Keeler, Wayne Kenneth

Wayne was born November 19, 1948 at Forbes Nursing Home in Hartney, Manitoba.  He had a happy childhood on the Family Farm east of Lauder, Manitoba with his mom and dad,  brother, Wendell and across the road the “third musketeer” his cousin Jeff Keeler(Debbie).   Being fortunate enough to be raised in a close rural community, he was surrounded by loving family, friends and relatives.  Wayne attended grades 1-8 in the small country Lauder School resulting in many lifelong friendships. 

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Kohut, Kenneth Robert

KOHUT, Kenneth “Ken” Robert

December 8, 1951 – Souris, Manitoba

January 16, 2024 – Calgary, Alberta


Kenneth “Ken” Kohut passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in Calgary, AB after 72 years of a generous and principled life.

Ken, beloved husband of Mailodys Pérez, was born in Souris, MB on December 8, 1951, the first child of Joan and Harry Kohut. He received his education at Souris Collegiate, graduating in 1969. Ken attended the University of Manitoba, obtaining

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Kain, Helen May

It is with much love and sadness that we share the news of the passing of our mother, Helen Kain. Helen passed away peacefully in Souris with her family by her side on December 29, 2023. She is survived by Debra Kain of Souris, Manitoba, and Leah Kain (husband Michael Hansen) from Sarasota Florida, USA.

Helen May Kain was born to Stan and Jessie (Waterman) Brown in Souris on September 14, 1927, one of three children. Helen was pre-deceased by her beloved husband W. John Kain in 2003 and her

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Kohut, Steven Donald

Kohut: It is with deepest sorrow, we announce the passing of Steven Donald Kohut at the age of 48 years (June 26, 1974). Our beloved son, brother, father and partner passed away on November 27, 2022.

Steven will be missed by his children Dawn and Brendan, father Don (Carol) Kohut and mother Lynn Taylor. Siblings Michael (Kelly) Kohut, Jeffrey Kohut, Ryan Taylor and Danielle Taylor. Step sisters Donna and Bridget, nephew Jadin, Jeramie, Jesse, Jaxon and Issac, niece Rayne and his partner Tasha Swaenepoel and her children Jayda, Ryder and Elyas, her grandson Matthias.

Steven loved the farming life, hunting, fishing and sports. Driving semi trucks was Steve’s choice of employment. Steven was a long time resident of Souris, Manitoba and was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

A private funeral service was held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel. A public memorial reception will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Community Hall on Friday, December 9, 2022. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Steve, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. click to read more

Kabbeke, Gustaf Blair

Blair passed away peacefully with his wife and family by his side, at the Redvers Health Centre, on Monday, August 22, 2022 at the age of 54 years.  Blair was born, March 7, 1968, in Virden, Manitoba to parents, Gustaf and Evelyn Kabbeke (nee Smith).

Blair’s early years were spent on the farm in Sinclair, Manitoba where he enjoyed helping his dad on the farm, spending hours with his horses and playing baseball.  Blair attended elementary and junior high school in Sinclair and Reston, MB until his family moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan where he attended the Weyburn Comprehensive School.  During his school years, Blair excelled at many sports.  His family is told he still holds a track record or two at the Fort La Bosse School Division.  Blair had a special love for baseball and was a star pitcher and over the years, he was picked up by many local teams.  A highlight of his baseball career was being scouted to a Cincinnati Reds prospects camp where he had the privilege of meeting Pete Rose.

Blair spent most of his career working in the oilfield and the tire business where he was fortunate to work with and work for terrific colleagues and employers.  He shared lots of laughs and fun with his co-workers and his family has enjoyed hearing about the antics that went on when they worked with Blair.  Blair was a hard worker and put his best effort into his job even when the work became physically challenging due to his MS.

Blair will be remembered for his friendly, kind, and generous nature.  He befriended everyone he met and could easily make conversation with a perfect stranger.  He had a way of making people feel important, included, and special and always inquired about their children or family.  It wasn’t just small talk; he truly was interested.

Blair was predeceased by his dad, Gustaf Kabbeke, his sister, Sylvia Murray (nee Kabbeke); his uncles Albert Kabbeke, and Robert Smith; his aunts Mary Mispelon (nee Kabbeke) and Andy, Beth Davis (nee Smith) and Bill; his cousins, Tony Kabbeke, Kevin Kabbeke, Judy Vieira (nee Jezowski), and Bruce Rekken.

