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CHECKLEY: Floyd Russell 1933-2015. Floyd Checkley of Carman, MB passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him in the Palliative Care Unit at the Carman Memorial Hospital on November 26, 2015. A celebration of Floyd’s life journey will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Carman United Church with interment in the Manitou Cemetery. If friends or family so desire, donations can be made to the Carman Palliative Care Box 610 Carman, MB R0G 0J0.To view obituary please visit
POTOSKY: With sadness the family of Jean Potosky announce that she passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, November 13, 2015. Remaining to cherish Jean's memory are: daughter Linda (Greg); grandchildren Kade (Karen), Korbin (Paula), Dehllon, Shealyn; great-granddaughters Alia, Elle and Wren. Jean was born in Brandon, but moved to Winnipeg as a young woman, where she met and married John Potosky. John's work with the CNR resulted in the family moving to Fairlight, Saskatchewan, Franklin, Manitoba, and Kelso, Saskatchewan. The family returned to Brandon where they resided at 27-21st Street North. Many summers, and winters were spent at the cabin at Sandy Lake, where John and Jean enjoyed fishing, golfing, snowmobiling and boating. Jean will be missed by all. The Ceremony to Celebrate Jean's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, November 20, 2015 with Joe Ball officiating. Interment followed in the Veterans' Section of the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jean to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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PHILLIPS: Lorna May Phillips passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Lorna was born at Russell, Manitoba on July 27, 1923, along with her twin brother, to Edith and George Bagnall. On September 1, 1962 in Regina, Saskatchewan, she married Alvin Phillips. Lorna worked at St. Michael's Academy. She loved dogs and after losing her husband, Lorna's dogs were the love of her life. Lorna is survived by her best friend Jenny Thompson and family as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Alvin (January 12, 1980), sister Alice Cooke, twin brother Bud Bagnall and her parents Edith and George Bagnall. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant, officiated. All those in attendance were Honorary Bearers. Donations in memory Lorna may be made to a charity of choice.
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MILNE: Mary Ellen, March 9, 1914 - November 16, 2015. Ellen passed way peacefully at her residence Fairview Home. Ellen was born at Kelloe, MB, the youngest of 7 children born to John and Catherine Wilton. She spent her growing-up years at Shoal Lake where she was actively involved in sports, youth groups and church. It was at a dance that she met Bob Milne. They married and started their life together at Lavinia. They had 2 sons, Leslie and Earl. Ellen was no stranger to hard work. Besides caring for the home, she did chores at the mink ranch, did caretaking at the 2 schools and boarded the local elevator agents. Later, she drove school van for 30 plus years and worked several springs at Bailey’s Greenhouse. To balance the hard work there was a great time of socializing, visiting, card games and dancing. Bob and Ellen were both very musical. They formed an orchestra with other local musicians and later including Les and Earl. Milne Orchestra played for many years entertaining at community halls and in country schools. Ellen also played for church and Christmas concerts and while living at Lion’s Manor she played Monday morning music and drummed in the kitchen band. If music was her love, baking was her passion. Ellen read cookbooks as others read novels. She could put a meal on the table in short order. Her specialty was her pastry - butter tarts and lemon meringue pies. These won her many ribbons at local fairs. After Bob died in 1991, Ellen made her home in Brandon at Lion’s Manor. She enjoyed her years there, taking part in many activities and forming lasting friendships. As her health started to fail she moved to Fairview Home where she received excellent care. Of greatest importance to Ellen was her family. She supported her sons in their endeavors and was proud of the families they created. She thrilled to become a grandmother and followed Geoff and Brad’s progress in school, sports and later in their careers. The crowning joy in her last years was the arrival of her 4 great-grandchildren, Soren, Arlo, Bode and Presley. Her days were brightened by their visits when they entertained her with their play, hi 5’s and songs. Ellen was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1991 and son Leslie in 2003. Ellen is survived by son Earl (Maureen), daughter-in-law Delia, grandsons Geoff (Jane), Brad (Carla) and great-grandchildren Soren, Arlo, Bode and Presley. A celebration of life was held on November 21st at Hamiota United Church with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Eulogy was delivered by grandson Geoff and Brad was urn bearer. Interment followed in Hamiota Cemetery. Lunch and a time of fellowship followed in Chumah Hall. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, were in care of arrangements.
Life’s work well done,Rest peacefully.
