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MANITOBA - Gladstone - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 28

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Glen Joseph Flatfoot

February 11, 1940 – October 30, 2009

Peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2009, Glen Joseph Flatfoot of Sandy Bay, Manitoba passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Glen was predeceased by his parents Francis Desjarlais and Elizabeth Flatfoot; brothers Frank Desjarlais and Andrew Desjarlais; 2 infant sons at birth and 2 infant sisters Ida and Irene. He leaves behind his wife Marguerite Rose; children Gail (Doug), Warren (Kim), Francis (Rita), Christa and Harriet (Kevin); 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters Irene Richard, Lillianna Harris (Arthur), Angela Perry (Michael) and Mary Diane Flatfoot; brothers Johnny Desjarlais and Edward Flatfoot.

Glen was born and raised in Sandy Bay, Manitoba. He was and avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He loved the outdoors, camping and fishing. He spent many nights outside with his good friend Laddy (Edward McIvor). He was a very good man who loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. His favourite past time would be sitting at the bingo hall with family or friends, playing VLT’s and buying 649’s.

A traditional wake service began on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the Sandy Bay Community Complex. Funeral Service was held on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Sandy Bay Community Complex with traditional Elder Cecil Desjarlais officiating. Pallbearers were Terry McIvor, Edward Desjarlais, Eugene Eastman, Trevor Mousseau, Warren Mosseau Jr. and Wade Mousseau. Honourary Pallbearers were Joseph McIvor (Tiger), Norman Mousseau (Indook), Edward McIvor (Bratty), John Beaulieu, Edward Peters, Johnny Richard (Nah-Do), Angus Star (Papasay), Lloyd McIvor, ‘lil Mason Moar, Delphis F.West and numerous nephews, nieces , cousins and friends.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Marie Bernice Desjarlais

Passed away suddenly at the Portage General Hospital on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the age of 70 years after a lengthy illness.

She is predeceased by her parents Vital McIvor and Emma Levasseur; husband Lawrence Desjarlais; her son Dennis Desjarlais Sr. and brothers George and Joseph McIvor. She leaves to mourn her passing, her children Charles Kubb, Jerry (Mary), Sheila (Gordon), Susie (George) and Alana (Joey); daughter in law Diane; brothers Leslie (Millie), Alex, Milton (Marilyn) and Wallace (Sheila); sister Patsy (Albert); fourteen grandchildren Dennis Jr. (Olivia), Nathan (Katherine), Jeffrey (Katrina), Joel, (Sara) Anthony, Erica (C.J.), Sally (Jeremy), Sheldon, Leanne, Helen (Devon), Cara, Paul, Emily, Krystle and Jarret; great grandchildren Srandon, Blake, Amery, Jayda, Nathaniel Jr., Tyra, Dennis Jr. III, Joel Jr., Haylie, Clarence Jr., Katie and Jonas; special goddaughter Viola as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Bernice was born on March 28, 1939 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She was a wonderful, kind, nurturing, respectful, cheerful and loving woman. She was married to the Late Lawrence Desjarlais. She lived her life in Sandy Bay. In her younger years she was very versatile. She worked with her husband with various farmers in Portage picking beets, onions, potatoes and so on. Throughout her lifetime she had the chance to live with most of her children and their families. Her hobbies included bingo, playing cards, fiddling tunes, gospel music, singing, socializing with family and friends and watching television. Her favourite actor was Steven Seagal who she adored most. Every film Steven was performing in she had to see. She enjoyed spending quality time with her children, grandchildren, friends and family. She was the eldest in her family and loved her younger siblings. In her lifetime she struggled with diabetes. She was a dialysis patient for 11 years. Despite her condition, she was a very strong person in the world who battled to stay alive and be with her family. She was the best person in the world who will be sadly missed by all her children, grandchildren, friends and family. Special thanks to Sheila and Gordon Houle who kept Bernice. The family would like to give thanks for the donators, the family and friends who attended the wake and funeral and volunteers who helped out. They would also like to thank the staff at the Dialysis Unit at Portage General Hospital, Chief and Council, Sandy Bay Homecare, her dearest friends Marge Whitford and Sylvia Richard.

