Raymond Stammen

Raymond Stammen peacefully passed away in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 26, 2011 at the age of 79 years.

Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Raymond moved with his family to the Rorketon District in 1944.  He farmed in the area for many years and also was well known for his carpentry skills.  In 1988, he retired from farming and moved to Vancouver.  He always was a very active member of the Knights of Columbus.  In 2004, Raymond moved back to Manitoba and spent his last years in the Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.

Raymond was pre-deceased by his parents Isadore and Mary Stammen, brothers Charles, Donald, Kenneth, brother-in-laws Aurel Fortin and Bernard Farlette.

He is survived by his sisters Alice (Jim) Coady of Winnipeg, Marion Farlette and Diane (Claude) Chepil of Terrace, BC, Joan of Pahoa, Hawaii, brother Jerome (Rita) of White Rock, BC and sister-in-laws Muriel and Doreen as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, June 18th, 1 p.m. from Notre Dame de Toutes Aides Roman Catholic Church, Toutes Aides, Manitoba.  Fr. Norberto Monton will celebrate the mass.   The Knights of Columbus Lawrence Council will lead the Rosary at 12:30 pm.  Interment in the Parish Cemetery with a reception to follow in the Toutes Aides Community Hall. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Smigelski, Charlie Luke, Raymond Moffatt, Syl Honish, Robert Taylor and Lloyd Christenson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ray to a charity of one’s choice.

Yaroway, Pauline

Pauline Yaroway of Grandview, Manitoba, passed away at Grandview Hospital on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the age of 87.

She was born in Angusville, Manitoba and received her education in Blackstone. She married Anthony Yaroway in 1942 in Grandview. She lived on the farm with her son Stephen and Daughter Helen until her passing.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony, in 1982; her infant daughter Mary in 1948; as well her brother Fred, and her sister Annie.

She is survived by one son; Stephen of Grandview; four daughters, Olga Taylor of Dauphin, Rose and Helen of Grandview, and Nellie (Barry) McLaughlin of Kimberley, BC; one brother, Joe Wolowich of Grandview; six grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Prayer services were held on Thursday, March 3, 2010, from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with the Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiating. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, March 4, 2010, from St. Georgeís Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, also with the Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiating. Interment followed at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Metro Balbas, Albert Paziuk, Bengt Schmidt, Gordon Trembach, Chris Taylor, and Lawrence Drewniak.

Burdeny, Dmitro

Dmitro Burdeny of Dauphin, MB passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the age of 97 years at the Dauphin Personal Care Home.

Dmitro was born on November 17, 1913 in Ethelbert, MB, the fourth child of Hnat and Maria Burdeny (nee Konowalchuk). He received three years of education at Bohdan School in the Ethelbert District. After working in various jobsites in rural Saskatchewan as a young adult, he returned to Ethelbert to farm and help his parents. On October 5, 1940, he married Victoria Stratuliak, and together, they raised eight children. They farmed in the Ethelbert and Gilbert Plains areas, and moved to Dauphin in 1965. Due to failing health, he moved to the Dauphin Personal Care Home in December 2010, where he remained until his
passing.

Dmitro had many interests, including hunting, fishing, travelling, and spending time with his family. He was blessed with good health and an active lifestyle, even well into his nineties. His family is equally as blessed to have shared so many years and memories with him. He will be sadly missed, but not forgotten.

Dmitro was predeceased by Victoria, his wife of 59 years, in 1999. He was also predeceased by his parents Hnat and Maria Burdeny (nee Konowalchuk); three sisters and their spouses ñ Anne and Paul Linard, Helen and Mike Charpun, and Elsie and John Oleksiuk; two brothers ñ John and Max; two sisters-in-law ñ Elsie Burdeny and Anne Burdeny; two great-grandchildren ñ Regan and Bruce Olynik; one grandson-in-law, Derek Mote; and one niece, Linda Barabash.

Left to mourn and cherish fond memories are seven daughters ñ Sylvia (Leonard) Stadnyk of Perrault Falls, ON; Elsie (Peter) Choma of Ashville, MB; Margaret (Leonard) Olynik of Dundurn, SK; Erlene (Raymond) Yuriy of Gilbert Plains, MB; Marlene (Henry) Matskiw of Grandview, MB; RoseAnne Burdeny of Winnipeg, MB; and Florence Burdeny and Wayne Bazylo of Dauphin, MB; one son ñ Eugene (Doreen) Burdeny of Ethelbert, MB; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two brothers ñ Walter Burdeny and Maurice Burdeny; one sister, Nellie Burdeny; and two nieces and one nephew.

