On May 16, 2018 at Health Sciences Centre, Mr. Richard (Dick) Ernest Askew, age 90 years, of 424 - 909 Wilkes Ave, predeceased by his beloved wife Alva Askew in 1979. Surviving family include one son Dr. Gordon Askew and two daughters Karen and Colleen. Funeral services will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Ave on Tuesday May 22 at 1 PM, Pastor Alfredo officiating, with interment in Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flower, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice
On May 14 at age 88 Dean passed away peacefully in the care of Grace Hospital. Dean was predeceased by his parents Bob and Ida, sister Patricia (Boyd) and his youngest daughter Charlene. He is survived by his wife Helene, children Heather, Diane and Robert, daughter in-law Susan, sons in law Rick (Semper) and Bob (Williams), his eight grandchildren and great grandson and step sons Nathan, Andrew, their wives Kate and Lori and their children. Born November 23, 1929 at the old Grace Hospital Dean lived, schooled, worked and prospered in Winnipeg all of his life and retired from the Great-West Life Assurance Company in 1992. Dean was a gifted and fine artist with a love for art, painting and drawing. In his youthful days at Kelvin High School in addition to athletic accomplishments he was attracted to the creative world and was recruited to work as a commercial artist for a local direct mail company eventually becoming their Art Director. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in advertising, marketing and communications working for firms such as McConnell Eastman, Cockfield Brown, McKim and Great-West Life. While building his career and raising family, he also gave back to the community providing his time and talents to organizations including Rainbow Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera Association, Canadian Diabetic Association, Khartum Temple Shrine, Canadian Life and Health Association and others. He also shared his talents teaching in Public Relations and Advertising at the University of Manitoba evening programs. Socially Dean enjoyed many fun times with friends at the Winnipeg Winter Club, St. Charles Country Club and Lake of the Woods Yacht Club. Upon retirement he and Helene embarked on some of their finest years enjoying their time together at the Channel Island cottage, Lake of the Woods. The artistic beauty of the region, the many lake friends, dinners, entertaining and “puttering about at the camp” provided much pleasure. He and Helene worked hard to build the camp and it provided many years of relaxation and happiness. In recent years he and Helene took up residence at the Parkway Residence on Sterling Lyon Parkway. Services for Dean will be held at 11:00 a.m on Friday May 18 at the First Mennonite, Church 922 Notre Dame Avenue. Private interment at Brookside Cemetery. Helene and family are particularly thankful for the care and compassion of the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Grace Hospital, their attention and compassion was outstanding. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dean’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1000 -191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0X1
Hjordis Josephine Anderson passed away on May 14th, in her 100th year. Her family gives thanks for her long and beautiful life. She was the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother that anyone could wish for. We will miss her beyond measure, but we share her joy that she is now with her Lord and her beloved husband Gordon and son Jon. Hjordis was born on November 28, 1918 in Blair Wisconsin to Haakon and Hannah Schansberg. She was the youngest of 6 children and survived her brothers Robert Westerlund and Al Schansberg, and sisters Lucille Westerlund, Irene Benson, and Helen Tollefson. She felt blessed to have grown up in a loving family and a small close-knit community. Hjordis graduated from The Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis and did secretarial work at the Old Dutch Company and General Mills in Minneapolis. She met Gordon at General Mills and they married in 1942 in Phoenix Arizona on the day Gordon received his Air Force wings. They lived in Boise Idaho and in Florida during WWII, and when Gordon returned from serving in Europe in 1945, they purchased Hjordis’ family homestead farm near Blair Wisconsin. They left the farm after 5 years so that Gordon could attend university. Hjordis always joked that she had earned a PHT - Putting Hubby Through. She worked as a secretary at both Wisconsin State Teachers College and Michigan State University, as well as the Watkins Company in Winona Minnesota. In 1959, the family moved to Winnipeg. Hjordis worked for many years at the University of Manitoba as secretary to the Vice President/Comptroller. Her excellent secretarial and organizational skills found her in leadership roles in many of the organizations that she belonged to, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church Women, Fort Garry Chimo Toastmistress Club of which she was a founding member, The Scandinavian Cultural Centre, The Norwegian Canadian Club, and The Crafts Guild of Manitoba. She was a faithful member and servant of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Seemingly Hjordis had unbounded energy. She was the heart of the family, always giving her children and grandchildren the most important gifts of her time, attention and unconditional love, while working outside of the home and pursuing her many interests. She taught by example. Friends too were always a special part of her life. She made a point of staying in touch with friends from all times and places in her life. Hjordis was proud of her roots; she researched her family history, faithfully attended family reunions, became proficient in the Norwegian language, rosemal painting and hardanger embroidery, and travelled to Norway. She also loved to garden, made quilts for Lutheran World Relief with her church friends, painted and sketched, and enjoyed camping, canoeing and fishing with her family. Gordon was always proud of the way she embraced each relocation and bloomed where she was planted. She and Gordon lived briefly in Ottawa and Charlottetown PEI as empty nesters. Following Gordon’s death, she left her home of 50 years in Ft Garry and lived at Dakota House and at Golden Links Lodge. She was very appreciative of the wonderful caring Home Care and Golden Links staff. Her family extends a special thank you to all of them. Hjordis will be lovingly remembered by daughter Jane and son-in-law Darryl Sjoberg, daughter-in-law Gina Anderson, grandson David Anderson, grandson Ken Sjoberg, grandson Kirk Sjoberg and wife Sara, great-grandsons Karl and Calvin Sjoberg and many special nieces and nephews. Cremation has already taken place. A Celebration of Hjordis’ Life will be held for Winnipeg friends at a later date. The family will gather at Rest Haven Cemetery in Blair Wisconsin for her interment service. If friends wish, donations may be made to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 600-177 Lombard St, Winnipeg, R3B 0W5 or to The Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St, Winnipeg R3G 2W4. An obituary notice with Celebration of Life details will follow.
Brant passed away at the age of 86, on Sunday, May 13, with his wife, Margaret, and his family at his side at the HSC in Winnipeg. After a short final struggle with declining health, Brant was concerned with others to his last breath, just as he was in life. Always in his heart were Ruth, mother of Laurie Lyn, David, Cindy Jane and John Haddad, his first family now residing in Alberta. After a time he became a part of the lives of Margaret, as partner and wife for over 30 years, and with her raised her sons Jeff (Nicky) and Ryan (Karly) Murray. Although not in close proximity, but ever present in his thoughts, were his grandchildren; Steven (Jen) Dortch, Rachelle (Glenn) Haddad, and a new great granddaughter Charlie, also in Alberta; Jack and Madeleine Murray in Winnipeg. He is also survived by one brother Sherrold Haddad and family. Brant was born and raised in Winnipeg, and from an early age learned the riches of friendship, caring for others and sharing whatever and whenever he could. He brought joy and laughter to anyone he met, with his positive outlook on life and what could be. Brant and Margaret retired to Victoria Beach, where they enjoyed years full of friendship and fun. He left his footprint in the sand. Cremation has taken place. A celebration in his honour is planned for Saturday, May 19. Service of Worship at St. Michael's Church, Victoria Beach (Pine Rd. & 8th Ave) at 11:30 a.m. followed by a light lunch at the East Beaches Senior Scene, 3 Ateah Rd.