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.

Mary Natrasony (nee Toews)

Mary Natrasony passed away peacefully, at the age of 90, on August 1, 2012.

Mary was born May 6, 1922 in Russia.  In August 1923 she arrived in Canada with her parents.

They lived in southern Manitoba until Mary was 12 and then the family, including her brothers Jake, Pete, George, Ed, John and Herb moved to the RM of Mossey River where the family continued to farm.

August 28, 1938 she married Alex Natrasony.  Together they raised four sons and seven daughters.  Alex passed away on Dec. 14, 1972.

Mary remarried April 26, 1974 to John Natrasony and continued to live on the farm.  Many hours were spent enjoying the yard, fishing and going to bingo.  John passed away on June 8, 1989.

Mom remained on the farm for several more years and then moved to Winnipegosis.  She very much enjoyed the New Horizons Senior Centre and many miles of happy walks around town.  Mom’s final years were spent in St. Paul’s Care Home in Dauphin.

Mary is survived by her children:  Marion (Ray Doucette), Linda (Leon Nermo), Lil Lohrenz, Caroline Sawatzky, Diana (Randy Dyck), Gordon Natrasony, Evelyn Natrasony, and Sherry (Jim Lytwyn); also two daughters-in-law, Maxine Natrasony and Gloria Natrasony; 28 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her two husbands and three sons; Richard, Ken and Bob and son-in-law Vern Lohrenz.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Nordheim Mennonite Church in Winnipegosis with Pastor Abe Krahn and Pastor Andrew Wiens officiating.  Kathleen Warkentin and Susan Buller provided the music.  The eulogy was delivered by Sherry Lytwyn.  Pallbearers were Clinton Dyck, Gordon Natrasony, Spenser Lytwyn, Carter Lytwyn, Troy Natrasony and Sheldon Kornik.

The family would like to thank all who helped our mother in any way during her life and also thank you to all for helping us at the time of her passing.  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Mary may honour her memory by making donations to the Winnipegosis Nordheim Mennonite Church.

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


Pierre Arthur Joseph Delaurier

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Pierre Delaurier, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at his home in Ste. Rose du Lac following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 47 years.

Pierre was born on July 25, 1965 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan to Larry and Louise Delaurier (nee Verhaeghe).

He leaves to mourn his passing; his beloved friend and soul mate Nadine Bass, his parents Larry and Louise Delaurier, his sisters Susie and husband Richard Flower and Carol and husband Alex Dunlop, his nephew Ryan Dunlop and fiancée Melissa Goldsworthy along with numerous extended family members, many friends and riding companions.

Pierre worked as a pipeline worker in the Oil and Gas Industry.  He had many interests including making puzzles and playing crib with his mom, renovating his home, working in his yard and playing ball with his dog Tilly.  His true passion was riding his Harley.

Prayers for Pierre were offered on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, Ste. Rose du Lac.  The eulogy was given by Pierre’s cousin Gary Vandepoele and a video presentation followed.  Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM.  Fr. Leo Fernandes officiated with the interment following in the Ste. Rose Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, please consider making a donation in memory of Pierre to the Chemotherapy Unit at the Dauphin General Hospital c/o the Dauphin General Hospital Foundation.

The family wishes to thank all of their family and friends for their love and support, for all of the food brought to the house along with the flowers and the cards.  A special thank you to Audrey and all of the staff and doctors at Dauphin Chemotherapy, Dr. Bashir and his staff in Brandon, Dr. Harding and his staff in Winnipeg and Dr. Gudmundson and Dr. O’Hagan in Ste. Rose.  Thank you to the Homecare staff in Ste. Rose and all of those from the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home that helped care for Pierre so that he was able to be at home.  You are all special people.

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

Ethel Margaret Didychuk (nee Radcliff)

Ethel Margaret (Radcliff) Didychuk passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the age of 100 years.

Ethel was born in Huntsville, Ontario, on September 28, 1911 to Isaac and Margaret Radcliff.  In 1912, she came with her parents, sister Laura and brother Jack to a homestead northwest of Rorketon, Manitoba.  She attended Cecil school, then stayed to help on the family farm.  She was a dressmaker and worked part-time in the Rorketon Post Office.

On October 16, 1937 Ethel married William (Bill) Didychuk and they farmed in the Freedale district.  Here they raised one daughter, Margaret.  In 1956 they moved to Lynn Lake, Manitoba where Ethel worked first as a clerk for Central Meat, then as a seamstress for Hudson Bay and Eastern Clothing.  Bill worked for Sherritt Gordon Mines but due to his ill health, they retired in 1975 and moved back to the Rorketon district, spending the summers at their cabin at Manipogo Beach and the winters in Dauphin.  In 1983 they moved permanently into Dauphin making their home at Kinsmen Villa. Ethel moved to Lethbridge’s Garden View Lodge in 2001.

