I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan 61 years ago, a depression baby, to wonderful parents, Carl and Eva Koch, who passed away in March of 1991 and June of 1989 respectively. They farmed 8 miles straight south of Lajord, Saskatchewan, and I too quickly became consumed with their occupation as farmers. I farmed with my dad for some 50 years. Truly a great experience. I have one sister Doreen Huck of Calgary, and over the years became great friends with her and her children, Carla, Carman, Chantal and Tanya.
Speaking of great friends, I met my wife Carolyn in 1957 and married her in 1964. We had three precious children, Lisa in 1965, Nicole in 1967, and Sterling in 1969. One could never ask for a better wife and family. Always supportive in troubled times and there when you really needed them. The addition of Curtis Bonar (Lisa) of Regina, Doug Djan (Nicole) of Calgary and Maria Castillo (Sterling) of Calgary served to strengthen that support. Dante Djan, our first grandchild has added a whole new dimension to my life.
I received my education in Saskatchewan, first in the country, then at Albert School, Scott Collegiate, and Regina College in Regina, and then on to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960.
I was employed by Dominion bridge in both Regina and Winnipeg for 35 years, building major steel structures throughout Western Canada.
Gord started to write his own obituary with his usual unbounded enthusiasm, but God called him home, on April 18, 1999, before he was able to complete it. So, we will continue this tribute to his life.
Gordon's long career with Dominion Bridge proved many challenges, many accomplishments, and lasting friendships. His talent, determination and love of people has made a lasting contribution in the steel industry.
Although Gord enjoyed great success as a professional engineer, his heart always remained on the farm. Throughout his professional career he continued to farm, much to everyone's amazement. It was truly one of the great loves of his life. He was always at peace watching a Saskatchewan sunset or just hearing the crickets chirp on a starry Saskatchewan night.
Gordon's love of building blossomed into many different areas. He was an accomplished woodworker, using his hands and imagination to create things that brought both him and others great joy. Gord's proudest accomplishment in this area was the cedar strip sea kayak he built during his illness. "Engineered Golf" was born out of his love of the game and his entrepreneurial spirit. He made many clubs for many friends and associates and he liked to believe he improved their game.
Gord was an avid curler and made many friends and happy memories on the curling ice. After a long and successful curling career, he was proud to have made it to the Men's Masters Provincial finals just this past winter. This was a long term goal that he satisfied.
Gord was a long standing member of both the St. Charles Golf and Country Club and and the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club.
Gord also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and loved to hike the mountains in Alberta with his wife and family. He always appreciated the beauty of nature.
His one of a kind personality and amazing sense of humor always kept us laughing. His largest contribution to the world was his positive attitude and lust for life. He always had a wink, a smile, and a kind word for everyone he met. His positive attitude during his illness taught us all a valuable lesson about living life to the fullest. Gord truly lived his motto, "Seize the Day."
Gord's true love was his wife Carolyn, whom he simply adored. He was most proud of the life and family they created together. Thank you dad, your devotion and the optimism with which you've taught us to live out lives is your greatest gift of all!
His memory will also be cherished by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Alice Griffith of Calgary, his mother-in-law Kay Griffith of Regina, and his only nephew, Tyler Gouldie and wife Jennifer of Red Deer, and nices Carla Meadows (Grant - Brea, Kendra, and Amy), Carman Peterson (Scott - Tyler), Chantal Morrison (Ken) and Tanya Huck.
God bless Dr. James Johnston and our special angel Sandi, along with all the other angels on H-4 of the Health Sciences Centre.
Our family would also like to thank all those who loved and supported us through this journey. God bless you all!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Foundation, 100 Olivia St., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
Visitation will be from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage at Aubrey with prayers at 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 20, 1999.
Celebration of his life will be held at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge Avenue, Winnipeg, MB at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 21, 1999. Cremation to follow.
Reta Mabel Matthes (Nee Holton)
On April 15, 1999, Reta passed from this world peacefully, in the presence of her family, in the Riverview Health Centre.
Her memory will be cherished by her son Bob and wife Sidney and children Christie Schinkel (Dean), David (FiancÚe Amanda), Elizabeth and Daniel; son Phil and wife Val and Children Andrew and Emily, other family including Ella Benzie, Don & Doreen Benzie, Marion Martens, Irv and Alma Matthes, Ruth Matthes, Willis and Hertha Matthes, Madeline Petrovich (friend Ed Gessler); other relatives and friends.
