Wendy Lee Wilgenbusch (nee LaRocque)

Wendy Lee Wilgenbusch (nee LaRocque) passed away peacefully on December 29th, 2012 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 43.

Wendy was born on March 13, 1969 at the Dauphin Regional Hospital.  She was the eldest daughter of Lee and Linda LaRocque (nee Ward), and sister to Lori Waddell (nee LaRocque).

Wendy married Gary Wilgenbusch on October 11th, 1998.  They farmed and raised their family on the family farm near Boggy Creek, MB.

Wendy was a loving and caring mother, sister, aunt and friend.  Her greatest loves in life were family, friends and just enjoying a good game of cards.

Left to cherish Wendy’s memory are her husband Gary and their children Kaitlyn, Rylee and Brady; her parents Lee and Linda LaRocque (nee Ward); her sister Lori (Scott) Waddell, nephews and niece, Tyler, Jayce and Lexy Waddell and grandmother Vivian Ward, along with Gary’s brothers and sisters and their families, aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family.

Wendy was predeceased by her grandparents; John and Enid LaRocque, grandfather Walter Ward; father and mother-in-law John and Delores Wilgenbusch and brother-in-law Bruce Wilgenbusch.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, January 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Knox United Church in Roblin, Manitoba, officiated by Rev. Mark Hammond.  Allison Shearer-Craig served as organist, accompanying the Knox United Church Choir.  Special musical selections were performed by Ruth Angus, David and Donalda Wilgenbusch, Calvin and Tracy Ginther, and Davon and Jill Bartel.  The Eulogy celebrating Wendy’s life was delivered by Doris Laroche and Cathy Nykolaishyn.  All those who touched Wendy’s life were considered as Honorary Pallbearers.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Wendy’s memory to the trust fund set up at the Roblin Credit Union under the children’s names; Kaitlyn, Rylee and Brady Wilgenbusch or to CancerCare Manitoba, 1160 – 675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

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

Catherine “Kay” Huska (nee Stadnyk)

Kay Huska (nee Stadnyk) was born November 24, 1927 at Sifton Manitoba to Nick and Dora (nee Gregorash) Stadnyk, the third of nine children.

On October 28, 1954, Kay married Peter Huska and together they raised their daughter Carol.  They farmed in the Gilbert Plains district until retiring into Gilbert Plains in 1992.  Kay was an avid gardener, growing huge displays of flowers along with the vegetables.  In their retirement years, Kay and Peter enjoyed several trips including excursions to Alaska, Churchill, the U.S. and the Maritimes.

Kay’s fierce independence allowed her to continue living in her own home until her passing despite diminished eyesight.  The radio was her daily companion. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a mischievous way that endeared her to all.

Kay was an active member of the Gilbert Plains Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League for many years.  The only thing more important to her than her church was her family.  She took great delight in visits with her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Kay leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter Carol of Medicine Hat Alberta; three grandchildren, Len Komishin and wife Catherine and their children and Kaytlen and Kennedy of Calgary Alberta, Denise and husband Ryan Damstrom and their son Hayden of Jaffray British Columbia, Tara and husband Joey Gentile and their children Dante and Dario of Medicine Hat Alberta; sisters Mary and husband Stanley Starr of Selkirk, Edna Buffington of Winnipeg, Anna Rollo of Winnipeg, Gladys and husband Walter Sanko of Gilbert Plains; brothers Joe and wife Lorna Stadnyk of Red Deer Alberta, Leonard and wife Sylvia Stadnyk of Perrault Falls Ontario, Paul and wife Carol Stadnyk of Grandview; sister-in-law Lena and husband Ted Lesuik of Gilbert Plains as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Kay was predeceased by her parents; her husband Peter (March 27, 2005) and his parents John and Dora (nee Kowaluk) Huska; sister Josie Kotak (2009); brothers-in-law Mike Kotak (1992), Ralph Rollo, Henry Buffington, Mike Huska, Bill Lesiuk, Bill Grysiuk and John Marciniuk; sisters-in-law Anne Lesiuk, Nellie Grysiuk, Pauline Marciniuk, Rosina Huska and Joyce Stadnyk.

