Nellie Pearl Bencharski (nee Kuzyk)

Nellie passed away peacefully at the Grandview Personal Care Home on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the age of 93.  She was born in Grandview on March 16, 1919 and raised on the family farm in Grifton where she also attended school.

Nellie married Joe Safronetz on October 28, 1939 in Grandview.  They moved to Sifton where they farmed until moving to a farm in Grandview.  Joe and Nellie raised their family of two sons on the farm.  Joe passed away in March of 1967.  In 1968 Nellie married Stan Bencharski and moved to Dauphin, Manitoba.  While living in Dauphin Nellie worked at Modern Cleaners for a number of years.  She and Stan travelled and spent many summers at their little cottage in Clear Lake.  Stan passed away in December of 1993 and Nellie continued to reside in their home in Dauphin.  She spent many hours gardening, visiting with friends and neighbours, and took up a pastime of quilting.  Many family, friends and neighbours received a quilt which came to be known as Baba’s quilt.  Due to failing health Nellie moved to the Grandview Personal Care Home on June 10, 2005.

Nellie was predeceased by her parents Micheal and Pearl Kuzyk; brothers Matt, Walter, Andy and Roy; sister Rose Maluga; brother-in-law Mike Maluga; sisters-in-law Vera Kuzyk and Joan Kendall, and daughter-in-law Patricia Safronetz.

Left to cherish fond memories are 2 sons Wallace Safronetz, Tony (Heather) Safronetz; 3 grandchildren Joe (Shelley) Safronetz, Jeff (Denise) Safronetz, and Melanie (Gary) Wallace; and 2 great-grandsons Nolan and Owen Wallace; brother Tony Kendall; sisters-in-law Rose Kuzyk, Vicky Kuzyk, Rosalyn Kuzyk, Helen Safronetz and Jean Sydor as well as members of the Safronetz and Bencharski families, many nieces, nephews and extended family too numerous to mention.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating.  Eulogy was delivered by Tony Safronetz and Denise Safronetz.  Special friend Heather Medwid played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes as Nellie was carried from the chapel, to travel to her final resting place at the Grandview District Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Brian Kuzyk, Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk, Wally Kuzyk, Mervin Safronetz, Lawrence Safronetz and Wally Nicklin.  Following the interment, a luncheon for family and friends was held at the Grandview Legion Hall.

Should friends so desire, memorial gifts in honour of Nellie may be made to   The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Dora Bzowy (nee Maksymchuk)

Dora Bzowy passed away, Wednesday, September 26, at the age of 96 years, following a courageous struggle with heart disease.  With all her children at her side, Mom slipped away into the waiting arms of her Savior.  She was pre-deceased in 1960, by her loving husband, John, and later, by sisters Thelma, Ann, Effie and brother Bill.  She is survived by her sister, Kay Hafichuk, brother, Andrew Maksymchuk and her three children, Peter, Katherine, Thelma (Al Ross), two grandchildren, Dr. Rakesh Suri MD (Brook) and Dr. Michelle Bhayana MD, (Dr. Deepak Bhayana MD) and four great-grandchildren, Ava and Rohen, Rayan and Evren.

Mom was a focused and brave woman who knew exactly what had to be done—and did it!  She was a great provider whose family came first!

Following the death of her husband, John in 1960, and with three children to raise, she quickly realized she had to find employment and moved her family from their tiny log home on their farm to a small home purchased in Dauphin, Manitoba.  She found employment, across the street from their home, as a Dietary Aide at the St Paul’s Nursing Home, where she worked until her retirement at the age of 68.


She quickly became expert in growing food for her family alongside her apple trees and many gorgeous flowers which frequently, on Sundays, (somehow) found their way to the alter at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection behind their home!

Over the years, Mom won several prize ribbons per year and brought home many Top Horticultural Award trophies from the City of Dauphin— even when she was well into her nineties!

When the opportunity arose, she purchased a second newer home, two doors down from their smaller home behind the church.

Mom had courage.  She agreed to and went with Thelma and Al on a homemade tent trailer adventure to Vancouver Island and back (and we think she enjoyed every minute of it)!  She then embarked on another, this time, jumbo-jet adventure with Thelma and Al, for two weeks in Waikiki, Hawaii, and then over to Maui, to visit sister-in-law, Lil.

