Robert “Bob” Robinson

1932 ~ 2013

Robert passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the age of 80 at Pinawa Hospital.

Left to mourn his passing is his loving wife Emily, his children Roger (Debbie), Brad (Cheryl) and Eloise along with Emily’s daughter Lise (Manny), his grandchildren Robert, Tasha, Tyler, Tyson and James.  He will also be missed by his other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A special thank you to Dr. Bruno and staff at Pinawa Hospital for their care and compassion, as well as the paramedics who took care of him several times.

A Memorial Service was held at The Pioneer Club in Lac du Bonnet on Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made to Pinawa Hospital, Box 339, Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0, or to the Lac du Bonnet Lions Club, Box 818, Lac du Bonnet, MB R0E 1A0.

Henrietta “Mary” Ducharme (nee Chevillard)

1924 ~ 2013

Mary Ducharme, aged 88 years, passed away peacefully at the Beausejour Hospital with her family by her side. She was born April 2, 1924 in Cross Lake, MB.

She was predeceased by her husband Gabriel, her son Roy and in infancy Beatrice, Lena and Bimbo.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children Ben, Rita, Paul (Alice), Rick (Caroline), Robert (Audrey), Steve (Shirley), Delores (Dale), Lorraine, Randy (Cynthia), Ramona (Bruno), Ron, Ted (Cathy), Char, Carolynn and Loretta.  She also leaves many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to mention.

Many thanks to the staff at East Gate Lodge for their care and compassion.

Wake Service began at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at Cormorant Community Hall, Cormorant, MB.  Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 also at the Hall.  Interment followed in the Cormorant Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3.

Gudrun Felbel (nee Escherhausen)

1926 ~ 2013

Gudrun Felbel, aged 76 years, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Beausejour Hospital on Monday, January 28, 2013.

She was predeceased by her parents Johanna and Gerhard Escherhausen and her sisters Ruth and Ilsa.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 52 years, Gerhard, her children Rita (Vince) Ness, Bonnie (Murray) Melvin, and Johanna (Terry) Felbel, her grandchildren Kara, Nicole and Jessica as well as her brother Gerhard in Germany.

“Oma” was born in Germany and came to Canada in 1960 where she met her husband Gerhard.  They settled in Moosehorn, MB until they moved to Beausejour in 1968 where they raised their children and ran a family dairy farm.  For the past several years, Gudrun resided at East Gate Lodge.  Faith and family were the centre of Gudrun’s world and she will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank all the staff at East Gate Lodge and Beausejour Hospital for their care and compassion, as well as Dr. Schmidt for her care.

Funeral Service was held on Friday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. 418 Gertrude Avenue, Beausejour with viewing one hour prior to the service.  Interment followed in the Beausejour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Gate Lodge.

Carol Lynn Wolfe (Larson)

1950 ~ 2013

Carol Wolfe passed away peacefully at the Pinawa Hospital on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the age of 63.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Brian Larson, her children Michelle, Michael, Carolyn and Christina.  As well, her memory will be cherished by her 6 grandchildren.

Carol worked as a youth centre director.  As well, she owned her own quilting business.  She was known for her kind heart and her magnificent quilts and gardens.

As per Carol’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Bonnet Legion in Lac du Bonnet, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare or by participating in a Mud Hero event.

Eli Tinant

1933 ~ 2013

 On January 23, 2013 with her family by her side, Eli passed away peacefully at the Pinawa Hospital.

Left to cherish her memory are the family she nurtured and cared for deeply, her brothers James Balness of Winnipeg, Chris (Netta) Balness of Lac du Bonnet, Howard (Betty) Balness of Lac du Bonnet; in -laws include Peter Burchuk of Gunton, Maryanne Balness of Whitemouth, Evelyn Balness of Calgary,  Rita Tinant of Lac du Bonnet, Henriette Lintott of Regina, Therese (Norm) Hetherington of Ottawa, and Marie Wurch of Beausejour, as well as countless cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and family.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years Robert Tinant, her parents Christopher and Catherine Balness,  siblings George Balness , Gerald Balness and Marian Burchuk; sister in-law Suzie Balness;  father and mother  in – law Henri and Clotilide Tinant; brothers in-law Roger Tinant, Clarence (Lindy) Lintotte, and George Wurch; nephew Carson Balness, and great niece Shanna Archer.

Eli was born and raised in the Lac du Bonnet area, where she spent her entire life.  At the age of 15 years, she met her future husband Robert, and they were wed three years later in June of 1951, settling on a farm N.E of Lac du Bonnet.  She was the second oldest of eight children, and although they came from humble beginnings, Eli spoke fondly of time spent with her family in the muskeg.  Early in her marriage, they opened their home to her siblings, who they raised like their own.

Eli had many passions, including gardening, animals, children and family. Eli was the original recycling pioneer, practising reduce, re-use, recycle and composting long before it was considered fashionable.   She had a special talent for making everything grow.  Her ever expanding indoor greenhouse, could be the bane of her late husbands existence, but it gave Eli constant joy.  Her flowers, plants and seed collecting were legendary, especially her pumpkins and houseplants.  Many people were the recipients of her generosity, enjoying her pickles, jams, jellies and produce.