Blair is survived by his best friend and partner of nearly 18 years, Tracy Kay.  He also leaves to mourn his passing, his children, Amanda Zaki (Shiraz Zaki), Kelsey Kabbeke (Nathan Deck), Ryan Kabbeke; Blair’s step-children, Taylor Frecon (Drayden Kowalchuk), and Brooklyn Frecon (Jordan Seafoot); his mom, Evelyn and Brent Stirling; his step-mom, Linda Redshaw and step-brother, Kyle (Edda) Redshaw; Blair’s parent in-laws, Gerry and Val Stuckey; bothers-in-law, Ward and Jodi (nephews Hugh and Riley) Kay, and Warren and Jane (nephew Matthew) Kay; his aunt Anna and Alfred Kohl as well as numerous cousins, in-laws and friends.  Blair loved you all!

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Sinclair Community Hall, Sinclair, Manitoba.  A private family interment will take place at the Tilston Cemetery at a later date.

In memory of Blair, donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada or to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre, 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK, S4T 7T1.

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Keeler, Bryan Wayne Kenneth

Keeler: Bryan left us unexpectedly on Monday, January 17, 2022 at the age of 35 years. Bryan is survived by his wife Yasemin, daughters Mya and Jane, parents Wayne and Audrey Keeler. A private family graveside service was held at the Lauder Cemetery on Friday, April 22, 2022. In memory of Bryan, if you so wish, a donation may be made to the    Bryan Keeler Family Trust Fund at the Hartney Sunrise Credit Union, the Hartney Golf Course Box 271 Hartney, Manitoba R0M 0X0, or the Lauder Cemetery Fund Box 66 Lauder, Manitoba R0M 1C0. click to read more

Kohut, Bette-Jean

Elizabeth-Jean Margaret Kohut, lovingly known as Bette-Jean sadly passed away on November 17, 2021, her 78th birthday at Brandon Regional Health Center. Bette-Jean was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 17, 1943. She settled in Souris after graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1964 when she married, farmer Jim Kohut in 1966.

Bette-Jean’s record of achievements is too long to list. Her family is proud of each and every one of these accomplishments as she set very high standards for herself and her family. Bette-Jean reinvented herself many times to get the job done, whatever that job may have been, and without complaint. Bette-Jean was an avid quilter, gardener, dog lover and best grandma ever. She was funny, feisty, very clever, witty and sweet.

Bette-Jean is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jim Kohut. Oldest son Jamie Kohut of Souris along with his wife Shannon Kohut and their two children, daughter Riley and son Jackson. Oldest daughter Sue-Ann Zawada of Hong Kong along with her husband Darrell Zawada and their three children son Will and daughters Ryan and Andie. Youngest daughter Christine Kohut of Toronto along with her husband Justyn Szymczyk and daughter Iza. She is also survived by her best furry friend, Teddy.

A celebration of Bette-Jean’s life will be held in the summer of 2022. In memory of Bette-Jean, donations may be made to the Town of Souris Beautification Fund, c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0

“Too much fabric? I think the phrase you’re looking for is;                                             Too SMALL sewing room”.

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Kunka, James William


It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to our dear Brother, Uncle and friend Jimmy Kunka, who passed away at the Souris Hospital on Aug.15, 2021.

Jimmy is survived by his siblings Lil Slifka, Mary Moore, Elsie Kurtenbach, Mike Kunka and Jean Carlson. He was predeceased by his parents John and Nellie Kunka, brother Tony Kunka, sister Florence Pomeroy, brothers-in-law Cliff Pomeroy and George Slifka, and sisters-in-law Amy Kunka and June Kunka.  Jimmy is also survived by nineteen nephews and nieces who were proud to call him Uncle. Uncle Jimmy had many adventures with his nephews and nieces, including traveling, ice-fishing, curling and baseball. Jimmy is also survived by his beloved 1995 TransAm.

Jimmy was born August 21, 1946 on the family farm near Souris. He farmed for many years with his father and eventually took over. Jimmy had a love for animals, ranging from his horses, dogs and barn cats.

We will always cherish our memories of our Uncle and Brother Jimmy. His laugh, jokes and great conversations will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to nephew Randy as well as the Home Care staff who enabled him to stay in his home as long as possible.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Private interment in the Souris –Glenwood Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made in his name to the ALS Society or to World Vision.

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