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BATTLEY: The death of Walter Alfred "Mick" Battley occurred on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born May 21, 1932 at Knowlton, Quebec, Mick served in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring in 1984. Mick is survived by: his beloved wife Lois; children: Kathy (Lorne), Rick (Donna) and Kerry; grandchildren: Sean (Tara), Cole (Theresa), Alex, Gord, Leigh (Carlos); great- grandson Griffin and numerous nephews and nieces across Canada. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Kevin and grandson Brady. A private graveside ceremony was held at the Brandon Cemetery. Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain officiated.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
SHEWCHUK: Ethel Marguerite Shewchuck (Carefoot), November 3, 1915 – June 21, 2015. It is with sadness we announce that Ethel passed away at the Erickson Personal Care Home in her 100th year. Ethel was born at Hargrave, MB; the eldest daughter of Foster and Dorothy Carefoot. She leaves to mourn her sister Eileen Campbell, her son Laurel, her daughter Gladys Mark (Harold), her sons Barry (Sylvia) and Wayne (Charlotte). She was blessed with and treasured her special relationships with her 2 grandsons, Curtis (Jennie) Shewchuk and David (Tammy) Shewchuk. She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Marvin, her brothers Roy, Earl and Melvin, and her sister Zena Rennick. Mom was known for her uncanny ability to feed any number of friends and seed customers at a moment’s notice. It was amazing how many happened to turn up at meal time! Her boisterous laugh, easy going sense of humor and joy of being with people got her through the depression, 63 years of marriage and helping to turn a struggling quarter section of land into an incredibly successful registered seed growing operation. As a carefree youth, she enjoyed dancing, card parties, curling and entertaining numerous friends and relatives. In latter years visiting with her children and grandchildren proved to be a highlight of her life. It is with heartfelt gratitude that the family wishes to recognize the outstanding care by the staff at the Erickson Personal Care Home. They treated mom as a very special lady from the day she entered the Care Home until the day of her untimely passing. A private family celebration of life was held on Thursday, June 25, 2015. In lieu of flowers, if anyone wishes, donations may be made in her memory to the Erickson District Health Activity Centre, 60 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
ROBERTS: Basil William "Bill" Roberts passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 28, 2014 after a year long struggle with lung cancer. Born in Toronto, Ontario on May 16, 1929, Basil grew up in Brandon, and although he lived in Saskatchewan at some points, he always returned home to Brandon. Bill loved his Sunday drives with Jessie and in earlier years enjoyed fishing. He also loved watching the Toronto Blue Jays ball games! Bill worked for Scott National Drink Co., Northwest Beverages, Modern Dairies, and after retiring went on to work at the YMCA for six more years. He always worked hard and instilled those values in his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren so much. He loved to drive, and Grandpa would always be available to drive any and all wherever they needed to go. Bill was predeceased by his daughter Gail Louise Hersey in 2008, parents Paulene and Anthony, brothers Peter, Michael, John and sisters Kathleen, Mary, and Olga (Blondie). He leaves his loving wife Jessie of almost 65 years, daughters Judy (Dale) Elder, Joan (Lorne) Roberts, and son Bill (Tracey) Roberts; grandchildren Lisa, Brett, Kara, Breanna and their families, son-in-law Brian Hersey, as well as sisters Tillie Grant and Anne (Ed) Sherban, and numerous nephews and nieces. At Bill's request, no formal service was held and interment will take place at a future date. Thank you to Memories Chapel who took care of our family during this time. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
LARKIN: January 16, 1930 - June 21, 2015. Hugh A Larkin died peacefully at Sidney All Care surrounded by the love of his family. Hugh will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce; children Cheryl (Randy) Chisholm; Pat (Bev) Larkin; Dean (Judy) Larkin; Brian (Susan) Larkin; grandchildren Rory (Holly) Chisholm, Ryan Chisholm, Nicole Larkin, Kerry (Adam) Hartman, Shane Larkin, Tyler Larkin; great grandchildren Ray & Beau Chisholm and Brooke & Cole Hartman. Hugh was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and grew up in Teulon Manitoba. He married Joyce Loreen Gillespie in 1953. Hugh started his work career with GMAC in Winnipeg and then Brandon. He moved the family to Virden Manitoba in 1963 and in partnership bought his first car dealership. Virden was where the family grew up. Hugh was active in the community and had many great times golfing and curling. The cabin at Oak Lake was where the family spent their summers and we will cherish those memories of fun on the lake and late night card games with friends. Hugh purchased Brandon Chrysler Dodge in 1975. In 1988 he and Joyce decided to retire and they moved to Arbutus Ridge, BC where they spent 25 years enjoying trips on their boat, golfing and time spent with familly and friends. There will be a family service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a Parkinson's Society. The family would like to thank the staff at Sidney All Care for the wonderful care they gave Dad these last few months.
