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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - January 16, 2010, Winnipeg, Manitoba C16 www. passagesmb. com WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 TEST NELLIE KAMECKI Just shy of her 98th birthday Nellie Kamecki passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the Lions Personal Care Centre. Nellie is survived by the children she lovingly raised, Rena, Victor and Denny Kisfalvi, nieces Vivian Gish, Ione Plasky and Patricia Carpenter and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Steven Kamecki, her parents, three brothers and sister. Nellie will also be greatly missed by her dear friends Rose Bilan and Olga Maughan. “ Auntie” as she was known to all that knew and loved her, was born on January 14, 1912, in Winnipeg. Nellie was a very loving, generous, kind and gentle woman. Auntie will always be remembered as being impeccably dressed and beautifully groomed. She had a great smile, a wonderful sense of humour and loved to be surrounded by her friends and “ the kids” having a great time. She was employed as a preschool teacher, as well as a cashier at Sherwin Williams Paints, CP Rail and The Royal Alexander Hotel all of which she held fond memories of. Auntie loved travelling and did so extensively with her sister Anne. She always spoke of her many adventures. Nellie played the piano beautifully and was the pianist and proud lifetime member of the Elks- Ladies of the Royal Purple. Nellie was a beautiful cook and baker, making the best Lemon Meringue Pie ever! It must not go without mentioning Auntie’s love of Bingo and the Casino. She loved to pass her time testing Lady Luck and she was always very lucky. Auntie resided at the Lions Personal Care Centre for the past five years and the family appreciates all the love and support that was afforded her by the many staff members during her residency there. She was well loved and well taken care of, by all who came to know her. Nellie was also extremely grateful for the love and support shown to her over her lifetime by Georgina and Frank Cielen. Thank you to Lisa Chapil, April Gobert, Teresa El- Giadaa and Katrin S. Atnikov for their support and love shown to Auntie in her final hours. A funeral service for Nellie will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 12: 00 Noon. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Denny Kisfalvi, Martin Cielen, Kent Cielen, Frank Atnikov, Warren Desmarais, and Eli Lenio. Auntie, words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation we have for all that you sacrificed in your lifetime to care for us. We will miss you, but are comforted knowing that you are in the arms of all those that left before you. We love you... 586- 8044 TEST LLOYD ELLIS MATHESON Peacefully on December 24, 2009 Lloyd Matheson passed away in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He grew up and resided in Winnipeg before moving to Toronto. He is survived by his wife Brenda of Jefferson City, TN, his brother John ( Anne) of Regina, his sister Barbara of Winnipeg along with his sons Scott ( Erica), Brian ( Margaret) and Glenn ( Valerie) of Toronto. STEPHANIE LEWICKI It is with great sadness that the family of Stephanie Lewicki announces her passing, peacefully on January 12, 2010, at the age of 86. Born in Winnipeg on May 24, 1923, Stephanie Monzik grew up in the city’s Brooklyn neighbourhood. In 1950 she married Ernest Lewicki at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. They bought a home in Winnipeg’s North End and lived there for 30 years before moving to North Kildonan in 1980. For the past two years she lived at Concordia Place, where she was happy and very well- liked. As well as family camping trips to Banff, Yellowstone, Ontario and Northern Manitoba, she had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Ukraine several times. She was also active with the Ukrainian Women’s League at St. Nicholas Church, where her husband was longtime choir director. With her active circle of friends she bowled, curled and went fishing in her younger days and played bridge regularly for close to 50 years. She started working for the Winnipeg School Board in the 1940s and continued to work in the school system, with time off to raise her children, until her retirement in the mid 1980s. After working at several schools throughout the city, she ended her career as head secretary at R. B. Russell School. Stephanie was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was always happiest with family around her. She loved to entertain and to cook traditional Ukrainian food in large quantities. Food was love right until the end and she always had a snack ready to give visitors. She was predeceased by her husband Ernie in 2008, as well as her brother Danny, and is survived by her sister Mary Vickers in Dallas. She leaves behind sons Tom ( Cindy), Bob ( Krystina); and grandchildren Evan, Stephen and Miranda. Stephanie was in relatively good health until just