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SHEARDOWN:John Ross (Wimp) Sheardown; beloved husband of Norma; father of Jeff (Cheryl) and Leslee (Brian) McKee; grandfather of Matthew and Mark Sheardown; Julia (Nathan) Fleck and Jarret McKee; great grandfather of Morgan and Edie Fleck; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 83 years of age. A service to celebrate Ross’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Hamiota United Church followed by a reception at the Hamiota Community Centre. A private family interment will take place at the Hamiota Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ross’s memory to the Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, c/o Palliative Care Program or Chemotherapy Program, Box 671, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; Hamiota Aquatic Centre, Box 100, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be sent via the obituary at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
POLLOCK: Ivy Henrietta Pollock. It is with great sadness the family of Ivy Pollock (formally of Brandon and Bethany, MB) are sorry to announce her peaceful passing on July 7th, 2012 at Diamond Lodge Nursing Home in Biggar, Sask. Ivy was born on January 12, 1910 in Walpole, Sk. to Edmund and Elizabeth(Passmore) Lettley. She was the loving mother to Edmund Pollock and Shirley Johnson. Sister in laws Margaret Pollock and Evelyn Lettley, several neices and nephews. Ivy is predeased by her loving husband Archie, parents, brothers- William and Fred Lettley, sisters Lily and Mabel, daughter in law Barbara Pollock, son in law Roland Johnson. Ivy attended a country school by horse and buggy along with her siblings. Her first job being a telephone operator at the local telephone office. She worked there until Archie and her were married in 1931. Through the depression years they moved several times in villages in south eastern Sask. and southern Manitoba, retiring in Brandon MB in 1969. Her husband Archie passed away in 1977. Ivy moved to Biggar in 1994 and lived there until her passing. Grondin Funeral Services- Biggar, Saskatchewan entrusted with the arrangements.
TROTT: At 86 years young, Gwen (Pritchard) Trott passed gently to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB. Gwendolyn Jean Leece was born October 3, 1925.  She was the middle daughter of John and Jean Leece who farmed in the West Derby area near Lake Lorne. When Gwen was a child during the depression years, she recalled using wet sacks to control sparks from prairie fires. But she also fondly remembered her school days at West Derby - cold wagon rides, Christmas concerts and community dances.  Her mother was a resilient, spirited woman who gardened, preserved, baked, raised livestock and loved fun. Gwen learned well and became a hard working woman with similar skills.  She also truly shared the love of laughter and games. Gwen was also a founding member of the West Derby Ladies Group. In 2011, Gwen was honored as one of two surviving original members at a reunion in Killarney. Gwen completed grades 10 and 11 by boarding in Cartwright. The war years framed her adult life. A young bride at 18, Gwen said farewell to her new husband, Wm. Evans Pritchard.  He was posted with the RCAF in Britain in 1943. She moved to Winnipeg to study at Dominion Business College and then worked for Northern Assurance Co. on Portage Ave. It was a great fit as Gwen's father was a businessman and she used her new skills throughout her life. These first years of marriage certainly required bravery and faith. Gwen's prayers were answered and her husband returned in 1945, but with lingering health issues. They shared a farm home with the Waldie family until they could finally purchase the Hazeldell district farm through Vereran’s Land Act (VLA). Gwen and Evans' family grew with the birth of their son and four daughters; however, the years also included many challenges.  Due to Evans' health, eventually Gwen and their young son, Murray, managed the farm work.  As well, her gentle father passed away but the support of Hazeldell neighbors and her mother kept the family strong.  A new life started after the farm auction in 1961. The family of seven settled in Roblin, Manitoba and due to limited houses to buy, they rented a two-bedroom house without the convenience of running water! Evans worked for Veteran's Land Act there and together they proudly built a new home in 1962 for their family. Gwen joined the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, curled, golfed, managed the home and harvested a huge garden. Many friends were made and the family loved to spend time driving through the countryside and enjoying picnics at nearby lakes. The family relocated to Brandon in 1967 and moved into their new home on 27th Street. Once again, Gwen managed the family home while many new friendships were formed. Gwen continued her active involvement with the Legion and became a Life Member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary #247. She found her church home at Knox United where Gwen took great pride in the congregation.  