Ethel was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1988, daughter Margaret in 2007, her father in 1954, mother in 1977, sister Laura in 1997, brother Jack in 1987, sister Grace in 2004, sister Mary in 2010, and her parents-in-law Nick and Irene Didychuk.

Surviving are her grandchildren Karen Collin, Dean (Lori) Johnson, and Kelly (Jennifer) Johnson; great grandson Michael Collin; and son-in-law Fred Johnson.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dauphin with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating.

In memory of Ethel, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

Violet Martha Flett (nee Ledoux)

It is with broken hearts that we the family of Violet Flett announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend.  She passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 79 years.

Violet was born in Camperville to Baptise and Madeline Ledoux.  Violet met and married Alex Flett at 19 years of age.

Violet was a kind and gentle and giving lady.  Her pastime was spent cooking, canning, baking, playing cards and bingo.  She loved her cards!!

Violet was predeceased by her husband Alex, daughter Ethel-Mary, step-sons Ronnie and Eugene, her parents Baptise and Madeline Ledoux, her brothers Joe and Lawrence Ledoux, sisters Rose (Fred) Richards, Milly (Maurice) Richard, Olvine (Harvey) Chartrand, brother-in-law Murray McCauly.

She is survived by her children Vonda (George) Adams, Freda (Marc) Bruce, James, Murray, Danny (Shauna), Michael (Tracy); step-children Bill (Liz), Leo (Bernice), Colleen (Mick) Chappell; grandchildren Nikki, Raquel, Debbie, Kelvin, Jay, Ali, Lindsay, Raydene, Leon, Jessica and Kyle; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Rita (Stan) Pangman, Norma McCauly, Geraldine Flamand, Jean Ledoux; sister-in-law Sophie Ledoux.

Prayers were offered on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Winnipegosis, led by Ruth Marion.  Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church with Fr. David Kowalski officiating.  Candace Benson served as organist, accompanying the Winnipegosis Community Choir.  Tracy Flett delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed in the Winnipegosis Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Allen Monych, Darrell Flett, Mark Richard, Brian Procyshen, Greg Monych and Tom McMechan.  Honorary Pallbearers were Harvey Monych, Gary Jacobson, Marc Bruce, Barry Monych, Lawrence Zdarski, Nellie and Noel.

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

Henry “Pops” Thibert

Henry Thibert passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 81 years.

Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, celebrated by Fr. Dominique Kerbrat, OMI.  Interment followed in the Cayer Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cayer, Manitoba.

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

Theophile (Theo) Warrian (nee Werbicki)

It is with sadness that the family of Theophile (Theo) Warrian announces her passing, after a brief illness, on March 19, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 94.

Theo was born in 1918 in Sifton, Manitoba, the fourth and middle child of Felix and Catherine (Skolmoski) Werbicki.  The family later moved to a farm in Dickson district, in the R.M. of Dauphin, and it was there she met Garnet Warrian.  They married in 1940 and settled on the Warrian property on The Old Lake Road where they farmed together until 1987 when they bought a home on Davidson Ave, in Dauphin. They had three children, Garnet, Keith and Betty.

Born at a time and in circumstances that prevented her from attending university, she dreamed of sending her children there: schoolwork always came before anything else, even if it meant extra work for her. She was rewarded by seeing both of her sons graduate from Medicine and her daughter from Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. Theo also set a high standard for herself and brought a fine intelligence, excellent memory and strict self-discipline to becoming a great cook, seamstress, knitter and gardener. An avid card player, she liked nothing better than playing cribbage, bridge or canasta with family and friends.  Being an active member of the Dauphin United Church Women gave Theo an opportunity to make many friends and utilize her baking skills.  She loved being with her family and made many trips to Alabama, British Columbia, Ontario and Winnipeg to visit children and grandchildren.

Theo was predeceased by her husband, Garnet in 1988; by her brothers, Walter (Dauphin), Joe (St. Catherine’s, ON), Adolphe (Dauphin), Vincent (Mississauga, ON) and Albert (Dauphin); her sister, Lil Korpan (Dauphin); her sister-in-law, Bunny Werbicki (Walter) and brother-in-law, Mike Korpan (Lil), her nephew, Dennis Werbicki and niece, Debbie Werbicki.

