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MANITOBA - Winnipeg - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 17

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Antoinette "Tonie" Grenon MacDonald
January 22, 1921 - March 19, 2004
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Desjardins Funeral Chapel

ANTOINETTE MARIE (TONIE GRENON) MacDONALD January 22, 1921 – March 19, 2004 After having expressed thanksgiving for her life, Antoinette (Tonie Grenon) MacDonald went to her Maker on March 19, 2004 at the St. Boniface Hospital. Tonie was the widow of Thomas More MacDonald and the daughter of Omer and Rachelle Grenon, now deceased. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law John (Joan) Grenon, four nieces and eight nephews, their spouses and children and her very special cousins. Tonie grew up in the Fort Rouge area of Winnipeg. She attended St. Ignatius School and St. Mary’s Academy. She was first employed by the Misericordia Hospital. Two years later she began working in the Canadian National Railway offices. She remained with the CNR in the Regional Comptroller’s Department until 1982 when she retired from her position as Group Supervisor of the Labour Section. Among the organizations with which Tonie volunteered were the Canadian Girl Guides movement, the Canadian National Institute of the Blind, the Third Order of St. Francis, and her union, The Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Transportation. In December 1980 Tonie and Tom MacDonald were married. After her retirement, the two indulged their love of travel. Tom predeceased her in 1997. Tonie was especially appreciative of her caring group of friends near her home in the downtown area and of those in the Alzheimer patients spouses’ support group. Prayers will be said on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 Des Meurons Street. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will take place in the St. Norbert Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate in Tonie’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Suite 200 – 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6 or to a charity of their choice. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.

Ursula Fraser
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Desjardins Funeral Chapel

Ursula H. (Bonsel) Fraser August 26, 1952-March 20, 2004 It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved wife, mother and daughter, Ursula. Memories of her will be cherished by her husband of 27 years, Leo, her daughters Colleen and Andrea, her parents Rudy and Thea Bonsel, her special dog Cooper and many other relatives and friends. Ursula, the only daughter of Rudi and Thea, was born in Koblenz, Germany where she spent the first five years of her life. In 1957 they traveled to Canada and made Winnipeg their new home. Many happy summers were spent camping around Manitoba and at their cottage in Camp Morton. After graduating high school, Ursula returned to Germany where she worked, and spent time traveling the Middle East and Asia. Shortly after returning home to Winnipeg, she met and fell in love with Leo. They were married on August 21, 1976 in St. Ignatius Church. In 1980, Colleen was born and was soon followed by Andrea in 1982. Ursula cherished the time she spent with her family and socializing with friends. She loved to travel and spent many days in the car with her husband and daughters exploring Canada and the United States. She also valued education, achieving a Certificate in Architectural Drafting in 1975, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. Ursula was a dedicated wife who loved and supported her husband unconditionally. She was a devoted mother who taught her daughters, through her courage and determination, to be strong and independent. She was a loving daughter who treasured and respected her parents very much. Her family would like to thank all the friends and care givers, especially Emilie and Linda, who have supported them throughout the years, and would also like to give special recognition to the staff at the Repos Jolys and St. Pierre hospital. They would also like to request that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Ursula's name. There will be a viewing at 6:30pm followed by a vigil prayer at 7:00pm on Wednesday March 24th, and a funeral mass on Thursday March 25th at 10:00am followed by a luncheon , all at Christ the King Church, 847 St. Mary's Rd. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.

Istvan "Steve" Olah

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dad, grandfather and friend, Istvan (Steve) Olah in to the hands of Jesus on March 18, 2004. Dad was born in Budapest, Hungary on December 19, 1922.

He was predeceased by his wife Etelka, who he married in Canada and leaves behind to mourn him daughters, Ica (Helen) Igneczi, residing in Ontario, and Anna-Maria (Susan) Wiebe, and Agnes (Agi) Butt (Bryan) and son Gyula (Jules) Selymes (Delcy-Ann), all of Winnipeg, as well ad grandchildren Eva, Andy, Debbie, Leo, Brian, Cassandra, Catherine, Jacqui, Douglas, Trevor and Bryan and many great grandchildren.

Orphaned early and knowing hunger and poverty, he began working full time at the age of 12 as an apprentice in a weigh scales foundry, progressing to become a qualified scale mechanic. As many of his generation, he was a soldier in World War II, with tearful memories of that war. He was proud to be a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, against the Soviet occupation of Hungary. As the Soviet army broke the back of the revolution, he was forced to flee to Austria and immigrated to Canada in 1957 with his older daughter, Helen then 12, with only the clothes upon their backs. They left behind a wife and younger daughter, Anna-Maria. He managed to reunite with his daughter after being separated for 10 years.

