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Great Deer Bethel Cemetery

R.M. of Blaine Lake No. 434. Formerly, the Great Deer District.
Legal Land Location: SW 6-42-7, W3d. Located 19 km south west of Petrofka bridge on Hwy 12, about 80 km from Saskatoon.
Record of Marked Burials Made on August 11, 1995.
Summary - 34 marked graves, plus 50 unmarked, plus many more not clearly visible.
Cemetery Restoration Project - May 1995:
Last update: January 13, 2015: Marilyn Harder

The cemetery lies at the west end of the church yard which is 0.50 acres in area. Cemetery itself measures 185 by 115 feet. There is a row of tall evergreens just outside the north border of the yard, planted by Paul Burima, former owner of the quarter section on which the cemetery is located. Paul passed away in 1977; his grave lies near a tall spruce tree he planted.

This cemetery is owned by the General Conference of Mennonites, and was established in 1915. It is about 80 km (50 miles) from Saskatoon on the Borden-Blaine Lake grid road. The church remained active for 65 years. In 1977, due to a declining farm population, it had to close. In 1993 the church building was taken over by a small congregation and moved to Rosthern, but the cemetery is still very much in use.

In May 1995, discussions were held with Mr. Abe k. Reimer, long time church board chairman, about restoring the cemetery. He made a generous donation, and work commenced right away. A work party was held on June 12th, and was a big success. A new mesh wire fence was put up around two sides of the cemetery, and a wire gate installed. Old pieces of fence and posts were removed. The grass was cut, and lilac bushes trimmed. Since then, the entire cemetery has been mowed again, and nearly all the hard-to-cut badger brush removed. One huge lilac bush has been partly cut down, revealing two or three graves beneath it, hence it will be removed altogether. A new sign will be erected soon, and a toilet put up near the cemetery.

So far, new fencing and posts, a lawn mower and and a sign have been purchased for a total of almost $1,100.00. Would you kindly consider making a donation for the upkeep of this cemetery? Thanks very much. Please fill in the portion below and send it in as soon as possible. Plan are underway to make this a non-profit , charitable organization which will issue tax deductible receipts.

[Note: For faster updating, and so that you may download the data easier, you may now open or download this linked PDF file with the data we have for those interred in this cemetery: Great-Deer-Bethel-Cemetery.pdf]

Notice that this cemetery is in fact, an earlier version of Blaine-Lake- Great-Deer-Bethel-Cemetery.shtml. This one seems to identify a number of the unmarked graves, and so comes from other sources. You may wish to compare them.

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