LOGAN: Roy Allan Logan passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Brandon, MB with his family by his side. He will be dearly missed by his wife Shirley and by his three girls: Brenda, husband Corny Hiebert and their son Travis and his partner Jen; daughter Lynn, husband Brad Cory and their children Kristin and Braeden; daughter Lee- Anne, husband Gary Kruk and their children Alyssa, Devin and his partner Jenna. Roy also leaves behind his brother Mel and his wife Lil Logan, sister-in-law Anne Spain, as well as nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Bob and Laura Logan and his sister, Hattie McFarland and his infant son Darryll. Dad will forever be in our hearts. He is now with his dog Sport. Dad taught us…“With Love in our Hearts, We Can do Anything.”A private family service will be held in the summer. Donations in memory of Roy may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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GREEN: Marion Irene passed away peacefully with her family by her side on October 15, 2015. Marion was born October 27, 1933 in Souris, Manitoba, the eldest of 4 children to Frank and Evelyn Kufflick. She attended the Hillsdale School and finished her education at Griswold, Manitoba. Marion was an avid ball player and catcher was her position. She curled for many years, and in later years enjoyed watching the “curling” on TV with her son Wayne. Marion married Jack Green on January 31, 1953 in Fort William, Ontario. They returned to the farm north of Souris in 1955 and it was there they raised three boys Wayne, Brian and Donald. Marion was very involved in the community, The Millan Social Club, Beresford Church and The Souris Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She played guitar, piano and sang at local dances. While on the farm, Marion took a hairdressing course and set up shop in her home. Many friends and neighbors came to get their hair done and always had a good visit. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attended basketball, skating, baseball and hockey events. Grandma Marion was their #1 fan. Marion is survived by her sons Wayne of Brandon, Brian wife Brenda of Souris; grandson Mathew wife Melissa, great grandson Nolan and great granddaughter Natalie of Kemnay; granddaughter Jenna husband Lee Marwick of Souris. Son Donald wife Melanie; granddaughters Kalena and Jerra of Carberry. Marion is also survived by her brother Geordie (Joyce) of Saskatoon and sister Joyce Gerry of Calgary. A celebration of Marion’s life was held on October 20, 2015 at the Souris Legion.
Mom, Grandma, Marion will be greatly missed.
CLARK: June Viola Laura (Edmunds) of Brandon Manitoba passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. She leaves to mourn her husband of 68 years Ken Clark, daughters Gail Smith (Wayne), Wanda Clark (Barrie Mellin), Valerie Carton (Ken); grandchildren Darren Smith (Calgary), Brenda (Smith) Payne (Eric) (Rochester Mn), Kristy (Carton) Soholt (Kacey) (Minot ND), Kolby Carton (Pam MacDearmid) (Brandon); Great grandchildren Ty Smith, Aiden Liston, Parker Soholt, Brody Soholt and Charlotte Payne. June was born June 11, 1929 and was raised in Shoal Lake Manitoba. She was the only daughter of Lillian and Frank Edmunds. She had two older brothers, Frazer and Leslie and two younger brothers, Gordon and Garry. Mom worked for a year as a telephone operator before marrying Dad on October 25, 1947. She then moved from Shoal Lake to Dad’s farm in Isabella Manitoba. Mom adjusted to farm life helping Dad with the farming and making great meals and lunches for Dad and anyone helping with the farm. Mom became very involved in the community as a leader and member of the women’s groups, teaching Sunday School, Messengers and being a leader in the girls groups of CGIT and Explorers. Mom and Dad took part in the activities of the community. They also enjoyed getting a group together for Dine and Dance events, house parties or Sunday suppers. In 1983 Mom and Dad retired from the farm and moved to Brandon Manitoba where their children and grandchildren live. In Brandon they enjoyed going to and having family garage sales. They also liked to go to Auctions and buy antiques. Mom and Dad attended many of their grandchildren’s baseball and hockey games and various concerts. Many family gatherings were enjoyed at Mom and Dad’s house. Mom also became involved in charities such as Christmas Cheer and the Annual Christmas Dinners in Brandon. Mom and Dad bought a motor home and along with their families, travelled to parts of Ontario, the west coast and the US. They also spent many weekends at Clear Lake. They travelled to Hawaii, Jamaica, Victoria and Florida. Mom loved to knit and sew. Throughout the years she made many clothes and costumes for her children. Dad said that he could remember her staying up very late at night on the farm to finish an outfit that she was making. Later she knitted many hats, scarves and mitts for charities and her grandchildren. June was predeceased by her parents Lillian Munshaw (Edmunds) (Rowley) and Frank Edmunds; her brother Frazer Edmunds and sister in law Alice Edmunds, brother Leslie Edmunds and sister in law Joyce Edmunds, sister in law Carol (Clark) and Louis Quinn. A daughter Penny died in infancy. June will be laid to rest at a later date.