Mom and her son, Peter, lived together in their home, where Peter was able to assist her with those things with which her failed eyesight gave her difficulty— BINGO was not one of those things with which she had difficulty!  Mom still enjoyed cooking, until her last trip to the hospital and Peter was always there for her, to look after house, yard and garden chores—not to mention making up all those painstaking labels which had to be so carefully detailed and attached to all her horticultural contest entries!

Mom battled (colon) cancer in 2007, and courageously decided to and underwent some truly amazing surgery performed by Dauphin’s Dr’s. Lysack, and Van Alstyne, enabling her to be able to enjoy life again and continue to share her wisdom, love and laughter with us for another five years!

Mom’s Homecare workers had a real love for Mom and made it possible for her to live in her own home during her advancing years—something for which we are all grateful.

Church was an important part of Mom’s family life—she rarely missed a Mass with her children!

Mom enjoyed exceptional care, compassion and comfort from the nurses and doctors at the Dauphin Hospital, as did her family when she was transferred into their Palliative Care Unit—something we are all very grateful for— “Thank you”, hardly seems enough…

Mom leaves behind a family well prepared to deal with life.  She has been such an inspiration, sharp-as-a-tack person, generous with her wisdom, to all who have known and loved her.  Now, whenever we have a perplexing question, we need only ask, “What would Mom, have done…??”

We miss you, Mom, but take comfort in knowing your trials are over, your job has been well done and the fact you are now in a much better place.  Thanks, Mom, for… everything.

Prayers were offered on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Pat Maksymchuk.  Al Ross delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Dora to rest were Pallbearers Leonard Maksymchuk, Bill Maksymchuk, Tony Sklar, Ed Sklar, Dean Kostiw and Zack Kostiw.

Those wishing to remember Dora may honour her memory by making donations to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Mary Kolida (nee Wingerak)

It is with great sadness we say goodbye to Mary Kolida, beloved mother, cherished grandmother and great-grandmother.  Surrounded by her loved ones she passed away Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 95.

Mary was born in Ituna, Saskatchewan on December 29, 1916.  Predeceased by her parents Wasyl and Pearl Wingerak, husband Mike Kolida, in-laws Bill and Dora Kolida, sisters Rose Stacheruk, Kay Michalko, Olga Krushienski, brothers Leon, Jim and Walter Wingerak, sisters-in-law Tina Dorash, Kay Okrainec, Mary Wingerak, brothers-in-law Peter Krushienski, Joe Michalko, Steve Stacheruk, Walter Moskel, Bill Dorash, George Tennant and Adam Okrainec.

She is survived by her two sons, Eugene Kolida, Terry (Terri) Kolida; grandchildren David (Wanda) Kolida, Pamela (Cory) Gulenchin, Leanne (Cort) Urbanovitch, Paula Kolida (fiancé Todd Szafron), Michael (Tamara) Kolida; great-grandchildren Dawson Kolida, Anika and Kayden Gulenchin; sister Helen Moskel, sisters-in-law Phyllis Wingerak, Stephie Wingerak, Anne Tennant, Elsie Kolida and brother-in-law Russell Kolida and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary received her education at Hubbard School in Ituna, Saskatchewan.  She grew up helping her dad on their farm.  She then got a job in Melville, Saskatchewan in the local hospital as a helper in the kitchen; from there she moved on to Foam Lake and became a cook at the hospital there.  With the persuasion of a close friend she moved to Ontario and began work at a Tobacco Farm picking tobacco leaves, then on to Hamilton, Ontario where she worked at a Twine Factory.  After coming back home she met and married Mike Kolida in 1948, started a family and began farming in the Keld district for many years.  She became an active member of the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Keld and of the sisterhood for 12 years.  After her husband Mike passed away, she moved to the town of Dauphin and became a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection.  She then worked briefly for a company that built trailers before it closed down.  Her long run of many work experiences wound down when she began work at the St. Paul’s Home where she worked until she retired.

Grandma was one of the hardest working and independent women that we have known, but it never stopped her from her passion of working many hours in her garden, knitting beautiful blankets, repairing many rips and tears in favorite clothing that refused to get thrown out, going on many mushroom and Saskatoon picking adventures, travelling to various places to see her family, baking up scrumptious desserts and cooking Christmas and Easter suppers fit for kings.  She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved spending her time with family and friends.  Your spirit lives on in all of our hearts, and we will live life to the fullest just like you did, Baba.

