Friedrich (Fred) Schmollinger

It is with sadness and sorrow the family mourn the passing of husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Friedrich (Fred) Schmollinger on July 8, 2011 at the age of 97 years.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Hertha; his children, son Wayne (Darlene) of St. Albert, AB, daughter Dianne Nott (John) of Roblin, MB and son Don (Lorraine) of Roblin, MB; grandchildren, Waylene Derksen (Levi) of St. Albert, AB, Kim Harpelle (Keith) of Brandon, MB, Lana Nykyforak (Garry) of Roblin, MB, Jason Nott (Coralee) of Roblin, MB, Dustin Schmollinger (Tanya) of Yorkton, SK and Dallas Schmollinger (Michelle) of Estevan, SK; great-grandchildren, Cale, Declan and Hayven Derksen of St. Albert, AB, Kassandra and Kristen Harpelle of Brandon, MB, Morgan and Logan Nykyforak of Roblin, MB and Parker and Holden Nott of Roblin, MB.  He will also be missed by his brothers, Emil Schmollinger (Hertha) of Roblin, MB and Adolph Schmollinger of Edmonton, AB; sisters,  Marie Zimmer, Elsie Baumung both of Roblin, Frieda Liske of Beausejour, MB and Beth Watson of Kelowna, BC.

Fred was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Ernestine Schmollinger, brothers Jack and Charlie Schmollinger and sister Nellie Andres.

Fred was born in 1913 in Winnipeg, MB and moved to Shellmouth in 1917 where he remained until he enlisted in the Armed Forces.  He married Hertha Mundt of MacNutt, SK on September 3, 1944 and moved to Winnipeg where he was employed by Molson Brewery.  They later moved to Shevlin where he farmed until 1964.  They later moved to Roblin where he remained until his death.

Fred loved woodworking and was a meticulous carpenter for years at which time he turned the business over to his son, Don.

He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and had a strong faith.

Prayers were offered on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel.  Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Roblin with Pastor Robert Hasselstrom officiating.  Music was provided by Debbie Funk as organist as well as the Lutheran Men’s Quartet.  Interment followed in the Roblin District Cemetery.  Laying Fred to rest were Pallbearers Victor Dzikowski, Kevin Mundt, Gerald Liske, Reg Becker, Jerry Zachedniak and Keith Harpelle.  All those who have touched Fred’s life were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Fred may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to the Roblin District Community Foundation – Crocus Court Personal Care Home.

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

Verda Winnifred Jeffrey (nee Morran)

Peacefully, on Sunday July 10, 2011 with her children at her side Verda Winnifred Jeffrey (Morran) passed away at the Grandview Personal Care Home at the age of 85 years.

Verda was born in Grandview to Bert and Maggie Morran, the second youngest of nine children.  She was raised on the family farm and attended the Morranville and Grandview Schools.  Following her graduation from high school, Verda attended Normal School in Winnipeg for her teacher’s training and then taught at Locksley School south of Grandview.  On February 14, 1947, she married the love of her life Alton Jeffrey on his return from overseas.  Following their marriage, they moved to Aldergrove B.C. to begin their life together.  Verda was a homemaker and worked alongside Alton on their dairy farm.  In 1965, they returned to Grandview and bought a mixed farm.  During their time on this farm Verda worked for the Grandview Co-op managing the hardware department.  In 1973, they sold the farm and built a log home alongside Silver creek on the same quarter as Verda’s childhood home.  In 1991, they retired to the town of Grandview.

Verda embraced life and was an enthusiastic participant!  Her family and extended family were all important to her as was her community.  Everyone was welcome in her home.  She was a tireless volunteer for many organizations including the Grandview United Church and Church women, Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Morranville-Wicklow Ladies, holding office in them as well.  She and pal Audrey Shoemaker organized the homecoming school reunion for many years as well as the takeout meals for the annual United Church fall supper.  Verda was one of the principal figures in making the Grandview Personal Care Home become a reality and served as chairman of the board.  She and Alton delivered meals on wheels. She volunteered at the GAAC for years and sang in the United Church Choir.

Verda loved to curl and was a life member of the Grandview Ladies Curling Club.  She was also a “walker” and covered many, many miles around Grandview on foot with her sister Florence and friend Lois Maxwell. She enjoyed camping and travelling with Alton and their friends.  She loved music and dancing with a passion!

