Gerald Leslie Needham

On June 7, 2011, Gerald Needham passed peacefully at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre around 10:45 am.

Gerald was born on December 14, 1944 in Dauphin Manitoba where he remained all his life. Gerald, also known as Jerry to friends, will be missed by a lot of people, especially the neighbors of 5th Ave SE, the neighborhood will never be the same. Jerry was always helping neighbors fix things, helping  build anything and everything, or just visiting with them, the street was cleaned from one end to the other whether it be summer or winter.  When he wasn’t helping neighbours, he spent his days fishing, hunting, gardening or designing something to make work faster or easier.  He spent a lot of time with his three sons Trevor, Travis and Ryan going out fishing, target shooting, doing yard work, going for coffee, or helping fix their trucks. Gerald enjoyed going out to the Mossy River Dam fishing with his boys where he caught three master anglers.

Gerald was predeceased by his father and mother Leslie Needham and Hattie Needham, his sister Viola Needham, and father-in-law John C. Perih.

Gerald leaves behind to mourn his three sons Trevor, Travis and Ryan of Dauphin, wife Diane of Dauphin, brother Jim of Dauphin, mother –in-law Anne (Perih) Caruk of Dauphin, brother-in-law David Perih of St. Rose du Lac, sister-in-law Janice Perreault (Jacque) of Emerson, sister –in-law Sharon Rudyk (John) of Edmonton, and many more family and friends.  He will be missed by many, especially his little kitty, Patches.

A Funeral Service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with Rev. Karen Kuzek officiating.  Barbara Durston served as the  Organist.  Tim Garlinski, Chris Lark, Rick Burnside, Gord Roulette, Tony Kotyk, and Bob Needham served as Pallbearers.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Donations in Gerald’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Rest In Peace Dad, Love You Forever.

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

Albert Dale Gallaway

Graveside service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., from the Chatsworth Cemetery, near Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.

Donations in memory of Albert may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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

Rose Karney (nee Boychuk)

Rose Karney, age 95 years, passed away peacefully at Roblin, Manitoba on June 4th, 2011.

Rose was born on March 22nd, 1916, one of a family of six sisters and six brothers.  She was predeceased by her husband Steve in 1997, one son Leonard in 1959, and all of her five sisters and six brothers.  Rose is survived by her four children:

Loraine (Doug) Johannson of Roblin, Manitoba,

John (Faye) Karney of Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan,

Charles (Joyce) Karney of Roblin, Manitoba,

Kelly (Bob) Broad of Dauphin, Manitoba,

as well as seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Rose and Steve Karney were married in 1936, at the height of the great depression.  There were no jobs, even if a person wanted to work for their keep.  Steve inherited his father’s homestead with only 90 acres under cultivation, with rock and hills and four miles to school, with no school bus and no gravel road.  After a few tough years, Steve and Rose sold out and moved to Canora, Saskatchewan where they purchased a restaurant.  After that, they moved to locations like Wadena, The Pas, and Sturgis.  Lastly, they bought a business in Roblin, Manitoba where they settled until they retired.  The building had 12 large offices on the first floor, with a large billiard hall and confectionary downstairs.  Steve was a very strict and honest disciplinarian.  Slowly as businesses moved out, Steve and Rose converted rooms into comfortable living quarters for their family.  As more office space became vacant, they converted the spaces into light house-keeping rooms which they rented to seniors who found it convenient to live right downtown across from the post office.

It was easy to hire reliable help for the downstairs business, so the family was able to do some travelling.  Rose had relatives in Kitchener, Ontario, so in the summer of 1967, they packed their old car and a home-made trailer and travelled east to Ontario, battling mosquitoes all the way.  Some family members took time to take in Expo in Montreal.  For Steve and Rose’s 50th wedding anniversary in 1986, the family travelled to Expo ’86 in Vancouver for a week’s stay.  Some time later, the family arranged for a family reunion at Radium Hot Springs and Canyon Campground in B.C., where relatives came from across Canada to spend the week together.