Prayers were offered on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  Crossbearer was Todd Szafron.  The Epistle was read by Wanda Kolida and the eulogy was delivered by Pamela Gulenchin.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Mary to rest were Pallbearers David Kolida, Paula Kolida, Leanne Urbanovitch, Michael Kolida, Cort Urbanovitch and Cory Gulenchin.  Honorary Pallbearers were Pamela Gulenchin, Wanda Kolida, Tamara Kolida and Todd Szafron.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Mary Kolida can be made to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, or to CancerCare Manitoba.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Doreen Gale Storozuk (nee Frykas)

Doreen Gale Storozuk (Frykas) passed away on September 25, 2012, at the Swan Valley Health Centre, in Swan River, Manitoba, after fighting a rapid terminal cancer.  She was 56 years old.

Doreen was born on October 5, 1955, to parents, John A. Frykas and Olga Frykas (Bewsky).  She was born in the Gilbert Plains Hospital and was the fifth of eight children.  She was known as “Dean” to her family and we often heard Gord calling her “Chickita”.  Doreen was raised on the family farm where she was taught that hard work came first and play time later.  She valued this concept and displayed it throughout her marriage to Gord and raising a family of three sons, Shane, Bo and Chad, whom she cherished dearly.

Doreen attended Sulphur Creek and Brickburn Elementary Schools, Gilbert Plains Collegiate, and continued on to Brandon University. She then moved to Winnipeg and was employed at Great West Life.  Doreen excelled in her job and was offered a promotion in Health Claims, which involved moving to Denver, Colorado.  During this time, she married Gord Storozuk on June 5, 1976, in the Mink Creek Holy Trinity Church.  Since Gord could not obtain a Visa for the States for five years, they decided to stay in Winnipeg and obtain their licenses for hairstyling.  Doreen then worked at Ma’ Lord and Ma’ Ladies Beauty Salon and at the same time, Gord worked at Unisex Hairstyling.  Two years later, in 1983, they decided to venture out and open their own hairstyling salon in Swan River, which was known to everyone as “Gordeans Hairstyling for Men and Women”.  During this time, Doreen worked part-time while raising their three sons.  When they became of school age, Doreen bought an existing salon “Sixth Avenue Unisex” and worked full-time until her illness.  Not only was Doreen an excellent hairstylist, but she was also looked upon as a “therapist” for her many clients, friends, family and sons.  She always took time to listen to everyone’s problems and stories.  Doreen had a passion to find the true meaning of life and had a never ending thirst for knowledge.  She strived to become the best person she could be, and through that, instilled the same quality in others.  Doreen stood firm in whatever she believed in, and no one was going to change her mind too readily.  She took an interest in setting up her own website and also talked of writing a book some day.

Doreen enjoyed many activities that involved the great outdoors and cherished their cabin at Wellman Lake.  Doreen and Gord did everything together – canoeing, quadding, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, picking mushrooms, and then ending the day with a comforting bonfire.  They were also very involved in their sons’ sports, mainly baseball and hockey.  They spent countless hours and miles on the road.  Doreen also won an award of “Hockey Mom of the Year” that was highlighted when she and Gord and her Mom drove 14 hours one way to Bo’s hockey game in Duluth, Minnesota, made it in time for the game, and then drove all the way back home the next day.  Fortunately, Bo’s team won that game.  Besides these activities, she was very involved in community and church activities, making tons of perogies and cabbage rolls with the parish ladies and laughed along with them when they shared their stories with her.  Doreen made fantastic “buns” in her mother’s old wood cookstove at the cabin, and also made the communion bread for their church.  She soon became known as “Hot Buns Betty”.  When it came to having company, Doreen always made sure that no one ever went home hungry.

Doreen was known for her “unique” laugh, which intensified when her sister, Gloria, joined her.  Doreen loved her jokes and always liked to end a phone call with a laugh. Doreen was also known for her unique phrases remembered by her sons, most notably, “Gee Willikers!” and “Okay, Yashku, time to go home.”

Doreen had a special place in her heart for her godchildren, Andrea and Duane.

