Virginia Christina McKinnon (nee Christensen)

June 17, 1927 – June 15, 2011

Virgie was born in East Bay to Carl and Mildred (Middleton) Christensen, the second of six children.  She attended Blue Bell School and learned to work hard on the farm.  She enjoyed riding horseback to visit her grandparents, attending local picnics and escaping to quiet spots to read.

At the age of 15, Virgie attended Manitoba Commercial College and worked in a boarding house to pay board and room.  She worked in the offices for Eaton’s in Winnipeg and Dauphin until her marriage to Donald on December 15, 1945.  They lived in Rorketon and then moved to the Christensen family farm until 1953 when they purchased their own farm.  In 1956, the family moved to Terrace, BC where she worked in a local corner store, then Sears and finally as assistant to the hospital administrator.  Later they returned to the farm and most of her energy became focused on her children and extended family.  Nieces and nephews have many happy memories spent at the farm.  Virgie cared for her father for a few years and later looked after her mother-in-law for several months.  After her children left home, she went to work at the Talpash General Store and later began to work at the Ste. Rose Hospital, first as ward clerk and eventually as head of medical records.

Throughout her life Virgie enjoyed reading and discussing a wife variety of topics.  She enjoyed having her ideas challenged and loved to research to get to the truth.  In spite of a series of illnesses Virgie remained strong and independent.  After one week in hospital, she passed away in her sleep on June 15.

Virgie was predeceased by her parents Carl and Mildred Christensen, granddaughter Kelly Rae Jaremy, sister Marjorie McLean, brother Kenneth Christensen, and brother-in-laws Edward McLean and Einar Smerdal.

She leaves to mourn her passing; her husband Donald, daughter Donna (Ron) Jaremy, son Karl (Dianne) McKinnon, grandchildren Shannon (Mel) Jaremy-Harder, Ian (Carrie Selin) McKinnon, Kris (Sarah Stevenson) McKinnon and Leigh McKinnon, her step great grandchildren Nick (Kat) Harder and Josh Harder, her sister Lucille (Alma) Smerdal, her brother Lloyd (Myrtle) Christensen, her sister Barb (Kent) Jacobsen as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Service was held on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 AM in the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel.  Rev. Ed & Rev. Georgina Loucks officiated with the service concluding at the chapel.  Interment to follow at a later date.

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

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

Daisy Mae Shumka (nee Senyk)

With heavy hearts, the family of Daisy Mae Shumka announces her passing at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the age of 54 years.

Daisy entered the world on February 19, 1957 in Dauphin, Manitoba, the first born child of Mike and Kay (nee Sobieski) Senyk.  As a small child, the family lived in a small trailer for a few years, either in Daisy’s Auntie Anne’s yard, or while Daisy’s father secured employment in various locations.  A few years passed and Daisy was blessed with two brothers, David in 1961 and Tom in 1964, completing the Senyk family.

When Daisy reached her school age years, she first attended Whitmore Elementary School in Dauphin.  She later attended Mackenzie Middle School, then completed her education in 1975 at the DRCSS.

In June of 1972, Daisy met David Shumka at Peter and Arlene’s wedding.  They spent the next several years together, then married in October of 1976.  Together, Daisy and David lived in Fork River, then moved to Bowsman for 11 months, finally moving back to Dauphin in 1984 where they have resided ever since.

Daisy and David spent a great deal of time travelling in their little truck camper to places such as British Columbia and up north for fishing excursions.  When Dave and Barb were married, Daisy and David graduated to a 5th wheel camper and continued to enjoy many fishing adventures.  When Kayla and Johnathon came along, the times were even more fun.  It’s amazing how kids keep you busy even if you’re just an Auntie and Uncle!  Daisy loved her nieces and nephews dearly, and always put them at the top of her list.  She treated them as her own children and they always had a special place in her heart.

In 1983, Daisy and David broadened their travelling horizons as they toured Germany, France and England.  They also went on cruises to Mexico, Florida and California.  Daisy always found it difficult for her body to get adjusted to the motions, however once they reached their destination, she was fine.

Eventually, they purchased their cottage, which provided for more good times for family and friends who came to visit.  It was their home away from home.  However, after 18 years, Daisy and David sold their cottage, as it became too much work for them to handle.

Daisy returned to school in 1992, attending Assiniboine Community College.  In 1993, she graduated with her Business Administration diploma.

