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MANITOBA - Boissevain - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 4

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Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, at 10:46 p.m.


MARCH 29, 1905 - AUGUST 5, 1998

Peter Frank Unrau was born in Samara, Russia on March 29, 1905, the eldest child of Franz and Elizabeth Unrau. In 1926 the family emigrated to Canada and settled at Margaret, Manitoba.

On October 21, 1944 he married Elizabeth Driediger. The marriage was blessed with two daughters. In 1971 Mom and Dad retired from farming and moved to Boissevain.

Throughout his life Dad was faithful to the Christ he served. God was good to him. Dad was active in the Boissevain MB Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, treasurer and deacon.

Last spring Mom and Dad moved into Westview Lodge. In April of this year, Dad followed Mom into the Boissevain Hospital to await personal care placement. On Wednesday, August 5, God called him to his heavenly home. He was 93. His last words were songs of praise to His Heavenly Father. He died as he lived, gently and quietly.

Peter Unrau is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, of 54 years; two daughters, Marlene and husband Abe Friesen; their children Paul, Dana, Brent and Marlise; Lisa and husband John Loewen; their children Jason and Nathan. He is also survived by two brothers, Frank and Henry, and one sister, Helen, and their families. He was predeceased by two sisters and one brother in infancy, as well as his brother, Jake, in 1995.

The funeral service for Peter Unrau was held on August 10, 1998 at the Boissevain MB Church with interment at the Boissevain Cemetery. Donations may be made to the MB Communications and Gideon Bible Society. Arrangements with Killarney-Boissevain Funeral Home.


With great courage and dignity, Donna Romanye Hudson (Dalrymple) passed away on April 12, 1998 at the Riverview Health Care Centre.

Donna was born on August 19, 1942 at Deloraine, MB. She was the second eldest daughter of James and Margaret Dalrymple. She attended school at Horton and Boissevain. On October 27, 1962 she married Donald Hudson. Together they had three children, Kathy, Kim and Kurtis. Donna worked as a waitress in Boissevain and Pierson. In 1982 she started working at the Edward Co-op where she continued to work until the time of her illness. She was a dedicated and respected store manager for several years.

Donna will be remembered as a very special person. She was a wonderful wife, mom, mother-in-law and relative. She had a generous personality, always willing to do anything for anyone. She had a way of touching every person she came into contact with.

The family so wanted her to be there to share their future but, when it was clear that this was not to be, they were grateful to have time to thank her for all the things she had done for them and to tell her how much she meant to them. Donna devoted her strong character and determination throughout her entire life. The family is saddened that the grandchildren will not have the pleasure and privilege of continuing to have Grandma in their life. This role that Donna loved so much was cut too short.

Left to cherish Donna's memory are her loving husband and best friend for 35 wonderful years Don; daughters Kathy (Maurice) Mangin, Kim Hudson-Witzke and Scott Witzke and son Kurtis Hudson; sisters and brothers and in-laws Louise Hardcastle, Shirley (Bob) Gardner, Dorothy Coupland, Howard (Donna) Dalrymple, Miles (Carole) Dalrymple, Murray Glen (Myrtle) Dalrymple, Rob (Andy) Dalrymple and chosen sister and brother-in-law Dori and Bill Rankin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lorainne and Bernie Boisjoli, Shirley and Larry Cinq-Mars; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Donna was predeceased by her parents James and Margaret Dalrymple, brother Lloyd Dalrymple, brothers-in-law Mervin Coupland, Art Hardcastle and nephew Darren McKee.

A celebration of life took place on Thursday, April 16, 1998 at St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, MB at 2:00 p.m. with interment in the Boissevain Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Coupland, Douglas Coupland, Michael Dalrymple, Darcy Groves, Eddie Ludgate and Wesley McKee.

Flowers were gratefully declined. As a family we were fortunate to have our wish come true. A family trip with Mom in which we all went to Disney World for a week. It was her desire that other families can have their wish come true also. Donations may be made to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada - Manitoba Chapter, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. R2C 3J2.

