Mr. Anthony Sykora Jr., aged 72 years, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.
Born July 29, 1930 in Horni Lidec province of Moravia, Czechoslovakia, he came to Canada with his mother and sisters to join his father, in 1937; directly to Kenora. He was educated here and worked on the "Mather", on Lake of the Woods before he began working in the paper mill in 1956 retiring in 1995 after almost 40 years. Anthony served with the Canadian Army during the Korean War. He had a great love for hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors.
He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Rosalie and by Margaret Morrison. Surviving are 4 children Wayne (Vickie), Sharon (Ken), Paul (Christine) and Arlene (Ed); seven grandchildren Jami-Lee, Rayleen, Chantz, Nytro, Kruze, Paul Jr., and Senna. He will be missed by his faithful companion Nikki, the French bulldog.
Anthony is also survived by four sisters Mary Lach (Frank) of Kenora, Frances Demchuk (Don) of Windsor, Jenny Gallik (Albert) of Kenora and Lillian Mokiewsky (Oleg) of Ottawa and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
At Anthony's request cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Anthony's life will take place on Sunday December 15, 2002 from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. at the Travelodge.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0S6.
In tears we saw you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
You suffered much in silence,
You fought so hard to stay.
You faced your task with courage,
Your spirit did not bend,
But still you kept on fighting
Until the very end.
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be,
So when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful, free from pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again.
We love you always,
Until we meet again.
Kenora Community Funeral Home
Celebration of Life
1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sun., Dec 15, 2002
Peter Giesbrecht, a resident of Kenora passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2002 with his family by his side at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.
Immediate cremation has taken place at his request.
He was predeceased by his parents David and Katherine, brother David and two sons Bob and Bill.
He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne of 61 years. His son Richard of Dryden, daughter Christine (Chris) Wagenaar of Maple Ridge, B.C., brothers Henry (Agnes) of Langley, B.C., Ben (Wally) of Texada B.C., sisters Helen Reimer of Langley, B.C., Agnes Penno of New Westminster, B.C., and Anne Wren of Aldergrove, B.C. as well as 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Some of his favourite past times were watching and feeding the birds and occasionally fishing Black Sturgeon Lake.
Peter was comical and witty and this was a strong part of his personality.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre with Captains Val and Gloria Redner Officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lake of the Woods Hospital CT Scan Fund, 21 Sylvan Street West, Kenora, Ontario, P9N 3W7 would be appreciated by the family.
Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre entrusted with arrangements.
2:00 p.m., Tues., Nov. 26, 2002
Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
Oral Elizabeth Bergh (Crowley)
February 25, 1907 - November 15, 2002
Oral Elizabeth Bergh passed away November 15, 2002 at Rosefield Centre in Innisfail, Alberta. She was born in Roblin, Manitoba on February 25, 1907 to William and Isabella Sharpen. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Borden, her sister Lela, her first husband William Crowley, two infant daughters and her second husband Henry Bergh. Oral attended Roblin Collegiate and worked in a local store as a clerk. She married William Crowley in 1928 and they moved to Kenora, Ontario.
She leaves to mourn her three sons: Charles (Eileen), Jim (Joyce), and Bob (Karen), 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter, as well as two sisters, Helen and Merle, and two brothers, Melvin and Bill.
At her request cremation has taken place in Innisfail, Alberta. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 30th, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kenora Community Funeral Home. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital (C.T. Scan Fund) or to a charity of one's choice.
Kenora Community Funeral Home
2:00 p.m., Sat., Nov., 30, 2002
Kenora Community Funeral Home
Thomas Arthur Bailey
Thomas Arthur Bailey passed away suddenly at his home in Whitemouth Manitoba on November 8, 2002 after a brief illness. He was 61.
He was born on October 17, 1941, and was the oldest son of the late Hilda and Arthur Bailey.
He is survived by his loving wife Frances (nee Drew) of Whitemouth, Manitoba, her family in Kenora, Ontario, his four sons and their families (Duane, Edward, Andrew, Graham), his three brothers and their families (Ron, Wayne, Reginald), his three stepchildren (Norman "Buck", Norman & Glenda Schultz), and the mother of his children Sharon Bailey.
Tom lived in Bracebridge, Huntsville, Red Deer, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Prior to his illness, he was a professional truck driver employed by Millenium Transport and various other trucking firms in Manitoba.
Funeral Services were held in Bracebridge, Ontario at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2002 at Reynold's Funeral Home "Turner Chapel". Interment followed at Stephenson Cemetery in Port Sydney, Ontario. Reverend Susan Woods officiated.
Muriel Emily Wheeler
Surrounded by her family, after a lengthy illness with Alzheimers, Muriel died peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2002, at Riverview Health Centre.
"Gran" was born in Kenora, Ontario on February 5, 1920, to Charlotte and Percival Sherrington. She married her beloved Tom Wheeler on October 17, 1944, in Winnipeg. Sadly, Tom died in a flying accident in 1954, but she never lost her love for him.