Not only was Doreen very proud of her sons, she also cherished her daughters-in-law, Meghan and Chelsea, and she was especially blessed with the profound joy of becoming a “Baba” to her grandson, Hudson.  Hudson always enjoyed spending time with Baba and Didi, and was elated to receive many hand made gifts of sweaters, quilts, and interactive books made by her.

Doreen cherished a poem called “To Let Go”.  Now, we as a family will be re-visiting that poem over and over again, but we will never let go of her in our thoughts and memories.  She was a lovely person and will be sadly missed.

Doreen Storozuk is survived by her husband Gordon Storozuk of Swan River, MB; her son Shane Storozuk, (his wife Meghan, and Doreen’s only grandson, Hudson) of Abbotsford, BC; son Bo Storozuk (wife Chelsea) of Denver, Colorado; son Chad Storozuk of Winnipeg, MB; mother Olga Frykas of Gilbert Plains, MB; Sister Verna Smelski (husband Maurice & family) of Keld, MB; brother Ron Frykas (wife Linda & family) of Stonewall, MB; sister Mary-Anne Jurkiw (& family) of Winnipeg, MB; sister Gloria Robak (husband Jerry & family) of Grandview, MB; brother Harry Frykas (wife Gail & family) of La Salle, MB; brother Rob Frykas (wife Tammy & family) of Dauphin, MB; sister Sharon Price (husband Terry & family) of Reston, MB; godchildren Duane Kozarchuk of Calgary, AB & Andrea Smelski, of Dauphin, MB; brother-in-law Zenon Scraba (wife Judy& family) of Winnipeg, MB; brother-in-law Dennis Storozuk (wife Sharon & family) of Grandview, MB; sister-in-law Darlene Jeske (husband Marvin & family) of Swan River, MB; sister-in-law Patty Frykas (husband Larry & family) of Winnipeg, MB; brother-in-law Barry Storozuk (wife Rita Storozuk & family) of Estevan, SK.

Doreen is predeceased by her father John A. Frykas, mother-in-law Anne Storozuk, and father-in-law Michael Storozuk.

Prayers were offered on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mink Creek, Manitoba, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.  Metro Lukie served as cantor.  The eulogy was delivered by Ron Frykas and Rob Frykas.  Interment followed in the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery.  Laying Doreen to rest were Pallbearers Shane Storozuk, Bo Storozuk, Chad Storozuk, Ron Frykas, Harry Frykas and Rob Frykas.

Those wishing to remember Doreen may honour her memory by making donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

John Slobodzian

It is with great love and wonderful memories that the family of John Slobodzian announce his peaceful passing into eternal rest on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin, Manitoba.

John was born on May 17, 1922 at Zoria, Manitoba, son of Michael and Anastasia (nee Hyshka) Slobodzian.  He was raised on the family farm at Zoria and attended the Wolodimir School.  In 1931, the family moved to the Valley River, Trembowla area where John continued his education at the Trembowla School.  Being the eldest son in his Dad’s family of twelve siblings, John worked hard on the land while helping to keep the family together following his mother’s early passing.  Later he ventured to work at the mines in Sudbury, Ontario for several years before returning to the farm that he loved.

On November 1, 1952, John married Katherine (Cassie) Kalicinski at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.  John and Kay settled on the family farm and worked hard together where they raised their family of 4 sons and 2 daughters and developed a beautiful dairy farm.

John was very dedicated to his family, instilling in them a strong faith, family values and the love of their Ukrainian heritage.  He took great pride in making clay ovens and park benches for each of his children, carefully creating things out of wood with his hands.  During his earlier years John spent many winter days travelling to the mountains with his horses to cut lumber, then haul it to the farmyard to build barns and graneries.  Later, as the children grew up, the family made many Sunday trips to various beaches and John would point out the spots alongside the road where he’d stop to rest his horse team or cut logs.

Dad felt very blessed that his eldest son Dennis chose to continue the family farm so that he could visit or help out at any opportunity.  John knew the land and understood what was important in getting things done, but behind the strong exterior, he had a soft touch, and if things didn’t always work out he would calmly say, “Uh huh, that’s okay, whatever.”

In 1984, John and Kay retired into Dauphin and enjoyed visiting their children wherever they lived.  They went on pilgrimage tours to Denver, Colorado, Spain, Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal and also to visit relatives in Poland and Ukraine.  John enjoyed watching hockey on TV but even more to have a game of Canasta with family and friends.  He loved gardening and especially knew how to grow garlic.  Later, his favorite pastime was just to sit under the apple tree beside the garden.