Verda is survived by her children Sandra (Gerry) Elliott, Stuart (Judy) Jeffrey, Ruth Goran and son-in-law Danny Goran, and grandchildren Chantelle Elliott (Chris Borghi), James (Nicole) Elliott, Cassandra (Craig) Cowper, Luke Jeffrey, Bethany Goran and Jeff Goran. There are 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn one brother Ed (Bun) Morran and two sisters Nell Quick and Florence Maxwell, one brother-in-law Glen (Margaret) Jeffrey, 4 sisters-in-law, Margaret Morran, Verona (Lawrence) Clegg, Bernice Jeffrey, Betty Jeffrey and nieces nephews and cousins too numerous to mention.

Verda was predeceased by her husband of 64 years Alton, brothers Al and wife Gladys Morran, Alex Morran, sisters Ina Barnett-Clyde and husbands Jim Barnett and Len Clyde, Hilda McGinnis and husband Norman, Lola Stirling and husband George, brothers-in-law Denis Quick, Bernie Maxwell and John Jeffrey, sister-in-law Buddy (Merriam) Kydd and husband Arnold.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Grandview United Church with the Reverend Steve Wilson officiating.  Deneen Fisher served as organist, accompanying the United Church Choir.  The eulogy was delivered by Chantelle Elliott, Cassandra Cowper and Bethany Goran, and Gayle Donald offered words of remembrance.  Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers were Chantelle Elliott, James Elliott, Cassandra Cowper, Luke Jeffrey, Bethany Goran and Jeff Goran.

If desired, donations in Verda’s memory may be made to the Grandview Personal Care Home 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.

Walter Dolhun

With his family by his side, Walter passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on July 8, 2011.

Walter Dolhun was born on August 17, 1939 in the RM of Dauphin, MB, the first born child to Michael and Lena Dolhun (Mezereski). He grew up with his siblings Albert and Gloria.

Walter went to Milton School until grade 8. Then we went to DCTI high school in Dauphin until grade 12. In high school, he enjoyed playing football and hockey.

Dad worked on the family farm until he was old enough to go to work. Dad worked for CN Rail for about 3 years. Then he went onto his new adventure working mines in northern Manitoba. He worked in the Sheridan Mine, Flin Flon Mine, and Thompson Mine. After working many years up north of Manitoba he decided to come back to the family farm to help out his dad with well drilling and farming. Dad loved to farm.

Dad was known to a lot of people as “Dusty Ole Farmer”. He had a love for music. He played in various bands. He loved to entertain people with his guitar and accordion music. He played music by ear, he didn’t read music notes at all. He was always the life of the party. He always had a joke to tell that made you laugh and cry.

After years of being single dad met the love of his life, our mom Audrey. After the courtship, they decided to surprise everyone and get married. They got married in The Pas, MB where us girls were living at the time. To his surprise, he now had 2 daughters and a grandson.

Early in their marriage, they both enjoyed participating in curling. He played in numerous bonspiels. Dad also had a love for playing horseshoes.  Dad loved ice fishing. He was well known on the ice by many fishermen who would come to see his new gizmos and contraptions that he invented for catching fish. Dad always had secret fishing spots on the ice in hopes that no one would see him. People always seemed to find him. They knew where ever dad was the fish were there too. Dad made his TV debut on CBC-TV for his ice fishing shack contraption on Lake Dauphin.

Dad loved going for nature walks and exploring the outdoors. Every time he went, his dog and cats would follow him everywhere. He had a love for his animals.  Dad had a passion for vegetable gardening and his organic fruit trees. He would produce enough vegetables to feed all of Sifton.

Dad had fun making for his grandchildren gizmo kites out of grocery bags. The kite would always be the weirdest looking gizmo. It would fly just about to the clouds. He would tie the kite to bales for days. Neighbours would call to ask him what is that flying in his field is.

Dad was always willing to help anyone when they needed help. He would give his shirt off his back if he had to.

He was always reminiscing the good old days. He loved to tell stories about things that he did when he was younger and what life was like back then.

Dad’s first love was always his family and spending quality time with us. He would be there in a heartbeat with no questions asked.

Dad was a well-respected man from all that knew him. He always had a kind word about anyone. He was a very wise man. Dad always had a philosophy to tell. One that always sticks out in our minds is “work smart, not hard and be a straight shooter”.

He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Lena Dolhun, father-in-law Michael Bernat.

Walter will be remembered fondly by his surviving family: his loving wife Audrey of 27 years of marriage; daughters Victoria and husband Ken Makowski of Gilbert Plains, Mary-Anne and husband Allan Kostur of Dauphin; grandchildren Ryann Sianchuk, Kendall Kostur and Brenndan Kostur all of Dauphin; brother Albert and wife Ceina Dolhun of Dauphin; sister Gloria Jansen of Dauphin; mother-in-law Mary Bernat of Dauphin; brothers-in-law Wes and wife Stephanie Bernat of Dauphin, Ernie and wife Bernie Bernat of Keld.  There are also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Prayers were offered on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium in Dauphin with the Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating, and St. George’s Cantors providing choral accompaniment.  The Crossbearer was Brendan Kostur.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Allan Kostur, Ken Makowski, Richard Dolhun, Brian Dolhun, Karl Jansen and Dave Zihrul.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Walter 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.

