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OLMSTEAD: We said our final good-bye to our mother Joan Margaret McDonald Olmstead on Thursday March 26th, 2015. Born June 11, 1933, Mom was predeceased by her husband Allan Olmstead (1970) and her brother Morley McDonald (1980). She is survived by her children Audrey, Robert (Bob), and Bruce, together with their spouses, children, grandchildren; five nieces and their families, and both McDonald and McRae cousins. Mom was a woman of courage and independence who deeply valued family and education. Following her graduation from Brandon General Hospital in 1954, she manifested her broader values as a registered nurse in both the Carberry and later in the Neepawa communities. She was caring and compassionate and devoted much of her professional life to advocating for the elderly and the dying. We as a family were able to share her joy of gardening, dogs, music,and sports which greatly enhanced our times together in the latter years. She enriched our lives in endless ways, and we were blessed to have her as our mother. Cremation has taken place and interment will take place later this spring in the Carberry Cemetery. Mom would have appreciated donations to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 in her memory.
NEUFELD: Annie "Anne" Dora. 1913 - 2015. On March 27, 2015, Anne Neufeld of Brandon went to join her husband, Walter, in their Heavenly Home. Left to mourn her passing are Anne's daughter Gail and son-in-law Ernie Tayler; their three children and four grandchildren: Beverlee and Jack Haverstock of Brandon, daughters Nicki currently in Grand Forks, N.D., and Jenna of Brandon; Brenda and Darrell Appelt of Brandon, their son Trevor and his wife Kim of Morden and daughter Kim Lamb and husband Bob of Brandon; and Jim Tayler of Winnipeg; Anne's son Chuck Neufeld and wife Yvonne, Chuck's son Sean and Yvonne's daughter Amanda, all of Winnipeg; Anne's son Gerry Neufeld and wife Kaye, their son Jake and his wife Maddi, all of Colorado, USA. Many nieces and nephews from the Neufeld and Pazarena families also survive. Anne was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1999, her father Fred, mother Annie, sisters Olga, Victoria, and infant Mary, and brothers Jim, Emil, and Nick. Born Annie Dora Pazarena in Plum Coulee, Manitoba in 1913, she was the second child born to Annie and Fred Pazarena. Of the twelve children, only six lived to adults. It was not an easy life for the family. Fred died at forty-one years of age, leaving seven children. As the eldest daughter, Anne assumed many responsibilities. Her mother had no outside means of support and was needed at home to care for the seven children. Young Anne had to work away from home, when not in school, to bring in extra money by doing housework for a family and in later years, worked in a restaurant. The family always had a big garden, a cow, and chickens and Anne remembered well, how her mother fed the children. Though a poor family, they were never hungry. Their mother always found time to play with her children, especially baseball. They often made ice cream in the summer. The family were great card players and maintained their competitive spirit into adulthood. After dinner the table would be cleared and the cards came out - whoever lost would do the dinner clean-up. No one wanted to lose! Anne was offered work in Gretna at a cafe/telephone exchange business owned by the Neufeld family. After Anne's mother approved of her living and working conditions, Anne accepted the job in Gretna. Soon there was an attraction between Anne and the handsome blond son of the owner! Love blossomed and they were married in Winnipeg on September 27, 1933 and enjoyed sixty-five years together before Walter died at age ninety years in 1999. Anne and Walter lived in Gretna until they moved to Winnipeg in 1948. Anne lived in the house they had built for them until moving to Brandon in April 2002. It was very difficult for Anne to leave her home of many years, her church, and her many cherished friends. Anne's Brandon family wanted her to live at River Heights Terrace. Her first impression of the Terrace was that she couldn't live there because "it's too grand for me". Well, fortunately she was persuaded and it became home to her. Anne enjoyed her life there. Unfortunately in 2013, a fall sent Anne to hospital where she stayed until moving to Rideau Park Personal Care Home in November 2013. Anne's faith was important to her and she lived her faith. She like card games, Cribbage, Tile Rummy, and Scrabble. In her last years, Scrabble became her focus and couldn't get enough of the game. Anne could be seen, daily, reading her two favourite books - her Bible and the Scrabble Dictionary! A great gardener, lover of flowers, a good cook, she was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loyal friend who put her family and friends before herself. Anne will be missed in everyone's life. A Service of Remembrance was held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. At a later date, the family will say their final farewells at a private graveside service in the family plot at the Gretna Cemetery.
