John Cornelius Van Sprundel was born on their family farm southeast of Manor (SW 26-7-1-W2) on Nov. 4, 1928. John was the eldest son of Peter and Marie Van Sprundel. John married Mary Isabella Gould on Nov. 25, 1965, and to this union four children were born Teresa, Grace, Richard, and Darcy.
John took all of his schooling at Manor; once he finished grade eight he decided to leave school and start his farming career. John loved farming and loved to see progress on the farm which he most certainly did. He and his brother Henry farmed together; they operated a mixed farm of grain and cattle. John enjoyed auction sales and always had fun visiting friends and neighbors. John also enjoyed picking bottles and cans and by doing this he paid for his first quad.
John was an active member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Manor. He spent many years travelling the countryside selling 50/50 tickets and made this club into a very profitable fundraiser. John also spent many hours helping at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
John fought a courageous battle when he was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct in April of 2015. John passed away with his family by his side at the Redvers Health Centre on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at the age of 88 years. John’s memory will be forever cherished by his children: Teresa (Wade) Fox, Grace (Lorne) Rose, Richard, Darcy (Pauline); his grandchildren: Jordan Fox, Dakota Rose, Korbin Van Sprundel, Shelby Rose, Cooper Fox, Kelsey Van Sprundel; his sisters: Nellie Morris, Anne (Henry) Boutin as well as many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his wife Mary and two brothers Henry and Jerry.
Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Redvers with Father Wilfred Calinawan officiating. Internment followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Manor. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Redvers Health Centre. Please sign the online book of condolences at www.orsted-carlylefuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Orsted-Carlyle Funeral Home and Fletcher’s Funeral Chapel-Weyburn.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kerkhoff and the Moosomin Hospital staff, Dr. Chami and Regina Hospital staff, Dr. McIntyre and the staff at the Redvers Health Centre and the Home Care staff for the excellent care that Dad received throughout his battle with cancer. Thank you also goes out to the Redvers Catholic Church ladies for the excellent lunch, Father Wilfred Calinawan for officiating, Emma Boutin for the music, Tamara and staff from Fletcher’s Funeral Chapel and to our family and friends for the cards, phone calls, food, hugs, visits, and flowers sent.
Teresa, Wade, Jordan and Cooper Fox
Grace, Lorne, Dakota and Shelby Rose
Richard Van Sprundel
Darcy, Pauline, Korbin and Kelsey Van Sprundel