June, 79 years, wife of the late Ron Klier, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home, Souris, Manitoba, on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Funeral Service will take place at a later date. Donations in June’s memory can be made to Souris Health Centre Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10, Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
We will love and miss you always.
KLIER: Ronald Wayne James passed away peacefully at Bren-Del-Win Lodge in Deloraine, Manitoba on June 7, 2021 at the age of 77 years. Ron was born in Souris, Manitoba on May 15, 1944.
Ron lived in Souris until he moved to Brandon where he and his beautiful wife June had two wonderful children. Ron got a job working in Brandon at BMHC and had worked there for 39 years as a Power Engineer.
Ron and family had a cabin at Oak Lake where they enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends around the fire telling stories and jokes.
Ron was a son, husband, father, grandfather and a loyal friend. Ron is survived by his wife June, son Greg (Debbie), daughter Shauna (Duncan), and grandchildren Bradley, Jasmine and Kailee.
In keeping with Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date for family and friends. For any donations, they can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.
“DAD – Grandpa” – We lived, loved, laughed and shed a few tears.
We will always remember the happy times “DAD – Grandpa” – We will
Just three months short of his 104th birthday, our Dad and Grandpa passed away peacefully on May 29, 2018 at Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon, Manitoba. Wilfred James (Jim) King was born on September 1, 1914, the second child of a family of seven and first son born to Alfred and Mary King. At the time, Alfred was working for Sandy Taylor in the Underhill area and Jim was born on this farm, in a granary, the only place that was available for the young family to live. Perhaps it was this humble beginning that set Jim on the course of his life’s work, that of being a farmer. The Kings relocated many times during the early years until 1933 when the family settled on the A.R. Welch farm, SE 11-5-21 in the Croll/Elgin area. Jim worked on the farm during the summer and in the winter years (1940s) worked at the Joseph Iron Mine in Ontario. In 1949, he met Joyce McAuley, a young telephone operator who had moved to Minto. In March of 1951, they were married and she remained the love of his life for the next 65 years. Together, they took up residence on the home farm. In 1955, their daughter Kathie was born, followed by their son Fred in 1958. Jim farmed with his brothers, George and Charlie but by 1969 was working on his own. In 1983, he and Joyce retired to Hartney and lived there until 2007, when they moved to Brandon. Our Dad and Grandpa has left us with love, laughter and legacy. He loved the land, his family and was so content with his life. He loved to dance, he loved a good joke and loved to visit with people. He showed us how to be content with what you have and how to live a good and happy life. That is his legacy. Jim is survived by his daughter, Kathie, his son Fred (Sandra), his precious grandsons, Sanfred and Wheaton(Carlie), sister Margaret Flintoff, and brother Charlie King(Doreen), brothers-in-law Allison McAuley(Trudy) and Walter McAuley(Dianne), along with many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his beloved Joyce (nee: McAuley), parents, Alfred and Mary King, sisters Vera Young, Gladys Taylor and Mary McCosh and brother George King; brothers and sister in-law, Roy Young, Tom Taylor, Oly McCosh, George Flintoff, and Marjorie King, and a nephew Norman Taylor; in-laws Flossie and Eric McAuley, brother and sister-in-law Lind and Ethel McAuley, and a niece Karen McAuley. We would like to thank the staff at Valleyview Care Centre for their excellent, loving care of Jim, Dr. D. Caplan who truly understands the elderly, and special thanks to Jim’s niece, Isabelle Popple, who faithfully visited and took her Uncle Jim on a marvelous journey of remembering his youth, and testing his memory on the history of an era. Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Private internment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney. In memory of Jim, donations may be made to the Valleyview Residents Van Fund or to a charity of your choice.