Metro Chersak

Metro Chersak Passed away on August 22, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre after battling Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure at the age of 85.

Metro was born November 7, 1926 at NE 22-29-18W of the RM of Mossey River (Rice Lake area).  He was the third of four children born to John and Katherine (nee Chudyk), immigrants of Volkivci district, Borschchiv Galicia, Austria (Western Ukraine).  He received his education at Don School.

On October 22, 1949, Metro married Olga Kolochuk and together they raised six children on their Volga farmstead.  They moved to Dauphin in 1981 and Metro officially retired in 1987.  In 2005 Olga was placed in the Dauphin Personal Care home.  Metro remained in their home at 227 Centennial Drive until 2007 when he moved to Lorray Manor in Dauphin.  On July 5, 2012 he was admitted to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre and remained there until his passing.

He is survived by his children: John and wife Jane Chersak of North Vancouver, BC, Ed and wife Ernestine Chersak of Dauphin, MB, Joan and husband Gary Kehler of Winnipeg, MB, Emily and husband Wayne Pascal of Winnipeg, MB, Bernice and husband Lorne Black Of Dauphin, MB, and Jerry Chersak and friend Joanne of Dauphin, MB.  There are 13 grandchildren: Christie Chersak, Chelsea (Tyler) Hall, Chanel Chersak, Cameron Chersak and Chloe Chersak; Derek Chersak and Evan Chersak; Cheri Kehler and Lisa (Jordan) Batchelor; Ashley (Darek) Rozwadowski and Trevor Pascal; James (fiancée Kayla Senyk) Black and Daniel Black; and three great grandchildren: Darien, Camden and Mason.  He is also survived by his sister Anne Bratko; sisters-in-law Mary Galay, Lena Krawec, Helen and husband Walter Bileski, Ann Kolochuk; brothers-in-law Mike Kolochuk, Walter and wife Donna Kolochuk, Bill and wife Sylvia Kolochuk. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his wife Olga (2009); brother William (1994); sister Mary Bileski (1991).

Metro grew up at the family farm at NE 31-29-17W in the Volga District of the RM of Mossey River.  At age 16 he lost his father to pneumonia.  At that time it was necessary for him to take over the family farm with his mother and brother.  He continued farming upon his marriage raising cattle, some dairy and grain.  In 1973 the family moved to SE 2-30-18W and continued farming until retirement.  Even then he continued to keep up the farm duties taken over by his son Ed.

He enjoyed picking berries, mushrooms and saskatoons.  His greatest passion was cutting wood.  Metro never looked at a tree for its natural beauty.  It was all about how much firewood it would make.  He loved to grow an acre of potatoes.  It seems that he could never have enough rows.  Metro enjoyed watching NHL hockey on TV and listening to the radio.

His biggest enjoyment in life was his family.  His grandchildren were his pride and joy.  He appreciated the many family visits.

Throughout their marriage Metro was a devoted husband.  After Olga’s passing, his own health deteriorated.  He sold his house and moved to Lorray Manor. He made new friends, played cards and visited with family.

Prayers for Metro Chersak were offered on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.  Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the church on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Chloe Chersak.  The Epistle was read by Cheri Kehler and the Eulogy was delivered by Chanel Chersak.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were all of Metro’s grandsons: Derek Chersak, Evan Chersak, James Black, Trevor Pascal, Cameron Chersak and Daniel Black.

If friends so desire, donations in memory of Metro may be made to the  Canadian Diabetes Association.

God grant You Eternal Rest

Vichnaya Pamyat

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

Shirley Nell Smelski (nee Fedkiw)

Surrounded by her four daughters and husband, Shirley Smelski of Gilbert Plains passed away in the Dauphin Hospital on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

Shirley was a devoted mother, whose work ethic was second to none.  She leaves to mourn her husband of 43 years Alvin Smelski of Gilbert Plains.  Daughters Sheri Smelski and Trevor Shmon of Minnedosa, grandchildren Christopher and Tyler, daughter Tracy and Darren Grasby of Grandview, grandchildren Rylan, Brady and Mitchell, daughter Lori Smelski and Mark Zuk of Starbuck, grandchildren Jack, Sawyer and Anjali, daughter Jody Smelski and Derek Jubenvill of Gilbert Plains, grandchildren Brenna, Warren, Jayden and Montana.

