Edna Fortier

1924 ~ 2012

Edna Fortier left this life peacefully on Oct 18, 2012 after living many years with illness in dignity and grace. Born Nov 14, 1924, in Emerson, Manitoba   where she grew up on a Depression-era farm with her parents (Albert & Hulda – deceased (d)), her sisters (Della, Martha (d)), and her brothers ( Walter (d) and Cliff (Mary)).

A woman who sought learning wherever she could find it, she eventually left to work for the Manitoba Telephone System as operator in Roland and Morden, MB.   Her arrival in Pine Falls in 1951 changed her life.  With encouragement from friends (Son & Donalda (d)) she met and married Thomas deBlois Fortier and went on to have 3 daughters:  Verla (sons Max and Jesse); Patricia (Paul D.); and Gail (Paul  V., children Blythe and Tommy).  Her home was welcome and joyous even as she nursed Tom through his long illness.  She cared in their last days for her mother, Hulda, and her father-in-law, Tom Fortier Senior. She also offered a home to Gail and her children in the first years of their new lives. She was close to her nieces (Elaine (Dale), Lorraine (d)) and nephews (Ronnie (d) (Marie),  Dennis (Margaret), Greg (d),  Larry (Doris).  Her Annapolis Royal, NS family included Tom’s ‘adopted’  brother  Ray (Eileen).

Her adventurous spirit led her to happy travels in Kenya, India, Central America, the USA and every festival in Manitoba.  A constant friend to neighbour and stranger, her selfless acts of kindness were many.  As Mom and Nana, she was a model to her children and her children’s children of generosity, strength and love.  Edna also gave to her community of Pine Falls, being life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, past president of the Curling Club, first woman member of the Church of the Advent vestry, member and former Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as volunteering in the hospital and in the personal  care home.

Contributions can be made in her name to the Sunnywood Personal  Care Home, the Pine Falls District Health Foundation,  the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Manitoba or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.  Our gratitude goes to all who supported her including friends, the home care ladies and the extraordinary staff at the Sunnywood Personal Care Home.

A Christian who was unafraid of death, may she be restored and rejoicing now.  All were welcomed at a memorial service to celebrate her life at 11 a.m. Dec 20, 2012 in the Pine Falls United Church.  Cards and letters will be received at her former address and post box.


George Schreyer

1919 ~ 2012

It is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of George Gerald Schreyer on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the age of 92.

He was predeceased by his wife Bertha, parents Joe and Caroline Schreyer, stepmother Stella Schreyer, brother Joseph, sisters Mary, Katie and special friend Bernice.

George will be lovingly remembered by his sons Richard (Joanne) and Brian (Bev), grandchildren Todd (Candice), Carrie (Stewart), Pam (Sean) and Craig (Kaitlan), great grandchildren Evan, Emma, Nicholas, Madie, Kaitlyn and Ava, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends.  He is also survived by his half sisters Cecilia (Wilbert), Adeline (Howard) and Carol and half brothers Peter (Diane), Edward (Irene) and Lawrence.

George loved to talk to people and had no trouble approaching strangers and striking up a conversation with them.  His favorite pastime was tinkering in the shop, creating different things.  He would do this for hours on end.  Later in his life, he enjoyed going to dances with his special friend Bernice.

The family wishes to thank the Staff of East Gate Lodge in Beausejour where Dad spent the remainder of his life.  Your thoughtfulness and caring towards Dad was very much appreciated and will always be remembered.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.


Frieda Leonida Hastman (nee Linke)

1931 ~ 2012

Peacefully on Friday evening October 12, 2012, at the age of 81, Frieda passed away at East Gate Lodge in Beausejour, MB.

Frieda leaves behind her four children, Larry, Alvin (Barb), Laverne (Ed Janzen) and Fred (Marianne); her four grandchildren, Chris (Lisa), Heather (Makoto Fukuda), Shannon (Derek Fehr) and Trevor; three great grandchildren, Alex and Chloe Hastman and Kaede Fukuda.  Frieda is also survived by three sisters (Alma, Evelyn and Manda) and two brothers (Art and Ed), numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Frieda was predeceased by her parents (Reinhold and Hilda), her brother Rudy and sister in-law Ida.

Family and friends will forever remember Frieda for her amazing cooking and generosity.  Her happiest times were those spent with her family.  Family gatherings will not be the same without her cabbage rolls, perogies, mushroom turnovers and cheese cake.

The family wishes to thank the staff at East Gate Loge (Shamrock Unit) for the excellent care they provided.

Funeral Service took place on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 403 1st Street North, Beausejour with viewing one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“The Angels are singing in heaven;

there’s laughter and joy everywhere.

And the reason for all this excitement;

my precious mother has just arrived there.”


