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MANITOBA - Miscellaneous Portage la Prairie Obituaries - 6

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Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2016, at 10:50 p.m.

Margaret Cobbe

On Sunday July 13, 2008, at the Portage District Hospital, Margaret Cobbe, a long time resident of Portage la Prairie passed away at the age of 73 years old.

Prayers will be held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM.

Funeral service will be held at the Good Shepherds Roman Catholic Church on Thursday July 17 at 1:30 with Father Eric Giddins officiating.

Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.

Born in Portage General Hospital on November 21, 1934 to John Wesley Matthews, born Durham, Ontario and Frances (Snyder) Matthews, born Morrisburg, Ontario, Margaret was raised on the family farm in Bagot, Manitoba outside of Portage la Prairie. She received her schooling at the Image Creek School, travelling on foot or by buggy in the summer and cutter in the winter. She attended St. Mary’s in Winnipeg but was always home sick for the farm.

Margaret worked as a switchboard operator in MacGregor in the early 1950’s where she met Garry Cobbe. Married in 1956, the couple moved to Portage la Prairie in 1962 raising their family and working together at Cobbe’s Plumbing and Heating until Garry’s untimely death in 1998. Margaret enjoyed curling and golf and was a sports mother and grandma cheering countless hockey, ball and soccer games as well as music recitals and concerts. She enjoyed family camping trips and vacation travel over the years. She took great pleasure in the accomplishments of all of her children and grandchildren. “Bessie” was a devoted grandmother with a wonderfully kind heart.

Predeceased by Garry, her parents and brother Sterling and nieces Trish (Matthews) McIvor and Sharon (Nott) Denton , she leaves to cherish her memory, son Kelly (Sherry), grandchildren: Brendan, Caity, Brianna of Waterloo; daughter Jackie Hargreaves, grandchildren: Nolan, Erika, Sierra of Winnipeg; daughter Jodie (Charles) Dallyn, grandchildren: Tyson, Bailey of Portage la Prairie. Also surviving are: sister Elizabeth of Red Deer; brother Ted (Isabelle) of Portage la Prairie; sister-in-law Doreen Cobbe; sister-in-law Glenna Cobbe of Dauphin and extended friends and family.

Memorial donations are invited to Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0K8.

Mary Popko

On Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Douglas Campbell Lodge, Mary Popko of Portage la Prairie, widow of the late Michael Popko passed away at the age of 91 years.

Prayers will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 PM.

Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 10:30 Am.

Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 13, 1917 daughter of Maggie & Peter Sokoloski in Portage la Prairie where she was raised and received her education. In 1936 she married Michael Popko and they resided in Portage la Prairie.

Predeceased by her husband Michael, her brother Demer, she leaves to mourn her passing her children; Walter, Evelyn, John, Beverley, Brian, Jerry, Ronnie, Rick, Shirley and their families. Also surviving is her sister Ann Stronski, her sister in law Evelyn Higgens and several nieces and nephews.

Mary “May” Jane Boyachek

On Friday, July 18, 2008 at the Lions Prairie Manor, Portage, Mary Boyachek, a long time resident of Rural Portage, widow of the late Harry Boyachek, passed away at the age of 96 years.

Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM with the Reverend Beth Kerr officiating.

Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery.

May was born on February 22, 1912, near Edwin, Manitoba to Margaret & Joseph Charlton. She was raised and received her education in the Rossendale, MacDonald and Salem Districts. After completing her education at PCI, she received her Associate from the Toronto Conservatory of Musicin 1934. She then began teaching piano in Portage and Oakville. In 1948 she married Harry Boyachek and they lived on the farm in the South Ridge District.

May was an adherent of Trinity United Church. Her interests included knitting, sewing, traveling, old time music, and country drives. Her special times were spent with her family and she especially enjoyed her birthday parties at Elkhorn.

Predeceased by her husband, her brothers Roy Charlton, Tommy Charlton, her sisters Olive Hunter & Pearl Charlton, she leaves to mourn her passing her son Allan (Shelley) of Rural Portage, her daughter Evelyn (Adam) Sedor of Dauphin, her grandchildren: Charlene (Peter), Andrea (Gord), Laurel (Oleg), Greg, Robin (Andria), her great grandchildren Gracey, Norah, Lanelle, Kathryn, Olivia, Lucas, Cailen, and Willow. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extrended family.

