Finlay John Martin Cameron McLennan

It is with great sadness that the family of Finlay John Martin Cameron McLennan announces his sudden passing on Sunday July 15, 2012 at the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste. Rose, Manitoba.  Dad was 77 years old.

Finlay was born on January 23, 1935, the first child and only son of Dr. Finlay and Gladys Joy McLennan (Martin) in Ochre River, Manitoba.  He attended school and lived most of the rest of his life in Ochre River until moving to Ste. Rose in 2010.  In 1962 he married the love of his life Wilma Skeavington on April 21 in a ceremony at the United Church in Sperling Manitoba.  The happy couple settled in Ochre River and in 1966 they welcomed their first child Robert Finlay who was soon followed by Roberta Joy (1969) and then Kathy Lynn (1973).  Finlay worked for a number of years with Golden Guernsey Dairy as a delivery driver.  The last 12 years of his work life were spent with the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba at the Willard Monson Institute in Ste. Rose where he worked until retiring in 1992.

Since he was the son of a country doctor and nurse the home he grew up in doubled as the general hospital for Ochre River and area.  As a boy he assisted his father and mother in a variety of medical procedures including the setting of broken bones, stitches, amputations and the occasional birth.  He would also assist in the provision of end of life care for people who spent their last days in his house under the care of his father.  This had a profound effect on dad and he developed a great respect and empathy for the sick and injured as well as a deep appreciation for life itself and its fragile nature.

Away from his home Finlay enjoyed a wide variety of pursuits which included music, he played both the piano and the drums, and athletics, he was a very good baseball player and boxer.  He was rarely seen without his dogs Trixie and Toby.

The overriding passion of Finlay’s life was his family, he was happiest when he was at home with Wilma and the kids either gathered around the piano playing his favorite songs, or in the yard playing catch.  He was a devoted, loving, caring father and husband.  He was as well a selfless and generous man who would give the shirt off his back to a stranger if he thought they needed it more than he did.  He readily and willingly gave to various charities and causes.  Dad’s door was always open to anyone that needed assistance of any kind or a compassionate ear.  He also had a very playful, subtle sense of humor which only those who knew him best got to witness.  He had an insatiable thirst for history especially the war years and he would read book after book about both world wars and the major battles of each war.  He was also an unofficial historian of Ochre River and had an uncanny ability, even into his later years, to recall events and people that had long faded from other’s memory.

He was very involved in the United Church in Ochre River as a member of the church choir and then in later years as the caretaker for the church.  He was also a regular performer at the Ochre River variety/talent shows where he could always be counted on to perform a couple of high tempo numbers on the piano.

Finlay was predeceased by his father Dr. Finlay McLennan and his mother Gladys Joy McLennan (Martin), and son-in-law Randy Shippam.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 50 years Wilma, his son Rob (Rhonda) McLennan; his daughters Roberta Shippam, and Kathy (Wayne) Robinson ; his grandchildren Garth, Lara, Chenessa, Payton, Max, Sam, and Kaylee; his sister Marlyn Banister and half -sister Nancy Baker as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

The McLennan family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care home in Ste. Rose for making dad’s last year and a half of his life comfortable and enjoyable.

A memorial service celebrating Finlay’s life was held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ochre River United Church with Rev. Ed and Georgina Loucks officiating.  The eulogy was delivered by his loving son Rob and nephew Darin Banister.  Interment followed in the Ochre River Cemetery.  Active pallbearers were Finlay’s cousin’s Glen Henry and Wayne Martin, his grandson Garth McLennan, his nephews Brad and Darin Banister and Mark Dracass.  All of Finlay’s friends are to be considered as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, Finlay’s family asks that donations be made to the Ochre River Community Foundation.

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

Anna Perzylo (nee Korchak)

Peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Anna passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at St. Paul’s Home where she was a resident at the age of 94.

