Peacefully, on July 9th, Clifford Kowalsky, loving husband and father. Survived by Rosemary, his precious wife of 65 years, son Clifford (Julia, Stephen, Christopher, Rachel, Shara, Megan), Daughter Elaine ( Elton), son Barry ( Kathryn, Brendan, Robyn Katelyn) son Kenneth (Linda, Kenneth Jr., Marie); predeceased by his parents, Maryan and Theophelia, brothers Thomas and James, sisters Elsie, Stella and Olga.
A remarkably talented man, Cliff was born in Winnipeg in 1915, and grew up in Point Douglas. He attended Norquay and Tec Voc schools. A gifted athlete, he founded the Royal Dukes Athletic Club and earned his Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion at the age of 17.
He met Rosemary in 1939. They were married at the Stella Mission in Winnipeg by Dr. Schaefer on December 23rd, 1939.
Cliff answered his country's call to war in September 1939, serving in the Royal Canadian Engineers, 12th Field Company. Cliff served in England, Sicily, Italy, France and Holland. Twice mentioned in dispatches, Cliff was wounded in battle. He saw his wife only one during the war, in 1945 he managed to obtain and 10 day furlough in London, where Rosemary served in the Canadian Women's Army Corps.
Cliff remained in the reserves after the war, and he was invited to attend the Coronation of Elizabeth II, where he was decorated by the Queen for his courage in battle.
After the war, Cliff and Rosemary settled at 41 Bowhill Lane in Charleswood, here they built their home and raised their children. A pioneer in the community, Cliff was involved with the Legion, the Church Choir, Scouts, helping out friends and lending a hand. He cheerfully volunteered for any task no matter how arduous. His warm and engaging personality touched everyone who knew him.
Throughout his life, Cliff continued his athletic endeavors. A champion runner, he won the over 65 half marathon at the age of 75..He mastered the fine art of bathtub racing, winning every race he entered. He was a life member of the lawn bowling society, winning the Manitoba Championship. As well, he was an avid darts player at the Legion, where he won many trophies.
Cliff loved acting, and appeared in many roles at church functions. He played monsters, clowns and comic strip characters, but his most endearing role was that of Harry Higgins, the scheming English dandy, in a church musical. He loved to dress up for his children's parties, and spent many happy hours entertaining the kids.
A master story writer and teller, Cliff participated in the school reading program, reading his original works to the school children.
Cliff worked in construction for 45 years in Winnipeg starting with Commonwealth Construction in the early 1930's. He was respected and admired by his colleagues for his technical knowledge and his wonderful people skills.
Cliff loved to go fishing at Lac Du Bonnet at his cottage, where he spent many happy hours going after "The Big One". The memories of the time at the Lake spent with him will shine within all of us for the rest of our lives.
A master builder, Cliff created a wonderful home for his family, He spent many hours doing woodwork, building additions, gardening in his greenhouse and "fixing up the place". His flowers were amazing to see.
Cliff was a devoted husband, loving father, faithful servant of God, helpful neighbour, brave soldier, athlete, entertainer, community builder, and friend to all. To know him was an honour and a pleasure. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
A celebration of Cliff's life was held at the church he helped build, Charleswood United Church, on July 17th at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Joanne Kury officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cliff's name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7.
FRANKLIN (FRANK) THANE SNYDAL
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of our beloved and devoted husband, father and friend on Friday, July 9, 2004.
Frank is survived by wife Beverley; daughter Shawna-Lee and son-in-law Brian Kusmack and daughter Jamie-Dawn; as well as four brothers; one sister and several nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Johanna and brother Steini.
Frank was born and raised in Brandon, MB and moved to Winnipeg with his family in 1964. Frank enjoyed many years working in the automotive and transportation industry. He belonged to the Masons and after retiring in 1991, spent his time volunteering in community events and services.
A service was held on Wednesday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Dr. (St. James) followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St., Suite 200, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6.
HARVEY WAYNE SHIELLS
1939 - 2004
On July 6, 2004, beloved husband and father Harvey Shiells passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital after a lengthy illness at the age of 65.
Harvey is survived by wife Marion, son Ken and wife Laura, daughter Tannis and husband Bryan, and granddaughter Tiffany. He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Margaret Shiells of Winnipeg.
