Donnie Steve Rosolowsky

With sadness the family announces the sudden death of Donnie Steve Rosolowsky on July 1, 2011 at the age of 53.

Don was born to John and Lena Rosolowsky (nee Michalchuk) on July 18, 1957 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.  He obtained his education at Tanner, Brickburn and GPCI high school.  He farmed with his father until 1989 and continued until 2005 when he rented out his land.  During that time he also worked with various construction companies both in Manitoba and Alberta through the winter months.  One of his memorable accomplishments was working on the Vermillion dam in Dauphin.  He served for several years on council for the Rural Municipality of Gilbert Plains.  In the year 1993 Don won the Farmer Appreciation Award sponsored by Pool Elevators.  A very proud moment.

At a young age, Don was very curious about how things worked and would dismantle (sometimes at the dislike of his father) and rebuild or remodel them.  This carried on into his adult life.  These talents made him a Jack of all trades, welder, mechanic, plumber, electrician and carpenter.  There wasn’t anything that Don could not fix.  When he wasn’t working on the farm or with cattle he would take a break and enjoy the finer things in life; fishing, hunting, camping, quadding, baking, gardening, canning, making jam, playing cards (cheating lots) escorting and watching Andrew and Cheryl play hockey or just spending time with family and friends.  When entertaining, Don would ensure that there was plenty to eat and drink.  Don was an early riser and if he wasn’t giving somebody an early morning wake up call (6:00 a.m.) he was busy baking a pie, making muffins or his famous butter tarts.  How lucky we were to enjoy these.  We all enjoyed his famous garlic laced headcheese, potent beets and horseradish or delicious soups.  Don was quite the chef.

One of Don’s most endearing feature was his infectious laugh.  We are sure that everyone will remember it, it was so unique but usually followed a practical joke or a prank.  Where he came up with these ideas, we really don’t know, but they are memorable.

Don is survived by his three children — 2 daughters Amanda (Ryan) Scott, Cheryl Rosolowsky and fiancé Devin Hughes, and his son Andrew Rosolowsky; 2 sisters Sharon (Ted) Rehirchuk and Eileen (Bruce) Oleski; his nephews Brian and Darrell Rehirchuk, Mark Oleski; niece Megan Oleski and great-nieces Lauren, Kayla and Taylor Rehirchuk.

Don was predeceased by his mother Lena in December 1977 and father John in September 1989.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  The Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiated, accompanied by St. George’s Cantors.  Interment followed in the Gilbert Plains Chatsworth Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Brian Rehirchuk, Darrell Rehirchuk, Walter Rosolowsky, Robert Czarnecki, Bradley Solski and Doug Gray.  All of Don’s family and friends were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be made to the Gilbert Plains Ambulance Service.

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

Norman Andre Chartrand

In memory of Norman Andre Chartrand, born on June 22, 1932, passed peacefully on June 27, 2011 at Swan Valley Hospital.

He leaves to mourn, sister, Delia Guiboche (Norman), brothers Stanley Flett and Fred Flatfoot and special “brother” Paul Flett and sister-in-law Marie Chartrand.

His children, Dennis, Lorna, Chicky, and Marilyn, stepchildren Jim, Corinne and Kenny.  His long time companion Adele Richard and family.

24 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.  All the many nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by parents Isabelle and Camille, wife Annie and sons Raymond, Joshie (Brian) and Marcel, brother George and sisters Julia and Martha.

Norman grew up in Camperville in a loving nuturing home and learned to work hard at an early age.  As a young man he was a fisherman, hunter, trapper and store manager.  Later in life, Norman was dedicated and involved in community events and Metis politics.  Norman was proud of the many certificates and medals awarded to him.  We will miss him dearly and will forever be in our hearts.  Rest in Peace.

A prayer service and wake was held at the Camperville Hall on Tuesday, July 5 starting at 7:00 p.m.  The funeral mass for Norman was celebrated on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. from Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Camperville.  Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

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

Steve Adamski

Passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, in Dauphin, Manitoba, at the age of 65 years.  Cremation has taken place.  There will be no Funeral Service.

Florence Martin (nee Creaser)

Passed away on June 30, 2011.