In her younger years, Daisy worked at a tailor shop, in the hospital kitchen, and in an upholstery shop.  After receiving her diploma from ACC, she secured employment at Sawyer Insurance where she enjoyed doing the bookkeeping.  She remained at Sawyer Insurance until her diagnosis in January of 2007.

Daisy loved many activities, and often showed her intelligence through her creativity.  With the expert use of a simple tape measure, she could transform ideas into useful projects for herself and others.  She loved to cook for others whenever she could.  She loved the outdoors, in particular flower and vegetable gardening, and would gladly share her harvest of food.  Daisy enjoyed her ventures into the bush where she would pick various kinds of berries and mushrooms, and on many occasions would go for a quad ride or a skidoo ride, depending on the season.

In the summer and winter months, Daisy enjoyed fishing.  There was always a competition with family and friends who would join in to see who would win the next master angler award!  Daisy caught her share of them, as well – 26 registered master anglers!

Daisy enjoyed everything life had to offer, but the biggest joy in her life was spending time with David, the love of her life.  She made the most of every moment spent with family and friends. 

Daisy had a love for animals, and always had a soft spot in her heart for Dusty, her mom’s pet, who she missed more and more everyday.

Daisy’s illness brought some special people into her life – Marlene, who Daisy had not seen much of since high school; Mary Anne, who spent time with Daisy and only wanted to see her get better; Sally, who would visit and help Daisy get through the tough times; and Judy, a very compassionate nurse who helped Daisy get through her hospital stays.

Daisy was predeceased by her father, Mike Senyk on May 3, 2008 and father-in-law Matt Shumka in May of 1999.

She leaves to mourn, her family:  her husband, David (Big Dave); her mother, Kay Senyk; her mother-in-law, Anne Shumka; her godmother, Anne Harrison; 2 brothers, Dave and wife Barb Senyk of Dauphin, and Tom and wife Cathy Senyk of Calgary, Alberta; her sister-in-law, Sylvia and husband Gordon Anderson of Young, Saskatchewan; her brother-in-law, Nester and wife Diane Shumka of St. Andrew’s, Manitoba; her nieces and nephews, Kayla (friend James) and Johnathon, Benjamin and Keegan, Matthew, Elysia and Jeremy.  There are also numerous extended family members.

Prayers were offered on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin with Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating.  St. George’s Cantors provided vocal accompaniment.  The Crossbearer was Daisy’s godchild, Johnathon Senyk.  The eulogy was delivered by Bradley Semchyshyn.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Nester Shumka, Bradley Semchyshyn, Peter Chaychuk, Larry Hyshka, Alex Senyk and Jason Senyk.  Honorary Pallbearers were Barb Senyk, Arlene Chaychuk, Marlene Scott, Joan Bornn and Sharon Korneluk.

Should friends and family so desire, donations in memory of Daisy may be made to the Parkland Humane Society.

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

Yvonne Marie Verhaeghe (nee Ferec)

Yvonne Marie Verhaeghe (nee Ferec) of Ste. Rose du Lac passed away peacefully at the Ste. Rose General Hospital on Friday, June 10, 2011 with family by her side and in her thoughts.

Yvonne was born at Lonely Lake, Manitoba on July 18, 1929 to Antoine & Martha Ferec.  She married Arthur Verhaeghe on October 20, 1948.  They lived in Ste. Amelie for a few years and then moved to their current home in Ste. Rose du Lac.

Yvonne was predeceased by her eldest son Donald (Patricia) of Vernon, BC.

She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish many fond memories; her loving husband of 62 years Arthur of Ste. Rose du Lac, her children; son Roger and wife Janet of Port Alberni, BC, son Leonard and wife Stacey of Port Alberni, BC, daughter Debbie and husband Jules Callewaert of East Selkirk, MB, Shirley and husband Jack Repko of Aldergrove, BC, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, her sister Denise Boulbria of Ste. Rose du Lac, her brother Louis and wife Romelda Ferec of Ste. Rose du Lac along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gudmundson and the nurses and staff of the Ste. Rose General Hospital for their kindness and the wonderful care given to Mom during her stay in the hospital.

A memorial service for Yvonne was held on Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM in the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel.  Interment followed in the Ste. Amelie Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in memory of Yvonne to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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

Kathleen Maud Rozak (nee Parsons)

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Kathleen Rozak on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre at the age of 101 years.