SMITH: Linda Smith (née Boyko) passed away at her residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the age of 67 years. Linda was born May 9, 1948 in Dauphin, Manitoba. Her parents were Bill and Nellie Boyko. Linda attended Grandview School until grade 10. From 1991-2006, she worked as a housekeeper at the Royal Oak Inn. Linda lived in Germany for 4 ? years and her son Shawn was born there. On April 16, 1987 Linda married Garry Smith at the Brandon Court House, Brandon, Manitoba. Linda will lovingly be remembered by her son Shawn (Angela) Berkshire and their children Mitchell and Marisa of Brandon; stepchildren Garth (Cheryl) and their daughters Lindsay and Lee Ann; Mark (Cheryl) and their daughter Kayla. She is also survived by her younger brother Alan (Linda) and their three daughters Tamara, Kristy and Candace, of Dauphin. On October 2, 2013 Linda moved into Rideau Park. She enjoyed playing cards with Garry who was very attentive and came to visit her every day. A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Linda may be made to Rideau Park Personal Care Home c/o BRHC Accounts Receivable, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Please make cheques payable to Prairie Mountain Health with reference to Rideau Park Personal Care Home.
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BARTEAUX: Robert Bruce - B.Sc. (Pharm.), B.A. (Spec.) (Gold Medallist) Passed away in his 74th year on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Fairview Home with his loving wife, Karen, at his side after a long struggle with the aftereffects of a catastrophic stroke suffered on July 2, 1990. A loving father to Matthew (Poroshad Mahdi) and Hilary (Douglas Knight) and grandfather to Aryana, Callum and a brand new baby boy born on October 20, 2015. Predeceased by his brothers George (Ida) and Jack (Ruth) Barteaux. Survived by his brother Phil (Bev) Barteaux, sister Everald Pittendreigh, brother-in-law Dr. John Coates and many nieces and nephews. Bruce was born in Birtle, Manitoba, to Orlando Tilson Barteaux and Clara Crew on February 28, 1942. He grew up on the family farm and, when he was of school age, his family moved into town. Bruce attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1963 at the age of 21. He was awarded the Flexon Silver Medal for the highest standing in Organic Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Bruce then went to work as a pharmacist at Hargreaves' Drug Store in Neepawa, Manitoba. It was there that he met Karen Coates, the local public health nurse, at the curling rink. They were married in 1965 and, after travelling Europe and living in Souris for a time, where Bruce worked at Whitfield Drugs, they moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1967. Ultimately, Bruce and his business partner, Wayne Couling, bought the Clinic Pharmacy and Brown's Drug Store in Brandon in 1972. Dedicated to his work and his clients, Bruce thrived professionally as a result of his kindness, his patience, his caring nature and his gentle character. Bruce was a man of deep faith, but also a man of science. He was innately curious and read widely and with great enthusiasm. Ultimately, his curiosity was such that he returned to university and earned a second degree, with great academic success, being awarded the Brandon University Silver Medal in Psychology and the Brandon University Gold Medal for the best performance in the 4-year Bachelor of Arts Specialist program at Brandon University. It was his ultimate intention to go on to pursue graduate studies but, as so often happens in life, he was confronted by the unexpected, his life became complicated and this goal was never realized. Napoleon Bonaparte said that it requires more courage to suffer than to die. Bruce did suffer, and he did so with great dignity and courage over the latter third of his life when, in 1990 at the age of 48, he suffered a stroke that resulted in devastating brain damage. For a person with such an intellectual bent, a man so devoted to the life of the mind, it was a cruel blow. Bruce was raised a Baptist, the Church of his mother, but most of his adult life was spent in the Anglican Communion. His faith was both his strength and his comfort when he endured the indignities of his broken body and mind. Bruce loved golf, boxing and the Montreal Canadians. He and Karen travelled Europe a number of times and vacationed in Bermuda and Mexico. He spent countless hours hiking up and down the Birdtail River, where he took great pleasure in the family cottage and the proximity to nature it afforded. Following his illness, Bruce returned to the drawing and painting of his childhood and produced a voluminous number of paintings and sketches. He revelled in his grandchildren and family was both his comfort and his joy during his last days. The funeral was held on November 20, 2015, at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Brandon, Manitoba. The Very Rev. Nigel Packwood, the Right Rev. J. Njegovan and the Venerable Paul Curtis officiated. Donations may be made to the St. Matthew’s Cathedral Memorial Fund or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. J. Deong and all of the nurses and staff at Fairview Home.
