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SIMON: Audrey Jean Simon, of Neepawa, MB; beloved wife of the late George Simon, entered into rest on January 3, 2016 at the age of 85 years. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB. Interment to follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made 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.
MILLER: Robert John Miller. March 16, 1943 - December 30, 2015. Robert (Bob) Miller, aged 72, passed away peacefully at Pembina Manitou Health Centre on December 30, 2015, succumbing to cancer. He leaves to mourn many friends, relatives and former students. Bob was predeceased by his parents Cecil and Florence (McArter) Miller. Bob was born in Deloraine, Manitoba and grew up on the farm near Medora. He attended Sherwood School and when it closed, attended Medora. He went to Deloraine for high school. Bob then went off to Brandon University to become a teacher. His first and most loved school was Nellie McClung High School. Many of those students are still his friends. He left Manitou in 1974 and taught at Flin Flon, Riverton, and Macgregor after that. In the early 80’s Bob decided teaching was no longer for him and he moved to Winnipeg. He worked casually in various places in Winnipeg. He lived with and helped his Aunt Edna McArter until her passing. He then moved to Brandon. His parents lived in Brandon and were in their senior years. He was close by to be of assistance and also to help his Aunt Nora Onslow and cousin who also lived in Brandon. Eventually his father passed away, his mother moved to a care home and passed away, and his aunt also passed away. In 2003 he moved back to his beloved Manitou. As one of his friends so aptly put it, Manitou adopted him as one of their own. He felt so at home and loved by the people of Manitou. His yard and little house gave him pleasure and so did the freedom he now enjoyed. Bob believed in community and he excelled at volunteering! Following are a few of the groups that benefitted from Bob's volunteerism. There was the choir at the United Church, working for the church setting up for funerals, counting out soup labels and participating in events there. At floor curling he sai he even washed the floor on his knees. He also volunteered at the log house including through the Amazing Race events, at the Honey Garlic and Maple Syrup Festival where he floured the chicken and manned the drink booth. He was the Passion Play greeter and also on a committee at the Pembina Manitou Care Center. He loved every minute of this, even though he grumbled a bit. Coffee, at the various spots around Manitou or in Brandon, when he visited his cousin monthly, was always an enjoyable time. Bob loved people and loved nothing better than listening to their life stories and interjecting encouragement where he could. Bob touched many lives in his unassuming way and we shall miss him deeply. The funeral service will be held Friday January 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrews United Church in Manitou. Reception to follow at the church. Interment of the ashes will be held at the Medora Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pembina Manitou Health Center Palliative Care or St. Andrews United Church Memorial Fund. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you. Psalm 42: 6
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HAMMOND: Brian Edwin Hammond, beloved husband of Marg, father of Brad, Bob and Sook died January 5, 2016 in the Boissevain Health Centre at the age of 71 years. Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the St Paul’s United Church, Boissevain, Manitoba. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Brian to Boissevain Health Centre Palliative Care, Box 899, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0 or to the Boissevain & Morton Foundation; Box 1075, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0.