Arriving in Canada with only his skill and ambition, he found work, as a scale mechanic in Winnipeg with Toledo Scale Co. Within approximately three years he established his successful business, Olah Scale Service Ltd., in which he remained active well into his 70's.

A hard early-life developed in him an incredible passion and capacity for work and a “can-do-must-do” attitude guiding his work, family, friendships, and cottage life. He served for many yeas as president of the Betula Lake Association and curled from 1957- 1994 in the Commercial Curling League of Winnipeg and the Senior’s League out of the Heather Curling Club.

A memorial service will be held at the Hungarian United Church, 732 Ellice Avenue at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, nine years to the day that his wife, who he dearly loved, passed away. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook Street.

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Teenie Zawerucha (née Tepilo)
September 24, 1909 - July 26, 2004
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TEENIE ZAWERUCHA (Nee TEPILO) On Monday, July 26, 2004, Teenie, beloved mother of Pat Harras passed away at Concordia Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Nikolai and Maria; sisters, Mary, Anna, Kay, Eva, Pearl, Christine and two brothers, Fred and William. She was also predeceased by her husband, Harry, in 1993. She was born on September 24, 1909, in Cooks Creek, MB. The family moved to Tyndall, MB in 1919. In 1928, she moved to Winnipeg and married Harry in 1934. She lived in the St. Boniface and Norwood areas for the rest of her life. She and her husband were one of the original pioneers of the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church and she was very active in the UCWL. She also sang in the choir for many years until she no longer could do it. Teenie loved to garden and her flowers and vegetables were her pride and joy. The family would like to thank the Holy Family Nursing Home for their kindness and compassion. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 29 at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 390 Marion Street, with viewing at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at the Transcona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949

