Kyle Derkach

Passed away on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the age of 20 years.

Visitation with Prayers were offered on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the First United Church.

Interment followed in the Magnet Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Kyle may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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

Lily Homeniuk (nee Prestie)

After a long life made rich by the love of her family and friends, it is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Lily Homeniuk, a centenarian.  She passed away on Monday, August 22nd, at the age of 101 at Beacon Hill Lodge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lily was born in Canada in 1910 to her parents Wasil and Mary Prestie, pioneering Ukrainian immigrants who settled down to farm in the district of Preeceville, Saskatchewan.  She was 6th in the family of nine children and the last one to survive.  Lily was predeceased by her parents; brothers:  Mike, Peter, Philip, Stephan, and Harry, the last two dying from diphtheria at an early age; sisters:  Pauline who died in infancy en route aboard the ship to Canada, Pauline (2nd) and Stella.  Also predeceasing her was her husband Sam (1986), son-in-law Nicholas Sambaluk (1989) and infant daughter Hazel in 1935.  In 1929, she met and married Sam Homeniuk of Hyas, Saskatchewan where they farmed for 16 years.  Here their three children were born:  two of them still living – Mary Sambaluk of Belen, New Mexico, and Florence Bevel of Winnipeg.  In 1945, the family moved to Togo, Saskatchewan where they bought and operated a General Store for four years.  Following that, they moved to Roblin, Manitoba where they built and operated a Boarding House for 22 years.  Upon retiring, they decided to live their final years to be among Ukrainian people in the town of Dauphin.  Here they resided for 22 years.  In 1986, Sam passed away, and after failing health Lily sold the home and moved to Winnipeg to live with her daughter Florence and family.  Her final years were spent at Beacon Hill Lodge where she resided for over four years.

Mom was a gentle woman, very devoted to her husband and his dreams, and very loving to her family and friends.  While on the farm she worked tirelessly alongside her husband during Harvest time.  She even did some “stooking” during the hot summer months.  She raised turkeys and chickens, tended the cattle, and grew all the vegetables on the farm. After dad’s failing heath, they moved to Togo, and along with her husband mom helped run the General Store. Later in Roblin, she helped run the Boarding house for 22 years, cooking, doing the laundry, and all the cleaning.   They retired in 1972 when they moved to Dauphin.  Here, mom proved her generous and caring nature.  Gardening was one of her favorite pastimes, and many people enjoyed receiving plums and crabapples from the trees in their back yard.  The front of their home in Dauphin was always a spectacle of beautiful flowers in summer which she so tenderly cared and tended to.  She loved to cook.  Weekends were well stocked with chicken soup or borscht, cabbage rolls or perogies.  Pies were her specialty and she was excellent at making them.  Years at the Boarding house taught her well.   Visitors were always welcomed to attend meals at their home.  Strong values imparted by her parents sustained her through her long life such as love of family, loyalty to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and respect for Ukrainian traditions.  Being very devoted to her Church, she never missed a Sunday Mass, or came late for the service, and always wore her “Sunday” best with respect to her place of worship.   She made sure her church values were passed on to her future generations.  A note of interest given to me by Lily, are her fond memories of going to the Seniors Dances with her husband in Dauphin.  Her memory will be cherished by all who were touched by her gentle and loving spirit.  The family at this time wishes to extend their heartfelt thank-you to the staff at Beacon Hill Lodge Personal Care Home, Winnipeg.  Sixth Floor, – you are an amazing group of people working there.  God Bless you all.  Special thanks to head nurse, Hazel for all your love and care to mom and her family.

