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STRATH: It’s with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Doreen Strath on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at the age of 89. Doreen was born in Lyleton, Manitoba March 21, 1926 to Robert and Gladys Moore. Doreen grew up on a creek side farm with her younger sister Norma. She began her education in Lyleton, Manitoba often boarding in town with her sister during the winter months when travel was not possible. She graduated with full honours from high school and was one of two in Manitoba to receive a provincial bursary. Growing up in the thirties taught her that resilience and hard work paid off when she was able to hunt and trap for the family. She was quite fond of snaring gophers and muskrats for a penny a tail and learned to be crafty enough to split tails to get two cents. The money earned bought school shoes for the fall. She was an outdoor gal from a very early age and spent many hours helping her father in the fields and with the livestock. Cooking and sewing were never her forte. Doreen chose a career in nursing and in 1944 with bursary in hand she moved to Souris to begin nurses training. She attended and graduated from the training center in the original Souris hospital. She went from black stockings as a nurse in training to a graduate with white stockings in 1946. She continued her nursing career into the mid 1970’s. Over her 30 year career Doreen was known for her professionalism and compassion when dealing with patients. She spent many unpaid hours sitting with and caring for others. Her quiet kindness was not often known by others but affected many people through her whole life. In 1945 she attended a local dance where she met a returning soldier, George (Geordie) Strath from Hayfield Manitoba. They married in 1947 and settled in Souris. They lived in town until 1957 when they decided to farm in the South Beresford area. During this time they had two girls, Joan born in 1955 and Lorie born in 1960. Doreen was a modern woman of her time as she maintained a nursing career while raising two girls and helping Geordie on the farm. She was adept at fixing machinery or finding a good welder or shooting predators off the top of the barn that threatened her prize chickens. Her girls fondly remember sitting in the back of the car with Geordie driving while mum was shooting out the window at skunks in the hayfield. A farm accident in the late 60’s saw Geordie change his career from a farmer to a certified carpenter. Doreen’s educational background helped Geordie through the tough parts of his training. After a few years they moved back into Souris In 1976 she made a bold career move and applied for and obtained the position as Manager of the Souris Housing Authority. Immediately she was involved in the expansion of the Crescent Manor as well as several housing developments. During her years in Souris she was an active member of many organizations in the community. She was a Charter and Life member of the Royal Purple and a 30 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. While in the legion she worked on the Poppy Fund as well as the reconstruction of the cenotaph at the Souris cemetery. Doreen took a personal interest in securing benefits for the veterans and worked tirelessly to ensure they were compensated for their service to their country. She was not afraid of any government official. She and her sister Norma began the first girls community softball team in the 1970’s. The organization ran for over 30 years and was a testament to both ladies of their love of the sport and equality for young women athletes. No favoritism was shown, everyone played and ability was never an issue. She retired in 1989 to begin her favorite career, fishing. She loved to fish and spent many hours at her cabin on Elm Street at Oak Lake. Her sign in the window welcomed all to Dinty’s Place. Everyone was welcome to come in and share a ‘yarn’, their latest fish story or just to have a glass of rum and coke. Many hours were spent down at the marina with the local kids teaching them the art and patience of fishing. Her three favorite studies were Cory, Shawna and Scott. For three years she was a friend to all the residents and staff of Victoria Park Lodge and spent the last month and a half at the Souris Personal Care Home. She is predeceased by Geordie in 1988 and is survived by Joan (Jack) Grandmont, Lorie (Duane Davison) Strath, a grandson Cory and a great grandson Kelton, her sister Norma, her sister-in-law Roberta Dodd and brother-in-law Don Strath of Calgary plus many cherished nieces and nephews. A memorial reception for family and friends will be held at the Souris Legion on Friday February 12th 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Souris-Glenwood Game and Fish, Souris Hospital Palliative Care, Souris Handy Van or a charity of your choice.