She is also survived by brother Orest and Lucille of Calgary; sisters Jayne and Dennis Korzeniowski of Grandview and Ruby Fedkiw and Tim of Calgary; in-laws Virginia and Chuck Fudyk, Lorne and Eileen Smelski and Richard and Jean Smelski.

Shirley was predeceased by her mother and father, Charles and Anne Fedkiw and sister and brother-in-law Linda and Dick Chambers.

She was born on November 30, 1948 in Dauphin and grew up along with her four siblings on the family farm.  Shirley was an athlete who enjoyed playing all sports, particularly baseball.  She was on the ball field when she met Alvin.  Shirley married Alvin Smelski on May 3, 1969 and raised four daughters on a farm near Keld.  Everything she did was for her family:  she cooked wonderful meals for everyone, tended and harvested two giant gardens, maintained a beautiful yard, kept a household clean and fed, drove tractors and combines on the farm, tended the pigs and chickens, was a dedicated volunteer for her children’s activities that included majorettes and 4-H, and was a member of the Keld Ladies Club.  She wasn’t afraid of a little hard work; if the grass cutting was done and it was time to till the garden, then she drove the tractor to the shop and changed the mower for the tiller and carried on.  She has a few small vices in these years, one of them being the hours between 1 – 2 pm when the show Another World was on.  Shirley would pause her day to watch, and depending on the season, she could be found with her eyes on the TV, but her hands would be shelling giant pails of peas, pinching perogies or folding laundry.  Her other love was hockey.  She enjoyed watching all sports, but from childhood, hockey was her favorite.  As her family grew up, she added bowling, paper tole and being a member of TOPS to her pastimes, enjoying the social aspects as much as the sport and weight loss.  She may have even invented the concept of walking for exercise, and began walking around the section every evening, 4 miles, transistor radio tuned into CKDM and our dog Chipper by her side.  Shirley and Alvin left the farm and moved into the town of Gilbert Plains in 2000, and mom continued her love of gardening and flowers in town, and as she became a grandma, loved to spend time with her grandchildren and spoiled them rotten.  In 2007 she moved into the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home.

Funeral service was held on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin with Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski officiating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  Crossbearer was Shirley’s oldest grandson Chris Shmon.  The Urnbearer was grandson Tyler Shmon.  Good friend Arlene O’Neil was the Epistle reader.  Eulogists were daughters Lori and Jody Smelski.  A private family interment was held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the Gilbert Plains Chatsworth Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Marais, an exceptional doctor, for his personal kindness, support and consideration to us in a difficult time.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home Activities Department or the Gilbert Plains Community Fund.

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

Vincent James Raynor McCallum

Vincent James Raynor McCallum – aka Vince, Vinnie, Buddy – was suddenly taken at the age of 44 on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Friday, August 10, 2012.

Vince was born March 1, 1968 in Dauphin, Manitoba to Heather Beaton and James McCallum.

Vince lived in Dauphin all his years and shared a life with his beloved partner Connie.  He was never afraid to tell people how much he loved her and that she was the best thing that ever happened to him.  Vince and Connie shared their love with sons Jordan and Brent and their beautiful daughters Leann, Seanna, Jaina and Evelyn, whom he loved always and forever.

Vince attended school in Dauphin and moved on to various jobs where he met people from all over, from British Columbia to Ontario.  Most recently, he was employed by Precision Drilling located in Alberta, where he worked for the last 12 years.  During his time off he continued to do the odd roofing job in the Dauphin area.

