Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - January 16, 2010, Winnipeg, Manitoba
C16 www. passagesmb. com WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
LLOYD ELLIS MATHESON
Peacefully on December 24, 2009 Lloyd
Matheson passed away in Jefferson City,
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.
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
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
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
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
RONALD JEROME MEYERS
June 21, 1933 - January 15, 2010
Funeral, Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2: 00
p. m., Shaarey Zedek Synagogue.
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
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
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
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
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
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
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Phyllis, we will always love you.
( 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
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
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
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)
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
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
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”
Condolences may be sent to
www. thomsoninthepark. com
MARGARET ( MARGE) ELIZABETH
( 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
As a young girl Marge took part in sports
with her brothers, helped her father in their
grocery store and eventually in their shoe
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
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
In lieu of flowers, if relatives and friends so
desire, donations may be made to a charity of
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
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
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
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
MANFRED HEINRICH PESCHEL
In compliance with Manfred’s wishes, no
funeral service will be held.
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
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
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
Farewell Robbie, old soldier farewell.
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
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
a charity of your choice.
WFP, 20100116,, 16, C, 4 - Requested Fri Jan 15 18: 29: 17 2010 - Job 415363182