Reta was predeceased by her beloved husband Emil, her parents Emily and Horace, her brother Eric and her sisters Gertrude and Florence.
Born on July 14, 1918, Reta grew up in the town of Reston, MB. After a brief career at Sovereign Life, Reta devoted herself to her husband and family. She was a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, active in Sunday School, choir, and Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She took great interest in the lives of her grandchildren and was proud of their achievements. Her grandchildren loved her cookies and baking.
Viewing will be held on Monday, April 19 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., with prayers at 7:30 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave., entrance on Aubrey St.
A celebration of Reta's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, McCalman and Grey, with Pastor Richard Kruesel officiating.
Pallbearers will be Christie Schinkel, David Matthes, Elizabeth Matthes, Andrew Matthes, Daniel Matthes and Joanne Haaksma. Honourary pallbearers will be Emily Matthes and Sandra King.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Reta's memory may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Elevator Fund or a charity of your choice.
William Edward (Bill) Wilson
Suddenly at Victoria Hospital April 5, 1999 in his 89th year.
Survived by his beloved wife Dorothy; son Dennis (Margaret); daughter Janet Clements (Earle); grandchildren Dean (Cheri) and David Wilson, Deron and Susan Clements; great-grandchildren Derek and Katelyn Wilson and daughter-in-law Joanne Wilson.
Bill spent his entire life in Winnipeg, earning a living in the early years both playing in the piano and giving piano lessons to advanced students. He was an account executive with MacLaren Advertising for 25 years and spent the last 5 years of his business life with McKim Advertising. His love of music remained with him always and he traveled to Berne, Switzerland in 1992 to attend the Jazz festival in that city.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Our heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff at Victoria Hospital for their kindness and consideration.
Donations to the Arthritis Society, 105-386 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6 are appreciated.
May he rest in peace.
Christina (Chrissie) Briggs (nee Webster)
It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother. Born in Montrose, Scotland July 24, 1907, she came to Canada in July, 1928 She met her loving husband the same year and they were married January 21, 1930. She was predeceased by her infant daughter Doris in 1931, her loving husband Johnny in 1950 and her son-in-law Don Morrow in 1991.
Mother was a very generous and caring person. She was employed with Eaton's for a number of years. She enjoyed visiting with friends, playing cards and bingo. She was devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was always a treat for them when they visited as well as keeping them supplied with scarves, mitts, slippers and afghans that she had knit.
Her husband Johnny had been her greatest love and she never stopped carrying his memory with her.
Mother is survived by her daughter Betty (Keith) McLean, grandchildren Linda (Shayne) Duplak, Sandra (Dean) Hughes, Janice (Dan) Bosowec, Brian McLean, great grandchildren, Colin and Chelsey Duplak, Brad, Brent and Cory Hughes, Christina and Connor Bosowec, Brendan McLean, daughter Pat Morrow (Vancouver), grandchildren, Michael Morrow (Calgary), Dawna (Rick) Kjar (Ladner), great-grandchildren, Taylor Morrow, Jaime and Clinton Kjar. Son, Jim Briggs (Winnipeg), grandson, Johnny Briggs (BC).
At her request cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at Brookside Cemetery.
William (Bill) George Best
On April 1st, Maundy Thursday, our beloved "papa" Bill went to rest with God. Bill will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend Jane, daughter Christie Stewart (Ron), son James, grandson Cory and Auntie Hazel.
Bill was born November 7th 1928 in Dauphin and raised in Gilbert Plains. He is predeceased by his parents Art and Vera.
In 1954, Bill joined the Army where he trained as a topographical surveyor, air phtointerpreter, and photogrammetrist.
After leaving the army in 1960, he went into civilian work for Spartan Air services. In 1963, he moved to Winnipeg, and worked for the provincial government until his retirement in 1991. He first worked with Forestry Branch in charge of air photo-interpretation. Bill transferred to Surveys and Mapping Sensing Centre. In 1975, the Photogrammetry Section was added to his responsibilities. Then in 1979, he was made Chief of Map Distribution and Remote Sensing.
Bill met Jane Kathleen Christie in 1966, when she started work in he Forestry Branch. They married in 1968.
