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PICKETT: On December 18th, 2015, with great sadness, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, Inga Edele Pickett (Pedersen), passed at 92 years of age. Inga was born in Brande, Denmark on July 17th, 1923, the oldest of three boys and three girls. They moved to Canada in 1927 and settled in the Alida, SK area. As a young woman, Inga moved to Elva, MB, working for several families before moving to Brandon, where she was employed at the Ritz Café. Inga met Gordon, the love of her life, in February 1946 and they were married on October 1st of that same year. They spent their wedding night dancing to a newly discovered Oscar Peterson, who was performing at the Red Caboose in the Prince Edward Hotel. They moved to Sinclair following their marriage where Gordon had purchased a blacksmith shop. There, they raised their family of seven girls. They had a good life with many happy memories of a house full of extended family and friends. Family gatherings always meant that the house was full to the rafters with laughter and good times. In 1972, they purchased their home on 3rd Street in Brandon from Gordon’s sister, Ruth Goodman. It was then that Inga started working at the Assiniboine Hospital until her retirement in the late 1980’s. Inga and Gordon loved to travel. Their trips took them to Cuba, Hawaii, Alaska, all over Canada, and the U.S. One last trip was with Sandra, to cross the Rockies by rail, something she had always dreamed of doing. Inga had a green thumb and could make anything grow, even in her room at Fairview. She loved to play scrabble, do jigsaw puzzles, and was especially lucky at bingo. Inga was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Gordon, grandchildren Jacquelyn Dmyterko and Derek Campbell, sons-in-law Doug Ross and Don Dmyterko, parents Thorvald and Petra Pedersen, brothers Arne, Agon, and Eric, brothers-in-law Joe Glennie, Ray Vennard and Tom Moore, nephew Alex Vennard, as well as many of Gordon’s extended family. She leaves to mourn her daughters and their families: Sharon Ross, Marilyn (Don) Beltz, Linda Campbell, Valerie (William) Boyce, Sandra Dmyterko, Kim Pickett (Gordon Teed), Joanne Medd (Grant Reynolds); grandchildren Terry (Sandi) Ross, Deanna (Sean) Peters, Kevin (Jenna) Peck, Tara (Steve) Just, Shelley (Corey) Stewart, Dean Campbell, Scott Campbell, Amanda Campbell (Jason Gramlich), Alexander and Evan Boyce, Shawna (Jon) Gilbert, Tina Dmyterko, Cory (Krista) Medd, and Chelsea Medd (Lee Miller); as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.  She also leaves to mourn her sisters Erna Moore and Mabel Glennie and sisters-in-law Eileen Petersen and Gladys Bullee, as well as several nieces and nephews. Inga has touched many lives and will always be remembered with loving memories. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5.
God saw you getting tiredWhen a cure was not to be,So He closed His armsAround you and whispered“Come with Me.”
Your smile is gone forever,Your hands we cannot touch,All we have are memories,Of one we loved so much.
He took you to His garden,And laid you there to rest.God’s garden must be beautifulHe only takes the best.
And when we saw you sleepingSo peaceful and free from pain,We would not wish for youTo suffer that again.