a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed Christmas with her family around her. With her sudden passing she will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Concordia Place, whose care and friendship she greatly appreciated. As per her wishes, there will not be a funeral service. Donations in her memory can be made to Concordia Place, 1000 Molson Avenue, Winnipeg MB, R2K 4L5; C/ O Monica Sawatsky. KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 956- 2193 RONALD JEROME MEYERS June 21, 1933 - January 15, 2010 Funeral, Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2: 00 p. m., Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. TEST TEST CHARLES DANIEL ( DANNY) LEES, MD August 15, 1920 - January 11, 2010 After an eventful 80 years of vigorous life and 10 years with Alzheimer’s disease, Danny Lees died on Monday, January 11, 2010 peacefully at Riverview Health Centre. Danny is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children Georgia Klass ( Daniel), Virginia Lees ( Ron Kibbins) and J. D. Lees ( Ruth); nine grandchildren, Jennifer Jones ( Becky Walter), Laura Jones ( Adam McCauley), Kristen Jones, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Samuel, Rebecca Klass, Payton and Reagan Lees. Danny was born in Winnipeg. He was only 11 years old when his mother died and thereafter he was raised by her sisters (“ the aunts”... Vera, Bunny and Teddy Baskerville) and his father ( Tiny - 6’ 4” - Lees). At 19, he suspended his university education and worked in Mills Lake, Northwest Territories as a heavy equipment operator. He quickly became foreman of the project, building a runway for Canada’s wartime air defence. At war’s end, Danny restarted his education, graduating from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1950. After a year of general practice in Oak River, Manitoba, he became a respected orthopedic surgeon and, later, Medical Director of the Manitoba Workers’ ( the Workman’s) Compensation Board. At 56, he retired from the WCB and renewed his career as a heavy equipment operator, this time as a trucker. He was owner/ operator of an 18 wheel semi- trailer and hauled gravel for Nelson River Construction. At 60, a serious accident cut short this career and he became a farmer and woodcutter at Prawda, Manitoba. Danny was a man of many talents and interests; an avid outdoorsman, canoeist and hunter, as well as a skilled builder, plumber and electrician. No hired repairman ever crossed the Lees’ threshold, as Danny could fix anything! Singlehanded, he built the Lees family cottage at Victoria Beach, where his father had been the original manager of the Victoria Beach Company. An adventurous motorcyclist, he and his best friend, Jack Graham, covered much of North America on their “ bikes”. Danny was an enthusiastic crosscountry skier, right up to his 80th year, and a lover of all dogs, especially Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. He was a magnet for countless friends and admirers from all walks of life. He outlived them all. He was gruff on the outside ( his older daughter’s term of endearment for him was “ KC”, the abbreviation for King Crab), but closer scrutiny revealed a man of great warmth, charm and loyalty. Most of all, he was the best dad anyone could ever hope to have. He devoted all of his free time to being with his kids, leading them on exciting and perilous adventures; canoeing to Elk Island, skiing, snowmobiling and exploring deep into the hinterland of the south east corner of Lake Winnipeg around Victoria Beach. Whatever scrapes he managed to get into, he always would find a way to save the day, and preserve his and his children’s hides. He never was too old for something new. He always wore blue jeans, loved rock music and Clint Eastwood movies! He was more than a great dad; he was also a dear friend. In compliance with Dad’s wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. Our family deeply appreciates the wonderful staff at both Parkview Place, 6th floor, and at Riverview Health Centre, CD2. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 or the East Beaches Animal Shelter at Victoria Beach. MILLOIM ( BILL) LUCIER 1921 - 2010 Peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at the age of 88 years our father, grandfather and great- grandfather Bill left us to join his wife Mary who predeceased him January 18, 2003. Remaining to forever cherish Bill’s memory are his son Grant and wife Audrey; five grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Bill was born August 23, 1921 in San Clara, MB. He was the last surviving of six brothers and sisters. He attended the Saskatoon School for the Deaf and was an active member of the Deaf Community in Winnipeg. Bill was well loved by all. He worked at various jobs before retiring from MacDon Industries where he had worked for almost 20 years. At Bill’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. Interment will take place in Saskatchewan in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Manitoba