She is survived by:  Dr. Garnet and Rita Warrian (Dauphin), Dr. Garnet Warrian, Jr. and Despina Tsourpis (Vancouver), Deirdre Warrian and Shayne, Madison and Thomas Montpetit (Dauphin); Dr. Keith and Lauran Warrian (Winnipeg), Allison Warrian and Sonny Leader (Winnipeg), Dr. Kevin Warrian and Hsiu-Yan Chan (London, ON); Betty and Dr. Jim Harrow (Alexander City, AL), Aynsley Harrow and Eric Mull (Atlanta, GA); sisters-in-law, Mary (Joe), Pearl (Adolphe) and Josie (Vincent) Werbicki and Liliah Wager (Edmonton); and many nieces and nephews.

Our family wishes to thank Dr. Jason Scott, Dr. Johan Rauch and the staff at the Dauphin Hospital, and Dr. Clifford Yaffe, his surgical team and the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, for the excellent care their mother received during her illness. A special thank-you goes to the staff and residents of Lorray Manor, Dauphin, for their friendship, kindness, support – and all the many card games she played there.

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate her life was held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

In keeping with Theo’s wishes, if friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, The Heart and Stroke Building, 
6 Donald Street, 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6.

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

Viola Diana Wellborn (nee Dumas)

Viola Diana Wellborn passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the age of 101 years.  Her son Gerald and daughters Margaret and Eileen were at her side.

Viola was born on September 25, 1910 in Walhalla, North Dakota.  She was the fifth of eight children born to Adelard and Clara Dumas.

Viola met her husband Miles Stanley Wellborn at a dance at West Bay School near the Wellborn family farm close to the mouth of the Valley River.  They were married in the beginning of the depression.  They raised four children through hard times, with Viola raising turkeys, selling eggs to the hatchery and milking many cows to help her husband.

After the death of Miles in 1965, Viola continued to run the farm with the help of her son Gerald until 1995.  Her greatest glory was having her children and grandchildren visit and help her on the farm.

Viola was predeceased by her husband Miles in 1965; son Clarence in 1970; great-grandsons Brayden Wellborn in 2004 and Johnathan Senger in 2010; son-in-law Robert Atchison in 2010.

Viola is survived by daughters Margaret Rose Atchison of Edmonton, Alberta and Eileen Clara Williams of Edmonton, Alberta; son Gerald Thomas and wife Betty Elaine of rural Dauphin; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating.  The eulogy was delivered by Debra Martin and Bryan Atchison.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Viola to rest were Pallbearers Don Wellborn, Larry Stenhouse, Garth Mackie, Gregory Wellborn, Tim Wellborn and Bryan Atchison.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Viola may honour her memory by making donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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

Ada Eliza Boughen (nee Clark)

Peacefully in the Dauphin Personal Care Home, Ada passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the age of 96.

Ada was predeceased by her husband Bob; her twin sister Ida; her brothers Sherman and Melvin; her father Marrott and her mother Mary Clark.

Ada is survived by her sister Ena (Sam) Leskiw; her son Clark (Iona); daughter Iris (Wayne) Newton; son Blaine (Gerry); her grandchildren Karen (David) Mozdzen, Chad (Shawna) Newton, Tara (Bryan) Martin, Blake (Jessica) Boughen, Corbin (Vanessa) Boughen, Tim (Ina) Prokipchuk.  She has many great grandchildren and a few great-great grandchildren.

Ada will be remembered as a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was compassionate, generous and thoughtful.

Ada was born in Grandview where she was raised and educated.  She grew up to become a school teacher and got her teacher’s training in “Normal School” which took place in the old Whitmore School in Dauphin.  Her first position was in a rural school in Fork River.  Later she taught in several other rural schools.

In 1940, she married Bob Boughen and gave up her career as a teacher to become a farmer’s wife.  After Bob died in 1974, Ada moved to town and later lived in the high rise.  She lived there for over 30 years.

Playing a “hand of cards” was her favorite pastime, and she enjoyed many hours at a time with her numerous friends.

A Celebration of Ada’s life was held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Scott Allen.  Alice Allen served as organist, accompanying Margaret Wasylyshen as soloist.  Chad Newton delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  The Urnbearer was Chad Newton.  Honorary Bearers were Cliff Chute, Elgin Chute, Keith McQuay, Chad Newton, Blake Boughen, Corbin Boughen and Tim Prokipchuk.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Ada may honour her memory by making donations to The Activity Centre at the Dauphin Personal Care Home.

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

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