Jean Beatrice Hutchison

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Jean Beatrice Hutchison on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Grandview Personal Care Home at the age of 84 years.

Born on October 26, 1927 in the R.M. of Gilbert Plains, Jean was the youngest child of the late Frank and Emma Hutchison.

Jean attended Vista, Deer Park, Clearview and Drifting River Schools.  Following her education, she returned home to help on the family farm, and raised her family there.  Later on, she entered the workforce, securing employment at the Personal Care Home in Dauphin, a job she held until her retirement in 1992.

Jean resided in Gilbert Plains for most of her life, until she moved to Grandview Personal Care Home where she resided until the time of her passing.

Mom loved many activities, in particular gardening, knitting, crocheting and needlepoint.  Mom enjoyed travelling with Beth as well as playing cards.  She “took no pity on anyone.”  Bowling and bingo were some of mom’s joys.  At harvest time, mom canned veggies and fruit from her garden and picked wild berries for jam and jellies.

Mom’s grandchildren were a great joy to her, as were her great-grandchildren.  She loved the times when her grandkids were around.  She always made everyone feel special.  Grandma made mitts and socks and sweaters for her grandchildren at Christmas time, as well as afghans for each one.

Mom enjoyed her time at the care home, and she always had a remark for the nursing staff when they teased her to make her smile.

She leaves to cherish fond memories, her family; 3 children Emma (Henry) Billings, Nancy (Raymon) Rodgerson, Selina (Tim) Melnyk; 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Nellie Hutchison.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Gilbert Plains United Church with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating.  Yvonne Smith served as organist, accompanying the Gilbert Plains United Church Choir.  Interment followed in the Gilbert Plains Eldon Cemetery.  Nancy Rodgerson served as Urnbearer.

Those wishing to remember Jean may honour her memory by making donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to the Alzheimer Society.

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

Leo Anthony Garlinski

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Leo Garlinski on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 89 years.

Leo was born on June 11, 1923 in Ashville, Manitoba to Steve and Mary (nee Pachkowski) Garlinski.

Leo was predeceased by his parents Mary and Steve Garlinski; brothers Ignace, Edward, Fabian, Albert; nephew Mark Garlinski; in-laws Katherine and Rudolph Fatteicher; brothers-in-law George, Orland, Norman, Wesley; sister-in-law Sheryle.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Ruth of 62 years; son Richard (Carolyn) Garlinski; daughter Marianne (Ken) Granger; grandsons Brian (Denay) Granger; Kevin (Kelsey) Granger; great-grandson Bryden Granger; brothers-in-law John (Joan) Fatteicher; Rodney (Elaine) Fatteicher, Clifford (Cheryle) Fatteicher; sisters-in-law Rose (Jim) Maduik, Stella Garlinski, Olga (Stan) Saramaga.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and very good friends.

Memorial service was held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dauphin with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Those wishing to remember Leo may honour his memory by making donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.


Goodbye my family,

My life has passed,

I loved you all to the very last.

Weep not for me but courage take,

Love each other for my sake.

For those you love don’t go away

They walk beside you every day.

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

Douglas Racette

Suddenly on Friday, October 12, 2012, Douglas passed away in Ste. Rose du Lac at the age of 47 years

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Florence and Michelle Beaulieu, his paternal grandparents Julia Hunter and Jean Racette, his parents Bertha and Bonaparte Racette, his brother Michael Racette, his sisters Delores Racette and Darlene Racette and his brother in in law Charlie Roulette.

Douglas leaves to mourn his passing; his brothers Don Racette (Myrtle), Dennis Racette (Elaine), Larry Racette (Phyllis) and Ronald Racette (Rhonda), his sisters Margaret Roulette, Adeline Houle, Claudia Roulette, Denise Racette Courchene (Brian Sr), Debbie Racette (Larry) and Julida Beaulieu (Lawrence) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and one Godchild Dustin Racette.