Bill and Jane were both "cradle" Anglicans. They enjoyed helping out with many varied volunteer activities and liturgical duties for their church communities. For many years, family summer holidays were spent on Anglican Island. Bill was camp chairman for several years.
Bill truly relished being outdoors in his garden and yard. He enjoyed watching and feeding the birds in his backyard. He spent years trying to outwit one wiley squirrel. But most of all, he devoted his life to his family, and we will miss him terribly.
We wish to express our profound and sincere thanks to all the many competent staffs of St. Boniface Hospital, particularly everyone on 5A, especially Sister Catherine. Also, our deepest gratitude to Dr. A. Morris, and his cardio research nurse Barb.
We would also like to thank all our friends who have sustained us with their prayers and many kindness'.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service with Holy Communion at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 881 Autumnwood Dr., Saturday, April 10th, 10:30 a.m., the Venerable Bill Oakley, Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill, give it to St. Bartholomew's Church, or to the Youth In Partnership fund.
Well done thou good and faithful servant.
Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Newman
March 29, 1922 - March 23, 1999
Peacefully, with her loving husband, six children and one of her grandchildren by her side, Betty passed away just one week before her 77th birthday.
Betty is survived by Stan, her husband of 54 years, her six children and their partners, Margaret and Leo, Stan and Eileen, Les and Dian, Ken and Bonnie, Randy and Calvin, Valerie and Philip, grandchildren Gary and Ken (with whom the family was recently reunited) Cindy, Darren, Chrystal, Sandy, Jaclyn, Carmyn and Erika. She also leaves to mourn her brother Ellery and wife Gladys of Kelowna along with their family. She will be fondly remembered by her husband's family and the many children who have "adopted" her, including Connie, Cheryl and Terry.
She met her husband Stan while they were serving in the Navy. They were married after a three month courtship, on August 4, 1944. As an Ex-Wren, Betty was editor of the newsletter for Chippawa Division until her illness prevented her from continuing. She was also actively involved with the Navy League Wrenette Corp for several years. Prior to retirement, Betty worked as a secretary with the Winnipeg School Division at LaVerendrye and Fort Rouge Schools, after which she volunteered her time when requested.
Betty found time to serve on the social committee at Oak Ridge Pointe, and enjoyed taking aquacise classes at the St. Vital YMCA when she was able. One of her fondest activities was participating in Bible study at Churchill Park United, where she was an active member of the United Church Women (Dorcas group), and served as Chairperson of the Worship Committee for a number of years. She was once nominated for "Woman of the Year" and she won that award every year in the eyes of her family.
A celebration of Betty's life took place on Saturday, March 27, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Ave. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nursing staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Churchill Park United Church for the Purchase of a sound system in Betty's name would be appreciated.
As Betty said, "Let go, let God". She did, and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew her.
D. Allan Phillips
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, D. Allan Phillips on February 26, 2000 at Deer Lodge Centre.
Besides his loving wife June, he leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Sharon (Jim), sons Brian (Arlene) and Brock (Karen) and grandchildren Nicole, Amy, Glynnis and Shannon. Survived by brother Mac (Vi), Doug (Eileen), sister-in-law Alice; and many nieces and nephews. His sister Doris and brother Ken predeceased him.
Allan was born in Roland, MB and served in World War II from 1939 to 1945. He worked for CNR for 42 years, retiring in 1978. His favorite place on earth was being with his family, and watching the sunsets at the cottage at Brereton Lake. When Allan closed his eyes and stopped breathing, we looked outside and saw the most glorious sunset, the kind that made us think that Allan was now at peace.
Allan was a former Director of the Whiteshell District Association. June and Allan loved to travel and visited many different areas of the world including China, Africa, and South America. No matter where in the world they went, they always met someone they knew.
Flowers gratefully declined. A donation to the Children's Hospital Foundation, 501-840 Sherbrook Street, R3A 1S1, would be appreciated.
Memorial service to be held at a later date.
Neil Bardal Inc. in care of arrangements
(Gya Palsdˇttir Gumundsson)
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on February 16, 2000 at the Grace General Hospital.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ralph in 1976; a granddaughter Jamie Bannatyne in 1976; her sister Asa Minaker in 1991 and her brother Asvaldur (Walker) in 1993.