Funeral service was held on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin, Manitoba. 

Memorial Donations in memory of Flo may be made to the Lung Association.

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

Kenneth George Morrison

October 31, 1948 – June 26, 2011

Ken was born in Englishtown, Cape Breton Island, to John and Doris Morrison.  He attended school in Baddeck, NS.  After graduation, he was accepted into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police academy in 1967.  During his career, Ken was posted in a number of detachments aroundManitoba, including Amaranth and Ethelbert.  While working in Ethelbert, he met Audrey Gnazdowsky, his future wife.  They married on August 5, 1972.  They began their life together in The Pas, and then were transferred to McCreary.  While living in McCreary they started their family.  They had a daughter Wendy in 1975, who died shortly after birth.  Keri was born in 1976, and Todd was born in 1979.  After Todd was born, the family was transferred toWinnipeg. Ken also worked in Powerview and Winnipegosis.  He retired from the force in 1996.  He and Audrey moved to Dauphin later that year.

He continued his career working at the Canadian Firearms Centre.  He also kept busy working at several gas bars around Dauphin.  He was dedicated to his work and took pride in providing for his family.

Ken was well-known for his sarcastic sense of humor and you knew he liked you if he called you “Bag”.  He had a tough exterior but his bark was always worse than his bite.

His priorities in life included a spotless driveway – he had a full arsenal at his disposal, including the leaf blower that came out daily in the fall, and the shovel and snow blower in the winter.  He was also meticulous about washing his vehicles, and washing the dishes – all running family jokes.

He enjoyed watching the Toronto Blue Jays and was excited to attend their training camp games this past February when visiting his sister in Florida.  He also kept the TV tuned either to the Golf Channel or the Food Network.  He took quite an interest in cooking in recent years and had been known to bake muffins and cheese biscuits from scratch.  Being from the East Coast, he loved seafood – he perfected his lobster and crab boils, and cooked fish and scallops perfectly.  He enjoyed listening to country music and could be heard singing along off-key.

In September 2009, Audrey was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer.  Ken was an incredibly loving, dedicated and patient caregiver to his wife during her illness.  He rarely left her side and was devastated that she was ill.  Audrey died on October 22, 2010.  We believe that Ken was heartbroken after Audrey passed away.  We find comfort in knowing that they are together again.

Ken was predeceased by his wife Audrey, daughter Wendy, parents Doris and John, and sister Cynthia.

Ken is survived by his daughter Keri, her husband Duane, and granddaughter Emma; his son Todd, his wife Krista, and grandchildren Callum, Kelty and Cale; his sister Judy Campbell, his brother John, and numerous extended family.

A memorial service was held on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:00 am, from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, MB.  A private family interment for both Ken and Audrey followed the lunch, at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox cemetery in Ethelbert, MB.

Donations may be made in Ken’s name to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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

Joseph John (Joe) Tkachuk

October 1, 1918 – June 27, 2011

Peacefully, on June 27th, Joe Tkachuk passed away at St. Paul’s Home at the age of 92. He was predeceased by his wife Anne in November, 2010. They had been married for 65 years. He is survived by his children Ron, Mary-Anne (John), and Debby (Richard); grandchildren, Chris, Danny, Geoff, Sherisse and Kali; and many nephews and one niece. Joe was the second son of Mary (Rudkevitch) and Michael Tkachuk. He was also predeceased by granddaughter Amy and brothers Steve and Frank.

Joe was born in Sifton where his family had farmed near the Valley River. He married Anne (Kaleta) on August 11, 1945 and moved with his parents to the Dickson District, (northeast of Dauphin) to live in the big yellow brick house. With the help of his father, brother and father-in-law, he built his house, and farm buildings. He was a farmer who worked his land with a team of Belgian horses and slowly, but reluctantly, he updated to tractors and machinery. Joe worked with his hands beginning his day at 6 am to milk cows and ended his day with a pitch fork and a bale of hay hoisted over his shoulder to feed the cattle. Joe enjoyed “showing the boys how to play ball” and would join in a scrub baseball game, hitting and running the bases like one of the boys!  But on Sunday, it was his day of rest and nothing could keep him from going fishing to the Valley River. Once lunch was made, he and Anne would fish up and down the Valley and sometimes came home “skunked”.  He received many Master Angler fish awards.

