Bernadette Ellen Kafka

1953 ~ 2012

Mrs. Bernadette Kafka, aged 59 years of Beausejour, MB, dearly beloved wife and best friend of Leo Kafka, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the Beausejour Hospital.

She is survived by her devoted husband Leo, sisters Lyn (Rene) Prefontain and Val (George) Buchanan also many nieces and nephews.  Bernadette is also survived by Leo’s brothers and sisters and their families.   She was predeceased by her parents Hanford and Goldie Barton.

Thanks to the home care workers and staff of East Gate Lodge for their care and compassion during Bernadette’s stay.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour with Rev. Bart Coleman officiating.  Interment to follow at a later date.

Tena Molinski (nee Smyrski)

1921 ~ 2012

Tena passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at East Gate Lodge in Beausejour, MB.  Tena was born on October 15, 1921 in Thalberg, MB.

She is predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years Adolph, her parents Anton and Nellie Smyrski and siblings Mary, Steve, Paul, Olga, Peter, Mike and Hilary and son in-law Ken.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Elaine Klos of Winnipeg as well as her granddaughter Jennifer Klos of Charleston, South Carolina and grandson Jason Klos of Vancouver, BC.  She is also survived by her siblings Pauline, Anne, Joseph, Helen, David, Audrey, Norman and Brian.

A special thanks to the wonderful staff at East Gate Lodge.

As per Mom’s wish, there will be no funeral or memorial service, leaving friends and families to remember her in their own way, in their own time.

Clifford Houston

1933 ~ 2012

After a courageous battle, Clifford (Buddy) Houston passed away on September 5, 2012, at the age of 79 with his family by his side.  Buddy is survived by his wife Claudette, son’s  Allan (Barbara), Edgar (Diana), Raymond (Tracy) and Clifford (Diane), grandchildren Alana, Chad, Michelle, Raymond, Justin, Mackenzie, Tess, Adam, Clifford, Tylor and Jake, his great-grandchildren Brenen, Alyssa, Seth, Hayden,  Justin Jr., Lily and Jason and his siblings Myrtle, Sadie (Leon), Joyce, Dennis (Marie) and Roland.

Buddy was predeceased by his son Jason, parents Agnes and Joseph, and siblings Stanford, Doug, Rose and Kenny.

Buddy had many talents.  He was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus and the church.  He spent his life playing his guitar and singing to the heavens.  Fishing was another of Buddy’s passion, he was the envy of many a fisherman.

Buddy was very proud of the accomplishments of his grandchildren and loved them all very much.

Funeral service was held at Notre Dame du Laus Catholic Church in Powerview at noon on Saturday, September 8, 2012, viewing at 11:00, with Father James Gray officiating.  Interment followed.

Active pallbearers are his grandchildren Chad, Justin, Clifford, Tylor, Tess and Adam Houston.

Thank you to the staff of Pine Falls Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

Irvin Glen Honke

1934 ~ 2012

With his family at his side, Irvin passed away peacefully on September 4, 2012 at the Beausejour Hospital. He was born in Whitemouth on December 18, 1934.  He is survived by his loving wife Alice of 57 years, his children Glenn (Grace), Terry (Ernie), Chris (Linda) and Lawrence; grandchildren Brad (Amber), Heather (Shawn), Shandal and Shayla, Michael and Jarrett, Corrie, Jessie and Aurora; great grandchildren Hannah and Ava and Mother Pauline.  He was predeceased by his daughter Barbara, his father William and his three brothers Raymond, Douglas and Brian and his mother in-law and father in-law Elsie and Albert Hildebrandt.

His early years were spent as a labourer at the Seven Sisters Power Dam, then as an Equipment Operator in the Lac du Bonnet area.  In 1965 he moved his family to Alberta and started a successful contracting business.  In 1970 they moved to Beausejour where he operated Irvin’s Contracting for 30 years.  Winnipeg became their home in 1982 and he worked for Samax Investments as a sub-contractor.  Irvin and Alice returned to the Beausejour area (Kenbro Park) in 1994 and he retired in 2002.