Harvey was an avid fisherman who enjoyed his fly-in fishing trips with "the boys" in Ontario, and spending time at the family cottage at White Lake. He enjoyed woodworking, wine making and looking after the yard. He retired from public service, Revenue Canada in 1996 after 39 years of service. He was a ten year volunteer with the Winnipeg Cheer Board, and recently the property manager at Christ Lutheran Church where he got to use much of his knowledge of carpentry and general maintenance.
He and Marion enjoyed Tuesday night bowling, good restaurants and Friday evening coffee with friends. They both loved to travel, especially cruises to the Sun. Harvey was a man of few words with a dry sense of humour.
He was well respected and liked by all who knew him and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
The family wish to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Jamie Boyd and the Residents of the Kildonan Clinic in Seven Oaks Hospital for all their care and attention over the last year.
A memorial service was held at Christ Lutheran Church, 815 Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg R2X 1N3, at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 13, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing may make a contribution to the Renovation Fund at Christ Lutheran Church.
MARGARET ANN SUTTON (Nee Drinnan)
1933 - 2004
Margaret Ann died on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at Winnipeg.
She is survived by her husband Richard, son James, his wife Lisa and daughter Claire. Also her sister Ella Austford of Winnipeg and daughters Leslie of Calgary and Tracey and Ed Yeager and daughters Caledonia and Harper of Prescott, Arizona, sister-in-law Kathleen of Winnipeg.
Margaret was born in The Pas, MB on February 23, 1933 and moved to Dauphin, MB in 1940. She attended Whitmore School, Smith Jackson JHS and Dauphin Collegiate & Technical Institute. Following school, she worked for the R.C.M.P., Dauphin Subdivision as Central Registry Clerk.
She married Richard on June 28, 1958 and went to live in Brandon MB, where her son James was born in 1962. In 1963 she and James traveled to Malaysia to join Richard who was serving there as a Colombo Plan expert with an educational scheme. She returned to Canada in 1965 and settled in Winnipeg. During this period she worked as an executive secretary at the St. Boniface General Hospital for 18 years.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be no memorial service.
LORRAINE S. PETERS (WASTLE)
Lorraine passed away, unexpectedly in her sleep, on June 8th 2004. Mom will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Lorraine Sylvia was born in Winnipeg in 1935, and no matter where life took her, she always returned there.
She is survived by her three son's Robert (Marlene), Desmond, Jeffrey(Karen), daughter Kerri-Lynn, brother Gordon(Bev), grandson Travis, granddaughter Nicole, and very close friend, Wilma Kernested. Also many nephews, nieces and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Evlynn Wastle.
Mom`s lifelong ability to see everything in a positive way is a legacy which will live on in the hearts of those who had the great pleasure of knowing her. Mom, we think of you always and hope to be with you again one day.
A private service was held.
LAURA JANE PREISLER
On Friday, July 2, 2004 Laura Preisler passed away at the age of 25 years.
She leaves to cherish her memory her mother Karen, father Conrad and step-mother Linda; son Payton in Minneapolis, sister Corinne in Montreal, brother Gordon in Toronto aunt Alice, and special friends Brandy, Sara and Joanne.
She was predeceased by her brother Ron in 1993 and son Morgan in 1996.
The love Laura felt for her family and friends will always be remembered.
Special thanks to Jacquie Stuart for all of her support during this difficult time.
A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 8 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Avenue, Aubrey Street entrance.
Donations in Laura's memory may be made to Eating Disorders Association of Manitoba (EDAM), P.O Box 34099, RPO Fort Richmond, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5T5.
MARJORIE FLORENCE JOHNSON (NEE STAINER)
The family of the late Marjorie Florence Johnson regrets to announce her passing at West Park Manor on Friday, July 2, 2004 with her family at her side.
Marjorie was born in Swan River, Manitoba, August 5, 1919 to William and Mary Stainer (nee Jeffrey). She spent the majority of her life in Winnipeg with the exception of a year in Red Deer, Alberta where she married Lloyd Johnson who was serving in the R.C.A.S.C. during WWII. Her early married life was devoted to the upbringing of five sons. She spent 20 years in the employ of the T. Eaton Co. She was a member of Grace United Church, St. Stephen's Broadway United Church, the Eaton's Retirement Club and Fort Garry Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star.