Anna is lovingly remembered by her daughters Rosalie (Sylvester) Demchuk and Ariel (Orest) Kulchycki; grandchildren Ernestine (Ed) Chersak, Bob (Roseanne) Demchuk, Duane (Sandra) Kulchycki, Angela (Kris) Eilers; and great-grandchildren Derek, Evan, Dalton, Layton, Fallon, Anna, Emmy, Kate and Stephen.  She is also survived by her two sisters Olga Fairbairn, Tillie Medwid and one brother Steve (Linda) Korchak; sisters-in-law Nadia and Helen Korchak and Pauline Perzylo and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Steve in 1998; infant daughter Helen in 1940; brothers Mike, Nick, Alex, Walter and Stanley Korchak; sisters Cassie Drebit and Victoria Zaluski; 2 sisters and 1 brother in infancy; sister-in-law Anne Korchak; brothers-in-law Nick Drebit, Frank Fairbairn, Edward Medwid and Nick Zaluski.

Anna was born on November 14, 1917 in Zoria, Manitoba to parents Wasyl and Mary Korchak.  In October 1939 Anna married Steve Perzylo and together they farmed in the Sifton area until 1975 when they retired to Dauphin where they enjoyed many years with family, friends and neighbours.

Our special thanks to Sister Jean and dedicated staff at St. Paul’s Home for their care, kindness and support.

Prayers were offered on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, led by Rev. Father Oleg Bodnarski with Jason Gulenchin serving as Cantor.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection celebrated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski and Marvin Procyshyn serving as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Angela Eilers.  The eulogy was delivered by Ernestine Chersak.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Anna to rest were Pallbearers Ed Chersak, Bob Demchuk, Duane Kulchycki, Derek Chersak, Evan Chersak and Dalton Demchuk.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Anna may honour her memory by making donations to St. Paul’s Home Foundation.

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

Walter Kostiuk

After a lengthy illness, Walter Kostiuk passed away at the Grandview District Hospital at the age of 76 years.

Walter was born on the family farm on September 8, 1935 in the Riding Park community, south of Grandview, Manitoba.  He attended Sugar Loaf Country School and also high school at Grandview Collegiate.  Prior to Walter’s full time farming, he worked at Monarch Industries in Winnipeg for several years during the winter months.  But farming was his love, and he and his brother John took over the family farm in 1968.  Walter farmed together with his father and his brothers Mike and John over a span of 50 years.  His business strength was a great asset in the farming operation.

In 2001, the family farm was sold and Walter with his brother John retired on a beautiful river lot in Grandview, once again close to nature.

After the death of his brother John, Walter moved to Dauphin and lived in Lorray Manor assisted living facility where he made many friends and had 5 years of an enjoyable stay.

Walter loved to camp in the Duck Mountains where he enjoyed fishing and boating.  He also enjoyed curling and bowling.

Walter was a long-time member of the Riding Park Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riding Park.

Walter was predeceased by his parents Fred and Lillian Kostiuk, his brother Mike Kostiuk and sister-in-law Nellie, and his brother John.

Left to mourn and cherish fond memories of Walter are his sister Olga and her husband Bill Runnalls of Winnipeg, MB; his nieces Shirley and her husband Ken Briault of Drumheller, AB, Marlene and her husband Cliff Sul of Winnipeg, MB as well as his many cousins and friends.

Prayers were offered on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Grandview, celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak.  Metro Lukie served as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Russell Yurkiw.  The eulogy was delivered by Bill Runnalls.  Interment followed in the Riding Park Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery.  Laying Walter to rest were Pallbearers Delmar Kukurudz, Bill Runnalls, Ken Briault, Larry Bohdanowich, Sidney Yurkiw and Larry Lobert.  All of Walter’s family and friends were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Elliott and all the staff of the Grandview District Hospital for their compassionate and loving care during his stay, especially to Gretta Deslauriers and Cathy Chambers for their exceptional care during Walter’s final hours.

We want to especially thank Delmar Kukurudz and Alex Koroway who unselfishly gave of their time to drive Walter for his appointments and other events.  Also, a big thank you to many of his friends who took the time to visit Walter either by phone or in person.

