Paul Gawazuk

Peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Paul passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 84 years.

Paul was born in Glenhope in the R.M. of McCreary, Manitoba on October 19, 1927, the son of Harry and Natalie (nee Palishniuk) Gawazuk.

Paul loved to help his brother Peter on the farm, and every minute away from work was spent on the farm helping with the cows or on the fields.  Paul first worked at the R.M. of Dauphin, then worked away from home in Churchill on the Port for many years.  After returning home from Churchill, Paul took on a new venture with Cargill Grain Company.  This took him to Elm Creek, Manitoba where he spent 25 years making friends and enjoying life.

After retirement, he enjoyed trips to Austin to the Thresherman’s Reunion, fishing trips, playing cards or just spending time with all of his family and friends.  Paul loved the outdoors.  Many times you could find him napping under a tree with his Cargill hat pulled over his eyes.

Later in life, Paul packed up and moved back to Dauphin.  Here again and back to the farm, this time helping his nephew Ron.  Back to field work, hauling cattle to the pasture, or to the St. Rose Auction Mart.  You couldn’t make a trip into Ste. Rose without stopping at Chicken Chef for lunch!  Paul’s newest job on the farm was helping to butcher chickens, and it was his job to pick all the pin feathers.  This is where he got the nickname “Pinfeather Pauly.”

Paul was a loving, caring man, always willing to help out.  He will be greatly missed.

Paul leaves to cherish fond memories many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his father Harry; mother Natalie; stepmother Sobina; brothers Bill, Matt and Peter; sisters-in-law Sophie, Marion and Helen; and nephew Victor.

Memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Valley River Hall in Valley River, celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  Interment followed in the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish Farm Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Paul 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.

Joseph Ernest Lavallee

The family announces with great sadness the passing of Joseph Ernest Lavallee at his home on May 9, 2012.  Joe was born on December 25, 1948 in Duck Bay, MB to parents Gideon and Marie Lavallee.  Joe grew up in Duck Bay.

Joe is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; sons Larry and Joe (Jeisson) and daughters Davina (Scott) and Tracy; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sisters Olive, Christine, Marlene (Walt), Lorraine and brothers Edward (Marlene) and Fred along with many cousins, nephews and friends.

Joe was predeceased by his parents Gideon and Marie Lavallee, his brother Albert, his sister Yvonne Murdock, brother-in-law Bernard Hather, niece Tina Hather and nephew Scott Lavallee.

Joe received a grade six education but his vast knowledge about so many things would make one think that he had a university background.  Many people would seek out his advice about vehicles when they had a problem because he was very good at working on cars.  Joe was committed to whatever he chose to do which was evident by his long career as an iron worker which he did until he could not physically do the hard work that came with the job. Joe lived in Winnipeg where he worked at Freshwater Fisheries; he then moved to Edmonton where he began his long career as an Iron Worker.  Joe met Elizabeth and they lived in Edmonton; moved to Winnipeg; Dauphin, Thompson and then moved back to Dauphin where they bought a home and continued to live until his passing.  Joe’s job took him away from home during the week but when he came home, he used to sit in his back yard and listen to Hank Williams and say how glad he was to be home.  He was a quiet man who didn’t care much for crowds and you would always find him outside talking Saulteaux with an old friend or family member.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mathison for her kind and compassionate care of Joe.   The family would also like to thank the many family, friends and The Dauphin Friendship Centre for all their help during this very difficult time.  We would also like to thank the staff of Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Service and Rev. Steve Wilson.

“We are going to miss you.”

Memorial service was held on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with the Reverend Steve Wilson officiating.  The service concluded at the chapel.

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

Laurence (Larry) Edward Didychuk

It is with profound sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Laurence (Larry) Edward Didychuk on May 2, 2012 at the age of 61 years. He is survived by his father Fred of Toutes Aides, his three children Kenny of Red Deer AB, Kevin of Toutes Aides, and Sarah (Ed) Belisle of Richer, his two brothers, Ron (Bonnie) of Saskatoon, John of Toutes Aides, and his sister Nathalie of Brandon. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws, Sandy Larocque of Sifton, MB Kathie (Jim) Enjeneski of Olds, AB, Terry (Brian) Dowhaniuk of Toutes Aides, MB, and Gail (Doug) Johnson of Snow Lake, MB. Larry is predeceased by his wife Beverley and his mother Vivian.

Larry was born on April 24, 1951 in Ste. Rose du Lac, MB. He was the firstborn of the four children of Fred (Theodore) and Vivian Didychuk. Growing up on the family farm Larry enjoyed playing hockey on the farm dugout and in Toutes Aides as well as watching shows at the theatre in Rorketon.  He first attended Toutes Aides School, then Micawber School, and then attended Rorketon School where he graduated.  He did very well in school receiving high marks in all his classes.  His desire for education led him to the University of Manitoba where he pursued an Agriculture Degree but did not finish.  Instead, he went to work for Manitoba Hydro for about a year in Thompson before he moved back to the farm.