LaPIERRE:Mrs. Helen LaPierre passed away on Monday June 23, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Longer obituary to follow.
HUDD: 1929-2015. Francis Edward Hudd, age 85 and resident of Dauphin, passed away on Tuesday June 9, 2015 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre. Frank was born on October 24, 1929 in Brandon, Manitoba to parents Harold and Ida Hudd. Frank was schooled in Brandon at St. Augustine and Brandon Collegiate, and at the age of 17, began his adult working career at CKX as a Radio Engineer’s assistant, paving the way into a 37 1/2 year career with Manitoba Telephone Systems and their new microwave network. On June 6, 1959, Frank married Barbara Helen Webster of Rapid City, Manitoba. During their first five years of marriage , they resided in three different communities, and had one child in each. Duane in Brandon (1960), Brian in Winnipeg (1962) and Shannan in Dauphin (1965), after which they decided to stop moving because it was causing children. Frank was a dedicated MTS employee through on to retirement, an avid member of Dauphin’s coffee crowd, and a passionate member of both the Knights of Columbus and the local chapter (Keystone Chorus) of SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America). He was equally dedicated to visiting his extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles who resided in Brandon or gathered at Clear Lake – this was very important to him. Not one to leave “Dauphin Unattended” very often, he did a vacation each year when the kids were young, typically two weeks during the heat of August in a non-air-conditioned car to test the melting point of the family. Frank rarely paused, other than to eat and sleep; no task was too daunting, and nothing was so broken that it could not be fixed. An example of the latter (and a Dauphin institution) was his notoriously baby blue, 1967 Dodge panel van. The van had already lived a full, productive life as a Lennox Furnace service vehicle by the time Frank acquired it in 1977, sanded off the company lettering, and had it sprayed a fresh coat of baby-blue. The van would haunt Dauphin streets (ever so slowly) for another 30 years before finally retiring when Parkinson’s prevented Frank from clutching through the gears. Frank was always a strong supporter of community and family, and proud of what he, the groups he belonged to, and his family could accomplish. Like many others in town, he was a cog in the machinery that keeps the village moving, as well as the other half of the division of labour that raised a family, to raise their own families, which are now themselves raising families. He was involved with, and was a contributor to the circle of life. Frank leaves behind, to cherish many special memories, his three children: Shannan (Randy), Brian (Carolyn) and Duane (Nina), four grandchildren: Carissa, Amanda, Lindsey, and Taylor as well as four great grandchildren: Aly, Blake, Chloe, and Hailey. Frank was predeceased by his parents and by his loving wife Barbara. A celebration of Franks life was held on Saturday , June 20th at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church in Dauphin, Manitoba. With interment following in Dauphin’s Riverside Cemetery. The family would like to extend many thanks to the many people who helped Frank live life over the years, including the Parkland Regional Health Authority, specifically the very helpful staff at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, the Home Care Program, and at the Dauphin Personal Care home. Should friends so desire, in accordance with Franks wishes, memorial donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Dauphin and District Community Foundation – Humane Society Fund. Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services was in care of the arrangements.