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.


April 27, 1905 – July 21, 2008

Margaret Smith was born in Wigan, Lancaster, England April 27, 1905. She came to Canada with her parents, John Robert and Rebecca Mason, settling in Winnipeg, Man. She married Alexander R. (Sandy) Smith on June 2, 1927. Pioneers of St. Marks, Man., they ranched, ran the post office and boarded the school teachers for many years. They were always very involved in the community and enjoyed serving others. They moved to Moose Jaw, Sask., Jan. 1, 1950, where her husband was employed by the P.F.R.A. In Moose Jaw, Margaret was involved with several organizations, including the Pioneer Choir. She was a resident of Moose Jaw until December 2000 when she moved to Calgary, Alberta to live with her daughter Bertha. She resided at Trinity Lodge, Calgary, from November 2006 – April 2008. She passed away at Sarcee Care West, July 21, 2008. She was predeceased by her parents; John Robert (Vimy Ridge) and Rebecca Mason; four sisters, Winoma, Ann, Rebecca and Regina; two brothers, John Robert and Albert Mason; her husband, Alexander R. (Sandy) Smith, July 1983 and grandson, Brett Warner, May 2002. She leaves to mourn; her daughter, Bertha Joyce Warner; grandson, Jeff Warner (Kelley); four great grandchildren, Kristen Clarke (Tom), Bryce, Sean and Trevor Warner; grandaughters, Shelley Desjardins (Sylvain), Lori Warner (Greg); great grandson, Tristen Reynard all of Calgary; niece, Pat Henderson (Ross) of Canoe, B.C., Linda (Allen) Wright, Deborah Smith, and Winona (George) Otsuji and nephew, Grant (Linda) Smith, all of Portage la Prairie and Faye Boyce of Winnipeg. Margaret was a very happy and optimistic person, though not unaware of sorrow and sensitive to the feelings of others. She was always revered by her family, who gave her great joy. She enjoyed her last years in Calgary because she saw her family often. Those who knew her will miss her unconditional love, positive attitude, quick wit and thoughtful counsel. Margaret truly inspired all who met her. As an expression of sympathy,

if you wish, contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o The Moose Jaw Shrine Club, Box 1329, Moose Jaw, Sask. S6H 4R3 would be appreciated by the family.

The Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Rd S, (204) 857-4621 will be in charge of the funeral to be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 10:00am. Interment at the family plot in Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba following the funeral service.

Ronald Stuart Armishaw

Peacefully on July 25th, 2008, Ron Armishaw passed away with family by his side. He was 74 years old.

Dad was born and raised on the family farm; in the Hood District then later moved to Portage la Prairie where he raised his family. In his early years Dad worked for the Diversion and the Mushroom Farm, before he spent most of his years working for the CN Rail. Upon taking early retirement from CN Rail, Dad finished the remainder of his working years at Vicon and Richalue Textiles.

Dad was an avid reader, his favorite books were History books. He also loved being outdoors, you could always find him walking everywhere.

We have many memories of Dad. Our fondest memory of Dad was the day he excepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Dad was saved on May 4th of this year in the hospital with his family by his side. We will also never forget all the Sunday lunches we shared with him.

Dad was predeceased by his parents Bertram and Vera Armishaw, his two brothers Jim and Wes,and his only son Keith.

Left behind to cherish his memories are his endeared companion Julie Armishaw, :his daughters Kim (Don) Chipman, Susanne (David) Moran, and Bonny Herrebout; his grandchildren Angie, Neil (Nikki), Carly, Kaliegh, Lyndsey, Jennifer, and Sara and great grandchildren Seth and Benjamin. Dad is also survived by his brothers Vic and Delbert, and sisters Joyce, Beth, Gail, and Shirley and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the funeral home for visitation on Monday July 28th, 2008, between 7:00-8:00pm.

A private Graveside Memorial Service will be held the following day, July 29th, 2008.

The family would like to thank Dr. Antonissen and the nurses of ETU and Palliative Unit for the care that was given.

Thank you for all who prayed for Dad, for the visits and all other acts of kindness bestowed to him and his family.

If friends so desire donations can be made to Sunset Palliative Care Inc. Box 92, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3A7

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