Gran is survived by her two loving daughters: Cheryl, and her husband Bob Moody, of Denver, Colorado; Teddi, and her husband Wynn Sweatman of Winnipeg. In addition, she leaves behind her seven wonderful grandchildren: Robb (Karen) and Chris Moody, Tom (Wendy), Megan, Mark, Sheilah and Victoria Sweatman; great granddaughter, Kate Ryan Moody. Gran was intimately involved in all aspects of their lives.
She is also survived by her brother, Roland Sherrington and his wife, "Jake", of Kenora, Ontario and her sister, Norah Beaton, niece Sherry Tettmar and nephew Boyd Beaton of Calgary. For many years, the Wheelers and the Beatons lived almost as one family.
A hockey fan all her life, Gran loved her Winnipeg Jets and the NHL. She worked for several years at Canadian Fruit Distributors and, for twenty years, for the Victorian Order of Nurses. Upon retiring in 1985, she devoted herself to her dearly loved grandchildren.
The family is indebted to the many nurses and caregivers who looked after Gran during her two years at Misericordia Health Centre (Wolsley 2) and for the last six months at Riverview Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a charitable donation to either facility, or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4G2
A memorial service will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th at Leatherdale Gardiner Funeral Chapel, 1501 Waverley Street.
1501 Waverley Street 949-4860
3:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 27, 2002
Leatherdale Gardiner Funeral Chapel
Our mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt, Amelie Bechard (nee Lamotte) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, 2002 at the age of 89 years.
Born on May 6, 1913, in Bellegarde, Saskatchewan, Amelie was part of a large family that farmed in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. Being one of the older sisters, she was often in charge of cooking for the hired men that came at harvest time. Her famous pies became legendary. During World War II, Amelie enlisted in the army, and was stationed in Edmonton, Alberta, documenting information for the new recruits. After the war, she met and fell in love with a handsome Shakespearean actor, with whom she eloped and commenced a new segment of her life's journey.
They moved to Rosetown, Saskatchewan, to farm their own section of land. There she brought three children into the world and soon began the wonderful expression of loveliness that dwelled within her heart. Beauty surrounded her in every aspect of her life. From the beautiful tatted tablecloths to the stylish dresses, she had a flare for design. In later years, grown children anticipated Christmas with child delight, for they would receive knitted mitts and socks, that she had spent the year making.
After living in several places across Canada, our parents were impressed with the natural pristine beauty of Kenora, Ontario, and decided to make it their permanent home. And our mother's warmth & graciousness was reflected in her
surroundings. Returning home from school, we were met with the aroma of freshly baked bread. Homemade cookies and the best coffee awaited everyone who stopped for a visit. And how she loved Canadian politics! Current events were followed with avid interest.
Our mother believed many things, but one of her main beliefs was that when you loved someone, you loved them wholeheartedly. So when our dad suffered a massive stroke at the age of 67, she stayed by his side, visiting him every day at the hospital during the next 6 months where he partially recovered. And for the next 20 years she cared for him, encouraging him to eat by making his meals as appetizing as possible, bathing him every day, including him in family outings and gatherings with the intent of making his life as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. Her love was so brave and courageous. She gave so much. And the day arrived when she grew tired and could no longer give. Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff at Pinecrest, who for the last two years have so kindly and compassionately cared for our mother. They never pushed her to do more that she wanted. They seemed to have a profound understanding of her needs and acknowledged the quiet inner strength that dwelled within her weakened and failing body.
We will miss her deeply. To see her face light up when you entered a room cheered and uplifted you. As ill as she became, she always brightened when she saw you. Our wish for her is that she will know that her life has been an inspiration. May she see herself with the same delight and pride and happiness with which God must have looked upon her every moment of her life.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Ralph, her parents Marie and Joseph Lamotte, brothers Henri and Aime Lamotte, sisters-in-law, Jean Lamotte, Pearce Lamotte, Lucille Bechard, Lorette Arseneault and brothers-in-law Felix Sylvestre and Arnold Bechard.
She is survived by her sisters, Hermine Sylvestre, Angèle Lajeunesse (Joe), RoseHelène Nielson (Howard); brothers Andy (Dorothy), Maurice (Blanche), George, and sister-in-law Evelyn Lamotte. Also her children, Marc Bechard (Judy), Lorina Turcotte (Denis), Gisele Bechard (Jobit); her grandchildren Pauline Palichuk (Tom), Colette Schuster (Ron), Ronald Turcotte (Candace), Sean Spryszak (Kim), Jason Bechard (Sherri), Nicole Scott (Jason), Danielle Bechard (Kent); great grandchildren, Kayla, Ashley, Rachel, Jocelyn, Jacob and Chantal. And many nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be offered on Monday, December 2, 2002 at the Kenora Community Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m.
A Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday December 3, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Louis Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be at Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
KENORA COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME 547-6000
11:00 a.m., Tues., Dec. 3, 2002
St. Louis Roman Catholic Church