Left to cherish fond memories are:  daughters Mary Sambaluk of Belen, NM, Florence Bevel, and son-in-law Louis of Winnipeg; also, granddaughters: Dr. Mary Jane Barth, of Tulsa, OK,  Joan Olsen (Jim) of Safford, AZ, Wendy Bevel-Plett (Randy) of Sparks, NV, and Angela Zemanek (Mike) of Victoria, BC; grandsons are:  Nicholas Sambaluk (Rosi) of Poolville, TX, Michael Sambaluk of Belen, NM, and Paul Bevel (soul mate Samantha) of Winnipeg; great granddaughters:  Blair and Josie Zemanek, and great-grandsons:  Michel & Eric Sambaluk of Poolville, TX, Jason and Jake Olsen of Safford, AZ.  Many nieces and nephews: Anne Fontaine (Jerry) of Regina, SK, Joyce Woloshyn of Canora, SK, Eleanor Perpeluk of Kamsack, SK, Katie Zurawell of Edmonton, AB, Anne Matechuk (Steve) of Melville, SK, Eugeina Tirkaylo of Regina, SK, Mary Kuzminksi of Preeceville, SK, and Tommy and Orest Barchuk of Preeceville & Edmonton.  Special names of friends:  Olga Kokolski, Annie Halushchak of Dauphin, and Joan McKinley of Winnipeg.

Prayers were offered on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin with the Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Louis and Paul Bevel, Nicholas Sambaluk, Randy Plett, Jerry Fontaine and Ernie Peric.

Should friends so desire donations can be made to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin or to a charity of their choice.

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

Jean Ruth Cockerill (nee Smith)

September 10, 1952 – August 21, 2011

Jean Ruth Cockerill passed away at the age of 58 on Sunday, August 21st in the Roblin District Hospital with her family at her side.

Jean was born in Westmount Hospital, Montreal Quebec on September 10, 1952 to Harold and Ruth (nee Jarrold) Smith.  Jean attended school in Two Mountains, Quebec.  After graduation from high school Jean moved to Calgary, Alberta.  While living in Calgary she met her future husband, Wayne Cockerill.  Jean attended Aldersgate Bible College in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  It was at this time in her life, while Wayne was ministering in the Grandview Free Methodist Church that Jean and Wayne began to date.  On July 19th, 1975, Wayne and Jean were married in the Grandview Free Methodist Church in Grandview, Manitoba.

The following year Jean and Wayne moved to his farm eight miles north of Roblin, Manitoba.  They raised cattle and sheep.  While living on the farm in the Roblin area, Jean began her primary lifetime occupation as a legal secretary working for Ed Demkiw.

In 1980 Jean and Wayne moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta.  It was here that she continued her work as a Paralegal with the law firm Mills and Boyd, as well as with the law firm Campbell and Germain.  Wayne and Jean spent 20 years in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

In 1999 Wayne and Jean moved back to their farm 15 miles north-east of Roblin, Manitoba.  They owned and operated Valley View Resort until 2002.  Shortly thereafter, Jean resumed her legal profession with the law firm Rusnak, Balacko, Kachur, Rusnak in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, specializing in the legal fields of estates and corporations.  Although her illness made it impossible for her to work the last few months, Jean was employed with this firm until her passing.

Jean was a very hard worker. She was very disciplined and organized in whatever task she undertook.  She was intelligent and it never took her long to catch on to whatever it took to get the job done.  She was very good when it came to computers and could seem to be able to correct anything someone else had “jimmied-up” on a computer.

At one point in her life Jean took up the hobbies of needlepoint and cross-stitch as well as several other crafts.  She also became an accomplished quilter, all of which she has left behind many beautiful works.

Golfing and canoeing were the outdoor activities she loved to do whenever the opportunity arose.  Canoeing the Shell River was one of her favourite endeavours.

Jean loved to garden and with Wayne’s help usually had a bountiful garden.  She especially loved her flower garden and was always watering and taking pictures of her flowers.

One of the favourite things she loved to do was to join Wayne in the half-ton truck to go to the “back pastures” to check the cattle, of which she knew most by name.

Jean especially liked to travel and had been on several cruises.  She had been to several southern countries such as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Bermuda as well as to most of the USA states including Texas, Florida, California, and her favourite, Hawaii.  She also went to several countries in Europe such as France, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain and Switzerland, as well as on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea.

Jean was a great cook and loved to “put on a spread” during all holiday seasons.  She will be remembered by many people for the meals she cooked for them.  Jean had been diagnosed with lung cancer in early December 2010, and was scheduled to have an operation on December 22nd.  Thus, on December 18th she invited about 20 family members over for one last Christmas meal, knowing that she would probably never be able to do this again.  Thus we termed in “The Last “Christmas” Supper,” and it was.