DUNN: Verner Watt passed away on Sunday, June 21st, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon after a very brief illness. Verner was born on July 18, 1936 and was raised in Alexander, Manitoba. Verner was predeceased by his parents Evelyn and Stanley Dunn and his brother Clark. He is survived by his sister, Margie (Bernie) Smith of Calgary as well as nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon. Braendle-Bruce eral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
FELL: Allan G. Fell passed away June 11, 2015 at the Souris Health Centre after a brief illness. He is survived by daughters; Donna Dornian and Connie (Ken) Saban, grandchildren; Shaune (Susan) Dornian, Kristine (Myles) Branconnier, Jamie Dornian, Adam (Carman) Saban, Stephen Saban and Cali Saban, Great grandchildren; Austin and Gage and his little dog Butch. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Jones) in 2002 and his sister Viola Madams. After a brief stint in the Navy as a teenager, Al began his career with Manitoba Telephone System. He was stationed in various locations but settled in Souris where he raised his family. Al retired in 1985 and he and Marg spent many winters in Arizona and Texas. During the spring and fall he also worked for Prairie Gold Fertilizer delivering anhydrous ammonia to farmer’s fields. He made lasting friendships with his co-workers there. In later years, Allan focused his energy on his yard and the never ending battle with the pine cones and needles. His friend and neighbour, Wayne, was a great help to him hauling cones to the dump or clearing snow. The Royal Canadian Legion of particular importance to Allan. He served as President on numerous terms. The family would like to thank the Legion Ladies and Honor Guard, and all who attended or sent flowers, cards or tributes. A graveside funeral service was held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Al, donation may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
DENBOW: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Rita Cecile Denbow, on June 17, 2015, at the age of 83. On September 21, 1931, Rita Cecile Bertholet was born in Grande Clairiere to Laura (Marcq) and Joseph Bertholet, who had immigrated from Belgium. She was the second youngest child of twelve. As a child, Rita attended the Convent and, in later years, would reminisce fondly of her time spent there. Through her whole life, her faith continued to guide her. On August 2, 1947, Rita married Wilfred Earl Scott Denbow in Grande Clairiere. Rita, coming from a family of twelve, had no fear of marrying into the Denbow Clan of twelve, who welcomed her with open arms. Together, Mom and Dad worked on the family farm and raised their eight children. They were a team, spending countless hours milking cows and doing other chores. Rita always had a clean house, a huge garden and a pantry full of canned goods. Family was always important to Rita. Each year, on Christmas Eve, fifty or more people would gather at her home and share in amazing feasts served on real china with wine glasses and silverware. We enjoyed cut-throat gift exchanges, games and laughter, road hockey, and even arm wrestling competitions. Each year, Rita would buy every one of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids a Christmas gift and never expected anything in return. Rita always had an endless supply of baking, cookies and lemon loaves in particular, just in case company would happen to stop by. One of the most cherished gifts her grandkids have is the afghan she knitted for each one and gave to them on their high school graduation day. Being the athlete and avid sports fan that she was, Rita raised numerous successful athletes of her own and took great pride in her kids’ and grandkids’ accomplishments. In 1983, Rita and Scotty moved into Souris where Rita became quite active in the community. She was involved in a number of groups (Legion Ladies, CWA, Whitfield and Breezelawn Ladies, The Fellowship Club, and the Across the Creek Gang). Rita was employed as a nurse’s aid at Victoria Park Lodge and loved her house in town and all of her wonderful neighbors. Rita was a caring person, who was beautiful inside and out. She was admired for her cheerfulness, her devotion to her family, her strength of character, her hardworking ethics, and her sense of fun. She had a beautiful smile, with sparkly eyes, and was always delighted to see you. She will be forever in our hearts and on our minds. Rita passed away peacefully at the Souris Health Centre, surrounded by family. She is predeceased by 10 siblings (Vital, Frank, Marc, Bert, Larry, Jules, Maurice, Louise, Ernestine and Marie), her infant son, Wayne, husband, Scott, daughter-in-law, Sheryl, and many members from the Denbow and Bertholet families. She is survived by her sister, Ann Marie Bauche, her sisters-in-law, Marie and Celina Bertholet, brother-in-law, Ross Denbow, and her eight children: David Denbow, Kenneth Denbow, Karen McDowell (Gary), Cameron Denbow (Wendy), Wilma Morrison (Greg), Nina Cowan (Bill), Tracy Phillips (Wes), and Rhonda Denbow (Jen Holoien). She will also be sorely missed by her eighteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Prayers were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday, June 19th, 2015. On Saturday, June 20th, 2015, Funeral mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Interment at Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. Our family would like to express our sincerest thanks to Dr. Cram and the entire staff at the Souris Health Centre for your compassionate care. Thanks also to Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Father Michael, the choir, St. Mary’s CWL and Legion Ladies Aux. Thank you to all family and friends for your overwhelming support through donations, meals and baking, cards and flowers, calls, visits and other acts of kindness.