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McLEOD: Surrounded by family, Dona J. H. McLeod passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was born on April 3, 1927, to parents James and Eva Howell of Roland, Manitoba. The family moved to Baldur in 1936, where she finished her schooling. Dona then taught on a permit for a year, before taking her teacher training at Normal School. While teaching at Aberdeen School she met Jack McLeod and they were married on October 14, 1950. This year they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They lived with Jack's mother and stepfather for three years. In 1951, Neil was born. They moved to Jack's grandfather's homestead in 1953. Three more children were born while living at Mather; Bev, Shelly and Don. At Mather, Dona was kept busy with farming, milking cows, planting apple trees, growing a garden, teaching Sunday School, belonging to UCW, preparing food and caring for the children. In her spare time she caught for a Ladies Softball Team and curled in the winter. In 1966, the family moved to Brandon. Dona went back to teaching in the fall of 1968 at ACC in the Adult Basic Training Department, retiring in June 1990. In 1986, Jack and Dona moved to a farm in the Brandon Hills and remained there until November 2004. She was a 25 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Dona's love of the outdoors always showed as she watched and fed the birds and tended her yard and flowers. Once retired, she enjoyed curling, bowling and golfing. In 2004, Dona and Jack moved back into Brandon. Predeceased by her parents Jim and Eva Howell; brother and sister- in-law Delorie and Betty Howell; mother-in-law and step-father Maggie and Ed Croskery; brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Evelyn McLeod, and brother-in-law Fraser McLeod and nephew Keith McLeod. Remaining to cherish Dona's memory are her husband Jack; children Neil (Kathy), Bev, Michelle (Tim) Lockridge, Don (Lorri); grandchildren Katelyn (Mike Gough), Sharra, Clayton, Tyrel, and Paige; brother Lyle and wife Pat; brother and sister-in-law Angus and Dorothy McLeod, sister-in-law Joan McLeod and many nieces and nephews. Flowers are gratefully declined. The Service of Remembrance will take place at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Donations in memory of Dona may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
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MAW: Wreatha Evelyn (nee Stott), September 1, 1947 - December 30, 2015. I left you tonight but please don’t cry for me. My long painful journey and battle with MS is over. I will be someplace where I can walk in the garden and get my hands in the dirt like I used to. I will do all the things I ever wanted. Without the limitations I had when I was with you. Send the damn wheelchair back, I’m done with it. When you think of me, remember the laughter, the family gatherings, the family trips, teaching the kids to ski, getting stuck in Bow Valley, Alberta and all the fun we had bowling and watching a bad movie. Remember Disneyland and Universal Studios and the rain in San Diego that should have been a bummer but we didn’t care because it was CALIFORNIA. Those are the things to remember and cherish. To my husband Jack, my children Allison (Vince) and Riley (Ha Jung) and my grandchildren (Ronan and Owen), just know I love you; that’s all you need to know. To my brother Wayne (Shirley), I need you to remember all the fun we had growing up on the farm and to my niece and nephew, Tracey and Trevor, it was wonderful to have you come and stay with us every summer. Lastly, to the staff at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home, I cannot express how blessed I was to have you as caregivers. There will be a special family gathering in the summer, so no funeral is planned (I asked for that). Please no flowers, if you wish, make a donation to a charity of your choice or better yet, do something nice for someone this week.
~ Love always, Wreatha
FEHR: James “Jim” Abraham passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on January 1, 2016 at the age of 67 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Darlene, daughter Shelley (Eric) Kretchman, son Jamey (Jonelle) and daughter Tammy (Kelly), 11 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. A time of visitation will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 114 Ashgrove Blvd., on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Laurel Seyfert officiating. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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EWASIUK: Marion Joyce, widow of the late Peter Ewasiuk, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Born at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 25, 1931, Marion lived in Rivers, later moving to Brandon. Marion married the love of her life Peter. They shared 55 wonderful years together, raising three children Terry, Heather (Kevin) and Michael (Christine); grandchildren Anson, Erica, Trevor, Lance, Derek and Jessica and great-grandchildren Tyarra, Jadden, Ethan and Austin. Marion was predeceased by her parents Ellen and John Melinchuck, Auntie Minnie Forman and cousin Barry Forman. Marion is survived by two brothers Edward Melinchuk (Faye), Larry Melinchuk, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. And also will be missed by dogs "Toro" and "Reno". The Ceremony to Celebrate Marion's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating. Cantor will be Stella Fedeniuk. Interment will follow at the Veterans' Section of the Brandon Cemetery. A special thank you to Dr. Egan, nurses and staff at Fairview who provided care over the years. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Marion may be made to a charity of choice.