She also enjoyed camping and traveling with family and friends.  It was often Gwen who maneuvered the travel trailer into tight spots and through cities like Toronto and Vancouver as that first trailer went across Canada over two summers! The children grew up, some began young families and Gwen continued her care giving ways as Evans' health faltered.  He passed away in 1982. Heartbroken, Gwen started to build a new life, enjoyed volunteering, part-time work and was a supportive, loving mum to her adult children and their families.  Trips to world championship curling in Scotland and Switzerland were a highlight of these years. Gwen's life began a wonderful new path when she married Don Trott at Knox in 1991.  Together they enjoyed many trips and winter getaways to Portugal and Arizona. They loved to relax on their deck and bird watch. They enjoyed many years of music and dancing, and pastimes such as board and card games as well as golfing and curling.  Gwen supported Don's many community involvements and enjoyed the families of his children, Rob (Joan) and Sandra.  Don willingly joined in Gwen's family life and was especially kind to her mother, Jean, who lived almost 99 years.  The two of them made many road trips across the prairies to visit family.  And true to Gwen's spirit, she cared for Don as his health failed and he passed on January 2, 2012. Sadly Gwen's own health quickly declined and she has spent the last five months struggling with many challenges. With heavy hearts her family has had to say goodbye. We are Murray and Audrey Pritchard (Winnipeg), Trudy and Bill Gray (Killarney), Shirley and Grant Watson (Brandon), Val and Michael Morley (Medicine Hat, AB) and Faye and Doug Allison (Brookdale). Gwen celebrated the birthdays, sports, music, and graduations of eight grandchildren. She danced at the weddings of five grandchildren, and was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren. She will also be fondly remembered by her sisters, Helen Gardiner (Clearwater) and Doris Stout (Winnipeg) and extended family. Mum also maintained her connections to the Pritchard family. Gwen's sense of humor, her generosity and caring ways with family and friends will be her cherished legacy. We love you, Mum, Grandma Gwen and Grandma Great. The celebration of Gwen’s life was held at Knox United on Sunday, July 8. Her six grandsons were pallbearers, her two granddaughters shared grandma stories, granddaughter Breanne read her special poem, and daughter Valerie spoke about Mum. Rev. Harvey Hurren graciously officiated a service full of music and memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Gwen to Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 451-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5A9 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room 0N1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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STEWART: Grace Margaret. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Grace Margaret (McGillivray) Stewart, aged 87 years, on July 4th, 2012 at the Neepawa Hospital. Grace was born on November 7, 1924 to Mack & Eva McGillivray in the Glendale District. She lived on the farm there and attended Glendale School along with her younger brother, Earl. On June 23, 1947 at Franklin, Manitoba, Grace married Roy Stewart and moved to his family farm, just north-west of Neepawa. They had two daughters, Carol and Lorna. Grace worked with Roy on the farm and raised the girls. In 1959, they left the farm and moved into town. Grace loved gardening and sewing and took great pride in the fact she sewed both her daughters' wedding gowns as well as all the bridesmaids’ dresses. Roy and Grace joined a bowling league shortly after moving to town and enjoyed to bowl, into their retirement years. Grace was extremely proud of her 305 five-pin bowling score, a feat she never accomplished again! Family was the prime focus of her life. Grace would always be willing to babysit any of her six grandchildren at a moment’s notice, no matter how far she had to go to do so. And as they grew older, she was kept busy baking cookies for them and watching hockey at the arena. She also really enjoyed her afternoon drives in the country with Roy, which continued until his passing. Grace is survived by her two daughters: Carol (Dave) Bray of Neepawa and their four children; Danny (Terri), Ronnie (Jocelyn), Ken (Cathy) and Diane Bray (Matt); Lorna (Norm) Gruhn of Minto and their two sons; Jerry (Marcia) and Jeff Gruhn (Jill). There are also nine great-grandchildren: Jenna, Rylan, Ethan, Erica, Ashley, Sierra, Morgan and Kian Bray and Chaz Gruhn/Coutu. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Greta Patterson of Neepawa, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Roy in 2006, her parents Mack (1979) and Eva (1981), and her brother Earl (2007), sisters-in-law Alma McGillivray (1976), Dorothy Nicholson (2000), and brother- in-law Jack Nicholson (1988), Jim Patterson (1981) and Art Crabbe (1941). A graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Mark Satterly officiating. Urn bearers were, her six grandchildren with White’s Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