As well, we want to thank Bruce Childs of Lorray Manor in Dauphin for the support, care and guidance he gave to Walter during his stay.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba.

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

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 52 years.

He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 31, 1960 to Dugald and Mabel Anderson.

Memorial service was held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Dauphin Friendship Centre with Brenda Pockett officiating.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

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

William Brian Lynch

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Brian Lynch.  He passed away peacefully at Gilbert Plains on July 6, 2012 at the age of 93.

Brian was born on October 13, 1918 in Winnipeg, MB to George and Clara (Fisher) Lynch.  There were three brothers – Gilbert, Oscar and Basil, and two sisters – Ethel and Mabel.  They grew up on the family farm south of town and attended Gilbert Plains School.  In the fall of 1941, he joined the Manitoba Dragoons and was shipped overseas in 1942.  Brian spent time in the hospital when a Scout car overturned and started to burn with him pinned underneath.  When released from hospital he rejoined his regiment and was shipped to France where he was a radio operator.  He was wounded at Falaise, near Caan, on August 14, 1944 while on a reconnaissance mission.

On March 31, 1945 he married Grace Priest.  They farmed, raised a family and enjoyed community participation.  He was a Legion member, on the Gilbert Plains School Board, the Agricultural Society, the Curling Association, the Co-op Board, and was a RM Councillor for 12 years.  On October 2006, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the French Ambassador.  He truly enjoyed the success of other people: the Top 4H Club awards while he was leader and the many achievements by the ball clubs coached by Mel Stoughton and himself.

Brian was predeceased by his parents and brothers Gilbert, George, and Basil as well as his sister Mabel.  He is survived by his sister Ethel (Charlie) Smith of Edmonton, daughters Ethel Moore, and Inez (Jeff) Spadaro of Gilbert Plains, and Pat (Dean) Lynch of Alexander.  Albert (Barb) Lynch lives in Souris.  Grandchildren are Shauna Moore, BJ (Liz) Moore, Erin Lynch and Kelly Lynch, along with great granddaughter, Olivia Moore.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Gilbert Plains United Church in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, officiated by Rev. Steve Wilson.  Yvonne Smith served as organist.  The eulogy was delivered by B.J. Moore.  Interment followed in the Gilbert Plains Chatsworth Cemetery.  Laying Brian to rest were Pallbearers Kevin Lynch, B. J. Moore, Brian Gallaway, Robert Gallaway, Max Gallaway and Bruce Parker.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Brian may honour his memory by making donations to The War Amps of Canada.

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

Daniel Marc Lefebvre

With his mother and sister by his side, Dan passed away on July 2, 2012 at the age of 42.

Dan was born March 13, 1970 in Brandon, MB.  As a child, he lived in Brandon, Melville, SK and moved to Dauphin in 1978.

As an adult, he lived in Calgary, Winnipeg and had recently moved back to Dauphin where he was employed at Wal-Mart.

In Winnipeg, he worked for Crystal Sound and was known as ‘DJ Dan’, spinning tunes at the Palomino, Mustang Sally’s, Monty’s, The Big ‘A’ as well as others and many social functions.  He was “Master of the Mic and at his craft”.  Music was a BIG part of his life.  He also worked at Convergys and the Shell Station on Roblin Boulevard Westin Charleswood.

He was predeceased by his father, Rolland Lefebvre, in 2007.

Dan is survived by his mother, Blanche (nee Bechard), sister Monique Lefebvre (Wayne Wasylenchuk), nephew Bryan Robson and niece Chelsea Robson.

Prayer service was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church in Dauphin, MB, led by Laverne Hudson.  Mary Kay Scinocca served as pianist, accompanying St. Viator’s Choir in the singing of “Healer of our Every Ill.”  Ed and Jan Stozek performed a guitar and vocal selection, entitled “Wonderful Merciful Savior.”  The eulogy was deliverd by Monique Lefebvre.

