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SMITH: Stephen Smith, beloved husband of Jessie, and father to Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 41 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Stephen may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MCCORMICK: William (Bill) Robert McCormick, beloved husband of the late Mildred McCormick; father of Janet (Ted) Tingey, Richard (Jean) McCormick, Grace (Mel) Bulloch, passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 92 years of age. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Cardale United Church, Cardale, MB on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Marney Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248, Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BLACKWELL: Glady Blackwell, beloved wife of the late Vernon Blackwell and dear mother of Lesa (Jack) Rogers and Clayton (Brenda) Blackwell, passed away peacefully at the Sherwood Personal Care Home, Virden, Manitoba on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 93 years. A Celebration of Glady’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Glady may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SZORADI: Verna Jean Marie Szoradi, beloved wife of the late Mike Szoradi of Elkhorn, Manitoba and beloved mother of Allan, Carol and the late Mickey, passed away peacefully at Elkwood Manor, Elkhorn Thursday; May 19, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held from Trinity United Church, Elkhorn, Manitoba Tuesday; May 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Marianne Olfrey officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Elkwood Manor Remembrance Fund or to Elkhorn Legion Ladies Auxiliary #58, Elkhorn in memory of Verna.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
SONTAG: Patricia Sontag (nee Kooting) was born on November 16, 1940 and passed away at Portage la Prairie General Hospital on May 14, 2016. She is survived by son Warren (Rhonda) Roxanne and Cassandra of Calgary and son Trevor of Germany. She is also survived by brothers Don (Marlene) of Toronto, Jack (Debbie), Jim (Barb) Kooting of Brandon, sister Linda (Orval) Greer of Rapid City and numerous nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank the Stewart families for the care and friendship to Pat.
WALLMAN (McQuarrie): After a brief illness and with family by her side, Sherry passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Sherry was born on September 14, 1938 at the Cottage Hospital in Miami Manitoba to John Henry Mikael Wallman and Marguerite Muriel Sharpe (Wallman). While she was still an infant, Sherry and her mother returned to the Miami area, offering Sherry the gift of being raised by not only her mother, but by her grandparents George and Maggie Sharpe and with the love of her favourite Auntie, Rhea Livingston. Later her mother took a teaching position in West Kildonan and Sherry found much to do at school in Winnipeg, where she attended Laura Secord School and later, Gordon Bell High School where her high school career culminated in her giving the valedictory address. It was during this time that her loves of classical music and of theatre took hold, that she embraced her fiercely independent streak, and that she realized that her “lot” as a girl should not be inevitable – and decided that the gender expectations of the time would not define her. These qualities shone through in everything she did throughout her life, but no more so than in how she chose to parent her daughters. Following high school she attended the University of Manitoba, earning her B.Sc. in 1959. She subsequently enrolled in a graduate program in Microbiology, which led to her accepting a position with Health Canada in Ottawa. In 1963 she returned to Winnipeg and married Neil McQuarrie. There were few opportunities for microbiologists in Manitoba at the time so she enrolled in the Faculty of Education and received her teaching certificate. She and Neil joined forces and taught in Roland and Gladstone before returning to Winnipeg and moved into a new home in the developing Fort Richmond area. There they took in a pair of delightful girls, Carla and Doralda, as their foster daughters – girls who she came to love as her own, and did so for the rest of her life. These girls moved back to live with their own mother shortly after Sherry gave birth to her first daughter, Shauna. The next year Neil took a position at Brandon University and the family moved to Brandon, where their second daughter, Kerry, was born. At home with her daughters, Sherry developed many valued friendships and delighted in resurrecting her skills as a spinner, a sewer, a knitter and indulged in her passion for live theatre by working with local groups as a makeup artist. She placed great value in the skills she had learned from her grandmother, and demonstrated remarkable patience in her efforts to pass them on to her daughters. She believed strongly that her daughters