Lavern Allan Yagelnesky passed away suddenly on July 20, 2021, at the age of 60 years.
Bert, as many of us knew him, was born August 10, 1960, to Bert and Jean Yagelnesky in Canora, SK, at the Canora Union Hospital. Lavern was the second child, being the younger brother to Larry.
As a young boy, Lavern helped his parents on the farm, grain farming and planting trout in the dugout. He enjoyed hunting with his father and cousins at Orest’s hunting camp, located on the Endeavor, Stenen grid. He played football on the high school team in Sturgis. He graduated high school in 1978. Like all young boys, he had many vehicles. He loved his Dodge Magnum, lifted Chevy Shortbox (like the Fall Guy on TV), and an orange Volkswagen beetle.
After graduation, Lavern started working for the Department of Highways and Transportation, being a member of the survey crew working on highways across Saskatchewan. He began his career in Yorkton. He moved to Swift Current in the early 1990’s. During this time, he managed to take an electrical course from S.T.I Tech. School in Moose Jaw. He later moved to Saskatoon where he purchased his first home. Lavern was a Star Trek fan. His basement contained an outrageous collection of books and movies as well as vinyl records. Lavern opened his home to many thankful family members providing assistance and a caring hand when needed. Lavern then moved to his new home across the city in Saskatoon where he lived until 2019.
Lavern was a neat freak and his homes were impeccable. He was the master organizer of each house, garage, camper and Donna’s garage. Every article placed was in a certain designated area at all times.
Lavern enjoyed anything to do with technology from computers to hooking everyone up with the latest Android. He also would share his expertise on the latest cell phone. His house was always open to family and friends where they shared many fun times with spirits and Vern’s Mama Mia Pizza. (He always would state after he ate four pieces, “Now I’m going to taste the next one!”)
Lavern enjoyed the outdoors snowmobiling, quadding, fishing and camping. He loved to get together with friends and go to Armit, Jan Lake, and Reserve, just to name a few. Many friends shared exciting experiences with Lavern each time they went on a trip from escaping mosquitos at Armit Lake to spending a night on an Island at Jan Lake due to terrible weather.
He retired from the Department of Highways in 2012 and then worked for two independent companies drafting plans for various kinds of roadwork projects.
If we believe that every living thing has a purpose on this earth, then we must believe that Lavern had fulfilled his. Lavern had a huge responsibility towards the care and support of his parents. In 2019, he moved from Saskatoon to Yorkton to care for them. He did this with complete and utmost compassion, composure and love. He found out that the school of life was a difficult education with many tests along the way, but Lavern passed with flying colors.
Besides caring for his parents, Lavern decided to begin his retirement years. Lavern fulfilled his passion for fishing. He purchased a camper, an ice fishing shack and a boat. He planned many trips, trying to catch the big one! Was he successful? If you talked to him, probably yes!
He did not go fishing alone. This past year Lavern met his soul mate, Donna. As both of them said, they spent many days together supporting each other through painful, lonely times. They laughed; they cried and shared many personal moments. What a comfortable support they were for each other. Lavern’s smiles were evident which proved he was very happy spending quality time with Donna.
Although our lives lead us in many directions one thing that stays constant and true is family and that is not replaceable, we love you Lavern, forever in our hearts!
Lavern is predeceased by his brother, Larry; mother, Jean; grandparents, uncles, and aunts.
He is survived by his dad, Bert; uncle, Harry (Pauline); and special friend, Donna Britton; as well as numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.
A Private Visitation/Prayer Service was held Friday, July 30, 2021. Cremation followed the service. A Public Celebration of Lavern’s Life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of Donor’s Choice, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Lavern Yagelnesky.
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Death notice for the town of: Canora, Province: Saskatchewan