With family at her side, God came to get her quietly early on December 28, 2012 at Dauphin Regional Health Centre.  Kay was 85 years old.

Prayer service was held Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, December 31, 2012 from Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating.  Interment followed at the Parish Cemetery in Gilbert Plains.  Cantor was Metro Lukie, Crossbearer was Grant Vogt and Epistle readers were Denise Damstrom and Tara Gentile.  Active pallbearers were Len Komishin, Joey Gentile, Ryan Damstrom, Mervyn Kotak, Glenn Kotak and Vladimir Huska.  All friends are to consider themselves as honorary pallbearers.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Kay to the Gilbert Plains Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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

Valarie Alene Shymanski (nee Cater)

October 2, 1951 – December 21, 2012.

Valarie was born in Brandon Manitoba to Herb and Lorna Cater.  Valarie was the youngest of four children.  As a child growing up in Brandon, she went to Earl Oxford School.  In grade 9, the family moved to Gladstone where she finished her education.  Upon Graduation, Valarie moved to Winnipeg to begin her nurses training at Red River College.  While studying in the city she lived with her sister, Phyllis.  Soon came the time for her practicum to start.  She had two choices, Steinbach or Dauphin.  So she packed and away she went to Dauphin in 1971.  While finishing her training she became friends with a lot of people whom to this day she still kept in touch with.  While training in Dauphin she met the love of her life, Gary and they were married on May 24, 1975 and lived in Dauphin.

Their daughter Lisa was born in the summer of 1978.  They then moved to Sifton in October.  Valarie worked at the Dauphin Hospital until 1984 when she moved to St. Paul’s Nursing Home which was her calling.  She worked at St. Paul’s until knee problems caused an early retirement.  After two knee replacements, she was good to go.  The past two years she had some breathing issues and being the determined person she was, this was not going to get her.  Valarie was the type of person she would help everyone first herself last.  Don’t let the small size of her scare you of what she is capable of doing.  Valarie loved to garden and make pickles.  She also loved to do her Christmas baking (which was shared amongst friends), she would attend all of Lisa’s activities throughout her school years and when a volunteer was needed, there was Valarie.  Valarie was a trustee for the Dauphin Ochre School area and was also the chairperson for the committee to keep Sifton School open.  Valarie enjoyed spending time at Clear Lake where her family has had a family cabin since she was little and where until this past summer she loved going.  Valarie also loved to cross stitch and did many Ukrainian blouses for Lisa.  Valarie also loved to have people over for a good time.  No one ever left the Shymanski’s hungry.

Valarie is survived by her husband Gary (of 37 years) of Sifton and her daughter Lisa of Dauphin; sister Phyllis DeRoche (Peter) of Winnipeg; mother-in-law Olga Shymanski of Dauphin; sister-in law Shirley Creed (Don) of Cumming GA; brother-in-law Ken Shymanski (Sandy) of Ottawa ON; niece Traci Singleton (Reg) of Inglis MB; nephew Darren Heidman of Winnipeg; many extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Herb Cater; mother Lorna Cater; sister Diane Heidman; brother David Cater; niece Joey Kitchingman; father-in-law Mike Shymanski.

Cremation has taken place and the service was held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel.  Interment followed at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  A luncheon followed at the Sifton Community Centre.

Donations in memory of Valarie may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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

Elizabeth Dupley (nee Marcyniuk)

Elizabeth Dupley (nee Marcyniuk), age 66, of Dauphin, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on December 20th, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, surrounded by her loving family, after a two-year battle with Lymphoma cancer.

Elizabeth was born on August 13, 1946, in the RM of Ethelbert, to parents Peter and Stella Marcyniuk (nee Powlowski).