Eli took much pleasure from watching the birds at her many feeders while she was enjoying tea at her kitchen table.  She was very lucky to live next to her sister-in-law, close friend and confident, Rita.  Many were the happy times they spent attending church, going bowling, dining at restaurants, and of course their monthly outings down Highway 59.

Her strong sense of Family values ensured that all were well fed and cared for as long as they needed.  Eli’s selfless devotion to others included the loving care of her mother-in-law, her own mother, and her beloved husband during their final years.  Even in her final days, her concern was for those she would be leaving behind.

Funeral service was held February 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at the Lac du Bonnet Lutheran Church.

Everyone was welcome to join the family at the Legion Hall to share memories and have lunch, following the service.

Flowers gratefully declined.  Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung association or the Pinawa Hospital, Box 220 Pinawa Manitoba, R0E 1L0.


Maurice Hnatiuk

1926 ~ 2013

Maurice Hnatiuk passed away suddenly at the age of 87 at St.Boniface Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his brother, sisters and son-in-law. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 67 years, Pauline (nee Burbella), children Ken (Gloria), Marilyn (Bob), Theresa (Elliott), and Richard (Jan); Grandchildren Denise (Josh), Kelly, Alanna (Steve), Erik, Ian (Janine), Colleen, Tegann, Daniel (Madeleine), Jenna (Jason); Great Grandchildren Austin, Leanne, Devin, Danielle, Chelsea, Adam; Sister Vera, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Born and raised in Tyndall, Dad loved the land, the animals, and his life as a farmer. Starting with only 10 acres, his whole life was dedicated to building Hnatiuk Farms. He never retired; he never stopped working. Even in later years, Dad could often be found chopping wood, tending the garden, and helping his sons. The only thing he loved more than the farm was his family, which was his greatest pride and joy.

Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25 at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour with viewing one hour prior to the service.  Interment followed in the Tyndall Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Box 297 Tyndall, MB R0E 2B0 where Dad was treasurer for 53 years.


Norman Wold

1935 ~ 2013

Norman passed away on January 20, 2013 at the Pinawa Hospital at the age of 77.

He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, son Brad (Kathy), daughter Beverly (Dwayne), brother Curtis, and sister Norma.

As per Norman’s wishes, cremation has taken place and an interment service will take place in the spring or summer of 2013.



Regina Riley

1926 ~ 2013

Regina Riley, aged 86 years, of Beausejour, MB, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at East Gate Lodge.

Regina is survived by her daughter Judy (Allan), son James, grandsons Adam, Matthew, Jeffrey, brother Regis (Lucie), sisters Corry (friend Bill), Laure (Dick) and brother in law Allan.  Mom was predeceased by her husband Bill, parents Delia and Moise, siblings Ozzy, Yvette, Noella, Larry, Adeline and Aurel.

Cremation has taken place.  A burial in the Spring will be arranged, with a small celebration for friends and family.

Thomas Allison

1937 ~ 2013

It is with great sadness the family of Tom Allison announces his peaceful passing on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Pine Falls, MB, at the age of 75 years.

Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Denise, son Reece, Daughter Andrea(Roger);grandsons Kyle(Sasha)and Roger(Erica);sisters Grace, Nan and Eileen(Marino);
brothers-in-law Lorne(Eva), Bob and Ovide; sisters-in-law Irene, Pamela and Amy Allison, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Islay; siblings Stan and Andy; in-laws Robert and Cecillia Knott and Kay Tardiff.

Tom was employed at the paper mill in Pine Falls for 33 years.

Tom was an avid bowler, curler and golfer.  He loved fishing, hunting, camping, skiing and hiking with family and friends.

Tom was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009 and the debilitating disease slowly stole him from us.

Our grateful thanks to family and friends for the prayers and support during Tom’s illness.  Also heartfelt thanks to the home care workers and hospital staff for
their tender and compassionate care.

Funeral service was at Notre Dame du Laus Roman Catholic Church at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 22,2013, Pine Falls, MB.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to charity of their choice.

Loreen Carlson

1936 ~ 2013

Loreen Gladys Mae Carlson (nee Anderson), age 76, of Broadlands, Manitoba, went home early January 11, 2013, with her beloved husband of 60 years and daughter by her side.

She was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba January 25, 1936 to Anna and Julius Anderson.  She married Fred Carlson August 29, 1953.  Together, they had 3 children: Eric Loren, Edith Mae (Pierre Bourgeois) and her family Daphne, Troy, Finley and Caj; Cara, Steven and Edwin; Jeanesse, Alexandre and Frédérique; Sveta, and Peggy Dagmar (Edward McMullen) and her family Sean and Michael.  She is also survived by her sister Janice.

Service was held at Sobering Funeral Chapel on Thursday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m.

 “When I quit this mortal shore

And mosey round the world no more

Don’t weep, don’t sigh, don’t sob

I may have struck a better job.

Don’t go buy a large bouquet

For which you’ll find it hard to pay.

Don’t mope around and feel all blue

I may be better off than you.

Don’t tell folks I was a saint

Or any other thing I ain’t

If you have jam like that to spread

Please hand it out before I’m dead.

If you have roses, bless your soul

Just pin one on my buttonhole.

While I’m alive and well today

Don’t wait until I’ve gone away.”