Vince enjoyed hanging out with family and friends who will miss his huge smile and that sparkle in his eye.  Vince had many hobbies which included hunting, golfing, playing pool, preparing a big feast for many family and friends, and most of all his favorite activity in the last couple of years was riding his purple Harley, and always giving friends a big wave when he passed them.

There are many stories and memories of Vince, but the one that he was most proud of and brought tears to his eyes every time was when he spoke of a time he stopped in Yorkton for a friendly round of golf with his good friend Gordie.  Vince, Gordie and Rob were getting set to tee off when Gordie noticed a bear standing in the ditch.  He yelled out at Vince to take notice of the bear.  In front of Vince and his friends was a family – a mother and her 4 children.  They noticed that the bear was staring at something.  When they finally figured it out, the bear was looking at the 3 year old little girl who got separated from her mother and siblings.  Vince, Gordie and Rob started yelling, running and swinging their golf clubs.  Leading the race was Vince, and was hoping to save this little girl, continuing to yell and run.  There was no way that Vince was going to get to this little girl in time.  Vince knew that there was not really a chance of saving her only because the bear was way ahead of him, but he used his voice to get mom’s attention.  This was all he could do, and that was enough.  Finally, the mother of the child heard all the yelling, came up on the hill and realized what was happening.  She took off as well and was able to reach out and grab her little child.  When Vince told this story he would cry every time, because in his mind’s eye, he was visualizing the child as his own daughter.  Vince as a young boy was scared of bears, so he overcame his biggest fear.  Vince and his friends were considered heroes by the mother.  We will never forget this.

Vince was predeceased by both grandparents Russell and Violet McCallum, and Allan and Florence Beaton; uncles Steve and Leonard as well as many other relatives.

With great sadness and heavy hearts he leaves to mourn his family Connie, Jordan, Brent, Leann, Seanna, Jaina and Evelyn; his parents Jim and Heather; step-father Tom Korneluk; in-laws Frederick and Bella Morrisseau; sisters Talinna Kuchma (McCallum) and Jamie Graham; brothers Clayne Korneluk and William Graham; niece Brielle Kuchma and nephews Jared Kuchma, Evan and Donovan Vermette.  There are also many aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones.

Graveside service was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery with Pastor Scott Allen officiating.  Joey Angus served as Piper.  The eulogy was delivered by Morrie Mock.  Urnbearer was Dave Mansell.  Honorary Bearers were Clayne Korneluk, William Graham, Jordan Morrisseau, Jared Kuchma, Gordie Sangrin, Joe Dumas and Sean Glada.

Vince will rest eternally in the arms of his grandfather Allan Beaton.

Thank you to Ed Swan, Karen Goran and Donna Smith for finding and helping Vince.  Thank you to the first responders, doctor and nurses at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, the Life Flight doctor and crew and Jim for going with him to Winnipeg.  A special thank you to the compassionate staff at the H.S.C. in Winnipeg.  Also to Gary and Glenda Green for opening up their home for the celebration of our loved one Vince.  Also a special thank you to Brenda Green who made and handled all the details to make things easier for the family.  The family would also like to thank all friends and neighbours who provided food and help at this difficult time, also Darci for making a record of the service and celebration.  We’d also like to thank everyone who generously donated through Co-Op and Safeway, for all the wonderful cards, to all the businesses that donated fireworks for the celebration, and also to the staff of Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services.

Those wishing to remember Vince may honour his memory by making donations to CancerCare Manitoba or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Manitoba Division.

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

Darlene Rose Demeria

In loving memory of Darlene Rose Demeria who passed away on August 10, 2012 at the age of 59 years in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Darlene was born June 22, 1953 in Grandview, Manitoba.  She was predeceased by her parents Henry and Verna Demeria.  Darlene had nine siblings:  Henry of Winnipeg, Marilyn of Winnipeg, Gertrude, Louise and Alma all of British Columbia.  She was predeceased by three brothers:  Richard, Raymond and Peter.  Darlene was also predeceased by her husband Rudy Bogoslowski and one son Stephen Bogoslowski.