Douglas was born in Ste. Rose du Lac and raised on the Ebb & Flow First Nation where he resided all of his life.

Douglas touched many lives in his own special way, especially by helping his family.  He was a very kind and caring man who sought very little in life for himself, but gave all he could of his time, love and support to his family.  Doug will be sadly missed.

Traditional Wake & Prayer Service were held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. from the Ebb & Flow First Nation Community Complex, Ebb & Flow First Nation.  Funeral Service was held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Ebb & Flow First Nation.  Fr. Eric Zadji officiated the service.  Interment followed in the Ebb & Flow Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Dustin Racette, Darren Racette, Frank Racettte, Stewart Racette, Douglas Houle and Mikey Racette.  All of Douglas’s nieces, nephews and friends were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

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

Julie Elizabeth Mymko (nee Sawicki)

On October 14, 2012 Julie, dear wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the age of 77 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg.

Julie was born on January 19, 1935 on a farm near Ashville, Manitoba to Leo and Mary Savisky, where she grew up with her three sisters and brother.  She began her education at Clearview School and continued on at Dauphin High School.

One of her first jobs was a Woolworths in Dauphin where she met the love of her life, Peter.  They married on September 22, 1956 in Dauphin.  They moved to Winnipeg where they found work and started a family.  Julie had three children, Bryan, Gary and Cheryl.

Julie was always a hard worker including jobs in the garment industry, restaurant business and later she and Peter owned and operated Julie’s Groceries and Meat.  After selling the store they moved to Fort Whyte and later returned to Dauphin where they purchased and ran D and A Auto Parts until they retired.

Julie’s life was full and what made her the happiest was spending time with her family and friends, cherishing every moment with them.  She especially enjoyed cooking, canning, pickling, gardening, the outdoors and had a special love for the family pets.  Julie was also known to have a fondness for the odd game of bingo and canasta.

Julie was predeceased by her parents Leo and Mary Savisky.

Left to cherish her love and fond memories are her family; her husband Peter of 56 years; 3 children Bryan and wife Maureen of Delta, BC, Gary of Winnipeg, Cheryl Cuthbert and husband Michael of Dauphin; 6 grandchildren Sydnee, Alyssa, Cody, Trevor, Dustin and Brayden; 1 brother Louis and wife Helen Savisky; 3 sisters Vicky Smaluck, Jeannie Peterson, Leona and husband Alec Hyshka; 1 brother-in-law Cecil and wife Carole Mymko; 3 sisters-in-law Doris Woloshyn, Shirley and husband Al Kluchinsky; Elsie and husband Malcolm Cook.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church in Dauphin with Fr. Leo Fernandes officiating.  Mary Kay Scinocca served as organist, accompanying the St. Viator’s Choir.  The eulogy was delivered by Michael Cuthbert and the reader was Shannon Labelle.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Urnbearer was Peter Mymko.

In lieu of flowers, should friends so desire, donations in memory of Julie can be made to the  Parkland Humane Society.

Julie had a long history of serious medical ailments and the family would like to express their gratitude to all the people involved in her care over the years.  Julie felt that every day was a gift.

Julie would feel that special thanks should be made to Drs. Penrose and Hrabarchuk, the staff at the Dauphin Hospital, and her home care workers that she considered part of her extended family.

Julie was a very special lady that enjoyed life.  Each day was a gift.  Love you forever.

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

Darlene Gladys Allen

Darlene Allen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.  Darlene was born in Roblin Hospital on July 21, 1957, to John and Gladys (Arndt) Allen.  At the time of her passing she was 55 years of age.

Darlene started her schooling at the Hillcrest School – a one room school in the Zelena District – and graduated from the Roblin Collegiate in 1975.  Throughout her high school years she was a strong supporter of the girls’ sports teams and spent the rest of her life loving hockey.  The Manitoba Moose couldn’t have found a stronger supporter than Darlene!