What Jean loved most of all was her family.  She was her daughter Vanessa’s best friend.  Her three grandchildren; Austin, Ariana and Alyssa were especially dear to her.  When she realized many months ago her prognoses due to her cancer, she was totally devastated by the knowledge that she wouldn’t be around to see them grow up.  She then wrapped up presents and wrote them birthday cards to be given to them in the future as their special occasions such as birthdays come to pass.

Jean leaves behind to mourn her passing, her loving husband, Wayne Cockerill of Roblin, Manitoba, also her loving daughter Vanessa and son-in-law Brook Andres and their children Austin, Ariana and Alyssa Andres of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.  She also leaves her mother Ruth Hill of St. Eustache, Quebec, her brother Don Smith and Patricia Roy of Morin Heights, Quebec, her brother Doug and his wife Cori Smith of Calgary, Alberta, as well as her brother Wayne Smith of the United States and her sister Cheryl Ricardi of Montreal, Quebec.

She will also be missed by her brothers and sisters-in-law; Ralph (Greta) Cockerill, Sylvia (John) Nykyforak, Bud (Helen) Cockerill, Chester (Brenda) Cockerill all of Roblin, Manitoba, also Ada Peats of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Nettie (Ed) Kendall and Linda (Bob) Byle of the Stonewall, Manitoba area.  She also leaves sisters-in-law Lynda Cockerill of Calgary, Alberta, Helen Smith of Quebec and Caroline Garner of Calgary, Alberta.

Jean was predeceased by her daughter Natasha, her father Harold Smith, her step-fathers Jim Dickenson and Roland Hill, an infant sister Debra, her mother and father-in-law Walter and Rose Cockerill, as well as her brothers-in-law Dave Cockerill and Cecil Peats.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 26th, 10:00 a.m. in the Roblin Evangelical Church, with Pastor Heath Butler of the Free Methodist Church officiating.  Ada Peats read the scriptures Psalms 121 and 23, Jackie Cockerill was the eulogist.  Cherished friends and co-workers Cindi Kacher, Dave Rusnak, and Ron Balacko did a special tribute to Jean.  Randy King led the congregation in singing the hymns “Beyond The Sunset,” “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Shall We Gather At The River.”  Ruth Angus sang a solo, “In The Bulb There Is A Flower.”  Randy King sang special music “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” and as a recessional “Jesus Will Outshine Them All.”  Pallbearers were Chester Cockerill, Carson Cockerill, Clark Andres, Michael Smith, Bill Smith and Andy Smith.  Interment was in the Roblin District Cemetery.  Dinner was served in the Roblin Community Centre.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Roblin Community Foundation directed to Palliative Care Roblin Hospital, or to the Roblin District Cemetery.

Jackie Cockerill delivered the following eulogy, celebrating the life of her best friend:

The essence of Jean cannot be captured with a few words for she was a lady of many strengths and talents.  Jean was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, family member, employee, colleague, friend and helper.  She took each of her roles seriously and with great gusto.

Creativity just bubbled up from inside Jean and whatever she put her hand to, she was a success – whether it was being a computer whiz, making jams and jellies, baking, crafting soaps and stepping stones, or negotiating wages, she loved every minute of what she did.

I loved Jean’s sense of humor, because she always told it like it was.  There was no sugar coating anything.  If I was having a bad day or a bad round of golf there was no – “It’s ok hon, it’ll get better” no, all I got was “well, sucks to be you.”

I know Jean never lived a dull moment, even as a young girl.  She said she loved to swim and would spend many hours going to the pool or lake.  I have it from a good source also, that Jean was very athletic and well known in school for her skills in basketball and volleyball.

About the time Jean turned nineteen she and her family went out to BC for a holiday.  She loved the west so much a year later moved out that way.  She found work, in Calgary.  With a friend she moved into a posh high-rise in downtown Calgary and lived for several months with not a stick of furniture and only sleeping bags.  Sounds like high adventure!

Along the way, Jean made it out to Manitoba and rekindled her friendship with Wayne.  All the rest is history.  They both loved farming and nature.  There was a time, however, when Wayne would go out west to work and leave Jean in charge of the animals.  It was lambing time this one spring and one ewe had lost her lamb and one lamb was without a mother.  So she thought why not put the two together – not knowing that this sheep did not take to adoption.  Well, she got out a two by four and whacked the mother for not taking the little fellow.  Every two hours Jean would go out and try to get the lamb to feed, each time, whack, the mother got it for not cooperating.  Needless to say, by morning the ewe was feeding the lamb.