Deaf Centre, 285 Pembina Hwy., Main Floor, Winnipeg MB, R3L 2E1, or Lion’s Personal Care Centre, 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2W6. KATHLEEN ( KAY) ANN MICKALL Kathleen “ Kay” Ann Mickall of Winnipeg, MB entered into rest on January 11, 2010 at the Carberry Health Centre at the age of 88 years. A graveside service will take place in the Carberry Plains Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home Carberry in care of arrangements. ( 204) 834- 2629 THELMA MOIR In keeping with Thelma’s wishes a private family Celebration of her life was held on January 16, 2010 in Wojcik’s All Beliefs and Faiths Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue at Sharp Boulevard. TEST TEST PHYLLIS TAPLEY MARCOUX July 6, 1921 - January 14, 2010 Phyllis passed away peacefully with her husband Jerry and loved ones at her side at St. Boniface General Hospital on Thursday, January 14, 2010. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold in 1985, her parents, her three sons and two daughters. Phyllis leaves to treasure her memory, her husband Jerry; sons, Robert, ( Doreen), Stanley ( Wendy) and Cory; daughters, Doreen ( Manny), Monique ( Paul) and Nancy, 28 grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren and one great- great- grandchild, who will miss her dearly. Special thanks to the caring staff at St. Boniface General Hospital during her final days. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the St. Gerard Parish, 45 Foster Street, Winnipeg on Wednesday, January 20 at 11: 00 a. m. with Father Pierre and Deacon Tom Kennedy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Phyllis, we will always love you. FRANCES MARKIW ( nee SHEWCHUK) Unexpectedly in the late evening of January 12, 2010 at the Seven Oaks General Hospital, our mom, grandma, and sister Fran passed away at 82 years of age. Mom will be greatly missed by her daughter Val and husband Ken Kowalski, son Butch, sister Chris, and her three loving grandchildren, Dana Kowalski, Lauren and Mikol Markiw, and her dear relatives, friends and neighbours. Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband ( Bill), our wonderful dad, grandpa, and brother- in- law on March 21, 1994. Mom and dad are now together once again, as they were meant to be, and will continue to watch over us, especially Dana, Lauren and Mikol. Mom was born on February 5, 1927. As kids, we were always in awe that she was born in a house on a farm in Meleb, Manitoba. Her parents, Alex and Julia Shewchuk moved soon after to the big city, Winnipeg, where their second daughter, Christine, was born. After several years and houses, they finally settled in the north end on Ellen Street to raise their family. Mom attended Victoria Albert, Pinkham, Hugh John Macdonald schools and Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate. Following school, Mom started working at The Hudson’s Bay Company ( The Bay) and later at the Eaton’s Mail Order Building, and finally retiring at Eaton’s Garden City in 1990. Mom’s father, Gigi, passed away in 1978 and mother, Baba, in 1991. A classic north- end love story began at Kelekis’s restaurant in 1946 where mom and dad first met. Following courtship, they were married on June 4, 1949, and then established the family home on Burrows Avenue and the summer cottage at Grand Beach. A daughter and son soon followed. Mom stayed at home to raise us, working harder than working outside the home, and we are forever grateful. The entire summers were spent with her at the lake, roughing it in the beginning without electricity and running water. Dad would drive out after work on Fridays. Ironically, mom never liked the water or to get wet, so splashing her was always fun and dangerous! Mom always enjoyed the marathon Rumoli games at the cottage. Later in life, mom thoroughly enjoyed the frequent trips with dad and her sister to Las Vegas. Mom adored her three grandchildren. She was ( and always will be) so proud of them. She cared and protected them as she did with us. She developed special relationships with Dana, and with Lauren and Mikol. Grandma’s sense of humour will also be missed but not forgotten, along with those frequent telephone conversations. Mom was a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League of St. John’s Cantius Church and also a regular parishioner of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Family life was most important to mom, and the dinner table was the focal point. Mom was the best cook and no one could match her home cooking, especially her holubchis and perogies. Her baking was outstanding! Mom’s kitchen was her place and you knew who the boss was; any help was politely turned down. Holiday feasts were her specialty. Mom was the most unselfish person that we knew. The well- being of others always came first! Mom was a natural care giver and we thank her dearly for taking such good care of all of us. We would also like to give a very heartfelt thank you to our Aunt Chris for all her