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EVANS: Leonard “Len” Evans, cherished husband of the late Alice Evans and beloved father of Brenda, Janet and Randy, passed away peacefully at the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the age of 86 years. A public Celebration of Len’s Life will take place at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Len may be made to the Len Evans Scholarship Fund. Please make cheques payable to: Brandon University Foundation, c/o Brandon University Foundation, 270-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BEAUPRE: Alphonse Beaupre, beloved husband of the late Pearl Beaupre, dad to Charles (Feng), Mark (Giselle), Ian (Cheryll), Raymond, and Shawna, died December 30, 2015 at the Tri-Lake Health Centre Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 83 years. Memorial Service will be be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Dunrea, Manitoba at 1:00 p.m. Private interment will take place at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Alphonse may be made to the Tri-Lake Health Centre Palliative Care Fund, Box 5000, Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0 or to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service 204-523-7791
STEWART: Lloyd Cameron passed away on December 31, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon a few weeks after his 94th birthday. Beloved husband and best friend of Clara for sixty-nine and a half years. Loving father of Wayne, Ron and his wife Terry, Beth and Maureen. Dear brother to Sam and his wife Charlotte and Harold and his wife Betty. Also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Angela, Vanessa, Lisa, Chelsey, Kelly, Connor, Ariel and Caitlin and by his great-grandchildren William, Ava, Matthew, Ethan and Emily. Lloyd grew up in Decker and served in the medical corps in England during World War II. He returned to Decker afterwards and farmed nearby before retiring in Brandon. Lloyd was active in the community. He was the secretary-treasurer of both the school board and the curling club, he served in the local legion, and he regularly drove a school van. Lloyd always enjoyed sports and activities. He was an excellent horseshoe and tennis player, he was a pitcher for Decker’s fastball team, he curled every winter, and he never tired of cribbage. Later on he turned to golf and was a founding member of the Hamiota Golf Club. As well, Lloyd was an ardent Toronto Blue Jays fan. An interment ceremony will be held for family members at the Hamiota Cemetery at 2 pm on Monday, January 4, 2016 and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of choice. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744
HEAMAN: Elizabeth Irene (Betty) Heaman, beloved wife of Walter and loving mother of Anne, Bill, Doug, Bob and Ken, passed away at her farm home in the Rural Municipality of Wallace – Woodworth, Manitoba on Wednesday; December 30, 2015 in her 78th year. Funeral Services will be held from St. Paul’s United Church – Virden at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday; January 6, 2016 with The Reverend Janis Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Bennett Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Virden and Area Palliative Care in memory of Betty. E-mail messages of condolence or sign the online Book of Condolence at G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel – Virden in care of arrangements.
HANSON: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Linda Hanson, on Sunday, December 27, 2015, just six days before her 92nd birthday. Remaining to forever cherish her memory are her daughter, Janet Nylen of Oakbank, Manitoba; granddaughter, Tracy Nylen of Winnipeg; as well as her grandson and his family, James (Pennie), Jaime, Trinity and Chase Nylen of Erickson, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1986 and her son Bob in 2002. On January 2, 1924, Linda was born in Bacup, Lanceshire, England. Near the beginning of WWII, she met her future husband, when he was stationed in England and came to visit his cousins. After the war they were married and Linda crossed the Atlantic with many other war brides who came to Canada. Originally, thinking that they would move back to England in a year or so, they made their first home together in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, where Bob was born. In 1948, they moved to Brandon, Manitoba where they lived for over 40 years. They made many special friends in Brandon and Linda never regretted not moving back to England, although she did go back to visit there several times. Linda was a trained bookkeeper and had an aptitude for accounting, but in 1966 she went back to school to pursue her true passion; helping people; and she became a Welfare Worker. Linda truly enjoyed her work but took early retirement to care for her husband. Soon after her husband died, Linda moved to Oakbank to be closer to her children, but she always kept in touch with her Brandon friends as well as many friends she still had in England. Linda enjoyed traveling and her trips took her to Jamaica, Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona, the Maritimes, British Columbia as well as England. She was very resourceful and talented and willing to try different challenges which included building the much loved cabin at 5th St. N in Clear Lake, Manitoba, upholstering furniture, sewing wedding and grad dresses, to name but a few. Linda also enjoyed wallpapering, gardening, cooking her family’s favorites and up until the last 18 months or so, she kept active with current affairs, crosswords and of course her favorite, Sudoku. In compliance with Linda’s wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend many thanks to the care and compassion given to our Mum/Grandma by the staff at Betel Personal Care Home in Selkirk over the last 11 months. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to a charity of choice. For those who wish to sign Wojcik’s online Guest Book please visit our website Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 1020 Main Street,
HAMILTON: It is with profound sadness that the family of Margaret Alexis Hamilton announce her death on Monday, December 28, 2015. Predeceased by her son Billy, and grandsons Kelsey Dane and Richard Bouverat, Marg will be remembered with love by her husband Bill and her four daughters; Nancy Hamilton (Rob Lamont), Colleen Funk (Ron), Barb Howe (Brian), Karen Bouverat (Bob); daughter-in-law Stacie Clark; sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Bob (Bev), Andy (Lorna) and sisters-in-law Ruth, Dorothy, and Dale. Born in Virden, Manitoba on December 25, 1937 to Art and Dorothy Harris, Marg was the only daughter in a family of six children. The Harris family moved to Brandon when she was very young. As a young woman, Marg went to business college and worked for a doctor's office. On May 24, 1958, Marg married Bill Hamilton and together they raised their five children in Brandon. A generous, compassionate, and kind person, Marg had a tremendous sense of humour with a sharp dry wit. She had many interests throughout her life; raising sheltie pups, cross stitching, puzzles and quilting, golf, curling, Citizen Advocacy and Community Respite where she worked for many years, as well as her weekly bridge games with the "bridge bags". Marg was a leader in 4-H, a member of Toastmasters, and a longtime and active member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Marg loved summers at Ditch Lake and her winters in Victoria. The Ceremony to Celebrate Margaret's life will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 339 12th Street, on Saturday, January 2, 2016 (TODAY) at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Glenn Ball officiating. A reception will follow the service. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 361 Russell Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5H6.