should be able to ‘do’ and that anything worth doing, was worth doing well. An oft-repeated question, learned from her mother and extremely aggravating to her impatient children was, “If you don’t have time to do it well, how will you ever find time to do it over?” Her creativity was boundless and showed up in the most unexpected ways, and she remains famous among her children’s friends as a creator of “magical” birthday parties. Sherry was a teacher in every sense of the word. Along the way, she taught everything from auto mechanics to organic chemistry. She tutored school children, university students and adult learners. Some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of her career took place in Manitoba’s northern Indigenous communities, and she felt great affection for the people and communities that welcomed her through the northern teacher education program. In all of these environments she always sought the path to understanding. In her view, there was no one way that people learn, and it was always her mission to make her teaching fit the student. Sherry never formally retired. She just found new things to do. She became involved with the Commonwealth Air Training Program Museum where, among other things, she edited the newsletter for several years. She was committed to supporting the Memorial Wall on the museum grounds which lists all those who died in the RCAF and related Commonwealth air forces during WWII. Two of those named were her cousins. Sherry was a woman whose talents were many and varied. She was a creative woman who carried with her a commitment to excellence. She also had a plenteous store of opinions which she shared generously. A time of remembering, reflection and celebration will be held at at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28at the Don Glen Hall in the Park Avenue Activity Centre, 311 Park Avenue E in Brandon. In keeping with her desire for those in the medical profession to be able to provide the best care possible, her love of science, and her generosity of spirit, she has donated her remains to the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine’s Service After Death Program, to support the advancement of medicine through anatomical education. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Sherry can be made to The Memorial Wall Fund at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum or a charity of your choice.
PATTERSON: With family by his side, Murray Alvin Patterson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Murray was born on January 15, 1931 at Boissevain, MB into a farm family. As a teenager in the war years, Murray was forced to mature quickly and take a larger role in the farm tasks due to the labor shortage. After graduating from high school in 1947, Murray became a full time farmer. In his spare time, he became involved in other activities. Joining the “Farmers Curling Club” in 1948, led to 40 winters of healthy, exciting competition for him. In summer, baseball was his choice – first playing with the Richview baseball team and then with the Riverside baseball team (1950-1956). Golfing another favorite. Besides farming and sports, the 50’s provided the other love of his life – his wife Yvonne. They met at what would be another lifelong passion which they shared – dancing. Many admiring eyes would watch as they would glide in perfect unison over the dance floor. Murray and Yvonne were married November 19, 1952, exactly four years after their first date. Their first two children were born in the 50’s – Allen and Dorothy. In 1957, life changed. Making a living at farming became more difficult, so Murray made a big career change into the teaching profession. A move to Brandon was made for a year in university. His teaching career began with two years in Crystal City, then back to Brandon for 28 years, where he taught at McLaren, Central, King George, Earl Haig and David Livingstone Schools. His time at David Livingstone School was in the role of principal/teacher. He continued his studies evenings, weekends and summers to procure his BA and B. Ed. During this time in the 60’s, sons Doug and Bradley arrived on the scene. Community involvement was important to Murray. Murray and Yvonne were members of Knox United Church since 1960, where Murray spent time in earlier years serving on the board. He was active in the MB Teachers Society and spent time as president of the Brandon chapter. Terms were also spent as president of the Brandon Curling Club and the Shuffling League of Brandon. In June of 1988, Murray retired from the teaching profession. A new and exciting chapter opened in Murray and Yvonne’s lives. One of their major pleasures over the years was travel. For 26 years the winter months were spent in sunny south Texas. Here they continued their active social life with activities they loved, and made many new friends from both the U.S. and Canada. One of their favourite activities was “dressing-up” for events and parades – everyone