“Bye Mom”We love you
RUTHERFORD: Sadly after a courageous fight Gerald Rutherford passed away surrounded by his family at the Personal Care Home in Glenboro, Manitoba on June 16th, 2012 at the age of 70. Gerald was born at Stockton, Manitoba September 16th, 1941 to George and Florence Rutherford.  He completed his schooling at Stockton, Manitoba and farmed with his father.  On August 11, 1962 he married Shirley Campbell.  They were blessed with 5 children, Laurie, Corinne, Darren, Kelly-Ann and Ryan. In 1987 Gerald left the farm to work at MLK Construction.  He was employed with them for 10 years and then moved on to work at McLaren Farm Ventures. In 2000, Gerald and Shirley moved to Glenboro where Shirley still resides today. In 2008, Gerald was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).  Gerald worked at Cypress River Potato Growers until his illness forced him to retire. He loved the outdoors and spent many weekends and holidays camping and fishing with family and friends.  Many countless hours throughout the years were spent participating in his children’s sports and in most recent years it brought great joy to him to be able to watch his grandchildren at their sporting events. Gerald battled his disease with courage and strength, never complaining and still managed to retain his sense of humour.  He often brightened our days with his smile and laugh. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, sons Laurie (Lorraine) of Wawanesa, Darren (Corrine) of Stockton, Ryan (Kristi) of Glenboro, his daughters Corinne (Les) of Cypress River and Kelly-Ann (Herb) of Langley, BC, as well as grandchildren Megan, Mitchell, Reese, Bree, Amy, Reid, Kaylee, Shalyne, Riley, Mikayla, Conner, Kallum, Marlie and Bretton.  Also surviving him are his sisters Annabell Barnett of Grandview, Manitoba and Mary-dell (Tom) Findlay of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and their families. He was predeceased by his parents George (1991) and Florence (1993), and by in-laws Fred and Lillian Campbell, brothers-in-law Bob Harrod & Edward Barnett. A celebration of Gerald’s life was held at Milford Cemetery on Thursday, June 21st, 2012.
Dad,You were always there when we needed youNo task too great or small,With a loving heart and a willing handFor us you did them all.Thanks for the years you gave us,And for the times we shared,We only pray when you left usYou knew how much we cared.God saw you getting tiredWhen a cure was not to be,He put His arms around youAnd said, “Come unto Me.”
ROBINSON: Ralph Roscoe. It is with deep sadness that Ralph's family announces his passing on July 11, 2012 at the age of 90 years. Dad was born on July 21, 1921 in Cartwright, MB. He spent three years in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945. On February 10, 1945, he married Alice Steward in Deloraine, MB. They were married for 55 years and had two sons, Ronald and Randy. In 1957, the family moved to Brandon. Dad worked at Canadian Motors before being employed by Assiniboine and Brandon General Hospitals until his retirement. In retirement, he spent many enjoyable years on the golf course and watching his Blue Jays on TV. He and Mum took many trips out West visiting family and spending time in Victoria, B.C. Dad had a special fondness for his grandchildren and great grandchildren who he called "the little darlings." He was very proud of his family and especially the achievements of his children and grandchildren. Dad was incredibly resilient and had a great love for life. His sense of humour has left us with many stories about Grampa that we will cherish for years to come. Ralph was predeceased by his wife Alice, on March 26, 2000 and son Ronald on July 17, 2001. Left to mourn are his son Randy (Wendy) of Onanole and daughter-in-law Joan of Victoria, B.C. Also surviving are grandchildren Lee (Stephanie) Robinson of Nanaimo, B.C.; Laird (Jennifer) of Langley B.C.; Jennifer (David) Dimaline of San Antonio, Texas; Jeremy (Juli) Robinson of Calgary, AB and several great grandchildren. We wish to thank the staff of Rideau Park Personal Care home for the care and attention given to Dad while living there. Many of the staff became good friends and he enjoyed their visits. We also thank the Doctors and Nursing staff in Palliative Care for their kindness and the excellent care provided to Dad. A Celebration of Ralph’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Mr. Lawrence McInnes, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 would be appreciated.