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May God hold you in the palm of His hand,
Until we meet again.
BELL: It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Shirley Agnes Bell of Fairview Home, Brandon, MB on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the age of 84. Shirley was born on the McTaggart family farm at Harding, MB on August 6, 1931, only daughter of Roy and Ivy McTaggart. She married Mervyn Bell on June 10, 1950, and they farmed together at Harding for 34 years. Upon retirement, they moved to Brandon in June 1984. Shirley was pre-deceased by her husband of 63 years in June 2013. She leaves behind their children: Myrna (Dan) Collens, Phyllis (Floyd) Miller, Carol Ann (Claude) Lepine, and Brian (Margaret) Shaw. There are 10 grandchildren and spouses: Jennifer (Kevin) Hyde, Leanne (Matt) DeVliegere, and Gordon (Zineta) Collens; Sherri (David) Kyle, Derek (Jodi) Miller, Regan (Natalie) Miller, and Naomi Miller; Jordan Lepine; Brian James Shaw (Gwenda Olson) and Brett (Chris) Purdy. Nineteen great grandchildren include Emily, Alex, and Isaiah Hyde, Paige and Brady DeVliegere, Taber, Selina and Malaina Collens; Michelle, Rylan, Logan, and Declan Kyle, Zane, Sage, and Reeve Miller, Hayden and Rory Miller; and Josh and Miranda Purdy. She is also survived by her brother, Clare (Peggy) McTaggart and sister-in-law, Marilyn Anderson, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by parents, Roy and Ivy McTaggart, in-laws, Gordon and Annie Bell, one sister-in-law, Evelyn and husband, Ed Shaw, and brother- in-law, Lloyd Anderson. Shirley was devoted to her family and passionate about their wellbeing; she was modest, humble and caring. Rural farm life meant hard work and countless happy memories – raising children, cooking and baking, gardening, milking cows, hauling grain, driving a school van for many years, and building community. She always welcomed company into their home, first on the farm and then in Brandon, including her wee home at Fairview where friends and family dropped by her room frequently for much cherished visits. Shirley derived untold pleasure from the simple joy of knitting, so much so, that she grew her passion into a successful business upon “retirement” to Brandon. Quilting, sewing, embroidery and knitting were all done to perfection and shared with everyone who knew her. She lived her life one day at a time, steadfast and true. A tribute to honor Shirley’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home on Friday, December 11, 2015. Following the funeral, Shirley and Mervyn were laid to rest together at Greenwood Cemetery, both of them returning “Home to Harding” as one. Pallbearers were grandsons, Derek Miller, Regan Miller, Gordon Collens, Jordan Lepine, and great grandsons, Rylan Kyle and Taber Collens - Honorary pallbearer was grandson, Brian James Shaw. The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to all staff, 4th floor, Fairview Home, to Jeremy Lancaster, Funeral Director at Brockie Donovan and also to the ladies at Central United Church who provided a lovely lunch after the service. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Paul Stade for conducting the service and for his heartfelt support and guidance throughout. If desired, donations would be gratefully received at the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
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