Gytha was born April 21, 1916 in Winnipeg, the eldest child of Susanna and Pall Gudmundsson who emigrated from Iceland in 1913. She was fiercely proud of her Icelandic heritage and traced it back to 1345. Gytha spent her youth in Brooklands and moved to Charleswood in 1937 as a new bride. She was an honorary member of the Charleswood Historical Society. Her happiest moments were spending time with her family, working in her yard and reading biographies and historical books about Manitoba and Iceland. She would captivate all with her storytelling and incredible memory.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Geraldine Bannatyne (Bob), Joan Lannoo (Maurice), Bill (Debbie), Jill Paskewitz (Greg) and John; her grandchildren, Robert (Patsy), Kimberley, Garth (Claudia), Lisa and Shane Bannatyne, Brent, Colleen (Cam), Jeffrey, Ian (Charlene) and Darren Lannoo and Laurie McCaughan (Louis), Michael Leonard (Nicole), Shannon Wolf (Sheldon), Kelly and Kristin Clement, Jane, Susan, Laura, Andrea and Sarah Paskewitz, Jaclyn and Victoria Clement and her ten great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by her sisters Laufey Hart (Bill) of Combermere, Ontario and Ragnhildur (Ranka) Banman (Jack) of Toronto and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, February 22, at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. (at Dieppe) at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VIP Millennium Fund (Valuing Icelandic Presence at the UofM), Room 179, Continuing Education Complex, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 301-352 Donald Street, or a charity of your choice.
Gerald B. Pitman
Peacefully on Tuesday February 8, 2000, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at the Grace Hospital.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife Winifred of 57 years, he also leaves to mourn his children, sons; Michael (Gloria), Mervyn, Ken (Susan), Gordon (Linda), Don (Dianna), daughters; Laura Paquin (Raymond), Joyce Saar (Greg), numerous grandchildren, one great grandchild, Rebekah, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Gerald was born November 28, 1914 in Dorset, England. Gerald's kindness and consideration of others will not be forgotten.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2000 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Donald at Graham) at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Robin Mather officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
"Be still, and know that I am God."
Orval Harold Presser
Peacefully on February 5, 2000 at the St. Boniface Hospital Orval Presser entered his eternal rest.
Orval was born December 2, 1912 in St. Paul, Minn. and came to Canada as an infant. He lived most of his life in Winnipeg. He was a life long member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
During his lifetime he worked at a variety of jobs the last of which was with the City of Winnipeg. He enjoyed 22 years of retirement. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to regale them with many stories and jokes.
Orval was predeceased by his wife Anna of 62 years in October of 1997 and his parents. He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Harriet Phillips son-in-law George; grandchildren Laurie, David (Joanne); great grandson Joshua; sisters-in-law Tina and Rose, brother-in-law Ernie (Eileen) and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to celebrate Orval's life was held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 708 McCalman Ave., Winnipeg on Friday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend R. Kruesel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 301-352 Donald Street, Wpg. Mb. R3B 2H8, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 708 McCalman Ave., Wpg. Mb. R2L 1H1 or a charity of your choice.
The family extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to Drs. Ludwig and Lerner, Tanya Houlihan and the nurses and orderlies on 5A, also Mrs. Joan Honer and the staff on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care of Orval.
Neil Bardal Inc. in care of arrangements.
John Garth Comack
It was God's will that on February 2, 2000 John Comack passed away peacefully in his sleep.
John was born in Glasgow, Scotland on December 17, 1925. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1930. (He called Winnipeg home his whole life.) He served with the RCAF during the Second World War. He joined the City of Winnipeg Police on January 3, 1950 and retired from there as a Staff Sergeant after 33 years of service. No one was prouder than he to serve the public as a Police Officer. He is a long-time member of Knox United Church, the Three Pillars Lodge and the St. Andrews Society. He also enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow police officers through membership in the Police Veterans Association.
After his retirement John and Lorraine enjoyed their cottage at Winnipeg Beach and vacations in Florida and Hawaii.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 50 years, Lorraine and his children, Gail and Randy, Gary and Susan, Colleen and Louis and Valerie. He also leaves what he considered his most precious gifts, his grandchildren, Joel, Nicole, Allison, Jennifer, Trevor, Stacey, Amber, Christian, Dielle and Ashley. He is predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Mary; brother Jimmy and brothers-in-law, Jack Morton and Jack Stephens. He is survived by his brother Hugh and wife Agnes; his sisters, Mary and Margaret and sister-in-law Vi; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has already taken place. A service to celebrate John's life was held on Saturday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Knox United Church, Edmonton and Qu'Appelle, with Rev. Bruce Bailey officiating.