Irvin’s joy in life was his music, both Country and Gospel.   He was a big sports enthusiast and played hockey when he was young as well as played various positions with his brothers and friends for the Hungry Nine fast ball team.

Some of his happiest years were spent living with Alice at Kenbro Park.  He took great pride in working in his garden and helping Alice with her beautiful flower beds.  He also enjoyed many leisurely hours fishing on the Brokenhead River and he caught more than his fair share of fish.  He loved all animals especially his pet dogs.

Thanks to the staff of the Beausejour Hospital for their care and compassion during Irvin’s stay.

A private family service was held.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 0R3 or to the Beausejour Health Centre, Box 1178, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0.

Josephine “Judy” Buchanan (nee Bennett)

1921 ~ 2012

Peacefully on September 2, 2012 Judy Buchanan passed away at the Whitemouth Personal Care Home.  She is the beloved stepmom to Grant (Linda) Buchanan of The Pas, Doreen (Robin) Light of Winnipeg and Roger (Linda) Buchanan of Winnipeg. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Judy was predeceased by her husband Percy, mother Josephine, father Thomas and sister Margaret.

Judy was born in Winnipeg, graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Home Economics Degree and furthered her education at Columbia University in New York City.  She worked for various health services as a dietician and assisted Drs. Banting and Best in Toronto with their research into the feasibility of controlling type 2 diabetes through diet alone.  Returning to Winnipeg, Judy worked for St. Boniface Hospital and the Victorian Order of Nurses retiring with Percy to Lac du Bonnet where she continued her dietician work with various personal care homes in the area.

It would be very difficult to find a more caring, accepting, non-judgemental person.  Rest in peace and know you were loved.

The family will be holding a private service.

Vionna Hastman (nee Litke)

1943 ~ 2012

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Vionna Hastman.  Mom passed away peacefully at the age of 69 years at the Beausejour Hospital with her family by her side.  She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 50 years Wilfred and five children, Catherine (Jeff), Roderick, Wayne, Cheryl (Rod) and David (Leann) and sister Janice Fiebelkorn.  As well she is survived by five grandsons:  Devan, Ian, Alex, Braden and Kegan.

She was predeceased by her parents, Herman and Emma Litke and her two brothers.

Mom was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She began her journey with Wilfred on May 12, 1962 in Brandon, MB.  This life adventure carried the couple to the communities of Melita, Manitou, The Pas, Russell, Miniota, Whitemouth with the final stop of coming back full circle to her birthplace Beausejour, Manitoba.  She was employed for 17 years at N.E.H.A. between Whitemouth and Oakbank Personal Care Homes.

Mom gave tirelessly to her family, friends and a variety of organizations. The Hospital Auxiliary in Beausejour became her favourite volunteer charity. She loved her church and to sing in the choir- Mom had a wonderful singing voice. Mom was vivacious, fun and loved by all. She was an avid curler and loved going to bonspiels. Mom and Dad became part of the Old Time Dance Community where Mom loved to dance.   For over 30 years, summers were spent camping with Clear Lake being the favourite. Let’s not forget Mom’s endearing love for her dog Sox.  Mom: your children and family miss you; your spirited nature will remain forever in our hearts.

In 2010 Mom was diagnosed with an incurable disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Bshouty, Dr. Homik, Dr. S. Kahn, Dr. Szaky and the staff at Beausejour Hospital.

As per Vionna’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mom’s life was held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association.