Darlene moved to Winnipeg shortly after high school where she obtained two trade related Diplomas.  The first diploma in electronics led to audio visual work with the CBC and the University of Manitoba.  She later returned to school successfully completing a second diploma which led to work in the aircraft industry assembling planes.  Darlene was a founding member of Women in Trades – an organization that raised awareness and promoted women’s involvement in the trades.

She was a strong supporter of Women’s hockey and was thrilled to attend the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Kitchener in 1997 and later in Mississauga.  Her favourite female hockey player was Manon Rehaume – the first woman to play in a NHL exhibition game.  Darlene also loved the freedom of travelling on her Gold Wing motorcycle.  One of her memorable trips was touring through Eastern Canada, all the way through to Nova Scotia, with a good friend in 1988.

Despite struggling with her medical condition (CREST syndrome), Darlene still enjoyed going camping, music festivals and concerts.  She seized every opportunity to enjoy life.  This summer she was able to go to the “Rocking in the Fields Festival” at Minnedosa, where the co-ordinators of the event went the extra mile to accommodate Darlene’s medical needs.  She also enjoyed going to Neudorf, Saskatchewan to have her photo taken with the Stanley Cup and going to the John Fogerty concert in Winnipeg.

Darlene was predeceased by her father John in 2009.

Darlene is survived by her mother, Gladys Allen of Roblin, MB, brothers Roy (Virginia) Allen of Roblin, MB, Tommy (Reva) Allen of Switzerland and Randy Allen of Winnipeg.  She is also survived by nephews and nieces:  Ken (Annette) Allen of Roblin, MB, Jamie Allen of The Pas, MB, Kathleen Lauttamus (Michael Bilay) of Souris, MB, Signy Gutnick Allen of London, England, Stefan Gutnick Allen of Montreal, QC and great nieces Paige and Hayley Allen of Roblin, MB.

According to Darlene’s wishes cremation has taken place.  A private family burial was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Because of Darlene’s love of her four legged friends, and in honour of her pets Tosh, Lucy, and Ty, donations in memory of Darlene can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society or your local animal shelter.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff of Roblin Hospital and Yorkton Regional Health Centre for their professional and caring assistance to Darlene and her family.

Michael Yakimchuk

Michael Yakimchuk passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba at the age of 86 years.

He was born on June 8, 1926 to William and Anne (nee Dubec) Yakimchuk.

A graveside service was held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chatsworth Cemetery in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.

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

Walter Bodnarchuk

Walter Bodnarchuk passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the age of 91 years.

Walter was born in Poland on October 23, 1920 to parents Nick and Anne (nee Sitka) Bodnarchuk.

In the spring of 1929, the family immigrated to Canada from Poland and settled in Sclater, Manitoba.  There, Walter attended school for two years.  The family then moved to Pine River where they purchased the farm.  While in Pine River, Walter attended school at Vimy Ridge.

Walter lived at home with his parents until the age of 21, at which time he joined the Canadian Armed Forces.  He received his discharge from the Armed Forces in March of 1946, after 4 years of duty.

Walter met Dorothy Charzewski, the love of his life, and in September of 1946, they were married.  They farmed in the Pine River district until 1977 when they sold out.  Walter and Dorothy moved to Ethelbert in 1978, and then to Dauphin in 2005.

Walter is survived by his loving wife Dorothy and their 4 children, daughter Shirley Frykas (Morris) of Ethelbert, MB, daughter Carole Prokopowich of Sandy Lake, MB, son Ernie Bodnarchuk (Monica) of Winnipeg, MB, daughter Beverley Alphin (Ralph) of Calgary, AB.  Also surviving are grandchildren Shauna Lee, Kelly Frykas, Jason Frykas (Tamara), Krista Prokopowich (Jeff Panasiuk), Brandice Bepperling (Chris), Dion Bodnarchuk, Ashley Alphin; great-grandchildren Mikala, Tyler, Keelyn, Jarrett, Jonah, Mathais; great-great-grandchild Emma Jean.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. George’s Cantors provided choral accompaniment.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Walter may honour his memory by making donations to the  Canadian Diabetes Association.