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TANG-WAI: Dr. Tang-Wai was born in 1940 in Mauritius, the youngest of four children. In 1960, he went to study medicine in Ireland, briefly returning in 1966 to marry Eileen. This marriage was a true love match, rare at a time when arranged marriages were the norm, and their partnership lasted until his death on Sunday, December 27, 2015, after nearly 50 years of shared life. In January 1970, with a young son in tow and daughter soon to be born, Robert and Eileen immigrated to Saskatoon, where they were warmly received by their first real Prairie friends: Bill and Marion McVicar. The elderly, childless McVicars were like parents to Robert and Eileen and grandparents to their young children, a bond that lasted a lifetime. Robert faced many personal challenges in Saskatoon as in those years the medical community was not always welcoming of foreign- trained physicians. With seemingly overwhelming obstacles in his path, he would despair and wonder if he should quit, but Eileen recognized his passion for neurology and her steady love and unwavering belief in him helped them both through the rough times. Moving to Ottawa to continue his studies was a pivotal career turn for Robert. In Ottawa, he found his lifelong friend and mentor, neurologist Dr. Edward Atack, whose kindness and professionalism made a lasting impression on Robert. In 1976, the family moved from Ottawa to Brandon, where he opened his private practice. Dr. Tang-Wai earned his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in Canada in Neurology in May of 1978, and faithfully served Brandon and surrounding communities as their first rural neurologist for the last 37 years. Living so far from his family in Mauritius, it was the warmth of friendships formed here that made Brandon home for the Tang-Wais. Dr. Lawrence Groves was among the first of Brandon’s physicians to extend his welcome, and attorney Bob Harrison, his lovely wife Cindy, and their two precious daughters Kaylie and Selena, were Robert’s Brandon family. In Bob Harrison, Robert had finally found the brother and friend he had always yearned for growing up. Don Weir, with whom he worked for over a quarter-century at the hospital, was affectionately known to Robert as his “little brother”, since Don was too old to be his son. These were people who earned his trust and warmest affection. The other family that kept Robert busy were his patients. All who worked alongside Dr. Tang-Wai saw the care he provided: he was committed to do his best for each and every patient. He saw thousands of patients over his career, and many were in his care for decades. Many times, patients and their families became lifelong friends forged out of respect and appreciation not only for the care that he provided, but for the kindness which he returned so generously to a family at a time of loss. Robert loved small towns, and over the years turned down many offers to work in larger cities, along with the greater prestige accompanying those positions. He recognized small town Canada was underserved but deserving of world class care, and he was committed to providing such care in a small town setting and fought to transform Brandon into a world class facility rivaling that of larger centers. Despite his own past experiences with prejudice, Robert truly believed the world functioned a meritocracy: excellence could never be ignored. He believed that doing one’s best was required in all things, and applied this principle to his work and his personal life. He knew the best way to learn a skill was to practice it, and thus provided his children great personal freedom to make their own decisions, good and bad, a complete opposite of the way he himself had been raised. Once a year, Dr. Robert Tang-Wai, eminent neurologist, simply became Dad as they went on their annual vacation. He hated to fly, so most of those vacations were spent on the road, travelling throughout the US and Canada, getting to know the children, and having fun exploring new places together. Many happy memories were made on those trips. Despite his fearsome reputation for not suffering fools, Robert had a strong sense of humour and loved playing practical jokes on family, friends, and colleagues. He was never without a joke or hilarious story to share. Robert and Eileen were in North Dakota on a brief vacation after Christmas, when he suddenly started to feel unwell. He was diagnosed with an abdominal aneurysm that required immediate emergency surgery in Grand Forks. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, he did not survive. Robert’s death is mourned by his wife, Eileen; his sons Robert and Peter, information technology specialists in Toronto; his daughter Karen, a patent attorney in the United States; and by his youngest son, Dr. Raymond Tang-Wai FRCPC, a psychiatrist in Calgary; his son-in-law Michael; his precious grandchildren, Michael, Jenna, and John; as well as by his numerous friends and colleagues in the medical community who valued his input and sought his expertise; and by his many patients, who trusted Dr. Tang-Wai to help and heal them in their time of need. In Brandon, Dr. Robert Tang-Wai found his place in the world and his true purpose in life: serving others. He was devoted to his community and to his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren. His happy place was walking the halls in the hospital, doing his rounds, and at any hour of the day or night, consulting with his colleagues, checking up on his patients, and chit-chatting with the nurses and doctors. He could never really retire: so long as he could still be useful, he was determined to be so, and to always give his best. “The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”
-Robert Baden-Powell
The Tang-Wai family wishes to thank all of our family and friends for your love and support at this time.