Darlene had four children:  Barbara of Slave Lake, Alberta, Stephen (deceased), Christopher of Dauphin and Darren also of Dauphin.

Darlene had six grandchildren:  Starlet, Tyler, Skye, Colton, Chantelle and Tysen.  She also has one great-grandchild, Aaiden.

Darlene attended school in Dauphin as well as upgrading in Winnipeg where she resided for several years.  Darlene returned to Dauphin where she resided till her passing.  Darlene cherished her family and friends and will be greatly missed.  She suffered from a disease that gradually limited her movements but she remained active an enjoyed playing cards and visiting with family and friends.

Viewing was held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Darlene to rest were Pallbearers Gordon Lagimodiere, Larry Lagimodiere, Byron Demeria, Bradley Demeria, Mark Demeria and Tim Komishen.

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

Wilford Clarke “Bill” Gamey

It is with fond memories that we celebrate the life of Wilford Clarke (Bill) Gamey, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather.  Bill was born on January 14, 1917 in Sanford, Manitoba.  In September of 1918 he was adopted by Mary Elizabeth Clarke and Wilfred Dervin Gamey of Roblin.  Initially the small family lived on a farm north of Roblin. In 1937 they moved from there to the current home on the half section south west of Roblin.

Bill attended elementary and high school in Roblin.  He enjoyed participating in running competitions while in school.  As a child he belonged to the Boy Scouts, and chummed with young boys Frankie Newton, Roy Freeland, and Harold Dillin.  He outran them all in terms of his life span.

Following high school, Bill worked in Toronto at a chocolate factory for a time.  On January 28, 1950, he married Mary Gerega of Silverwood District, and settled into farming.  After recovering from a back injury, he rented out the farm to long time friend Harold Dillin, and held jobs as a weed inspector, desk clerk at the Gordon Hotel, Roblin town constable,   Credit Union teller, Liquor store clerk, bee farmer, crop duster, and postman on two rural routes.

Children Lark, Dale, Blair and Tye were born to Bill & Mary between 1950 to 1956.  Bill took great pride watching his children settle into lives and families of their own and becoming established in their careers.

Bill was involved for many years with the Elks, as a grand master with the Masons, and served as worthy grand patron of the Grand Chapter of Manitoba Order of the Eastern Star.  Bill and Mary enjoyed many celebrations with friends and community.  Over the years, Bill’s interest in family history grew, and he avidly researched the Gamey family along with Roy and Irene Gamey from Strathclair.  Underneath his crusty exterior he was a soft hearted man, and especially enjoyed family times.

Despite enjoying his solitude and quiet, he was often emotional when it came to saying goodbye’s.

He is mourned by his wife Mary Gamey, children Lark (David Smith), Dale, Blair, Tye (Nancy); grandchildren Arwen and Bohdan, Brooke and Jay, Curtis and Travis, Raena (Karl) Peters, Shira, and Sadie (Cody) Goetz; great grandchildren Dayonera, Lena and Ryder.

The following are a collection of quotes for ways that he impacted us:

  •  Bill often had unusual ideas that brought smiles and laughter.
  • I was impressed with Bill’s enthusiasm for travel and desire for adventure.
  • I appreciated all the searching and looking for family connections across the country as he travelled.
  • When it came to remembering events, the details of dates, locations and names, Bill was the memory bank.
  • I already miss dad’s memory!
  • I think it was really nice of Papa to agree to be my BFF (best friend forever.)
  • I remember how Uncle Bill loved to have his hair pulled, and the harder the better! As young kids, we were amazed at how hard we would pull and he would still say “harder”!
  • Dad took up the computer in his late 70s and enjoyed e-mailing with relatives and  researching family history on line.
  • Bill was a proud man, unpretentious, not arrogant. There was an authenticity about him.