Elizabeth worked hard on the family farm and assisted her parents in raising her younger siblings.  Elizabeth developed a love for cooking at a young age and often prepared the family meals while her parents completed their chores.  Her love of cooking included mastering traditional Ukrainian dishes which she lovingly prepared on a regular basis and passed on the teachings to her own daughters.

Elizabeth attended Duck Hills, Tartakiw, Eldon and Brickburn schools, as well as Gilbert Plains Collegiate Institute.  Though she admitted History was her least favourite subject, she was an otherwise excellent student and focused on business studies.  She also excelled in track, winning several ribbons in running.  By her Grade 12 graduation, she had met Metro Dupley and asked him to be her escort.

Elizabeth has resided in the RM of Ethelbert, the Town of Kamsack, Saskatchewan, and the RM and Village of Gilbert Plains.  On October 9, 1965, Elizabeth married Metro Dupley and they soon settled in Dauphin.

Like many Gilbert Plains youth, Elizabeth got her start in the workforce by getting a job at Plains Bakery while still in high school.  After graduation, she worked as a clerk at the Dauphin Community Health Unit, before becoming a stay-at-home Mom for approximately 12 years.  She rejoined the workforce as an office clerk at the International Harvester dealership in Dauphin for 5 years.  She moved on to Manco Dairies and later Dairy Producers for 15 years, until retiring at the very young age of 51.

Elizabeth and Metro raised three children and were always involved in their activities.  Metro’s work with the Highways Department often took him to other parts of the province.  Being dedicated to her family, Liz would go the extra mile, literally, by taking the kids camping on her own, in order to be closer to Metro.

Elizabeth liked to travel, having been on 3 luxury cruises, which took her to Alaska, along the St. Lawrence River, and through the Panama Canal, with memorable stops in New York City and San Diego.  She has also been on numerous trips to see family and friends, as well as other vacations within Canada and the United States.

Elizabeth enjoyed socializing and dancing, gardening and landscaping, sewing clothes, doing crafts, such as crocheting, knitting and cross-stitching, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards and board games, reading, and particularly loved spending time with her grandsons, Liam and Brennan.

Elizabeth was a community supporter and volunteer, having started the first Beaver troop in Dauphin, as well as assisting with the Majorettes organization.  She volunteered her time at the Senior Centre, including leading an exercise class.  Within the Dauphin First United Church, over the years Elizabeth has taught Sunday School, served as a Board Member, led the Community Building committee, served as Treasurer for the United Church Women, and sang in the funeral choir.  She also generously gave of her time and canvassed on behalf of various other charitable organizations.

Elizabeth attended church regularly and her faith in God was evident.  She would calmly take on any problem she faced, figuring out how to solve it, whether it was her own problem or someone else’s.  A constant caregiver, the lives she touched are too numerous to list, but include her immediate and extended family, neighbours, friends and members of the community at large.  One beneficiary of her care and attention recently referred to Elizabeth as an “Earth Angel.”

Elizabeth was a loving and committed wife, mother and a very proud Baba.  She always diligently looked after her family and herself, taking care in her appearance.  Known for her feisty nature, she had a very positive outlook on life with an incredible sense of humour and wit, right until her last few days.  Less than two weeks ago, when she was asked how long it takes to boil a chicken, her joking response was, “Until it’s done.”

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Metro, daughter Rita, son Dwain, daughter Corinne (Scott) Elson; grandsons Liam and Brennan Elson, sister Doreen Michaluk, brother Norman (Marlene), and numerous extended family members.

Elizabeth is predeceased by her father Peter and mother Stella.

Elizabeth’s funeral service was held on Friday, December 28, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at the Dauphin First United Church in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Reverend Larry McPhail officiated the funeral service and presented the eulogy.  Soloist was John Graham.  Interment was at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  The Urn Bearer was Scott Elson.  The Honorary Urn Bearers were grandsons Liam Elson and Brennan Elson.

