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NEVIN: Anne Nevin, age 93 years, beloved wife of the late Dan Nevin, passed away at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. A Celebration of Anne’s Life will be announced next week. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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MORRISON: Sadie Amelia Morrison, beloved mother of Clifford and Donald, formerly of Strathclair, passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 103 years. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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MONTGOMERY: Reginald (Reg) Donald Montgomery, April 2, 1937-February 4, 2016. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Reg Montgomery at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg on February 4, 2016 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Alexander; mother, Marjorie and brother, Bob. His loss is deeply felt by his wife Shirley of 32 years and children Jim (Rhonda), Rob (Judy), Marilyn, Ron, Debbie (Barry), Larry (Lorie), Randy (Pat); brothers and sisters, Margaret, (Charlie), Stan, Bruce (Irene), Sandra (Les), Debbie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. Reg was a kind and gentle man, always willing to lend a helping hand. He was not a plumber by trade however many family and friends in the Erickson/Otter Lake area relied heavily on his expertise to fix their plumbing dilemmas. One of Reg’s greatest joys was “Garage Saleing”; he took great pleasure in dickering over the price and sharing the bounties of his finds. He loved teasing the children and was well known for his candy stash that he shared with kids young and old. The family wishes to thank the staff of Victoria General Hospital for their sincere care and support. Cremation has occurred and a Celebration of Reg’s life will occur at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, if desired, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice. Voyage Funeral Home and Crematorium in care of arrangements.
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McGILL: Dennis Garth McGill of Calgary, formerly of Brandon, brother of Wayne and Murray, passed away at Peter Lougheed Centre, Calgary, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the age of 63. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in Brandon at a later date. Donations in memory of Dennis may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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GUTTMAN: We want to announce the end of a life well lived. Elizabeth (Liz) Guttman passed away at Country Meadows Care Home in Neepawa in the wee hours of February 10, 2016. Our mom was never boring. She worked hard and played even harder. She was highly social and loved to be with people. Mom was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame with the Boissevain Border Queens (1964-1968) and played the game well past her 60’s. She loved sports (especially her Blue Jays), games, cards, Bingo, lottery and Vegas. She bowled, curled, golfed and inspired others to try to keep up. She worked at the Bamboo Gardens for many years and at the Neepawa Hospital until retirement; then at Harris Pharmacy until her mid 70’s. She laughed uproariously; she feuded zealously. She was the life of the party, but never wanted to be the center of attention. She considered calling people s***head a term of endearment! She greatly enjoyed her kids and grandkids and was always up for anything they wanted to do. Neepawa would not have been the same over the last 45 years without Lizzy Guttman. Mom was born in Saskatchewan on August 31, 1937, to Agnes and Edward Toth; Hungarian farmers. She met Dad while they both were working at Hook’s Camp in Ontario and married him in 1955 in Plumas. They moved all over the Province as Dad served with Manitoba Conservation (Mafeking, Arborg, Grandview, Boissevain, McCreary, Neepawa). Mom joined clubs and got involved in each community she lived in, making life-long friends.Liz is survived by her sisters Matty and Hilda and her brother Albert. She is pre-deceased by her husband Hugh Guttman, brothers Desso, Eddie, Joe, Steve, Lloyd and her sister Margaret. Liz leaves her children, Dale (Laura), Lori (Bruce), Andrea (Darvin) and Glen (Andrea) and her grandchildren, Erich, Alanna, Aaron, Eden, Jordan, Savannah, Jamie, Jakob, Max, Karina, Maggie, and Nathan. We thank (and could not possibly mention everyone) her family on both the Toth and Guttman side and her huge circle of friends and neighbours for their contribution to Liz’s life. We thank the staff at Country Meadows for the excellent care of our Mom and White’s Funeral Home for their compassionate guidance. Services will be held at the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016 with a luncheon to follow. Details will be posted on Facebook. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation or a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
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FOTHERINGHAM:Diane Leslie (nee Styles), beloved wife of Jack, of 55 years, passed away suddenly on January 26, 2016 in Brandon, MB at the age of 80 years.   Diane leaves to mourn her children, Jodi, Lori (Fred Greig), Jeff (Janine) and Nancy, as well as her six grandchildren, Allison, Stephanie (Jordan Roper), Cameron (Jordan), Jack, Clare and Meg and her great granddaughter Isla. Nephews and Nieces: Shane, Kim and Shannon Styles, Grant & Gregg Fotheringham, Cheryl Libonati and all of their families, as well as many dear relatives and friends.  Diane was born in Winnipeg Manitoba to loving parents Bill and Florence Styles, and was a big sister to her brother Grant.  At the age of ten her family moved to Calgary, AB where Diane completed her schooling and post secondary training.  She worked for a number of years for a stock broker in Calgary.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Jack Fotheringham.  They were married in 1960 and moved to Bentley, AB where she was the high school secretary before beginning to raise their family.  In 1967 they moved to Edmonton, AB where they lived for the next six years before a transfer to Calgary, AB.  After two years Diane and Jack decided to embark on a new adventure.  They moved to Avondale Seed Farm at Reston MB in the summer of 1975.  The farm was their home until moving into Reston in 1990.  Diane and Jack enjoyed their most recent move to Brandon, MB in the spring of 2013.  Diane was many things to many people, but first and foremost she was a loving partner to Jack, a devoted Mum, and a loving Gramma.  Diane and Jack enjoyed a life together that included many changes in career as well as location.  However, one thing that never changed was Diane's commitment to her family, community and church.  Diane was an active volunteer to numerous organizations in every community in which she lived.  Diane enjoyed traveling far and wide, she loved visiting people, scrap booking, curling, photography, writing, flowers, birds, and many other beautiful things, just like her. A funeral service and interment took place on January 30, 2016 in Reston, MB. In memory of Diane, donations may be made to the Reston and Area Foundation, St. John's Anglican Church (Reston) or a charity of choice.