Kathleen Maud Parsons was born on June 4 1910 at Sandy Point Newfoundland, which at that time was still a territory. According to Kathleen, her father was a ship’s captain and her mother was a homemaker who played the organ in church. As a child Kathleen loved to swim and would venture out swimming on her own if no one would go with her. She had 2 sisters and 1 brother.

As a young woman, Kathleen lived in Halifax where she worked in a bank. One day a sailor came in to cash a cheque.  He later looked all over Halifax to find Kathleen and she says for their first date they went to a ball game. Kathleen married that sailor, Michael Rozak on Feb 20 1946 in Halifax. After his discharge from the Navy they moved to Kitchener, Ontario.

In 1949, Michael & Kathleen moved closer to Michael’s home coming to Ashville to take up partnership with Mike’s brother running a garage and farming. Kathleen remembers arriving in Ashville Manitoba by train at night and wondering, “where in the world have I come to?”

They made their home in Ashville and raised their 2 sons Glenn and David. They enjoyed family picnics and camping trips to Blue Lakes and Manipogo Beach. In 1968, her husband passed away after a sudden heart attack. She stayed in Ashville for about 5 more years before moving to Dauphin where she lived until she came to McCreary last year.

Kathleen or Kay has always been a quiet family orientated person. She kept in touch with her sisters by phone and regular letters-she always knew whose turn it was to write. She also corresponded regularly with her husband’s sisters. Kay spent several winters in Orlando Florida with her sister Jean who lived and worked there.

Kay is a very caring person and is always concerned about the wellbeing of her children. Her family always knew they were welcome in her home and she liked it even better if they stayed for a meal. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and she always kept toys and books on hand with which to entertain them. Brett remembers many hours that Grandma Kay spent down on the floor with him building and rebuilding houses out of cards.

Kathleen has always been quietly independent and was proud to stay in her own apartment until she was almost 99.  She has spent the past 2 years at the McCreary Alonsa Personal Care home where she happily joined in all possible activities.

Kathleen was predeceased by her brother, Edward Leroux Parsons, sister Ada Parsons (age 10) and sister Jean Parsons.

She leaves to cherish fond memories her sons, Glenn Rozak and wife Lois, and Dave Rozak; grandchildren, Floyd, Brett, Ruby, Nathan and Clinton; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Ida Surpless.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial service was held on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin with Pastor Mark Tiefenbach officiating.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Kathleen may be made to the McCreary/Alonsa Personal Care Home Activities Fund.

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

Robert Henry “Harry” Swannell

After a short illness, Robert Henry “Harry” Swannell passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the age of 99 years.

Harry was born on December 15, 1911, in the Makinak area to John Swannell and Elisabeth Edmond.  Harry had little formal education, but had a thirst for knowledge which he kept until the end.  As a boy, he did a man’s work, looking after cattle and clearing the land by hand.  After he had cleared the land, the stones had to be picked.  Picking stones was a battle that he carried on for most of his life, but one that he never won.  Harry was never afraid of hard manual labour but embraced mechanization to make farming easier.  His favourite part of farming was combining, which he did last at the age of 92!  When in his 70’s he was asked why he didn’t retire from farming, to which he simply replied, “It’s what I like doing”.

He did have other interests, such as travelling, but he was unable to do so until later in life.  At age 80, by himself, he went to England and Scotland to visit his cousins and see where his parents were born and raised. In 1996, he went to Alaska and the next year was able to get back to England and Scotland once again.  He loved to thoroughly study everything new, and while at museums and such, his companions would be ready to leave, but he would be just getting started.

He had a lifelong love of music, and when he could afford it, he bought several instruments.  Even though he didn’t master them, he derived great pleasure from playing them.

Harry’s greatest love was his family.  In 1956, he married Ida McLay, and together they had one child.  Harry longed for grandchildren, but it wasn’t until he was 92 years of age before Robert came along, and nearly two years later Abigail was born.  They were his pride and joy and gave him purpose in life once again.  He spent countless hours reading to, playing with, and most importantly, laughing with them.  He was able to live at home until January of this year when he moved to the Gendreau home.

Harry leaves to mourn his passing his son Bob, daughter-in-law Tracy, grandson Robert, and granddaughter Abigail, as well as nieces Anne and Shirley and nephew Jim.  There are many great nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife Ida and sisters Betty and Winnie.

Memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Makinak Hall in Makinak, Manitoba with the Reverend Ed Loucks officiating.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Harry may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

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.