Maybe after that Wayne though he’d better get Jean off the farm and so they moved to Fort McMurray.  Those were good years, full of fun and travel, and Jean using her administrative skills to work in the Alberta Treasury Branch.  I believe she even designed some software for them.

Wayne and Jean watched with pride as Vanessa grew into a beautiful young woman and began a life of her own, away from Fort McMurray.

Years go by, and what – grandchildren!  Jean’s heart yearned for her family.  It was time to be closer and so another move.  Jean has always been totally involved with her grandchildren.  She loved to watch Austin play soccer; Kindergarten grad for Ariana was a big highlight; playing and cuddling with Alyssa and babysitting always made her day.  When Grandpa got rabbits for the kids, I think Grandma was more excited than anyone.  Grandma Jean really enjoyed having you children come out to the farm for weekends; she even had to get a trampoline!!

For seven years, every Tuesday from May to September we would meet for ladies gold night.  Jean always had stories about the office, Vanessa and the grandkids, her next trip to Montreal or a staff event that was coming up – and yet by the seventh hole she would be getting antsy to get home to see how her tomato and cucumber plants were doing or find out what project Wayne was working on that week.  Sometimes we didn’t even stop for supper, she was anxious to get home.

Canoeing was another passion that Jean had.  She would phone up and say the Shell is just right, let’s get going!  I remember one trip we took a while stopping to roast wieners, we got talking about what we wanted out of life, etc., and she was the only one that was totally content with her life and she was doing what she absolutely loved.  So I’m thinking that law firm in Yorkton must be an awesome place to work.

Even though Jean loved the country she also loved the hustle and bustle of city life.  Going on shopping trips was a much looked forward to event.  Her motto was “Every girl needs to have some sparkly clothes in her closet.”  Mother and daughter would be seen going on their jaunts to Saskatoon or Edmonton at least a couple of times a years.  One time, I was lamenting about my daughter texting while driving.  She said, “Well, once, when Vanessa was driving, and talking on the phone, I took the phone away, told the caller “Sorry Vanessa’s driving, she can’t talk now;” and plopped the phone back in her bag.”  I said, “you’re lucky she’s still talking to you.”  Somehow Jean could be confrontational without making you mad if that makes any sense.

My husband says, Jean had a way of telling you where to go and you actually enjoyed the trip.

Jean, also, had tidbits of wisdom to share as she went about her days.  One particular one was “get rid of clutter, it only messes up your life.”  I learned that from Vanessa, she would say, “she has no clutter in her house.”

I loved Jean for her no nonsense ways, as did many of her other friends.  Wayne calls it “sardonic humor.”  I hope you don’t mind me telling this last little story, Wayne.  Jean was already quite sick and in a lot of pain but Wayne thought it might be nice for her to go back home for a bit.  When he mentioned to her that he was thinking of taking her home, she turned in her bed to him and said “Get a grip.”  So that was our Jean, true to form!

Jean’s love of life was infectious, so many things she was interested in, so many things to do, there was no time for sitting around.  Whether it was riding a seadoo at a staff get together, holidaying on a Cruise Ship, or having her Mom and brothers come for a visit, it was a big celebration that she would put her whole heart into.

Jean will always be an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many of you for her bravery and courage in the face of death.  Never once complaining or groaning but accepting her lot in life and thankful for the blessings that surrounded her.  I have a verse here that I’d like to close off with:

A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.

Gone where?  Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large now as when I last saw her.  Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says She is gong, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout – There she comes!

That is what dying is,

A horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up O Lord, that we may see further.

Go in peace, my friend – and enjoy the new horizon.

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


Albert Ernest Neath

Our Brother and Friend, Albert Ernest Neath left this life to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, August 19th at the age of 62, after a brief and sudden illness.

Al was born in Carrot River, Saskatchewan in 1948 to Reg and Del Neath, who have predeceased him.

Al has three sisters, Sharon (George) Ginter, Charlene (Harold) Lutzer, Pat (Blaine) Penner and a host of nieces and nephews.