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WILLIAMS: Deborah Marie Williams (nee Fleming). March 23, 1961 – January 6, 2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Deborah on January 6, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Deborah will be sadly missed and forever cherished by her husband John, daughter Ashley and son Shayne, sister Barbara (Frank) Denault, and mother Polly Fleming. She is also survived by mother-in-law Daphne Williams, brother-in-law Randy Williams and sister-in-law Diane (Paul) Dalkie as well as numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Deborah was predeceased by her father Robert Fleming and sister-in-law Darlene Williams and her father-in-law Larry Williams. Debbie grew up in Brandon riding horses with her family in rural Manitoba. Everyone knew “The Fleming Girls” and their outfits when they arrived at the competitions. She moved to Winnipeg when she was 18, where she met John, the love of her life, while working at a McDonald’s. Deborah ended her career at Paccar Financial, a job that she never wanted to leave because she loved it so much. In most of her years at Paccar, she was in the North American top 5 District Sales Managers. In order to advance in her career, she enrolled at the U of W while working full time, undergoing chemo and being a wife and mother. In 2015, she was the first in her family to graduate from university. Debbie loved to travel with her family and was able to accomplish many things from her bucket list. She toasted champagne at the top of the Eiffel tower, made pasta in Italy where she spent two nights in a private castle, went on a safari in South Africa and conquered the Great Wall of China. But most important of all was her family. Her unconditional love and devotion to her family often meant that she sacrificed her own needs and wants for them. The family would like to express deep gratitude to all the friends and family who have supported us during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at the Riverview Health Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Krahn, Robyne, Dr. Cook, Dr. Frazer, Dr. Brandes and the oncology nurses at Cancer Care Manitoba. A celebration of Deborah’s life will be held Friday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Parish, 320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deborah’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division.
DESMARAIS: Christine Jean Desmarais (nee Scott) of Brandon, MB entered into rest on January 4, 2016 at the age of 71 years. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell St., Brandon, MB. Interment will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church or the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children, 100, 2629-29th St., Regina, SK, S4S 2N9. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
MITCHELL: Ethel Marie (nee Robertson) September 29, 1930 -January 2, 2016. It is with deep sorrow that the family of Mrs. Ethel Mitchell announces her passing at the age of 85. Ethel passed peacefully at Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines, Ontario after succumbing to her battle with Leukemia. Her life and memory will be cherished forever by her children: Gordon (Phyllis) Lawson and Marilyn Walorny; her step-children: Gordon Mitchell, Bob Mitchell (Joanne Dixon), Cindy Mitchell (Kurt Saunders), Nancy (Mark) Addison, and Jim Mitchell (Lizanne Hilton); 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her brothers Don (Dianne) Robertson and Allan (Lorna) Robertson; predeceased by her husband Keith Mitchell and son-in-law Steve Walorny. Ethel will also be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews and many friends. Ethel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a gentle, caring and compassionate woman. Ethel loved to travel, play Bridge, golf, curl and socialize with her family and friends or anything that involved the love of her life, her husband Keith. The memorial service to celebrate Ethel’s life will take place at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill, Ontario on Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service. In lieu of floral tributes, as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation to support Acute Myeloid Leukemia Research.
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MADDEN: Wayne Edgar Madden, age 74 years of Rivers, passed away at his residence, on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Following Cremation there will be a Graveside service for family and friends to be held later this summer. Complete obituary will be published at that time. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Wayne to the Riverdale Community Centre, P.O. Box 365, Rivers, MB, R0K1X0.
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IVEY: Dorothy May Ivey of Virden, Manitoba beloved wife of the late Sidney Ivey and beloved mother of Margaret, Shirley, Rose Marie, Ken and Dennis passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden Sunday; January 3, 2016 in her 103rd year. Funeral service will be held at G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Saturday; January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Barb Alston officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Friday; January 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Dorothy.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
GAGNON: Lynne (Foord), beloved wife of Douglas, loving mother to daughter Deanna and son Ken, and their families. Lynne was born in Brandon March 7, 1945, and passed away December 29, 2015, in Moosomin Hospital. Predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Nesta; and sister Anne. Left to mourn are sisters, Lois and Judy. Service to celebrate Lynne’s Life will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the United Church, Rocanville, SK.
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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