Joseph Washie

2 September 1956 - 17 October 2016

Returning to Behchoko on October 19th for a funeral service and burial on Thursday, October 20th.

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Steven Victor Tsetta-Bowles

26 May 1991-15 October 2016

Visitation Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 pm at McKenna Funeral Home. Funeral Saturday, Oct. 22 at noon at St. Patrick's RC Church with burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Ruth Ann Spence

21 October 1926-16 October 2016

Service TBA.

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Phyllis June Sartor

d. 14 October 2016

It is with sorrow that the family announces the passing of Phyllis June Sartor on October 14, 2016 - a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a friend.

Phyllis was born in a small farming community in Saskatchewan and in the late 1950s started her new life in Yellowknife where she worked continually to improve life for herself and her family.  Her tireless pursuit enabled her to move from a waitress in the Gold Range Cafe, through the ranks of the Hudson Bay Company to Assistant Manager and then starting as a clerk in the Government of the Northwest Territories and transitioning to Director of Finance which she held until her retirement.

Phyllis was a kind soul, had a strength and passion for life and, no matter how tough life was, never gave up on anything or anyone.  She loved humming birds, sweets and had a passion for walking.

Phyllis’ life is best summed up in the words written by her granddaughter Arianna.

Little humming bird, you travelled so far from home. Seeking a place on your own, through the rough winds and the dark nights, you came upon a golden sunrise. You found love on the roughest road. You built your nest among the trees and it stood out, a masterpiece. You raised your young, taught them to fly. You never gave up, even on the weakest ones. You fell on hard ground, even though your wings were broken, you never stopped. You kept on going, no matter what strength it took.  Little bird, you soar once again on golden wings.”

Phyllis was pre-deceased by her daughter Debbie in 2000 and her sister Dorothy in 2014 and is survived by her husband Reno, son Myles, daughter Deanna, granddaughters Carina (Andrew Johnston) and Arianna, sisters Celia and Maris, brother Bill and her two favorite pets Oreo and Angel.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the McKenna Funeral Home from 1:30 to 3:30 with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Bella Naedzo

1 September 1941 - 13 October 2016

Returning to Behchoko on October 14 for a funeral service and burial.

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Wilfred Jerome Schidlowsky

September 30,1930 - September 30, 2016

There will a visitation with the family of the late Wilf Schidlowsky on Thursday evening, October 6 from 6 to 8 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m.with burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Yellowknife is mourning the passing of one of the city's true pioneers today.

John McFadden
Northern News Services
Friday, October 7, 2016

Wilfred "Wilf" Schidlowsky died on his birthday at age 86 on Sept. 30 at the Avens Centre. He was well-known as a teacher, musician and bicycle repairman but perhaps most of all as someone who would give the shirt off his back to just about anyone.

Born 1930 in Humboldt, Sask., he taught in his home province until he came North in the mid-1960s and proceeded to teach at the old St. Patrick's High School before semi-retiring in 1989. He stayed on as a substitute teacher until March 2003, completing no less than 53 years in public education.

Yellowknife Catholic Schools assistant superintendent Johnnie Bowden taught with Schidlowsky at St. Patrick High School in the 1960s and 70s.

"Wilf was one of those hands-on teachers who cared deeply about his students and who saw the value in teaching kids practical skills about how to make it in the world," Bowden said.

He added that preparing students for the real world was the idea behind the Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre across the street from the current St. Patrick High School which is dedicated to Schidlowsky. He was also well-known for keeping in touch with the students he taught as he watched them get married and build families.

Schidlowsky was best-known as a math teacher. Hundreds of Yellowknifers passed through his classroom over the years.

He was a widower having lost his wife, Elaine, some years ago. They had three daughters and five grandchildren, said his daughter Laureen Schidlowsky.

Schidlowsky suffered a stroke a few years back which somewhat restricted his activities, according to his good friend, neighbour, fellow teacher and band mate Alex Czarnecki. The Yellowknifer has nothing but fond memories of his time with Schidlowsky who played rhythm guitar in bands such as the Alley Cats and put on elaborate musical productions with Czarnecki.

"Wilf had a little band and asked me if I'd be interested in joining that, and I did," Czarnecki said. "It resulted in about 14 years of playing music together every Friday and Saturday night at the Legion or the Elks."

Schidlowsky had a unique relationship with his students, said Czarnecki.

"Wilf's legacy is that the students who crossed his path respected him. He treated them with the same respect," Czarnecki said. "He had fun with them. He taught them and they loved him and when they finished they had great memories of their time with him."

Czarnecki said the best way to describe Schidlowsky is as someone willing to step in when needed.

"He did not say no when someone asked him to do something. He was very generous with his time," Czarnecki said. "If someone needed to borrow money, things like that. He was just a very good soul, a very dear friend."

Schidlowsky was also well-known as a bike repairman having a business in the JSL Mechanical building on Coronation Drive in Kam Lake. Matthew Grogono, proprietor of Old Town Bikeworks, said he learned a lot from Schidlowsky.

"When I first opened up the bicycle shop I wanted to see how a veteran bicycle repair mechanic trues bike rims," Grogono said. "I gave him some of the most difficult wheels I could find and he showed me how to straighten them."

Jed Watson, head mechanic at Old Town Bikeworks, said he learned his trade while working under Schidlowsky for a couple of years.

"He was pretty strict with everything to do with the bikes. But he always gave kids a break when they came in with a broken bike," Watson said. "It could be a $20 or $30 job and he'd say five bucks and come back when you have the money. It was never about the money for him - it was about helping the community."

A funeral for Schidlowsky will be held today at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church with burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. A reception will be held following the burial at the Baker Community Centre at Avens.

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Louis Wellin

9 April 1943 - 30 September 2016

Returning to Behchoko on October 3 for funeral October 4.

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Erik Jensen

6 January 1952 - 18 September 2016

No service.

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Delta McKay

30 June 1994 - 6 September 2016

Returning to Fort Resolution September 8 for burial.

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McKenna Funeral Home, Yellowknife, NT 446-0411 or toll free 1-855-446-0411