Prayers were offered on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin. Funeral service was held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. Georgeís Orthodox Choir served as Cantors. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were Brian Choma, Bruce Yuriy, Trevor Yuriy, Norman Matskiw, Jason Bazylo, and Terry Olynik. All of Dmitroís grandchildren were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one`s choice.

Montsion, Joseph

After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Joseph Philippe Montsion passed away peacefully February 25, 2011 at Ste Rose General Hospital. Jos will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Helene (nee Fillion), daughter Michelle (Peter Funk), sisters Jeanne, Leontine, Marie (John), and brothers Louis (Corinne), Adelard, Romeo (Lucille), sister in law Germaine and brother in law Bill Geisel.

Joseph was born in Ste Rose du Lac on May 1st, 1925, the fourteenth of 18 children born to Clara and Eugene Montsion. At the age of 23, he left Ste Rose to work as a spray painter for the Ford Motor company, in Windsor, Ontario. Being a country boy at heart, factory and city life did not suit him. He was soon drawn back to Ste Rose to begin life as a farmer, eventually buying the family farm. In the early years, Jos supplemented the farm income by spending winters as a cat operator in the lumber camps around Long Lac, Ontario. In later years, this supplementing was done by taking on the contract for the Ste Rose Cattle Association to supply feed and bedding for the Auction mart. This contract included bedding the rail cars which transported cattle after the weekly auctions. As time progressed he continued to acquire pasture and cultivated land.
Farming was his life time passion. In fact after retiring from grain farming in 1978, his full time ëhobbyí became the cattle business, growing his herd and ëplayingí the market. Ranching was a part of his life until age 80.

In 1954, Jos met his wife Helene. They were married 3 years later. Their only child, daughter Michelle, was born the following year. She was and will always be Daddyís little girl.

Jos was an active member in the community, always ready to help and support community events. He volunteered in the physical building of the Ste. Rose Grotto. In 1957, Jos became a member of the local Knights of Columbus, council 5105. He served as Grand Knight for 2 years. For several years he was board member of the Ste. Rose Community Centre, managing the hall for a time. During initial development stages, Jos was board member for Leisure Apts, Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home and Trois Villa. On occasion, he supported the annual Hoof and Holler weekend by providing yearlings for the rodeo events.

Joseph had a real passion for card playingÖanything from a serious game of poker to a friendly game of bridge. This passion remained until his last days.

Joseph is predeceased by his parents Eugene and Clara Montsion, by 4 brothers: Arthur, Oliver, Hector, Ernie and 5 sisters: Cecile, Yvonne, Clemence, Priscilla and Irene as well as several brothers and sisters in law.

Sincere thanks to all at the Ste. Rose Hospital who looked after Jos with such deep caring and compassion, particularly during his last week in palliative care.

The Ste. Rose Knights of Columbus Council # 5105 led the rosary with the funeral mass following on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, Ste. Rose du Lac. Fr. Norberto Monton celebrated the mass with the interment following in the Ste. Rose Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care unit at Ste. Rose General Hospital, Cancer Care Manitoba or the Prevost Foundation.

Michaluk, Stan

Stan passed away tragically on February 23, 2011, at the age of 66 years.

Stan was born April 24, 1944, in Grandview, MB, to Adam and Nellie Michaluk. He attended Valley River country school. Stan worked at various jobs over the years including farm labourer, construction and Saskatchewan Highways Department, until he returned to the family farm to join Ed in 1977.

As declining health made it more and more difficult to do outside work, Stan mastered his cooking skills. He loved cooking and canning, and trying new recipes from his pile of cookbooks or his favourite cooking show. Stan was a familiar face at auction sales, from which he collected many treasures and deals. He spent many hours in his favourite chair from which he controlled the TV and could watch the birds outside.

Stan was predeceased by his parents Adam and Nellie Michaluk, his brother Frank Michaluk and his brother-in-law Andrew Symbalisty.

Stan is survived by his brothers Edward Michaluk of Grandview, Joseph and wife Doris Michaluk of Brandon, his sisters Audrey Symbalisty of Brandon and Delores and husband Leonard Balak of Brandon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin with the Rev. Steve Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at a later date.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Stanley may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to CancerCare Manitoba.

