Gayle Agnes Staniul

1939 ~ 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gayle Agnes Staniul (Nee: Danchuk) on Friday July 20, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gayle was born in Winnipeg, MB on May 03, 1939.
Gayle and Walter moved to Tyndall, MB in 1975, where they made it their lifelong home and raised their family. Gayle worked in the local Daycare and Nursery school where she met many of her lifelong friends.
Gayle leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved husband Walter of 51 years, son Michael and girlfriend Tina, daughter Colleen and husband Darryl, granddaughter Matraisa, grandsons Austin, Logan and Parker. She also leaves to mourn her only sister Judy and partner Nick, brother-in-law Ron and sister in-law Arlene, aunt Margaret, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gayle’s greatest love was her children Michael and Colleen and her four grandchildren. She was deeply devoted to them in her daily life and gave herself selflessly to them. She loved her friends and had many long lasting friendships over the years which she cherished. She had an amazing wit and a very candid and wonderful sense of humour that was second to none. Gayle also had a big heart for her animal friends and loved them, as they were her family. She strongly left her unique imprint in the hearts of the many people that loved her so dearly. Gayle was one of a kind with the most generous of spirits, and she will never be forgotten. Her memory will live on in the laughter of the ones that love her.
The family wishes to express love and thanks to the many family members and friends and to all the Beausejour Hospital staff for their compassion and kindness during this very difficult time. A Celebration of Life was held at the Tyndall Community Club on Wednesday, July 25 at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

“You will now walk through the beautifully coloured flowers,
dip your feet in the lake and have an everlasting smile….”

Bertha Novak

1913 ~ 2012

Peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2012, Bertha Novak, aged 98 years, passed away at the Beausejour Hospital.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Walter, who died on December 23, 2002.  She is survived by her daughter Waltra Gilbert and her husband John and their daughters Jean and Michelle (Mike); son Robert and his wife Joann and their children Kristin (great grandson Mason), Jessica and Robert, sister-in-law Lorene Stepaniuk and many nieces and nephews.

Bertha was born on November 9, 1913 in Beausejour where she spent her entire life.  She spent many years employed at the Beausejour Post Office.  Bertha was a spiritual woman and spent many years of volunteerism serving her community.  As a Woman’s Institute Member from 1941 through the seventies, she fulfilled many executive roles.  Bertha was also a life member in the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League.  Along with husband Walter, she spent many years delivering “Meals on Wheels” to local residents.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She spent the last few years of her life at Stony Plains Terrace in Beausejour.  She will be missed and remembered by all she touched.

Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, 823 Park Avenue, Beausejour with Rt. Rev. Cannon Walter Klimchuk, the celebrant.  Interment was held in the Holy Ghost Parish Cemetery.

Pallbearers included her grandson Robert Walter Novak, her son-in-law John Gilbert, Mike Harmer and her nephews Gerry Novak, Garry Stepaniuk and Bernie Pyra.

The family thanks Dr. Schmidt and the staff at the Beausejour Hospital for their care and concern.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bertha’s memory may be made to the Beausejour Hospital, Box 1690, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0

Amy Martha DeNeve

1915 ~ 2012

It is with deep sadness that the family of Amy DeNeve wishes to announce her peaceful passing at Concordia Hospital on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Forever cherishing the memory of their beloved Mother are her daughters Phyllis, Deanna (Abe), Carol, and Gloria; and her stepson Joe (Louise).  In addition, there are eleven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren, as well as extended family in Belgium.

The name “Amy” means “Beloved”, and Mom was truly dearly loved by her family and her friends.

She was sincerely interested in people, and as a result, her circle of friends always included the friends of the members of her family.

Mom was born on the family homestead in Expanse, Saskatchewan on May 28, 1915 to Heinrich and Emilia (nee Linnert) Krause.  Very early in Amy’s life the family moved temporarily to Revelstoke, British Columbia, and then settled permanently on the family farm in Green Bay, Manitoba.