Marjorie's greatest joy was her family. She loved her times at the Johnson cottage at Manigotogan, playing cards, and enjoying spectacular sunsets. She was a great knitter and made sure all had sweaters, mitts and socks to keep them warm. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Marjorie made many friends during her lifetime and will be greatly missed by all whom she touched.
She is survived by her sons and their families; Lloyd, wife Alene and daughter Naomi of Aylmer, Quebec; Jack, wife Janice and sons Andrew and Matthew of Winnipeg; Douglas, wife Catherine and son Jeffery and daughter Dawn of Winnipeg; Timothy, wife Anna and sons Eric, Scott and Brett of Edmonton, and Donald Johnson of Winnipeg. She is also survived by her brother David and his wife Joan of Winnipeg, and her sister-in-law Nora Corley Murchison of Ottawa.
She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd in 1975, her parents, two sisters, Edith Stanier and Myrtle Furst and one brother, James Stainer.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m., at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Avenue, Aubrey Street entrance. Interment took place at Brookside Cemetery in the family plot beside her husband.
Special thanks to the staff of West Park Manor.
MILLICENT ELIZABETH DONNELLY
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at the Concordia Hospital.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband W. Vern of 53 years, her parents Henry and Dorothy, her devoted sister Audrey, and brother Stewart. She is survived by her sons Richard, Brian (Kres), Lyle (Pat) and Paul-Sean, daughters Marta (Jim) and Deirdre, brother Patrick and sisters-in-law Evelyn (Alec) and Iris as well as her special granddaughter Asha Elizabeth and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Winnipeg, Millicent graduated from Kelvin High School and worked at Transcontinental Air until her marriage to Vern. They raised 6 children together where Millicent was Queen Bee of her family. She enjoyed gardening, reading current events, cooking, bike riding, Grand Beach, movies, ballet and debating issues. She was a big Blue Bomber fan and sports fan in general. She was wonderful to her neighbours and their children.
Millicent was extremely active in Vern's career, Air Crew associations and Masonic Lodge. But most importantly she was involved with her children and their lives. She kept involved and loved her time with her family until her passing. She will be deeply missed.
We would like to thank the staff at Concordia Hospital and Dr. Jerry Drexler for their care.
A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 2, 2004 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Avenue, Aubrey Street entrance.
Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 380 Graham Avenue, R3C 4K2, or to a charity of your choice.
MARY ELLEN SMITH
Mary Ellen Smith, born August 14, 1910 in Winnipeg, passed away peacefully in Grace General Hospital on June 27, 2004. She was the daughter of Thomas and Ida Waddington who have predeceased her, as well as brothers Thomas, Keith and Robert.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lorna Waddington and Shirley Waddington.
Cremation has taken place, and a family graveside service was held at Chapel Lawn on Wednesday, June 30 with Reverend Rose Ferries officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice.
BERNARD (BEN) RAYMOND PERNITSKY
In the early morning of Friday, June 25, 2004, in the comforting arms of his family members, our gentle Ben passe d away after a brief and hard-fought battle with cancer, at the age of 68 years.
Left to cherish his precious memory are his loving wife of 43 years (and one day), Marguerite, son Mark (Robin), daughter Andrea (Clo), and grandson, Dustin. Dad will also be mourned by his very special nephew Vincent Koziey (Kathy), and siblings Agatha, Jean (Ira), Leo, Eugene (Joyce), Loretta, Eleanor and Lorraine (Robert) as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Dad was predeceased by his parents Martin and Regina Pernitsky, his mother and father-in-law, Stella and Nicolas Katana and brother-in-law, Tony Gordon.
Dad was born on January 18, 1936, in Wilkie Saskatchewan. Starting at an early age, Dad learned the value and reward of hard work. Together with his father and brothers, he assisted in building the family homestead. It is still used as a second home on the sprawling acreage today. Although Dad's childhood was affected by two serious illnesses that nearly took his life, he continued to fulfill his responsibilities to his family and home by assisting in day-to-day chores. He milked cows, tended to the chickens and a large garden. Dad's initial love of gardening turned into a life-long passion and was an excellent outlet for his enthusiasm and interest in horticulture. Dad's industrious nature and strong work ethic was not limited to farming. During his adolescence he designed and created ceramic squirrels and other little critters, which he sold at the local bowling alley.