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LEPARD: Edith Lepard (nee Harden). With heavy hearts, the family of Edith Lepard announce her peaceful passing on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the LDB Personal Care Home at Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. Edith was in her 100th year and had resided at the personal care home for the past seven years, since the 2007 passing of her husband George, after 67 years of marriage. Edith was predeceased by her sister Agnes Wald (nee Harden), also in 2007. Surviving are her daughters Carol Scott (Ray) and Linda Bilkoski (Dave), who reside at Cobble Hill, British Columbia; Grandchildren: Bradley Scott (Tammy), Rodney Scott (Bridgett), Coral Bilkoski (Mike), and Calin Bilkoski (Andrea); Great Grandchildren: Kenneth, Connor, Alex, Natalie, Kody, Branson, Kingston, Grayson. The family would like to thank all the “girls” at the Lac Du Bonnet Care Home for their care and friendship to Edith. To her good friend Bea Holm who was her special dinner partner, a big thank you, and a thank you to her young friend Jocelyn, who sat with Mom during her final hours. Thank you to Dr Papetti and Dr Van Gend for their excellent care. Edith’s wish was that there be no funeral service. Edith and George’s ashes will be placed in their crypt at the Brandon Cemetery, in the fall.
Together again !!!!!
The family request no flowers. Those wishing to donate could send a donation to the: Lac Du Bonnet Personal Home, P.O. Box 1030, Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, R0E 1A0. Sobering Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour. (204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free
HOLMBERG: Keith Weldon passed away March 7, 2015 at Virden Hospital, at the age of 72, with family by his side. He was predeceased by his mother Lillian, brothers Don and Curtis. Keith will be deeply missed by his wife Jackie of 35 years, sister Gail, two step daughters, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, and Uncle Henrey. Funeral was held at St. Paul’s United Church, in Virden on March 14, 2015.
GREGORY: Sonia Ella (nee Harapiak) left her family in a calm, peaceful fashion in the early hours of Sunday, March 29, 2015. Sonia was born on February 20, 1937, on the family farm (NE 36-28-33), in the R.M. of Ethelbert (Mink Creek area), to Mike and Mary (nee Manchur) Harapiak. Sonia grew up on the farm with her brothers Orest and Stanley. She attended school in a one room schoolhouse near the farm until grade six and then continued her education through correspondence at home. Sonia went on to high school at Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and boarded with a family there. After graduating from Gilbert Plains, Sonia attended training at the Brandon Mental Hospital to become a registered psychiatric nurse, graduating from the program in 1957. Sonia made nursing a lifelong career, looking after others until two years ago when her health declined. Sonia's nursing career took her to Hamiota, Thompson and Brandon, Manitoba. In 1955, she met the love of her life, John Roy Gregory, with whom she spent fifty-seven years of marriage. Sonia met Roy while he was on leave from the Princess Pats (PPCL1) before going overseas. Plenty of letters were exchanged between the two while Roy was stationed overseas and thus the beginning of their courtship. They married on April 19, 1958 and their first and only child was born the following year. Sonia is survived by her husband Roy; daughter Barbara (Morley); grandchildren Shea Wiley, Aaron Wiley, Rhianan Gregory (Justin), Rachel Robertson (Cody), Emmett Robertson; great granddaughter Helena; sister-in-law Olga Harapiak; brother-in-law Larry (Marg) Gregory; ten nieces, five nephews and many great nieces and nephews. Sonia was predeceased by her parents Mike and Mary Harapiak; brothers Orest and Stanley; nephew Dean Harapiak; her in-laws Jack and Helen Gregory, Bernie Gregory, Lyle Gregory, Glen and Ruth Gregory, Wilf and Eunice Everett. Throughout her life Sonia was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all of us, past and present, who knew her. She had a truly caring and giving soul. A special thank you to the Assiniboine Palliative Care team for your devoted and excellent care Sonia received. Service details will be announced at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Sonia may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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EAMER: The death of Vernon "Bud" Eamer, beloved husband of the late Bernice Eamer and father to Bob (Jacquie), Rick (Marilyn), and Ron (predeceased) occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, March 28, 2015. A Come and Go Memorial Reception will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A private family interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Rev. Craig Miller of Knox United Church will officiate. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bud may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BIRCH: Elizabeth “Betty” Rosetta Birch 1936-2015. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sister and aunt on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 with family by her side. Betty was born on October 17, 1936 in Kelwood, Manitoba. In 1961, Betty and her family moved to Brandon. Betty had a respite worker who took her to all the Wheat King games and to bingo. She also watched sports such as curling, hockey and baseball on t.v. Betty was an avid shopper and met many friends during coffee in the food court in Shoppers Mall. Wednesday was card day at Seniors for Seniors and coffee after. She was creative at knitting mitts, slippers and dish cloths. Betty was predeceased by her parents Sid and Etta Birch; her dad in 1980 and her mom in 1997; A special friend Gwen in 1990; sister Phyllis in 2004; a special brother-in-law George Bishop in 2011. Betty is survived by her three sisters Madeline Bishop, Margaret (Gordon) Pearce and Judy (Jim) Menzies. There are numerous nieces and nephews left behind whom she loved dearly. In accordance with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to Westman Dreams for Kids. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services McCreary were in care of the arrangements. 204-638-4110.
