Cemeteries

VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY

(R.M. of Excel #71)

(1919 to 1953)



This cemetery is located -- from Willow Bunch -- nine miles north on Highway #36, then two and a quarter miles east on Highway #13.

LAND LOCATION: SE 1/4 of Sec. 4, Tp. 7, Rg. 27, W2nd, in the R.M. of Excel #71.

The land in question was homesteaded by Carl Altwasser, and he received his patent for the quarter section on Oct 04, 1911. By 2008, the greater part of this quarter was owned by Richard and Marjorie Hobbs. All the same, it remains unclear exactly how (purchased or gifted) the site became the property of the Verwood Roman Catholic Parish of NOTRE DAMES-DE-LOURDES. There certainly is some question as to whether or not the parish ever obtained title to the entire present cemetery area!

A true story of the early years, often recounted by old-timers, concerns the burial in this cemetery of an "outsider," as it were. The poor man (well spoken of) died around 1921/23, and since he was not affiliated with any specific Christian Church, it was decided he would be buried near the Catholic Cemetery, just outside the fence, with little more regard than that of a dog! Well now, this indignation soon raised the ire of other Christians in the area and they insisted the man's body be buried inside the cemetery, like everyone else. As can be expected, with mounting support in favour of this action, steps had to be taken to remedy the situation. However, instead of disinterring the body to place it honorably inside the fence, it was decided to move the fence over several feet to incorporate the burial site inside the cemetery. Thus the question, "was title ever obtained for the entire cemetery area?" remains unanswered.

Also, it appears the cemetery was not set-up until 1919, though the parish of Notre Dames-de-Lourdes was inaugurated in 1917. In fact the first "registered" burial at this location, that of Luigi "Louis" Mascetti, took place October 27, 1920, and the most recent burial, that of Julia (Wrobleski) Ulbrech, took place October 20, 1953. The cemetery has not been used since.

Since 2002, a list of those buried at this site can be found on two plaques situated on either side of the new metal cross setup in the center of the cemetery. A new gate also was fabricated and installed at the same time as the cross and plaques. Upkeep of the cemetery, however, remains the responsibility of St. Ignace des Saules Parish, Willow Bunch, Sk., but is seldom considered!

The books for the cemetery are now kept by the parish of St. George, Assiniboia, Sk. - Phone #642 4439. They're also accessible in albums at the Willow Bunch Museum and on the Internet at www.willowbunch.ca .

All headstones in the cemetery were checked in person on December 28, 1997, by Gilles A. Bonneau. Afterward, Mr. Bonneau and his brother, Janvier C. Bonneau, painstakingly typed in all the particulars for each entry, with Gilles doing the final editing.

All names have been further checked against the cemetery register, by Rev. Roger Ducharme and Gilles A. Bonneau, for accuracy and to include those people without a headstone.

Those people listed in the Master File with "Yes" by the notation "Site Marker:", have a headstone/marker and their burial spot was located. All other people have no known headstone/marker and their burial spot was not found.

For a current total of the number of people buried in this and/or other cemeteries, please access internet heading "Cemetery List".

All burials in the VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY cemetery:

Beauchesne, Louis
Notes:Son of Georges & Olivine "Sarrazin" Beauchesne
Born:Feb 02, 1879
Died:Sep 18, 1941
Status:Married - (Husband of Lodina Miville)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Bowers, Mr. ___________ - [No first name found]
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:0000
Died:Abt - 1921
Status:Married
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown - [Body first buried outside cemetery fence; protest ensued; fence was moved outward to incorporate remains into the cemetery, in the N.W. corner]
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil - [No record of his burial found in the Catholic Church register!]
Bracey, Ethel Louise
Notes:Daughter of John Robert & Louise Agnes "Rubin" Bracey
Born:08 yrs - 1913
Died:Dec 25, 1921
Status:Child
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Breault, Alexis
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:71 yrs - 1853
Died:May 20, 1924
Status:Married - (Husband of Julie Laberge)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Breault, Alphonse
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:28 yrs - 1902
Died:Oct 07, 1930
Status:Married/Single
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown - [entry according to RFS Records]
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Breault, Julie (Laberge)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:86 yrs - 1861
Died:Jan 30, 1947
Status:Married - (Wife of Alexis Breault)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Caplette, Denis
Notes:Son of Paul & Justine "Poitras" Caplette
Born:23 yrs - 1900
Died:May 08, 1923
Status:Single
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Cayer, Joseph Bernard
Notes:Son of J. Domina Oliva & Marie Louisa "Desy" Cayer
Born:Oct 11, 1929
Died:Oct 27, 1929
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Cayer, Joseph Lucien Henri
Notes:Son of Albert & Gertrude "Therrien" Cayer
Born:Oct 19, 1934
Died:Nov 24, 1934
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Charles, Philippe Alexis
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:53 yrs - 1871
Died:Oct 27, 1924
Status:Married - (Husband of Marie A. Letandre)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Collins, James Joseph
Notes:Son of - [possibly Mrs. Maria Collins]
Born:May 24, 1869
Died:Aug 04, 1929
Status:Married/Single Unknown
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Collins, Maria (____________)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:Feb 02, 1844
Died:May 23, 1924
Status:Married
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Colton, John Sylvester
Notes:Son of James & Gertrude "Murphy" Colton
Born:Jul 01, 1920
Died:Feb 12, 1921
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Corneillier, Alfred
Notes:Son of Joseph & Adelaide "Genereux" Grandchamps-dit-Corneillier
Born:Oct 08, 1873
Died:Oct 12, 1923
Status:Married - (Husband of Cordelie Farley)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Desennes, Cornil
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:0000
Died:Abt - 1928
Status:Married/Single Unknown - [possibly the Husband of Eugenie Urbain]
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil - [Confirmed buried here, no record of death in register]
Desy, Richard Henri
Notes:Son of Joseph & Alexina "Gagne" Desy
Born:Jun 24, 1925
Died:Feb 25, 1928
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Desy, Unknown
Notes:Son/Daughter of Henri & Regina "Gagne" Desy
Born:1926
Died:Apr 18, 1926
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Fontaine, Marie Jeanne Mina Flora
Notes:Daughter of Eugene & Gloria "Fontaine" Fontaine
Born:Mar 09, 1927
Died:Jun __, 1928
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Fontaine, Stanislas Paul Emile
Notes:Son of Francois & Victorine "Labonte-dit-Lajeunesse" Fontaine
Born:Apr 25, 1921
Died:Jan 27, 1932
Status:Child
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Fontaine, Victorine (Labonte-dit-Lajeunesse)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:45 yrs - 1880
Died:Dec 08, 1925
Status:Married - (2nd Wife of Francois "Frank" Fontaine)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Gadbois, Mrs. ____________ - [No first name was entered]
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:35 yrs - 1892
Died:Mar 12, 1927
Status:Married - (Wife of Henri Gadbois)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Gagne, Joseph Denis
Notes:Son of Valerien & Alexandrine "Comeau" Gagne
Born:Mar 24, 1925
Died:Sep 13, 1925
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Gaudry, Dorothee
Notes:Daughter of Moise & Florestine "Lacerte" Gaudry
Born:May 10, 1926
Died:Apr 22, 1928
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Gauthier, Anna (Millard)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:0000
Died:Apr 22, 1922
Status:Married - (Wife of William Gauthier)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Gauthier, Marie Yvonne Lucille
Notes:Daughter of E. & M. "Landry" Gauthier
Born:Feb 02, 1926
Died:Feb 16, 1926
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Heroux, Joseph Willie
Notes:Son of Joseph & Elumina "Lavallee" Heroux
Born:01 yr - 1920
Died:May 09, 1921
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Kenny, M. A. Dr.
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:0000
Died:Jan 05, 1926
Status:Married/Single Unknown - [He came to Verwood, Sk., from Viceroy, Sk.]
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Manley, James J.
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:75 yrs - 1868
Died:Nov 12, 1943
Status:Married/Single Unknown
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Mascetti, Luigi "Louis"
Notes:Son of Luigi & Marcellina "Cattaneo" Mascetti
Born:13 yrs - 1907
Died:Oct 27, 1920
Status:Child
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Mascetti, Luigi Sr.
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:Nov 14, 1879
Died:Dec 10, 1923
Status:Married - (Husband of Marcellina Cattaneo)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Menard, Joseph
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:84 yrs - 1838
Died:Aug 01, 1922
Status:Married - (Husband of Alexina Beaudin)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil - [He's buried at the foot of the Black Cross in centre of Cemetery]
Mickler, Leon Arden
Notes:Son of Peter Arden & Hendrika "Berkelder" Mickler
Born:Nov 30, 1947
Died:Jun 23, 1950
Status:Child
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
O'Connor, J. Christ
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:65 yrs - 1875
Died:Dec 16, 1940
Status:Married/Single Unknown
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Pelland, Armand
Notes:Son of Paul & Agnes "Geoffrey" Pelland
Born:32 yrs - 1890
Died:Oct 11, 1922
Status:Married - (Husband of Marie Louise Roberge)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Poirier, Gustave Sr.
Notes:Son of Odilon & Mathilde "Park" Poirier
Born:Jul 18, 1854
Died:Jun 07, 1923
Status:Married - (Husband ofAdelaide Grenier & Marie Eveline Belleville)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Robillard, Joseph Jean-Paul
Notes:Son of Albert & Alice "Rousseau" Robillard
Born:Feb 22, 1923
Died:Feb 24, 1923
Status:Baby
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Slensinski, Marcin
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:45 yrs - 1878
Died:Nov 18, 1923
Status:Single - [He came from Landscape, Sk.]
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Taylor, Mary Marguerite (Holton)
Notes:Daughter of Edward Patrick & Mary "Dunford" Holton
Born:68 yrs - 1884
Died:Dec 06, 1952
Status:Married - (Wife of George Samuel Taylor)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Nil
Ulbrech, Albert George
Notes:Son of Unknown
Born:54 yrs - 1882
Died:Sep 18, 1936
Status:Married - (Husband of Julia Wrobleski)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Ulbrech, Julia (Wrobleski)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:50 yrs - 1903
Died:Oct 20, 1953
Status:Married - (Wife of Albert George Ulbrech)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Viala, Marie Julie Louise (Ichie)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:59 yrs - 1856
Died:Sep 03, 1921
Status:Married - (Wife of Jacques Paul Viala)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Viala, Paul E.
Notes:Son of Jacques Paul & Marie Julie Louise "Ichie" Viala
Born:38 yrs - 1887
Died:Jan 19, 1926
Status:Married - (possibly the Husband of Rose Lebervic)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes
Wrobleski, Mary (____________)
Notes:Daughter of Unknown
Born:57 yrs - 1879
Died:Nov 28, 1936
Status:Married - (Wife of Tony Wrobleski)
Burial Site:VERWOOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - (R.M. of Excel #71)
Plot/Block:Unknown
Site Marker:Site Marker/Photo # Yes