Flowers are graciously declined.  Those wishing to remember Elizabeth may honour her memory by making donations on her behalf to the Dauphin First United Church, or to CancerCare Manitoba, both organizations near and dear to her heart.

The family would like to express their thank you, appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Scott Kish, Dr. Michael Penrose, Dr. Trina Mathison, the staff at the Dauphin Chemo Department, the nursing staff at the Dauphin Palliative Care Ward, Dr. Pamela Skrabek, Nurse Elvira Planincic and staff at the Victoria Hospital CancerCare Department in Winnipeg, the many compassionate staff at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Oncology Ward G-D6, the Dauphin Home Care nurses and aides, Reverend Larry McPhail and all who have offered their prayers for Elizabeth.

Liz, you brought great light and warmth to so many lives.  You have more than earned your Angel wings.  We will miss you dearly and remember you always.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

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

Nestor William Tumak

With sadness the family would like to announce the passing of Nestor William Tumak on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB, at the age of 58 years.

Nestor William Tumak was born August 9, 1954 in the Crerar Hospital in Winnipegosis, Manitoba.  Nestor was the second son of William and Rosalie Tumak.  Nestor was baptized and confirmed in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church.  He also had his first communion and served as an altar boy in this same local church.  We are proud of Nestor for he had his funeral mass and interment in our local church and cemetery.  Nestor received his education at Winnipegosis Elementary School and Winnipegosis Collegiate.  During his youth, Nestor played Tag, Hit the Tin Can, Cricket, and road hockey.  Nestor played minor baseball, minor hockey, and curled in Winnipegosis.  Nestor was nurtured by his parents and two loving grandparents – Nellie Bunka and Anne Tumak.  Nestor grew up with 2 uncles – William and Walter Bunka – whom he adored and respected.  All uncles, aunts, and their families were important to Nestor – the Barsewsky’s, Sass’, Zwarich’s, Bunka’s, and Beyak’s.  In his early to late teens, Nestor played all high school sports, plus fastball for the Winnipegosis Cloggers and hockey for the Winnipegosis Tigers and Warriors.  After graduation, Nestor had planned to go to college, but chose jobs in building construction.  He did exterior and interior work, painting and renovations, even bricklaying.  In his last job, he worked for Mountain View School Division for 20 years at Winnipegosis Elementary School as head custodian.  Nestor experienced a ski-doo accident and had injuries.  Unable to perform his duties, he decided to retire January 2012.

Nestor was involved in his community.  He was a member of the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Church. He was a board member of the Winnipegosis and District Sport Fishing Enhancement Committee.  He was a member of the Elks and a volunteer firefighter for the Winnipegosis Fire Department for many years.  Nestor eagerly volunteered at the curling club, hockey arena, and worked for the recreational commission every Family Fun Day.

Nestor was valued by many in our family and community.  Nestor was a significant caregiver to his parents, uncles, aunts, friends, and neighbours.  He will truly be missed.  Nestor was an uncle to Alisha, Christopher, and Evan Tumak.  They gave him the nickname “Uncle Ned”.  He loved them and gave them many treats and gifts.  Nestor did not have a spouse and family.  So, he “adopted” the families of cousins, neighbours, and friends.  His care and love spread out to so many and he certainly was respected.

Nestor had a passion and second life.  He loved the outdoors and nature.  He had a cabin at Hill’s Resort on Lake Manitoba, where he fished and hunted with his friends and close buddies.  He had many good times which he eagerly shared with visitors.  He was generous and often shared his fish and game with others.  He will truly be missed at “the Lake”.