In 1954, Dad left the family homestead, which he adored, to explore the world of academia. At The University of Manitoba he pursued his dreams in academics, entering the Faculty of Architecture at the age of 18. His first summer away from home found him working with his hands on the pipeline. The aching muscles and hours of loneliness were deemed 'worth it' when dad bought his first car the following summer. Dad continued his studies always remembering his goals.
After completing his studies Dad went to work for Imperial Oil for eight years and then back to The University of Manitoba for the next 25 years. He served as Project Manager in both of these places where he oversaw the maintenance and construction of countless buildings on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.
At the age of 23, Dad met the love of his life, a beautiful, doe-eyed brunette named Marguerite. Dad and Mom married two years later and were inseparable for the next 43 years (and one day). Their union created two beautiful children, Andrea and Mark. Many other children found comfort and love in the hearts and the home of these caring parents who opened their door to all of their kid's friends.
With open arms, Dad and Mom welcomed the addition of two more adult children, those being the spouses of Mark and Andrea. Dad showed his love and support for his two new kids and showered them with love, guidance and strength.
He planted trees, painted houses, and patched walls for the kids. Helping them turn their houses into homes. He was always only a phone call away and he never begrudged a moment of his time. His loving support was felt in a myriad of ways. He will be missed.
Words alone can never express the sincere appreciation Dad and our family have for the emergency staff of St. Boniface Hospital and the beautiful angels that care for the ill on 5B medicine. We extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Olweny, Bonnie, Arthur, Judy, Jackie, Corinna, Nida, Cheryl, Tim, Leslie, Cindy, Sharon, Alice, Karen, Pierre and to the all of the staff on this incredible floor who guided our family through this difficult journey. We thank you not only for your medical expertise, but also for your comforting words, hugs and tears that you shared with all of us. We thank you for taking care of us, the family, in the same caring and compassionate way you looked after dad. You angels will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you, and God bless each and every one of you.
A celebration of dad's life took place Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Mary Magdalene Church, located at 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba with Canon Reverend Bob Webster officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Pernistsky, Andrea Pernitsky, Dustin Pernitsky , Eugene Pernitsky, Vince Koziey and Clorinda Trujillo. Internment took place at St.Vital Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or The Children's Wish Foundation.
It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Brown announces his passing. Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his wife and best friend Lauraine; his children, Tanis (Shan) and Daniel (Deanne); grandchildren, Hunter Rene and Noah Riley; his sister Annette Turk. Charles was predeceased by his mother and father, Elizabeth and Alfred Brown, and his sister Agnes (Winnie) Walker.
Charles was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada at the age of two and a half years and made East Kildonan, Winnipeg his home. He was very proud of his son and daughter and his greatest joys were his two grandchildren. Throughout his lengthy illness, Charles maintained his sense of humour and continued to make his family laugh; his strength and courage in the face of adversity were admirable. Charles was the Superintendent of the City of Winnipeg Traffic Signals when he retired in 1991. Charles was a Past Member of Beaver Masonic Lodge, a member of the Khartum Circus Committee; a Past Potentate (CEO) of the Khartum Shriners; a member of the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Twin Cities Unit (Minneapolis). Charles was a member of the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg and an original member of the Kildonan Canoe Club.
As per Charles wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave. (Entrance on Aubrey Street).
Charles and his family are grateful for the wonderful and compassionate care provided by all his caregivers throughout his last years of life; Cancer Care MB and Palliative Program. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Khartum Shriners Transportation Fund at 1155 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3P 1B9
SKAFTI (BUD) CARL BALDWIN
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bud on June 26, 2004.
Bud is survived by his loving family, his wife Fran (Brereton); children, John (Karen), Tannis (Brandt) Danino, Carla, Craig, Catherine (David) Filmon; beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Aimee, Megan, Kyle, Tyler, Zachary, Spencer, Stefanie and Jack; sister Gwen (Steve) Karr; and niece and nephews.