Wake began on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the Sandy Bay First Nation Complex. Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Amaranth with Father Roy George Vazhaplankudiyil officiating. Pallbearers were Jeffrey, Joel, Terry, Stacey, Jason and Benjamin Jr. Honourary Pallbearers were her friends, family and grandchildren. Interment took place in the Sandy Bay Cemetery.

Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Alex Antoniuk

Alex was born October 15, 1922 in Wolyn, Poland. He came to Canada with his family in 1929 aboard the Polonia, arriving in Halifax. He passed away November 3, 2009 in the Neepawa Hospital at the age of 87 years and 18 days.

He married Ann Hanke on August 22, 1943. They resided in Grass River, Amaranth and Plumas since October 1961. He leaves to mourn his wife Ann of 66 years and four children Murray (Pat), Faye (Gary) Welch, Sandra (George) Roberts, Blair (Pam) and one sister Minnie East. Alex had 9 grandchildren Jeffery and Andrea Antoniuk, Wade and Brad Welch, Tamara, Chris and Scott Roberts, Brett and Jordan Antoniuk. He had 5 great grandchildren Coleton, Connor, Autumn and Torie Welch, Nova-Bella Antoniuk as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Anastasia; sisters Mary, Molly, Dorothy, Olga and Annie and brother Basil.

Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Plumas United Church with Wendy Denbow officiating. Urn Bearer was Blair Antoniuk. Honourary Urn Bearers were his Grandchildren and everyone in attendance was considered Honourary Pallbearers. Interment took place in the Plumas Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Plumas United Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice.

Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Donovan Isaac Willsey

Passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

Funeral Service was held on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Clarke's Funeral Chapel in MacGregor, Manitoba. Interment took place in the MacGregor Cemetery.

Clarke's Funeral Home, MacGregor in care of arrangments.

Mary Kathleen Chandler

Mary Kathleen Chandler passed away at her residence in Gladstone, Manitoba on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the age of 84 years.

Mom was born on March 27, 1925 in Mancota, Saskatchewan. She was an avid sports enthusiast and loved curling at a competitive level. She loved farming and her passion for her cattle was what drove her to stay on the farm until her health necessitated her leave. She worked side by side with her husband till his death in 1989 then continued to work with her son Chris until she no longer was able. She learned to paint in watercolour and this provided so much joy for her.

Mom had many friends with whom she enjoyed the theatre and arts.. She devoted many hours and was deeply dedicated to the Anglican Church in Gladstone. Her strong faith sustained the crisis of losing her best friend and daughter Joan. She will be missed by family and friends. Rest well, Mom.

She was predeceased by her husband Eric; daughter Joan; brothers Doug and Gordon Dezall; sisters Verna Riddell and Marg Malanchuk and by parents.

Mary is survived by sons Chris (Gloria) and children Charles and Christopher, Geoff (Marlene) and children Graham and Garett; son in law Frank and by her great grandchildren Ryan, Brittany, Paige, Tristen, Tyson, Rilynn and Avery.

A family graveside was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:00 am in the Gladstone Cemetery with Rev. Chad McCharles officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Plains Cancer Care, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue E., Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 0K8.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Mary Jane Beaulieu

May 21, 1943 – November 5, 2009

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loving mother, sister and grandmother Mary Jane Beaulieu on November 5, 2009 at the Health Science Centre with her family by her side.

Mary Jane was predeceased by her parents Florian Beaulieu and Marie Louise Beaulieu (nee Roulette); sisters Verna Richard and Irene Beaulieu; brothers Simon Beaulieu and Clarence Beaulieu and husband Roy Francis.