After Nestor’s ski-doo accident and retirement, his health took a downturn.  He needed different medications and more surgery.  In April 2012, he experienced different symptoms and was later treated in the Winnipegosis and Dauphin hospitals.  He journeyed to Cancer Care Manitoba in July and was diagnosed with Leukemia.  He began immediate outpatient chemotherapy treatment which lasted the summer.  This treatment proved ineffective.  On September 30, 2012, Nestor began cancer treatments in the GD-6 “Hope” Unit at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre.  Here, he met many skilled doctors and staff with whom he formed friendships.  Nestor was identified as a very brave and courageous patient.  He allowed many doctors to study his Leukemia and he was so willing to try different types of chemotherapy.  Nestor received several cycles of chemotherapy and was in a “period of waiting”.  Doctors expected his health to improve for future chemotherapy and a bone marrow stem cell transplant.  Medical staff closely monitored Nestor’s health, but God also had a plan for Nestor.  God called Nestor during his sleep at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  Our Lord gave Nestor peace and a start to a new eternal journey.

Prayer Service was led by the Very Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipegosis.  Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012, with interment in the parish cemetery.

Thank you to all those who assisted us in various roles and duties.  Thanks to Sneath’s Funeral Home, Father Oleg Bodnarski, Cantor Holly Hyrhoruk, and members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church who were present at prayers and at the mass and interment.  We thank the ladies of the Royal Purple who catered the funeral luncheon and all those who donated money, food, and assistance for the meal.  We thank Cousins Michelle and Larry and their family for spearheading the luncheon held after the Prayers on Friday night. We thank all family members and Nestor’s friends for the phone calls, emails, cards, gifts, well wishes, and prayers.

Lord, you know who all these good people are and you know of their gestures.  We ask you to touch these kind people in a special way and allow them to understand our gratitude.  We thank the many doctors and staff in clinics and hospitals which assisted Nestor – Winnipegosis Hospital, Dauphin Hospital, Cancer Care Manitoba, and Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre GD-6 Unit.  Special recognition and thanks are extended to Doctors Johnson, Clark, Kumar, and Bow for all their care and medical efforts.  Nestor was assisted by William and Heather Bunka, Wayne and Norma Desiatnyk, Ivan and Julie Sass, Nadia Brossart, and Linda Barsewsky while on his final medical journey.  We are so grateful.  Lastly, thank you to our parents, William and Rosalie Tumak and Nestor’s sister in-law Diane and our children for all their understanding, patience, and support offered to Nestor during his illness.

In memory of Nestor, donations can be made toCancerCare Manitoba, the Winnipegosis and District Arena, or the Winnipegosis Hospital.

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

Lawrence Chiupka

Lawrence Chiupka passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services Ste. Rose Chapel in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, celebrated by the Very Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.

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

Mary Gulak (nee Kowalchuk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Baba, wife, sister and friend, Mary Gulak (nee Kowalchuk) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the age of 80, after a brief illness.

Mary was born on the farm in Fork River, MB on February 10, 1932.  She was raised on the family farm and attended Skala School until 1948 when her parents and three younger brothers moved their homestead south of Gilbert Plains.  Mom boarded while attending  Brickburn School until grade 9 when she left to go to work.  Some of her jobs included working at the local restaurant, egg grading station and then venturing to Detroit, MI for one year as a nanny in 1952, with her friend Eileen.  During her work experiences, Mom learned many things that she in turn taught to each of her children and then grandchildren, such as her cooking, gardening, and most importantly the strength of family.

In 1954 she married, Mike Gulak and together they proceeded to make a loving family home south of Gilbert Plains.  She was extremely busy raising six children and helping to run the farm, which included, grain, cows, chickens and turkeys.   Mom enjoyed other aspects of farm life such as continuing in her mother’s footsteps in growing beautiful flower beds and huge vegetable gardens.  Furthermore everyone was welcomed into her home and never left hungry.  She will always be remembered for her warmth and generosity.