Born in Glenboro, MB, November 7, 1918, Bud was a most loving man whose kind and generous spirit leave a lasting imprint on the lives of his family, extended family and numerous friends.
At his request Bud was cremated. Special thanks to Dr. J. Atwal and the wonderful staff at the Grace Hospice for their outstanding care. A reception to celebrate Bud's life was held at St. James Lutheran Church, 871 Cavalier at Hamilton on Tuesday, June 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Donations in the memory of Bud may be made to the Grace Hospice, 260 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, MB, R3J 3R5.
JOHANN DAVID FRANZ
On August 10, 2004 after a short battle with cancer, our beloved father and Opa Johann David (Hans) Franz, age 79, was reunited with his wife, Ella, in heaven.
Johann is survived by his four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren: daughter Margaret Wonko, son-in-law Ken and grandchildren Matt, Amber and Candice; son Bill Franz, daughter-in-law Pearl (nee Debooy) and granddaughters Jane and Anna; daughter Ingrid Pawlosky, son-in-law Richard and granddaughter Nadia; daughter Monika Franz-Lien, son-in-law Jeff and granddaughters Andrea and Emily. He will always be remembered by his sister, Margarete (Gretel) Muendt, brother-in-law Adam, and their family in Germany and Russia; mother-in-law, Amalie Rupp, in Winnipeg; sister-in-law Lydia Dyck and her husband Peter, and brother-in-law Hardy Rupp and his wife Gwen, and their families, from Mississauga, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife Ella in May 2003, his father David Franz in 1944 and his mother Elisabeth Franz in 1975, as well as by four of his five siblings.
Johann was born on February 24, 1925, in Andreburg, Ukraine. At the brave young age of 16, Johann left his mother and sister behind in German-occupied Ukraine, to join the German army as a translator and field messenger. He saw his mother and sister briefly in 1943, but as his family was sent to Siberia shortly thereafter, he never saw his mother again. He was reunited with his sister, Gretel, in Germany in 1993, after 50 years apart.
Johann met his future wife, Ella, and her family in a refugee camp in Backnang, Germany in 1947. They were married on June 10, 1950 in Winnipeg. Johann worked for 40 years as a cutter and pattern-maker with Canadian Sportswear in Winnipeg and enjoyed the multi-cultural and multi-lingual atmosphere. He was also a devoted member of First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. He served as a deacon for 25 years, visiting the elderly and those that were ill. His pride and joy, after his children and grandchildren, was the cottage at Pinawa Bay. He also enjoyed traveling with Ella, and especially camping, boating, and fishing (in later years, with the grandchildren).
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Ave. at Alverstone St.
The family is grateful for the love and concern shown by friends and neighbours, and wishes to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of the Grace General Hospital 3 West, and the Grace Hospice for their wonderful care. Donations in Johann's memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Mennonite Church or to the Hospice fund of the Grace General Hospital Foundation.
MARY ELIZABETH BRYANT
After a short illness with family by her side, on August 5, 2004 at the Grace Hospital, we announce the passing of Mary Bryant. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Alice and Ted Hulmes.
Mary took great pride and joy in being an Avon representative for many years, she also was a travel counsellor for CAA. Mary will be missed by all the people she shared her craft creations and the very caring, loving way she shared her wisdom, love and kindness.
Special thanks to the nurses at the Grace Hospital for the excellent care to ensure Mary's last few days were as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave., Aubrey Street entrance. Honorary pallbearers, Curtis (Jr) Gagnon, Matthew Gagnon, Brenda Stamm, Lee Leveque, Holly Douglas and Sue Stone. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society.
"If I knew, but just in case I might be wrong and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget".
JILL DENISE MINO
At 12:35 a.m. Wednesday morning, the stage lights dimmed and Jill Denise Mino took her final bow. Sitting in the front row, amazed at her grace and dignity were the four people she loved the most; her mother, husband and two children. Jill was born on September 29, 1954 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She received her early education at both public schools and the National Ballet School. Dance was a part of her life and it seemed as though when not performing, she was teaching. She received her B.A. Honours at York University and continued to perform, teach and choreograph in the medium she loved so much.