The family would like to thank the police officers, Fire Department First Responders and the ambulance team for their compassion towards the family at this time.
Flowers are gratefully declined and donations can be made in John's memory to the DuVal Foundation, c/o Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, R3B 2M2.
Funeral arrangements in care of Neil Bardal Inc.
Cindy Christine Brady RN
OCTOBER 16, 1953 - JANUARY 8, 2000
of Silvis, Illinois, formerly of Winnipeg
We regretfully announce the tragic death of Cindy, devoted daughter of Anthony & Gloria Brady of Winnipeg, beloved sister of Georgia (Wayne) Jones, precious Aunt and Godmother of Bradley & Tiffany Jones of La Salle, Mb., also left behind is her loved Shihtzu dog Toby. Cindy is also survived by her Godmother Aunt Frances (Godfather Myron) Muzik, her Aunt Haloria Cockle, Uncle Stan (Vi) in Brandon and several relatives.
Cindy attended Isaac Brock & John Taylor High Schools. Cindy was a graduate of Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing of Winnipeg. She was employed at Health Sciences Centre from 1977 - 1982. From 1982 - 1996 she was employed at Grace Hospital Emergency Department until she moved to Silvis, Illinois where she was employed at Illini Hospital in the Emergency Department as a Trauma nurse until her demise.
Cindy was a very kind, caring person who put other people's needs before her own. She was always there to lend a helping hand. She was a very dedicated Emergency Trauma nurse. Cindy loved to golf, enjoyed fishing and was an excellent swimmer. An outgoing , kind, thoughtful person with a sense of humour, she will be greatly missed by all of her family, friends and colleagues both in Canada and the United States.
Until we meet again!
We love you,
The family wishes to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in Silvis, Ill. & area. A special thank you to Lois Griffin & family.
A memorial service was held on Monday, January 17, 2000 at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Deborah Schweyer officiated.
Hardy Erwin Matz
Hardy Erwin Matz, passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 26, 2000. He was 72 years of age.
Hardy lived a life rich in experiences. After great personal loss, he came to Canada to build a new life for himself. Hardy's values lent him strength: his respect for the dignity of all people, the generosity of his heart, and his strong belief in the caring hands of God. Throughout his life, even to its end, his faith kept him content and at peace.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 29 years, Trudy, his son Mark, his daughter Gitte, sister Lili and her husband Ernst, cousins Lucian and Regine, nieces Barbara and Sonja, nephews Dan and Dirk and his dear Cindy. Hardy would wish to thank the staff at GD6 and MICU, at the Health Sciences Centre, for their dedicated care.
A celebration of Hardy's life will take place at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 65 Walnut St. on Tuesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, family request that friends make a donation the Cancercare Manitoba Foundation, 100 Olivia St, R3E 0V9 or to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 65 Walnut, R3G 1N9.
Joan D. Panting
The family of Joan D. Panting is saddened to announce per passing on May 2, 2000 at the age of 74.
Joan was born in Winnipeg on Sept. 1, 1925 to William and Erla Henderson. She spent her life involved in sports including the St. Vital Tigerettes softball team, remaining close to a number of her team mates over the years.
Joan also competed in skating where she met her beloved Bill Panting. From 16 they raced together and married at 21. Summers were spent at Falcom Lake where they were members of the Falcon Yacht Club. She enjoyed being active in her church and the U.C. W. Joan raised and supported her children while Bill worked as an engineer for C.P. Rail.
They enjoyed 49 years of marriage until Bill's death in 1995.
As well as her loving husband, Joan is predeceased by her brother, Bill Henderson.
She is survived by her son Dave with children Elizabeth and Christopher Panting, daughters Georgina and Deanna with Deanna's son Dante Pollo. She is also mourned by daughters-in-law Roxanne and Jane and son-in-law Don.
We know that Joan is relieved to once again be holding Bill's hand as she missed his presence in her life terribly. Although conforted by great friends such as Marguerite, Grace, Gladys and Evelyn, among others, her heart longed to be with her Bill. We can see her smile as she once again rests her head on his shoulder. God bless you Mom (Nana) & may you truly have peace in your heart.
Memorial service was held at Oxford United Church, 621 Oxford (at Fleet) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2000.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.