In 1999, Mom and Dad moved to the town of Gilbert Plains and proceeded to create yet another home complete with flowers and vegetables.  This home was again an environment where all the children and grandchildren and extended family and friends would meet and gather together.  Town life also allowed her the opportunity to engage in activities that she enjoyed – including bowling and the occasional coffee get together with the “ladies”.

Mom was a wise woman who practiced a strong faith and she was an example to her family.  Perhaps most importantly, she lived for her children and grandchildren.  No summer was without a family reunion over the August long weekend, and Christmas always meant a full, loud, laughing house.  Baba Mary made sure all would be looked after, be it “Pete’s girls”, Chrissy’s ‘kids’, Tom’s ‘family’ and of course the ‘older’ grandchildren.

Mom also found time to help the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church and to nurture her heritage through maintaining the tradition of pysanky  – painting beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs, cross stitch and needle point that adorn the family home. She tried countless times to teach each of her children her talents, but no one was as gifted as her.

Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 58 years, Mike, her children Pat (Phil) Buckingham, Winnipeg; Brenda (David) Black, Mississauga, Ont.; Anita (Don) Slobodzian, Saskatoon, SK; Peter (Charlene) Gulak, Gilbert Plains; Tom (Meagan) Gulak, Dousman, Wisconsin; and Christine (Kelly) Miller, Winnipeg.  In addition, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, Tyler (Wan), Rachael (Randall), Anastasia, Adam, Jonathan, Gracey, Christian, Norah, Owen, Lanelle, Mary, Alana and Kathryn.  She is also survived by 2 brothers, Edward (Eunice)of Headingly, MB; and Melvin of Edmonton, AB; sister in law Theresa Gulak, Gilbert Plains; sister-in-law Mary Gulak, Grandview and brother-in-law John (Georgia) Gulak, Estevan, SK; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother Tekla (1973), father William (1995) and brother Mike (2010).

Prayer service for Mary was held Friday, December 21 at 7:00 pm at Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services – Dauphin Chapel‎.  Father Brent Kuzyk officiated the funeral service on Saturday December 22, 2012 at St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 10:30 am.  Interment took place at the Chatsworth Cemetery, Gilbert Plains, MB.  Pallbearers were son-in-laws, Phil Buckingham, David Black, Don Slobodzian, Kelly Miller and grandchildren, Tyler Buckingham and Adam Slobodzian.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grandview Palliative Care Unit c/o Grandview Hospital, 644 Mill St., Grandview MB R0L 0Y0, or the Gilbert Plains Community Fund, Box 321 Gilbert Plains, R0L 0X0.

Vichnaja Pamjat / Eternal Rest – Your Work Here is Done

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

Mary Didur (nee Kotyluk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mary Didur, on December 15, 2012, at the age of 99 years while at the St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin.

Mary is survived by sons Ernie (Doreen) and Syl (Claire) Didur; daughters-in-law Jayne and Helen; six grandchildren Ron (Anita), Lynne (Jason), Lawrence (Cathy), Cory, Terry, Carla (Terry); nine great-grandchildren Brianne, Jordan, Carlee, Kristen, Trista, Samantha, Owen, Challey, Joel; one sister Olga Pawluk; three sisters-in-law Rose, Mae, and Stella and numerous nephews and nieces.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Dmetro in 2008, son Richard in 1998, son Danny in 2007, her parents Philip and Katherine Kotyluk and six brothers, Mike, Peter, John, Paul, Myron, and Martin.

Mary was born on November 11, 1913 in Garland to parents Phillip and Katherine Koytluk.  She attended the Garland School from 1921-1929.  Once able to work, she had numerous jobs in Keld, Dauphin and Swan River.  Thereafter, she married Dmetro Didur, had 4 sons, and worked the family farm in the Haig District.  In 1976, they sold the farm and retired into the town of Garland where they stayed for 14 years.  The next move was to Happy Haven Home in Dauphin, and when Dmetro passed away, she spent her remaining years at the St. Paul’s Personal Care Home.

