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CAMPBELL: Mary Campbell passed away at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by her children Helen Stewart of Carman, Darlene Lenton of Brandon, Laurie (Joan) Campbell of Gladstone; 8 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild; and brother Eddie (Doreen) Small. She was predeceased by her parents George and Pauline Schmall; son Lyle; sons in law Dubby Stewart, Barry Lenton and Ken Struth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, 108 B Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 0L1. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Gladstone United Church with Rita Friesen officiating. Interment will follow at the Mekiwin Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone~MacGregor
BOURASSA: Dr. Barbara Bourassa, beloved wife of Dr. Don Williamson and mother of Lauren Davies, Danielle, Hailey and Marley Williamson, grandmother of Bethany Davies, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 59 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation fund will be set up in Barb’s memory in support of the Suzuki Music Program. Donation and complete obituary information to follow.
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BONE: Roman Jonathan Rane Bone, “Washquabenchee,”- Blue Thunderbird Boy, of Brandon, MB, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on May 23, 2016 at the age of 8 months. Roman is survived by his mother Alisha Tiyo Dawn Bone (Colin), sister Brianna, brother Vincent, brother Braven, Aunt Melissa, cousin Aiden, Uncle Sheldon (Tammy), cousins Seth, Autumn and Ethan, Uncle Derek, cousins Cleo and Dustin, grandmother Louise, grandfather Al, great-grandmother Ethel, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. The Wake will be held at the Friendship Centre, 205 College Avenue, on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Traditional Feast will take place at the Friendship Centre on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
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JONES: Muriel Jones, beloved wife of the Late Reg Jones, of Elkhorn, Manitoba passed away at Reston Health Centre – Reston, Manitoba on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Funeral Services will be held from St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Elkhorn at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th with Fr. Don Bernhardt officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Muriel.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
COOKSON: Edna Mae Cookson (Armstrong) went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, May 23rd at her home at Riverheights Terrace, with her husband of 44 years, Charlie at her side. A retired elementary school teacher with the Brandon School Division, she spent her career of 36 years helping children and young people achieve. An accomplished musician, she played and taught piano, organ and trumpet.  Edna lived her life in service to God and was a lifelong member of The Salvation Army in Brandon where she led the band for over 35 years. Edna is survived by husband Charlie Cookson, son Dave (Wanda) Cookson, daughter Beverleigh (Kevin) Broughton, grandchildren Lee Bater, Andrew, Ryan & Kyle Broughton, Zachary & Joshua Cookson, and great-grandson Jayden Broughton; brother Elliott Armstrong, sisters Lillian Howell & Gladys Thompson as well as many nieces and nephews. Edna is predeceased by sons Rick Reid & Brian Cookson, parents Myrtle & George Armstrong & sister Gertrude Kingdon. There will be an open visitation on Saturday, May 28th at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 30th at The Salvation Army Citadel, 9 Princess Ave. E., at 10:30 a.m.; interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army– Brandon Citadel, 9 Princess Ave. E., Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8 or the Brandon University Foundation, “Brandon University School of Music”, 270 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9, would be appreciated.
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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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