Al was a man of many talents, but the one we will all remember and admire was his love for hurting, forgotten children.

He operated a “Specialized Foster Home” in Waterhen, Manitoba, providing treatment, structure and guidance to “Young Lads” who have found their way into the Provincial Community Services system.

Al leaves many amazing friends from the many communities he lived in who all define him as a “Rough and Independent man” who was a tremendous loyal friend.

Al would argue with you until he thought he’d won – then turn around and give you the shirt off his back.

A co-worker commented “I have respect for him as a caring, thoughtful and unselfish person.  I admire his skill, patience and devotion.”

Rest in Peace, Al, in the arms of your Savior, Jesus Christ – Your work on earth is done!

Celebration of Al’s life was held Wednesday August 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Waterhen Community Centre.  Interment followed on Thursday August 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Pine Grove Cemetery in Carrot River, Saskatchewan.

In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to the Albert Neath Trust Fund for FAS, FAA children in the Waterhen – Dauphin Area. Donations may be made at the Prairie Mountain Credit Union in Ste. Rose Du Lac.

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

Caroline Gray (nee Joice)

Caroline was born on the farm at Torquay, Saskatchewan on the 6th day of August, 1931.  Born to Archie and Dorthy Joice, she was the second of four girls.  Her older sister Etta (Ed) Wanner of Regina, SK passed away last year, while she is survived by younger sisters Margaret (Bernard) Peterson of Balgonie and June (Cash) Daknwich of Regina.

She quickly became her father’s helper as well as tractor and combine operator and whatever else needed doing.

At the age of 19 she travelled to Aldersgate Christina College, where she attended for three years.  During her time there she frequented a number of camp meetings and taught young children.  She later worked at Simpson Sears and Singer Sewing Machines.

In 1967 she married George Gray of Grandview, Manitoba.  George is fond of telling how their wedding date had to be in 1967, as Caroline was set against marrying in 1968, it being a leap year.  (There is an old saying that anyone wed in a leap year meant it was the woman who proposed.  Caroline didn’t want anyone to get that idea.)

In 1975 George and Caroline moved to Balgonie, SK where they farmed in the cream business.  It was here that Caroline first started working for Eaton’s and then later at Pioneer Village Care Home.  During her 14 years working at the care home she made it known she hoped never to have to live in a care home.  As far as we know, by the time Caroline did need a care home room, she was unable to realize where she was.

In 2007 George and Caroline moved back to Grandview, fast becoming cherished members of the community of Grandview and of the church family at Roblin Free Methodist Church.

Caroline passed away on the 19th day of August, 2011 at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Free Methodist Church in Roblin with Pastor Heath Butler officiating.  Rebecca Butler served as organist.  Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers were Robert Ferguson, Chester Cockerill, Ken Chase, Lyle Chase, Art Cockerill and Calvin Cockerill.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Caroline may be made to the Gideons or to Grandview Gateway Incorporated.

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


Sylvia Irene Liick (nee Weselowski)

Passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2011 in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 72 years.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with Pastor Scott Allen officiating.  Alice Allen served as the organist.

Interment followed in the Sifton Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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

Olga Didyk (nee Buyar)

On Monday, August 15, 2011, Olga Didyk passed away peacefully with her son, David, and her nurses, Camara and Kim at her side at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 86 years.

Olga was born on April 3, 1925 at Ethelbert, Manitoba to parents Michael and Mary Buyar (Demchuk).

Olga completed her education at Ethelbert and Sifton Schools.  Following her education, Olga went to the Manitoba Normal School in Winnipeg for Teacher training.  After graduation from Normal School, Olga taught school in “one room” schools.  She has taught in school districts Haig, Kulish, Buyan, Bield and Roxton.

In 1967, Olga accepted a teaching position in Dauphin with the Dauphin-Ochre School Division as the “one room” schools were being shut down.  She taught at the Barker, MacNeill and Henderson Schools.  She commuted to Brandon University several evenings and Saturdays a week and during her summer break with other teachers to obtain her B.A. and B.E. degrees.

Olga retired in 1986 after teaching for 34 years.  Following her retirement, Olga became a world traveler and travelled to many places, such as Alaska, the Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, China, Japan, India, Italy, Greece, Africa, England, France, Switzerland, Lourdes, USSR and Mexico.