The family treasured those memories and trips taken while the children were young.  When the children were grown and Steve and Rose retired, they travelled south of the border until they were ready to settle down to camping and fishing in the Roblin area.

Rose was an avid reader of many good books, mostly from the church library.  She liked to help with school and church concerts and enjoyed curling, bowling, and gardening.

Rose’s long life was not without sorrows and hardships, which were overcome with a strong faith in the higher power.  She loved reading the Bible and encouraged her family in a strong faith and to read the New Testament, especially the Book of John and the Book of Romans.  Her favorite verses were:

Romans 12:17-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary:  “If your enemy is hungry; feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Galatians 6:3-5:

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  Each one should test his own actions.  Then he can take pride him himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

Revelations 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

To those I loved and those who loved me

Be happy we had so many happy years.

I gave you my love, and you can only imagine

How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love and kindness each has shown,

And now it’s time I travelled on alone.

It’s only for awhile, that we must part,

So blessed be the memories within your heart.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on.

I’m now with Dad, and when you come this way alone,

We will greet you with a smile and say, “Welcome Home.”

My life was filled with joy and love

With guidance from the Lord above.

I’m following Jesus; He set me free.

Just know we will meet again

To live forever in God’s Kingdom,

Never to part again.

A prayer service was held on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. from Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Roblin with Pastor Randy Moffit officiating.  There was a private family graveside service in Canora, SK the following day.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Rose’s memory to the Evangelical Mission Church in Roblin, Box 359, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0.

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

Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services – Roblin Chapel‎
121-3rd Ave NW
Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
(204) 937-2215

Jean Peristy (nee Pitura)

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden but peaceful passing of Jean (Baba) Peristy, on June 2, 2011 at the Holy Family Home in Winnipeg, MB.  June 2nd was a very special day as it was her wedding day sixty-six years ago.  She went to be with Dad once again.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Don (Ginny), Jim (Linda), Susan (Terry), and Debra (Ken); grandchildren: Derek (Rachel), Vanessa (Ashley), Ursula (Ian), Matthew (Lorraine), Adam, Cody, Brittany and great-grandchild Leila Ernestine Jean, her name-sake; her siblings: Edward (Susan), Olive (Ernie), Carl (Helene) and sisters-in-law; Ester, Doris, Ellen, Rolly, Mary and brother-in-law Nick; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Jean was predeceased by her husband Dmetro after 53 years of marriage; her parents Mary and Mike Pitura; her brothers Eugene, Stanley, Walter, Peter, Emil, Tony; sister Anne, infant twin sisters Emily and Verna; grandson Dean.

Jean was born in Rhodes, Manitoba on October 9th, 1926 to parents Mike and Mary Pitura.  As a young girl, she worked on several farms helping with the housework and care of children.  In the early 1940’s, she and some of her girlfriends went to Winnipeg where they worked at the Nutty Club Factory.  On one of her visits home, she met Dmetro.  They were married on June 2nd, 1945.

When Dad went to work for the CNR in the early 50’s, Mom ran the farm.  The family moved into a new house in 1952 which had hydro, then came the telephone and finally mom bought a TV.  During the winter, months when Dad was home she would make popcorn and the family would sit by the warm wood stove and watch shows like Red Skeleton and Bonanza.  Those evenings bring back many special memories.

Mom loved the farm life.  She would raise chickens, pigs and cows.  She and the children would feed the livestock, milk cows, separate milk, gather eggs, so that every week there was a can of cream and a case of eggs to be picked up for sale.

Every year she would plant two gardens.  The cold cellar was always full of preserves, potatoes, carrots, pickles, borscht and sauerkraut.  She made delicious doughnuts dipped in sugar glace.  She enjoyed going for walks in the woods to pick berries and mushrooms.

Holidays such as Easter and Christmas were always big events at her home.  It’s difficult to imagine all the family that fit in that small farmhouse where mom made sure that everyone had plenty of food and a place to sleep.

Mom attended church in both Ethelbert and Rhodes where she was an active member of the women’s league.  She enjoyed working with the women, cooking and cleaning for church functions.