Larry and Bev got engaged on May 23, 1974 and they were married on July 6, 1974.  They bought a trailer and settled on Larry’s father’s farm where they started raising a family of two boys and one girl: Kenny, Kevin, and Sarah. In 1975 they bought some land and a herd of cows and started ranching with Larry’s mother and father and later with his brother John.  They called the partnership Didychuk Farms. In 1985, Larry and Bev built a house one mile south and moved in three days before Christmas of that year.  Larry and Bev both had a passion for horses which they used for working on the farm and competed in many gymkhana competitions.

While ranching, Larry and Norman Bass had another job testing the health of cattle which they did for a few years.  Along with the many things he did for the community, Larry was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active member of his church, a director and then President of the Cattlemen’s Coop (Lawrence Grazing Club) as well as a helping hand to fellow ranchers in the area.

Larry enjoyed the outdoors and one of his favourite hobbies was fishing and setting nets on his old yellow three-wheeler.  He also hunted occasionally and spent some time in the winter curling.  He had quite the sense of humour and was well known in the community for his old brown truck that was decorated with different novelty items including a whirlybird on the roof, a jackfish head on the hood, air horns and the bald-headed “person” who was always seen riding along with him.  Every year, Larry also played a big part in organizing twine days and looked forward to the celebration that took place after the twine was picked up and would play his Ukrainian tape and polka out on the street.

Prayers for Larry were held at the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Ste. Rose du Lac, MB on Friday, May 11, 2012, with Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Council # 7071 leading the rosary. Funeral service and Divine Liturgy was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church near Toutes Aides with Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating and cantor Holly Hryhoruk and choir responding. Friend Norman Bass gave a eulogy as did each of his three children. The interment was held at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery near Toutes Aides. The pallbearers were his sons Kenny and Kevin, his brothers Ron and John, and his nephews John and Ricky. The cross bearer was son-in-law Ed Belisle, flag bearers Yoseph Didychuk and Brian Trush, alter server Peter Didychuk, and bell ringer Tony Boyechko. Raymond Chiupka and Ken Woods played Ukrainian music alongside the casket as it was carried to the graveside.  All of Larry’s friends are to consider themselves as honorary pallbearers.  The lunch was held in the Toutes Aides Community Hall with a video tribute played before lunch in honour of Larry’s life.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time, including Ryan of Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Service, Father Oleg Bodnarski and everyone who brought over food, gave flowers, made donations, and who visited the farm.  Larry will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his community. God bless you Larry, and may you rest in peace.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Larry may be made to the Bev Didychuk Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Rorketon & District Credit Union, Rorketon, MB R0L 1R0.

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

 

Alexander Brian “Scotty” Welsh

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Brian (Scotty) Welsh on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Brian leaves behind his wife Mary of 31 years; three children, Michael of Edmonton, AB, Jackie (Chad) Urbanovitch with granddaughter Sarah of Winnipeg, MB, John (Melissa Storry) of Winnipeg, MB; and his brother Alan Welsh (Marilyn) of Russell, ON.

Brian was born on October 11, 1949 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He immigrated to Canada in 1970 to Fergus, ON as a baker.  He moved to Winnipeg, and then to Dauphin in 1980.  Recently retired from his business Scotty’s Bakery, he enjoyed soccer, rugby, fishing, bowling, watching hockey, but his favorite thing to do was walking his dog Nicky.

While out walking, he loved to stop and talk to anyone he passed.  Although he had his struggles, he was committed to the AA program and believed in helping others.

Memorial service was held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating.  Music was provided by piper Glennda Tully.  The eulogy celebrating Brian’s life was delivered by John Welsh.  The service concluded at the chapel.

If so desired, donations may be made in his name to the Willard Monson House in Ste. Rose du Lac.

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

Marvin Christopher Roulette

Marvin Roulette passed away on May 6, 2012 in Ste. Rose du Lac, at the age of 31 years.

Marvin was born on December 21, 1980 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Marvin was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Grace Mary Spence; grandfather, Roland Roulette; great-grandmother, Vernique St. Paul; great-grandfather, Alexander St. Paul; sister, Robin Roulette; niece, Angel Morningstar Roulette-Govereau; mother-in-law Alice Nepinak;

He is survived by his parents, Marie Flette, Donald Flette, Richard Roulette Sr.; family members, Ruth Roulette, Robert Cox, Ruby Roulette, Ashley Govereau, Richard Roulette Jr., Julie Stevenson; grandmother, Noela Roulette; Jocelyn’s father, Alphonse Nepinak; Jocelyn’s family, Georgette Sutherland, Shelly Nepinak, Holly Nepinak, Scottie Nepinak.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Traditional Wake was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. from the JAR Centre in Crane River, Manitoba.  Funeral service was held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the JAR Centre in Crane River with Elder Denny Black officiating.  Interment followed in the Ebb & Flow Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were Evan Laquett, Faron Moar, Clayton McKay, Richard St. Paul Sr., Ira St. Paul and Ian St. Paul.  Honorary Pallbearers were Richard St. Paul Jr., Ashley Govereau, Alfred Moar “Bee”, Clayton Campbell, Johnny Cappo, Donnie Flette, Scotty Nepinak, Raymond Mousseau Sr., Jason McIver, Randy Houle-Roulette, Alex Roulette-Govereau, Stewart Klyne, John Roulette-Linklater, Billy-Joe Roulette-Linklater, Bobby-Joe Roulette-Linklater.