Joe retired from mixed farming and began gardening and a competition between he and Anne soon began as to who had the best garden.  In the winter, if he wasn’t ice fishing, he would be playing Solitaire and “wearing the spots off the cards”.  Cribbage was also his passion and he taught his children the card game so there were more opponents for him to “double skunk”! He truly desired to spend his last days on the farm, but a stroke forced him to move to St. Paul’s Nursing Home where the nurses and staff took exceptional care of him in his final days.

Funeral services were held July 5th at 11:00 am at Riverside Evergreen Chapel in Dauphin with interment following at Riverside Cemetery.

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

Hans Jensen

Passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, in Dauphin, Manitoba, at the age of 77 years.

Cremation has taken place.  There will be no Funeral Service.

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

Joyce Jean Pshebniski (nee Stasiuk)

Joyce Pshebniski of Dauphin, Manitoba passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on June 27, 2011, at the age of 66 years, after complications brought on by stroke.

Joyce was born on June 22, 1945, in Grandview, Manitoba and was the fourth of six children born to Michael and Katie Stasiuk (nee Maluta).  She received most of her grade school education in the Postup School near Roblin, Manitoba, and in 1961, moved to Dauphin to attend the Dauphin Collegiate.  In the 1960s, she worked at the Dauphin Supermarket and Bakery and Western Bakery. On July 13, 1968, she married Victor Pshebniski.  She completed training from the University of Manitoba in Phase I and II Dental Assisting and was employed by Dr. Stephen A. Heschuk from 1968 – 1995.  In 1992, she completed Dietary Aide training from the Assiniboine Community College and became employed by the Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dietary, and later in Support Services, until her retirement in 2005.

Mom was an avid antique collector, and for years it was her passion to attend auctions and flea markets across rural Manitoba in search of antique pieces to add to her main collections of depression glass, crocks, lady head vases, lanterns, Coke memorabilia, and fine antique furniture.  She researched their history and value and enjoyed discussing antiques with other collectors and sharing her knowledge and collection with others, including school children. For mom, antiques were a tie to the past and to a generation that was influential to developing her strong ties to tradition and culture.

Mom enjoyed people. She loved entertaining and the company of others.  Her guests were always well fed and engaged in conversation that would most likely often end in laughter.  Mom was most passionate about her family, caring for her husband and spending time with her children and her grandsons.  She always put the interests of her family above her own.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Michael (1996) and Katie (2007), father-in-law, William Pshebnicki (2007), and mother-in-law, Mary Pshebnicki (2011).  Left to cherish fond memories are her husband of 42 years, Victor Pshebniski, of Dauphin, Manitoba; one son, Brian (Claudette) Pshebniski, of Caledon, Ontario; one daughter, Beverly (Sung-Sik) Kwon, of Edmonton, Alberta; grandsons, Michael Pshebniski, James Pshebniski, and Carter Kwon; siblings, Victoria (Lorne) Woychyshyn, of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sophie (Andrew) Babicz, of Dauphin, Manitoba; Bishop Peter Stasiuk, of Melbourne, Australia; Sylvia (Allan) Balcaen, of Marchand, Manitoba; Orest (Joan) Stasiuk, of Landmark, Manitoba; and one sister-in-law, Elsie (Wasyl) Boyko, of George Lake, Manitoba.

Prayer service was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from the Dauphin Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection.  The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League (UCWL) led the Rosary at 6:30 p.m., with prayer service following at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Liturgy was celebrated from the church on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Music was provided by the Ukrainian Catholic Choir.  Metro Lukie and Marvin Procyshyn served as cantors and Sung-Sik Kwon as soloist.

Pallbearers were Eugene Woychyshyn, Lorna Woychyshyn, Sharon Pierce, Miles Pierce, Daniel Balcaen and Katherine Balcaen.  Crossbearers were Michael Pshebniski, James Pshebniski, and Carter Kwon. Sylvia Balcaen offered the Eulogy, and Claudette Pshebniski read the Epistle. Interment followed at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

A special thank-you to Dr. Sheila Menard, Dr. Jason Scott, and the nurses in the Intensive Care and Palliative Care units at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre for their truly exceptional and professional care for Mom and the support they provided to our family.