CARROLL: Henry N. Carroll QC. Henry Carroll died on June 19, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Gail, and two children: son, Dennis, and his wife, Kathy of Chicago, IL, and daughter, Dr. Leslie Rowan, her husband, Keith, and their two sons, Benjamin and Luke, of Grand Forks, ND. He also leaves behind his very special Siberian Huskies, Daisy and Ruby. Henry graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School and was called to the Bar in 1964. He practiced law in Brandon for forty-four years. He had a large and devoted clientele, many of whom became personal friends. He was appointed a QC in 1974. He was the Member of the Legislature for Brandon West from 1981 to 1986. At Henry’s request, there will be no funeral. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of their choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
ARMSTRONG: Dorothy O. Armstrong, beloved wife of the late Donald Armstrong, died June 25, 2015 at Evergreen Place Personal Care Home in Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 90. A graveside service will be held Thursday July 2, 2015 at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Following the service a time of visitation and refreshments will be held in the lower hall of St. Paul's United Church. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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CARKENER: Dwight Lenoard passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the age of 65 years. He was born in Brandon on November 23, 1949 and lived most of his life in the "East End". Dwight attended King George, Earl Haig and BCI. In 1970, he married Faye (nee Neale). Dwight worked for about twenty-five years for Nexen Chemicals before ill health forced him to take L.T.D. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, watching birds, reading and just sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee. Dwight really enjoyed visits from the grandchildren. In later years, we had many small dogs that brought him much love. Dwight was predeceased by his father Bob and his parents-in-law Marion and Ross Neale. He is survived by his wife Faye of forty five years; son Ian (Jody), grandchildren Caitlyn and Warren; daughter Nancy (Erik) Adema, grandchildren Farran and Taven. He is also survived by his mother Lois; brother Jim (Gail) of Vancouver; sister- in-law Ann (Dave) Pickford and sister-in-law Joan (Arnold) Winstone. A Come and Go Reception will take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell Street, on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Dwight may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
ANDERSON: Harvey Anderson of Erickson, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the age of 72 years. Harvey is survived by his brother, Brian (Darlene) Anderson of Brandon and many nieces and nephews. A private family service will take place at a later date with interment at the Erickson Cemetery.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake are in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
MELLIN: Surrounded by her family, Effie “Joyce” Mellin passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Joyce was predeceased by her husband “Mel”, brothers Wallace and Bruce, sister Linda and parents, Leila and Cliff Buckley. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Barrie (Wanda) and daughter Shari (Bob) Haverstock, grandchildren Justin Mellin, Ryan (Susan) Haverstock and Trevor Haverstock (Brittany Adriaansen), and great-grandchildren Keirstyn and Sydney Haverstock. Mom’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her and she loved them very much. Joyce is also survived by her sisters Sandra (Bob) Speight and Val Swain, sisters-in-law Marg Buckley and Joan Buckley, a very special aunt, Marion Gibbons, and many nieces and nephews. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Kidney Foundation, Westman Office, P.O. Box 20077, Brandon South Post Office, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y8, (204) 717-0432.
“Mom, you were always there for us. We will always love you and never forget how special you are.”
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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