A family service took place at the Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel on Sunday, August 12, 2012 followed by a private family interment at the Roblin District Cemetery on Monday, August 13, 2012.  A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Knox United Church in Roblin with Rev. Mark Hammond officiating.  Betty Wenner served as organist, accompanying the Knox United Church Choir.  A musical solo was performed by David Smith.  The Masons served as Honour Guard.

Those wishing to remember Bill may honour his memory by making donations to the Roblin District Community Foundation or to the Roblin Food Bank.

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

Matilda Bencharski (nee Taback)

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our mother, Matilda Bencharski.  Surrounded by her loving family, Matilda was lifted by angels from earth into a bright new world on Friday, August 10, 2012 at the age of 87 years.

Matilda was the daughter of Casmier and Irene Taback.  She was born in the Keld district and received her education at Lemberg School.  She left home at a young age, worked in Dauphin for a year, and then ventured to Winnipeg.  In Winnipeg, she was employed at Cambridge Knitwear Sales Company for five years.

In 1948, she met and married the love of her life, Walter Bencharski, and they raised four children together.  They farmed in Ashville and the Gilbert Plains district for 28 years.  In 1975, Mom and Dad retired in Dauphin.

Mom enjoyed her cooking and gardening and extended her generosity to all who visited.

In her lifetime she overcame misfortune, but she never lost her genuine good-hearted nature.  In times of need, she would be a pillar of strength for her family.

In the winter, Mom and Dad travelled to Texas, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico and other parts of the United States.  Mom enjoyed travelling, especially visiting the children and grandchildren – they were the pride and joy of her life.

She was an active member of the Ashville church, and in Dauphin, Mom was a member of St. Viator’s Church where she sang in the choir for 15 years.  She belonged to the CWL and helped with funerals and other functions such as hospital visiting from the parish.  She helped many elderly people when they needed care.

After Dad’s passing, Mom resided at Lorray Manor, where she had many caring friends and always spoke highly of them.

Mom is survived by son Allan and wife Florence of Prince Albert, SK, daughter Valerie and husband Jack of Headingley, MB, son Dennis of Halifax, NS and daughter Janet and husband Jeff of Winnipeg, MB; eight grandchildren Byron, Dwayne and Nadine of Saskatchewan, Michelle (Cam Clarke) and Kevin of Headingley, MB, Jude of Halifax, NS, Jennifer and Katelyn of Winnipeg; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mom is also survived by one brother Mike (Marg) Taback of Welland, ON; two sisters Helen Sianchuk of Hamilton, ON and Nellie (Casimer) Ziolkoski of Mount Hope, ON; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2009; her parents Casmier and Irene; three sisters Mary, Anne and Teenie; seven brothers Peter, Nick, Jack, Tony, Adam, Steve and Frank.

Rosary led by the CWL was held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. followed by Prayers led by Adeline Bourgouin at 6:30 p.m. from St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church in Dauphin.  Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. David Kowalski.  Mary Kay Scinocca served as organist, accompanying St. Viator’s Choir.  The readers were Nadine Bencharski and Marlene Koshowski.  The eulogy was delivered by Michelle Gashyna-Clarke.  Allan, Valerie, Dennis and Janet served as Gift Bearers.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Matilda to rest were Pallbearers Albert Yerama, Bill Hominuk, Kevin Gashyna, Cecil Koshowski, Bill Toback and Jeff Cummer.

Those wishing to remember Matilda may honour her memory by making donations to the Palliative Care Unit at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

Heaven has gained the dearest mother the world could hold.  She will be sorely missed.  Rest in Peace and may God bless you.

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

Walter Holowatuik

The family of Walter Holowatuik wishes to announce his passing on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, at the age of 71 years.  He passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Walter Holowatuik was born on August 21, 1940 in Hubbard, Saskatchewan.  He received his education at Hard Rock School, while living on a farm with his parents, five brothers, and one sister.