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REAVES: Pastor Johnny William "John" Reaves, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Brandon, passed away at his residence on Monday, February 8, 2016. The Funeral Service will be held at Bible Baptist Church, 1203-4th Street on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Pastor John Reaves Jr. and Pastor Danny Reaves will officiate. A private interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Pastor John to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon MB R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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LAFERRIERE: With sadness we announce the passing of Gail Diane Laferriere (nee Coxe) on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 70 years of age. Gail was born on September 12, 1945 in Minnedosa, MB to Aylsworth and Dorothy Coxe. Remaining to cherish the memory of Gail are her loving husband of 49 years, Claude; children Pam Phillips (Murray) and Wanda Borschawa (Peter); grandchildren Lance (Jas), Ryan (Elena), Dustin and Shelby; siblings Ray, Yvonne (Shaw), Norinne (Young), and Clare (Donna) and numerous extended family. Gail grew up on the family farm and went to elementary school at Roseneath in the RM of Odanah, graduating from Minnedosa Collegiate. After graduation she attended the Manitoba Vocational Center in Brandon, Manitoba and then worked in a bank in Winnipeg until she married Claude, October 15, 1966. Together they farmed in the Roseneath District until their retirement in 2001. Gail was very active in the farming operation, running equipment, gardening, and working with the animals. They continued to live in the farmyard until 2015. The lights of her life, Pam and Wanda were born while on the farm. She ensured that they were ready to face the world by modeling how to run a house, work hard, and love their husbands. After the girls were grown she celebrated their marriages and the births of their children. She adored each of the grandchildren, celebrated their accomplishments, and encouraged them to always do their best. Even when spoiling them she still required accountability. She always wanted to know what and how they were doing. She enjoyed having the grandchildren come to stay, even being known to ask when the parents were leaving them. Gail enjoyed sports especially curling and ball; music, 4-H, and singing in the choir for special events. Gail and Claude became snowbirds and spent many winters in Florida where they made many lifelong friends. In their retirement years she took up shuffleboard, winning many tournaments and representing Manitoba at the Canadian Senior Games, and Canada in the World Senior Games. Gail was a community girl who pitched in for all events. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone and saw the potential in everyone. She was predeceased by her parents Aylsworth and Dorothy (nee Neabel) Coxe. A Celebration of Gail’s life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Gary Jennings officiating. Interment will be at the Brandon Cemetery with a reception following at Memories Chapel. Donations in memory of Gail may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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ELVERS: William (Bill) Henry Elvers, beloved husband of the late Mabel Elvers, passed away at his residence, Valleyview Care Centre, on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the age of 99 years. In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation will take place and he and Mabel will be interred “together forever” at a later date. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HUSTON: Meredith Stewart Huston, born March 16, 1919, passed away peacefully at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on February 5, 2016. Meredith was born in Rossburn, MB. He was married to his wife, Sylvia, on August 23rd, 1941 in Halifax, NS. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, sons John (Florette) of Brandon, MB, Grant (Cathy) of Calgary, AB, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as 4 step-grandchildren. He always put family and faith before himself. After his military career in the Navy, serving on the HMCS Hespler in WWII, he obtained his degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba. Meredith retired in 1980 after a long career with Manitoba Pool Elevators. In retirement, Meredith and Sylvia enjoyed travelling to many places around the world, spending time with family and friends. They moved to Brandon in 2009. Meredith was predeceased by brothers Irwin and Harris and sister Alvyra. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations in may be made to a Charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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ROZANDER: Roy Rozander beloved husband of the late Alice Rozander died February 4, 2016 at the Tri Lake Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Killarney United Church, Killarney, MB. Interment will be held at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Roy may be made the CNIB; 354 10th St. Brandon, MB R7A 4G1, or to Tri Lake Health Centre Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, MB R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be madeonline at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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MYERS: Robert (Bob) Fraser Macintosh Myers, FRCP, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the age of 98 years. Bob was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, on December 16, 1919 and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating from Brandon Collegiate, Bob furthered his studies at the University of Manitoba, graduating from the Faculty of Medicine in 1941. He married Joann Elliott and, like many of his generation, spent four years overseas in World War II. He was a captain in the medical corps. Upon returning, Bob practiced medicine in Brandon, obtaining his paediatric specialty in 1959. Dad (Dr. Bob) was the first paediatrician in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg. He felt very strongly that Western Manitoba should be served by this speciality. Very service oriented, Bob served on a number of local, provincial and national community and professional organizations. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Winnipeg Children’s Hospital and a founder of the Brandon Clinic. In his “spare” time, Bob was interested in many activities, including golf, sailing and curling. The Clear Lake cottage was integral to Dad’s (Bampa’s) life and people frequently tracked him down there for his sound advice and his little black bag. Bampa’s main focus, however, was his family. He and Joann were married for 73 years and had four children, 14 grandchildren and 23 and counting great-grandchildren. He had a keen sense of humour that never deserted him, a sage wisdom, a prodigious memory, and a wide ranging knowledge - a true Renaissance man. Dad never suffered fools gladly and we all have our own special memories of him, including the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his beloved Joann (November 2014) and never really recovered from his loss. He is survived by his children Joan Foster, Thunder Bay, ON, Barbara (Barry) Olivella, Lunenburg, NS, Bill (Lana) Myers, Brandon, MB, and Elizabeth (Scott) Duncan, Medicine Hat, AB and extended family. He was the best. A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3, or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HUSTON: Meredith Stewart Huston, born March 16, 1919, passed away peacefully at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on February 5, 2016. Meredith was born in Rossburn, MB. He was married to his wife, Sylvia, on August 23rd, 1941 in Halifax, NS. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, sons John (Florette) of Brandon, MB, Grant (Cathy) of Calgary, AB, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as 4 step-grandchildren. He always put family and faith before himself. After his military career in the Navy, serving on the HMCS Hespler in WWII, he obtained his degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba. Meredith retired in 1980 after a long career with Manitoba Pool Elevators. In retirement, Meredith and Sylvia enjoyed travelling to many places around the world, spending time with family and friends. They moved to Brandon in 2009. Meredith was predeceased by brothers Irwin and Harris and sister Alvyra. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations in may be made to a Charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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EDWARDS: Surrounded by family, Bambi Lynn MacDonald Edwards (nee Berry), of Brandon, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on June 18, 1960, the family moved to Brandon when Bambi was 8 months old. She lived here all of her early life, except for a brief time in Virden, and attended Alexander School/Park School, Brandon Collegiate Institute (now New Era School) and Neelin High School. Bambi worked as a Nurse's Aide at Central Park Lodge, then Manager at Dapper Dan's, before becoming an Education Assistant where she worked at Deloraine Elementary School, Oak Bluff School, and multiple schools within the Brandon School Division. An avid traveller, with a passion for working with children with special needs, Bambi was the cornerstone to Grambi's Groupies at the CIBC Run for the Cure in Brandon, Manitoba. When not working, or travelling, she loved spending time at her cabin at Pelican Lake, where many memories were made with family and friends. She especially loved her granddaughter, Mackayla (Grambi's girl). Bambi will be lovingly remembered by her husband Bradley Edwards; daughter Jamie-Lynn Leadbeater (Jess); step-son Geoffrey Edwards; granddaughter Mackayla Leadbeater; mother Karen Rodgers (Ted Niddrie); siblings Janice Connors (Dan), Jamie Berry (Kerry), Shawn Berry (Deb), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was predeceased by her father Robert Berry, step-father William Rodgers, step-son Mitchell Edwards and grandson Baxston Leadbeater. The Funeral Ceremony will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. Pallbearers are Jamie Berry, Shawn Berry, Dan Connors, Phil Edwards, Duane Edwards and Jack Edwards. Interment will be at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bambi may be made to The Helping Hands Centre of Brandon, 111-7th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 3S5 or to First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4M3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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CLARK: With great sadness the family of Lawrence Clark, age 73 years, announce his sudden passing on Friday, February 5, 2016. Lawrence will be lovingly remembered by his wife Gloria; daughter Teresa Melnyk (husband Don, granddaughters Autumn and Katie); son Jeff (wife Renae, grandsons Josh and Kolby); brother Murray and sister Marilyn Mitchell. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Come and Go Reception will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Memories Chapel. Lawrence will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Roseland Cemetery, with Elsie Dickenson officiating. Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation - Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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ROBERTSON: Donald Keith Robertson of Minnedosa, MB, beloved husband of Esther, entered into rest February 5, 2016 at the age of 83 years. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment in the Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, MB. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Heritage Village or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-867-3868.