Mary was involved with the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Garland, singing in the choir and serving as secretary for the sisterhood of the church.  She was also involved with the Garland Homecoming, serving on various committees.

She was a loving and caring person who always put the family’s needs before hers.  She was kind, considerate, very friendly and had a good sense of humour.  She enjoyed crocheting, listening to Ukrainian music and watching some of the soap operas.  Her happiest times were those that were spent with her family and friends.  Family gatherings will not be the same without her cabbage rolls, borscht and perogies.  She loved nature, always anxious to spot the first robin or crow in the springtime, and was always excited to see the pair of bluebirds nesting in her birdhouse on the farm.

She designed her own amazing quilts and doilies and shared them with her church, her family and friends.  Mom, now your eyes can see clearly.  Now your hands can lift again and each finger awakens to remembered sequences.  Find your quilting and embroidering needles and spend joyous moments up there.  Sew together the glorious patches of God’s love and stretch His quilt across the evening skies.  We will look for your radiant smiles in the rhythmic glow of the dazzling Northern Lights.

Prayers were offered on Friday December 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, with Mass at 11:00 a.m., celebrated by the Very Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  The Crossbearers were Lynne Heintz and Carla Genik.  The Eulogy celebrating Mary’s life was delivered by Ernie and Syl Didur.  A memorial luncheon was held in the church auditorium, and following the luncheon, interment was held at the Garland Catholic Cemetery.  The pallbearers were Lawrence Didur, Cory Didur, Terry Didur, Lorne Kotyluk, Philip Kotyluk and Ben Fyk.

Those wishing to remember Mary may honour her memory by making donations to St. Paul’s Personal Care Home.

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

Margaret Crozier-Taylor (nee Kneller)

Margaret Kneller Crozier Taylor, age 90 years of Dauphin Manitoba, passed away at Dauphin Regional Health Centre in the arms of her daughter on the morning of Saturday, the 15th of December.

Margaret was born on the 14th of April, 1922 in the district of Chesterfield, England.  One of ten children born to Edward Thomas Kneller (June 5th, 1898 – March 3rd, 1979) and Mabel Kneller nee: Dawson (January 2, 1898 – May 5th, 1978).

Margaret had four brothers, Gordon, Roy, Sidney and Raymond and five sisters, Ivy, Joan, Eunice, Irene, Kathleen and Ruby.

Margaret attended school for ten years from the age of four to fourteen.  Due to illness, at the age of eleven she was taken by her grandmother to live with her Aunt and Uncle in Brighton, where she finished her last years of schooling and kept house while her Aunt and Uncle worked in the family golf shop.  From there she moved once again with her grandmother to Seaford where she took employment from the lady of the house to a Mrs. Holden, where she cleaned, cooked and cared for the children.

As war broke out in 1939, grandmother once again moved Margaret, this time she was sent home to her Mother and Father because grandmother believed that the “Canadians would come and take you away.”  She then went to work for a Mrs. Owen once again caring for house and children.

In 1942, Margaret joined the war effort as a cook in the Women’s Auxiliary in the Air Force at Newton Naughtinham.  During this time, Margaret’s life played out like a movie with love and loss, trials and tribulations and moments of joy and terror, until she met her Canadian soldier Andrew Franklin Crozier.  At the age of 21, the spinster Margaret Kneller married a 27 year old Andrew Crozier in the Parish Church of Brimington in the County of Derby Shire by the Church of England on February 19th, 1944.  And to her grandmother’s dismay, became a war bride.

After serving two years and two hundred and forty days, Margaret was discharged from WAAF on August 1, 1945.  In early 1946, Margaret boarded one of the last ships heading for Canada.  Travelling overseas by herself not knowing where she was going or what it would be like when she arrived.  She arrived by train in Dauphin in the middle of the night, winter snows piled higher than the horse and sleigh which transported her along country roads to the unfamiliar arms of her husband’s family.  At which time the second book of Margaret’s life begins.