At the age of 17, he went to work for a P.F.R.A. Community Pasture near the town of Hubbard, Saskatchewan.  Beaver Hills was a large pasture of over 70,000 acres.  He worked there until 1962.  In 1963 he went to work for a P.F.R.A. construction crew, as a supervisor, building community pastures throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  In the spring of 1963, the crew moved to Ethelbert to build Ethelbert Community Pasture.  Walter met Mary Lylyk in Ethelbert, and they were married in 1965.

In 1969, while building a P.F.R.A. pasture in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, he was hired to manage this pasture.  Walter managed this pasture until 1974 when he transferred to Ethelbert to manage Ethelbert Pasture.  In 1986, Ethelbert and Sifton pastures were combined, and Walter managed both until 1998 when a heart attack ended his career.  In 1999, Walter retired from the P.F.R.A. and moved to Dauphin.

Mary and Walter lived in Dauphin until the passing of Mary in November of 2008.  While living in Dauphin, Walter worked as an RCMP guard from 2000 to 2011, when he fell ill with cancer.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Ramona Flood, and her husband Kevin Flood of Regina, Saskatchewan; his son Vince Holowatuik of Winnipeg, Manitoba; two brothers and one sister of Hubbard, Saskatchewan; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

As per Walter’s wishes, a private memorial service was held.

Those wishing to remember Walter may honour his memory by making donations to the Dauphin Hospital Foundation Chemotherapy Unit.

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

Gordon William Bedford

Gordon Bedford of Dauphin, Manitoba passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the age of 90 years.

Gordon was born June 15, 1922 in Dauphin.  He was raised in Makinak, educated at Carrick School and the Makinak High School.  He joined the Army in July of 1940, transferring to the Air Force about a year later.  That same year he married his high school sweetheart Florence Kutcher, and remained married for 63 years, until Florence’s passing in 2004.

After the war, and spending 11 months as a P.O.W., Gordon took a business course, worked at a local garage for a while, and started work at the Highways Department in 1948.  He retired in 1977.

Gordon was active in the Government Employees Association and in the local Legion, where he held various positions over many years.  He liked to fish, hunt, and spent many weekends camping at the numerous lakes around Dauphin.

Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Emily; his wife Florence; and his brother Sidney.

Surviving is his family, son Don and wife Lorna of Dauphin; grandson Brent and wife Nichelle of Flin Flon; grandson Barry and partner Doug of Whitby, Ontario; great grandson Grayden of Flin Flon; great grandson Jayden of Whitby; a special “daughter”, Alice Sander of Dauphin; as well as numerous other extended family members.

Memorial Service was held on Friday, August 10, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mark Tiefenbach officiating.  Organist Barbara Durston accompanied the congregation in singing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden”.  The Royal Canadian Legion performed a Poppy Tribute.  Bugler Bruce Childs performed “The Last Post”.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Gordon may honour his 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.


Paul Martin

On Saturday, August 4th at his residence in Ste. Amelie following a short battle with cancer, Paul Martin passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the age of 90 years.

Papa was born in La Patrie, Quebec to parents Antonio & Leona Martin (nee Brodeur); he was the third of eight children.  He worked as a chore boy in the lumber camps in Quebec with his father until the age of 14 when he became old enough to work at the sawmills.  Later on Papa enlisted in the army during World War 2.  Upon his discharge, he moved out west to the Peace River Country where he farmed near Girouxville.  He farmed there for 11 years.

Papa found his true love Francoise Peeters and they were married on October 29, 1957 in Ste. Amelie.  They moved to Ste. Amelie in 1959 where he farmed and raised his family.

Papa was a hard working man up until he became ill this spring.  Retirement was just a word for him as he remained quite active in assisting with his son’s farming operations.  He was always there to help fix broken machinery and to haul grain during combining season.  Papa would never hesitate to help his children when he saw that they needed help.