love and support and the care provided to mom, especially in the last few months. We truly are grateful and blessed. A private family service and interment was held to honour mom’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in mom's memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6 Vichnaya Pam’yat ( Eternal Memory) 586- 8044 ELSIE MORRIS On Wednesday, January 6, 2010; Elsie died at the Ste. Anne Hospital at the age of 89 years. No formal funeral service will be held TEST TEST JOHN ( JACK) H. MCKAY With sad hearts we announce the passing of John ( Jack) H. McKay. Dad is survived by his daughter, Gayle Carriere; daughter- in- law Debby McKay; grandchildren, Tanya ( Chris), Sarah ( Erik), Jennifer and Dayton; six greatgrandchildren; sister- in- law Nancy McLaughlin, his brother Bill and many nieces and nephews. Dad was born July 15, 1919 in Montreal. It was there that he met his childhood sweetheart and love of his life Helen. They were married in Montreal and transferred to Toronto. Jack worked for Al Can Aluminium and was transferred to Winnipeg where Dad became a successful manufacturers' agent, winning many awards for his business accomplishments. Son Glen and daughter Gayle were blessed to have such wonderful, supportive, fun, caring, loving and compassionate parents. Dad was a long time member of the R. C. A. F., the Shriners, Gyros, Granite Curling Club, Niakwa Golf and Country Club, and Wildewood Curling Club. Through business and social events Jack made many friends, some life- long. Dad was an avid sports fan. Being on the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Executive for a number of years, a long time season ticket holder, and only missing two home games in twenty- five years. The sports page was the first one read each day, and activities where scheduled around the Bomber games. He was also a long standing Montreal Canadiens fan. Jack was predeceased by his wife Helen ( 1972), son Glen ( 2009), son- in- law Don Carriere ( 2007), brothers Neil, David, Norman and sister Anne. Dad we will miss your kind and gentle spirit, your sparkling blue eyes and your laughter. A service will be held at 10: 00 a. m. Monday, January 18 at Thomson “ In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillvray Blvd. Gayle and family would like to thank the residents and staff of the Waverley Retirement Home and the Ste. Anne Hospital, for their friendship, care and compassion. THOMSON “ IN THE PARK” 925- 1120 Condolences may be sent to www. thomsoninthepark. com MARGARET ( MARGE) ELIZABETH MICHALSKI ( nee KRAEMER) October 14, 1919 – January 14, 2010 Peacefully with her loving husband and family by her side, Marge Michalski passed away at the age of 90. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband of 65 years, Laurence ( Larry); her children Laraine ( Paul), Marie ( Alistair), Kathryn ( Gordon) and Teresa; 11 grandchildren and two great- grandsons. She is also survived by her brother Paul ( Helen) and sister- in- law Eleanor ( Maurice). Marge was predeceased by her parents and four brothers. As a young girl Marge took part in sports with her brothers, helped her father in their grocery store and eventually in their shoe factory. Marge married Larry in 1944 and lived in Winnipeg where they raised their four daughters. She was a very dedicated, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She enjoyed music, travelling and spending time with her family, which meant the world to her. The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia Hospital and Concordia Place 3rd floor for the wonderful care she received. Prayers will be said on Monday, January 18 at 7: 00 p. m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main at Inkster. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 19 at 11: 00 a. m. at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Munroe and Brazier. Cremation will follow with interment at a later date in Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if relatives and friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice. 586- 8044 IRENE NEYEDLEY 1928 - 2010 Peacefully on January 13, Irene passed away. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Tom; her children, Valerie, Gary ( Cathy); grandsons, Graham and Kevin; stepfather Mervin Ness of Spy Hill, Saskatchewan and brother Kent ( Myrna) of Toronto; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many she called extended family. Irene enjoyed entertaining, crafting and gardening. Her passions in the summer were her flower gardens, and in the winter crocheting and knitting. Until her illness she was an active member in the Niverville United Church Women. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the love and support given by healthcare providers ( including Victoria Hospital Unit 5 North, Grace Hospice, Southeast Manitoba), The Rev. Leslie Clark, visitors from Niverville U. C., friends and relatives. In memory, donations can be made to Niverville United Church, P. O. Box 375, Niverville, MB R0A 1E0 or flowers can be sent to Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. for her service on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 3: 00 p. m. Forever in our hearts Chapel Lawn 885- 9715 MANFRED HEINRICH PESCHEL In compliance with Manfred’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. TEST TEST BRUCE ROBERT NEUFELD 1943 - 2010 On January 12, 2010, our beloved husband, father, papa, brother and friend slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus at St. Boniface Hospital with his wife, children, brother and Pastor by his side. Bruce was born on April 25, 1943 to John and Thelma Neufeld who predeceased him. On November 13, 1971, he married the love of his life Lynda ( nee Bischoff) and together they raised three children. Along with Lynda, his children and grandchildren: Jamie, Ryan ( Cecile) and their children, Cassy, Larrisa and Zachary and Tracy ( Adam) Bartel and their children, Austin and Tyler survive him. Bruce also leaves his brother Lary ( Mary) and sisters, Dorothy ( Jim) and Helen, as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John and sister Betty Sloan. Bruce worked in plumbing sales for over 36 years. First at Sutherland Supply, then Schwartz Sales and until his passing, he was employed at Dynasty Bath. He loved working with people and will be missed by his many customers and co- workers. His first love was our Heavenly Father and we know that he is in paradise today with Jesus. Bruce attended Elmwood Christian Fellowship and his sisters and brothers in the Lord will remember his fun loving ways. Family was everything to Bruce and he spent 38 years making wonderful memories for Lynda and his children and grandchildren. He has run the race and leaves behind a great legacy. We would like to thank the hospital staff that attended to Bruce, especially Dr. Dave, Nurse Valerie and Pastor Marcia who showed such compassion to him and his family at the time of his passing. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10: 00 a. m. at Elmwood Christian Fellowship, 414 Tweed Ave. ROBERT ( ROBBIE) MCQUAY OLIVER February 25, 1922 - January 10, 2010 Suddenly in the early morning hours of January 10, 2010 at the age of 87, Robbie passed away at home. Surviving to mourn his loss are wife Ida, sons Garnet of Vancouver, Randy of Lake Francis, Clayton ( Penny) of Stonewall, daughter Debbie ( Grant) of Winnipeg, grandchildren Elizabeth ( Tom), Anthony, Jaye ( Brian), Dana ( Ben), brother David Oliver, sisters Alice Kaartinen, Phyllis Oliver, Evelyn ( Walter) Erickson, stepsister Grace McMillan, sisters- in- law Christina Oliver, Helen Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by parents Robert and Kate Oliver, brothers Dan and Lloyd, stepbrother Alder Stevens, step sister Maja Oliver, sister- in- law Cecile Oliver and step sister- in- law, Valborg Stevens, brother- in- law Frank Kaartinen, step brothers- in- law William Oliver and Donald McMillan. Born in Portage la Prairie, Robbie lived in Lake Francis, Marquette and Bonnie Doon districts, then back to Lake Francis. At 19 he joined the army with the R. C. A. S. C. He went overseas in 1941 and to France in 1944, landing on the Beaches of Normandy and saw action through Belgium, Holland and Germany, celebrating VE Day in Olenburg, Germany. He returned to England and then back to Canada where he was discharged. In 1946 he purchased the Dick Malcolm farm in Lake Francis where he resided until his passing. He married Ida Hallett and they raised four children, together they celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Robbie was always a hard worker, a helpful neighbour. He enjoyed game hunting, cutting wood, poker games, hockey games, ice- fishing. He loved the outdoors, his gardening but especially ‘ haying time’ and driving his Case tractor. He enjoyed the simple things in life, visits from his children and grandchildren, talking to everyone ( even strangers), walks, auction sales, Nicki his dog and mom’s cooking. Dad, you taught your children well in steering life’s highway of ups and downs and you’ll always be in our hearts and minds forever. As per Robbie’s wishes, there’ll be no service. Farewell Robbie, old soldier farewell. JOHN OLYNYK After a lengthy illness, John passed away on January 14, 2010 at Seven Oaks Hospital. John was born July 22, 1927 in Winnipeg. He was employed with the Winnipeg School Div. # 1 as a plumber’s helper until his retirement. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his wife of 52 years, Helen, children Janice, Jason and Nori- Ellen ( German) and grandchildren Tyler, Chantel, Adam, Megan- Rae, Alex and Jazmyn. A sincere thank you to the staff of Level 5, Unit 5 at Seven Oaks Hospital. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 18 at 7: 00 p. m. in the chapel of Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler at Henderson Hwy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. TEST WFP, 20100116,, 16, C, 4 - Requested Fri Jan 15 18: 29: 17 2010 - Job 415363182 ;