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OLIVER: Reginald Lloyd Peacefully passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre on July 6th, 2012. Lloyd was born on February 25th, 1923 to Reginald and Lilian Oliver of Miniota, MB. Lloyd received all his formal education at Miniota School. In 1940 he answered the call of duty and enlisted in the Canadian Army, fighting in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. After the war Lloyd returned home to Miniota and started farming. In 1951 he married Beth Lorimer of Pope Manitoba and were later blessed with seven children. In the following years Lloyd’s carpentry and plumbing skills earned him the nickname Mr Fix it as he quickly became the handyman of Miniota. When Lloyd retired from full time Farming in 1978 he and Beth enjoyed travelling the globe, from Mexico to the Netherlands and all over North America. Lloyd’s new career soon became being an advisor to the next generation on the family farm, craftsman and grandfather. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and community member. Family and friend gathered July 11th at the Miniota Hall in a celebration of a life well lived. Pallbearers were 6 grandsons: Dallas Oliver, Nicholas Croft, Jordan Moffatt, Ted Oliver, Travis Oliver and Michael Croft. Internment followed at the Miniota Cemetery and a reception followed at the Miniota Hall. Lloyd is survived by his children: sons Dennis (Beth), Brian (Mary-Jean), Darcy, daughters, Julia (Bryan) Schettler, Betty (Paul) Croft, sisters Ruth (Charles) Pike and Shirley Oliver, and numerous grandchildren. Lloyd was predeceased by his wife Beth, his parents Reg and Lilian Oliver, sons Ted Oliver and Paul Oliver and grandson Tyler Oliver. Donations in Lloyd’s memory may be sent to the Miniota and Area Foundation Box 70, Miniota MB R0M 1M0 or one’s charity of choice.
MITCHELL: Edna Mitchell, beloved wife of the late Barclay Mitchell, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church will officiate. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Edna may be made to Sun Fund for Kids, 800 McTavish Avenue, Brandon MB R7A 6C2 or a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LUNG: On July 3, 2012, at Fairview Home, our precious Mom, Grandma and GreatGrandma passed away in the arms of her family. Marie was born March 31, 1931 in the Arawana District; the youngest of four children to Avery and Pearl Chapple. She grew up with her two sisters and brother on the family farm. The family later located to Virden where Marie attended Virden High School. After graduating from the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953, Marie began her nursing career in the Elkhorn Hospital. While in nursing training Mom met the love of her life, Johnny Lung. They were married at her parent's home in Elkhorn, September 5, 1953. They began their life together in the Dand district where Dad acquired a small farm and operated Dand Motors. Mom continued nursing at the Hartney Hospital. The Lungs resided at the "More" farm where twins, Louise and Lorna, were born (1954). The family then moved to a little three-room home known as the "Shanty", which Mom and Dad built themselves. Mom eventually gave up her nursing career to dedicate her time to the twins and to Dad's farming endeavours. After several short moves to Hartney, Deloraine and Virden, the Lung family returned to the farm and garage in Dand. Two more children arrived, Karen (1961) and Peter (1964), completing the Lung family. Mom devoted her life to Dad's work, her children and community. She sang in the Dand United Church choir, was a member of the UCW, and was also a leader of Explorers and Messengers. The Dand years were filled with the young Lungfamily working together though hardships and good times. Countless hours were spent delivering lunches, driving kids to music festivals, field days and swimming at Chain Lakes. Mom had an appreciation for the "simple things in life". She enjoyed walking the hills with her children looking for wild flowers, family picnics and singing with Dad as he played the accordion to the music she so loved. In 1966, Mom and Dad moved their family to an acreage in the Brandon Hills. With no running water, an unfinished house, and acres of weeds, the Lung family worked for years building and planting to make the "Ranch" their family home. Mom put her heart and soul into hard work such as pouring cement, roofing, mowing acres of grass, and shovelling snow by hand at 5:00 a.m. for Dad to get to work. Many times, Mom would stay up late cooking and baking for family and neighbourhood gatherings. Lucky for everyone, the cookie jar was always full! Family get-togethers were Mom's most treasured times. Her grandchildren were as special to her as she was to them. She was their best friend, confidante and mentor. They loved to be with her at the Ranch whether it was work or play. Mom lost her belovedJohnny in 1994. It was her love of the outdoors, her birds and the flowers, and her family coming home that kept Mom at the Ranch for ten more years. In 2004, Mom moved to Brandon where she continued to enjoy life with her family. The last three years of Mom's life proved to be difficult as her health started to fail her. After a lengthy stay at the Brandon RHA, Fairview became Mom's home in 2010. The family extends their most humble and heartfelt thanks to the Nursing Staff at Fairview for the care you gave to Mom and the compassion you showed. We will always remember your kindness. Left to cherish Mom's memories are Louise (Craig) Hourie; Lorna McKenzie; Karen (Dave) Wall and Pete (Gillian Speelman) Lung; grandchildren Nick (Deb) Hourie; Bobby (Rebecca MacRae) Hourie; Andrew (Jodie) McKenzie; Brae (Lloyd) Drummond; Brittany (Steven Melnyk) Wall; Grant Wall; Bayley and Amy Kerbis; great- grandchildren, McKayla and Brooklyn Hourie, and Paige andNathan Drummond. Mom also leaves to mourn several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Avery and Pearl Chapple; sister Gladys McKay, sister Norma Volkers; brother Lorne Chapple as well as several special sister and brother-in-laws. A graveside service for family members was held at the Rounthwaite Cemetery followed by the Ceremony to Celebrate Marie's Life which was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Bonnie Zimmer of First Presbyterian Church officiated. Flowers gratefully declined. According to Mom's wishes, friends may make a donation to First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 339 12th Street, Brandon MB R7A 4M3, the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Residence - Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon MB R7A 2B3 or charity ofchoice.