When Andrew died at the age of 57 on October 26th, 1972, Margaret continued to raise her children on her own until she met and then married Brigham John Taylor on December 27, 1986 and gained two grown children from that union (Evelyn and Grant).  The couple lived happily in a small house on Merrell Avenue surrounded by the comings and goings of innumerable sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters and friends.  Margaret remained in that little house up until the day she was admitted to the hospital on December 12, 2012.

Margaret loved to garden.  What first was necessity became passion.  And as her garden grew, so did her family.  After the birth and death of three babies, Margaret and Andrew adopted their first son, Arnie.  That adoption was the start of a very large and loving family which consisted of Joan, Elsie, Tom, David, Betty, Raymond, Kathy, Gordon, Jim and step son and daughter Grant and Evelyn.  After preparing her children for Sunday School week after week, year after year, Margaret joined the Salvation Army and in April of 1965, she became a Soldier of Christ.  Margaret found a passion for church and a passion for the Lord that had no rival outside of her family.  Like gardening, most of Margaret’s hobbies were born out of necessity.  Knitting and sewing were among her favorites.

Prayers were offered on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  In accordance with Margaret’s wishes, a private family funeral service was held on Friday, December 21, 2012 from the Salvation Army in Dauphin.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Margaret may honour her memory by making donations to the Salvation Army.

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

Brent William Angus

Suddenly on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Neepawa MB, Brent William Angus of Dauphin, MB passed away.  Predeceased by his parents Bill and Blanche Angus, Brent is survived by his sisters, Karen Conrod (Fred), Debbie Yaremchuk (Dean), brother Don (Reneta), as well as  Murray McQuay, and nieces and nephews, Tyson and Reece Conrod, Blair and Bobbi Yaremchuk, and Ben, Joey, McKenna, and Matthew Angus; as well as Aunt Florence Angus and Uncle Melv Archer.

Brent was born October 1, 1952.  When Brent was thirteen, his father passed away.  At that point, he took on responsibilities around the farm that lasted a lifetime.  He evolved into the “father figure” of the family.  He lived by a strong set of values that made the welfare of family and friends a priority.

Brent was the “keeper” of the farm and made it a sanctuary and gathering place for family, extended family and friends. The yard was kept meticulous; the grass cut just so, the wood piled uniformly, and the snow blown in a straight line.  He built the biggest and best fires in the fire pit.  Many good times were spent sitting in the gazebo with a cocktail listening to NCI, sharing conversation and watching the fire.  Brent hosted a number of significant events in his yard: weddings, family reunions, birthday parties and countless impromptu gatherings.  His next big project was a pig roast he was planning for next summer.  His nieces and nephews have so many fond memories of times spent at the farm with Uncle Brent.

Brent began working for the Manitoba Government as a surveyor in July of 1973.  This was the beginning of a career that lasted almost forty years and took him to the nooks and crannies of the province. Brent was a very hard worker, both at his job and in his personal life.  He arose by 5:00, was often in bed by 8:30, and never slowed down much in between. Brent often talked of his Northern tours and the beautiful territory he surveyed.  His modes of transportation included helicopter, ski-doo, boat, quad, snowshoes and his most memorable, a Hovercraft. Brent was honoured to see so many people at his retirement party and was so looking forward to his retirement.

In the last few years, Brent worked as a driver with Countryfest.  He loved this job, the people he worked with and the entertainers that he met.  He was very excited about Countryfest 2013.

He will be sadly missed by his family and all his friends.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church, officiated by Rev. Larry McPhail.  Sandra Dowhan served as organist, accompanying the Dauphin First United Church Choir.  Joey Angus served as Piper, and Matthew Angus served as Drummer.  The Eulogy celebrating Brent’s life was delivered by Cam Persson and Bob Crowe.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  All of Brent’s nieces and nephews served as Urnbearers.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Brent may honour his memory by making donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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