knew them as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus making Christmas Eve deliveries. They enjoyed other travels as well to Europe, Caribbean cruises’, Mexico and Alaska. Summer months meant time with family – which by now had expanded to include in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends always played an important part in their active social life. Over the years, Murray still enjoyed spending time helping brother, Earl, out on the farm. Due to Murray’s declining health in 2014, the difficult decision was made to sell their Texas home and remain in their condo in Brandon; then a move to Riverheights Terrace was made in September 2015. Murray’s condition continued to deteriorate and in February he was hospitalized where he spent the last few months of his life. He was predeceased by parents Alvin and Bessie and infant brother Walter. Murray leaves to mourn his wife of 63+ years, Yvonne; his children Allen (Irene) of Brandon, Dorothy Roth of Valley Park, MO; Doug (Verna) of Maple Ridge, B.C.; Brad (Maria) of Brandon; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jason of Regina, SK; Tanis (Scott) Chalmers (Tylan and Macalla) of Reston, MB; Kyle Roth of St. Louis, MO; David Roth of Los Angeles, CA; Brandon of Maple Ridge, B.C.; Michael and Steven of Brandon; brother Earl (Doreen) of Boissevain, MB; sisters Eva Gooden and Eleanor Seafoot of Brandon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A service to celebrate Murray’s life was held Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at Knox United Church with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens followed by lunch at Knox United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9.
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MOFFATT:Gladys E .L. passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. A Celebration of Gladys’ Life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central United Church, 327-8th Street. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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McDONALD: Patricia “Pat” McDonald, beloved wife of Jim, mom of Val, Brad and Scott died May 17, 2016 at Fairview Home in Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 66. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private interment will take place at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Pat may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (Dialysis Department); 150 McTavish Ave. E. Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba; Box 20077 Brandon S. P.O., Brandon, MB R7A 6Y8.
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MATHESON: Alexander Daniel McLean Matheson, 91 years of age, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence at Hillcrest Personal Care Home on May 16, 2016. Alex was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He was very active in sports in his youth excelling in swimming, diving, soccer and lacrosse. Alex served in the armed forces for 33 years, enlisting in July 1943. During his service, he was a pilot, a parachute instructor, and an officer in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, an Armoured Corps Regiment. His military service took him to many places including Korea, Cyprus, Laos and South Vietnam. Alex retired in 1975 with the rank of Colonel as Base Commander of CFB Shilo. Alex married the love of his life, Margaret (Peggy) Clark, on May 31, 1947. They were very happily married for 68 amazing years and raised four terrific boys. Following his retirement from the military, Alex was employed as an illustrator at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon - a job he thoroughly enjoyed for ten years. Alex was very active in his community. He was president of the 1979 Canada Winter Games. He was a long serving member of the Brandon Rotary Club and member of the Royal Canadian Legion #3. He enjoyed playing the bagpipes, public speaking, painting and making wonderful personalized cards for family and friends and was an active member of the local calligraphy club. Alex is survived by his wife, Peggy, four sons, Dan (Judy), Bruce (Sheila), Gordon (Marie), and Murray (Karen). Grandchildren, Sarah (Mike), Rob, Kelsey and Brittany (Patrick), Scott (Amanda), Graeme, Kristine (Paul), Stuart (Sandra), Andrew (Amanda) and great-grandchildren: Abaigeal, Callum, Annabelle, Jolene, and Conner.  He is also survived by his sisters -in-law Jean Thomson and Doreen Matheson and numerous nieces and nephews. Alex is preceded in death by his only brother Brum, his parents Murdock and Catherine (Moore) Matheson, sister-in-law Ina Morson and her husband Mike, brother-in-law Lloyd Thomson, brother-in-law Burt Clark, brother-in-law Norman Clark (and wife Sheila). The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral, 403-13th Street, Brandon, MB.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or the Commonwealth Air Training Museum, Box 3, Grp. 520, RR #5, Brandon, MB, R7A 5Y5.