Our family would like to thank Dr. T. Mathison and the staff of St. Paul’s Home for their care and support.  We also would like to thank Sister Jean and Father Brent Kuzyk for their visits to the home and their spiritual guidance.

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

Aline Marie Bella Courcelles (nee Gingras)

Aline Marie Bella Courcelles, nee Gingras, passed away peacefully at the age of 73, at the Ste. Rose General Hospital on Saturday, October 6th at 4:45 am following a valiant battle with cancer.

Aline was born into a large French-Canadian farming family on January 5th, 1939 in the original family farmhouse, 7 miles from Laurier to Eugene and Claire Gingras (née Marcotte).  She was the 8th child in a family of 12 – 8 daughters and 4 sons.  Age the age of 17, she entered the convent and after a few years in St. Boniface, MB, she moved to the Maison Mère in Montreal.  In the Order of the Grey Nuns, she served the Lord for 7 years.  She left the order at the age of 24, but always said she never regretted serving the Lord with the Order of the Grey Nuns.  We welcome and appreciate the presence of the members of the Order who came today.

She married René Courcelles in 1966 and became the mother of Jeanne (Wegner), Claire (Bérard) and Martin.  Her children and her husband became the great passions of her life.  The family moved to Ste. Anne des Chênes, MB in 1968.  There, she worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Villa Youville for 21 years and retired at the age of 54.

In 2004, Aline and René moved closer to Aline’s roots and came to live here in Ste. Rose du Lac.  She enjoyed her years here immensely.  She always enjoyed having company over for meals, playing cards – her favorite game being Golf – and visiting with friends both old and new.

Aline leaves to mourn her passing and cherish many wonderful memories; her husband René, her children, 2 sons-in-law Réal Bérard and Gerald Wegner, 3 grandsons Miguel Bérard 15, Jordan Wegner 14 and Jonathan Wegner 11, and one granddaughter Brooke Bérard 12, as well as five sisters Aurore Pinette, Bella Gamache, Rita Lecomte, Yvonne Bouchard and Lucille LeGall, one brother Rémi Gingras, numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, October 13, at 2:00 pm in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church.  Fr. Eric Zadji celebrated the mass.  Music was provided by the very musical Ste. Rose de Lima Choir.

The eulogy was given by Aline’s children Jeanne, Claire, and Martin.  Aline’s niece Désirée Rambow and her grandson Jordan Wegner did the readings and her niece Dominique Courcelles sang the Psalm.

Interment took place in the Notre Dame des Victoires Cemetery in Laurier near  family members who have gone before her.  Urnbearer was her nephew Florent Desrosiers.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Should friends so desire, please consider making a donation in memory of Aline to Palliative Care at Ste. Rose General Hospital, the Home Care Program, CancerCare Manitoba or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors and staff of Ste. Rose General Hospital, the Regional Home Care Program workers, the staff at CancerCare Manitoba and all of you kind people who took the time to give our family words of encouragement that make these difficult times bearable.  Your kindness will forever be engraved in our hearts.

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

Wasyl “Bill” Caruk

On October 6, 2012 Bill Caruk passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 87.

Bill was born June 5, 1925 in Pine River, Manitoba to John and Annie (Kluyck) Caruk.  He grew up on the family farm with one sister Mary and four brothers Edward, Paul, Adolph and Tony.  Bill attended Highway School and finished in Pine River School.  After schooling, he ventured out to Toronto, Ontario to find work at a fertilizer plant.  Later, he returned back to the farm because his brothers left for service in the army.  Now back home, he worked on a Cat bulldozer for the first time.  Little did he know then that this machine would be his whole life.  After earning a little money, he purchased his first and only Harley Davidson motorcycle.