John (Jackie) Oliver

1940 ~ 2012

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved John (Jackie) at the age of 72 at the Pinawa Hospital on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Agnus of Belfast, Ireland as well as his brother Taylor.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Shirley (Nee Jackson), as well as his son Jim and grandson Brennan.

Left to cherish his memory is his sisters Nancy (Cecil), Sandra (Victor) and Margaret (Ronnie), brother in-law Jim (Sheryl) Jackson of Australia, and  special sister–in-law Hilary (James) and their family.

A special thank you to Doctors St. Godard and Mario at Riverview for their outstanding care, to Torrie John’s RN, and Dr. Manzar at Pinawa for all their care and compassion. We would also like to thank our special friends and family who helped build and fund Jackie’s much needed and appreciated wheelchair ramp.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to either The Heart and Stroke Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.

An informal gathering for family and friends was held from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Friday October 12, 2012 at the family home at 65 Anderson Drive in Lac Du Bonnet. Memories were shared.


Diana Mary Hamilton Opie

1928 ~ 2012

Diana, known as Dawn, to her family and friends died peacefully at the Pinawa Hospital on October 4, 2012. She was predeceased by her parents H. Morris Gorringe and Elsie Mary Gorrin

ge, her older sister Joan Hamilton Aitken, her parents- in- law Ernest and Dorothy Opie, and sister-in-law Joan Opie. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 60 years C.H. (Bud) Opie, her daughters Susan Opie (Rick Match) and Linda Altstadt (Glen), her grandchildren Naomi Scharer (Nik Heine) and Nicholas Scharer, her sister Nona Hamilton Cooper (of Hove, Sussex), her brother- in- law, Jack Opie (Australia), nephews Robert Opie, Henry Aitken, and niece Tish Thomas (Australia), and great nephews Mark Thomas (Michelle Stead) and David Thomas.

Dawn was born in Blackheath, near London, U.K. on March 30, 1928. She grew up in London, and Sussex. She met her husband, Bud, at the tennis club shortly after World War II, and tennis was a life long passion for her. They were married December 6, 1952 in the middle of the last ‘lethal’ London fog. Dawn worked for Charringtons in London from 1946 to 1954, at which point she and her husband moved to North Wales. In 1965, she moved to Pinawa, Manitoba with her husband and two daughters, many miles away from her family and friends.

Dawn loved animals and had many animal friends that included numerous dogs, horses, and goats. In 1980 she and her husband moved to a farm where she and Bud lived for the next 30 years. These were some of the happiest years of their lives. Dawn loved the peace and quiet of the farm, and the many activities of the farm. Dawn loved planting trees and caring for her Angora goats, and Linda’s horses.

Dawn was deeply committed to environmental causes, an avid knitter, and supported many local committees. Dawn was a founding member of the Whitemouth River Committee, the original Pinawa Arts and Crafts Guild, the Brokenhead Farmer’s Market, and the Lac du Bonnet Farmer’s Market. Dawn was the treasurer and manager of the Pinawa Ballet Club for many years. Dawn quietly offered her assistance to many people whenever she saw a need. Dawn loved going to Winnipeg for outings to the theatre, ballet, Rainbow Stage with her friends, Helen and Shirley and others.

Dawn’s family would like to thank the Pinawa Hospital, and the many nurses, aides, and staff who looked after her as she experienced health problems over the last few years and Dr. Richard Van Gend. Their kindness and compassion is much appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manitoba Forestry Association (Commemorative Trees), 900 Corydon, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 0Y4. Trees will be planted at Sandilands Forest Discovery Centre in Dawn’s name.

A Celebration of Dawn’s life was held Thursday October 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ironwood, Vanier Avenue, Pinawa.


Barry James Spooner

1951 ~ 2012

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our brother at the age of 60.

He is predeceased by his parents Peggy (nee LaForge) and Mark Spooner, stepfather Norman Whelan, and his Auntie Kay.

He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Alys (Art) of Beausejour, and brother Terry of Kitimat, BC.  He is survived by his nieces and nephews: David, Tammy (Doug), Rodney and Lauren.  Left to mourn Barry’s passing are many dear friends and associates.

Barry was born in Calgary.  He fulfilled his life’s dream of being a long haul driver, a job he truly enjoyed between his much loved fishing trips

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB  R3L 0K6.

A Memorial Service was held Friday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., in Beausejour.


Rita Annette Ducharme

1932 ~ 2012

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and nanny.  Rita Annette Ducharme, aged 80 of Ste. Rita, Manitoba, beloved wife of Earl Ducharme, passed away on September 26, 2012.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Earl, her 6 children, Sharon (Chris), Rocky, Wanda (Hank), Connie, Jeff (Kelli), Vicki (Tom), 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved with all her heart.  Mom’s greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family, playing card games, dice, and going to Bingo.

Rita was the last surviving member of her family of 7 siblings.