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

Arnold Staub

With sadness, the family announces the passing of Arnold (Arnie) Wilhelm Staub on Friday, May 4, 2012 at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin, at the age of 85 years.

Arnold was born in Togo, Saskatchewan on December 23, 1926 to John George and Amelia (Molly) (nee Weitzel) Staub.

Around 1950, Arnold moved to Dauphin to work for the CNR.  In 1987, Arnold retired from the CNR as an engineer.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Molly as well as five siblings.

He leaves to mourn in loving memory his daughter Shannon Crozier of Winnipeg; sister Deloros of Olds, Alberta; brother Ed (Duvella) of Prince George, British Columbia; brother Richard (Kathy) of Winnipeg.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Major Grayling Crites officiating.  Richard Staub delivered the eulogy celebrating Arnold’s life.  Cremation took place following the service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Arnold may honour his memory by making donations to the Salvation Army, Dauphin Corps.

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

John Hamiwka

Prayer Service:  Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 8:30 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel, 502 Main Street, Dauphin, Manitoba

Funeral Liturgy:  Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 801 Jackson Street, Dauphin, Manitoba

Interment:  Dauphin Riverside Cemetery

Donations:  Canadian Cancer Society

Gwendolyn Marie Mousseau

Traditional Wake & Prayer Service:  Sunday, May 6, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow Community Complex.

Funeral Service:  Monday, May 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow Community Complex.

Annie (Anne) Margaret Chychota (nee Rolla)

Anne Chychota (nee Rolla) passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Personal Care Home, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the age of 89 years.

Anne was born on May 20, 1922, in the R.M. of Dauphin, and was raised in the West Bay school district.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter Chychota in March of 2003, her father Andrew Rolla, her mother Parenka (Pearl) Rolla (nee Nakonechny), her sisters Cassie Rolla, Mary Rolla, Effie Rolla, and Elizabeth Robb, and her brothers John, Harry, and Walter Rolla.

Left to mourn and cherish fond memories are her brothers, Steve Rolla, and Raymond (Helen) Rolla, both of Dauphin; two sisters Olga Yaworsky of Windsor, Ontario, and Emily Wasylyshen of Hamilton, Ontario; two sons, Dr. Norman (Diana) Chychota of Taber, Alberta, and Roger (Donna) of Dauphin; five grandchildren, Marilyn McDonald and Karen Klassen of Taber, Alberta, Glenn (Kim) Chychota and Michelle (Brian) Chita of Dauphin, and James (Julia) Chychota of Ottawa, Ontario.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Dauphin Personal Care Home, for the excellent care given to Mom, during her four year stay at the home, and for their support during this difficult time.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Anne was also active in her community.  She was active in the Women’s Institute, and in the Ukrainian Orthodox Women’s Group.

She loved to play bingo, and even when she could no longer remember anybody’s name, she was still able to play bingo at the nursing home.

Anne was an excellent gardener, a skill inherited from her mother.  She then passed on this gift to her two sons, and to one of her granddaughters, who all now have “green thumbs”.

Prayers were offered on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., from the St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, with the Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiating.  Granddaughter Michelle Chita delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Anne to rest were the Pallbearers, grandsons Glenn Chychota, James Chychota, and Brian Chita, great-grandson Steven Chychota, nephew Ben Robb, and niece Sonia Rolla.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Anne, may honour her memory by making donations to the St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin 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.

George Edward Geisel

George Edward Geisel, age 98 years of Dauphin died in the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Thursday, 19th of April, 2012.

Graveside service was held at Riverside Cemetery on Saturday May 5th at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Larry McPhail officiating.  George’s loving wife Marion was laid to rest as well.  Marion passed on November 24th, 2010.  Following the service there was a come and go tea held at the Royal Canadian Legion Dauphin Branch starting at 3 p.m.

George Geisel was born and educated at Ochre River MB and worked on the family farm.  George was in the Second World War from 1939 – 1945.  During the war George met and married his wife in St. John’s New Brunswick.  When he returned home George and Marion settled on their own parcel of land and started a family.  In later years, George semi-retired to Dauphin, MB where George continued worked at the Dauphin Co-op and Dauphin Correctional Center before retirement at age 65.

George had a great sense of community.  He served as a councilor for R.M of Ochre River and on the Ochre River School Board.  He was past president and honorary member of Ochre River Curling club, a past member of the Dauphin Agriculture Society, past member of Dauphin and Gilbert Plains Golf Club and a proud member of Dauphin Legion.  One of George’s greatest accomplishments is that he could tell a good story.

Surviving are brother Bill Geisel of Dauphin Beach; son George Geisel and two daughters JeanIsaac of Plum Coulee and Debbie Geisel of Winnipeg and there are 8 grand children and 8 great grand children.  He was predeceased by his wife Marion and his son Robert Geisel.

Your Spirit – A Tribute to My Father

By Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well’
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.

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