John was an active member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Valley River Farm Church where he served as Treasurer since 1977.  He was also very dedicated in preserving the Trembowla Cross of Freedom Historic Site, ensuring its growth as a charity organization, its recognition as a Provincial Heritage site and the designation of Provincial Road 491 to Trembowla.  It was all very important and special to him.  John was also very proud to be a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood in Dauphin where he enjoyed their fellowship whenever he was able to attend their meetings and Rosary prayers.

John was predeceased by his mother Anastasia in 1930 and his dad Michael in 1968; 10 sisters – Mary Huculak, Sylvia Rondeau, Bessie Ganczar, Nellie Putko, Anne Coombs, Jean Waly, Tillie Potkonjak, Olga Ogston, Josephine Kozy, Pauline Zubrecki; and one brother Peter Slobodian.

John is survived by his loving wife Kay of 59 years; 4 sons, Dennis, Ron and wife Gail, Don and wife Anita, Jim and fiancée Leanne Bzdel; 2 daughters, Lynda and husband Garry Paziuk, Darlene and husband Keijo Rantala; his 10 grandchildren, Sherri and husband Adrian DeGroot, Brenda and husband Pat Desjarlais, Richard Paziuk and wife Jen, Jennifer and husband Cory Chetyrbok, Jeff Slobodzian and friend Rachelle Morgan, Anastasia Slobodzian and friend Mitch Nemeth, Adam Slobodzian and friend Bobby Lozinski, Desiree Rantala, Lesia Bzdel and Bradley Bzdel.  There are 6 great-grandchildren, Cody, Wyatt, Macayla and Anika DeGroot, T.J. Koranda, Thomas Desjarlais; 1 sister-in-law, Jean Slobodian.  There are many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Rosary prayers were offered by the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood and led by Metro Lukie on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection followed by Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. celebrated by Rev. Oleg Bodnarski.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor for Prayers and the Funeral Service with both Ukrainian and English Church Choirs assisting.  Jennifer Chetyrbok read the Epistle, Jeff Slobodzian served as Crossbearer for the Prayers while Adam Slobodzian served as Crossbearer for the Funeral Service.  Soloist Coleen Coombs beautifully sang “Amazing Grace” during the Prayer Service and Anika DeGroot sang “Alleluia” on behalf of all grandchildren and great-grandchildren during the funeral luncheon.  Laying Dad to rest were Pallbearers Dennis Slobodzian, Jim Slobodzian, Ron Slobodzian, Don Slobodzian, Garry Paziuk and Keijo Rantala.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

The family wish to express their sincere gratitude and thank you to Rev. Oleg Bodnarski and Sister Jean for their prayers and support during this difficult time.  Thank you to Dr. Mathison and all the nursing staff at St. Paul’s Home for their dedicated care during John’s illness and to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services for their guidance and professional help.

Anyone wishing to honour the memory of John Slobodzian may make donations to Sts. Peter & Paul Valley River Farm Church or to the Trembowla Cross of Freedom, c/o 121 – 7th Avenue S.E., Dauphin MB, R7N 2E3, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Everlasting Memory


The family of the late John Slobodzian express their sincere gratitude and thank you to Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski for the prayers, visits and celebration of John’s funeral service, to Sister Jean for her support and prayers, to Marvin Procyshyn as Cantor, to the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood for offering the Rosary and Honour Guard for John, to Jennifer Chetyrbok for reading the Epistle, to Crossbearers Jeff and Adam Slobodzian, to soloists Coleen Coombs and Anika DeGroot and to Jim Slobodzian for giving the eulogy on behalf of the family.

Thank you so much to Olivia, Beatrice and Irene for serving the lunch after Prayers, thank you especially to all the ladies and Ukrainian Catholic Womens’ League for the wonderful help in preparing and serving the funeral luncheon and clean up.

Our special thank you to everyone who brought food, flowers and cards, for your visits, lit candles, phone messages, help in any way and memorium donations in John’s memory.  It is all very much appreciated and will be remembered.

Our heartfelt thank you to the Pallbearers who were strong for Dad and to the families who travelled long distances.

May God be with you, the Lord is good.  Thank you!