A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with the Rev. Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating.

The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ethelbert, with the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski celebrating.  Areta Kozar served as Cantor.  Vanessa Fer performed a solo.  Brittany Bator served as Crossbearer, and Ursula Peristy read the Epistle.  Ginny Peristy delivered the eulogy.  Matt Peristy, Adam Peristy, Ian Rousseau, Derek Peristy, Ashley Fer and Cody Bator served as Active Pallbearers.  Don Peristy and Jim Peristy served as Honourary Pallbearers.  Interment followed in the Rhodes Cemetery in Rhodes, Manitoba.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, or to the Rhodes Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

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

Gordon Richard Karpinka

We the family of Gordon Karpinka are sad to announce his sudden passing to all of his family and friends.  Gord passed away on June 1, 2011 at home with his wife by his side.

Gordon was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on January 21, 1953.  He moved to Moose Jaw at the age of eighteen where he began working as a Laboratory Technologist.  Having a thirst for knowledge, Gord returned to University to study Administration.  After graduation, he pursued his dream of Hospital Administration in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan in 1984.  In 2001 Gord took on a new career moving to Dauphin, Manitoba accepting the position of Executive director of St. Paul’s Care Home.  He retired in January 2011.

Gordon always worked passionately and selflessly but loved his family more than anything else.  He was an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders enthusiast and a Detroit Red Wings fan.

Gord is survived by his wife of 35 years Brenda; daughters Sonia (Rob) Cook and Shila (Jason) Roden; son Scott (Courtenay) Karpinka; as well as loving grandchildren Savannah, Ethan, Julia, Tyler, Liam and Griffin; mother Olga Karpinka, brothers Garry (Judy), Geoff (Sam), and Glen; mother-in-law Marjorie Rayner; along with many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

Gord was predeceased by his father Orville Karpinka, and father-in-law Orval Rayner.

A Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel, in Dauphin; with the Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski celebrating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  Interment will follow at a later date.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., from the Legion Hall in Moose Jaw.

Donations in memory of Gord may be made to a charity’s of one’s choice.

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

Hannah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mann (nee Hicks)


It is with great sadness that the family of Lizzie Mann, age 98 years, announces her passing at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, on Monday, May 30, 2011, with family by her side.

Left to cherish fond memories are her sister Mabel Hamilton, brother Jim Hicks, nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

She was predeceased by her parents Reg and Sadie Hicks, her husband Bill Mann, brother Albert Hicks, brother-in-law Roy Hamilton, sisters-in-law Maisie Hicks and Dolly Leggett, and niece Sandra Savisky.

Lizzie was born on March 3, 1913, on the family farm in Ashville.  She married Bill Mann on May 12, 1945, and together they farmed in Ashville until 1980, when they retired and moved into Dauphin, where she remained in her own home until her short illness.  Aside from working hard on the farm, she always had a great garden, and beautiful flowers.  Her door was open to everyone, and visitors were always welcome.  She also had a great love of animals, especially cats and horses.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Sarah Scott, and the 2nd floor staff of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, for their wonderful care of Lizzie.

The Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel, in Dauphin, with Rev. Karen Kuzek officiating.  Bob Hicks delivered the eulogy, and served as Urnbearer.  Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Lizzie’s memory to the Parkland Humane Society, P.O. Box 805, Dauphin, MB R7N 3B3.

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

Leo Thorne

It is with sadness that the family of Leo Thorne, age 74, of Roblin announce his passing at the Yorkton Hospital on June 1, 2011. 

Leo was born in San Clara, Manitoba on May 10, 1937.  He was the second youngest of seven children of James and Emma (nee Dumont) Thorne.

He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings; Lillian, Florence, Eva, Rena and Clifford.

Leo is survived by his sister Lorraine Thorne of Edmonton, Alberta. 

His childhood was spent in San Clara until his family moved to Dauphin.  As a young man Leo spent a short period of time with the Canadian Armed Forces.  Leo enjoyed the horse races, fishing and being outdoors. 