Norman Huska

Passed away on July 6, 2011 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Grandview District Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Norman 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.

Sigurd Olsen

Passed away on July 7, 2011 in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Graveside service was held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Gilbert Plains Eldon Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

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

Lawrence Wellington Durston

Sadly the family announces the passing of Lawrence Durston at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on July 7, 2011, 10 days short of his 91st birthday.  He will now happily be reunited with his wife, Muriel.

Lawrence leaves to cherish and mourn, daughter Judy Timm (Derek), Darlene Knutson, grandchildren Cory Payne, Christa Payne, Melanie Knutson and Ashley Knutson.  Also, sister-in-law Irene Durston, niece Joyce Schiltroth (Blain), nephews Ken Lunsted (Phyllis) and Gary McRoberts (Evelyn).  He also leaves behind extended family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Muriel, parents Albert and Mary Jane Durston, sisters Esther McRoberts and her husband Wilfred, Reta Lunsted and her husband Arthur, Adeline Steadman and her husband Joe, brother Gordon Durston and son-in-law Bill Knutson.

Lawrence was born in a log house in the R.M. of Dauphin on July 17, 1920.  He grew up on a farm in the Mountview District where he attended Grades 1-8.

He married Muriel Fry on June 12, 1952 and they had two daughters, Judith Eileen and Darlene Diane.  They lived southeast of Dauphin where they grain farmed, raised thousands of turkeys for hatching eggs and later raised sheep.

He enjoyed bowling in the five pin league, travelling, history, telling tales and talking about the olden days.  He enjoyed his wife’s cooking and loved to joke about her second rate baking that didn’t take a first at the fair.

Lawrence and Muriel loved travelling throughout Canada and the United States.  They went south for 31 winters spending most of them in Magic Valley Trailer Park in Weslaco, Texas.

In the fall of 2005 they moved from the farm and into the town of Dauphin.

After Muriel passed away he lived with his daughter, Darlene and then spent the last four months in the personal care home.  The family would like to thank the staff at the personal care home as well as the doctors, nurses and health care aides at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

Memorial service was held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin with Pastor Tim Diack officiating.  Barbara Durston served as organist, accompanying Dean Durston as soloist.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dauphin Pioneers Association.

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

Louis Delannoy

Passed away on December 10, 2010.

Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church.

Interment followed in the Ste. Rose Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Louis may be made to the MS Society.

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

Miroslaw Andrew (Mersil) Yury

Miroslaw Andrew “Mersil” Yury, eldest son of Ann and Andrew Yury, left us suddenly in the afternoon of July 1, 2011 at his residence in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.

Upon retiring in 2002, he returned to his Manitoba roots and took up residence in the community of Gilbert Plains.

Mersil was a very friendly, outgoing individual and his sunny smile and contagious laughter will be very much missed.

He was a very gifted and talented person who loved to paint, whether it was cars, homes or refurbishing antique furniture, and his workmanship was always very meticulous and professional.

He was definitely a sports enthusiast, being an avid fisherman and hunter, and especially enjoyed hockey and football, all of which were a part of his life from youth until his passing.

Blessed with the gift of hospitality, his home was always open to everyone whom he had encountered in his life and he looked forward to visits with long time friends.

Mersil was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Lila Yury (nee Pasareno); his son, Steed Yury; and his brother-in-law Terry Smith.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Betty of Gilbert Plains; his son, Conway Yury and wife Linda of Dauphin; his sister, Jan Smith and friend Boris Nowosad of Dauphin; his brother John Yury of Guelph, Ontario as well as other extended family members.

Prayers were offered on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Gilbert Plains with the Reverend Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating, and Metro Lukie serving as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Nathaniel Yury.  The eulogy celebrating Mersil’s life was delivered by Conway Yury, John Yury and Jan Smith.  Interment followed in the Rhodes Cemetery in Ethelbert.  Laying Mersil to rest were Pallbearers Conway Yury, John Yury, John Jr. Yury, Clint Toews, David Nichol and Michael Pachkowski.

Memorial gifts to honour the life of Mersil Yury may be given to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Gilbert Plains, or to the Rhodes Cemetery Fund.

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

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Adam Joel Prestayko

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Adam Joel Prestayko at the young age of 24 years of July 3, 2011 at his home in Dauphin.

