Marjorie Grace McMaster
Peacefully on Monday, June 16, 2008 at Portage District General Hospital, Marjorie Grace McMaster, widow of the late George McMaster, passed away at the age of 82.
Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home, Royal Road South at Dufferin Avenue, on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM with the Reverend Julie Baker officiating.
Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery
Marj was born April 20, 1926, the second daughter of the late Arthur and Pearl Threadkill of High Bluff. Marj received her education at Cochrane and High Bluff Schools. After leaving school, she taught on “permit” for one year before taking a business course. On completion, she was employed by Portage Mutual Insurance Co.
On July 23, 1947, Marj married George McMaster and continued to work at Portage Mutual until 1950 when she and George purchased Rae’s Funeral Home and Furniture Store, subsequently working there and McMaster Funeral Home until 1973 then at the Omega Funeral Home for a short time.
She was a dedicated member of O.O.R.P. Lodge #66 Portage, Unit “A” of Trinity U.C.W. and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Pink Lady at Portage District General Hospital and with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For 25 years, Marj and George enjoyed summer vacations at Clear Lake and winter trips to Hawaii and Bahamas. Her overwhelming kindness was shown by her love of baking for others and the special interest she showed to all who were family to her. Everyone who knew Marj was touched by her warmth.
Predeceased by her parents Arthur and Pearl Threadkill, husband George McMaster, sister Vera Greer, two infant brothers Stanley and Gordon, brother-in-laws Sam Greer, Earl Jordan, and nephew Brad Jennings.
She leaves to mourn her passing one sister Dorothy Jordan of Portage, brother-in-law Jack (Betty) McMaster of Portage, sister-in-law Helen (Jack) Jennings of Georgetown, Ont., nephews Kevin McMaster of Portage, Andrew (Wendy) McMaster of Winnipeg, Jackie (Michael) Podger of Kelowna, BC, John Jennings of Brantford, Ontario, David (Lynette) Jordan of Virden, niece Barb (Roger) Henault of Calgary, and nephew Ted (Lori) Jordan of Portage, great nieces, Heather Henault of Edmonton, Paula Jordan of Portage, Karli McMaster of Winnipeg, Shannon Jennings of Newmarket, Ont., great nephews Jamie McMaster of Winnipeg, Mark (Lisa) Jennings of Bracebridge, Ont., Michael (Heather) Jordan of Norway House, Scott (Blake) Jordan of Denver, Colorado, Brian Jordan of Central, Tyson (Erin Bullock) Jordan of Portage, and Gary (Victoria) Henault of Cold Lake, Alberta, great great nieces and nephews McKenzie and Katie Jordan of Norway House, Violet Bullock and Tristan Jordan of Portage, and Jacob Jennings of Bracebridge, Ont. Also, two very special girls Donna Mulligan and Cheryl Richkun, both of Winnipeg.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0K8 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6.
Elijah Lorne Tully
1929 – 2008
Lorne Tully passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on June 24, 2008 at the age of 79. Lorne was predeceased by his parents, brother Jack, sister Francis and son Tim. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years Osono (Sally), son Terry and daughter-in-law Cathy, and siblings Hazel, Joyce, Marion, Ruth and Kalman.
Lorne was born on March 14, 1929 on the farm where he grew up and eventually owned and operated. During his farming days Lorne was a lifetime member of the Canadian Charlois Association and took great pride in his purebred Charlois beef herd. His herd steadily grew until his decision to retire from farming.
Lorne also enjoyed making things grow. Whether it was the vegetables in his garden, the apples and saskatoons in his orchard or the flowers that were everywhere in his yard Lorne loved to put his green thumb to work. He also enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labour with friends and family and was even known to hand a bag of apples to the train engineers when they were stopped at the railway crossing.
A favourite pastime was the searching for and carving of diamond willow into canes. Some of his beautiful canes were often gifted to friends and family from near and far.
For many years Lorne was an active Masonic member in the Assiniboine Lodge No. 7 as well as Electa Chapter No. 2. He thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of his Lodge brothers and members of the Electa Chapter No. 2. Due to ill health in the last few years he could not fully participate with them to the extent that he wished. However, his thoughts and support were always with them.
Lorne will be sorely missed by friends, family and anyone who came in contact with his warm and generous personality.
It was his expressed wish that no service of any kind be held but that people remember him each in their own way. It is the wish of the family that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice. Lorne gave so generously to others, it is only fitting that this continues after his passing.
Elizabeth Cecile Bjornson
Nov. 7/1929- July 1/2008
Suddenly on Tuesday, 1st July 2008, Elizabeth ( Betty ) Bjornson went to meet her Lord. Betty had a wonderful and active life throughout her stay on this earth. Spent many years farming with her Jimmy, and then after his death, married an energetic senior war veteran George Bjornson that made her very happy and travelled together to different places in the Sandilands area.
Betty was pre-deceased by her parents, 3 brothers: Joe, Leo Marquette, Freddie Chatel, also by her sister Anne Marie Powluk . Surviving Betty, are brothers Frank Marquette, Bill Chatel ( Lois ) Raymond Chatel ( Laurie )sister Mary Dupas and many nieces and nephews, also Betty’s family.
Betty made many friends here in Portage La Prairie and in Piney MB.
Family and Friends can gather at Omega Funeral Chapel on July 3 2008 at 2.00 P.M. to celebrate Betty’s life. Burial at Ste Mary’s cemetery, and enjoy meeting all at the funeral chapel after ceremonies. Thank you.
Wallace Bruce Williams
On Monday, June 30, 2008 at the Portage District General Hospital, Wallace Bruce Williams of Rural Portage, beloved husband of Dorothy Williams passed away at the age of 82.
Friends may call at the funeral home for visitation on Sunday evening from 7 to 8 PM.
Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 1:30 PM with the Reverend Elizabeth Kerr officiating.
Interment will follow in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery.
As a very young man, he started working in a lumber camp in Ontario as a helper but wasn’t long before he had his own team of horse, something he was quite proud of. For many years after he spent time between farming with his father and the construction industry working on such projects as the St Lawrence Seaway, he worked on a project he didn’t find out till years later was the test pad for the engine of the now infamous Avro Arrow. After he married Dorothy, he ended his construction career working nights on the Portage Diversion, and started farming full time with his dad and later with his son’s and nephew. In his later years he could be found helping James with the cattle, that was his way of life.
Predeceased by his parents, Margaret & Bruce Williams, his sister Evelyn Flynn, he leaves to mourn his passing his wife Dorothy, two sons; Marvin (Alley & family) and granddaughter Brittany of Portage, James of Rural Portage, one daughter Maureen (Robert) Desjardin of Portage and grandchildren Tammy (Randy) Murray and children Whitney & Justin of Salmon Arm, BC, Sherri (Dave) Radford and children Kyle, Matthew & Tyson of MacGregor, and Laurie Saltise and children Braden & Brenden of Portage , Manitoba. He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews; Morley (Colleen) Flynn and family of Portage, Lynda (John) McNaughton and family of Alberta, Deanna (Bernie) Roy and family of Winnipeg.
Should friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Catherine Newham-Portage Office, 103 Wilkinson Crescent Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 1A7.