Donations in memory of Joyce Pshebniski may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Beyond Life’s Gateway

 There’s an open gate at the end of the road

Through which each must go alone.

And there in a light we cannot see

Our Father claims His own.

 Beyond the gate, Mom finds happiness and rest

And there is comfort in that our loving God knows best.

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

Gwendoline Oakes (nee Taylor)

It is with heartfelt sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Gwendoline Oakes.  After a courageous 2½ year battle with breast cancer, Gwen lost her fight on June 25, 2011.

Gwen emigrated to Canada with her husband and children in 1969, settling in Grande Cache, Alberta.

Gwen enjoyed breeding and raising Yorkshire Terriers, and in her later years, she enjoyed gardening.  Her passion was the United Church and was involved in the UCW.  Most of all, Gwen had a tremendous amount of love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She leaves to cherish many fond memories, her family:  her husband of 53 years of marriage, Phillip; children, Elaine and husband Tom Ludsco of Forrestburg, AB, Christine and husband Dennis Niehaus of Edmonton, AB, Phil and wife Sherri Oakes of Grande Prairie, AB, Pam and husband Earl Gerow of Thompson, MB; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Beamson of the U.K.; 3 sisters-in-law, Phyllis, Pat and Hetty; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the First United Church in Dauphin, Manitoba with the Reverend Larry McPhail officiating.  Barb Durston served as organist, accompanying John Graham as soloist, as well as the First United Church Choir.  Christine Niehaus delivered the eulogy.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Gwen may be made to the United Church Deficit Fund.

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

Barbara Lynn Swanton (nee Lemieux)

With sadness the family of Barbara Swanton announce her passing on June 25, 2011 with family at her side at the age of 66 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Barb was born in Dauphin on June 20, 1945 to Bernard and Vivian Lemieux.  After living in Roblin, Swan River and Armstrong, Ontario the family settled back in Dauphin when she was 10. Barb attended school until grade 11, attended Little’s Business College and started working at 17.  She married her friend and lifelong dance partner on October 16, 1965. In 1974 the Swanton family moved from Forest Avenue to the farm where she would make her home until her passing.  Barb was a stay at home mom, heavily involved with her son’s activities especially hockey.  With three boys in hockey the rink was her second home.  In 1984 Barb started working in the Home Care System eventually becoming a Home Care Resource Coordinator for many years.  Barb retired in June 2003 to spend more time at home with Gerry and her family.  She also spent countless hours tending to her yard and garden and took great pride in the fruits of her labour including representing the Dauphin Municipality in the Manitoba Good Roads Association competition in the summer of 2010.  Barb enjoyed the many trips that Gerry and her were able to take until she was unable to due to her illness.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents.  She leaves to mourn her husband Gerald Swanton, her sons Dan (Sue), Dale, Dave (Tania) and her grandchildren Evan, Abby and Kyler Swanton, her sister Bernadette (Don) Mansfield and her niece Marla Kyle, sisters-in-law Wilma Rogers, Mary Lynn (Lionel) Bourdin and brother-in-law Dale (Bev) Swanton plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church with the Reverend Larry McPhail officiating.  Sandra Dowhan served as organist, accompanying both Margaret Wasylyshen as soloist and the First United Church Choir.  The eulogy was delivered by Helen Rolla, and a poem was read by Yvonne Hrynkiw.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Dauphin and District Community Foundation, Cancer Care Manitoba or a charity of one’s choice.

We thought of you today but that is nothing new

We thought of you yesterday and will tomorrow too

We think of you in silence and make no outward show

For what it meant to lose you only those who love you know

Remembering you is easy we do it everyday

It is the heartache of losing you that will never go away

You are gone but not forgotten for we love you just the same

We have wonderful memories of you and your picture in a frame

We think of how the Lord did bless us with someone so kind and true

And we pray we’ll be there with you when our life on earth is through.

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