Amy married Henry DeNeve in 1938, and her first born, Harvey, was born in 1940.  Mom and Dad raised their family of six, two boys and four girls, on the farm on which Mom had been raised.  Upon retirement in 1969, they moved to Beausejour.  When Dad passed away in 1972, Mom continued to live in her own home until the age of 90.  She then moved to Concordia Village and delighted in making friends there until the age of 95, when she chose to live with her daughter….where she lived until God called her home.

Amy was predeceased by her husband Henry in 1972; her son, Harvey, in 1993; grandsons, Kelly, in 1985, and Darryl in 2006; and a great grandson, Graham, in 2007.

Mom’s deep abiding faith in God helped sustain her in difficult times.  She lived for her family, and her unconditional support was ever constant.   She had an unassuming gentle and sensitive manner. Mom was very much a lady.  She took pride in looking well, and enjoyed coordinating outfits and accessories.  She also had a good sense of humour, and her one-liners often made us chuckle.  She was interested in world events, and open to new ideas and technology.  This proved useful when she had to rely upon her low vision magnifier and her talking book due to the debilitating effects of macular degeneration in her later years.

Mom loved all forms of nature.  She loved plants, flowers in particular, often going out to her flower garden early in the morning to see what changes had occurred.  She loved animals of all kinds…..and it seemed that even the robins in her yard were seen to hop a little closer to her when she talked to them.

In her earlier years Mom sewed for her growing family. She loved to do needlework…crocheting, knitting, embroidery.  Many samples exist today.  She also sewed for others upon request.

Mom was a great homemaker… the days when there was no electricity or running water.  She provided for her family by canning garden produce, wild fruit and berries; she even canned fish that were gleaned from the Brokenhead River that flowed through the farm.  As well, she made all the bread that was packed into lunchkits for her children’s daily trek to school.  On bread-baking day, as we neared our home on our way home from school  the aroma of the fresh bread  often enticed a lad from the neighbouring farm to join us for a snack of fresh bread and homemade jam.  Mom was great at baking pies and cinnamon buns, and all things good. And the wonderment of it all, is that our mother did this as well as tending to the care and responsibilities of all the animals on the farm during the winter months when Dad worked away from home.

Mom enjoyed the thrill of shopping, even into her golden years.  And she never tired of responding to calls to join her daughters, friends, or the grandchildren and great grandchildren for breakfast or lunch.

The family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to Dr. Daphne Schmidt of Beausejour for the great care given to our mother over the many years.  Also, to Mom’s wonderful Caregiver, Karen Kristjanson, and to the medical team at Concordia Hospital.  And a very special note of appreciation to the pastors of Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor Brad, Pastor Glenn, and to Pastor Ward for the spiritual support given to our mother.

Although we will miss Mom deeply, we want to thank God for having our very special mother for so many years.  Her sharp mind made her ageless, and although she reached a good age, we would have loved to have kept her much longer.  However, we know that life was becoming more difficult, and Mom has been looking forward to meeting her loved ones who “took an earlier flight”.

There was a celebration of Amy’s life at Peace Lutheran Church, 350 Gilmore Avenue, Winnipeg, at 1:00 p,m. on Thursday, July 19 with viewing  one hour prior to the service.  A lunch was held following the service. The procession then proceeded to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Green Bay, MB, where Mom was laid to rest alongside her husband, her son, and other family members.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice.  Also, due to Mom’s great love for flowers, flowers are gratefully accepted.

A very special thank you to Phyllis for her love and devotion as a daughter and
best friend—throughout Amy’s life, and especially throughout her many Golden
Years…..The Family

James Solomon

1934 ~ 2012

James Solomon, aged 77 years, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at home in Hillside Beach surrounded by his family.

James was predeceased by his son Douglas Solomon, sister Dona Mae and son in-law Gary Klippenstien.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Betty (nee Smith-Gaunt) of 32 years, his children Debbie, Michele, Dan, Laura and step-daughter Val.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren as well as extended family and friends.

James worked for CN as a car clerk for many years. He spent his retirement calling Bingo, golfing, chopping wood and taking Charlie for walks.

A special thank you to Marlene Ateah and crew for their speedy response.

A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour with viewing 1 hour prior to the service.  Interment followed in Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, c/o Box 327, RR 3, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Percy Marshall Zeemel

1932 ~ 2012

Percy passed away peacefully at his home in Lac du Bonnet on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the age of 79.  Percy was born in Lee River to Rudy and Leah Zeemel.

