Charlebois Council 2704
   •   P.O. Box 158   •    The Pas, Manitoba   •    R9A 1K4   •   
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 OBITUARIES
 Our Brother Knights who passed away since 2007.
 


Frances "Joe" Boschler (1924-2011)
Joe was born Friday, May 16, 1924, in Biggar, Saskatchewan to Arnold and Pauline Bochsler. After living in Biggar until 1933, Joe’s family moved to The Pas, Manitoba. In The Pas Joe developed his talent for earning his way in the world with three paper routes that helped his mother and father during the depression.

Joe joined the army in 1943 and participated in the liberation of Holland. He met and married his wife
Guurtje (Juda) in Holland in 1945 and they returned to The Pas in 1946. Joe and Juda embarked on
their first business venture in 1947 - a small restaurant in Flin Flon. He joined the Knights of Columbus
in 1948. In 1950, they returned to The Pas and purchased the Alouette Hotel. In 1957, Joe and Juda
opened the Dutch Drive-In which remains to this day, operated by their daughter Josie…. a favorite
spring and summer lunch stop for countless residents of The Pas.

Business flourished and in the 1960s Joe and Juda began their annual winter get-away to Acapulco.,
a winter escape for almost 20 years. In 1983, Joe was devastated by the loss of his wife Juda. He
found the second love of his life in 1986 when he met Anne Aspen. Anne and Joe had many adventures and travels
to Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the USA and Canada. In 2007, failing health brought Joe to
live with Anne on the farm near Porcupine Plain where he enjoyed her loving care. In addition to family
and friends, Joe loved to play crib, watch sports on TV, crack jokes and share his pearls of wisdom
with family and friends. Joe touched the lives of so many with his wit and generosity. He had a
wonderful skill for conversing with people and maintained his trademark sense of humour to the end.
Joe passed away peacefully Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Hospital, Tisdale, Saskatchewan,
age 87 years. Joe will be forever loved and remembered by his loving partner Anne; his devoted
children Josie and Arnold; treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe’s service of remembrance was held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Cathedral, The Pas, Manitoba with James Hemauer presiding. Memories of the heart were shared by
granddaughter Karen Ballantyne and Robert Aspen. A scripture reading was proclaimed by Debbie
Lane. Urn bearer was grandson Brad Olson. Honor guard was the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #19.
A private family interment was held at Riverside Catholic Cemetery, The Pas, MB. In lieu of flowers,
donations are welcome to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Box 478, The Pas, MB, R9A 1K6


Orville Thomas Taylor  (1940-2007)
Orville was born Monday, April 15, 1940 at Ochre River, MB. He grew up on a farm near Rorketon, MB, attending school in Million, Coronation School and finished grades nine to 12 in Rorketon. Orville went to work with CNR throughout Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. In 1966, Orville left the railway to farm near Rorketon. Orville married Adeline Smigelski, May 18, 1968 and in 1971 they moved to The Pas where he worked for Fulmore Construction and Northpoint Construction. Orville lived to enjoy his most prized possessions, his daughters-in-law and his five grandchildren, whom he thought to be the most beautiful gift a man could receive. Orville passed away Monday, January 15, 2007 at St. Anthony's Hospital, The Pas, with his family at his side, aged 66 years. Orville is survived by his loving wife, Adeline Carol; his son Thomas Michael and granddaughters, Christa and Kelly of Matsumoto, Japan; his son Mark Orville and daughter-in-law Corrie, and grandchildren, Ty David, Austin Michael, and Sarah Minnie Marguerite of Dufresne, MB; mother-in-law, Minnie Smigelski; and many extended family. Orville was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Mary Taylor; brother Roger William; and his father-in-law Mike Smigelski. Prayers and visitation were held Sunday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Ghost, The Pas, MB. Divine Funeral Liturgy was held Monday, January 22, 2:00 p.m. at Saints Peter Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rorketon, MB with Rev. George Malik presiding. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers, Mark Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Peter Smigelski, Phillip Guadry, Kevin Affleck, Jerry Stauffer. Honorary pallbearers: All those whose lives Orville touched.