On October 28, 1952, Bill married Lucy Charzewski in Pine River.  They settled on the family farm with Bill’s parents.  Shortly after they got married, Bill thought he would try something new again.  He purchased his first sawmill.  He sawed lumber for the local farmers.  In March 1960, their daughter Nancy was born and three years later in July 1963, their son Dale was born.  Bill’s parents decided to move to town and let Bill and Lucy stay on the farm with their family.  In 1973, Bill and Lucy decided to build a new house on the farm that would be a bit more roomier than what they had.  His lifelong dream became reality in 1976, when he was able to purchase his first Cat bulldozer.  He worked with his machine all through the Duck Mountains and Porcupine Mountains building roads and fighting forest fires.  He knew those areas like a book.

In his later years, Bill enjoyed working on the field for his son.  He always said he did it because he had to do something, he couldn’t just sit around and do nothing like an old man.  Later on when he couldn’t work on the tractor, he would drive around and check to make sure Dale was doing things properly and let him know if he wasn’t.

Bill enjoyed company visiting.  He could talk for hours about the past.  He also enjoyed a hardy meal, no matter what time of the day it was and made sure his company were fed well, too, thanks to his wife, Lucy.

Bill is survived by his wife Lucy of 59 years; daughter Nancy Caruk of Winnipeg; son Dale and wife Susanne, grandchildren Kyle, Taylor and Bailey of Pine River; sister Mary Bicko; brothers Edward and wife Edna, Paul, Tony and wife Stanice all from Toronto, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family; godchildren Bernie Tymchyshyn, Larry Wingie and Charlotte Rutka.

Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Annie Caruk and his brother Adolph Caruk.

At Bill’s request, a quiet graveside service was held on October 10, 2012 with only his immediate family present.

Those wishing to remember Bill may honour his memory by making donations to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thank you to all the hospital staff that took care of Bill during his stay and for everyone that took time to visit Bill while he was in the hospital.  Also thank you to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services for their guidance and professional help.

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

Leslie Gordon Soloway

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Leslie Soloway, age 60, of Pulp River, MB, on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB with his loving family by his side.

Left to cherish many fond memories of Leslie are his wife Eileen of 31 years; daughter Brandi; son Evan, two brothers, one sister, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Leslie was predeceased by his father Steve (1966) and mother Helen (2012).

Leslie was born on December 29, 1951 in Dauphin, MB to Steve and Helen (Pelypiw) Soloway.  He lived with his family on the Soloway farm.  He received his education in Pulp River, Pine River and Ethelbert schools.

After his education, Leslie continued farming on the Soloway farm.  In the early seventies, Leslie worked for a short period of time on the oil rigs in Alberta.  In 1975, Leslie began logging for Claude Adams in the Duck Mountains and continued to do so until Claude’s retirement in 2002.  After Claude’s retirement, Leslie continued to log on his own for a number of years.

Leslie married Eileen Matwee in August of 1981 in the St. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pine River, MB.  After their wedding, Leslie and Eileen lived on the Soloway farm in their mobile home.  Two of the greatest joys in Leslie’s life was when his daughter Brandi was born in 1987 and his son Evan in 1990.

Growing up Leslie enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, boating and water-skiing.  He also had a love for motorcycles and dreamed of taking his bike on the road one day.

Leslie also loved traveling.  He took many family vacations to destinations such as Texas, Mexico, southern British Columbia, Toronto, northern Manitoba and spent many weekends camping with his family.

Leslie was a devoted husband, proud father and a great provider.  He was very giving, kind and thoughtful and he was always there when anyone needed a helping hand.  Leslie will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.

Prayers were offered on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak.  Holly Hryhoruk served as Cantor.  Bev Matwee delivered the eulogy.  Angie Birch served as Urnbearer.  A private family interment will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Pulp River Cemetery or CancerCare Manitoba.  A special thanks to the caring staff on GD6 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

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