Soper: Norm, 78 years, beloved husband of Florence Soper, father of Glenn, Craig and Lee, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. A private funeral service will be held at a later date. In memory of Norm, donations may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.
Sutherland: Glenn, 77 years, beloved husband of Kathy, father of Don (Kellie) and Ed (Marie), passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Memorial reception for family and friends was held at St. Paul’s United Church Auditorium, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Private interment in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Glenn, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or to the Souris Health Centre c/o Prairie Mountain
Smith: Robert (Bob), 77 years, beloved husband of Myrna Smith, father of Robyn, Ryan and Erin, passed away in the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, August 30, 2019. Graveside funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Carroll Cemetery, Carroll, Manitoba on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Carroll Community Hall. In memory of Bob, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Sykes: Joyce Maxine (Lenora), 87 years, passed away in Souris, Manitoba on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. A celebration of Joyce’s life will take place at a later date. In memory of Joyce, donations may be made to Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 28, 2018 at the age of 85. He was born in Carroll, Manitoba, the youngest in a family of 15 children. He farmed with his brother John before starting a career in the lumber business. After retiring at the age of 62, he then enjoyed few years working at Hart’s Shell Service in Souris. He volunteered many hours at the rink for the Southwest Cougars. Time on the golf course and coffee time in the afternoons filled his weeks. Bob is survived by his wife Rose, children Duane (Brenda) Swaenepoel, Maureen (Dwayne) Kirkup, Valerie (Gaston) Godbout, Lori (Clair) Scott, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris on April 4, 2018 with interment in the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Bob, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Stewart: Charlie was born on December 12, 1929 in Virden, Manitoba to parents William R. B. Stewart and Sarah (Ashley) Stewart. Bob Stewart was Charlie’s older brother. The family grew up in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone.
Growing up in the dirty 30’s, the family had it tough. Charlie and Bob would run around in their bare feet. Charlie would often comment that thistles would never hurt the soles of their feet as the soles were like shoe leather!
Charlie and Bob went to Lambton School which was about a three mile walk across the fields or sometimes, they would ride a horse. In the winter months, Charlie and Bob would start the fire to have the school warmed up ahead of time before the school day started. In his early teens, Charlie and his brother would work for their Uncles, Joe and Charlie Ashley, out in the fields threshing, cutting trees for fence posts, and digging holes just to name a few of their designated tasks. Charlie would tell the story how his sledge hammer to drive the posts, was a big piston filled with cement on a stick which he could barely lift. During this time, Charlie also worked for other neighbors and helped carpenters shingle and build houses. Charlie enjoyed playing baseball, going to dances, and hanging out with his friends.
In 1953, Charlie went to Fort Francis, Ontario to a bush camp where his friend and neighbor, Bill Jacques, also worked. Charlie loved it there! He would describe how the air was so fresh cutting jack pine trees in cord lengths and using his horse, Jerry, to pull the cut trees. One time, Charlie had a log that he had stood up on end and was about to carry this large, heavy log when he slipped. Bill Jacques was beside him. Charlie yelled out, “Look out Bill!” as the log hit the mud. Bill got splashed with mud. The mud completely covered Bill and a few seconds later, with his white teeth showing, all he could do was laugh. Charlie worked at the camp for two winters and was asked by his parents to return to the farm. By this time, Charlie had met a really nice, hard working girl, Jessie Henderson from Oak Lake so the decision was not a difficult one to return to the farm.
On December 5, 1959, Charlie and Jessie were married and the next thing you knew, three boys were born: Bill, Tom, and Brian. Charlie and Jessie milked cows, shipped cream, raised cattle, and grew some grain. Mother, Jessie, had a big garden and worked very hard on the farm. Dad’s two favorite machines were his Farmhand loader and stack mover which made putting up the stacks of hay and straw a lot easier. He would often help move stacks for his neighbors with his favorite toy.
Charlie and Jessie always had names for their cattle which seemed to get more bizarre as the herd grew in numbers. One morning, as they were finishing up milking the cows, their neighbor, Bert, opened the barn door and a “soon to calve” heifer jumped over the panel into the back of the barn from the front when she heard Bert’s voice. Hence, this heifer now became known as “Cow Afraid of Bert”! Charlie’s boys advised Charlie that they would have to start using ear tags and numbers as the cows names were getting longer. Charlie and Jessie hesitated with this new technology but went along with it going forward.
Charlie always liked to attend the cattle sales and see his cattle sell. One time, Tom was with Charlie and they were a little late getting to the Virden Auction Mart to see their cattle sell. As they walked in, auctioneer, Ken Wilkinson, said, “I hope you brought your big truck!” Tom noticed Dad had a concerned look on his face for a few seconds. Ken then added, “Sold already! You are ‘gonna’ need it to carry your cheque home, Charlie!”