Mary Jane leaves to mourn her passing her children Michelle (Bobby), Prudence (Robert) and Nathan as well as special friend Lyle; grandchildren Troy, Murphy and Kevin Jr.; sisters Doris, Norma, Helen and Janice (Rocky); brothers Martin and Donald (Stephanie) as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Mary Jane lived most of her life in MacGregor where she raised her family. Mary also gave to others her whole life by beginning to help raise her own sisters and brothers to then fostering children. She always had her door open for people who needed a place to stay.

“Your touch, your smile was always so tender, today, tomorrow, we will always remember.”

Wake service began at 4:00 pm in the Spirit Lodge in Long Plain First Nation on Monday, November 9, 2009. Traditional Feast was held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 in the Spirit Lodge in Long Plain First Nation followed by a service at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel at 2:30 pm in MacGregor. Pallbearers were Robert Francis, Ralph Francis, Neil Perswain, Tony Perswain, Jeffrey Francis and Terry Francis. Interment took place in the MacGregor Cemetery.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, MacGregor in care of arrangements.

Jessie Erin Lee Desjarlais-Eastman

Beloved son of Destinee Desjarlais and Clarence Eastman, passed away on November 13, 2009 at the Portage la Prairie Hospital.

The Funeral Service was held on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Amaranth wih Father Roy George Vazhaplankudiyil officiating. Pallbearers were Lance Roulette and Kyle Roulette. Honourary Pallbearers were Joe Roulette, Justin Roulette, Jordan Roulette, Dylan Desjarlais, Anthony Roulette and Kirk Spence. Interment followed in the Sandy Bay Cemetery.

Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangments.

Julia Poncsak

March 5, 1925 ~ November 28, 2009

On Saturday, November 28, 2009 Julia passed away peacefully at the Country Meadows Personal Care Home in Neepawa at the age of 84.

Julia was born and raised in Stockholm, Saskatchewan the second of nine children born to James & Julia Shivak. On November 9, 1948 she married Elek Poncsak. Together they raised a family of 9 children. Julia was hard working, and the farm and her family were her focus. During retirement Julia and Elek enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling. Julia enjoyed many activities including bingo, floor shuffle, gardening, flowers, cooking, baking, bible studies and coffee with friends. Julia’s church played a very important part in her life. As a member of the C.W.L, she enjoyed many hours helping and volunteering in any way she could.

Julia was predeceased by her parents James & Julia Shivak; husband Elek; brothers Bill and John and sister Mary Romanchuk. She is survived by Joe (Judy), Raymond (Gail), Allan (Rosemary), twins Rick (Debbie) and Rob (Sabrina), Ken, Gary (Karen), Lorraine (Larry), Susan (Calvin); grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Prayers were held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Neepawa. Celebration of Life and Traditional Mass were held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church with Father David Kowalski as Celebrant. Pallbearers were her 7 sons. All Grandchildren were considered Honourary Pallbearers. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Country Meadows Personal Care Home or to the Neepawa District Memorial Hospital.

Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Thomas Belcher

Three years after surviving a major heart attack and the declining health that followed, Thomas Belcher died on December 9, 2009, in Minnedosa, MB.

Tom was born at the homestead in the Merridale District of Manitoba on November 25, 1921 to Harold and Betsy (Poyser) Belcher. He was the sixth child in the family of eight. When the family moved to Bield District he began his schooling at Bield where the children were transported in a horse-drawn van.

He enlisted in the Air Force in the fall of 1941 and after his discharge four years later he took the two year Diploma course in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. From 1947-48 he worked at the Experimental farm in Summerland, B.C. and then at lumber camps until he bought his first farm in the Veterans Land Project at Birch River, Manitoba in 1949. He met Irene Wilson in 1948 at Summerland and they were married in 1954. In 1964 he sold the Birch River farm and bought an undeveloped section of land near Glenella, Manitoba. At first he had a few sheep and a goat to milk but soon after, acquired a few cattle. By the time of his retirement he had built up a herd of purebred Charolais.