Robert Peter "Bob" Seidel (1913-2007)
Robert Seidal was born on Wednesday, June 4, 1913 at Bruno, Saskatchewan, to Paul and Gertrude
Seidel. Bob was the second youngest of ten children. Bob left for Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1939 to work
with his brother-in-law, Ralph Gardwine. The following years were spent in the Canadian Armed
Forces building transit ways in northern British Colombia. In 1945 Robert left the military to come to
The Pas to operate a dairy farm. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Pulvermacher on December 3.
1949 in the little chapel of the Bishop’s House in The Pas. Their marriage brought five wonderful
children into their lives: Bobbi, Rod, Paul, Pat, and Sylvia, These children would then offer their loving
parents ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In 1958 Bob started Arctic Auto Wrecking
where many a part was sold for "double or nothing." Bob was an Allis Chalmers dealer and he had a
vehicle storage facility when the city of Thompson was being built. He enjoyed an active livelihood of
farming in our community. Bob was a country mechanic, but it could be argued he fixed things
because he was too tight to buy a new one! Following his retirement, Bob did some traveling with his
lovely wife to Arizona, Las Vegas, Wisconsin, Churchill, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Bob
celebrated various accomplishments and milestones in and throughout the community. Bob’s faith
was very important to him and his family. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in
The Pas where he was a past Grand Knight and an Honourary Life Member. He was also a Past
President of The Pas Chamber of Commerce; President of the Farmers’ Association; member of the
Port of Churchill Committee; active with The Pas Trappers’ Festival; founded the Northern Lights
Square Dance Club; a trustee of the school board; started the first local rodeo; and was an active
member of The Pas Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. In short, he enjoyed an active social life
which frequently included barn dances in his early years of marriage. Bob leaves a lasting legacy that
 will continue to celebrate his finest treasurers of family and friends. He passed
away at age 94 on
Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas.


Bro. Orest PidskalnyHilary (Orest) Pidskalny (1936-2007)
With family by his side, Orest Pidskalny of The Pas, MB passed away after a lengthy battle with
Cancer at St. Paul's Personal Care Home on September 16, 2007 at the age of 71 years. Orest,
son of Helen (Cychmistruk) and Frank Pidskalny was born February 22, 1936 on the Pidskalny
homestead in Ethelbert, MB. After completing his schooling in The Pas, he worked for CN
Tele-communications. Life changed when on April 20, 1968 Orest married Teresa (Polowy) Hutton.
In 1974 Orest went to work as a Scaler for CFI, which later became Manfor, Repap, and currently Tolko.
Having retired from this company as Production Supervisor, Woodlands Division, in January 1995, he
continued part time for several years at Tolko then worked along side his wife as Mr. Fix It at Home
Hardware. Orest loved being with his wife Teresa, enjoying beautiful sunsets and visits with their dear
friends at their home at Clearwater Lake. Orest was always up for fishing, hunting and picking berries,
often bringing home his bounty in his metal lunchbox. He loved the outdoors and often fed and
photographed a variety of animals off his doorstep. Orest was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and
 active member of the Catholic Church. He was also an Honorary Trapper and Official Photographer for
the Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival. Orest was a sports fan, baseball Hall of Fame inductee and
hockey coach. Orest is survived by family who celebrate his life; wife, Teresa Pidskalny;
son, Rod (Heather King) and Andrew Pidskalny of Swan River, MB; daughter, Wendy (Andy) Matthew,
Evan and Hannah Koenig of Winnipeg, MB; son, Scott (Tanya) Ashley and Amanda Pidskalny of
The Pas, MB; sister, Ida (Frank) Saskowski; sister-in-law Pat (John) Phillips, as well as many other
relatives and friends. Orest was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Helen Pidskalny, in-laws,
Walter and Mary Polowy and many other relatives. Orest was a very special man and will be missed
by all.


Maurice Hallé (May 7, 2011)


Marcel Jean Albert LaFontaine (1939-2011)


Pavel (Paul) Civka (1944-2013
Paul was born on January 4, 1944 in Smecno, Czechoslovakia. He grew up loving music and sports, passions which continued throughout his life. After training as a millwright, Paul served two years in the Czechoslovakia army. Returning from the army in 1966, he met his wife Jirina (Georgina) Bizovska. When their country was occupied by the Warsaw Pact armies, they were married in 1968 and escaped the country in search of better lives. In December, 1969 they arrived in Canada to start their lives free of oppression, living first in Thompson MB, and relocating a few years to The Pas, MB where Paul worked at the pulp and paper mill. Together they had four daughters, and opened their home to two foster children for twelve years. As a family man, Paul chose to spend his free time with his family, enjoyed making people laugh, and often played pranks on others. He loved languages, speaking English, Czech, Russian, and a bit of French, German and Spanish. He proudly completed Grade 12 in 2005, an opportunity he did not have in Czechoslovakia. With his wife he enjoyed many travels, the outdoors, sharing stories, hiking, canoeing and photography. He was passionate about international hockey, volunteering in 2008 at the World Junior Hockey Challenge in Camrose, AB. He played guitar, clarinet, organ and harmonica, and participated in community choirs in The Pas and Flin Flon. Paul passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, surrounded by his family at St. Paul's Personal Care Home on November 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Georgina; his sister Mirka Robkova, daughters Teresa (Mike), Marcela (Bryan), Lucy (Jason), Julia (Patrick), and seven grandchildren. His funeral service was held on November 21 in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, with Charlebois Council Knights of Columbus as an Honour Guard. Conducting the service were Rev. Jack Herklotz, Rev. Robert Laroche, and Archbishop Murray Chatlain.


 Eloi Libbrecht (Aug 8, 2014)


Claude Joyal (Sep 29, 2014)


A. Michael Perchulak (April 21, 2015)