Aside from travelling, Olga volunteered at various places.  She canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society.  Olga also volunteered at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival for many years.  One of the last places she volunteered prior to becoming ill was the Dauphin Friendship Centre “Food For Thought Program”.  Olga loved children and it gave her a great deal of satisfaction knowing that children were getting a hot meal at lunch time.

Olga also enjoyed going to British Columbia to visit her brother, Tony, and sister-in-law, Ann in Vernon and her son, Dennis and his family.  On the way to British Columbia, she often stopped in Calgary to visit her nephew, Rob Wilman, his wife, Michelle and children Tait and Natish.

Olga also enjoyed visiting her son Ken and his family in Portage La Prairie.

She frequently visited Winnipeg to visit her youngest son, David.

While at home, Olga would go picking berries and mushrooms with her sister Lydia in the Ethelbert area for hours as they had their secret locations to go.

Olga enjoyed walking and riding her bicycle for exercise.

Olga liked to read and would get books to read at the Dauphin Library.

Knitting sweaters for her sons and grandchildren was another passion of hers.  Her garden and flowers were also another hobby of hers that kept her busy.

Olga also had a pet cat named Fluffy that she was very attached to and Fluffy was very attached to her.

Olga was a devoted member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, being in the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League (40 year member) being President for three terms, the Ukrainian Choir and Pastoral Care Community.  While being a school teacher, Olga taught Catechism and Ukrainian on Saturday mornings.  Olga also enjoyed working at the 11th Avenue Hall at various functions.

Olga became a resident of St. Paul’s Home on October 8, 2003 after a lengthy hospital stay after having a stroke on February 3, 2003.

Olga adapted to life at St. Paul’s.  She went to Mass daily in the Chapel.  She participated in all the activities.  She enjoyed going to the teas in the spring and fall in the Handivan with other residents.  Most of all, she enjoyed going to the Fall suppers at the 8th Avenue and 11th Avenue Halls.  There, she would see many old friends she had not seen in a long time.

Olga enjoyed the Tim Horton’s coffee and Winnipeg newspapers that David had brought her.  Also, while at St. Paul’s, Olga enjoyed reading, word find books and watching TV.  Her favourite TV shows were the Daily Mass, Murder She Wrote, Father Ted, which were all on the Vision Channel.  One other show Olga enjoyed watching was Dr. Oz.

Olga is survived by her children – Dennis (Penny) Didyk and grandchildren Daryn, Tamara and Cody, all of Port Coquitlam, BC; Kenneth (Iris) Didyk and grandchildren Dale, Karley and James, all of Portage La Prairie, MB; David Didyk of Dauphin, MB; her sister, Lydia, of Dauphin, MB.  Olga is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Buyar, and her sisters Jenny, Natalie, Lena, Nell and her brothers Victor and Tony.

Prayers were offered on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection with the Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor and the Crossbearer was Karley Didyk.  The Epistle was read by Jerry Joss and the eulogy celebrating Olga’s life was delivered by Sister Jean Zemliak.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jerry Joss, Dale Didyk, Peter Atamanchuk, Darwin Ogg, James Kereluik and Ivan Hupalo.

The Family would like to thank all of the staff (HCA’s nurses, activity, housekeeping, maintenance and dietary) for taking excellent care of their mother Olga during the last 8 years of her life.  You are all a credit to your profession.  A special thanks to Sister Jean and Father Oleg for always being there for Olga and her family.  Also a thank you to Dr. Trina Mathison for taking care of Olga while she was at St. Paul’s Home.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Olga may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to St. Paul’s Home.

You can only have one mother,

Loving, kind and true,

No other friend in all the world

Will be so true to you.

For all her love and kindness,

She asked for nothing in return,

If all the world deserted me,

To my mother I could turn.

For those of you who have a mother,

Treasure her with care,

For you will never know her value

Till you see that she is not there.

To hear her voice, to see her smile,

To sit and talk with her awhile.

To be together in the same old way,

Would be my dearest wish today.

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

Florence Maxwell (nee Morran)

Peacefully on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Florence Agnes Maxwell passed away at the Grandview Hospital at the age of 83 years with her family by her side.