Mom we miss you so muchand we love you dearly. Our comfort is that you are now with Dad and free of painand doing "Just Fine".
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FLUKER: Lorraine Aileen Fluker passed away peacefully on July 9, 2012 at Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack at the age of 70. Wife of her late husband, Arthur (Bud) Fluker, she will be sadly missed by her children, Brian (Nancy) Anderson, Brent Anderson, Brad (Jackie) Anderson and granddaughters Tracey and Carla Anderson. She is also survived by her brother Irvin (Evelyn) Sobry, Skip (Sheryl) Sobry and sister, Linda (Frank) Donais as well as many nieces and nephews. Mom loved to be with family and have family together. Mom enjoyed helping others. She enjoyed her years volunteering at Brandon Hospital. Mom fought a tough battle with cancer for 9 years. Now she is resting peacefully. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. John’s Anglican Church 46098 Higginson Rd. Chilliwack. If any so desire, please consider memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Lorraine’s memory.
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GUSDAL: Orville Erick Gusdal of Brandon passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 91 years. Orville is survived by his wife Lavina and children: Bryan, Sharyn and Curtis. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church (Danvers), Erickson, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the parish cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Bethel Historical Society, PO Box 414, Erickson, Manitoba R0J 0P0, the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 114 Ashgrove Blvd., Brandon, Manitoba R7B 1W1 or to a charity of their choice.
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Rae’s Funeral service of Erickson is in care of the arrangements. (204)636-7727.
CARLISLE: Corrine Roberta Carlisle (nee Kubske) November 3, 1941 – July 2, 2012. Corrine passed away peacefully after her courageous battle with cancer on Monday July 2, 2012 in Souris, MB at the age of 70 years. Corrine was born on November 3, 1941 on the family farm near Minitonas, Manitoba to Lena ane Julius Kubske. While living in Winnipeg and working at Safeway, Corrine met and married Peter Carlisle in May of 1966. The Carlisles moved to Portage la Prairie in September of 1968 to take over the family farm after the death of Peter’s father, Frank. During that time three sons were born at Portage General Hospital: Jeffery, in June of 1969, and the twins Terry and Todd in August of l97I. In November 1973, the family moved to Souris, MB, Peter’s hometown. Corrine started a flower shop in the basement of their home on Water Street, in November 1976. ‘Corrine’s Flowers’ quickly outgrew the space, and the business moved uptown to the basement of Kirkup Agencies, then later to the frontage of Sanderson Printing. Peter passed away on July 1, 1989. Corrine sold the Flower Shop in August of the same year, she then decided to return to Safeway in Brandon as a florist and cashier in March of 1990 until her retirement there in early 2007. Corrine's caring and fun-loving nature was instrumental in guiding her children and grandchildren to a legacy of living for the moment and appreciating all God's creations. She especially loved watching, feeding and listening to the birds in her yard and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. While her spirit lives on she will be greatly missed by her sons Jeff (Janine) Carlisle, Terry Carlisle, Todd (Krista Moffatt) Carlisle, grandchildren Jaelyn and Jace Carlisle, sister Elsie Bedu and numerous nieces and nephews.Corrine was predeceased by her husband, Peter Carlisle, her parents, Julius & Lena Kubske, sister and brother-in-law Evelyn & Wayne Moran, Mother-in- law and Father-in-law Dorothy & Frank Carlisle, brother-in-law, Archie Bedu. Funeral Service was held on July 7, 2012 at St. Paul's United Church, Souris, MB with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment at Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Corrine donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or to the Town of Souris Beautification fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, Souris, MB. Thank you to friends and family for the flowers, food, cards, kind words and other gifts; they were greatly appreciated. Thank you to the Legion Ladies Auxilary for the wonderful lunch.