Funeral service followed on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Victoria Avenue East Funeral Home, in Regina, SK, officiated by Alverta Leasky.  The readers were Dan’s cousin Leanne Lucyk and his nephew Bryan Robson.  Darrell Herauf served as guitarist, and the vocalist was Ron Mastel.  The eulogy was delivered by Monique Lefebvre.

Dan was laid to rest alongside his Dad, at Regina Memorial Gardens.  Urnbearers were Dan’s niece and nephew, Chelsea and Bryan Robson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dauphin and District Community Foundation (to assist young musicians) 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.

Susan Margaret Louise Durston (nee Loucks)

It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that the family of Susan Durston announce her passing on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the age of 55 years.  Susan passed peacefully, with her family at her side at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

Susan was predeceased by her father Russell Loucks and mother Caroline Loucks.  Susan leaves to mourn and cherish her memory her husband James; sons Stephen (Stephanie and granddaughter Anna), Stuart, Scott and daughter Danielle; her brother Andrew; sisters Jane and Bridget.  Susan also will be missed by numerous uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews.

Susan was born in Winnipeg, MB on March 30, 1957 and was lovingly adopted by her mother Caroline and father Russell Loucks.  Susan had many fond memories of growing up at her home near Delta, MB with her brother and two sisters.  Upon completion of her education, she began her career with Canada Safeway in Winnipeg.

Susan and James were married on August 18, 1985 and proudly raised their four beautiful children.  Throughout this time Susan was employed at Canada Safeway as a cake decorator and was promoted to Bakery Manager.  She chose to retire from Canada Safeway, but missing the interaction with the public decided to work at Dauphin Plains Credit Union as a teller.  She was employed there until her health would no longer permit.

Susan loved life and cherished every minute chatting with family and friends.  She was especially proud of her children and took every opportunity to share with family and friends what the kids were doing.  Susan was so proud when the news came that she was going to be a grandmother.  She loved her little Anna and we know she looked forward to someday having more grandchildren be part of her life.

Susan loved the lake and spending time at the cabin.  She had many fond memories of sitting around a fire chatting and laughing with her “lake friends” on weekends.

The past few years have been difficult for Susan as she faced much adversity with surgeries and other complications resulting from a fungal infection in her lungs.  She approached her final battle with courage and determination.

Susan’s love and devotion to her family and friends, her compassion and kindness and her positive outlook on each and every day will be her legacy.  Susan will be missed.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Grace Bible Church in Dauphin, officiated by Pastor Tim Diack.  Gail Potoroka served as organist.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Susan’s family would like to sincerely thank the doctors and nurses from the Dauphin Regional Health Centre and especially the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists at the Health Sciences Centre for their care, comfort, respect and above all their compassion.

Donations may be made in Susan’s memory to the Dauphin & District Community Foundation.

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

Sherry Leigh Lavallee

On July 4, 2012 Sherry Leigh Lavallee entered into eternal rest at the age of 47 at the Roblin District Health Centre.

Sherry was born in Winnipeg but spent her earlier years in Boggy Creek, attending school in Roblin.

Throughout Sherry’s life she accomplished many goals, which included a degree in Psychology, Arts, Education, and Developmental Services.

Sherry was known for her spiritual nature and pride of her Métis heritage.

She was the beloved mother of Brenden and Charon Lavallee.  Aside from her children, she is survived by her father, Raymond Lavallee (Joanne); mother, Sharon Lavallee; 4 sisters, Melody, Amber (Jonas Quall), Crystal and Chantel; 2 brothers, Lance (Kate) and Clint (Taryn Cassidi); 5 nephews and 8 nieces.

Her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Viewing and Prayer Service were held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel in Roblin, Manitoba.  Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Roblin, celebrated by Rev. Fr. James Ahaneku.  Connie Henry provided the music.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Sherry may honour her memory by making donations to Parkland Humane Society.

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

Darryl Barry Flett Jr.

It is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of Darryl Barry Flett Jr. on July 1, 2012 in Ebb & Flow at the age of 15 years.