Leo had a difficult life and is now at peace and with his maker and loved ones that have gone before him. 

“May the circle be unbroken.”

Vigil prayers were held on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. from Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel in Roblin with Pastor Heath Butler officiating.  A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. from Ste. Claire’s Roman Catholic Church in San Clara, MB with the Reverend Father Jose Cabral celebrating.  Interment followed in the San Clara Cemetery. 

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

Kevin William Luke

It is with heavy hearts that we suddenly say goodbye to our beloved Kevin Luke on May 31, 2011.  The eldest son of William and Irene Luke, Kevin was born on May 9th, 1966.  Kevin married Dana and together they had two children Shane & Bret, who were their father’s pride and joy.  Although Kevin and Dana parted ways, their love for their children always remained.

Kevin’s sense of humor, competitive spirit, drive and strong work ethic along with his zest for life endeared him to all those who loved him.  A competitive athlete, he enjoyed all sports, but his true love was hockey.  Kevin played in the SJHL where he enjoyed many wonderful memories with his team, the Humboldt Broncos.  Kevin coached and mentored his son Shane through his hockey career and took great pride in watching Shane’s successes with the Dauphin Kings.  Shane mirrored his father’s path in the Junior Hockey League vying for the National title.

Kevin and Bret shared a competitive spirit, commitment and a true love of sport.  He took pleasure in watching Bret swim competitively and sharing in her success.  Through Kevin’s guidance and support, his children earned scholarships in hockey and swimming in the United States, which they will begin this fall.

Kevin’s partnership with his brother Shawn and his mother Irene realized a successful farming operation that William and Irene had started together.  He shared a passion with them for the farm and his many business adventures.  He leaves his heart and soul on the land he tilled.

Kevin loved his family and close friends and would do anything for them.  His laughter and teasing will always be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.  Kevin cared deeply for his pets who greeted him everyday on his adventures.

With his special friend Carol, Kevin shared his love of gardening, wine making, his passion for working out and his reclaimed joy for his Harley Davidson.

Kevin leaves to mourn his passing; his children Shane and Bret, his friend Carol Ewing, his mother Irene, his sister Joyce (Dale Lepla), his brother Shawn (Laurel),  along with his nieces and nephews Branigan, Mallory, Bailey, Justin and Kurtis, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  He was predeceased by his father Bill Luke.

We will always love you Kevin and miss you dearly.  You will always be in our prayers.

Prayers for Kevin were offered on Friday, June 3, at 7:00 PM in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, Ste. Rose du Lac.  Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 4, at 1:00 PM in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church.  Rev. Fr. Norberto Monton celebrated the mass with the service concluding at the church.  A private interment will take place at a later date.

Urnbearers were Kevin’s brother Shawn and his children Shane and Bret.  Dale Lepla, Regan Wilkinson, Andre Luke and Bryan Luke along with all who knew Kevin were to consider themselves as honorary urnbearers.

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

Walter Sulatyski

Passed away May 31, 2011, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

Prayer Services will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, Manitoba.  The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., from St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, in Dauphin, Manitoba

Donations in memory of Walter may be made to Lupus Canada, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

A longer obituary will be published here at a later date.

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

Sidney Fowler

Sidney Fowler of Strathclair, Manitoba, died on Monday, May 30, 2011, in Brandon, Manitoba.  He was born on October 3, 1931, in Elphinstone, Manitoba, to Maggie and Campbell Fowler.

Sidney was predeceased by his first wife Eleanor, and his son Thomas.

He is survived by his children:  Sidney (Marcia), Pat (Anne), Bonnie (Rick), Laurie, Sherry (Glen) and Timothy.  Also surviving is his wife Marjorie, and step-sons:  Ross, Vernon (Brenda), and Keith (Audrey).  There are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family.  He is also survived by one brother Edwin (Eileen).

In honour of Sid’s request, a private Graveside Service was held on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Strathclair Cemetery in Strathclair, Manitoba, with Rev. Tim Crouch officiating.

Donations in Sidney’s memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

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