Expressions of condolence or cherished memories can be made at: carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
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DAVIS: Betty Davis passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the age of 86 years. A Memorial Service will be in held in May, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty may be made to a Charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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RUTLEDGE: Yvonne Marion Rutledge, March 31, 1933 - February 8, 2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Yvonne Marion Rutledge (nee Warnock) at her home in Winnipeg. Yvonne is survived by her daughter Tracy Rutledge (David Jackson), grandsons Noah and Rory and granddaughter, Montana of Winnipeg; daughter Jodi Craig, (Drew) of Vancouver, grandson, Dillon, and granddaughters, Stephanie and Jamie. Yvonne is also survived by her brother, Lynn Warnock. Yvonne had a full life with her family and friends. She enjoyed curling for many years with the Fort Rouge Curling Club, playing bridge with her various bridge club friends, painting with the St. James Art Club and golfing as a member of the Breezy Bend Country Club. She also shared her love of golf with her daughters and introduced them to the game when they were young. A particular highlight was the annual golf game at the cottage with her girls. She loved her summers at the cottage at Clear Lake where she spent time with her family and friends. She was a lifetime member of the Clear Lake Ladies Golf Club and competitor in the annual Tamarack Golf Tournament. Yvonne loved family dinners and ‘Rib Night’ where family gathered for the annual occasion featuring ‘Nana’s’ secret rib recipe. Closest to her heart were her cherished memories of watching her own children and grandchildren grow up. Yvonne was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the first responder team and the staff at the Grace hospital for their care and professionalism. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 1:00 p.m. at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street.
Bardal Funeral Home,843 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-7474Condolences: www.bardal.ca
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KELLEHER: Into God’s eternal embrace entered Marion Janet Kelleher on the morning of Wednesday February 10th, 2016 in Thunder Bay: loving, devoted, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Marion was born December 12th, 1932 in Brandon, Manitoba to the late Nellie and Tom Skoblack. She was born into the Great Depression, the middle of three daughters. In spite of her meager beginnings, her family life was rich in faith and love. Marion’s mother instilled the ideals of family and faith and imparted these wholly. From these teachings, Marion came to value the importance of family and faith in everyday life and used these ideals to guide her throughout her life. She was an active member of the Catholic Church. As a teenager in Brandon, she would meet her future husband, Jack (John) Kelleher whom she shared a kinship for faith and family. Jack and Marion would wed on August 15th, 1970 at St. Augustine’s Church Brandon. As opportunity to relocate came their way they moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario where they would set down roots in the community and continue to grow their family. Marion is survived by her husband Dr. Jack Kelleher, daughter Robyn (Colin), son Paul all of Thunder Bay, daughter Colleen (Peter) of Toronto. Grandchildren Jessica (Scott), Brandon and Dustin all of Thunder Bay. Great grandson, Seth of Thunder Bay. Sisters Josephine of Parksville and Shirley of Nanaimo, British Columbia, relatives in Brandon, Manitoba and other parts of the country. Marion was predeceased by her loving parents, Nellie (2009) and Tom Skoblack (1970), as well as numerous beloved relatives. Funeral services for Marion Kelleher will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, when family and friends will gather for Funeral Mass at 11:00am, at St. Peter's Church celebrated by Rev. Terry Sawchuk. Services will be complete in the church with creamation to follow. Final interment will take place at a later date in Brandon, Manitoba. Visitation will be Friday evening February 12, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at St. Peter's Church with Vigil Prayers offered at 7:00pm. Should friends so desire, memorials to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
On-line Condolencesmay be sent towww.blakefuneralchapel.com
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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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