May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.May the rain fall softly upon your fields until we meet again,And may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
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LIVINGSTONE: Ernest. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ernie Livingstone on April 22, 2016 at Chilliwack General Hospital. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughters, Marilyn (Drew) Whaley, Theresa Livingstone (Kirk Magel); granddaughter Kaitlyn Whaley. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life to honor Ernie on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Douglas Community Hall, 301 Railway Street, Douglas, MB Luncheon and fellowship to follow. Private family interment. Donations in memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation or Douglas United Church.
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KULCHYCKY: Adam Kulchycky (Kulchyski). October 20, 1923 - May 15, 2016. With family by his side, Adam Kulchycky, age 92, formerly of Brandon, MB passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Colonel Belcher Veteran's Care Centre in Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean in January 2007. Adam is survived by children: Judy (Rick) Sample of Calgary, Murray (Alison) Kulchyski of Carp, ON, Marty (Glynys) Kulchyski of Calgary; grandchildren: Steven (Deanna) Sample, Scott Sample, Dan Kulchyski, Ray Kulchyski, Mark Kulchyski, Jacquie Lane, Michael (Michelle) Kulchyski; great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Lane, Tyler Kulchyski, Leah Kulchyski. He is also survived by his brother Alex (Pat) of Calgary, and sister Margaret Waters of Winnipeg. Adam served in WWII with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, was employed by Beverage Services (Coca-Cola) in Brandon, Portage and Dauphin. He enjoyed his family, hunting with his son, grandson, brothers and pals, a good bargain and Ukrainian food! Special thanks to the Gibraltar House staff at Colonel Belcher Care Centre and Glenn Cameron, for the care he received while there. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Brandon.
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JOHN: William Albert. Peacefully on Friday, May 6, 2016, Bill John, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He was born September 1, 1948 in Brandon and attended school at McLaren and BCI. At the young age of 12, Bill moved in with the Johnson family. As a youth, Bill loved spending time on the Bread Truck with his dad, and the many trips to the north country (Flin Flon, Thompson). He also enjoyed spending time at the John Kane farm at Chater, and hopping the train to go to Chater to visit his grandparents. Bill met the love of his life, Doreen, in 1966. They were married August 30, 1969, and welcomed their daughter Donna in May of the following year. Bill had various jobs but his career was 32 years with Simplot Canada (Koch), retiring in 1997. Always an early riser, even when he was young, Bill enjoyed his early morning coffee runs to Timmy's on the hill at 4:00 a.m. with Jack and the guys and then headed to Timmy's south. When not socializing with his coffee pals, Bill enjoyed spending time at the cottage at Sandy Lake, with family and many friends. He also enjoyed fishing, 10 pin bowling, and traveling. During his retirement, Bill kept busy helping others, including building a garage for Al, helping the guys at the lake with their docks, building Mom a deck this past summer, helping Ken build his house in the country and helping the neighbours. Remaining to cherish Bill's memory are his wife Doreen; daughter Donna; mother Jean Johnson; sister Barb Lacey, husband Gregg, daughter Ashley; brother Ken Johnson, wife Edna, son Scott (Ashley), daughter Rikki; sister Sandy Brown, husband Bob, son Ali; sister Jacquie (Sheldon) and all of their families. Bill was predeceased by his father A. J. Johnson, step-father Harry Dennis, and brothers Cal John and Gordon Ross. A Celebration of Bill's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Judith Froese-Doell officiating. Urn bearer will be his brother Ken Johnson. Eulogy to be read by Ken McElroy. Interment will be at Rosewood Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow at Memories Chapel. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9 or the Manitoba Lung Association, Box 20029, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y8.
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GABRIELLE: Wallace Gabrielle of Virden, Manitoba beloved husband of Charlotte and loving father of Kevin and Lori passed away at The Sherwood Home, Virden Thursday, May 19, 2016 in his 85th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Virden Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with The Reverend Janis Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Wallace may be made to Virden and District Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund, P.O Box 2526, Virden, MB, R0M 2C0.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
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