoughts and prayers are with you , Karen:)

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  10. Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Ken’s accident & passing. My thoughts are with you and your wonderful family. I really enjoyed seeing you at the last Nursing Reunion. Take care . Love Linda Stuart Engel

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  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you Karen and your family at this very sad time.

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  12. patricia de santos

    Deepest sympathy to you Karen, and your family on the passing away of Ken–I will always remember him as the brave young man who was in our nursing class…
    May your tears water a beautiful garden of memories…
    Sincerely,
    Patricia de Santos ( Hallgrimson)

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  13. Karen, our condolences to you and your family. We were very saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Treasure your memories of your time together. Take care. Love Eugene and Pat Kalenchuk

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  14. Madeleine Baril

    Ken was my boss in South Eastman Regional Health Authority and was such a good leader, a great mentor and a delightful and kind person. I am so sorry he is gone. My condolences to his family for the loss of such a great person.

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  15. Maureen Stevenson (class of '72)

    My sympathies Karen to you and all your family .

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  16. Lloyd and Betty Shapka

    Karen,I was very saddened to hear of Kens sudden passing. I was the vice chair of the board while Ken was with Heartland. Now that I read the obit I am also saddened that we didn’t keep in touch since we also winter in Arizona. Our most sincere sympathy to you and family.

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  17. Pat Frank (Relland)

    Prayers sent your way in your time of sadness.

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  18. Karen,Lloyd, Eleanor , and your Families, it was only yesterday that we heard this terrible news, All of us with Eastman Interlake Hydro X send our deepest sympathy. May you cherish your memories as you celebrate Ken,s life. Take care, Your Hydro X families

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  19. Sherri MacMillan

    Kerry Lynn,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My condolences to you and your family.

    Love Sherri MacMillan

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