Dick and Nel Van Buuren were very good friends of Charlie and Jessie. Dick would phone Charlie on a regular basis, sometimes every night, to see how the haying and calving was going and what was happening in the area in general. Before the cattle trailer era, Charlie and his three ton truck would help to deliver some of Dick’s cattle to market. Charlie and Dick frequently enjoyed ice fishing on the lake at Oak Lake.
Charlie loved to watch wrestling on the TV and would often point out that the bad guy was usually cheating during the match or inform onlookers how bad the ref was performing at his job. In fact, Charlie’s love for wrestling found himself and some of his neighbors watching “Hulk Hogan” wrestle at the Keystone Centre in Brandon! The boys and Charlie enjoyed spending time at bull and cattle sales whenever there was a need to purchase some more stock. During calving time, Charlie opted for the early 6:00 a.m. shift to mind the cows while calving which provided a break for both Tom and Brian to get some much needed sleep during the very busy and cold calving period. Charlie and Jessie would go to the local dances, fiddling contests, and generally, they just liked to spend time together and visiting with friends.
Charlie and Jessie found themselves on an Alaskan bus tour in 1998 but really enjoyed driving the back roads closer to home instead. In fact, the back road drives became known as “taking a drive around the block” to the family!
Tragedy struck as their eldest son, Bill, passed away at the age of 50 years on September 23, 2011 leaving behind a son, Alex, and his wife, Sally.
After 56 years together, Jessie passed away on February 16, 2016. Charlie passed away January 13, 2018.
Charlie leaves to mourn his sons; Tom (friend Grace); Brian; daughter–in–law, Sally; and grandson, Alex.
Funeral service was held at the Pipestone Community Hall, Pipestone, Manitoba on Friday January 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Pipestone Cemetery. In memory of Charlie, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Simonson – Jordyn Cianna, 14 years, beloved daughter of Lindsay and Trisha, sister of Zaiden and Rihanna, passed away accidentally on Sunday, October 15, 2017. A celebration in memory of Jordyn will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Community Hall on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. In memory of Jordyn, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Foundation or to the Lions Dog Guide Foundation c/o Lions Foundation of Canada 152 Wilson Street Oakville, Ontario L6K 0G6.
Smith, Minnie Henrietta passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on October 9th, 2017 at the age of 92. Born August 26th, 1925 on the Sellers’ farm in the Bunclody district, she was the second living of five children born to William and Jennie Sellers. She went to grade school in Bunclody, high school in Souris, and went to college at the Angus School of Commerce in Winnipeg. She worked in the Accounting Department at MTS, until her marriage to Alex Smith.
Alex and Minnie grew up across the road from one another, and attended Bunclody school together. They married on April 17th, 1948, at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris. They welcomed their first child, Sharon Lynn, in 1951 and Murray Alexander soon followed in 1953. Minnie loved keeping house and cooking. Devoting her life to family, Minnie was overjoyed to become a grandmother to five children, and five great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Murray Smith; her grandchildren Sean and Teresa Howe, Lindsay, Erica, and Amy Smith; great-grandchildren Kyra and Dillion Outhwaite and Hallie and Ava Howe (Sean’s children), and Alice Troister (Amy’s Daughter).
Minnie was predeceased by her husband Alex and daughter Sharon; her parents and siblings.
In memory of Minnie, donations may be made to the Souris Fellowship Club Box 996 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to the Souris Victoria Park Lodge c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
Karen Stewart (nee: Schultz), a loving wife, mother and Nana, died unexpectedly on April 7th, 2017 at the age of 61 in her home in Hartney, Manitoba. Karen is survived by her husband Wilf; her children Christopher, Michael and Caitlin, daughter in law Kim, grandchildren Deegan, Mckaela and Katie, and her brother Allan. Karen is predeceased by her mother Deloris.
Karen was born in Winnipeg on September 2nd, 1955. She graduated high school in Winnipeg at Nelson McIntyre high school in 1973. Karen lived in Tuktoyuktuk, NWT from 1980 – 1982 where she worked as the Post Master. In 1986, Karen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her and Wilf then settled in Gillam, Manitoba where they raised the family. In 2004, Karen moved to Hartney, MB. In 2010, she was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, and had been Cancer free until her passing.
Karen was a devoted wife, mother and Nana. She enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing and being with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.
The family will be having a private service. Flowers or donations can be made in Karen’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Manitoba Division.