A Service of Celebration was held on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sobering Funeral Chapel in Beausejour, Manitoba.  Interment followed at the Ste. Rita Cemetery in Ste. Rita, Manitoba.

Many thanks to Dr. Askarafar, for his kindness and compassion, and to the nursing staff at the Beausejour Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9.


William Scharein

1920 ~ 2012

Peacefully, with his daughters at his side, William Scharein, aged 92 years passed away at the Beausejour Hospital.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Linda (David) Sigurdson and Carol (Gerald) Smith, his grandchildren Darren (Lorrie), Sheralyn (Chris), Kevin (Holly), Derek (Tracy), Rikki and great granddaughter Brooke.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law August (Olga) Wagner and many nephews, nieces and friends.  He was predeceased by his wife Irma (Wagner) after 59 years of marriage, his parents August and Auguste (Jastrau) and his siblings Mary, Gussie, Frank, Annie, Charlotte, Louis and Gus.

Dad’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family, whom he cherished, as well as reading and watching sports on T.V.

Mom and Dad enjoyed their life on the farm in Lydiatt and their retirement in Beausejour where Dad now had more time to use his creative talents to make gifts for his children and his grandchildren.  He and Mom were faithful members of Zion Lutheran Church for many years.  Special thanks to Paul Rapinchuk for his many pastoral visits.

Following Mom’s stroke, Dad moved to Stony Plains Terrace where he resided happily for ten years.  In April 2011, due to failing health, Dad moved to East Gate Lodge where he was surrounded by a staff of wonderful, caring people on the Crocus Unit.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Nick Van Rensburg for his care of Dad while at East Gate and to Dr. Garth Campbell who cared for Dad for many years prior to this.

A Celebration of Dad’s life was held on Saturday, September 29 at 1:30pm at Zion Lutheran Church.  Interment followed at the Zion Lutheran Cemetary.

Pallbearers will be Gerald, Derek and Rikki Smith, Dave, Darren and Kevin Sigurdson.  Honorary pallbearer will be Sheralyn Sigurdson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dad’s memory may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church memorial fund or East Gate Lodge.



Stefan Stapor

1927 ~ 2012

Stefan Stapor passed away at the Beausejour Hospital on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the age of 85.  Stefan was born in Poland.

He is predeceased by his son Stephen.  He is survived by his loving wife Helen (nee Eiers) and daughters Sylvia and Sally.

Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6.


Cheryl Joan Rohrig (nee Honkey)

1955 ~ 2012

After a yearlong battle with Glioblastoma Cancer, surrounded by her loved ones, Cheryl  Joan Rohrig (nee Honkey) passed away peacefully  on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at the Pinawa Hospital at the age of 56.

Cheryl was born in Whitemouth, MB on October 18, 1955.  She was raised by her parents Gloria and Norman Honkey in Seven Sisters, MB and attended school in the Seven Sisters/Pinawa/Whitemouth area.  On June 9, 1985 Cheryl was married to Tim Rohrig and together they have resided in River Hills, MB. Cheryl was employed by Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) until her date of diagnosis which she then took a medical leave and spent the best quality time with Tim, her family and friends.

Remembering Cheryl are her loving husband Tim and their children Donald (Michelle) Naismith; Terinia (Ken) Bruchanski, Payton, Sloane; Michael (Amanda) Owen, Cooper Naismith; Juanita Lambert (Mike Cole), Lukas Lambert, Tyler and Samantha Cole.  She will be forever in the thoughts of her dad Norman Honkey,  her devoted sister Arleen (Harry) Pluchinski, Chris (Daughter Jerzi) Pluchinski, Jen (Brent) Brandon, Rylynn Palichuck, Holly Pluchinski (Andrew Shallcross) and her special “Hydro Stinky” friend, cousin and Sister-in-law Vicki (Kent) Rohrig. Cheryl is predeceased by her Mother Gloria Honkey, Father-in-law Eric Rohrig and Brother-in-law David Rohrig.

While it’s true that Cheryl had many passions – from her love of travel right down to her love of the movie “Dirty Dancing” – her greatest love was that of her husband Tim and family.  Cheryl found joy in organizing her work BBQ’s, spending time with her grandchildren, and camping from the moment the snow was gone until it returned.  Above all attributes that Cheryl possessed, her strength and courage for herself and everyone was nothing short of inspirational.  She is loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Cheryl’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the medical staff of the Pinawa Hospital and Health Science Center, as well as Cancer Care Manitoba.  Their professionalism and understanding was greatly appreciated and helped Cheryl and the entire family to navigate through the most difficult time of her life.

A memorial for Cheryl was held  at Sobering Funeral Chapel, in Beausejour, on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Following the memorial, internment took place in St. Paul Lutheran Church in River Hills, MB.

In lieu of flowers it is Cheryl’s wish to have donations made to:  The Guardian Angel Caring Room at 1018 – 675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.