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Mike Kamfoly

On September 15, 2012 Mike Kamfoly passed away at the HSC in Winnipeg at the age of 81 with his son Anier and family at his side.

Mike was born June 23, 1931 to his parents, John and Emily Kamfoly on the farm in the Zalicia district.  He attended Zalicia School until his family moved to Haig in 1945 where he continued his schooling.  He quit school to help his dad on the farm where they built a new home in 1948 and where he lived his entire life.

In 1957 Mike married Rona (Slonowski) where they raised their family of two sons, Bernard and Anier.

Mike will forever be remembered for the many, many acts of volunteerism.  He was very dedicated to God and his church.  He served as an elder for more than forty years and president for thirty plus years at Garland St. John the Baptist Church.

He served as president of the Garland Hall, and helped build the kitchen addition to it.  As well he acted as president of the Union Cemetery of Garland where he organized the cutting of grass.  He was a charter member of the Lion’s Club of Ethelbert since 1980.  As well, he served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Ethelbert where he helped to form the building committee for the skating rink.  He was a member of the Vitriwka Choral Ensemble for 15 years, called bingo at the skating rink, Ethelbert Drop In Centre and at the Ukraina Hall, and lead the woodworking in 4-H for 19 years.  No task was too great for Mike.  He served his community with a passion and he will be missed by all those that he served.

Mike provided for his family by farming and he was noted for his carpenter skills.  He also was employed by Parks and Natural Resources for 26 years.

Mike is survived by his wife Rona of 55 years; his son Anier and wife Jewel, granddaughters Taylor and Tori of Winnipeg; sisters Mary Choptain, Christine Momotiuk, Elsie (Eugene) Mayuk; brother Nestor (Marge) Kamfoly; sisters-in-law Agnes Kamfoly (Bob Boyachek) Johanna (Wayne) Kolowca-Soder; brother-in-law Hellar (Valerie) Slonowski and many nieces, nephews and extended family; seven godchildren Valerie Slonowski, Marge Kamfoly, Barry Hawryluk, Terry Filipchuk, Ted Filipchuk, Esther Fyk and Marcella Momotiuk.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Emily, son Bernard and brother Tony.

Mike was a loving husband, dad and Gido who enjoyed family gatherings with a hearty meal and lots of laughter.  Many meals were enjoyed at his home on special occasions where he acted as the patriarch of the family.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the entire community.

Prayers were offered on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Boris Nowosad performed traditional Ukrainian music prior to the service.  Funeral service was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. from the Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ethelbert, Manitoba with Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating.  St. George’s Cantors provided choral accompaniment.  Anastasia Fyk served as Crossbearer.  The eulogy was delivered by Tori and Taylor Kamfoly.  Interment followed in the Garland Union Cemetery.  Laying Mike to rest were Pallbearers Glenn Kamfoly, Ivan Hykaway, Derek Kolowca, Gary Petrinchuk, Terry Pachkowski and Randy Mayuk.

Those wishing to remember Mike may honour his memory by making donations to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Box 80, Garland, Manitoba, R0L 0W0.

Eternal Rest, grant him, Lord.

Vitchnaya Pamyat.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Beth Duncalfe (nee Hutchinson)

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Beth Duncalfe of Winnipegosis, Manitoba on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 91 years.

Born at Gilbert Plains on August 21, 1921, Beth grew up on the family farm with her eight siblings. There she learned the value of hard work and the importance of family values by helping her parents and siblings with farm chores and the many duties of that time. Later in her teenage years Beth went to work cleaning houses to support herself in Dauphin.

In 1944, she married Ralph Duncalfe and moved to a farm in the Winnipegosis area where they built a loving home and raised their eight children. Beth loved living by the lake and could be seen spending many hours trying to catch the big one. She was an active member of the Campbellton Ladies Club where she enjoyed organizing various community functions and helping those in need around the community. Many hours were spent baking, sewing, quilting and raising money for charity. As busy as Beth was in helping those around her, her most cherished time was with her family. As her children grew and started families of their own, Beth always had time to make Sunday dinner for everyone. Sometimes several chickens had to be cooked to feed everyone but that would not faze Beth as she loved having everyone together.  Evenings were spent laughing, playing cards, Crokinole or enjoying the lake.