Papa had other activities which kept him busy during the different seasons.  Springtime was maple syrup time.  It was not unusual for him to be up to his waist in snow going out to the maple trees to tap them.  Papa would spend the night boiling the sap while listening to music on the radio.  The family knew not to disturb him during this time as we knew that would all get to enjoy the gifts of maple syrup throughout the year.

Spring and summer was fishing time.  Papa and Mama would leave early every morning to try and catch “the big one”.  He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren.  There were many fond memories of the fishing and camping trips in the summer.

Papa was an avid gardener, always making sure that there were no bugs on his potatoes, rounds had to be made sometimes twice a day.  He was very proud of the onions that he grew.  Summertime also meant watching baseball on TV and going to baseball games to see his grandchildren play.  Fall meant going into the bush and cutting down fire wood for the winter.  Papa was usually a year ahead with that.  He had decided last fall that it was going to be his last time getting firewood as it was starting to get a bit tiring.

Winter was less busy for Papa than the other seasons.  However the yard still needed to be shoveled and plowed and he enjoyed getting on the old tractor to complete that job.  Sports in the winter especially “What about those Habs?”, the Montreal Canadiens, Papa’s favorite team on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC on Saturday night.  These games provided him with many fond memories.  He also enjoyed reading history books and watching documentaries on the History Channel during the winter.

Paul and Francoise also did a bit of travelling down east to Quebec and down through the United States in their motor home.  The last trip for them was out west last year to see his old homestead in Girouxville.  He had never returned there since he had moved to Ste. Amelie.  He received great pleasure in seeing some of his old friends.

Papa was a devoted father and grandfather.  It was very important for his children to complete school as he had not had the opportunity to do so himself.  He was always very supportive and provided the extra encouragement we needed when things got tough.  Papa had a saying “things don’t get done by themselves”.  He was a strong, independent person throughout his lifetime and did not like to be fussed over.

He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ste. Rose Branch for several years.  Papa was proud to take part in the annual Remembrance Day parade and service.  Papa was very patriotic and never failed to remember the fallen soldiers.  He also service on the Ste. Rose Caisse Populaire board for several years.

Papa was predeceased by his son Edouard in 1991 and by his parents Antonio and Leona and his siblings.

He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories; his wife Francoise of Ste. Amelie, his children Michel (Joanne), Suzanne Rodrigues (Alberto), Jean (Norma), Paul (Bernice), his grandchildren Jose, Nicole, Jamie, Jean-Paul and Jacob and 5 step grandchildren, his sister Madeleine in La Patrie, Quebec along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Papa’s last wish was to be looked after at home.  This would not have been possible with aid from Ste. Rose Homecare, Occupational Therapy, Ste. Rose General Hospital staff, Palliative Care, Super Thrifty Pharmacy as well as Dr. Gudmundson, Dr. O’Hagan, Dr. Hanna and Fr. Eric.  A special thank you to you all.

A graveside service for Paul was held on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Ste. Amelie Cemetery.  Fr. Eric Zadji officiated.  Paul Martin Jr acted as urnbearer and Suzanne Rodrigues gave the eulogy.

Flowers are gratefully declined, should friends so desire, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Paul.

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

Olive Luba

Olive Luba passed away on Friday, August 3, 2012 at her residence in Burlington, Ontario at the age of 82 years.

She was born on January 24, 1930 in Rorketon, Manitoba.  Olive worked as an elementary school teacher for many years in the Fort Richmond/Fort Garry area of Winnipeg.

Viewing and visitation were held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Ste. Rose Chapel in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. from Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rorketon, Manitoba celebrated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.  Holly Hryhoruk served as Cantor.  The eulogy was delivered by Robert Luba.  Interment followed in the Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery.  Laying Olive to rest were Pallbearers Michael Luba, Andrew Luba, Logan Myers, Lucas Myers, Michael Luba and Bradyn Luba.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Olive may honour her memory by making donations to the Parkinson Society.

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