Adam was born on November 17, 1986 in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Adam and his older brother Derek grew up in the country in Valley River.  Adam was very fortunate also to have very close friends growing up that lived nearby which of course meant lots of country miles to explore.

He went through kindergarten, grade school and high school all in Dauphin, graduating with academic excellence in his field of metals.  He worked in Dauphin and area for years, starting with welding at Arnie’s in Gilbert Plains and Signal Industries in Dauphin, but mostly at the family business in Dauphin, installing satellite and surveillance equipment throughout the area.  Sometimes he stayed a bit too long, but he brought back good stories and made friends for life.  To Adam, family and friends were very important.

He loved to garden and cook and hunt and fish and quad and sled, and everyone who knows Adam knows how he loved his Harley.  He loved building it, riding it, and there was always just a little something extra he’d want to do to it.  Adam was always inventing some little thing that will do the job more efficiently and faster.  He’d always figure out a way to get it done.  He loved to visit, and could visit for hours and he always remembered his friends in great detail.  He was a part of many people’s lives and if he was your friend, it was for life.

Adam packed a lot of living in a very short time.  He was a free spirit with a gentle soul.

Left to mourn are his parents, Rick and Brenda, brother Derek, Baba Jean and Gido Al, Baba Vicky, Aunties, Uncles, and lots of cousins.  All who knew Adam will miss him dearly.

Adam was predeceased by his Gido John.

Prayers were offered on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 12, 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.  The eulogy was delivered by Kristin Hlady.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Orrie Anderson, Ryan Marzyk, Rylie Marzyk, Cory Prestayko, Ben Plesh and Nick Baumung.

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

 “Good time Charlie, with a Harley, that’s me”

 “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a LIFE”

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

Lena Harrison (nee Pulak)

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the families of Lena Harrison announce her passing.  Lena Harrison, aged 91 years, of Winnipegosis, Manitoba passed away on July 4th at the Winnipegosis General Hospital.

She was born on July 15th, 1919 to Steve and Justina Pulak.  Lena was only 9 years old when she lost her dad.  Her mother married Roy Yarema.  Lena was raised in the River Bend area and received her education at the River Bend School.

Lena married Peter Harrison on Oct 28th, 1939.  They began their married life in the Ethelbert area where they farmed.  Their first child, Ed was born while they lived in Ethelbert.  They purchased farmland and moved to the South Bay area.  While they farmed at South Bay, they were blessed with two more children, daughter Helen, and son Boris.  Due to Peter’s ill health, they sold the farm and moved to Winnipegosis.  Their son David was born here.    Lena worked outside the home while raising her family.  She was employed at the Bakery, at the Motel and as a custodian at the Winnipegosis Elementary School until she retired.

Lena is survived by: son Edward (Sylvia) Harrison of the Narrows, daughter Helen (Ray) Rolla of Dauphin, son Boris (Bev) Harrison of Fork River, and son David (Geri) Harrison of Minnedosa. Grandchildren Calvin (Nadia) Harrison of Winnipeg, Tammy (Jeff) Connelly of Swan River, Don (Pam) Harrison of Winnipeg, Trish (Rob)  Dubek of Dauphin, Trent (Valerie) Harrison of Dauphin, Adele Cott of Minnedosa, Darren Harrison of Minnedosa, and Dean Harrison of Toronto.  She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren Emily, Isabella, Edward, Nicholas, Olivia, Lucas, Eric, and Liam, brother John (Pearl) Yarema of Dauphin, brother-in-law John (Sylvia) Harrison of Dauphin, sisters-in-law, Caroline and Ann both of Portage and Jenny of Winnipeg, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Lena was predeceased by her husband Peter in 1982, her parents and step-father, siblings Peter, Paul, Olga, and Stella,  brothers-in-law Mike (Margaret) Harrison, Frank Harrison (Ann), Tony (Ann) Harrison, Walter Harrison, Morris Harrison, Joe Harrison, and Mike Lylyk, and sisters-in-law Vickie Pulak, and Nellie Pulak.

Prayers were offered on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. from the Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral service was held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipegosis with the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski officiating.  Holly Hryhoruk served as Cantor.  The Crossbearers were Tammy Connolly, Trish Dubek and Adele Cott.  The Epistle was read by Sylvia Harrison and the eulogy was delivered by Geri Harrison.  Interment followed in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Calvin Harrison, Don Harrison, Trent Harrison, Darren Harrison, Dean Harrison and Jeff Connolly.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Lena may be made to the Winnipegosis and District Health Centre or to the Winnipegosis Personal Care Home.

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