BLAKE: Albert Edward "Bert" Blake (June 29, 1919 - June 19, 2012) and Eileen Grace Blake (née Murray) (May 6, 1928 - July 3, 2012). They were a formidable pair. Both were horse people par excellence, he a successful trainer for over 50 years at Assiniboia Downs and she a skilled equestrian in her youth - winner of the Powder Puff Derby at Assiniboia Downs in 1960 -- and later a buyer of horses for the track. They were partners in profession, and in love. Married for 55 years, so close to one another in life, it seems somehow fitting that they died a mere two weeks apart from one another. They were a beloved pair. Bert stormed Juno Beach on D-Day, and was personally decorated by King George Vl. He could appear gruff but on the inside was a softy. Eileen was poised and elegant, with impeccable posture---a leftover, no doubt, from her equestrian days. They each lived full, rich lives, and they did what they loved. Eileen and Bert will be missed dearly by their family and friends. Predeceased by their parents Albert Edward and Florence Blake and Roy and Lois Murray. Also predeceased by Eileen's brother Jack in 1947, and brother in law Brant Ackroyd in 1971. Celebrating their life are Eileen's sister Margaret Ackroyd of Brandon, MB, brother Roy (Lorri) Murray of Vernon, B.C., nieces and nephews Ellen (John) Kachan of Calgary, AB, Jack (Mo) Ackroyd of Vernon, B.C., Greg (Sheri) Ackroyd of St. Albert, AB, Susan Slawson of Burlington, ON, Brian (Jackie) Ackroyd of Winnipeg, MB, Michele Murray (Daniel Miller) of Sherbrooke, QC, Roslyn Murray of Vancouver, B.C. Also several great and great great nieces and nephews. The family extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, for their kind and compassionate care of Bert and Eileen. Also special thanks to Barry Boychuk and Mary Dagg for their help and kindness to Bert and Eileen. Flowers graciously declined. As per Bert and Eileen's request, a private family graveside service will be held in Brandon.
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ATKINSON: Peacefully on Monday, July 2, 2012 Linda Joan Atkinson, age 58 years, beloved wife of Rod, passed away at the Fairview Home. Linda was born May 15, 1954 in Rivers, MB to John and Erma Wyness. She was the eldest of four children. Linda was a quiet and gentle little girl often being the little mother to her siblings. As a young girl, she spent many hours at the local curling rink in the winter where her parents curled. It didn't take long to see that Linda was a natural curler and the game became her passion. Most summers were spent camping at Rivers Lake. She enjoyed swimming, campfires and waterskiing, but most of the time drove the boat so others could ski. Linda took piano lessons and played in the Rivers Orchestra. She played beautifully but usually no one heard her as she only played for herself. Linda attended Rivers Elementary School and Rivers High School graduating in 1972. She received the top award given in the Rolling River School Division for Business Administration. While in High School, Linda also skipped her team to two Provincial High School playdowns. After high school, Linda was employed as Secretary to the Principal of the Rivers Elementary School. A year later, she moved to Brandon and accepted a position at the old Assiniboine Hospital and then later transferred to the Brandon General Hospital in Nursing Services. Linda was employed in other positions at the hospital before moving into Human Resources. There she got to know most of the staff at the Brandon General Hospital and enjoyed assisting them with their H.R. related needs. Linda was employed at the Brandon General Hospital for 25 years until her sudden illness in May of 1998. She was never able to recover completely and resided in Fairview Personal Care Home until her passing. She cherished her years of good health, spending time at the family cottage at Sandy Lake with family and friends. In winter she continued her love of curling in local leagues and bonspiels in the region. Linda continued to play the piano as this was one of her methods of relaxation during the few quiet times at home. Linda was very dedicated to her family and was a loving wife and mother to her three sons. Linda is survived by her husband Rod; three sons Kurtis, Clark (Christina) and Steven Atkinson; mother Erma Wyness; sister Deby (Dave) Murray and brother Rob (Valerie) Wyness and brother-in-law Dave Meadows. Two grandchildren Bree and William Atkinson as well as many nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her father John Wyness and sister Barb Meadows. A private graveside service was held at Rivers Cemetery with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Donations in Linda's memory may be made to The Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MORRIS: William John (Jack), 91 years, died in the Souris Personal Care Home, Souris, Manitoba on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jack, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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