Judy Buchy

It is with heartfelt sorrow, that we announce the passing, of our beloved mother Judy, in Dauphin, on February 23, 2011, at the age of 85 years.

Judy is lovingly left to be remembered for her love, humour, and ethics of hard work, kindness, and devotion to her family.

Judy is predeceased by her husband Steve, and her daughter Linda.

She will be sadly missed by her children; Dale and husband Don Twa, Robert Buchy, Kenneth and wife Norma Buchy, Karen and husband David Showdra, Denise and husband Peter Fries, and Rhonda Buchy.

Also her grandchildren; Kevin and Karla, Shannon and Shawn, Kensi and Marco, Cole, Kris and Kim, Curtis and Lacey, Andrea and Dan, Cortney, Joleene, Chantal and Duncan, Scott, Steven, Chaelan and Katya.

As well as her great grandchildren; Steven, Raydon, Teegan, Trey, Grace, Abby, Alexandra, Max and Sydney.

There are also numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., from St. Georgeís Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, Manitoba, with Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. Georgeís Cantors served as cantors. Andrea Syrnyk served as the Cross Bearer. Ken Buchy, Rhonda Buchy, Cole Buchy, Kris Malowski, Curtis Malowski and David Showdra served as pallbearers. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.

Donations in memory of Judy may be made to the MS Society Parkland Chapter, Dauphin Office, Unit B1 – 101 1st Avenue N.W., Dauphin, MB R7N 1G8; or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 26331 STN BRM B, Toronto, ON M7Y 4R1.

Our love for you Mom will be forever in our hearts and memories.

Vichna Pamyat

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

Judy Buchy

It is with heartfelt sorrow, that we announce the passing, of our beloved mother Judy, in Dauphin, on February 23, 2011, at the age of 85 years.

Judy is lovingly left to be remembered for her love, humour, and ethics of hard work, kindness, and devotion to her family.

Judy is predeceased by her husband Steve, and her daughter Linda.

She will be sadly missed by her children; Dale and husband Don Twa, Robert Buchy, Kenneth and wife Norma Buchy, Karen and husband David Showdra, Denise and husband Peter Fries, and Rhonda Buchy.

Also her grandchildren; Kevin and Karla, Shannon and Shawn, Kensi and Marco, Cole, Kris and Kim, Curtis and Lacey, Andrea and Dan, Cortney, Joleene, Chantal and Duncan, Scott, Steven, Chaelan and Katya.

As well as her great grandchildren; Steven, Raydon, Teegan, Trey, Grace, Abby, Alexandra, Max and Sydney.

There are also numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., from St. Georgeís Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, Manitoba, with Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. Georgeís Cantors served as cantors. Andrea Syrnyk served as the Cross Bearer. Ken Buchy, Rhonda Buchy, Cole Buchy, Kris Malowski, Curtis Malowski and David Showdra served as pallbearers. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.

Donations in memory of Judy may be made to the MS Society Parkland Chapter, Dauphin Office, Unit B1 – 101 1st Avenue N.W., Dauphin, MB R7N 1G8; or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 26331 STN BRM B, Toronto, ON M7Y 4R1.

Our love for you Mom will be forever in our hearts and memories.

Vichna Pamyat

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

Pich, Mary

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Mary Pich on Monday, February 21, 2011 at St. Paulís Home at the age of 95 years.

Mary was born on February 15, 1916 in Moose Bay, Manitoba to Harry and Feshka (nee Bushko) Bodnar.

Mary received her education at Moose Bay School until the age of 15 when she quit school to go to work. She worked in many places throughout Manitoba, mostly for dairy farmers. Although the pay was poor, she continued to make her living doing as much as she could to get by.

On October 19, 1940, Mary married Harry Pich, and together they enjoyed raising their family of six children.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Harry in 1989; two brothers Mike and John; sister Cassie Tityk (Steve); sister-in-law Katie Bodnar; grandson John Romaniuk.

She leaves to cherish fond memories her children: Gene and Sheila Pich of Stoney Plain, Alberta, Wally and Florence Pich of Kamloops, British Columbia, Jeanette Shuh of Winnipeg, Stella and Roger McLaughlin of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Vernie and Keith Wade of Kamloops, British Columbia, Caroline and Jack Dunn of Kamloops, British Columbia. There are also numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and extended family members.