In 1981 she accepted an invitation to come to Winnipeg and perform with Sundance, a dance troupe run by university friend Odette Hein. Soon, Jill would be a bridesmaid at Odette’s wedding to Fred Penner. There, she advanced the relationship with the best man, Jim Ingebrigtsen. Twenty-three years later, they too would be married. In the interim, Jill and Jim built a lasting partnership and created two wonderful children, Anna Jillian and Leif Andreas. She was so proud of their respective talents and achievements her face beamed at everything they did.
Jill was the first certified dance therapist in Manitoba. She was honoured to have worked at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for many years and to have helped so many students develop skills in appreciation for the art form she loved so much. Through the Artists In The Schools program, Jill had the opportunity to travel to every corner of the province continuing to share her talents with others.
When the time was right, Jill returned to University and received her B. Ed and soon began teaching at Westwood Collegiate where she remained until January when her health began to fail.
Her achievements were many and reflected in her endless energy and enthusiasm in everything she did.
Jill was predeceased by her father Howard Scott Mino in 1979. She is survived by her children Anna and Leif, husband Jim; mother Joyce, brother Graham (Christine), nephews Alexander and Jocelyn all of Toronto; sister Ann (Jim) of Thunder Bay, her aunt and uncle Joy and Ken Tidy; aunt Betty and her cousins Alan, Andrea and Michael from Toronto and surround areas.
The family would like to thank Drs. Werier, Drachenberg, Czaykowski, Daenink and the all the support staff of the WRHA Palliative Care Sub-Program.
The memorial service was held at the Unitarian Centre 603 Wellington Cres. 1:00 p.m. Monday August 16.
Expressions of condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the WRHA Palliative Care Fund A8024-409 Tache Ave., R2H 9Z9.
HELENE BEATON (nee NEUFELD)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Helene Beaton (nee Neufeld). She passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 1, 2004, with her daughters by her side, after a brief but determined battle with cancer.
She will be mourned and sadly missed by her mother Katherina; her husband of 37 years Jim; and her two daughters, Dana (James) and Nicki (Shannon). Her true pride and joy was her four grandchildren, Noah (5), Ireland (4), Avery (2) and Easton (2). They will miss their wonderful Grammy so much. She is also survived by two sisters, Val (Philippe) and Lily (Eugene); and one brother Robert (Susan); and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Kornelius in 2002; and her beloved dog Beau in 1999. She spoke about being consoled in her terminal illness by being reunited with them both.
Helene was born in 1947, in Wells, Austria, the second of four children. Her family emigrated to Paraguay, South America soon after, then emigrated to Canada in 1955. In her teenage and early adult years she worked very hard, as a short order cook/waitress and a sewing machine operator. She married Jim in 1967, and they had their daughters in 1971 and 1973. Raising her girls as a stay at home mom was her true passion, and had it been possible she often said she would have "had a dozen". Instead, she became the "second mom" to most of her kids' friends, and now will be missed by many of her devoted "kids". She was known to all as an amazing cook, ready to feed any number of people on a moment's notice, and was skilled at both home cooked comfort food and five course gourmet meals. She kept the cleanest home, and was an excellent gardener, but was most known as a truly devoted mother. As her girls grew up, she learned to be a tax officer, and using her skills in speaking Ukrainian, worked for the government doing taxes for seniors. She suffered from chronic pain and many health problems, but she never complained. Her true joy came when she became a grandmother, with four grandchildren in four years. She was the most fun and doting Grammy, providing full time care to her younger daughter's children, Ireland and Easton. To all her grandkids, she was the type of Grammy who got down on the floor and played tirelessly at any game they chose, including hours of Barbies or action figures. Helene was such a loving and giving person, with a wonderful sense of humour. She has been such a supportive and caring daughter, sister, wife, friend, mother and grandmother - truly an example to all who knew her. All through her diagnosis in April 2004, and her treatment, and with increasingly bad news throughout the process, she stayed strong and determined, and an inspiration to all who knew her and came in contact with her.
Very special thanks go to the doctors, nurses and unit assistants on both the A5 and D4 wards at the Health Sciences Centre for their genuine caring and compassion. An extra special thank you to Dr. Renate Singh.
Cremation has taken place, and Helene's family invited all who knew her to a memorial service, Thursday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Neil Bardal Inc, 984 Portage Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.