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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 8, 2011, Winnipeg, Manitoba WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 www. passagesmb. com / www. wfpstuff. ca C9 TEST www. passagesmb. com Today’s Obituary Notices BENJAMINSON , Mavis. BERARD ( nee CADORETH), Elodie. BERNARDIN , Father Denis. BRUCE ( nee COUTU), Henriette Marie. CHERNETSKY , William ( Bill/ Willy). COHN , Rudolf. DAVIDSON , Douglas Gerrond. DUCHARME , Clifford Joseph. FEDON , Weronika. GORDON , Alexander L. ( Sandy). HAMILTON , Mark Andrew. HARTLE , Yolande. KONZELMAN , Richard Gerald, D. M. D. KUIPER , Edward. LAVERGNE , J. Edward Arsene. LAWFORTH , Joan Dorothy. LEHMANN , Brenda. LEVESQUE , Aurora. LEVIN , Eleanor. MEARTER , John ( Morley). MCKENZIE , Don ( John Donald). MONAGHAN ( nee ABRAHAMSON), Sharon Andrea. MURPHY ( nee WOJNOWSKI), Anita E. RISTO , Desmond James. SCHOUTEN , Jan Willem. SOKOL , Christine Ann. STOCKS , Alice Margaret. TATTAM , Ralph Lewis. WALKER , Peter Oliver. WIECHERN , Peter. WILKINSON , Valgerdur ( Joey). Notices may not appear in alphabetical order. MAVIS BENJAMINSON On Saturday, November 5, 2011, with her children at her bedside, Mavis died peacefully in the Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Mavis was predeceased by her beloved husband, Fredrick Carl Benjaminson, as well as her infant brother Jeffrey, her parents Mary and Harold White, stepmothers Madge and Helen, her twin sister Margaret and husband James Houston Maupin, parents- in- law Skuli and Setta Benjaminson, brother- in- law, Ed Benjaminson ( Marg), sisters- in- law Inga Benjaminson and Elvira Eliasson ( Gissur). She is survived by her children: Fredrick Donald and Margaret Benjaminson, Wade and Sharon Benjaminson, Rita and John Smith, Patricia Benjaminson and David Murray, Jeanne Benjaminson and Marlon Persaud; grandchildren: Karen Benjaminson and Terry Sled, Karilyn and William Vis, Gary and Jennifer Benjaminson, Bryan and Fawn Benjaminson, Shane and Gail Smith, Braxton and Robin Smith, Morgan Smith, Jennifer and Michael Best, Adam Wiles and Suzanne Carpanini- Sinclair, Andrea Murray and Winston Blakey, Peter and Kelsey Murray, Wade Miller and Melissa Malden, Ritchie and Val Miller, Jennifer Davis- Persaud, Gia Davis- Persaud; great- grandchildren: Danielle and Ashley Sled, William, Alicia, and Hendrick Vis, Lily Benjaminson, Royal and Cruise Benjaminson, Brooke and Zachary Smith, Deaken and Hyde Smith, Matthew, Abby and Ella Best, Casey Wiles- Benoit, Thomas Blakey, Branson Miller, Flynn and Joss Miller. She is also survived by her aunt Dorothy White, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mavis was born September 27, 1920 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England and immigrated to Canada in April 1927. Mavis met Fred on the long weekend in September 1938 and wrote “ the minute our eyes met we were in love”. They became officially engaged on Mavis’ 20th birthday. Mavis and Fred were married December 6, 1941. Fred enlisted in the army one month later. During the first few years of their marriage, while Fred served in the army and they were unable to live together, Mavis lived with Fred’s parents. Mavis and Fred built their first home in Kirkfield Park in 1947 where they raised their five children as well as their many pets. Mavis entered nurses training at the Grace Hospital in September 1938 and graduated in May 1941. She had the highest marks of those writing the Board exams and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. Mavis nursed at the Winnipeg Municipal Hospital, as a private duty nurse, and at the Grace Hospital before taking time off to have her first three children. She worked at Deer Lodge Veterans Hospital then took time off to have her next two children and to help care for Fred’s mother following a debilitating stroke. She later worked at Deer Lodge Centre as Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor, finally retiring at the age of 69. She was a dedicated and caring nurse. Mavis was always able to find the good in everyone and if anyone made a complaint she would say “ put on your rose- coloured glasses”. She wrote, “ the important things in life are not money and possessions and material things. They are love for one another and your fellow man, and empathy and understanding, kindness and non- judgmental acceptances of one another as we are”. That is how she lived her life and one of the reasons she was so dearly loved by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church on Saturday, November 12 at 11: 00 a. m. officiated by the Reverend Aubrey Hemminger with a reception following in the Parish Hall. The family will attend the interment of ashes at a later time at the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family wishes to thank Dr. Dan Martin and the second floor Grace Hospital staff for their expertise and compassionate care. If friends so desire, donations can be made to Grace Hospital Foundation, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7, Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3, or A Port in the Storm, 208 Provencher Blvd., P. O. Box 85, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G0. ELODIE BERARD ( nee CADORETH) Peacefully with family by her side, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother Elodie Berard passed away in Notre Dame Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the age of 86 years. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2: 00 p. m. A private family interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Notre Dame Hospital or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248- 2201 or 1- 888- 400- 2326. www. afh. ca RUDOLF COHN It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Rudolf Cohn, on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Funeral services have taken place on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Full obituary will follow. TEST TEST FATHER DENIS BERNARDIN, P. B. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our brother Denis on November 5, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 10: 30 a. m., with prayers at 10: 00 a. m. on Thursday, November 10 at the St. Boniface Cathedral. Long obituary notice to follow. DESJARDINS 233- 4949 1- 888- 233- 4949 HENRIETTE MARIE BRUCE ( nee COUTU) Avril 11, 1928 - Novembre 4, 2011 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Henriette Bruce on November 4, 2011 at the age of 83. Beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, very much respected for her standard of living and religious beliefs. After many years of courageous battle with heart disease and lately pulmonary fibroses, Mom never complained and lived everyday to it’s fullest. Mom was predeceased by her husband Rupert and son Rupert Jr. Also by her parents Henri and Marie Coutu, three brothers, Daniel, Andre and Lucien. Henriette will be missed by her children left behind to cherish her memory, Helen ( Elmer), Russell, Wayne ( Marcia), Marlene ( Yves), Bonita ( Gregg), Shirley ( Cyrus), Colette, Roseann, and Lisa ( John); as well as her three sisters, Beatrice, Marcelle, Suzanne; brother Paul; all her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren which not one day went by that Mom did not ask about how they were doing and what they were up to. Mom enjoyed being a homemaker and being with family and friends. Christmas was a sight to be seen when Mom played Santa Claus and no one received their gift until she received a kiss on the cheek. She had a witty sense of humour and enjoyed playing cards especially cribbage, where she rarely lost. She always had an open door welcoming visitors into her home and ready to offer refreshments whether friends were expected or just dropped in unexpectedly. Henriette grew up with family values of hard work and a very strong faith in God. She dedicated her life to helping others with acts of kindness. Henriette also had a witty sense of humour and always had a quick comeback that would surprise us all. Despite her share of hardships she never let it keep her down. Her strong religious beliefs made it easier for her to accept and work with what she was dealt. She grew up in St. Laurent, MB, but left as a young woman to live in St. Boniface, MB and work at Tache Hospital. She married Rupert Bruce in 1948 shortly after the war and returned to St. Laurent to raise her family. She was widowed at age 50 with three young children to raise on her own. With many good friends she enjoyed many adventures. She especially enjoyed travelling with her sisters to Vancouver to visit their sister Beatrice. Mom had a “ joie de vie” attitude and was fun to be around. Mom taught us well and hopefully we can carry on those family values and traditions that we will fondly remember and cherish her by. Maman, reposez vous en paix! Vous serez toujours dans notre coeur! Honorary pallbearers are all the grandchildren that Mom was so very proud of. Prayers will be held at MacKenzie Funeral Home in Stonewall, MB on Wednesday, November 9 at 7: 00 p. m. Funeral service will be held at St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church in St. Laurent, MB on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11: 00 a. m. Father Michel Nault officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity or do an act of kindness to a stranger. MACKENZIE FUNERAL HOME STONEWALL ( 204) 467- 2525 mackhome@ mts. net DOUGLAS GERROND DAVIDSON 1919 - 2011 Peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2011, Douglas G. Davidson passed away in the Palliative Care Centre of the St. Boniface Hospital. A longer obituary will follow. CLIFFORD JOSEPH DUCHARME With great sadness the family announces the passing of Clifford Ducharme on November 3, 2011 at 62 years of age. Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1: 00 p. m. in the chapel of Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler at Henderson Hwy. with a viewing at 12: 30 p. m. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery. MARK ANDREW HAMILTON It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mark Andrew Hamilton at age 31 on November 5, 2011 at the Health Sciences Centre. Longer obituary to follow. J. EDWARD ARSENE LAVERGNE 1930 - 2011 Edward passed away peacefully on November 7, 2011 with family by his side. Longer obituary to follow. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery 1 Green Acres Lane, Springfield ( 204) 222- 3241 Hwy. # 1 East inside the Perimeter at Winnipeg Condolences may be sent to: www. greenacresfuneralhome. com TEST TEST WERONIKA FEDON With great sadness the family announces the passing of Weronika on November 6, 2011, at Concordia Hospital at the age of 49 years. Weronika leaves to mourn, her husband Miroslaw, daughter Monika and son David. She also leaves to mourn, her family in Poland: father Henryk, sisters Elzbieta, Sabina, Renata, brother Tadeusz and their families, sisters- inlaw Miroslawa and Krystyna and their families, cousin Sabina in Calgary and many other family members and friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia Hospital, N1 South for their excellent care and compassion. Prayers will be said on Tuesday, November 8 at 7: 00 p. m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 9 at 10: 00 a. m. at Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church, 341 Selkirk Ave. Interment to follow in Holy Ghost Cemetery, 4387 Main St. 586- 8044 WILLIAM ( BILL / WILLY) CHERNETSKY November 20, 1928 - November 4, 2011 Suddenly on a beautiful, sunny fall day at Nutimik Lake, Bill has left us, but many lasting memories will forever be in our hearts. He will be forever missed and loved by his daughter Brenda ( Warren and Kyle Trach), daughter Barb ( Marc and Alex Multan), his loving companion of 20 years Connie Richardson ( children Keith, Garry, Donna, and Sandy), sister Violet ( Bert ( deceased), Doug and Wes), brother Johnny ( Violet ( deceased), Dina, Craig and Mary), and sister Bunny ( John Buchan). Bill was married for 23 years to Violet Zalusky ( Vi Cherny). He was predeceased in 1963 by his stepfather Tom Andrews and his mother Mary Andrews in 1989. Bill will be truly missed by many other family and friends of whom there are far too many to list. Bill spent his younger days working as a Heavy Duty Mechanic in British Columbia, much of Northwest Ontario, and Northern Manitoba. He worked for Simpkins Bros. ( BACM) and later for Wakshinsky Bros. until he retired at 65. Meeting Connie was a joyful moment; she lovingly tended to him and spoiled him daily. They travelled to Europe, Cook Islands, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and had many casino trips but Bill’s favourite times were enjoyed at his cottage at Nutimik Lake. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone and everyone; his joyful, spirited personality was enjoyed by all. Bill’s true enjoyment was spent in his garden, working with his hands. His garage was his refuge as many hours were spent working on his countless projects. A private family viewing took place on Monday. Cremation will take place as per Bill’s wishes. Interment is at 10: 00 a. m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011. All are invited after to attend a celebration of his amazing life at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice in his memory. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338- 7111 www. gleneden- mb. ca DR. ALEXANDER L. GORDON ( SANDY) 1935 - 2011 It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Alexander ( Sandy) L. Gordon on Monday, October 17, 2011 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 76 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10: 00 a. m. at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway followed by a gathering of family and friends. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783- 7211 Condolences may be sent to www. thomsonfuneralchapel. com JOAN DOROTHY LAWFORTH After a lengthy illness Joan passed away on November 1, 2011, at the Maples Personal Care Home, at the age of 80 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Clifford and Dorothy Biggar. She will be sadly missed by her sons, Lance Michael and David ( Jackie) Filbert; her grandchildren, Wayne, Angela, Andrew, Kaitlin, and one great- grandchild Thiago. Also mourning her passing is her sister Diane ( Bob) Sansom, her children Linda- Lee and Dean ( Kelley), and grandson Cameron. Joan enjoyed dancing, music, bingo, travelling and pets. Cremation has taken place and at the request of Joan, there will be no service. TEST TEST YOLANDE HARTLE It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Yolande Hartle, who passed away on November 5, 2011, at the age of 81. She will be deeply missed by her nine children, Lila, Lorraine ( Peter), Marilyn, Glenn ( Wendy), Rodney, Robert ( Shirley), Paula ( Roger), Theresa ( Esroy), Jason ( Eva) and her many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur in 1999 and her son- in- law Wilf in 2011. A memorial service will be held at 1: 00 p. m. on Thursday, November 10 at Wheeler Funeral Chapel, 211 Regent Avenue West. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Transcona Legion, 117 Regent Avenue East. A private family interment has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Canadian Lung Association. Yolande’s children would like to thank Dr. Nadine Fontigny for all her wonderful care over the years. Funeral Arrangements In Care Of WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 REGENT AVE. WEST AT BOND 224- 1525 RICHARD GERALD KONZELMAN D. M. D. We are devastated to announce the sudden passing of Richard, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Richard passed away at home Saturday, November 5, 2011 while pedaling his exercise bike and watching CNN. He is survived by Ruth, his wife, business partner and soul mate; son Kurt and grandson Zachary; daughter Ailsa and her partner Mark Fortier. Richard is also survived by sister Connie Walton ( Moe); brother Bud ( Florence); brother Ed; sister Janet Hilderman ( Randy); brother Ron; and brother Barry ( Maggie). He will also be missed by aunts, nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Agatha Konzelman, and brother Glen in infancy. Richard was born in Winnipeg on May 3, 1942. His love of the open road developed at an early age. As a toddler he was frequently brought home from his wanderings by vigilant neighbours, ministers and nearby student nurses. As a preteen he would ride the Winnipeg transit system from one end to the other just to see where it went. It came as no surprise that in later years he covered much of North America on his BMW motorcycles. On a couple of occasions he was joined on his annual road trip by Ailsa or Kurt. To him, as a father those were special memories. At an early age he developed an interest in all things mechanical and particularly aeromodelling. He and his brother Ed would work for hours on engines and planes for competition. Richard seriously considered a career as an aeronautical engineer until the demise of the Avro Arrow. When the University of Manitoba opened their Faculty of Dentistry he decided that dentistry might be the next best career. Richard graduated in 1965, bought his first sports car and began his dental career in Selkirk, MB. Little did he know how much he would enjoy his next 46 years as a dentist. Richard was inquisitive, analytical and enjoyed discussion with his patients. His discussions more than once went from the dental chair to the parking lot where both Richard and the patient could be seen peering under the hood of the patient’s vehicle. He enjoyed his patients immensely. They were part of his extended family. Richard and Ruth were married in 1967 and moved to Selkirk shortly thereafter. As a child Richard had grown up in a family that loved the outdoors and had a cottage. Once he was able to convince Ruth that she would grow to appreciate mosquitoes, no running water and an outdoor “ biffy” the cottage at Red Rock Lake became the family retreat. Ruth also learned that he considered a chainsaw to be an appropriate birthday gift for her. Over the years many happy family memories were created at Red Rock Lake. Someone once described Richard as a “ force” when he entered a room. He was gregarious but yet an intensely private person. Much to Ruth’s dismay he was opinionated, very knowledgeable and usually always right. Richard enjoyed politics, world news, history and a great scotch. He was an early riser and many of us were subjected to his early morning telephone calls reminding us “ to seize the day”. Loyal to his friends he would often go to great lengths to help them solve a problem, even when they may have not recognized it was a problem! With his ebullient personality he may have appeared over controlling to others. But underneath it all he encouraged Ruth, Kurt and Ailsa to pursue all opportunities that came their way and to do it with the best of their abilities. He was our cheerleader. A bit crusty on the outside but a marshmallow inside. Richard was intensely proud of his children and there was a special place in his heart for grandson Zach. His death has left a tremendous void in our lives but we gain consolation in knowing Richard lived life to the fullest, enjoyed every moment of it and is now riding free on the open road. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. Please join the family in a celebration of Richard’s life on Thursday, November 10 at 4: 30 p. m. at Rembrandt’s Bistro PTH 44, Lockport, Manitoba. Flowers gratefully declined. Richard once said he couldn’t think of a better place to live and work than Selkirk. If you so desire, and in keeping with his wishes donations may be made in his memory to the Richard and Ruth Konzelman Fund, c/ o The Selkirk and District Community Foundation, Box 400, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B3. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www. gilbartfuneralhome. com JOHN ( MORLEY) MCARTER On Monday, November 7, 2011, Morley died at Grace Hospital at the age of 87 years. A longer obituary notice to follow. TEST TEST EDWARD KUIPER We are very sad to announce that Edward Kuiper passed away peacefully at home on November 1, 2011, at age 92, attended by his four children. He was of sound mind and fairly good heath until the past summer, enjoying two months with his family at their Lake of the Woods cottage and attending his granddaughter’s wedding ( above photo). This fall, he weakened and succumbed to congestive heart failure. Ed was born in Holland in 1919. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University in Delft. There he met Minke and they were happily married for 60 years. In 1947, he earned a M. Sc. from M. I. T. in Boston. In 1950, they immigrated to Winnipeg with John, Lidi and Bob. Marian and Katie were born in Canada. Ed spent his first eight years in Canada leading several hydraulic engineering studies, including the design for the Winnipeg floodway that saved the city from serious flood damage in 1997, and several other times. In 1958, he was appointed professor of civil engineering at the University of Manitoba, where he taught hydraulics and water resources engineering until his retirement in 1986. He taught more than 1000 engineering students over this period, authored two textbooks and numerous papers, and developed new courses, such as Technology and Society, to help build social and environmental awareness in the engineering profession. His influence and accomplishments were recognized when he was awarded the rank of Provost of the Buffalo Hunt ( now the Order of Manitoba) in 1998, by Premier Gary Filmon, one of his former students. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree that year by the University of Manitoba and was the graduation convocation speaker on that occasion. Ed also enjoyed travel and adventure. He enjoyed international work and consulted frequently for C. I. D. A., the World Bank, and others. He worked and taught short courses in many different countries, and he lived abroad with his family during sabbatical years or leaves in Spain, Venezuela, Washington DC, and Nepal. A happy family life was equally important. Ed built a log cabin at Lake of the Woods in 1958, which became the center for family holidays and reunions. He gave high priority to long family holidays, including many foreign travels and local camping, canoeing and sailing trips. In recent years, his greatest delight was reunions at the cabin, surrounded by family and experiencing his grandchildren growing up. Family visits back home invariably included a broad range of lively discussions on current events, world affairs, and philosophy with the older children and friends. Ed enriched the lives of many who met him. He was always thankful for his long and happy life with much good fortune and wonderful memories. We are profoundly grateful for the influence he had on our lives. His memory will remain in our hearts forever. He is predeceased by his wife, Minke, and daughter Marian, and survived by his children John, Lidi ( Ed), Bob ( Catherine), Katie, and eight grandchildren Amy ( Yassine), Ted, Sjoekie, Emily, Remy, Manuel, Aaron and Reanna. BRENDA LEHMANN With great sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Brenda on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at her residence. Cremation has taken place and a service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 11: 00 a. m. in the chapel of Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler at Henderson Hwy. AURORA LEVESQUE December 5, 1919 - October 31, 2011 Aurora Levesque, 91, of Steinbach, MB passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Cremation has taken place. A family funeral was held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1: 00 p. m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB. Arrangements by BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 1- 204- 346- 1030 OR 1- 888- 454- 1030 CHRISTINE ANN SOKOL Sadly we announce the sudden passing of Christine Sokol, on November 5, 2011, at the age of 48 years. A longer obituary to follow in Thursday’s paper. Funeral Arrangements In Care Of WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 REGENT AVE. WEST AT BOND 224- 1525 TEST WFP, 20111108,, 9, C, 1 - Requested Mon Nov 7 17: 16: 51 2011 - Job 1412100206 ;