Prayers were offered on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Alvin Pentlichuk served as Cantor. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Kastrukoff, Byron

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Byron Kastrukoff of Grandview,MB at the Grandview District Hospital, with his beloved Linda by his side, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Byron Kastrukoff was born June 25, 1946 in Kamsack, SK to John and Ida Kastrukoff. He was their first child followed by his only sibling, Lyle in July 1949. His earliest years were spent in Clanwilliam before moving to Kenville where the family resided until Byron completed Grade 9, at which time they moved to Swan River where he received his high school education. He attended United College, now the University of Winnipeg, and received his B.A. degree majoring in Economics and Political Science. He then went on to the University of Manitoba for one year in the education faculty before moving to Grandview to begin his teaching career. During subsequent summers, he attended University of Manitoba summer schools until he attained his Bachelor of Education degree.

In his early years, Byron was a good hockey and baseball player but his sport of choice was curling. His high school team was the School Boys Provincial Championship runner up one year and was very competitive for a couple more years. He was then chosen by a rink to curl second in the British Consols play-downs (now the Safeway Select) at the very young age of 17. He was quite proud of this but also quite modest about it. At the time he was considered one of the best seconds in Swan River, if not the best, and as he later proved, also one of the better ones in Manitoba. During his university years, he competed on a rink that won the Winnipeg city university championships and traveled to Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian championships. He was also a very good golfer and enjoyed playing with his Dad at Madge Lake, making it out on the course every day in the summer for a number of years, often shooting in the low 80s. Byron also loved to travel. In the years following graduation from college, he travelled to Chicago by himself and also to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

It was in 1968 that he began his teaching career in Grandview where he taught until his retirement. A couple of years later, he met Linda Hatch who had moved to Grandview to teach Grade 3. Byron and Linda enjoyed many vacations together including Hawaii numerous times and Las Vegas, as well as many camping trips. By and Linda also enjoyed attending many curling events together. They both retired in 2002 after a 34 year career for Mr. K. He taught a wide variety of subjects in the high school and spent many years in Grade 5. He also taught Grades 4, 6 and 7 over the years. He was a well respected teacher at Grandview School. The size of the crowd which assembled to celebrate his retirement as well as the many fond tributes in his honour were evidence of the impact that he had on the students and parents of Grandview.

Byron followed in his father Johnís footsteps when he became a teacher and always enjoyed a close relationship with his parents. He was sure to always make regular phone calls and visits to Swan River. Byron and his brother Lyle spent a lot of time together growing up. They would endlessly curl on the linoleum in their house. Byron devised ways of drawing the circles on uneven parts of the floor so they would have curl in the ìiceî. The other kids would often come over and have ìbonspielsî. They spent many hours playing football, scrub baseball and street hockey ñ with no TV, their hours were passed with outdoor games. As adults,Byron and Lyle traveled together occasionally including a driving trip to Las Vegas in the early 1970s with Linda and Twyla. More recently, the four of them also took a bus trip to Minneapolis to watch his life-long team, the Yankees, play the Twins.

Byron also developed a special relationship with his two nieces, Hollie and Heidi. He would spend time reading books with them, playing and being goofy. There was never a shortage of laughter when Uncle By was around. He always took time to make two little girls feel loved and there was always a special gift under the tree chosen and wrapped by Uncle By. He was also close with Lindaís nieces and nephews, spending many holidays with them as well.

Whether he was your teacher, friend or family, Byron had a voice that was memorable. It was such a strong and powerful voice, yet never used in an intimidating way ñ always patient, sincere and honest. Byron was a kind, reliable and respectful man – a true gentleman. He had a truly unique sense of humour and shared it with those around him ñ if only to go over their heads once in a while! He loved to joke and jab, especially when his team was winning, and maintained this sense of humour of everyday things until the last possible moment.

At the time that he was diagnosed, Byron was given only weeks to live. He never considered giving up or giving in to his illness. His positive attitude and determination gave him four years to enjoy. This was a true victory and one of many examples of his deep rooted stubbornness! Although those years were not without pain and struggles, he was thankful for every day and was able to continue to enjoy life. Byron and Linda took more trips to Hawaii and Mexico, attended more curling events and made eight more trips to Grand Beach. Byron never wanted pity or attention drawn to him because of his illness and rare is the person who can say that they ever heard him complain. He was content to keep to himself and was happiest when it was just him and Linda together. Linda was by his side for every moment of this difficult illness and her care allowed him to maintain the quality of life and dignity that he so desired. Byron was truly an inspiration in his courage, optimism and strength of mind. He taught us to make most out of every day and to take comfort and enjoyment in the little things.