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STRATH: Doreen, 89 years, beloved wife of the late Geordie Strath, mother of Joan and Lorie, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Thursday, February 4, 2016. A memorial reception for family and friends will be held at the Souris Legion Clubroom on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Doreen, donations may be made to the Souris-Glenwood Game & Fish, Souris Hospital Palliative Care or to the Souris Handivan.
Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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SPRAGGS: James Edward “Jim” Spraggs beloved husband of Jean of Minnedosa, MB passed away on February 4, 2016 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 90 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church. Interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery, Bethany, MB. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home Patio Fund or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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SHADLOCK: Nick Shadlock, formerly of Douglas, aged 97 years, passed away peacefully at his residence Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. A beloved Dad to his three sons and Gigi to his four grandchildren, he was a wonderful father-in-law to his two daughters-in-law, and Uncle Nicky to his many nieces and nephews. Dad was born on November 13, 1918, to Pearl and Michael Shadlock in Brandon, Manitoba. He was one of 13 children. He went to David Livingstone School until grade 8. He worked at various jobs in the last years of "The Great Depression." In 1941, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces to fight in World War II. He was assigned to the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Infantry Division, and sent to Great Britain for training in 1942. In 1944, he was with the first wave of Canadian troops that landed at Juno Beach and fought in Europe until the end of the War. He took his discharge from the army in 1946, and moved back to Brandon. Shortly after, he met Elizabeth "Betty" McMurdo from Lyleton, Manitoba. They dated, got engaged, and were married on November 26, 1949. Mom had been a nurses aide at the Brandon Mental Hospital. Together Mom and Dad had three sons: Derek, Kevin, and Darcy. In the mid 1950's, they moved to the Douglas area, where they raised their family and started farming. Mom joined the Douglas W.I. and the local church group. Dad volunteered at the rink, and in 1959, was asked to form and coach a boys baseball team for Douglas. He coached baseball for Douglas until the early 1970's. In 1963, he became employed at CFB Shilo, first at the steam plant and later at the civil engineering department. He retired from the workforce in 1983. Dad loved his sports, not only playing and coaching baseball, but also, hockey and golf. He played on the Shilo old timers hockey team until he was 65. In his mid 50's, he took up golf. He golfed into his 80's, holding memberships at Shilo Golf Club and later at Glen Lea. When health issues forced him to quit playing, he continued to watch, especially Hockey Night In Canada, and Blue Jays Baseball. Dad was predeceased by Mom in 2006 after 57 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his father, mother and all his siblings. He is survived by his son Derek and wife Sherry of London, Ontario, grandchildren Jessica (Andre) and Andrew of Toronto, Ontario. Son Kevin, grandchildren Melanie (Mark), and Tabitha of Edmonton, Alberta. Son Darcy and his wife Donna of Brandon, Manitoba. Plus many nieces and nephews. The ceremony to celebrate Dad's life was held at Memories Chapel on January 29, 2016. Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant, officiated. Son Darcy read the Eulogy and Son Kevin was Urn Bearer. The Royal Canadian Legion provided Honour Guards. Several of Dad's favourite songs were played at the ceremony, including a short video of him singing at his 97th birthday. Interment of both Mom and Dad was held in the Veterans' Section of the Brandon Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at the Hillcrest Personal Care Home. Your care, compassion, and friendship were very appreciated by Dad and the family. Donations may be made in memory of Dad to the charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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MYERS: Dr. Robert (Bob) Myers passed away peacefully at his residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the age of 98 years. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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