Eva Derksen (nee Sobering)

1924 ~ 2012

Eva Derksen, aged 87 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Beausejour Hospital.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children Glen (Betty), Dennis (Theresa), Gail Bohemier and Dorothy Haywood; her grandchildren Patricia, Cindy, Lezlie, Devin, Chris, Koreen, Michael, Celine, Andrew, Eric and Alana; her great grandchildren; her brothers  John, Bill (Gladys), Frank (Lena), Henry (Kathy), Art (Dorothy), Walter (Dora) and Jim (Nita); her sisters Anne Wiebe and Helen (Jack) Harder, sister in-law Irene Sobering as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Eva was predeceased by her husband Peter, sons in-law Chick and Michel “Kiki”, brothers Peter, Ed, Albert, Ben and sister Barbara in infancy.

A special thank you to the staff the Beausejour Hospital and the Palliative Care Team for the care and compassion they showed towards mom.

A Funeral Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7 at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mom’s memory may be may be to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Allan Gould

1929 ~ 2012

The sun rose on December 31, 1929 and set on August 23, 2012.  Al (Poppa) Gould passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 82 years.

Besides his loving wife Marjorie of 62 years of marriage, he will also be remembered by his children: Norma (Bill) and their children Jeff (Kelly), Chad (Sara), and Jody; Marilyn (Clerio) and their children Kyle (Lisa), Trevor (deceased), Asha, and Jesse; Allan and his children Kris (Michelle), Katie (Paul) and their mother Nancy; and Brian (Glennda) and their children Jesse and Ian.  He is also survived by his great grandchildren Damien, Jeremy, Evan, and Jaxon and his brother Frank and sister Faith Chambers.

Al was employed by Manitoba Hydro for 37 years, holding many positions in the corporation, retiring in 1985 as Administrative Manager for Kettle/Long Spruce generating stations.

His dream was to build a golf course.  Black Bear Golf Club has now been in operation for 12 years.  He built the golf course with the help of his family and traded in his horse WHISKEY for a power cart named JITNEY.  He was master operator of light and heavy equipment…

Poppa loved to read, play cribbage, and visit the casino.  He left this world with his sense of humour; a happy man with his family by his side.

A celebration of Al’s life was held on Monday, September 3, 2012 at Black Bear Golf Club at Lee River from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations in Al’s memory may be made to Childrens’ Wish Foundation of Canada, Manitoba & Nunavut Chapter, 350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2.

Emile Aurel Cyrenne

1951 ~ 2012

Emile Cyrenne , aged 61 years, of Fannystelle, MB,  passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg.  He is survived by his son Phil of Garson, MB.

 Emile was a steel worker in the construction industry, and had retired in the last few years.  He was a beloved husband and father.  His wife Joan predeceased him in November 1999.

 According to his wishes, cremation has taken place, and no service will be held.

Donald Sauve

1949 ~ 2012

With his family by his side, Don Sauve left us on August 21, 2012.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, “the love of his life” Lorraine, his sons Alan (Diane), Yves (Michelle),  and Dan (Dawn), his grandchildren Savannah, Sydney, Maelle, Mylene, Paige and Hunter, his dog Clark, and his two “daughters”, his nieces Lisa and Nicole.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joe and Gertrude, his brother Albert, father-in-law Norman Trudel and his infant sister-in-law Rose Marie.  And no words can describe the void felt by the rest of his family:  mother-in-law Jeanette Trudel-Hawranik, sister-in-laws Louise, Irene (Armand), Denise (Edgar), Della (Noel) and Annette (Melvin), as well as his many nephews and nieces to whom “Uncle Don” was synonymous with fun.

While he loved his work and some of his other pastimes such as hunting, his real passion was his family.  He enjoyed spending time with his boys, whether it was doing some work, watching sports or just chatting.  He could spend hours with Lorraine just driving around – as long as they were together he was happy.  And there was always an extra special place in his heart for his grandchildren.  There was always time to do whatever they wanted to do – the word “spoiled” never seemed to do it justice, but “love” certainly did.

His family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Pine Falls Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre CCU/MICU ward in Winnipeg.  Their care; and most importantly, their caring were second to none.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Arthritis Society.

A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, August 262, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  at 65 Papineau Place, St. George, MB.  As Don would want it, please dress casually.