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 33 years, Eleanor (nee Robertson).  He will be lovingly remembered by his children and grandchildren, and other family members.

Percy was a Diamond Driller until an injury forced him into early retirement in 1972.  Dad always had a smile, and a joke to tell.

A special thank you to Percy’s support group.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Lac Du Bonnet Legion on Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Flowers are gratefully accepted, or if you wish, make a donation in Percy’s name to a charity of your choice.

“Hey Good Looking”

Percy Zeemel

1932 ~ 2012

Mr. Percy Zeemel, aged 79 years, of Lac du Bonnet, MB, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending.  Longer obituary to follow.

Justin Bruneau

1989 ~ 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, partner and great friend on July 7, 2012.

Justin was born March 14, 1989 at Pinawa, MB to loving parents Mary-Anne Bruneau and Kelly Chagnon.

Justin was so full of life.  Anytime he had a chance he was with family and friends or out fishing, quadding, or snowmobiling.  His charming good looks were well maintained by hitting the gym.

He loved being with family and friends, especially with son Peter and stepson Bryson.

Justin had a heart of gold and was full of life. He was the first to put a smile on your face when you were upset.

Justin was a hard worker.  He was employed at Sans Gold since November, 2010.

As well as Justin’s infectious big smile, he had a big heart.  His intoxicating personality and the love he had for his family and friends will continue to live on in our hearts as he was immensely loved by all and will never be forgotten.

Justin leaves to cherish his memory his mom Mary-Anne Bruneau, his dad Kelly Chagnon, brother Kelly (Jen), sister Brittany and Aunt Rosie (Shaun) Campbell, who he thought of as a big sister, his partner Shawna Genoway, son Peter and stepson Bryson, grandparents Shirley Bruneau  and Gerry and Maggie Chagnon.  He also leaves two special nieces Shanley and Savannah, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Bonnet Community Centre, 25 McArthur Avenue, Lac do Bonnet, MB.  Interment took place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Lac du Bonnet Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, if friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the Peter Genoway Trust Fund, Sunova Credit Union.

Robert Rittwage

1945 ~ 2012

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Robert Rittwage on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Robert is survived by his loving wife Anita of 41 years and daughter Steffanie as well as his brother Raymond (June) of Lockport, MB, and many aunts, cousins and friends.  Robert was predeceased by his mother Jessie Rittwage, his father Hubert Edkins, aunts and uncles.

Robert started with Manitoba Hydro as a groundsman in May, 1966.  He worked for Hydro for 40 years as a lineman, district ADO III with the last 6 years as a Tower Line Inspector. Robert retired in 2006.  He really enjoyed working for Hydro and snowmobiling, boating and flying in small planes and helicopters on Hydro’s nickel.  He had many stories to tell about Customer Relations.

In 1985 he joined the Beausejour Fire Department and later became a lieutenant, captain and finally Deputy Fire Chief.  He stepped back from the position of Deputy Fire Chief to encourage the younger members to assist in that area.

Robert was also a part time tow truck driver for Melnick Motors Ltd. as well as doing Dealer Trade pickups and auction purchases.  In this way he was able to have “test drives” on many new and used vehicles.  He really enjoyed riding his motorcycles over the years putting 20,000 km on his most recent ride, a 2009 Burgman.

A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Elaine D. Christenson

1942 ~ 2012

Elaine Christenson passed away peacefully at the Beausejour Hospital on July 7, 2012 at the age of 69.  She was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Roger Garand, and her children: Lynn, Kevin, Randy, and Denise.

Services may be held at a later date.

Anna Trapp

1911 ~ 2012

Peacefully on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Anna passed away at the Beausejour Hospital.  Anna was predeceased by her Husband William in 1979, Daughter in Laws Marion & Pegi in 2010.  Left to cherish her memory are Harold and Ervin, Grandchildren Casey (Kim), Tracy (Todd), Marcia (Bryan), Great-Grandchildren Kennedy, Carissa, Brayleigh, Spencer and Piper.

A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Beausejour.

Longer obituary to follow