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WACHS: Arlene Beatrice passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on November 17, 2015 at the age of 65 years. She was born in Winnipeg on June 24, 1950 and spent her youth there. She really enjoyed her visits to her grandmother’s farm in Ericksdale. Arlene lived in the Brooklands area of Winnipeg and took all her schooling there where she completed her grade 12 Graduate University Entrance course. However, after meeting her life-long sweetheart in grade 10, she decided to work at the Bank of Commerce in order to save money for a planned marriage in 1973. Arlene loved life and cared for people and animals all her life. If someone was in need, she always found a way to help them. She moved to Brandon after getting married and worked at the bank of Commerce until she started having children in 1975. Soon, she started to get involved in Literacy. Arlene was a founding member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (Brandon and District Chapter) Adult Support Group in 1992. She was also a founding member of the local Parent to Parent Support Group which she was a member of from 1983 - 1989. One of her proudest moments was when she founded the Brandon Literary Council in Brandon in 1989 (to present) as Program Coordinator/Instructor. She developed the program, built the facility and sourced whatever funding she could to bring a successful outcome to all learners young and old with or without disabilities. Arlene also volunteered for countless organizations, including Brandon Family YMCA, University of Manitoba Continuing Education Division, Association for Community Living, Green Acres classroom volunteer, Child and Family Services, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Green Acres School Parent Council and Crocus Plains Advisory Council. She also taught piano, racquetball and dancing. Arlene received countless awards and recognitions throughout her career of which some are the Distinguished Service Award (2004) from the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (Brandon & District Chapter), a nomination for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Literacy in 2000, a nomination for a National Access Awareness award for programming and work with individuals with disabilities in 1996 and a co-recipient of Best Educational Programming award from Westman Community Television in 1993. Arlene’s most cherished times were spent with her family going for rides in the country, camping, fishing, hiking, family gatherings, going to the cabin and spending holidays together. She also loved ballroom and Latin dancing with her husband. Her other interests were music, racquetball, gardening, crafting, reading and animals. Arlene is survived by her husband Franz, her children Curtis (Carlie), Allan (Melanie), Cameron, Cathleen (Jon). Her grandchild Cooper. Her brothers Allan Mills (Evelyn), Kevin Mills and her sister Karen Coward (Martin). Her mother-in-law Hilda Wachs, sister and brothers-in -law and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Curtis “Jack” Mills and Beatrice Mills, father-in-law Lorenz Wachs and daughter Marnie. A private funeral service was held in her honour. Donations in memory of Arlene may be made to the Brandon Literacy Council at 129A- 12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L8 – (a registered charitable organization).
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SHINSKI: 1931 – 2015. Rudolph “Ross” Shinski of Delburne, Alberta passed away at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Ross was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1931 to Margaret and Jacob Shinski. Ross was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eva and will be lovingly remembered by his children, Murray (Carol), Blair, Barb (Bill), Garth (LeeAnne), along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ross will always be remembered for his kindness and concern that he had for all who loved him. He enjoyed days of gardening, picking saskatoons, and playing crib with his grandchildren. Ross was fascinated by nature. He loved his pets and loved taking care of them. Birds also brought him joy. He looked forward to feeding them every morning. He enjoyed watching his sports on TV and when he wasn't watching the sport channels he would be listening to old songs. A memorial service will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 67A Street (Taylor Drive) Red Deer, on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Leanne V. Hall officiating. A private interment will follow. If desired, Memorial Donations in Ross’ honor may be made directly to Red Deer Hospice Society at
Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403-340-4040
McKELLAR: William (Bill) McKellar passed away at his residence, Riverheights Terrace, on November 18, 2015 at the age of 89 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie of 61 years, daughter Coleen of Brandon, son Dean (Earla) of Sherwood Park, AB, grandchildren, Rachel and Graham, sister Maxine and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Doug and Neal, and sister, Marion. Born in Boissevain, MB, Bill grew up in Melita and joined the Navy at a young age. He was discharged in 1946 and worked around Melita until the family moved to Brandon in 1948. He was employed by Breen Motors and later by Sharpe’s Auto Electric as a travelling salesman. He then worked for Thomas Motors in Virden for two years before returning to Brandon as an agent for Great West Life, retiring as the Office Manager. He was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch #3, Senior Men’s Wheat City Golf Course and Senior Men at the Brandon Curling Club. Both Bill and Connie enjoyed golfing and curling and joined friends for bonspiels and travelling to golf courses - staying overnight and moving on to the next town. Bill’s favourite hobby was feeding the squirrels and birds and watching the birds come to the window feeder. He was a family man involved in the children’s activities, coaching hockey, baseball and softball or travelling to their games as a spectator. Anytime they asked him for a decision to be made his reply was, “Ask your Mother.” A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Cremation has taken place and the interment of his urn will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to a charity of choice.
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DUNHAM: Kodi Grant Dunham, beloved son of Lana, loving brother of Julie and Lacey and loved dad of Marlee passed away accidentally on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at the age of 23 years. Funeral service from St. Andrew’s United Church, Maryfield, Sask., on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m.. Interment in Maryfield Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Maryfield Cemetery, The Canadian Cancer Society or to a Charity of your choice in memory of Kodi.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Moosomin, in care of arrangements.
MARCH: Kathleen “Kathy” March passed away peacefully at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the age of 96 years. A private family funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Kathy may be made to St. Matthew’s Cathedral Memorial Fund, 403-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4P9, or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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