BATER: Mary Ellen Bater of Brandon, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the age of 106 years. A Funeral Service to honor Mary’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. with Lydia Glawson officiating. Following the funeral service, Mary will be laid to rest with her husband Lew at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
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DOAN: The family sadly announces the passing of Patrick Richard Doan on March 17, 2015, at Brandon Regional Health Center. Patrick was born May 8th, 1953 in Shoal Lake MB. Patrick is survived by two daughters, Danielle Doan and Tara (Brad) Delgaty and grandson Adrian Delgaty, sister Isobel Jarema (Rudy) and brother Doug Doan (Brenda). He was predeceased by parents Tom and Georgina. Some of Pat’s fondest memories were spending time with family and friends at the lake, sitting around the campfire playing guitar and singing. In accordance to Pat’s wishes, no formal ceremony will be held. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
SCHMITZ: Melissa Ann Schmitz of Brandon, beloved daughter of Wayne and Debbie Schmitz, dear sister of Chelsey (Chris) and auntie to Addison, passed away suddenly, with her family and close friends by her side, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the age of 31 years young. A Celebration of Melissa’s life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery, where Melissa will be laid to rest with her little sister, Leanne. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Melissa may be made to MADD, P.0. Box 50058, Brandon, MB, R7A 7E4. Complete obituary information to follow.
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NEELIN: William Pritchard Neelin was born in Neelin, Manitoba, October 4, 1934 and passed away in Health Science Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 27, 2015. He was the eldest of six children of Alfred and Mary Jane Neelin (MacKenzie). He leaves to mourn his sisters; Janet Carter (Jim), Jean Neelin, Mary Kirkpatrick (Calvin), Margaret Klein (John-deceased) and Kenzie Gray (Cameron-deceased) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1977, his mother in 1987 and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He completed grade 8 at Neelin. At this time Dad bought the Walker Brown farm east of Killarney and William completed his grade 12 at Killarney Collegiate. Following this he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1958 with a degree in electrical engineering. He began his first and only job with Manitoba Hydro, of 44 years, in Winnipeg where he made many lifelong friends. Upon retirement William returned to Killarney and took over the family farm, which has been rented to Don Chatham for the past 25 years. After William moved to Winnipeg, us girls were so excited when he came home. He always had bags of groceries and introduced us to so many different world wide foods. This legacy continued throughout his life with all his nieces and nephews. A highlight for Mom and Dad was the special occasion when William treated them to a Caribbean cruise. One of his special gifts was visiting relatives and friends at home or in the hospital. Many trips were made to Winnipeg and Brandon driving relatives to their medical appointments. His care for Jean exceeded all expectations. A special thanks to Bayside PCH, Tri Lake Health Centre and Health Science Centre emergency staff for their immediate and excellent care. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Wheatland Chapel Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Neelin Cemetery. If friends so desire donations in Williams memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation; 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
KLASSEN: Kathy Klassen, age 52 years, of Ninette, Manitoba, passed away at the Tri-Lake Health Centre, Killarney on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Kathy was born in Winkler, Manitoba on November 16, 1962. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba. Kathy travelled and did mission work all over the world, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Uganda and more. She loved being a grandmother and enjoyed being a nurse and blessing people. Kathy was quite involved in the full process with Samaritan's Purse shoe box's from building them with her sisters to being on the ground delivering them. Kathy will be deeply missed by her husband Bob; daughter Nicole (Colin) and family; son Darren. She was predeceased by her father Issac Dyck. The Celebration of Kathy's Life will take place at Calvary Temple, 620 - 34th Street, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Derrick Anderson will officiate. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Kathy may be made to Samaritan’s Purse - Canada, 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, Alberta, T3J 5H5.
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BRANTH: Rayannin Winnifred Branth, beloved daughter of Raymond White (Teresa), sister of Bruce Branth, and dear mother of four daughters, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 32 years. Traditional services will commence at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service to start at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Anglican Cemetery.
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RICE: Glen “Clark” Rice of Brandon, MB, formerly of Wawanesa, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday March 27, 2015 at the age of 79 years. Clark leaves to mourn his passing his sons Rob ( Nadreena) of Brandon, MB, Mike (Cora-Lee) of Carroll, MB, and Terry (Patti Packard) of Brandon, MB, daughters Sherry Hull of Brandon, MB and Patricia (Jim) Warren of Brandon, MB, and grandchildren John, Alysha, Miranda, Sara, Emily, Michael, Samantha and Ashley. Also left to mourn Clark’s passing are his brother Edward of Cereal, AB and sister-in-law Noreen Rice of Wawanesa, MB, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Clark was predeceased by his wife Shirley (nee Cumming), parents James and Pearl (nee Clark) Rice, brothers Del and Ron Rice, and sisters-in-law Gwen Rice and Vivian Rice. A Memorial Reception will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the East End Community Centre, 405 Park Street, Brandon, MB. A private family interment will take place in the Wawanesa Cemetery prior to the reception. Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Clark’s memory to CancerCare MB, 620 Frederick Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
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