After Ralph’s death in 1983, Beth stayed on the family farm for a while and then moved to Gilbert Plains to be closer to her sisters still living there. She continued her active lifestyle, enjoying bowling, golfing, gardening and visits from family. Then in her later years Beth moved to the town of Winnipegosis where she could be seen at the New Horizon having lunch or playing cards. There Beth resided on her own until her passing.

Beth was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, her youngest son Rodney, her brother Calvin, and sisters, Ida, Irene, Clara, Dorothy, Alice and Edith.

Beth will be sadly missed by her children: Lillian (Gordon) Parsons of Pine River, Christine (Fred) Pope of Flin Flon, Elwood (Gloria) Duncalfe of Creston, BC, Eila Duncalfe of Flin Flon, Aileen (Lawrence) Rosteski of Winnipegosis, Newton (Cheryl) Duncalfe of Swan River, Edward (Adeline) Duncalfe of Winnipegosis and daughter in law, Gloria Duncalfe of Medicine Hat, AB; and her only surviving sibling, her sister, Jean Hutchinson of Gilbert Plains.  And to her 17 grandchildren, their spouses and 30 great grandchildren Beth will be most fondly remembered as Super Grandma, a name she adopted when the great grandchildren came along. And that was what she was to all of us. She exemplified strength, hard work and family values. She believed you could do anything if you just set your mind to it.

Prayers were offered on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. from the New Horizons Centre in Winnipegosis, Manitoba.  Memorial Service was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Winnipegosis Elks Hall with Ilene Dowd officiating.  Interment followed in the Winnipegosis & District Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined but if friends and family so desire, donations can be made to the New Horizons in Winnipegosis or to a charity of their choice.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Lulashnyk and the wonderful nursing staff of Dauphin General Hospital who took great care in providing her comfort in her final days.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Glenn Stephen Beauchamp

With his family and friends at his side, Stephen passed away on Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg at the age of 52 years.

He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories: his sisters Marlene, Georgina, Caroline, Cynthia, Robyn and Debbie, his brothers David, Ricky, Leslie and Allen, his special niece and nephew Jennifer and Leon whom he raised like they were his own children, his special cousins Douglas and Deloris Mousseau.

He was predeceased by his mother Emily Beauchamp, his stepfather George Roulette, and his father Antoine Houle and his brothers Nelson and Michael Houle.

Steve moved to Ebb & Flow and made it his permanent home in 1998.  He enjoyed working with Douglas and if he wasn’t working, he was often seen riding his bike with his friends Lorne Thompson and Barry Houle.  Steve enjoyed life, making friends and meeting with relatives and in his spare time he liked to play the slots.

Funeral Service was held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow First Nation Community Complex in Ebb & Flow, Manitoba with Rev. Fr. Eric Zadji offiating.  Interment followed in the Ebb & Flow Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Shawn Houle, Clayton Houle, Leon Houle, David Beauchamp, Austin Peters and Gilbert Chartrand.  All of his family and friends were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Wing Commander Elmer Raymond Archer (Ret.)

Funeral Service:  Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Interment:  Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Donations:  CancerCare Manitoba or to the Parkland Humane Society.

Norman Frederick Scott

Norman Frederick Scott, born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on August 21, 1947, passed away at the Ste. Rose General Hospital on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at the age of 65 years after a long, quiet battle with cancer.

Norman is survived by wife Bertha, children Reggie, Barry, Donna (Grant) and Blaine; grandchildren Brian (Donelle), Trudy (Matthew), and Timmy; great-grandchildren Lowan, Lyndon, Matthew and Maddison; special godchild Ashton.  Norman is also survived by his brother Steve (Cathy) and sister Marlene (Doug); nieces Becky, Andrea, Chelsy and Candy; nephews Michael, David, Carl, Doug and their families; as well as many other family members and friends.

Norman attended high school in Calgary.  After finishing high school, Norman entered the military until he was discharged.  Norman began his military career as an Electrician and did this until his passing.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Dave Rempel officiating.  The eulogy was delivered by Paul Dwyer.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Norman to rest were Pallbearers Brian Houle Jr., Darrin Mousseau Jr., Derek Mousseau, Gerald Pelletier, Stephen Scott and Trevor Nodwell.  Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Dwyer and Russell Adair.

Those wishing to remember Norman may honour his memory by making donations to the Ste. Rose General Hospital Palliative Care Unit Family Room.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.