Byron was predeceased by his father John Kastrukoff, as wellas his mother-in-law and fatherñin-law Harry and Winnifred Hatch. He is survived and greatly missed by the love of his life Linda Hatch, mother Ida Kastrukoff, brother Lyle (Twyla) Kastrukoff, sisters-in-law Sharon Zilkey and Lee (Eric) Penner, nieces and nephews Hollie (Todd) Luhowy, Heidi (Simon) Thomas, Jennifer (Darcy) Clevett, Jon (Jodie) Zilkey, Kelsey Penner, Trevor (Robin) Penner and Ryan Penner, great nieces and nephews Teagan and Tori Luhowy, Grace and Chelsea Thomas, Emerson and Griffin Zilkey and Trey and Tessa Penner.

A Celebration of Life was held in Byronís honour on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Grandview United Church, officiated by Reverend Steve Wilson. Eulogists were Hollie Luhowy, Heidi Thomas and Sharon Zilkey and soloist was Eric Penner. The service also included the music of the Grandview United Church choir with organist Deneen Fisher. Pallbearers were Don Luhowy, Jim Winfield, Cliff Kutzan, Jack Boyko, Tony Kalechyn and Dennis Storozinski. Private interment followed at the Grandview Memorial Gardens and a time of fellowship and lunch was provided by the United Church Women. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dauphin Community Cancer Program, Dauphin Regional Health Centre, 625-3rd Street S.W., Dauphin, MB R7N 1R7 or Cancer Care Manitoba, 1018-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Harapiak, Orest

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Orest Harapiak on February 19, 2011, at the age of 83, at the Dauphin Regional Health Center, with his family at his side.

Orest was born in Bohdan district of Ethelbert on August 9, 1927, to Mike & Mary (Manchur) Harapiak. He attended Bohdan school until age 17. In the summer he worked for farmers in Saskatchewan and in the winter he worked in the bush camps in Ontario. In 1952 Orest married Olga Bohonis and started working for National Grain Elevator in Ashville, where they lived for five years, then transferred to Benito for five years. In 1962 after his parents had a car accident, Orest left the grain buying business and returned to farming in Ethelbert. In addition to farming, Orest worked at mining in Thompson then hauling fuel for Co-op before joining CNR in 1970. He retired as foreman of a B & B gang in 1989. His job took him to the northern parts of Manitoba such as The Pas, Thompson, Gillam and Churchill. He enjoyed seeing the whales, polar bears, the natural beauty of nature and fishing in his spare time.

In his earlier years, Orest enjoyed curling, berry and mushroom picking, social occasions and was an excellent dancer. He also loved a good joke, a good deal at an auction sale as well as a good cup of coffee. After his retirement he worked with his brother Stan on the farm until his stroke in 1995 that changed his and his familyís life. Despite his disability and through the support of Home Care and with Olgaís devoted care, Orest lived at home for 15 years. He took a great interest in his daughters, grandchildren and local events. Orest especially enjoyed summer outings to see the farm and countryside where he grew up and spent many happy times with family and friends.

Orest was predeceased by his parents Mike and Mary Harapiak, brother Stanley and sister-in-law, Arlene and several aunts and uncles. He leaves to mourn his wife of 58 years, Olga, daughters Marilyn (Rene) Bilodeau of Royston, BC, Marcelle of Victoria BC, Laura (Sid) Deitch of Edmonton, AB, Lesley (Ed) Pabianek of Flin Flon MB, Holly (Bob) Korchak of Sifton MB, grandchildren Danielle (Russ) North, Cameron (Crystal) Deitch, Chad and Chase Pabianek, Ryley and Megan Korchak, one great granddaughter, Rio North, one sister, Sonia (Roy) Gregory of Brandon MB, and brother-in-law Peter (Rosalia) Bohonis of Winona, ON, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday Februry 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ethelbert with Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating. Metro Lukie served as Cantor. Tony Stratuliak served as Crossbearer. The eulogy was delivered by Marcelle Harapiak. Interment followed at the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Ethelbert. Pallbearers were Duane Harapiak, Dean Harapiak, Bob Korchak, Roy Gregory, Dennis Medwid and Boris Chuey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.