Docteur Robert Lafrenière
December 19, 1929 - July 18, 2004
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Robert Ernest Lafrenière Paisiblement à sa résidence, le dimanche 18 juillet 2004, est décédé à l'âge de 74 ans le docteur Robert Ernest Lafrenière, époux de Simone (née Labossière), de Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes au Manitoba. Il fut prédécédé par ses parents Alexandre et Alice (Labossière) Lafrenière, ainsi que par ses frères et sœurs: Fabiola, Roland, Adrien, Éva, Louis et Aristide. Outre son épouse, Robert laisse dans le deuil ses sept enfants à qui leur père manquera énormément: Mona (Pierre Monnin), Robert (Rachel LeGal), Roger, André (Michelle Fillion), Jean-Marc (Jennifer Smith), Lise (François Henrie) et Gérald (Danièle Prescott); ses dix-sept petits-enfants : Guylène, Colin, Éric, Marisa, Mathieu, Catherine, Stéphanie, Julie, Alix, Alexandre, Caroline, Marc-André, Nicolas, Mélanie, Katrina, Luc et Gabrielle; son frère, Gilbert (Évelyne), et ses soeurs, Léa King et Jeannette Rheault, ses beaux-frères, Tom Grafton, Henri (Édith) Labossière, ses belles-sœurs, Rolande Rheault, Carmen (Clément) Le Moullec, Lorraine Labossière et Isabelle Labossière, ainsi que de nombreux parents et amis. Né à Somerset en 1929, Robert, surnommé affectueusement « Bob », poursuit ses études secondaires et universitaires au Collège de Saint-Boniface, et entreprend des études en médecine à l'Université Laval (Québec) où il fait preuve de discipline tant au niveau académique que sportif. C’est le 10 septembre 1955 qu’il épouse Simone avec laquelle il partage une vie comblée d’amour et de bonheur. Le docteur Lafrenière débute sa carrière à Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes en 1956. Au service de sa communauté pendant plus de quarante-deux ans, il prend sa retraite en 1998. Superbe athlète, médecin dévoué, père de famille attentionné et époux bien-aimé, Robert s’est toujours dévoué avec beaucoup de générosité en mettant ses talents au service de sa communauté. Mentionnons seulement son attachement à l’Église et aux milieux de la santé, de l’éducation et de la francophonie. Oui, il a donné, pleinement donné. Ce qui fait la valeur de sa vie, c’est son amour, sa charité, son espérance et le souci de la justice. Cet homme de qualité, chaleureux et courageux, marchait avec confiance dans les sentiers de la Providence. Tous garderont de lui le souvenir précieux d’un homme de grande foi, de principes et de conviction. De tempérament doux, il avait un cœur généreux et possédait un attachement profond pour sa famille, ses amis et ses patients, surtout les personnes âgées et les enfants qu’il affectionnait beaucoup. Ad majorem dei gloriam La messe des funérailles, présidée par l’abbé René E. Chartier, sera célébrée le vendredi 23 juillet 2004, à 10h30 en l'église Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, précédée du visionnement à compter de 9h30. Ceux qui désirent faire un don sont invités à le faire, soit au Fonds de rénovations de l’église Sainte-Anne (162, avenue Centrale, Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, Manitoba, R5H 1C3, soit à la Fondation Montpetit (15, chemin Charrière, Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, Manitoba, R5H 1C9). La direction des funérailles a été confiée au Salon mortuaire Desjardins, 233-4949 ou sans frais 1-888-233-4949. Robert Ernest Lafrenière Peacefully passed away, on Sunday, July 18, at his residence in Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, Doctor Robert Ernest Lafrenière, husband of Simone (née Labossière). He was predeceased by his parents Alexandre and Alice (Labossière) Lafrenière, as well as his brothers and sisters: Fabiola, Roland, Adrien, Eva, Louis and Aristide. Robert also leaves in mourning his seven children who will greatly miss their “ papa”: Mona (Pierre Monnin), Robert (Rachel LeGal), Roger, André (Michelle Fillion), Jean-Marc (Jennifer Smith), Lise (François Henrie) and Gérald (Danièle Prescott); his seventeen grand-children: Guylène, Colin, Eric, Marisa, Mathieu, Catherine, Stéphanie, Julie, Alix, Alexandre, Caroline, Marc-André, Nicolas, Mélanie, Katrina, Luc and Gabrielle; his brother, Gilbert (Évelyne) and his sisters Léa King and Jeannette Rheault, his brothers-in-law, Tom Grafton and Henri (Édith) Labossière, his sisters-in-law, Rolande Rheault, Carmen (Clément) Le Moullec, Lorraine Labossière and Isabelle Labossière, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Born in Somerset in 1929, Robert, known affectionately as “Bob”, pursued his secondary and university studies at Collège de Saint-Boniface and then continued in medicine at l’Université de Laval, in Québec where he excelled in academics and sports. On September 10, 1955, he married Simone who shared with him a life filled with love and joy. In 1956, Dr. Lafrenière started his career in medicine in Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes. After more than 42 years of service to his community, he retired in 1998. A superb athlete, a devoted physician, a caring father and a beloved spouse, Robert was always generous of his time and his talents towards his community, whether it be in matters of culture, education, health or his Church. His love, charity, faith, and concern for justice were the values by which he lived. This gentleman, warm and courageous, walked with confidence in the path of Providence. He will be remembered as a man of deep faith, of principles and convictions, graced with a calm nature and a generous heart, with a profound love for his family, his friends and his patients, particularly the elderly and the many babies he delivered. A funeral service, presided by Father René E. Chartier, will be held on Friday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. in Saint-Anne Church. Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m.. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Friends who wish may make a donation to the Sainte-Anne Church Renovation Fund (162, avenue Centrale, Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes), or to the Fondation Montpetit (15 Charrière Street, Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, Manitoba, R5H 1C9). The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.

Peter John Hirt
August 24, 1916 - July 17, 2004
Funeral arrangements by
Desjardins Funeral Chapel

Peter John Hirt Sadly, Peter Hirt passed away on Saturday, July 17th in Winnipeg. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Grace, sister Elsie Schan, sister-in-law Mary Winstanley and many nieces and nephews. Peter was predeceased by his parents Mary and Peter Hirt, and two sisters, Annette and Elizabeth, brothers-in-law Otto Schan, Jim Winstanley, Tom Winstanley and Jack Winstanley, sisters-in-law Bette Winstanley and Adelaide Winstanley. Peter was born on August 24, 1916 and grew up in the north end of Winnipeg. He served overseas in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. He met and married Grace, his wife of 58 years, in Glasgow, Scotland. During their married life they lived and enjoyed their homes in Winnipeg, Lester Beach and Phoenix. Peter was employed by Canada Packers, retiring in 1981 after 40 years of service. He loved to travel and reminisced of trips through Europe, Mexico and his ‘snow bird’ drives to Phoenix. Peter had a zest for life and a twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed his nature walks at Lester Beach, discovering new blueberry patches, planting his flowers and feeding the birds. Peter loved to tell stories and was always joking - always in the middle of things -- full of fun and laughter. He was a big man with a big heart who left a lasting impression on all of us; we will always remember him with a smile. Funeral mass will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 10:30 at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church (WK), 250 Burrin Avenue. Inurnment to follow at Holy Ghost Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in honor of his memory, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.

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