Florence was born on April 25, 1928 at Grandview, Manitoba.  She was the youngest daughter of Albert and Magdalene (nee Fisher) Morran.  She was the youngest of nine children and was raised on the family farm and attended the Morranville and Grandview Schools.  Over the years Florence attended the Victoria School of Nursing for one year but returned to Grandview to care for her mother.  She met and married Bernard (Bernie) Maxwell on October 28, 1947.  Upon their marriage, they moved and operated a dairy farm in Aldergrove, British Columbia.  In 1948, they returned to Grandview, Manitoba and farmed in the Tamarisk area.  In 1985 they retired to the Town of Grandview where she resided until her passing.

Florence was a life member of the Tamarisk Homemakers and the Grandview Curling Club.  Florence was a Lady Shriner and accompanied Bernie to parades and Shriner activities.  Florence was also an Associate Member of the Grandview Legion.  She spent many mornings enjoying her early morning coffee with friends.  For many years, Florence enjoyed singing with the Grandview United Church Choir and volunteering for many organizations in the area.

She is survived by her children Tom, Terry (Brenda), Marilyn (Jacques) Sabourin and Barb (Bob) Lyle, 6 grandchildren Danella (Jason) Whittaker, Josh (Erica) Maxwell, Bernadette Sabourin, Justin Sabourin, Samantha Lyle and Alex Lyle, 3 great grandchildren, Ashton Maxwell, Emma Whittaker and Brielle Maxwell.  She is also survived by one brother, Ed (Bun) Morran, one sister, Nell Quick, one sister-in-law, Margaret Morran, and brother-in-law, Lloyd Maxwell, and a large extended family.  Florence was predeceased by her husband, Bernie, as well as her parents, Albert and Magdalene Morran, in-laws, Norman and Mary Maxwell, brothers,  Al (Gladys) Morran, Alex Morran, sisters Ina Barnett-Clyde and husbands Jim Barnett and Len Clyde, Hilda (Norman) McGinnis, Lola (George) Stirling, brother-in-law, Dennis Quick, sister-in-laws Alice Maxwell and Lois Maxwell and nephews.

A celebration of Florence’s life was held on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Grandview United Church with the Reverend Karen Kuzek officiating.  Interment of her ashes followed at the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Florence’s friends were considered as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grandview Life Line, Grandview Palliative Care or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend our deep appreciation for the exceptional and loving care provided by the staff of the Grandview Hospital.

Florence was always devoted to her family and friends.

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

Michael Paul Rolski

Michael Paul Rolski passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the age of 85 years.

He was born on June 23, 1926 in Dauphin.

When Michael was born, there were many family members with the same first name, so his parents decided to call him by his middle name “Paul” as everyone knew him by.

Paul attended Wilson River School until his help was needed on the farm.  He enjoyed farming and farmed all of his life until ill health forced him to move to town.

He was a religious man.  Although he did not attend church often due to his dislike of incense, he observed all of the church holy days and had great faith.  Paul never worked on Sundays.

He was predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Mary Rolski (nee Federowich) and his sister Jessie.

Paul leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories, his five sisters, Anne, Rose, Mary, Helen and Wilma, along with many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service was held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin, with Fr. Edward Kwiatkowski celebrating.  Marvin Procyshyn served as cantor.  The service concluded at the chapel with cremation following.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of  Paul may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or 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.

Malachi Josiah McKinnon

May 12, 2011-August 9, 2011

Passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the age of 3 months.

The Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dauphin, with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Eli Doerksen-Callen, Jeremiah Sorrell, David Pacholuk and Gary Uliski.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

 Baby Angel

Our precious baby angel
Our shining star above
You came into our world
And filled our hearts with love

Your perfect little face
Your long hands and toes
The love we feel for you
No one really knows
Never will we forget you
You’re forever in our hearts
So spread your beautiful angel wings
And fly away to a new start.


If I could have a lifetime wish
a dream that would come true
I’d pray to God with all my heart
for yesterday and you
A thousand words can’t bring you back
I know because I’ve tried
And neither would a million tears
I know because I’ve cried
You left behind a broken heart
and happy memories too
I never wanted memories
I only wanted you.

 – We miss and love you -

Mommy, Daddy,

Madison, Jessica and Gus

and all of your other extended family

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