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JOHN LESLIE (LES) SUNDELL (published on June 15, 2008)



JOHN LESLIE (LES) SUNDELL November 16, 1919 June 11, 2008 Peacefully, John Leslie Sundell passed away, Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg, MB. Dad was born on the family farm, November 16, 1919, at Holland, Manitoba, the fourth child of Alex and Minnie Sundell. He grew up on the family farm, and received his education in Holland. Dad met Helen Reid while she was teaching in Holland just before he enlisted with the R.C.A.F. in 1941. He was posted to many locations in Canada and overseas and became a wireless operator air gunner. He was honourably released October 4, 1945. After his return home, he and Mom married June 15, 1946 and subsequently had six children: Lesley, Wendy, Jack, Maureen, Betty and Norah. After their marriage, Dad farmed, ran the Landseer General Store, worked construction and then purchased Victoria Motors in Holland. He changed the name to Sundell Motors and moved his family to Holland, June 12, 1954. Dad was busy in the garage, selling farm equipment, cars and trucks. Through these years, he was active in the Holland Legion, Masonic Lodge, curling, baseball and was a Boy Scout leader. Dad spent most Sundays with his family. First there was church and Sunday school, and then afternoon drives, family picnics or visiting with other family and friends. Dad and Mom also had many trips outside Canada times treasured by both of them. Dad and Mom moved to Gladstone in 1975, where Dad worked as a saleman for a farm equipment dealer. Once again, he became active in the local Legion and Masonic Lodge. For a few years, until Mom's passing, they even ran a Bed and Breakfast. He was later introduced to Leta McDowell who captured his heart. Dad moved to Sanford to be with Leta. Together, they enjoyed traveling, gardening, dancing, and visiting family and friends. He remained active with the Lodge and Legion. Unfortunately, Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; He moved back to Gladstone in 2003 to live at Third Crossing Manor. In early, 2008, he moved to Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg where he resided until his death. Dad is survived by his four daughters, Wendy (Larry) Rutherford of Holland, MB, Maureen McKee of Minnedosa, MB, Betty (Harve) Ostash of Pinawa, MB. and Norah (Laurie) Stopa of Fenwood, SK; daughter-in-law, Velma (Ben) Lang of Winnipeg, MB and their families, companion Leta McDowell, her children, Jim (Rosemary) McDowell, and Kelly (Clinton) Epler and their families; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter, brother Tom (Audrey); sisters Norah Mayhew, Joan (Hayden) Tolton; sisters-in-law Vivian Sundell, and Vera Sundell; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dad was predeceased by his parents, Minnie and Alex, wife Helen, daughter Lesley, son Jack, son-in-law Roy McKee, sister Minnie (Girlie), brothers Harve, Clarence, brothers-in-law Jim Reid, Charlie Reid and Doug Reid, George Milne, Jack Mayhew, sisters-in-law Marion Sundell, Margaret Reid, Nellie Reid, Doris Reid, Wilma Milne. The celebration of Dad's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. in Holland, MB. at the Holland Anglican Church Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Internment will be at the Brookdale Cemetery. The family would like to thank Leta for her devotion to Les, the staff at Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone and the staff at Deer Lodge Centre during Dad's time at both facilities. Flowers are graciously declined. Donations in Dad's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of your choice. Budz Funeral Service of Holland, MB in care of the arrangements, 526-2380, 1-866-526-2606.


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