"We love you Mom, your memory will be in our hearts forever and will always be a very special part of our lives."


George Hudson, 91 years old, beloved husband of Barbara Reid, died in the Souris District Hospital on Sunday, April 12, 1998. Memorial service was held at St. John's Anglican Church, Elgin on Friday, April 17. Interment of ashes in the Elgin Cemetery. In memory of George, donations may be made to the Souris Health District. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, Souris, MB in care of arrangements.


Mrs. Olive Henderson, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, March 5th, 1999 at the age of 81 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Clair Henderson on March 5th, 1993. Olive leaves to cherish her memory one son, Rick Henderson and one daughter, Trudy (LeRoy) Leifso, all of Medicine Hat; three grandchildren, Curtis Leifso, Brandi Henderson and Mark Henderson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Olive was born July 12, 1917 and resided in Boissevain until her retirement in 1977, after which they moved to Medicine Hat to be with their family. She will be very sadly missed by all her family and friends. Interment and a private family service will take place at a later date in Boissevain Cemetery.


Melvin Paul Schreiner of Minto, MB passed away suddenly at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, March 5, 1999 in his 87th year.

Melvin was born on April 12, 1912 at Minto to Paul and Elsie (Graham) Schreiner. He received his education at Minto. As a boy he belonged to the Boy Scouts, sang in the Methodist Church choir and helped in the family store, prior to starting a successful career of farming. He spent many summers in the Turtle Mountains where he pastured his cattle.

On June 27, 1935, he and Muriel Shillington were married on the front lawn of the Schreiner residence. They lived in Minto for two years and then moved to the farm east of town where they resided until moving to Boissevain in 1997.

Melvin loved the farm and, even after moving to Boissevain, made almost daily trips back home. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent many hours playing cards and in recent years got great pleasure from his trips to Belcourt. His greatest love, however, was his family.

Melvin was predeceased by his father in 1947, his mother in 1978, sister Thelma in 1994 and sister Margaret in 1996. He will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 64 years, his son Merrill (Margaret), his daughter Barbara Rea (Barry), grandchildren Derrick Schreiner (Vicky), Karen Bernard (Barry), Penny Jones (Daryl), Curtis and Lisa Rea, great grandchildren Chelsea, Landon and Braedon Bernard, Justin and Paige Schreiner, Brittany and Brett Jones.

Funeral service was held from Minto United Church on Monday, March 8, 1999, with Jim Robertson and Leonard Wray ushering the guests, Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating, Isabelle Popple, organist and the United Church choir. Granddaughter Lisa Rea and special friend Rev. Ralph Clark shared memories of his life. Grandson Derrick Schreiner was urn bearer. A time of visitation followed at the Minto Town & Country Centre with the Minto United Church supplying the lunch. Interment will take place at Minto Cemetery at a later date. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral Home.


On January 6th, 1999, David Alexander passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, MB, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Dave was born on January 27th, 1919 in the R.M. of Morton and spent most of his early years in the Boissevain area where he attended Maple Grove School. Dave joined the W.W. II R.C.A.F. and worked as a mechanic during the war. After the war he married Jessie Lillian McDonald and returned to farming in the Boissevain Area where he also coached an 11 - 12 year old hockey team for a few years. In the early 1960's Dave was the owner of a Case dealership but always remained active with cattle. Later in life Dave moved to Chater, MB to work as a cattle buyer and remained active until a few months before his death. He could always be seen coming or going at all hours in his truck and trailer. Throughout his life, Dave was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masons.

Dave was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Janet Cochrane, two brothers Gordon and Don, and sister-in-law Jean.

Dave will be sadly missed by his wife Jessie; his three sons, Wayne of Chater, MB, Brian of Langley, B.C., and Glen and his children Kerry, Tammy, Roxanne, Clint and Jessie of Kamloops, B.C.; one daughter, Mary Jane Rennie (Graeme) and their daughter Susan of Winnipeg, MB. Dave is also survived by one sister, Jean Patterson of Boissevain; three sisters-in-law Dorothy Sanders of Boissevain, Mary Davis of Okotoks, AB and Irene McDonald of Killarney, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date.