Tom and Irene retired to Brandon in the spring of 1991 where Tom welcomed the opportunity to be on a baseball team, as he had been in his youth. He enjoyed contributing his energies to Seniors for Seniors until his hearing began to fail. In the Brandon years there were many special times with his children and grandchildren. He was able to travel in the States, Manitoba, Ontario, BC, and had two trips of adventure while visiting relatives in Australia and New Zealand. He had a warm and close relationship with all his brothers and sisters and enjoyed many Belcher family gatherings and visits with Irene’s family. Gardening remained a passion with him as he cultivated and planted every corner of the Brandon lot. Tom was a keen observer of nature and noticed and valued every bird and flower. He inspired others with his zest for life and his appreciation of every living thing. He liked to take something that was nothing and make it useful. His “bikeshop” in his garage in Brandon brought him a great deal of satisfaction. There were always children asking for Tom and his skills, and Tom enjoying who they were, being patient and generous, yet always making sure that they had earned whatever it was they’d come for --giving them also that little bit of extra learning, confidence and work ethic whether they liked it or not. In the off-season he kept busy with various crafts. Basket-weaving suited him well because of the many walks by the river as he gathered materials, and because he was able to share his skills with others.

When the city began to grow and surround them, Tom and Irene moved to an acreage near Minnedosa in the fall of 2006. Here Tom joyfully returned to his roots. He was a true pioneer and this was his third “homestead”. He believed it was a virtue to live a simple and healthful life. He had a very independent spirit and had strong convictions on any current topic. In the last years he revealed his love for music and poetry as he shared his many happy memories.

Tom was predeceased by his parents; brothers Jim Belcher and John Belcher; sisters Phoebe Murchison, Anne Adam, and Rose Dykstra. He is survived by his wife Irene Belcher (nee Wilson); children Alta (Ken) Fedak, Audrey (Dave) Clempson and Gregory Belcher; grandchildren Chris, Shari, and Erin Fedak, and Paul Clempson; brother Bill (Winifred) Belcher and sister Nellie Rusk.

Cremation has taken place and the Funeral Service will be held at a later date.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

Albert David Spence


Albert David Spence passed away peacefully Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Health Science Centre with his family by his side.

Albert was predeceased by his parents Abraham and Marie Florence; brother Jimmy and sisters Ella and Georgina and by his god child Kevin.

Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife Patsy of 38 years; his sons Stacey (Marcia), Andrew (Cheryl), David (Kayla) and daughter Tracey (Timmy). Albert raised his nephew Anthony (Margaret); niece Marie (John) and four grandchildren Stewart, Cherylyn, Billy Joe and Vanna as his own; 7 grandchildren Alexa, Hope, Viola, John Jr., Jayna, Tayveon and Timmy Jr.

Albert is also survived by his brothers Clinton (Shirley), Joseph (Freda), John R, Clifford, Wilfred (Patty), Earl (Rhonda) and Daniel (Tracy); sisters Audrey (Joe), Mary-Louise (Johnny), Greta, Geraldine (Brian), Doris (Jeffery), Cindy and Betty-Ann (Charles); sister in law Cindy (Larry) and by numerous god children, nieces and nephews.

Albert was born on March 5, 1957 at Sandy Bay First Nation where he resided until his passing. He went to school in Sandy Bay and was employed with the Sandy Bay Band as a night watchman and worked other various jobs. His favourite pastime was spending time with his friends hunting, fishing and bingo. He was well respected by his peers. Albert’s life also revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren whom he loved very much.

He enjoyed being outdoors and was always willing to lend a helping hand, putting the needs of others before his own.

Wake began at the Sandy Bay Complex on Saturday, December 12, 2009. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba with Father Roy George Vazhaplankudiyil. Interment will take place in the Sandy Bay Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Levasseur, Carlson Richard, Albert Levasseur, Charlston Racette, Chris Racette and Timothy Beaulieu. All friends and family are considered Honourary Pallbearers.

The family wishes to “Thank” the staff of CCU at Health Science Centre for the wonderful care that you gave Albert, the Aboriginal Support Program, Portage Hospital, Sandy Bay Chief & Council and other Sandy Bay Programs, relatives and friends for their support and donations.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

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