Darryl Barry Flett Jr was born on November 22, 1996 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Since then, he was known as Junior.

Junior loved music.  He was only 10 years old when he started playing the fiddle.  His Grandpa David would take him to lessons.  He liked to sing and record rap music.  He also enjoyed participating in talent shows when he was in Ebb and Flow School, he would often be seen strumming his guitar.

Junior loved his brothers and sisters.  He enjoyed playing the Xbox and watching movies with them.  He liked to swim, to ride bike, to dance powwow and to watch wrestling.  He wanted to one day become a wrestler.  Junior loved to laugh and joke around with everyone.  He enjoyed visiting his friends and family.

Junior, we love you very much.  You will be sadly missed by us all.

Junior was predeceased by his Koko Lorna and his cousins Leighton and Ovey.

He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories; his parents Darryl and Sherisse Flett, his brothers and sisters Jordan (son Dwayne), Justin (Courtney & sons Carter and Colin), Kelsey (son Kanye), Jeremy, Darius, Vazzeon, Lawrence, Ayshia, Ericka, Cassius, and John, his grandpa David Flett as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many friends.

The family would like to thank the community of Ebb & Flow, family and friends for all of their support, as well as to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel.

Traditional Wake and Prayer Service was held on Friday, July 6, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow Community Complex, Ebb & Flow First Nation.  Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow Community Complex with Fr. Eric Zadji officiating.  St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Choir provided the music.  The eulogy was delivered by Kathleen Morrisseau.  Interment followed in the Ebb & Flow Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Julian Baptiste, Jesse Ahmo, Martin Houle Jr., Derrick Mousseau, Kenneth Fleury and Kenny Lacquette.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jalaina Flett, Trevor Baptiste, Kashtin Houle, Brandi Baptiste, Roberto Ahmo, Edward Fleury, Natanish Mousseau, Evan Lacquette, Kirstin McIvor, Julius Mousseau Jr, Deanne Richards, Marty Maytwayashing, Patsy Mousseau, Ricky Mousseau, Erin Spence, Germaine Beaulieu, Angela McIvor, Randy Mousseau, Michelle Spence, William Mousseau, Ivanna Beaulieu, Tracey Spence, Brianna Houle, Joshua Houle, Connie Ahmo, Edna Levasseur and all of Junior’s family and friends.

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

Peter Sydor

Peter was born on July 11, 1936 in the R.M. of Ethelbert near Ukraina.  He was the fifth child in a family of 4 boys and 3 girls born to Andrew and Molly (nee Doskoch) Sydor.

He received his education at the Belle Creek School.  After his schooling he remained at home, taking over the family farm and working at various jobs.

In 1960, he and his younger brother William sold the farm to the PFRA.  In 1961, Peter and William bought a farm at Minitonas.  Besides farming they operated a saw mill year round.  In 1975, they sold the farm and Peter moved to Thompson where he worked as a mechanic.

In 1975, Peter married Doris McPhee and together they had one son, Billy.  In 1978, the marriage dissolved and Peter and his son moved back to Ethelbert where he bought and ran a garage for the next four years.

In 1982, Peter suffered his first of 4 strokes.  He recovered sufficiently to work in the bush and various jobs.  He resided in Ethelbert until 2009 when he received his third stroke and had to be placed at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin where he passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the age of 75 years, after suffering his fourth and final stroke.

Peter was predeceased by his father Andrew in 1968; his mother Molly in 1972; his sister Sophie Gawaziuk in 1959; his oldest brother Mike in 1963; his youngest brother William in 2005; and his son Billy in 2006.

He is survived by two sisters Mary Derkach of Ethelbert and Cassie Wojciechowski of Dauphin and one brother Joe Sydor of Brandon.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral service was held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ethelbert celebrated by Rev. Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak.  Areta Kozar served as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Leonard Derkach.  Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery.  Nick Derkach and Steve Stratuliak served as Urnbearers.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Peter may honour his memory by making donations 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.