On Monday, January 18, 1999, Elna Fleming passed away at the Boissevain Hospital at the age of 101.

Elna was born at Whitewater May 2, 1897. She is the last surviving member of the Carlson family. Her parents, Carrie and Nels Carlson, who were married in Bollerup, Sweden in 1882, came to the Whitewater district with the first two of their ten children. The rest were born in Canada.

Elna was predeceased by five brothers: John, Charlie, Martin, Sigfried and Emil and by four sisters: Celia, Clara, Catherine and Mabel. Her husband Errol died in 1973. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Frances Brown (Glenn) and Gladys Patricia Lewis (Edward), nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Elna had many hobbies and interests. She loved her garden, always had books handy to read, enjoyed her card games especially with friends at the Drop In. Music was always a great pleasure for her both in her home, for dances, in church and while she could, at the Westview Lodge. She was a member of the W.I., U.C.W., Legion, Eastern Star and A.C.W. quilting group.

As a mother and grandmother she was always interested in her family. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Gordon (Mona), Cathy (Bill), Jim (Barb), Stan (Denice), Sharyn (Richard), Terri (Harold), Donna (Steve), Ross (Merle), Nancy (Perry), great grandchildren Tammy, Chris, Michael, Dustin, Aaron, Meagan, Ericka, Nicholas, Kody, Dylan and great, great grandchildren Laura, Collin and Trevor.

In 1987 she became a resident at Westview Lodge. We want to especially thank all the wonderful staff at Westview for your kindness and care. Thanks too to all who so gently cared for her at the hospital.

She leaves over a century of great memories.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 20 at 2:00 in St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating.


Sylvia Sprott passed away peacefully at Central Park Lodge on January 18, 1999 at the age of 77 years.

Sylvia Kathleen Camp was born in Deloraine on December 9, 1921, the youngest of five born to Margaret and Philip Camp. As her father was a railroad man, the Camps moved frequently and Sylvia attended many schools. She graduated from Grade XII at Boissevain and was then employed by the local dentist and at MTS.

In 1943 Sylvia met the man who was to become her life, Alfred Sprott. Mom and Dad had a whirlwind romance - 6 weeks she would often tell us. Their chance meeting on a train led to a very solid marriage. They lived in St. Thomas during the war years and, after Alfred's discharge, lived on the farm at Croll. In 1951 they moved to their new home on NE 11-5-20. It was here their 4 children were raised. Mom and Dad farmed there until Dad's death in 1977. During this time she sat on several committees and boards, the most rewarding for her being the rink committee and school board. In 1983 she moved to Boissevain and for several years was employed by MTS.

Mom loved to sew and knit and was always doing things for her family "just because". Her family was everything to her. As the family expanded to include sons and daughter-in-law, and ultimately 13 grandchildren, each was welcomed unconditionally and with love. It was often noted in her journal after a family gathering "this was a good day."

In 1991, Mom retired from the MTS and was looking forward to devoting more time to researching the family tree. Unfortunately this was not to be as in 1994 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Routine tasks that were once so easy became so difficult. She moved to Westview Lodge in 1994 and Central Park Lodge in 1998.

Mom was predeceased by her husband Alfred, their son Owen, brothers Leonard and Phil and sisters Grace and Marj. She is survived by daughters Margaret (Brian) Hammond and Mary (Ronald) Kalberg, son Tom (Janice) and daughter-in-law Norma. She will be missed by her 13 grandchildren: Lori, Cathy and Susan Sprott, Brad, Bob and Andy Hammond, Kathleen, Sharon and Elaine Kalberg and Lee, Sean, Ian and Kerri Sprott, and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 4 sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom had a special place in her heart.

A service celebrating her life was held on January 22, 1999 in the Minto United Church, Interment was in Minto Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made to Central Park Lodge or a charity of their choice.

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